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

 

 

My Hong Kong street style

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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

Double leather

We held my recent 30th birthday at a beautiful winery in the Adelaide Hills, called Howard Vineyard. It was a spectacular afternoon with family and friends amongst some beautiful scenery, with good wine and food (see the magnificent cheese platter a couple of pics below!).  If you head up to the winery, make sure you taste the 2013 Amos Cabernet Franc – a great drop!

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cheese platter

 

So, by now it would be pretty obvious I love leather! I have always had an obsession with it, but the last few years I have really enjoyed experimenting with different ways of styling leather. For me, it’s about creating a really interesting, textured look that has an edgy element to it whilst remaining feminine. You can see with this outfit it was about creating a silhouette that let the boots compliment the skirt and jacket as opposed to being a stand out feature. This was achieved by pairing the boots with a gorgeous flowy skirt, and tailored leather jacket.

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These Scanlan Theodore boots were an amazing purchase; because I have already found so many ways to style them. They look great with short skirts, flowy dresses, and long sweaters. To be honest, they really are just a great alternative to wearing pants! Practical and chic!

But in all seriousness, they are really comfortable and super warm – perfect for Autumn and Winter. I really do believe every woman needs to invest in a good pair of boots that can be worn with everything.

Leather jackets….I believe you can never get enough wear out of a leather jacket! What I really like about this one is the edginess and the structure. It provides a beautiful tailored silhouette that goes brilliantly with skirts, jeans, and even over dresses. The key to providing an edgy yet feminine look is all in the tailoring. Look for pieces that cinch in at the waist and is fitted well all throughout. You can always take your items to a good tailor and have them do it for you. It will cost more, but in my opinion is very much worth it. Every few months I take items to get tailored to ensure they fit my right.

Note: if you do wish to get your leather items tailored, ensure they are a reputable leather tailor. Leather can be stitched or glued and requires careful attention. Not only that, leather items are not cheap and you would hate to find out your item was ruined due to inexperience or lack of care.

Details…

I got this beautiful Classic Double-flap Chanel handbag for my birthday and have worn it with so many different outfits. It really does live up to its name; classic. It is hands down one of the most beautiful handbags, and the best birthday present ever!

Below is my adorned Oscar de la Renta statement earrings. Another classic piece that will always be on trend. They are so elegant yet bold. What I really appreciate about these earrings is that they are clip-on, which means they don’t weigh down my ears as much as the weight is distributed. I definitely recommend buying clip-ons for big earrings like this to save your pierced ear lobe! No one likes a saggy ear lobe as you get older!

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Thanks for dropping by. I’d love to hear your feedback on leather, styling or any of the pieces featured in this post or on my site. 🙂

Outfit details:

Jacket – Willow (not around anymore), but try Kitx for beautiful tailored leather jackets on http://www.kitx.com.au

Skirt – C/meo Collective (Aus Fashion Labels) http://www.cmeocollective.com

Boots – Scanlan Theodore www.scanlantheodore.com

Earrings – Oscar de la Renta on http://www.matches.com

Handbag – Chanel http://www.chanel.com

Location – Howard Vineyard in the Adelaide Hills, Australia  www.howardvineyard.com

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Leather & Soie -K

Styles that never fade – part 2

Leather skirt Willow

A-line skirt

I am very passionate about demonstrating classic wardrobe pieces that can be worn numerous ways. Hence the continuance of my series, ‘styles that never fade,’

The term A-line was originally termed to reference a fashion silhouette by Christian Dior in the 1950s. The shape denotes the shape of a capital letter; by starting out fitted at the hips and gradually widening to the hem.

The A-line skirt has seen its way through a few different eras; starting off in the 1950s, making an impact in the 1960s, welcomed in the 1970s with its flared counterparts, and has swung back around to 2000s to become a wardrobe staple.

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The A-line skirt is a true transeasonal piece; meaning it can be worn in various different ways when transitioning from seasons such as summer to autumn, or winter to spring.

This skirt is exceptionally special to me as it’s leather and adds such an interesting texture-dynamic to my outfits. The colour khaki goes with everything, but I tend to wear it with white, black, and pink.

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I teamed this look with a Viktoria & Woods white flared sleeve shirt, Nine West boots (from a fews years ago), and my classic Chanel double flap bag.

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This skirt is by Willow, which unfortunately doesn’t exist in Australia anymore. Kit Willow (Designer at Kitx) originally started the brand Willow and has taken her design aesthetic to new heights with the likes of her new brand – Kitx. I strongly encourage you to check it out; a beautiful Australian brand with a passion for sustainable fashion.

White top walk front

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White top walking down stairs

Other ways to style this A-line skirt:

  • Add thigh high boots and cashmere sweater – perfect for autumn or winter
  • Add white sneakers and t-shirt for an effortless autumn or spring look
  • Add stilettos, silk cami and blazer for a sophisticated business or evening look
  • Add an on trend ruffle top and slides for fresh summer look

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I’d love to hear your thoughts on this skirt/look/post, by adding a comment below.

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Skirt – Willow (not available anymore). But check out http://www.kitx.com.au for similar designs

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

Shoes – http://www.ninewest.com.au

Bag – http://www.chanel.com

 

Leather & Soie – K