Experimenting With Colors
Hey everyone!! Apologies for the long absence. I have been away on a trip to Australia, more specifically Melbourne and Tasmania. Spent 1 week in each state and absolutely loved it. This is my 4th trip to Melbourne, and as always, my love for that city grew stronger. (Damn, shouldn’t have given up my Aussie PR 5 years ago, otherwise I would be living there now!)
Not going to ramble too much about my trip, shall reserve that for another post as I’ve got a few stories that might just tickle your funny bones 🙂
Not sure about you guys, but I seem to have this endearing habit of shopping ahead of every single holiday I plan, just so that I have new clothes to wear on the trip. It’s insane, I know! Because you might say, why not buy them while I’m on vacation? My answer would be….. What if I can’t find what I like? What if they don’t have them in my size? What if… what if… Too many “what if’s”….
What made it worse, I hauled the clothes from Cotton On, which is.. if you don’t already know… an Australian brand!! But, you know what? I was glad I got what I liked here in Singapore before I left because, despite being a home brand, Cotton On in Australia was…
- More expensive in Australia (AUD30, sold in Singapore for SGD30) for some items… RIDICULOUS but TRUE!
- The selection was different, not too many Spring Summer colors… I guess this was largely due to the fact that it is currently Autumn in Australia so bright colors aren’t really Fall colors.
So, here’s a glimpse of what I got. Snapped this from my Instagram. Please follow me (ID: sheshopsmakeup) for quick easy updates of what I’m up to 🙂
It was a fountain of colors indeed. Strong bright colors that are far and few between in my wardrobe. I’m more of a classic mono-toned girl when it comes to clothes. I guess because black = classy and chic at the same time. But I have been swooning over this season’s colors for ages and finally decided to take the plunge to own a couple.
Because I’m pretty tan with yellow undertone, there are only limited colors that I can carry off. That yellow crochet top you see above and the tangerine denim jeans were returned and swapped for something that doesn’t scream “LOOK AT ME!”
Also, since I wanted to experiment with colors, it’s almost a no-brainer to do so in a foreign land, one where I wouldn’t run the risk of looking like a douche and bumping into a colleague or old friend.. Impressions do matter!
Ok, enough rambling… here are some shots I snapped in 3 different gorgeous locations in Melbourne.
Outfit 1: Blue & Coral
Location: Fitzroy Garden
Blue chiffon sleeveless baggy top layered over a white tank top, accessorized with a coral scarf for a pop of color. Both items should still be available at Cotton On.
Because the blue and coral are so bright, I paired them up with basic colors below – black leggings and white tank top.
Outfit 2: Arty Chic – Blue and Purple
Because the weather in Melbourne was perfect, it was cool and warm at the same time, I took the opportunity to put on my shorts, pairing it with tights and boots to keep myself warm, in case the frantic weather changes midday, which is very likely… it’s Melbourne afterall!
Tank top and shorts are pretty boring on their own, so I decided to play it up by adding a crochet loose tank and a scarf to accessorize. That crochet top from Cotton On works very well as a statement piece, it can be worn as-is or cropped by tying up the hem to a little knot at one corner. The only problem………… you have to either be super careful with it or live with the loose fringes of tugged string. My bracelet charms constantly extracted the string from the right side of my top 🙁
It’s a good thing those crochet tops were so affordable – $20 for 2. So I can live with the “fringes”!
I would probably not have thought about wearing a bright colored shorts like that if not for my girlfriend whom I went to Paris with last year. She wore a bright blue shorts with leggings and boots and it looked so arty-farty! Thus, the inspiration 🙂
Outfit 3: Reverse color blocking
Purple leggings….. I would never have imagined myself in one of those… I’ve always associated them with the 1980’s retro aerobics wear!!! I can almost visualise myself with a yellow headband and pink legwarmers!
Well, since the theme of my trip was to experiment with colors, why not just go for it! I paired the purple leggings with a long blue tank top underneath a baggy white think cotton kimono top to tone down the blue and purple. Added a printed scarf to accent the whole look as the big baggy white top can quite easily wash out the color blocks.
I’ve used some filters on the pictures above to give it a retro feel 🙂
For more accurate colors, please watch my video below!
Thanks for popping by and surviving this long windy post 🙂 Love ya all!!!