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Australian Fashion Week 2017 Day Three Wrap Up

16th May, 2017

The Shows: Hansen and Gretel, Bec & Bridge, Christopher Esber

Where: On site at Carriageworks for Hansel and Gretel; Offsite at David Jones for Bec & Bridge and The Clothing Store for Christopher Esber

My day started… bright and early at 9am.

My outfit today… was all about pink hues and velvet. I’m loving the velvet trend at the moment so today I literally wore it from head to toe!

Favourite show… Christopher Esber.

The one look I fell in love with… a candy striped top and skirt combination at the Christopher Esber show (pictured below).

Big trends I saw… vintage floral prints, feminine silhouettes, midi skirts and ruffles but with cheeky side of sheer and swimwear at Hansen and Gretel. Meanwhile at Bec & Bridge it was all about structured ruffles, shirting, polka dots, bare shoulders, bright colours (namely bright red and electric blue), silk shifts and short party dresses. Christopher Esber’s show focused on shirting, tailoring, trenches, pops of colour and figure hugging knits.

Big trends I saw on attendees…there has certainly been no shortage of great outfits on show. I’ve been seeing a lot of suits on women, skirt and top combinations, knits with longer skirts, combining casual with luxe and lots of layering.

What I ate/drank… I squeezed in a Date with Kate interview with TV personality Jessica Kahawaty over lunch at Catalina in Rose Bay in between shows. We ate fish and pasta which helped keep my energy levels up!

I stopped at Bambini Trust in the CBD for an afternoon wine with my team to recharge, download pics, edits and catch up on some work. It was so good I went back to there for dinner with Ksenija Lukich, Nadia Fairfax, Rey Vakili and Hoda Waterhouse before heading to the Christopher Esber show.

Photography and Video: Sophia Athas

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Australian Fashion Week 2017 Day Two Wrap Up

16th May, 2017

The Shows: Alice McCall, Bianca Spender, Albus Lumen

Where: On site at Carriageworks for Alice McCall and Bianca Spender; Offsite at La Porte Space for Albus Lumen which was a great site to showcase a beautiful collection.

My day started… at 9am and I hit the ground running and straight to Carriageworks for a 10am show. First up was Alice McCall and it was a gorgeous way to start the morning.

My outfit today… was all about colour! I wanted something bright and feminine for the first full day at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia. I wore a Camilla and Marc top and skirt and loved how it was flowy and soft. I teamed it with Gucci heels and bag and Saint Laurent sunnies to add a bit of fun!

Favourite show… I loved Albus Lumen at La Porte Space—being able to showcase a collection in a unique space really has an impact. It really complemented the beach, minimalist vibe of the show. 

The one look I fell in love with…A yellow dress at Albus Lumen (pictured). I also loved the jewellery in Bianca Spender which was designed by Dinosaur Designs and the 90s Chanel vibe of Alice McCall.

Big trends I saw… 90s Chanel, beautiful tailoring, bright colour palettes.

What I ate/drank…my photographer and I stopped at Bread and Circus for lunch and refueled on salads and soup as we downloaded pics and caught up on work and emails before heading to the Albus Lumen show.

Photography and Video: Sophia Athas

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wG1bnpbEB0

 

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What I Wore: Australian Fashion Week 2017 Day Two

15th May, 2017

I can’t resist a beautiful print so it’s no surprise that I fell in love with this beautiful Camilla and Marc top and skirt the moment I saw it. The pale mint hue of both pieces is so fresh and is a classic, feminine look that can I can see working for everything from a work event to a special dinner. When it comes to skirts I’m a big fan of the midi length as it always looks polished. Choosing my accessories today I was in the mood for something bold so I opted for my gold Gucci heels (the metallic shade is also a match made in heaven with green) and I couldn’t resist a touch more Gucci and decided to wear my chain strap Dionysus bag from the label. Sunglasses are a must when running from show to show so I made sure to bring my new Saint Laurent frames.

Credits: Top and skirt (in Cinzia print, coming soon), Camilla and Marc; Heels and (similar) bag, Gucci, Sunglasses, Saint Laurent

Photography: Sophia Athas

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How I’m getting ready for Fashion Week

12th May, 2017

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia is one of the biggest events in the fashion calendar in this country and with a hectic week ahead of me I’ve got to make sure that my wardrobe is organised and ready for the next few days ahead—this is one of those times when I can’t afford a morning outfit crisis!

I’m quite decisive when it comes to my outfits and know that I want to wear something the moment I see it. That said, when I’m prepping my looks I make sure to consider all aspects of my outfit from head to toe; it all has to gel. As Fashion Week is mostly a daytime event I don’t like to look too dressy but I do make sure that whatever I’m wearing is stylish and polished yet not too overdone. It’s also a great time to be able to roadtest new trends that I’m loving and most importantly to have fun with my wardrobe (it is Fashion Week after all).

I almost always incorporate colour into my looks and also have a jacket or coat with me at all times as the weather can sometimes get cool. As I like to have everything look cohesive, I always make sure that my jacket or coat is considered and not just a last minute afterthought to throw on over what I’m wearing as this can end up looking a bit haphazard. One thing I don’t mind leaving to the last minute is my accessories. As I have my entire outfit planned ahead of time it’s not too stressful selecting what I’ll be accessorising my outfit with on the day as I like to choose it depending on the vibe I’m feeling that day.

It’s always a great time to support some of my favourite Australian designers so this year I’ll be wearing Bec & Bridge, Christopher Esber, Tome and Dion Lee. They’re always guaranteed to have pieces that I love and are very “me” in their aesthetic. As I mentioned I like to experiment and play with new trends, but one in particular that I’m loving at the moment is velvet so you’ll definitely see me incorporating it into my looks for the week (watch this space to see how I end up styling it into my outfits).

There are so many designers that I love who are showing this year but I’m especially excited about attending Dion Lee, Bec & Bridge, Romance Was Born and Ten Pieces. I’m sure that they won’t disappoint. It’s always an insanely busy week for me but I really enjoy Fashion Week as it’s a great time to get some fashion inspiration and also to see what I’ll be wearing in a few months time. I can’t wait for it all to kick off this Sunday!

P.S Don’t forget to check in on the blog, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter throughout the week for all my Fashion Week coverage.

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What’s on my shopping list this month

11th May, 2017

Prepping for Fashion Week next week has been downright dangerous for my bank account given how many amazing things I’ve seen in the process. There are just way too many beautiful things this season and as a result my wishlist has never been so lengthy! No doubt attending all the shows will see it grow even more but in the meantime here’s what’s got me wanting to hit double tap…

Camilla & Marc Zoey ankle boot

A slim ankle boot is a must during the cooler months and I can see myself wearing this with everything from pants to jeans and skirts.

Camilla & Marc Burke top

The pared back style of this top makes it quite versatile and therefore I know I am guaranteed to have it on high rotation. Well worth the investment.

Nicholas leather zip biker jacket

A leather jacket is something I can’t live without and this fitted, moto-inspired style is definitely love at first sight.

Alison Lou Love U enamel cuff

I love simple, unfussy jewellery and this is cuff is understated and elegant. The heart is beyond adorable.

Kuboraum round sunglasses

As you know I love nothing more than a great pair of sunglasses. These tortoiseshell 60s style frames are the perfect finishing touch to an outfit.

Zimmermann Divinity midi dress

Virtually any dress by Zimmermann I’m guaranteed to fall in love with so it was no surprise that this particular style ticked all the right boxes. The combination of sheer silk, ruffles and embroidery is downright dreamy.

Gucci twill mini dress

Can Gucci do no wrong? This dress would be ideal for a long lunch with the girls. I especially love the signature striped waistband.

Alexandre Birman Lipman suede sandals

All things pink is very much on trend at the moment so it’s hard to resist these heels, with its ultra feminine finishes and oh-so pretty hue.

Tabitha Simmons Leticia suede sandals

I’ve been after a dressy shoe that’s also comfy and this pair with its block heel and pink rick rack finish definitely fits the bill.

Saint Laurent monogram shoulder bag

A classic bag that will stand the test of time. This shoulder bag is definitely a wardrobe addition that would get plenty of wear.

Gucci ‘Princetown’ jacquard mules

I’ve got a similar pair in black and love the style so when I saw this particular incarnation in such a bold, striking print it definitely had me hooked.

Theatre Products stitched trimmed belt

Don’t underestimate the power of a statement belt. This particular style would work well with myriad outfits and add an understated pop of colour.

Cosabella Never Say Never Sweetie soft bra

The right lingerie can really make or break an outfit and this soft bra is comfy, sexy and stylish all rolled up in one pretty lace package.

Thurley Valencia midi dress

The floral lace is a showstopper and I love the cutout shoulders and asymmetrical hem.

Oscar de la Renta Sun Star clip on earrings

A bold pair of ear candy is always a great way to bring an outfit to life. This pair by Oscar de la Renta with its starburst style and pearl centre would really elevate a look.

Mugler strapless sweetheart jumpsuit

A great way to mix up evening wear is to opt for a jumpsuit. I could see this being worked back with a great pair of stilettos and statement jewellery.

 

 

 

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From activewear to loungewear: One shoe. Two ways.

9th May, 2017

I’ve always been about making sure that everything in my wardrobe works in multiple ways. Versatility is key after all to making sure that you get more bang for your fashion buck. This is why it’s been important to me to ensure that my footwear can work in myriad ways. Whilst I love a white sneaker I’ve also been wanting to break out of my trainer rut into something a little bit different which is why I’ve really jumped on the new Nike Air Max Zero. I’ve been on the hunt for sneaker that I can wear during a work out and a casual weekend look without ever missing a beat and now that I’ve finally found it I could kiss my Airs! The style was created by legendary streetwear designer Hiroshi Fujiwara and is a great mix of classic style and modern comfort and is in keeping with my aesthetic for neutral pieces whilst being on trend.

The one thing I really love about the blurring of the lines between activewear and loungewear is that I’ve essentially doubled the use of a lot of items in my wardrobe without having to really do much (or spend much) at all. In this instance these Air Max can now stand in place of my usual go-to white sneaker in that I can wear it with a top and skirt and a cosy cardi, team it with on trend pieces such as a black backpack and round sunglasses and it looks quite relaxed but still pulled together. It can also work equally as well with a dress or cropped jeans which extends its wear even more. And when I do want to wear these sneakers to work out I can dress up my look a bit by keeping my ensemble in a monochrome palette and adding accessories such as tortoiseshell sunglasses and a leather monogram backpack to elevate it from being just a regular gym outfit. The bonus is that regardless of which look I opt for style is definitely not compromised for comfort – and both are definitely a must for juggling a busy work/mum schedule like mine.

My loungewear look

My activewear look

Pick your own pair:

Photography: Sophia Athas

This post was created in collaboration with Nike

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12 Insta-outfit ideals to steal

1st May, 2017

If you’re experiencing stylist’s block aka having no idea what to wear then it’s high time for some fashion inspiration. As always the stylish ladies of Instagram are able to offer up more than enough great outfits to help you get dressed for the rest of the month, totally drama-free.

This look demonstrates perfectly how you can mix classic and contemporary and create a look that’s totally on point. Ballet flats and cropped distressed jeans are already a match made in sartorial heaven but when there’s a gorgeous Chanel boucle jacket involved, then you’ve got perfection on your hands.

Now this is how to do lounge wear the chic way. Fashion blogger Julie Sarinana has opted for tapered cropped tracksuit pants (infinitely more flattering then the baggy variety) and paired it with a classic black and white striped long sleeved t-shirt and sneakers for the ultimate in leisure wear.

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An oversized cocoon style coat will not only be a great winter warmer it looks polished when thrown on over everything from jeans to leather pants.

A gorgeous trench is a wardrobe staple. I guarantee that not only will you get plenty of wear out of it, it also works well with the current trend of straight leg denim – an effortless look that is of the moment.

Now is the time to start building your knit collection. A neutral knit when paired with a black turtleneck and round frame sunglasses channel a 60s vibe with a modern touch.

Stretchy jeans are making way for more rigid denim styles with the straight leg, high rise being the most popular. When paired with a simple white tee and a cosy cardigan, you’ve got yourself a look that’s perfect for an afternoon spent relaxing.

Whatever Olivia Palermo wears is always fashion gold, especially when it’s monochromatic perfection such as this. A pair of leather pants is the ideal pairing with ankle boots while a long line vest and bell sleeves makes for sophisticated layering.

A moto style leather jacket is a key wardrobe item throughout the year for me as it’s so versatile. Lara Worthington has thrown her jacket on over a plain tee and tweed pants for a look that perfectly straddles the old and the new.

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Glossier founder Emily Weiss’ look shows how oh-so right a pairing white and grey make. The cropped flared jeans are one of the key denim styles of the season while the Gucci slides with fur trim are the ideal finishing touch. The coat with waterfall drape is a wardrobe addition that is guaranteed to be on high rotation.

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Miranda Kerr is living proof in the style appeal of a pair of bold hued pants. Red is an adventurous colour choice but when paired with a cami and sweet polka dot cardi it looks decidedly more subdued and wearable.

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Be adventurous in your fashion pairings a la Miroslava Duma who has teamed sporty separates with a classic long length, double breasted wool coat and black boots for a look that’s comfortable with an added edge.

A sleeveless suit style dress looks polished and sophisticated and can be dressed up or down according to your chosen footwear. Heeled ankle boots would take you to a meeting just fine while a pair of sneakers could take you to lunch with the girls. Also, the backpack has grown up a lot over the years to make it a great alternative to a handbag.

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4 ways to do denim with a white shirt

28th April, 2017

If there’s one thing that I can’t live without it’s a pair of great jeans. Denim is a workhorse in my wardrobe as it’s so versatile and goes with virtually everything. It’s always a great go-to option for me when I need to get out the door fast as it’s so easy to dress it up or down. Finding the perfect pair of jeans is key and I find it’s important to try on various styles to pinpoint the right fit and style for your shape. When I’m on a mission to find a new pair of jeans I’d rather every style I’m considering is in the one place to make it easier to compare them. I always head to David Jones as they stock great international and local brands and offer up every style you could possibly want which makes it easy to try on a few different pairs and find The One.

Once I’ve found the perfect pair I wear them non-stop and one look I wear to death is the classic combination of a white shirt and jeans. There’s just something so effortless about it and I find it’s simple to pull together a look for different occasions simply by changing the style of shirt I’m wearing. Case in point: below I’ve managed to maintain the same style formula of a white shirt and jeans but achieved four distinctly different looks by adding a few key accessories, wearing a different shirt style, all while wearing the same jeans. Proof that you can pretty much wear denim with everything!

Look #1: Night Out

My new J Brand Maria High Rise jeans are so versatile as the style is quite simple and pared back which means its easy to wear it in a variety of different ways. I’ve teamed this look with an off the shoulder top and added bold accessories such as my gold Gucci heels and choker to glam it up for the evening.

Credits: Jeans, J Brand (worn throughout); Shirt, Camilla & Marc; Bag, Bvlgari; Heels, Gucci

Look #2: Office Wear

Jeans can be office-appropriate. I’ve teamed my jeans with a crisp button down shirt, a pair of loafers and a structured handbag to keep the look polished and work ready.

Credits: Shirt, Tome; Bag and Shoes, Gucci

Look #3: Mum on duty

When I’m out with Sophia and Grace comfort is key so denim is the ideal option. I can afford to go a bit more relaxed when I’m on mum duty so I have opted for a star print white shirt and statement sunglasses to add a bit of fun to the outfit. Sneakers are a must so I can easily run around after the girls and a crossbody bag leaves both my hands free (an absolute necessity when dealing with a toddler and a baby).

Credits: Shirt, Kate Moss for Equipment; Bag, Jerome Dreyfuss; Sunglasses, Saint Laurent; Shoes, Gucci

Look #4: Relaxation Mode

This would be an ideal look for the weekend. Jeans paired with a peasant top and simple sandals give the look a relaxed vibe and a neutral clutch and straw boater give the outfit some added texture.

Credits: Shirt, Karen Walker; Hat, Nerida Winter; Bag, Helen Kaminski; Shoes, Bassike

This post has been created in collaboration with David Jones and ShopStyle

Photography: Sophia Athas

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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.