Come on in, the water’s fine!

So as you can see, I’ve changed my layout a bit.  I felt the need to mix things up a little even though I don’t really like change that much.  But I dived in, and the water’s fine!  I’m no genius when it comes to page layouts and stuff like that so I basically just tweeked the templates and defaults around a little until I got what I like.

I chose the colour indigo as the main colour for the very simple reason that it’s my favourite colour.  It’s always been and I remember as a little girl, when someone asked me what my favourite colour was I used to feel like the coolest kid around answering with “Indigo” rather than pink or purple or any of the other usual colours.  Attention seeker that I am was.

I also changed the background a little.  I’m hoping it’s not too busy, but given the title of my blog, I thought it appropriate to have doodles as my background image since my blogs come about from random thoughts I have, just like doodles do.  (I sound like a rooster now!)

That’s it basically.  I hope you like the new look and if you don’t, well that’s a reason to leave a comment and tell me why you don’t.

To change!

Claire

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Wouldn’t it be nice?

Hey there! So those of you who have been reading my posts from the start know how I go about; I take a random topic off the top of my head and if it feels right, I’ll try and write about it.  Today’s no exception and I had this thought come to mind “If I had to go back in time, to any era, what would I take with me?”

The first answer is easy.  Clothes.  I’m not going to go all hipster and say I’m a huge vintage clothes lover because although I love the style, I don’t have the time and funds to be really invested into it.  I do however appreciate how well they dressed back in the day.  I would probably pick one of those huge dresses, Pride and Prejudice style you know, with the puffy skirts and layers of fabric.  Then I’d go forward in time a bit and maybe snatch away some gorgeous 60s dresses and blouses just because that style is wearable today.

Half of those I own similar versions so….

Next thing I’d get is music.  It’s not something I can actually get or something which I can’t really find nowadays, but I would get the people from back in the day to try and come and speak to people today and explain to them how to make some great music.  Not that I don’t think we have good music today, but all my favourite songs are ones from the 80s or before so I’d love to get some great artists back with me and have them release new material just for me.

                                                    One of my favourite songs of all time!
I might also snatch a car or two, after all, vintage cars are worth a lot of money right?(As you may have gathered, my knowledge of cars is merely on the basis of “Wow that’s preeeety”) And I’m sure my boyfriend or my brother would love that, so yeah, I’d get a couple of cars with me, have the boys drool over them, and I’d just be their pretty passenger wearing a huge dress and listening to all the classic songs I love so much.

Before you guys think I’m crazy…(if there is actually anyone who managed to reach the end of this weird post and not die of boredom) I’m going to stop here. I’m sure I’ll think of other old stuff I’d want to get with me if did go back in time, but these would be the first on my list.  So please, if you know of someone who has a time machine, let this crazy girl know!

-Claire

Confessions of an onlineshopaholic.

To stop myself from doing too much harm to my visa, I decided to write about online shopping rather than actually doing the oh-so dangerous act.  Ever since I got myself a Visa and PayPal account I can say that I do most of my shopping online.

For electronics and other non-fashion related stuff, the reason is simple, stuff are much more expensive in Malta with quality being only a fraction of that online, given that you know where to look. For clothes, shoes and accessories, the reasons are much more.  First of all, I tend to find the selection in Malta a bit too restricting.  We have in general improved over the years and there are much better options today then a couple of years back.  But as a nation in general, we tend to stick with one particular trend and showcase it all over the island.  I want diversity.  I tend to check out what trends there are at the moment, and then give them my own twist, but shops in Malta tend to be a bit limiting in that aspect.

Another reason is most certainly comfort.  It’s way more easy to switch on my laptop or phone, think of something I want, type it in and I have 200 items to choose from.  That easy.  Of course some may say they’re scared of sizes and such, but once you get the hang of it, reading other people’s reviews and knowing what the sizes are like for which site, you’re good to go.

Prices.  Being a student on a budget, I must say that a blazer which cost Eur.40 in Malta bought at Eur.15 online is amazing.  Of course, not all things online are cheap, but again once you get the hang of where to look, finding bargains unfortunately for my visa  becomes second nature.

Looking for bargains is easy.  You can go to ebay, type “blazer” and get hundreds of pages worth of blazers.  But of course, quality would not be that great.  So I tend to stick to a couple of favourite, trustworthy websites.  First off is ASOS.com.  I’ve been buying off this site for years now and I’m used to the sizes and styles and what brand is better.  An added bonus is that shipping is free.  Similar to that is boohoo.com though I must be honest and say that I have yet to order something from there.  I also look out for other sites which don’t usually offer free delivery to Malta because sometimes shipping is still worth it and they also have days where shipping is free; RiverIsland is one of the many and they almost have a free shipping day each month.

Of course, like normal shopping, online shopping is usually a spur of the moment thing (or a symptom of stress) for me and there are tons of other sites I love to explore which I didn’t mention above.

-Claire