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How to navigate trans-seasonal dressing

20th March, 2017

I did a What I Wore post last week that touched on this very topic and with the past couple of days in Sydney going from sunny and warm one minute to torrential downpour the next never has it been more obvious that the time for trans-seasonal dressing is now well and truly upon us. As far as fashion goes it’s sometimes hard to decide what to wear when the weather is temperamental but there are a few things I do to help get around it…

Layer, layer, layer

If I have a few layers to my look it’s easy to add or subtract pieces according to the weather. I find that bringing a jacket with me now is a good idea but it’s not quite the time for a winter coat yet so I will use a denim jacket instead as it’s not too heavy, not too light and as a bonus it’s right on trend. I will usually pop one on over a slip dress with a tee underneath and I am set and if it warms up a bit it’s easy to push up the sleeves and leave my arms partially exposed.

Swap footwear

It’s still possible to get away with wearing open toed shoes right now but the further we get away from summer the more likely it is temperatures will drop during the day so I will be starting to swap my sandals for loafers or sneakers as they don’t leave my feet exposed. I find if I’m in sandals my feet are the first place where I feel the chill so it’s easy to stay warm by covering up when it comes to footwear.

Tie it up

A big trend at the moment is to tie a denim jacket or knit around the waist which makes for the perfect set up for a trans-seasonal outfit. I love having the option to leave the jacket tied around my waist or popping it on if I’m feeling chilly. It also means I don’t have to lug around a jacket which is perfect if I’m out with the girls and definitely need to keep both hands free!

Introduce textures

I will start to add heavier fabrics slowly as the weeks go by such as leather jackets or a thick wool coat however in the meantime lightweight fabrics such cashmere are perfect for updating my look from a summery feel to one appropriate for the cooler weather.

Add sleeves

I think dresses are still weather appropriate this time of year but it might start to get a bit too cool to leave arms and shoulders uncovered. In this instance I find things like long sleeved dresses or layering a tee underneath a dress as I mentioned above would be ideal as it keeps me warm without being overly rugged up.

What are some of your trans-seasonal must-haves?

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The logo tee makes a comeback

10th March, 2017

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If there’s one item that seems to have become the must-have piece of late it’s a Gucci logo tee. From fashion editors to bloggers, it seems this simple tee has been the designer purchase to make to instantly make your outfit right on trend. However, its not only Gucci that have dipped their toe into the land of logo t-shirts this season. Everyone from Marc Jacobs to Givenchy have also released their own versions, too. Go forth and fly your fave brand’s flag proudly.

Shop your own logo tee below…

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The new statement shirt

3rd March, 2017

The humble button down shirt was once simply known as a staple of the corporate wardrobe given its quite conservative nature, however its current incarnation is anything but. From cut-out shoulders to asymmetrical cuts and tie details the button down has become a fashion forward force to be reckoned with. If you’re planning to try this trend this season be sure to allow the shirt to do all the talking so keep all other elements simple and streamlined. A crisp white shirt is a no-brainer however a pinstripe is also worth adding to your shopping list and is easily worked back with everything from skirts to jeans and slacks.

Ready to try this trend? Get inspired or shop up a storm with my top picks below…

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12 Insta-outfit ideas to steal from New York Fashion Week

28th February, 2017

New York Fashion Week has come and gone but the outfit inspo is definitely here to stay. The street style in the Big Apple is always next level amazing so here are a few well-dressed ladies to help you pull together your next look…

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Former magazine editor and now head of fashion partnerships at Instagram, Eva Chen can always be relied upon for ensembles with flair. Not only is she showing that dressing with a bump doesn’t mean shying away from bold prints and patterns, her ability to combine various textures has made this look one that definitely stands out from the crowd.

Nadia flies the flag for Aussie blogger style with this striking look. Try working with various shades in the same colour family to give your ensemble some cohesion.

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A denim jumpsuit is a great alternative to traditional jeans. For a dressier look opt for a dark indigo hue a la Chung.

Extend the wear of a summer dress by teaming it with a pair of jeans once the weather cools down. Add a pair of pointed pumps and cropped coat and you’re set.

Toughen up a feminine dress by adding a pair of ankle boots. A leather and shearling jacket provides the perfect contrast to the floaty nature of the dress.

You can always rely upon Olivia Palermo for a guaranteed fashion home run. A pair of knee high boots is given an on trend feel when worked back with an asymmetrical skirt. Grey hues are also always the perfect go-to during autumn/winter.

Rainbow hues are given a sophisticated feel with the addition of a navy blazer. A mini handbag gives it a modern feel.

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The new take on the white shirt is a little more deconstructed giving the corporate staple a more contemporary feel. When paired with wide-leg pants its the perfect look for the office.

Daring cut-outs are definitely for the fashion risk taker however a maxi length make it a little less risque. Gomez’s ankle strap heels add a sprinkling of sophistication.

Kate Bosworth is the epitome of ladylike polish in this ensemble. Monochrome with a touch of camel is always a winning colour combination, especially when it comes in the form of a gorgeous coat.

Venture further afield when it comes to coats this coming winter. A kimono style coat will keep you cosy whilst upping your style cred. Also who says you need to stick to sombre hues when the weather cools down? A pop of colour such as a pair of mustard pants gives this look a head-turning finish.

A pleated skirt and floaty blouse are given a more casual feel with the addition of studded ankle boots. It’s also hard to resist a coat with a statement fur collar to dial up the style stakes.

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How I style lounge wear

27th February, 2017

When I’m off duty I’m all about comfort. Leisure wear is all about a relaxed silhouette but at the same time I still like to give it a stylish touch so I can easily go from a day spent lounging at home to a quick trip to the shops without too much fuss. When it comes to dressing for comfort here are the rules I stick to….

Go for quality fabrics

To avoid looking dishevelled I make sure I buy basics in good quality fabrics. For example I love to wear beautiful cashmere knits or a great linen shirt just to make sure everything looks polished. If you are planning to wear these pieces regularly, investing in quality fabrics will make sure that they last longer. My favourite brands for leisure wear include bassike and c&m as I find they make great relaxed pieces that are quite fashion forward at the same time.

Opt for dressier shoes

Your choice of footwear can often help dress up an otherwise super casual look. For example I love slouchy, baggy pants with a drop crotch and when teamed with a pair of slides or loafers or a dressy pair of runners it looks considered and put together.

Stick to a specific colour palette

I stick to neutrals such as black, white and grey when it comes to leisure wear. It’s easy to mix and match and often I’ll add a pop of colour with a scarf just to give the outfit a little injection of personality.

Mix with quality accessories

If I’m wearing a really simple outfit such as slouchy pants with a tee often the addition of certain accessories can help pull it together and dress it up a bit. A leather jacket or a handbag are easy additions that give it a touch more polish.

 

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My trick for avoiding online shopping regret

14th February, 2017

I do most of my shopping online so I know how easy it can be to make an impulse purchase when you’re sitting at home, enjoying a glass of wine and trawling through your fave clothing site. When you’re looking at something in real life it’s easier to gauge whether it’s definitely something you’ll wear or if it’s just an of the moment item that will end up just spending its days gathering dust in the back of your wardrobe. When you’re shopping on screen it can be a little trickier as everything looks great when professionally photographed.

I often get asked my tips for online shopping and without a doubt the biggest one is that I will often leave something I am thinking of buying in my cart for 24 hours. The action of adding it to cart is enough to satisfy my shopping whim but by not buying it immediately I give myself enough time to think about whether I really want it or not. My general rule is that if I’m still thinking about something the next day then it’s something I really want as opposed to just getting caught up in the moment. By delaying the purchase it gives me time to research the item further (I suggest googling what you’re thinking of purchasing and seeing what it looks like on other sites as sometimes the colour or texture can look really different) and also consider how it’s going to work with the rest of my wardrobe. If all the boxes are ticked then I know I’m making the right decision.

What are some of your favourite online shopping tricks?  

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My fave places for a cheap fashion fix

13th February, 2017

When it comes to fashion I’m all about a high-low mix. I love being able to mix designer pieces with more inexpensive finds to achieve my own signature look. I’m a big believer that you don’t have to spend a fortune to get some stylish additions to your wardrobe. Case in point: these are some of my fave places for a cheap fashion fix.

ASOS

This is one of my favourite online destinations. I turned to ASOS during both my pregnancies to stock up on all my maternity wear as they were on trend but didn’t cost a fortune. The range is also so extensive that it’s impossible not to find what you’re looking for, personally I’ve bought everything from leather pants to jeans from the site. Plus if I’m after a trend driven piece but don’t want to spend too much I know I’m bound to find something that fits the bill at ASOS.

Witchery

As far as Aussie brands go, Witchery has to be up there for doing clothing that is quite contemporary but with an elegant simplicity. They do pieces that are ideal for the office so they’re great if I’m after workwear and I particularly love their range of shoes.

Seed 

Seed is one of my favourite spots for finding classic pieces that look expensive but don’t cost a fortune. Their designs are always up to the minute without looking overly trendy so I can get away with wearing something from Seed that looks a little more non descript and can work back quite easily with the rest of my wardrobe. Their kids’ clothes are also particularly cute!

Topshop

I love shopping at Topshop whenever I’m in London so it’s great that they’ve now opened stores in Australia and deliver locally from their website so I can get a hit anytime I want. The range is ideal if you’re looking for on trend pieces that are inspired by looks straight from the runway.

What are some of your fave places for a cheap fashion fix?

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My Top Picks: Valentine’s Day Gifts

7th February, 2017

I’ve selected some gifts which will take your love to the next level this Valentine’s Day!  Send these helpful hinters to your other half or why not just simply spoil yourself with something special?

Marco de Vincenzo heels 

These flamingo-pink velvet heels will attract a lot of street-style attention! Perfect for date night paired with a midi dress or trousers. Made in Italy by Marco de Vincenzo, they wont disappoint.

Gucci Marmot bag 

Nothing quite says love like Gucci’s famed Marmont style. The red quilted-leather cross-body bag is a weekend-ready size or can add a punch of colour to daytime outfits.

Aquazzura heels 

I’ve been a longtime fan of Aquazzura’s Wild Thing suede sandals. I own a black pair but this striking lipstick-red hue is hard to turn down. The high stiletto heel makes for a flattering way to add a little height to your look.

Gucci pouch 

Gucci’s signature tonal-beige GG Supreme canvas pouch is a wise investment piece. The red crystal and blush-pink beaded embellishment results in a perfect retro inspired addition.

Stella McCartney keyring

You can have a little bit of fun with a Valentine’s Day gift and this Stella McCartnery keyring fits the bill. The faux fur edge adds a bit of cheer to your handbag or keys.

Love Italy Cookbook 

I love a book which I can leave on the coffee table or add on to my collection on the kitchen shelf. Love Italy is a must-have for any lover of Italian food and culture.

Jennifer Meyer ring

New jewelry additions are a popular choice of mine for Valentine’s Day. If I see something I really like, I will leave helpful hints around for Luke! I love this dainty ring and the love heart is perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Simone Rocha mistmatched earrings

One of the big trends of the season is mismatched earrings. I love this styling trick when I am looking to mix things up a little bit.

Jo Malone candle

I always like to have a candle burning at home and so I often stock up throughout the year. Jo Malone have always been one of my go-to favourites.

 

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The one thing I do to avoid a wardrobe crisis

6th February, 2017

Having a morning wardrobe meltdown isn’t always ideal when I’ve got a busy day ahead of me, not to mention having to get the girls organised at the same time so I’ve had to devise a way to avoid them. It’s always daunting to look into a wardrobe not having any idea on what to wear so I always make sure that I have a backup plan for precisely those moments. Generally, I’ll know what I am going to wear each day but for those times when inspiration doesn’t strike I’ve pre-prepared a few different outfits that I can easily and quickly pull together. Having a series of outfits that I have already styled in my head so I don’t even have to think about makes it easier to get out the door fast.

If you want to try this for yourself you don’t necessarily have to have the entire head to toe look planned (unless you really want to be that specific) but it helps to have the bones of the outfit ready to go such as the dress or the top and pants combination that you’re going to wear. I generally accessorise as I go along when it comes to jewellery and my handbag but I’ll know which of my shoes will go with the outfit so I don’t have to waste time trying on a million pairs. I’ve memorised my go-to looks but you could always photograph them and store them in a folder on your phone for an easy visual reminder. If you want to try this out for yourself I’d recommend identifying the occasions where you’re likely to feel stuck for outfit inspiration such as weekday mornings when you’re about to go to work or leisure wear for the weekend. This is all about making things easier on yourself so you’ll never have to freak out about a wardrobe crisis again.

What are some ways you avoid a morning wardrobe crisis?

 

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12 Insta-outfit ideas to steal

30th January, 2017

Lacking in the wardrobe inspiration department lately? A quick scroll through the feeds of the world’s most stylish bloggers will soon fix that! Here are a few of my favourites for igniting the spark for an outfit idea or two.

A botanical print is a retro inspired print that looks oh-so fresh. And who would’ve thought pink and green would make such a killer combination?

Keep your outfit colour palette in grey, white and black for a failsafe combination. A simple tee paired with cropped pants and court shoes makes for an of-the-moment ensemble.

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The denim skirt is always a wardrobe favourite but team it with a black top and black flats and it transforms into a chic outfit for a day of being on the go.

If you’re going to buy one tee this season make it this blogger-approved Gucci t-shirt. Dress it down with a casual skirt or jeans or go the opposite and dress it up with a pair of black slacks.

When going bold why not totally commit and go for a look that truly makes a statement? A pair of 60s inspired sunglasses and a daring print make for one striking combination.

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High waisted blue jeans teamed with a flowy blouse always gives a nonchalant 70s vibe that’s a sartorial winner.

A high waisted alternative to jeans is a pair of black wide legged pants. When paired with a crisp white shirt it perfectly balances looking polished without looking too formal.

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A neutral look from head to toe is the perfect outfit for warm, balmy summer days. The billowy blouse with tie detail perfectly offsets the relaxed nature of the cut off denim shorts. Being paired with metallic gold sandals is the perfect finishing touch.

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The off the shoulder silhouette is ubiquitous so why not opt for a slightly different take by going for a one shoulder look. In crisp white it just screams summer. As far as footwear goes you can’t go wrong with a pair of black slides.

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This is a great look for drinks in the evening. An all-white ensemble punctuated by gold and black accessories screams relaxed elegance with just the right hit of glamour.

Go from beach to bar with ease by pairing a crisp white off the shoulder top with a billowy black skirt. A woven basket adds just the right hit of summer casual.

This is an oldie but a goodie! A crisp white tee and a blazer is a no-brainer when it comes to an ensemble that you can always rely upon for work or play.