12 March 2014, 11:11
Say hello to my little friend! By which, of course, I mean my dolphin buddy! Now, look. It might seem a little early to be discussing swimsuits, but I assure you, it’s not, especially when it’s perpetual summer in California! While we were in Palm Springs, Kat, Shauna and I were intent on getting as much sunshine on our frozen bodies as possible.
I gotta tell you, as soon as I stepped off the plane at LAX, I was so glad I had taken 15 minutes to get a little colour at Gotham Glow. Meow!
As for the swimsuit, well, I couldn’t be more thrilled. It’s a mix-and-match bikini from Urban Outfitters: I picked the striped racerback bikini top and matching high-waist bikini bottoms. I normally don’t do high-waist swimsuits, but this time I was delighted (and feeling quite 1920’s sassy, to boot). Comfortable and inexpensive — who could ask for more?!
In case you’re wondering, my hat is from American Apparel. I own it in several colours (black, royal blue, fuchsia, plum) and it’s completely brilliant: throw-it-in-your-suitcase-and-go chic. My Swarovski crystal-encrusted heart-shaped sunglasses are from Etsy (I think). I’ve had them a long time! I packed them away when heart-shaped sunglasses were all the rage, and now that the furor has died down, it’s time to rock ‘em again…
5 March 2014, 11:11
Does the word “sequin” make you think of the 80s, Dynasty, and big shoulder-pads? As much as I love a good paillette (noun | a piece of glittering material used to ornament clothing; a spangle), sometimes my mind goes there too. And when you find a great sequinned piece, it can be hard to know how to style it.
It’s the Great Sequin Conundrum: they can feel so dressy that you feel like there needs to be a jazz flute playing to do them any justice.
That’s kinda how I felt when this beautiful Lauren Moffatt gold sequinned pencil skirt came into my possession. I felt conflict. I thought, ‘This is gorgeous, but how do I wear it?!’ It was a real styling conundrum.
My answer came in the form of a $15 shirt from Forever 21. How unexpected, and how fabulous! Cream and black and gold is always a winner, and it’s fun to wear a pattern with something so unabashedly glamorous.
I guess the lesson here is, don’t be so precious about mixing your clothes together, and don’t forget to play with surprising combinations! This is truly a perfect outfit in which to sit on the grass and snap photos, or swan about your Palm Springs abode.
I’m wearing a shirt from Forever 21, the Lauren Moffatt Lazy Kate Sequin Mini c/o Cloak And Dagger (one of my favourite little boutiques in the East Village!), and Sam Edelman Warner Sandals (so comfortable! These will definitely be one of my summer staples this year). My rings are from my own jewellery collection, and my sunglasses are Celine.
Damn, that’s a good-lookin’ lawn!
Love and sequins,
Photos by Made U Look.
24 February 2014, 11:11
“Dear Diary, my teen angst bullshit has a body-count.” Oh, Winona! This outfit makes me think of what might happen if Nancy from The Craft and Cher from Clueless were forced to hang out in Palm Springs with the Heathers. Don’t you think?
After a week of dressing up and being fancy in the desert, it was time for Shauna and I to head back to Los Angeles. For a two-hour road-trip, you want to be comfortable… So I chose this very simple (and inexpensive) ensemble.
I didn’t take the croquet stick to L.A. with me, though. Sigh.
Did I ever tell you I used to play croquet in high school? I was even captain of the team. Playing a sport was compulsory at my school, so I formed a croquet team with some other well-intentioned slackers and we’d play at the Kelburn Croquet Club. Mostly, we ran around in our socks, while little old ladies made us big jugs of Raro and fed us chocolate-chip cookies.
It was probably one of the highlights of my high school experience, actually.
This outfit would not have been possible without a random trip to Target.
The day before these photos were taken, Kat and I hopped in a cab and headed to a Target in the middle of nowhere, so I could scope out the Peter Pilotto range (which was exciting in and of itself, since the closest Target to me is in New Jersey!). I didn’t buy any Peter Pilotto — I thought the fit was weird, and they’d sold out of the pieces I really wanted — but it was a pretty good trip! I spotted this skirt out of the corner of my eye, and quickly shimmied it on over my clothes to check the fit. (I’m weird like that.) I think it is so cute and perfect: you just fling it on and go! It’s a soft scuba material and best of all, it was a paltry $22.99.
I also roamed the cosmetics aisles like a crazed lunatic, and snapped up Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Pretty Pink, which I am wearing in these pictures, as well as a whole lot of Napoleon Perdis’ range for Target, called NP Set. I’m loving his bronzer, contouring set and lipstick!
I’m wearing: Celine sunglasses; an evil eye necklace I bought in Santorini (I never take it off, this is similar and gorgeous!); moon necklace c/o Lola James; rose lace plunge bra by Victoria’s Secret Pink (so comfortable); tank top from Forever 21 ($4!); Mossimo skirt from Target; boots by Dr Marten.
I feel like I’ve been wearing these boots forever. They just will not die, and I can’t tell you much angst it causes my heart that Dr Martens don’t make the style anymore, especially since recommending something that’s not in production just feels cruel. If you’re on the hunt for DMs with heels, you have a few options: they now do the Sadie, Alodie (cute!) and Casey. Although, you can sometimes snap up a pair of Darcies on eBay or Etsy, so scope ‘em out if you’re keen.
I think the best thing about this outfit is just that it’s such a cheapie. You really don’t have to break the bank in order to feel comfortable and look cute; you can even buy an almost perfect knock-off of my Celine sunglasses on Amazon. And as much as I love to embrace colour, sometimes wearing black is just the easiest — and most chic — thing to do.
In other news, one day I hope to have a hedge fence of my very own… despite the fact that I kept calling it a “fedge hence” by mistake!
Fingers crossed for Spring,
Photos by FX Media.
20 December 2013, 10:11
After an exceptionally leisurely day, during which Shauna and I lounged around at our #bloggermansion while Kat went snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef, our hostess with the mostest, Celeste, booked us on a sunset cruise with Sailaway Port Douglas.
We didn’t really know what to expect. A huge boat full of tourists, perhaps? Nevertheless, we crawled into colourful dresses and painted our lips, just in case it turned out to be fabulous.
Big surprise! (Not really.) Just like everything else Tourism Queensland had up their sleeve, it was a fantastic experience. Five star all the way, baby. We quaffed pink champagne and nibbled on chicken skewers and crudites, while lovers cuddled up all around us.
But who needs a lover to cuddle with when you look this fabulous?! Shauna’s dress is Kate Spade Saturday, and her sunglasses are Dries Van Noten.
Seriously… We could get used to this kind of lifestyle.
Kat’s dress is from TopShop. The enthusiasm, however, cannot be purchased!
My dress is Plenty by Tracy Reese, my sunglasses are Celine, and my lipstick is NARS Schiap (over MAC Cosmetics’ Embrace Me liner, a gift from Kandee Johnson herself!).
Before long, it was time to head back to shore, and leave our daydreams of being yacht babes behind. At least we’ll always have these Instax!
Dreaming of Australian sunsets,
Photos by Janneke Storm.
25 November 2013, 11:32
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.
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