Four inches

by jamie-lee on February 20, 2015, 4 comments

celine taupe greige heels

Celine heels

Four inches of pure Celine perfection is pretty much as good as it gets, when it comes to shoes that is. I squeezed in a late night purchase of these shoes just hours before beginning the Five Piece French Wardrobe Challenge and have absolutely no regrets.

Despite the four inch heel height, they are deceivingly comfortable, and of course, entirely office appropriate (pretty much the only spec for most of my heels these days!). The leather is not quite beige, but instead comes off as a taupe-y greige, solidifying my foray into a new kind of neutral territory. Oh, and did I forget to mention that they were 70% off? Yeah, sold me too.

La Garconne

by jamie-lee on February 16, 2015, 11 comments

la garconne gamine work outfit helmut lang forever new celine
la garconne gamine work outfit helmut lang forever new celine
la garconne gamine work outfit helmut lang forever new celine
la garconne gamine work outfit helmut lang forever new celine

Hawes & Curtis white shirt (c/o), Forever New ¾ evie trousers, Helmut Lang blazer, Celine greige heels, Celine trio (in lavender)

I’ve always been a bit partial to borrowing from the boys; both literally and figuratively that is. A soft slim cut suit, a jumper or a white shirt pulled from your boyfriends wardrobe, and a slick pair of masculine shoes. Or better yet, some sky-high, power heels – always a favourite in my books. It’s a simple contradiction of sorts, and a combination that I’ve been reaching for on those early morning starts. I sincerely can’t think of an easier way to look ‘put together’ than a trouser suit – especially when you’re dashing out the door in a scrambled effort to catch your morning bus, forgetting your lunch on the counter in the process; and this morning wasn’t the first time!

Given that I’m based in a corporate office (read: I try to bend the dress code to include a little Josh Goot & Dion Lee…), this about sums up what I’ve been wearing on a semi-regular basis, for those curious. Well, when I’m not wearing pencil skirts and silk blouses that is; or fancy free polka dots on a Friday! Finding the perfect pair of trousers, with just the right amount of sartorial insouciance does take time; trust me. I think I bought about 8 different pairs from Glassons, Karen Walker, and Cue, before finally settling on these trousers from Forever New. A skinny fit with a lot of stretch, machine washable, and travel-friendly. It’s as good a place as any to start, if you ask me.

As for the shirt? The simpler the better. I’ve been reaching for this white shirt as of late, which is just the right length for tucking, loose throughout the body and a slim fit through the sleeve – pretty much all I’m after in a shirt. It makes for a more affordable alternative to my other love, from Dries van Noten, which hasn’t seen as much daylight as I’d hoped; mostly through my lackluster efforts to keep it in absolutely pristine condition.

And lastly, the blazer. Mine’s nearing on four years old now, but seems to get better with age. Only thing I need now is a backup – always buy staples in pairs, right?

A little luxe beauty update

by jamie-lee on February 14, 2015, no comments

make up haul bars too faced givenchy tom ford lipstick clarions

I’ve been swinging from one extreme to the next recently, particularly when it comes to beauty. Along with my budget beauty finds, I also gave my beauty collection a little facelift – pun intended – of the luxury kind. And I kind of went all out… I put the blame partly on the fact that I’ve been binge-watching Beauty Favourites videos for the last month and a half, and the rest on the fact that my birthday was coming up so #treatyoself, right?

With a beauty wishlist almost a mile long (okay not quite), I figured that it was as good a time as any to snap up a few new bits that I’d heard so many good things about. It’s pretty safe to say I went a little overboard with Charlotte Tilbury – her name is on the lips of almost every Beauty Youtuber right now – and for the most part, it has been overwhelmingly positive.

No beauty update would be complete without a trip to Sephora – and I have to say I’m grateful it’s a fifteen minute walk from my office otherwise I think I’d be spending a lot more time browsing the aisles and swatching all of the things. I did grab a couple of things, namely the Bite beauty matte creme lip crayons and a Givenchy Le Rouge lipstick.

While I was at it, I also picked up a few new bits from Mecca; the Too Faced chocolate bar palette (which is just as good as I’d heard), a little NARS, and a candle from Diptyque (my first one, would you believe?!). Oh, and then there’s also the odd thing I picked up from David Jones – alright, I guess I really did go overboard…

Given that I’ve been trying to shift my mindset away from new wardrobe purchases (adhering to the French Five Piece Wardrobe Challenge is truly the ultimate in mindful shopping), it’s only natural that I’d turn to my latest obsession – beauty – and the odd lipstick here and there seems to have served as a bit of a pick-me-up, without the same financial burden as a new pair of designer heels. At any rate, I’ve certainly got enough new make-up to play around with (and use up!), that I think I’m pretty much set for the rest of 2015. Famous last words, right?

PS. Oh, and like usual, if you’re interested in hearing my thoughts on these products (in a quick mini-review style), then feel free to check out my latest video x

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Wild ginger

by jamie-lee on February 12, 2015, 2 comments

tom ford lipstick wild ginger
tom ford lipstick wild ginger

Tom Ford Lip Colour in ‘Wild Ginger’, Kate Spade earrings

For the girl that loves a bold lip…

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by jamie-lee on February 10, 2015, 5 comments

karen walker slanting frill proenza schouler ps11
karen walker slanting frill proenza schouler ps11
karen walker slanting frill proenza schouler ps11 mademoiselle outfit
charlotte olympia velvet panda flats

Karen Walker top & skirt, Charlotte Olympia panda flats, Proenza Schouler PS11 satchel

I’ve been slowly gearing up for Project 333 in March (yes, you read that right), by giving my wardrobe a small refresh, with a focus to get more wear out of what I currently have. So, put simply, I’ve been culling the dead weight to make a little more space for the things I do wear and love. It helps to know that I’ve constantly got the rules of the 5PFW Challenge in the back of my mind, so I’m hoping that will help to keep things streamlined over the next six months (I’m barely two weeks in so figures I’d still be feeling over-confident!).

Planning for my Project 333 Capsule is… coming along… but I won’t lie when I say I’m struggling a little with the thought of including shoes within the 33 piece limit. I’m still lacking any real wet weather shoes (velvet, suede, and opened toed sandals aren’t rain-friendly, unfortunately), and I’ve gotten to the point where I’ve got a shoe-drobe full of cute and quirky flats that I wouldn’t mind whipping out on a regular basis.

Despite focusing on a palette of very simple neutrals (you won’t see me detracting much from this colour palette – ever!), I’m struggling to find room to include these cute Charlotte Olympia panda flats into my Fall/Autumn capsule. I’ve been trying to think of a few workarounds – four different pairs of shoes a month (so 12 options in total) or just not including shoes in my capsule at all – but they feel a little too much like a cop out, even though I could probably use a far fewer restrictions the first time around. That being said, I’d love to hear what you think – how would you tackle Project 333 for the first time?

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