Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Santa Baby... Please Bring These Two Beauties To Me...

Santa Baby....
Santa Baby.... 

At first glance this probably looks like the worst effort at an outfit post ever.  In fact its simply my two biggest lust have items for Christmas in a last effort attempt to check if a) Mr Puggy (or Santa) read my blog and b) if they do whether they would buy me a dress that costs over a a thousand dollars....

I have an obsession with Issa - which is where this gown is from.  Their garments are exquisite, 100% silk and oh so flattering.  And I am in love with this gown.  And admit it, she really does not need anything else other than a lovely clutch.

The Jimmy Choos are a genuine investment piece.  Nude pumps in a sensible heel height of high quality really are worth the price tag.  So Santa Baby, how about you leave these under the tree for me?

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Sunday, 16 December 2012

Best of The British

Best Of The British

Best Of The British

So I ended up with mostly imports in this outfit - whoops.  The good news is Accessorize/Monsoon are doing free worldwide shipping at the moment, ASOS always does and Miss Selfridge is free shipping when you spend over 60 quid.  By the way, does anyone know how to do the pound sign in blogger?  I have NFI, which is why I said quid instead...

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Remember Me?  The Alannah Hill Hairbow also featured in Christmas with Alannah.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Jewel of The Eighties

Jewel Of The Eighties

This outfit takes some inspiration from the eighties without being terrifying!  Black leggings, tunics and flats with the gold jewellery make for a distinctly retro yet sophisticated (and comfortable) look.  The pièce de résistance?  The gorgeous purple quilted bag that I beleive I need to own!  

Oh and yes I am well aware its over 35 degrees today.  This is my way of rebelling against summer!

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Investment Piece: Yes they are pricey, but fabulous footless tights are a bit of a staple in my world and well worth the price!  

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Have A Floraly Christmas!

Have a Floaty Flowery Christmas....

Have a Floaty Flowery Christmas.... 


I don't pretend to absolutely love every outfit I create.  I like to challenge myself and try to put together things that I would generally not be drawn to.  This outfit however is oh so me to the point I am seriously considering buying at least the dress and the cardigan.  And probably the bag and shoes as well to be honest!

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Remember Me?  The Florsheim Pumps have been featured previously here and here.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Budget Buys: Pretty in Pink/Nice in Navy

Budget Buys: Pretty In Pink and Nice in Navy

Budget Buys: Pretty In Pink and Nice in Navy

Excuse the sickly sweet name, but the good thing is this little set features equally as sweet prices with nothing breaking the $25.00 barrier.  I have just discovered the Max Range by Coles - which apparently makes me about three years behind the rest of the world.  Regardless, the prices are great so I made yet another budget buy post!

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Remember Me?  The Hudson Barrel Bag was also featured in this post.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

One Store Shopping: Christmas With Alannah

Christmas With Alannah

Christmas With Alannah

This is without a doubt a bit of a cheat outfit, but then the green and red are super Christmasy and its very clear I am a big Alannah Hill fan by reading either of my blogs.  Put it this way, I would wear and rock this outfit!  With the polka dots and two bold colours, well it does not need much more than a pair of festive earrings!

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All items available from Alannah Hill.

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Budget Buys: Corporate Cheap

Budget Buys: Corporate Cheap

Budget Buys: Corporate Cheap

Dressing 9 - 5 appropriate depends a lot on your workplace, and also on your budget.  This little ensemble might not be appropriate for all workplaces, but the price is right at less than $20.00 a piece!  Some of these items are on sale, all were available when I created the outfit, no promises as to their continued availability!  

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What I Own - the midi skirt (in another colour), a thin fabric but a good staple (with heels if you are under 5'3" is a necessity!)  And the ruched tee in about three colours, mostly for casual wear.  

Friday, 30 November 2012

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Christmas Cocktails: Blue and Green Can Be Seen!

Christmas Cocktails: Blue and Green Can be Seen!


In the lead up to the silly season I'm focussing on party season appropriate outfits.  This one is to inspire those of you attending afterwork drinks at any time.  Generally with black and white my instinct is to add red accents, simply because that is a look that I love. I resisted today and went with blue with the slightest hints of green.  

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Friday, 23 November 2012

One Store Shopping: Flirty in Florals

Flirty in Florals

Flirty in Florals

Lately when I have been feeling lazy, I feature outfits from one store. Today's is a spring appropriate outfit built initially on the navy dress and then the floral blazer from Forever New.  With summer just around the corner I am going to have an even harder time soon!

Featuring (price low to high, all from Forever New):

Remember Me?  The Layla Textured Ring was featured in this outfit.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Not-Quite-Summer Brights

Summer Brights

Summer Brights

After yesterday's 'ho-hum' post I thought I would bring a bit more colour back in.  Here is an outfit pushing my comfort zone as its both a) pants and b) lots of colours.  Neither of which I wear anymore.  With the cami, slim pants and cardi the idea is this will serve you well at this time of the year when it seems Mother Nature cannot decide whether to rain or shine.

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Remember Me?  The Mini Button Zip Tote by Mimco also featured in this outfit.

One Store Shopping: I'm Feeling A Bit Blue

I'm Feeling Red and Cream

I'm Feeling Blue

Had a few ordinary days in the Puggy family and extended family.  I won't expand here for a variety of reasons, but I was feeling very ho hum today and with no reserve outfits all I could really be bothered creating was something, well easy.  So everything in today's outfit is from Topshop, and its more suited to Autumn than Spring because at the moment I feel more Winter than Summer like.  But hey, at well over 100 pounds at least the shipping would be free...  Oh and yes, I am aware this is more oxblood, navy and cream, but that did not have the same ring to it.  

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NB: All pieces by Topshop and all prices are approximate.  

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Splurge, Sensible, Steal: The Pretty Peplum

Peplum is yet another trend I cannot wear.  I am almost a perfect hour glass.  I think there is a one cm difference between my hips and boobs.  As a result, if I wear peplum I automatically look more like a pear.

But this is a pretty trend and I can see how it would do wonders for girls with different body shapes - so  I have made it the feature of today's Splurge, Sensible, Steal.

As always, even if I don't always say it, I love receiving any feedback you might have - and if you are enjoying my outfits, be a few days ahead of everyone else and follow me on Polyvore.


SPLURGE

Le Posh Peplum

Le Posh Peplum

I have to admit I struggled with this outfit - I found the gorgeous top and skirt and put them together to create an illusion of a dress (with the added benefit of being able to split them into two different items if anyone buys) - and then struggled with the accessories.  I confess I am still not 100% happy with this one!  What would you have done differently?

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SENSIBLE
Pretty in Peplum - Mauve Gold-ess


I've called this one Mauve Gold-ess for two reasons.  1) Cheesy names are something I really enjoy and 2) the maxi dress with the rose gold seemed very glam and goddess like.  My favourite piece?  The Rocking Horse Ring - so different!

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STEAL

Price-Wise in Peplum

Price-Wise in Peplum

I've had to do a bit of importing with this one - as I continually complain, really affordable dresses are hard to come by in Australia.  New Look though has very affordable flat shipping rates so if you get a few things its not too bad at all.  

I added the blue and black skull scarf to add an element of fun to this outfit.  I personally really like it, and I am more of a fairy princess as opposed to skull sort of girl...

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Friday, 16 November 2012

And So It Is Spring Time

And So It Is Spring Time

And So It Is Spring Time

Goodness knows what possessed me to create a spring outfit with only two weeks of spring left, but I did, and here it is.

I chose the lightweight pants in an effort to avoid all skirts and dresses and the batwing top as it provides coverage if it gets chilly, but is light enough to be cool if it is warm.  The mint bag adds a spot of pizzaz to an otherwise (pretty) but subdued ensemble.  

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Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Splurge, Sensible And Steal: The Summer Maxi

Personally, there are very few kinds of maxi dresses I can wear, the one featured in Why Cant' We Elope is one of them.  But just because I cannot have it, does not mean I cannot look does it?  Thus I will keep looking at gorgeous maxis I would never be able to pull off, stunning pumps I cannot really afford and goodness knows what else!

SPLURGE

The Summer Maxi - Splurge


After putting together this outfit it occurred to me the dress was not really that much of a splurge, sure its not cheap, but many people would think the price is perfectly reasonable.  And then I realised having an affordable splurge is far from a bad thing, and plus, the colours are so earthy and interesting I was not going to change it.

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SENSIBLE

The Summer Maxi - Sensible

The Summer Maxi - Sensible

This floral dress caught my eye and I based this series around wanting to use it.  Its pieces like this that make me curse my short and curvy stature!

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NB: J Crew are doing free shipping to Australia until 30 December 2012


STEAL

The Summer Maxi - Steal

The Summer Maxi - Steal 

Teals and purples are a classic combination.  I've used varying shades of each to add depth to an otherwise quite plain outfit.  The scarf could be worn around the neck, waist, hair or on a bag.  I confess I definitely struggle with these steal outfits!  Far more work goes into them than anything else I feature I think!    

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STOP PRESS - Oroton are doing 50% off online and in store until the 18th of November.  Simply print this voucher or use the code FF2012 online. 

I Wear More Than Skirts!

I Wear More Than Skirts

I Wear More Than Skirts 

So a simple cycle through this blog shows that the vast majority of my outfits are skirts and dresses.  Given on my last wardrobe count I own one pair of jeans, one pair of harem/fisherman style pants and a pair of shorts, thats not surprising.

However, its awfully discriminatory if any of me readers like pants and shorts!  So I do apologise and made this outfit for you.  That said, I would so wear this!  I am trying to make seasonal outfits and clearly this one is geared at summer, but given autumn and winter are my preferred seasons I daresay I will sneak some woolies into the mix as the temperature rises!  

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Monday, 12 November 2012

The Capsule Wardrobe Project - Part Five: The Jeans Have It

I started the Capsule Wardrobe Project on A Girl and Her Pugs.  I only have one last post to do and while I considered posting it on the original blog - I decided to do it here as I have decided to move the inspiration boards.

If you are interested - here are the other parts...


I tentatively had more 'parts' planned, and who knows - I might do them yet.  But currently there are no immediate plans to publish more outfits from the capsule wardrobe project.

I'm the first to admit that I am not a huge fan of jeans.  Frankly, they don't look that good on me and I have a terrible habit of forgetting they should not be put in the dryer and shrinking them.  Oops.

Regardless, for many the humble jeans are an everyday item. And so I created this sub-collection from the Capsule Wardrobe.  The full wardrobe can also be viewed on my Pinterest and Polyvore accounts.  I've not bothered adding explanations here - the idea of the capsule wardrobe project is that you can see for your self how many ways a few items can be worn.


Business Casual
Business Casual

Capsule Wardrobe Items

Accessories/Additions



Splash Me In Reds
Splash Me In Reds

 Capsule Wardrobe Items
Accessories/Additions


Sleek in Stripes
Sleek in Stripes
  
Capsule Wardrobe Items
Accessories/Additions


Cozy in My Cardigan
Cozy In My Cardigan

 Capsule Wardrobe Items
Accessories/Additions


Dress Me Over
Dress Me Over

Capsule Wardrobe Items
Accessories/Additions


Saturday, 10 November 2012

Naut on My Yacht!

Naut on My Yacht!

Naut on My Yacht! 

Right - I am not the most on trend person - far from it.  But frankly, I don't want to be.  I want my fashion choices to be (as much as possible) something I won't look back on in years to come and go 'OMG, what was I thinking'.

Nautical is classic.  There are heaps of different spins on it, but at the end of the day the preppy nautical look is never going to date tragically.  I hope anyway as I love it!

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Thursday, 8 November 2012

Retro Glamour By The Pool

Retro Glamour By The Pool



Let's be honest, you really should not wear these babies anywhere near the water, some things just do not mix well...  Like puddles and stilettos.

BUT they really were essential to create this Retro Glamour By The Pool Set.  I am thinking of eras gone by where a desire for pale skin and the perfect coif meant very few women would actually swim.  Making the stilettos almost practical after all.

All items available in Australia - no importing required.

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What I Own - none of these actual items - but I do own a swimsuit from ASOS that is not dissimilar to the one shown here.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Corporate Cool in Summer Heat

Summer Corporate


Summer Corporate 


Keeping cool while dressing corporate is a constant challenge in Australian summers.  Unless you live in Hobart maybe?  We women are a bit luckier than our male counterparts as we can generally get away with not wearing a jacket when it gets hot. 

Regardless though, judging by some of the outfits I have seen before keeping cool yet corporate is still a challenge.  Here is one take on it.  My tip - avoid polyester.  Always avoid polyester if possible, sometimes its not possible if the item is very cute, but always avoid when its over 35 degrees or.... smelly!

Everything available in Australia - no imports required!  

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Yes the bag is pricey, yes you could get something similar for a lot less.  I liked this one!  Plus a nice leather bag is not all that expensive when you divide its price by the amount of times you will use it.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Splurge, Sensible And Steal: The Sequinned Dress

Now personally, this whole sequinned dress thing for the most part reminds me of my traumatic time in the local calisthenics group.  But then I saw the 'splurge' dress and changed my mind.  To be clear, I cannot afford the splurge dress, and if I could, I am not convinced I have anywhere to wear it, but damn do I want it!

Hopefully you know how this works by now!  I pick a theme and then create three outfits based on a 'splurge', 'sensible' and 'steal' price point.  

I do the best with what we have here in Australia, I confess for this one I had to go offshore more than I like to as a) the splurge dress is what gave me this theme and its overseas and b) getting a steal dress in Australia that is not sold out in every size is getting harder and harder and I want to post items that are in stock enough that people can purchase them if they want to.


SPLURGE

More is More - Sequinned Splurge

More is More - Sequinned Splurge 


I've kept the accessories to a bare minimum for all of these dresses, and I think you can see why!  With this much bling on the boddy you don't need anything else apart from shoes and a clutch for your lippy.  To accessories this I would honestly only wear studs in my ears and maybe a plain bangle.  But I am a bit boring....

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Remember Me?  The Lady Garland Clutch has also been featured in this post...


SENSIBLE

She Sparkle's

She Sparkle's 


I would have preferred a clutch a bit more 'clear champagne' than what I found, but c'est la vie.  This outfit unfortunately involves importing still but most of it is available here in Australia.

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Remember Me?  The Lydia Clutch has also been featured in this post...


STEAL

Sequinned Seductress - Steal

Sequinned Seductress - Steal 

This was the only sequinned dress (with a decent size range available that I could find for under $60.00.  There might be more out there, but with the fabric embellishments I'm not sure how much cheaper you could find.

This is a very sexy look - I personally could not pull this off without looking cheap in the wrong way.  Proceed with caution!  But if you can do it - you will be rewarded with an outfit for well under $100.00!

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NB: The shoes are on a super sale - they were available in all sizes except for size 10 when I created this outfit - no promises as to their continual availability!