Oh, Stylers, that was some virus that hit me for six. I’m still a bit congested but on Saturday I actually felt like leaving the house.
I had, of course, left the house out of necessity during the week prior but on the weekend, I actually felt like going out … just because.
I didn’t venture far but I did actually get out of my sick-bed uniform of leggings and knit. I may have even washed my hair. And slapped on some makeup. GASP.
We didn’t venture far but it was worth the venture. My favourite fresh produce-slash-deli, Get Fresh (Cotton Tree, Sunshine Coast, Queensland), opened up a cafe right next door a couple of weeks ago.
I showed up on the opening day because I’m a joiner but Miss SY was away carving** up the slopes in NZ at the time so she was now keen to check it out and sample some of the food and drink goodness on offer.
The space itself is just beautiful, light and welcoming. The decor is a gorgeous and tasteful mix of coastal and vintage. I think it may become my new writing-away-from-home spot.
And the food? Nourishing goodness that best showcases the fresh produce for sale right next door.
Let’s get down to the outfit talk, shall we?
I most naturally reach for a pair of jeans or leggings in winter but whenever I’m keen to mix it up, my old friend the maxi skirt is there to help with the wardrobe mixing.
The maxi skirts that best suit me are the straight-through-tube-style-variety. Yes, there are some lumps and bumps for the skirt to travel over but just like my case for the skinny jean, it really does come back to what you wear WITH the skirt to make this style work for any lumps and bumps you like to skim over.
For me, that’s a longer-line shirt. The shirt has to be semi-fitted and not a billowing tunic that would like a combo Laura would have worn on Little House on the Prairie***. It’s this same 1970s TV reference that prevents me from wearing flat ankle boots with long skirts. A little heel goes a long way here.
On this day, I opted to work this tonal Verily skirt (was on sale last week but has since sold out … the Verily sale is still going on other pieces, though. Run, don’t walk) back with chambray.
Chambray and all things light denim are still very much around and have been for a few seasons now. I love chambray worn with black and saw it recently worked back with a black leather skirt. Big tick there and may trot that out soon.
Yes, I did the chambray trend back in the day but it’s one I haven’t been scared to once again embrace. I just avoid the double denim vision I presented to the world in 1990.
I very much realise that my version of a winter maxi skirt outfit would probably freeze the bits off many of you living in places where record winter temperatures have been set in the past week.
If it were colder up here than the 23 degree maximums we were gifted across the weekend (please don’t hate me), I would add thick tights, a knit, a coat and a hat. It’s all about the layers, Stylers.
I love a good arm party and find that I can pretty much work anything back with my Noosa Amsterdam cuff, especially because it’s a case of switching out the “chunks” to complement what I’m wearing. In this case, I popped a turquoise chunk on board to work with the turquoise bangles. A word on the bangles too … Lola & Syd is a relatively new online accessories store offering well-priced pieces from around the world – pieces that have been chosen with a priority to ethical trade companies. I like their style.
So, tell me, Stylers, did you venture out on the weekend? What did you wear? Have you found a new cafe recently that we should all know about? If so, give them a plug in the comments … I’d consider it a community service.
**I’m told this is what young people say when referring to snowboarding.
***Very much showing my age with this reference. Younger readers, hit the Google search button now.