Autumn – its all about texture

How to get some texture into your style

CHANEL trainers

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Scan any magazine lately and all the fashion spreads have one thing in common, texture.  The level of beading, embroidery, quilting, applique and general jazzing-up of the humble pieces we cover ourselves with has reached new and dizzy heights. 

Speaking personally, I'm singing hallelujah!  Gone are the gentle florals and subtle pastels of 2012/13 and instead we have net, mesh, neoprene and plastics, ready to jump out at you for Autumn/Winter 2014.

If all this scares the bejesus out of you, fear not – just tread lightly and start off with a small accessory or minimal shapes.  Don't try a new colour AND lots of embellishment until you find out whether this new direction is for you.  Take a deep breath, its going to be alright…

sg charlotte quilt backpack

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sg waffle stitch sweater

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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…


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2 ways with a leopard swing skirt – summer

2 ways with a leopard swing skirt - summer


This post shows you how one item can be incredibly versatile and carry you through from summer to winter.

Burgundy is the new black

Transitional Dressing

When there's a shift in weather and the shops start displaying transitional items for the new season, I'm like a moth to a flame and find myself transfixed, walking towards the shiny and new with very little will- power involved.

In Australia we are coming into Autumn/Winter 2013 which means lots of exciting new shapes and colours and ohhhhhh burgundy how I love you!  Teal you are my 'BFF' and olive green you are my new romance, throw in a pair of tan suede ankle boots and I am rubbing my hands together in glee, skipping like a schoolgirl!

burgundy is the new black

Things to note: Continue reading “Burgundy is the new black”


Happy new year everyone!If you’ve made your new year’s resolutions here’s one to add to the list.  There are a few rules to creating a capsule wardrobe
2013 capsule wardrobe
J.Crew knit top / Cotton cardigan / ELEVEN PARIS printed shirt, $51 / MICHAEL Michael Kors sequin shirt, $245 / French Connection formal shirt, $46 / Velvet striped t shirt / Nudie Jeans Co. slim jeans, $115 / Enza Costa metallic pleated skirt, $430 / Boot cut jeans, $105 / Witchery , $52 / Mango zip pants, $32 / ALDO high heels / Madden Girl booties / Giuseppe Zanotti wide sandals / Red Herring suede wedge pumps, $28 / Carolina Bucci , $14,300 / Square ring / Noa Noa noa, $51 / BonBon Boutique white pearl earrings, $46 / Faliero Sarti scarve / Agent Ninetynine straw fedora hat, $26 / Skull scarve / Karen Walker