Thursday, 14 April 2016

Shopbop Friends & Family Sale: The Purchases

I promised myself that if Shopbop had a F&F sale before Paul and I go on our big trip in July, I would reduce my spending money saved and buy some treasures. 25% off is not to be sniffed at when you're eyeing up a $430 scarf!

This time I bought three things, all of which I already own, from brands I know and trust.

My White + Warren heather grey cashmere scarf/wrap has paid for itself since I took the plunge and bought it in 2015. So this time I bought the black one with a plan to wear it at my niece's wedding in Denmark in July (more about that in another post!). If you've never tried cashmere and need a very warm garment, it leaves merino in the shade:

More cashmere, and the same idea. I adore my grey Equipment crew-neck jumper so much, I decided to buy it in black:

And finally, my new sandshoe obsession, Bensimons:

All arrived safe and sound and I love each item. Another example of quality vs quantity in action. Now, if it would just get cooler so I can wear all that cashmere!

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

New Work Bag

Treating myself to a good-quality work bag was something I planned to do later this year, when Paul an I are on a four-week trip through Europe and the U.S. But when the Area 51 website offered a 15% discount on first online purchases just for signing up to their weekly email newsletter, I decided to bite the bullet and buy this beauty:

I have had my beady eye on this Marc by Marc Jacobs bag for some time. It's the exact shape I want, it has short handles (I have long arms) and the leather is soft. It's a modern design with just the right amount of hardware. The only thing I had to think hard about it its size. It's quite large. After a week of 'alone time' with the bag, and making sure it was going to work out, I finally cut the tags off tonight and it makes its debut at work tomorrow.

Sunday, 10 April 2016

In Praise of Elasticated Trousers

No longer the sole domain of the elderly, trousers with an elasticised waistband are actually a stylish and comfortable option. I have lived in my Saba trousers that I purchased in Melbourne last year. They are work trousers, in a beautiful crepe fabric with a tapered leg and sit just on my ankle bone. They're also machine-washable!

Today I used up some store credit at Country Road and picked up a similar pair. They're called 'technical leggings' on the website but they're definitely pants:

Technical Legging


The blouse was returned. Too short in the body, and I have a really short torso! What up, Country Road?