Carter Models Again

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I found this years Winter Knit! YAY. It is a gorgeous knit from Millers. It cost the enormous sum of $15. It is a long cardigan – or perhaps a coatigan – which reaches around my knees. Wearing it is taking some getting used to, especially getting into the car. :)

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This is a closeup of the fabric which has a gold metallic thread running through it.

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I found this years knit at Wollongong on a recent shopping excursion. As part of Wollongong Central, they have opened up a new shopping centre across the road from the Crown Street Mall which contains such awesomes as Grill’d, Max Brenner, Guzman Y Gomez, to name a few. There is a new food court up the top with things like Schnitz and an amazing salad place called Soul Origin with a huge range of delicious fresh salads.

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I also picked up this lovely poncho. Many happy moments were had by all on this shopping trip. :)

Carter, Fashion, moving forward

Millers Knits

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Carter modelling a Millers Knit.

Millers is a weird store. It has gorgeous maxi dresses and sparkly things, but mixed in with that, there are some Clothes Reserved For Older Ladies. It has quite a bit of what I can only call “Fluffy Wear”. Which is sometimes exactly what you want when you are looking for your one great knit.

At least three of my past winter knits have originated from Millers. This purple and black fluffy knit has been a lot of places with me and was my first ever “hunting season” knit, which I bought in the winter of 2007. I can still wear it now, but mostly I use it around the house and wear my most recent knit for going out. It is still going pretty well for an 8 year old knit.

I have already dropped into Millers this season and I can tell you two things – they have some gorgeous long line cardigans at incredibly reasonable prices. The one that caught my eye in store was this Taupe Stripe Cardigan – it is much better in person and it has a metallic gold stripe.

It is entirely possible I might also go back for this Textured Coatigan which seems very Duchess of Cambridge.

And they have plenty of fluffy wear, too. For example this gorgeous popcorn coatigan.

Carter, Fashion, looking back

Carter The Knit Model

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Leah over at Just Me, Leah, posted this post – Pattern Mixing – a little while back. It inspired me somewhat, and I left a comment accordingly, because Autumn has just begun here and I’m on the lookout for that *one* great knit.

Every year in autumn, I declare Knit Hunting season open. I only want one knit for each winter, and sometimes it takes me all of Autumn to find it.

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I thought perhaps Carter could model some of my past season knits and I could share the photos with you here on the blog. Carter is a little on the stick thin side whereas I most certainly am not..

I think the worst part of Carter is his bony shoulders. Sadly I do not have any 80’s shoulder pads handy in order to bulk them out a little. Also, it is super hard to put his arms into things. So we’ve gone for a cardigan draped over the shoulders look with these outfits.

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This particular knit was found one Autumn in Canberra, just when I had almost given up looking for that years knit. It has a gold thread that runs through it which is difficult to see in the photos. It has been one of my favourite knits of all time, even after it lost the buttons. It drapes and sits beautifully on me – and also on Carter, as you see in the above photo.

Carter, Fashion, looking back

Favourite 2014 Fashion Moment

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Lupita Nyong’o at the BAFTA awards. If you click on that link you can see it from a few different angles. It also changes colour a little under different lights..

It is a fabulous colour – and you’ll note that it fits in with my blog color scheme so I might be a bit biased – that has always been a favourite shade of green for me. The gold belt, the gold wrist cuffs.. it was such a fashion moment in a year of massive Lupita fashion moments, plus she picked up an Oscar.

There was the stunning red cape dress, the gorgeous blue Gucci which competed with the green goddess number for my favourite Lupita look in 2014.

The Fug Girls have a great post put together with many Lupita fashion moments from 2014, both good and bad. Mostly Lupita (or her stylist) picks weird shoes that don’t really go, so the better outfits are mostly the floor length gowns, except this KILLA outfit she wore on Letterman which contained Coat Porn, to boot.

FYI – seems We’re not quite done with 2014 yet here on the blog. A few posts about the place have inspired me to post a thing or two about 2014 things I saw, watched, read, or did.

About Snoskred, Fashion, Happy Snoskred, yay

Shoe Sunday – Oprah Said So.

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I love Oprah. I just adore the woman, hate on me if you will. :) For me Oprah was incredibly influential and important in my upbringing in so many ways. She was the first female non-stick-thin person regularly on my teevee as a child turning into a teenager.

So, when Oprah told me in 2006 on her shoe that Cole Haan shoes were super comfortable, I wanted me a pair of those shoes SO BAD.

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The Cole Haan “Gilmore” Ballet Flat
Some colours are still available on Zappos for $99.99 a pair

I first spotted the Cole Haan store in Hawaii in 2011 but I had shopped up a storm by that point and was low on funds. My mother would not even go into the store, she said it looked too fancy to her. And I said But MUM, Oprah told me to shop here. If Oprah shops here, you can shop here too! But my Mum, when she gets a notion, that is how things are gonna be.

We are talking about my mother, the same woman who refused to go to David Jones in Adelaide because they had a live piano player and that was far too fancy for her liking.

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When planning our 2013 trip, I was determined. I am getting a pair of Cole Haan ballerina flats, no matter what happens. I even budgeted for it. To buy them here in Australia is crazy expensive, and I did not want to spoil myself for the experience by looking at the shoes online before we went, so I budgeted $500 for one pair.

Imagine my shock when I tried on a pair to find out they were just $120 USD. I was so thrilled I bought two pairs. This is one of them. Somewhat hilariously, Gilmore is the electorate that I live in! Clearly it was meant to be.

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Imagine my complete and utter NON shock to discover they were the most comfortable shoes I ever put on!

Oprah told me they would be.

Fashion, Shoe Linkup

Where Do Your Shoes Live?

Sometimes the best ideas come to you as a surprise via the blog posts of other people. Suger from Suger Coat It wrote a post called – The triumphant return of the sneaker – and I commented – This inspires me to start a weekly feature about sneakers. I have so many pairs!

But then I thought, why limit it to one kind of shoe? Why not have a weekly shoe post? Each pair of shoes will receive a good cleaning in preparation for being posted – and the other half is Building Me A Photography Box especially for this project.

But before I begin this new blog feature – which will start on Sunday next week, I want to show you where my shoes live – and invite you to join me and show the world where your shoes live.

Drumroll…….

I will like to take you inside my Accessory Room.

Before you even open the door, there is a Scarf Bar –

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This is a simple thing to create – some over the door hooks and you too can have a scarf bar. I got mine from Aldi but a lot of places stock over the door hooks. Some of the hooks are holding more than one scarf which is super handy.

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If you don’t have a lot of room but you do have a lot of scarves, this is a simple yet great way to store them, all you need is a door and some over the door hooks.

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The door to this room is usually left open because this is also Paper Goods From Costco Nirvana. I am not running out of toilet paper, paper towel, or tissues anytime soon. And to this I say, Jesse Pinkman Style, YEAH BITCH, COSTCO! because if there is one thing I hate, it is running out of essentials like that. ;)

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On the back of the door there is a Jewellery Organiser which also holds spare phone cases. Spot the Swarovski one for my old iPhone there? It is sparkly. :) I also have a Swarovski one for the present phone.

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Inside the room there is a Jewellery Cupboard – which also doubles as a Handbag Storage Unit, and holder of the Super Holographic Duct Tape. Yes, I like it when things have more than one use. It is extra useful! And here is a sneak peek inside.

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And now we arrive at the Shoe Cupboard. It is usually closed, to keep Dust away from The Shoes.

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The big green bag on the outside is a Kipling backpack – I have a matching suitcase which also resides in the Accessory room.

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And now, back to the shoes. Let us open the Shoe Cupboard.

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Before we get an overview of the shoes, I will take out the Handbags, which have found a home in between two shoe racks.

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That is a lot of shoes. Many of which do not get worn as often as I would like.

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Rack one – there is no order in which they are stored, it is just wherever they fit they ended up.

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And there are still some shoes in Other Places because they did not fit in this cupboard –

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And, a bag’o’shoes which I am contemplating giving away.

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There are enough shoes for a full year of shoe posts, so this will become a weekly feature and I invite other bloggers to join in as well. Everyone is welcome to join in. Just add your link by clicking on the blue add link button – I’ve also put a quick how to guide together below if you have never joined a link up before.

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A quick how to guide –

In case you have never done a blog link up before, I have created a how to guide and I have also made a page for the Shoes Link Up..

Join in & show us where your shoes live!

About Snoskred, Fashion, Shoe Linkup

The story of my Sun Brooch.

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One freezing cold Friday I was booked to go and have a lunch with a couple of girlfriends. It was *icy*. Seriously icy. As in people nearby were getting snow.

Brrr!

I went looking for something cute and warm to wear and pulled out a velvet jacket from the closet. I bought it in Adelaide many years ago from the 1626 clearance store, before they were known as Autograph. The jacket was a little big for me at the time I bought it, being a size 22. It is now several sizes too big but I can still rock it – it is better if I have the other half at home because then I will wrap it around me and belt it. But in this case I just wore it like a normal coat, put on a scarf and my favourite sun brooch, and out the door with me I went.

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Lunch was awesome if a little delayed – an hour from ordering to receiving the food. Probably will not be going back there any time soon. But the company of two of my favourite ladies in the world was awesome and we hardly noticed the wait, until our tummies started growling and we checked our watches!

It wasn’t until a couple of days later when the other half and I were heading out and I wore the velvet jacket again that I noticed the sun brooch was no longer on the lapel.

Oh no.

I actually have two sun brooches – one I bought in 2011, one I bought in 2013, both from Macys at Ala Moana in Hawaii. The first one got accidentally washed and it lost a stone, then it got accidentally washed a second time and lost another one. The top one in the below photo is the broken one, can you see the missing stones? One is very obvious, one is right in the centre and a lot better hidden.

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I had put on the new, unbroken one, to go to the lunch for the first time in ages. I’d been wearing the broken one as it felt a bit safer. Now that the new one was missing, I used the broken one to close my coat at a higher spot than the buttons and headed out.

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So as I opened the gate for the other half to drive out I was having a sad, lamenting the loss of my poor sun brooch and thinking maybe me and this sun brooch were not meant to be..

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Then I got in the car and sat down, and saw the other half had pinned my sun brooch to the sparkly thing that hangs from my rear vision mirror. He found it on the passenger seat. Yay my brooch is saved!

The back pin is bent, which is why it fell off. I’m not sure it is fixable. But when I put the two together to take photos, I noticed they are actually different colours. You can best spot it from the back –

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See how the top one is like a bronze shade, when the lower one is silver? Also the bronze one has a different back where the silver one is smooth. They might look alike from the front but they are totally different bases.

I’m so glad my brooches are both here. I don’t know what to do with the pin of the broken one, if it can be fixed or not. In the meantime I will keep it in a safe place.

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This brooch always makes me think of the Queen and the Jardine Star Brooch.

Not that it looks much like it in reality. I’m still looking for my imitation Jardine Star. :)

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I am such a huge fan of the Queen. She is the main reason I began to wear brooches. I am also a huge fan of Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge – I love that she has taken to wearing brooches lately. It gives them a new coolness.

brooches, Fashion, jewellery

Headless Fashion

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So, I read a lot of fashion blogs across the inter webs. I’m a bit of a fashionista myself – I rarely wear makeup but I like clothes and I like finding bargains and awesome outfits. Until now I have not felt comfortable sharing any of that on my blog for various reasons – most of all I like to stay a bit anonymous on the web..

But if you can be cool with my headlessness, I can be cool with sharing some pics. And today I want to talk a little bit about brooches.

I wear brooches a lot, in various different places. This one I am wearing at a spot on the dress where there is a meeting point for some gathers. Sorry this pic is a little blurry but it gives you an idea of why I’ve put it where I have.

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I loooooove brooches. It is a great and simple way to bling up an outfit. Today I am showing you the Charter Club Gold Tone Peacock Crystal Flower Pin – which is still available on the Macys website.

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I bought it when in Hawaii last year for a ridiculously cheap price – it was under $20.

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Macys have a great range of gorgeous brooches at cheap prices *and* they ship to Australia now. Happy moments for all!

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You can see there are a large amount of different coloured crystals in the brooch – and many of them are similar to the colours of my blog design, so it is fairly obvious why I chose it, I love these colours.

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I also am wearing the Fossil Jesse watch. It is Blingtastic. :)

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brooches, Fashion, jewellery

Ooh Is Sparkly!

A good friend of mine recently took me to a bead shop. The Other Half had actually banned me from going there because it had a lot of sparkly things. I found out that the place does lessons on how to make jewellery, so today I went in and made me a few pairs of earrings. Here’s one of them.

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Making earrings is a lot easier than I would have ever expected. I spent a lovely afternoon chilling out and creating things. These are so pretty with the pink and purple cracked glass bead. I love them! The pinky bead right at the bottom of the earrings is a real freshwater pearl. :) I’m going back next week to learn to make necklaces. :)

Fashion, jewellery