Style: 20.6.15 Clever Cover Up

Jumper by Kookai, pants by Ted Baker, bag by Lois Vuitton and shoes by Cole Haan.

Like a hat on a bad hair day, a jumper (a.k.a. sweater or pull over as one might call it in the northern hemisphere) is my remedy for those hair-pulling ‘I have nothing to wear days’ or if you’re anything like me when it comes to laundry ‘those every things in the wash days’!

Whatever the reason, it’s on these occasions that I’m ever so thankful to whoever invented this clever cover-up that disguises even the oldest (possibly the holiest!), faded tees and tops! Paired with a smart pair of pants and a classic bag (this was a 21st Birthday gift from granny – the only woman I know who’s managed to evade aging for the last 30 years!), like throwing the mess under a rug, it’s as if that frenzied morning never happened!

Short and sweet for today’s post! Don’t forget to share your tips and tricks for looking chic on those ‘bad wardrobe day’ moments!

Cassie xx

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Style: 2.6.15 Maple & Bark

Vest by unknown, top by LNA, dress by Monrow, shoes by Zara.

While I proudly declare myself a city sleeker born and bred through and through, sometimes a girl just needs a little time away, time to unwind, smell the roses and get in touch with Mother Nature…

So on a chilly morning the Sunday past, Mister J. and I decided to take a last minute drive to the Dandenong ranges for some lunch. Comfy jersey maxi? Check! Fine knit jumper? Check! A super fluffy vest to brave the cold? Check! A wild scramble for a few winter essentials and we were off!

An hour out of town lay the Piggery, an old pig farm converted into a rustic cafe. I love this place on a cold day. Sipping on my chai latte, spooning rich, gooey mouthfuls of dark chocolate tart and other treats in the warmth whilst peering out onto sprawling lawn, the dewy grass sparkling as it catches the sunlight.

An attempt to alleviate the guilt of a gluttonous lunch calls for a light stroll in the gardens, despite the bitter cold. It was at this point that I regretted throwing on this cut-out knit, I was literally spotting cold shoulders! But hey, all in the name of fashion am I right?

What are your favourite Winter staples or trends?

Cassie xx

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Style: 28.4.15 Animal Print, Fab Or Faux Pas

Coat by Gorman, dress by KAIN the Label and watch by Swatch.

Animal print has always been one of fashion’s most temperamental friends. Get it right and you’ll be looking oh-so-fabulous, get it wrong and you have yourself a glorious faux pas. A trend that has woven in and out through the seasons, animal print is as timeless as a bold, crimson pout!

I had planned to do this photo shoot outdoors but with the heavens spewing down with a vengeance the entire weekend, I sadly had to take this indoors. This coat from the Australian label, Gorman is one of my favourite statement pieces. Whether it’s for work or play, I love throwing this on to spice up any neutral ensemble!

So when it comes to these safari inspired prints, I tend to stick to the following rules:

Keep it classy: too many dominant elements in an outfit makes it look more drag than fab. Go for simple classic silhouettes for coats and dresses and select jewellery that is more understated, after all the print itself should be the star of the show!

No mitchy-matchy: A matching leopard print tracksuit surely makes the majority of us shudder. Abiding by the same concept, avoid the tack as in most cases, one animal printed piece is more than enough!

Less is more: for a more subtle look, accessorising with a leopard print scarf or a zebra print pony-hair belt can really tie an outfit together and add something extra special.

As always, hope you enjoyed this post!

Don’t forget to share your favourite ways to work animal print and if you had any suggestions on what style post I should do next, I’m just a comment away…

Cassie xx

2015 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia: My Edit Of The Top Must-See Collections

Alas, in a chaotic scramble of designers, models, editors, bloggers and make up artists, Australia’s largest fashion event has come and gone again! In the midst of a hectic mid-week, I’ll keep it short and sweet but not without sharing with my fellow fashionistas, my favourite collections from the 2015 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, held in Sydney last week.

Fashion Week veteran and the godmother of the Australian fashion industry, Carla Zampatti kicked off the event with a burst of bright meadowy shades of yellow, pink and blue, coupled with clean lines to infuse a modern touch to classic silhouettes. Bubblegum pink heels peeking from under each ensemble added an adorable twist to this elegant collection… Photo: Lucas Dawson Photo: Lucas Dawson Photo: Lucas Dawson

In complete and utter contrast is the strikingly bold, unapologetically unique collection from Romance Was Born. An unlikely marriage of juxtaposing elements: tribal inspirations meets futurism, kaleidoscopic colours meets uniform black and angled sharp lines meets oversized, carelessly draped fashions, calls on all the eccentricities of a sci-fi, parallel universe, in a good way of course! Photo: Lucas Dawson Photo: Lucas Dawson  Photo: Lucas Dawson

…and finally a throwback to what you might now know as my favourite era in history. Johanna Johnson had us in awe of the grace and glamour of the old Hollywood charm. Cloche hats, feathered collars and effortlessly seductive gowns does justice to all the glitz of the 1920s… Photo: Lucas Dawson  Photo: Lucas Dawson Photo: Lucas Dawson

Which concludes the end of my super speedy edit of the top must-see collection of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia! Hope this has been an uplifting part of your mid-week and don’t forget to share your favourite picks from our Aussie designers!

Cassie xx

The Creative Blogger Award

I’ve been a little slack with my blogging lately. My world in the last couple of weeks has been nothing short of chaos! Between working 12-14 hour days and getting everything organised for my new house, I’ve been in a state of manic excitement, stress and everything in between. Before I retreat back into pandemonium, I would like to thank and give a massive shout out to the lovely Lauren Pickens from La Whimsy Writer (isn’t the name the cutest!!), for nominating me for The Creative Blogger Award. Lauren is amazingly versatile and always entertaining, so don’t forget to check her out! The Rules:

  1. Thank and post the link of the blog that nominated you
  2. Share 5 facts about yourself
  3. Nominate 10 other blogs and their links
  4. Notify all nominees via their social media/blogs
  5. Pass these rules on to them

In light of the tradition, here are 5 random facts about me!

  • My secret (now not so secret) aspiration is to star in a Disney animated movie, I’m obsessed with Frozen!
  • I’m a huge foodie, so much so I’ve out eaten my 1.91cm (6 foot, something) boyfriend on the odd occasion. We are huge fans of Anthony Bourdain and have literally planned holidays around his culinary recommendations.
  • I’m super pedantic about my skincare regime and will proudly admit that no matter how big a night I’ve had, I’ve never gone to bed without taking my make up off!
  • My favourite era in history is the 1920s to 30s as I’ve always been in awe of everything and anything made in the art deco style.
  • I’m a bit of a soy hot chocolate connoisseur (soy because of a lactose intolerance), I have it during meals, for dessert as well as a pick me up on the go!

The awesome blogs that I would like to nominate are (drum roll): Maison Bentley Style Chicinitie annie’s beauty… Dorkchops Denim & DumplingsElleKae stylesteph Sonam Naidu The Classified Chic Keishikibi | Australian Street Fashion & Street Style Blog Please check these amazing blogs out, as these girls always have something fun and interesting to share! Happy blogging! Cassie xx