16th March 2015
When it comes to getting dressed in the morning, for me it’s all about efficiency – working out how to put together the best outfit using the least time possible. Because honestly, who has hours and hours to get dressed in the morning? Because I’m sure you face the same *staring at the wardrobe, clock is ticking* conundrum some mornings too, I thought I would share a little trick I’ve been using recently to help me put outfits together, and that’s Pinterest. Yes it’s a great way to plan your baby shower, and yes it’s how I find that chair I want to buy. But did you know that when organised and used properly, it can act as a functional morning dressing guide that can cumulatively save you hundreds of hours in your week? Ok so maybe not hundreds but you get what I mean… Read on to see how.
Get Pinterest on your phone
The first thing to do is to make Pinterest as accessible as possible for when you’re getting ready, and for me that means putting it on my phone. The app is really easy to use, and this makes it super handy!
Create a style/dressing board
The next step is to create a style board on your Pinterest profile, a place to store everything you see that inspires your outfits. Keep this separate from any other fashion board you have where you include other inspiration, just focusing this one on outfits you would wear. You can check out my style board here – chances are you’ll see me decked out in a few of those outfits soon!
Reflect pieces that you own
When you’re adding images to your board, try to make sure the outfits are reflecting items that you actually own – a striped top for example or a khaki jacket. Look for various interesting and inventive ways to wear these pieces and pin them.
Or adapt what you see
You also don’t have to copy exactly what you see on your Pinterest board, the outfits are there as inspiration. So don’t be put off if you don’t have all the pieces, just adapt what you see. Here’s an IRL example: I loved this outfit and filed it away on my style board. One day I was dressing to go to a long lunch with friends. I literally only had ten minutes to get dressed (late as usual!) and took one of those minutes to review my style board. Instead of trying on 15 outfits and being late, I saw this photo and then pretty much straight away put together the outfit you see above. It’s actually not that similar in the end but you can see she (unnamed blond lady) provided the structure/basis for the outfit, and I adapted with what I had. For me this also works because I think it’s a good way for you to put your own spin on an outfit.
Try to build your style
You want your board to reflect outfits that suit the things you need to do and the places you like to Go, but also try to build your style with this process by thinking about different ways you could wear the pieces you own, or different outfit structures you could start wearing.
Create a shopping list
Finally, use your research on your style board to help inspire smart shopping choices – if you see a piece cropping up over and over on your board but you don’t have it – say the perfect LBD or a blazer – add it to your list and know when you buy it you’ll have 750374 ways to wear it! This makes for a much happier closet in the long run.
So that’s my little trick guys, and it’s come in handy recently, particularly when you’re rushing somewhere and have no time to be creative. Here’s to more ‘pinnable’ outfits in real life!
Photos by Nicola Lemmon
Ps. Remember these DIY gladiator sandals? They’re still going strong!
13th March 2015
Greetings from Singapore guys! I’ve stopped into this beautiful city with my boyfriend for a few days. I haven’t visited since I was 11 so have been enjoying getting to know it from scratch. To celebrate the end of a loooonnnggg week, I’m excited to share with you a giveaway of some absolutely gorgeous cushions from my cousin and her boyfriend’s store in Brisbane Ambience Store (that’s her on the front page! Isn’t she a cutie?). The winner will receive three of these gorgeous cushions! Perfect for that garden party you’ve been planning forever.
To enter, all you have to do is hop on over and like the Ambience Store Facebook page, and comment below this post letting me know you did. It’s that easy! I’ll be randomly choosing a winner on March 20.
If you are ever in the area, make sure to pop on in to Ambience Store at 52 Doggett Street New Farm, Brisbane and say hi.
12th March 2015
Small spaces can be somewhat demoralising to decorate, everything you see on Pinterest or in magazines seems designed for some huge, echoing loft space in Brooklyn and not for your uni dorm or tiny apartment in Hong Kong. Which is why I’m always on the lookout for new ways to store my clothes without taking up too much space. I ‘ve noticed all sorts of wooden beaded projects around and decided to have a go – my favourite thing about this project is that it keeps all your precious pieces nice and separate!
For those of you on the lookout for a few new pieces to fill up your beaded clothes rack or even add a bit of spring to your wardrobe, head on over to my friends at Grana and check out their collared silk shirts, made from the most supple silk around. What’s even better is that they won’t break your bank account, who doesn’t love quality at an affordable price? They’re now stocking these shirts in a sleeveless style as well as a long sleeved, both of which have become a staple in my closet. As you can see I’m a fan of that perfect mint shade (hello summer!), but I’m currently also eyeing off the black and the blue.
Measure your twine/rope out to match the size of the space you want to hang it in.
String your beads onto the twine.
Hang the beaded rack in your space, making sure it’s tight enough to not sag in the middle when you add your clothes.
Photos by Nicola Lemmon
11th March 2015
Being appropriately dressed for the weather is number one when it comes to comfortable travelling – close second is feeling chic but really, unless you’re a college student who doesn’t feel the cold (cheers to that! Fondly remembering those mini-skirt-in-two-degrees-days…), the weather comes first. Which is why, when you’re packing that bag, working out how to dress for the climate is a good place to start (read more on that here). But what about when you go on a trip that involves a range of different climates? This happens all the time, whether it’s major weather differences, say travelling to the snow in Japan and then having a few days at the beach in Thailand afterwards, or less extreme like going to London in summer (still cold!) and then heading to Greece for an island relax. We should all be so lucky to a) be able to take long breaks like this and b) see so many places, but regardless, it can be a complete pain to pack for when you have limited luggage allowance and so much you want to take. I did this sort of thing a few times last year, and so thought I would share with you a few steps for how I attempt to get it right.
Start with a list
As a CHRONIC list maker you can bet I start here when I’m organising my baggage. Instead of jumping into what you’ll take straight away, start with the exact things you’re going to be doing as that will largely determine all the items you need to take. Sounds obvious right? But it’s oh so important when you’re going to lots of places and want to be appropriately dressed the whole time.
Go for versatility
When you’re packing, choose items with the highest levels of versatility. What items do you have that can be utilised in all types of weather, i.e. do you have a scarf that can double as a sarong? A felt hat that can keep your head warm as well as keeping the sun off? If all of your items can be used in different weather, you’ll have lots of choice of outfits.
Focus on layering
Instead of taking pieces that will be worn alone like an oversized wool coat, you’re going to want to take pieces that can be layered together to create a warm outfit, whilst also being able to be worn on their own in warmer climates. Because chances are you’re not going to be able to take with you super heavy items, you need to focus on layering lighter clothes with heavier ones to keep you warm when it’s cold.
Think about your base
Warm base items are a must when travelling to colder climates, and come back to the concept of layering. If you pack a few pairs of nice wool tights and thermals, you’ll have to focus less on bigger more bulky items and will have more room in your luggage.
Cold trumps hot
At least in my books it does. If you’re going to a very very cold location for part of your trip you’re going to want to be well prepared so it’s good to come to terms with the fact that maybe 70% of your luggage will be taken up with warm items. Just make sure you squeeze as much into the remaining 30% for the other part of your trip by focusing on light weight silk and cotton items.
Pack the right Shoes
I’m all about travelling in the right shoes (I could dedicate a whole week of posts to travel shoes), and comfort in different climates really depends on your shoes. Start with one pair of shoes to match the most extreme climates you are visiting, then add one or two extra pairs in the middle of the spectrum.
Buy on the road
Depending on whether you’re travelling from hot to cold climates or the other way around, there is also the option of buying pieces on the road to supplement what you packed. I think this works best for the warm portion of your trip where new pieces are likely to be less expensive (i.e. not a substantial) as pieces that are bought for cold climates.
Closet: Fedora from a market (like this), DIY Bralette, SJ Lingerie Silk tank, DIY Leather skirt, DIY shredded jeans, Witchery scarf, vintage breton top, Witchery knit (like this), Whistles Jacket (like this), Leather jacket (like this), Whistles back pack, J Crew pumps, Witchery boots (like this)
The closet you see above reflects a suitcase bound fora cold climate as well as a temperate/mildly warm climate. In the event that you’re going to a cold climate and then a hot one, I would stay away from packing leather which you won’t want to touch once you’re sweating.
This is my third post in the last few months about packing – with the summer travel season coming up it’s always great to brush up on your suitcase skills. I’d love to know if there is anything you would like me to cover on the subject!