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24 gift ideas that will impress dad on Father’s Day

23rd August, 2019

It’s that time of year again where we go in search of something other than underpants or socks for the dads in our life. With Father’s Day just around the corner, you may be in need of a little inspo to help find just the perfect present. I know I’m always scouring my favourite stores and sites to try and find just the perfect present for my dad and Luke. And this year, it seems there’s plenty on hand to put a smile on any dads face. So whether your dad is a keen outdoorsman, a sports fanatic or loves nothing more than dressing up in his favourite finery, there’s definitely something here to earn you status as world’s best child. In fact, maybe consider stocking up again for next year!

Shop my edit of Father’s Day gift ideas below…


My favourite things to do/receive on Mother’s Day

3rd May, 2019

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and it’s the perfect time to spoil your mum and show her just how much you appreciate her. In case you’re at a loss for what to get her this year, I’ve decided to share my favourite gift ideas — things I’ve got my own mum in the past and things I’ve received. These five things have always been a success on the gift front and I’m sure they’ll put a smile on your mum’s face too.

Spa Treatment

Image from Gillian Adams

You’d be hard pressed to find a frazzled, busy mum who wouldn’t welcome being gifted a relaxing massage. I’ve always been really excited to be given a massage as a present as it means I can have a little time to myself. Plus not only is it usually something that most mums wouldn’t regularly purchase for themselves but it’s a luxe way for them to unwind.

My fave: A warmstone massage from Gillan Adams, Turramurra

High Tea

Going to high tea is one of my favourite things to do, especially with my mum. I think it’s a lovely way to spend Mother’s Day and a great idea for a gift as you can enjoy a nice meal and spend some quality time together too.

My faves: Burnt Orange and Gunner’s Barracks, Mosman


I have a weakness for beautiful fragrances so I’m always thrilled to receive a new addition to my perfume wardrobe. The great thing about being gifted perfume is that every time you wear it you’re reminded of the person who gave it to you. I’m sure any mum would be happy to receive a lovely new scent this Mother’s Day.

My faves: Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb and Jo Malone Peony and Blush Suede


I always enjoy looking for books to give to my mum and I myself love receiving new tomes to add to my collection. I’m a fan of biographies so I always gravitate towards that genre, and I’m particularly keen to read Michelle Obama’s book Becoming.

My faves: Becoming, Michelle Obama and The Audrey Hepburn Treasures

Personalised Gifts

Adding a personal touch to a present is always a guaranteed way to ensure any gift is a success. I think creating a crafty gift is always lovely when you’ve got younger kids, and they really enjoy making it too. And given we all have so many memories stored on our phones I think anything photo related is always such a beautiful present, especially these days when it’s so easy to print or create something special with just a few clicks on your mobile.

My faves:

Mini Mothers Day Kit, Hand in Hand Activity Kits

Image via Hand in Hand Activity Kits website

Picture Postie photo gifts

Picture Postie do great personalised photo gifts
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12 gift ideas that will put a smile on dad’s face on Father’s Day

24th August, 2018

Father’s Day is almost here once again and I’ve been busy trying to find the perfect present for Luke and of course my dad. It’s always a fun exercise but it can admittedly become a little tricky trying to pinpoint just the perfect gift for them both. Do I go down the clothes route? Perhaps a great accessory? Or maybe something that’s a little more utilitarian and they can get plenty of use out of? If you’re in the same boat then never fear because I’ve rounded up my edit of top picks to put a serious smile on any dad’s face come September 2.

Nike sportswear tech crinkled bomber jacket

A great casual jacket with a distinctly sporty edge that’s ideal for off duty wear.

Ralph Lauren shawl collar cardigan

A cosy cardigan that will add a touch of polish to any look.

Happy Socks gift set

If your dad’s a fan of making a statement then this collection of vibrant socks will certainly add a spring to his step.

boohooMAN sneakers

You can never go wrong with a trusty pair of trainers, especially in a versatile shade like black.

Burton funnel neck vest

This is the perfect addition to any trans-seasonal wardrobe and can easily work back with a variety of different outfits.

Tom Ford conditioning beard oil

Spoil dad with this luxe beard oil that’s guaranteed to keep facial hair soft, supple and polished.

Saba Jackson crew top

An ultra wearable top that can be mixed and matched with most things in any man’s wardrobe.

Marcs Men Bourke credit card holder

If your dad wants to go sleek and chic in the wallet department then consider a card holder that will keep all his necessities organised.

Beats by Dre earphones

A slightly more discreet version of Beats by Dre’s usual headphone style this is ideal for any man on the go.

Calibre double monk leather shoe

Dress up any look with a great pair of leather shoes that have a distinctly classic feel.

Google Home Mini

The ultimate accessory for any gadget fan, this is a handy addition to any home.

Calibre Alfred regular tie

A striking pattern that’s also discreet enough to work back with a variety of different shirts and suits.

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Luxe Mother’s Day gift ideas that will spoil any mum

4th May, 2018

They support us endlessly, are always there to listen and can always be counted upon to give great advice— take a bow mums of the world! My mum is without a doubt my hero and has shaped who I am today so I love spoiling her on Mother’s Day. It’s my little way of saying thanks for everything she does for me and my family every single day of the year. If you’re looking for the ultimate gift to give to your mama, these luxe picks are guaranteed to put a smile on her face.

Simone Rocha bow embellished satin slides

Vibrant red slides, with a too-cute-for-words bow adornment will please any fashion loving mum.

Saint Laurent heart coin purse

Adorable and practical. A winning combination!

Gucci GG bloom wallet

This beautiful wallet is one that any mum will be excited to carry around.

Gucci Diamantissima Collection watch

I’m a big fan of gorgeous timepieces. I’m sure this sleek style by Gucci would be well received.

SK-II R.N.A Power Face Cream

Beautiful skin is the gift that keeps on giving. And using this SK-II cream everyday will feel like a mini spa treatment every time.

The Cook’s Atelier

A cookbook filled with delicious recipes that will excite any foodie.

Gucci crystal embellished logo hair clip

A touch of luxury that’s understated and well, oh-so practical too!

Alexander McQueen printed silk chiffon scarf

This beautiful bold scarf will make for the perfect finishing touch to any outfit.

Alexander McQueen gold faux pearl brooch

Accessories don’t get much more luxe than this. A statement-making piece for the mum who loves her accoutrements to take centre stage.

Melissa Joy Manning 14-karat gold earrings

Simple and stunning, these will get a daily workout.

Samantha Wills heart bracelet

This bracelet will please any minimalist loving mum.

Skin travel set

Does your mum travel a lot? This set comprises of understated wardrobe basics that can easily be mixed and matched during a getaway.




Christmas gift guide for the fashionista in your life

11th December, 2017

Whether it’s your mum, sister or best friend if you have a fashionista in your life, Christmas shopping can either be a) be all kinds of fun because you can also stumble upon some goodies for your wish list or b) is a gruelling expedition trawling online and bricks and mortar stores alike for days on end trying to find the right thing. If it’s the latter, this year I’m making shopping just that little bit easier. I’ve rounded up my top gift picks that will put a smile on any fashion-obsessed loved one’s face. So if you’re looking to win major brownie points and spoil someone rotten or just want a budget-conscious gift that’s still guaranteed to impress these gift ideas will certainly get the ball rolling…

Saint Laurent Jerry bow-tie sunglasses

Black sunglasses are a classic addition to any woman’s wardrobe however the geometric style frames on this pair make it a knockout accessory.

Aquazzura Forever Marilyn pumps

Who wouldn’t want to find a beautiful pair of shoes under the tree? These are classic with a hint of playfulness with the tassel embellishment and cut-out detail.

Balenciaga bug silver tone ring

You can never go wrong with a piece of jewellery. This is for the fashionista who loves her accessories to be a talking point.

Studio.W marbled candle

The marble trend shows no signs of waning and this will add a luxe touch to any home.

Gucci new ace leather trainers

Gucci anything is a surefire way to guaranteed gift giving success, most especially a pair of trainers that are versatile and ultra chic.

Katerina Makriyianni earrings

Let me say it once again: you can never go wrong with jewellery. The vibrant stones in these earrings make them the ideal head-turning addition to any outfit.

Chloé Nile small leather shoulder bag

This on-trend style is an ultra stylish shoulder bag that’s the perfect finishing touch to any ensemble.

Aquazzura powder puff pom pom slides

With its adorable pom pom feature, this is the ideal shoe for the woman in your life who loves to have fun with what she wears.

Gucci leather wallet

A great wallet is always a welcome addition to any fashion lover’s wardrobe. Loving the floral detail on this style.

Vix bikini top + briefs

A black bikini is a beach staple and with its gold detail, this set by Vix will add a touch of glam to any trip to the seaside.

Ancient Greek slides

Slides are without a doubt one of the shoes to have this summer. Ancient Greek sandals are not only comfortable and well made, this particular shade will go with virtually any outfit.

Jo Malone London body crème collection

Cute packaging and gorgeous scents make this body crème collection a Christmas crowd pleaser.

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Father’s Day Gift Guide: present ideas for every kind of dad

31st August, 2017

Father’s Day is quickly creeping up and I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect gifts to give Luke and my dad. In the process, I’ve stumbled across lots of really great present ideas that I’m sure will put a smile on any dad’s face come September 3. Whether your dad is sporty, fashion conscious or outdoorsy, if you’re after last minute gift options I’ve got them covered.

Shop my picks below…

Gucci embroidered leather sneakers

A great pair of kicks—especially of the Gucci variety—is a great way to spoil a fashion loving dad. These sneakers are versatile so you can bet your dad will have them on high rotation.

Kjus golf jacket

What better accessory for a day out on the green than this waterproof golf jacket.

Polo Ralph Lauren striped jersey shirt

A striped tee is a classic and would be the perfect addition to dad’s off duty wardrobe.

Jacquard Shawl knit

Help dad stay cosy and stylish at the same time with a gorgeous knit.

Trenery Vincent scarf

A lightweight wool scarf will help dad navigate the sometimes unpredicatable trans-seasonal weather .

Lanvin knitted silk tie

For the man who loves to look dapper, a knitted tie adds a fashion forward touch to any ensemble.

Emporio Armani Luigi watch

A beautiful timepiece always makes a thoughtful gift.

Trenery Brendon Eva Derby shoe

Elevate dad’s shoe wardrobe with this derby in a luxe suede with a chic statement sole.

Fabbrica Pelletterie Milano suitcase

If your dad is a frequent flyer quality luggage would help him jetset in style.

Links of London classic gold t-bar cufflinks

If you really, really want to spoil dad this year then these cufflinks would definitely fit the bill. They’re definitely an investment piece but a pair of gilded cufflinks would take your dad’s look next-level.

Aesop Facial Balancing Gel

Aesop always do beautiful skincare and this facial gel enriched with vitamin C will deliver light hydration to the skin and is an ultra easy addition to dad’s grooming regimen.

Polo Ralph Lauren cap

This versatile cap will quickly become a weekend staple and add a bold pop of colour to any look.

Tom & Teddy swim short

If your dad hasn’t updated his swimmers for years, a pair of fun swim shorts will quickly have him looking on trend at the beach.

Lululemon shorts

For the fitness fiend father a pair of cool shorts will be a welcome addition to his gym wardrobe.

Trenery leather overnight bag

A beautiful leather weekender bag is the type of gift dad will have for years to come.

Happy Socks Father’s Day gift box

Socks have always been a reliable go-to Father’s Day gift option but when they’re this vibrant and fun they’re definitely guaranteed to put a smile on dad’s face.

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My Mother’s Day Gift Guide at QVB

4th May, 2017

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and there’s no better time to spoil mum and show her how much you appreciate everything she does. Whether your mum is fashion obsessed, loves to be pampered or enjoys simple creature comforts such is sitting back and relaxing with a warm cup of tea, below I’ve rounded up my favourite gift picks to help put a smile on her face on May 14. All of the products are available to shop at the QVB as well as a range of other beautiful and unique gifts for all types of mums.



Gifts for a Practical Mum

Kikki. K Boxed Card Set 

If your mum is the type who loves to be prepared at all times this beautiful box of gift cards will ensure she’s ready for every occasion thrown her way.

Aveda Healthy Hair Pack 

Who wouldn’t want to be gifted amazing tresses? This pack will help mum to keep her mane in beautiful shape.

Gorman Check It Throw Rug 

Any interiors loving mum will appreciate a cosy throw rug to add to her home.

T2 In The Mood Indigo Trio 

Afternoon tea is made all the more enjoyable with pretty crockery from which to enjoy it from.

T2 Tiny Tin of Manjari Tea 

If your mum is a tea aficionado introducing her to an exotic new brew will definitely earn you major brownie points.

T2 In The Mood Indigo Storage Tin 

This tin is a picture perfect way for mum to store her favourite tea.


Gifts to pamper mum

Haigh’s Cinema Mixture 

You can never go wrong with gifting chocolate of any kind, especially when it’s this delicious.

Koko Black Mother’s Day Gift Box 

Nothing beats a box of tasty sweets and these milk, dark and white chocolate pralines are guaranteed to please.

Country Road Animal Print Pyjama Set 

Beautiful sleepwear will ensure that mum enjoys a great night’s rest in style.

Aveda Light The Way Candle 

The spice Madagascar-inspired aroma of this candle will fill any home with a delicious scent.

Fornasetti Ortensia Candle 

Hand-crafted and housed in a gorgeous ceramic vessel, this Fornasetti Ortensia candle is a truly luxe gift for a truly special mum.

Oroton Estat Large Beauty Case 

This sleek and classic beauty case will house mum’s cosmetics in elegant fashion.


Gifts for a Stylish Mum

Country Road Soft Trench 

A trench is a style staple so any fashion-loving mum will appreciate having this classic piece in her closet.

Jo Mercer Scuff Slippers 

Slip-on metallic loafers is a statement shoe that is both chic and comfortable.

Helen Kaminski Fur Felt Hat 

Help make mum’s winter look complete with this beautiful felt hat.

Helen Kaminski Abigale Bag 

This on trend bucket bag combines form and function and is the perfect carryall.

Bally Suzy Bag in Rosehaze 

Compact shoulder bags are very of the moment, especially when in the season’s major hue of a soft dusty pink.

Lovélle Ring 

Jewellery is always a gift that’s sure to impress but even more so when it’s such a striking design.


This post has been created in collaboration with QVB

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The gift hub that’s making Christmas shopping easier for fashion fans

7th December, 2016


The countdown is on to Christmas and I’m well and truly in shopping mode. I am quite a frequent visitor to Matches Fashion throughout the year and have definitely made a purchase or two so I was excited to discover their Gift Studio. I’m all about anything that makes life easier during this busy time of year and this certainly makes gift buying a cinch! The edit on the Matches site is always top notch, and they always stock my favourite designers so I know I’m guaranteed to find something perfect, but to make it easier to locate the ideal present, the dedicated Christmas hub narrows down present ideas into different categories, price range and style so it serves up just the right list of suggestions. It really takes the stress out of shopping. Plus if you’re a little short on time to gift wrap you’ll be glad to hear that every package comes in their signature marbled packaging so you don’t have to worry about wrapping. The packaging is so beautiful so it’s guaranteed to impress and their delivery times are super quick so if you’ve left things to the last minute, don’t worry, it’s not too late!

Here are some standout gifts that I’m sure will put a smile on someone’s face (I know I’ve bookmarked them for myself)…

Statement shoes

Whether it’s Aquazurra’s iconic Wild Thing sandals or Valentino’s beautiful Rockstud leather mules Matches’ shoe selection will satisfy any shoe addict. Flats don’t need to be boring these day either so I ordered a pair of Nicholas Kirkwood backless loafers.  These shoes are just the right style to ensure whoever receives them will get plenty of use out of them whilst still making a head-turning statement.

Bold jewellery

One huge trend at the moment is statement jewellery. The bolder the better. Whether it’s a pair of Gucci pearl-effect earrings or a gorgeous gold cuff any woman would be pleased to see something so special under the tree on Christmas morning.

Embellished bag

Gucci have really nailed it this season, especially when it comes to bags. The Dionysus embellished bag is the stuff designer dreams are made of. It’s gorgeously artistic and completely striking and is the type of wardrobe addition that will certainly impress.


I’ve mentioned my love of sunglasses previously and I think they make a great gift. Whatever the style, beautiful frames are the perfect way to update an outfit and are a summer staple.


Why not treat yourself to beautiful lingerie? It’s the ultimate indulgence but oh-so right when it’s as pretty as this.


Whether it’s a Dolce & Gabbana iPhone case or a hot pink Givenchy card holder a mini designer hit is the kind of gift that is guaranteed to put a smile on the face of anyone receiving it.





Gift ideas to help you spoil Dad (or any special man in your life)

29th August, 2016

Father’s Day is just around the corner and if you’ve yet to find the perfect present for your dad I’ve got the ideal gift ideas to suit every kind of personality. Whether he’s into travel, loves fashion or you simple want to spoil him, there’s sure to be a gift here to put a smile on your dad’s face.


A great pair of cufflinks is always a welcome addition to any man’s wardrobe. These propeller cufflinks add a little bit of fun to an outfit.

Leather workbag

A quality leather workbag is definitely an office wardrobe staple that will get plenty of use.

Tom Ford

What better gift than a gorgeous fragrance? This one by Tom Ford will incite many compliments.


For the fashion-conscious father, this bracelet will add some edge to any outfit.



With spring/summer around the corner a great pair of shorts will certainly be on high rotation during the warmer months.


Is dad’s wallet on its last legs? Spoil him with a new quality wallet complete with fun inscription.


If your dad is a frequent flyer he’s guaranteed to get plenty of use from a brand new suitcase. This one is just the right size for a carry-on.


Aesop always do really gorgeous products and this grooming kit will have your dad feeling and looking his best.


You can’t go wrong with a great pair of sneakers. This white pair by Converse is sleek and understated so will work back with virtually everything in Dad’s wardrobe.





Best new gifts for kids

21st July, 2016

When it comes to gifts for kids there are so many adorable options out there that are guaranteed to put a smile on their face. If you’re looking to spoil your kids, nieces, nephews or any other special little person in your life I’ve rounded up some new and unique gift ideas that are guaranteed to make you very popular indeed…

I love anything interactive so rate this musical barn which has plenty of farm animals and different song to sing for each to provide hours of entertainment. The opening and closing doors reveal hidden friends and a spinning windmill.

Looking for the shoe of the season for a special little girl? The adorable kitty face design on these shoes are on another level of cuteness. If you can make an investment, buy quality shoes made from leather as they will accommodate the foot and allow for better movement. Leather lasts longer and is also a natural fibre which allows the foot to breathe.

As most parents can attest you can never have too many cute pyjamas. I recently bought Sophia a pair of pyjamas from Cotton On which has a great range and isn’t all that expensive. She is growing so quickly that it is great to be able to buy a few budget-friendly options and have them on rotation.

As you can imagine Sophia’s well versed in all things horses and this particular toy is one I think she will absolutely adore. This horse is ready to race with reins, saddle and even winter leg warmers and a brushable mane.

Do you remember Sylvanian Familes? They were around when I was growing up and I absolutely loved collecting them. If you want to buy a special gift for a child, go for a collectable so they can continue to add to it over the years to build a full set.


There is something timeless and special about wooden toys. This pull along pig features bright colours and sweet woven rope so a child can follow it on lots of adventures!

To mark the special occasion of the arrival of a new baby arrival this divine set including a woollen cot blanket and a cuddly fat lamb soft toy are sure to put a smile on any new mum’s face.

When the weather is cool but you don’t want to layer up your child too much a puffer vest is a great option. Sophia loves hers as it’s the ideal accessory for early morning walks and plays in the park. To finish off the look? You can find a puffer vest for yourself, too!

There’s something quite charming and old-school about a rocking horse. I think it makes a great addition to any nursery. The soft fabric body makes this a very child-friendly gift and it guarantees hours of fun. The mini horse also doubles as a great soft toy to play with.