Thursday, 26 May 2011

Under My Umbrella...ella

Hi everyone, hope you've had a wonderful week.
 I have always been fascinated with fun and quirky umbrellas. They can be amazingly eye catching on a dull and cold rainy day. Speaking of rainy days, the red umbrella I'm holding below served me well in a very unexpected downpour on a 30 degree day in New York City. I was travelling around the Garment District sourcing trims for work that day as I quickly escaped into the closest store and to my surprise found this special red umbrella.

Today I'm wearing a jacket from my 'Queen Of The Sky Collection' by Giovanna Scarfo. This is one of my favourite designs. I usually wear it with my hair up to help show the detailed pleated collar. 

The pants I'm wearing can you believe were only $8.00! I bought them from a second hand shop in Collingwood. They fit me perfectly, even the length which is a rare experience for my 5ft 2 frame. The shoes I'm sure you are familiar with as I regularly post them. They are from Nine West. The bag is Tony Bianco.

At the bottom of this post I have selected both fun and classic umbrellas for you to add to your winter wardrobe. I have also included some novelty jewellery items from selected Etsy shops following the theme of 'umbrellas.' I hope you enjoy this post. Feel free to offer any feedback.


                  The Perfect Black & White Umbrella

1.     Lulu Guinness, SUPERSLIM CAT & BIRDCAGE UMBRELLA $43.30,
2.     Gina and May, $54.95,
3.     Gina and May $ 54.95,
4.     Gina and May $ 54.95,
5.     Bella Pagoda Umbrella - Ravishing Red, $129.00,
6.     Bella Umbrella, Mademoiselle Young Miss Umbrella, $72.00,
7.     Lulu Guinness, SUPERSLIM CAT & BIRDCAGE UMBRELLA,  $43.30,
8.     Bella Umbrella , Multi Colored  Kaleidoscope Umbrella , $65.00,
             C-Thru Umbrellas!

1.     Fun Raindrops Clear Umbrella, $25.00,
2.     Kate Spade umbrella, $35USD,
3.     Lulu Guinness, BIRDCAGE UMBRELLA $49.50,
4.     ModCloth, Raindrops on Railways, $29.99
5.     Stevie Marx, C-Thru Collection, (Available at Priceline).
6.     Stevie Marx, C-Thru Collection, (Available at Priceline).
7.     Dorothy Perkins, 'I love rain' umbrella, $15.47
8.     Radley London, Clear Plain Sailing walker umbrella, $34.61,  
 Novelty Umbrellas!

1.     ModCloth, Raining Dogs and Dogs Umbrella, $38.00,
2.     Lulu Guinness, GIFT BOXED TINY CAMEO UMBRELLA, $46.40,
3.     LaSelva Designs - Women's Chocolates Stick Umbrella , $29.95
4.     Lucy Rumba Folding Umbrella , $20.25
5.     Mademoiselle Light Pink Polka Dot Ruffle Collapsible Umbrella $25.00
6.     Stevie Marx, Mini Umbrella, (Available at Priceline)
  Umbrella Jewellery!
1.     Emilina Ballerina, Let Love be Your Umbrella Necklace, $11.40,

2.     Antique brass umbrella necklace with a small turquoise blue rose. $17.90
3.     The Marry Popins Umbrella - A Sterling Silver Necklace By Two Little Doves, $30.65,
4.     My Lavaliere, Umbrella brooch pin retro silver, $11.30,
5.     Angelwing Jewellery, Little Umbrella earrings, $33.00,
6.     10pcs Brass Umbrella With Bow Charms Pendants PND-160, $ 2.79USD

How gorgeous are the below black and white photos?

(Photos courtesy of

Have a great week! 

Saturday, 21 May 2011

SHORTS! Summer meets Winter

You know what I love about fashion today? There are no rules! People are expressing themselves and dressing based off how they feel and not only by following current trends portrayed in magazines. 
In this post I chose to share with you the many possibilities of combining your summer shorts with your winter wardrobe.  You will see below I have layered shorts over either black stockings or  knee high socks. This not only keeps you warm but creates a strong winter statement. If you are nervous about trying this look, I suggest starting with a pair of black shorts layered over black stockings. It is a subtle, yet fun way to layer in winter. 
Below I have styled 6 looks, each incorporating shorts from my summer wardrobe. Underneath each look I have listed a selection of shorts similar to the ones in the shoot. This gives you the opportunity to recreate the look yourself if desired. I have included both affordable and designer priced items. 


 In my first look I'm wearing a vintage shirt with vintage high waisted red shorts. My shoes are from Nine West. The coat is from 'Queen Of The Sky Collection' by Giovanna Scarfo. 

1-Lucca Couture Chiffon Scallop Short, Urban Outfitters $48.00:  
2- Vintage High Waist Red Shorts Small $34.00  
3- Urban Renewal Overdyed Denim Short, Urban Outfitters $44.00:  
4- Cooperative Linen Short, Urban Outfitters $49.00:  
5- CARVEN High-waisted wool-crepe shorts, $226.65:  
6-  Urban Renewal Overdyed Denim Short,Urban Outfitters $44.00:

In this second look I'm wearing a jacket from my 'Queen Of The Sky Collection' by Giovanna Scarfo. The shorts are from my own 'Giovanna Scarfo' winter sample collection. The beanie is from NYC and the shoes are from Charles & Keith. 

1- Dotti, Wool blend short with gold button $49.95:  
2- Witchery, Plaid Short $129.95:
3- Country Road, Boucle Short $96.75: Boucle Short:
4- Marcs,  Textured Herringbone Drapey Short, $139.00:
5- JASON WU Peter houndstooth cotton shorts $751.10:  
6- PAUL & JOE Godot cotton-blend pinstripe shorts $240.00:

In this third look, I am wearing 'Dangerfield' high waisted shorts. 

1- Sparkle & Fade Leather Shorts (SALE) $99.00, Urban Outfitters:
2- THEORY Lolani stretch linen-blend shorts, $174.90:  
3- RAG & BONE Hampton high-waisted wool shorts, $291.40:  
4- ALICE BY TEMPERLEY Zulu high-waisted leather shorts $440.30:  
5- BB Dakota Alethea Shorts $63.36:
6- ALEXANDER WANG Mini Shorts with Lapel Pocket Detail $414.26:

Below I am wearing a 'Sunny Girl' army green shirt. Vintage fur jacket is from NYC. Belt is vintage and denim shorts are from General Pants. 

1- Vintage Washed Light Blue Denim Cropped Jean Shorts $30USD (size 28)
2- One Teaspoon BLUE BLACK HAWKS $99.95, General Pants:  
3- Urban Renewal Cuffed Levi's Denim Short, Urban Outfitters, $44.00:
4- Urban Renewal Vintage Destroyed Denim Short, Urban Uutfitters, $44.00:
5-Levi's Vintage Clothing Cutoff denim shorts, $180.33:
6-Raven Denim Logan Cut-off Shorts,  $152.00:
7-Paige Denim: Jadyn Shorts, $135.49 :
8- T by Alexander Wang siro sweat shorts, $121.84:

The shirt is from 'Bysi' and I bought the high waisted beige shorts from Singapore. Shoes are from Zara. Belt is vintage. I'm sorry, i can't remember where I bought the jacket from??? I bought it last year. 

1-STELLA MCCARTNEY Pleated fine-weave shorts $369.00:  
2- 3.1 PHILLIP LIM Knot-front silk-jersey shorts $323.35:  
3- MIU MIU Silk crepe de Chine shorts $304.32:  
4-ACNE Sensational suede shorts $511.53:  
5- 3.1 PHILLIP LIM Pocketed satin-twill shorts $459.73:  
6- Sparkle & Fade Paperbag Short $48.00, Urban Outfitters:
7- Lazerade by Veda Gilbert Short  Urban Outfitters, $54.00:
8- Linen Pleated Short, American Apparel, $75.00:  
9- ALBERTA FERRETTI Pleated cotton shorts $472.68:  
10- Suede look short with zip detailing, Dotti $59.95:
11- CARVEN Silk-twill shorts $343.17:  
12- Kimchi Blue Cummerbund Short Urban Outfitters, $48.00:

I had fun with this outfit and combined different combinations of polka dots. The shirt is vintage. The shorts were a gift from my beautiful friend Katrina and are from 'Forever New.' The cardigan is simply 'Sunny Girl.'

1- ALICE IN THE EVE POLLY PLEAT SHORT, General Pants, $69.95:
3- Belted 60's short, Forever New.   $69.99:
4- Spot Bow Short, Forever New. $59.99:
5- Sparkle & Fade Printed Paperbag Short, Urban Outfitter, $48.00,
6- MOSCHINO Polka-dot silk shorts $453.25:  
7- THREAD SOCIAL Jacquard bow-belt shorts, $485.63:  
8- Ecote Smocked Short, Urban Outfitters, $38.00:
9- VINTAGE: Polka Dot Shorts 80s, Dietsoda, $28.00USD:    
10-VINTAGE: SUPER Cute Vintage 1980's Green and White POLKA Dot SHORTS $32.00USD
11- VINTAGE: 1950's Polka Dotted Pin Up Shorts, $42.00USD: e
12- KTZ : big heart culotte pant,  Opening Ceremony, $225.00USD:

Thanks so much for sharing!
See you next time!