Outfit Post – Easter Sunday

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‘All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.’ Charles M. Schulz.

Happy Easter, everyone! I hope you are all enjoying a lovely long weekend, regardless of location and religion. Autumn has well and truly arrived in Sydney, and I am embracing the cooler weather. Do you impatiently wait for Summer to disappear so you can wear your new Autumn and Winter wardrobe? It has been so warm here lately – it’s like the Summer we didn’t have has finally decided to grace us with it’s presence. 

We spent the day with family, which was lovely. It was relaxed, and the children had a ball running around the courtyard and playing with toys. Requisite amounts of sugar were consumed and two tired children are currently tucked up in bed. 

The outfit I wore is my newest. Excuse the crushed top – I did iron before I left the house, but a trip in the car will do that to clothes (which is why I normally by things that don’t need ironing!). The top is from Sussan, and while I couldn’t find it on the website anymore you can find a similar one here. I found the pants at Portmans – they are 7/8 length but look more like 3/4 on longer legs. Target have some incredibly cheap ballet flats this season in a variety of colours. I now have three pairs and have found them incredibly comfortable. These are the Tasty Floral Trim Ballet Flats in black. For only $15 a pair you can afford to buy a couple! Sunglasses are Alex Perry for Specsavers, watch is the Small Player from Nixon in silver, and bangles are from Fiji. 

I’ve noticed that oversized tops are quite popular this season – perfect for hiding that Easter egg induced tummy! Thanks to Sussan I easily found two, and I’m planning to team them with slim fitting pants or skinny jeans, and boots when Winter arrives. A scarf, heels and blazer or jacket could be easily added to take the look from day to night.

The aim for my new wardrobe is to make it versatile and adaptable. I want the pieces to be easily put together and to form multiple outfit options. My old wardrobe was a mish-mash of pieces, and while there were lots of clothes, there were not so many outfits. I have learnt through my mistakes and will avoid that this time. I am in the process of researching and planning a post about the shirts and tops I’m coveting, so watch this space!

Be sure to check out my Pinterest page, and follow Style Unearthed on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with my latest finds. 

* In other news, I have been given the incredibly exciting opportunity to interview international make up artist, Nigel Stanislaus makeup director of Maybelline NY. Do you have any questions you would like me to ask him on your behalf?

What clothes do you like the look of this season? How do you normally buy clothes – in store, or online? Are you enjoying the cooler weather?

Beauty Unearthed – Natio BB Cream

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‘The most beautiful makeup of a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy.’ 

Yves Saint-Laurent

BB Creams have recently exploded onto the make up scene, with most popular cosmetic houses touting their answer to this miracle cream. I have always been a fan of tinted moisturisers, and I was therefore excited to try this new product.

So, just what is a BB Cream? BB stands for beauty or blemish balm. Writer from The Guardian UK Anita Bhagwandas describes the cream as a neat little package of skincare, costmetic coverage with the added bonus of SPF. Like tinted moisturisers, BB Creams provide a coverage however it is smoother, thicker and contains light reflecting properties. Bhagwandas tells me this is to make the wearer appear more youthful – hopefully it’s working for me!

The first tube of BB Cream I used was from a popular international make up brand that I picked up in my local supermarket. While I enjoyed using it, I found it a little on the thin side. It provided coverage like my previous tinted moisturiser, but had a little more sheen. When using it with concealer it provided good coverage of blemishes. 

I was excited to see that Australian brand Natio had released a BB Cream also. I’ve long been a fan of Natio, and love the fact that their products are primarily plant based and cruelty free. The cream comes in three shades – fair, medium and tan. I chose the fair variety, as I have pasty English skin and it was a very good fit. It has an SPF rating of 15. The cream is thick without smothering my skin, and is easily applied. It covers blemishes (that I wish I didn’t have – who has pimples at almost 30!) smoothly, and leaves my face looking clear. Having two small children, I often sport bags or dark circles under my eyes. On a good day, the cream takes care of them, and on a bad I can always add a little concealer. 

After my little trial I can now call myself a BB Cream convert. It is a fantastic alternative to foundation, especially on those days when you just need to get out the door and don’t want to wear full make up. I believe that I will stick with the Natio product for the time being, unless something else comes my way. It is available at pharmacies and department stores nationwide, along with the Natio website, and retails at $14.99.

* Please note that I was not asked to trial either product that I used. I purchased my own tubes of BB cream, and simply wanted to share a product that I enjoyed using.

 

Style on the Screen – Mad Men

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AMC’s Mad Men is one of my favourite shows. To celebrate the season 6 premier on 7 April, I thought I would feature this well written and dynamic show as my first in a series of posts dedicated to style on the screen. It also meant that I was able to look at pictures of Jon Hamm/Don Draper while doing my ‘research’. Not a hard job to take…

Mad Men begins in the swinging 1960’s in New York City. It focuses on Don Draper, an advertising executive, his family, many mistresses, and co-workers. The fashion and decor are fabulous,  and have forged a resurgence of all things retro.

One of my favourite parts of the show are the fashion and accessories – shift dresses, cropped pants and gorgeous silk scarves (as you get to know me, you will realise I am a scarf nut!). Imagine my surprise and delight when I was flicking through the latest edition of US InStyle only to discover that Banana Republic have released a Mad Men inspired fashion line. To top it off (literally!), cosmetic powerhouse Estee Lauder have created a small range of cosmetics to tie in with the show.

The Banana Republic range is small, but made up of lovely 1960’s shift and wrap dresses, shell tops, ballet pumps, scarves, clutch bags, earrings and necklaces. I also love the cropped pants, in a gingham crop pattern. It features colours that are popular this season including jeweled green and electric blue. The best thing is that it comes in regular, tall and petite sizing, catering to the majority of body shapes. Hopefully if the range is popular they may choose to add to it down the track.

Estee Lauder have created a three-piece range that includes a blush, lipstick and nail polish. The blush comes in a beautiful case featuring a bright retro print. The packaging designers have shown attention to detail, with high quality casings that look like they are straight out of the show. I can just imagine Joan touching up her lipstick with ‘Pinkadelic’.

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Peggy Knit Shift $130 ~ Mod Shirt Dress $140 ~ Tipped Shift Dress $140

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Sleeveless Shell Top $49.50 ~ Hampton Fit Gingham Crop $98

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See-Thru Blush $50 ~ Peggy Ballet Heel $128 ~ Contrast Clutch $98 ~ Geo Scarf  $49.50 ~ Pinkadelic Lipstick $30

* All prices in US dollars

I definitely have my eye on the Geo Scarf in pink, and the Mod Shirt Dress. Banana Republic ship to Australia. The Mad Men cosmetics range does not appear to be available in Australia as yet, and the Estee Lauder website does not ship here directly. A package forwarder would be an option if you would like to channel the make up looks of Joan, Peggy or Betty.

What is you favourite show on television? Where do you draw your style inspiration from? What other shows would you like to see me include in the Style of the Screen series? Do you fancy Jon Hamm too?

The Grass is Always Greener.

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Next Textured Cotton Chinos – $33 ~ Camden Skinny Jean – $75 ~ Linen Trousers – $82.50

“Being tall is an advantage, especially in business. People will always remember you. And if you’re in a crowd, you’ll always have some clean air to breathe.” Julia Child.

Being tall certainly has it’s advantages – being able to see over people’s heads at concerts, reaching items on high shelves at the supermarket, and not feeling claustrophobic in crowds. It also has disadvantages, namely for me when it comes to buying trousers, pants, jeans and track pants. Having the bottom of a pant flapping around (or above!) your ankle when it is not designed to be there is not a good look. 

I am 5 feet 10 and a bit inches tall in the old scale, or 178 centimetres in the new. Not overly tall by basketball team standards, but I happen to possess a long pair of legs. Ordinarily this would be a good thing, especially if I wished to wear shorts all year round, but my home gets a little chilly in the Winter. 

As a teenager, my school uniform consisted of a rather fetching pair of grey and yellow tartan pants. While I was not sad that these did not come in a long leg length, by the time I reached my senior years and could wear plain trousers I was forced to resort to buying a pair of grey men’s pants that made me resemble the Saggy Baggy Elephant with my child baring hips and no bum. And they were still too short. 

Internet shopping was only just bursting onto the scene during the late 90’s and early 00’s. The online options for tall women were scarce, and let’s face it, pretty unfashionable. I delighted in a trip to the UK when I discovered that several of their shops actually had whole sections for tall people – did tall people only exist outside Australia? It may seem that this is still so.

After I had my big wardrobe clean out I only had two pairs of jeans that fitted. On a quest for work pants I visited several big chain stores at my local shopping centre and could not find one single pair of pants long enough. Even Target, whom I usually love, and boast a ‘tall’ range, fail to come through and leave me with cold ankles.  

Whilst I really prefer to try things on in a physical shop to make sure the fit is okay (and because I love instant gratification and walking out of a shop bag in hand), I have decided that my wardrobe re-build is going to need to venture online. Part of my plan is to only buy items that fit. Be gone, too short trousers!

In my online travels so far I have found these little gems. I will definitely be placing orders soon. 

Long Tall Sally – A UK based company with physical stores in the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada and the US, Long Tall Sally has a fantastic range of fashionable clothing in a variety of lengths. If you fancy a 38″ inseam, this is the place for you! They have $10 flat rate shipping to Australia, and pants come in lengths of 34, 36 and 38 inches. While they have no plans to open a store in Australia in the near future, they assure me that they’re constantly committed to improving customer service to us Aussies. I can’t wait to try them out for myself.

Tall By Design – Hailing from across the ditch in New Zealand, Tall By Design also has a wide range of clothes. Their stock is a little limited at present, however they appear to be getting a delivery of new stock in April. Their average inseam length seems to be approximately 37″. They have a sliding scale for deliver to Australia, with one item costing $10, two items $15 and three or more items $20. 

Next Direct – Next Direct is British store Next’s website to service Australia. They have free delivery on all orders – get clicking! Their trousers and jeans probably wouldn’t suit very tall or long legged women, as the inseams are only between 33 and 35″. I still think they would be worth a try, and they have a large range to choose from. 

Ezibuy – Home shopping institution Ezibuy has a limited amount of tall items available. Many of them are from Next, and may be a good alternative if you can’t find them on the Next website. They charge $9.90 for standard delivery, or $14.95 for a priority service. 

Not being able to find clothes that fit properly when shopping can be so frustrating. Many a time I have left the shopping centre disheartened, which annoys me and my husband, who thinks it puts me in a bad mood for the remainder of the day. I’m feeling a lot more optimistic after my online window shop, and can’t wait to purchase some new goodies.

If you have trouble finding clothes to fit a certain body part or type and would like some help, please email me at styleunearthed@gmail.com. Over the coming months I will be featuring items of clothing and specific stores or brands that are designed to suit specific body types. I would love to hear from you!

Do you struggle to find clothing that fits your body? Are you tall like me? Please share your tips, shops or commiserations in the comments below.

 

Well, that's Pinteresting…

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‘These are a few of my favourite things.’ Maria, The Sound of Music.

Pinterest was launched in 2010 and many people sighed in happiness, then started pin, pin, pinning. It is a virtual pin or mood board, allowing users to bookmark all of their favourite things with a click of a mouse. First offered as an invitation only service, Pinterest is now available to all and you can create an account straight away, even linking to your Facebook or Twitter profiles.

I discovered this treasure trove of fashion, tips, tricks, home decor, quotes and recipes early last year and have fallen in love. It has been a very valuable tool in planning birthday parties, provided a myriad of lesson ideas for my classroom, and is now giving me (P)inspiration for my new wardrobe. 

Many funny blogs have spawned from the creation of the site, showcasing attempts at various projects that have failed in spectacular fashion. Other bloggers (primarily one of my favourite blogs Young House Love) have started Pinterest challenges, encouraging people to stop pinning and start doing. Watch this space next change of season – I might have the urge to join in.

Over the weekend I launched the Style Unearthed Pinterest account. You can find it here. Some of my boards are blank at present, but I’m sure they will be filled up in the days and weeks to come. I love seeing the outfits that people put together – it really helps my picture what I would like to wear and lets me see options I hadn’t thought of. I’ve vowed to be more daring in my wardrobe redesign, and this includes trying on things I normally would bypass to see what they look like, and stepping out of my comfort zone.

A few of my Pinterest tips include:

  • Break up your boards into manageable, easy to find categories so you do not need to go searching for a particular item.
  • Add the ‘Pin It’ button to the toolbar on your PC. This will allow you to pin items from any webpage. This is particularly useful when you’re browsing websites and fall in love with something. No more copying pictures and jumping back and forth.
  • Download the Pinterest app. It’s free from iTunes and the Google Play store. Endless hours of fun, right there on your smart phone! 
  • If you pin an item and want to add a price, pop it in the explanation field. This will then display as a banner over the corner of the pin.
  • Make sure you follow one or more boards of your favourite pinners. When you log in to your account, their latest pins will display on the front page ensuring you are kept up to date.
  • Lastly, enjoy, give credit where credit is due, and please follow Style Unearthed. Happy pinning!

Do you use Pinterest? What are your favourite things to pin? What has it helped you achieve?

Well, that’s Pinteresting…

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‘These are a few of my favourite things.’ Maria, The Sound of Music.

Pinterest was launched in 2010 and many people sighed in happiness, then started pin, pin, pinning. It is a virtual pin or mood board, allowing users to bookmark all of their favourite things with a click of a mouse. First offered as an invitation only service, Pinterest is now available to all and you can create an account straight away, even linking to your Facebook or Twitter profiles.

I discovered this treasure trove of fashion, tips, tricks, home decor, quotes and recipes early last year and have fallen in love. It has been a very valuable tool in planning birthday parties, provided a myriad of lesson ideas for my classroom, and is now giving me (P)inspiration for my new wardrobe. 

Many funny blogs have spawned from the creation of the site, showcasing attempts at various projects that have failed in spectacular fashion. Other bloggers (primarily one of my favourite blogs Young House Love) have started Pinterest challenges, encouraging people to stop pinning and start doing. Watch this space next change of season – I might have the urge to join in.

Over the weekend I launched the Style Unearthed Pinterest account. You can find it here. Some of my boards are blank at present, but I’m sure they will be filled up in the days and weeks to come. I love seeing the outfits that people put together – it really helps my picture what I would like to wear and lets me see options I hadn’t thought of. I’ve vowed to be more daring in my wardrobe redesign, and this includes trying on things I normally would bypass to see what they look like, and stepping out of my comfort zone.

A few of my Pinterest tips include:

  • Break up your boards into manageable, easy to find categories so you do not need to go searching for a particular item.
  • Add the ‘Pin It’ button to the toolbar on your PC. This will allow you to pin items from any webpage. This is particularly useful when you’re browsing websites and fall in love with something. No more copying pictures and jumping back and forth.
  • Download the Pinterest app. It’s free from iTunes and the Google Play store. Endless hours of fun, right there on your smart phone! 
  • If you pin an item and want to add a price, pop it in the explanation field. This will then display as a banner over the corner of the pin.
  • Make sure you follow one or more boards of your favourite pinners. When you log in to your account, their latest pins will display on the front page ensuring you are kept up to date.
  • Lastly, enjoy, give credit where credit is due, and please follow Style Unearthed. Happy pinning!

Do you use Pinterest? What are your favourite things to pin? What has it helped you achieve?

The obligatory outfit post!

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‘It’s a nice day for a white wedding.’ Billy Idol.

Yesterday I attended my beautiful cousin’s wedding. Getting dolled up was lots of fun, but getting ready for an event is not what it used to be! In between dodging a cranky four year old and a baby who wanted to play with my makeup, it’s hardly a relaxing affair. Thank goodness for my fabulous hairdresser and her magic GHD-wielding ways. Fortunately, as our kids enjoyed the evening with their grandparents, we were able to relax with a champagne or two and enjoy some adult conversation.

I love a good wedding, and normally get a little teary. I spent my own wedding day with an Cheshire Cat-like grin plastered to my face with not a tear shed, so I always feel a bit odd crying at everyone else’s. The ceremony and reception were lovely, and having a good boogie on the dance floor was well over due. 

We’ve got two weddings to attend in as many months, so I will be rehashing my outfit. It will be a little cooler next month so I am planning to add a blazer for the evening. Another excuse to go shopping! I have my eye on this little baby from Portmans. Read on and you may sense a shopping theme…

Dress – Portmans (2013). Heels – Diana Ferrari (although unable to be seen in shot, they were surprisingly comfy to dance in! From 2010). Bracelet – Thomas Sabo. Watch – Nixon Mini Player.

What are you up to this weekend? Do you love a good wedding? Do you recycle dressing up outfits?

The great wardrobe clean out of 2013

 

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‘Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.’ Mark Twain.

After searching through my wardrobe for something that fitted and ending up with a perfect picture to accompany the definition of a ‘floordrobe’ in the dictionary, I decided I needed to clean out and purge.

It was a great feeling realising that trousers, shorts and jeans I had worn only six weeks ago were falling off me, but it meant that deciding what to wear each morning very difficult. After a few ‘big pants on smaller body’ photos for prosperity, I took a deep breath and proceeded to try on everything in my wardrobe. 

Pants, suits, jeans, tops and dresses that were too big, or that didn’t suit me ended up on the floor. I then sorted them into piles to sell, and to donate. Some things were still quite new and had only been worn a handful of times. I contemplated getting things altered, but figured it would probably be more expensive than buying new clothes. 

One of the things I found hard was ditching pieces that didn’t suit me. Being honest with myself if I didn’t really love something is a trait I’ve had to work on. As a result I’ve developed a new mantra that I will be taking with me when I go shopping for my new wardrobe – if I don’t love it, or it doesn’t fit properly, I will not buy it. 

Over the weekend I will be starting a Style Unearthed Pinterest account, where I can share outfits I love, clothes and accessories I am coveting, and other shiny things that will no doubt catch my attention. Hopefully this will help push me into the next phase of ‘new wardrobe for Sarah’.

Have you recently had a wardrobe overhaul? What did you do with your old clothes? Do you use Pinterest for style (p)inspiration?

Unearthing my style

‘Fashion changes, but style endures.’ Coco Chanel.

My name is Sarah, and I am currently style-less. I am mum to two gorgeous children, a teacher, and have recently lost a dress size thanks to eating well and exercising. While this is fantastic, it now means that the only winter clothes I possess are two pairs of jeans and some cardigans that are older than my son. I am taking this opportunity to overhaul my wardrobe and beauty routines, and unearth my own enduring style.

Being a mum, my uniform tends to consist of jeans, shorts and basic tops. I have favoured high street shops and department stores thanks to their affordability and convenience. I am hoping to expand my horizons and build a wardrobe of staples, professional work wear and a few special pieces.

My beauty routine has never been something to write home about either, so I will trial new products to find what works for my skin and hair. Hopefully we will be able to pick up some hints and tips together along the way.

I look forward to sharing this journey with you!

If you feel like sharing, please tell me –

What is your current style? Is there anything you’d like to change about it?

Are you ready to take the unearthing style challenge with me?