Styles that never fade – part 1

Leather & Stripes


I started this blog because I dream about fashion. I have a full time job in the medical industry and love it. I love being challenged daily. But I also have a real passion for understanding my own style. I believe there are some ‘styles’ that never go out of fashion. And I want to inspire others’ to find their own style based on what makes them feel good.

We took a beautiful walk through a very picturesque part of Byron Bay – Crystal Castle. And although not my style it had some spectacular views; the kind that only nature can provide. The perfect backdrop to represent the start of my series of blogs re ‘styles that never fade.’

stripe top under arch


This Aje leather skirt makes a regular appearance when choosing my outfits. When you find the perfect leather skirt, you can wear it with anything, for any event and in my opinion, in any weather! This Aje leather skirt is crafted to perfection. You’ll see many more of my leather skirts along the way, but this one is special. Tan leather is a little more subtle than black leather, allowing for more casual outfit variations.


The other fashion style that never fades, and stands the test of time is none other than stripes. When you really think about it, you see stripes everywhere! This top also features ruffles which are an ‘on-trend’ feature at the moment, but the underlying style is stripes. I am making an effort to incorporate more stripes into my wardrobe; and I’m loving it! When choosing stripes in a primary colour, such as blue, you can mix all different prints together.

stripe top stairs

I really enjoyed my time getting out into nature. As I live in Australia, this is probably the last time I’ll see some warm weather for a while. I will dream about balmy nights until next summer!

crystal castle flowers

Crystal castle walk up stairs

What I wore:

Top – Slide Show via (purchased in store)

Skirt –

Slides –

Bag –

Sunglasses –


Leather & Soie – K


Vacation Outfit; Byron Style.

Byron resort pathlighthouse

Welcome to Leather & Soie! A blog dedicated to timeless style, luxurious textures, spectacular finds and the search for styles that suit every woman.

I couldn’t find a better way to debut my blog with a trip to Byron Bay. This beautiful coastal vacation spot is situated on the Eastern coast of Australia, New South Wales. On our first evening, we taken to Rae’s on Wategos Beach on VW Kombi’s! We had locals videoing us as we chugged through the main street and up the hill to the restaurant.

Rae’s on Wategos Beach is situated on the coast and mimics the breathtaking views of the Greek Islands. And the seafood is to die for!

Now, to the fashion! I absolutely agree with Audrey Hepburn when she said, ‘there’s a shade of red for every woman.’ And what better way to wear it…with a Caroline Constas off-the-shoulder red dress! It’s fun, flirty and summery. It’s a dress I’ll have for years to come, because of it’s timeless style and impeccable craftsmanship. I hope to demonstrate  throughout my blog, the appreciation I have for beautiful good quality fashion. I also firmly believe in finding your own true style. I will share my tips and tricks along the way.

red dress holding out behindcropped red dress

Beach surfers shot

I added my favourite turquoise Gospel earrings from Grace Loves Lace. Red can be worn with most colours, but turquoise really has the ‘pop’ factor! I also teamed this with the perfect red lipstick – ‘YSL rouge pur couture in le rouge #1’. You can stop the search for the perfect red lipstick, because this is the one! It goes with most skin tones, easy to apply and surprisingly moisturising. I even asked a make-up artist from Melbourne recently on his thoughts about red lipsticks, and he mentioned that this is the one lipstick that he constantly has to replenish due to it’s high turnover rate! I think I’m definitely onto a winner here.

Red dress Raes smile

The great thing about vacation style, is the added benefit of feeling relaxed and tanned! When you feel good about yourself, it shows in how you present yourself. I know that when I am on holidays, I tend to wear minimal make-up and let the fashion speak for itself.

Red dress – Caroline Constas via

Statement earrings –

Wedges –

Bag – Olga Berg via

Watch –

white top waling behind

Thank you for stopping by and joining me in my appreciation for different textures, colours and styles. 🙂

Other outfit details

White off the shoulder top –

Denim shorts –

Orange flip-flops –


K – Leather & Soie