Scroll down for this weeks picks 21st August 2019
Do you see a picture of an outfit on social media and wonder where they got it? Where did they buy it, how they put it together? In these what’s inspiring Lucy blogs I gather some items currently available on the market that I like and share them with you. I am not paid or sponsored by any of these companies. I’m a consumer and I purchase products I mention.
I’m a working mum of young adult children. I’m not in the fashion industry but I like having my own style, that reflects me and keeping things interesting for me. We all have our own style in clothing. Sometimes it’s good to be brave by having a look in your wardrobe and trying different items you don’t normally wear together. It’s surprising when you do this how many outfits you have. By mixing and matching clothes you can revitalise your wardrobe.
Be a little brave, put yourself out there. Wear colour, be bold. I remember reading many years ago a statement from someone that said, be the person who people want to follow don’t be the follower. This can be applied in so many aspects of our lives. Create your own individuality.
I have been running an Instagram page for a while @surreyhouse where I post images of clothes, homes & hairstyles and much more that catches my eye. On my Instagram page I have posted images of styles all over the world. In this blog I’m going to concentrate on what’s available for current purchase, stuff I like that’s my style. So often I see a lovely item of clothing or outfit and it’s totally out of my price range or there no description of where it’s from. Everyone’s budget is different. If it’s out of your price range then it can sometimes be nice just to admire like it’s a piece of art. . The fabric choice, colour, and design.
I’m not tall, or big breasted, I’m pear shaped, average to thin build and have a 78cm waist. Being shorter where often loose fitting clothes make me look stumpy and even shorter, having the option to wear waisted clothes can be advantageous to give shape. It’s important to know what your assets are how to accentuate them and work with your body type in regard to proportion to help guide your purchases. Be prepared to have clothing adjusted by a professional seamstress to proportion your outfit to suit you. I use Look Smart Alterations or Alter it and some smaller independent tailors. Not only will this allow you more scope of buying off the rack, ready to wear items but will also make the clothes look so much better on you and at the time of buying you can factor alterations into your total cost for the outfit and whether the purchase is going to be worth it for you. No point buying a $50 dress if the altering is $30 if you don’t love the item and believe you will get at least your $80’s of wear out of it.
We’d all love to have the perfect figure but realistically very few women are gifted in such a way. You can’t help genetics and acceptance is key. Once you stop self loathing and accept your height and shape you can start to learn how to choose what clothing works best for you and when buying only purchasing if you know the item can be adjust to proportionately fit you to suit you and pricing feasible. No matter your height, shape or even If you are carrying an extra few kilograms you just can’t seem to get your head around shifting, you can still dress well if you understand proportion, shape, design and colour. I have many friends of all shapes and sizes and some I really admire their dress sense. They look great because they have a natural eye for design and in particular design for their body shape and height, they’ve worked it out by experimenting. We all know when something doesn’t look quite right. I think you can wear most things if the waist and lengths sit in the right place on your body. The rest is confidence to own it and rock it! Over the next few months keep your eye out for my guest segment where I will interview women of different ages, weight and height, where I explore their trends and how I think they get it right! Through this series I will tell you why I like a certain piece of clothing and why I would buy it.
Take a look at my surreyhouse Instagram page and then let’s get started. Tap on this link Instagram.
My Picks this week
This week I’m gaining some inspiration from Kate Middleton. I often look at her in her country estate clothing look, I’m not sure if that’s the right formal description but it’s mine. I think she does this well. She’s tall and thin and boots look super on her. I have admired Kate’s brown leather boots for sometime and it’s reported she’s been rocking hers for 12 years.
These particular two styles I like. Firstly the brown leather Penelope Chilvers Tassel Boot. This boot comes in short and long. The short is for shorter people, like myself and the long taller people. So don’t confuse this with a mid length or long length boot, both are a long boot.
The short length boot is currently on sale at $671AUD rrp $
789.86AUD with an extra 10% off this August at Country Attire however they only have large sizes left!
Secondly is the gumboots as Australians refer to this type of waterproof boot. I think the English call them Wellington’s.
The ‘Gumboots’ or this brand Le Chameau are Women’s Vierzon Jersey Lined Boots retail at £150 , $296 AUD available at Le Chameau
Similar are Hunter Original Refined Women’s Wellies $
191.25AUD ON SALE for $132 AUD in black or blue from Surfdome
Another cheaper alternative below are Bata Gumboots available at Bunnings $22.50AUD
Denim Balmain Jacket Button Distressed denim Jacket $2450AUD available at net-a-porter
A cheaper alternative is the Ellen Denim Blazer $149.94 AUD available at Decjuba
Husk black leather Jean $999AUD
Poppy Smocked Ruffle Top $429AUD by Cynthia Rowley
Gavella Skirt $
179AUD ON SALE $125.30 AUD and top $ 139AUD ON SALE $111.20AUD and upto 25% off sale available at Maurie and Eve
Last Weeks Picks
Stretch Turtle Knit Jumpsuit by Norma Kamili $253AUD, available a Net-A-Porter
Ribbed Cotton Blend Pencil Skirt by Correges $495AUD available at Net-A-Porter.
Some nice cheaper alternatives are the Good Side Skirt in White $65AUD on sale $48.75 AUD from Maurie and Eve
And the Country Road Button Front Skirt $129AUD
And Rib Tube Skirt $119AUD
Hestia Foral Print, Jasmine Yellow – Kasbah Jumpsuit $189.00 from Faithful The Brand
Penny Ruffle Sleeve Dress $713AUD From Cynthia Rowley
The Nomade Knit Top and Pant. $129 each. On sale $103 each plus today (14.8.19) a further 25% off $77.80 each with the Afteryay sale – available from Maurie and Eve.
Lisa Wipfli wears this dress so well from essestudio.com. $480AUD My purchase is on pre order!
My love to dream this week is the Sabotage Harness Dress by Zimmermann $2950AUD
Camilla and Marc do great quality coats. If your budget can stretch that far I highly recommend them. I have invested in a few coats. They are very warm and season after season I get wear out of mine. Lisa Cacoon Coat $1999AUD
This is how I rocked some days last week
Zimmermann cream wide leg pant and coat, country road cream knit top, decjuba long line cardigan , Camilla shoes, Sportsgirl gold coloured loop earrings, Elms and King New York olive shoulder bag .
Decjuba white shirt, Zimmermann wide leg black and white stripe pant, JBrand white jacket and Alias Mae black patent boot.
Country Road long sleeve blue top and skirt, Sportscraft Cotton Jumper, Jo Mercer mid calf tan boot and Kompanero Danielle tan leather bag.
Decjuba white tee and long line wool cardigan and beanie, Aday Throw and Roll leggings, long boot socks purchased in a store in Maling Road Camberwell, and Edward Meller Tan long boot.
Shout out to …. Maurie and Eve for using the betterpackaging.co postage bags
These postage bags can go in your compost bin and be eaten by the worms or I guess dug into the dirt in the garden or big planter pot. Packaging towards zero world waste. I like it.
You are unique and that’s your power….
For all the small breasted girls out there that big breasted girls revel in telling you how little you have, remember whenever you feel negative about having smaller boobs that your friend so kindly just pointed out to you incase you never knew, models do and other smart intelligent kind and incredible people like yourself do. We don’t look at them with distain we look and think they are beautiful people. Who you are makes you most beautiful. Being smart and kind is the height of beautifulness. But that topped with keeping fit and healthy is the package. No one is you, that’s your power!
You are so much more than a set of boobs! Don’t let others affect your day because of a snigger comment made them feel better about themselves. Often those pointing out your small bra cup have bigger circumferences elsewhere you don’t have and in which you are quite happy not to have, and if they lost that extra circumference to the same as yours it would be interesting to see their bra cup size. Just sayin’.
That comment is more about them than you as many unkind remarks are.
Walk with confidence today. Embrace your uniqueness!
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Love Lucy x
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