If you’re new to Styling You you may not be aware of my need to celebrate my birthday not just on one day but over a whole month.
Fun? Most definitely. But I am a Gemini.
The fun won’t all be for me though. Stay tuned. On Wednesday the Styling You multi-draw giveaway returns with 27 prizes up for grabs. For you.
Mr SY is very much aware of my Birthday Festival. He braces himself come June 1 and comes up for breath sometime around June 30.
He realises that there is little point in fighting The Festival so has learned to roll with it – and contribute to how it rolls out.
So much so, this year he as already presented me with my birthday present.
I guess it would be pretty difficult to hide this beauty until my actual birthday, wouldn’t it?
I still don’t have a name for her? Any ideas?
She’s neon red; is my first bike ever with gears and comes with a basket that advised online was “not suitable for chihuahuas”. Which is ok really as I don’t own one of those.
Taking her out yesterday for her first beachside outing, it was like I was transported back to my childhood where my “deadly treadly” was my ticket to ride.
Of course, these days, there are other people riding bikes everywhere. Bikes that foster the wearing of lycra.
This is not one of those bikes and don’t worry, I plan to employ a lycra-free policy at all times.
I won’t intentionally go all matchy-matchy with my new bike for future outings but geez it was a bit easy to do, given my love of all things orange/neon.
Case in point: my bike-inspired outfit on Saturday.
I’m often asked what to wear for a casual winter alternative to jeans and in this post I talk about the leggings and tunic option. The other option I employ is to work leggings back with a tube skirt and a knit.
The comfort factor is there but can be a little more dressy than a pair of jeans. And the skirt avoids the whole “is she wearing leggings as pants?” raised eyebrows.
The knit is an oversized one (my favourite style) from Sportscraft. I’m super fussy with knits. They have to earn their winter warmer status and this one does. Mr SY had grabbed this same style in a grey for me and then had to prise it off me a week later because I’d fallen so hard for its cuddling qualities. When they went on sale again, I snapped up this tangerine one. Each of them has actually got softer with every wear.
I also need to talk about the leggings. I get asked a lot about which leggings I like and wear. My first response is be open to spending more on good fabrication that lasts. My second response is to buy a size down so they sit and wear nice and firmly. And my third response is to list the leggings brands with which I’ve had year-after-year success. Those brands are Metalicus, wYse bodywear, Mela Purdie and abi and joseph. To that list, I’m now adding o2wear. The price is right and the fabrication is spot on – a mix of organic bamboo, viscose, organic cotton and spandex. So, so comfy to wear.
Sportscraft Penny knit* $119.96 (on sale); I’m wearing the XL | Metalicus skirt $99.95 | O2 leggings*; I’m wearing the size 14 | Country Road ballet flats (bought early in the season) | Reid Vintage Ladies Bike 6-Speed $269 | Wicker basket $24 @ Papillionaire
L’Oreal Paris Infallible 2-Step Longwear Lipstick in Orange Extreme* $29.95 | Peach nail colour – one of two from Nars limited edition Pierre Hardy Sharp Lines Nail Set* $39
Once I realised that I was playing matchy-matchy with my outfit and the bike, I thought why stop there? What’s a little more orange between friends.
New to the supermarket and variety store beauty shelf is the Infallible 2-Step Longwear Lipstick from L’Oreal Paris. I’ve long been a fan of this style of lip colour; the style that’s meant to last longer than your first drink at an event. The problem though is that while previous products may have gone the distance, they left my lips far from luscious. Not so this one. The colour/stain formula is moisturising in itself even as it dries; then the hydration supplied by the second step (other end of the applicator) works its magic for a winning combo.
On the nails, I’m loving this subtle orange/peach from a new collaboration between Nars and Pierre Hardy. It’s a colour I can see myself wearing a lot now and really embracing as winter makes way for spring in a few months.
Tell me … are you a jeans-only casual girl or do you mix it up? What’s your go-to weekend casual outfit look like?
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