UNIF SALEM.

Published June 18, 2014 by mylifeinfivewords
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My UNIF Salems as they came last week – on top of their box, with their original laces and the UNIF sticker that was included.

A couple of weeks ago, during my pre-exam despair, I splurged and bought myself a pair of UNIF Salems. I’d been wanting them for a while, but always ended up convincing myself out of them, or never had quite enough money. I’d recently sold some stuff on eBay and had over $500 in my PayPal account when these shoes were restocked on the UNIF website, so I jumped at the chance to get them on my feet. Admittedly, I did pay a little more for them – if I had of been a bit more patient I could have gotten them for slightly cheaper off Dolls Kill, but when I decide I want to buy something I have to buy it right now. They were $190USD ($203AUD) plus $24USD ($26AUD) for post – so $214USD ($230AUD) all up. The only international shipping method was express, I purchased them on June 4, they were posted June 5, and they arrived at my house on June 11 (regional Victoria, Australia), so they were pretty spot on with shipping and post!

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The box my UNIF Salems came in. I wish I had some kind of scale next to this, the box is huge! I was actually expecting a black box for some reason, but that’s no matter.

They came the box below (in a plastic postage bag obviously) which is ABSOLUTELY MASSIVE – and kinda fitting, given how big the shoes are. The shoes themselves came with paper and carboard packing inside them to keep their shape, and each boot was inside a little bag to protect them from one another in the post. There were forms inside for invoices and returns, and a big UNIF sticker which I think I’ll pop on my car. They come with the cream coloured laces, though I think I’ll be jumping on eBay to buy a pair of white, black and maybe rainbow ones as soon as I measure them. The cream looks dirty and I can’t stand it! That’s just a personal thing though. The zipper at the back was a little bit sticky to begin with, and it still can be, but it’s getting better. The leather is super soft, and they look really well made.

Size-wise, I’m a size 7 with a relatively narrow foot. The last pair of shoes I was told to size up for I did and they were slightly too big (nothing terrible but they could have been better!) so I decided to stay my normal size for these – cue panic when I started reading reviews AFTER I’d bought them, saying that you should definitely size up! Mine are a perfect fit length wise, I do have to shove my foot in a little bit while trying to do up the zippers (I recommend undoing the laces when you put them on too) but in saying that, I wear them with socks. I had seen some reviews saying that the zipper at the back irritated the skin, which I haven’t noticed so far. They fit well across my foot too, they’re a little bit tight across the top of my foot where my toes start, but I figure they’re leather and they’ll stretch a bit over time.

Walkability-wise, I actually find them surprisingly comfortable. Those who know me know I’m a whole other level of uncoordinated and clumsy, and god forbid you throw a pair of heels into the equation! I also have a dodgy back which means I’m generally limited to very supportive wedges and platforms, for example, my Black Milk X Solestruck Charli, a sneaker with a 3 inch wedge and a 1.5 inch platform. On the UNIF website the Salems are said to have “a 6″ heel and a 3″ platform” (although measuring mine they have a 6 1/4″ heel and a 3 1/2″ platform if you wanna get technical) so if you subtract the platform height from the heel height, they’re only 2 1/2″ heels technically, which is totally doable. They’re just jacked up on steroids. As I said, I’m completely uncoordinated as it is without adding heels into the equation, however I do find the Salems pretty easy to walk in. They take a little bit to find your center of balance and your striding, but once you’ve got that, you’re set. Hell, if you’re already pretty experienced in heels you might take to it like a fish in water, but like I said, I don’t do heels much. They’re often compared to the Jeffrey Campbell Lita or the UNIF Hellbound in many respects including walkability, though I can’t help you there as I own neither. Although I know I can run and jump in my Charlis, I don’t think I’d be game enough to try that in my Salems! They’re quite skinny so stuff like that is pretty much off the table.

And outfit-wise? They are incredible. They add a touch of badassery no matter how you wear them. They’re the kind of shoe that people look at you wearing, and wish they could wear them too. Honestly, I was pretty scared when I bought them because I’m generally labelled as a very “cute” person, and I thought I would look a bit try-hard in the Salems. I don’t think I do. I’ll post a couple of photos below of them being worn, but I’m sure you’ll be seeing a lot more of them on this blog/my Instagram in the future!

 

This photo was the hardest damn thing to take. But I love it. And it currently has the most likes on any photo I've ever posted on Instagram!

This photo was the hardest damn thing to take. But I love it. And it currently has the most likes on any photo I’ve ever posted on Instagram!

A quick outfit photo I took this morning, featuring my newest Black Milk Clothing dress. I feel like a student witch in this outfit, I love it!

A quick outfit photo I took this morning, featuring my newest Black Milk Clothing dress. I feel like a student witch in this outfit, I love it!

These shoes really do get you as high as hell. I feel like a gigantor in these shoes, and I love it.

These shoes really do get you as high as hell. I feel like a gigantor in these shoes, and I love it.

 

 

 

WITCHIN’.

Published June 14, 2014 by mylifeinfivewords

If you haven’t already noticed, I have a slight affinity for the brand Black Milk Clothing. As an Australian who likes clothes that aren’t your standard run of the mill chain store items, these guys are a heaven sent. Best known for their galaxy leggings (which I don’t actually own a pair of…) they’re starting to do some really awesome “designer” pieces which is great for me, as I’m starting to move away from their printed nylon gear and am looking for some interesting and different items to play with.

This is one of them – the Little Lies Maxi Cross Dress from their recent Witch Please collection. Definitely wouldn’t wear this everyday, but I’ve bought it with my uni’s Pharmacy Ball in mind, an event at the end of the year I’m definitely looking forward to. The material on this dress is so soft, it’s absolutely gorgeous. Only criticism is that I think it may have been made with a slightly oversized/loose fit in mind, which I’m not a fan of, and probably could have sized down if I had of known that. I may also need to get mum to take a little bit off the bottom. I’m only 5’4″ and a fair bit of it drags on the ground – it still touches the ground a little when I’m wearing massive heels! Never to worry though, I still love it.

Here’s three quick styling options I came up with when it came in the mail – A. Braless with plain black underwear (not sure that I’d be game enough to wear this in public, but it certainly looks gorgeous on confident babes!). B. Galaxy Purple Swimsuit underneath (this is how I plan to wear it at the Pharmacy Ball, perhaps with a black bodycon skirt too, I’m still undecided on that). C. Blood Splatter Bodycon Dress underneath (not sure that I like this combo, but had to give it a try anyway).

Even as a short person, I love maxi items. This one is a new favourite.

Even as a short person, I love maxi items. This one is a new favourite.

Maxi dress: Black Milk Clothing

Swimsuit: Black Milk Clothing

Bodycon dress: Black Milk Clothing

STELLAR.

Published June 14, 2014 by mylifeinfivewords

Here’s the other side of that goddamn expensive dress that I bought on a whim. Some simple styling to pick my cousins up from school and drop by the supermarket, I think the beanie adds a bit of attitude. But yeah, if you can get your hands on an Inside Out Dress from Black Milk, completely recommend it. They fit amazingly.

The flipside to my Inside Out Dress. Features an actual photo from NASA or a stellar nursery. Cool shit.

The flipside to my Inside Out Dress. Features an actual photo from NASA or a stellar nursery. Cool shit.

Beanie: Drop The Anchor Clothing

Dress: Black Milk Clothing

Tights: Black Milk Clothing

DARK BONES.

Published June 14, 2014 by mylifeinfivewords

Funny story about this dress. It’s actually double sided – the other is a blue galaxy. I bought this dress when it was released half on a whim. I absolutely HATED this side (swore I’d never wear it) and kinda liked the other side, and figured I’d get a bit of wear out of that side. The dress cost me $170 ($120 with the help of a voucher I’d won), and I wasn’t even sure that I’d like it. I’d like to think I’ve gotten a bit smarter with my money since then.

Anyway, so it came in the mail and I wasn’t 300% sold on either side. But man, has it grown on me. There’s barely a week I don’t wear this dress at least once. Kind of disappointed that I’ve lost weight – it’s slightly baggy in the waist/stomach area now. If you see an XS one for sale somewhere, let me know.

Fun fact: this dress is actually two dresses in one. Other side is a blue galaxy. And it fits like a dream.

Fun fact: this dress is actually two dresses in one. Other side is a blue galaxy. And it fits like a dream.

Dress: Black Milk Clothing

Tights: Black Milk Clothing

Necklace: Jay Jays

CHILL.

Published June 14, 2014 by mylifeinfivewords

I’m not one of those people who feels super comfortable being hella dressed up everyday. I think this is the most effort I’ll put into an outfit during the day. Really digging tartan right now, and tights that look like thigh-high sports socks. And beanies – currently on the look out for new beanies. If you come across any sweet ones (I mostly wear black, because I’m sah out there) please let me know.

One of my go-to daytime outfits. Can't go too wrong with tartan and black.

One of my go-to daytime outfits. Can’t go too wrong with tartan and black.

Beanie: Drop The Anchor Clothing

Shirt: Black Milk Clothing

Skirt: Black Milk Clothing

Tights: Asos

BLOODLUST.

Published June 14, 2014 by mylifeinfivewords

My first post in an attempt to catch you up to speed, so that you know what you’re in for by reading my blog.

I grew up a tomboy. Lived on a farm, and wore virtually all boys clothing. Was horrified by the idea of having to wear a dress to school when I went to high school.

So when I manage to put together a combo that actually looks aesthetically pleasing, I’m kinda excited. I like sharing it with the world, because hey, I feel good (days of which are often few and far between unfortunately), even if I’m only going to take said outfit straight off and lounge around in trackies again, as I did after I took this photo.

This is my current go-to outfit for night time adventures and parties. Makes me feel like a total badass babe.

This is my current go-to outfit for night time adventures and parties. Makes me feel like a total badass babe.

Dress: Black Milk Clothing

Shoes: Black Milk x Solestruck

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