Sunday, 19 April 2015

Shopbop Purchases: Review

Online shopping is risky. I have made my share of mistakes in the past. But I seldom make them now. Once you know which brands, styles and fabrics work for you, stick with them. In my view, online shopping is not ideal for experimenting with a new trend. I buy online chiefly because I can't find the brand here in New Zealand. And I typically time my purchases to when a special offer is running.

My two latest Shopbop purchases (one was a gift from Paul) are an example of savvy e-purchasing.

The Citizens of Humanity Arielle Jeans are a departure from my usual Avedon style. But because I know the brand well and they are still skinny jeans, this increased the likelihood of my liking them. The jeans are lovely. Slightly thicker denim, mid rise (not my go-to low rise) and a more faded worn-in look. Different to the norm but not radically so. They work with everything I would normally wear with skinny jeans.

My new White + Warren cashmere wrap was more of a risk. I asked myself "how can you go wrong with a plan grey cashmere wrap?". But it was more about the size and thickness for me. I wanted a full scarf/wrap but not so thick as to be uncomfortable around my neck. This scarf is 100% cashmere, and so is half the weight of merino. It's light, warm and so very soft. It will be excellent on the plane and I can finally retire my old merino wrap! It's also stylish in the heather grey shade I purchased. And - it goes with everything, from a Breton top to a white tee to a black sweater. Pure. Love. Can't wait for it to get colder so I can wear it!

By making use of a superb 25% discount (and free shipping), and buying classic styles from trustworthy brands, my hard-earned money (and Paul's!) was well spent.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Black Tie

Top: Gregory |  Trousers: Gregory  |  Shoes: Mi Piaci  |  Earrings: Found Jewellery  |  Ring and Bangle: Country Road  |  Sunglasses: Karen Walker 'Deep Freeze'
All Images © Copyright Sara Mole

Friday, 10 April 2015


I ended up getting the White + Warren cashmere wrap which I'm very excited about. Also purchased:

Because I need more striped tops. This one is soft and more form-fitting than my Saint James tops and a great price. If you buy online, size up.

Because I need more ballet flats. Soft and comfy (not for long walks or all-day shopping however). These flats are perfect for the in-between seasons. Tempted to get them in the grey too.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Oamaru Easter Weekend

Paul and I visited my folks in Oamaru this Easter weekend. We just snuck in before the cold weather started so it was cool and fresh - a welcome respite from Auckland humidity.

Oamaru is about an hour and a half drive north of Dunedin. An arty town, huge limestone buildings adorn the streets, many having benefited from recent restoration projects such as the Opera House. It's the Steampunk capital of the Southern Hemisphere and boasts a picturesque harbour.

Photo opportunities abound, starting with my hanging with the toadstools at Oamaru Public Gardens...

 Top: Saint James | Jeans: Citizens of Humanity | Shoes: Superga | Sunglasses: 'Deep Freeze' by Karen Walker | Bangle and Ring: Country Road | Nails: Essie 'Really Red'

The town itself is very pretty and quirky.

On Saturday afternoon we drove out to Elephant Rocks, an incredible natural earthwork.

 Cashmere Jumper: Equipment | Jeans: Citizens of Humanity | Shoes: Superga | Sunglasses: 'Deep Freeze' by Karen Walker | Bangle and Ring: Country Road | Nails: Essie 'Really Red' 

On Sunday we met my brother and his partner and went for a walk around the harbour.

 Jacket: New Look | Cashmere Jumper: Equipment | Jeans: Citizens of Humanity | Shoes: Country Road | Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs | Sunglasses: 'Deep Freeze' by Karen Walker | Bangle and Ring: Country Road | Nails: Essie 'Really Red' 

And of course, Mum and I indulged in a little retail therapy (her lovely scarf was a purchase that day!).

On Mum (Val) Jeans: Postie | Scarf: Sababa from Waitaki Interiors | Top: Zara | Shoes: Number One Shoes

On me: Jacket: New Look | Cashmere Jumper: Equipment | Jeans: Citizens of Humanity | Shoes: Country Road | Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs | Sunglasses: 'Deep Freeze' by Karen Walker | Bangle and Ring: Country Road | Nails: Essie 'Really Red' 

All photos by Paul D.

Saturday, 28 March 2015


A mock-turtleneck is a neck style that is fitted, but only comes up the neck a couple of inches. I have always avoided them because they reminded me of the old skivvies people used to wear in the 70s.

But, an old dog can be taught new tricks.

Today I picked up a black 100% merino mock-turtleneck from Forever New for under $70.00. The knit is fine, the sleeve length isn't bad and the neck is extremely flattering. Who knew? Here it is in the cream (the black does not appear on the website):

ForeverNew Tansy Turtle Neck Top Main Image

If you like the idea of a turtleneck/poloneck but the high neck doesn't appeal, I urge you to give the mock-turtleneck a try. Pair with ankle-grazing skinny jeans and ballet flats for a little bit of Audrey chic.