A Bit of Monochrome Never Hurt Anyone

Sydney turned on a FANTASTIC weekend this weekend - this outfit post is the product of the warm weather we had. I started the day in the outfit you can see below, however by the afternoon, it was so warm I needed to change into a white T-shirt. This is the perfect  POL Clothing monochrome skirt - it will go with almost anything you have in your wardrobe at home. Plus it is comfortable too.

I am so used to being freezing lately, I was prepared with a few coats to go with the outfits I had planned. I need not have bothered. I was an auto pilot and, because of that, I had to carry around much more than I needed to!

To be honest, even if I had not managed to organise my collaboration with POL Clothing, I would be wearing their clothes. You may remember my other post -  but just let me remind you. POL Clothing was started by Australian designer Sam Jones. The brand focuses on the wearer - the women Sam designs for. The concept behind the brand is simple. Women aren't really that complicated. They are sophisticated, contemporary and like no-nonsense clothes - however they love to be relevant and on-point. Whilst the fabrics are sourced from all over the world, the brand still remains focused on supporting local industry, with many garments still made in Australia. 

POL Clothing pieces are easy to wear. They slide over the skin and go with almost anything. The collections have been thought out well in order to provide the best range of basics at great prices. I wear mine on weekends and to work. Imagine the skirt below with a classic white shirt and Balmain-esque blazer. Add a great classic pair of heels and your work ensemble is done!

You can see I have styled my outfit with a white knit from the new Country Road Collection as well as my new Topshop tie up ballet flats. I've added a Chanel bag and sunglasses to finish the look off.

What were you doing during the fine weather this weekend? Do you buy mostly classic basics? Comment at the end of the post - I love hearing from you all.

Country Road White Top, POL Clothing Stripe Skirt, Chanel Bag & Sunglasses

Country Road White Top, POL Clothing Stripe Skirt, Chanel Bag & Sunglasses

Country Road White Top, POL Clothing Stripe Skirt, Chanel Bag, Topshop Ballet Flats

Country Road White Top, POL Clothing Stripe Skirt, Chanel Bag, Topshop Ballet Flats

Country Road White Top, POL Clothing Skirt, Chanel Bag & Sunglasses, Topshop Ballet Flats

Country Road White Top, POL Clothing Skirt, Chanel Bag & Sunglasses, Topshop Ballet Flats

Country Road White Top, POL Clothing Stripe Skirt, Chanel Bag

Country Road White Top, POL Clothing Stripe Skirt, Chanel Bag

Country Road White Top, Chanel Sunglasses

Country Road White Top, Chanel Sunglasses

POL Clothing Stripe Skirt, Topshop Ballet Flats

POL Clothing Stripe Skirt, Topshop Ballet Flats

Country Road White Top, Chanel Bag

Country Road White Top, Chanel Bag

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Primary School

Pop In Primary Colours Inspired by Balmain

When I saw this Balmain Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear Collection I almost died and went to heaven. Not only is it super colourful (now that I love colour, I can't get enough of it) but it is sexy too. My absolute favourite number is the belted dress shown in photo 5. Someone hand me a larger bank account so I can get my hands on that dress please!

Most of us can only look on with awe and watch supermodels get dressed in Balmain. However sometimes I get lucky on eBay and in the sales overseas. Very rarely though since the price point is so high. That doesn't stop me putting together an outfit inspired by these Balmain Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear runway looks though.

First let's look at their elements. Primary colours. Check. Transparency. Check. Belts at waist for extra oomph. Check. Comfortable fabrics. Check. Wearability. A BIG check. I've already said the Mondrian inspired dress in photo 5 is my favourite. However the all red ensemble in photo 4 is a close second. There I go again - loving pleats at the moment. 

With all these things in mind let's also look at primary colours on the street. The primary colours in the dress in photo 6 are broken up by the crisp white stripes which allows Miroslava Duma to wear a comfy pair of white sneakers. The bright coat in photo 7 is all this street style look needs to pull it into this season. I especially love the matching top and skirt in photo 8. Plus you can't go past the stripe statement ribbed Céline dress in photo 8.

I've put together my own Primary School outfit based on the photos I have included in this post. But shhhhh... Don't tell anyone... It's also inspired by what is currently on sale online. You may also notice that I have included a purple coat in this ensemble. Yes - the outfit is mostly red and blue. However you want a statement piece, and going one step around the colour wheel can provide you with just that. A coat that stands out in an already bright outfit!

How bright can you go? Check out my Do It Yourself! Outfit at the bottom of this post. Do you love the Balmain show as much as I do? Comment at the end of the post!

Balmain Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear, photo elle.com

Balmain Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear, photo elle.com

Balmain Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear, photo elle.com

Balmain Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear, photo elle.com

Balmain Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear, photo elle.com

Balmain Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear, photo elle.com

Balmain Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear, photo elle.com

Balmain Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear, photo elle.com

NYFW Spring 2015 Street Style, photo from ellecanada.com

NYFW Spring 2015 Street Style, photo from ellecanada.com

Primary Colours Street Style, photo from style bistro.com

Primary Colours Street Style, photo from style bistro.com

Primary Colours Street Style, photo from lyonsfeel.com

Primary Colours Street Style, photo from lyonsfeel.com

NYFW Spring 2015 Street Style, photo from stylebydeni.com

NYFW Spring 2015 Street Style, photo from stylebydeni.com

Do It Yourself! Brights Ensemble

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The Perfect Lunchy

Welcome to my next Collaboration - it's with Melbourne based Tana & Hide and their lovely Lunch Bag Leather Clutch. I had mine custom made.

Tana & Hide is the brainchild of Georgia and was created from two ideas. One was to be able to do something for the street children who spend hours selling things to tourists in Bali, Indonesia. These children don't attend school in order to help their families survive. Georgia had been drawing bags and ideas for leathergoods which she longed to bring to fruition. She then had the fantastic idea of merging the two ideas together, making beautiful designer leather bags in Indonesia where she could support families and children. Some Tana & Hide bags are hand made by Georgia and others are made by masterful leather craftsmen in Bali.

Tana & Hide has developed relationships with tailors that have small businesses. These businesses train and provide excellent facilities for their employees and take on apprenticeships with young Balinese workers interested in learning the art of leathercraft.

Tana & Hide have over 100 coloured leathers to choose from, so it was easy to pick the style of bag I wanted and the colour I was after. I finally have a white bag to wear with my Burberry booties that I love to much.

Check out the outfit below. This outfit was shot in the warmth of this past weekend in Sydney. What did you do over the warmer weekend we just had? A picnic? Comment at the end of the post - I love hearing from you all.

Head over to the Tana & Hide Etsy store to buy yours. You can choose from a wide range of styles too if this Lunch Bag Clutch is not your thing.

Tana & Hide White Lunchy Clutch, Dion Lee Dress, Céline Sunglasses, Burberry Booties & Jacket

Tana & Hide White Lunchy Clutch, Dion Lee Dress, Céline Sunglasses, Burberry Booties & Jacket

Dion Lee Dress, Burberry Booties

Dion Lee Dress, Burberry Booties

Tana & Hide White Lunchy Clutch, Dion Lee Dress, Céline Sunglasses, Burberry Booties

Tana & Hide White Lunchy Clutch, Dion Lee Dress, Céline Sunglasses, Burberry Booties

Dion Lee Dress, Burberry Booties & Jacket

Dion Lee Dress, Burberry Booties & Jacket

Tana & Hide White Lunchy Clutch, Dion Lee Dress, Céline Sunglasses, Burberry Booties

Tana & Hide White Lunchy Clutch, Dion Lee Dress, Céline Sunglasses, Burberry Booties

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Hawkeye Vintage; Melbourne à la Mode

July 23rd - 25th, The George Ballroom, 129 Fitzroy St, St Kilda Melbourne

Do you like Vintage? Love a good bargain? Live in Melbourne? Are you going to Melbourne? Then this event is for you. On Thursday 23rd July 2015, Melbourne à la Mode will kick off its first ever pop up shop event with a fabulous night of fashion and fun at the VIP launch event hosted by Hawkeye Vintage.

The VIP event will feature fabulous music, a shared fashion show with comedic darling JMAC as MC. Guests will be treated to champagne and nibbles while they shop to their hearts’ content. Following the VIP launch, the pop up shop will be open to the public July 24th and 25th.

Set at the recently refurbished George Ballroom in St Kilda, the event will feature a curated collection of fashion, from Australia’s best fashion brands such as Lady Petrova, The Eternal Headonist, Micky in the Van, Dainty & Bold and T.Serafina. 10% of the event profits will be donated to Assist a Sista, an Australian charity supporting women recovering from domestic abuse.

Melbourne a la Mode will be the first collaborative pop up shop of its kind and will continue as an annual event in celebration of all things fashion! Email info@hawkeyevintage.com for VIP access and any inquiries.

To mark this special occasion Hawkeye Vintage gave me lots of vintage goodies to dress up in. Check out the outfit post below.

I have styled a fabulous Chanel Vintage jacket and a Céline silk scarf with my new Balenciaga bag courtesy of Harrolds: Women Westfield Sydney.

Hawkeye Vintage Chanel Jacket and Céline Scarf

Hawkeye Vintage Chanel Jacket and Céline Scarf

Hawkeye Vintage Chanel Jacket and Céline Scarf

Hawkeye Vintage Chanel Jacket and Céline Scarf

Hawkeye Vintage Chanel Jacket and Céline Scarf

Hawkeye Vintage Chanel Jacket and Céline Scarf

Hawkeye Vintage Chanel Jacket and Céline Scarf

Hawkeye Vintage Chanel Jacket and Céline Scarf

Hawkeye Vintage Chanel Jacket and Céline Scarf

Hawkeye Vintage Chanel Jacket and Céline Scarf

Hawkeye Vintage Chanel Jacket and Céline Scarf

Hawkeye Vintage Chanel Jacket and Céline Scarf

Hawkeye Vintage Chanel Jacket and Céline Scarf

Hawkeye Vintage Chanel Jacket and Céline Scarf

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The George Ballroom, 129 Fitzroy St, St Kilda Melbourne

The George Ballroom, 129 Fitzroy St, St Kilda Melbourne

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