Bogans and Beer Cans

In my head, I still have dreams that I might one day grow up to be an elegant lady. Highly, highly unlikely given that I am now in my (quite early) thirties but still regularly trip over my own feet, leave the house without brushing my hair, my teeth or some either vital aspect of proper presentation. But most of the time I give looking like a decent grown up a red hot go.

The exception is my slippers. You see, it gets cold here on the frozen island. As soon as I walk in the door, from the months of April to October, I put slippers on. But not just any slippers. Tall ugg boots. The shameful but accurate unofficial uniform of the great Australian bogan.

But what is a bogan? Just in case you are blissfully unaware:

bogan

I should be ashamed. Really. Proper ladies do not wear ugg boots. But I do. However, there are rules.

– My ugg boots must not ever been seen beyond the limits of our letterbox.

– Even then, I must make sure there are no cars in the street if I make the dash to the letterbox with my boots on.

– I will deny, if asked in public. that these are my favorite shoes.

– If the doorbell rings and I don’t know who is there, I take my boots off before opening the door. You never know, Prince Harry AND George Clooney are both still single.

But in my darkest moments, when I worry about my affection for bogan footwear I have one consoling thought;

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (one of the classiest and most elegant women in history) had a proud and very extensive collection of beer cans.

On’ya Jackie.

SV

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(nearly) Naked in (almost) Public

So, today was pretty hot here.

A year ago I would have hid in the house trying desperately to stay cool.

This year, I was STINKING hot – but I was sweltering while running around with the kids, heading to the gym, cooking up my weeks meals and playing in the garden. It was awesome.

Best part, in the near-total privacy of my own garden, I got about looking like this:

Bella summer

 

This is just me. Not in a ‘lean phase’ like I try to be at the end of rounds, not tanned, no heels, not flexing or posing or being anything other than a hot-but-happy mama at home.

I am truly aware that there is A LOT of work to do on my physique. But I also have a whole life to live and enjoy and work towards my goals during. And I’ve come a long way. I’m getting that now.

I’m getting pretty okay with who I am. And that’s an awesome feeling. It doesn’t mean I don’t want to look a bit more like this in next summer’s snaps:

Michelle summer

 

 

So it’s been a good day. It’s new for me, being okay in my self.

I’m happy with where I’m at but excited about where I want to go as well.

Cheers

Sailor Vee

When am I going to be cool enough for jumpsuits?

When you are obese or overweight, there are clothing items you think about wearing but know it’s either an impossibility or just a very very bad idea. As someone with a pretty keen interest in fashion this always irked me. Not enough to make me do anything about it for a long time, but quite a bit. On my list were things that I’ve always thought looked pretty cool. Things like dark wash skinny jeans with flat long riding-style boots over them. And short sparkly dresses.

Clearly I’ve progressed to the stage where these are very happily a major part of my wardrobe.

But also on the wishlist? The flowy jumpsuit. I’m not sure what it is about them! Maybe it’s because I theoretically fit the criteria that they are supposed to suit? I’m tall, broad shouldered, not particularly (or at all) busty but otherwise pretty proportional.

I like the idea of effortless cool. I like the idea of wearing jersey because it feels like pajamas but looks chic. I like the idea of some of these:

jumpsuits

The fear is always there though. What if I look fat? What if it’s a BAD jumpsuit and I look like a poorly stuffed teddy bear?. Like this:

badjumpsuit

It’s the fashion step I haven’t quite managed to take yet. And yes, I’m aware that I could just go and try one on but a) I don’t try things on in shops and b) I never see anything in the same vein that I’d like when I do venture to the shops. I’m an online shopping kinda girl 🙂

On the upside, my endless browsing has led to finding gems like this. Guess what the Captain will get for Christmas if he doesn’t behave…..

jump-suit

Love

Sailor Vee

School Pick-up Mum!

I have this thing about not looking like a dag when I pick my son up from school. Dropping him off, I am almost always in gym gear because it suits me to go straight to the gym – but in the afternoon I like to at least try to make an effort. I’m not sure why, but it makes me happy.

By make an effort, not a lot of thought goes into it. It’s mostly jeans in a season appropriate way. Skinny jeans with long boots was my autumn and winter staple. I’m still finding my way this spring, but am leaning heavily on closed toe wedges for comfort but a little bit of pretty.

Also important is that I am still on a super tight clothing budget while we sort out what to do with the finances post-business-apocalypse (refer: the rest of my blog) so the below outfit is a good example.
School Pick-up Mum!
From memory the top was $20 from Big W. It’s a cotton slub fabric and has a good weight so sits nicely. Also has some subtle details on the wrists and joey pouch which make it less sweatshirt and more light sweater.

The jeans are from Coles spin-off line called Mix Apparel. I got them when they opened and they were an impressive $8. They were also 2 sizes too small so I just ADORE slinking around in them now 🙂

The shoes are from Payless. I’ve had them forever and can’t really remember how much I paid for them but I’m thinking not more than $30, which is about my mental limit on ‘cheap’ shoes. They are a nice smooth leather though and have lasted really well.

So please, play with Polyvore, show me what you other mummies in the blogosphere wear.

What’s a girl to wear?

Is it weird I bought my fun run outfit before I’ve posted in the entry forms to any of the fun runs? I decided on the tshirt and the little shorts. They look really sweet together and while I admit the shorts DO have an animal print, it’s tonal and not overbearing. They are as subtle as shorty-shorts get.
Looking forward to rocking these out shortly!