25 November 2013, 12:32
If you’ve been reading for any length of time, you’re probably well-accustomed to hearing me bang on about the wonders of a pair of leather pants in winter. They really are the best thing to wear when it’s cold outside. Such coziness!
But of course, finding the perfect pair is an adventure in and of itself.
Once upon a time, I bought a pair of leather pants from Victoria’s Secret which I adored, until an energetic leap out of a cab caused the crotch to rip wide open. (Thankfully I was wearing a long sweater over the top!) There was a pair of leather pants from Ted Baker that I loved, but they never really fit me — in the words of Ace Ventura — “hhhhhlike a glove!”. Leather pants should fit you like a second skin. (I was not looking for leather sweatpants, à la Kanye.) I was still on the quest.
So, when I stumbled across DL 1961’s Hazel Triumph leather pants, I was all a-swoon. Buttery-soft leather? Check. Gold zipper detail? Check. Excellent name that corresponds to my husband’s motorcycle? CHA-YECK!
It only made sense, then, to wear them while posing alongside Mike’s 1969 Triumph. Meow!
A match made in heaven!
I can barely peel myself out of them, really. They are beyond comfortable, effortlessly stylish, and go with pretty much everything in my wardrobe. Over the weekend, I wore them with a T by Alexander Wang grey sweater, my hot pink alpaca coat (infatuated!), and Dr Marten Darcie boots (which they have since stopped making, boo).
Outfit credits: Forever 21 sent me this striped beanie, and I’ve barely taken it off. (It’s from the Mickey Mouse collection!) My shirt is from BCBG Max Azria (I found it at Buffalo Exchange, my secret weapon for reviving my wardrobe). The pants are c/o DL 1961, and the style is the Hazel Triumph. My shoes are by Alexander McQueen, and they were an incredible gift from my friend Ruby. (I would never actually wear them on a motorcycle, though…) My wicked pink metal-flake helmet was a wedding gift from the owner of Biltwell.
The possibilities are endless! Imagine these pants with an oversized chunky turtleneck sweater, a leopard-print coat, or a hot pink button-up cardigan…
There’s a reason why I continue to insist that leather pants are perfect winter attire. If you don’t believe me, I dare you to slip into a pair and tell me they don’t make you feel like Joan Jett!
I love rock ‘n’ roll,
P.S. DL 1961 are offering a 30% discount off any purchase on their site between the 3rd and 13th of December, with the code Blog15!
Photos by Lydia Hudgens.
23 October 2013, 12:11
When I go shopping, I instantly gravitate towards the loud pieces: big, bold stripes, psychedelic patterns and sequins are like sartorial kryptonite for this girl. Swing open my closet door, and you come face-to-face with a cacophony of prints and polka-dots. But inevitably, when it comes time to put an outfit together, all those loud items start to compete with one another.
Which brings us to the humble t-shirt, an item I have extremely mixed feelings about. Comfortable? Yes! Wildly thrilling? Definitely not. But there’s a reason why t-shirts are a fashion staple. They simply get the job done: no muss, no fuss. And if you can get your hands on one in a fun colour, like the Hanes Live. Love. Color t-shirt, so much the better.
This is one of the most simple outfits I’ve worn in a while, and I love it. It’s casual but cool, dressed up and dressed down at the same time. I love to pair a baseball cap with oversized sunglasses and a chunky necklace, a flippy skater skirt with sneaker wedges. And it wouldn’t have worked without a simple t-shirt to pull it all together.
I’m wearing: NY Yankees baseball cap / Celine sunglasses / Faux Celine necklace / Hanes Live. Love. Color t-shirt / Topshop skirt / Lacoste sneaker wedges (not pictured) / Hanes bandeau and boy shorts.
My lip colour is Bite’s High Pigment Pencil in Grapevine, an accidental but fortuitous discovery I made during a recent Sephora rampage. Obsessed!
By the way, have you been wondering about the results of Hanes’ Undercover Color campaign? They make me laugh!
I must admit, I’m proud to live in a city full of people who rock purple underwear regularly.
This post was brought to you by Hanes and Style Coalition.
18 October 2013, 12:11
This dress is much more simple than I would normally pick. I borrowed it from Shauna, Queen of Minimalism, and as soon as I tried it on, I was in love. As I get older, I’m learning about the power of simplicity in all things. Clothing’s just one area in which minimalism can be elevated to an art-form.
And really, when you’re standing against a bright blue door, wearing raspberry lipstick, surrounded by shocking pink bougainvillea, you don’t need much else, do you?
I think by now you have probably grasped that Santorini is one of the most beautiful places on earth. If you ever had any doubts about visiting, I hope the pictures I’ve shared with you have removed them once and for all.
Whenever anyone asks me about what the Greek Islands are like, all I can do is stammer about how gorgeous they are and how everyone has to find their way there, at least once in their life.
And of course, a trip like this is made even more wonderful when you take it with your best friends.
Photographs by Shell De Mar.
11 October 2013, 11:16
Some girls get excited about birthday cake. But I’ve discovered that a birthday kaftan is more my style…
I bought this insane piece on eBay, or as I like to think of it, the ultimate treasure trove. I discovered it in the middle of a late night eBay trolling mission, where I had been sitting for hours, rapt and scrolling. When this little beauty appeared on my screen, I almost choked with excitement, and quickly I emailed my co-conspirators.
“Too much?!” I asked.
The reply from Kat and Shauna was almost instant. “Well, you are turning thirty… Go get it!”
In the listing, I couldn’t quite grasp the scope of the drama of this thing. But when it turned up at my house, I was a little intimidated. It weighed a ton, and the beading was even more intricate and gleaming than I had imagined.
...But it was my birthday kaftan after all. And so I packed it into my suitcase, and set off for Greece.
It turns out that Schiaparelli pink makes a perfect union with the azure blue of the Grecian sky; that extravagant bell sleeves are just as fabulous today as they were in the 1970’s; that there’s no better garment than one which leaves a trail of sequins in it’s wake.
I haven’t regretted switching out a cake for a kaftan for one single instant. What a glorious thing.
Photographs by Shell De Mar.
4 October 2013, 12:11
Words cannot describe the beauty of Santorini. The sea really is that blue, the houses really are that white, and staggering views surround you at every turn.
For the three of us, it was the trip of a lifetime, and for a change, I didn’t load us up with a full itinerary. The only thing I really wanted to do was go out on a boat… And so we did.
Originally, we were going to hop on a fancy catamaran and zip around the Aegean Sea, but it was all booked up. After a long walk in the sunshine, a few confusing interactions and a terrifying cable car ride, we found ourselves onboard an older vessel, laden with character (and very enthusiastic young Greek men).
We quickly snagged prime seats on the upper deck of the boat, luxuriating in the sunshine while a mix of Europop and very intense Greek music blasted out of the speakers.
I haven’t spent a lot of time at sea (yarrrrr!), but I decided blue was probably de rigeur. I threw on a striped sunhat from Forever 21 (here’s a similar one from Kate Spade), a sequin tank from Victoria’s Secret Pink, and a silk maxi skirt from Tibi. It felt like the right thing to wear…
When you’re in Greece, you have to get in the sea for a dip. Our boat stopped at some hot springs and we slithered into the water, probably much less gracefully than we had hoped.
Kat and I spent most of the time in the water laughing hysterically. The reason for this is because a sleazy man had dived underwater, pretended to be a shark and grabbed my foot! It gave me the fright — and creep-out — of a lifetime! Where were our husbands when we needed them?!
I was really in my element hanging out on this boat in a big hat and a bikini. Very lady of leisure. Is this what Paris Hilton feels like all the time?! And I’m so in love with this bikini from Vitamin A, who totally hooked me up with never-ending swimwear and jewel-coloured kaftans. Bless! I can’t wait to take them to Australia (20 days to go)!
Before long, the light started to change. What better way to celebrate than by dancing?
After a couple of glasses of local wine, our boat bobbed past Ammoudi port and we realised we were close to the villa where we were staying. We batted our lashes at the captain and asked if he could let us off early. He obliged, and we hopped off the boat.
“It won’t take that long to climb up the hill I’m sure,” I said, optimistically.
214 steps later, we were all singing a different tune!
Thankfully, there was plenty to look at as we scaled the steps. The sky glowed orange around us, and the lights from the villas began to twinkle. Finally, the sun dipped down below the horizon and everything bloomed red. Crowds of people gathered along the cliff edge cheered and whooped. Lovers smiled at each other and kissed.
Just another beautiful sunset in Santorini…
Still swooning, and who could blame me?!
Photographs by Shell De Mar.
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