J Crew sweater, Lululemon Lab skirt, Topshop heels, Mimco necklace, Proenza Schouler PS11
With the wind and the rain constantly lingering over Wellington, I couldn’t be more thrilled that my move to warmer shores is less than seven days away. One thing I will undeniably miss, will be the those spontaneous walks with almost constant seaside views, which even under the haze of rain soaked skies, has a raw unfinished beauty unlike anything else I’ve known.
Softening the blow of this less than stellar weather, was the arrival of a few pieces from Lululemon’s Lab collection. An extension of Lululemon, the Lab collection focuses on function and form, creating garments that are versatile and innovative. While Lululemon has more of a yoga-facing focus, the Lab collection is designed for day to day wear, run in limited quantities.
My favourite piece so far, without a doubt has been the black neoprene future varsity skirt. Surprisingly functional, it’s perfectly suited for those weekend bike rides for a much-needed caffeine hit, or just as easily dressed up for an evening out. For someone like me who has spent the last few years attempting to streamline and define, the concept marries beautifully with my current ideals. For those based in Wellington, the first lab capsule is due to drop in store over the next couple of weeks; and needless to say, I’m looking forward to seeing what else the Vancouver-based Lab has to offer.
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I’ve been heavily anticipating the release of Heinui’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection, entitled Paper Moon, after stumbling across images a few months back. A capsule collection by most designer’s standards, it proves that quality outweighs quantity, every single time. Overtly feminine, with nipped in waists, full skirts, and slinky shirt dresses, it’s a collection that is after my own heart. It’s an effortless transition to Summer from designer Claire Pignot’s Fall collection, which continues to see her love of denim translated into easy-to-wear rompers and dresses, and the continuation of beautifully hand printed cottons and silks. My personal favourite? The Lovisa dress in the custom-made “pin ups” print, the criss-cross front adding a playful element to this full skirted shirt dress. Crossing my fingers that more than few of these gorgeous pieces manage to make their way into my wardrobe…
Alice McCall idocrase top (I also love this one!), girl. by Band of Outsiders skirt (similar style), RUBY kingsley flats, Karen Walker earrings, Kate of Arcadia clutch (similar)
I’m not sure if it’s the freshness of a new year, or the long-standing feelings that my wardrobe has been in somewhat of a rut the past six months, but I’ve resolved that 2014 is the year that I bring a bit of colour back into my outfits. Starting small with a oceanic beaded silk tank and some cotton candy pink bow flats to an otherwise blank canvas.
I’m looking forward to being able to fling open my closet doors to find some bright colours and heavily patterned dresses glaring out at me, rather than the lacklustre array of muted tones and abundant stripes. While I’ve loved the ease of getting dressed that a pared back wardrobe allows, it’s not without days where I have “nothing to wear”, and why not wake up on those sun-dappled mornings to a bit of fun as opposed to 100 different shades of grey?
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With a move to Sydney just a mere two weeks away, you could probably forgive the fact that up until now, I haven’t given Valentine’s Day much thought. But it’s quietly yet quickly creeping up, and the type A in me can’t help but want to keep organised.
This year, Luke and I have made a pact to keep Valentine’s Day low-key, but that doesn’t stop a girl from looking. My top pick for 2014? A classic timepiece with a thick stainless steel or leather strap, not too much unlike like these men’s Rolex watches and Omega Seamaster watches. If splurging on shoes and designer handbags has taught me anything, it’s quality over quantity, and you can’t get more timeless than this.
ASOS crop top, Vivian Chan rosie skort, Topshop court shoes, Celine trio
Twenty-six, or as my sister puts it, old; the wrong side of my twenties, even. But the way I see it, it’s another day, and another year older, quietly slipping by like every other. Keeping it relatively low-key with a late lunch at Olive, afternoon tea and cake at my grandparents, and soaking up the final remnants of sunshine in the early evening at Scorching Bay beach; simplicity at its best. I couldn’t help but wear this flamboyant cotton candy skirt from Vivian Chan, because what better excuse to dress frivolously than on your birthday, right?
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Karen Walker slanting frill top, Lover silk shorts, Opening Ceremony sandals (similar), Proenza Schouler PS11, Karen Walker northern lights sunglasses
I’ve had my sights firmly set on a acquiring a new pair of oversized cat eye sunglasses for the past year and a half, yet countless hours spent searching online always proved fruitless. I decided to take my chances early December with a pair of Karen Walker’s northern lights, which six weeks later, finally appeared after getting lost in the Christmas post. I took these snaps a couple of weeks ago, and after sleeping on it came to the conclusion that perhaps they just weren’t me. But looking back on these photos, I’m not so sure I made the right decision. What do you think?
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Karen Walker dress (similar style), Country Road shirt (similar), Vintage chelsea boots, Proenza Schouler PS11 satchel
I never thought I’d be wearing tights so early into the new year, but alas, such is life living in Wellington. At any rate, it gives me an excuse to get a bit more wear out of this ‘jerkin’ dress I snapped up on sale from Maximillia. Comments from Luke about my resemblance to Japanese schoolgirls aside, it feels like a not so cutesy foray into the world of dungaree style dresses. So good, in fact, that I couldn’t resist buying multiples, the second in a soft muted ecru tone. Considering it would be somewhat absurd to accumulate a third (and trust me, I contemplated it!), my mum was quick to nab the boucle style when I alerted her to the fact that it was 70% off. There’s nothing quite like a good sale!
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Acne palm lynx-print dress (on sale!)
It took a lot of willpower to resist adding anything to my virtual shopping cart, upon receiving word that Matches Fashion have a further 20% off all sale items with FINAL20. Among my picks are these candy pink Sophia Webster heels, and the above Acne palm lynx-print dress, which would both be welcome additions to my dwindling wardrobe. Run, don’t walk ladies!
Lover the label dress, Opening Ceremony sandals, Proenza Schouler PS11 satchel (mini version on sale here!)
Weekends are for… celebrating birthdays, spending time with the ones you love, and of course, eating good food. Mine involved a bit of all three, with my mum’s birthday on the Saturday, visiting my Grandmother on the Sunday, and over the course of the two days, not needing to cook once, unless you count popping some fresh corn in the microwave.
source: Love Aesthetics, Pinterest
The past few weekends since finally booking my flight to Sydney have been dotted with old memories, as I rifle through boxes and give my wardobe that final push. With the knowledge that I’ll be carrying little more than 30kg, I’ve made a real effort to tackle my growing collection of shoes and cumbersome knit sweaters.
I’ve chipped away at my Lover collection, and parted with many things I never thought I would; but as I’ve learnt time and time again, never say never. Some of my most cherished pieces have found their way to the other side of the globe, to what I hope will be an equally loving home.
Like every other cull to my dwindling wardrobe, the common theme of neutrals such as black, white, pale grey and navy has prevailed, with the added vibrance of a warm, soft-toned red.
I’m hoping that in the coming months, I can begin to tackle the gaps in my wardrobe, which will become glaringly obvious once the cold starts to bite. On my list are: long sleeved silk blouses, light cashmere sweaters, a trench coat, a woolen knit scarf, and a new pair of chelsea boots – given my current pair are on their last legs.
I have a sneaky suspicion that my wardrobe is going to be bursting with colour by this time next year – there’s nothing more than a move to sunny shores to reinvigorate a girls lust for bright colours and unusual prints.
While I’ve managed to depart with most of the culled items of my wardrobe, you’ll find a select few pieces in the blog shop, including a few price drops!