Six Wardrobe Essentials…

In September last year I wrote a guest post for the lovely Kimba at Kimba Likes, on the top six wardrobe essentials {in my humble opinion} … to read the full post – including why and what to look for – click here – a brief summary can be found at the bottom of this post.

A list of essentials is an idea I am expanding on, I am creating ‘Twenty Items For a Stylish Wardrobe’. This list will be less focused on trends but on pinpointing items that are stylish, add class and can be worn throughout varied seasons, trends and occasions. There are many who have created fabulous lists of items to collect, which I will admit provided some food for thought. Most notably, my favourite list would be Nina Garcia’s “The One Hundred”,  her list is very well thought out, forms a book and inspired me… I felt encouraged to look into my collection of accessories, clothes and shoes to determine what were the key aspects of achieving my style. I find knowing this, has been beneficial in looking deeper and isolating a small but generous number of items that I feel could be essential or of extreme benefit to any stylista {or those new to the game}. Once completed the list, I will of course write about it.

Six Wardrobe Essentials {investment items to be wearing for years to come – avoid details typical of current but fleeting trends}

  1. A Good Pair of Jeans – everyone should own a well-made pair of denim jeans, in a flattering but neutral cut.
  2. A Leather Jacket – a stylish yet practical item which will keep you warm and protect from rain whilst adding instant edge and glamour.
  3. Pair of Statement Heels – will become your go-to heels, able to be added to any outfit, go for a reasonable level of comfort but with features that add instant impact to a look.
  4. Statement Accessory – Costume jewellery is ideal, offering many options in regards to size, colour/pattern, embellishment, style and price.
  5. The Little Black Dress – The LBD is an iconic item that should be simple, affordable, versatile and long lasting. Think of the LBD as a perfect backdrop on which to design an amazing outfit that shows class, elegance and style.
  6. Leopard Print – Leopard print is a classic print, it will fill you with confidence and adds sass to your look. Stay away from fluorescent and look for the iconic leopard print {or soft earthy tones} to invest in a piece that will be easy to add to your favourite outfits.
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Image – Deminology

Image - Style Bistro {SJP Leather Lookbook}

Image – Style Bistro
{SJP Leather Lookbook}

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Image – paperblog

 

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Image – mycelebrityshoes.blogspot

mkDo you have any or all of these items? What is a must-have in your own top six?Would love to hear from you, Happy Styling, Kooklah…Like For the Style Seeking Girl on Facebook Follow Kooklah on Instagram (@saregiak)

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The SJP Collection…

Yes. Yes. Yes… you did just read that heading right.

I am very excited. Sarah Jessica Parker is launching a collection of shoes, with a handbag collection and a ‘Manhattan’ trench soon after. For anyone who is an admirer of SJP or a fan of Sex and the City this should have you with a big happy smile…

I almost feel like dancing.

Who better to design shoes than the woman who has strutted in heels through multiple city blocks and portrayed a character who openly spent a month’s rent {or more} to buy some stunning shoes? This collection has it all, beautifully crafted heels, ones that are simple and elegant, or brightly coloured with decoration. Not to mention sandals and ballet flats – something for every woman.

SJP Collection for Nordstrom {picture from fabsugar.com}

SJP Collection for Nordstrom
{picture from fabsugar.com}

A real draw card for me was that to create this collection, Sarah Jessica collaborated with the president of Manolo Blahnik – a brand much favoured by Carrie and myself. I often look at pictures of them – beautiful, handmade Italian leather and nearly purchased some when I went to the USA… I think this collaboration is a brilliant pairing, and a pair of these shoes has now made the top of my list. Each shoe has a signature that will become identifiable with the SJP Collection, some grosgrain {either in trim, accent, detailing} which is the kind of ribbons that SJP wore in her hair as a little girl. I love items that are instantly identifiable, like Louboutin’s red soles or the quilted handbags from Chanel, and I think this throwback to her childhood is really special.

I have seen a few pairs that I am lusting over… and a pair that made my heart race. This pair is called ‘Diana’ and are a very classically sexy shoe, it does remind me of the Blahnik style of Mary-Janes but with a more feminine cut and modern detail {loving the angle of the strap across the foot}…

Diana - SJP Collection {Image from The Windsor Star}

Diana – SJP Collection
{Image from The Windsor Star}

 

Here are a few more fabulous shoes … not all have been unveiled yet and I cannot wait to see the collection. Let me know what you think – especially the ones you lust after. The collection launches on February 28, at Nordstrom. For more sneak peaks head to Instagram and follow SJP Collection

The Carrie {available in multiple colours}

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The Bobbi {available in multiple colours}

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The Alison – gorgeous lace-up heeled boots

 

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The Maud – this comes in different coloured themes including monochrome and metallics

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I am looking forward to further looks been released! Follow me on Instagram @saregiak for a look at my daily life or like For the Style Seeking Girl on Facebook.

Kooklah XO

Inspire Me Monday…

 I love to do these Monday inspiration posts, they often give me something to mull over for the week or at least something really pretty to look at! I am getting in early for this week, and I have chosen some pictures that have inspired me – culturally, spiritually, with fashion or beauty or make me laugh.

I hope you have a good start to the week! This week I am trying to put into place things I have worked on over the last few days and aim to be inspired by something everyday – little or big, significant or seemingly insignificant. I am also hoping I can blog more regularly! Life keeps getting in the way {“Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans…” John Lennon}

Style to Steal…
This picture is amazing – the class, edge and femininity that it brings through. I am a huge fan of so many aspects and already incorporate some of them in my wardrobe. The tailored blazer {although not white – MUST try!}, the curls, the statement necklace, the talking tee and the black statement bag. I am keen to try them as a combination… amazing for drinks at a bar or for a dressy date.


Giggles…Got…Good…
I love this! The perfect picture to show – or words to say – when you get the ‘oh it’s just periods, what’s the big deal’ comments from guy friends/brothers/boyfriends… Plus, when you think about it. It is kind of an amazing thing our bodies do!

 


A Festival to Wander to…
The Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan, I have never seen snow… so I am amazed by anything to do with snow. I think this looks amazing and really want to find out more about it…

Words of Wisdom
I love this quote. Everyone is human, we all have emotions. What we feel is real, we shouldn’t be afraid or embarrassed about our emotions and feelings. If things aren’t going well, or if they fall apart, if you fall apart –  own it, use it, learn from it and grow from it. This happened to me recently – but it is ok. I made time for myself, and did things I wanted to do – like catching up with a friend over dinner and wine, went to the movies on my own, spent some moolah on shopping, slept in and took my gorgeous dog for a walk in the sun

Salt in the air, sand in my hair … Sunglasses on my face
Summer is coming, slowly – the sun is shining, the sky seems to glow and the nights have been getting warmer. Summer is a wonderful season and what better to pair with a pretty summer dress than some rocking shades? Not only do they look good but sunglasses are a great way to Sun Safe. I recently came across Vision Direct Australia, an online store selling glasses and sunglasses from leading designers such as Tiffany and Co, Roberto Cavalli, Police, Burberry, Carrera and Miu Miu. For designer sunglasses I think their prices are pretty affordable, plus there is the added bonus of free shipping and a free lens kit {valued at $30}. As if you needed more incentive, Vision Direct have an amazing project called Buy One, Give One. Keep updated via Vision Direct Australia Facebook for sales or amazing opportunities.

Amazing ‘Blonde Havana’ glasses from Carrera {remind me of animal print, more colours available}

These Police sunglasses scream summer in the sun and surf to me. I love the aviator shape with sturdy frames. {also available in multiple colours}

What is inspiring you, making you smile or causing you to think at the start of this week? As always, you can contact on kooklahstyle@gmail.com and like on Facebook for more updates – For the Style Seeking Girl Facebook

Inspire Me Monday…

 

The weather is pretty miserable here. After many hot days (summer here in Aus), you’d think it would be a relief! Mondayitis definitely tried to set in this morning, so here are some pictures of pretty things that have me inspired in for the start of this week!

Shorts Shorts Shorts
 
I haven’t always been a huge high-waisted shorts fan. At 5″2 I often find the cut to be less than flattering. Enter ASOS, I am quite the seasoned online shopper but had used this site – many of my friends had so I decided to give try it. I found the site easy to navigate, service sensational (package arrived in 3 days) and the clothes a brilliant fit! I chose the ASOS shorts with ruched waistband. They add a dressy feeling even when paired with a singlet and sandals, my legs look great and are very comfortable! I have added them as a staple to my current summer wardrobe!
 
Image 1 of ASOS Shorts With Ruched Waistband
 
 
Inspire me to Wander…
 
A few months ago I recieved an email from up and coming Australian accessory company called KUSHLA. They wanted to know if I would write about their products if they sent out some information. This month I recieved a package – my first piece of physical mail for this blog- so exciting!! In it was a product and some information. As soon as I opened the box, I was both nostalgic and inspired, the accessory I was sent reminded me of my recent overseas trip and made me want to git the road again (to see more of their collection click here)… Review post will be up soon!
 
 
 
Shoespiration
 
Shoes should be amazing, pretty or tell a story! I am loving the site Shoes in Style – they currently have a great deal free shipping until 21st January, 25% off due to the New Year and if you sign up you recieve a $10 voucher. Amazing! My pick are these beautiful black, suede wedges Sarah Black Suede by Diavolina … I think I will be buying these! They are perfect for a night out dancing, casual drinks, lazy sunday brunch and definite first-date material!
 
 
 
 
Hairspiration
 
I recently cut my mid arm length hair (when curled), I about five – six inches cut off. I love it. It is a nice change to have right now, I had to say goodbye to my much beloved topknot but have been experimenting with hairstyles. I still have lightened/ombre ends and it looks fresher and brand new! This picture below was what originally inspired the idea… (see my Pinterest account for more!)
 
 
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Make up, make me Smile!
 
Current makeup fave? Blushed cheeks. I have swapped the bronzer for blush in the last few weeks, and am loving the rose tinged glow. Paired with a smile, made up brows and a small slick of mascara it provides effortless style so well. Fantastic for summer and a busy lifestyle! (see my Pinterest account for more fashion/beauty/styling/wedding/creating pics and tips!)
 
 
What is the inspiration behind your looks this week? What are you lusting after? Would love to hear from you (comment below or send me an email at kooklahstyle@gmail.com). Keep tuned for an exciting and amazing giveaway coming soon!
 
Kooklah Xx


Inspire Me Monday

Here is what is inspiring the start to my week! Sometimes you just need a little inspiration…

Inspire my Christmas!
I am working all across this Christmas, so I invested in a themed
scrub shirt to boost those of the patients… Check out Hunter Scrubs
 
 
Shoespiration
What I would love to have on my feet!
Amazing embellished flats From Marc by Marc Jacobs
 
Arabian Safari Inspiration…
Excited to go to Dubai next year, seeking inspiration from Sex & the City -2
Specifically flowing dresses and amazing harem pants (love Samantha’s goldones below!)…

 


Summer makes things Brighter…
Love having more daylight hours, warm/musky evenings
 
 
 
What I am watching…
I am making good use of my box set and re-watching Friends
It is such a funny, endearing show, with characters to fall in love with
(Chandler Bing I am looking at you!)
 
 
What are you using as inspiration this week? More posts up soon!
Kooklah Xx
 



Style ME Inspired

Five shots that have captured my eye or are inspiring my sense of style this week!

This is nothing new! I love glitter & sparkle*
Most of my makeup has illuminiser or glitter involved.
It picks me up and makes me feel wonderful- makeup, accessories or clothes
A manicure with a twist! Glitter tips…
I completed this above look myself as a trial for my best friends wedding..
for the day I not only had done my own but another bridesmaid and the BRIDE as well
(felt a touch of pressure to have that perfect). The result was amazing, it just added another detail and complemented our dresses and accessories so well. Plus looked amazing with the flowers. We recieved so many compliments!
(Watch this blog for a tutorial on these soon!)
Loving maxi dresses again this summer! This is a trend that I think is fast becoming a staple.
This is a wishlist dress… created by Dorothy Perkins

Love a good ballet flat! This is Bequeen by I Love Billy.
 Find them locally in the Hunter Valley at Morpeth Emporium, for their facebook page click here.

Loving curls and waves…. especially really tight curl at the end of the hair
with some texture throughout the body of the hair

 

What is inspiring your look this week? I am looking forward to a relaxing weekend with more blogging posts to come! Would love to here from you so leave me a comment, send me an email (kooklahstyle@gmail.com), follow me on Pinterest (click this link for my account –> Kooklah/FortheStyleSeekingGirl on Pinterest), follow me on instagram @saregiak or twitter (@SarahGiak or @styleseekgirl)…