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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

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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.

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What I Wore: Pandora Shine collection launch

29th March, 2018

Set in the beautiful The Calyx in Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden was a golden hued haven for launch of the Pandora Shine collection. As I had the honour of hosting the event I wanted an outfit that echoed the theme of the day so it was truly special when I was able to wear this gold number by Bec and Bridge before it even hit stores.

I love the look of gold satin as it has such a beautiful drape and finish and has a glam touch that was perfect the occasion. The long sleeves juxtaposed with the thigh high split is in keeping with my longstanding fashion formula of choosing one part of the body to focus on when it comes to outfits. The split was a definite showstopper feature but the sleeves helped temper it and made it work for a day event.

When it came to my accessories I wanted to keep most of the look quite tonal so I stuck to all gold jewellery. I found it added to my outfit without taking away from the beautiful dress being the centrepiece. Simplicity is always key when working with such a statement dress so I thought my black Alaïa heels would be the perfect choice. They added a touch of colour without being too over the top. And I’ve always found that black and gold is a winning colour pairing and dialled up the glamour of my look in a subtle, yet striking way.

Credits: Dress, Bec and Bridge (not in store yet); Heels, Alaïa

Photography: Guy Davies and Jason James

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What I Wore: Power Suit

27th March, 2018

I think every woman should own at least one great suit. There’s just something inherently commanding about wearing one. Whilst traditional suits in classic colours such as black and navy are great, especially when in a more corporate setting, I love being able to push the boundaries a little more given that I work in largely creative settings a lot of the time. This is why this Rebecca Vallance suit and I are a match made in heaven. The colour, the fit, the style are all a fashionable take on a long standing classic.

The double breasted jacket is one that’s had a serious resurgence over the last few years and is always such a flattering fit. When paired with wide leg suit pants it helps give a streamlined silhouette up top which is great for when you’re more on the petite side like me. The pale blue hue of the suit with contrasting gold buttons helps lift my overall look and gives it a more fashion forward edge.

I decided to pair this suit with simple black studded Alaïa heels and Chanel clutch to provide some contrast without being too overwhelming. I find plain black accessories are always a reliable go-to when you want an outfit to have a timeless feel. However I did want to have a little fun too! My Chloe round frame sunglasses, I think, are an unexpected finishing detail for such a classic look and help give it a modern touch.

Credits: Jacket, Rebecca Vallance; Pants, Rebecca Vallance; Sunglasses, Chloe; Clutch, Chanel; Heels, Alaïa

Photography: Danielle Castano

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What I Wore: Rich Tones

20th March, 2018

While summer still seems to be stubbornly hanging on in Sydney, my mind’s already shifted towards what I’ll be wearing once temperatures get cooler.  We’re heading into the time where it’s all about embracing richer, moodier hues as we head into the depths of autumn/winter.

There’s no better colour paired with cool weather dressing than those of the burgundy/wine variety. It’s a great alternative to black, yet still maintains the same level of sophistication. This funnel neck jumper by Veronika Maine is just the ideal shade for winter and is a gorgeous chunky knit that’s made for cosying up in. I opted to pair it with a check skirt which features the same burgundy colour as the sweater to tie my look together. I’ve found teaming knits with skirts is a great way to extend the wear of a jumper beyond just pants and jeans throughout the cooler months, and with the addition of my new Gucci pearl belt it really gives the look some shape and definition.

Whilst this outfit would be perfect with boots, I’m sticking to my favourite Alaïa heels for the moment whilst the weather is still open-toe shoe appropriate. Armed with a bag in the same colour family and simple black sunglasses, I think I’ve found a new favourite outfit to take me through the coming weeks.

Credits: Jumper, Veronika Maine; Skirt, Veronika Maine; Sunglasses, Poms; Heels, Alaïa; Bag, Polene; Belt, Gucci

Photography: Sophia Athas

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This post was produced in collaboration with Veronika Maine