As I write this, I'm on my second 'slither' of cake for the day, washing it down with a cup of tea in possibly one of the world's ugliest mugs - it's basically got two teddy bears on it sitting on grass amongst vegetables and couple of lemons (lord knows why - Teddy Beat soup perhaps). It's my go-to mug at the office when my other gorgeous blue Country Road mug is in the dishwasher (or in someone's bag as it is now after having been on a shoot last week); it's so ugly, I've assumed it's safe to use as it's not actually owned by anyone, and no one will ever lay claim to it. And so far, no one has.
The cakes are courtesy of two birthdays in the office on the same day this week (Monday) and surprisingly, they've managed to make it this far. Apart from that, it's been a pretty standard week; work, visits from Kettle the French Bulldog Pup, and a continuation of some pretty glorious Autumn weather.
Here are my virtual shopping picks for this week.
1. Karen Walker Helter Skelter sunglasses $295, Sunglass Hut
So cute! I love tortoiseshell specs, and these are divine. Karen Walker does some of the prettiest sunglasses in the biz - with cool campaigns to match.
2. Charlize knit dress $129.95, Sheike
For the most part, dresses in winter require stockings (which I'm not a fan of), so I'll be looking to invest in this darling knitted number the moment the temps drop a little. Throw on some tan leather boots and a mulberry lippy, and the look is complete!
3. Nailpolish in Imperialis $15.95, Red Earth
I tend to get really creative with nail colour in Autumn/winter - perhaps it's due to the darker outfits I wear. While pinky nudes are great for summer, I'll be doing for warmer tones like this earthy nude nail varnish from Red Earth.
4. Peplum crepe knit $129.95, Seed Heritage
So, you may have thought peplums were done and dusted, but they are having a re-emergence, and this is their new shape. Camel tones are incredibly versatile and trans-seasonal - wear with white pants in summer, or leather trousers in the cooler months.
5. Yves Saint Laurent Fusion Ink foundation $85, Myer/David Jones
I must confess - I haven't actually tried this stuff, but my sister who's a bit of a beauty buff (i.e. she spends evenings watching beauty vlogs) reckons this is amaze and I really want some. Apparently, it feels like a second skin, melting into your skin for a gorgeous, flawless complexion.
6. Asymmetric Wrap Skort $15.95, Ally
I know, I know - it's a skort! (If you've been following my blog, you'll know what I'm talking about) but I'm giving skorts all over a chance to redeem themselves - and this one's cute and cheap. Win win!
7. Decodor bangle $99.95, Mimco
I love a plastic bangle, and you can work the tortoiseshell Karen Walker sunglasses back into any outfit with just a touch on the wrist.
8. Esther clutch $79.95, Witchery
I love a clutch! Not always practical but totally takes any outfit to the next level. I can imagine wearing this one with all black, and a slick of Red Earth Nail Polish on my fingers.
9. Pantene mug $22.95, Zanui
I'm obviously having some major mug separation issues, as this is the second time I've featured a mug in my Editor's Picks. I particularly like this one because the khaki swatch on the outside of the mug is so complementary to the caramel tones of the coffee that will take up residence inside (which makes it perfect for top-down desk shots for Instagram, am I right?).
10. Hourglass Ambient Lighting bronzer $65, Mecca Cosmetica
This is such a pretty bronzer - to look at, and on the skin. I find bronzer is often too 'shimmery' or 'dirty', but not this one. I'd compare this Hourglass bronzer to a kiss on the cheek from a bronzed Greek God - yes, it's that kind of glow...