Monday Inspiration

Morning… Hmm it seems that staying up late to watch the INXS biopic on the Telly last night has left me feeling tired and a bit blah. Isn’t it interesting how going to bed later than my body is used to can reflect on how I feel in the morning? I certainly didn’t feel like jumping out of bed and on to my mat to do Sun Salutations like I have every other morning lately.
So, instead I’m blogging this picture of two of my favourite stylish girls because I need hair help! I’m in between cuts and I don’t know what to do with my mop. Yasmin Sewell’s hair is nothing like mine – except for the length, and so I love the idea of wrapping a colourful scarf around my head!
Do you have any go-to ideas for when your hair is at that in-between stage?

Have a great week!
love & light xo

Appealing Things

This image represents all that is fabulous about winter style here in Australia, well at least as it is in Queensland. It rarely gets so cold here that you need to wear a heavy wool coat. I’ve had to put all of my heavy winter coats from living in colder climates in storage. I did wear one of them on a particularly cold day a while back, but as soon as the sun came out, off came the coat which I then had to lug around with me all day. The best way to dress here in winter is to wear a scarf and to layer.  The hard part is choosing which scarf to wear. Last week I misplaced a favourite scarf and I’m lost without it. I hate to lose things, it’s something I rarely do. I think I left it at Annabel’s ballet studio so I am really hoping it’s still there when I take her to class this week.

So my new job is fantastic! I’m really loving it, I feel completely in my element when I’m there. I’m working as a PA at a luxury resort in a beautiful place called Monteville here on the coast, not far from where I live. There’s lots to learn, but the people are lovely, so helpful and understanding and the location, wow, it’s on a lake amongst rainforest and the resort is all tree houses with boardwalks connecting them together.  It’s like being amongst a magical fairy forest most of the time!

Enjoy your week. x

I Went Shopping Today

I had an existential crisis this morning.  I realised (finally) that my wardrobe was not geared toward living the life of a coastal lady.  My wardrobe was all about cooler climes – jeans, boots, sweaters, polo-necks, tights, leggings and scarves.  I have left that life behind now.  Any clothes that I had were worn out and not in keeping with coastal lifestyle.

The hardest part was trying to figure out what my style was in this climate.  I didn’t really know where to start, so I decided to treat myself like a styling client.  I asked myself the questions I ask clients, and then I went through my wardrobe with no holds barred.  Then I thought about what I like, what suits me and what draws me in when I am out there amongst the stores.  It helped a great deal because in amongst it all, I realised that what I needed was to unearth my old-faithful denim jacket!  I tend to archive quite a lot of my  wardrobe (because I try not to get rid of any of it) and I ended up with a short list of new items that I needed to add to my new wardrobe.

And so, off we went to the local shopping mecca, which on the coast is limited, but with an eye like mine, it’s not to hard to find what I need.  I had an arm-full of many items and then tried them all on.  It was easy to edit out what I didn’t need, and so I came away with a half-dozen new items.  Most of them tops, one dress and two pairs of pants.  I am satisfied that I have added to my wardrobe sufficiently until Autumn dawns in less than a month – eek!

I spend so much of my time looking at what’s out there that I had forgotten to keep an eye on my own wardrobe.  I knew that it was getting tough, it was getting harder and harder to find looks that I wanted to wear.  There were fewer and fewer things to choose from.  Some clothes where falling apart, some were out of date, some where just plain over.

It feels good to have some gorgeous new clothes to supplement my wardrobe.  Everything that I chose to buy fits within my current wardrobe so that I can mix and match with it all.  Most important, nèst-ce pas?

I thought I might share some of my influences with you, just because it’s fun to do so.

Stripes are everywhere this season, as I’ve told you before.  I am addicted and loving designer’s play on this classic. 

Khaki, khaki, khaki.  I’ve always loved it. The hard part is finding the right shade.  It has to be the right shade for me or there’s no point.

I loved Anne Heche’s wardrobe in Six Days Seven Nights (1998).  It suited her character perfectly, it was stylish, in-keeping with her fashion editor character, and as she was in the tropics, it was perfectly suited to the location.

Denim is going to be huge this spring and summer.  Shirts, jackets, jeans, pants, you name it.  Dig up your old jacket, you know there was a reason why you didn’t ditch it!

It’s always fun shopping for a new look.  This one took me by surprise, because I just hadn’t counted on needing to look for a warmer weather wardrobe for some time.  C’èst la vie!



Look Book Part Deux

I know it has been a week since my last blog, but it is all because it has been way too hot and humid to sit at my computer.  Plus I have been sewing like a woman possessed too, and exploring Brisbane with my friend and basically just lying about as it is too hot to do anything!

So here are some more looks from the street to keep you inspired!

Gorgeous eyes, gorgeous hair…

Loving this belt action, belts just change an otherwise ordinary outfit so easily.  I have developed a bit of a fascination with belts and now I find myself spending too much time in front of the mirror deciding on which belt to wear!

Black and a Birkin, what more could a girl need?  Great hair.

Bling pants take any outfit up a notch.

Blazer, denim and brogues.  Our next Autumn/Winter uniform ladies.

Short trench rocks this look.

Blazer, Jacket, call it what you like, yes?  Those animal print loafers are fab too.

Gorgeous looks that people in the street rock so effortlessly this northern hemisphere season.

Jen is so naturally stylish – leather jacket, trilby, striped shirt and distressed denim… perfection!

Simple, elegant, gorgeous leather skirt too!  Notice the spotted hosiery?

I have noticed recently that I have quite a lot of grey in my wardrobe.  I is such a fantastic shade because you can add colour to add a subtle highlight which compliments so easily.

I just love these shoes of Anna Dello Russo’s, they look between a cross between a gladiator sandal, and a ballerina slipper.
This mother and daughter compliment each other so well.

Rachel McAdams doesn’t have a clue as to how cute she looks here.  I think she is just one of the best young actresses.  She’s going to be huge.

Those are some long boots!

Parisienne chic.  The print on her dress looks like a starry night.  Her ballet slippers are to die for!
Leather and stripes!
Navy perfection.  

We are having a great time here in Brisbane but oh the humidity, it’s a killer!  The girls keep asking if it is going to snow before Santa comes which is hilarious.  It’s hard for them to understand because they watch Christmas movies that are set in the northern hemisphere where it generally snows at Christmas time.  Here in Australia, well we spend our Christmas day at the beach eating seafood and ice cream! 


Sources: Garance Dorè, The Sartorialist, Vanessa Jackman, JakandJil, People, Stockholm Streetstyle.

A Scarf for all Seasons

Recently a friend asked me for some fashion advice.  She is planning a winter holiday to Europe and wanted to know what type of scarf she should look for.  I love hearing travel plans because I get to live vicariously through my single friend’s lives!  Winter in Europe is nothing like winter here in Australia or New Zealand.  For most of the winter here, it is wet and windy and the snow fields… well, lets just say that I’m sure our slopes are the main reason why snow makers were invented.  Europe is a real winter wonderland with powder snow and there is always enough snow on the ground to make your own snowman. 

A very funky Alexander McQueen silk skull scarf (try saying that 3 times very quickly!)

Hands down, the scarf is my favourite accessory.  I love to knit myself a new scarf every winter because it gives me an excuse to lounge in front of the fire for hours and also the sense of achievement I feel when I finish my scarf is like no other (that’s because I am unable to follow a pattern and knitting in straight lines is the best I can do!) 

 Freha gets it right.

I want to tell you a little story about an experience I had with wearing a scarf.  Some years ago, I was on my way to a job interview and I had tied a silk scarf around my neck to zjusz up my outfit.  But I wasn’t happy with the way I had tied the scarf, and instead of listening to my instincts and taking the scarf off, I went ahead and wore it anyway.  I felt so uncomfortable during the interview, that I still believe I did not get the job because my confidence was so shaken – all because I didn’t know how to tie my scarf.  I vowed to myself that I would learn how to tie scarves properly.  I promise you, if your scarf is tied properly, you will feel more confident which as we all know enhances our natural beauty – what more could a girl ask for?


Sometimes it is good to look at how other people are wearing their scarves – this helps to get ideas on different ways to tie yours.

I took this attitude with me when buying a ubiquitous sarong in Ubud when hubby and I were on our honeymoon.  I made a point of having the store owner show me how to wear and tie my sarong in the local fashion.  I remember so well the knowing looks I received from the local women because I was wearing their national dress in the correct fashion, it made me feel distinctive.

By doing justice to the sarong I didn’t look like your typical tourist.  Wouldn’t we all like to feel the same when strolling down the street? (Or the Champs Èlysèe for that matter.)

The weather doesn’t have to be cool to necessitate the wearing of a scarf either, because light weight fabrics like cotton, silk, and linen mean that a scarf is an accessory that can be worn all year round.

Even in the height of summer, a scarf can be a feature of your ensemble.

The Pashmina is a scarf that has become a considerable addition to every woman’s wardrobe over the past decade.  If you own only one scarf, make it a Pashmina. 

Jessica Alba is a huge fan of the Pashmina and of scarves in general – she wears them well.

I think it is important, if you can, to have various types of scarves in your wardrobe.  Silk, Pashmina, fine wool, chunky wool knit, crocheted knit, and in as many different lengths and finishes; skinny, long, short, square, rectangular, embellished with sequins… etc. etc.

Celebs use their Pashmina to keep warm and to keep the Paparazzi at bay (or maybe Jen simply forgot to brush her teeth?)

Fashion trends come and go, but rarely has one appealed to such a wide audience – age plays no part and you don’t have to be a size zero either to wear your favourite scarf. 

 Giselle and Jennifer and their Pashmina. 

If you want to add a little excitement to your ensemble or to change the look of a favourite outfit, a scarf could be just what you need. It just has that knack of adding a little something extra.  Which brings me to how scarves are being worn besides around your neck.

Chic Cameron.

For Autumn/Winter, Dolce & Gabbana, Paul Smith and Jean Paul Gaultier have all sent models down the runway wearing headscarves in manner of Her Majesty.  I want to officially caution you here though, because I think that one would have to be very confident to carry this look off.  I feel that this is not a look for most of us ladies.

But, if you want to give this trend a go, take my advice and let your scarf be the only element that embellishes what should be a simple and plain outfit.  Take your inspiration from the only other headscarf queens (also the only others who could successfully carry this look off in my opinion) – Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly. 

Give your headscarf a bohemian edge a la Nicole Richie.  These days she is probably the only one of us that is successful in championing the headscarf.

Diane Kruger and her favourite scarf – dressed up and dressed down.

When it comes to silk scarves, there is no finer than the legendary French label Hermès.  I suggest downloading the Hermès handbook entitled “Playtime With Your Scarf” from their website.  It illustrates the many wonderful ways to tie your scarf in easy-to-follow instructions.

 An example from the Hermès handbook, “Playtime With Your Scarf”.

We have now seen why scarves are such a versatile accessory because you can wear it around your neck, tied, knotted or draped.  But have you tried tying one around your hips, or through your belt loops in lieu of a belt for a little added colour?

Balenciaga has sent scarves down the runway over the past few seasons. 

Try wearing a large scarf around your shoulders as a shawl.  I love to carry a light weight scarf with me on warm evenings when I go out just in case the weather turns cool and when it invariably does, I wrap the scarf over my shoulders like a shrug and tie it behind my back between the shoulder blades. 

Dolce and Gabbana and Paul Smith following in the footsteps of Hermès.

So Deb, my lovely friend, I hope I have given you some ideas for scarf shopping.  I also hope you will be daring and look for more than one style – we wouldn’t wear just one style of shoe or own just one handbag would we?  Variety is the spice of life, my love!

Ciao for now,

P.S. Happy 4th Birthday to my baby, Annabel Jade!  Mummy loves you so much – you are my little accessories queen! xxxx

Sources: Hermès, Google, Garance Dorè.

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