Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Oops, I did it again! Recent Buy: Zara embroidered bomber jacket

And so continues my obsession over embroidered bomber jackets...

I was recently chatting to my sister (who lives in London and blogs for J'adorais), about an exciting find I came across on Zara's website.  As I was typing that to her, she was typing about a jacket she saw in Zara with my mom when visiting her in Paris, and that they both thought of me on seeing it.  I sent her the link to mine: and voilà! It was the same jacket! They know me too well!

Remember the embroidered bomber jacket I scored for $5 at NHK's flea market in Tokyo during my Japan trip?  Unfortunately, being vintage, the jacket had seen better days, and it was always a little too big for me, as it was in fact a man's jacket.  Regardless, I wore/wear it a lot.  But I was always on a lookout for a replacement (although I'll still keep and wear the Japanese jacket).  Isabel Marant's Pieric silk jacket almost fit the bill, but sadly its price did not.  In fact, I like the embroideries on the Zara jacket much much more!

I hunted one down in my size (it's not currently in stores here Down Under, and don't know when/if it will be), and am so glad I did!  I find it absolutely beautiful...Oh, and it's reversible! Its simpler black and 'silvery taupe' side can be thrown over almost any outfit.

PS. Doesn't mean I have stopped day-dreaming about the 3.1 Phillip Lim bomber, (even if I found a money tree in my garden, I have only found the yellow version in a US size 2), but I almost like them on par...

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Taylor Tomasi Hill: Queen of Accessories Pt 12 (at Autumn/Winter 2013 Fashion Weeks)

I like the fact that Taylor wore several pieces a few times in different outfits/combinations during Autumn/Winter 2013 Fashion Weeks (as well as pieces worn in previous Fashion Weeks, like her Junya Watanabe skirt), the gorgeous Dries Van Noten oriental pleated skirt (even though it was marred by being worn over pants - a trend I wore in the 90's, and can't seem to bring myself to do again), and of course, her trademark use of cobalt blue: 

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Street Style at Autumn/Winter 2013 Fashion Weeks - The Embroidered Bomber Jacket

my pic - a sneak peek of an upcoming post (watch this space)

It comes no secret to those (1 or 2) of you who have been following my blog for some time to know that I have a huge weakness for embroidered pieces, particularly oriental-themed embroidery.  I am also a huge fan of 'sporty luxe' items like silk hooded and bomber jackets, and tapered jogger pants. 

pretty embroidery + 'sporty' pieces = match made in heaven 

Obviously I'm not the only one to think so, as embroidered bomber jackets made quite a few appearances 'on the street' during the Autumn/Winter 2013 Fashion Weeks.  My favourite piece obviously being the breathtakingly beautiful 3.1 Phillip Lim jacket (almost as breathtaking as its price, and the fact that even if I came upon a money tree, it'd be to no avail, as they're practically selling out everywhere, boo!), as well as the Ginta embroidered jacket

Proenza Schouler jacket

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For those who are interested:

The Ginta Embroidered jacket can be purchased here.

The 3.1 Phillip Lim embroidered jacket (the first and last jacket pictured) are available for purchase at (although they're selling out as fast as I can blink):

Just putting it out there so I can live vicariously through you...

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Yasmin Sewell - The Girl from Oz Pt 8 - at the Autumn/Winter 2013 Fashion Weeks

Taylor (Tomasi Hill) has her cobalt blue, and Yasmin looks fabulous in navy. Love that blue coat, clutch, sunglasses and turtleneck knit (even the bowler hat, it looks cute on her!): 

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Monday, March 18, 2013

How to Edit and Organize your Wardrobe

Apologies in advance for the length of this post...

I am by no means an expert on editing or organizing wardrobes. Not. at. all.  Last week I received an email from Gwyneth (well, from her Goop website), that would have been useful a few months ago.   Knowing I had to downsize my wardrobe when we moved house in December, I tried editing and culling my wardrobe.  I was pretty ruthless (or at least, it seemed so, with multiple trips to the charity bin to take huge 'rubbish' bags and bags and bags of clothes/shoes/bags/accessories - because I didn't have time to sell/consign them), and yet, it still seems like I barely made a dent! 

My new bedroom has a WIR (walk-in robe), but it is way too small for my our needs, so I built another wardrobe just for my 'good' clothes, which sadly had to be smaller than my previous one (which was already bursting at its seams - literally! The door hinges of the 'coats' section had come undone).   I removed from my wardrobe some of the clothes I no longer fit but want to keep (I have given myself a year to lose my 'post-wedding pregnancy' weight, and put them in the upstairs wardrobe (guest room).  I say 'good' clothes, as they are mostly clothes I would wear out (as opposed to when I stay home, which with 2 babies, is most of the time nowadays).  Most of the clothes I wear on a regular/daily basis (tees, jeans, casual pants) will be kept in chest of drawers or hung in the (small) WIR - alongside Mr Brigs' clothes.

Some time last year I came by a brilliant guide on how to edit your wardrobe by personal stylist Kate Suzuki, author of the blog 'Everyday Glamour'.   I must admit I had completely forgotten all about it when I was editing my wardrobe (silly me!).  But somehow, as I pulled it up after receiving my 'Goop' email, I realized I did most Kate's suggestions in the guide (which you can get free from her website with a simple and quick email to her!).

Kate suggests you edit your wardrobe every six months, which is what I used to do (back in the day when I actually had time), so for my own reference I thought I would consolidate what I did, with Goop's and Kate's tips on how to edit, spring clean and organize the wardrobe, in the hope that I stick to making this a regular thing.  Each section of my wardrobe required several 'rounds' of editing, which I did quite well at first, but not so well as I ran out of time with others.

For wardrobe pieces, I separate my items by 'type' (short sleeves blouses, long sleeved blouses, jackets, coats and finally dresses) and then in them in 'chromatic order':


 (n.b. Kate suggests editing over 3 days, mine probably took longer, but that is because I was fitting it in with packing up house, as well as taking care of the 2 babies (well, make that 3 if we count Mr. Brigs...don't tell him I said that)


1. Matching hangers. Kate suggests you should start with 200 hangers.   I like simple wooden ones, but ran out towards the end.   Unfortunately, they can be quite bulky, it's a shame I don't like the look of thin, space saving hangers.

2. Plastic trash bags - be careful to label them well to differentiate between the 'rubbish' and 'to donate' bags.

3. Shopping bags to tote alterations and/or dry cleaning (which I had to place immediately in the back of the car, or they'd stay in there for months...) .

4. Stickers and a pen to label bags and boxes.

5. Nice cardboard boxes with lids (the black boxes from Net-a-Porter boxes and colourful boxes from Matches Fashion are perfect for this) - this is where I store items that would not store well on a hanger, like my 3.1 Phillip Lim Rosette dresses, a heavily sequinned Dries Van Noten dress, as well 'archived' pieces such as my wedding dress.

6. I wished I had a collapsible rolling garment rack. These would be handy when I periodically edit my wardrobe.  Instead I cleared a rack on one of the wardrobes, and hung items there as I went, not ideal, but it sufficed considering my time constraint.

7. A full-length mirror (essential).

(n.b. Re: #3 - that went for a lot of items that went in my donation pile, I wonder whether the potential buyers in these charity stores will recognise the labels like Dries Van Noten and Chloe, but it was a donation after all...  

Left to right: Alice + Olivia Jabot silk shirt (comes with a navy tie, wore it out to dinner last week), Asos silk chiffon blouse, Mary Katrantzou for Topshop floral silk sleeveless shirt, Dries Van Noten cotton floral shirt, Dries Van Noten 2-piece blouse (sleeveless beaded vest goes under the floral top), David Szeto Camellia pale grey blouse, Dries Van Noten ikat kimono blouse, Thakoon eyelash print silk chiffon blouse, Chloe (from Stella McCartney days) silk jersey top with a woman's face on it, Country Road tan/nude/caramel silk shirt - I bought 2 of these, one for rough wear which gets trashed, and another for my 'good' wardrobe, as they were heavily reduced, I also have it in ivory), Peter Som floral silk blouse with black lace top and collar, Dries Van Noten orange silk blouse, Thakoon pink petal blouse, Chloe floral silk chiffon blouse.

I found the tips given below quite useful, some of which I was not previously aware of:

The following is from Kate's guide (from Everyday Glamour):


I dare say, that since 'editing' my wardrobe for the move, I have tried making an extra conscious effort to really really think every wardrobe purchase through, and have held back on many more purchases than I normally would have (believe it or not).   Sometimes I wistfully think of culling my wardrobe right back, and thoroughly enjoy reading blogs (that talk about culling or minimal wardrobes, and/or about carefully thinking every purchase through, such as Prêt à Porter P, Dead Fleurette, mycatssaymeow) as well as the Vogue Forum thread on culling your wardrobe.  Although I know that realistically, this will never happen.  Even though I try to edit my wardrobe, at the moment I just aim to edit it to an extent that I love and wear every single piece in it, that is still a work in progress.  That is why I like the last paragraph of the 'guide' above, and will strive to do just that...

Even though it may seem from these pics that my wardrobe is 'done', I still have a lot to do (in addition to the continued editing), which includes: organize and edit my accessories, unpack (and find a place to store) my bags and shoes, and organize my daily/regular clothes.  I also need to get off my behind and put more effort into listing the clothes I am storing in the upstairs wardrobe that didn't get donated, and that I plan to sell, either in 'My Shop', or on Ebay (that seems unlikely, as I dread doing the latter).  SO much to do, so little time!

What are your tips to editing or organizing your wardrobe?