The Bower, Byron Bay

the bower byron bay
the bower byron bay
the bower byron bay
the bower byron bay
the bower byron bay
the bower byron bay
the bower byron bay
the bower byron bay
the bower byron bay
the bower byron bay

One stunning image can be all it takes to convince me of adding a new destination or hotel to my travel bucket list, but never has that been more true than with The Bower in Byron Bay. Curiosity always gets the better of me, and after learning of the suites from a dear friend who is headed to Byron to stay there in a couple of weeks (who I might add has impeccable taste), I found myself taking a quick peek at The Bower on google, and it definitely didn’t disappoint. The beachside accommodation combines an elegant simplicity with the perfect mix of contemporary and vintage decor, striking a careful balance between the two.

It’s the kind of aesthetic that I find myself more and more drawn to, an earthier, rustic feel which has a sense of calm about it – the kind of accomodation where you’d feel like you could really unwind – which can perhaps also attributed to the laid back nature of Byron Bay itself. I don’t think I’d find myself ever wanting to leave. Safe to say I’m taking notes for our next move, as I find myself craving that warmth which comes naturally from the eclectic mix of old and new.

all images via the bower byron bay

6 Things You Don’t Need in Your Wardrobe

minimal wardrobe declutter
minimal wardrobe declutter
minimal wardrobe declutter
minimal wardrobe declutter

You’ve probably seen the phrase ‘new year, new me’ at least 100 times by now, and as cliche as it might be, a new year to me always signifies a fresh start, and new possibilities on the horizon. It also typically tends to be a time of year when I find myself feeling inspired to clean up my closet, and reduce the clutter around our home. My attitude towards my belongings has been heavily influenced by Marie Kondo’s Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up; if I don’t have a use for something and it doesn’t give me joy, then it’s usually an indicator that it’s time for that item to go. While I’m not a minimalist by any means (I do try my best though!), I don’t relish the thought on hanging on to things that are no longer being loved, that are just taking up space both in a physical sense, and mentally – where possible, I’d rather see these possessions go on to find a new home to be cherished. So, on the back of a recent declutter I’ve done around our house (which you’ll find the results of here), I wanted to talk about six things you don’t need in your wardrobe, starting with…

#1 THINGS THAT DON’T FIT

I think we’ve probably all been guilty of buying something on sale that’s either too big, or a smidge too tight, with the intention of either having it taken in, or losing a couple of those holiday pounds. However, I usually find that those well-intended trips to the tailor happen about once in a blue moon, and buying something that’s too small with the intent on losing weight to fit is never a good motivator, as if you fall off the bandwagon, it can serve as a reminder of your failings, so it’s better to wait until after you’ve lost the weight to go shopping, even if it means having to pay a little bit more. Then there’s also the items that you’ve been hanging on to for years; they’re styles that you absolutely love but they just don’t fit the same anymore. Our bodies change over time – along with our style and preferences – so you might find that these old wardrobe favourites no longer fit the way they used to. It’s also a good time to have a rifle through your intimates drawer, and part with any underwear that is no longer looking its best.

#2 STATEMENT JEWELLERY

A strong piece of jewellery is often all you need to give your wardrobe a bit of a refresh, but if you’re anything like me, these obsessions with a new necklace or pair of earrings can be short-lived. Given how small and inconspicuous they are, it’s easy to hide away any pieces of jewellery that we aren’t wearing, and these can quickly stack up. I like to take the opportunity at the start of the year to review what I’ve been keeping in my jewellery box, and declutter the pieces that I’m no longer reaching for.

#3 UNCOMFORTABLE SHOES & CLOTHING

It’s pretty easy to fall into the trap of hanging on to things that just don’t fit right. It might be a skirt that rides up as you walk, a pair of shoes that pinch at the toes, or a blazer that pulls uncomfortably under the arms. At any rate, these items are uncomfortable to wear and I suspect, they don’t make you feel good when you wear them. I know it can be hard to part with these items when you’ve already spent some of your hard earned cash on them, but in economics terms, it’s a sunk cost, that is ultimately never going to make you happy. The start of the year is a good time to finally bite the bullet and let these things go – you can even look at selling them on eBay or via a consignment store, to make that bitter pill of finally giving these pieces up a little easier to swallow.

#4 WORN OUT WARDROBE STAPLES

The beauty of a wardrobe staple is that it’s something that you’ll reach for time and time again, regardless of what styles are currently ‘trending’. However, years of frequent wear on these hard working pieces can result in something that’s starting to look a little bit worn. We may be attached to these wardrobe workhorses, but if they’ve seen better days, it’s probably a good idea to start thinking about investing in a replacement, and parting with the item.

#5 OLD LOUNGEWEAR

Loungewear is one of those categories that can be pretty easy to stockpile without even realising it; old tees, worn out comfy staples or items that are just completely past their use by date naturally tend to become pieces that you choose to wear, but just around the house, which means that we can end up with too much loungewear, or at least more than we actually need. As with any other part of your wardrobe, your loungewear should make you feel good while you’re wearing it; anything that is looking particularly tatty is worth parting with, and if possible, to be used as rags around the home.

#6 CLOTHES YOU AREN’T WEARING

Finally, it’s time to declutter the clothes that you just aren’t wearing. Generally speaking, it’s pretty safe to say that if you’ve been hanging on to an item for a year and you still haven’t worn it, it’s probably never going to happen. These belongings are just adding clutter to your home and more specifically, taking up precious real estate in your wardrobe. Perhaps the most difficult item of all to part with is anything with the tags still attached; you’ve spent all that money on something absolutely gorgeous, but sometimes we make the odd fashion mistake, and invest in something that isn’t right for us, whether it’s due to personal style or our lifestyle. For anything that you’re feeling on the fence about, pack these into a suitcase or a storage box and hide them away somewhere for 3-6 months. If you haven’t thought about it at all during that time (and chances are, you probably won’t), then it’s probably time to move those pieces on.

things you don't need in your wardrobe

Navy ruffle shift dress

karen walker navy ruffle shift dress
karen walker navy ruffle shift dress
karen walker navy ruffle shift dress
karen walker navy ruffle shift dress
karen walker navy ruffle shift dress
karen walker navy ruffle shift dress
karen walker navy ruffle shift dress
karen walker navy ruffle shift dress
karen walker navy ruffle shift dress
karen walker navy ruffle shift dress
karen walker navy ruffle shift dress

Karen Walker navy ruffle shift dress, Everlane day heels, Mejuri loop earrings, Skagen watch, Celine trotteur bag (more affordable option here)

It’s no secret that I love a good ruffle; it’s my preferred detail of choice, just as polka dots seem to be the only print I ever manage to reach for. This particular navy ruffle shift dress from Karen Walker was a bit of an eBay find, and as simple as it is, it’s another one of those pieces that forms a major part of a ‘style recipe‘ or ‘uniform’: a stand out summer dress with a pair of classic black pumps, and minimal accessories. For me it’s all in the details… there’s not much to the cut of the dress, but the exaggerated ruffled that protrudes from the chest, and the more detailed ruffles that edge the pockets make an otherwise simple dress seem a lot more special. As with any uniform, it’s probably not surprising that this full outfit – details and all – is one of those looks that I find myself repeating over and over again, and this year truly is going to be the year I start embracing all of my favourite wardrobe staples again, this dress included.

And as the new year has continued, I’ve found myself reflecting on the underlying tenets of my personal style, and how recent additions over the last 12 months may or may not have taken those style ‘cues’ into consideration. While I’d like to go into this in a little more detail in my next post, judging by the number of things I’ve recently decided to part with, it’s probably safe to say that I found myself adding in new additions that were a little ‘off-kilter’. But, I’d like to think it’s all about the journey, as that’s how I happened to stumble across this navy ruffle shift dress, which I think we can all agree, is most definitely a winner.

Some new in beauty

new in luxury beauty chanel nars

I don’t often tend to shop duty free for much of anything, except to browse through Fendi and Gucci on our way out of Sydney, however I decided to take advantage during our recent trip home, and pick up a few bits from Chanel and NARS that I’d had my eye on, as well as pick up a back up of an old favourite. I’ve only been using these products for a couple of weeks now, but I wanted to share some of my first impressions.

The first thing I made a beeline for was the Chanel counter; I’ve heard a lot about their cream eyeshadows, and wanted to add something neutral and classic to my vanity which I could reach for on a daily basis. In the end, I settled on ‘undertone’, one of Chanel’s Ombre Premiere Cream Eyeshadows. This is a very true taupe-based brown, with slightly cool undertones, and a faint dash of glitter running through the product. This has basically become a go-to, as it’s such a simple and easy one wash wonder that I find adds depth to the contours of the eye. I’ve been applying this with a brush for even application, however you could also apply it directly with your finger; the formula is robust but creamy, and blends out seamlessly when applied.

The second thing I picked up from Chanel was the Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid Lip Colour in the shade ‘140 amoreux’. I’d heard a lot of hype about these liquid lipsticks from YouTube, and wanted to give it a go for myself – I’m a sucker for a lipstick as it is so that was really enough to tip me over the edge. I wouldn’t call this a traditional liquid lipstick, as the formula is a lot thinner than others that I’ve tried. It applies slightly sheer, so I found myself re-applying to ensure that I had an even finish, however once it was on the lips it felt incredibly comfortable, which is probably down to the jojoba oil, which works to smooth and nourish lips. I like that this doesn’t dry down completely matte, as I prefer my lips to look more three-dimensional (as they should!), but I think I’m still on the fence with this one. Worth noting that the colour is absolutely gorgeous too; a beautiful mid-pink with a slight peach undertone.

Finally, I also dropped by the NARS counter to purchase one of their iconic Eyeshadow Duo compacts, in the shade ‘Kalahari’. The colour combination features a burnished bronze shimmer, and a brown-toned burgundy, which together are a really beautiful pairing. These blend out like a dream. The burnished bronze is incredibly pigmented and washes across the eye in one swipe, yet I’ve found the burgundy requires a little more work to build up colour – something I tend to prefer when it comes to working with darker shades. Possibly also worth mentioning that the compact comes with a mirror, making this a great option for travel.

I also thought I would give a quick shout out to these gorgeous, minimally designed hoops from Mejuri. Not too big, not too small, these are ‘Goldilocks’-perfection in a hoop, and all I’ve been reaching for on a daily basis.

Trend alert: Mustard Yellow

trend alert outfit mustard yellow
trend alert outfit mustard yellow
trend alert outfit mustard yellow
trend alert outfit mustard yellow
trend alert outfit mustard yellow
trend alert outfit mustard yellow
trend alert outfit mustard yellow

Uniqlo mustard yellow sweatshirt, J Crew white denim skirt (similar option here), Sam Edelman loafers, Celine trotteur bag

Colour. It’s something we all know I like to try and avoid, but I’ve made it a style resolution in 2018 to try and embrace a wider palette on the spectrum, and mustard yellow. It’s a colour that has made the rounds on the Fashion Week circuit, and it’s tipped to be one of the big trends of the upcoming season, so it seemed like a good a place as any to start.

Given how short-lived my last attempt to add something mustard yellow to my wardrobe was, I can’t say I was expecting this to be a complete hit, though I’m pretty open to trying new things at least once or twice. So I packed this sweater away with me for our recent trip back to New Zealand, and perhaps what was most suprising to me was just how versatile it is. I love how it pairs with white, as it makes the colour really pop, but it also looks gorgeous with a muted heather grey, worn with denim of all sorts, or contrasting against a black skirt, and I imagine it would also pair well with blush pink if you really wanted to go all out.

Taking a little bit of inspiration from my Instgram feed, I paired the sweater with a white denim skirt and with some Gucci-inspired black leather loafers – the only thing really missing from this Scandi-themed look was a classic black leather belt at the waist. For someone who generally avoids colour, throwing the sweater on with a skirt that essentially provides a blank canvas was the way to go, and it quickly became one of the pieces in my suitcase that I reached for the most during our three-week vacation at home.

Is mustard yellow a colour you plan on adding to your wardrobe for the upcoming season? x