LILT BLOG BACK TO BASICS 02

The Basic T-Shirt 2


And so the journey begins…

Today is day #1 of the #liltblogbacktobasics series and we’re going to talk about the classic, simple, and trusty t-shirt.

This unassuming wardrobe basic, can easily be mistaken as merely something to wear with trackies whilst watching movie marathons on a Sunday afternoon, but really it is so much more than this.

Worn with rolled up boyfriend jeans and comfy espadrilles or loafers, the basic t-shirt completes the perfect weekend or “running errands” outfit.

Need a quick “smart casual” transformation? Throw on a blazer and swap the loafers for heels…. Ta Da!

You can even turn it up a notch and match a grey marle tee with your favourite black pencil skirt and pumps, for a polished, chic look. And for a bit of bling you could pop on a statement necklace to finish the outfit…..See!!! So much more than daggy loungewear!

This time I chose to keep it a tad casual, and wore my new Breton stripe tee with slouchy black pants. However, to keep it away from “sitting on the sofa” territory I’ve teamed my staple pieces with some comfy stacked heels and fun pearl costume jewellery to dress it up a little.

Now! I want you to have a think about that lonely t-shirt sitting in your wardrobe…is there a new way that you could be wearing it?

I would absolutely love to see your take on the basic t-shirt. Maybe you’ll even push the boundaries and try a new way of styling this common staple piece?  If you want to play along, I’d love for you to take a quick snap of your “basic t-shirt outfit” and post it on Instagram with the hashtag #liltblogbacktobasics , that way l can follow along. I’ll be doing the same so make sure you follow me on Instagram HERE for all my back to basics outfits!

And if you don’t have Instagram, why don’t you leave a comment below and let me know, What is your favourite way to wear the basic t-shirt?

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Outfit details:

T-Shirt: Marcs / Pants: Leonard St / Shoes: Gorman (similar here) / Bag: The Bag Department / Necklace: Lovisa / Bracelet: Jolie & Deen / Sunglasses: Bailey Nelson

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Woo too! Today we have our first Blogger Profile of the year!!!

This post has been in the works for a little while and I am so excited to finally have Christina Butcher from Hair Romance on the blog. Being a huge fan of Hair Romance, I almost can’t believe it! But… here we are!

I met Christina in person last year when I attended Problogger, and have since been so intrigued by her story.  A fellow curly-haired lass, Christina started Hair Romance in 2010, after a fateful haircut started a love affair with her very own mane.

After years of fighting her curly hair Christina had finally found a hairdresser that understood her hair and cut it in a way that gave her the ability to love her locks, and would eventually inspire thousands of other women to do the same.

On her world-renowned beauty blog, Christina posts quick and easy tutorials of hairstyles that any everyday woman can replicate. Christina creates and photographs each style herself, so that her readers can do the same! And her inspiring and detailed tutorials even give me the confidence to give it a go!

Christina is an incredibly talented and clever lady, with bounds of creativity, and it has to be mentioned that she is SUPER LOVELY! So if you’re needing to fall back in love with your hair you absolutely must check out her blog HERE

And if you’re ready to get creative yourself, check out the Hair Romance print book “Braids, Buns, and Twists!” 

Or E-books – “30 Braids in 30 Days” , “30 Buns in 30 Days” & “30 Days of Twist & Pin Hairstyles”

Hope you have fun with your new hairstyles and in the meanwhile check out my interview with Christina below.

x Luciana


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Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to start Hair Romance

Growing up, my hair was a problem for me. I never knew how to style it. But that all changed when I had a haircut that changed my life. Suddenly my hair was easy to manage and so easy to style. I became best friends with my hairdresser and learned all the tricks.

It was a remark from a work colleague who suggested my hair deserved a daily blog because I never wore it the same way twice. I laughed at the idea but something stuck. I decided to start Hair Romance to share how I fell in love with my hair, and to inspire other women to have their own hair romance.

What are your top 5 hair essentials?

A great haircut, a good quality brush (or wide tooth comb for curly girls), a deep conditioning treatment, dry shampoo and styling powder. Oh, and some bobby pins. And mousse for curly hair…I find it hard to stop when I’m talking about hair!

What do you do to keep your hair in good nick over summer?

Summer is my favourite time of year but my hair has a love/hate relationship with this season. The sea gives me really defined curls but the humidity gives me a cloud of frizz.

I give my hair a rest from heat styling over the summer so I don’t dry it out. I deep condition my hair weekly with a moisturising masque and I keep a leave-in conditioner spray in my beach bag.

What is your go-to hairstyle for when you just don’t have time?

Braids or a top knot. A top knot is the easiest but braids don’t take me much longer to do, and everybody else thinks I went to a lot of effort. Braids are the perfect cover up for messy hair.

What is your advice for having a good head of hair?

Give yourself a regular head massage. Not only does it feel amazing, but it stimulates blood flow to your hair follicles which can in turn stimulate hair growth. Also, learn to love your hair the way it is. It will love you back.

What is next for Hair Romance?

I’m working on a new book all about curly hair. You’ll still find new tutorials every Tuesday on the blog and I’ll be bringing back the Salon Advice series to help women feel comfortable at the hairdresser. Plus a few more series planned for later in the year. You’d think after almost 5 years of blogging I’d run out of things to say about hair but I’m only just getting started.

All images courtesy of Hair Romance

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I’m not usually one for too many sparkles, but I absolutely love the way J.Crew has incorporated bling into this collection, in the way of metallic finishes, fringing and chunky sequins. Definitely the right way to do bling in my books.

J.Crew collections always inspire me to push the boundaries of layering! How about you guys? Are you brave enough to layer such different pieces so boldly? Which is your favourite look from the collection?

Images and whole collection of J.Crew Fall 2015 at Style.com

 

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 Ok! As some of you may have read, I recently had a wardrobe detox and I am now ready to start building my dream wardrobe, by bringing in thought-out, versatile “must-have” pieces that I can mix and match for work, rest and play!

I’m really looking forward to my little style journey, I think it is the perfect opportunity to document my new pieces and outfits and hopefully get some of you readers involved as well!

 I will be documenting a way to style my new garments every Friday here on LiLT Blog, and will also be posting pics over on Instagram using the hashtag #liltblogbacktobasics

So if you’re keen to play along, make sure you’re following me on Instagram, I would love to see your take on styling each weeks item!

My first #liltblogbacktobasics post will be next Friday but in the meanwhile below is my dream wardrobe checklist to get the party started!


Dream Wardrobe

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THE DREAM WARDROBE CHECKLIST

Underwear

  • Comfortable every day underwear
  • A few seam free of VPL free undies
  • Basic black & nude bras (get professionally fitted for a perfect shape)
  • Strapless bra
  • Fancy set of lingerie
  • A few cami’s in black, nude and white
  • Slips in both black and nude

Tops

  • Tee-shirts in black, grey & white
  • A classic breton stripe tee-shirt
  • Day/night dressy top in a neutral shade
  • Printed top – bring in some colour
  • Casual long sleeved or three quarter sleeve tops
  • Crisp white shirt
  • Denim shirt
  • Cashmere jumper
  • Cable knit jumper
  • Black and neutral cardigans, short and long

Jackets & Coats

  • A sleek black blazer
  • Leather Jacket
  • Denim Jacket
  • Trench coat
  • Overcoat

Bottoms

  • Jeans, jeans & jeans, Indigo & black, boyfriend cut and skinny cut
  • Denim shorts
  • A pair of structured black pants
  • Slouchy pants in black or neutral
  • Black pencil skirt
  • Mini skirt
  • A-line skirt
  • Printed skirt – bring in colour

Dresses

  • The LBD – perfect for many occasions  – dress up or down
  • Wrap dress – a flattering cut, could be printed or a statement colour
  • Shirt dress
  • Killer cocktail dress
  • A fun and asual printed dress

Shoes

  • Black Pumps
  • Nude pumps or heeled sandals
  • Black loafers
  • Ballet flats
  • Leather flat sandals
  • Leopard print heels…or flats…or both
  • Booties
  • Runners/Sneakers

Accessories

  • Every day bag or tote bag
  • Crossbody bag
  • Clutch
  • Sunglasses
  • Silk scarf
  • Cashmere wrap
  • Pearls! Earrings, necklace, bracelet
  • Simple gold or silver jewellery
  • Statement necklace
  • Cocktail Ring

I’ve noticed that recently I’ve started doing that clichéd thing where I stand in front of my wardrobe and scream “I have nothing to wear!!!” in the most dramatic way possible.    I’ve gotten into the bad habit of not “shopping smart”.  By this I mean that I’ve had no real structure or purpose to when I do go shopping, and therefore I end up with one-off pieces which have not been well considered and kind of sit alone with no friends in my closet.

So I thought the new year would be the perfect reason to start being a bit more clever about the things I do purchase.  The quote “Buy less, choose well, make it last” by Vivienne Westwood has been playing over and over in my head, and so I am now on a mission to build a wardrobe which is flattering, versatile, and reliable in 2015.

But in order to even begin thinking of investing my hard earned cash into pretty (and of course functional) clothes, I really need to take a look at what I currently have. What’s working, what’s not working, and what I’m missing, that will fill in the gaps.  And so a massive wardrobe detox was in order.

During the holiday’s I searched the internet, and set aside 2 hours of my time to clear out my closet. If you are also in need of a wardrobe detox, here is what I learned.

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You will need:

  1. At least 2 hours of your time – If you’re committed to doing this properly, give yourself the time to completely clean out your wardrobe, try things on and pack it all up at the end.
  2. Some upbeat music  –  I found this helpful in getting me into the spirit of things and keeping me working at a faster tempo
  3. Some paper and pen to make labels for your piles of clothes, as well as some rubbish bags or boxes to discard of all your unwanted items.
  4. A trustworthy friend who you can rely on for honest advice – I’m prettily ruthless when it comes to clean outs, I find it very therapeutic to chuck stuff out but I still found my self questioning a couple of items, so having someone else’s advice can get you over the line if you’re being indecisive.
  5. A good mirror, full length where possible.
  6. Yourself looking fine – This is optional, but you know when you go shopping, but you feel like you look a bit crap, and therefore you think everything looks a bit crap on you…well this avoids that.
  7. Depending on what time of the day it is,  a glass of wine or a beer can only help the process

 Ok so now you’re ready to roll:

Step One: Prep - Time to take a deep breath, crank up the music and get going.

  • Grab your pen and paper and make 5 labels – KEEP, MAYBE, MEND, SELL, DONATE, THROW OUT, and then dedicate some space/boxes/bags for each label.
  • Pull out EVERYTHING in your closet, undies, socks and all!, and arrange them into piles keeping similar items together (i.e. dresses together, skirts together etc) – this will help you see what types of items you have the most of, and what type of items you need more of.

Step Two: Sorting out the items – Now it’s time to start going through your clothes and popping them into their respective groups, which are pretty self-explanatory but should go as follows:

  • KEEP – These are the items that you love and currently wear. They should fit you perfectly and be in tip-top condition with no faults.
  • MEND – These are items which you love, and fit you well but have faults and need a bit of a fix.
  • SELL – These are usually designer or pricey items which are in great condition but you no longer wear.
  • DONATE – This is anything that you no longer wear, but is still in good condition and can go to a better home instead of taking up valuable space in your closet. You can donate to charity or to friends and family.
  • THROW OUT- Anything that is falling apart, faded, ripped or stained beyond repair and not wearable should go straight in the bin.
  • MAYBE – This is anything you’re not too sure about initially. I left this one for last because this one is really the hardest pile. This is where step 3, and your trustworthy friend comes in.

Step Three: What to keep and what to discard – It’s now time to go through your maybe pile and really figure out whether to keep or discard any of these items. When going through this process ask yourself the following questions:

  • Have you worn this in the last 12 months? – If not, then there is a big chance you probably won’t wear it in the next 12 months either – DONATE
  • Do you have duplicates of this item? – Sometimes we tend to buy a different version of the same thing – for example I had 4 different mustard coloured dresses (I know, I love that colour), but I don’t wear 2 of my old ones any more as the new ones have taken the forefront, so 2 of them went into the DONATE pile.
  • Does it fit you now? – I can’t tell you how many times I’ve kept a dress that doesn’t fit me “just incase” in the past. If it doesn’t fit me now, it probably won’t fit me by the time it’s still in style… if that ever happens…which it probably won’t. DONATE.
  • Will you really get it fixed? – Another trap is the “just needs a bit of fixing” tale. unless you really love the item, you probably won’t get it fixed. Donate it to someone who will care to fix it, or if it ain’t fixable pop it in the THROW OUT pile.
  • Items of sentimental value – In the past I’ve kept a few dresses that I thought had sentimental value for me. They are dresses that are sooooo out of style and I wore when I was 20. I will never wear them again. I am 30, no-one wants to see me in a short, glittery Sass & Bide dress. I got rid of a few “sentimental” dresses a few years back, and really, I don’t miss them one little bit.  By all means keep your wedding dress, or anything that you truly, truly cannot part with, but limit yourself to a few special pieces, and place them somewhere separate where they aren’t getting in the way of your functional every day wardrobe.
  • If you are unsure of any of the items, pop them on. Does the colour and style suit you? Ask trustworthy friend to give you his/her honest advice. If still in doubt take a quick pic on your mobile and see if you like what you see – It’s incredible how honest cameras can be.

I just want to point out that after I completed this step, I gave myself a day and went back to do the whole thing again with everything in my KEEP pile. This meant that a few pieces which I kept due to a fake sense of “I will totally get that fixed”, went from the keep pile to the DONATE pile quick smart. Something I am quite proud of.

Be honest with yourself. No-one is going to benefit from having a clean wardrobe but you. So just take the time and think about all the free space you are making for your new, versatile and functional clothes.

Step 4: Saying goodbye – Now it’s time to say goodbye to all your unwanted items

  • Get rid of your DONATE items straight away otherwise they may sneakily make their way back into your closet.
  • Anything that you want to keep and needs fixing should go straight to the tailor or they will never get repaired, in which case you may as well pop them in the “donate” or “throw out” pile right now.
  • Organise anything that you want to sell ASAP. Wether it be Ebay or a market stall. Do it straight away. Otherwise it will sit in your wardrobe for another year (I am guilty of this) – I have learned that I am no good at the selling part, so my stuff now goes straight to donate, be it friends or charity. Either way, just get rid of it.

Step 5: Congratulations – Pour another wine/beer for yourself and trustworthy friend, and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that you are now ready to refresh your wardrobe! How good does it feel? So good!


 I hope you guys found this helpful! In the coming months I will be looking at how to do a bit more “smart shopping” and focusing more on the building blocks of a functional wardrobe! Hope you will come along on my journey to building a better wardrobe this year!

Now tell me are any of you going to do a wardrobe detox? If you have already, how did you go?

During the holidays I managed to get a little bit of reading done, which I hadn’t done in a while and missed terribly. I find I’ve been making excuses for a while now not to pick up a book, which is a real shame, as it is such a wonderful way to relax and learn at the same time! A great multi tasking duo if you ask me.

So I’ve decided to actively make time everyday to do a little reading, even if it’s only for 20 minutes. Here are some of the books I’m dying to read in the first half of 2015!

Have you read any of them? What’s your favourite fashion read?


LILT BLOG BOOKS


 Man Repeller: Seeking Love. Finding Overalls.
by Leandra Medine

D.V
by Diana Vreeland

Women in Clothes
by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, and Leanne Shapton

The Beautiful Fall: Fashion, Genius, and Glorious Excess in 1970s Paris
by Alicia Drake

How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits
by Anne Berest, Caroline De Maigret, Audrey Diwan and Sophie Mas

#GIRLBOSS
by Sophia Amoruso

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It’s been a slow start to LiLT blog this month but I’m BAAAACK!  and what better way to get into it than taking a look at the drool worthy Maurie and Eve Autumn 2015 collection!  Such a cool mix of simple staples, accented by a few statement pieces, perfectly mixed and matched in different ways for versatility and longevity! Something I want to do a bit more of this year! (smarter mixing and matching that is!)

So many inspiring looks to try out! I am loving the Capri lace pants and trench coat combo!  Which is your favourite?

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Images by Maurie and Eve