As 2011 is coming to an end (where has all the time gone?) I thought it would be an appropriate time to review and post some of my favourite outfits that I have shown on my blog in the second half of this year. I already covered my favourite outfits from the first half of the year here. 2012 will be a significant and extremely eventful year for me. I am planning to get married in December, move into an apartment with Rydog and our kitten Juliette and finish my law degree. I am both scared and excited at the same time. I believe these are the changes that I have so desperately wanted in my life for a long time now. However, there are some elements of my current lifestyle that I will miss and I am worried about the likelihood of everything falling into place according to plan.
The last photo on the left is the outfit I wore on Christmas day. I will post more photos of it soon.
One of my favourite aspects of Christmas time is the opportunity to dress up for a range of family events. A few days in a row to dress up in pretty dresses and high heels is perfect, in my opinion. For me, Christmas Eve marks the start of the Christmas dressing up. I wore my new polka dot heart cut out dress. It is totally my style with the polka dots and I've wanted a heart cut out dress for ages but I could never find the right one until the other day, I also wore my new floral heart locket which I received from my sisters for Christmas. Rydog and I attended a family Christmas Eve party last night and into the early hours of this morning. It was great fun. I was very unwell yesterday so I was lucky to even attend this party. I seriously hope I will be fine for the Christmas period.
On Saturday afternoon Juliette Miracle, Rydog and I had a fun little photo shoot together. I just love these photos of our little family. My sister took the photos for us. My beautiful Juliette loved the experience too! I wore my 70s inspired dress from Portmans which I posted here. It is most definitely one of my favourite dresses at the moment and I have worn it to a number of family events now. There are so many shoes I can wear it with. I usually wear it with my cream coloured or red heels but the other day I thought I'd be different and style the dress with my Seychelles heels which I showed here.
Portmans 1970s inspired dress Seychelles heels via Modcloth
This is the outfit I usually wear when I cannot decide on an outfit or when nothing else seems to work. I frequently find myself in such situation so this is probably one of my most worn outfits over the last few months. I first posted this dress here and here when I spent the day at the beach last July. It is very versatile and there are so many shoes and cardigans that I can style it with. I also love the vintage vibe to this dress. I customised the cardigan myself by sewing the white flowers onto it. I wore this outfit last Thursday when it was cold and raining. I just had time to snap a few photos in a short rain break.
On Saturday night Rydog and I attended a cruise on Sydney Harbour for Rydog's work Christmas party. The company he works for puts on this same event every year and it is the second year we have attended. It is truly a fantastic event and one of the highlights of the year. The harbour cruise provides a beautiful setting and fun atmosphere and the free drinks and food are always of high quality. I also love the opportunity to dress up! I had a fabulous night and I'm actually very sad its over now. We were extremely lucky to have warm and sunny weather for this event. After a week of almost non-stop rain right up until Saturday morning, I can't quite believe the weather was so fine. It was rather windy on the boat so I managed to snap a few outfit pictures before I left.
I wore a dress which I bought four years ago for my school graduation formal. This is only the third time I've worn it and I wish I had more opportunities to do so. I can't believe that something I bought so long ago could still be one of my favourite dresses. To me it is a classic dress and will probably never go out of style.
As I mentioned in my last post, I just finished my fourth year at university and I am on summer holidays for the next three months. It is truly an amazing feeling to have all that academia out of the way and to have this time to focus on other areas of my life. This year has been very demanding and challenging for me in a number of ways so I definitely think I need a rest and some free time now. I am planning to make this holiday as relaxing as possible in terms of work and study. I was considering finding some more work, in addition to the part time job I have at the moment, and I have thought about summer school to reduce my workload for next year. However, I have decided against them both. I was thinking the other day that this will be the last long summer holiday that I ever have. Next year, I will be married and there will be pressure to seek additional work to pay for the myriad of expenses that come with independent living. I will be fully self sufficient in approximately a years time so this is my last summer where I can avoid many obligations and responsibilities. I definitely want these changes to happen. I am very much looking forward to getting married, having my own flat and not being a student any more. These are the changes I have so desperately wanted for years as I felt depressed and as though my life was going no where. However, there are some positive elements about being young and carefree and I hope to enjoy them for the very last time these holidays.
Unfortuantely it has been raining for most of the last week here which is very uncharacteristic of this time of year. I feel cheated of my summer holidays although I'm sure there is some warm weather to come. I really hope it is not raining on the weekend since I am attending a harbour cruise and a picnic. In the absence of outfit photos for the week, I thought I would show some of my recent purchases. I went shopping this week and my final order from Modcloth arrived.
Marc Jacobs Daisy I've been looking to find this particulary perfume at a reasonable price for many months now. Last week I finally found it at almost half the usual price at a discount chemist. I love it and the daisy bottle is adorable!
Modcloth Three Quarters Past Cute Cardigan The crochet design on this cardigan is so gorgeous, unique and sweet. It is one of the prettiest cardigan designs I've ever seen and I love it so much. However, it is very hard to style and I'd like some suggestions on what to wear it with.
Modcloth It's Bow-time Cardigan I love the adorable bows and lace on this cardigan. It is very versatile and will go with many of my outfits.
Modcloth Lacy Luck Skirt Perfect! This is one of the best items I have ever bought and I love it so much. My favourite aspect is the shape. It fits me perfectly and is very flattering to my shape. I've never had another skirt which does that as well as this skirt does. The shape is what sets it apart from other skirts. The lace and large buttons are fabulous details, the length is just right and I love the colour
Here are some pictures of my Juliette this week. She certainly has excellent taste in shoes!