Today is Australia Day, and it’s a day that is traditionally celebrated with barbecues. It’s a day at the end of the summer school holidays that is usually hot and a reminder that the working year is gearing up again (Australia really does go on holiday most of January). We love a bbq so I thought I’d sharethis year’s advertising surrounding the Australia Day tradition.
And every Australia Day, the Australian of the Year is announced, this year it’s an amazing scientist who you’ll have never heard of, Alan Mackay-Sims – find out about his amazing research.
Along with Australia Day, I’m Co-hosting the High Latitude Style, Link Up Party (find out more a little further down the page). And given it’s summer I thought I’d share some of my recent summer outfits.
Summer Style for me means loose and lightweight, colour and comfort.
Blue, Grey and White Patterned Jacket
If the morning is cool I’ll have a light layering piece. This longline jacket from New Zealand label Richmond Road (not even sure if they are around anymore) is one I picked up 5 or so years ago and hasn’t had a lot of wear, even though I love the blue, white and grey pattern. It felt too formal or I just hadn’t figured out what to put it with. So I challenged myself recently to create an outfit around it, and lo and behold, I discovered that my grey tee and blue knit skirt were a match made to go with this jacket. I’d been so fixed on the idea of wearing it with white and blue (and I don’t have the right kind of white that matches the white in the jacket) that I’d put off wearing it. Discovering that my grey blended really well with the grey in the pattern made it the obvious choice. So obvious I’d been ignoring it in my wardrobe for some time! Then I needed to choose a necklace, so I went for my ‘wagon wheel’ necklace for it’s circular shape which relates to the circular patterns in the jacket.
Shoes – super comfy from Crocs (can you believe it!).
Cobalt and Grey
I love this cobalt blue, and for me it adds the punch that thisgrey and white outfit needs. Because I knew the day would heat up and I’d be loosing the sleeves (shrug) by lunchtime, I ensured that the colour pop was continued through in my shoes, bracelet and necklace.
Shrug from Amazon
Hot Pink and Turquoise
Hot pink is my “happy colour” and this stretchy dress is a great one for a hot day. I recently found these fun turquoise patterned espadrilles which gave me the inspirationto add the turquoise jewellery, which helps to draw the eyes up from the feet to my face.
Hot Pink and Navy
Another hot pink day. I was running a Look Good Feel Better workshop and I like to wear pink (which is a brand colour for the charity) to the workshops. What to wear with my pink tee (and matching watch!), a navy skirt (Sussan) in a lightweight fabric that’s so easy and breezy to wear on a hot day (it was about 35C). Adding the belt with it’s pink, purple, blue and green accents meant I could add a purple accent necklace and bracelet to the outfit and have it all tie together easily.
White and Turquoise
I love white in summer and a loose tee on a hot day is ideal. This tee is layered with an embossed pattern which takes it from bland to interesting but without making it difficult to wear in many situations. I decided to add my turquoise shoes, and jewellery as I need to wear one colour with my neutrals for my ideal colour contrast. The turquoise necklace also creates my ideal value contrast back with the white tee.
What shoes are you wearing in the white & turquoise photo??? I love them!
They are called Ovid by Tsubo http://amzn.to/2kyuF64 a few years old now – but you may find some around! They are super comfortable!
Very envious of your weather, here in London it is cold and grey! Love your summer looks, it’s amazing how well turquoise goes with everything! And the long line jacket is very pretty.
I’m so happy it’s summer. Winter seemed to go on until December here this year! Appreciating every minute of it!
The longline jacket is very pretty! It’s funny how some things sit in the wardrobe for ages and then suddenly you find a way to wear them – it’s happened to me so many times! Thanks for linking up to Style With a Smile!
Thanks Emma – I’m glad that I finally found a way to wear it where it didn’t feel too formal. It originally came with a matching dress.
Great outfits! Love the pink dress – do you know if it’s still available here in Australia?
I bought it at my local Salvos store – and I think it may have been handmade as there wasn’t a label on it!
Hi Imogen – love the outfits; I got few good ideas. Our summer hols are also over now but not the heat! Love the Australia Day ad but was waiting for the plane with the South Africans – lol!
Thanks Karen! Summer can be trying!
I am a little late with my comments but I wanted you to know how much I enjoy reading your descriptions of each lovely ensemble….it’s so helpful to understand the reason behind the choices. You are such a hard working girl I hope you were able to take a little time off too,
A faithful fan,