I’m somewhere between being minimalistic and profligate….

 

Warning: this blog post is going to be somewhat contradictory to what I may have written about….because fashion.

Fashion for me is something I have always adored. From beautiful fabrics and textures to extravagant evening wear. Some days I dress as a minimalist would dress; jeans, a t-shirt and white sneakers. And other days, I cram every pattern known to woman in one outfit…along with some sequins! But then my happy-medium probably fits somewhere in between. But what sterotypical group does that fit into you ask?! What blogger doesn’t haven’t a title?! Well, to be honest I don’t fit into any one category. I’m seriously stuck somewhere between a minimalist and profligate!

Saba ruffle top, leather a-line skirt, Scanlan Theodore thigh high boots, Marc Jacobs clutch

Thinking back to my hay days; I tried every trend. Remember corduroy and tencel? I tried it. Remember stirrup pants and low waisted jeans with belly tops? I tried it! And remember low cut tops and dresses that came down to your belly button….Yep, I tried it! For me, the wow factor was something that enticed me. As I grew older and realised the importance of good quality materials, I started to make wiser choices when purchasing staple wardrobe pieces. But I felt I lost that pizzaz, that special feeling a unique dress can make you feel. Those are the outfits that made fashion exciting for me.

Saba ruffle top, leather a-line skirt, Scanlan Theodore thigh high boots, Marc Jacobs clutch

Saba ruffle top, leather a-line skirt, Scanlan Theodore thigh high boots, Marc Jacobs clutch, Viktoria & Woods coatSaba ruffle top, leather a-line skirt, Scanlan Theodore thigh high boots, Marc Jacobs clutch, Viktoria & Woods coat

And yes, I suppose I should be purchasing more conservative pieces as I work in a corporate environment. But why can’t I have both? Why can’t I have a little pizzaz in what would be an ordinary mid-week work outfit?

That’s why I like ruffles, feathers, fringing and sequins. They add an extra element to what would be a pretty plain outfit. The outfit I’m wearing in this post is fairly conservative in terms of the colour palette. But the extra detail in the sleeves and the thigh high boots add a little extra something. And if you’re anything like me, where you’re not really a minimalist, but you’re not widely extravagant (anymore) – adding a little extra ruffle and texture helps lift a somewhat plain outfit.

I really do believe the best way to pull off a few extra pizzazy pieces without compromising your level of classiness, is to pay a huge amount of attention to how well each piece fits you. And that essentially comes down to good tailoring. And there a few ways to accomplish this; size appropriately, wear styles that suit you and buy quality.

Some fast fashion stores will have pieces that fit perfectly, but most of the time I find I have to compromise on the fit. This is ok for the occasional one-season wonder, but for those pieces that are extravagant in their mere presence and have a timeless quality (e.g. long fur coat, sequin pencil skirt, or leather trench), opt for quality via good brands or vintage stores.

viktoria & woods jacket, Scanlan Theodore thigh high boots

I don’t think we need to categorise ourselves into a certain style group. My style is constantly evolving, and I like that. I pretty much know what suits me and what doesn’t, but it doesn’t mean I won’t branch out and experiment. But what I am certain, is that I love that fashion can make me feel unique and inspired. In a world full of stereotypes and social groups, be confident enough in yourself to trust your own style judgment.

I often align style analogies with life…but it resonants with me. If you are confident in your own values and self-beliefs, everything falls into place around you. When you are fearful and doubtful, you’ll second guess every decision you make, which in turn makes those around you uneasy. And the most important lesson of all…don’t be afraid to make mistakes. When you’re not making mistakes and learning from them, you’re not growing.  Sometimes playing it safe is actually the most dangerous decision you can make.

Saba ruffle top, Leather a-line skirt, Scanlan Theodore leather thigh high boots, Viktoria & Woods coat, Marc Jacobs clutch

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Thanks for reading

K- Leather & Soie

What I wore:

Top – http://www.saba.com.au

Skirt – Willow (this brand isn’t available anymore). For similar (and better) styles check out http://www.kitx.com.au

Boots – http://www.scanlantheodore.com

Coat – http://www.viktoriaandwoods.com.au

Clutch – Marc Jacobs from http://www.davidjones.com.au

Back to basics.

Leather jacket, Witchery silk top, Frame Denim jeansLeather jacket, Witchery silk top, Frame Denim jeans

I love experimenting with fashion and style. I love to be bold with colour, textures, and shapes. But there is nothing better than putting a pair of comfy jeans, a silk top and a leather jacket and feeling put together. You can spice it up with jewellery and/or a red lip. And you can dress is up or down with either heels, boots or flats. I’m obviously a big advocate on investing in a good capsule wardrobe; but it’s important to understand where to spend your money.

Leather jacket, Witchery silk top, Frame Denim jeans

It takes a bit of pre-planning, but once you understand what you like, your current lifestyle, and what you feel confident and comfortable in, you’ll soon start to establish your own set of ‘prerequisites’ when out shopping for basics.

For example, I appreciate really good fabrics because they feel good on, look great, are usually very durable and stay intact for longer. But I also like easy-to-maintain clothing. Which is a nicer way of stating that I in fact hate having to worry about hand-washing and ironing! There are some items of clothing that are undoubtedly high-maintenance, and often won’t get worn because of the amount of effort needed to just clean them! And unfortunately, this silk top (I’m wearing – creases and all) is one of those. It creases up so easily, that I find myself having to iron it after trying on a skirt then changing my mind and putting jeans on (what I did here!). But I have other silk items that de-crease much easier, and perhaps I paid a lot more for them. So my advice here is to understand what you are willing to do to maintain your clothes. If constant hand-washing, ironing or dry-cleaning trips are needed, and you don’t have time or money to obtain that type of maintenance, it’s worthwhile looking at some alternatives. By the way, I never iron jeans. Jeans are usually made up of cotton, which is sensitive to heat. If you own raw denim jeans, you run the risk of ruining the colour when you iron them. So if your jeans are quite crinkly, hanging them up in the bathroom to steam whilst you shower should suffice.

Willow leather jacket, Frame Denim jacket

Another thing to factor in when shopping for basics is your lifestyle. And by this I mean, your occupation, what your weekends entail, whom you hang out with, and weather/climate. If your job requires you to wear corporate wear during the week, and you also go out and socialise on the weekend in dressy locations; you may not require as much loungewear/casual wear. Whereas if you wear more casual attire during the week and over the weekend; your basic wardrobe will comprise more so of jeans, sweaters and t-shirts.

My lifestyle is a little bit complicated! I wear corporate wear during the week, but also have to take into consideration the amount of walking and standing I do in hospitals. Suits and heels are not always ideal, particularly because I get changed in and out of scrubs throughout the day, leaving my clothes in locker rooms all day. Then on the weekend I go to the gym, wear casual outfits, dress up, and also love to utilise formal events to really explore my dressy attire! I like everything! And I don’t like to skimp on any item of clothing. For example, I have literally lived in a gym since I was 5 years old (as a gymnast) and I know the importance of having good quality activewear. But I also love experimenting with dresses, skirts, shorts, swimwear and shoes! I’m a bit of a chameleon in that sense. But I know other people would require less variety and would benefit from spending more money on one area of their life, such as casual wear.

If you go out to dinner infrequently, and struggle every time an event comes up, is it because you haven’t invested in the right basics? Do you have a wardrobe full of, dare I say trendy items, that are outdated? Maybe it’s worth having a few really good quality key pieces (from the list lower down the page) to ensure you always have something to wear no matter the occasion.

Leather jacket, Witchery silk top, Frame Denim jeans, Tony Bianco bootsLeather jacket, Witchery silk top, Frame Denim jeans, Tony Bianco boots

 

There a few good items of clothing that every woman would benefit from having in their wardrobe. And it’s worthwhile spending a bit more money (if necessary) to get exactly what you love. I wouldn’t suggest you buy these items from the sales rack, unless you find something that you can honestly say you absolutely love and would wear for years to come. I see a lot of people being sucked into buying sale items because they’re on sale, not necessarily because they love the item.

Here are some items I believe make up a good capsule wardrobe. Use your lifestyle to determine weather some or all of these items suit you. For example, if you never wear heels because of an injury…don’t buy heels! There are plenty of alternatives. And if you don’t wear skirts for some reason, then perhaps you need to understand what looks best on your body type. Sometimes a change of perspective will open a whole new world of styling looks [I’ll do a post further on down the track highlighting ways to enhance all different body shapes and skin tones].

Use these items below as a guide to create your own wardrobe. I haven’t included activewear, loungewear,  lingerie or formal wear…as those items will depend drastically on your needs.  But you can create totally different looks by mixing and matching really good basics. Just add some on-trend jewellery, style your hair differently, and wear a different shade of lipstick, and voila – you have versatility!

Basic wardrobe:

  • Skinny pair of jeans
  • Looser more casual pair of jeans
  • Perfectly tailored black blazer
  • Black cigarette trouser
  • White shirt (that can be worn casually, dressed up or corporate). This can be silk, cotton or linen – depending on your lifestyle/climate.
  • Leather pants (for me definitely!)
  • A-line skirt
  • Pencil skirt
  • Leather jacket
  • Little black dress
  • Trench coat
  • Cashmere sweater
  • Ankle boots (with heels or not)
  • Classic black heel (pump)
  • Silk camisole
  • Denim jacket
  • White t-shirt
  • Winter dress (knit)
  • The perfect summer dress (floral, denim, long or short)
  • White sneaker
  • Ballet flats (black, beige or brown)
  • Flat sandal
  • Sandal with a heel
  • Classic sunglasses
  • Winter boots (thigh high/knee high)
  • Wrap dress
  • Silk scarf
  • Tote bag
  • Classic dress bag
  • Classic swimwear
  • Shorts (denim/linen/silk/cotton – depending on your lifestyle/climate/style)

Leather jacket, Witchery silk top, Frame Denim jeans, Yves Saint Laurent le rouge lipstick

It’s amazing how many outfits you can create from a deceivingly limited list. When you have good quality items, that fit you perfectly, the looks you create are lot more polished and refined. That to me is a sign of a well thought out wardrobe. Furthermore, you haven’t wasted money on items that you never wear – which isn’t good for both your savings and the environment.

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Have you got anything you’d add to that list? How does your lifestyle change the importance of some of those items?

Thanks for dropping by.

For more inspiration check out my Pinterest page – https://au.pinterest.com/leatherandsoie/

K- Leather & Soie

 

What I wore:

Leather jacket – Willow (doesn’t exist anymore) try http://www.kitx.com.au for similar items

Silk lace camisole top – http://www.witchery.com.au

Jeans – Frame denim from http://www.davidjones.com.au

Boots – http://www.tonybianco.com.au

Lipstick – YSL from http://www.myer.com.au (le rouge No.1)

 

Effortless (Australian) winter style.

Tom Ford sunglasses, Rebecca Vallance leather dress, Jo Mercer boots, Seed camel coat, Oroton leopard print bagTom Ford sunglasses, Rebecca Vallance leather dress, Jo Mercer boots, Seed camel coat, Oroton leopard print bag

It’s winter, and it sucks. There is no positive way to say that! The short cold days can really get you down. But on the flip side, winter fashion would have to be the most exciting of all seasons because of the endless styling smorgasboard on offer. You can really put your creative mind to the test by experimenting with different textures, prints, angles and basics.

But today’s post is more about effortless winter styling…in Australia where the winter isn’t that cold (even if my lips still go blue)! Sydney see’s quite mild temperatures, and therefore doesn’t require copious amounts of layering. And when you travel for work as much I do, minimalistic packing is quite desirable. Throwing a dress, a coat and boots in a suitcase, with a few other basics is quite liberating.

Tom Ford sunglasses, Rebecca Vallance leather dress, Jo Mercer boots, Seed camel coat, Oroton leopard print bag

Rebecca Vallance leather dress, Jo Mercer boots, Oroton leopard print bag

Despite my un-tanned transculent skin, I am actually enjoying this winter look. It makes a big difference when you wear good quality materials. Leather, wool, cotton, and cashmere are great options to ensure you feel insulated without the excess bulk! Both from layering and winter comfort foods!

Rebecca Vallance leather dress, Jo Mercer boots, Seed camel coat, Oroton leopard print bag

I bought this dress a little while ago from Rebecca Vallance as I new the classic shape would allow me to wear it year on year. I’m looking forward to wearing it with a hot pair of stilettos, big earrings, and super sleek straight hair.

The coat is another classic item that will never age. The coat can be thrown over any outfit for an upscale chic look. And the camel colour is warm and comforting, and will suit most skin tones. But I think it’s important to try different camel coats on to ensure it suits your personal style and colouring. I am also a fan of the long straight coat as it’s not only timeless, but adds an extra element of class without having to try. Tick!

Rebecca Vallance leather dress, Jo Mercer boots, Seed camel coat, Oroton leopard print bagRebecca Vallance leather dress, Jo Mercer boots, Seed camel coat, Oroton leopard print bag

This look reconfirms why I love leather, as it makes effortless style so easy. Adding different textures to an outfit is a simple way of elevating a look that would otherwise be quite simple and questionable boring. And if you’re anything like me, time is of the essence in the morning, and this outfit defines easy styling.

And for extra textural, warm-inducing goodness – add stockings and a cashmere sweater. Easy.

Rebecca Vallance leather dress, Jo Mercer boots, Seed camel coat, Oroton leopard print bag

Thanks for dropping by. 🙂

Leather & Soie – K

 

What I wore:

Dress – http://www.rebeccavallance.com.au

Coat – http://www.seedheritage.com

Boots – http://www.jomercer.com.au

Bag – http://www.oroton.com.au

The little black leather dress

Audi Q5

There are some classic wardrobe pieces that are always on-trend. And I like to take a classic piece and add a twist. This little leather number caught my eye the moment it came out. It reminded me of an 80’s leather dress I witnessed when I was younger on video hits (in fact, I still have mood boards about music video outfits!). I very patiently waited until it came on sale, and jumped on it when I could.

Seed leather wrap dressLee denim jacket

I have worn this dress a number times; both casually and dressy. I love how versatile it has been. I love that I can throw on a denim jacket and some casual boots and I have an interesting yet simple outfit. On the flip side, I can throw on some dressier boots, double it up with a leather jacket, add some big earrings (not shown) and I’m ready for a night out. Dresses can be so easy to style…because you only have to think of one item!

I have been pondering lately about the stigma around wearing the same outfit more than once. I had a chat to some younger millennial women, and they said it’s frowned upon on social media to be seen wearing the same outfit twice. I tried to remember back to when social media first started when I was younger, and it was becoming a slight issue, but not nearly to the same extent is nowadays. Why is it so bad to be seen wearing the same outfit twice?

Leather wrap belted dressDouble leather

Is it a lack of money, style, creativity or the deep desire to fit in? It even has a name, ‘outfit repetition syndrome.’ How is that our society has become so self-involved, that wearing the same outfit (no matter the quality), is seen to be embarrassing? I actually think it has come down the fact that nowadays, we as a population have a reduced our ability to focus on one thing. The internet and social media has fed our weak desire to want everything new, and have to have it now. I remember a time when I would save up for an item and cherish it for years. Now, you can have whatever you want, whenever you want, and probably for a much lower price. And after one wear (or photo on insta) it gets thrown out. I don’t know what makes me cringe more; the need to conform or the complete and utter waste we are producing.

What do you do with your unwanted clothes? I know I try to give to charity as much as I can. But is that enough? There has been exponential growth in the amount of clothes thrown out from fast fashion chains over the last 10 years. Fast fashion chains are said to be throwing out nearly 80% of their stock. And to make matters worse; most of these brands produce their clothing out of materials such as polyester. Polyester can take up to 200 years to break down.

80s leather dressGreen leather bomber jacketLeather on leatherLeather on leather

I want to hold on to the fact that I cherish good quality items, such as a capsule wardrobe made up of amazing materials, precise tailoring and items I absolutely love. I don’t want to conform to what everyone else is doing. I don’t think that way of living is sustainable. When I choose an on-trend item, I choose it because I love it and it suits me. But I most certainly don’t choose it to showcase a new outfit on instagram.

I believe in choosing great items that can be worn multiple different ways. That to me, is the true meaning of creativity and style. Anyone can max out their credit card to buy the latest top worn by Kendall Jenner. Style, like anything, takes careful thought and consideration. Nothing comes easy. And as a side note, no amount of new outfits will ever make up for a lack of style.

Harsh, but true.

Audi Q5Audi Q5 quattro

Maybe a dark topic, but an important one nonetheless. For me, classics like the LBD can never be overlooked. Choose wisely, and trust your instincts. 🙂

What I wore:

Dress – Seed Heritage (although not available anymore) http://www.seedheritage.com

Denim jacket – http://www.leejeans.com.au

Taupe boots – http://www.ninewest.com.au

Green leather jacket – http://www.scanlantheodore.com

Black boots – http://www.jomercer.com.au

Sunglasses – http://www.tomford.com

Earrings – http://www.sportsgirl.com.au

K- Leather & Soie

One (A-line) skirt – two ways

  1. Biker chic

 

I often think about what items make up the perfect capsule wardrobe. And I like to look at silhouettes that are timeless, styles that suit most body shapes and go with so many different looks. I had a look at my wardrobe and realised I had half a dozen A-line shaped skirts; 4 of which are black. So it’s fair to say that this is a surefire staple item that can be worn with so many different pieces to create so many different looks.

I bought this knit a-line skirt from Witchery recently because I loved the added pleats. I have already found so many ways in which I can style this skirt. I have pictured two contrasting options today; edgy and feminine.

The reason the a-line silhouette is timeless is because it’s so flattering to most body types. It synchs in at the waist and flares out creating a beautiful feminine look. You can dress the skirt up with a pair of heels and a silk cami, or dress down with a pair of biker boots (seen in this pic) or sneakers. I opted to tuck my knits into the skirt in these two looks, but I have also worn it with looser t-shirts and sweaters, and it creates a whole new look altogether.

Zaliah leather jacket, Witchery A-line skirt, Tony Bianco biker bootsZaliah leather jacket, Witchery A-line skirt, Tony Bianco biker bootsWitchery metallic knitWitchery metallic knit

I bought this skirt from Witchery in the mid-year sales, and it has already made its way to the top of my packing list when travelling. The other positive is that it doesn’t need ironing! And I love anything that makes my life easier!

The metallic knit (also from Witchery) was another mid-year purchase. This was a no brainer. I don’t think you can ever have too many knits. They are perfect for layering in Winter, Autumn (Fall) and Spring. When possible, aim to get knits made out of cotton, wool, cashmere, or viscose. These materials will be a lot more comfortable against the skin, not to mention the extra protection it will provide from the elements. Coming from a person that is affected heavily by the cold, always try to buy quality knits.

Last but not least, my new biker boots! I also nabbed these up during the sales from Tony Bianco. I cannot believe how comfortable and warm they are! I like to experiment with styles, and this is not one that I generally go for. But I am really wanting to venture outside of my comfort zone and try new things…this is one of them! It brings a whole new element of comfort to my casual winter outfits, and I’m loving it! I already have ideas to wear them with my black leather pants…what do you think?

 

 

2. Feminine & Flirty

 

What I love about this skirt is the versatility. I really wanted to wear my new Saba top with this skirt as I had visions of me twirling around and feeling ultra feminine! I love when an outfit you drum up in your head actually comes to fruition!

Zaliah leather jacket, Witchery A-line skirt, Jo Mercer bootsSaba flared sleeve knit, Witchery A-line skirt, Jo Mercer skirtOroton bag, Jo Mercer shoesSaba flared sleeve tops, Oroton bagsSaba flared sleeve knit ribbed

I also bought this top during the mid-year sales. I know myself well…and I know that in Winter, I like to go for items that are comfortable, warm and and easy to style. I knew the added flared sleeve would compliment this look perfectly. It adds an extra layer of complexity to the outfit, without really having to put any extra effort in. Win!

As for the shoes…I’ve had these for a few years now. Joanne Mercer has brought them out each year since. In fact, I think they are on sale right now! They can be worn folded down (pictured) or zipped up to completely change the look of the shoe. I often pack these boots into my suitcase when travelling for work so I have the option of wearing them with my corporate outfits and then transforming them in the evening for dinner meetings.

And last but most definitely not least, I always throw on my favourite leather jacket from Zaliah as it is so soft and subtle. It moulds to any outfit, making it the perfect addition to my two looks in todays post. You’ll see this jacket regularly on me, as I struggle to think of any reasons to wear any other jacket! My favourite feature is the quilting on the shoulder.

Zaliah leather jacket

As you can see, I am a big of fan of quality staples that are versatile. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this article or any other articles that I have written. I am constantly trying to improve my view on the perfect wardrobe, as well as ways to encourage more women to feel confident within themselves. Drop me a line on k.leatherandsoie@gmail.com

What I wore:

First look

Black A-line skirt: http://www.witchery.com.au

Metallic knit top: http://www.witchery.com

Biker boots: http://www.tonybianco.com.au

Leather jacket: http://www.zaliah.com

Second look

Rust knit: http://www.saba.com.au

Black A-line skirt: http://www.witchery.com.au

Boots: http://www.jomercer.com.au

Leather jacket: http://www.zaliah.com

Bag: http://www.oroton.com

 

What to look for when buying an investment piece.

Leather and silk

I started this blog for a number of different reasons. But what I am most passionate about, is how fashion can make you feel. Just for a minute…Think about how you feel when you put your favourite pair of jeans on. What is it that makes you love them so much? Is it the fit? Is it the material composition (i.e stretch ratio)? Or is it that they have the perfect silhouette that fits perfectly to your body? When I am looking at investment pieces, I really hone down on the emotional cues that make that piece so special.

I’ve compiled a few things to look for when considering an investment piece, and then further on down the page I have broken it down to a few examples that I have bought over the years.

 

An investment piece should encompass the following traits:

  • demonstrate superb craftsmanship
  • made of quality materials
  • have a classic silhouette/style
  • feature year on year on the fashion circuit (in some way or another)
  • suit you and your lifestyle

 

Jay Godfrey Silk flared black sleeve top

Leather pants

I think it’s fairly obvious by now that I love leather pieces! I always try to invest in leather pieces that will be on-trend for years to come, which comes down to the silhouette. The leather pants I am wearing in this post, from Viktoria & Woods, have a classic look, and are so easy to style. In my opinion, leather pants are one of the best style investments you can make due to the versatility. When looking for leather pants, it’s important to go for a style that suits YOU. I like to go for pants that have a higher waist, a good amount of stretch and land just above the ankles. But I also am eyeing off a great pair from J Brand that have the 5 pocket look, which give a slightly edgier (yet feminine) look.

Leather pants – http://www.viktoriaandwoods.com.au

Jay Godfrey top, Viktoria & Wood leather pants, Alexandre Birman shoes

Silk (soie) blouse

When I started working full time and therefore making more money, I started to take more notice of the quality of the materials I was wearing. I started to appreciate that silk is an amazing material that allows the body to breathe. Once I experienced the difference between spending a little more money on a real silk blouse versus a polyester one;  I never turned back! It’s worth reading the tags next time you’re in store or shopping online (will be under the materials tab) and seeing for yourself what the clothes are made of.  Some brands will charge a fortune for a top that looks amazing, but it’s made from polyester. And in my experience, unless it’s a one season purchase, always go for good quality materials. Not only will it last longer, but you will feel better in it.

Aside from the practical and economical stance, silk shirts will always be on trend. This one is that extra special since it has an on-trend flared sleeve. But because this trend is so flattering for so many different body types, I feel it will be around for a few more years. But I am building up a collection of classic silk blouses in my wardrobe, as I find they elevate any outfit and add a real touch of class.

Top – http://www.jaygodrey.com from http://www.amazon.com

Jay Godfrey flared silk top, Chanel classic double flip bag

Black open toe heels (sandals)

Now, I love shoes! And I am a big believer of always buying good quality shoes, not only because they look great, but because your feet will thank you for it. But there a few pairs of shoes that I think every woman should have in her wardrobe; and one of those is a pair of black open toe heels. This style is universally flattering, goes with everything, can be dressed up or down and elevate any outfit.

These Alexandre Birman leather tie shoes are amazing, not only because they look spectacular, but they are so versatile. I wear them with dresses, skirts, leather pants,  and jeans. They have the perfect heel height, are easy to tie around the ankle and look that little bit more special.

Shoes – http://www.alexandrebirman.com.br

Chanel classic double flip handbag, Alexandre Birman shoes

Designer handbag

There’s something beautiful about owning your very own designer handbag. The classic handbags from Chanel, Dior, and Hermes have stood the test of time. Year on year they are seen on the arms of women all over the world, because of their classic aesthetics. I oscillated between a few different classic handbag options when purchasing this Chanel handbag. But what it came down to was how it made me feel. Every time I put the bag on my arm, I felt like I could rule the world. And that’s what I love about fashion! When you feel good, you look good.

Viktoria and Woods leather pants

I love that I am on the journey of building up my capsule wardrobe. Don’t get me wrong, I love experimenting with different trends and styles, but I think that comes after you’ve got a good base to work with. A few other key investment pieces worth the investment: leather jacket, trench coat, a great power suit, cashmere sweater, great pair of jeans, ankle boots, black blazer, black pumps, and a classic watch.Adelaide city

Thanks for stopping by!

What I wore:

Silk top – Jay Godfrey via http://www.amazon.com

Scarf – http://www.sportsgirl.com.au

Leather pants – http://www.viktoriaandwoods.com.au

Shoes – http://www.alexandrebirman.com.br

Bag – http://www.chanel.com

K – Leather & Soie

 

 

Why I used to never wear shorts.

Portuguese flair in Macau – a quick day trip!

Macau

Macau is most famous for being a haven for gambling. This tiny island took over Las Vegas in regards to it’s gaming revenue, securing itself as the perfect hub for cashing in on the influx of wealthy visitors from China and other parts of Asia.

Personally, I wasn’t there to gamble. We just wanted to take in the gorgeous architecture, culture and Portuguese tarts! And as you can see from the pictures, the architecture is stunning. Macau really is a unique blend of European styling and Asian culture.

As for the Portuguese tarts…we didn’t get time to take a photo. 🙂

 

Looking through these beautiful sunny images got me thinking about what it means when you start to embrace your surroundings, or perhaps even more so, the people you spend most of your time with. At first glance, you can see I adopted the Portuguese styling by wearing this beautiful ruffle top, natural colour shorts, and red earrings. But in all honesty, that was a bit of fluke. I didn’t really plan ahead for such aesthetics! I naturally tend to gravitate to this look as I think it suits my personality and my body type. I like to wear clothes that are unique, good quality, easy to style, and suit my mood.

But what about the people we choose to spend our time with? Is that a fluke? Do you ever step back and realise how much of an influence they have on your life? And when it comes to your own personal style; how much they influence what you wear. And more importantly; how you feel in what you wear.

 

macau square church

Interestingly enough, I never used to wear shorts. I used to hate the way my legs looked in shorts. As most women (unfortunately), I had confidence issues. I grew up being an athlete, and competed in sports where you were scrutinised on how you looked. I went through some dark stages, where I was too thin and then compensated years later by hiding behind a less than ideal body for myself. I didn’t know what my normal was. But it wasn’t until I started to realise that the people around me (namely my husband) gave me confidence to be myself in every being of the word. I started to be honest with myself and accept the body I was given. I started to dress to enhance my attributes, not cover my flaws. And I had people around me that encouraged that transformation.

But being honest with yourself, is the first step to self-love. I still get emotional about my body and how I look, but not nearly as much. And if I do, I remember this quote – “Once you’ve accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you.” (Quote from Game of Thrones – and I’m not even a fan!). And to be honest, no one cares about how you look nearly as much as you do!

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Now that I always dress with the intention of being honest with myself and dressing to show off my attributes; wearing shorts is a pleasure. I now know that I look better in shorts that are high waisted and have a tailored leg with a slight flair. And for me, quality over quantity. When you feel put together; you often exude confidence. These Aje shorts have been the backbone of many summer looks. I love how I can tuck in an on-trend ruffle top, add a leopard print belt and some statement earrings and I’m ready!

But in all honesty, I talk a lot about being yourself, being confident and doing what feels right. And a lot of that comes from surrounding yourself with like-minded people. It takes effort to be confident and trust the process to ‘be yourself.’ But if you have friends and family around you that support your decisions and actions, you’ll feel more at ease. It won’t be an easy road. Nor will the road ever end. As we get older, or go through certain stages in our lives, we need to learn to adapt to a whole new set of challenges.

At the end of the day, you have been blessed with a body that functions and lets you live out your life – the least you can do is treat it well and cut yourself some slack. And when you dress to your strengths; you feel good. And when you feel good, you often do good. And you become a positive influence to the people around you.

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I have fun styling myself. I know what works best for me and my body, and my lifestyle. I’d love to hear from you – experiences, feedback, etc.

K – Leather & Soie

What I wore:

Shorts – http://www.aje.com.au

Top – http://www.slideshow.com.au from http://www.wildchildstylelab.com.au

Belt – http://www.jcrew.com

Shoes – http://www.toms.com

Bag – http://www.bally.com

Sunglasses – http://www.tomford.com

Earrings – http://www.missmartini.com.au