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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?
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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

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What I Wore: Quick Smart

7th March, 2018

I’ve been looking for an outfit that’s quite smart and polished, suitable for a few work events but also a slight departure from the silhouettes I usually wear. These culottes from Veronika Maine seemed the perfect place to start. The oversized buttons give it an adorable touch and the cropped wide leg style are a playful take on traditional suiting.

Given the white buttons on the culottes are such a focal point I wanted to keep my blouse quite simple. I knew that the pants needed to take centre stage so a classic, pussy bow style blouse seemed the right fit. This Veronika Maine top has just the right look and feel to it with the understated print and the ladylike bow. It was also a way to add a feminine touch to my ensemble.

Every time I accessorise an outfit I always try and do a sweep of the overall look and decide whether I need to take it up a notch or embrace simplicity. As the rest of my look was quite subdued I wanted to add a subtle touch of glam in the form of my favourite Alaïa heels. They have a bold studded detail feature that makes them a statement piece yet not so loud that they’re overwhelming. Where I did choose to elevate the look a little was in the form of my earrings. I felt a pair of gold drop earrings was able to dial up the glamour without being too showy as I knew that I’d more than likely be wearing this outfit for mostly day events.

I think this autumn I’ll be looking to embrace cropped pants a little more as I ease my way into all out winter dressing. They’re a nice meet-in-the-middle piece that will be able to navigate the trans-seasonal weather quite nicely.

Credits: Blouse, Veronika Maine; Culottes, Veronika Maine; Shoes, Alaïa; Earrings, vintage.

Photography: Sophia Athas

 

 

 

 

 

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What I Wore: David Jones Autumn Winter 2018 launch

13th February, 2018

The David Jones Autumn Winter 2018 launch recently took place in Sydney and it had me seriously excited for the cooler weather to arrive. There are so many amazing trends to look forward to and I’m already inspired to start planning my new season looks. In the meantime however I’m making the most of the remaining days of warm weather and roadtesting summer ensembles. I love the futuristic meets sporty vibe of this top and skirt combination by Sportmax, and offset by simple accessories such as my go-to Alaïa heels and Dior bag, it made for the ideal fashion forward look for such a big event.

Credit: Top, Sportmax; Skirt, Sportmax; Heels, Alaïa; Bag, Dior  

 

 

 

 

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What I Wore: Between the lines

6th February, 2018

During a recent trip to Melbourne I was in the mood to wear something quite feminine and bold so I ended up taking this Rebecca Vallance top and skirt combination with me. I love the nautical striped pattern on both, which gives a relaxed, resort wear vibe. The ruffled neckline and sleeve on the top give it a dramatic flair and gives the outfit a point of interest as the rest of the look is quite streamlined and simple. These were also the ideal pieces to take on a trip, as they’re able to be styled into two separate looks, giving me more options to choose from.

I wanted to dress this ensemble up a bit so I opted for my studded Alaïa heels, however I’ve found that it could work easily with a pair of sandals to give a slightly more casual feel.

My ever reliable Chanel bag always comes with me when I travel as it can go from a crossbody bag to a clutch quite easily, and in this instance it was the ideal bag to take to dinner. It’s small enough to carry my bits and pieces but not so big as to look cumbersome.

I never head out with a pair of sunglasses and for this outing, I wanted to stick to a classic black pair. However the charms on the sunglasses’ arms help give it a glam touch and is often a talking point as it’s such an unexpected detail.

Credits: Top, Rebecca Vallance; Skirt,Rebecca Vallance; Heels, Alaïa; Sunglasses, POMS; Bag, Chanel

Photographer: Sophia Athas

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What I Wore: Frill Seeker

21st November, 2017

Sleek, simple dresses are a staple in my wardrobe but every so often I just want to embrace an ultra embellished style. This Acler dress, with its frill detail, cold shoulder neckline and asymmetric hem has a feminine silhouette that’s high on impact. With such a bold frock I knew I needed to tone it down with my accessories and opt for simplicity so as not to overwhelm with my overall look. My favourite Alaia heels (which have so been worth the investment from the number of wears I’ve had from them) are just the right understated heel to pair with such a dramatic dress whilst my Bvlgari top handle bag adds a classic touch to the ensemble. For a bit of fun, and to add a little edge to my ensemble I added a pair of mirrored sunglasses for the ideal finishing touch.

Credits: Dress (similar here), Acler; Shoes, Alaïa; Bag, Bvlgari, Sunglasses, Le Specs

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

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What I Wore: A touch of glamour

3rd October, 2017

There’s always something special about being given the opportunity to get really dolled up once in awhile. One such occasion was the Prix de Marie Claire Awards in Sydney. I loved being able to dial up the glamour in a lurex Alex Perry ballgown—a definite departure from what I’d be wearing on an average weekday evening! As I was presenting the Lexus Next Gen Award on the night I wanted a strong look and one that had a striking element to it which is what drew me to the Alex Perry gown— my favourite feature was the voluminous skirt which gave it a touch of drama and statement-making element. I love the ballerina inspired bodice and the delicate spaghetti straps which helped to balance the overall volume of the dress. Also when it comes to achieving a glam look for an evening event I think you can never go wrong with lurex—it’s the perfect fabric for an occasion that commands a lot of dazzle. As the dress was already so impactful I opted to keep the rest of my look quite simple with studded black Alaïa heels and a relaxed up do to maintain balance and to keep the look from being too over the top.

Credits: Dress (similar here), Alex Perry; Heels, Alaïa

Kate Waterhouse Alex Perry Prix de Marie Claire

Image: Marie Claire

Kate Waterhouse Alex Perry Prix de Marie Claire

Image: Marie Claire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What I Wore: La Mer World Ocean Day Lunch

27th June, 2017

Kate Waterhouse La Mer World Ocean Day Lunch Bondi Icebergs

There’s something about a seaside location that always has me wanting to wear something that’s light and airy. This was definitely the case when I recently attended the La Mer World Ocean Day lunch at Sydney’s Bondi Icebergs. I opted for a white Christopher Esber dress with a sheer overlay—the hue was great for the beachside location but the ankle length and long sleeves kept it winter appropriate. I paired it with my favourite camel coloured coat by Karen Millen and my black studded Alaïa heels provided a great contrast to the neutral hues of my outfit.

Credits: Coat, Karen Millen; Dress, Christopher Esber; Heels, Alaïa

Photography: Belinda Rolland