The Model and Me: Bird Keepers

Nikki ParkinsonFashion, The Model and Me 63 Comments

We spent the weekend 1000m above sea level in the Gold Coast hinterland.

More to come on that later in the week but I have to say I did enjoy the cooler temperatures.

It was like our last blast of winter. We cranked the fireplace up and enjoyed the non-humid air.

Driving home down the mountain, watching the temperature gauge in the car rise by the minute, it felt like we were motoring on into spring.

A quick check of the weather app confirmed that it was the case, with tops of high 20s predicted in south-east Queensland for the week ahead.

I find that layers come even more into play during this cross-over seasonal period. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the jacket or blazer is one of my key layering pieces.

It can take a casual outfit to smart in one easy addition. And this one from the Bird Keepers label at Birdsnest is no exception.

The model

Bird Keepers at Birdsnest jacket, tee and shorts

Bird Keepers at Birdsnest jacket $89.95, tee $39.95 and shorts $69.95

and me

Bird Keepers at Birdsnest jacket, tee and shorts | Frankie4 Footwear wedges | Uberkate necklace

Bird Keepers at Birdsnest jacket (I’m wearing size 16)*, tee (I’m wearing size 14)* and shorts (I’m wearing size 16)* | Frankie4 Footwear wedges (available October 2015) | Uberkate necklace

The shape of this jacket (it’s back in stock!) is fantastic and the three-quarter sleeves with shirring so flattering. And it’s doing the thing it’s designed to … taking a casual outfit to the smart level with a little structure and a pop of colour.

Let’s talk about the tee and the shorts. Wardrobe essentials, my friends. Yes, they are.

You can never have too many striped tees. Love the quality and cut of this one.

As for the shorts, I know wearing them scares many. I gave up all my fears long ago. It gets way too hot in summer for me to be worrying if my legs are shorts-worthy or not.

The Model and Me Bird Keepers at Birdsnest

Is spring heading your way this week? Any glimpses? 

* These items were gifted to me for editorial consideration. This post contains affiliate links. Full disclosure policy here.

Comments 63

  1. Love the jacket! Hoping I can be cheeky and ask where should I go for good quality basic tshirts in bright colours? I am in desperate need and no idea where to go!

  2. Looking great Nikki! Just checked out the jacket on Birdsnest and it looks to be available. Run don’t walk! Also do you mind describing what ‘shirring’ is?

  3. I have this jacket in white and recently ordered (when back in stock) in the red – it’s a gorgeous fit and I love the ruched sleeves and slightly cropped cut, which is great on my short figure. Both blazers are a great addition to my mostly black and navy wardrobe.

  4. I LOVE this look and the pop of red. An image of Sam Harris came into my Insta feed a few hours ago and she was also wearing red – after watching the fabulous movie Iris with Mum yesterday, I have decided to flick my monochrome for more colour. You look great. xx

  5. Sydney had 27 degrees on Sunday! But we are back below 20/with rain. Love love love that jacket, colour is amazing!

  6. Great outfit Nikki. As soon as the weather gets hot enough for shorts I forget all my leg and spider vein issues – it’s just at this time of the year that it scares the heck out of me! Sorry to bang on about the Frankie4’s – but is it early October? I’m off to Singapore at the end of October and want something super comfy and stylish for all the walking I’m going to do! I haven’t been on here much lately – but I just want to congratulate you on a) the amazing outfits you’ve been wearing and b) your achievements over the last few months. You deserve it all. x

  7. Great outfit Nikki. As soon as the weather gets hot enough for shorts I forget all my leg and spider vein issues – it’s just at this time of the year that it scares the heck out of me! Sorry to bang on about the Frankie4’s – but is it early October? I’m off to Singapore at the end of October and want something super comfy and stylish for all the walking I’m going to do! I haven’t been on here much lately – but I just want to congratulate you on a) the amazing outfits you’ve been wearing and b) your achievements over the last few months. You deserve it all. x

  8. You look lovely Nikki,you really suit red! Your weekend sounds like it was a lovely relaxing one,just what you needed as you’ve been so busy of late.Yes we had some spring on the weekend but it has gone away now and we have cooler temps again and it’s raining but that’s ok we need rain.
    Lovely Model and Me post Nikki Xx

  9. Looks lovely Nikki. I never would have thought of wearing a blazer with shorts – great way to get more wear out of them. x ps loving all your glam looks over the past couple of weeks.

  10. Lovely outfit, so fresh and yahoo to spring clothing! The weather has been lovely over the weekend, warmer and I can see the changes in nature, birds nesting and my lime tree has lots of flowers. Um shorts, I wear them to work in the warmer weather, not so much in my ‘real’ life 🙂

  11. Oh how I love Birdnest! And I’ve had my eye on that jacket pity its sold out in the red. Not to worry I’m sure it will come back in. Incidentally & a little off topic love your frankie4 shoes. Do you know when there summer range will be available?

  12. Love it! For me, the only thing you need when you wear with shorts is confidence. Spring arrived on Saturday but has retreated so we can have some rain all week. Den

  13. Nikki, this is so timely! I spent an hour looking at shorts online yesterday – must be the subtle change in our Brissie weather. I struggled to find shorts that were between “mumsy” and “tween”. Any other suggestions? Thanks!

      1. Thanks, Nikki. It’s all about the length for me. Finding the perfect length for my average size pins is tricky! I’ll be poised to “add to cart”…

    1. Hi Judith – I haven’t been to Target recently, but last summer they had a great range of shorts. Modest but definitely not mumsy and they were reasonably priced. Good luck with the search! x

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