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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?

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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…

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?

 

 

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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.

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A life well spent with Marks & Spencer

7th August, 2017

Things can undoubtedly get hectic and busy at times but if there’s one thing I’ve learnt it’s that the key to a well-lived life is making time for small everyday pleasures. This is why I was happy to team up with Marks and Spencer on their latest campaign that aims to encourage everyone to live life fully and spend it well. I’m a big believer that that you only get one shot at living so it’s important to prioritise the things that matter. I’ve learnt not to always save things for a “special occasion” but to ensure that each day is spent in the very best way possible.

For me, my family, is my entire world so spending time with my girls is one of the most meaningful things I can do. I always prioritise being with Sophia and Grace whether it’s spending time playing together outdoors or chatting over breakfast or reading them a story at night. Everything always seems just that little bit better when I’m with them.

What’s a life well spent without treating myself to the little things that put a smile on my face? My daily ritual of walking to my favourite café and buying coffee is a must. It’s a small thing but it helps kick off my day and puts me in the right frame of mind. Also, it’s a definite treat but I always buy flowers for my home. It doesn’t have to be a big over the top bunch but I think a lovely bouquet of blooms in the house is always a nice reminder to treat myself to the things that enrich my surroundings.

It goes without saying that fashion is a big passion of mine so it does feature heavily in my life and it means that I’m always prepared to invest a little bit more in my wardrobe and prioritise quality over quantity. I’d rather spend money on pieces that will last. This is why the denim range at Marks & Spencer really resonated with me, especially for someone that lives in jeans. There are plenty of options in the range so I’m always guaranteed to find something that suits my aesthetic, is crafted well, and at a reasonable price point plus as a bonus it’s delivered really quickly. I actually ended up buying the mum and skinny styles as I couldn’t resist either one. They’re both stylish, fit well and are comfortable (a must with two girls to chase after). And I have to say, there’s nothing like the feeling of slipping on a brand new pair of jeans and taking it out on its very first outing to put a smile on my face!

Over the years I’ve adopted the mindset to make the most of every moment. I’m all about prioritising quality in every aspect of my life. I spend less of my time on the things that don’t matter and spend more of it focusing on the things that do. And ultimately isn’t that what living is all about?

Shop my look: Trench Coat, Mom Jeans, Loafers, T-shirt, Biker Jacket, White Shirt, Boyfriend Jeans 

This post was created in collaboration with Marks & Spencer

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What I Wore: Weekend Casual

3rd August, 2017

When it comes to my down time I like to keep things comfortable yet polished. One of my go-to combinations for weekend dressing is a great pair of jeans and a white shirt—a classic pairing that always looks effortless. The key to to elevating this look is all in the details. This Karen Walker peasant top with pintucks and tassels elevates this casual piece into a stylish weekend staple. The straw boater and clutch add some natural textures to the look whilst the black Bassike sandals add a bold element and provides a striking point of difference to the neutral tones of the rest of the ensemble. I’ve found this outfit is ideal for a day of doing everything from grabbing a coffee to hanging out with my family without compromising on style.

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Credits: Shirt, Karen Walker; Jeans, J Brand; Hat, Nerida Winter; Bag, Helen Kaminski; Sandals, Bassike

Photography: Sophia Athas

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What I Wore: Spot the difference

1st August, 2017

I was in the mood for a playful look on a recent day out so this Nice Martin polka dot skirt immediately came to mind. The spotty print adds a fun touch to an outfit whilst the monochrome colour scheme still keeps it classic. The wrap top is huge this season and with its ruffled sleeves this particular piece lends an ultra feminine touch to this look and works well with the high waisted silhouette of the skirt. Black and white always works beautifully with a pop of colour so I opted to pair this look with my burgundy Marco de Vincenzo heels and ombre pink Rebecca de Ravenel drop earrings to help liven up this ensemble. The rest of the look needed minimalist accessories so my black Dior chain bag and simple Chanel frames made for the perfect finishing touches without overshadowing the rest of the outfit.

Credits: Top, Nice Martin; Skirt, Nice Martin; Bag, Dior (or mix it up with Chanel); Sunglasses, Chanel; Heels, Marco de Vincenzo; Earrings, Rebecca de Ravenel 

Photography Danielle Castano 

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Tips for making statement slides work

27th July, 2017

Kate Waterhouse Gucci Princetown statement slide

If there’s one shoe style that’s very much on trend at the moment it’s the statement slide. Whether it’s a fur trim or oversized bow embellishment, I’ve well and truly embraced them as a staple of my wardrobe because not only are they surprisingly versatile in what they can be paired with, they’re also comfortable and are easy to run around in which are both key requirements when it comes to footwear for me these days. If you’ve yet to embrace this trend because you’re not sure how to incorporate them into your everyday look, here are my top tips…

Flash some ankle

At first glance a pair of furry slides may not seem the most wearable of pieces but I can definitely vouch for the fact my Gucci Princetown slides get a constant workout in my wardrobe. So, what’s the key to making it work? When it comes to statement slides (furry or otherwise) I’d say the key to a flattering look is flashing a little ankle. For me, a winning combination is teaming them with black slouchy pants that are tapered at the ankle paired with a blazer or jacket or a pair of cropped jeans and a tee.

Keep the rest of your look simple

If you’ve got a lot going on when it comes to your footwear keep the rest of your outfit quite pared back. If you’re wearing jewel encrusted statement slides then it’s probably not the best idea to then pair them with anything that’s quite loud or over the top as it can look a little overwhelming. Let the shoes do all the talking!

Cropped is best

A cropped or midi length is the most flattering length to pair with statement slides. It’s short enough to allow the shoes to take centre stage and sticks to the cardinal rule of showing a little ankle. I find a maxi length is a little bit too long as the slides end up getting lost amongst the fabric. Stick to a cropped length and you can’t go wrong.

 

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What to wear on a first date

20th July, 2017

Whenever my girlfriends go on dates I often end up workshopping outfits with them as they’re never quite sure what to wear. Too dressy? Too casual? Too much? There are myriad style concerns that can crop up. First dates can be nerve wracking enough as it is without throwing a wardrobe crisis into the mix so here are the tips I give my friends…

Dress for the venue

On a first date you’ll often know ahead of time where you’re going and what you’re doing so let that be your guide. Yes, it’s understandable that you want to look amazing so you may want to go all out but it’s also important to ensure that you’re not overdressed or underdressed. For example if you’re going to play mini golf you may want to avoid pulling out a bodycon dress and heels and opt for jeans and a nice top instead. By the same token you don’t want to rock up in sneakers if you’re heading to the best restaurant in town.

Comfort is key

I’ve always believed that if you’re comfortable in what you’re wearing you’ll naturally be more confident. If you’re spending half the evening worrying about some aspect of your look or adjusting yourself every five seconds you’ll end up frazzled and not feeling your best. Always choose an outfit that makes you feel great but also allows you to relax. Relaxed date = great date!

Rely on tried and tested looks

A first date is probably not the best time to go too crazy on the fashion and beauty front. Remember being comfortable is key so go with looks that you know have worked in the past and make you feel great. If you’ve never really done a bright lip before it might not be the best time to try it if you end up worrying about whether you have lipstick on your teeth the entire date. Save experimentation for a night out with your girlfriends; this is the time to rely on what you know works. If you really want to try a new look do a dry run a few days prior so you can iron out any kinks beforehand.

What are your tips for a first date look?

 

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5 questions I always ask myself before buying anything

19th July, 2017

Kate Waterhouse Shopping questions

When I’m shopping for anything I always make sure that what I’m buying will be a worthwhile and practical addition to my wardrobe. Sounds easy enough, right? I’m the first to admit that in the past I’ve been guilty of buying something because I just like how it looks but have found that it hasn’t really worked with what I already own. There’s really no point wasting money on something that won’t necessarily be used all that much and will just end up gathering dust in my closet. I’m all about maximising the use of everything in my wardrobe and to ensure this happens there are five questions that I always ask myself before I even consider buying anything. By going through this mental checklist I’m sure I’ve saved myself from buyer’s remorse many times!

What will this go with?

It’s important that I can immediately think of a minimum of 10 pieces that I can pair it with. And they have to be 10 pieces that I already wear a lot so I know that it will definitely have plenty of outings.

How can I dress it up or down?

Versatility is key when it comes to anything I own so I have to make sure that I can dress something up or down quite easily. I need to guarantee that I will get multiple wears out of it so it has to be able to have many outfit incarnations.

Is it going to last the test of time?

On trend pieces are great here and there but generally I always make sure that the bulk of my wardrobe is comprised of things that I can see myself wearing years down the track. Classics will always last so I can justify spending the money on it.

Is it good quality?

I take into account what materials something is made from and how well it has been made. Construction is important as I don’t want to end up buying something and only wearing it a handful of times because it’s falling apart.

How many times will I wear it?

I always visualise how many times I’ll wear an item and how often but even more so when I’m thinking of buying something that’s a bit pricey. It’s all about cost per wear so I want to ensure that I’m getting value for my fashion dollar.

What’s the best purchase you’ve ever made?

 

 

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What I Wore: Urban Jungle

18th July, 2017

Walking around the busy city streets of Melbourne during a recent trip had me wanting to channel a look that was all about urban chic. I wanted to work with two distinct tones for an impactful look so stuck to fawn and black which also helped to tie the whole ensemble together. I felt a fitted bodysuit provided the perfect counterbalance to the flared silhouette of my A-line cargo style wrap skirt while a structured blazer gave the look a polished finish (and kept me warm in the chilly Melbourne weather!). If there’s one thing I’m wearing to death this season it’s my Balenciaga ankle boots. The close fit keeps helps to elongate the leg and it’s the perfect versatile shoe to wear throughout winter as it works with everything from pants to skirts and dresses. This look called for sleek accessories so I opted for a gold choker to add a point of interest to the outfit, classic black sunglasses by Dion Lee and a classic Chanel bag for the perfect finishing touch to my urban uniform.

Credits: Bodysuit, Celine; Skirt, Nice Martin; Blazer, Balmain; Bag, Chanel; Sunglasses, Dion Lee; Choker, Eddie Borgo; Boots, Balenciaga 

Photography Danielle Castano

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