Current mood = need to wear winter fashion! The tease of winter fashion is too much for me to bare. Sleeveless vests are a great tailored piece to add to your wardrobe along with a skinny leather pant. I have a lot of girlfriends say to me that they haven’t invested in a pair because perhaps their significant other isn’t the biggest fan of them…..but don’t we dress to impress each other and please ourselves rather than the boys?! And we all know that this staple pant is something that features season after season and they pair perfectly with tees and oversized knits! TIP: leather can be expensive so before making the big investment try experimenting with a coated jean or pant that gives the effect like the ones featured in this look.
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Country Road Sleeveless Knit Vest (call in store for availability)
Every girl has a guaranteed sure thing in their wardrobe, right? Well if not you must invest immediately! It’s important that you feel confident and comfortable with a go-to outfit in your wardrobe should all else fail. My go-to is definitely a black skinny jean or pant, stripes, an ankle strap heel, and my aviators. The key is to keep it simple with staple pieces in good quality fabrics. The best thing about this outfit is I can effortlessly change it to a PM look with a slick low bun and red lip. Voila!
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If there is one thing I need in the cooler months it’s a great coat to get me through. I feel the cold terribly and I’m usually that person that longs for the summer. Now, I can’t believe I am going to say this but bring on autumn and winter! In my part of the country the summer is long and the heat can be relentless. Combine that with being teased by sneak peaks of autumn/winter collections and it’s enough to make you want to relocate! Witchery’s AW15 runway show was everything that I love in fashion – minimalistic, clean lines, and enough black, grey, cream and leather to keep me happy for the next two seasons. The key standout for me was the maxi coat. It’s long line design, front deep pockets, contrasting buttons, and of course the grey made it a must have piece for me. This is a coat that will see any girl right through the week, and don’t be afraid to drape this over something unexpected like a delicate silk or lace dress. Now all I need is a cool day…..!
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While summer is still upon us I’m taking advantage of being able to wear a combo that is still very much on trend for 2015 – white on white. It’s a fresh look that requires minimal fuss and will highlight that summer glow you’ve been working on. Keep the shoe simple and open to elongate the leg, and warm up the look with a gold accessory or two. My outfit is from Country Road however you can also find two beautifully structured tops here and here, and white pencil skirts here and here.
By now most of us have returned to work and the real world. We have managed to fill the first day back with general office chit chat, catching up on what’s been happening in our colleague’s lives over the Christmas break, and of course going through the hundreds of emails we received over the break (mostly spam). The second day hits and you are wondering “what happened to my holidays?!”, and thinking “perhaps I really could live off a minimal wage to be a lady of leisure full time”. The only way to cure this shock to the system for me was to return to work with a new LBD and shoes. There’s nothing like the excitement of wearing a new outfit you feel fantastic in, and this is something you will definitely need when returning to work after the summer break! I had been searching high and low for a pair of nude pumps that were just the right shade of nude and not patent leather. A task that I quickly learnt was almost impossible! I finally found a pair in Tony Bianco who always make a great pump – check them out here – and my dress is from Zara. A LBD is of course a must in any girl’s wardrobe. It can take you from day to night and I’ve been pairing mine with a blazer for work. Both of these items are staples which means they give you a guaranteed outfit option for the days when you just need a reliable friend!
Now that summer is right on our doorsteps I simply can’t get away with wearing jeans and pants for any longer! I need to start embracing a shorter hemline and letting those pillars of white shining light that I call my legs see the light of day! I feel more comfortable in free flowing pieces during the warmer months, and a flowy short is something all my fellow ladies need to add to their wardrobes. Pair these with strappy flat sandals and a crossbody bag for during the day, and take it through to night by adding a strappy heel and loose crop cutting off at the waist line. I took these two pieces home from my recent trip to the new Zara at Robina, and everyone can now shop online with Zara US through the new ShopMate initiative from Australia Post. Otherwise, shop the alternative pieces below to create a similar look. Shop responsibly….or not!!
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My main focus these days is to build a wardrobe full of staples that can all pair together to create countless different outfits. It’s all about keeping it simple and adding only a few trend items each season that you are happy to part ways with once it’s so not in anymore. One of the key staples I’m working towards making my own is a leather pencil skirt. It’s a piece that will take you through all seasons and nearly all occasions. Starting with a base of a leather pencil skirt and pumps, you can almost interchange any top in your wardrobe to create a new look. Layer a few fine necklaces, grab a clutch, and you’re out the door quicker than you can say “I have nothing to wear!”.
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In my books it’s LBD out and LBB in! At least that’s what I’m calling a Longline Boyfriend Blazer! A boyfriend style blazer is what every girl needs in their wardrobe stat. I’ve recreated one of my favourite looks using this must have piece above, however this item can be worn day or night, styled with skirts, mini or maxi dresses, dress or denim shorts, and of course any type of denim, trouser, or leather pant. Apart from the relaxed cut, the thing I love most about this style is the length. The length of this blazer falls at your upper thigh which is what most of us ladies feel more comfortable with, meaning you’ll feel so much more confident wearing it too. This is for the days when you feel your outfit needs a pick me up. Throw this style of blazer on and you will feel instantly polished!
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My vintage Led Zepplin tee has settled in nicely to my wardrobe and it’s getting a second take this week with boyfriend jeans and leopard print block heels. Keep a look like this feminine by adding layered fine gold jewellery and your favourite clutch. In my books the only thing that would have added to this look would have been a pop of colour like these embroidered clutches from Vilaasi. One of these beauties may have to eventually come home with me…..
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Similar JBrand Jake Boyfriend Jean
Similar Tony Bianco Leola Tan Leopard
As the weather warms and the weekends roll around I look forward to the Saturday morning markets, where I’ll roam each stall and generally find a treasure or two to bring home with me (usually vintage glass or crystal vases!). My go-to outfit is the ease of a relaxed short, simple tee, a strappy but comfortable sandal, and of course a crossbody bag so my hands are free to rummage! I don’t usually stray from my usual black, white, grey and khaki colour scheme, but I love the vintage look of this floral print and I couldn’t resist this mini drawstring bag from Marc by Marc Jacobs that I brought home with me from San Francisco!
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Similar Country Road T-Bar Sandals
Similar Sass & Bide Rani Sunglasses