How to wear pink culottes

off the shoulder pink culottes outfit minimal
off the shoulder pink culottes outfit minimal
off the shoulder pink culottes outfit minimal
off the shoulder pink culottes outfit minimal
off the shoulder pink culottes outfit minimal

Brandy Melville off-the-shoulder top (similar here or I also love this one), ASOS culottes (I also LOVE these), Wilson Trollope X Pedro’s Bluff soiree pochette, Astrid & Miyu gemini, aries & caught in the middle rings, Sophia Webster heels (in black or this pair is really cute)

One of the newest – and most colourful – additions to my wardrobe have been these muted petal pink culottes in a soft washed linen. After becoming absolutely smitten with the same style in the black, I figured it was time to mix things up a notch with an injection of what has become one of my favourite hues over the past year – pink. Ticking off two boxes in my efforts to mix up my wardrobe (a new silhouette and a burst of colour), I thought I’d share how I’m planning to wear these as we head towards autumn.

C O L O U R
As these culottes are a statement on their own, I’ll be keeping the colours in the rest of my outfit pretty minimal, in complementing blush, white, cream or soft grey tones. While I’m not *quite* there yet, I feel like these would also look gorgeous with an oversized poppy red knit sweater lazily tucked in at the front.

S I L H O U E T T E
I adore how these culottes cinch in, which is reinforced with a belted tie at the waist. The a-line shape of the culottes mean that I can mix things up with a fitted roll neck sweater (I love this one) or ribbed off the shoulder top, as well as with an oversized cashmere crew neck loosely tucked in for those colder days.

T E X T U R E S
Unlike my black pair, these are a really lightweight linen – perfect for the warmer months. Given the weather has started to cool down (but obviously not too much), I’ll be making a nod to the change in season with rich textures like cashmere, washed silks, waffle knits and sweaters in a mohair/boucle mix which I think will give my outfits a bit of contrast.

If you’re thinking of picking up a pair of pink culottes, you really can’t beat the ones from ASOS that I’m wearing above (they also come in petite), but if you’re after a different style, you’ll find a few options in the carousel below! x

The Everlane Day Heel

everyone day heel review minimal outfit
everyone day heel review minimal outfit
everyone day heel review minimal outfit
everyone day heel review minimal outfit
everyone day heel review minimal outfit
everyone day heel review minimal outfit
everyone day heel review minimal outfit

Grana silk cami, ASOS mom jeans, Everlane day heels*, Wilson Trollope x Pedro’s Bluff Soiree Pochette, Mejuri choker

It’s been a while since I have been this excited about a new pair of shoes. Having been on the lookout for a classic pair of every day mid-heels which could do double duty for work and for play, Everlane’s Day Heel fit the bill perfectly. Solid chunky heel? Check. Soft, smooth leather? Check. Minimal design? Check.

I’ve only had them for the past week, but I’ve really been putting them to the test; a full day in the office, running casual errands on the weekend, Friday night drinks with friends – when I like something, I really go for it.

I decided to keep things pretty safe – the black pair seemed like a good bet given we are heading into winter, and I thought that they would be the best choice if I wanted to layer up and wear them with some tights, but the tomato red is s-t-u-n-n-i-n-g, as is the milky beige suede option. I know that these are now on backorder (according to Stylecaster there’s a 15,000 person wait list), I thought I’d share my two cents, now that I’ve had a chance to properly break them in.

QUALITY & COMFORT
Over the years, I’ve amassed my fair share of Everlane shoes; their modern yet minimal take on the classics always draws me in, and I’ve never been disappointed with the structural quality or wear and tear for any of the pairs I own. But the one thing I wasn’t quite prepared for was just how beautifully made the day heel actually is. The leather is like butter, incredibly soft with a lot of give – it’s not often I can wear a pair of shoes right out of the box and end the day without a single blister. I’ve found that the elasticated back doesn’t really dig in (after 9 hours of solid wear, these were still comfortable), and the 2 inch heel height is perfect for dashing about in; not too high and not too low. I also loved the added cushioning across the sole – an unexpected touch that makes these even more of a dream to wear.

SIZING
I’ve typically found that most of Everlane’s shoes run on the narrow side, so I’ll often size up a half size to accommodate my wide feet. With this launch, they’ve completely nailed it – they fit true to size and the buttery soft leather just molds to the shape of your foot. For reference, I’m an EU40 and opted for the US9 – I thought that they might be a touch too small when I tried them on but the leather gives pretty quickly and after a week of constant wear, I can safely say I made the right choice. If you’re worried about the elasticated back digging in, then you could possibly go up a size but I had a full thumb width of space at the top of the toe box.

If you haven’t guessed, this is a total win for me – one of my favourite wardrobe additions for the year so far. I’ve been so pleased with the black pair that I’ve already placed an order for a second; while the classic black is the perfect accompaniment for day-to-day, the rose blush leather looks like the perfect nude hue, and when you’re on to a good thing, why stop at just one?

PS. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, my curated edit is now live on the Everlane site, which you can take a peek at HERE! x

Taking your denim from day to night

taking denim from day to night glue store
taking denim from day to night glue store
taking denim from day to night glue store
taking denim from day to night glue store

day; Stussy logo tee, ASOS mom jeans, Paul Hewitt watch
night; Hansen & Gretel pleated cami, Grana high waisted skinny jeans, MAC Lipstick in Lady Danger

2017 so far, has been the year of the jean for me; a mere three months in and it’s single-handedly become one of those wardrobe staples that I can’t help but get excited about – this coming from the girl who little over six months ago, had just a pair or two to choose from on those cold and lazy winter weekends. As I’ve started to ‘relax’ my wardrobe, I’ve found myself reaching for my (growing) stack of denim for more than just a casual brunch at Bread & Circus; it’s extended to the office for casual Friday’s, and has become my go-to if we’re planning to head out for dinner.

Part of what has really had me gravitating towards denim is just how versatile it is – by just swapping one pair out for another, whether it be a change in the style or the wash of the denim.

For day, I keep things really simple with a cotton tee (I love this Stussy one I recently picked up from Glue Store) and some mid-wash denim with a frayed hem, with minimal make up to match. It’s started to become a real uniform for me, which I’ll pair with some heels if I’m trying to dress up my look a little. This is a look that definitely takes me back to my high school days, and I’ve been loving just how easy it is, especially as we start to shift into autumn.

For night, depending on the season I love to throw on either a pair of white skinny jeans, or a pair in an indigo denim wash with a high rise waist, and pair it with a strappy little cami, like this one from Hansen & Gretel, which I love for the pleating throughout the body, and the tie straps on the shoulder. I’ll amp up my make up game with either a smokey eye, or a bold red lip – my accessory of choice – and a pair of strappy sandals or an embellished court shoe.

How to perfect your autumn wardrobe

minimal outfit jeans and tee
minimal outfit jeans and tee
minimal outfit jeans and tee
minimal outfit jeans and tee
minimal outfit jeans and tee
minimal outfit jeans and tee
minimal outfit jeans and tee
minimal outfit jeans and tee

Brandy Melville linen tee (similar here), ASOS mom jeans, ASOS sunglasses, Zara pumps (similar here), Proenza Schouler PS11 satchel, Paul Hewitt watch

Back when I lived in Wellington, every winter was a struggle – I never had anything to wear, and about 90% of my wardrobe was geared towards warmer weather. Fast forward a few years, and I’ve finally nailed down the keys to perfecting my autumn and winter wardrobes, with these three simple steps.

START WITH THE STAPLES
Any good wardrobe is founded on the classics – be it a crisp white shirt, a well fitting blazer, or your favorite pair of skinny jeans. I’ve finally finished rounding out my autumn wardrobe with some lightweight knits (this mock neck sweater from Everlane is my most recent addition), that will be forming the basis of a lot of my outfits, now that the weather has started to cool down.

EMBRACE NEW SILHOUETTES
The last couple seasons have been all about volume; exaggerated bell sleeves and wide leg kick flares quickly come to mind. This season, I’ll be embracing a more simple – but equally new to me – silhouette: the mom jean with a slim fitting tee tucked in, and some pointed toe block heels to make the look a little more polished. I always find shopping for denim to be a serious struggle, but I’ve completely fallen for the farleigh mom jean from ASOS and haven’t looked back since.

INVEST IN YOUR ACCESSORIES
If you like to keep your outfits looking pretty simple like I do, then it can often be the finishing touches that really make or break the overall look. I like to spend a little bit extra on my accessories, whether that’s a lambswool scarf from Acne Studios (for the record mine is three years old and still going strong), a sturdy pair of leather boots, or getting a little luxe with my handbag – it’s those little details which can make a huge difference.

What to wear for Christmas

what to wear for christmas asos jumpsuit
what to wear for christmas asos jumpsuit
what to wear for christmas asos jumpsuit

ASOS jumpsuit (also love the silver version!), Black leather clutch, Givenchy sequin heels (similar or these are really special), Mejuri necklace

While I think you all know what I’m planning to be wearing come Christmas day, this year I figure that it’s worth bucking tradition in favour of a chic and sleek jumpsuit to celebrate the festive season. This one from ASOS certainly packs a punch – from the structural bow at the waist, to the slightly bell flared trousers – and I love the fact that a simple fitted black skivvy worn underneath is all it needs to make it winter appropriate.

It’s not the most likely of choices, particularly for me, as I’m all over anything with a simple silhouette (and usually in black, white or grey!). But, I’ve had a little bit of fun picking out some of my favourite jumpsuits which I think are perfect for the festive season – I’ve love to know which one is your favourite! x