Double Denim-ing…Again

Double denim is having a major moment again. Its a bit like marmite, you either love it or hate it! I find it to be quite masculine sometimes, so if you are like me and don’t like such a hard cowboy western type look, then there are ways of feminising it by the denim items one chooses. Perhaps a denim shirt with frills or a denim skirt with a shirt is a great look, add heels and a belt to break it up. There are actually many different denim styled blouses to choose from so the options are certainly available and easy to do.

Have some fun, I think its quite a statement of a style which shows you’re fashion forward. Also remember double denim doesn’t mean it all needs to be tonal either, mix up denim colours using white, grey or black jeans for a less obvious look. Will you be wearing it or not? Comment below, I’d love to hear everyones opinion.

Feminise your look with the pretty oversized collar and frill trim from Mango
The traditional western style denim shirt can be paired with black or white denim for a subtle look from Levis
This mandarin collared denim shirt has lovely gathered shoulder and a yolk for an extra feminine feel by Mango

Thats my round up of a few denim shirts with a difference. I have added some outfit inspiration below. Hope you all have a lovely week x

Hot Weather Dressing

Hello again, it has been a while! Is anyone else finding the heat unbearable as well as dressing for it? As much as I love a top bottom combo as its a little more interesting, I have to say throwing on a light and floaty dress is the answer at the moment. Here are some of my pics for easy throw on options that look great on most body shapes.

Black cotton knit Superbalist
Tencel Kaftan Dress Asha Eleven
Witchery Tiered Dress
SALE Country Road French Linen Dress
Organic Cotton Dress Superbalist
SALE Mango

All these styles and fabrics are long lasting and durable which means maximum wear over the summer months and you will notice I have only picked one print. Whilst I am drawn to beautiful printed fabric I find I get bored of it quicker, down to the fact that a dress is only one item to wear, it cannot really be mixed and matched (obviously), limiting the style mix up to shoes and accessories only. I find in order to get maximum wear out of my dresses they need to be mostly plain with the odd print thrown in for interest. For on trend looks now, add a pair of Strops or chunky sandals and slops with wide straps and an on trend shape sunglasses. Woven bags and hats are always a lovely extra addition for summer. If your bag is a sling bag, it will cinch in areas of your upper body to highlight a slimmer you! I have added two shoe options below to give you an example of an on trend sandal to elevate the look, however any slip on sandals or slops work well with these dresses depending on your own personal style.
Slides Country Road
Quilted Strops Woolworths

I hope you enjoyed this post and look out for my dress looks on IG soon! x

An Epiphany

I haven’t set foot onto this platform since the last article I wrote in January 2020 Serotonin, Style & Sustainability

Strangely when I decided to revisit my website this morning, I landed on this article Life’s Little Treasure’s , I had a read through and it dawned on me that I have nearly done (or in fact I absolutely have) done full circle and am right back where I was when writing it. When I wrote Life’s Little Treasure’s I had an 8 month old and a 3year old. I now have an 11 month old and a 3 year old, plus the two older ones who are now 6 and 9. Reading this post over is like listenting to myself all over again. Im still in the trenches with little people, I still get bored only doing Mum duties (sorry I can’t lie and I know Im not the only one). Yes it’s only a season, mine has definitely felt like an ongoing season, and I’m still obsessed with Style in general, whether it’s fashion or interiors. I read the article with the biggest grin as every detail still resonates with me six years later and it amazed me. So perhaps we never get the perfect balance of work home life until our children are in their teen years and require less of our time, who knows, but I have to say it was somewhat heart warming and hilarious and also completely unbelievable reading this and feeling like I am back in exactly the same place once again. Who knew I would go on to have 4 children!

Have a read here if you’re interested to hear what I’m talking about.

Sometimes it’s good to go back in time and just remember how you felt and look at where you’ve ended up. In my case not far off but in a very different more experienced space.

Happy Thursday everyone!

Serotonin, Style & Sustainability

This happens to me, I wake up and all of a sudden have an urgency to write about something that has been pulling on my heart strings (without having realised it).  The upside is I get so excited I don’t waste timing putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard), the downside is, I don’t plan the post, which means you lot could end up reading a lot of babble…

Over my years of styling various people in various careers and walks of life, as well as following my own journey of ups and downs, one thing I have come to realise is that no matter where you are at or what you are doing we all benefit from feeling good.  Ive been through periods of feeling great, possibly because Im fit and healthy, and other times of feeling really miserable about myself, probably because Im going through a slump, not keeping up with exercise and poor diet.  That’s step one, feeling good from within.  Following closely on the heels of step one is looking good, dressing well! Whether I’m fit or not I need to maintain a level of style in my life otherwise I begin to feel even worse.  Ive noticed when I have let myself go a little on the dressing front I really do feel awful.  I totally can see how I’ve let this slide over the last couple of years and I’ve decided this year, whilst I certainly don’t have a new wardrobe to parade, I’m going to try and be clever and think out the box, whilst Ive adapted to a more classical look (for simplicity) I will try to add a (teeny tiny) edge to give it a touch of “me”, and these small efforts, I know will boost my happiness.  I will be trying my best to get fit and eat cleaner (mental note to self – stop eating children’s leftovers).  Ive seen it through so many women, how taking care of appearances boosts confidence and happiness.  Everyone has their own level of standards and they know when they are at their best or worst.  I could feel amazing in myself but to others out there look very average (hopefully nobody would tell me that – haha) and visa versa, but if you’re healthy and fresh faced then you should shine from the inside out and that counts for everything.  Once you’ve started with your body and mind you then move onto wardrobe and dressing well, present yourself well to show you care.  So that rounds up the bit about confidence and serotonin.

Next up is style.  Style is a very personal thing, Im sure everyone knows that.  Everyone has their own style and way of expressing this.  Style is not stepping out in the latest Zara/Topshop/Country Road and H&M haul, very far from it.  It is a slow and progressive collection of pieces that build up a wardrobe of pieces that you should always love.  They should be able to be worn with confidence and ease, if you ever feel uncomfortable in something, it’s not you, take it off and get rid of it.  Sell it, pass it on, alter it. Being trendy is not stylish! Dressing to suit your character is a good start although there are many women and men out there who battle with what works for them and will seek advice which is a great start.  I certainly don’t try and do my accounts, Im hopeless, so somebody else does that bit.  I do the parts I love and feel capable of doing and that is what we should all be doing.  Seek advice or help in the areas where you lack the ability to do it yourself.  My aim this year is to feel like Im trying my best from a wardrobe front (next mental note to self, try ditch all my t-shirt wearing and certainly NO more Havaianas every day)… if I want to wear a t-shirt, Im going to put it with something really striking at the bottom (haha lets see how this unfolds).  A friend popped in yesterday and said, wow look at you, is this just you strolling around in your best.  I have been “trying” a little harder this week, wearing bits that haven’t had a look-in in forever! So Im pleased to to say it never went unnoticed.  I’ve often had compliments on pieces that I’ve worn that are really old, but that’s where choosing a timeless shape helps as it doesn’t look outdated in 3 years.  That’s the bit about Style…

Now onto sustainability.  Like many others that share the same values out there, Ive become extremely conscious of our human footprint on this planet and Im desperate to be less of a consumer and more of a recycler.  We can all do little bits which will add up to a lot.  My goals for this year are to grow as many of my own veg as possible, buy less plastic, not purchase one plastic water bottle, I will continue to recycle all my rubbish as we have done for years and use earth friendly cleaning products (in fact vinegar is best, but Im not quite there yet). Being fully sustainable is quite a task and can be very overwhelming when thinking about absolutely everything we can and cant do, so baby steps makes me feel better and less stressed by it all.  Whilst there’s no way I will never ever buy another item from a high street store again, I am taking the saying “Buy Less.  Choose well. Make it last.” literally. (Thanks Viveinne Westwood).  When buying a dress for a wedding or special occasion, choose something that really suits you and that you absolutely LOVE so you will want to wear it for years to come.  Choose classic tailoring, simple sneakers, coats and jackets that suit your frame as well as being timeless. AND if you can buy from small business’s that are using sustainable practices & fabrics as well as having ethical values.  Choose raffia, straw, cotton or vegan material handbags over leather.

So how do these three topics all roll into one another? Well its simple.  Feel good, care about yourself, increase your serotonin levels by starting with the your health and fitness.  Style in turn makes you feel better, care about your appearance and I can promise you, the amount of people that I have seen transform in front of my eyes has been extremely gratifying.  Do good for your planet where you can and feel better about making a difference.  Transform yourself but be sustainable at the same time, choose carefully and don’t get sucked into consumerism, chasing the next trend.  Sure, from year to year you may want to update your wardrobe from the chunky knit to the twin set but generally trends like that last at least two seasons (so two years) before feeling the need to switch things around. Small updates can make all the difference and if you choose the classic version of a trend it’s likely to go the distance.  Keep it Simple! But hey, this is nothing you haven’t heard before, right 😉

I leave you with some of my favourite classic looks (most have been on my Pinterest boards for years, at least 3-4, and I still love them), so it shows, choose well, it lasts.

Have a fabulous week ahead everyone.

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SS20 STREETSTYLE

Hello again.

It’s been forever, and I had no intention of posting until earlier today when I fancied sharing some of my takeaways from all the streetsyle photography from the various SS20 fashion weeks around Europe and NYC. I then realized I had too much to share on IG stories (which is where I was going to post it) that I thought I may as well sum it up here. This is by no means a full round up but just my identification of what was on repeat. Fashion today is such a vast term, as really, there is so much under the trend umbrella, there are so many silhouettes and fabrics being covered at once with the style influencers putting it all together with their own personal style stamp.

Some clear shoe shapes, fabrics and silhouettes shone through. For me some of the incredibly obvious ones were: square toed shoes (all shoes from sandals to boots) , kitten heels, flip flops and chunky sneakers. Mainly dresses and skirts being worn, and when it came to trousers and jeans, they were always oversized, wide leg, high waisted or straight, absolutely not a skinny pant in sight! Beautiful prints, from floral, to check, tartan and granny’s curtains to lots of monotone and tonal dressing. Floaty oversized, puffy sleeved and tier skirted dresses. Big! Leather …. lots and lots of leather. 80’s blazers, longer in length, oversized and shoulder pads (not always all rolled into one). Trench coats for days. Although I think it’s actually compulsory to wear a trench coat in September in the northern hemisphere because that’s probably the only month of the year you are able to wear it, so in order for it to not be made redundant, it must be worn. Not too many jeans around unless in the way of knee length shorts which were everywhere in all fabrics from leather to denim. Denim shirts (never really went out) but are back in a big way. Part of the western style that’s making a comeback too, western boots it is for the upcoming winter in the northern hemisphere (if not square toed or pointed kitten heel – you see what I’m talking about). I took some snaps from various sources (Popsugar and Style Dun Monde mainly) to round up the above in a visual for you. Oh and pastels too. You get it. A little bit of everything and the kitchen sink. It’s certainly awoken the fashion fire that’s been buried deep in my belly and I’m itching for a small splurge on some big trend items (even though I’m trying to be more classic and simplistic (think clean, understated and natural, thanks to my current geographical location), and of course consumerism….and the fact that if you wear anything out of the ordinary in my home town you may be eyeballed the entire day.

Enjoy the visuals.

Let’s start with the leathers as there’s lots of it.

Leather knee length shorts and THE belt of the moment

The 80’s blazer of the season in leather and note the square toe sandal

Leather knee length shorts

Leather skirt (also note the shoes) this vest style has been a huge hit this summer

Leather pinafore dress and the white boots still hanging around and no sign of going anywhere

TRENCHES IN THEIR DROVES:

Note the square toed boot

Loved this trench and the print on print

BLAZERS:

DENIM SHIRTS

Denim shirt with the tiered skirt style.

TIERED SKIRTS AND BIG SLEEVES

The big dress and note the slip slops

BOILER SUITS

WIDE, OVERSIZED OR STRAIGHT TROUSERS AND JEANS

Tonal Pastels and kitten heel mules

TONAL

Tonal

Tonal, wide leg and strappy sandals were everywhere too!

FLIP FLOPS

KNEE LENGTH SHORTS

And lastly I wanted to end with this image, a great depiction of many of the trends all summed up.

I hope you’re all having a great weekend and let’s hope it’s not another half a year until I post again.

XXX