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What I Wore: Urban Jungle

18th July, 2017

Walking around the busy city streets of Melbourne during a recent trip had me wanting to channel a look that was all about urban chic. I wanted to work with two distinct tones for an impactful look so stuck to fawn and black which also helped to tie the whole ensemble together. I felt a fitted bodysuit provided the perfect counterbalance to the flared silhouette of my A-line cargo style wrap skirt while a structured blazer gave the look a polished finish (and kept me warm in the chilly Melbourne weather!). If there’s one thing I’m wearing to death this season it’s my Balenciaga ankle boots. The close fit keeps helps to elongate the leg and it’s the perfect versatile shoe to wear throughout winter as it works with everything from pants to skirts and dresses. This look called for sleek accessories so I opted for a gold choker to add a point of interest to the outfit, classic black sunglasses by Dion Lee and a classic Chanel bag for the perfect finishing touch to my urban uniform.

Credits: Bodysuit, Celine; Skirt, Nice Martin; Blazer, Balmain; Bag, Chanel; Sunglasses, Dion Lee; Choker, Eddie Borgo; Boots, Balenciaga 

Photography Danielle Castano

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What’s on my wishlist this month

17th July, 2017

So many beautiful things to love this month! Prepping for an overseas holiday involved plenty of outfit planning and in the process I spent a lot of time trawling all my favourite stores for potential outfits to take with me. A big trip to Europe had me feeling inspired to embrace lots of feminine shades whilst strong pieces such as structured jackets and bags caught my eye as new additions to my Sydney winter wardrobe. Here’s what has me wanting to give my credit card a workout…

No 21 Bow front velvet slides

The pretty pink shade and bow detail make a subtle but striking statement and the velvet makes it very of the moment.

Charlotte Olympia velvet leather sandals

The wraparound straps and glamorous ostrich feather detail make this the kind of shoe that demands to take centre stage.

Thierry Lasry cat-eye sunglasses

The mirrored lenses and gilded caged frames of these sunglasses make them the perfect finishing touch to an outfit.

Alaia studded leather bag

A little bit rock and roll this bag adds a touch of drama to any ensemble and is roomy enough to still be utilitarian.

Chloe tie-neck blouse

A billowy blouse with neck ties such as this Chloe number matched with a great pair of trousers or a skirt is polished and pretty.

Simone Rocha earrings

I’ve been embracing dramatic earrings of late and I am loving this pair because they are able to make a statement without totally overwhelming a look.

Camilla and Marc black pants

These harem style pants meld comfort and style and I could see myself wearing them for work and play.

Kassidy black dress

A little black dress is a wardrobe must and I’ve been in the mood to update my collection with a piece that dials up the glamour. This definitely delivers and more.

Camilla and Marc khaki blazer

A structured blazer is always a constant in my wardrobe and when in a versatile khaki I can see it easily being incorporated into many of my current winter looks.

Zimmermann crinkle chiffon dress

A beautiful off the shoulder dress that can be layered with a jacket for an effortlessly chic winter look and when the weather warms up, pairing it with a pair of sandals make it perfect for a dressy lunch.

Joseph block leather ankle boots

I’ve always loved wearing ankle boots throughout winter and this particular pair will add a sophisticated touch to any outfit.

Miu Miu velvet slides

I’m all for anything with a little sparkle. I can envision these slides working with myriad looks and adding a sophisticated touch every time.

Loewe reversible leather belt

Investing in a quality leather belt is a wardrobe must and when you’re able to get double the use out of it it’s a fashion no-brainer.

Rochas round neck sweater

The pleating on this grey sweater elevates it from a standard winter staple into a bonafide fashion statement.

Gucci embellished leather tote

Gucci knocks it out of the park yet again. The combination of vibrant colour blocking and crystal and faux pearl encrusted bee give this ladylike top-handle structured bag some vivacity.

 

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Gucci to Givenchy: Designer logo t-shirts and sweaters to love

7th July, 2017

Pledge your brand allegiance loud and proud with the new crop of designer logo t-shirts and sweaters. Whether you opt for a simple, understated tees to work back with jeans or a bold sweater emblazoned with brand insignia the only thing you have to worry about with this trend is deciding which luxe label’s team you’re on.

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Shopping for investment pieces worth spending your tax refund on

28th June, 2017
Kate Waterhouse Chanel at Marais boutique launch Melbourne balmain blazer chanel bag bec and bridge dress 2

Kate Waterhouse Chanel at Marais boutique launch Melbourne balmain blazer chanel bag bec and bridge dress 2

It’s end of financial year time and if you’re lucky enough to be expecting a tax refund you may be in the mood to treat yourself. If you’re on the hunt for something to splurge on then there’s no better time to consider purchasing an investment piece to add to your wardrobe. These are often my favourite purchases to make as not only are they special, they’re also usually guaranteed to get plenty of use and have longevity so I feel I’m getting my money’s worth. If you’ve been lusting after something for a long time then perhaps now is the time to take the plunge, but keep these things in mind first…

Choose something that will get plenty of use

This is a given if you’re planning to buy something that’s on the expensive side so take stock of your wardrobe and see what you actually need. For example if you’re after a pair of good quality flats then now might be the time to splurge on a pair of Gucci slides or loafers or Chanel ballet flats. They’re classic designs that will always be in style and they’re crafted beautifully so you’ll definitely have them for a long time. If you think about the cost per wear you’ll probably find that they work out to be cheaper than a pair of shoes that you’ll only wear for one season.

Avoid anything that will date

For me, things that are worth splurging on are handbags, shoes, jackets, blazers and coats as I find they’re usually the workhorses of my wardrobe. However it’s important to think classic when it comes to these pieces as you don’t want them to date too quickly. If you’re thinking about buying a designer bag (or any other pricey item) then be sure to choose a style that’s not identifiable with a particular season – avoid the signature piece of a collection as it’s one sure fire way to have something that won’t be able to work in the long term. Also steer clear of anything that is only going to be around for one season as it won’t age well. A great example of a bag that will work years from now is a style such as the quilted Chanel bag which is so versatile (I’ve had mine for ages and I use it so much) and also has been around for decades and is a staple of Chanel’s accessories line. Apparently it also appreciates in value so it definitely lives up to being called an investment piece!

Shop around

Splurging can mean buying something nice but it can also mean buying something extra nice that’s on sale. If you’re planning on buying an investment piece then definitely shop around for the best deal you can get. You’ll still end up with a great piece but at a fraction of the price My Balmain blazer (pictured above) is one such item. I had my eye on one for awhile but I waited until I found it on sale on Net-a-Porter for half the price. It was worth every cent but I was even happier that I managed to save on the cost of it. Shop smart and you’ll definitely get more bang for your fashion buck.

What investment piece do you have your eye on at the moment?

 

 

 

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A new fave one stop shopping destination in Sydney

23rd June, 2017

My schedule is so crazy these days what with juggling two kids under three and all my work commitments that I often don’t have much time to hit the shops. If I do, then I can’t spend hours traipsing around trying to track down what I’m looking for – these days a shopping trip is done with military precision. So you can imagine how thrilled I was to hear that Westfield Warringah Mall has recently opened its own premium shopping precinct because a) it’s close to where I live and b) it has all my favourite stores in close proximity which means I can browse and shop with ease. As I’ve always lived on Sydney’s North Shore I used to shop at Warringah Mall all the time as a kid so I do have great memories of going there and now that it’s had a major renovations it’s been nice to shop there again and explore all the new stores. Plus they do valet parking which means I can avoid all the hassle of trying to find a parking spot. Win-win!

The roll call of new stores at Westfield Warringah Mall is impressive and includes brands such as sass & bide, Alice McCall and Mimco but I was most excited about hitting the new Zimmermann store as I was after an outfit for an event. The new collection is amazing so I ended up trying on multiple looks. The boutique is such a gorgeous space so it was the kind of spot I can imagine getting lost in in future.

A shopping trip often requires a bit of a time out to recharge my batteries so I was pleased to find that there were some great places to grab a bite to eat. Eventually I decided on a cute little cafe called Flower Child where I ended up grabbing a coffee and a juice to build up my energy to tackle the rest of the mall. Shopping, dining and super easy? Ticks all the right boxes for me.

For more information (and most importantly for shopaholics – the amazing list of stores to check out) head to Westfield Warringah Mall.

Credits: Dresses, Zimmermann; Heels, Gucci; Bag, Gucci; Beige bag, Gucci; Sunglasses, Saint Laurent

Photography: Sophia Athas

This post was created in collaboration with Westfield Warringah Mall #westfieldambassador

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Chanel at Marais pop-up boutique launch in Melbourne

21st June, 2017
Chanel at Marais boutique store front Melbourne

When anything involves the word Chanel you can guarantee that it will be a throughly sophisticated affair. Last week I flew down to Melbourne to attend the launch of the Chanel at Marais pop-up store and it was a touch of Parisian magic in the heart of the city. The Marais boutique on Bourke Street is housing the first Chanel retail experience outside of the brand’s standalone boutiques in Australia and is showcasing the Paris Cosmopolite 2016/17 Métiers d’art Ready-to-Wear collection.

In a nod to Karl Lagerfeld’s inspiration behind the current Métiers d’art Ready-to-Wear collection, the hub of Café Society that is the Ritz Paris, the decor of the store has been inspired by the iconic five-star hotel in Paris. Think vibrant blue-toned decor featuring everything from navy velvet sofas to indigo cabinetry and pops of electric blue LED lighting. The shopfront below is just the beginning of the truly immersive experience—once you step inside you’ll genuinely feel as if you’re in the middle of Paris.

After sipping on cocktails and losing myself in the boutique and browsing through the many Insta- and covet-worthy pieces it was time to head into an adjoining space to the Marais boutique for the launch cocktail party where everyone from influencer Nicole Warne to singer Isabella Manfredi were present. I also managed to catch up with a few friends which is also a nice bonus when attending an event! One of the highlights of the evening would have to be the performance by The Preatures on the rooftop bar. In one word: amazing.

It’s always a nice treat to be invited to such a glamorous affair and even more so when there’s retail therapy thrown in to make the experience even better. If you’re a Chanel fan run don’t walk to experience the Chanel at Marais pop-up. You’ll think you’ve died and gone to Chanel heaven.

Visit Chanel at Marais from June 15 until July 9, 2017. Marais is located at Level 1, 73-77 Bourke Street, Melbourne. 

Chanel at Marais pop-up boutique store front Melbourne

The impressive Parisian inspired shop front

Chanel at Marais pop-up in Melbourne boutique interior

The luxe interior

Chanel at Marais pop-up Melbourne boutique display

So much Chanel…

Chanel at Marais pop-up Melbourne boutique display 2

Gorgeous display in store

Chanel Gabrielle bag at Chanel at Marais pop-up Melbourne boutique

The Chanel Gabrielle range

Gary Pepper Girl Blogger Nicole Warne at Chanel at Marais pop-up boutique launch in Melbourne

Nicole Warne

Shine by Three Blogger Margaret Zhang at Chanel at Marais boutique in Melbourne pop-up

Margaret Zhang

Preatures perform at the Chanel at Marais pop-up boutique launch in Melbourne

The Preatures performed live on the rooftop

 

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How to find the perfect leather pants

19th June, 2017
Kate Waterhouse farfetch LXE black leather pants alaia heels roksanda saint laurent sunglasses

Leather pants are always on high rotation for me throughout winter as they’re easy to dress up or down and are also super comfortable and cosy–a must when the weather is cool. Finding the perfect pair of leather pants was a shopping coup for me as I looked high and low for just the right fit and style for my shape for ages and it involved trying lots of different brands until I eventually zeroed in on The One. If you’re currently hunt on a pair for yourself there are a few things to keep in mind…

Be prepared to try on lots of different pairs

Leather pants can be a little tricky to shop for online as the fit is so crucial so I highly recommend trying them on in real life. A pair with panelling is slightly easier to mould to different body shapes so might be a little more forgiving but if you’re after leggings style pants like the pair I’m wearing above then you definitely need to make an effort to fit them in-store. Also try a range of different brands as the cut can vary slightly from label to label.

The more snug leather pants are the better

Ensure that any pair of leather pants you try on are perfectly fitted and there are no wrinkles or gathering of material because if they’re baggy they don’t look right. Look for a leather that doesn’t stretch because while you’re in the store they might be tight but then after a month of having them they can become really baggy at the knees which is not the fit you’re going for. Opt for a leather that’s quite sturdy yet comfortable. They’re meant to feel like a second skin but not so tight you’re in danger of splitting them with the slightest of movements!

Consider high waisted

I always go for a high waisted leggings style because I find my hips keep them up. If they’re low waisted they’re continuously sliding down and it looks really loose and baggy around the waist. Remember you’re after a snug and firm fit.

Get them tailored

Don’t be afraid to get leather pants altered. If you’ve found the perfect pair but they’re too long don’t let that deter you. You can definitely get them taken up but it’s just a matter of finding a trusted tailor to do it. Always make sure that your pants hit just at the ankle bone for the most flattering fit.

Shop around

Good quality leather pants can be expensive, often costing a hundreds of dollars. This is why it’s important to find the right pair then shop around to determine whether it may be cheaper to buy it online or in store. Take note of the style you’re after and pinpoint the retailers that stock them then be vigilant about checking on upcoming sales. By going to a little more effort you could save yourself a fair bit of money in the process.

Tell me- will you be shopping for leather pants this season?
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Velvet pieces to add to your wardrobe

16th June, 2017

I’m really into the current velvet trend (I even wore it to Fashion Week) especially when in bold colours. It’s a great way to add some texture to an outfit and a beautiful focal point to a look. From a dress to a statement shoe, you can easily add a touch of velvet to any ensemble—just ensure you mix it with different textures so as not to have it look too overwhelming. Velvet also looks great in rich jewelled tones so if you’re planning to embrace this trend it’s the perfect time to go for vibrant hues and add some extra punch to an outfit.

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5 winter wardrobe essentials on my shopping list

14th June, 2017

It’s official: winter is finally here. For me a brand new season often requires a few key winter wardrobe essentials to take me through the next few months. I usually start by identifying the key trends of the season, then look at what I already own to pinpoint what I’ll need. I always aim for quality pieces but I’m also all about versatility in my wardrobe so I make sure that anything I buy will work with multiple items so I can ensure I get maximum cost per wear value. Here’s what’s currently on my winter hit list.

A statement coat

Owning a good quality coat is a given during winter but for me it’s all about a statement coat. I don’t think you always have to go black. I have a grey one that I live in and a camel coloured one that gets a pretty big workout during the cooler months. It’s worth splurging on key winter wardrobe essentials such as a great coat as you can wear it day and night and dressed up or down.

Over the knee boots

I’m really into over the knee boots. I got some great ones at a Camilla and Marc sale and I live in them. If you can find some over the knee boots they’re great as you can wear them over skinny leg jeans and leather leggings (both winter staples for me). Also I often don’t wear short skirts in winter because it’s too cold and I don’t like wearing opaque tights so I find thigh high boots are a great alternative and are a good way to extend the wear of summery pieces.

Sock boots

I also recently purchased some Balenciaga ankle boots that I wore to Fashion Week and I’ve really found them to be worth the splurge as they go with virtually everything in my winter wardrobe. You don’t have to buy really expensive ones but I highly recommend investing in great ankle boots or calf boots as you can wear them with dresses, pants and skirts. I’ve been living in mine.

An oversized scarf

A great scarf is a winter wardrobe essential for keeping cosy but I find if you can find an oversized one in a neutral shade or print it can work during the rest of the year. I have a Louis Vuitton scarf that I’ve had for years and I wear it as a shawl over a dress if I’m going somewhere dressy or with jeans and a tee.

Leather leggings

I’m totally into leather leggings. I have them in so many different colours. Camilla and Marc have some really great ones in black, khaki green and navy. I’ve found there are also great cheap options from ASOS. If you’re buying leather pants or leggings it’s something you definitely need to try on in-store unless you get ones that have panels of material which are a little more forgiving in terms of fit.

What are your winter wardrobe essentials? 

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12 chic gym bags that will make you want to work out

9th June, 2017

Let’s face it: working out is often made better when you’ve got some cute workout gear to motivate you. If the right training attire can help you feel (almost) like Karlie Kloss in exercise mode then why not extend it to you gym bag? Not only will the right bag help you keep your workout essentials organised and ready for a sweat session at a moment’s notice, you’ll also feel just that little bit more stylish whilst doing it.

Shop my fave picks below…