Monday, September 02, 2013

Surfacing & exploring Portugal

Is it touristy ? Yup.  But fun ? Sure.  It's hard to reconcile to European orientated meal plans for €2 breakfast and €1 beers. But Old Town is much more 'family' hence less yobbos = all good.
Look, it's lovely! Just very cookie cutter, the 'Bali' of Europe.
But bargains ?? 
I should have flown over in my knickers & an empty suitcase.
Zara (Witchery) @ Kmart prices. 
Why did I bring so much stuff !!!!

Having lovely time, will do a daily breakdown when I am not updating on my phone, with my thumb, at the pub, with free wifi ! Cannot buy wifi here?! 

Mwah to you xx

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Hello Portugal

Not what I thought, depends where you point the camera......
Poor poor country, but parts are so pretty & quaint.  Proper low-down when I surface from 30+ hours on flights.....

Thursday, August 29, 2013

The adventure begins......

Gin and a fabulous hat......a great start to any adventure! 

Crazy 24 hours leading up to flight, madly getting house ready for puppy-sitters and worrying (in vain) that I had packed too's all gin and skittles now !

See you on the other side xx

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Count down begins - only days until Portugal!

Only days to go now - we fly out this week to Portugal for the wedding of Lisa & Ken, then a tour for me & the fella around Spain, then to Ireland for a week with Jason's lovely family.

Have said bye bye to the boys, family & trying to not think about leaving Lucy the Lab!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Something Old, New, Borrowed, Beautiful

Something Old - The beautiful original stained glass in the front door of my 100 year old house:


Something New - Some cute 'Nanna' drinking glasses from the $2 shop:
Something Borrowed - My sister-in-law's sewing machine, I can't find mine?:
Something Beautiful -  Just because:
Photo credits - me.


Saturday, February 09, 2013

Outfit Quickie - BBQ with Friends

When a BBQ is going to start late afternoon in the heat, but then cool down quickly, you need something fab and versatile!  Enter my best friend  - denim shirt !

Rock up looking uber-chic with your white sleeveless linen t, then as it cool, throw on your denim shirt, unbuttoned.  Sleeveless with a scarf = rocking it.  The only trick for the conservative (like me!) is to leave the denim shorts at home - I can't do double denim, I just can't - I was an 80's child and am denim scarred for life!

Brown Shorts | Old - no label | Similar
Denim Shirt | Urban Outfitters | Similar
White sleeveless T | Zara | Buy one anywhere!
Brown Sandals | Novo Australia | Similar

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Compare the Pair - Braided Shopper

Ever coveted the beautiful, gorgeous, Divine Zara Braided Shopper?


But at over $140 AND the fact that Zara does not ship to Australia (sob!) I have had to be content with just looking at it online, and every time someone goes to Melbourne or Sydney (my fella usually!) beg them to get me something from lovely Zara.

That is, until I found these !


And they are less than  $50 !  You can have both !

Now I did not discover this myself, it was on Penny Pincher Fashion - so thank you !

And yes, I have already bought mine - and she is gorgeous:

Now Zara, if you are reading this, can you PLEASE open a store in Perth ?  I promise I will shop there at least once a week, and I have friends!  Thank you - Lori x

The Best I ever Bought - Crop Pants Part 2

OK, so I promised some stylin' from yesterday's post of the perfect Black Crop Pants, and here it is!

Style 1 - Work

Black Crop Pants | ASOS | Buy Here
Cream Jacket | Zara Melbourne | last year similar here
Cream and Black Flats | Ruby | last year but similar here
Cream Necklace | Equip Australia | last year but similar here

Style 2 - Work for Fun

Black Crop Pants | ASOS | Buy Here
Floral Jacket | Tempt Australia | Similar for USA, try Iconic for Australia
Long cream oversized T | Try Target or Forever 21
Cream open toe wedges | Kmart | Not available online but similar here

Style 3 - Casual

Black Crop Pants | ASOS | Buy Here
Denim Shirt | Urban Outfitters | Similar
Grey Shirt | Urban Outfitters | Buy Here
Black Sandals | Novo Australia | Similar

Enjoy !  I'm off to have a gin - that was hard work !

Monday, February 04, 2013

The Best I ever Bought......Crop Pants Part 1

With the millions and trillions of choices for basics on the net, occasionally you find something on your ongoing wish list that are just perfect - and you want to share!  Because surely everyone is looking for the perfect fit/colour/style (or all 3!) just like you?  Perfect white shirt, perfect flat black boots, perfect navy blazer - etc etc.

Well, I have found the perfect, low-cost, black crop pants. Depending on your currency, they are around $32-34 - but ASOS always have coupons, so you should get them for less than $30!

These lovelies are a polyester mix, so care and washing is a breeze (ummm have I ever ironed them?...........whoops!) and have a neat little seam running down the front of the pant, so that nice crisp finish is part of the pant itself.  They have a front zipper, but give a lovely flat front, so even with a tiny pooch-pooch you will find these really flattering - well I did anyhow.  They also have two little 'pretend' zips in lieu of pockets - now these 'de-corporate' the pants, which I like, but they would still suit the office if they aren't super-prof in work attire.

The crop is above the ankle, so they are a true crop, not a 7/8, which I like.  They look great with wedges, and with cute ballet flats.

Tomorrow, I will show you how I have styled these 3 ways!  Yes, I know you just can't wait for that :)

Find to Fabulous - "McQueen" scarf

Now this has to go down in the major finds of all time, but let me preface it by saying this:

I am not a huge fan of knock-offs that pretend to be the other product - you know, like bags in Phuket that say Marc Jacobs but have never seen the inside of a MJ factory ever.  I am however a BIG fan of what I like to call 'mimics' - items that pay homage to a higher end style, usually in clothes, and don't try & present they are Prada when they are Target.

Now this one is a very close call - so close, you can call me two-face Larry.

I have coveted an Alexander McQueen chiffon forever, I love the look of the over sized linen t with a loose scarf un-knotted and I wear that look often.  However I just couldn't justify the price, although at cost per wear, I probably should have!

So one day when strolling through my local - nope, I not going to tell you yet - I saw this beauty, and I scooped her up so fast that you would have thought I had found a winning lottery ticket !  Now, i would have preferred the classic black/ivory version, but hey, beggars cannot be choosers.

And I have worn it and worn it and worn it - and it cost $8 !!!

Above:  Original Alexander McQueen Pink and Black Chiffon scarf $201.27

Above:  My 'mimic' version and the fabulous wearing of same! (with my gorgeous fella x)
Now where did I find it ?!
Yes, you read that right, Kmart!
Now look - It ried to find it online for you, but Kmart only sell DVDs etc online, but if you live in Australia, hotfoot it to Kmart and see what you can rustle up! 

Friday, February 01, 2013

Quickie Crush - Shift Dress

 I have been 'crusin' this dress for a while - and I think it has come back in stock!

I love everything about shirt dresses - the way they hang, drape and can have a covered sleeve without looking matronly.

It is a look that those of us over 30 (ahem) can wear with confidence that we are not doing the mutton lamb lamby-lamby thing - which I try so hard to avoid, but makes me sad when I see 'pretty' things.  Not skanky things, pretty things.  Death to the bodycon dress!

Plain shift dresses are also great for the office, a standby 'wedding guest' dress, and can be dressed down with sandals & a straw bag for a bbq, or dressed up with a unusual necklace and some outrageous heels for something more chic - and hair up girls!

Thursday, January 31, 2013

From Find to Fabulous!

Don't you love it when it all just falls into place?

Need a dress? Find the dress. Dress arrives. Dress fits - better even! Day of Dress wearing dawns. Day is Fabulous!

From Find to Fabulous !


Grab some Green

You know you are addicted to a colour when you go searching for it, and it alone............. 

...............because it is always time for some green =)

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Quickie Must Buy - Urban Outfitter Batwings T's

You absolutely must get one of these tops for you, your friends, and even your Mom (Mum!) - they go with everything, drape beautifully, and come in black, grey, green, purple and red!  They look expensive in person and I am going back for more.

Three Kinds of Crazy - Which Workplace?

The way I see it, there are three kinds of corporate workplaces:

Modern & Young Orientated - ( or as I call it Gen-Y cruisey smoochy-woo )

This is your sneakers, too cool for school workplace - super fun to begin with, super hard to be a boss!  Or god forbid an owner - the more you give, the more you are taken taken taken.  Phrases like 'what's in it for me', and "but I'm on lunch!' and 'gosh I hope we go somewhere better for the Christmas party than last year!'.  Workers often deign to turn up, and are genuinely surprised when expected to turn up on time and put in a full days work - all whilst bemoaning the lack of Facebook access at their desk.

Old Fashioned, 1970's Chic
Get to your desk, do your job, do not pass go, do not collect $200.  You are expected to mind your Ps & Qs, your boss can get angry at you and perhaps even yell and it is considered normal.  Pay reviews occur as the GM deems necessary, which is as little as possible, and you are made to feel every single day that you don't work hard enough, and you should be extremely grateful that you have a job at all.
Yes, I have worked in one of these.  Most employees and the management team are on the same track - success at work, and a reasonable work/life balance.  Mistakes are unavoidable, but examined as they occur and consequences generally match the original output.  HR exists but isn't used as a beating board, but as a valuable function of the business.  People work hard, and occasionally get a fun reward.  Reviews are conducted yearly but pay increases aren't expected but worked hard to get, and negotiated for.
Why I am writing this?
The Benchmark Workplace used to be the norm - and now more and more of my contemporaries are trying valiantly to work in the first 2 discussed - and are bewildered, frustrated and sad.  And it goes hand in hand with much of the bewilderment we all feel about many things.
What can we do ?
Those of us with influence, with a voice, who aren't afraid need to be braver,stronger, and refuse to be lured by the sometimes higher, seemingly 'easier' money of the Gen Y Workplace, refuse to bow to the Old Fashioned Workplace, and CREATE the Benchmark Workplace that was becoming so prevalent in the 1980's and 1990's.  Have a voice, have an opinion, vote with your feet, and if you are a boss, be a role model, even if it is hard.  Especially because it is hard.
Peace out.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Style Crush - Julie SariƱana aka Sincerely Jules

OK, so I am starting this 'series' with my absolute top Style Crush - because you don't start with number eleven now, do we?

Jules @ Sincerely Jules epitomises every single thing about style that I humbly adore - it just looks flawless, easy (for her) and so authentic.  She isn't channelling anyone else, she is embodying what suits her but more than that, she is taking crisp, clean bites from a higher inspired place.

Yes - she is tiny and everything looks good on her BUT she isn't super tall (I don't think?) and she doesn't have the classic 'coat-hanger' body of the high-enders.  Her hair is messy (in oh such a good way) and (dare I say it ?) - she doesn't look 'sparkley clean' - and I mean this in a gritty sense - and hence the authentic, realness that comes through.
Jules looking gritty @ Sincely Jules

I sometimes wish she wrote more text, talked more about where her inspirations came from, how she mixes expensive with ASOS, but when I am looking for a spoon and spaghetti comforting style-eating, it is Jule's blog I go to.

In an Asos top @ Sincerely Jules
I also think Jules single-handedly started the Isabel Marant craze!
Jules looking amazing in the simplest things @ Sincerely Jules

Monday, January 28, 2013

Outfit Quickie - lunch in Freo

Casual lunch in Fremantle - what's not to love?
Floppy black hat from City Beach, grey batwing top from Urban Outfitters, shorts (old), necklace from Equip, sandals from Novo.