On my nails at the moment is OPI Formidably Orange from the Outrageous Neons collection. I bought the set of four neon minis and I must say I was super excited, but now am rather disappointed. Having never used OPI minis before I found it rather difficult to apply as the brush is really small and it was difficult to get enough polish on the brush to cover the nail. Also, although the picture doesn't quite do it justice, I was expecting the colour to be more neon. I followed the instructions of using one coat of white base and then two of the chosen colour, but think the result may have been better if I'd done two coats of white base, which I shall try next time. Even though I finished them off with OPI top coat, the next day there were already signs of chipping, which is unusual for an OPI product. Overall the colours are really fun and I will try the others in the set but unfortunately this application did not live up to my expectation x
Jacket Zara/ Trousers Glassons/ Shoes Glassons/ Necklace Mimco/ Glasses Vintage/ Lips Innocent by Topshop.
Today is an outfit I wore to work the other week with my favourite Zara blazer. Although I don't think it has featured on my blog until now it is probably one of the most worn pieces in my wardrobe as it's so versatile with a bit of interest provided by the studs. I also love the chanel-esque boucle fabric that has been left raw at the edges. As the outfit is pretty plain I added some quirkiness with the squiggle print pants and oversized vintage glasses, and some colour with my shoes. Now the shoes I'm not so proud of as they are a Jeffrey Campbell dupe I bought last summer. As a JC fanatic I often feel rather annoyed when the high st copy his designs, but alas I succumbed to the $20 price point and the fact that the Mary Roks don't come in this colour. Although they look extremely similar to the Mary Roks, they are not as high quality as the fabric creased around the ankle on first wear and the edges of the peep toe rub my toes to blister point when worn all day. Having said that, I still like these shoes as they coordinate perfectly with the squiggle print and add a more summery vibe than my authentic black pair would have x
Hats Cotton On
Since I've had short hair I haven't worn many hats, but after bagging these bargains I think that is about to change. I picked them up on an unexpected trip to Cotton On at only $2 each! I saw the straw cap a while ago and loved it, but my friend thought rather differently. I'm glad I held off on the purchase as I nabbed it for less than the price of a chai latte. As for the floppy hats I was on the hunt for an oxblood one in winter but had no success. Although the season has changed, I think it could transition into summer and at the tiny price got the taupe also to coordinate with my Alexander Wang Rocco x
Today's JCs are the Polly, which I own in grey leather. They're a great staple shoe as they are a rather simple wedge style, comfortable height for all day wear and the mid-grey colour coordinates with my wardrobe very easily. Although I like the brogue detailing and a peep toe, they are rather roomy around the ankle with means I often stick to wearing them with trousers. I haven't worn them in a while so after 'rediscovering' them in this post I think I will x
Shirt Glassons + DIY/ Skirt Sighle Illston/ Shoes Jeffrey Campbell Nightwalk/ Rings Ruby, Etsy, Silvermoon, Isa Dambeck, My mum's/ Lips Airborne Unicorn by Limecrime.
I made this pleather skirt a few months ago after spotting the fabric and wondering what I could make with it. I'm really pleased with the result as the asymmetrical, wrap-style and punched texture is a bit different to the skater or pencil styles that dominate the pleather skirt market. It's also one of the first garments I've made in a long time so was happy that it all came together nicely (although it is rather revealing to sit down in due to the one press-stud fastening). I also get some sense of personal gratification when I am able to realise and wear one of my own designs out. For this evening outfit I bookended my skirt with royal blue wearing a DIY studded collar shirt and my Jeffrey Campbell Nightwalks as the colour match is uncanny x
I wore the Cuffed last night which are one of my latest JC purchases I picked up pre-shoe spending ban. They're a style I've had my eye on for about a year, but back then thought I would own the grey or black suede. It seems as my JC collection has grown my shoe style has strayed to the more unconventional. As you can see I decided on the coral leather and am happy I did as they're such a unique colour and I prefer the leather finish to the suede. Also, I got them on sale from Eilatan, which is a site I haven't purchased from before. Although the shipping cost was rather extortionate, they arrived in less than a week and the fact the sale price was heavily reduced balanced out the total. Keep an eye out for the outfit post in the next few days x
Jacket Topshop/ Dress Twentyseven Names/ Boots Cheap Monday/ Glasses Alexander Wang/ Bag Marc by Marc Jacobs/ Rings Isa Dambeck, My mum's, Silvermoon, Etsy, Ruby/ Lips Girl About Town by Mac.
Here is the first attempt at styling my printed leather jacket from Topshop. I decided to wear it for a day at work so the rest of the outfit was thrown together very quickly, and is very simple and understated. Paired with an all black ensemble I love the way the jacket instantly brightens up the look and is definitely quirky with the intricate print. I also adore the leather biker style which toughens up the outfit. To complete the look I went with a bright pink lip to coordinate with the flowers. I'm still in awe of the jacket and next outing will pair it with something a little less 'black' x
Although I've been a fan of NZ label Ruby for several years, it seems in the past few seasons they have really upped their ante to a point where I am now completely enamoured by their collections. Something I love about Ruby is the way their garments have an air of understated quirkiness, in particular by way of signature prints and unexpected detailing, which is an aesthetic I adore. Not only is there the Ruby collection but also the Liam line, which is described as Ruby's slightly more sophisticated older sister. With two such amazing labels under one roof, and a fantastic shopping experience, me walking into a Ruby store is a danger zone for my credit card so it's vital I spread my visits out. Above are some of the latest pieces I have picked up over the past few months. I'm sure you'll see them styled in outfits very soon x
Jacket Zara/ Shirt ASOS/ Jeans Glassons/ Boots Topshop/ Glasses Rayban Wayfarers/ Bag Marc by Marc Jacobs/ Lips Beguiled by Topshop.
Another outfit inspired by the Northern Hemisphere's hottest autumn colours: burgundy and khaki. Although it's spring here I'm still enjoying these shades, particularly when paired together. I picked up the Zara jacket when I was in the UK earlier this year and have coordinated the pleather sleeves with black pleather panel jeans from Glassons. To lighten the outfit from my usual black shirt I decided to go with this white/black colour blocked one from ASOS of which the collar shape reminds me of my old school shirts. Finally, I've tied the outfit together with burgundy lips and accessories x
My latest arrival is this gorgeous embellished top from ASOS. I first spotted it on Ellie Goulding on the homepage but couldn't find it online, yet after a few days persistently checking the new in section there it was. I love the contrast of the leather sleeves and delicate embellishment which makes it easy to dress up or down. I'm looking forward to pairing it with a white skirt and sandals for day, or disco pants a leather jacket and killer heels for night x
Dress Lonely Hearts/ Leather Jacket Oasis/ Shoes Jeffrey Campbell Mary Roks/ Necklace DIY/ Rings Isa Dambeck, My mum's, Stolen Girlfriends Club/ Lips Rumour Has It by Topshop.
This is the outfit I wore to my birthday dinner, but didn't get a chance to photograph it until now. The dress was actually an unexpected purchase on my birthday day so decided to wear it straight away. I'm not usually a fan of yellow, or leopard print, but something really attracted me to this dress and I'm glad I tried it on (my bank account was not). It's Lonely Hearts, one of my favourite labels, and I love the hook & eye panelling detail which is similar to the zip dress. In person the colour is a lot more neon than shows up on the camera and I enjoy the fact the print is more abstract than literal. I'm looking forward to wearing it without tights if, and when, summer hits x
I've had the Foxy in nude for about a year now, and I'm excited it's finally warming up enough to wear them again. Being a sandal style they are definitely one of my 'girlier' JCs and the platform and chunky heel make them comfortable and easy to walk in. Originally I wanted the black suede but they were sold out in my size so opted for the nude. As my wardrobe is dominated by black, I do find them slightly harder to style but think the lighter colour is great for summer and has been a welcome addition to my collection x
Cardigan Paper Heart/ Shirt Supré/ Jeans Glassons/ Boots Glassons/ Glasses Vintage/ Rings Karen Walker, My mum's/ Lips Beguiled by Topshop.
Today's outfit is pretty casual with a twist of striped jeans and a shaggy cardigan. At first I thought the cardi made me look a bit like a bulky black yeti, but I've decided to embrace it as I like the fact it adds texture and a unique touch to an outfit compared to your usual black knit. As for the jeans, I've had them for quite some time but I'm still enjoying printed pants, especially rolled up. I feel the outfit has a rather autumnal vibe which is ironic as it is spring, but I like it x
I thought it fitting to begin this series with the pair that kicked of my obsession, the Mary Roks. I actually have two pairs of these as, as you can see, this pair is pretty well loved and battered. Although I no longer wear them due to their condition I still can't seem to say goodbye. I was so thrilled to pick up another pair on sale as the Mary Roks are still one of my favourite JC styles. I love the wedge-bootie style with cutout detailing, as they go with everything and are so comfortable to wear all day x
Dress Sighle Illston/ Jacket French Connection/ Bag Chanel/ Headband Diva/ Lips Hazard by Topshop.
This OOTD is a little different to the usual. Tuesday was NZ Cup Day, which for some means horse racing, others an excuse to get drunk, and for the likes of me stepping out in your best dress. I designed and made this dress a few years back as part of my 2nd year collection at fashion school, but apart from being on the catwalk this is it's first outing. As the dress really is the statement of the outfit I kept the rest of the ensemble rather simple with a cropped black jacket, fascinator-style headband, coordinated satin shoes and my beloved Chanel bag. Last year I didn't make it to the races but said to myself that 2012 would be the year I entered the best competition wearing my own design. This is something I kept to and happily, I made it to the final. It may be a little self indulgent to say, but I'm still in love with my dress and can't wait until I have another occasion to wear it x