Last Minute Christmas Outfit and Accessory Ideas Under $30

Every Christmas I like to wear a new dress for Christmas Day. I’ve sometimes bought a few new dresses to wear to different Christmas occasions. But this year, I’ve only bought the one dress which I’ve had my eye on for a very long time and I’ve been finally able to get my size! It was a last minute Christmas outfit purchase. Happy Days!

But not everyone can afford a new dress for Christmas Day. I quite like the idea of investing in a designer dress that is only worn on Christmas Day each year. It’s something I’d like to do in the future, when I have the funds to buy said designer dress (I’m thinking a Camilla kaftan).

For those of us not in a position to spend a lot on ourselves at Christmas, here are some last minute Christmas outfit and accessory ideas to add something special to your outfit, for under $30. Think like a Christmas Tree and source accessories that will enhance whatever you decide to wear on the day.

1. Pom Pom Earrings from SFH Designs $29.95

pom pom earrings

Enough of the pom poms already Bec. But seriously, how festive are these earrings? They look like a lot of fun and if purchased today, you can get them before Christmas.

2. Tassel Clutch from Adorne $29.95

festive tassel clutch

This clutch is very festive in gold and the tassels add a little fun and embellishment.

3. Natural Straw Woven Tote from Marchede Neiry $19.90

natural straw tote basket

Everyone is going mad for baskets and straw totes this season. This gorgeous tote is the last one from this store in Esty. You can embellish it yourself with a pom pom or tassel key chain.

4. Tassel Keychain from Cassia Essentiels $26

Leather tassel keychain

These leather tassel keychains have a Gorman-like vibe to them, which I like. They won’t go ratty like the cotton tassels if used when out and about.

5. Betty Basics Los Angeles Tee $29

palm tee

For a relaxed Christmas style, I love this gold print palm tee from Freez. They offer super fast delivery, so you can totally get this before next weekend.

6. Reindeer Bow Headband by Itty B Studio $20

reindeer headband

This is sweet and will add a festive touch to your outfit – especially if you decide to wear black on Christmas day.

If you are truly after a new dress to wear on Christmas Day and you’ve left it to the last minute, I have experienced fast delivery from Birdsnest, Little Party Dress and Freez, which all offer affordably priced dresses.

Little Party Dress

Mandy Flamingo Little Party Dress $59.95

If you do decide to buy goods online, I’d be doing it before Tuesday this week to ensure delivery reaches to you BEFORE the weekend.

If you live in Brisbane and are adamant about trying clothes on, go to local boutiques instead.

For those on the Southside of Brisbane

Instyle Boutique is at Sunnybank Hills Shoppingtown – easy to park at as it’s a smaller sized shopping centre.

Wardrobe 22 is located in Salisbury with plenty of street parking.

Stylefast has a store located in Camp Hill with plenty of street parking – although it is a bit hilly.

Happy Shopping!

Disclosure: There are affiliate links on this post. Should you choose to purchase an item, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. 

My Experience Op Shopping for Designer Clothes

I have a gorgeous friend who always looks trendy and has designer clothes in her wardrobe. She is not afraid to admit she has bought them from an op shop. A simple designer dress may set her back a couple of dollars, instead of $100’s (or possibly $1000’s) of dollars, brand new. She has been prompting me to come shopping with her and a few weeks ago I relented. I wanted to see for myself, whether op shopping for designer clothes was really what it was cracked up to be.

Me and Sam

Me and my gorgeous friend Sam.

Location Location Location

We headed to three op shops in New Farm and Newstead.

RSPCA op shop

When you head to an op shop, location is key. The New Farm op shops are her favourite. Often, many of the residents in that area will donate their barely worn, sometimes tags attached, designer clothes to their local op shops. If you’re particular about getting a certain brand, the inner city locations will offer more variety, than stores that are in the outer suburbs.

Saturday morning is best

My friend said Saturday morning is the best time to go, as most people clear out their wardrobes during the week, and the staff will stock the clothes first thing on a Saturday morning. It does get very busy though, as many experienced thrifters will be scouring the racks for new wares. We headed on a Tuesday morning, and I was still surprised by the amount of clothing brands that were stocked.

The most stocked sizes are 6, 8, 10 and 12

I noticed that there wasn’t much variety in the plus size range, or the clothes in those ranges were from local department stores (Kmart, Target etc). If you’re a size 10 or 12, the outfits are in aplenty. I’m between a size 14 to 16 and some of the clothes in the 14 range didn’t fit me. I walked away with no clothes for me, but my friend walked away with a few designer dresses, 2 pairs of pants and some Guess heels.

Op Shopping for Designer Clothes

Me in I’m not sure what it is I’m wearing but it was the only dress that fit me.

It wasn’t all a loss

I did buy three tops, and gave them a good wash and iron and listed them on eBay. I doubled my money by listing the tops for the price I paid for them, and waited for the bidding action to occur. It was a risky move because I could have not sold them, or only sold them for the price I bought for them. The brands that I find sell well online are Cue, Veronika Maine, Review, Alannah Hill and Country Road.

Will I go again?

Yes. I enjoyed looking through the racks, hoping to find gold. Even though I didn’t, I haven’t lost faith in the process. You can still head to a shopping centre and come home empty handed.

My size is the average size, so maybe this was why I couldn’t find much to fit me. Maybe next time I will score something amazing.

Have you ever gone Op Shopping for Designer Clothes? What’s been the best bargain you’ve found in an Op shop?

SFH Designs Makes Dressing in Colour Easy

As my style has evolved after having children, I have embraced wearing colour. One of the easiest ways for me to do this is with my earrings. I have been loving the pom pom and tassel earrings that are so popular this season (yet again). I love bright colours and wearing the unexpected. My favourite pom pom and tassel earrings are from SFH Designs. The owner, Sarah, has a gorgeous eye for style and COLOUR. My goodness, you must follow the SFH Designs Instagram feed. It always makes me happy. There is so much colour.

So since I am an avid fan of the brand and anything to do with pom poms and tassels, as soon as I saw this pom pom basket, I knew it had to be mine.

spice things up basket

Unfortunately, I have recently spent a small fortune on my everyday bag. So I waited and crossed my fingers for a sale. I also hoped it wouldn’t sell out before I got one.

Last weekend, there was a 20% sale online and I added that basket to cart. And would you believe I BOUGHT THE LAST ONE.

I told Jacob, this was my Christmas present. It practically had my name on it with the signature pom poms and red stitching and handles. I can’t wait to use it this Summer.

Now because SFH Designs are located at Greenslopes, I opted to pick up the basket instead of pay for postage. And that decision turned out to be a very good one, as I got to have a coffee with Sarah and discuss the joys of raising three girls. Sarah has three teenage girls, so she enlightened me with what I will be facing in a few years’ time.

While we were talking, Sarah asked if I’d model some new kaftans and dresses so they could be uploaded to the site and I thought I’d share some of my favourite pieces that I modeled and a clutch that I think would make a fabulous Christmas gift to yourself.

SFH Designs Red Dress

The standout dress that I modelled was this tassel dress in spectacular red. It is a generous size. I’m usually a 14-16 depending on the brand. And I’m wearing the 12 here. It’s a gorgeous linen and I think this was my favourite style to model.

The next outfit I liked was this black kaftan. All the kaftans I modelled are free size. The draping adds shape and yet it is still flowy.

I loved the vibrant blue in this kaftan. It’s also picked up by the tassel earrings.

One of my favourite clutches has to be my pom pom embroidered clutch. I actually won my clutch a few years ago from a competition at Kirsten and Co. Mine is a black base colour, but I also love this Indigo one.

If you love any of these outfits or even the clutches, there is a special promotion until the 19th December. Buy any Pom Pom Clutch or Dress to receive a FREE pair of tassel earrings valued at $20 (colour chosen by one of our SFH stylists), ’til stocks last!

SFH Designs Tassel Earrings

Also, to make sure you get your purchases in time before Christmas, SFH Designs will be offering FREE Shipping from December 1st to 19th. Simply enter the code FREESHIPPING at the checkout to redeem.

Sarah will also be offering FREE gift wrapping on parcels to make your life easier.

Be sure to check out the rest of the accessories and bags online. I’ve got my eye on some pom pom earrings (but of course!)

Do you like wearing colour? Do you prefer tassels or pom poms? Which dress is your favourite from the ones I modelled?

Disclosure: I was gifted a pair of earrings and 2 dresses for my daughters as they weren’t correct sizing. I just love this brand and happy to share the love of it – whether I received gifts or not.

Flattering Shorts for Summer 2017

Shorts are a summer staple, but like swimwear, I’ve often been hesitant getting my white legs out on show. But last week I found some flattering shorts for summer 2017. Perfect on the waist and the right length – especially for my long legs.

One area of my wardrobe that has been lacking for summer … is shorts. I own 2 pairs of shorts. One distressed denim pair, which my dad will regularly comment I need to throw out, and a pair of pom pom embellished shorts, which can be a little annoying to wear as the pom poms on the hem CONSTANTLY get caught around each other when I walk. #awkward

When Katies had their recent sale (I don’t think Katies has ever NOT had a sale on lately!), I tried on some shorts. I wanted a pair of white shorts… but thought against it because of my kids. I ended up choosing a navy and black pair.


I was really happy with the fit of these shorts. The cuff is the right length to show a bit of leg and the waist doesn’t dig in. I sized down to a size 14. I usually wear a size 16 short, because they often push up my flabby bits. I like to wear my tops out over the top of my shorts, rather than tucked in. I find that suits my body shape. But sometimes I may revert to a half-tuck (tee tucked in the front only) if the waist of the shorts are elasticized.

Here is what the shorts look like on.

flattering shorts for summer 2017

Wearing the shorts with Katie’s Monotone Cold Shoulder Top – now reduced to $15

My grandma bought these for me for Christmas. I also got some matching tops. One of the tops I featured on the blog a few weeks ago, was purchased to go with the black shorts. So many summer tops have been reduced to $20, so it’s a good time to buy if you need some tops for summer. You can get the monotone top I’m wearing here.

flattering shorts for summer katies

With my photo bombing 3 year old… who wanted to be in the photo and then had second thoughts when I picked her up!

I can be a little self-conscious of my very white legs. To counteract this, I sometimes (when I remember and if I have time) add some Garnier bronzer to my legs. It makes them look a little less stark and I like the added colour.

Have you embraced shorts for summer? Have you found a pair of flattering shorts? Where do you go to get your shorts?

Disclosure: There are affiliate links on this post. Should you choose to purchase an item, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.

7 Days of Dresses for Summer

If there is one thing I love about Summer, it’s wearing a dress. It’s so easy to dress for summer when you have to put one layer over your head. My dress collection for summer is pretty complete. I have a dress for every occasion, and should I choose, could wear dresses, 7 days a week.

7 days of dresses for summer 2017

Some of the dresses that feature in my wardrobe are the cold shoulder dress, the off the shoulder dress, the maxi dress, the shift dress, the t-shirt dress, the flowy summer dress and the capped sleeve belted dress.

I love all styles of dresses, but of late, I’ve been wanting dresses with extra coverage on the shoulders and arms. My off the shoulder dresses are usually worn at night or during the day, where I know I will be undercover, and not out in the sun.

There are so many gorgeous dress offerings this summer by my favourite online stores. I thought I’d share some favourites, basing them on some of the styles I have in my wardrobe. I have a mix of luxe ($150) to budget ($60) styles.

1. Bohemian Traders Classic Scoop Neck Dress in Black and White Stripe $139

bohemian traders dress

2. Adrift Rosie Dress in Daintree $149.99

adrift dress daintree print

3. Lulu Soul Sunrise Off the Shoulder Dress $129.95

lulu soul dress

4. Little Party Dress Stacey Geo Print Wrap Dress $64.95

little party dress

5. Freez Dreamer Dress $69

freez dreamer dress

6. Wardrobe 22 Radiance Dress $70

radiance dress

7. Stylefast Arabella Shirred Dress $69.00

stylefast red dress

If you had all 7 of these dresses in your wardrobe, you’d certainly be ready for Summer. You could keep rotating the dresses around each week!

How many dresses would I find in your wardrobe? Would you have 7 days of dresses to wear this summer? What clothes do you live in during summer?

Disclosure: There are affiliate links on this post. Should you choose to purchase an item, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.

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