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What I Wore: Derby Day 2023

4th November, 2023

Derby Day is one of my favourite dress codes as it’s ultra sleek and elegant as everyone has to wear black and white. With only two hues to work with, there’s still surprisingly so much versatility when it comes to what you can wear. I’ve gone for all white one year, all black another and a combination of the two. This year, I went with black and white but added a light splash of colour with a gold Bulgari bag. However I couldn’t let anything outshine this Maticevski look. I’ve worn a number of Toni Maticevski’s designs over the years and there’s always so much drama and theatre to each garment that it’s a brand I love to bookmark for big events. This particular outfit is of course, all about the skirt. With the asymmetrical hem and feathered embellishment, it’s a little playful but also quite a theatrical piece and everything else about my outfit was really anchored to this piece. The strapless top was all about the curved neckline, and added a strong silhouette to the whimsy feel of the skirt, helping to strike a good balance.

Apart from the gilded touch the bag added, I kept to all black accessories as I wanted the skirt to take centre stage. With a simple Nerida Winter headband and black Jimmy Choo pumps with crystal straps, I think I struck the right balance between adding pops of interesting details without going over the top. Another Derby Day done and dusted – bring on Cup Day!

Credits: Top and skirt, Maticevski; Bag, Bulgari; Heels, Jimmy Choo; Headband, Nerida Winter; Jewellery, Jan Logan

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

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What I wore this week

21st September, 2023

I’ve posted a few of these looks on my Instagram, but I’m playing catch up with sharing the outfit details for the blog so I thought I’d do a round up of some of the dressier outfits I’ve been wearing of late. What I am really enjoying about dressing up for events lately is that there are so many options. I’ve gone down the path of wearing suiting a fair bit because I love that it always looks so sharp and polished. Plus it’s a little more of an unexpected option when you’re required to look more elevated. That said, I still love a good frock! I had the opportunity to wear a gorgeous, vibrant gown for a shoot recently and there really is something lovely about being able to wear a gorgeous dress. So, heres what I wore this week.

They’re usually my go-to when I’m after something ultra feminine, but this suit by Zimmermann is so good. I love the subtle pinstripe and the cream has such a fresh feel to it. The matching bustier also takes this suit in a different direction, giving it a slightly sexier vibe. Worn back with black pumps, this outfit cements my love of suiting even more.

Credits: Jacket, bustier, pants and belt, Zimmermann; Heels, Aquazzura

This sleeveless suit has such a cool feel to it, and taps into the vest trend too. The double breasted silhouette but sans sleeves is an unexpected touch and gives this entire outfit a modern feel. Also the crisp white colour makes it perfect for spring and summer, and both pieces can be worn separately and fashioned into other looks which I love. I added a crossbody bag in brown, complemented by heels and sunnies in a similar colour palette to add a touch of colour but still maintain cohesion for the whole look.

Credits: Vest and pants, Oroton; Heels, Scanlan Theodore; Bag, Gucci; Sunglasses, Vehla

As you can see I can’t resist a great suit, and Aussie designers are really excelling in this department. This suit is by Manning Cartell and has a lightness to it that makes it the perfect option for transeasonal weather. I added some metallic pumps for some edge.

Credits: Jacket, top and pants, Manning Cartell; Heels, Jimmy Choo; Bag, Chanel

It’s spring racing time and as part of a shoot I did for the Australian Turf Club, I had the opportunity to frock up in this stunning fuchsia gown by Velani. The oversized flower motif is channelling Carrie Bradshaw’s striped Sonia Rykiel top in Paris and adds such a fun, playful feel to the dress. The thigh high split adds a dramatic touch, and the vibrant hue is so great for spring. I actually had to ride the horse as part of the shoot, so I’d count this as one of my most glam horseriding outfits to date!

Credits: Dress, Velani; Heels, Bottega Veneta


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What I Wore: La Bella Vita

18th July, 2023

Taormina in Sicily is a magical place for my family — I’ve holidayed there since I was a kid and it’s where Luke and I got married. I was thrilled to be back there with my family recently to attend my sister-in-law’s wedding which took place at the San Domenico Palace (fun fact: it’s where they shot season two of The White Lotus) and it called for an event look that was fun, bold and bright. So, I went all out when it came to colour and wore this sunshine yellow Rebecca Vallance one shoulder dress. The colour perfectly suited the joy we were all feeling on the day! I liked the column style silhouette which was simple and elegant, but the oversized ruffle detail added a playful, statement feature which was befitting of the occasion.

Accessorising this look was a chance to go all out and embrace bold accoutrements. I couldn’t resist these rainbow chandelier earrings by House of Emanuele. The colour worked perfectly with the yellow dress, adding striking finishing detail and also providing a fun splash of colour. When it came to an evening bag, I decided to go for some texture and a lot of glitz, with this silver pouch bag by Jimmy Choo.

I always like keeping my event looks as they always bring back so many happy memories, and I think this outfit is no exception. A colour statement, some texture and glam touches made for a great ensemble to celebrate such a joyous occasion.

Credits: Dress, Rebecca Vallance; Bag (similar here), Jimmy Choo; Earrings, House of Emanuele

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What I Wore: Australian Fashion Week 2023 Day 3

18th May, 2023

As a longtime fan of Bec & Bridge, I always look forward to their show every year. It’s bad for my bank balance though as I inevitably want virtually everything that I see come down the runway! This year’s show, much like previous years didn’t disappoint. Of course, wearing Bec & Bridge was a must so I opted for something that had a slightly more masculine vibe than the previous days’ looks. Given the trend towards suiting, I couldn’t go past this grey suit. The pants are actually designed to sit a little lower on the waist which takes some getting used to again given most pants I wear sit slightly higher these days! But I love that a simple change in the rise of a pant can give a look a more contemporary feel. The matching blazer is a little more oversized and has a boxy fit which feels very on trend right now (very Hailey Bieber) and takes this look into more of a fashion direction, as opposed to the slightly more fitted look of a corporate suit. What I loved most about this look is the unexpected pairing of a suit with a backless bodysuit. I loved the contrast between traditional tailoring and something super modern and sexy. I found it gave this look great balance, while also making a statement.

I wanted to add some glam touches to my ensemble, and Jimmy Choo certainly delivered in that department. I opted for a crystal embellished bag which gave the look some glitz and sparkle (a great contrast to the more traditional look of a suit). And a pair of sky high stilettos helped elongate my frame and avoided the baggy silhouette of the pants from becoming overwhelming.

Credits: Jacket, pants and bodysuit, Bec & Bridge; Heels and bag, Jimmy Choo

Photography: Ashleigh Larden


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What I Wore: Kentucky Derby

12th May, 2023

Experimenting with patterns, profiles and hues is one of the things I love best about racewear. Attending any race day is of course underpinned by looking polished at all times, but there’s also plenty of opportunity to explore the dress code in myriad ways. For another incredible day at the Kentucky Derby, I wanted to go all out and embrace all things colour. The Kentucky Derby is all about embracing colourful attire so as soon as I saw this mosaic-like dress by Rebecca Vallance I knew it would be perfect for the occasion. The striking kaleidoscope effect makes a statement but I love the softness it evokes with the puffed sleeves and the knotted bodice. Also, the maxi style feels very contemporary, tapping into the current trend towards longer hemlines.

The jewel tones in the dress inspired the accessories I wore, starting with the orange Nerida Winter straw hat. What sets the Kentucky Derby apart from other sporting events in the US is that attendees are required to wear hats or fascinators, and ever since the 1960s, it’s been all about embracing extravagant designs when it comes to headwear. The bold, oversized brim coupled with the vibrant hue and veil definitely nailed the brief. I loved that it embraced the vibrancy of the dress, and added a playful hit of colour to the outfit while honouring the race day dress code. Additionally, I wanted to highlight the emerald tones in the dress so this acrylic clutch by Katherine Land was a great fit. With its marbled effect and curved lines, it was the ideal finishing touch to this ensemble.

Credits: Dress, Rebecca Vallance; Heels, Jimmy Choo; Hat, Nerida Winter; Bag, Katherine Land

This post was produced in collaboration with the Kentucky Derby


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What I Wore: Kentucky Oaks

12th May, 2023

As one of the most iconic racing events in the world, I was so excited to be at Churchill Downs as a guest of the Kentucky Derby. I was thrilled to be attending Kentucky Oaks and also judging the Longines Fashion Contest. Kentucky Oaks was founded in 1875 and is the premier racing event for fillies in the US and takes place the day before the Kentucky Derby every year. Being able to attend such a historical event was such a fun experience, particularly as I was invited to judge the best looks of the day. Everyone really put forward their sartorial best with such a great array of outfits and headwear. I was also happy to see a few Aussie brands like Zimmermann and Aje amongst the sea of well-dressed ladies.

The dress code entailed incorporating pink into your outfit in an effort to drive awareness to the fight against breast cancer and ovarian cancer. I wanted to honour this while also embracing an Australian designer so I immediately gravitated towards this midi dress by Rachel Gilbert as the ideal option. It’s a quintessentially classic look and it also features a touch of pink in the floral motif. The beaded floral detail not only adds a feminine touch to the dress, it adds a beautiful flourish of colour which allows the crispness of the white to really pop.

Being on the petite side, I’m all for a pair of sky high heels so this pair by stylist Lana Wilkinson was a no-brainer. I liked the fact it continued the white colour palette, while the slimline profile and tie-up straps made for an elegant pairing with the dress. I considered a few different options in terms of the bag I was going to carry, but I eventually settled on the Jimmy Choo Micro Cloud clutch which features a delicate, oversized bow which I thought added a playful touch to this outfit. Headwear is of course a must for any racing event, and this fuchsia pillbox hat added a fun pop of colour while also honouring the dress code. Sometimes a little simplicity and elegance (and a touch of pink!) is all you really need for an outfit to make an impact.

Credits: Dress, Rachel Gilbert; Hat, Nerida Winter; Shoes, Lana Wilkinson; Bag, Jimmy Choo

This post was produced in collaboration with the Kentucky Derby


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What I Wore: Barnstable Brown Derby Eve Gala

12th May, 2023

I always love flying the flag for Australian designers whenever I’m attending events overseas. This jewel-toned Toni Maticevski gown was perfect for attending the ultra glam event, the Barnstable Brown Derby Eve Gala. The star-studded event, with everyone from NFL star Patrick Mahomes and actor Chris Pine in attendance, had a black-tie dress code so it definitely called for a gown. Toni Maticevski is a designer I’ve worn to many an occasion and his designs never fail to hit the mark. His aesthetic is always so polished, yet his gowns always have a unique design feature or an elegant flourish that makes them stand out in all the right ways. It’s a super sleek and understated design but is elevated by the gorgeous grape hue of the dress, and the classic off the shoulder neckline. The subtle split helps finish the entire look, giving this dress a very after dark feel.

I’m a huge fan of all things sparkly for events wear! What better opportunity to wear pieces with luxe detailing. This crystal embellished clutch bag brought all the glitz and sparkle, adding some glam to this look. These shoes are also a party personified, with its glittery finish and crystal embellished straps. The pointed toe keeps it looking classic but those finishing touches give it a festive feel befitting of a gala event.

Credits: Dress, Toni Maticevski; Bag and shoes, Jimmy Choo

This post was produced in collaboration with the Kentucky Derby


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What I Wore: 2023 Chandon Ladies’ Day

4th April, 2023

Ladies’ Days at the races usually call for ultra feminine styling. It’s one of my fave race days to dress for because I love that the dress code can be interpreted in different ways. This year, I wanted a look that had some feminine touches but was still quite bold. This dress is a new season piece by one of my go-to Aussie labels, Manning Cartell and I was drawn to the fact it looks like wearable art. The print is striking and the splashes of high octane colour really make a statement. The silhouette is also perfect for autumn racing—I’m a huge fan of long sleeved dresses as they always looks so polished. Plus it’s a perfect option during transeasonal weather when temperatures can swiftly change from hot to cold and back again.

I didn’t really want to do much colour with my accessories as I felt the dress was already quite vibrant so I dialled it down with a few pieces in black. The Jimmy Choo heels are quite pared back, but I love that the crossover design gives it an element of interest. I often incorporate Bulgari bags into any event or race days looks as their designs  are always elegant in an understated way, and this bag with its quilted texture and signature Serpent clasp helped round out my key accessories. Meanwhile, no race day is complete without headwear, and as the dress was already quite busy, I went for an oversized bow by Nerida Winter. This was a nod to the dress code, but also with hair bows trending of late, this also added a contemporary touch to my ensemble.

Credits: Dress, Manning Cartell; Heels, Jimmy Choo; Bag, Bulgari; Bow, Nerida Winter

Photography: Ashleigh Larden



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What I Wore: After Dark

24th January, 2023

I loved this outfit so much that I thought it definitely deserved its own post on the blog. Late last year I went to a party hosted by Moet & Chandon and as a failsafe outfit option, opted for a classic LBD. This one shoulder gown is by Ginger & Smart and it’s the kind of piece that could  be worn to multiple occasions as the style is so elegant, understated and chic. I’m really loving the resurgence of the one shoulder neckline of late as it feels modern, yet not overly “trendy” that it will date very easily. When it comes to LBDs I’ve always felt the design should be simple enough that it could easily be restyled in a variety of different ways, and this dress aptly called the Incarnation gown can definitely do just that.

I decided to embrace the pared back vibe of the dress and kept my accessories to a few key pieces that were definitely event-ready but not overly glitzy that it would feel over the top. I’ve had these black Jimmy Choo heels for awhile, and I’ve always liked the subtle crystal studs on them as it gave them a dressy feel but the shoe didn’t feel overly done. A simple twist lock Louis Vuitton clutch was a great complementary piece to this entire look as it has such a classic feel to it. And I was lucky enough to be able to wear the most beautiful Bulgari Serpenti necklace. Embracing the brand’s signature serpent style, this necklace studded with stunning pave diamonds was the perfect accoutrement to this look. Glamorous without being too showy.

Credits: Dress, Ginger and Smart; Heels (similar here), Jimmy Choo; Necklace, Bulgari; Clutch, Louis Vuitton

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

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What I wore this week (Melbourne edition)

24th November, 2022

Packing for the week of Melbourne Cup Carnival always requires a few different outfit options as I will be going from mum mode one minute to trackside the next and a few dinners and events in between. So, it requires a bit of preparation as I need pieces that are versatile and can be dressed up or down and worn in different ways. My recent trip to Melbourne was all about embracing a few new staple pieces in my wardrobe mixed with a few fun pieces for dressing up, and always my fave Aussie brands. Here’s what I wore.

Aussie labels are so great at doing event wear. I wore this Sir the Label dress when I was heading out to dinner after attending Derby Day. It was a nice way to continue the black and white dress code, as I paired it with my black Bottega heels and a black Jimmy Choo pouch. I do like the unexpected statement hemline of this dress — it gives the dress a little extra personality.

Credits: Dress, Sir the Label; Bag, Jimmy Choo; Heels, Bottega Veneta

Love a lowkey look with polish. These black Camilla and Marc pants have been a great addition to my wardrobe as I can dress them up but they also look great with sneakers. It was cold down in Melbourne so I got cosy in a Venroy sweater and popped a Camilla and Marc trench on top. Also, white sneakers are still a beloved part of my wardrobe. These are by Burberry and have a great pared back vibe to them.

Credits: Trench and pants, Camilla and Marc; Sweater, Venroy; Sneakers, Burberry

I like experimenting with how I style things and decided to tuck this bomber jacket into a maxi skirt and lo and behold, a new look is born. These two pieces are great as they’re able to be worn separately quite easily. I accessorised with a two-tone pair of Chanel slingbacks to add a little extra polish, and a casual Prada bucket bag to round things out.

Credits: Jacket (available in other colour here) and skirt, Clea; Bag (similar here), Prada; Slingbacks, Chanel; Sophia and Grace in Seed

Another winning pair of trousers by Camilla and Marc! These are just the right amount of slouchy, but the tailored silhouette means they don’t look sloppy. Did I mention they’re also insanely comfortable? I went for a pair of Camilla and Marc slides with a super cosy shearling trim, which seemed fitting for the up and down weather in Melbourne.

Credits: Top, Good American; Pants and shoes, Camilla and Marc; Grace in Seed


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