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Exploring the Chaumet Botanical exhibition in Paris

21st June, 2022

Being in London over the last few days, it was a only a short hop over to one of my favourite cities in the world so I decided to make the trip to Paris with my sister-in-law, Hoda. You’re obviously constantly spoilt for choice as far as things to see and do in Paris, but on this particular day we decided to check out a gorgeous exhibition curated by Chaumet at the Beaux-Arts de Paris. Being a friend of the brand, I was excited to get up close and personal with some exquisite pieces from Chaumet’s archive. The theme of the exhibition was Botanical – Observing Beauty and features 400 works, including some plant themed pieces for Chaumet’s rich design history. Along with some 80 jewellery objects there were also paintings, sculptures, textiles, photographs and furniture to check out, all in keeping with the nature theme.

After so many years of not being able to travel, I can’t tell you how lovely it was to be able to stroll through such an exhibition, and leisurely take it all in while being in one of the most amazing cities in the world. Hoda and I made sure to take our time, particularly entranced by the jewellery which was absolutely stunning. From a vast array of tiaras (of which Chaumet is renowned for crafting, including those for the Empress Josephine) to bracelets and earrings, it was such a wonderful exhibition to check out. If you’re a jewellery fan like me, it was like being a kid in a candy store. I would definitely recommend paying a visit it if you find yourself in Paris over the next few months.

The Botanical – Observing Beauty exhibition is on from now until September 4 at the Beaux-Arts de Paris. You can find more details here.

Photography: Ashleigh Larden


Stunning Chaumet pieces on display

 This post was produced in collaboration with Chaumet

Fashion, What I Wore

What I Wore: Royal Ascot Day Three

20th June, 2022

It was my last day attending Royal Ascot and rather fittingly it was Ladies’ Day so I went all out and embraced a thoroughly feminine look. The summer weather called for something bright and bold, so this pastel blue dress by Rachel Gilbert was the perfect fit. What drew me to this dress is that it has a lovely softness to it, with the puffed sleeves and texture fabric, but the corset design gives it a bit of edge to avoid it becoming to saccharine. Also I do love dresses that also give consideration to the back design and in this instance the keyhole feature achieves a striking finish. While this straw boater was the ideal choice for Ladies’ Day with the cluster of florals peeking out from beneath the brim. It adds a prettiness to the look, but the boater silhouette still gives it some structure.

One of my favourite things about pulling together racewear is considering my jewellery options for my look. I was thoroughly spoilt for choice in this instance, as having been lucky enough to work with French jewellery house Chaumet for the last few years, I was able to select a few pieces from their collection to wear with this look. I opted for a few elements from the Josephine collection, which was inspired by the Empress Josephine. Each piece is designed to layer beautifully and features signature elements such as the aigrette and pear cut shape which are woven throughout the collection. I love the fact these pieces are so elegant and have a graceful feel to them, making them the perfect accoutrements for an event such as Royal Ascot.

Credits: Dress, Rachel Gilbert; Hat, Nerida Winter; Jewellery, Chaumet

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

This post was produced in collaboration with Chaumet

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What I Wore: Light As a Feather

12th January, 2022

Suits are always a staple in my wardrobe and what I’m loving right now is how there are so many different iterations of suiting doing the rounds. You can go from sleek and sharp, to one with a relaxed silhouette to something fun and playful like this suit by Rachel Gilbert. While a black suit is always a classic item in anyone’s wardrobe, what I love about this design is that it flips the concept of it with the addition of the feather trim. I’m seeing feathers appearing in so many different collections from my fave designers, and I have to say I’m a huge fan. It’s a detail that can completely change the direction of an outfit into something kittenish and a little glam, like something a classic beauty in an old movie would have in their closet. With this particular look, the suit features a modern cut-out, and a wide leg pant which makes it feel right on trend, but the addition of the feathered cuffs just sets it apart and makes it look and feel bold. I also opted to wear the jacket on its own in this instance, showing a subtle flash of skin which offers just a hint of sexiness to this look.

I couldn’t really go past the Bottega Veneta heels for this particular ensemble. These black heels have been a workhorse in my wardrobe of late as they go with virtually anything. I think pairing them with this black suit helps offset the slightly softer nature of the feathered jacket, with the contemporary design of the heel. Plus the minimalist, pared back design doesn’t end up competing with the bolder feel of the suit, achieving just the right kind of balance.

Credits: Suit, Rachel Gilbert; Heels, Bottega Veneta; Jewellery, Chaumet

Photography: Sophia Athas


Layering jewellery 101: A Touch Of Christmas Sparkle With Chaumet

15th December, 2021

Christmas is almost upon us and there’s nothing better than a little festive dressing, accessorised with a whole lot of sparkle. I’ve been privileged to work with French jewellery brand Chaumet this year, and one of the perks of the job is definitely being able to wear such beautiful pieces. Given it’s the time of year for dialling up the glam, I wanted to wear something fun so opted for a sleek black suit with feathered trim, finished off with a few of my favourite pieces from Chaumet.

I’ve always been a fan of layering accessories and Chaumet’s Links range is perfect for this. I’ve worn this range to a few different events and I’ve always loved the modern design. The Harmony Link necklaces are available in a range of different lengths, and different pendant colours which make them the ideal pieces to stack. You don’t want to create a concentrated cluster when layering necklaces, rather a graduating effect. I think it’s important to choose one area to accentuate (I do this with clothes too) and in this instance I wanted it to be my decolletage given I was working with a deep V neckline. You can create such a dramatic effect by stacking delicate necklaces, the whole effect is modern and bold, and it doesn’t feel to heavy or done.

My other rule when it comes to layering jewellery is to balance the pieces you choose to pair together. So if you’re creating a necklace vignette, then pare it back a little more when it comes to your choice of earrings, rings and bracelets to enable the necklaces to shine. I adopted this approach for this particular look, with the simple Links Games studs, and a few streamlined rings — nothing too big in size like cocktail ring. I then opted for the Links Game bracelet and bangle, both have a similar aesthetic to the Harmony Link necklaces, and are also quite delicate which enabled me to stack them without it looking too over the top. It’s important to keep in mind proportions and size when you’re working with jewellery as you don’t want to look unbalanced. You want to wear the jewellery, not have it wearing you!

Christmas time is always the perfect excuse to get dressed up and go all out when it comes to your outfits. It’s definitely one of my favourite times of year when it comes to styling looks as everyone just seems to be a little more extra in their approach to dressing. This certainly applies to jewellery, and who wouldn’t want a little extra Christmas sparkle?


This post was produced in collaboration with Chaumet

Photography: Sophia Athas


Up close and personal with my Melbourne Cup day jewellery

8th November, 2021

A race day look isn’t complete with a touch of sparkle and when it’s the kind of race that stops a nation then it definitely has to be extra special. I have had the privilege of working with the high end French jeweller Chaumet over the past few years and one of the highlights is being able to wear beautiful pieces from one of their collections. For this year’s Melbourne Cup day, I chose some stunning jewellery from the Joséphine collection— a range that is inspired by the famous pieces made for Empress Joséphine, one of the first clients of Maison Chaumet. The collection features rings, bracelets and pendants and each uses eye-catching stones fixed in an elegant and regal setting.

Working with a plunging neckline on my dress, I wanted to keep my decolletage quite simple so I decided on earrings, rings and a bracelet to accompany my look. Whenever I decide on an edit of accessories, particularly jewellery, I always take into account my entire outfit from top to bottom, from shoes to clothing to bag to ensure that there is cohesion. While I was spoilt for choice, I eventually gravitated towards a few key pieces to complete my look.

The rings are a true statement piece on their own but I wanted to dial up the drama and wore two rings next to each other for a bold effect. When you’re working with such beautiful jewellery, why stop at one, right? The Joséphine Aigrette pavé diamond bracelet in white gold was the perfect complementary piece. It’s the kind of jewellery that has a understated elegance to it that means it doesn’t overwhelm, it just has a presence to it that still makes an impact. The final piece of the puzzle were my earrings, the Joséphine Ronde d’Aigrettes earrings in white gold, set with brilliant-cut diamonds truly dialled up the sparkle. What I liked about these earrings were the fact the curved shape had a slightly more contemporary feel, yet still had a classic look to them that made them versatile and easy to pair back with a variety of different pieces. On a day like Melbourne Cup day, I do think bringing the sparkle is key and Chaumet certainly delivered.

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

This post was produced in collaboration with Chaumet


Chaumet’s Bee My Love Collection Should Be On Every Jewellery Lover’s Radar

1st November, 2021

Investment jewellery, the kind that is designed to last the test of time, should both be classic yet with a distinct spin that ensures it will bring you joy every single time you wear it. It’s something I always look for whenever I’m considering jewellery, and it’s one of the reasons I love Chaumet’s Bee My Love collection. I’m a big advocate of detail being one of the critical parts of any outfit and it’s why the pieces from this range are worthy of a spot in any jewellery box.

Each piece in this range embraces a honeycomb design that evokes the perfect geometric symmetry in a beehive. It’s modern and so visually pleasing as pieces slot perfectly together. If you’re a fan of stacking jewellery it works really well as you’re able to wear multiple pieces and there’s a precise cohesion that ties everything together. The combination of diamonds and gold is also pretty hard to resist. It’s understated and elegant but with with a distinct sprinkling of sparkle that makes each piece designed to stand out and be a talking point. Additionally, Chaumet use gold, white gold and  rose gold in this collection so there’s a metal to suit virtually any individual preference.

From earrings, to a lariat necklace to bracelets, all the pieces in the Bee My Love collection definitely fit all the criteria I look for when it comes to investment jewellery- striking pieces yet with a timeless feel. If you’re looking to grow your precious jewellery collection this design is definitely one that will have longevity, and has a unique feature that makes it interesting and distinctive. I’m a stickler for detail when it comes to my outfits, and pieces like this, are definitely the kind of thing that can elevate a look into something truly special.

This post was produced in collaboration with Chaumet

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What I Wore: Metallica

2nd March, 2021

Every so often I just want to break the rules when it comes to event dressing. I’m all for beautiful classic pieces, but sometimes a dress just comes along that demands to be worn. This De La Vali dress is just that. The metallic green lame is a match made in heaven for parties. Colour aside, the rest of the dress is tailored for statement-making event wear. The ruching along the sleeves and the peaked shoulder detail, are both standout elements that really elevate this dress, while the classic crossover style tempers the more edgy features, achieving a great balance.

I wanted to keep the colour going so I opted for some bright jewellery by Chaumet. I went for a few matching pieces in the form of the bracelets and necklaces I chose to tie them all together but experimented in the different colours I chose. While the cross features of the rings helped bridge all the pieces together. When working with such a bright colour, I wanted to add pieces that would help accentuate the overall look and feel, but without being too overwhelming, so the fact the necklaces and bracelets are quite delicate helped with the overall balancing act.

Credits: Dress, De La Vali; Jewellery, Chaumet

Photography: Sophia Athas

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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: City Nights

9th February, 2021

The opportunity to get all dressed up is one of those things I’ll never take for granted again after last year. There’s always something so special and thrilling about being able to wear a beautiful dress and get dolled up for a night on the town. The LWD (little white dress) is quickly rivalling the LBD as my go-to option for a dressy outfit and this beauty by Maticevski is all kinds of dreamy. I love the feminine silhouette with the beautiful peplum and off-the-shoulder neckline—it’s the intricate finishes that really elevate this dress.

For such a detail-filled dress, I knew that my accessories would have to be streamlined and unfussy. I went for black Bottega Veneta shoes for a monochrome colour palette, while adding a on trend touch to my ensemble. I was lucky to wear some stunning pieces by Chaumet. I added an elegant layered pearl necklace and a stack of bangles and statement ring to finish off this crisp white look, for a night on the town.

Credits: Dress, Maticevski; Shoes, Bottega Veneta; Jewellery, Chaumet

Photography: Sophia Athas

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What I Wore: Colour Way

2nd February, 2021

The great thing about using black as one of the anchor points of an outfit is that you’re able to take it in virtually any direction because you’d be hard pressed to find anything that doesn’t play well with black. I have had these Aje jeans on high rotation over the last few months and one of my fave ways to wear it is with pops of colour. This cropped top by Silvia Tcherassi is such a fun piece to pair with a variety of different hues and silhouettes (it’s also on sale right now!). What I love about it is the print and colourful palette. It’s such a good way to brighten up a look, and the puff sleeves add a dramatic touch which really lifts this entire ensemble.

Working accessories into this look meant finding a balance between complementing it with other hues without making it too over the top. This one of the reasons why I opted for a pair of black Bottega Veneta heels, but also having the same colour shoe as my pants gives a more elongated effect which is a plus.

I finished this look off by layering some colourful pieces by Chaumet. I’m always a fan of stacking necklaces and bracelets, and in this instance I really like the colourful effect it achieved. I also stacked a few beautiful rings from the range to add another interesting point of interest. The final finishing touches were my go-to Dior bag with gold hardware and a pair of tortoiseshell sunglasses by Le Specs.

Credits: Top, Silvia Tcherassi; Jeans, Aje; Sunglasses, Le Specs; Heels, Bottega Veneta; Jewellery, Chaumet; Bag, Dior

Photography: Sophia Athas