DanDressedMe

free willow

Outfits,  Summer

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t.shirt: Willow (from Harper’s Bazarre)
jeans: Nobody
wedges: Scanlan and Theodore

merry boxing day everyone.

i hope you’re reading this as your curled in to a ball from your christmas induced food coma! i have meant to be speedy this morning but i think the turkey and the ham are weighing me down. this is my last post from australia for a while. woohoo. today’s the day. bella and i are leaving on a jet plane to be united with our love, new york! i will be posting plenty from there while we are away. holidays seems to be the best time to blog because you have so much time do it!!

in other topics such as the clothing appearing here, this t-shirt was free. some of you may have recognised it straight away. now, i was really battling with myself whether or not i should wear it. you see, the other day i saw a girl wearing it, and i’m going to be honest, i immediately thought ‘lol, that shirt is form a magazine.’ so when i put it on, i thought the same thing about myself! my second thought was though, ‘this shirt looks totally rad with this outfit. who cares if it was free!’ and so here we are, repping the free mag t-shirt. at least people know i’m in to fashion magazines. that makes me slight cooler, right? so i say, if you like it – wear it!

see you in new york soon!
dan xx

 

the elusive christmas dress

Outfits,  Summer

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every year my sisters and i tend to go through the same debacle – finding the right christmas dress.

perhaps that’s dramatic. perhaps it’s just christmas with your friends and family and no one really cares what you wear. or perhaps it’s one of the most special and delightful days with more than usual photographers around!

i feel the pressure of my aunty’s camera phones (ricci!) and the candid shots that haunt you as you are stuffing your face with turkey. so, in an attempt to keep the sepcial feeling of the day, and look semi-decent while devouring various foods, my family definitely put in a certain amount of effort when it comes to the christmas outfit. this dress here is from zimmermann, and was my christmas dress last year. unfortunately with my trip to new york i have held back on purchasing a new dress this year and will be hoping to find a gem at the back of my wardrobe. however, last year’s dress was a winner. pretty, shapely, but totally practical. let me tell you my top three essential details when picking a christmas dress:

1. a good shape from all angles! this is something we mostly look for in clothing anyway, but christmas is one of those photos from every angle kind of days and you want to make sure you don’t just look good from the front, but the back too (also any other possible angle your technologically challenged relatives could get to with their phones!) although you can’t see it in the photo, this dress has a low back and caused for a great reaction as i was seen from behind.

2. allow for stomach expansion! as this day you will probably consume your weeks worth of calories, it is wise to wear something that will allow you to eat to your hearts desire without having to tense your stomach muscles the whole day. something that comes in at the waist and poofs straight out generally allows for that lower belly to fully release. stay away from the body-con!

3. make you feel pretty! with the amount of mariah carey christmas carols that are played in my household, we are well and truly in to the christmas spirit before even dressing for the day. i don’t know about you, but christmas makes me think of summer fun! it’s literally a day that the whole world stops and spends together, which is actually pretty amazing when you think about the entire globe doing the same thing at the same time! i know i am an elf. a lame old christmas elf spreading christmas cheer. but it feels so special to me and that’s exactly how i want to look! so lace, florals, sparkles, jewels, they all add to the beauty of the day! (the bow belt on this dress also makes me feel like a present – which is awesome.)

so, i wish you all the success in the world when choosing your christmas attire this year. enjoy your family and friends and FOOD! for me, it’s just another day to celebrate how blessed we are to live in a country like australia and have the family and friends that we have! thank you god for bringing your son in to the world and giving me (and many others) hope and peace and joy! yay! i like those things!

merry christmas!
dan xx

givenchy in singapore

Outfits,  Summer

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t.shirt: Singapore (the real thing here)
shorts: Staple
shoes: Senso

loving these shoes guys.

i found this t shirt while shopping down singapore’s haji lane last year. it’s one of those givenchy inspired (rip off) printed t-shirts. various celebs (most of the gangsta persuasion) have been seen sporting givenchy tees for some time. really, any cool printed shirt with plain ol leather shorts is a pretty winning combo. this is the kind of thing i would wear to those in-between occasions. like a birthday lunch, or something of that dressy yet casual nature. that’s also why i have been obsessed with my new shoes. (insert love-heart-eyed smiley face.)

so i’m off to new york in 2 weeks. waaaaah. crazy i know. i am, i will say, slightly apprehensive about the cold weather. i’ve heard mixed reviews. some saying the cold won’t affect you and you will get on just fine, and others saying i may get hypothermia. so i think i just need to be prepared. but ah! snow! it will be the first time i have seen it since i was 3 – so the first time really experiencing it. prepare for some rather wintery-wonderland-type blog posts! on another note, i am quite enjoying the colour of my hair at the mo. i couldn’t hold down the blonde, and it was too dark when mum died it “back”, and right now, i am enjoying the ombre ranger gold kind of highlight thing that is happening. can’t wait to get my hair done in NY, but for now i am actually quite pleased, which is always always a good feeling.

dan xx

distress yourself

DIY,  Life and Love

perhaps that caption is misleading.

distress your jeans yourself.

it’s something that i have done before in my life, but i just thought i would share how i do it. i know there are a million videos on youtube, but it’s actually very easy. time consuming yes, but not hard. and it always looks better after a few washes. i’ll show you the jeans again after i wash them and revise if they are torn enough where i want it. i think that distressed jeans are the easiest way to add a little “cool” to your daily life. not only will you receive cool in the form of breeze on your knees through the tears, but adding a plain singlet and nearly any possible pair of shoes, and you’re cool.

here’s me looking cool (or distressed). i’m pretty cool when i’m taking photos of myself, alone, in my house…

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to get these results, keep following my little step-by-step…

 

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1. put on the jeans and make marks in the areas you would like to cut out. i put a little line in-between the areas i wanted to cut out completely, so i could tell them apart from the areas i just wanted to cut, or pull away until the white was showing. it’s a good idea to have a look at some photos of distressed jeans that you like, and emulate where the tears are.

 

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2. cut out the areas you put a T through, and make cuts along the other lines. you will rub against the edges of these rectangle looking cut-outs and fray them so they look a lot less perfect.

 

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3. create two parallel cuts, so you can create that white stitching effect. it’s easy to start small and make it bigger by adding another lower cut if you feel you want this area larger.

 

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4. then take a pin and pull out the white string running across. just try and pull each white strand down one at a time to avoid stretching them too much. use your fingers too! then the blue denim remaining in-between the two cuts, should easily be pulled straight up or down to expose the white strings. some people like to do this step with tweezers so you can grab the blue denim easily, but i just used my fingers. it should move away like show below…

 

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5. where you have created larger holes, it can be nice to do this ‘string step’ just below it, so it looks less like a big rectangle cut from your jeans! you can see that in the pictures below. pretty much, continue this process until you’re happy with the amount of distressing you have given your jeans.

 

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the jeans that i used are a stretchy denim, and this has definite pros and cons. the upside is that the ‘white strings’ are actually elastic, so they tend to not break by your knees pushing against it etc. whereas non-stretch jeans can very easily break to leave big open holes where your white is. (unless of course they are totally not fitted and you’re a small person that does not push against the jeans with your thighs/knees!) the down side to stretch vs non-stretch, is that i don’t think the stretch denim ever looks quite as good or as raw. but like i said, a few washes and these should look significantly cooler and more worn in!

 

hope that helped ya’ll.
dan xx