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

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

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

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

Hello Elle!

Only five years old when the first Australian Elle hit news-stands in 1990, I was never really able to experience an Australian Elle at a time that I had an appreciation for my own style. But its International sister mags have always been something I have turned to for inspiration. Defying the rumours that magazines are on the way out, Australian Elle has launched with a bang, with a countdown to launch across its social platforms and the Elle website providing a glimpse of what is to come.

I must admit, even in the age of technology, I am a sucker for a glossy magazine (the same way I will always choose the physical book over an electronic version) and Elle hasn’t let me down. Without my weekend ritual of coffee and a magazine I think I would be lost… there is something about trawling through page after page of gorgeous images and inspirational looks that sets me up for the rest of the weekend. Elle works because of the perfect balance between the aspirational and the affordable; that Dion Lee asymmetrical skirt that will take me four months worth of saving, eating only cruskits and phili cheese for lunch each day to save save save, or the super-comfy espadrilles that I am lusting over for my new summer wardrobe, which can be purchased from a fifty…with change!

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Elle Magazine

With a hefty 400 pages of glossy goodness, I have been carrying it around for the last two weeks, as if it is an extension of myself. I must admit this issue has been giving me a bit of a workout, weighing in at what feels like five kilos. Although I must be balancing myself out as I think my wallet feels a little lighter?

While it is still early days for Elle, the next few months will definitely prove if Bauer Media made the right choice in launching a mag. But if first impressions count, I am a little in lust!

SS x

Fashion Frienemies

If you and your best friend have been caught fighting over the same item of clothing… You are not alone! Seeking style inspiration from your friends is normal, but sometimes your bestie can end up a fashion frienemy; when you see her toting the latest Alexander Wang Rocco bag that you stopped eating to save up for or wearing an item you have just bought before you have had the chance. The fashion frienemy is the latest in enviable fashion friendships.

Don’t get me wrong I love my girl friends, but sometimes I can end up with a case of the ‘green-eyed style monster’! My girlfriends have some of the most enviable wardrobes around and the ability to pull together the perfect balanced look effortlessly. And even though we each have our own individual styles, body shapes and signature looks; the longer we are friends the more our styles can blur. Somehow I end up buying something only to realise, a day, week or month later one of my friends has bought exactly the same thing. Knowing that your bestie has the same outfit can lead to a FOFFO… Fear Of a Fashion Face-Off, this is when you both show up to a function in the same outfit and it becomes a who wore it best scenario! Embarrassing! Unfortunately this can end up an unavoidable event and you just need to make the best of a bad situation; simply smile and have those token ‘twinsie’ photos together!

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Twins! New friend I made while buying my morning coffee!

Even though my girlfriends leave me with serious wardrobe and style envy, you need to try to make the best of it and remember a couple of important things;

1.Your girlfriends are probably feeling exactly the same about you. You probably have items in your closet that are enviable or looks that they too wish they could get away with wearing that …

2. Contrary to popular belief, the truth of the situation is females dress for other females. Women appreciate fashion and style in a way that guys just don’t understand; so if you love their outfit tell them! It is always nice to hear a compliment.

3. With chain store basics at the centre of most wardrobes; even though you may own the same pieces your individual style means that you can add your own flavour to make a look your own through statement accessories and pieces that define you.

4. If your girlfriends are a similar size to you, it means your wardrobe has just doubled in size. Borrowing pieces from friends is the ultimate compliment but make sure they are comfortable with lending it to you and always return in the best condition.

So keep that green-eyed monster at bay and share your love of style with your besties…

SS x