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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New Dress Code Round Up

To say I’ve been obsessing about purchases over the last few months would be an understatement.  I’ve thought, dreamt and physically tired myself out over finding what I think I’m going to want and need living a new lifestyle in a completely different climate to the past 11 years in London.

Two things I know is, it’s casual and it’s hot! Of course there are always going to be those very few (probably not that necessary but couldn’t resist) purchases that have egged their way into the basket (managing to get hold of the inner fashion goddess spirit and the head is nowhere to be seen or heard!) But overall I’ve been wise, pulled myself together, talked some sense to the wild free spirited side of the brain and managed to refrain from the fairly left-field decisions that I sometimes like to make when it comes to dressing.  On the occasions where I haven’t managed to hold back, generally upon arriving home and rethinking my decisions I have have managed to return these so called wild idea purchases, however, sometimes with great reluctance….

I have no problem advising others what to buy but when it comes to myself I deliberate forever.

I have curated a couple of pieces and whilst this is a very small selection of my super spree, it’s a little round up of what the future dress code will look like.  These I believe are all wardrobe staples and will hopefully be with me for many years to come.  You would think I was moving to the middle of the outback the way I am banging on as if I am never going to walk into a store again, which of course is NOT the case, however I do know that South Africa is not cheap and I am going to kick myself if I find I’m needing a white linen tee, searching for weeks on end for starters to find “the one” and when finding it spending half my family’s food budget on buying the simple item.  Whereas here, I know where to get it, I know it’s not going to break the bank and I know what the quality is going to be.

As you may have gathered I am rather meticulous about fit and fabric, and will scrutinise most of what I purchase, which my poor husband has had to succumb to and bear the brunt of my ongoing explanations and reason’s of why I don’t feel that a particular item is not right.  (rolling his eyes, crying inside because he’s desperately wanting the search to be over).  Not only have I been doing this for my wardrobe, but for the boys and our home interiors….needless to say I think he is completely and utterly over shopping.  I would like to add that he has been an absolute star and great resource for sourcing certain items for us, I hold his opinion in high regard and have so enjoyed having such a big input from him in all the decisions that we have made from rugs, crockery and lighting to boys toys, and my running shoes and goodness knows what else.

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Crochet Tank Top Rag & Bone, no longer available online, similar here // Paige Cropped jeans similar here or on US site here // Clare Vivier Clutch similar here (although double the price I paid)

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Striped BCBGeneration (now on sale) bikini // Bailey Nelson Sunglasses // Nightie/swimwear cover-up/tunic (whatever I want it to be top 😉 – also on sale!) Anthropologie

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Tassel boho blouse similar here // Black bikini Primark (!) // Denim short Levis similar here

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Grey Henley H&M // Green lace bra Bonds // Breath v-neck bra Gap // loungewear/running shorts similar here

It’s going to be a completely different way of dressing but I’m certainly looking forward to it; simple, comfortable and beachy with hopefully a need for a touch of elegance, cooler weather and (glamour) every now and then when I get to bring out the dusty rose faux fur, 4″ heels and crocodile leather evening bags ;-).  For now I’m so ready for sandals, shorts, and baskets.

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PS excuse the dodgy iphone pictures

Pictures via Pinterest

 

CheckMate

I love a check (not quite as much as I love a stripe) but with all the gorgeous print popping up I thought I would share some of my favourite finds with you, and if you like them too, you can shop them right from here!

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Quilted Gillet J.Crew

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Rose Gingham Poncho (I will be investing in this one!) Anthropologie

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Shirt Warehouse

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Wool Scarf Matches

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This one may blow the budget slightly but hey, who said we couldn’t window shop!?! Dress Matches

All this check does get me excited for winter, and at the rate we going here in London it wont be long until we start lighting those fires, cracking open the red wine and getting our check on, whether it’s a rug, a poncho, a scarf or a game of chess!

Have a happy weekend everyone.

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Day to Night

One of the trickiest transitions when it comes to dress code when there’s no time to shower and redress for an evening out is how to go from grubby to glam! (which is normally the way when we’ve been hard at work all day, be it in meetings or running after kids up until 7pm). Anthropologie has the best array of clothing and accessories for the new season no matter what your style.

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I love this light weight cotton blouse, the perfect style to smarten up a pair of jeans, the frilled hem and high neck give it such a classy feel while the print and colours keep it relaxed and fun for an evening drink. It also comes in Petite which is such a bonus! Basically if you are under 5ft3 (me on the dot) you fall into that category (i.e Short!)

This year the weather has been ruthless and has dumped us right in the middle of Autumn with no warning. Last night was cold and I was very grateful for this wool hat.  The blustery weather that comes along with Autumn is the perfect time to maximise the use of the hat, not only is it so chic and finishes off an outfit so well but it keeps the fly-away hair in place.

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When day turns to night, nothing quite adds that touch of glamour like a faux fur jacket, it’s simple and warm!   This pale pink beauty has the most gorgeous suede cuffs and waist band and the pale pink neutral is sure to work with any evening outfit, it would look amazing over a black dress.

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Of course changing over bags is a real pain and when there’s no time for that the perfect day to evening bag is something small and light but with enough space to tuck away all the “stuff” that we seem to require. This little hands free black calf hair and leather bag with a cobalt blue tassel has all the panache an evening bag needs, plus it has a two zipped sections for extra storage.

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Blouse Anthropologie  // Jeans (Old) similar here // Hat Anthropologie // Bag Anthropologie // Shoes Zara // Jacket Anthropologie

Photo credit: Sarah Jane Field Photography (pics taken with an iPhone 6)

Location: Jolly Gardener, Garrett Lane

A Touch of Turquoise

Isn’t it amazing how turquoise is always so consistent. Its almost on parr with Navy. The obvious colours like black and white are always in, navy too is always about, but Turquoise is not often a hot topic, yet it always looks so gorgeous no matter what form it comes in.  The beautiful shade comes and goes like the tides but is never unobtainable and is usually more prominent in pages of Vogue around the summer months, however its so classical and chic too when brought out in the form of a ring or necklace to add a pop of colour to a dark outfit in winter, as Cate Blanchett so gracefully showed us at the 2015 Academy Awards with her Tiffany Blue Collection necklace (below).  That was one of my favourite outfits of the night, so simple but so elegant, effective and SO glamorous!

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Some of the hottest turquoise to be purchased right now, from Industrial kitchen stools to Converse & Missoni’s new collaboration Converse All Star’s (LOVE) all in my little collage of possibly my favourite colour (next to grey)….

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Turquoise cushion Etsy // Sandals Sam Edelman Question-air // Turquoise and Gold Vase Anthropologie // Rose Gold & Aquamarine ring Monica Vinader // Turquoise and Navy Clutch J Crew // Nails Inc nail polish Selfridges // Converse at Office // Square Stud Earrings & Other Stories // Industrial turquoise stool Maisons du monde

Try adding a pop of turquoise to your decor or outfit this week and see how you will love it. The shade suits everyone! Oh and don’t forget to check out Le Creuset’s Spring 2015 collection of cool mint kitchen ware, I adore it all.

Look out for my pop of turquoise this week on Instagram;-), follow me @nixcarloni

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