Autumn Wish List and Purchases

It’s been too long between posts here, but life has been a little busy of late and I lost my fashion mojo for a bit because I’ve been avoiding the shops for new clothes because

1. I have a lot of clothes already.

2. I’ve been slowly losing weight and I don’t want to add clothes that no longer fit.

3. Our budget has been tight as a fish’s butt hole – so no money for spending on clothes.

Last weekend, mum and I headed to Sydney for Colour Women’s conference. I was super proud for not overpacking and fitting all I needed in a carry on case. My mum asked me if I had packed enough. I had packed enough JUST.

The weather was quite dreary in Sydney and the humidity was AWFUL. My freshly styled hair curled as soon as we landed in Sydney. So much for making a grand appearance to Colour. I was a bit of a wavy, hot mess when I arrived to the first session.

Before mum and I got on the plane, we did a bit of shopping at the airport. Mum bought me these gorgeous rose gold sneakers from Witchery.

New shoes. At the airport. Waiting for our flight to Sydney. @witcheryfashion #colour2017 #theseshoesweremadeforwalking #onsale #hadtohave by @theplumbette

Of course she had to have the same ones so we twinned a lot at conference. I was glad to have them because my other footwear attire weren’t completely rain proof.

All good trips away involve a bit of shopping. It was my mum’s idea to head to the Birkenhead Point Factory Outlets which were just a short taxi drive from where we were staying at Darling Harbour.

Oroton caught our eye and we walked away with two handbags and two purses for the cost of one handbag.

I’ve been needing a new purse because my current black one is daggy. It’s also stretched from all my loyalty cards, which I no longer carry on me because most times, the checkout can look me up on their computer. Except Sussan. For some reason Sussan can only get your details from the store you signed up at. Anyway, mum and I both got the same Oroton purse in gold. (You can purchase the same here in silver)

new oroton wallet

I had been meaning to get another handbag – a smaller satchel for when I no longer need to cart baby changing stuff. I saw this orange satchel and loved it. (You can bay the same satchel in red, here)  It was the second last one in the store.

orange oroton satchel

When mum and I stopped for some lunch, a lady asked me where I got my current orange bag from. I told her they were no longer in business, but showed her my new Oroton purchase and I may have encouraged her to get it because orange is not a popular colour for handbags and when you see one, you need to get it if it’s what you’re after. I knew there was only one left, so I think she may have gone back to get it. (You’re welcome Oroton)

bec with oroton orange satchel bag

The last purchase made was this scarf. I tend to buy scarves when I’m drawn to a particular pattern. I was drawn to this one and only paid $25 for it.

bec with new scarf

Since scarves have become a must have accessory, I’ve noticed some stores have jacked up their scarf prices. I’m happy to pay up to $30 for a scarf, but any more, I tend to wait for it to go on sale or let it go.

So those were my 4 purchases from my trip away.

A lot of stores are bringing out their Autumn Winter ranges. Here are some styles that are on my wishlist.



Have you bought anything lately? What’s the maximum you’ll pay for a scarf? What’s on your Autumn Wish List?

Disclosure: All items (except the scarf) were bought for me from my mum. They are early Birthday presents. 😉 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.

Taupe Ankle Boots AW17

Last winter I had quite a few enquiries about where I got my taupe ankle boots from.

I wrote about how I got them at the Joanne Mercer Factory Outlet Shop down at Harbour Town.

These boots have seen me through a few winters and they are still going strong.

They are my favourite boots to wear because they have are comfortable, have a block heel, are leather, and look good with pretty much everything in my wardrobe. No wonder I had enquiries about them.

Taupe Ankle Boots

Unfortunately, the taupe colour isn’t as popular as black and tan when it comes to ankle boots. Even when I researched for this post, there wasn’t a lot of choice.

But find some I did, and if I were to replace my current boots, these are what I would consider.

taupe ankle boots 2017

  1. Django & Juliette Rapt Beige Leather Ankle Boots $139.97 (on sale)
  2. Django & Juliette Remote Taupe Pin Punch Ankle Boots $219.95
  3. Jo Mercer Raider High Ankle Boots $149.95 (on sale)
  4. Tony Bianco Nichols Ankle Boot $219.95

Nikki from Styling You is the brand ambassador for Frankie4. She wrote a great post on how to wear ankle boots this season.

My tips are to buy what you can afford, don’t buy too high a heel if you’re planning to wear them everyday and have one neutral and one black so you have options for when the outfit calls.

Tan Ankle Boots

Taupe ankle boots are definitely my favourite colour in ankle boots, but if I couldn’t get what I was after, I would also choose a tan pair.

tan ankle boots 2017

  1. Jo Mercer Pablo Heeled Ankle Boots $99.95 (on sale)
  2. Frankie4 SALLi Tan Ankle Boot $289.95
  3. Django & Juliette Sarab Tan Ankle Boot $229.95

Are you looking forward to dressing for the cooler weather? Got your foot wear sorted for the new season?

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.

Taking The Stress Out of Buying Distressed Jeans

In autumn and winter, I live in jeans. They are a staple in my wardrobe as a mum. I’m not partial to any brand, just so long as they fit my nicely and keep my tummy in, with no muffin top overhang. Buying distressed jeans has been on my wish-list, but I haven’t been impressed with the price to obtain them.

I have two pairs of jeans that I love to wear which are becoming loose around the waist and butt because I’ve lost some weight in the last month or so. I had been tempted to add to cart a pair of $150 distressed jeans that I’ve had my eyes on for a while.


We’re living to a tight budget. And $150 could be put to better use than a pair of jeans that are ripped and will most likely deteriorate after time because like a ladder in stockings, the rip will run further down the leg.

$150 on distressed, ripped jeans didn’t sit right with me.

So on Tuesday night, I was sitting at my computer and I had the money to buy the jeans, but I just couldn’t click on the checkout.

Instead, I did a search for distressed jeans under $100 and I found similar pairs at Crossroads for $59.95.

They had a 25% off sale, online only.

budget buying distressed skinny jeans

Crossroads Distressed Jeans in Premium Denim, $59.95 (25% off online only)

Problem was I wasn’t sure what size I’d be in at Crossroads.

I went in yesterday and tried a few pairs on and found I can fit snugly in a size 14. Happy Days!

The pair I chose to purchase were only $30. And they feel good to wear.

buying distressed jeans on a budget

In my new jeans

I guess the meaning behind all this is that if you want really want something, make sure you’re happy to spend the money on it. Sometimes you may be able to find a cheaper alternative.

Buying Distressed Jeans

The ripped details in jeans do tend to rip further. This happened with my black jeans last year from Sussan. They are still wearable, but they are a bit more ‘distressed’.

The sale is still on at Crossroads so if you want to dip your legs into distressed jeans, without it hitting your purse too hard, check them out. Don’t be afraid to do some research and find what you’re after, within budget.

The best thing about these jeans is it won’t matter if I lose more weight and they no longer fit. I’m happy to part with $30 than lose $150.

Have you come across a bargain lately? Are you a fan of the distressed jean look?

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.

Interior Trend Alert: Chunky Knit Homewares 2017

This morning when I headed out for my early morning walk and jog, I noticed the change in the weather. It was cool and there was a slight breeze. The cooler weather had me wanting to walk back inside my home to snuggle up to a chunky knit throw. Chunky knit homewares are an interior trend for 2017. We’ve seen the trend in previous winter seasons, but this year, it is reappearing.

March tends to be the month where cooler nights and mornings become more frequent than the sauna like heat we’ve experienced during summer. It’s this change in weather which prompts me to change over my summer throws and cushions to the winter ones.

Interiors for 2017 are all about texture, and increasing it through the use of homewares and textiles.

Many homeware and textile stores have a variety of chunky knits in both throws and cushions, to add texture to your home.

A throw can be easily draped over a sofa or the end of a bed to create an inviting and warm look. A knitted cushion can be added to a sofa to mix with existing cushions to transform the space from a summer to winter.

If you’re wanting to add some chunky knits to your home, here are some I’ve found online.

chunky knit homewares to buy 2017

1. Chunky Tassel Throw from Morgan and Finch $69.95

2. Typo Mt Donkey Cushion $59.95

3. Salisbury Chunky Throw $129.95

4. Typo Mt Circus Knit Cushion $49.95

5. Gallery Savoy House Throw $129

6. Splice Navy Cushion $59.95

Tips for adding chunky knit homewares to your home

1. Choose either a chunky knit throw or cushion. If you want or have both, don’t layer them together. Put the cushion on a different chair and the throw on the sofa.

2. Neutrals tend to look best in chunky knits so think grey, white, beige – even navy.

3. Add a chunky knit throw to the end of your bed to add warmth to your room.

4. Don’t layer your chunky knit homewares with other overly textural pieces. Contrast or match with colour instead.

What do you think of chunky knit homewares? Are they something you’d add to your home for winter?

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.

West Village: A New Shopping Precinct For Brisbane

This post has been written in collaboration with West Village

The way I shop these days has changed quite a bit from when I shopped pre-kids.

In those pre-children days, I loved nothing more than to spend a couple of hours in the city and browse all the shops from the top of the Queen Street Mall, making my way down to Edward Street.

I loved to shop. I still do.

I will never forget the week my husband and I had in when we flew to Melbourne and shopped a storm buying new clothes and shoes. Melbourne was a hub of brands and designers I had never heard. They certainly weren’t in Brisbane, because if they were, I would have known where they were located.

In the last decade, the shopping scene in Brisbane has changed. Queen Street mall has had its share of refurbishments with the QueensPlaza and Wintergarden. Boutique store hubs have also been added in parts of Brisbane like James Street, Emporium in the Valley, Portside and the Barracks. Those designer stores that I discovered in Melbourne, started to open in Brisbane.

Of course my lifestyle has changed quite significantly in the last ten years. I became a mum to three children and as a result, my choice of shopping destination relies on a number of factors including availability of car spaces, cost of car parking, how many shops are located in the one building so I can shop in the one spot and how family friendly is the centre – is there a playground I can bribe my kids to play on if they behave so mummy can do her shopping errands?

These days I’m spending more money on groceries than my wardrobe. But slowly the tides are turning and I’ve been able to re-establish some old shopping habits – but not all of course.

With the change in shopping and even the dining and lifestyle scene in Brisbane, I’ve felt a little left behind because I’ve been in hibernation of early motherhood. I felt a little chuffed to discover and write about the new West Village development at West End.

West Villge development

While the new development offers residential living, West Village will be a city precinct, providing a residential neighbourhood for those that don’t want to leave the city but still want to have the best dining and shopping options on their doorstep. West Village also offers a world class design destination for those of us that want to visit and experience the culture.

west village

West Village will be the shopping precinct you can park in, but shop like you’re in the laneways of Melbourne. It’s the place for families to bring their kids, where the kids can run around the park and parents can enjoy a much needed drink or alfresco coffee.

west village alfresco

Five major precincts will ensure there is something for everyone, available in the one place, but three of the precincts will offer cafes, alfresco dining options and boutique shopping precincts.

Each precinct is inspired in equal parts by the best global destinations, and what makes the local area special. Alfresco dining, cafes and boutique designer shops will frame the Mollison Green, making it a place to meet friends in a modern location, to catch up for coffee or brunch.

Factory Lane is the place to go for night time entertainment and drinks with inspiration being taken from Jazz Bars in New York. Relax and unwind to music while drinking a cocktail or two.

If you love fresh produce and market delights, Peter’s Square will offer provedores, artisan delights and fresh produce so you can take the best tastes and flavourings home with you.

West Village won’t be just another option on your list to visit when you want to go out for dinner, it will be the first place think of when considering a place to meet and eat.

If you’re excited about this new development and want to make it your home, visit the Display Centre at 97 Boundary Street West End. The phone number for all enquiries is 1300 985 465

In the meantime, I look forward to taking the kids to the awesome free art program currently on offer at West Village, and a little serenity for me at the first café in the precinct – Arista.

Disclosure: This post has been written in accordance with my disclosure policy.

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