Sleek New Heels from Tony Bianco

After much use, my non-leather, Korean-brand, strappy heels have finally worn out and are now unwearable (here’s a picture of me wearing them).

This ankle-strap style is quite common, so I thought it was going to be easy to find a replacement. No such luck.

I spent a few weeks looking for a real leather pair (from any brand!), but for some reason this strappy style makes it difficult for me to find the right size. A size 6 pair was always too big and a size 5 (if there were even any in stock) was always way too small.

Anyway I discovered that Tony Bianco does half sizes… so I went traipsing around town trying to find a store that sells Tony Bianco shoes in a size 5.5. Couldn’t find one!

Finally I just took a gamble and bought myself a lovely pair in size 5.5, called Libby from Styletread Online Shoes (pictured above). They were in the exact colour, style and size that I wanted. Plus it was on 50% off sale – and it still is!

Tony Bianco Heels

They arrived a few days later, they fit me perfectly, they are so comfortable, they feel great to wear and they’re just perfect. I’m so happy with them.

Tony Bianco Shoes

I also had my eye on a lower heel version called Porshar (pictured left – also by Tony Bianco) and a lace up version called Ocean (pictured right and on 40% off sale). But I decided against buying a different style, since I already knew that I would wear my original style to death!

So here’s a time saving suggestion: if you think you might need a pair of heels in half sizes… Australian Casino https://auslotscasino.net/ – auslots casino.  Tony Bianco has a nice range, online!

Dictation

The other day I was waiting to pick up my kids from school, sitting in my parked car, when I realised that my head was about to explode, because I had all this shit (stories, half sentences, ideas and thoughts – did you see that? I made an acronym!) swirling around in my head, and if I didn’t write it down, I knew I would forget them.

So I fiddled around with my smart phone and I decided that the quickest way to do this… was to use the dictation function to “write down” some of my sentences.

I’ve never dictated my writings before. I’ve always found it awkward and unnatural.

The idea of dictating my raw, unedited thoughts to another human being… just terrifies me haha!

Anyway, so I pressed RECORD and suddenly… I was speechless.

“Uuuh. Uuuumm. Yeah. Hello? Ok. Right. I shall start: I was going to say… hang on. Is this recording? Yup. OK, as I was trying to say….”

(So awkward right?)

After a while, I got the hang of it.

I spoke, and my smart phone took my speech, turned it into words and automatically typed it out.

It was quite fun! The actual dictation software wasn’t very good though. I’m guessing my Australian accent got lost in some of the translations?

I did a lot of self editing too.

“…blah blah blah. Ugh, no, I didn’t want to say that! What I meant to say was… Blah blah blah. Hang on, back up a bit. Scratch that last thing. Oh my god I sound like an idiot! That was a terrible sentence! Do I even speak English? You know what I mean, don’t you? OK what was I saying again?”

For someone who has spent the last 15 years writing stories online with a personal and casual voice, I didn’t expect to be so terrible at dictating them out loud!

I guess, with everything, it just takes a little practice!

Building a Stylish Waredrobe: Khaki Jacket

Khaki Jacket + White

I’ve owned a khaki jacket for years. In fact, I have two khaki jackets, which I wear every year when the weather cools down. I pull them out at the start of Autumn, I wear them through Winter and even through Spring.

Khaki jackets usually describe the casual, “parka” style coat. They look great with a variety of neutral colours (blacks, denims, grey, whites, navy, patterns) so you can throw them over most outfits and it looks pretty fab. They are great value.

Anyway at the end of last winter I tore a hole in one of my jackets, because I was walking too close to a wire fence! I probably could sew it back up (with a patch?) but I’m lazy and not that great with a needle and thread.

So this jacket (in the photo above) is my new replacement jacket from Jeanwest! It fits a whole lot better. It has a nicer “slimming” look, yet I can still wear a shirt + knit jumper underneath, without looking bulky, like an eskimo.

As I’ve said in the past, building a wardrobe with classic, key pieces is a whole lot of fun, especially when I see the results – that is, the ease in which I can put together a relatively stylish outfit and feel great! Five years ago, "Room" (I watched it on 123 Movies website ) won brie Larson an Oscar for best actress and introduced American and international audiences to Irish Director Leonard Abrahamson. The claustrophobic story of joy (Larson), who spent seven years living in a closet with a rapist who kidnapped her and raised a son born to him, focuses not only on the horrors of violence and imprisonment, but also on the terrible talent of a person to adapt to any conditions.

I’m wearing: Jacket from Jeanwest, stripe top from Sportsgirl, shorts from Zara, Ray-Bans from SunglassesShop, Converse Chuck Taylor from SurfStitch.

 

Happy shopping!

xxx

Two wrongs don’t make a right!

Nike Sneakers

I needed to buy my boys some new running shoes. So what did I do?

I took ALL THREE KIDS out to the shops with me, of course – what on earth was I thinking?!?!

The result?

Two Right Feet

When we got home, I realised that I had grabbed TWO RIGHT SHOES for Child 1.

For Child 2, we couldn’t find the exact brand/style/colour/size shoe of his liking, so he came away empty handed.

And for Child 3, I had grabbed a box with Size 11 shoes, but inside had Size 10 shoes?

Ugh.

Parent fail. Shopping fail. Whole day wasted.

(Shoes from RebelSport)

Ray-Ban Original Wayfarers

Ray-Ban Wayfarer 2140

I may have found the best place to buy the Original Ray-Ban Wayfarers! It certainly is the best price I’ve seen online so far.

Technically they are called, Ray-Ban 2140 Original Wayfarer, size 50mm (Medium) – AU$156 or US$120.

Other places seem to sell the exact model for AU$200-240.

Sometimes it can be pretty tricky choosing and buying sunglasses online… so here’s a big tip:

I once bought a “Size Small” pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses (with 47mm lens) online, thinking that since I was petite, I should have a small head and face in comparison to everyone else, therefore, I should buy sunglasses in size SMALL right?? Nope. They turned out to be like a child’s sunglasses and looked ridiculous. I had to return them.

So after lots of trail and error, I now know that my sunglasses’ lens size should be around 50mm – 55mm. And this range is the most common sizes for most people’s face.

Ray-Ban Wayfarer 2140

Anyway, the team at Sunglasses Shop (based in the UK) has given me a special discount code for all my readers!

Enjoy 12% off your total order! Including sale items!

Just use the code at the checkout: KAREN12

This code is valid until 27 March 2015. They offer free worldwide delivery and no fuss returns.

This means, if you decide to buy these Wayfarers, it’ll only be AUS$137 (or US$106) all up.

Or you can check out all the other Ray-Ban Wayfarer Designs, including tortoiseshell colours, denim and more.

If Ray-Bans aren’t your style, maybe you’ll find something you like from brands like Celine, Saint Laurent, Mui Mui or Dior.

Oh by the way, here’s another tip if you’re looking for Wayfarer designs. There is a “newer” design called the New Wayfarer 2132, which has a slightly different shape.

Have a fabulous weekend and happy shopping!