How To Take Your Midi Skirt Into Winter

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Jumper: Cotton On (last season, similar here), Skirt: Temt (In store only, similar here), Boots: Rubi Shoes, Bag: X Nihilo

How many of you dread the beginning of winter because it means you have to pack away all your favourite skirts and dresses? There is no doubt that the pleated midi skirt has been a huge staple for many of us over summer and spring and today I thought I’d show you how to eek a little bit more wear out of it, even as the weather starts to cool down.

As you can see above I have paired my skirt with a slightly baggy jumper and some ankle booties for some added warmth. A common issue with this combination however is that most of us tend to lose a bit of ‘shape’ under all the layers, and you can see that has happened to me. My solution to this problem was to wear different shades of the same colour for my whole outfit. By keeping the look tonal it helps to create a lean, streamlined silhouette.

If you wanted to mix and match your pieces a little bit more you could add a belt to define your waist or wear a cropped jumper that finishes at the waistband of your skirt. The metallics trend is definitely carrying through to the cooler months so I’ve added a touch of fun and sparkle with these silver sock booties from Rubi Shoes.

What do you think about this look? Who else will be modifying their favourite summer pieces to work for them in the cooler months? xx

Denim Daydreams

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Dress: Bohemian Traders $179, Slides: Bohemian Traders $119

How good is denim? Denim jeans, dresses, skirts, shirts; I love it all! Recently I was lucky enough to win (another) Instagram competition! This time it was with denim experts Bohemian Traders! The kind people over at BT sent me over an amazing capsule wardrobe with their latest Premium Denim range which includes these two pieces I am wearing above.

I was already a Bohemian Traders customer prior to winning this comp so I can vouch for the quality and the items I received and have worn so far most definitely stand up too. This dress is slightly above the $150 price point that I try to stick to for the blog but given it is a piece that I will wear multiple times and I believe you would too I’ve chosen to include it! These slides however are a bargain at $119!

I will definitely show you the rest of the pieces soon but until then, if you are after some premium denim staples I’d really encourage you to check out Bohemian Traders. xx

 

 

 

A Thousand Stars

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Dress: Daily Style Boutique $80, Boots: Tony Bianco (similar here $147), Bag: Zara (similar here approx $50)

Hi guys!

Sorry my blog posts have been a bit sporadic lately! I am starting a new job (of sorts) and so for the first time since becoming a mum, I am having to figure out how to do this working mum juggle in a more permanent way. Up until now it has been manageable to fit in styling clients or small blog projects here and there, but in this new role I am working with another company so I need to work more traditional hours, as well as attend meetings and networking events. I will definitely share more details with you when I can but in the meantime please just bear with me :).

So I had a few staff meetings and training sessions this morning and I was so excited to be able to wear this new “Thousand Star Dress” I received from Daily Style Boutique. I love the cold shoulder details as well as the high neck with a subtle ruffle. Obviously as I am working within the fashion industry I can get away with this as work attire, however if you are in a more corporate environment, this dress would probably be better for weekend wear.

As I’ve mentioned before, ‘Cold Shoulder’ styles are a great take on the ‘Off The Shoulder’ trend. They give you the same effect but are more wearable and flattering on a greater variety of body shapes. I have quite broad shoulders and often look much wider across my chest when I wear an OTS style, however with the cold shoulder silhouette the extension of the sleeve down my arm helps to balance out my shoulders, and give my overall shape more proportion. So if you love the OTS style but don’t feel like it suits you for whatever reason, try the cold shoulder instead!

I hope you are all having a great start to the week, any working mums that can give me some tips on ‘doing it all’, I’d love to hear from you!!

xx

Early Valentines Day and Your Closet Hire

Dress: Nicolas via Your Closet Hire ($150 for 4 day rental), Shoes: Witchery (similar here $107.95)

Who else loves Valentines Day? I know it’s a “Hallmark Holiday” and I will admit that since having kids, it often ends up being pretty low-key but I can’t help it, I still love it. I think because I’m a girlie girl at heart, any excuse to wear a feminine dress, have flowers in the house and be surrounded by everything heart-shaped just makes me happy!

With all that being said, I think hubby will be travelling this Valentines Day (sad face) so this weekend we decided to celebrate a little bit early with a special date night on Sunday. We actually had a day date as well. We woke up early on Sunday morning, got the kids ready, piled into the car (with large coffee’s obviously) and headed up to the Yarra Valley. Our first stop was the Lavender farm which was absolutely stunning and of course smelt amazing.

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The rest of the day was then about the kids until we came home, cleaned up a bit and headed back out to one of our favourite restaurants in Hawthorn. I felt so amazing in that beautiful red dress from Your Closet Hire.

As I mentioned in this post, this past weekend I was lucky enough to be sent a few pieces from the girls at Your Closet Hire to help me out with my busy weekend. From hosting an Australia Day BBQ to a Girls Night Out and then an early Valentines Day dinner, I had the perfect outfits from amazing designers and what’s better; all the items I chose were $150 or under for a 4 day hire. Here is a little bit about them from their website:

“Your Closet is Australia’s premier online luxury dress rental destination. Your Closet allows you access to luxury Australian and International designers collections at a fraction of the retail price.

At Your Closet, we are rethinking the way Australian women have previously approached their closets. We exist because we believe a beautiful product shouldn’t only be experienced through owning it. Our team is prepared to go the extra length to ensure you sparkle in the perfect dress at all of your special events. We have experienced stylists on board to help every step of the way and to assist with your dress decisions.

By giving women access to remarkable luxury experiences, we’re changing the meaning of ownership and revolutionizing retail in the process.

We deliver Australia wide.”

As you know, I have worked with companies who do a similar thing with designer handbag hire and I have had great experiences but I wasn’t quite sure how it would work with clothing. How would I know my size? Surely clothing is much harder to maintain and keep at a high quality? What if I stain it, will I be paranoid all night?

Well first things first, all three pieces I chose arrived in pristine condition, you would never even know that they had been worn before let alone shipped all over the country. I was particularly impressed with the Camilla products as they are so light weight and delicate, you would think they would show signs of wear and tear but no, they were perfect. In terms of getting your size right, each product has a sizing guide online but you can also correspond with the girls via email and they are so helpful. I was undecided on my size for this Nicolas dress and the lovely Briella helped me to decide which size to go for, and in the end it was the perfect fit.

Finally, will you be paranoid to wear a dress that’s not ‘yours’? Personally I found that I wore it the same way I would wear a special or expensive dress whether it was mine or not. As I’m sure many of you can relate, when you wear something new for the first time, or that one item in your closet that you absolutely  love, you instinctively take a little bit more care and are a little bit more aware of your surroundings. With that being said, when you select a dress for hire you will pay a $5 insurance fee and that covers minor stains and damages. All dresses are dry cleaned once they are returned and before they are sent to the next lucky  customer.

If you head to the Your Closet website you will see a whole list of FAQ’s if you have any more questions, but I wouldn’t hesitate to use this service again and recommend it to everyone I know (like all of you :)). Perfect for weddings, hens nights, special events and celebrations, hiring an amazing designer outfit for a fraction of the price will allow you to look and feel a million bucks. Thanks again Your Closet Hire, I’m already scouting dresses for my next events ;). xxx