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What I Wore: A touch of metal

21st March, 2017

Now that the weather has started to cool down it’s the perfect time to start introducing luxe winter fabrics into my wardrobe. This metallic jacquard skirt by Life with Bird is the ideal statement piece from which to work back the rest of my look. I wanted to keep the rest of my outfit quite simple and elegant so I opted to team the skirt with a black ribbed knit funnel neck top and black accessories to allow the skirt to take centre stage. A simple oversized clutch is large enough to fit all my everyday essentials and is work and event appropriate, whilst my Mimco strappy heels are perfect for taking me from the office to a function with ease.

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Credits: Skirt, Life with Bird; Top, Life with Bird (shop similar here); Clutch, Mimco; Shoes, Mimco

Photography: Mike Belkin

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What I Wore: All in one

14th March, 2017

Now that it’s officially autumn it’s time for trans-seasonal dressing which can often involve having to dress for weather that’s neither summer-y hot or winter-y cold. My failsafe solution to this weather dilemma is often to layer. This ensemble from Life with Bird’s latest collection allowed me to take separate pieces and work them together to create a look that’s easily adaptable to changing or dipping temperatures. I paired a long sleeve top with an A-line skirt but popped a cropped jacket over the top to give myself a little extra warmth. I often like to formulate a look using similar shades for an outfit that’s cohesive in that it stays within the same colour family but still packs a punch in its uniform appearance. I popped on a pair of black heels with a crossover strap to dress up the ensemble and provide a contrast of colour. This look could easily take me to a work event or meeting without missing a style beat.

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Credits: Top (worn underneath), jacket and skirt, Life with Bird; Heels, Mimco

Photography: Sophia Athas

 

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12 Insta-outfit ideas to steal from New York Fashion Week

28th February, 2017

New York Fashion Week has come and gone but the outfit inspo is definitely here to stay. The street style in the Big Apple is always next level amazing so here are a few well-dressed ladies to help you pull together your next look…

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Former magazine editor and now head of fashion partnerships at Instagram, Eva Chen can always be relied upon for ensembles with flair. Not only is she showing that dressing with a bump doesn’t mean shying away from bold prints and patterns, her ability to combine various textures has made this look one that definitely stands out from the crowd.

Nadia flies the flag for Aussie blogger style with this striking look. Try working with various shades in the same colour family to give your ensemble some cohesion.

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A denim jumpsuit is a great alternative to traditional jeans. For a dressier look opt for a dark indigo hue a la Chung.

Extend the wear of a summer dress by teaming it with a pair of jeans once the weather cools down. Add a pair of pointed pumps and cropped coat and you’re set.

Toughen up a feminine dress by adding a pair of ankle boots. A leather and shearling jacket provides the perfect contrast to the floaty nature of the dress.

You can always rely upon Olivia Palermo for a guaranteed fashion home run. A pair of knee high boots is given an on trend feel when worked back with an asymmetrical skirt. Grey hues are also always the perfect go-to during autumn/winter.

Rainbow hues are given a sophisticated feel with the addition of a navy blazer. A mini handbag gives it a modern feel.

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The new take on the white shirt is a little more deconstructed giving the corporate staple a more contemporary feel. When paired with wide-leg pants its the perfect look for the office.

Daring cut-outs are definitely for the fashion risk taker however a maxi length make it a little less risque. Gomez’s ankle strap heels add a sprinkling of sophistication.

Kate Bosworth is the epitome of ladylike polish in this ensemble. Monochrome with a touch of camel is always a winning colour combination, especially when it comes in the form of a gorgeous coat.

Venture further afield when it comes to coats this coming winter. A kimono style coat will keep you cosy whilst upping your style cred. Also who says you need to stick to sombre hues when the weather cools down? A pop of colour such as a pair of mustard pants gives this look a head-turning finish.

A pleated skirt and floaty blouse are given a more casual feel with the addition of studded ankle boots. It’s also hard to resist a coat with a statement fur collar to dial up the style stakes.

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How I style lounge wear

27th February, 2017

When I’m off duty I’m all about comfort. Leisure wear is all about a relaxed silhouette but at the same time I still like to give it a stylish touch so I can easily go from a day spent lounging at home to a quick trip to the shops without too much fuss. When it comes to dressing for comfort here are the rules I stick to….

Go for quality fabrics

To avoid looking dishevelled I make sure I buy basics in good quality fabrics. For example I love to wear beautiful cashmere knits or a great linen shirt just to make sure everything looks polished. If you are planning to wear these pieces regularly, investing in quality fabrics will make sure that they last longer. My favourite brands for leisure wear include bassike and c&m as I find they make great relaxed pieces that are quite fashion forward at the same time.

Opt for dressier shoes

Your choice of footwear can often help dress up an otherwise super casual look. For example I love slouchy, baggy pants with a drop crotch and when teamed with a pair of slides or loafers or a dressy pair of runners it looks considered and put together.

Stick to a specific colour palette

I stick to neutrals such as black, white and grey when it comes to leisure wear. It’s easy to mix and match and often I’ll add a pop of colour with a scarf just to give the outfit a little injection of personality.

Mix with quality accessories

If I’m wearing a really simple outfit such as slouchy pants with a tee often the addition of certain accessories can help pull it together and dress it up a bit. A leather jacket or a handbag are easy additions that give it a touch more polish.

 

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What I Wore: Green Day

24th February, 2017

Olive green is such a gorgeous colour that I think I definitely need to incorporate into my wardrobe a bit more, I don’t wear it nearly enough It’s certainly one of the things that drew me to this Rebecca Vallance dress.. I also love the military inspired style as it can still look quite dressy but with a change of footwear it can easily be taken down a notch and become a more casual look. In this instance I wanted the outfit to look quite polished so I teamed the dress with my black Alaia heels and my Gucci Dionysus bag (find similar here) to keep my accessories quite neutral but with the finishing touches such as the applique on my bag it keeps the look from looking too pedestrian. My Dita cat-eye sunglasses inject a little attitude to an otherwise quite streamlined look.

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Credits: Dress, Rebecca Vallance – XX; Heels, Alaia; Denim jacket, Steele; Bag, Gucci (similar); Sunglasses, Dita;

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What I Wore: Family time

16th February, 2017

Spending quality time with the girls on the weekend is one of my favourite things to do. We’ll do everything from go for walks around our neighbourhood to go to the beach or step out for a bite to eat and when we do comfort is definitely key as far as my outfit goes. I find throwing on a dress is the easiest way for me to get out the door quickly but opting for a fun bird print like that on the above Karen Walker dress helps give it a little personality. My new Nicholas Kirkwood slides are an easy footwear option as they look quite polished but are easy to slip on and off should we find ourselves doing an impromptu visit to the park or the beach. I am really loving the trend towards pointed flats, I think it’s a really modern look and is a great alternative to traditional flats. Any bag that I take with me when I’m out with the girls must have a strap to keep my hands free but I also like to keep things on trend which is where my favourite new Gucci handbag enters the picture. I love the applique on the bag which helps complement the playful nature of the dress.

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Credits: Kate’s Dress, Karen Walker; Shoes, Nicholas Kirkwood, Bag, Gucci; Sunglasses, Celine. Sophia wore Chloe and Amelie

Photography: Sophia Athas

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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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12 Insta-outfit ideas to steal

30th January, 2017

Lacking in the wardrobe inspiration department lately? A quick scroll through the feeds of the world’s most stylish bloggers will soon fix that! Here are a few of my favourites for igniting the spark for an outfit idea or two.

A botanical print is a retro inspired print that looks oh-so fresh. And who would’ve thought pink and green would make such a killer combination?

Keep your outfit colour palette in grey, white and black for a failsafe combination. A simple tee paired with cropped pants and court shoes makes for an of-the-moment ensemble.

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The denim skirt is always a wardrobe favourite but team it with a black top and black flats and it transforms into a chic outfit for a day of being on the go.

If you’re going to buy one tee this season make it this blogger-approved Gucci t-shirt. Dress it down with a casual skirt or jeans or go the opposite and dress it up with a pair of black slacks.

When going bold why not totally commit and go for a look that truly makes a statement? A pair of 60s inspired sunglasses and a daring print make for one striking combination.

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High waisted blue jeans teamed with a flowy blouse always gives a nonchalant 70s vibe that’s a sartorial winner.

A high waisted alternative to jeans is a pair of black wide legged pants. When paired with a crisp white shirt it perfectly balances looking polished without looking too formal.

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A neutral look from head to toe is the perfect outfit for warm, balmy summer days. The billowy blouse with tie detail perfectly offsets the relaxed nature of the cut off denim shorts. Being paired with metallic gold sandals is the perfect finishing touch.

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The off the shoulder silhouette is ubiquitous so why not opt for a slightly different take by going for a one shoulder look. In crisp white it just screams summer. As far as footwear goes you can’t go wrong with a pair of black slides.

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This is a great look for drinks in the evening. An all-white ensemble punctuated by gold and black accessories screams relaxed elegance with just the right hit of glamour.

Go from beach to bar with ease by pairing a crisp white off the shoulder top with a billowy black skirt. A woven basket adds just the right hit of summer casual.

This is an oldie but a goodie! A crisp white tee and a blazer is a no-brainer when it comes to an ensemble that you can always rely upon for work or play.

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10 stylish Aussie women to inspire your look on Australia Day

26th January, 2017

What better day than Australia Day to shine a spotlight on some of our own homegrown fashion talent. If there’s one thing we do well Down Under it’s style that’s relaxed and understated yet still distinctly fashion forward. These women have managed to cultivate an aesthetic that works perfectly to complement our laidback lifestyle but still inject it with their own trendsetting spin. The next time you’re stuck for a little fashion inspiration look no further than home soil…

Nicole Warne

Gary Pepper Girl’s founder Nicole Warne is the very definition of stylish. Appearing in campaigns for some of the world’s biggest fashion brands, she’s always immaculately put together and is the epitome of feminine styling with a modern spin.

Sara Donaldson

I’ve known Sara for awhile and her style mantra of wearing a colour palette of only black, white and grey has always been her signature look and why not when it works this well? She’s a great example of knowing what works for you and really owning it.

Amanda Shadforth

A talented photographer and one of our biggest fashion bloggers, Oracle Fox’s Amanda Shadforth manages to work man-style tailoring with just the right injection of feminine touches. Her looks always have a distinct contemporary vibe which she manages to mix beautifully with the simple aesthetic of Australian style.

Lara Worthington

The quintessential beach girl, Lara Worthington’s style has certainly evolved from her bikini model days to a wardrobe that’s highlighted by designers such as Dior, Gucci and Celine. Her looks are always fashion forward and have a distinctly edgy vibe in a nod to the aesthetic of New York, where Worthington now resides.

Jesinta Franklin

The newly married Jesinta Franklin is the perfect canvas for showing off some seriously envy-inducing looks (being a David Jones ambassador certainly helps!). Her looks are always quite demure, often wearing dresses or skirts that go to the knee or are midi length however she always flashes just a glimmer of skin to inject a touch of sexiness. She’s definitely one to watch.

Jessica Stein

The jetsetting blogger behind the website Tuula Vintage is the perfect go-to muse when it comes to women who love looks that are relaxed and echo the kind of covetable global lifestyle that Stein has. She favours floaty fabrics, denim and feminine prints with all her outfits having a laidback elegance.

Nadia Fairfax

I’ve been friends with Nadia for ages and she has always had a great sense of style. Her looks are always sleek but have a sense of playfulness to it whether it’s a great pair of statement earrings or a bold, unexpected print or colour.

Christine Centenera

She’s Vogue Australia’s fashion director and no wonder – she has a look that’s distinctly her own and is always one to set the trends. Her looks are always peppered with designer pieces and the one constant is her ability to pull off a myriad of tricky trends – everything from stirrup leggings as she wore at Fashion Week this year to a fluffy coat – and make it look oh-so stylish.

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Laura Brown

The newly appointed editor-in-chief of US InStyle has a quirky sense of style that is often punctuated by the latest designer pieces. She favours bright colours, bold prints and logo t-shirts but manages to work it together for a distinctly unique aesthetic.

Brooke Testoni

The stylist and founder of her eponymous blog, Testoni manages to cover the full spectrum of fashion whether it be a simple pair of blue jeans with a uniquely structured top to a dress in a luxe, jewel-toned fabric. It’s a look that’s distinctly on-trend and of-the-moment.

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What I Wore: Denim Daze

20th December, 2016

I love the relaxed look of a summer dress paired with denim. This striped Acler dress looks quite dressy on its own but when teamed with a frayed jacket it gives it a little bit more of a fun, quirky vibe. I can’t get enough of the the above Steele statement jacket with its hand embroidered finish – the floral detail and slogan gives it a point of difference and looks quite fresh when teamed with crisp white. I wanted to add some interesting accessories to elevate the look and couldn’t go past Gucci. The embellished Dionysus canvas bag and gold heels with a pearl detailing perfectly offset the pared back, simplicity of the rest of the outfit.

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Credits: Denim jacket, Steele; Dress, Acler; Shoes, Gucci (sandals version); Bag, Gucci (similar)

Photography: Sophia Athas