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At the start of this year one of my major resolutions was-> blog more often. So as a part of that declaration I am also pledging myself to social media in general and will be integrating my Instagram and blog more with my Instagram becoming as a source of; backstage shots of my styling work, outtakes from my “Annabella Jones” outfit posts, inspiration as well as snaps of my day-to-day happenings in between blog posts.
So to stay in the know follow me @annabelgd and I promise to fill your feed with fashgasmic snaps
Today’s outfit was the result of finding existing pieces in my wardrobe and re-working them into new looks. It’s impossible to wear something new every day (unless you have the wardrobe resembling the likes of the Olsen twins or Princess Kate) thus the discovery of a new way to wear an excising piece can often have me feeling like I have a new addition to my Closet.
I saw this layering technique (where the top peaks below the skirt) in a street style snap while browsing the world wide web and was eager to wear the look. This T-shirt dress would have usually sat in the back of my wardrobe until a “skinny” week, with its shapeless cut. but this leather skirt has brought some much needed shape and edginess to the occasion. This has also turned a skirt which can sometimes be a little too short for the office into a new mid-week favourite.
P.s I am appreciating a little mixed print at the moment, hence the pairing of the leopard print creepers with this floral ensemble.
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE
This is my first post for 2013 and I am happy to say that my second new years resolution is
2. BLOG MORE OFTEN
I was planning to do a special post for 2013 but flicking through photos from my Christmas break I just wanted to share these photos taken by my sister in the Whitsunday’s so they don’t just sit on my laptop !
This Christmas in Australia was far from the sun bleached day we had hoped for, with rain trapping Sydney siders inside for their Christmas festivities.
I was lucky enough to escape to the Whitsunday’s for a few days over Christmas and experienced a wet Christmas in Queensland’s humid air which made swimming in the rain a rather refreshing experience. This warm air also meant that walking in the rain was of no concern causing me to pick back up an accessory which I I have shared my love for with you before, the head scarf.
In air so humid that your hair never seems to dry and you are always “in between swims” anyway, the head scarf has once again proved why it will always have a place in my wardrobe, especially when their is truly no right or way wrong to tie one that I can find.
I woke up this morning to the alarming realisation we are only one day out from the end of the year ! Exactly 26 hours (at the time of this post) until we will be counting away 2012 and welcoming 2013, though if your anything like me it will be at least mid February before you will truly accept that 2013 is upon us.
This time of year is one where we are meant to not only reflect on the year that has passed but also look forward to year we are about to take on and make plans or “resolutions” that will help us to make next year that little bit better than the one just passed.
I have never been one to lay out a list of resolutions so matter-of-factly nor can I think back to any resolutions I have ever really kept as they have mostly been flippant declarations at the stroke of midnight. So I thought this year I would put pen to paper in the form of this blog and share with you at least the 1st of my new years resolutions, the rest I will have to sleep on and get back to you tomorrow with.
1. Save up enough to go to Paris
I purchased this Pinafore dress (though have been referring to it as my “apron” dress) from Topshop when it’s Sydney store first opened. Though it was truly love at first sight I have since struggled to truly fall in love with an outfit that it was a part of. To be honest it isn’t the most flattering piece, and in retrospect I had been pairing it with equally unflattering T’s.
I make a lot of my shopping choices by simply falling in love with a piece, without truly having any idea what I would wear with it, so when a purchase that has been sitting in your wardrobe finally gets its moment its often like having a new brand new piece with all the endorphins that come with a shopping trip.
These photo’s below are a result of one of these such moments for my now DEAR pinafore dress.
My Kmart crop top purchase a few weeks ago has been a true blessing to my wardrobe. Once again proving that it is often the smallest purchases that can all of a sudden bring new life to your wardrobe, and by pairing the pinafore with a piece that shows some shape beneath it it has returned to the flattering shape it so desired.
In these temperatures I am loving the seamlessly backless feel that the pinafore and crop top combo create with the midi length completing the proportions of the outfit.
Wearing: Topshop Pinafore Dress, Wittner Sandals, Kmart Crop Top
I absolutely love this time of the year. When my only commitment is to get a good tan, my main hair product is salt water and I can comfortably and guiltlessly say I that will leave a chore until “next year.”
This summer’s must have piece for me, in terms of beach wear, has to be this pair of bright red vintage overalls. When enduring a sticky drive/ walk/ bike ride to my closest water source there is nothing worse than clingy clothes that leave you with visible sweat patches within minutes of leaving the house. Nor am I a fan of those, hilarious as they are, bikini marks that still wet swimwear leaves on tight fitting clothes on that trip back from the beach.
Enter these overalls, their uber comfy loose fit has made them an instant wardrobe favourite, allowing me to still feel the coolness of walking around in my bikini between home and beach without having to endure actually walking around shops & cafes predominantly nude.
I am also really excited to say that these photos below are the first to be taken in my new little home studio which will hopefully allow me to bring you more regular outfit posts.
I love playing dress up’s in my wardrobe. Finding new ways to wear existing pieces, and new ensombles to pair them with.
Tonight I found myself going through some gym pieces I picked up from Kmart (BARGIN!) as fillers for a shoot I styled for earlier in the week.
I have had a big place in my heart for weird necklines and especially reverse-roller necks (I am embarrassed to say I still don’t know the correct name for them!?!). On tonights particular bedside fashion show I found myself turning this tank (pictured below) around, creating a whole new look that I think I prefer to its design intent. I am also hearting over this bargain buy as it couples sport & monochrome, two obsession of mine that are currently dominating my wardrobe choices at the moment.
I am writing this after just receiving some amazing news. My best friend is coming home!
Their is a part of you that you leave with your friend’s every time you say goodbye to them, and you leave an even bigger part with those really special people in your life. I am glad to say that a rather large chunk of myself will be returned to me just in time for new years when my darling Alyssa returns !
Just in time for summer too !!!!!
Me and her took these photos while mucking around in an alley behind my house just before she left and I thought what better time to post them.
I bought this dress for Melbourne Cup 2009 and probably haven’t looked at it since, but the beautiful flowers made from twisted fabric which adorn the neckline have saved it from being thrown out in any of the numerous spring cleans that have occurred over the years. I adore finding something old in your wardrobe and falling in love with it all over again, just like I will be doing with my dear friend upon her return….. rekindling the love <3
Can’t wait till your home Love Bug !
I have been playing around with my hair-do a little lately, trying to work out a look more suitable to my frizzy hair. After years feeding my hair through straightening tongs only for it to frizz up 15 minutes later I have decided that the time has come to grow up and accept the hair god gave me !
This has resulted in a month of experimenting with different drying techniques so as to achieve the springiest curls ( sleeping in wet hair covered in my new best friend Redken’s All Soft Argan-6 Oil seems to be way to go)
This morning all came to a front – with me awakening to a bad hair day like no-other.
Refusing to straighten but at the same time unable to leave the house with the mop that is currently standing in for my hair, covering was my only option – enter HEAD SCARF!
I have a ridiculously large treasure trove of non-discript scarfs & sarongs wrapped around my hat stand, few of which have actually been used nor do I actually know where they came from!
I was excited to see a head scarf in a shoot styled by a friend of mine recently giving me my outfit inspiration for today and legitimising my hoarding habits.
Favourite thing about my new head adornment is the 1001 ways it can be tied so re-adjustments throughout the day are no-problemo !
STAY POSTED FOR SOME OUTFIT POSTS FEATURING MY NEW FOUND HAIR ACCESSORY
I do have to apologise for the lack of posts recently.
I have a number of exciting new projects that I am currently working on, including some big changes to the site that I cant wait to share – WATCH THIS SPACE.
As I get busier I am finding an increasing appreciation for comfort dressing, more often then not running out of the house wearing my boyfriends oversized shirt. Juggling; college, work, styling & blogging, and running between the four is far from a lifestyle suited to tight fitted, restrictive garments.
I am quite literally head-over-heels with my new Kirrily Johnston dress, a find that I quite appropriately came across in a 10 minute trip to David Jones after making the silly mistake of wearing a short skirt on a bus and desperately needed a wardrobe change.
It’s oversized proportions, which could easily be unflattering by a less seasoned designer, actually make me feel small within its folds and I have kind of fallen in love with the whole sensation of swimming in the piece.
Purchase number two that has resulted from my increasingly filled schedule -> A backpack! I have literally been taking this bad boy with me everywhere even wearing it in the place of a clutch in some circumstances! Instant street cred and Oh! so conveniant! (not the last time you are going to see this one popping up an outfit post.
Until next time…….
Wearing: Kirrily Johnston Dress, Sporsgirl Silver Cuffs, General Pants Backpack, Tony Bianco Heels
Photos by: Paul McMahon
From Monday through to Friday I am very much a comfort dresser. When probing myself out of bed in the early hours of the morning I can just never seem to convince myself to hop into a pair of stiletto’s or anything overly structured. So you can imagine my joy with this “pyjama dressing” trend that has been popping up. I picked up these beautiful soft paisley printed pieces on a recent outing to Zara’s latest addition, its Bondi Junction store, and have been mix-matching the wide leg pants with everything in my wardrobe, though my preference still is to wear the two pieces together as they compliment each other beautifully.
P.s Looking back over these images I am loving the unintentional Asian vibe of the whole outfit. A look which has been completed by the Staccato flatform which are inspired from the Japenese wooden sandals. Love it when things just fall together like that
Photos by: Paul McMahon