Wardrobe Wednesday: Mini Clothing Haul

I had been recently eyeing off a few pieces at ASOS, so come pay day I decided to donate a large chunk of my salary to the cause and buy the clothes I had been lusting after. Of course, as soon as I went to add these particular pieces to my cart I noticed that the majority of them had sold out. Brilliant. Choosing to ignore this sign from the cosmos that perhaps I should be saving my pennies, I headed over to Country Road online and ordered some shoes instead. These are the three items that I ended up buying –

I don’t know how many pairs of black leather ballet flats I have gone through in my lifetime, but I know I get my monies worth because I literally wear them until they fall to pieces. As I’ve mentioned previously, the Country Road ballet flats are my favourites (trumped only by Lanvin ballet flats, which at close to $800 a pop are more a ‘special occasion’ shoe than anything else. or a pipe dream. let’s go with special occasion shoe.) and I wear them to work practically every day of the week.

Work Style Monday – Autumn Woes & Wishlist

To all of my fellow Aussies out there, I’m sure you feel my pain right now. Autumn in Australia is a confusing thing. Unfortunately the weather doesn’t just automatically switch from BOILING HOT to relatively mild when the seasons change from Summer to Autumn. If anything, Summer decides to stick around for way too long like a family member overstaying their welcome. (Summer, you were wonderful on first arrival but now you’re annoying, please leave immediately.) This confused weather pattern creates something of a problem when deciding what to wear to work throughout the week. When I leave the house at the crack of dawn, it’s cold. Cold enough to wear stockings and a scarf. By the afternoon, it’s hot. Hot enough to melt the makeup off of your face and turn everything that you could have easily dealt with earlier that morning (like fellow commuters leaning on your back for an arm rest, or smacking you with their backpack as they walk down the aisle of the train) into the single most annoying things that could ever happen to you in your lifetime. Nevertheless I am still daydreaming of the cold weather and planning my Autumn/Winter purchases for this year, like these pieces from Jacqui E

Work Style Monday – Spotlight On: Modcloth

In today’s ‘spotlight on’, I have selected 10 work-friendly pieces from the amazing online store Modcloth. I often eye the goods over at Modcloth, but from what I’ve discovered recently if you are planning to order it might be a good idea to convince a friend to shop with you and split the shipping fees because the cost of postage to Australia is unusually high. Having said that I am yet to find another online store that carries so many pieces that suit my personal aesthetic. I think regardless of style, the work wardrobe options at Modcloth are endless.

Autumn/Winter Wardrobe

The time has come the walrus said to start thinking about my Autumn/Winter wardrobe for the year. Winter is my favourite season, so despite the fact that the temperature is still in the high 30’s, I am already eagerly trawling the internet for beautiful cold-weather pieces. I’ve not been feeling well for the past couple of days so I decided to treat myself and take advantage of the ASOS free shipping and 15% discount code that is available at the moment (VIPSS11 for those playing at home). I ended up with these two pieces for my Autumn/Winter wardrobe this year:

I’m making a conscious effort to pick pieces in shapes and colours that I know I’ll get a lot of wear out of this year. Truth be told I really did not need another scarf this season, and as snobby as it sounds I tend to opt for cashmere scarves most of the time (this one is acrylic) but I couldn’t resist the beautiful forest green colour. After browsing ASOS for a while and settling for those two pieces I did my monthly Etsy search for the term “peacock” to see what gems I could find. I ended up buying this bangle as soon as the page opened. It’ll probably end up being hideously tacky but who cares, it’s a peacock.

Wardrobe Wednesday

There are a few different items of clothing that will forever be staples in my wardrobe. Dark denim straight leg jeans, various styles of black blouse, black cardigans and of course – black leather ballet flats. Now it may seem like a simple task, but finding the perfect pair of black leather ballet flats has taken me many years and a a fair amount of trial and error. Believe it or not there are many things that can go wrong with ballet flats. Whether it’s leather that is too hard (which can do serious damage to feet), soles that are too slippery (this may just be an issue for clumsy people like myself), or ballet flats with strange nubby little heels that don’t make any sense, I have found it really difficult to find a pair that ticks all the boxes. Now, Lanvin may have created the most amazing ballet flats on earth (god they are soft), but as I cannot realistically afford to have more than 1-2 pairs of the Lanvin beauties in my wardrobe at a time, I’ve had to search elsewhere for a pair appropriate for every day wear. And I have found them…

These are the Country Road Letitia flats in black leather. They may not look like much but I am currently on my… fourth pair? I wear these shoes to death. I do have to admit that the leather takes a few wears to really soften up, but once you’ve worn them in they are really comfortable and fit like a glove. I am really hoping that Country Road don’t discontinue this style because I would have to start my search all over again! They retail for $99 AUD and I believe that you can only buy the ballet flats online at the moment, as they are stocking the spring/summer seasonal line in stores.