Cropped Houndstooth

I dashed to the shops on pay-day this week to scoop up a few new wardrobe items for the month. I am limiting myself to  shopping two weekends a month, instead of my usual four.

It’s part of a resolution to not only save more, but ensure when I do buy something, it is classic and easy to mix into a wide number of looks.

I don’t want to fall victim to very ‘trendy’ items that look dated in one season (unless it’s cheap and cute)

Trousers – Zara. Top – Zara. Heels – Nine West – old similar. Nails – OPI. Ring – Swarovski Nirvana

Jail Break

I had a long weekend thanks to a public holiday falling on a Monday – which meant….more shopping days of course!

For this post I am channeling Twiggy in her 1960’s prime. Bold print mini dresses, especially in black and white, are so reminiscent of that period.

I really love the gold button detail, semi-military-esque don’t you think? I actually squeezed this dress over my head before realising they are popper-buttons (and there is a side zip I totally ignored too -it’s a miracle I got it on!)

Dress – Zara. Bag – Jaspal (similar here) Flats – Woolworths (similar here) Ring – similar here

Black & White

Black and White is our office theme for a special annual event tonight. Luckily I have no shortage of black and white items to choose from and any excuse to bring out my DKNY jacket is most welcome (I have to hold myself back from sleeping in it)

This is my gorgeous new Charles and Keith bag – how amaze are the colours and structure!? I thought it would be funny to do the new ‘no-handle-pose‘ (made famous by Victoria Beckham) which makes NO sense at all and looks ridiculous. Don’t you think?

Tweed Jacket – DKNY. Black mini – Zara (similar with leather effect) White Shirt – Zara (similar) Suede Boots – Mango Touch (similar with higher heel)

Chrome Umbra Zoola

I am always on the look-out for gorgeous trinkets to bling up my vanity area. So when I found these amazing ‘ring holders’ in an obscure home-ware shop, I couldn’t believe my luck. Tucked on a bottom shelf under perspex rubbish bins and tacky luminous luggage tags, was an entire self of these little beauties.

And the only reason I was in that odd shop, was because  I was 15 minutes early for my 10am hair appointment at Toni & Guy (and they hadn’t switched the air con on yet) Some things are simply meant to be.

Further research revealed they are part of a chrome collection from Umbra Zoola

I love how they make this side of my vanity look. The cuteness almost too much to bare.

Sunshine Bag

There is no happier or more positive colour than yellow. Think sunflowers and bright post-it notes covered in scribbled friendly reminders. This bag will get me through.

Black mini skirt – Mango. Striped Top – Trenery. Yellow Bag – Charles & Keith

Shoes – Aldo

As a complete sucker for printed linings (and packaging in general) I was over-joyed at these stripes! But the best was yet to come. After getting home, unpacking and un-peeling, I  discovered a little pink make-up pouch tucked discretely into the middle-zip section! What utter delight on a stick!

I only noticed the yellow flowers in the tree behind me once I downloaded my photo’s! What a brilliant coincidence!


I have been home with flu and feeling very yucky and uninspired. I spent nearly an hour this morning trying on different jackets only to end up with a grey cardigan that lives on the back of my chair at work. So it is clearly better for all of us that I post inspirational stuff as opposed to me in a fashion-huff-stale-mate.

Beautiful light grey jackets – soft tailoring. Stunning.

Love this belted off-white short jacket – especially with black tights and up-do hair. Jessica Alba rocking as always.

Love this cute black collar on white jumper. And Dame H. M. is amazing with her pink hair and swirling dress.

I adore the cut and length of this green dress and the feminine floral print that Rachel Weitz wears like a second skin.

Rihanna – who is normally under-dressed and over-exposed, looking lovely and ladylike in red. Emma Stone, whom I honestly feel fades into the background like a white dinner candle, looking pretty and modern with this cool low-waist frock paneled (but no doubt disappearing again once she had to stand next to anyone else)

Stripes in Paradise

I was re-living my vacation pics (to prolong the happiness) when I realised I have a ‘stripe’ theme going on and thought this was worth a post because stripes are awesome.

This is one of my fave holiday dresses because it is cute and comfy. G2000 – similar here. Bag – TopShop – similar here. Diamante flats – Aldo.

Vest – H&M – old, similar here. Denim Shots – Zara. Cowboy Hat – Rip Curl.

Burmese Shift Dress

If you live in Thailand and are lucky enough to employ a housekeeper, it is likely she will hail from Burma. On my birthday last month, my lovely ‘Boon’ (affectionate nickname) gave me a hand-made embroidered Burmese dress which is so over-the-top, so tasseled, so dramatic and so long I simply could not wait to debut it poolside!

We stayed at The Dusit Thani, Hua Hin, which is a beach-side town two hours drive from Bangkok City and my slice of heaven for long weekend escapes (Happy Chinese New Year!) We set the alarm at 6am to take these shots while the pool was empty and we could get the soft, dusty pink lighting from the rising sun.

I love the tasseled hem which bounces as you walk.

Dress – Burma. Flats – Aldo. Hat – Rip Curl.

Casual Friday

Two looks for a casual Friday at the office (am leaving early for a long weekend on the beach!)

I really love simple black flats with a sweater or long shirt and skinny jeans. Add bright tote and obligatory Starbucks.

Layers with my trusty denim shirt

Can you see my pony tail? Very unlike me, but my hair is getting too long and all my layers have grown out, so it annoys me. Black shirt – gap.

Skinny Jeans – Gstar Raw. Bag – TopShop. Denim Shirt – Gap. White undershirt – Zara. Black mini – Mango. Black Boots – Mango Touch. Black flats – M&S. Ring – boutique in Cape Town.

DKNY Tweed

This jacket was love at first sight. On sale. And the only size 4. Talk about dropping a pay-check! In my defense  I don’t mind splurging on statement pieces that will never go out of style. The cut, length and material is classic.

It literally goes with everything! I tried it with loafers and a black skirt. Totally works. There was a matching tweed mini skirt but my credit card had steam coming off it.I can’t find the exact jacket online, but this one is similar

The unique feature is the black paneling on the inside sleeves. It actually creates a smaller back & waist form behind.