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Styling You https://www.stylingyou.com.au Everyday style made easy Tue, 16 Jul 2019 08:26:31 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 32916104 15 ways to refresh your winter work wardrobe https://www.stylingyou.com.au/2019/07/refresh-your-winter-work-wardrobe/ https://www.stylingyou.com.au/2019/07/refresh-your-winter-work-wardrobe/#comments Tue, 16 Jul 2019 07:30:00 +0000 https://www.stylingyou.com.au/?p=44694 It’s about six weeks until spring and it’s about at this mid-way point of the season that we can start to tire of our wardrobe, especially the weekday part. To save you from seasonal wardrobe ...

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It’s about six weeks until spring and it’s about at this mid-way point of the season that we can start to tire of our wardrobe, especially the weekday part. To save you from seasonal wardrobe fatigue, I’ve come up with 15 ways to refresh your winter work wardrobe. Implement one or two of these ideas and you may just feel a little bit more excited to get up and get out the door for work. Maybe 🤔 

1. Look through your wardrobe. I mean REALLY look. If you’ve not given it an edit and tidy for some time, then do not read any more of this post. HAH. Well, maybe skim it, and then come back after you’ve implemented this tip. Remember, you have gold sitting in your current wardrobe. It’s just waiting to be rediscovered and re-worked into an outfit. Here’s how I edit my wardrobe.

2. Outfit plan every Sunday for the working week ahead. This is always what I come back to when I find that I’m reaching for and wearing the same types of outfits or the same clothes every week. Consider it like menu planning for week-day dinners. Doing that saves time at the end of the day. Outfit planning saves time and stress at the beginning of the day. Write a list on your phone, hang your outfits up ready to go (with accessories) or use our free downloadable planner.

3. Create your own workwear capsule wardrobe. I know I talk a lot about capsule wardrobes. I do so not to limit your wardrobe choices but to maximise any purchases you make. If you can create a 15 or 30-piece workwear capsule, specific to your style and office dress code, then the weekly planning becomes simpler. You create a uniform of sorts, which I talked about in this blog post. You could take the same ideas represented in that blog post and create a winter capsule to suit your needs.

Here are a couple of examples of my work-from-home winter work wardrobe capsule … 

Styling You The Label blazer, long-sleeve tee and jeans | FRANKiE4 Footwear EMiLY boots

Styling You The Label blazer (sold out), long-sleeve tee and jeans | FRANKiE4 Footwear EMiLY boots

Smith and Western knit Calexico belt Styling You The Label jeans FRANKiE4 Footwear EMiLY boots

Smith and Western knit | Calexico belt | Styling You The Label jeans | FRANKiE4 Footwear EMiLY boots

4. Plan outfits that are different from your work-day default combinations. I know I’m SO guilty – particularly in winter – of reaching for a “jeans plus” outfit. I work from home. My jeans are so easy and comfortable to pop on and then it’s just a case of adding a top, blazer and boots if I’m heading out. But easy can quickly slide to boredom and that feeling that you don’t have anything to wear. Change things up a little; switch out the jeans for leggings and a tunic dress (#1 or #2 pictured below)

5. Challenge: make one outfit each week a totally different outfit combination that you’ve never done before. Look for inspiration by following the #everydaystyle hashtag I started in 2013 – you’ll find women of all ages, shapes and sizes from around the world sharing their daily outfits. We also have the SY Everyday Style group for Styling You subscribers. So many share their outfits in this community. Subscribe HERE

6. Change up your weekday makeup look with a pop of lippy. The good news about making the lip the focus of your makeup look is that you don’t have to worry too much about getting the eyes looking perfect. Everyone will be distracted by the colour. I love wearing black, so in winter I love wearing a red (see #11 pictured below) or burgundy lip for interest. It immediately freshens up a neutral look.

7. (Mindfully) treat yourself. What’s the first thing that tends to happen when we get bored with our wardrobe? Yep, we get easily seduced and distracted by anything new and shiny being marketed to us. You know what? I’m ok with falling for such seduction. I’m guilty of being seduced. And disclaimer: I’m also trying to seduce with my own label – HAH. But what I want you to think about – especially as we’re on the downhill side of winter – is that if you buy anything new, make sure you do so knowing how you can wear it now AND when it warms up. 

8. Block colour tops add an instant pop to existing bottoms. There are some vivid pops of colour out there in retail land – candy pink (#8 pictured below) and purple (#9 pictured below) I’m looking at you. Or maybe French navy is more you (#7 pictured below). Whichever way your colour wheel spins, the addition of a new block colour to your wardrobe can give you just the work-day lift you’re looking for. Choose a style that will transition into spring and you’ll get longevity out of your purchase.

9. Mix up your textures in one outfit. This is the perfect time of year to get tactile with what you’re wearing. Take a pleather/ponte skirt (#5 pictured below) and contrast it back with a chunky knit. Or take a slinky skirt and work it back with a tee and a leather jacket. The textural contrast is what makes the outfit sing.

10. Keep investing in animal print anything. I cannot help but rejoice that my animal print obsession continues to be marketed at as trend. This means my favourite neutral is still available on just about any piece of clothing and in just about any store. If looking to buy now, look for a print with a lighter base colour – like #1 and #6 pictured below. These will easily work back with a spring neutral colour palette when it starts to warm up. Remember animal print is a classic print that will continue to look great long after the powers that be in Fashion Land declare it “so last year, Sweetie”.

11. If in doubt, add a blazer. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Nothing finishes an outfit more completely and in a way that makes you feel put together than a blazer. If investing now, look for a colour (like #3 pictured) that will work back with your winter palette but easily transition to an early spring favourite. Office workers know that a blazer can be a year-round need on account of arctic air-con situations.

12. Invest in a new bag. I’m still ALL about the cross-body bag as an outfit accessory, even if you’re carrying a tote to work. It keeps all your essentials at the ready and means you can duck out at lunch time without having to lug your large bag with you. Guaranteed #4 pictured below will make the right accessory statement on weekdays – and it will happily do overtime to take your weekend outfits up a notch too.

13. Use hair accessories as distractions. Distract from what you ask? From three-day hair being held in place and pulled back into a pony because it’s just too damn cold and labour intensive to wash and dry it before work when you may or may not have hit the snooze button three times. Jump on the scrunchie/hair scarf and hair pin trend (#10 and #12 below) and no-one will question your necessary hair hygiene ways.

14. Change up your shoe look. Always teetering to the bus stop in heels? Swap them out with flats that look good but that are also good for your foot health. You can whip those heels out and on at the office if you really need to but if choose a style like #14 or #15 pictured then your outfit may just be complete without the day-long pain.

15. Sparkle in the day time. I’m all for sequins at any time of the day but maybe that’s a bit much for you? Why not start subtly with a pair of studs like #13? They’ll give you a little lift and it will be one of the first things others notice about your outfit. Remember, when you sparkle, you’re giving others permission to sparkle. Go forth and bring your 💫 game to the office. The world needs more sparkle. Full. Stop.

15 ways to refresh you winter work wardrobe

1. Styling You The Label Jane dress $169

2. Witchery dress $149.95 

3. Bohemian Traders blazer $127.95 (on sale) 

4. Arlington Milne saddle bag $289.95 (BabyMac Shop)

5. Styling You The Label pleather/ponte skirt $149

6. Belle Bird skirt $109.95 (Birdsnest)

7. Styling You The Label technical shirt $159

8. Witchery shirt $119.95

9. Country Road soft blouse $159 

10. Trove hair pin trio $29.95

11. ModelRock lipstick in Major Betsy $25 (Adore Beauty) 

12. Nest of Pambula scrunchie $19.95 (Birdsnest)

13. Fred & Ginger studs $25

14. FRANKiE4 Footwear BEC flats $199.95

15. FRANKiE4 Footwear AiNSLEY flats $199.95

So, tell me, where are you at with your winter workwear wardrobe? Needing to freshen things up? Hanging out for spring?

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The Glenorchy tour I had to take into the Rees Valley https://www.stylingyou.com.au/2019/07/glenorchy-tour/ https://www.stylingyou.com.au/2019/07/glenorchy-tour/#comments Thu, 11 Jul 2019 03:15:00 +0000 https://www.stylingyou.com.au/?p=44660 The road to Glenorchy is one of the most picturesque you’ll ever find yourself on. It winds around the eastern side of Lake Wakitipu, offering staggeringly beautiful vistas at every turn. I mean, LOOK AT ...

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The road to Glenorchy is one of the most picturesque you’ll ever find yourself on. It winds around the eastern side of Lake Wakitipu, offering staggeringly beautiful vistas at every turn.

I mean, LOOK AT IT … a no-filter required Instagram heaven.

Bennetts Bluff Lookout, road to Glenorchy

Bennetts Bluff Lookout, road to Glenorchy

Lake Wakatipu at sunset | Glenorchy New Zealand

Joel Lamason knows a thing or two about Glenorchy. He and his partner Kate Cruickshank are directors of Pure Glenorchy tours (Pure Glenorchy is recognised as one of NZ’s leading tourism businesses by being licensed to carry the Qualmark New Zealand tourism official mark of quality). Kate and Joel were incredibly supportive when I reached out to them ahead of our trip to Queenstown with an unusual request. A request I’m grateful they didn’t baulk at helping me with. 

Joel Lamason Pure Glenorchy tours

I wanted to make a very long overdue pilgrimage to the site where my mum and step-dad drowned in December 1995. Their friends, lead by Colin MacGillivray, built a memorial at the site in 1996.

I wrote about finding out about their sudden death HERE. Below are two articles about their deaths from The Southland Times and one from The Courier Mail. Click on each to read a pdf of the articles. My parents were residents of Invercargill at the time but my mum had lived in Brisbane for the majority of her life. I’m uploading the articles here as there is no digital footprint for either Margaret Parkinson or Neville Lawrence. In 1995 the Internet was something the world thought wouldn’t take off 😊 and I want my children’s children to be able to find this information long after I’m gone.

My relationship with my Mum was not the stuff of fairytales. It took me a long time to forgive her for leaving us when her marriage to my Dad broke down when I was 6 (my two brothers and I grew up with my Dad and Step-Mum). And then it took me a long time to forgive when she left Australia to be with Neville when I was 14. It’s also taken me a long time to forgive her for dying, for not being with me in the early days of motherhood, for not being here to be a grandparent to my kids. But forgive I have. I’m now older than she was when she died. The gift her premature and sudden death taught me was that we only get one shot at this game called life. We should just live it, with joy, purpose, hope and love.

Margaret Parkinson and Neville Lawrence | drowned near Glenorchy December 1995 | The Southland Times

Margaret Parkinson and Neville Lawrence | drowned near Glenorchy December 1995 | The Southland Times

Margaret Parkinson and Neville Lawrence | drowned near Glenorchy December 1995 | The Courier Mail

Back in December 1995, when my mum and step-dad drove the road to Glenorchy, what was to be their last time in a car, it was gravel and not for the faint of heart. This was a time before this area provided the backdrop to the Narnia and Lord of the Rings movies. Tourists would have been fewer and farther between than they are now. Mum and Neville were on their way to do a “tramp” or trek on the Rees Track before having Christmas with my step-siblings in Christchurch. 

Maybe they stopped in Glenorchy on the way through to the Muddy Creek carpark at the beginning of track. Neville loved taking photos. Maybe they stopped to take photos of the iconic red boat shed or to walk out along the pier. 

Pure Glenorchy tours, Queenstown NZ

Lake Wakatipu, Glenorchy, New Zealand

Glenorchy pier, New Zealand

I’d tramped with them before. They would have had all the required equipment and food. Mum would have had her bags of scroggin (trail mix) at the ready. They would have been excited to start another tramp and even more excited to be spending Christmas afterwards with family.

All of these thoughts – and SO many more – filled my head as we drove past the carpark where they would have parked their car before entering the Mt Aspiring National Park on foot. The glacial valley from above looks like a flat grassland, tinged brown from heavy frosts, with huge mountains rising up on either side. When you’re in the valley, specifically driving through it, it’s a very different proposition. The off-road journey may have only been about 6-7km but it wasn’t a case of pointing the 4WD and going in a straight line. Joel expertly navigated the alluvial plains of the Rees River, driving through iced slush and shallow waters to avoid being bogged in quicksand. We felt in very safe hands. Joel had even done a reccie through to the site the afternoon before to see if there were any shifts in the valley that would prevent us from getting through.

Map Rees Valley Pure Glenorchy Tours

Rees Valley from Muddy Creek carpark, New Zealand

Sheep in the Rees Valley, New Zealand

When we arrived at the site, I waited for the tears to flow, for the sadness of the past 23 and a half years to rise up and take over in big, ugly sobs. The opposite happened. A strange calm came over me. A feeling that I was meant to be there. Right then. That it didn’t matter that it had taken so long to work up the courage to make the pilgrimage to the site. What mattered was that I did.

The memorial sits up on a low ridge not far from where Twenty Five Mile Creek meets the Rees River. It’s one of the most naturally beautifully and pristine locations you’ll ever experience. The view up the valley to snow-capped mountains and the Grant Glacier is awe-inspiring. The air is so clean you want to bottle it so you can keep breathing it long after you’ve got back into the car and wound your way back to town. Lichen and moss grows abundantly because the air is that pure. The crystal clear water that flows over flat green and grey schist (glacial rocks) comes from the most beautiful cavern deep inside the mountain. 

Rees Valley Twenty Five Mile Creek New Zealand

Memorial to Neville Lawrence and Margaret Parkinson | Twenty Five Mile Creek, Rees Valley, New Zealand

Twenty Five Mile Creek Rees Valley New Zealand

Twenty Five Mile Creek Rees Valley New Zealand

Moss and lichen grow easily in the pure air of the Rees Valley, New Zealand

It’s believed my parents were swept away while trying to cross a flooded Twenty Five Mile Creek. Mum was found 1.6km downstream in the Rees River with her backpack on (weighing 50kg wet) and Neville a little bit further, his pack off. No-one knows for sure but we think Mum slipped/fell first and then Neville took off his pack to try and rescue her. Mum’s body was pretty beaten up by the fall, whereas Neville’s didn’t show any visible signs of injury.

The irony that there’s now a footbridge across Twenty Five Mile Creek was not lost on me. We don’t know when it was built. It was not there when family visited the site in 10 or more years ago. I didn’t feel any anger at what could have been if that bridge had been in place in 1995. I felt Mum and Neville would have been pleased to see it built to prevent others befall the same fate. They were like that in their careers … thinking, working and championing others.

Footbridge | Twenty Five Mile Creek, Rees Valley, New Zealand

Foot bridge over Twenty Five Mile Creek, Rees Valley, New Zealand

When they weren’t working, they spent pretty much every day of their 14 years as a couple together. As their friend, Sue Ewart, said at their funeral: “they were utterly and completely happy together … and miserable when circumstances separated them, no matter how briefly. The intensity of their love sometimes made me fear for them. I could not see how one could survive without the other. I take some comfort from the fact that they died together doing something they loved, with neither left to face an inconsolable future.”

I too couldn’t have imagined one surviving without the other.

It was while reflecting on this very thought that Joel pointed out the pairs of paradise shelducks flying across the grasslands and landing in the rocky waterways in front of us. He told us these ducks pair up and stay together for life.

The woo-woo in me likes to think that maybe, just maybe, it was a sign and that wherever they are, they’re still flying together.


Highly recommended: Pure Glenorchy tours

More on our Queenstown stay: tips for a snow holiday; where to eat and drink

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9 tips for a Queenstown snow holiday if you’re a newbie https://www.stylingyou.com.au/2019/07/9-tips-for-a-queenstown-snow-holiday-if-youre-a-newbie/ https://www.stylingyou.com.au/2019/07/9-tips-for-a-queenstown-snow-holiday-if-youre-a-newbie/#comments Mon, 08 Jul 2019 19:00:00 +0000 https://www.stylingyou.com.au/?p=44625 Of COURSE it “puked” down (as the young kids say about a snowfall) the moment we bid farewell to our Queenstown snow holiday. We knew that we had taken our chances on booking a ski ...

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Of COURSE it “puked” down (as the young kids say about a snowfall) the moment we bid farewell to our Queenstown snow holiday.

We knew that we had taken our chances on booking a ski and boarding trip to Queenstown when it was so early in the season but I can tell you the lack of fresh snow did not prevent us from having a fabulous snow holiday, so never let that deter you from booking slightly outside of peak season.

We’re only just back in the skiing and snowboarding game after finding our snow legs in January after a very long absence in Hakuba and Nosawa Onsen (Japan) but it’s safe to say that if we’re not enjoying a beach holiday, we now love the appeal of a snow holiday, especially when travelling with kids.

That balance of activity and apre fun is just as appealing (for slightly different reasons 🤦‍♀️) as it was back in the days of radio Snowbus tours where sleep was definitely optional.

What Queenstown offers and what was attractive to us was the easy access to is a variety of ski options in a stunningly beautifully lakeside location that is renown for its world-class food and wine. And if you don’t want to ski or board, there are still lots of things to do.

9 tips for a Queenstown snow holiday

9 tips for a Queenstown snow holiday, New Zealand

How to get there

We flew Virgin Australia direct from Brisbane into Queenstown. This is seriously one of the biggest advantages of choosing Queenstown as a base for a snow holiday. In less than half a day we were checked into our accommodation; ready to hit the slopes the next day. It really does make it possible to maximise a week’s holiday when you’re not losing two days in transit. Oh, and the views coming into land are next level amazing.

Queenstown Airport is small. Think the same size as a regional airport in Australia. It’s not a fast process getting out through customs but I think it still trumps flying into another New Zealand city and then flying on a domestic flight into Queenstown.

The airport is in Frankton about 20-30 minutes from the Queenstown centre, depending on traffic. There’s only one road in and out of Queenstown, so in peak hour it can be slower. We caught a maxi taxi (to accommodate Mr SY’s snowboard gear) to our accommodation, which was about 10-15 minutes away and it cost about $NZ35.

Virgin Australia flying into Queenstown, NZ

Where to stay

There are accommodation options in Queenstown for every budget, from youth hostels, to cabins, hotels, apartments and luxury private home rentals. 

Because we were travelling in winter, I wanted a fireplace (such a novelty for a Queenslander!), self-contained accommodation with two bedrooms and a view of Lake Wakatipu. We also wanted easy access to transfers to the ski resorts. 

If you’re looking for ski-in/ski-out accommodation, the only option is 15 on-mountain apartments at Cardrona. While this will definitely appeal to some, it very much limits what you can see and do in the evening that doesn’t involve a windy, steep road into the town of Cardrona itself.

There is definite appeal in staying right in the thick of things in the centre of Queenstown but for us, The Rees Hotel, which is about 10 minutes out of Queenstown was a perfect compromise. The hotel runs a free shuttle on the hour (and extra times on demand) into Queenstown and shuttles back. If you miss a time, cabs are about $NZ17 one way. You can also catch the water taxi for a special hotel guest price of $NZ5 per person. In summer, it would make a lovely 30-40 minute walk by the lake into town.

We booked an executive lake view, two-bedroom, two bathroom apartment. The only downside of our particular apartment’s location was the road leading into the carpark blocked a little of the view, making it not so private. I’m sure the couple out for their morning walk are still in shock at seeing us getting our thermals on for a day on the slopes. HAH.

The compact kitchen was perfect for our needs and the washer/dryer combo meant that we could easily wash our ski gear each night. To be honest, the only thing missing was a bathtub to soak weary ski legs at the end of the day.

Staff were incredibly attentive, helpful and friendly. You get the advantages of self-contained accommodation with those of staying in a hotel (beds made; washing up done; daily cleaning). 

The Rees Hotel, Queenstown, Executive 2-bedroom lakeview apartment

The Rees Hotel, Queenstown

View from The Rees Hotel, Queenstown

Water Taxi Queenstown, NZ

Where to hire your ski/snowboard gear

In researching where we were going to stay, I needed to know it would be easy to get the gear for myself and my son sorted on the afternoon/evening of our arrival so we could ski the next day. The Rees recommends Snow Pro, a mobile ski/snowboard hire and fitting company that comes to your accommodation. How good is that? I booked and paid online ahead of our arrival and Snow Pro staff arrived with options for us a couple of hours after we’d unpacked. They then placed it in the hotel ski locker for us, ready for the next day. At the end of our stay they picked it up from the ski locker. The quality of the equipment was great. Our son’s boots were even brand new. This arrangement very much suited us as we wanted to ski a couple of different ski resorts. 

If you’re only planning to ski at one resort or just skiing for one or two days, then hiring your gear on that mountain might be the go. That way you don’t have to lug it anywhere. You get fitted on arrival, leave the gear there overnight and return at the end of your ski time. If you have any problems with your equipment, you can take it directly to where you hired it from. 

In terms of what you need to wear on the slopes, I put together this video to help you buy, borrow or hire the right types of gear.

Where to ski

There are three ski resorts easily accessible from Queenstown. They’re not all operated by the one company, so you will need different lift passes for some. The nearest to Queenstown – Coronet Peak (25 minutes) and The Remarkables (45 minutes) – are operated by the same company, NZ Ski. Your lift passes will work for both of these ski fields. Cardrona is about 60-80 minutes from Queenstown. You’ll need separate lift passes for here. 

Each of these three ski fields has a good mix of beginner, intermediate and advanced skiing options. They all need more snow right now to really open up the more advanced runs but I can tell you that the man-made stuff worked just fine for this green and blue run girl. For a fun option, try night skiing at Coronet Peak.

We split our time between Cardrona (three days) and The Remarkables (two days) and loved doing that for the variety. The Remarkables holds a special place in my heart as that’s where I first learned to ski back in 1987 😱- at the time I didn’t get past the learner burner conveyor belt slope but this time I went to the very top and down again many times over. We also loved Cardrona for its scenic runs and modern vibe. Both offered me Champagne options, so that made me a very happy girl. It’s the simple things, I tell you.

Do your research online at each of the ski fields to see what the best package options are for you. There are great deals for learners that include everything to get you started. Buy online before you go and redeem when you get to Queenstown (or the ski resort). Your lift pass is electronically coded and you carry it in your ski jacket for access to the lifts.

Cardrona

Cardrona ski resort, Queenstown, NZ

Cardrona

Cardrona ski resort, Queenstown, NZ 3

Cardrona

Cardrona ski resort, Queenstown, NZ

Cardrona

The Remarkables ski resort, Queenstown, New Zealand

The Remarkables

The Ice Bar The Remarkables ski resort, Queenstown, New Zealand

The Remarkables

The Remarkables ski resort, Queenstown, New Zealand

The Remarkables

How to get to the ski fields

You could choose to hire a car, have your show chains on hand and be prepared to tackle the steep, windy roads to the resorts. This does give you more freedom as to how long you spend on the slopes each day but it wasn’t something we were keen to do.

The bus transport system for both Cardona and The Remarkables/Coronet Peak is efficient and cost effective. Book ahead to get your spot and then be at the bus stop ready for your morning (before sunrise) pickup. Our pick-up was across the road from The Rees Hotel (another reason why I chose the accommodation) and we were already on the way to the snow, being on the right side of Queenstown. We got back about 5pm from The Remarkables and 5.30pm from Cardrona but also had the option in Cardrona to leave earlier.

Ski lessons

All the resorts offer great lesson options, from private lessons, to group and kids’ club offerings. If you’re a newbie, book a lift pass and lessons package. If doing a group lesson, do a full day for your first day to keep continuity with the same teacher. Our youngest did this (he transitioned to skiing from a brief flirtation and injury on a snowboard in Japan) and progressed so far in one day. At The Remarkables, he did another full day and this also included lunch.

I didn’t get lessons this time around as it had only been six months since I last was on the slopes. I would get a private next time to help me progress a bit further. And had I known that my instructor from Hakuba, Matt Alcock, was at Cardrona for the season (I ran into him on our last day), I’d have booked with him as he managed to get me up and skiing after 27 years AND save me from an unfortunate chairlift incident.

How to get around

We opted not to hire a car, instead booking the ski resort transfers and using the hotel shuttle bus or cabs for any trips into Queenstown centre. There is also a local bus service.

Where to eat and drink

All I can say is I’m grateful we were so active because the food situation in Queenstown is NEXT LEVEL. So next level, I’ve blogged about it separately HERE.

We self catered for breakfast, snacks and some wine by ordering online at Countdown supermarket for a delivery the afternoon of our arrival. Best. Move. Ever.

What to do when not on the slopes

Queenstown has so much on offer at any time of year but if you want to have a rest day or two from the snow, then consider jet boating, white water rafting, boat cruises, winery tours, Lord of the Rings and Glenorchy tours, fly-fishing or a trip to Arrowtown. More information HERE.

Pure Glenorchy tours, Queenstown NZ

Pure Glenorchy tours, Queenstown NZ

So, tell me, have you visited Queenstown for a snow holiday? What tips can you add to this post?


Why I think travel insurance is as important as your passport

For me, I don’t book a holiday without first taking out travel insurance. Often the time of booking flights and accommodation can be long before the time of travel and you can never be certain of what might happen between then and showing your passport at customs.

I then want to take off knowing that if someone in my family needs it, I’m backed up with help from my travel insurance company. For my last three international trips – to EuropeHawaii and to Bali – I’ve chosen and paid for Allianz travel insurance. I also take out Allianz travel insurance for any domestic travel like this girls’ weekend or road trips we do.

Obtaining Allianz travel insurance is a simple and easy process. I select and purchase my cover online. I’ve found that the insurance cover is competitive in price for the inclusions I select.

For me, it’s about having peace of mind when we travel. I want to know that if anything goes wrong that my family is backed up through medical help or simply help with extra accommodation or replacement belongings should something be stolen.

When our son was sick six years ago while in New York, we weren’t concerned by the potential expense should we have needed hospital treatment. And when I book holidays in advance, I do so with the knowledge that if unexpected cancellations occur, I have travel insurance.^

In short, I don’t leave home – or book a holiday – without it.

Book with Allianz Travel Insurance online HEREEnter STYLINGYOU to receive up to 10% off Allianz Comprehensive Travel Insurance*


My 10-step packing guide for any destination

Confessions of a Reformed Over-Packer | 10-step packing guide for any destination | Styling You | Nikki ParkinsonFor me, the holiday planning is all part of the excitement and anticipation of being on that escape. I love nothing more than going down the rabbit hole that is the internet looking for inspiration and ideas for what to do at the chosen destination but also for the types of clothes and accessories that will best suit that destination at the time that I’m travelling.

The formula I use for packing is one that can be adapted and applied to every destination and type of holiday. It’s not complicated. If you follow all the steps it’s quite liberating. I can’t ever imagine returning to my bad old days of throwing everything into a suitcase, sitting on said suitcase to get it closed, and hoping that I’d packed what I needed.

Want to get that formula? It’s all in my e-book.

Buy my e-book HERE

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It’s no secret around these parts that I love to eat good food. I love to cook good food at home and when it comes to going out while travelling, I’ll do my research in advance to maximise how we spend our dining out budget when on the ground.

On our recent snow trip to New Zealand, once I’d nailed the essentials in terms of flights, accommodation and ski gear hire, thoughts turned to where to eat and drink in Queenstown.

Word: it is a food-lovers destination. The available fresh produce is some of the best in the world. If you did nothing else but explore the food and wine options in Queenstown you’d be very happy with your holiday. Having said that, you may just want to schedule in a whole lot of activity as there is a whole lot of food to be enjoyed.

Thanks to the world of online, it’s possible to book lunches and dinners out long before you arrive at your destination. And when restaurants are in demand, this is wise to do to avoid disappointment. So, when I’m working on a dining out plan for a holiday, I start with those key restaurants which take bookings (and advise) that you should pre-book. Then I fill in the gaps with a list of potential restaurants or food options where you can’t book – or don’t need to book. I like to mix it up – burgers one night; three-course dinner the next. 

I arrive at the destination with a dining out schedule but one with some wiggle room, should we stumble across a restaurant or bar that looks like our kind of place. A good thing to do is to walk around the destination at peak dining out time and see what places are full. In Queenstown, there are a lot of dining options and doing this was telling!

So, below, I’ve put together a list of places we loved – it was only a week away but I think we did ok, yes? HAH. I’ve shared more over on @stylingyoueats (scroll through the Queenstown Instagram highlight).

Where to eat and drink in Queenstown

Botswana Butchery

Whenever we asked anyone where to eat in Queenstown, Botswana Butchery was top of their list. It’s now top of ours too. This is definitely one to book in advance and to budget for. We saved it for our final night and loved every part of the experience. The meal is now up there with some of our most memorable. Yes, there’s an emphasis on meat but Botswana goes beyond that with magical pairing of flavours and textures. Check out the theatre of the Bombe Alaska being served.

Botswana Butchery, Queenstown, NZ

Botswana Butchery, Queenstown, NZ

Botswana Butchery, Queenstown, NZ

Fergburger

This was number two on everyone’s list – and came with the warning that we’d need to line up for our Fergburger fix. The line up was super efficient and worth it. Staff hand out menus while you wait and advise how long it will take to place your order; then how long it will take to fill your order. In our case it was just under 30 minutes tops from when we arrived. Most burgers are under $15, are huge and super tasty. There’s a GF bun option (YAY). Seating is limited but we did manage to stake out a spot. You can also track your order on the Fergburger site, so go for a wander while you wait.

Fergburger, Queenstown, NZ

Fergburger, Queenstown, NZ

Sardine Bar

Sardine Bar serves up Asian street-style food from its sister restaurant White and Wong’s next door was a surprise find but a fabulous find all the same. The sardine-tin wallpaper was quirky and the picture windows offer a view across to the lake. We ate a selection of edamame, dumplings and baos for a quick lunch before heading to the airport on our last day. 

Sardine, Queenstown, NZ

Pedro’s House of Lamb

Pedro’s is such a genius idea for a takeaway business – and the perfect option if you want to stay in, crack open a red wine and eat in front of the fire place. One slow-cooked lamb shoulder, potatoes and a coleslaw delivered to our door was under $NZ70 and was more than enough for the three of us. The meat and juices were just so delicious. 

Pedro's House of Lamb, Queenstown, NZ

True South

True South is located where we stayed – at the Rees Hotel – so we opted to dine here on our first night. The restaurant uses mostly produce sourced from Otago suppliers and the menu shares those details with diners. The Bluff oysters were an absolute treat. We also loved the shared main options. The flavours in every dish were expertly combined but not in an overly fussy kind of way. 

True South, The Rees, Queenstown

True South, The Rees, Queenstown

True South, The Rees, Queenstown

Pub on the Wharf

Winning the value for money stakes was hands down the Pub on the Wharf. All main meals are $NZ20, which is just ridiculous when you see the size of them. I barely got through half my slow-cooked Southland Hereford rump steak. 

Pub on the Wharf, Queenstown, NZ

Madam Woo

Taking inspiration from Malaysian hawker food, Madam Woo, serves up the tastiest of offerings in a fabulously eclectic, relaxed setting. We were told to not miss the hawker rolls and were not disappointed. Book ahead for this one – whenever we walked past it was full.

Madam Woo Queenstown

Madam Woo Queenstown

The Lounge Bar (Rodd & Gunn)

We happened to get off the slopes early one day to make it into Queenstown before the sun went down and walked past this bar. The Lounge Bar was on our radar but we weren’t sure it was something that would work with having our son in tow. But then an outside, water-view table with Adirondack chairs and luxe blankets opened up and I was there quicker than you could say mulled wine. Want more than a fancy cheese board? Book ahead for a meal.

he Lounge Bar, Rodd & Gunn, Queenstown, NZ

The Lounge Bar Rodd & Gunn Queenstown, NZ

Bespoke Kitchen

We self-catered breakfasts each day before hitting the slopes but on our non-ski day, we headed into town to head up the Skyline gondola, stopping for the most incredible brunch at Bespoke Kitchen. Gluten-free and vegan options from locally sourced produce are aplenty, but don’t worry, the baked goods situation is also next level. It’s super popular but it didn’t take long to get a table; the longest time was spent lining up to order.

Bespoke Kitchen, Queenstown, NZ

Bespoke Kitchen, Queenstown, NZ

The Cow

The Cow is a Queenstown institution. Head down Cow Lane into what in a former life was a stone barn for the daily milking of cows. It’s all charm, from the dark interior, to the wood fire and the mouth-watering smells wafting out of the kitchen. If you skied Queenstown in the ’80s and ’90s you most probably partied at The Cow. Party animals that we are now, post-skiing, I had a mulled wine and half a pizza before being in bed by 8.30pm. You can’t make a reservation but you can leave your name and number or wait at the bar until a table becomes available. Gluten-free bases are available – HUZZAH.

The Cow, Queenstown, NZ

The Cow, Queenstown, NZ

The Cookie Muncher Cookie Bar

Not only do Queenstown visitors happily queue for burgers, they’ll also queue for freshly baked biscuits and cookie-inspired shakes and dessert offerings. Cookie Time biscuits are an NZ fave but The Cookie Muncher Cookie Bar takes a much-loved product to the next, sugar-coma-inducing level.

The Cookie Muncher Cookie Bar, Queenstown NZ

Patagonia Chocolates

If you’ve got a chocolate craving, then you’ll be able to indulge it in so many ways at Patagonia Chocolates … chocolates, cakes, ice cream, hot chocolate … or this amazing concept that our son loved: take an ice block base, choose your chocolate coating, add a coating. 

Patagonia Chocolates, Queenstown, NZ

The Remarkables Sweet Shop

Like a kid in a candy shop, we all fell a little bit for this slice of sweet heaven. The Remarkable Sweet Shop is home to all kinds of lolly and chocolate options but it is its diverse range of fudge that will have you lining up to taste test … and take home.

The Remarkables Sweet Shop fudge, Queenstown, NZ

So, tell me, where else in Queenstown would you recommend to eat and drink? Do you have a fave?


Why I think travel insurance is as important as your passport

For me, I don’t book a holiday without first taking out travel insurance. Often the time of booking flights and accommodation can be long before the time of travel and you can never be certain of what might happen between then and showing your passport at customs.

I then want to take off knowing that if someone in my family needs it, I’m backed up with help from my travel insurance company. For my last three international trips – to EuropeHawaii and to Bali – I’ve chosen and paid for Allianz travel insurance. I also take out Allianz travel insurance for any domestic travel like this girls’ weekend or road trips we do.

Obtaining Allianz travel insurance is a simple and easy process. I select and purchase my cover online. I’ve found that the insurance cover is competitive in price for the inclusions I select.

For me, it’s about having peace of mind when we travel. I want to know that if anything goes wrong that my family is backed up through medical help or simply help with extra accommodation or replacement belongings should something be stolen.

When our son was sick six years ago while in New York, we weren’t concerned by the potential expense should we have needed hospital treatment. And when I book holidays in advance, I do so with the knowledge that if unexpected cancellations occur, I have travel insurance.^

In short, I don’t leave home – or book a holiday – without it.

Book with Allianz Travel Insurance online HEREEnter STYLINGYOU to receive up to 10% off Allianz Comprehensive Travel Insurance*


My 10-step packing guide for any destination

Confessions of a Reformed Over-Packer | 10-step packing guide for any destination | Styling You | Nikki ParkinsonFor me, the holiday planning is all part of the excitement and anticipation of being on that escape. I love nothing more than going down the rabbit hole that is the internet looking for inspiration and ideas for what to do at the chosen destination but also for the types of clothes and accessories that will best suit that destination at the time that I’m travelling.

The formula I use for packing is one that can be adapted and applied to every destination and type of holiday. It’s not complicated. If you follow all the steps it’s quite liberating. I can’t ever imagine returning to my bad old days of throwing everything into a suitcase, sitting on said suitcase to get it closed, and hoping that I’d packed what I needed.

Want to get that formula? It’s all in my e-book.

Buy my e-book HERE

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Forgive me, dear Stylers, it’s four days since the mighty month of June ended and I got so caught up in my holiday (a highly recommended thing) that I forgot to put fingers to the keyboard.

If you’re new around these parts, these journal posts are my monthly catch-up with you. Life can get so damn busy that it’s so easy to let the months slip by and think you’ve not done anything.

When I write it all down, it reminds me that I AM doing stuff. And that life is good. I highly recommend it’s something you do too. It doesn’t have to be on the internet, you could write old-school style into a journal. Why not give it a try?

SYTL HQ

We’ve extended our pop-up stay at Hummingbird Boutique until the end of July. Thank you so much to everyone’s who popped in to see us in store. We’ve loved having our little home away from home.

Styling You The Label pop-up shop Hummingbird Boutique Paddington

I’m signing off on our spring-summer collections as I type AND working on next winter’s offerings. If you’ve got any requests, send them our way. If you’ve shopped with us, make sure you join our VIP Facebook group for style inspiration on how to wear your SYTL pieces.

Having just travelled with some of our pieces packed in the bag, it’s been so exciting to experience just how well they work as part of a travel capsule. And I’ve loved seeing SYTL customers wearing their pieces all over the world too. Keep those photos coming.

Events

The main event of the month was my Birthday Festival, OF COURSE. I restricted it to one week this year, which is really quite restrained, but I did manage to pack a fair bit in.

There was my quarterly “meeting” at One Wybelenna with one of my oldest girlfriends.

One Wybelenna

I sipped Champagne with a girlfriend at the Custom’s House Veuve pop-up. And we dined out with family and friends the next night. Both evenings gave me the opportunity to trot out two new White Label Noba purchases.

White Label Noba dress Styling You The Label blazer FRANKiE4 Footwear RUTH boots in gold

(Wearing: White Label Noba dress; Styling You The Label blazer; FRANKiE4 Footwear RUTH boots in gold)

White Label Noba pants Styling You The Label cami Bohemian Traders blazer FRANKiE4 Footwear TESSA heels

(Wearing: White Label Noba pants; Styling You The Label cami; Bohemian Traders blazer; FRANKiE4 Footwear TESSA heels)

Maiocchi held its winter soiree and I counted that as part of the festival because I got to sip bubbles and munch on macarons … while hanging out with some of my faves.

Maiocchi winter soiree @stace_mcgregs @ilovethatskirt @stylingyou

My beautiful friend Kirsten hosted her first @kirstenandco “Actual Team Meeting” event and I could not have thought of a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon. The unofficial theme was pink and I’m nothing if not a joiner.

@kirstenandco Actual Team Meeting

Travel

We flew to Queenstown at the end of the month for a week-long ski trip. More about that on the blog soon but you can check out my Insta Story highlight in the meantime. I cannot believe it’s taken me almost 24 years to cross the ditch. What a place!

Nikki Parkinson Styling You skis Cardrona Queenstown New Zealand

Reading

The Party by Robyn Harding. I’m not sure how I landed on this book but maybe it was because it was pitched as a cross between The Slap and Big Little Lies. And that’s how it rolled. It was heart-wrenching, frustrating, and emotional. Let’s just say that if you’re a parent of teenage kids it might scare you off ever hosting a teenager party at home.

Listening

Star-Crossed by Minnie Darke: I loved listening to Aussie actress Melissa George narrate this beautiful Australian-set love story. As an FYI, I have an Audible subscription that gives me one free audiobook a month. I usually have an audiobook and a reading book on the go at the one time!

Watching

Yesterday the movie – what a fun, beautiful, heart-warming and funny movie this is. Do yourself a favour. It won’t tax the brain but will give you all the warm and fuzzy endorphins.

Three of my fave series are back! Rejoice! PRAISE BE! Big Little Lies (second season); Younger and The Handmaid’s Tale. All are SO different but so addictive for different reasons.

Eating/drinking

Birthday-related eating and drinking: Greca at Howard Smith Wharves (seriously great Greek food with a view of the city that makes Brisbane feel like Brooklyn, NYC) and Walter’s Steakhouse (do order the house speciality and have them serve your steak sizzle-style at the table).

In Queenstown we dined out like Royalty, enjoying everything from burgers to fine-dining options. The common theme? Good, wholesome fresh produce, served well. Check out my Styling You Eats Insta Story highlight for Queenstown for more tips on where and what to eat.

Shopping

This Brave+True coat was bought on a whim on a cold Brisbane day from Hummingbird Boutique and became my favourite thing to wear for apre skiing.

Brave + True coat Styling You The Label top and cashmere wrap Outland denim jeans FRANKiE4 Footwear EMiLY boots

(Wearing: Brave+True coat; Styling You The Label top and cashmere wrap; Outland black jeans; FRANKiE4 Footwear EMiLY boots)

Home

Hopefully by next month our pool/deck reno will be complete. We had a bit of a hold-up in waiting to get a pool fence re-installed but it’s in now and the pool should be finished next week. Hip, hip hooray.

Pooldeck reno update

Family

The best birthday present of all was having my eldest home for four nights when his ship docked in Brisbane. We even got to go on board for a tour. He’s so happy with his chosen career and it showed in the pride he had in taking us around the ship.

Navy mum on board HMAS Success

(Wearing: Styling You The Label dress and leggings; Uniqlo jacket; FRANKiE4 Footwear JACKiE sneakers)

Holidaying with the youngest and my husband has been pretty damn special. It’s been great to be away and relaxed, with the most taxing thing getting up in time to make the snow bus up to the slopes.

Styling You family holiday Queenstown NZ

Beauty obsessions

These are all snow trip related: Bettyquette Betty Balm (keeping my lips from cracking while being a ski bunny); Dermalogica spf 50 sport (no-one wants a goggle tan as a souvenir of their snow holiday); Amazing Oils magnesium roll-on (I popped this on my legs each night as recovery, post-ski).

dermalogica protection 50 sport

bettyquette Betty Balm

Amazing Oils Magnesium Pain Relief Gell Roll On

Have a fabulous July. Do you celebrate Christmas in July? Doing Dry July? Tell me what you’ve been up to.

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The Model and Me: Anannasa autumn-winter 2019 https://www.stylingyou.com.au/2019/06/anannasa-autumn-winter-2019/ https://www.stylingyou.com.au/2019/06/anannasa-autumn-winter-2019/#comments Mon, 24 Jun 2019 19:00:00 +0000 https://www.stylingyou.com.au/?p=44155 Move over “jeans and a nice top”, it’s time to embrace the jeans and a nice jacket. This one from the Anannasa autumn-winter 2019 collection ticks the box and creates an outfit statement in one ...

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Move over “jeans and a nice top”, it’s time to embrace the jeans and a nice jacket. This one from the Anannasa autumn-winter 2019 collection ticks the box and creates an outfit statement in one easy move.

I’m a big fan of designer Sher’s Anannasa label. Apart from the fact it means pineapple in Hindi (you know how much I love anything 🍍), the label evokes a diverse global feeling of style.

You always feel just a little bit special in an Anannasa piece and this statement jacket is no exception.

The model

Anannasa PARAS crop jacket

Anannasa PARAS crop jacket

and me

Anannasa jacket | Styling You The Label cami | Styling You The Label June jeans in dark wash

Anannasa jacket (I’m in L) | Styling You The Label cami | Styling You The Label June jeans in dark wash

What I love about the power of a statement jacket is that you can start with the basics – as I’ve done in a pair of jeans and a cami – and completely change the look and the impact of what you’re wearing.

It’s the kind of jacket that dresses up a casual look but would equally be at home adding the finishing touch to an evening or occasion look.

I love the contrast of the ikat patchwork with the strip of colour and metallic embellishment around the hem and sleeve. It’s a mid-weight canvas fabric, so would work when the temperatures weren’t too hot or too cold.

The Model and Me: Anannasa autumn-winter 2019

* This piece was kindly gifted to me for editorial consideration.


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Sponsored by dermalogica 

Editor’s note: I’m excited to once again be part of the #DermTribe for 2019. I’ll be bringing you news and my reviews of products being released this year. 

I know how you love an update on what I’ve been putting on my skin and I thought I’d touch base and let you know how I’m going with a skin routine that’s helping me through menopause.

I’m probably still on the peri side of the menopausal divide but a few of the symptoms of the cross-over are alive and well in this 52-year-old body.

Hello night sweats and the need for only summer pjs despite the temperature dropping to single digits. And hello dry skin.

I chatted to you about the strange arrival of dry skin on my forehead in my last skincare routine update and I’m super pleased to report that I’ve had significant improvement in the past few months. That improvement is due in very big part to the dermalogica intensive moisture cleanser and intensive moisture balance I wrote about in that post. I cannot tell you just how much these two products have been a game-changer for my skin. If for some reason I forget to pack/use the intensive moisture balance, my forehead comes over all flakey and lets me know about it.

The other thing I’ve done is work with a dermalogica skin therapist (Sally Williams), booking in for monthly treatments that support, hydrate and strengthen my skin. I can’t stress how this individual attention not only helps your skin but also stops you from either using products not suited to your skin or over-stimulating your skin with too many products. Over-stimulating your skin can throw your skin’s balance out of whack. You might blame the product but it just might be the products are not the right combination for you right now.

What Sally has done is sort out and simplify my skincare routine and we’ve scaled back on the actives I’m using at home, saving any peels, retinol or super strong serums for in the monthly treatments. In those treatments, I also have micro-dermabrasion and LED light therapy.

Dermalogica multivitamin power serum

dermalogica multivitamin power serum

At home I’m concentrating on hydration, keeping my skin calm and gently delivering active ingredients at night time only using dermalogica multivitamin power serum. This is a product that’s back by popular demand and I, for one, am extremely happy it is. 

Let me share the reasons why.

1. At a time when my skin is hyper-sensitive and prone to flakiness, this product gives it just the right strength of vitamins A, C an E to boost the appearance and glow of my skin without tipping it over the edge into the reactive zone.

2. The product itself glides on gently, hugging and smoothing the skin, much like a makeup primer might. 

3. When worn overnight, I wake up with fresh, smooth, hydrated skin and that makes me a very happy woman.

So, what powers this serum?

Retinyl Palmitate: encapsulated Vitamin A to help increase cell renewal and turnover. 

Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate: encapsulated Vitamin E to help provide antioxidant benefits to the skin and reinforce the barrier lipid layer (this is a big one for me!).

Ascorbyl Glucoside: stabilised form of Vitamin C that stimulates collagen synthesis to help treat hyperpigmentation and provides a photoprotective function against UV rays.

Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate: stabilised and highly active ingredient that stimulates collagen synthesis and helps treat hyperpigmentation.

dermalogica multivitamin power serum

My menopause skincare routine

This is my current, simplified (peri) menopause skincare routine. It may not be right for you but it might get you thinking about how you could tweak what you currently use to get the best out of your skin right now.

Morning:

Menopause skincare routine | night time | dermalogica

1. intensive moisture cleanser

2. ultra calming serum concentrate

3. intensive moisture balance 

4. dynamic skin recovery SPF50

Evening:

Menopause skincare routine | night time | dermalogica

1. precleanse balm

2. intensive moisture cleanser

3. multivitamin power serum

4. intensive moisture balance 

Twice a week:

1. (After precleanse and cleanse) daily microfoliant

2. multivitamin power recovery masque (I often leave this on overnight once a week)

Special offer

When stocking up on my skincare products, I buy direct from dermalogica australia. There is a $15 discount on your first order and with every order you earn points towards bonus samples. For travel, I can always buy smaller sizes of my fave products. And for the bathroom, I can buy larger sizes in some products.

As a special offer for Styling You readers, save 20% when buying dermalogica multivitamin power serum Shop via this link: www.dermalogica.com.au and enter the code STYLINGYOU at checkout. (offer is valid until July 31, 2019)

WIN

Dermalogica has 3 prize packs of the multivitamin power serum to giveaway to three Styling You readers. Each prize is valued at $106. To enter, leave an answer to the following question in the comments’ section below:

Why does your skin need a multivitamin boost right now?

Entries open on Friday, June 21, 2019 at 5am (AEST) and close on Friday, July 5, 2019 at 5pm (AEST). Australian entries only, sorry. The winners of the “answer the question” competition will be judged on originality and creativity. The winners will be emailed and their name will be published here. Entrants must include an email address when the filling in the commenting system below to be eligible to enter. Full terms and conditions here.

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The Model and Me: Catherine Murphy autumn-winter 2019 https://www.stylingyou.com.au/2019/06/catherine-murphy-autumn-winter-2019/ https://www.stylingyou.com.au/2019/06/catherine-murphy-autumn-winter-2019/#comments Mon, 17 Jun 2019 19:00:00 +0000 https://www.stylingyou.com.au/?p=44342 I’m not ashamed to admit it … the nostalgia for all things Nina Proudman and Offspring usually kicks in about now. And it kicks in hard. It’s about this time of year that the preview ...

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I’m not ashamed to admit it … the nostalgia for all things Nina Proudman and Offspring usually kicks in about now. And it kicks in hard. It’s about this time of year that the preview ads for a new series would kick in.

I loved the relatable yet quirky storylines, I was #TeamPatrick all the way but the excitement around the evolution of Nina’s style, thanks to its costume designers was always the number one reason I’d study each episode each season.

I discovered so many Australian labels through Offspring, sharing them with you and, in turn, helping those labels get new fans. 

One of those labels was Catherine Murphy. The Catherine Murphy maxi dress Nina wore in the final season had me later that year adding a top to cart and earlier this year I purchased a dress from this Melbourne-based, Australian-made independent.

For this Model and Me post, I’m featuring a stunning shirt from the Catherine Murphy autumn-winter 2019 collection that’s epitomises the detail and quality of this label.

The model

Catherine Murphy Tessa shirt in black

Catherine Murphy Tessa shirt in black

and me

Catherine Murphy Tessa shirt in black | Styling You the Label Jude dark-wash denim jeans

Catherine Murphy Tessa shirt in black | Styling You the Label Jude dark-wash denim jeans

Catherine Murphy

This is an exclusive Catherine Murphy print. It’s a beautifully busy Indian-inspired floral/botanical print that doesn’t overwhelm because of its black base.

The cotton is silk-like on the skin and the detailing of cotton ribbon trim and shell buttons takes this piece next level – such a Catherine Murphy trademark.

The sleeves finish longer than shown on the model but can be pushed up to suit any look. It’s a relaxed shape through the mid-section, which works just as well worn out (contrasted with a skinny or slim pant) or tucked in to a high-waist/wide-legged or cropped pant.

Add a loose trench and boots to complete a look that would make Nina proud.

So, tell me, are you still missing Nina? Love a floral “nice top”?

The Model and Me: Catherine Murphy autumn-winter 2019

* This piece was kindly gifted to me for editorial consideration.


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