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(Zara Skirt/Top, Vintage Necklace/Bracelet/Bag, Jennifer Hawkins for Siren Heels)

I don't know if it has something to do with the start of a new year and my 'try new things' mentality but all I feel like wearing lately is simple black and white combinations. This is something my wardrobe usually tries to avoid but at the same time so desperately needs. Of course it had to be Zara who ignited my love affair with monochrome pieces, with this simple black skirt with a cropped front and fishtail back being one of my absolute favourite Zara purchases to date. A simple yet sultry piece that shows the perfect amount of leg and easily compliments a bold red lip and a messy bed hair bun without being too over the top. Sculptured shoulders and cut out detail also help to keep this minimalistic look bold rather than boring (well, I hope so anyway) and have inspired me to work towards building a more balanced and diverse wardrobe this year.

Photos by Luke Shadbolt.

140 comments:

  1. gorgeous!
    love the skirt and the lipstick,
    amazing!


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  2. Wow....such an amazing outfit....Love the shoes!!

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  3. I love that skirt, its so simple and elegant, but a bit quirky

    xo Camilla

    Into The Fold

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  4. LOVE that skirt!
    <3

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  5. Amazing look!
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  6. Defiantly one of my favourite outfits by you!
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  7. this outfit is astonishingly classic, gorgeous, and rad! it's decadent. red lipstick was pretty much made for you. well done.
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  8. Damn Nicole. You look amazing! Very crisp and gorgeous photos. Hope to see you again in February for New York Fashion Week.

    xx
    Monroe

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  9. you are so wonderfully glamorous!



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  10. This is simplicity at it's best, I love that Zara skirt with those heels. I love your style it's always chic and fresh. If you get a chance do check out my blog, I have interesting fashion posts you might love to read.

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  11. Can you please list the nail polish you use as well? Thank you

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  12. Such a great monochrome look, your shoes are incredible!

    xxx the edit xxx

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  13. You'r so pretty, omg

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  14. You look like an absolute goddess in this attire. And your skin is so flawlessly kissed by the sun. x

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  15. You look stunning! Such a feminine outfit !

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  16. u look like a princess, gorgeous!!

    XO

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  17. You look stunning in these photos!

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  18. Oh my word you're stunning!! Are you a model? Loving your style and your blog :)
    xx

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  19. So beautiful! love the lip color and the heels

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  20. Perfectly structured look. And I completely support your choice to own these heels in as many colors as possible, since they are so gorgeous :)

    Angela
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  21. You always have the most gorgeous photos! And I love this monochrome assemble; it's nice to see a change from all the color blocking (Even though I don't mind those at all either - you pull it off so gorgeously!).

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  22. huge pictures!! the skirt is so beautiful... but the blouse even more!! kisses

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  23. WOW, legs!! I'm going to hit the gym....

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  24. Maybe go easy on the bronzer....

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  25. Gorgeous skirt! I looove the back to that top! <3
    Rory
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    CHICTOPIA

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  26. You look absolutely stunning!Zara has some amazing pieces!Red lips with monochrome is perfection!

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    x

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  27. you are so gorgeous and your figure is amazing! i think anything would look fabulous on you but your personal style is what really sets you over the edge. i love it. all. i can't wait to read more posts!

    - tiana of l'esthetique

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  28. Love the cut of the skirt!! Chic outfit!!

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  29. absolutely gorgeous!
    i love the monochrome look - the skirt is amazing
    and those shoes are awesome :)
    xxx

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  30. This whole outfit is just perfect, I haven't seen that skirt in Zara, I'll have to look for it now! Love the necklace and the red lip x

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  31. INCREDIBLE skirt. You look so stunning... per usual.

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  32. Them heels are hot! Love the Zara skirt too!

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  33. This look is so gorgeous! I love the open back of the shirt too. Fabulous!
    EF xo

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  34. Black and white monochrome looks remind me of the 90s (in a good way!) it's one of my favourites too.

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  35. The skirt looks amazing on you!!

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  36. its not even fair. you're too stylish. ;)

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  37. you look incredible - love the heels!

    JADE EMILY
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  38. Taking if back to the days of Aaliyah, I love it!

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  39. I am a big advocate of the power of a monochrome look! Bold red lip tops it off beautifully x

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  40. stunning sleek look! gorgeous!

    Bises,
    monkeyshines
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  41. LOVE those heels!!! Great look!!!

    xoxo
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  42. i love your skirt, and the heels go really well with it. so chic!

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  43. Gorgeous as always! Love the bright red lips on you...

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  44. Your red lipstick looks perfect against your crisp white top! <3 So so so gorgeous, Nicole! I love this!

    x
    Lost in the Haze: Fashion Blog

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  45. This is absolutely perfect. Everything you're wearing - you're one of my biggest inspirations! xo!



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  46. You are so stunning!

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    xx

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  47. There is nothing more perfect than black and white. I love it!

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  48. Wow you look so effortless. I really love those shoes!!
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  49. simply and uniquely beautiful <3
    those siren heels and red lipstick really give you such a classy look Nicole =) black and white is in the trend, but with those sexy legs and sexy skirt, it's kinda unbeatable!!

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  50. Your top is gorgeous!

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  51. love this outfit. the skirt is amazing!! and the heels are hot



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  52. Such a gorgeous outfit, I just love everything about it!!

    -Tina.

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  53. Perfect from head to toe! Zara just doesn't seem to disappoint, and neither do you! x

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  54. this look is absolutely stunning. I am in awe. Love the silhouette of it!!

    xo,
    Larissa//Living in Color

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  55. you look stunning. those shoes are great!

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  56. cute!

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  57. Haha. I never realised but this lighting does make me look really brown? I only put bronzer on my cheekbones but I'll make sure to be careful shooting in this light!

    xxx

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  58. Omg! I love this outfit. You look so beautiful and chic

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  59. LOVE the black and white, especially with the red lip, so classic!

    & ohh i'm jealous of your warm, sunny weather..

    Katie x

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  60. I love wearing monochrome too. This look is amazing!
    Suzi x
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  61. the dress is just sleek so sexy.
    it's perfect on you with ur amazing heels.

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  62. That bag is an amazing vintage find! So great with this outfit.

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  63. This skirt is in my wish list, it fits you perfectly, looking gorgeous!

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  64. WOW you look amazing!!!

    xo,
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  65. love this outfit!

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  66. love! i got the same skirt too, it's perfecr dressed up or down.

    xx from hong kong :)
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  67. You look great as always! :)


    hearts,
    Melai of Style and Soul

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  68. Oh gosh i absolutely LOVE every SINGLE thing in this outfit.
    its absolutely AMAZING i bet u turned many heads eh?

    xxx
    -S

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  69. Beautiful photos. You look like such a doll.

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  70. The ankle cuff makes the shoes look so much sexier.

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  71. I have the same skirt!!! and love your shoes :)

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  72. OMG! You are amazing! Love this look!

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  73. Absolutely perfect outfit! Love the photos!

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  74. Gorgeous as always! I love the monochrome, and the asymmetrical cut really makes it an even bolder statement!

    <3 Kelly

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  75. Amazing outfit! I love how the bold red lips stand out against the black and white.

    Fang Ting
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  76. Love that skirt! :)


    Kaye
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  77. fantastic outfit, love the shoes!!!kisses from spain.

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  78. as always you look beautiful! loving the simple monochromatic look.. it's a difference to not see you in colors but you pull it off effortlessly like your normal colorful outfits!


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  79. Love monochrome. Love the asymmetrical skirt, so chic. Keep inspiring. I would love to meet you one day.

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    xoxo

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  80. i love that unusual assymetric skirt. Monochrome never fails with gold accessories!

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  81. How chic do you look! I love your style. Following!
    Hugs,
    Shellena
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  82. Classic style, hope you were going somewhere fabulous! Love that vintage clutch.

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  83. nice and classy :)

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  84. Great look. Love the top, would go with tons. Will have to pop into Zara soon. Also Jen Hawkins' shoe collection is amazing. Bold red lip is a winner. - Jenelle
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  85. looooove!!! i am so in love with your style!!!

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  86. THE CUT OF THE SKIRT ADDS SUBTLE INTEREST TO THIS SIMPLE, CLASSIC OUTFIT. YOU LOOK REALLY FANTASTIC!

    X ELLE

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  87. Gorgeous!
    Kisses,
    Rose
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  88. That skirt is just fabulous! So sleek and sexy! :)

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  89. perfect!



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  90. what a beautiful skirt. you look so elengant! <3

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  91. Just found your blog love it!
    the skirt is amazing so chic!
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  92. you look so beautiful! love the skirt and LOVE the red lips! xx

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  93. This look is gorgeous! a true timeless classic x

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  94. oh, you are so beautiful!

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  95. You are so beautiful Nicole, you have been the biggest inspiration to many! I hope you have the most loveliest day today on your birthday and may all succeed all your future goals!

    Emily
    xo
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  96. unbelievably stunning! you look fab!

    xxx
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  97. Such beautiful shots - I am off to look on www.Zara.com right now!x

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  98. u do really look like an actress x

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  99. incredible as usual :)

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  100. Nice outfit...love your red lips!

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  101. Hi,

    Wow, really love this look!!! such a great accent with the red lips!!

    love K

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  102. WOW! Chic perfection! Best look of the week of all around dear!!!!!!!
    xoxoxo

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  103. 可愛いーー!ステキ♥
    こういう服が似合う人になりたい!!

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  104. Lovely shots, she looks amazing

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  105. you look so great! i love your style so much!

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  106. Wow you look great,
    and it's amazing that you can walk on those heels,
    they're beautiful!

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  107. that skirt is so gorgeous and those shoes! ahh i think i'm getting eyegasmic. I absolutely love your blog and outfits!!! truly inspirational.

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  108. Those heels are crazy beautiful! I like all the classy styling and chic of your outfit!

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  109. Stunning!
    Bisa x

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  110. ABSOLUTELY ADORE! YOU ARE SUCH AN INSPIRATION! i love love love how you make outfits seems so effortless and so beautiful and chic!

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  111. you look so beautiful and i love your outfit
    ♥franzi

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  112. i absolutely LOVE everything about this look! you look amazing in this!

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  113. Just lovely and elegant! No words to describe how i really love this outfit!


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  115. You look so stunning and statuesque!

    I love your blog and am now following you on Bloglovin'!

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  116. Very stylish! Absolutely charming classic black and white!

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  117. this is such a nice work outfit, really sophisticated x

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  118. love love love this outfit. you can do no wrong

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  119. OH MY! YOU'RE SERIOUSLY CUTE.

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    LOVE, NINA.

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