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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.

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The one thing I do every season

16th January, 2017

I love the start of each season as it means I can go shopping and make some key additions to my wardrobe. I often try and pinpoint a few key pieces that I’ll need as opposed to going crazy and buying up every trend in sight. However if there’s one thing I do each season without fail it’s this: I buy shoes in black and neutral. Yep, every season. I’ve done it for years and I’ve found making those strategic shoe purchases will get me through autumn, winter, summer and spring.

Whilst I’ll stick to the same colours I’ll obviously alter the style of shoe according to the weather so in winter I’ll buy a boot and a closed toe shoe such as a pump and if it’s summer I’ll buy both open toed shoes whether it be a sandal or stiletto. A black and a neutral shoe will go with virtually everything in my wardrobe so I know I’m guaranteed to get a lot of use out of it plus buying a season’s key style will update my look accordingly. It’s an easy way to look on trend without having to change your entire wardrobe.

Tell me, what do you do each season?

 

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My tips for sale shopping

26th December, 2016

Sale time! This is a great time of year to bag a bargain and restock your wardrobe but it can also be the time when you may end up splurging on things on impulse and end up having lots of items sitting at the back of your wardrobe for the rest of the year. This is why it’s important to have a shopping game plan when it comes to hitting the sales. Here’s what I always do when it comes to sale shopping in-store or online.

Compile a shopping list

A bargain isn’t really a bargain if you end up snapping up something that you had absolutely no intention of buying in the first place. This is why I always inspect my wardrobe and compile a list of things I need so I know exactly what I need to buy when I’m trawling my favourite online stores or browsing my favourite boutiques.

Be prepared to try on things

The crowds are crazy during the after Christmas sales so make things easier on yourself when you go to try things on by wearing an appropriate outfit. This means wearing something simple such as a dress that you can take on and off quite easily and also shoes that you can easily slip in and out of without too much fuss. Leave the strappy sandals at home and opt for a pair of slides instead.

Don’t settle for second best

The rush of trawling through sale items and finding something drastically reduced is understandable for those who love to shop but it’s also the time to be discerning. Only snap up things that truly fit the description of what you want and not something that is just close enough. If the neckline isn’t right on a dress or the pair of designer shoes you’ve tried on pinch your feet it’s best left on the shelf. You only want to buy things that you will definitely be able to wear.

Always know the returns policy

Make sure you protect yourself from buyer’s remorse by being aware of a store’s returns and exchanges policy. You may find that you need to take something back in the event it doesn’t fit or doesn’t work with your wardrobe and you don’t want to be caught by surprise to find that you’re unable to do so.

What are some of your sale shopping tips?

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13 outfits to get you through party season

15th December, 2016

Are your days becoming a blur of parties and endless social gatherings? The festive season is one of my favourite times of year but I know it can also be a tricky time as far as outfits go. So many occasions, so little time to shop! I shared my top tips for party dressing last week to help make things a little easier and now I’ve hand picked some of my favourite party dresses to help making shopping that much easier. Have fun!

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Christmas decorating with Etsy

13th December, 2016

One of my favourite parts about Christmas is decorating and now having both Sophia and Grace, it’s nice to be able to make our home as festive as possible for them. At the same time I also like decorations to complement the interior of our home and this is where Etsy has come in handy. For anyone who has ever lost a few hours trawling all the beautiful crafts and homewares on the site you’ll know that it’s the perfect spot to find just the right decorations to suit any taste or budget. I’ve stocked up on a few things so I’m now all set to add some festive touches to our home and here are some of the top tips I’ve picked up along the way…

You don’t have to stick to Christmas colours

Red and green are synonymous with Christmas but they’re not exactly hues that will work with every home colour scheme. I am all about neutral tones and I’ve found that Etsy have some great Christmas decors in that colour palette that will look ideal with the rest of my house. Don’t be afraid to step away from the traditional Christmas hues for something a bit different.

Find things that you can use all year

If you use a white table cloth or decorations in gold such as gilded cutlery for your Christmas table it can be reused throughout the year so it’s not just limited to a single season. However adding elements such as kraft paper Christmas crackers will ensure you maintain the festive vibe.

Add personal touches

I love anything that’s personalised so am planning to extend it to my Christmas decorations. For example personalised name cards are a great addition to a festive table and is something that guests can take home as a souvenir. A Christmas plate with your kids’ names or glassware are also a nice way to add a personalised festive touch. Christmas gift stickers with your name are also a great for turning ordinary wrapping into something a bit more special. Also make sure to think outside the box when it comes to decorations – I found the personalised tags below in the Etsy wedding section!

You don’t have to go big to make an impact

I live in an apartment so I don’t want massive decorations that I have to store for the rest of the year. I like small things that still give the Christmas effect and give a visual impact without taking up too much room. This is where cute Christmas tree ornaments or a rustic wreath or garland can work around the home. The difficult part is just deciding which ones to buy!