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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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Shop my edit of steal options for this classic shoe

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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.

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What’s on my shopping wish list

15th February, 2019

I’m making the most of the last month of summer with most of my shopping list this month focused on easy breezy accessories and staples with a sophisticated touch. However I’ve also been embracing a few trendy buys including a fun fluoro bag, a shell headband that’s perfect for this time of year and beige tones which are set to be huge in the coming months. So if you’re in the mood to spoil yourself with a new buy, here are a few things that may inspire you…

Loewe medium leather-trimmed raffia tote

I’ve seen this tote pop up on a few Instagram posts and love its classic yet laidback vibe.

Gucci embellished silk wool blend skirt

This dreamy skirt is perfect no matter the time of year but crisp white and gold really does lend itself to a warm summer day.

Chloe Poppy octagon wire frame sunglasses

I love sunnies that are a little bit quirky and different and the octagon shape of this Chloe pair give them a point of difference to others in my collection.

Self Portrait asymmetric ruffled skirt

If you’ve yet to embrace beige tones prepare yourself because you’ll be seeing the colour everywhere. I love the playful meets classic vibe of this skirt.

Cult Gaia Alia perspex and leather mules

The interesting heel and shape of these mules caught my eye. I definitely like to intersperse my shoe collection with pieces that are a little unique.

Hunza G seersucker swimsuit

I’ve mentioned how much I rate this brand previously so you won’t be surprised that I immediately knew I had to have this particular one piece. It’s the kind of style that I know I’ll have for plenty of summers to come.

Prada macrame and leather bucket bag

A touch of metallic never goes astray. This bag is all kinds of fun and a definite talking piece.

Cult Gaia Sylvie linen and rattan belt

I’ve been trying to expand my belt collection of late and this style is ideal for glamming up a look.

Jacquemus Olbia leather slingback sandals

These heels tick the versatility box with their neutral colour but the shape and finishing details make them stand out in a crowd.

Maison Michel grosgrain hair tie

If you’ve yet to embrace the humble hair bow then you’d better jump on board cause they’re going to be huge. This particular style would work with so many different outfits.

Amber Sceats Sahara earrings

You can never go wrong with statement earrings, especially when they’re such a great style and shape.

Rejina Pyo crinkled satin shoulder bag

This is a bit of a departure from the bags I usually go for but I couldn’t resist the interesting shape and texture and the standout colour.

Lelet NY shell headband

Headbands are always such an easy way to lift an outfit. I especially love the shell detail on this particular piece.

South Beach round straw beach bag

I’ve been loving natural textures when it comes to bags, and this particular piece would get quite the work out over the coming weeks.

Amber Sceats Cordelia earrings

I’m making the most of the shell trend whilst it’s still here and love this cute pair for adding a little nautical element to an ensemble.

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Stylish slides that will make any summer outfit

2nd February, 2019

Slides. They’re easily one of the most on trend footwear options for summer and are so wearable that if you haven’t stockpiled a few pairs already, you seriously don’t know what you’re missing out on.

When it comes to slides I think the most important thing is to go for the colours that will easily work back with the rest of your wardrobe but it doesn’t mean you can’t afford to have a little fun along the way too. There are so many design options available, with everything from knotted straps to metallic detailing that will give your slides a point of difference. And if you’re in the mood to snap up more than one pair, then I highly suggest going for something that’s more of a statement piece to add a little drama to your favourite summer look.

Shop my edit of great summer slides below

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On a budget… accessories

30th January, 2019

Accessories are one of the things I can’t live without. In fact I think they can often make or break an outfit so getting it right is key. And the great thing about accessorising is that it’s one of the easiest things you can do to change up a look when you’re on a budget. I often use it as a styling trick to make existing pieces in my closet feel fresh. So how can you save on accessories without scrimping on style? Here are a few things to try…

Map out what you need

Take a look at the accessories you currently own and see what pieces you can use more often. You may find that there are things that you’d forgotten about or are back in fashion that you can include in your style repertoire more.

From this you can see what gaps there are in your wardrobe. From a classic black clutch to a pair of earrings that can lift evening wear, think about the times you’ve been on your way out and thought “I really wish I had [insert item] right now.”

Check out what’s on sale

Right now is the opportune time to snap up some new accessories for your wardrobe. There are some amazing things that have been marked down so it’s a good time to buy anything that you’ve had your eye on. If you ever spot something online that you really like but it’s full price, just be sure to add it to your wish list so you’ll be alerted if it goes on sale.

Hit your local chain store

The great thing about chain stores is that they interpret a lot of popular designer trends but at a fraction of the price. So be sure to scour your fave spots as you may find the perfect pair of earrings or the sunnies you’ve always wanted for less.

Browse the kids section

Don’t laugh, but a quick browse through the teen or kids section of many stores may leave you pleasantly surprised. There are often on trend pieces that could easily work for your own wardrobe, but they’re priced cheaper.

What are some of your favourite ways to accessorise on a budget?