Mothers Day 2013

Of course, I could waffle on here about flowers and body products but you’re a bit more savvy than that aren’t you?  Yes you are.  Plus, this site is all about fashion so if you want to know about gift wrapping I’m afraid I’m not the best person to ask!

Here’s my top two picks for this year’s mothers day to make your ma literally swoon with delight!  (All the links will take you straight to the product.  I receive no endorsement for these recommendations, its just my wishlist!)

Pre-Order Leather Jacket, WINE, hi-res

Sportscraft leather jacket $599 including offer spend $150 get $50 off.



Diane Von Furstenberg nude pumps $287

Happy mothers day!

the best pants in melbourne

Is it ridiculous to be THIS excited about pants?

Probably… but as we all know when you find pants that are EXACTLY right, well you get excited! After my previous post ‘Is Sussan Relevant?’ I decided to put this store to the test by looking for an everyday stylish trouser that can withstand kids and high rotation – boy did Sussan deliver!

As a decent size 14 I found their double knit, slim leg, ponte pants in black, grey and denim style with (hallelujah) high waists and back pockets and they fit perfectly!! Unbelievably they didn’t show every bump and curve as I’ve often seen with less quality fabric.  Although they come in at a relatively hefty $60 a pop, to me they are worth it.  I will be styling them with a loose grey tee, a chunky knit cardi and ankle boots or flats for daytime and a tailored jacket and heels for evening – good to go! Enjoy.

Sussan ponte pants


what to wear – between season weddings

A slightly edgier approach to wedding outfits

wedding guest outfit
Ahh weddings – the anticipation, the excitement, the nerves… and that’s just the guests!
Dressing for weddings oddly throws us into a panic and we throw everything we know about our own style out the window, instead buckling under pressure from over-eager sales assistants or dredging up a black dress we haven’t actually tried on in 3 years.  So, to keep a cool head take a look at the following:
  • Think about what you feel most comfortable in usually.  If its pants, wear them, if its flats wear them.  Nothing will make you feel worse than teetering on 6 inch stillettos if you rarely wear heels.  Just dial up the luxury – choose pants made of silk or flats with serious sequin/embellishment and you won’t look out of place
  • Luxury fabrics are a must – steer well clear of denim, cork, raffia and even linen (unless you are overseas in a tropical location where the dress code is much more casual) and stick to classic shapes rather than statement styles/colours.  No neon!
  • As weddings usually involve A LOT of standing around, often on grass, think about wearing a wedge instead of a thin heel which will sink into grass, so make sure they are comfortable and have a fairly sturdy base.

The above photo is of me from a wedding I went to in March 2011 – I’m wearing a green silk maxi dress (ebay score), green silk blazer from J Crew  (secondhand) and cobalt blue suede flats from Zara.  I also wore a fringed blue silk scarf.  I had lots of comments on my outfit and was the only one who wasn’t freezing during English March spring weather!

what to wear – girls night out

girls night out
Joie top, $305 / Helmut Lang , $275 / Rupert Sanderson shoes / Long necklace, $70 / Free People / Lipstick

I do love that the name of this MAC lipstick shade is Lady Danger!  Taking that as inspiration, along with my friend’s upcoming girls-only birthday celebration, this is an outfit that (depending as always on your body type/style) should be comfortable whilst looking fantastic. 

Things to note:

I’m not usually a fan of black with a colour, however this outfit is tailored towards my friend who is a red-head.  If you’re brunette or blonde, swap out the colour accordingly and choose a colour that suits your skin tone.

  • If you have the pins, wearing jeans with a slight waxy sheen (don’t go over the top unless you’re auditioning for a remake of Saturday Night Fever) worn with classic suede heeled pumps is a standout look that never dates.
  • If there’s a meal involved and you’ll be sitting down chatting with your girlfriends, think about wearing a top that isn’t too clingy so you can enjoy your food without being conscious of sucking in your stomach!  Also, if you have long hair you might want to ditch dangly earrings for the night so you can throw your head back and laugh without being given a black eye by your jewellery!


what to wear to meet the inlaws!

This will be the first post of several that focus on events that require careful outfit planning… this first one striking the fear of hell into most of us!  So here is my (carefully planned and thought out) outfit idea:

meet the inlaws

Things to note:

PLAY IT SAFE!  This is not the time to experiment or wear that neon necklace you love.  Keep your colours and shapes easy on the eye so as not to scare your new inlaws and stress out your partner!*

  • That said, there’s no need to hide who you are but your personality should do the talking, not your outfit.
  • This outfit says “I’m confident, I know how to dress for the occasion and I respect you“.  Its important to know what colours and shapes suit you so you will feel at ease.  Don’t try anything new as you will be thinking about your outfit instead of listening and being present.
  • To break it down – the dress is a classic shape in a feminine fabric (which usually goes down well with women of a certain age who may have grown up in/been influenced by the 40’s & 50’s).  The smart leather jacket says you are not destitute!  The tights and boots say you are demure and sensible (even if you’re not!)  The bag, scarf and jewellery are subtle and pretty.  The whole outfit blends in with any environment (save for out walking in the snow) whilst still being beautiful.


* Of course this post doesn’t take into account all the very different ‘meet the inlaws’ variations there are, so apologies if it seems to only embrace the socially acceptable status quo!

LMFF 2013 Highlights

So how was it?  The question on my friends' minds after my inaugural fashion festival opening night yesterday.  Well…. I was hoping to be excited (tick), inspired (tick-ish), on the edge of my seat and craning my neck to see the best of Australia's design talent parading by accompanied by a rocking soundtrack and light show.. well… not so much actually.  First, the photos…

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Is Sussan relevant?

I had a quick look in a Sussan store today on my way home from grocery shopping and in the name of research for this blog (obvs!)  Like many people I tend to think of Sussan as good for basics, aimed at an older market and over-priced (and a quick google search confirmed this) so I was pleasantly surprised to find some modern, very wearable pieces…

sussan animal print

Things to note:

  • Sussan are part of the ‘The Sussan Group’ with Sportscraft and Suzanne Grae (why two Susan name derivatives I wonder?) and appears to fall in the middle of the 3 different price points.  That said, most comments I’ve seen find Sussan’s pieces over-priced and not good quality, especially after washing a couple of times.  I tend to agree for the most part, but they do run regular sales!
  • They strike the balance between overly bold patterns/prints and none at all – read: boring.  The key is to pick one item say a printed pant and wear with your other neutrals at home
  • For me, the best thing is that they cut their pants to suit women, not girls so I often can find pants that fit me here that I don’t anywhere else
  • Unlike Sportscraft, they are much more trend led and I think they do this well, managing to create wearable items for the over 30’s that aren’t too fashionable to the point of eye-wateringly so!

In summary, I think they still have relevance and not just for the mature buyer – the trick (as with most stores these days) is to choose carefully and selectively for one or two good pieces, don’t expect them to last forever and wait for the sales for better prices!

3 ways with a midi skirt

So a clarification here – usually I post my own creations for outfit inspiration, however I came across this fabulous post by Jane of and had to show you.

seaofshoes midi skirt

Things to note:

Jane is a stunning young woman obviously so would probably just as good in a paper bag, that said she is also very petite and pale skinned so bear that in mind if you want to recreate these exact looks.  If you have ‘cankles’ (like me) avoid or simply choose a skirt that ends just below your knee, instead of at calf length, however the heel does help with the illusion of slimmer calves.

  • If you’re a pear shape, beware the first look here as long shirt + calf length skirt = unflatteringly large hip area!
  • Equally if you have swimmers shoulders and carry your weight around that area, avoid the last look as the sleeveless puffer will add extra bulk to your form.
  • As Jane has done, this look definitely requires heels.  Only those with teensy ankles and long legs can wear flats with a skirt that finishes at the calf.  If you have chunkier legs than Jane, choose a wedge shoe to balance you out.

Six capsule wardrobe outfits

Creating an autumn winter capsule wardrobe

If you have been reading my blog you will know I have already posted how to create a capsule wardrobe and creating outfits with 6 pieces plus my article on the top 5 transition items for your wardrobe on

So, to follow up, here are 6 outfits for your autumn/winterinspiration.  Each one should get you through any occasion (except perhaps your wedding!) and I’d love to hear your thoughts, in the meantime enjoy your new capsule wardrobe inspiration…


aw13 capsule 1


aw13 capsule 2


aw13 capsule 3


aw13 capsule 4


aw13 capsule 5


aw13 capsule 6


aw13 capsule 7


aw13 capsule 8



how to do matching colours

matching colours

….without looking like the Queen!

A big trend for 2013 will definitely be matching your outfit so follow some easy guidelines on how to avoid looking like her majesty!

Things to note:

Matching clothes will look best on most of us if you stick to colours that are easy on the eye.  Head to toe black can be bland so try burgundy, dark green, teal, grey and white.  If you’re a fan of pastels, colours like seafoam can work, but avoid trickier colours like baby pink or blue if you aren’t actually a baby!

The best way to work a matching outfit is by contrasting textures in the same colour.  Think cobalt blue leather pencil skirt with chiffon floaty cobalt top.

Don’t be tempted to match your nails or lipstick unless you are a fashion expert as it can come across as overkill – that said, its perfectly fine to match your accessories with a similar tone to the outfit you’re wearing.

Temper the overall impact of matching with a few neutrals.  The same rule applies for matching as for neon – gently does it and ground the look with tan, grey, white (not generally black as this shade deadens colours).