It was on a Sunday afternoon in May, I met Denny. A photographer from Canguu, Indonesia and a friend of my good friend Ryan Cantwell. Clad in tattoos, a nonchalant style of cuffed jeans and a white tee, he emanated a vibe of effortless cool but from the first introduction he had this playful charm that was authentic to the bone of his cheshire grin. Resonating with my goofiness, we made an instant team and this is when I feel most comfortable in front of the lens. We went to an Asian Grocer to get Vietnamese rolls, and came away with some photos of me sitting on rice bags.
Casa Amuk Tee
Riders by Lee Jeans
66 The Label Neck Scarf
The latest Steele collection certainly steals our hearts as we come into the cooler season of Autumn and need a more versatile and trans-seasonal wardrobe.
My new Steele Arielle Dress is the perfect little number for an Aussie Autumn and can be worn as a wrap dress in the sunshine or as a light weight throw cardi for those cooler changes.
I’ve styled my Steele dress and neck scarf in two different ways, keeping it casual, effortless and a little playful.
Steele the label Dress
Rubi Shoes Loafers
As a sucker for fabrics soft and slinky on the skin, I was unabashed to sport a whole outfit made of silk in my latest outfit post in Inverness, Scotland.
Of course being in the Highlands in winter elicits a few impediments on my latest idée fixe of garments lightweight and lustrous, but when I saw GRANA’S latest silk collection, my online orders went unabated.
After all, silk is classic, durable and versatile (I’m good at justifying things to myself). While winter in Scotland definitely heralds a coat and scarf, silk is unencumbered by the seasons because it is lightweight for summer and suitable for layering in the winter (in my case loose enough to fit thermal undies below and thin enough to fit under jumpers and coats). Swoon.
GRANA’S collection is made from Crepe de Chine Silk, chosen for it’s luxurious sheen, and then they sandwashed it for a matte finish. The result is silk that is both classic and modern.
And because they are just silky smooth operators, GRANA is offering my readers 10% off their first purchase and free shipping world wide by using the code MERAKxGRANA at check out. Swoon again.
I styled my silk garments loose and effortless – worn off the shoulder with a chic neck kerchief, classic loafers and gold detailing.
GRANA Silk Shirt
GRANA Silk Culottes
NEW LOOK Neck Kerchief
RIVER ISLAND Necklace & Earrings
RIVER ISLAND Loafers
Now that’s my bag, baby.
The fine art of traveling minimally yet maintaining your own sense of style is hard to master, as I so duly noted when I caught my reflection in a shop window sporting a (safe, but not-so stylish) frontal backpack. But with MIMCO’S latest travel collection I think I have this mastery in the bag, so to speak.
Having made the spontaneous decision to buy a one-way ticket to Europe earlier this year, I recently packed up my whole life into a bag and left en route to sojourns unknown and exciting.
There is without doubt, something romantic about the idea of having your whole life packed up into one bag. But when you’re a bag lover like me, I centered my travel life around three: My suitcase, my MIMCO Tote and my MIMCO Hip Bag – all of equal importance really!
A small hip bag is perfect for balmy nights where you only need your essentials; wallet, phone, ID, lipstick.
The tote on the other hand (or the other arm as the case may be) is my day-trip bag of choice as it fits everything from my camera, snacks, sunglasses and coin purse as well as my passport, a map, and most importantly, a good book.
So while I might be taking my love of bags to the next level by literally living out of them, I have everything I need so long as I can travel.
As Alexandr Solzhenitsyn once wisely said, “Own only what you can carry with you.”
Exploring the streets in Prague, wearing my favourite MIMCO accessories.WHERE TO NEXT?! You’ll just have to wait to find out… (Mainly because I don’t know myself!)