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Why it’s time to add a printed skirt to your shopping list

4th February, 2018

I often turn to a great skirt when I’m in the mood to get a little more dressed up and have found that opting for one in a fun, vibrant print can often be just the statement piece an outfit needs. They’re also super easy to pair up with multitude of different style tops, from a button down, to a lightweight sweater, a t-shirt and cami, the possible combinations are virtually limitless, leaving you with many an outfit option. Whether you opt for something like a standout stripe, cute polka dots or classic gingham (all are currently sitting in my closet and I can vouch for how wearable they are) there’s something that’s quite effortless about the whole look, that requires minimal styling but has maximum impact.

Scroll down to shop my pick of printed skirts below…

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Fashion

What you need to add to your wardrobe this year

29th January, 2018

Want a cohesive wardrobe that won’t leave you constantly thinking that you have nothing to wear? It pays to think strategically about the key items in your closet that will help you get there. Instead of constantly piling more clothes, more shoes, more accessories onto the pile and ultimately ending up at the same place, you need to start thinking about the few items that will work back with the rest of your wardrobe in multiple ways.

By planning ahead and really pinpointing the items that will be in constant rotation you are able to stretch your fashion dollar further and ultimately end up with more outfit options, simply because you have the building blocks in place for several looks. When it comes to what’s currently on trend, what will stand the test of time and also what’s going to be ultra wearable, here are five great buys to start with…

A great blazer

I will stand by this purchase over and over again. I kept an eye out for this Balmain blazer (similar style here) for ages and finally nabbed it when I saw it on sale and haven’t looked back since. It goes with so many different outfits and it instantly makes anything I wear look polished. Do your research and try on a few different styles before settling on the right blazer and make sure the fit is ultra flattering, not too boxy and is just the right length (I’m a fan of the longline style). Grab one in black and I guarantee you’ll wear it to death.

Dressy sneakers

Sneakers are not going anymore any time soon. They’ve become a wardrobe staple and rightly so given how easily they work back with everything and also how comfortable they are. It’s a bit of an oxymoron but find yourself a pair of “dress” sneakers. So think a style that’s sophisticated and sleek, with minimal embellishments. I love metallics and use it as an accent colour a lot so I knew these Gucci sneakers would work well with what I own, however you may prefer to stick to a nice clean, white palette to ensure that you can wear it with most of your wardrobe.

Statement slides

Slides are one of my favourite trends and whilst they’re great for casual wear I think a pair of slip-on loafers is the kind of piece that’s ultra wearable but can also lift an outfit. Find a pair that’s got a classic shape but perhaps has an interesting detail such as a great buckle or even an appliqué such as the above Gucci pair I fell in love with to turn it into a standout, statement piece. This style can work with everything from jeans, to dresses and skirts so you’ll definitely get your money’s worth with such a purchase.

Elevated white shirt

A white shirt has been a wardrobe staple for forever but lately, it’s become a whole lot more interesting than the plain button down of yesteryear. A style such as the above wrap shirt, also has great finishes that turn into something extra—think the tie detail, the lapels, the ruched sleeve, and the split back detail (you can see it here) that gives it an alluring touch. It has all the goes-with-anything elements of a traditional shirt but so many more extra finishing touches that make it fashion forward.

A quality bag

Think about how frequently carry your handbag. If you’re like me it probably gets quite the workout and is always jam packed with day-to-day essentials so it has to be stylish and durable. I think if you’re going to invest in one thing in your wardrobe it’s a quality bag. One that’s able to withstand constant wear and tear and is able to carry your entire life effortlessly. I love a bag like the above which is a neutral shade making it an easy piece to mix and match, but it has just enough detail to make it interesting.

What are some key pieces you’re planning to add to your wardrobe this year?
Fashion

Refresh your work wardrobe without spending a cent

10th January, 2018

When you’re faced with another full working year ahead with a closet full of office attire that puts you to sleep it can make getting dressed for work just that little bit harder. When you feel like you’ve worn the same combinations over and over it’s time to mix things up and get excited about your nine-to-five looks again. And here’s how to do it without having to spend fortune.

Pair things you usually wouldn’t wear together

It’s the year for pushing fashion boundaries.  If you’ve had the same work outfits on rotation for the last few years then it’s time to give them a new lease on life. Eschew your usual combinations and start experimenting. If there’s a shirt that you always wear with a particular pair of pants then make a point of trying to team it with a skirt. If there’s a go-to jacket that you wear to death try to make a point of reaching for another topper such as a blazer or trench. We tend to fall into the habit of reaching for the most familiar pairings so by making a conscious effort to do otherwise you’ll likely end up with something fresh and new.

 See what you can repurpose from your going out looks

If you’ve got a section of your closet dedicated to going out clothes then it’s time to give them a chance to shine outside of the odd evening out. For example a dress that you’d usually save for a fancy dinner can be reworked by adding a structured blazer on top. As long as the hemline and neckline is still quite conservative (and it doesn’t have sequins all over it!),  you can definitely get away with wearing it to work.

A skirt with a button down melds corporate and cool

Borrow from your off duty wardrobe

I’m sure many of us have our clothes for the weekend and clothes for weekdays however have you tried weaving some of your casual clothes into your workday outfits? A simple white tee for example, can be worn with tailored black pants, heels and jewellery for a modern office look. Pop on a jacket on top and it instantly looks more formal. If you work in a more creative environment with a relaxed dress code, your favourite boyfriend jeans worn with a tailored shirt and heels looks chic with an element of cool. If you want a slightly more feminine look a floaty skirt worn back with a button down manages to look corporate whilst still being on trend.

Change up your accessories

We can fall into the rut of wearing the same accessories day after day which can contribute to feeling like it’s office wardrobe Groundhog Day. It’s lovely to have signature pieces that you never take off but sometimes it pays to incorporate something else into the mix whether it be a pair of earrings, a striking necklace or a great watch. A simple addition of something you wouldn’t usually wear can instantly change up a look.

Try having a few more bags in your work wardrobe rotation

Swap your bags around

If you’ve got a trusty work bag that you wear day in and day out try to challenge yourself to swap to another bag more often. It can begin to feel quite monotonous looking at the same tote all the time so switching to another bag such as an over the shoulder number or an oversized clutch can really lift a tired ensemble.

Experiment with your beauty looks

Whilst it’s great to mix and match your clothes don’t forget to refresh your beauty look too. If you wear your hair and makeup the same way most weekdays then make an effort to be a little more adventurous. Try an up-do as opposed to wearing your hair down and vice versa, wear a statement lip or introduce a pop of colour with your nail polish. It’s the little details that can elevate your office wardrobe and lead to it feeling rejuvenated.

How are you changing up your work wardrobe this year?
Fashion, Lifestyle

Closet goals: how to have an organised wardrobe this year

8th January, 2018

An organised closet really is a sight to behold. When shoes are all neatly lined up, shirts folded and divided into neat piles, everything from blouses and dresses all perfectly hung up into distinct categories it brings a noticeable feeling of satisfaction. It also makes getting dressed SO much easier. I’ve tried to implement an organisation system in my own wardrobe for this very reason. And whilst it admittedly does take a little daily tidying up, it also means I don’t have to do a huge clean up a few weeks down the track when all my clothes are threatening to take over our entire bedroom. If you want to make things stress-free on the sartorial front for the rest of the year, take advantage of all that New Year energy to do an overhaul of your wardrobe and turn it into a space that’s Pinterest-worthy and one that you’ll be happy to stare into every single day.

Here are some great ways to start…

Colour code everything

Grouping like with like is a great system to employ when it comes to your wardrobe. It makes locating everything at a glance a simple process and let’s face it, it looks really nice too.

Sub-divide into categories

Whilst colour coding is extremely handy as a sorting tool you could also try another method which is to divide everything into different categories. This means grouping all your skirts together, your t-shirts together, your jeans together and so forth. With a closet divided into distinct areas you’ll find it easier to find what you’re looking for.

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Organise jeans from light to dark

If you own multiple pairs of jeans it can be hard to keep track of them all so this year, organise them from lightest wash to darkest wash. If you’ve got the space, hang them up so you can avoid wrinkling them and thus have them ready to go at a moment’s notice.

Fold garments like a boutique

You could just throw everything into your wardrobe and hope for the best or you could take a few minutes to fold your clothes and put them away in perfect piles like a boutique would. By categorising into piles you make things doubly easier for yourself as you can immediately see what you’re looking for. Also this is the best way to store things that stretch such as woollen jumpers and tees which make stretch if hung up.

Label everything

Earn double organisation points by labelling everything. Yes, you may already know where everything is but visually it helps to have a clear idea of what you’re looking it.

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Arrange bags vertically

By lining up bags vertically as opposed to sitting them all on top of each other you not only help protect their shape but reduce the time it takes to track down a particular clutch or tote.

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Get matching hangers

Nothing says you’ve got your style sorted like staring into a wardrobe with matching hangers. Bin the old mismatched hangers you may have been using (wire especially as they can ruin the shape of clothes) and get wooden or slim velvet ones. The former looks amazing all lined up and is gentle on clothes whilst the latter allows you to fit more into your wardrobe as they take up less space, plus it has a bit of grip so you avoid things like silk blouses slipping off constantly.

Put things away in drawers vertically

If you store most of your things in drawers, instead of piling them up on top of each other, put them away vertically so you can see everything as opposed to just what’s on top. You’ll be amazed at how much more wear you’ll get out of everything simply by being able to see what you own.

How do you keep your wardrobe organised?

 

Fashion, Shop

What I’ll be shopping for at the after Christmas sales

28th December, 2017

After the festive season comes the time of year that most avid shoppers count down to: the after Christmas sales. If you’re prepared, you’re almost always guaranteed to find something worth snapping up at a discounted price. The key to winning at sale shopping however isn’t just to look at the tag and buy anything that’s been drastically reduced, it’s to choose strategically. Otherwise it’s likely you’ll end up with less of a bargain but more something that will just gather dust in your closet. So here are some things I always wait till sale time to purchase…

Buy your splurge items

If you’ve been wanting to buy some investment pieces now may be the perfect time to snap them up. Shop around to see if the big ticket items you’ve had your eye on have been reduced as you may save yourself quite a bit. Designer bags or shoes are often discounted at the sales so keep an eye out for some gorgeous pieces. Sunglasses are also things I like to buy on sale as there are some great bargains to be found.

Grab your basics

Throughout the year I’ll often need basics such as t-shirts, jeans and underwear and to avoid spending a fortune on restocking my wardrobe, I find sale time is the ideal time to buy them. Also buying staples on sale could mean you’ll be able to buy reduced top quality pieces that are likely to last longer.

Stock up on linens and towels

If there’s one thing I make sure to do, it’s only ever buy bedding and towels when they’re on sale. I always wait till the end of the year and check out what’s been reduced and nab them then. It’s a great opportunity to restock my linen cupboard as I’ll often end up with some luxe pieces for a fraction of the price.

Snap up kids clothing

The girls outgrow pieces fairly regularly so it’s also an opportune time to buy some new things for their wardrobe. Things like pyjamas and basics, along with special pieces are often on sale so I’ll be able to buy a few garments that will last them throughout the year.

What have you got your eye on at the after Christmas sales?
Beauty, Fashion

Super quick styling tips to help you out of a fashion rut

15th November, 2017

There’s nothing worse than being faced with a wardrobe full of clothes and feeling like you have absolutely nothing to wear. The answer isn’t jumping online and ordering a new outfit to arrive by lunchtime (although that can sometimes be fun) it’s about learning to accessorise or rework items in your wardrobe to give them a fresh new feel. And as I’m sure you’re a busy woman who needs to get out the door fast, here are some of my super quick styling tips to help you pull together a “new” outfit quicker than you can click add to cart. Your bank balance will certainly breathe a sigh of relief!

Choose a bold accessory

If my outfit is feeling a bit flat I find a great way to inject a bit more energy into it is by adding a bold accessory. For example I’ve often paired my Gucci Dionysus bag (above) with an otherwise subdued outfit and found it instantly made it feel modern and on-trend. You don’t always have to opt for a bag, you could also try a pair of eye-catching drop earrings or a layering a few necklaces (all faves of mine) to breathe some new like into an outfit you’ve worn time and again.

Roll it, tie it or cuff it

You can totally rejig an existing outfit with a few simple styling tweaks. For a tired pair of jeans try cuffing the bottom and pairing with a pair of bold flats or heels for a look that feels instantly fresher. You could try tying a button down shirt and pairing it with everything from a pair of shorts and skirt for an outfit that takes a classic look and makes it feel a little more undone. Or experiment with rolling your sleeves whether it be on a shirt, a dress or even a jacket to create an entirely new silhouette.

Add a touch of colour

Having fun with colour is one way to make an outfit feel new again. The best bit about this is that you can do it in so many different ways. You could work it into an outfit in a small way such as a pair of shoes in a standout shade. You could go all out and layer multiple hues of the same colour family like this, or choose one ultra bright colour to take centre stage such as the above look and keep the rest of your outfit a little more subdued to really let it pop.

Enlist the help of a scarf

I wrote about how scarves have become a favourite accessory of everyone from celebs to fashion and beauty bloggers late as they’re so versatile. You can fashion it into a headband, tie it around your neck or use it as a hair tie. Find one scarf in a vintage print and you’ll be able to revive many tired looks with it. Alternatively it also serves the extremely handy purpose of hiding dirty hair in a stylish way when you really can’t be bothered to wash it!

Polish your digits

It requires a bit more effort but painting your nails in a really bright colour can often make any outfit feel new. It also has the added benefit of giving you a more polished look overall. Give yourself a mani at the beginning of the week and watch it elevate your outfits for the next few days without you having to do anything at all.

Try a belt

You’ll be surprised at the sartorial power of a belt when it comes to reworking an existing look. An easy one is wearing a belt with an oversized buckle with jeans or a denim skirt for a look that plays into the current 90s trend. You could also try Olivia Palermo’s favourite styling trick of belting a jacket such as a blazer or coat.

What are some of your styling hacks for getting out of a wardrobe rut?

Fashion, Shop

The denim skirt is your wardrobe’s new best friend

15th October, 2017

There’s no doubt that denim is the workhorse of most people’s wardrobes with its unbeatable versatility. It’s effortless vibe make it a staple of casual weekend wear however its ability to be elevated with the addition of a great blazer and a pair of heels can mean it transitions into dressy territory easily. This season the denim skirt is the piece to own. A traditional blue denim skirt works well with a simple tee and sandals or sneakers whilst coloured options such as white and black (sans distressing) can become a go-to option for a look that requires a little more polish. When shopping for a denim skirt the options are extensive: embroidered, vintage, midi, mini, A-line, button down… there’s a style to suit everyone. It’s a great alternative for those days when you’re looking for something beyond your trusty denim cutoffs and jeans aren’t quite right for the weather. Make it a part of your wardrobe and I guarantee you’ll be BFFs before you know it.

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Floral dresses to get you in the mood for spring

15th September, 2017

Kate Waterhouse floral dresses spring

Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking. This famous quote from The Devil Wears Prada relegates wearing blooms at this time of year to being a little predictable but however expected it might be I think you can’t beat a beautiful floral dress. It’s the perfect piece to welcome the start of longer days and warmer weather due to its light and airy feel. And at the start of the season there are already so many styles to choose from. Whether you opt for midi, mini or maxi, cut-outs or statement sleeves, I think this ultra feminine go-to will be a versatile piece that will take you through a season of long lunches, BBQs or days spent enjoying the sun. How can you resist?

Shop my picks of floral dresses below… 

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Fashion, Shop

What’s on my September shopping wish list

11th September, 2017

Hello, spring! A brand new season calls for a closet refresh and this month my shopping wish list is all about light and airy pieces (with touches of glamour for a little bit of drama) that will see me through the next few months. From sandals to sundresses my spring/summer wardrobe is shaping up to be one that’s relaxed and understated with a few pops of colour to add a bit of pep to my looks. Check out what’s made it onto my September shopping wishlist below…

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Plaice Nationale midi skirt

I can see this crochet midi skirt taking me from beach to drinks with minimal fuss.

Illesteva silver tone sunglasses

Statement sunglasses are one of my favourite purchases each season so I couldn’t resist this pair of round frames with dramatic mirrored lenses.

Charlotte Chesnais earrings

Earrings in interesting shapes are one of my styling shortcuts to elevate an outfit. This pair can easily work for day or night making it a truly versatile purchase.

Aquazzura two-tone suede sandals

Flat sandals are a staple of my spring/summer wardrobe and I am particularly loving this pair by Aquazzurra due to its fun tasseled detailing.

Marysia scalloped bikini

I love Marysia’s signature scallop-edged swimsuits due to its ultra feminine vibe, and especially love the style in a very on trend antique rose pink. I’m always at the beach during summer so this bikini will definitely be worth it from a cost per wear angle.

Mercedes Castillo leather slides

It seems I can’t ever have too many pairs of slides and this elegant geometric inspired pair will easily work with myriad outfits in my spring/summer wardrobe.

Three Graces London cotton blend dress

I love having a great casual summer dress on hand as the weather heats up as it’s an easy and simple option for those days when I just want to head out the door fast. I’m also loving the striped print of this particular frock.

Caroline Constas off-the-shoulder top

The off-the-shoulder style top shows no signs of waning in popularity. A bohemian style striped top such as this will work well with high waisted shorts, skirts and pants.

Eugenia Kim straw sunhat

Beautiful hats are a weakness of mine and I can see this straw sunhat accompanying me on many trips to the beach.

Gucci Broadway bee plaque mini bag

Gucci are once again killing it in the accessories department. This mini bag is a splurge but oh-so worth it for its show-stopping design.

Sea ruffle blouse

I love adding bright pops of colour to my wardrobe during spring/summer and this ruffled blouse works for dressy occasions while still maintaining an element of fun in such a vibrant golden yellow shade.

Alexander Wang Amelia slides

The deep burgundy shade of these Alexander Wang slides keeps them classy whilst the velvet and circular net design make them a little bit edgy.

Aquazzura sweet lover sandal

It’s no wonder Aquazzurra is one of my favourite shoe brands—they just get it right all the time. These sandals with its crystal detailing add a luxe touch to any after dark look.

Rebecca Vallance beltran pleat mini dress

I find you can never go wrong with a crisp white dress. The pleated skirt and fitted bodice make this a perfect option for a dressy lunch.

Tell me—what’s on your wishlist this month?

 

 

Fashion, Shop, What I Wore

The longline blazer: the trend you need to try right now

8th September, 2017

One of my can’t-live-without items in my wardrobe is a longline blazer. It was a splurge, yes but my black Balmain blazer has been a cornerstone of my fashion repertoire for years and has been able to work with everything from an evening dress to a casual day look without missing a beat. I love the silhouette of a longline blazer as due to its longer length— it sits right at mid-thigh and helps to elongate the body making for a more flattering fit. This season the longline blazer comes in classic shades such as black, navy and grey but if you’re in the mood to be a little more adventurous why not opt for a tweed or tartan print and make it the focal piece of your look. I guarantee this blazer style is one failsafe way to add an element of polish to an outfit and makes it an easy go-to for those days when you need to look your best but also don’t want to get too fussy with your ensemble. Team it with a tee and jeans and you’ve got yourself an elevated casual look with just the right air of insouciance. Add it to your new season shopping list, I promise it will be on high rotation.

Shop my splurge vs steal longline blazer picks below…

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