Why I’m a Fan of The Twisted Tunic

I believe clothes should be worn season after season. I’m a big believer in wearing pieces that will last a few years because it saves me time and money. In the last year or so I have opted for classic colours and patterns I know will last and keep for each season. But what often happens when I wear clothes from previous seasons, people want to know where they can get that same piece now – like the twisted tunic.

One of my favourite tops that I wear on winter days when it’s quite warm outside is this twisted tunic from Empress Eleven.

twisted tunic

Wearing Empress Eleven Twisted Top over Sussan Singlet, Crossroad Jeans and Jo Mercer Boots. Necklace is by Park Lane

I was gifted this top last winter and I have had so many people comment on how nice it is and how they would like to purchase their own. I love it too. Unfortunately it’s no longer available from this brand, but I have found another online store that does a similar style of top and it comes in a number of different colours. I think I love the style of this top more because it’s longer at the back.

twisted tunic in plum

Wearing TOBI GET IT TWISTED TUNIC TOP in PLUM

TOBI has the Get It Twisted Tunic Top in Plum, which is what I’m wearing, and it comes in four other different colours: black, grey, ivory and cream.

I love the plum because it’s a rich colour that can be dressed up or down. In these photos, I’ve opted to wear it dressed down.

twisted tunic in plum winter layers

If I was to dress it up I would change the distressed jeans to black skinny jeans and high heels.

I love these twisted tunic tops for a few reasons:

1. They can be easily layered over a simple jeans and white singlet top outfit.

2. They are trans-seasonal – so work well for when the weather is mild – perfect for Autumn and Spring or warm winter days we’re currently experiencing in Brisbane.

3. They’re flattering. That twist and the drape of the fabric is flattering. Any lumps or bumps on the front and side are camouflaged with the drape of the twist.

tobi australia twisted tunic

I’m wearing a large in this top which fits a size 14 – 16.

If you love this top like I do, TOBI are offering free shipping to Australia, with no minimum spend.

Twisted Tunic top from Tobi

The plum tunic is currently 60% off – priced at $31.71 which is a bargain, especially when free shipping is involved.

I can’t wait to share more pieces from TOBI in the future, but I’m glad I could find a top alternative for those that love my grey twisted top.

Are you a fan of tops that can be layered? Which colour twisted tunic would you choose?

Disclosure: I was gifted a TOBI Get It Twisted Tunic Top in Plum. All opinions are my own.

What I Reach for When I’m Not Fussed About What I Wear

There are days where I don’t have the energy or time to fuss about with my outfits. I know I could choose my outfit the night before (and if I have an event, I will do this) or I could plan my outfits for the week (I only do this when I pack to go away). But I’m not always that organised and will leave it till after I’ve showered to work out what I’m going to wear for the day.

On winter days where I’m more interested in keeping warm, these are the things I reach for these outfits. I know they work together and I think it’s important to have one or two outfits you can grab to put on, knowing they work together.

What I reach for when I’m not fussed about what I wear

I’m going to share with you two outfits I reach for and why they work every time.

1. Stripes.

stripe dress what to wear when not fussed

Whether it’s jeans and a long sleeve stripe top or a striped tee dress, stripes never let me down. A pattern and basic or block colour always works together. This type of outfit can be easily layered with a cardigan, vest or leather jacket over the top.

stripes top in grey

2. Miracle Dress and Scarf.

My miracle dresses have taken away the overwhelm of working out what to wear when heading out for dinner or somewhere that requires dressier attire. Add a scarf and leather jacket, layered with leggings, and you’re good to go.

miracle dress and a scarf

I would say these pieces are my favourite clothes to wear in my wardrobe. I suggest having a few winter outfits ready for when you’re not fussed about what you wear. I like to try and make new outfits each day with the clothes I own, but I have moments where I’m uninspired or I have a lot on my plate and choosing what to wear is not something I want to add to it.

Miracle dress in berry and a leopard scarf

To create your own outfits, select pieces you love to wear and can be layered for when the weather turns cool.

Have a collection of scarves that can add more interest to these outfits. A scarf can change an outfit instantaneously.

I’ve put together two outfits, using pieces I would use to create the above outfits. These piecea are available online should you wish to imitate my outfits.

stripe dress outfit1. Bohemian Traders Long Sleeve Dress with Contrast Binding $129

2. Amelius Black Leggings $29

3. Bohemian Traders Vegan Fur Vest $79 (on sale)

4. Jo Mercer Helen Casual Ankle Boots $179.95 (on sale)

Miracle dress outfit1. Black Miracle Dress $65

2. Black Amelius Legggings $29

3. Katies Geo Jacquard Scarf $29.95

4. Jo Mercer Helen Casual Ankle Boots $179.95 (on sale)

What outfits do you gravitate to when you’re not fussed about what you wear?

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10 Fashion Must Do’s Before The End Of Financial Year

With the end of financial year looming, it’s often a great time to invest in fashion pieces that may be on sale. But I wanted to share some fashion must do’s before the end of financial year which have helped me save money or make it. While the title can be a bit misleading – you don’t have to do anything – these tips are things I do or have done in the past.

10 fashion must do's for end of financial year

1. Declutter and sort out your wardrobe.

This tip should be done every season. Be ruthless with your culling. If you don’t wear it because it’s too tight, stained or doesn’t fit right, it’s time to get rid of it. Keep a pile of clothes for donations and keep the designer pieces to sell online.

2. Buy a 10 pack of 500gm Australia Post satchels

Generally, Australia Post will announce when they increase their prices, but before June 30, I buy a 10 pack of 500gm Australia Post Satchels. Buying them in a pack of 10 means you get one satchel half price and I get them before Aus Post decides to increase the postage prices. The reason I have satchels on hand is for when I need to return online sales that haven’t fit me or suited my shape. I have peace of mind knowing I’m sending a trackable parcel back, even if I’ve lost $9 in postage. It doesn’t happen often as most times I’m pretty good at picking the right sizes, but there are the odd occasions when return postage may be at my cost and I want to send it the most affordable way I can, with tracking.

The other reason for the bulk buy of satchels is to use them when I sell pieces online.

3. Sell designer pieces you no longer wear

I usually sell designer pieces I no longer wear online on Ebay. But Andrea from Sublime Finds shared how she made $1500 by selling her pieces via buy sell swap groups on Facebook. I haven’t done this, but this is a great way for fans of the label to purchase your pieces. It may sound unusual to sell your designer pieces in June, but many people will wait until June to purchase that piece they couldn’t afford at full price.

If it is on sale, it may be best to hold onto it. But if it’s sold out, you may get more for your designer piece. I once sold red, sparkly Peter Alexander slippers for over $100 because they had sold out Australia wide. Even though they were worn, I had a bidding war on the slippers and they ended up selling more than the retail price. A big win for me.

4. Sell winter clothes now.

Sell your pre-loved clothes in the season you’re experiencing. So winter clothes in winter (now for Australia) and summer clothes for summer. When it comes to selling your clothes, sell brands by themselves like Witchery, Review, Sass & Bide, Country Road and etc.
If you have pieces from retail stores like Sussan, Katies, Rockmans, Target and etc, try and group pieces together and sell as a bulk lot.

5. Make all eBay listings to end on a Sunday afternoon or night.

This is peak time for the website and you will most likely sell everything and get the highest dollar for your wares.

6. Really consider if it’s worth your time selling your pieces.

Consider having a clothes swap or donating to causes like Dressed for Success or initiatives that help clothe those in need for winter. Sometimes the time it takes to do the photos and write the listings may not amount to much money.

7. Invest in pieces that will fill a hole in your wardrobe.

If you need a new jacket or some basics, now is the time to purchase them while the sales are on.

8. Buy replacement uniforms.

If you work in a job where you have to wear a uniform, buy replacement uniforms before June 30 so you can claim them on tax. When it comes to corporate clothing, the logo of the business must be on the clothing before it can be claimed on tax. Check with your accountant on what can and can’t be claimed. They will tell you how to purchase so you can get the benefit.

9. Start an End of Financial Year slush fund.

Open an online savings account and get a small amount deposited automatically into the fund so you can use the money to buy your fashion pieces next EOFY. Five dollars per week will accumulate to $260 (plus interest) and $10 per week can accumulate to $520.

10. Check your local op shop for designer finds.

If people are decluttering their wardrobes for winter and donating, now is the perfect time to grab a bargain at your op shop. Some op shops in high end areas can have amazing designer pieces for a small price.

Not all the tips will relate to your situation, and some may be considered common knowledge.

The end of financial year is only two weeks away. Plenty of time to declutter, shop and buy some satchels.

What fashion must do’s would you recommend to do before the end of financial year?

Investing in Winter Basics – What I’ve bought in the last week

There comes a time when you’re shopping for clothes where you need to put some money aside for investing in winter basics.

Winter basics are those clothes needed for layering – your block long sleeve tops and basic t-shirts that can go under knits or be layered with a scarf and cardigan.

I’ve started to get a bit more fussy with my basics because

1. I wear them all the time so I want quality

2. I have a belly and under no circumstances do I want a tight t-shirt exposing my roly poly six pack.

3. They have to wash well – and not pill or change shape over constant wear and washing. I guess this relates to point number 1.

The three colour basics everyone should have in their closet is white, black and grey. Most will only have black and white, but I’ve found grey to be a great investment in the last few years and after reading Make It Look Easy’s ebook on colours and patterns, she encourages  to have a grey tee because it’s a tone that suits most complexions. (If you want to get her ebook on mixing colours together check out it out here)

So in the last week I’ve bought a few basics, taking advantage of some sales with brands that have produced the goods.

One of my favourite t-shirts is this grey Bohemian Traders tee (I wear the large). I love it because it doesn’t cling and yet it’s a stylish fit. I wear it at least once a week and it looks as good as the day I bought it which was a couple of years go.

Bohemian Traders have a Spend and Save sale on right now and I took advantage of the sale purchasing a black tee in the same shape as my grey one, as well as a long sleeved tee in white.

I find white tees are the hardest to buy because they can tend to cling and show off every lump and bump. My Witchery one does this, so I rarely wear it on it’s own. Nikki has recommended this tee in her Styling You shop. I’m thinking of getting one because I love the shape and I hold Nikki’s fashion advice in high esteem.

The next investment pieces on my needs list were some knits. I bought everything in the collage below from Rockmans as they were reduced down to $30 (and have now been reduced to $21 online!). Currently if you spend over $40 at Rockmans you get a long sleeved shirt free (instore). I got two shirts free because I bought another scarf (my weakness!).

I’m pretty set for winter now with these basics and I think they will last me for a while yet.

There are sales happening all over the place at the moment because of the end of financial year. Two sales that are worth looking at are Birdsnest who have up to 50% off in their winter sale. I love this jumper and it’s been reduced. Plus it has pom poms.

Freez also has a sale on this weekend. You can get 20% off till 12 June by entering June17 at the checkout. This is another one of my favourite online stores.

Last but not least, I’ve had a few people ask me where I got my pom pom scarf from. It was funny how I stumbled across this one. I wrote a post on pom pom scarves for Mums Lounge and through my research I found this scarf reduced down to $10.

investing in winter basics

When I went to purchase it online, there was a 40% off sale, so I ended up getting the scarf for $6! I love it because the brown tones in the pom pom work well with my beige boots. I’ve found the scarf works well with so many items in my wardrobe. If you love it like I do, you can get one here.(I’ve just checked, they have a half price sale so you can get this scarf for $5!! You’re welcome.)

Have you bought any clothes in the recent sales? How often do you invest in winter basics? Where’s your go to place for t-shirts?

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Colour Combinations to Try This Winter

By this time of year, I can start to feel a bit of a fashion rutt because of the change in season; especially when it’s still not cold enough to bring out the winter woolies.

But today, I wore a knit and I think my knits will now start to get a workout with the predicted winter storm heading our way next week.

I find it hard dressing in between seasons because I can get so hot during the day!

Now that it’s winter, I can start wearing my winter wardrobe and I’m looking forward to making new outfit combinations with some of my recent purchases. I also have some pieces being flown my way from overseas which I look forward to sharing with you.

But in the meantime, I wanted to share with you some colour combinations that have worked really well for me.

I thought I’d share them with you as they may give you inspiration as you organise your winter outfits.

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean we can’t wear colour. I love wearing colours all year round. I do tend to wear darker shades during winter like grey, navy and black. But colour makes me happy and who doesn’t want to feel happy when it’s cold outside?

I’ve been looking at a few of my #everydaystyle photos, which I take everyday and share on Instagram. And there are some winning colour combinations I will definitely be repeating over the coming months.

If you want to inject some colour into you winter outfits this season, have a look at some of the outfits I put together here.

Winning Winter Colour Combinations

Navy, White and Mustard

navy white and mustard outfit

Burnt Orange and Khaki

burnt orange and khaki

Red, White and Blue

red white and blue

Blush Pink and Khaki

pink and khaki

khaki and blush

Berry Red and Navy

navy and berry red

Grey and Pink

grey and pink

Of course, I’ve found a few colour options if you want to add some of these colours to your wardrobe. I’d love to see you imitate or give your own take on these colour combos.

coloured clothes

  1. Red Swing Knit $49
  2. Portmans Funnel Neck Bell Sleeve $89.95
  3. Katies Chunky Texture Scarf $13.97
  4. Bohemian Traders Khaki Blazer $189.00
  5. Katies Coatigan $59.95
  6. Portmans Pom Pom Scarf $34.95
  7. ASOS Grey Knit Dress $56.00

What colour combinations do you enjoy wearing?

Disclosure: There are affiliate links on this post. Should you choose to purchase an item, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.

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