It's been a little while since I've done an outfit post, but seeing as we're almost a full month into 2015, I thought one might be in order! While I used to love to dress up all the time, it's something I've gone off slightly in the past year or so, opting for more casual outfits instead. That said, I still don't own a pair of track pants and am not very fond of leggings.
For the past month or so, out of both laziness and how much I love them, I've been practically living in an old pair of Suzy Shier high waisted blue jeans. They fit almost perfectly, and even better when put in the dryer rather than over the banister to dry. In this outfit, I paired them with a sweater also from Suzy Shier that I've been hanging onto since 2009.
But the most important part of this look, really, is the shoes. I'd been keeping an eye out for a new pair of boots this winter, though I wasn't entirely certain of what I was looking for. I knew I'd know them when I saw them but couldn't really describe what I actually wanted, you know? But while having a little browse of Shopbop's shoe section earlier this month, I stumbled upon the Neil boot by Joe's Jeans and realised I may have finally found them.
I did a bit of 'research' on the sizing of Joe's Jeans shoes and boots and ultimately selected a size 7.5. I normally fit a 7.5 or 8, more often an 8, but having read that Joe's Jeans boots can run a little large, I decided to try the 7.5 and cross my fingers that they wouldn't be too small. Quite happily, they fit perfectly!
Most days in the late afternoon, I go for a little walk (about 1.5 - 2 kilometres), and have been wearing these boots most days without any discomfort, which is not something I can say about most of my shoes. They look fabulous and feel the same, fancy that! I've gotten a couple of odd looks, understandable as runners are far more ubiquitous here, but I'm really not too worried about that.
Not so much an OOTD as a bit of fun, really, but I wasn't sure what
to title this video! This sequinned evening gown from Sheinside makes me
feel a bit like an Old Hollywood starlet, though with a touch less
inherent grace and elegance.
even though my last few videos have been OOTDs, I most definitely
haven't forgotten about doing makeup tutorials. I have two in the works
that will be up soon. x
It's always been a bit difficult for me to define my personal style properly. I tend to flit from one look to another and then back again. I love combining a couple of different styles at a time. And every so often, I have the desire to try something a bit different. As an example of trying something new, this outfit is the first properly 70s influenced look I've posted. In the past, I took most of my inspiration from past decades specifically from the 1950s and a bit from the 1960s. Recently, however, I've felt more open to trying new things that I'd previously passed over .
For this look, I wanted to style an outfit around the lovely Wanderlust coat by Unreal Fur. After a lot of trial and error, I settled on a simple black crop top and my old high waisted jeans. And in keeping with the 1970s influence on this look, I opted for a pair of platform pumps from Aldo. Couldn't switch out my red lip for a frosty pink one, however. Maybe next time.
P.S. Shopbop is having a 25% off sale on their entire Calvin Klein stock. Bit of boxing week shopping, anyone?
I've never written a proper winter fashion essentials post. There certainly are particular items that I would alwas associate with winter fashion, but who am I to say what is 'essential'? All I know is that if I was to write that sort of post, a coat like this longline trench from Chicwish would be on it. And probably a pair of black pumps, though I might be tempted to put those on any season's 'essential' list.
Faux Fur Coat C/O Rosewe | Draped Blouse C/O SheInside | Leather Leggings from Sirens | Steve Madden Pumps
When it comes to outfits for evenings out, I often like to opt for a combination of glamourous and slightly grungy. I've been hanging onto a pair of faux leather leggings for a number of years which I rarely wear, I just haven't been able to wrap my head around wearing leather trousers or leggings casually. But seeing as the holiday party season is quickly approaching and I love the contrast of leather and shaggy faux fur, I thought I might get them out for a night. For this look, I ended up pairing them with said shaggy faux fur coat from Rosewe, a draped blouse from SheInside, and my old black pumps.
Faux Fur Coat C/O Chicwish | Marilyn Monroe Intimates Bodysuit | Trousers from Urban Behaviour | Matiko Pumps C/O Shopbop
The first bit of snow fell on Friday night. Winter is unofficially here and my space heater has stopped working just in time. Not to worry, however, because fur coats aren't just for nights out. Sometimes they're for just sitting around your bedroom glaring at your dead heater, though that isn't nearly as glamourous.
For this outfit, I've paired a lovely faux fur coat from Chicwish with all black underneath and black suede pumps for an evening out appropriate look.
For a little change of pace, I thought I would post a slightly more sophisticated look today. I've been in a bit of a strange place, style wise, of late. I had gotten tired of way I had been dressing, but I've not yet settled on a particular 'new look'. In the past, I likely would have gone all out with a dress like this, but lately I've been loving the 'dressed up but a little disheveled look'. There's certainly less effort to put into it. That's not to say that the effort isn't worth it if you love the end result, I've just gone off the 'trying to make everything perfect' look in recent months.
Now, onto the outfit itself! I paired a figure-hugging black dress by Ronny Kobo with a pair of black suede Matiko pumps. I added a skinny patent belt, but opted to forgo any other accessories (I like to keep things reasonably simple, as is probably already apparent).
Denim Jacket and Hoodie C/O SheInside | Jeans from Urban Behaviour | Boots from Payless
Keeping with the vibe of Tuesday's outfit post, another casual look. For this outfit, I paired up a denim jacket and hoodie from SheInside with black jeans and a pair of old lace-up boots that I've been hanging onto since I was sixteen. I have a bit of a difficult time letting go of shoes.
I never really thought I'd post a look featuring a hoodie. Then again, stranger things have happened this year.
Seeing as this will be first of several upcoming outfit posts, I decided to begin by featuring a classic casual outfit. I paired a super simple white v-neck t-shirt by Petit Bateau with a pair of high waisted dark wash blue jeans from Suzy Shier and my old suede pumps. It may be a silly thing to get inspiration from, but I was feeling a bit inspired by the cover of one of my favourite records of 2014 -- Ultraviolence by Lana Del Rey.
And since I've been leaning towards casual outfits the past few months for a myriad of reasons, I thought it would be appropriate to feature one of them on the blog!
And as a side note, I'd like to mention a sale at one of the shops I have been collaborating with on my blog the past few months. Shopbop is having their biggest sale of the year and it will be ongoing from today to 1 December at 11:59pm! No brand exclusions, free shipping, and free returns. A group purchase would be an ideal way to take part in the sale as the higher your total the better the savings, a good opportunity to get a bit of Christmas shopping in early or maybe just pick up something you've been eyeing up for a while! Find out more here.
Coat C/O SheInside | Libertines Shirt | High Waisted Trousers from Urban Behaviour | Steve Madden Pumps
Just another simple autumnal outfit! For this one, I paired a lovely camel coat from SheInside with a band t-shirt, high waisted black trousers, and my favourite old suede pumps. One of my favourite sorts of looks lately.
This look, while in a bit of a stark contrast to a lot of the looks I've posted recently, actually represents the sort of outfit I often wear on a daily basis. I do love dresses and skirts, but I've always felt a bit more comfortable in jeans (or some sort of trousers). Seeing as this woollen coat and these jeans don't lend themselves much to a very feminine look (and I don't like to go completely shapeless or covered up), I decided to contrast them with a lacy black blouse and a pair of classic heels.
I'm not entirely certain how to describe what sort of look I was going for with this outfit. It ended up a bit of a mish-mash, really. I had originally planned to style this red Chicwish coat with a pair of houndstooth leggings, but changed my mind upon seeing how that actually looked. Funny how sometimes things just look so much better in your head. I switched out the leggings for a pair of old thrifted trousers and opted for a cream sweater. And I wore a pair of suede Matiko pumps from Shopbop* and matched my lipstick to the trench. Not really worried about whether that last bit is a faux pas.
*Shopbop is currently (October 13th to 16th) having a 25% off promotion shop-wide, enter 'FAMILY 25' at the checkout!