Monday, 13 July 2015

Buying Liz Lisa from overseas via Multipal ♡


I recently received a big box of Liz Lisa goodies from Multipal, my new favourite shop! Scroll to the bottom for a discount code ♡


First: my dream dress ♡__♡ I have had a lot of trouble finding this Liz Lisa x My Melody dress for a reasonable price online but Multipal were able to track it down for me! It has a strawberry, gingham and bow design with a waist tie at the back. This is one of my smaller Liz Lisa dresses so I wouldn't recommend it for larger busted girls (I have to squeeze myself in, hoot). I like coordinating it with big winter coats or just on it's own!


Another item I was looking for was the piano key jumper skirt. I didn't get the matching blouse as I wasn't sure it would fit me right but I think it coordinates pretty well with this offbrand blouse I got second hand on depop.


The skirt has elastic shirring and a waist tie. Amongst the floral design there are also gramophones, music notes, harps and trumpets. I'm really glad I was able to message Multipal about both of these pieces and have them track them down for me!

Now for some items I bought outright...


Pictured here is a floral dress/cardigan set and a LizMelo cardigan. The collar on the dress is scalloped and has lots of little satin bows on it- so cute! The lower half of the dress has a lace overlay. The cardigan that it came with has matching lace trim. The LizMelo cardigan has a heart design that I absolutely adore!


The LizMelo top shown here has shirring at the top, bows on the shoulders and elastic lace spaghetti straps. It also features the white and gold bow buttons that most LizMelo items have.
I love buying via Multipal (you may have seen me talking about them on instagram a lot, haha!) Shop owner Mari provides awesome customer service- she's extremely pleasant to talk to and always responds quickly. I can message her any time with a picture of an item I'm looking for and she will often have it tracked down for me within the day. I've bought at least 8 items from her and each one has been fully licensed product- no replicas! A lot of the items have been new with tags which is awesome, but she sources new without tags and second-hand as well to offer the most competitive prices.  Aside from Liz Lisa, Multipal stocks brands like Penderie, MAR*S, Tralala, Milk, Ank Rouge and Jesus Diamante- as well as collector items from Sailor Moon, Qpot, San-x and Sanrio.

So how do you buy from them?

I would recommend following Multipal on instagram so you can always be the first to know when a new auction goes online on their eBay account. Multipal make most of their sales via eBay but you can also message them on instagram and check out via PayPal.

If you checkout via eBay, message Multipal with the word 'taffakitty' to receive 5% off your purchase!

I hope you will take a look at Multipals shop and find something you like!


Stock photo: © LucieG-Stock

Sunday, 28 June 2015

2015 is awesome- and it's only half finished!

Okay- this post is going to be long. No one's gonna read it. I'm really just writing it for myself so I can stop writing about this once and for all. I also say 'incredible' a lot. I'm sorry. Enjoy.

I don't want to make another 'Wow, incredibly awesome things keep happening for me this year' post. I also don't want to make an overly formal impersonal yet personal post. I don't know. I feel like I'm bragging at this point when I want to share what's going on, or maybe I'm not used to things going consistently well? And I'm shocked? And I need to tell people about it? I'm not sure.

Let's re-outline again why 2015 has been so goddamn cool just one last time because I'm pinching myself. This will also lead us on to why 2016 will probably be stellar. I'll talk about that around new years or something.

I got my second job around Christmas time last year, but I got the full time position in January, so it's technically a 2015 thing. I love my boss, I love my co-workers, I hate when co-workers I get along with leave. I love doing creative problem-solving and research projects. Mundane filler stuff is cool too, once I get into the flow. Learning how to make proper phone calls has been rad. Using my shitty jokes on people and having them laugh has been double rad. Receiving praise= awesome. Successfully training other juniors= hell yeah. Work is going pretty swell at the moment.
With that also comes general anxiety butt-kicking from relearning how to get out in the world, talk to people all day 5 days a week, little things I've mentioned before such as going down the road to get lunch and not being terrified of talking to the staff behind the counter. I can even go see friends after work now. And do stuff all weekend. I don't need several days of recovery any more! To understand why this is such a big deal for me: two years ago I did a 3 hour course 2 days a week for maybe 2 months and couldn't handle and quit despite the fact I was going with a friend. Getting up at 5:30am every day to go to work for 8 hours then get a train for 1.5 hours then get up and do it again the next day would have been beyond incomprehensible for 18 year old me. I am still in complete shock over this, which is probably why I keep talking about it.
If you're suffering with depression, anxiety or other disorders that prevent you from living a 'normal' life by societal standards and are reading this like 'Shit, where's my magic solution then?' My answer is: your magic solution may just be time. Mine was. I had to go through four very difficult years from my lowest point to now. As my mum put it though, being so successful and proud of myself now is 'making up for lost time'. One day you will get there, and your answer may be in a chance job offering, a life-changing word of advice, therapy, who knows. There's no one-trick solution, duh. You know that, I know that. And I still have days where I'm like, 'Crap, I need some time'. And that's cool. One of the most important things I learnt is how to communicate to others when you're feeling overwhelmed or just not very talkative. You can't let them know exactly what you're feeling, but as time goes on you will learn your own signs and triggers and in turn what works to get you calm and back in the swing of things. Maybe you just need to unplug your work phone from the wall and get a glass of water. Articulate to those around you that you need a moment, and hopefully they get it. Take as much time as you need to take care of you.

But yes back to point A: Suddenly having this job and finding out that I'm good at it and not scared shitless of it (there were some points at the beginning I was of course and it did take one bout of crying off my eyeliner in the bathroom to get through it, these days happen) has led to other opportunities besides the obvious benefit of the weekly paycheck. Benefits such as those I listed above. Yes. Tying off this section now.

The iffy let's-casually-step-around-this topic of money comes next. Money is great and money is evil. Whatever. Here's what's been great:
Buying gifts for my loved ones. Incredible. I love it. Spoiling all my friends and family rotten, finally! I especially love suddenly buying a pair of sneakers for Adam or going on holiday and bringing back fancy chocolates for my mum. My favourite thing about having more moolah has been buying things for the people I love, 100%.
Buying things for myself that I used to rely on others for kind of ties into that too. Paying for my own train trips and buying and paying off my own phone have been huge ones.
Aaand of course, spoiling myself. Hah. My previous boss said to me that once I got this second job she noticed my instagram photos were less photos of me and more photos of things I had bought lately, and she was totally right! I don't like to be too frank about money, it's rude, but the numbers are important to show how impactful this has been for me: I used to assign myself $50 to spend a week. $50. And it was often less especially if I was paying off food or phone related expenses. You all know I was a big thrifter last year and the year before. It wasn't just for the cool edgy 'I own this and no one else does' factor- I couldn't afford new clothes.
Now, my top obsessions are basically hair, make up and clothes, when I boil it down. I like toys and punk rock and whatever too, but style and street fashion is really my thing. So having disposable income to collect new clothes to play with... Very satisfying for my materialistic and image-oriented soul. I've made a steady transition into the romagyaru substyle this year that I didn't really plan- I wasn't sitting around last year going 'God I wish I was wearing florals and high heels'. Having the available option to experiment with my style more than ever lead me to my first Liz Lisa dress- and then my second, and third, and then Ank Rouge, and then Penderie. When I think real hard about it I come up with the solution that I feel I'm maturing and the gyaru style embodies a cute-loving adult, whereas pop, fairy and spank! styles are more playful and kiddie. But again as I've discussed in a previous post, I can never really put my finger on why my style evolves the way it does and I have an even foggier perception of where it's headed next. I could be a gothic lolita next month. I really don't know.

I was also able to go on holiday to Melbourne with Adam this month. Incredible. Paid for flights accom and food all on our own. Adam and I were living in a friends living room in 2011. It's another pinch-myself moment. Adam started at his company as an ex-pizza deliverer, interning for free before being hired full time. In two years he has become the head of web development. His boss adores him. I'm ridiculously proud of him. Being able to share our successes with one another has been awesome.

Melbourne was incredible! We planned to meet up with way more friends than we did, and past me would have been really bitter that I missed out on seeing a few people. I had a huge rejection and cancelled-plans problem, like super huge. But I've realised that although shit happens, it's really important not to ignore the good stuff just cause something bad occurred. To keep going and say 'Oh well- let's do this anyway, or ask another friend what they're up to!' rather than crying in the hotel room and paying another $9.99 to use the wifi.

I was going to talk more about my Melbourne trip in this post but I want to talk about each day and post all the pictures so I'll save it for next time- we did a lot in 6 days and it was fantastic.

If you're wondering when I'm gonna finally get to the cons of money, well, I guess that's yet to come. And I know it's coming. Adam and I have to apartment-hunt and wedding plan now. We can't avoid those things because we're 'too busy with the engagement party or Melbourne organising' any more. I have been saving since January but I'm definitely going to need to start saving more. And then dipping into those savings, which will probably make me cry.
When tax and mortgages and rent and electricity and water and wedding become real, I'm going to start detesting money, I'm sure of it. But as an old friend of mine used to say: 'That's a problem for future me'.

Taffa stop talking about your job! Okay. What else has been awesome in 2015?

Uhh, my friends. Obviously.



It's a growing up thing, y'know, figuring out who your R.O.D.s are. I'd like to think I'm friendly and personable with just above everyone, but oh my god I am obsessed with my best friends. I kind of more have individual friends here and there rather than a big group, so I don't really have a favourite. I'm a lucky babby who gets several besties! I've had some pretty bad fall outs over my time so to have such great people around me this year has been the huge scrumptious cherry on top of everything else. I'm sorry to you all for not hanging as much while adjusting to my new schedule, but rest assured I think about and brag to others about how awesome y'all are constantly. Like literally on a daily basis.
A huge thing is that my best friend from high school had a baby girl in January! I've known Amy since we were 11 and 12 so to see her as a mum now blows my mind. Ellie is my favourite little thing in the whole wide world, I'm crazy about her. She could throw up on me and shit on me and cry and burp and throw up again and I'd still think that she's the happy little centre of the universe. I am so excited to watch her grow and I know that Amy is gonna be a tremendous parent. (Already is!)

I wanna wrap this post up because it's ridiculous. In summary, I'm working, I'm keeping my anxiety under control, I'm doing not too bad financially, I went on an awesome vacation, my friends are incredible, aaand:

I got a tattoo. That's a 2015~forever thing. Haha.


That incredible work is by Ally Riley at Dangerzone, Melbourne.

Okay! I'm finished! It's really important to keep track of the good stuff I think, I might find myself referring back to this post (and the others I've made along similar lines) if I find myself in a tight spot while going through this apartment and wedding nonsense. If you made it to this point, I'm sorry, not only because this post is very self-absorbed and probably boring, but also that I have no profound conclusion for you. But I hope you enjoyed the read anyway. I've got more (hopefully) interesting stuff planned for this bloggy soon. In particular my birthday and Melbourne trip posts as well as some clothes stuff. You know, the same old. Just that same Taffa Chitty vibe.

Thanks as always.



Sunday, 14 June 2015

Being 21

When I was in kindergarten, I walked up to the tallest person in the playground and asked what grade they were in. They said year 6. I was gobsmacked. School really went all the way up to year 6! Would I ever make it that far?
When I was 7 years old, my mum and I moved in with my dad. I went to a school that went all the way from prep to year 12. I remember getting a lot of dental work done and being scared and rebellious. Did a kid like me have a future?
When I was 10 years old we moved back to Australia and suddenly I was the weird foreign kid. I had all these new experiences to share but I was too strange for anyone to want to sit down and hear it. Would I ever find my place?
When I was 16 I cried after my birthday party and I didn't know why. I felt alone in a room full of friends and didn't know what I was feeling let alone how to express it. I soon found myself dropping out of high school and leaving home. Was this feeling going to eat me alive?
When I was 19 I tried to work and study and found I was still scared, and although I now had a better understanding of why I felt this way, I still didn't know how to control it. Could I ever have a normal life?
When I was 20, I got a casual job in a spare room of an office that would only last a couple of weeks. A manager asked to meet with me and told me of how the staff around me were praising my quick learning and good work ethic. She offered me a full time position in the company. Was I finally growing up?

I am 21.

I have been through and seen so much in my short life, and just the thought of it all and that I got out alive blows my mind. Healing took a long time but I am here now, I am finally one with myself. I don't think I've found my final place of belonging but rather the road to that place, open doors I never thought I'd see, hope I never thought I could have.

I want to sincerely thank my mother for being the one constant in my life. We have had tremendous highs and plummeting lows but through it all we have always been by each others sides and I feel so lucky and blessed to have you as my mum. I never felt like I was missing anything even when it was just you and me in a granny flat. I strive every day to be half of the generous, graceful, funny woman you are, to have as much humility and compassion for others, I am always in awe of your selflessness and what you have sacrificed for me and I can only hope that I am finally making you proud. Even when we fight you are perfect, even when we disagree I adore you, I cannot imagine my world without you and I thank you, I thank you with everything I have for loving me the way you have.

I want to thank my fiance Adam for being endlessly patient, loving, caring and kind with me. You have loved me at my worst and now we will go forth at our best. I'll never truly believe that I deserve you but I am going to hold onto you with everything I've got. I will never be able to thank you enough for the way you have supported me and stuck by me. I would never have made it through these past four years without you, not a chance in hell. I love you.

I want to thank Amy, Audrey and Bonnie for making me feel like a princess. Thank you for restoring my faith in friendship. You are all beautiful and I am literally always telling people how much I love you guys. I'm blessed to have met you three and I am so happy we can all be friends together- and on that note let's all have many more lunch dates in the future.

Finally I will thank anyone that's ever been kind to me here on the world wide web- if you're wondering if this is about you it is. Sometimes online friends are all I have and you have all been stellar. I'm sorry for being so annoying on twitter. I want to especially mention Lama, Ariel, Ashley, Ruth and Kiko.


Today I got to have lunch with my closest friends and tomorrow my coworkers are taking me out, then I am having dinner with my family. I feel blessed, I feel loved. I am happy.

Goodnight.

Saturday, 30 May 2015

21






21 Goals for 21 Years

1) Become a harder worker that is less distracted.
2) Work harder on maintaining eye contact when speaking to others and making the other person feel important.
3) Become faster at simple math! Just addition...
4) Try to learn a new word every day and find a way to use it.
5) Assert self in adulthood: don't be threatened by rude kids on the train, you're bigger than them!
6) Keep my room tidy constantly! 
7) Get more sleep (hah...)
8) Here's a big one... maybe... get my drivers license?? (eek!)
9) Talk to others more about important issues, do more to help as well.
10) Don't hoard, and give away/sell unwanted items to reduce clutter.
11) Do more creative things. Make a song, whatever! Take cool photos spontaneously like I used to!
12) Develop a skin regimen that truly works for me. Try new products.
13) Be as organised at home as I am at work...
14) Do favours for people at home as I do at work!
15) Gossip less.
16) Make new friends with similar interests.
17) Go to drag shows!
18) Reach for a fruit instead of an unhealthy snack.
19) Drink as much green tea at home as I do at work...
20) Get ready faster in the mornings.
21) Live a life so great and exciting that there isn't a chance to be tired.


Friday, 29 May 2015

Fashunz, lately

Hair accessories: Daiso, Coat: Forever New, Dress: Liz Lisa, Belt: Alannah Hill, Bag: Liz Lisa x My Melody, Stockings: Forever New, Socks: Alannah Hill, Shoes: eBay

 Earrings: Wanting Collection, Cardigan: Penderie, Dress: Ank Rouge, Skirt: Revival, Bag: Syrup, Stockings: Forever New, Socks: Wanting Collection, Shoes: Tokyo Bopper


I'm definitely balls deep in a floral phase right now. Thanks, Liz Lisa. Aside from giving noveau grandma looks though, lately I've tried to make colour themed looks; such as these purple and red concepts I posted on instagram. (I did wear the purple one, but I'm too scared of red at the moment for the other.) I've also tried to be friendlier with blue. I do really love the whole Dorothy Gale vibe of wearing blue and red together, but I fear it's too much with the pink hair as well. I also think it appears strikingly obvious how hard I'm trying to not wear pink in this coord. I did really love the casual Oz redux though. I purchased the Ank Rouge dress via multipal on eBay, a really sweet merchant who tracks down rare gyaru brand items and resells them to overseas customers. You can get the dress yourself here. You can also follow multipal on instagram so you never miss an auction.

As for the Tokyo Bopper Ballerinas... Yes, I splurged a little there. But I was over my replica pairs falling apart and decided there was no better option than the real thing. I'm yet to regret that purchase.

If you've been reading this blog for some time you'll probably be as surprised as I am that I'm able to name drop brand names for all the items I'm wearing in these two coords. I don't think my thrifting days are over, it's just that my second job means the op shops are shut by the time I get home, and also that I have a little extra to spend on myself. I think I'll calm down on the shopping once the initial thrill of extra money has passed... I guess we have to hope that that's soon.


Wednesday, 27 May 2015

27/05 Hair Dye


I try a new hair dye almost every time I retouch my pink. Last time I had my first go with Manic Panic, picking the shade Fuschia Shock. The colour was pretty sweet, but the transferring, oh the transferring! Even 3 months after dying I was still staining everything. My phone cases, my cardigans, my headphones, even the landline handset on my desk at work was stained pink. So I went back to a tried and true: Crazy Colour in shade Burgundy. I had tried this dye late October last year and had loved the deep berry pink shade it faded to from the initial purple- and loved the complete lack of colour transfer even more. Plus knowing my hair will be slick and root free come my 21st birthday in two weeks time is a proverbial weight off my shoulders.

Aside from redying my hair, there's not really much news aside from the fact that I will be in Melbourne for a week late June (birthday present to myself) and may be getting a tattoo while I'm there. (Well, not a may. It's booked. I've paid the deposit. It's happening.) I'm hoping to visit diners, Lady Petrova, the aquarium, and a cat cafe. I hope I can squeeze everything in while still seeing all my Melbourne people without burning out!

I'll be back soon to talk less about myself and more about clothes or whatever. I hope 2015 has been as awesome so far for you as it has been for me. Let's strive to keep learning and bettering ourselves every day.






Sunday, 3 May 2015

Graduation


I find that I'm hyper aware of myself when I'm going through a change. This probably has a lot to do with the fact that my changes are quite drastic.


A lot will change at once and it will reflect in everything from my speech to my taste in music to my hair colour. Of course I am still the same person- but a very different brand of myself.

Sometimes I try completely new things, sometimes I revert to things I loved in the past. I'm currently doing both.

I'm knee deep in my 70s punk phase all over again. I remember my first punk phase (it was more punk pop like Green Day and Good Charlotte though), my second (Sid and Nancy was my favourite film for a very long time) and now I'm in my third. The Clash, Buzzcocks, Richard Hell and the Voidoids, The Adicts, Ramones, Gen X, The Jam... dreamy sigh. Which sadly means I've been paying much less attention to korean music lately (but still keeping a distant watch on Block B as always).

As I get older I find I go less through 'phases' but more evolutions, not always completely dropping what I was doing in the previous form. I've had pink hair for over a year and a half now, I've been collecting character merch like Sanrio San-x My Little Pony etc. for a decade, I haven't worn jeans in 4 years. That's part of growing up- you figure out what you like and keep doing that. I could possibly be finding my niche. But watch me say that and move on to the next thing...

A big part of my current shift is that my lifestyle went 180 in December last year when I got my second job. I went from a casual store employee with a 5am bedtime to being an office employee who starts at 7am. This is the first time since I left school in 2011 that I've been up and out 5 days a week. 

Working in an office meant I had to do a bit less of fun stuff like sticking rhinestones to my face and more high buns, dress shoes. Less denim jackets and sneakers, more day planners and phone manner. I've started wearing heels a lot and getting more into himekaji/gyaru, namely picking up a lot of LizLisa, DreamV and Penderie items. I put together a spank! coord and find myself yearning for florals and My Melody. I've been doing a lot of clothes shopping. I need to start selling some of my old things.

I keep finding I want to appear 'opulent' rather than casual and cute.. I used to be quite happy with a cotton dress and reeboks but now I reject plastic rings for my Tarina Tarantino one, choose Milk heels over comfier rocking horse shoes, wear my LizMelo handbag whenever possible. This relates back to the growing up thing I guess. I just don't want to be one of those people that thinks they can't be into 'cute' any more because they're getting older. I'm trying to find mature and sophisticated ways to incorporate my pink and Sanrio into my look.

I'm rambling, and I have been rambling about this for the past few months on my twitter, but so much has come together for me in such a short time it feels like graduation. I never graduated high school, I was stuck in limbo for over three years not knowing what to do or what I even wanted to do. Things came together so well that I am now able to save up for a place, plan my wedding, and I'm also more confident about doing menial things like buying lunch because I'm being social every day and not in an anxious slump anymore.

So, happy graduation.

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