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My shopping wish list: autumn essentials

30th March, 2018

Planning a few wardrobe purchases that will see me through this trans-seasonal weather is tricky at times. I’m constantly asking myself is it a good cost-per-wear purchase? Is it appropriate for the is-it-or-isn’t-it-cold temperatures? However it’s also been fun to start planning for the cooler months to come. I love the general polished vibe of autumn/winter fashion, and I can’t pass up a great statement coat. For the meantime however I’m all about finding great long-sleeved tops, dresses that are ideal for layering and stylish tailored pants that I can get easily dress up or down according to the day ahead.

Sam Edelman Loraine loafers

A great pair of loafers is a must (I seriously wear them most days). A fun printed pair is great for livening up an outfit.

Altuzarra Audrey button-detailed ottoman midi dress

This feminine take on traditional suiting is such a great option for autumn as it can easily be paired with a great jacket or worn on its own. I love the pinstripe—a great option for a work event.

Magda Butrym Noto open-back polka dot blouse

Who else loves a high Victorian collar on a shirt? That’s a definite highlight for me when it comes to this top but I can’t get past the open back with statement bow—just beautiful.

Mansur Gavriel Volume cotton-canvas mini clutch

The adorable gingham print really makes this clutch. The additional chain also means I can easily go hands-free when I need to which is a major tick in the right box.

Off-White cropped floral print blouse

The punchy colours of this blouse would make a great bold touch to any look.

Castaner Carina canvas wedge espadrilles

The resort wear vibe of these shoes would give me a holiday feeling every time I wore them.

Zimmermann radiate slouch trousers

I love a wide leg pant. There’s just something about them that always screams polished. The relaxed linen and beautiful belt is understated elegance at its best.

Gucci crystal embellished GG clip on earrings

I don’t think you can ever go wrong with a pair of statement earrings. I think this would make a great finishing touch to any look.

Rianna + Nina vintage patchwork scarf print silk dress

The beautiful colour palette and clashing patterns gives this dress an impactful touch.

Saint Laurent new wave cat eye sunglasses

The vintage, old school Hollywood feel of these glasses make for the kind of accessory that can really make an ensemble and give it a bit of attitude.

Mossman The strike back midi dress

I could see this dress working for many a function. But with a quick change of footwear, it can easily be dressed down for my off duty wardrobe.

Alice McCall Got me So Good top

Interesting necklines are huge at the moment and I particularly love the off-the-shoulder/halter hybrid of this piece.

Tell me—what’s on your shopping list at the moment?





What’s on my autumn shopping list

16th March, 2017

I love the start of a new season as it means getting to scope out what’s available out there and pinpointing the purchases I’ll be adding to my wardrobe. Autumn is always a tricky time of year as it requires being prepared for both cool and warm days and also any last minute changes in the weather (this is why I always love to layer) however it’s also a nice transition into being able to wear gorgeous knits and deeper, richer colours. Here’s what’s currently on my autumn shopping list.

Camilla and Marc Bowery Cami: A great black cami is always a versatile piece in any wardrobe and I suspect I’ll be getting plenty of use out of this piece as I wear it under my jackets and blazers.

Emporio Armani zip top large tote: A woman can never have too many handbags and I love anything that’s roomy enough to carry all my essentials plus my girls’ things. I love the gorgeous mushroom colour of this particular bag as it will be easy to work  back with numerous outfits.

Isabel Marant blouse: This is totally a statement blouse and I love the fact it will work back with jeans and slacks and really give the look some oomph.

Siren wide leg pant: A wide leg pant is always a great anchor if you want a dressy, elegant look and a beautiful white pair will look sharp and polished when worn to an event or to a meeting.

Balmain sweater: Cosy sweaters are a must and this particular one by Balmain will definitely be making its way into my wardrobe due to its versatility. Logos are also making a comeback as far as tees and jumpers are concerned so this is right on trend.

Sonia Rykiel earrings: These are a great nod to the statement earring trend but I also love their simplicity which is definitely more in keeping with my style.

Le Specs sunnies: Sunglasses are a weakness of mine and I love collecting different styles in various shades as they’re such a simple way to update an outfit. This pastel pair are a fun addition to any look.

Bec and Bridge dress: The LBD is great but I’m really loving navy dresses at the moment. This one is so simple in its cut and style that it will definitely be a chameleon in my autumn wardrobe and will work back with several looks.

Preen ruched dress: I love wearing dresses throughout autumn as I find they’re a great starting point from which to start layering. A big tick of approval for the stripes and ruching on this dress.

Alexander Wang boots: A great pair of ankle boots is one shoe style I add to my wardrobe every autumn/winter season. Love the cut out heel on this pair by Alexander Wang.

Gucci trainers: Sneakers aren’t going anywhere anytime soon so I’m investing in a new pair this season. The traditional Gucci stripe keeps it classic but the stars add some fun.

Acne skirt: The rich hues of this asymmetrical skirt will provide a pop of colour to more sombre looks throughout the cooler months.

Adam Lippes midi skirt: I really rate midi hemlines as they’re so classic and elegant. The pleating and trumpet silhouette give it a nice point of difference.

Oscar Tiye mirrored leather sandals: I can’t resist a fun pair of statement heels! This metallic pair is guaranteed to liven up my look when I’m heading out to an event.

Sophie Hulme mini box bag: Mini bags may not be the kind of throw-it-all-in bag that I’d carry for everyday wear but this bag’s size is perfect for a night out. I love the additional strap as it gives me a hands-free option if I’m at a function and need to leave my hands unemcumbered for holding a drink or grabbing a canape.

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What I Wore: All in one

14th March, 2017

Now that it’s officially autumn it’s time for trans-seasonal dressing which can often involve having to dress for weather that’s neither summer-y hot or winter-y cold. My failsafe solution to this weather dilemma is often to layer. This ensemble from Life with Bird’s latest collection allowed me to take separate pieces and work them together to create a look that’s easily adaptable to changing or dipping temperatures. I paired a long sleeve top with an A-line skirt but popped a cropped jacket over the top to give myself a little extra warmth. I often like to formulate a look using similar shades for an outfit that’s cohesive in that it stays within the same colour family but still packs a punch in its uniform appearance. I popped on a pair of black heels with a crossover strap to dress up the ensemble and provide a contrast of colour. This look could easily take me to a work event or meeting without missing a style beat.

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Credits: Top (worn underneath), jacket and skirt, Life with Bird; Heels, Mimco

Photography: Sophia Athas