Packing for a Beach holiday

Once again, I’m off on a short vacation, this time tot he beach north of Auckland for a week. Considering how much the weather seems to vary between Wellington and Auckland during the summer, I always find packing for trips up north a little daunting, and the predicted weather forecast of heat and rain will probably make for a rather humid trip. In these instances, I find it’s best to pack for all occasions, as getting caught out in a situation where it is much hotter, or colder than you anticipated is the worst, and can put a bit of a damper on the trip.

I’ve settled for my usual combination of blush, blue, white and grey tones, whilst choosing to opt for separates over easy to throw on dresses. As I’ll mostly be at the beach, I’ve chosen pieces that are loose-fitting (to throw on over my bikini), and comfortable to wear, and owing to the current void in my shoedrobe where a pair of flat sandals would sit, a couple pairs of black shoes and some colourful jandals.

I have to say I’m really looking forward to getting the opportunity to relax over the break, catch up on some reading, and hopefully, get some rays. Happy holidays!

Merry Christmas!

Equipment sleeveless blouse, Lover poppy skirt, Topshop loafers, Karen Walker sunglasses

I’m getting into the Christmas spirit with a red hued skirt, and you can trust that if there are reindeer antlers lying around somewhere they will probably adorn my head at some point during the course of the day. I’ll be heading off to my parents place soon for a long Christmas lunch, then off to Auckland in the late afternoon to spend the latter half of the day with Luke’s family. Merry Christmas to you all and I hope that Santa brought you just what you had on your wishlist!

Wishing for a Net-a-Porter Christmas

1. Carven print-paneled dress
2. Carven bow detailed leather and suede slingbacks
3. Isabel Marant Etoile flower embroidered gauze top
4. Miu Miu printed halter-neck bikini
5. Mulberry tiger-print calf hair ballet flats
6. Isabel Marant Etoile isir printed corduroy skirt
7. Kiki de Montparnasse le soleil soft cup bra
8. J Crew helena striped mini dress
9. Valentino crystal embellished leather skinny belt

Considering that the Net-a-Porter US sale has been going on for some time, it has taken a lot of restraint for me to avoid looking through while creating multiple wishlists. In the spirit of Christmas, of course, I couldn’t help but curate a “small” selection of things that have caught my eye. A new bikini, because, with summer here we all know that is absolutely necessary, and those tiger print ballet flats to befriend my kittys would be the most welcome additions. And if they don’t end up in my Christmas stocking.. well.. final reductions can’t be too far off 😉 Only two more sleeps to go til Christmas!

Still not sick of peplums

Glassons peplum top, Sretsis skirt, Chloe sandals (similar), Country Rd belt (similar), Karen Walker necklace

It wasn’t all that long ago that I would find myself quickly wanting to move on to the next “fashion” thing, rather than wearing the same trend for any extended period of time. Maybe I just hit a home run with these peplums, surprisingly versatile as they have become, worn almost as often as any of my silk blouses or striped knit tops. It seemed fitting to pair it with a whimsical skirt given the time of the year, and as summer ever seems to dictate, minimal accessories and make up. Happy Friday!

New Year’s Eve

Diane von Furstenburg “zarita” dress, Stella McCartney coat, Tabitha Simmons heels, Eddie Borgo bracelet, Shourouk earrings, Zoe & Morgan ring, Bottega Veneta clutch

Raoul peplum top, Diane von Furstenburg “pascale” skirt, Erdem lace top, Lucy Choi London heels, Joomi Lim necklace, YSL clutch, Susan Foster earrings

Issa dress, Charlotte Olympia “dolly” heels, Joomi Lim earrings, Venessa Arizaga bracelet, Diane von Furstenburg clutch, Eddie Borgo ring, Lara Melchior bracelet

The holidays are quickly approaching, which has me thinking a lot about what I will be wearing come New Years Eve. I’m not sure about you, but this year on New Year’s Eve, I’ll be enjoying a 10-course degustation with some of the people that I love the most. Lately, more than anything, I’ve been drawn to simple silhouettes, worn with over-the-top embellished jewels paired with some killer heels and gorgeous clutch. This particular aesthetic could not be more evident in the Belle de noir inspired theme I came across on Matches Fashion, which served heavily as inspiration while I browsed the site.

For me, it’s not necessarily always about finding the perfect party dress, as I quite often find myself drawn to separates, and in particular, ones that can be worn above and beyond their initial purpose. This is exactly what the DvF pascale skirt embodies for me, essentially a blank canvas that complements whatever it is paired with, be it a silk peplum top or a fitted lace top. The opportunities to play with varying midnight and black-hued fabrics of differing textures is sort of well, endless. Like pairing a lace dress with a boucle jacket or coat. Subtle yet elegant – will you be going for the “belle de noir” look this New Year’s Eve?