After a gruelling exam period that seemed never-ending and left me obsolete, the light at the end of the very long tunnel was a weekend getaway to the peninsula with the boyfriend for the purpose of undertaking a wine and food tour. Eating and drinking happen to be my two favourite activities, so I’m uncertain why I still spend my time studying law when it can never measure up to the joy of consuming tasty morsels and alcoholic grape juice.
Regardless, we had been looking forward to this weekend away for a few months and glorious weather was bestowed upon us for the occasion. We enjoyed travelling around Red Hill to taste the local wines of the region, an assortment of goats cheese and some delectable food. We visited about six charming places boasting different products from around the region that were run by passionate locals who were inspired by the beautiful area, and we were lucky to sample a fair bit of it.
The gardens at these winery estates were breathtaking with the array of colourful flowers in bloom and some seriously rustic outdoor decor. Although I’m sure the region has its aesthetic perks in winter, there’s no doubt that everything looks and feels better in 24 degrees with sunshine.
Ahh, the serenity. Now that uni has winded up for the year, maybe more escapes to the peninsula are in order. You know, just to improve my wine tasting and cheese-eating capacity and what not.
It was Derby Day the other weekend, the black & white themed event of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival which is arguably the easiest theme to adhere to. So I sifted through my wardrobe, full well knowing that it already contained plenty of options, and I quickly I found ‘the outfit’. The top was actually found in an op shop years ago when my sister was hunting for costumes for an amateur production of ‘Rent’ about 8 years ago, and the skirt was was a special find in a boutique in the Gold Coast. After years of my mum fashionably attending the races, we have amassed a collection of hats and fascinators. So I simply plucked this black hat from the collection, and was all set with a sparkly black Mimco bag and my Topshop mules. My wardrobe is absolutely bursting with clothes collected through the years, so I know that whatever I need will always be in there – even if it requires a twist of creativity.
Racing fashion has progressively become more playful and broad, with headbands, crowns, fashion turbans and headscarves all being applicable racing headwear. Pantsuits and blazer dresses in an assortment of colours have been all over the track this season, with a spot of androgynous dressing being sported by plenty of women making a contrast with the traditional racing styles. I regret not taking photos of some of the unique outfits I noticed during the day – there was so much creativity on show and some really extraordinary looks.
Top: Op shop
Skirt: White Closet
I wish we didn’t need an excuse to don racing fashion – it’s so much fun to play around with the headwear! x
When cold days still reign in October and November in Melbourne, the perfect races option for those who can’t handle the cold is a jumpsuit. As women’s fashion is generally becoming more androgynous, two-piece suits and jumpsuits for women are being seen all over the racing fields. The name “jumpsuits” were literally given to the one-piece suits worn by parachute jumpers, and then eventually in the 1930’s it evolved into a fashion piece initially crafted by Elsa Schiaparelli. Since then, jumpsuits experienced their heyday in the 1980s complete with shoulder pads and plenty of colour and sequins. Although most of us don’t exactly care to repeat the trends from the 80s, this trend is only getting stronger, as jumpsuits are still being sent down every major runway to this day.
A part from the inconvenience of getting out of one for the purposes of going to the bathroom, this jumpsuit from Forever New was perfect for the cool, windy day that I attended for the Caulfield Cup. Fortunately I wore a fascinator that was stuck to my head so couldn’t fly off from the wind, and comfortable block-heeled mules from Topshop. To inject some colour into the outfit, I wore my sparkly aquamarine Mimco bag with matching blue earrings. Unless it’s Derby Day, additional colour should usually be included to support an entirely black outfit, even if it’s just a spot of red lipstick. There’s so many beautiful colours to choose from, so why just settle for one?
The warm weather I was promised is still missing but that hasn’t stopped me from getting out my summer clothes. After a winter of wearing mainly black, grey and burgundy, I am incredibly keen to throw on some bright colours. And what better way to transition from winter to spring with a floral skirt and a chunky knit. I’ve been wearing my summer skirts and dresses with a plain jumper to bring some much needed colour to my daily life while still keeping warm, and I usually pair it with boots or wedges depending on the temperature.
This jumper and skirt are both from Zara, and I love a cropped knit because it’s perfect to wear with my high-waisted bottoms. To further enhance the look, I put on some exciting earrings from Witchery and added more colour with orange wedges. The look is not complete without a touch of red lippy, of course.
I love how colourful this skirt is, making it simple to accessorise with because you can just pick a colour in the skirt and go with it. And not to mention how comfortable any outfit instantly becomes with an oversized jumper. I think I’ll be fine with this look until spring decides to arrive.
Lilac is blooming everywhere this spring. The colour is typically associated with femininity and less with modernity, but after quite some time, lilac has been thrust into the spotlight with some contemporary updates. Victoria Beckham stepped out in a lilac suit ensemble in early 2018, and the colour has also made an appearance numerous times on the red carpet. Plenty of Australian fashion brands caught on and consequently created collections surrounding the pastel tone just in time for spring, as I could see from my recent lilac-enthused trip to the local shopping centre.
I have never been a fan of pastel hues because of their incompatibility with my skin tone, but I just love the pretty and soft look of lilac. I found an oversized jumper in lilac that happily matched my Mimco drop earrings, and dressed them with a white pencil skirt and accompanying silver shoes and bag. Sebastian insisted on being part of the photoshoot, of course.
I have had these jeans since I was 13. I remember purchasing them clearly from Just Jeans, because moments later I lost my beloved Guess wallet and I was in tears for the remainder of the day. Losing a wallet sucks, but at least I had spent the $100 of cash I had in there for these jeans, and $100 for a mere 13 year old was A LOT of money. But the passing years have demonstrated how you can’t beat investing in good quality pieces that will last you forever, and fortunately I didn’t do any growing since I bought these jeans.
My wardrobe is literally an accumulation of pieces I have collected for the last 10 years. Early on, my mum instilled in me the need to purchase timeless and quality pieces that I could use for years to come. Not only has this taught me how to be an economical and sustainable shopper, but it has led me to appreciate my wardrobe and force me to use plenty of creativity. Styles are always repeating themselves, which makes it easy to use some of my older clothes and accessories (who knew cummerbunds were back in fashion?!). Certain items can always be updated by pairing them with newer styles, so I’m almost never exasperatedly heading to the shops to buy a new outfit for an occasion. Whatever I need can be found in my wardrobe – and that’s a challenge I never get sick of! That’s not to say that I don’t shop around, and I’m not going to pretend that my wardrobe isn’t overflowing. It definitely is and I probably need a wardrobe the size of the one Big made for Carrie in order to store all my stuff. But hardly anything in my wardrobe becomes obsolete unless it’s of terrible quality – and I made the decision a long time ago to try and avoid shopping at cheap fast fashion brands.
Only time will tell the of the true investment value of good-quality pieces, but you can definitely be assured that it will show as the seasons pass. I’ve paired these jeans with a classic trench coat from Witchery and some Prada lace-ups that I found at the designer outlets in Florence for an absolute steal. Already heavily discounted, there was an additional 20% and the shoes ended up being substantially cheaper than some non-designer leather sandals that I purchased a month later. How satisfying are designer bargains?? It would be nice to come across them more often.
I absolutely cannot get enough of teal as you probably well know from my previous posts. It may even be a bit of a concern. In my attempt to override the hoard of black in my winter wardrobe, I’ve gone a little crazy with this colour as show by my most recent purchase from Kookai.
Before finding this dress, I had really wanted a new winter dress for this season that was a) teal, and b) long sleeved with a high neck. And then I walked into Kookai, and somehow my thoughts materialised into reality. Don’t you love it when that happens? It also happened to be the exact same shade as these Lovisa earrings that I purchased at the beginning of the year, a purchase that was sure to foreshadow my affinity with the colour for the rest of the year.
I’m not usually up for wearing an outfit comprised of one colour (unless it’s all black), but I figured that the floral boots added some diversity. Plus, if you find a colour that makes you feel confident and cheerful, why not go all out?
What’s your favourite winter colour? Let me know in the comments below! X
A statement coat is fundamental to a winter wardrobe. You know the type I’m talking about – it’s unique but flattering. Even if the layers below are boring and basic, a fantastic coat immediately makes the outfit more worthy. And what better way to make a statement than to opt for an oversized winter-warmer in an unusual green.
Green and teal have recently become my favourite shades for this winter as previously mentioned on my blog, and I haven’t failed to update my wardrobe with new green pieces – including this one from ASOS.
Now, I really shouldn’t be shopping on ASOS because it’s entirely unethical to support fast fashion. I may try and justify it by saying that I was in Europe at the time and ASOS offered click and collect to a tobacconist around the corner from my apartment. Plus, I was trying to overcome my disappointment at the lack of coats in Italy following my desire to purchase a coat for winter back in Melbourne (turns out Spring in Italy does not have room for coats). But poor justifications aside, I adored this coat when I saw it, but I need to fully commit to making more ethical fashion choices from now on.
So with that, I headed to the luxury outlet stores in Florence and bought myself some very ethical Stella McCartney jeans. They may even prove to be more of a statement than the coat itself, thanks to the hectic 70s flares in a deep indigo. They can only be worn with extremely high shoes, but I’ll find a way to deal with it because they are so comfortable and FABULOUS.
I thought that the creme turtleneck would act as a good neutral between the green, indigo and the burgundy of the bag, as well as to serve the 70s vibes radiating from those jeans. I tossed in the multicoloured Witchery hoops just in case the coat and jeans didn’t make enough of a statement, because why the heck not.
Jeans: Stella McCartney
Top: Forever New
Thanks for stopping by! I would love to hear what your favourite statement pieces are in the comments…X
The only positive aspect of returning back to Australia after my stint in Italy was being reunited with my wardrobe (in addition to seeing my cat, of course). The perfect way to combat any post-holiday blues, which are further strengthened by the winter blues, is to immerse yourself in winter fashion. Winter fashion tends to test my creativity, as I have to work a couple of new additions into my already well-established wardrobe in order to give it a lil’ freshening up.
One of my significant purchases this season has been a pair of floral print boots from Witchery. Florals for winter? What?? But trust me, they are fabulous. I largely ignored these boots for a while when I was working in the store, but they caught my attention as soon as they went on sale. They also happen to be extremely comfortable despite the killer heels, so I’m disappointed that I failed to notice them sooner!
The colours in the print are winter-friendly, making it easier than you think to integrate the boots into any wardrobe. I especially love the teal, which is feeding my obsession for the colour this season. Isn’t teal such a glorious colour? I wish my whole wardrobe was teal at the moment. But as you will see from the photos below, black continues to occupy a major space in my wardrobe. At least it makes the boots stand out in all it’s teal and pink glory.
Most of the clothes are from Witchery, including the pleated skirt and coatigan. If the abundance of pleated skirts in Italy was anything to go by, then pleats should be in fashion for a while longer. Don’t believe me? Just wait until I debut my fabulous teal pleated pants. Beanies, on the other hand, are mainly for practicality. Cold ears are never worth it, and neither is revealing a bad hair day.
Firenze, Firenze – otherwise known as Florence. I still don’t understand why we need to translate foreign names of places into English versions, it just seems lazy avoiding the authentic pronunciations of places. And laziness does not come to mind when exploring such an intriguing city. The warm colours of the structures gleam when bathed in the sunlight, revealing hundreds of years of history that is reflected in the Arno river. There are museums housing glorious works of art at every cobblestone corner and just as many gelato shops to match. Not to mention the fabulous panini shops filled with delicious tuscan meats and cheeses, and shops filled to the brim with chianti. It is truly a paradise for food, wine and art lovers, and I felt right at home living here for two months of my trip.
There was always something new to see and eat, and a day off from uni meant a day to explore more of the wonderful city. I had to pinch myself everyday to remind myself that I was living in this remarkable place.
A trip to Florence is not complete without a trip to the Tuscan wine region. My housemates and I went on a winery tour to sample some of Tuscany’s best cheese and wine. In addition to becoming nicely tipsy and well-fed, we couldn’t take our eyes off the breathtaking Tuscan landscape with the rolling hills and majestic villas.
You know when you just know that you’ll return to some place in the future? That’s how I feel about Firenze. I’m certain that next time I will be able to continue working on my lacklustre Italian speaking skills, consume more pasta and chianti, and find more uneven cobblestone streets to trip over on.