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.
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!
A 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.
Today I thought I’d share with you my home wishlist. Our tiny house is slowly starting to look more like a home, with our entryway/hallway (basically our front door) coming on the blog soon! Although there are still a million and one things we need ranging from big purchases (like a proper couch) to smaller things for the kitchen, I’m mostly looking forward to the decorating part. It propably isn’t something we’ll be spending on soon, but I just view it as an opportunity to really think about what would be perfect. Right now I am loving the mix of modern and luxurious pieces. I struggle to balance the light and airy look with my love for more dramatic, darker pieces. I don’t want our home to feel too predictable, but still have a cohesive look that is distinctly us.
Style is such a personal representation of a person. It is something I am realising more and more as I meet more people.
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!).
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?
Contributing fashion editor to Vogue and creative director of Moda Operandi – Lauren Santo Domingo’s style recently caught my eye. I love how she, better known as the LSD, can pull off the simplest combination of black trouser with white shirt the one day and then the gorgeous Giambattista Valli the next. She seems to do it all with such ease and a beautiful simplicity. Even during her pregnancy she continued to wow with a mixed print dress. It is difficult to choose a favourite look, but the pink and red Giambattista certainly did draw my attention. What is your favourite look?