My fellow blogger, Hollie, and I are both great admirers of Gwen Stefani’s eclectic rock and roll style – she always looks perfectly put together. Her make up and hair are always immaculate, even for a trip to the park with her sons. It was while Hollie and I were chatting about Gwen the other day that I realized Gwen is a fan of Zara! I have spotted her in three Zara items just this weekend – who’d have thought it? Gwen obviously embraces pairing high and lower end items – good for her!
Two of the items also happen to be in my closet – no surprise there. The first is the sarong skirt – I love how she has styled this over leggings…There’s a David Bowie t-shirt on Asos that I have been umming and ahhing about for a while now – it could be the perfect tee to replicate this look.
Next up is my jacket last worn here. Now I’m not necessarily a fan of her styling here but each to their own…though if I was Italian I’d wear that t-shirt in a heartbeat.
Finally I spotted this photo of her wearing these Zara pants heading to Chuck E. Cheeses – please Gwen how could you bear to step foot in there? I’d rather stick pins in my eyes.
These photos of Gwen always make me want to to wear red lipstick more often and I’m pretty sure images of her have influenced my choice of attire today.
MM called me Tubbs this morning and I wasn’t sure if he was referring to Miami Vice or TheLeague of Gentlemen (a reference some US readers won’t appreciate – sorry!). I am guessing it was the former given my white ensemble today.
This is a case of poor preparation. I was planning to wear skinny jeans and then remembered I was having a pedicure later so I needed to wear a skirt, shorts or jeans I can roll up. I went with the jeans – but tried to substitute my distressed white skinnies from H&M for shiny white 501s and it really hasn’t worked – the proportions are all wrong. Even after a jacket change I’m still not happy. But after faffing around with photos etc…I didn’t have time to start again. So here I am. When it warms up later I’ll be taking my jacket off, and adding flip flops after the pedicure – a much better ensemble I think – and at least my feet will be looking good. I’m trying to distress these 501s slowly with a razor – I keep shaving threads off a couple of patches, hoping that with some washing they will split, but it’s not happening fast enough so I may just have to resort to the sandpaper trick.
After changing the jacket (White jersey blazer from Zara – old):
A quick note too – as many of you know I churn my closet often and I’ve been selling gently used items that are all in excellent condition here on eBay. Given my ‘power seller’ status and 100% rating I’ve decided to try out my own store front here on the blog. If you click ‘Shop‘ on the menu you will see a couple of items listed. I’ll be adding more here, instead of eBay, to see how it goes. Payment is still easy and secure through Paypal.
Sticking with my formula for feeling great, i.e. jeans + jacket, I have been trawling online store fronts, perusing jackets at every opportunity. I’ve convinced myself that now I know what works for me, at least for daily ease and work attire, surely I can justify more items that adhere to the formula?
This jacket looked NOTHING on the Zara site (a little better now with the new model and styling) – but based on plain black jacket I have that is a similar style I decided to try it. I am so glad I did – I love it! It is really lightweight and has lovely wide, bracelet length cuffs. I think the cropped style works great with these Asos Saxby jeans. The jeans were an absolute bargain and my favorite boyfriend jeans to date. They have low slung pockets at the back and are loose fitting throughout the leg. Not too distressed either – just enough. If you use 30ASOSRMN you can get $30 off $150 with free shipping till April 28th.
Oooh and my current favorite nail polish was applied last night – China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy that I first saw on Eve on AllWornOutBlog.com. It is a gorgeous neon peachy pink that glows next to a tan – LOVE it!
Spring must be here! The Masters begins next week and our azaleas are out in preparation! It looks stunning around here with all the cherry blossom too – it’s my favorite time of year here in Atlanta – not too hot, yet good flip flop and t-shirt weather.
I nipped into Target again on the way home from work – still umming and ahhing over the Fedora I tried on the other day. Today I tried on a pink floppy hat – I love the idea of it – but I think at the very least I need long flowing locks beneath it to really pull it off like Ali MacGraw:)
Trousers – JCrew wool café capris (old) // Shirt – Zara (old) // Shoes – Zara // Bag – Alexander Wang Diego
So I ended up bringing the Fedora home and I love it!
I’m off out tonight with the bus stop Moms. We rarely get more than 10 minutes to chat while waiting for the school bus so tonight I’ve got them all to meet up over a bottle of wine! I can’t wait! What to wear?:)
Call it oxblood, bordeaux or wine, burgundy is the color of Fall 2012. It’s everywhere from scarves to boots to jeans. I love the color and even have hair to match:) At first I bought a couple of burgundy accessories not wanting to overdo it, but now I have jeans, boots and t-shirts all in burgundy. It’s even made me hunt out my Chanel Rouge Noir nail polish again, which Uma Thurman made famous in Pulp Fiction.
To demonstrate the versatility of this fabulous, rich color I teamed up with my great blogging buddies – Avril from SchoolGateStyle.com and Fiona from Avenue57 – to style a daytime and evening look in our burgundy jeans. Our jeans are all different brands and mine are Zara. They were a steal for $35.90 and have lots of stretch so a really comfy. On trend, as ever, Zara has a lot of items right now in what they are calling ‘bordeaux’.
My daytime look is VERY casual. I love wearing burgundy with grey so paired the jeans with my AllSaints decay sweatshirt from 2011. The scarf is an old H&M that I bought after being inspired by Emmanuelle Alt – swoon – my ultimate style icon – I just love her – we can all dream hey? The sneakers are my new Ash Alex wedges – pretty much a knock off of the Marant sneakers – but I love the burgundy and coral together – which influenced me to wear my orange Casio G-Shock watch.
I LOVE how the three of us styled the jeans so differently – it’s so exciting to see how different people interpret different pieces.
For evening wear I think I was mainly inspired by my Halloween decorations:) My AllSaints embellished top is remarkably similar to the ghost hanging next to me! The jacket is the chic leather biker jacket from Boden that I bought in the sale last season and is now getting worn frequently. The only thing I might change about the outfit are the shoes – here I have the Sam Edelman Petty boots in British Burgundy – I thought the continuation of color might work but having seen the photos they look too matchy matchy. Heels would have elongated the look better – ah well – next time!
Fiona and Avril look great – all legs! Make sure you pop over to their blogs for more details on their outfits here at Avenue57 and here at SchoolGateStyle.com.
I love how the burgundy works with grey and black – it’s fabulous for adding a splash of color and will work great for the festive season. But it also works as a neutral base color and pairs well with other colors, like coral, and patterns – experiment with it! How are you wearing your burgundy this season?
Yep the rain has arrived – it has rained since yesterday afternoon here and it shows no sign of clearing up soon. Sitting here on the 9th floor it feels like I’m in the middle of the rain cloud. At least I can at last get wrapped up and truly enjoy my knitwear:)
These jeans were cheap – just $22 from Target and they are currently reduced to just $18 – they are a great fit – though it is a bit weird buying junior sizes – I never know what size I am as juniors always fit tiny. These jeans however have so much stretch in them I ended up in a 5! I love them – the background of the snow leopard print is a soft blush pink with grey spots. They look very similar to the H&M ones I was lusting after and never found over here. The pink top is a Zara sale purchase and I’m wearing my favorite AllSaints Cerulean cardigan. Accessorized with Sam Edelman Louie boots in taupe rose and my necklace from Macy’s that I wore on our anniversary night out – the grey color is really versatile and works well with many items in my closet.
What did you all think of Dexter last night? To be honest I’m a bit sad that Debra now knows – surely he can’t carry on – unless Debra ends up on his table?
Close game for the Falcons today but exciting and perfect watching on a grey day. The photo session was postponed due to threat of rain so we walked by the river with the dog and the kids raced their bikes. I then did my Trader Joe’s shop so I have a kitchen full of yummy treats – including a massive NYC cheesecake that I will try not to devour in one go tonight while watching Homeland and Dexter!
Last night MM and I started our Fall supper club. We are the only members. Each week, once the children are in bed, we take it in turns to wine and dine each other at home. It’s lovely – it’s an evening each week where we turn off all screens, put on some good music and converse while cooking and eating – it’s like dating again and I love it. Last night I cooked carbonara – who can resist the smell of bacon and garlic? The food was even better after a couple of glasses of a fabulous Malbec. I’m looking forward to his choice of menu next week – he’s a far better cook than I am!
Today is a day for comfort – Gap boyfriend jeans, a Gap brown tank, H&M linen top and Sam Edelman Alvin loafers. The necklace is an old one from Target but it’s fun and works well with the casual outfit. The new glasses are still making me feel fabulous!
You’ll either love them or you’ll hate them. For me they are a throw back to the late 70′s early 80′s when everyone was pouring a bottle of bleach in their bathtub with their skin tight jeans – well at least we were in Bury! They are the tie dyed jeans from H&M and I think they are fun though not for the faint of heart. It didn’t occur to me until I got to work that paired with my Ash Bowies I am actually resembling someone from an 80s hair band – without the big hair admittedly though I’m close to it thanks to the downpour I walked through to the office. One of my friends at university used to wear something very similar, though his jeans were completely bleached and he wore Reebok white hi-tops with them – classy. His jeans were so tight I often wonder if he ever had a family. Keeping it simple with the loud jeans I opted for my white Express t-shirt and the lovely All Saints Boston cardigan that I got in the sale back in England in June. Loving that I can start to get some knitwear out again.
Yesterday I wore my Zara snake print top from the sale, black Gap jeggings and my favorite Fryes of the moment – the Jenna short studded – they are so soft I love them.
Taking the children for a play date after school today so looking forward to their Mom’s reaction to my jeans:)
Between dashing from the dentists, doing some work and heading to swim team practice there is very little time for blogging today – but I was quite happy with my casual ensemble this morning so wanted to share it with you:)
This t-shirt is an old Gap one that I found in a bin bag of tops still lurking in the basement after the renovations. It now has just the perfect washed, faded appearance of a well loved tee. I used to just wear it around the house but I love it with my Zara off white jersey jacket. I was going to wear some very loud, acid bleached jeans that I got from H&M a month or so ago but I was a tad worried about them being far too distracting for my lovely dentist so I saved those for another day and went for my Gap boyfriend jeans again – I haven’t worn so much Gap for years! All finished off with my new favorite shoes – my Ash Thelmas. I jumped on the band wagon a bit late with these as they are a rare shoe here in Atlanta. My friend at work just swooned over them and went straight to the Ash website to order some. My Ash Bowies arrived the other week and if you are tempted by this style be warned they fit much smaller than the Thelmas and I had to size up, but the leather is divine and lovely and soft – they’ll be a Fall favorite for me that’s for sure.