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What’s on my shopping list this month

11th April, 2017

A brand new month equals a brand new shopping wish list! I’m looking to update my wardrobe with on-trend mules to statement earrings and the most perfect little black dress. Here’s what I have my eye on this month…

Gucci love earrings: Statement earrings are the must-have accessory of the season and this sparkly pair by Gucci have me very much in love. 

Bec & Bridge flare pant: The asymmetrical cut of these flared pants give them a striking point of difference and are ideal for a fun evening look.

Bec & Bridge duster jacket: Trans-seasonal weather means lots of layering and this blush duster jacket is the perfect piece to throw on over an outfit.

T by Alexander Wang midi dress: You can never have too many black dresses. This midi dress works well for day or night and the adjustable straps allow you to tweak the scooped back to turn it from a understated to sexy with ease so it’s extremely versatile.

Maryam Nassir Zadeh mules: Its pretty cotton candy pink shade makes this pair of mules the ultimate in feminine footwear.

Adidas Super 80s clean sneakers: I can’t get enough of white sneakers. These are definitely going to get quite the workout over the coming months as they will go with virtually everything I own.

Robert Clergerie mules: I’m really into mules this season and this metallic pair are the perfect way to add a bit of edge to an outfit.

Dior sunglasses: The mirrored lenses on these Dior sunnies make them quite the on-trend piece and are just the thing to update any look. I can see these transitioning quite easily into my summer wardrobe later in the year.

No 21 flat bow mules: Flats don’t have to be boring! I love the bright fire engine red shade and the statement bow on these particular mules. They’re great for teaming with a pared back look to give it some punch.

Acne Studios leather jacket: The cut, style and detailing of this biker jacket from Acne is the stuff of leather jacket dreams. I’ll live in this during winter.

Nakedvice clutch: A simple black clutch is a great everyday piece to have on hand for dressing up a casual look.

Nicholas Kirkwood leather slippers: I can envisage these slip-on metallic pointed loafers working perfectly with many a cropped pant in my wardrobe.

Temperley London dress: Love the pretty floral embroidery on this dress. The black chiffon glams it up to make it the perfect dress to wear to an event.

Stella McCartney denim skirt: The perfect A-line denim skirt made even better by the addition of adorable floral appliqués.

Anya Hindmarch shoulder bag: I’m all for a classic, utilitarian bag but sometimes it’s hard to resist the prettiness of a piece such as this.

Dolce & Gabbana sandals: You wouldn’t exactly call them practical but who can resist fringed rainbow sandals with crystals to boot? These are the ultimate definition of statement heels.

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How bloggers approach style

10th April, 2017

Flipping through high fashion magazine shoots and scrolling through their websites and respective social media accounts, I am often in awe of what I see. It’s hard no to be. The styling is immaculate, the pieces used are all ultra fashion forward and everything is just so aspirational. It’s definitely one of the key ways I am inspired in what I wear.

When it comes to style bloggers however, I find the approach is a little different. The styling is definitely more accessible and translates common trends in a way that’s practical and easy to wear in everyday life. As a fashion blogger I love being able to showcase looks that are easy and wearable and the type of look most women would be able to use to inspire an outfit that they can wear to work or out with friends. For me the wearability factor is also important as I’m often shooting my looks using the back of my car as a portable change room and running between fittings and picking up the kids so there’s definitely a more relaxed approach to how I style everything.

I’m friends with a few style bloggers and everyone has an everyday approach to fashion. We use the same bags and shoes multiple times to showcase how important it is to ensure everything you own is versatile and can work back with most of your wardrobe. Also it’s about mixing older pieces with on trend items and giving a look a signature touch. I know I like being able to find a piece I already own and give it a new lease on life by pairing it with a few key accessories of the season such as a particular shoe style or a certain silhouette. Our approach is about styling and making a look our own and something we’re comfortable in as opposed to letting a look wear us. Plus we’re all about versatility. I know when I’m styling my ‘What I Wore’ shoots I like to find outfits that I can take from day to night just by switching my footwear or handbag and I like to ensure I mix designer and high street pieces. And if there’s one things most bloggers like to do it’s experiment. I know I’ll often try on some unexpected pairings to unearth a new outfit combination I hadn’t considered but that makes me feel great when I walk out the door. And ultimately that’s how I hope all my readers feel whenever they come to my blog.

 

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12 Insta-outfit ideas to steal

3rd April, 2017

A brand new month calls for some fresh outfit inspo to help you sidestep every wardrobe dilemma you may have. To help make outfit planning a little easier I’ve rounded up the best looks to suit every occasion to make looking amazing every day a cinch.

Embrace the ultimate high-low mix and team a blazer with a vintage tee for a look that taps into the season’s statement t-shirt trend. Pair this combination with a pair of black pants and heels and you’ve got yourself a winning look.

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When it comes to accessories try out all things studded for a look that’s edgy and of the moment.

In this tricky trans-seasonal period make like blogger Brooke Testoni and layer a dress with a turtleneck for a look that’s spot on for battling unpredictable weather. The bonus? Your summer dresses don’t have to go into hibernation just yet.

The sock boot is a key shoe to add to your wardrobe this season. It’s slimline silhouette is the ideal pairing with a voluminous pant for a look that’s very of the moment.

Be adventurous and mix and match different textures. Plisse pants and a lurex top are a bold pairing – unlikely but one that looks fresh and will make your outfit stand out in the crowd.

If you’re going to buy a pair of jeans this season make it a pair with a raw hem. It’s the ideal way to update your denim wardrobe as this particular finish will be everywhere.

A pair of knee high boots worn back with a slip dress make this look not only weather-appropriate but so sexy and stylish. Elevate this ensemble even more by topping it with a gorgeous faux fur coat.

Leather is always a key wardrobe staple during the cooler months but why not venture further afield than trusty black and embrace a touch of colour. A burgundy leather jacket looks sleek and sophisticated.

Knots, draping, and origami style folds will be making its way in-store this season and is just the finishing detail to take a standard shirt or dress and elevate it into something more.

Did you live in cropped flared jeans during summer? You don’t have to bid them adieu quite just yet by swapping your open toed sandals for ankle boots instead.

For the ultimate laid back casual weekend look pair your trusty denim with a trench coat. It’s an easy go-to outfit for everything from brunch to a day running errands.

Tap into your ultra feminine side and embrace shades of lolly pink. It’s surprisingly easy to wear too – whether its a blouse or a dress and even wide legged pants, this hue is ultra flattering.

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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?