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12 Insta-outfit ideas to steal

9th December, 2019

It’s the last month of the year and no doubt a busy one at that. If you’re trying to get your looks sorted for everything from Christmas Day to office parties and catch up with friends, then a little outfit inspo definitely won’t go astray. Whether you want to rework a few pieces in your wardrobe or need fresh ideas for on trend pieces to add to your look then scroll through for some great ensembles that will instantly revamp your style.

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This is an ultra chic outfit/colour combination to commit to memory for those times when you just want an easy look with minimal fuss. Plus they’re all pieces most people would already have in their wardrobe. A tee, a black skirt and a blazer can also easily be deployed to work with other outfits. A pair of sleek ballet flats is always a worthwhile investment as it can work back with myriad looks and worn with elevated accessories, you could easily wear it to an event (and as a bonus remain comfy on your feet).

Try this for your next event. A blouse and a skirt are always guaranteed to be a winning but to make it a little more glam look for finishes that lift every piece, whether it’s embellishments, frills or a bow. And if you don’t want to wear heels, a pair of ankle boots grounds the look, giving it a bit of edge.

Don’t underestimate the power of weaving textural elements into a look. A sleek leather skirt can instantly modernise an outfit and can be worn to myriad occasions.

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Summer and all white ensembles are a match made in heaven. A gorgeous white dress is made all the better when paired with on point accessories such as the square toe mules and mini bag. Worked back with a golden glow, it just works beautifully for this time of year.

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Want to know a simple way to update a look? Just change your sunglasses. New frames can instantly make anything feel fresh and new, and the bolder it is, the more it can really lift an outfit.

Bookmark a co-ord set for a super easy look for a party, lunch or other festive occasion. These pleated wide leg pants are so classic but worn with a crop top, it feels modern.

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Wear a single hue from head to toe for an impactful look. This neutraloatmeal shade is just the thing for the summer, and it’s made even more relaxed with the off the shoulder top.

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Metallics and party dressing are a match made in heaven. Whether it’s a dress or a top, adding a touch of extra sparkle will instantly make anything feel perfect for an occasion.

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Add a small 90s style shoulder bag to a look, whether it be something casual or a dressy dinner. The good thing is this style, unlike the super mini bags of late can actually fit all your essentials quite easily.

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Working a colour palette of tones in the same colour family looks sharp. All these earthy shades work together for a sophisticated outfit that’s made for stealing the show at work then making your way to after work drinks.

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A simple t-shirt dress is one of the greatest loungewear options around because it is so unbelievably comfortable. It’s also a blank canvas so you can easily change up its look and feel with the right accessories.

It’s always great when you can see a closet staple being reworked so easily, but it resulting in a look that feels fresh and new. So this summer, grab your fave denim jacket and belt it. It’s such an easy way to instantly turned tired, well worn pieces into something more.

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12 Insta-outfit ideas to steal

11th November, 2019

A little outfit inspo never goes astray especially as we emerge from spring and head into summer and party season. And this month, it’s all about casual looks that have loads of polish and look effortless. From tailored shirts to high waisted trousers and classic basics, it’s about unfussy outfits that still look next-level. Prepare to have your wardrobe sorted for the coming weeks.

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A skort is a great hybrid of the key summer staples of a skirt and shorts. You can elevate this casual item by adding a tailored shirt and pairing it with a pair of dressy slides.

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The formula for a great look involves keeping things simple but having a few interesting additions to keep your outfit from looking pedestrian. It’s time to give the humble white tee a workout and pair it with your fave summer skirt, a ladylike bag and the ever reliable white sneaker.

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Commit this outfit combination to memory: singlet, printed skirt and slides. Work this look in a number of ways by switching up colours and prints but ultimately it’s an outfit that’s guaranteed to work any time.

Tailored pieces which look a little dressy can be extended in smart casual wear by pairing with a simple white tank and sleek accessories. This is one way to work neutrals in a striking way.

Invest in a bright and billowy maxi dress and live in it all summer. This dress style can work for the beach to brunch so you’re guaranteed to get plenty of use out of it.

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The simple lines of this dress make it a style chameleon. Worn dressed up with heels or dressed down with sandals, it can easily transition according to the occasion.

Statement tops are the best way to dress up your fave jeans. Choose a fun print and instantly watch your go-to denim come to life.

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Don’t be afraid to contrast pieces. This pleated skirt and cropped jacket and tank balances a masculine/feminine aesthetic to great effect and makes traditionally classic pieces look a little more edgy.

Find a pair of high waisted khakis this summer and you’ll live in them non-stop in the coming months. Pop on a blazer and pair it with sneakers and a tank for a look that can easily go from work to play quite seamlessly.

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Adopt the bermuda short into your wardrobe this summer to instantly update your look. They’re also great option for those who want a little more coverage when it comes to shorts.

Yes you can wear sequins during the day! This sequinned jacket looks daytime appropriate when paired with shorts and boots but can easily give any evening ensemble some va va va voom.

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12 Insta-outfit ideas to steal

7th October, 2019

Are you fresh out of outfit ideas? Well, you’ve come to the right place. As we make our way through spring, it can be exciting to start pulling out warm weather clothes but also a little frustrating when temperatures can dip then rise from one day to the next. That’s why it pays to have a few new looks up your sleeve. From casual outfits to dressy ensembles, scroll down to find your new favourite look for the month.

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A polished look that plays with volumes. A roomy blouse paired with tailored pants with a cinched waist is a flattering silhouette.

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A classic trench is perfect for taking you through trans-seasonal weather but take note of the 90s inspired accessories. A small shoulder bag and open-toe sandals are both musts this season.

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When it comes to dresses, the long sleeved variety is the ideal thing to take you through changing temperatures. Choose one in a striking print and you’ll have an outfit that pretty much carries itself.

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Experiment with different lengths when it comes to denim shorts this season. A pair of mid length shorts makes for a refreshing change to the shorter styles we’ve been seeing season after season.

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An all white ensemble is a fashion no-brainer—sleek, stylish and goes well against a golden (faux) tan so it’s made for this time of year. Work different necklines such as a one shoulder or off the shoulder style for a fresh look and team it back with pants.

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Want a way to revamp a few of your existing blazers? Belt it! You’ll instantly change the silhouette and make it look on trend, whilst giving yourself an ultra flattering waistline.

Double denim for the win. Work similar washes against each other and it brings cohesion to the entire look. A cropped jacket works well against a high waisted pant.

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These culottes are a great go-to look for the summer—polished, sleek and with a modern sensibility. This is also a great example of challenging how we wear leather— it can often go beyond just the old faithful option of a leather jacket.

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If you’re worried wide leg pants will swamp your frame try them in a cropped length. They look beautiful paired with a blouse and heels, and don’t be afraid to add a bright pop of colour.

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It’s all about playing with proportions this season. If you want to dip your toe into the trend, try a voluminous sleeve.

A crisp white shirt is a forever staple but this season why not accentuate it with a few punchy accessories? A bold headband or daring footwear works beautifully to offset its classic feel.

The cardigan but make it sexy. That’s right this staple has had a bit of a glow up simply by buttoning it up and exposing a little shoulder. Genius.

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12 Insta-outfit ideas to steal

9th September, 2019

We’ve officially welcomed spring and that means warmer days ahead! I love this time of year as it means it’s almost time to put into hibernation my winter woolies for another year and it’s time to embrace some easy breezy fashion. However it also means that we’re still poised to navigate the dreaded trans-seasonal weather up ahead so it’s time to bear in mind looks that will work for warm days and slightly cooler nights. With that in mind, here are a few stylish looks that are worth copying and pasting into your own wardrobe.

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A crisp white shirt is a wardrobe must-have but it can sometimes seem a little too formal. So, why not dress it down a little by tying it up? Worn this way, it’s easily worn with everything from shorts to skirts.

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Never underestimate the power of a striped shirt! You can utilise long sleeved shirts during trans-seasonal weather by pairing it with a skirt or lightweight pants for the ultimate in looks that will work through a range of temperatures.

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Want an easy way to update any outfit? Invest in a straw/basket bag. It’s very of the moment and will work perfectly over the next few months of light dressing.

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All tied up. ✖️

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If you own a pair of strappy sandals this is one way to inject some new life into it. Try tying the straps around your pants for a fun way to give it some freshness.

Sequins during the day? Why not! This is a perfect example of how to work traditionally night time appropriate pieces and dress them down to wear during the day. Find your most fabulous dressy pieces, pair them with a tee and you’re set.

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Long weekend attire. ✨

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This is one way to wear a midriff top without flashing too much skin. Pair a cropped top with a pair of high waisted pants for a look that’s flattering and surprisingly elongating to the figure.

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Embed this in your mental styling files as it’s another great trans-seasonal look. Pants and a long sleeved shirt worn back with slides is a polished autumn look that’s still weather appropriate.

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A jumpsuit is such an easy outfit option, as much like a dress, you don’t have to worry about having to match tops and bottoms. Also the addition of a pair of high top trainers makes it an unexpected look that works dressy and casual.

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Don’t pop your boots into storage just yet. A white top and denim cutoffs worn with boots is one way to dress up a casual look and give it a bit of an edge.

A knitted co-ord set is a great example of textural play at work. It looks dressy but is also lightweight enough to work through spring/summer. Plus you can easily wear both pieces as separates, increasing their versatility.

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The bermuda short is back! If you’re after a bit more coverage this summer but also want to be bang on trend, incorporate one of these into your wardrobe.

A bit of double denim action is one way to wear this most versatile of fabrics. Plus the cropped denim jacket is a different way to wear one of my go-to pieces for this time of year.

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12 Insta-outfit ideas to steal

5th August, 2019

If there’s one thing that you can never have too much of it’s outfit inspiration. I know that when faced with a morning wardrobe meltdown on occasion, there’s no better lifeline than having a quick scroll through some great looks to get the styling juices flowing. And no matter your style, if there’s one thing that Instagram is not lacking for, it’s a plethora of stylish women who seriously know how to put an outfit together. So prepare to bookmark these looks—they’ll save you the next time you think you have to nothing to wear.

A little neutral on neutral is always a classic, failsafe outfit option. Love the play on volume with this look, incorporating a voluminous blouse and sleek pencil skirt.

Sometimes all an outfit needs to energise it is a few fun accessories. Denim can instantly be lifted with bold pops of colour and some great prints.

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Don’t be afraid to turn suiting on its head — cropped pants, a patterned blazer and on trend accessories instantly make it up-to-the-minute.

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Working with a single colour in your outfit can make for a standout look. In this instance working one block hue with a pattern distills the shade into something that’s striking without being overwhelming.

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Blazers are a wardrobe must but why not mix it up by opting for one in a vibrant colour and adding it to your style repertoire? It’s an easy way to update most looks and always looks polished.

Beige and white paired together is a match made in heaven. It’s sharp, chic and always has a classic feel. It’s a great colour palette to turn to when you want a failsafe look.

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Tailored pants worked back with heeled thongs (the unexpected comeback kid of the season!) is a sleek, on trend look with an effortless vibe. You want to bookmark this combination for future reference.

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We’ve still got another month of winter yet so make the most of it by dressing up your outfits with a bold, patterned coat. It’s an easy shortcut to refreshing old favourites.

A little satin and a co-ord set is an easy shortcut for when you want a look that’s effortlessly stylish. Also take note: wearing the same hue from top to bottom is a great way to elongate the body.

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We’ll be making our way into trans-seasonal dressing again and one way to get through it is to do a long sleeved dress with boots. It’s a look that can easily take you from warm to cool and back again with ease.

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If you haven’t yet got an animal print piece in your wardrobe make a point of doing so because it can surprisingly work as a neutral. It’s versatile in that it can be dressed up or down and adds a punchy touch to a look.

The midi skirt is one piece that can easily be switched up depending on what you pair it with. Keep it casual with a sweater and sneakers, but dress it up with a cami and slides. Either way, it’s a definite style chameleon.

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12 Insta-outfit ideas to steal

4th February, 2019

Who’s looking for some new wardrobe inspo? Now that we’re all fully back into the swing of things—holidays are over, school’s back, work is well underway, it can be the perfect time for a little style injection. So whether you’re looking something to take your office look up notch or a great ensemble to try on the weekend, I’ve rounded up a few outfits that are work bookmarking the next time you feel you’re in a fashion rut.

Mix classic and casual

A printed button down shirt and jeans makes for the ideal effortless and chic outfit that you can wear for myriad occasions.

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Go monochrome

A little black and white never goes astray. Try a monochrome palette the next time you’re feeling stuck for an outfit, I guarantee it’s always unfailingly stylish.

Say it loud and proud

A slogan tee always adds a fun element to any look. Whether it’s your favourite brand or a phrase or word you adore, letting your clothes do the talking is a playful take on casual dressing.

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Turn up the volume

Neutrals have their place but sometimes you just want to turn up the vibrancy. Prints worked back with a bold, solid colour make for an eye-catching look that’s not over the top.

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Keep it simple

Sometimes the best style formulas are still the most simple. A plain tee, with denim shorts and minimalist sandals looks relaxed and effortless.

Go back to basics

Never underestimate the simplest pieces in your closet. A white singlet and shorts is an often utilised combination but when dressed up with an accessory or two such as a belt and a necklace, it’s super stylish.

Clash your prints

You can always call on Olivia Palermo to demonstrate just how amazing clashing prints can be. When trying this look just be sure to have similar colours in each print to allow the look to flow.

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Where’s Waldo❓

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Stripe it up

Stock up on a few striped shirts in your wardrobe—they’re easily one of the best shortcuts to making anything from jeans to skirts adopt a little Parisian flair.

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Keep it tonal

Using the same colour in various shades can make for an impactful look.

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Add a headpiece

You don’t always have to save headpieces for the races! A great accessory like a statement headband or embellished clips, or even a scarf can turn an ordinary outfit into something more.

Layer up

Whether it’s stacking necklaces or bracelets or earrings, wearing a cluster of jewellery is one way to elevate a look with minimal fuss.

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Try a statement midi skirt

I’m a huge fan of a midi skirt because I think it looks classic and sophisticated. However to avoid it looking too sedate, try one in a great print. Animal print, stripes, polka dots… go forth and embrace a bold pattern.

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My week on Instagram

6th January, 2019

Welcome to the week that was. I like to hit pause on everything and just relax and make the most of time with my family at this time of year not surprisingly my Instagram account has been a little quiet.

I think the below photos sum up the last week or so though—just chilling out and enjoying time with my great loves. I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of things though and seeing what exciting things 2019 has in store. I hope the new year is treating you all well!

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Merry Christmas ❤️

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Sydney Harbour ❤️ #sydney

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How to take a good Instagram pic

11th November, 2018

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These days taking a really beautiful photo can be as simple as snapping a pic on an iPhone. I feel Instagram is about beautiful images. The kind that you’d want to put in a photo album or frame. I’m not so big on treating Instagram as a diary but more as a way to collect images that inspire me. I love fashion, I love travel and I love my family, so most of the time my subject matter will be made up of those types of images. You’ll find me capturing images on my phone all the time and this has allowed me to pick up a few tips along the way. I am definitely not an expert photographer but these are some things I’ve learned about snapping an Insta pic that gets likes.

Lighting is everything

Whether it’s a professional photo shoot or a selfie, lighting is key to getting a good shot. If you’re taking a selfie always face a window to get the most flattering light. This is why car selfies always turn out so great.

Take more than one shot

Don’t be shy about taking multiple shots. The odds are you’re going to get a shot that you’ll love. And it’s so easy to do it via your phone now that there’s no excuse not to capture jut the perfect image.

Use the grid function on your phone

Using the grid lines on your phone can help you line up a shot. Often you’ll get a more interesting image by not having everything perfectly in the middle but slightly off centre.

Try different angles 

The flatlay shot has become really popular (a pic taken straight from above) and it just goes to show that different angles can really change the way a shot turns out. Don’t be afraid to take multiple shots from different angles as it’s the best way to ensure that you capture an image from just the right vantage point.

Don’t go too crazy with filters

I love a good filter as much as the next person but sometimes it can take away from the image and make it look too artificial. If you get your lighting and composition right, your photo should be ready to upload to Instagram without any extra help.

What are your best Instagram tips?

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12 Insta-outfit ideas to steal

1st October, 2018

A brand new month calls for a fresh round of outfit inspiration. If you’ve been finding it tricky to battle the trans-seasonal weather at the moment then you’re not alone because I’ve found it hard to lock in my outfits too as temperatures keep going from winter one minute to spring then summer the next. On the bright side however it means I can experiment with a few of the cool weather pieces in my wardrobe that little bit longer. If you’re facing a looong week of trying to wade through what you might find to be a lacklustre wardrobe at the moment then never fear because there’s plenty of style ideas up ahead.

 

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Colourful sneakers

White sneakers are of course a wardrobe must but sometimes you just have to step out of your comfort zone a little. A pair of bright trainers will liven up any look.

 

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Just add stripes

A classic striped top is honestly one of the easiest things you can wear as it goes with virtually everything. It’s looking particularly chic in this incarnation when paired with a white skirt and a structured bag.

 

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All white everything

You can’t go wrong with all white, especially when you have the killer combination of stylish separates and accessories in the tone.

 

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Dress up denim

Denim shorts are a casual go-to but when they look so good dressed up, how can you resist? Pair your trusty cutoffs with a dressy top and dainty bag and you’ve instantly got an elevated look that maintains an effortless sensibility

 

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Give white shorts a go

If you’ve yet to discover how versatile a pair of white denim shorts in then you’re seriously missing out. Invest in a pair this summer and match them with a plain white tee and a blazer for a sophisticated look that’s got a relaxed appeal.

 

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Try a statement skirt

A skirt in a bold print is one of my favourite things at the moment simply because of how wearable and easy they are. Just pair one with your favourite tee, cami or sweater and you’ve got yourself a killer look.

 

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Have one striking top in your collection

Find an incredible, statement-making top this season and you’ve got yourself a shortcut to making everything else in your wardrobe whether it be a pair of pants or a skirt look amazing.

 

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Dabble in denim

If you live in denim pretty much all year round then be sure to find yourself a trusty denim skirt to cruise around in over the next few months. A great pencil skirt style like the one above or a classic A-line are both versatile options that will quickly become a fave.

 

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Tie it up

A scarf or bandana fashioned into a headband is the ideal way to keep cool whether you’re heading out for a day of errands or hanging out at the beach.

 

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Bow down

You may not have worn a bow in your hair since primary school but it’s time to break them out again. If you’re looking to turn an ordinary ponytail into something a little more chic, simply tie a bow around it and watch it go from so-so to stylish.

 

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Clash polished and casual

Sometimes it’s good to take two totally different styles and meld them together for a look that’s just a little different. Pair jeans and a tee with upmarket accessories for a look that’s modern with old school appeal.

 

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Turn up the colour

If you have traditionally shied away from a bright colour palette then it’s time to rethink that. Have some fun with colour this season! Think strong and vibrant colours that pop, for a look that perfectly reflects the fun, easy vibe of this time of year.

 

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How to take a flattering Instagram pic

17th September, 2018

 

We spend an inordinate amount of time posting and scrolling through Instagram so if there’s a skill worth mastering it’s how to take a flattering Insta photo. Curating and sharing pics on my account is one major aspect of my job so over the years I’ve learnt a thing or two about how to share pics that I know I’ll be happy to look back over. Here they are…

Have good lighting

Every single photographer I’ve ever worked with has always emphasised the importance of good lighting for capturing a great image. Lighting is everything. Soft, natural light is always going to do you favours in the photo department. That’s why car selfies are so popular—the diffused light you get in a car is gold. Aim to take your pics early in the morning or later in the afternoon as midday light can be incredibly harsh and unflattering. Also avoid snapping a pic under fluorescent lighting as I guarantee it will not end well. Just think of the less than kind lighting in most department store change rooms and that’s what you’ll be working with.

Use a filter 

If I want to take an Instagram video but I feel I’m looking tired or my makeup just isn’t behaving then I’ll just use a filter. Cute face filters (animal faces are my fave) or shooting video in black and white is always a great way to cover up anything problematic.

Move around

Whenever I do street style shoots for the blog I’ll always try and move around to give myself the best chance of capturing a flattering image. I do this by walking away or towards the camera as well as  turning my body at different angles. I’ve found this also helps keep the image looking more natural as opposed to if I’m just sitting or standing still. Finding my most flattering poses has only come from trial and error during photo shoots over the years. So if in doubt, try snapping a few different angles of yourself to find your best side.

Use props

If you’re a little unsure of what to do with your hands in a pic then enlist the help of a prop. A clutch, a coffee cup, a pair of sunglasses are all things that look good in a photo and keep your hands occupied to avoid those ‘Where on earth do my hands go?’ dilemmas.

Don’t look directly into the camera

Look slightly above the camera or below but not straight on. This actually results in a more flattering gaze and expression.

Remember your posture

Stand up straight! Having good posture in a photo will naturally elongate your body resulting in a more flattering shot. Sitting or standing with your shoulders hunched will only make you look shorter and won’t do your shape any favours.

Plan your background

Always, always consider where you’re taking your pic. I’m a fan of anything with texture and character. This is why I generally always take my street style pics in places such as a cool side street, in nature amongst leafy trees or colourful flowers or something light and airy like the beach. Also, vibrant colours are alway a plus in any Insta pic as they’re so eye-catching.