§ on 26 January, 2012
This blazer is way oversized for me, but rather than trying to fight it by rolling up the sleeves etc., I found that accentuating the effect by draping it over the shoulders is actually much more flattering. It's a new habit for me so the movement restriction is a bit of a downer... but I think I can stand to improve my skills in the 'robotic shoulder' department.
§ on 24 January, 2012
Afternoon cravings. Came across these pieces by Belle Noel while on the hunt for some new jewellery. I tend to have more of an affinity for gold tones which seem to suit my skin better than silver. Love the contrast of the round ropey chains paired with the dagger points. A bit of sparkle is always a bonus too.
Price wise, they're not too extravagant - around the $50 mark so definitely affordable. Might even get the whole set.
§ on 16 January, 2012
I've put together a short guide of what I consider to be necessities in every woman's wardrobe. In no particular order, the list is a mix of cornerstone staples and the perfect finishing touches.
It's so easy to get overly caught up in the 'arm party' hype and load your wrists up with heavy hardware and jangly bits. For those times when it's too impractical or you just can't be bothered, a plain old watch adorning your wrists is all you need for understated sophistication.
A leather jacket
Leather jackets are my go-to when I need to add an edge to an otherwise standard outfit. I have quite a few versions, in various colours, as well as in different finishes like suede, but this one is probably my favourite. I love the contrast sleeves and extensive biker detailing.
Everyone says they're a must-have in your closet, but I have to admit pumps are only a relatively recent inclusion into my shoe collection. They tend to be among the most uncomfortable of heels, the toe-pinching factor is high especially if you're going for pointy versions. But there is no denying they are just such a simplistic, yet chic, and insanely versatile option. Best of all, they can easily be incorporated into your work wardrobe as well as everyday wear.
Making an investment in a designer bag really is worth it. Unless you've known nothing but luxury your whole life, toting one around subconsciously gives you the that 'feel good' boost that can make all the difference to your confidence. And nothing beats quality in the end, it will pay for itself over its long-lasting lifetime. On a limited budget, it makes more sense to go for a designer bag rather than an item of clothing because at least you can pair a bag with differents outfits rather than just having the one item of clothing. If you can't afford designer, a quality leather alternative in a simple style will suffice.
A fail-proof pair for those days you feel crap or completely uninspired. Ideally they're comfortable too, but the main thing is you'll look good with minimal effort. Just add plain top and a pair of heels - less is more.
This list is by no means definitive, so if you've got something to add, do share!
§ on 12 January, 2012
Sticking to my blog resolution of restyling old pieces into new outfits, here is a rework of the leather skirt previously seen in this post. A more downtown alternative. Which look do you prefer?
§ on 10 January, 2012
I should really be matching my handbag to my outfits more often but I'm just too lazy to change over from this one. When you accumulate as much junk as I do, it's almost like performing a mini spring clean to sort through it all first before I can even transfer anything.
§ on 05 January, 2012
Having a moment with these flared shift dresses. Easy all-in-one outfit that's classic and flattering, while hiding the multitude of sins that came with being such a slob over the holiday period.
§ on 03 January, 2012
So here are my blog resolutions for this year:
#1 More diversity, dilute outfit posts with other topics more often (feel free to suggest any btw).
#2 Less photos per post and be more cohesive with editing styles.
#3 Rework items of clothing into multiple outfits (and hopefully this will translate into buying less stuff...)
#4 Stop messing with the site layout and just accept that I will never be completely satisfied with it.
Care to share your blogging goals for 2012? :)