Monday Morsels, 15 August 2016

I am so sorry about the dreadful lack of posts – house moving has not been conducive to keeping up with the blog!! I am now 37 weeks pregnant and just a warning, I can’t imagine a newborn will be conducive to blogging either!!! I will do my best to keep the posts more regular in the coming weeks, before my life gets turned upside down!! Enjoy the following 🙂

From Racked: Just another example of how we are constantly (and often unfairly) judged by what we wear.

From Vulture: Do you agree with this list of Meryl Streep films ranked from best to worst performance?

Also from Vulture: Which of these upcoming book-to-film adaptations are you dying to see?

From The Cut: I’ll admit, I am dead jealous of this 16-year-old’s savvy.

From Elle US: This was a fabulous piece on designer Christian Siriano.

Also from Elle US: 10 beauty products you should never share (and 8 that you can).

From Pajiba: This article about difficult actors versus difficult actresses was brilliant (and again, merely highlights the divide between “acceptable behaviours” between the sexes).

From Mental Floss: In honour of the Olympics, see how the world’s greatest athletes stack up against your average animal.

From Into the Gloss: Why shouldn’t we wear beautifully fragranced deodorants?


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Monday Morsels, 18 July 2016

Apologies for the total lack of posts – I have spent the last two weeks moving house! Not ideal when you’re 32/33 weeks pregnant, but we are getting settled and loving our new little abode. Enjoy the below – more posts to come!

From The Zoe Report: This is pretty much bang-on.

From The Telegraph: Get ready to drool – the inside story behind Elizabeth Taylor’s precious personal jewellery collection.

From Racked: I loved this article on the lack of representation of the ‘average’ sized woman/model in advertising.

From Atlas Obscura: 8 spooky NYC places that should be in the new Ghostbusters movie.

From Elle US: Oh, how I long to wear high heels again…

From Refinery29: I need no further evidence that Christian Siriano is just the most amazing designer 🙂

From Lucky Peach: 19 of Roald Dahl’s most important food inventions.

From Town & Country: Take a trip in time with these unseen photos from the archives of the Four Seasons restaurant.

From Esquire: Some of the greatest celebrity conspiracy theories of all time.


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Monday Morsels, 4 July 2016

My goodness how is it July already??!! I hope you have a great week, and recover quickly from the shock the first half of the year is over!!

From Racked: I devoured this interview with Patricia Field on The Devil Wears Prada costume inspiration.

From The Zoe Report: Secrets to scoring expensive-looking pieces at affordable stores.

From The Telegraph: Scrapping change room mirrors so women feel more confident (as is being trialled in stores in the UK) is patronising and unhelpful – here’s how to shop without regret!

From The Cut: I had no idea the inimitable Bill Cunningham had sadly passed away from a stroke last week until I saw this fabulous article on his legacy by Cathy Horyn. If you haven’t seen his documentary, Bill Cunningham New York, it is an absolute must for anyone remotely interested in fashion and/or New York City. You can read his fashion obituary here.

From Vanity Fair: Speaking of inimitable, Joan Rivers’ private collection is up for auction – I’ll take… everything.

From Elle US: Which book was most popular the year you were born? Mine is a Danielle Steel bestseller (which feels telling…).


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Birthday blooms

At the beginning of the month, Ben and I attended my best friend’s birthday at Juanita’s, a quirky little wine bar in Subiaco. I wanted to feel feminine and dressy, as Ben and I had a date for a late lunch/early dinner at the fabulous Pinchos in Leederville.

I was hoping this stretch jersey floral number by Sam & Lavi I purchased from Anthropologie 18 months ago would work and lo and behold, it fit beautifully over the baby bump!! It is made from rayon and spandex and whilst unlined, has a lovely soft hold that hugs a woman’s curves. I especially love the scoop back, blurry floral pattern and midi-length styling. I nabbed it on sale for US$62.95 instead of $158.

Sam & Lavi 'Libby' stretch jersey dress, Belle by Sigerson Morrison wedge pumps

The fabric is definitely summer weight, so I donned my favourite Lyn Devon cashmere jacket to keep me warm. I love how the mustard hue of the jacket complements the yellows in the dress and the suede waist tie gives my figure some definition.

Sam & Lavi dress, Lyn Devon cashmere jacket

Instead of taking a clutch, I wore my Roland Mouret “Paris-Paris” bag (which I first wrote about here). The burgundy combined with the mustard, taupe and brown hues of the dress and jacket felt very autumnal (my favourite season!). It is a similar size to a large clutch, so I can easily fit my cards, some cash, a lippie and keys inside.

Sam & Lavi dress, Lyn Devon cashmere jacket, Roland Mouret 'Paris-Paris' handbag

I wore my hair in a half up/half down style, which is not a style I normally tend to, and did a smokey brown eye, which is much more flattering on me than black (again, those autumnal tones). I had lots of compliments about the dress throughout the night and most importantly, felt comfortable, chic and feminine.

Sam & Lavi 'Libby' dressI know this is not news, but stretch jersey has been my absolute best friend throughout this pregnancy, especially since I transitioned from the ‘does she just really like jam doughnuts?!’ phase to the ‘I’m definitely pregnant!!’ phase. Jersey, be it cotton, rayon, viscose or silk, is comfortable and soft to wear, stretches an immeasurable amount, washes so easily and doesn’t crease! Best of all, I haven’t had to buy many maternity items because so many of my jersey pieces have fit the bill.

Bloomin’ marvelous.


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Monday Morsels, 27 June 2016

From Racked: Meet the woman who makes the Met’s fashion exhibits presentable.

From The Telegraph: I need no further encouragement to wear leopard print!!

Also from The Telegraph: I love these styling tips from a fabulously fun and fashionable 54-year-old French woman (why hello there, alliteration!!).

From Pajiba: On its 10th birthday, here are 6 things you didn’t know about the movie, The Devil Wears Prada.

From Mental Floss: A little infographic comparing the price tags of 5 beloved movie weddings (and the outcomes are surprising!).

Also from Mental Floss: This was a fun quiz: Name the missing word in the book title (I got 39/42… and only had to look up about 10!).

From Lenny Letter: The enduring legacy of the Baby-Sitter’s Club books.

From Esquire: This story about the origins of the term ‘booty call’ is quite interesting.

From Jezebel: As a massive Celine Dion fan – yes.

From Vulture: Even though she’s not keen on being one, Constance Wu is totally my new girl crush.

From Cup of Jo: Because I, too, would totally take a trip with my mum 🙂


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Broome vacay

A few weeks ago, Ben and I were lucky enough to steal a few days away in beautiful Broome. It was our first visit to this coastal community renowned for its pearls, beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see, tropical climate and rich, culturally significant history. We were hoping May, representing the turn of the season, would be cool and balmy but we were subject to 34-37 degree days and sticky nights. That made it a bit difficult to venture into ‘un-air-conditioned’ parts of Broome but we enjoyed the sights and surrounds as best we could 🙂

I hadn’t anticipated summery dressing after quite a number of weeks of cooler weather and I ended up living in a handful of items (I am absolutely guilty of packing more than I actually wear. Contingencies, right??!!). I didn’t get to snap pictures of more than a couple of outfits as I was far too busy relaxing and enjoying indulgent massages, cool dips in the pool, amazing food and time with my husband.

Day one

Three Dots black dress, Lanvin Blanch Collection pearl detail sandals, Sophie Kyron necklace, L'Wren Scott sunglasses

Easy, light, comfortable cotton dresses are a Broome staple. On our first day, I wore this black jersey pull-on dress by American label Three Dots, a brand that specialises in easy, effortless, jersey basics. I paired it with a pair of leather sandals with crochet and pearl detail by Lanvin, my favourite Sophie Kyron necklace and my requisite black sunglasses (a cats-eye pair by L’Wren Scott, first featured here). I bought all items from eBay (except the necklace): the dress is a current personal favourite as its long wraps sit neatly over the top of a baby belly, its straps are thick enough to conceal bra straps and the fact it is pull-on and wash and wear appeals greatly to me! It retailed for approximately US$150, I paid US$29.

You can pick up Three Dots items at next to nothing on eBay – for those who don’t wish to trawl, shop my similar selections (all on sale!) below:

Day two

Majestic Filatures t-shirt, Sam & Lavi joggers, Aperlai glitter suede sandals, Jason Wu sunglassesMajestic Filatures t-shirt, Sam & Lavi joggers, Aperlai glitter suede sandals, Jason Wu sunglasses

I travelled on the plane in these enormously comfortable Sam & Lavi tea rose joggers (and yes, I did only pay US$9.95 instead of $120 from the Anthropologie sale!). They are made from a soft rayon with a elastic waist, so not only sat beautifully around my growing tummy but were breezy and light for the hot weather days. I paired them with a super-soft viscose knit tee by Majestic Filatures, my favourite Jason Wu cats-eye sunglasses and Aperlai orange suede and glitter sandals (these are their heel counterparts). Aperlai is a French shoe brand, with a style focused on graphic and pure lines, sophistication, elegance and comfort. Their moccasins are some of the most comfortable and stylish I have ever donned. I didn’t pay the $600-odd these sandals would normally command – I nabbed them from eBay about 18 months ago for US$32.

Day three

The Lady and The Sailor reversible midi-dress, 7 For All Mankind denim jacket, Sussan cap, L'Wren Scott sunglasses

I wrote about this The Lady and the Sailor reversible dress here and boy, has it got a workout since I fell pregnant! Are we noticing a trend with the soft, stretchy, pull-on dresses?! On this day, we enjoyed an afternoon on an eco-cruise around Broome’s beautiful bays, so what better to wear than an easy dress, dark shades and seersucker peaked cap? The denim jacket is by 7 For All Mankind, an eBay bargain at only US$29. I love the cropped sleeve and body length – it feels modern yet timeless and somehow goes with everything! The peaked cap is by Sussan, nabbed on sale from $19.95 to $1.95 (yes, that’s correct, I paid $2 for that hat). My various shades of blue had me feeling particularly nautical – the red flush comes courtesy of a 36 degree day.

I am loving these other denim jackets, all on sale in the current Net-a-porter sale (more on that later!) – click to shop!

From left to right: Pierre Balmain button-detail jacket; Current/Elliott kimono jacket; Steve J & Yoni P denim jacket

So sorry it has taken so long to share these couple of vacation outfits with you! I hope it inspires you to consider the following should you be escaping Perth for warmer climes this winter:

* Everything I packed did not require ironing. Select items that are easy to roll or fold without getting creased. In my case, denim, viscose jersey, rayon and cotton jersey were my cool-to-wear, creaseless best friends!

* Ensure you bring your darkest tint shades for beach/pool side activities – going from winter to summery weather, you can forget how glary the sun can be!

* Make sure to bring easy layering pieces – a denim jacket is perfect for balmy evenings, whilst wraps made of modal or washed linen are perfect for keeping the sun at bay during the day and a chill away at night.

* Flats or wedges really are best for holidays in the sun – you tend to forget how much your feet (unflatteringly) swell in warmer weather, so comfort is key. Bejewelled flats (such as my glitter or pearl adorned options!) truly allow for day to night dressing.

Happy vacationing!!


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Monday Morsels, 20 June 2016

From Racked: How I permanently escaped the “it” item obsession.

Also from Racked: Speaking of obsessions, here is some inspiration to help you break your skinny jean addiction.

From The Telegraph: Meet the 43-year-old mum calling on British chainstore Marks & Spencer to use her as a model instead of its current face, Alexa Chung.

Also from The Telegraph: Why a blazer is the most versatile jacket to wear right now (if not, possibly, ever?).

From The Toast: If Oscar Isaac were your boyfriend – sigh.

From Vulture: 11 celebs on the last thing they bought online.

From Into The Gloss: This interview with super-stylist Kate Young is fab.

From Man Repeller: The history of my favourite skirt style, the midi.

From Elle US: Molly Ringwald on being ‘your former teen crush’.

Also from Elle US: This was a really interesting article about whether beauty culture and feminism can co-exist.


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Monday Morsels, 13 June 2016

From Atlas Obscura: Your Monday morning crazy.

From Bustle: Following the utterly devastating news of the Orlando, Florida mass shooting, the US really needs to wake up to its dangerous, antiquated gun laws. Here are 11 infographics that prove why.

From Racked: On a lighter note, the most iconic celebrity wedding dresses of all time.

From The Telegraph: Is this even feasible? How to get a wardrobe that means you’ll never spend more than 5 minutes getting dressed.

From Mental Floss: I doubt our very old, very docile cat would enjoy this, but we wish she would!!

From Refinery29: What it’s like to be a celebrity personal assistant.

From Town and Country: Here’s how interior designers would remodel the Playboy mansion.

From InStyle: A month by month guide to the best pieces of birthstone jewellery.


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Recent purchase from the J.Crew sale

A fabulous little email in my inbox this morning alerted me to the fact that J.Crew were having a 24 hour sale, with 40% off select full-price items and an extra 40% off the marked price of all sale items. Sadly, it has now finished but knowing how the sales game works, it won’t be too long before a similar offer entices me again 🙂

I am now having to acknowledge, at 28 weeks pregnant, I need maternity pants of some kind. I am basing my outfits predominantly around leggings and opaque tights, and two pairs of J.Crew “Minnie” bi-stretch wool skinny pants that I can wear with their invisible zips partially unzipped (not ideal, but it’s so far worked!). I have been perusing the J.Crew maternity pant range, reading reviews and blogs for fit details. Today, with the extra 40% off incentive, I finally settled on the Maternity Pull-on Toothpick Jean in Black.

I wanted something that runs true to size, that is soft on my belly, that won’t stretch out of shape, that could work in the office at a pinch (with less than 2 months before I’m on leave, I doubt they’d say anything about wearing jeans to the office anyway!) and that is, of course, on sale for a bargain. I won’t be able to tell if these pants fit the first 4 criteria until I receive them, but I can assure you they meet the ‘great value’ requirement! They were reduced from AU$201 to $80.50, so with a further 40% off I only paid $48!!

I may have also slipped the Perfect-fit Scoopneck T-shirt into my bag, nabbing it for only $21.70 instead of $43. I can’t get enough of grey tops at the moment, and this soft cotton one with its flattering sleeve and feminine neckline won me over instantly.

Whilst not as great a deal as 40% off the marked price, you can still nab some incredible bargains at J.Crew with an extra 30% off sale styles with the code GETSHOPPING at checkout. As always, I’d love to hear about your sale purchases but what I’d really like to know is if there is a maternity jean or pant you have worn, loved and would recommend for this uninitiated mum-to-be!


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Monday Morsels, 6 June 2016

Happy WA Day! I hope you are enjoying your long weekend – enjoy the following 🙂

From Elle US: I don’t need much to entice me but here are 66 things to do and see in Paris.

From Mental Floss: Memories of my childhood.

From Science of Us: I love myself a nanna nap – here are some interesting facts and tips about ensuring the perfect nap.

From The Washington Post: The fabulous Robin Givhan poses the question, does (fashion label) Rodarte actually exist?

From Vogue US: I am ALL FOR the anti-Marie Kondo closet clean.

From Blazepress: These colour palettes have been inspired by famous movie scenes.

From Atlas Obscura: Pandas!

From Buzzfeed: Ranking all the Disney male leads by hotness.


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