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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?

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The colour your wardrobe needs right now

12th May, 2017

If there’s one hue to adopt into your wardrobe this season it’s pink (millenial pink is definitely one to watch). The ultra feminine shade is surprisingly versatile. From super light pastel pink to bold fuchsia embrace your girly side and inject a bit of pink into your look. If you’re worried about looking like you’ve stepped out in something your six-year-old niece would have in her wardrobe never fear – you can dial down the girliness by pairing it with tougher pieces such as distressed denim. Think of it as an accent colour to add vibrancy to your look rather than a head-to-toe ensemble. Now, go ahead and channel your inner Elle Woods!

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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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My Mother’s Day Gift Guide at QVB

4th May, 2017

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and there’s no better time to spoil mum and show her how much you appreciate everything she does. Whether your mum is fashion obsessed, loves to be pampered or enjoys simple creature comforts such is sitting back and relaxing with a warm cup of tea, below I’ve rounded up my favourite gift picks to help put a smile on her face on May 14. All of the products are available to shop at the QVB as well as a range of other beautiful and unique gifts for all types of mums.

 

 

Gifts for a Practical Mum

Kikki. K Boxed Card Set 

If your mum is the type who loves to be prepared at all times this beautiful box of gift cards will ensure she’s ready for every occasion thrown her way.

Aveda Healthy Hair Pack 

Who wouldn’t want to be gifted amazing tresses? This pack will help mum to keep her mane in beautiful shape.

Gorman Check It Throw Rug 

Any interiors loving mum will appreciate a cosy throw rug to add to her home.

T2 In The Mood Indigo Trio 

Afternoon tea is made all the more enjoyable with pretty crockery from which to enjoy it from.

T2 Tiny Tin of Manjari Tea 

If your mum is a tea aficionado introducing her to an exotic new brew will definitely earn you major brownie points.

T2 In The Mood Indigo Storage Tin 

This tin is a picture perfect way for mum to store her favourite tea.

 

Gifts to pamper mum

Haigh’s Cinema Mixture 

You can never go wrong with gifting chocolate of any kind, especially when it’s this delicious.

Koko Black Mother’s Day Gift Box 

Nothing beats a box of tasty sweets and these milk, dark and white chocolate pralines are guaranteed to please.

Country Road Animal Print Pyjama Set 

Beautiful sleepwear will ensure that mum enjoys a great night’s rest in style.

Aveda Light The Way Candle 

The spice Madagascar-inspired aroma of this candle will fill any home with a delicious scent.

Fornasetti Ortensia Candle 

Hand-crafted and housed in a gorgeous ceramic vessel, this Fornasetti Ortensia candle is a truly luxe gift for a truly special mum.

Oroton Estat Large Beauty Case 

This sleek and classic beauty case will house mum’s cosmetics in elegant fashion.

 

Gifts for a Stylish Mum

Country Road Soft Trench 

A trench is a style staple so any fashion-loving mum will appreciate having this classic piece in her closet.

Jo Mercer Scuff Slippers 

Slip-on metallic loafers is a statement shoe that is both chic and comfortable.

Helen Kaminski Fur Felt Hat 

Help make mum’s winter look complete with this beautiful felt hat.

Helen Kaminski Abigale Bag 

This on trend bucket bag combines form and function and is the perfect carryall.

Bally Suzy Bag in Rosehaze 

Compact shoulder bags are very of the moment, especially when in the season’s major hue of a soft dusty pink.

Lovélle Ring 

Jewellery is always a gift that’s sure to impress but even more so when it’s such a striking design.

 

This post has been created in collaboration with QVB

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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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How to do winter’s biggest accessories trends

24th April, 2017

When it comes to winter dressing I like to mix it up between moody, dark styling and light, bright looks so my accessories have to be able to follow suit. Here’s how I do it…

Moody and dark

Wearing a head-to-toe black look can sometimes look a little too intense so I like to break it up with contrasting prints such as this oversized houndstooth coat and a sprinkling of accessories. I like to keep my accessories in subdued tones but love to be able tap into the season’s biggest trends. For this particular look I’ve opted for Mimco’s mini chain strap bag (if it’s a big day out I’ll swap it out for a big black tote to be able to carry all my essentials) and a black timepiece and simple jewellery. This is my go-to when I’m after a look that’s classic but with a few contemporary touches.

Light and bright

If I’m doing an outfit in lighter tones I like to opt for more vibrant accessories to build on the pared back palette. In this instance a pair of Mimco statement earrings, oversized sunglasses and a block colour envelope clutch (love the burgundy accent) are the ideal way to bring this particular outfit to life. I usually keep my accessories in similar tones to help tie the look together from head to toe, but in doing so I can afford to mix various styles from the art deco inspired earrings to a modern clutch without it looking haphazard.

 

This post was created in collaboration with Mimco

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Looking for new season denim? I’ve rounded up my fave buys

21st April, 2017

I can’t live without a great pair of jeans. They’re a reliable go-to when I need to pull together an outfit fast as they’re so easy to dress up or down. I usually opt for skinny jeans (both with and without distressing) as I find they work best with my frame – I just make sure they’re hemmed right at the ankle to help elongate my frame. I’ve found after trying on a million different pairs of jeans this is the style that works for me.

If you haven’t yet found yourself a pair of an amazing jeans to live in throughout winter then it’s high time you start your search. This season the options for new denim styles is endless! A straight leg style with a slightly higher rise is a perfect option for everyday casual – you can team it with a simple tee and sneakers for weekend wear or a blouse with loafers for something a little more polished. For something slightly different the unfinished hem is a key trend this season and makes for a slightly edgier look whilst a flared hem looks very of the moment. Whatever you do just be sure to opt for a cropped-at-the-ankle length to ensure the most flattering fit.

Shop my picks below…

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Want to update your look? Here’s the accessory you need to try

14th April, 2017

Image: @nadiafairfax

Want an easy way to turn a look from so-so to instantly striking? Add a pair of statement earrings a la my good friend and fellow blogger Nadia Fairfax. This season, when it comes to earrings, bigger is definitely better. Whilst the last few seasons we’ve seen loads of minimalist, dainty jewellery, this time around big, bold earrings have definitely made a comeback. Whether you opt for large gilded hoops, something a bit more bohemian or a large avante-garde masterpiece now is the time to let your accessories do the talking. Be sure to keep the neckline of your outfit quite simple so as to really allow your earrings to shine. Lastly, when you’ve got such an eye-catching adornment an up-do is best to allow for an unobstructed view.

In the mood to upsize your earrings? Shop some of my top picks below.

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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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Last minute picks: Autumn Racing Carnival

29th March, 2017

Autumn racing season is well and truly underway and if you’re on the hunt for the ideal outfit you’ve come to the right place as I’ve rounded up some of my top picks to have you standing out from the crowd. What I love about dressing for autumn carnival is that it’s all about rich colours such as burgundy and classic black – there’s a certain luxe elegance about the fashion that ups the style stakes. If you’re in the mood for prints you could opt for florals or a graphic monochrome print that will allow you to make your mark trackside. When it comes to accessories leave your straw hats at home and instead go for a beautiful wide brimmed felt hat or a fascinator in deeper, bolder colours or gold headwear that will bring a touch of glamour to any look.