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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.

A photo posted by Adenorah (@adenorah) on

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.

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10 stylish Aussie women to inspire your look on Australia Day

26th January, 2017

What better day than Australia Day to shine a spotlight on some of our own homegrown fashion talent. If there’s one thing we do well Down Under it’s style that’s relaxed and understated yet still distinctly fashion forward. These women have managed to cultivate an aesthetic that works perfectly to complement our laidback lifestyle but still inject it with their own trendsetting spin. The next time you’re stuck for a little fashion inspiration look no further than home soil…

Nicole Warne

Gary Pepper Girl’s founder Nicole Warne is the very definition of stylish. Appearing in campaigns for some of the world’s biggest fashion brands, she’s always immaculately put together and is the epitome of feminine styling with a modern spin.

Sara Donaldson

I’ve known Sara for awhile and her style mantra of wearing a colour palette of only black, white and grey has always been her signature look and why not when it works this well? She’s a great example of knowing what works for you and really owning it.

Amanda Shadforth

A talented photographer and one of our biggest fashion bloggers, Oracle Fox’s Amanda Shadforth manages to work man-style tailoring with just the right injection of feminine touches. Her looks always have a distinct contemporary vibe which she manages to mix beautifully with the simple aesthetic of Australian style.

Lara Worthington

The quintessential beach girl, Lara Worthington’s style has certainly evolved from her bikini model days to a wardrobe that’s highlighted by designers such as Dior, Gucci and Celine. Her looks are always fashion forward and have a distinctly edgy vibe in a nod to the aesthetic of New York, where Worthington now resides.

Jesinta Franklin

The newly married Jesinta Franklin is the perfect canvas for showing off some seriously envy-inducing looks (being a David Jones ambassador certainly helps!). Her looks are always quite demure, often wearing dresses or skirts that go to the knee or are midi length however she always flashes just a glimmer of skin to inject a touch of sexiness. She’s definitely one to watch.

Jessica Stein

The jetsetting blogger behind the website Tuula Vintage is the perfect go-to muse when it comes to women who love looks that are relaxed and echo the kind of covetable global lifestyle that Stein has. She favours floaty fabrics, denim and feminine prints with all her outfits having a laidback elegance.

Nadia Fairfax

I’ve been friends with Nadia for ages and she has always had a great sense of style. Her looks are always sleek but have a sense of playfulness to it whether it’s a great pair of statement earrings or a bold, unexpected print or colour.

Christine Centenera

She’s Vogue Australia’s fashion director and no wonder – she has a look that’s distinctly her own and is always one to set the trends. Her looks are always peppered with designer pieces and the one constant is her ability to pull off a myriad of tricky trends – everything from stirrup leggings as she wore at Fashion Week this year to a fluffy coat – and make it look oh-so stylish.

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Laura Brown

The newly appointed editor-in-chief of US InStyle has a quirky sense of style that is often punctuated by the latest designer pieces. She favours bright colours, bold prints and logo t-shirts but manages to work it together for a distinctly unique aesthetic.

Brooke Testoni

The stylist and founder of her eponymous blog, Testoni manages to cover the full spectrum of fashion whether it be a simple pair of blue jeans with a uniquely structured top to a dress in a luxe, jewel-toned fabric. It’s a look that’s distinctly on-trend and of-the-moment.

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The one thing I always do when I plan an outfit

4th January, 2017

Oh dress codes. I find that some people are either a stickler for sticking to a dress code or they will just try and remain in the vicinity of it. I’m the former. In fact, it’s the one thing I will always consider when I plan an outfit. My job often requires me to go from a casual launch one minute to a black tie event the next so to me dress codes are a way of guiding my outfit planning for the week. Even without a stated dress code my brain tends to go into that mode and I will allocate one to whatever event it is I’m going to as it helps provide me with some styling structure.

When it comes to deciding what I’ll be wearing the one thing I never do is start with a single accessory such as a hat or shoes. I know lots of women who will tend to work around a particular piece but it’s just one of those things that has never really worked for me. I tend to get in a better styling frame of mind when I can work with a solid base such as the dress I want to wear (in keeping with the dress code of course!) and then visualise the pieces that will work with it. Usually I find this gives me a more cohesive look and I’m able to pull together something a little easier.

Which camp do you fall into? And how important are dress codes to you when it comes to styling your outfits?

 

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12 Insta-outfits to inspire your look in 2017

2nd January, 2017

A brand new year may be inspiring you to update your look – but where to start? Before you hit the shops or start doing a major closet clean out be sure to start with a little fashion inspiration first. And what better place to start than with some of the most stylish ladies to ever hit Instagram…

A photo posted by Aimee Song (@songofstyle) on

Dress up your denim with bright pops of colour. A vibrant hue is the ultimate way to offset a pair of blue jeans.

Inject a little man-style tailoring into your wardrobe. Every woman should own a great suit that fits her body perfectly. When it comes to choosing a colour you can’t go wrong with shades such as black, navy or grey.

Channel Olivia Palermo and focus on the little details this year. The perfect sleeve, a structured bag or a quirky finishing touch to a pair of shoes is a great way to make your outfit stand out from the crowd.

Who says neutrals can’t make a statement? A natural hue looks even more glamorous with a touch of shine while a multi-toned mules look elegant and polished.

Mix and match textures for a look that feels considered and perfectly put together. Suede and wool work fabulously together when the weather cools down.

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Think classic when it comes to your accessories. A pair of gold aviators or a chain strap bag are the ideal way to finish an outfit.

Pinstripe shirting goes from corporate to cool when cut in a modern off the shoulder style.  Think outside the box when it comes to traditional patterns and prints.

It’s hard to improve on monochrome as it works so well. Play with contrast such as adding a white blazer to an all black ensemble to really make the look pop.

A tough biker jacket can look polished when teamed with the right texture or pattern. This leather jacket looks decidedly polished when paired with a velvet bag and a skirt in a delicate houndstooth pattern.

A photo posted by Gigi Hadid (@gigihadid) on

Sneakers are here to stay especially when of the white variety. Look for slightly elevated platform styles to give the look a point of difference or stick to old favourites from the likes of Nike and Adidas. The only rule? Keep them spotless!

A photo posted by Kendall (@kendalljenner) on

I’ve always been a big fan of touches of animal print. Go all out with a jacket Kendall Jenner style or go for a hint of it such as the trim on a pair of shoes or a bag.

Don’t be afraid to clash prints but just be sure to choose one colour to tie the look together. This look is given some cohesion with elegant black pumps that pick up the colour in the jumper without obscuring its playful nature.

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2016: My year in outfits

30th December, 2016

It’s been another big year! From being pregnant to welcoming a new baby and becoming a mum of two, Fashion Week and so many amazing and exciting events I’ve certainly had a lot of fun with my wardrobe in 2016. Here’s a look back at the year that was and looking forward to more sartorial adventures in 2017!

Sunglasses: Sunday Somewhere

Sunglasses: Karen Walker

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What I Wore: Maison du Maillot

28th December, 2016

I love discovering new brands and recently I found this top and skirt set from Maison du Maillot which I can see myself getting plenty of use out of as a set or worn separately and paired with either a simple tee or cami or a plain skirt. I was particularly drawn to the two-tone print and the vibrant red colour. I love anything with unique finishes and the relaxed bohemian style of the shirt with its fringe trim and lace-up collar and the knot detailing on the skirt really elevate each piece into something that can make a statement. And the best bit? Maison du Maillot do free worldwide delivery and returns so it’s the perfect time to find an outfit to wear throughout summer (I love this set, dress and playsuit) or the party season (New Year’s Eve is just around the corner after all!).

Shop my favourite Maison du Maillot picks below…

Shop my look:

Love a matching set?

 This poncho and shorts combination is perfect for a summer getaway or a day at the beach.

Summer staples

I’ve added this dress and playsuit to my must-have list.

 

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Steal her style: Aimee Song

16th December, 2016

A photo posted by Aimee Song (@songofstyle) on

Aimee Song is the stylish woman behind the blog Song of Style. Her looks are always on point, covering the style spectrum of vibrant dresses one minute to casual denim looks the next. Here she showcases how to wear the season’s graphic tee and give it a slightly feminine edge when paired with an A-line denim skirt and slip-on pointed flats. The perfect lesson on how to take a trend and make it your own.

Blazer

A black blazer is a wardrobe must. Mine gets a regular workout throughout the year and is always on high rotation.

Graphic tee

Whether you’re after a band tee or one emblazoned with a brand logo this season’s t-shirts are all about making a statement.

Denim skirt

You’ll find the denim skirt proliferating summer street style. It’s one piece that can easily be dressed up or down.

Pointed slides

Try this dressy update on casual slides. Easily matched with everything from dresses to skirts in summer, these slides can also make the transition into the your winter wardrobe when paired with cropped pants.

Crossbody bag

Downsize your bag for a slightly more refined look. This style is a great bag that can be worn in the evening as easily as it can be slung over the shoulder for a busy day out.