Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Welcome Sarah!

I am excited to welcome a new photographer tothe blog, my very own niece Sarah! So, now I have Sara and Sarah to take lovely photos, I will work even harder to bring together looks and outfit inspiration for you. Watch this space for new photos from both of these talented women.

It's bitterly cold here in Auckland lately, so it takes all my strength to get out there and pose for photos! And, I have the added challenge of a very well-edited closet lately. Several items are on major repeat!

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Sunday, 20 July 2014

The Linen Project

And we've also decided to invest in some gorgeous new linens for the master bedroom and guest bedroom, and upgrade our towels!

We have never really spent a lot on duvet covers and sheets in the past. This time, we've decided to go all out and get something amazing for our room and something a little cheaper (though still lovely) for the guest room. For the master bedroom, we have just discovered Seneca Portugese linen which we adore:

Natural Bed Linen

Bed Linen Rose and Heather

Trouble is, we can't decide between the charcoal shade for the duvet (first picture) with 2 charcoal pillows and 2 stone (also in the top picture), or a stone duvet with 2 matching pillows and 2 charcoal pillows (or dove grey - bottom pic) to contrast. Our bed is a similar shade to the one in the second picture and we have many Rose & Heather pieces of furniture in our home, so I think anything would look wonderful. I will let you know what we decide to do. We have seen all three shades in the flesh so we will think about it over the next week.

As for towels, today we popped down to Wallace Cotton in Newmarket and bought a new set of bath towels, bath mats and flannels in a rich charcoal shade. Our hand towel is a cool ice blue to contrast. Yep, we are big fans of grey!

Saturday, 19 July 2014

The Dressing Room Project

Paul and I spent over a year looking for a new home here in Auckland. Earlier this month, we finally decided to quit as we've officially been priced out of the market. For those of you who don't know Auckland real estate, I often say "two-million is the new one-million". And I am not kidding.

So we have decided to stay put in our lovely home. As a result, we are now able to focus on some small projects at home that we had put off because we thought we'd be moving. The house is an 1880s cottage that was fully renovated in 1999/2000. It's stunning: modern and elegant, with neutral interiors and architecturally designed for modern living. Perfect for two.

Our study has mostly been used as a storage room (and since last year, styled as a fake single bedroom for the open homes that we never held!). So, we have dismantled the bed and are in the process of emptying out the whole room. We thought long and hard over what we should use the space for. It's slightly too small for a guest room (and we already have a guest room). It's too cool and dark for a study (I work from home at the dining room table). Paul couldn't think of anything he needs it for. So, we have both agreed to transform it into a dressing room for me!

Now this is a bit daunting as I am the least creative person on the planet. But I am really inspired to make this into a lovely space where I can display my clothes and some other treasures.

Currently, I use the double wardrobe in the guest room as my closet. And I will continue to use that. The idea of the dressing room is a space where I can be creative (well, as creative as I can!) by displaying clothes and outfits and just having fun.

Here is what the room currently looks like. Follow the blog for updates as we transform the space over the coming months!

Friday, 11 July 2014

Happy Birthday to Me!

A lovely day with lots of thoughtful gifts! Paul did well, gifting me a voucher to my favourite spa, these beautiful earrings, this gorgeous chain and some new slippers too!

I also received some lovely home made chutney and a Farmers voucher from Mum and Dad, body wash and flowers from my sister-in-law and family, and a polyprop, beanie and ear warmer from my sister for our morning walks on our annual weekend in the Wairarapa.

Today also, my new skirt and earrings from Need Supply Co. arrived as did my new shoes from Sezane!

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Painterly Print

Trousers: Zara | Top: Zara Shoes: Jo Mercer | Bracelet: Veronica B | Sunglasses: Karen Walker 'Deep Freeze' in Black
All Images © Copyright Sara Mole

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Come to Mama

Another purchase from Sezane. This time, these rather chic tan sandals for Spring/Summer (total purchase including postage NZ$220, not bad):

I am already planning outfits...

Black linen blazer + white tee + Cropped skinny jeans + Sandals
Karen Walker cotton voile top (seen here) + Cropped skinny jeans + Sandals
White collarless shirt + Black cropped cigarette pants + Sandals

Friday, 4 July 2014

Culottes: Don't be Afraid

The latest David Lawrence campaign features culottes, that tricky trend from the 1990s (oh, and the 1940s). And the 1920s come to think of it. Interestingly, their article encourages women to not be afraid of the new silhouette, but to embrace culottes as versatile and flattering.

Will you try them?

I'm thinking of trying them as a Spring/Summer option. Say, navy with a crisp white collarless shirt, a gold chunky bracelet and my Saba grey and black high heels with the ankle strap.

Here also is some inspiration from The Guardian's fashion pages.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Totes with Attitude: Emily McDowell

Loving these totes from American designer Emily McDowell. Emily also stocks a range of cards, temporary tattoos and prints for the person in your life who has everything.

All photos used with kind permission.