Tutu Tuesday

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Shirt: Bohemian Traders, Skirt: Zara (similar here), Boots: Rubi Shoes (similar here), Bag: X Nihilo

Autumn Shmutumn. We are having The craziest weather in Melbourne at the moment. First it was an extended summer with about three weeks of heat and now the rain and humidity has set it. This kind of cool-then-sticky-then-hot-then-wet weather makes getting dressed in the morning incredibly challenging, but luckily for me, I usually just ignore the weather and wear whatever ‘speaks to me’ ;).

This morning my pink tulle skirt practically jumped out of the closet so I paired it with this mid weight denim button down and my trusty Chloe-esk studded ankle boots from last season. Now as you can probably imagine, rain and tutu’s don’t really mix. We were super lucky to get these pictures before the rain poured down again this afternoon. Its safe to say that as soon as I got in from picking the kids up from daycare, this outfit came off and the trackies went straight on, haha. Who else does that??

I am so happy to be back to regular programming this week as hubby is finally home and VAMFF is finished. I will blog about my experience working at the Fashion Festival later this week but the short version is, it was amazing and I am exhausted :).

Hope you all have a great week. Talk soon.

Caitlin xo

One dress, Two Ways

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As a style blogger I am always looking for ways to take an item and create lots of different looks with it. This is a great way to save money, keep things interesting, and get more bang for your buck! For this post I decided to show you how I’ve styled a Little White Dress (LWD), two different ways. I feel like a LWD is a staple most women have in their closet for spring and summer already so hopefully this gives you a little inspiration. I’ve also focused on how you can turn a shorter dress into a tunic if you are worried about the length of some of the items in your wardrobe. This tip is especially good for us mums who need a little extra coverage when running around after our little ones.

Casual, tunic style.

Teamed with distressed denim, easy slides and a statement necklace this day time casual combo can take you anywhere. However swap out the flats for heels, lose the hat and this look immediately transitions to night.

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Dress: Daily Style Boutique $80, Jeans: Rollas $70, Slides: Marks and Spencer $50, Hat: Cotton On (similar here $69.95)

Cool and edgy

Worn as a mini with a faux fur vest and ankle booties this look is immediately dressier and a little more street-style cool. Ideal for a date or girls night out.

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Dress: Daily Style Boutique $80, Vest: Seed Heritage (similar here $55), Boots: ASOS (similar here $49.95)

 

 

That Floral Feeling

Dress: Market find (similar here for approx $26.40), Shoes: H&M (similar here for $48), Hat: Cotton On (similar here for $29.95), Bag: Market find (similar here for $20) Total cost of linked outfit = $124.35

Hi Friends!

Happy Friday 🌻. I don’t have much time today but I thought I’d just pop in with this look from yesterday. I scored this dress and bag for an absolute steal at some markets recently. I’m not much of a thrifter as I don’t have the time to scourer op shops and thrift stores but I do love to wander weekend markets when I can swing it.

The dress is really baggy and oversized but it’s perfect for a hot day and I love the print and cute little tie at the back. I paired the items with my H&M gold slides and boater hat from Cotton On which means this whole outfit comes in under $150. Total bargain! Obviously because the items are ‘pre loved’ I can’t link the exact items but I have made sure that all the ‘similar’ items I have linked will ensure that you too can get this whole look (or similar) for under $150. Let me know your thoughts.

Have a great weekend everyone xx

White Dresses for Summer

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Dress: Polo by Ralph Lauren (similar here), Slides: Rubi Shoes

Is there anything better than an EASY white dress for summer? I’m not talking about a white hot, figure hugging evening type dress (although they are amazing too), I’m just talking about a throw on, throw over, throw in the wash and go, type of dress. Of course fake tan, small children, spaghetti and make up are all hazards when wearing white so the idea is to be smart when choosing a white dress and think about fabric as well as the fit. Cotton is a great option but of course so is Napisan :).

Today I am going to show you a few great options for a white summer dress but I’m going to also be outlining which styles will best suit certain body shapes to further help you in your shopping. This is part of the next phase for my blog, and I am so excited to share more details  with you over the next few weeks.

Before we get started, just a note on body shapes – what I share with you should be not be taken as blanket rules. Many other factors contribute to what styles will flatter your figure and which style you personally prefer.Today I am just giving some general guidelines based on basic body composition and the tools that we use as Personal Stylists. The terms  I will be using to describe body shapes are: Hourglass, Rectangle, Triangle and Inverted Triangle. Here are some simple definitions:

Hourglass: Waist is defined and noticeably smaller than hips and shoulders. Width of hips and shoulders are relatively equal.

Rectangle: Often referred to as a ‘column’: Shoulders, waist and hips are all similar in size and width.

Triangle: Often known as a ‘Pear’: Shoulders are wider than hips.

Inverted Triangle: Hips are wider than shoulders.

Dresses

This “Dobby Resort Dress” would work on most body shapes. The ‘Cold Shoulder’ trend is a great way to achieve an Off The Shoulder type style, but it is a little bit more practical to wear and lends itself to more body shapes. Due to the thicker straps and longer sleeve length, both triangles and (slightly) inverted triangles can wear this style as well as rectangles. If you have a voluptuous hourglass figure than you might find that adding a belt around your waist will look better and give you a little bit more shape.

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Country Road $59.96 (on sale)

I know that this dress isn’t technically white as it has a light beige stripe running through it but it is just such a great shape for rectangles, inverted triangles and hourglass figures so I had to include it. The lightweight, draped fabric still gives it that easy breezy summer feeling and how could you go wrong with that price? With the right accessories this dress could take you to the office as well as the beach so in my mind it’s a winner!

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Living Doll $89.95

This Living Doll “Maldives Midi Dress” is perfect to give some femininity and shape to those with rectangle figures. It would also work well for a triangle and an hourglass within the size range of 8 to a 12/14ish. The midi length is also very flattering for many figures but especially a triangle.

This fun and flirty ‘Evie Dress’ is a great shape for Inverted Triangles. It will balance out your shoulder line with the wide, scooped neckline and slightly a-lined mini hemline. The drop waist on this dress would also work for a rectangle as would the frilly details.

So there you have it, four great white dresses, all under $150 and something for all body shapes. If you have any specific questions about how to determine your body shape, don’t hesitate to get in touch or if you have any other item you’d like me to focus on in a similar post, I would love to hear it!

Have a great week ahead xx

Summer In The City


Gosh I love this time of year in Melbourne. For one thing it’s almost a relief that all the hoopla of Christmas, New Years and everything in between is over but it also doesn’t quite feel 100% ‘business as usual’ just yet. People slowly drift back into work and the promise of the Australia Day long weekend  helps to dampen the post holiday blues. 

Melbourne starts to have a little bit better (aka more consistent weather) and of course the January sales are always a good thing, but believe it or not, one of my favourite things about January in Melbourne is the tennis!! I’m not a die hard sports fan by any means but there is something about the tennis that I really enjoy. It is one of those rare sports that is equally enjoyable to watch live or on TV, and I love watching the classic traditions start to give way to modern culture without losing any class. 

Fashion is a big player in this as the strict dress codes of all white and long shorts ect are now being replaced by athletic gear that mirrors some high street trends and comes in all colours of the rainbow. I think the tennis subconsciously influenced the above outfit. All items are old favourites from my wardrobe but you can easily replicate this look by simply adding a cool pair of whie sneakers to your favourite dress or skirt. 

What about you? Any fellow tennis fans out there? Xx

5 Summer Essentials In 2 Outfits

Hello from Down Under!

If you follow my Instagram you would have seen that we made it home to Melbourne yesterday morning, safe and sound! It is so great to be back in town although it feels a bit weird to be on ‘holiday’ in your home state.

It has been so nice and warm and I’ve been enjoying dressing for the season with no cultural restrictions on my wardrobe. Just a heads up, I will probably be wearing shorts or short dresses for the majority of the time we are here; I missed it so much!

I love dressing in summer, it always feels more casual and effortless. Summer is a time when you can experiment with your look a little bit more and try things like prints, colour and proportions with no pressure to ‘get it right’. Having said that though, every year there are a few must have items.

Below I’ve highlighted my 5 picks and styled them in two outfits. My 5 essentials are:

  1. A Boater hat
  2. A striped dress
  3. Slides
  4. A wrap dress
  5. Fun Sunglasses i.e. reflective or coloured.

Outfit 1

Boater hats are huge this year, particularly tan straw styles with a black ribbon. This one is just from Cotton On but stores like Lack of Color do really great quality options too. Paired with a striped swing dress and slides, this outfit is basically my summer uniform. Easy to wear, on trend and comfortable. See below for links.

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Hat: Cotton On (similar here), Dress: Cotton On, Slides: Rubi Shoes

Outfit 2

You really can’t go wrong with a wrap dress and this bright purple one from My Boutique literally screams summer. The detailed neck line and slight open back makes the dress a little more sophisticated. I paired it with slides (again) and a fun pair of reflective sunnies to add a youthful, on-trend touch.

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Dress: My Boutique, Slides: Rubi Shoes (similar here), Sunglasses: Cotton On

So as you can see it doesn’t take much to hit the summer must have list and you can easily mix and match all the items together to create a fun and easy capsule wardrobe for summer.

See you soon with some more short shorts and summer looks ;).

What I Wore Wednesday

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Jacket: Calvin Klein (similar here), Dress: Forever 21 (website down similar here and here), Boots: Steve Madden (similar here), Bag: Zara

Happy Hump Day People! For the majority of you it is probably Thursday, so I retrospectively hope you had a great Wednesday ;).

As I’ve been saying for a while now, it is gradually getting cooler here in Delhi and after months of almost oppressive heat I am so happy to be able to add a few layers to my outfit every morning. I umm’d and ahh’d about packing boots when we came over to India but I am so glad I decided to throw in these Steve Madden booties at the last minute. To be fair they are probably closer to a hightop sneaker than a full ankle boot, but either way it was fun to pull them on this morning.

I am sure you’ll agree however that the hero of this outfit is the knit dress. I picked it up at Forever 21 and in a sea of crop tops, tasselled kimonos and short rompers ( playsuits), this casual but classy knit really jumped out at me. The figure hugging silhouette indicates that paired with heels this dress could be a knock out for an evening event but given that I don’t have much of a night life here in India, I decided to pair it back with a light wash denim jacket and flat boots.

This dress could be a bit tricky to wear with the horizontal stripes but luckily they hit me in the right places so I gave myself a pass ;). As a rule of thumb though, I’d usually suggest to go with a block coloured body con dress to ensure that it is universally flattering.

No matter what season or what the trends are, a denim jacket will always be in style so if you a looking for a great ‘throw on’ option or trans seasonal jacket, an oversized denim one would be my pick!

Anyway, I hope you are all having a great week and those attending Oaks Day at the Spring Racing Carnival today, I hope you back a winner – equine or otherwise ;). xx