PJs in public…absolutely!

PJs in public…absolutely!

Who says PJs are just for bed or at home? Sleepwear in public has become a major trend, but not just any pajamas – dressing up silky and striped pieces with luxe pieces like heels, lacy bralettes and dainty accessories is pretty sassy. Or for a more casual look – funky Peter Alexander PJ drop-crotch or harem style bottoms with singlets, and T-shirt dresses with crisp white runners. Don’t be shy, get yourself some major comfy-chic inspiration!

How on earth do you pull off wearing your sleepwear outside you ask? Simple! Act like it’s not sleepwear, and that it was made to be worn out. These days you could wear a fluffy robe outside and no one is really going to notice. Okay…maybe if the fluffy robe is baby blue with teddy bears on it, you’ll get a couple of weird looks, so the trick is to select well.

pjs in public

Styling sleepwear is all about seeing them as separates, not as a set. Seeing your sleepwear as separates will help make them blend effortlessly into your outfit. Style the silk camisole with a pair of black skinny jeans and leather jacket for a casual-girl (just-threw-this-on) vibe, or style silky shorts with a crisp white shirt and linen or denim jacket to extend your capsule wardrobe. Or, why not get creative with layering and textures of fabrics to create new looks. Warning for the uninitiated (!), some pieces really do look like pj’s.

There is no point trying to make your Peter Alexander cloud pj’s look cool for outside wear… it just isn’t going to cut it. Focus on purchasing pieces in silks or slinky fabrics (instead of flannelette) as these fabrics look less homely and more luxe. Also, consider the colours you’re purchasing too as it’s probably best to leave the cute heart or Disney printed sets for home. Ideally, aim for simple colour schemes that you can work into your everyday outfits.

Accessorising will help turn your outfit into something more stylish, and less sleepwear – get creative with bold accessories. Think gold and silver hardware, rugged leather jackets and funky footwear like heels, boots, runners, and so on. Once you’ve styled the outfit with the right accessories, you’ll feel confident and that’ll show. Now, stride it out in your fab sleepwear like it’s the most natural thing in the world and no-one will dare ask!

Tweaked from original article by twiceblessed.com.au


It’s all about you: rework your wardrobe

It’s all about you: rework your wardrobe

Have you heard the term – curated closet? In her book, The Curated Closet, Berliner, Anuschka Rees talks about not following trends or buying into a standard list of wardrobe essentials or must-haves. Instead, it’s about creating your wardrobe to work perfectly for your style and life. Having a wardrobe that is about you and not about fast fashion or trends is a great start to a more ethical and sustainable wardrobe. The idea is that if you’re buying clothes that really are ‘you’ you’re probably going to want to keep them for years. It’s a way to break the cycle and stop buying into the ever-revolving fast fashion trends. So, rework your wardrobe to work with you not against you!


Closer to home, Maroubra-based Wendy Mak is committed to the simplification of wardrobes. In Mak’s The Capsule Wardrobe: 1000 outfits from thirty pieces, she introduces you to 30 wardrobe essentials – tops, bottoms, footwear, and accessories – to create your ultimate mix-n-match wardrobe. You can find her ideas at WendyMak.com.

It’s not about not heading out on a fun shopping trip with your girlfriend or daughter – it’s great retail therapy and at times, just simply a good laugh.

The curated closet is a wardrobe that’s perfectly tailored to your unique personal style and your life. It contains everything you need to feel confident and inspired every day – no more and no less. It is not based on trends, style typologies or a one-size-fits-all list of wardrobe essentials. Your life isn’t the same as everyone else’s, so why should your closet be? Anuschka Rees

Rees says, know you colour palettes and make distinctions between accent colours versus neutrals, basics pieces, key pieces, and accent pieces. Accessorise with bangles, beads, earrings, scarves, nail polish, lipstick or even hair colour. While the goal is not to complicate, it is to help you to have a plan so you don’t waste time or money on items that stand out like the proverbial, that you might aspire to but never get the chance (or, to be honest with yourself, you feel comfortable) to wear.  By getting an idea of what colours you like and for what types of pieces, it allows for a lifetime of simplicity.  Rees explains that by zeroing in on your own unique style, you are never caught up in fashion trends. It’s great to update your wardrobe every few years, and as we all know, some things never go out of style. White t-shirts and jeans will always exist, so will basic black.  Mix things up to avoid being a carbon copy of everyone else. Enjoy running away from the pack.  It’s one less stressor in life! As Rees says, being fashionable is totally optional – you get to choose.

Mak suggests, try this – 30 pieces to create an outfit a day for 30 days. This will establish your absolute wants vs needs hanging in your cupboard and folded in your drawers. Here’s a twist on Wendy’s guide to kick you off:

5 x skirts or pants: black textured; basic black; soft pleated/tailored; white or grey; statement
2 x jeans (black and blue wash)
6 x tops: charcoal; ivory; light grey; a bold colour that suits; a standout piece; black
1 x bodysuit in a complimentary colour (amazing how versatile this can be)
1 x statement shirt
2 x camis (everyday and silky/satin)
3 x jackets or if not needed, 3 more tops or dresses: navy; black; statement
1 x black coat or waterfall cardigan
3 x bags: work; weekend; statement coloured
6 x shoes: black flats; weekend street shoes/white runners; black ankle boots; patent heels or flats; statement coloured heels or flats; print/suede heels or flats

Anuschka makes a great analogy comparing fashion to music. You wouldn’t force yourself to listen to a song because it’s in the charts and music ‘insiders’ tell you it’s popular. You listen to the music you like and enjoy. So why not do the same with clothes – buying things you like and enjoy wearing rather than what’s ‘hot right now’. There is absolutely no point in buying clothes which don’t work for your lifestyle.

Fashion is a form of art, and you want your clothes to look good, but you also need them to feel good and be practical because you spend your life in them. You have stuff to do, places to go, and people to meet. A functional wardrobe is one that supports you in all that you do, rather than making your life harder.

If you enjoy a visual guide, there are tons of curated wardrobe flowcharts to help. Find your own; one that suits you, or, venue better, create your own.

Discovering your personal style and building a versatile wardrobe will mean you always have something to wear. Your style will likely continue to change and evolve. A reworked wardrobe doesn’t restrict you, it is one which grows and evolves with you. After all, it’s all about you!

The Sustainable Edit; Anuschka Rees; and Wendy Mak


A guide to your summer 2019 colours

A guide to your summer 2019 colours

From the fabulous article by 

The summer 2019 colours have pastels making a recurrence, along with rich, warm shades that are also a little autumnal. Mango Mojito, Toffee, and some darker greens like Terrarium Moss and Pepper Stem give those autumn vibes. The most definitive of the summer 2019 runway colours is yellow, which shows up in the form of Aspen Gold, Pastel Yellow, Turmeric, and Lemon Verbena. The other colour palettes that stand out include shades of pink, particularly loud magenta of Pink Peacock, and some blues like dark Eclipse, airy Clearwater Blue, and royal Princess Blue. See below for the top summer 2019 colours, including Pantone spring 2019 colour ways and other favourite shades that you’ll likely see out and about. What goes around, comes around; many are reminiscent of the retro era, so preloved clothing hunters will be in heaven!

#1. Powdery Ballet Pink

Blush rose, powdery ballet pink colour is so versatile and perfect to pair with all the other colours on this list. From outerwear options to princess-worthy evening dresses to elegant separates, this nude-toned blush was all over the place. More down-to-earth and elegant is the powdery ballet pink used for office-ready two-piece comprised of loose-fitting tailored pants,

Spring/ Summer 2019 Color Trends: Powdery Ballet Pink

#2. Pressed Rose

Light as air, and princessy to the core, Pressed Rose is the colour that encompasses femininity. This precious pastel pink holds just a touch of warmth especially when compared to Sweet Lilac.

Spring/ Summer 2019 Color Trends: Pressed Rose

#3. Sweet Lilac

This baby pink has just a touch of lavender, making it one of the cool color options. It is a gentle color that is feminine but not sickly sweet. Designers this season used it in both sleek, minimalist designs and in some girlish creations.

Spring/ Summer 2019 Color Trends: Sweet Lilac

#4. Light Lavender

Lavender is a cool shade that works well with softer yellows, as well as with a deep neutral like Eclipse or Brown Granite. This soft shade showed up most beautifully in a wrap dress presented by Kate Spade New York, where it was paired with matching boots and a headdress. Femininity on display.

Spring/ Summer 2019 Color Trends: Pastel Lavender

#5. Living Coral

This bright coral sits perfectly between orange and pink, and brightens up every ensemble.

Spring/ Summer 2019 Color Trends: Living Coral

#6. Pink Peacock

Pink Peacock is an intense magenta that cannot be ignored. It is one of the most striking seasonal colours – a shade so noticeable that few would dare wear it alone. Instead, it can be mixed with neutrals and turned into a work-appropriate option, or mixed with some warm shades like Turmeric or Aspen Gold for that perfect colour blocked outfit.

Spring/ Summer 2019 Color Trends: Pink Peacock

#7. Fiesta

Fiesta more than earns the title of the red of the season. This is a true, summery red with warmer undertones and a lot of fire. It is a passionate, exciting colour trend that truly shined whether in evening wear, casual wear, or lingerie.

Spring/ Summer 2019 Color Trends: Fiesta Red

#8. Jester Red

Despite its name, Jester Red is not a colour to joke about. It is a deep, intense red just a few hues shy of a burgundy. It does well mixed with both the warm and cool colour, but it is the most remarkable when worn on its own.

Spring/ Summer 2019 Color Trends: Jester Red

#9. Turmeric

The eponymous spice is having a moment right now, since it is known for having serious health benefits. If you’re not planning to be chugging turmeric lattes or doing turmeric-yogurt face masks, perhaps you can absorb some of these benefits by wearing Turmeric as one of your summer colours. It is a yellow-orange shade that is hard to miss, and pairs especially well with browns, reds, and even blues.

Spring/ Summer 2019 Color Trends: Turmeric

#10. Egg-Yolk Pastel Yellow

Take Lemon Verbena, add a splash of cream, and you end up with the loveliest shade of pastel yellow. This gorgeous egg yolk shade pairs well with other pastels, for the perfect daytime look.

Spring/ Summer 2019 Color Trends: Pastel Yellow

#11. Lemon Verbena

Yellows were some of the trendiest summer 2019 colour, with Lemon Verbena being one of the softest of the bunch. It is cheerful, lemony, and delicious. It is a shade of yellow that pairs especially well with some of the blues and pastels.

Spring/ Summer 2019 Color Trends: Lemon Verbena

#12. Aspen Gold

Compared to Lemon Verbena, Aspen Gold is a slightly deeper yellow with just the barest hint of orange. It is more balanced, and might go better with reddish shades like coral or fiesta. Despite this, it is still an undeniably sunny colour that deserves its place in your wardrobe (in some way).

Spring/ Summer 2019 Color Trends: Aspen Gold

#13. Mango Mojito

This is quite autumnal. It paired well with reds, greens, and corals, for astounding effects.

Spring/ Summer 2019 Color Trends: Mango Mojito

#14. Terrarium Moss

Moss green is a natural, lush shade that brings to mind cool forests and snaking vines. It pairs well with all of the florals and flowery shades of this season.

Spring/ Summer 2019 Color Trends: Terrarium Moss Green

#15. Pepper Stem

Pepper Stem is Terrarium Moss’ lighter, warmer sibling. Despite that, it is still a subdued and natural shade. It radiates health, and suggests renewal.

Spring/ Summer 2019 Color Trends: Pepper Stem Green

#16. Neon Green

In a season of soft naturals and pastels, neon green shouts and screams demanding to be heard. All kinds of neons are ‘in’, particularly inspired by an Eighties punk sensibility. Outrageous, difficult, and in your face, neon green is definitely the loudest of the spring 2019 colours.

Spring/ Summer 2019 Color Trends: Neon Green

#17. Clearwater Blue

Most of the pastels in the summer 2019 colours were variations on pink and purple, but clearwater blue was extremely prominent. Blue is already a soothing shade, but its pastel iteration is doubly so, evoking a sense of cheerful calm.

Spring/ Summer 2019 Color Trends: Pastel Blue

#18. Princess Blue

Blue is a colour associated with calm, confident luxury, and Princess Blue is its gleaming, vivacious yet still deep iteration. It is one of a few cool tones, but its magnificence made it work. Turmeric and Mango Mojito are two shades that complement it well, and keep things bright for spring.

Spring/ Summer 2019 Color Trends: Princess Blue

#19. Silver

A standout from all of the summer 2019 colour trends is silver – the only metallic on this year’s list, with a very well deserved spot. Silver is a colour that is simultaneously luxurious yet fierce, futuristic yet historical, and indeed, on the runways we saw it in every one of these iterations.

Spring/ Summer 2019 Color Trends: Metallic Silver

#20. Toffee

Toffee is warm and delicious, and it complements most skin tones beautifully. Paired with the warmer reds and yellows, it would achieve an autumnal effect that was oddly in season, but it could also look classic in an analogue combination with Soybean.

Spring/ Summer 2019 Color Trends: Toffee

#21. Brown Granite

Brown granite is a cool brown shade that works beautifully in almost any colour palette. This colour is grounded and serious, but that doesn’t mean you should shy away from punching it up with some of the other summer colours. It is a timeless and sophisticated choice that would do well in anyone’s wardrobe.

Spring/ Summer 2019 Color Trends: Brown Granite

#22. Eclipse

This navy blue gets as close as possible to black territory, without ever fully giving up on its blue nature. It is a dark and mysterious spring 2019 colour that acts as a more mystical counterpart to a grounded shade like Brown Granite.

Spring/ Summer 2019 Color Trends: Eclipse

#23. Sweet Corn

This shade is a buttery off-white that worked delightfully as part of this season’s trends, giving balance to some intense springtime brights and working well with the feminine romance of the season. It pairs well with many of the season’s colours especially Living Coral.

Spring/ Summer 2019 Color Trends: Sweet Corn

#24. Creamy Tan

The summer 2019 colour ways are all about the different shades of creamy tan and beige. Better wear the colour from head to toe as it’s to be the most elegant of shades.

Spring/ Summer 2019 Color Trends: Creamy Tan

#25. Soybean

Soybean is a reliable neutral that feels natural yet sophisticated. It works just as well in a boho-chic outfit as it does in a sleek suit. With trench coats one of the go-to jackets for spring, Soybean was a shoo-in as one of THE spring colours.

Spring/ Summer 2019 Color Trends: Soybean

10 sassy quotes on sustainable and fast fashion

10 sassy quotes on sustainable and fast fashion

Fast fashion is like fast food. After the sugar rush it just leaves a bad taste in your mouth.  — Livia Firth, ethical fashion advocate and founder of sustainable fashion consultancy Eco-Age

As consumers we have so much power to change the world by just being careful in what we buy. — Emma Watson, actress and ethical fashion advocate

Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you express by the way you dress and the way you live. —Gianni Versace, fashion designer

What if we started by slowing down and not consuming so much stuff, just because it’s there and cheap and available. It’s amazing how that process makes sense financially, it makes sense ethically, it makes sense environmentally. — Andrew Morgan, filmmaker and director of ‘The True Cost’

One day we’ll wake up and Green will not be the new black, it will be the new invisible. Meaning, no longer will sustainable be the exception or something that’s considered au courant; instead it will be a matter of course – something that all designers incorporate into their design ethos. — Summer Rayne Oakes, world’s first ‘eco’ model and serial ecopreneur. From her book Style, Naturally

Consumer demand can revolutionise the way fashion works as an industry. If everyone started to question the way we consume, we would see a radically different fashion paradigm. — Carry Somers and cofounder of Fashion Revolution. From Safia Minney’s book Slow Fashion: aesthetic meets ethics

When you wear vintage, you never have to worry about showing up in the same dress as someone else.
— Jessica Alba, actress, author and entrepreneur. From her book The Honest Life

Clothes aren’t going to change the world, the women who wear them will. — Anne Klein, fashion designer

Become an active citizen through your wardrobe. — Livia Firth, Founder and Creative Director of Eco-Age

Clothes could have more meaning and longevity if we think less about owning the latest or cheapest thing and develop more of a relationship with the things we wear. — Elizabeth L. Cline, author of Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion.

Jennifer Nini 2018 – ecowarriorprincess


Stress Free Market Day

Stress Free Market Day

You’ve decided what items of clothing, shoes, accessories, and so on, to move on. Fantastic – that will feel quite cathartic. The next step is to ensure your transition to stall is smooth (aka stress-free), and doesn’t undo all the great feelings that come with having made some amazing progress.

Don’t spin out of control!

Over the years, I’ve observed stall holders arriving at market venues and setting up. I’ve also been that person myself on countless occasions. It’s fabulous to watch as stall holders create their space, their collections coming to life with colour, texture and frivolity. But it can also be painful to see some struggle, traipsing multiple times to and fro from their cars – weighed down with an eclectic mix of stuffed bags, random items, boxes, and bits and bobs piled high in their arms. No rhyme or reason to the whole affair. Why does it matter, one may ask? It can.

Whether it’s a smooth ‘bump in’ or a struggle-start can make a lot of difference to how you feel as the market doors open on the big day. If you’re exhausted and feeling under the pump before the day kicks off, or you feel like your stall’s not quite ready as the doors open, this invariably shows on your face.  It can also have you not coping with the small hiccups (realistically, there are bound to be a couple). And, this can then go on to affect your market day’s experience – which is a shame, as market day ought to be great fun!


So, how do you breeze through to market day setup like a pro?

It’s tempting to start off with the obvious and irritating first tip – BE PREPARED! But I won’t because this may mean very little, and can be equally stress-inducing if you don’t quite know where to begin.

One: Taming your pile of clothes

Hang as many clothes as possible. Choose hangers that won’t let your clothes slide off in transit. Displaying quality items on a rack is appreciated by shoppers who want to see what you’ve got at a glance.

If you are selling items at individual prices, label everything before the day. Your customers will be more comfortable knowing the price without needing to ask. Choose labels that are least likely to fall off or come unstuck in transit. Safety pins and jute through hole-punched cardboard work wonders.

If you’re hanging clothes in price brackets, tie grouped hangers together or place each group in the car so they’re easily identifiable at your destination. Make your signage at home.

Sort loose items into $2, $5, and $10 lots (or whatever price lots work for you). Prepare any and all signage at home.

Place these items into individual containers – ideally whatever you’re going to display them in on the day. Or, if they’re being displayed on a table, place them in individually marked containers ready to unpack efficiently.

Look cool, calm and collected (even if you don’t feel it)!

Two: Getting clothes from A to B

  • Clothes on hangers can be placed in a suitcase or simply laid in the back of a car (wrap in cloth such as a sheet to protect if necessary)
  • Place containers of other items in next, and to one side if possible.
  • Locate your rack, table and props in the car so they’re first out.

Three: The 30-minute Setup

Check in with the market organiser and find your spot.

Unload and set up your rack, table and props first. If you need to move a car away from the venue straightaway, set up racks as you bring them in and then hang all your clothes straight onto the racks (in price groupings if that’s how they’re sorted) as part of the unloading. This avoids double handling time. Finally bring in your boxes of accessories, etc. 

Then have some fun shifting your props around in your spot until you feel you’ve made the best use of your space whilst being mindful of, and even complementing, your neighbours’ display.

If accessories etc are in pre-labelled containers display them ready to go. If not, place containers to one side (such as under your table) for now.

If you are grouping your hung clothes into price brackets, do this now if you couldn’t earlier and attach your previously made signage, accordingly.

If all your hung clothes are labelled, they’re done and ready for market opening.

Now relax…you’re in control, and looking ready.


Make sure your money belt is on and full of some coinage. You want to be well ready to accept those sales!

The next bit can be done at your leisure and it won’t matter too much if the market opens and shoppers are looking because they have a fab rack of labelled items to check out already, and possibly self-explained containers on tables to rummage through.

Give yourself a mental high-five as you’re all set with change in your money belt and looking cool, calm and collected!

If you’re unpacking loose items do this now, and place related signage as you go.

Finally, have fun dressing your props (mannequin etc.) and laying out smaller items like jewellery, shoes, belts, bags and hats.

This can all take less that 30 minutes. Believe me, I’ve got it down to 20, tops!

Let your personality shine through.

High Fives: 5 handy tips for moving clothing on.

High Fives: 5 handy tips for moving clothing on.

Sitting around feeling frustrated as you contemplate what to do with your unwanteds after you’ve had a seasonal clearing of your wardrobe? When seasons change that itch to sort and clear out your life to make way for a ‘new you’ style can become insatiable. Welcome to the seasonal high five.

Whether you opt for the clean out or you’ve been struck down by the KonMari bug clearing out your wardrobe is all fun and satisfaction until it’s been two weeks and that bag of unwanted clothes is still glaring at you from the corner of your bedroom, laundry or garage; or it’s rolling around in the back of your car.

Rather than leave it until you can no longer look at it and dump it blindly at your nearest collection point, here are four alternatives that’ll extend your pumped-up feeling.

Swap it. Your unwanted clothing is currency at swaps. The premise is simple – gather up your clothes and head to or organise your own swap event over a champers or G&T; browse the racks of everyone else’s contributions and swap yours for a garment that attracts you. It’s a sustainable way to update your style with pieces you may actually wear. But, if you don’t…swap again.

Organise your own swap event over a champers or G&T!

Go to market. Selling your clothes at a market is a terrific and fun way (even though I say so myself!) to get some dollars in return for your unworn but not so unloved or quite donatable pieces. Hiring a stall at your local market is easier than you’d think, although you’re likely to have to book a few weeks in advance so this isn’t your spontaneous quick-fix move! Depending on where you’re located, expect to pay anything from $40-$80 for a stall, but joining with your friends is a great way to bring costs down as well as collecting a variety of items (sizes, styles and so on) to attract your shoppers. Don’t remain too attached to your pieces and be committed to offer them up at prices to sell so you don’t go home with them.

Consign it. If you’re not into eBay (the photographing and listing efforts may put you off) consider taking your good quality items to a local consignment store. At some, you’ll get 50% of the sale price in the arrangement, but they do all the work once you’ve dropped it in. All you need is for them to accept a minimum of 5 items. Again, it’s not a quick fix and patience is needed, as it can take up to 3 weeks before you see your items on the racks and they’ll display them for up to 7 weeks so if your item doesn’t sell it can be on the shelf (pun intended) for up to 10 weeks yet still come back to you.

The less obvious…parcel it up and donate further afield. From social textile and op shop enterprise projects in outback Australia to passing on your no-longer-fitting bras to domestic violence programs and third-world countries (where the possibility of a female being raped is reduced if she’s wearing a bra as it’s a sign of wealth) your donation can have a big impact on someone else’s life.

The obvious…donate it locally. But this comes with a big BUT. Since the KonMari bug has hit, charity shops have been overwhelmed with it-no-longer-brings-me-joy stuff and are increasingly having to dispose of unusable donations. Op shops always need donations but the items should be well considered. Think to yourself, would I give this to a friend? And, it’s a great please to find new-to-you pieces too.; they’re no longer the stuffy, funny-smell places people thought they were!