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What I Wore: Hamilton Island Race Week

5th September, 2019

Hamilton Island is one of the most beautiful places in the country so I was thrilled to be invited along with Luke to attend Hamilton Island Race Week (HIRW). The week long sailing regatta is always a lot of fun. The schedule is often filled with amazing events and activities to enjoy from dinners to live performances so I was looking forward to our time away. Plus escaping to a bit of gorgeous sunshine is always a welcome way to spend a few days.

One of the standout perks of attending HIRW is without a doubt being able to stay at Qualia. It is undeniably one of my favourite resorts ever. It’s picturesque, serene and an unbeatable location. We were invited to attend a few different events over the course of a few days, with each accompanying dress code differing greatly, so I had fun playing with a few looks ranging from resort casual to dramatic and moody. Here’s a recap of my island experience, one outfit at a time.

Private Lunch at Pebble Beach

It’s always lovely being able to catch up with friends at these big events. My friend Nadia Fairfax and I had absolutely wonderful time enjoying this lunch at Pebble Beach. This took place on our first day in Hamilton Island so I decided on something easy, breezy and beach appropriate. This jumpsuit by The Upside has an oversized silhouette which basically made it just about the comfiest thing I’ve ever worn! The deep V neckline gave it a little bit of an edgy touch and made it a little dressier.

Credits: Jumpsuit, The Upside; Sunglasses, Le Specs

Paspaley Lunch

The dress code for the Paspaley lunch was ‘elegant white’ so I wanted to wear something that was fresh yet still dressy. I love matching sets as event wear and this top and skirt by Camilla and Marc fit the bill. It had a flowy silhouette with a sheer effect which is perfect for a beach event, and I particularly loved the billowy sleeves of the top. I teamed it with a pair of Giuseppe Zanotti heels to add a dressy touch, whilst a diminutive Louis Vuitton cylinder bag added a fun detail, particularly with its unexpected shape. I topped off my look with scallop edged Chloe sunglasses—a playful finishing detail but utilitarian too!

Credits: Top, Camilla and Marc; Skirt, Camilla and Marc; Shoes, Giuseppe Zanotti; Bag, Louis Vuitton; Sunglasses, Chloe

Sophie Cape and Tim Olsen dinner

This was a beautiful dinner with young Australian artist Sophie Cape and art identity and gallery owner Tim Olsen. The dress code was dark earth tones so I opted for a dramatic black Zimmermann dress. If you can’t dial up the drama when it comes to an evening such as this when can you do it?The detail on the dress is gorgeous—from the blouson sleeves, to the lace and frilled neckline it certainly fit the bill for the evening. I paired this look with the same Giuseppe Zanotti heels I wore to the Paspaley lunch (I like to pack light!) and an elegant Louis Vuitton clutch.

Credits: Dress, Zimmermann; Shoes, Giuseppe Zanotti; Bag, Louis Vuitton

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My week on Instagram

25th August, 2019

I’ve been on the go non-stop this week. Earlier in the week I spent some time in the Mornington Peninsula on a three day immersive experience with Helen Kaminski. We stayed at the gorgeous Jackalope Hotel and spent some time being taken through the sustainability journey of the Helen Kaminski brand. From seeing how the wool goes from farm to being fashioned into the felt that the brand’s hats are made from to foraging on the Jackalope property, it was such an interesting few days, and one that’s certainly opened my eyes a little more to the craftsmanship that brands often put into their products and also sustainability as a whole.

And at the end of the week I was off again! This time I headed to Hamilton Island Race Week and was lucky enough to be able to take Luke with me so we had a fun weekend enjoying the festivities and catching up with friends. It was gorgeous weather up there so it was nice to be able to escape Sydney for awhile. We were hosted at the insanely beautiful Qualia resort and during our time there had some delicious meals, flew in a helicopter to check out heart reef and generally enjoyed a little R&R. After such a busy few days, I’m looking forward to easing myself into a new week—who knows what it will bring.

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