Fashion & Beauty – Kate Waterhouse https://katewaterhouse.com Tue, 07 Apr 2020 05:00:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 What I wore working from home https://katewaterhouse.com/what-i-wore-working-from-home/ https://katewaterhouse.com/what-i-wore-working-from-home/#respond Tue, 07 Apr 2020 05:00:42 +0000 https://katewaterhouse.com/?p=36823 If there’s one thing I make a point of doing when working from home it’s that I still try…

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If there’s one thing I make a point of doing when working from home it’s that I still try to make an effort to dress up in outfits that I love. Not to say I don’t love being in my cosiest, softest pieces but as I’ve said here, there’s something about actually putting on a proper outfit and getting dressed that helps me get into the right frame of mind to power through my to-do list. So here’s what I’ve worn over the last few days.

Who else can’t live without a great pair of jeans right now? I have had this Camilla and Marc pair forever and they’re so comfortable and hold their shape really well. I decided to pop an earthy Bec and Bridge chocolate top on as I wanted to wear a warm autumnal shade and finished it off with a pair of fun AJE statement earrings.

Credits: Top, Bec and Bridge; Jeans (similar here), Camilla and Marc; Earrings, AJE

Whenever I’m feeling a bit flat wearing a bit of colour always helps so I thought why not wear a pastel yellow today? Also dresses are such a comfortable option to wear all day so it was a no-brainer. The sweet smocking and puffed sleeves also added a nice feminine touch. Topped it all off with a statement necklace because why not?

Credits: Dress, S/W/F; Necklace, AJE

I wanted to get a bit more dressed up today. because I had a few conference calls to do so this ultra cute pink suit was the ideal option. I’m still embracing suiting when the WFH circumstances call for it, and this suit as an added bonus is really quite light and perfect for work. Also who else loves the longline silhouette of this Manning Cartell jacket? It’s such a great cut and is perfect when worked back with denim too. I wore these Camilla and Marc heels because, well, frankly I just really wanted to wear them.

Credits: Suit pants and jacket, Manning Cartell; Heels, Camilla and Marc

I wanted to squeeze in a workout today and was also going to be spending a large chunk of my time with the girls in between working so activewear seemed the ideal option. The beauty of this Camilla and Marc set is that it’s such a sleek design it makes you feel like you’re not really wearing activewear. I wore this bum bag by P.E Nation when I had to duck out to pick up something from the shops, and have also had my Huawei FreeBuds handy at all times because it means I can make calls and listen to music throughout the day unencumbered.

Credits: Crop top and bike shorts: Camilla and Marc; Bum bag, P.E Nation; Earphones, Huawei FreeBuds

What work from home staples can you not live without right now?

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Perfecting the work from home outfit takes a lot of experimentation and a little trial and error. When I first began working from home after working in an office for so long I had to try and strike the right balance between sitting in my pyjamas the whole day and putting on my usual work outfits and feeling very overdressed. I knew I wanted to get dressed as if I was going somewhere as I found it helped boost my productivity and helped get me in the right frame of mind but I also wanted to take advantage of one of the perks of working from home, which is being able to dress in comfortable clothes. So, how to get it right? Here are a few of my tips.

Have an outfit formula

This is a good place to start if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by the fact your entire wardrobe has suddenly opened up to you as office options. If you’re generally used to wearing a suit to work, the fact sweats are suddenly not a no-no can make it tricky to decide what to wear. So it’s a good idea to have an outfit formula that you can revert to when you’re stuck. For example one comfortable piece + one polished piece + one accessory = work outfit sorted. You can tweak this to work with your own style and what you feel great in.

Opt for comfortable staples

One of the best parts of working from home is being able to wear comfy pieces. Think a cosy knit, jeans or a classic white shirt or a jumpsuit to add a fun fashion element. Also choose fabrics carefully. You want breathable fabrics like cotton, linen and wool which will feel great to wear all day. These pieces will form the building blocks of most of your looks so be sure to be well stocked so getting dressed in the morning for work is a no-brainer.

Jeans and a white shirt is a great WFH uniform

Pair basics with polished pieces

Just because you’re aiming for comfort it doesn’t mean you can’t add something to maintain an element of polish. For example a great blazer over the top of a white tee and jeans feels put together but will still be perfect for a day of working from home. While a cosy cardi looks great with a simple, but sleek slip dress. It’s about the high-low mix.

Have a dress code

Implement a home office dress code for yourself. You want to give yourself some parameters to work in, which will in turn make choosing your outfits in the morning easier. For example perhaps track pants are out but a comfy leather legging or mum jean is in. It’s all about what helps you feel productive and signals that it’s time for work not play.

Accessories are your friend

Add accessories

As with most outfits, accessories are a fun way to inject a little personality into them. The addition of a silk scarf with jeans and a denim for example will instantly elevate it, making it look chic and polished. While understated jewellery can help your outfit feel a little more finished.

Embrace flats or a block heel

Shoes tend to be optional when working from home but if you do want to go for a full outfit then definitely embrace a beautiful flat or a comfy block heels. Shoes such as a leather loafer or a ballet flat are perfect for staying in. But if you’re a heels girl through and through, perhaps park the stiletto for another time and become friends with the comfy block heel—there’s no better time than now to truly embrace comfortable dressing.

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Super quick styling tips to help you out of a fashion rut https://katewaterhouse.com/super-quick-styling-tips-help-fashion-rut/ https://katewaterhouse.com/super-quick-styling-tips-help-fashion-rut/#respond Sat, 04 Apr 2020 23:00:33 +0000 https://katewaterhouse.com/?p=22547 There’s nothing worse than being faced with a wardrobe full of clothes and feeling like you have absolutely nothing…

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There’s nothing worse than being faced with a wardrobe full of clothes and feeling like you have absolutely nothing to wear. The answer isn’t jumping online and ordering a new outfit to arrive by lunchtime (although that can sometimes be fun) it’s about learning to accessorise or rework items in your wardrobe to give them a fresh new feel. If this sounds familiar, here are some of my super quick styling tips to help you pull together a “new” outfit quicker than you can click add to cart. Your bank balance will certainly breathe a sigh of relief!

Choose a bold accessory

If my outfit is feeling a bit flat I find a great way to inject a bit more energy into it is by adding a bold accessory. You don’t always have to opt for a bag, you could also try a pair of eye-catching drop earrings or a layering a few necklaces (all faves of mine) to breathe some new like into an outfit you’ve worn time and again.

Roll it, tie it or cuff it

You can totally rejig an existing outfit with a few simple styling tweaks. For a tired pair of jeans try cuffing the bottom and pairing with a pair of bold flats or heels for a look that feels instantly fresher. You could try tying a button down shirt and pairing it with everything from a pair of shorts and skirt for an outfit that takes a classic look and makes it feel a little more undone. Or experiment with rolling your sleeves whether it be on a shirt, a dress or even a jacket to create an entirely new silhouette.

Add a touch of colour

Having fun with colour is one way to make an outfit feel new again. The best bit about this is that you can do it in so many different ways. You could work it into an outfit in a small way such as a pair of shoes in a standout shade. You could go all out and layer multiple hues of the same colour family like this, or choose one ultra bright colour to take centre stage such as the above look and keep the rest of your outfit a little more subdued to really let it pop.

Enlist the help of a scarf

I wrote about how scarves have become a favourite accessory of everyone from celebs to fashion and beauty bloggers late as they’re so versatile. You can fashion it into a headband, tie it around your neck or use it as a hair tie. Find one scarf in a vintage print and you’ll be able to revive many tired looks with it. Alternatively it also serves the extremely handy purpose of hiding dirty hair in a stylish way when you really can’t be bothered to wash it!

Polish your digits

It requires a bit more effort but painting your nails in a really bright colour can often make any outfit feel new. It also has the added benefit of giving you a more polished look overall. Give yourself a mani at the beginning of the week and watch it elevate your outfits for the next few days without you having to do anything at all.

Try a belt

You’ll be surprised at the sartorial power of a belt when it comes to reworking an existing look. An easy one is wearing a belt with an oversized buckle with jeans or a denim skirt for a look that plays into the current 90s trend. You could also try Olivia Palermo’s favourite styling trick of belting a jacket such as a blazer or coat.

What are some of your styling hacks for getting out of a wardrobe rut?

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Why investment pieces are worth saving for https://katewaterhouse.com/investment-pieces-are-worth-saving-for/ https://katewaterhouse.com/investment-pieces-are-worth-saving-for/#respond Fri, 03 Apr 2020 22:00:50 +0000 https://katewaterhouse.com/?p=24357 You’ve no doubt heard me talk about investment pieces here on the blog and also probably heard the term bandied…

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Kate Waterhouse street style with one of her favourite investment pieces, a Givenchy Antigona bag

This neutral Givenchy Antigona bag is still getting a major workout a few years on from when I bought it

You’ve no doubt heard me talk about investment pieces here on the blog and also probably heard the term bandied around in fashion magazines and websites. However are they really worth the splurge? In a word: yes. And I think it all comes down to cost per wear.

Cost per wear is that magical equation that allows you to not freak out quite so much about the fact you’ve dropped a significant amount of money on just one piece! It’s basically the cost of an item divided by the number of times you wear it. The more you wear it the cheaper it becomes. I’ve always tried to save for the big wardrobe staples that I know I’ll wear season after season.

When it comes to things like a great blazer (I searched high and low for a Balmain one that’s still one of my favourite buys), a good quality handbag and classic coat, I need them to last as I wear them all the time. That’s why I’m prepared to drop a little bit more money on them simply because I know that years down the track I won’t need to replace them and they’ll still be there, kicking on and looking good. This helps me to justify the significant investment as it works out to be just a few cents each time I wear those pieces. The key however, is already knowing which items you’ll be wearing constantly. There’s no point in buying something that you think you’ll wear all the time only to find that you really don’t. Cost per wear flies out the window then!

That said, there’s definitely a lot to be said for a quick fashion fix — I’ve done it because it’s immediate, it’s easy and always guaranteed to be on trend right that minute. I’ll often hit up chain stores for things like t-shirts and lounge wear as they have a short shelf life and I’m not really looking for too much longevity when I buy them.

I think wardrobes are all about balance. My approach is to buy the best quality I can for the cornerstones of my look and then skimp on those that are fun to have, but not a long term addition. That gives me the best of both worlds in that I can always add current cheaper finds with those pricier investment pieces that have been in my wardrobe for years.

Tell me—What are some investment pieces in your wardrobe that have been worth the splurge?

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How to set up the ideal work from home space https://katewaterhouse.com/how-to-set-up-the-ideal-work-from-home-space/ https://katewaterhouse.com/how-to-set-up-the-ideal-work-from-home-space/#respond Wed, 01 Apr 2020 20:08:17 +0000 https://katewaterhouse.com/?p=36776 Having had my own business for several years now I usually split my time between an office in the…

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Having had my own business for several years now I usually split my time between an office in the city and my home office to work. Given current circumstances I’ve had to re-assess my current work space at home to make sure it’s conducive for working from home for the forseeable future. And as the girls are currently home with us, it’s been important to ensure that my work space is set up to maximise productivity in the bursts of time I do get to sit down at my desk and power through my to-do list. Here’s what I’ve done to ensure I’ve got a functional space I actually want to spend time in.

Allocate a designated work area

Last year I took over a spare bedroom in our home to use as an office, before that I was working wherever I could pop my laptop down. I’ve noticed a difference in how it affected my productivity. Now that I’ve got a designated spot to sit it helps get me into work mode. However it wasn’t having an office that did this but the fact I finally had one assigned place I associated with working. So whether it’s your kitchen table or another room, try allocating a particular spot to work from and consider it your office for the next few months.

Look for good lighting

I’ve found good lighting is so important because there’s nothing worse than squinting at a screen because the light is too bright or not bright enough. If you can, try and set up near the best source of natural light in your home. If that’s not possible make sure that you’ve got a good overheard light or lamp to provide adequate illumination.

Get rid of clutter

I did a major decluttering session to help set up my office and it was really useful in ensuring that I had a clean desk space, free of unnecessary junk to work at. I find having too many things around is really distracting and having an area that’s free of clutter helps to get me into the right productive frame of mind.

Have comfortable seating

Having a good chair is crucial. If you’re going to be working for several hours in the one spot find yourself the most comfortable chair, with appropriate support in your home possible. You don’t want to find that you’ve done your back in after sitting in a bad chair for months.

Have the office basics covered to ensure you’re functional

One thing about working in an office is that there’s a steady supply of stationery and equipment to ensure that you can do your job. Try and emulate that as much as possible at home so you’re not scrambling for a notepad when you’re on a call with a client or your screen is just a fraction too low and it’s starting to get massively uncomfortable. Assess your space, see what you need and try to have those supplies around where possible.

Lots of organisational tools

I’ve found it’s so much easier to keep things ordered when I’ve got the appropriate organisational tools handy. Think storage boxes, folders, trays… all these things ensure that I’ve got a spot to put everything and I don’t have things just floating on my desk taking up space.

Dot your space with things you love

This is the fun part! It was important to me that my office had personality. So I’ve decorated with prints that I love, furniture that I find aesthetically pleasing and touches like a vase of flowers or snacks at the ready. This all inspires me to spend time in my work space, but of course it’s different for everyone. Curate your own space according to the things that motivate you and inspire you.

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I’ve always tried to stay active in whatever way I can and recently I’ve been doing group fitness training with David McIlwaine of Fit4Dreams and Mum Squad. Now that that option is on pause for awhile I’ve been trying to figure out effective ways that I can still work out from home, and I’m sure I’m not alone in that regard. Recently I asked David to share his tips for keeping exercise a part of my daily routine, and here’s what he said.

Why is it important to keep on top of your fitness regimen during this time?

“Training is a great way to feel like you have done something for yourself. 

With so much happening from day to day and conditions changing at every turn it can be really stressful. It’s easy to feel like things are out of your control and that can take a toll. 

Once you have done a good workout though, you have done something positive for yourself. Nothing can take that away from you and it gives you strength to take things in your stride knowing you have done what you can to stay #fit2fight.”

If you’re stuck indoors, with limited or no equipment at all, what are some of the best workout moves you can do?

“When you’re stuck indoors with limited or no equipment at all, it’s hard to beat the classics.

Exercises like push-ups, lunges, squats, the plank and sit-ups are great. 

On top of that, you can use a chair to work on the backs of your arms with tricep dips or stand on cushions or close your eyes to introduce a balance challenge to your squats or lunges. 

If you’re starting out, you might like to begin doing push-ups on your knees and then build up to doing them on your toes.

As you get stronger you can prop your feet up on a cushion to lift them up as you take on the push-up position and make it hard to balance as you lower your chest to the floor. This really really encourages you to engage your core as you do your push-ups.” 

What are your suggestions for a workout routine that can be done outdoors if you’re lucky enough to have a backyard to work out in?

“If you’ve got a backyard you can designate a workout zone on either side.

Then you can run between them.

So you might start with 24 push-ups on one side of the lawn, run to the other side and back and then do 20.

You repeat that going down by 4 push-ups at a time ie 24,20,16,12, 8 & 4.

That means you’ll be running across the yard 6 times. You can use that as your exercise system and just change the exercises or the repetitions and if you want to make it harder you can mix it up a little. 

Try running up and back across the yard to double the distance.”

What if people want to up the intensity?

“Lie down and get up again on the turn around and see how much harder the exercises are when you get to them. 

Remember when you add the extra run, you just do your exercise on one side and the lie down and get up on the other.  

Once you finish that you call it your first round and take a minutes rest.

Then you can do it with the plank with say a 24 sec hold then 20, 16, 12, 8 & 4 second hold to finish. Running across the yard and back in between each.

If you’re looking for an even higher level challenge when you finish your plank you can jump two feet at a time across the lawn instead of running. This will really get your heart racing.

You can also try lunging across the yard, do 24 squat jumps when you get to the end and then run across the yard and back, ready to lunge across the yard again and do a set of 20 squat jumps. You keep doing that and reduce your squat jumps by 4 at a time. 

As you get fitter, you start reducing the set of exercise by 2 at a time or even double the number for each set.. 

Then to finish off the workout you can sprint across the yard and back twice and then add in different stomach exercises while you’re still puffing from your run. 

Just sprint across the yard twice and get straight down and do:

You could also try this workout or this one for other alternatives.”

How can people adapt their workouts so they can still get a good workout at home?

“You might just concentrate on doing more or lifting heavier weight when there is lots to gain in doing every exercise properly and to the best of your ability. So much improvement will come from being able to concentrate on the details of your exercise because it’s easier to focus on that when you are on your own at home.”

What are your suggestions for ways people can keep moving right now?

“Some easy simple suggestions keep moving during the current coronavirus restrictions are: 

  • walking
  • walking on the soft sand at the beach
  • going for a ride
  • running
  • running on the soft sand at the beach.
  • doing some stair repeats or 
  • finding a nice steep hill to run up.

Fit4Dreams is still doing personal training sessions at this time but also they have just launched group sessions online. If you’d like more information or to sign up you can email David at david@fit4dreams.com or give him a call on 0414 138 778.

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What I Wore: Mini Moment https://katewaterhouse.com/what-i-wore-mini-moment/ https://katewaterhouse.com/what-i-wore-mini-moment/#respond Mon, 30 Mar 2020 20:39:13 +0000 https://katewaterhouse.com/?p=36749 I’m currently compiling a mental list of outfits I really want to wear once everything goes back to normal…

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I’m currently compiling a mental list of outfits I really want to wear once everything goes back to normal and this look is one of them. My current routine of home schooling, working from home and Netflix sessions doesn’t quite require this level of dressiness so until then, I’m remembering this shoot fondly.

This Camilla and Marc blazer-style mini dress is just the right balance of sophisticated and classic, but with a hint of playfulness that avoids it from feeling or looking too stuffy. It’s also such a versatile piece as it can easily be worn with bare legs but worked back with pants once temperatures drop. I love the textured finish from the fabrication to the detail on the pockets, and the contrasting buttons add a punchy element that allows the look to pop.

I wanted to wear simple accessories with this look and couldn’t go past my two-tone Chanel slingback flats. They’re a comfortable option for when I need a slightly more dressy shoe to go with my outfit and I’ve found them to go with so many different pieces in my wardrobe and can easily be worn with casual ensembles too. As the final finishing touch I opted for a sleek structured Gucci shoulder bag with a chain link feature. The colour makes it really versatile while the elegant design elevates it into something special.

Credits: Dress, Camilla and Marc; Shoes, Chanel; Bag, Gucci

Photography: Sophia Athas

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Best fashion movies to add to your must-watch list https://katewaterhouse.com/best-fashion-movies-to-watch/ https://katewaterhouse.com/best-fashion-movies-to-watch/#respond Sat, 28 Mar 2020 22:00:00 +0000 https://katewaterhouse.com/?p=35639 If you’ve got a serious couch session planned then instead of aimlessly flicking through Netflix why not bookmark a…

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If you’ve got a serious couch session planned then instead of aimlessly flicking through Netflix why not bookmark a fashion movie or two to check out? Lucky for you there are plenty of films that will satisfy every sartorial desire. Whether it’s beautiful clothing to sublime designers and cutting edge magazines, here are a few to hit play on.

The Devil Wears Prada

Could there ever be a fashion movie round up without the classic that is The Devil Wears Prada. It has got everything—the seemingly endless parade of insanely beautiful clothing (which considering the movie was released 13 years ago really holds up), the drama and the beyond amazing performance of Meryl Streep as Runway magazine’s editor-in-chief Miranda Priestly. Take a walk down memory lane and be sure to enjoy this again.

The September Issue

This documentary follows uber editor-in-chief Anna Wintour as she puts together the behemoth issue that is the September issue of US Vogue. Loads of behind the scenes footage at everything from runway shows to editorial shoots makes this compulsory viewing for any fashion fan.

The First Monday in May

This simply stunning documentary is a visual feast and delves into what goes into organising the annual fashion Oscars, the Met Gala. Expect plenty of celeb and designer cameos, plus the politics that goes into putting together the entire even is fascinating.

Dior and I

Though he’s no longer at the design helm of the brand, there’s still plenty to enjoy about this behind the scenes documentary into Raf Simons’ first ready-to-wear collection with Dior. The meticulous designer’s process is so engaging and one that will make you appreciate just what goes into making a runway show.

Franca: Chaos and Creation

Directed by her filmmaker son, Francesco Carrozini, Franca: Chaos and Creation chronicles the life of Italian Vogue editor Franca Sozzani and her groundbreaking and often provocative approach to producing such an iconic magazine.

Bill Cunningham New York

Photographer Bill Cunningham has often been credited as being the founder of street style photography as we know it today. A totally fascinating look into his career, particularly as fashion photographer for The New York Times.

Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s

A totally fun documentary about the luxe department store Bergdorf Goodman. Expect appearances from Rachel Zoe to Diane von Furstenberg and Vera Wang plus a whole lot of utterly aspirational fashion.

Crazy About Tiffany’s

If you’re majorly into stunning jewellery then you’ll want to sit back and enjoy this. Created by the same filmmaker as Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s, this delves into the iconic Tiffany & Co jewellery house and all the beauty it has created.

Valentino: The Last Emperor

The iconic Valentino Garavani is one of the world’s most revered designers and his amazing creations are synonymous with style and sophistication. Enjoy this behind the scenes look at the Valentino brand and the man himself.

Mademoiselle C

Former Paris Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld is a serious fashion powerhouse and this documentary delves into the launch of her eponymous magazine CR Fashion Book. There’s plenty of star power with Roitfeld’s celeb and designer friends all making an appearance.

Coco Before Chanel

A biopic into Coco Chanel before she became a household name. This looks at her story from being a seamstress by day and cabaret singer at night to how she revolutionised women’s fashion and founded the iconic fashion house which bears her name.

Yves Saint Laurent

In the mood for another biopic? This film looks at the life and times of the legendary Yves Saint Laurent and his stint as the head of design at the House of Dior and how this not only saved the brand, but also marked him as one of the icons of the fashion world.

Sex and the City

Much like the TV series before it, Sex and the City: The Movie was a wall-to-wall style explosion. So many great outfits, from that Vivienne Westwood wedding dress to Carrie, Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte’s enviable wardrobes. And who doesn’t swoon at that walk in closet Big creates for Carrie… It’s utter fashion catnip and so so enjoyable.

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Behind the scenes: WHO magazine shoot https://katewaterhouse.com/behind-the-scenes-who-magazine-shoot/ https://katewaterhouse.com/behind-the-scenes-who-magazine-shoot/#respond Sat, 28 Mar 2020 06:56:30 +0000 https://katewaterhouse.com/?p=36702 It’s always a thrill to be asked to do a fashion shoot and I was really excited to work…

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It’s always a thrill to be asked to do a fashion shoot and I was really excited to work with WHO magazine several weeks ago on a story featuring new season sequinned pieces.

The shoot was shot on location at Reign in Sydney’s QVB, a champagne bar with beautiful art deco touches (I fell hard for the musk pink chairs) and a light and airy feel.

One of the great things about doing a shoot is being able to try on and wear a great line-up of beautiful clothes. Also I enjoy being introduced to new brands and getting a preview of upcoming pieces from different labels. With the theme being ‘the sequinned approach’ everything had a glitzy and glamorous feel. There was a particularly fab black and emerald green mini dress which is just so perfect for an event, while there were some softer dresses which had just a light dusting of sequins to add a little sparkle.

Working with different hair and makeup artists has been one of the major ways I’ve picked up tips on how to style my hair or perfect a particular makeup technique over the years. Now that I’ve got short hair I’m always looking for ideas on how to style it, and the deep side part with tousled waves that I wore at the shoot is one look I’m going to bookmark.

Thanks to WHO magazine for the opportunity. I had a ball!

Check out the latest issue of WHO magazine to check out the entire shoot

Photography: Luke Dubbelde; Makeup: Leslie Graham from Guerlain; Hair: Hannah Marie from Blow Bar; Styling: Paige Macmillan

With the bustling Sydney CBD as our backdrop
Shooting at Reign, a champagne bar in Sydney’s QVB
A beauty lover’s dream
All the great accessories on set
I fell in love with this blush pink look
The chance to discover beautiful places is always a great part of shoots
All the sparkle!
A sneak peek at a page from the shoot
The gorgeous green dress in action

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One of the things I commit to doing fairly regularly is going through my closet and reorganising. However one thing I commit to at the start of every season is doing a big decluttering session. That means I go through everything to properly reorganise and take stock of what’s in there, and I’m constantly surprised at what a small percentage of my wardrobe I end up wearing simply because I’ve forgotten about pieces I own.

With a little extra time up our sleeves at home right now there’s no better time to do a complete wardrobe overhaul. I’ve always found there’s something quite cathartic about cleaning out one’s closet as it allows you to take stock of what you own and pinpoint what might be missing from your wardrobe. So, are you ready to clean?

Take out everything

Firstly in order to thoroughly do a thorough stocktake make sure you take out everything in your wardrobe so you can inspect every single garment. This process will obviously take quite awhile so be prepared to devote plenty of time to it in order to do it properly (I promise you’ll feel better afterwards!).

Be ruthless

My husband is notorious for hanging onto things like t-shirts that he never wears with a million holes through it and I’m always the one who says it has to go! I don’t have a very big place so space is a big commodity and I know the importance of a good edit as far as my wardrobe goes.

I have one basic rule I stick to: if I haven’t worn something in over a year then it has got to go. I think that’s a really good indication of how crucial something is to your wardrobe; if you’ve made it through all four seasons you haven’t once taken it out once then there’s usually a 100 per cent likelihood that you won’t wear it again.

Also if something is damaged and beyond repair or is looking really tatty it’s probably time to say goodbye to it. You want your wardrobe to be filled with pieces that you love and are functional.

Divide and conquer

As you’re decluttering separate your clothes into piles: one to keep, one to donate to charity and one to alter or fix. Take the time to try on everything and be brutally honest about its place in your wardrobe. Don’t rush this part as this is often how you will end up hoarding things rather than parting with garments that aren’t getting used as you’re not thoroughly going through your closet.

Organise and categorise

I will pair like with like so skirts with skirts, dresses with dresses, t-shirts with t-shirts and so forth. I also have a small section in my wardrobe specifically for the clothes that I wear all the time so things like my jeans, favourite leather pants and go-to tees. This is so I don’t have to rifle through everything else each time I’m looking for something and mess my wardrobe up.

See what needs fixing

Now is also the time to check out your shoes to see if they need resoling or fixing. Along with your shoes gather all the garments that need to be altered or fixed and do it all in ONE go. It’s important to do it at once because if you try to do it gradually it will become quite a tedious process and what should be an easy exercise will just drag on and you risk ending up with a pile of clothes that you’ll get to eventually and it will in turn just eat up valuable space. The upside of doing this is that you’ve essentially got new pieces in your wardrobe.

Rotate your wardrobe according to seasons

If you have the luxury of other space in your home then pull out pieces that currently aren’t in season and store them away. I pop things in space saver bags and stack them up in another closet. Once it’s time to bring them back I pull those clothes out and replace them with other clothes that are no longer in season. This helps free up space and also means I don’t have to wade through super summery dresses in order to get to my winter jumpers.

However if you’ve got no space to do this, I would recommend just reorganising so that the current season’s clothes are more accessible. Put all the things you need to access easily at the front and move the things you don’t currently need towards the back. This will make figuring out what to wear so much easier in the morning.

What are some of your tips for doing a wardrobe spring clean?

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