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The bag that does double duty as jewellery

23rd February, 2018

Who doesn’t love a fashion multitasker? The bracelet bag trend spurred on by the Chloe Nile bag seen in everyone from Olivia Palermo to Sienna Miller and Vogue’s Christine Centenera, is just that. With its bangle-like handle it not only allows you to cart all your stuff around in one pretty package, it can also double as jewellery when you’re wearing it. The ring handle bag is a breath of fresh air from traditional bag silhouettes and allows you to elevate an accessory to a beautiful adornment without having to really do much at all.

Scroll down to shop my edit of bracelet bag options to suit every budget…

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Sneak peek at my handbag collection—and the favourites I use all the time

14th February, 2018

I’m a shoes and bags girl through and through. I especially love bags as I find that the right one can really be the final finishing touch to set the tone for an entire look. I own a mix of bags from designer to chain store, and I’ve tried my best to ensure that they are all able to work equally as well with everything in my closet to enable me to get maximum wear out of them. That said, some definitely get a workout more than others because the style is a perfect pairing with the mood of my current wardrobe favourites. And from previous What I Wores I’ve done, you’ll definitely get a feel for which ones are my go-to. Here’s a round up of the bags that are often on high rotation for me…

Kate Waterhouse bag collection in wardrobe

A sneak peek at my bag closet

Keep scrolling for a look at the go-to bags in my collection…

Bulgari navy top-handle bag

Just the right size, shape and colour to pair with a multitude of outfit combinations.

Balenciaga Le Dix tote

A classic bag that’s just the ideal size for carrying all my daily essentials.

Chanel quilted clutch

If I’m ever looking to add a fun pop of colour to a look this is my first port of call.

Bulgari Serpenti bag

Hot pink is always a fun colour to wear. This one is ideal for when I want a standout accessory.

Edie Parker Sydney clutch

Proudly supporting my home town!

Chanel mini shoulder bag

I take this bag with me whenever I travel as it can work for day and night.

Helen Kaminski clutch

This is great for when I want to add a bit of texture to an ensemble.

Gucci Dionysus bag

With such a fun design, this is what I carry when I want to liven up what I’m wearing.

Miu Miu black and silver clutch

The combination of silver and black make this clutch quite versatile.

Kate Waterhouse Chanel at Marais boutique bec and bridge dress chanel bag 7

Chanel 2.55 shoulder bag

I’ve had this bag for as long as I can remember and still love it to this day. It’s a forever piece.

Miu Miu blush clutch

I find the blush tone and size of this bag make it a workhorse of my wardrobe.

The Daily Edited KW pouch (I also have this in taupe and hot pink)

I can’t resist anything that’s personalised. These are a good quality and a reasonable price so I’ve got them in a few colours.

YSL leopard print clutch

Animal print anything can add a bold touch to any look. I love leopard print so this has been a reliable go-to piece.

Loewe Barcelona bag

I’ve been able to get maximum wear for such a mini bag. The taupe shade makes it quite wearable.

 

 

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The one area of my wardrobe I update every season without fail

8th February, 2018

There’s one area of my wardrobe that I’ll always update every season without fail and that’s my accessories. I think the addition of the right accessory to an outfit can really lift it and make it instantly fresh and on trend. It’s also got the power to turn casual looks into something polished, instantly expanding the wearability of what’s in my closet.

I’ll often tailor my accessories to the season too, so when buying a new shoe I’ll look for a great boot for autumn/winter and a statement stiletto for spring/summer. With the purchase of a single new season shoe I’m able to instantly make older pieces look modern and contemporary by pairing it with something that’s current. It’s an effective trick for getting more wear out of my wardrobe.

Kate Waterhouse street style with gold Gucci heels

The right statement shoe can really make an outfit

Also I always keep an eye out for key pieces like belts and bags as I think they’re an easy way to restyle existing things in my closet and make them look different. The addition of a new belt to a skirt or pant can give it a new vibe by changing its shape or look and feel. And switching up bags can often act as an accent piece that can rejig an ensemble. For example a structured top handle bag can make an outfit feel polished whilst a leather crossbody carryall is a little more relaxed and casual.

Accessories are a great way to feel like you’re wearing a new look, and it’s often more economical than buying something every time you want to freshen up your wardrobe. At the start of a new season, it’s a great idea to take stock of what’s out there and then pinpoint a few thing that you know will a) work with the rest of your clothes and b) has enough flair to stand out on its own and act as an accent piece to any look. It’s simple, easy and definitely effective.

What are some things you always update every season?
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The backpack is all grown up and ready for you to fall in love with it

3rd February, 2018

I often gravitate towards accessories that merge practicality and style in one, which is why the backpack has definitely become one of my go-tos. It’s just so easy and makes carrying around my everyday essentials a breeze. And the good news is that the backpack has undergone a modern transformation that’s turned it into a far more fashionable proposition. Think chic colour palettes, interesting hardware and contemporary shapes that have made it into a stylish accessory on par with classic styles such as the trusty tote and top handle bag. Whether you’re after a designer option from the likes of Saint Laurent and Chloe or a cheap and cheerful version, there’s no doubt that you will be spoilt for choice. This is the ideal bag to have on hand when you’re travelling or just have a busy day ahead.

Shop my edit of backpacks below…

 

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Slingback heels are the chic and comfortable shoe you need

28th January, 2018

Sky high stilettos can be fun but sometimes a girl’s just got to go for something she can walk in for an entire day. Enter the slingback. The style has made a comeback of late and when in kitten heel or flats form, they’re super comfortable whilst still remaining sophisticated and polished. Whilst a classic black pair is a great place to start, there are a multitude of fun patterns and prints which can elevate and outfit and give it a fun focal point. Wear them to work or out to dinner with the girls, either way they make for a chic touch to any look and the best bit? You can walk in them for hours.

Shop my edit of slingback heels below…

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Minimalist necklaces to fall in love with

21st January, 2018

There’s a time and place for statement jewellery but sometimes an outfit calls for something simple and understated to wear everyday; a piece that will work back with your wardrobe seamlessly. Enter minimalist jewellery. This style has been a constant trend but the hero piece would definitely have to be a fine chain necklace with a teeny tiny pendant to match. It’s become a favourite of many a fashion blogger and celeb. It’s jewellery that is classic, not over the top and there’s something quite elegant about accessorising with such a delicate piece. 

The best bit about such dainty jewellery is its chameleonic nature- you can wear it to work one minute and a party the next without ever having to take it off. If you want to add a minimalist necklace to your collection, be sure to let your personality shine through for there are so many different pendants around, from a simple diamond to a heart that can reflect who you are. It just goes to show that big doesn’t always mean better.

Shop my edit of minimalist necklaces…

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This 90s fave is back and it’s the one jewellery purchase you need to make this season

19th January, 2018

I’m a firm believer that accessories are one of the quickest and easiest ways to update a look. And if there’s one versatile piece that’s worth splurging on this season it’s a pair of gold hoop earrings. However don’t expect a reissue of the styles you may remember from the good ol’ 90s. The modern update of classic hoops includes more sculptural shapes, intricate embellishments and lots of texture (think the earrings Harper and Harley’s Sara Crampton are wearing below). They’re infinitely more interesting than the gold hoops of yesteryear and are the kind of jewellery piece that can instantly elevate a look and make any outfit right on trend. If you’re planning to jump aboard this trend don’t save your hoops for special occasions or evenings out. The style’s modern incarnation allows you to pair it with everything from a casual off duty look to a relaxed beach outfit without looking too over the top. If you’re yet to dip a toe into the statement earring trend, this is a great place to start.

Shop my edit of gold hoop earrings below…

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5 pieces that your summer wardrobe definitely needs

17th January, 2018

We’re halfway through summer already and it’s at this point when your current season wardrobe can sometimes start to feel tired. The novelty of pulling out your warm weather clothes and rediscovering them again has worn off and you may feel the urge to buy something new to refresh you current looks. If you’re planning on indulging in a little retail therapy it’s a great idea to opt for pieces that you can get plenty of wear out of and can be transformed into several different ensembles. If you want to ensure you get maximum cost per wear, these five things definitely offer longevity and versatility.

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The cold shoulder dress

The cold shoulder silhouette has cemented its place as one of the key trends of the season so it’s a great style to opt for when it comes to dresses. Grab one in a crisp white and you’ll definitely get plenty of wear out of it.

My pick: This Paxos number incorporates a few dramatic touches such as ruffles and bell sleeves, making it a standout piece.

High waisted denim skirt

A denim skirt should have a permanent place in your summer wardrobe simply because of its sheer versatility. Tees, singlets, button downs… the list of its possible pairings is lengthy.

My pick: Camilla and Marc’s high waisted skirt is just the right shade of blue and its raw hem gives it a little edge.

The black swimsuit

When it comes to swimwear I always go for neutrals and no prints as I find I always get more wear out them that way. A plain black swimsuit or bikini is a must but look for interesting finishing touches to inject a little personality.

My pick: Marysia do gorgeous styles in plain bold colours that more than stand out in a crowd. This top and bottom can be mixed with other pieces in the range if you want to change things up but they work so beautifully together that you’re guaranteed to have them on high rotation.

The colourful slides

Slides are the footwear of choice this season so why not have some fun with them? Look for bright colours, textured finishes and embellishments.

My pick: A bold colourway keeps these Sol Sana slides looking fresh whilst the wavy straps are a playful touch.

The statement sunglasses

Sunglasses can really make an outfit so find a pair that can still work back with the rest of your wardrobe but have standout elements such as coloured lenses, unique frames or fun finishes.

My pick: These Chloe sunglasses are a great stepping stone into embracing statement glasses. They’re unique without being too over the top.

What pieces are you wearing to death this summer?

 

 

 

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What I Wore: Frilled to Bits

16th January, 2018

You could go a little texture…or a whole lot for a striking finish that suits summer to a tee. I’m a big fan of the label Maggie Marilyn and this dress from their latest collection pulls out all the stops – a crisp white shade, an abundance of ruffles, and a red and white striped accent all make for just the right amount of statement-making detail to make this a go-to for events and special occasions. Nothing works better against white than a beautiful tan shade and this bag from Gucci is a versatile colour that will the see it work back with many outfits. I love the bag’s simplicity but the signature gold interlocking Gs and exposed stitching give it a bit of extra personality. Meanwhile my Gucci loafers with painted flower detail and candy pink sunglasses add a fun feminine touch without competing with the rest of the ensemble.

Credits: Dress, Maggie Marilyn, Shoes and bag, Gucci, Sunglasses, Pared

Photography: Sophia Athas

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The cult bag celebs and bloggers are still loving

14th January, 2018

Every once in awhile a bag comes along that really taps into the fashion zeitgeist. Enter Los Angeles based brand Cult Gaia’s Ark bag (below) which is a favourite bag of many a fashion blogger along with A-list celebs including Jessica Alba, Michelle Williams and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. A refreshing change from your usual ‘it’ bag which typically comes with a four figure designer brand price tag, the Ark bag starts at an affordable $150. In keeping with the trend towards adopting pieces in natural fabrics, the Ark is made from bamboo giving it an earthy touch, however its sculptural style keeps it completely contemporary. If the style isn’t quite your thing Cult Gaia have also introduced a crossbody bag and a top handle bag which looks ultra modern and would be a definite talking point each outing it had.

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