Last week, I attended a gorgeous launch on Ghost II – a brand new, beautiful luxury super yacht owned by Bell Partners founder and CEO Anthony Bell. The Vacheron Constantin launch was the first ever event held on the yacht so I felt quite special to be invited and enjoy a beautiful night cruising around Sydney Harbour.
The night was all about launching the iconic Vacheron Constantin Overseas collection, a range of watches which can impressively tell the time in 37 different time zones. Watch aficionados would have been in heaven, as all the guests were able to try on some of the luxury timepieces on display. The watches ranged from simple and sleek to some that were thoroughly luxe and were encrusted with diamonds. It was definitely a lot of fun being able to play with them.
The launch was a small gathering of 50 people and was a mixture of media, fashion personalities and celebrities such as Montana Cox and Cheyenne Tozzi. It was a special experience being able to watch the sunset as we sailed along the harbour and definitely a lovely way to spend an evening.
When it comes to your spring racing look your accessories should definitely be a key consideration – don’t relegate it to a last minute choice as you dash out the door! Each of the key days in the racing calendar will allow you to explore some great accessories options and as bags are always one of the first things I think about, I’ve teamed up with The Daily Edited to showcase the right bag and accessories to help you pull together a wining race day look.
The event: Derby Day
The monochrome dress code of Derby Day is generally really easy to follow when it comes to accessories because virtually every woman has a black clutch in her wardrobe. It’s like the LBD of the accessories world. If you want to opt for something different though a nice alternative is a cream bag.
As everyone will be wearing black and white it can become easy to get lost in the crowd so to stand out, attention to detail and beautiful craftsmanship with your accessories is important. One of the reasons I love the bags from The Daily Edited is because little touches like personalisation and being able to monogram your bag allows you to differentiate your accessories from the rest.
The thing with accessories is to make sure you’re comfortable and that you won’t constantly be fussing with them throughout the day. If you’re fine to put your clutch under your arm then great but otherwise opt for a shoulder strapso you can juggle champagne and a pen for writing down tips.
The event: Melbourne Cup
For Melbourne Cup Day you can afford to go a little more bold with your look. You can inject a little bit of colour in your outfit but I think that if you’re going to opt for a striking headpiece try and tone it down a bit with the rest of your accessories because you have to have one standout item. I’ve always liked rich burgundy or a classic navy for a bag that will look classic but still make a statement. Also don’t forget about texture. For example something like a faux ostrich fabricationmakes for a really nice and interesting alternative if you want to be a little more daring.
The event: Oaks Day
Traditionally known as ladies’ day, this particular event is all about super feminine dressing. Think floral prints and really soft, pretty hues. With your accessories, go for a soft approach. I think gorgeous pastels are a great option when it comes to choosing a shade of handbag to bring with you on the day. It’s classic with just a touch of girliness so it’s the perfect finishing touch to your outfit on the day.
The event: Stakes Day
Stakes Day is family day so don’t be afraid to have a bit of fun with colour. Also instead of a clutch why not try something different and opt for ashoulder baginstead? It makes for an effortless look and when you go for a bag in an interesting shade such as grey, it’s one way to ensure that you set yourself apart from other racegoers. As for the rest of your look don’t be afraid to be quite playful in your other accessories and try a unique headpiece or bold jewellery.
For more Spring Racing looks check out my other blog post
When I was working full time I used to always wear high heels to the office. I know when it comes to workwear it can be nice to have a little height in the footwear department to help add some polish to an outfit but I’ve since learned that flats can work equally as well, if not more so. These days when I’m going to office I may have the girls in the morning or in the afternoon so my outfit has to look professional yet be comfortable at the same time. This is where I’ve found having a great flats wardrobe can come in handy. These are some of my dos and don’ts of wearing them to work…
Do experiment with different flats
I’ve found the best flats for the office are ballet flats, brogues and loafers [the closed kind not slides as these can look a little too casual] and flat boots for winter [see in order below]. Try to keep your flats as streamlined and simple as possible to keep them professional.
Do wear flats with dresses
If you tend to favour dresses for the office you’ll be pleased to hear that you can get away with swapping your heels in favour of flats for this particular look. I’ve found that flats look really great with tailored dresses and maintains a classy effect.
Winning combination: Alexa Chung does ballet flats and a dress/ Image via Stockholm Street Style
Do opt for a slim trousers
Wide leg pants are on trend this season but I’ve found that they tend to work better with heels, especially if you’re on the shorter side. However when it comes to slim fitting trousers you can definitely afford to go with flats. A slim silhouette will help elongate your figure and when teamed with flats it looks very Audrey Hepburn-esque.
Don’t forget to flash some ankle
Make sure that if you’re wearing pants that they’re cropped so you are showing some ankle. This length will tend to be a little more flattering when worn with pants.
Do keep your look quite preppy
Flats such as man-style loafers and ballet flats work are a match made in heaven with a preppy-style outfit. Think a collared white shirt and a knee length skirt. It’s a little collegiate, definitely office appropriate and a stylish alternative to traditional corporate wear.
Image: Stockholm Street Style
Don’t forget about the finishing touches
Flats don’t have to be boring. Keep an eye out for interesting finishing touches. Tassels, discreet bows, or a metal horsebit accent are all great ways to take an ordinary flat from so-so to stylish. One of my favourite brogues has a metal toe cap (see pic above) and I find that this helps give them a point of difference.
Do leave socks at home
A lot of flats look better sans socks so make sure to give them a miss. As I said earlier, flashing some ankle is flattering as it helps to emphasise the slimmest part of your leg. Also, socks can look a little too bulky.
Do team flats with opaque stockings
In winter I know going bare legged can be a little chilly so pairing a pair of flat boots with opaque black stockings and a nice dress is a good office appropriate look. I tend to favour stockings in black as opposed to nude as it looks much fresher and more modern.
Tell me – are you a fan of wearing flats to the office?
Whilst a beautiful clutch or top-handle bag is a nice addition to your bag wardrobe, there’s one style that is guaranteed to be the workhorse of your collection and that’s a nice, roomy tote. Being a mum, space is a premium when it comes to handbags these days so having something I can quickly pop everything into from my wallet and keys to one of the girls’ toys is deal.
And the great thing is there’s a tote style to suit virtually every taste and budget. I love opting for a neutral hue as I find I’ll get more use out of it but if you’re after a statement-making colour or one with loads of embellishment there’s definitely plenty out there to satisfy your needs. When it comes to bags I always veer towards something streamlined and classic, and if it’s a designer tote I always make sure that it’s a style that isn’t overly common (I hate seeing a million people with the same bag) and is something that the brand will bring back season after season so I don’t end up with something that’s easily identifiable as being from a particular collection.
Check out some of my top tote picks below. Which one is your favourite?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With the weather warming up it’s time to get your sandal game on. There are so many fun options this season from strappy, to pom pom embellishments and metallic details that I warn you, you’ll find it hard to narrow it down to just one. A pair in a black or tan will always work back with pretty much everything in your wardrobe but this season update your look with a pair of slides. They’ll be everywhere come high summer. Now, just don’t forget to get a pedicure in a beautiful, punchy shade.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The ‘90s comeback has meant that the choker has also made a triumphant return, with everyone from Kendall Jenner to Gigi Hadid getting behind this trend. And why not? It’s an easy way to update a look and one that won’t blow the budget – you can even DIY if you want. So if you’re thinking of adding this to your fashion repertoire here are some things to remember…
Do consider necklines when wearing a choker. A deep V-neck or strapless silhouette that exposes your décolletage makes a choker look especially alluring. A one-shoulder neckline (similar to what I wore above) that shows off the clavicle also works well.
A choker will always look great for the evening so do wear it out on a night out – a metallic choker will look especially chic when the sun goes down.
Don’t go too tight when it comes to neckwear! A choker should sit comfortably around your neck and move around quite easily. This also makes for a more flattering fit.
Do experiment with different widths. Whilst a thicker choker will definitely make a statement a thin leather band looks great when wrapped around the neck a few times.
Don’t forget about the humble scarf. Wrapping a scarf around your next and tying it artfully is something that French women have mastered and it looks super chic when doing so. A simple silk scarf that you can wrap around your neck then tie in front is a great alternative to the traditional metal or leather choker.
This jersey ASOS shift dress has been a go-to for me during my pregnancy. Anything stretchy is esssential to accommodate a growing bump and it’s also super comfortable which is all I really want in anything I’m wearing the further along I get in my pregnancy. Grey marle has always been a reliable neutral for me as it goes with virtually everything which makes pulling together an outfit even easier. I’ve teamed it with a pastel Karen Millen leather jacket to add a pop of colour to the look and I’ve found metallic brogues perfectly offsets both pink and grey hues. These playful Karen Walker sunglasses are one of my faves and definitely makes a statement and the touch of pink picks up the pastel in the leather jacket. The Ralph Lauren Ricky bag is great as it leaves my hands free when I’m running errands and trying to get a million things done before the bub arrives!
We know handbags take centre stage so we’ll happily splurge on one from time to time. However don’t forget about the workhorse that is your wallet. It’s one accessory that gets a daily workout carrying around all your essentials and since you see it multiple times in a day it should be one that perfectly aligns with your style. There are plenty of great designer options out there but if you want to save your dollars you’ll find some great budget-friendly wallets available too. Now, which style suits you best?
Feminine and fun
For those who love anything feminine and adore all shades of pink, Bottega, Fendi and Gucci have some great options that are both girly and fun. Just be sure to keep it away from any stray pens or rogue lipstick tubes in your handbag to keep it pristine!
Bold and Bright
If you love everything you own to make a statement then you’ll love anything bright and punchy that will catch the eye. For a utilitarian option opt for a Dolce & Gabbana phone case which will not only carry your mobile but is also perfect for holding cards and money. All things animal print will always be guaranteed to make an impact, You could invest in this gorgeous Givenchy wallet or alternatively this one from Status Anxiety will allow you to take a walk on the wild side for a fraction of the cost.
Classic and Refined
If your look is refined through and through and everything you own is timeless then look no further than a classic leather wallet in a neutral hue. No prints or crazy colours for you! You’ll fall in love with this classic black continental wallet byBalenciagaor this classic piece byGuccicomplete with iconic interlocking Gs. If you’re after an inexpensive wallet fix try this one byLouenhide.