Monday, March 30, 2015

My Third Piece: Marcs Mademoiselle Sweater

This jumper (or sweater or knit, whatever!) ticked all the boxes for me on my imaginary list of 'Things Items Must Have To Be Granted A Place In The 5 Piece French Wardrobe'.

1. It was something I'd been dying for i.e. I wanted a quirky but chic jumper after falling in love with everything Markus Lupfer does (but being too scared to commit).

2. It was good quality material. The sweater is a silk, cashmere and cotton blend which are all long lasting and lovely.

3. It was in a basic colour scheme. As it's my first year of doing the 5 Piece French Wardrobe, I was reluctant to go crazy on the introduced pieces (which I most certainly would have) and wanted to make sure I could continue to wear them over the years. Also, I had a pretty low stock of good quality basics and I figured this was my each way bet without forking out a fortune (that mean's spending lots of money in Australian)!

The Mademoiselle Knit is a bargain and perfect for anyone wanting a trans-seasonal jumper. Also it feels like I imagine Beyonce's hair feels.

Looks are on their way!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Weekend Outfit

Bag: Kate Spade Saturday Weekender, Shorts: Atmos&Here via The Iconic,
Shirt: Temt (similiar here), Heels: Kmart (similar here), Necklace: Madrid Markets

Have you ever seen such an excited face before? (Probably) 
I've already given you my gushing report on my Saturday Weekender bag, but what's that without a matching outfit?! 
You can never go wring with black and white. Never, never. My favourite shorts from Atmos&Here are still seeing me through the day and while they are man-repellers, women give me tonnes of compliments on them! Go figure?! 
The shirt is just a cheap buy from Temt but I wanted to try the higher neck singlet style before committing to it. I'm notoriously lazy with things like changing bra straps and I just never feel secure in a strapless bra. However, I've since bought 2 shirts so I guess it's been approved by the wardrobe gods!
I picked up the necklace a few years ago in Madrid (all travelers love name dropping where they've been, accept it) at the most amazing markets I've ever seen. It was a treasure trove of endless stalls that were dripping with geodes and stones in every colour, type and setting imaginable. And the prices were akin to highway robbery. We bought a lot. You can find similar gems on Etsy for great prices and in hundreds of styles. If you find any amazing ones send me a link too! 

Monday, March 23, 2015

5 In 5: Ways to Wear Stripes this Autumn

1. With Leather 

A winning combination any time of year, but extra special when you can dust off that leather jacket after hiding it in the back of your cupboard for a few months. Leather skirts also work wonders!

2. Layered under a Jumper

Leave a little peep poking out of the cuffs, collar or bottom (or all three!) of your jumper. Also good for those days where you have no idea what the weather is doing (i.e. every day in Australia)

3. A Skirt paired with a Denim Jacket

Manage your proportions for a polished look. A body con skirt with a bulky, vintage denim jacket will look amazing, while a puffy, ball gown skirt will look great with a cropped jacket.

4. A Jumper with Jeans

An age old combination but re-fresh it with some summery coloured accessories and dress it up for work with clean jewellery and heels. 

5. As pants! 

Not for the faint hearted! Horizontal stripes don't look as bad as you think they do, but opt for vertical if you're shorty like me and you'll have legs for days (or until summer is back).

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hippy Hippy Shake

Shorts: Asos, Shirt: Basic (similar here), Shoes: Bonbons,
Scarf: LUSH, Bag: Vintage borrowed from the Housemate (similar here)

Since I started my new job I've been feeling like I can explore my fashion tastes a bit more. My old job was a tad rigid and people kind of went there and stayed there (I almost did the same) but my new role is exciting and fun and people are always coming and going! The girls here dress so great that it's like a constant parade of fashion inspiration, I love it! 
It's also making my choices for my 5 Piece French Wardrobe easier as I'm circling like a shark around what I really want to wear and feel most comfortable in. As you can see, tailored shorts are something I always veer towards. White button up blouses; another wardrobe hero. The nice change is being able to wear them with browns and warmer tones than my standard black. It's so casual and fresh and I see myself branching out more into the 'earthy' vibes to get a more balanced wardrobe. 
Look how relaxed I am, just leaning against that graffiti wall like it's nobody's business. 

Monday, March 16, 2015

My One True Love: The Weekender by Kate Spade Saturday

Last week was the first time I almost cried (with joy) when opening a package. There are witnesses who can testify how ridiculously excited I was to receive my Kate Spade Saturday Weekender Bag. It came in a box almost too big to fit through the door and everything was packaged so beautifully and it felt like all my Christmas's had come at once (except that I paid for it).
Ever since I discovered this bag and it's options for customisation, I was in love. You could monogram it, change the colours of the pockets and straps and bottom section and ARGH! I needed it.
But alas, it was not meant to be. The customised option needed 6-8 weeks to be made and they only shipped to the USA. That's a problem when you live in Australia.
So it sat in my Google Bookmarks and I'd look again every couple months to see if they'd changed the shipping options. And then I'd look again to see what colour I'd choose now and play a very serious game of accessory design.
And then last week my friend texted me that Saturday was shutting down and it was 40% off everything! It was now or never.
Naturally this didn't include my beloved bag but it did include the same bag in black and white stripes, no monogram and a yellow inside. For around $150 cheaper. I'd be a fool to pass that up.
The best part is I was going to design mine in black and white anyway! I decided I could live without my vanity initials on it and promptly added it to my cart (along with a little 'D' gold ring so I didn't feel like I'd missed out too much hahaha).

Without further ado... I give you...The Weekender Bag. 

Look how amazing this inside is! All those pockets... (mine's yellow though not checked)

I hate to tell you all this but they've sold out of the big size and only have the small left. The big is really big though so this is a good choice for overnighters. Get yourself one here before they're gone!
Or design your own here (and do what I could not!)

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Shoe Review: Flop by Bonbons

I know these don't look that exciting at first glance. I know they're not a pair of fancy, pretty heels. 
BUT these cuties by Bonbons (via The Iconic) are called Flop and if that doesn't make you smile then I don't know what will!
They're super lightweight, which will be perfect for traveling (yes, I'm already thinking about my next trip...). That does make me worry a touch about the quality, they don't seem to be made from titanium, which is a good thing really, but they are 100% leather upper which is where it counts. I think we can all admit that leather insides can sometimes get a bit whiffy after a few wears in the summer heat. 
The buckle and toe strap are quite tight but I imagine they'll stretch with wear and the sole is non-slip and a virgin white that I know won't last more than 3 wears. 
Now one pretty important detail is that the sizing runs small. I usually buy an 8/39 even though I'm a 7.5/38.5 just because I'd rather flop about (see what I did there) than limp with blisters, but these shoes fit me EXACTLY. Not an inch untouched! So I'd really recommend going up a size if you're at the larger end of an 8/39. 
These were a great choice for me too because I wanted something comfy and I just could not get on board with the Birkenstock trend. The Flop (as I've taken to calling them) hint at the trend without making me look like a European tourist. #sorrynotsorry  
Grab yourself a pair here while they're on sale!

Monday, March 9, 2015

My Second Piece: C&M Camilla and Marc Myrtle Beach Shorts

High waisted, loose around the legs, 100% cotton... I really could not have found a better pair of shorts in the C&M Camilla and Marc Myrtle Beach Shorts.
I have always been a sucker for tailored shorts and part of me was like "No, you don't need anymore" and then the other part (the better, smarter part) was all like "Don't be silly, these will look fabulous".
And they do. Go Other Part!
The A-line style is so flattering for my shorter body and they are comfy! So comfy it feels like I'm not even wearing pants.
They will go with most basics in my colour scheme (navy, black, white and light grey) and they're so neatly tailored that they're work appropriate. If an item covers business and pleasure then I think it's safe to say I made the right choice!

Looks coming soon (ish)!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Shoe Review: Spurr Quill Heels

This is my second foray into Spurr heels (which you can grab over at The Iconic) and I'm just as pleased, if not more so, than my last pair! And these do not count as an item in the 5 Piece French Wardrobe because: a) they were a gift from my sister for starting a new job (yes, I do have the best sister in the world) and b) nude heels are a wardrobe staple and my Windsor Smith nude wedges were slowly crippling me so it was time to upgrade.
The Spurr Quill Heels, as you can see, have a chunky heel and are very stable and supportive. The inside is soft with mild cushioning and the back strap feels sturdy and like it's actually holding me in there (because these are heels and my feet are running for freedom always). The toe strap is really smooth too and I haven't been 'blessed' with any blisters. The sole is soft and non-slippery but the heel part is hard plastic, which will be good for preventing wear and tear but does make me wonder about slippage when stepping down onto stairs. Because I go heel first? I don't know, but I must do something strange; all I know is they hit the ground and are owning me weight then!
I personally love the colour, but they are more honey coloured rather than a traditional beige or nude. They're available in black and white too which I'd recommend because they're a fab staple. The gold buckle is also super cute and I love how well the lining matches the outside (a pet hate of mine and what stopped me buying the white pair). The heel is 12cm but seems so much bigger! (That's what we all say though isn't it girls...) 
Longevity wise, you do get what you pay for, they're not real leather and the quality isn't 10/10 (more like a 6) but I think the comfort outweighs that for me but you be the judge!
Grab yourself a pair here.

Monday, March 2, 2015

How to: Wear all Neutral Outfits

Step 1: Do not be a messy, clumsy or unlucky person.
Easier said than done but all jokes aside, if you wear some of your lunch at least three times a week... this is not the look for you. Having a healthy amount of fear when wearing light colours is necessary. The days where I'm wearing my white short suit, I am not drinking coffee, eating spaghetti bolognaise or sitting on the grass in my lunch break. If you REALLY want to wear light colours despite the fact you seem to be a target for every car splashing through a puddle, I'd suggest light pink or beige leathers. At least you can wipe yourself clean then!
That being said, if you wish to proceed, you won't regret it when you look this chic!

Step 2: Copy these looks.

Step 3: Saunter.

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