frocktober 2016

frocktober 2016

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Pink Pastel Princess: New Shoes on the Block

Every season - every single season, I pound the pavement and scour the internet for the perfect flats. They are not easy to come by. 

My Mum always taught my sisters and I that we should invest in good quality shoes - and it's a rule I've always lived by.

I'm looking for something that looks stylish, is comfortable and will last beyond a season of wear. 

It's not a tall ask my friends! 

I spotted these cuties from the new collection at Ziera - and my heart was a-flutter. THE perfect almond toe, a slight lift in the heel, and the most perfect pastel palette. 

I'm calling it people. The must-have shoe of the season. 
Perfect for work. 
Perfect with a skirt. 
Perfect with a cropped pant. 
Just perfect. 

Ziera Opera flats $179.95 (shown in Blue and Pink Patent)

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Comfort + Style = Non-Negotiables

I was going to tell you about me, when I wear uncomfortable shoes. And how grumpy and savage I become. And how shoe shopping for me is not a game, it's more a sport - one that I'm not particularly good at because of my legendarily long and narrow feet. 

But Ziera asked if I might be keen to check out their new range, and I said - HECK YES I AM!

Why? Because Ziera caters to all sorts of foot sizes, shapes and desires. And they've somehow managed to merge style with comfort with incredible results. 

I love these little spotty babies with jeans, a maxi skirt or an a-line skirt. So versatile. And I can't even begin to tell you how comfortable they are. Like walking on cloud puffs. I'm not kidding. They're so wonderful. 

And these days - flat shoes are the only way for me. I love the elegant cut, the printed leather and the lace up - so quirky and cool! 

Beautifully made, designed in New Zealand, and quirky to boot - I rate them!

These new shoes of mine are the bomb (I can't find the link - I'm sorry!). And so are these. And these. And these too.

Plus you should check out their pastel pointed ballet flats. Can I get a HELL YEAH! 

Photos by Jacqui Turk 

Sunday, 1 May 2016

These boots...

After flirting with the idea of staying summery forever, I think Sydney weather has finally decided to reboot, refresh and turn on some Autumnal charm. 

Which turns my attention to these boots. That zesty orange, part citrus, part apiarist, I am loving that punch in a gorgeous boot - with a comfortable stacked heel. Perfect for Winter when you don't want to succumb to dreary all black. Well I don't, and it would be hard to given I own very little black clothing. 

What do you think peeps? Hot or what? I'm voting with my feet. HOT! 

Elk Hal Leather Ankle Boot  $210

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Reading: The Red Notebook - Antoine Laurain

All I seem to talk about on here is books. Books. Books. Books.

When I was little I was an avid book worm. You'd find me on the spare bed, lying in the sunshine, devouring books. Whole novels over the weekend. I would barely move because I loved reading them  all. Roald Dahl. Judy Blume. Robin Klein. John Marsden. Duncan Ball. I just really loved them.

And I still do. 

So this year I set a goal for myself to read 16 books. That might not seem like a lot, but previously I would have probably been lucky to have read a book a year. 

If you befriend me on Goodreads, then you can follow along with what I'm reading and loving (and FYI - you can set yourself a reading challenge and track it! I'm 38% through mine - huzzah!).

I also joined a real-life book club. 

I was looking at ways to fill up my own buckets, I don't go out much - so I went to my local bookstore, found a book club and joined. And I flipping love it!

So anyway - book. 

'The Red Notebook' is translated from French and is a real beauty.

When I was told I would knock it over in two sittings - I inwardly scoffed. But at 159 pages, this little novella is a quick read that will keep you flipping the pages. 

Apparently the French love a handbag sized novel, and this is it. 

Set in Paris, bookseller Laurent finds an abandoned handbag on a street and is compelled to return it to its owner. So starts the story of the small red notebook - which contains no defining details, but some insights and thoughts from the owner. 

This is a charming book, full of whimsy. Fast-paced and quite lovely I really enjoyed it and would recommend as a light read. 

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Reading:: Eugenia - Mark Tedeschi QC

If you're looking for an uplifting read - this is not the book for you.

My long time readers will know that I have a fascination with the Sydney's history of crime from the early 1800s - 1950s. 

A friend recommended I read this. And I did. It was heavy, my goodness, it was bleak. 

But am I glad I read it? Yes. Of course. I got to put myself in someone else's shoes, and learn about the hardships of life in the late 1800s through to 1931. It was tough if you didn't have the support of your family. 

Without giving to much away - Eugenia is born into an Italian family, moves to NZ, and at a young age realises she identifies as a male. It's a book of heartbreak and hardship, lack of understanding and compassion, and gritty real-life sadness. 

While the first half of the book was loaded with interest for me, I did struggle when it came to the trial of Eugenia. I skipped parts because it was just too dense for me. 

I'd definitely recommend it though, it's a fascinating story, delicately written with meticulous attention to detail. 

PS - I joined a book club! 

Monday, 29 February 2016

Oscars 2016: A few more just for kicks

If anyone says anything about Hannah and Eddie - you are on the wrong blog. They can do no wrong.  FLAWLESS PARTY ANIMALS! I love them. But not in a creepy way.

That speech. 'nuff said. PS - Leo I still love you.

Mindy Kaling looks like a red carpet super hero. And I am so down for that. Plus that blue looks BEAUTIFUL. Babetown. Population: Mindy Kaling.

The new Jessica Rabbit?

Olivia Wilde looks like her boobies are in bandages. Albeit Valentino bandages. But the thing is flip her around and the back of that frock is STUNNING. Just shame the front execution wasn't so.

Oscars 2016: The Slapdash Recap

Charlize looks like her boobies are in a slingshot.

I feel a little disappointed. I am so not a fan of black on the red carpet, it feels very Victorian mourning. Yawn. 

Here's a good way to contradict myself. Julianne Moore looks superb. 

Do you remember when BP caused that huge oil slick? And all the birds and sea life died? Yeah. Me too. 

Someone. Make it stop. 

Margot Robbie and Tom Ford? Match made in glorious heaven. AYE CARUMBA! 

Naomi Watts in Armani Prive - like a new age mermaid, but so much better than a run of the mill Marchesa. 

WAAAAH!!! I feel like Saoirse is about to head to Vegas and place all her money on black. NO MORE BETS!