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Day 366 Last Day, Last Outfit

Well this is it – the last outfit on the last day. That’s officially 366 days of different outfits every day from one wardrobe with no shopping. Some days there have been two or three outfits and none of them have been repeats; some days I haven’t blogged every outfit but at least one has been every day for the year.
The no shopping went really well – and I have made confession blogs for the things I did buy!
1) a great dress from my local supermarket on Day 4 that just got tonnes of wear!
2) an Alannah Hill dress in case of wedding bridesmaid emergency that hasn’t come out of the bag (we settled on me wearing an existing bridesmaid dress)
3) my outlet shopping in the States that’s in a bag ready to break out TOMORROW! Whatever will I choose?
So what can I tell you about this outfit? Well the theme at Coorparoo Bowls Club’s NYE party is New Orleans Bourbon Street blues bar so I knew I needed something to party in. I’m kicking off the night with family dinner and then will get to the bar in time to kiss my gorgeous man at midnight but my family don’t mind a bit of fancy dress!
This top was a gift from a woman I used to work with in Hong Kong who had two sons and always wished for a daughter. I was lucky enough to fill that gap for her for the four years I worked in Hong Kong. Due to its very sparkly nature it doesn’t actually get out very often but I thought tonight was the perfect opportunity. These pants are one of many hand-me-downs from my gorgeous, glamour aunt who nobody believes actually exists! She had them made in the 1980s.
I started my blog 366 days ago on new years eve as I entered 2012 in my hot pink pants and bright blue shirt so I’m taking out the year in sparkles and celebrations.
Thank you to my blog followers, Facebook followers, friends, family and everyone who has added to my wardrobe over the last 20-odd years (yes, that’s how long some of it has been around) thank you for your support, thank you for following, thank you for telling me that my blog has inspired you to shop your wardrobe and see what combinations there are and how fun accessorising can be! Thank you to those who told me my blog was worthwhile and it wasn’t just something silly and girly to do this year but something that has made people realise that we do shop too much and we can make tonnes of outfits from our wardrobes and that handing down clothes will make more stories and more exciting wardrobes. Thank you to all of those who have decided to take some time off shopping as well, I hope that the time was rewarding both monetarily and also in a way that helped you realise that your wardrobes have lots to offer. Even though only very few of us have lions and witches in our wardrobes, there are still some fabulous things, some wonderful stories and history, to be found when we dig through and play. Thank you to all of you who have given me hand-me-downs over the years. I can’t wait to wear anything that I received after mid-year as I haven’t worn any hand-me-downs since the middle of the year. Nothing added but lots gained.
And finally thank you to everyone who has taken photos for me throughout the year. I know it was painful and I really, really appreciated it especially those who were asked on multiple occasions: like Mum and Kaylee and every other day it was Tony who used all his creative inspiration to help make my blog photos more interesting and got me out from in front of my mirror!
Here’s to the great purge that starts tomorrow, starting with anything that has a hole! Interestingly that is mostly stuff bought in the last few years … And remember the last few years in my wardrobe is about 10 years!
Here’s to 2013 – HAPPY NEW YEAR!20121231-203939.jpg

First blog picture ever!


With my glamour aunt who gave me these pants – she is real!


Happy new year! May it be bright and shiny and full of fun, love and wonderful surprises.
With love from the Fashion Masher

Day 362 – Vintage Sunset

This gorgeous hand-me-down made in the 1970s is from an old family friend who passed away in 1996. I wear it with love every time. I have been saving it up for this week of holidays and a date with my gorgeous boyfriend.


Day 353 – dreaming of holidays

Hand-me-down skirt from mum by Trent Resort and black Zara T to make me feel like I’m wearing my own clothes! Another “need to wear my Birks” day … I guess it’s just that time of year!


Day 349 – Karate Kid Stylin’

I have come to the conclusion that this top – commonly referred to as my Karate Kid top – needs skinny pants. This outfit started the day with a big Tango skirt but ended up looking less Tango and more Russian folk dance!

I went for these little Bianca Spender for Carla Zampatti hand-me-down pants from my aunt but really struggled with a shoe solution! Plus I thought I might have to take my students for a big walk down the road to visit the local koala at school but sadly he had already gone deeper into the forest!
What shoes could I wear with this outfit? Or maybe I won’t do this combo again?!

Day 348 – Cobwebs & the Dress I thought I’d Never Wear

Did I really think I would wear something different for 366 days out of 1 wardrobe and not find cobwebs? Well, I did today!

A hand-me-down from many years ago that couldn’t get the flick one more time.
Shall I keep it? Take it up to be a bit shorter?
Or straight to the charity box?!
Be honest I can handle it.

Day 347 – He’s back – Bombed again!

I thought black Giordano basics created a nice simple background for my vintage Perri Cutten skirt handed down from my mum.

But my morning walking friend obviously thought the background needed spicing up!


Day 346 – Easy Peasy

Inspired by Japan today so went for the straight version of my new hair and noodles for lunch!