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
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.
These photo’s were taken while I was in Canberra. Pretty sure that for the most part, I tried to maximise time standing in front of the fireplace, or wrapped up in my sister’s snuggie on the oft-times I was able to sneak it off her to ward off the cold. Quite possibly the most worn piece over the last (almost) thirty days has been this girl. by Band of Outsiders skirt, one of those impulse-yet-still-on-my-wishlist-and-now-you-are-on-sale purchases. This is kind of just one of those combinations that is so easy to throw on that you don’t even need to think about it, and has me wishing I had bought a second one for the sole purpose of dying it black.
After spending a weekend wearing a monochromatic colour palette of black and white, it seemed fitting to go for an unexpected burst of brightness. While I am all for keeping a a rather neutral colour scheme in my wardrobe, sometimes you need to branch out a little, and step out of your comfort zone. This scarlet coloured dress does exactly that, holding what I believe to be the boldest spot in my wardrobe, alongside my pants of the same colour.
My long weekend in Canberra was both a lot of fun, yet extremely tiring. It was great getting to see my family who live in Australia, and be there for my little sister’s 21st birthday party. I don’t get to see her too often so much of the weekend was spent at the shops, drinking delicious wines in tandem with sour apple shots, gorging on too many chocolates and custard filled profiteroles, and watching Justin Bieber ‘Never say never’ (yes, yes I did). I’m hoping that next time it won’t be so long between trips!
Paris photo diary. Paris is one of those cities which just feels magical. I’m not sure if it is the tall shuttered buildings and grand parks, or the cliched romanticism that it just seems to exude, but it is one of those places that I would be happy to go back to over and over again. I’d say that considering the various obstacles that we came across, most notably, the guy whose apartment we were renting not showing up, we managed to squeeze in everything that I had planned over the two days in Paris.
Considering that it’s the middle of summer, the weather didn’t fare so well, with intermittent rain showers and slightly lower temperatures having me wishing I’d brought my jacket with me. Among some of the things that we did, was climb to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower and get the lift to the very top, stop by the Tuileries, see the Venus de Milo and Mona Lisa at the Louvre among other things, wander underground to the Arc de Triomphe, shop along the Champs Elysees (with a quick stop at Laduree), as well as drink a number of espressos along the way. Somehow I managed to buy three breton stripe tops in the space of a couple hours, as well as a couple of special things from Celine. Surely it’s without any surprise that I’m already thinking about going back.