Wednesday, 26 November 2014

The Thrift Treasure Trove


Unintentional happy alliteration. Cosmic tangent approaching. After only being fortunate with skirts, shorts, dresses and the like, the universe has decided to even the scales by allowing a slew of tops for me to find. And in this universe, the deities in question are of course, the Thrift Gods. After long being denied from the Summer Hill Anglicare - the ultimate thrifter's haven, for so long, the dam not only burst, it shattered, exploded. So why have I deemed it as such? Well, it's the only place that I know of that sells in accordance to weight, more accurately, $8/kg. Beginning to see why it's my utopia? I managed to find 19 things (2 shirts not pictured were for a friend) for $32. A measly $1.70 each. What? And let me tell you, I managed to find a couple of things that would've easily doubled if not tripled that price, that total. Insanity! Of course, granted, you need a few hour's of determination, an iron nose against warehouse dust and preferably a companion to help whittle the hours away, but oh god, is it worth it. 

Seed Femme Anorak Shirt, Sussan Marbled Grey Jumper, Alannah Hill Trousers 
The unique, pink ribbon trim on the trousers caught my eye immediately and was one of the first things that I managed to fish out. The bonus fact that it was Alannah Hill was the proverbial cherry on top. What I liked about the grey jumper was its simplicity and I could envision it, without any prompting how it would look on for the perfect casual but effortlessness. The anorak shirt would be perfect during our mild Autumn as a layering device. 

Short Sleeve Shirts
My biggest gripe with women's shirts is that often times, they are thin, borderline transparent. Arghh. T-shirts are already the bottommost layer after undergarments, I refuse to wear anything underneath that on principle. In saying that, the print of the white Miss Understood shirt begrudgingly swayed me, that and the fact that it would've have made that much difference to the scales anyway. And nature dictates that anything Disney is bought. I found the graphic of the grey shirt so intriguing, the earth, dictated as a light bulb? Curious.

Long Sleeve Shirts
Because I can only exist at two ultimate extremes, a style I quite like is pairing simple long sleeve shirts with anything high waisted. The H&M striped shirt is actually a very nice dusty rose against black which I thought was a nice twist. 

Chiffon Shirts
In line with my preference for striking simplicity, the white chiffon shirt with gold collar tips was an obvious must. The blue chiffon shirts have the most unique golden buttons ever. Admittedly, I may have been partially swayed with the black one as it was from Forever New. But I like that the jarring print is concentrated merely on the front, offset by the black to enhance that. 

Pastel Shirts 
Since I can't have pink gingham skirts, I'll take a pink Ralph Lauren gingham shirt instead! I swear that as ridiculous as it sounds, there is a deity up there that controls what you find. In one trip not only did I satisfy my tops quota but also my pastels one. Light pink, sky blue and peach. Really, what kind of game of chance to they play up there? As they're all button down shirts, rather than wear them conventionally tucked into skirts, I was thinking that it be worn unbuttoned over shirts before being tucked in to offer more contrast play offs.

So that concludes my favouritest place ever to thrift, factoring in unpredictability and price. Oh and relationship bonding as well, admittedly, you can easily go a bit loopy after engaging in your autopilot setting. And depending on how the weather fares, the next excavation posts will be dedicated to either Surry Hills or Bondi. I am excited!

XX

Jeannie

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Excavating Newtown


Newtown is full to bursting with energy and vibrancy. It is a popular Sydney suburb that boasts numerous and diverse eateries, vintage stores and boutiques. What better way to kickstart the excavation series? As it's very close to the university, a lot of the eats are pretty affordable as well! In the future, we will come back to revamp this post as I've only experienced at best, half of what this incredible place has to offer!

If the stars had aligned a different way, the last thing on my mind would be to exist outside in 38 degree weather. It was obscenely hot. Despite that, it did nothing to incinerate our enthusiasm. Or perhaps just the common sense aspect of our minds. Anyway. These excavation posts will cover three topics, the food options in that area, the fashion aspect and any spoils of war. Now allow your eyes to be bombarded!

We had breakfast at Handcraft Specialty Coffee after turning down Satellite and Vargabar Espresso as options - which I am feeling regret that we didn't go to, but unlike the former, they were located at side streets and the silver lining was that it did situate us at the extreme end of King Street. Hah. And I was ridiculously giddy - I've never had breakfast outside before! 

Seoul Bite Burger with chips ($12)

Look at it in all its golden, glistening glory! 
Tokyo Bite Burger with chips ($12)
Fresh  toasted baguette with bocconcini, smoked ham, cos lettuce, tomatoes and pesto ($9)
Unlike today's victims, I can't really handle anything heavy for breakfast hence, I opted for the lightest savoury option. Taste wise, it wasn't anything impressive. Not nearly enough pesto for my liking but that in combination with the heat was enough to keep me contentedly full until late afternoon.

In keeping with that, I only had a single bite of each burger. As you would expect there was an earthiness from the Seoul burger due to its soy flavourings and a nice tanginess from the Tokyo burger, courtesy from the mayonnaise. Unfortunately, it meant that we were to full to try any other eating place which is a shame as Newtown is renowned for its fabulous eateries. 





Gormon was the closest stop and right away, we were assaulted with colour. But not in the typical tones that are familiar with. I would call it a controlled but distinctive explosion of colour. Although similar to each other in shade, that fall together not quite harmoniously that is quite striking.Case in point, pink against orange. 

Gormon 
163 King St, Newtown NSW 2042






Whilst Gormon had a kind of refined elegance, the (self-depreciative [although I'm sure it's not supposed to come across as such haha]) Local Store carries a more casual style, with emphasis on denims. It also carries popular brands such as Cheap Monday and Lazy Oaf. But as you can predict, the Vinnies displayed in the first picture is about the place that I can afford to shop here.

The Local Store 
158 King St, Newtown NSW 2042

C's Flashback Secondhand Clothing 
They carry a lot of vintage items, I saw reconstituted Levi denim shorts situated at the back but still, with shirts selling at $20, and the aforementioned shorts at $50, it was nice enough to browse in. They were selling knits for $20, most likely in ready for the sweltering heat to come. 

C's Flashback Secondhand Clothing 
180 King St, Newtown NSW 2042



Definitely anatomically incorrect but I couldn't help but associate it to a ribcage, a straightened out DNA helix, and the vertebrae, and with every association, my desire for it grew proportionately. Oops. 


It's almost as if all the designers are reconstituting themselves with a vengeance after winter. The assault of colour, does not end here. There was this most gorgeouuussss emerald green skirt in the window that had called to me in its wretched Siren voice. And I would've been so helplessly spellbound had it not cost $170. 

qiuck brown fox 
262 King St, Newtown NSW 2042

This store caught my eye due to it's building design. 

The style is very similar to the Local Store only it carries predominately styles for men. Although, it doesn't seem to differ from what Glue and General Pants holds. 

I ascertained to keep my eyes stuck to the roof in order to ascertain that I didn't miss any stores, when this caught my eye. Intrigued, it was a door that opened to a staircase. 
Now, I'm usually the one that proposes places to see and of course, I would be the designated tour guide to lead my friends to their doom - I mean destination. After one particular occurrence in which I led us into an ominous, defunct elevator, has led to the running joke that I have a 70% success rate with reading maps. But.. would you dare walk up the stairs with a sign that looked like that? ... *heart rate accelerates.  
Yes, if the staircase was as bright and cheery as this haha

To which we arrived at this interesting trove!

As it turned out, we had stumbled into Yoshi Jones. Upon entering, we were greeted immediately by the sales assistant with the following manifesto: Yoshi Jones fuses Australian designs with Japanese fabric. Incorporating silk kimonos into garments that encapsulate Australian style, resulting in a fusion which are contemporary and bold through upcycling. Perhaps not for everyday wear, but they would make exquisite gifts. 

Yoshi Jones 
134 King St, Newtown NSW 2042






Of all things that I have a fetish for .. it's socks. Socks of all lengths, of any tacky print.. give them all to me. Or bury me with them then cremate me. Whatever option works. 
Really regretting not taking advantage of the sale, I tend to oscillate between classy and colour obscenities but I appreciate most is careful amalgamation from subtleties.  


Could it be more aptly named? Monsters, monsters of colour, of intrigue, trapped within threads, who now shine upon our bodies. Haha. That poetic interpretation aside, the shirts are ludicrously soft and unique enough to garner instantaneous pin pointing within a crowd.   

Monsterthreads
251 King St, Newtown NSW 2042



I feel like this picture best aptly describes the focal point of the store. Classic styles in confectionery tones. 


I don't wish to boil down an entire nation's fashion into one type, lest I'm incorrect, but, this encompasses the majority of Korean fashion in Sydney. And not all too ridiculously expensive and fairy decent quality. Sure we're talking $40-$70 for the most part but compared to some places where it can be ludicrously $100+, you won't be outrightly weeping here. I feel that style in Korea has been boiled down to the mere dreamy, floaty chiffon with a sweet femininity. But here, it incorporates modern styles, a line skirts, ruffle skirts in more softer colours which retains the femininity and involves the element of vibrancy. 

Kanzi
313 King St, Newtown NSW 2042



Sundae print, raindrop print, cherry print, bird print, bicycle print, car print ??


Raccoon and flamingo print??

Of course you need a sitting room fit for a king right outside the changing rooms haha
Major lust item! Only it was $149 *gulp
'Origami Doll is an everyday girl with unique style that never leaves behind her aspirations having high tea with the Queen'. I feel that not only is it an immensely humble way of describing itself, it also adds that hint of quirkiness that a brand carrying flamingo print what?? could provide. The styles are retro/vintage but kitschy to keep it modern and inventive. 

Origami Doll 
315 King St, Newtown NSW 2042

Cream on King
Another vintage store that's nice to browse in until you see the price tag. Actually, that's applicable to probably every place I'm going to showcase haha. But still, pants for $49? I'm going to have to stick to Salvos or Vinnies. 

Cream on King
317 King St, Newtown NSW 2042






Vintage styles and unique jewellery. Individuality has never been easier to harness. 

Kaboodle Designs
228 King St, Newtown NSW 2042

The day's spoils from the only place I can afford.. Vinnies AHAHAHA. 
Total: $20
I crack myself up. But in saying that the location severely affected the prices. Dresses, Jumpers.. anything so much as daring to tiptoe over the norm in style was astronomical in price. Not too downhearted, it's been awhile since I've found worthwhile shirts. The one on the far left is a midnight colour with studs. The cotton is nice and thick.. as is the entire chiffon back! I like the loose fit to contrast with skinny jeans for that effortless casual. Vintage pupil-less Mickey deciding to stray into provocative territory with leopard print! The final shirt is actually from Monstersthreads furthermore it was only $6-7 and it was still selling in the actual store for $35! Totally worth the everlooming threat of dehydration. And here I was just relived that I was starting to reduce the ratio of black shirts that I owned lol. 

And that concludes Newtown! I wonder if, from all the kitschy stores, it's to the point where it's the usual style and not so unique anymore haha. Of course, there are more stores, ones that aren't so colourfully offensive and are muted, calm and orientated on cuts. Still, what a great way to begin my active summer! One down, only a bajillion more places to document. 

XX

Jeannie