Staying true to my style

It's unusual for me to aspire to wear something overly complicated.  I strive to have a certain standard aesthetically with my outfits, but the truth is I wear the same kind of style most days and rarely deviate from routine.  

Blogging is a strange thing.  My personal experience of blogging has seen my thought process fluctuate on what blogging is and what I should be bringing to the blogging table.  Initially it made me look at my style thinking it was rather boring since it was repetitive.  It made me question why my style would be unique, inspiring, or worthy of being a basis for any blog posts.  As a result, I thought I should mix things up and mentally approached this as kind of a project, looking at how I could progress.  As time passed and I failed to overcome or move past my normal looks and purchases, I realised that I was glad I hadn't made any changes.  

My wardrobe and blog are an accurate representation at the end of the day it portrays me as an individual and is indicative of my personality all the complexities that involves. I choose to buy and wear things that I value and that make me feel good as opposed to wearing items for egotistical reasons such as gaining followers or popularity. 

Fashion (and blogging) shouldn't be about trying to impress anyone or diminishing one's own style to appeal to the masses.  It is just about having integrity and communicating, in my case, my own little fashion journey and perspective. It's all rather simple really.  So for today's post it's jeans and a blazer.

Photographs by Tom

What I'm wearing:
Balmain khaki military blazer (HERE)
Mih 'London' jeans (HERE)
Christian Louboutin 'Feticha' heels (similar HERE)
Equipment silk 'Signature' shirt (HERE)

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The perfect parka

I've been on the hunt for the perfect parka since this time last year. Well I've finally found the one and it ticks all the boxes.  If I could have written down (or drawn) exactly what I wanted, this Joseph parka would have been it. Literally it without a single change. How rare is that? 

Phtotographs by Tom

What I'm wearing:
Joseph Quad twill parka (HERE)
Karen Walker Super Duper sunglasses (HERE)
N.D.C. Sunday Hudson leather brogues (HERE)
Comme Des Garcons PLAY stripe red heart tee (HERE)
Current/Elliot The Stiletto jeans (HERE)
Arthur Galan distressed leather belt

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5 essentials

Five essentials I've had my eye on which are perfect for year long wear.  A pair of structured sunnies by Saint Laurent, a minimal clutch by Marni (white of course), a pair of classic Chelsea boots by Saint Laurent to keep the tootsies happy on long walks, a Joseph tee since I'm thoroughly addicted to stripes, and gold rings by Balenciaga for a little bit of bling!  Basics (if you can call them that...) sorted!

In my beauty case: Make-up basics for a natural look

Here is a quick look inside my beauty case. These are my basic and most used products.  I'm a huge believer in flawless and natural make-up for every day wear (at least on me), preferring to wear minimal looking make-up to create the illusion that I was just born with lovely skin. There's nothing like a bit of deception! 

I always use sunscreen and a moisturizer underneath as I've learnt the importance of both of these products as time has gone on.  Age waits for no woman unfortunately.  I'm particularly partial to the tint by Estee Lauder (not pictured) with built in SPF protection.  It feels weightless and spreads on soft and clear but then changes to perfectly match your skin tone. I use the tint for casual days when I choose to use no other products but still want to correct my skin tone or require a little freshening up.  Whereas I'll apply the light-wear, stay in place foundation (Estee Lauder) which is pictured, called 'double wear light' (HERE) when I'm after a slightly creamier and more dewy coverage.

I rely on Estee Lauder's illuminating cream which comes in a wind-up applicator with a built in brush head.  A great product to hide any dark circles and I also use it as a base on the eye lids when I do wear eye shadow to make sure the colour doesn't smudge or lighten prematurely. Mascara is one of my favourite products (not pictured).  I don't use the waterproof ones as they make my lashes more brittle.  I think it's hard to go wrong with mascara since there are so many top products on the market and tend to pick mine more on the applicator brush shape and type of bristles over anything else (naturally the actual mascara quality is a factor).

The Clarins 'blush prodige' (HERE) with its various shades have kept me as a devoted customer for some ten years now. The blush is perfect to either blend or you can use a specific shade which gives a variety of colour options.  An ingenious product due to the range of options, especially for me since my skin tone colouring can change quite dramatically between winter to summer.  

I always use a little mineral bronzer. At the moment I'm loving the Mac product (HERE) and the short haired thick applicator brush (HERE).  The mineral bronzer adds the perfect amount of colour, is lightweight and doesn't clog the pores and adds another layer of SPF protection.  I find since it goes on so finely and the colour deepens quickly, it is pretty much impossible to apply too much and it never looks caked (or thickly layered/applied).

For the lips I can't live without the Lucas' Papaw ointment (HERE) for moisturising and the clear Lancome juicy tube for adding a little sparkle (HERE).

White pumps on heavy rotation

I was originally skeptical about white pumps.  About how versatile they would be, how regularly they would be on rotation and if they were more identifiable as being wedding dress code rather than fashion worthy.  I've done a huge one eighty on them since they arrived.  Surprisingly, I reach for them nine times out of ten as my shoe choice for just about any outfit.  It's becoming a habit that will have to be rectified soon since over kill is setting in.

Photographs by Tom

  The details:
Isabel Marant Quad wool sweater (old)
  Balmain distressed jeans (HERE)
Saint Laurent white pumps (HERE)

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Saint Laurent white pumps

From the moment I first opened the box and tried these on, I was mesmerised!  Some call white pumps a fashion fad, I call them my favourite shoes.

Photographs by Tom

  The details:
Saint Laurent leather pumps (HERE)

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Isabel Marant Kelil cardigan

I love stalking the sales and also eBay for that matter towards end of season.  It always seems to produce some great finds whether it be heavily discounted or rare items from other women off-loading some of their wardrobe (normally un-worn too) to make way for something 'newer'.  What can I say. Consumerism is alive and well.

I've been on a knitwear bender anticipating that Melbourne winter will again be too cold for my comfort.  I swear its my tropical born and bred blood that works to my disadvantage each year.  Layers, wool and anything that is snuggle worthy is always on my list of 'must buys' for winter.  That was when this Isabel Marant cardigan crossed my path.  It reminds me in some ways of the wool blankets my talented and crafty grandmother used to knit and crochet for me, albeit adapted to be a wearable version. Honestly over-sized, draped cardigans are the best!  My new quest, to find some more before the chill sets in even more. After all, winter's coming.

Photographs by Tom

  The details:

Isabel Marant Kelil oversized cardigan (HERE)
Isabel Marant Gava pumps (similar HERE)
Acne Wonder tee (HERE) 
MiH Paris slim leg jeans (HERE on sale) 
Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses (HERE)

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Charlotte Olympia: The zodiac pandoras!

When you think of Charlotte Olympia's creations, traditional designs barely springs to one's mind. She has a unique and innovative vision that makes her items transcend past just being functional.  She takes fun and fantasical influences and embeds them in iconic handbags and shoes.  Instantly recognisable, her pieces are little pieces of fashionable art in the hands and on the tootsies of many of the most influential and photographed women around the world.

The latest very limited collection has literally gone online a few minutes ago and will only be stocked at specific Charlotte Olympia stores and selective retailers (think the big big guys)!  They are simply that exclusive. The twelve designs reflect the astrological signs and are well worth engaging in the race against the other online shopping stalkers to secure your very own. A few have already sold out! Do you believe it?!

I'm an Aquarius but have taken a serious liking to the Leo bag!  His gold adorned mane and the swarovski embedded crystals are just too cute to ignore.  

You can find the zoidac pandora's online now - Leo (HERE) / Taurus (HERE) / Virgo (HERE) / Gemini (HERE) / Cancer (HERE) / Libra (HERE).

You can also find the entire collection of the clutches and shoes (HERE).  Enjoy...