Winter Accessories

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Can we just all take a moment to acknowledge that this year has really flown by before diving head first into this post. Like seriously, it is the last week of July already! Which also means that we’re just about halfway through winter. It is usually around this time that I start getting bored with the season and my wardrobe. It might be because I favour a monochrome wardrobe, but lately it just feels lacking. I’ve somehow fallen into a trap where I wear variants of the same outfit day-in and day-out.

So I thought it is high time I shake it up with a few accessories I already have in my wardrobe.

The newest item to my wardrobe and definitely the most attention drawing in my line-up is this leopard print winter scarf. I was searching high and low for the perfect classic yet not old fashioned print and finally found this at Woolworths (can’t find it online). It is massive and incredibly soft (so doubles as a blanket) and also works with grey.

Then I also decided to swap my non-descript big black handbag for a smaller one with more detail like the quilting and gold hardware. I love feeling more structured when so much of winter is oversized and comfortable.

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I’ve also taken my hat out for a spin a few times. Granted it isn’t the most practical item for a day in the office, but as the wind has been pretty chill this winter I’ve definitely worn it more. I can confirm that in some instances you do feel overdressed, but always in a good way! Plus I am sure everyone assumes you are stylish, even though you might be wearing a sweater that has pilled.

Unfortunately this liquid lipstick from Essence has been discontinued, but any matt red or power shade of lipstick (and nailpolish for that matter) can really make you feel extra zush. Whenever someone talks about the power of makeup, I think of red lipstick. Find a bolder shade that you’re comfortable with (preferably in a long-lasting formula) and keep it at hand for when you feel in need of some magic.

Lastly are these eye catching sunglasses I scored for less than R30 online! I found the same ones in YDE for R200, so guess the young designers are all based in China? Anyway I think they are fun and perfect for those sunny winter days. Plus they offer a pretty good disguise for when you just feel gross and your hair is all frizzy from the rain (what just me!??) I was going to throw a straightening iron in the mix, but even a GHD can’t guarantee me good hair days!

 

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Accessorize

DSC_2673A few years ago I thought I had accessories down to an art. No outfit would be left “plain” as I’d always add something big or bright for impact, cue layers of turquoise stone necklaces, big earrings and the ubiquitous Blair headband. I viewed accessories as a way to transform an outfit. It was fun and certainly still is, but it is hard to always get it right without looking or feeling too done.

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H&M Online Shop

Eeeek! The H&M South African website launched and I’m loving being able to browse online just ahead of their shop opening in October in South Africa (which kinda sucks as it will be our post-wedding, financial low – but who cares!?) And what is even better is that they are not only going to bring their super affordable clothes to our shores, by the look of it they will also bring their homeware!

Price wise I can confirm that it is very much in line with what I paid in Europe last summer. In fact, the exact dress I bought in Italy, dress nr 6 with butterfly sleeves (which is awesome by the way!), retails for R399* online and I paid slightly more. On the site denims retail from R150* to R450* and homeware starts from as little as R60*! Quality wise I’d compare them to Cotton On.

So without further adieu, here are some of my favourite things! I’d like them all please and thank you!

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Suiting Up: The Accessories

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1. Shoes L-R 1 , 2 , 3 , 4

Look for heels with a medium height or kitten heels if you don’t feel comfortable in heels at all. Black and nude are the essentials. Sometimes it is nice to have a pop of colour. During the coldest winter months, a medium height ankle boot will be a lifesaver.

2. Bags L-R 1 , 2 , 3

A well structured, large bag is the ideal. Depending on whether you will travel with a laptop, look for a bag with a cross body sling. Black and red for winter and a lighter bag for summer in either white, nude or grey.

3. Belts L-R 1 , 2 , 3 , 4

They are multi-purpose items, as they ensure that your pants stay in place as well as adding interest to your sleek look. Try to always match your belt to either your pants/ skirt or your shoes and go for an understated buckle. Metallics work well in the summer against lighter suits and red looks great against grey.

4. Jewellery L-R 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5

Necklaces are the best jewels to wear to work as they don’t bother you whilst typing and look great with a collared shirt as well as a plain neckline. You’ll need a classic pearl or diamante necklace, one to add a pop of colour, a simple golden or silver pendant, a fashionable necklace and or a statement necklace.

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Get The Look: Olivia Palermo’s Collar Jewels

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There is so much to admire about Olivia’s looks, that sometimes I don’t notice the details. I have however noticed that she has been wearing collar brooches exceedingly more often. I think they are a great accessory as they can add glamour and detail to any outfit. The look is also incredibly easy to copy. Studs earrings can easily be modified to work just as well as clip on earrings and brooches to achieve this look. It does seem to word best on a round neckline or a coat, but play around and see what works for you. Here are some of my favourite items to get the look:

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Shopgirl Finds: Arm Candy

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I’ve always been a earring girl, but recently I’ve started looking for the perfect statement bracelets. It is such a key accessory this season. Here is a round-up of some of my favourites. I love the gem Lovisa cuff to add a little colour and lilac seems to match my entire wardrobe, so it definitely is the colour for me. Which are your favourites?

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New Shop: Typo

Give me a stationery store with a love for all things pink and glitter and I am happy! Typo, being the latest of a slew of Australian stores to hit our malls, offers us the simple aesthetic of Australian design with a spin of hipster style in the form of stationery and home accessories.

They have the cutest mugs and flasks!

I love their cute gift wrap and card selection! Notepads are certainly one of their specialties  with a large section of the store dedicated to them. Sure they are a bit pricey, but this one’s paper can be replaced when it is empty. I am also lusting after the golden mail holder. Whose office space can’t do with a bit of bling?

I also adore the cute tablet, laptop and celphone covers they have. Not all their products are geared towards Apple users, so Samsung girls can also indulge in a little bit of glitter.

They now have stand-alone stores in both Canal Walk and Tygervalley Centre in the Western Cape.

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