Last week the lovely team at Jeanswest sent me a pair of jeans from their new Freeform 360 collection to try.
The collection, released this month, features “4-way multi directional smart stretch technology that flatters the body and provides comfort and support like never before”.
Now I should precede this by saying I am super fussy about my denim, but when I find a pair of jeans … or denim skirt, or denim shorts, or denim jacket … I love, I fall hard. I wore the same pair of jeans for 18 months in London, only parting ways with them after I split the crotch for the third and irreparable time.
I wear them excessively. I wash them rarely (yeah, I’m one of those people) and if I find a pair I like, I will usually buy two pairs in case they are discontinued.
I like to feel supported but not like my stomach is being strangled and I’m losing circulation in my legs. Speaking of which, I prefer a skinny leg and my days of the 4cm zip are well and truly over; I want something that comes up near my belly button, hiding any hint of a muffin top in favour of smoother outline.
And last but not least, because it is probably the most important factor – and the one that has seen me give away or sell jeans after one wear – I don’t want my jeans to stretch and go saggy in the knees or butt after wearing or sitting in them for as little as two minutes.
So the pressure was really on Jeanswest to deliver.
I was curious about the stretch; would they be more of a jegging (a cross between a jean and a legging), a style of which I’ve never been keen because they never seem to have enough support, or had they found the magical formula for stretchy jeans that weren’t so thin they showed off every lump and bump?
Much to my delight, they definitely delivered.
I’ve now worn the jeans a handful of times (including to long days at work) and they’ve held their shape perfectly given they’re not a heavy denim. Thanks to the stretch fabric, they almost give the appearance of a jegging-style pant, but with the structure of a typical denim jean.
And I think they look great!
But the best news? Jeanswest recommend washing sparingly, with minimal to zero detergent in the wash … hello low maintenance pants!
The Freeform 360 collection is available in three fitted styles; 7/8 skinny jeans (this is what I’m wearing, although I’m only 162cm so they are full length on me), a standard length leg and Jeanswest’s famous curve fit (a little bit extra in the thighs and hips); as well as in three washes: mid-vintage, deep ink and black.
Editor’s note: These jeans were gifted to me for editorial consideration, however all views expressed are genuine and my own. Read my disclosure policy here.
This week got off to a busy start with the post-International Women’s Day Fun Run wrap up at work and a cheeky little visit to see Jo and Courts at Twidale for a haircut and toner. After a midweek hiccup in the form of a migraine, I laid low for the second half of the week, but I did manage to sneak in a Friday lunch at Moose and Gibson with the gorgeous Cait from Chasing Cait (above), who was visiting from New Zealand – and we even nabbed a double #everydaystyle shot.
What I wore this week:
Sunday | Country Road tee | Cotton On Fray Mid Rise Denim Shorts | Clutch Australia Pari Beaded Clutch (gifted) | Ray-Ban Wayfarers
Last month, I took the new Brisbane-based dress hire company Never Twice for a test run.
The premise behind Never Twice is simple–clients can hire the latest designer dresses at a fraction of their original retail cost, which means you save money AND still get to look the goods.
After all, why spend $250 on a Realisation Par spotty dress–the type that’s being copied all over town–when you can rent it for just $29 a day?
I chose to rent a Zimmermann Winsome Flounce Dress from the latest collection, which has a retail value of $750 (which means it doesn’t fit into my budget, no matter how good it looks).
I borrowed it for four days, choosing to receive it the day two days before my planned event–Cassie’s birthday celebration over bottomless Bellini’s at Darling & Co–so I had time to make sure it fit before the big event.
The dress arrived in a box, carefully wrapped in tissue paper; it was clean and just required a light steaming to get out a couple of wrinkles.
The dress fit perfectly and Cass and I had a great time drinking Bellini’s over lunch and talking about anything and everything before kicking off for some afternoon cocktails at Sixes and Sevens.
The following day, I popped it into an express post-bag that was included when I received the dress and sent it back. No dry cleaning needed and no guilt over spending hundreds of a dollars on a dress I’d probably wear once. Winning!
Gold Coaster Ellie Cummins is the floral genius behind Flower Haul, where simple, natural bunches of flowers are handpicked fresh from the flower markets, wrapped and boxed and delivered straight to your door – anywhere from Mackay to Sydney!
Where is home?
Home is beautiful Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast, where I live with my handsome fiancée, Dane, and my Chihuahua, Hugo. Flower Haul HQ is based out of the flower markets in Brisbane.
Tell us the story of Flower Haul. How did your business come about?
The real seed for the idea was planted (pardon the pun!) when I had had a few busy weekends in a row, and had missed out on getting my flowers from the local farmers’ markets. I was bummed out that I had to go yet another week without fresh flowers and it got me thinking that you can buy anything online nowadays, except fresh flowers from the markets!
There wasn’t really anywhere you could go to buy simple, natural bunches of flowers just like the ones you’d pick up at the flower markets. So, we set out to create an online flower shop that offers range of fresh, seasonal bunches of flowers that you could feel comfortable buying for yourself, but are also sweet enough that you could still buy for others as well.
What had been the most challenging part of starting your own business?
There are so many! The level of hard work required – I’m a trooper when it comes to work but I really did underestimate the level of unrelenting hard work required to start the business, and keep up the momentum.
Having to make big, scary decisions (and guesses!) about things that are not really reversible! I can be indecisive and sometimes just wish someone would come along and tell me what the right decision to make is. But when you’re at the wheel, those decisions are all your call.
The third challenge is working with a product that is unpredictable and perishable. There are a number of factors that can really affect supply, availability and quality of the flowers available at the flower markets each week so each week is different.. Then making sure the flowers are kept an optimum temperature during the packing process and stay fresh while they’re in transit is a whole other challenge!
What do you think has made your business a success?
It’s still early days for us (we just turned on-year-old!) but I think we have found ourselves a nice little gap in the market, which has helped us so far. We have really just focused on simple, natural market flowers and I think this has been refreshing for a lot of people who are a bit over gaudy, fluoro cellophane bouquets that most florists sell online.
We also aren’t replicating anything else that is currently available; it’s all coming from our own vision. Having a unique offering is really important.
We also have many, many wonderful customers and supporters who believe in what we’re doing, which I’m so grateful for! We actually, genuinely care about every Flower Haul experience we provide, and do whatever we can to make sure it’s perfect, and I think this shines through.
Where did your love of flowers come from?
My favourite flower ever since I was a little girl has been a daisy. Every birthday, I would ask for a bunch of fresh daisies! As an adult, flowers have always been an affordable indulgence for me. It doesn’t really matter what’s going on in your life, flowers just make everything sweeter and brighter. Add a vase of fresh, cut flowers and the vibe of your home, bedroom or corner of the world will perk up instantly. For me, they are also a gentle reminder to slow down and make more time for the simple things in life because often those are the things that make us happiest.
What are your favourite flowers and why?
Seriously, it changes all the time! I’m a sucker for the soft and delicate types so my top three would be hydrangea, peonies, ranunculus. I still buy flowers for myself every week, too!
What do you enjoy doing on your days off?
The thing is, there is never a ‘day off’! I really do work on the business every single day. Although, on weekends I do try to balance things a little more! We’ll usually start the weekend stand-up paddle boarding at Tallebudgera Creek, then have an iced latte at one of our favourite places. We love exploring and often go on little day trips to new places. If I’m at home and have some spare time, I love simple pleasures like cooking and reading in the hammock. But in reality, you’ll usually find me at my desk!
A bottle of Esprit de Figues, a new fig liqueur from France, recently landed on my desk and after much oohing and ahhing over how pretty it looked, I decided to pop it in my bag for my long weekend in Bangalow.
Made from real Violette de Bordeaux figs and crafted with the highest level of expertise in a 150-year-old family distillery in Burgundy, France, Esprit De Figues is light and fruity, but not sickly sweet.
Because I was trying to travel light, and I’m not much of a mixologist, I decided to keep things simple and try Esprit de Figues’ signature serve – the Esprit de Fizz.
With just two ingredients, the recipe is easy to remember and serve, especially if you’re having a party.
Esprit de Fizz
30ml Esprit de Figues
Pour bubbly into a champagne flute. Top with Esprit de Figues. Garnish with a small slice of fresh fig & lemon zest.
Next on the list to try is Fig Sangria.
200ml Esprit de Figues
50ml Triple Sec
50ml Creme de Peche
Pour ingredients into a pitcher with cubed ice and stir. Garnish with chopped figs, cucumber and citrus fruits.