This is another new segment that I’m going to try and feature on a weekly basis. Long time followers of the blog and my instagram are probably aware of my obsession with shoes. I really am addicted. Being so in love with something has made me quite fussy and picky when it comes to footwear. I often look at shoes from a brand I like and imagine different combinations of the products they have. I decided to bring my imagination to life and merge shoes I like together to create my ultimate dream shoes. I’ll be featuring different brands I like each time.
Today I have focused on Windsor Smith. Many of you might know them for their infamous, ‘Lily’ shoe. I first noticed the shoe worn by Sofie in December 2012. Since then, the shoe has grown in popularity to the point that I literally see at least one person wearing it every single time I go out. I’m not even lying!
Anyway, behold, my dream shoes! Btw, I know some of these mock ups don’t look the best, I’m not a professional 3D model maker, hopefully my shoe mock up skills will get better after a few of these.
Despite loving shoes, I actually really hate feet so I avoid open toe shoes at all costs! I really liked this shoe, but it was open toe, so this alteration was pretty simple, I just made this shoe closed. Windsor Smith Fend
This one was hard. The proportions of the top were quite different to the heel so I had to warp like crazy, the end result looks a little screwed, but you get the idea! I would LOVE to own shoes like these! Combination: Fend (altered) + Haven The Haven has to be one of my favourite heel bases. It looks Stella McCartney inspired.
I think this is a cute take on the lollipop shoe. What do you think?
Another shoe I would definitely buy if it existed! This would look so cool and I can imagine it being quite comfortable. I started with the Lucerne shoe for this idea.
Left this till last because it was my absolute favourite! Oh my god, I would freak the hell out if this existed. I could imagine it looking great with so many different outfits. Aaah, *dreaming* This is a combination of the Haven and Natalia (altered)
So what do you think? Lame, or awesome? Would you wear any of these? YOU KNOW I WOULD
INTRODUCING, a NEW segment to DARK VICE. YAAAAY.
Ok, calm the hell down Sophie, it’s not that exciting. Shit.
Every week I will be sharing many things I have stumbled across, that make me think, “DAYUM, that is COOL!”. I, regrettably, can not purchase all of these items, so, I may as well share them so you guys check them out. I think I have pretty awesome taste, if I do say so myself Enjoy and happy browsing!
1. Wheels & Dollbaby, Holiday in Nice Picnic Dress $239 AUD
2. YES, Want $139.95 USD
3. CUE, Faille Layered Bodice Dress $299 AUD
4. Wheels & Dollbaby, Le Bleu Lace Gigi Dress with belt $495 AUD (This dress, is, OMG, SO amazing!)
5. Windsor Smith, Lollipop $149.95 AUD
6. Windsor Smith, Haven $199.95 AUD
7. Opening Ceremony, Grunge Canvas Buckle Boots $300 USD
8. Whatever 21, Pixelated Athletic Brand T-shirt $40 USD
9. Kiko Mizuhara for Opening Ceremony, Cut-Out Short-Sleeve Turtleneck Dress $260 USD
10. Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony, Scoop Neck Intarsia Long-Sleeve Dress $100 USD
1. T.U.K, Nosebleed Star Black Star 3,390 Thai Baht
2. Maticevski, Edited Crop Dress $799 AUD
3. T.U.K, Nosebleed Crackle Black 3,390 Thai Baht
4. Stussy, Control Tote Bag $67.31
5. Style Nanda, Flare Oversize Dot Mini Skirt $71.34 USD
6. Jeffrey Campbell, Dunker 4,990 Thai Baht
7. Karen Walker, Long Boat Pants $220 AUD
8. Style Nanda, Full Length Lace Skirt $57.03 USD
9. Jeffrey Campbell, Destin 2,245.00 Thai Baht
1. UNDERGROUND, Wulfrun Triple Sole Mint Suede £115
2. Diesel, Reboot Bliss Tee $90 USD
3. Jeffrey Campbell, Adonis 3,990 Thai Baht
4. Sister Jane, Living in a Cloud Skirt £19
5. MADEBYUS, Cropped Overall Top $200 USD
6. Target, Gem Pendant Necklace $20 AUD
7. UNBILICAL, No. 154 $330 USD
8. SugarJunkieShop, LONELY HEARTS CLUB Heart Resin Necklace $18 USD
9. Ammerman Schlösberg, Lolita Dress $2,760 USD (Super jealous of anyone that can afford this!)
10. Meadham Kirchhoff, Pleated Dress $1,000 USD (Same thing goes for this…)
11. LOVE + MADE x MATAHARI, Geometric Heart Bag $145 USD
12. golden ponies, Polly envelope leather wallet $35 USD
1. DI$COUNT, Troll Ice-Skating Skirt $59 AUD
2. B STORE, Patty 1 $419.95 USD
3. FORFEX, Killer & Roses Tee €46.66
4. Marni, Open-toe mule $295 USD
5. UNDERGROUND, Wulfrun Double Sole Gold Mirror £125
6. JOYRICH + Betty Boop , Betty Boop Timeline Skirt $67 USD
7. Marni, Open-toe mule $260 USD
8. Kinki Gerlinki, M.J $169 AUD
9. DI$COUNT, Haint-painted Batik Blazer $329 AUD
10. FINE HORSE, Leopard Rivet punk shoes €85.40
I really like browsing the online world for stuff. I have not much of a life, so, if there is anything specific you want me to browse and share, LET ME KNOW. KAAAY?
What a delayed post huh?! Sorry about that. A lot has been happening, a lot of thinking and other dull things going on in my brain, however, we shall not dwell on that. Right now, I have a massive post as you can see from the amount of images. This post is going to be dedicated to my day at Highpoint. Highpoint recently (on the 14th) opened an entire new section, including the west’s first David Jones, Topshop and a brand new Samsung store!
You see, sure, I live in Melbourne, but I actually live in the western suburbs – born and raised. I’m not a trendy east sider, I’ve only been to Chadstone like five times, and four of those were because I went to Monash University. Before 2009 I had only ever been to Chaddy once. Highpoint is my local shopping centre (mall) guys. That’s where we go to shop ‘big’ if we ceebs getting all the way to the city. I’ve been online shopping for quite a few years now, but I have to say, what I saw today impressed me. I might be going to actually try things on before I purchase them more often now. I guess you guys can take this post as some sort of window shopping adventure with me
Aaah, the early beginning of the day, in the car park. Dayum my hair is getting long! Too bad it doesn’t really seem to get much longer than this length =/
Um, my sister and I found this Level 1 1/2 very amusing. Reminded us both of platform 9 and 3/4 from Harry Potter xD My sister is wearing an American Apparel shirt, Motel Rocks jeans, Jeffrey Campbell shoes and is holding a Topshop bag.
Our first stop was this cute, quirky called Urban Attitude. I tried on a pair of nice sunglasses inside, but I’m not so certain they suit me. My sister bought a pair though, she is OBSESSED with sunglasses!
I’m actually not a MASSIVE fan of macaroons, but we decided to try two of these anyway. Cookies and Cream and New York Cheesecake. Both were quite good. Plus, doesn’t pretty much the entire universe like these?
Next we decided to check out Universal Store. I first noticed one of these stores during one of my trips to the Gold Coast. I remember thinking the store was pretty cool, and now there is one 20 minutes away from me!
I really liked that pink bag, so cute! My sister was a massive fan of the jumper with the wolf.
Ok, now THIS, I was surprised to see. FAT, on the west saaide?! No way! But great! My sister has never walked into Fat, however, somehow, seeing one at Highpoint made it more approachable, so we both went in and she liked what she saw.
I really liked this fountain they have on display in the store. It looks kinda cute and creepy simultaneously to me. The entire store is decorated really nicely actually
Ah, and man, those watches were really beautiful. Especially the peach coloured one, soooo nice.
I told you the store looked awesome! Was I right?
I think most people were quite impressed with this store – Super Glue. I believe it’s like a huge concept store created by Glue, have you guys ever heard of Glue? If so, what I just said will probably make more sense. Either way, it’s a nice store. With many nice items inside, it’s also quite large. It reminds me of the stores I was impressed by while I was on exchange in the U.S in 2010. I was truly impressed by this store dudes.
I mean, what a good idea, they appear to have in store tailoring services!
Um, I never expected that it would be possible for me to actually buy a Unif product near my house, I MEAN, WOW, THAT IS JUST…. SPECTACULARLY EXCELLENT! RIGHT?! RIGHT, RIIIIGHT?! Hhahhaahha, it’s 1.30AM right now, excuse my hyper activity, I’m fairly delirious atm. But no, anyway, soo much goodness in Super Glue. Unif, Ragged Priest, Stylestalker, Motel Rocks, there were loads of stunning prints, spikes galore. Speaking of spikes, how awesome and rad would that spiked clutch be as a make up bag?! Yeah, that’s what I would use it as, an amazing make up bag My make up bag right now is just… meh, so boring.
An entire wall dedicated to denim. Great for people like my sister who seriously adore their jeans. They also sell beautiful magazines, like Lula! That particular issue pictured looks, omg, INCREDIBLE.
Pictured up above are a pair of very nice shoes. Yup, I’m captain obvious, duh!
I tried on a Miss Selfridge dress at Super Glue, isn’t it cuuuute?! I wasn’t sure whether I should buy it though. AKJSKJHSKD, I wish I was rich sometimes T_T what do you lovely people think? Y/N?
I personally enjoyed this pretty design displayed in the new Nike store window.
Interesting window display at the new Bardot store.
A colourful setting for what is to soon be a GAP store I believe. Also a pair of great flatforms I found in the new Lipstick store. Apparently it’s the first stand alone Lipstick shoes store in Australia :O Ooh Highpoint, so special you are!
I think this is what a lot of people came to see. Man, it’s a big store. We spent quite a lot of time in there.
AAAH, I LOOOOVE SOCKS! Socks and tights, can’t get enough of these things! What about you guys, is anyone else just as in love with socks as I am? For reals, socks are under rated! ESPECIALLY IN MENSWEAR. Random, but true.
We were holding so much that a nice sales assistant came over and offered us the personal shopping option. So we had a room to ourselves to try clothes on. The stylist even set up outfits with the clothing we gave her. I’m so jealous of that lady, I would LOVE to be a personal stylist, ooh man, that’s like, one of my dream jobs.
I pretty much liked everything I tried on. I might go back and purchase those shorts and the top tomorrow. Hopefully they’re not sold out =/ eeeeek.
Mmm, delicious looking chocolate *drools*
My sister who is fortunately no where near as broke as me, bought so much. Crazy shopper girl. I on the other hand, was merely day dreaming about the Alannah Hill bag pictured, isn’t it beautiful? 0__0
We stopped to eat after a few hours, and I was feeling quite exhausted. As you can see in the photo above. We both noticed that our eyebrows weren’t looking that amazing, so decided to get them ‘fixed’. It hasn’t even been a year that I have been regularly getting my eyebrows waxed. After hearing a few horror stories, I was always too nervous and just thought it seemed pointless, especially because I have a fringe. Last May, on an impulse, I decided to get them done at Benefit Brow Bar, and I’ve been hooked ever since! They do such an amazing job at Benefit, your make up is fixed afterwards, and I’ve never had a bad experience. All the girls are so nice and are basically experts in their trade.
The online social media manager happened to be at the bar today, I mentioned that I was a blogger, she noticed I was taking photos, and decided to help me get some good shots. HOW NICE OF HER. I’ve been bluntly told, many times, to stop taking photos in various stores, so being embraced as a blogger by such a huge company was a nice change Like I said, the girls at Benefit are amazing.
The good shots included me sitting like some sort of royalty. HAHAHAHA, I did NOT expect this to happen, I felt kinda bad for the guys, I hope I wasn’t too heavy to lift. What an interesting job, being paid to walk around topless.
If you feel like having incredible looking eyebrows, try Benefit, you won’t be disappointed. My sister was hesitant at first too, but I talked her into it and now she would never go anywhere else.
We decided to check out David Jones, I mean, we had to.
I’ve always wanted a hat but have yet to buy one. There’s so many different options, I have no idea which option looks the best. I guess that is one downside to unlimited choice… how do you know what to choose?
More virtually unlimited choices!
Correna approaching funny looking Samsung dude. Hahahaha.
We ended our day by attending a Runway, showcasing Autumn styles by retailers at Highpoint. It was presented by Poppy Dinsey of WIWT.com fame. Her entire outfit was Forever New, I believe… I think, I hope I’m right! She seemed like such a natural presenting, I’d be soo nervous.
I took SOO MANY PHOTOGRAPHS, but I don’t want to keep you guys here till Christmas so I’ve condensed it to my favourite looks. That printed blazer above is stunning.
I adored this outfit!
My sister was a major fan of these dresses. I think the dress on the left is by Cue and Correna looves Cue.
As you can see, I definitely wasn’t the only person taking photos.
Aah, the end of the day, like seven hours later. I was exhausted, I STILL AM EXHAUSTED. But, er, nice shapes huh? My dress is from topshop, tights are also from topshop and the shoes are agyness deyn x dr. marten.
Everybody loves receiving free items and I received plenty in this goody bag provided at the runway show.
Here it is. A McDonalds Sundae voucher is included, my boyfriend is going to like that!
My purchases. I really needed a bag that could fit my laptop and I couldn’t resist the socks. If I actually had money, I would have bought sooo much more. Because I am a compulsive shopaholic that can not be stopped. Anyway, I hope you all enjoyed that tour of my day and my experience at Highpoint. If you’re in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne, go check it out guys… in fact, even if you live on the east side, it’s not that far away, I PROMISE. They did an excellent job, the architecture looks wonderful, there are so many nice stores, there seems to be something for everyone. Even a Chanel store coming soon. Fancy. Good night.
I’M CURRENTLY PREPARING TO POST AGAIN. EDITING THE SITE LIVE, SO, IF THINGS LOOK FUNNY FOR A FEW DAYS, THAT’S WHY.
This is a message, to let you all know that DARK VICE will be having a hiatus indefinitely. I love blogging, I’ve been doing it since I was 13 years old, blogging and the internet and teaching myself web design and blah blah blah, is what got me into graphic design in the first place. But right now, it’s also in the way of me actually pursuing graphic design as a serious career. I’ve been blogging on Dark Vice for over a year now and it’s been great, but it’s also heavily distracted me from doing something a lot more important. Actually focusing on getting a design job. I’ve been out of University for an entire year now, and I’m still just a casual in retail. An old casual who is probably going to lose her job to people who are a lot younger and can therefore be paid a lot less. If I don’t stop and focus seriously on getting a design job, I feel like I might have a mental breakdown. It’s time to get real. Most people who were in my course have design jobs or internships now. All I have is a low paying, dead end job… and a blog, that’s it. I thought sticking with the blog might get me a few design work opportunities, and editing images for my posts is good for my creativity. But let’s face it, it’s not enough, it’s no where near enough and this blog is obviously not going to really help me get a job anytime soon.
I didn’t start Dark Vice to get a job through it, but I’m a motivated person. If I’m going to do something, I’m going to do it properly, which is why I put so much work into the images on this blog, why I think so hard about the topics I write, why I don’t just type about how trendy the 90s are right now, and I love this blog but I can’t survive through its existence. I need to shift my motivation to something that will actually help me achieve my goals in life. Like moving out of home, moving to another country, travelling, starting a clothing label with my prints. Money isn’t everything, but I need to make some of it to have a life.
I’ll be back, soon, I hope. It might take a few weeks, a month maybe, much more than a month, and I’d be procrastinating. I’m a speedy worker when I set myself deadlines, so I’ll be back soon and this time, I will actually have something proper to showcase to the world.
Thank you to my small group of followers who have left such kind and thoughtful comments. Thank you for the support during some of the darkest moments of my life last year. AAH, I’m getting teary just typing this. I’ve felt like a loser for the majority of my life, but you guys make me feel like… maybe, just maybe, I do belong somewhere.
Enjoy the holiday season
P.S I’ll still update the FACEBOOK page occassionally, I mean, as if I’m not going to share my Black Friday purchases! You can always contact me through my Tumblr ask box, or my e-mail: email@example.com and I’m obviously always free for design work. ^_~