leather and cashmere

leather pencil skirt

leather pencil skirt

Wearing: cashmere jumper, ASOS leather pencil skirt (on sale!), Topshop ankle boots. 

Easy like Sunday morning. 

A simple outfit for an easy Sunday – a soft cashmere jumper (purchased on a rare visit to Manly), a leather pencil skirt and ankle boots with just the right amount of heel.

And a guest appearance from Jedi, who took time out from attacking random objects in my room to pose for a photo. Thanks, Jedi!

split back

witchery open back jumper

witchery open back jumper

witchery open back jumper

Wearing: Witchery roll neck split back jumper (similar here), Lover the Label Pyramid lace dress (similar here).

It’s finally winter in Sydney. 

Cold enough for morning frost on the grass and crisp, clear nights. Cold enough to wrap yourself in cashmere and leather and giant scarves. Cold enough that being curled up in bed with one or two cats seems like the only thing to do.

This split back jumper was an impulse purchase (bought at the airport on a brief trip to Melbourne), but it’s turned out to be one of my favourite winter buys. The roll neck is cosy enough for the winter chill but the open back lends itself to all sorts of layering possibilities. With lace underneath, it’s perfect.

on the fringe

on the fringe on the fringe on the fringe

Wearing: Aqua leather-sleeve jacket (similar here or here), striped t-shirt (similar here), MAC Kinda Sexy lipstick.

Getting a fringe has changed my whole makeup routine.

For the last few years, I’ve favoured a swoosh of very black liquid eyeliner drawn out into a cat-eye flick. Mascara on the top lashes, but not the bottom. Now that I have a fringe, I’m not sure it works anymore: since my hair hangs down over my eyes to the point of obscuring them, leaving the lower half of my eyes bare leaves them looking undefined.

Instead, I’ve started doing a wash of matte brown eyeshadow on my lids and smudged on the lower lashline, accented by brown eyeliner (MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Duck). Black mascara on the upper and lower lashes finishes the look. While I normally choose a red lipstick (MAC’s Russian Red or NARS’ Cruella are the usual), today I tried a new shade from MAC’s Retro Matte range. It’s called Kinda Sexy. And I kinda like it.

If you’ve ever had a fringe and had to change your makeup to suit it, I’d love to hear your tips!

currently coveting

david jones

Low slung stretch pants by Bassike, Nobody Denim Cruise jumper, Aesop Reverence hand balm, utility comb set, simple tote, complexion brush, Converse Hi Top canvas sneakers.

When it comes to my wardrobe, black rules supreme. 

Black is safe. Black is comfortable. But sometimes – rarely, but sometimes – I get the urge to wear white. And hey – there’s a whole spectrum of eggshell, snow, bone, ivory, porcelain and parchment to get to know. There’s a simplicity to it that’s appealing. And a strictness too – when you wear white, you have to commit to keeping it clean.

This outfit works because of the interesting proportions – the dropped crotch of the pants contrasting with the slim fit around the ankles, the clean lines of the jumper, the super minimal sneaker. No need for a statement bag: an understated tote in smooth leather is the perfect accompaniment.

catbird

catbird rings

catbird rings

Catbird NYC Tomboy ring from Popetto (available here)

Tiny silver rings make me very happy. Tiny silver rings with a maker’s mark like a secret message on the inside make me even happier.