Green Blazer

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If there is one thing I miss about my old job (apart from all the rad people I used to work with) it’s the dress code. As much as I love a little bit more freedom in choosing what I wear, there was something really satisfying about getting up everyday and putting on a blazer and a pair of heels. It also made my slightly quirky sense of style stand out a bit more.

We all know I’m a fan of basic blacks, but its great to mix it up with some cheap and cheerful pieces like this green blazer. I love the matchy-matchy feel with this blouse and classic black pants, but I have been known to rock it with a red skirt and festive tee come Christmas time.

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Jump(suit)ing into the weekend

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Happy end of the work week!

What better way to celebrate than with a fun Friday outfit.

You may recall this look from Ladies Night and it follows all my ideas from my Going Out post, so much so it’s actually the same look with this adorable bow print jumpsuit in place of the LBD.

I honestly have not worn this jumpsuit enough considering I purchased it at least 5 years ago, but I love that it works just as well with a jacket, tights and boots as it does solo with sandals.

Well that’s it for today kids, short and sweet. Now go out and enjoy your weekend!

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Fashion Dreams – Senreve Bag

Imagine a bag that’s stylish AND practical, big enough for everything (including your laptop) BUT doesn’t look like a duffel bag, can be over-the-shoulder, on your arm, cross body AND a backpack?
Sounds like the unicorn of handbags.
Well Senvere have made it and I want it, NOW!

I first saw Senreve’s Maestra Bag on Cupcakes & Cashmere and then shortly after it popped up on Gal Meets Glam and I’ve been stalking it ever since!

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Ain’t it just sooo perdy?

While writing this post I spent a good 10 minutes justifying to my (male) housemate why this is such an amazing bag. At first he didn’t get why you wouldn’t just use a laptop bag and why you would want the backpack option. But after pointing out that this is designed for business women who care about the way they look and presumably are making a fair bit more money than we do (not that that’s hard) and would use it not just for day to day work, but also for travel – making the cross body and backpack options super useful! – even he came round to the idea.

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At $895 USD (around $1,200 AUD) I won’t be able to afford it any time soon (but will gladly accept as a gift if anyone is offering). So below I have compiled some much more affordable, yet not as versatile, options below.

 

Handbag & Backpack Options


On the Flip Side

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It wasn’t until I was writing this post that I noticed it’s a flip on this look. How embarrassing! I guess it goes to show that if something works, keep working it.

This look definitely plays into all the rules I talked about here. Classic silhouettes, fun colours and cute prints make a basic look a little less…..well….basic.

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Review my Closet

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When I started working in the corporate world I quickly sourced my go to brands for affordable, stylish and flattering clothes. But I think my hands down, absolute favourite brand is Review. It may not be super affordable, but they have several outlet stores in Melbourne (at DFO and on Bridge Road) where you can get a bargain price for these top quality pieces.

I purchased this pencil skirt (along with a jacket that matches) in a shopping spree when I got my first corporate reception job in 2012. I had scrimped and saved and worked every extra shift I could so I could have a little spare cash to get a new wardrobe for this exciting new chapter of my life. My mum came down to Melbourne and we spent the day on Bridge Road stocking up on suits.

This jacket is from another Review skirt suit, courtesy of my mum. I didn’t own a matching black suit and mum tracked this one as it got reduced at her local Myer and eventually bought it for my birthday a couple of years ago.

I find Review has the right cut for me, they always fit my waist and aren’t too tight around the hips. Off the top of my head I can think of 2 suits, 2 skirts, 3 tops, 1 dress and a pair of pants that I have from Review and I love the days that I wear any of them, and even better if I can wear two!

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Happy Hour with Helen – Public House

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I just started a new job and on my first day I was lucky to finish up at around 2pm. What was I to do with an afternoon off? Of course I called up my dear friend, and regular drinking buddy, Helen.

Helen conveniently lives in Richmond, a suburb thats on my train trip home and is home to a bevy of amazing bars. On this particular day we decided to try out Public House on Church Street.

Although the staff were clearly mid pow wow when we walked in, they showed no annoyance or judgement when we ordered our first drink before 3pm on a Tuesday.

We sat in the semi enclosed outdoor area which was a nice middle ground of being outside, but not freezing our little butts of in the harsh Melbourne winter weather.

Apparently it can be quite hopping on a Friday or Saturday night, but for a casual mid-week afternoon drink it hard a very cool and chilled vibe, exactly what we were after.

Assessment:

Drinks:
4 stars – They were nice and pretty average Melbourne prices.

Food:
We didn’t eat any, but their menu looks delish!

Vibe:
I’ll save judgement on this one until I go there on a Friday or Saturday night, but the company was top notch.

All round:
3½ stars – reasonable drinks and friendly staff, but the decor could do with a bit of an update.

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Get the Look – Red-y to Work it

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Sorry for the delay on this post, but I thought it only seemed appropriate to hold off on this look until we were right on the brink of the 4th of July. But it’s here just in time for any of my American readers to steal some ideas for a slightly more subdued patriotic look.
Although this look works all year round, and all around the world, I like the idea that on a certain day of the year everyone comes out in their red, white and blue. I suppose every country has their patriotic day – my insta feed has been sprinkled with Canada day pics in the last few days and on Jan 26 it’s riddled with footy shorts and bottles of VBs – but I can assure you that over the next few days I will read at least 15 blog posts about what people did and wore on 4th of July and my insta feed will be coated with stars and stripes.
I love a themed outfit, I’m always keen to get my Australia Day outfit on, but I like that with 4th of July you can go full on American flag, or you can put together a pulled together outfit that just happens to be red, white and blue, like the one above.
I’m sure there are some poor soles out there that still have to work on their national holiday, so why not mix some festive pieces into your work wardrobe? Or even those who aren’t into cut off levis and star and stripes singlets, there are plenty of cool, subtle and classy ways to be festive.
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I think red, white and blue work great together always, especially with some classic blue denim and stripes, but don’t box yourself into what is expected for your patriotic look, be you with a touch of national pride.
I hope I haven’t alienated anyone by rambling on about America, but I hope my American readers have a wonderful, fun and fashionable 4th of July!