Outfit on Repeat

minimal outfit wearing sweater and jeans
minimal outfit wearing sweater and jeans
minimal outfit wearing sweater and jeans
minimal outfit wearing celine trotteur bag
minimal outfit wearing sweater and jeans

Country Road sweater, Lonely bra (also available here or here in a grey green), ASOS farleigh jeans, Celine trotteur bag (also here), Everlane day heels (affordable alternative here)

This is one of those outfits that I’ve had on repeat; a lightweight oversized sweater tucked into a pair of straight leg jeans, dressed up with a pair of heels (my go to are this pair from Everlane). I’ve been reaching for this outfit so often, it’s started to become a little bit of a uniform for me – so much so, that it’s exactly what I’m wearing, right. now.

If decluttering my wardrobe has reminded me of anything, it’s how much I love a good uniform. I’m not stranger when it comes to outfit repeating, and there’s nothing better than finding a look that you can’t help reaching for over and over again.

I’ve given my closet a little bit of a revamp, and if you’d like to see some of the new additions that I’ve made (which include the Country Road sweater I’m wearing above), then I’d recommend checking out my latest video, which you can preview here. Essentially, I’ve been making steps to get my wardrobe at that happy medium between feminine and masculine, to channel that effortless Parisian chic style (as isn’t that the kind of wardrobe we all dream about?).

While there’s no denying that I do love a new addition every now and then – and as of late it feels like it’s been a little more ‘now’ over ‘then’… – the most rewarding purchases are the ones that you want to live in day in and day out, even if that means wearing the same outfit, or same look, five, six, seven days out of seven. And to me, this is just one of those outfits that I reach for at every opportunity – it’s easy, comfortable, and the criss-cross detail from my bralette add a sexy and feminine touch to an otherwise tomboyish outfit (though I suppose the heels help too!).

Do you have any outfits on repeat? x

Blush obsession

wilson trollope globe coat pink outfit
wilson trollope globe coat pink outfit
wilson trollope globe coat pink outfit
wilson trollope globe coat pink outfit
wilson trollope globe coat pink outfit

J Crew sweater (similar option here), Karen Walker skirt (old but this is very similar), Wilson Trollope globe coat* (also adore the cream, and the black is a great staple), ASOS scarf (if you love millennial pink then this will be up your alley), Paul Andrew heels (flats available here), Mademoiselle X Mejuri earrings, 3.1 by Phillip Lim mini pashli bag (also here), Astrid & Miyu ring

It’s a good month into winter now, but give me a little bit of sunshine (and temperatures over 17 degrees celsius), and you can bet that I’ll be finding a way to bare my legs, even if it means bundling up big on top. In a bid to get out of my preoccupation with all things black, I’ve been making the most of everything blush-toned in my closet, and this beautiful cocoon coat from Wilson Trollope in the haze pink has been no exception – plus did I mention it was designed by my old high school friend, Annabelle Wilson? (and this beauty was made in New Zealand – got to love supporting local industry!).

I went for a more tonal outfit over the weekend; a combination of beige, blush and burgundy – a pairing that seems to work so effortlessly, though this coat is also right at home with the usual suspects, whether that’s a charcoal grey hued knit sweater or a black and white breton striped dress. The thing I love most? The exaggerated drop shoulders that skims the silhouette, and the subtle standing collar. It’s those little details which really make a difference, and elevate this wardrobe classic.

wilson trollope globe coat pink outfit
wilson trollope globe coat pink outfit
wilson trollope globe coat pink outfit
wilson trollope globe coat pink outfit
wilson trollope globe coat pink outfit

Aside from the coat (and a sneaky new shoe purchase…), this outfit is made up of old favourites; items in my closet which have really withstood the test of time – and if you’ve been a long time reader of my blog then you’ll know by now that I’m constantly scouting out for wardrobe workhorses that will stand the test of time. More often than not, this means the classics, with a little bit of a modern twist.

What are your winter wardrobe favourites?

Five reasons why a tin of NIVEA Creme should be stashed in your vanity

nivea creme beauty essential
nivea creme beauty essential

Like my wardrobe, when it comes to investing in beauty – whether it’s on the budget end of the scale or bordering on luxury – I’m always on the hunt for products that do double, or even triple duty. Versatility is key, particularly if you’re focused on building up your essentials, and the latest addition to my beauty shelf – a tin of the hardworking NIVEA Creme – has been just that.

One of those rediscovered old favourites, NIVEA Creme is an incredible multi-purpose intensively hydrating moisturiser, which I’ve since found myself seldom leaving the house without.

What I love most about this moisturiser – which has been around for more than 100 years now! – is the simple mix of ingredients, that have been a mainstay for over a century, moisturising, hydrating, protecting, and soothing skin.

nivea creme beauty essential

AS AN ALL OVER BODY MOISTURISER

Luxuriously thick, this makes for the p-e-r-f-e-c-t all over body moisturiser, especially during those colder months when your skin could use some added hydration. The formula itself is really creamy to the touch, which feels so nourishing on your skin, and it keeps your skin soft for an impressively long time. I like to apply this to my legs in particular before going to bed, and just after I’ve gotten out of the shower in the morning.

AS A HAND CREAM

I’ve taken to keeping the 60ml tin tucked into my purse as it’s a brilliant pick me up for when your hands need a little bit of added TLC, plus I’ve found that regular use as a hand cream can help keep calluses at bay. A little goes a long way – I usually swipe one finger lightly in the tin and that’s enough to add some much needed hydration to my hands.

nivea creme beauty essential

AS A NIGHT CREAM

During the winter time especially, I find that I usually need a more heavy duty moisturiser at night, to keep my complexion from drying out. NIVEA Creme is perfect for this; given the formula is so rich and thick, it helps to lock in that moisture (and act as a sealant for my nightly serum routine), and leaves me with soft, supple skin when I wake up in the morning.

nivea creme beauty essential

AS A LIP BALM

Because of the rich emollient texture, NIVEA Creme makes for a great lip balm in a pinch. I often forget to make sure I have a lip balm to hand so I’ve been reaching for this as an alternative, and it’s been working a treat.

AS A HAIR STYLING CREAM

I know, this one caught me off guard too, but this one can be a real game changer if you want to smooth down any flyaways, or add some piecy texture to your hair. The trick is to rub a small amount between your palms, and run your hands through towel-dried hair to give some added texture and glossiness to your locks.

Thank you to NIVEA for collaborating with me on this post! x

New in: Celine Trotteur Bag in small

celine trotteur bag black leather minimal
celine trotteur bag black leather minimal
celine trotteur bag black leather minimal

The latest – and spend-iest – addition to my wardrobe is the Celine Trotteur Bag (also here), in a black grained calf leather in the small size; an impulse sale purchase I found myself unable to say ‘no’ to, and one I’m glad I promptly pulled the trigger on.

I’ve been after a smaller black handbag which I could use on weekends, when I’m lugging around a little less than on a normal workday, but that was also classic and unassuming enough that it would also work for an evening out. I’d been toying with the idea of going with a more classic rendition of this season’s ‘it’ bag, but something kept stopping me – I’m not sure whether it was a case of those bags reaching mass saturation point, or if I was after something that was a little more classic.

So I decided to set my sights on a bag which gets considerably less social media air time: the Givenchy pandora box bag with a chain shoulder strap – a pricey purchase by all counts, but I loved the similarities and contrasts it held with my first and most used designer handbag, the PS11 satchel from Proenza Schouler.

But, a spontaneous decision to drop into David Jones in the midst of their clearance sale, had me eying up the Celine concession, which for the very first time, had 30% off e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. Which is basically where the Celine Trotteur bag (which I’d been casually stalking) came into play.

I’m going on my third week of having this cutie in my wardrobe, and it’s been a real game-changer for me. The grained black leather combined with the burnished gold hardware is such a classic combo, and it’s a nice change of pace compared to my usual preference of silver hardware.

This bag made its way to New Zealand with me, and was the perfect travelling companion – it fits a surprisingly large amount (I’ve done a reveal on the Celine Trotteur which you can watch here, if you want to see!), yet it’s compact enough to sit discreetly underneath a coat and scarf. While the exterior is a grained leather, the interior is a buttery smooth lambskin, with a small inner pocket, ideal to pop a small cardholder in for easy access. There’s also a handy pocket at the back of the bag, which I’ve been using for receipts, my passport when I was in transit, or alternatively you could pop your cellphone in there if you aren’t worried about it poking out a little bit…

For me, the highlight of the Celine Trotteur is the chevron metal plate, which fits into a chevron shaped holster; it’s almost like a piece of jewellery that serves as a key focal design element, and it looks equally chic tucked into the holster, as it does loosely lying in front (though I’ll warn you now, this will scratch the leather – I’ve already learnt my lesson!).

Something tells me this is a bag you’re going to be seeing a lot around here…

Styling up a cotton maxi dress

outfit wearing grana pima maxi dress isabel marant blazer
outfit wearing grana pima maxi dress isabel marant blazer
outfit wearing grana pima maxi dress isabel marant blazer
outfit wearing grana pima maxi dress isabel marant blazer
outfit wearing grana pima maxi dress isabel marant blazer
outfit wearing grana pima maxi dress isabel marant blazer

Grana pima cotton maxi dress* (10% off using the code JAMIExGRANA), Isabel Marant blazer (collarless here and I also love this one), Tibi heels (similar here and affordable here), Celine small trotteur bag (medium size here)

I’m the kind of girl who always tries to look beyond the obvious way to wear something; I say this time and time again, but I want my wardrobe to do double duty, and I like everything hanging in my closet to really earn its keep. So when this cotton maxi dress from Grana came my way, I started to think about how I could style it beyond a casual summer maxi dress just worn on its own (because let’s face it, this is a great summer vacay piece).

So I decided to layer the maxi dress underneath a thick structured blazer – mine is from Isabel Marant and honestly, it’s such a dream to wear! – with some strappy heeled sandals, to give it more of a dressed up vibe. I feel like this would be a great outfit to wear for dinner or evening out (we’re headed to Toko this Friday night so I’m thinking this could be a good option), which is why I chose to keep the colour scheme monochromatic, though would you expect any less from me? I also love the sexy side split – it’s a little something that you wouldn’t really expect, and it makes for some great leg-baring moments! For reference, I’m wearing the dress here in an XS; it’s snug around the hips but there’s a bit of give around the waist which I typically expect with dresses like this.

Also, if you hadn’t spotted it already on my Instagram, I thought I’d give you all a bit of a sneak peek of my latest wardrobe addition; a rather spendy purchase from Celine. I’m planning to share a little bit more about this cutie later this week both on my blog and on my YouTube channel so make sure you keep an eye out! x