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What I Wore: Nine to Five

7th August, 2018

I’ve talked about my love of suiting before and it shows no signs of waning. I’m really starting to appreciate the appeal of a great suit. It really does impart a sense of confidence with its ‘I mean business’ vibe and it always looks polished no matter the occasion. Whilst I’ve been wearing pants suits a lot, I decided to change it up a little with this jacket and skirt by Camilla and Marc. It takes the traditional office suit and modernises it with the statement buttons on both pieces and the cinched in, double breasted style blazer. The mini also makes it look less corporate and a little more on trend whilst the white tee is a slightly more relaxed alternative to a button down shirt.

To help ground the outfit I chose to pair it with my favourite Balenciaga sock boots. I felt heels would be a little too delicate in this instance so opted for ankle boots help toughen up the look a little and give it a more fashion forward feel.

In keeping with the classic feel of this ensemble I chose to pair it with an oldie but a goodie—my black Chanel bag. It’s the kind of piece that’s been so great to have with my wardrobe as it can work back with virtually everything I own and really elevates any outfit. My Poppy Lissiman small frame sunglasses add a little edge and gives the whole look a truly modern feel.

Credits: Blazer, Camilla & Marc; Skirt, Camilla & Marc; Shirt, Uniqlo; Sunglasses, Poppy Lissiman; Bag, Chanel; Shoes, Balenciaga

Photography: Sophia Athas

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What I Wore: Classic Tweed

26th June, 2018

When I think of classic looks anything tweed is instantly top of mind. There’s something about it that’s so luxe and sophisticated. I couldn’t resist this set by Camilla & Marc mainly because I love that it straddles old world glamour with a distinctly modern vibe with the standout pattern, textural element and the longline cut feeling so contemporary. The gorgeous buttons are the ideal finishing detail and really elevate the look. Meanwhile the flared cropped pants add a playful touch and give this set and it’s suit-like silhouette a relaxed feel.

I wanted to ground the look with my choice of footwear so boots seemed the ideal fit. When it comes to pairing boots with a busy trouser, I think fitted sock style boots are the best option. The slim look works well with the flare detail and the pointed toe give it a little edge.

When it came to accessories for this outfit, I wanted to stick to black to complement the dark tones in the jacket and pants. My cat eye sunglasses added a on trend element, whilst my Chanel bag is one of my favourite go-tos when I want to punctuate a look with something I know is understated and always stylish.

Credits: Jacket, Camilla & Marc; Trousers, Camilla & Marc; Sunglasses, Poppy Lissiman; Bag, Chanel; Boots, Balenciaga

Photography: Sophia Athas

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Designer items that will never go out of style

2nd April, 2018

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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. Plus if you’re after a unique touch, Burberry now offer a personalisation service that allows you to monogram the inside of your coat.

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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 plus 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 try style classic 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 departmet would be the classic Gucci horsebit loafer. Over 60 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 65 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: Power Suit

27th March, 2018

I think every woman should own at least one great suit. There’s just something inherently commanding about wearing one. Whilst traditional suits in classic colours such as black and navy are great, especially when in a more corporate setting, I love being able to push the boundaries a little more given that I work in largely creative settings a lot of the time. This is why this Rebecca Vallance suit and I are a match made in heaven. The colour, the fit, the style are all a fashionable take on a long standing classic.

The double breasted jacket is one that’s had a serious resurgence over the last few years and is always such a flattering fit. When paired with wide leg suit pants it helps give a streamlined silhouette up top which is great for when you’re more on the petite side like me. The pale blue hue of the suit with contrasting gold buttons helps lift my overall look and gives it a more fashion forward edge.

I decided to pair this suit with simple black studded Alaïa heels and Chanel clutch to provide some contrast without being too overwhelming. I find plain black accessories are always a reliable go-to when you want an outfit to have a timeless feel. However I did want to have a little fun too! My Chloe round frame sunglasses, I think, are an unexpected finishing detail for such a classic look and help give it a modern touch.

Credits: Jacket, Rebecca Vallance; Pants, Rebecca Vallance; Sunglasses, Chloe; Clutch, Chanel; Heels, Alaïa

Photography: Danielle Castano

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What I Wore: Between the lines

6th February, 2018

During a recent trip to Melbourne I was in the mood to wear something quite feminine and bold so I ended up taking this Rebecca Vallance top and skirt combination with me. I love the nautical striped pattern on both, which gives a relaxed, resort wear vibe. The ruffled neckline and sleeve on the top give it a dramatic flair and gives the outfit a point of interest as the rest of the look is quite streamlined and simple. These were also the ideal pieces to take on a trip, as they’re able to be styled into two separate looks, giving me more options to choose from.

I wanted to dress this ensemble up a bit so I opted for my studded Alaïa heels, however I’ve found that it could work easily with a pair of sandals to give a slightly more casual feel.

My ever reliable Chanel bag always comes with me when I travel as it can go from a crossbody bag to a clutch quite easily, and in this instance it was the ideal bag to take to dinner. It’s small enough to carry my bits and pieces but not so big as to look cumbersome.

I never head out with a pair of sunglasses and for this outing, I wanted to stick to a classic black pair. However the charms on the sunglasses’ arms help give it a glam touch and is often a talking point as it’s such an unexpected detail.

Credits: Top, Rebecca Vallance; Skirt,Rebecca Vallance; Heels, Alaïa; Sunglasses, POMS; Bag, Chanel

Photographer: Sophia Athas

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Cute gym clothes that will make you want to work out

20th January, 2018

If one of your New Year’s resolutions involved doing more exercise, you’re in luck because there’s never been a better time to shop for gym clothes. The extensive range of prints, colours and styles available right now means there’s definitely something to suit all tastes and budgets. And let’s face it, sometimes there’s just no better motivator than the excuse to wear a cute outfit.

I’m all about a simple colour palette and often favour black, white and navy and I’ve extended this to my workout looks as it often makes it easier to mix and match different pieces. I’ll sometimes add a few subtle prints in the mix just to keep things fun and inject a bit of energy into my fitness wardrobe. Having made a resolution to incorporate more training into my schedule, I’ve been scouting around for the perfect pieces to exercise in, and these in particular have caught my eye…

PS by Paul Smith Basso trainer

Plain white sneakers are really versatile but who can resist a little graphic detail to elevate this style staple.

Chanel Vintage Sports Line duffle gym bag

I’ll preface this by saying this piece would be a complete and utter splurge but you’ve got to hand it to Chanel for turning a gym bag into a stylish carryall.

Nike Air Max Jewell sneakers

I love the blush shade of these sneakers and think they add a feminine touch to my gym kit.

The Upside Midnight Chop Short

Given the sweltering temperatures we’re experiencing at the moment, a pair of gym shorts are a must. The subtle coloured piping add a fashionable flair.

The Upside DJ Crew

I like the fact workout clothes nowadays could quite easily work with my regular wardrobe. With its kimono sleeves and logo feature, this top is right on trend.

Running Bare Ab Waisted Fight Club Full Length Tight

High waisted tights are great for providing support whilst working out but this pair is just that little bit extra due to the galactic print.

Fendi logo print performance t-shirt

Classic black with an understated logo this Fendi top takes workout tees to a new level. Made from mid weight stretch fabric and mesh panels, it’s the perfect marriage of form and function.

No Ka’Oi Ola performance bra

Major ticks for the striped elasticated detail on this sports bra. It lifts an all black piece and gives it a point of interest.

Puma Boyfriend tank

A white tank is always on high rotation for me and this one is the perfect shape and length.

What are some of your favourite athleisure brands?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What I Wore: Chanel at Marais

20th June, 2017
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I was lucky enough to be invited to the launch of the gorgeous new Chanel at Marais ephemeral boutique in Melbourne and of course, any event that involves such an stylish and iconic brand requires a sleek and chic evening look. I opted for a slinky satin Bec & Bridge dress with a thigh high split to bring a touch of glamour to my outfit. To help the champagne hue of the dress to take centre stage I paired it with black accessories—my Balmain blazer provided a structured counterpoint to the fluid nature of the dress and my Balenciaga ankle boots helped ground the ensemble. And what else to wear at the opening of Chanel at Marais than a piece from the label itself. I wore my favourite Chanel quilted bag to carry my essentials for the night and pay homage to the inimitable fashion house we were celebrating.

Credits: Dress, Bec & Bridge; Blazer, Balmain; Boots, Balenciaga; Bag, Chanel
Photography: Danielle Castano
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Celeb look of the week: Charlotte Le Bon

29th January, 2016

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Ladies, take note: an all-black ensemble is a great go-to outfit this winter. Actress and model Charlotte Le Bon was chic personified at the Chanel Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2016 at Paris Fashion Week.

Photography: Indigital/VogueUK

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Celeb look of the week: Dakota Johnson

3rd April, 2015

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How can you go wrong with a Chanel suit? Dakota Johnson looking amazing in head to toe Chanel at the Chanel Paris-Salzburg Metiers d’Art Collection ready to wear show in New York.

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Celeb of the week: Gisele Bundchen

9th January, 2015

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A barefoot Gisele Bundchen as shot by Karl Lagerfeld is absolute perfection in Chanel’s spring 2015 campaign. A pants suit never looked so chic.

Photography: Elle.com