How gorgeous are these kraft paper round stickers? I originally purchased them to seal my wedding invitations but given we had a small guest list, I had quite a lot left over. I’ve taken to using them for all sorts of things around the house – they proved to be particularly handy when I re-organised my pantry over the weekend! Together with a fine-tipped Sharpie and a few empty Moccona jars, and I was in business.
Today I’m off to see a movie and then to a dinner date with my girlfriends, wearing my favourite Diptyque scent and whispering sweet nothings underneath a cashmere sweater with this soft, lace bralette from Cotton On Body.
Lover ‘Kenobi’ wool cape coat, Popbasic striped shirt & leather clutch, J Brand black lambskin leather jeans, Alexander Wang oxfords, H&M wool fedora.
This post marks the penultimate post of my Popbasic series featuring the Le Breton striped shirt.
One of my very favourite ways to wear stripes is to layer it underneath anything and everything – sleeveless jumpsuits, playsuits with a sweetheart neckline (channelling my inner Teen Vogue here) or letting the sleeves peek out from underneath my favourite wool cape and pairing it with a pebbled tan leather clutch that has quickly become a wardrobe staple.
What’s not to love about warm, winter layers and a no-thought required outfit?
If you’re new to my blog, you can still view part 1 and 2 of my Popbasic Salut series. The Salut collection has sold like hotcakes, I hear, but keep an eye out for the next limited edition micro collection on Facebook so as not to miss out – I know I will be!
So, it’s been a while.
With my Europe holiday in precisely 67 days (thank you, tripit!) and my credit card in no position to pay itself off, I thought now would be a good time as any to get a little more serious about a spending ban and a winter wardrobe challenge to help me with packing for Europe.
Three weeks in, and all’s going pretty well, but I’m sorry that it has taken me all month to document it! I don’t know about the rest of you but July has been a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it kind of month for me. Apparently so much time has elapsed but the unseasonal Perth weather is fast convincing me that we’re still in the throes of a chilly autumn.
Adapting to the thirty x thirty challenge whilst it’s so cold out has definitely worked in my favour. I’ve always loved dressing for winter (coats! ankle boots! beanies!) but this year has seen me dress me much more casually and negligently, recycling outfits and rotating through the same sweaters, the same coats, the same shoes and the same striped shirt. And not giving it a moments’ hesitation, either.
I do think this is the single most biggest reason why I have been able to keep up with this challenge for the past 20-odd days. I’m happy this winter to layer a cashmere sweater over a couple of thermals, pair them with my Isabel Marant sneakers, a scarf, and call it an outfit.
I’ve also chosen my 30 items much more wisely this time around. My ‘edit’ comprises separates (bar one dress) and almost everything I’ve picked can be worn to work as well as on the weekend. Granted, I’m dressing quite casually to work this month, but I’m finding the mornings way too brisk to wear anything but black ankle boots, warm socks and ponte pants! Comfort clothes 🙂
So, here is my list:
Bassike cream/licorice striped jersey dress
Once upon a time, dresses were all I wore. I became adept at dressing them down, to even go grocery shopping in. My wardrobe’s starting to catch up with my lifestyle now, though, and I’m finding that I wear dresses only once in a while. For the purposes of this challenge, too, it makes more sense to incorporate mostly separates into my edit – which is also something to think about when packing for a month-long holiday! The one dress I did choose for my challenge was a comfortable and practical striped jersey dress by Bassike. Seemed like the most sensible choice with its longer hem and long sleeves.
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Bassike striped long-sleeved shirt
Everlane silk white buttoned shirt
Everlane silk black buttoned shirt
Zara chambray two-tone shirt
Country Road grey intarsia spot sweater
Country Road black intarsia spot sweater
Witchery black scoop hem cable knit sweater
Hope nearly white button back sweater
Theyskens’ Theory white Belcor top
I opted for a mix of everything but in muted, neutral tones. Though the sun has been shining most days this month, it’s still very much sweater weather, so half my options are cosy knits that are just so easy to wear. Notably, my Hope button-back sweater has been my most versatile item yet; I wear it as a sweater and also as a cardigan, simply by wearing it backwards, unbuttoned. This one’s definitely going into the suitcase.
That being, there have been certain items that I haven’t worn much at all (Theyskens’ Belcor top – so voluminous that it’s hard to wear a jacket or coat over it, and it’s also short; Phillip Lim leopard sweat – mostly because it doesn’t reach my hips; and, surprisingly, my Everlane silk shirts – much better suited to transeasonal weather as they’re so thin, I think).
I’ve been getting extraordinarily much wear out of my Country Road spot sweaters (especially at work, when paired with my cigarette pants or silk tulip skirts), the white Hope sweater (great for lazy weekends) as well as my Bassike striped top, because of its long sleeves and looser fit through the body, which means I can layer a couple of thermals underneath.
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Forever New Erin black cigarette trousers
Isabel Marant Tundra black silk skirt
Country Road white 7/8 jeans
Witchery black ponte pants
J Brand black lambskin leather jeans
One skirt and the rest trousers, attributed to this time of year. There are a few items here that I wouldn’t wear to the office – white 7/8 jeans, Bassike grey trackpants, the J Brand leather jeans… but the rest of it has proven to be versatile for every occasion. What I’ve been wearing the most? Black cigarette pants, the black ponte pants (I wanted to banish these from my wardrobe at one point, but I can’t deny how practical they are in winter) and my J Brand leather jeans.
I’m finding my Country Road white ankle-grazing jeans aren’t keeping me warm at all during the evenings as they’re made of a thin, cotton twill/denim fabric. I was thinking about packing them for Europe but I’m not so sure any more.
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Dress Up navy trench coat
Witchery leopard trench coat
Witchery sequinned military cropped jacket
Witchery black high collar tux jacket
I chose more coats than probably necessary for this unseasonal winter we’ve been experiencing, though there are a couple of lightweight ones in the mix for those in-between days. I picked out a variety of styles and prints to cover all bases – classic trench coats and tuxedo jackets, and a cropped black military-esque blazer with sequinned epaulettes for the bowerbird in me. So far, the Dress Up navy trench and the Zara short military coat (also navy) has seen the most wear.
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I decided to not include handbags as part of my 30 items this time around – I rarely use more than two bags during any given month so I felt including any would be pointless. As for shoes, I picked out almost double what I had originally intended! I’ve been wearing my Pigalles the least (they’re typically a ‘sometimes’ shoe for work and my social life is non-existent at the moment) whilst my Alexander Wang oxfords and Isabel Marant sneakers have seen the most day light. They’re comfortable and keep me warm on cold mornings and evenings.
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In summary, with a week left of the challenge, I’ve surprised myself at how easily I’ve adapted to the slim pickings I’ve chosen for the month. After giving up on the challenge after a mere week last time, it amazes me how much of a different mindset I’ve found myself in and how this has really influenced my style and outlook on consumerism.
There are, of course, shortcomings to ‘challenges’ like these – or even as a lifestyle shift. I have been forced to think about things like washing my clothes more often, wearing my items out quicker than usual (the thought of replacing them once they’ve worn out is actually not something I have time or probably money to keep doing!).
As for my spending ban, I have been able to resist those impulsive, weekly purchases I’d typically make this month, only caving into a pair of J Brand leather jeans with funds from the sale of my Witchery leather leggings earlier this month. There’s nothing like planning my itinerary for Paris to keep my spending habits in check!
1. An edible bouquet of rosemary from my garden
2. In a sea of my favourite blues and whites – easy weekend dressing
3. Rising early on a chilly Sunday morning for a short walk to my local coffee place in my new scarf.
4. Taking the opportunity to break in my buttery soft J Brand leather jeans to a Sunday afternoon coffee date with my best friend.
5 & 7. Cleaning out the wax of my used Glasshouse candle jars and finding a multitude of uses for them! The bigger one is currently housing all my little Aesop samples.
6. My favourite way to whittle away a Saturday afternoon. I’ll be adding the adorable Ootong & Lincoln (and lovely pockets of Fremantle I discovered on the weekend) to my Perth travel guide!
I’ve been pottering around the house today, decluttering, doing a bit of sewing, and finding a sun-drenched corner of my courtyard to unwind for the rest of the afternoon.
I also found some time to make a delicious coconut & chia seed pudding using a few things from the pantry and a fresh punnet of strawberries I picked up from the grocer yesterday.
It’s so simple to make – all you need is a few hours to wait for it to set in the fridge. The recipe is slightly adapted from one of my favourite food blogs, Petite Kitchen.
coconut & chia seed pudding
1 can of coconut milk or cream
1/2 cup desiccated or shredded coconut
4 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp honey
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract or essence
A handful of strawberries or fruit of your choice (bananas are great!)
In a glass bowl or large jar, add all of the ingredients. Mix well, place in the fridge then leave to soak overnight or for at least 2 hours (I popped mine in the fridge for about 3 hours). Serve with fruit and a sprinkle of cinnamon and/or desiccated coconut.
This pudding’s dairy-free and gluten-free and is perfect for breakfast or as a dessert! The recipe above will make about 3 generous sized serves. Enjoy!
It’s been a few weeks and I’ve had some time to come up with my work ‘uniforms’. I work in a corporate/casual environment and because I rarely see clients or very important people, this allows me a bit of freedom to wear what I want, within reason.
My personal corporate style generally revolves around soft tailoring, which I find works best in my workplace. I shy away from suits and stiff shirts; instead I reach for fluid silk shirts tucked into ankle grazing trousers.
I wear pants on 4 out of 5 days, on average, and I find that these styles have become my staples for work:
Black silk trackpant-style pants, which are great for days when I’m wanting to wear something comfortable or relaxed (particularly on Fridays!). My ‘lazy’ work outfit consists of these pants, with a loose-fitting white t-shirt (always tucked, though) and a lightweight blazer in a light tan/fawn hue.
Printed pants, particularly in a tapered silk or ankle-grazing style. I always pair them with a tailored black blazer so that the outfit is office-appropriate. I also love mixing prints – albeit conservatively – and find that a breton knit or top pairs with prints perfectly.
Cigarette black pants, a true classic in my humble opinion! There is nothing that this style doesn’t coordinate with. I’ll sometimes cuff them to above the ankle and slip on a pair of ankle boots, like my Susannas or Pistols.
Coloured pants, with burgundy being my favourite. Because sometimes black can get a little predictable.
The above work wardrobe staples provide me with four ‘uniforms’ that give me enough variety to get me through the working week. On other days, I’ll probably wear a skirt or a dress (or if it’s Casual Friday, I’ll choose an outfit from my regular wardrobe).
I have separated my work wardrobe from the rest, which has helped immensely with choosing an outfit in the morning and, strangely, with achieving a work/life balance. My husband recently pointed out that one of the great things about adopting a work ‘uniform’ is being able to ‘switch off’ from work once I come home and change or when the weekend rolls around again, because I’m not wearing my work clothes on the weekend and vice versa.
I won’t lie; I have dipped into my play wardrobe on a couple of occasions when I’m getting dressed for work, which leaves me feeling majorly guilty. However, I’m surprised that it hasn’t taken as much discipline as I thought it would to stick to the slim pickings in my work wardrobe. I’m getting dressed in half the time, leaving me with enough time to grab that coffee before I head into the office.
1. Rolling up the cuffs of a silk white shirt
3. Tucking my hair into my scarf/coat.
4. WHITE. I only wish this magazine was at my fingertips when I was planning my own wedding.
5. Simple breakfasts at home.
6. Buttoning my crisp, lived-in shirts all the way to the top.
7. Borrowing from my husband’s wardrobe, or at least looking like I’ve done so. It’s so much more comfortable, too.
8. Oxfords in the least feminine way possible. The sharper the toe, the better!
Dress Up trench coat, Konrath von Reumont t-shirt, Forever New cigarette pants, Alexander Wang leather oxfords, Chanel purse.
This is the trench coat to end all trench coats, as far as my wardrobe’s concerned. Twill never seemed to work for me so in favour of iconic Burberry, I decided this velvety soft trench of a thing by Stephanie Downey’s Melbourne label Dress Up, would perfectly suffice to see me through the next few winters.
In other news, I’m week one into a new 30 x 30 wardrobe challenge (so far, so good – but more on this soon!) and tonight I also listed a few more things on eBay!
I’m a born and bred Perth girl, which means I waver between having this insatiable curiosity to uncover Perth’s best kept secrets; or simply spending my weekends learning to appreciate the simple things in life.
To many, Perth is sleepy and plain-Jane. To me, Perth is home and much like a very comfortable pair of slippers that you wear whilst enjoying some solitude on the couch with a mug of tea.
The list below is, by no means, a comprehensive guide (nor is it typically tourist-esque!) however it should definitely point you in the right direction. I have listed some of the things I like to do on the weekends as well as my go-to places to eat and drink. My recommendations are still a work in progress so I’ll be adding more to this list as time wears on.
Eat (in no particular order)
A slice of the lemon meringue pie at Jamie’s Italian.
The fried chicken at Miss Kitty’s Saloon.
Lamb & hommus burger and sweets at No 4 Blake Street. Also try the dinner degustation menu!
Breakfast at Cantina (I love their scrambled eggs). Be sure to return for dinner as their gnocchi is incredible.
Authentic Indonesian at Sparrow (I always order the beef rendang and gado gado).
Honest, Italian fare at L’Enoteca that is extremely reasonably priced. My favourite Italian restaurant in Perth.
The best buckwheat pancakes going around at Il Lido in Cottesloe.
The sticky black rice pudding with caramelised coconut & banana and the Campos coffee at Bib & Tucker.
The ‘manwich’ at Mrs S.
The red velvet cupcakes in Perth at Sherbet Bakeshop.
Nao to satisfy those ramen cravings in the middle of winter (be prepared to queue up though).
Adorable rosebud ice cream and French crepes at Marie Antoinette.
Rockpool, Jackson’s and Nobu for something a little bit fancy.
The Mussels Marinière at Bistro Guillaume.
The corn fritters (and the view) at Toast.
Pad thai and red duck curry at S&T Thai Gourmet.
Run Amuk for the best hotdogs in Perth.
Blissing out on a Sunday afternoon in the courtyard at Moore & Moore with a pot of tea.
Breakfast for one at Little Willy’s
Ace Pizza is also a must-try (lincoln lady, baby blue eyes and ms loren are my favourites).
A friend also recommends Solo Pizza in South Perth.
The Imp for some late-night sticky date pudding (the tea cosies are enough reason to visit).
The almond croissants at La Galette de France.
A picnic lunch from Smoults Continental Deli in Maylands.
The Apple Bar Daily & Eating House (amazing food – kind of like Gingerboy).
Arguably the best dim sum in Perth at Imperial Court in Como.
Tuckshop is unbelievably popular which you might want to try but I’m not a huge fan personally. Coffee is pretty decent, though.
Toastface Grillah – can’t get any more Melbournian than this.
Raw Pizza at The Raw Kitchen Cafe in Fremantle. One of my very favourites! You might want to leave the boy at home though.
The best Japanese in Perth at Kanta. There, I said it.
And Gogos Madras House in Mt Lawley for the best Indian.
Authentic Malaysian food at Tak Chee House.
Jaffle sandwiches at Love Thy Neighbour.
Tapas at Duende (save room for dessert).
Alfred’s Kitchen and Novembar’s for some of the best burgers in Perth.
Downey Cafe in Mt Lawley is also a favourite of mine for burgers (I usually come here to support the locals rather than head to Grill’d around the corner).
The apple strudel at Corica – an oldie but a goodie.
The muffin-tin house-made pies at Ootong & Lincoln. The interior is so lovely but I really recommend sitting out on the sun-drenched ‘porch’ (try the striped deckchair!) as the sun sets on a weekend.
I’ve had my fair share of fish and chips in my time but my favourite would have to be Nedlands Fish Tales.
Coffee (not many as I’m stupidly fussy about my coffee)
Milkd (I’m here almost every day!)
Mary Street Bakery
Hobart St Deli
Louis Baxter & Bib and Tucker (the only two places you’ll find Campos coffee here in Perth).
Studio Bomba – equal parts cafe/art studio.
Saturday mornings at Mondo Butcher and/or Elmar’s on Beaufort St.
If you have a car and have time to do a short road trip, I would highly recommend spending a week or so in Margaret River and WA’s Augusta region (also known as ‘down south’ or the South-West). I have never felt so relaxed whenever I head down south. Winter there is just as beautiful as summer, in my opinion.
Spend a day at Rottnest Island and hire a bicycle which you can ride around the island on. Pack your bathers, slap on the sunscreen and you’re sorted. The first boat arrives 9-10am and the last boat leaves 6pm. If you want to stay the weekend, keep in mind that accommodation is scarce and in high demand at Rottnest so plan ahead.
A visit to Perth isn’t complete without a dip at the beach – I personally love Port Beach, City Beach, Leighton Beach and Mullaloo Beach. Cottesloe Beach is also worth a visit however it can get really crowded during the summer months. South Beach is also lovely – a wonderful vast green lawn with a beachside cafe with views to the Indian Ocean.
I contend that the best picnic spot in Perth is Lowvers Lane in Peppermint Grove or Hyde Park, North Perth/Highgate. Do both, if you can! Bardon Park in Maylands is also really lovely.
Browse some really cool artwork at PICA – my favourite contemporary art gallery, and it also has free entry Tues-Sun!
Looking for a scenic route when walking or running? Head to Lake Monger, Mt Pleasant esplanade or Riverside Drive from the Causeway to UWA. I also love Hyde Park, especially at sunrise.
Explore the grounds of Fremantle Arts Centre – it’s perfect for a picnic on a sunny day.
If you have a few days or a week up your sleeve, take the obligatory roadtrip ‘down south’ to Margaret River, Yallingup, Dunsborough or Denmark. If you’re lucky to have some more time spare, continue all the way to Esperance – it’s a long drive but well worth it.
King Street, Perth
Beaufort St, Mt Lawley
Oxford St, Leederville
Napoleon St, Cottesloe
William St, Perth
Rokeby Rd, Subi (Ricarda & Emporia are my faves)
Whatley Crescent, Maylands (not recommended to go on a Monday as many of the shops and cafes are shut)
Wray Avenue, South Fremantle (start at Wild Poppy and go all the way up to Galati & Sons)
South Terrace, South Fremantle – lots of little boutiques and odds & ends.
It’s Sunday and I’m whittling away the afternoon cosying up with some of my favourite things. My house is filled with the scent of rosemary after I ventured into our courtyard to pick some herbs and lemons off the tree.
Now to decide whether to have a nap or a hot shower to ease the winter chill?
It’s Sunday alright.
Dress Up navy soft trench coat, Konrath von Reumont t-shirt, Forever New cigarette pants, Alexander Wang Kori oxfords, Chanel purse.
Mixing a bit of old with new. My Chanel classic flap is about to turn six years old (!) whilst my new trench from My Chameleon has seamlessly integrated into my wardrobe, taking my lazy girls’ guide to dressing that little bit further.
I’ve a similarly lazy evening ahead, starting with dinner at mum and dad’s and then probably ending the night on the couch getting up to mischief with my niece and catching up with my mum – I can’t wait to see the new scarf she’s been knitting for me.
1. Country Road wool/cashmere spot sweater
2. Dress Up soft navy long trench coat
3. Forever New black cigarette trousers
4. Alexander Wang Kori leather oxfords
5. Givenchy croc-stamped Antigona tote
6. Black rimmed 1930s-inspired specs from Brooklyn Flea
7. Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm
Friday, I’m in love.
1. New blooms – so happy it’s tulip season!
2. My mum’s latest scarf – she’s kindly knitting one for me in grey.
3. New addition to the neighbourhood. Coffee is great but what I love more is that they use stone-milled biodynamic flour in all their bread.
Popbasic ‘Le Breton’ top, H&M skirt, Louboutin Pigalle 100 patent pumps.
Stripes with painterly floral prints? Don’t mind if I do.
I like to think of it as a modern update on the humble breton top and, when paired with a gorgeous print that conjures up thoughts of budding flowers in the spring, it’s a match made in sartorial heaven.
It’s hands-down one of the easiest and foolproof ways to get a little more mileage out of my favourite wardrobe staple.
ASOS striped coat, Popbasic Le Breton top, Forever New Erin trousers (20% off for the next 24 hours!), Isabel Marant Beketts, Hermes watch, Ray Ban Wayfarers.
I’ve the second instalment of my Popbasic style guide to show you really soon, but for now, here are just a few outtakes from the weekend.
I’ve been busy but I feel like I’ve finally fallen into a really good groove with certain aspects of my life, since this post.
My wrist is starting to heal and I’ve managed to get up for my 6am boxing classes, four times a week. With the temperature dipping to 2 degrees as I walk out the door, I won’t lie; it does take a ridiculous amount of discipline and willpower to do so – as well as a pocket ‘self-defence torch’ my husband bought me as it’s scarily dark outside. I never leave home at quarter to six without it.
Some people have asked how I can possibly face the world at such an ungodly hour. I think for the most part, I don’t think about it or dwell on it; I just get up and do it.
I’ve worked out a great training schedule for myself, which, is so far proving not too ambitious to follow: I work out Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, with a rest day on Wednesday and then having the weekend off completely as a reward. The Wednesday rest day lets me recover from two consecutive days of training (whilst also giving me something to look forward to during the first half of the week) and then having Saturday & Sunday off means more time spent with my husband and two days’ rest before another week of rinse and repeat.
The cycle never really stops spinning but I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way.
I really love how my early morning workouts put me in a healthy mindset for the rest of the day. I love coming home at the end of a long day at work knowing that I’ve taken care of myself for the day. I love the new friends I’m making, and the camaraderie that exists among us, simply because we’ve turned up to class while the rest of the world sleeps.
I can’t remember the last time I saw rain. Such is life in Perth.
That said, this pseudo-winter hasn’t stopped me from wearing my cashmere, coats, ankle boots, and breaking in my Beketts, which have been practically fused to my feet since they arrived from netaporter.
They were half a size too small to begin with (a tip: order these one size up) but after a few days’ of wear, they’ve softened up amazingly and I’ll been able to wear them all day long without feeling it the next day. Suffice to say, they’re already on my list of things to pack for Europe.
Here’s the first instalment of my Popbasic Salut! Collection style guide, featuring the Le Breton Long Sleeve Tee.
I like to think that my style favours a more minimalist and classic approach, but always with a twist. So here I’m mixing stripes with stripes with an ASOS coat, and keeping the rest of the look simple and timeless with a pair of black cigarette trousers by Forever New and a vintage Hermes watch.
The small trick to mixing stripes is to keep it all in the same colour family and sticking to your top half only. Keep the bottom half of the outfit minimal, or, if you’re feeling adventurous, play with different colours, proportions or silhouettes. Print-mixing needn’t have to be just for the well-initiated!
Country Road sweater, Lover culotte pants, Zara wedges, Celine navy Trio.
Perth’s confused winter continues but it seems to be perfect weather to be wearing one of my favourite sweaters.
My weekend’s kicking off with some Ethiopian food tonight with some friends (yum!). Then it’ll be a lovely and lazy couple of days spent at home holiday planning, cooking and clearing out my wardrobe (again).
Have a lovely weekend, everyone!
These are some of my favourite things.
July has seen me eagerly anticipating the arrival of a certain care package from the lovely Popbasic team.
Their new micro collection Salut, launched this week with another three gorgeous items to update your wardrobe with – including a pebbled leather clutch, a statement chain necklace and this striped Breton top.
Stay tuned to my blog over the coming days as I share with you some of my favourite ways to wear a classic striped shirt!
I must admit, the art of knitting had never really sparked an interest in me until now. I’ve spent most of my life writing, drawing, designing and reading. Knitting was one activity I didn’t ever think to pursue.
My mother recently took up knitting again this winter. She knits for about five hours each night whilst my Dad watches Korean drama on the other end of the couch. It fascinates me how much she is blissfully consumed by it. She never seems to tire of the many hours she spends purling and knitting and it wasn’t until she showed me how to knit a few stitches of my own that I was truly hooked and, more so, appreciative.
She has been knitting scarves for my aunty, my sister and myself and I’ve already commissioned her to make another one for me (until I learn how to knit a scarf for myself!). It typically takes four balls of yarn and 10 days of solid knitting to complete a simple, waffle knit scarf. Added to this, ensuring that the stitches stay taut and tight is a fine art in itself!
I’ve a new-found appreciation for anyone who knits – it’s truly a labour of love but really must also be so satisfying to be able to make something from nothing but a ball of wool for your friends and family to enjoy for many years to come.
I’ll leave you with a gorgeous local label I recently stumbled upon – I love Mr. Mittens. I instantly fell in love with the styling, the concept, the photography, and the branding that truly sums up what winters are all about, really. I’m hoping to purchase something from the range before winter disappears completely, though it is very hard to wear a scarf that hasn’t been lovingly handknitted by mum!