WIW Over Summer

Hi Ladies,

Summer in Australia has been a little erratic but I think average temps have been in the mid 30's throughout. My summer wardrobe has worked well for me and I am pleased with the small number of additions.

My wardrobe is still very black dominated but navy has had a strong supporting role and in some instances I have chosen the navy version over the black.. .I surprised myself a couple of times lol.

My focus continues to be a smaller, more minimal wardrobe in both size and aesthetic. I'm also choosing transeasonal garments and layering is still very much a part of my style. My interest in ethically made fashion continues as a result I am discovering some amazing Australian brands and labels I wasn't aware of before.

Anyway here is a sampling of what I have been wearing over summer and now and we enter Autumn.  I have also been enjoying playing around with the camera and playing model in my own back yard lol!!!  I promise I am not taking myself to seriously but I do have fun photographing my outfits.

Thanks for looking and good to see you all.

xxx Deborah

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Seasons Greetings

Merry Christmas Fabbers!

Just popping in to wish you all the very best for Christmas and the holiday season.

Work and parenting have really had an impact on my time here this year but I do check in and catch up often but with little time to really interact. I miss you all, love seeing new faces, am always inspired by everyone's outfits.

I'm still getting dressed every day and taking pics and here's a few recent ones as our weather has been warming up.

Fashion wise, it's still black, navy, grey and whites. I am slowly adding some muted colour (just a little) and I've taken a stance in buying Australian made (as much as I can) and supporting smaller local independent designers. I'm on a bit of journey as far as this goes but for some reason the ethics of clothing production has and is becoming more important to me.

So sending love and Christmas wishes on this very hot Christmas Day in Australia. Hope you have a good one!

xxxDeborah

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WIW : A Kimono in Spring

HI Ladies,

When I read the Kimono post I felt a little deflated because I really like kimono jackets but when they were doing the rounds a couple of years back I just could not find anything that really worked for me. I bought two from Zara and promptly resold them:(.

But after Angie's post this one came into my life and I love it! Soft and flowy and easy to wear and it's longer than the ones I had tried previously. My next styling wil be with white jeans!

It's from a small independent Australian designer amd the label is Shortlist:)

Thanks Angie for reigniting my interest in the kimono, I had almost given up :)

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

xxxDeborah

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WIW : As the Seasons Transition

Hi Fabbers,

Life just doesn't seem to be 'settling down' as I had hoped :) It's one thing after the next but we are keeping our heads above water and attempting to navigate it all with good grace :)

I love this time of year because northern and southern hemisphere weather is often not dissimilar as we move out of Winter into Spring and many of you are welcoming your Autumn.

The last two days I have been able to wear footwear other than boots:) But it hasn't lasted and it is pouring with rain today but not terribly cold.

Here are a couple of recent outfits.

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Loving my EF Harems so much. Such a versatile item that I can seem to be able to wear across all seasons. Layered nude tights under them for warmth here:)

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New Metalicus drape cardigan/jacket. Loving it, wanting to wear it all the time. Again this is great for most weather. It is a merino wool blend. Will be great in summer in the office with our icy a/c.

3. & 4.
This is today. Now that I am working 5 days I have made an executive decision that Friday are 'casual' for moi. This coat is old. Local label Jacqui E. I have had it since before Master 13 was born. I bought it as a suit with a pair of wide leg pants which were donated years ago. The jacket had a collar with I have recently removed to give it a more modern look. I still love it.

Anyway thanks for looking and trust everyone is doing well. You are certainly looking fabulous:)

xxx Deborah

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WIW : Winter Style

Hi Ladies,

I feel funny posting winter outfits when so many of you are in summer:)

We are experiencing our cold period here. It doesn't last too long but I find myself wearing a uniform of skinny ponte leggings or skinny pants, top, jacket and then coat over that.

I haven't posted much of late as we seem to have so much going on that spare time is still at a premium:(

Here are some outfits I have worn over the past few weeks ...the pink is for Angie x

I love those looks out on the blogosphere where we wear sandals with winter outfits but seriously it's just not an option here. Full leg and foot coverage is absolutely essential. Its during this cold snap that I tend to feel the most frustrated with my outfits as practicality means what I can wear can be a little limited, hence the uniform.

I have also over dosed a little on light grey sweaters. I can't wear a turtle neck but the soft slouchy necks work beautifully and are so warm.

Also I have noticed a pattern. Each year as we come to the latter stages of winter I tend to purchase a couple of new items to freshen up my winter wardrobe. They are usually items that layer well and will see me into Spring. (see #5 and #6 - I may have just popped into Metalicus on the weekend.

xxx Deborah

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Where are we at with sneakers?

Hi Fabbers,

Thinking of Spring and seeing white or light coloured sneakers all over social media and now I think I might 'need' a pair.

I wondered what the collective YLF wisdom was on this?

Part of me loves the look of the light sneaker worn with 'everything' from dresses to crop pants, casual looks and dressy look.  The other part of me is not so sure lol.

I could see the silver ones working with quite a few of my Spring/Summer dresses (black / navy / white).  With black ankle pants.  

Here are some that I have been checking out on line.

I would love to know what you think?

Thanks for your thoughts:)

xxx Deborah

ps Pics might be small, will see what I can do to correct that.

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WIW: Harem Pants (not 'Lite') :)

Hi Ladies,

I was inspired by Angie's blog post to wear my harems today. I wore this to the office and I must admit the harem pants were not quite warm enough :). The sweater has a high / low hemline and a split at the back.

xxxDeborah

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WIW : Grey Day

Hi Ladies,

Happy Weekend to you all.   It never seems to stop around here!!  My MIL is in hospital and not doing too well.  We are visiting daily and and juggling that with work and school holidays:)  If you have a moment, prayers and kind thoughts for my MIL would be so appreciated :)

Very little time for photos this week, but I have made the effort this morning :)  This is a new dress from Cotton On.  I bought two!! This one in grey and the same in black.  They are fab dresses.  Comfy, easy to wear.  Wear on their own or layer over them.  

Elle was keen to know a little more, so... fabric is soft and quality is 'good'. It's more the top end of the quality spectrum available at Cotton On.  Easy to wear, I have a slinky jersey slip dress on under for warmth and so the dress remains draped smoothly.  Quite transeasonal.  Jacket or topper of some sort and boots now but in Spring it will work with lighter shoe and just scrunch the sleeves.  For $30 I think it's good value.  I am expecting it it will wash up just fine in the machine based on previous Cotton On purchases in this fabric.

I took three pics. One just worn as is and two with an orphan knit vest I haven't known what to do with - I think may have at least one thing to wear with it know :)

Thanks for looking.  Feedback always appreciated.
xxxDeborah

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WIW : A 100% Emotional Purchase

Hi Ladies,

Hope everyone is well and I know that everyone is looking AB Fab!

I survived my first week of Monday to Friday, and the 3.00 p.m. finish is wonderful. I am feeling challenged and excited about my job (my job share colleague finished up on Thursday) and it's really good to be back in a role where the buck stops with me.

On the fashion front its been fun having to dress for the office every day, and my outfits have been what you would expect... black layers and I am enjoying wearing my jackets. But today (Saturday shopping for new clothes for DS) I felt like a touch of colour so I got out a new cape I bought a few weeks ago. As you know it is Winter here, but our summer seemed to go on for ever and by the time I started looking at new purchases for Winter, a lot of Winter stock was already on sale... win!

I love the ombre effect we have seen in clothing but to date had not seen anything that I liked enough to buy (apart from Brooklyn's ombre black and white jacket *sigh*). This cape is a wool blend, the tones running through are navy, burgundy, soft pink, and grey and the trim around the edges is black. This was definitely an emotional purchase! I fell in love with the colours, taking me a little out of my comfort zone, but the shape and fit are very me.

Today my outfit was all about what I felt like wearing. Not as carefully curated as most of my outfits. I felt like wearing my striped tee and I felt like wearing the new cape.. so I wore them together. Master 13 didn't like the combo. He gently suggested I swap the stripes for a plain white top;) But I liked the combo so I wasn't swayed. Does it work to your collective eye?

I have also purchased two new dresses from Cotton On. A nice soft jersey and the style is so me I couldn't resist buying it in the grey as well as the black.

Thanks for looking. Off to catch up on the Forum.

xxx Deborah

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Seems I Made the Right Career Choice!

In my last little career thread you all gave me such excellent advise and helped me find the perspective I needed.  I thank you very much for that.

To catch you up, I negotiated 5 days at school hours at my current employer and resigned my shifts at Motto.

What I haven't yet shared is this! Last Wednesday I called my Motto boss and resigned.  She was wonderful and encouraging.  The same night we had  Motto team meeting with her (which I didn't attend because I had resigned, and because my hubby had a meeting that evening so I was on mum duty).  So...I received a call from my boss at 9pm that evening (after the team meeting had finished) and she advised me that Motto are closing up the shop here in Bendigo!!  Our last day of trading is this coming Sunday and my last shift is tomorrow (Friday) night.  

What an amazing turn of events.  

Your comments helped to clarify where the future was for me  Those of you who suggested there was no future in retail didn't realise just how on the money you were:)

I am so disappointed that Motto is leaving our town.  The other stores are fine and they have on line but it's not the same.  We have a lot of very disappointed local customers but as I understand it, retail is tough at the moment.  

I may still continue to some social media work with them but we are working that out at the moment.

Otherwise, one door has closed, and another opened and I start my new hours with the NTFP on Monday.

Ladies you are all wiser than you may realise:)

xxx Deborah

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