Category Archives: Style

Currently Coveting: Miu Miu Sunglasses

Summer is almost here and every summer I find myself looking at the sunglasses selection.  It doesn’t matter whether I actually need any new sunglasses or not, just trying on new sunglasses makes me feel like the cold, wet weather is behind me for the year.

Miuccia Prada is one of the most iconic figures of the fashion world and she produces beautiful clothes and accessories season after season for her Miu Miu line.  Although I generally love what she does for Prada each season, I find the Miu Miu line to be more fun and accessible.

Miu Miu have produced several pairs of beautiful sunglasses this season, all of which I would love to own.

The first pair is the turquoise hexagonal pair below:

The style and shape of these glasses fit in with the current trend for retro inspired shades and the colour is the perfect bright pop for summer.  The front of the frames have a suede like fabric on them giving them a matte finish.

Next up are:

The cats eye shape is again a very retro style and the navy and gold colour way a bit more of a classicwhile still being more interesting than the black and silver sunglasses usually seen.

And finally:

Its a bit hard to see the detail in the image above but in real life these glasses are amazing.  The frames are silver glitter and the shape are the classic big style sunglasses that I tend to wear most as they really suit my face shape.

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Currently Coveting: A White Dress

The only white dress I’ve ever owned is my wedding dress.  I’m not usually the sort of person who can do a lot of white clothing.  Even though I have the best intentions and try to be really careful, I still spill food and drinks with alarming regularity.

With summer getting closer and closer, I’ve been thinking of getting a white dress.  I’ve seen quite a few images of white outfits and they look fresh and cool for the hot weather.

I’m looking for a casual dress so I’m not worried about looking too ‘bridal’ but a white dress still needs to have the right fabric, light enough for summer but heavy enough to not be see through and the right cut, I’m picturing something grown up with a sweet edge.

Both of these dresses from Workshop fit the bill perfectly.  The white broderie anglaise fabric and scalloped edges give the dresses a sweet appeal while silhouettes of both the t shirt style dress and the sleeveless dress are thoroughly modern.  My only dilemma is deciding which one to get!

Available from http://www.workshop.co.nz

Currently Coveting: Ingrid Starnes SS13 Collection

Ingrid Starnes is a New Zealand fashion designer who launched her first collection in winter 2010.  Her clothes have a vintage feel but are thoroughly modern.  Current fashion fads won’t be found in her collections either with the clothes tending to have a classic, ladylike appeal.

The new spring/summer 2013 range is apparently inspired by Norwegian Wood, a novel by Haruki Murakami whose title in Japanese is Noruwei No Mori, the standard translation of The Beatles song Norwegian Wood.  I’ve read Norwegian Wood is an outstanding book that I’ve read many times and never tire of, so maybe this explains why this collection has so many pieces that I’m in love with.  I have included images of my favourites below.

The Katey shirt in Oriental Poppy Print

The Darmin trench in olive and the Milford dress in olive.

The Clancy top in cream.

The Delores singlet in pine.

The Basil pants in olive and the Odette cardigan in carrot and lemon

http://www.ingridstarnes.com

Currently Coveting: Shirts

In the past I’ve never seen the point of wearing shirts, I thought they were too conservative and boring and they didn’t inject enough of my personality into my outfit.

Recently, I’ve noticed shirt in the shops in beautiful fabrics with interesting design features.  I’ve found myself looking at shirts more and more often but had been hesitant to purchase one as I wasn’t sure whether I’d get the wear out of it.

In July, I finally found the perfect Equipment shirt that made me change my mind.  It is navy blue with a mustard yellow collar and white cuffs.  I’ve been converted.  I’ve found that shirts work during the day and are also the perfect item of clothing to wear in the evenings now that my nights out consist more of dinners out rather than drinks, bars and clubbing.

I’ve now got two silk shirts, have my eye on several others and am constantly on the look out for more to add to my (currently small) collection.

Pictured below are some of my favourites that I’m trying to find budget for so I can add them my wardrobe.

The Scott top from ALC, the tuxedo style colour blocked front panel makes a real statement and looks smart for day and night, to see more click here

a.l.c. top button-alc scott silk layeredeffect colorblock shirt

Equipment Bret Blouse with contrast metal collar.  A classic black shirt with an edge.  The collar would look amazing peeking out from under a crew neck jumper.  To see more click here

Helen Cherry Jemima Blouse.  A sheer handprinted chevron silk shirt with a pussy bow which can either be worn loose or tied at the neck.  To see more click here

Ruby bird shirt, an oversizedshirt with a drop shoulder, this also comes in a black and white polka dot option. To see more click here

http://www.shopbop.com

http://www.workshop.co.nz

http://www.rubynz.com

Currently Coveting: New Season Pants

New season stock has been steadily arriving in clothing shops over the past few weeks.  The items I’m looking at most often at the moment are pants.  There are lots of options for printed pants out in stores and online but the best examples I’ve seen are from Sass and Bide.

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I’m also loving a relaxed fit, tapered leg pant for an easy, comfortable day option that can equally be dressed up for nights.  I’ve seen two great pairs, one from Zambesi with a slight drop crotch and a pair from Country Road with draped pockets and a cropped hemline.

       
And finally, I’d love to get a pair of slim leg cropped pants. Great examples can be seen below from Country Road, Sass and Bide and Zambesi.
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Images from:
ww.sassandbide.com