Monday, 26 August 2013

too much is never enough

"I must have flowers, always, always" - Claude Monet

Fresh flowers are my favourite spoil yourself purchase. Whether it's a cheap and cheerful batch of gerberas for my coffee table or a beautifully wrapped bouquet gift to a friend, for me there's something endearingly simple yet beautifully luxurious about a fresh bunch of flowers. 

But flowers in a repetitive pattern on clothing?? That's not a concept I immediately jumped up and down in excitement for when it first manifested as a trend. It seemed that only girls with super feminine style could pull this off - I envisioned baby doll dresses, loosely braided hair, perfect makeup free skin and long rides on vintage bicycles to deliver handmade baked goods. A dismissive stereotype I know (I'm secretly just  jealous of people who can ride bikes and bake - as I can do neither) but nevertheless it felt like a foreign concept for me so I declared defeat and avoided it far longer than I should have.  As all great multi - seasonal trends do, the flower power movement stuck around and despite my initial reservations, I found myself trying on and actually enjoying its playfulness and versatility.  

I often suffer from a lazy habit of wearing neutral black/white/grey with a splash of bright colour in 1 key piece then throwing on the Lagerfeld standard of jewellery and running out door. This floral print look encouraged me to embrace my manic internal dialogue and let it physically manifest into an outfit. I clashed 3 different florals from a similar palette reigned in with a structured silhouette, playing off the overt femininity of the pattern and colours with the slight androgny and control of a power suit.  Amped up the attitude with gold reflective aviator sunnies (favourite bargain purchase of the season at only $10) and my cheeky standout blue suede shoes.  The slightly excessive amount of jewellery was present as always, and why not? if you're going to go outside in a forget me not outfit like this, you might as well go all the way and bang on the bling too.

xx
chan


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(blazer: target - similar here , top: supre, pants: ice - similar here, necklace: colette by colette hayman - similar here, rings: selection here, here and here, shoes: amiclubwear.com - similar here and here , sunglasses: cotton on)

Monday, 19 August 2013

white. on white .on white?

I've decided that August will be a month of experimenting with new things and making them work. Breaking out of the old "tried and tested" routine and finding enjoyment from fresh experiences no matter what. So whilst I was trying to slowcook a beef stew for the first time and attempt a zumba routine in my living room without spraining the ego, I figured it couldn't hurt to also play with a fresh trend in this week's post. Without much hesitation , I decided on the all white ensemble - or if you're ghetto fabulous inclined the "all white errr'thanggg" look - usually reserved for girls with an endless supply of graceful limbs and cheekbones that could cut glass. I knew this would be a bit of a challenge for me, with my innate ability to spill substances at myself the minute I was under the pressure of a dry clean only situation; but I soldiered on regardless. Partly because I like to be a little reckless, but mostly because my other idea consisted of a sports luxe outfit that may or may not have included a plastic visor.

As luck would have it, we had a lovely sunny weekend that moved at the kind of slow, easy pace resembling a forgotten summer holiday. Feeling like this gave me an excuse to interpret the look with a laid back attitude, I chose some ripped boyfriend jeans (on sale for $29.95 - what did I have to lose?) a statement printed relax fit tee (2 for $30 special - drop your breakfast on one? wear the other!), retro inspired white shades (another special, 2 for $10), chunky wooden sandals and fun statement jewellery. I also threw in my favourite bright orange matte 'pout about it' lipstick from sportsgirl and matching pedicure with OPI nailpolish in Atomic Orange for some sharp contrast. The only part that had me stumped was the all white handbag - so I substituted with an all purpose, fits everything but the kitchen sink leather pouch from American Apparel. Because hey, it's a relaxed look so we can't sweat the small stuff.

The end result turned out just the way I'd hoped. Casual, carefree and ready for action.  Oh and PS, I got all the way through brunch plus a slice of homemade chocolate mousse tart before dripping melted chocolate on my jeans.  It was fun while it lasted, no diggity.

xx
chan

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(tshirt: cotton on - similar here , jeans: jay jays , shoes: rubi shoes , sunglasses: cotton on - similar here, bag: american apparel, necklace: h&m - similar here, rings: a selection from lovisa)

Monday, 12 August 2013

hello sunshine

A change in seasons always brings excitement. New pieces are discovered and eagerly combined with old favourites that have been dusted off ready for another round of action. This year, the much talked about, lust have item for Spring/Summer by a long stretch, seems to be Zara's mini skort. A super chic easy to wear skirt/short hybrid has set the fashion blogosphere all atwitter with delight. It's structured - but relaxed, simple - yet multi layered (literally) and you could pair it with almost anything and look pretty dang amazing. It's like the toasted sandwich of trend items, innocuous at first glance but once the magic behind the simple design is unleashed there could be no going back. The possibilities were endless and the lure of it was completely intoxicating...

So how could I resist???

This past weekend gave us just a glimmer of what summer will bring and it felt like the perfect time to try out my version of the skort ensemble. You might have seen a variation of my post in other blogs - but that's the beauty of this piece, it's so versatile and adaptable that you can use it over and over again.  The basic premise may be the same but like a well known recipe (another food analogy... can you tell I'm hungry right now?), everyone puts their own spin on it that can make all the difference in the end product.

For my take on this "look of the minute" I went classic with a sharp edge. Pairing the statement skort with a fine knit black  +white tank, silk blended linen long-line blazer in neon orange, barely there studded ankle strap sandals and a mixture of gold jewelry. I aimed to keep it interesting with various degrees of texture - hard and soft - thick and thin. This gave me the ability to alternate between playing up my femininity and strength in the look.  Plus it was just fun to wear!

So there you have it. Skort a-la chan. I hope you enjoyed the flavour

xx 
chan

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(jacket: MNG by Mango - similar here or here , top: Splendid - similar here, skort: Chica Booti - similar here , shoes: Windsor Smith - similar here, bag: Estilo Emporio - similar here, sunglasses: Cotton On, jewelry: selection at Lovisa)

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

hell bent for leather

I LOVE LEATHER. I love its versatility, its longevity, its unique ability to turn any good girl bad and most of all I love how leather has played a huge part in my personal fashion journey.

It's been a long standing affair that began at the tender age of 12, when I was just at the edge of womanhood with a rapidly growing interest in all things sequined and high heeled in my mother's closet. I distinctly remember the day I discovered her heavy bomber style, dark brown butter soft jacket. Lined in red paisley print silk with a wide lapel and authoritative shoulderpads, it served a purpose but reflected her distinct style. Strong and feminine, tough but forgiving. It was perfect.

For months I beggged her to buy me a leather jacket. She refused, saying I was too young for such an adult style and I had to satisfy myself with playing dressups and wishing for the day when my arms and legs would grow long enough to extend beyond its elbows and hem. I secretly hoped that she would gift the jacket to me when I was big enough to wear it. Then around the time of my 13th birthday my mother returned from a short trip to Hong Kong and pulled from the suitcase - a slimfit, 3 button real leather trench. It sat at the perfect mid calf length, had just the right weight so that it swooshed with movement and was just like the one Buffy Summers wore when she skipped english lit to makeout with her vampire boyfriend and figure out how to save the world... it was for me.

Flash forward 14 years and I have no less than 6 leather jackets hanging in my own sequined closet. Each with its own origin story and a special place in my heart. I never did inherit my mum's old bomber piece (some lucky St Vincent DePaul's shopper got that honour instead) but a little bit of that jacket's special appeal lives on in each of my own modern choices. While the outfit in this post is all about the "hero" purple moto jacket, we can't ignore the supporting acts to our superstar. The classic white tee, hip flattering skater skirt, low cut biker harness ankle boots, an all occasion buckled purse in this season's must have ruby wine colourway and a smattering of delicate but edgy jewellery. It might not be a look for everyone, but you never know what could happen when you fall in love.

xx
chan

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(jacket: Doma similar here and here, tshirt: cotton on, skirt: boohoo.com, bag: ebay, shoes: Sportsgirl similar here, jewellery: a selection at Lovisa)