A Day on the Harbour with MARCS

I hope you are all well? Not long to go until I jet-set for Europe! The weather was lovely this weekend just past so I headed down to the harbour for a stroll around before a great lunch with a few clients and afternoon with friends.

You may have just read my post Your Guide to the Spring 2015 Trends? This post is a follow on from that - as you may remember Denim on Denim was one of the trends. While this MARCS Dress is not strictly made from denim, I love it anyway because it is cool, comfortable and the perfect piece to dress up and down. You could easily style it with a blazer and heels for work or more casually as I have below for weekend wear.

I have styled my MARCS Dress (which is available soon on the MARCS website) with my ACNE STUDIOS Sneakers, Céline Sunglasses and a white leather hat from eBay. You can see in the third last photo too I needed to cover up as it got colder in the afternoon. Because this dress is sleeveless it goes under anything; you could also layer a white shirt underneath.

MARCS celebrated the opening of their new Flagship Store in Pitt Street Mall on 27th August at 192 Pitt Street, Sydney. I can't wait to check it out. Since we're going into spring summer here very shortly it will be great to go in there and pick pieces to get my summer wardrobe ready. Very soon, I will have more posts on choosing the perfect items for your summer wardrobe as well as a post request from one of my readers. She would like some help packing for a summer in Australia - she hails from the USA.

I used to never wear denim, however it is great for travelling. How many pairs of jeans to you own? And will you buy a denim dress this summer? Comment at the end of the post - I love hearing from you all.

MARCS Dress, Available soon on marcs.com.au, White Hat, ACNE STUDIOS Shoes

MARCS Dress, Available soon on marcs.com.au, White Hat, ACNE STUDIOS Shoes

MARCS Dress, Available soon on marcs.com.au, White Hat, ACNE STUDIOS Shoes

MARCS Dress, Available soon on marcs.com.au, White Hat, ACNE STUDIOS Shoes

MARCS Dress, SABA Coat, White Hat, ACNE STUDIOS Shoes

MARCS Dress, SABA Coat, White Hat, ACNE STUDIOS Shoes

MARCS Dress, White Leather Hat, ACNE STUDIOS Shoes, Céline Sunglasses

MARCS Dress, White Leather Hat, ACNE STUDIOS Shoes, Céline Sunglasses

MARCS Dress, Available soon on marcs.com.au, White Hat, ACNE STUDIOS Shoes

MARCS Dress, Available soon on marcs.com.au, White Hat, ACNE STUDIOS Shoes

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Your Guide to the Spring 2015 Trends

As you may recall; I attended Sydney Fashion Week in April. When people attend most runway shows around the world, the pieces on the runway are ahead of manufacture and sometimes different to those that end up in store. However, Sydney is slightly different from many countries. The shows I saw in April were Spring Summer 2015 shows and those pieces are now landing in stores. The great thing about Sydney Fashion Week is that most pieces appear in our shops exactly as I saw them on the runway. Which is great for buyers. The lead time in Australia is smaller than overseas and the pieces are more wearable as they walk down the runway.

Since there are oodles of options in shops now, I have put the following guide together to help you sort through the trends and work out what you are going to buy. Remember my bible quotes too of QUALITY not QUANTITY. Plus if you base your wardrobe around amazing staples you can use a few key pieces each season to add to it to keep it updated.

My pick of the trends for this season are the White Out trend. Because you can mix and match white with almost everything. Plus you can buy white lace which is very 70s inspired and very now. Bold Prints is another favourite trend because key digital printed pieces can be mixed in with your classics to really make a statement.

Check out all my favourite looks from the Sydney and International Spring Summer 2015 shows below. Which is your favourite look? Comment below - I love hearing from you all.

Bold Prints

By Johnny Spring Summer 2015

By Johnny Spring Summer 2015

Manning Cartell Spring Summer 2015

Manning Cartell Spring Summer 2015

White Out

Ellery Spring Summer 2015

Ellery Spring Summer 2015

Erdem Spring Summer 2015

Erdem Spring Summer 2015

Nudes, Peaches & Cream

Ginger & Smart Spring Summer 2015

Ginger & Smart Spring Summer 2015

Alberta Ferretti Spring Summer 2015

Alberta Ferretti Spring Summer 2015

Denim on Denim

Manning Cartell Spring Summer 2015

Manning Cartell Spring Summer 2015

The Cold Shoulder

Alice McCall Spring Summer 2015

Alice McCall Spring Summer 2015

Ermanno Scervino Spring Summer 2015

Ermanno Scervino Spring Summer 2015

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Peter Som Your Way to Boyish Stripes

Am I obsessed with stripes? Yes. Am I obsessed with comfort? Yes and could I love the Spring 2015 Ready to Wear Collection by Peter Som any more? NO! However I am not sure that I have ever seen any of Peter's clothes up close... I can't really recall anywhere that sells this gorgeous collection in Australia so I have decided to put a look together myself.

Peter Som’s bold sophisticated elegance is inspired by his architect parents and the laid-back elegance of hippie-era Bay Area. Peter is known for his signature bold prints. The Spring 2015 RTW collection below is inspired by Lichtenstein and the simple tunic-length strapless top looks worn over fluid trousers are the strongest. The crisp shirting and graphic florals of the collection made an impact as well - I can't leave those looks out... Even though they are not what this post is about. The collection is a succinct sporty fusion of looks you could wear every day.

Below are my favourite looks from Peter Som's Spring 2015 RTW show. I love the large striped sleeveless vest in photo 2. It is the basis of my Do It Yourself! Boyish Stripes outfit (scroll down below to see it). I am in love with the shoes the models wear too. There are some Proenza Schouler heels with the same boat shoe fringe embellishment that I love also. The stripe wrap skirt in photo 3 is also a favourite of mine. Another piece to note is the white boxy top in the last shot. You can't quite see in this runway photo - it is layered and the top layer has large mesh-like eyelet holes cut out of it.

Since these looks are pretty sophisticated and sporty, I have included striped elastic heels and a stripe leather clutch in my look as well. Check out the DIY outfit below. Do you wear heels every day? Comment at the end of the post - I love hearing from you all.

Peter Som Spring 2015 Ready to Wear Collection

Peter Som Spring 2015 Ready to Wear Collection

Peter Som Spring 2015 Ready to Wear Collection

Peter Som Spring 2015 Ready to Wear Collection

Peter Som Spring 2015 Ready to Wear Collection

Peter Som Spring 2015 Ready to Wear Collection

Peter Som Spring 2015 Ready to Wear Collection

Peter Som Spring 2015 Ready to Wear Collection

Do It Yourself! Boyish Stripes

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Practicing My French Chic

What interesting weather we have been having right? In Sydney, this past weekend, Saturday was really hot and most people were at the beach. I believe the temperature rose to 28 or 30 degrees. I went to Japanese class and my client meetings in short sleeves, a skirt and sandals. Then come Sunday it was slightly warm in the morning until it rained. It turned pretty cold again. So we had two seasons this past weekend. Saturday was summer and Sunday was winter.

This outfit post was taken on the Sunday, when the weather turned cooler. You can see below that I needed to turn to a woollen jumper. However, this weather provided the perfect opportunity for me to get my French Chic on. You all know about my Europe trip by now right?

What better way to start this outfit off than with a Classic Crew Neck Jumper. The one you can see below is by Danielle Chiel. Danielle Chiel is an Australian Luxury Knitwear company based in Woollahra, Sydney. Chiel jumpers are hand knitted using high quality Australian Wool; they are mostly made to order so you can pick from lots of colours too. The jumper I am wearing is made from such high quality wool I didn't need to wear a t-shirt underneath to keep the jumper away from my skin. You know that itchy feeling you sometimes get from blended yarn? No need to worry with these babies.

I am wearing my Danielle Chiel Navy Classic Crew with my new Lack of Color hat, Seed Heritage white skirt, white belt and Topshop ballet flats. (More on Lack of Color soon by the way). I have used the black hat band and black shoes to tie my whole look together. I can't wait to wear something similar in Paris when I go. Although I think I will switch to a cotton and silk knit for the Parisian weather.

What do you think of my French Chic outfit? Do you wear hats often? And have you got many Australian Wool pieces? Comment at the end of the post - I love hearing from you all.

Lack of Color Hat, Danielle Chiel Classic Crew Sweater, Seed Heritage White Skirt, White Belt

Lack of Color Hat, Danielle Chiel Classic Crew Sweater, Seed Heritage White Skirt, White Belt

Lack of Color Hat, Danielle Chiel Classic Crew Sweater, Seed Heritage White Skirt, Topshop Shoes

Lack of Color Hat, Danielle Chiel Classic Crew Sweater, Seed Heritage White Skirt, Topshop Shoes

Lack of Color Hat, Danielle Chiel Classic Crew Sweater, Seed Heritage White Skirt, White Belt

Lack of Color Hat, Danielle Chiel Classic Crew Sweater, Seed Heritage White Skirt, White Belt

Lack of Color Hat, Danielle Chiel Classic Crew Sweater, Seed Heritage White Skirt, Topshop Shoes

Lack of Color Hat, Danielle Chiel Classic Crew Sweater, Seed Heritage White Skirt, Topshop Shoes

Lack of Color Hat

Lack of Color Hat

Lack of Color Hat, Danielle Chiel Classic Crew Sweater, Seed Heritage White Skirt, White Belt

Lack of Color Hat, Danielle Chiel Classic Crew Sweater, Seed Heritage White Skirt, White Belt

Lack of Color Hat, Danielle Chiel Classic Crew Sweater, Seed Heritage White Skirt, Topshop Shoes

Lack of Color Hat, Danielle Chiel Classic Crew Sweater, Seed Heritage White Skirt, Topshop Shoes

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