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Puff & Lace

The sun is setting later and the days are getting warmer – Spring is certainly in the air! It is almost time to pack away the thick knits and coats… not that I used them much this winter!

I’m preparing to go back to work soon after my second stint of maternity leave so I’ve been using my return date as a deadline to get all our home organisation and storage sorted. We managed a trip to Ikea today and didn’t do too much damage with the impulse purchasing! Our local Ikea (in Tempe in Sydney) is 2.5km from entry to exit. Retail therapy? Tick. Cardio? Tick!

I shared this outfit on my Instagram a couple of weeks ago and I am loving how this ivory textured top can be styled for both the office and weekend. The subtle puff of the shoulders and delicate pattern adds a touch of femininity and playfulness.

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Zara top (here | similar here)

Skirt – Christopher Esber (old season | similar here, here and here)

Mules (here | similar here, here and here)

Bag (here, here and here)

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My Guide to Buying a Gucci Belt

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll be very acquainted with this Gucci belt. I get asked a lot of questions about my Gucci belt – sizing, width, where to purchase – so I thought I’d address those queries in a neat little post.

I have the Gucci Double G belt in chocolate brown with antique brass hardware in the 3cm width.

Considering it’s a spendy purchase, I approached this as an investment piece and chose to stick with a classic colour and hardware combination to maximise its versatility. The belt was a gift from my husband for Christmas two years ago and I have constantly worn it since I received it. A lot of you have asked whether you think it will still be in style in years to come and I really think it will be around for a while yet. It’s a classic design and features the signature marmont logo (which was first introduced by Aldo Gucci in 1933) – as long as you stick to a classic colour – you will get a heap of use out of it!

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Jacket (here | similar here, here and here)

Pants (old season | similar here and here)

Mules (here | similar here, here and here)

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Sizing

The belt comes with 5 holes and the sizing is in centimetres starting from around 75cm going up to around 110cm.

I bought the 85cm and I could have definitely sized down to an 80 or even a 75. I ended up getting 3 holes punched in by a cobbler so that I could wear it as both a hip and waist belt (I had researched cobblers extensively but was still a wreck watching the holes being punched before my very eyes) . I have heard of people getting the additional holes punched by Gucci but when I raised it in store at the boutique, the sales associates didn’t seem to think it was a thing.

Width

At the time I received my belt, there were 3 widths on offer – 2cm & 4cm for women and 3cm & 4cm for men. It appears Gucci have since added 2.5cm to the mix.

I have the 3cm width mens belt. Arriving at this decision took a bit of trial and error but I am so happy with what I ended up getting. Long story short, my husband originally gave me the 4cm width belt but when I tried it on both he and my mum said that I was “all belt with a side of human”, and I have a number of thin belts in my collection so there wasn’t really a gap that the 2cm belt needed to fill.

When I popped into the store to exchange it, by chance I stumbled across the mens belts and ended up getting one of those instead. Why a 3cm width belt would be classified as a mens belt is baffling to me!

Material and hardware

Holy moly it’s only been two years since I got mine and the varietals on offer have exploded!

Leather! Elastic! Web! A mix of both!

Antique brass! Crystal! Studs! Pearl!

You’re spoilt for choice.

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Shop 3cm classic belts (the width I have):

Shop 4cm classic belts:

And check out these fun varieties!

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Knitted Blazer

Zara blazer, Acne Studios tee, Scanlan Theodore belt, Christopher Esber skirt, Vince Camuto heels and Celine Cabas tote

We started our 6 month old on solids this weekend (rice cereal… yuck!) – he seemed to take to it really well so we’ll have to ramp up the vegetable purees pretty soon.

We had a great weekend – walking to our local farmers market and taking our toddler to the playground – we could all do with a bit more sleep though, so today definitely calls for both a morning and afternoon coffee.

This knitted blazer is part-cardigan part-blazer. It has a classic double-breasted front and boxy silhouette which keeps you warm without feeling bulky. I’ve belted it in with a thin contrast belt to make it dressier for the office.

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Blazer (here)

Skirt – Christopher Esber (old season | similar here, here and here)

Heels (old season | similar here and here)

Bag (old season | similar here and here)

 

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Sydney Winter

We’ve had a milder winter than normal here and I’ve often been able to get away with bare legs, or bare ankles at the very least. I’m layered up in a cosy knit jumper and skirt – comfortable for a day of movement.

Knit jumper (similar here)

Skirt (here | similar here, here and here)

Coat (old season, similar here and here)

Belt (here)

Heels (similar here and here)

Bag (old season, similar here and here)

P.S. Check me out – 4 days straight of blogging! *hair flick!*

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Jumpsuit

Staple The Label jumpsuit, Scanlan Theodore belt, Celine Belt Bag and Tony Bianco Mules

Jumpsuits are such a carefree piece of clothing – there are limitless style options and you can just throw on and go. The best thing about them is that you always look sophisticated.

The pros? Where to begin… there are so many permutations and variations on offer, you’re guaranteed to find one that:

  • fits into your office dress code,
  • works in any season (or in my case, freezing air-conditioning all year round in the office) and
  • is cut in a silhouette that accommodate any of your style preferences (eg. long sleeves, midi hems, higher necklines, wrap style).
So on those days when your social life spills over into the workweek – a jumpsuit is your go-to.

Jumpsuit (here | similar options below)

Mules (here | similar here, here and here)

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Power Dressing


Karen Millen dress, Tony Bianco mules, Celine belt bag

For me, power dressing means I’m feeling like my most empowered and confident self. I have several go-to outfits in my work wardrobe that make me feel like the best version of me – giving me an additional boost of confidence to get things done for the day.

I gravitate towards more structured silhouettes but they need to be comfortable to wear for the entire day.

This Karen Millen dress is the very definition of power dressing – sophisticated, strong and chic.

A stand collar, structured shoulders and belted waist in a luxe fabric – it wields magic powers with the flattering silhouette it creates. I’m 5’2″ and I haven’t made any alterations to the dress. It sits at the knee for most but I prefer midi lengths as my office and courtrooms are still pretty conservative.

 

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