Celine Cabas

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Celine black leather cabas tote (similar here and here)

A simple leather tote bag has been on my wish list for some time now, but it’s been one of those things that has been pushed back on the sidelines time and time again as I continuously come across other pieces that I have been keeping my eye out for. While I favour one bag at a time, I generally end up filling a fabric bag with a number of items to take to work that don’t fit in my PS11 – which I must say is surprisingly roomy, but nonetheless, does not fit such pleasantries as my lunch, notebooks and miscellaneous items that I have sold on eBay or Trade Me to a new home. Considering that, I question why it’s taken me so long to take the plunge and buy one. I had the fortune of coming across a second hand Celine Cabas bag in black, which I shall admit I most certainly jumped at the opportunity to buy it. It epitomizes the ideal of what I was searching for, in terms of design, simplicity and functionality. I foresee this bag becoming a rather regular fixture on my arm.

I must also note that I was honoured to be interviewed over on A Jaded Life. Click the link to check it out 🙂


Helmut Lang blazer; Equipment blouse; Lover skirt; Givenchy heels

Considering the number of times that I have worn this Helmut Lang blazer in the last two weeks, you would possibly think that I don’t own any other blazers. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. It’s ironic, that a piece I had felt mildly guilty about purchasing while in LA – my first American purchase that wasn’t food might I add – has as I anticipated, become a real workhorse in my wardrobe. While I can’t say for certain that all pieces that fall on the slightly more expensive end of the purchasing scale are going to fall in the category, I find that timeless pieces like a black blazer or a white silk shirt will generally be regularly worn, unless these particular items don’t fall within the confines of your lifestyle or personal taste.
And the shoes. I can’t forget the shoes! I purchased these from Net-a-Porter over the Christmas break and for some reason hadn’t yet pulled them out until today – although I think that they will be making a regular appearance on my feet from now on. I was drawn to the classic shape of Linkthe shoe, but the fun and interesting detail that the gold sequins add, and I was lucky to nab them in the sale. When it’s the last pair, and they’re in your size.. in the true words of a shopaholic, it’s almost as though it’s fate right?

A minimalist approach?

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The trend of paring down, and culling one’s wardrobes seems to be sweeping the internet. It’s as though excessiveness has reached a ceiling point, and resulted in the resolve to pursue style in the opposite direction, in a more minimal fashion. Dead Fleurette and her well thought out and eloquently formed posts possibly had something to do with this, or at least they had an influence on me.

While I am conscious of an innate desire and willingness to shop smarter – which as I note, may not necessarily mean less – there is a voice within me, trying to compel me to shop, which is something that I no longer wish to subscribe to.

I’ve spent the past week reading, blogs, and books, about forging a more minimalist attitude in regards to shopping, which have changed my views, more so than any past reading had done at least. This now extends far beyond my wardrobe, although these other excessive items appear to be more difficult to let go of, such as: letters from old friends, memento’s of trips abroad, recipes I would like to try and little trinkets I have collected over the years. It’s interesting that my wish to have a more pared down wardrobe is having a trickle-down effect to the rest of my belongings, but I already feel better for the few things that I have since disposed of. I imagine this will be yet another thing I will slowly chip away at.I guess, like with wardrobes, have too many things can become a cause of stress or anxiety, and in reality a lot of it is unused or long forgotten.

While I’m not trying to espouse a minimal lifestyle, there are particular elements of it that I find intriguing, and would be interesting in adopting similar principles in my own day-to-day life. I like the concept of being able to quickly pack up your belongings and flit away to some interesting or unknown part of the world at the drop of the hat – not that this is ever likely to happen to me.

In this regard, I’ve been continuously whittling down my wardrobe, which I would think at this point should be close to nil, and have managed to come in at under 100 items, a number that while large to some, I feel suits me and my circumstances rather well. My shoes, number less than 24, although this high a number still concerns me. The problem here lies in the fact that I feel as though this part of my wardrobe is complete, and thus requires no further culling. Perhaps with a bit of resolve I may be able to cut out a further 2-3 pairs, but as my mother pointed out to me, if I love all these shoes, then there really is no need for me to attempt to cut it down any further. I have a feeling that perhaps, as that old saying goes, “mother knows best”.

For everyday

T by Alexander Wang shirt; Helmut Lang blazer; ASOS envelope clutch; Marc by Marc Jacobs turnlock bracelet; T by Alexander Wang skirt; Alexander Wang heeled boots; Marc by Marc Jacobs katie bracelet

The above image sums up the sort of thing that I like to wear on a regular basis. Simple and clean, with minimal or no fuss jewellery. I’ve been trying to use clutches where possible, just to justify owning the few that I have, as I tend to play favourites with my purses (although considering some of my previous purchases, I would say this is a good thing) – that and I am too lazy to switch all the items floating around in my handbag to another one. I also tend to forget how much more pulled together a blazer can make an outfit look, as I love the comfort and slouchiness of a cardigan

The irony of these sorts of outfits is that it is very reminiscent of what I wore every day during my college years for my school uniform, bar the tartan and awful teal colour. Over those five years it probably became ingrained in me that this is the sort of thing that I should wear, even though I loathed having to wear that uniform and relished having a “mufti day” each term. Thankfully the same can’t be said about the polo shirt and culotte style shorts I wore during my intermediate years…

Fine things

Karen Walker dress and rings; Acne cardigan; Chloe heels; Topshop necklace worn as a bracelet

I’m having a bit of a moment with fine jewellery, a complete turn-around from the more clunkier pieces I have worn in the past. My favourites are these “fine things” rings I’ve started to accumulate. I love the concept of stacking a number of them on each finger, and they’re so delicate that I hardly notice I’m wearing them.

Wearing my Chloe heels for what feels like the first time in eons, has resulted in a discovery that perhaps my feet are no longer acclimatised to wearing such high heels in the way they once were. I guess this comes as no surprise; the other day I wandered into a shoe store, as I had spotted a pair of heels that bared a striking resemblance to these Charlotte Olympia pumps I had had my eye on. After trying them on I came to the conclusion that they were a) too high, and b) I could barely walk in them.

PS. had to throw in another one of Max – most of my early evening is filled with him either attacking my hands, or trying to shower my face with jumping cuddles.