What’s Inspiring Lucy – This Week 9th October 2019

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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.

About Me

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 found me focusing on shoes again, however not dress shoes but casual shoes. Zimmermann have bought out a high top shoe and I’m pretty taken with them.

High Top Sneaker$395AUD I paticularly like the colours and patterns of these high tops

Converse also do a good high top sneaker. These are my picks of their high top selection.

Chuck Taylor All Star Renew Canvas High Top Mesa Rose $100AUD (limited edition )

Chuck Taylor All Star 70 High Top Parchment $120AUD

Chuck Taylor All Star 70 Archival Terry High Pale Putty $130AUD

Converse X JWA Anderson Chuck Taylor All Star 70 Grid High Top White $140AUD

Chuck Taylor All Star Renew Canvas High Top Wheat $100AUD

Chuck Taylor All Star Classic Colour High Top Red $100AUD

Chuck Taylor All Star Glam Dunk High Top White $100AUD


Moving on from shoes, Zimmermann has just dropped its Super Eight 2020 Spring Range and it’s gorgeous. This is some of my picks

Super Eight Linen Skirt $650AUD by Zimmermann

Super Eight Flutter Shirt $950AUD from Zimmermann Eight Flutter Shirt $950AUD by Zimmermann

Super Eight Ribbon Mini $650AUD by Zimmermann

Zinnia Bow Cut Out Short Dress $596AUD by Zimmermann

Super Eight Mini Skirt $595AUD paired with Super Eight L/SKnit $450AUD by Zimmermann

Super Eight Dot Maxi Skirt $895AUD by Zimmermann

It’s spring racing carnival time in Melbourne and the easy go to head piece to wear to the races are headbands this year. Moosegirl have a varied and very affordable range of headband and scarfs. I prefer scarfs as pictured below by Zimmermann

Printed Turban Head Scarf $55AUD by Zimmermann

3cm Shiffon Head Band available from Moosegirl $15.95AUD

Simple Velvet Padded Headband available from Shein $5.95AUD

Velvet Headband available from Moosegirl $15.99AUD

Metal Leaf Headband available from Shein $6.95AUD

Coin DesignHeadband available from  Shein $5.95AUD

Lingerie – Faye Underwire Bra $137AUD and Faye Lace Panty $60AUD from For For Love and Lemons for Victoria Secret.

Demi Bra, Full on Glam ivory $104.25AUD and Thong $68.25AUD available from Gooseberry Intimates

Dresses – Pink Moon Dress by Alice McCall $475AUD

Suit – Waisted Blazer $170.95AUD paired with Tuxedo Jumpsuit $149.95AUD both available from Seed Heritage



 Last Weeks Picks

What do you think, do you like stocking socks. I do. There’s so many ideas of how to wear them. Here is a few below.img_7513


Darner socks has a fantastic selection. The above socks Darner Rose Socks $38USD


Honka Kivet dress $495 AUD by Marimekko

Jumper on the left is the Onnekes Unikko pullover $395AUD and matching scarf (not yet released) from Marimekko


Kapina TShirt $150AUD by Marimekko


Super Eight Blazer by Zimmermann Resort 2020 collection due for release late October. Update: 9.10.19 This has arrived instore. Jacket $1,100AUD and Super Eight Trouser $550AUD


Santorini Relaxed Linen Shorts $69.99AUD (30% off at checkout) by Dazie available from The Iconic


Sage Pocket  Shorts $220AUD on sale $110AUD by SIR available from For Artists Only

Capri Linen Mini Skirt 59.99AUD by Dazie available from The Iconic


Capri Cotton Mini Skirt $59.99AUD by Dazie available from The Iconic

Gabella Skirt $179 AUD ON SALE $125.30 AUD and top $139AUD ON SALE $111.20AUD available at Maurie and Eve.

Update 28.08.2019 I received my Gabella skirt. In the online catalogue picture the pocket stitching around the outside of the front is more accentuated as if the pocket is sewn on the outside. On receiving my skirt it looks more like the pockets are only side pockets. The particular feature that drew me to this skirt was the pocket detail. So I was disappointed because it didn’t appear as the image indicated . I have been offered a refund by the company due to manufacturing fault.

I’m waiting on the pre order matching top – Due for delivery this month 31st October

My love to dream this week is  the Gucci Tweed Dress with Floral Appllique $4700AUD



This is how I rocked some days last week

Country Road Shirt,and wax coated jeans, Tony Bianco Boots, Kompanero tan leather bag. Country Road skirt and cardigan, Witchery hobo bag, Cotton on tee and Jo Mercer flat shoes Saba Trench Coat, Country Road Skirt and Boots, Fable Shirt, Witchery fluffy jumper, Levante Olive tights and Elms and King over shoulder bag

Evi Grintela shirt dress, Korso earrings, Mavi Jean jacket and Seed Heritage sliders

Country Road relaxed cotton pant, Cotton On tee, Antalya Navy Cashmere Jumper from Husk and Edward Meller sneaker

You are unique and that’s your power….

Picture from Faithful The Brand

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!

If you like this post, follow me. I will build on this series regularly updating this post weekly with more inspirations and on my purchases and what I think of the product on arrival.

Love Lucy x


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