Saturday, April 23, 2011

Vintage Floral Skirt and Cable Knit Sweater

Felt very much like a school teacher in the 80s when I put a belt over a cable knit jumper. I got the jumper from an charity shop for £5 and it's the softest and warmest I own. (American Apparel are currently selling similar sweaters for £57!)

The vintage floral skirt was from Oz. It was $4 and the elastic gathering needed to be replaced. The print was too pretty to ignore so I bought it anyway and fixed it myself.

The skirt was well worn in the 80s and now it survives two more decades and counting!

Nails Inc French - 3 Week Gel Manicure

My last 3 week manicure on my Nails Inc loyalty card.

To make it really count, I choose french because the regrowth is less noticeable. I have long nail beds so I asked the manicurist to fake the whites. (My nails are actually short here.) So pleased to have normal looking nail beds for now!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

17 Vintage Love Eyeshadow Palette - Perfect Pastels

I had a personal promise that I won't buy another eyeshadow again but how freaking cute is this palette?

There are a few reviews and swatches online and that's how I got hooked. You can still buy it from but be quick. The other palette, Metallic Nude is already sold out and you can't find them in stores anymore. They're limited edition and are priced at only £5.49 with free delivery to any Boots store.

Not only is the compact pretty, the quality of the eyeshadows are outstanding. They're well pigmented and silky. Even better than Sleek with almost no fallout. The staying power is excellent. Still looking good at the end of the day with minimal creasing.

The colours are girly and soft. I think frosty pastels make eyes look more open and youthful. This is a definitely a keeper!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Lanvin Ballet Flats

You're probably thinking these don't belong in a frugalicious blog but they were a bargain. Got them at my favorite shop in Hampstead, a designer store selling nearly new stock for a fraction of retail.

Guessing a wealthy lady with small feet had unloaded her shoes because there were a heap of size 35 and 36 shoes in stock. I tried on a pair of Louboutins but they were too small (but they were hawt). And made a difficult choice out of four pairs of Lanvin ballet flats.

Bought the bordeaux plain leather because they were the comfiest. They have leather soles and wedge insoles for hidden support. I'm getting them Topied once I break them in a bit more.

I must sing out my praises for the leather. Lanvin flats have the thickest and supplest leather I've seen in shoes. They are beautifully made and will last a long time.

A tip on sizing for the plain leather flats. I suggest going up half a size.

Monday, April 11, 2011

NYX Sweetie Nail Polish

Just a quick post to show off my satin pink nails. Love the colour and the name is about right but it says "professional salon formula" and I disagree.

It's the streakiest frost I tried and even after three coats and a top coat, it chips within three days. Tut tut, NYX!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Cropped Orange Swing Coat

Spring is here and look what I found at the charity shop. Beaming from a huddle of winter coats is this orange swing coat. The colour really popped and that's why I love it. Aren't I looking ever so smug in my new coat?

It's a shame there was no label except to say that it was made of wool and cotton. I'm curious to know what brand it was but I suppose that's part of the mystery (or fun) with thrifting.

The coat was missing two buttons so the shop keeper let me have it for £10 instead of £14. There were identical decorative buttons on each pocket so I used those to replace the missing ones. An easy fix!

This outfit also comprises of:

Portmans scarf
Cream cable knit sweater
Roots Village Satchel in Tribe Leather

Monday, April 4, 2011

What's On Your Dresser?

Just having a little fun with Instagram. This is my dresser while I'm housesitting for a friend. It's actually a vintage vanity table with a light above the mirror.

I feel so girly rolling my hair up in bendy rollers in front of it. Remember them? I bought a pack of 6 from an op shop for $1 AUD but you can still get them in Boots.

For wavy curls, I use two at a time trapping the ends of my hair in between and I roll upwards. They stay secure while I'm sleeping and by morning, I have curls! No heat required and they last until I wash my hair. How's that for old fashioned hair tricks?

I bought the hair pick from a vintage fair in Hampstead. The pearl necklace and gold bracelet you might have seen from my previous posts. The elegant bottles of perfume are Penhaligon's. I've sampled them all and their scents are exquisite!


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