And I hate to admit it, but the recent turn in weather towards a definite Fall feeling couldn’t have come at a more perfect time – had it been hot and sunny outside, then I would have had no choice but to head for the nearest beach, but I knew I wanted a few days of inside luxuriating so the colder temps have been welcome. (I know I know, this is weather blasphemy and I’ll be regretting these words in about 6 weeks time when it is dark and cold and Summer is officially over…)
Jumpsuits, playsuits, rompers – call them what you will – I have a not so secret love for this one piece item.*
I seem to have inbuilt jumpsuit radar; I can sniff them out in a store where you would least expect to see them, I see them EVERYWHERE online and I turn a little green if I spy one on someone in the street. I think this love stems from my childhood, where my favourite clothing item as a kid was my hot pink overalls that I wore at every.opportunity.I.could.get. (I also had the same pair in blue, which shows you how far the obsession went…)
There is just something about this one piece that appeals to me and with the endless styling options a jumpsuit is pretty much appropriate for any scenario and any season- A day at the beach? Check. A romantic dinner date? Check. A corporate work outfit? Check. I’m also a big fan of the fact that there is no age limit for this youthful piece – a gal in her teens and a woman in her 40’s can pull of this look (provided they have chosen appropriately of course…)
For today’s Jumpsuit look, I have decided to style a more corporate/work-esque look; I love the idea of wearing a sleek black jumpsuit to work, paired with a severely tailored blazer and a pair of gorgeous patent pumps. Grown up yet youthful and playful at the same time – is there any better combination?
*I feel it important to point out (again) that although I loves me a one piece, overalls DO NOT COUNT and are not on this gals list of acceptable one piece options. 8 year old me would surely disagree but thankfully this is not Back to the Future and I do not have to relive that fashion (and I use the term loosely) trend.
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Look Book Look Time! I was initially going to create an Autumn/Fall look as fall fashion starts to creep its way in and my mind starts turning to scarves and layers… BUT I’m not ready to turn my back on Summer just yet; I’ve been told that August and September really charms with its weather here in Vancouver so an end of summer look was called for.
The look I have chosen is one of those casual summer must haves: a comfy tee, cut off shorts and a favourite layering top. With this look, I love how these denim shorts and white t-shirt are given a bit of style factor with the long floral drapery.
I went for a bit more of an interesting denim when recreating this look. I love all things Ksubi and these printed shorts are casual enough for a hot day with a cool print which is really in right now. The Rick Owens racer back tank is about as simple as you can get and is the perfect length for either tucking in (as in the look) or letting it hang out.
For the floral drapery, I initially went in search of either Tigerlily or Zimmerman (both quintessential Australian summer brands) but found exactly what I was looking for from Mara Hoffman. A cute and colourful print with an asymmetrical hem line which I am a big fan of.
To accessorise this summer look, I headed over to my favourite website for all things NZ fashion: Precious Peg. I love the jewellery coming from Stolen Hearts at the moment and this ring and necklace work well together with their mixture of silver and white gold. To finish off the look, I went with a Chloe classic leather hand bag which has the perfect strap for slinging over the shoulder and is the perfect size so as to not overwhelm the rest of the look. And of course because it is Chloe.
Although Fall fashion is on the edge of my radar, Summer is definitely not over yet and I plan to make the most of the hot weather with the perfect summer look.
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Last weekend, we had the most amazing three days up in the Okanagan Valley, also known as The Wine Capital of Canada. There is nothing like a trip out of city during the summer, especially with a bonus long weekend thanks to a public holiday. It was our first time out of Vancouver and we can safely say that the area is now at the top of favourite places in BC.
The weather was stunning – those clear blue skies and hot days that remind you of summers from your childhood – and was screaming for beers beside the lake with dips to cool off every 10 minutes, thanks to the 39 degree heavenly temps.
Although doing a bit of nothing was definitely our priority, it would have been rude not to check out some of the vineyards and wineries while we were there. After a day of lounging beside the lake, stepping into the cool showrooms of the vineyards was a welcome relief, as was the wine tasting of course!
Planning what to wear for a day at the lake was easy – a bikini, a hat and a towel, but it was a little trickier when factoring in the wine tasting at the end of the day. And while there isn’t a high dress code necessary, a girl wants to look nice when sampling a cool glass of sauvignon blanc in the luxury of the vineyard where it was made.
So, thanks to the endless choices in the fashion world, I was able to create what would be my dream “From the Lake to the Winery” look, using the Net-A-Porter outfit creator, had I access to the wardrobes of the world.
I absolutely love this bikini from Zimmerman – the combination of floral and ruffles makes this a girly bikini dream. The Mara Hoffman embroidered beach dress is the perfect piece to easily store in a bag and then throw on when needed – the white is obviously the perfect cool colour and the embroidery detail keeping it a little interesting. Finishing off the look with a cute pair of sandals, these K Jacques St Tropez sandals have great colour combinations and are perfect for beach or bar.
The perfect Summer Outfit.