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What I Wore: David Jones Spring Summer 18 Collection Launch

18th August, 2018

I always look forward to the David Jones Spring/Summer Collection launch every year because it reminds me that gorgeous weather and long balmy days are just around the corner. It also never fails to get me really excited to plan my new season wardrobe as I watch each look come down the runway. I always mentally bookmark a few faves that I know I’ll want to check out in-store later on.

I always enjoy attending events with Luke so I was happy we were able to go to the show together this year. It’s also a fun excuse for the both of us to get dressed up and have the night off! I was in the mood for a big splash of colour and couldn’t go past the below metallic pink skirt by Camilla & Marc. It was a fun focal point to my look and was really in keeping with the mood of the evening. As I was wearing such a modern skirt I wanted to add a classic element so opted for a white button down with a frilled collar and wore the sleeves pushed up to give it a more relaxed vibe. The midi length skirt gave me the perfect opportunity to show off a pair of great shoes and I eventually decided on a pair of ankle strap Tony Bianco heels which had a slight metallic sheen. Adding a touch of Dior to a look is never a bad idea, right? I just loved the below Dior clutch and the bold logo nameplate on the handclasp and thought it was perfect for the night. Rather helpfully the bag can also be worn using the chain strap so it’s great for events that might require me to go hands-free in case I need to hold a glass or grab a canapé.

As always it was another great event by David Jones! Seeing Karolina Kurkova star in the show was a definite highlight as was seeing Aussie models Jessica Gomes and Victoria Lee. I walked away with far too many outfits that I’d fallen in love with and my spring/summer looks are now very much in planning mode.

Credits: Kate: Skirt (not available in store yet), Camilla & Marc; Shirt, Camilla & Marc; Shoes (similar here), Tony Bianco; Clutch, Dior

Luke: JacketPantsShirt; Calibre

Photography: Mark Metcalfe/Getty

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I go to countless events in a year—here’s how I’ve made dressing for them easier

16th July, 2018

From product launches, to parties and racing events, not to mention occasions like weddings and birthday celebrations I can often find myself with multiple functions in a month scheduled in my diary. That’s a whole lot of event dressing to contend with. It can become a time consuming process so I’ve managed to refine my system down to a few key things to make it easier for myself. If you’ve found yourself with a booked social calendar then you may want to nab a few of my tried and tested tips to make the whole process a cinch.

Three-step beauty prep

I could be wearing an amazing dress but if I’ve let things lapse in the beauty department it dilutes the effect of getting dressed up. There just aren’t enough hours in a day to spend on beauty prep before a big event so I’ve managed to get it down to three things.

A spray tan is great as it’s almost a shortcut to looking amazing—you get that glowy effect without having to do much at all.

I always book myself in for a Shellac mani. I do this in racing season when I know I’ve got a few functions back to back and need my nail colour to last. Instead of matching my nail colour to each outfit which would just take up way too much time, I always choose a shade that can work with myriad looks. A neutral shade or a wine/burgundy colour works a treat as there’s not much that it doesn’t go with.

I’ve always believed that the foundation to great makeup is skin in tip top condition so I always book myself in for blueberry peel from one of my fave spots, The Clinic in Sydney. It’s ideal right before a big event as it helps reset my skin and ensure it’s in good shape. That said, a simple at-home sheet mask or peel can also work towards rejuvenating your skin for a big event.

I don’t wear new shoes

Wearing stilettos right out of the box to an event is a disaster waiting to happen. You need to give footwear a bit of time to stretch and get comfortable, otherwise you risk having them rub while you’re wearing them, in turn causing blisters. Ouch. I’ll often wear new shoes around the house a few days beforehand to break them in and get used to walking in them. Otherwise I’ll just opt for one of my fave heels that I’ve worn plenty of times before because I can guarantee I’ll be comfortable being in them for hours.

Wearing an outfit by one of my go-to brands for events, Rebecca Vallance

I turn to my go-to brands

I love browsing through stores such as Net-a-Porter for a big occasion as every brand I could want is at my fingertips, and it’s great for a little fashion inspiration. However over the years I’ve managed to find a handful of brands that haven’t let me down when it comes to their offering for event dressing. I’ll often go to them first as I then don’t have to spend ages scouring different labels as I’ll almost always find something that I like. I can’t go past Rebecca Vallance, Camilla and Marc, Scanlan Theodore and Dion Lee when I’m searching for an outfit for a big function. It’s always a good idea to have a few key favourites you can check out, that you know suit your style and your shape.

I’m selective in what colour I wear

Lately I’ve been gravitating towards for colour for big events as I find it’s impactful and really stands out. Vibrant reds, punchy yellows… I’ve worn them to a few occasions such as launches and weddings. If I’m borrowing something then a bright hue is definitely where I like to head. However if I’m purchasing something and I’m trying to get maximum wear out of a particular item, then I can’t go past classic tones of creams, blacks and greys. Not only do they work for multiple occasions but if I also choose something in a really simple cut and style, they’re so easy to transform by changing up my accessories.

What are some of your tips for dressing for events?

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How to refresh an evening look without having to buy something new

22nd June, 2017

I often have to go to multiple events for work and this has required me to get quite imaginative and creative with how I style what’s already in my closet. It doesn’t make sense to have to buy a new outfit for every single function I go to as I’d quickly spend a small fortune! However I also want to look and feel my best and I’m the first to admit that that can often come from wearing something new. This is why I’ve found that it’s important to refresh an evening look so I can still get that brand new clothes feeling without having to actually spend a cent. Here’s what I do…

Switch up my accessories

The right bag and shoes are crucial elements to any evening look and I find it’s one of the easiest ways to make an ensemble feel new. For example I can easily re-wear the same LBD multiple times but by simply pairing it with different footwear (I may opt for a statement heel if I wore a simple black shoe the last time I wore the dress) and bag each time it feels refreshed rather than recycled.

Change my  jewellery

A dress I already own can easily feel fresh with the right jewellery. I’ll often pick a focal point for a look when it comes to accessorising so if I wore a dress with statement earrings at one occasion I may opt for a ring or bracelet the next time I wear it so it doesn’t feel like I’m wearing exactly the same thing.

Take a different beauty approach

Hair, makeup and nails are all important when it comes to styling an evening look and it’s often in the beauty department where I find I can easily make a dress I already own feel new again. My rule is to always go for the total opposite beauty look that I opted for the last time I wore the outfit I’ve chosen. So if I wore my hair down with natural makeup on an ensemble’s previous outing I will wear my hair slicked back with a cat eye the next time I wear it so I don’t feel as if I’ve just hit replay again. Nail polish is always a great way to finish off a look so I will often just make sure that I’m wearing a different shade each time I wear a dress.

Think outside the dress box

The majority of the time I will wear a dress if I’m going to an event but I will change things up if I feel the need for a change. Instead of wearing a dress I may consider wearing a top and skirt, a jumpsuit or even a suit if I’m feeling a little uninspired by my dresses. Often by simply exploring alternatives to wearing a dress to a function I feel as if I’ve got a completely new outfit.

What are some ways you would re-work an existing evening look?