My Style Challenge

Working at Country Road really does make it difficult for me to shop for clothes elsewhere.

I was exactly the same when I worked at Witchery.

The clothes I buy are my work uniform, which I wear to death for 10 days in my 14 day work roster cycle.

On the four days I’m not at work, the clothes in my jam-packed robe are fighting like crazy to gain my attention “Pick Me”

Add to that mix, the other 3 fabulous fashion brands that I have at my disposal and I’m like a kid in a lolly shop…SPOILT FOR CHOICE.

Witchery  |  Trenery  |  Mimco – add on Country Road and I’m all set to go.

To be honest, these four brands alone have me covered for almost everything I could need, fashion and accessory wise that is!

So why look anywhere else?

I hate the feeling of being cocooned or blinkered. That’s why.

It’s all too easy to forget that other labels exist.

To be honest, most days (especially the days when I’m feeling tired) I just can’t be bothered to look anywhere else.

I feast my eyes on exactly what’s in front of my nose for my fashion-fix.

Can you imagine me being excited about looking for clothes in my lunch hour? I liken it to fancying a cup-cake if you worked in a bakery.

When I do manage to muster the enthusiasm to walk to walk to the shops, instead of browsing the rails I find myself checking out how the store is set-up. If the clothes could be merchandised differently to make more of an impact. Or how pleasant/knowledgeable the staff are.

Sad? Possibly. Honest? Oh yes.

I’m also a realist, I know for sure that more often than not, there will be something very similar at CR/Witchery/Trenery that I could buy with my staff discount.

So in order to break this rut, I have set myself a challenge.

Inspired by the lovely gals Kim-Marie Kimbalikes and Rachel Redcliffe Style and their joint monthly Style-it project. Every month they collectively choose a budget price item to buy and style. Here’s September’s Style-It project.

To push myself out of my CR comfortableness, I’ve decided to throw down the gauntlet to myself and choose a different store/label (within walking distance of CR at The Plaza) every month where I must buy at least one item to style.

Just so you know, when you work in the fashion industry, the mere thought of paying full-price for an item of clothing really does get under your skin – so this will be confronting my friends, extremely confronting!

My rules:

  • Must be current season.
  • No mark-downs.
  • Can be clothes, shoes or accessories.

Sussan was the first store on my hit-list.

My Spring Challenge

Why start with Sussan?

Of late, I’ve seen so many fashion bloggers rocking cute pieces from Sussan. But every time I’ve popped in, I’ve managed to come out empty-handed – until now  that is…

I spy with my little eye – something beginning with L.

LINEN in the shape of a blazer.

Lightweight jackets are my spring friend – by the time the humidity kicks in here in SE QLD, unlined linen is the only option (jacket wise).

This linen blazer is all kinds of awesome – which coming from me, is high praise indeed!

It retails at $99.95 – bloody bargain I say, considering how long it will stay in my wardrobe – the cost per wear will be a big fat zero within no time.

The style/shape sits somewhere between boyfriend and fitted. I’m wearing a size 12 (the 10 fitted, but at the moment I’m loving oversized and slouchy).

This jacket has slipped effortlessly into my existing wardrobe. I have teamed it with a pair of jazzy Witchery pants (last year) and singlet (also last year).

Can I just mentioned the shoes?

YES –  these babies are new season CR and the perfect leg lengthening heel for Spring/Summer.

Oh, before I go, I nearly forgot to mention the scarf – fabulous or what?

I also found this little piece of gorgeousness while I was shopping at Sussan.

Team with the jacket, my old favourite Levi Demi Curve jeans and a plain tee (new season CR) – it works perfectly for a different look that would easily work for day or night.

photo 1 650 2nd pic

So, to wrap this post up, with a cheery happy Bev smile I would just like to say…

Ahem, *insert drum roll*

 Gratitude Sussan, Gratitude – You have managed to convert me 😉

Do you have your favourite shops that are always you first port of call? Amy suggestions where I should shop next?


Fancy coming over to Kimbalikes place to show the Glam Squad girls some love? I’ll also be hanging out there today too 😉





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  • Look at you being all spunky and cute and fabulous? Love it!

    • At some point I will get to give you a huge cuddle (in person) and thank you for working wonders on my confidence! Mwah xx

  • StyledbyBec

    Love that jacket. I’m loving too many things at the moment and have limited funds. I keep my mind and eyes open to all stores because you just never know what you may find.

    • Bec I hear you on the funds…This personal style challenge of mine is making me look at other stores – I’m delighted with the bargains I’m finding too! xx

  • Ooh I love both looks and those shoes!! The top ones are from Country Road and the bottom ones are….

  • shannon @howcaniwearthat

    You have such impeccable style Bev. The printed pants with the blazer is the perfect combo. Love the idea of your challenge. Shannon x

    • Oh Shannon thank you so so much – that’s very kind of you!
      I’ve already shopped for my next outfit – so delighted, managed to bag two items for $60! xx

  • Oh man, love love love that jacket! Nearly added to cart until I realised I have a SanCerre one that needs to be drycleaned. Doh!

    Thanks for joining Wardrobe Wednesday and I’m so thrilled we could inspire you!

    • I’ve already been on my next shopping adventure! I’m taking up the $100 outfit challenge from Mystery Case…so far I’m on my way to coming in under budget! xx

  • Sophisticated Mumma

    What a great challenge, can’t wait to see what you find next time! Navy is so hot right now, I’ve just gone and got myself a navy maxi dress! I love linen and used to wear so much of it, I’m so glad there is more of it around again. As always, you look fab! x

    • Ooooh a navy maxi dress will look stunning on you and totally compliment your complexion – can’t wait to see you wearing it! Next on the hit list will be Katie’s – watch this space. It’s actually quite fun because I have no idea what I will end up buying! xx Thanks for stopping by gorgeous xx

  • Great picks ups! I do regularly pop in to my local Sussan. I find their summer ranges the strongest. I think you should visit Veronika Maine or Portmans next – they both do great tailored, on trend fashion and I think you’d love them. Have fun! x

    • Thanks darling xx Do you know I had never stepped foot in Veronika Maine until my girl was looking for a suit for her Law interviews. When I did, I was super impressed with the style and quality – so thank you for reminding me to get my butt in there. Portmans also happens to be right opposite CR, so no excuse for me not to pop in…I remember loving a bright coloured skirt of yours from there. xx

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    I love this jacket Bev and both outfits look fantastic on you ,I love Sussans actually I always have done (you probably guessed that by how many items of Sussans I own) I bought a gorgeous pair of pants like the ones you’re wearing but with pink piping on the pockets at Rockmans yesterday!I dare you to have a look at Katie’s my friend and see if you can find anything you like Xx

    • Thank you so much Petal xx You rock all of your outfits and have fabulous taste!
      It’s funny you should say, because I had already decided that Katies would be the next shop on my radar darling girl – great minds think alike eh? Everyone wears some amazing Katies pieces’s at the moment so I need to get my bottom in there toot-sweet! I’ll keep you posted on my progress! xx

  • I’ve loved linen for a long time – that jacket is definitely an investment!

    • Linen and silk are my two favourite fabrics ever…I even love the creased look – which is a real contradiction to my classic style personality! I suppose it makes it interesting though xx

  • I love your style and what a great challenge.

    • Thank you so much Raychael – I need to push myself out of my CR comfort zone! xx

  • Petra

    Your poses are looking very “model” like – cute 🙂 Yep, I think Sussan is better this season! I think your jacket looks great – will go with so much – well done!

    • Ha ha – a direction my 22 yr said I needed to go in! I did a three year stint when I was in my late teens, so I suppose its like riding a bike – you never forget!
      Yep you’re so right, Sussan has really upped the anti this season…not sure how I will cope with this challenge but I will give it my best shot 😉 xx

  • You are rocking everything lovely lady. Love the blazer. I have a few Sussan blazers in my closet from a few years ago. Must buy the navy. V x

    • Awww thanks gorgeous! Blazer are my fashion best friend. Always have been…get this one, it will look amazing with your BF jeans and pumps! xx

  • katypotaty

    Love love LOVE how much fun you have when lovely Beckie takes your pics – I can see your whole face lighting up!

    I’m with you, after getting discounts in retail for so long, and knowing how quickly collections turn around and whip out the door, I hardly shop in my favourite stores any more!

    • and then end up with a wardrobe full of LJ!

    • My girl lights up my world…but you already know that right?
      She was containing herself really well from really taking the P out of me – which in turn was making me giggle anyway! xx

      Paying full price sucks!