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Steal her style: Gigi Hadid

2nd December, 2016

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This party season why not try an after dark look a la Gigi Hadid. Whilst Hadid’s Roberto Cavalli coat might not be quite right for a warm Australian summer you can do your own take on it with a lightweight duster coat. A little black slip dress teamed with a flowing coat adds a touch of drama to an otherwise simple look. Add a pair of strappy stilettos and you have yourself a sexy evening ensemble that will help you stand out from the crowd.

Duster coat

A neutral coat can be worn in the evening however you can also take it down a notch into daywear by teaming it with a pair of jeans or a dress and sneakers.

Slip dress

The slip dress is the ultimate nod to the ’90s trend. Consider it a key addition to your summer wardrobe – it’s sleek, simple and so versatile.

Heels

A pair of black strappy stilettos will keep you party ready this festive season. They’re an easy go-to when you want to make a statement without overpowering the rest of your outfit.

Top handle bag

Hadid has kept her bag quite practical however if you wanted to swap it out for a simple clutch you could easily transform the look into something spot on for the evening.

Fashion

12 Insta-outfit ideas to steal this week

14th November, 2016

If you had a bonafide wardrobe meltdown this morning because you had absolutely no idea what to wear then consider this the answer to all your problems. Enjoy 12 very well-dressed women with plenty of style to give you endless wardrobe inspo.

Play with some bold accessories that have plenty of personality. The choker is still very much every blogger’s best friend.

Pick one colour to carry throughout your outfit for a cohesive look that screams you’re in the sartorial big league.

Sweet finishes such as the tie on Stein’s shirt paired with ’70s style wide leg pants give a relaxed vibe.

Pick a statement bag (metallic detailing is still very of the moment) and work your outfit around it.

Monochrome always delivers a polished finish but don’t be afraid to experiment. Pair a dressy skirt with slightly more relaxed pieces such as a tee and slides a la Donaldson.

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A matching set is adorable but when paired with cute ’60s inspired accessories it makes a statement.

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A sleek suit is eternally stylish. Choose one in an interesting fabric to give the look a point of difference.

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Go all out with one aspect of your outfit. This patterned skirt with its vibrant hues steals the show in the best possible way.

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Traditional blue jeans paired with a printed button down shirt is the ideal off duty look.

Take a preppy outfit and pair it with white sneakers for an unexpected ensemble.

A relaxed fit denim jacket will serve your wardrobe well. It’s the ultimate multitasker as it will work with everything from a tee and jeans to dresses and skirts.

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The sleeveless blazer elevates this look from corporate to style savvy. Plus in a bold pink it shows you’re the kind of girl who doesn’t mind taking a fashion risk or two.

Fashion, Shop

Steal her style: Aimee Song

12th August, 2016

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She has 3.8 million followers on Instagram alone and her hugely successful blog Song of Style is an endless source of fashion inspo, so it’s no surprise that Aimee Song knows how to turn standard fashion staples such as a blazer and jeans and turn it into something deserving of thousands of likes. Add this outfit to your repertoire for those days when you want to walk out the door with some extra polish.

Black blazer

I know that I can’t live without a black blazer in my life purely because it’s often an easy option to throw on over an outfit and pulls a look together without much effort.

Black tee

A wardrobe should always have a well stocked supply of t-shirts. I tend to favour white the most but a simple black tee is always good to have on hand.

Ripped denim

This is a great lesson in how distressed denim can still look sharp. A pair of skinny or straight leg jeans, cropped at the ankle and paired with the right accoutrements can go from comfy casual to decidedly chic.

Metallic bag

Not ventured into metallics territory as yet? A bag is a great place to start. A metallic bag is often a great way to add a pop of colour to an outfit and give it a point of difference.

Pointed heels

The plethora of pointed heels available this season with interesting finishes and textures will ignite your passion for the humble black pump. An investment you definitely won’t regret.

Fashion, Shop

Instagram outfits to give you wardrobe inspo this week

4th July, 2016

Oh, Instagram. So many great outfits, so little time. One of the great things about Instagram is having small bite-sized pieces of fashion inspo at your fingertips at all hours of the day. If you’re ever having one of those days where you’re scratching your head about what to wear Instagram can often be a great place to spark an outfit idea or two. This week, let these ladies inspire you…

Jessica Stein

The endless snaps of her jetsetting lifestyle will inspire some major wanderlust but follow Stein and you’ll also be guaranteed a steady stream of great looks to inspire you. The below look – double denim done oh-so well will inspire you to invest in some flares and snap up a chambray shirt immediately. You could also try the look with your favourite skinny jeans if flares aren’t your thing.

 

Jesinta Campbell

Let Campbell inspire you to adopt some great neckwear this week. Try a black skinny scarf or a great choker to give your wardrobe some instant on-trend cred.

Taylor Tomasi Hill

If the former accessories director of Marie Claire and artistic director of Moda Operandi has taught us anything it’s that a pop of colour or a pattern can instantly liven up an all-black ensemble. The striped shirt and pop of blue give this outfit a bit of personality. So this week, if you’re usually one for wearing black from head to toe why not branch out and add a print or a vibrant hue to your outfit to give it a point of difference.

 

Miroslava Duma

The diminuitive digital mogul and founder of Buro 24/7 rarely ever puts a fashion foot wrong so she’s always guaranteed to provide an outfit idea or two. So why not try an unexpected pairing this week by teaming a midi skirt with a white cotton top or even a simple white tee? It’s a winning high-low mix.

A photo posted by Miroslava Duma (@miraduma) on

 

Aimee Song

A button down shirt can be one of the most versatile things you’ll ever own but sometimes it can err on the side of conservative. So why not mix it up this week by layering it with a vest – bonus brownie points if you can find a leather one with loads of attitude a la Song.

A photo posted by Aimee Song (@songofstyle) on

Lifestyle & Social, Social

How to shop straight from Instagram

18th April, 2016

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Am I the only one who can spend hours endlessly scrolling Instagram and walk away with an even longer shopping list than when I started? It’s great when I spot someone wearing something that I really love and I can see where they got it from but sometimes it’s frustrating when I fall in love with a bag or a pair of shoes only to have no outfit details to help me track it down.

To solve these issues, I have been using an app called ‘LIKEtoKNOW.it’ which allows you to shop directly from Instagram.

All you need to do is register for a free account, double tap or like the photos which have the unique liketk.it URL and almost like magic the links appear in your inbox and you can click to buy. I’ve found that it saves me so much time and means I can buy the exact pieces I want. I don’t need to spend time trawling the internet to find something similar. You can also set the emails to come ‘ASAP’, ‘daily’ or ‘weekly’ which means you’ll never miss out on a shopping purchase again. So, who’s ready for a little add to cart action?

I’m taking over Liketoknow.it’s Instagram all day tomorrow and showcasing some of my favourite looks. Don’t miss it!

Fashion

10 Instagrammers to follow in 2016

4th January, 2016

Instagram is by far my favourite social media app. It’s great for sourcing everything from foodie pics to interiors ideas but it’s greatest use for me is definitely providing a virtually endless sources of fashion inspiration. These picture perfect Instagrammers are definitely worth following.

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Eva Chen Eva Chen is the former editor of Lucky magazine but has now moved over to Instagram to be the Head of Fashion Partnerships. Her signature #evachenpose in the back of a cab with her accessories for the day are always a source of bag/shoe envy. Her posts featuring her daughter, Ren are particularly adorable. Plus as a former beauty editor at Teen Vogue, she also gives great tips on which beauty products are worth trying

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The Coveteur The Coveteur regularly profiles the who’s who of the fashion/beauty/entertainment world accompanied by gorgeous vignettes of their space – whether it be a close up of a jewellery case or a sneak peek inside a designer-filled closet. Their Instagram account is a great snapshot of the eye candy that features on their website.

Maria Duenas Jacobs The ELLE Accessories director’s Instagram account is every accessories fan’s dream come true. Shoes! Bags! Jewellery! It’s all right here in picture perfect squares for your viewing pleasure

Sincerely Jules The cool laidback style of blogger Julie Sarinana will give you plenty of inspiration for your weekend wardrobe. Whether she’s rocking jeans or a simple tee, it’s all so effortless and cool.

Natasha Goldenberg If you’re a fan of Miroslava Duma you’ll fall in love with Russian stylist and designer Natasha Goldenberg. Her on-point, polished style will give you endless outfit of the day inspiration.

Something Navy Super stylish Arielle Noa Charnas chronicles her amazing style on her blog somethingnavy.com along with her Insta account. If you’re a mama-to-be, you’ll love Charnas’ current maternity style posts, which should give you enough wardrobe ideas to last you for the whole nine months!

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Jamie Chung Actress Jamie Chung’s style will incite some major wardrobe envy. Whether you’re looking for ideas for an outfit for work, a girl’s night out or just some casual weekend wear, Chung well and truly has you covered.  

Eleanor Pendleton The editor/publisher of online beauty mag Gritty Pretty will inspire not only your closet but also your beauty collection. Her Insta account features loads of great beauty recommendations, amazing outfits and if you’d be hard pressed to not want to cut your hair after seeing Pendleton’s amazing tousled bob.

Katherine Power The co-founder and CEO of Who What Wear has that kind of polished look that will give you some major outfit longing. Would you expect anything less from the stylish lady who founded one of the world’s top fashion websites?


The Fashion Guitar Natasha Groeneveld is the founder and editor of the blog thefashionguitar.com and her look whether it be a pastel pink skirt or metallic heels will inspire you to takes your fashion game up to the next level.

Photography: The Fashion Guitar

Lifestyle

How to take a good Instagram pic

30th June, 2015

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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. I love capturing images on my phone all the time. I am definitely not an expert photographer but these are some tips I’ve picked up along the way.

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.

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 get the best looking shot.

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. 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?

Fashion

Who I follow on Instagram

22nd June, 2015

Lena Perminova

Like most people I’m always on Instagram. It’s a great source of fashion inspiration and I love being able to check out what my fave fashion icons are up to. I follow quite a few people but these people are at the top of my list:

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@miraduma

Miroslava Duma is one of my style icons. I love seeing what she’s up to whether she’s travelling the world or attending an amazing party but I also love seeing what she’s wearing because it inspires me. She always has the most beautiful outfits and she’s definitely one of my favourites.

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@lenaperminova
Lena is a Russian fashionista who’s also a mum of three. She’s always going to amazing parties and runway shows and she’s always dressed to perfection. She’s a great source of outfit inspiration and I love seeing the exciting things she gets up to.

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@nadiafairfax

I love following the girls from Fashion Bloggers. Nadia has got a really fun personality and I love how it shines through on Instagram. Not only is she always really well dressed but she’s always at the best bars and restaurants and latest parties and her Instagram is a great way to get an insight into her world.

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@zanitazanita

Zanita’s always dressed in a really unique way and I love her original take on fashion. Often I’ll see something on the runway but wouldn’t think of putting it together the way Zanita does. She’s got a really great eye. She’s also a really amazing photographer and I really just love seeing what she does with her photographs and she really excels at capturing the moment and creating a beautiful image.

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@harperandharley

Sara Donaldson from Harper and Harley is a big source of fashion inspiration. I really love the way she works her wardrobe with a minimalist colour palette of black, grey and white. She always gives some great tips and tricks on how to dress.

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@oraclefoxblog

Mandy from Oracle Fox is the ultimate in really beautiful style and travel. I feel I’m on an endless journey with Oracle Fox and just travelling across the world to Paris and to amazing beautiful beachside resorts. She’s also an amazing photographer and I love seeing the images she captures.