Paris Day 3 OOTD: Le Breton à le Musée d’Orsay

While the Louvre is definitely a museum not to be missed, le musée d’Orsay is my personal favourite. I love the history of the building, its architectural style, and, above all, it contains some of my most adored pieces of art.

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I put some thought into planning this outfit before I left. Initially, I thought about wearing my Popbasic’s Le Breton with navy trousers. That works well too. But I wanted something a bit more special for this museum and for my first outfit with Le Breton.

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I’ve had this Mango skirt since early 2010 and it’s a constant in my Summer travel suitcase. It’s very light, doesn’t wrinkle easily and works well both day or night.

It’s a very special skirt as my aunt gave it to me for my birthday and first visit to New Zealand. So, it was only fitting that I’d wear my special skirt to see my favourite paintings.

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I have to say it was a bit of an emotional encounter. Honestly, I’d never experienced such a reaction at the sight of a painting.

Maybe it was all those years admiring Monet’s work. Maybe it was the waiting – it’s been about 14 years since I’d last been to Paris and Orsay was closed at the time so I couldn’t visit!

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Whatever it was, it resulted in an unforgettable museum experience.

I’d go back in a heartbeat!

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The outfit: Popbasic’s Le Breton, Mango polka dot foulard, Mango skirt, ShoeDazzle animal print flats, Cuyana Tote (stone).

The makeup: Chanel Vitalumière Aqua foundation (30 Beije), Bourjois little round pot blush (Rose Coup De Foudre, 16), Antipodes Hit Me With Your Best Shot lipstick.

Paris Day 2 OOTD: Louvre

That pyramid, under that blue sky! Such a beautiful example of how to mix different architectural styles, the old and the new, in perfect balance.

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We spent day 2 at le Louvre. No matter how often you’ve been before, this is such an amazing museum that it’s always worth a visit.

I ended up revisiting my favourite galleries instead of new ones. It never fails to impress me what the French brought back from the east!

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I often wear this outfit to museums in the Summer. It’s perfect for wandering along cool, old buildings and galleries but can still take the hot outdoors when it’s time to emerge back to reality. Both the knitted dress and the cardigan are Mango.

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Of course we were exhausted by lunchtime. We took it easy and enjoyed the reclining chairs in the Tuilleries.

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Have you been to le Louvre? What did you enjoy the most? And what’s your favourite museum outfit?

Paris Day 1 OOTD: Sightseeing

We traveled to Europe just a bit over a week ago and, minus the minor jetlag, it has been great to be back.

We spent the first few days in Paris and enjoyed beautiful weather in a beautiful city.

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For day one we decided to take it easy after about 32hrs of traveling across the world.

We walked down LaFayette and hopped on a tour bus by the Opera.

This was the best way to get around town with minimal effort.

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Assiette de fumées et fromages chez Le 38

I planned my outfits before I left and took only what was needed – I like to travel light!

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For day one, I picked something ultra comfortable and fuss-free. This is a tried and tested outfit which I love. Great for mornings that demand little indecision!

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Since I got my Cuyana tote three months ago, I’ve used no other bags. It has proved itself perfect for work days, weekends, and now too for touristing.

The trousers are Zara and I just love the fit. The foulard is Mango and the belt I can’t recall. The sandals are handmade and from my favourite shoe shop in my hometown.

The shirt however, is one I bought earlier in the year but it’s such awful quality that it looks like it’s decades old. It’s one of those “cheaper ain’t better” examples. It’s on its way out…

Do you have one of those in your wardrobe?

Polka Dots

Guess what? Popbasic has just released two polka dot blouses for pre-order! Aren’t they gorgeous? 

Popbasic Polka dots

You can pre-order them separately ($55 each) or as a set ($80). I’d probably go for the white one. I already own something like that but it works so well for me that it’s definitely a pattern I would re-purchase. Which one would you pick?

If you’re planning on picking up one (or both) of these, don’t forget you can get $15 towards your Popbasic purchase here* or clicking the button on the sidebar.  

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{Not} A Glass Slipper Story – OOTD

I read this post by Kristian at Never Fully Dressed (Without a Style), and immediately thought of my very own “perfect item” that immediately turned out to be  a bit of a struggle to remix.

This is one of those items that I’ve had for many, many years. I was 16 when this skirt and I first crossed paths. For the first few years, I couldn’t think of any other combination than to pair it with a black top.

For that reason, and also because there was a while there it just didn’t fit with my Uni student style, I actually didn’t wear it for many Winters. But I couldn’t let go of it either – I loved it and deep down knew it had potential. I just wasn’t able to unlock it back then.

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Over 10 years had passed when, during a very cold and snowy Winter in England, I ventured out into a beautifully sunny and white Brighton day wearing this skirt with my new (at the time) Cath Kidston polka dot blue gumboots.

I put those two together out of necessity – my warmest skirt with the most appropriate footwear – but a light went on. I couldn’t believe I had never tried to pair this skirt with anything other than black! Since then, I’ve paired it with blue, brown, yellow, salmon, forest green…

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My current favourite though, is the combination below which I came up with this Winter. I felt like wearing this skirt one morning but didn’t want to wear it with a turtle neck. I opened my shirt drawer and that stripped one was right there. Ta-Da!

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For work, I often wear a red belt over the cardigan to add a bit of definition. I call it my Winter Nautical look. 

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 And there you have it. A skirt that remained a bit difficult to wear for many years but that I finally uncovered its remixing potential. Considering its great quality, I’m thinking I’ll be remixing it for many Winters to come! 

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Thanks Kristian, for inspiring me to put this post together on my very own [not] a glass slipper. 

If you have such an item, don’t forget to share your story below! I’d love to hear about it. 

Wedding Guest {Trousers}

My cousin M asked me the other day to assist her with an outfit conundrum. She is attending a wedding next month (coincidentally, my sister’s) and would prefer to wear trousers. She wants to go for a feminine look that is formal enough for the occasion but doesn’t make her look like she’s about to attend a business meeting. 

She would also like it to be something she could easily wear in other formal and semi-formal occasions and not an once-off outfit. 

I must say this one really got me thinking. I just always go for dresses or skirts when weddings or such parties are involved, and have never ventured beyond that. Upon a bit of reflection and research, I started seeing some real options in “trouser-land” in the form of jumpsuits (of all things!). 

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Until now, I had thought of jumpsuits as short, cotton, flowery numbers that one could wear to the beach. It appears though that party-ready options are currently widely available. 

For an item that can be both formal and fit different occasions,I’d go for classic colours, light fabrics and one or two unique features to keep things interesting. For the party, I’d suggest a pair of high heels, some nice jewellery and a statement clutch. 

For a work look, a jumpsuit like the ones on the board can simply be paired with a cropped blazer, or something in those lines. I’d also think it would be possible to dress it down for a more relaxed look by pairing it with flats and a leather jacket like this one

How would you wear trousers at a wedding?

Transitional Pieces

Spring is around the corner for us down-under but there’s still a chill in the air. These two pieces are currently in the top of my transitional pieces’ list. I’ve come across the monk shoes through my hubby’s shoe research and have really taken to them. Apparently, they’re somewhere between an oxford and a derby when it comes to formality. Oh, the things that are there to learn about men’s shoes! I had no idea but am glad they’re making those for women too. 

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Don’t get me wrong – just because these are for the transitional seasons, I by no means wish them to be short-lived. By picking pieces that have a certain classical element to them and are of good quality, I make sure they will be wearable in many transitional seasons ahead.

Yeah, when it comes to my wardrobe, I think that far ahead. The thing is, when you shop strategically and about once or twice a year, you find yourself having to do a stock take of your current wardrobe with two or three seasons ahead in mind.

My next opportunity to shop is coming up fast. Knowing that, after my September trip, I probably won’t be going to Europe until next year, is forcing me to consider not just the upcoming Summer but also the Autumn and Winter after that. Will I really need a pair of boots during the kiwi Summer? Not really. But I know I will need a pair in 10 months’ time so now is the time for me to think about it. 

Did you ever think of your wardrobe management in that way? What are your current transitional season crushes?