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Jacqui E “Kristen Colour Block Dress” AUD $149.95

After the other day’s posts on spring brights, particularly emerald and cobalt, I’ve been seeing lovely blues, greens, yellows and fuschias everywhere. (As well as pastels, which I mostly find pretty on other people.) However, I have a holiday coming up and am being all fiscally responsible by refusing to buy anything non-holiday essential. For me this month, insect repellent is in, and pretty new clothes are out.

Which was all well and good until I tried on this dress. It fit to a tee (not my usual experience at Jacqui E, their usual fit model must be differently-proportioned to me), looks to be good as both workwear and casual attire, and has all my favourite shades of blue. Sure, prints are being touted as overtaking colourblocking this season, but I’m one for the classic, non-fussy look.

So this one’s on my watch list. If it’s still around after my trip, it may well be mine. (And perhaps on sale by then, too?)

Spring brights: Cobalt

It’s midwinter here in Canberra, which of course has me longing for spring brights. Since spotting (and buying) a fabulous bright blue work skirt (with pockets) on sale from Veronika Maine, I’ve been seeing cobalt everywhere. Here are a few of my current faves:

David Lawrence, AUD $449

Jigsaw, AUD $199 (I love the feel & look of this one, but the neckline just doesn’t work on yours truly. Shame – it would be outstanding with the pants & skirts that follow!)

Cropped Jean

Trenery, AUD $99

Image 1 of ASOS Laptop Case With Metal Bar

ASOS, AUD$22.83

David Lawrence, AUD $119

Image 1 of Coast Pleat Bandeau Dress

Coast at ASOS, AUD $189.20

Image 1 of Hybrid Plunge Neck Peplum Pencil Dress

Hybrid at ASOS, AUD $138.64

MANIAC

Betts, AUD $39.99

Isn’t this colour delightfully fresh?

I’m very much in love with my cobalt skirt, as it really brightens a cold winters’ day. I’m currently styling it with a black linen blazer (similar to this one) and crisp white shirt (and patterned black stockings), but the blazer and shirt combo would look equally clean with the more relaxed cobalt jeans.

Food for thought!

Fancy fitness

Admission: I’m a fitness amateur. I dabble, particularly in fun things like bellydance, rowing, fencing, yoga and (casual) runs around the lake, but haven’t felt the need to stay with one thing for any particular length of time.

However, no matter the activity, I’m always a sucker for the stylish and comfortable offerings of Lorna Jane and Lululemon.

Lorna Jane is a Queensland brand, and perfect for excercising in the warmth & humidity of Brisbane. Fabrics are lightweight, breathable and preshrunk, often brightly coloured, and always comfy. Many of the items come with encouraging messages, too, which can make a difference when you’re feeling uninspired!

In the current collection I’m loving the Team Spirit Excel Tank in Jewel (AUD$59.99), and the Syndicate Bra (AUD$62.99) – just can’t go past stripes, can I? If you’re shopping online, you can even search by colour. (A feature I always love.)

Lululemon athletica is Canadian, if I recall correctly, and it’s perhaps for this reason that I find it suits chilly Canberra so well. Their garments are choc-full of thoughtful little details that really make my day. Things like slightly longer backs to the tops, extra-long cuffs with thumb holes/foldover mittens, spare hairties attached to the zips… beautiful. My favourites are the Define Jacket (AUD $129), which features all of the little touches mentioned above. I have it in black, but am since lusting after it in “concord grape”, a rich shade of almost-plum. For a warmer alternative to the Define, I’m currently loving the Scuba Hoodie (AUD$139-$149), though I’m jealous of our US friends who can get it in a fabulous emerald green! My grey version is currently warming me through Canberra’s winter, and I’m most keen to see how it goes camping once the weather warms up a touch. Halfway between the two, and another contender for my affection, is the In Stride Jacket (AUD$129) in deep indigo. The inky colour is to die for, and I’m a sucker for all those extra little features like the spare hairtie!

Nautical

The nautical look has always been a summer staple, but those stripes are hard to resist for me all year round. Navy & white, red & white, black & white, it’s all good. If I had the colouring, I’d even wear yellow and white, such a crisp clean combination!

Which is why these pieces from Jigsaw & Portmans recently caught my eye:

Jigsaw, $199 AUD

Portmans, $49.95

However, with a wardrobe already full of stripes, I think I may need to restrain myself for now. (Although, that skirt does look very tempting…)