Monday Inspiration

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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

Give a frock Friday

Preen_yasmin sewell_Phil Oh_nicholas kirkwood heels_voguedotcomVery stylish girl, Yasmin Sewell is rocking her black frock from British indi label Preen with colour provided by her Nicholas Kirkwood heels. This image was taken during the recent New York Fashion Week by street style photographer and Vogue.com contributor Phil Oh of Street Peeper (gosh, that was a mouthful). I really enjoy Phil’s work, his eye for detail is spot-on for fashion and I guess it helps that he uses a Canon 5D yes?

It’s been a massive week and as the countdown to yoga teacher training speeds up, it’s finally starting to dawn on me that I’m going to have to cut down my time on the internet, social media, tumbling and blogging as I tune in and turn on to study. It’s been a few years since I last took on any study, I am a little worried how my brain is going to react because having kids does sort of turn your brain to mush!

So in the meantime I’m enjoying my beautiful new yoga kit which arrived this week, I do so love green!

Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are!

xo

Give a frock Friday

9624-this-dress-is-just-everythingThis week’s pretty frock is inspired by Spring being just around the corner. It’s funny because I don’t feel like Winter has quite hit us here yet. It’s not been terribly cold really, more like a very long Autumn. Who doesn’t love the Spring right? This shirtdress – is it pink or lavender or lilac? I’m not sure. The sheer fabric does lend a certain sexiness to what would otherwise be a simple button-down shirtdress. Alas, I’m sorry to tell you that this week’s frock design origin is again unknown. But, if any one does happen to know where this frock is from, please do leave a comment for me, I would be ever so grateful!

We are off to the zoo tomorrow for Annabel’s birthday party. I do love a good zoo, always so much fun don’t you think? Don’t forget to charge the camera Heidi! 😉

Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are.

love & light xo

 

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Out & About

Now that Christmas is over with (TGFT) I’m feeling a little stuck for inspiration, and I think because I’m so busy being chained to my work desk, I’ve not stopped to check out my favourite street fashion blogs for a while. So anyways, after doing so, I thought I’d share with you a few of the images that I found the most interesting and inspiring for the coming season for us here down under. That means no summer clothes, all warm and woolly!

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So it looks like blazers, shades of grey, trench coats, denim shirts, bright colours, mirrored sunnies and small handbags are on my radar. Check back later for more as I continue to show you what’s out and about on the streets of Paris, Milan and New York over the season.

Love & light xx

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Beanie Chic, Streetstyle

If you thought Beanies were daggy, well think again.  The fashion pack are out and proud about their Beanies and so am I!  Beanies are a fabulous way to get your funky on, and here are some street style pics to prove it.

The bigger the pom-pom, the better!

Colour coded Beanie.

Miroslava Duma rocks her super-sized burgundy Beanie.

Pair your Beanie with a gorgeous wool cape.

Simple, functional, cozy.

Gwen Stefani highlights her red lips with her coral Beanie.

SJP loves to wear her Beanie, she is often seen sporting hers while on the morning school run.

Even in Vogue, Natasha Poly models a basic black Beanie.

The only downside to sporting a Beanie, is the inevitable Beanie hair situation that arrises once you remove said Beanie.  What to do, any suggestions?  If your hair is long, you may need to do a bit of a hair flip, a la Charlie’s Angels, and if your hair is short, again, there’s nothing that a little fluffing or flipping can’t do to eradicate any Beanie hair.  For the sake of winter warmth, my advice is to just deal with it because looking stylish is always worth it.

Short Stories

A man-style shirt and heels gives shorts a rather relaxed but grown-up appeal.



So unless you’ve been living under a rock this past winter, all signs are pointing toward shorts being a must-wear trend this Spring and Summer.  This is great news for me because I love to wear shorts.  I’m a little afraid to admit this, but I tend to get a little over attached to my shorts – so much so that in the past I have had to force myself to throw the worn-out ones away because they are so badly beyond repair!  By then they are covered in holes, the seams have come apart and every time I wash them I am afraid they won’t survive the ordeal.    

Summer dressing perfection in denim or leather.
The most popular trends in shorts are the denim cut-off and tailored, especially in leather.  
Ashley Greene in her very short leather pants.

And if your legs have been covered up all winter then now is the time to start preparing them for the great unveiling of spring and summer!  Shaving, waxing, or whatever is your hair removal method of choice should be first on your list because I know that there are plenty of you out there that use the months of covering up as an excuse to omit this little task – myself included.

Emmy Rossum in her dark army green and red tee looks so gorgeous teamed with the little light-weight cardie (the puppy’s cute too of course!)

Leather shorts are not all about dressing up either, Alexa Chung pairs her leather here with chambray and little ballet flats.

Exfoliation and rough skin removal are next, so are pedicures and self-tan.  Of course we all know how good tanned legs look in shorts, but as I’ve said before you’ll be amazed at how gorgeous your lily white legs can look in the right shorts.  It’s all about smooth skin with lashings of moisturiser – it’s worth it I promise you! 

Sienna Miller’s bohemian edge resurfaces in this shot, I love her style.
Denim dressed up.
 Nicole Richie working her bohemian vibe with cut-offs and plaits.
Denim dressed down.

Shorts are such a versatile addition to your wardrobe because there are so many options when dressing in them.  Try a tailored shirt or jacket, (or steal one from your boyfriend or hubby).

Or mix your shorts with tailored separates like a jacket, a waistcoat or vest with tights and gorgeous heels for evening.
Denim dressed up Alexa-style.
During the day, pair wedges, espadrilles or chunky heels and a light-weight blouse with your shorts.
Tailored dressed up.
Leather dressed down.

For my money the hero of my wardrobe this summer is definitely going to be the denim cut-off.  So why don’t you have a look in your wardrobe and give new life to an old forgotten pair of jeans today – you won’t regret it!


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Current Obsessions

Stuck with ideas that I didn’t feel like writing about today, instead I went through my library of images to find inspiration.  I noticed a pattern of images I have been collecting and decided that that was what I should blog about today.  I have also thrown in a few random images of stuff that is occupying my mind as well lately. 

 

Garance Dorè with her Louise Vuitton and her Canon 5D.  Prints and checks working together with her animal print belt.  Now if only we could see her shoes?

 I think that this tattoo is so inventive, so original.  I can see it in many places, not just on a wrist.  Can’t you?

The detail in this Dries Van Noten gown is mouth-watering and the colours, incredible. With her tiny piece of flame-red hair falling down between her shoulder-blades, well, this just gives this photograph a personal touch.  I love it! 

While the Prada ‘Chandelier’ heels are incredible and most likely a tad noisy when one is walking, the rainbow nails are a cute addition.  Thank you Jane (Sea of Shoes).

The juxtaposition of the red clutch and the khaki army jacket is dynamite, yes?
 
Two Parisienne ladies on their way to work or to a show (either way) and they are dressed casually but oh-so-fine.  I love the flats and the lace-up heels.  How does she get around with her jacket draped over her shoulders like that?  Obviously she doesn’t have far to go to get to her destination? 

I’m loving these Acne heels, but it’s the gold nail polish that is really grabbing my attention, wow!  Where can I get some?  


I just want to say thank you and welcome to all my new followers!  Please feel free to leave me a comment!


Ciao for now,


H

Sources: Seaofshoes.typepad.com, garancedorè.com, jakandjil.com/blog, thesartorialist.blogspot.com

Mad Hatters

Kathleen Kelly: Once I read a story about a butterfly in the subway, and today, I saw one.  It got on at 42nd, and off at 59th, where, I assume it was going to Bloomingdales to buy a hat that will turn out to be a mistake – as almost all hats are.” – quoted from You’ve Got Mail (1998).


I love this movie and I love that line because I always disagreed with it.  Sounds strange that I would like something that I disagree with, I know.  But Meg Ryan’s character Kathleen Kelly wasn’t half wrong when she says that almost all hats turn out to be a mistake because often people buy the wrong hat for their face shape, and often they don’t know how to wear it right either. So in a sense, I think almost all hats have the potential to be a mistake.

Some people look just great in the right hat, don’t they?



Fedoras, Trilbys, flat caps and beanies.  These looks are timeless and the hats are functional as head-warmers and protectors from the sun.  


One style of hat that I absolutely love is the distressed cowboy hat.  A look which unfortunately does not suit me, and I can wear just about any type of hat.  It just looks ridiculous on me, but I bought one anyway, and I wear it in the garden when I’m pulling weeds.  That way I cannot offend anyone with my ridiculous looking hat!

David Beckham show’s us how its done.  Très cute.



Growing up, my Grandmother always told my brother that the correct etiquette was to remove his hat at the dinner table and when indoors.  Women did not have to follow suit because it is fine for women to wear a hat indoors and while dining.  I guess in days gone by, a lady’s bonnet was such a part of her ensemble that to have to remove her hat would have meant having to have her hair redone each time she removed it!   

Can you imagine Marie Antoinette having to remove her hat every five minutes?



Panama hats are a wise choice when considering buying a hat as it is one style that goes a long way because it suits just about any shape of face.

Lily Cole looks lovely in her Panama.



Hats make the perfect accessory because they can hide a bad hair day and it’s a great way to hide from the world when you’ve got the blues.  You can just blend in to the crowd.  A hat is also good at helping you stand out when you want to be noticed, think Carrie in Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994):  Charles: “Great hat”, Carrie: “Thanks, I bought it ‘specially.”

Chloe Sevigny looking impossibly chic in her straw boater. 

Coco Chanel epitomised her effortless French style with a decorated beret here in 1938.

Jennifer Lopez strikes a pose with her wide-brimmed hat, a perfect style for her. 

Kirsten Dunst looks great in her trilby.


Cameron, Kate and Kiera show us how easy it is to look good in a hat.

This winter, try giving your look a classic edge with a trench and wide-brimmed felt hat.  Just beautiful.

Victoria Beckham uses the brim of her cloche to hide from the paparazzi.



“A Hat is a flag, a shield, a bit of armor, and the badge of femininity.  A hat is the difference between wearing clothing and wearing a costume; it’s the difference between being dressed and being dressed up; it’s the difference between looking adequate and looking your best.  A hat is to be stylish in, to glow under, to flirt beneath, to make all others seem jealous over, and make all men feel masculine about.  A piece of magic is a hat.” – Martha Sliter


I hope you enjoy your new hat Amanda, it looks good on you.  Thanks for the inspiration babe!  Happy Australia Day everyone too!





Hx





Sources: ELLE.co.uk, The Sartorialist, Garance Dorè, People.com

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! 



Hx



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

The Street: Stylish Strangers

I can’t help it, I am in love with fashion on the street.  It is my own personal runway.  I have always been intrigued by what others are wearing, how they wear it and how they put their own spin on things.  It’s how I learnt to dress over the years.  I used to love catching the bus to work into Sydney town so that I could watch the people on the street and those hopping on and off the bus.  

I love how she has mixed her primary colours with the stripes.  The jodhpur-style pants and the wicked heels – yummy!  Oh and her hair, how gorgeous is it?


I have put here some recent collections of looks and ensembles that have captured my eye.  I always learn something new from these stylish strangers.

The Cherry Blossom Girl

I am feeling her use of a belt here – belts transform a look so easily.  Those red pumps are gorgeous too, don’t you think?
The gladiator sandals says this is more casual than dressed up, but on the whole, the look is still classy, n’est-ce pas?

Cute sweater and jeans.  The string of pearls and the red lips zjusz it nicely I think.

I’ve been going through an oversized ring phase for about a year now.  The bigger, the bolder, the better!

Simple colour therapy.

I want her cardie.  I wonder how long it would take to knit myself one like this?

Lingerie on worn on the outside is always hot.  So are her killer heels worn with!

Doesn’t she just ooze coolness?  Here we have an example of something that I have been noticing a lot of recently – no handbag.  She carries everything she needs in her hands.  I wish I could do this.  I know at some point I did.  What happened?  Why do I feel the need to carry half my life around with me whenever I leave the house?    

Gingham, checks, prints and plaid.

How great is this leather jacket?  Another bag-free woman.  Yes!

It’s all in the details – pockets have become what I have always known them to be – essential!  To be able to buy a dress or skirt that has pockets you can put hour hands into – oh the joy!  

Modern Mod.  Lovely legs!

The shoes! The shoes! The shoes!

Her hat and her shoes just makes this for me.  

Plaid is everywhere right now.  Plaid is going to be huge again by the looks of things…  Look at this bag… I cannot have it both ways, can I? I have to accept that I require a bag to live my life properly – that is to co-exist with a fabulous selection of handbags, because whenever I choose to leave the house sans bag, I inevitably end up losing my keys, phone, wallet or sunglasses because I keep putting them down and forgetting about them!

Loving the purple hosiery Leigh! I still think she has the best ‘do’ around right now.

Maria-Carla – oh those Valentino heels with distressed denim and simple white tee – and those red, red lips!

Elegantly put.  Great shoes!  Working those harems!

All black.  Stunning.  Love her belt and her Hèrmes watch.

Love the bag, love the shoes, love the coat – love the whole outfit.

Tailored cargos, j’adore!!

J’adore her use of shoes and accessories to inject colour to her look.  So simple.

We are riding a wave right now.  We are privy to the daily style of some of fashion’s biggest names and influencers and all because of some clever shutterbugs.  But are street fashion photographers like Garance Dorè, The Sartorialist, Vanessa Jackman and JakandJil’s Tommy Ton become a little like an acceptable incarnation of paparazzi?  All the shots we see of the fashion elite turning up to shows and walking the Champs to their office or to a meeting – and all the while being stalked and photographed for their designer ensemble – is dare I say it – not much different to the celebrity-chasing paparazzi?  How long before these style-spotters become someone to avoid? (Just putting it out there is all.)

Street Style en masse.  

The juxtaposition between her hair colour, her jacket and her heels.  Daring.  Something to be noticed!  I love her polka-dot skirt too, so cute!

I buy magazines on the regular, but the truth is that you can find anything you need for wardrobe inspiration just on your local street.  You just have to look between the lines and its there.  Don’t be afraid to try something outside your comfort zone.  

I don’t know what you think, but this girl’s use of colour is unabashedly bold and looks amazing!  It’s not easy to mix too such strong colours, but she looks amazing!

Lovely Yasmin Sewell, she just knows how to look fab without any trouble whatsoever, am I right?

Giovanna is another of those ladies with a innate sense of their own style and what suits them best.  Love her!

I hope that you find some inspiration amongst these girls… they are incredibly stylish and would be very hard to miss should you be strolling in Milano, Paris or New York.  But you don’t have to be in some far-flung city to spot a stylish stranger.  All you have to do is open your eyes as you walk along your local streets.  Something inspirational is not far away.  I promise you.

Ciao for now,

Hx

Sources: GaranceDorè.com, TheSartorialist.blogspot.com, VanessaJackman.blogspot.com, JakandJil.com/blog.

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