How to organise your closet

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For some, the thought of organising your closet is right up there with root canal dental work … for others, its an enjoyable afternoon at the end of which you feel a smug sense of satisfaction knowing that everything you have in your wardrobe works perfectly for your life.

Whichever category you fall into the above photos are taken from my recent wardrobe/bracelet reorganise to give you some inspiration. 

I find it helpful to arrange both by colour – this means that depending on what mood I'm in, I can instantly pick out what I feel like wearing and grab accessories to match.  This works for me because I have about half an hour maximum to get ready in the morning and out the door to work!

I like to play with colour which means pairing teal with neon pink or navy with peach.  I also like to wear complimentary colours with my rings/bracelets.

What colour combinations do you like?  What are your tips for organising your closet?

Enjoy!

 

 

 

The perfect white shoe

Let me just say upfront, I love a white shoe. Not only does it surprise and excite, where a black one would be more predictable but it also looks altogether sharper than its darker cousin. So may I present my latest white-shoe-crush?

Let me just say upfront, I love a white shoe.  Not only does it surprise and excite, where a black one would be more predictable but it also looks altogether sharper than its darker cousin.  So may I present my latest white-shoe-crush? (Click here to shop)

&otherstories

Not being a heels girl generally, I'm trying later in life to be bolder and more true to the things I like and this little baby just makes me want to cradle it in my arms whispering sentiments!  Want to know how I'd style it 3 ways?  Here you go… happy monday!

 

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How to wear a maxi skirt in winter

maxi skirt for winterI often think its tricky to pull off a maxi skirt in winter as it doesn’t have an obvious go-to shoe as it does in summer (flat, open-toed sandals), so here is a look to try.

The draw of this look is the contrast between the floaty fabric and the solid tux jacket or the camel wool coat.  You can up the drama in an outfit by combining lux fabrics like silk, chiffon, sequins but keeping the whole look in neutral colours.  All neutrals work together and in this case, black and navy are both neutrals.

For those of us with curvy backsides, don’t forget the Spanx underneath!
Enjoy.

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!

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).

Enjoy!

 

2 ways with a leather jacket

2 ways with a leather jacket

 

 

 

CURVY OR PETITE?

Ah the leather jacket – beloved by James Dean, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix (apparently anyone named James!) and it looks equally sexy on us ladies, so here are two ways to style it if you're curvy or more petite.  As always –

Things to note: Continue reading “2 ways with a leather jacket”

Melbourne’s RMIT fashion graduates 2012

RMIT Fashion showcase

at Alice Euphemia, Melbourne

There was something really exciting about being at Melbourne's iconic store Alice Euphemia last night for the showcase of RMIT's latest crop of talented fashion designers and their publication to promote the designs. 

The standard both on and off the mannequins was, as to be expected, extremely high including

  • incredible, intricate, beaded corset by Natasha Fagg
  • a pair of fantastic vegas-meets-hawaii style flatforms in hot pink!
  • galaxy print midi skirt with crop knit and a classic poplin stripe dress
  • handmade crab-print tee with gold hi-tops and a gorgeous stinging yellow silk top (more on designer Wei in my next post)
  • blonde/dark crop hair with a-line swing white dress with pink leaf print

see for yourself!

 

beaded corset RMIT

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yellow flatforms

space skirt poplin dress

yellow silk top custom tee

pink white dress