Winter Warmers

If any of you have been following my Instagram – and I hope you have! You will have seen my recent obsession with turtle necks. Honestly I just love them.

I used to think ( a few years ago) that they were for old ladies but if you have a look at any of the classy iconic women we all love, First Ladies, sophisticated actresses etc you will see that their class is all about how they dress, and I can promise you that in the cooler months, they will be sporting a turtleneck or two!

Lazy girl’s guide to getting dressed – wear a turtle neck and voilà, barely any foundation blending necessary!

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Turtle necks are super versatile. They hide ugly (but oh so warm) thermal undershirts without a hint of daggy old lady, keep you nice and warm and come in some pretty cool colours and patterns too.

I love that they are really modest (thank you for covering me right up to my neck) but are also tight enough that you can still feel like a woman and can still feel like you have a figure.

I also love that because of the roll neck, you don’t have to be so careful about making sure you have blended your makeup down your neck at 5:30 AM. You’re welcome haha.

xx

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What are you wearing?

IMG_0760IMG_0796You’re excited for the weekend, and you have so many things planned but you feel your old mate Anxiety hit. What to wear? Will he be there? Should I even go? No one will notice if I don’t go..will they?.

Already wore that outfit last weekend with that same group of friends?

The weather has turned and the outfit you planned just won’t be suitable anymore?

Venue has changed and now you don’t know if you’re original, planned outfit will be appropriate?

Time to call a girlfriend and ask the dreaded ‘What are you wearing?” question. No, not the question the creepy guy who only texts you when he’s drunk kind of question – which you always reply with something coy, when in reality you’re tucked up in your flannelette pyjamas with a funky coloured face mask on… I’m off topic aren’t I?!? Anyway, when you ask a girlfriend that question she nearly always says, oh just jeans and heels, nothing fancy and she either turns up in sequins and stripper heels, or is wearing her active wear and you have now seriously misjudged the occasion.

Don’t worry I’ve been there before too! And it’s not a nice feeling, but I’m here to help don’t panic, and certainly don’t go out and buy a whole new outfit – the panic tempts you against better judgement doesn’t it! Hands up ladies if you’ve ever panic bought an outfit just to find it was probably no more suitable than the original you had planned? Been there done that!

Ok, first things first. Decide whether its a heels or flats occasion – strappy, open toe or enclosed, more formal? Decided on that? Great. Move up.

Skirt or pants? I have a pair of black stretchy work pants from Showpo that make my derrière look amaze! I kid you not, very Tammy Hembrow -esque (if you don’t know who she is, look her up on IG!!) Im getting sidetracked… These pants are my life. They are perfect for a corporate meeting, perfect on date night with a dropped top so he can really see just how amazing that bum looks, oh and then they bridge the gap between ‘oh sorry I came to this straight from work and I didn’t have time to change, but yes I look fabulous and chic and fit right in with the cool kids’ or the ‘Didn’t know the dress code, turns out its casual chic, turns out I nailed it’ They are seriously awesome. Sadly they don’t stock them anymore, but I’ll find you a replacement pair ladies as soon as I can!

I am so glad ripped jeans are finally a thing again too – much to my grandmother’s fretting and offers to sew up those holes…. anyway, I love a pair of ripped jeans. They nail the casual chic vibe, but with the right top, can bridge to gap to fashionista, go anywhere, any dress code. Just remember to balance it!

Then work on the top. Juts a little cleavage not too much though, remember, a little imagination goes a long way!! If you have a smaller bust like me, you can get away with having lower cut tops and lacy bras showing more often because the lack of ‘I’m falling out of my top’ thing helps keep it sophisticated and sexy. If you have a fuller bust size, I would recommend something a little tighter with a higher neck line. Remember to show not tell. let them imagine whats going on. Of course, this all has to fit with the occasion – but you really can’t go wrong with some tight, high necked tops, they keep just enough on show but still manage to stay appropriate for different occasions!! I have some perfect examples of these on my IG 925wear from Zara. They are perfect for work or weekends out!

Then choose your accessories. Earrings or necklaces. One or the other. 9 times out of ten I hate matching sets. If you don’t have a good eye yet for seeing what works with an outfit then just stick to one or the other to be safe. You can’t go wrong then. I love gold for nights out, but silver for day time play time. But, choose whatever suits you and your skin tones!

Let me know what your go to outfit is in the comments below!

Happy weekend lovelies!

xx

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Skirt crush with Vodim

More specifically I have fallen in love with Vodim the label’s  commitment to quality and elegance, a belief that I share that all women should feel beautiful, sophisticated and sexy all at once. They have really perfected these three looks in one which are perfect for the work place.

I have the Blue Marle below the knee skirt – which incidentally also comes in cherry red – uh where do I sign up? Here. Thanks.

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This skirt is perfect with a classic crisp white shirt for a more classic office look, looks fabulous with a fun shirt or blouse (you can thank the cut, colour and fabric of the skirt for this!) and it also looks great with wedges for a more relaxed weekend look.

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Lets talk about the cut of this skirt. It falls to just below your knee for what you can mistakenly believe is a more modest style. I absolutely agree and disagree at the same time. You can rock this length at any age keeping your look stylish and also classy at the same time! I live by the adage of sex sells but class is timeless. Someone famous has said those things a time or two…  The fit of the skirt and sleek silhouette it gives, allows you to ban the stereotype and wear it with pride. If you are a little older just think about opposites. If the skirt length is modest then think about an interesting cut and fabric to complement the length. It’s a quick and simple way to make sure you get that balance right and keep the personal style without losing your class and femininity.

 

I also love the colour of this skirt. If you’re looking for the clean classics of business wear this blue colour seems to blend into a beautiful compliment of the rest of the outfit while still adding some colour – but if you’re styling a relaxed weekend look then this skirt manages to morph into a colour that seems almost like a subtle denim. I actually think its magic.

Check out Vodim the Label’s other stunning designs here. And happy shopping beauties!

xx

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Jacket Obsessions

My favourite time of year is here again. Spring. The time when you get to wear lightweight jackets in the morning and evening but strip them off and go sleeveless in the middle of the day. I am a lizard at heart and love a good summers day, but I also love the sophistication of a really nice jacket.

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When I say jacket, I don’t mean a blazer, nor do I mean an overcoat. I’m talking about mid thigh, long sleeves and may or may not button up. I love to use these as statement pieces for my outfit – to add a pop of colour or a bright pattern. The best part about this is that if you realise that you forgot your 11 AM meeting is with that not-so-up-with-the-times client who wont appreciate he loud colours. Easy, whip it off for your meeting and back on again for drinks with the girls that night.

Two of my favourite spring jackets are both from ZARA. They have absolutely nailed this look and they are super easy to style. The cut on both (think cute boat neck and 3/4 sleeves) are to die for and are their own little sophisticated statement.

So how do we style the classics? Classic colour, classic shape and fit? Easy peasy. Complement with colours from the same palette, and if you’re a little braver go for colours on the same palette but at opposing ends eg a baby blue shirt and a navy jacket.

But what about the crazy patterns, designs and colours? You need to keep it simple. Remember you’re still going to work so you need to make sure its office appropriate not necessarily “I’m an individual and am going to break all the fashion rules today”. Save it for a Saturday night. Remember you’re channeling your own sophisticated, but still quirky style into office appropriate wear.

 

For example I am in love with a bright pink jacket with three quarter sleeves from ZARA. I pair it with either all white or all black outfits. That way if I need to suddenly and unexpectedly need to ‘blend in’ a little I just throw the jacket over the back on my chair. Instant fix.

The other thing you need to remember is that these sorts of jackets are often timeless in cut and quality, so I give full permission to go out and splurge!

Check out my IG feed for some jacket inspo! xx

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This cape is from Showpo Executives and I am just so in love with it!

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Love affair with all things red

My love affair continues with all things red. Yes. I’m obsessed and even more so with this beautiful red wrap top from Down Town Chic (available soon ladies!). You can see for yourselves how incredible this red colour is, and needless to say I am desperately trying to wear it 5 days a week to work.

It looks super stunning with classic black slacks and a blazer for work., but also works really well with a black pencil skirt. This top has nailed the perfect line between conservative (the high neck) but also keeps things interesting in the wrapped folds of material and bare arms. Did I mention how versatile it is?

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I have a weekend out with some girlfriends coming up and I have already decided to take this beauty for a run with some simple white ripped jeans (check out Mango’s beaut range) and some comfy wedges. You just can’t go wrong with a classic red and white look. Pairing this work top with the ripped jeans takes the ‘work-y’ edge off it and also makes the rips in the jeans look a little more feminine. The two will complement each other really nicely I’m sure. Check out my Insta feed over the weekend to see how I styled this!

My new favourite red top is also super easy and simple to style with some killer accessories. You can easily add some awesome chokers, and cuffs. I would suggest you stay away from pendant necklaces as the folds and wraps on this top are a really cool feature and you don’t want to have too much going on at once. Leave the top to stand out on its own in that department! I love a classic gold and red look, but it also looks great with some silver earrings or necklace.

 

Enjoy ladies!

xx

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Corporate colours

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Most people tend to go for standard black, grey and navy at work. They are flattering colours, you don’t have to think about the colours clashing and its easy to style. But, you know what’s wrong with it? It’s boring. It is boring for the people you work with and its boring for clients.

Colours are my simple fix for when I’m feeling a little ‘stale’ or stressed out at work. Sounds really silly I know, but it actually cures Mondayitis.

I know some of you have fairly conservative or strict work dress codes, but it doesn’t mean you have to forgo any type of colour and dress like your mood. I’m going to share with you a few really quick ideas how to pep up your colour wardrobe and also your mood.

  1. Easy peasy necklaces and earrings (although never at the same time my dear) Go for a statement necklace I love Samantha Wills’ collections and also Collette by Collette Hayman if you’re on a budget and in Australia. You can go for the big fake jewel looking necklaces and earrings if you absolutely can’t do colour or you can go for a more simple colourful necklace. It lifts the whole outfit and makes it a little more playful but you still get to keep your conservative tailoring, lines and hem lengths!

2. Shoes. My favourites. I never need an excuse to buy new shoes but if in doubt, I tell myself it’s because I don’t have some in that particular colour. So go and up your shoe game. Even interesting patterns/textures can go a long way if you’re not daring enough to go for a colour pop just yet.

3. Scarves, and not just your warm winter essentials either. Thankfully silk neck scarves and ties are making a comeback. Super cute bow at your neck or simple draped around your colour brings life to a dreary outfit. The silk scarves are also a fantastic way of still keeping cool in summer but making sure that you have the appropriate level of clothing on. By tying one in a bow around your neck it can make a neckline that was bordering on unsuitable suddenly professional again.

4. Nail polish. If you sit at your desk all day this is a fabulous way to put a smile on your face. You’ll be looking at your bright little nails all day and if you keep a smells-so-good-I-could-eat-it hand cream next to you,  I promise it’s the easiest way to make you smile. Plus a good mani always puts us in a good mood. Try Shellac or Gel polishes so you don’t get any peeling or chips to keep your digits in tip top condition.

5. last but not least your outfit. If you work in a more casual setting or the dress code is not so corporate strict then go for some bright colours when you’re next out shopping. Make sure the fit is comfortable though and it lets you do everything you need to at work because in order for you to pull off bright colours you need to feel confident in what you’re wearing.

Have a look at my Instagram 925wear for some colour blocking inspo!

xx

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The Green Eyed Monster

I sometimes don’t understand why some women think that dressing up in pink and pearls is setting back equality and women’s rights by 50 Years. Its just not true. Ill be the first to put my hand up and demand equal pay, demand equal rights, but I wont verbally bash other women just because they aren’t like me.

I hate the looks I get sometimes when I’m all dressed up for work – the stilettos, the jewelry, the pencil skirts, it draws the wrong kind of attention. I’m not talking about cat calls or inappropriate comments form men. I’m talking about the snide comments, the raised eyebrows and the obvious look up and down. From other women. It really used to get to me. I used to dress down a little, just to avoid this bullying. Yes. Bullying.

Women can be the harshest critiques of each other and also our best supporters. But fashion is one of those things that women feel that we have the right to be a bitch about, that we have the right to judge another women’s personality, strength of character, values and opinions based on what she wears. Lets try a little experiment. Lets say you see a blonde young woman walk towards you, stilettos, tailored pants, and perfect makeup. You think snob, rich, princess, high maintenance. Wrong. She could be you. Lets try again, you see; Dyed green and yellow hair, tattoos, nose ring and doc Martins. You think punk, goth, unprofessional, difficult, non conformist. Wrong. She could be you. Two polar opposite stereotypes. Two polar opposite perceptions about these women. What I wish women would stop doing was judging a book by its cover. Its just not fair.

Ok, so how does this relate to workplace fashion? Well, stop tearing down the woman who dresses up every morning. Don’t let the green eyed monster rear its ugly head just because you cant admit she actually looks amazing. How many times have you snidely whispered “Yeah I’ll bet she’s only dressed up because she’s going for a promotion” or “Do you think her boss has noticed?” Whatever happened to the “Love your shoes!” or “Where did you get that skirt? Looks fabulous on you!” Yeah I don’t know either. Somewhere along the line people have started saying that the woman (or man) who takes pride in their appearance and fashion at work is simply trying to dress the part for the promotion, or are arrogant/conceited etc. Its just not fair.

Something I’ve certainly come across is this notion that because I dress up, put on my makeup and wear heels, that I’m a ditzy blonde. They put me into my stereotype box very happily and leave me there. Until they finally realise that I don’t dress for anyone else. I dress the way I do because, news flash, I like it. Shock horror. Someone actually does something for their own enjoyment not for the approval of others. I like the way doing my makeup makes me feel like I’m putting on my corporate game face. I like the way I feel professional. I like the way I cant slip into my dress and pull on my boss lady personality. Don’t assume that the woman who dresses up, does her makeup and hair, and always wears stilettos has zero interests in women’s rights and equality, that she would rather just be a housewife (not that there is any shame in being a house wife or husband either – but thats a post for another day my dears!). The judgement has to stop. It’s just not fair.

So here is my challenge to you – say something nice to a woman you next see and mean it. Find something you would love to be able to copy and tell her about it. Or ask her where she got that item. We need more love and less judgement.

Go forth and compliment my beauties!

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