TSM Outfit post: Zara Knit – Feeling blue and dressing in Grey

Hope you guys all had a great weekend! I spent most of my weekend avoiding my friends and spending time with my family. Before you think I’m a horrible person for doing so, I must explain that I am terrible, and I mean terrible at ‘good-byes.’ I’m known to just sneak out of a party or say, the country, without telling many people that I’m going and while it comes across as rude, inside, the thought of saying goodbye makes me tear up and if I start to cry, it gets ugly real fast – so I cowardly avoid it as much as possible.

If you haven’t been following my blog, I’ll have to explain that I visited my hometown Melbourne for a few weeks after being away in London for two years so not being back for such a long time, I basked in family love and took advantage of being spoiled by friends, relaxed with my dogs and had late night chats with my girlfriends – All things I love! To leave again and head back to London was just as hard as it was the first time but I think I’ll just have to make sure that the next time I head back for Melbourne, it will be for good!

To match the mood, I found a grey outfit post that I took in Melbourne …

These photos were taken on a wet and windy Melbourne weekend in Port Melbourne at my friend, Poosilla’s new apartment. You probably can’t tell given the weather, but the view of the beach and city skyline from her place is stunning.

The open back, metallic threading and ribbon tie attracted me to this otherwise plain cotton woven knit. I love finding easy to wear pieces that are simple but retain detailing that makes it memorable. It’s not the warmest of knits (being cotton and made for the Summer collection) so I envisage pairing this with a pair of shorts and heels for Summer. For Winter, consider layering Summer Knits with thermals to get more wear out of your wardrobe.

Also, opting for a longer and looser knit was a perfect way of hiding the fact that I pretty much ate non-stop since I landed in Melbourne. My mum was constantly cooking and making me snacks just like when we were kids so I’m glad I packed this knit and my comfortable leggings too 😛

My friend insisted that I try her red lipstick (I think this one was called Moulin Rouge from Sephora) and while I felt like I looked like a geisha in it (being so pale and make up free) I did have a lot of fun experimenting with a bit of lip bold colour for once!

Photos taken by Poosilla xo

T-Styled me Tip: If you have a knit that has relatively loose weaving (like this one) remember to take care as it easily pulls. Hand wash these garments to extend longevity as well and to be on the safe side!

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Thanks for reading and to all my friends and family back in Melb – I miss you all xo

TSM Outfit Post: Melbourne’s BRIGHT day out – feat. Zara’s Piped Fantasy Cardigan

Melbourne makes the best coffee in the world; I know, BIG call but I stand by that statement having lived in London, travelled Europe and tasted ‘coffee’ in the US. We are spoilt by our Melbournian baristas who breathe coffee-making as an art form and my favourite place for a take-away cappuccino is a small yet busy coffee bar opposite the bookstore in Collins Place (name escapes me now). They are by no means fancy or know my name and order but I can always rely on them to make consistently good coffee.

I also miss the breakfast culture taken for granted here in Melbourne so I was super excited when my friend Kaz dragged me out of the house to start our shopping day with a creamy mocha (my fave!) and the house special baked eggs from Birdman’s Eating, a casual and unassuming cafe in Fitzroy.

The coffee was standard and good but the main star was Breakfast. We started off with the Brioche french toast with marmalade glazed kaiserfleisch, orange pekoe & maple syrup and finished off with house special Baked Eggs. Kaz and I refused to think about whether that was a dollop of cream, butter, fat or mascarpone that was melting on the bacon but we both agreed that it was DELICIOUS regardless – Calories and all !

The baked eggs were equally appetizing; we tried the beef, potato and pea baked eggs option from the four specials and tasting them for the first time, we were both pleasantly surprised. I’d describe them as ‘yummy’ (hence why I’m not a food blogger) or I suppose, like baked Shepherd’s pie without the pastry and with egg instead. Perfect hearty hangover food.

We ventured into the city to do a spot of shopping and while resting outside the Melbourne State library, took a few photos for this outfit post. I’d purchased this cardigan in Zara during a mini shopping spree in Valencia a few months back where the weather was hot and the city was alive with festivities so I’ve forgotten that Melbourne, like New York, loves dressing in black so by the number of stares I received today, I’m not sure if Melbourne’s ready for this jelly this brightness so you may need your sunnies !

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TSM: Coloured Denim for Bicester Village day trip

For me, ‘Jeans’ and ‘Swimwear’ always fell in the same bucket. You know, the “hardest clothes to shop for” bucket because what could seriously be more fun then squeezing into a pair of jeans that fit your hips, gaped at the waist and had meters of leftover fabric at your feet making you look ridiculous in the change room and had you questioning why you HAD to be addicted to chips. Bikinis remain in that bucket for me, but these days most designers understand women don’t come in standard sizes so implementing ‘petite,’ ‘tall’ ‘average’ or ‘maternity’ sections at mainstream stores like Tophsop has been genius in my opinion when shopping for jeans.

Having built more confidence in jeans over the past few years, I recently delved into *gasp* coloured jeans! I know, what a rebel right?! I tend to stick to neutral hues and classic colours (i.e black!) but with 275 gloomy ‘Spring.Autumn.Whatever.It’s.All.Winter.to.me’ days of the London year, it’s crucial to inject colour into the wardrobe to psychologically lift my spirits and you know what? I LOVE the look of coloured jeans! On pretty much everyone, irrespective of age or size when styled appropriately. The only downfall I’ve found is that once you start with one pair, it’s addictive and hard to stop there!

This picture was taken on the 50 min train ride from London to Oxfordshire on our way to Bicester Village, 1 of the 8 chic shopping outlets across Europe where we took photos of my styling session with Gee (previous post) and introduced my friend, Sweet, visiting from Perth, to 130 discounted stores that were designed to appease her “I love a bargain” mentality and “I’m on holidays so I can buy absolutely everything without feeling guilty” appetite.

I find the electric blue denim colour the most flattering on everyone and a great colour if you’re plucking up the courage for coloured denim so when my friend Kylee got a pair, I took the opportunity to style her in a casual shopping outfit using pieces from her existing wardrobe which would also look perfect for a coffee date once some kitten heels are added.

I paired the electric blue against a neutral black underlay to direct the focus onto the colour of the jeans and added a shorter striped blazer to give it a classic twist and to finish off the look, simply added a colourful bag, for some visual ‘oomph.’

You could easily try this look with a white tee and black blazer / leather jacket combination with some bright read heels.

Kylee’s outfit

  • Witchery Black Sleeveless top (similar here)
  • Old Striped blazer from Oliver Bonas (similar here) and if you’re from Aus I think I saw one in MARCs in David Jones the other day.
  • Blue Jeans from Peacocks (similar here and here)
  • Prada Bag (purchased from Biscester village!)
  • Zara Flats (similar here)
  • Tiffany & Co ‘jug’ necklace (I call it the aubergine)

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T-Styled Gee in a Leather Jacket

Mixture of Leather jacket styles and brands including: Balenciaga, Burberry Porseum, Whisltes, All Saints and Zara

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Sorry for the lack of posts of late! It has been really hectic and you probably saw on my FB Page that I traveled to the sunny beaches of Sardinia for the Queen’s Jubilee Long Weekend (how Un-British of me!) and now that I’m back in London, I’ve only a few days here before I jet set back to Melbourne so I’ve been running around a bit like a headless chook but I really wanted to sneak in this styling session post before I left.

My first T-Styled Me Styling session was with the very smart and beautiful Gee who mentioned a few months ago that she was thinking about getting a leather jacket but hadn’t quite found “the one” yet. Upon hearing this, my mind shifted into overdrive – It’s as though my brain’s internally wired to detect people with shopping needs, even if they don’t ask for help, so this particular challenge had me instantly filtering the ‘Leather Jacket’ mental archives. A few options immediately came to mind but were dismissed after discussing with Gee her colour preferences, budget and desired look. I wanted her to try the options I’d narrowed down and I was lucky enough to convince her to leave work early and let me take her shopping …

I’m keen for you guys to get to know a little more about Gee, especially as styling should always be about understanding who you’re working with and their personality, so in a bid to do this virtually, here are a few details about Gee.

Gee’s Profile Stats

  • G’s Height:  5 ft 4” (1.65m)
  • Skin tone: Dark / Brown
  • Build: Slender and athletic
  • G’s Body shape: Boyish / Rectangular (I’ll do a body shape post soon!)
  • General Clothing size: Size Small (S) i.e UK/AUS size 8.
  • Tops: 8 UK/AUS and Bottoms: 8 – 10 UK/AUS depending on cut
  • Lifestyle: Active and busy – Gee loves a gym workout, running and cycling
  • Shopping preference: Generally a ‘Needs’ more so than on a ‘Wants’ basis
  • Shopping frequency: On average, once every few months
  • Style: Smart, relaxed and casual
  • Personality (in three words): Super intelligent, fun and down-to-earth (All in my opinion!)

Gee’s Leather Jacket criteria

  • A simple Black or Brown Leather Jacket with little detailing (i.e no faux fur or shearling lining) that could be thrown over casual dresses come the cooler Summer evenings in London but more so to wear with a t-shirt and jeans / trousers / shorts – pieces she frequents outside work hours.

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