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My favourite finishing touch to an outfit—and it’s so easy to change it up

6th June, 2018

Whether it’s a bejewelled cat eye or classic aviators, there’s no doubt that sunglasses are one of the easiest ways to update an outfit. I’ve built up quite the collection over the years as I have a bit of a weakness for amazing frames! That said, it really as an accessory that can easily change any look. By switching up my eyewear I can change the whole vibe of my outfit in seconds. They’re definitely a key consideration when I’m planning my street style outfits. And I put as much thought into them when I’m pulling together a look for an event as I do my shoes and jewellery.

Here are a few of my current faves.

Small frames

Small frame sunglasses are right on trend at the moment and given their modern silhouette I find they add a little edge to an outfit.

Coloured frames

I love to have fun with vibrant colours when it comes to my sunglasses. The bold pink pair above can really add a playful touch to a look and are one way to make a strong statement.

Classic frames

Gold metal frames have been around for eons and for this reason they’re a reliable go-to. They also work back with almost everything in my wardrobe so they often get a workout.

Cat eye frames

I’ve always loved cat eye sunglasses as they have an old Hollywood feel about them. These days they’ve been updated with embellishments, come in a rainbow of colours and are an ideal way to transform any look.

Sleek black frames

 A pair of classic black frames never goes astray. Whatever the shape, black eyewear it always gives an outfit a sleek, modern vibe.

Round frames

The shape is a little old school and I love that they’re a little bit different to your standard sunglasses. Round frames are quite fun and can work with everything from a dressy ensemble to an off duty outfit for the weekend.

Embellished frames

I adore statement sunglasses. Show me anything with embellishment and I’m sold. This pair with its jewelled rim is one such example when the right frames can really take an outfit next-level.

What are your favourite sunglass styles?

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I’m all about boots in winter—these are a few of my fave picks

2nd June, 2018

I buy a pair of winter boots at the start of the season to take me through the next few months

Every winter I make a point of going in search of new boots. I update my shoe collection every season and for the cooler months I always go for a simple ankle boot to freshen up my look. I think it’s the kind of style that’s easily adaptable to a multitude of different outfits and it really does take me through the season.

The great thing with ankle boots is that they come in so many different styles that it’s easy to find a pair that works with your own aesthetic. I always go for a simple, streamlined silhouette with a heel but this season I’ve found myself gravitating towards something a little edgier. I wore the above Maje boots to Fashion Week and not only were they best shoe decision from a comfort perspective they also helped ground my look. I was wearing quite a feminine outfit and by pairing it with flat boots it gave it a slightly tougher vibe and really took it in a different direction, which I love.

Put your best foot forward this winter with a pair of ankle boots

When it comes to choosing boots I think it’s key to start where every fashion purchase should start: your wardrobe. Do a scan of the shoes that you currently own and also your winter looks and see what’s lacking and what boot style can easily be paired with everything. Are you in need of a sophisticated heeled ankle boot? Do you need flat boots to wear with your casual ensembles? You’ll find that boots will take you through the next few months quite easily but it’s important to pinpoint the right style from the very beginning.

If you’re currently in the market for winter boots I’ve rounded up a few that will update your current wardrobe and make it on trend.

 

 

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The one thing I can’t get enough of at the moment

2nd May, 2018

Do you ever go through phases where you just absolutely can’t get enough of one particular look or trend? I’m experiencing that at the moment with loafers. I am wearing them constantly. I’m currently favouring backless styles by Gucci including the pair above which have a really beautiful floral motif. One of the key reasons I’m loving them is because of their sheer versatility. Any shoe that can be worked back with multiple looks is a winner in my book. And loafers are the kind of thing that you can pair with everything from jeans to dresses and skirts and they work equally as well with each.

While a plain black pair is going to take you far as they will go with virtually anything it’s also worth considering a vibrant style. There are so many options out there right now, from coloured gingham to glitter and animal print if you want to have a little more fun with your footwear. No matter the colour or print, the major benefit of loafers is that they’re so comfortable. So it’s time to give your feet a break and make some room in your life for a pair, I guarantee that you’ll wonder how you ever did without them.

Have you jumped aboard the loafer bandwagon yet? Shop my top picks below…
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Meet Espie Roche – the new luxe Australian bag brand you’re going to love

11th April, 2018

Quality is so important to me so I love it when I discover brands that are not only doing beautifully well made pieces but that they also have a link close to home. Espie Roche is the brainchild of Australians Hermione Espie Underwood and Airlie and Alexandra Roche Hamilton who looked to their mothers love of classic, longlasting handbags as inspiration throughout the creative process. To honour this journey they decided to use their mothers’ respective maiden names to craft the moniker, Espie Roche. Each piece in the range is made in Italy with quality leather and hardware and all four handbag designs are simple, elegant and designed to be a forever piece. Bespoke orders are also available if you’re really after a bag that’s all your own.

When I asked Hermione, Airlie and Alexandra about the brand’s aesthetic they describe it as being “about discretion and the elegance of simplicity. Our pieces are not overtly branded, we want you to wear the bag, not for the bag to wear you!” This really resonated with me as I always gravitate towards bags that are understated and quite simple and in a way, that to me, is what makes them stand out. I want pieces that won’t date and that I know I can pass down to my daughters when they’re older.

The brand’s hero piece is the Arno satchel, which I’m wearing below. Not only is it a great size and shape, it’s got my favourite bag criteria covered in that I’m able to wear it in multiple ways. The bag comes with a detachable strap so I can wear it as a satchel for days when I’m busy running around, a top-handle bag for dressy events and a clutch for an evening out. Also, I love the grey hue which is understated and so wearable. I know I’ll be able to pair this with multiple outfits with minimal fuss. There is a lovely timeless feel to the style which is important to me as I’m all about accessories that have longevity and are destined to become a wardrobe staple—something that Espie Roche echoes through and through.

Credits: Blazer, Rebecca Vallance; Jeans, Camilla and Marc; Satchel, Espie Roche; Sunglasses, Pared; Heels, Gucci

Photography: Sophia Athas

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Designer items that will never go out of style

2nd April, 2018

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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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New collab to love: The Daily Edited x Dion Lee

16th March, 2018
Dion Lee with the tote from his collection with The Daily Edited

Dion Lee with the tote from his collection with The Daily Edited

Dion Lee is one of my favourite designers and I’ve worn pieces from his label more times than I can count. His aesthetic is always clean, sophisticated and with a fashion forward spin that makes his designs instantly unique. So whenever he launches anything new, I always think it’s worth sitting up and taking notice. You can bet it’s guaranteed to be on point, especially when it’s a collaboration with one of Australia’s most popular accessories brands, The Daily Edited.

Last year Dion launched his first men’s line and says he was interested in building out the brand to include accessories. “Working with The Daily Edited seemed like an opportunity to really create accessories that felt like they were helping me tell the story of the men’s character,” says Dion. Of the collection, The Daily Edited’s co- founder Alyce Tran says, “I’ve always loved his line and we have collaborated with other designers before so when the opportunity to work with Dion came up we wanted to take the collaboration in a different direction to our previous collaborations with a menswear capsule.”

The range includes three main designs – a messenger bag, a tote bag and wash bag in a chic colour palette of black, navy and khaki. “With men’s wear it’s much more intuitive and personal and it’s more about what I would wear and what I’m attracted to,” says Dion. “The palette was really about things that I would put together and colours that I would work back into my own wardrobe.”

Whilst the range is technically a men’s line the designs are so minimalist that I think it could work equally as well in a woman’s wardrobe. So if you’re looking to spoil the man in your life or are just in the market for a stylish new bag, this is one collab definitely worth checking out.

Scroll down to shop a few of my favourite pieces from the collection

Dion Lee in New York with the tote bag from his The Daily Edited capsule collection

Dion Lee in New York, says the collection is largely inspired by his own wardrobe

The Daily Edited x Dion Lee black messenger bag

TDE x Dion Lee black messenger bag, $369.95

The Daily Edited x Dion Lee khaki tote bag

TDE x Dion Lee khaki tote bag, $369.95

The Daily Edited x Dion Lee navy wash bag

TDE x The Daily Edited navy wash bag, $129.95
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6 ways with white sneakers

11th March, 2018

Oh white sneakers, thank you for making comfortable footwear so achingly chic. I’ve embraced the white sneakers trend for a few years now as they’re just so unbelievably wearable. I have a few different styles in my closet because they are such an easy go-to on days when I need to look pulled together but still need to be able to run around quite easily. I usually jump between my different pairs but I can’t go past Gucci’s Ace style. An elevated designer sneaker just makes any off duty look feel super luxe.

Whether you’re wearing old school Adidas, modern Nikes, classic Supergas or trusty Converse sneakers, there’s no doubt that you can wear white sneakers in so many different ways. They’re ideal to wear for a busy weekend spent out and about or a casual lunch with the girls, the only issue is deciding which style to wear! If you’re going to jump on board this trend, here are 6 ways to make it work with your wardrobe.

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This is a great trans-seasonal look as we head into the cooler months. White sneakers worn back with a classic look such as a jumper and skirt in neutral colours is casual chic at its best. Love the slight 70s feel to this outfit.

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A simple dress is an easy outfit option when you’re having a wardrobe dilemma. A knitted dress works well with a pair of perfectly white sneakers and has a relaxed elegance about it. If you want an easy shortcut for changing the look and feel of a slightly more glam dress just add a pair of white sneakers and it instantly looks suitable for day.

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The great thing about white sneakers? They’re a neutral colour so they go with pretty much anything in your wardrobe and that includes all the colours of the denim rainbow.

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While coloured jeans are great, you can’t beat a pair of classic blue jeans. This look works best with jeans that are fitted slightly cropped at the ankle.

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I love an all white outfit; it looks so fresh and modern. A long midi skirt can be quite dressy but worn with sneakers it can easily become a great casual look. Midriff-baring optional!

d5456e587523784a7f582eb349c510bdIf you want to mix up your usual dress and sandals combination, swap out your sandals for a pair of white sneakers instead. It gives a dress a slightly more modern edge.

Photography: Always Judging, People and Styles, Pinterest, Brunette Braid, Nolita Hearts

 

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How to buy a designer bag that you’ll love for years to come

10th March, 2018
Kate Waterhouse carrying Chanel designer handbag

My Chanel bag has been with me for years and is still going strong

I’ve spoken in the past about the importance of cost per wear for me and there’s no area that I apply it more to than my handbags. I am all about quality over quantity. I will often hold out for a designer bag as I know that it will withstand everyday wear and tear as they’re so well crafted. Also, I’ll often go for classic styles so they have longevity. Case in point: I’ve had the above Chanel handbag for years and it’s still going strong.

If you’re going to splurge on a designer bag it’s important to make sure you get it right. After all you are spending not an insignificant amount of money so it’s the type of fashion purchase that needs some planning behind it first. Here are some things to consider before buying:

Think of your lifestyle 

What kind of lifestyle do you have? For me I have to carry everything from Sophia and Grace’s snacks to my phone and wallet so I need something that’s quite roomy. For the kind of life I lead a tiny handbag (as much as I like the look of it) just wouldn’t work.

It’s crucial to tailor your bag to suit your lifestyle and needs. If it doesn’t then you’re never going to use it as often as you’d like and that’s a lot of money that’s wasted.

Consider the brand

If you’re going to have a bag that you use every single day you want a classic style. I think you can justify splurging on a bag if it’s something that can be used every single day. Everyone has their own favourites but if I was going to splurge on a designer bag I would definitely go for Céline, Balenciaga, Jil Sander or Chanel because they do classic, timeless styles.

Check out it’s extra features

Little details can mean you get double the wear out of a designer bag. For example it may seem a small detail but consider the handles on your bag. I like two handles on a bag—smaller handles so I can just carry it on my arm and a longer strap so I can carry it on my shoulder. Having the option to do both expands the use of a bag. Also some bags now come with detachable pouches that can be used to carry things like cosmetics but can be used as separately as a clutch. Win-win!

Kate Waterhouse street style designer bag Gucci

When it comes to designer bags aim for classic and timeless to ensure maximum cost per wear

Opt for simplicity

A statement bag with lots of embellishment is great but if you’re going to have just one designer bag that you’re going to carry all the time make sure to keep it quite pared back and stick to neutral colours. A subdued colour palette makes it easier to work back with your wardrobe. Minimal amounts of detailing also makes it less likely to look overly on trend. Also keep in mind that plain leather generally won’t date as easily as patent leather.

Avoid ‘it’ bags

When it comes to designer bags I like to have something that no one else has. For this very reason if there is an ‘it’ bag I tend to steer clear of it. However I might get inspired by a brand and choose something that is within that collection. If you can afford to have a new designer bag each season then definitely go for the ‘it’ bag. If however, you are buying a designer bag that’s intended to see you through season after season I’d steer clear of the bag of the moment and opt for something that’s not as common so it doesn’t date as easily.

Choose an ongoing style

I will always ask a shop assistant if they’re continuing a particular type of bag the following season because some are just one-offs and I think that can really date a bag. When choosing a bag opt for one that’s a signature style to the brand because then it is recurring every season rather than being the 2018 summer bag which everyone will know is a couple of years old.

An example of a signature style is something like Chanel’s 2.55 black quilted leather handbag or the Hermes Birkin. It’s a bag that’s done every season which means it won’t date and it’s great quality so it lasts year after year. I’ve had my Chanel bag for 10 years and I still wear it all the time so the cost per wear is great!

Tell me—what designer bag do you have your eye on?

Photography: Sophia Athas

 

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Worth the splurge: designer belts that will elevate any outfit

4th March, 2018

I’ve always been a big believer in the power of great, statement accessories. A pair of statement earrings? I’m all over it. Statement shoes? Card carrying member of the fan club. And my latest obsession? Bold statement belts. And whilst there’s obviously plenty of amazing options out there at varying price points I think there’s just something about designer belts that make them that little bit special and an investment piece worth considering. Not only are the designs fashion forward, the craftsmanship is amazing and they’re guaranteed to have longevity.

I’ve found belts to be the underutilised accessories of our wardrobe. We’ll often turn to them to perform the obvious practical purpose of ensuring our pants stay up(!) however they’re not always the first thing we look at when considering a great finishing touch to an outfit. Case in point: I recently went away and wore the below outfit to travel in. I was wearing a plain white tee and simple denim shorts and sneakers but the addition of my pearl studded Gucci belt helped bring the entire look together and gave my otherwise casual ensemble a touch of glam. The upside of belts too, is that they can easily work back with so many different looks so if you splurge on just one, you can ensure you maximise its cost per wear.

Shop my edit of designer belts below…

Gucci embellished leather belt

Gucci anything is always a good idea but the classic belt with interlocking G buckle is a classic. It’s a favourite of many a style blogger and is the ideal on trend finishing touch to a look.

Alaïa Vienne laser cut waist belt

The beautiful laser cut detail of this waist belt is beyond. If you want to give yourself a perfectly nipped in waist this is the ultra stylish way to do it.

Gucci embellished stretched canvas waist belt

Another classic by Gucci. The statement buckle is definitely its selling point.

Maison Margiela bow embellished velvet belt

A perfectly sweet bow would tie up any outfit perfectly, especially in plush velvet.

Etro striped tassel-end silk belt

The colours and tassels of this Etro number would add an earthy element to an otherwise dressed up look.

Diane von Furstenberg linked leather belt

Add a sharp touch to any look with this linked leather piece.

Isabel Marant Leece wrap through leather belt

A beautiful tan leather belt is a key element of any wardrobe. The wrap through design of this Isabel Marant piece makes it just that little bit special.

Alexander McQueen wide bow embellished leather belt

The wide leather belt is a style that can add an edgy touch to an outfit but the addition of a bow gives it a feminine feel.

Miu Miu crystal embellished leather belt

The crystal buckle on this belt is amazing. A few hints of colour is always a guaranteed way to turn an outfit from good to great.

 

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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…