Season of the Brogue

I am in need of new shoes for winter and my pick for this Autumn/Winter season is the Brogue.  I did a post on brogues last year and they are now starting to appear in stores down here so I am off to snap up a pair I spied in none other than the Australian Women’s Weekly (I know!).  

The brogue in my sights from Country Road as seen in the April issue of AWW.

My inspiration for these versatile footwear came from none other than my go-to blogger, Garance Dorè.

Other brogue inspirations have come from all over, but the Prada Spring/Summer 2011 collection of platform brogues are right up there for me, the colours alone make them look like licorice all-sorts.
Katherine Hepburn in her wingtip brogues, you can’t beat this look for it’s classic masculine/feminine appeal.

When I told my husband that I was going to be sporting brogues this winter he was horrified.  Why? I don’t really understand his reasoning, but he is under the impression that brogues have had their day and he even regrets wearing them back in the 90s.  As I haven’t worn them before I figure that it’s a look that must be investigated so I disagree with him entirely of course!

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Boho Inspired

Image from the Free People April campaign featuring Sasha Pivovanova, photographed by Guy Aroch. (source)



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A Flick of the Wrist

Adorning one’s own wrists with baubles, bracelets, bangles, watches (sometimes more than one), and tattoos is de rigueur it seems because images are popping up everywhere on my radar. 

Elle McPherson was the first person I noticed in the fashion world adorning her wrist with an assortment of baubles, including a Rolex Daytona men’s watch.   

This little trend most likely came about from humble beginnings such as having no where else to put a spare hair band.  Now friendship bracelets of all designs are being piled up our wrists.  

 Two watches – two times to keep track of – I have enough trouble with just one time-zone! 
 Giovanna Battaglia in Azzedine Alaia.  This dress is just so gorgeous I had to post this picture, but you can see she wears it well with her wrist accoutrement!

Why not try going through that box of old forgotten jewellery you keep somewhere in the back of your closet because there is bound to be something interesting you can give new life to there, or maybe if you ask nicely your grandma will let you raid her box of trinkets, you could, or at the very least, steal (sorry, borrow) your man’s watch.  Whatever works, cause it seems to!


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Sources: Jak&Jil.com/blog, Streetfsn.blogspot.com, Elle Magazine (photograph of Elle by Gilles Bensimon).

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Wishful Thinking…

It’s Friday and it’s been a big week.  Let’s not get into anything too serious today, let me just leave you with a few images that I’m loving right now, some of them give me something to think about (nothing too brain-draining of course) and some of them simply make me smile.  I hope they make you smile too.

 Wow, what a bathroom! I like the juxtaposition of classic and modern, the stone bath and the gilt mirror.

I’m working on finding a look for our bedroom (this is a project that has been on-going for some time) and I like the simplicity of this room, but enjoy the light splashes of colour from the linen and texture from the furniture.

This style of French upholstered bed is my dream.  I love the idea of this style of bed, but the reality is that my husband’s feet would be forced to hang over the side to accommodate his height.  Maybe I could get one for the guest bedroom?  Of course there would have to be a guest bedroom in our house first though. 

 Colour!  Neon!  Length, pleats and shape!  This skirt has it all. Except I’m not in it.  

I love the open-plan of this room.  One large space shared for a variety of family oriented purposes.  It is definitely nice to watch the children while preparing dinner and to then be able to eat together while enjoying a lovely view.   

I would love a chair like this in my bedroom, or in a reading nook. Just for me, for no one else. Thank you.

A chaise lounge would be good too, yes one of those too please.

 Woolen Chuck Taylor’s, so cute!  Love these.
 A day bed like this is a necessity when living on the coast.  It’s on the list.
 The original Smart car in my opinion.  Not electric, no, but just as tiny!
 Lots of light, bench space and storage.  

No bench space, not much storage, not much light, but character and lots of it.  I have had many kitchens just like this one and it is amazing how I managed to cook huge family meals in such a small space.  

The Leica Hèrmes M7 limited edition camera.  This will forever remain on my wish list, and that’s ok because some things are just not meant to be.


Enjoy your weekend!


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Sources: The Paris Apartment, Jak&Jil.com/blog, Marie Claire Maison. 

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