When I was a teenager I hated wearing black. I thought it was a dull, lifeless colour and associated it in my head with funerals. Nowadays my opinions completely changed. In the last week I seem to have gone a little crazy about black though, purchasing several new black items. The fact they say black is slimming may have played a small part in that, haha! Black's also possibly the easiest colour to wear. What it lacks in colour can be made up for by varied fabrics and textured details. Black can also be worn in a beautifully simplistic way.
I've never been one for simple though so on my latest shopping trip as soon as I caught a glimpse of shimmering black sequins in Forever 21 I had to try it on. I'd been wanting some kind of snazzy black jacket, especially with party season approaching and I'm sure you've all worked out I love sparkly stuff by now, right?! So...a fully sequined black jacket was perfect for me. I love it and of course it was a steal since it came from F21.
|Black sequin jacket - F21|
I was aimlessly browsing the Internet when I came across my next black purchase. It actually arrived on my birthday which was nice timing. I'd wanted a new black handbag for ages now, mainly because I've been ruining my favourite, rather expensive black Bally handbag by taking it to work everyday. I didn't want anything expensive but I did want something cool looking.
Now here's the thing, although it wasn't marketed this way and it doesn't say it on it anywhere, this handbag happens to look a lot like a particular designer handbag. Now some people may disagree I'm sure but the whole 'looks-like-but-isn't' thing doesn't bother me too much. Living out here in Korea I see a lot, and I mean A LOT of copies, or bags heavily inspired by designer ones. I didn't have the intention of getting a fake bag and trying to pass it off as real. I bought this bag because I love the design, it was very cheap, just what I need for casual everyday use and there's no way I could afford the real-deal type right now anyway. Not that I haven't considered the real deal for long enough though, believe me! I personally believe that if you like a designer bag (that you can't possibly part with the cash for) then go ahead and buy a similar design. Just don't pretend it's something it's not, thats where the problems lie! That could lead to some serious embarrassment if you get caught out. Imagine being out with friends and someone having the authentic one. Eurgh, cringe moment. Anyway, I'm just enjoying my bag for what it is and of course the $1500 I saved.
Also in F21, I finally found a blouse I liked. Blouses have been haunting me, I'm not joking. I've been wanting a pretty one for ages and every blogger under the sun seemed to be rubbing their pretty blouses in my face lately. Although it hasn't satisfied my craving for floaty feminine blouses, it's definitely a good start. A black one is a wardrobe basic and so easy to work into different outfits. I got the sparkly necklace because I really am a magpie.
|Black blouse with ruffle detail - F21|
|Multilayer black beaded necklace - F21|
|Black patent cosmetics bag - Aritaum|
|The perfect fit for my MAC must haves.|
That one was purely purely practical buy. I'm actually heading home to England next week for an extended visit. It's been over two years since I was last at home, I'm pretty excited but a little anxious. I'm coming back to Korea sometime in the New Year. I started to panic a few days ago about how I'm going to manage to pack for a long trip back with only a 25kg baggage allowance. Can you believe that?! How stingy are airlines these days! I was also wondering how best to transport my rather extensive make up collection? Well now I have an answer to one of those problems. If anyone has an answer to the other please do let me know!
Leave a comment and let me know if you love black or not and which is your favourite item? If you haven't already, don't forget to enter my handbag giveaway here.