Wednesday, August 15, 2012

50 Classics For Your Closet Part 6: Pants

So far, I've looked at footwear, accessories, baubles and tops in Matchbook's list of 50 Classics for your Closet, so now it is time to turn our attention to the bottom half and look at pants. Pants and trousers are probably the one item of clothing I find really difficult to buy off the rack, and most women I know feel the same way. For a classic hourglass gal, if it fits in the hips, then it will gape at the waist; if you are like me, and carry a bit of a tummy, then if it fits at the waist, then the hips will be huge. My one bit of advice, for all pants - get to know a good tailor!!


  1. Jeans
  2. Black cigarette pants
  3. Khaki trousers
  4. Striped pyjamas

Well, you know jeans are a staple of my wardrobe, so I would be a a tad hypocritical if I didn't agree with Matchbook including them as a classic for your closet. I have 3 different styles of jeans; skinny, bootleg and wide-leg/trouser, and love them all. I was definitely a late adopter to the skinny jeans trend, and this was more due to me not being able to find a flattering pair, rather than not liking them. I prefer mine with a slightly higher rise - not high rise, but certainly not the low rise that most skinnies come in - and with a skinny, rather than skintight, leg. Skinnies are not my favourite look, as they can highlight my problem areas, but they are the jean du jour, so I wear them with careful styling.

The bootleg jean, while not "in" fashion, is not "out" of fashion in the way mom jeans are. I find these to be the most flattering cut for most body shapes, but since they are not the current style of jeans, tend to reserve them for casual wear, as they seem to look a bit off to the modern eye.

I wear my wide-leg trouser jeans a lot, almost as much as I wear my skinny jeans. I love the slightly retro look, and with heels, these are an incredibly flattering shape. Beware, though, of wearing these with flats, unless you want to look shorter and dumpier than one of the seven dwarfs!

Black cigarette pants are what made me fall in love with Audrey Hepburn's style, and had me trying to squeeze my hourglass shape into waif-like clothes (unsuccessfully!) for a very long time. These are absolutely a classic, and I've seen them on almost every classic movie star, including curvy ones. But fashions have changed over time, and a cigarette pant that exists in this day and age, tend to suit those with Audrey figures, and not more Rubenesque ones. If you are curvier and still want to wear a pair, then add a pair of heels to visually lengthen your pins!

Is there any pant more associated with the soccer mum than the classic Khaki Pant? The butt of jokes and endless skits on TV and movies, the pleated khaki is often seen as the pant that fashion forgot. But truly, I don't think there is another pant on Earth that can elevate your look from casual to casually elegant. The key is to pick a pair that is cut right for your shape and to pair them with the right tops and accessories. I prefer a wider leg and a waistband that sits just under my natural waist, but slimmer builds may like a lower rise and a slimmer leg. Make sure your top is fitted (no wearing baggy tees, please!) and throw in some accessories to take it up a notch. Look for shoes with a bit of substance; nothing too dainty. I love a colourful wedge, and loafers are a classic pairing.

I find the striped pyjama pant an interesting inclusion on the list of classics. Yes, a white tank and striped PJ pants is a great bedtime look, sexy in its androgyny, but does it really deserve a place in a short list of classics? I'm not convinced. I do own a pair, in whisper soft jersey (much more flattering on fuller figures than cotton), but I can't imagine wearing them any other time other than bedtime or on lazy weekend mornings. And why is a stripe the classic, and not, say, a delicious silk paisley? I'd love your thoughts on this one!

So there you have my thoughts on the four pants that Matchbook consider must-have classics. I'll see you soon for part seven, when I look at my favourite category of clothing, dresses and skirts!

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Back to School Checklist and new Giveaway

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Can you believe it is back to school time already? It feels like we were just starting the summer holidays, and now it is the final countdown to the regular routine of school days (did anyone else start singing The Final Countdown by Europe, or am I showing my age?).  This year marks the first time I have both kids in full-time school. Gone are the annoying half-days (happy face!) but also gone are the weekdays spent with my little ones (sad face!). It also means that I now need to be super-organised - I don't think flying by the seat of my pants is going to cut it any more...

This is my back-to-school checklist, available for you to download and print.

Otherwise, you can access it here.  And now, to my giveaway!  So that Irini can tell her bag apart from everyone else's (since they have a "school" school bag) I made her, Stephen and their cousin a cute little bag tag.
tags on the school and library bag

front of tag

back of tag

I will make a set of two custom bag-tags for two winners. I can make tags for boys or girls, and the giveaway is open internationally. All you need to do is leave a comment with a back-to-school tip or hint. Giveaway ends at midnight on the Sunday 19th August at midnight. Goodluck!!

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

What I Wore Wednesday

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Bear with me this week if things don't look right; my computer has died (exactly one day after the warranty expired, I'm not joking) and I'm trying out blogsy for the first time.
I can't believe how fuzzy this photo is! I looked fine when I took it, or so I thought, but now it is terrible! I really wish you could see it properly so you could see my new purchase from The Pleated Poppy! The scarf really is fantastic even if you can't see it well. You'll just have to take my word for it!

Navy cardigan - Lands End Canvas

Wide leg trouser jeans - Ann Taylor

Gunmetal python heels - Ann Taylor

Ruched stripe scarf - The Pleated Poppy

charm bracelet - Pandora

Beaded necklace - Delicatecreationsbym @ Etsy

Another cold day, that started off pouring with rain and ended with pouring rain, but was quite nice in the middle. I was wearing my favourite boule coat for most of the day, especially when I was down at soccer training. I swear the temperature at the soccer pitch is at least 5 degrees colder than everywhere else!

Teal merino twinset - Sportscraft

Bootleg jeans - Gap

Pewter embellished ballet flats - Witchery

Multicoloured scarf - a present

I try and do "French Friday" whenever I can; it's something I picked up from the French Chic yahoo group a long time ago, and I find it just helps me be extra mindful of my journey towards being a chic mummy. Is there anything more quintessentially French than stripes and pearls? I didn't think so!

Black blazer - Ann Taylor

Navy striped tank - Old Navy

Tuxedo stripe skinny jeans - Gap

Black loafers - Louenhide

Pearl necklace - J Crew

Assorted bracelets - Pandora and Ann Taylor

Red lipstick - Besame

Today was a really funny day; at some points I was absolutely freezing, and at others, I was sweating even without the coat. I love this outfit with it's varying shades of brown, plus, I've always liked navy and brown together.

Camel leather coat - Talbots

Navy print jersey dress - Leona by Leona Edmiston

Gold key necklace - House of Harlow

Lace trimmed boot socks - CatherineColeStudio @ Etsy

Brown buckled boots - Dr Martens

I started the week with a fuzzy photo and it seems I'm ending the week with one as well :(. This outfit is more like my old style than my current slightly retro-tinged style, but I still like it!

Black burnout vest - nic

Grey long sleeve tee - Flower Clothing

Tuxedo stripe skinny jeans - Ann Taylor

Black loafers - Louenhide

Horn cuff - Mai Tai Collection

Silver beaded necklace - local boutique


See you all next week!!

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Tuna, Zucchini and Tomato Spaghetti

This Tuna, Zucchini and Tomato Spaghetti is another dish that is made up of mostly pantry ingredients, and is so simple to put together, that even on those nights that takeaway seems like a quick option, this will be just as quick, and almost as easy!

If your kids don't eat fish, get them to try this spaghetti, making sure to flake the tuna into very small pieces, since it almost will "disappear" into the spaghetti. 
Tuna, Zucchini and Tomato Spaghetti

300g spaghetti
Olive oil
1 zucchini, julienned
1 clove garlic, crushed
500g tinned tuna (3 medium tins), drained
6 small (or 4 large) roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
Shaved Parmesan and basil to garnish

  1. Cook spaghetti in salted boiling water until cooked. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup cooking water.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large frypan, saute zucchini and garlic over medium heat for about 2 minutes until garlic is fragrant and zucchini is cooked.
  3. Toss through tuna and tomatoes, until warmed through.
  4. Add drained pasta to tuna mixture, together with the reserved cooking water, a good slurp of olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Garnish with shaved Parmesan and basil, then serve immediately.
Serves 4

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

What I Wore Wednesday

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Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy started What I Wore Wednesday as a "home for those of us who need a little motivation to get dressed each day, and also a great place to get inspiration for real outfits for real people" and have found both her pics, and those of the other ladies, a great way of keeping my own dress standards up. It is so easy to slip into wearing a tee with a pair of yoga pants every day (or worse, staying in PJs all day!), but I truly believe that our husbands, our kids and most importantly, ourselves, deserve better than that. I'm not saying we should be swanning around in cocktail dresses all day long - far from it - and if you are a regular reader, you will know I am in jeans most days. Instead, it is about taking a tiny bit of effort, and perhaps some wardrobe planning, so that we can look put together, and maybe even stylish, as we go about our days. 

If you link up to Lindsey's site, let me know in these comments, because I would love to check out your What I Wore Wednesdays!

The cold, cold weather (by sunny Perth standards, anyway!) had finally kicked in here in Perth, after a relatively mild (temperature-wise) autumn and early winter. It is still very dry, so we have been blessed with beautiful clear and sunny skies AND the cold that I love. Weather like this brings out the best in me, and I felt like being a little bit glam today!

Fuchsia merino twinset - Sportscraft
Wide leg trouser jeans - Ann Taylor
Gunmetal python heels - Ann Taylor
Rabbit fur scarf - S2
Pink angora arm warmers - MoonHalo @ Etsy
Beaded necklace - Delicatecreationsbym @ Etsy

There was not much on today - the usual school run, and Stephen's soccer training in the afternoon.

Patterned silk blouse - Ann Taylor
Black long sleeved tee - Flower Clothing
Bootleg jeans - Gap
Black loafers - Louenhide
Gold link necklace - Dyberg/Kern

I spent today at the hospital and surrounds waiting with Mum for Dad to come out of his surgery, so I was really more focused on comfort, but I still wanted to look put together. I really think that despite our best intentions to not judge people on appearances, most people can't help but do exactly that, so if you look presentable, chances are you will be dealt with in a better way than if you weren't.

Red jersey cardigan - Coldwater Creek
Navy tank - Ann Taylor
Bootleg jeans - Gap
Black sneakers - Converse
Beaded necklace - Delicatecreationsbym @ Etsy
Horn cuff - MaiTai Collection

Not much happening today - a quick check in with Dad at the hospital, and a casual (and delicious!) Italian lunch down at Freo Harbour. This is one of those outfits that I know doesn't suit me that much, but every now and then, I say "stuff it - I'm wearing it anyway"!

Paisley shirt - Lands End
Bootleg jeans - Gap
Black loafers - Louenhide
Beaded necklace - Delicatecreationsbym @ Etsy

 Today is meant to be the last day of sunny weather before a week of heavy rain, so I decided to wear my suede boots while I was still able to.  Otherwise, another run-of-the-mill day - the school run, and then ballet after school for Irini.

Navy, white and black jersey dress - Basque by Myer
Black suede boots - Talbots
Horn cuff - MaiTai Collection

And then the heavens opened... it is bucketing down, and had been all day long, and I think my favourite accessory today was my umbrella!

Patterned jersey dress - Leona by Leona Edmiston
Black leggings - Isabella Oliver
Brown buckled boots - Dr Martens

See you all next week!!

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