Red-y to Work It

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I just returned to this post to find two words I had hurriedly typed when I uploaded these photos; “best pants”.

That’s honestly how I feel about them. They are the best. I picked them up for a cool $20 at Myer about a year ago and when I did I never thought I’d love them this much.

Firstly, I love that they are completely different to anything else I own (ie. they aren’t black). The slim cut is very on trend right now and the seam down the front of the legs give them a tailored-and-pressed look. I wasn’t wholly convinced they would be for me when my mum suggested trying them on, I was worried the white background would lend itself to all kinds of messes as well as the always dreaded visible panty line (VPL), but I was surprised to find that the fabric was thicker than expected, eliminating VPL and making them extra comfy and warm.

If all that wasn’t enough, I started looking closely at the pattern (some muddled combination of paint, flowers and fireworks) and could immediately see them working with my wardrobe in a myriad of ways. I’ve worn them with black, white, dark & light blue and red, like I did here.

This red long sleeved top can be a little over powering, but with the additional of my simple black blazer and booties it becomes a totally acceptable, and fun, office look.

I was feeling extremely good about my early morning outfit choices as I left the house this day, but was solidified in my decision when half the marketing team at work commented on it, which is always a good sign in my books!

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Vintage Von Trapp

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Who doesn’t love The Sound of Music? What better way to pay homage to the Von Trapp family than with my very own DIY dress made from furnishing fabric.

My mum loves fabric and has quite a hefty collection she’s been collecting for 30 years. She loves clothes just as much as I do (possibly more), both shopping and making her own, and has always had the knack for thinking outside the box and not limiting herself to a fabrics intended purpose.

She picked up this cute, retro vibe fabric from the furnishings department back when I worked at Spotlight. Despite being designed for upholstery, mum immediately thought it would make a super cute 60s inspired pinafore.

Played off perfectly with my heart shaped sunnies, this outfit is simple yet fun, perfect for a weekend of domestic duties, wondering through Camberwell Market and having an impromptu brunch with Helen.

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Perfect Pasta Salad

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I love to cook. I’m usually a baker, known at my previous work places for everything from slice to cookies to cake and particularly my vegan cupcakes (I will feature this recipe soon).

Recently I’ve been trying out some new recipes for main meals to mix it up and expand my savoury repertoire. I based my recipe for pasta salad on this one, with some small adjustments. It was super easy, cheap, tasty and made enough to share with my housemates and even take some home to Mum and Dad.

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I was fairly true to the original recipe, however I used green capsicum instead of red (because there wasn’t any at the supermarket) and I used a red onion.
My housemate Steve assisted me in cooking my first ever hard boiled eggs. If you’ve never hard boiled any egg before I very much enjoyed Steve’s method – put the eggs in simmering water, then forget about it for a while and when you remember they will be ready.

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While the pasta cooked (I used a packet and a half of pasta for this recipe) I chopped up the capsicum, celery, onion and eggs. Then got started on the sauce.

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The original recipe is clearly from the US and called for Miracle Whip. I’m sure if you scoured unusually grocery stores or possibly Costco you could find miracle whip in Australia, but when I googled it it seems to just be mayonnaise with paprika and garlic powder so I made my own.

Stir everything into the sauce and that’s it! Super easy, super quick. Made in under 20 minutes. This is a great recipe for feeding a crowd at a BBQ, in fact my housemate said “it tastes like a picnic”, but it works just as well as an easy lunch or simple side dish.

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Get the Look – Working Suits Me

I talked about how wonderfully versatile a black blazer and pencil skirt are in my Back in Black – Work post. The same can be said for a flattering, classic pant suit. Whether you prefer wide leg like here, or a slimmer style like here, they are a staple in the office wardrobe.

I would love to invest in a custom tailored suit (shame they aren’t as affordable as jeans), but I’ve found plenty of affordable options by keeping my eye out for a bargain. I’ve found awesome suits at places like Portmans, Review (check the outlet stores for big discounts) and Myer. The Tokito range at Myer has heaps of options at great prices and the Jacket and Pants shown above are currently ON SALE, making the suit under $80!

Pair the suit with a crisp shirt to feel like a boss in the office or you use them as individual pieces to mix and match within your wardrobe and create a range of looks. My only fully matching pant suit only made it’s first appearance recently (here), but I’ve done this heaps with the skirt suits in the past, like in the examples below. (whoa! my photo game has seriously improved.)

Three outfits for the price of one? Sounds good to me!

I always think going black is a practical choice (is it obvious yet that I wear ALOT of black?), but there are heaps of options out there in different cuts, colours and patterns. Find something you know you will wear for years to come, that makes you feel fabulous and works with your wardrobe.

Need a bit more inspiration? Click below to follow me on pinterest.

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Working Suits Me

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I recently went a month without working. That may sound like a dream to many people, but to be honest, it was boring as hell! When I got the call to start work in a very corporate environment I was stoked!

It said in the description of the role to wear “corporate attire (preferably matching suit)”, so I was super excited to rock this charcoal pant suit. I purchased this Tokito City suit a long time ago on sale at Myer. I’ve worn the jacket a few times, but the pants sat in my sewing pile with the hem pinned up for WAY too long. When I recently used some of my spare time to finish all my half done sewing projects I pulled them out and tried them on. Turns out all I needed was a higher heel to save me from the painful task of hand sewing a hem.

I felt super boss walking in on my first day, despite being literally the bottom of the corporate food chain. I find young women, in particular, tend to steer clear of a full matching suit these days. I’m one of them most of the time. Being able to mix and match pieces allows for a greater number of outfit options and more opportunity to make your outfit uniquely you. But there is something incredibly satisfying about the classic chic-ness. Add a killer pair of pointed pumps and a complimentary black shirt and it’s time to own the office.

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Back in Black – Going Out

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Can you believe we’ve been talking all black for 2 weeks now? I swear I could make another 76459086 outfits without a spot of colour. But alas, all good things must come to an end and, just like the end of a long work week, it’s time to go out!

I love, love, love getting dressed up and letting my hair down. In my opinion there is no better way to get over all kinds of stress than putting on an outfit that makes you feel fabulous and heading out on the town.

If there’s one thing I want to draw attention to more than anything through this whole Back in Black series is that texture is EVERYTHING! I love the contrast of suede, lace and leather in this look. It’s girly, but tough. Check out more inspiration here:

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I have to talk about these boots. Over-the-Knee (OTK) boots are having a major moment right now. I bought this pair over a year ago wanting to jump onboard with the trend relatively early, but they had a major fault in them (nails coming through the sole – not good!). I did get a refund on them, but had them sitting in my room for 12 months before I finally took them to be repaired. Now they are my No.1 go to shoe for going out this winter.

As for adding colour to this look; firstly I don’t think it needs any colour, but if you feel the need it can be done just as easily as any of my other all black looks. A bright dress will be toned down by the black jacket and boots, but if you wanna go a little further try some different coloured OTK boots or jackets.

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So here we are. It’s all done. I will never wear black again.

JUST KIDDING! I will be constantly referring back to this series as black is the basis for my entire wardrobe.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my thoughts in dressing all black for different parts of life. It’s back to business as usual next week. But please send me your thoughts, questions or suggestions here.

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Back in Black – Casual

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I’ll be the first to admit that casual clothes can often mean boring. If I have no where in particular to go I will usually end up in basic jeans and a t-shirt. But even in a monochrome palette jeans and a t-shirt can still have some interest.

I believe the key is mixing textures and proportions. Skinny high waisted jeans, a super soft tee and an oversized knit creates enough interest to fight to boring.

The thing I love about this look is you can wear it all year round in one form or another. Ditch the knit and change the jeans for shorts and you’re ready for summer. Make the t-shirt long sleeved and add a heavier knit and you’re set for a chilly Melbourne winters day.

Screen Shot 2017-06-06 at 10.00.05 am Best thing about this look is that it’s so easy to make it your own. You a tough chick? Try it with Doc Martins and a leather jacket. Bit of a girly girl? Add some pretty heels and a lacy top. Want to add some colour? Well there are a million ways to do that!

If you’re new to the colour game start with some small additions, a bright belt or a cute scarf, even a statement pair of shoes. If you’re after something bolder, what about coloured jeans? Or a bright knit to cheer you up all winter long?

Not into colour? You can still mix it up with blue jeans, grey pieces or a vintage print t-shirt.

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