The best time of year is officially upon us! And no, I don’t mean the season of giving and spending time with family (sorry mum and dad). What I’m referring to is the party season – overflowing with opportunities to drink to excess, make out with co-workers and generally un-do all the good we’ve done attempting to appear professional and put together al year. Whether your plan is to be naughty or nice this party season, naturally you want to look good right? Right. Enter the ultimate holiday wardrobe, part off duty, part disco ball. It all comes down to how you mix the two together – my rule is to focus on one feature pieces (a sequin skirt, tulle skirt etc) and add other simple elements to your outfit.

Over the years I feel like I’ve accrued a number of pieces that always come out around this time of year, but it wouldn’t be a party season without adding a few new piece  – read on to see what (I feel like) you need in your closet holiday season.

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Wardrobe Rehab Holiday Updates

J Crew silk tank, DIY tulle skirt, Witchery Knit, DIY Sequin Skirt, Topshop lace dress, Kookai Trench, Thrifted silk dress, Dylan Kain bag, Whistles Mules, Mode Collective heels.

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The lace dress

A nice fitting lace dress never (ever) gets old, and will no doubt become a second skin for you during the silly season. The best thing about a lace dress is that it’s one of those things you can throw on last minute and know it looks good! I picked mine up from a second hand store and did and little before & after (remember?), so that’s always an option (as is this skirt and this one). But if you feel like you’re running out of time see below for some of my favourites.

I really like this one or  this one or this one or this one or  this one.

The something sparkly

What other time of year can you dress like a christmas ornament and not be laughing stock (or at least a cause for raised eyebrows?). If dressing wearing something sparkly makes you feel a little nervous, one option is to pair your shiny item with simple separates and accessories – the addition of a textured knit will soften a sequin maxi skirt (like the one I made here!). Pick up something sparkly below:

This skirt from Topshop is lovely as is this one  or this one or this one or this one.

The tulle skirt

I recently created a tulle skirt (tutorial coming soon) and since I did I can’t believe I never owned one before. There’s nothing better than feeling just a little special this time of year, although I tend to pair mine with boots and a leather jacket most of the time to play down the princess diaries vibes.

I really like this one, this one and this one

The chunky knit

At this time of year I love pairing a leather skirt with a chunky textured knit and a oversized necklace, and the bonus with a knit is that it is perfect for those nights you decide to stay home (or maybe you’re so hungover from last night that you can’t leave the couch?).

Check out this one,  this onethis onethis one or this one.

Holiday heels

A little pair of heels that say ‘yes I’a ready to party’ are, some might say, an essential during the holiday season. If a new pair are out of the question, why no add a touch of sparkle a la DIY? See how to here (an old but favourite post!). Or maybe treat yourself:

Thesethesethese or  these are cute.

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Contrary to popular belief, the jacket as cape trend didn’t start with a French magazine editor. Although that might be the general consensus, I’ve recently worked out that in all likelihood the caped jacket trend actually originated right here in Hong Kong, or at least in some other humid city that struggles to make up its mind about the turn of season, thus requiring you to ‘sort of’ wear your warm clothes lest it be cold, and also sort of wear nothing to allow for when the sun comes out and you’re sweaty almost instantaneously. On that not quite here, not quite there score, it appears the jacket over the shoulder situation oes the trick!

But as you probably know, jacket caping does tend to make it difficult to carry your bag. A clutch is always a good idea in this situation but not that functional for your average Tuesday afternoon, so instead I opt for the carry your bag under the jacket situation, and it turns out this Ril Creed tote is perfect for this.

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Wearing: Kookai Trench (like this), J Crew Jeans, Witchery Knit (like this), Ril Creed Bag, Whistles Mules

In other news, last week I had a really fun time hosting a launch event for new bag brand Ril Creed - we used offcuts of leather from their factory to create leather tassels charms for their bags. It was so much fun, although hectic to the point where we ran out for more scissors halfway through. Thanks to everyone who came! :)

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Photos by Nicola Lemmon


If you’re on the lookout for a minimalist gift for a lover of flowers and homewares, look no further than the hanging test tube vases that we’ve designed and hand made in the studio. I have to say we’ve become quite addicted to this style of vase, hanging them on hooks in the walls or from some twine by our window nook. And guess what? They look just as lovely with a few flowers as they do with some greenery. Grab a few for your besties, or perhaps even yourself! :)

Shop these Hanging Test Tube Vases here – they come in a set of 3!

And remember, you can get 20% off in the store until tomorrow! Simply use ‘holiday20′ at the checkout. 

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Photos by Nicola Lemmon


The holiday season is well and truly upon us – I can’t believe it’s only three weeks til I head back to Aus for a steamy holiday season! Bearing in mind the importance of generosity and charity during this time, and moreover, our general love of free sh*t, Jasmine and I have once again come together to create some printables for you. We know how much you liked our Valentines Cards so we thought why not splash out and make some more? First up, these gift tags are oh so easy to make at home and cute as pie.

Download the tags here.

Make sure to pop over the Jasmine’s store if you’re in the market for some of her beautiful designs, perfect for the holiday season!

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Oh and don’t forget, snag yourself 20% off everything in the A Pair & A Spare shop until Tuesday Dec 2nd – perfect if you’re looking for gifts for friends (or yourself!). Simply use ‘holiday20′ at the checkout.

Photos by Nicola Lemmon