Packing for a weekend getaway

Vintage boots, Karen Walker and necklace from Taipei, Topshop jeans, Sandro dress, Glassons cardigan, Kate Sylvester top

It’s not often that I go away for brief periods of time, as I usually find myself daydreaming about travelling around more of Europe, or setting foot in Asian countries I haven’t yet been too and focus most of my energies on saving up for that. So somewhat ironically, it’s these shorter trips that I find myself struggling to pack for, as I follow my mantra of packing light.

Heading up to Auckland this evening for a couple of nights, with little notion of what activities have been planned, my approach is simple – focusing on one colour palette, with a couple of options and some statement jewellery. In addition to what appears above, I’ll probably throw another dress or a blouse in at the last minute, as well as my trusty black blazer. See you in a couple days!

PS. Waiting for me in my emails when I got home was a little note that I had won the Endless Giveaway over at Wardrobe Quarry. It seems the gods are trying to keep me shopping!

Breathing new life

Glassons peplum top, Lover ‘deetz’ skirt, Karen Walker blazer, J Crew belt, Diva necklace, Gorjana bracelet, Charlotte Olympia kitty flats, Proenza Schouler PS11 bag

Every now and then, when I have a little bit of spare time, I will occasionally find myself playing dress ups from my wardrobe. There is always something that I will inevitably abandon wearing for some time, in favor of others, so it helps to get the opportunity to look at it again with a fresh set of eyes. This Lover skirt is just one of the pieces that had fallen off my radar, and even though it is inherently a more wintery skirt compared to some of my others, it’s going to be the perfect transition piece when matched with punchy silk blouses, or in this instance, the popular peplum top.


3.1 by Phillip Lim blouse, Supre jeans (similar), Givenchy heels, Karen Walker bunny filigree bracelet

When it comes to getting dressed in the morning, all that has been on my mind lately is how it is X number of days until Spring, which is evidently reflected in the way that I have been dressing. Since getting home from Europe I have been yearning for warm days dripping with rays of sunshine, which I can only hope aren’t too far away. I’m preferring to remain oblivious to what the actual weather is outside, since I seem to be spending more time inside at the moment, which ironically is blindingly due to the weather that I’ve chosen to ignore.

Spring wardrobe planning

With Spring just around the corner, and my own personal aim to not limit my shopping but “shop smarter” not having the desired effect I had hoped for, I felt it was necessary to devise a list of items I’d like to keep an eye out for the Spring season to try and get myself back on track. I’ve realised lately, more than ever, that there are some things which just don’t work for me, but look great on others. Not only this, but even the things that do look good on, don’t necessarily deserve or need a place within my wardrobe.

Admittedly most of the things that I have bought this year have been second-hand or sale purchases generally made online, as I’ve developed an obsession with hunting down pieces that I missed out on. This doesn’t make them justified, but it’s interesting to note that little of my shopping has been made in an actual store, and would explain why I’ve had a large number of “misses” with what I actually have bought.

This has of course brought on another wardrobe cull, and the formation of the below list. It is by no means a strict list that I must adhere to, but rather a guideline to keep me on track. As with all lists, over time some things seem redundant, whereas there are others which you can’t believe that you missed off in the first place

1. A white sleeveless blouse, preferably in silk. I’ve been eying up an Equipment one for some time, although the pockets on the bust have been stopping me, well, that and the price.
2. Flat ankle boots, either in a saddle brown or black. This has been a constant feature on my wish list, regardless of the season, mostly for their practicality. Because I can be so particular about flat shoes, this search has so far been fruitless, so I’m hoping with the release of the A/W collections in the Northern Hemisphere, that I may finally be able to fill this gap.
3. A tailored blazer in a soft sorbet colour. Country Rd recently started stocking their collection for Spring, and it is filled with soft lemon, lime, coral and turquoise colours, and admittedly I’ve managed to find a cropped pale lemon blazer there that fits the bill, which surprisingly, will go with more of my wardrobe than I had anticipated.
4. All white everything. This is something that I’ve been really drawn to for the warmer months, and I’m hoping to update the white pieces that I do own, in particular, replacing my white boyfriend blazer with a more structured and tailored one in a classic style.
5. Navy and white stripe t-shirt. While there’s no denying that I have more striped tops than I probably need, aside from one singlet, they all have one thing in common – long sleeves. I’d like something a little lighter for when the sun comes out, most likely in a cotton, with either a crew-neck or scoop-neck.
6. Something in a fresh Spring floral. I realise that florals for Spring aren’t exactly groundbreaking and virtually go hand in hand, but I think that’s what is so appealing to me.
7. A large structured bag. While I don’t think I will ever tire of my large Marc by Marc Jacobs bag, and I use my PS11 on a virtually daily basis, I’ve been casually keeping my eye out for something that is better for travel, and that I can use when I want to carry around my DSLR (which unfortunately doesn’t fit in my PS11). I’m still holding out, but am pretty keen to pull the trigger on an Alexander Wang Emile tote, most likely in the black.
8. More statement necklaces. While I have a few of these already, one thing I’ve decided is that I don’t necessarily want to make the same statement every day, and variety is key.

Not the shortest of lists by any means, nor do I think that it is entirely out of the realms of possibility to check each and every item off. My biggest struggle will probably be sticking to it, and not getting distracted by all the other things in the shops.

Over and over

T by Alexander Wang jumper, Supre jeans, ASOS aviator jacket (similar), Witchery silver flats (similar), Proenza Schouler PS11 bag, Karen Walker sunglasses, Mimco necklace, Meadowlark rings

Having spent so long wanting to add a white pair of jeans to my small collection, I can’t help but want to wear them as much as possible, almost like making up for lost time with an old friend. While great in theory, it hasn’t been much of a reality, as I have managed to get some sort of stain on them everytime I wear them, and I can’t help but hope that I’m not the only one clumsy enough to do this.

In contrast to every other weekend we have had since coming home, I’m currently anticipating the cold front that I just know is going to come through later this afternoon. Considering that I’m going to a 90s theme birthday party tonight dressed as Britney Spears (a la Hit me baby one more time), you can see why I might be a little concerned.