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Everlane Day Heel Review

Woman wearing jeans and black Everlane Day Heels
Woman wearing jeans, white shirt and Everlane Day Heels
Wearing Everlane Day Heels, H&M shirt (sold out) – similar here by Staud, Nobody Denim jeans and Celine Cabas Tote

I’m always on the lookout for comfortable and functional heels. These days I’ve been setting aside my 3” stilettos and opting to wear mid-heels.  Instead of commuting to the office in flats and switching over to my higher heels once I’m at work, I’ve been leaving home in my mid-heels and wearing them for the whole day.  I like the idea of leaving home in heels – I’m 5’2” so the extra height is a great boost of confidence. 

The Everlane Day Heels have been on my radar for a while. They’re a hugely popular shoe for Everlane and my curiosity was sparked even more as the feedback has been varied across the board.

Woman wearing jeans, white shirt and Everlane Day Heels

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I’ve been road-testing these heels for the past few weeks to see how they fair with my usual routine. I’ve been wearing them to work (including the usual drop off/pick up of kids routine before and after work), to run errands on the weekend and on date nights with my husband. 

I have my fair share of black shoes so naturally, I opted for a black suede pair. The heels comprise of 100% Italian leather. The toe is a round ballet-inspired toe with a modest 5cm (2”) block heel. There is an elasticated back with a pull tab and the insole is cushioned.

Woman wearing jeans, white shirt and Everlane Day Heels

Size and fit

I’m typically a size AU/US 6.5 (EU 37) and I have wide feet. Having read the reviews about Everlane’s narrow shoe make and the elastic potentially digging into the back of my ankle, I went up half a size and opted for a US 7 – and I’m glad I did. 

Even though I sized up, they still felt really snug in those initial days – especially around the toes. I also found the elasticated back dug into the back of my ankle which caused some discomfort in the late afternoons, after wearing them for the whole day.   

It took a solid week for the area around my toes to loosen up (including a pretty uncomfortable second day in them).  As for the elasticated back, it hasn’t loosened up as much as I’d like but it’s certainly got more give now that I’ve been wearing them for a few weeks.

Wear and tear

At first wear, the plush cushioned insole was a standout feature.  This continues to provide a huge source of comfort when wearing the shoe.  

As for the suede, I generally love the understated look it gives and I’m very impressed with the quality and feel of the Italian suede used in these heels. The suede looks to be of premium quality, feels sturdy but is soft to the touch.  Suede, particularly black suede, seems to be typically more of an A/W combination – but I’ve had no qualms wearing these during the height of summer here in Sydney. And, of course, because they’re suede, I avoid wearing them in wet weather (…not that we’ve had any rain during this particularly troublesome dry summer).

I’ve found myself reaching for these heels regularly since I got them, particularly for work and on Casual Fridays.  My shoe wardrobe comprises mainly of pointy toed styles so I do like the change of pace of the round toed style. I think they’re a less dressier and more relaxed heel. 

Woman wearing jeans, white shirt and Everlane Day Heels

The verdict

The Day Heel retails for $212 AUD / $145 USD. 

I think they’re a great price for the quality of Italian leather. The heels are incredibly versatile and provide simple elevation to my wardrobe without much effort. The heel height is modest and practical – making them perfect for me and my lifestyle. 

In terms of comfort – they’re comfy for heels but they’re not my most comfy pair of shoes.  My biggest bugbear is the elasticated back that is still not as loose as I would like, though I’m hoping with time it will give a bit more.

SHOP THE DAY HEEL IN SUEDE

SHOP THE DAY HEEL IN NAPPA LEATHER

Thank you to Everlane for kindly sending this pair for me to road-test.  

And to those tracking Everlane’s push for no plastic, my order arrived in a recyclable box and was packed with tissue paper and brown packaging paper. 

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“January Casual” – My Tips on Relaxed Workwear

Woman wearing casual friday workwear
Woman wearing casual friday workwear to the office
Wearing camilla & marc jacket (sz 6), Nobody Denim jeans (sz 26), Acne Studios Linen Tee, Tony Bianco mules and Celine bag

Apart from our interstate trip to see family in the lead up to Christmas, we’ve haven’t planned any other trips so I’m back on deck now. Spare me the condolences – one of the advantages of working when everyone is on leave is no back-to-work blues when everyone returns to the office at the end of the month! 

Also – another perk to working now is that I get to take advantage of “January casual”. 

Woman wearing casual friday workwear to the office with black blazer, jeans and celine belt bag

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While most companies enforce the usual business dress code from February through to December, with the exception of Fridays of course, most of the (non-stuffy) law firms I’ve worked in relax their dress codes to casual until Australia Day which falls during the last week of January on the 26th.  

The concept of relaxed dressing confuses many – and it’s not the workplace’s intention for employees to show up to work looking sloppy. Some misinterpret the idea of ‘casual’ so it’s important to always maintain a sense of professionalism.

Here are my tips to nail the “January casual” dress code:

Perfect the balance of professionalism and comfort 

As a rule of thumb, I like to convert one element of my usual work outfit to casual.  For example, I’ll wear a relaxed linen shirt with a pencil skirt or I’ll pair some jeans (…with no distressing or rips because, HR) with a plain tee and blazer. Keeping a structured element to your outfit retains the professionalism that you still need for the office.  

Dial it down a few notches with your footwear

In my personal opinion, and it may be a controversial one, January casual is the only time when open toed shoes and sneakers are acceptable in the office. Common sense still needs to be exercised of course – I’ll avoid my Birkenstocks but will wear ‘dressier’ flat sandals and if wearing sneakers, I’ll wear minimal ones.

Woman wearing casual friday workwear to the office with black blazer, jeans and celine belt bag

Here’s to those entering timesheets and traipsing around the office in sandals and sneakers!

Happy Casual January folks!

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My Style Goals for 2020

asian woman in trench coat carrying chanel bag and wearing black heels
asian woman in trench coat carrying chanel bag and wearing black heels
Wearing Jac & Jack tee (colour sold out, similar style in cream and light blue-grey), H&M Skirt (sold out), H&M Relaxed Trench (sold out), Vince Camuto heels and Chanel bag

Happy New Year folks! 

My husband and I started off the year right by squaring away our family budget. As dull as it may sound, I personally find there to be freedom within the confines as I know where all our money is going in order to enable us to work towards our goals and more importantly – how much I can spend on clothing for the year!

According to this Who What Wear article, financial advisors consider that you should spend no more than five per cent of your take home pay on clothing. For example, if your monthly take-home pay is $5,000, you should be spending no more than around $250 per month and if your monthly take-home pay is $10,000, you should be spending no more than around $500 per month. (Sorry for the unprompted reality check…)

To kick off the year, I’ve set myself a few simple style goals. Setting these goals enables me to get more bang for buck out of my wardrobe, and keeps me on the straight and narrow with my allocated clothing budget for the year.

asian woman in trench coat carrying chanel bag and wearing black heels

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Take a considered approach

The pieces that are still going strong in my wardrobe are the classics that were purchased after much research, planning and deliberation. Whether they were high-end, high street, staples or special occasion wears, wise choices on the fabric, fit and construction can make for an extended life of these pieces. Particular items that come to mind are denim, suiting and knitwear that will stand the test of time if you have an eye to the future.

I’ll be looking again to shopping my favourites including Scanlan Theodore and The Frankie Shop (preferably on sale!). That doesn’t mean I won’t be looking to the high street (ie. H&M, Marks & Spencer or Zara) for my fill on basics, but it just means that I’ll be focusing more on quality so they last.

asian woman in trench coat carrying chanel bag and wearing black heels

Keep it natural 

I’ll be continuing my focus to shop pieces made from natural fabrics – such as silk, cotton and wool. Along with the environmental impacts, I prefer how they feel against my skin and find they last a lot longer than pieces I have previously owned comprised of polyester and other synthetic fibres.

Keep it minimal

My approach to this goal is to maintain the course I have set for myself by steering away from trends and maintaining a minimal and neutral colour palette.  This approach has served me well, particularly with workwear, with my tailored navy pieces still going strong after several years.   

I love how bold patterns and prints can add such a point of interest to an outfit. However once worn, I find I have to wait some time before re-wearing it as it was so distinctive. While neutrals may not make that much of an impact, I’m faced with little dilemma when looking to repeat items, or even entire outfits! 

I can see lots of neutrals on the horizon for 2020 and beyond!

asian woman in trench coat carrying chanel bag and wearing black heels

I’d love to hear of any style goals or resolutions that you’ve made for the year and whether any of mine align with yours.

Thanks for stopping by!

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The Three Events That Shaped My 2019

woman wearing romance was born grey checked top, skinny jeans, carrying celine mini belt bag and black pointy shoes

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! I love the holiday season and really enjoyed switching off from work and social media for a few days to spend quality time with family. We’re home now after spending Christmas interstate with family. The kids ran amok with their cousins and really enjoyed my sister-in-law’s pool (and staying up a lot later than their usual bedtime)!

It’s hard to believe that there are only a few days left of 2019. It’s that time of year where social media is rife with ‘new-year-new-me’ type posts. A new year can often bring on unnecessary pressure to re-invent ourselves.

woman wearing romance was born grey checked top, skinny jeans, carrying celine mini belt bag and black pointy shoes
Wearing Romance Was Born Working Girl Venus Blouse, Nobody Denim Jeans, Vince Camuto Heels and Celine Belt Bag

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2019 was a big one for me and I reflect on the three events that shaped my year. The key events of my year were not the result of fulfilling any new year’s resolutions I had set myself on a December day, but were borne out of a continued effort to build on my goals each day. Rather than set myself impossible goals for 2020, I like to take these opportunities to keep myself in check and continue to build on all facets in my life. Being a work in progress suits me just fine.

#1 – Welcoming our youngest in February

I thought, having done it all before, that it would be easier… but it wasn’t! Granted, my recovery from childbirth was slightly easier this time round but my youngest was, by far, the worst sleeper of the lot. At the worst of times, he would be up from 2am latching on to me to feed every 40 minutes until sunrise.

35 weeks pregnant in January this year and finishing up my last couple of weeks in the office

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He’s 10 months now, and, thankfully, sleeps through the night – but I found it very difficult to function during those first six months before he slept through the night.

It’s amazing how restorative a good night’s sleep can be! I felt like me again once he (and I!) started sleeping through the night and once the haze of newborn life began to lift, it really felt like we reached a big milestone.

woman wearing romance was born grey checked top, skinny jeans, carrying celine mini belt bag and black pointy shoes

#2 – Growth of my whatveewore world

After reaching the milestone of sleeping through the night – and with all the energy that I got back – I capitalised on my being at home on maternity leave and invested as much time as I could into building this blog and my Instagram.

Earlier this year, I hit 10k followers on Instagram and I was so chuffed about it! Similarly, the traffic on my blog continues to increase as I’ve got into the steady rhythm of writing blog posts. This blog gives me a chance to say something that might last just a bit longer than those few seconds of a scrolled feed and I continue to curate my little piece of the internet where I can delve deeper into my interests and share insights about things that interest me.

The most popular posts to date include my reviews of my Celine Belt Bag and my Prada Double Bag, my post on blazers (and what to look for when buying one) and my post where I reflect on why I started whatveewore in the first place.

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#3 – Navigating working mum status the second time round

After 8 months of maternity leave, I returned to work at the end of September. It was a couple of months earlier than I had anticipated but I was presented with a secondment opportunity that I could have only dreamed of a few years back.

It wasn’t easy being back in the office. I felt like a fish out of water in a new organisation and felt even more pressure to perform being a secondee. My youngest inevitably got sick from who-knows-what at day care so I had to take a few days off from work during the first few weeks of being back. It’s been a few months and I’m all settled in and really enjoying it. It has been incredibly rewarding to make a contribution again and feel like I’m making positive steps in progressing my career.

To any of you navigating a return to work from a period of extended leave, I share my thoughts about making a comeback to the office here.

What 2020 holds for me

Apart from a few achievable goals that I’ll set myself for the year (and continue to chip away at achieving the elusive work/life balance!), I’m so excited and hopeful for what 2020 holds for me personally, career-wise and for my whatveewore world.

My personal style continues to evolve and I hope to continue to shape and grow whatveewore as a place that gives a boost to every woman’s fashion confidence. I hope it has also been – and will continue to be – a compilation of inspiration for you.

Wishing you all a wonderful new year! Thanks for all your support!

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My Five Workwear Favourites of 2019

I cannot believe that we are almost at the end of the year!  I finish up work for the year at the end of this week so I thought now’s as good a time as any to reflect on my workwear favourites of 2019.  Granted I’ve only spent a little over 4 months of the year at work (the rest being on maternity leave), but I’ve got some firm favourites that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed wearing to the office.  It was challenging to keep the list contained to 5 pieces (I could have very easily overwhelmed you all with about 17) but it made me really reflect on why I enjoy wearing them so much.

#1 – The LB(P)D – The Little Black (Power) Dress

At the top of my list – which should come as no surprise to any of you following me on Instagram – is this black dress.

Woman wearing Karen Millen Forever Dress in Black

I managed to get my hands on the Karen Millen Forever Dress (as it is so aptly named) in both the black and grey versions a few months after giving birth to my youngest earlier this year. It is my ultimate power dress.

I don’t typically buy the same item in multiple colours but I consider the cut to be incredibly flattering that I had to have both! My body was definitely not in its pre-baby shape when I bought it (nor is it today) but this dress is amazingly forgiving that it makes me feel confident with the shape it gives me.

Woman wearing Karen Millen Forever Dress in Black

Karen Millen’s had a bit of a year. Their Australian operations shut down a few months ago followed by many of their international stand-alone stores. Their online operations have subsequently been acquired by BooHoo.

For a while there, it looked like the pieces from their ‘Forever’ range were collector’s items but they were recently released again online in the last week or so. The dress has since sold out but I’ve linked similar options below.

#2 – Peplum Knit Jacket

Next up is this trusty workhorse in my wardrobe, which should be no stranger to any of you following me on Instagram. I’ve had this jacket for over 3 years but it just keeps doing its thang.  

Woman wearing navy suit with peplum jacket and pointy mules

The peplum hem and tie waist add a feminine touch to a seriously business jacket.   The jacket continues to be released year on year which is testament to its popularity. 

Woman wearing navy suit with peplum jacket and pointy mules

While I also have the matching skirt, I also happily throw it over different coloured pencil skirts during regular work days and on Fridays I pair it with denim when the dress code is a little more relaxed.

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#3 – Camel Coat

I honestly believe that a camel coat is made for everyone. There’s not a coat that’s more flattering and classic.

Woman wearing navy suit and camel coat with gucci belt

While I hope to one day own a designer camel coat (hellooooo MaxMara!), the high street can be a great place to turn to for even classic pieces like these.  

I stumbled across my camel coat at H&M a couple of years ago and couldn’t believe my luck – it was exactly what I was after. To this day, it is the coat that I get the most compliments on! It was a steal at $120 and I paid $60 in tailoring to have the sleeves taken up. People are always shocked to hear that I bought it at H&M because it really looks like I would have paid much more for it.

Woman wearing navy suit and camel coat with gucci belt

#4 – Thin Brown Belt

…the very definition of the littlest things making all the difference!

This thin tan leather belt has been hard at work for me this year (see here with this knitted jacket, or here with a jumpsuit, or here with this structured blazer). I love it so much that you would have seen it included in my recent festive gift guide for her!

Woman wearing bright tweed jacket with thin brown belt, skinny jeans and black mules

Belted jackets are currently all the rage (I share my thoughts and some belted jacket looks here).    This particular belt has proven that its versatility comes in spades – it can be worn with both fitted and oversized blazers and jackets – and adds a subtle pop of colour to any dark-toned ensemble.

Woman wearing bright tweed jacket with thin brown belt, skinny jeans and black mules

I bought mine from Scanlan Theodore but it has subsequently sold out. I’ve linked similar belts below.

#5 – Celine Belt Bag

And last, but certainly not least, is my Celine Belt Bag.

Woman carrying Celine Mini Belt Bag

This is my favoured bag for work on days when I’m not carting a laptop to and from the office.  Minimal, functional, feminine. 

My comprehensive review can be found here and you can watch my “What’s In My Bag?” video here.

Woman carrying Celine Mini Belt Bag

I hope you enjoyed my round up of my workwear favourites for the year.

As always, thank you so much for stopping by!

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Prada Saffiano Cuir Double Bag Review

Woman in navy suit carrying Prada Saffiano Double tote

Today I’m reviewing another one of my classic bags that I use for work – my Prada Saffiano Cuir Double Bag.  I’ve had this bag for over 5 years and used it heavily when I first bought it.  My bag collection has grown over the years and I haven’t been reaching for my Double Bag as much as I should.  That being said, it’s not a reflection of how much I really do love this bag and enjoy using it.

The Double Bag was introduced by Prada in 2014 and now forms part of its permanent collection.  It’s not hard to understand why – it’s a beautiful, classic design and is a great alternative to Prada’s Galleria (which has been and still remains hugely popular).

The bag comprises of two main compartments separated by a centre internal flap pocket with a magnetic closure. There is a double leather handle and if you get one of the smaller sizes, it comes with a detachable (and adjustable) leather shoulder strap.  The bag pulls in on its sides, where there are also snap closures to lock it in shape if you’re so inclined. Prada’s signature inverted triangle logo features front and centre.  The metal lettering is luxe as is the nappa leather lining which is beautifully soft.  The cherry on top of the cake is the hanging buckled ID tag – it’s a cute little accessory (but it doesn’t have any functional purpose for me).

When I initially sought to buy a Prada bag, I had my eye on the classic Galleria.  By chance, I visited the boutique when the Double Bag was just released and I didn’t look back.  I personally love how the Double Bag is more relaxed in its shape in comparison to the Galleria – its boxier older sibling.

Woman in navy suit carrying Prada Saffiano Double tote

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Sizing

The bag comes in three sizes: small, medium and large – straightforward names! (Not always the case – see here :p)

Unsurprisingly, the prices have increased quite significantly over the years, which is testament to how popular and successful the bag has been for Prada.

Current dimensions and prices are below:

Small

23cm (H) x 13cm (L) x 31cm (W) | 10″ (H) x 5.75″ (L) x 13.25″ (W)

Handle with 5” (13cm) drop
22″ (56cm) adjustable and removable shoulder strap
4 protective studs on base

$3,580 AUD | $2,590 USD | £1,840 GBP

Medium

25cm (H) x 14.5cm (L) x 33cm (W) | 10″ (H) x 6.8″ (L) x 13.5″ (W)

Handle with 5.5” (14cm) drop
22.5″ (57cm) adjustable and removable shoulder strap
4 protective studs on base

$4,020 AUD | $2,850 USD | £2,070 GBP

Large

27cm (H) x 17.5cm (L) x 35.5cm (W) | 11″ (H) x 7″ (L) x 14″ (W)

Handle with 5.5” (13cm) drop
Does not come with shoulder strap
4 protective studs on base

$4,230 AUD | $2,990 USD

Prices current as at December 2019.

Woman in navy suit carrying Prada Saffiano Double tote

Wear and tear

The bag is made of Saffiano leather.  If you’re familiar with it, you’ll know how amazingly hardwearing and durable the stuff is.  For those of you unfamiliar with Saffiano leather, it’s a treated leather that’s made with a diagonal cross-hatch texture pressed onto it.  It’s typically made of calf skin and treated with wax which acts as a protective coating.  Not that I would let him do it, but I feel like my two year old could have his way with it and the Saffiano would still come up looking pristine.  I think you get the point that I’m making here – it’s virtually indestructible.

That said, I still put in a little bit of effort to care for my bag. It was a pricey purchase at the end of the day. If it’s a bit dirty or if the kids have had their sticky fingers all over it – a wet wipe is all you need to clean it. When not in use, it sits on my shelf with the bag stuffing inside so it retains its shape.

I can’t say I’ve ever seen a trashed version of this bag around – probably because one doesn’t exist.  I’ve had mine for years and it still looks pristine.

In terms of day-to-day wear, I only really rely on the top handles to carry my bag.  While I love the adjustable shoulder strap (and the fact that the large bag didn’t come with one ruled out my going for that size), I don’t really use it.  I just casually drape it across the bag. For reference, I have the medium sized version.

The internal middle compartment is handy and I use it to store my earbuds and my security passes for work so I’m not rummaging through the main compartments when I’m reaching for those.

The bag is sturdy and fits a lot.  But it’s important to keep in mind that it can get quite heavy if you fill it to capacity.  I only carry what I need with me to the office so I have no complaints about the weight.

Woman in navy suit carrying Prada Saffiano Double tote

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Where to buy

As for bricks and mortar shops in Australia – Prada boutiques as well as David Jones concessions have a solid range of sizes and colours.

In terms of online boutiques – Farfetch, Selfridges, My Theresa, Nordstrom, Net-A-Porter, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.

It’s available on the pre-loved market but I would recommend you use reputable websites where they authenticate, such as Vestiaire Collective.

What fits inside

A lot! But as I said earlier, it can get weighty if you fill it to capacity.

I filmed a short video on my IGTV taking you through what I pack in my bag for the office.  Head over to my Instagram to check that out.

As always, thanks so much for reading!

Be sure to check out my bag review of my Celine Belt Bag here

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Bag (Prada) | comes in other gorgeous colours
including nude, light grey, black and light pink

Jacket (Scanlan Theodore) – here

Skirt (Scanlan Theodore) – here | similar here and here

Heels (Vince Camuto (sold out)) | similar here and here

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