Beach and Pool Capsule Pics!

If you missed it and are interested in the details, here's the recent post:

Big update and refresh was in order for an upcoming trip to Greece, and a couple of pool vacations. I'm set and can forget about this capsule for a good long while!

Everything is new apart from the old white shorts, packable straw hat, and beach bag. A solid beach tote would be visually better. But I adore my old polka dot darling and didn't want another! 

I need to get used to the pool slides! They are chunky, and I bat for Team Dainty Shoes. But super comfy and practical. My feet don't like flip flops. They were the right decision. 

New iconic classic round RayBans have prescription lenses. Thrilled! Already workhorses. In fact, I'm thrilled with everything. Lots of mixing and matching. Lots of colour. Very comfy. Coverage and support in the right places :)

This time, I have beachy waves to go with the capsule....

Thanks for looking! xo


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WIWs: Jumpsuits!

  • I'm over my challenge with jumpsuits! NEVER SAY NEVER. Soooo comfy! Lots of pockets.
  • I have three, and here are two of them. The one is '80s, and the other '70s. If I get a '60s jumpsuit - I'll have covered my favourite fashion eras.
  • All items are old apart from the denim jumpsuit and turquoise pumps. It's a miracle I can walk in these 1.75 inch heels! 
  • I am always remixing new items with old items. Keeps the wardrobe cohesive and more sustainable.
  • Wore the pink boiler suit today. Errands, WFH, casual meetings, and doggie walking. 
  • Wore the new "Charlie's Angels" denim jumpsuit twice - casually with sneakers, and with heels. Out to dinner, and to work with a client. Feel magical in it :)
  • The denim jumpsuit found me! I saw it, gasped, had to try it on, and it was love at first sight. It's my most fun purchase of 2023, and an unexpected wild card! 
  • Off my item blazers. I'm only into blazers when they are part of pants suits. Much more into cheeky SHORT jackets. Maybe it's because of the new hair??? Not sure! But following my feelings. NAS peachy-toffee pleather jacket for $49 is a WORKHORSE! Impeccable quality. Puts some designer stuff to shame.
  • I'm a shoe and bag matcher. Not all the time, but more in Spring and Summer because I have shoes in the colours of the bags.
  • I bat for Team Dainty Shoes.  
  • Pearls. Specs. Always.
  • Hair is a little '70s too. And I like it! 
  • Sam and Jo are almost always with me, and part of my outfits. My outfits must work with my very doggie life. It's authentic that they are constant photo bombers. 

Thanks for looking! xo


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WIW: The Zara Co-ord

Seattle has been breaking heat records for four days straight. Hottest days ever recorded in May. It is hot. 30C to 33C plus, and humid. And very few people have a/c here - because we never needed it! 

We do not have a/c and our loft is HOT. 

Hence my VERY breezy, lightweight, and ventilating outfit in 100% cotton. A NAVY and cream patterned pants set (Zara says black - incorrect - it is absolutely navy). 

These fluid solid and patterned pants sets were one of my favourite looks in the '90s. Thrilled I can cross them off my shopping list! They are beachy - and perfect for HOT weather when you don't want to wear a dress, skirt, or shorts. I lived in beachy hot Cape Town in the '90s, so it worked very well. It's working as well in our heatwave!

I LOVE this set (and my solid citron set here)! The '60s pattern is appealing, and so is the nod to the '70s. Despite the heat, I've been prancing around in it feeling playful, nostalgic, cheeky, and very comfy! 

The sandals have closed backs, so the long hems on the pants work just fine. The hems do not get caught under my heels as I stride. 

Waving to ChristinaF who has the same set. Waving to Suz who wants to try the set. Waving to Laura who loves '90s sets like I do. Waving to Katerina who mentioned it's a great alternative to dresses :)

I was at the vet with Sam and Jo this morning. Now I'm off to walk them and run errands downtown on foot. Busy on this sizzling Seattle day. I'm wearing the right thing! 

Thanks for looking. xo

ETA: Just saw the weird reflections of sunlight in the mirror. The print is perfect though - I assure you.


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Boden Linen Set Alert: (PICS)

One of my favourite things about '90s fashion was the SETS. C-ords. Matching tops and bottoms. In  patterns and solids. I've had my eye on some casual pants set the whole season - and finally landed on TWO. One solid citron, and the other patterned navy and white. 

Here is the citron LINEN set from Boden. It's ON SALE all the time, which is how I bought it last week. (30% off) It's personally, by far the best linen set I've tried on because the shirt is short, and the pants are structured up top. The quality is IMPECCABLE. Better than a lot of designer wear I've seen lately. The colour and fit are perfect.

Leave it to Boden - who also produce very sustainably and ethically - to make the pants a thicker weight than the top so that they aren't see-through and the pocket linings don't grin through. The rise is long, but for relaxed linen pants - I don't mind. 

Comes in colours, some patterns, and many are sets. Of course, you can wear them as separates too ;)

This is straight out of the package, quick try on to show you. Jus got it! Excuse dusty mirror. It's going to get very creased during the day - but am at peace with the crease. 

I prefer the set UNTUCKED in #, just a little more. Beachy, breezy, and very Summery. But the shirt will tuck too! Dressier that way. Nice waistband. xo


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WIWs: BIG White Jeans


One of my all time favourite items to wear!

I like to keep my bottoms on trend, and tend to be an early adopter of new bottom silhouettes. I'm into trendy FULL LENGTH wide legs at the moment, which meant that these Frame white jeans were calling my name. I ADORE them. Big, yet not overwhelming. Very comfortable. They became instant workhorses as soon as the weather warmed, and dried. (Waving at Tanya who has them too!)

I have regular length legs. They look long because the pants are FULL LENGTH. And tucking my top lengthens the leg line from the hips upwards. I'm wearing flat loafers. If I wore heels, my legs would look longer.

I've worn these glorious jeans many ways, and am showing you the first two. More trends coming through in these outfits: 

Outfit 1: Pattern Mixed: Lemon jumper, Kate Spade belt, Tweed jacket, loafers, Furla, Pearls, Sam and Jo. 

*the Japanese fresh water baby pearls are newish, and a gift from hubs Greg at the start of the pandemic. I've been wearing them a lot lately because the vibe works well with my longer hair, (to my eye, anyway!)

Outfit 2: Greenly Puffed: Puffy sleeves and I have a good relationship. I enjoy them. These exaggerated ones in bright green were too fun to pass up! Feel like I can kick-arse in them. Same belt, white Mary Janes, and an old yellow Tory Burch bag. 

Shopping with a client all day tomorrow. I think I'll wear my BIG white jeans :)

Thanks for looking. xo


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WIW: Relaxed Spring Oldies

(For JenniNZ and others, who enjoy seeing older wardrobe items in action on the forum!)

It's a STUNNING and sunny 22C in Seattle! Clear, perfect, and not humid.

I am WFH all day, as well as running quick errands on foot and doggie walking. This is an example of a very casual outfit. And most of my favourite types of things, in one outfit!!!

  • white wide cropped jeans - 6 yrs 
  • linen shirt - 3 years
  • sneakers - 3 years (Jo has chewed the laces, which is why they look obnoxious)
  • denim jacket - 10 years (it has pretty embroidered flowers on it that make me smile!)
  • Furla - 3 years 
  • Baby White Pearls - knotted and cannot remember how old....

This is a very classic ME-look. I have been wearing a version of it since I was a teen in the early '80s: 

white jeans, tucked classic shirt, fashion sneakers, denim jacket, structured bag, pearls. I AM IN MY HAPPY PLACE :)

*waving at my shirt and white jeans style sisters!*

Unless I am at the beach with Yorkies Sam and Jo - this is as casual as I go.

Hair is straight, and creating quite the nostalgic affection from old friends and family who have seen me wear this hair decades ago. Their excitement has been unexpected! 

Thanks for looking. Have lots of work to do. Back much later. xo


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WIW: Earthy Citron and Golf

New palette for me that's working with the new honey blonde hair. Enjoying it and having fun :)

              Peached Toffee + Blush + Citron + White 

Went out shopping with a casual client for most of the day. I wore smart casual: 

  • New bush pants. GORGEOUS FABRIC and quality. 
  • Old Citron Sweater - hasn't pilled!
  • Peached Toffee Pleather Moto - NAS last year.
  • White WEATHERPROOF golf shoes (dressier than sneakers and super comfy. Bought on deep discount last year).
  • Old white Furla and citron strap.
  • Pearls.

Also, the perfect oatmeal trench coat found me at J.Crew! On my shopping list for a while. Beautifully made, detachable hood, (a must for Seattle when you're on foot like me), versatile longer length, tortoiseshell buttons, modern classic, great for layering, and dressy. It worked well over this outfit! Sorry - no pic of that. Next time....

REVELATION: my new hair colour allows me to wear beige well! (I've amassed quite a few solid beige items over the last six months). It's not soul-sucking with my complexion ;)  Especially with my sour brights, blues, and whites. First item on my Fall/Winter shopping list is a MAXI wool oatmeal coat. I have worn my shorter wool oatmeal coat to death. It's my new essential.

I continue to wear white, ivory, and cream with joy. Now I can add beige!!! It's UNEXPECTED.

Thanks for looking! xo


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Some of Today's Finds, Playfully :)

#1 - Kate Spade Belt. Polished! Neat and tidy. (ETA: You might need to size up depending on wear on your body you like to wear a belt).

#2 - Fab with my Taupe Furla, Ivory Furla, and gold Ecco sneakers.

#3 - Gold Ecco sneakers - see how SUBTLE the gold is! It's described as WHITE gold for good reason.

Wearing them here with 10 year old white bootcut KUT jeans and a 17 year old gold belt. Rise feels very low after wearing high rises for years ! :) 

#4 - Naya citron pumps fit seamlessly into my wardrobe. I can JUST manage the heel height. HALF a SIZE down from my regular size, and still a little wide on me. YET! Miraculously stable and comfy. 

#5 - Quick try on with a new dress to make sure I love the pumps. I do! And Jo wants to play with her turtle.

Hope that was helpful in some way! xo


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WIW: Sharp Shouldered & Suited

With lots of softness and a '70s flavour :)

  • Colour inspiration is from a dear client who was inspired by Trinny Woodall!
  • I wear my burgundy suit A LOT. In different ways. LOVE THE FIT AND QUALITY! Flared pants and shorter blazer = WINNER for me. I wish I had the same suit in a plaid or sour bright. 
  • Wear the suit to work with clients. It's a VERY easy and comfy outfit! 
  • 10 year old citron turtleneck. Not a hint of pilling! Wish J.Crew made things the way they used to......
  • I also wear the suit pants as separates. Perfect colour match with a '70s sharp shouldered pleather jacket that cost me $40 a few years ago, and the quality is superb! 
  • Wore the '70s jacket with the pants and citron support act to a fancier birthday party last week.
  • Wear my old citron cocoon coat over suits and jackets quite a bit. My favourite coat of all time! It's cold on foot outside and I need to wrap up! 
  • Citron Pom Pom crossbody because I must be hands-free, and I like to match.
  • White boots....well....because it's my thing....
  • Wavy hair doing its own soft thing. 
  • Sam and Jo always curious and close-by! 

Hubs Greg does NOT like puffy sleeves. If I showed him this '70s jacket off my body - he would have discouraged me from trying it. But as soon as I put it on - he loved it! Now I only show Greg puffy sleeved items ON MY BODY :)

Thanks for looking! xo


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My Potentially Fab White Heels (Pics)

Heels are relative. This is the highest heel I can manage unless I'm seated :) 

Number one footwear need on my shopping list is a dressy white, off-white, or cream CLOSED-toe shoe to wear with dresses and skirts for Spring and Summer. It's a big hole. 

Must be pretty, refined, stable, secure, a good fit for my narrow feet, and above all VERY comfy. I live in the city and am on foot 99% of the time. I need to be able to walk Yorkies Sam and Jo, run errands, walk to appointments, walk to restaurants, and I walk fast. I also don't want to pay the earth for them. 


Tried and returned quite a bit. Tried a few pairs of slingbacks. Unstable and can't walk fast in them - (as I know from past experience but I tried again anyway. I am always trying, and trying hard!). The straps slide down the back. The shoes fall off my feet, unfortunately.

Unlike many, I enjoy a good Mary Jane. They work for my feet and style! To my eye, they are visually right on my shape feet. I got a suede toffee pair last year that are winners. After trying all sorts of other shoes that did not work, I ordered the same shoe in white. They have a dear little gold buckle:;color=

A VERY good fit. Sized up half a size because they are short, and I have long toes. 

I am walking around in them at home in my casual outfit with tiny in-house fashion stylist Jo. We are HOPING they pass the at home test. So far, so good. 

Fingers crossed! xo



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