When the kids were born, Bart and I knew that our wide travelling days were over for a while. Mind you, I never thought we'd grow the kids to 10, 8 and 6 before taking them OS. But that's what's happened.
We decided that the kids could choose anywhere in the world they wanted to go and we'd take them there for their 10th birthday. This year Max turned 10 and being the mad animal lover that he is, we thought he'd want to go to Africa. We started planning for a trip to South Africa and then we thought, "hmmmm... maybe we should ask him where he wants to go." Max chose Fiji.
That's where I am right now, by the way. The power of 'scheduling' has meant that I jumped on a plane with the family at 8 am this morning (I can assure you that the 5:30 am taxi from home was a killer) and I am reading my book, in a hammock of course, right now. No doubt the girls already have the signature bead braids that seems to be mandatory for all children travelling to a beach destination. I'm pretty sure Max has already swum in every single pool offered by the resort. I'm also quite certain that I'm halfway through my first book already.
My theme song for the trip (and in general right now) is this one. I've been loving this song for so long and then I found out Sheppard were Aussies from Brisbane and it made me love them even more. This song is all about feeling the fear and doing it anyway. Geroooooniiiimo!
Other things that had me this week:
Reading... this report on bloggers, ahem, "independent digital content creators"
Marvelling... at how nice and friendly Jane Austen looks
Laughing... at the fact that the first ever photo posted on Instagram featured feet
Learning... some really good iphonography moves from the beautiful, messy people.
Dreaming... about Madagascar.
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'Teach me how to do something I'm rubbish at' is a series that encourages the clever clogs wearers of the world to show us less clever types how to do the things we've always wanted to do. This week we welcome the styling Sonia Bavistock who blogs at Sonia Styling. I don't know about you, but when it comes to personal styling, I need all the help I can get!
As much as I love fashion and all the pomp and ceremony that accompany putting an outfit together, at heart I really am a low key kind of girl.
I’m a big believer in having a wardrobe full of great basics that can be called upon any day of the week and changed up by simply adding a statement necklace or brightly coloured scarf. So when Bron asked me to write a post about a capsule wardrobe, I practically jumped through the screen to reply with a very enthusiastic “YES!” because I truly believe that fashion should be easy and fun and your outfits should suit your lifestyle and reflect your personality.
The pieces I’ve chosen for this post are items that I think will work for just about everyone and can be mixed and matched to create stylish casual outfits perfect for the school run, coffee with friends or dinner at the pub.
Start with a fashion philosophy...
Now, onto my fashion philosophy for creating the perfect capsule wardrobe. These are my tips for keeping your wardrobe stylish, manageable and real.
When it comes to basics, be fussy. Let’s face it. These items are your wardrobe workhorses. They’ll be getting the most outings, so you want to ensure they can be washed and worn with minimum fuss (and hopefully zero ironing) and will look practically brand new for as long as possible.
Stock up when you love it
My other tip is if you find a basic that you love, buy multiples! I’ve been known to buy a minimum of two tanks or scoop neck tops at any one time because if one’s in the wash, then I can grab the other and get on with my day.
Play with accessories
Affordable accessories are also a really good way to dip your toe into a trend before deciding to fully dive in. Think jewellery (necklaces, earrings, rings, bangles, bracelets, brooches, cuffs), nail polishes, hats and scarves...
Tread lightly with trends
Speaking of which, when it comes to trendy pieces you can totally afford to go cheap! Just because you love neon this year doesn’t mean you’ll love it next year, so don’t spend a fortune on that multi-coloured leopard print scarf (I may or may not be talking about myself here).
... and build from there.
Here are my picks for a fabulous capsule wardrobe that will see you through the rest of winter and into spring…
1. Everyday Pom Pom Beanie from Cotton On, $12.95
2. Distressed Boyfriend Jeans from Bohemian Traders*, $100
3. Slouchy Angora Cardigan (in Grey) from Bohemian Traders*, $139
4. Hatie Pointy Toe Flat from Nine West, $139.95
5. Quilted PU Biker Jacket from Katies, $99.95
6. Triangle Stone Necklace from Colette, $14.95
7. Breton Stripe Top from Sussan, $59.95
8. Kelly Geo Print Scarf from Forever New, $29.99
9. Scoop Neck Top from Katies, $19.95
* Affiliate link (Sonia has a relationship with this company).
Do you use go-to accessories to jazz up a plain outfit?