Apr 11, 2011

Form(e). Navy Mismatch.

There was a bit of change at SSG Manor this morning.  After years of starting my weekday mornings with a carton of Nestle Diet yoghurt over my weetbix, I found new form(e) with Yoplait.  So far so good.  Not only is there more youghurt with Yoplait but the yoghurt is also thicker.  The yoghurt to weetbix ratio has now been restored.  Giving me enough energy to tackle the more serious sections of the newspaper - like the relationship between Christian Loboutin heels and different models of feminisim, from the perspective of a male journalist.

Those crazy weekends jam packed with work have finally caught up with me.  I went and caught myself a proper flu today.  I made it through the day with a hefty dose of cold medicine and any fluids I could get my hands on.  Hot cups of tea, coke zero and cold milk helped to break the monotony of drinking my body weight in water. 

The highlight of the day though was venturing down the road from work to my local Westfield in search of my cold medicine.  It must be the law of Westfield to get completely lost the first time you visit an unfamiliar one.  It took me half an hour to find the chemist, even with the attentive help of one of the centre's friendly concierges.  Then I needed a drink - 10 minute wait in line at Woolworths and then a sit down - 10 minutes to find a lounge area.  All the while running a fever and feeling achy.  Okay, this is decidely a first world kind of crisis but I'm under the influence of Claratyne D so it's the drugs talking, not me.

Skirt - Saba, sweater - Country Road, necklace - FF Leo by Red Phoenix Emporium

Speaking of first world issues, doe anyone else get frustrated trying to work out what colour shoes to wear with navy blue?

Loafers - Ecco, pumps - Country Road (back in the day), flats - Salvatore Ferragamo

To my eyes, chocolate brown is fine for more casually cut pieces.  Red is good for an all navy and white outfit, except that I really, really, really had to wear my fuchsia accented RPE necklace today.  Then there's black.  Are black and navy okay together?  Do bone coloured stockings aid and abet the pairing of these colours or do they make them a legitimate comobination?  This late in the evening, I'm still not sure if I have the answer.

It's nearly 11pm here and I'm off back to bed after waking up from a 'nap' that started at 7pm.  Take your vitamins everyone and drink plenty of water!  And weigh in on the 'shoes that go with navy' debate if you like.

Take care.


  1. Ines de la Fressange says nvy and black definitely do go together: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1375520/Gallic-fashion-Why-French-ladies-NEVER-match-shoes-handbags.html As YSL's muse I would be following her advice. I like red and Navy but I do find that sometimes it can look a bit nautical and if you want to use fuchsia as a highlight then black would be totally fine for shoes.

    Sorry to hear you are feeling so poorly. It reminded me to go and get my flu shot... I'm fairly anal about taking Vic C but that's only going to help a cold not the flu I guess. I hope you feel better soon.

    K xx

  2. Hope you feel better soon SSG. I hope lots of fashionable people weigh in on the shoes to wear with navy issue, as it is one of the fashion mysteries as far as I am concerned.A friend of mine has a pair of very dark navy/nearly black shoes which she wears with navy and they look good - not too matchy matchy navy, and not the heaviness of black.

  3. I don't mind navy and black together, but I always feel like I'm doing it wrong - so I usually try and work out some other combination... It's a tough one, isn't it.

    Feel better soon, SSG!

  4. Lisa at Privilege often explains shoes and navy blue, albeit from a High WASP perspective.... Some research through the archives of her blog may help you out of what is clearly an existential dilemma SSG...

    Take care and hope you are feeling better really soon.

    (For what it's worth I would struggle with the black shoes and probably wear the red with the fuschia necklace anyway... But then I live on a farm so I am probably not super up-to- date. I wore gum boots years before they were a fashion item though, so I am potentially more fashion forward than I think)

  5. Funny you should ask this. I'm just wondering the same thing. I spotted a fab casual navy dress and was thinking brown knee-high boots. Black doesn't work for me in the shoe department, but I don't mind it paired with navy in other ways (black leggings for example). Red looks cute.

  6. In winter I'll do navy and black - including black tights. In summer, I lighten navy up with a nude shoe. Nude shoes are the new black and better because they make your legs look longer.

  7. I always rock navy frocks with black shoes.

    I have the most adorable navy frock with frills, with which I wear with opaques + black patent ballet flats. I also wear my black strappy wedges with more casual navy dresses. And with my navy and white striped frock, I wear either red patent shoes (the nautical look) or black patent peep-toe heels.

    Hmm... a lot of patent and navy going on there! Might need to take Ms Styling You's advice and go for some nude!

  8. Thanks for posing the question. Always a challenge for me with navy dresses and suits. I like Ms Styling You's suggestion with a nude shoe. But then I am not sure of the colour nude against Asian skin tones. Hope you're feeling better soon, plenty of zinc and vit c.

  9. i like the nude option for summer, but how about charcoal* for winter? not as heavy as black, nor as eye popping as red, and charcoal and fuschia are a great match! xt

    *has nothing to do with the charcoal boots i have just seen that i need a reason to buy … really it doesn't!

  10. Sorry to hear you aren't feeling well, its always handy when our bodies decide to crash when we are really busy.

    I totally relate on the westfield thing, I was having a little chuckle to myself reading it because it always tends to turn into a huge ordeal for me because I have no sense of navigation and then get really stressed/mad when I get lost.

    P.S I vote red shoes! those ferragamos are super cute

  11. Thank you everyone for your helpful suggestions. I'm glad I'm not the only one who faces the navy dilemma.

    SSG xxx

  12. Hope you're feeling better soon, SSG!

    I too enjoy the green Yoplait yoghurt - if you haven't tried the passionfruit, I can recommend it!

  13. I love Yoplait yoghurt, especially the vanilla flavoured one!They used to have one with blueberries and vanilla but I haven't seen that one around for some time now....I hope you're feeling better from the flu!

    Regarding shoes I think black is fine with navy. I also think that a caramel colour can work, depending on the rest of the outfit. And Charcoal, as mentioned above. And turqouise is really fresh!

  14. Did you get the point of Sheehan's article? I was utterly baffled. I was thoroughly amused by the comments section - particularly from the person who suggested that he also needed to make a connection with global warming or was it the carbon tax? A highly inadvertently amusing article about something ...

  15. Anonymous: I am glad I'm not the only one who finished their breakfast with that conclusion.

    SSG xxx

  16. Depending on the outfit, I wear navy shoes (with suits, pants) or metallic for a more casual look.

    Hope you're feeling better soon.

    TDM xx


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