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What’s on my shopping list this month

7th June, 2017

A brand new season calls for a new shopping list and this month I’m coveting a number of gorgeous accessories and key winter style staples. I find there’s no better time than a change in seasons to splurge on some new wardrobe additions to rejuvenate my style. Here’s what I have my eye on…

Isabel Marant hanging beaded cluster earrings

A dainty, understated pair of earrings that will easily add an elegant touch to an outfit without being too over the top.

Faith Connexion star gloves

Sometimes you just have to have fun with your accessories and these gloves certainly fit the bill!

Kenzo Kalifornia wallet crossbody bag

A pop of pink adds a fun touch to any outfit and this crossbody bag is the perfect companion on a night out.

Givenchy mini bow crossbody bag

A monochrome bag with a striking star print is a versatile piece that will work with myriad looks.

Acne Studios leather biker jacket

This biker jacket is made from buttery soft leather with on trend metal finishes that will ensure it’s on high rotation this season and beyond.

Erdem Elin cut-out shoulder silk blouse

I’m in love with the gorgeous cornflower blue shade of this blouse and the bow and cut-out details just make it a standout piece.

Gucci New Ace faux-pearl embellished leather trainers

Who better than Gucci to give trainers the luxe treatment. The faux pearls on these sneakers elevate it from simple everyday footwear to seriously of the moment.

Bianca Spender charcoal fine wool aviator coat

A great coat is a must during winter and this cosy number by Bianca Spender will keep me nice and toasty when the weather gets chilly.

Aquazzura Sweet Lover sandal

A pair of neutral stilettos never goes astray and with crystal embellishments it’s the perfect party shoe.

By Johnny Borderline mini shift dress

The combination of colour blocking and feature sleeve make this mini dress a 60s style dream.

Zimmermann Divinity ruffled midi dress

This dress will easily transition from winter to spring with a simple change of footwear. During the cooler months this will look elegant when paired with boots.

Aquazzura Powder Puff velvet backless flats

Pink velvet + pom poms = the cutest flats I ever did see. These will add the perfect feminine touch to any look.

By Johnny Lace Outline Circle Sleeve Top

The flared sleeves and see through lace make this a daring focal point of any ensemble.

Matthew Williamson aviator style mirrored sunglasses

I can’t resist great sunglasses and I don’t think you can ever go wrong with a classic aviator style. The mirrored lenses give it an edgy touch.

Balenciaga tube high rise straight leg jeans

I like to update my denim wardrobe per season and a pair of straight leg, high waisted jeans is the season’s biggest silhouette.

Marni jacquard knit cotton blend sweater

The print of this sweater caught my eye. Whilst I love neutrals it’s sometimes nice to be able to mix it up and go for a completely striking pattern.

What’s on your shopping list this month?

 

 

 

 

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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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What I Wore: Wrapped up

3rd August, 2016

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Battling the chilly weather during winter is made a little easier with the help of a great coat. A quality wool coat will ensure you stay cosy and warm but the right cut and style will also ensure you stay looking chic.

Whilst dark shades such as navy and black are reliable shades to ensure maximum wear out of a coat it’s often fun to step out of your comfort zone and try something a little different. Camel and grey are both colours that are versatile and effortlessly wearable but give you a point of difference at the same time.

Also, don’t forget about the silhouette. Often relaxed styles such as a wrap coat are wonderful for layering whilst a belted coat is ideal if you want to accentuate your shape. A longer line coat is ideal if you’re more apple-shaped and want to streamline your figure.

I’ve found that this camel coat has been great for adding a pop of colour to an outfit and when you’re in the latter stages of pregnancy like I am, any pieces that can easily be layered are a wardrobe saviour (you can find the other building blocks of a great pregnancy wardrobe here). When teamed with a simple white button down shirt and black leggings it’s also a comfortable but polished look.

You can find my favourite coat options below:

$$$ Max Mara

$$  Harris Wharf London

$ Witchery

 

A true fashion staple, the the elegant longline overcoat is a timeless piece for your wardrobe. These options accommodate bulky jumpers.

 

$$$ Isabel Marant 

$$ Acne 

$ Trenery 

 

Credits: coat, Jac + Jack; shirt: Country Road; Sunglasses, Karen walker; pants, ASOS; heels, Alaia; Photography: Sophia Athas 

 

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The dos and don’ts of wearing a choker

1st August, 2016

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The ‘90s comeback has meant that the choker has also made a triumphant return, with everyone from Kendall Jenner to Gigi Hadid getting behind this trend. And why not? It’s an easy way to update a look and one that won’t blow the budget – you can even DIY if you want. So if you’re thinking of adding this to your fashion repertoire here are some things to remember…

Do consider necklines when wearing a choker. A deep V-neck or strapless silhouette that exposes your décolletage makes a choker look especially alluring. A one-shoulder neckline (similar to what I wore above) that shows off the clavicle also works well.

A choker will always look great for the evening so do wear it out on a night out – a metallic choker will look especially chic when the sun goes down.

Don’t go too tight when it comes to neckwear! A choker should sit comfortably around your neck and move around quite easily. This also makes for a more flattering fit.

Do experiment with different widths. Whilst a thicker choker will definitely make a statement a thin leather band looks great when wrapped around the neck a few times.

Don’t forget about the humble scarf. Wrapping a scarf around your next and tying it artfully is something that French women have mastered and it looks super chic when doing so. A simple silk scarf that you can wrap around your neck then tie in front is a great alternative to the traditional metal or leather choker.

Do try pairing a choker with casual wear. Street style fave Gigi Hadid has often been spotted wearing a thin choker with a simple tee and a hoodie that gives the look some edge.

Want to try the trend? Here some of my top picks…

    

Have you got behind the choker trend?

Photography: Sophia Athas

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Fall in love with… the bomber jacket

13th July, 2016

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If there’s one piece guaranteed to update your winter wardrobe it’s the bomber jacket, which has proven itself as one of the key essentials of the season. The sleek, sports-inspired piece is one of my top choices for a casual weekend ensemble and when teamed with a pair of jeans and a classic white tee it instantly takes your downtime wardrobe into chic territory.

There are plenty of bomber options out there at the moment whether you want one in a classic military green, with some serious embellishment or pretty embroidery.

Some of the options that have caught my eye are…

A sweet powder pink bomber by Maje which would look great with an all neutral outfit.

Needle & Thread’s bomber with colourful floral embroidery, beads and sequins are ideal paired with flowy dresses or wide-leg pants. Also loving this Jonathan Saunders option.

DKNY’s black jacket which features cape-effect sleeves is perfect for draping over your shoulders.

Is your wardrobe looking tired from too much black? Balenciaga refreshes the classic bomber with a dark forest-green blend of wool.

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Budget-friendly options 

Photography: Josephine Wilcox 

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5 Fashion Week Street Style Trends You Need to Know About

25th May, 2016

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The sheer volume of stylish people descending on Fashion Week means the odds were pretty high for some serious trendspotting. Whilst there are always a lot of unique looks that will turn heads and incite major wardrobe envy there were also a few standout trends that a lot of the fashion crowd had in common. When it comes to what’s to come, these are the must-haves to start scouting around for.

The trend: Chokers

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The staple accessory of the ‘90s is making a comeback. This time around chokers have been incarnated into elegant metallic statement pieces such as the below from Eddie Borgo and Kate Spade that are infinitely more refined than their ‘90s counterparts. If metallics aren’t your thing you could also go with a simple plain black option with extra adornments.

The trend: Architectural white shirts

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A white shirt is always a staple. That’s a given. However there were a lot of statement white shirts to be seen during Fashion Week. Whether it be one with cut-out shoulders, billowy bell sleeves, exaggerated lapels or asymmetrical cuts, it was like the white shirt suddenly got some attitude. Ellery, Givenchy and Maurie and Eve have some great options to satisfy every white shirt whim.

The trend: Bomber Jackets

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Once the domain of varsity football players in American TV shows this is one trend that will be huge this season. And there’s a bomber to suit every taste and budget. Whether you opt for a plain bomber in a classic colour such as black or navy such as this one from Tod’s and ASOS, take a walk on the wild side with a interesting print or try a jacket with unique embellishment you can’t go wrong with this trend.

The trend: Fringing

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The ‘70s trend is huge this season and was reflected in the amount of fringing that made a cameo at Fashion Week. There were fringed bags, fringed skirts, fringed jackets… It was all about the swish factor. Dipping a toe into this trend is easy with a fringed bag (Elizabeth and James, ASOS and Rebecca Minkoff have some great options), then you can work your way up to more statement pieces such as skirts and jackets.

The trend: Block heel court shoes

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Sensible shoes are making a comeback (hello, sneakers) and it was only a matter of time before heels joined the party. Stilettos without a doubt look polished but the comfort factor leaves a lot to be desired. Enter block heel court shoes. Inspired by Gucci’s Marmont shoe (as seen on Brooke Testoni), the block heel will be one of your go-to shoes this year and the best bit is, you’ll be comfortable while strutting around in them. You’ll also be glad to know that Lanvin and Chloe have joined the block party with this and this.

 

Photography: Sophia Athas, Adam Nalapraya

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Winter essentials from David Jones Autumn/Winter 2016

4th February, 2016

David Jones launched their Autumn/Winter 2016 collection last night and with every great look that went down the runway I had more and more items quickly added to my shopping list. While the weather won’t cool down for a few more weeks I’m definitely getting excited at the prospect of updating my winter wardrobe with some of these wardrobe essentials (plus some budget-friendly options too).

Look 1: The White Shirt

A white shirt is a must. It’s one of the most wearable and versatile pieces in any woman’s wardrobe so I think you can never have too many. Whether you opt for an open back style that’s a little more daring or a button down classic style it’s the kind of item that will definitely get plenty of wear.

Tome Pleat Back Shirt $769, Tie-Back Shirt$699

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Look 2: The Statement Coat

A soft grey is a great option for a winter coat. It stands out from the crowd in a sea of black and navy plus it works beautifully when kept tonal with lighter colours such as white and cream. I also love the streamlined silhouette of this coat which once again sets it apart from the crowd.

Jac+jack'Rampling' coat $995,'Linley' Top $260,'Kobe' Pant $220, Jac+Jack 'Loris' Sweater $360, 'Byron' Pant $299

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Look 3: Black Tote

A black tote is the kind of addition to any wardrobe that will always be in high rotation. I know I’m forever needing a bag that can easily carry everything I’ll need during the day when I’ve got multiple appointments and my to-do list is a mile long. I’m also all about keeping it simple and this classic design meets that brief while still being able to house all my day to day essentials.

Mimco Studs$129,'Pendant$199,'Ventura'strand$129,'Kinetica'Timepeace$249,Ring$129,'Montage'Tote$450,WitcheryMaxi$229.95

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How to get more wear out of your wardrobe

7th December, 2015

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Have you ever bought something only to find that you wear it once and it ends up collecting dust in your wardrobe? If you want to avoid buying something that’s a one hit wonder it pays to keep a few things in mind…

Buy separates

I think separates are always a really good option because you can mix and match them. It’s much easier to wear something like a quality silk blouse or a great skirt in various ways as you can just switch out the top or bottom when you want to change up your look.

Stick to neutral tones

I always try to keep items like dresses and staples like coats in neutral tones. With dresses I’ll always opt for a little black dress, a white dress, denim or khaki. And with a staple like a blazer or coat I always opt for black because it’s a colour that’s really versatile. I’ll always try to find my basics, my everyday wear such as t-shirts and jumpers in easy to wear neutrals. Also if you want to add a bit of colour to your wardrobe it’s easier to work back with a simple muted colour palette than try to work with multiple bold hues.

Keep statement pieces on top

If you find something that’s a bit of a showstopper, find something that sits on top such as a jacket or coat, which you can throw on over an outfit. Everyone remembers if you wear a really bold dress but if you wear a really bold jacket you could mix and match it and nobody would really even notice if you wear it multiple times.

Don’t be a slave to trends

There are multiple trends each season and while it’s fun to try them you don’t always have to wear a trend from head to toe. You can incorporate a trend into your look with a really great jacket or small accessories. For example if you want to get into the 70s, but one trend piece such as a pair of flared jeans. It doesn’t mean your whole look has to be 70s!

Avoid too much embellishment

If you want certain pieces to last season after season avoid having too much embellishment on it as it makes it more difficult to work back with other items in your wardrobe. Also it makes it easily identifiable so it’s harder to have it be a chameleon piece that can be worn for multiple occasions.

What are some ways you get more wear out of pieces in your wardrobe?

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What I Wore: Mix it up

28th November, 2015

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When consistently faced with new trends it’s easy to get caught up in the trend and dress in that style from head to toe. To avoid becoming a slave to current trends it’s important to identify the elements of a trend that work for you and give it your own individual touch. I am loving the military and 70s trend at the moment so decided to work them together for what is one of my new fave looks for the season. I worked with the khaki colour palette of the military trend with this dress by Karen Millen and added a suede fringed jacket (also from Karen Millen) as a nod to the 70s trend. I’m a big fan of versatility in any item in my wardrobe so I love the fact that the dress is office-appropriate while also being able to be dressed down for casual weekend wear and the fringed jacket can work with everything from a dress to a tee and crisp white jeans.

What trends are you loving this season?

DRESS: Karen Millen

JACKET: Karen Millen

BAG: Karen Millen (similar)

HEELS: YSL (Cosmopolitan Shoes)

 

For another Khaki option, click HERE.

PHOTPGRAPHYCara O’Dowd

STYLINGHayley Bonham

HAIR & MAKEUPAnia Milczarczyk 

LOCATIONLaPorte Space

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MBFWA: my fave trends

24th April, 2015
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70s denim at Manning Cartell

You can also spot multiple trends emerging from Fashion Week but this year I particularly liked the 70s trend. The Bec and Bridge show was very 70s inspired, and most of the shows I saw had a 70s element to it, whether it was referencing it through silhouettes such as flared pants or sleeves or prints.

Last Fashion Week I felt it was all about pieces being very structured and tailored whereas this season it was all about relaxed silhouettes. It was all just a bit looser and a bit more billowy as as we saw at Ellery or flowing and ethereal such as what was in the Bec and Bridge show. The silhouettes were different but it was still beautifully tailored and crafted. It was an interesting take on the relaxed boyfriend style.

And it seems we’re still all about prints. There were lots of geometric prints and lots of 70s inspired patterns. I’m very much looking forward to spring/summer!

Photography: Sophia Athas