Two of my favourite pairs of shoes

charlotte olympia kitty flats acne studios jensen boots

Charlotte Olympia kitty flats (also here) & Acne Studios jensen boots (affordable option here)

Today I wanted to touch on two of my favourite pairs of shoes; the Charlotte Olympia kitty flat and the jensen boot from Acne Studios. I’m a firm believer in investing in your wardrobe (for the most part, more on this in another post!) – especially when it comes to shoes. There aren’t many shoes out there which I’ve quite literally worn into the ground, but these two take the cake.

I bought my first pair of kitty flats from Charlotte Olympia five years ago now; I’d been waiting for them to come back in stock (Alexa Chung has a way of making things sell out…) and pounced the minute I got the email. Given we were travelling to London later that year, I opted to have them delivered to the store, just to avoid paying the taxes and duties – these were a lot pricier back then, sitting around the $800 mark. I don’t think I’ve ever been quite so excited to pick up a pair of shoes, and judging by the amount that I wore them, that excitement was warranted. After four and a bit years, I came to the conclusion that they’d done their dash, and started plotting to buy a replacement. Luke beat me to the punch, gifting me the pair you see above for Christmas. While these haven’t gotten as much wear time as the original pair, I’m still not even close to being ‘over’ this shoe.

The jensen boots on the other hand, weren’t exactly love at first sight. In all honesty, I couldn’t really quite figure out what all the hype was about. But, after spotting the grain leather pair on Instagram, I figured that these would make a great addition to my wardrobe, which at the time, was wholly focused on the capsule wardrobe. I managed to snag mine for almost half the price on eBay, and these have turned out to be one of the best purchases that I’ve made in the last couple of years. They’ve been long wearing, the grain leather doesn’t really show a scuff (which I’m prone to getting), and every time I take them to the cobbler for a spruce up or a new heel/sole, they come out looking basically brand new. When it comes to these boots though, if spending upwards of $500 on a pair of shoes doesn’t quite sit right for you (it is a bit of a blow to the bank account!), then I would highly highly recommend checking out these Marc Fisher dupes; at a fraction of the price, you can get the look, and based on my experience, I’ve found the quality to be exceptional.

What are your favourite pairs of shoes? x

The gold pleated skirt

how to style the gold pleated skirt
how to style the gold pleated skirt
how to style the gold pleated skirt
how to style the gold pleated skirt
how to style the gold pleated skirt
how to style the gold pleated skirt

Kate Sylvester skivvy (similar here and I also love this option), Zara pleated skirt (old but similar here), Charlotte Olympia kitty flats, Proenza Schouler PS11 satchel, ASOS sunglasses, Marc Bale watch

I’ve seen enough runway photos from MBFWA to know that I’m onto a winner with this liquid gold pleated skirt I managed to jab on sale from Zara (I also love this option). While it’s still been relatively mild, I’ve been taking every opportunity I can get to go bare-legged, and this was no exception.

It’s been a while since I last wore a pleated skirt; in part, I think it has to do with a little wardrobe re-jig that is on the cards, as I look to redefine my personal style, and match up what I want to be wearing, with what I’m actually wearing. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to a bit of a wardrobe declutter, as my closet seems to truly have gotten out of hand… so much for a one-in, one-out policy!

But back to the outfit; I’m still reaching for this old roll neck sweater from Kate Sylvester (similar more affordable option here), which is bound to be one of my most worn items every autumn and winter season. Effortlessly chic, it works as a layering piece or as a top in its own right (like I’m wearing it today).

Finally, my Charlotte Olympia kitty flats are back! I first purchased these a good five years ago when traveling to London, and wore them to the point of no return – they were so scuffed up and mucked up, that I was in desperate need of a replacement. Luke very generously got me the pair I’m wearing as a Christmas present, and I’ve been waiting for the weather to cool down (but not rain!), so that I can start wearing them again. As quirky as they are, these are one of my biggest wardrobe essentials – maybe I’m just biased but I think they go with everything! x

The casual uniform

minimal flatly leather skirt white tee

Brandy Melville t-shirt (old but similar style here), Willow leather skirt (similar here), J.Crew bandana, Charlotte Olympia kitty flats, Giorgio Armani ‘Si’ perfume

My current go-to casual uniform of late has been this easy tee from Brandy Melville, a black leather skirt, and some black flats, with a bandana tied around my neck for good measure.

PS. Have you had a chance to check out the storewide sale on Shopbop yet? You can get up to 25% off using the code ‘GOBIG17’; you can thank me later! x

Summer whites

white outfit summer mademoiselle
white outfit summer mademoiselle
white outfit summer mademoiselle
white outfit summer mademoiselle
white outfit summer mademoiselle

Maven West top, Lover the Label denim skirt (similar), Nicholas Kirkwood sandals (also love this version), Charlotte Olympia feline purse (this velvet version is stunning!), ASOS sunglasses

This summer, if it’s white, cream, nude or blush, I’ve been all over it, and I think years of wearing black opaque tights and my cosiest winter coats in the ‘height’ of summer have pretty much seen to that… never mind the fact that I’m likely to spill something on myself within 15 minutes of getting dressed (creamy oats with raspberries first thing tend to get a little messy…).

For the weekend, it’s usually a nice airy tank, like the one I’m wearing above from Maven West, paired with some sort of white denim – shorts, skirts or jeans, I don’t discriminate – and my current bag of the day. It’s that easy kind of dressing, a uniform of sorts, that I have a feeling will be seeing me through these warmer months. Plus it helps that if I’m heading out for dinner with Luke, or some drinks with my girlfriends, all I need to do is add a strappy black heel and a bold red lip, and I’m practically ready to go.

Cashmere; the wardrobe essential

grana cashmere review
grana cashmere review
grana cashmere review

outfit one; Grana cashmere v-neck sweater, J Brand white skinny jeans, Charlotte Olympia virgo flats, Proenza Schouler PS11 satchel, Mejuri necklace
outfit two; Grana cashmere sweater, Grana button up denim skirt

If there’s one thing that I’m all about, it’s cashmere. It forms a major backbone of my year round wardrobe, and is one of the key pieces that I feel is 100% worth investing in; it’s a little slice of luxury, and if you grab a simple oversized v-neck sweater, or a neutral-hued crew jersey, you really can’t go wrong.

We might be coming into summer here, but two of my latest cashmere additions – and admittedly two of my new favourites – have to be these two beauties from Grana. Perfectly oversized, and made from supersoft cashmere, these have been my new best friend when it comes to those balmy summer evenings that invite a cool breeze, not to mention that they’ve been the ideal companion for when the office air con gets a tad too icy.

I’m all about the simple styling – classic is best – so I’ll usually pair my cashmere with some denim, or a luxe-looking lace pencil skirt when I’m in the office. For those of you in the northern hemisphere, I’ve shared three of my favourite ways to wear a cashmere sweater over on my YouTube channel – click here to check them out.

PS. Don’t forget that you can get 10% off your order at Grana using the code JAMIExGRANA; personally, I’ve been eying up just about everything available in the new vibrant ‘Rio Red’ hue – talk about festive!