One of the great things about living in urban Australia is the access we have to farmers’ markets, which is really the closest thing urbanites have to really fresh produce.
I can’t believe it’s November already. Why, in only a few weeks it’ll be Christmas and then before you know it, it’ll be 2016 and then all of a sudden the kids are going to university. How time flies when you’re not getting much sleep.
Once again it seems I didn’t think the capsule wardrobe much through when considering possible events during the month of November. This month is such a great month for catching up with friends for drinks because you can forget about it in December – people are too busy with Christmas parties and end-of-year celebrations to see you. Not that I actually get to go out these days mind you, but I have fond memories of going out for casual Friday drinks at the Opera Bar under the Sydney Opera House – what a view (nasty drink prices there though).
Of the shoe choices in my 13 item capsule wardrobe, the lace up sandals are probably the most appropriate for a night out drinking (and why would you want to wear heels when you spend most of the night standing? Well, that’s my experience at the Opera Bar anyway). I decided to use the sleeveless jacket as kind of like a sleeveless blouse, so keeping it tied up, but I put a pretty bralette under it so it peeks out and gives a sexy yet subtle detail. The black skirt is in suede so it would go nicely in both casual and dressier venues. I find gold to be more formal than silver so hopefully this makes up for the flat shoe choice; I also love statement cocktail rings to really pack a punch (pun not intended).
I’m all for a minimalist wardrobe, but I absolutely love the trend of stacked bracelets – an arm party, if you will. As a kid I was really into making my own jewellery and spent a lot of time making friendship bracelets (why are they called friendship bracelets in the first place?), threading beads onto beaded necklaces and collecting charms for charm bracelets. So this arm party trend is kind of like harking back to my childhood. In a way having a minimalist outfit and then having an arm stacked with bracelets is a nice juxtaposition, and if you have nice wrists and hands it really changes the focus of your look to your accessories.
For today’s 13 going on 30 challenge I had in mind a potential playdate at the park for my toddler so wanted something comfortable enough to run around, hence the shorts and sneakers. The plaid shirt is a nice touch of colour, and of course I had to have my arm party of friendship bracelets. Another throwback to my childhood – the backpack trend! I love that this more ergonomically-friendly bag option has come back in style because lugging so many things across one shoulder was really killing me. Picturing myself in this outfit, I do see a teen version of myself, living in the 90s, patiently listening on the radio for that song that I really liked and immediately pressing the red “record” on the cassette player so it would record the song. Ah, those were the days.
2. a grey sleeveless jacket (similar here)
3. a chambray shirt (similar here)
4. a white tee (similar here)
5. a striped tank (similar here)
6. a plaid shirt (similar here)
7. a navy romper (similar here)
8. a black a-line button through skirt (similar here)
9. a pair of denim shorts (similar here)
10. a pair of white jeans (similar here)
11. brown leather lace-up sandals (similar here)
12. leopard print flats (similar here)
13. white sneakers (similar here).
What have I signed up for?!
So it’s NaBloPoMo month and I thought I’d take up the challenge and write a blog post every day for the month of November. What the what?! With the kiddos I’m having enough trouble getting to the computer as it is.
For the first day of this challenge I thought I’d adapt this interview of Nicole Richie from Popsugar to give you a little insight on who/what 5 feet of style is.
Today I’m wearing…
Dagwear – an old asos maternity dress that I altered to become a maxi skirt (this bakery is closed) and a nursing top. Definitely not glamorous! Perhaps this wasn’t the day to answer this question?
I heart Australia because…
Of its incredible weather (perhaps not today with the hail), the top shelf coffee, the diversity of cultures, and the laidback nature of life here.
My handbag of choice is…
My Q mini Natasha bag by Marc by Marc Jacobs. I don’t carry much for myself other than a wallet, mobile phone, lipgloss and sunglasses, and this bag is the perfect size as well as keeping my hands free to tote infant/toddler/gigantic diaper bag.
image via nordstrom.com
Australian style is…
Like the culture, pretty laidback and like Nicole says, seemingly effortless. To me, Elle Ferguson and Tash Sefton of theyallhateus epitomise this.
I rarely leave home without…
My Motorola moto g phone.
Right now, my favourite item in my wardrobe is…
My rag & bone ripped boyfriend jeans. I bought them off gumtree and they are the softest, most comfortable denim I have ever worn.
yep this is me! from my instagram account 5.foot.style
The last thing I bought was…
A second-hand Esprit sweater and printed shorts, and Witchery tank top with studded shoulders, from Rozelle Markets ($5 each!).
My next big-ticket purchase will be…
In my dreams, this gorgeous Celine bag.
Labels I love include…
High-end designers: Balmain, Isabel Marant.
High-street: Country Road, Witchery.
This summer I’m inspired by…
My personal style icon is…
You’ll never see me wearing…
My favourite era for fashion was the…
80s, for sure. No such thing as minimalism then. It also had the best music!
I would describe my personal style as…
Comfy, slightly tomboyish, with a touch of femininity.
via instagram 5.foot.style
If I could raid anyone’s wardrobe, it would be…
The best piece of style advice I ever got was…
Not necessarily about style but… if you keep thinking about it, buy it!
That’s Day 1 of NaBloPoMo done! Phew! Feel free to answer the questions about yourself and link back to me – I’d love to read your answers! Wish me luck for the rest of the month 😛
Instagram images via: ellenextdoor // bluebungalow // twomorrowblog via zara_daily // carriebradshawlied //skinny_buddha // vivid // anhcotran // o.fashion.queen // thebabooshka // lescodesdeve // pinkines // mainelyelle // thestylewithin
Last image via redbubble.com
The A-line button thru skirt, along with flares, has become one of the main trends this year that has taken cues from the 70s. While flares don’t work so well on my short legs, the skirt is one that I’ve lusted after for a while and finally purchased on eBay. I can’t wait to wear it as an alternative to my denim shorts for summer. (But can we address my denim obsession? No? In another post perhaps?)
Here are some ways I’m thinking off rocking this trend for the warmer temps:
1. With a striped shirt (but bear in mind I would wear a striped shirt wit a potato sack):
2. With a basic tee: can’t go wrong with a white t-shirt.
3. With something lace or embroidered: I’m thinking this lovely broderie embroidered top from Country Road. Lace and embroidery will feature heavily this summer so why not combine the two trends?
via country road
4. With a graphic tee: I’ll be purchasing this Adidas Originals trefoil t-shirt soon and with a nod to the athleisure trend will probably pair the skirt and tee together with my Puma baskets that I am (im)patiently waiting on.
via ezzentric blog
5. With a printed tank: I’ll tuck my black and white spot print tank in and pair it with a black leather belt and black Birkenstocks for a fun and comfy look.
6. With a lace-up blouse: I’m eyeing this one from Glassons. It completes the whole 70s vibe of the skirt.
While I bought my skirt from eBay, here are some of my favourites from my intensive research on button through skirts (the things you do when you’re up at 2am rocking the baby back to sleep):
What do you think of this trend? How would you wear it?