Fashion & Beauty – Kate Waterhouse https://katewaterhouse.com Tue, 18 Feb 2020 23:51:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 What I ask myself to ensure I’m making a good purchase https://katewaterhouse.com/the-questions-i-ask-myself-before-i-buy-anything/ https://katewaterhouse.com/the-questions-i-ask-myself-before-i-buy-anything/#comments Tue, 18 Feb 2020 22:00:17 +0000 https://katewaterhouse.com/?p=13376 I’ve always tried to work towards a wardrobe that’s versatile as it makes pulling outfits together every day a little…

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I’ve always tried to work towards a wardrobe that’s versatile as it makes pulling outfits together every day a little easier. This requires some major editing and also some savvy shopping. When faced with so many gorgeous things in a store it can be easy to get caught up in the moment and just purchase something purely because you like it but I think it pays to ask yourself a few questions before buying anything as it can help you avoid wasting money on an item of clothing that won’t get much use. These are the five questions I always ask myself before I buy anything.

How will this work with the rest of my wardrobe?

I always think about how I will be able to wear something with other items I already own. To do this imagine your wardrobe and identify at least five outfits that you’ll be able to wear with a potential purchase. A cohesive wardrobe that can be mixed and matched in different ways will extend the number of outfits you can make as opposed to buying one item, for one purpose and having it sit in your wardrobe gathering dust.

How many times will I wear this?

If something is expensive I’ll think about how many times I’ll wear it and how many seasons it is going to last. I aways consider cost per wear. If I think “I will wear these shoes the whole year, and they’re something that I will keep in my collection for years to come”, I consider them an investment. If I’m only going to wear something once and it’s outrageously expensive I won’t buy it because it just doesn’t make sense to spend so much on something with minimal wear.

Is this adding to my wardrobe?

I sometimes fall into the trap of buying too many black shoes. And while I do wear black shoes quite often, if I find a pair of shoes that I like but I have five other pairs like it I won’t buy them. The same approach applies to the rest of my wardrobe. If I buy something it’s got to add to my wardrobe by bringing in a new element rather than just purely adding to my wardrobe.

Is the fabric and make a good quality?

I always look at something and consider the fabric and how well it’s made. I believe if you spend a little more on good fabrics and good construction then you’ll be able to have something for many years to come and get plenty of use out of it. Where possible always look for natural fabrics such as cotton, wool and silk.

Do I really need this?

Most women will identify with this question! And often the answer to this question will negate all the other questions before this one. While there will always be exceptions (a girl can never have too many bags, right?) generally if you answer this question honestly you’ll be able to stop yourself from buying something that you’re not really going to use.

What do you consider before making a big purchase?

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What I Wore: Blooming Beauty https://katewaterhouse.com/what-i-wore-blooming-marvelous/ https://katewaterhouse.com/what-i-wore-blooming-marvelous/#respond Tue, 18 Feb 2020 06:22:40 +0000 https://katewaterhouse.com/?p=36087 If there’s bold florals and a vibrant shade of pink, I’m there! This is the kind of ultra feminine…

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If there’s bold florals and a vibrant shade of pink, I’m there! This is the kind of ultra feminine dress that’s all kinds of fun to wear, not only because of it’s larger-than-life pink colour but also the finishing touches. Bec and Bridge certainly know how to produce a showstopper of a dress and this number is no exception with its puff sleeves, ultra flattering ruching and pretty sweetheart neckline. I’ve got this particular beauty bookmarked for event dressing, simply because it makes such a statement.

I wanted to continue the pink throughout the rest of my look so I opted for this metallic pink by Bottega Veneta. I always like to add unique pieces to my looks and loved the great hue and the geometric, fashion forward shape. It’s the ideal contrast piece to the softer, feminine feel of the dress. Meanwhile mesh heels, also by Bottega Veneta add another bold element while adding an on trend accoutrement to my look.

Photography by Sophia Athas, Hatrik

Credits: Dress, Bec and Bridge (in store May 1st 2020); Bag, Bottega Veneta, Shoes, Bottega Veneta

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Mother-daughter date ideas for your next special day out https://katewaterhouse.com/mother-daughter-date-ideas-for-your-next-special-day-out/ https://katewaterhouse.com/mother-daughter-date-ideas-for-your-next-special-day-out/#respond Mon, 17 Feb 2020 05:30:46 +0000 https://katewaterhouse.com/?p=36223 One of my favourite things about having daughters is the special dates we have together. Now that Sophia and…

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One of my favourite things about having daughters is the special dates we have together. Now that Sophia and Grace are a little older, it’s great to be able to take them on outings and spend some quality time together. We do so many different things whether it’s going to the park or watching a show. It’s so wonderful to be able to enjoy some one-on-one time, and I look forward to having many more of them to come. If you’re looking for ideas for your next date with your little girl, here are a few of my suggestions…

Watch a performance

We started out with The Wiggles (the girls are diehard Emma fans) and we have now progressed onto watching slightly older shows such as the ballet (we saw The Nutcracker before Christmas). The girls really enjoy it as we make an occasion out of it, where we get all dressed up and grab a meal together. It’s so much fun for all of us, and I hope it’s a tradition we can continue in the future.

Go on a picnic

Picnics are great as they’re generally really easy to organise and aren’t super expensive so you can schedule them a little more regularly. Pack a basket of treats with the help of your little one and head outdoors (you can stay as close as your backyard or as far as your favourite park) and enjoy the sunshine.

Enjoy high tea

The girls and I have been lucky enough to go to high tea together a few times and the three of us always have a fantastic time. The girls love all the dainty treats and I enjoy spending time with them. There are a few kid themed high teas around (everything from Alice in Wonderland to Claris the Mouse) so check your local area for one that suits.

Have a pamper session

Who doesn’t love a pamper session? You can either go out and get a mani together for a truly special treat or if you want to keep it low key just set up your own salon in the living room. Do each other’s nails, experiment with fun hairstyles, even throw in a face mask or two!

Go to the movies

There are generally always great kids’ movies at the cinemas so why not book yourself in for a film and popcorn session? It’s an exciting outing at any age and is easy to organise. This is also another one that you can do at home quite easily. Cosy up in your pjs, snuggle up on the couch with some snacks and let her pick the movie she wants to watch.

Make their favourite dish

The girls really enjoy baking so we have whipped up cupcakes a time or two which they both love. This is a great one to do together as you can chat as you cook. Have them choose what they’d like to make and take trip to the supermarket to get all the ingredients then come home and cook up a storm.

Sign up for an art class

Whether it’s painting or pottery, there are so many different ways to get your art on with kids. It’s also nice to have a memento from the day to take home and display.

Visit a local museum

You’re never too young to enjoy a trip to the museum. Whether it’s art, history, animals and more, it’s always a great experience to visit a museum, plus it helps make learning just that little bit more interactive and fun.

Go on a day trip

If you want to spend the entire day out and about it’s always fun to jump in the car and explore a new town. The girls and I often drive to my parents’ home a few hours of out Sydney so they’re big fans of a road trip. You can have some great conversations in the car, and have a great time exploring.

Book in a beach day

The girls are water babies and love spending time at the beach so this is one of the ways we love hanging out together. It’s the perfect thing to do during the week when it’s quiet as the beaches aren’t so crowded so if you do find yourself at home on a weekday, definitely schedule this in. Make a day of it and enjoy a meal of fish and chips to cap off a great day.

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Crisp white suiting always looks chic

Classic, timeless style is one thing I always aspire to. I like to keep my looks on trend but with an overarching sense of polish and generally don’t venture too far from what I know and love. One of the main reasons I do this is because it ensures the longevity of my wardrobe. If I stick to pieces that I believe will last the test of time I won’t have to update them as often and I can guarantee my favourites will have plenty of outings ahead. Having adopted this as my approach to shopping and how I dress for many years, and also observing the stylish women in my life whose ensembles just don’t seem to ever date, here’s what I consider to be the building blocks of having a look that will endure the years to come.

Scrimp on trend buys

I love purchasing trendy items as much as the next person but I keep them to a minimum. If I like the look of the signature silhouette or colour of the season I will buy a select few pieces and work them back with what’s already in my closet. I avoid wearing one trend from head to toe and like to give it my own spin.

Embrace timeless fabrics and prints

There are certain prints and fabrications that won’t date. Polka dots, stripes and plaid have remained in the mix most seasons and will add a fun touch to any outfit that won’t look dated. Long-lasting fabrics such as tweed, silk, wool and cashmere are worth adding to your wardrobe as they really stand up well to the wear and tear of constant use.

A classic black bag is definitely worth the splurge

Invest in classic pieces

Think of the pieces that have been around for ages and have remained a constant and they’re likely to be things like a black blazer, a white button down shirt, denim jeans and the little black dress and a simple black bag. These are the wardrobe buys that are worth investing in as they’re not going away any time soon.

Tailor your clothes

Ill-fitting clothes will make you look unkempt so it’s best to invest in tailoring pieces so they perfectly fit. Find a good tailor and have things taken in or up or out, depending on your needs, to ensure that whatever you’re wearing fits you like a glove. A perfectly tailored outfit just screams timeless style.

Know what suits your body shape

Learn to pinpoint the styles and silhouettes that work with your shape. Go on a shopping expedition and try on a few different silhouettes in key staples such as pants, tops, skirts and dresses and see what works. Be brutally honest. If what you see doesn’t put a smile on your face then keep searching until you find something that does. Once you’ve pinpointed what works for you then you’ll have a handful of go-to styles that you can always come back to time and time again.

Who do you think has timeless style?

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Breastfeeding-friendly clothes to help make feeds stylish and easy https://katewaterhouse.com/breastfeeding-friendly-clothes-to-help-make-feeds-stylish-and-easy/ https://katewaterhouse.com/breastfeeding-friendly-clothes-to-help-make-feeds-stylish-and-easy/#respond Thu, 13 Feb 2020 23:57:34 +0000 https://katewaterhouse.com/?p=36210 Anyone who has ever gone through the newborn stage and had to deal with endless feeds throughout the day…

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Finding clothes that looked great but weren’t too fussy was important to me when I was breastfeeding the girls

Anyone who has ever gone through the newborn stage and had to deal with endless feeds throughout the day knows that finding clothes that are really easy to breastfeed in is crucial. You don’t want to be dealing with complicated snaps or multiple straps when you’ve got a crying baby in your arms. And no matter how long you choose to breastfeed for, it all adds up to a lot of times spent trying to get yourself in and out of clothing.

For me, I lived in Bonds when the girls were babies as I found their feeding singlets to be really comfortable. While comfort and simplicity is key, I also know that it’s nice to look and feel great in what you’re wearing, particularly as you start easing out of the pregnancy phase and begin finding your way back to the land of post-partum wear.

When it comes to feeding clothes anything that can be undone with buttons, pulled aside or has ties that can be unravelled easily are all perfect. Luckily there are now plenty of brands who are servicing the needs of breastfeeding mums everywhere by producing clothes that not look great but are practical too. So whether you’re expecting, in the throes of having a newborn or have been feeding for awhile but just want to invest in a few new pieces, here’s a great place to start.

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The Aussie brand that’s on every fashion influencer’s radar https://katewaterhouse.com/the-aussie-brand-thats-on-every-fashion-influencers-radar/ https://katewaterhouse.com/the-aussie-brand-thats-on-every-fashion-influencers-radar/#respond Thu, 13 Feb 2020 01:39:49 +0000 https://katewaterhouse.com/?p=36192 An Aussie brand that’s firmly made it onto my must-have, go-to, list is Aje. There’s just something about the…

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An Aussie brand that’s firmly made it onto my must-have, go-to, list is Aje. There’s just something about the way that they play with interesting silhouettes and sublime finishing details that make their pieces so fresh and modern. I’ve worn the brand several times and just when I think I’ve found a fave I end up falling in love with something else as each new collection drops.

I’m not the only one who’s been well and truly become a fan. A quick scroll through Instagram often has me spotting many an Aje piece, particularly this dress which features the most heavenly tie-up detail at the back. While their simple logo tees are a casual, off duty staple.

At the moment I’m really loving their take on statement sleeves, with many of their pieces from dresses to shirts featuring a blouson sleeve that adds a beautiful feminine touch. While their current suiting options features some great contemporary details such as an open back and a relaxed, roomier silhouette.

Having spoken to the founders of Aje, Edwina Forest and Adrian Norris in the past and watched several of their shows at Fashion Week, it’s nice to see that the brand keeps evolving and reaching new heights. If their latest collection RÉVÉRENCE is anything to go by, be prepared to part with your fashion dollars because it’s going to be hard to pick just one piece.

This dress is simply stunning
Pretty patterns and a modern aesthetic make this look a winner

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The best sources of fashion inspo to turn to during a wardrobe rut https://katewaterhouse.com/the-best-sources-of-fashion-inspo-to-turn-to-during-a-wardrobe-rut/ https://katewaterhouse.com/the-best-sources-of-fashion-inspo-to-turn-to-during-a-wardrobe-rut/#respond Wed, 12 Feb 2020 04:24:25 +0000 https://katewaterhouse.com/?p=36182 When you’re faced with a serious wardrobe rut what do you do? Well, instead of just giving up on…

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When you’re faced with a serious wardrobe rut what do you do? Well, instead of just giving up on your wardrobe and deciding you need to go on a rather big (and expensive!) shopping spree to buy new things, why not just help jump start your styling creativity? There are numerous sources of great outfits out there and by calling on some or all of them, you could just find yourself feeling very inspired again.

Instagram

Of course Instagram offers endless inspiration. One way to save yourself in times of “I have nothing to wear” syndrome is by bookmarking outfits that you like so you have a ready to go mood board. There’s really no end to what Instagram can offer so make sure you have a great edit of people whose looks you love.

Newsletters

I know newsletters can sometimes be a bit hit and miss but if you sign up to the right ones you’ll most certainly open yourself up to new looks, styling tricks and possibly a new wardrobe addition that you never knew you always needed. Most fashion sites — blogs (*ahem* this one included), online stores like Net-a-Porter and Matches and news outlets like Who What Wear and Refinery 29 all have newsletters that are often filled with great ideas.

Head in-store

While there’s plenty of inspiration that’s just a click away there’s something that just ignites your styling creativity when you head into your favourite stores to check out what’s on offer. It’s a great time to check out the outfit combinations they’ve got on display to help you with your own looks, plus try on the different pieces in store. Also, things sometimes look really different when you see them in real life and you may find that you’ll end up pulling an ensemble together that you may not have otherwise considered.

Magazines

Beautiful, glossy magazines have always been one of my favourite sources of fashion inspiration. You’re always guaranteed to get some great fashion forward styling within the fashion editorials, plus they provide a great snapshot into current trends. Also, there’s just something about flicking through a fashion mag’s sleek images and layouts that can really get the styling juices flowing and help you unlock some new looks.

What are your favourite sources of fashion inspo?

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What I Wore: Pretty Polished https://katewaterhouse.com/what-i-wore-pretty-polished/ https://katewaterhouse.com/what-i-wore-pretty-polished/#respond Tue, 11 Feb 2020 03:16:05 +0000 https://katewaterhouse.com/?p=36125 I often think think that you can transform the whole look and feel of a classic silhouette by the…

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I often think think that you can transform the whole look and feel of a classic silhouette by the little details. Case in point: this Aje suit. The white jacket is of course a great example of tailored blazer but the slightly oversized fit gives it a more relaxed feel, while the unexpected open back feature gives it a hint of drama and modernises an otherwise quite traditional cut. Also I opted to pair the jacket with culottes just to re-energise the suit concept — it gives a slightly softer feel and adds a beautiful feminine touch.

I wanted to add a few bold accessories into the mix and couldn’t go past my new Bottega Veneta slingback pumps. The have a really fashion forward vibe and I found they played really well against the edgy look of the jacket. Wearing all white often requires a hint of colour to avoid it looking flat, so what better shade to wear than a vibrant orange? This Espie Roche bag is always a reliable go-to when I want to add a polished accessory that also dials up the colour. Punctuated by black Miu Miu sunglasses and my fave jewellery, this look is complete.

Photography by Sophia Athas, Hatrik

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Credits: Jacket and Pants, Aje; Shoes, Bottega Veneta; Bag, Espie Roche; Sunglasses, Miu Miu.

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Valentine’s Day gifts to spoil your number one https://katewaterhouse.com/valentines-day-gifts-to-spoil-your-number-one/ https://katewaterhouse.com/valentines-day-gifts-to-spoil-your-number-one/#respond Mon, 10 Feb 2020 10:22:17 +0000 https://katewaterhouse.com/?p=36168 Our favourite special day of love is just around the corner and it’s the perfect opportunity to spoil your…

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Our favourite special day of love is just around the corner and it’s the perfect opportunity to spoil your other half or alternatively… spoil yourself! It’s a win-win situation either way and there are some truly gorgeous things out there right now that will put a smile on your beloved’s face (or yours).

So whether you want to go all out and buy a designer beauty that will truly impress or you’re after a small token of love to mark the occasion, then I’ve got you covered. There are these thoroughly perfect heart-shaped sunnies that will surely make you smile every time you wear them or this luxe leather overnight bag that will be treasured for years to come.

Start scrolling to find just the right present for number one…

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For Him:

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What to do when you have nothing to wear https://katewaterhouse.com/what-to-do-when-you-have-nothing-to-wear/ https://katewaterhouse.com/what-to-do-when-you-have-nothing-to-wear/#respond Sat, 08 Feb 2020 22:00:56 +0000 https://katewaterhouse.com/?p=27942 This is a dilemma most women have encountered at one point or another. If you’ve ever stared into your…

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This is a dilemma most women have encountered at one point or another. If you’ve ever stared into your closet, filled to the brim with clothes yet still yielding nothing to wear then you’ll know the frustration it can cause. However all is not lost. Instead of tearing your hair out and hitting the shops to buy yet another outfit to add to the pile, you can employ a few tricks to help you unearth a look you’ll love. These are strategies I’ve used from time to time and I can guarantee that they’ve helped me break out of my momentary wardrobe rut, get dressed and walk out the door in no time.

Look for external fashion inspo

Staring at your clothes for ages won’t magically make a new outfit appear. You’ve got to get the styling juices flowing. To do this have a quick scroll through Instagram to see what your fave stylish ladies are wearing. Alternatively hit up your favourite online stores and check out their lookbooks or ‘new in’ section to see what’s trending. By seeing what’s new, it could ignite an idea or two for a look you could pull together.

Set yourself a theme

Having seemingly endless options but feeling bored of all of them is a major cause of being stumped for an outfit. So why not narrow it down to make it easier? For example you could tell yourself that today is stripe day and that you need to incorporate a striped piece into your ensemble. By giving yourself some parameters to work with it becomes less overwhelming and more manageable.

Work a new colour combination

We all have our favourite colour combinations which is great but sometimes in order to overcome an ‘I have nothing to wear’ situation you need to think outside the box. For example try working an unexpected colour combination like pink and red — by exploring pieces in those shades, you’ll inadvertently force yourself to look beyond your usual favourite items and expand to the rest of your wardrobe.

Help a favourite make new friends

We all have favourite pieces in our closet but we tend to work them back with the same things over and over again. This can exacerbate a nothing to wear situation as you see reliable staples but are also uninspired by them because you’ve already got your go-to pairings in mind. So the next time this happens, take an old fave but make an effort to pair it with something different. It could be that you wear a particular jacket with a certain pair of pants all the time. So instead, why not pop on the jacket over a dress, which instantly gives it a different vibe. This allows you to still get plenty of use out of things you love but overcome your style boredom too.

What are some strategies you use to overcome an ‘I have nothing to wear’ problem?

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