18th September 2013
You never forget your first job do you? The trepidation of that first day, and the eventual excitement about going to work and eagerly chatting with your friends (hopefully not when there’s someone waiting to be served, but what can I say? Girls gotta talk!). For that reason, I’m excited and ever so slightly nostalgic at being part of Witchery’s Style Collective, after all it was Witchery that taught me a host of important lessons during my formative years (not including sweater folding – my floordrobe can attest to me having lost that skill along the way). And although most of my memories of Saturday mornings there are tinged with the remnants of a serious hangover (we used to go to nightclubs that sold 8 drinks for $10…), it was Witchery that helped me to cultivate the beginnings of a lifelong love of fashion, and also my first understanding of what a ‘season’ was (my family was more the national geographic type than the fashion magazine type), for which I am eternally grateful.
In my first post for the collective, I talk through an essential piece in my wardrobe – the white tee – and suggest a few ideas for how to wear it three ways (I could think of a hundred ways but didn’t want to overdo it!). Spoiler alert, there’s something akin to a short suit involved (and some chambray!).
Read the post here.
Outfit and wardrobe details here.
Laughing to read that Sara also worked there when she was at uni, it seems working at Witchery is a right of passage for Brisbane girls!
Outfit photo by Monika Kolon
12th September 2013
Some of you will remember that almost a year ago now I committed to a new approach to shopping – namely creating four outfits in my head before investing in an item. Although there have been a few pieces this year I’ve bought without sticking to this rule, on the whole my shopping has been guided by this principle, and a much better closet has resulted. Instead of buying pieces that only go with a few items in my wardrobe, I’ve found that on the whole my new purchases are much more versatile.
When it comes to updating your wardrobe for the Autumn/Winter season, nothing says prepared like the buying of a leather jacket (even though I won’t be wearing mine here in Hong Kong for a little while yet). Up until a few years ago I had never even owned a leather jacket, when we first got together my boyfriend was surprised (although I have to say that the super cool hooded version he owned was barely useful in the subtropical climate we lived in) and he very kindly bought me one for my birthday, a tan one from Zara I still use. Something I barely missed before I had it suddenly became a staple in my wardrobe (it helped we moved to London), worn every single day without fail and layered when the weather got really cold. The best thing about leather jackets is that they last forever so the ones I bought seven years ago are still, although worn in, going strong. This season I decided to to upgrade and got this motorcycle jacket, a little more directional than my previous ones but I thought a new look was perhaps due. I justified it because, well, look how many outfits it goes with!
The only problem I’ve noticed with my four ways wardrobe is that it has loads of simple, versatile pieces (what I’ve always wanted) but in some ways lacks striking, eye catching items like printed silk beach dresses and bright jumpsuits – the opposite problem to what I used to have. And when I say problem I mean in the realms of missing the bus or a stuffed up starbucks order as opposed to real problems like melting ice caps and plastic oceans.
18th July 2013
If you’ve been tuning in since the beginning of my Wardrobe Rehab series you’ll know that pointed pumps are firmly on my essentials list, but since making that list all those months (years in fact!) ago I’ve struggled to find pumps with just the right point, heel straightness and toe cleavage. Ultimately I would have loved the Louboutin ‘pigalle’ but I really couldn’t swing the expense – and in all honesty they look a little uncomfortable. After a while I pretty much decided I’d never get my hands on an affordable pair – it felt like one of those needle in a haystack situations (although let’s be honest in that my ‘searching’ mainly involved the odd look on the Asos and Topshop websites on my phone when on public transport). One of the reasons I struggled was that in the pump department I’m quite particular, there always seemed to be something off about the styles I saw – funny point, bent heel etc. But happy to say that I finally tracked down a pair on the Tony Bianco website a few months ago – and promptly added ankle cuffs to them. If you’re interested in adding a pair of pumps to your wardrobehead over to the Harper’s Bazaar website where I share my checklist for buying as well as a roundup of a few styles available online.
Read more about my buying pumps checklist here.