Once upon a date night

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I’m taking a break from the Top Ten Remix to share an outfit that I wore a long, long time ago.  Well,  I wore it in March, but in blogger time that feels like ages ago.

This was an impromptu date night, which always call for leopard print heels, in my book.  We ate at this little Italian place called Del Furno in Groenkloof.  We had been there once before (also on an impromptu date) to have a few cocktails and they gave us some free shooters.  We decided that we would go back and sample some actual food at some point.

In case you were wondering; he had the lasagne and I had the salmon pasta.  It was good!

 

 

Top ten remix date night

    

The toughest part  of this challenge for me has been remembering to actually document my outfits.  I’ve already forgotten half of them.  I think I might have to post some collages of the ones I can still remember.

I manage to snap a few pics of this outfit before we headed out the door.  The featured items are the black blazer and the red jeans.

Go check out Sarah’s Real Life for more Top Ten Remixers.

Top Ten Remix: Double Lightning

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I love lightning bolts!  I might love them more than flamingos, and maybe even more than skulls.  I used to have the greatest pair of lighting bolt studs, which I had for years!  Of course I lost one, which didn’t stop me from wearing the other one.  My earrings often don’t match.  But that one broke, beyond repair.  Trust me.  I tried.  I replaced them with these, which I’ve not worn in years!  I included these earrings in my Top Ten Remix to rectify that oversight.

The jersey is also part of my Top Ten Remix choices (what can I say, I’m an over achiever!) I bought this crop top, because it had a lightning bolt on it.  If it hadn’t my wardrobe would still be crop top free.  But when I saw this jersey with the same print AND IT WAS RED!  Well, there was no fighting it.

I wore this to a family braai, and I was nice and snug.  It was cold! What happened to the warm Autumn evenings?  I think it would have looked a bit better if I had cuffed the jeans.  What do you think?

Top 10 Remix: Autumn outfits

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Autumn is her with a bang! It might still be green, but the chill has set in.

I really loved wearing this outfit, though I feel it didn’t photograph all that well.  I felt really trendy while wearing this in the queue at Home Affairs (which was in snaking down the road because the pavement was being dug up. For some reason we weren’t allowed to queue on the premises, even though there is a huge empty parking lot, which was also not for parking.)

The skirt is part of my Top 10 Remix.  I keep forgetting to take photos of my outfits.  But, no photos, no proof!

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I did however to remember to take this photo on my phone.  The blazer is the features item in this outfit.

Remember to go check out Sarah’s Real Life for more remixing fun.

Top 10 Remix Look 1

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This is my first look for my Top 10 Remix challenge (plus wet hair).   I’m featuring  my gold link necklace and my camouflage heels.

This midi skirt is new. It is the first midi skirt I’ve ever owned and I’m not really sure if it suits me. I’ll give it a few more wears before I decide if I like the skirt or not.

To see the rest of my Top 10 picks check out this post.   Also check out Sarah’s Real Life to see the rest of the participants.

 

 

Top 10 Remix Style challenge

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I’ve jumped on board with Sarah and her new remix challenge.  Please join us.  You can find the ‘rules’ here. In a nutshell; pick 10 pieces that you think showcase your style the best. Then try and wear at least one of those pieces everyday for the rest of April.

This is my first style challenge, so I have no clue what I’ve gotten myself into. (Well apart from my attempt to wear my skull dress in 30 different ways.  Most of the skulls washed off after attempt 11, so that died a silent death).

I struggled to limit myself to ten pieces. I just couldn’t choose! So I turned to my husband for help. I asked him what he thought my style was. ” Blazer, skinny jeans, kitten heels and a dangly necklace” was his response. Kitten heels! How does he even know what those are?! I guess he reads my blog! (Hi honey!).

He was spot on of course. In my original top ten I didn’t have a blazer or any shoes. So, I swapped some stuff out. I seem to have a problem with red and black. That seems to always be my default colour scheme. All my favourite things are red, I just can’t help it!
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Here are the star players for this month:
Black blazer
Aztec print skirt
Lightning bolt jersey
Black mesh panel tee
Gold links necklace
Red tartan pencil skirt
Lightning bolt earrings
Camouflage print heels
Jeggings
Red skinny jeans

Remember to go check out Sarah’s Real Life for all the other Top 10 Remix participants.  And if you are on social media you can use the hashtag #Top10Remix so we can all keep track of each other (creepy, but fun!).

How to use Pinterest to build a wardrobe you actually like

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The main use Pinterest has for me is gathering outfit inspiration.  I’ve been doing that for a few years and now I have a good grasp of what I like and what I don’t.  I thought I would put together a simple guide on how you could use Pinterest to develop your style.

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Pin outfit photos you like

This might sound like a no-brainer, because it is.  If you like it, you pin it.  I separated my outfit inspiration into two boards. One for warmer weather and one for colder weather.  It just saves a bit of time, not having to scroll through hundreds of pictures shorts and flip flops, when you are in the heart of winter.

Keep an eye out for items similar to what you already own

Inspiration pinned from Merrick’s Art.

 

Once you have a collection of pins (trust me it won’t take long) scroll through your inspiration photos to see if there are any outfits that you can create with what you already own. Even if you won’t be able to create the entire look head to to toe, you will still find an original way to wear some of your  items.

Keep an eye out for items you don’t have.

While you are copying outfits from Pinterest, you will start to notice items that you don’t have and you will start to feel the urge to go out and buy those items so that you will have that EXACT outfit. By all  means if you want to do that, then go ahead.  But, if you wan’t to have items in your wardrobe that are a bit more versatile, then I suggest you find items that keep repeating themselves.  If you have a handful of outfits on your inspiration board that you love that all contain white high heels, then maybe white high heels are just something you will wear again and again.

Keep an eye out for substitutes

For the longest time I had leopard print heels on my wishlist.  They are all over my inspiration boards.  I didn’t own a pair, but I did (and still do) own a pair of camouflage heels.  So I substituted them for  leo print.  It allowed me to ease off on my search for leopard print heels until I found the perfect (and affordable) pair.  That doesn’t mean I’ve stopped wearing my cammo heels,  it just means that by adding one pair of shoes I have increased my outfit choices by A LOT.

Thanks to Pinterest it doesn’t take me long to put together a stylish outfit with the items I already own.

 

Casual Weekend Outfit

IMG_2202 IMG_2218 IMG_2216 IMG_2211 IMG_2208IMG_2220It is that time of the year again.  The weather can’t decide if it is hot and sunny or cold and raining.  How does one dress for that?  Well, when I’m stuck for an outfit, I usually just copy one from another blogger (What? That is what they are there for, isn’t it?).  More often than not I copy something from J’s Everyday Fashion like I did here.  It wasn’t warm enough for a t-shirt, but it wasn’t cold enough for a light cardigan.  A chambray shirt was just perfect.

 

5 Piece French wardrobe

I learnt about the 5 Piece French Wardrobe from AJ.  Her post about how she had adopted this system is really good, I recommend you read it.

The idea behind this concept is to build a wardrobe out of good, quality basics and then splurge on five trendy items each season to keep your wardrobe and style up to date. This allows one to  evaluate what items your wardrobe is lacking, as well as having a coherent wardrobe.  (No more random pieces that don’t get worn because they were randomly selected and aren’t really your style.)

If you want a good example of a basic wardrobe to start from, then I suggest having a look at AJ’s post.

I have taken this concept and modified it to suit me a bit better.  I didn’t start of with the capsule wardrobe of basics.  I’ve basically kept my wardrobe as is and have only adopted the shopping strategy, which is: 5 new pieces per season (a season being Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter) So that equals 10 pieces a year.

Now 5 new pieces per season might not seem like much to some. However, 5 pieces per season isn’t really only 5.  Here are the rules:

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  •  5 new trendy/fun pieces per season
  • Basics don’t count and you are allowed as many as you like (or as your bank account will allow).
  • Accessories don’t count.  (I however, count bags)
  • Shoes DO count.
  • Socks, undies, etc, don’t count.
  • Everything else counts.

So if you have a look at it like that, one can still shop till one drops.  But, it has made me think about what trendy (or non basic) pieces I buy.  I am a lot more picky, because I only have a limited amount of space left for them.

This is what I added to my wardrobe for the Spring/Summer season of 2014/2015:

 

Basics (always allowed):

  1. Black tee, with mesh detail.
  2. White lace tank top.
  3. Navy lace tank top.
  4. Grey skater skirt

The non basic items I added were:

  1. A pair of black flip flops
  2. A pair of transparent flip flops
  3. A pair of silver court heels
  4. A pair of leopard print heels
  5. A tan tote

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