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:
http://www.zara.com/us/en/woman/shoes/flats/moccasin-with-decorative-band-c358017p2368299.html
http://www.asos.com/au/River-Island/River-Island-Black-Pointed-Toe-Patent-Loafer-Shoes/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=4218143&cid=6459&sh=0&pge=1&pgesize=36&sort=-1&clr=Black&totalstyles=228&gridsize=3
http://www.farfetch.com/au/shopping/women/Churchs-Kara-penny-loafers-item-10943863.aspx?utm_source=polyvore.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=Loafers%20Group%20C%20AU

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

http://www.andyheart.com/2015/02/uniform.html
http://theurbanspotter.com/2014/09/02/signe-belfiore-2/
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

The LWD


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.
Friday, 26 September 2014

Long black

Lets just for a minute ignore the fact that I have been neglecting my blog and get on with it.
So...long, flowing, pretty, maxi skirt is what I get excited about these days. Better yet, make it a plisé and I go totally weak at the knees. I like it styled with oxfords or boots for a not-too-feminine look but last Tuesday I wore mine with pointy d'orsay pumps to work and by golly it looked awesome.
Get the look:
Zara maxi skirt, Alexander Wang scuba jumper, Chloé studded boots, Rebecca Minkof Sammy bag, Fay Andrada Rele bracelet. Also these boots are worth consideration.
Sunday, 15 June 2014

My favourite colours

Nerd boyfriend's cousin is getting married next year so I offered to help with designing the invitations. When we met over coffee (and delicious homemade bread with jam) to discuss some ideas, she mentioned that she had recently researched online to find out which colours would suit her best.

It made me think about my favourite colours and for a little while I felt somewhat bland.  My favourite colour is grey marle followed by black, white and navy. My wardrobe looks very monochrome, but then everything goes with everything.

In the past I've tried to introduce colour into my life. Like the red dress I wore to a wedding and haven't worn since, or the bright striped top that was going to change my life and ended up in the opp shop pile after 1 wear in 3 years.

This year though, I have decided to accept me as I am, monochrome and all. I only buy my favourite colours and sometimes even wear head-to-toe grey marle. I call it my 3 shades of grey outfit.
My colour choice makes me feel stylish and sophisticated and sometimes even a bit like Emmanuelle Alt (but shorter) so what's wrong with that?
Monday, 17 March 2014

Current obsession: Full skirt

full skirt leather
full skirt leather
Organic by John Patrick
Organic by John Patrick
Martin grant F/W2014 long full skirt tibi full skirt
Over the past few months I have developed a full blown obsession with full skirts, especially the navy skirt from Organic by John Patrick (3rd picture from top). 
Timeless and versatile, the full skirt suits most body shapes and looks good at any length. 
For more glamourous inspiration I highly recommend to check out Martin Grant's Fall/Winter 2014 collection.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Things I bought in Japan : Part 1

Nerd boyfriend and I have recently returned from our first ever trip to Japan. It's a beautiful, incredibly clean and super-organised country so I immediately loved it. The Japanese are such welcoming and friendly people and have a quirky and adorable sense of humour. I'm already looking forward to going back.

One of my highlights was shopping in Tokyo (without nerd boyfriend of course) so I thought it would be nice to share my various purchases with you in a series of posts.