With winter fast approaching here in Australia, I’ve been finding it more and more difficult to peel myself from my soft, Cultiver linen sheets. It’s just so much more cosy to snuggle in bed than to step foot in the cold world outside the bed.
With hibernation and the desire for warmth on my mind as of late, I have naturally been fixated on homely yet light + airy sleeping spaces. With winter bringing early darkness and long nights, I find myself inspired by bedrooms filled with the brilliance of the sun’s light, as well as contrasting the lightness with moody linen tones. The combination of light, minimalism, spaciousness and soft linen creates such a safe haven, while also encouraging to begin each day afresh.
These are a collection of beautiful spaces I came across on Pinterest, my favourite source of interior inspiration.
I’d love to know, what do you like to do to make your bedroom both cosy yet bright?
Amid a palette of neutral grey, white, black and wood, I think a copper accent can bring a bit of zest into a minimalist styled home. And it pairs brilliantly with luscious green plants, oh my! Contrasted against primarily matte colours and spaces, copper’s reflective finish manages to really a room to life.
Despite the countless pens and notebooks I have stashed in draws and on shelves, it’s almost impossible to not add to my (un)necessary collection when I come across stationery. Because really, can one ever have too much stationery? I know, the answer is yes, but those stationery-inclined souls will understand.
So when I came across Rhodia Stationery, it took a lot of will to not go crazy and buy the whole damn lot. Minimal, economical and accented with a beautiful burnt orange – ahh, I’m weak at the kness.
What is your favourite stationery brand or store?
Image from Notemaker.com.au.
ASOS Mini Concertina Clutch | Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque | Topshop Bar Stud Earrings | Topshop Striped Long Sleeve Top | Topshop Asymmetrical Skirt | Topshop Red Alert Lipstick | ASOS Roar Chelsea Boots | ASOS Multi Dial Watch | Topshop Blouse
In an attempt to de-clutter both my wardrobe and my mind, I’m currently in the process of clearing out my entire collection of clothes, bags and shoes. My clothes rack and shelves were overflowing with ‘I’ll wear it one day’ items, and quite frankly I was tired of seeing them gather dust! I’m trying to be ruthless, but it’s hard to throw away things that have aged with you, even if they haven’t grown with you.
As I continue to free up space, I have come to notice a pattern in the pieces that remain: they are minimal, comfortable, clean, versatile, smart and primarily monochrome. I suppose this is a testament to the style I have grown into over the years but have been nervous to completely adhere to. Breaking down my wardrobe to the utter basics has also reminded me of the clarity that living a more intentional albeit pared down life brings.
With all that said, here are my essentials for a minimal & chic wardrobe.
I’m curious to know, what are your wardrobe essentials?
As if I needed another online platform to be addicted to, honestly.
Blynk is a cross between Instagram and Pinterest (my two vices) focusing purely on fashion. Basically, you filter through a bunch of street style images by swiping right if you like the fashion ensemble, or swiping left if you don’t. It’s akin to Tinder – but for the fashion conscious, and minus the creepy characters and disturbing selfies.
As you can imagine, the app is highly addictive and very inspiring as it progressively learns your style and fashion preferences. Better yet, there’s a Style Me function which helps you create an outfit based on the street style images you like, as well as by the categories you choose (I check ‘minimalistic’ and ‘casual’, duh). Dangerously, there’s also a recommendation page which shows you products based on your likes. Very dangerous.
My username is silverspies if you want to check out my profile!
In true Christmas spirit, I have found myself creating a wish list made up of beauteous home, lifestyle and beauty items, which I have been coveting for eons. Fingers crossed my boyfriend is reading (though I doubt he is; I may resort to flagrantly sending him a link to this post).
Here are the things I am lusting after:
1. Kubus Copper Bowl by Mogens Lassen, 2. Diptyque Eucalyptus scented candle, 3. Celine (jks, I won’t bother linking this), 4. Kikki K pencil case, 5. Peonies, 6. Aesop Rind Concentrate Body Balm, 7. Kikki K 365 Journal, 8. Jo Malone Wood Sage + Sea Salt cologne, 9. Eames DSW chair (sigh)
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My notebook pile is probably considered as excessive by most, but any stationery-lovers reading this will know that each notebook has its own purpose, even if it hasn’t yet been used. Fellow addicts will also understand the wave of euphoria that overcomes you as you walk into Kikki.k, Country Road, Office Works or the like and see those painfully perfect notebooks. I know I don’t need another one, but I simply cannot walk away from a crisp, minimalist notebook. “That one can be for ideas I get on public transport, that one can be for listing brunch spots, and that one can be for when I finish my daily journal,” my notebook-addicted mind justifies.
I don’t exactly know why I’m obsessed with buying notebooks but I don’t particularly care. It’s a (relatively) cheap addition and it makes me oddly happy. So you can imagine my elation when I came across these Magma sketchbooks at Universal Store. Not only do these colour block beauties look beguiling but each style is tailored for varying areas of the creative industry, featuring illustrated tips related to fashion, art + illustration and design + art direction. Don’t worry, they have an abundance of blank pages too.
I couldn’t help but photograph my notebooks with another, more milder obsession I have currently: oversized, minimalist watches. The fact that this The Horse watch matches the pale sand colour of the notebook gives me a great sense of satisfaction which can only be explained by my slight OCD. Nevertheless, I hope you can appreciate this post and its colour coordination.
Although summer still suffuses the air at moments, it’s well and truly gone here in Brisbane. And even though I miss sandy feet, cheap watermelon and my sharply defined tan lines, I can’t help but get excited for those beautiful winter mornings — when it’s toasty under the bed covers but the pillowcase is perfectly cool against your face; when you wake up, slip on thick wool socks and make the first of many teas for the day; when you’re reading your favourite novel in bed but your fingertips are icicles so you quickly warm them under the covers before returning to words.
But what about winter outside of your cosy, irresistible bed? Even when the temperature drops the day goes on, and we must go on with it.
I think I have a weakness for knitted sweaters — particularly oversized or men’s knits — because wearing them almost feels like I’m taking that wintery, homey joy with me. Is that weird? They’re soft and snuggly and they remind me of camp fires in the best way possible. Pair it with crisp jeans, simple accessories and ankle boots and you have yourself a perfectly presentable outfit.
I recently teamed up with Universal Store (purveyor of pictured knitted delights) to style, photograph and write a guest post featuring my affection for winter wools on their blog. You can read my post here.
With autumn approaching my mind has left behind the denim cut-offs, lightweight t-shirts and flimsy sandals of summer and I’m finding myself musing on three other basic items that I always take great pleasure in bringing to the front of my wardrobe when March comes along: perfectly slouchy sweaters, boyfriend & skinny jeans and chunky boots. So with these pieces in mind I created the above ensemble — a representation of the simple, casual look that’s a bit rough around the edges which I continuously seem to gravitate to.
I’m intrigued, what are your outfit inclinations for the cooler months?