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Spotted: Streetstyle – Ripped Torn Denim & Bouclé jackets

We all know that Trends come and go. Some return again and again and again.

I remember clearly back in 1987  meticulously razoring, shredding & slicing my jeans to get that perfectly effortless effect and my Grandfather joking that times as a student must be tough and he would give me the money if I couldn’t afford a new pair.

Aahh memories.

So Ripped Torn Distressed denim is back.. again. But with a bit more cut & polish.

When trends come back around I cherry pick which ones I could wear in a new & different way as a grown woman. Some I don’t feel I can – but this one spotted everywhere during the Fall 2012 shows is one that the more I see it-  the more I love it.

 

 

One thing I talk about with Personal Stylist & Wardrobe Consultancy clients here in Brisbane is Sustainability – I am not a devotee of just constantly buying more and more new things.

By choosing carefully, clients can build a wardrobe of clothes that they can love for many, many years to come with the odd fast fashion piece, or incredible investment piece thrown in.

Plus, one thing I  show my clients is how to rework their old clothes with new pieces or introduce them to the delights of upcycling, recycling and pre-loved, Opshop & Vintage shop clothing that is not adding to the landfill or sweatshop scenario.

I have a small trunk of clothes that at the moment may not be in regular circulation but they will enjoy another time in the sun soon with maybe an alteration here or a bit of clothes dye there.

I am not linking to distressed denim out there that you can buy. No way.

Just whip out the razors, scissors, sandpaper and try it out on not just your jeans but denim jacket, denim pencil skirt, denim mini and beyond that might have not been loved in a while.

Use these wonderful pictures and those on my Pinterest boards as inspiration – I particularly love the statement top, ripped jeans & statement heels look with the ladylike Bouclé jacket.

Scroll down to a few suggested Bouclé jackets if you need them.

I also love the ripped elbow in denim jacket – whoohoo no need for mending ! Love it

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bouclé biker from River Island $81 AUD

 

 

Frayed Bouclé jacket TopShop $ 94AUD

 

Here are a few links to bouclé options on eBay – the first is the Zara yellow zip bouclé jacket seen below – not your scene check out these ones and snap up a pre-loved bargain or these Vintage ones on Asos Marketplace

 

Pic credits : via Pinterest (which makes tracking down original source so tricky but here are what I found)  Street FSN, Lee Oliveira, They All Hate Us, Stockholm Street Style, Mr Newton, STreetPeeper, Tommy Ton.

 

 

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Sally Steele, owner of STEELEMyStyle  is a Personal Stylist, Shopper, Wardrobe Consultant & Style Strategist, based in Brisbane  with Clients all over Australia.

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What I Wore: Who let the Dogstooth out ?

 

There are some prints that never really go out of fashion – every now and then the high honchos of Fashion decide it is that print’s time to shine.

These are ones to collect and wear ad infinitum

Polka Dots  *  Animal print  *  Bold Florals  * Nautical Stripes

And now thanks to Salvatore Ferragamo’s Fall 2011 collection and that dress that was worn on all from Lady Gaga, to Kim Kardashian & Spring 2012 Dior collection - and whether you call it Houndstooth Dogtooth, Pied de Poule or Pato de gallo (chicken’s foot in French & Spanish)- that print is having a moment and being reinvented all over again.

It is everywhere  instore from Haute to High Street and everyone on the street to the red carpet is wearing their version of it.

Time to snap up a statement piece now no matter your budget – enjoy forever.

 

 

 

Also dont forget to check out our Pinterest board Houndstooth, Dogtooth, Pied de Poule

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have a couple of pieces that I love  – a Houndstooth Pencil Skirt seen here & this little Vintage cropped jacket below bought about 4 months ago.

 

 

 

 

So what pieces out there am I recommending to my Personal Stylist clients in Brisbane ?

These ones…

 

 

 

RIVER ISLAND 

Dogtooth Jeans $65 AUD


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RIVER ISLAND

HOUNDSTOOTH T SHIRT $38 AUD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RIVER ISLAND

DOGTOOTH SHIFT DRESS $45AUD

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASOS

Houndstooth Peplum Jacket $84 AUD

 

 

 

 

 

McQ Alexander McQueen from Harvey Nichols

Leopard & Houndstooth Shorts $140 AUD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vol One from Wolf & Badger

Giant Houndstooth Silk Shift Dress $300 AUD

 

 

 

 

 

 

Burberry Houndstooth Silk Top

from Stylebop $ 415 AUD

 

 

 

 

Diane Von Furstenburg Leala Dress

from Matches $535 AUD

 

 

 

 

Let me know how you go !

Pics – via Pinterest – sources uncredited but assuming Mr Newton, Phil Oh, Tommy Ton based on style.

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Sally Steele, owner of STEELEMyStyle  is a Personal Stylist, Shopper, Wardrobe Consultant & Style Strategist, based in Brisbane  with Clients all over Australia.

See the  STEELEMyStyle mobile on the streets of Brisbane.

Let Sally help you Get Spotted !

Contact Sally  here or click here for Services.

What I Wore: Mint cable-knit jumper, neon lavender jeans & pink glitter booties

I am often asked by Personal Stylist clients what inspires what I wear or my outfit of the day.

It can be an instant feeling, emotion or in this case a memory of sugared almonds…

Believe it or not I spend virtually no time trying things on, putting on make-up or getting ready.

I have 2 kiddiwinks , 5yrs  and under so as soon as they are awake I am theirs.

I have often laughed with friends and clients about how I know that feeling of trying to have a shower and two wee faces asking for things right there next to you.

So as a Personal Stylist and Shopper in Brisbane and beyond I am realistic about people’s individual reality. Style is not about a lot of money or a lot of time.

It is not about being perfect – I am far from that- as anyone can see.

I just want to feel like me no matter whether I am playing in a park with the kids, doing the garden, visiting sick family in hospital or working with clients.

What i do with Personal Stylist & Shopper clients is help them tap into their Inner Style and start expressing themselves more on a daily basis no matter their Age, Shape, Stage or Budget.

I talk to clients about buying the odd Statement piece that make the usual uniform of jeans, T shirt & flats or Jeans and jumper a wee bit different.

Often it is just about opting for bolder options.

Here is what I wore and swapped the glitter slippers for the glitter and pink heels when i had to hop into meetings. Add in a tiger print trench coat and bingo.. easy instant style.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What I wore:

* Mint cable-knit jumper from Dotti – XS – searched for ages to find the Acne one but it was sold sold sold – this popped up Acne Schmacne and now it is reduced !! – Check it out in cornflower blue & mint

*Lavender Jeans – Buy similar here by Hudson or by Oasis here

*Vintage Camel Trench – bought in Parisian flea market by friend and gifted to me nearly 10 years ago.

* Seahorse ivory brooch – Great Great Aunt’s ivory Seahorse brooch – given to me as a child

* Pink suede & Glitter booties – read about the saga here at Miu Miu or Fiu Fiu  the pink glitter ones are sold out but there are different versions here

* Glitter slippers $8 from Kmart now – bloody brilliant – see here  and buy expensive ones by Jimmy Choo  here

* Vintage Round Sunglasses – seen here

* Cambridge Satchel with children’s initials embossed – UK Cambridge Satchel Company – bought last year and used almost every day since – love love love.

* Tiger Print Trench – Vintage Italian Trench coat – bought at Brisbane Vintage Fair and invariably a piece that makes people stop me in the street – beloved closet keeper.

Let me know how you go !

 

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Sally Steele, owner of STEELEMyStyle  is a Personal Stylist, Shopper, Wardrobe Consultant & Style Strategist, based in Brisbane  with Clients all over Australia.

See the  STEELEMyStyle mobile on the streets of Brisbane.

Let Sally help you Get Spotted !

Contact Sally  here or click here for Services.

 

 

What I Wore: Metal Toe-Cap Leather Boot – Under $100

One thing I do as a Personal Stylist & Personal Shopper  in Brisbane and elsewhere in Australia is help people become better savvier shoppers – without blowing my own trumpet *toot toot* I can spot a rockin’ purchase at 50 paces. And I am persistant. If i know what I want I will look for it ad infinitum.

It is an OCD I am sure.

Anyway – I loved all the metal toe-cap shoes that came off runways like Louis Vuitton & I love the Thakoon Spring 2012 metal toe cap mules but I also really was looking for a black bootie.

So persistance has pervailed  – found in Australia for under $100 AUD – ….

Love them ? me too

 

 

And yes those are also leather trousers – another holy grail-esque search for the perfect fit. I would link to them on Asos (Vila brand – reduced from $450 to just under $150 in their mammoth sale – but they have sold out)

I might just start wandering around the house in these metal cap booties  – but it is still bloomin cold so maybe with my fleecy pyjamas … Fifty Shades of Grey – eat yer heart out !

 

 

 

Today I am wearing them with my Vintage ole faithful Tartan Check shirt seen here and my Vintage 1970s Levis denim jacket.

But never fear there shall be heaps more Instagrams with these babies and more – stay tuned !

Buy them here at Sportsgirl for $99.95 – They were selling them too at Pixie Market for $180 but I think they are out of stock.

These ones are on Jessica Buurman for $ 169

Thakoon’s Spring 2012 sling backs

 

 

 

 

 

Other similar options

 

These by Alice & Olivia $450 AUD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some lovely Fashion insiders and bloggers sporting the metal toe cap bootie – if you don’t know NOWHERE check it out – unreal. Love their collections.

 

Carolina Engman in her Nowhere heels http://www.fashionsquad.com/details-heavy-metal/

 

 

Polish Blogger Oliwka in her Nowhere heels http://oliwiora.blogspot.com.au/

 

Let me know how you go !

 

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How to: Do studs & toughen up your wardrobe

Move over sequins & glitter it is time for the heavy stuff.

If there is one thing -  that can add a cool edge to any outfit it is

Studs.

Here are some of STEELEMyStyle’s picks to effortlessly work studs into your existing wardrobe  – without looking like an sad, aging punk.

These are my beloved studded heels bought 4 years ago now but loved  and complimented everytime I bring them out to play and they add instant edge to any basic T and jeans combo.

 

 

 

Love a DIY project ? – good on you – I love the idea but the time at the moment is earmarked for sleep & tax – check out a couple of  cool DIY links below or just add the words “DIY  & Studded” to the item of clothing and get going.

STEELEMyStyle Tip - Here’s what I would tell my Personal Stylist clients here in Australia about how to keep studs stylish and cool for the beginner. 

* Keep the Studs to one accent – Bags, Shoes or Jewellry.

*  If you are concerned about being Age-Appropriate and avoiding “The Banger Sisters/Aging Groupie” territory leave studded cut-offs, studded leggings, printed T shirts & crop tops well alone.

* Studded skulls or embossed stud-like prints (Ed Hardy & the like) on a T shirt, bag etc are never a good look – steer clear.

* Colour & studs  a bridge too far – then enjoy your neutrals, grey & black with a stud.

* Feeling bold – there are options out there that combine metallic & stud or prints & studs – just go for it and have fun experimenting and taking risks.

Want to see how others are rockin their studs ? – Join STEELEMyStyle on Pinterest and follow the You Stud Board for constant inspiration.

 

 

Burberry Prorsum Studded Trench Coat

The most incredible covetable trench
Great inspiration for a DIY version
Update your tired wee trench
using this talented lady’s “How To”  at www.studsandpearls.com

 

 

Paisley Stud Shoulder Tee
$51 AUD – from Topshop

Nail the studded trend & keep one step ahead the print posse with a pop of Paisley
- all in a very wearable T shirt.

 

 

 

Fab Bag Small Love Stud
$300 from Welikefashion.com

Like your studs more understated ?  – this is cool elegance with a hint of attitude.

 

 

Spider Jewel & Spike Necklace
$81.55 AUD from Asos

Spike, Stud … this is too good not to include – bugs are going to be big
- so pick up these insect inspired fashion forward bargains now.

 


 

Sonia by Sonia Rykiel
$404 AUD from Asos

 Those incredibly wearable tan/nude old school sandals from last summer need a wee rest
- bring in the studded version to heat things up a bit.

 

 

Studded Blouse
$89 AUD from Pixie Market

Give your ladylike buttoned up shirt a wee twist with a sprinkle of studs.

 

 

 

 

 

Converse Joey Hand Studded
$125 AUD from Free People

If you live in your Converse Hi-Tops
why not buy a studded version here or check out this DIY version on So Lifestyle.com

 

 

 

M Missoni Stud Embellished Silk Blouse
$420 AUD from Harvey Nichols
In Blue & Black

Toughen up your sweet side with this stunning stud embellished blouse from M Missoni – wear with a frayed Bouclé jacket & cropped tailored pants or midi pencil skirt.

 

 

 

 

 

VECTRA Canvas Studded Slipper
$55 AUD from Topshop

Push the slipper/loafer out a hint without losing the girly touch with these bubblegum pink slip-ons – wear with pastels, neons, denim, full-skirted florals you name it.
They also come in white, black, mint & coral.

 

AILA Green Palm Spike Clutch
$287 AUD from My-Wardrobe.com

There are more ordinary spiked black pouches or clutches out there than you can shake a stick at – break from the crowd and rock this incredible green studded clutch.

 

 

 

 

 

Studded Camo Jacket
$125 AUD from Topshop

If you don’t have a Camo or Utility (khaki) jacket  in your wardrobe sort it out – wear bright pink lipstick & clash with pretty prints, floaty maxi & feminine accessories for maximum impact.

 

 

McQ Alexander McQueen Studded Ballet Flats
$365 AUD from Net-a-Porter

Can’t ditch your ballet flats ? Not into embracing a pointed flat ? Then why not fire them up in this tomato red studded version. Even a twinset and pearls will never look the same again.

 

Studded Ankle Boot
$99.95 AUD from Sportsgirl

Can’t wear a heel – need a flatish boot but want to keep a bit of an edge – these are pretty perfect – snap them up quick. Wear with jeans, trousers, dresses & skirts.
Will easily become a firm favourite and so flattering on the foot.

 

 

 

 

Valentino Studded Heels
$975 AUD from Net-a-Porter

Who cares if you only ever wear your nightie with these babies
This Antique rose leather “Sandy” gets a “Pink Ladies’ Rizzo” treatment with the studs-
Perfect for transforming basic cuffed distressed denim, T & blazer
or roughing up that flirty, frothy full skirted dress.
Utter perfection.

Let me know how you go !

 

 

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Sally Steele, owner of STEELEMyStyle  is a Personal Stylist, Shopper, Wardrobe Consultant & Style Strategist, based in Brisbane  with Clients all over Australia.

See the  STEELEMyStyle mobile on the streets of Brisbane.

Let Sally help you Get Spotted !

Contact Sally  here or click here for Services.

 

 

Sharpen up Man-Style in 5 Easy Steps + Best of Asos & River Island Menswear Sale

I have to apologise because I realised I have been rather remiss of any Posts with styling or shopping  for the Guys out there in ages. My Apologies.

For a while it has all been about the ladies. So I am trying to redress the balance.

In my work here in Brisbane, Australia as a Personal Stylist & Shopper I have over the last 10 days also had a run of male clients and realised their Style Challenges tend to sit firmly in the Casual/Casual Smart dept.

I posted by Top 5 Menswear sites last year and from my survey of a few ladies (& lots of men) about where they buy their clothes it is still covering most of the favourite bases. I will do an updated one with more interesting options.

We all know Smart and Black Tie is easy for guys  – put any guy in a great suit and he looks unreal.

But cool everyday casual is always trickier.

And even the husband of a stylist finds it challenging.

 

When I got the car completely wrapped  here  – my husband’s first words were

“So um, what do I do if I want to go to Bunnings ?” 

“Dress up babe …” was the reply.

I am of course kidding..well, just a tad …

Definitely no more heading to the bottle shop, supermarket or Bunnings (B & Q Aussie Style)  in his painting shorts, destroyed Blundstones & ripped Billabong T shirt …. until he gets his Man-Van – a Hilux surf or similar.

Like most men I know, My dear Husband finds shopping tedious and annoying,  unless it is for Books, DIY, Gadgets, landscaping materials, Farmer’s Gourmet markets or wandering around some quaint flea markets looking at interesting old antiques etc.

He likes to look good and well put together but doesn’t want to have to go from place to place, trying things on and doesn’t want to have to put much thought or effort into his clothes.

With a Personal Shopper and Stylist as a partner he has it sorted. And he knows it.

At the beginning of each season he just says what he needs – I go buy what I know he will like with a few more adventurous pieces -bring them home – he tries it all on in one go -  invariably loves it all and we have an updated wardrobe.

Then along the way if I see an amazing Closet Keeper item – like a great transeasonal Suit or wool Pea Coat or Trench or Combat Jacket I get it for him.

So if you or your Man is looking like he needs a wee tune-up style wise here are my Top 5 Tips.

 

 STEELEMyStyle’s 5 Easy Steps to sharpen your Man-Style

1. Layer Layer Layer

Don’t just shove on a T shirt or shirt or Footy jersey – play around with T shirts, Long sleeve Henleys, cardigans & jumpers under coats and heavier shirts worn as jackets in different tones & textures.

2. Accessorize

For some guys – the only time they wear a scarf is when heading to a match. Look at finishing off any look with a scarf – in Australia look for cotton, thin versions rather than a woolly scarf for more versatility. Instead of a bashed up faded baseball cap – try other options flat caps look great casually as do Fisherman hats.

3. Trainers are for Training

Look for different “smarter” sneakers  in leather, suede and in different colours – grey, khaki, navy and different shapes – mid and hitop and start keeping your Asics or New Balance for the gym. Or go for a Faux -work boot style or try out a brogue or a loafer. Start broadening your shoe-drobe to expand your options.

4. Add a twist to something safe

Most men I know are a bit safe when it comes to colours or details. So push the boat out gently – try a simple navy jumper with elbow patches or a checked shirt in a different colourway – Instead of opting for dark blue, black jeans go for tobacco, maroon, green or really play around and do brights and pastels.

5. Try out a trend

Want to change your sunglasses shape or try a pair of boat shoes but don’t want to fork out if it is not for you – use the sales with Asos, River Island, Topshop and cheap Aussie stores like Kmart,  Cotton On, Witchery, Taro Cash and the like to try something out and see if you like it – then upgrade to an investment pair if you love it.

 

In honour of my gorgeous husband  – here is One Stop shopping and also to help you get in before all the good stuff is gone in the River Island 50% sale and snap up some bargains.

Here are some great pieces to update your wardrobe (or that of a man you love) and look effortlessly stylish whatever your Height, Shape or Age.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Navy Peacoat – A Classic jacket for any wardrobe - Now just $76 AUD (Sizes S-XXL)
Other on sale jackets & coats – click here
NON SALE
-click here 

2. Khaki Rucksack - Carry-all in style – 100% cotton - Now just $27 AUD -
Other on sale bags & wallets click here - 
NON SALE – Click here

3. Grey Donegal Flat CapSwap the faded Footy Cap - Now just $8 AUD
Other on sale hats & accessories here
NON SALE – click here

4. Tan Contrast Trainers – Good with colored jeans, chinos, cords & denim – Suede - Now just $27 AUD
Other on sale shoes & boots here
NON SALE – click here

5. Green Blazer – work a bit of colour into your wardrobe – play safe with blues, green hues, browns or amp it up with brights and contrast prints. 100% cotton – (sizes XS- XL) Now just $91 AUD – Other on sale coats, jackets & blazers here
NON SALE – click here

6. Striped Mariner’s Long Sleeve T - A staple in any wardrobe – 100% cotton – comes in Navy/white option too sizes XXS-XXL – now just $8 AUD
Other on sale Shirts here & Tshirts here
NON SALE Shirts, T shirts

7. Grey Slim Trousers - Opt for a colored jean, chino, cord – feeling more adventurous go for turquoise, mustard or green – Available short, reg, long – 26 -38 in waist - Now just $30 AUD
Other on sale jeans/trousers here
NON SALE Trousers, Chinos /jeans

8. Blue Raglan Elbow Patch Jumper -Elbow Patch adds a wee hint of Grandpa chic to a simple sweater – Team with Button up shirts or Tshirts -  Now just $18 AUD
Other on sale Elbow Patch & other jumpers/Cardigans here
NON SALE jumpers & cardigans

9. Navy Mixed Design Scarf - Add polish to any outfit or simple T -100% cotton - Now just $9AUD
Other on sale Scarves & other Accessories here
NON SALE Scarves here

10. Grey Boat Shoes – 100% leather – great addition to your shoe-drobe – Now just $30AUD
Other on sale boots & shoes here
NON SALE Boots & Shoes here

 

Asos is also a great site because it caters to all budgets – and has a wide variety of other brands and designers – they also have a great sale on at the moment so be quick.

 

1. Selected Joe Shawl Neck Cardigan – 100% cotton – (sizes S – XL) now just $57 AUD
Other on sale jumpers & cardigans here
NON SALE jumpers & cardigans here

2. Dockers Checked scarf – now just $21 AUD
Other on sale Scarves here
NON SALE Scarves here 

3. Selected Trench Coat -a Closet Keeper – style staple and transeasonal thanks to the  100% cotton – sizes (S-XL) now just $139 AUD
Other on sale Coats & Jackets here
NON SALE Coats & Jackets here

4. Suit Classic Chinos - 100% cotton – why not go for olive green instead of greys, blacks or blues – ( sizes 29 – 36 in) - now just $71.42 AUD
Other on sale trousers & chinos here
NON SALE trousers & chinos here

5. Surface to Air Bato mint shirt - 100% cotton – why let the mint mania take you over – sizes(S-XL) - now just $108.83 AUD
Other on sale shirts here
NON SALE shirts here

6.Jack & Jones Leather Belt - everyman needs a black and brown leather belt in their wardrobe   - now just $28 AUD

7. Ikon Kombat Work boot - likewise a great work boot is a staple that will be loved in your closet for years – whether in blk or brwn. 100% leather (sizes 7 -12) – now just $76 AUD
Other on sale Shoes & Boots here
NON SALE boots here

8. Penfield Oxon Satchel - navy & tan options – stylish – 100% cotton – now just $ 63.77AUD
Other on sale Bags here
NON SALE bags here  – don’t dilly dally just buy a Cambridge Satchel in blk or tan

9. Asos Perforated Chukka Boots - a great smarter alternative to Converse in navy & grey – 100% leather - now just $44 AUD
Other on sale hi tops & sneakers  here
NON SALE shoes & trainers here

10. Polo Ralph Lauren Tortoiseshell Wayfarer – now just $92 AUD
Other on sale Sunglasses here
NON SALE Sunglasses here

 

Need some outfit inspiration ?

Here are some men looking effortlessly & casually sharp.

Head to my Pinterest Board – Man of Style for more too.

 

 

 

Pics – Celebrity Pics via Zimbio (Pacificcoastnews, Bauer Griffin, Fly Famenet) – Street Style – Streetfsn.com, Pinterest & Asos )

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Sally Steele, owner of STEELEMyStyle  is a Personal Stylist, Shopper, Wardrobe Consultant & Style Strategist, based in Brisbane  with Clients all over Australia.

See the  STEELEMyStyle mobile on the streets of Brisbane.

Let Sally help you Get Spotted !

Contact Sally  here or click here for Services.

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Spotted: Streetstyle – Return of the (Rain) Mac(k) …

 

No don’t fret – no more Mark Morrison references.

I have such fond memories of my gorgeously stylish Granny speeding around Glasgow in her tomato red “Italian Job” mini  with her sheer Pac-A-Mac stowed in the inside pocket for rainwear emergencies.

For years, the Plastic Mac or Rain Coat or PVC mac were the domain of the Granny Brigade, but thanks to Burberry Prorsum’s A/W cult sheer capes, cool hipsters, inclement weather and the explosion of music Festivals the Mac has gone the way of the Welly and is well and truly back.

I can’t pretend that I am hanging at music festivals.

Maybe in my “Sliding Doors” life, I am taking my two kids under 5 to Parklife, or weekend camping at Peat’s Ridge and the like but the reality.. no.

When I am not working with Personal Stylist clients in Brisbane,  my life does involve hanging out in parks …a lot – but since I bought my Topshop Metallic Rain Mac a few months ago – no longer am I the wet one when rain strikes.

With my leopard print wellies & fully waterproof hooded mac,  I embrace the rain, puddles, mud & hilarity with the gay abandon of my kids. All I need is one of those transparent dome umbrellas to complete the joy.

No horrible juggling of umbrella, toddler, kindy bags etc etc – no more drips down the neck as I am buckling kids into car seats – I am dry all the way and so smug.

Water off a metallic mac’s back.

 

What I Wore on a particularly rainy day in Brisbane

 

Rain coat – Metallic waterproof rain mac Topshop- also seen here/ Mint cable knit jumper – Dotti – discussed here/ Black Silk Chiffon shirt – Vintage from eBay Fr / Black Skinny Jeans – J Brand/ Leopard Print Booties – seen here and here / Necklace – Colette/ Lipstick- Rimmel Pink Fame/Fragrance- Tam Dao from Diptyque & Clarins Eau Dynamisante

 

So if you want to actually stay dry for once and look cool – get in on the Plastic Mac scene.

I scoff at your Prada “shower-proof” raincoat that leaves you shivering on the side of the soccer pitch and raise you this rocking rainwear.

We are not talking about Haute more Hardcore without compromising on style.

STEELEMyStyle‘s picks of the rain coats out there.

Waterproof and under $100.

 

 

 Topshop Metallic Plastic Mac $96 AUD

Also comes in blue metallic

 

 

Free People Printed Lace Raincoat $88 AUD approx

comes in white,mint,pink & navy

 

 

Asos Rainbow Stripe Plastic Mac $51 AUD approx

 

 

Aubin & Wills Emley Mac $1oo AUD

 

 

Miss Selfridge Aqua Plastic Raincoat $85 AUD

 

 

 

River Island Polka Dot Rain Poncho $20 AUD

 

 

 

Here are some images of ladies on the street and beyond rockin’ the plastic rain mac.

Also check out my Pinterest Board – Return of the (Rain) Mac for more mac options

 

Pic Streetfsn.blogspot.com

 

 

Pic from The Sartorialist.com via Pinterest

 

Pic MrNewton.net

 

Let me know how you go !

 

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Sally Steele, owner of STEELEMyStyle  is a Personal Stylist & Style Strategist, based in Brisbane  with Clients all over Australia.

See the  STEELEMyStyle mobile on the streets of Brisbane.

Let Sally help you Get Spotted !

Contact Sally  here or click here for Services.

 

 

 

How to: Amp it up & Get Leathered ….

Whatever your Age, Stage or Shape – you can update things with a spot of leather.

In my work as a Personal Stylist here in Brisbane – clients are often surprised at how easily they can add a bit of true cool grit to their everyday with a key leather piece.

No doubt, A fantastic leather jacket is a game-changer in your wardrobe.

Perfect for  Weekend shopping, Lunch with the girls, Date Night, Garden Club event, Work meeting, Dinner Date, Fashion Show, Reunions or just turning heads at School Pick ups.

It can easily amp up simple jeans & T shirt, (see SJP below) add an edge to something quite middle of the road (Kate Winslet below) or just add a bit of deluxe swagger to your everyday.

 
LEATHER JACKETS

 

I tell my Personal Styling clients if  you are going for your first staple black or brown leather jacket – think investment level prices like French & Italian women.

Go for PPW – Price Per Wear so save up if you need to and go for a classic shape & colour.

You will only be disappointed if you go for cheaper options – believe me.
And non-leather PU versions  – leave for those on pocket money !

But if you already have a beloved leather jacket and want to try out something new - 

There are some amazing Metallic, Studded & Colour options out there if you can afford the $1000 AUD + pricetag.

At the moment I must admit I am really enjoying my Vintage candy pink leather jacket.

Can’t afford $1000 AUD plus  ?  You are not alone.

AllSaints in the UK is a great site to find good quality leather jackets at around $680 AUD.

This is my favourite of theirs at the moment.

 

 ALL SAINTS METALLIC COLBY BIKER JACKET – $690 AUD

Just team with neutrals, blacks or greys and let this jacket take the spotlight.

 

 

 STEELEMyStyle Budget Shopping Tip

- If you don’t have the budget to spend but want good quality leather – check good brands on all country specific Ebays – like Ebay UK, plus Ebay France & Italy are great for quality leather goods.

- Alternatively, check out Op Shops (Vinnies, Salvos etc) & Vintage stores – the latter will always be more expensive as they have done the hard graft for you – for example I saw an amazing perfect condition 80s canary yellow biker quilted leather jacket for $175 AUD at Retro-Metro in Paddington, Brisbane last week, but if you are lucky and happy to scour then you can score finds like I did too – great quality lined Vintage mushroom leather pencil skirt & DKNY studded fullskirt leather skirt for just $20AUD a piece at Vinnies Sumner Park, Brisbane.

 

 LEATHER TROUSERS

 

Recently you may have seen more celebrities than you can shake a studded stick at rocking Leather Leggings/trousers and if you have great pins – so can you.

Black is the safe option but colours and metallics are popping up on pins everywhere.

A gorgeously stylish Mama-on-the-Run friend of mine has bought a pair and loves them so much she wore them 5 days straight all which ways.

Check out pics below and on Pinterest of women of all ages rocking leather pants in style

Just keep everything else low key-ish.
And no leather on leather unless you are part of the fash pack I reckon.

 

SARA BERMAN LEATHER PANTS from The Outnet $223 AUD

 

 

 

 

LEATHER SKIRTS & DRESSES

 

No matter your shape you can find a leather skirt or dress that works for you.

Also no matter what style you want – fashion forward, edgey, girly, classic French chic – there is one out there.

I love a midi pencil skirt & the fit and flare dresses but there are shapes and sizes in all colour schemes and metallics, so go for what flatters your body the most.

Again just allow the leather to do all the talking.

 

 KARL
METALLIC SILVER WRAP/ROUND LOOK SKIRT
30% off now $294 from Net-A-Porter

 

 

TOPSHOP
METALLIC BLUE LEATHER PLEATED SKIRT now only $70 AUD 

RIVER ISLAND
FIT & FLARE LEATHER DRESS $187 AUD

 

 

 

WITCHERY
CHIC 60s SHIFT LEATHER TEE DRESS $ 269.95

 

 

Got $3375 hanging around ?


Check out THE ROW’s

LONG SLEEVED LEATHER DRESS at NET A PORTER

 

 

LEATHER T SHIRTS

An easy way to amp up jeans, shorts whatever you want.

 

DIESEL GOLD LASER CUT T SHIRT $ 400 AUD 

 

WAREHOUSE
BLUE LASER CUT LEATHER T SHIRT now $ 99 AUD

Got some inspiration ?

Some ladies amping it up and getting leathered below !

For lots more leather looks & outfit  inspiration check out my Pinterest board Amp it up & Get Leathered.

 

Olivia Palermo in leather shift dress looking utterly gorgeous

 

 

Miranda Kerr does Leather Trousers perfectly – chic & demure. Easy for the novice and all ages.

 

 

Kate Winslet takes a basic pair of jeans & ballet pumps and adds a wee slice of cool.

 

 

Gwen Stefani rocks Pink Leather & polka dot jeans – of course she does ! I love this look

 

 

Michelle Pfeiffer at over fifty looks fantastic in her long sleeved, leather panelled dress

 

 

SJP amps up school pick-ups style effortlessly

 

 

Helen Mirren shows you can rock leather at any age

 

 

Jessica Alba rocks a red leather dress

 

 

Cat Deeley does burnished red leather trousers with utter ease.

 

 

 Love Michelle Williams Burgundy Pencil skirt ensemble

 

 

 If Kate Moss wasn’t rocking leather leggings then no one would be

 

 

Angelina in looks positively demure in her leather pencil skirt

 

 

Blake Lively- just lovely  in metallic pleated leather skirt

 

 

Kate Bosworth is stunning in textured brown leather pencil skirt

 

For more leather inspiration check out my Pinterest board Amp it up & Get Leathered.
Let me know how you go !

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Spotted: Streetstyle- It’s all gone a wee bit Tribal..

 

Thank goodness for Pinterest - It really makes my job as a Personal Stylist so much easier. Not only with new Personal Styling clients in Brisbane and those interstate, but with ongoing clients who now happen to be overseas.

I use Pinterest to help tap into what inspires clients,  which then helps me work out where they want to go style-wise and help them discover their Inner Style.

Style for me as I have said before is often inspired by an emotion, a feeling, music or pictures of incredible tribal women & children like these from Pinterest…. stunning !

 

 

 

 

or maybe I have been inspired by the Isabel Marant jackets like below that I have been gasping over for a few months now.

 

Anyway, whatever the impetus,

I dug out a Hmong Tribal Denim skirt I bought ions ago in a Garage sale aiming to make cool cushions out of (but have never got round to) and a mirrored clutch I actually did make out of an Afghani waistcoat I bought overseas in the early 90s to perhaps use again.

so this is

What I wore…

to drop-offs, music class, hospital visit, client shopping & pick-ups with the addition of this fur gilet  this morning when it was brass monkeys cold this morning.

 

 

 

 

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What I wore:

*Blue chiffon shirt – Kmart -they are still instore and reduced to $10 AUD I noticed they also come in red & green. I have not seen fitted collared shirts like this anyway else at the moment.

* Green Bobble Jumper – Dotti – see it  here and here – love it 100% cotton -  perfect weight for Australian transeasonal uses. I cannot link to something similar and Dotti are all sold out – I don’t even know if they have a warehouse outlet. The perfect knit is rare so when it pops up buy it and bank it – stay alert during UK Winters to snap up bargains.

* Hmong Tribal Skirt – bought in garage sale long long time ago – find them on eBay or buy designer version here. at Browns Fashion.

* Grey Ribbed Tights - Wolford

* Leopard Booties – see similar here and see them also worn here

* Necklaces - Metal tribal necklace – Diva, Diamante collar – Collette, Beaded necklace DIY by Ms 5 yr old, Pom Poms – Spotlight.

* Sunglasses - Karen Walker Patty Tea Brown buy them here

 

Personal Stylist Tip !  – This is obviously what I love to wear and expresses my individuality – but if you find the amount of colour too much – just team one Tribal piece with neutral, grey or blacks.

If I want to give it a different spin I would wear it with this Country Road black cape knit from last season and team with black or grey boots.

Also check out my Pinterest board A wee bit Tribal for more ongoing inspiration.

Down below are some great Tribal inspired pieces out there …

 

SHOP THE LOOK

 

SANDRO TRIBAL INSPIRED CREPE DRESS from NET-A-PORTER just $ 310 AUD

 

 

CARVEN TRIBAL TOP now only $95 AUD from Ekseption

 

 

ASOS POM POM TRIBAL SCARF $68 AUD approx

 

 

 OLEG CASSINI VINTAGE TRIBAL DRESS from Farfetch.com-  $240 AUD approx

 

 

 

 

 PARK LANE ANKLE BOOT WITH NATIVE PRINT now just $94 AUD approx

 

SURFACE TO AIR COTTON & LEATHER TRIBAL BAG
from BROWNS FASHION now just $125AUD

 

 

 

 

 

Let me know how you go !

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What I wore: My Off-Duty Style…

 

 

 

In the spirit of Mr Wang’s quote here is

What I wore..

on a rare Saturday off to go to the park with Ms 1 yr old, Ms 5 yr old & the man x

 

I know that my What I Wore posts are pretty lo-fi,  but I usually just take a snap with my iPhone on the way out or on return from clients, drop-off, pick-ups, errands etc etc.

Plus we have no lovely looking un 70s brick walls near us without being in full view of the neighbours taking pics of myself… not cool.

I know they are not beautiful fashion bloggery pics but – hey, I don’t purport to being one and such is the real life of a Mama-on-the-Run with 2 kiddiwinks running a full-time business in part-time hours.

From all the emails & feedback I get, people seem to appreciate the candour.

There is enough “smoke & mirrors’ in the world I reckon.

Personally, I am amazed I have lipstick, earrings & shoes (that match) on !  Remember I have told you that Post-Kids -  I whoop and punch the air if I get a shower in the mornings.

But, I promise, I will start to do a series of proper shots of my entire wardrobe (& update the website at the same time) so people can see how to put different outfits together properly and what is actually in my closet (which I get a lot of requests for).

I have some incredibly beautiful clothes that need to be given their due respect.

Just got to find the time.

Until then, my dear husband took these shots, while we were in the park so that you can actually see a full-length for once, that doesn’t look like it was taken in a crazy “circus” mirror.

Also check my Pinterest board too – Off-Duty Style...for more Off-Duty Style inspiration – especially from those of us with kiddiwinks on tow.

 

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What I wore:

* Deerstalker Hat & Polka Dot cravat – My Grandfather’s- The Deerstalker has been an Autumn/Winter favourite hat of mine over the last ten years since he died  – I inherited a lot of both my Grandparents’ accessories and love wearing them. Like it ? – you can buy one here -

* Green Bobble JumperDotti (don’t judge ..I always tell folks ignore the store – if it works it works) – see it properly here – one of my favourite Winter sweaters along with my other Acne Schmacne Mint jumper  - yet to be photographed in a What I Wore.

* Camouflage JacketAPC – an oldie but a Closet Keeper – you can buy one similar here

* Grey Leopard Print JeansK Mart (don’t faint) – they still have them in “off the beaten track” stores – they are now reduced to $19 and are brilliant – I bought 2 pairs and have one pair kept in my closet. I wear them on or off-duty. Day or Evening – they are the jeans I have been wearing most this season and everytime I do someone asks me where I bought them or clients comment on how they wished they could wear something like them. Often I tell clients who are trying to look less “Mumsy” that they can still run around after kids in a T shirt, Jeans & Sneakers in the park – but just choose a more interesting pair of jeans or get a Statement Sneaker... it is all in the details.  I have worn them here and  here  – you can also buy these ones by Current Elliott  at $355 AUD.

* Bracelets – Leather Spike Glitter cuff – Topshop, Birthday Bracelet made by Ms 5yr Old, DIY Friendship bracelets , Black/White snap enamel cuff – Surry Hills Markets, Gold Timex watch – Sportsgirl.

* Earrings – I have downsized my piercings (since the 90s)  to just two holes on each side – so I wear Gorgeous Horse Studs that I got for my birthday see similar by Gemma Lister here . Hoops are my day staple, I pick up cheap ones & keep a couple of pairs in the car – see what else I keep in my car here.

* Rings - My Great Great Grandmother’s Diamond Anniversary Ring, My Great Grandfather’s signet ring.

* Mink coloured leather bag – Italian unnamed brand found in Vinnies Paddington, Sydney  – it is brilliant for easy access & a good quality neutral leather bag.  This is a similar Marc by Marc Jacobs here.

*Sunglasses – my Fay Ban Aviators – I keep the real version for less high-risk scenarios – especially after the Karen Walker’s nearly didn’t make it last time Ms 1 yr old got her fast hands on them – one of the many in my Pot of Sunshine – see here.

* Glitter Slippers – I have shoes that I invest in,  like these YSLs, these Funkis clogs, my Chloé Sandals – but to be honest usually $299 is my max on most shoes nowadays – I just can’t justify anymore with kiddiwinks music, ballet, gymnastics lessons to pay for & wanting to head off on major  overseas travel adventure with kids to pay for – Obviously, I believe in quality but I don’t really need to spend a lot to gain joy from my shoes.

People often criticise Fast Fashion but combined with savvy investment pieces it allows one to look at the odd top or in this case pair of shoes,  like a bunch of flowers, some lovely burning oil or a cushion cover – ie – just little things that brighten one’s day & all for the same price as a sandwich.

These are one such pair of shoes. Just $8 in the K Mart sale.

All props need to go to Eli, my hairdresser and informal shopping spotter – she texts me if she sees something good and did so this Friday.  So be quick !

There are some really lovely Glitter Slippers out there if you prefer to spend more by Jimmy Choo ($550AUD).

But Style for me always has to be reality-based and maintainable within clients’ lifestyles.

Hey – I practice what I preach – these ones are brilliant for adding a bit of sparkle into my everyday without stressing when chasing a speedy toddler through ankle-deep wet bark !

oh and …

What Ms 1 yr old wore – *Hat – Hmong HillTribe hat bought in Thailand in 1991, Red Waffle Henley – Country Road, Superhero Cartoon Trackpants – Munster, Glitter Oxfords - Cotton On Kids.

Yes I know, … she’s better dressed than I am… such is life.

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A Hint of Mint – The Cable Knit sweater – Acne Schmacne

For months I have been lusting over the Acne mint knit sweater ($330 AUD) but when down here in the Southern Hemisphere it got cold enough to actually think about shopping for a sweater  – it was sold out everywhere in my size.

You snooze you lose.

 

I have since been scouring eBay to no avail and other mint sweaters have not been the perfect mix of chunky knit &  hyper pastel that made me fall in love with this piece.

So yesterday my heart skipped a wee beat when I saw online that the lovely people at dear Dotti have hit the nail on the proverbial & produced this little number.

Aptly named the Obsession Cable Jumper ($59.95 & 100% cotton)

I tried it on and it is stunning  (much better than it looks on their site)

I got a XS and it is perfect fit for the shrunken sweater look I want.

Reminds me of mint ice cream from the 70s. I officially have a tad of mint mania.

My new favourite sweater. Expect to see A LOT of What I Wores with this.

Race in now or head online (they also have in vibrant cornflower blue) before they are sold out.

See how the world is wearing their Mint cable knit below or follow my Knit-Wit Board on Pinterest – loving the Mint but just not feeling the jumper ? – find some inspiration on my Mint Mania board on Pinterest or check out my post Embrace Pastels.

 

 

 

Loving it with the leather paper bag trousers - pic Pinterest

 

Elle UK editor Carrie Tyler works it with brights & leather - LOVE

 

Fashion Blogger Aimee Song (Song of Style) works it with colour & fur

 

 

Hanne Gaby Odiele loves a Double scoop of mint - Pic Mr Newton

 

mint & caramel

 

Even Kanye got in the act

 

 

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What I wore: Pink Leather Jacket, Dip-Dyed Fur Gilet, Leopard Print Jeans & Gold Sneakers

What I wore ….

after 4 days of sick Ms 5 yr old, molar teething Ms 1 yr old and several nights of 3/4 hr sleep max  for Ms 5 yr old’s first day out and about in park, running errands & visiting specialists, when I should be working. 

Don’t know about you, but funny how kiddiwinks seem to pick the worst time to get sick – obviously there is no right time but my two both got a bit poorly on Friday but by Sunday Ms 5 yr old  could not go outdoors (so by default neither could Ms 1 yr old) on the day that my husband HAD to write an essay for his Masters that he is trying to do at night as well as work full-time.

Trying to keep my little kiddiwinks quiet and indoors for a whole day when they have already been indoors for a couple is high maintenance at best.

Neither of them is that into movies & TV so the day had to be a whirlwind of activity – craft, puzzles, cooking, drawing, painting, play doh, dress up. … in 20 min bouts… yup …phew !

Couple that with the stress & worry of not being able to visit a sick family member in hospital and night upon night of broken sleep and you can imagine how I am feeling … like a washed out rag.

But here at STEELEMyStyle, in my work as a Personal Stylist  it is all about reality-based maintainable style that fits in with lifestyle & budgets of each and every client.

There are no glossy before & after pics – want to see a real Client Study click here

So – despite the massive bags under my eyes, no make-up and the feeling even after coffee #2 that I am counting the hours until I am in my bed again – here is what I wore.

As I have said before I need to still dress like myself even when reality gets in the way and I was happy to give this fur gilet its inaugural outing with my Pink “Thriller” leather jacket that never fails to lift my mood.

Don’t be fooled – the laughing is hysteria from lack of sleep.

 

 

 

 

I love a bit of layering – gives so many options

 

 

 

 

 

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What I Wore:

* Vintage 80s Pink Leather Jacket  – given to me as a gift from a lovely mate. Never fails to add a bit of a skip in my step, even on days like these. Need one  ? If you cannot find a great Vintage one then here are some more options on Polyvore

* Dip Dyed Faux Fur Gilet – Cotton On $49.95 The faux fur gilets are everywhere from Haute to Target and I have been on the look-out for one that felt a wee bit special. I would link to it on their website as it is stores this week but their site is not up to date. Love the dip dye effect – and it is really fluffy and looks great quality moving in the wind. Love it for this Queensland climate – about as much as you really need and if we go to colder climes it can be layered easily.

Want to see more Faux Fur and how to wear ? Follow my Fur Real board on Pinterest

* Wolf Sweatshirt – Something Else by Natalie Wood bought at Cricketers Arms Hotel Markets, Surry Hills, Sydney – an oldie but a goodie – a beloved sweatshirt by the kids and me especially as Ms 5 yr old pointed out there is the Mama and two cubs. Something Else by Natalie Wood pieces & storewise can be bought at General Pants too.

* Grey Leopard Print jeans – seen here  and here too – great statement jean and available everywhere – even in K Mart at the moment for $29 (just go to the out of the way ones)  – other brands – check out Polyvore (Fashion Search Engine ).

* Gold Hi-Tops - Sportsgirl 5 yrs ago – I bought 3 pairs of these and this is the last well-loved pair. Little tip – if you find something you like buy a couple and stash them. I don’t have lots of trainers just these and a hi-top pair of Asics. But they add a bit of sunshine to even the dullest day. Find Gold Sneakers on Polyvore here – or check out these great Wedge sneakers that are Right up My Alley

* Green Cambridge Satchel - $180 AUD embossed with kiddiwinks’ initials – bought just before Ms 5 yr old went to school and my daily handbag now. love love love it. Read more about it here - buy one here.

* Cat’s Eye Sunglasses – my beloved Karen Walkers had a run-in with Ms 1 yr old’s busy little hands and are getting repaired. But luckily I have a big pot of sunshine full of cheap and cheerful sunnies like these.

* Big Hoop Earrings – Cotton On 2 pack $4.95 – I keep these and other things stashed in my car – see what else I keep in my car for fun, style, practicality & so much more here

* Necklaces – all family heirlooms – read about them here

 

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What I wore: to be Corporate…ish in Houndstooth & Patent

 

What I wore…

for drop-offs & to meet with Corporate Clients to talk about Dressing for Success.

 

We all know about dressing for success and in these tricky times it is often dressing for survival – or dressing to avoid being retrenched.

Other’s perception of you and how well you can do your job is totally affected by your appearance and how you choose to dress. No matter how unfair it sounds – it is the reality.

So when I am meeting with Corporate clients, as with any client I tailor the way I dress to – for want of a better expression – look the part and fit in with the environment.

That is not to say I don’t express myself and my own individuality and obviously as a Personal Stylist – you get away with a lot more individuality & creativity as it comes with the job title, but I am very aware of other’s perception and making an impression for all the right reasons.

Ultimately I want to gain the respect of those I am dealing with – so that they allow me to just do my job and my intellectual & creative skills can take the fore.

When I am helping clients either get back into the work force or change industries or dress for promotion I do tell clients the following little tips.

 

 

STEELEMyStyle Dress for Success & Survival Tips

 

* Refresh your workwear every season to keep looking modern & engaged. 

Whether it be an accessory, a jacket, skirt or shoes,  – just make sure you keep looking modern & in touch by incorporating something new into your work wardrobe. Check out new trends in patterns or shapes of skirts,pants etc and look at bringing in something that flatters you, works with your personality & your current wardrobe.

 

* Be mindful of  dressing appropriately for the Industry, Workplace & Position.

If you want to work in Media & Film and turn up in a black suit you won’t get called back. Similarly you go to a job in Banking and turn up in floral crop pants, neon cashmere sweater & statement heels and you will stand out for all the wrong reasons.

 

* Make sure you wear something that you feel comfortable in and that fits.

No gaping, nothing too tight, too short, revealing or fabric that will wrinkle in a glance.

 

* Your clothing should still reflect your personality and feel right for you.

I love pattern & shine & lots of colour but in a corporate environment that might mean I opt for patent instead of glitter or gold & houndstooth which is a classically chic pattern.  I might just give a hint of colour in my lipstick or depending on the workplace with my shoes, jacket or bag.

 

* Look well-presented & well groomed.

Make sure your hair looks styled- whether you have long hair and you need to tie it back – make it look like you made an effort rather than you just shoved it in an elastic band as you haven’t washed it for days. Invest in a couple of modern pony tail clips like this .

If you have shorter hair in a style – keep it maintained every 6 wks & look at getting it updated and refreshed once/twice a year. If you dye your hair keep it maintained otherwise you will look tired & out of step.  Make sure your nails are clean & well kept – you don’t need polish but just make sure they look tidy and if you do do polish keep the crazy nail art for weekends.

Keep your make-up paired back but wear some make-up if needed.

For me – I keep to tinted moisturiser, cover-up if need be, blush, lipstick or lip balm, bronze eyeliner (not black) and a flash of mascara if I haven’t had my eyelashes done which i now do monthly/6wkly.

My hairdresser comes once a month to my home – obviously the upkeep on platinum blonde is much more so keep this in mind when choosing hair style & colour.

 

* DON’T be afraid to dress femininely

This does not mean sexy or girly & frilly – just don’t be afraid to wear a skirt & heels if that makes you feel confident & engaged.

Want some more Work wear inspiration – check out my Killer Office Style posts here  and here and check out Killer Office Style on Pinterest.

 

So what did I wear ? Check it out below…

 

Garden hose in the background – how glamourous !

 

 

 

 

 

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What I Wore:

*Black Merino Wool Capelet Top – Country Road Winter 2011

- One of the first smarter winter tops I bought whilst still breast-feeding & still dark haired. You can see it on the website worn with black pants & heels in the triptych images – It is very flattering for post-baby bodies & perfect layering piece. Similar shape here

*Houndstooth Midi Skirt – River Island (bought in UK Winter sales – a great way to get some bargains ! – make the most of the seasonal opposites) Here is a Salvatore Ferragamo one for $280 AUD here  Alexander McQueen one here For some pencil skirts that will work in the office check out J Crew here  Like the Houndstooth – Pencil Skirt not your scene – Jigsaw do a great A line Houndstooth here

*Grey ribbed tights – Wolford – I tend to always buy Wolford as they last and look good for ages. Obviously if you wanted to be a bit more conservative looking you would opt for black opaques or sheer black tights if you don’t have little hands ready to ladder in a flash. They do some incredible tights including Houndstooth ones that you could do to flash up an all black conservative ensemble.

*Vintage Black leather belt – Vinnies - I always check out leather belts in opshops & garage sales and over the years have built up a pretty good solid collection  which is added to my inherited box of my Grandmother’s belts. You can never have enough accessories & this is my wide Black leather belt that I reach for a lot.

*Vintage Black Patent Lady-like  Bag – Glebe Markets -ancient little bag but still looks good with a wee blast of Mr Sheen ! -  borrowed back from the girl’s dress-up trunk for today.

*Black Patent Peep-Toe Heels – Camper – these are my newest purchase – bought a couple of weekends ago in Sydney at the Surry Hills Market – brand new in box for $80 AUD (normally $300 + AUD).  I love black patent and the rubber block heel is so comfy so they are realistic for running around with kiddiwinks too for drop-offs – since I became a Mama there are few high heels that I can realistically wear with Ms 1 yr old on my hip & walking downhill & uphill to school – these are great.

Also I like the “old school” look of them – I really don’t like Victoria Beckham/Kim Kardashian platformy block looking high heels that are everywhere now-  plus I need an ankle strap with peep toes as my feet are narrow.

Don’t know Camper shoes – they are unreal – check them out here - Too spenny ? Check out similar black patent peep-toe (some of them designer brands) here on eBay.

* Subtle Cat’s Eye Sunglassespart of my big tin of cheapy sunglasses that it doesn’t matter if Ms 1 yr old gets a hold of and snaps in the blink of an eye or I leave in the park. I buy these $5 ones wherever I see them and add to the pot. Then I keep my good Karen Walkers, Han, Ray Bans & Linda Farrow glasses far from reach.

*Pink Resin Long Band Cuff – Dinosaur Designs  - in pastel pink – it comes in a myriad of colours and although now over several years old I love it and the way it has moulded to my right arm – often as I have narrow wrists I wear it closer to my elbow as a cuff.

*Enamel Black & White snap lock bangle – opshop find

*Necklaces – all family heirlooms – read stories here

*Lipstick - Pink Fame by Rimmel London  – a brilliant range $10 -$14 depending – great range of colours , velvety finish and stays on for EVER. I keep a few of these stashed in the car to save my good Mac lipsticks. To see what else I stash in the car read this  reality-based What’s in my Car post.

 

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What I wore: Neon 50s Flowers for Mother’s Day

What I wore…

For Mother’s Day lunch with Family … and scootering with Ms 5 yr old

I love a killer frock and this is no exception – everytime I wear it (usually in cooler months) as it is wool based, I have lots of compliments & people stopping me in the street. It is very bright so I temper it with black or grey.

Love the whole feminine 50s feel of it and love playing with it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What I wore:

* Vintage handmade neon flowers full skirted dress – Surry Hills Markets back in 2003

I love Vintage Floral – you can see here in this past post – Vintage Florals a go-go

Love a full-skirted neon floral ? doubt you would find a similar print but  check out something similar here or here on Modcloth- or scour eBay, Garage Sales, Vintage & Antique stores Auction houses & Opshops.

* Grey Tights by Wolford

* Patent Peep Toes by Camper – Surry Hills Market worn here too

* Vintage Leather Envelope Clutch with Great Grandmother’s initials

* Vintage Black Leather belt also seen here

* Vintage Silver & Enamel cuff – Woollongabba Antiques Centre, Brisbane

* Vintage Round Sunglasses – Surry Hills Market - worn here too

 

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What I wore: Shaggy Coat, Shiny Clogs, 70s Sunnies & Aqua Blue Beret

What I wore… on a chilly sunny Autumn Queensland morning for drop-offs, Ms 5 yr old’s class group work and a couple of meetings squeezed in.

Back in Brisbane after four glorious days in Sydney spent at the Hopscotch Films 10th Anniversary Party, working, researching, doing Sydney meetings & then a whole lot of catching up in between with old friends, new bubbas with enough time to squeeze in a solid session at Surry Hills market & try out a couple of great new eateries. Phew…

The cold air in Sydney brought out this new Shaggy Coat for the first time and today it felt a bit nippy here so was happy to keep cosy. No lip stick  today as Sydney’s chilly wind ravaged them a bit so they are just packed to the max with Palmer’s Cocoa Butter. No make-up today neither – was a bit of a rush, thankfully I have a bit of monthly help now.

 

 

 

 

 

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What I wore:

* Black Shaggy Coat/Cardigan by Mink Pink – available in beige/pink for $129.95 here  - I usually wear with a belt to bring it in. I was given a voucher for David Jones and this is what I bought. Not as thick as a fur jacket and perfect to throw on to keep the chill out the air.
The kiddiwinks love it and call it my  “poodle” coat.

* Red Jeans  – I have a couple of pairs of good quality expensive ($250 +) jeans  and then cheap fun ones like these and my leopard print & snake skin print jeans I get anywhere that flatter me – Dotti, K Mart, Topshop, Sportsgirl, Asos are the best bet for a pair of jeans between $30 -$70 for some fun.  Red jeans are available pretty much everywhere at the moment but stuck ? try Polyvore here for some suggestions. Will probably DIY customise them soon and do a wee Isabel Marant tie dye option like this – stay tuned.

* Black & White polka dot cardigan – Dotti - $59.95  Always like having some polka dot options in my wardrobe and this knit is perfect size & weight for layering and wearing with pencil skirts for that whole Mad Men look if I want. Here is a similar one here .

* Vintage 70s Sunnies - $10 bought at Surry Hills Market, Sydney while I was down at the weekend to try out on my face. If I like them & wear a lot  I will probably upgrade to either these by Elizabeth & James,  or The Row  , want a cheap version – see here at Asos.

* Green Satchel by Cambridge Satchel $179 AUD – handmade and the best – with my kiddiwinks initials on there – love this bag and use it everyday – see here too. Available here in myriad of colours

* Black Patent & Gold Clogs – $189.95 – Ltd edition by Zanita for Funkis- bought last year and have been worn to death. See them here.  Everyone stops and asks me where I bought them and now a couple of clients have gone and bought these or others on Funkis. Great quality good sized heel for running after kiddiwinks and worth the extra spend. Also great clogs done by Hasbeens here.

* Vintage Turquoise Blue Angora Beret$5 bought so long ago I can only remember it was at Glebe Markets in Sydney. I had a shower before heading to bed last night and so my hair was a bit crazy this morning – not enough time to tame it hence my penchant for hats throughout the year.  A great Mama-on-the-Run style saver and I keep a few in my car – see what else I keep in my car here. 

I know beanies are more popular at the moment but I prefer berets. Whenever I see an interesting one I buy it – and yes I have a Raspberry Beret too ! Check out this tiger print one at Sportsgirl or this cashmere one at Asos .

* Jewellry – All family heirlooms & jewellry with stories attached – Necklace shown – Gold Arabic Nameplate given to me as a 14 yr old by my father who worked in Saudi Arabia worn with Solitaire diamond – 18th birthday present from Grandparents & Gold Heart Locket with “Ella” & diamond on it – Great Grandmother’s given to her on her 18th birthday & passed onto me when I turned 30.

Jade “Luck” & “Good Fortune” Pendant – Great Great Grandmother’s and given to me when Ms 5 yr old was born, worn with Grandmother’s swimming medal from 1922 and Grandmother’s heart turquoise locket with initials given to her on her 10th birthday – to see what rings I always wear read here 

 

Want to check out other What I wore posts – see here, here, here and here oh and here  and here and here or just click the In My Closet category tab on right.

 

 

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What I wore: Zebra-print Coat, Bruno Magli Boots, Neon belt & Metallic Flats …

What I wore…

to school Cross-Country, runaround errands with Ms 1 yr old, writing at home & Ms 5 yr old’s gymnastics class

 

The other day was Ms 5 yr old’s first foray into school sports.

Prep Cross-Country – 500 m Fun Run (if they are all running in the same direction we will be whooping out loud.)

Ms 5 yr Old had her own Eye of the Tiger idea of a Fun Run “I want to win Mama and win all the trophies ”

Me ” Um there’s no trophies bubs, but it’s good to want to do your best. But I will be cheering and think you are amazing no matter where you come. Just have fun ok

Mama wear something so I can see you cheering when I am running …”

So I did as you can see .. someone said ” No missing you in a crowd !”… exactly !

Ms 5 yr old’s wee face lit up when she picked me out in the crowd & enjoyed waving to the cheering crowds more than keeping her eye on the finish line I reckon.

Arriving somewhere in the middle of the pack of kids at the finish line when asked by her father how she went she cheerfully stated “not first but about second or third” – I love how kids are legends in their own minds. Brilliant !

Lots of clients who are Mamas say to me, that they never go anywhere anymore so what’s the point in bothering about what they wear.

Well, if I am not working I too lead the Mama-on-the-Run life but hey life is too short to not love what you wear and this Zebra Coat never fails to brighten my day.

As is Queensland’s Autumn want, by the afternoon pick-ups it was too sunny for boots, so out came my wee Mirrored metallic flats that I am loving. You can see them here too in my Sequins, Metallics & Sparkle post.

Oh and to cap it all off,  I arrived at pick-ups full of glee as dinner was in the bag.  I made an incredibly delicious spinach,courgette & pea risotto in the rice cooker while I was working… I know – love multi-tasking experiments !

Some of you might think …  huh ? what a loser !

But no shame in my game over here because it really is the little things that make my day !

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Here’s what I wore:

*Vintage suede Zebra Print Trench – Bought at Glebe Markets Sydney

I talk to clients about finding “Closet Keepers” clothes that you love and that stay in your closet for years. This is one. I didn’t go looking for a jacket but it “spoke” to me (as Iris Apfel says) and it said “take me home”. It is close to 10 yrs old but I look after it and it still looks good. It has its own zebra print belt.  – You can find similar Zebra Print coats/jackets  here at Asos or here by Etro at Net a Porter.

*80s Neon Pink belt – this was mine as a teen when neon was in in the 80s ! – I saw this great Street-Style pic of a girl wearing a neon belt with her trench (check out Pinterest- Neontastic) and it gave me an idea to try it out. I would’ve preferred a narrower belt but hey I had this in my belt box. I never throw out belts and inherited heaps from my Grandmother. Buy them anywhere but here are a few options here

*K Mart Jeans – see them also here in this post .

*Vintage Bruno Magli leather Wedge Boots – I don’t often wear flat long boots but these are a great stylish option when it’s slightly muddy underfoot. These were given to me by my gorgeous friend Melina who bought them in the wrong size from eBay. See some black flat boots here

* Silver Mirrored Metallic pointed flats – Rubi shoes – I know don’t faint – first pair of shoes from here and probably the last  but have been looking for exactly this type of shoe and love the mirrored silver metallic finish.  Cannot give links as all I have seen with similar finish are in Margiela hi-tops or Marc Jacobs sandal wedges. Hoping Karl brings something like this out so I can invest.

*Bead Bracelet - made by Ms 5 yr old for my birthday

*Earrings – cheap gold hoops -  I keep in my car just in case I don’t get round to putting on earrings – see what other Style savers I keep in my car here

*Bag – Cambridge Satchel – see it here too

*Make-up – Stila tinted moisturiser, Stila rouge & Rimmel London “Shocking Pink” lipstick.

 

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What I wore….to kiddiwink drop-offs, a Personal Stylist client appointment in Brisbane, a Skype meeting with interstate client pick ups, swimming lessons & Friday night Footy (ah the Dragons !)

When does an Isabel Marant T-shirt help Women Survivors of War ?

What I wore to a couple of client meetings after drop-offs

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Sequins, Metallics & Sparkle – 5 Top Finds under $200 -

Ok, so I had to put my car in for a service yesterday and what does anyone do when having a couple of hours to kill near Queen St Mall, Brisbane – never mind a Personal Stylist & Shopper – Research !

These were the best Sequins, Metallics & Sparkle finds I found in the Chain Stores ranging between $30 – $190 AUD in the 2 hour timeframe I had.

Anyone who knows me knows I love a bit of sparkle in my everyday and no matter what anyone in fashion inner circles says I reckon Sequins, Metallics & Sparkle are a fashion classic that can be brought out year after year in some shape or form for a bit of amped up glamour.

All were tried on to make sure they actually looked & felt good.

Oh have more to spend and want some inspiration – check out my top picks of new Karl collection The Shining here

 

1. Silver Metallic pointed flats

RUBI – $29.95

I don’t usually buy any shoes here or bother looking even though they often nail a trend pretty quickly because they don’t usually fit my feet and dare I say it look as cheap as they are.

However these caught my eye so I went in and tried them on. They felt pretty good.

They have a cute ankle strap but I took the pic to show you they look good with jeans down.

If you feel you are a bit cankley or have short legs, ankle straps are not your friend. Just cut them off.  If you love them and wear them heaps (which you will)  then just keep an eye out for great investment ones – Marc Jacobs has some for $500 AUD but not loving the brown MJ strap. I am def keeping my eyes peeled and will let you know.

Annoyingly these are not showing up yet on their website – but they are def instore. They have them in different options including black/snakeskin but to be honest these were the only ones that I reckon work and don’t look cheap.

 

 

 

 

3. Statement Crystal Necklace

LOVISA $39.95

Great way to add a bit of sparkle and statement – & bring attention upwards.

It would look great under a crisp white shirt (or over) for work or just with a T shirt – either a V neck , shallow scoop, round neck, over a buttoned up shirt or open shirt depending on the style look you are (works well with contrast behind it).

No link to Lovisa’s  frustrating website as it assumes you know which “collection” the necklace is from – after looking through a few I gave up – which is a shame because their stores are so easy to shop and well laid out.

Check out my Pinterest boards for more inspiration on how to wear statement necklaces.

 

 

3.  Midnight Blue Sequin Pants

Sportsgirl $149.95 AUD and yes thank you Sportsgirl you can buy this online easily

Embrace that embellishment trend and highlight your pins.

These are an amazing colour in person – much more blue twinkly that this.

They are lined so not at all scratchy – be aware that they will give so don’t be afraid to go down a size & compare.

These Crop Pants can be worn as simply as with trainers & T shirt or with loafers or amped up with blazer & heels. Don’t go for cropped if your lower legs are not your best asset- especially as these are a high crop (very in this season) so that is one thing to keep in mind. There are full length versions out there that will flatter your leg more so don’t opt out.

Also keep the pants the statement and everything else non-sparkly. You can add interest on top (in winter) with a shaggy fur gilet – or great sweater -  check out my Pinterest Boards Sequins Metallics & Sparkle for more inspiration.

 

 

4. Silver Heeled Loafers

Wittner $169.95

If you loved the Alexander Wang ones but couldn’t afford them or whether you just want a metallic heel that you can wear with a suit (for work) and with jeans that has a bit of SOMETHING special and is a bit more fashion forward then check out these ones at Wittner. I did & they look hot on !

Wear with dresses, pants, jeans, suits whatever. I know sheer tights are back in but I do think these look best with opaque. Check out my Sequins, Metallics & Sparkle Pinterest to see others in Silver shoes for inspiration.

 

 

 

 

5. Sequin Embellished Jacket

Sportsgirl $189.95  – and yes thank you Sportsgirl you can buy this online.

This jacket again is stunning close up – the mint & purple really pops out and this is a bargain investment. No doubt you will keep this for years and enjoy it. Sportsgirl always does great discounts but it might not stay long enough to be discounted…. It is cropped & a bit boxy – good for you if you want to highlight your upper half – or need more shape up top.

Wear it during the day (why not ! ) with simple T and denims. Wear with a simple dress for a big occasion. Or throw it over an all black ensemble  add heels and off you go into the starry starry night.

I also think whatever you age, shape, size if you saw this and it spoke to you – you will love it and wear it. Check out Iris Apfel aged 90 in my Sparkly Style Savers post from last year.

If they don’t have your size don’t give up – the girls are so helpful and will find another store and get it delivered to your nearest store. I am normally a size 8/10 and the size 8 fit – it is not meant to close. Always look at the shoulders to see how it fits you.

Sportsgirl actually had a few great jackets – including beautiful Velvet Blazers and 50% off their leather & Winter coats (saw this one in flesh- amazing colour in reality – very bright neon aqua)

 


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Spotted: Streetstyle – Coat like a Cape

There is no doubt checking out street style as much as I do that you could not notice the Coat like a Cape look that has become endemic in fashion communities.

I absolutely love the look of it – reminds me of 1940s old Hollywood movies & their starlets like Rita Hayworth in Gilda. Maybe because fashion loves all things 1940s it has caught on.. who knows.

 

 

 

As I say the aesthetic is unreal – but I can’t see how this could be effortless (for me)   – I know it is meant to be like ‘Oh this old thing – just slung over my shoulders as I have to rush off to the Isabel Marant runway show” but doubt if it is in reality for a Mama-on-the-Run with 2 kiddwinks.

Also it seems to go hand in hand with the layering of jacket upon jacket trend which is completely necessary in Scotland and the odd morning in Sydney but in Queensland …. you are kidding.

Anyway back to the Coat as a Cape -  I did it yesterday and my verdict was…

With the kids – complete nightmare – it kept slipping of my shoulders and whether or not it looked cool (i doubt it)  I cannot tell a lie…

I felt like a complete & utter Tosca.

I think I much prefer the “hot man putting his oversized Blazer over my shoulders on the walk home because I didn’t want to cover up my rockin’ frock with a jacket and now it is a bit parky”  look.

How about you ?

Check out the Style Candy below and do let me know how you go ?

Need more inspiration check out my Coat like a Cape board on Pinterest

One trend I will be waving to its beauty from the sidelines.

 

Pic Tommy Ton

 

Double layering - Pic Mr Newton

 

Elisa Nalin nails it - Mr Newton pic

 

Pic Tommy Ton

 

Love it - pic Tommy Ton

 

Sarah Rutson - Mr Newton pic

 

aviator bomber over sequins - love Pic Tommy Ton

 

Pic Stockholm Streetstyle.com

 

pic StockholmStreetstyle.comPic Stockholm Streetstyle.com

 

Alexa of course - Pic Tommy Ton

 

Pic stockholm streetstyle.com

 

Pic -Stockholm streetstyle.com

How to: wear neon without looking like an 80s tragic

Yes I know – is it possible to do Neon at forty ? Really ?

I thought perhaps this was one trend I would sit out until I saw this collar necklace in Diva.

Anyway I got lots and lots of compliments when out and about in the city today from complete strangers & I sent them off to Diva. It’s new in and is less than $20 AUD although they are yet to get it onto their website..grrr

Pic taken at twilight to get the full  fluoro effect !

 

Worn with black Bassike T shirt, Grey Leopard Print jeans seen here, White/Black Contrast Tuxedo seen here & Black Pistol Boots, my almost Neon Green Cambridge Satchel seen here & my Karen Walker sunglasses seen here.

I know Neon is not new – it’s been around for a couple of years and we’ve done the nail polish & pop pinks & turquoise for a while but it is really filtering down into the mainstream and there are some interesting pieces out there at the moment for this season.

So want to know how to rock a bit of neon without looking like a throw-back to the 80s.. read on for some great pieces or follow my Neon-tastic board on Pinterest – you know you want to.

 

 

1.  Neon Colorblock Collar from my new favourite site Baublebar – put your name on the waitlist for this colourway – unreal and only $60 AUD approx – easy to rock as your one statement piece over a grey T shirt or with open V neck shirts or buttoned up shirts/blouses. Versatile & show-stopping – LOVE !

2. Michael Kors ribbed Cashmere in Neon pink – cashmere – tick – wear with crisp white shirt collar peaking through & dark wash indigo, grey, black or white jeans & add another level by adding in either a neon turquoise statement jewellry or shoe/metallic silver loafer or boots – love this and at  $580 AUD approx from Net- A- Porter – Striking versatile luxury.

3. Large HI Fi Speaker Bag - I love a novelty bag – and when you are tired of it then it is perfect to add to the dress up box – comes in a myriad of colour ways and just $45 AUD approx from Rock Collection UK.

4. Neon Mint Jeans from True Religion - pair this with neutrals, grey or black to hold the neon in the realm of cool – look for neon jeans by J Brand and in Kmart, Dotti, Jay Jays, J,Crew  etc too.  Around $ 300 AUD approx.

5. Erickson Beamon Modern Mogul Neon Statement Earrings - Not cheap but what these neon colored Swarovski earrings are one traffic -stopping  statement for life – nothing else needed !  $575 AUD approx from Charm & Chain.

6. Fluoro Chevron Cuff - love the snake like pattern & the neon yellow and just $ 25 AUD approx from Bauble Bar – wear on your wrist for an easy statement.

7. Nicholas Kirkwood Neon Moccassins – from Colette France – like a tropical bird on your foot – neon turquoise suede and neon pink patent .. what a combo – what a pair of flats.  Pretty spesh $600 AUD approx.

8. Asos Envelope Clutch $70 AUD approx - neon leather flap with neon pink embroidery – (love this! ) cotton clutch -neon & embroidered -  two birds one amazing stone ….

 

STEELEMyStyle Tips

* Dip your toe into the water with some rockin’ Neon jewellry. It works really well with anything really be it a simple LBD or just denim, white shirt & silver loafers.

* Neon jeans look unreal. Keep the rest neutral or black. Check out Jessica Alba and how she is working it well for inspiration – see below and on Pinterst. Thanks to her stylist no less !

* Try an accessory like a Neon skinny belt to give polka dots or camel nudes a new twist.

* Pick up a Neon bag or Neon shoes – there are some amazing combinations out there with snakeskin. Check out my Green Cambridge Satchel (they also did them last year in neon brights) Nothing else new needed.

* How about a Neon cardi or sweater  ? – combine with greys, blacks, white to ground it – I really love neon pink & grey – check out the incomparable Elisa Nalin below.

* Neon nail polish is fun as are pink & orange lipsticks  – Mac and Rimmel are my favourites out there. I keep a few different shades in my car -  Check out what else I keep handy in my car here.

* Don’t go for more than one piece Neon – unless you reckon you can rock it like the fashion ladies below. Feeling confident – go for it !

* Can’t do full Neon pink or yellow  ? – go for a hyper pastel (mint is good) or a cobalt blue – check out my Embrace Pastels and Color Block me happy.

Neon inspiration below and see more Neon-tastic street style on Pinterest
and remember to have fun  !

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Neon lime knit with greys & texture - love - Mr Newton pic

 

Neon crystal detail - Giovanna Battaglia - Pic Tommy Ton

 

Great look with neon sweater - from Stockholm streetstyle.com

 

Elisa Nalin is effortless with her neon combinations

 

Neon chic - love pic - Stockholm Streetstyle.com

 

A neon T shirt can make an outfit pop Pic Stockholm Streetstyle

Ginnifer Goodwin looks unreal in Neon Pink Peplum sleeves

 

Tommy Ton captures great pop of Neon

 

Just a pop of neon orange - unreal Mr Newton - pic

 

 

Those fashion folk are just hilarious – Tommy Ton pic

 

Love the splash of neon & brights - pic Tommy Ton

 

Diane Kruger just opts for a neon pop clutch

 

Pops in nails, accessories - Pic Tommy Ton

 

Neon not just for the ladies - Pic Stockholm streetstyle.com

Love the neon belt with trench - pic Mr Newton

Can't go neon - go for Brights like this unreal peplum purple

 

 

Can you work a Neon glove or neon lipstick ? Pic Tommy Ton

What I wore: Green Bobble Jumper, Black Silk Shirt , Leopard Print Ankle Boots

What I wore..

For kiddiwink drop-offs, a Personal Stylist client appointment in Brisbane, a Skype meeting with interstate client pick ups, swimming lessons & Friday night Footy (ah the Dragons !)

 

This morning there was  bit of a nip in the air. A small one but big enough to wear a knit. Whoohoo!

Loving this green at the moment and love a sweater with a bit of something extra and this bobble was extremely popular with the bubs.

Ms 4 yr old loves the boots – but she, like her Mama loves a bit of leopard.

It would seem so do most people !

Had a lot of folks smile broadly and say “Love the boots !” even complete strangers at the petrol station or walking past in the city.

I love it when clothes make a wee connection and these were a hit with Men, Women of all ages.

All together sing …”All the world needs now is love, sweet love leopard print ” perhaps…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What I wore:

Green Bobble Tight Knit sweaterDotti ..I am not a store snob – it does you no favours as a Savvy Shopper. If it looks good it looks good. But you have to have a keen eye and steer clear of the cheap looking fodder.

STEELEMyStyle tip -  If you are Petite or want something very fitted (like this knit not body baring stuff ! ) – it is a good idea to look at younger chainstores like Dotti, … Valleygirl etc (sparingly !) for  smaller proportions. Also good for Jeans etc if you find it hard to find ones that fit you.

Black Vintage Armani silk shirt – hard to find – have searched for years to find a good neat fitting black silk shirt -that wasn’t see through. Found this for a snip on Ebay France.

Black Lee Rider Jeans – altered and cropped – they lay unworn and unloved in my wardrobe for 1 yr until I got them altered and cropped for $30 now they are my favourite black jeans. You can see that from this.

Costume Jewellry Paris Brooch from my 1st trip there as kid in 1984.

Leopard Ankle Boots – find similar here or Christian Louboutin ones here

 

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What I wore: Silk Scarf Shirt, Metallic Rain Mac & Pink Suede Glitter Booties

What I wore

…. to a couple of client meetings today after drop-offs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What I wore:

* White/Black Contrast Lapel Linen/Silk Tuxedo jacket – find similar Pierre Balmain one here

Despite the fact that I have a 4 yr old and a messy toddler – this has been one of my most worn jackets. It goes with everything & has been worn to death through Summer with just a singlet. Now it is getting into Aussie Autumn it is easy to layer a long sleeve underneath. Also washes like a wee dream – cold with nothing else but a Colour Catcher.

* Vintage Louis Féraud Silk Scarf shirt – find similar here on eBay or find scarf print shirts here  and here

* Black Lee Rider jeans – altered & shortened

* Pink Suede Glitter Booties – find similar here at Mollini

 

Did I go to pick-ups like this ?

Yup , just with a couple of little tweaks.

Firstly because it was rainy – I got to wear my new Topshop Metallic Mac – LOVE IT !!!

My kids are totally kitted out but I usually get soaked through when I am trying to juggle umbrella, schoolbags & carrying tired Ms Toddler whilst wrangling  Ms 4 Yr old -

Never again – this is the bomb !

And as one Mum said ” We can’t miss you !” – hey road safety built in xx

 

 

 

 

 

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I swapped the Gorgeous Glitter Booties for my brilliant Western Ankle Boots – and yes these are the  pair from Target talked about in my 5 Stylish Things under $50 post of recent times.

 

 

Metallic Mac $60 AUD TopShop

 

Target Western Boots

 

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What I wore: Vintage Tuxedo, Tartan Shirt, Leopard Booties & $9 Jeans

What I Wore…

on an early Autumn day in Queensland for drop-offs, pick-ups & a riveting day at home trying to do Admin & BAS.

Excited about the chill in the air & chance to wear the majority of my wardrobe as a natural long sleeve, jacket & boots gal.

Felt like trying out these new $9 AUD jeans from KMart bought last week as an experiment …

Could a pair of jeans be actually wearable for $9 AUD ?

So far… I am impressed with the colour of the denim, the thickness of denim, the fit & the fact that my inherited flat bottom could look almost perky. Something that some other designer jeans in my wardrobe with a much higher price tag have not ever achieved. Just make sure you get the smallest size you can “comfortably” wear – you want cheap denim to be as tight as possible. Who knows what will happen when I wash them but hey Nudie jeans say best not to wash…. mind you I have had sandwiches that cost more than them !

The Specials came on as I was hurriedly getting ready this rainy Autumn Queensland morning & BINGO  I suddenly came over a wee bit SKA… if I had Brothel Creepers I would have worn them but alas no…however, these cute new wee $19 AUD  leopard print booties from Big W were to hand…. yes I know $19 AUD surely must be a typo… no .. read on …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What I wore:

* Vintage Lanvin Cream & Gold Sequin Wool Tuxedo dress -  worn as a coat

* Vintage Tartan shirt bought many yrs ago from Mr Stinky, Surry Hills, Sydney - buy a similar one here, here or here depending on budget & taste -Want to “check out”  checked shirts ? See here on Polyvore

* Jeans – $9 AUD – in KMart stores now

* Earrings – $4.87 gold hoops in Big W now – Some people can only wear 18k Gold + in their ears.. mine are the opposite – they LOVE cheap painted nickel !

* Leopard print ankle booties $18.97 in Big W now

* Necklaces all family heirlooms (Arabic nameplate given to me on my 14th birthday, diamond solitaire given to me on my 18th birthday by Grandparents, Great Grandmother’s Jade pendant passed onto me  on birth of 1st daughter … for her…eventually, Gold heart locket with hair of children & husband with Great Grandmother’s name “Ella” on it – given to my Great Grandmother by her father on her 18th birthday. Grandmother’s Primary School swimming medal, Grandmother’s gold heart locket with turquoise & initials given to her on her 10th birthday)

* Black Straw Hat – washed to distress it – Target

 

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What I wore: Silk Joggers, Vintage Kimono & Glitter Heart Thongs

What I Wore…

in over 30 degrees for school drop-off, some work with clients, a couple of Skype meetings, some errands, pick-ups & swimming with kiddiwinks.


Please go now if you are expecting professional pouty gorgeous ” le Blog de Betty ” fashion blogger type posts.

Firstly I am no model – too goofy & self-conscious – much prefer to be behind-the-scenes..

Secondly – this is the reality of a Mama-on-the-Run juggling a mobile Personal Styling business & life with 2 small kiddiwinks with a shred of style, where you have 5 mins to take a pic in passing.

I got a lot of people when I was out and about today loving this & asking where I got this & that so thought it was definitely worth a post.

My husband happened to be around (he’s no  Tommy Ton) – so they are pretty candid, amateur hour and not v flattering (post swim hair)  but who am I kidding..

A style challenge I have had since moving to Queensland is the humidity & heat factor so I have been tracking down silk silk silk …for summer. Have found heaps of great Vintage designer silk shirts on eBay and I am loving it..

Plus don’t know if I am the only lady to say this but not really feeling shorts for summer at the moment (need to do some pilates or exercise !)  so have been on the lookout for a pair of silk pants that i could crawl around the sandpit, have a play, have vegemite hands on & still look half way decent to wear with a statement pair of heels, a great top and head out in 5 mins flat on Date Night. Oh – I bought the size down so they didn’t look too baggy.. a good option !

I posted a blog last Winter on my love of Kimonos.. and bingo they were everywhere.

They are utterly brilliant – read the blog post for style tips on them.

I don’t often buy jewellry as I have lots of heirlooms that I don’t have enough room to wear but I saw this feather necklace and loved it. The sunglasses are one of my faves this Summer – I have loads – want to see them close up click this or read my Sunglasses post for more ideas on a new pair.

Plus I don’t have any makeup on except my new favourite lipstick Rimmel Show Off colour in Pink Fame (tipped off by my amazing hairdresser Eli) they are cheap as chips (about $12) actually stays on all day .. seriously and I have gradually built up a collection in every shade.

 

 

 

 

STEELEMyStyle Shopping Tip – If you find something that you LOVE – buy two – that way when you have worn it out you will have a back up- or if it is in two colourways  – I try and do this and it is especially great with sneakers or shoes – believe me ! See below I bought these two pairs of jelly thongs (brilliant for quickly slipping on and off) in the Nine West sale. They have become my staple slip-on throughout summer.

Plus we just got pebbles delivered – a bit of landscaping happening and we chose these Nambucca river pebbles because they reminded my husband & I of West Coast Scottish beaches.. they have heaps of shells in them & the kids would sit and play in them, wash them & carry around in handbags & buckets all day if I let them… so much joy from some pebbles it is sad but true !

Must be my age !

 

 

Kimono – Vintage 1940s silk Kimono bought at Surry Hills Markets

Black Vest Top/Singlet – Target

Feather Necklace – Diva (also comes in Black)

Black Silk Joggers – Boutique at Topshop

Heart glitter jelly thongs – Nine West

Sunglasses – Karen Walker Patsy Tea Brown

Stones – Nambucca River Pebbles 12mm/20mm mix – Centenary Landscape Supplies

 

Like the silk joggers ?  – STEELEMyStyle – check out these other options or click on the link above to go to my pair.  To dress this up for night-time  I would just add some statement heels like my Glitter Booties or when it gets cooler I will be wearing them with my Shiny Clogs  

 

SILK JOGGERS

Alexander Wang $505 AUD La garçonne.com

 

 

Joseph $300 AUD my-wardrobe.com

 

 

Boutique At Topshop $120

 

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How to: Dress like M.I.A in Bad Girls

 

Loving M.I.A’s Arab gangsta swagger in her new video Bad Girls which has just dropped and is already racking up over 900k views.

A lot of gun-toting girls in souped-up cars mashing Tiger-print Abayas/Jilbabs  with polka dot Hijabs & working full-on Arab gangsta styling plus M.I.As choice to wear a Hasidic jewish hat customised with gold chains – is all sure to get people debating.

But inside the over the top styling there are heaps of current & upcoming trends visible & really wearable pieces for you to be inspired by – maybe just not all at once unless you have the swag to carry it off !

Below are a few ideas for you to carry off M.I.A’s mash it up street style yourself.

Loving the mint green button up shirt with the necklace, chunky ball pendant, the leopard print skinnies & statement hi-tops as well as the Aztec print hoodie, great 80s baroque scarf prints, metallic sweatshirt & leggings  & electric 80s bombers .. you’ll see a lot of bomber jackets & mirrored aviators in stores soon.

Love her olive green flight bomber – find one similar on eBay here - want to get a black mesh body – check the range on American Apparel or other polka dot mesh products on Asos .

Like the whole bold as brass aesthetic – check out Patricia Field’s shop (SATC stylist) for traffic stopping looks !

For me there are def elements that remind me of  style Neneh Cherry, Snap, Salt ‘n Pepa and early 90s hip hop street style, but she definitely gives it a modern twist.

Loving the electric pastels make-up & pop lips in orange & pink … she’s so amazing.

Although filmed  in Ouarzazate in Morocco, where Hollywood films including Lawrence of Arabia, and Gladiator were shot  most of the male extras are wearing Saudi traditional clothes that really made me a bit nostalgic for the deserts of Saudi Arabia where I spent a bit of my childhood.

Added to the great styling are lots of dangerous high octane Saudi Arabian car stunts happening – best part is M.I.A. casually filing her nails on a careering car on its side.

 

 

 

 

Directed by Romain Gavras, who worked with M.I.A. in widely banned video Born Free, Bad Girls is part of her new album out later in the year.

Pretty subversive but love it …

M.I.A. will perform with Madonna  during the half time of the Super Bowl on Sunday…

Check out the video for yourself below

Want to rock the look – check out some pieces below !

 

 

 

Electric bomber from Topshop - but check out OpShops, Garage Sales & eBay for oversized ones.

 

Topshop spray bomber $45 AUD approx

 

Karl metallic silk crepe top $200 AUD approx Net A Porter

 

$38 from Netstore.net.au

Current/Elliott Leopard from Shop Mrs H $ 305 AUD approx

Equipment silk blouse $195 AUD from Net A Porter

Marc Jacobs Mirrored Aviators $314 AUD Approx Shopbop

Karl white sneaker hi tops $400 AUD approx from Net a Porter

 

All images from YouTube.com

What I wore: Vintage Floral Polka Dot Sundress & Cat’s Eye glasses

What I Wore…

on an impromptu trip to the park with Ms 4 yr Old (pics by Ms 4 yr old aka mini Bill Cunningham)

It is very tricky to take pics of everything I wear every day – mainly because if I am not with a client for my Personal Styling, Shopping & Wardrobe Consultancy business here in Brisbane, I am with Ms 4 yr old & Ms 1 yr old.

Usually the pics are like this one below

 

 

But Ms 4 yr old loves taking photos & wants a camera for her 5th birthday so she is practising.

And like Bill Cunningham she is gone …

 

Sunglasses: eBay – search under Cat’s Eye

Dress: Vintage 50s – hand-made – Paddington Antique Centre

Espadrille wedges – Jay Jays – (yes I know … but $20 – bargain ! )

Jewellry – Family Heirlooms