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Four Fall Pastels

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As much as I love prints and patterns, I also like how solid colours look together and since March officially kicks off autumn weather, I wanted to show you my four favourite colours to wear transeasonally: blue, camel, grey and white.

Recreate my look:

Hat / Turtleneck / Skirt / Shoes

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Paint Me Like .. By Your French Door

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Originally, you guys weren’t going to get anything from me this week but then two weeks of straight up studying and the occasional episode of Friends had me a little burnt out so I thought I would put this up after my first exam of the period. 1 down,  4 to go! I L O V E this top because its made of my favourite fabric in the world and the silhouette and blush colour is just wonderful. Paired with some tailored pants, its also incredibly comfortable. Top it off with a felt hat, pointy flats and a watch and my grey, pink and black palette is complete. You can see how I styled this palette in Autumn Blooms if you’re looking for some autumnal inspiration.

Since we’re on the topic of all things French … it would be incredibly ignorant of me to ignore what a terribly tragic day it is. My heart goes out to everyone affected. ❤

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Four Seasons

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The palm leaves on my skort are for summer, the pastel collared top is for spring, the rainboots are for autumn and the plaid is for winter. The Sydney weather has been wild these past weeks. In the Blue Mountains it was snowing one week and then the next there was a bushfire?!?! Regardless, I prepare myself for these wild days ahead by layering and repeating. I also cope by eating beautiful pastries like those croissants … mmm layers and layers of viennoiserie. How is everyone else doing weather wise?

Outfit Photography: Adela + Styliminal / Other Photography: Me

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Blaze of Glory

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I am really uncool. Like watch The Big Bang Theory on Friday nights (GUYS SHAMY!), crack dad jokes and prone to flushing from any kind of alcohol consumption kind of uncool. But these shades make me feel hella cool and when I leave my house I imagine I’m off to my warehouse converted to office sharespace where I lounge around in curvy chairs and think of fresh ideas to make the world more yeezus. In reality, I’m just off for the daily commute where I spend 40 minutes reading about influential people in The Collective and Times but let me do me, kay?

The outfit unpicked:

Plaid on plaid, yes on yes. Miss Shop Coat (similar) and Old Button Down (similar)

Shadiest Shades from Ray-Ban

The best tee ever which I have worn here and here from Lil Muse Clothing (c/o)

Leggings for speed walking across campus from Dotti get them in store for 60% off

Fresh new Converse for ruining from Urban Outfitters 

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Uni(form)

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I never thought I would wear runners with my jeans but then I met these polka dotted Nike Roshes and it was comfort at first wear. I wear them with my oldest pair of skinny jeans (6 years of love and very few washes to my mother’s dismay) and an open back cropped tee. After 13 years of uniform schooling, I still revert to wearing variations of this every day.

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Top: Lil Muse Clothing Jeans: Old (similar here) Shoes: Nike 

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China Blue x Moroccan Prints

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I have a bit of a fetish for Moroccan prints. Those tiles look equally good in a Moroccan bath house as they do on a kitchen splash back. Don’t get me started on Moroccan tapestry: the patterns, the colours; its the perfect example of order meets disorder and you know how much I adore my juxtaposition.

Naturally, I had to eventually acquire some kind of Moroccan top. I’ve been digging this kind of cut particularly – the high neckline, the flowy hem and the thin straps; it would have been such a shame to hide it so I pulled my hair back nice and sleek into a low pony. For pretty much my whole life, I have always thought low ponies were on the same level as sweaty bangs, Hawaiian beaded braids and crimped hair but I’ve recently decided that I like them for their simplicity and hey-im-in-control-here message.

This top is actually quite difficult to style because of its high low hem and impossible to miss print. Actually if it wasn’t so hot, pants would work quite well but I needed something that’s heat appropriate so I snuck on a pair of loose shorts in a bright cobalt blue and prayed the final look wouldn’t be too unforgiving. I also threw on my layered coin necklace which I love because its something that I didn’t think I would like initially but I adore it now because its a statement without the shiny and the bling. Then to give my outfit some body, I cross bodied a little black bag – something I would have never done before but now I do because a) it gives your hands freedom and b) I don’t think I look like a tourist doing it anymore.

A lot of newly embraced things in this post, I’ll say! I think it’s always important to continually try new things and since the new year is just over a week away, its time to start doing! Start with the little things and try, try and try again. I didn’t like avocado for ages but I kept forcing myself to try it once in a while and now I put it in everything including my smoothies. Try it sometime – your blend becomes a thousand times smoother and theres no strange flavour at all. I like a good banana, coco powder, milk and avocado smoothie for breakfast!

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FANCY

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I’m actually a very lazy person when it comes to dressing. Half of the time I’m in a loose tee and denim cut offs and more recently I’ve also started embracing the normcore that has always been in me by wearing joggers on occasions that don’t involve working up a sweat. The weather has been crazy in Sydney this week – think really hot mornings and spectacular thunderstorms in the afternoon followed by light sun at dusk again.

To combat the heat, my outfit for today is really just a fancied up version of your basic pyjamas. I love this light, chiffon button up because I’ve managed to wear it a million different ways and today I discovered a new way! The sleeves are actually very poofy when buttoned at the wrists but today I buttoned them up and pushed the cuff three quarters of the way down so that the sleeves would flow out in a more boxy manner. Then I’ve actually just got on a pair of monochrome patterned work out shorts and my good old flats as opposed to bedroom slippers because I do have to draw the line somewhere. To carry my stuff, I’ve got a canvas bag because that to me is the lazy bag. Unless, of course you’re carrying groceries in your canvas bags, then you are in fact very hard working and I commend you with many snaps.

If you’re curious, these shots were done at a University campus in front of what my friend and I believe is an anthropology mural with some questionable drawings that we had a good laugh at trying to figure out what exactly they were trying to convey. On an end note, I’d like to say Happy month-versary eve! It has been almost a month since I’ve launched Style Smorgasbord and I just wanted to quickly acknowledge how much your support and love has meant to me! I hope you have enjoyed the few posts that have tricked out of me and I hope to improve my posting schedule over the next month. Until then, have a great weekend – only 19 more sleeps till Christmas which means an ornament DIY coming very soon 🙂

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