Stylers, you know that I’m not shy of a wardrobe challenge, don’t you?
So when the invitation arrived to spend a weekend in New South Wales’ Southern Highlands to celebrate a girlfriend‘s 40th, I did not hesitate to say yes and immediately set about excitedly implementing a wardrobe plan.
I know that many of you may find such actions excessive but you see I live in a part of the world that does not experience a real winter.
Mostly, I’m very happy about that but a part of me yearns to don boots, coat and a scarf in the knowledge that I can keep them on in the morning and not have to peel them off, layer upon layer until (by 10am) I’m wearing something more akin to a spring or autumn outfit.
For three days I got to fulfil my winter wardrobe fantasy, adopting a very Southern Highlands approach to what I packed and wore. According to hostess with the mostess, Beth from Babymac, I almost nailed the SH look … missing only pearls, to which one must apparently clutch at any given moment.
And can I tell you there were many pearl-clutching moments to be had.
I built my SH wardrobe around a number of key “forever purchases”. For the uninitiated, forever purchases are purchases that have a justification factor that surpasses all others. Otherwise known as investment pieces, they are typically classically styled pieces that can be worn season after season, bringing their cost-per-wear factor down to a negative situation.
For me, these pieces were: a wool pea coat, skinny dark denim jeans, long black boots, a cashmere scarf and a black, leather overnight bag.
Mimco hat | Karen Walker sunglasses | Everyday Cashmere scarf* | Sportscraft knit | Sportscraft coat | Sterling & Hyde bag | Mezi ring | WeWood Watch* | NYDJ jeans* @ Zambezee Boutique | Zoe Kratzmann boots*
I need to talk about a few things in this outfit. Firstly, the jeans. You’re not seeing much of them here but, yes, they’re from from favourite jean label, NYDJ. Now, out of my collection of NYDJs this Janice legging-style jeans is my absolute fave. I have them in black, navy, eggplant and now dark denim. And I’ll tell you something for nothing, these are the jeans I’ll be wearing most in the next few months. They are SO comfortable and the leg is slim enough to tuck into long boots or wear just so with ankle boots.
The scarf? I have a growing thing for cashmere. It’s light, envelopes you like a hug, yet keeps you cosy without the bulk. Love the retro style of this scarf with crochet features.
The hat? I bought it at Mimco five years ago for a winter race day thinking I’d be able to wear it a tonne of times “just because” thereafter. Well, of course, living in Queensland there isn’t a whole lot of opportunity to wear a winter-style felt hat, is there? I just may have made up for lost time across this weekend.
The bag? I travel a lot for work and a bit for fun. This is my new fave way of doing that. It’s too big for an everyday bag, unless doing a lot of shopping, but is perfect for stashing everything you need for an overnight flight and laptop etc. I’d love to tell you this is all I packed for my trip south but you know I’d be lying, don’t you? Of course I needed checked-in baggage to carry all my “options”.
In keeping with the rural theme, I kept my arm party to a minimum with the new WeWood watch and my Noosa Amsterdam cuff. Very much love both. And yes, that watch is made of wood.
I’m more than a little in love with the Zoe Kratzmann boots. These are up a size than I usually wear on account of having to accommodate my ample left calf but I tell you they feel so comfortable and made me feel like my legs were longer and leaner than they actually are. Not to mention, they look fabulous fireside. That’s important, right?
Enough of what I wore … here are few of those pearl-clutching moments from a weekend well spent …
… walking down the lane to the pub on a Friday afternoon …
… stopping to admire the gardens along the way …
… sitting outside to take in the vista despite it being colder than minimum overnight temperatures where I live …
… not worrying about the cold at all because a fireplace always beckoned.
Thanks BabyMac for a weekend filled with laughter, fine food, good company and way too much wine. I very much love your part of the world and I will be back … if only to wear my coat, boots and hat again.
… stay tuned for more from the weekend including a back-to-1973 dinner party and the compulsory donning of a kaftan. Of. COURSE.
Tell me, have you visited New South Wales’ Southern Highlands before?