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Designer items that will never go out of style

19th November, 2019

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Investment purchases often have a few more zeros in the price tag than your average chain store buy but when you factor in the longevity and its cost per wear you’re definitely getting a bargain. I’ve spoken in the past about my approach to buying designer goods that you won’t regret, but there are definitely certain pieces that will forever remain stylish. Add these to your wardrobe and I promise you’ll have a long and happy relationship.

Burberry trench

If you’re going to splurge on a trench coat make it one by Burberry. The coat was designed by Thomas Burberry for military personnel in World War One to keep officers protected against wind and rain and the design has been around ever since. The hardware and fabrication are of course top notch but one glimpse of the iconic checked lining sets this trench above the rest. I promise a trench coat is one purchase that you will get plenty of use out of all year round. Plus if you’re after a unique touch, Burberry now offer a personalisation service that allows you to monogram the inside of your coat.

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Chanel 2.55 bag

Everyone knows the quilted 2.55 bag by Chanel and whilst its ubiquitous it’s also one of the few designer bags that will not only appreciate in value (research has shown that the bag has increased in value by 70 per cent over the last six years) it’s also the kind of bag that will not date, will go with virtually everything you own and will always be a classic staple that you’ll be proud to carry. It’s a hefty investment I know, but if you’re going to splurge on a designer bag this one is definitely worth considering.

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Cartier LOVE Bracelet

The ultimate in wrist candy the beautiful Cartier LOVE bracelet first came to prominence in the 1970s and has only grown more popular since its inception. Available in a variety of metals including yellow gold or rose gold plus if you’re really looking to splurge there’s also a version studded with diamonds this is one piece of jewellery that you’ll remain in love with.

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Balenciaga moto jacket

I have had my Balenciaga leather jacket for years and its still the kind of piece that has remained in constant rotation in my wardrobe over the years. The perfect moto style jacket is ideal for wearing with everything from dresses to denim. I particularly loved Balenciaga’s design but designers like Saint Laurent, Tom Ford and Acne have all released their own versions of this jacket style. A major splurge it may be but one feel of the buttery leather, the sturdy metal hardware and the perfect fit will inspire instant love.

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Chanel ballet flat

Ballet flats will always be a wardrobe staple but add a pair of interlocking Cs and you venture into try style classic territory. Whilst they’re not the type of shoe that you’d wear daily to run errands (they’re definitely a bit more special than your average ballet flat) they are an easy and stylish footwear option for those days when you just want to take a casual look up a notch. A close runner up in the shoe departmet would be the classic Gucci horsebit loafer. Over 60 years on and it’s still going strong.

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Gucci loafers

First released in 1953, the Gucci loafer has been around for 65 years and whilst it has never ever really gone away it has experienced a huge resurgence in popularity. Whilst the range now encompasses everything from floral print to an array of colours, fur trim and a version with a collapsible heel, this style is a forever shoe. Translation: if you invest in this you’ll be wearing it for the next few decades without it ever dipping in style cred.

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Tell me—which designer items do you think will always be in style?
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Go bold and embrace animal prints

8th November, 2019

Embracing your wild side has never been easier with the current love being shown for all things animal print. And whilst it’s often the case that you’re either a fan of this trend or not, you might find yourself a convert with the range of accessories and clothing in everything from leopard to zebra print in store right now. So whether you want to go big and rock a statement coat or do a subtle nod with a stiletto or bag, there really is no better time to take on this trend and unleash your inner animal instinct.

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6 big spring racing trends that you need to know

17th October, 2019

Are you gearing up for Melbourne Cup? Prepping your look for Derby Day? If you’re headed to any of the key racing events during spring racing then you’re no doubt considering your look. From headwear to shoes, accessories and the outfit itself, it can be hard to figure out what to wear that’s on trend, yet sticks to the specific dress code.

I’ve got a number of events to attend, not to mention my reporting commitments for 7 Racing, which means I have plenty of outfits to lock in and I have to be on top of what’s trending. This season there’s plenty of key trends to try and I’m embracing a number of them throughout the next few weeks. Here are a few of the big ones to look out for…

A sharp skirt suit is a great option for spring racing

Sharp suiting

Traditional suiting is always a failsafe but the best part of what’s on offer this season is that it’s being done in a fresh, modern way. There’s a suit iteration that will work according to every taste, budget and dress code.

I’m a big fan of bold colours when it comes to a power suit, particularly pink which is fun and playful but so contemporary at the same time. Also look out for interesting finishing touches such as contrasting lapels and statement shoulders which ensure that your suit makes an impact. If you want to add a touch of glam, embrace a little satin which can take your suit next-level.

Also think beyond the traditional pants and jacket combination. You can go for a skirt or shorts to change up the look and give it a fresh spin.

Mini accessories

The mini bag is such a huge trend and its diminutive presence will be seen everywhere during spring racing season. You can do a little bag that will hold your main essentials or alternatively you can go super tiny like this and really downsize what you carry with you.

Who else loves an 80s puffed sleeve?

80s revival

The 80s are back! This time around we’re embracing the key silhouettes from the decade including puffed shoulders, high necklines, cinched in waists and the bell sleeve. As far as accessories go embrace a little glam by adding a diamond belt to your look, whilst padded headbands are the perfect way to embrace the trend and tick the headwear box at the same time.

Modern millinery

Hats will always be in but we are seeing headwear runway trends also filter into racing dressing now. Hair accessories are huge at the moment and is one way to tick the headwear box in a different way. Think beautiful hair clips, bows, anything with pearl embellishments and a polished headband. If you’re considering wearing clips, you can double the impact by wearing two at the same time. It gives the look something extra and modernises it.

Working a pink and yellow colour palette into my look

Bold Colours  

Don’t be afraid to turn up the saturation during spring racing and embrace big, bold colours. You can opt for vibrant shades of orange, yellow or gold which can all brighten up any look. Alternatively adopt rich hues of purple and pink to lift an ensemble and instantly make it pop.

Longer hemlines

I’ve always erred on the side of conservative when it comes to outfits for the races and this year it’s made even easier by the popularity of longer hemlines. If you’re thinking of dresses or skirts for spring racing, go for a maxi or midi style to look on trend whilst ensuring that you respect the dress code at the same time. Win-win.

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The wardrobe items I’m currently using the most

2nd October, 2019

I’m the first to admit I often play favourites when it comes to my wardrobe. There are just some pieces that are constantly on rotation for me at the moment because they just work with everything I own and are great for instantly dressing up a look. And sometimes I just get into a certain vibe when it comes to my outfits and the following pieces work beautifully with the aesthetic I’m going for. Here are the few that are currently at the top of my list…

501 Levis Skinny Jeans

I like the fact that these jeans are a little tapered but still tap into the trend for a more relaxed fit. They’re also a great wash and are able to be dressed up or down whether I’m in the mood to wear a white t-shirt or a beautiful blazer.

Chanel Gabrielle Backpack

I can’t really go past a beautiful Chanel bag and whilst I’m a big fan of their classic 2.55 style, this backpack is also right up there for me. Not only does it look elegant but it’s also utilitarian and can hold all my essentials and still leave me hands free — perfect for travelling or when I’ve got a busy day of running errands.

CC Logo Pink Suede Sneaker

I pretty much live in sneakers so I’m so in love with this pair for the fun pink shade and the on trend shape. Plus who can resist a comfy shoe that also ticks all the style boxes! This is one investment piece that I’m definitely maximising the cost per wear on.

Sparrows Weave The Round Wicker and Leather Top Handle Bag

Beautiful wicker bags are a go-to accessory this season and I do love the shape of this bag for its simplicity and relaxed elegance. I’ve loved being able to wear it on holiday with casual summer dresses and with more dressy ensembles. A versatile piece that I know I’ll be using non-stop this summer.

Giuseppe Zanotti Farrah Heels

I’ve been wearing these shoes to events and with work ensembles of late because it’s such an easy, wearable style that goes with virtually everything. Whilst it’s a great black heel, I love the crystal detail which elevates it and gives it a striking detail that sets it apart.

Aquazzura Deneuve 105 Bow-Embellished Suede Pumps

I often refresh my shoe wardrobe with a new black pump every season and this pair by Aquazzura has been such a great buy. I’ve worn it with jeans to dresses and suits so it’s a definite style chameleon. A heel that definitely ticks all the boxes.

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Style vs Steal: The Row Bare Sandal

18th September, 2019

If there’s one sandal style that you’ve no doubt seen everywhere it’s got to be The Row’s Bare sandal. The on trend heel is minimalist perfection. With it’s delicate straps and slight heel it’s the versatile shoe that will take you through spring/summer.

You can easily wear this style with everything from a dress to a skirt and shorts so you can poise yourself to live in them all summer. Plus it’s the perfect mixture of a dressy and casual heel so you can easily rock it for myriad occasions.

If you’re after a budget-friendly version then never fear, because I’ve rounded up a few options that will be friendly to your wallet.

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Style vs Steal: The Chanel Slingback

31st July, 2019

If there’s one shoe that’s definitely been a constant on many an Insta scroll it’s the gorgeous two tone Chanel slingback. The classic style, with its cap toe and elegant block heel is the kind of shoe that will stand the test of time. Worn casually with a daytime look or at night with a dressy ensemble, it’s chameleonic nature make it a definite wardrobe addition worth considering. And whilst the Chanel version is gorgeous, it can also be a little budget prohibitive given it has a four figure price tag. So what’s a girl to do? The great thing is there are plenty of other options around that will suit your price point. So if you want to make like uber influencers Nicole Warne and Aimee Song, scroll down to shop some great alternatives to this most classic of pumps.

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The sunglasses styles I wear all the time

10th June, 2019

I’ve had a love affair with sunglasses for as long as I can remember. They’re one of my favourite ways to finish a look and are also an easy way to change up my outfit’s look and feel. I’ve always liked trying different brands from designer to up-and-coming labels, and over the years I’ve experimented with a few styles and have found that there are three types I always come back to…

Cat eye sunglasses

I’ve always liked this classic style. I like their vintage feel and have always found the shape to be quite flattering. They’re bold without being too over the top and I’ve found that gives them a lot of versatility.

Statement frames

From vibrant colours to patterns I always find myself gravitating towards sunglasses that have a striking element. Whether it’s the shape, embellishment or bold shades, I’m always on board with any eyewear that can elevate an outfit and hold its own.

Round frames

These are also a bit of a retro style. I’ve always liked the fact that round frame sunglasses have a 60s vibe to them have a fun and playful feel. I’ve got a few different styles but have always found that Chloe tend to do them particularly well.

What are your favourite sunglasses styles?

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What I will never scrimp on in my wardrobe

25th May, 2019

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My wardrobe is an eclectic mix of different pieces at various price points but there are definitely special pieces that I have splurged on. I have always believed in being a discernible shopper and not just purchasing things on a whim so I’m quite strategic in my approach to shopping. I always do my research and will keep an eye out for sales both in store and online as there’s nothing quite like getting a piece you’ve been coveting at half price! That said, there are certain things that I will never scrimp on simply because these pieces are the workhorses of my wardrobe and need to be the best quality possible.

Shoes

Given how much time we spend in them I think shoes have always been a worthwhile investment. Finding good quality shoes will mean that they stand up to the daily wear and tear we put our footwear through and won’t require replacing or repairing as often. I’ve often rationalised that buying a slightly more expensive pair of shoes will often be better value for money than buying several cheaper pairs that will need to be replaced sooner.

Bags

I don’t buy them often so when I do I make sure that a bag is well made, from quality materials and of a style that will remain a classic for years to come. I’m all about quality not quantity in my wardrobe so I’d rather hang out for a slightly more expensive bag that I know will have plenty of longevity than go for an of-the-moment fix. For example I have a Chanel bag that I have had for years and that I still wear regularly and is still in great shape simply because of the craftsmanship that has gone into it. The same goes for my Givenchy bag (above) which I use all the time and I know because it’s so well made I’ll be able to wear it season after season.

Coats

I’ll happily scrimp on things like t-shirts and jeans but outerwear is something I will always willingly splurge on because of the number of times I’ll wear each item. Coats in particular are something I like to purchase each season and will wear throughout the cooler months so I always make sure it’s a classic style, made from a quality fabric such as wool as I will wear it day after day.

Jackets

I regularly wear jackets so I will make sure to buy the best quality that I can as I wear them so often. I have a Balmain blazer that I remember trawling the internet for for years before I finally snapped it up on sale but it’s the kind of strategic purchase I don’t regret one bit as I wear it to death. And yes, it’s definitely more expensive than your average blazer but I often think of things from a cost per wear basis and have definitely got value for money out of this particular buy.

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Styling trick: the silk scarf

9th May, 2019

Sometimes all it takes to revamp a look is the help of simple accessories. Case in point: the silk scarf. The beauty of this one simple item is that you can wear it in so many different ways, using it as a hair accessory one minute to a bag accoutrement the next. And whilst it’s great for everyday use, it’s also a handy little thing to have when you’re travelling as it’s small, light and multi-purpose. Here are a few different ways you can incorporate it into your wardrobe.

Use it as a hair tie

You can turn an ordinary bun or ponytail into something a little more pretty and polished with the help of your fave scarf.

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Turn it into a bag adornment

You can easily elevate the bag with the addition of a beautiful scarf. Drape it around the handle a la Elle Ferguson and you have yourself a decorative element that will give any bag a touch of personality.

Wear it as a headband

Headbands are having a bit of a moment and there’s no better way to dip your toe into the trend than by utilising a scarf you have in your wardrobe. Fashion it into a headband and you’re on trend in seconds.

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Use it to elevate a look

There’s something quite chic about incorporating a scarf into your look. Tie it around your neck or drape it over a coat and you’ll look classic and put together.

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My go-to bags for every occasion

5th April, 2019

They say you’re either a bag or a shoe girl but I’m unashamedly both. I love beautiful shoes but I’ve also managed to build up quite a healthy bag collection as I think having a well rounded range of bags is one of the key things that can help make getting dressed easier. I have a few favourites that I turn to time and time again for various reasons and I’ve found that I’m currently in a great place style-wise as I feel I’ve got bags to cover every possible occasion. Here’s what’s currently on my go-to list.

A roomy tote

I use this if I’ve got a big day out planned and need to take a number of things with me such as if I’m running back-to-back errands or I’m with the girls. It’s a great size, and really well made so I feel confident I can pack several things in there and the tote will hold up.

A versatile black bag

A black bag is an essential and I find this one to be particularly great as I can wear it as a shoulder bag and also as a clutch. The little strap you can put your hand through is particularly handy when I’m at an event as it makes it easier to carry the bag whilst juggling a glass or canape, or shaking someone’s hand.

A statement bag

I’ve had this bag for a few years and love it for the fun appliques. I always tend to go for this bag whenever my outfit is quite plain and I need to dress it up a bit.

Top handle bag

A good structured top handle bag is a classic staple. I always tend to use this bag whenever I’m wearing something quite dressy or ladylike.

A neutral clutch

It’s always handy having clutches in key colours like black and a neutral shade. I have had this in my collection forever and have lost track of how many times I’ve used it. It’s a great size and a versatile colour and has definitely been worth the investment.

A metallic bag

This metallic pink bag has been ideal for events. It’s a great way to add a pop of colour to a look and it’s the ideal size for formal occasions. It also comes with a dainty strap so I can easily wear it as a clutch or a shoulder bag depending on my mood.

Black clutch

If you don’t have a black clutch in your wardrobe that’s a serious gap that you have to fill! I cannot live without one because I use them for dressy events, work functions and even on days when I just want to downsize my essentials.

Straw bag

This little number has had quite the workout this summer. It’s the perfect piece to wear with a casual look but it works equally as well with outfits that are dressy.

A backpack

Backpacks are so handy (especially when you’re a mum) and I can fully attest to the fact that I can’t live without mine. I’ve taken this bag when I’m travelling, when I’m with the girls or if I just want to go hands free for the day.

Chain bag

It’s a classic style that’s able to work with various outfits in my wardrobe, so I definitely have been able to get plenty of use out of this bag. It’s a great size for carrying my essentials but also works well for a function.