Friday, July 19, 2013

The arrival of blue things (part 1)

Sydney has been having some truly mad weather this week - 15 degrees C one day, 23 degrees the next. Confusing, and makes it hard to know what to wear from one day to the next. 
Earlier this week I made a purchase from Matches. I've shopped at Matches before in London, but have never ordered from them online. I must say I am Very Impressed with their service!
I ordered a sale item on Monday, and it arrived on Thursday!
This is the very lovely box it came in - it's thick, marbled cardboard: 


The box came with a card saying who had packed it!


And here is the item:


Blue DVF skirt. It was on sale for a great price, so I ordered it without having tried it on in the local shop. A bit of a risk, but the wonderful Matches online store offers free returns even on sale items!!
I ordered a size 0, as I almost always go with the smallest size possible these days.
Back in the good ole days, before vanity sizing, I used to take a size 2 or 4 in DVF
These days, though, I'm a size 0!!


As you can see, it fits well, although it's still a touch big around the waist. I may get it taken in a touch for the summer, but for now it's fine with a knit over the waistband.
It does astound me that a size 0 is so generous, though. I wonder what really tiny women do for clothes?


This is the second blue item that arrived this week:


It's a blue Tippi sweater from good ole J Crew. I got it with the 20% off Magalog15 code, which also gives free shipping, so it ended up being a very good price, about $50 Aus.
It's a great colour and I'm very happy with it. This is an XS, for reference.


The third blue item is coming, and should be with me early next week, so watch this space!
We're off to a housewarming party tonight and a big Sunday lunch do tomorrow. 
What are your weekend plans?
Any blue purchases for you?



20 comments:

  1. You are on a blue kick! No wonder the shoes are winging their way to you... Love the DVF skirt and I've often wondered what the really tiny girls do with clothes these days too... I'm not a 0 (too generous in the rear end), but I'm a 2 in most US brands, which is ridiculous. I used to be a size 10 Australian back in The Dark Ages, but now am a 6-8 depending on the brand.
    Anyway, enough waffling - love the new purchases, great colour and think the shoes are going to fit into your wardrobe nicely. xx

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    1. It's bizarre how the planets seem to align and I seem compelled to buy blue items... I do love blue, but even by my standards this week has been excessive!
      I must say that your shoe purchase tipped me over the edge in my prevarications.... By I'm glad I did order them.
      Sizing drives me crazy in Aus. Before I moved here I didn't consider myself to be a tricky size, but I'm completely sized out of clothes here, and it seems that the US is going the same way. It is bloody annoying. By the time I'm in my 70s I'll need to buy kids clothes at this rate!

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  2. Gonna have to pop my DVF cherry and bite the bullet.

    Size zero... Listen, if you would ever like some extra booty (though you are lovely as is) you can have some of mine.

    I am a 12 on top, 14 bottom. Short legs big bum smallish waist. But I have grown to embrace it.

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    1. Pop that cherry, Cilla! DvF suits all bodies I reckon; in fact wrap dresses look much better on curves than flat bum ladies like me!
      I'd love a bigger bum, but really, I'm just glad I have a functioning body with no big problems. I wish that clothing companies would cater to a wider range of sizes. It would make life a lot easier....

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  3. As a matter of fact my package with blue things will be delivered monday:)
    I am expecting the keeper chambray shirt in dark rinse and a navy tee.This will be my last order here before leaving.

    I also had a blue tippi,but i sold it to my sister because she really wanted it,so i guess i have to find me another one.It is starting to get really crazy here and i hate goodbyes and last times:(

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    1. ina, thinking of you, sending good-bye zen.

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    2. It must be so bitter sweet to be moving on, Ina. We've moved countries 6 times in the last 20 years and it very hard.... But so liberating and exciting to be in a new place. Sending you heaps of calm, and looking forward to seeing your new blue items!

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  4. ruth, that skirt looks rather brilliant on you. I am a blues gal (having left the non rugby all-blacks). But not a lot of cobalt here. Looking forward to your shoes' debut here. Our weather is going from 20 to well over 34, before humidex, in a day up here.

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    1. Thanks Ms GF! I'm very excited about shoe arrival. However, I'm going to be very strict and if they're not perfect and v comfy, they will go back. My ankle is too particular about comfort post-surgery to put up with uncomfortable shoes!
      Will post as soon as they arrive.
      Your temps sound crazy, a bit like a Sydney summer..... Although Sydney rarely goes below 25 in summer and can go up to 46.

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  5. Damn you, I'm still a 4 in DVF!
    I have two blue things but its a lovely shade as is the shade you've picked up, I love Matches, very more ish.

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    1. I reckon DVF skirts are definitely bigger than they were, but perhaps it's just the style I got.... Matches is great. I'm v impressed and will be stalking the site.
      Hope your house is getting back to some sort of normality? X

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  6. That sounds like British unpredictble weather although we are currently having a hot and settled couple of weeks. What a lovely skirt - I'm really drawn to rich cobalt blue at the moment. It's a very flattering shade.
    http://missbbobochic.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Hey miss b, thanks for visiting. You're right, it is a bit British, the weather right now. I'm from London, so am always a bit shocked when Sydney channels the UK with its weather. Will have to check out your blog!

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  7. Love the blue skirt! I also have several Tippis, one of them Celestial Blue. :)

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    1. Thanks Rose! I love Tippis, although I only have 3. Is this celestial blue? I think it might be - I've been stalking it on pop back for ages. It kept appearing in my size, then being bought before I logged in! I'm glad to have got it finally!

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  8. I have to apologise for my absence from blogging; just had a bit going on, but I'm glad to be back and catching up. I hope you are well!

    I love the colour of the skirt; I think this will work perfectly in the summer and winter months. That is interesting what you say about size 0 - what do the size 0 people do when it comes to purchasing clothes? I guess I will never know, not from personal experience anyway!

    http://forcailini.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Colleen, I missed you! Hope all's well!
      The colour is great - there's a redish orange colour one too that I may crack and buy.. just waiting to see if the price drops further.
      I have no idea what real size 0 people do... I'm small, but certainly not as small as some!

      I used to be able to buy a size 6 UK, but these days a 6 usually swims on me. I have had kids and am in my middle years, so it's certainly not because I've got smaller!

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  9. That skirt is gorgeous! I love the color if that Tippi too, but can't think of wool in 100 degrees:). I love the summer heat though.
    I hope that your 3rs blue item is a pair of those gorgeous blue shoes:$

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    1. Hi A! it is a lovely colour!
      Lucky you, being in heat. I can't wait for warmer weather to return here!!
      YOu guessed right about the 3rd items, but sadly they were too small...I'll have to wait (im)patiently for a bigger size to arrive. Grrr!
      Hope you're having a great summer!

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