End of Summer break

Equipment blouse, Karen Walker skirt (similar) & sunglasses, Pointer x KW loafers, Proenza Schouler PS11 bag, Marc by Marc Jacobs katie bracelet

Summer holidays always seem to fly by so quickly, especially when you’ve been spoilt by beautiful weather. It feels like such a shame to be back at work today when the view from my office is sunny blue skies, making the temptation to head to the beach and soak up some sun during my lunch hour look pretty appealing.

I can’t help but be drawn to florals and punchy coloured skirts in the summertime, so have been wearing them at every opportunity paired simply with a white t-shirt or a sleeveless blouse. I’ve also been relishing a brief return to carrying around a smaller bag, namely my PS11, with only the essentials thrown in (wallet, keys, lip balm, sunglasses, iPhone and iPad), rather than lugging about a large handbag containing the contents of my entire life.

I ended up spending the last day of my “summer break” catching up with a friend, eating delicious salads, and doing a small cull of my wardrobe, as I identified pieces I felt were obsolete or seldom worn. It’s like starting the year on a clean slate, with a wardrobe full of your favourite things, which in my case, is looking like a slowly-growing garden of luscious Lover lace – which, can only be a good thing, right?


  1. steph January 7, 2013 / 5:30 am

    hey jamie-lee, hope you’ve had a brilliant break 😉 a garden of lover lace sounds fabulous!

    love this floral print so much, it’s definitely one of the nicest print/colour ones i’ve ever seen.. almost like watercolour if that makes sense! gorgeous outfit to start the year!

  2. joan January 7, 2013 / 11:24 am

    what a great skirt!
    it is so weird that we here,are freezing up and you are having end of summer!!
    cool,really cool!!

  3. Agnieszka January 7, 2013 / 6:45 am

    Beautiful, girly outfit! I would love to wear something like this, like every detail 🙂

  4. rachel January 7, 2013 / 7:07 am

    is there anything better than a white sleeveless shirt in summer? I don’t believe so. love this outfit soooo much, the print on that skirt is just divine and of course I’m seriously coveting your ps11… x

  5. indi January 7, 2013 / 9:57 am

    You are very glam for the office!

    I love that skirt

    Also on the culling and aim to use more of my existing wardrobe then buy anything new.

  6. catssaymeow January 7, 2013 / 9:57 am

    I adore that skirt! You have such great skirts *sigh*. I have been on the hunt for work appropriate skirts lately. Cannot find.

    • jamie-lee January 9, 2013 / 5:14 am

      I’m not sure if you have, but Karen Walker had a number of knee length skirts for this season (now on sale), in fun bold prints that may suit for work? Otherwise I find that 3.1 by Phillip Lim always does a well cut skirt that is knee length, might be worth a look 🙂

  7. Kristin January 7, 2013 / 10:41 am

    Lovely summery outfit, skirt and blouse both very pretty… But get thee some new sandals!

  8. Renee January 7, 2013 / 10:06 pm

    How lucky have we been with this weather! And I totally understand the need for numerous lover pieces, I was just in Sydney and it was amazing to be able to see a whole collection up close instead of just the few pieces we get in Wellington.

    • jamie-lee January 9, 2013 / 5:15 am

      Ah envy! I haven’t been to Sydney in years, and I really want to go just to be able to pick up some Lover from the store. I know you can order online/over the phone but it’s never the same!

  9. Closet Fashionista January 7, 2013 / 11:15 am

    I do love that skirt!! Such a pretty Summer look! 🙂 And yes, one of my favorite things about vacation is that I can just take my wallet, chapstick and phone with me everywhere (and maybe a few other things, haha)

  10. Maria January 7, 2013 / 12:56 pm

    I am so jealous of your sunshine! Love the sleeveless shirt,very chic!

    Maria xxx

  11. Loulou January 7, 2013 / 2:30 pm

    Oh I love your skirt! The whole outfit looks terrific on you. So neat to see you enjoying summertime, as we are freezing in slushy snow and ice.

  12. indie by heart January 8, 2013 / 4:54 pm

    Beautiful skirt! You look so lovely, happy and like it’s been the best break ever ^^ Here I am surrounded by snow, heh.

    Indie by heart

  13. Jess January 8, 2013 / 9:50 am

    Argh, I had the KW top that came in the same fabric as your skirt, but I sold it on eBay during a very serious wardrobe cull and now I totally regret it, haha. I’ve been scouring eBay for another one since, but hardly anything from the North collection seems to turns up. Your skirt looks amazing!

    • jamie-lee January 9, 2013 / 5:16 am

      I hate when that happens! I hope that one pops up sooner or later – I know this was a pretty popular print

  14. Marlene @ chocolatecookiesandcandies January 8, 2013 / 11:31 am

    Love your pretty ensemble, Jamie-Lee. I’m dying to break out in skirt, top and sandals. No more Michelin man layers. My family’s been raving about the incredible weather and their many trips to various beaches in Auckland. Let’s just say that I’m beyond envious.

  15. miss posy January 8, 2013 / 12:24 pm

    Gorgeous outfit – love the pretty skirt (am currently obsessed with floral skirts). I need to do a wardrobe cull of my own – you’re right, it is like starting the year with a clean slate!

  16. Barbara January 8, 2013 / 9:49 pm

    I just love your skirt!

  17. Mary January 13, 2013 / 2:43 am

    Oh it sounds like you had a great ‘last day’! I love your outfit as usual – the pairing of that crisp white blouse and skirt is such a pretty combination. Ah, I think I’ll have to add some KW pieces to my wardrobe soon! You wear them so well x

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