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!
The dust is still settling from my most recent handbag purchase – a mini pashli bag from 3.1 by Phillip Lim – but that hasn’t stopped me from keeping my blinders out for a few other bags that have been on my wishlist this last year or so. Irrationally, the thought of getting yet another ‘it’ bag as a belated birthday present has definitely crossed my mind, and the saturation of these bags on my Instagram feed has done little to deter me.
Given it usually takes months for me to actually pull the trigger on a new bag purchase (I deliberated over my Proenza Schouler PS11 for a year!), new handbag additions aren’t a decision I make lightly. Plus, I figure any bag that is going to cost upwards of $500 is a serious investment, so I want to make sure that I’ve well and truly thought about whether it is the right bag for me, and my lifestyle, before I find a sales assistant ringing up a new luxury purchase at the register.
While I don’t think I’ll be buying a new bag in the next week, I thought I’d share a couple of the bags that have been on my radar recently…
Chloe Faye bag in the small size – Admittedly, this is currently topping my wishlist, and probably the bag that I’ll end up going for first. Let’s just forget the fact that this wasn’t even on my radar 12 months ago, as it just felt a little too… trendy. A girlfriend of mine bought this bag while living in London, and after seeing in IRL, I’ve done a complete 180. What I love is that the bag seems deceivingly small, but the three interior compartments make it easy to organise your bag, and carry around all your essentials. I’m also such a sucker for anything suede, and I’ve come to find the chain detail really charming.
Chanel mini le boy bag (preferably in the chevron leather) – Real talk; the chances of me owning anything from Chanel in the near future are pretty slim, but hey, a girl can dream! I’ve watched enough Chanel handbag collection videos to know that if money were no object, I’d be rushing to buy the Chanel mini le boy bag in the chevron leather in a heartbeat. Suffice to say, this is definitely a ‘long game’ kind of bag.
Balenciaga mini city bag with giant hardware – One of the first bags I ever bought as a teenager, was a faux leather moto bag, which while I didn’t know it at the time, was heavily inspired by Balenciaga’s iconic city bag. I thrashed that bag until the point of no return, and more than ten years later, I’m still thinking about that bag. While classic black would be the obvious choice, I was really bowled over by the burgundy leather recently, and the bright yellow gold hardware makes for a stunning contrast.
Gucci Dionysus mini bag – Instagram and basically every blogger on the planet is to blame for this one, but there’s no denying that Alessandro Michele has done wonders for the brand, and the fashion world has been lapping it up – myself included. Personally, I’m more included to opt for the full suede version, as I feel like the monogram might look a little ‘dated’ in a couple years time, but I love the combination of the horse shoe shaped clasp, and aged silver hardware.
Givenchy Antigona bag – I’ve had a love/hate relationship with this bag for years, and it’s probably pretty obvious which side of the fence I’m currently sitting on. I love that this bag has a lot of structure, is minimal in design, has a shoulder strap, and is roomy enough to fit a 13” Macbook Pro.
YSL Chevron WOC – I clearly have a thing for chevron leather, and this little beauty from Saint Laurent has been no exception. What’s drawn me most to this bag is that it can be worn on its own as a small bag with a chain strap, as a clutch with the chain tucked in, or as a wallet within a larger bag.
Valentino Spike Rockstud bag – I’ve always had a bit of a thing for the Valentino Rockstud shoulder bag, but I came pretty convinced early on that the style was a bit too dressy for my lifestyle, and the smooth calf leather always struck me as a little too delicate. The spike rockstud bag on the other hand appears malleable and soft, and it comes in velvet. Velvet!!!
If you have any of these bags currently hanging out in your closet, I’d love to hear your thoughts (watching hours of YouTube reviews is never enough to convince me!), and I’d also love to know what bags are currently on your wishtlist! x
I never thought I’d be the kind of girl to get excited about autumn – living in Wellington, the thought of a real summer was always a bit of a novelty – but after my third Australian summer (which is no joke), I’m excited at the prospect of wearing sleeves without melting, and pulling out all my favourite winter knits. So given that the last few weeks of summer are currently upon us, I’ve started to take a look at building on my existing autumn/winter wardrobe, starting with these skinny jeans from Mott and Bow, and this whimsical polka dot top from Sussan.
There’s a few new things winging their way to me as I type, so I thought I’d share what my current autumn wardrobe wishlist looks like…
A (faux) fur gilet or canvas vest – you’d think after all those years of growing up in New Zealand, that I’d have layering well and truly under my belt, but a gilet or vest is something that has been missing from my wardrobe for years, and I think it’s a piece that I can definitely have a lot of fun styling with my existing wardrobe, once the weather starts to cool down. I’ve been eying up the quilted down vest from J Crew (in navy, of course!) as it looks like a great option.
A pair of OTK boots – I am SO late to the game, but I’ve finally decided it’s time to take a look at investing in a pair of Stuart Weitzman highland boots. I’m not sure how much I’d wear these with dresses, but they look great worn over some skinny jeans or thick knit leggings.
Some blush pink knitwear – my obsession with all things blush-toned hasn’t waned, and I’m planning to pick up a couple of pink jumpers to round out my autumn wardrobe for those days when I don’t feel like reaching for a *mostly* black outfit. I recently bit the bullet on the chunky knit sweater from Everlane in pale pink, and would love to find something in a dusty rose hue as well.
Boyfriend jeans – I discovered the boyfriend jean late last year and given I don’t own a lot of denim, I figure now is a good a time as any to look at finding another option to choose from on those lazy weekends. I’ve ordered a pair of the farleigh mom jeans from ASOS which look like they might fit the bill (if a little slimmer in the leg than the pair I have), and I’m on the lookout for a washed black version too.
A metallic pleated skirt – I have a gorgeous blush pink high shine skirt from RUBY which I adore, and cannot wait to pull out for autumn as it’s a little too long to wear at the moment. The juxtaposition between a simple knit sweater and a metallic pleated midi skirt is right up my alley, and I’ve had my eye on this champagne version for the last three months, which I think would make a great alternative as well as doing double/triple duty for work, play, and evenings out.
We’re facing yet another one of Sydney’s heat waves (hands up if you can’t wait for autumn!), and while all I really want to wear is a scoop neck cotton tank and my comfiest high waisted denim shorts, I’m not quite sure how well that would go down in the office…
So, I thought I’d share with you a few of my current favourite summer time outfits, which I’ve been reaching for a lot lately. There’s all the usual suspects – think black and white hues, any everything in between – as well as a couple pops of much needed colour. Some of the things I’ve been loving include anything off the shoulder (because if you can’t in summer, when can you?), feminine frills and ruffles, my button up denim skirt from Grana which I’ve been reaching for on a weekly basis and easy breezy shirt dresses.
One of the things that I have to admit that I’ve been struggling a lot with this summer, is finding my signature summer style – it’s hard wanting to wear anything even remotely chic when the temperatures are pushing 40 degrees, especially when you know you have 45 minutes of walking ahead of you, as soon as you leave the door. I never thought I’d say this, but autumn couldn’t come soon enough…
Celebrating becoming a year older in one of my favourite labels – Lover. I managed to stumble across this beauty on eBay just a couple weeks ago, after being on the hunt for it for seven (!!) years, and there was no way that I could pass it up. Besides, is there any other way to celebrate a special occasion than in Lover? While this beauty might be no longer available, I’ve had a ‘shop’ around for some of my favourite lace dresses which you’ll find below; can you guess which ones I have my eye on? x