Trend to Try: Shorts & Tights

Opaques & shorts is the latest Autumn/Winter statement look. Street style chic at its finest. And no one has mastered this trend better than Olivia Palermo… Effortless and just damn cool! What I love about this look is the ability to mix into your everyday no matter what your style. In my attempt to ‘shop my own wardrobe’ for the next couple of weeks I think this look is an easy way to try out something new with something I already own and love…

Here are my two options for the looks I love:

Mix military & denim to create a level of street-cred and the perfect casual weekend look for a spot of shopping.

Olivia Palermo Weekend Short Style

Olivia Palermo Weekend Short Style. Photo via Instagram.

Or try corporate casual in a pair of structured shorts, statement blazer and sky-high pumps, for a polished work wear look.

Olivia Palermo Corporate Shorts and Tights Chic

Olivia Palermo Corporate Shorts and Tights Chic. Photo via Instagram

Although, it is officially winter the chill has not quite set in for us Sydney-siders which makes this a perfect opportunity to road-test this trend. I am super keen to try my luck on a Saturday morning on the way to coffee and to stroll through the local markets or for a touch of street side shopping.

Stay posted kids to see me rocking this look very soon.

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

We love: Slogan Tees

If you think you have got something worth saying? It’s time to put it on a t-shirt.

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We love: Slogan Tee. Photo via The Iconic

The slogan-print tee is the latest and greatest way to express yourself. Over the past few weeks, I have started to acquire slogan tees at an absurd rate, in every kind of style and with expressions that sometimes don’t make any sense. But by simply adding a touch of text to the front of your tee, you’re instantly on trend for this season. My love of the slogan tee stems from the fact that it creates a carefree attitude; working with almost any outfit, from the beach to the bar, to make a statement.

Whether you prefer your labels to do the talking, or to be a little cheeky or bold there is something for everyone. Here are a couple of my favourites from my wardrobe and how to add to this seasons look.

The Confidence Boost Tee – Witchery

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Tres Chic – Witchery

Fill in the blanks – I _ _ _ _ You

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ASOS I _ _ _ _ You Tee

Cheeky brand plays – Celine Me Alone

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Celine Me Alone; Hello Parry

Sharing my love of food – Je t’aime crossiant

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Je T’aime Croissant – The Iconic

Classic band tee – One Teaspoon

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One Teaspoon Band Tee – Led Bloody Zeppelin

So make a statement and tell everyone what you are feeling… By wearing on your t-shirt!

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

We Love: Travel in Style – Bali

Don’t you hate it when your social feed becomes full of your friends travel adventures and a series of show-off shots of gorgeous beaches, edgy hotels and local delicacies, meanwhile you are stuck inside behind a desk at work… It is board line depressing. I must confess that for the past week that annoying #traveller … was me.

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Waiting at Sydney Airport

My partner and I headed to beautiful Bali for five glorious days in the sun and surf. Bali is a summer-lovers dream, offering warm weather and attracting tourists all year round. From lush rice paddy fields, stretches of rainforest and beautiful beaches; who could say no to this island paradise.

Where I Stayed

The Elysian Boutique Villa Hotel in Seminyak, a self discovered tropical resort oasis (thank you Tripadvisor.com).

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The gorgeous Elysian Boutique Villas

Each beautiful villa is equipped with its own private pool, enclosed within a tropical style jungle. We were hosted by some of the most beautiful friendly staff and close to all the action, an easy (but hot) walk to Seminyak beach and the main street of town. But with cabs being so accessible and cheap (approx. 30-40,000 rupiah – about $4 Australian dollars), it is easy to move around town in air-conditioned comfort. Travel tip: always check your taxi has a meter as some drivers are likely to try to overcharge. I would definitely recommend The Elysian Villas for your next stay in a slice of Balinese paradise.

What I wore

In Bali, the days are long and very warm; the sun’s rays can definitely pack a punch. My daily essentials consisted of… five bikinis that I packed for a five-day stay…(too much?), my fluro orange tasseled sarong which was never far from hand, a pair of oversized shades, classic black Havaianas and le Tan 30+ coconut lotion.

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What I Wore: Poolside Essentials

When not pool or beachside, my Wrangler denim cut-offs and a basic slogan tee was my outfit of choice, alongside my latest love… The Panama hat … which never left my head protecting my face and skin during the heat of the day…

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Maxi Love: Glassons Dress

Throughout the night, the warmth in the air still lingers so a floaty and light maxi dress is the perfect attire for a stroll on the beach or dinner at one of the many fine dining experiences in the local area.

Where I Ate

I am a major foodie, Bali, Seminyak in particular, is known for its extensive selection of restaurants, it is a foodies paradise. So, with so many amazing choices I thought I would share three of my favs.

Sea Circus, Seminyak left me in a mini-mexicoma. Located just back from the beach, this restaurant is perfect for lunch and a few margaritas, both fresh and cool on a hot Bali day. My pick; the prawn tacos with mango salsa and a pitcher of traditional margaritas infused with Balinese limes, spicy and oh so yummy.

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Sea Circus: Mexi-amazing

For cocktails at sunset, Ku De Ta is the perfect location for a drink or two in the afternoon. Ku De Ta has the most incredible cocktail selection, although the prices similar to cocktails in Australia it is definitely worth it for the view.

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Lantern tree outside Ku De Ta

Dinner at La Lucciola, which offers an amazing selection of Italian dishes combining a Mediterranean flare and a touch of Asian fusion.

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La Lucciola Restaurant

The restaurant is housed in an open two-storey cabana style house, overlooking one of the prettiest stretches of Seminyak Beach. It is a good idea to book a table for sunset, to experience the incredible Bali sun, setting over the ocean. My cocktail of choice is the frozen coconut margaritas (I am way too obsessed with coconut), I swear I could have had it hooked up to me on a drip!

Five days is definitely not enough to experience beautiful Bali, I guess that means I will be returning to paradise very soon.

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Poolside Paradise

So as I head back to work this week, the only thing to help me get over my post-holiday blues is to start planning the next one #wheretonext…

SS x

We love: The Clutch

I love handbags. If I had to choose between shoes and handbags… I probably couldn’t and would ultimately end up buying both. Big, small, totes, single shoulder strap, I have a bag for every occasion. Although at heart I am a carry-all kind of girl, I like to be prepared for all occasions so the over-sized bag tends to suit who I am. Toting my latest novel, a mini makeup kit, sunnies, snacks, a bottle of water plus all your regular daily essentials… I need a big bag!

But this Spring/Summer season I am downsizing. As the cliche goes… less is more, so it is all about the clutch! The clutch is the bite sized stylish accessory for all occasions; what was once reserved for after hours occasions at the cocktail bar, it is now the perfect addition to compliment your every day attire.

Here are my top five clutches that will work hard for you this season;

The Woven Clutch

Sheike Clutch

Woven Clutch. Photo Via: Sheike

The Clear Clutch

Clear Hard-Case Clutch. Photo Via: Amazon.com

Clear Hard-Case Clutch. Photo Via: Amazon.com

The Bright Clutch

ASOS Yellow Leather Clutch

Leather Clutch in Faux Pony Hair Photo Via: ASOS

The Printed Clutch

Animal Print Leather Clutch. Photo Via: Seed Heritage

Animal Print Leather Clutch. Photo Via: Seed Heritage

The Beaded Clutch

Kookai Beaded Clutch. Photo Via: Kookai

Kookai Beaded Clutch. Photo Via: Kookai

So ditch your over sized carry-all this weekend and carry a little bit less throughout Spring.

SS x

We love: Monochrome – One colour fits all

The latest trends have landed for the new season ahead. Currently, stores are filling their clothing racks with the newest must-have; Monochrome. Black and white is an elegant and classic look, a failsafe for every occasion.

Don’t get me wrong I love incorporating colour, florals and prints into my outfits, but every once in a while I crave an effortlessly chic outfit and Monochrome is where is it at. The number one reason I love this trend is because it is so easy. For me monochrome is a trend with longevity, meaning that you probably have an assortment of pieces in your wardrobe already, providing plenty of opportunities to ‘shop’ from items that you already own. This means that even when it is not flagged as a ‘seasonal-must’ you can it wear anyway. Although, I would never discourage you from hitting the shops…

Here are a couple of my favourite ways to inject monochrome into wardrobe this season:

Block Colour

For minimalists, everywhere monochrome hits the spot; with white-on-white and black-on-black, are an instant winner in the wardrobe department.

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Monochrome Style; Block colours my way

This summer, white-on-white, provides a fresh and clean look, incorporating neutrals to create the perfect day look or a ‘slightly’ off white knit for those casual cool summers nights. But if you consider black and white not enough and you need something more, this trend easily lends itself to add a pop of colour through a statement shoe or clutch.

Alexis Bledel - Monochrome Classic. Photo Via: The Posh Life

Alexis Bledel – Monochrome Classic. Photo Via: The Posh Life

Classic Accessories

Monochrome accessories are an easy and affordable way to update your wardrobe. They will never go out of style and be a great investment and most likely match alongside pieces you already own; think big cat-eye sunglasses or a chic clutch in black, white or ebony. Make a statement by contrasting monochrome accessories alongside a bold print.

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Monochrome Accessories. Clockwise from top left; Quay Eyewear, Seed Heritage Zebra Crossing Scarf, Summer Fedora and Portmans White Punched Tote

Stripes and spots

Create a bold look through monochrome prints. The black and white spot print is my new favourite trend for this spring, present in my latest purchase; Witchery’s Animal Print Pants, which have become an instant wardrobe favourite. Paired with a basic black or white tee and bejeweled flats for day or my sky high strappy heels and a statement clutch for an evening with my ladies.

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Love my Black and White Spotty Witchery Pants – Super Comfy

For those not bold enough to brave the animal print pants, a monochrome heel or clutch works just as well, ensuring you are on trend for this season.

Whatever your fashion personality monochrome is the easiest trend to tackle, which can be interpreted in whatever way you feel most comfortable.

SS x