The most useful object for any abode

I have come to the conclusion that the ottoman is probably the most versatile and useful object for any area.  If there’s a space that needs filling or a room that needs lifting.  I love ottomans covered in elaborate, bright, velvet and funky fabrics to brighten a neutral palette.  Uses: end of bed, coffee table, extra seating, decorative, storage…..I think one of my reason’s I love them most is it’s an opportunity to introduce your favourite fabric that is too out there for a chair or sofa but cushions would be too inconspicuous.  They’re easy to reupholster.  Buy inexpensive ottomans from Ikea or Coricraft, choose a fabric and get it covered.  Drape sheepskins or throws over them for extra texture and layers.

Last year I purchased this pouff (below) and I almost wish I had bought two.  Although it’s not an ottoman it has brought such joy to me visually, I absolutely love the fabric and I love how it has introduced colour into my lounge and it has brought endless hours of fun for the boys too, who love to dive on it …..hmmmm

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Ottoman inspiration

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Green is the new Grey

If you haven’t noticed already, Green is taking over the world, in more ways than one!  My love for green has escalated so in the last couple of months that the sight of anything green makes my heart skip a beat!  Give me an urban jungle any day over a sleek white and grey room (snoring).

There’s actually not much more to be said here other than cast your eyes upon these heavenly sites of inspiration followed by my Green Wish List.

 

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An urban jungle
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Create an accent wall
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An inviting and warm kitchen
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Bring the outside in

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“Women of Abstract Expressionism”

My green gucci wish list: From black tie to ripped jeans, what an asset these three would be to a wardrobe and boost to any outfit.

And also on my green wish list is the “Green is not a colour” book By Devan Valenti & Simon Atlas.  If you are more interested in living & learning green than wearing green then this book provides readers with a highly informative and visually stunning exploration into the wide range of environmental issues that face our world today. In fact written in a very easy to read and comprehensive way, questions and answers means you can pick it up and open it on any page and learn something every day.  My kind of book.

http://www.greenisnotacolour.org

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Happy Weekend Everyone X

Pics: Pinterest, Awesome South Africa, My Theresa

Inspirational Weekend Wardrobe

From lunching in the city, to camping in the countryside, watching sport to playing sport take some inspiration from these trend setters.

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Lunch in this year’s “it” shoe – The Gucci Loafer
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Go anywhere in this relaxed combo. I love the mustard coat, adding a bit of a wow.
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Support your team & get into the spirit by “sporting” the season hottest jacket – The Bomber –
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The Bomber continued – need we say more!
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Inspire your gym workout by adding a trend hero over your your kit
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Keep it understated and cool for your saturday sport session
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Going out straight from Gym…this is totally acceptable to be running around in, post workout
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Camping – Or Glamping rather, keep warm in this perfect boots and furry coat whilst remaining super stylish
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From one errand to the next, start this look off with sneakers and swap to booties for a late lunch/drinks
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The perfect girlfriends lunch attire, feminine and chic
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Make time for these velvet beauties on a saturday!

Happy Weekend Everyone!

xx

Work Wardrobe to Weekend Wear

Struggling with transforming your work wear to weekend? Take some tips on what to do with your current favourite staples and give them a relaxed edge.  There are a few wardrobe staples that I believe are easy transformers and wearing them this way is sure to make you feel more relaxed or perhaps a little less chiseled than you would during the week.

Give your classic trench coat a new look by tying the belt loosely behind your back to remove some of its structure.  Pull up the sleeves in a messy manner, leaving your undergarment sleeves sticking out the bottom and life the collar slightly at the back.

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Shop Classic Trenchcoat

Rather than pairing your ankle boots with your pencil skirt and tights as you would for work, take them on an outing with a peasant style dress or a pair of jeans and a biker jacket to give them back their true identity for a change.  I’m a personal lover of the leopard print bootie.

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Shop Ankle Boots

Nothing says relaxed like a cross body bag, hands free is the best way to stroll around the saturday markets. Whether is Chanel, Chloe or Zara, wearing it across your body instantly plays it down.

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Shop cross body Bag

Who said a white shirt is a work shirt! Undo an extra button, roll up your sleeves and tuck in the front only for a super chic undone sexy saturday night dinner shirt.

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Shop White Shirt

A pair of smart black trousers can totally be used over the weekend if you are not in the mood for jeans AGAIN! Style them with a pair of high tops or your favourite sneakers, a t-shirt and a parka.  They will not even know themselves let alone you.

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Shop Cigarette pants

Hope you enjoy finding new ways to wear old clothes!

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The Comfy Commuter

I call this post the comfy commuter as its the perfect shoe to wear on your daily commute if you travel via public transport and have to cover a fair distance by foot.  But really the shoe that goes with any outfit, smart or casual, I just luuuurve to wear this shoe.  The shoe in topic is the sneaker.  This particular post hones in on the neutral sneaker that will go with everything, will not make an obvious statement, but more of a subtly cool one with its muted tones.  It will also ensure the feet feel extremely comfortable, happy and stylish.  Heaps of inspo to get you going places faster😉

My top picks of the most classic, understated but very cool looking sneakers to go with absolutely any outfit.  All neutrals but a different style to suit every taste.

If you like to keep things a bit more classic and understated then these are certainly for you.  Think the cream chino and blue blazer kinda gal, the clean, neutral finish goes with everything from your white shirts and trenchcoats to your black pencil skirts and blazers (because as the classic understated dresser, that is what you should have in your closet ;-))…

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Slightly trendier, think boyfriend coats and ripped jeans, however this will also pair well with your grey knitted dress.  For that added height and extra bounce this is sure to tick the boxes for the fast paced

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Nike Air Max

Now these bad boys cannot be taken lightly, you need to be a serious sneaker junkie and you gotta wear these with swagger.  They are the Aston Martins of sneakers.  High end and a hefty price tag. Give me a metallic something on my feet any day but choose from a wide selection of colours

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Golden Goose Deluxe Brand

An old favourite, the high top gives it more edge than its low top sister. I’m a big fan and believe every shoe closet needs a pair (or 3 if you are me) The original chuck taylor of Converse

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Converse

I’ve already featured Nike but I am in the market for a pair of these (as I am for all of them I guess)

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Nike

 

 Happy Shoesday!

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Formal Winter Warmers

In my opinion formal dress code in winter is by far the most elegant.  I love a long sleeve and whilst I find covering an arm up definitely formalises an outfit, its a combination of the style and the fabrics that bring it together perfectly.  It is almost impossible not to look chic in all the dark jewelled winter colours, mixed with the luxurious fabrics of velvet, lace, suede and silk, its a sensory overload of texture.  Winter is the perfect time of year to send out your posh party invitations.

If you are attending a wedding or any event this winter that requires a higher level of formality and sophistication, that you just won’t hit with a pair of jeans, then be prepared for the onslaught of options.

Layer Up – get onto this trend and wear a skirt over a dress, I love this look and with the correct dress and skirt fabrics and styles you can easily keep this look formal and warm. Love how she brings her look together by matching her lipstick with her shoes(left).

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Incorporate your jacket into your outfit, so it’s not a throw on after thought. You can then happily wear it all day knowing it works.

Go Long – wear a statement maxi skirt with a cosy jumper tucked in.

Don’t be afraid to wear trousers. There are some great jumpsuits out there too which is a wonderful option and looks super chic.

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I’m a big fan of the monochromatic look for formal occasions. It’s smart and impactful.  Make sure you add some spunk to the outfit with a fun clutch bag, killer heels, bright lip or interesting accessories. Shop any of these looks below by clicking directly on the links.

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Dramatise this look with a nude lip, smokey eyes and black or burgundy nail varnish!
Lantern Sleeve Dress // Laser cut Sandals // Suede heels // Blurred Floral Clutch // Nails OPI // Lipstick Smashbox
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Go all out with navy nails. A marshmallow pink lipstick would look great picking out the pink in the bag. Keep this look simple and clean                                                                             Smart Jumpsuit // Navy suede courts Steve Madden // Clutch // Nails Morgan TaylorMorgan Taylor // Lipstick
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I love tones of grey especially for a sleek and chic outfit.  Add colour and warmth to this with a bright plum lipstick and dark nails.                                                                                                Peplum Blouse Mango // Grey Fringed Skirt // Suede Heels // Necklace // Earrings   // Lipstick Brocade Bobbi Brown

 

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Something about a satin slip says rock chic (think Kate Moss) Add arm candy to this outfit along with a purple or red lipstick for added impact.

Satin slip Dress // Faux Fur Jacket // Clutch bag // Earrings // Suede lace up heels // Lipstick Violetta MAC

Tip: Check out Zando online for loads of smart jackets!

I hope I’ve left you with some inspiration.  Happy shopping & keep warm

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My favourite seasons

This is probably the last post I will do for a while that will benefit both my Southern and Northern Hemisphere friends.  We’re getting closer to similar temperatures (well probably still about 10 degrees difference) but a Northern Hem person pretends to feel warmer when they see the sun and a Southern Hem person gets chilly way too easily.

Spring and Autumn are my favourite seasons for dressing, the perfect temperature for all the things I love to wear.  Its cropped trouser weather (perfect 5ft3 leg length choice), Macs (another fave of mine) little cropped jackets (think boucle, denim, military style), fun shoes without sweaty feet or freezing feet (depending on where you live) pointed flats and best of all no bulky coats.  I really am NOT a fan of coats.

So how to wear all of the above.  The options are endless. Roll up the chino (hot trend) wear with anything from white sneakers to heels.  Add a collared shirt and earrings for a smarter look or a t-shirt and denim jacket for something more casual.  Wear shorts with a knitted jumper and military green jacket.  Pair an embroidered 3/4 dress with ankle boots and a Mac.  Need I say more.  Shop the season’s picks below!

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Wear a pair of ankle boots with this Embroidered Dress for those drizzly days and throw a Mac overtop.

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These Tassel Sandals will look super cute with rolled up chinos if weather permits.

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I adore this Ruffle Sleeve Top  worn with anything from skinny jeans, to chinos, smarter trousers or tucked into a skirt. Love the statement sleeves!

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Rolled up Chinos are such a hit this season and so versatile.  Wearing them with heels looks so chic as does a pair of sneakers for a dress down edge.

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Pop these ultra cool Comme des Garçons sneakers on with absolutely anything you fancy, they will work!

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The military trend that never dies, this vintage army jacket  is great for cool weather when there’s a chill in the air. Every closet needs one.

Hope you all have a super week and happy shopping! Remember you can click the blue links on this page to shop the items directly.

XXX