Monday, 28 September 2015

First Row

Sydney Fashion Festival is upon us and no, unfortunately I'm not going. But if I was going, and if I was sitting in the front row, and if I could afford this outfit, then this is what I would probably wear.

It's a nice mix of some of my favourite Australian designers with a bit of Lanvin thrown in for good measure. I'm not a flashy kind of girl and much prefer understated and classic pieces. Emmanuelle Alt and sometimes Sarah Ruston do it really well.

As for moi, well... there's always next year!

All items from farfetch:
Ginger & Smart camisol  /  Dion Lee skirt  /  Jérome Dreyfuss bag  /  Alice & Olivia jacket  /  Lanvin sandals

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Simple ideas for a relaxing bedroom

I've been so busy these past few weeks and my bedroom is the proof.
There are two piles on the floor: one for dirty clothes and one for clean ones. My bedside table (which is an untreated wooden stool) is a dusty mess of books and bits and pieces. My beloved Elliot coat stand is barely visible under it's load of coats and bags. My chest of drawers is covered in all sorts of stuff that currently has no other place. Oh, and the sheets really need replacing.
So that's my plan for today. Clean it all up and make it a relaxing place again. Off I go.
Sunday, 29 March 2015

Designer style on sale

I absolutely love designer clothing but can only afford to buy on sale or second hand. My wardrobe is therefore a mix of high street brands (especially Zara) with some designer items thrown in for good measure. 
Last year I decided to buy less items but better quality and it seems to be working for me.
Since the price tag is higher I consider what I buy very carefully and tend to pick more timeless pieces which will last several seasons. I occasionally miss out on some items because I wait for the sales but so far there have very been few regret buys.

The items above are on sale at the moment so maybe you could snap yourself a nice little wardrobe piece too:
1. &Daughter slouch sweater at Matches
2. T by Alexander Wang linen & silk tank top at Matches 
3. MM6 by Maison Martin Margiela slim denim pant at Steven Alan 
4. Smythson Panama leather box clutch at Matches
5. Giles & Brother Spike railroad cuff at The Outnet 
6. Pour la Victoire Yaya sandals at Nieman Marcus.
Saturday, 21 March 2015

5 Easy ideas for decorating with plants

In honour of St Patrick's day earlier this week and with spring blooming in the Northern Hemisphere I thought I'd feature something green. I love decorating with plants because it makes a house look warm and inviting. And since plants absorb CO2 they also clean the air around them. Bonus!
It is surprisingly easy to look after indoor plants so even if you're a certified plant-killer you should try giving it a go again. Most plants just need water and sun, although in varying degrees. 
My amazing grandma, who had a wonderful collection of indoor plants, used to say that not over watering your plants makes them more resilient. She also used to clean them with a bit of milk because it makes the leaves shiny. Needless to say that her plants were always in magnificent condition.
A couple of years ago one of my friends has introduced indoor greenery into her home after many years of killing innocent plants. I'm glad to report that both her and the plants are still very happy.
If you're not sure where to start I suggest succulents. They are resilient, don't need much watering, they like full or partial sun and there is a huge variety to choose from. Once your succulents have grown a bit you can also use cuttings to make new plants.
As a confident plant owner my favourite thing to do is rescue dying plants. I don't always succeed but when I do I definitely feel a bit special.

Happy growing!
Sunday, 15 March 2015

Furry cat illustrations
The Furry things series was created by Kamwei from Bo & Friends. It's a great gift idea for cat lovers who are also minimalists at heart.
Find them at Bo & Friends etsy shop.
Monday, 9 March 2015

Casually dressed up

Whenever you need to up your casual look that little bit more, simply swap the jeans for a pair of smartish work pants (with or without pleats), roll up the hem neatly to ankle height, tuck in your shirt or t-shirt and off you go!
All pics via Smoky Alice.
Friday, 6 March 2015

Tie the knot

Lately I have come to realise that my small jewellery collection could do with an update. I seem to be moving on from Statement pieces towards a more subtle and gentle look. I have thus fallen totally in love with the Céline extra thin knot bracelets. The Balenciaga asymmetric knot ring is pretty gorgeous too.
Or you could save a bit and go for the Knot Bangler by Drift Riot.
Just click on the images for links.
Saturday, 28 February 2015

Loafers are forever

I believe that loafers are here to stay and therefore they are a good investment piece for any shoe collection. 
Let me give you my reasons:

1. Loafers offer a classic look that has never really gone out of style.
2. They are versatile and can be worn with slim pants, wide leg pants, skirts, dresses, jeans, or anything really.
3. They are comfortable for days on the go.
4. Some styles come with tassels (and that's a big plus as far as I'm concerned).
5. There are many loafer styles to suit individual taste.

So now that you're inspired, here are my favourite classic loafer picks:

For a more modern loafer try The modern Loafer by Everlane (there's a waiting list!) and The Gaston tassel loafer by Dieppa Restrepo.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

The return of the Smiths
I might be showing my age here (and I have no problem with that!) but Adidas Stan Smiths were very big when I was in high school. All the cool kids were wearing them, but I wasn't one of them because I couldn't afford a pair. They have been my no. 1 most favourite sneakers ever since.

Fast forward many years later, I spotted a pair in white and blue tab with three velcro straps, on sale. I purchased the immediately even though they were a little too small. They are still sitting in my cupboard waiting for my feet to shrink a bit.

So now that they have made a huge comeback (Thank you Phoebe Philo!) and all the cool kids are wearing them again, maybe it's time for me to get a pair. It's never too late to be cool!

Outfit pics via The Urban Spotter & Andy Heart.
Tuesday, 17 February 2015

The unfinished bun

So happy to see that my hair style of choice is finally an acceptable form of, well... hairstyle. It takes less than 30 seconds to do which means I'm not as late for work as I would have been otherwise.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

What to wear to work

If you haven't guessed by now, my wardrobe mainly consists of black, white, grey and navy. So it's little surprise that my work outfits are often just classic black and white.
For an easy 'I'm so late' outfit that won't look like you just got out of bed simply combine a cropped black pant, a white blouse and a black jacket and off you go!
Sunday, 18 January 2015

The simple desk cleanse

Being a designer and a blogger means that I sit at my desk a lot. And I mean A LOT!
I'm not a particularly organised person but I do like my desk tidy and neat. I find that I just can't work efficiently when I have to spend too much time looking for things around my office.

Since it's the start of a new year I thought it would be a good idea to start afresh with a desk cleanse.
It's a pretty simple process:

1.  It's all about storage. Drawer units, shelves, desk organisers, boxes (label them so you know what's inside) and anything else that will make sorting out the clutter easier.

2.  If it doesn't work, throw it away. Old pens, staplers etc... Just get rid of things you no longer need in your workspace. De-clutter and de-stress.

3.  Give your desk a good clean and put everything in it's place. Keep only the daily necessities on your desk. For everything else there should now be a convenient storage place.

4.  Update when you need to. If you find that the new setup is not working for you just change it up to suit your needs. Practice makes perfect and there's nothing wrong with having desk version 2, 3 etc.

Here's to a clean desk!

Product references:
From top: Small bowl from Steven Alan, Another desktop series by Another Country,  Sketchbook from Need SupplyTofu stationery set by Pana
Friday, 16 January 2015

Easy outfits: The white tee

I usually pick my outfits in the morning when I wake up. I lie in bed for a little bit and think about how I feel and what kind of day I'm expecting. Some days I make up my mind really quickly but some days I get really stuck and change my mind a million times.
But I think I have just found a cure for those 'stuck' days. Throw on a white tee, cropped pant and pointy heels and voila! A totally awesome outfit in 5 seconds!
Saturday, 3 January 2015

Outfit inspiration : J Crew on sale

J crew outfit on sale
I have a bit of a soft spot for J Crew and an even bigger soft spot for Jenna Lyons. I find her sense of style and natural grace very appealing.
So when I received the email announcing an extra 40% off sale styles online I couldn't help but have a look, and once I saw the shearling satchel I just had to build an entire outfit to go with it.

All of the items are on sale with an extra 40% off with code STYLE2015.
Oh, I should probably mention that this post is not sponsored, just me getting a little bit excited.

1. Sweater from sweatshirt,  2. Shiny puffer down vest,  3.  Lookout high-rise jeans,  4. Chunky stone ring,  5. Beveled bangle,  6. And this amazing shearling satchel!
Thursday, 1 January 2015

5 steps to a better 2015

I'm really looking forward to 2015 because I feel like a fresh start. I'm going to re-evaluate, re-consider and re-arrange my home, my wardrobe and my life.
Here are the 5 things I'm going to be working on:

1. Make a wish list.
Think about what you want in your home, your wardrobe, your life, your finances, your diet, your dreams, your job etc. and write down the things you honestly wish for yourself. Throughout the year you can review the list, cross off anything irrelevant, add new things but most importantly give yourself a big round of applause (and maybe do a little celebratory dance) whenever you tick an item on your list.

2. Remove obstacles.
Think about what stands between you and you the stuff on your wish list and work out ways to eliminate them. One of my worst obstacles is procrastination and I'm planning on tackling it head on by scheduling things on a proper calendar and making an action plan that suits my lifestyle.

3. Set some goals.
Goals are a dynamic things and change regularly. Everyone is different so your goals should suit your way of life. Personally I tend to set broad and unrefined goals and then never follow them. So this year I'm going to try a mix and match approach: Small daily goals to get those sticky annoying jobs done and larger but well defined and genuine goals for the future. I'm very much a go-with-the-flow kind of person but I'm now discovering that having control over my own future is actually a very wonderful thing!

4. Recharge your batteries.
All this list making, obstacle removing and goal setting is hard work so give yourself some downtime to relax and enjoy the ride. It's especially helpful for when you're feeling stuck or in rut. I find that sometimes even a long shower or a little walk is enough to get my creative juices flowing again.

5. Make a start.
Every journey begins with that first step. It's can be a hard step to make but once you're on your way you just have to keep going, one step at a time. It can be difficult at times, especially when you're climbing mountains, but once you get to the top the view is so worth the pain. Hiking metaphors aside, just remember that what you're really doing is following your dreams and that can be quite exhilarating and liberating.

Good luck!
Monday, 29 December 2014


I've been looking at outfits for NYE and the Little White Dress has won me over. It's fresh and crisp and perfect for making a new start for 2015.

These two dresses are from the Dreslyn. Top: Mason by Michelle Mason shift dress. Bottom: Opening Ceremony Manera keyhole dress.
Although not white, I also absolutely love this Delane dress by Rachel Comey.
Saturday, 27 December 2014

Calendars for 2015

2015 calendars
Hello again and hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Mine was quite awesome. I spent the day relaxing and eating with my partner's family and had 3 servings of grandma P's plum pudding with custard and ice cream! If that wasn't enough of a highlight I also got an incredible 27" iMac from my partner! Best gift e-v-e-r!

So now that the year is coming to a close it's time to look ahead to 2015. Normally I don't do calendars. I tend to be a bit haphazard and find it too organised for my liking. I do however regularly forget or miss things. So I decided to try to be more organised next year and my 1st step is to acquire a calendar. I think I'll go for the wall option rather than a notebook because then my partner (who's even more unplanned than I am) might benefit too.

1. Les Femmes calendar by Rifle Paper Co at NoteMaker,  2. Midori diary notebook at NoteMaker,  3. Pickles calendar by Darling Clementine,  4. Seasonal produce calendar by Bison at Leif,  5. Gold foil daily planner by Julia Kostreva.

I also really like this Geometric calendar by Bubbo and this Toyblock calendar at Need Supply and this old-fashioned desk calendar at Urban Outfitters.
Monday, 22 December 2014

Warm and Grey

Grey marle and knitwear. Such a wonderful combination. Say no more.
Sunday, 21 December 2014

Last minute gift ideas: The monochrome edition

Gift ideas for him:
1. The Winston woven watch by Komono at Need Supply,  2. Saturdays Surf NYC tee at Mr Porter,  3. Cone music player by Aether,  4. ipad mini envelope sleeve by Mujjo,  5. The twill snap backpack by Everlane,  6. Norse projects beanie at Need Supply.

Gift ideas for her:
1. The modern loafer by Everlane,  2. Folded purse by Clare V at Need Supply.  3. Printed mesh scarf by Country Road,  4. Balenciaga bow ring at Matches,  5. Luggage tag at Madewell,  6. Mimi beanie by Eugenia Kim at Matches.