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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WIW : Winter Has Arrived!

Hi Fabbers,

Yay, it appears we have almost bypassed Autumn and Winter has arrived a few days early... and I couldn't be happier lol.

So as you may have guessed, more black layers and how exciting to be getting the boots out finally :)

Wore this to the shop today for work so it's all Motto.  My favourite skirted leggings from last year, jersey cami and twist top from the current range. The top as you can see twists at the front but it's long and tunic like at the back (see #3).

The necklace is new and is from a Canberra based designer, House of Poly, https://houseofpoly.com who works with polymer clay.   I have got to know her a little and she is just gorgeous and I really like her work.  I fell in love with the necklace and have found it works with almost everything and adds a lovely touch of 'light' to my all black.

Thanks for looking.  Feedback, suggestions for improvement or other styling thoughts much appreciated. 

xxx Deborah

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WIW: Cropped Pants & Layers

I loved Angie's post on cropped pants:). Mine are not as cropped but for some reason this is the length that I like on me:). Still gives me a variety of shoe choices.

Wearing cropped pants, long asymmetric tunic and shorter Waterfall jacket. The flats have been de-orphaned after purchasing them at a YLF meet up and not wearing them;).

Master 13 snapped this on my phone before church this morning.

Bonus shot of Ninja who has now been with us for about 5 weeks. I am so surprised at how much I adore her. She is a lovely companion, and much more social and affectionate than I expected from a cat.

Hope you are having a lovely weekend.

xxxDeborah

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WIW : Is it a skirt or a top ;)

Hi Ladies,

Another couple of pics of my skirt but this time worn as a top.  I was a little skeptical but the fit is quite good and I liked the softness the draped panel added to a harder edge black look.  

Jacket / Peter Morrissey
Top / Zippy Skirts
Skinny Pants / Katies
Boots / Aldi

What do you think?  I felt a little insecure wearing a strapless top but the band is quite firm and thankfully I did not fall victim to any wardrobe mulfunctions ;)

Thanks for looking
xxxDeborah

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Questioning just how much to buy for Winter

Hi Ladies,

Here in Oz, we have been experiencing warm weather since Sept/Nov.
We are now in Autumn and while we have had some cool days, today was back up to 20 degrees and I found myself in white ankle jeans and sandals... again!

Autumn/Winter is my preferred season fashion wise but with Winter only weeks away, I am feeling I might just need to be a little conservative with my purchases as it's likely that winter clothing may only be required for a very short period - maybe 3 or 4 months (if I am lucky) 

I have bought a few things specifically for Winter but they are hanging in my closet feeling a little unloved:(  I just bought the jacket/coat in #1/2 and may have to turn the aircon on in the house and wear it at home lol

Is the weather weird like this everywhere?  I have heard some of you in the Northern Hemisphere saying it's hasn't warmed up yet for you.  Has it impacted your shopping?

xxx Deborah

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WIW : Seasonally Confused:)

Hi Fabbers,

Our weather is all over the place, no consistency at all:) My outfit may seem a little seasonally confused but it was right for today. Covered arms but peep toes!!

These pants have quickly become go to pants for me, I am really enjoying wearing them.

Teamed them with a Bell Top, and Long Sleek Cardigan today for work at the store.

#2 was me playing around with some photo ideas with some flowers my lovely DH bought me this week ... an early Mothers Day gift he said :) I loved that he got the blue. They are dyed. The only thing better would have been black lol

Thanks for looking. Suggestions, styling ideas always very much appreciated.

xxx Deborah

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WIW : A Zippy Skirt:)

Happy Monday everyone!

I came across a local designer recently on Instagram who has created what she calls a 'travel skirt'.  The idea being that if you are travelling for work, this is the only skirt you need to take and you build your outfits around it.  I thought it was a clever idea and I was keen to try it out.  It's always cool to see what local independent designers are doing.

The skirt has a zip running horizontally across the front of the skirt that is hidden by the folded waistband.  There are then number of 'panels' that can zip onto the skirt to create different looks, along with a pouch for travelling.

This was my first wearing, and I have worn it simply as a short straight skirt (no panel) over leggings to do some running around.  Thankfully it is cooling down here (finally) and I was able to wear a jacket too.

And look at me getting more and more daring everyday.  Another set of pics taken outdoors, in front of my garage door.  I worry the neighbors are going to think I'm mad taking photos of myself lol.

Thanks for looking.
xxx Deborah

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Outfit Heaven?

Happy Wednesday lovely ladies!

As most of us are given to a reasonable amount of outfit analysis and thinking about fashion, I found myself thinking how much I was liking my outfit today (which unfortunately I didn't get a chance to photograph this morning), and as I dissected it, I realised I am wearing my three favourite labels today.

Items are below in finds.  

Outfit started with my EF Harem Pants, then Metalicus top and Motto jacket.

I LOVE how these brands marry so well!

I have found that my Metalicus and Motto pieces are so easy to mix and match.  They are different but share a particular aesthetic, I suppose, that makes it all work.

So I wondered how well your favourite/'go to' labels work together. I am guessing they do but are there cases were what  you like from one brand is so different to another that they just don't correspond (is that the right word?)

xxxDeborah

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