Tuesday, July 22, 2014

THESE JEANS WILL SOLVE YOUR WARDROBE DILEMMAS.

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You know that frustrating moment when your outfit won't work because your top needs to be slightly longer to cover ill-fitting jeans, or you're trying to tuck the extra length of your jeans in to skinny ankle boots to no avail? 

I did away with those annoying problems a little while ago, and the solution was very simple. 

Rather than owning multiple pairs of jeans, and liking and disliking certain things about each pair, I reworked my wardrobe to only include four or five pairs of the ultimate, staple denim jeans – and by that I mean, ones that fit so well you basically want to wear them with nothing else... but unfortunately it's pretty damn cold in Sydney and nipples aren't socially acceptable... Instagram doesn't even like them.

These four pairs will have you covered from day to night. All day, every day. 

THE TRUE BLUE:

Classic, timeless and versatile. These are jeans to live in. Wear them with a white boyfriend shirt to channel Parisian chic, or try double denim if you're game. You can mix and match denims, or go head-to-toe in one wash. Here's one I prepared earlier:
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Wearing vintage denim shirt and Nobody jeans


These are your day-to-night friends. Dark denim looks slightly more "polished", but this wash basically goes with anything. For daytime, I love them paired with a simple T-shirt and Birkenstocks. 

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Wearing Cotton On T-shirt, Nobody jeans and Birkenstocks.


A woman's best friend. All hail the black high-rise skinnies, a.k.a. the most flattering jeans ever. I love wearing them with chunky knits or a crisp white shirt and a boyfriend blazer. The contrast of suiting and denim means you can dress up without looking (or feeling) like you're trying. 

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Wearing Mango blazer, Oskar shirt, Nobody jeans and Pour La Victoire mules.


The hero jeans for after five or dressier occasions. I tend to live in these in winter because they're the next best thing to leather pants (which are often unflattering and really uncomfortable). 

These four pairs are super stretchy, so they mould to your body like a second skin, meaning you can sit however you want and feel right at home. Like me, lounging all around this awesome car which I borrowed from my photographer's assistant for these photos. 

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Wearing Bassike knit (similar here), Nobody jeans and Nike trainers (similar here).


Stylist: me. 


Nobody's skinny jeans are the best fit I've found to date, and by far the most comfortable. 

How do you wear your skinnies? 


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Sunday, July 20, 2014

4 THINGS TO PACK FOR A SUMMER VACATION (THE HOLIDAY SERIES PART II).


I'm not that great at packing lightly, but these four pieces have had me covered for days spent at the beach in Thailand. 

THE WHITE BOYFRIEND SHIRT:


We all know how I feel about white shirts, but they come in especially handy on holiday. 

For a super relaxed holiday vibe, the bigger the better. This one I'm wearing is a large. 

THE BLACK BIKINI:


I'd never really considered high-waisted bikinis before because I'm not exactly sure my boyfriend would be into them, but these Lisa Marie Fernandez ones have fully converted me. 

Worried about the tan lines? Zip them down and fold them over. 


THE SUNGLASSES:


I've always been into sunglasses for sartorial purposes, but turns out I actually have a freckle on my eye, so it just goes to show it's extremely important to protect your peepers from the sun's harsh rays!


THE HAT:



As you've probably gathered from my Instagram, I'm all about the straw hats right now. A big black band is a must. 

What do you always pack in your suitcase? xx


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Friday, July 18, 2014

BIKINI-READY SKIN IN THREE STEPS (THE HOLIDAY SERIES PART I).


Here's how to glow before you go. 

When you've planned a getaway to an exotic location, preparation isn't just about packing your suitcase. 

Something everybody (including me sometimes) forgets is that you need to pay special attention to your skin to have it primed and prepped for a bikini – especially if you're escaping winter at home.

When it comes to skincare, I like to stick to one brand or "system" at a time so I'm not confusing my skin. At the moment I'm all about Grown Alchemist's beautiful botanical body range. 

1. BUFF & POLISH. 

Exfoliating is essential if you want an even skin tone all over. 

Apply it all over your body and use a circular motion to buff away dead skin cells. This one by Grown Alchemist has aragonite and conchiolin proteins from pearl which makes my skin look instantly fresh and rejuvenated. Oh, and they have 25% off their whole range online right now here


2. TREAT & NOURISH. 

You probably use a serum on your face, but have you ever tried using a body serum? 

This is like a huge drink of water for your skin. 



Apply it all over, massaging it into the skin as you go. 


Pay special attention to dryer areas like the elbows, ankles and knees. These are the biggest tell-tale areas of dry, undernourished skin. 


3. MOISTURISE. 

A rich body moisturiser leaves the skin looking and feeling super soft and supple. 



Apply a generous amount where needed. More is more. 


I find my legs are the driest so I focus on them. Vacations and bikinis call for hydrated, shiny pins. 


DONE! Margaritas are calling. 




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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

DO YOU NEED TO LIGHTEN UP?


There's a whole new world out there if you look on the bright side. 

Today we're talking about breaking up with black (just for a day or two, of course). 


Winter. Leaves you feeling cold, sun-deprived, and completely unadventurous in the wardrobe department. 

A great black coat is an essential winter piece, but when you throw it on every time you leave the house, things start to look a bit same/same, regardless of what you wear underneath it. 

So lately I've been exploring other options that are just as versatile and still follow my rules for a perfect wardrobe...


Cue... the neutral trench coat, white boyfriend jeans and cream camisole. 

I absolutely love the softness of this trench from Seed Heritage. It just... hangs. Which is exactly what I want my coats to do. It's also the perfect transeasonal piece.


It may be semi-freezing in Sydney at the moment, but we all know I have a bit of an obsession with mules, and I will bare my toes in winter for amazing mules like these. 

Tan shoes help to tie everything together when you're going for a lighter colour palette. I love the combination of tan suede and white denim. Oh, and I got a grey pedi.  




Wearing trench coat, camisole, boyfriend jeans and heels from Seed Heritage

How do you wear lighter colours in winter? Knits? Denim? I want to know! x


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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

TURTLENECK OBSESSION.


I just can't get enough. I just can't get enough. 

Even though I'm currently mid wardrobe cull, I just couldn't resist the super high neck and chunky ribbed texture on this cream knit from ASOS

Knits are something I'd put in the "worth investing in" category (and more on that soon), but considering this one has short sleeves I'm adding it to the "trend piece" list, so impulse buys are totally acceptable. 

And while I have been sticking to my rules for the perfect wardrobe, it's ok to live a little and break the rules every now and then.  

Worn here with white boyfriend jeans, some simple Swarovski rings and black accessories - it's kind of a no brainer.





Wearing ASOS top and boyfriend jeans, Saint Laurent clutch, The Mode Collective shoes, Komono sunglasses and Swarovski rings (knotted and plain). 


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Sunday, July 6, 2014

THE SECRET TO A PERFECT WARDROBE (PART II).


My mission to cull my wardrobe continues. 

Following on from my tips in Part I, here's a few more to help you create the perfect wardrobe. 

As I mentioned in Part I, the aim of the game is to build a wardrobe where everything goes together and you can mix high and low pieces seamlessly.



I wanted more coat options this winter, particularly a white or cream one, but coats can be pricey and white probably isn't the most practical colour. 

If you're going for grey, black or camel – invest. 

But to break things up a bit, I bought this one for non-freezing winter days. I love the oversize shape and length.


Mixed-back with the black camisole I wore in Part 1 (a wardrobe staple) and my favourite new investment piece – my black Saint Laurent clutch.


Jeans are also something I'd usually invest in, but I wanted a pair with ripped knees because I only have plain skinny ones by J Brand, so I tried my luck with these which cost less than what I spend on tamari almonds a fortnight and they're the best. 

Besides, there's no such thing as having too many black pants. 


I literally live in monochrome trainers right now. And Birkenstocks. Two pairs of shoes every complete wardrobe needs. 

I love wearing trainers (similar here) with big structured coats, knits and dresses. It creates a nice balance and, let's be honest, who can be bothered wearing heels alllll day, errrry day?




RECAP:

Invest in: 

Coats (grey, black or camel)
Jeans (black skinnies x 2, a true blue denim skinny pair, white skinnies and white boyfriend jeans)
A simple black clutch
A classic black camisole

Spend less on:

Trend pieces, like a white coat or ripped jeans
Trainers
Birkenstocks (a perfect and very affordable alternative to Céline or Isabel Marant slides)

How do you keep your wardrobe in check? What pieces are you keeping or culling at the moment? x


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Thursday, June 26, 2014

THE SECRET TO A PERFECT WARDROBE.


I'm refining my wardrobe, so my next few posts will be all about how to edit your clothing collection so everything goes together. 

Follow these tips and you'll have endless outfit options, forever. 


Every six months or so I reach that breaking point where my wardrobe gets so out of hand that I can't bare to look through it, so I end up wearing the same couple of pieces on repeat and basically pretend the rest of the mess isn't there. 

But there's only so long I can handle this before I decide to do something about it.. 

My goal this time around is to edit my wardrobe down to a mix of investment pieces and cheap thrills that are all quality, classic and timeless. 


My favourite new addition is this grey oversized coat. Coats are definitely worth investing in because the quality and shape is everything. I think I've said this a hundred times already, but grey is my colour of choice this winter. 

I also decided I need 5 pairs of jeans for a complete wardrobe: two super skinny black pairs, a true blue denim pair, white skinnies with a cropped ankle and a white boyfriend pair - preferably ripped. These are 100% cotton, and I scored them on ASOS here


A little while ago I also decided it was time to invest in a simple black clutch, and this Saint Laurent one had me at hello. 


Throw it all together with a simple black cami (an essential layering piece) and voilà. 


Wearing Life with Bird coat, J Brand camisole, ASOS jeans, Saint Laurent clutch, Chloe ring, Ksubi sunglasses and Eska Alikai slides.

My Ksubi sunglasses giveaway ends tomorrow, so click here and head to my Instagram to enter! We have 20 pairs to go to good homes, so the odds are looking pretty good for you x


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