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The key to knowing a true fashion bargain

1st May, 2019

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.

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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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.