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Best buys under $100

12th February, 2021

I’m excited for this month’s best buys under $100 because there are some truly great pieces that are definitely worth adding to cart. I’ve rounded up some affordable wardrobe buys that are perfect for updating your current look, but also a few little accessories that will help you do everything from get organised to brighten up an outfit. So, prepare to welcome a few new additions into your closet.

This shirt dress has the kind of fashion forward design that looks expensive but in reality comes in at under $100. If you snap up the dress in the other colour way you’ll even score yourself an extra 30% off. So, bookmark this because you can wear it on a date, out with friends or just because.

Casual dresses that can be easily thrown on without too much styling involved are a lifesaver. This dress is the ideal comfy casual option for heading to the beach or just over the weekend chilling out. The colour is also super versatile making it a real bargain buy.

If you’re going to invest in beautiful clothes you have to be prepared to care for them. But it can also be tricky determining exactly what to use. Enter this set just in time for autumn/winter. It’s a cashmere/wool wash set that will make caring for winter woolies much easier.

I have spoken of my love of oversized denim jackets of late and this is one perfect example of it. The faded black wash, combined with the relaxed silhouette make it ideal for the popping over many an outfit.

Earrings are one of the best and easiest ways to transform the look and feel of an outfit. This gold pair is fun enough to make a statement but not so OTT that it can’t be worn with multiple looks.

Balloon sleeves? Tick. Ruched bodice? Tick. Beautiful print? Tick. This top ticks all the boxes and is the kind of thing that can I could see pairing as beautifully with a skirt or pants as it does with denim.

I’m all about practical but attractive storage and organisation options and this is cosmetic case is roomy enough to house most beauty products, but not so oversized that it can’t fit easily into most bathroom drawers.

With a slight nod to Bottega Veneta’s puffed shoe range, this is a stylish and sexy addition to any event wardrobe. I love the fact that it’s sleek and simple enough in design that it can play well with most looks easily.

Good, practical basics are the cornerstone of most wardrobes and this black bodysuit fits into that category. I love a bodysuit as it removes any wayward garments becoming untucked, plus it achieves a really clean line.

I’m all for practical and affordable sun protection and this bucket hat is just the thing that you can pop into your bag for everyday use. Also black is an easy one to work with as it can be paired back with multiple looks.

Hello, perfect white tee. Love this as a layering piece heading into winter, but it’s also ideal on its own tucked into shorts, a skirt or jeans. It’s another score in the great basics department.

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The key to knowing a true fashion bargain

16th January, 2021

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years is that there’s a difference between something that’s cheap and a genuine fashion bargain. The former means yes, it’s inexpensive but it might not become the type of item that will get used often. The latter is something that may be a good price but it’s also guaranteed to get plenty of use, meaning it’s great cost per wear and therefore a true bargain buy.

Whenever you’re hitting the sales, whether it’s end of financial year markdowns, Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals or a good ol’ fashioned bricks and mortar warehouse sale, it pays to know what’s definitely worth spending your hard earned fashion dollars on. Here’s how I can tell whether something is definitely a good sale buy.

What does it work with?

When shopping anything that’s been marked down I always ask myself if it’s something that can work back with a number of things in my wardrobe. Because even if the price tag is right, if I can’t see myself wearing it with several things I already own it negates the discounted price I may pay. I’m better off buying something full price that won’t just gather dust in my closet.

Does this have longevity?

Trying out trends is all part of the fun of fashion but if I want to know what I’m buying is a genuine fashion bargain then I need it to make sure that it’s going to stand the test of time. I want to know that I’m going to be able to wear something beyond a season to ensure that I’m maximising the cost per wear on it.

It’s all about maximising cost per wear by being discerning when sale shopping
Is it versatile?

The other way I can tell a true fashion bargain is if something is truly versatile. Can I style it in a number of different ways? Can it be dressed up or down? I always look for things that I can wear to a multitude of events and settings. If for example I can wear a pair of shoes on a shoot, to the office and at a party then I know purchasing it is true value for money.

Would I buy this full price?

The allure of a discounted item is sometimes hard to resist. You’re saving money after all, right? But sometimes we can be attracted to something purely because it’s cheap, not because it’s something we genuinely want or need. If I ever come across something I want to buy that’s on sale I always ask myself if it’s something that I would have considered paying the full price for. If it’s a yes, it means I definitely love it and can see it working with my wardrobe, if it’s a no, it means I only really want it because it’s cheap. And a bargain isn’t really a bargain unless it’s going to end up getting used. I find the pieces I truly love and want are the pieces that will always be on high rotation.

What are some ways you know you’ve got a genuine bargain on your hands?

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Chain store round-up: 10 great pieces to add to cart

9th October, 2020
Image: Country Road, DeCjuba and Glassons

After doing my round-up this month I can safely say the chain store game is strong right now. There are so many great pieces, plus lots of great lightweight, easy breezy staples for spring/summer. If you’re looking to update your wardrobe for the season ahead, you’re definitely going to be spoilt for choice. There’s plenty of luxe linen, cute dresses and versatile buys that will ensure you’re well-dressed, and ready to welcome the warm weather.

A long sleeved dress is perfect for transseasonal weather. This dress comes in different print variations so if you like the style, definitely consider snapping up another one.

Tie dye is still doing the rounds and this cropped sweatshirt is perfect for adding to your gym repertoire. Just the right punchy print to lift your fave tights and tee combo.

Gingham is such a great print for spring/summer—equal parts sweet and classic. A tiered dress is also perfect for throwing on over your swimmers on a trip to the beach or an easy go-to work from home look.

If you like the no-brainer convenience of a dress, a playsuit is a great alternative. Just pop it on and it’s a no-fuss outfit option that doesn’t require having to think about tops and bottoms. Also, the tie feature is an elevated touch.

Spring is the ideal excuse to jump on any floral dress number. This one has the kind of simple yet classic style and print that will allow you to take it out on many an outing.

It’s never too late to start a love affair with linen, and these crisp white pants are a great place to start. I’m a huge fan and have always relied on linen pieces during the summer months. It always looks elegant and it’s supremely comfortable too.

These navy cropped pants are the kind of staple every woman should have in her wardrobe. It’s so easy to pair it with a tee in summer or a jumper in winter and as you can see, works a dream with a denim jacket. Double ticks.

Snap up these shorts because they will honestly see you through the next few months. Both elegant and on-trend, it’s the kind of staple that will be on high rotation.

Love the structure of this linen midi dress. It’s chic and polished and just the kind of thing to throw on when you have an occasion that requires an effortless, nonchalance vibe to your look.

Slides are a worthy investment for spring/summer because they’re the kind of thing that can easily become the finishing touch to most of your spring/summer looks. Invest in a classic black pair like these and you’ll wear them to death.

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Best Buys Under $100

24th January, 2020

What better way to spend the long weekend than treating yourself with a special fashion or beauty fix. And if there is seemingly an eternity between now and pay day then never fear because there’s plenty on offer that will satisfy almost every style and every budget. And the best bit? There’s a bumper edit to enjoy, all at varying price points, and you may still have change leftover for lunch!

I think it’s the perfect opportunity to stock up on some great summer dresses, including this casual LBD that will work dressed up or down. Meanwhile this one shoulder beauty is destined to steal the show at your next event. And if you’re looking to top up your off duty wardrobe then you’ve come to the right place. This tunic dress makes a comfy option for days destined for relaxation or catching up with friends while these slides and these sunglasses are an affordable way to elevate any look.

Ready to shop? Scroll down to check out the rest of the great bargain finds I’ve tracked down for you below…

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Best buys under $100

28th June, 2019

If pay day seems a looong way away but you’re itching for a shopping hit then you’ve come to the right place. I’ve rounded up some great buys including cute accessories to elevate a look and inexpensive occasion wear that looks expensive but in reality is less than $100.

There are some great bargains but my faves include a double breasted jacket with gold hardware that’s a little Balmain-esque in its cut and shape and a gorgeous pink Bec & Bridge midi dress that’s ideal for a wedding or other big event. And if you’re on the hunt for one of the season’s biggest must-haves, a satin skirt, the fuchsia pink Country Road number below is exactly what you’re after.

When it comes to accessories it’s all about touches of pink. Upgrade your phone case with a totally adorable Kenzo case, impress with a sleek Furla card holder or step back in time with a retro Country Road tote.

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Best buys under $100

19th April, 2019

Who says you have to spend a fortune on updating your wardrobe? If you’re currently on a budget but need a little something to finish off an outfit or just replace something that’s looking a little worn then you’ve come to the right place. Here are a few great pieces that are not only on trend but are wallet-friendly too.

Thalia Cross Body Bag

Who can resist accessories that pop? This red crossover body bag is the ideal companion for carrying your daily essentials and elevating your outfit simultaneously.

Edina Scrunchie

Who would’ve thought scrunchies would make a comeback? Love the forest green shade of this.

Jasmine Suede Belt

A great waist belt for cinching in everything from your favourite dresses to blazers. This is an affordable piece that you’ll wear repeatedly.

Stenten Island Oversized Knit Rust

A great oversized knit makes for the perfect pairing with all things denim. Add this to your collection of winter staples.

First Impressions Mid Blue Jean

A great high waisted tapered jean makes for a fresh denim option this winter. Team it with everything from tees to jumpers for a no brainer casual look.


Hanover Boots

Boots are a favourite of mine for winter and this black pair is a classic style and shape that will ensure you’ll get plenty of wear out of it.

Absolutely Everybody Kit Dress

Simple, understated and a wear-with-everything-colour, this dress is a winter go-to.

70s Throwback Orange Scarf

Loving the earthy tones of this scarf. This truly versatile accessory can be worn with an outfit, used as a hair accessory or to pretty up a tote.

Love Lies Beigh Pant

I love a wide leg pant, especially when it’s in a neutral shade that makes it oh-so wearable.

Introduce Yourself Sunglasses

The tortoiseshell and modern shape of these sunnies make them a fun option for dressing up a look.

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On a budget… accessories

30th January, 2019

Accessories are one of the things I can’t live without. In fact I think they can often make or break an outfit so getting it right is key. And the great thing about accessorising is that it’s one of the easiest things you can do to change up a look when you’re on a budget. I often use it as a styling trick to make existing pieces in my closet feel fresh. So how can you save on accessories without scrimping on style? Here are a few things to try…

Map out what you need

Take a look at the accessories you currently own and see what pieces you can use more often. You may find that there are things that you’d forgotten about or are back in fashion that you can include in your style repertoire more.

From this you can see what gaps there are in your wardrobe. From a classic black clutch to a pair of earrings that can lift evening wear, think about the times you’ve been on your way out and thought “I really wish I had [insert item] right now.”

Check out what’s on sale

Right now is the opportune time to snap up some new accessories for your wardrobe. There are some amazing things that have been marked down so it’s a good time to buy anything that you’ve had your eye on. If you ever spot something online that you really like but it’s full price, just be sure to add it to your wish list so you’ll be alerted if it goes on sale.

Hit your local chain store

The great thing about chain stores is that they interpret a lot of popular designer trends but at a fraction of the price. So be sure to scour your fave spots as you may find the perfect pair of earrings or the sunnies you’ve always wanted for less.

Browse the kids section

Don’t laugh, but a quick browse through the teen or kids section of many stores may leave you pleasantly surprised. There are often on trend pieces that could easily work for your own wardrobe, but they’re priced cheaper.

What are some of your favourite ways to accessorise on a budget?

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Best buys under $100

18th January, 2019

Hello, bargain time! If your bank account is still recovering from Christmas but you’re in desperate need of a few new wardrobe updates then you’ve come to the right place. I’ve rounded up a few bargain buys that will certainly have you looking stylish in no time—minus the expensive price tag.

Witchery Sky earrings

A fun style that will help liven up any outfit, casual or dressy.

Tony Bianco Alisha oval belt bag

Dip your toe into the belt bag trend minus the exxy price tag. This bag also comes with another strap that converts it into a crossbody bag style.

Witchery belted short

Tailored shorts always give an outfit an expensive feel, and this pair is just the right pop of colour to elevate a look.

Country Road ditsy floral short

Stylish and classic, these lightweight monochrome shorts will take you through many a summer day. And they’re on sale too!

Tony Bianco Cathy bucket bag

Straw bags are having a moment and this one manages to look both relaxed and dressy at the same time.

Country Road dotted floral top

A great wrap top is always super flattering and this one is no exception.

Kate Spade pave open hinge cuff

Add a hint of bling minus the exxy price tag to your look with this cuff.

New Balance 247 sneakers

Sneakers are always a worthwhile wardrobe addition and this pair ticks all the boxes.

Levi’s high rise denim shorts

I can never get enough of denim shorts in summer. If you’re the same, definitely snap this pair up as they’re a steal.

Ganni clover polka dot bikini

Love a fun, vibrant bikini? These swimmers will make a statement at the beach.

Pepper & Mayne Electra ribbed swimsuit

If you’re more of a classic swimsuit gal then this black one piece has your name all over it.

Tigerlily Colorado dress

A simple summer dress is always a welcome addition to any wardrobe.

Guess Augustina satchel

Roomy, practical and classic, this satchel is just the thing to carry all your essentials around.

Witchery stripe linen scarf

For those cool summer nights, a great linen scarf is just the thing to keep you warm.

Steve Madden Rage sandal

Want your shoes to take centre stage? These slides will definitely have you stealing the show.

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Best buys under $100

24th November, 2018

In the lead up to Christmas budgets can be tight but there’s also an array of social occasions to contend with. So, what to do? Well to help you look stylish across party season I’ve rounded up some great buys to help you get dressed in some on trend outfits without it costing a fortune. Whether it’s a casual Christmas Day gathering or a big New Year’s Eve bash, these cheap and cheerful buys will get you through the next few weeks without breaking the bank.

Boohoo button detail wide leg pant

These pants with their nautical style button finish are the perfect go-to for dinner and drinks or a day at work. Let your choice of top and shoes dictate how dressy you make them.

ASOS Design square neck top

This top is reminiscent of a lot more expensive styles but at a fraction of the price. Anything with statement sleeves this season is always a winner.

ASOS Design Marling bow mule

The adorable bow elevate this simple mule into a shoe option that’s just made for parties aplenty.

ASOS Design Haiku padded heel sandals

If you want to take your outfit up a notch it’s always worth adding a statement shoe. The texture and colour of this heel make it ideal for occasion dressing.

ASOS Design ornate cross body bag

Structured bags are having a moment and this style with its ornate finish adds a ladylike touch to any ensemble.

True Violet square neck bodycon dress

A sleek style that’s made a little more daring with touches of animal print.

Le Specs Damn! square frame sunglasses

A pair of easy breezy frames in classic white will dress up any summer ensemble and give it a fun vibe.

Kenneth Jay Lane gold plated earrings

Want to know the best shortcut for reworking existing occasion wear? Bold accessories. These earrings can easily be reworn multiple times making them a worthy investment this season.

Madewell bodysuit

If you want to give your trusty tees a break consider a bodysuit. Easily paired with myriad looks it will quickly become a summer staple.

J.Crew Claire tie-front top

The tie-front feature make this white shirt a cut above. It could easily be paired with everything from statement pants to a printed skirt.

Superga 2750 Cotu Classic sneakers

This classic French sneaker brand is a go-to for many a celebrity. These sneakers come in multiple colours so don’t be afraid to stock up!

Nana-Nana small bucket bag

Anything with a little logo action is so of the moment. Try this daring design for the ideal finishing touch to any look.

Diesel embellished narrow belt

A great belt is one of the type of accessory that you’ll wear to death. One in a vibrant shade will rework an outfit in an instant.

Furla Babylon cardholder

Luxe and affordable? What’s not to love! A great way to downsize your essentials to fit into your fave clutch.

Venroy lounge shorts

If you’re heading to a casual BBQ or beach day over the holidays then these are the ideal resort wear piece to have you looking like you’re spending the day in the Amalfi Coast.