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What I Wore: The Aisle Edit

22nd July, 2021

Even if right now I’m largely living in loungewear due to Sydney’s lockdown, in my head, I’m already wearing this dress to a summer soiree. Crisp white dresses and balmy weather go together like Nutella and a spoon—a match made in heaven. This dress from Dissh is actually bridalwear, believe it or not! It’s from the brand’s The Aisle Edit which is a limited edition collection which features some truly stunning dresses which would be perfect for everything from an engagement party, to a bridal shower to the big day itself and even a post-wedding recovery event. The designs are all sleek and understated, but still make a statement. I love this dress for its floaty, lightweight linen and the silhouette featuring a deep V neckline and the cut-out back feature. It’s such a perfect blank canvas to work with but the style can certainly hold its own.

Accessorising a dress like this is all about keeping it clean. It achieves a really elegant feel and allows the dress to do the talking. I opted for my go-to Bottega Heels for a monochrome effect and to add a little edgy touch to the softer, ethereal vibe of the dress. A swept back hairstyle and simple drop earrings complete the look and give this ensemble an effortless feel.

Credits: Dress, Dissh (The Aisle Edit); Shoes, Bottega Veneta

Photography: Sophia Athas

This post was produced in collaboration with Dissh

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What I Wore: True Blue

8th June, 2021

The oh-so classic combination of a crisp white shirt and jeans is something I often turn to when it comes to my fave tried and tested looks. I’ve worn it in so many different iterations, just swapping the shirt for different styles and the jeans for alternative cuts and washes but it always works out regardless. So I decided what better way to wear this Aje shirt than with my fave Levis? This shirt has been such a welcome addition to my wardrobe. I’ve always loved the signature Aje silhouette with the puff sleeves and the statement button at the neck, but I like the fact this is a short sleeved version which makes it easy to wear throughout winter or summer. And these are the jeans the pair that I shared a few months ago that I get so many DMs about. They’re still going strong, and I’m still getting messages about them! They’re such a great fit, the perfect length and juuust the right wash. These are my second pair because I wear the other pair so much I wanted to get a back up.

When it comes to a look such as this I think accessories could be taken in so many different directions. In this instance I went for simple pieces that complement rather than stand out, as I wanted the outfit to be the focal point of this look. So, I opted for a Chanel backpack, one of my most beloved bags simply because it ticks both the form and function box, to add a hit of metallic to quite a pared back colour palette. While my white Bottega Veneta slingbacks work well to carry the hue into another element of my outfit, while still being a standout piece on its own. Plus they’re so comfy. It’s one of the reasons I wear them so often as heels that are comfortable are so hard to find. For a look that’s all about the timeless pairing of white and denim, adding a few modern accoutrements certainly gives it a more contemporary spin.

Credits: Shirt, Aje; Jeans, Levis; Bag, Chanel, Shoes, Bottega Veneta

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

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Afterpay Australian Fashion Week Day 4

3rd June, 2021

I’ve always been a fan of classic tailoring. It forms the backbone of a lot of my outfits, and while classic is great, I do like pieces that have a bit of a twist. An unexpected point of difference that takes a tailored piece into a different direction. And it’s one of the reasons why I was so excited to be wearing this look today. Each piece in this outfit is a classic silhouette but with a modern touch. The classic white shirt I was wearing today  had these amazing finishes such as the metal trim at the neck and the oversized cuffs. I found it took a forever staple like a button down white shirt and gave it a slightly more fashion forward feel. While tailored black pants are always a failsafe option, what I loved about this Camilla and Marc design is the contrasting stitching, which gave it a little extra lift, a little extra personality. And what’s better than a trench to tie a whole look together? This Esse trench is the epitome of sleek, sophisticated outerwear, and when thrown over a shirt and pant pairing, it instantly just makes this look feel extra considered, and so polished.

I’ve been having fun with accessorising this week, but I’ve also discovered just how good my go-to pieces really are. These white Bottega Veneta slingbacks for example have been a welcome addition to my closet for a few seasons and they’ve had quite a few outings this week simply because they’re so versatile. Also I love that it takes a classic slingback silhouette, and makes it more modern with the sturdier heel and strap. I couldn’t pass up this buttery leather Fendi bag, which is just the perfect relaxed shape to provide a counterpoint to the more refined nature of the rest of my outfit. And with a few late nights this week sunglasses were a must! These crisp white Pared sunglasses are a little mod, and proof that even the smallest of accessories can make a big difference.

Credits: Trench coat (via David Jones), Esse; Shirt and pants (via David Jones), Camilla and Marc; Heels, Bottega Veneta; Sunglasses, Emma Mulholland for Pared; Bag, Fendi

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

 

 

 

 

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Afterpay Australian Fashion Week: Day 3

2nd June, 2021

Along with being able to check out all the amazing shows at Sydney’s Carriageworks, one of my favourite things about Fashion Week are the offsite evening events. Tonight, I’m attending dinner hosted by the designer Anna Quan showcasing her latest collection, and I couldn’t think of a better option than a LBD with a twist. A black dress is always a failsafe option of mine for any event, but what I love about this dress is the textural element. The ribbed fabrication is a modern touch, while the cut-out adds a sexy touch that’s befitting of an evening soiree. Also the twisted neckline is a design feature that adds a little extra intrigue. I’m also a fan of a midi length dress for an after dark event as it’s always guaranteed to look polished without being overdone.

Accessorising this look, I wanted to keep things quite pared back. I went for a black structured top handle bag by Fendi: simple, elegant, classic. I didn’t want the look to look too flat and felt it needed just a little bit of relief in the form of another hue, so I called upon my mesh Bottega Veneta heels. They’re a neutral so I knew they wouldn’t overwhelm the dress, but it does break up the black on black quite effectively A few understated accoutrements in the form of simple drop earrings, a timepiece and my Cartier bangle and I’m set.

Credits: Dress (available at David Jones), Anna Quan; Bag, Fendi; Shoes, Bottega Veneta

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

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Afterpay Australian Fashion Week: Day 2

1st June, 2021

I went to two shows today, Oroton and Maggie Marilyn and it called for a day of embracing soft neutrals. Specifically this Isabel Marant look which is a great example of the beauty of elevated staples. This jacket with its puff sleeves and cinched tie waist is reminiscent of a safari jacket, but with softer lines, and feminine vibes. And all those details combined make for a jacket that’s wearable but with a little extra personality. And what better staple to pair it with than a pair of crisp white jeans? The neutral on white felt very fresh and I loved the fact its such a departure from the usual hues you’d expect on the first day of winter.

I always like to wear something from the brands whose shows I’m seeing and this time around, I zeroed in on this tan Oroton bag. It’s got such a beautiful structured silhouette which adds a bit of polish to the more relaxed silhouette of this outfit, and I could wear it clutch-like or throw it on over my shoulder which is perfect for a day with back to back events. It was then all about these white slingbacks from Bottega Veneta, and wearing white bottoms with white shoes I feel gives a nice elongated effect. And to top it off, gold oval-framed sunglasses to add a hint of playfulness to this look.

Credits: Jacket and jeans, Isabel Marant via David Jones; Shoes, Bottega Veneta; Bag, Oroton; Sunglasses, Ray Ban

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

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What I wore this week

27th May, 2021

It’s always fun to get to play around with a few new pieces in a wardrobe rotation and this week it’s all about some fun winter purchases. I always map out what I’m going to splurge on at the start of a new season and so far, the pieces I have have been seamlessly able to work into my regular outfit repertoire. I think that’s always the sign of a good purchase! From double denim one minute to splashes of Barbie pink the next, here’s what I wore this week.

Sometimes a look is cemented on the colour alone, and that was certainly the case with this Aje suit. I was off to lunch in this number, and it certainly perked me up — how could it not with that playful made-for-Barbie pink? Also I think this is further proof that a suit doesn’t have to be exclusively the domain of classic neutrals. You can definitely afford to have a little fun with it.

Credits: Jacket and pants, Aje; Shoes, Bottega Veneta; Bag, Bulgari

With my little sidekick here, and rocking our shades of pink. I love the soft baby pink hue of this jumper as it’s so easy to match with virtually everything in my wardrobe. I paired it with some trusty denim and sneakers and I was ready to tackle my day with Grace.

Credits: Jumper, Les Coyotes De Paris; Jeans, Slvrlake; Sneakers, D.O.F

Some people love it, some people hate it but I’m the first to admit that I’m quite partial to a Canadian tuxedo. This double denim look is all Camilla and Marc, and both work really well together, but also separately. I’ve been able to work these two pieces in so many different ways, which is always a big tick in my book.

Credits: Denim jacket and jeans (similar here), Camilla and Marc; T-shirt, Ducie; Sneakers, D.O.F; Earrings, Manning Cartell

My go-to uniform: a white tee and jeans. It always works without fail and I know I can rely on it on those days when I just want a no-fuss look that still looks stylish. I added a touch of colour with the emerald green Dior bag (which FYI is such a great size as it pretty much fits my entire life comfortably) and my fave sandals. I love when a look just comes together like this.

Credits: Top and shoes, Ducie; Jeans, Slvrlake; Bag, Dior

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What I wore this week

13th May, 2021

It was a week of special occasions, kicked off by Mother’s Day spent with my family so it was all about occasion dressing this week. And it was proof that dressing for events is the perfect opportunity to explore the full gamut of your wardrobe. It’s about embracing different looks, from rich hues, elegant tailoring and a killer statement dress, but also about reverting to tried and tested favourites when your outfit needs a lift. Here’s what I wore this week.

A special mother-daughter date with Grace, where enjoyed a beautiful morning tea. Of course, it called for a bit of dressing up. Grace embraced her favourite hue, while I went for a sleek shirt dress by Melbourne-based brand Diida. Love the classic silhouette of this dress offset by the on-trend, modern vibe of my black Bottega heels.

Credits: Dress, Diida; Heels, Bottega Veneta, Bag, Gucci; Earrings, Manning Cartell

Enjoying a very special Mother’s Day lunch with my family at Crown Sydney. The girls were in their Sunday finery so I decided to follow suit with this Acler top and skirt combination. The sky blue one shoulder top worked back with the lilac skirt made for a great colour blocking moment, and embracing vibrant colours seemed perfect for such a happy occasion.

Credits: Top (different colour here) and skirt, Acler; Heels, Bottega Veneta; Earrings, Manning Cartell

Very proud daughter moment this week when I watched my mum awarded her Order of Australia medal. Attending with the rest of my family, I opted for an all white outfit with a top by Viktoria and Woods and white pants, also by the label. I opted for my black Bottega heels to help finish off this look, and is further proof that you can’t ever go wrong with monochrome.

Credits: Top and pants, viktoria and woods; Heels, Bottega Veneta

I went to a fashion show this week and it was so incredibly lovely being back doing something that seemed so impossible just a year ago. This was the Aje show in Sydney, and of course, I wanted to support the brand by wearing Aje. This dreamy green hue was so vivid and rich, and it made for quite the statement-making look.

Credits: Dress, Aje; Heels, Bottega Veneta

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What I Wore: Dark Magic

27th April, 2021

I’ve always classified a great suit in the same category as an LBD: a wardrobe essential. I am always on the look out first and foremost for nice tailoring. I think a suit has to fit well so there’s no room for excess bagginess or too much length or fabric, it has to sit just right. Plus I’m always on the hunt for interesting finishing touches. Whether it be a unique choice of button, or just an edgy design feature, I think it can turn a good suit into something special. Which is why I was initially draw to this Sofia Irina suit. The long length blazer and cigarette pant are sharp and sleek as all good suits should be, but what I liked was the cut-out. I think it disrupts the silhouette in the best way possible, giving it a point of difference and just a hint of sexiness. It really makes this suit a great contender for a night out or a special event look. But if you work somewhere where a little risk-taking in the fashion department is welcomed, this could definitely count as office attire.

I wanted to elongate the silhouette so I went for black Bottega heels, which also add a nice feminine touch. Plus I’ve always loved the vibe of a strappy heel worked back with sharp suiting, there’s just something so sophisticated about it. While wearing all black from head to toe is a great failsafe look, I wanted to add a little extra colour to avoid it from looking flat so I thought adding a white Bulgari bag achieved a great monochromatic effect.

Credits: Blazer and pants, Sofia Irina; Heels, Bottega Veneta; Bag, Bulgari

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

This post has been produced in collaboration with Sofia Irina

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What I wore this week

22nd April, 2021

I’m always trying to rework any new additions to my wardrobe in as many different ways as I can, and this week was no different. I ended up playing around with a new pair of Ksubi jeans, dressing them up and down, while I also had great time trying on new season looks from Valentino. As someone who loves fashion, it’s always enjoyable to be able to visit all spectrums of my wardrobe, from the super dressy to the ultra casual and have fun either way. Here’s what I wore this week.

Who says comfy can’t look stylish? This has got to be one of the most comfortable go-to outfits I have in my closet right now and I think it still works as a polished look. I invested in these dark Ksubi jeans for winter, and these sneakers have been in my closet for awhile, while the tee is from one of my fave stores for basics, Uniqlo. I also snapped up this wool blazer by Wardrobe.NYC to carry me through autumn/winter. I think just the addition of the blazer instantly gave this look a classic touch.

Credits: Blazer, Wardrobe.NYC; Top, Uniqlo; Jeans, Ksubi; Sneakers, DoF; Bag, Chanel

New Ksubi jeans make an appearance again! It’s a testament to how versatile they are. I dressed this up with Bottega Veneta heels and a simple tee. The shape is trending right now so it gave the look an on trend feel.

Credits: Top, Ducie; Jeans, Ksubi; Shoes, Bottega Veneta

Enjoying my time playing dress ups at Valentino. I could have stayed there all day trying things on but this look was by far my favourite. Who could resist wearing this gold matelassé skirt and feathered kaftan? So chic, and so glam, and so Valentino. I also love the new shoe and accessories range featuring the larger studs; this bag and shoes have certainly stayed on my mind…

Credits: Top, skirt, bag and shoes (different colour here), Valentino

I might be a little biased being friends with the designer and all, but this set from my friend Nadia’s capsule collection with The Upside has got to be one of the great new additions to my loungewear collection. I love the sporty stripes contrasted with crisp white. So wearable and so comfortable too.

Credits: Top and shorts, Nadia Fairfax x The Upside

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What I Wore: Purple Reign

12th April, 2021

I was hosting a launch for Wanderluxe sleepwear at Sydney’s Chiswick so I wanted to wear something that was bold, bright and fun. So when this colour block look by Acler entered the picture I couldn’t pass it up as it fit all the criteria I was looking for. The colours really make this look. The lavender one shoulder top added a gem-like element to this outfit, while the rust coloured trousers help offset the ultra glam vibe of the top, striking just the right balance. I think this is one of my favourite outfit formulas, a pair of tailored trousers worked back with a dressy top really is a match made in heaven.

When you’re wanting colour to shine, I think accoutrements have to be complementary but not over the top. At the same time, I think events always require a little extra effort in the accessories department. So these looped Manning Cartell earrings added a little statement element to my look but they weren’t too busy so they didn’t overwhelm the rest of my outfit. The black Bottega heels added a fashion forward touch, but they didn’t take away from the look and feel of this ensemble, which was all about embracing the striking effect of colour blocking.

Credits: Top and pants, Acler (coming soon); Shoes, Bottega Veneta; Earrings, Manning Cartell

Photography: Esteban La Tessa