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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!

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The gift hub that’s making Christmas shopping easier for fashion fans

7th December, 2016

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The countdown is on to Christmas and I’m well and truly in shopping mode. I am quite a frequent visitor to Matches Fashion throughout the year and have definitely made a purchase or two so I was excited to discover their Gift Studio. I’m all about anything that makes life easier during this busy time of year and this certainly makes gift buying a cinch! The edit on the Matches site is always top notch, and they always stock my favourite designers so I know I’m guaranteed to find something perfect, but to make it easier to locate the ideal present, the dedicated Christmas hub narrows down present ideas into different categories, price range and style so it serves up just the right list of suggestions. It really takes the stress out of shopping. Plus if you’re a little short on time to gift wrap you’ll be glad to hear that every package comes in their signature marbled packaging so you don’t have to worry about wrapping. The packaging is so beautiful so it’s guaranteed to impress and their delivery times are super quick so if you’ve left things to the last minute, don’t worry, it’s not too late!

Here are some standout gifts that I’m sure will put a smile on someone’s face (I know I’ve bookmarked them for myself)…

Statement shoes

Whether it’s Aquazurra’s iconic Wild Thing sandals or Valentino’s beautiful Rockstud leather mules Matches’ shoe selection will satisfy any shoe addict. Flats don’t need to be boring these day either so I ordered a pair of Nicholas Kirkwood backless loafers.  These shoes are just the right style to ensure whoever receives them will get plenty of use out of them whilst still making a head-turning statement.

Bold jewellery

One huge trend at the moment is statement jewellery. The bolder the better. Whether it’s a pair of Gucci pearl-effect earrings or a gorgeous gold cuff any woman would be pleased to see something so special under the tree on Christmas morning.

Embellished bag

Gucci have really nailed it this season, especially when it comes to bags. The Dionysus embellished bag is the stuff designer dreams are made of. It’s gorgeously artistic and completely striking and is the type of wardrobe addition that will certainly impress.

Sunglasses

I’ve mentioned my love of sunglasses previously and I think they make a great gift. Whatever the style, beautiful frames are the perfect way to update an outfit and are a summer staple.

Lingerie

Why not treat yourself to beautiful lingerie? It’s the ultimate indulgence but oh-so right when it’s as pretty as this.

Accessories 

Whether it’s a Dolce & Gabbana iPhone case or a hot pink Givenchy card holder a mini designer hit is the kind of gift that is guaranteed to put a smile on the face of anyone receiving it.

 

 

 

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What I’m looking to buy my family this Christmas

5th December, 2016

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This is such a great time of year but it can also be quite stressful trying to get my Christmas shopping done amongst all the other things on my to-do list – which is why I’ve learnt to scope out the shops (both in-store and online) ahead of time and make a list of possible gift ideas for my family and friends. I find if I’ve got a shortlist then it helps make getting my shopping done a much more streamlined process. If you’re looking for present ideas then here’s a peek at what I’m considering…. (my family will just have to wait till Christmas morning to see what my final choices were!).

Gifts for her:

It’s fun (sometimes a little dangerous!) shopping for my mum and sister-in-law, Hoda because I always inevitably stumble upon things I end up falling in love with too. I find that beautiful home decor such as great candle or quality towel is a great option as interior decorating is something they’re both really into. That said, they also both love fashion so a nice pair of earrings or cute shoes is always something that will put a smile on their face.

Gifts for him:

Finding gifts for my husband, Luke, brother, Tom and my dad almost always end up falling into the fashion category. I find a great tie or sunglasses is something they’ll be able to get plenty of use out of throughout the year. However I sometimes like to give them something they can wear to death during the summer break such as a pair of shorts or a hat. Fragrances are also ideal and I find it’s something most men don’t tend to buy for themselves so it’s a nice albeit useful surprise.

Gifts for kids: 

Christmas in our family is now all about the kids so it’s always really fun shopping for my girls but also my niece, Rose and nephew, William. I love buying cute clothes for Sophia and Rose but they’re also into their toys so I make sure to try and maintain a balance. As Grace is still a baby I’ll probably end up with something adorable to add to her wardrobe. I find toys are always a winner for my nephew so something he can play with such as a fire engine will be something he’ll enjoy finding under the tree.

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What’s on my summer shopping list

23rd November, 2016

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Summer is always one of my favourite seasons to shop for and after checking out what trends have been popping up in the Northern Hemisphere over the last few months I’ve been getting more excited to start pulling together my shopping list. Here’s what I’ve got my eye on…

Loren Stewart necklace: A lot of the necklines popular during summer require showing off the décolletage so I’ve been looking for a great minimalist necklace to complement the new pieces I’ll be adding to my wardrobe.

Lisa Marie Fernandez wrap bikini: A new bikini is one of the things I look forward to purchasing during summer and this navy bikini with its wrap detail is a chic option for wearing whilst sitting poolside.

Alexander Wang espadrilles: White sneakers and espadrilles are both big trends for summer and this is a really cute marriage of the two. I can imagine wearing this with flowy summer dresses.

Bassike striped dress: I like having dresses that I can easily throw on without too much fuss and this striped dress is a no-brainer. It’s perfect for when I need to get out the door fast (which I need to do a lot these days!)

Castillo beach towel: I frequent the beach often with my family so I can never have enough beach towels. I love the colourful mix of prints on this and it also has such a distinctive look that I’ll be able to spot it easily.

Ace of Something woven fedora: I’m a stickler for sun protection so I’ve been on the hunt for a great wide-brimmed floppy straw hat to wear to the beach. I love the leather cord around this particular style – it gives it a modern touch.

Ancient Greek sandals: Black and tan sandals are of course staples during summer but I wanted something a little more feminine and really liked these pastel pink, calf-hair sandals by Ancient Greek. Pink is also a surprisingly easy colour to wear and can almost be considered a neutral in this particular shade.

Le Specs round sunglasses: I wrote about my love of sunglasses earlier in the week so of course I’ve been on the look out for a cool new pair of sunnies to add to my collection. In a matte silver these are quite modern and with mirrored lenses they’re a great statement-making piece.

Anna October cold shoulder top: There’s nothing quite like a crisp white top to pair with a skirt or shorts during summer and I think the cold shoulder silhouette is a nice take on the off the shoulder trend. This is an easy option for days when I need to look dressed up with minimal fuss.

Melissa Odabashi beach dress: I’ve been looking for an easy cover-up for the beach and this is perfect. I like the navy shade and the subtle stripes and lace trim. I can see myself throwing this on over a bikini and heading off to lunch.

Maison Michel hemp straw hat: Whilst the floppy straw hat is perfect for the beach I wanted something I could wear whilst running around doing errands or heading out for the day and I think this has the right amount of polish.

Dolce & Gabbana crystal iPhone case: Summer’s for having fun, right? I love how colourful and vibrant this phone case is and it reminds me of being on holiday. Plus who doesn’t love a touch of D&G?

Dolce & Gabbana one-piece: I’ve been on the hunt for a great one-piece for awhile and when I saw the Sicilian print on this it sealed the deal for me as it reminds me holidaying in Italy. I think every girl needs a one-piece in her swimsuit wardrobe this summer.

Sarah’s bag Pacifico wooden clutch: Yes, it’s completely over the top and definitely not the type of clutch that you’d classify as a ‘classic’ but it’s so bright and fun how could I resist?

Lila Eugenie kaftan: I can see myself getting plenty of use out of this kaftan over many summers. I just love wearing white during summer as it’s so fresh. All it needs is a great bikini and a pretty pair of sandals and I’m set.

What’s on your summer shopping list?

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Fashion Profile: Designer, Anna Hoang

17th November, 2016

Photography: Zimbio

When it comes to designing less is more for Australian designer Anna Hoang. A 2011 graduate of the Sydney Institute of Technology, her label Anna Quan is a perfect example of statement-making minimalism. Hoang has dressed  international celebrities such as Kendall Jenner and Karlie Kloss and her range is stocked in Australia and internationally in Paris and Puerto Rico.

The label focuses on women’s ready-to-wear items and is about clean lines, functionality and attention to finishing details such as a strategically placed pocket or a perfectly finished lining. Each piece specialises in strong tailored silhouettes in luxe fabrications. Here I chat to Anna about her favourite trick for dressing well, where she gets her inspiration and how she gets ahead in the competitive world of fashion…

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What influences your designs?

Streetwear. I love the way people style their clothes and how they wear common items everyday.

What is your favourite piece from your collection? 

Fringed pants from Resort ’16. It adds a little bit of fun and playfulness into everyday dressing.

What is your most loved fashion item that you own?

Currently obsessing over Alighieri earrings from my friend who is a London-based designer. She makes these rough but elegant lost wax cast earrings in gold. They are just one-of-a-kind.

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Who do you look up to ?

People who follow through and do what they say they will do.

When you need to escape where do you like to go?

Bed. Sleep is few and far between a lot of the time. I would love nothing more than a nap.

What do you think is the most important trick is to dressing well?

Definitely tailoring. Making sure your clothes are custom fit and taken in or up to your level. Never underestimate a great fit.

What has been your proudest moment so far in the fashion world?

Seeing my clothes snapped for best of street style for Paris, Milan, New York, Copenhagen fashion weeks for Vogue.com.

What is it like to compete in such a competitive industry as an emerging designer? 

Like a marathon – it’s a long game – endurance and resilience is key. Sometimes it’s important to be reminded that you can get further with consistency rather than great big spurts and lags.

Which style icons do you look up to?

Pernille Teisbaek – she’s always putting together unlikely combinations that just work. She’s never boring

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Anna in a snapshot:

Favourite colour: Red

Ideal comfort food: Hot chips

Most played song on playlist: “Killing Me Softly”, The Fugees

Go-to heels: Flats all the way

Signature cocktail: Mojito

For enquiries and more info on the label go here

 

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Steal her style: Kristin Cavallari

16th October, 2016

Kristin Cavallari first came to prominence on the reality TV shows Laguna Beach and The Hills, however now she’s established a career as a jewellery and shoe designer and author all whilst leading a busy life as a mum of three and wife to NFL player Jay Cutler. Now a resident of Chicago, Cavallari’s look still incorporate touches of being a former California girl with its relaxed approach to styling, however her look has indeed matured with tailored blouses, skirts and dresses featuring quite heavily in her style repertoire.

White fluted blouse

Fluted sleeves have been a trend of late and when featured on a simple white blouse such as Cavallari’s it looks effortless without looking like a slave to fashion. It’s also the kind of style that can easily live on long after it finishes trending.

Black skirt

A simply flippy black skirt is a fun way to look polished but still keep the look quite youthful. Opt for a longer length if you’re after a more conservative look or are not a fan of flashing lots of leg.

Gold statement necklace

A monochrome look is instantly livened up with the addition of gilded jewellery. A statement necklace is one way to add interest to an outfit and give it a point of difference. This particular style is both daytime and nighttime appropriate so will definitely get plenty of use.

Check out others in the Steal her Style series:

Olivia Palermo

Karlie Kloss 

Miroslava Duma

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

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The trusty bag you’ll wear all the time

12th October, 2016

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Whilst a beautiful clutch or top-handle bag is a nice addition to your bag wardrobe, there’s one style that is guaranteed to be the workhorse of your collection and that’s a nice, roomy tote. Being a mum, space is a premium when it comes to handbags these days so having something I can quickly pop everything into from my wallet and keys to one of the girls’ toys is deal.

And the great thing is there’s a tote style to suit virtually every taste and budget. I love opting for a neutral hue as I find I’ll get more use out of it but if you’re after a statement-making colour or one with loads of embellishment there’s definitely plenty out there to satisfy your needs. When it comes to bags I always veer towards something streamlined and classic, and if it’s a designer tote I always make sure that it’s a style that isn’t overly common (I hate seeing a million people with the same bag) and is something that the brand will bring back season after season so I don’t end up with something that’s easily identifiable as being from a particular collection.

Check out some of my top tote picks below. Which one is your favourite?