Mimi’s Must Have’s – The Bucket Bag

Every season there is a new bag, shoe and style. This season the handbag shape to own is the bucket bag. The bag first came on the scene in the 1930′s thanks to Louis Vuitton Noe Bag. It then rose to popularity again in the 1970′s (think boho chic) and again in the 90′s. This fuss free carryall is back and for good reason. Its drawstring top holds your valuables in securely and the cross body shoulder strap is convenient and stylish. The updated versions are elegant enough for the office and for toting around at weekend brunch. I adored this Mimco bag in this post and am so glad to see many more options in 2014. I am actually loving the quirky version in No. 7 and am thinking about purchasing it. Eek.

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  1.  River Island Quilted Duffle
  2. Marc by Marc Jacobs Bag
  3. Elizabeth and James Cynnie Bag
  4. Top Shop Bucket Bag
  5. Kardashian Kollection Drawstring Bag
  6. Alexander Wang Diego Bucket Bag
  7. ASOS Fringed Bucket Bag
  8. Rebecca Minkoff Mini Harley Bucket Bag
  9. See by Chloe Bag
  10. Pixie Market Black Chain Bucket Bag

Downplayed Sports Luxe

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Let’s face it…life is all about comfort.

Although I love the Sports Luxe trend seen on the streets and runways (see here), I really just want to run around all day in it and that means no heels! So I played around with a shiny fabric on these pants and mixed in some neon and some pretty cool kicks (if I say so myself) and downplayed the overall sports luxe look. To tell the truth this would be a perfect work outfit (yup…I work in a pretty hectic place). I can see these pants with a fitted denim jacket and scarf for the cooler months or add a long sleeve t-shirt, vest and beanie. Sports Luxe is about fun and mixing and matching pieces. We can pay so much for our “gym” gear these days so why not make it work for all day (instead of the gym..hehehe).

Photography: Milla Kirk Photography

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Pants: Lorna Jane //Tank Top: 1&20 Blackbirds //Crop Top: Lorna Jane (similar) //Shoes: Nike Free //Bag: Lululemon (Similar style) //Sunglasses: Roxy //Left Wrist Yellow Band: Marc by Marc Jacobs; Blue and silver: Marc by Marc Jacobs; Leather: Tory Burch

Mimi’s Online Finds 15.04.14

We are often overwhelmed with the constant feed of information from our Facebook feeds or emails. Well, I know I am. I am working on a more systematic approach to sorting through all the information coming my way. Not sure I will ever get over that “overwhelmed” feeling but all I can do is try.

On this week’s – “Online Find’s” I have bought you  just a few of the things that made me stop and have a look.

Screen Shot 2014-04-14 at 10.09.48 AMOne of the problems of being a Style Blogger is that I do seem to have more than the average amount of clothes and shoes. It’s a constant struggle to keep things organized. I am not one to hoard and often post unwanted items on eBay but I am always on the lookout for new closet ideas. Aimee Song from Song of Style shares her tips for some great closet solutions.

Jaw Dropping Skill and Trust…….I have been blessed to work with the amazing athletes and artists of Cirque Du Soleil for 12 years. And this video is just an amazing example of the skill required and also the transition to life in general. Be amazed and enjoy.

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I am sure I only know a fraction of the capabilities of my iPhone. This cheat sheet will give you 15 more uses for your phone.

Till next time my lovely readers…….

XXX Mimi

Photo Credit: Aimme Song Instagram and the vivant.com, Pinterest, YouTube

 

Trend Alert – Sports Luxe

Oversize sport tees, luxe fabrics, jerseys and a dash of leather – bring on Sports Luxe. This is such a cool and comfortable fashion to follow and adopt from the runways and the streets. Some awesome pieces can be found here. Start out with that old Sports LOGO tee shirt, add a leather pencil skirt, heels, cap and you are on trend. Or find an over sized Jersey tee with a little mesh for a peek-a-boo feel and pull out those strappy heels, enjoy the comfort and hit the streets.

Some of my favorite inspirations from the streets and runways.

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Photo Credit: www.imnext.se; www.lovelybylucy.com; www.friendinfashion.com; www.currentlylovingblog.blogspot.com; pinterest.

Sports Luxe

One of the hottest trends of the spring is Sports Luxe. What I love about this trend is that is can transition into Summer and Fall with ease. This trend is easy wear, flattering and versatile. No longer do you have to leave your athletic gear at the gym. Bomber jackets, track pants/shorts and caps take centre stage in this trend. Leather track pants and shorts take the look to the luxe level. Add some shimmer in metallic fabrics to bring your look into the night. Or some heels to your track pants with a leather cuff and you have a trendy, comfortable look for a night out. And who would have thought that a pair of Birkenstocks would be featured in Vogue and hit new heights on the fashion stage. The only look I am not embracing in Sports Luxe is the Crop top. My days are baring my midriff but if you have the abs and the confidence – go for it!

Come back soon for some Street Style Inspirations and my own toned down version of Sports Luxe

Sports Luxe trend

  1. DKNY Nylon Cap
  2. Marc by Marc Jacobs Backpack
  3. Coach Varisty Bomber
  4. River Island NY Beanie
  5. Mango College Oversize Sweatshirt
  6. Lorna Jane Run Shorts
  7. Topshop Mesh Top
  8. Lorna Jane Sweater
  9. Puma Mesh Tee
  10. Band of Outsiders Leather Shorts
  11. Joseph Leather Trimmed Track Pants
  12. Valentino Leather Bracelet
  13. Birkenstock Sandals
  14. River Island Oversize Jumbo Tee
  15. Band of Outsiders Pencil Skirt
  16. TOGA Dress
  17. Nike AirMax
  18. Tory Burch Leather Wrap Bracelet

Luxe Silk and Leather

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Right now my home is Gold Coast, Australia. A great city with sun and surf but not much of a “city” life. The summer staples are shorts, swimsuit and flip flops (thongs). Some days I love this look but others I want to dress in great fabrics such as leather and silk and feel like I’m in a city. My favorite cities are Chicago, NYC and London. Right now I am itching to travel again as being home for several months is just not what I’m used to. I’m used to living in my suitcase and moving city to city for work. I’ve been doing it for over 12 years so its hard to sit still. And what I have discovered is that I want my cake and eat it too! I want the beach life but also the city life.

So when I can, I like to feel like I’m in the city. For some reason I feel cool when I’m wearing some leather. I found these leather shorts on a recent work trip to Sydney and wanted to match it with something a little more delicate. I love button downs on everyone else but me. I think its the short hair that makes me feel a little like a boy with a crisp shirt. So I was very happy to find this silk shirt that I think works great with the shorts and has a feminine touch. I can’t wait for the weather to cool down a little as I have some great sweaters that I will be pulling out (from storage) and mixing with my leather pieces.

Photo Credit: Milla Kirk Photography

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Shorts: Museum Clothing // Shirt: David Lawrence // Boots: Nine West (old)  // Clutch: Clare Vivier Jaguar Print (sold out) – Similar // Bangles: Marc by Marc Jacobs (rose gold here); Dinosaur Designs

Splurge or Save – Cutout Ankle Boots

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Time for another New Series for Call Me Mimi – “Splurge or Save” that paycheck. First in this series are these very cool Cutout ankle boots. I am a huge fan of these Gianvito Rosi  heeled boots but considering the amount of times that I would actually wear them maybe these ASOS boots are more reasonable. But then again I am loving the leather on the Rossi’s. Arghhh…perhaps I will just have to think some more on this one. Or maybe flat boots are a better option……? X Mimi

 

Going Troppo with Print

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We sometimes forget just how beautiful our own backyard is. When scouting for a location for this exotic print top – Camilla came up with Marina Mirage as our backdrop. Such a luxurious place. And there is a certain casual freedom around the Marina. No one minds if you walk near their boats and have a look. It’s sometimes nice to see how the other half lives. :)

As seen in my recent posts I am trying to embrace prints. Be it Floral or Graphic. But this print by Natasha Gan is something completely different. I loved the cut of this halter and the colors were just too fun to ignore. However, I did find it hard to match with the right pieces. With such a bold print and colors I did not want to feel like a “Housewife of Miami” or that I belonged at a resort location. White pants seemed too contrived and adding a color from the palate was too much for the senses. I am not often seen in a skirt but this textured Country Road skirt felt just right. I was careful not to add heels as I would have felt OTT (Over the top) and very much a “Housewife of…”.

Photography: Milla Kirk Photography

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Top: Natasha Gan (sold out) – Same print in Kimona jacket here // Skirt: Country Road // Shoes: Steve Madden // Left Hand Piece: Lovisa // Right Bracelet: Gorjana and Griffin // Sunglasses: Tory Burch

 

Trend Alert – Florals

Hot off the runways at NYFW, LFW and PFW – Florals have taken over. Add a pop with a simple bag and shoes or embrace the trend by wearing the print top to toe. It all works – just own it. Draw some inspiration from some of the looks I’m in love with below and check out some of Mimi’s Must Have’s – Fresh Florals. Clash some prints, have some fun and make it your STYLE.

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Photo Credit: Christopher Kane, www.WhoWhatWear.com, Stoianov/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES, Collage Vintage, Le-21eme, Gastro Chic,Vanessa Jackman, Film Magic

Fresh Florals

This seasons collections are all about prints (see here also) and a floral print is all around us this year. It doesn’t matter if you are coming into Spring or Fall, the floral trend has been all over the runways. Christopher Kane S/S 14 Collection is my current favorite as well as Hermes and Valentino. But the high street has jumped on board and you can now mix and match the trend to fit your budget.

This year you can wear head to toe print or if thats just too way out, pick one statement piece and mix it with one flat colour. Try to pick a colour that is already in the print to tie it all together or just add a fun floral purse to a more monochrome look. Tip: Add a tough edgy shoe and messed up hair to avoid looking and feeling too “pretty”

Floral trend

  1. Topshop Hooded Floral Bomber
  2. Topshop High Waist Bikini
  3. Asos Clutch
  4. Topshop Floral Dress
  5. MSGM Printed Sweater
  6. Topshop LIMITED EDITION Printed Tee
  7. Mother of Pearl Cotton Sateen Coat
  8. Forever 21 Floral Sneakers
  9. Topshop LIMITED EDITION Satin Skirt
  10. Marc by Marc Jacobs Shirt Dress
  11. MSGM Floral Backpack
  12. Gap Floral printed flats
  13. Rebecca Taylor Ghost Flower Pants