My style basics are often black in the winter, worn with grey and a pop of red…
As the weather changes I tend to change my basic black for white, see below…
A long white shirt will be perfect for the beach later in the year, but for now is perfect layered over a tee instead of a jacket, similar here
The jeans are from last summer, similar here and I’ll be digging out my white boots, exact here and also wearing my cowprint boots from Mango here for moooching about ;O terrible!!!
This white blazer was one of my best ever buys for cost per wear and i’m sure you’ll be seeing it again this Spring, similar here and a striped tee is a perenniel all year favorite item in my closet, this one is my new fav
The sneakers are from my fav Zadig & Voltaire here and OMG its on sale!! Get it before it goes 😉
On my wish list to update my looks as we move nearer to spring are these bags, both from Zadig and I can’t decide between them…what do you think? A white studded number here or a cute silver one here I can justify the expense because I’ve cleaned out my closet and sold lots of my unworn stuff on Vestiaire Collective. This makes me happy because someone else will love my stuff and I will not feel guilty of neglect, win, win!
Thats it for now folks, more on my new wardrobe tweeks as the seasons change. Meanwhile you can keep up with me over on Instagram. Thanks for dropping by, Sarah xoxo
On a blustery day, aka baaad hair day, in late January, doing a little shopping…aka market research ;0
Here I’ve swapped my animal of choice to Zebra to fit into my B&W theme. This coat is more of a jacket length on me, and reminds me of one of those 50s Teddy Boy jackets. From Mango, it’s now on sale, here rude not to buy it! I’m wearing with old faithful Zadig & Voltaire white jeans, similar here, and modern cowgal boots, similar here and I looove these ones here
The tee shirt is from IKKS, another Parisienne brand that I’ve bought the odd piece from in the past. This season I invested in two tees featuring Blondie. The band was one of my all time favs back in the 80s, a female lead singer anyone…YAY!!! The tee is sold out everywhere, sorry!
I’ve broken up the white expanse with a black belt, similar here or you could try one in Zebra print, I loooove this one, on sale too :O. My bag is the iconic Rocky bag from Zadig, sadly not on sale, but a classic, avaiable here
My dog tags were made for me by the lovely Emily, who trades on Etsy as dressed2theninesdesigns, link here
This over long shirt is no longer available but the effect could easily be a chieved by part tucking a shirtdress over a tee, here or here
That’s it for now folks, and a big thank you to you for your patience while I’ve been unavoidably distracted. Good to be back! Bye for now, Sarah aka Badassbabyboomer xoxo
So how do you spin your style so that it looks and feels new and interesting without spending a fortune on new stuff…
So after a long absense, for which I apologise, here are a few recent Instagram looks which feature different ways of carrying your handbag or, for my American friends, your purse. It seems a simple enough equation, you need stuff so you carry a bag, right! But listen up folks ;O
One of the simplest styling strategies is to experiment with how to wear a bag. If you always wear or carry your bag in the same way you are missing opportunities to add flexibility and drama to your look, and all without buying anything new at all!
The bag I’m using in all the outfit photos is my current favorite from a favorite brand, Zadig & Voltaire hehre But there are lots of other brands which have the flexibility of long straps for cross-body wear and shorter for on the shoulder.
Clearly you can remove the straps when you are carrying a bag in this way, however I prefer the effect that the dangling straps give.
Followers will have gathered by now that my personal style falls into the rock chic or edgy spectrum of fashion, though if you take a closer look most of my key pieces are really classic, and it’s only through the styling details that they become avant garde.
In my blog I try to give easy tips on how to personalise your look and how to get more bang for your bucks. I’m not about buying lots of cheap stuff and throwing it away. My philosophy is to buy good pieces and make the most of them, with a little creativity a little goes a long way.
That’s it for now folks but I’ll be back with more tips and tricks soon. Thanks for dropping by. Sarah X
Above is an out-take photo from my last post from Zadig & Voltaire, Marbella. I’m featuring this photo as an example of how I go about shopping for the perfect look. I have developed a simple process over the years and it revolves around 3 main premises.
Know your style and lifestyle
Don’t think season, think versatility
Buy to add a little flair to what you already own
To elaborate slightly…I know that I will always wear jeans and tops (sweaters, tees, shirts, blouses). This sweater is perfect for me…but hold on a minute…thinks ;O…I have it already! In fact I have a black and white stripe tee, a red and black ditto, a red and black cashmere sweater exactly like this one and a grey and black oversize number therefore I defo do not need the top BUT doesn’t it look pretty cool with the skirt? But will I wear the skirt…the panel is still out on that one ;p, but I think probably yes. Why? Because the skirt is light weight and will cross season from the heat of now to winter chill when I will wear with black tights or leggings and boots a sweater and a leather biker jacket. to replicate this look: sweater here Skirt here
Back to the aforementioned jeans. I’m having a bit of a love affair with a newish Parisienne brand called Hironae. It’s not widely available yet, but that’s what I like, Zadig was small when I first started buying their stuff. Anyway jeans…you may have noticed by now that I love a pair of jeans with a zip on the hip. Well I’ve been stalking a pair from Hironae (Hironaeparis.com and stylebop.com to check them out) and managed to score it on sale :D…too hot to show you yet but I’ll be wearing as soon as the weather cools down a bit. That’s a top tip!
I often buy classic styles (yep classics, don’t be fooled by my rocker chick look, that comes with the accessories, and the attitude! My style pics are actually very classic). Buy at the end of a season and you can pick up say a silk blouse, a pair of ankle boots, or a coat at a fraction of the price. I just scored a butter soft leather jacket from another nascent brand that I love for 175Euro and the same jacket is for sale this season for 595Euro…RESULT!!! The brand is a Skandi company called Raiine, love their stuff.
I’ve also managed a white silk blouse, similar but printed here and ankle boots, same but new season price here from Anine Bing, another label love, at a fraction of the price.
So there you have it my friends, a few priceless tips from an expert 😉 Thanks for stopping by, BIG hug, Sarah X