OOTD: Summer to Fall

Today’s outfit it an easy representation of how to take spring/summer pieces to fall/winter.

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Let me break it down for you

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A wine burgundy colored circle scarf from an art house label Exception de Mixmind by Ma Ke.  It came with a chunky knit jumper.

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A tannish-grey Ralph Lauren cardigan a pattern on the cuff and on the bottom hem.

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Jewellery details: watch, 2 bead bracelets and my ring: this is rather standard for me

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Anatomy of the outfit: a Max & Co basics navy blue tank top with some rouching in the front area and the skirt.

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That is the completed look (not in photo is my black opaque tights and brown leather riding style boots from Max & Co

 

The skirt is from the H&M “divided” range. I think they had a collection of these going with a shirt and dress in this print too. I adore this dress. It’s so cute and versatile. I bought this in the summer months but because the fabric is a little heavier cotton than your regular summer skirt, it is really easy to wear it in the wintertime. I love the tulip shape of it too as it slims me down. An added bonus is its pockets!

What do you think about this outfit? Tell me in the comments below!

Note: pretty all the items in this outfit are bought at sale time (honestly, not that rich 😛 ) therefore impossible to find them online right now 😛

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Accessorize: 10 Accessory Must Haves

Hey guys. And today I’m back this the 10 must haves of accessories. I hope you enjoy. 😛 Accessories are so important in any wardrobe! 

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  1. Pumps: These are so important in pulling off a formal look and honestly a pair of good pumps will do you much good!
  2. Wedges: For the more comfortable alternative that will look amazing, feel amazing and increase your height. These are good for a range of occasions. Gotta love them.
  3. Boots: In the colder months, this is what you need. A good pair of boots. I can’t live without them.
  4. Flats: The best shoe choice for the comfortable minded. They can also look very cute with a range of outfits. Also one of my favorites.
  5. Printed Scarf: Because I tend to be rather plain (color and print wise) in my clothes, I like to have accessories that pop out, make it special. That’s exactly what a good scarf would do. Whether it be animal print or floral, polka dot or stripe, it will pull an outfit together so well. 
  6. Thick Belt: I love my belts, especially with my body shape, they’re essential. The thick belts pull in a thiner and more feminine figure. It’s perfect for tying your layers together.
  7. Thin Belt: Another important piece (it’s obvious that I love my belts, trust me). A skinny belt adds texture and definition. And it can prevent the potato sack look (unattractive :S).
  8. Stud Earrings: This is the most basic jewellery piece that can honestly go with everything. Maybe have on hand a silver pair and a gold pair to better match with gold. Many shops like H&M will stock sets with multiple colors that you may want to check out. (Obviously, this mainly applies to those of us with piercings but clip ons are an option).
  9. Statement Jewellery Piece: Own one statement jewellery piece that is versatile. Be that some arm candy or a necklace or even a pair of earrings, a statement piece is sometimes necessary to make a simple outfit.
  10. Tote Bag: The best thing to rely on. It’s just so perfect because it’s so versatile and all purpose. Another one of those things that are just the best investment.

That is the end of this post 🙂 I hope you enjoyed! Tell me in the comments below what your accessory must haves are. I’d be really curious to know!

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Fashionista’s Items for Autumn/Winter

Hey guys! I know my last post was about mint jeans (a largely spring/summer 2012 trend) but for those like me who live in the southern hemisphere, we’re wondering about the autumn/winter fashion. Well, since the “fashion trends” aren’t that strong out here, a lot of more classical things are “in”. But as we still have 4 to 5 months left of autumn/winter, I thought now is the perfect time to impart MY loves for autumn/winter to you guys (I’ve had some time to warm up into autumn/winter fashion, awful pun intended).

I hope you like this post because I actually put a lot of effort into this post haha so yeah. If you have any questions or post suggestions, just pop them in the comments section below. 🙂

Now, keep in mind that I’ve just chosen my favorite trends and things that I like to wear in my everyday life, and your fashion sense may be drastically different from mine and that’s 100% okay but do keep that in mind when reading this post because a girl (or guy) has to stick to her (or his) own style, right? Right.

Right now everything is about the CLASH. The color clash, the pattern clash, and  the fabric clash. They’re all so perfect for the Autumn/Winter time because guess what, you can LAYER! Haha, making these clash-happy trends very easy and suitable.

Fun Colors for Autumn/Winter:

We’re all familiar with the dull, gloomy (and ultimately unexciting) colors of the autumn/winter time and for some weird reason, we all naturally gravitate towards the navy, the grey, the black, the brown… and there is nothing wrong with that because I adore these darker colors (you can’t pull them off as well in spring/summer right?) but too much of these dark colors may just put me into some seasonal affective disorder (very aptly abbv. to SAD haha) so I love love LOVE adding just that POP of color into my outfit. A red scarf, a pink shirt, some cobalt blue, just to spice up the outfit. Autumn and winter is all about the dulls? Not necessarily, right? Some outfits that I just LOVE to wear in the winter time:

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20s are Back!

Something that is definitely coming back in is the 20s style (something that I’m just such a fan of). It’s all about the clean cuts, the preppy looks and the fabrics. We’re seeing a lot of felt and tweed, commonly loved fabrics. Patterns such as checks and herringbone are definitely some of the classics that are no longer just for “old people”. And trust me, I definitely borrow this trend in my LOVE for blazers with heavier fabrics and more classical designs. Say hello to the Ralph Lauren look.

With that said, this trend can be seen very strongly in the accessories that are hitting the market. Very structured leather satchels are definitely to love in this season. I mean, how do you not love a good leather satchel to go with your nice blazer.

Of course, this trend goes hand in hand with the androgyny look. The slim silhouette of the 20s look acquires volume with the modern-shaped tops and blazers with masculine over-sizing. Something to look out for: wool coats with zipper and pocket details and/or decorative linings, fur-lined parka-shapes and short wool skirts. Again, minimalist meets elegance.

This is how I like to wear this trend:

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Now my favorite.

The Knitwear.

What is autumn/winter fashion without Knitwear, so I’ve decided to not only dedicate a whole section of the post to Knitwear but also capitalize it, because, why not? Knitwear is honestly the most perfect way to express any trend you want with such a variety of Knit on the market. Finer knits are perfect for the expression of the 60s geometric shapes that are just so in right now, the color issue that I mentioned above and the fabric clash that I will elaborate on. Honestly, fine Knit can just bring the simplist but most elegant silhouette-ing technique that is out there. I mean, hello, it hugs your shape! Of course, we’ve definitely can NOT forget about the chunky/coarse knits that we’re seeing everywhere (runway, sure, but even more often on the fashion blogs). We see the never outdated cable knit structures and the coarse peasant patterns, traditionaly sock patterns and amazing patchwork ideas. Needless to say, I love my Knits.

Finer knits are great to express your personality. We see so many combinations out there. If you like to be simple, elegant and understated, the most perfect thing is that khaki (because army green is definitely in) turtleneck finely knit sweater with some nice trousers and a blazer. If you like to be loud and fun (somewhat more my style), you just simply MUST check out the patterned sweaters and sweater dresses. Look at those zigzag sweaters or that navel showing orange and purple sweater dress and what about that really strange I-can’t-describe sweater dress (below).

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But again, these fine knits make perfect fabric layering device. The fabric clash is definitely in right now. Thinking wool and satin? Wool and velvet? Hell, satin and velvet? So try popping on a nice silk shirt underneath that fine Knit. How about a tweed blazer over the top? How about a chunky knit infinity scarf with it? Look at these options!

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And finally making friends with the chunky knits. You can honestly pair them with anything. Put them over a dress. Put them over pvc or leather pants (if you like those, *shiver* I definitely don’t). The look amazing over skinny jeans/pants. Over a velvet A-line skirt. How about some patterned pants? Honestly speaking, there are few things that chunky knits don’t work with. They’re definitely up there (around the Little Black Dress mark) in terms of volatility!

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And last but not least:

RAZZLE DAZZLE ‘EM!

Accessories! For autumn/winter, my accessories creativity does go down a wee bit because I always go for the classics because I love them so much. By the “classics”, I’m talking about the BOOTS, and the scarves, and the handbags, and the — But hey, they’re essential items. To make boots more “now-trending”, look for the lace-up boots, the boots with fur detail, and the boho slouch leather boot. Feeling adventurous? How about the suede in the pastels and strong colors, and the block heel? Okay, I guess block heel isn’t considered adventurous but for those of you who like flat heeled boots or where-do-your-legs-end stillettos, maybe it is a venture (a very worthwhile one, mind you). Some of you may like to know that the worker/combat/urban boot and the riding is still in (and I predict it’d be in for quite some time yet, a valuable investment).

On your scarves, search for jemed/jewelled detailing, (again) furriness, and a very very big size. Now for the bags, the velvet fabric is a love, so is the fur (faux-fur please O.O), and so is the exotic fabrics like reptile and ostrich and the such (don’t worry, they DEFINITELY do not have to be real). The satchel is a definite love and the bags with the college look is also to be adored. Boxy clutches and those saddle/weekend bags are definitely also a love.

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So that is it for this post. I know that this was a VERY VERY VERY long post, but I worked really hard on it so I hope you like it. Those of you in the northern hemisphere will not miss out because I will be doing a similar post on Spring/Summer trends very soon.

Before then… Thank you very much for reading this post. I honestly hoped you liked it and hope it helped. See you tomorrow.

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My Insta-Log and OOTD

So this is just a post to talk about what I’ve been up to lately and some little fashion things I guess. I exhausted my posting ability and energy a little with that SUPER long post yesterday and I’ve been so busy lately, which is weird because this should be “break-time”. So I hope you enjoy this slightly more “personalized” or me-blog (mlog?) and I probably will be doing some of these now and then.

So, here is my instagram log for saturday, sunday, monday and today.

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Let me break it down for you:

Photo #1: (Saturday) These are the mint nails I was talking about! They turned up on my iPhone camera slightly more pastel than they are in real life but meh. This photo makes it look so much prettier!

Photo #2: OOTD for Sunday! I was sporting a uber-long tank top from H&M with a tiger on it that I turned into a shortish dress (it was a lovely day) and over that I had on a sweater with a “net-y” or mesh type of feel in a really nice muted gold type of color. Because its autumn right now where I am, I decided to wear my burgundy/wine-red cardigan. (I adore that color combo!) This cardigan is so cute because it has a waterfall shape down the front and a cropped back with a “stitched-in waist”. I love it so much. On my feet (not in this picture), I have on a pair of brown leather boots with a furry-sheep skin type thing on the inside of the bootshaft that can be turned out or left like that. Accessories wise, I had on my really lovely faux-antique (its almost antique now lol. I got it 10 years ago for Christmas!!!) locket with mini mini pearls and rubies and it’s just so delicate and gorgeous, and I also wore my mom’s amber ring and my silver pentacle ring. I personally loved that outfit and quite a few people said I looked nice which made me really happy haha.

Photo #3: (Tuesday) I actually put this in a funny order when I made this, oops. This is a photo I took in Bar Coluzzi in Darlinghurst, Sydney. It was absolutely adorable. I really wanted to write a review on it because I just loved it so much. It’s a really well hidden cafe on Victoria St and once you go in, you can just feel the history. It’s 50 years old and founded by a former Australian middle weight champion (Luigi Coluzzi) and you can just see the wall covered in photos of him, signatures by famous people and it’s just amazing. The staff are extremely friendly and full of humour. I had a steak sandwich and Iced Chocolate which was just DELICIOUS but the downside was it was $18 which is erring of the expensive side. Overall, I think that if you get the chance, you must visit it! It’s so amazing and you might just spot some celebs who are always lurking there.

Photo #4: (Monday) Lemon, Lime and Bitters! Always a treat! Amazing dinner at Terrazza Cafe Restaurant Pizzeria. $45 for 2 people for dinner is quite okay I think. I was stuffed after the drink, the entree and the pizza (which is one of the best pizza’s I’ve had, not including the one I had in Naples, Italy because what can compare to that!). Really great atmosphere and the food is even better. The staff were really nice too so, pretty good experience. I would definitely go back!

Okay so it’s OOTD time!

Because, as I said in my previous post, my camera is currently taking a holiday from working and I’m lacking a mirror to take the photo in, I can just use Polyvore to give you a general idea.

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I was wearing a shockingly pink silk blouse today by Zimmermann (which I got on a very LARGE sale percent may I mention) and I honestly rarely wear pink but this blouse just drew my attention immediately. I mean the color is that gorgeous bright flamingo/coral pink. Oh! my god! I love it! But every time I looked down or caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror or a window or something, I would like get a startle, every time. I was like “woah, that’s so pink!” But I enjoyed every minute of wearing it. The fabric is so so comfortable and just amazing quality.

I tucked the front into my Levi’s dark wash skinnys (and left the back out like I seem to always do) to give a slightly less casual look and also because it’s a little long, if I leave it out on the front, it kinda makes me look shorter and isn’t as flattering.

On my feet, I had the Dr Martens that I got for Christmas last year. I’ve never been the biggest fan of “combat boots”. I don’t know, they just never look that great on me because I have tiny feet which I’m uber self conscious about because sometimes I get outrageously rude people who ask me how I “balance” and “manage to stand” on them because proportionally they’re too small for my height. Anyways, not the point! I always think they look strange on me but my mother says they look good on me so whatever, I trust her. I actually have the Triumph 1460 style that I love because of the “biker”-like heritage that seems to come with it.

On top, because it’s autumn here, I have my favourite and best investment of my life, my SABA black leather jacket. I bought this maybe 2 or 3 years ago, and I’ve just gotten SO SO SO much wear out of it. It’s one of the only jackets I wear in autumn and winter. I just adore it. It’s the softest thing in the entire world. (Oh yeah, it’s real leather btw. Yes I know, have a fit if you like. I do guilt trip over it but you know, I try not kill animals for my own benefit *guilty sad face*).  I adore the little epaulets on the shoulders and the across body type, diagonal zipper thing going on. The only annoying thing is that the collar flaps always flap closed when the zipper or buttons aren’t done up (so annoying! 😡 ) If you want an image, just type into Google images Bardot Leather Jacket and it looks basically like the first one even though its SABA.

In my hand, resides my most precious handbag. I love this bag to bits. It is absolutely amazing, beyond words. [Disclaimer] I dreamed about this bag (well, not this particular bag, but similar ones) for the longest time and my dad (who is just the most amazing and hard working man I’ve ever known) and I reached an “agreement” that he’d get me my birthday present a little early because he won’t be here to celebrate with me. And seriously, I appreciate him so much and I know how lucky I am to have him as my father. And I’d love him just as much with or without the stuff he gets me as treats. I never want people to think that I’m rottenly spoilt or ridiculously filthy rich because I’m not. With the money that my dad earns, we just have enough spending “allowance” for my mom and I to be treated to lovely things and I can’t help what some people think, and I’m sorry that they feel that way but you know, I can’t change that. Just please don’t judge me for it. So the actual bag is a Vitello Lux Gather Tote by Miu Miu and I know in this picture, it’s a light beige but in real life, mine is actually a lovely nude pink. It was so funny because I got so so upset when a little bit of rain got on it the other day. It was a moment of utter tragicness I’m not joking. And my friend was totally laughing me.

Anyways, so that brings me to the end of my Insta-log and OOTD. I know this was overly detailed and totally long, I just didn’t want you guys to feel as if I half-assed this post by slacking off and posting 2 pictures and 100 words.

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