Happy New Year! I hope you had a fantastic break over the holidays. We stayed in Zurich for Christmas again this year but decided late on Christmas Eve to take a trip back to Ireland on New Years Day for a week. Malin and Christian wanted to see their grandparents and cousins, plus we needed to see friends we’ve neglected for too long. I didn’t get to see everyone this trip so sorry if I missed you!
I’m just back in the door in Zurich, greeted by snow which wasn’t there when we left, totally wrecked. I haven’t unpacked but I’ve had a cuppa and thought I’d better drag myself off the sofa and get writing. So here’s the first post of 2017!
NEW YEAR, NEW(ISH) ATTITUDE, NEW PLANS
I love being spontaneous, especially when it comes to travel (5 star though, no camping) and it seemed like the perfect mindset to start the new year. This could very well be our last year in Switzerland and I’m planning on making the most of it. I don’t do resolutions, I’d rather just ‘do’ but if I were to write down my 2017 goals, seeing more of this beautiful country is one of them. Another goal is to share more of me on the blog. I’m naturally chatty but also very private and a few of you have said how much you liked it when I reveal more stuff about me (check out this post ’10 Things You Don’t Know About Me’). Also… I have some great NEW features coming to the blog over the next few months which I’m so excited about and think you’re gonna love!
WHAT’S IN MY CAPSULE WINTER WARDROBE
Packing for the trip home was a lot easier than I thought. I usually bring way too many clothes when I travel but this time I forced myself to cut down on clothes and think outfits instead, thereby making more space for more new clobber (winning). The key to creating the capsule wardrobe is to be realistic, to only include what you actually wear and think about the situations you’ll likely be in when choosing looks. Sticking to a colour scheme of only 2 to 3 colours also helps. I love wearing black, white and grey with blue, brown and pink highlighter tones. Different textures and fabrics also adds interest. So if you’re struggling to refine your winter basics here are the contents of my capsule winter wardrobe:
KNITS / TOPS
- Rollneck sweater in classic black or grey
- Chunky knit – I usually go for something in a neutral shade like black, grey, navy or stone
- Long cardigan in grey or camel – it can double up as a coat
- White loose shirt – steal his, it looks better
- Black fitted shirt
- White tee – the Levi’s pocket t-shirt is the best
- Leather trousers – the more zips and hardware the better
- Boyfriend jeans – just because. As far as I’m concerned they’re essential at any time of year
- Skinny black jeans – I think they’ll always be in my closet
- Mini skirt – leather, denim or velvet always look good
- Oversized coat
- Leather jacket – useful year-round, it’s a classic. Wear on its own or layer with the oversized coat
- Over The Knee boots
- Ankle boots.
Recently I’ve been living in this rollneck sweater from one of my favourite designers Genevieve Sweeney. I admire her so much for what she has achieved in the British fashion industry, her make it happen attitude and her covetable collection of perfect knitwear. About this sweater though… I absolutely adore the steely shade and the sparkly texture (it’s the Arisa sweater in Moonlight Black by the way). I wanted to dress it up and play with the textures so paired it with a faux leather mini from ASOS and OTK boots from Dune London. Check out one of my other favourite Genevieve Sweeney looks here. To die for!
Links to this look are below, just keep scrolling…
What are your winter wardrobe essentials?
Thanks for dropping by – J xx
This post was developed in collaboration with Genevieve Sweeney
Photography by Jennifer Maerz