All tied up

everlane u neck t shirt lover denim skirt
everlane u neck t shirt lover denim skirt
everlane u neck t shirt lover denim skirt

Everlane u-neck t-shirt, Lover white denim skirt (similar), ASOS bandana, Cuyana tote bag (also love this Madewell one), KW x Pointer suede loafers (similar)

This is one for the weekend (or a casual Friday in the office, if you can get away with it, like me).My new favourite accessory to wear with anything that is just slightly too low cut for me is a bandana, tied loosely around the neck. I picked mine up from ASOS, although have a bunch of mum’s vintage silk scarves tucked away in my drawer, which I’ll be pulling up this winter to jazz up a few of my more minimally styled outfits.

My weekend has been pretty quiet so far; a quick (and fruitful) trip to the Sydney Flower Markets at the crack of dawn on Saturday, the usual 4km run with Nigel (any longer and he’ll throw himself on the ground in protest!), and a little bit of lazing out in the sunshine. Can Sunday just go on forever please?

5PFW – The French Wardrobe Challenge

five piece french wardrobe challenge

2016 seems to be the year of challenges; the 30 day minimalism challenge, the project 333 wardrobe challenge, and now, the five piece French wardrobe challenge. With a lot of fulfilling experiences and memories to look forward to in the next eight months, it felt only natural to try and make our home life (or should I say.. my wardrobe) a little bit lighter.

For those of you who weren’t around this time last year, the 5PFW Challenge has three rules:

– Only 5 key pieces per season
– Basics don’t count
– Shoes and accessories do count

There are a couple of minor caveats, of course.

Basics do count if you’re spending more than you normally would. If your t-shirt budget generally sits around the $50 mark, then a $75 t-shirt would have to be included as one of your five pieces for the season. If it’s $50 or less, then it doesn’t count.

Deciding which pieces are basics (and which aren’t) is up to your discretion, but for reference, I consider the following to be wardrobe essentials: t-shirts, tanks, cotton/silk blouses, mariniere, plain merino knit sweaters, simple shift dresses, plain pencil or a-line skirts, jeans, slim fit trousers, leggings, blazers, wool coats, ballet flats, loafers, and flat boots.

These basic pieces form the foundation of my wardrobe – for the most part – and play a large role in the majority of my day to day outfits. I prefer to keep the shades of these fairly neutral if I’m considering them a basic; think white/cream, blush, all shades of grey, navy and black, but you could definitely switch this up if you’re more of a colour chameleon than I am.

The same goes for replacements – if something wears out and needs replacing, it’s only to be included in your five pieces if it costs above and beyond what you’d normally spend.

Simple, right?

For those wondering how long a season runs for, typically it’s a ‘fashion’ season; Spring/Summer or Autumn/Winter, however I think that you can interpret this however you like. Opting for six months right off the bat can be a little like diving into the deep end, particularly if you’re trying to starve off a shopping addiction.

Last year, I found myself staring at a defined list of what I was after for the season ahead, but in the end, I came away with more surprises than anything I’d tried to set in concrete. This time, I’ve decided to take a more relaxed approach; I’ve love some new knitwear, possibly a new coat (I get the feeling anything pink will be taking my fancy), some low heeled boots… pretty self-explanatory really.

I’ve put together a very quick video on the French wardrobe challenge over on YouTube that you can watch here if you’re so inclined, and for those of you that are thinking of trying this for yourselves, I’d love to know: are you in favour of the planning approach, or do you prefer to take it as it comes?

PS. For those of you who have fancied my Celine trio, I’ve decided to let mine go. You can take a peek (or buy it) here x

January Beauty & Fashion Favourites 2016

january beauty and fashion favourites

Seeing the last month flash by has felt a little bittersweet; how is it February already? Without going so far as to impose a full on shopping ban, there haven’t been many new purchases passing through the doors of my closet or the drawers of my vanity, instead, I’ve been ‘shopping’ my stash.

For make up, I’ve been absolutely loving Tarte’s ‘Tartelette’ palette this past month. It’s completely matte which makes it perfect for every day, it has a great selection of 12 shades ranging from light to dark, and the shadows themselves are quite pigmented (if not a little powdery). Brush wise, I’m completely smitten with Karen Walker’s first foray into beauty; her collaboration with Sephora. I was lucky enough to nab my brush set from the Wellington boutique, although there’s still a few going on the Sephora website, and at a discount too! These are extremely soft to the touch, pick up product really well, and not to mention they look extremely luxurious on your vanity. For those wondering, I haven’t really had any issues with shedding yet.

Then when it comes to lips, I’ve been l-o-v-i-n-g NARS’s lip gloss in the shade ‘priscilla’, dabbed onto the lips to add a subtle flash rather than a full on neon bright as the tube would suggest. This is so moisturizing and comfortable on the lips, and doesn’t have that sticky tackiness that lip glosses often have. My other favourite has been Charlotte Tilbury’s K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipstick in the shade Penelope Pink – it’s a really lovely blush nude with brown undertones, and the formula is as creamy as anything.

When it comes to fashion, I’ve been starting to get a lot of wear out of my ryan muscle tank from Everlane, which I’d long relegated to the back of my closet for being too sheer. I tend to wear this with a nude bralette underneath and find that it isn’t too noticeable. It’s ended up being the perfect antidote to Sydney’s balmy hot weather which is what has had me reaching for it when I’m at a loss for what to wear. I’ve also been throwing on my merchant shorts from Karen Walker at least once a week (as worn here); I love a good high waisted short, and the frayed edges and slightly bell bottom legs has made these a winner for me. Finally, I’ve been keeping it pretty minimal with my accessories this past month, wearing a simple pair of earrings, my engagement ring, and more often than not, my chrysanthemum necklace from Karen Walker. This was a gift from my uncle for my 21st and I love it just as much now, as when he gave it to me.

I’d love to know, what have your favourites been in January?

The essential breton stripe top

wardrobe essential breton stripe top alexander wang

T by Alexander Wang breton stripe top

You only have to look back as far as my first outfit of 2016, to see how smitten I am with the classic breton stripe. This has been one of those quintessential pieces of my wardrobe for years now, and one that I reach for when I am at a complete loss over what to wear.

My favourite is generally a white base with a navy blue stripe – this seems to be the least harsh (and most flattering) for me – paired with a simple a-line skirt and some low heeled pumps.

As the second in my ‘essentials’ series, I’ve made a short video featuring a few of the ways I style my breton stripe tees, which you can check out here. How do you like to wear yours? x

Pretty in pink

topshop pink tie waist trousers outfit style
topshop pink tie waist trousers outfit style
topshop pink tie waist trousers outfit style

Everlane ryan muscle tank, Topshop tie waist trousers (also in khaki!), Charlotte Olympia panda flats, Proenza Schouler PS11 satchel

By now, I think you all know how much I love my neutrals. But, I’m determined as ever to make 2016 the year that I ditch relying wholly on neutrals, and add a little bit of that missing spark back into my wardrobe. So, it all starts with these pretty petal pink pants (try saying that ten times fast!) which I picked up at the end of last year. I’m definitely the type to pare it back a little bit – baby steps – so at the moment my favourite way to wear them is with a simple white tank, or a charcoal cashmere, and a spicy pair of flats.

There are a few more ‘vibrant’ or ‘playful’ pieces currently sitting in my wishlist, that I’m hoping to add and incorporate into the mix. As much as I love having such a focused wardrobe, sticking to just neutrals day in and day out can start to feel a little tired. It often seems like there’s a misconception that a capsule wardrobe is by definition boring (or timeless – depending on how you want to look at it), but it can be as colourful or as neutral as you want it to be. These pants are just the antidote I’ve been looking for, and I think they’ll really help to liven things up a little once we start transitioning into Autumn.

On another note… I’ve been trying to take a few steps to live a little more mindfully in 2016, and while I don’t have any resolutions as such, I’ve been instead working to achieve some small short and long term goals.

I recently decided to take on the 30 day minimalism challenge, after being inspired by one of my favourite YouTubers. I’m four days in, and my house is ten items lighter, and I have to say, I’m enjoying the incremental approach. Parting with just a few items each day seems like a much smaller task than taking on an entire room at a time (although there’s benefits to this approach too!). I’ll be giving you all a download of my experience once the 30 days are up, so here’s crossing fingers that I can see this challenge out to the end. Wish me luck!