You can’t always predict which purchases will become your most treasured items. Though I wouldn’t exactly use the word treasured for this dress, I have most certainly had my wear. So much so that my friends grew sick of it last Summer, and I don’t blame them. I’m on the hunt for a few dresses I can throw on as easily as this one, a shopping task more difficult than it seems! Don’t fear, I’m up for the challenge.
This Lanvin necklace plays nicely with the dress (it could play nicely with a paper bag) but unfortunately it weighs more than my head so I seldom wear it. One day though, I will purchase the matching ring and, naturally, take over the world…
Apologies to all of my die-hard fans for my A-class disappearing act (if you don’t include my mum, I think that’s about 3 people). However, I return to the blogosphere in 2013 with plenty of big ideas rolling around in my tiny little head. Style On By will receive a mini makeover, the first addition to which is ‘Today I’m Wearing’. As for the rest of the posts, you will have to wait and see…
Well, I am officially unable to store all of my shoes in my closet. I have secretly been waiting for the moment where I need to build a great wall of shoes and that time certainly came this week when I purchased some amazing Scanlan & Theordore boots. I wasn’t meant to be shopping, but when I passed them by and our gazes met, I knew it; my lust was powerless to their lure. Ten minutes later, we were an item. For our first date I took them to dinner and the Katy Perry movie. I am confident that this whilwind romance will last a lifetime… Or at least a season.
Thank you to everyone who has followed me over from Pepper & Pig and Street Scholars! I have enjoyed my time with both blogs and it feels right now to channel my energy into Style On By. To the new comers, welcome! Please visit my BIO page to learn a bit more about me. I thrive on interaction and feedback so holla at me any time and enjoy the read!
By industry standards MBFWA is ancient history, however, it is still lingering delicately in my mind; specifically the bold colours in the Camilla SS/13 collection. I can only assume that Camilla Franks has recently travelled to Peru, or has been tracking exotic birds.
Either way with this in mind, along with my blatant attempt to ignore Winter, I was delighted to find some colourful Spring shorts at Zara this week. I have spent most of the week in various shorts and sleeveless blouses. Sadly, this has not improved my weather related spirits but in fact highlighted to me that Winter’s force is undeniable.
This week I also purchased metallic silver shoes. Mmmmm, shiny. I don’t know what else I am going to wear them with (any suggestions are welcome). I think it’s good to acquire things only because you like them, regardless of what you already have to wear them with, as the perfect accompaniment will usually appear later.
Here is what came of my new finds…
I wear: Lisa Ho jacket, Zara shorts, Witchery blouse, Cutler & Gross aviators, Lanvin ring & Wittner shoes
Two of my friends took me for a lovely horse ride along the Mornington Peninsula for my birthday, with Gunnamatta Beach Trail Rides. The hour long ride through a bush trail and onto the beach is just fabulous; I would recommend it to anyone!
I have little experience with horses, but this didn’t deter me from looking the part!
I wear: Ralph Lauren Blazer, Nudie Jeans, Wittner Boots and YSL lipstick
When it comes to iconic style status, few women throughout history have earned a place. I don’t necessarily measure this on one’s celebrity, but rather their ongoing influence on future generations. Bianca Jagger and Pattie Boyd are two such women. They may be best known for their collective taste in stellar musician husbands, but more importantly their style is still relevant many years after they last said ‘I do’. Bianca Jagger is of particular interest to me, and has long intrigued many a girl, I’m sure. Not everyone can work a white suit, and as far as I’m concerned, she’s the benchmark. Though, I must acknowledge that others have contributed to its status; honorable mentions must go to Diane Keaton and John Lennon.
Above image created just for me by the very talented REL of PONDEREL
This week I played around with the idea of a white suit for an event I attended, which was located opposite an autumn laced park in Melbourne. I love pants, particularly anything with a wide leg. These are actually part of a suit but I ended up wearing them with a sleeveless jacket I had made in Indonesia circa 2008. It was made with a matching skirt (I was channelling a YSL look at the time). I think the colours of the two suits coordinate well. I definitely don’t move like Bianca, but that’s not the point. I just had fun putting my stamp on the iconic look. Hopefully you can too!
I wear: Witchery pants, tailored jacket & Marcel Danan pearls
However timeless this look is, it’s difficult to master. There are several key elements to its success:
I am not really a hat person, but lately I have been trying to wear the excessive number of hats I have accumulated over the years, in those ‘I have finally found the hat to convert me’ moments. I know this one isn’t overly practical- aside from its excellent ability to fulfil its primary purpose of sun protection- however, it is super fun to wear! I feel like Sophia Loren swanning around in this. I’m not sure that Sophia would have worn these shoes though…
Sadly for my hat, winter apparel is upon those of us who reside in Melbourne, so this week I made the most of a last chance to spend some time with it. It was a black and white stripes kind of day for me on all counts, teamed with pink lipstick for a bang (this YSL Rouge Pur no.49 is actually fluorescent; it’s marvellous!).
I wear: Kookai hat, Dries Van Noten shoes, Body & Soul Indonesia cardigan
There will always be ongoing debate around the issue of wearing fur and I definitely won’t delve into it now. Despite my logic or education on the topic, I do own several vintage fur pieces. I am instinctively attracted to it. I am aware of the hypocrisy of this attraction, given my intense love of animals. I would feel uncomfortable buying newly produced fur pieces. Although, I must say, I would have abandoned all moral ground for a Christian Dior white fox coat I once saw in Harrods (priced at a cool 17,000 pounds).
My grandma gave me her mink coat two years ago for my 21st Birthday. She has had it for over 50 years and it is in perfect condition; a testament to the care she takes with her possessions. I don’t wear it often as I don’t feel it looks appropriate on me; it will be fabulous when I’m a bit older, or perhaps living in Russia!
However, this week I decided to give it a whirl… it was actually a lovely opportunity to play around with black and brown, which I think can be a beautiful combination. I think the key is, you guessed it, how you use your accessories. I really love this Lanvin necklace; it’s such a rich brown and has some great details, like black grosgrain ribbon and mirror embelleshments. These Givenchy platforms speak for themselves. I don’t know of any scenario in which a fur coat and open platforms is appropriate, but if I ever find myself in one, I will know what to wear!
I wear: Vintage mink coat, Givenchy shoes, PPQ dress, Lanvin necklace & Shag sunglasses