A great transpersonal piece that you can wear during winter for an extra layer, as well as throughout autumn and spring with the weather doesn't really know if its hot or cold is a leather vest. I wore this one by Veda continuously in New York and London as well as now back in Sydney. Its actually quite beautiful over a simple black singlet dress, or as I'm wearing it now, with some cropped pants and heels.
My favourite part is the textured leather... as well as the long length and the hardware. such a sucker for hardware. This piece has definitely secured its spot into my spring wardrobe!
I got my health kick on today by going on a local bush walk along the water with Zanita, who is currently staying with me. I am a big fan of Aussie sportswear label The Upside, which has quite a minimal aesthetic with a little injection of crazy prints, which obviously I unsubscribe from. This shopping post is inspired by what I wore today, a calming black and white ensemble, with the only colour being the crystal clear water reflecting from my sunglasses.
Harper and Harley, as you know is all about a black, white and grey wardrobe. But this also transcends into lifestyle, interiors and health and fitness. I'll soon be embarking into a new phase of the blog's lifecycle and bringing you more than just fashion. This is just a little taste of whats to come!
This is my idea of the perfect work ensemble. A tailored jacket and pants relaxed with a cotton tee. But one of the most important aspects of prepping your work outfit is making sure you have the right bag!
This 3.1 Phillip Limgrey pashli bag from Monnier Freres is an ideal size for the average working woman. Its the medium size, but they also come in small and large, as well as a backpack. The medium is perfect for a notebook (a little smaller than A4) a spare pair of flats, and your on the go beauty bag to get you touched up before after work drinks.
However, if you're needing to carry your laptop with you then go up a size to the large, and then you'll be able to carry your A4 notebook and maybe a couple of text books as well! Same deal with the backpack, and with the extra comfort factor for your shoulders.
Monnier Freres may just have one of the most well curated selection of designers bags. As someone who wants to update their bag its pretty enticing!
If you're in the market or just interested in a browse, below i've selected a bunch of work bags suitable for a range of needs.
This is the beauty haul I came back with from my recent trip to New York and London. Some of you living overseas might not know this, but makeup in Australia can be heavily marked up due to duties and taxes, so when we get a chance to shop beauty products internationally its as though everything is on sale! Its overwhelmingly fun!
First stop was Sephora in New York where I picked up this brush (similar here) which i'm using for my blush and also bronzer as it has a angled shape perfect for contouring.
I've been seeing this shaped brow pencil online from a few brands (hourglass, Charlotte Tilbury, Tom Ford) so became really curious. I found the Hourglass one in Sephora, and HANDS DOWN can say its the best brow pencil i've ever tried. The shape of the pencil makes it so quick and easy to shape and fill in the brows evenly. And then the other end of it has the bristles so you can brush them into line.
Nars blush in orgasm might be the most well known blush, simply by its name alone, but until now I had never made the purchase. I'm finding a blush more and more crucial in my routine. Must be the fountain of youth slowly weathering away… lol.
I get some seriously dark circles under my eyes when i'm tired and i've tried a few highlighter pens but realised I need something a little heavier to really get the job done. FYI thats the downside to a 24/7 job. I am literally in love with this concealer by Bobbi Brown. On one side it has the creamy concealer and then the other a powder to set it. Its also nice and small so I pop it into my handbag as i can also use it to cover any spots that may pop up during the day as well.
And whats a trip without a lipstick? I don't think you can have too many natural nude lipsticks (that and neutral nail polishes) and found a lovely one by YSL in a colour called Rose.
I thought my beauty spree was all done but then I got to London and saw there is a Charlotte Tilbury beauty counter in Selfridges! I had only been hearing amazing things, especially about the contouring and highlighting palette, so that was a must, but then I also wanted to try one the eye palette - I chose The Sophisticate but I now also have my eye on The Dolce Vita for something a little different. And then as I was clearly on a spending spree I added a lip pencil in a classic shade Pillow Talk which goes perfectly with the nude YSL lipstick
A white button up shirt and leather pants are two wardrobe essentials every woman should own. They are also two pieces that usually take a while to source the perfect style.
Button up shirts all seem the same on the surface but they are also very different. Do you want pockets? two or one? None? What kind of collar are you after? Am I going to button all the way up or only half? Soft cotton or crisp? visible or hidden buttons? Fitted or non fitted? Plain or textured? Am I going to want to tuck it in or leave out?
And leather pants? thats a whole other ball game between simply choosing between pants and leggings…
Dont freak out on me. To help you out i've done some research into what I think the best styles are at the moment. I'm good like that. I've also been up since 3am due to extended jet lag and an overworking brain, so I had some spare time on my hands.
I know what you're thinking, this is hard look to pull off. However there is this amazing thing that flares do, in that they stretch you out and make your legs look at least two sizes smaller and longer than ever before. And quite frankly, if a pair of pants can do this then I'm going to give them a try!
My hot tip is unless you're fully committing to this 70's look, find a top or blazer thats longer lined so it sides lower than the waist of the pants. This will balance out the proportions so your not all legs with a tiny body. Also, the darker the denim the easier and more flattering this will be. For beginnings try a dark indigo, charcoal or black.
Freshly back in Sydney from my New York and London trip and have fallen completely under the weather. Sipping on ginger and lemon tea and making promises to my body that I am going to look after it more. I new this would happen of course. Whenever I'm consistently working without rest my body eventually lets me know its not cool with it! Add in a couple of 24 hr flights and guess what, things start to shutting down pretty quickly!
Putting that aside and focusing on my interesting things, this Isabel Marant wool dress has become a favourite of mine during my travels and attending meetings in London and in the last few weeks of our Australian winter. Its warm enough to keep the core body at the right temp while letting your arms see the light of day. Its also one of the most flattering shapes on me, especially when worn with a belt.