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Camel & Black

I’m due to return back to work soon after my second stint of maternity leave. I’m trying my very best to savour my limited time at home with our youngest but if I’m honest, I’m feeling very unsettled about the changes that are about to happen and have had moments where I’ve struggled to keep it together. Getting him ready for day care, getting myself mentally ready to go back to the office, preparing myself to balance both work and home life – it’s quite a transition. Having done it all before, I’m hoping it will be easier the second time round.  I’d love to hear from any other working mums out there as to how they managed the transition.

I’ve spent the majority of my time at home in knits (and trackies… don’t judge!) and I’m not quite ready to part with them yet! Thankfully, I find knits seamlessly work with the corporate pieces in my wardrobe.

At the moment, I’m loving camel and black paired together and am looking to incorporate more camel/terracotta into my wardrobe.

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Knit (H&M – similar here and here)

Skirt (from Cue (sold out) – similar here, here and here)

Mules (here | similar here, here and here)

Bag (here, here and here)

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How I Avoid Mindless Casual Dressing


I’ll be the first to admit that I very easily slipped into mindless casual dressing once I was on maternity leave. In my defence, I started my leave when I was 38 weeks pregnant and the size of a house, so sack dresses were the only thing that fit me but once baby left the building, I pretty much gave up on being any form of stylish. You know the drill – tracksuits, oversized (and pilled) varsity hoodies, activewear (with no intention of exercising).

It is so easy to get into a funk when you’re at home for extended periods but having now had two stints of maternity leave, I know firsthand how looking a little polished can really lift your spirits on what can be a monotonous day.

Put in a little effort

It doesn’t matter if you’re just dropping the kids off at school or making a quick run to the shops, if you’re in public you should be thoughtfully dressed. Even if you spend the majority of time at home (ahem I’m speaking to you stay at home parents and freelancers), you should still put a bit of effort into your outfit.

Besides – putting together a casual outfit isn’t really that much harder than pulling on your trackie dacks and a hoodie – but you’ll feel a million times better.

Add some structure

I like to include at least one structured piece – like a pair of jeans or a button up shirt – I find it makes me look more polished. My goal is to still look comfortable and cool, even if I just rolled out of bed!

I make the effort to get out of the house daily with my youngest, usually just a walk to the shops to grab a few groceries or to pick up our older boys from school and daycare.

Take this outfit I’m wearing here – a pair of jeans and a simple knit – which is how I’ve typically pitched my looks whilst being on maternity leave. To spruce up my outfit, I’ve accessorised with a pair of leather boots that are flat and comfortable for our daily walks.  These particular boots are made in a variety of calf sizes, from narrow to wide. I’m wearing the Kestrel style in cigar brown leather, which is cut lower on the leg (so perfectly suited to the vertically challenged like yours truly).

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Knit jumper (similar here)

Jeans (here | similar here, here and here)

Boots (here)

Baby carrier (here)

Baby (not for sale ;))

Thank you to Duoboots who kindly gifted me these boots. 

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Monday Blues

Wearing Scanlan Theodore jacket, Dion Lee skirt, Chanel boy bag and Vince Camuto heels

We had a lovely weekend – a picnic in the park with the kids, a trip into town to have lunch by the harbour and a date night with my husband. I’m now feeling energised for the week ahead!

This is – hands down – my favourite jacket to wear to work. For those not acquainted with Scanlan Theodore‘s magical crepe knit, it’s a heavyweight knit that is form-fitting, structured but extremely comfortable to wear. I love how the peplum detail adds a feminine touch to an otherwise minimal jacket.

I find it so easy to style. I’ve got the matching skirt (which features regularly on my Instagram feed) but it also goes with brighter pieces as well as denim for the perfectly balanced Casual Friday look.

Have a great week folks!

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Jacket (here)

Skirt (old season | similar here and here)

Heels (old season | similar here)

Bag (here | similar here and here)

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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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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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