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What I Wore: Melbourne Cup 2023

7th November, 2023

It’s hard to believe it’s time for another Melbourne Cup day. It’s always one of my favourite race days as the dress code gives you the freedom to push the boundaries a little and take your look in another direction. This year, I turned to Aussie designer Mariam Seddiq who designed this pastel mini dress. I always gravitate towards colour at Melbourne Cup and with pastels trending for race attire, I thought this ever so delicate yellow hue would be perfect. What I love most about this design are the combination of curves in the scalloped edges worked back with the sharper lines on the neckline and sleeves. It’s a great balance and I thought the contrasting effect was quite striking. The finishing touches such as the split sleeve detail and the oversized buttons and plunging neckline with high collar also add an element of interest and boldness to the dress. It definitely fit the Cup attire brief.

I wanted to wear a brimmed hat for this occasion and the white hat by Somewhere Here worked back nicely with the rest of my ensemble. To further carry the white theme, I opted for a white Bulgari chain bag which made created a nice thread of consistency into my accessories. With a sprinkling of gorgeous jewellery by Jan Logan and yellow knotted heels by new shoe brand Edie Collective, I was ready for a little Walking on Sunshine moment with this yellow themed ensemble.

Credits: Dress, Mariam Seddiq; Bag, Bulgari; Heels (other colours here), Edie Collective; Hat, Somewhere Here; Jewellery, Jan Logan

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

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What I Wore: Derby Day 2023

4th November, 2023

Derby Day is one of my favourite dress codes as it’s ultra sleek and elegant as everyone has to wear black and white. With only two hues to work with, there’s still surprisingly so much versatility when it comes to what you can wear. I’ve gone for all white one year, all black another and a combination of the two. This year, I went with black and white but added a light splash of colour with a gold Bulgari bag. However I couldn’t let anything outshine this Maticevski look. I’ve worn a number of Toni Maticevski’s designs over the years and there’s always so much drama and theatre to each garment that it’s a brand I love to bookmark for big events. This particular outfit is of course, all about the skirt. With the asymmetrical hem and feathered embellishment, it’s a little playful but also quite a theatrical piece and everything else about my outfit was really anchored to this piece. The strapless top was all about the curved neckline, and added a strong silhouette to the whimsy feel of the skirt, helping to strike a good balance.

Apart from the gilded touch the bag added, I kept to all black accessories as I wanted the skirt to take centre stage. With a simple Nerida Winter headband and black Jimmy Choo pumps with crystal straps, I think I struck the right balance between adding pops of interesting details without going over the top. Another Derby Day done and dusted – bring on Cup Day!

Credits: Top and skirt, Maticevski; Bag, Bulgari; Heels, Jimmy Choo; Headband, Nerida Winter; Jewellery, Jan Logan

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

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What I Wore: 2023 Golden Slipper

28th March, 2023

Hosting duties for 7Racing offer the perfect excuse to embrace a new look, and often it’s a case of the more dramatic the better. Case in point: this Fendi look from the recent Golden Slipper event in Sydney. Suiting is definitely something that features heavily in my sartorial wheelhouse, so it was fun to take it to the next level with this stunning suit by Fendi. I’ve always found a suit to be such a strong option for any event, but in this instance, this jacket was designed to be front and centre. The contrasting panels, the obi style waist, and a train really made this jacket bring the drama and more. I loved the fact however, that the pants tempered the look and gave it a bit of structure when contrasted against the theatre of the jacket.

Accessories are always key, and in this instance I wanted to incorporate something that would pop against the suit without being too over the top. The addition of height with the black Valentino platforms was perfect as it meant the suit pants sat at just the perfect length, plus it added a trend element to this look. The clean lines of the Bulgari bag (which FYI is also customisable) make an elegant addition to this ensemble, but the sunshine yellow makes it pop simultaneously. I love when an accessory works to add an element of interest, and it’s often something I take into serious consideration whenever I’m pulling a look together. I didn’t really want to add an overly fussy headpiece to this look, preferring to keep things quite understated, so a simple black headband helped me to add some headwear but not distract from the central element of this look: this suiting moment.

Credits: Jacket and pants, Fendi; Heels, Valentino; Bag, Bulgari

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

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What I Wore: Barbiecore

31st January, 2023

If there’s one colour that’s well and truly having a moment it’s pink. With Valentino sending an entire collection devoted to the colour down the runway and the upcoming Barbie movie starring Margot Robbie on the horizon, it’s definitely one hue to have on your radar. So, I decided to embrace some pink with this look and go full Barbiecore. This dress by Saba is a fun  shade of flamingo pink. It’s playful and feminine and perfect for summer. The empire line and the lightweight linen also make it the ideal comfy dress for chilling out in the sun, while still being dressy enough to look polished.

Continuing the pink theme (because if you’re going to channel Barbie, then you have to commit!), I went with a pair of Mach and Mach heels which are a true statement heel. There’s nothing shy or retiring about them. Clear pink PVC, with a wraparound pearl strap, it’s definitely the kind of shoe that draws attention. I love having the occasional bag in an unexpected, not at all practical colour because I think it’s sometimes fun to go a little bit daring when it comes to accessories. I’ve had this metallic pink Bulgari bag for years, and it’s had so much use. I often use it to add an accent piece to an outfit, and in this instance, it was the perfect hue to work with an all pink ensemble.

Credits: Dress, Saba; Bag, Bulgari; Heels (similar here), Mach and Mach; Sunglasses, Le Specs

Photography: Ashleigh Larden



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What I Wore: After Dark

24th January, 2023

I loved this outfit so much that I thought it definitely deserved its own post on the blog. Late last year I went to a party hosted by Moet & Chandon and as a failsafe outfit option, opted for a classic LBD. This one shoulder gown is by Ginger & Smart and it’s the kind of piece that could  be worn to multiple occasions as the style is so elegant, understated and chic. I’m really loving the resurgence of the one shoulder neckline of late as it feels modern, yet not overly “trendy” that it will date very easily. When it comes to LBDs I’ve always felt the design should be simple enough that it could easily be restyled in a variety of different ways, and this dress aptly called the Incarnation gown can definitely do just that.

I decided to embrace the pared back vibe of the dress and kept my accessories to a few key pieces that were definitely event-ready but not overly glitzy that it would feel over the top. I’ve had these black Jimmy Choo heels for awhile, and I’ve always liked the subtle crystal studs on them as it gave them a dressy feel but the shoe didn’t feel overly done. A simple twist lock Louis Vuitton clutch was a great complementary piece to this entire look as it has such a classic feel to it. And I was lucky enough to be able to wear the most beautiful Bulgari Serpenti necklace. Embracing the brand’s signature serpent style, this necklace studded with stunning pave diamonds was the perfect accoutrement to this look. Glamorous without being too showy.

Credits: Dress, Ginger and Smart; Heels (similar here), Jimmy Choo; Necklace, Bulgari; Clutch, Louis Vuitton

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

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What I Wore: 2022 Oaks Day

3rd November, 2022

Oaks Day is traditionally always ladies’ day so the dress code is always quite feminine. I wanted to honour that but also embrace something that wasn’t overly soft, and had a bit more structure so this pink Versace suit fit the brief. I loved the kaleidoscope of pinks and how they provided bold contrast against each other. Also the texture of the tweed allowed the suit to pop. And who doesn’t love a power suit moment? The mini hemline is right on trend, while suiting is definitely one of my go-to event looks.

I opted for a contrasting colour shoe option, so I went with a pair of gold Jimmy Choo heels with a tassel detail. The pointed toe worked well to complement the more structured feel of the suit, while the tassels add a dramatic touch. The crystal top handle bag added another textural element while providing some contrast against the suit. As far as headwear went, I wanted to embrace a hat in this instance so I opted for an oversized black straw hat by Ezara J. As the final finishing touch, a beautiful Jaeger Le Coultre timepiece.

Credits: Blazer and skirt, Versace; Bag (similar here), Bulgari; Heels, Jimmy Choo; Hat (similar here), Ezara J; Watch, Jaeger Le Coultre

Photography: Ashleigh Larden


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What I Wore: Party Pink

2nd August, 2022

This outfit from my time in London now seems like a lifetime ago, but it was such a fun party look I had to dedicate an outfit post to it. There’s something about the opportunity to get all dolled up while on holiday that’s extra special, even better when I get to fly the flag for an Aussie designer. I wore this to an event I was attending with my brother and sister-in-law and loved how feminine and party-ready it was. The gown is by Rachel Gilbert and is featured in their spring collection. The pastel pink hue is fun but what I loved most was the oversized ruffle detail. It was such a bold feature but had a lovely softness to it with its almost floral effect – it reminded me of the beautiful petals of a peony.

Of course with such a dress it’s all about considered accessories—pieces that will complement rather than overpower the dress. So I went with some sky high Jimmy Choo platform heels. With the metallic finish and the extra height, they were perfect for pairing with this gown. I also love the contrast between pink and red, so this garnet red Bulgari bag was the ideal piece to accompany me for the evening. The chain handle made it convenient to carry around but I could also wear it tucked under my arm like a clutch—a versatile detail that’s great for any event look.

Credits: Dress, Rachel Gilbert; Shoes, Jimmy Choo; Bag, Bulgari

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

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What I wore this week: Spring racing

11th November, 2021

I’ve been lucky enough to attend a few spring racing events over the last few weeks and as a result, had the opportunity to have some fun with a few new looks. After months in lockdown it’s certainly a nice feeling to get dressed up again! I love dressing for racing events because there’s something nice about being able to wear a polished look from head to toe, complete with headwear and I’m often lucky enough to be able to work with some amazing designers when it comes to my outfits. While I didn’t wear all these looks this week, I thought it might be worth sharing a few of my favourite looks so far this spring racing season.

I was attending the launch of the Lexus Melbourne Cup on this occasion and adored the chartreuse colour of this Mariam Seddiq dress. It was also such a bold silhouette with the dramatic cape, the bold shoulders and ruching, that I really felt it made a statement. I decided to cinch the look in with an Alessandra Rich belt and paired it with a simple Viktoria Novak headband as a finishing touch.

Credits: Dress (similar here), Mariam Seddiq; Belt, Alessandra Rich; Headband, Viktoria Novak; Bag, Bulgari

I was doing a live cross with Channel 7 and loved the vibe of this blazer dress by Rebecca Vallance. Blazers are a staple in my wardrobe and I like the twist on it when it’s worn as a dress. The houndstooth print added some boldness to my look and with the contrasting lapels and pearl buttons, it was a polished ensemble that was both classic and modern. I didn’t want to overwhelm with my accessories so I opted for an oversized black bow, which is always one of my faves when it comes to headwear.

Credits: Dress, Rebecca Vallance; Bow, Roxy Jacenko

Sometimes I get to wear dresses like this and I have to pinch myself! I wore this for a shoot with The Daily Telegraph newspaper to promote The Everest race day and didn’t want to take it off. I felt like a bonafide princess, plus who doesn’t love tulle when it’s at it’s pink hued best! I loved the tiered skirt and the plunging neckline, not to mention the statement sleeves on this particular design and it was so much fun to wear.

Credits: Dress, Steven Khalil

Hanging with Emma Freedman at a Lexus press day. I really liked the combination of pink and red in this particular look. There’s something about those two hues together that just gels really well, so when I went for this one shoulder Mossman mini dress, I knew I had to pair it with this this adorable pink headband by Ford Millinery. My Aquazzura heels are shoes I’ve had for awhile and it’s so funny when I revisit favourites such as these shoes, because I always fall in love with them again.

Credits: Dress, Mossman; Heels, Aquazzura; Headband, Ford Millinery

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What I Wore: 2021 Golden Slipper

1st November, 2021

Spring racing is very much in full swing and I couldn’t help but want to embrace a look that was inspired by the season. For 7 Racing hosting duties at the Golden Slipper, it was all about beautiful, vibrant pastel hues. I couldn’t go past this Oscar de la Renta one-shoulder dress, with its ethereal draping and shades of pink and orange. It was feminine and also had a fun energy to it which made it the perfect look for being trackside.

With such a bold colour palette to work with I didn’t want to shy away with my choice of accessories and wanted to go equally as striking. The brief was well and truly met with these Bottega Veneta mesh heels. They’re a playful pink and feature a sprinkling of sparkles which definitely ticked the statement box. Plus, how great would they be for a festive occasion? In terms of bag choice, I definitely wanted to embrace pink again so this shoulder bag by Bulgari was the perfect piece to accompany me. As always headwear is a must so I went with this gold hair accessory by Ford Millinery. I loved the fact that it was sleek and and simple and just the right piece to add a bold touch to my ensemble.

Credits: Dress, Oscar de la Renta; Shoes, Bottega Veneta; Bag, Bulgari, Headpiece, Ford Millinery

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