13 going on 30 challenge outfit 5: Friday drinks

13 going on 30 challenge outfit 5: Friday drinks

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).

13 going on 30 challenge outfit 4: Thursday arm party

13 going on 30 challenge outfit 4: Thursday arm party

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.

13 going on 30 challenge outfit 3: Wednesday errands

Outfit 3: Wednesday errands
Before kids I used to fly by the seat of my pants – go out for drinks and dinner on a Wednesday night? Sure! A casual drive to the mountains? This weekend? In three days’ time? Sounds fabulous! No such luck these days – everything needs to be written down, scheduled to the minute, set in stone. Much like our furniture, which the infant has found much pleasure in tipping over.
To keep my sanity I try to schedule most things – Saturdays are ballet lessons, Sundays are swimming lessons, Mondays are park visits, Tuesdays daycare, Thursdays playdate, Fridays visit the grandparents… and this was just for the first born! Wednesdays are usually reserved for errands and doing groceries so it’s a usually a mad rush of a day. (What a glamorous life I lead!)
Essentials are: a big diaper bag (I love my Pacapod Phoenix, it fits everything), comfy flat shoes, pants or shorts (there’s no being dainty when you’re running in between stores carrying an infant and dragging a toddler), and a basic t-shirt (I prefer black or grey, but I went with white as it was in my 13 item capsule – asking for a big tomato sauce splatter right?). The jacket I added in case of that tomato sauce splatter.
How do you organise your week?

13 going on 30 outfit 2: at the races

At the races
I totally forgot today was Melbourne Cup day. Blame mummy brain on that. Given that I have two rugrats to tend to, Melbourne Cup really wasn’t on my radar anyway. So forgive my choice of outfit for Day 2, although I did consider it when selecting items from my 13 piece capsule wardrobe. (What am I talking about, 13 piece wardrobe, you say? Click here for more info on my 13 going on 30 challenge.) While I still used the items in my capsule wardrobe for a special event like today, other capsule wardrobe-rs would actually dip from outside the capsule and select a special occasion outfit that isn’t part of the basic capsule, but is an addition for days such as this. But I’m sticking to my guns 🙂
I previously wondered what the difference was between a romper and a jumpsuit. So it seems that typically a romper has shorter legs while a jumpsuit has long legs. “Romper” and “playsuit” are also used interchangeably, although the US seems to use the term “romper” more. Anyway, regardless of terminology, I decided to go with the romper today as it was the dressier of the 13 items in my capsule wardrobe. I paired it with the lace up sandals because when you’re watching a horse race you’re standing up most of the time anyway. Gold accessories also dress up the romper, and you can’t do a horse race without some sort of head gear.
I remember back when I was working in a corporate office, whenever Melbourne Cup day came around we would basically take the afternoon off to watch a race that runs for just over 3 minutes. Ah Australia, this is one of the reasons I love you! This outfit would stand up well for a drinking session at the pub, watching the race that stops the nation. Hope you all have a great Tuesday/Melbourne Cup day.

13 going on 30: capsule wardrobe challenge

13 going on 30
As part of my NaBloPoMo challenge I wanted to try my hand at a capsule wardrobe and feature 30 outfits that can be made from 13 items.
I’ve always been intrigued by the concept of the capsule wardrobe; that is, having a set number of items in your wardrobe (e.g. 33 pieces) over a period of time (e.g. 3 months), and not buying anything in that time. With a nod to minimalism and eco-fashion, the capsule wardrobe encourages you to maximise on what you already have and not participate in fast fashion that ultimately ends up as landfill only a few months later. It means purchasing and keeping high-quality, trend-transcending items that can be worn again and again. Proponents of the capsule wardrobe espouse on how much easier it has made their clothing choices in the morning; without any distracting items that are only worn every now and again, the capsule wardrobe really makes putting together an outfit that much quicker.
The challenge I’ve set for myself involves a 13-item capsule wardrobe which I’ll create 30 outfits from, one for each day of NaBloPoMo November. It will take into account the fairly warm but often changeable Sydney spring weather. Obviously the choices I’ve made below aren’t necessarily appropriate for a professional environment (I may try a corporate-friendly capsule wardrobe down the track), but are reasonable for a casual office setting. These could also work if you’re travelling to a location with a temperate climate and only want a carry on bag!
The 13 items include:
1. a light cotton khaki jacket (similar here)
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).
The 13 items don’t include any accessories, jewellery, or handbags.  These reflect your personality so add as little or as much as you want in these categories 🙂
I think most people would have these 13 items in their closet, so come join me in my 13 going on 30 challenge! My first outfit is for #monochromemonday:
Outfit 1: Monochrome Monday
Here I’ve taken the striped tank, white jeans, and white sneakers to create a simple black and white outfit. A cap (because it’s hot in Sydney today), a black tote, classic black Wayfarers, an edgy bangle and a classic black leather watch complete the look.
What do you think of capsule wardrobes? What 13 items would you have included in the 13 going on 30 challenge?

5 Fab Minutes: The Blogger’s Edition (and it’s NaBloPoMo)

NaBloPoMo November 2015

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.

via blog.brillianttrips.com

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

In my carry-on case I pack…
My Michael Kors wallet, sunglasses from Specsavers, lipgloss (usually Burt’s Bees), hand moisturiser. This doesn’t include half the house that I carry in my diaper bag.

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.

via witchery.com.au

I rarely leave home without…

via pcadvisor.co.uk

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.

via celine.com

Labels I love include…
High-end designers: Balmain, Isabel Marant.
High-street: Country Road, Witchery.

via countryroad.com.au

This summer I’m inspired by…
Sincerely Jules.

via pinterest

My personal style icon is…
Jean Seberg.

via exquisitehugs.com

You’ll never see me wearing…

via pinterest

My favourite era for fashion was the…
80s, for sure. No such thing as minimalism then. It also had the best music!

via theberry.com

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…
Alexa Chung.

via fashion-diaries.com

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 😛

I have to walk my unicorn

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Last image via redbubble.com

How to wear the button through skirt

The button front denim skirt is so versatile. Add a black crop top and practically any type of sneakers and you are good to go. Via Stella Wants To Die Skirt: Bershka, Sneakers: Vans, Sunglasses: Dior, Bag: Gucci, Top/Belt: Stradivarius. Denim Skirt Outfits: via Pinterest

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):

Denim Button Skirt Streetstyle by Tuolomeevia Pinterest

2. With a basic tee: can’t go wrong with a white t-shirt.

Felicia Akerstrom in a denim button front Topshop mini skirt: via Pinterest

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?

Alexa Chung in a button down denim A-line skirt, perfect for summer 2015.: via Pinterest

Broderie Detail Shirtvia 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.

via lookbook

6. With a lace-up blouse: I’m eyeing this one from Glassons. It completes the whole 70s vibe of the skirt.

via trendsylvania

Lace Up Blouse, MILK
via Glassons

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):

Image 1 of ASOS Denim Dolly Button Through Skirt In Mid Wash Blue

Button Front Denim Mini Skirt
Denim Skirt with Front Pockets, DARK WASH

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Indigo Button Through A Line Denim Mini Skirt

From top to bottom: asos, country road, glassonsmatchesfashion, the iconic, the iconic, miss selfridge

What do you think of this trend? How would you wear it?

How to wear a sleeveless blazer in spring

How to wear a sleeveless blazer in spring
Casual black sleeveless blazer look.:
W/ army green top, delicate necklaces, black skirt:
camel sleeveless blazer - Google Search:
18 Stylish Outfits with Statement Necklaces for Spring and Summer Days:
Elements of Style Blog | Fashion Friday: The Staple Piece | http://www.elementsofstyleblog.com:
Classy way to wear shorts, the layers tied off with a skinny belt finishes the look. #www.inventyourimage.com:
SO MUCH | TheyAllHateUs


After seeing some of my favourite Instagrammers wearing draped vests, I thought it would make a great addition to my spring wardrobe to add an additiona layer of interest (and warmth, given the hot/cold mood of spring in Sydney at the moment). I did my “research” and tried on a few for myself. Unfortunately, due to my petiteness, the draped vests they seemed to overwhelm my frame – they were either too long or had too much fabric. Another Instagrammer was wearing a sleeveless blazer and I really liked that look – polished yet casual at the same time. Rather than scouring the shops I decided it was an easy enough look to DIY on the cheap. I went to my local thrift store and bought an $8 light blue blazer which was the perfect length and size for me, it just needs the sleeves chopped off, which I’ll be doing while I watch the finale of The Bachelorette (sssshhhhhh).
Images: first image fivefootshort on polyvore; all others via Pinterest