OUTERWEAR STYLES YOUR WARDROBE NEEDS

Dear Internets,

I’ve lost my voice and been forced to rest up so it’s safe to say the cold weather has arrived in Australia. There’s only one thing about winter I love and that is outerwear, evident by the unreasonable number of jackets and coats in my wardrobe. The spectrum of diversity lies between my Navy ultra light down puffer jacket from Uniqlo for those unexpected cold days to the cute cape I seldom wear but had to buy. However, the items that get the most wear are uniquely suited to the Sydney climate where jackets are worn in the morning and at night with cardigans in between and layering galore. That’s a lot of pressure to place of an item of clothing so the key is to simplify.

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THE CASUAL. Bombers, denim and bikers is the entirety of this category for me. If you have at least one classic of each, you’ll never be in want of a weekend situation that requires anything else. The best part is, the jacket does all the talking leaving you with more time to do important things like stay under the covers in that warm bed of yours. Classic white or black tops, jeans and ankle boots are all you need to make this outfit whole but the real key to choosing a good casual jacket for winter require the following rules

A) For winter is to go one size up. Cozy comfort and layering are your allies, make room for them.

B) Pick something you want to strut around the house in,  paired only with awesome underwear were it not for the fact that the temperature makes you dread the brief period of cloth-less-ness involved in getting into the shower every day.

C) If in doubt, cut it out. Your wardrobe doesn’t need anything requiring convincing.

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THE TRENCH. The trench coat is a beacon of diversity from the double breasted classic to the waterfall collar that has graced trend warfare. it’s transition from day to night can be as simple as wearing he jacket open with a loosely draped silk scarf and dewey make up to belting it at night for a more polished look. A wide patent belt for contrast or something with a little more detail can really add to the transition (this or this ?) . Darken up that lippy and add some statement earrings and gloves to make an impression on a cold night out.

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THE COAT. Winter can temp you into black, navy, charcoal and beige, all tones I adore but coats are a great opportunity to add vibrancy to an outfit that transcends times of day. Mine usually gets paired with an oversized bag and chunky knit scarf for work, replaced at night with a choker and shoulder bag….but I’m not crazy. A faux fur stole and blingy brooch usually gets added to protect the vocal cords I’ll need to talk across a busy restaurant dinner table. I apologise in advance for the high volume of Max Mara but they do winter so well.

For more winter inspiration, check out Lyst.com.au

TRUNK POP PRODUCTIVITY

Dear Internets,

I see bag spills on blogs and always wonder where the slightly opened hand cream and fluffy rogue mints are among the lip glosses and sunglasses. Is my bag strange to always contain these items along with a few too many pens, bent business cards and a note book/diary that was once glorious but now a little worn?

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The success of my day is often judged not by my bag but what needs to come out of my car at the end. If I struggle to get everything out in one trip from boot to door, I’ve done pretty well. Sometimes it’s suitcases, furniture or home wares. Other times its the more mundane like smart devices and laptops with groceries or kids clothing. My most recent day of success involved pre-fashion week viewings and an epic shopping trip. Any successful day that involves shopping is all the better.

Some featured brands : Diesel , MAC, Bobbi Brown, The goat skincare , Cafe skin scrub (to make these beauty bars out of), Pure paw paw, Clinique & Diida.

BREAKFAST CLUB

Dear Internets,

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Variety packs were for 90’s rich kids. Besides I couldn’t have a father who disagreed more with the concept of breakfast cereal at dinner time. I never understand it but I suppose it could be irritating for a chef to return home late to his two daughters, legs folded on the couch, eating cornflakes while watching non-sports related shows on TV. It was essentially a tween’s idea of a good lazy Friday night.

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As far as I could tell, we were being as close to model citizens with as minimal effort as possible. Mum didn’t have to make dinner, coco pops or anything deemed too unhealthy never made it to our pantry ; our meal choice must have been a healthy one, and we weren’t out in society causing a ruckus. Now that I think about it, we were the kids in footloose before Kevin Bacon came to town.

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As the years have passed, breakfast foods have diversified and my discovery of the meal “brunch” will still not diminish my love of a lazy breakfast. Perhaps even more so having a little boy who very rarely deviates from rice bubbles or cheerios to have the occasional slice of toast or crumpet, even when mother dear makes pancakes.

 

So today while off to visit my sister and poke fun at her as she worked; “hello person I have never met before, you look like you would offer great customer service” , I wandered past the Peter Alexander display window and saw their new breakfast themed clothing! Not to be greedy and request one of everything from my fairy godmother, I have a top 4 list.

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Kellogg’s Cos Clutch bag – AU$45.95
Toucan Sequin sweater – AU$79.95
Fruit Loops Sleep Tee – AU$79.95
Coco Pops long sleeve Tee – AU$69.95

DISNEY X BONDS

Dear Internets,

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Is you smart device net shopping finger ready? Mother’s tomorrow at 9am, the Disney x Bonds zippy wonder suits land in store and online. This iconic Aussie brand has won many devotees and part of it is just the way they made impractically colorful underwear a trend but for those of you who are still skeptical you’ll be won over the day you need to button up a baby onsie. It’s like trying to wrestle an octopus into a straight jacket without a zipper onsie.

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The added bonus is the Bonds version always come in new and adorable prints. I often get onsie envy when I see a print I have missed out on because it’s sold out that quickly. Now before the rest of you non-baby knowing lovelies start dozing off, there’s a pretty great sports line on sale right now, let alone the aforementioned colorful undies.

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If you know a new mum or even a well seasoned one whose kids you need to buy for, while the tutus and bow ties are adorable, in winter, you’ll never have to wonder if these onsies get used. Is it too early to start buying for soon to be number two?

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