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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.

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12 Insta-outfit ideas to steal: the dress edition

10th September, 2018

I’m a big believer in the effortless wardrobe staple that is the dress. If I’m having one of those days where I don’t really want to have to think about pulling an outfit together I’ll often go for a dress as it requires minimal styling. I don’t have to worry about matching tops to bottoms and all I really have to do is pick out my shoes and accessories and I’m done. This spring/summer we’re going to be spoilt for choice as far as dresses go. From the sleek slip dress to dresses with statement sleeves or a relaxed, boho vibe there’s definitely a frock option to suit everyone. To get you inspired here are a few stylish Insta-options that you’ll definitely want to add to your fashion repertoire.

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This spotted wrap dress is perfection. Anything featuring a polka dot print is guaranteed to become a classic in your wardrobe.

A slinky slip dress is always a great go-to for day and night. The cowl neck on this style gives it a point of difference and the print gives it a touch of sweetness.

If you’re looking for a dress style that you’ll live in this summer this is it. The colour, the stripes, the ruffles all give it relaxed vibe.

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A maxi dress is one way to make an impact especially when it features a split and a super flattering cinched in waist.

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Broderie anglaise is always guaranteed to look chic and polished. When in a crisp white such as this dress it’s absolute heaven.

A classic white dress is a great option for warmer weather but add a splash of colour and it looks modern and fresh.

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A cute button down dress is an easy outfit for days where you might be heading from beach to bar – easy to pop on and off, you’ll be ready for cocktails in no time.

A simple midi dress is a handy option to have in your closet because it’s so easy to change it up. Pair it with a great blazer or denim jacket or a tied up shirt like the above outfit and you can instantly change the entire look and feel of it.

The great tie-up sleeves on this particular dress make it an ideal LBD—a streamlined style but with just a touch of interesting detail to make it stand out in a crowd.

I love the corset feature of this particular dress and how it’s perfectly balanced by the short balloon sleeves, giving it just the right amount of volume.

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A blazer dress is a business/party look all rolled into one. Love the polished meets sexy feel of this particular ensemble.

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A crisp white dress that borrows elements from a traditional kaftan make this one style that’s definitely work bookmarking for when temperatures start to rise.

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12 Insta-outfit ideas to steal

5th February, 2018
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Who could use a little outfit inspiration to get them through this week? If you’ve now hit peak “I have nothing to wear” after being well and truly back into the swing of things after the big holiday break then you’re not alone. An outfit rut can strike at the most inopportune times and sometimes you just need a little inspo to help get you out of it. So, instead of emptying your entire closet onto your bedroom floor it might be time to turn to Instagram to provide some new inspo for killer looks. the And whether you’re looking for ideas on how to step up your office attire or need to pull together the ideal date night look, there’s definitely plenty up ahead to have you looking great.

Embrace neutral tones

Who says brown is boring? Layering earthy shades with neutral hues creates a striking gradient effect that works to create a refined, bohemian feel. Paired with white sneakers, it’s the perfect off duty look.

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Mix dressy with casual

Take a dressy top, pair it with laidback denim and you’ve got yourself an ensemble that perfectly marries both. Don’t be afraid to pair unexpected things together as you may unearth an outfit combination you had never really considered.

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Invest in a midi dress

Want to make a truly versatile addition to your wardrobe? A midi dress is just that. The length makes it appropriate for work and dressy occasions, but pop it on with a pair of sneakers and you’re instantly ready to play.

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Try different textures

The truly stylish know how to make varying textures work together to great effect. In this instance corduroy meets silk meets denim, creating a look that instantly feels elevated and interesting.

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Considered clashing

When making prints clash it pays to do it in such a way that still feels considered. In this instance stripes and polka dots working against each other still maintains an element of cohesion by sticking to similar colour palettes in both pieces. The end result is adorable and fun.

Toughen up feminine pieces

Take an ultra femme dress and work it back with a biker jacket and boots for a look that’s still sweet without being too saccharine. You can apply this principle to almost any dress in your wardrobe—just pair edgy pieces with girlier styles and you’ve got yourself a look that tempers both and makes it work perfectly.

Try a luxe skirt

A statement skirt is one piece I can always get behind and in this instance the combination of a gorgeous shade and silky texture make for a truly luxurious piece that can easily be the centrepiece of any look.

Have fun with a statement jacket

I’m all about classic jackets but sometimes it pays to have a little fun. Choose a striking print and work back with simpler pieces to allow it to take centre stage.

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Embrace different sleeve silhouettes

This is one to keep in mind as we head into autumn at the end of the month. Simple pieces such as sweaters and shirts can feel fashion forward with an interesting sleeve silhouette. Bell, balloon, kimono… they all serve to make something feel a little bit extra.

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Add an edgy touch to polished pairings

Be bold and wear traditionally polished pieces in an edgier way. A beautiful laser cut skirt and pointed kitten heels feel classic and conservative but when paired with a slouchy, slogan tee it feels modern and new.

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Try a monotone look

Choose one shade and work it from head to toe for a powerful look that commands attention. An all white ensemble looks fresh and new, whilst the addition of high waisted pants makes it feel very now.

Add a playful touch

Who says fashion has to be serious all the time? Sometimes it pays to add a playful feature to a look whether it be a fun print, a cute image a la the above tee or a finishing touch, that as the Japanese would say, looks very kawaii.

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Insta-outfit ideas to steal: the 12 days of Christmas edition

4th December, 2017

We’ve come to that time of year where it’s all about long summer days, parties a plenty and Christmas with friends and family. So, what will you wear throughout the festive season? If you’re feeling less than enthused about the options in your wardrobe then look no further than the following 12 ladies who will have you looking stylish for the 12 Days of Christmas and beyond. From accessories to on-trend hues and patterns to play with, there’s no better time than now to really have fun with fashion.

Rock a statement skirt

A flowy skirt in a striking pattern can become the cornerstone of most summer looks. Add pared back accessories and it will make its mark.

Opt for a standout jumpsuit

I’ve spoken in the past about how a jumpsuit is an easy option for those days when you’re having a wardrobe crisis and this summer it’s right on trend. Take it up a notch and go for a striking print that’s destined to stand out in a crowd.

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Gladiator sandals elevate a floaty sun dress

Add a pair of minimalist gladiator sandals to your wardrobe and it’s guaranteed to get quite the workout over summer. They work beautifully with a sun dress, but can also be teamed with a skirt, shorts and culottes so they’re ultra versatile.

Pair a side tie skirt with a white tee

A side tie skirt paired with a classic white t-shirt is a great outfit option for enjoying a long lazy lunch in the sun. It’s understated casual with just the right amount of polish.

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Floral accessories add a feminine touch to an outfit

Embrace all things floral this season. A great bag with a beautiful bloom motif adds a girly touch to any ensemble.

High waisted pants are an elegant option throughout summer

A pair of high waisted pants when paired with a cami or simple tee looks très chic. When it’s also in a classic white it elevates the look into a sleek ensemble for dinner or drinks.

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An all white look feels fresh and modern

You may want to skip the spaghetti bolognese at lunch with an outfit like this but nothing beats an all white look. Paired with tan and gold accessories to add colour accents, it looks fresh with just a touch of glam.

Jazz up an outfit with the addition of hair accessories

I’ve spoken before about the popularity of scarves as a hair accessory and this summer, make it your mission to add one to your wardrobe. Whilst it looks great as a hair tie or headband, you could also use it as an accent on your favourite bag or a casual belt with your favourite denim pieces.

A matching set looks ultra polished

There’s something about a matching set that looks polished with minimal effort. A slinky cami with a pair of wide leg pants looks sleek and sexy.

Have fun with printed culottes

Now is the time to have fun with prints and colour. A pair of culottes in an eye-catching print has an impactful presence and works well with slides and sandals for day but can easily be paired with heels for a night out.

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Change up your footwear with espadrille wedges

Whilst slides are very much the footwear of choice this season don’t forget about the classic espadrille wedge. It’s a great option for when you want your shoes to feel a little dressier and works well with denim and the super popular off the shoulder style top.

Embrace the floaty maxi dress

A maxi dress is the ideal option for heading from beach to bar. Don’t be afraid to have fun with it! Embrace prints and make a statement.

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12 Insta-outfit ideas to steal

2nd October, 2017

So many outfits, so little time! If you’re looking for a little style inspiration then look no further than this month’s 12 stylish ladies. Now that we’re definitely in the midst of warmer springtime weather it’s time to start putting the last remnants of our winter wardrobe into hibernation and start embracing the lighter, breezier looks that this new season brings. Whether you’re looking for a way to elevate a casual look or revamp an outfit with just the right on point accessories there are plenty of ideas here to help make getting dressed so much easier. A wardrobe refresh is just a scroll away…

Try a cropped sleeve blazer

White jeans, a tee and a blazer is a classic outfit combination but that you can carry into spring with the addition of a 3/4 length jacket. It’s a little lighter and more in keeping with the season than it’s full length counterpart.

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Have fun with a slogan tee

Whether it’s a quirky phrase or just emblazoned with one of your favourite things (who doesn’t love french fries?) adding an interesting slogan tee to your look says you’re not afraid to have a little fun with fashion.

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Embrace a slim tapered pant

A pair of pinstriped pants looks even more chic when they are cut with a slight taper. Keep the rest of your look sleek by pairing it with a top in the same colour and adding a hint of colour to add an element of interest.

Introduce a wide leg pant into your wardrobe

A pair of cropped wide leg pants (especially in white) is a great alternative to your favourite jeans. Easy to pair with everything from a casual tee to a dressy cami and a pair of flats or heels, this is one wardrobe staple this season that will get plenty of wear.

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Pay attention to the finishing touches

Sometimes a look is made by the finishing touches. In the case of this 6os inspired ensemble the white pussy bow blouse, blazer with pearl buttons and structured top handle bag are the icing on the cake.

Downsize your accessories

It’s time to give your roomy tote a rest and embrace pint-sized accessories such as this mini top handle bag. There’s something quite chic about being the kind of woman who can carry her essentials in such a diminutive bag.

Pair a dress with a bomber jacket

It pays to pair the unexpected. In this case a spotted midi dress is toughened up a little by teaming it with a monochrome bomber jacket. It’s a feminine look that is made more day-appropriate with a topper that has a more casual feel.

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Wear black from head to toe

Yes, it’s not a new concept but there’s something about wearing one hue from top to toe that helps give an outfit a little edge and such a dramatic effect.

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Try a colour blocked pant

The above pants have a distinctly tuxedo-like feel to them but with a more modern feel with the addition of the bright red stripe down the side. By adding pieces that have similar hues it helps give the outfit some cohesion.

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Try an off the shoulder two-piece

A two-piece set always looks effortlessly chic but when it incorporates the very on trend piece of an off the shoulder top it immediately looks very of the moment.

Tuck in a wrap top

A wrap top is ever increasing in its popularity so to avoid your look being ubiquitous why not try tucking it into your pants or skirt for a different take on it. While you’re at it take note that a white wrap top when paired with a bold pant is a winning outfit combination (millenial pink sneakers an optional extra, but oh-so right).

Unleash your girly side

There’s no better time than now to wear a floral cold shoulder dress but to really embrace this ultra feminine look pair it with a ladylike top handle bag in the same hue for a look that screams polished.

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12 Insta-outfit ideas to steal

4th September, 2017

Hello, spring! Whilst lighter, breezier dressing is definitely on its way we still have to navigate our way through the tricky trans-seasonal weather which means bouts of unpredictable weather, and at times, cooler temperatures. That said, it’s still a great time to explore your closet, assess what you have and get inspired for the new season (and new purchases!) ahead. I always love this time of year as it means I can start planning my looks for the upcoming warmer months—and that means lots of style inspo is very much a necessity. If you’re also facing the same situation, I’ve rounded up some majorly stylish ladies from the blogosphere to help you navigate your way to your spring/summer wardrobe.

 Embrace the denim skirt

The denim skirt will become your spring/summer style staple as it’s so versatile. When paired with a ruffled blouse it elevates this casual piece into a dressier ensemble without compromising on the relaxed, effortless vibe of denim.

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White and neutrals = polished

If you want a shortcut to a look that screams ‘pulled together’ enter a white shirt worked back with neutrals. Add a pair of tan slides and matching bag and it’s an easy go-to combination when you need an outfit with polish.

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Add a lightweight blazer to your wardrobe

A lightweight blazer will become your fail-safe style saviour when the weather wants to change it up from cool to warm in the next few weeks. For a look that’s on-trend opt for a checked print jacket that will take ordinary denim and dial it up a notch from weekend staple to polished perfection.

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Pair a wrap top with a structured bag

Take note: a crisp white wrap top and a structured shoulder bag should be making their way onto your wishlist. Throw in a great pair of jeans into the mix and you’ve got a look that ticks major sartorial boxes.

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Add pops of colour

Incorporating a few pops of colour are a reliable styling trick to instantly inject a bit of energy into a simple outfit. Pink is still very much having a moment so it’s definitely worth embracing it.

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Try a lightweight dress for stylish weekend casual

For weekends you can’t beat a lightweight dress. To make it interesting think prints, finishing touches such as tassels and pairing it with simple accoutrements such as wrap sandals and a neutral shoulder bag.

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Mix bold patterns and hues

Go big and bold if you’re in the mood to make a statement. Choosing a striped pattern in a rich look-at-me shade is a great way to turn heads without completely going over the top. Hint: this print looks great in a matching set.

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Make wide leg tailored pants and a cami a go-to

Wide leg tailored pants and a cami are a pairing that perfectly melds chic tailoring with a hint of sexiness. If you opt for soft, pastel shades it adds a feminine touch without getting too saccharine. Add a polished topknot and you’ve got yourself a winning look.

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Opt for unexpected colour combinations

If you want to inject a little drama into your look consider a pair of cropped slacks in a vibrant shade. Note: dare to pair colours in unexpected colour combinations such as pink and red.

Embrace safari shades

Safari inspired shades such as khaki and olive work well together for a look that’s understated, yet adventurous. Accessories in a beautiful tan shade work particularly well with this colour combination.

Try a matching set for daytime casual

There’s just something so effortlessly stylish about a matching set. A vest with a pair of shorts is one way to do daytime casual in a truly chic way.

Invest in a black cami

A black cami is a versatile wardrobe staple as it’s so easy to pair with everything from pants to shorts and skirts. Embrace a printed skirt for an easy-peasy way to look on trend with minimal fuss.

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12 Insta-outfit ideas to steal

2nd August, 2017

When my wardrobe is leaving me less than inspired a quick scroll through Instagram can often spur an outfit idea or two. If you’re in the same boat and could use an injection of a little outfit inspiration then here are 12 ready-to-go ensembles to help you pull together one killer look after another.

Need to inject a bit of personality to an outfit? Enter the statement belt. It’s an easy addition to make to a look that can work with everything from skirts to jeans.

The denim skirt is a great off duty wardrobe staple but it can definitely stretch its use even further. Add a blazer and a pair of ankle boots and you’ve got yourself a look that’s dressy yet relaxed.

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For those days when you want something easy and effortless consider an all-in-one such as a jumpsuit or boiler suit. Just add a pair of killer heels and you’re done.

A pair of vibrant sunglasses is one of my favourite ways to change up a look. Frames in a bold, block colour can make an impact especially in a rich tone such as forest green.

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A neutral trench is a classic style staple. To give it a fresh spin, pair it with a dress or shirt in a kaleidoscope of colours to help both pieces pop.

Give your jeans a break this weekend and opt for a pair of printed cropped pants. When teamed with casual staples such as a tee and sneakers it looks polished and modern.

Allow white denim to shine by pairing it with a black top and accessories for a monochromatic look that is stylish and sexy.

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A tan double breasted blazer can veer into overly 70s territory but here’s how to do it right: pair with pants in similar tones and you’ve got a look that’s cohesive and ultra chic.

A simple chambray shirt can do so much. It’s easily paired with everything from jeans to leather pants but throw it on over a classic black dress for a look of relaxed elegance.

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If you live in jeans consider experimenting with a new style of denim this month such as a pair of cropped panelled jeans. Opt for a light denim which pops when worked back with a strong piece such as a black leather moto jacket. Heels help elevate this look and make for a dressier vibe but it can work just as well with a pair of white sneakers.

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Invest in a long length blazer for a wardrobe addition that’s truly versatile. This particular style works well with a mini dress for a polished look or a pair of jeans and a tee for an elevated take on smart casual.

Mix different styles to inject some new energy into your look. Slouchy denim and a white t-shirt is urban casual to a tee but looks instantly fresh with the addition of a printed long length kimono and vibrant slides.

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12 Insta-outfit ideas to steal

10th July, 2017

If you’ve been feeling less than inspired by your wardrobe of late then it’s time to hit refresh and inject some new energy into your style. Scrolling through Instagram can often result in an outfit idea or two so when you’re dealing with 12 of the ‘Gram’s best looks in the one spot then you can bet that inspiration is guaranteed to strike.

This heavenly Chanel jacket does all the right things but even if you don’t have a few thousand dollars to spare to nab a similar piece you can bet that you can still source some inspiration from this look. A pair of casual cropped wide leg pants can look dressed up with the addition of a long length tailored jacket (note: anything in a gorgeous cream shade instantly looks elegant and oh-so chic).

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A button down shirt dress makes for the perfect off duty look when it sports an off the shoulder neckline. The checked print gives the look some pep while simple white sneakers help ground the look.

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This is a lesson in how vibrant colour can instantly elevate a look. A simple pair of jeans and black top can look less everyday attire when it’s paired with a vibrant cape (you could even substitute this with button down maxi dress) and a golden bag that immediately makes a statement.

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Transition one of last summer’s most popular looks of a slip dress and white tee by swapping it for some winter appropriate variations instead. Swap the short sleeves for a long sleeved shirt and instead of a dress echo a similar silhouette with a black cami or alternatively a jumpsuit with spaghetti straps could work just as well.

If you don’t yet own a statement belt then now is the time to make it a must-have. A black belt with a bold buckle can turn a simple piece such as a denim skirt (or jeans) from good to great.

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A pair of pointed mules is a sophisticated alternative to heels this season. It can instantly turn a casual outfit combination of a white shirt and jeans into something classic and polished. Try venturing from trusty black and try a pair of mules in jewelled tones such as navy and burgundy to really make an outfit pop.

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Camel tones look great when paired with denim a la Olivia Palermo. Also this winter why not explore a pair of statement jeans to turn an style staple into something that’s a little more of the moment.

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The bomber jacket is a popular winter topper so it’s definitely one way to inject a bit of zest to a look. When in an eye-catching print it becomes the centrepiece of an outfit and is an easy way to turn an otherwise ordinary look into something special.

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A simple dress can instantly be elevated with the addition of strong accessories. In this case whilst the bag and shoes both provide a point of interest, keeping them in the same colour palette helps keep the look cohesive whilst simultaneously making the look pop.

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Think outside the box when it comes to wearing a winter knit. In this case pairing it with a ruby red pleated skirt makes for a cosy, yet elegant combination.

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Over the knee boots are one of the popular shoe trends of the season (I live in mine) and whilst it can easily look dressed down there’s something to be said about going all out and pairing it with a dress with a strong silhouette and having a real look-at-me moment.

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Consider this your casual uniform. A crew neck tee tucked into a pair of straight leg high waisted jeans is the kind of look that can have you feeling pulled together without compromising on comfort.