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What I Wore: Top Coat

24th March, 2020

While we may all be spending a lot more time at home these days, I’m still trying to inject a little fun into my wardrobe everyday in whatever way I can. Fashion’s always been such a huge part of my life and wearing a beautiful piece (even if I’m just going to staying inside) is one thing that helps me maintain a little normality in my routine.

I had this coat bookmarked for many an outing throughout autumn/winter, from meetings to events to the races and while those events may be put on hold right now, I’m still trying to work it into my wardrobe as best as I can. This checked coat by Viktoria and Woods is such a great statement piece to pop on top of a casual look to add a dressy element. The pattern, the cut and the contrasting details give it an elevated feel.

My collection of jeans has definitely been getting much more of a workout than usual. It has been interesting trying to find pieces in my closet that are comfortable enough for a day spent at home but also maintains a polished feel. This is where a crisp white shirt is ideal. It strikes just the right vibe but isn’t overly fussy.

The combination of a crisp white shirt and jeans is a blank canvas for so many different types of accessories. White slingback heels and a classic black bag make this look appropriate for myriad occasions. It’s definitely one outfit I’m bookmarking for future use.

Credits: Coat, Viktoria and Woods; Shirt, Brooks Brothers; Jeans, Levi’s; Shoes, Bottega Veneta; Bag, Gucci; Sunglasses, Vogue.

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What I Wore: A Stitch in Time

25th February, 2020

There are some dresses which evoke playfulness and fun and this Aje number is definitely one of them. The bubblegum pink shade makes a bold statement, while maintaining a carefree youthfulness. The silhouette of the dress with its subtle cut-out and the balloon sleeves help give it a pretty, feminine feel. But my favourite feature would have to be the oversized stitching detail. It really helps to add another dimension to the dress and gives it a unique point of difference.

Given the look and feel of the dress, with its softer details and shape, I wanted to incorporate some stronger accessories into the mix. I opted for a structured Bottega Veneta clutch in a great metallic pink shade. While I couldn’t resist pairing the dress with my mesh heels, also by Bottega Veneta. They’re a modern style, and adds an on trend element to my ensemble.

Photography by Sophia Athas, Hatrik

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Dress, Aje; Bag, Bottega Veneta, Shoes, Bottega Veneta; Phone Cover, TDE; Phone, Huawei

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What I Wore: Blooming Beauty

18th February, 2020

If there’s bold florals and a vibrant shade of pink, I’m there! This is the kind of ultra feminine dress that’s all kinds of fun to wear, not only because of it’s larger-than-life pink colour but also the finishing touches. Bec and Bridge certainly know how to produce a showstopper of a dress and this number is no exception with its puff sleeves, ultra flattering ruching and pretty sweetheart neckline. I’ve got this particular beauty bookmarked for event dressing, simply because it makes such a statement.

I wanted to continue the pink throughout the rest of my look so I opted for this metallic pink by Bottega Veneta. I always like to add unique pieces to my looks and loved the great hue and the geometric, fashion forward shape. It’s the ideal contrast piece to the softer, feminine feel of the dress. Meanwhile mesh heels, also by Bottega Veneta add another bold element while adding an on trend accoutrement to my look.

Photography by Sophia Athas, Hatrik

Credits: Dress, Bec and Bridge (in store May 1st 2020); Bag, Bottega Veneta, Shoes, Bottega Veneta

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What I Wore: Nine to Five

4th February, 2020

Now that school holidays are over it’s time to officially get back into work mode. I wanted to set the tone for the year with a new office look and couldn’t go past classic black and white.

I’ve always been a fan of monochrome outfits, particularly for work because they’re always guaranteed to look polished and professional. Of course working in fashion allows me to play with cuts and silhouettes a little more than a corporate setting and loved that this Bec and Bridge look had a modern sensibility but maintained the sharp, sophisticated feel of a black and white colour palette.

The beauty of these pieces is that while they work beautifully together I can easily pair them with other pieces already in my wardrobe. I can easily dress the skirt down with a tee, while the shirt could go with denim. I love plenty of versatility when it comes to any new additions to my closet.

I decided to stick the the same colour palette with my accessories. So white pumps by Bottega Veneta and simple black sunglasses by Poppy Lissiman were the perfect complementary additions to this ensemble. Now, I’m officially ready to throw myself into a busy new work year!

Photography by Sophia Athas, Hatrik

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Credits: Top and Skirt, Bec and Bridge (In store 1st May 2020); Shoes, Bottega Veneta; Sunglasses, Poppy Lissiman

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15th November, 2019

The Pouch Small Leather Clutch | Bottega Veneta

Crystal-Logo Hair Comb | Gucci

X Oliver Peoples La CC Rectangular Sunglasses | The Row

Off- the-Shoulder Balloon-Sleeve Dress | Bottega Veneta

GG-Logo Snakeskin-Trim Raffia Bucket Hat | Gucci

BV Lido Intrecciato-Woven Leather Sandals | Bottega Veneta

Faith Midi Skirt | Camilla and Marc

Strapless Ostrich-Feather Strapless Mini Dress | The Attico

High Neck Cut-Out Wool-Blend Bodysuit | Bottega Veneta

Lumen Blazer | Camilla and Marc

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The ‘it’ shoe by Bottega Veneta that’s all over Instagram

30th September, 2019

You’ll often be able to quickly pinpoint an ‘it’ shoe when you start seeing it appear on Instagram. Everywhere. And this season it’s the Bottega Veneta shoe that I’ve been seeing through many a scrolling session — specifically the Stretch sandal.

The strappy square toe heel is such an arresting style because it’s shape is so different to anything we’ve seen of late. It also borrows the V shaped strap from the 90s heeled thong (which is most definitely making a comeback) and echoes the resurgence of that particular decade.

The great thing about this shoe is that it works across various looks, all very different in aesthetic as you can see below. Wear it casually, formally or a little of both and it plays beautifully in all three dress codes.

You’ll have to be ultra resourceful to find a pair due to their popularity and the fact they’ve sold out almost everywhere but never fear, you can bet there are going to be some iterations heading our way, some with a slightly friendlier price tag too!

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What I Wore: Mint Condition

19th February, 2019

Every so often I like working a colour I don’t often wear into an outfit just to freshen things up. Case in point: I loved the light mint shade of these cropped pants by Zimmermann as it’s perfect for this time of year and helped add a fresh touch to my look. I have been gravitating towards all feminine 70s style pieces from Zimmermann’s latest collection (including this top I wore a few weeks back) and love how versatile they are. I can see myself wearing this blouse with other pieces in my closet like a pair of tailored shorts or high waisted pants.

Working with a pastel colour, I decided to keep my accessories quite neutral and understated and I knew my beige Bottega Veneta heels and straw Helen Kaminski clutch would add an elegant touch. I find it’s a good idea to have a shoe with a little extra detail when you’re wearing cropped pants as you’re able to show them off a little. Given that the rest of my outfit is quite classic, I wanted to have a little fun with my sunglasses. And this pair of white glitter cat eye sunglasses by Emma Mulholland adds just the ideal playful element to my ensemble.

Credits: Blouse and Pants, Zimmermann; Heels, Bottega Veneta; Clutch, Helen Kaminski; Sunglasses, Emma Mulholland.

Photography: Sophia Athas

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What I Wore: Ombré Pink

17th October, 2017

There are times when an outfit of mine comes together based on a particular print or colour. In this instance the graduating pink tones of my Rebecca de Ravenel drop earrings had me wanting to wear the hue from top to toe. I find that playing with colour is often a great way to create a look that’s vibrant and impactful. Taking inspiration from the ombre effect of my earrings I wanted to incorporate light to dark shades in my ensemble, starting with the pastel pink shade of this Steele dress which provided the perfect canvas to build the rest of my look. I opted for blush toned bag and shoes to add a slightly deeper colour whilst my candy pink embellished Gucci sunglasses added a a fun touch while still keeping within the palette I was going for. The overall gradient effect is a playful way to wear this ultra feminine tone and is a styling trick that can be done with so many other colours, so it’s able to be carried out across my entire wardrobe. But there’s just something about pink that I’m really loving at the moment…

Credits: Dress, Steele; Shoes, Bottega Veneta; Bag, Miu Miu; Sunglasses (similar style here), Gucci; Earrings (similar style here), Rebecca de Ravenel

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