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)

 

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

Is wearing black & white lazy?

sass and bide trench coat sydney

Woah, that’s a bold title! I actually oscillated over a few different blog titles for a while, because my intention was to evoke some sort of emotion when you read it. I have been thinking a lot lately about personal style and what that actually means to say that you have found your own personal style. I often find myself saying to people that it’s important to know who you are and dress for yourself. But when we finally discover that elusive ‘style’ (or pretend to), is it because we just get comfortable and lazy? And if you haven’t caught on by now…I kind of use style as a sort of metaphor for life in general! But I also really love fashion and styling too! Let’s just say, it’s a bit of both. 🙂

 

Viktoria & Woods leather pants

I have gone through many different style phases throughout my life, and a few stand out in particular. I remember quite fondly when I was 9 years old being heavily into the Spice Girls (I think every girl that age was). And I would dress up as my favourite Spice Girl (Posh) and dance into a video camera, recording what can only be a terrible rendition of ‘Wannabe!’ I had this fabulous little leopard print skirt and jacket combo, that I’d wear with black opaque stockings and black boots. Not much has changed…. I’d wear that again! And I still wear similar outfits, and dance around the house dancing to pop music and dream of being on a video clip! If only I kept up my singing lessons…

But then growing up happened. I got heavily influenced by trends, magazines, friends and hobbies. I circled in and out of being really experimental with my styling choices to being quite conservative. I mean, I have rocked a crop top on more than one occasion. That would be the influence of the dance culture I was apart of and Britney Spears! It was normal as a dancer to wear midriff baring tops with really low jeans. When I look back, I admire myself for having such confidence. As I got older I became more refined, which I originally thought was a really good thing. But I started to wonder…am I just being complacent?

Oroton leopard print bag

Saba ruffle turtle neck white

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think I will be rocking crop tops and low cut jeans anytime soon…but I’d like to stay open to it. And this shift in mindset has worked wonders in terms of my outlook on life.

I am in a place where I feel good about experimenting again. I have a wardrobe with all the basic pieces required to throw a good outfit together without thinking. This caters to my adult-ing life where life can get so crazy that you don’t have time to think about what to wear. And on the flip side, I like to play with colours and prints that I had previously not tried.

And back to the life metaphor…I do the same thing. I feel as if I have some really good foundational values in which I am equipped to make big choices in life, but I also feel as if I am utilising that fearlessness trait that I used to possess as a teenager. The ‘I am going to go for it, and I don’t care what people think’ mantra. And by ‘go for it’, I mean really go for it. Try and fail. But learn from the failed attempts.

Details: statement earrings, Tom Ford sunglasses, Oroton clutch bag

Now, I want to get one thing straight…I love black and white outfits! And I don’t think this outfit, or other black and white outfits, are a sign of being lazy. But I do think it’s easy to become complacent. And I could be talking about my outfit or life in general. I like to think that I am always pushing the boundaries, but I’m sure there are areas in my life (and style) that I could step it up.

When embarking on something new it often feels a bit uneasy at first, and this is probably because it’s unfamiliar and not apart of your sphere. But go with that feeling of uncomfortableness, and do it anyway. Learn to stay curious without being judgemental. You’ve probably heard yourself saying in the past in regards to a new trend, “I’d never wear that!” And then 6 months later you wonder how you ever lived without it. That’s perspective. The first time you saw it, it was new and uncomfortable because your brain hadn’t seen a style like that before (or in that context), and now you’ve seen it everywhere and it grew on you…In actual fact, you just accepted it as being your new norm.

White statement earring - tassels

Saba ruffle top, Oroton leopard print clutch bag, Tiffany & Co bracelets

I will be honest and say that I find styling black and white outfits easier as I tend to add a whole bunch of different textures and shapes. You don’t have to worry so much about matching colours and patterns, you can just throw it all together and appreciate the look for the silhouette it forms and the individual features. This outfit could have been boring (and be deemed lazy)…but with the added texture difference from the leather pants, knit and the denim (yes, it’s denim) black trench, you’ve got quite an interesting look. Not to mention the individual shapes from the skinny leg leather pant, flared sleeves, long trench and big earrings. I would say in some instances, monochrome and black and white outfits can be more difficult to style when aiming to achieve a sense of creativity.

Sass and bide jacket, Tom Ford Sunglasses, Saba ruffle top, Viktoria & Woods leather pants, Oroton leopard print bag

A few tips on thinking outside the square when it becomes to styling outfits:

  • Try a different shape jean. If you always go for a skinny leg; why not try a straight leg.
  • Pick a colour combination that you wouldn’t usually associate together and see if you can come up with an outfit. E.g red and pink, orange and pink
  • Instead of saying, ‘I’d never wear that,’ think ‘how would I wear that?’
  • Always wear loads of colour? Opt for a monochrome look. Or vice versa.
  • Never wear dresses? Go out and try a bunch on in all different shapes. Go against all of your natural instincts.

Now, this won’t be easy at first. You’ll feel a lot of resistance. But once you start to open up to the idea of change, you will start to feel empowered and alive. I can guarantee you will have some failed attempts along the way, but it’s important to stay vulnerable and enjoy the process. After all, if you’re not failing, you’re not learning.

Isn’t it interesting that style evolution is much the same as evolving as a person. That’s why personal style, to me, is elusive.

Thanks for reading! I’d love to hear your thoughts – leave a comment or email me on k.leatherandsoie@gmail.com. You can also check out my insta page for style inspiration – @leatherandsoie

What I wore:

Trench – Sass & Bide (no longer available) http://www.sassandbide.com.au

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

Ruffle knit – http://www.saba.com.au

Loafers – http://www.ninewest.com.au

Earrings – markets http://www.plant4bowden.com.au

Sunglasses – http://www.tomford.com

Bag – http://www.oroton.com.au

 

K- Leather & Soie

 

 

Green with Envy

Green leather bomber, jeans, black ankle boots

The bomber jacket originated back to the days of World War 1; purely for its functional purpose, whereby it was utilised to protect the pilots from the elements. It went through many adaptations throughout the years to support the needs of the pilots, e.g. added fur lining, collars, leather straps, etc. But it wasn’t until the 80’s where it became more of a fashionable piece rather than a functional piece. You may remember two notable movies in which the jacket became popular – Steve McQueen in the The Hunter and Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones.  Nowadays, just about every celebrity has been seen in one. The classic silhouette and added ‘cool factor’ makes it the perfect addition to any wardrobe.

I have most definitely built up a good collection. But right now, I am in love with this green bomber jacket from Scanlan Theodore. I initially tried on the jacket in black, and as much as I loved it, I felt it needed that little bit extra. After some serious hunting, I finally find it in Paddington, Sydney. The good thing about this colour green is that it goes with most colours, suits a wide range of skin tones, and can be worn casually or dressed up.

 

Sass and Bide jeans, Scanlan Theodore green leather bomber jacket

Adelaide CBD vine leaves autumn

High waisted jeans, leopard print belt, green leather bomber jacketScanlan Theodore green leather bomber jacket, J.Crew leopard print belt, Sass and bide high waisted jeans, Sportsgirl cross earrings

I had a little fun putting this outfit together, as it is a bunch of classic pieces meshed up in one. The high rise jean and cross earrings adds a little more edge to a somewhat simple outfit.

High waisted jeans, black boots, leather jacket, Tom Ford SunglassesHigh waisted stretch Sass and Bide jeans

Of course, this jacket is in leather! But in all seriousness, the texture actually works really well with the silhouette as it adds a bit of rigidity to the shape. And as a result, it looks more tailored and refined. Historically the bomber jacket has been been manufactured in other materials such as nylon, cotton and polyester. These materials are great for adding that extra shine and casualness to the design.

Leather jacket, floral dress, tan suede heelsScanlan Theodore green leather bomber jacket

Because of the beautifully simple and tailored shape of the bomber jacket, it’s incredibly easy to style with other pieces – such as this floral dress from Seed. I’ve taken another classic piece, the wrap dress, and thrown over a leather bomber. Interestingly enough, it hasn’t made the look too edgy, but has allowed it to maintain its fresh, feminine vibe.

Seed Heritage floral wrap dress

lean pole 2

Every time I write about a classic wardrobe item, it forces me to really stay on track when making smart purchases in regards to my capsule wardrobe. Classic pieces don’t always have to be expensive, and in actual fact if you know your materials and brands, I’m certain you’ll find a good deal.

Scanlan Theodore green leather bomber jacket

Floral dress and leather jacket

Thanks for stopping by. I’d love to hear your experience with purchasing/owning a bomber jacket.

K- Leather & Soie

What I wore:

Green leather bomber – http://www.scanlantheodore.com.au

Jeans – http://www.sassandbide.com.au

Leopard print belt – J.Crew from http://www.netaporter.com

Black ankle boots – http://www.tonybianco.com.au

Cross earrings – http://www.sportsgirl.com.au

Floral wrap dress  – http://www.seedheritage.com.au

Tan suede heels – http://www.tonybianco.com.au

Sunglasses – http://www.tomford.com

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

 

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!

macau church 1

macau flower

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.

macau walk 2

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

 

My Hong Kong street style

Honkers

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The last few weeks have been pretty hectic. In fact the last few months have been absolutely insane! More recently,  I went over to Shenzhen for work for a few days, and then my husband flew over last weekend, and we spent 4 days in Hong Kong (and Macau – next post) together. I had every intention on sharing some great pictures from Shenzhen, but I unfortunately lost the images on my computer, and subsequently deleted them off my SD card. I work a full time job in the medical industry and I’m essentially on call 24/7. I worked whilst being away, which was a challenge in itself. Hence why I am a bit late posting on my blog this week. But do you know what…we are all busy, and life can be really tough. But those moments of sheer grief and unstableness are the moments that make us stronger and better equipped for the future. I truly believe that being uncomfortable and stretching yourself is where you find out who you are and how to grow as a person. I’m also inspired to go read, ‘The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck,’ by Mark Manson. Anyone read it?

https://markmanson.net – in the meantime, I’m loving his blog.

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Going into this trip, I have been thinking a lot about what it means to be confident. Is it just a case of working on loving yourself? Not caring what others’ think of you? Or simply having the courage to follow your dreams, and put yourself out there? I don’t have the answers. But I sure am working on all those 3 elements. And this constant self-evulation should never end. Every stage of your life will come with a different set of challenges. Feel the fear and do it anyway (that’s a great book by the way!).

Back to my trip! We embarked on this trip to Hong Kong with the intention to see everything we could, eat fabulous food and experience all that Hong Kong had to offer. And boy did we do that! I really wanted to add shopping to this list, but it turned out that Hong Kong wasn’t so cheap when it came to fashion. But I took the opportunity to embrace the casual street style of Hong Kong, whilst enjoying the fact I wasn’t freezing my ass off (like I am back in Australia)!

Let’s start with food…as I am a bit of a foodie too! We had dinner on our first night at a very authentic restaurant in Mong Kok called ‘Spring Deer Restaurant’. They are known for their duck…and they delivered. I have no photos, because well, I ate it! The second day we ate a Michelin star restaurant in the Sai Kung district (fishing village), called ‘Loaf On’. You would have never known it existed if you were just walking the streets, as it’s tucked away in a little alley way. We had the lobster fried rice, and it was fantastic. Again, no photos…too hungry!

But I will share a couple of other notable restaurants. Above you’ll see chef’s cooking up the beautiful noodles from Mak’s Noodle Restaurant. We had lunch there after walking up Victoria Peak, and it was truly delicious. Well worth the visit if you’re on Hong Kong island. The noodles are fresh, the service is quick and it’s very satisfying.

The other really cool place on Hong Kong island was the covetable ‘Under Bridge Spicy Crab’ restaurant (first set of images above). You can see the massive line-up for dinner. We ordered the signature dish – spicy crab. We also thought it would be a good idea to go for the #3 spicy option. Just a word of warning – that is very hot! I can handle hot food (ask my colleagues in Shenzhen; each morning I had pho with a small bowl of chilli in it!), but this was perhaps a bit too much. If you can handle spicy, I’d go #2 on the spicy scale, and #1 or lower if you prefer mild to a little bit of spice. But other than that, it was superb. Absolutely worth the wait.

I did mention that the shopping was expensive, but that didn’t stop me from wandering the beautiful high-end stores sprinkled all throughout Hong Kong. I mean…Chanel.

We really enjoyed walking the streets of Hong Kong. It’s such a melting pot of different cultures, cuisines, and style. I found a lot of women (and men) dressed quite casually. I believe this is due to the heat and the sheer amount of walking they do to get to and from work, etc. They have a very fast-paced lifestyle, where it is quite common to see groups of friends shopping or eating dinner at 11pm. I have travelled to most regions in the world where I have experienced different cultures, but Hong Kong is quite unique in that it’s a wonderful mix of the west and east. Most people were friendly and eager to help.

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One of the things I love about travelling is the sheer amount of walking you get to do. And when in Hong Kong, one must always walk The Peak (Viktoria Peak – on Hong Kong Island). I love this image, as it encapsulates just how I was feeling whilst looking over this beautiful view = sore and needing a good stretch, at peace, away from the hustle & bustle and taking in all the beauty. Reflection at its finest.

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As for what I wore when I was there. I was a bit torn to be honest. We had such beautiful weather – between 26 and 29 degrees each day, with no rain. I wanted to get dressed up and explore the night life, but at the same time I wanted to walk all day and see as much as possible. So I opted for cool and casual clothing. Shorts, leather skirt, t-shirts, vests and sneakers.

Thank you Hong Kong, we had a blast!

Watch out for my next post on Macau…

What I wore:

White vest – http://www.seedheritage.com.au

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

Bag – http://www.bally.com

Leather skirt – http://www.aje.com.au

Floral tank – http://www.ausfashionlabels.com.au

Leather jacket – http://www.sandroparis.com

Khaki shorts – http://www.viktoriaandwoods.com.au

Activewear – http://www.lucashugh.com

K- Leather & Soie