My first weeks back in London have been super busy , I hardly had time to shift through our holiday photos, which already seems like a distant memory!
Even more reason to take time to look through the pictures and reminisce. One of our most memorable days out was a trip to Manly, a lively beach surburb North of Sydney. Just like Bondi, it’s a popular spot for backpackers, offering lots of cafes, restaurants, shops and bars. Manly has a ferry connection to the city, making it an ideal base for tourists. From the main beach, a stunning beach walk leads you to the sheltered Shelly’s beach. Shelly’s is the first choice for snorkelers, for it’s clear blue waters and surrounding rocks, housing lots of Australia’s sea creatures.
For the overcast but warm and humid day, I wore:
- Gingham Vichy playsuit by Max Mara
- Cashmere pink cardigan from TK Maxx
- Pink / white striped espadrilles from Bally
- Red sunglasses from Versace
- Mini bag from Moschino
On the picturesque beach path from Manly to Shelly beach, you will most likely come across the Australian Water dragon, who is at home here. It looks like a mini-dragon and belongs to the family of lizards. Notices are hung up everywhere around the beach walk reminding visitors that you will be fined with up to 6 months in prison on attempt to “take a dragon”. Thanks for pointing that out, I’m not Daenerys Stormborn from “Game of Thrones”. It’s more likely you find me pinching a kitten than a water dragon!
All cat lovers will enjoy my cat ring from Les Nereides
Manly was named by Capt Arthur Phillip for the indigenous people living there, stating that “their confidence and manly behaviour made me give the name of Manly Cove to this place”.
Blue polka dot blouse from Van Laack, lace style belt with jewel heart from Moschino, white pencil skirt from H&M.
To fit in with our French theme this week, I dressed in the colours of the french flag: Blue, white and red. In the 18th century, French sympathizers with the cause of liberty raised a tri-coloured flag of blue, white and red. These have become the emblematic colours of that century’s two great revolutions: The American war of Independence and the French revolution. While the United States adopted the demonstrative design of stars and stripes, the French, with Cartesian simplicity, opted for three equal vertical panels.
These hues also happen to be the colours of the nautical Breton style! But rather than stripes, today I felt in the mood for a blue polka dot shirt and the ever so slimming pencil skirt in summery broderie anglaise fabric. Completed with navy mini wedge espadrilles from RAS and the little straw bag from Misako.
The blouse (from van Laack) is a bit too big so I casually knotted it and also tried the combination of clenching it in with a belt to give it more shape.
Thanks to Rebel’s suggestion, I bought these red Versace wayfarer sunglasses and I am absolutely in love with them. At first I thought they are too flashy and not my style, but I’m surprised that they fit with lots of outfits. Great accessories can really make or break a look. Read Rebel’s post on red sunglasses here.
White charm bracelet with little knives and spoons from Les Nereides
This morning it occurred to me that I haven’t worn Jeans for weeks! Casual Fridays are the perfect opportunity to wear jeans to work.
My “problem zones” are my bum and wide hips, so I always make sure that the fit of the jeans is not too low (and these days that’s quite a challenge!). Low sitting denims accentuate wide hips and muffin tops whereas in high fitting jeans, everything is nice packed away. Stretch material is a must as it slims the silhouette.
I’m wearing Jeans by Stefanel (by the way, no, I’m not being paid by them, I just love the fit and style of this Italian High Street brand). Boucle Jacket from TK Maxx, wedged espadrilles by Ras.
Like the look? get it!
Espadrille wedges from Ras and Boucle knit jacket by Zara
Jeans with skinny leg from Stefanel
How cool are these patent pastel pink ballet-esque espadrilles from Kurt Geiger? Espadrilles are a classic summer staple that you can wear well into September (weather permitting)! You canget them in many variations: Flat, wedged, open toe, closed, made from patent or suede leather or just fabric.
Wear them with sun dresses, capri trousers, maxi dresses and have fun.
I’m wearing flat sandals with espadrille sole from Tamaris with a little black dress.
Don’t you just love those balmy summer nights when you can sit outside a restaurant in just a dress without a cardi or blazer? My tiered ruffle little black dress from DKNY and a perfect partner for a night like this. I put my hair up in two buns to match the playful ruffles and to avoid a sweaty neck from too much hair on a hot night!
Brown waist belt from Stefanel and sunglasses from Chloe
My beloved flower clutch handbag from Dolce & gabbana – a generous loan from Mummy Romantique!
My all time summer essential: Espadrilles wedges. The cute polka dots go well with the playful theme of the dress.
Wedged espadrilles in flowery pattern, as seen in Louis Vuitton’s spring summer shoe collection 2012 (above), are a must have for this summer. Why?
A. Because espadrilles are a summery classic
B. Because wedges espadrilles are comfy to walk in and lengthen the leg
These are my picks from favourite shoe makers:
Geox is upping their game with innovative and trendy designs as well as collaborations with top shoe designers (such as Patrick Cox). This wedged sandal with woven espadrille trim and floral poppy pattern is too sweet to resist!
Lilac espadrille from Unuetzer
Romantic espadrille in nude from Unisa – I love Unisa shoes for their excellent quality and comfortable fit
Penelope Cruz looking effortlessly chic in an LBD and heeled espadrilles