Jackets to get you through Spring, Autumn & Winter

There are so many reasons to invest in jackets for your wardrobe.  Jackets like these are so good because they can be thrown over something light, something slightly warmer or worn under larger and thicker coats.  The jacket is a fast way to update your outfit or create interesting layers.  I personally love wearing a leather or smaller blazer under a coat when it’s bitterly cold and in doing so it opens up the option of taking your coat off and feeling more comfortable with just a jacket on whilst keeping the chill at bay.

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The Military Blazer here
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Leather Biker Jacket here
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Quilted Bomber here

 

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Gingham Check Jacket here

The leopard print faux fur does not exactly fall into the smaller jacket category but I thought I’d add it to this line up as it sure is versatile, brightens up any dull wardrobe and will be around for many years jazzing up your outfits.

 

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Faux Fur Coat here

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Autumn Trends

Much to my delight, there’s a real chill in the air.  I’m so sick of the summer wardrobe I don’t have (that’s probably what the problem is) Whilst temperatures are still fairly high the breeze is cool and the mornings and evenings require slippers!! Some pieces that I love and will be wearing over the coming months will revolve around looks such as long sleeved floaty dresses, oversized shirts, soft loose fit trousers, loafers and hopefully I will be able to get my high tops out again soon (I miss them). Some autumn outfit inspo for an array of occasions. Shop directly from links below.

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Flounce sweater here // embroidered relaxed fit jeans here // Clutch bag here // Gold braided shoes here

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Patterned Dress here // Clutch here // Glitter sling backs here

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Jumper with wrist ties here // Mensy trousers here // Slingbacks here // Cotton bag here

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Printed T here // Blazer here  // Clutch bag here // Court shoes here

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Embroidered blouse here // Relaxed fit chinos here // leather mules here // Croc effect bag here

Hope you are all as excited about autumn clothes as I am, its always been my favourite fashion season 😉

X

Tuesday Talk…

Having skimmed through some of the AW17 NYC & London shows its clear to see that colour colour and more colour is everywhere.  There is no real trend happening just that different fabrics from velvet, tulle, silk and lace to metallics, embellishment and prints,  and styles from decades past are all on the horizon.  I think it would be pretty accurate to say just about anything goes really. And I think that’s wonderful as that is what fashion is all about, from that, individuals can create their own styles.

One trend I am talking about today is Gingham! I do love a bit of gingham but at the same time I feel one needs to tread carefully when choosing to dress in gingham, lets remember gingham has dressed many a tea table and jam jar for decades. If the incorrect garment is chosen and styled badly then you’re not going to be doing this trend or yourself justice.  My high street hits below.

Gingham blouse with tie sleeves here

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If you know the styles I go for as often as possible you will know this style ticks all boxes, floaty, full sleeves, great length and such a cute fabric to match although it’s not a cute dress, I feel the style of the dress really balances out the fabric ensuring its not too girly. Especially worn with a pair of converse 😉 Buy here

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This shirt is great for dress up a pair of high waisted jeans and a blazer, love the ruffles in all the right places. Shop here

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This is a favourite, tried and tested I loved it on, I also felt its is such a versatile top, from wearing it with a pair of shorts to a pair of leather trousers in the evening, this top can really be casual or smart.  Shop here

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This doesn’t come cheap but this embellishment!!! Shop here

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If you’ve got a long torso, finding the right jumpsuit can be tricky, usually the Tall department is where you need to shop.  This Jumpsuit looks super cool and again could go from the office with heels and a blazer, straight to the beach with slides.  LOVE – shop here

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Styling your gingham..

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Well Tuesday Talk started yesterday and ended it this evening so I guess it’s happy hump day from me.

x

 

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.

X

 

Outfit Goals

Wherever you are in the world, I think February is a bit of an odd month! Shopping wise your’e neither here nor there.

If you are in the Northern Hemisphere, you’re desperately praying for signs of Spring and warmer days.  You can’t bare the thought of purchasing another jumper as you feel that summer is around the corner (although it’s not!) but you find yourself holding out for the Spring essentials which will start popping up around the stores as early as Feb/March.

In the Southern Hemisphere, you’ve done your summer shopping, you’ve had your beach holiday (December/January).  Easter is coming up but that can be so touch and go weather wise so you never know what your’e going to get!

This is a great time to revisit your wardrobe and go through what you have used this season and what you have not touched, if there has been something that you have not wanted to wear, be ruthless and chuck it out while it’s all fresh in your mind .  Once you have done a major (or minor) cull you know you can pack your wardrobe away, knowing that when this season comes around again you’ve sorted it already whilst it was fresh in your mind.  At this late stage in the season whatever you buy should be transferable to the next season.  Examples below are two items I would pick being in a summer country.

This raffia clutch is great for a summer lunch with denim shorts and a kimono and would work brilliantly with a pair of black jeans and shirt in the winter.

Raffia Clutch

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I also love this grey skirt, pair it with a tee and espadrilles now or with an exact grey tone match jumper and boots in winter – LOVE!

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Outfit inspo for Winter and Summer to help you through, surely these simple yet stylish outfits can be built (or similar) from your existing staples!?!

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Have a happy fashion week!

xxx

 

outDOORS

I was sitting in the kids play room this morning, looking out into the garden thinking how much I dislike the door and windows in that room that lead out into the garden.  The only thing it has going for it, is the fact that it is all glass, so it brings in good light and we have good views into the garden, other than that, I would very much love to give the owner some ideas for when they decide to update.  It got me thinking that I actually have a door fetish, just to add yet another one to the list of fetish’s.  Is it a London thing? People looking at other peoples front doors all the time.  I know its not just me but all my friends and people I know are always taking pics of other peoples doors and front entrances.  I guess in London our houses are literally on the street, so are always on show, not only to the people that live on the street but every person that happens to be walking past to get somewhere else (which at this time of year is an obscene amount, with the Wimbledon tennis fans all about).

When we move into our own home (hopefully soon) I want to ensure that I pick the right doors for the house and ones that are not only attractive but that make the most of the space as well as feeling like I am bringing a bit of the outside in or visa versa.  Its great to be able to sit indoors but feel like you are out, I like open and airy spaces and I love to be able to see straight out into the garden.

Have a look at some door inspiration.

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xxx