“We don’t live to work, but we work to live”…or so a wise colleague of mine once said. She was referring to the fact that we should always enjoy the weekends. It was difficult to comprehend at the time, especially because I love my job and the variety that it brings; from meeting new and interesting people, to researching, recording and editing stories. The latter being my favourite part, and the aspect that I find the most creative.
Thus far, my career has felt like the perfect fit. Not that it was intended or planned. I could list off the numerous ideas that came and went, but sometimes life just leads you to where you need to be and things just happen organically. My motto is: if going to work feels like a chore and you spend more time complaining about it rather than enjoying it, then you’re probably in the wrong job.
So it’s the weekend, and my favourite kind are spent chilling out without the pressure to be anywhere or do anything; where the days are fluid and I don’t spend half my time checking my watch. With a massive workload ahead of me, finding peace and tranquility—before the tornado hits—is high on my agenda. Next weekend I’ll be doing a slap-dash visit to Auckland on the earliest flight out to meet some fashion industry talent in the lead-up to New Zealand Fashion Week 2015. I’ll keep you posted!
Anyway, a couple of weekends back we took a walk along the waterfront. It was the most beautiful, still morning. The air was slightly crisp, with almost the hint of spring (or maybe that’s just me being optimistic).
I bought this skirt last winter and haven’t really worn it until now. It has definitely been on high rotation this season with chunky knits, slightly fitted singlets or cropped tops, and I’m in love with the big, deep pockets—they would have made my Chinese Grandmother proud.
When I bought the skirt I had it re-hemmed. I didn’t want to go much shorter than the current length (although it was tempting), but having made the mistake before, I knew it would have taken too much weight off the skirt and be more likely to billow outwards and change the shape dramatically.
I paired it with what has become one of my favourite pairs of shoes. Ordinarily I go for a block heel, but these are great with cropped trousers and they’re so comfortable, without feeling too casual. The two-tone colour works in really well with a lot of other items in my wardrobe and I tend to wear them when I feel like my inner-tomboy wants to come out.
Inadvertently the striped top adds to the nautical theme. Like seriously, I felt like I wanted to jump aboard one of those boats, and sail away…
Style File: Karen Walker Skirt (similar) • Korean Brand Striped Top (similar here and here ) • Karen Walker Number One Sunglasses (in tortoiseshell) • Mimco Shoes (similar here and here) • Status Anxiety Bag • Catarzi Hat
Photography by Howard Sly, edited by me.