MY STYLE: LOVIN’ A LITTLE LACE

lovin a little laceThis summer high on my wish list has been white lace. And although I totally swoon at exquisite red carpet handmade lace looks , what I’m loving is something a lot more wearable, by mixing boho inspired lace trimmed pieces with more casual elements of leather, stripes and denim.
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I picked up this Wish Dress for just $50 on sale at Dfusion in Christchuch (worth checking out for their other lace pieces), and although my husband thought it was slightly ‘Little House on the Prairie’, I absolutely love it! By mixing it with black leather accessories it stops it from being more costume than cool.market1market3laceblog5

I’m now lusting after this lace trim blouse from Bohemian Traders (thanks to a reader who told me about this beautiful brand!).get the look, laceI’ve also found some other stunning and wearable lace pieces at Free People and The Iconic (all on sale!), enjoy! xx

GET FIT FASHION (EVEN IF YOU’RE JUST GOING FOR COFFEE)

Without a doubt the most comfortable outfit in my wardrobe is my gym gear – leggings, a tee and trainers. If only I could wear this everyday! I guess if I was a daily gym goer I could, but keeping it real, that’s just not going to happen. Luckily, thanks to the current fit inspired fashion taking over the catwalks and style guides around the globe, you can now sport your leggings daily without worrying about judgemental glares when people see your leggings cruising around like they think they are pants.

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I love this style loop hole, now I can go about my day all casually smug, looking just like a girl who could have just had a damn hard workout, for someone that is equal parts lazy and a procrastinator, faking a gym visit is often as good as it gets. No one needs to know that in reality all the lunging I’ve done was stretching over the tornado of toys my toddler left in the kitchen so I can flick the jug on for a cuppa.

Now although I’m not into following trends for the sake of being trendy, the fact fit fashion is so ‘in’, means that sports brands are really stepping up their game and providing more variety and style within their ranges than ever.

With the likes of Lululemon now gracing our shores and Stella McCartney lending her design prowess to Adidas, it’s easier than ever to look stylish when working up a sweat (or not in my case). For a cheaper option, and my usual go-to, Cotton On Body is definitely worth checking out, in fact I just saw they have 40% off everything online today only (just enter the code PRECHRISTMAS40 at checkout). If quality and support are important to you, I’d advise waiting for the big Boxing Day / New Year sales that Rebel Sport etc have each year.

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Here’s a few styling tips…
* This is not an excuse to wear your baggy-kneed trackies and holy tees people!
* Don’t go too bright with your clothing options, neutral tops and bottoms work best. Save the colour and pattern for your trainers and sports bras. Think of them as your ‘accessories’.
*If you’re not used to wearing this type of clothing, choose a silhouette that mirrors your wardrobe. E.G I usually wear skinny jeans and a tee most days, so leggings and a loose tee/singlet work for me.

FASHION: GET SHORTY

With December just a few days away, it’s well and truly time to start thinking about your summer wardrobe. One trend I’m really loving is print shorts. I found this pair at Moochi recently, the fabric is an abstract animal print in neutral black and grey with a pop of vibrant neon yellow. I’ve worn them several times already (trying to get the cost-per-wear price down!), with a plain tee and converse for a casual look, to heels and a dressier top for a night out. One styling tip I think is very important if you are showing a lot of leg, keep your look balanced by covering up more of your top half, think more tee’s and shirts rather than a strapless or low cut top.

Recently on a date with my husband I wore the shorts with a sheer Shell Tee and Crop Top both from Moochi (it was an expensive day prior to my shopping ban!) and black gladiator sandals from Loeffler Randall.
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A new feature I’m going to showing on the blog is ‘Jane vs Jane’, presenting shopping options from both sides, Sensible Jane will show affordable options and Label Lusting Jane will show the most fabulous she can find regardless of the price tag .

First up Sensible Jane has put together this selection of print shorts from New Zealand chain stores and all but one pair are $50 or under!
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Top Row: Spotted Waffle Shorts, $50 from Glassons | Ikat Double Layer Shorts, $44 from Dotti | Print Shorts, $25 from Jay Jays
Second Row: Wrap Shorts, $44 from Dotti | Lace Trim Shorts, $88 from Witchery | Stripe Shorts, $38 from Glassons
Third Row: Flirty Short, $25 from Cotton On | Spliced Print Shorts, $44 from Just Jeans | Print Shorts, $25 from Jay Jays

Label Lusting Jane is like usual, acting like money ain’t no object and has put together a selection of stunning but pricier shorts from some of the country’s top designers. I’m pretty obsessed with the Juliette Hogan floral pair personally!
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Top Row: Sports Shorts, $240 from Moochi | Bill Culottes, $275 from Twenty Seven Names | Raven Shorts-Secret Garden, $249 from Juliette Hogan
Second Row: Cub Shorts, $250 from Moochi | Feather Silk Shorties, $199 from Superette | Raven Shorts-Jagged Silk, $289 from Juliette Hogan
Third Row: Palm Beach Culottes, $299 from Twenty Seven Names | Camilla & Marc Lorenzo Short, $190 from Sisters & Co | Julian Danger Lucy Shorts, $175 from Sisters & Co

What’s your favourite pair?

MY STYLE: DOUBLE DENIM

Disclosure Statement: I have been a little apprehensive (actually totally chicken) about writing fashion posts featuring myself for obvious reasons 1) I am not a model and 2) I am not a fashion blogger. But then I thought ‘get over yourself!!’, many of my readers can probably relate to 1) not being a model and 2) not being a fashion blogger, so maybe seeing a ‘normal’ woman in ‘normal’ clothes is not a bad thing right?! Currently I can only offer novice smiles, but in time I hope to graduate to advanced model moves like smizing while looking deep into the camera and maybe even looking out of shot with aloof concentration.

Double denim, it’s so wrong, but it feels so right. I actually ‘borrowed’ this denim shirt off my teenage daughter a month ago and it’s been on high rotation every since. The secret to making double denim work is to make sure you wear contrasting coloured denim. I love wearing this light blue denim shirt with either my dark blue, black or white jeans. This weekend I finished the look with my Steve Madden leopard print flats and a little bit of lace courtesy of Cotton On Body.

Double denimanimal7I love the look of touch of lace peaking out from a singlet or shirt, especially when the rest of the look is so casual. Local designers Lonely Hearts have a stunning range of underwear, or for the budget conscious Cotton On Body have just bought out $15 lace triangle bralets that are really pretty. If you are lucky enough to require more support simply wear the triangle bralet over another plain bra you already own in the same colour, the lace trim will still give you the effect you want but you’ll have all the support you need.
animal5animal4A great friend introduced me to this nail colour, OPI Mind Your French Quarter and I just love it! It’s neutral enough to wear with almost anything but still adds a bit of an edge to a look. I bought my Deadly Ponies bag eight years ago and still wear it most days. Yes Deadly Ponies Bags are mostly around the $400-$700 mark, but they really are a fantastic investment. The New Zealand brand have a large range of stunning designs, all beautifully made, and will last long enough to make your purchase a very wise one.

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TRENDING: IS UGLY THE NEW COOL?

What are your first thoughts when you see these….

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The good old Birkenstock, they were awful the first time round when I wore them 20 years ago, but I put it down to one of those dumb adolescent mistakes we all make. Well if you didn’t already know, these are now at the very height of fashion ‘cool’, appearing on the feet of the worlds most fabulous and even the pages of Vogue.

Sorry to any hipster that this offends, but I just can’t get with the Birkenstock craze. To me they should have died back in the 90s along with hair scrunchies and Justin Timberlake with corn rows. It’s like the worlds top fashion editors, bloggers and ‘it girls’ all got together to play a huge joke on the rest of us.

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Will you resist the peer pressure from the cool kids, or be picking up your own pair soon? Now obviously if you love them, go rock your self some Birkenstocks! My point is, if you don’t, then don’t buy into a trend just because it’s the ‘in’ thing. Remember our french lesson earlier in the week – dress to feel good, dress for yourself, no one else.

If you do decide to join the Birkenstock brigade, please for the love of God, at least don’t pair them with socks like Mary Kate and Ashley. They really should have known better.

TRENDING: TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE

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I admit it, I am a little scared of animal print.

I actually bought some really stunning animal print pants from epic local store Sisters & Co last year and have NEVER worn them. Can’t get up the guts. I’m not sure if I’m quite ‘cool’ enough, you know what I mean?! I do love animal print on others though, it’s turning up so much in many fashion blogs I follow.

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So I’m going to take it slowly and just dip my toes in the trendy waters. Look how good Tash Sefton from They All Hate Us looks rocking her leopard flats, I am unashamedly copy catting (leopard cat that is…sorry couldn’t help myself).

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Check out these bad little babies I bought! I LOVE them. I found them at online at The Iconic and at just over $100AUS i can actually be honest with my husband about my latest purchase.

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Are you brave enough to take the plunge and wear animal print on a large scale like a dress or jacket, if so check out some great options at Moochi here. If you’re a little scarred like me and let your accessories do the talking Superette has you covered, or for budget friendly options asos.com has plenty.

(Images from my pinterest page where original sources can be found.)