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APPRECIATION

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Hi all

My commitment to not by any new clothes for this entire year, at the time seemed like the hardest thing I’d ever do. For months I remember stalking shopping websites and shop fronts yearning for clothes that I knew I was never going to own.  It was difficult but temptations never got the better of me and whilst I still love to browse online, the once addicted and impulsive shopper no longer exists.

The birth of my daughter in early 2012 may have had something to do with the rationale behind my crazy new years resolution. Although for the most part, my commitment  was driven by my needs rather than wants. The need to re-prioritise my expenditure, the need to be less of a consumerist, the need to minimise my carbon footprint , the need to be more creative, the need to be more of a responsible mother and the need to appreciate what I already have instead of my desires.

Ten months into this year, my closest friends and awesome followers often wonder how I do it. If I have inspired you at all to think twice about actively shopping, my tip would be to have a conservative and achievable approach. For instance I committed to no new clothes so this in fact did not extend to shoes and accessories.  That said, I didn’t exactly splurge either. Surprisingly, my shopping appetite seemed to curb at all levels. I haven’t even used the Zara voucher my friends gave me in May this year. Aside from that, my wardrobe was extensive enough to give me a variety of options and luckily enough my pre-pregnancy clothes still fit my post baby body.

All in all, like the outfit for this post, I am proud about the outfits I have created, the clothes I managed to finally wear and my ability to show you that you can still look and feel good without the need to update your wardrobe. Whilst I am counting down the days so I can freely shop again, I do believe that this commitment has changed me as a person. I will never be that impulsive shopper and heavy consumerist I once was.

As always thank you for reading and following my journey.

Outfit details (All items are old)
Dress by Cue | Leather biker jacket by Topshop | Shoes by Nine West | Bag by Burberry

Sovanny x

OVERSIZED

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Hey everyone

I find my wardrobe that little more satisfying knowing that I could get away with wearing my husbands clothes.  His clothes are small yet large enough on me to give that comfort I always search for on the weekends. His Ralph Lauren jumper is just one of his many clothes that I knick. It’s too bad his shoes don’t fit me or I would knick them also. Do note that since it’s a common jumper, I often bump into a guy that is wearing exact same jumper when we are out and about. It’s much more awkward for them than it is for me.

What do you think? Do you like your clothing large too?

Outfit Details (All items are old)
Denim Jeans by Grab | Plaid shirt by Topshop | Shoes by Boston Babes | Jumper by Ralph Lauren | Grey Bag

Thank you for coming by my blog.

Sovanny xx

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CLASH OF THE FLOWERS

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Hello everyone

My friends often wonder how on earth I manage to get dressed, put my face on, sort my daughter out and take photographs for my blog before heading to work each day. While I’m pleased that we make it look effortless, it basically takes practice, effort, planning and a partner that helps out to make sure we are out the door quickly and in the office by 8am. Mind you, most days we get up at 7am and that’s a sleep in.

Any parent will tell you that some mornings are more tougher than others but,  I can honestly say that there isn’t one morning since my daughter has been born that I haven’t woken up with a smile on my face. Parenting and being a mum is soo bad yet so good at the same time and I wouldn’t have it any other way. My little one has made me a better person…a more appreciative person and someone that is more considerate and less selfish. Now I get to see life through her innocent eyes and have also re-discovered the child in me through our play dates. It’s absolutely amazing and I feel so lucky to have a beautiful girl and a husband that not only loves me to bits but helps me to get my shit together every single day.

Believe it or not, my lack of time in the mornings is a contributing factor to my creative sense of style or lack of. Unless I plan what I am going to wear the next day the night before, like this morning, I quickly put one together and what generally matters most is my choice of bag and shoes. When I’m rushed, all I know is that I want my outfit combination to be different to what I’ve worn previously. That is my thought process and it helps me with making a decision on what to wear in record time.

So guys, never mind my handbag…what do you think about todays clashing florals and my lime green pumps?

Outfit breakdown (All items are old)
Floral cardigan by Maxim| Floral vintage dress from Diamond Dog | Lime green pumps by Nine West |Classic black flap bag by Chanel

Thanks for reading all.

Sovanny x

DARK ELEGANCE

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Hello everyone

Last week hubby and I attended our dear friends wedding which was set at a winery in Red Hill, Victoria. Since most of my photographs are set in my backyard, we thought that after the ceremony we’d have the perfect opportunity to take advantage of a different backdrop for my blog.

I am so glad we did, because, aside from the gorgeous scenery, this blog now features a post of me in evening wear with a pair of knock out heels that have been in storage for I can’t even remember how long now. As elegant as I felt, there was some behind the scenes touch ups that needed to happen before any photos were taken. Like every other women in heels at the wedding, my feet were muddy, and my heels kept digging into the grass at the vineyards.  As a result I had disgusting feet and the tip of my heels were dressed with big balls of grass. So at the first opportunity I got, I went straight to my car and got out my baby wipes to clean my shoes and feet. My husband thought it was hilarious but I tell you what, even if you don’t have kids, go get yourself some baby wipes and leave them in your car or bag because you never know when you will need them. I distinctively remember giving a total stranger some baby wipes during my last overseas trip. I won’t go into the details but it was just as well I had some on me!

Now to this dress! This beautiful vintage number is beaded from top to bottom.  I love it so much and it kills me that I don’t get to wear it very often. It was purchase several years ago and since then it has become my go to wedding dress.  I have now worn it to three of the four weddings I have been to in the last three years and every time I wear it, it feels like the very first time.

What do you think of this number? I’d love to hear your comments.

Thanks for reading.

Sovanny x

BACK TO REALITY

Hey there

Monday was my first day back at work after being on holidays for 2 weeks. Can you feel my joy?!

Just because I felt dull didn’t mean my outfit had to match that. Hence the nice pops of bright colours to spark up my day.

The feature of this outfit aside from my pumps are the cute bows on my jumper. It’s one of my more adorable looking pieces.

Outfit breakdown (All items are old)
Jumper by Alannah Hill | Coat by Sunny Girl | Trousers by Banana Republic  Pumps by Nine West | Vintage handbag

Thanks for reading.

Xx

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PLAYFUL

Hello there

So during my trip to the Waikele Premium outlet I managed to pick up a new pair of coral heels and long strap handbag.

It didn’t seem fair if I didn’t take my new items out for a spin in my playsuit around town so before our much anticipated Luau tour thats just what I did.

I love these photos.  Credits to my friend Somany for the amazing photography.

Outfit breakdown (All items are old)
Black playsuit by Peter Alexander| Coral heels by Nine West| Black handbag by Diane Von Furstenberg

Thanks for reading.

xx

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CUT OUTS

Hello there

Firstly, I absolutely love this laser cut out tunic.  As featured on my blog here and here, I’m a huge fan of wearing it over a dress to give the outfit that extra layer for warmth.

Where did I go wrong today though? Hmm what’s with that bag right? Ahh the disappointment when I saw the photos. My bag looks horrid with my outfit! At least I have my pretty pumps on.

Outfit breakdown (All items are old)
Dress by Lion in Love | Laser cut out tunic by Zara | Coat by Tahari | Shoes and bag by Nine West

Until next time love.

Xx