Sunday, February 12, 2012

BLACK MILK LEGGINGS + some other purchases

GOOD NEWS, EVERYONE! (gosh, there is absolutely no way I can read that line in any way other than in the Futurama's Professor's voice.) Anyhoo, back to my good news. My Black Milk leggings finally arrived! After literally months and months of visiting their website sporadically and clicking "add to cart!" and never having the balls to actually push my virtual cart all the way to the checkout counter and forking out the $75AUD, I finally did it just so I could end the mental torture. I always thought in the end- they're so loud, so wild, so non-practical and as I get older I'm only going to find less opportunities to wear them out. But this time I thought, screw that. I've spent so much time lusting after them and feeling twitches of jealousy everytime I saw a girl sporting BM's incredible designs- that surely these damn leggings are going to weigh on my mind forever unless I just take the plunge and buy them. So I did. I also told myself that the next month would be February, within which both my birthday and Valentine's Day will fall (they're only one day apart). Therefore, as I attempt to justify the expenditure, these leggings can serve as an early birthday present for myself as well as a gesture of self-love- which means only ~$37.50 spent on myself for each occasion. Although now that I'm pondering about it I find it quite bizarre that people give presents to themselves on birthdays, or give presents to anyone at all for that matter. Are presents like a reward, and what for? Staying alive another year? Perhaps it's even a token of pity. Here, I spent some money on you because you got older and are now one step closer to being senile and unwanted.

Depressing thoughts of the future aside, I placed my order for my BMs on the 25th of January. I received a dispatch message on the 27th. Then, I received them the following Monday (30th) although I wasn't at home so I had to pick them up from the post office later. What I love MOST about the whole Black Milk ordering process is the way they write their messages! 

This was their order confirmation email:

Hi Isabel,

Good news - we got your order!

Thanks so much for shopping with Black Milk Clothing. Of all the things you could have spent your money on, you chose tight, stretchy clothing. This is clear evidence that you are an awesome person. (Wearing tight stretchy clothing has a rich history, filled with dancers, swimmers, aerobics instructors and ... freaky people)

Although, just so you know, we did all just get back from holidays - so there might be a little delay in posting your gear out to you. (If you have ever watched the Black Milk peeps on holiday, you would understand why there are delays. They party so hard they make Charlie Sheen look like ... a person who doesn't party very hard.)

But we promise we'll work as hard as we can to get it out to you as soon as possible. Once it's posted, it will be 1-3 days within Australia, 1-3 weeks international (unless you use Fedex, which is a lot faster!) And Cam will send you an email you when it's on it's way. Cool?

Below is the info we have about what you bought, and where it's going. So if anything is not right here, please let us know in the next 4hrs and we'll change it.

Order dispatch email:

Woot Woot! Your Black Milk order has left the station. Use this nifty tracking thingmo as your virtual night-vision goggles to stalk your packages travels.

Please ensure you are giving yourself frequent hand massages to avoid Refresh Button Induced RSI.

Then, they provided me with the link and the tracking number. I love the humour and the uniqueness of their emails. The first few words of the email cracked me up, because I didn't know there was anyone else besides me who still liked to write "w00t w00t!", except I like to add the little zeroes instead of the alphabetical letter "o"s because I'm 1337 like that. The "refresh button induced RSI" is also scarily accurate, as if you watch me go about my business at home I do have the tendency to constantly jab the F5 button on my keyboard for so many websites, especially tracking sites if I'm expecting packages!

So I'm going to stop raving for a bit now to cut short this unwieldy grey wall of text. Introducing, my newest love of my life:

(For reference, my height and weight are currently at 169cm and 51kg. I ordered a Size Small and they fit perfectly.)

Aren't they absolutely gorgeous???!!!! Cowardly me actually scoured the website for galaxy printed leggings that would probably be the most flattering, and in a print that wasn't so loud and intense so that I could wear them to more places. On the website, these looked a little darker with less bursts of light and colour than some others- so I would recommend these to people who want to wear a more subdued, toned down version of the galaxy effect. More surface area of black/dark blue also means they're more flattering for the legs.

Since these leggings do cost a fair bit, I decided to do a little Pros and Cons review:


  • design is incredible, was just as expected from the pictures on the website!
  • material isn't actually all that thin- so it doesn't cling to every blob of fat on your legs. In other words, unlike some other leggings of a certain material type, these don't treat your legs and butt like Gladwrap. If you get the correct size, they will actually hug your legs quite nicely. Since the material was thicker than expected I was also relieved to find my butt safe from panty-line visibility crisis. Sometimes you see pictures on Black Milk's facebook wall of girls wearing the leggings without a long top covering the butt...and I think they get away with it, actually.


  • I'm still a bit tentative about wearing these without heels. It's because I'd still prefer wearing them with a long top, and then this shortens the legs further... 
  • $75? No problem. But 10 x $75??? The thing is, I'm addicted now. I love these and I want more more MOAR in the rest of the designs. I want all the nebula and galaxies and swirly cosmic thingies NASA can offer. Besides the galaxies, I want the skeleton and rib printed leggings and dresses, and the jellyfish, and the cathedral, and the clouds, and the Queen of Hearts, and the peacock, and the Union Jack, and...I want to buy the swimsuits even though I don't even swim. This purchase has ignited a terrible longing for the most impractical and redundant things. 

Right now however what I really really super duper want out of all this glorious selection from Black Milk, is something from their latest collection (called Hot Little Bosses), that was only released a few days ago, if I remember correctly.

Spartans liquid gold leggings:


Yay or nay?

These cost $90 a pop so they're actually dearer than the galaxy leggings I just purchased. I suppose they are pretty ordinary in that they're really just liquid faux leather leggings with a bit of gold fabric in the middle of the legs...but they look so amazing! For some reason I think they look spectacular from the back. But $90 hmm...not sure if I can justify this purchase this time! However I just know they're going to be niggling away in the back of my mind constantly. 

Moving on from the excitement of receiving my first and long-awaited pair of BMs, here are some other of my most recent purchases:

Chicabooti burgundy shorts $26

Chicabooti denim shorts $26

Imprint red dress with lattice back $59->$20

The red is a bit more vibrant in real life. I think the dress was at such a cheap price because the design isn't exactly the cleverest. The dress is rather short on me and I might have to wear "safety" shorts underneath, yet in the larger size (size 8) the lattice part on the back folded over and wasn't smoothly stretched out across my back. So to wear this dress, you either have to cop a short hem length or a crinkled lattice look on your back D:

And I've realised I actually have three really similar dresses. They're just in different colours. *facepalm*

Sweetacacia white blazer with crochet back $45->$40.50

It had a mark on the right lapel and I asked the shop owners on their recommendations on how to remove it. The male had no clue and was just standing there not really offering me any advice, but just urging me gently to purchase it ("it's so small, no one can really see it ^_^ ho, ho *nervous chuckle*") which is really quite typical lol, and the lady advised me to add a little bit of bleach to it. She also said something else but she was speaking to me in Mandarin and could not explain herself in English, so I have no idea what else she said- even when I had already told her my Mandarin was really poor. I'm not even sure if I got the bleach part correct. Anyway, so they gave me a 10% discount. Luckily, after scrubbing it with soap and water however it managed to come off relatively easily! :D 

I put a black singlet inside in the last two pictures to show the crochet design more clearly.

Tree of Life necklace $25

I was also inspired by this beauty blogger here to purchase some lipsticks from Missha, which seemed to have an amazing range of beautiful pinks and corals. (Check out her post here for a review of some other Missha lipsticks as well). I personally love lippies but they always seem to be so drying and even if I apply lip balm beforehand, little unsightly clumps will always annoyingly find a way to form themselves upon my lips. However in her review she described them to be non-drying so in a rather  impulsive move (purchased them from Ebay within seconds, with close to zilch time to determine if I actually needed these shades or not!) I purchased two - one in a rather muted, dusty pink shade and the other a little more vibrant, sparkly pink.

from Ebay- Missha crystal shine rouge in PK 06, Missha creamy matte lip rouge in Dear Rose
~$19 together, with free shipping

Missha creamy matte lip rouge in Dear Rose, Missha crystal shine rouge in PK 06

Missha creamy matte lip rouge in Dear Rose

This smells amazing and super duper yummy, oh my god. As soon as I opened it I had the intense urge to lather it generously all over my neck and wrists as if it were a perfume stick. Luckily, I restricted its application to only my lips. Right underneath my nostrils so I guess I'm cool with that.

Besides the incredible smell- I'm glad the colour turned out a lot lighter than how it appears in the tube, which is rather dull and grey-looking. It's actually a gorgeous, baby pink kind of shade. I would definitely be wearing this with a girly, feminine outfit, matching pink blush and perhaps white/pink eyeshadow (yes amazingly I am discovering eyeshadow at this late stage in my makeup history, still struggling to get it right but that's another story altogether).

It also glides on very smoothly, as creamy as its namesake suggests. I didn't wear it for long enough to comment on its lasting power or whether it led to clumps on my lips, but I'm planning on wearing it for a photoshoot in the future and I'll keep you all updated.

Missha crystal shine rouge in PK 06

This is just a close-up picture of the second lipstick I purchased. It's actually got all these sparkly and white pink micro glitters in it but it's probably still hard to see. Under different lighting, the shimmer would be more obvious. Because of the glitteriness and the brighter pink shade than the one I just reviewed, this is more of a going out sort of lippy and probably not for everyday wear. This is kind of like "Barbie" pink with a little "Barbie" glitter so not something you'd really wear to the office or something.

The big plus side however is that it is FANTASTICALLY creamy and glides on sooo well. It also has that same yummy scent as the other lipstick but this one kind of smells a teeny bit more artificial. Still scrumptious though.

And now I've got to give a huge, huge thankyou to Margaret of La Petite Mademoiselle for my first ever blogger interview! Check it out here. Whilst you're at it, take a peek at her store as well for all sorts of amazing vintage finds and the cutest jewellery! :)

I also wanted to thank Going Out Chic for interviewing and featuring me for their Look of the Day. Check it out here. Have a look at their blog as well, for a whole heap of fashion and beauty inspiration! :)


  1. Ahhhh!! Firstly, good decision on buying the galaxy leggings. I don't have the guts to wear something so daring, but at least I can admire them on you. Secondly, that crochet back blazer is AMAZING!!!! Wow. I've never seen anything like it before! Haha good work on getting the discount.
    Those are both such pretty lip colours on you..suit your skin tone very well :)
    Congrats on your interviews! Definitely much deserved recognition :)

  2. Congratulations on the features!! :) :)

    Oh my gosh, galaxy printed leggings!!! I can never pull that off cause I'm short and have heavy bottoms! Looks great on you though!

    accidental encounters

  3. I love these leggings, I agree with the above poster, they would love terrible on me, I have nearly ten kilos on you though haha! You rock them so hard. Love how much you write as well, all the pro's and cons. And their email was amazing!

    Grace x
    secretly styled.

  4. That galaxy leggings are rad!!!

    Congratulations on your blogger interview~! I'm sure there'll much more coming =)


  5. wow! im ur new follower and im already in love with ur blog!

    not everyone can pull off those leggings but u totally do! :D

    congrats on ur interview :))


  6. I am obsessed with those leggings and the necklace, both are amazing!

  7. hey babe, first off, thanks heaps for following back and for the super sweet comment. YOU ARE THE GORGEOUS ONE!
    LOL at ur blog intro, now u get me all saying 'good news everyone' in futurama stylez too - THANKS! haha
    OML that leggings looks crazy good on u. You have the perfect body and height for it. oh and when you are sick of all of your clothes, i'd be more than happy to take them off your hands :P lols

    totes love reading ur blog, girl. your posts are really interesting and entertaining! keep it up hun.. xxx

  8. pair of lovely leggings :)
    wow you have a perfect body, propotional h&w

    visit mine if you have a chance,
    mind to follow each other via GFC, let me know :)


  9. thanks for stopping by sweetie! you sure look fantastic too! I follow you now, hope you follow back!
    fashionhypnotised girl

  10. you're such a lovely girl!!!

    im loving your blog.


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  11. You both very nice things. =)

  12. Wow! Those are incredible leggings, and haha I definitely buy myself gifts for birthdays, and we only live once right? (:

  13. wow I love your leggings! so cool! and the lipsticks are fab too

    Shall we follow each other?

  14. I love the BM leggings! That's actually the first pair that I've seen that aren't crazy over the top! Those are actually really subdued and I like them on you. Okay, I'm laughing so hard at the email they sent you and that the name of those shorts is Chicabooti. LOL!!! I love that necklace too there at the end and those lipstick colors look fantastic on you! <3


  15. i think you did good!
    if you think about something for that long, you better purchase it. and you are rocking it!
    i even think those leggings a practical as well. they would go with anything!
    love the necklace, btw. :)

  16. I adore them and you look so beautiful! Congratulations on the features, I love the way you're committed to blogging! Would you consider following each other? If you do, please let me know so I can follow back :)

    Love, Mary

  17. Well done for the interviews, amazing post!


  18. Those leggings are amazing! I think they were worth the splurge. Happy Early Birthday! :)

  19. lol I remember when James was just starting out and his language was as colloquial back then as it is now! Makes him more relateable I think... anyway you look absolutely stunning in the galazy leggings. Im actually quite a bit jealous that they look so bangin on you =( Great birthday present and NO it is not weird to be buying yourself something! :P I do that all the time! haha. In fact I will also be purchasing my own special Valentines day gift too lol. Completely forever alone this year...

    Eeli x

  20. The galaxy legging look great! I know Jody from Silky Bow also has them, and I can't wait to see you wear em :)

    xx maggie

  21. Haha, the opening line to this post made me chuckle, especially after a group of us were discussing Zoidberg's woop and scuttle tonight!

    Wow, those leggings are so amazing, and look really really awesome. I'd never heard of this brand before but now I am trying so hard to resist clicking the order buttons...I hope that they will be worth every single penny you spent. Make sure you take lots and lots of photos of you wearing them! ^^

    Also, congrats on both of the features! And am very jealous of the blazer! ^^

    Wishing you a happy birthday and V day in advance~

    Yishi x

  22. love the necklace!!!

  23. Wow ! All of your purchases are nice ^ ^ Haha

  24. Congrats on your first BM purchase! Your legs look great in the leggings. My first purchase was also the galaxy purple leggings but in XS. Problem was my legs arent the best so i didnt wear them much i ended up selling them and using the money to buy a dress instead hehe.
    Im about your height and my bodysize is smaller at 47kgs >_< so i got the XS in the dress. I also own a swimsuit the ribs one in XS so id suggest you to get a S because you were a S in the leggings the fabric is stretchy so S should fit snuggly whereas XS might be abit too tight!
    I hope this helps :)

    I think your super pretty by the way and those lipsticks look soo pretty! Congrats on the guest blogger interview and goodluck with your BM purchases <33

  25. I really like the tights from BM. Great choice. The Missha lipstick is also very nice. I love the color.

  26. Great blog and I'm your newest follower.
    If you like, follow me back. It would make me very happy ;)


  27. Amazing haul!! The leggings are so cute on you.

  28. :D The leggings look amazing on you! I've been eyeing their galaxy leggings for ages, but I don't want topart with that much money to get them. D: Ahh! They look so good on you though dear!

  29. Those leggings look really good on you. And the email is so unique and funny, it almost makes me want to make a purchase for the sake of receiving the email haha.

    ♥ from the NaNa girls x

  30. Those galaxy tights and the mineral jewelry are AWESOME!!

  31. I love the burgundy shorts! really nice color + good cut

    and Dear Rose shows up really pretty on lips :D!

  32. maroon shorts, want! something like that have been on my wishlist for a while. :) The galaxy leggings look amazinggg on you. x

  33. Thank you for commenting on my blog sweetie, those leggings are absolutely amazing! Definitely worth the price tag xx


    u look good in those galaxy prints leggings! indeed, their confirmation emails are hilarious! couldn't help but laughed as i read them. congrats on the features <3


  35. Happy birthday!! :D And happy valentines day. These leggings look great on you!

  36. The leggings are gorgeous! And I LOVE your blog, such amazing style:) Xx

  37. Those leggings are amaaaazing!
    Thanks for your sweet comments babe! :)


  38. Hey !
    OMG ! Those leggings are so cool !
    Plus, that shirt with the sheer back is gorgeous


  39. Hello there sweetie! Thanks for the lovely comment over my blog, it means a lot to me!
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  40. Oh my gosh, super jam packed post! Those leggings are so unique! They'll be a great accent to any neutral outfits cause they just pop! Wear them a couple more times and you can totally justify the price! And their CS emails are awesome, hahah.

    I love the red dress you picked up! I've been looking for something similar, but found nothing that fits me well unfortunately.. Gonna have to wait til my trip to Asia this summer to find something. And thanks for reviewing the lipsticks - I've never tried the ones from Missha and now I want to try them out!

    Last but not least, congrats on the blog features! :)

  41. Those leggings are super gorgeous!!! Love them!! Great post:)

  42. Now I wish I'd be able to pull that off! Why my legs so short >__<
    The design is so pretty and it looks great on you. I love that you buy these realistic prints because those look awesome.

  43. Babe, those leggings look amazing on you!! I love the galaxy print. I wouldn't get it myself as I don't have the legs and figure to pull it off, but your legs look miles long in it. I agree that it definitely has to be paired with heels, though.
    Love that white blazer you got. The lace back is so unique :D

  44. Hey hun! Thank you so much for the lovely comment on my blog, just came to check yours out and... I'm not gonna lie.. I'm in love!

    Is it ok if I add your email to the Byrd Holland Designs newsletter list? I think you'd be perfect for a blogger campaign we've got coming up!

    Let me know on my blog if this all good :)


  45. love this shorts and also your blog! It's so nice!!! I follow you!
    Pass to my blog and if it likes you follow me too, I will be so glad :D

  46. You won't be sorry you bought those tights! they are so amazing and you have great legs to work work work them gurllll! Try living in Brisbane not far from where they are actually made! I stick my head into their studio everynow and then just to torture myself.


  47. Congrats are in order for the blog interview and features! Not surprised since so many people admire your style including me!

    Of course the BM leggings look STELLAR on you! and your right the message they sent is quite awesome, such a smart marketing move. But no really although they're not an everyday piece I bet you get looks for all the right reason wearing them Izzy :)

    Nice haul on the other clothing items, you have such a great eye for using the wholesale order sites, you really always pick out such nice items.

  48. You look amazing in those tights! The print is amazing!
    Congrats on your features!!
    The lipstick 'dear rose' looks amazing against your skintone by the way!
    Love your blog, you have a new follower!

  49. Your leggings are so cool!! I LOVE them!

  50. The Black Milk leggings really look fabulous and I love your other purchases as well - how cute is that blazer with lace back? :)

  51. Woooo...That is 1 cool leggings! Definitely won't miss seeing a pair on the street! I also like your burgundy shorts.. You have some cool collections.. can't wait to see more pictures of you in these items =)

  52. I've always wanted to purchase something from Black Milk! Their galaxy leggings look amazing. You really pull them off quite well ;)

  53. haha this post is so cool! tehe, i love the first part.

    omg lovea all your new stuff! and congrats on your features!


  54. You are so funny! I am glad you finally purchased the Galaxy leggings- they're a fantastically unique piece of accessory! And your purchases are amazing- the white jacket is very pretty, and the red dress is really nice! I absolutely love all the detailing in things you pick out! :) And congratulations on your sweet features- you truly deserve it!!!
    Good luck!

  55. Izzy I just want to ask, have you been clubbing before? And if you have... what did you wear/what could be worn that isn't slutty (coz i'm also having a night out with the girls for dinner)

    1. yes I've been clubbing before. long, long time ago haha...well usually I just wore whatever dress I was planning to wear for the clubs with a jacket on top (it gets pretty cold at night wearing just a dress, but if not you could just wear a thin cardigan). On a few occasions I wore a cocktail, semi-formal dress which also worked out- not overly revealing and not too formal and out-of-place for clubs too :)

  56. LOL. I do it all the time too, cyber window shopping and adding virtual items to my cart without checking out. These leggings are a great purchase though, they look amazing on you.


  57. Izzy, you have convinced me to buy a pair of Black Milk purple galaxy leggings!

    Yishi x

  58. Hi, i'm from Malaysia. I want to buy the leggins & galaxy jacket you bought. Can you email me the Taobao link for that item please? :)

    my email:

  59. Love the leggings and your lips look so cute!! definitely going to try those lipsticks out :) Also are those Chicabooti shorts still around?? Would love to see modelling pics :)!!! You'd look gorgeous in it!

  60. I have the gold spartan leggings and they are SO worth the money. I must say though, I wear my sheer spartans more often. x

  61. I've been wondering myself if Blackmilk leggings are worth it... You might have just convinced me! Thanks!

  62. Thanks so much for shopping with Black Milk Clothing. Of all ...


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