In today’s post I’ll be talking about the best jeans for moms/mums, from high street through to high end!
Tag - shopping
For quite a few years now I’ve done a fair bit of selling and buying on eBay (a lot more buying than selling, I have to admit :)) and I wanted to share what I’ve learnt from my experiences so far (as well as the excellent buys I’ve bought recently).
Recently I looked back at my outfit posts on the blog and Instagram and realised there was something missing from my wardrobe: a black dress. Continue reading
So I lost my prescription sunglasses a couple of weeks ago, which was a bit annoying because 1. if I’m not wearing them in sunlight there’s a hell of a lot of squint factor due to bad eyesight and glare (not so good for the old wrinkles); and 2. other than a pair of cheapy mirrored glasses that I bought on holiday in the Philippines they’re the only sunnies I had.
The humidity in Sydney has got me pining for colder weather and I’m itching to pull out my knits and coats as any cool change in the temperature would mean some relief to this heat!
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?
With the warm weather I had the opportunity to investigate the contents of my shirt drawer and was dismayed to find:
- One black t-shirt
- One white t-shirt
- One grey t-shirt
- About 50 striped t-shirts.
With such a limited repertoire I thought of adding a graphic tee to the mix. Graphic tees can be fun and worn in a variety of ways, as long as the tee doesn’t have a novelty graphic that can date quickly or doesn’t suit your age. Below are some of my inspiration picks and how I’d want to wear them this summer.
- The Wang t-shirt has a sporty edge but the style lends itself to being dressed up. I would pair it with a leather a-line skirt and black ankle boots (Alexander Wang, of course! In my dreams); this would make it a great outfit for a night out with gal pals.
- The ‘Afternoon Delight’ t-shirt not only has a phrase that has a secret meaning to myself and the hubster ;), but also has a vintage 70s feel. With that in mind, it would go well with a button up a-line denim skirt and some lace up sandals; grab a flower crown and you’d look like you came straight out of Woodstock (or Coachella).
- I love the current athleisure trend (leggings as pants? Sure!) and Adidas is one of my favourite brands to pull this trend off. I like the idea of pairing this basic Adidas Originals tee with a printed pencil skirt to mix two trends in one. Black sandals would be perfect for day, but could easily be changed to heels for casual drinks in the evening.
- I really like etre cecile’s printed tees; print notwithstanding, this tee has a bit of a French vibe to it. Teaming it up with a simple pair of jeans and black pointed flats supports that franco-esqueness (just brush up on your francais to pull it off authentically).
- Lastly I love love love band tees, but if you’re going to wear your heart on your sleeve (so to speak) I believe you really have to enjoy listening to the band that’s on your t-shirt. I mean, you can’t wear an Iron Maiden t-shirt just because it’s trendy, and then have Taylor Swift on your playlist, you know? I grew up on a steady diet of The Beatles (thanks parentals) so I do quite like John, Paul et al (perhaps more so their Sgt Pepper stuff onwards). I quite like this style of shirt, and the white jeans and red kicks would really make the print (and you) pop.
Summer is rearing its humid head and while I love my Birkenstocks with a passion, there are times when they’re not the most appropriate footwear choice (even if street style fashionistas indicate otherwise). After scoping Pinterest for outfit ideas to style my mom jeans it dawned on me that I didn’t have a pair of pretty heeled sandals, preferably in tan or nude. The ideal pair would have a block heel, not too high, so that they can take me from park visits during the day with the kiddos to languid BBQ dinners at night (well, as languid as it can get with a toddler and an infant). Sandals are also tricky for me because I’ve got these terrible bunions which don’t give me much pain but are so, so ugly that I try to cover them up where I can. Thin, strappy, delicate sandals? No such luck for me. They need to have fairly thick and sturdy straps to cover said bunions yet show enough skin to actually qualify as a sandal. Asking for much?
These Office heeled sandals actually look great – they’re the right heel height, fairly good coverage around buniongate, and I’m a sucker for the studded detail. It’s actually not a bad price too, at 60 quid. But that’s just it – it’s available in the UK. And while I’m sure they ship to Australia, after postage costs and currency conversion (thanks crappy AUD) I wouldn’t be able to justify the price.
These Spurr sandals would look nice with a maxi dress, and they cover up the bunions nicely. Probably a bit flatter than what I had in mind, and they’re not particularly tan or nude are they? Still, the style is something to keep in mind.
These Just Because gladiator sandals look good on screen but I’m not sure about the straps. Bunions, remember – they might stick out awkwardly and actually accentuate the damn things. And again, probably not enough of a heel for what I’m after. The colour is right though.
These Steven Madden shoes are more like booties but I like the lace up detail and colour. At 3″ the heel is a touch too high, but I’d still consider them.
Another pair of lace up shoes but with a heel height that’s more to my liking. These Missguided ones from Asos tick all the boxes – tan, comfortable looking heel, covers the bunions, on trend with the lace up detail. The only thing I’m worried about is the fact that they’re more of a bootie style – would they cut off my legs at an awkward spot and make them look shorter than they already are? Of course the only way to assess that is to try them on; oh they’re only available online? Balls.
Another pair of bootie-like sandals by I Love Billy. Good colour, lace up detail is cute, a modest 6cm heel. Again it’s one of those that I’d need to try on in real life to see that my legs aren’t being chopped off at an unflattering spot. Also, at $149.95 I may as well just get those Office ones that I mentioned at the beginning of the post.
What sandals would you recommend? Any others that I’ve missed?