Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Earthy Vibes

'the military blouse' in ivory: c/o L'Academie
'morning view coat' in khaki: c/o Lovers + Friends
Boots: Verali
Denim shorts: Tobi

I don't think the weather here can decide what it wants to be- I'm constantly switching between my summer wardrobe to my winter wardrobe on a regular basis! When you want to go for a season-proof look with minimal fuss, it's best to fall back upon transitional pieces and neutral colours. I'm particularly unable to let go of my love for olive or khaki shades just yet- and this long trench by Lovers + Friends does the trick.

I'm also just discovering and falling in love with silky, luxurious blouses by L'Academie- this military-style one feels such a dream to wear and is so unique with the button down front. I've just ordered this in khaki as well (of course).

Both the blouse and trench are from Revolve- and they're at it again with another 20% off sale! This time it's simple- with one coupon code, site-wide, and for 3 days only:

3 DAYS ONLY! 10/25 - 10/27/2016 
Here are some more absolutely luxe blouses like mine from L'Academie:

Some more gorgeous long-line jackets and cardigans to complete your look and keep you warm:
Keepsake 'Chain reaction coat' / Lovers + Friends 'Morning view coat' (same as mine! / Blaque Label 'Duster coat' / Line & Dot 'Cecil button coat' BB Dakota 'Jack by BB Dakota wellington coat'

Thursday, October 13, 2016

About Fulfilment

White jumpsuit: c/o Glassons
Bag: Colette by Colette Hayman
Metallic slide shoes:  c/o Glassons

Recently I've been coming to terms with the concept of personal fulfilment, and what you need to do to achieve it. Have you ever thought that you were going down the right path, but upon reaching the end you don't get the satisfaction, sense of relief or high that you were expecting? I've come to realise that by being driven by someone else's ambitions, definition of success and goals, you can still feel deeply uncomfortable, anxious and unsettled- even when you've achieved everything you thought you wanted to achieve, and even when you've passed and surpassed the standards you thought you wanted to meet.

It's through deep self-reflection when you figure out what actually gives you joy, comfort and purpose in your life. It's through listening to and understanding your intuition and values that you may suddenly realise you're on a course of path that doesn't align with them at all.

So, I've been cutting back on a few things that I've been doing that are more damaging than constructive, and focusing more on things that are positive influences. For example cutting back on social media and cutting back on pitting myself endlessly against unattainable beauty standards, steering away from toxic people, and chasing passions and wisdom instead of chasing money. At the same time I've been trying really hard to step back a bit, minimise the clutter in my brain and life, calm my mind and all the stressful and chaotic thoughts- and as a result I've been finding my thoughts are clearer, I have more focus, I'm more relaxed and I can sleep better!

Moving on to the outfit, I tried to do a new look with something flowy, loose-fitting and kind of dramatic (normally I prefer tighter fitted styles). This white jumpsuit from Glassons caught my eye because it was a look I've never done before- and plus doesn't it just look like the comfiest thing ever? True to appearances, it was a dream to walk around in and I'm now an avid fan of wide-legged white pants. The tie at the waist was a lifesaver to prevent myself looking like a shapeless white bag. Paired with the metallic slides also from Glassons, I felt summer-ready instantly!

Here are some more outfit ideas to rock an all-white look:

I love the look of a white dress with white sneakers for a fresh and girly feel. Choosing the right kind of dress to pair with sneakers can be tricky- my tip is to go with something that has a casual vibe, for example by having tee sleeves, or a flared skirt for a feminine girly look. You can check out more casual dresses here that would be perfect to pair with sneakers as well.

A backpack can always tone a look down- I love this gorgeous tan leather one called 'Rhea' from Michael Kors. Michael Kors have a beautiful range of stylish but practical backpacks!

This is another favourite white combo as well- structured pieces such as a fitted blazer and culottes say business-savvy like no other! This lace up top by Rime Arodaky paired with matching lace up heels by Aquazzura add just that extra touch of flirtiness.

Kate Spade also have some beautiful accessories to complete the look. I particularly love this 'Kiernan' tote bag which perfectly fits a laptop or iPad, so you can get study or work done on the go! And how pretty is this 'Holland' watch- the white and gold finish complement this look superbly.

Another tip for rocking a monochrome look without looking bland or overwhelming, is to wear items that have a point of difference- whether it be a dramatically different shape, texture, or tonal changes. Pairing an off-shoulder top with a looser fit than the skinny jeans as well as the crochet detailing, helps create a point of difference that avoids the whole outfit blending together into one homogenous image. Off shoulder tops are all the rage at the moment so why not take the chance to try out this look? :)

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Floral on Darker Ground

It's no secret that florals are timeless and can be transitioned from summer to winter! However I find the ambience of the floral print shifts from bright and tropical, to dark, moody and romantic when the weather cools down. So naturally one of the top trends for fall takes on the ubiquitous floral print, but on a darker ground. 

I sifted through my blog to find some pictures on how I've worn florals on a darker base in different ways! I've always been a huge fan of florals so it wasn't hard to round up various outfits featuring this trend!

Monochrome florals are a wonderful way to try florals if they're not usually your thing! Black and white blooms are also highly versatile as they don't scream one season over another- you can take them anywhere throughout the year.

Light florals over a dark base can also be perfect for a boho or festival-inspired look, to add a bit of an edginess! In the third look I paired a two-piece floral set with a long crochet cardigan to balance out all the skin-baring.

There's also no reason why this trend can't be embraced during warmer weather! If the florals are on a darker base, it would make sense to complement that piece with a light piece (like something white) to keep it summery and light. In the first outfit I wore semi-sheer mesh jumper over a floral romper, with a fun fresh mint satchel bag.

Also one of my favourite ways of putting together an outfit with florals, is adding pieces that pick up all the colour tones in that floral piece. For example in the second outfit I picked up the different shades of blue in this lovely watercolour floral cami, with a statement necklace and royal blue clutch bag.

I find that there are two key looks that can be created through a floral print on a darker background; dark and bohemian suitable for the cooler seasons, or light and romantic which works whilst its still warm or for spring.

The first look is more moody, and the red, orange and taupe shades of the outfit reflect the tones of autumn. I always love the look of a floaty, floral dress paired together with a tough biker jacket- a contrast that works so well every time! Free People dresses hit the nail on the head every time with their dreamy boho prints and loose fit!

Lace up boots are also highly essential, for a shoe option that's equal parts practical and trendy. Suede is still really big at the moment so embrace the 70's throwback while you still can!

The second look features a dress by Yumi Kim with white/purple florals, which creates a much more vibrant and dynamic impact contrasted against the dark background of the dress! I can see this dress fitting perfectly in some kind of spring soiree, with some beautiful neutral accessories and a glass of champagne :)

Watches have really taken off in the past few years or so, as the ultimate accessory you need to complete an outfit (without even needing to use it to tell the time!) This one from Marc Jacobs caught my eye immediately- the rose gold finish and striking face convinces me you can pretty much pair it with any outfit in your closet! See more beautiful watches from Shopbop here.

You can see some more beautiful dresses featuring florals on a darker background here! You can create so many different vibes with this trend, from edgy to boho to romantic or fun.



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