Food versus fashion round 2 – black jackets and green smoothies

In Food vs Fashion Round 1, I promised an exchange of expertise, and here it is!

Dijanna from Wardrobe 101 was sent on a journey to unlock some of the dark secrets of my wardrobe with the only half tongue-in-cheek warning that there might be more work in there than she bargained for. It was as much a search-and-destroy mission as it was a mercy dash to search-and-accessorise! It’s not that bad, really, but many of my clothes had ceased being an inspiration, and that needed to change. Or the clothes had to! The equation was pretty clear.

Sure enough, when I returned not five minutes later, it was to a heap of clothes that resembled the detritus of the fashion world and the early stages of a bonfire much more than it did a well-maintained treasure. So I guess I didn’t disappoint her .. or maybe I did!

In any case, after explaining why these clothes were headed to the great clothes rack in the sky (which you can see in the video), she softened the blow with some kind words for a cropped black jacket which had survived the cull due to its versatility. Dijanna showed me three easy and gorgeous ways to style it that will see me off to a casual lunch with girlfriends, a more formal meeting with a corporate client, or a movie opening at the Verona.

You can check the outfits out below, but in the meantime, see what was ditched and why.

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While Dijanna was working her magic, I had snuck into the kitchen to whizz her up Quirky Cooking’s ‘My Favourite Green Smoothie’. It’s actually my second favourite smoothie, beaten to the no.1 ranking by the Coconut Chai Green Smoothie from her new cookbook (which is one of the prizes in this big giveaway!). It’s a great breakfast option for Dijanna and her family (and quick!), and I’m hoping she will add it into her growing repetoire of nourishing, yet snappy family meals.

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Here’s how to make this delicious green smoothie…

GIVEAWAY (This giveaway is closed and winner has been contacted)

I’ve decided to run a fantastic giveaway which includes five amazing prizes valued at over $400!!! Entry details below.

Food versus fashion giveaway includes:

<1 x Wardrobe 101 sustainable eco-friendly T-shirt, making it easier to make smart fashion choices without compromising the planet. It is 100% organic. Value $145.

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1 x Chasing Issy one off necklace. Value $120.

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1 x Quirky Cooking cookbook that contains over 130 healthy, mouth-watering recipes catering to a broad spectrum of specialist diets. Value $50.

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1 x case of Natural Raw C coconut water. Low in sugar and super delish. Value $40

1 x copy of Wardrobe 101, a go-to manual to create your perfect core wardrobe.  Value $34.95

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3 simple steps to enter for your chance to win all these prizes:

Firstly like the Facebook pages of:

Wardrobe 101
Chasing Issy
Quirky Cooking
Natural Raw C 
Brenda Janschek Health and Lifestyle

And then sign up to my free newsletter here.

Finally, leave a comment in this blog telling me which cropped jacket outfit  is your favourite (1, 2 or 3) and why.

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Terms and conditions:

* This giveaway runs until midnight, 6th of August 2014.
* The winner will be chosen randomly.
* This competition is open to Australian residents only.
* The winner will be announced by email.

Best of luck everyone!

Bren x

PS: Did anyone notice I’m wearing the same shoes and bag in each picture. She’s a clever gal that Dijanna!

Your thoughts on this post


  1. Emma

    Oops. Ok, so I can’t decide between two and three. I love two for a casual weekend look going out for coffee etc. and I love three because to me it looks very European, tres chic!

  2. Joanna M

    Number 3 – it’s a smart/casual look for any occasion. You could be meeting a friend for coffee, followed by a business meeting – the outfit would work both. Plus it’s the most feminine out of the 3, showing off your gorgeous curves. Work it Sista! 🙂

  3. Kirsty S

    I love No. 3. That’s the kind of get up you can wear to work and can then wear straight out to play! It’s sophisticated and its also stunning, sleek and sexy. Classy and fun all in one! 🙂

  4. Sharyn

    The second outfit is the best Bcoz it’s very versatile and very on trend with the stripes and the distressed denim but u look great in all 3 – I need sumone to come and do this for me !!!

  5. Taryn

    I love look number 3 🙂 The skirt is great and I very much like how you are standing tall and proud whilst wearing it. It’s obviously giving you positive vibes!

  6. Carol

    Love No 3. Really versatile and stylish look for any age. I could see myself wearing that if I was 1/3 my current size. Too many regrettable purchases under my belt!

  7. Stacey Hughes

    I love all 3 outfits, but my favourite is number 2. I am on a journey to better health & wellness & Quirky Cooking is one of my main inspirations & help. I have lost 9kg with another 10kg to go. This outfit is exactly the type of outfit I envisage myself wearing in another 10kg time – when my healthy figure will look awesome in this!! I am not talented at all when it comes to fashion & what to put with what – so I love a good & practical site that helps me with this! I’m glad I found you:)

  8. karen tams

    I Love the first one, I love the all black with the addition of the soft blue scarf , casual but conquering all you set out to do

  9. Megan

    I’m loving number 1, it makes your legs look ssssooooo long and I like the way the scarf sits in amongst the opening of the jacket

  10. Astrid Van Der Linden

    Wow – I really love look 3. It is something I would definitely wear & it looks elegant & stylish.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win a great give away 🙂

  11. Mallory

    I’m loving look 1, Bren – it would easily take you from work to dinner and be great for both. Great job, Dijanna! 🙂

  12. Lee

    I love them all! You look great and all suit you. She’s a very clever girl isn’t she….think we all need a friend like that!! My wardrobe needs a massive makeover.
    If I had to choose i’d say number 3. Love the skirt.

  13. Lee from Healthy Natural Changes

    You look great in all of the outfits! She’s a clever girl isn’t she – we all need a friend like that! If I had to choose I’d say number three – love the skirt!

  14. Sally L

    Love all three looks, and you look gorgeous in all of them Brenda! My fave is #1 though as I love a maxi skirt and there is so much room to express yourself just by a change in scarf or swapping the scarf for an awesome necklace 🙂

  15. Sarah Croft

    I love outfit number 3. It is stylish and feminine with the floral print and the pencil skirt is very slimming and shows of your shape.This outfit would also look great for either day or night.

  16. Peta Gillis

    You are also wearing the same jacket. I love that you have 3 completely different styles/looks using the same shoes and bag AND jacket. Clever!

  17. Shelley

    Great idea and way to get new info out to us all. You look great in all of them but number 3 is my pick, it looks put together but not over the top.

  18. Sam

    I like number 2 best. It is very versatile for everyday wear and can be dressed up or down as needed! Looks amazing xx

  19. Shaye

    Hi Bren, I love outfit 2 the little jacket can be whipped off easily leaving a cool & casual spring outfit, jeans and Tee, perfect for this busy mumma X

  20. Michelle Hawtin

    I love number 3. I will take any opportunity to wear a pencil skirt. Paired with a large collared waist jacket, it tones it down enough to keep that little bit of girly influence whilst still remaining casual.

  21. Helen

    Love #3. I chose this one because it’s versatile, simple yet smart and flattering. Dijanna teamed it well with the black understated shoes and stockings(yes, I noticed you wore same shoes in each pic but not bag). For those, like you, who have nothing to hide around the tummy area, the gorgeous fitted skirt nicely meets the bottom of the top which is perfect because it’s plain and short and compliments the skirt and cropped jacket really well. A perfect winter outfit!

  22. Jaimi

    I love outfit 2. The jacket looks great and really stands out. I love the causal look perfect for a day shopping or at football.

  23. Emma

    I love outfit number 1 as I would wear that to work but I could also wear that out to lunch with my girlfriends, so super versatile 🙂

  24. Sally

    Just had my 3rd baby and my older two kiddies are at school so for me outfit number 2 would be ideal. It’s casual enough for daywear and is also practical for running around after the kids and doing errands. Even though I’m a stay at home mum, I still like to feel stylish!

  25. Michelle Gray

    I love outfit 2, as a stay at home Mum I’m always on the lookout for stylish comfortable practical outfits.

  26. Kerry Turnham

    They all look nice, I have to say no 2 though, mainly because it stands out with the lighter colour underneath.;-)

  27. Kate

    No 3. You look really stylish & this outfit enhances your great figure. Plus, the fitted top & skirt show off the great shape of the jacket more.

  28. Michelle

    My favourite is number 3. Straight away it took my eye. Your look classy and stylish and the fitting skirts gives you shape. I love how the colour of the skirt brightens up the black. You look like you could go anywhere in it. Very pretty.

  29. Michelle

    Loving style num 3, as it’s can be for day wear/ work to night time wear,. If you have those meeting a after work no need to change 🙂

  30. Fez

    I like number 2 cuz I just love the casual 90s ripped jeans/striped T/mid length jacket. You look like you’re ready to go and have some comfy FUN. The only thing I’d change are the shoes to some gym boots for extra bounce 🙂

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