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Taking Blog photo’s can sometimes be a challenge – I have to tell hubby (my photographer of Blog photos) ahead of time so that he prepare himself mentally especially when there are going to be multiple outfit changes.

He is the most amazing and supportive Insta-husband and he’s very patient but he gets over it after a while and I can be a bit bossy. Ok maybe very bossy, if I could duplicate myself once a week to take photos I probably would. I have in my head what I want but I may not always communicate this very well.

It is not a very glamourous process – we usually load up the car with clothes, shoes and accessories and go looking for a pretty spot to take photos.

Now while I love the look of the fabulous buildings and walls you find in the city, we live well and truly in the Burbs with a lot of bush and parks close by, we would more likely come across a snake rather than a cool wall. I’m not joking I have had a brown snake slither past my foot into my house.

We usually go to our local park or dam (5 minutes down the road) to take photos and the car is used as my change room – thank goodness my car has very dark tinted windows, though I’m sure I have flashed someone in the past. By the end of the process I’m a sweaty mess (please bring on the cool weather).

Today’s post contained many outfit changes so lots of love to the instahubby, he put up with my direction (a polite way to say bossiness) with minimal complaint and he earned many brownie points today.

So a couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to be invited to check out local boutique Lamington Ave on Brisbane’s Northside.

I had a fantastic morning meeting Beris owner and designer and trying on some of her gorgeous clothes -she has a real eye for what will suit your body shape.

Just a little background on Lamington Ave they are a small local company that makes all their clothes in Brisbane. ‘Their philosophy is to create well made pieces that transcend beyond a season or trend and to provide personalized service for our clients.’

Their clothes are made from beautiful quality fabrics. They make a fabulous line of basics that they call their BASE range – these are pieces that transcend any season or trend and can be used as a wardrobe building block.

I have picked 3 items below to build what I think would be the perfect travel wardrobe. By keeping the colours monochrome i makes it much easier to mix and match and give it a very classic timeless look.

All I have added is a couple of pieces that most of us already have in our wardrobe

  • Denim jacket and my favourite pair of jeans – both these pieces are well worn and loved.
  • Two pairs of shoes – one casual (Frankie 4 NAT white kicks * -most sizes now back in stock) and the other dressy (Wittner Raina Booties – now on sale $99.95 limited sizes available, I purchased mine in store at David Jones)
  • A tote (Witchery Mia Perforated Tote, the latte colour is no longer available but the black & white is currently on sale here for $69.95) – perfect for plane travel and a small saddle bag (Nikki Williams Harriet Saddle Bag, I picked mine up at their recent sample sale) – nice and light if you are doing a lot of walking
  • A broad brim hat – Kmart men’s department only $7.00

I have managed to create 5 different outfits that would work for a multitude of holiday activities – from plane travel, to a day of sight seeing to a day of shopping and dinner out.

If you wanted a bit more colour in the travel wardrobe you could easily add to the outfits a bright or patterned scarf or a statement necklace, again both pieces you would have in your existing wardrobe.

All these pieces would easily fit into to a carry on bag leaving plenty of room for any purchases you may make on your travels. I always need extra space holiday purchases are my favourite.

You will have noticed lately that anytime I post a photo of a casual look I’m wearing white kicks.

If you follow me on Instagram you would know that  I love wearing heels and wear them every weekday for work. Even on a weekend I will wear a heel usually a mid height, anything that makes me feel taller works for me.

Previously I would only wear a lace up sneaker when I exercising and even then I couldn’t wait to take them off but how things have changed in a couple of months. I received a pair of Frankie 4 NAT white kicks and they have become my go to weekend wear. Not only are they comfortable I also love how they look with dresses, skirts and pants.

Items marked with a * have been gifted to me for editorial consideration.

L~ F
  • Love how you take your weekly pics – where would be without Rob and Jonny eh?
    Now lets talk threads…Lamington Ave have NAILED the linen pieces. That shirt is divine, as is the tunic you recently wore too – paired back with denim, complete knockout. xxxx

    • I would be lost without Rob – I can take daily pics on my own but Blog post is another matter. It was a very early morning taking these photos and I’m not good in the morning so may have been even more bossy – poor rob. The linen is my favourite to wear – so beautifully made

  • Susan Coleman

    Love each piece and style Karen well done…….yes I agree with Bev……what would we do without our hubbies…..I am so with you too, about having An idea in your mind……but then struggle to explain to them. X

    • They really are very patient and put up with all our demands – I do sometimes feel sorry for Rob but then I want him to take a photo again so get over it 😜. The pieces are fabulous and so easy to mux and match

  • Sophisticated Mumma

    A travel wardrobe in monochrome is always a good idea & I love the pieces you have shown here. As for the bossiness you mention…well I can be the same lol! I would say it’s more ‘leadership skills’ than bossiness;-) p.s your hubster is a star!

    • Sorry Nat only just saw this. I do love the idea leadership skills but hubby would probably still just say nag 😜

  • I do feel for Rob, I’ve been on the receiving end of that bossiness 😛 Very classic and chic, love all the outfits x