'I don't wear pink'

Coat C/O DressLink | Bodysuit by Marilyn Monroe Intimates | Tights by Secret 


Fashion Favourites | New Years Eve 2015

Deux Lux Glitter Clutch | Santi Flower Clutch | Santi Beaded Clutch | Rebecca Minkoff Glitter Clutch

Today is December 29th and I still haven't worked out what to wear on New Years Eve. It used to be that I'd always have a certain outfit picked out for any significant upcoming holidays and events. These days, I tend to leave it to the last minute. Very little pre-planning and fussing about. For Christmas this year, I paired my favourite and slightly raggedy blue jeans with a nice blouse. The thought of slipping into a sequinned mini dress, which would require readjustment every single time I stood up or sat down, seemed entirely unappealing.

New Years Eve, though. I think something glittery or sequinned is in order. A dress, a blouse, maybe that weird pair of sequinned leggings that I never wear and have had since I was a teenager but refuse to get rid of? Glittered heels? Sequinned blazer? Maybe put it all together and go for the 'disco ball' look? We'll see...

P. S. Shopbop is currently offering an extra 25% off all sale items with the code 'EXTRAEXTRA'. Promotion ends at 11:59pm on December 31st. Click here for more information.



Dress C/O DressLink | Leather Jacket from Winners | Secret Tights | Steve Madden Pumps



Faux Suede Jacket C/O SheIn | Black Turtleneck C/O Shopbop | Jeans from Suzy Shier | Steve Madden Pumps

Fashion Favourites | Shoes | Winter 2015

Glitter, suede, and leather. That's something for everyone, I think. Unless you're like me, in which case all three are equally appealing. With the holidays quickly approaching, I've been gathering together a few ideas for holiday looks. Doing a bit of online window shopping. Looking through my closet to see what I've got to work with. Even considering wearing a dress on Christmas this year. But let's not get too carried away. 

And with the holidays being not far away now, it's that time of year again for Shopbop's holiday sale! It began this morning at 4am PST and runs until November 30th at 11.59pm. This sale is ideal for group purchases, as higher totals equal better savings. Click here to find out more.


Outfit | Bell Bottom Blues

Faux Fur Coat C/O Chicwish | Blouse from Suzy Shier | Bell Bottom Jeans C/O Shopbop | Thrifted Cowboy Boots

Since skinny jeans made a comeback years ago, I had worn them almost exclusively. Until earlier this year, that is. I've been broadening my horizons. Although, that seems more than a little silly to say when we're talking about something as superficial as what kind of jeans to wear. Still, last summer I started with a pair of low rise flared jeans from a Sidney thrift shop that cost me $1. Now, as the weather gets colder, I've been favouring this pair of dark wash Blank Denim high waisted jeans.

For this look, I paired them with a lightweight blouse from Suzy Shier and an old pair of cowboy boots I bought from a nearby thrift shop. The faux fur coat is from Chicwish's A/W line last year.



Fringe Jacket C/O SheIn | Top from Suzy Shier | Mini Skirt from Forever 21 | Secret Tights | Steve Madden Pumps

Outfit | Take Two

Fringed Poncho C/O Shopbop | Turtleneck C/O Shopbop | Mini Skirt from Forever 21 | Secret Tights | Steve Madden Pumps

I had the 1960s in mind when I was putting this outfit together, so I opted for a classic black turtleneck paired with a black mini skirt and black tights and heels. The fringed poncho is the same one featured in last week's outfit post. I've really been loving it lately, especially because where I live is quite cold and it's brilliant for just wearing round the house, as well as out and about. Just a really simple and classic kind of look. And quite comfortable, as well! 

P.S. One of the online shops I collaborate with on Life In Red Lipstick, Shopbop, is having their annual Family & Friends Event. Use the code 'INTHEFAM25' for 25% all orders. The sale runs until 11.55pm PDT on Thursday 15 October. You can find out more here.


Outfit | On The Fringes

I vaguely remember ponchos being stylish when I was a kid. I had a light pink one from La Senza Girl. I hadn't owned one since until I bought a grey woollen one at a thrift shop last year. However, it's not yet left the closet.

The difference between that poncho and this camel poncho is weight and colour. The lightweight fabric creates more movement and feels less blankety. And the solid camel colour lends to a more chic look than grey wool fabric tends to do.

When wearing something very unstructured, I always like to pair it with something fitted. I don't like to feel swallowed up, so to speak, by drapey fabric. So I paired this poncho with black skinny jeans.

For accessories and shoes, I wore a pair of cheap gold hoops and my beloved fringed boots from last winter. It may be a faux pas to wear two fringed things at once, I'm not sure. I'm also not sure I really care.


Outfit | Early Autumn


re:named Trench Coat C/O Shopbop | Sweater from Sirens | Jeans from Suzy Shier | Boots from Payless

Sometimes you like an outfit so much that you wear it two days in a row. That's my excuse. Sometimes you just didn't bring anything else and suddenly Saturday is Sunday. That's a little closer to the truth. Not to get sidetracked...

For the past year or so, I've had a minor obsession with suede. It all began innocently last year with a vintage suede jacket. Flash forward to present day, and in addition to the coat featured in this post and the bra-top in the last one, I've been eyeing a fringed microsuede brown jacket. Trying to resist. I should note, however, I've been having little luck resisting temptation to do the it'd-be-fun-but-I-probably-shouldn't things lately. It does make life a little more fun, to be fair.

While browsing Shopbop's coats and jacket section recently, I spotted this lovely re:named microsuede trenchcoat. It immediately reminded me of those gorgeous trenchcoats from 60s and 70s. And it was suede, in a beautiful autumnal shade of camel. Very tempting, indeed.

 I've always thought that camel goes nicely with other classic colours. Black, white, cream, blue denim, and so on. And I've always particularly loved how cream and camel look together, so I opted for a cream sweater. In reality, it's a cardigan worn the wrong way round. It works with some cardigans, some not. Mostly depends on the cut and style.  

Now what to pair with these two pieces... for a moment, flared jeans seemed like a good idea. Then I remembered the damp grass and mud. Jeans that wouldn't drag on the ground suddenly seemed the better choice. To complete this casual look, I chose a pair of lace-up boots that I've been hanging onto since sometime in 2009. 

I had a casual, slightly retro look in mind. I chose the trench and sweater to add a bit of a 60s vibe and chose the skinny jeans and lace-up boots to add a more modern touch. I'm not sure whether it came through properly, but I was thinking something along the lines of 'If Kate Moss Lived in the 1960s'.

Finally, a big thank you to my friend Dave for shooting the photos seen here.


Outfit | Suede and Denim

Vintage Jean Jacket | Faux Suede Bra Top C/O SheIn | Black Jeans from Sirens | Steve Madden Pumps

Well it's certainly been a while, hasn't it? It seems hard to believe summer is, for all intents and purposes, over. I feel like it flew by before I even really had a chance to think about it. Fragmented by packing, moving, unpacking, and getting settled in to a new place, I almost feel like I missed it. Although, my fading tan lines inform me otherwise...

 Moving on, this look was styled around a faux suede fringed bra-top from SheIn. Ordering it on a warm summery day, I hadn't considered how the weather may shift by the time it arrived in the postbox. Picking up the package on one in a string of several cool, rainy days, I realised my minor screw up. I abandoned the summery, slightly beachy look I had in mind to go for something a little more seasonally appropriate.

I wanted to pair the top with high waisted blue jeans, but something about how the bottom of the fringe hit the waist of the jeans created a very unflattering box-like silhouette. 'Low rise jeans, it is then', I thought and grabbed an old pair of black jeans. Not surprisingly, ten pounds gone later, they didn't fit quite how I remembered. For a moment I considered wearing a belt, but quickly decided I didn't need or want to wear one. I tossed on an old jean jacket to keep the look casual, but probably wound up negating the casual vibe by wearing heels, even though they're not particularly nice ones. They're old and battered and gave me four blisters when I (stupidly) wore them to a car show in Sidney late last month. In my defence, I had worn them countless times before without any trouble. Thought I was in the clear, was not, paid the price of only being able to wear thongs for days. Such is life.

So, that's my first little outfit post since moving house done and dusted! It's quite different from the first look I posted after moving last year but it also feels a bit more like 'me', if that makes any sense at all. I've got a few ideas for new posts in mind, so I'm hoping to be a little more consistent when it comes to this blog. I'd really like to be. And I'd also like to say thank you to everyone who keeps coming back and has stuck with me through all my little 'disappearances'. I hope you've all had a lovely long weekend.


Outfit | Summer Denim

Thrifted Blouse | Skirt C/O SheIn

Back after a little absence with a simple, casual look. I've had a few things on my mind and occupying my hands, but we'll get to that in a minute. 

I bought this patterned blouse from a thrift shop a few months ago, and while it may not be made up of very summery colours, it's lovely and lightweight. Great for cool summer days, but will definitely need to layer something underneath it during the colder months. The skirt is from SheIn and is the first denim skirt I've had since I was in school. This one, however, is far nicer than any I had as a teenager. Anyone else recall those early and mid 2000s denim skirts with patches and embellishments and frayed hems and pleats and ugh??? Let's never go back there.

As for what's been on my mind -- I'm moving house at the end of July so I've been a little... distracted. All I will say is that it's been an interesting sixteen months here and sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction.


Crossing Lines

Bodysuit C/O Shopbop | Thrifted Leather Belt | Fishnet Tights from ASOS

If you happen to follow my Instagram, it may not be entirely surprising for me to admit I've become slightly obsessed with fishnet tights. Truthfully though, they've always been one of my guilty pleasures when it comes to fashion. Not being very keen on many of the ways they've been styled in recent times, I tend to gravitate towards how they were styled in 50s and 60s. Think Sophia Loren and Brigitte Bardot, rather than 80s music video girls. And to be fair, I haven't incorporated them into many outfits suitable for wear out and about. Working on it, though.

Paired with a jersey bodysuit from Shopbop and a vintage leather belt, I was trying for a retro dance-class vibe here. And what's more simple than a sleeveless black bodysuit? This one is a little loose around the waist, hence the belt, but that's hardly a negative. In my opinion, it makes it much more flattering than if it were skin tight, especially when paired with a form-fitting skirt or high waisted jeans for everyday wear.