Old Friends, Colourful Classics

Have you ever felt like trying to make a new outfit from some of your old friends? You know those pieces that you just loved, that everyone else commented on, that you just couldn't bear to part with? Even though they are seasons old? This outfit is that type of outfit - a new combination of some old colourful classics that are so comfortable. I would never think to donate them to charity.

Most of my regular readers would be used to my red lips and nails by now. They are sort of like my trademark. I often think I am going to try a new nail colour but I can never quite bring myself to do it. A new nail colour would mean a new lip colour too because I love to match. However nothing makes my teeth seem whiter than my trusty red lipstick. My red nails and lipstick are the inspiration behind this outfit. Quite simple really - then I looked at what I could find within the depths of my wardrobe that was red. Check out the result below.

Since it was pretty chilly in Sydney on the weekend, I've actually got two other black jumpers on under my Alexander Wang jumper that you can see below. That's a great tip for winter by the way - think about layering and the item that you will wear over the top of everything. Often it is best to buy your coat or over-jumper one size larger - so you can fit everything on underneath!

My red Balenciaga leather leggings got another outing because I needed to match my Burberry bag. I was scouting future locations for some up coming collaboration posts - so I needed my hands free. This shoulder bag helped in that regard.

The only things left to add were a good sturdy pair of sneakers and some sunglasses!

What do you think of my outfit below? Do you often pull out some old faithful friends from your wardrobe? It's like shopping in your own closet. Comment at the end of the post - I love hearing from you all!

Alexander Wang Jumper, Burberry Bag, Balenciaga Leather Pants

Alexander Wang Jumper, Burberry Bag, Balenciaga Leather Pants

Alexander Wang Jumper, Burberry Bag, Balenciaga Leather Pants, Céline Sunglasses

Alexander Wang Jumper, Burberry Bag, Balenciaga Leather Pants, Céline Sunglasses

Alexander Wang Jumper, Burberry Bag, Balenciaga Leather Pants, Acne Studios Sneakers

Alexander Wang Jumper, Burberry Bag, Balenciaga Leather Pants, Acne Studios Sneakers

Burberry Bag, Balenciaga Leather Pants, Acne Studios Sneakers

Burberry Bag, Balenciaga Leather Pants, Acne Studios Sneakers

Balenciaga Leather Pants, Acne Studios Sneakers

Balenciaga Leather Pants, Acne Studios Sneakers

Alexander Wang Jumper, Burberry Bag, Balenciaga Leather Pants, Acne Studios Sneakers, Céline Sunglasses

Alexander Wang Jumper, Burberry Bag, Balenciaga Leather Pants, Acne Studios Sneakers, Céline Sunglasses

Alexander Wang Jumper, Burberry Bag, Balenciaga Leather Pants, Acne Studios Sneakers, Céline Sunglasses

Alexander Wang Jumper, Burberry Bag, Balenciaga Leather Pants, Acne Studios Sneakers, Céline Sunglasses

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Don't Shy Away from Embellishments

We all know that accessories make or break an outfit, so why do most of us shy away from embellishments? They're just accessories for clothes! Yet most of us are too worried to wear them during the day - unless you are one of the fashionistas like the ones pictured in the street style below. Well I am here to suggest we wear more of them. Because they are the perfect way to update an outfit.

Take the seventh street style shot below for example. Bored of that plain coat? Want to update it really cheaply? Try fun patches on for size. They're cheap and best of all once you sew them on you can always take them off. Recently Anya Hindmarsh made them cool again - she attached lots to her bags. However her price-points were less than budget. There is nothing stopping you from buying a cheaper bag yourself and attaching your own stickers. Try photo 6 for some inspiration here.

Some of you may remember the 80s metal trend to embellish your denim or leather jacket with patches too? Photos 4 and 5 below are a bit of inspiration for you for an embellished jacket. I prefer photo 5 myself as it is a little more elegant and refined. However don't be fooled, this jacket can easily be dressed up and down because it started as a moto jacket!

So what if your tastes are a bit more elegant then you say? Olivia Palermo looks stunning in her Burberry Prorsum large paillette skirt - this is a trend that will keep on coming back. So don't worry about investing in one yourself. A few years down the track and you can pull it out again for day wear. However, don't fret. You'll be able to pull it off all the time in an evening look. Paillettes are the perfect evening wear staple.

Another Do It Yourself trick is to update a plain skirt with little tassels like Aimee Song from the blog Song of Style. Check her out in her gorgeous black long ballet skirt with little white tassels all over it during Paris Fashion Week. This can also be done pretty cheaply too. Check out eBay for bulk auctions of tassels that you can use to sew on yourself.

Finally let's move onto the End of Financial Year Sales. Check out my picks below for easy ready-made embellished pieces that are on sale right now. My favourite has to be the Peter Pilotto skirt from Net-a-porter - it is a stunning skirt at a stunning price. Over 60% off!

Do you often create things yourself and add to an already purchased item? What do you think of wearing embellished pieces during the day? Comment at the end of the post - I love hearing from you all!

Don't Shy Away from Embellishments, Street Style, photo Diego Zuko

Don't Shy Away from Embellishments, Street Style, photo Diego Zuko

Don't Shy Away from Embellishments, Street Style, photo stylecaster

Don't Shy Away from Embellishments, Street Style, photo stylecaster

Don't Shy Away from Embellishments, Street Style, Johannes Huebl for Elle 

Don't Shy Away from Embellishments, Street Style, Johannes Huebl for Elle 

Don't Shy Away from Embellishments, Street Style

Don't Shy Away from Embellishments, Street Style

Don't Shy Away from Embellishments, Street Style, photo districtofchic

Don't Shy Away from Embellishments, Street Style, photo districtofchic

Don't Shy Away from Embellishments, Street Style

Don't Shy Away from Embellishments, Street Style

Don't Shy Away from Embellishments, Street Style, photo Julien Boudet/BFAnyc.com

Don't Shy Away from Embellishments, Street Style, photo Julien Boudet/BFAnyc.com

Don't Shy Away from Embellishments, Street Style

Don't Shy Away from Embellishments, Street Style

Don't Shy Away from Embellishments, Street Style, photo fashionata.com

Don't Shy Away from Embellishments, Street Style, photo fashionata.com

Don't Shy Away from Embellishments, Street Style, photo Song of Style

Don't Shy Away from Embellishments, Street Style, photo Song of Style

Fashion Blender's Embellished Picks

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Unlikely Artwork Materials

Squished Mosquito Blood creates a Tiny Portrait for Bug Spray

Have a look at this very unusual campaign for the mosquito repellant brand Glorix created by a Moscow based advertising agency. The photos below are extra small portraits created from mosquito blood. Can you believe it??

The Glorix ad shows an annoying, buzzing mosquito being squashed against a white backdrop, leaving behind a nasty patch of smeared blood. An artist then uses the remains to create a miniature portrait. The Glorix Blood portraits were the inspiration for a series that the viewer needed a magnifying glass to see.

The concept became a message for blood donation too; when asked on the spot if they were willing to contribute, about 80 percent of visitors to the exhibition said ‘yes’.

Check out the video below. What do you think of the concept? What about you? Are you willing to contribute blood? Do you donate blood already? Comment at the end of the post - I love hearing from you all.

 

Mosquito Blood Portraits for Glorix Ads

Mosquito Blood Portraits for Glorix Ads

Mosquito Blood Portraits for Glorix Ads

Mosquito Blood Portraits for Glorix Ads

Mosquito Blood Portraits for Glorix Ads

Mosquito Blood Portraits for Glorix Ads

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POL Clothing - Unconventional Basics

Welcome to my next Collaboration outfit post featuring POL Clothing - an Australian brand that I saw at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia. I loved their pieces the minute I saw them on the runway. This will be the first of a few posts - I am excited to announce my ongoing relationship with the brand. Which is fantastic because I love wearing their comfortable UNCONVENTIONAL basics.

POL Clothing is quite special because they design practical quality basics that elevate everyday style. Their pieces are bold, accessible and comfortable - plus they are also made from premium fibres. Many of the pieces are made from natural fabrics such as silk, cotton and linen.

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. This is certainly a brand we can all get behind.

Keeping in the basics theme I have styled my POL Clothing Spring 2015 Horizon Midi Skirt with a plain classic white tee, black moto leather jacket and Céline calf-hair sneakers for a bit more colour. You've probably seen all these items before in outfit posts. This another one of the reasons why I love POL Clothing pieces - they fit seamlessly into any wardrobe like they were just meant to be there the whole time. This POL Clothing Spring 2015 Horizon Midi Skirt is the perfect length, it's made from high quality rayon crepe so it bounces back into shape. VERY practical if you ask me. POL Clothing Spring 2015 will be available soon.

Are you a fan of Australian brands that keep their manufacturing local? What do you think of my lovely outfit below? I love a good striped skirt don't you? Comment at the end of the post - I love to hear from you all. 

POL Clothing Horizon Midi Skirt, Spring 2015

POL Clothing Horizon Midi Skirt, Spring 2015

POL Clothing Horizon Midi Skirt, Spring 2015

POL Clothing Horizon Midi Skirt, Spring 2015

POL Clothing Horizon Midi Skirt, Spring 2015

POL Clothing Horizon Midi Skirt, Spring 2015

POL Clothing Horizon Midi Skirt, Spring 2015

POL Clothing Horizon Midi Skirt, Spring 2015

POL Clothing Horizon Midi Skirt, Spring 2015

POL Clothing Horizon Midi Skirt, Spring 2015

POL Clothing Horizon Midi Skirt, Spring 2015

POL Clothing Horizon Midi Skirt, Spring 2015

POL Clothing Horizon Midi Skirt, Spring 2015

POL Clothing Horizon Midi Skirt, Spring 2015

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