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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A Little Bit of Length

Lately I have definitely been into shorter length skirts. “Above the knee” would be the nice description, “barely there” is possibly more accurate (when you got it, flaunt it!). But now that summer is officially over it’s time to see those hemlines drop and start covering up. As well as my extensive collection of coats, scarves and beanies, one of my most valuable warming tools is my huge mane of hair. After copping the whole lot off back in 2010, it’s now got a fair bit of length to it as well – 6 more inches til I reach my goal length, then time for a big change.

Outfit: Cardigan (Dotti, $30), Dress (Missguided, $20) & Heels (from mum)

short hair

{photo from March 2011 when I had very short hair}

Harlequin Heat

IMG_3099Oh Melbourne, you fickle beast! I planned this outfit based on the weather report I read Tuesday night (from the Bureau of Meteorology). It predicted 37 degrees and windy. So skirts were out, hair was up and jackets were definitely unnecessary….. Or so you’d think.

Come home time the maximum for the day hadn’t got past 27, yes there was plenty of wind, but it was a brisk 20 degrees (well, brisk for Melbourne summer).  Surely after 4 years I should have worked out that Melbourne weather will change in a heartbeat.

Outfit: Top (Jacqui-E), Pants (Ozsale, $8) & Sandals (Ozsale, $10)

Productive Saturday

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Yesterday I achieved more before 11am then I normally would in a whole weekend. Prior to any of my housemates getting out of bed I had hung out my laundry, painted my nails, washed my makeup brushes (something I really should do more often) and had, not one, but two cups of coffee. Getting so much done so early in the weekend had me super energised and gave me enough time to read a magazine before picking out a killer outfit and heading to the Queen Victoria Market for some lunch and puppy watching.
Note: Corgi puppies are the cutest thing ever and I need one.

What’s your Saturday morning routine?

Outfit: Sunnies (Factorie, $5), Top (Thailand, $3), Ziggy Shorts (Myer, $6) & Michael Antonio wedges (Ozsale, $10)

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{make up brushes super clean and ready for a fresh week}

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{bright and sparkly nails for the weekend}

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{the cutest mug, perfect for a Saturday morning caffeine hit}

Welcome Back

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Nice of you to join us summer, but we were expecting you like AGES AGO!
It was kind of wrong to watch the Australian Open and see all the players and spectators look so comfortable, but here it is, the real Melbourne summer, when the BOM predicts a high of 29 degrees and we hit 34. I’m starting to get very comfortable with this whole “no tights” thing. Keep up the good work 🙂

Outfit: Dress (Dotti, $50) & Wedges (Myer, $69)

Office Capris

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I generally think capris are for middle age women or people with really short legs, but as it was over 30 degrees again yesterday so I thought it was time to pull out my only pair. And do you know what? I kind of like them! Its a nice change up from my usual skirts or dresses and I only had to shave half my legs – winner!

I also want to give a special shout out to my dear friend Lindsay on her birthday – it’s hard to believe we met almost half your lifetime ago!

Outfit: Top (Jacqui E, from mum), Capris (Jay Jays, $5) & Heels (from mum)

Bi-Polar Weather

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OMG Melbourne! What was up with yesterdays weather? I mean it was 38 degrees and sunny at 1:30pm, at 2pm it was full on thunderstorms, then back to 38 and sunny by 4pm. Seriously Melbs, take a chill pill! Luckily working in an office means weather doesn’t effect me too much and I was able to stay dry, which is lucky because I didn’t particularly want to look like a wet dog who entered a wet t-shirt competition!

Outfit: Top (Misshop), Skirt (Target Children’s Department) & Heeled Sandals (Ozsale, $10)