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What I Wore: Life with Bird x Lindy Klim

29th June, 2017

There are some beautiful pieces from the new Life with Bird x Lindy Klim collaboration but I was particularly drawn to this set from the collection. The pairing of the printed kimono style jacket and cropped pant is simple and understated yet the striking print help give the ensemble impact. I could definitely see myself wearing it to a work function or dinner with friends. I think the great part about a matching set like this is that both can work separately so it allows me to get double the use from one outfit. I’m all about versatility so anything that can be used in multiple ways ticks all the right boxes. The loose, cropped silhouette of the pants called for a streamlined shoe so I opted for my Balenciaga sock boots and a structured clutch to provide a contrast to the relaxed feel of the outfit. A matching set is always an easy go-to for me when I want to look polished and pulled together.

Credits: Jacket and Pants, Life with Bird x Lindy Klim; Boots, Balenciaga; Clutch, Prada

Photography: Sophia Athas

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What I Wore: Chanel at Marais

20th June, 2017
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I was lucky enough to be invited to the launch of the gorgeous new Chanel at Marais ephemeral boutique in Melbourne and of course, any event that involves such an stylish and iconic brand requires a sleek and chic evening look. I opted for a slinky satin Bec & Bridge dress with a thigh high split to bring a touch of glamour to my outfit. To help the champagne hue of the dress to take centre stage I paired it with black accessories—my Balmain blazer provided a structured counterpoint to the fluid nature of the dress and my Balenciaga ankle boots helped ground the ensemble. And what else to wear at the opening of Chanel at Marais than a piece from the label itself. I wore my favourite Chanel quilted bag to carry my essentials for the night and pay homage to the inimitable fashion house we were celebrating.

Credits: Dress, Bec & Bridge; Blazer, Balmain; Boots, Balenciaga; Bag, Chanel
Photography: Danielle Castano
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Max Mara x The Woolmark Company

17th June, 2017

When it comes to my wardrobe I put a premium on buying pieces made from quality fabrics—they last longer and are able to stand up to everyday wear and tear. It’s no surprise that I’m a huge fan of homegrown Australian merino wool because not only does it have increased softness and warmth it also resists wrinkles (a definite time-saver!). I already incorporate Merino wool quite heavily into my winter wardrobe so I was excited to hear that The Woolmark Company have collaborated with Italian label, Max Mara on its Autumn/Winter 17 range. Several of the pieces are made from 100 per cent Wool Denim fabrics which replicates the look and feel of traditional denim but incorporates all the benefits of wool. Essentially this has merged two fabrics which are in quite heavy rotation in my wardrobe so I was quite eager to view the collection and was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to do so.

Upon previewing the range I fell in love with this pants suit and tunic. Suiting is a major trend this season and when crafted in a Wool Denim fabric it elevates a classic staple into something modern by incorporating a touch of denim. When paired with simple accessories it keeps the look sleek and chic and is so perfect for everything from a meeting to an event. Meanwhile the tunic is the ideal year-round piece as not only is it comfortable enough for a busy day of back to back engagements it can easily transition from season to season with a simple change in accessories. The merging of Merino wool and denim has made both pieces unbelievably soft and warm which makes it perfect for getting me through the cooler months and I have to say that I’m excited that I don’t have to go anywhere near an iron to keep them looking pristine. A win-win.

To celebrate the collaboration between Max Mara and The Woolmark Company, the two brands have planned a global roadshow starting from Milan to key cities across the world. You can view the collection in Sydney at Westfield’s Max Mara store on June 20th. 


Credits: Look 1 – Blazer and pants, Max Mara; Top, Sportmax; Coat, Witchery; Boots, Camilla & Marc; Bag, Stella McCartney; Sunglasses, Saint Laurent; Look 2 – Dress, Max Mara; Coat, Karen Millen; Shoes, Gucci, Bag, Jerome Dreyfuss; Sunglasses, Karen Walker

Photography: Sophia Athas

This post was created in collaboration with Max Mara and The Woolmark Company

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What I Wore: The Statement Sleeve

8th June, 2017

A white shirt is always a style staple in my wardrobe but lately I’ve been stepping away from the classic slimline button down by embracing the statement sleeve. I have found that adopting a different silhouette is a great way to instantly rejuvenate a traditional look and take it in a totally new direction. The flared sleeve on this Tome shirt give this ensemble a more relaxed feel and when paired with light denim and slides, it’s an off-duty look that is polished yet effortless. A simple look needs a punchy accessory and my favourite Gucci Dionysus handbag perfectly fits the bill.

Credits: Jeans, J Brand; Shirt, Tome; Shoes, Gucci; Bag, Gucci

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Photography: Sophia Athas

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12 Insta-outfit ideas to steal

1st June, 2017

A brand new month calls for some fresh new outfit inspo! If your wardrobe is leaving you feeling less than inspired let some of the most sartorially blessed ladies of Instagram spark an ensemble idea or two. You’ll be well on your way to styling up a storm.

Heading out for drinks but want to wear something a little different? Try a pair of wide leg jeans worked back with a tee and leather jacket. Pair with killer heels and you’re set.

Give a classic outfit combination such as denim and a button down shirt a slightly more modern spin by pairing with distressed jeans. Also, Franklin is a case study on how to turn a scarf into a statement accessory.

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A white longline blazer is the versatile piece that your wardrobe needs. Whether you choose to wear it with jeans or a simple dress it just works.

A dressy combination of a lightweight knit and cropped trousers is given a more casual treatment by pairing it with black Vans sneakers. It’s a perfect off-duty look that can easily be dressed up by switching into a pair of heels.

Adopt a classic pinstripe shirt but give it a more on trend spin by opting for an interesting neckline. When paired with neutral flats and jeans it allows the shirt to act as a feature point.

Dare to pair different shades of leather in the one look. To keep it looking cohesive just ensure the rest of the outfit uses the same shades as one leather item and let the other one act as a pop of colour.

The off-the-shoulder top is ubiquitous so for something different but still in a similar family to this décolletage-baring look why not opt for a one shoulder top instead? It seems fresh and interesting and works beautifully with a pair of cropped pants and strappy stilettos.

Allow your pants to take centre stage. Case in point: a pair of cropped palazzo pants in a bold colour works well with a plain black top and adorable pointed flats and makes a striking statement.

Experiment with a high-low mix and wear a super dressy piece and pair with an off-duty staple such as a leather jacket. A satin maxi dress looks less red carpet and more dinner-appropriate when a jacket is thrown ever so nonchalantly over it. (Or you could just rock a polka dot monochrome dress a la Minnie!)

Give your black blazer the day off and try it in a tweed incarnation instead. You’ll still look polished but also stand out in a crowd.

An oversized knit is a must during cooler weather but inject a bit of energy into a neutral sweater by teaming it with an animal print.

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Striped cropped pants looks edgy yet polished when paired with a white blouse and sandals in a vibrant shade. A simple boho inspired bag gives this look an effortless feel.

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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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Steal all my looks from Fashion Week

22nd May, 2017

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia has come to an end for another year and without a doubt it’s always a favourite time of year for me partly because of the fun I have styling my looks for the entire week. Each day I tried to go for an outfit that was a completely different vibe from the day before and had a great time experimenting with so many different hues, textures and styles all while tapping into all the major trends I’m loving. I’ve fielded a few questions about some of the pieces I was wearing so to help make it easier I’ve pulled together a guyide to help you get the look for yourself—everything is just a click away.

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What I Wore: Australian Fashion Week 2017 Day Five

18th May, 2017

After yesterday’s vibrant look I wanted to dial it right back today and opted for a sleek monochrome ensemble for my last day at Fashion Week. I love a dress in crisp white—it’s just so effortless and classic. This Stella McCartney midi dress seemed perfect for today’s show at Bondi Beach, as it has a light and airy vibe, yet its structured silhouette makes it ideal for an industry event. I wanted to keep my accessories simple so I opted for my Stella McCartney clutch with star motif and the season’s must-have shoe style, the slimline sock boot. Sometimes keeping it simple just works.

Credits: Dress, Stella McCartney (from Belinda); Boots, Balenciaga, Clutch, Stella McCartney; Sunglasses, Dion Lee

Photography: Sophia Athas

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What I Wore: Australian Fashion Week 2017 Day Four

17th May, 2017

Everything about this ensemble by Fendi is bold and vibrant which is perfect for another busy day at Fashion Week. As soon as I saw the balloon sleeves of this blouse I knew I wanted to continue the voluminous silhouette by pairing it with culottes. The waved pattern on the pants and the waved detailing on the blouse help give the outfit continuity along with the hints of blue in both. When it comes to volume it was important to have the nipped in waist of the pants in order to avoid the outfit from overwhelming my frame and the streamlined heels to act as a counterpoint to the billowy nature of the rest of my look. I also decided upon a forest green Camilla and Marc coat to complement the blue tones in my pants and blouse and kept accessories to a minimum-just a pair of Celine sunglasses and a simple Jerome Dreyfuss clutch.

Credits: Top and pants, Fendi; Coat, Camilla and Marc; Heels, Alaïa; Sunglasses, Celine; Bag, Jerome Dreyfuss

Photography: Sophia Athas

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What I Wore: Australian Fashion Week Day Three

16th May, 2017

Fashion Week is the perfect opportunity to trial new trends so there was no better time to embrace a little velvet and a little pink in a nod to two of the big trends of the season. And when both trends meld into one gorgeous velvet Bec & Bridge dress in a beautiful shade of dusty pink? Well, it was a done deal. I wanted to keep the look quite tonal and also ultra feminine so I kept my accessories all pink with a pair of ombre Rebecca de Ravenel corded-silk drop earrings, a Miu Miu clutch and my latest shoe love—my Marco de Vincenzo braided heels. The weather can get quite cool whilst I’m out and about so I came prepared with a snowy white Max Mara coat and a fun pair of Lucy Folk sunglasses as the final finishing touch. I don’t often wear pink but after today, I may have to reconsider embracing my girly side more often.

Credits: Coat, Max Mara; Dress, Bec & Bridge; Shoes, Marco de Vincenzo; Earrings (similar here), Rebecca de Ravenel; Sunglasses, Lucy Folk

Photography: Sophia Athas and Danielle Castano