I’m back… to rediscover the wardrobe I own!

So it has been a while since I last posted… and for that I do apologize. However, I needed a mini-break because the more I post the more I spend and my bank balance has been taking a mega hit! For me, I have discovered there seems to be a direct relationship between the number of posts I publish and the lack of funds in my account. Blogging about style and clothes means that I am continually trawling for trends and the latest items I ‘need’ in my wardrobe to update my look for the new season… which ultimately leads to spending as I can usually find approximately ten things I could purchase. Right now!

So for the next couple of weeks my plan is to ‘shop my wardrobe’. Rediscover pieces that I have loved and forgotten, shoved into the back of my wardrobe never to see the light of day. But also, show how easy it is to style your basics… which if I am quite honest is the majority of my wardrobe. I vow for the next 3 weeks (it may not seem like a long time for some but for me it will be a challenge) I will not buy a new piece of clothing or accessory, shoe or handbag… And each week I will update you on the pieces that I have loved and lost in the material madness that is my closet.

I am looking forward to trying to be a little more frugal with my fashion this month and promise to share if I can actually deliver on my vow. I would love for you to share your frugal fashion tips, that may help keep me on the straight and narrow… anything will help.

Wish me luck…

SS x

Style Obsession: The Tulle Skirt

The latest obsession has found fashion bloggers everywhere raiding their 5 year old nieces wardrobe or the local bridal exchange co-op for the latest in ‘now’ piece: the Tulle Skirt. I am no different, I am absolutely in love with this statement look. Although I wasn’t a girlie-girl in my youth, preferring trucks over tulle, I am embracing feminine and fabulous in my twenties.

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Full Tulle Skirt and a basic grey tee. Photo via: Instagram

Inspired by the infamous Carrie Bradshaw, known for pushing boundaries and sporting looks that I could only ever dream to wear. One of the most well known outfits in the entire Sex and the City series mainly due to it appearing in the opening credits of the show.

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Love Carrie Bradshaw’s Iconic Tulle Skirt

However years later in the Sex and the City movie, Carrie and the girls allow us a glimpse down fashion-memory lane via Carrie’s wardrobe and all agree the tulle skirt is the piece to ‘TAKE’. Even though the show that taught so many girls, like myself, to love and experiment with fashion that moment has been cemented in fashionistas everywhere that one day we will be able to rock a Tulle skirt ‘almost’ as well as Carrie. Well that was the dream anyway…

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Black Tulle and opaque tights. Photo via: Instagram

Fast-forward 10 years and here I am, trawling eBay trying to track down the perfect Tulle skirt to add to my ever expanding list of wardrobe essentials. Any assistance will be welcomed with open arms… I am not afraid to ask a fellow fashion-lover to ‘hook a sister up!’

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The perfect combination of tough and feminine. Photo via: Instagram

For me the Tulle skirt is to be paired with simple pieces and let the skirt itself do its job and just wow people! I am becoming slightly more feminine as I get older but I still love a touch of tough or tomboy. This means think tucked in chambray shirts (another wardrobe essential that won’t be going anywhere soon), black leather jackets or track-top style material (sounds crazy but trust me… It works).

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Tulle with Marle Grey Jumper – Girlie and Cool. Photo via: Instagram

Feminine and flirtatious, the Tulle Skirt allows you to tap into your inner child, or bride-to-be, in a way that will make you want to wear it almost everyday. This look is a definite show stopper!

SS x

Style Crush & Fashion Chameleon: Ashley Madekwe!

I love a celebrity who can effortlessly mix the high-end pieces us mere-mortals crave with the everyday accessible labels that makes up 90% of my wardrobe. Ashley Madekwe is effortlessly stylish and the perfect all price dresser. Ashley is best known for her role as social climber Ashley Davenport on the hit TV show Revenge. But unbeknownst to many, me included until recently, in addition to her acting career Ashley also runs her own successful fashion website ring my bell. If you have even wanted a glimpse into a celebs wardrobe nows your chance… Ring my Bell features Ashley’s real everyday looks alongside exact match buys or similar pieces available to purchase enabling you to recreate her celeb-worthy look.

Ashley’s style, embodies everything I crave; the perfect combination of comfort and style. The mix of luxe fabrics paired with basics, worn with either a sneakers or an amazing pair of heels (or both – on different days of course) minimal accessories and a whole lot of class. Girl-crush much? I also consider Ashley to be a style chameleon; one day she is in grungy Dr Martens to the next where she’s seen in a pale pink pencil skirt, there is no trend she won’t try and no trend she can’t pull off.

Here are a few of my favourite looks of Ashley’s and what I wish I owned…(I had to cull a lot to get to this list as there are too many to choose from)…

Touch of Tartan

Tartan is a trend that I am predicting to make a big come back next winter. But the ability to work it into your wardrobe is a skill and must be done with a little care. The pieces you choose must be classic and well chosen or you run the risk of looking like a school girl… Not ideal at 28! Ashley is a lover of tartan weaving it into her look with statement skirts or coats, ensuring the rest of the outfit remains minimal for a perfectly polished look.

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Matching Short-Suit

The two-piece shorts suit takes a whole lot of confidence, wearing one in tomato red is fashion-forward at its best. Ashley embraces strong silhouettes in striking hues perfect for her skin tone, creating an outfit that definitely packs a punch. I really love this outfit for summer; it’s structured and oh so now. Witchery can help you recreate this look with an almost-perfect match it buy in stores now. Available here.

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Boyfriend Denim

Ashley gives me the confidence to wear my distressed boyfriend denims with heels, who can really go passed a look so chic and ultimately comfortable. Although these denims are definitely not a favourite of the boyfriends they are definitely a favourite of mine… And let’s be honest girls dress for other girls most of the time!

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Statement Accessories

Nothing says style more than well chosen accessories. With a minimalist approach and a clean look, Ashley lets her accessories do the talking; with Moroccan style prints (my favourite) or oversized bling, this girl can do no wrong.

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Follow @smashleybell on Instagram or check out her blog, for an insight into her enviable wardrobe and stylish looks.

If you have Style Crush whose wardrobe is worth stealing would love you to share with me?

SS x

Soul searching: Shoes for Spring/Summer Season

Shoes shoes shoes! I never feel as though I have enough pairs… even though my wardrobe is over-flowing! Shoes can make an outfit; a rockin’ pair of shoes can instantly take an outfit from ordinary to chic; be it animal print slippers worn with leather pants or a set a black pumps with a studded heel worn with a little black dress.

Here are a couple of my must have shoes for this Spring/Summer season:

The perfect Ankle Boot is a no-brainer for a too-cool-for-school summer festival vibe; worn with a pair of cut-offs or a floral mini. The ankle boot is my pick with; studs or cut outs, laces or buckled detail, the ankle boot is my safety shoe.

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Wittner Studded Ankle Boots

The Single-Strap Stiletto, or in my case a wedge, is a closet essential for all, in versatile black or to help add a pop of colour. Sophisticated yet sexy, the single strap stiletto is one of my most recent purchases that I just won’t take off, worn with a pair of distressed denims for day or cocktail dress for after dark.

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Single Strap Stiletto for all occasions

Animal Print; truthfully every girl needs to have some animal print in her cupboard; a clutch, a cuff, a scarf, for me it is a pair of heels. The animal print heel is a bit of a tricky trend, don’t go too high and look for good quality materials, which means you may end up spending a little bit more. But it is definitely worth it to prevent this look from being ‘cheap’.

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Shoes to make a statement

Espadrilles are this season’s hottest trend; originating in Spain this comfortable and versatile shoe is making an impact this season for being just downright cool. In canvas, cotton or a little bit of leather, these are a must buy for Spring/Summer.

Killer Sandals; summer is just around the corner so hit the beauty parlor ladies and spoil yourself with a mani-pedi to ensure your feet always look fabulous in a pair of this seasons summer essential. In metallic or tan, you will see me rocking these both beach and bar side!

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My love of leopard extends into flats too.

Of course, Sneakers need to come into the equation here, as they are my go-to shoe. Whenever I don’t know what shoes to wear it is the thing I am pulling out of the cupboard as it is versatile, comfy and looks effortless cool.

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Style in Sneakers

The only problem now is where to store them all…

SS x

How to: Banish those wet weather fashion blues

November rain… Perfect for a Sunday afternoon curled up with a cup of tea and a good book, not ideal for fashion lovers. After this week of sporadic rain and miserable weather in Sydney I have decided I am in need of some rainy day love. An anorak & gumboots have been my staples over the last few days and I am craving that little bit of Spring sunshine, so I can pull my favourites out of the cupboard and at least feel like a more fashionable version of myself.

With every fashion magazine on the newsstand parading the hottest looks for Spring, I am craving the opportunity to wear them. I know the rain shouldn’t stop me but I really just want to feel as though I can wear them without risk of them being ruined. Yes, it’s fine for those of you who drive to work everyday and only need to risk the rain in the 15 second sprint to your car but for the commuters of the world, like me, we are in need of some wet weather inspiration.

So as soon as those dark clouds begin to roll over Sydney my rainy day essentials make me feel a little less grey. Here are a few of my tips to try to waterproof your style ensuring you feel a little more polished and a little less like a drowned rat!

Must Waterproof

Sounds obvious, but on that beautiful sunny day it is usually the furthest thing from your mind. The last thing you want is a pair of my favourite shoes or statement handbag to be ruined in a surprise downpour. It is always in that moment when I am caught unprepared in a spring shower, that I am grateful for waterproofing.

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When gumboots don’t make the cut – Waterproofing in KEY!

Whenever you purchase something new don’t forget to waterproof you will not regret it, it takes two minutes and means your favourite pieces can remain a treasure for so much longer.

The Clear Umbrella

Yes this may not be a wet weather essential and it does make me appear quite vain but the clear umbrella is my pick. My grandmother bought me mine telling me it is both cool and useful! And I couldn’t agree more… Just ask Blake Lively.

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Channel Blake Lively’s Clear Umbrella Look

It goes with everything. Clashing colours are no longer an issue and I must admit a giant corporate logo doesn’t match anything in my wardrobe… and practically speaking you can still see where you are going regardless of how low you are pulling it down over your face to protect yourself.

Add Accessories

Looking stylish is not all about the clothes. Beautiful accessories can transform a basic white tee and jeans combo into something enviable and chic.

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Statement Necklace = Mood Lifter. Photo via shophoneylove.com

Scarves, jewels and headwear are my go-to for a rainy day, they create excitement and depth to complete any basic look. So even if you are wearing gumboots, no one will be looking at your feet.

Nailed it!

Pampering yourself is the perfect way to pass time, while the rain pours down outside. Whether you are a DIY mani-pedi person or treat yourself at the beautician, bright nails on a miserable day are an instant mood lifter!

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Mint nails

So while the clouds are grey my nails are coloured. I tend to choose bright colours in tones of pink or red, but breaking with tradition this time round I opt’ed for mint green to sooth my soul.

Hairstyle

Frizz-free hairstyles are key to maintaining a stylish look. If you are anything like me, stepping out into the rain or humidity turns my hair into a sea of unflattering curls.

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Rainy-day hairstyles

The sleek ponytail or messy braid are my picks, ensuring you still maintain a polished look with the ability to disguise and control any fly-aways that try to escape in the damp air. And you can get away with not washing your hair for a day or two and no one will know the difference…

So don’t let the rain get you down… Channel your inner fashionista in even if it means dancing in the November Rain…

Would love to hear your style tips for those rainy days?

SS x

Fashion Challenge; Joye of Denim

It’s that time again… Paula Joye’s Five Day Fashion Challenge. For those who are not aware, Paula Joye from Lifestyled loves to create a wardrobe challenge, encouraging you to make the most of existing items in your wardrobe fit to certain style theme…

And this week it was all about denim! Five days and five new ways to incorporate denim into your daily look. Denim jacket, skirts, cut-offs, coloured or chambray (on a technicality I am classifying chambray as denim)… P.J has put no rules or structure for my daily denim inspiration, the only rule is to wear denim in a way that is different from your usual style. For me, I am not a huge jeans person because I prefer to have my legs out… so I will be looking to wear my jeans at least once in someway throughout this week.

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No such thing as too much denim.

Denim is a tricky trend to pull-off for five days in a corporate environment, lucky for me my workplace is quite casual. However, finding workwear appropriate denim pieces was a challenge but it can be done. The key is to pair with luxe materials and chic accessories to complete a polished denim look.

So without further adieu let the denim fashion challenge begin.

Day 1. Monday – Denim Jacket

Braving the elements on a Monday is not ideal, you don’t want to leave your bed and it makes choosing an outfit that is ‘wet-weather’ appropriate a nightmare. But that’s the blessing of a fashion challenge it means the difficult decisions of what to wear have already been made and you can hit snooze once of twice.

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Day 1. Miserable weather in denim

Today, I started with a classic wardrobe must-have, the denim jacket. I bought this one from Sportsgirl about 10 years ago, whilst still in school, and although I don’t wear it as often as I used to, it was definitely a piece worth holding onto. Worn layered over my favourite classic white shirt, ankle boots and an a-line skirt; for a Miranda Kerr-esqueé look.

Day 2. Tuesday – Distressed Denim

Distressed denim at work is pretty risqué, especially when I have client meeting first thing. Worn alongside a pair of nude pumps and blazer creates a clean look. There is something really hot about distressed denim with heels, not sure if guys get it, its probably a trend they would rather us wear for housework rather than a night out, but I just can’t go past it.

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Day 2. Distressed Denim Look

If you don’t have a pair of distressed denims, investing in some doesn’t need to break the bank, with chain stores everywhere taking this trend to new heights. My denims are from the basics experts, Glassons, costing me less than a full tank of petrol!

Day 3. Wednesday – White & Denim

As the sky clears for ‘fashion challenge hump day’ I realise this isn’t as easy as I assumed it would be. Wearing denim day-in, day-out and ensuring it is workwear appropriate is quite hard.

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Day 3. White & Denim

Today I took one of my weekend staples, sleeveless denim shirt, and added to a workwear essential, white pencil skirt, to create my version of casual-chic…. Ensuring I still look presentable for the random meeting that somehow always pops up on a day I decide to make a risky fashion statement, a black lace bra, see-through blouse and your company CEO don’t really mix. White & denim are a match made in heaven creating a clean spring day look.

Day 4. Thursday – Chambray

The Chambray Shirt is a new favourite in the wardrobe department, the perfect throw over option or to create an edgy look when worn with super skinny jeans #doubledenimalert. Although technically not denim, I am ensuring I wear it in a new, ergo challenging way.

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Day 4. Inspired by Elle Ferguson

To mix it up, I decided to tie it around my waist. This trend of tying your sleeved tops round your waist is not a new concept. The last time I did it was at the recommendation of my mum to prevent me from loosing my primary track top on sports day. Although slightly self conscious I wrapped my chambray round my waist and endeavoured to rock it like a stylist. Inspired by fashionista Elle Ferguson, I have recreated her street style look and taken it into the workplace.

Day 5. Friday – Casual Friday

Casual Friday… would have to be my favourite day of the week, as it is acceptable to wear sneakers to work! Aside from the sneakers I am pulling out an oldie but a goodie… Buried in the back of my wardrobe, where it has been a permanent resident for the past 5 or so years. I’m dusting off this denim classic and rocking it my way.

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Day 5. Casual Friday – Dressed for Comfort

The denim skirt, has taken a back seat of late to the latest casual denim essential, the cut-off denim shorts. I am making executive fashion decision, it is time for a denim skirt comeback; versatile, comfy and the ultimate building block for any casual chic outfit. Paired with a slogan tee, another wardrobe favourite, creating a cool-comfy approach to this look ensuring denim remains the hero of my outfit.

So that brings to a close what I wore for another successful Lifestyled fashion challenge… I have looked forward to each and everyday this week of denim. Each outfit was a group effort; as the work girls have oh’d and ah’d over my combos and created playful banter over where chambray is actually denim or if I’m breaking the rules! Looking forward to the next challenge PJ!

Check out #JoyeofDenim on Instagram or Twitter for more denim inspiration.

SS x

Style Crush and Cut-off Queen; Elle Ferguson

My latest style crush is Elle Ferguson. Elle, alongside her best friend Tash Sefton, is one half of the Fashion Blogger duo of They All Hate Us. Both Elle and Tash have an eye for what’s wearable in an everyday scenario, creating outfits that I immediately want to replicate. With every blog post or Instagram pic they are readily fueling my purchasing addiction a little too easily… it’s getting dangerous.

As regular contributors to Witchery’s blog The W Edit and Vogue Australia, there are more places than ever to find outfits to inspire your inner fashion stylist.

Elle’s style is one I aspire towards; while her look appears effortless and comfortable, it is pulled together in a way that I love. Here are a few of my favourite trends and outfits stolen straight from the style icon herself; Elle Ferguson.

Denim Cut-Offs

Elle is a self-confessed denim ‘cut-off’ lover. With over 100 pairs and counting, Elle has a pair for every occasion. Elle has the ability to style a traditional beach-side favourite to a street essential; heels, sneakers, blazers and silk shirts, Elle proves that denim cut-offs are a must for every wardrobe.

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Denim Cut-off Love. Photo via: Elle Ferguson

Breton Stripe

You are all aware of my own personal obsession with stripes but Elle fuels my love even further, too many choices.

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Stripes, stripes, stripes. Photo via: Elle Ferguson

Chambray Shirt

The chambray shirt is my spring/summer essential, originally inspired by a men’s work shirt but now a coveted women’s wardrobe favourite. Elle’s take on the chambray is to be worn tied around the waist or doubled up with her favourite cut-offs; Elle uses the chambray shirt to pull the entire outfit together.

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Chambray Shirt = Wardrobe Essential. Photo via Elle Ferguson

Killer Heels

Elle’s shoe collection is enviable… with an amazing range of statement heels that she pairs alongside comfy outfits to add edge and class.

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Love these shoes. Available at Windsor Smith. Photo via Elle Ferguson.

Each month, the girls have their ‘Come shopping with us!’ post that enables you to essentially shop purchases that Elle and Tash consider the ‘must-haves’ for the month, pieces they have worn, styled and loved – making your monthly purchasing a breeze…

Follow the girls on Instagram for your daily dose of everything fashion! @elleferguson @tashsefton and @theyallhateus.

SS x