As the rest of the world gear up for the cold weather ahead, my mind can’t help but adore my constant winter fashion favorite : the structured coat. Sure, looking at these images while it’s 35 degrees C outside can cause me to break out into a sweat but I can’t help but share some of the pieces from Jaime Ashkar’s Positive + Negative AW14 line. Chunky, voluminous and bold – not exactly the best combination of attributes when it comes to a dream date, but in a winter coat, you have me won.
Beautiful lines in textural wool crepe and cashmere injects a chic look with vibrant color into an otherwise cumbersome winter. The different lengths of crisp white, calming greys with popping tangerines and royal blues offer something for every spectrum of cold the erratic winter climate has to offer. This redeeming feature of numbing cold almost has me wishing for our winter days back but since we don’t even get to enjoy the whimsy of snow, I might just have to wait it out until next year.
Most people have specific shoes for walking, for casually hanging out with friends and possibly for that moment you really need to instagram something pretty because your life hasn’t been validated with an abundance of red hearts in the last few days. We don’t judge that need for specific categorization because lets face it, consciously or subconsciously, we all do it. Ordinarily there are rational reasons for making these decisions, but not in my case. While I love my teetering high heels, platforms, sneakers and jellies, trainers are a broad spectrum shoe and one that requires deep consideration.
Trainers to me are the quick, comfy and cool option for everything. A trip to the shops, a hike down Europe’s large gorge, even the occasional date night when paired with the right clothes (yes I did hike 16 km down a gorge in converse and my Mr is my height so he gets the height advantage on occasional date nights). Given how essential this footwear is begs the question : What do I choose?
Here are our 5 contenders:
Billie shoes: Classic looks and comfortable, Billie has everything you want including a $39.95 price tag. Lesser known than some of its peers, she’s definitely worth a look in and a life time of devotion.
Vans: Vans used to be the slip on I love to hate for no known reason and now I just love to love them. Popular and available in different colors and crazy mixed prints, their specials editions won my heart and for good reason.
Keds: The Canvas mary janes of my shoe collection. Another fun print loving shoe, they probably don’t stalk you like they did in OC days but don’t forget they are there in all their glory.
Converse: Or old faithful as it should be called. Now available in double stack, the classic colors and shape have something about them I love. The testament to which is the vast number of pair that crowd my shoe cupboard. Supremly comfortable, their special editions are usually to die for and always get comments and compliments. A no brainer
Superga: Apparently the people’s shoe of Italy and those curves don’t lie. The great trainer for those of you sick of what your friends are wearing. Love the look and the height of this trainer and with a print that extends all the way down to its soles, I will always be sad I didn’t snap up a House of Holland pair. Endorsed by Alexa Chung, what more positive proof do you need?
Now it’s just about what I want to join my vast collection. Round ups somehow just make things harder.
Perhaps it’s being born too late in the 80’s to actually enjoy the positives it’s fashion had to offer (yeah there were a rare few), or maybe its the faint memory of my mum watching the “Achey breaky heart” video clip with scary enthusiasm? Whatever it might be, acid wash denim and red tartan has always had a place in my heart, so when Evil Twin released their sucker punch campaign, I was immediately on Market HQ trying to shop the collection.
Evil Twin enlist Byron Spencer and Leila Goldkuhl to wreak havoc on grimy neon lit streets. Setting things on fire, looking bad-ass and being a general deviant (the kind we all have on our shoulder on occasion) is all on the agenda. Sure we don’t condone pyromania but looking this good should be mandatory. I already have my eyes on the denim parka, shorts and anything in the eye print but I could certainly be tempted to add to that list.
With a very specific vibe, Evil Twin’s latest youthful offerings are sure to turn a few heads but the real question is will you be humoring the bad ass in you? Perhaps you’ve got a little taste for the campaign but need a little more convincing? There’s nothing like a good campaign video to change minds and entrance Paypal accounts.
I was doing my weekly internet browsing when I came upon A Beautiufl Mess’four simple goals. It’s nearing the end of the year which generally means failed new years resolutions. Uusually the standards are set unbelievably high and with yourself set up for failure, by week two you’ve resigned to return to your previous ways. There goes that incredible weight loss “plan” and vow to give up chocolate and shoes (yeah right).
Fortunately Elise has some simple goal setting rules for us to follow:
1. Choose simple goals that will make your life richer and happier on a daily basis. Choose things you may not otherwise get done but are not difficult to accomplish.
2. Do not choose result oriented goals. Choose activity oriented goals. For example, instead of “lose 10 pounds”, choose something like “eat fresh fruits and vegetables every day”. Get what I’m saying? Positive actions instead of just the end result!
3. Choose personal goals you believe will truly make your life richer just by doing them! They can be daily, weekly or one time experiences.
4. Choose a reward for each goal as it is accomplished! It can be a small or large reward—it’s up to you.
Now you’ve seem my goals and the rules, why not start on your own and leave a link in the comments if you post them. I’d love to hear about it!
Nibbling at our cold fingertips in real mouse fashion…not really something we’re doing at the moment as Australia heads into a scorching summer but last year was one of the few times we got to experience a northern hemisphere winter. Tokyo provided the perfect warm days coupled with snowy nights for long enough to not get bothered by the sheets of snow collapsing onto passers by from tops of buildings or rejected by cab drivers who “don’t drive in snow”.
Dressing for combination winter weather can be hard to do but with cute accessories around we needn’t worry. Jeans and some good dessert boots coupled with a military style jacket usually did the trick and with three-in-one Minnie mouse beanie, scarf and gloves there was little weighing down our exploration of the city. The best part is, in Tokyo, dressing up like a cute mouse is all part of life. More cheese please!