My idea of romance is a Lionel Ritchie song, not the cheapest bottle of wine and maybe some cuddles on the couch.
Happy Valentine’s Day xxx
I love it when things are beautifully designed, especially the little everyday things you don’t even think about, like socks.
No longer in the realm of last minute gifts for grandpa, socks have been in the spotlight for several years thanks in large part to companies like Sweden’s Happy Socks coming along and re-inventing the humble sock by injecting colour and great Scandi design into an otherwise ho-hum item of everyday necessity.
This year Happy Socks has released HYSTERIA, their first foray in to a line of high fashion socks designed specifically for “the fashion-conscious woman”. The debut collection is inspired by mid-century architecture and optical art, and features bold colours and graphics in socks made of cotton, nylon, wool and lurex.
HYSTERIA looks and feels amazing, and it has been so beautifully shot too. I don’t need to say any more, these pictures speak a thousand fashionably-dressed words.
Now available globally.
all images via happysocks.com
Let’s just all stop for a second and take in this most beautiful of colour palettes from one my favourite brands, Jac + Jack. Oh, the dusty pink and wine coloured beauty! Contented sighs all round.
Apart from being an Australian owned brand, ethically made in luxurious yarn and generally just friggen awesome, Jac + Jack have smashed one out of the park with their colours this season. This is just one of the many stunning colour palettes they’ve created for Spring ’17, so if you haven’t seen the others, you should. Like now.
Images via www.jacandjack.com
Well, you would be right!
What should you look for in a white shirt? Read on.
1. Fabric Composition
In a world full of leaky coffee cups, eating on the run and heavy duty make up, your white shirt will need a good soak every now and again. Get yourself a shirt made from sturdy natural fibres such as cotton or linen as they’ll last long, breathe well, and because you’re worth it.
2. Fabric Type
By this I mean how the fabric feels. A crispy feel (cotton poplin) is neat and can be dressed up or down. A gauzy soft feel (cotton or linen) is more casual and is great for weekends and beach wear. Choose one or the other, or one of each!
There are a lot of options and the best fit for you will depend on your ‘style’ as well as your shape. For versatility, choose a shirt that has a small collar, simple front pocket (if any), and nice tidy buttons. Slightly roomy is much nicer and more flattering than slightly too small, so make sure there are no gaping buttons. Currently I like an oversize shirt, slightly drop shouldered with a scoop hem and hidden placket, but I seriously have every style of white shirt available and I wear them all. Experiment with the right style for you!
Text and images by Catalina Alfaro Stylist for Alfie’s Friend Rolfe
It must be so hard to be a regular person who is photographed all the time (celebrities get free clothes and a stylist, regular people do not). You couldn’t just put off haircuts for a few more weeks (or a few more months in my case) and you definitely couldn’t get by on just a couple of go-to outfits. Being photographed in any of them just once would mean a new outfit for the next one.
My best friend Sarah-Jane Pyke gets photographed for magazines, press and various interviews quite a few times per year (apart from being generally awesome, it’s due to her very successful Sydney interior design practice Arent & Pyke). Outfits are normally all under control due to her impeccable taste and love of shopping, but last month she ran out of outfits and time, so I came to the rescue at the last minute with a beautiful floral dress for a shoot with Real Living Magazine (pictured second from left).
The shoot’s brief was ‘edgy and high fashion, and not black‘ (that’s hardly what people have casually lurking in the back of their wardrobe!). The dress I sourced was from the Winter ’14 range from Something Else by Natalie Wood. The bold floral pattern in purples, pinks and ivory is fantastic. The short shift shape is a modern classic, and the black front panels add a bit of interest and are super flattering. Black tights (sorry, there had to be some black!) and some jewel-coloured Vintage pumps finish the look.
Outfit fulfils the brief, looks pretty, and is something she’ll wear again…winner! Not bad for an outfit emergency.
Images sourced from Real Living Magazine, courtesy of Arent & Pyke.