Why not go alone?

 

Credit - meetville.com

Credit – meetville.com

I’ve never felt uncomfortable in my own company. Sure I occasionally get lonely, but I try to regularly meet up with family and friends for catch ups over a meal, drinks or movies. This keeps any “lonely” type feeling at bay.

I often crave and love the moments I am at home alone or able to go and spend the day doing anything I fancy. I love it, I’m quite comfortable.

Yes, this means I have gone to a restaurant or cafe and eaten on my own, I’ve gone to gigs to watch a band and I’ve definitely rocked up solo for a movie. The more you do it, the more you realise other people are too – the first time I went to the movies on my own I was surprised to see so many people on their own. I enjoyed it and have done it a few more times… I love doing it when I’ve had a run of low points or stressful situations, it’s nice to tune into a different world and relax.

I am looking forward to my next overseas trip (in 7ish months) as I spend a third with two friends and then travel to a variety of destinations on my own,  I haven’t solo traveled on my own overseas before but as it is my third international trip I figured why not? I am looking forward to having to go by no one’s time but my own, I can skip attractions that don’t interest me and spend more time at those that do. I can have indulging, pampering days and not stress that I am slowing someone down. As Carrie Bradshaw memorably gushed when she was dating her beautiful city, there is so much you can do, everything holds potential for adventure or fun.

I think it is important that everyone has some solo time at some point to clear your mind and recharge… As the quote from Diane states building a relationship and understanding of yourself is important, you will be stronger, independent and have clearer ideals of what you want out of life, experiences and your other relationships.

I’d love to read your views and if you have or haven’t done this.

Sarah ☆ KOOKLAH

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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

Fictional Character Styles I Love..

I know I’m not alone when I admit that often when watching a show or movie I am caught up in the style of the fictional characters. I love that they are often outrageous or a little larger than life, because well – they can be. Below I have five looks from different characters that I love and why…

Carrie Bradshaw in Oscar De La Renta

I absolutely love the gorgeous pink, extravagant cocktail dress Carrie was gifted from the Russian. Out of any of her outfits, this is the one I would most want to wear. I love the colour, design and shape of it. It is very elegant and feminine with a beautiful voluminous look.

Oscar De La Renta (Spring, 2004) Pic from Zimbo

Oscar De La Renta (Spring, 2004)
Pic from Zimbo

Holly Golightly’s Black Hat

There is barely a costume from ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ worn by Audrey Hepburn that I do not like. The one piece that comes to mind every single time {and is the piece I would most like to have an excuse to wear} is the sensational large black hat with the pale pink sash. I wish we’d wear hat likes that for things now. Elegance at it’s finest, large but understated. Perfect pairing to the famous LBD.

Elegant Perfection

Elegant Perfection

Serena van der Woodsen’s ‘White Party’ dress

At a Hampton’s party where everyone had to wear white, Serena showed up in a gorgeous Grecian style dress {also designed by Oscar De La Renta} with an amazing up-do that included a sparkly gold hair sash. I have always wanted to re-create this look someday.. Classic, feminine and sexy.

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Oscar De La Renta gown {spring, 2008}. Pic – theskinnystiletto

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Grecian, embellished hair.
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Loreali Gilmore’s Whimsy

I loved Loreali’s dress sense, there was often some fantasy or whimsical aspect to her outfits, she often theme dressed and wore funny captioned shirts. Her fashion was fun – with bright colours, interesting shapes and fabrics with embellishment.

Love this Irish shirt! pic- coolio

Love this Irish shirt!
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(When I went to Ireland I found a shirt that says “Kiss me, I’m Irish” – not the same I know but it reminded me of this shirt so I picked it up for some Loreali fun)

Understated Floral Crown for a Renaissance wedding

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Christmas jumpers.. LOVE!

Christmas jumpers.. LOVE!
Pic – A Touch of French

Double Tiered Headbands – Brooke Davis-Baker

These headbands work best with a bun or up-do (either simple or detailed) and help to add dimension to the hairdo. I think the pearl/beaded one that is part of Brooke’s wedding look is gorgeous and a different look option compared to tiaras or embellished clips/combs.

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Pearl-like bead bands
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Double bands in your hair colour keeps the ‘do simple whilst adding dimension and definition
Pic – sophiabushonline.org

Of course, I could keep adding other looks, but these are the five that came to mind. What do you think of these looks I have shared? I’d love to hear what looks you loved or hated, or even ones from other fictional characters that you love. I am already thinking of possibilities for next time!

Mwah! Kooklah xo