13th December 2013
Ever since I blogged over a year ago about dressing in three colours, I have to say that this concept has come to rule my wardrobe. Although there’s still the odd moment when life gets in the way and I go out looking like a rainbow, I do seem to have caught the bug of always wanting to pair colours perfectly, and even worse, feeling ever so slightly uncomfortable when I realise I’m wearing more than 3 shades. Pedantic? Maybe. But these little issues are just side effects of looking, dare I say it, generally more pulled together than prior to discovering this concept. If only I had known this when I was in my teens! I would have avoided plenty of ‘avert your eyes children’ situations.
On that note, I have to say I’ve become slightly obsessed with the concept of classic colour combos, sets of (often 3 or less) colours that never fail to go together and help you look impeccably well styled (or as close to that as it is possible for someone like me – usually coffee stained or lost scarf – is able to be). My pinterest board on the topic seems to be my most populated and never fails to inspire an outfit or two (I’m thinking red white and denim for tonight… ). Never one to pass up the opportunity to look awkward in front of a camera, I thought I would share with you some of my favourite colour combinations, ones that to me, never fail to please the eye.
First up, this simple palette of black, white and khaki. Nothing too cray cray here kids, just a combination of colours that work 99.999% of the time and is always incredibly simple to throw on. By adding a little bit of sequin to the mix (like these DIY shorts), you can elevate a simple casual jacket like this parka (a must in my closet) to something wholly more out-on-the-town worthy, perfect for that cool girl vibe you’re trying to channel for your work christmas party.
This little outfit of something sparkly and something casual thrown together also encompasses another Wardrobe Rehab rule I’ve been working on, but I’ll get to that soon…
Images by Luke Casey
27th November 2013
If you’ve been following me on instagram you’ll probably know that this month has been pretty busy in a travel sense with visits to Hanoi, Tokyo and Bangkok all in the space of just a few weeks. This sort of fly in fly out travel turns out to be one part excitement, one part annoyance. On the one hand you’ve got the ‘who doesn’t love exploring new cities?’ thing, but on the other you start feeling like you should just sleep over at the airport, and packing and unpacking a suitcase gets old pretty quickly. Recently Witchery asked me to give them the low down on my capsule travel wardrobe, something you’ll probably know I’ve been analysing/pulling apart/nit picking since the dawn of this blog, with the last few weeks proving invaluable for confirming my less than less is more approach. I have to say it’s a continually evolving theory – sometimes I succeed and sometimes, not so much. Because well, clothes. Happy to say that after years of testing, I’ve settled on a black, white and blue colour palette for travel – surprised I haven’t thought of it until now.
Head over and read the full blog post, including outfit details here.
Suitcase contents and outfit info here.
Outfit photo by Luke Casey
4th November 2013
If you’ve been following me on instagram you’ll know that I recently spent a four lovely nights in Hanoi, Vietnam. It was my first time visiting the country and I fell in love, pretty much instantly. With the chaos, the quaint streets and the drip coffee. It helped that we stayed at the gorgeous Metropole Hanoi, a hotel dating back to french colonial days with so much history and character. They had the most beautiful terrace where I relaxed after long days wandering the streets of the old quarter. On our last night we had cocktails overlooking West Lake and beforehand I attempted to wash the dust (acquired exploring on motorcycles) out my hair and get a little bit dressed up – always tricky when all your clothes are crumpled at the bottom of your suitcase. Choosing the only things that weren’t completely crushed (did I mention I hate ironing?) I wore this skirt I made a while ago, along with a DIY emerald necklace from a kit designed by Aimee of Swellmayde for Wander & Hunt.
Love this DIY necklace!