I’d like to start off by saying thank you to everyone who has followed, liked, commented on and responded to my blog in the past couple of months. It has meant so much to me – I’ve always wanted to start one but until the start of this year, I was too scared. FINALLY I took the plunge and it has been oh-so rewarding. So much so, that I have decided to upgrade:
My new blog. Yep, I officially own my own .com. And it feels fabulous. Why TWENTY & CO? Well, as you may have noticed, The World by J doesn’t really have a “niche”. I’ve written about fashion, done reviews about books, random rants about topics in the news, and so on. So I decided, in order to make the name and my blog relevant to readers, I’m still going to write about all that stuff and more – BUT – TWENTY & COis dedicated to all of us who are close to becoming, or are already, a “twenty-something.” In Australia, 18 is considered being an adult, but I still don’t really feel like a “real” adult. Will I ever feel like a real adult? I don’t know. But I’m looking forward to writing about a whole bunch of different topics as I begin my journey into the twenties. Over the next week I will be uploading some of my favourite/most popular posts from The World by J before I begin posting new content. First up is my career profile on Chloe Clark from Beginning Boutique. I hope those of you reading this decide to come along for the ride. If not, thank you for being so supportive and interested in my work here.
I love clothes. I love style. I love spending hours scrolling through pages and pages of products online and adding my favourites to the shopping cart (even if I’m not going to go through with the purchase). However, I’ve noticed lately that I am becoming more and more enamoured with being comfy, rather than giving in to being stylish 24/7.
If you live in Australia and love online shopping, chances are that you have heard of or purchased from The Iconic. The Iconic is similar to ASOS, based on the sheer amount of products listed on its site, but has an aura of sophistication which I think ASOS lacks. Not only can you find great deals (the Final Winter Clearance Sale is on now) but also more expensive items from the likes of White Suede, Sass and Bide and Calvin Klein.
I bought my Year 12 formal from The Iconic (“To Be Free” by Keepsake the Label) and I was far from disappointed. I bought it nine months before the event, so I would have had more than enough time to return it if I didn’t like it or it didn’t fit. Luckily, it was perfect and I fell in love with it the moment I tried it on. It looked even better in real life than it did in the photos – with online shopping it’s usually the other way around!
August. In Australia, it’s the last month of Winter. Shopping wise, this means I’m looking for the last few warm items of the season and starting to admire some summery attire. So before I get carried away with bikinis (it’s inevitable) here are the last few items on my Winter wish list.
Time to discuss another online store, and this week I’m #TeamBB all the way! Beginning Boutique is an online fashion boutique based in Australia which stocks amazing brands all at very reasonable prices. You may remember BB from my previous feature piece on PR Manager/Stylist Chloe Clark! Since I spoke with Chloe only a few months ago, the store has continued to grow, develop and establish itself as one of the leading Australian online retailers for young women.
In lieu of my recent #GIRLBOSS review, I decided it was time to discuss Nasty Gal as my online store of the week. Its achievements in such a short time are impressive – what started off as an eBay store selling vintage clothes from thrift shops has now become a multi-million dollar business, styling girls from all over the world.
Nasty Gal is one of the first online stores I ever shopped at. I have bought two pairs of denim shorts, a knit, a jumper, a bracelet (see below) and Jeffrey Campbell heels. Quite an array of clothing and accessories. Unfortunately, when I bought my first pair of shorts, I was confused by the sizing. I compared myself to the models (who all wear size S) and the size guide. I took my measurements and ordered a size 27 in shorts, but to my disappointment when they arrived they was too big, particularly around the waist – a common occurrence for me and oh, so frustrating. Note to self: know your size before you buy.