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do the jane fonda

Yes, I am listening to the Mickey Avalon song as I type this.
Having recently joined the gym, I’ve been left wondering what counts as ‘stylish’ and suitable gym attire. I usually wear running shorts or leggings and a nondescript top (it is the gym, after all – you’re there to get fit not make a fashion statement). But, oh how I have daydreams of rocking up in fabulous, colourful spandex, crazy leotards and ridiculous legwarmers a la Jane Fonda. So I thought I’d dedicate today’s post to sportswear. Yes, from the hi-cut leotards and legwarmers circa Olivia Newton-John in Physical, to the more casual, sportswear inspired runway collections of recent past. DKNY’s Spring 2007 and Josh Goot’s Spring/Summer 2007/08 collection were the first that came to mind. Also thrown in the mix is Jennifer Beals of Flashdance fame and a clipping from an old old issue of Vogue which was the starting point for this whole crazy thing.

Images courtesy of vogue.com.au, vogue magazine and google =)

cosy in mustard

Cardigan: miss shop | Tank: country road | Scarf: present | Shorts: cheapo brand | Stockings: ? | Shoes: scooter

So yes, this is what I’m wearing today. I’m still trying to figure out how to use my fancy new camera. I got it for my birthday and it’s beautiful. I had been hinting at a D-SLR for some time, however the camera I got isn’t a D-SLR… it’s kind of a pseudo D-SLR. Looks like one, feels like one, except it’s basically a snazzy point and shoot camera with a super zoom. You can still adjust the aperture and shutter speed etc. but they’re in different places and yeah… I won’t go into my camera talk otherwise we’d be here all day.

merry little fancy thing

Initially, I intended for this to be a full ‘What I’m Wearing Today’ post. But I kind of chickened out. So you only get half of my outfit. To be honest, the only interesting thing was the scarf. All I did today was go to the gym, lounge around the house and go to the library to stock up on some books to read at my leisure (ah the joys of holidays) so I didn’t really put much effort into an outfit.

The scarf is from Tie Rack. I bought it because it reminded me of a scarf my mum used to own (it disappeared a long, long time ago). The vest is from Valleygirl, surprisingly. It was cheap. I liked it. Other than that I’m just wearing a plain tee from AA and s&b jeans (which you can’t really see. But they’re a really nice colour… a light, bright-but-not-too-bright blue). Without the scarf, the rest of the outfit was pretty dull. At first, I didn’t really think the scarf would work but I think it looked okay in the end.

diy floral full skirt

Having fallen into the floral trend, I decided to add a skirt to my little family of floral dresses. I also saw this as an opportunity to show off my sweet sewing skills – which, by the way, aren’t very sweet at all (mum had to intervene after about the 5th time I sewed the skirt to the sewing machine). When I saw this material I wasn’t sure whether I liked it or hated it. I’m still not sure. But I do like the finished product.

merry little fancy thing #1

I received this gorgeous bunch of flowers from some equally gorgeous friends the other day as part of my birthday present. It was quite a lovely surprise when the courier came knocking on my doorstep. I’m quite excited about the box the flowers came in as well. You can’t tell from the picture, but it has some fancy embossing and detailing and the lid has a quaint little handle. When the flowers eventually die, I’ll be able to use the box to store many other merry little fancy things! I might make a post about that later, with more detailed photographs of the box (which is shaped like a miniature hat box – how cute!).