Knitted Out For Winter – Winter Knits 2017

Before a new season arrives, I go through my wardrobe and cull any items that no longer fit or haven’t been worn in a long time. I usually sell these pieces on eBay if they’re a brand that will sell well, or donate them to charity.

I have a walk-in-wardrobe, where I have two railings that I use to segregate my winter and summer clothing.

On my most recent cull, I checked the knits I had, to ensure I’m prepared for winter. I found a lot of grey coloured knits, so I am wanting to add a coloured knit or two to break up all the grey. Winter can be cold and a little depressing, but it doesn’t have to look stark, with no colour.

Most stores are bringing out their knits for Winter, so now is the time to do a stocktake of your winter knits and make sure you’re well kitted for the season.

Some of my favourite knits are ones with a shirt underneath and polka dots. I can’t get enough of polka dots.

I’ve found some gorgeous knits online, including cardigans and jumpers that I get frequent wear from during the colder season.

When choosing your knits, consider whether it’s a knit that can be layered. Layers are great for Brisbane winter, because you can delayer as the day gets warmer.

Think about the neckline too. As much as cold-shoulder and off-the-shoulder styles are very on trend, no one wants cold shoulders in winter. I find wearing a v-neck can be quite cold and a scarf won’t always cover the skin that is bare. While I’ve included the cold should and off-the shoulder styles in my collage, these styles may be more suitable for autumn and the end of winter when it starts to warm up.

Winter Knits 2017

knitted our fot winter, winter knits 20171. Dotti Fatale Pink Cardi $59.95

2. Brave & True Heiki Pompom Knit $89.95

3. Sussan Spot Shirt Insert Knit $99.95

4. Decjuba Print Knit $99.95

5. Katies Cowl Neck Pullover $49.95

6. ASOS Vero Moda Ruffle Knit $48.00

7. Freez Cold Shoulder Knit $39.00

8. Decjuba Shiraz Spot Knit $99.85

How often do you go through your wardrobe? Are you knitted out for Winter?

Disclosure: There are affiliate links on this post. Should you choose to purchase an item, I will receive a small commission at not extra cost to you.

If you liked this post, you might like to add some knits to your home.

chunky knit homewares 2017

Three Ways to Wear a Tube Skirt

The tube skirt is a great little basic to have in your wardrobe. In this post I’m going to show you three ways to wear a tube skirt.

three ways to wear a tube skirt

I go through my wardrobe every couple of months to organize and cull any items I no longer wear. One item that I have felt has been missing from my wardrobe is a skirt. I don’t wear too many skirts. I tend to wear more dresses than a skirt and top ensemble. But a plain, basic skirt can offer a number of outfit options with the existing tops I own in my wardrobe.

The first time I visited the Wardrobe 22 store, I really liked this khaki tube skirt. The rouching camouflaged my tummy and hips and even though it was clingy, it didn’t show my knicker line. I also liked that it could work with my body shape – if I lost or put on a few kgs.

I left it at the store to think about.

A week later I went back to the store and bought it. I had thought of ways I could wear the skirt and I’m going to share three of those outfits with you now.

Outfit 1 – Everyday Smart Casual Look

A skirt like this can be assumed as a ‘going out’ skirt. But I think it can work really when worn casually with a striped tee. For an everyday, running after kids look, I’ve teamed my tube skirt with a stripe tee. Long sleeve or short sleeve works well, depending on the weather.

smart casual tube skirt

Navy or red are great colour choices that go well with khaki. Add some white canvas sneakers and you’ve got an outfit you can do the school drop-off or pick-up in that looks a bit sporty, but quite trendy.

three ways to wear a tube skirt casual

three ways to wear a tube skirt smart casual

Outfit 2 – Smart and Sassy Night Look

This skirt can be dressed up with a simple black top and a pendant necklace. The heels elevate the look so you look ready to go out. I’ve teamed my tube skirt with a Rockmans lace and bell sleeve blouse and a House of Harlow necklace.

tube skirt

Outfit 3 – Corporate Look

I’ve been caught out on a few occasions when I’ve needed to wear a corporate outfit and all my clothes are… well not quite corporate. Add a shirt and blazer to the skirt and you’ve instantly got a corporate outfit. A black blazer would work just as well with the skirt, or a blue blazer as I’ve worn in the picture below.

corporate look tube skirt

tube skirt corporate look

As you can see the tube skirt is a versatile piece for any woman’s wardrobe. It’s $55 from Wardrobe 22 and you can order the skirt in black and an orange floral which I love just as much as the khaki.

Do you own a tube skirt? Do you prefer to wear skirts or pants?

Easter Decorating in my Home

I’ve been a bit late getting my Easter decorating up around the house. I think it’s because of the school holidays. Does anyone else feel a bit weird having Easter at the end of the school holidays rather than the beginning?

With Cyclone Debbie rolling through and having school closed for two days before the end of term, the kids missed out on their Easter Hat Parade.

As a result it just doesn’t feel like Easter. Although once I’m at church tomorrow, it will.

My Easter decorating is very simple. I bought decorations last year and they have done us well for this year.

easter decorating coffee table

Many of the decorations were purchased from Woolworths, Target, Dusk and Kmart. I keep the egg decorations and candles in a box and the egg holders in the pantry.

On Wednesday, I got Esther to work by placing a dead tree branch in a vase which she decorated.

easter decorating for the dining table

easter decorating a tree

easter tree decorating

I added mini chocolate Easter eggs to the tea light holder. They didn’t stay for long because once Phoebe found them, well she couldn’t stop at one. Thankfully she shared with her sisters. I might have helped the eggs disappear too. Just one or two. 

easter decorating on buffet table

The girls and I made these bunny vases as a craft activity when we had a friend come over for the day. I used old pink chalk paint and spare jars. I glued twine around the tops of the jars and added a bunny face to each jar. When grouped together, they look gorgeous. The girls have one vase each in their room and Phoebe’s is sitting on the corner of the kitchen bench. These will definitely be put away for next year.

easter decorating bunny jar vases

Easter decorating doesn’t have to be too technical. A simple bunny figurine, a bowl of Easter eggs and a vase of flowers can add the right touch to a coffee table or dining table.

Many Easter decorations are on sale right now, so if you love the idea of Easter decorating, why not make use of the sales. Here are some pieces I found online.

easter decorating

  1. Aluminum Sitting Rabbit $59.95
  2. Rabbit Cushion $39.95
  3. Charlotte Bunny Tea light holder $7.00
  4. Connie and Coco Bunny Cup Tea light Holder $4.00
  5. Glitter Egg Candles, 6pk $6.00
  6. Feather Poly Egg Décor $12.95

Do you do any Easter decorating in your home?

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4 Ways to Accessorise a Miracle Dress

After meeting Karen from Wardrobe 22, I got to play around with some of the Miracle Dresses she had in stock. I took some home to style for the purpose of this post and to help you find ways to change the look of the dress. I worked out 4 simple ways to accessories the Miracle Dress.

In my recent post, I shared 5 ways to wear a 3/4 sleeve Miracle Dress. I even did a Facebook Live video showing how easy it is to wear the dress 5 different ways.

My favourite accessories in winter are scarves, necklaces, belts and vests. Vests are technically a garment of clothing, but for the purpose of this post, I’m going to call them an accessory. All of these can be worn with your Miracle Dress this winter to create different outfits.

1. Wear your Miracle Dress with a vest

chocolate miracle dress from wardrobe 22

Chocolate Miracle Dress $65 from Wardrobe 22

paisley print miracle dress

Miracle Dress in Paisley Print by Wardrobe 22, $65

2. Wear your Miracle Dress with a statement necklace

grey miracle dress

Grey Miracle Dress, $65, Wardrobe 22

3. Wear your Miracle Dress with a patterned or textured scarf

grey miracle dress

Grey Miracle Dress, Wardrobe 22

4. Wear your Miracle Dress with a belt

grey miracle dress

Grey Miracle Dress, Wardrobe 22

All three of these dresses are available at the Wardrobe 22 store either online or in store. Contact Karen for stock enquiries.

What are your go-to accessories in Winter?

Disclosure: I took these dresses home to style and returned them into store for the purpose of this post. I’m going back to buy this red number because as you know, red is my favourite colour.


5 Ways to Wear A 3/4 Sleeve Miracle Dress

If you have been looking for a dress that is affordable, can be worn a few different ways and is a great base outfit for winter, the 3/4 sleeve miracle dress is that dress.

I was introduced to the short sleeved version of the miracle dress when my hairdresser was wearing one when I had my appointment a few weeks ago. I asked her where she got it from and she told me one of her clients had set up a boutique shop called Wardrobe 22 under her house in Salisbury and I should totally check her out. Her store and clothes that is. 🙂

I went straight onto Instagram and followed the page and checked out the clothes.

I love supporting new and small businesses because I am one myself. I also find these small businesses can offer a range of clothing that is different to what is in typical high street stores.

The 3/4 sleeve Miracle Dress in Khaki grabbed my attention, so I emailed Karen to see if she would be willing for me to work with her to promote the dress.

Last Thursday morning, I headed to her home with my three girls in tow and started trying on different outfits. You can see some of those pics on the Wardrobe 22 Instagram page.

I took some garments home to style at home, so look out for that post this week.

But I wanted to show you 5 ways you can wear a 3/4 sleeve miracle dress as the style can be converted into a variety of different outfits. Since writing this post, I’ve discovered a 6th way!

Having a dress that can be worn different ways makes it the perfect garment to own for travelling or if you are trying to create a capsule wardrobe.

5 ways to wear a miracle dress

Similar to the convertible dress from Intimo (which I recently received after having an Intimo party), the miracle dress is a budget friendly version and comes in brown, khaki, black, grey and an orange paisley pattern. However I think the Intimo style can be converted more ways – for example, I can’t do off the shoulder in the miracle dress. But if you love the Intimo one, but can’t afford it, the miracle dress is a budget-friendly, close second option to consider. Plus it comes in more colours.

5 Ways to Wear a 3/4 Sleeve Miracle Dress

The dress is a one size fits all style that will fit an 8 to 22. Worn as is, it has a V-neck and gorgeous drape over the hips which can hide a tummy and flatter your shape. Here I’m wearing the khaki style as is with some simple heels so you can see the shape of the dress.

3/4 sleeve miracle dress1. Wear as is with V-neck style

khaki miracle dress

2. Wear Back-to-Front, round neck style

Turn the dress around and wear it back-to-front for a round neck option.

round neck miracle dress option

3. Wear as One Shoulder

If you have an event to go to, pull one of the sleeves inwards and tuck it so the drape hangs beautifully, pull the dress down underneath your arm to create a one-shoulder style. Add a necklace and heels.

miracle dress off the shoulder

4. Wear as Strapless

I experimented with a grey version which is available in store, but not online yet. Bring both of the sleeves inside the dress and adjust the drape around the hips. Add a necklace and you have a gorgeous sweetheart neckline strapless dress.

5 ways to wear a 3/4 sleeve miracle dress

5. Wear as a Top

Bring the hem of the dress up and you can wear the dress as a top. Add a scarf and you’re good to go.

miracle dress as a top

miracle dress 5 ways to wear with styled by bec

If you’re wondering what the sixth way is? Wear the dress back-to-front, raise the hem so you can have a round neck top version.

I know I’m going to get ALOT of wear out of this dress for Autumn Winter 2017.

The dress is available at Wardrobe 22 in khaki and chocolate. In store there are other colours including grey, paisley orange and black.

For $65, you will get a lot of cost per wear from this miracle dress.

So tell me, if you owned a miracle dress, which way would you wear it?

Disclosure: I was gifted one khaki miracle dress for the purpose of this post. All opinions are my own. You can read my disclosure policy here.






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