Market haul – Gucci Vintage Bootleg Sweatshirt $60, Missoni Knit Top $20, Iro Jeans $10, OneTeaspoon Denim Skirt $10
Gucci Vintage Bootleg Sweatshirt – bought at Manly Markets from Queen Justine Vintage | OneTeaspoon Denim Skirt – bought from Kirribilli Markets | Guess Boots – bought from EbayAU | Hiking Shoe Laces – bought from EbayAU
There’s nothing like cracking open a freshly delivered Aus Post parcel and featuring your fresh new purchase on your Insta story. I’m using this analogy because I am 100% an online shopping person. Anything I can do from my bed in my jim jams is A OK with me and who doesn’t love being able to accomplish a task bra-less and in trackies.
So as I paint the dream in my head of a life spent online shopping, in reality, life just gets more expensive. Every month it’s bills bills bills and then all of a sudden I’m Destiny’s Child wishing someone would just pay my bills so maybe I could chill/shop…
So how do you get your fix while keeping most of your bank account intact? Second hand or vintage, my friends. The only down sides are wading through a bunch of crap at markets and Vinnies stores and feeling bad when you try to haggle prices down when they’re already pretty cheap. But hey, if I’m putting pants and a bra on to go to an actual shop, I better be bagging myself a bargain.
The other weekend I went to Kirribilli General Market on Saturday and the Manly Markets on Sunday, finishing up the weekend strong with a great haul of mostly designer digs for $100. The key is obviously finding the right stalls and digging for those golden gooses, and I’m not talking about the sneakers, or maybe the sneakers? You never know. Someone’s trash is another bargain hunters treasure.
Usually my strategy is to weave through the market stalls with an eye out for labels, the more well known or designer labels a stall has, the higher the probability of finding gold is. Who said maths wasn’t useful after high school. My other strategy is to keep an eye out for a rack of old Levi’s jeans, skirts or denim jackets. This is usually a slightly more expensive stall because it’s not just someone getting rid of their last seasons wardrobe. It’s a proper vintage shop where you’re more than likely to find a gold mine of old Harley Davidson Tees, Hilfiger, Guess, anything 80’s and 90’s really. It’s a sign of a seller that knows what the consumer wants; Vintage shit you could’ve saved money on if your mum had just KEPT ALL HER CLOTHES, but now you have cough up top dollar because this old shit is cool again. Yes mum, I’m talking to YOU.
Lastly, West Coast Customise your shit up. Cut the sleeves off to turn your top into a muscle tank, buy some new shoe laces to vamp up a pair of boots, fashion yourself a crop top out of an oversized men’s tee, chop a step hem in a pair of vintage jeans and chuck them in the wash for a frayed look.
You don’t have to spend a fortune to have the outfits you want, just a $100 in your pocket, a pair of scissors, the courage to hack into your new old clothes and the musty, second hand world of vintage fashion is your oyster.
Awesome online Vintage Stores
This customise rule doesn’t just apply to second hand. Here’s a photo for your enjoyment of me wearing a pair of Kmart men’s jeans. I bought the smallest size I could find, yanked them up Steve Urkel style to sit around my waist and chopped off the hem at my ankles. 15 buckaroos for these bad boys.
Get your Urkel on here
Recently I was lucky enough to travel to HK and the UK for work. Typically even though it was a work trip, I couldn’t help but document it all.
Much to the dismay and embarrassment of my work colleagues, who really should be used to it by now, I took to the streets like a full blown tourist, camera strapped to my neck and throwing out peace signs where ever I could.
It’s amazing how awkward people get when you pull a camera out. It’s like the biggest taboo and screams TOURIST. But news flash, HELLO, I am a tourist. I’m in a country that’s not my home and I want to document it. Crazy notion right?
Also being in a relationship with a photographer you kind of have to get used to having a camera out a lot and spending WAY longer in one place than a normal person. Hours are spent timelapsing on a rooftop in Manhattan’s Lower East Side capturing the sunset or sitting on the concrete when it’s 5 degrees looking at San Fran’s Golden Gate Bridge for way longer than you really need to, you’re cold, tired, you’ve just driven all day up the Highway 1 and you just want a god damn PHO…
Freezing cold evenings or uncomfortably hot days aside, after all is said and done, it will be helpful when the Alzheimers sets in.
THAT ONE TIME IN SAN FRAN
Maison Margiela black tshirt dress / STELLA McCARTNEY coat / Yves Saint Laurent black high top shoes / 3 1 Phillip Lim black shoulder bag / Marni necklace / Michael Kors stainless steel watch / Marni bracelets bangle / Smoke & Mirrors mirrored glasses
My favourite time of year is coming up.
It’s the last month of Winter and as the days start getting warmer, the need to layer fades. Soon the amazing feeling of throwing a coat on over a short t-shirt dress and kicks will be all you need to step outside into the great outdoors. Gone will be the days of trying fruitlessly to grab on to the ends of cardigan or sweater sleeves so that they don’t bunch up under your coat sleeves. Which by the way are way too tight to fit anything under comfortably anyway.
As a minimal dresser, layering items in Winter is just not my forte. I end up just being either way too cold, or way too hot. Also anyone who wears a lot of black will know the pain of putting on a entire black outfit, consisting of many layers, only to find that some of the blacks you’re wearing are blue/black, some are red/black and some are green/black…
The struggle is real.
Hi, my name is Sarah and I am an addict. An instagram addict. It’s been 45 minutes since my last post and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to post again.
Don’t deny me my cheap thrills. Be an enabler and follow me @denimanddumplings
Winter white is my new favourite colour. Granted I’m being liberal by labeling it a colour, but when I spend most of my days head to toe in black, it’s almost like stepping out in hot pink. Get it in perspective people. So anyway, as I was saying, Winter White is my new favourite colour.
As the days get colder, the meals get warmer, bigger and decidedly more unhealthy. This results in clothes getting baggier, layering and best of all OUTERWEAR. The best thing about Winter, apart from eating what you want and knowing you won’t be in a bikini for at least 6 months (can I hear an amen), is getting re-acquainted with your Winter wardrobe and best of all, buying a new coat.
When I think about purchasing outerwear, I want it to last. I want to be able to pull out that coat that used to be a ball of crisp hundred dollar bills or lets face it, probably a small chunk of credit on a Visa and wear it season after season. Who doesn’t want to get their moneys worth these days? Petrol ain’t getting any cheaper and my Shellac mani/pedi isn’t going to pay for itself.
White is a “colour” that will never go out of season, similarly to Black or Camel. It’s a non offensive shade of nothing that will live out its days happily in your outerwear cycle. Pick a style that has a good silhouette and simple clean lines that you won’t get sick of. This little number that I designed for work has just gone into store and is a sturdy shorter length coat, slightly over sized and made out of a heavy off white, boiled wool.
So say it with me, I love Winter weight! I mean white… Well at least there’s room for both of you in this coat.
Get the look
Copenhagen Oversized Jacket Jigsaw
White Linen Tee A.P.C
Jeans – On Sale!
Ecru Boyfriend Jeans Marcs
Shoes – On Sale!
Elly Banded Pump Seed
Can anyone actually believe that Christmas is in FOUR DAYS?
When you’re a kid, you literally want everything for Christmas. All the things, ever created, everything, just give it to me.
As you get slightly older, you learn the valuable lesson about quality VS quantity, but yet you still want ALL OF THE THINGS.
Finally you get to the point in your life where you actually learn the value of money and you realise that most of the time presents are a massive waste of money, unless there’s something you genuinely want or need.
We become sensible grown up humans, asking for things like exercise gear to pre-empt the usual New Years resolutions, bath towels, sheet sets or Soda Streams. Gifts become less of a treat ad more of a necessity. Less of an “I want” and more of an “I need”. What happened to that little girl who asked Santa for a real live unicorn? Well screw it. This year I’m asking for a unicorn. A really big one. The best one money can buy.
… Either that or i’ll settle for anything Helmut Lang.
Photo Cred : Understated Leather Don’t Mess With Texas Campaign
Understated Leather is the example of a perfect pairing of talented minds and crafty hands.
Husband and wife team Jen and Josh, have built their brand around the idea of individuality. The Australian/Texan duo, craft hand made and up-cycled, vintage pieces that make you want to grab a guitar, kick up some dirt and ride into the Texas sunset on a motorcycle wearing nothing but a leather jacket. Well, looking at their newest campaign “Don’t Mess With Texas” that’s exactly what their wafty model Anna Herrin did.
The Understated Leather collection features leather jackets with metal hardware, laboriously pieced together by hand, denim jackets with engraved leather patches, fringed suede vests, engraved leather wallets and clutches and a completely custom made service.
In a world where fast fashion is ruling the roost, where clothing is produced in the tens of thousands, it’s more than a breath of fresh air seeing a label producing sustainable, ethical, good old fashioned hand made product.
With a “Go your own way” attitude, there is nothing standing in the way of this duo and the world other than global shipping. And they do that too.