If there’s one thing that I’m all about, it’s cashmere. It forms a major backbone of my year round wardrobe, and is one of the key pieces that I feel is 100% worth investing in; it’s a little slice of luxury, and if you grab a simple oversized v-neck sweater, or a neutral-hued crew jersey, you really can’t go wrong.
We might be coming into summer here, but two of my latest cashmere additions – and admittedly two of my new favourites – have to be these two beauties from Grana. Perfectly oversized, and made from supersoft cashmere, these have been my new best friend when it comes to those balmy summer evenings that invite a cool breeze, not to mention that they’ve been the ideal companion for when the office air con gets a tad too icy.
I’m all about the simple styling – classic is best – so I’ll usually pair my cashmere with some denim, or a luxe-looking lace pencil skirt when I’m in the office. For those of you in the northern hemisphere, I’ve shared three of my favourite ways to wear a cashmere sweater over on my YouTube channel – click here to check them out.
PS. Don’t forget that you can get 10% off your order at Grana using the code JAMIExGRANA; personally, I’ve been eying up just about everything available in the new vibrant ‘Rio Red’ hue – talk about festive!
Now I’m always up for a bit of healthy competition… so when Everlane turned the last month of international shipping into a competition, I was all in. I mean, the prize offered the winning country – the one with the most votes – the chance to get international shipping, for good. So, it’s with a lot of excitement that I can share the news that Australia has come out on top, and will be the third permanent shipping destination offered by Everlane *cue happy dance*.
I think you all know how smitten I’ve become with the brand over the last few years; I’ve posted my fair share of reviews and there’s few days in the week that I don’t reach for one of my beloved silk cami’s (or cashmere sweaters when it’s cold!). There’s been a lot of new styles added to the site since its humble beginnings, so for those of you still new to the site – or just not sure where to start – I thought I’d share some of my ultimate favourite picks from Everlane below.
THE HEELED CHELSEA BOOT
If I had to pick a current favourite shoe, then this would be it. Cut low across the ankle, with a solid chunky heel, and a rounded almond shaped toe, these are everything I could ever want from a chelsea boot. The leather is pretty sturdy and as with my usual experience with shoes from Everlane, they fit on the narrower side so if you have wide feet like me, wear them around the house with thick socks for a few days to help relax the leather – your feet will thank me for it!
THE CASHMERE CREW SWEATER
I don’t think that there’s been a single post about Everlane in which I haven’t mentioned their luxuriously soft cashmere sweater. Mine’s still going strong more than two years later, and it’s the kind of piece that I think has just gotten better with age.
THE TWILL ZIPPER TOTE
I’ve mentioned this one a few times before but this is my go-to bag for those mornings where I’m heading to work, and I want to take more than just the essentials with me. The cotton twill is hardy, and the leather straps show no sign of wear, even though I’ve had the bag more than six months now.
THE LONG ZIP WALLET
One of the newer additions to my wardrobe, the bright poppy red hue has been a ray of sunshine and such a departure from my usual minimal-esque colour palette. I love that this has heaps of card slots (11 at last count), plus it comfortably fits a passport, making it the perfect travelling companion.
THE SILK CAMISOLE
This is one of those wardrobe essentials that I just couldn’t live without. I picked this up in all three colours and I find myself wearing this style at least once a week – it works perfectly for the office (thankfully bare shoulders are allowed!) and also doubles up well as a more luxe lazy weekend piece.
THE HEAVYWEIGHT TEE IN STRIPE
It’s heating up here in Sydney which means I’m not reaching for the snuggly cardigans or oversized sweaters quite so often, but when I do, it’s often this striped beauty. It’s 100% cotton, but has a nice hefty weight to it, and being striped, goes with just about everything.
THE SLIDE SANDAL
My love for these slides runs deep… even if admittedly they’re aren’t quite so kind to ultra-wide feet like mine, but I’ll forgive them for that! The ‘sand’ shade has been a nice alternative to black and works really well with anything that has a hint of blush pink or red in it.
It’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas; the office decorations are out in full force, the Christmas parties (and shenanigans) have already begun, which has had me thinking a lot about the usual conundrum of this time of year… the age old question of what to wear.
As much as I try to step out of my comfort zone, when it comes to parties, I always play it safe – I figure I want to spend the evening enjoying myself, which in part comes with feeling comfortable with what I’m wearing. But, rather than just opt for all black (been there, done that, already this year…), the simple and sleek two piece in a muted shade is the next best thing.
This grey marled knitted beauty from C/meo Collective is my current two-piece of choice; it can be dressed up with a pair of classic strappy sandals, and the skirt (in particular) does double duty for office wear or a lazy weekend – the knitted fabric basically makes sure of that!
I’ll be sharing a couple of my other favourite go-to Christmas looks as we get into the thick of the festive party season; would love to know what your favourite Christmas party look is! x
Summer is almost upon us – or Winter, if you happen to live in the Northern Hemisphere – and given all the Black Friday sales, and Cyber Monday deals, now seems a good a time as any to stock on any wardrobe essentials and give your closet a bit of a refresh.
I’ve spent the last few days (when I wasn’t knee deep in packing boxes) compiling some of my favourite wardrobe staples; from snuggly knit sweaters, to the quintessential leather jacket, and a fabulous pair of shoes. For me, it’s an opportunity to pick up that wardrobe staple that I’ve been missing, and invest in my closet without completely breaking the bank. I’ll be focusing on finding a new dress to see me through the Christmas party season (how has that snuck up on us so fast?!), an everyday bag that will fit all my essentials, a couple of summer-friendly tops for the office, and predictably, a new pair of shoes.
At the bottom of this post you’ll also find some of the best Cyber Monday deals – be sure to tell me if you picked anything up in the comments! xx
JACKETS & COATS
SKIRTS & TROUSERS
Shop the Cyber Monday Sales Fashion BNKR: 25% off full priced items & 40% off sale items with the code ‘SALE50’ ASOS: 20% off worldwide with the code ‘GOGOGO’ or 30% off in the US only with the code ‘THANKFUL30’ The Outnet: 85-90% off selected brands Avenue 32: 30% off sitewide excluding sale stock and pre-spring ’17 arrivals Shopbop: Up to 25% off with code ‘GOBIG16’ Anthropologie: 30% off with the code ‘LETSGO’ Urban Outfitters: up to 50% off All Saints: 30% off with the code ‘CYBER’
There’s nothing I love more than a good bargain… I mean who doesn’t love nabbing something they’ve had their eye on for an absolute steal? With that in mind, it probably goes without saying that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are two of the most anticipated dates in my shopping calendar, especially when it comes to Christmas shopping. So rather than battle the crowds in the QVB and Pitt Street Mall trying to track down some thoughtful gifts for loved ones, I find it much easier (and faster) to shop from the comfort of my own home (and preferably in pyjamas!).
Sales can be overwhelming at the best of times, and Black Friday is no exception. So to help you get the most out of the sales – particularly for those of you planning to use Black Friday as an opportunity to knock a few things off your Christmas shopping list – I’ve pulled together a guide on the best places to shop, as well as some gift giving ideas for your loved ones.
BEAUTY LOVERS AT HEART
Christmas time always brings out the best in beauty, and there’s been some incredible festive launches that I personally would love to get my hands on. I’ve picked out some of my favourites; from skincare (you can’t go past Emma Hardie Amazing Face), to indulgent (and sparkly) nail lacquers, and a multi-purpose palette from Hourglass that’s a minimalist’s dream. I love the idea of splurging on one really nice product, or getting a seasonal set – the latter of which always come up as good value for money come the holidays.
UNWIND A LITTLE
There’s nothing I love more than a truly relaxing evening at home, but it’s a luxury that I seldom seem to make time for. In saying that, there’s a few simple ways that I unwind; by throwing on a cosy pair of pyjamas (I totally have my eye on these from Three J NYC) or running myself a hot bath, and lighting a couple of candles. Christmas may fall in the middle of summer here in the Southern Hemisphere, but that doesn’t stop me from burning candles – I usually find something a little fresh with citrus notes is the perfect vibe.
A BOOK YOU CAN LOSE YOURSELF IN
Books make such a fantastic gift for a loved one, as you can really tailor the purchase towards their interests. I find that cook books, fashion-related reads, travel guides (I love the Wallpaper series) and nice meaty novels are typically your best bet (though I usually tend to grab a non-fiction political or economics read for my dad!). If you don’t want to go don’t the book route, I think that beautiful stationery is a great alternative; I’m personally partial to anything blush pink or marble-coated at the moment, but I’ve seen some incredible florals and banana leaf-covered notebooks and 2017 diaries that would make a lovely gift, as would basically anything from Smythson’s stationery range.
FOR THE HOME
This is quite possibly one of my favourite types of gifts to give (and receive), as the possibilities are endless and there’s something that will cater to all tastes. Any kind of serving platter is unlikely to go amiss during the festive season, and I don’t think that you can ever have too much glassware or too many vases tucked away in your cabinets. Anthropologie and West Elm are two of my absolute favourites when it comes to homewares, plus they both have a really beautiful selection of festive baubles and Christmas decorations, so much so that I’ve already picked up a few special ornaments to dress our tree with this year.
PURSES, POUCHES & CLUTCHES
I feel like you can’t go wrong with a sleek and minimal looking pouch; it’s the type of purchase that can do double duty as a clutch for going out, or for those essentials you want to keep secure in your bag for on the daily. Everlane’s just recently launched a new range of SLG’s (small leather goods) in poppy red, blush pink and black which makes for a great starting point, alternatively I feel like Comme de Garcon’s leather zip up pouch is a good go-to classic that’ll withstand the test of time. Wallets can be a little trickier to purchase, as styles differ from brand to brand but I feel like this is a really thoughtful option if you know that your loved one is in need of a wallet refresh (and it’s one I’m banking for Luke as he’s in dire need of a new one!). I love a little bit of & Other Stories for clutch bags – they currently have up to 50% off – ASOS is also a great spot to find a quirky clutch (plus you can get 20% off with code GOGOGO)