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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

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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 this week

11th March, 2021

It was quite a jam packed week this week. I had meetings, big launches, fittings and interstate travel locked into my schedule so I got to work with the full spectrum of my wardrobe. It was comfy singlets one minute, to suiting the next—so I was able to really embrace high-low dressing, and experiment with some new pairings. Here’s what I wore this week.

Off to a few meetings in this ultra comfortable, yet polished look. I am really loving relaxed pants worked back with a tank, it’s such an easy, failsafe outfit template to use, particularly when I don’t have time to fuss around too much with my look.

Credits: Tank, Cotton On; Pants, Manning Cartell; Bag, Dior; Sandals, Gucci; Sunglasses, Finlay

Attending the ATC launch with my mum and sister-in-law called for something feminine and bright. It was love at first sight for this Joanna Ortiz dress, particularly the print.

Credits: Dress, Joanna Ortiz via Fashion Alta Moda; Headband, Viktoria Novak

I wore this look to my niece’s birthday dinner, as I wanted to wear something that wasn’t too fussy, yet had polish. Denim worked back with a shirt and flats is one of my fave go-to looks as I love it’s classic, sophisticated feel.

Credits: Shirt, Oroton; Jeans, Levis; Bag, Louis Vuitton; Shoes, Chanel

I was having fittings for the David Jones parade at the Melbourne Fashion Festival and it was all about this dreamy Aje dress. It’s such a great silhouette with the bodice-like ruching and the puff sleeves. So much fun.

Credits: Dress, Aje; Heels, Bottega Veneta

I have been loving the swimsuit-worn-as-bodysuit look for quite awhile, so I definitely fell for this Venroy bodysuit immediately. It looks so great worn with jeans, and paired with sandals it has a great resortwear meets casual wear vibe about it.

Credits: Bodysuit, Venroy; Jeans, Ksubi; Sandals, Gucci

This was another fitting I was having for the Melbourne Fashion Festival. I just love the hue of this suit, and the tapered pant worn with oversized blazer. It just has an effortless feel to it which I enjoy.

Credits: Suit, Bianca Spender; Heels, Bottega Veneta

On my way to the airport! Jumping on a plane just seems like such a foreign concept, that I had to reacquaint myself with what comfy, travel attire is all about. I ended up doing another iteration of my earlier Venroy bodysuit look, but I swapped some accessories out for my fave comfy sandals, and a backpack for the ultimate in hands-free travel.

Credits: Bodysuit, Venroy; Jumper, Bec and Bridge; Jeans, Ksubi; Shoes, Ducie; Bag, Chanel

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What I wore this week

25th February, 2021

It’s been a bit of a funny week in Sydney with the weather going from gloomy and rainy to sunny and hot and back again. With such crazy weather, I’ve been able to enjoy two extremes of my wardrobe going from light breezy dresses one minute to jumpers and jeans the next. I’m guessing this means transseasonal weather will well and truly be just around the corner. With a mixture of appointments, meetings, mum duties and shooting this week, here’s what I wore.

One of my favourite labels, Steele does the best summer dresses. I always love their playful prints (particularly gingham and stripes) and in particular this lemon yellow hue was perfect for earlier in the week when the sun was out. I paired this look with black Bottega heels and my fave Loewe basket bag.

Credits: Dress, Steele; Shoes, Bottega Veneta; Bag, Loewe

Snapped up this great Zara skirt and immediately this outfit came to mind. I wore it with a Ducie top and sandals, along with my Prada bucket bag for a casual all black ensemble. And when the weather is kinda unpredictable, I always find black to be a great option.

Credits: Top, Ducie; Skirt, Zara; Bag (in a different fabric here}, Prada; Shoes, Ducie

Fresh and summery but polished is what I was going for with this look. These white Viktoria and Woods wide leg jeans have been such a great addition to my wardrobe as they can be worked back with so many different hues and styles. Plus I love the current on trend pairing of beige and white—it just looks immediately put together. My go-to Bottega Veneta heels and metallic Chanel backpack finished off this look.

Credits: Top, Henne; Jeans, Viktoria and Woods; Shoes, Bottega Veneta; Bag, Chanel; Earrings, Aje

My take on winter in summer dressing. I pulled out this khaki Bec and Bridge jumper I wore to death last winter as I loved it so much, and it was nice to be reunited again. Worked against black Aje jeans and sandals it helped me to navigate a cool-ish day outside. Plus this belt bag by Furla is my new fave thing. The perfect hands-free accessory option!

Credits: Jumper, Bec and Bridge; Jeans, Aje; Shoes, Ducie; Bag, Furla

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What I Wore: Modern Noir

15th December, 2020

Summer dresses don’t always have to be of the light and bright variety. This black dress by Camilla and Marc is a departure from the airy styles I’ve been wearing and it’s been a nice change to embrace a summery silhouette that has a sophisticated edge. The cold shoulder detail is perfect for this time of year and makes for a fun, statement neckline. Also in keeping with the aesthetic of the brand, the sleekness is tempered by feminine touches such as the puff sleeves, ruching and cut-outs.

I wanted to keep the entire look quite sophisticated and classic and I couldn’t go past the simplicity of my black and white Chanel slingback shoes. They’re a step up from regular flats with their look and feel, but not too dressy that they’d look out of place being paired with a daytime dress. While I appreciate the timelessness of wearing black, I also didn’t want this outfit to seem flat and heavy so I wanted to add a pop of colour with my other accessories. This structured bag by Burberry features a vibrant orange accent colour which add a fun, energetic touch to this ensemble. A pair of gold hoop earrings and slicked back hair completed this look, which has definitely been a fun alternative to my usual summer colour palette and style.

Credits: Dress, Camilla and Marc; Bag, Burberry; Shoes, Chanel

Photography: Sophia Athas

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What I Wore: New season denim

23rd June, 2020

I’m embracing different denim shapes this season and it’s all about straight leg jeans. This grey pair by Nobody denim is a great way to freshen up a look by incorporating a different alternative to the classic blue wash into the mix. Relaxed denim silhouettes have become my go-to this winter as they can instantly revamp an existing look, and give it a more modern, on trend feel.

Denim is such a great blank canvas to work with and such an easy one to pair with a multitude of different pieces. I wore this back with a simple white tank (because you can’t ever go wrong with jeans styled with a white top) and popped on a teddy bear coat by Camilla and Marc to add a textural element to my ensemble.

When it comes to accessories I opted to keep things in a similar colour family and keep this look quite tonal. I opted for a pair of monogram Louis Vuitton boots and a metallic bronze backpack. Both work back well with the hue of the coat, while still lifting my overall outfit.

Credits: Coat and tank, Camilla and Marc; Jeans, Nobody Denim; Boots, Louis Vuitton; Bag, Chanel

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

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What I Wore: Berry Crush

9th June, 2020

Matching sets have always been one of my shortcuts to looking put together and this Aje look definitely fits the bill. The rich raspberry shade is a great colour to wear when I feel the need for a little sartorial pick-me-up—there’s just something about bright shades that bring a vibrant energy to an outfit. This jacket and skirt can also be worn separately, making it a great cost per wear purchase. It could easily pair back with everything from a white shirt to denim, and is a fun option for wearing out to lunch out or if you want a slightly dressier option for a work from home look.

Adding dressy accessories to an outfit with a more casual vibe helps to achieve balance, and can make an ensemble more of a multipurpose look. I’ve lived in these Chanel flats for months now, as they’re comfy for wearing during the day, but have a polished vibe to them making it a great go-to shoe. While this white Bulgari bag, adds a polished element, and makes a day look feel that little more luxe.

Credits: Jacket and skirt, Aje; Flats (similar here), Chanel; Bag, Bulgari

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What I Wore: Style It Up

14th April, 2020

This turmeric shade is just what I needed to lift my wardrobe this week. Playing with rich, vibrant colours is what I do when I want to inject a bit of energy into my day and this Veronika Maine dress certainly fit the bill. I wanted to take a bit of a break from being in my cosy clothes all long weekend, so I popped on this dress, just to change things up. It’s the perfect autumn/winter dress with its long sleeves great for transseasonal weather and the sweet pussy bow a classic touch.

Flats have always had a constant spot in my weekly wardrobe choices and this week is no different, probably even more so now that I’m spending a lot of time at home. This two-tone pair of Chanel slingbacks has been such a worthy investment. They’re comfortable, stylish and add a luxe touch to any outfit. I’ve worn them to death and knew they’d prove themselves a great buy due to cost per wear. The same goes for my Dior bag. This bag has seen me through many an event and is so versatile because it can be worn with the chain as a simple day bag or at night sans strap as a clutch. I love anything that does double duty as it allows me to maximise its wear.

Credits: Dress, Veronika Maine; Shoes, Chanel; Bag, Dior 

Photography: Sophia Athas