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The must-try print this season

24th March, 2017

Image: @karliekloss

Make like Karlie Kloss this season and adopt a little plaid into your wardrobe. Whilst the print has in the past come across as quite traditional be prepared to see it in a more distinctly fashion forward light with it appearing on everything from vibrant cut-out skirts to origami style deconstructed shirts. Also, whilst monochrome checks are a guaranteed fashion yes don’t be shy in trying its vibrant counterparts – when in red, blue and soft baby pink make this print certainly speaks volumes.

Shop my fave checked pieces below (take note of the Gucci jacket that’s guaranteed to become a wardrobe classic!):

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New trend to try: ruffles

17th March, 2017

Image: @oliviapalermo

It seems we’ll all be embracing a little frill this season with ruffles emerging as a major trend. Prepare to see it on everything from dresses to shirts to shoes and bags. It’s ever so feminine so if you don’t want your look to be too girly try to complement it with more structured pieces such as jeans with a ruffled blouse or a blazer worn over a dress with a frilled finish. As anything with a ruffle is already quite the statement piece keep the rest of your look quite pared back so as not to overwhelm.

Want to try this trend? Shop my pics below…

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What’s on my autumn shopping list

16th March, 2017

I love the start of a new season as it means getting to scope out what’s available out there and pinpointing the purchases I’ll be adding to my wardrobe. Autumn is always a tricky time of year as it requires being prepared for both cool and warm days and also any last minute changes in the weather (this is why I always love to layer) however it’s also a nice transition into being able to wear gorgeous knits and deeper, richer colours. Here’s what’s currently on my autumn shopping list.

Camilla and Marc Bowery Cami: A great black cami is always a versatile piece in any wardrobe and I suspect I’ll be getting plenty of use out of this piece as I wear it under my jackets and blazers.

Emporio Armani zip top large tote: A woman can never have too many handbags and I love anything that’s roomy enough to carry all my essentials plus my girls’ things. I love the gorgeous mushroom colour of this particular bag as it will be easy to work  back with numerous outfits.

Isabel Marant blouse: This is totally a statement blouse and I love the fact it will work back with jeans and slacks and really give the look some oomph.

Siren wide leg pant: A wide leg pant is always a great anchor if you want a dressy, elegant look and a beautiful white pair will look sharp and polished when worn to an event or to a meeting.

Balmain sweater: Cosy sweaters are a must and this particular one by Balmain will definitely be making its way into my wardrobe due to its versatility. Logos are also making a comeback as far as tees and jumpers are concerned so this is right on trend.

Sonia Rykiel earrings: These are a great nod to the statement earring trend but I also love their simplicity which is definitely more in keeping with my style.

Le Specs sunnies: Sunglasses are a weakness of mine and I love collecting different styles in various shades as they’re such a simple way to update an outfit. This pastel pair are a fun addition to any look.

Bec and Bridge dress: The LBD is great but I’m really loving navy dresses at the moment. This one is so simple in its cut and style that it will definitely be a chameleon in my autumn wardrobe and will work back with several looks.

Preen ruched dress: I love wearing dresses throughout autumn as I find they’re a great starting point from which to start layering. A big tick of approval for the stripes and ruching on this dress.

Alexander Wang boots: A great pair of ankle boots is one shoe style I add to my wardrobe every autumn/winter season. Love the cut out heel on this pair by Alexander Wang.

Gucci trainers: Sneakers aren’t going anywhere anytime soon so I’m investing in a new pair this season. The traditional Gucci stripe keeps it classic but the stars add some fun.

Acne skirt: The rich hues of this asymmetrical skirt will provide a pop of colour to more sombre looks throughout the cooler months.

Adam Lippes midi skirt: I really rate midi hemlines as they’re so classic and elegant. The pleating and trumpet silhouette give it a nice point of difference.

Oscar Tiye mirrored leather sandals: I can’t resist a fun pair of statement heels! This metallic pair is guaranteed to liven up my look when I’m heading out to an event.

Sophie Hulme mini box bag: Mini bags may not be the kind of throw-it-all-in bag that I’d carry for everyday wear but this bag’s size is perfect for a night out. I love the additional strap as it gives me a hands-free option if I’m at a function and need to leave my hands unemcumbered for holding a drink or grabbing a canape.

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The logo tee makes a comeback

10th March, 2017

@ChiaraFerragni

If there’s one item that seems to have become the must-have piece of late it’s a Gucci logo tee. From fashion editors to bloggers, it seems this simple tee has been the designer purchase to make to instantly make your outfit right on trend. However, its not only Gucci that have dipped their toe into the land of logo t-shirts this season. Everyone from Marc Jacobs to Givenchy have also released their own versions, too. Go forth and fly your fave brand’s flag proudly.

Shop your own logo tee below…

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The one shoe style I’ll definitely be buying this season

6th March, 2017

When it comes to my autumn/winter wardrobe there’s one shoe style I’ll definitely be purchasing – the ankle boot. A pair of quality black ankle boots always take me through the cooler months and is  a guaranteed way to update any outfit. You can opt for a pair of sky high stiletto style boots if you’re looking for some sexy footwear to take you from drinks to dinner or a pair of flat boots as a comfy option when you’ve got a busy day ahead of you. If you’re intending to wear them to death, be sure to have them resoled beforehand to ensure that they can withstand the wear and tear of constant outings.

I’ve rounded up some of my fave ankle boot styles to inspire your next shopping trip…

 

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The new statement shirt

3rd March, 2017

The humble button down shirt was once simply known as a staple of the corporate wardrobe given its quite conservative nature, however its current incarnation is anything but. From cut-out shoulders to asymmetrical cuts and tie details the button down has become a fashion forward force to be reckoned with. If you’re planning to try this trend this season be sure to allow the shirt to do all the talking so keep all other elements simple and streamlined. A crisp white shirt is a no-brainer however a pinstripe is also worth adding to your shopping list and is easily worked back with everything from skirts to jeans and slacks.

Ready to try this trend? Get inspired or shop up a storm with my top picks below…

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Activewear revamp

14th February, 2017

As part of my plan to kickstart 2017, I’m back into pilates and about to start personal training. One of the perks of working out these days is that there are some seriously fashion forward pieces available. The activewear revolution has meant that a busy training session or day running around no longer requires a shabby tshirt and plain leggings. I tend to opt for quality pieces and durable fabric as there is a lot of running around with Grace and Sophia too.

I’ll always try to mix in navy and grey marle to avoid feeling too washed out in all-black. Don’t be afraid to add in some navy and grey to your look this season. Sweat is no longer a problem with this amazing towel from Dolce and Gabbana. I’ll be using one for a quick post-training dip at Balmoral.

How about some of these standout pieces to add to your activewear wardrobe? The platform Kenzo trainers may not be the best running shoes, but they will lift up any casual outfit.

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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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How to revamp your work wardrobe this year

17th January, 2017

A brand new year is the perfect excuse to get your work wardrobe in order. I always start the beginning of a new working year by taking stock of everything in my wardrobe so I can identify the key areas that I may need to build on or add to to inject some freshness into my office look. Here’s how to give yourself a stylish start to the year ahead…

Identify your dream work looks

Now is the time to pinpoint your ideal office outfits. Keeping in mind your work dress code, start by pulling together examples of everything from jackets you may like to suit styles you’ve always wanted to try so you can get an idea of how you want your work wardrobe to look. Once you’ve done this you’ll have a blueprint of your style which makes everything from decluttering what you currently own to what you need to shop for so much easier.

Bin or keep?

Pull out everything you wear to work and assess each piece with a critical eye. Does that dress really flatter you? Is that skirt the right length? The aim of this exercise is to make sure that you only keep things that you will actually wear and will help you look polished. Be brutal! Get rid of anything that you haven’t worn in awhile or is looking a bit worse for wear. Once you’ve got a pile of clothes that you intend to keep separate them into what you will need to get dry cleaned, mended or altered.

Compile a shopping list

I always tend to go to gravitate towards shirts for work meetings so it’s one area of my wardrobe I make sure I always have well stocked. If you’re like me then now is the ideal time to invest in some fresh new shirts to wear throughout the year. Look at what else in your wardrobe is looking a bit tired and consider replacing it such as the work shoes you wore virtually every day last year or the work bag that’s seen better days. Or if you can see that there are serious gaps in your wardrobe, for example if you have been avoiding wearing particular things because you don’t have the right belt then look into finally buying one.

Look at what can be altered

It’s a pain having to take just one thing to be altered so I always wait until I’ve got a few things that need to be done. What better time than a brand new year? This is the time to get any pants hemmed to the right length and get any jackets tailored to fit perfectly. A little bit of tailoring can really make all the difference and make something old feel new again.

Try on different outfits

Once you’ve got all your key pieces sorted start trying them on to compile a few key go-to outfits. This will not only allow you to get a better idea of how functional your office wardrobe is it’s always great to have a mental cheat sheet for those days when you’ve woken up and just want to go into auto pilot or you are having an “I have nothing to wear day” and need to get out the door fast.