The Item every wardrobe needs

The utility or military if you like, jacket has become something of a staple, like the denim jacket. It goes over everything, from a t-shirt to a formal frock.  Its slightly more versatile than the denim jacket however, in that the longer length and softer fabric (in some) allows you to play around with the style a lot more.  Wearing a belt around the middle can dress it up over a cocktail dress, or if it’s more of a Shacket (shirt/jacket for those of you not up to speed with fashion jargon ;)) then the fabric is usually a softer tencel which allows you to even tuck it in as a shirt, wear it open loosely with sleeves rolled up or tied around your waist.

Here are some of the best ones out there.

This is your really good box standard Utility Jacket, it has an inner drawstring for creating a waistline, softer fabric, and all buttons covered. Super jacket to throw over anything, shop here

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A camo jacket has the same effect and does pretty much the same just a little bit more out there, great for mixing up prints and livening up staples. Shop here

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This one s referred to as a parka by the retailer however aside from the outer cord drawstring to me it’s more of a utility jacket than a parka.  The adjustable cord showing on the outside  gives it more of a casual feel and limits the styling of this jacket somewhat, only slightly though, but a great shape and I love the high neck and lapels. Shop here

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Topshop has been doing them for years and they are always a great fit, you can never go wrong here.

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A trusted brand when it comes to quality, this fit and fabric look perfect, the length is good too for those ladies with larger hip areas as you don’t want the jacket length ending at your widest part of your hips and thighs. Shop here

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ADORE this jacket giving it a trendier edge with the full sleeve making this one slightly more feminine. Shop here

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We can rely on Zara to give us a bunch of trends in one jacket, from embroidery, and studs to writing and colour on this slightly more parker-esque take on a utility jacket (you will see from the back shape online), This one’s got all the bells and whistles if your’e a trend junkie

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Im clearly a fan of the slightly more feminine styles as this military jacket with frills is right up my alley and could easily jump into my basket.. shop here

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And this ladies and gentlemen is how you style your utility/military jacket!

 

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Spring into Gardening

After winter gardens really can look rather haggard and neglected, and its easy to say you will get started with it again when the sun comes out but actually that’s too late, you need to get your outdoor space into shape way before the weather turns to summery days so its ready to use (note to self).  I am by no means an avid or knowledgable gardner AT ALL.  But I am starting to take a keen interest and I want to get into it.  One thing I think I do know is what I like in a garden and ultimately what I would love an outdoor space to look like.  Sometimes I take pics of plants I like into the nursery and find my plants that way.  It’s also a great way to learn.  If you too are not experienced in this department, then not only pinterest, but also walking around a good plant nursery should give you heaps of inspiration and ideas.

Some beautiful garden inspiration for whatever type or size garden belongs to you.

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If you like a rustic garden, then pea gravel is a good idea, provided you don’t have toddlers 😉
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Use a mirror to create some glamour as well as giving the impression of a larger space.
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Garden furniture and benches can look hard and uncomfortable, use lots of cushions and throws to create a cosy and inviting spot for lounging.
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If your outside space is a balcony, I love this idea of really large pot plants which would provide privacy and a bit of shade.

 

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If you’re the lucky owner of a very large garden creating various seating areas and different pockets around the garden will create so much interest and cosiness to the outdoor space.  This is exquisite but looks like you would need an army to keep it in tip top condition
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Don’t have time or green fingers? This succulent courtyard is stunning and low maintenance
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I love black in a garden, it is so striking against the greenery.  It feels very sophisticated.
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The ground of this garden doesn’t look picnic friendly, should you be on water restrictions in the midst of a drought and have grass that looks like this, cover it up with furniture.  What a beautiful spot this is to dine alfresco under the trees and the dry ground really suits this set up perfectly.

Here’s to the imminent arrival of Spring and to happy gardeners in the making.

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Pics: Pinterest

 

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

Green!

I bumped into this skirt whilst out and about the other day and thought what a brilliant piece it is to transform your look into summer. Its bright, but the style and cut just make it so much more wearable. Totally wear this number to work with a blouse (as below) or with sandals and a white broderie anglaise crop top on the weekend, whatever blows your hair back. Here’s my inspiration board for the green skirt.

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Navy & White Striped Blouse Oasis // Green Skirt Topshop // Sandals Dune // Bag Mulberry at Selfridges

I’m very sure you would have known to tuck the shirt in, but just in case 😉

Happy Friday everyone xx