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Looking for new season denim? I’ve rounded up my fave buys

21st April, 2017

I can’t live without a great pair of jeans. They’re a reliable go-to when I need to pull together an outfit fast as they’re so easy to dress up or down. I usually opt for skinny jeans (both with and without distressing) as I find they work best with my frame – I just make sure they’re hemmed right at the ankle to help elongate my frame. I’ve found after trying on a million different pairs of jeans this is the style that works for me.

If you haven’t yet found yourself a pair of an amazing jeans to live in throughout winter then it’s high time you start your search. This season the options for new denim styles is endless! A straight leg style with a slightly higher rise is a perfect option for everyday casual – you can team it with a simple tee and sneakers for weekend wear or a blouse with loafers for something a little more polished. For something slightly different the unfinished hem is a key trend this season and makes for a slightly edgier look whilst a flared hem looks very of the moment. Whatever you do just be sure to opt for a cropped-at-the-ankle length to ensure the most flattering fit.

Shop my picks below…

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Want to update your look? Here’s the accessory you need to try

14th April, 2017

Image: @nadiafairfax

Want an easy way to turn a look from so-so to instantly striking? Add a pair of statement earrings a la my good friend and fellow blogger Nadia Fairfax. This season, when it comes to earrings, bigger is definitely better. Whilst the last few seasons we’ve seen loads of minimalist, dainty jewellery, this time around big, bold earrings have definitely made a comeback. Whether you opt for large gilded hoops, something a bit more bohemian or a large avante-garde masterpiece now is the time to let your accessories do the talking. Be sure to keep the neckline of your outfit quite simple so as to really allow your earrings to shine. Lastly, when you’ve got such an eye-catching adornment an up-do is best to allow for an unobstructed view.

In the mood to upsize your earrings? Shop some of my top picks below.

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What’s on my shopping list this month

11th April, 2017

A brand new month equals a brand new shopping wish list! I’m looking to update my wardrobe with on-trend mules to statement earrings and the most perfect little black dress. Here’s what I have my eye on this month…

Gucci love earrings: Statement earrings are the must-have accessory of the season and this sparkly pair by Gucci have me very much in love. 

Bec & Bridge flare pant: The asymmetrical cut of these flared pants give them a striking point of difference and are ideal for a fun evening look.

Bec & Bridge duster jacket: Trans-seasonal weather means lots of layering and this blush duster jacket is the perfect piece to throw on over an outfit.

T by Alexander Wang midi dress: You can never have too many black dresses. This midi dress works well for day or night and the adjustable straps allow you to tweak the scooped back to turn it from a understated to sexy with ease so it’s extremely versatile.

Maryam Nassir Zadeh mules: Its pretty cotton candy pink shade makes this pair of mules the ultimate in feminine footwear.

Adidas Super 80s clean sneakers: I can’t get enough of white sneakers. These are definitely going to get quite the workout over the coming months as they will go with virtually everything I own.

Robert Clergerie mules: I’m really into mules this season and this metallic pair are the perfect way to add a bit of edge to an outfit.

Dior sunglasses: The mirrored lenses on these Dior sunnies make them quite the on-trend piece and are just the thing to update any look. I can see these transitioning quite easily into my summer wardrobe later in the year.

No 21 flat bow mules: Flats don’t have to be boring! I love the bright fire engine red shade and the statement bow on these particular mules. They’re great for teaming with a pared back look to give it some punch.

Acne Studios leather jacket: The cut, style and detailing of this biker jacket from Acne is the stuff of leather jacket dreams. I’ll live in this during winter.

Nakedvice clutch: A simple black clutch is a great everyday piece to have on hand for dressing up a casual look.

Nicholas Kirkwood leather slippers: I can envisage these slip-on metallic pointed loafers working perfectly with many a cropped pant in my wardrobe.

Temperley London dress: Love the pretty floral embroidery on this dress. The black chiffon glams it up to make it the perfect dress to wear to an event.

Stella McCartney denim skirt: The perfect A-line denim skirt made even better by the addition of adorable floral appliqués.

Anya Hindmarch shoulder bag: I’m all for a classic, utilitarian bag but sometimes it’s hard to resist the prettiness of a piece such as this.

Dolce & Gabbana sandals: You wouldn’t exactly call them practical but who can resist fringed rainbow sandals with crystals to boot? These are the ultimate definition of statement heels.

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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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How to navigate trans-seasonal dressing

20th March, 2017

I did a What I Wore post last week that touched on this very topic and with the past couple of days in Sydney going from sunny and warm one minute to torrential downpour the next never has it been more obvious that the time for trans-seasonal dressing is now well and truly upon us. As far as fashion goes it’s sometimes hard to decide what to wear when the weather is temperamental but there are a few things I do to help get around it…

Layer, layer, layer

If I have a few layers to my look it’s easy to add or subtract pieces according to the weather. I find that bringing a jacket with me now is a good idea but it’s not quite the time for a winter coat yet so I will use a denim jacket instead as it’s not too heavy, not too light and as a bonus it’s right on trend. I will usually pop one on over a slip dress with a tee underneath and I am set and if it warms up a bit it’s easy to push up the sleeves and leave my arms partially exposed.

Swap footwear

It’s still possible to get away with wearing open toed shoes right now but the further we get away from summer the more likely it is temperatures will drop during the day so I will be starting to swap my sandals for loafers or sneakers as they don’t leave my feet exposed. I find if I’m in sandals my feet are the first place where I feel the chill so it’s easy to stay warm by covering up when it comes to footwear.

Tie it up

A big trend at the moment is to tie a denim jacket or knit around the waist which makes for the perfect set up for a trans-seasonal outfit. I love having the option to leave the jacket tied around my waist or popping it on if I’m feeling chilly. It also means I don’t have to lug around a jacket which is perfect if I’m out with the girls and definitely need to keep both hands free!

Introduce textures

I will start to add heavier fabrics slowly as the weeks go by such as leather jackets or a thick wool coat however in the meantime lightweight fabrics such cashmere are perfect for updating my look from a summery feel to one appropriate for the cooler weather.

Add sleeves

I think dresses are still weather appropriate this time of year but it might start to get a bit too cool to leave arms and shoulders uncovered. In this instance I find things like long sleeved dresses or layering a tee underneath a dress as I mentioned above would be ideal as it keeps me warm without being overly rugged up.

What are some of your trans-seasonal must-haves?

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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

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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…