Posts Tagged ‘fashion’

new shoes

Most organising gurus will tell you that you should pack up your clothes at the end of each season and rotate in the new season’s clothes. It makes sense: why have to sort through a whole bunch of items to find something that’s seasonally appropriate, right?

But what happens when (as occurred last week here in Adelaide) our steadily dropping late-Autumn temperatures suddenly shot back up to the low 30s (celcius)? Me, I simply pulled out my summer jammies and whichever t-shirt or summer dress I felt like wearing from the same place in my closet where they can normally be found.

Not a blip on my day. Whereas it would have been an unnecessary hassle if I had to pull out a few summer outfits from storage.

Here are a few reasons why I prefer not to rotate my clothes:

  • Things are always in the same place so you know where you put them and find them.
  • Many clothes are versatile (eg. wear tights under your skirts in cooler weather, wear jeans all year round and layer tank tops and cardigans according to the weather).
  • You don’t have to have a secondary space for storage.
  • You don’t have to dig into your stored items to find clothing for travelling to different climates throughout the year.
  • It saves the time of rotating your clothes four times a year.

Of course, we don’t have very extreme seasons here in Adelaide so that could play a part in why it works for me. And there may be reasons why you swear by rotating your wardrobe.

But I know that for me personally, my own experience goes against most of the advice out there so I wanted to share this reminder that it’s all about creating systems that work for you.

How about you, are you a rotater or a year-rounder when it comes to your wardrobe?


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This post is sponsored by Target.

handbag before

Um, yes, so this attractive display is my seen-better-days handbag and its contents in all their glory.

It was a bit of a lucky dip. You might find ten pens/lipsticks/hairties or you might find none! Plus tissues (used? unused? can’t tell), earrings, loose change, shopping lists on scraps of paper, receipts from a year ago…

Yikes, no wonder I couldn’t find anything in there.

I had been wanting to replace a couple of my existing handbags – including the one above – because they were totally worn out (it doesn’t look that bad in the pic but trust me, it was looking very daggy in the flesh leather vinyl).

handbag organiser

What I didn’t want was for it to end up in the same mess, so I went and picked up a nifty handbag organiser from the storage department at Target. I also picked out this gorgeous red handbag (totally loving their range of women’s accessories that are on sale right now).

It’s a bit hard to see inside the depths of the black organiser, so here’s what’s in there now:

handbag contents

A few changes I made to keep things neat:

  • I switched the loose tissues for a packet (no more scrunched-up questionable looking new tissues).
  • I use a notebook to list errands to run / things to buy and tear out the page when I’m done (paper scraps be gone!).
  • I’ve since started using this so I only need to carry a tiny stash of emergency lady things (can’t believe I’m sharing this on the internet).
  • I’ve been better about taking out receipts (and either discarding them or saving a photo of it to Evernote).

Apart from keeping everything compartmentalised, the other obvious benefit is being able to simply plonk the insert into another handbag. Because I am way too lazy to transfer all of my daily essentials between bags for the sake of fashion.

handbag after

The bag itself is super roomy; I’ve even thrown my camera in there when I didn’t want to take my whole camera bag. Plus I’ve had heaps of compliments on it which is a bonus!

What are your tips for an organised handbag?

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packing by colour

All of the above from ModCloth, except the camera bag by Jo Totes and the brooch from Lark.

I haven’t actually got the suitcase out yet, but I’ve been doing some serious packing on paper for our upcoming trip. I had a few essentials already (jeans, camera bag, scarf, boots and a few tops) but this Australian girl needed to pick up some new woolies to cope with the European winter.

When I went shopping for the new gear, I made sure every piece could be mixed and matched with other items in terms of colour and style. Versatility is important too, such as the long jumper that I can wear over jeans for a day of sightseeing then wear it as a dress over tights to go out to dinner.

The same goes for which existing items in my wardrobe would make the final cut – you can bet I’m taking the teal tutleneck instead of the pink one that wouldn’t have gone with anything.

By doing this I’m able to keep my clothing and accessories to a minimum while we’re travelling. And you know what that means – more room in the case for souvenirs!

What are your tips for packing light?

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I apologise for the title. I really do. Hearing people say ‘totes’ is like nails on a blackboard for me.

In this case, however, I am taking about actual totes.

Camera totes to be precise.

Jo Totes camera bag

(Apologies for the horrid grainy photos – I obviously had to dust off the ol’ point and shoot to take these photos.)

I’m not sure if I’ve even told you this but The Man and I are heading off overseas for five weeks this summer (HOORAY!).

I love travel photography, but I’m a bit of a princess and find all the paraphenalia frankly a bit annoying. I have a second lens but I never use it because I hate lugging it around, so I take the compact camera bag instead of the bigger one with room for the extra lens (then I’ll be taking a snap and go ‘Ugh, I wish I had my telephoto with me’). I also find it inconvenient to carry around a camera bag as well as a backpack or handbag.

Plus – you know me – I’m all about the functional but there’s no reason why it can’t look good too!

Jo Totes camera bag

Enter Jo Totes.

I had been coveting this baby for awhile now so I was very excited to unwrap it on my birthday recently (thanks to my parents and in-laws).

I looove how I can fit my camera and spare lens(es) all safe and sound between the padded dividers and there’s still room for my wallet/sunnies/cardi/whatever. There’s even a secret pocket at the back for my iPad as well as pockets at the front for the usual out-and-about essentials. I also like how it doesn’t scream ‘I AM A TOURIST AND I AM CARRYING LOTS OF VALUABLE EQUIPMENT’.

OK now I just sound like an ad I know, but seriously Betsy is going to be my new best travel buddy. The Man also gave me an iPad camera connector so I will be able to upload photos on the go.

Now I’m all set for blogging anywhere in the world!

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Young Republic

Have you heard of Young Republic? It’s a hot new marketplace for quirky and innovative fashion, jewellery and homewares. There are several sites worldwide and I’m pleased to say that Akimbo has a shopfront on the Australian version. Go on and check it out!

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Atypical Type A - Flowergirl hair clips 1

Check out my latest guest post on Polka Dot Made: flowergirl hair clips.

Read the full post.

In other news, I’m excited to announce that I’m about to launch my first e-book! It’s all about wedding invitations and it will be completely free. Check back in next week for the official launch.

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Shoe with brooch S

My latest DIY project is up at Polka Dot Made. Today I share seven ways to transform a plain pair of heels into special occasion head-turners using inexpensive materials.

Head over there to read the full post.

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