Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Vanity Box 7-day Coordination: Day 2–Cool casual with Mana T

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A few weeks ago Vanity Box gave me a $100 budget to create 7 outfits in conjunction with items from my own wardrobe! I selected three versatile basics that could be dressed up, down, or even sideways if so desired. Each item was under $35!

Check out the other outfits:

Day 1 – Biker chic with Christian blouse

Day 2 – Cool casual with Mana T

Day 3 – Preppy with London Hearts

Day 4 – Sweet and girly with Mana T

Day 5 – Retro with Christian Blouse

Day 6 – Shirt and Jeans with London Hearts

Day 7 – Summer Layering with Christina blouse

Today’s coordination is with the Mana top in black, for a bargain at only $22!


I wore: Wool hat from ASOS.com; Top from Vanitybox; thrifted scarf; shorts cut from thrifted Sass&Bide jeans; Jeffrey Campbell Litas in snake skin.

There are so many ways to wear a well cut basic black t-shirt. I love the Mana’s slouchy fit and sexy cut out shoulders. I decided to pair this with a simple pair of denim shorts, statement shoes from Jeffrey Campbell and a big floppy hat. The look is deliberately nonchalant with a quirky and slightly off balance silhouette.

I’m kind of ripping off my housemate Dan’s style of scarf wearing. I’ve noticed people don’t really wear scarves anymore, and if you do, people immediately think.. .. ‘w**ker’! But I think scarf wearing is a lost art, especially for men! I don’t like buying scarves from retail shops though. Somehow I feel they are too pretentious. I’d rather dig up a $1 vintage scarf from a charity shop discount bin. I especially dislike scarf related accessories that are way too suggestive of the way you’re supposed to wear it. You’ve probably seen scarves that are a certain size or length so you can either wear around your neck or in your hair, or those with elastic or even stuck to a headband. I think this defeats the whole purpose of the scarf of being a hugely versatile accessory and takes the fun out of trying to find new and creative ways to wear it. Right now I’m loving wearing huge vintage scarves as oversized head bows :)


This review is sponsored by Vanity Box (http://vanitybox.com.au). They are based in Australia (yay!), but they ship internationally as well! They are still quite new, having only been around since 2010, but with their amazing products, excellent customer service and super fast shipping, I can tell they are going to be the next big thing. But there’s definitely something special about this retailer that gives them an edge against other more established online stores. Unlike some Asian fashion retailers, Vanity Box doesn’t ‘cattle drive’ their stock. You get a feeling from the effort they put into their well built website and excellent product descriptions that they are passionate about everything they sell. Also I might mention that the store owner is a dear!

This description on their website:

Beginning in mid 2010, Vanity Box is an online boutique store focusing on chic and trendy Korean fashion wear and Korean cosmetics. At Vanity Box, we aim to provide a pleasant shopping experience. Our motto is to provide quality yet affordable products without compromising our service. Vanity Box is the only foreign supplier of Ameli cosmetics, a new contender in the Korean market with a strong following online.


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