Monthly Archives: September 2012

Cheat

If this outfit looks familiar, it’s because I wore pretty much the same thing two weeks ago, except with a different coloured cardigan. A teething baby does not do much for your outfit inspiration and this was my fall-back option. Cheating? Perhaps. Or alternatively, exactly the purpose of this blog – so that under pressure I’m still able to put together something I’m happy to be wearing. One less thing to stress about, now that’s definitely a win!

I will add that last time I wore this outfit I thought my teal cardi was perhaps a bit too short – this red cardi is that little bit longer and I do think it creates a better balance to the look. It’s pretty exciting that I’m starting to be able to see what could improve the look of a particular outfit. I’m sure there’s plenty more to learn still, but I feel like I’ve made so much progress already.

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Can I Be Of Assistance?

Today was a little bit exciting – it was my first time helping somebody else sort through their wardrobe! My good friend Jess E (the same friend I accidentally went shoe shopping without) asked if I could give her a hand to decide which things should stay and which should go. Of course I was more than happy to help, for a few reasons:

1. I thought it would be a fun challenge to work with a different body shape and personal style
2. It would be a great opportunity to experiment with colours and textures that I don’t have in my wardrobe
3. How often do you get the chance to sift through somebody’s entire collection of clothing? (With their permission, I mean)

So what do you wear on an appointment as a professional style consultant? (I use the term “professional” extremely loosely here, there was no kind of payment going on unless you count the vest I stole from the “donate to charity” pile). My aim was for Effortlessly Stylish; I wanted to create the illusion that I knew what I was doing, instil confidence. I also wanted to mix in a blazer as it makes me feel a bit more competent and I knew we’d have to try and stay on track if we were going to get it done in the modest baby-free window we had.

I quite liked the resulting outfit – very easy to put together, casual with a touch of class, a dash of colour to give it some lift. And it makes me so very happy to be finally getting some more use out of my long-forgotten work attire!

For the record, we had a lot of fun and it was quite productive. A lot of new space has been made, and a (small) shopping list of essentials to fill some gaps. We didn’t get to the experimental creating-new-outfits stage (boo!), but we certainly tossed around some interesting ideas and I’m looking forward to seeing what Jess E comes up with over the next few weeks!

(Shoes: Big W $10)

Back On Track

Today I had a bit of a success, hooray! This top is one I’ve had for a few years now and while I always loved the colours and print it has never quite looked right on before (see below). Today I felt like it actually worked well for me, plus I loved how it was complemented by my electric blue jeans.

Before

After following style blogs for a while now I realised that the tie sits at pretty much the exact place that would be most unflattering for me. It’s kind of between my natural waist and the top of my hips – either of these places would have been better options. So what I did today was PULL OUT THE TIE. Genius!

In all seriousness, it’s pretty amazing how much difference one simple adjustment can make. It was super easy to remove the tie – it wasn’t sewn in or anything, just slid straight out. Now I can wear this top in three new (and more flattering) ways: tucked in, left out (it has a nice A-line shape now), or belted at my natural waist. If you look up close you can see the casing where the tie is supposed to go, but it’s not that obvious with such a busy print. I’m looking forward to wearing it all of these ways as it heads towards summer; it’s lovely and floaty and cool in hot weather.

You can only see the casing if you look really closely

And now I have a bonus tie – I could do all sorts of things with it. Maybe. Although today I was a bit too chicken, maybe another time.

French-chic? Or just a little eccentric?

Unsettled

You know those days where things just come together, everything clicks into place and you’re feeling super competent and in control? This was not one of those days.

From the moment I got up I felt like I was not quite able to catch up to where I should be. It was a warm and windy day which kind of threw me a bit as well. I wasn’t particularly happy with my outfit, but ran out of time to try and fix it any further. I don’t think it’s terrible, but just lacking some interest. Note to self: when there is a morning appointment to keep, pick out and TRY ON the outfit the night before – sometimes things don’t look as good in the mirror as in your imagination.

I was also running low on photographing time and the light is pretty bad in these pictures. Not that the light is usually great – I don’t have the luxury of picking a certain time of day that will be best for taking good pictures when running after two little ones. But I think there have certainly been better photos than these ones today, so sorry! Tomorrow is a new day, let’s try for better then.

Windy day!

Softness

At the moment, I’d say my style kind of flicks between conservative (a lot of blue/white/black) and fun (bright colours). Today I felt like something different, something a little softer and more feminine. I really love wearing this t-shirt, it has some lovely texture and is so light and airy (I don’t love ironing it so much, we’ll just pretend it’s meant to be wrinkly shall we?).

I took the opportunity to wear a necklace I was given as a gift a few years ago. I don’t find many outfits where I feel it works well for me, so it’s nice to be able to use it again here. The necklace is more “pretty” than I’d normally wear for a casual outfit, but I think the belt/jeans/sandals balanced it out. I will admit: I took it off pretty much straight away after taking the photographs – it’s far too delicate for Tiny Miss P’s determined little grip!

A little later on in the day the weather cooled down a bit, so it was back to my trusty teal cardi. For a bit of a change, I “borrowed” a headband from Little Miss H. Yes, I totally raided my three-year-old’s wardrobe. (And I might do it again.)