Willow

black white monochrome outfit minimal style
black white monochrome outfit minimal style
black white monochrome outfit minimal style
black white monochrome outfit minimal style
black white monochrome outfit minimal style
black white monochrome outfit minimal style
black white monochrome outfit minimal style
black white monochrome outfit minimal style

Madewell shirt (also here), Willow leather skirt (similar here and I also like this option), Chloe sandals (old but these are cute, as are these!), Paul Hewitt watch, Proenza Schouler PS11 satchel

Hands down one of my favourite recent additions to my wardrobe has to be this a-line leather skirt. It’s been one of the few pieces I’ve been reaching for consistently during those pockets of cool weather (along with these jeans) and one that I know is going to be a workhorse over autumn and winter – something I try to look for when adding anything to my wardrobe (though I still slip up occasionally!). It works just as well paired with a simple white blouse for something monochromatic and easy – my Madewell cotton shirt has long been a fave – as it does with a primary hued sweater, and I’m all for versatility when it comes to those wardrobe staples that I know I’ll be reaching for time and time again.

Five things you need in your closet before Autumn arrives

The final countdown for autumn is finally on, though with Sydney’s continued heat waves dragging on, you probably wouldn’t know it. But ever the optimist at heart, I’ve found myself adding to my autumn wardrobe the past couple of months. Aside from replacing my old Acne Studios leather jacket, and adding a few more chunky knit sweaters to the mix, I’d say I’m pretty much sorted for when that cold front finally comes through. Mostly, I’ll be relying on some of the heavier pieces from my summer wardrobe to transition me through – think cotton midi skirts, or anything with a sleeve – thrown in with a few of my core autumn essentials. So, I thought it might be fun to share five of the wardrobe staples that I know I’ll be reaching for first, as soon as autumn arrives…

The cashmere sweater >> For me, the benchmark for any cashmere sweater is Everlane; my crew neck cashmere knit has been going strong for three years now, making it one of the best wardrobe investments that I’ve made. I prefer to rely on cashmere over merino as I find that it’s softer, warmer, and I love that feeling of luxury that you get from wearing it, even if it is just an oversized slouchy sweater. If fitted crew necks aren’t quite your jam, J Crew’s boyfriend v-neck version has lazy weekends written all over it, and Vince seems to have nailed that relaxed fit.

The leather skirt >> After eight months of searching, I finally managed to get my hands on a simple a-line leather skirt from now-defunct Aussie label, Willow. This is one of those pieces that forms the base of an outfit, and I love that I can either style it up, or down, depending on the kind of look I’m trying to achieve. While I can’t find the original leather skirt I snapped up online anywhere, this luxe version sums it up pretty well, and I think that this more mini option is also a great alternative.

The scarf >> A lambswool scarf from Acne Studios was one of the first things that I really splurged on when I first moved to Sydney, and like my Everlane cashmere sweater, it’s one of those pieces that I reach for without fail, whenever the weather starts to cool down. It’s a little bit of a splurge, but I’ve found that it’s been a worthwhile addition to my closet and also a purchase that has really seemed to last the test of time. While I went for the dark grey, I think the marshmallow pink version is a great option if you want to throw in a nod to the pink trend (without going to OTT), and the camel version is a great neutral which can help to break things up a little.

Woollen (or cashmere) gloves >> I’ve been without gloves for a year now, so it’s pretty safe to say that they’re sitting pretty high on my shopping list at the moment (I’ve had my eye on this pair). I used to own a pair of quite tatty looking fingerless gloves, but since they are one of the finishing touches on a autumn/winter outfit, I do think it’s worth splurging a little, if only to keep your hands warm. If you prefer to shy away from black or grey, I love this soft beige pair, or else this deep plum pair would be gorgeous paired with gem tones once the temperatures drop.

The ankle boot >> If there’s one thing I’ve come to rely on as soon as there’s any hint of a chill in the air, it’s my trusty Acne Studios ‘jensen’ boots. These look great with just about everything – from trousers, to skirts, dresses, jeans and shorts – and over the last couple years, have been pretty well loved. I’ve been eying off a replacement pair, as I love the smooth leather version and the creasing across the toe as they get worn in, and I also think that this more affordable option in suede (also here in black leather) is a great alternative if you aren’t ready to invest just yet.

What are your autumn wardrobe essentials?

Rimmel The Only 1 Matte Lipsticks

rimmel the only 1 one matte lipstick review swatches
rimmel the only 1 one matte lipstick review swatches
rimmel the only 1 one matte lipstick review swatches

Rimmel The Only 1 Matte Lipsticks* (also available here and here)

I’m a little bit of a lipstick junkie (if you hadn’t already guessed…), and typically, my lipstick of choice has to be a good matte; something that’s comfortable on the lips, and that I can apply and forget about – for most of the day at least.

So, I was pretty excited to try out one of Rimmel’s latest lipstick launches, The Only 1 Matte Lipstick* – a matte lippie which promises to glide on to the lips with smooth full coverage in just one swipe, that lasts for hours. To say I was intrigued is a bit of an understatement… as much as I love a matte lip, I’ve found a lot of formulas to feel a little too drying, and in the case of a nude matte, with little to no staying power.

It’s safe to say that while there’s a few shades out of my comfort zone (the bold violet hue – Run The Show – I’m looking at you..), the overall mix is really balanced, from some beautiful nudes, to petal pinks, and classic reds. Applying like a dream, the formula is so rich and creamy that you won’t find it dragging across your lips, and while they do feel lightweight, some shades feel more comfortable than others. One of the other things I noticed is that a few shades required a couple layers to even out the pigment, so like any matte lipstick, I’d highly recommend fully lining your lips before application for a more even finish. They’re also heavily scented, which is fine if you love the nostalgic scent of grape and strawberry flavored Hubba Bubba (two of my favorites as a kid), but if not, you’ll probably want to give these a miss, as it can be quite overpowering.

rimmel the only 1 one matte lipstick review swatches

From L to R: 110 Leader Of The Pink, 120 Call The Shots, 200 Salute, 500 Take The Stage, 610 High Flyer, 700 Trendsetter, 750 Look Who’s Talking, 800 Run The Show, 810 The Matte Factor

110 Leader Of The Pink – while I typically prefer nudes and bold reds for the most part, this is a very pretty mid-toned pink with cool undertones, perfect for every day during those warmer months.

120 Call The Shots – This is a hyper bright pink raspberry, that delivers a strong hit of colour on the lips. I sometimes find shades like this a little intimidating, but a great way to wear it is to dab a bit of the pigment on your lips, and dab it in to get a softer looking stain across the lips.

200 Salute – I’ve reached for this muted rosey pink a few times; it just looks so pretty on the lips. I like to line my lips before I swipe this on, or dab the pigment into my lips a little after application as I’ve found it just tends to sit on top of the lips, on me anyway!

500 Take The Stage – I’m a huge fan of bold red lips and this really hits the mark for me. This is a fairly neutral red (in my opinion), perhaps slightly on the orange toned side. This is one of my favourites; it lasts all day without any need for top ups!

610 High Flyer – this is a lovely muted pink with cool undertones; the perfect everyday lip for the Spring time.

700 Trendsetter – a true peachy nude, this is one of the shades I’ve been reaching for the most. The wear time on this isn’t as great as some of the bolder hues but it wears off pretty evenly, and it’s nothing that a top up can’t fix.

750 Look Who’s Talking – this is that perfect grungy deep brown ‘nude’, and one I think would look gorgeous during the cooler months. I found this shade didn’t apply evenly so opt for a lip liner with it if you can!

800 Run The Show – without a sliver of a doubt, this bright violet is completely out of my comfort zone, and one I know I won’t be reaching for. This is great if you love a bold – and different – option, but unlike some of the other shades, I found this one to be quite streaky so definitely one that you’ll need to line your lips first for.

810 The Matte Factor – a cool toned raspberry red, this shade has a slight pink undertone to it. I prefer a warmer red as I find they really pop but I feel like this would be gorgeous come Christmas time.

Overall, I’ve been really loving playing around with these lipsticks, and I think they’re a great affordable beauty buy if you’re looking to add a punch of colour to your lipstick wardrobe. And if you could only buy one? Go for ‘Take the Stage’ – it’s a bold, classic red lip that actually lasts all day long (lunch, tea, snacks and all!).

Lady

ruby cecelia pleated skirt charlotte olympia feline purse pink outfit
ruby cecelia pleated skirt charlotte olympia feline purse pink outfit
ruby cecelia pleated skirt charlotte olympia feline purse pink outfit
ruby cecelia pleated skirt charlotte olympia feline purse pink outfit
ruby cecelia pleated skirt charlotte olympia feline purse pink outfit
ruby cecelia pleated skirt charlotte olympia feline purse pink outfit
ruby cecelia pleated skirt charlotte olympia feline purse pink outfit

Grana silk cami (I also love this option), RUBY pleated skirt (this is a cute one too!), Nicholas Kirkwood sandals (also available here), Charlotte Olympia feline purse (the black suede version is lovely), Kate Spade earrings, Mejuri necklaces

Resisting the urge to just reach for a pair of denim skinnies and an oversized tee, my default fallback is always something pink, and preferably, a skirt with pleats. My sartorial choices have been pretty simple as of late (real talk: no one wears layers during a Sydney summer), and this outfit ticks all the right boxes. If there’s one mantra that I could say epitomises my summer style, it’s without a doubt, Keep It Simple, Stupid. There’s nothing like heatwave after heatwave to make sure of that!

Interior Inspiration: A Scandinavian Home

interior home decor scandinavian minimal home
interior home decor scandinavian minimal home
interior home decor scandinavian minimal home
interior home decor scandinavian minimal home
interior home decor scandinavian minimal home

I don’t think it gets more Scandinavian than this. White walls (and muted floors!), mixed with moody hues, rich textures and metallic accents, this place is a minimal lovers dream. While it doesn’t look like the biggest space I’ve seen, what draws me in most about this home, are the soft milky coloured tiles of the column in the living room, offset by closeted alcoves in tarnished gold – one to throw into the inspiration folder for our dream home I think…

images via ESNY