The Tee + Jeans Combo

I can never go past a good tee and jeans combination. Usually its black jeans and black/white tee, but in this case its blue jeans!

Not usually one for blue denim, but I fell in love with the light colour and “mum” jeans look of them. So comfortable

Ice Express the label has been an Australian boutique label for over 40 years. Recently, with the help of an amazing design and creative team (fronted by Claudia Roberts) it was relaunched to create the current, trend driven label it is now. Featuring garments that reflect the must-have pieces for the current season, just like these jeans!

Ice Express the Label jeans | Topman tee | Nakedvice belt & bag | Rayban Sunglasses | Jeffrey Campbell mules

Photos by Reannon Smith

*In collaboration with Ice Express Label, all opinions & styling are my own*

Thank you to Claudia, Serena and Sophie for lending me these amazing samples!

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3 Q U E S T I O N S

Ever since I was young and discovered the power of my own full-time wage,  I was buying everything and anything. Weekends consisted of buying new things I didn’t need to fit in my already overflowing wardrobe. Supre fluoro slogan tee? yes please! Two for $20 deals? Sign me up!

But as I’ve grown older, I’ve realised that it’s better to create a quality staple wardrobe. See my post about my staple wardrobe here. So to help me create and keep my perfect wardrobe, I ask myself 3 questions with every item I consider buying:



1. What is it made of?
Fibres such as cotton, silk and linen breath better
2. What can I wear it with?
Will it go with my fave jeans, skirt, pants? Can I wear it under my leather jacket?
3. Do I already have something similar to it?
Do I need a 5th white tee?

These questions (along with the cost per wear equation**) helped me to create a wardrobe that I love!

**4. Does the cost per wear balance out?
This is only a question for big purchases (such as my Gucci’s) If I am paying $$$$ for it will I wear it enough to make each wear cost less and less?
E.g: $100 silk shirt worn only twice means that you haven’t gotten a positive cost per a wear. This means you should re-evaluate the things you need in your wardrobe**

I also edited out the colours I never wore. Black, white and grey became my most worn colours, I felt comfortable in them and creating outfits is much easier as everything matches!

To keep my wardrobe from over filling, I clean it out every few months or so. To do this I turn all my hangers the opposite way and then when I place an item back after wearing it, I turn the hanger the right way. After my designated time period, whatever hangers are left facing the wrong way are the ones I re-evaluate and decide if they are to stay or go

You don’t need to spend big on every single item to create a quality wardrobe, some of my most worn pieces have been purchased from the markets, op shops, garage sales or on sale. You just need to take into consideration the above 3 questions and shop smarter.

Tips to create a quality “you” wardrobe:

+ Create a mood board on Pinterest or a physical one if you like. Pin images of anything that inspires you (it doesn’t have to be clothing)
+ Cull your wardrobe. Take out things you don’t wear, donate them or organise a market stall. Be brutal, you aren’t going to wear that mini skirt from 4 years ago.
+ Identify the staple items you need in your wardrobe. (see my post here and I found this one helpful)
+ Make a shopping list for yourself. Try to include quality basics, and items you will wear often. Stick to a basic colour palette. I find this one here is useful.

Creating a quality staple wardrobe will take time and experience. It doesn’t mean you can’t wear the latest trend. Just be more careful with it. Ask yourself if really suits you? Can you borrow it from a friend for an event? Maybe buy a similar item from the op shop/market?

By creating a quality staple wardrobe really helps you to define your style, save money and most importantly – get dressed faster!

 Let me know in the comments below if you have started or are interested in a Minimalist lifestyle!

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A R T

I discovered these amazing illustrations by Melbourne artist Rebecca Flattley and needed to share them all with you!

“Art and Illustration is something I have always just done, since I was very little and knew how to hold a pencil I haven’t stopped drawing. Through the years I’ve developed multiple styles which has lead me to the line work illustrations I do now mixed with digital colouring, I will occasionally draw realistic portraits however they can be very time-consuming.”

“My ideas for my line work illustrations come from the world and people around me and are commonly mistaken as a reflection of myself. I draw based on trends in lifestyle and women’s fashion. My colour scheme is influenced by print media and style trends. The colours are bold yet subdued to give off an aesthetically warm and feminine vibe. I like to leave my work open for interpretation for females but with the overall core message of empowerment and confidence.”

-Rebecca on her designs and ideas

All her designs are available here and you can follow her on Facebook and Instagram

All images taken from Rebecca’s facebook page with her permission

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J A N U A R Y

As January comes to a close I feel that I should do a little wrap of my month. I hope you all enjoy reading and if you do, please leave me a comment I appreciate the <3.

In January I find that everyone is still settling into the year and enjoying the sunshine. For me, I enjoyed the days off where I concentrated on my blog as I have come to realise that this blog is something that I really want to strengthen this year. Ideally, I would love to work part time and dedicate more time to creating content and focusing on the stylist course that I will begin in February.

I also focused on cleaning up the clutter inside my house. I gave my wardrobe a cull (post to come), decluttered the lounge room and shall hopefully have a market stall in February to get rid of it all! Jenny Mustard and Rachel Aust are two YouTubers that I am really loving. They both focus on Minimalism and give great tips if you are looking to start a minimal lifestyle. Another great document is Minimalism: A Documentary about the Important Things.

I also started to record my clothing purchases. I’m doing this to stop over-spending and help myself to create a better wardrobe full of pieces that I will actually wear more than once. To make sure that I keep the wardrobe clear, I rotate the hangers to face away from me and then once I’ve worn the item I put it back in with the hanger facing the right way. this means that I can see at a glance what items I haven’t worn much.

As for my New Year Goals (post here), I’ve kept up to date with most of them:

* Post more content/more often – I have backlogged a fair bit of content to post up soon and have a heap of new ideas for content this year. So excited to share them with you all!

* Shop smarter – This year I have cleaned out my wardrobe and purchased items in better fabrics such as silks and linens. I have also had to purchase clothing for work (but I have kept to my wardrobe standards!)

*Eat healthier/Exercise more – I am still working on creating an exercise schedule for myself. I have found that my work schedule doesn’t leave me with much time to exercise, I am either starting work at 6.45 am and finishing at 4 pm or starting at 11 am and finishing at 8 pm! With my morning shifts, I am so tired that exercise is the last thing on my mind. But I am working on creating the time to be healthier.

*Network more/Make opportunities happen – I do have some exciting opportunities for networking coming up, Keep an eye on my Instagram for them!

*Be more productive – I have stopped the endless scrolling! yay!

*No retail job for Christmas 2017 – I have been searching for open positions but nothing has been a success so far. But I am really enjoying my current job.

Overall, I’ve made a lot of positive changes for the month of January. Hopefully, February will bring a whole lot more!

 

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