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What I Wore: Melbourne Cup Carnival Launch

1st November, 2018

This week I was excited to attend the launch of the 2018 Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington. I was also there in my role as a Lexus ambassador so wanted a look that was sophisticated and classic, in keeping with the look and feel of the day. The perfect outfit came in the form of a monochrome, graphic print Maticevski top and skirt. The overall silhouette was elegant with interesting touches in the form of the cap sleeves and fitted bodice on the top and peplum on the pencil skirt.

As my outfit already had a few focal points I didn’t want to overdo it in the millinery department so I opted for a gorgeous oversized bow with tulle detail. I love outfits that have a standout feature at the back and this headpiece definitely fit the brief. It was also a departure from the headpieces I’ve worn of late so it was great to be able to try something a little different. In keeping with the black and white theme I decided on my favourite Alaïa shoes as the final finishing touch.

Credits: Top & Skirt, Maticevski; Shoes, Alaia; Headpiece, Jill & Jack Millinery

Photography: Danielle Castano

 

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What I Wore: All That Glitters

2nd October, 2018

I often tend to favour classic looks most days but there are some occasions in which I just feel like dialing up the glamour and embracing a look that’s bold and just a little vivacious. This sequinned top and skirt by Veronika Maine was just calling out to make its debut—it’s such a fun pairing that’s made for occasion dressing. Worn together it’s an outfit that’s definitely got wow factor but it doesn’t have to be relegated to events. Both pieces can easily be pared back by teaming it with more subdued pieces. A blazer worn over the top of the cami or a simple white shirt worn back with the skirt can easily make sequins daytime appropriate.

When your outfit is so striking I think you have to keep accessories to a minimum and let it take centre stage. My favourite black Alaïa heels fit the bill, helping to ground the look yet maintain it’s glam nature. Round Chloe sunglasses add a little punch to this ensemble without being over the top. I think the fact the frames are quite simple and without colour make them the ideal piece to pair with this sequinned set.

Credits: Top, and Skirt, Veronika Maine; Sunglasses, Chloe; Shoes, Alaïa

Photography: Ash Larden

This post was produced in collaboration with Veronika Maine

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What I Wore: The Winter Slip

19th June, 2018

Slip dresses are so versatile in summer that I wanted to extend their wear into winter. But how to deal with the temperature factor? It’s easy to slip on a jacket over the top but that can admittedly be a little chilly on cooler winter days. So to up the warmth factor I decided to layer dresses! I took this Pereira Fitzgerald dress and popped it on over a red Bec & Bridge ribbed mini dress. The long sleeves and turtleneck of the mini dress helped keep me warm and as it’s longer than a top it provided little extra coverage. Win-win!

Being able to utilise dresses in winter is a great way to extend the wear of my wardrobe and allow pieces I’d usually wear in spring/summer to stay in rotation. I’m all about versatility when it comes to what’s in my closet so I’m always happy when I can wear something all year round.

I also love the contrasting colour scheme of red and black. It has a bold feel and looks really strong and modern so I wanted to maintain the same colour palette throughout. I decided to pair my outfit with studded Alaïa heels to give it a dressy feel and maintain a polished look. With heels, I could easily wear this outfit to a function or a work event but with flats, it can transition to a weekend appropriate ensemble. As a finishing touch I decided to throw on a pair of cat eye sunglasses for a classic feel.

Credits: Dress, Pereira Fitzgerald; Turtleneck dress, Bec & Bridge; Sunglasses, Poms; Heels, Alaïa; Bag, Chanel

Photography: Sophia Athas

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What I Wore: The New Suit

5th June, 2018

The suit is no longer just a corporate wardrobe staple. This mainstay of many an office look has become quite the trend, with more options for modern, fashion forward suiting available. Bright, vibrant suits in shades of everything from red to the sky blue one I’m wearing below have become a great go-to for those times when you need a dressy look. Plus for those wanting to do something a little different a suit has also become a sleek alternative to wearing a dress.

Whilst suits can vary in price point, a good quality one can be quite expensive. For this reason I am loving this Iris and Ink option from The Outnet. As the in-house label of the online destination it’s an affordable, well-made option for those wanting to dip their toe in this trend. I am also loving the hue which is striking without being too over the top.

If you’re planning to wear this suit somewhere that’s a little more conservative then definitely add a blouse or cami underneath. However wearing the blazer as a top can be a sexy option for those times when you want to wear something with a little more edge.

As I was already opting for a colourful look I wanted to continue theme into my accessories. Pink sunglasses provided the ideal complementary colour to this suit and add a touch of fun. Star shaped earrings by Holly Ryan give this look a youthful teach and is the ideal finishing touch for such a bold, striking look.

Credits: Blazer, and Pants, Iris and Ink; Sunglasses, Le Specs; Earrings, Holly Ryan

Photography: Sophia Athas

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What I Wore: The Winter Dress

22nd May, 2018

I wear dresses non-stop during summer as they’re about as easy and as comfortable as you can get in an outfit. So it’s always nice to find one that is cool weather appropriate and can take me through the next few months. This striped ribbed dress by Zimmermann is such a great winter dress. It’s a heavy knit so is definitely nice and warm, whilst the sunny yellow and white stripes give it a light feel which is a nice break from the darker tones of my winter wardrobe.

In this instance I opted to go a little dressier by pairing the dress with my black Alaïa heels. However I’m planning to swap out the heels for sneakers when I wear this dress when I’m in casual mode. It’s such a versatile dress that I think it could work with myriad shoes depending on the occasion.

A simple Gucci clutch was the perfect complementary piece for this outfit. The colour tied back to my shoes while also being a great accent piece. I kept things simple with clear sunglasses to cap off my look. Who says winter dressing has to be heavy and dark?

Credits: Dress, Zimmerman; Heels, Alaïa; Clutch, Gucci, Sunglasses, Le Specs

Photography: Sophia Athas

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Sister 2 Sister Charity Luncheon

21st April, 2018

Attending events is always fun but there’s something special about going to something that’s supporting such a great cause. I recently attended the Bistro Moncur charity ladies’ luncheon which was raising funds for SISTER2sister, an organisation that helps ‘at risk’ teenage girls make better choices for a positive future.

 It was a stunning afternoon at Bistro Moncur, a restaurant in Sydney’s Mosman. From the absolutely gorgeous floral installation to the incredible food and catching up with guests like Today co-host Georgie Gardener, it was a lovely way to spend a day, whilst also helping a worthy cause.

The charity luncheon raised an astounding $68,000 which will be donated in full to Sydney-based charity, SISTER2sister. The lunch was to drive awareness and raise much-needed funds which will go towards empowering young women to reach their limitless potential.

Credits: Dress, Camilla and Marc; Heels, Gucci.

Photography: GM Phographics and Lucy Shepherd

With Today’s Georgie Gardner

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What I Wore: The Shirt Dress

17th April, 2018

A white shirt is an enduring wardrobe classic simply because it’s so versatile and looks great without having to do much at all. It always looks polished and classy. So it stands to reason that a white shirt dress would fall into the same category. There’s something about the structured style of a shirt dress that makes it look elegant but there’s also scope to have a bit more fun. This Rebecca Vallance shirt dress is one such style. Whilst it still maintains the button down, collared silhouette of a traditional shirt, it also features beautiful ruched, bell sleeves that give it a more fashion forward feel.

While a shirt dress can easily be quite casual or dressy, I chose to go down the slightly more dressed up route with this particular ensemble. Against crisp white, black and bold pops of colour work equally as well so I decided to go for both! In this instance I opted to wear my favourite, go-to Alaïa studded heels and a bright and fun, Poppy Lissiman clutch. The red metallic and the eye print really adds some energy to my overall look and is a definite talking point. Simple cat eye sunglasses with a vintage feel help round out my ensemble and give it a touch of glam.

Credits: Dress, Rebecca Vallance; Sunglasses, Poms; Heels, Alaïa; Clutch, Poppy Lissiman

Photography: Danielle Castano

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What I Wore: Monochrome

12th April, 2018

I think black and white is always a winning combination so it seemed fitting that I wore monochrome whilst on reporting duties for Seven Racing at The Championships. I also knew that I wanted to wear something clean and simple as I would be on camera and didn’t want anything too fussy. Whilst I gravitate towards wearing white because it’s always guaranteed to look fresh, what I loved most about this top and skirt combination by Stella McCartney were its finishing touches. The split sleeve, the ribbed texture, the ruffled waist trim—all of these elements made the set stand out and gave it a little personality. The combination all worked together to give my ensemble some depth without being too over the top.

In keeping with the monochrome theme I kept the rest of my accessories in the same colour palette. My favourite piece had to be the Nerida Winter headband. The statement bow at the back elevated it and gave it a sweet touch. I think it’s sometimes nice to have a big standout feature on the back for something different. Simple studded Alaïa heels and a chain strap Dior bag finished off the look and gave it a polished touch.

Credits: Top, Stella McCartney (via Harrolds); Skirt, Stella McCartney (via Harrolds); Heels, Alaïa; Bag, Dior; Headwear, Nerida Winter

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7 shoes that have proven themselves in cost per wear

9th April, 2018

My wardrobe purchases are always considered—I make sure that whatever I buy will have longevity, has plenty of versatility and is of a good quality. When it comes to accessories, especially shoes and bags, I have to say that most of my buys are of the designer variety. This is simply because I love the fact that they’re always made beautifully and I know that the cost per wear is great.

I have a handful of shoes that were initially a splurge but the number of times I have worn them over the last few years has ensured that I’ve been able to get the most value for money. And they still look great. I have a few favourite brands but there’s definitely one designer brand that has consistently delivered on the shoe front, and it shows because almost half the shoes on this list is from their range! When it comes to footwear, this is what I consider to fall into the money well spent category.

Marco de Vincenzo plaited velvet sandals

These are a statement shoe through and through so at first glance you may think I’d get limited use out of them but it has been quite the opposite. I’ve been able to wear them on so many different occasions. The pink hue and velvet fabrication make them striking but when used as an accent piece to add a pop of colour to an oufit they’re able to be worked back with myriad looks so easily.

Gucci Willow gold leather t-strap heels

I’ve had these shoes for a few years now and you know what? I love them now as much as I did when I first got them. I think gold is such a great colour as it can be worn with so many different outfits. I’ve worn these to the Melbourne Cup to work functions and weddings and I’d seriously be lost without them. The pearl detail also gives it a little something extra and adds a luxe feel.

Balenciaga knife spandex sock boots

If you don’t have a pair of sock boots for winter yet start hunting down a pair because I can guarantee you’ll wear them to death. The design of this Balenciaga pair is quite simple and streamlined making them a style chameleon. I’ve worn them to Fashion Week and to big launches and in street style shoots and they are worth every penny.

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Alaïa Bombe studded heels

My love for these shoes is endless. And I swear that they are ridiculously versatile. They’ve become a go-to in my wardrobe because the design is simple enough to be able to easily pair with a multitude of ensembles, however the finishing details elevate them into something special. These shoes have made an appearance at everything from big gala events to launches and nights out with the girls.

Gucci Princetown leather slippers

Gucci can seriously do no wrong. Their footwear range is always on point, just that little bit different, and the finishing details are always next-level. These slippers are given a special touch by the embroidered flowers, however still maintain the classic sensibility of the brand with the horsebit buckle and silhouette. I’ve found I can wear these shoes with everything from dresses to pants, and transition them from work to off duty style easily.

 

Gucci New Ace sneakers

And hello again, Gucci! I swear white sneakers have become an indispensible part of my wardrobe and these especially have become a mainstay in most of my looks each week. I wear them when I’m running around with the girls, to the office, if I’m on the go with work appointments… the list is endless. They’re also so comfortable which earns them major brownie points. Worth every cent.

Which shoes in your wardrobe have proven themselves in cost per wear?