Styling Tips – Bag Straps

 

 

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So, minor detail I know, but I like to buy bags that I can wear in different ways, and it is because of this peccadillo (amongst others ;O) that I like my Zadig bags!  I go for the models that have a D ring and Dog clip as it makes the handles interchangeable.  I especially love the proliferation of guitar style straps as additional accessories…perfect for the job!  The Boxy bag that I’m wearing above is an old one but Zadig produces one or two versions of the same every year, similar here  I’ve changed the strap over from another bag, similar here (Perfect for now as its snake print!)

 

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In the following pic I’ve swapped the handle again for a guitar strap style, no longer available but some others that would do the job are here and here or a full on designer job here or, love this one ;O here

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I also like to leave an extra strap trailing to rock up the look a bit, but I guess that’s my idiosyncratic style.

 

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So I suppose that the message is to think outside of the box, especially when you’re weary of a particular outfit.  It’s surprising how a little tweak can refresh your look, and with a minor investment you can get a whole lot of extra mileage out of something that seemed a bit tired.

That’s it for now my friends.  Many thanks for stopping by, Hugs, Sarah x

 

Animal Print Goes Wild!

None of us can fail to see that animal and reptile prints are having a MOMENT!!  All the shops and websites are awash with the stuff.  But the new slant seems to be mixing it up.  Here are some tips for pattern making with confidence.

 

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In the first two shots I’m wearing a pair of ancient cheetah print pants which I drag out of the back of my closet every summer as the light weight silk is cool and comfortable to wear.  With the pants I’ve paired a snake print blazer which I had forgotten about…I was just about to hit the buy button when a little voice prompted me to instigate a search.  RESULT this blazer is a gem from my fav Zadig brand that hasn’t had an airing for a year or several.  With a simple plain blouse to break up the pattern the result is pretty eye-catching I think.  Here are a few suggestions of tops and bottoms with which you could create this look.  Top here with skirt here top here and pants here

For a less in your face combination you could try the look below:

 

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Here I’m wearing the same pants with a white blazer, similar here and add a print bag here and here and here or you could push the boat out with this one here

 

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The easy way to integrate a little wild into your look is to just select one showstopper item and keep the rest plain, these are a few of the items that I liked when I browsed the internet for this post:  Blazers here and here and here and here or you could go for a blouse like this one here

 

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Above is a look I put together a few weeks ago using a shirt and bag from the_bias_cutcom and I have to admit I have my eye on these sneaks here My justification being that I haven’t got a zebra in my zoo, er I mean closet ;D

 

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Above I’m wearing top to toe leopard, its a cami and pants not a jumpsuit, the addition of the white blazer serves to tame the look a little!  here  and  here  A few more pieces that you might like are this amazingly gorgeous sweater from Zadig  here and I also like this way cheaper version here Adding a touch of print in the form of a scarf, bag or shoes is another easy way of getting the look.  Click on the link below to see some scarf options.

 

That’s it for now folks, many thanks for dropping by, Hugs Sarah X

 

 

 

Transitional Dressing

 

Now you may have already read the post on the new season’s must haves (If not click on Menu, My Wish List) where I talk about ubiquitous animal print.  Well you either love it or hate it, so if you’re in the later camp there are plenty of other wearable themes that will be populating our high streets for the next few months.

 

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I started to change-up my closet with the addition of a pair of waisted, tailored pants, above.  I bought these on sale, similar here here here and here I won’t be giving up my jeans or my leather pants but I do think that the tailored cropped pant is looking modern again…or perhaps I just stopped wearing as I don’t go into an office on a regular basis 😉  This style of pants suits a belt to maximize your waist, if you’re lucky enough to have one, I’m wearing a plain black one, similar here but clearly there are many cheaper options readily available.

 

For this look I’ve paired the pants with a patterned silk blouse, from Zadig but from eons ago.  This season’s version here  Any kind of blouse will work, but I chose a feminine style to off-set the masculine cut of the pants.  Clearly I’m still in sandals but as soon as the temperatures drop a little I’ll be digging out my boots!

 

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My bag is a classic from Zadig et Voltaire, this time I’ve picked a bigger model, exact here as I needed the space for travel documents etc.  The trend is definately towards bigger bags.  I’ll be topping this look off with a blazer, I like these here and here and here or a biker style leather here  I have these styles already, and I expect that you have too.  My tip for buying leather is to get the best that you can afford.  I soft leather Perfecto will serve you for all your adult life.

 

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For my second look I’ve switched the blouse for a more structured shirt style, this one is old, but the same style in a  similar animal print is available this season here  I’ve used a leopard print to demonstrate that you should not be afraid of mixing grey and black with brown and tan.  In my opinion the mix is effective and breaths understated style.  To emphasise the point I’ve added a tan belt here and here  and I will do the same with boots soon.

 

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My gladiator sandals are my go to footwear for a few more weeks, these ones are from Valentiono, scored in the sale YAY!!!, I like these ones here

The message not to forget is to look at what you have in your closet first and then hit the shops, or the keyboard, with a list of the items that you need to refresh what you already have.

That’s it for now folks, thanks for stopping by.  Hugs, Sarah x

Shopping Tips from a Pro ;)

Here’s how to shop like a pro…

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rockin’ Zadig & Voltaire

For those of you who have been following my blog you will know of my dangerous DNA match with the Parisienne brand Zadig et Voltaire!  Now I’m not wealthy, and I do not buy mountains of clothes every season.  What I do do is buy carefully pieces that will live alongside my existing wardrobe items.  Hence the Zadig addiction.  Why?  Because I love the attention to detail, the quality, and each season key pieces are reworked a little without making older pieces look irrelevant.  The colors are consistant from year to year, and, frankly some of the older pieces that I own look as cool if not cooler than the new.  :O!!!

My photographer friend Iza Jarcyn are both fans of the brand and as such are very welcome in our local downtown concession to play around with the new season stock to feature here and on Instagram.  We do NOT (unfortunatey) have a paid relationship with the brand!

Here I’m showing some of the pieces that I like to transition from summer to fall.  Above I’m wearing a studded, red cashmere sweater here and scull scarf  (perennial must have for me…but clearly I already have it) here

 

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Above I’m in my own pants and tee (both Zadig) the tee is still available here and the pants have been reworked for this season in tiger print ;O here  The bag is an old fav produced every year, but I loved this one with the studded details…no surprises there then 😉 here

 

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Here I’m wearing this season jeans which are the same as I already have, with the tee, ditto!  The patchwork scarf has not yet appeared on line but you may find it in your local store.

 

 

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Unusually for me I picked out a skirt to show you here  It’s beautifully light and airy for now and I’d wear with a shirt or tee.  Come fall I would style it with the sweater here and a leather jacket, and my Joe combat boots here  The bag is a new design here

 

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Loved this Rock clutch in red too ;P  here

 

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Loved the skirt with a jacket too here I have similar in my closet from a couple of years ago YAY!

 

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So in summary…yes these pieces are expensive BUT they do not go out of style.  I buy a couple of key pieces each season and I still wear stuff that is 7 or 8 years old, and I still love it!  Sometimes I stop wearing something because I’ve got bored with it, but not often.  When I do, I sell it to a new good home!  I sell through Vestiaire Collective because it has a good European coverage and my Zadig pieces always sell well. All round result.  Happiness when you wear lovey pieces, and no guilty landfill excesses.

 

Thats it for now folks.  Many thanks for dropping by. Hugs, Sarah x

 

 

On-line Boutique Shopping at the-bias-cut.com

 

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So what do you do when you’re approached by a fashion retailer and asked to model some of their clothing range on your blog (apart from jump up and down of course)? 😀

 

Well actually do some research first!  I have never been prepared to compromise on my style and because of this will not accept relationships with brands that I have no natural affinity for.  the-bias-cut.com, which is solely an on-line retailer, offered some immediate surprises.  Here I have to confess to a passion for shopping in my PJs from the comfort of my sofa…it is all so easy these days providing you use a reliable web-site which offers great service, easy returns and reasonably priced world-wide delivery (a must for me as I’m in Spain for much of the year).

 

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The first thing that you are aware of when you log-on to the-bias-cut is the look and feel of the site.  I would describe it as being like stepping into a chic but quirky boutique instead of into a high street store or a designer emporium.  A great start for me as I like this type of (physical) shopping experience, and have lots of experience of the independant retail sector from both sides of the counter!

 

I liked the selection of under-the-radar labels alongside the more established such as the Danish brand, Baum Und Pferdgarten.  I liked the wide selection of sizes and the ability to search by styles, fabrics, colors, sizes etc. But what I liked most was that all the models are women like you and I.  Real people of all shapes and sizes, ages and color.  Brilliant!  Why don’t more brands wise up to the fact that all women need clothes, not just the young skinny ones :p Der!  But the icing on the cake is that Jacynth, founder and owner of the business the-bias-cut.com runs a campaign ‘Age is Never in Style’…how cool is that?

 

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Anyway, I made my selection of items to model and awaited the arrival of my parcel.  The first outfit that I’ve featured is from a new designer to me, Amsterdam based, Fabienne Chapot.  The choice of leopard print was obv a bit of a no brainer for me ;D.  I thought, rightly, that I could create a chic outfit by pairing the pants (stretch cotton) with matching camisole.  This is the sort of look that I would wear for a relaxed summer wedding or for a formal garden party, or even to the races with a saucy hat!  I added my own linen blazer and gladiator sandals and I’m carrying a trunk bag also from the-bias-cut.

 

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From the accessories label Hollycroft, and crafted from vegan leather, this little clutch was nicely made but, I thought, rather let down by the detachable strap that didn’t live up to the style of the bag, but a very good looker for the price.

 

Of course separates like these give lots of scope for mixing an matching with your existing wardrobe, and for my second look I did just that with the pants.  I paired them with a poet blouse and my usual sneaks.

 

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I love these pants, comfy, perfect length and with pockets!  YES!  This look would take me out for casual lunch or early evening drinks and I have to confess I’m very tempted to make a permanent place in my closet for them ;O

 

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I think they look pretty awesome with my See By Chloe sandals too…

 

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Perfection with my Zadig bag too….Oh dear!

 

That’s all for now folks, many thanks for stopping by, Sarah X

 

 

 

 

Life in a Heat Wave…Phew it’s Hot Here!!

…so what to do when the temperatures soar? Here we head for the nearest pool…

 

 

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I bought this scarf in the early 70s on a market stall in Cambridge in the UK.  I have worn it in multiple way over the year, with and without many clothes.  It has been on every beach holiday ever, and in my opinion is the invaluable item to pack.  Similar ones here and here and in a different color palette here The important quality is to be of light weight cotton.  Above I’ve wrapped the scarf around my head, a look that I used to do a lot in my festival going days!  I’m wearing with cool shirt here and here  and baggy pants here and here I have this style in many different colors!

 

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I bought this bikini from Spanish brand Women’s Secrets, on sale, YAY!  because it is a perfect match for my treasured scarf.  The bikini has the advantage of reversible pants, to a black ikat patern.  AS Iza was taking photos as I changed I was not about to demonstrate this functionality for you ;O

 

 

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A little breeze was much appreciated in the sweltering heat, tho it produced a very bad hair day ;p

 

 

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Above I’m rockin the scarf with shorts, I always buy from H&M a size or too up so that they sit low, here and I’m in my GI cap again, similar here and here The army cap is about the same age as the scarf which must be the ultimate in cost per wear!!!

 

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I’ve doubled up a bead necklace to make an anklet (this one is home made) similar here

Same similar bikinis are here and here

I think that this outfit demonstrates how items can be loved and cherished long term even if they were cheap as chips in the first place!  The secret as always to maximise their impact by experimenting with different ways to wear pieces.

 

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…and finally I get to lie down ;D

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope that I have given you a few ideas for your next foray to the beach.  Bye for now, hugs Sarah X