A photo of my daily uniform from over a year ago. Surprisingly not much has changed, just add Byredo’s Gypsy Water and Chanel Particuliere or Dior Safari Biege nail varnish.
As I continued my long-time search for the perfect cardigan – not too warm yet not too cool, a blend predominantly made of wool yet not itchy, oversized yet thoughtfully draped, you get the idea – I climbed the stairs of the one-stop shop for all things classic, Country Road.
The moment you walk into a Country Road store, you feel at ease. It’s as though everything on your mental list of essential basics has been assembled and styled on racks, just for you. Countless hours of sifting through large department stores in search for that perfect white shirt have been saved for you. Instead, you’re presented with not just one great option of that ideal shirt but possibly three, in varying shades of white and cuts to suit the individual.
With the amount of coordination, style and flair that goes in to their collections, the process is perfectly complimented by the store layout. After an Autumn knit? Head towards the right where the customised warmer colour palette begins, and you’re presented with an array of knits: chunky, loose, fitted, light, textured, etc. And there it was. That’s where I spotted it. My perfect sweater, wooing me with its plush wool/cotton/cashmere blend, gentle drape and sexy navy colour. So simple, I could have almost not given it a second glance but the way it was sensibly styled back with classic black, straight-legged jeans, I immediately envisioned it settling in nicely with my current wardrobe, almost like it was always there.
That’s when I realised the beauty of my current wardrobe. It’s been so carefully culled from past years, when I’d weigh it down with fast-trends, nasty cuts and impulse purchases that nowadays, it’s just a quick ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to a contending item of clothing. With my collection down to only the basics and a few pieces unique to my style, I am able to mentally calculate the value of a new item by how well it will go with what’s at home. If something doesn’t mesh well with my most worn items – black tailored trousers, ink-blue skinny jeans, white linen shorts, navy blazer, khaki jacket, white T-shirts, button-up long-sleeved blouses in unique but timeless prints, etc. then it definitely doesn’t have a place in my wardrobe, as these items are in for the long-haul.
I can safely say that my new navy sweater is here to stay. The colour is not quite as stark as the often opted for black, but deep enough in tone to transcend into the zone of sensuality and elegance. It works perfectly with every piece in my wardrobe as it softly drapes whichever way you tell it to – obedient clothing, now that’s an idea…Not to mention my boyfriend gave it the thumbs up, which is always a plus! And to top it off, I wore it for the first time today and somebody commented how lovely the colour was on me. Win!
Daring, but I’ve been thinking of purchasing it in this lovely bright colour too:
As much as I enjoy the enriching experience of reading a quality novel, I’ve come to the unfortunate realisation that with the expansion of technology into our everyday lives, these days I rarely take the time to curl up with a cup of hot cocoa and a good book (which happens to be one of my favorite pastimes). But one must adapt to change, and so to satisfy my inner bookworm I always try to pick up a copy of my favourite magazines, which never fail to offer quality, light reading.
I like to keep the latest magazines that I buy next to my workspace for a quick source for inspiration, especially when my eyes start to tire from surfing the internet. They act as Clear Eyes for my creative vision (heh heh). Underneath I store all my treasured coffee table books – mostly beauty related, of course! There’s always a spare moment when I feel like flicking through Kevyn Aucoin’s fantastic book Making Faces, even if it is to just mull over his undeniable brilliance with a makeup brush.
To finish off my growing pile of inspiration, I always like to have a copy of IKEA‘s latest catalogue for days when my workspace just doesn’t have the right “feng shui” to assist my creative flow and needs tweaking – those pages are bursting with organisational ideas!
The beauty of this growing pile of light reading is that it doubles as an easy-access stand for your everyday essentials. It’s proving very handy for storing my Jordan Askill ring, which I wear everyday, and a couple of nail colours that I’ve had on rotation. My favourite scent, Gypsy Water by Byredo, gracefully sits on top to set the collection off. Gypsy Water always manages to bring a smile to my dial with even the smallest spritz, whether it’s before a dinner-date, after a warm shower, or even if it’s just to snuggle up for some light or intense reading.