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Australian Fashion Week 2022: Day 1

9th May, 2022

It’s one of my fave times of year again as Australian Fashion Week is here! I always find this entire week to be a lot of fun, and so inspiring (also, good or perhaps not so good for my shopping list!) as I am able to support my fave designers but also discover up-and-comers. I always bookmark looks for events and race days at Fashion Week so it’s a good way to find out what’s going to drop in the coming months. It’s always a hectic time and I spend most of it running from show to show, but it’s also a great opportunity to catch up with colleagues and friends along the way which is always nice. Of course, outfits for every day are always high on my priority list for the week, and this year is no different.

I always like to work with stylist Jess Pecoraro (pictured below) for my Fashion Week outfits as it’s quite a busy time for me. Pulling together looks for the shows as well as the various associated events is quite the undertaking, so it’s nice to leave it in the hands of an expert. Jess knocked it out of the park with this look for day one. I adore suiting of any kind, and what better way to kick off the week than with this Gucci ensemble. The suit, shirt and shoes are all by the brand and what I love about is the beautiful lines and tailoring. The simple yet impactful details such as the visible stitching on the jacket elevate this look, and add some character. Also the greige colour is so perfect for this time of year, and when paired with the sky blue shirt it allows each colour to pop.

Of course, I have to up my accessories game when mingling with some of the most fashionable women and men in the industry. This mini Chanel bag in burgundy velvet is the perfect accoutrement to add some colour. I also like that it’s not the usual shape and colour palette for Chanel — I like unexpected details like that. I capped off this look with patent Gucci shoes with an ultra on trend chunky heel, and cat eye Poppy Lissiman sunglasses to add a playful touch.

Credits: Suit, shirt and shoes, Gucci; Bag, Chanel; Sunglasses, Poppy Lissiman

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

 

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What I wore this week

21st April, 2022

From a wardrobe clear out to workout gear and my fave polished off duty looks, this week has seen it all. I’ve embraced a whole lot of colour while going for an all black look the next, but it’s always a good week when I’m able to wear my faves, but rework them in a new way, while also embracing some fun new additions. Here’s what I wore this week.

I’m taking part in Vinnies’ The Drop and this Lover trench is something I’m giving away. And I want you to snap it up! You can find more info here. A printed trench is such a great way to liven up a pared back look like jeans and a tee or as a statement topper over a dress. Either way, it’s such a fun designer piece to have you in your closet!

Credits: Trench, Lover; Heels, Scanlan Theodore; Earrings, Oroton; Sunglasses, Chanel

Once I find activewear that I love I like to grab a set in different colours. I’ve got this Year of Ours set in a neutral colour and am a huge fan because it’s comfy and provides great support but I could also walk out the door and wear this to grab a coffee. I like embracing different colours when it comes to activewear as wearing all black all the time just gets a little repetitive.

Credits: Top and leggings, Year of Ours

Jeans and a fun top is one fashion equation that always works. I’ve waxed lyrical about my love of denim this week so it’s no surprise that it always gets a workout in my weekly wardrobe rotation. I’m embracing more relaxed styles when it comes to jeans, but I always like to pair it with something more fitted at the top, such as this Manning Cartell halter top. Not only is the style a lot of fun, I’m always a fan of anything in Barbie pink!

Credits: Top, Manning Cartell; Jeans (similar here), Viktoria and Woods

I’ve really come around to wearing black trousers in a more casual way of late. I used to categorise them as being more of a dressy piece, but paired with a tee and sandals it really works to create a polished off duty look. Also, it’s one way to get more wear out of the trousers that you’d usually relegate for work or an occasion, and I’m a fan of being able to extend the use of pieces I already own.

Credits: Top, RtA; Pants, Witchery; Bag, Chanel; Shoes, Ducie; Sunglasses, Bec and Bridge x Pared

 

 

 

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What I Wore: The Championships 2022

5th April, 2022

It was all about monochrome over the weekend as I took on reporting duties at The Championships and embraced this black and white look by Zimmermann. While I usually associate Zimmermann with beautiful feminine pieces such as dresses with intricate detailing or bold prints, or tops with a flourish of colour and embellishments, this time around it was all about a sleek black and white ensemble that had a distinctly masculine edge. While I can often be found in dresses whenever I’m trackside, I do love to mix it up with the occasional suit or pants look. In this instance I opted for these harem pants, which can look traditionally quite casual but this iteration took on a decidedly polished feel with its adjustable cuffs and buckles at the waist. I paired it with a white waistcoat, which with its deep neckline and cinched in waist, provided the perfect counterpoint to the more voluminous cut of the pants.

I wanted to pair this look with accessories that were sharp and had a bit of drama. These Jimmy Choo pumps with the chandelier accessory added a sexy touch and were definitely a talking point. Headwear is of course a must on any race day and I love the veiled feature of this beret by milliner Nerida Winter. It’s sophisticated and understated, and it worked seamlessly as I needed something that was quite strong, without being over the top or too decorative. Last of all was this gorgeous chain strap Chanel bag. I don’t think you can ever go wrong with anything featuring interlocking Cs and it was the perfect size to hold all my essentials while still looking chic.

Credits: Jacket, waistcoat and pants, Zimmermann; Heels, Jimmy Choo; Hat, Nerida Winter; Bag, Chanel

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

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What I Wore: Full Bloom

8th February, 2022

I recently attended a friend’s wedding and decided to embrace a dress that is fun personified. I always love getting dressed up for weddings and this Rachel Gilbert dress just seemed the perfect fit. Sophia and Grace actually said it was their most favourite thing I’ve ever worn, which is a high compliment from my daughters. What really makes this dress for me is the wonderful clash of different textures and colours. From the embroidered florals on the overlay, the riot of colour and the feathered hem which moved just beautifully, all the elements were there for the perfect event dress. The finishing touch of the emerald green embellished trim around the neckline and arms elevated the look and really added an extra layer to the gown. All the beading and embellishments were done by hand, which is a feature I really appreciate as I know how painstaking the process is to get it just right, and it makes every feature look so precise and spot on.

When you’re wearing a dress that’s as striking as this one, I wanted to keep my jewellery quite simple and not go too heavy-handed with my choice of shoes and bag. The dress had to be the one taking centre stage. So, I opted for nude lace up heels by Tony Bianco which were the perfect neutral hue to blend into the background. I then paired it with a baby pink Chanel chain strap bag which I wore with the chain tucked in so it could act as a clutch (side note: Chanel bags are great for this reason as you can wear them multiple ways, from a crossbody to a shoulder bag to a clutch.) I went for classic, understated jewellery to complement my look as I didn’t want anything competing with my gown. As far as wedding looks go, this had to be one of my absolute favourites.

Credits: Dress, Rachel Gilbert; Shoes, Tony Bianco; Bag, Chanel

Photography: Lucy Alcorn

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What I wore this week

4th February, 2022

It’s been a big week! My youngest daughter, Grace started school and there’s been a few things on the go on the work front. In between the busyness, I’ve had fun playing with some great looks, particularly bold, bright pieces that are perfect for the last month of summer, and some beautifully dainty and feminine pieces. Here’s what I wore this week.

A great blouse and jeans is one of my favourite outfit shortcuts. This embroidered Alemais blouse is always a playful option with denim, and these patent green heels add a nice splash of colour. This is further proof that if you find a good pair of jeans, you’re guaranteed to be able to create multiple looks.

Credits: Blouse, Alemais; Jeans, Slvrlake; Bag, Prada; Heels, Rozalia Russian x Billini

There’s something about cheery colours that instantly lift my mood. This vibrant pink denim dress is just the right kind of hue to energise me for the day ahead—if I’m ever feeling flat, I always put on a bold colour and it instantly perks me up. I paired this with black Bottega Veneta heels and a pair of statement earrings to elevate it.

Credits: Dress, Acler; Heels, Bottega Veneta; Earrings, Aje

How cute is this cardigan? I love the sweet embroidery and the pastel mint combination. Wearing cardis as a top is one of my fave trends of late, and this one works well worn back with white jeans. I went for comfort in this instance with gold flats and another beautiful pastel hue, in the form of this mini baby pink Chanel bag.

Credits: Cardigan, Love Shack Fancy; Jeans, Slvrlake; Sandals, Ancient Greek Sandals; Bag, Chanel

I categorise jumpsuits in the same camp as dresses—an easy outfit option when you just can’t be bothered thinking of what to wear. I like the relaxed cut and high collar of this particular style, not to mention the statement sleeve. For the ultimate in comfort dressing, I wore these Proenza Schouler Birkenstocks, and my favourite Prada bucket bag, which is both practical and a chic option for daytime looks.

Credits: Jumpsuit, AGolde; Sandals, Proenza Schouler x Birkenstock; Bag, Prada

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What’s on my Christmas wish list

22nd December, 2021

It’s only a few days to Christmas so I thought I’d share what’s on my wish list this year. Whenever I compile this list I always factor in the gaps in my wardrobe, plus the statement pieces that will lift existing pieces in my closet. There are also things which I think are just fun and would make a great addition to my wardrobe or home. It was a hard list to compile simply because I’ve seen so many beautiful things throughout the year (it’s definitely an occupational hazard!) but I’ve narrowed it down to the pieces that would definitely put a smile on my face on Christmas morning. Here’s what I’m wishing for (hint, hint Luke!)…

Agua Bendia Kayra Arabella Shirt

I spend a lot of time at the beach or by the pool over the summer so I’m always on the hunt for a great cover up. This shirt is the perfect piece to throw on over my swimmers, and I love the kimono style sleeves and the tropical print and colour clash. It’s also something that could be worn straight from the beach to lunch, making it the ideal piece to throw in my beach bag for a long day by the water.

Bottega Veneta Cassette Chain Embellished Bag

I have loved the revamp Bottega Veneta has undergone over the last few years, but with creative director Daniel Lee’s departure, it will be interesting to see which direction the brand heads. In the meantime I have been crushing on this signature style from Lee’s tenure. The puffy Cassette bag gets a grown up touch with the addition of a chain strap and the result is a modern piece that’s also a little fun.

Bottega Veneta Gold-Plated Hoop Earrings

I’m all about gold earrings and I love the chain style of this particular pair from Bottega Veneta. It’s a statement piece which can easily dress up many a look, but it’s not overly fussy that it still maintains its versatility.

Chanel White and Black Sandals

I’ve loved this shoe for so long and I am really loving the monochrome colour palette of this pair, plus the brush stroke style. It adds an artistic touch to a utilitarian shoe, and I love the vibe it strikes. When it comes to shoes, I’m all about comfort and this style certainly ticks that box. It’s also the kind of sandal that can be paired with multiple looks so it’s great for cost per wear.

Chanel Tweed and Lambskin Slingback

This particular style is a signature silhouette of Chanel’s and I love how classic and polished it looks. It’s a great comfy heel to add to my collection as I could see it working back with multiple looks. The tweed is also very much synonymous with the brand and I love the subtle pastel hues woven throughout. All in all, it’s a standout shoe and I’d be beyond excited to find them under the tree on Christmas morning.

Veranda x Elizabeth Lake Trellis Placemat and Dinner Napkin

Creating a great tablescape is always one of my favourite things to do when I have people over, and this set would definitely make a table. The whimsical style featuring the trellis design and embroidered flowers are perfect for a spring/summer soiree. It would definitely be the basis for an inviting setting.

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What I Wore This Week

16th December, 2021

I’m currently in school holiday mode with the girls so when it comes to my wardrobe, I’ve primarily been all about comfort when it comes to my outfits. That said I’ve also had a work thing or two that has required stepping it up a bit more. Luckily, I’ve had a few casual pieces on rotation that have made getting dressed all the more fun. Denim has obviously been a big staple, and as always, has proven to be the perfect foundation to build a look. This is especially the case now that I’m in busy mum mode juggling the kids plus the lead up to Christmas and some last minute things on the work front before the break. Here’s what I wore this week.

This corset top by Viktoria and Woods has become an unexpected wardrobe MVP. It goes with virtually anything and is super comfortable. It comes in black too and I’m seriously considering getting it too as I’ve been using the white so often. Jeans and a white top is one of my fave outfit combinations when I don’t want to fuss around too much with a look—it’s a classic for a reason! I decided to step this look up a notch with the addition of a vibrant Dior tote bag and my fave Chanel flats. Sometimes all it takes is the addition of a few key accessories to completely change the vibe of an outfit.

Credits: Top, Viktoria and Woods; Jeans, Slvrlake; Shoes, Chanel; Bag (similar here), Dior

Aussie brand Venroy does the most beautiful linen pieces and everything the sell is so soft and comfortable. I loved the cut and colour of this playsuit and have found it to be a fun wardrobe addition. I’ve been a huge fan of the Proenza Schouler collab with Birkenstock and immediately knew I needed these sandals. I like the fact they’re slightly dressier than a regular pair of Birkenstocks given they’re patent leather plus the ivory/off white shade of these shoes makes them really easy to pair with a number of different outfits. I can also walk miles in them as they’re so unbelievably comfortable. I have this Sparrows Weave basket bag from a few seasons back and I still find it to be such a great shape and style to pair with a summer look. Another collab I’m also loving is the one Bec & Bridge have done with the sunglasses brand, Pared. The shape of these sunnies is great, plus it comes in a range of different colours.

Credits: Playsuit (similar here), Venroy; Shoes, Proenza Schouler x Birkenstock; Sunglasses, Bec & Bridge x Pared; Bag (similar here), Sparrows Weave

White jeans are so fresh and look great in summer. It’s a good way to do jeans but in a more seasonal way. I’ve worn jeans by the brand Slvrlake before and really rate the cut and feel so these jeans were a no-brainer to snap up. I wanted to pair them with a coloured Good American top to liven up this look a little bit more, plus I like the contrast it provides. I added my trusty Birkenstocks for the perfect footwear option for a day of running around, but without compromising on style.

Credits: Top, Good American; Jeans, Slvrlake; Shoes, Proenza Schouler x Birkenstock

I’ve spoken in the past how I love co-ord sets as you can wear the pieces separately or together, and this top is one such example of that. It’s part of a set that I’ve worn on the blog before, and it works great on its own too. These are the Levi’s jeans I get DMs about constantly and they’re still going strong! If you’re looking for skinny jeans that kinda have the look of an on trend straight leg style I highly recommend these. A new addition to my summer wardrobe are these gold sandals and they’ve proven themselves to be super versatile. They can be worn with jeans, dresses, shorts and skirts so I can see myself getting a lot of wear out of them. To finish of this look, I wanted to add another pop of colour so my Dior tote made another appearance.

Credits: Top, Sea; Jeans, Levis; Shoes, Ancient Greek Sandals; Bag (similar here), Dior; Sunglasses, Le Specs

 

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What I Wore: Summer Knits

26th October, 2021

I’ve spoken about skirt and top sets in the past and I can definitely say that I’m still very much into them. What’s even better is that a set such as this is lightweight enough that it can also work in summer. Plus they’re a great outfit shortcut on those days where I want to look polished but don’t really have time to fuss around with an outfit. I think there’s always something quite sleek and put together with a matching set. The ribbed knit finish adds an elevated touch, yet it’s still unbelievably comfortable which ticks both boxes. I also love the versatility of a set like this. The tank could easily be worn with jeans for a look that’s right on trend, whilst the skirt would work well with a t-shirt or even a knotted button down white shirt. If something can work multiple ways it definitely gets my tick of approval. Let’s also talk the beautiful pastel yellow colour. It’s the perfect shade for this time of year and is surprisingly quite easy to mix and match with a variety of different accessories.

I wanted to let the colour of the top and skirt to shine through so I opted for accessories that had a fun element to them but didn’t overpower the rest of my outfit. Meeting that criteria is definitely my slingback Chanel flats. The monochrome colour palette means it works with virtually any hue, and the signature two-tone gives it a point of difference (as a side note, I do not regret investing in these shoes one bit as I have worn them so much—more so than other shoes I have in my closet that may have been a bit cheaper, but definitely don’t get as much wear). For the final flourish, I couldn’t go past these pearl statement earrings by Shashi. They’re playful and add a interesting feature to the rest of my look.

Credits: Top and skirt, Ena Pelly; Shoes, Chanel; Earrings, Shashi

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

 

 

 

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Designer items that will never go out of style

3rd July, 2021

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Investment purchases often have a few more zeros in the price tag than your average chain store buy but when you factor in the longevity and its cost per wear you’re definitely getting a bargain. I’ve spoken in the past about my approach to buying designer goods that you won’t regret, but there are definitely certain pieces that will forever remain stylish. Add these to your wardrobe and I promise you’ll have a long and happy relationship.

Burberry trench

If you’re going to splurge on a trench coat make it one by Burberry. The coat was designed by Thomas Burberry for military personnel in World War One to keep officers protected against wind and rain and the design has been around ever since. The hardware and fabrication are of course top notch but one glimpse of the iconic checked lining sets this trench above the rest. I promise a trench coat is one purchase that you will get plenty of use out of all year round.

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Chanel 2.55 bag

Everyone knows the quilted 2.55 bag by Chanel and whilst its ubiquitous it’s also one of the few designer bags that will not only appreciate in value (research has shown that the bag has increased in value by 70 per cent over the last six years) it’s also the kind of bag that will not date, will go with virtually everything you own and will always be a classic staple that you’ll be proud to carry. It’s a hefty investment I know, but if you’re going to splurge on a designer bag this one is definitely worth considering.

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Cartier LOVE Bracelet

The ultimate in wrist candy the beautiful Cartier LOVE bracelet first came to prominence in the 1970s and has only grown more popular since its inception. Available in a variety of metals including yellow gold or rose gold, and if you’re really looking to splurge there’s also a version studded with diamonds this is one piece of jewellery that you’ll remain in love with.

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Balenciaga moto jacket

I have had my Balenciaga leather jacket for years and its still the kind of piece that has remained in constant rotation in my wardrobe over the years. The perfect moto style jacket is ideal for wearing with everything from dresses to denim. I particularly loved Balenciaga’s design but designers like Saint Laurent, Tom Ford and Acne have all released their own versions of this jacket style. A major splurge it may be but one feel of the buttery leather, the sturdy metal hardware and the perfect fit will inspire instant love.

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Chanel ballet flat

Ballet flats will always be a wardrobe staple but add a pair of interlocking Cs and you venture into truly classic style territory. Whilst they’re not the type of shoe that you’d wear daily to run errands (they’re definitely a bit more special than your average ballet flat) they are an easy and stylish footwear option for those days when you just want to take a casual look up a notch. A close runner up in the shoe department would be the classic Gucci horsebit loafer. Almost 70 years on and it’s still going strong.

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Gucci loafers

First released in 1953, the Gucci loafer has been around for 68 years and whilst it has never ever really gone away it has experienced a huge resurgence in popularity. Whilst the range now encompasses everything from floral print to an array of colours, fur trim and a version with a collapsible heel, this style is a forever shoe. Translation: if you invest in this you’ll be wearing it for the next few decades without it ever dipping in style cred.

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Tell me—which designer items do you think will always be in style?
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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