Fashion & Beauty – Kate Waterhouse https://katewaterhouse.com Thu, 22 Oct 2020 04:38:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 What to do when you’re bored of your wardrobe https://katewaterhouse.com/bored-of-your-wardrobe/ https://katewaterhouse.com/bored-of-your-wardrobe/#respond Sat, 24 Oct 2020 20:00:59 +0000 https://katewaterhouse.com/?p=17402 It all hits us at some point—that feeling when you look into your wardrobe and think you have absolutely…

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It all hits us at some point—that feeling when you look into your wardrobe and think you have absolutely nothing to wear. It’s easy to hit a wardrobe rut when you’re constantly wearing the same things on rotation but the solution isn’t necessarily hitting the shops with credit card in hand, it’s actually finding new reasons to fall in love with things you already own. Here’s how…

Challenge yourself to rework an old favourite

If there’s a blouse you absolutely adore but it has become a little lacklustre of late because of the sheer frequency in which you wear it why not challenge yourself to style it in a new way? If you would usually wear it with a skinny jeans why not try pairing it with a high-waisted skirt or a pair of wide leg pants instead? Don’t just rely on your usual outfit combinations, learn to experiment by trying on unlikely pairings and push yourself out of your fashion comfort zone. You never know what great look you may unearth in the process.

Just add accessories

It’s true, the right accessories can really transform a tired wardrobe. Pair a scarf with a dress or top a shirt with a statement necklace to give each look a new spin. Alternatively if you wear the same bag everyday why not mix things up and try pairing your outfit with a different bag each day. A simple bag change can really alter the overall effect of an outfit. The same goes for shoes. If you usually wear a particular look with heels try pairing it with flats. If you usually wear it with dressy shoes try teaming it with sneakers instead.

Change up your bag to refresh favourite outfits

Turn to some visual inspiration

I am guilty of falling into a wardrobe rut where I’ll just repeat the same outfits over and over again. To help shake myself out of this I’ll do a quick scroll through Instagram, flip through a fashion magazine or visit some of my favourite style websites just to get the creative juices flowing. Sometimes all it takes is one image to spark a new idea for an outfit I can pull together using what I already own.

Get something altered

Survey your wardrobe and see if there’s anything that can be repurposed into something new with a few alterations. Sometimes all it takes to completely transform something could be a new hemline or having something taken in in order to change the silhouette. You could find yourself with a brand new wardrobe favourite for just the cost of visiting a tailor.

Take my outfit challenge

If you’re bored of your wardrobe after an easy to follow plan on how to tackle it, try my 7-day outfit challenge. I’ve outlined a different thing to try each day and it will force you to have to look at what you already own and steer you into new territory.

What are some of your favourite ways to refresh your wardrobe?

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The one thing I always have in my home https://katewaterhouse.com/one-thing-always-in-home/ https://katewaterhouse.com/one-thing-always-in-home/#respond Fri, 23 Oct 2020 20:00:11 +0000 https://katewaterhouse.com/?p=17065 If there’s one thing my house is never without it’s a beautifully scented candle. I love having one burning…

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Candles aplenty at the Jo Malone “Just Because” dinner I hosted earlier this year

If there’s one thing my house is never without it’s a beautifully scented candle. I love having one burning in the background as there’s something quite luxurious about a gorgeous fragrance filling up your home (note: this is why I always have one burning when I have visitors over). A candle also adds warmth to any space which makes it a simple way to decorate a room. There’s no shortage of wonderful candles out there. And there’s definitely one to suit every taste and budget.

Check out some of my top picks below…

Tip: Candles usually come poured into a perfectly re-usable glass or metal jar so when you’ve used one up be sure to repurpose its home; you can use it for everything from a makeup brush holder to a vase.

To clean out the jar simply pop it in the freezer so the wax hardens. Once frozen take it out and scrape out the excess wax and wick which should leave you with an empty jar. If you’re removing the label, using a hairdryer, blast hot air over the jar to melt the glue, peel off the label then run it under hot water to clean off the sticky residue.

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My fave brands for basics https://katewaterhouse.com/my-fave-brands-for-basics/ https://katewaterhouse.com/my-fave-brands-for-basics/#respond Wed, 21 Oct 2020 20:00:15 +0000 https://katewaterhouse.com/?p=33026 If there’s one thing that I can attest to it’s that having a solid supply of basics in your…

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If there’s one thing that I can attest to it’s that having a solid supply of basics in your wardrobe makes getting dressed so much easier. Having the right tees and tops and shirts at your disposal means you have the building blocks of a look sorted and the rest is just what you want to pair it with according to your mood on the day. I’m always on the hunt for a good basics brand (let me know your faves!), trying and testing to find staples that are a good fit, good quality and at a good price. These are a few of my current faves.

Uniqlo

I can’t tell you how much I love Uniqlo for basics. Over winter I always live in their Heattech tops to stay warm and love their basic t-shirts. The quality of their garments is great and stands up to constant wear (an important criteria for basics), they come in a huge array of colours and are reasonably priced.

Bassike

Bassike is a tad bit pricier, but I’ve found that their garments do have longevity. They’re my go-to for tanks and t-shirts, but they also have a great range of button down shirts which are ideal for pairing with everything from denim to skirts and shorts.

General Pants

I stock up on a range of tees in different colours from General Pants. They do a great bundle deal most of the time which means I can grab a few shirts for a fraction of the price. The colours they do are the staples everyone should have in their wardrobe — think grey, white, black and navy so are ultra wearable.

Seed

What I like about Seed’s basics is that they’re plain and unfussy — everything a basic should be. They do a great camis, tees and lightweight sweaters in cotton, linen and wool which makes their garments perfect for wearing on its own or layering.

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Wardrobe tips for petite women https://katewaterhouse.com/wardrobe-tips-for-short-women/ https://katewaterhouse.com/wardrobe-tips-for-short-women/#respond Tue, 20 Oct 2020 20:00:35 +0000 https://katewaterhouse.com/?p=35168 Dressing when you’re on the petite/short side can be quite the challenge at times. You’re often faced with the…

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Dressing when you’re on the petite/short side can be quite the challenge at times. You’re often faced with the quandry of having things that are too long or too big and the proportions of garments are often not quite right as a result. However all is not lost. There are some easy tricks to ensuring that you get an amazing fit every single time. Here are my tried and tested wardrobe tips for short women.

Make a tailor your new best friend

Tailoring is one of the easiest ways to ensure that a garment is the perfect fit. So find a reputable tailor whose work you like and make them your new go-to person. It’s easy to have something taken in or up and end up with a new garment that fits like a glove.

Try cropped silhouettes

Oversized garments will swamp a small frame so instead look for cropped styles that will elongate your figure instead. Cropped tops look great with high waisted garments whilst cropped pants work beautifully to showcase statement footwear.

Opt for structure

Go for cuts that are close to the body as anything too boxy or flowy will look like it’s wearing you rather than you wearing it. This will flatter your figure and avoid your outfit looking like it’s not in proportion to your size.

Consider proportions

A diminutive shape calls for diminutive accessories. Go for mini bags which work better with your frame rather than giant, oversized bags which can often look way too big worn by a petite person.

Keep everything balanced

I’ve found that incorporating at least one fitted piece into an outfit will ensure a flattering look. Whether it’s a fitted skirt or a tapered pant worn back with a blouse or a fitted tee worn back with culottes, maintaining the balance with loose garments vs tight garments is important for achieving a cohesive look that works with your body.

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What I Wore: In Living Colour https://katewaterhouse.com/what-i-wore-in-living-colour/ https://katewaterhouse.com/what-i-wore-in-living-colour/#respond Tue, 20 Oct 2020 02:19:26 +0000 https://katewaterhouse.com/?p=33772 With the onset of spring I’ve been feeling lots of bold, punchy colours when it comes to my outfits…

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With the onset of spring I’ve been feeling lots of bold, punchy colours when it comes to my outfits of late. This sky blue co-ord set by Mulberry is just the thing to welcome in the increasingly warmer weather. Not only is the colour all kinds of fun, the delicate floral print makes it perfect for this time of year. My favourite part of this set has to be the blouse. The tie neck gives it a 60s feel and an elegant touch. And worn separately, it would definitely lift any neutral piece.

When embracing colour I think it’s worth going all out and layering vibrant shades to make a statement. And what better hue to do this than a rich apple red? This Fendi top handle bag is the perfect accoutrement to pair back with such a playful look. Also studded with little stars, this top handle bag is just the thing to instantly lift an outfit. To finish off my ensemble I wore two-strap Giuseppe Zanotti heels. Simple in design, they allow the rest of my outfit to be the focal point of the entire look. And when it comes to a colourful outfit, it really is all about letting those vibrant shades do all the talking.

Credits: Blouse and Pants, Mulberry; Bag, Fendi; Shoes, Giuseppe Zanotti

Photography by Kira Ollmann, Hatrik

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How to nail your outfit as a wedding guest https://katewaterhouse.com/how-to-nail-your-outfit-as-a-wedding-guest/ https://katewaterhouse.com/how-to-nail-your-outfit-as-a-wedding-guest/#comments Mon, 19 Oct 2020 02:51:18 +0000 https://katewaterhouse.com/?p=33218 Whether it’s an exotic destination wedding or beautiful nuptials by the water, attending a wedding is undoubtedly all kinds…

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Whether it’s an exotic destination wedding or beautiful nuptials by the water, attending a wedding is undoubtedly all kinds of fun—and a great excuse to get all dressed up. With weddings becoming more and more creative affairs and the resulting dress codes to match it can be hard to decide on what to wear as guest. After all you want to stay true to your style, respect the dress code and also ensure you don’t take any of the attention away from the bride with your chosen attire. So here’s the key to nailing your outfit the next time you attend someone’s ‘I dos’.

Adhere to the dress code

No matter if the dress code says come in purple from head to toe or dress up in a pink ballgown, the golden rule of being a wedding guest is that you have to respect the couple’s wishes and stick to the attire they have stipulated. Generally you’ll find yourself in cocktail dress territory for most weddings but occasionally you’ll have to take it up several notches for a black tie affair or dial it down into something more smart casual. Whatever you do, follow the dress code to the letter.

Err on the side of conservative

Unless specifically requested, generally a wedding is not the time to go all out with something flamboyant or OTT as all eyes should be on the couple, particularly the bride. So if torn between outfits, it’s always better to opt for the more conservative option. Luckily midi length styles are hugely on trend right now, the same with classic looks such as a beautiful tailored suit.

Avoid white

Whilst you can get away with wearing black to a wedding these days, there’s definitely still one colour you should avoid. “It is still a little taboo to rock white at somebody else’s wedding” says Bec & Bridge founders Bec Cooper and Bridge Yorston, who have launched a wedding edit of their label. Instead they suggest, “Play it safe and embrace other colours.” 

Attending a wedding with Luke wearing a vibrant shade of red

Go for colour

It’s a festive occasion so now is the time to go for vibrant hues or striking prints. I’ve done both yellow and red in the past, which I’ve found are great colours for such a celebratory occasion. But with so many beautiful bold hued dresses and suits around right now your options are endless.

Keep it simple

Whenever I attend a wedding I always go for something classic and simple. I’ll usually opt for a midi length dress, heels and pared back accessories. But most importantly, whether you’re attending a glam soiree or a relaxed ceremony in a park, you need to keep your look polished from your hair and makeup to your outfit and shoes. It’s all about respecting the dress code and looking nice but ultimately letting the couple take centre stage.

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What I Wore: The Everest https://katewaterhouse.com/what-i-wore-the-everest/ https://katewaterhouse.com/what-i-wore-the-everest/#respond Sun, 18 Oct 2020 03:55:07 +0000 https://katewaterhouse.com/?p=39259 I was trackside again this weekend, this time for the world’s richest turf race, The Everest. On reporting duties…

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I was trackside again this weekend, this time for the world’s richest turf race, The Everest. On reporting duties for 7 Racing, I wanted to embrace something soft and feminine and this look by Fendi ticked all the boxes.

I loved the silhouette of the fitted top with peplum and the cinched in waist is a flattering detail. The padded shoulders also give it a statement feature while simultaneously giving the outfit a little edge. The matching skirt gave the ensemble continuity and the clean lines added to the polished feel of this look.

Accessories are always so important at the races and in this instance I wanted to work with the pink hue of the top and skirt so opted for a bag and headband in the same colour family. The textured headband with ruching added a playful, yet elegant touch. I also went for a top handle bag with a woven texture to complement the rest of my look. While the final finishing flourish, were some truly stunning jewels by Chaumet. The earrings, bracelet and ring, all worked together to give my outfit the sparkle that completed it.

Credits: Dress, shoes, bag, headband, Fendi; Jewellery, Chaumet

Photography: Ashleigh. Larden

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8 things you need to do in order to nail the perfect blow dry at home https://katewaterhouse.com/8-things-you-need-to-do-in-order-to-nail-the-perfect-blow-dry-at-home/ https://katewaterhouse.com/8-things-you-need-to-do-in-order-to-nail-the-perfect-blow-dry-at-home/#respond Sat, 17 Oct 2020 20:00:15 +0000 https://katewaterhouse.com/?p=25969 In an ideal world we’d all wake up with perfectly coiffed hair, ready to tackle the day ahead. The…

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Hairstylist Keiren Street shares his tips for achieving perfectly coiffed hair at home

In an ideal world we’d all wake up with perfectly coiffed hair, ready to tackle the day ahead. The reality is that it does take a little wrangling to get locks looking presentable (unless you’re really, really lucky to wake up with a great hair day). I know when it comes to blow drying my hair at home I can never quite get the same results that I do when I’m at the hairdresser. So I went in search of answers. What are the secrets to a great blow dry? I enlisted the help of professional hairstylist and head & shoulders Supreme hair ambassador Keiren Street whose work frequently features in magazine editorials and on the runway to give me the lowdown on getting salon quality hair at home. Read on to banish bad hair days for good.

Start with clean hair

“A beautiful blow dry all starts with clean, freshly washed hair. Prep hair with new head & shoulders Supreme Moisture shampoo and conditioner. Not only is this duo going to leave your locks beautifully luscious but it will also ensure you are flake-free.”

Don’t dry your hair in the bathroom

“After washing your hair, move into a different room to avoid the humidity of the bathroom which can cause frizz. Also try to avoid removing excess water by wrapping hair up in a towel on to the top of your head as it can flatten your roots, resulting in an overall lack-lustre blow dry.”

Invest in good tools

“The tools you use really will assist in achieving a salon-worthy blow dry in the comfort of your own home. The first tool I would recommend investing in is a quality hairdryer as it will make your life so much easier and the whole process much quicker. The Cloud Nine Airshot is a personal fave of mine. My other must-have tool at the moment is the Super Brush, this wet-to-dry brush is the only brush you will need throughout the entire blowdry.”

Give your hair a pre-blow dry

“People often start the blow dry process from soaking wet hair, however the trick is to loosely dry the hair to around 90 per cent dry on a lower heat setting first. Amp up the heat and use your brush for the last 10 per cent of drying as this will ensure your hair stays smooth and holds its volume and shape.”

Divide and conquer

“Dividing hair into sections will cut time off your blow-dry. Part hair from the middle of the forehead all the way back and then ear-to-ear, securing with clips. Start at the bottom and work your way up, this trick is much more efficient than tackling all your hair at once.”

Blow dry your hair upside down

“Remove the excess moisture by shake-drying your hair upside down, as this will help reduce the amount of heat you are applying to the hair while blow drying. Make sure you prep your hair with a heat protectant spray and begin blow drying with the super brush.”

Work from side to side

“Work from side to side and back to front as this will give you maximum volume and create an effortless look. Always be sure to finish your blow dry with a cold blast, as this will help lock in all the hard work you have done.”

Keep product to a minimum

“Keep it simple and don’t over style your hair. The beauty of a good blow dry is the effortless look it gives off. Too many setting products will turn your look from perfectly polished to an 80s flashback!”

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Designer items that will never go out of style https://katewaterhouse.com/designer-items-will-never-go-style/ https://katewaterhouse.com/designer-items-will-never-go-style/#comments Fri, 16 Oct 2020 20:00:56 +0000 https://katewaterhouse.com/?p=17725 Investment purchases often have a few more zeros in the price tag than your average chain store buy but…

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Investment purchases often have a few more zeros in the price tag than your average chain store buy but when you factor in the longevity and its cost per wear you’re definitely getting a bargain. I’ve spoken in the past about my approach to buying designer goods that you won’t regret, but there are definitely certain pieces that will forever remain stylish. Add these to your wardrobe and I promise you’ll have a long and happy relationship.

Burberry trench

If you’re going to splurge on a trench coat make it one by Burberry. The coat was designed by Thomas Burberry for military personnel in World War One to keep officers protected against wind and rain and the design has been around ever since. The hardware and fabrication are of course top notch but one glimpse of the iconic checked lining sets this trench above the rest. I promise a trench coat is one purchase that you will get plenty of use out of all year round. Plus if you’re after a unique touch, Burberry now offer a personalisation service that allows you to monogram the inside of your coat.

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Chanel 2.55 bag

Everyone knows the quilted 2.55 bag by Chanel and whilst its ubiquitous it’s also one of the few designer bags that will not only appreciate in value (research has shown that the bag has increased in value by 70 per cent over the last six years) it’s also the kind of bag that will not date, will go with virtually everything you own and will always be a classic staple that you’ll be proud to carry. It’s a hefty investment I know, but if you’re going to splurge on a designer bag this one is definitely worth considering.

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Cartier LOVE Bracelet

The ultimate in wrist candy the beautiful Cartier LOVE bracelet first came to prominence in the 1970s and has only grown more popular since its inception. Available in a variety of metals including yellow gold or rose gold plus if you’re really looking to splurge there’s also a version studded with diamonds this is one piece of jewellery that you’ll remain in love with.

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Balenciaga moto jacket

I have had my Balenciaga leather jacket for years and its still the kind of piece that has remained in constant rotation in my wardrobe over the years. The perfect moto style jacket is ideal for wearing with everything from dresses to denim. I particularly loved Balenciaga’s design but designers like Saint Laurent, Tom Ford and Acne have all released their own versions of this jacket style. A major splurge it may be but one feel of the buttery leather, the sturdy metal hardware and the perfect fit will inspire instant love.

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Chanel ballet flat

Ballet flats will always be a wardrobe staple but add a pair of interlocking Cs and you venture into try style classic territory. Whilst they’re not the type of shoe that you’d wear daily to run errands (they’re definitely a bit more special than your average ballet flat) they are an easy and stylish footwear option for those days when you just want to take a casual look up a notch. A close runner up in the shoe departmet would be the classic Gucci horsebit loafer. Over 60 years on and it’s still going strong.

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Gucci loafers

First released in 1953, the Gucci loafer has been around for 65 years and whilst it has never ever really gone away it has experienced a huge resurgence in popularity. Whilst the range now encompasses everything from floral print to an array of colours, fur trim and a version with a collapsible heel, this style is a forever shoe. Translation: if you invest in this you’ll be wearing it for the next few decades without it ever dipping in style cred.

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Tell me—which designer items do you think will always be in style?

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If you’re currently in the mood for a few new wardrobe updates then you’re just in time because there are so many great, affordable pieces out there right now that are just waiting for a new home. From dresses to accessories and shoes, I’ve rounded up some cheap and cheerful buys that look luxe, and will elevate any summer look.

Le Specs are such a fun affordable brand and they always do great on-trend eyewear. This pair has a classic yet modern feel that will see you through many a summer day.

Adding a textural element to an outfit is always a great way to add extra interest to a look. This pouch will carry all your essentials while adding a fun touch.

There’s always something appealing about anything personalised and these letter earrings are such a great way to accessorise and give an outfit your own unique touch.

This bracelet is such a sweet and understated way to finish off a look. It would also play well with other jewellery so it makes a great layering piece.

You can’t beat a crisp white dress worked back with a golden (faux) tan. This is perfect for summer, and can easily be dressed down with sandals or with heels for a slightly dressier look.

These mules are such an affordable way to bring an on-trend element to a look. It’s a great way to add a touch of luxe to your wardrobe at an affordable price.

A versatile piece with sophistication, this top can easily work back with everything from shorts to skirts, and a dream with all things denim.

A wrap skirt is such a flattering piece and this one, with its animal print, can add a fun element to any summer outfit.

Look no further for your ultimate summer dress. This frock with its bohemian, Byron-esque vibe will be on high rotation, and can take you from beach to bar with ease.

Shirring is such a on-trend feature of dresses right now and this printed number is an inexpensive way to dip your toe into the trend.

These pool slides are a great way to do beach footwear in a stylish way. It also comes in different shades so you can choose the perfect hue for your summer wardrobe.

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