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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…

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What’s on my shopping list this month

7th June, 2017

A brand new season calls for a new shopping list and this month I’m coveting a number of gorgeous accessories and key winter style staples. I find there’s no better time than a change in seasons to splurge on some new wardrobe additions to rejuvenate my style. Here’s what I have my eye on…

Isabel Marant hanging beaded cluster earrings

A dainty, understated pair of earrings that will easily add an elegant touch to an outfit without being too over the top.

Faith Connexion star gloves

Sometimes you just have to have fun with your accessories and these gloves certainly fit the bill!

Kenzo Kalifornia wallet crossbody bag

A pop of pink adds a fun touch to any outfit and this crossbody bag is the perfect companion on a night out.

Givenchy mini bow crossbody bag

A monochrome bag with a striking star print is a versatile piece that will work with myriad looks.

Acne Studios leather biker jacket

This biker jacket is made from buttery soft leather with on trend metal finishes that will ensure it’s on high rotation this season and beyond.

Erdem Elin cut-out shoulder silk blouse

I’m in love with the gorgeous cornflower blue shade of this blouse and the bow and cut-out details just make it a standout piece.

Gucci New Ace faux-pearl embellished leather trainers

Who better than Gucci to give trainers the luxe treatment. The faux pearls on these sneakers elevate it from simple everyday footwear to seriously of the moment.

Bianca Spender charcoal fine wool aviator coat

A great coat is a must during winter and this cosy number by Bianca Spender will keep me nice and toasty when the weather gets chilly.

Aquazzura Sweet Lover sandal

A pair of neutral stilettos never goes astray and with crystal embellishments it’s the perfect party shoe.

By Johnny Borderline mini shift dress

The combination of colour blocking and feature sleeve make this mini dress a 60s style dream.

Zimmermann Divinity ruffled midi dress

This dress will easily transition from winter to spring with a simple change of footwear. During the cooler months this will look elegant when paired with boots.

Aquazzura Powder Puff velvet backless flats

Pink velvet + pom poms = the cutest flats I ever did see. These will add the perfect feminine touch to any look.

By Johnny Lace Outline Circle Sleeve Top

The flared sleeves and see through lace make this a daring focal point of any ensemble.

Matthew Williamson aviator style mirrored sunglasses

I can’t resist great sunglasses and I don’t think you can ever go wrong with a classic aviator style. The mirrored lenses give it an edgy touch.

Balenciaga tube high rise straight leg jeans

I like to update my denim wardrobe per season and a pair of straight leg, high waisted jeans is the season’s biggest silhouette.

Marni jacquard knit cotton blend sweater

The print of this sweater caught my eye. Whilst I love neutrals it’s sometimes nice to be able to mix it up and go for a completely striking pattern.

What’s on your shopping list this month?

 

 

 

 

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Bored of the white sneaker? Here’s the answer

2nd June, 2017

While there’s no doubt that white sneakers are a wardrobe staple given the fact they go with virtually everything, they’re also quite ubiquitous so it’s only understandable to want something different to mix up your look from time to time. Lucky for you there are now a plethora of sneaker options available in a rainbow of colours and striking patterns. Pink! Blue! Leopard! It’s all here for your comfortable footwear pleasure.

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What I Wore: Black Magic

29th May, 2017

An all-black ensemble is a wardrobe staple for me during winter as it’s guaranteed to always look polished and is in keeping with the moody hues of the season. A no-brainer, right? However due to this reason you can almost guarantee to find yourself amongst a sea of black outfits. The key is making your outfit stand apart. It’s all about finding the centrepiece to your overall look, something that you can build the rest of your outfit around. To do this I find it pays to find a garment with an eye-catching feature that makes it a statement piece that will help you to stand out in the crowd. I spotted this Roksanda Truffaut Bell-Sleeve Top from Farfetch and I knew immediately that it fit the bill. It’s sleek but the sleeves simultaneously give it an avant-garde feel and adds a bit of drama to my outfit.

A statement top with bold details needs to be worked back with a piece with clean lines so as not to overwhelm so I opted to pair it with my favourite LXÉ leather pants. I wanted to keep my entire look all the same colour while adding the right accoutrements to keep it from looking too heavy and dark. For this reason I added accessories with interesting finishing touches in order to add some punch to my get-up. My Saint Laurent Monogram M3 sunglasses are the ultimate in statement eyewear with their gold glitter detail and is the ideal complementary piece to a head-to-toe black look by providing a small pop of colour. I’ve always been a big fan of all things monochrome so my Stella McCartney embroidered star clutch is the ideal bag to carry all my essentials for the day. In keeping with the minimalist nature of my outfit I opted for mini lightning bolt Astley Clarke stud earrings which add a playful touch to my attire while remaining understated. Heels are a must with the dressy nature of this ensemble so my Alaïa studded heels were the perfect way to finish off the look .

Wearing black is my winter go-to (as I’m sure it is for a lot of people) but there’s no need for it to be boring—it’s all in the attention to detail and the right finishing touches.

Credits: Top, Roksanda; Pants, LXÉ; Sunglasses, Saint Laurent; Clutch, Stella McCartney; Earrings, Astley Clarke; Heels, Alaïa

Photography: Sophia Athas

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The new mum starter kit: my fave baby products

26th May, 2017

I remember when I was pregnant with Sophia and the list of things I needed to buy seemed quite overwhelming and endless. To avoid drowning in endless amounts of baby paraphernalia it helped that I had recommendations from family and friends about what I would actually need and use as opposed to things that may seem nice but would end up sitting in the nursery gathering dust. Over the years, after a little trial and error, I’ve also managed to narrow down my can’t-live-without essentials and I often share this with friends who are about to become mums or gift things on the list when I’m attending baby showers. Here’s what I’ve found to be musts in my new mum starter kit…

Bugaboo Cameleon

There are so many types of prams out there but I’m a Bugaboo girl. I have the Bugaboo Cameleon and I’ve use it for both Sophia and Grace. I go on lots of pram walks so I like the fact it’s really sturdy and easy to manoeuvre but quite lightweight. The pram has lots of features that I like such as being able to easily recline it right back or sit it right up, adjustable handles and I now also have a little seat for Sophia which is handy. I’ve found it to be a really comfortable pram for the girls too—Sophia loved to sleep in it and that’s a definite bonus when you’re trying to get an unsettled bub to nap!

Baby Zen YoYo

Let me preface this with the fact that you technically don’t need two prams, however when I travel I like everything to be really super easy and light and for those reasons the Baby Zen YoYo pram is definitely a great option. I’ve taken mine on overseas trips and found as it’s easily collapsible and compact it was not too cumbersome to deal with. I think it’s good to have a really great pram but I think it’s handy to have a stroller that you can just pack up. I now leave the YoYo in my car so I always have a pram on hand without having to pack my Bugaboo in and out of the car all the time.

Baby Bjorn carrier

When I’m on foot with Grace while Sophia is at kindy, I’ve found the carrier is ideal, especially when I’m going to the shops as it allows me to have my hands free. It’s also great if baby is a bit unsettled and wants to be close to you as you can carry them for awhile without completely doing your back in! This carrier is easy to take on and off so doesn’t require too much fussing around with straps and buckles.

Sapling Child onesies

My kids just lived in onesies so I’ve tried a few different brands and have become a huge fan of the range from Sapling Child. Not only are they made from organic fabrics and have beautiful prints and patterns they also do up with a zipper. This is SO important as I hate buttons on onesies as they’re so fiddly. I love the fact that I just need to zip it up. They also doesn’t have any seams so there’s nothing that could irritate baby’s skin.

Mama Maya wraps

Muslin wraps are a must for swaddling in the newborn phase but it’s often hard to find one that’s the ideal size. I love Mama Maya wraps because they’re oversized which I found makes it much easier to wrap baby snugly. Also, they’re made from organic cotton muslin which makes them lightweight and breathable and come in a range of great colours in their signature polka dot print. They’re also great for using as a pram cover, a cover up while breastfeeding or a light blanket so you’ll definitely get plenty of use out of them. An added benefit is that Mama Maya have partnered with Birthing Kit Foundation Australia so with every wrap purchased they provide funding for one clean birthing kit and caregiver training to help women in developing countries experience a cleaner and safer birth.

Uniden baby monitor

I’ve found a baby monitor to be a must and is the kind of thing that you’ll use as the baby gets older. It’s obviously great for keeping an eye on the baby wherever you are in the house and I found it to be especially handy when the girls started sleeping in their own rooms at night as I was able to check on them remotely which helped put me at ease.

Pigeon baby bottles

I’ve always liked Pigeon brand bottles but recently my sister in law got me onto the glass version. They’re easy to clean and sterilise which is great when going through so many bottles throughout the day.

Baby washes

There are lots of different bath products out there for babies that it can be a little hard to decide on the best one to use. At the moment I really like the baby wash from the Milk Baby range and QV bath oil which I used on Grace as she had really dry skin when she was younger.

Madreperla bed linen

It’s inevitable that you’ll go through lots of baby bedding so it’s important to have multiples of everything. You don’t have to spend a fortune but if you’re wanting something a bit special then I highly recommend the Madreperla luxury baby linen range. It’s  300 thread count and 100 per cent flax linen so it’s super soft. Their quilts are also filled with pure cotton and free from polyester and synthetics. I find anything from this range also makes a really nice baby shower gift.

Baby Bjorn bouncer

Grace loves her bouncer! I’ve gotten a lot of use from the one we have as the bouncing motion is great for soothing a cranky baby plus it’s handy if you just need somewhere for bub to safely sit and stay in the one place. It’s also a great spot for baby to sit when reading to them or playing with toys together.

What are some of your baby essentials for new mums?