Guru

by jamie-lee on August 3, 2014, no comments

karen walker basket guru draw in dress
karen walker basket guru draw in dress
karen walker basket guru draw in dress
karen walker basket guru draw in dress

Karen Walker draw-in dress (love this cute printed shirt dress), Acne mape leather jacket, Opening Ceremony mules, Karen Walker sunglasses, Proenza Schouler PS11 satchel

It’s been a while since I’ve worn anything so boldly printed. The numerous Karen Walker printed silks I once owned now seem a thing of the past, cast aside or exchanged in favor of a plain navy sweater, or a pale blush skirt. I’m not sure if it’s a sign that I’m getting older, or a consequence of simplifying and refining my wardrobe, however the one thing that’s abundantly clear, is an abundance of prints there is not. Well… Unless we’re counting polka dot spots, breton stripes, and guipure lace among them, which even then, are sparsely scattered in a sea of block neutrals.

Having once felt an undue pressure to wear something different everyday, the printed piece always felt so distinctive, so recognizable, that it seemed impossible to fathom ever managing the low cost-per-wear that is achievable with a classic wardrobe piece. You know, the ones which fly under the radar and that you could wear seven days in a week and no one would really notice – although who am I kidding, most people don’t pay that much attention.

So instead of nabbing an iconic print so early on in the season, I figured it would be something worth waiting for – a definite test of my willpower, considering my hard to break see-it-must-buy-now mentality; and I suppose one could consider it FOMO on a consumerist level. And you know what? It was worth waiting for, rather than making a compulsive decision and spending the train ride home with mixed feelings of elation and doubt. In a city where choices seem almost endless, you’re seldom left wanting for anything, new additions to the wardrobe included. Waiting for those first, second, and final sale reductions is a reward in itself, I mean, who am I to say no when there’s a 40% reduced sticker sitting on the tag? Sales aside, I have a feeling that this guru voile printed mini dress will see a lot more wear once the sun, and more specifically the heat, starts to become a daily occurrence; which given it’s already August, is thankfully not too far off.

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The indoor plant

by jamie-lee on July 31, 2014, no comments

fiddle leaf tree home decor badlands blog

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A few weeks back, Luke and I spent five long hours traipsing around Alexandria looking for pieces to furnish our apartment. While you’d think that side tables for the living room and some much needed kitchen appliances would top the priority list, I somehow managed to come home with a couple of pastel coloured ceramic pots. Since then, they’ve taken a prime position next to one of our windows, even though I’m still pondering what to plant on them. A complete surprise, given my general disdain for getting my hands dirty, and an inherent ability to kill all and every plant I’ve ever been tasked with looking after. Not exactly the best track record…

Inspiration has been coming in the form of Pinterest, from baby succulents and cacti to a fiddle leaf tree, with my persuasion heavily leaning to the latter, especially after spotting this snap of Talisa’s in a crisp white pot. I’ve managed to source a local nursery which sells them – the Bondi markets only seem to go so far as to sell succulents, and always only on a Saturday – so now it’s just a matter of making the time to pick one up, and hoping that my green thumb flourishes in the meantime.

Underneath it all with SJ Lingerie

by jamie-lee on July 28, 2014, 3 comments

sj lingerie lace vixen bodysuit
sj lingerie lace vixen bodysuit

wearing SJ Lingerie vixen lace bodysuit

I’m pretty quick to cover up. A high necked cashmere sweater, a tailored black blazer, a silky button up blouse. But what we wear underneath it all, is just as important. A pretty piece of lingerie can make a girl feel confident, sexy, and empowered; it can be the different between having a good day, or feeling uncomfortable in your clothes. Even from my teens, I was always drawn to delicate lace intimates – mostly in black or ivory mind you – over more robust offerings. There’s an inherent appeal, beyond the sexiness, beyond the comfort.

Having recently discovered SJ Lingerie upon its relaunch, I was pretty quick to note that the selection of soft silk bralettes, and plunging lace bodysuits tick all the boxes. Feminine, soft, sexy, delicate, and playful (their debut mini-film purely hints at this). It’s romantic, it’s provocative, and truthfully, every bit a dream to wear.

I’ve teamed up with the lovely girls at SJ Lingerie for a giveaway – you could be in to win a vixen lace bodysuit like the one I’m wearing above. Head on over to my Instagram to find out the details.

I also took the time to have a quick chat with SJ Lingerie’s Creative Director, Katie Rackley, about the design process, and their latest collection, Neoteric, which you can check out below.

Your recently released Neoteric collection seems to combine a soft level of romanticism with playful undertones; do you mind giving us a little insight into your inspiration?
The first sample piece we had for this collection was a gorgeous bodysuit and the range progressed from there with a longline bra, boyshort and a stunning slip skirt that can be worn under a dress or on its own with a simple slip underneath. The lace is all fine European stretch lace and the range is just so wearable. I have and adore every piece in this collection!

I love the use of luxurious and opulent fabrics in your lingerie – how integral is this in developing the final product?
The fabric is always the very first thing we select. It is everything! Lingerie becomes your second skin so the fabric must translate to the garment and above all feel great.

What can we expect to see more of in future collections?
You can expect to see more pieces that are blurring the lines between underwear and outerwear. I want to design more fashion pieces made from beautiful lace that can be work under blazers and leather jackets. SJ Lingerie is so much more that just bras and knickers and you will see more of that very soon.

What is the one piece every woman should have tucked away in her lingerie drawer?
I think bodysuits are highly underrated. I think every woman should own one as you can wear it under sheer blouses and skinny pants or a skirt and not have to think about matching your knickers to your bra. They also cover all the bad bits so they are extremely flattering!

If you were stranded on a desert island, and could only take five things with you, what would they be?
The internet, Marvis Jasmine toothpaste, a fishing rod, matches and a wide brimmed hat for sun protection

What is the most common fashion mistake you see girls making?
I live in Queensland so I see so many girls wearing Havaiana thongs to places other than the beach. I detest thongs.

Isabel Marant ‘poppy’ heels

by jamie-lee on July 26, 2014, 2 comments

isabel marant black suede poppy ribbon heels shoes
isabel marant black suede poppy ribbon heels shoes

Isabel Marant ‘poppy’ heels from Net-a-Porter

You could be forgiven for thinking that all I do in my spare time is browse the internet for a new pair of shoes; it’s probably not too far from the truth, and on a bad day, feel like they are the solution to all your problems (because what girl really wants to struggle through the day in an uncomfortable pair of shoes?). This pair of Isabel Marant heels were at least enough to solve my problem of finding the perfect pair of black suede pumps. A three inch heel, a smooth suede exterior, and a feminine grosgrain bow at the toe, there’s little to fault; If you don’t factor in their splurge-worthy price tag. A good classic piece can be hard to come by, and given the mileage you can get out of a good foundation piece, it’s not hard to argue that it’s something worth splurging on every now and then. Isabel Marant sure knows when she’s onto a good thing…

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Weekend uniform

by jamie-lee on July 22, 2014, 8 comments

karen walker coat frame denim jeans opening ceremony jindu mules
karen walker coat frame denim jeans opening ceremony jindu mules
karen walker coat frame denim jeans opening ceremony jindu mules
frame denim jeans opening ceremony jindu mules

Everlane boyfriend sweater, Frame Denim jeans, Opening Ceremony mules, Karen Walker coat, Cuyana tote bag (similar), Acne canada scarf

I never thought I’d be one of those sweatshirts and denim kinda girls. Well, not since my teenage years at least, but I’ve well and truly succumbed to the allure of a washed out, crisp pair of denim. Weekend adventures often call for more than a velvet kitty flat and a PVC skirt; instead, my uniform of choice has been a soft silk blouse, one of Everlane’s cosy boyfriend sweatshirts, and a pair of low heeled mules – because why not take advantage of Sydney’s mild winter weather?

And as a PSA to all those looking to build on their winter wardrobe, or get a head start on their summer one (if you’re from the Southern Hemisphere, that is), Net-A-Porter are currently offering an additional 20% off with code SALE20 and you can nab an extra 20% off sale items at Matches Fashion with EXTRA20, including this Lover lace skirt, which at 70% off, is more than a bargain!

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On a Sunday..

by jamie-lee on July 20, 2014, 2 comments

sundays in bed gentlewoman magazine

Sundays, spent lying in bed shaking off the last remnants of a virus. Spent curled up under crispy crinkled freshly washed sheets. Spent soaking up the final few articles of your favourite magazine. Spent longing for another Saturday. Spent enjoying the last sachet of your favourite herbal tea. Spent enjoying the company of a loved one. Sundays as they always should be.

rosie

by jamie-lee on July 19, 2014, 3 comments

vivian chan rosie skort zimmermann chelsea boots
vivian chan rosie skort zimmermann chelsea boots

Everlane boyfriend sweatshirt, Vivian Chan rosie skort (similar), Kate of Arcadia clutch (similar), Zimmermann chelsea boots

Pretending I am starting the weekend with a hop, a skip, and a sheer midi skirt rather than tucked up in bed under a duvet in my pyjamas, fighting off a nasty virus.

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Blue washed denim

by jamie-lee on July 16, 2014, 10 comments

blue washed denim street style

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I’d hazard a guess that most women have a pair of blue washed denim hidden away in their wardrobes, or strewn haphazardly across the back of a chair. They’re the easiest thing to throw on during a lazy weekend, running errands and catching up with friends, yet somehow they’re one of the few things that my own wardrobe has been lacking all these years. Pinpointing why wasn’t difficult, because if there’s anything I dislike as much as shopping for swimsuits, it’s shopping for a pair of jeans. Maybe it’s about being in the right mindset, or maybe it’s about finding the exact style that works best for me, as we all know that with the many styles, washes, and lets not forget about the fit, the task of finding the right pair can be an arduous one at best.

Keeping in mind that I’m after a pair of skinny fit denim, I’ve decided to stick to what I know; J Brand, Nobody Denim and Frame Denim, because, you can’t really go too wrong with the tried and true, right? The photo ready, cult skinny, and le skinny de jeanne have me pretty much sold with their slim fit, ankle grazing style and mid-blue washes, however I’m pretty open to suggestion. Do you have a tried and true favourite? x

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The mule sandal

by jamie-lee on July 14, 2014, 5 comments

opening ceremony jindo mule sandals heels shoes
opening ceremony jindo mule sandals heels shoes

Opening Ceremony Jindo heeled sandals (in black or the flat version)

More sandals for winter – goes against the grain a little, doesn’t it? But given that in mid-July a jacket-less, bare legs excursion outdoors is not out of the question, I’d almost peg them as an evening necessity. Whilst I’m not generally one to give in to the trends of the season, a little bit of forward planning never hurt, especially when you’re buying on sale. Never mind the fact that 75% of my sale purchases just so happened to be shoes…

I’ve already found plenty of excuses to get some wear out of these space age mules, from dressing up a casual sweatshirt and jeans combo to balancing out a full midi skirt. And for all those years I thought I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing a pair of mules? Lesson learned; never say never.

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Spend: 3.1 by Phillip Lim / Tibi / BCBG Maxazria / Gianvito Rossi

Save: Topshop / ASOS / Shoe Cult / Kelsi Dagger

Nourish bowls

by jamie-lee on July 11, 2014, one comment

nourish bowl healthy food recipe vegan

I try to eat healthy. Well, mostly. Oats with sliced banana every morning, a salad or casserole for lunch and dinner, with plenty of fruit in between. I guess that doesn’t sound half bad, until you factor in the daily sweet treats which have proven too difficult to resist. So with plans of eating less cakes, lollies and chocolates in mind – a hard task given how often they seem to appear in the office – I figured a month without artificial sugar would be enough to set me right. I may have slipped a couple times already, but I figure that’s neither here nor there when you’re already seeing the positive benefits of a small change in attitude and action.

So what better time to start getting organised, right? Instead of relying on a lot of avocado on toast for those quick lunches, I’ve instead taken to preparing nourish bowls (or a hearty salad) the night before work, so it’s ready to go as I dash out the door. The best part? There’s not a lot to it, and it’s easy to incorporate any vegetables or mediterranean style ingredients that you might have to hand. If you haven’t picked up on it yet, I’m a pretty big fan of anything simple. You’ll find a quick guide below on how to prepare my go-to nourish bowl; but don’t forget you can always incorporate your favourite flavours, be in olives, roasted red peppers, chargrilled eggplant or elements of a more carnivorous persuasion.

Nourish Bowl
Ingredients:

Quinoa (1 1/2 cups)
Vegetable stock
Marinated tofu (you can buy this prepackaged alternatively you can marinate your own – I prefer a soy, honey, garlic & chilli combo for the latter option!)
Edamame (1 cup)
Carrots (2x grated)
Avocado (1/2)
Broccoli (1 whole – steamed or roasted)
Hummus to serve (either store bought or home made)

For the dressing:
2 large tablespoons of miso paste
1/4 cup rice vinegar
2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
4 tablespoons sesame oil
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 inch ginger, finely grated

Method:
1. Cook the quinoa either in a rice cooker or over the stove in 3 cups of water (it’s 2:1) in vegetable stock.
2. Meanwhile, prepare your other ingredients
– grate carrots
– slice broccoli into florets and cook to taste (either roast or steam)
– cook edamame in boiling water for approximately 4-5 minutes
– fry off the tofu until crispy on the outside and tender on the inside (it will look slightly golden)
3. For the dressing, whisk all the ingredients together. Feel free to add some olive oil or some water to thin in out a little and adjust ingredients as desired.
4. Prepare the nourish bowl with all your toppings, drizzle a generous amount of dressing over the top and eat!

See – simple! x

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