Silk for Summer

Vince Skirt

Summer has hit big time and I’m struggling to find stylish – not boring af – stuff to wear to work.

I ended up digging up out a lot of my silk pieces, which have been perfect for hot afternoons. If you’re looking for more silk clothes lie robes, nightwear, and dresses, be sure to check out https://rosefulbright.com.

This is me in my insanely clean work bathrooms!

Wearing:

Grana Silk Crew Neck Tee – Bought this top on a whim and am constantly surprised that I keep reaching to wear it. It’s perfect to wear in a professional context, because it looks sharp, but still has that casual vibe.

Vince Wrap Skirt – This skirt is so beautiful. It’s like luxurious liquid metal when I move.

Isabel Marant Leo Flats – I bought these on clearance sale and absolutely love the look of them. But I’ve found that they rub my feet the wrong way. Every time I wear them I’ve had blisters from the lace rubbing against my skin, so I’ve tried different ways to tie them. As you can see pictured above, they are supposed to be criss-crossed, but they look more like regular ballet flats.

A.P.C. Bag – My go-to everyday handbag (currently on sale).

Also, along with Shopbop’s Buy More Save More sale, you can get an additional 10% off for the Cybersale Celebrations!

Cult Gaia Heels and the Sale of the Season

Brought to you Shopbop

Cult Gaia Shoes

I’m a sucker for gorgeous shoes… and these soft leather heels from Cult Gaia, do not disappoint!

Mixing the on-trend elements of warm tones, woven details, kitten heel and a slight quirky style, they are super soft, comfortable and very cute.

They are perfect to wear with relaxed summer dresses, neutral tones and casual jeans, but if you like to do sports, is better to get waterproof running shoes since these are good for any environment and weather.

I actually had my eyes on another pair of Cult Gaia heels, but I picked these, because they were more work-friendly with their low heel.

Let me share some information that you may thank me for later, or better yet, your tired high-heel-wearing feet will thank me, Im always on the look of wholesale labels and deals to make more. The ideal heel height is not 4 inches (thank goodness), it is not 3 inches, and it’s not 2 inches. The ideal heel height is 1 inch. Wearing a short heel is better than not wearing a heel at all. Wearing a shoe with a short heel places less tension in the Achilles tendon and will feel more comfortable. Wearing shoes that are completely flat will contribute to pronation and the collapse of the arch which can lead to plantar and posterior heel pain, shin splints, knee pain, and back pain. And of course, you should always wear a shoe that has arch support to minimize discomfort.

Aaaand I’m super excited to share that ALL the Cult Gaia shoes from Shopbop are on sale at the moment.

Enjoy!

Everyday Work Loves

Charlotte Olympia Kitty Flats

I’ve been put on a new project for work and now based in a very corporate workplace.

It’s a nice change. Everyone wears corporate uniforms, tailored clothes, jackets and really smart shoes.

However this means… I definitely can’t wear my black distressed jeans, graphic tee and sneakers!

I’ve been trying to get used to the wardrobe adjustment. And I’ve been loving these few items…

1) Luxe flats.

Yes I bought a pair of super gorgeous Kitty Flats by Charlotte Olympia!

I don’t know how long they’ll last with the velvet fabric outer. But they are AMAZINGLY comfortable and oh-so cute.

Shop Work Favourites

2) An unconventional bag for my laptop.

I don’t like bags specially designed to be laptop bags. I find them bulky and too backpack-ish. And I don’t like the ones that look like briefcases or “carry cases”. Basically I haven’t found one that I like yet. So I put my laptop in a padded sleeve and use a tote bag. It’s large enough for my lunch too.

I am currently using a canvas, printed tote bag. But I feel a bit like a high school student. Plus it gets super dirty and looks a bit scruffy. So I have this lovely tan leather tote (Tote Bag by Madewell) on the way!

3) A blazer for meetings.

I’m the kind of person who keeps a nice jacket and a nice pair of shoes in the office or car, just in case. A sharp blazer smartens up any ol’ outfit… and I like to pop it over whatever I’m wearing just before I head into a meeting.

I’m totally in love with blazers from Theory Jackets. They look so perfectly cut, perfectly proportioned, perfectly tailored, but um, a bit expensive though. I’m also very fond of the blazers from Anine Bing.

4) A cute everyday bag.

I tend to lose all my small items in my big tote bag. So I do like a small bag to wear across my body to keep my phone, keys and travel cards close at hand. My Mansur Gavriel bucket bag, or my APC Half Moon Bag are go-to cross body bags at the moment.

5) The ‘Air Con is Too High’ Cardigan.

With summer in full swing, the office air-conditioner is usually cranked up to full blast.

A simple, nice, light (and not itchy) black cardigan is surprisingly hard to find. These luxurious cashmere cardigans, Essential Trapeze Robe (comes in 5 different colours) from White + Warren.

Not exactly on the cutting edge of fashion here, but hey, fashion and style is a practical and personal endeavour that changes with your life – so I love diving deep and embracing it all!

Everlane’s Authentic Stretch High-Rise Skinny Jeans – In All Colours!

King Street - Everlane Jeans

About a year ago, I made a plan to look for a pair of sustainable, earth-friendly and ethically produced jeans, fall in love with them, then buy them in ALL colours.

Over time, I would slowly replace all my regular jeans with sustainable ones.

That was the plan!

I ended up buying some Authentic Stretch High-Rise Skinny Jeans from Everlane, in Mid-Blue.

Read my full review here.

That was 10 months ago. I absolutely LOVED THEM and so yep, I bought them in Black, White, Washed Grey too.

Not sponsored, I bought them all myself.

Everlane Jeans

I’ve had the black, white and grey jeans for a few months now (sitting together with my Mid-Blue ones). I’ve worn them all and washed them all.

And here are a few reasons they are awesome:

1) They are all super comfy – I even wear them to work.

2) They fit perfectly – I bought all in Size 25. I am Size 25 in all my designer jeans (Frame, Acne, Levi’s, Rag&Bone etc)

The black pair is slightly tighter and the fabric is not as soft as the rest, but still fits great.

3) They are cropped at the ankle so I don’t have to get them altered. I’m short (I’m 160cm).

4) They have genuinely slim ankles so they taper with my leg. Short girls will know when they buy skinny jeans and get them shortened, the resulting “ankles” don’t taper because they are the size of a tall girl’s “calves” ha!

So we have to pay extra to have them tapered at the leg, which usually ends up costing the same price as the jeans themselves.

5) Price. I think the best bit is how affordable these jeans are – AUS $103.

I feel a bit funny saying this, but it kind of feels too cheap for sustainably and ethically made jeans. I feel I should be paying more… but at the same time if they were priced any higher than say $170, I probably would think twice about purchasing them in all colours.

They don’t seem to be selling this style in the White anymore, but they have just released Dark Blue Wash and Deep Indigo.

Anyway, if you’re looking for sustainably and ethically made jeans, do check these out – I totally recommend them!

Finding 30 Minutes to Exercise at Work

Walking at Work

Ever since I started my new job (three months ago), I have been struggling to find time to exercise.

(Geez that sounds so cliched.)

Ahh I used to be so fit!

I used to cycle 80kms in the morning and go for a light 5km jog in the evenings! I used to run 15km every weekend and wind down with a hot yoga session! Who was that person?

Now I’m completely wiped out by a 2km run and need a 2 hour nap.

Yeah I feel regret and deep annoyance that I have to start ALL OVER again.

Buuut at the same time, I know it won’t take long to work up my fitness. And the actual trick is to… Just start, today.

So how do I get 30 minutes of exercise at work?

Brisk walking and stair climbing.

My new job involves me sitting in front of a computer for 8 hours a day. So I make sure I take a walk and climb some stairs during my lunch breaks. I do some light stretching in the evenings. And I go for a run on the weekends. It’s not much at the moment, but at least I’m starting somewhere :)

I’m wearing:

Anine Bing Bar Silk Skirt

Chuck Taylor All Star Converse

Musubi Mini Bag by Acne Studios