Weekend Look: Summer in Canberra

Canberra has become quite the 'hipster' scene over the last few years that I have lived here. Cooler weather calls for more interesting combinations of layers then you would see anywhere else in Australia. But how does one bring this into summer?

Well Maggie, who I met in Civic has only been in Aus for 1 month and has nailed it. She combined natural colours of beige and pale yellow with a white sun hat and naturally carved necklace for a soft summery look. Her natural white bag completed the look, making her look like she had stepped right out of a farmers market in the most stylish way possible.

Maggie is a PHD student and plans to be in Australia for the next 4 years. She has seen Sydney and Canberra so far and plans on visiting Melbourne next. She loves the nature of canberra, it's beauty and thinks it's unlike any other city.

Spring Summer Work-robe

Where do you spend most of your time? That's right.. work! We spend approximately eight hours a day, or 40 hours a week, at work! So why not be stylish?

When it comes to truly expressing your personal style, I know lots of ladies who save it only for the weekends! And then they save it (and save it) for that perfect weekend outing or event until the gorgeous dress or blouse they bought has been hanging lonely in the closet for over 6 months....

Sound familiar?

Why not be a little daring and add that 'quirk' to your spring/summer work-robe?

The best place to try new styles - within reason, of course, is the office. If you buy a new pair of shoes for a wedding on the weekend, it makes sense to wear them 'in' during the week at work.

I am loving Co-ords for work again this season - and probably for the rest of the year to be honest. They are a modern take on the corporate suit, and are available in shorts, shirts, skorts, shirts, button-downs and blazers in a almost endless range of colours and patterns.

Go on, buy something fun and a little bit quirky that you have always wanted to try before! We bet your colleagues will only have lovely things to say about your new found style, and maybe they'll find the inspiration to join you!


Rainy Spring Day Essentials

There are plenty of ways to be comfortable and still look chic when the weather isn’t on your side. Here are the essentials to rainy day style.

1. Boots

To keep your tooties dry.

2. An Umbrella

For obvious reason. We are loving these

3. A water-proof over coat

Spirited Style for Spring

There's not a lot more trendy for spring right now than hippie prints and flowy materials. I met Anna, who portrayed this look, at Black Pepper Belconnen while she was out getting coffee with a friend.

This lovely lady is a relief teacher, mum, model and entrepreneur and loves travelling especially to the coast, including the Gold Coast most recently and always has the ocean on her mind. She loves connecting with like-minded and positive people.

Anna's free spirit and friendly personality was a perfect match for the popular free spirited style. She wore a simple black singlet that popped her purple floral hippie pants. The outfit was a great combination for her complexion and she matched it well with silver accessories including a long necklace, aviators and silver and white watch.

Top- Jayjays

Pants- "just add sugar" from Trade Secret

Bangle - Mimco

Sunnies - purchased while at black opal races

Thongs- Haviannas

Pretty in Pastels

Need a look that will turn heads while keeping yours cool? Nothing brings out your feminine side like stepping out in pastels.

This summer, don’t be shy of softening your wardrobe and looking towards this functional palette for the warmer weather.

Perfect for a casual barbecue or night out to dinner, bring together two or three light colours with a similar tone, or stick to one hue in a number of shades (with a simple pop of colour) to execute this trend. For evenings, add a hit of metallic through your accessories for contrast and glamour.

Light and breezy fabrics are essential, allowing for a functional fit that will keep you cool and comfortable no matter how hot things get this summer.

Image: Burberry Spring/Summer 2014 at London Fashion Week.

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