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?

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?

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!

One two step

shoe collection embellished charlotte olympia

Never wanting to put a foot wrong, I’ve always had what some might call an obsession with shoes. Most nights when I’ve lost myself within the depths of the internet, it’s usually as a result of some wishful – shoe – window shopping, which as you can imagine, can end up being a bad thing for my bank account.

While I love a good heel as much as the next girl, anything particularly vertiginous is generally reserved for the odd evening out. I’ve taken to giving my feet a break, opting for comfort over style most days. In the summertime, my Opening Ceremony sandals seldom leave my feet, and as it cools down, it’s generally a toss up between my Acne Studios Jensen boots, or my Charlotte Olympia kitty flats (as battered as they are).

I’m certainly not racing to count the number of shoes I have sitting in my closet, but my latest video, sharing my shoe collection, does the work for me. What it doesn’t show? My wedding shoes, and the three or so pairs that I snapped up as an early birthday treat to myself…

Closet Chat

asos lace stripe dress teddyblake carla nano
asos lace stripe dress teddyblake carla nano
asos lace stripe dress teddyblake carla nano
asos lace stripe dress teddyblake carla nano

ASOS lace striped dress, Opening Ceremony heels (similar), Teddy Blake ‘carla’ nano

Over the last couple of years, I’ve made the odd mention about my intentions to shop less, following the principle of quality over quantity. While I’m more than a little embarrassed at how much I actually shopped in 2013 and 2014, last year’s total was a little more manageable, and a big step in finally attaining that goal. For those even a little bit curious, I ended up with a total of 56 new items in my wardrobe last year – clothing, shoes, bags and accessories – with probably just as many leaving it, if I’m honest!

It may seem cliche to some; chasing some far-flung idea of a so-called perfect wardrobe, a carefully curated selection of high quality pieces that fit well and look good – but to me, it’s been a rewarding journey. I’ve learnt to say no to myself; I’ve learnt patience; and I’ve learnt that shopping to excess is never going to bring you happiness. More than that, I’ve managed to stumble across some affordable brands which don’t sacrifice quality and fair workmanship for price.

While I’m still love a bargain from ASOS on the odd occasion – the above dress being one of my more recent finds – I’ve found that many more of my purchases this year have fallen more within the ‘quality’ camp. I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve got a champagne taste on a beer budget, but I’ve found that you can find the odd gem on eBay and The Real Real without completely breaking the bank.

I’m planning on spending much of this year on a self-imposed spending ban, which, admittedly, hasn’t been going over quite as well as I’d planned (the new pair of Max Mara heels I nabbed last night are now winging their way to me). I’ve also decided to give the 5PFW Challenge another go – so expect to see a little more about that in the coming weeks.

Perhaps the one trap that I’ve been trying not to fall into, is having a completely neutral wardrobe. As pinterest-worthy as that is, it doesn’t quite add up with my own sartorial preferences. With wardrobe often being correlated with how we represent ourselves, it also doesn’t quite fit with my own personal views on how I see myself.

So, wish me luck – and here’s hoping that temptation doesn’t get the better of me!