My favourite skirt

I have to say that my favourite thing to wear at the moment is a flowty midi skirt.  Its such a win no matter what shape you are. The only thing you need to watch out for is probably the fullness.  I feel as Im a bit shorter I prefer a skirt with less volume, if wearing a fuller skirt then I have to be wearing heels.   The styles out there are endless, from pleated to button fronts to tie waists and deconstructed, the list goes on.

If you have bumps and lumps you wish to hide, it does that and if you are straight up and down and you wish for curves it can give you that too.  Other reasons to love it other than being super flattering on everyone is the comfort levels of this style skirt is up there with PJ’s.  You can sit on the floor with your legs crossed, you can climb a ladder in it or wear one to a wedding, dress them up, dress them down. VERSATILE is what Im getting at.

It just so happened that all the skirts you can shop below are black. But really go mad with print and colour, wear it with logo tees, printed jumpers, sneakers, whatever!

Shop them below and get outfit inspo further down the page 😉

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Draped waist black skirt here

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Knot skirt here

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Splice skirt here

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Deconstructed midi here

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Frilled skirt here

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Gold pleated skirt here

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Incorporating Black

So you would have heard me banging on about my floors in one of my previous posts here, and I decided to go dark.  The actual colour used was Ebony, but it doesn’t come out pitch black, its more like a really really dark brown (perhaps one shade lighter than black…) Anyway the outcome is sensational (for me) Im so thrilled with them.  Ive left the rooms quite bare at the moment as Im trying to decide how Im going to fill them and what I want to do with the space.  Anyway now that Im obsessed with my floors it got me looking through other ideas of using black in the home.  Last year I decorated a guest house which you may also know about if you follow my Instagram page   There I decided to paint the kitchen cupboards black.  The owners didn’t want an entire kitchen renovation but rather update what was there, so I went with black and it made such a great impact on the rather vast, outdated and dull space that had existed beforehand.  I also brought in black chairs for the dining area (open plan) which carried the boldness through to balance the spaces out somewhat.  Now, I know black is no great shakes in terms of “newness”, it’s been trending in various ways for some time in the world of interiors.  We have been loving black steel door and window frames as well as cabinetry and bathroom tiles for a few years now, but there are certain ways to do it, for a better, bolder and slightly classier outcome.

Here are some ideas of how to incorporate black.

I just love this black backdrop for this bedroom, so simple and effective.

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Here we see it used in a far subtler way but that pop of darkness is so strong

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I think black floors are my new thing 😉 love that the rest of the woodwork has also been painted black.

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Loving the dark sinks

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So rich, the blues with black.  Im always a fan of mixing blues and black in dressing. (clearly Slim Aarons fans judging by the pictures)

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I almost feel like this black staircase replaces the necessity for too much artwork.

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I love a black exterior wall for a wooden house, it looks great in a lush leafy area as below or even on a beach house with the contrast of the white sandy surrounds.

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There will be pics up on the blog or instagram soon of my floors 😉

Happy Hump Day (or what’s left of it 😉

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Jan/Feb Pick Me Up

This really is for my Northern Hemisphere friends but the principle can be applied everywhere around the world of course.

I’m doing one for the colder climates right now because whilst we all need a pick me up in Jan/Feb no matter where we live, the one thing I can say is that I never used to get as sick of my outfits as I did living in London by January.  Coats, jeans and trainers or boots, day in and day out.  A good idea is to layer up different weight jackets and gillet’s to not only give your heavy winter coats a break but to make things a little more interesting.  I have chosen a few items as an example of what you could do differently whilst still keeping warm.

Outfit 1: For my first choice I have a cool pair of step hem crop jeans, wear a warm crew neck jumper, then pull on the utility jacket, roll up the sleeve once to show the jumper sleeve, and then add the faux fur long waist coat for extra warmth and style.  Wear a pair of square toe ankle boots for extra style creds and possibly a fedora if you’re into your hats and accessories.

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Faux Fur Waistcoat here // Utility Jacket here // Step Hem Straight Jeans here

Outfit 2: This warm long sleeve fitted top underneath is perfect under all sorts, ware underneath the dress, add a leather jacket and biker boots or and ankle boot to dress this look down and keep you warm whilst still looking great.

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Maxi dress here // Long Sleeve Vest here // Leather biker jacket here

For something totally different, invest in a non skinny pair of leather trousers and Im pretty sure you wont regret it.  Pair these with a plain top and simple shoes, be it heels or flats. Tuck this cashmere jumper in to show off the lovely waits-band and wear with a pair of suede sneakers or loafers to add edge and comfort on a cold day.

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Leather Trousers here // Cashmere Polo Neck Jumper here // Suede and leather loafers here

The key pieces of these three looks (Faux fur Waist coat, Maxi Dress, Leather Trousers) can all be dressed up and down depending on the shoes and accessories you choose. A good way of finding new outfits is looking through your wardrobe and finding something that you wouldn’t normally wear on any given day and pair it with a contrasting staple from your wardrobe to give it a new lease on life.

Have a happy week!

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The lazy hack to dressing-up

Sometimes going out feels like such a schlep, getting dressed up or even thinking about what to pull on is almost the worst part when you’re not in the mood.  Sometimes the best outfits are the simplest with one statement accessory.  I love the availability of great affordable accessories that look good.  Statement earrings are such a win, they light up your entire face and aura and detract eyes from the rest of your outfit.  Not saying that you should be wearing PJ’s but even if you’re wearing jeans and a black crew neck jumper, with a pair of pumps.  Black always feels smart so it’s a good staple to have on top and then adding your earrings instantly updates the look taking it to the next level.

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Shop Statement Earrings Below:

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Black and Gold Earrings here

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Two Tone earrings here

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Flower Beaded Earrings here

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Stone Pendant Earrings here

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Bead and Tassel Earrings here

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Hoop Flower Earrings here

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Bug Crystal Earrings here

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Green Coated Circle Earrings here

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Black Tassel Earrings here

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Stone Ear cuff and stud here

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Rhinestone earrings here 

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Plum Earrings (on sale – LOVE) here

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Denim Frayed Earrings here

 

Happy Tuesday

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Floor Quandary 

So as promised here’s the latest update of our renovation (or really just a floor update, hardly a renovation yet. Lord help me when that happens as I could barely cope with the sandpit of the last few days 😳)

The carpets have been pulled and the floors sanded. We’re now in a bit of a pickle with what to do with our patchwork floor. It turns out after sanding all the varnish off we have three different types of wood making up our parquet flooring section of the house. Teak, Yellow wood and Walnut. (or four if we include the wood in the entrance just to throw another cat amongst the pigeons) 


I love the walnut wood which of course, is the smallest strip in the room, where the rooms join up. I don’t like red teak at all and infact I’m allergic to any red in a home (just my personal opinion). Because the teak is so dark we cannot stain it a lighter colour so we can really only go very dark. I love dark (almost black) floors with white walls but I just am not feeling it for this particular space. I’ve looked online for painted parquet flooring but haven’t come across anything spectacular. I also feel the paint cheapens the wood. It seems a shame to paint such valuable materials.  

My husband is quite keen to paint as he doesn’t like the dark all that much. So we could either paint lighter, convince Bruce to go dark, or pull up the flooring, sell the parquet and lay something different entirely (which could result in a very irritated husband that then puts a stop to any further work 😳) 

View of all the four different floor colours we have going on ….


The wall to the left will be knocked out creating an open plan kitchen/dining/tv lounge area. So we will then have another floor in the mix 🤔 

Dark floors against white walls look very chic, but it feels quite formal. I also feel you need a very large space to go dark other wise it will feel closed in and darker….see ideas below. 


Then a whitewashed look… not my favourite but this is what Bruce prefers. I guess the floor would need to be painted a grey-ish colour and then covered in a white wash ?!? Not even sure if a possibility with the red teak. 


A white floor always looks nice but I know it is very high maintence as we did it in our London loft. The white turns cream and needs to be repainted on quite a regular basis.  I also think the gentleman doing our flooring would shed a tear everytime he lays a coat as he’s a real wood naturalist. 

  

When googling white parquet floors, pretty much nothing comes up as it’s just not done. Perhaps we will be one of the very few resulting in a rather unique interior 😉 

If any of you reading have any ideas, suggestions, advice, experience please throw them at me. I would love to hear. 

I’m now off to the Wood & Timber Warehouse to see what I can find. 

Happy Saturday 

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Le Pink

If you thought Pink was having a moment last year and the year before, it’s biggest moment is still to come, I feel it hasn’t peaked yet. It started off subtly in blush and nude tones and has evolved onto the scene in all shades from fuschia and cerise to dusty pink and cherry.  What I love about it, is that the variety of the shades are endless ensuring theres one if not three out there for everyone.  When worn with black or military green it can easily be ‘de-girlified’ and worn with white or pale denim gives such a great summery cool vibe, especially against a gorgeous tan.

There are so many lovely colour combo’s for pink.  If you aren’t scared of colour wear bright pink with bright red or plum.

Shop some Pink below:

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Wide Leg Culottes here

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Earrings here

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Pleated Neck Cami here

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Frilled Merino Wool Sweater here

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Velvet Skirt here

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Side Tie Dress here

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Chinos here

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Sweatshirt with frills here

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Velvet Dress here

Ways to wear pink

It’s a great Saturday colour 😉 Have a lovely weekend

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New Year, New Goals

I am sure we hear ourselves say this at the start of every year.  If I think back about the start of last year, I wasn’t thinking goals, challenges, resolutions etc.  I was focused on one massive continent move.  We celebrated Christmas, went away to the Countryside with friends for a couple of days over New Years, had a whale of a time and kept everything as normal as possible until that little trip was over…. and then, the big pack up begun.  Everything after that was a bit of a blur and I certainly was not focused on the year ahead, other than surviving the next couple of months.  Last year for me was about getting through lots of “news”.  New town, new home, new schools, new people, new absolutely everything.  So whilst I did a bit of a spring clean when we packed up in London, I also held onto a lot in case I needed it.  After having been back in SA for 11 months now I am starting to realise what is needed and what is going to stay and what is going to go.  I have worn about 5% of my wardrobe in the past year, which for me is really sad but the new climate and much more casual style here means I simply cannot wear closed shoes, high heels or coats and wooly jumpers for many days of the year.   On the interior front, our rooms now are a lot more spacious than we had before so things like rugs and tables and decorative stuff all feel rather puny in the larger space and rugs are not filling the areas as they should.

Having said all of the above my goals for this year are about slowly fixing everything to suit our new lifestyle.  We have survived the past year, now we need to thrive! Im quite an impulsive person and sometimes a little hasty, so when I get a bee in my bonnet or the slightest inkling of a “go ahead” from my husband, Im on to it.  I currently have the flooring guys in, ripping up carpets and sanding parquet and wooden flooring (we’ve only been home for 3 days after a month away).  Once that is done, I will move onto the next phase of this project.  Slowly but surely we will start to renovate and redecorate our home, but first we need to have a proper plan in place (which we are still working on).  The other goal this year is to not buy a thing! Other than the necessities of course. There are always those: “this is the best lamp I have ever seen and there will never be another one like it” (how many times have we heard ourselves say that and a couple of months down the line…!?!).  I want to utilise as much of my current bit and bobs as possible and make my wardrobe really work for me, discover new outfits and clear out what is not being worn.  Same goes for the boys.  The toys, and any home decor. This year is all about de-cluttering and then figuring out what exactly we want to replace and what we need once we are back to a minimal of everything.  I want a blank canvas to work with for the next phase.

Here are a couple of inspirational pics of those perfect spaces I would like to create, from bathroom to living to utility.

Bathroom Organisation – order and colour co-ordination

Make- Up, Accessories & Sunglasses. I seem to get a lot more of it all every year (clearly the older I get the more I need although the less I actually seem to use)

Books and Clothing – you need to see them both to appreciate and use them, tucked away and unseen, they become useless and forgotten about.

Kids play – I have this exact kiddies kitchen and I promise it is impossible to keep this tidy but I guess that is a sign it’s actually loved and is used regularly.  As do we have this many, if not more animals but I love the way they are displayed on the shelf (that wouldn’t last either).

The perfectly set up Utility room.  My lovely cleaner would kiss me if we set this up for her.  She is a laundry fanatic, loves it and takes great care in washing and retaining clothing colour and shape (we have a lot in common).

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I will share any developments of the house and wardrobe with you here.  I will also promise to disclose anything bought that is not on the necessity list on my instagram page here, you have my word (basically a name and shame of myself, hopefully this will help to refrain from purchases).

I would like to wish you all a very happy and healthy 2017 filled with so much love and adventure!  And thank you so much for reading my blog.

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