Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A Month of Shoes - Day Twenty-Seven

I thought I'd combine my favourite shoes with the nepenthes, although it doesn't result in the best photo... I bought these shoes years ago from Target. They're also the ones I broke my leg in.

I like the little detail on the fake buckle particularly :)

Saturday, September 24, 2011

A Month of Shoes - Day Twenty-Four

Old 10-hole Docs I had for High School. The laces wore out years and years ago, so I replaced them with red ribbon, which hasn't worn out. Hmm.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

A Month of Shoes - Day Twenty-Two

These are from K-mart and are the most comfortable pair of heels I've worn in ages. I actually bought this grey/silver pair after buying a black pair because I liked them so much. They're great for work because you can wear them all day without your feet getting sore, and they look good with work clothes.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A Month of Shoes - Day Twenty-One

Here's the final pair of Oliver + Co flats with my favourite Sportscraft cardigan (which I actually only use for lounging around the house, but it's so warm and comfortable). The colours on this pair of shoes (called Frank) are fantastic. I haven't had pink shoes in ages, and have been really tempted by the thought of getting some yellow shoes. These sort of combined those two ideas. Not entirely sure what I'll wear with these shoes, but they're great anyway.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A Month of Shoes - Day Twenty

These are the Oliver + Co Matilda shoes I mentioned earlier. I love the colour on them - it's not really a bright red, but a pale one. The bows are so cute too. And it inspired me to read Matilda again.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

A Month of Shoes - Day Eighteen

Last week, I ordered some ballet flats from Oliver + Co after finding out about their spring sale. Since breaking my leg and wrecking my ankle the other year, I've been more keen on flat shoes. Never used to be, lived in heels, but that's all changed. And the struggle now days is to find cheap, cute flats that look good AND feel comfortable for when you walk a lot, rather than just sitting around looking pretty.

There used to be far more adorable flats in low price ranges back in ye olde days when Target and K-mart were doing knockoffs and generally making cute shoes (if you cast your mind so far back as to say... oh... 2008). You can sometimes find cute, comfy flats in other stores too. But I think to end up getting quality now days, you need to pay for it.

That said, I will admit that I waited until Oliver + Co had a sale.

But I'm really happy with the shoes I bought from them. Especially the ones called Frank - they're described as "stunning banana and pink floral flats." Banana is about right for the colour description. The bright colours are really cheerful and a little bit retro. They aren't the shoes in the photo - I'll take a pic of the Frank ones later. The ones in the photo above are called Fred.

And had I mentioned that I love the names the shoes have? They all sound a little 1950s, a little old-world, and I am absolutely going to wear my pair of Matilda flats while I read Roald Dahl's Matilda at some point.

Actually, that gives me an idea for how to take the photos for that pair.


Little bug

Little pink blossoms

Saturday, September 17, 2011


A Month of Shoes - Day Seventeen

Bought these years ago for a work Christmas function, which was held at Sky High on Mount Dandenong. Loved it when we had Christmas functions there, and some photos I took from up there of the city skyline at night inspired a couple of the paintings I've done. I think I wore them with a black and white polka-dot dress - really clashy, but I loved the black and white theme I had happening (think I also used my white mesh Oroton handbag for that too). I think I used to be a lot more crazy with the sort of clothes I'd combine, and feel more boring clothes-wise now days. Should work on that, I guess.

Friday, September 16, 2011

A Month of Shoes - Day Sixteen

These shoes are pretty - gold on the inside, ruffles on the outside, all satiny. Don't wear them often, though, because the wrong sort of length of skirt or pants or whatever creates weird illusions where your legs can look really short and dumpy. The right length of skirt with these looks great, though.


I really like the pink hints on the pitcher of this sarracenia. Judging by one of the small pitchers on the plant from before I bought it, they might darken up considerably to a rather nice purple. Hoping they do. But the soft pinks at the moment are lovely too. In some ways, I think I've bought enough nepenthes and would like to focus more on building up a little swamp/jungle of sarracenias. Which is a plan that's encouraged by the fact that sarracenias are a bit cheaper than nepenthes (unless you're buying the baby nepenthes, in which case it's about the same price).

Drosera flower

Finally managed to get photos of the drosera flowering. Such pretty little flowers :)

Sarracenia flower

So, it started unfurling this morning, and this is the stage it's at this afternoon. I like it.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Nearly flowering

The sarracenia I bought on the weekend is so close to flowering. Hoping it does so tomorrow while I'm home so I can get some photos of it. I love how unusual the flower is for it.

A Month of Shoes - Day Fifteen

I lied the other day about favourite shoes. Oh, the shoes on Day Seven of A Month of Shoes are my favourite flat shoes. I love them with a fiery passion. But these shoes will always and eternally be my favourites. They are just so good. Almost everyone who has seen them loves them, they're ridiculously comfortable and I got them really cheaply at K-mart in Chirnside Park a few years ago. If ever anything happens to them, I am going to find a cobbler who will be either able to repair them or remake them (and then make me about 20 pairs of them).

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A Month of Shoes - Day Fourteen

Blue and green should never be seen blah blah. I love these shoes. Haven't had anything to really wear them with though. But now I have two green cardigans, so I think they might get some more use in Summer. Excellent...

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

A Month of Shoes - Day Thirteen

These are the shoes I mentioned on Day Five of A Month of Shoes.

I bought these gladiator-esque heels while staying with K and S when I was avoiding living in Warburton in the month following Black Saturday (due to the town being under threat for that time). They were about $70, I think. Even though I wasn't sure if I'd still have a home in that time, I really wanted these when I saw them. They were probably a comfort buy/retail therapy thing instead of being all that practical, but I still love them, even though they're associated with a really awful situation.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Sarracenia flower bud

^ Went down to the nursery that sells carnivorous plants on a whim this afternoon. They actually didn't have much in stock. And their nepenthes were up high out of reach, which was a shame. There was a ventricosa x spathulata that looked kind of interesting. Still, really shouldn't get more of those. I'm actually hoping to get more sarracenias now. They are equally fascinating and I love the way the veins go all kinds of interesting colours.

Plus I should give more attention to the nepenthes I own. The tobaica x ampullaria isn't looking all that great - the leaves it's growing are really, really small. If anyone has any ideas of how to improve that situation, let me know! It's the only nepenthes I've bought that hasn't thrived, although I had wondered whether it would survive when I bought it because it was half dead then.


Back to the nursery. Not much stock, and what was there, I already own plants of. However, there were a fair few sarracenias with flower stalks and buds on them, which was pretty exciting. I bought one, although there were two others that really interested me (but I've already got those kind).

Really beginning to thing that carnivorous plants are an addiction >.>

A Month of Shoes - Day Eleven

^ Cheap kitten heels w/ fake jewels.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

A Month of Shoes - Day Ten

Ahh, leopard print.

Shoes from Target from a few years ago. Since breaking my leg, I don't really find heels all that comfortable, which is really annoying because I generally loved wearing them. I should work on developing a collection of fascinating flat shoes, I guess, and there are some sites I've been eyeing off lately because of their nice shoes. But I still love my heels. And now days, if they have a good, relatively soft platform, I can still handle them - there are two pairs of heels with platforms from K-mart that I've bought this year that are the most comfortable heels I've ever worn in my entire life. Nice work, K-mart.

But I do miss wearing heels more regularly. I guess I could work on getting back into wearing them, but then it makes the ankle hurt a bit and the balls of my feet complain, so who knows. But flats never seem to look as dressy as heels. That's the dilemma.

Friday, September 09, 2011

A Month of Shoes - Day Nine

Bought these shoes years ago when first doing the DFO thing back in Melbourne. Love them, but they're really not comfortable. Still, they're shiny, red and strappy. I keep them because the look nice.

See more at RedBubble.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

A Month of Shoes - Day Eight

Favourite shoes. Would love to get more Threadz shoes, but they don't seem to sell online at the moment. Which is a shame. Hopefully they will start selling online sometime in the near future. I love that they look kind of mismatched, that they're amazingly comfortable and are bright/quirky.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

A Month of Shoes - Day Seven

^ Turkish slippers that I saw in the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology in Oxford. Not my shoes, but I really liked them.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

A Month of Shoes - Day Six

They're zebra-print, pointy, not the most practical. But I like them.

And they were only $10.