Funnel, turtle, mock, polo, roll or even skivvy whatever the heck type of neck you call it – it’s here to stay in 2015.
The 70s inspired runway collections have brought it back bigger than Boogie Nights. But how do you go there without looking like an extra from The Brady Bunch ? Never fear – there is a high neck that will work for your body and style.
Most men love a one-stop shop and need to know what to invest in so bearing this in mind here is the first Outfit Inspo with more to come based on your feedback. I will be featuring a mixture of high end designers & chain store bargain buys.
Shoot me an email sally@steelemystyle or tag me on FB or IG with your requests.
So I haven’t posted in a while for Closet Keepers, because it is not a buy buy buy scenario but rather about curating a closet full of pieces that can work with each other, will stay for many years to come, are statement beloved pieces and great quality.
I have not been that inspired by much in the sales apart from what I have bought myself and show on my SHOP MY STYLE posts
But I love everything Lisa Gorman does – she is a bloody National Treasure !
They announced their sale with up to 50% off today and I almost wept.
I could have posted SO MUCH MORE but here are 12 pieces from $49 – $269 that stand out as being easy statement beautiful pieces that will be versatile in most wardrobes. Pair with basics or together as show for standout style under $300 a piece.
Pair with already owned basics or together as shown and mix and match for standout style.
Yes, I know I am wearing a lot of denim overalls/dungarees.
What can I say – it’s dark and cold in the morning and like a frock – it’s one thing to think about.
I also love that my small cropped jumpers work really really well with them so I don’t need to search for those two pairs of high waisted jeans that are more likelyin the wash.
Anyway – I guess the good thing is you can see how versatile they are and how many outfits are possible.
Today I paired them with my late Grandfather’s silk cravat worn as a scarf and a metallic cableknit sweater from a few years ago along with some great pewter suede /metallic ankle boots that I bought in Sydney 3 years ago and have been worn to death. ..almost.
Ms 4 yr old aka #smsminiphotographer was in a strop this morning because she wanted to stay cosy in bed … who doesn’t so Ms 8 yr old volunteered to take some pics. She did a great job. It was a rush this morning – as are most Monday mornings – we were all on track until we took this pic and then Ms 4 yr old remarked that I must have left her carseat in a friend’s car.. and wah wah – best laid plans scuppered.
I used to read a lot – I mean I did a MA degree in French Literature for goodness sake, but the last 8 years has been a bit of a dry-zone in terms of literature.
What with 2 babies, breastfeeding, my Mama’s breast cancer, giving up my business in Sydney, move to Brisbane, starting new business, my Dad’s multiple strokes and then him passing away all meant that reality was if I was still for any length of time I was usually asleep or lost in anxiety or grief.
The most I could muster were short stories or funny bios or short, funny, bio stories – favourites during these years were definitely every book David Sedaris or Augusten Burroughs have ever written and McSweeneys quarterly.
So this year I decided to start a bookclub with some girlfriends who were all feeling a bit starved of meaningful and vibrant discussion.
This month we read Paulo Coelho’s Veronika Decides to Die and it was a big hit. I have pinned a heap of Paulo Coelho’s quotes on Pinterest but this is his first novel I have read and it won’t be the last.
For the last couple of years I have been on the search for the perfect patent leather lace-ups and pair of dungarees or overalls.
Like I do for clients I write a focussed shopping list at the beginning of each year and if I don’t find things I keep them on the list. Some pieces have been on my list for 3 years.. the search goes on.
I was keen to find dungarees that were not too baggy or faded – I did those back in the ’90s !
This time around I wanted a sleeker and slimlined version and in a darker denim. Patent wise I wanted good quality, not too pointed but slimline and elegant enough to wear with dresses.
Who would have thought that I could have found both on the same day… when I was actually in shopping for a friend’s birthday present.
The first one of these posts went down well last week.
Anyone who knows me knows the only real makeup I am into is bold lipstick, but as a working Mama with 2 wee kids it’s all about instant style & being low maintenance, so I have been looking for a lipstick for a while that does not need constant reapplication.
My favourite brands in terms of colour range from Nars and Mac to Max Factor, Maybelline and Rimmel so which one was it.. or is it a new brand ?
Want to know my new favourite lipstick ? Watch this vid..
and yes I am a dag in front of the camera xx
Enjoy and let me know how you go with it !
Update from this video .. it lasted from 7am – 6pm without reapplication ! Only reason it didn’t go longer is I went out and changed the colour !!
Oxblood, Marsala, Shiraz whatever you call it … maroon (maybe I am becoming a fully-fledged Queenslander ?) and I are having a moment.
I don’t think I have worn this colour – 2015 colour of the year no less.. since a great Mango fluted skirt & fitted little jacket in late 90s – I thought I was so 1940s Dior eat your heart out..
Anyway – the lovely folks at Louenhide gifted me a few bags to try out – knowing that I am a leather all the way girl – however, I have to admit the “Anna” below has definitely converted me to consider high quality vegan leather or PU – who would have thunk it ? – if I had a hat I would eat it. #omnomnom
After finishing with another happy client’s mega shop today I had an hour to kill before I had a home visit with a client so I thought I would do a bit of research and check out what was instore on Lvl 3 at Indooroopilly Shopping Centre.
As I was passing a window I noticed a fantastic camel trench and thought I should let an IG mate @mummaaintthatmummsy know as she had put out the word to keep an eye out. I love a wee challenge like that.
When I went in I was surprised it was just $170 – double win.
As I was leaving I spotted another few pieces and immediately went into stylist and blogger mode. I thought I should create some outfits and see how they looked before really recommending them.
What can I say .. it all descended into a little bit of a fun fast photoshoot.
My Grandma used to say “I’m a born worrier” and I must say I have in the past
been known to get stressed, anxious and a bit panicky about things.
Especially sick kids.
The last time one of my daughters was hospitalised close to 9 times in the one year I was to say the least a nervous wreck.
There followed another couple of years of turbulence with my father’s multiple strokes, rehab and eventual passing away.
When I got pneumonia last June, I realised that my body (& mind) was on a slippery slope to adrenal fatigue and then some.
So I stopped eating sugar, looked after and nourished myself more. Tried to work through some emotional triggers and then this year have been going to yoga and meditation weekly.
So it did not go unnoticed (by myself and the Man) that when my 8 year old who was last week just complaining of a sore throat and then suddenly developed breathing difficulties during the night, collapsed and spent the following 5 days in hospital on oxygen, ventolin, steroids, antibiotics and having all sorts of tests done that I did not crack…
for the first time ever I was positively fucking zen about it all.
After all … Worry is just a habit and one I am determined to break.
I called this 5th part of the Closet Keepers series – Dropoff Denim on purpose, even though anyone could wear this whether they have kids or not.
That is the point.
Yes I am a Mama, yes I wear flats or a small heel most of the time, but that does not define my style. It may impact a few of my choices but I often find the term “Mum Style” to be a bit limiting and it gets my goat a bit.
I sometimes hear clients who through our work together reveal themselves to be naturally quite adventurous or wanting to be more daring feeling like they can’t wear what they love because Mums will think I am “overdressed” at the park, or soccer or pickups or doing errands or whatever.
Excuse my French for a minute but Fuck That Bullshit.