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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

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What I Wore: Calypso

30th March, 2021

The one trend I’ve been really loving of late is a cut-out dress. This Staud number, is called the ‘Calypso’ and it’s a new addition to my wardrobe and it has to be one of the comfiest dresses I own. The silhouette on its own would be quite simple but with the addition of the metal ring and the cut-out panels, it instantly feels modern and elevated. The colour is also not something I wear all that often (the brand calls is ‘caper’), but I have been slowly gravitating towards slightly earthier tones more. It’s a surprisingly versatile hue to wear, almost as easy to mix and match as traditional neutrals. The ankle length hem also means that I could wear it as daywear or easily pair it with heels for night—or just do both like what I did for this shoot! Plus the best bit? It’s made from recycled tissue-weight nylon fabric which is a huge tick for me.

As for accessorising, I thought it was the perfect time for this adorable Apede Mod bag to make an appearance. I wrote about it a few weeks ago and mentioned it was on my radar, and it was been such a fun accessory to add to my collection. It’s quite cute as it’s so small and I can wear it during the day but it’s also quite diminutive enough that I can easily wear it at an event or out to dinner. My black Bottega heels have been such a worthy purchase because I wear them non-stop, I think the cost per wear on them at the moment has made them a great investment piece.

Credits: Dress, Staud; Bag, Apede Mod; Heels, Bottega Veneta

Photography: Sophia Athas

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What I Wore: Chandon Ladies’ Day

19th March, 2021

When they say ‘a touch of pink’ well, I go all out! I do love wearing this particular hue, so if I can wholly embrace it then I absolutely will. While on hosting duties for Chandon Ladies Day last weekend, the dress code called for pink, so it was a great excuse to wear this gorgeous Rebecca Vallance dress. It’s a true statement dress in every aspect, from the hue to the silhouette, but without a doubt the best bit was the back detail. The open back, and the oversize bow was the ideal striking finish. I had so much fun wearing it as it was so playful and fun.

I wanted to carry the pink theme further so I went for accessories in varying shades of it. The headband by Anna Shoebridge was a great way to extend the bow feature, and it was the kind of unfussy headwear that wouldn’t compete with the dress. While the pink Bottega Veneta Jodie bag added an on trend element, and was the right kind of shape and style to work back with the rest of my look.

Credits: Dress, Rebecca Vallance; Headband, Anna Shoebridge; Bag, Bottega Veneta; Heels, Stuart Weitzman

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What I Wore: Light and Bright

16th March, 2021

With autumn upon officially upon us, I’m not complaining that we’re still getting some last minute summer weather making an appearance. This has meant I’ve been able to extend my warm weather wardrobe just that little but further, and I was glad for the excuse to wear this Camilla and Marc dress. This particular design has been one of the standout pieces from the brand’s latest collection, and I’ve already worn it to a racing event, and will continue to do so until it’s time to officially transition into jumpers and coats. I love the simplicity in design of this dress, with the elegant midi length, and feminine finishes such as the puff sleeves and ribbon ties. The deep V-neck also gives it a touch of edge, and helps to avoid it from looking too saccharine. Plus, I’m on board with anything in a crisp white.

Choosing my accessories for this piece, I wanted to go for hues that would contrast well with the colour of the dress so naturally I gravitated towards something black for a monochrome effect. My Bottega Veneta heels have served me well over the last few weeks and have been the perfect event shoe, and fit the brief for what I was looking for. When it came to bag choice, I went for a dusty pink Staud bag. It has that soft, relaxed shape that’s trending right now, and worked well to complement the slightly more structured feel of the dress. As a final finishing touch I went for white sunglasses to add a hint of dramatic flair.

Credits: Dress (similar here), Camilla and Marc; Shoes, Bottega Veneta; Bag, Staud (via The Outnet); Sunglasses, Valentino

Photography: Sophia Athas

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What I Wore: David Jones AW 21 Runway Show

12th March, 2021

It’s funny how much you don’t realise you miss something until you’re right there doing it again, and that’s exactly how it felt to be back watching a fashion show after a year of being away from it. I flew down to Melbourne this week to attend the David Jones Autumn/Winter 21 show and it was so exciting to be there, catching up with friends and colleagues, having the opportunity to check out upcoming trends, and just generally soaking up the atmosphere of being in the midst of something I love again. Plus the clothes had me compiling quite a lengthy mental shopping list!

I had the opportunity to wear this tan ribbed dress at the event, and it was so nice to be able to wear one of my favourite designers, Bianca Spender and get all glammed up. This dress is a jersey fabric, which usually I’d associate with casual wear, but this iteration was anything but. It was elegant, it was sexy and it was effortless in the way it draped. I truly loved wearing it, and the bonus was it was ultra comfortable too. The finishing details were also gorgeous, with the knotted detail at the front, the thigh split and the open detail at the back—oh, and the colour was right on trend. It was perfection.

To finish off the look, I opted for simple accessories. I went for my black Bottega Veneta heels and a white and gold Oroton clutch. I don’t think this particular look really required going too over the top with accessories; it was important to let the dress do all the talking.

Credits: Dress, Bianca Spender; Heels, Bottega Veneta; Bag, Oroton

Photography: Dan Castano

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What I Wore: Urban Flower

23rd February, 2021

Wearing a work of art like this Maticevski dress makes me appreciate the opportunity to do so once again. I love my loungewear through and through but being able to wear a piece like this is always such a highlight. The detail on this dress is beyond. Look at the fabric up close and it’s got a beautiful textured finish that to resembles overlapping flower petals. Which I think ties in beautifully to the the flower-like folds of the dress. It’s a definite statement feature and something that elevates this dress into something special.

With a dress like this was about striking the right balance with my accoutrements. I didn’t want to do too much otherwise it would all just be a bit overwhelming but I also didn’t want to look like it was too pared back and that there was something missing. So I went for a classic monochrome colour palette and opted for my black Bottega Veneta heels. It’s an interesting silhouette, but quite minimalist so it wasn’t competing with the dress. I went for a white mini bag to tie into the colour of the dress, but with a gold accent colour to added a luxe touch. To finish it off, I can’t think of a much better pairing with this dress than stunning jewellery. Working with Chaumet has allowed to wear some amazing pieces from their collection. For this outfit, I decided to layer silver and rose gold. Both striking colours that complement each other and play against the white of the dress. Plus who doesn’t love a little extra sparkle?

Credits: Dress, Maticevski; Bag, Oroton; Shoes, Bottega Veneta; Jewllery, Chaumet

Photography: Sophia Athas

This post was produced in collaboration with Chaumet

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What I Wore: Walking on Sunshine

16th February, 2021

There’s something about the universally uplifting feeling of yellow that is always guaranteed to put in me in a great mood, so when it comes in the form of an Aje dress, I’m all about it. I’ve been in love with the Aje aesthetic for quite sometime, and I’m particularly a fan of their bold, puff sleeves and cut out detail, which both feature on this dress. This is the ultimate in summer dresses as it scream sunshine and fun times.

Whenever I’m wearing bold hues I always like to keep my accessories quite simple to really let the colour do its job, and that’s to be the focal point of an outfit. So in this instance, I went for an ultra adorable mini Gucci hobo bag. I love the Jackie mini style as I can wear it as a top handle bag but it also comes with a strap so I can wear it as a crossbody bag, which means extra versatility—something that’s important to me when it comes to anything designer. For the finial finishing touches it was sleek and classic black, with my Bottega Veneta heels, and tortoiseshell sunglasses by Le Specs to cap off the look.

Credits: Dress, Aje; Bag, Gucci; Heels, Bottega Veneta; Sunglasses; Le Specs

Photography: Sophia Athas