Autumn in Europe Outfit Ideas

Helo everyone!

So I am tackling the whole packing-for-Europe¬†-for-the-first- month-of-autumn thing (2 weeks before – can you say over enthusiastic ūüėÄ ). A quick Google proved that we can expect mild weather, around the 25C mark, during our entire trip. So I might not have to pack my melton coat quite yet, but I don’t want to be freezing my way through this trip. So here are a few outfits I’ve got planned during my trip. All I need are those divine Superga lace sneaks (I’ll take them in black please!) and the perfect trench (mine isn’t). I hope this helps if you’re also packing for a autumnal European trip. And don’t forget the cat eyes!

Please share ¬†any additional tips, I’ve noticed most are geared towards summer/winter.

Much love,

Astrid

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Trends off the runway: The off-the-shoulder

I have been struggling to keep up to date this fashion month, but I’ve kept a firm eye on some of my favourite street style stars and one trend that has emerged that I totally love is the off-the-shoulder shirt or dress. Whilst its presence wasn’t completely absent¬†¬†from fashion week, I really liked how these girls interpreted it in their own way. It proves that it doesn’t necessarily have to be hippy, it can even be sporty or girly! I can’t wait to try my hand at replicating that polka dot dress- LOVE it!

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Stripes and Sequins

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Hello everyone!

I’m so excited as summer is definitely starting to bloom! We’ve tried to take advantage of the great weather we’ve been having by spending as much time outdoors as possible. I always love days spent in the city and usually can’t resist a pit-stop at the Company Gardens.¬†The¬†outfit I reach for most often when the sun comes out¬†is usually some kind of striped top and jeans. I think I’m pretty much sorted if I want to wear a variation of this every day of the week (pfff…not that I’d really consider doing that…) On this particular occasion I decided to throw on a diamante¬†necklace which¬†makes quite a statement against the sequins on the top, which was a DIY job. Funny how I knew that it was a successful DIY when my brother commented that it looked it like someone had messed a bit of sequins on it…

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Best Dressed: Emmys 2014

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I almost can’t believe that it was already a year ago that I did my last Emmy’s roundup – well almost, as this year’s ceremony was held a month earlier than usual. Some of my favourite actors and actresses were in attendance, amongst them Mindy Kahling (The Mindy Project), Claire Danes (Homeland) and Zooey Deschanel (New Girl). Rounding up the best dressed of the evening (in my humble opinion) wasn’t easy as I don’t think there is one look that truly stood out, but nevertheless here goes!

1. Allison Williams in Giambattista Valli Couture

I love a good princess moment, so this was surprisingly easy to decide on. I love how unexpected the punch of yellow is and obviously the cutesy bow detail. Keeping her accessories minimal was a good call, I just think a brighter lip would have been even prettier.

2. Lizzy Caplan in Donna Karan Atelier

I love this¬†modern equivalent of Julia Robert’s iconic Valentino monochrome look. It struck the perfect balance between opulence and minimalism. The deep side part was pure genius on Lizzy’s part!

3. Julliane Hough in DSquared 

All white can easily look bridal, but this elegant and simple look keeps it looking sleek along with Juliane’s laid back style and attitude. White and a great tan is unbeatable.

4. Heidi Klum in Zac Posen

She rarely dresses age appropriate, but this goes to show what¬†is a great colour and good fit can do for you. The dress really makes the best of her figure without looking too garish or sexy. I wish she’d dress like this more often.

5. Kaley Cuoco in Monique Lhullier

Come on, tulle, a-line and my favourite colour combination (pink&red) all in one? Love! Kaley’s new edgier hairstyle adds some edge to an expected look for her and I love it.

6. Behati Prinsloo in Prada

I love how this Prada dress reminds me of my dancing days yet is elegant and understated. The sweeping train adds just the right amount of drama to this low-key look. Best pony of evening as well!

7. Julia Roberts in Elie Saab

Breaking all the ‘age-appropriate’ rules is Julia Roberts in a low-cut mini. On book it doesn’t sound like something I’d like, but on her it just looks amazing. The large embellishments make it more playful than sexy and the hemline hits just on the sweet spot.

8.  Michelle Monaghan in Giambattista Valli Couture

Another beauty in white! It is very evident that red and white were the dominant colours of the evening. I’d like to start off with a note on how beautiful her hair was styled and finish by saying that her minimalist approach beats the runway cape look by miles! White and gold is always a winner, even if you don’t get to deliver your speech!

9. Halle Berry in Elie Saab

Another actress who usually treads the line between sexy and inappropriate. This look is firmly on the sexy side with the perfect slit and a modern grecian-goddess look.

10. Julie Bowen in Peter Som

I wouldn’t say this look is exactly the most memorable, but I felt it deserved a spot as Julie looked very pretty. The soft side-swept waves do it for her! I also like the halterneck and pleated skirt combination to make the best of her svelte frame. Add to that a fun print and I’m sold!

Which were some of your favourite looks of the evening?

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My Go to Look: Stripes & Jeans

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Style is such a personal representation of a person. It is something I am realising more and more as I meet more people.

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I guess everyone has a looks or style that will always draw their attention. I know someone who has more blue shirts than she knows what to do with. My bane however is jeans and striped t-shirts. So much so that even my brother has noticed my partiality to the look and that this collection is outdated.¬†Since I took these pictures I’ve added another delightful striped T from Edgars and scored a great fitting pair of jeans at the Witchery sale (and you know how rare that is!).

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I love how versatile they are, how a great fitting pair can make me feel and how it strikes a balance between classic and modern. Do you have something that you are always drawn towards or own way too much of?

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Rock and Roll Basics

DSC_3612I¬†have always been a relatively ‘safe’ dresser who feels most comfortable in jeans and flat shoes. When people hear that my favourite music genre is Metal they usually struggle to believe so as I don’t conform to their idea of what a metal fan looks like. These pants however might make it slightly more believable, or so I’d like to think. They aren’t something I’d normally gravitate towards and certainly don’t feel ‘safe’ for a conservative dresser like me, but it is kind of what I like about them. That and the great fit of course.¬†¬†Paired with more feminine neutrals, I simply love the edge this adds to any look.DSC_3611 DSC_3590 DSC_3605

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Classic in Stellenbosch

 

DSC_0239This past weekend we decided to head to Stellenbosch for one of the best birthday dinners I have ever had at the Hussar Grill. ¬†I digress, but¬†you’ve got to try their Truffle Mushroom Fillet as it is the best I’ve ever had.

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As it was a particularly chilly evening I reached for my trusty grey Melton coat and a pair of skinny cords, but incorporated a few old favourites to jazz it up a bit. A classic bag like this leather quilted one and dressy shoes instantly add a touch of sophistication. I just finished it with a red lip and silk blouse and felt like a real Parisienne (minus the stripes and baguette).

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Style Icon: Olivia Palermo

OPThis might be the most obvious choice for a style icon as Olivia’s fashion choices are some of the most frequently celebrated, but I really can’t resist. I love her simplistic, classic yet fashion-forward style!

She is most famous for her immaculate accessorizing skills and seamlessly pairing designer brands with street fashion. Whether she is out walking her dog on the streets of New York or attending a Dior show front-row, the same thread of effortless style surrounds her. I’d say¬†the keys to her style success are¬†sleek silhouettes. Always keep it simple and add one or two statement accessories. A great pair of sunglasses and pointed toes does help! My favourite look has to be the polka dot shirt tucked into the high waisted skirt. I have to where I can get a shirt like that!

If ever I were to be able to choose one celeb’s closet, it would be hers! Oh and I wish we were hair doubles. Do you like her style as much as I do?

 

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Trend Alert: Pleated Skirt

pleated skirtsI love a good feminine trend and an A-line pleated skirt is one of the prettiest trends around. Did I mention it’s also super flattering? Fitted around the waist and cut just below the knee it elongates the leg and slims the waist. Vertical¬†lines are the best!

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Winter Hiking Style

hiking styleI love hiking and Cape Town has some of the best routes to¬†offer, but one of my favourites is to traverse the Franschoek mountains during the winter months when the peaks are all snow covered. It really is the only way we Capetonians can experience a white winter. When hiking comfort is as important, or dare I say even more than style. I like the middle I’ve found that doesn’t require a completely new closet just for a once-a-year activity yet is completely comfortableand suitable for the activity.

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This is the basic formula I follow when dressing for a hike during the colder months. I like the idea of layering so that pieces can be removed or added during the day ensuring you never over heat or get cold.

The biggest investment to make for this sport are proper hiking shoes such as these Salomon trail running ones. I prefer trail running shoes as opposed to hiking boots as they are generally lighter and provide more traction where hiking boots mainly focus on stability.

I also prefer to wear loose-fitting jeans when it is a relaxed hike as they are warmer than running leggings and denim is more durable when you do slide on your bum.

Other than that I like a fitted parka for protection from the elements, matching accessories, stylish sunglasses and a large yet comfortable backpack to fill up with water and food supplies.

Enjoy your hiking trip!

 

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