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5 winter wardrobe essentials on my shopping list

14th June, 2017

It’s official: winter is finally here. For me a brand new season often requires a few key winter wardrobe essentials to take me through the next few months. I usually start by identifying the key trends of the season, then look at what I already own to pinpoint what I’ll need. I always aim for quality pieces but I’m also all about versatility in my wardrobe so I make sure that anything I buy will work with multiple items so I can ensure I get maximum cost per wear value. Here’s what’s currently on my winter hit list.

A statement coat

Owning a good quality coat is a given during winter but for me it’s all about a statement coat. I don’t think you always have to go black. I have a grey one that I live in and a camel coloured one that gets a pretty big workout during the cooler months. It’s worth splurging on key winter wardrobe essentials such as a great coat as you can wear it day and night and dressed up or down.

Over the knee boots

I’m really into over the knee boots. I got some great ones at a Camilla and Marc sale and I live in them. If you can find some over the knee boots they’re great as you can wear them over skinny leg jeans and leather leggings (both winter staples for me). Also I often don’t wear short skirts in winter because it’s too cold and I don’t like wearing opaque tights so I find thigh high boots are a great alternative and are a good way to extend the wear of summery pieces.

Sock boots

I also recently purchased some Balenciaga ankle boots that I wore to Fashion Week and I’ve really found them to be worth the splurge as they go with virtually everything in my winter wardrobe. You don’t have to buy really expensive ones but I highly recommend investing in great ankle boots or calf boots as you can wear them with dresses, pants and skirts. I’ve been living in mine.

An oversized scarf

A great scarf is a winter wardrobe essential for keeping cosy but I find if you can find an oversized one in a neutral shade or print it can work during the rest of the year. I have a Louis Vuitton scarf that I’ve had for years and I wear it as a shawl over a dress if I’m going somewhere dressy or with jeans and a tee.

Leather leggings

I’m totally into leather leggings. I have them in so many different colours. Camilla and Marc have some really great ones in black, khaki green and navy. I’ve found there are also great cheap options from ASOS. If you’re buying leather pants or leggings it’s something you definitely need to try on in-store unless you get ones that have panels of material which are a little more forgiving in terms of fit.

What are your winter wardrobe essentials? 

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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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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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Steal her style: Miroslava Duma

29th July, 2016

Miroslava Duma is one of my fashion icons. She’s a digital entrepreneur, businesswoman and mum and she always looks impeccable whether she’s giving a speech, front row at fashion week or simply hanging out with her kids. Her look has evolved of late and has a slightly bohemian feel to with quirky touches here and there without losing the polish that she’s known for. Every look she steps out in is highly covetable so it’s no surprise that her style is definitely one that inspires at every outing she makes.

Want to steal her style? Copy and paste her look using the below shopping picks…

Navy blazer

Try something different and switch out your black blazer for a navy option. A man-style blazer that’s cut slightly longer is great for layering and often helps to given an outfit some edge.

White t-shirt

You can never have too many white tees. I promise you’ll wear them to death. There’s also no more classic combination than a white tee paired with jeans.

Jeans

A slightly cropped pair of jeans is great if you’re on the petite side as it will help elongate your frame and gives the illusion of height. This pair is a great shade as it’s easily dressed up with the right accompanying pieces or dressed down when you want to go casual.

White heels

White heels look great but beware of quality. Sometimes the slightly shinier finish of a faux leather doesn’t look quite as polished so be sure to go for the best leather you can afford. Embellishment also elevates it to more of a statement piece.

Black Bag

A croc print bag is great alternative to your usual go-to black bag as it gives it some texture and a slight point of difference.

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5 ways to update your winter wardrobe

18th July, 2016

Cold dreary winter days can often mean feeling like you’re in a winter wardrobe rut. It’s hard to feel enthused about styling an outfit when it feels like you’re just putting the same layers on every single day. So, it’s time to mix it up! Here are some easy ways to update your wardrobe so you can get excited about getting dressed in the morning again.

Invest in a statement coat or jacket

It’s great to have the standby options of black, grey and navy in your coat arsenal but sometimes it can get a bit boring when you see a sea of coats in the same colours when you’re out and about. So why not opt for something a little different? A coat or jacket in a bold colour or a striking print can often cheer you up on the dreariest of days and give your look a point of difference.

Find staples with an interesting finishing touch

There are certain staples that we all generally need to get us through winter such as a great pair of ankle boots or a pair of jeans. So if you’re going to be spending a lot of time wearing them, then make them interesting. Try a pair of ankle boots with statement hardware or textures or update your usual skinny denim silhouette for something different such as a pair of flares or boyfriend jeans.

Add some leather

Leather has become quite the wardrobe staple and it’s the ideal way to modernise your look. A pair of leather leggings will get repeated use throughout the cooler months while a sleek leather pencil skirt or dress can look office appropriate when worn with classic pieces such as a white silk blouse or dressed up statement accessories. You also don’t always have to go with black. I have leather jackets in different colours (such as the above in pink) and I love that they can easily brighten up an outfit.

Re-circulate summer pieces

Whilst cool temperatures may mean bare legs and arms out of the question you can still put your summer wardrobe to use during winter. Summer dresses can easily be worn when worked back with a pair of trusty stockings and topped with a blazer or mixing knits with a skirt.

Find new silhouettes

Yes, it’s a given we all have to live in our jackets but why not try some new winter silhouettes? A bomber jacket is a great winter topper and is very on trend. Or why not opt for a cape as a great alternative to a standard winter coat. Adopting new silhouettes is one of the simplest ways to inject some new energy into your wardrobe.

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Steal her style: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

8th July, 2016

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She does a red carpet showstopper like no other but Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s off-duty style is equally as impressive. She manages to pull together some of the season’s biggest trends – the bomber jacket, ankle boots and top handle bags in one effortless outfit that would work perfectly for a catch up with friends and even casual Fridays at work. The colour palette of grey, khaki and black will always look stylish so file it away as a go-to combination when you’re next planning an outfit.

Bomber jacket

The model showcases the bomber jacket’s appeal with this casual cool ensemble. Think of a bomber as a great alternative to a leather jacket or blazer this season. It’s also the ideal trans-seasonal piece as it works equally as well with jeans as it does with skirts or dresses.

Grey tee

No wardrobe should be without a grey tee. It’s a piece that will get plenty of wear as it works so easily with multiple looks whether they be dressed up or down.

Black jeans

Don’t own a pair of black jeans? Snap up a pair now! You’ll wonder how you lived without them. Black jeans are the perfect anchor point for an outfit as you can easily add a variety of colours and it will look perfectly put together. Plus black is always flattering no matter your shape.

Black ankle boots

The secret to wearing ankle boots with jeans? Show a hint of ankle a la Huntington-Whiteley by folding your jeans so you can see the entire boot. It’s a more modern take on the look and when you’ve got a great pair of shoes why would you want to hide them?

Black top handle bag

A black handbag is of course a wardrobe staple however update the look and opt for a bag with a top handle. It looks chic and polished and will instantly elevate an outfit. If you can find a bag that also has a shoulder strap, even better as you can wear it multiple ways.

Sunglasses

No celebrity ever heads out without a pair of great sunglasses and Huntington-Whiteley is no exception. A pair of tortoiseshell sunglasses are a great alternative to black sunglasses but equally as versatile.

Photography: Celeb Mafia

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What I Wore: Winter Wonderland

6th July, 2016

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I love winter fashion as it’s all about layering, luxe fabrics and keeping cosy which is great as I am getting close to the end of my pregnancy and comfort is now definitely key. I have found anything loose now looks too bulky on my frame so more figure-hugging, body con dresses have been my saviour. I particularly loved this Fifth the Label ribbed dress from General Pants as I love wearing soft, neutral tones in winter because I think it’s easy to get carried away with wearing all black so it’s nice to break it up and wear some colour without wearing anything overly bright. This long-sleeved dress has some nice cut-out detail at the elbows and an asymmetrical hemline which gives it a definite point of difference. Plus it’s budget-friendly too!

Coats are obviously a necessity during the cooler months but as a bonus it’s great for throwing on over outfits when you’re pregnant. Wearing a coat gives you a really nice shape while keeping you warm, plus when wearing figure-hugging dresses I can sometimes feel uncomfortable wearing it on its own so coats are great for hiding everything away! Most winter coats tend to be black, navy, grey or camel so I think this Witchery coat stands out due to the beautiful soft beige colour.

Being eight months pregnant I’ve practically been living in flats so white sneakers like this pair from Witchery have become my trusty go-to. They’re very of-the-moment and are perfect for when I have a busy day of appointments or errands and need to have comfy footwear on. I am still loving backpacks as a great alternative to a handbag. It keeps my hands free (perfect for when I’m with Sophia) and it’s definitely easier to carry around than a heavy bag. The ash grey colour of this woven Country Road backpack definitely suits the season and provides a nice contrast to the rest of the neutral tones in my outfit.

P.S. As any mum-to-be knows when faced with an ever diminishing range of wardrobe options knows trawling the stores to update your wardrobe can be an exhausting prospect so I had a winning shopping moment when I realised I could shop all my favourite chain store brands at westfield.com.au without having to spend hours visiting various individual sites online. So believe it or not I actually managed to pull together the above outfit when I had a small window of time up my sleeve. I’m all about ways to save time and being super efficient these days so this was a pleasing discovery.

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Credits: Coat, Witchery; Dress, General Pants; Sneakers, Witchery; Backpack; Country Road

Photography: Sophia Athas 

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Loafers vs brogues

5th July, 2016

This season it’s all about the loafer or the brogue. Both comfortable and stylish, they’re the perfect shoe options when you’re bored of boots and ballet flats and want something to change up your winter footwear repertoire. Whether you’re a loafer girl or a fan of the brogue through and through there are plenty of great options to have you stepping out in style this winter.

Loafers

Leather loafers are a great alternative to the trusty ballet flat. A pair in basic black will see you through the season and beyond, however if you want to something a little more fun why not try a pair in a vibrant Gucci-esque red or a cool leopard print. Alternatively, neutral tones such as a camel or tan will complement most outfits and not completely overpower. The key with this look? A flash of ankle is important so be sure to pair them with cropped pants or jeans or a midi hem.

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Brogues

Steal a little style inspiration from the boys this season with brogues. They’re a more polished alternative to sneakers and just about as comfy. I know I wear mine to death as I love how they help ground an outfit but in a practical sense they’re comfy enough to help me keep up with a very active toddler! You can opt for classic colours such as tan or black however I went for a silver for something a little different plus metallics are a no-brainer for the evening so they’re a good option for dressing up an outfit for a night time event. As with loafers my tip is to always flash a bit of ankle to create a sense of proportion in your outfit. You can pair loafers with feminine pastels and fun prints or if you want a slightly more tomboy look, add a blazer and boyfriend jeans.

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Photography: Shot by Gio and Sophia Athas