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What I Wore: Velvet Touch

23rd August, 2022

Luxe fabrics can often become the centrepiece of an outfit. Case in point: this matching Hansen and Gretel set which features a gorgeous cinnamon hued velvet. I wore this look out to dinner while I was in London and it was very fitting for an evening out, but also felt so illegally comfortable. The pants are elasticated and the shirt is a lovely oversized fit — let’s just say it’s perfect if you really want to indulge! I saw a lot of co-ordinating sets doing the rounds while I was overseas and have always loved the appeal of a matching top and bottom as it instantly looks polished and requires minimal styling. The velvet really took it to another level and gave it a bit of a rock n’ roll edge. I’ve also worn these two separately on other occasions and they work great on their own. The shirt looks cool with slacks or jeans while the pants work well with a great tank. Therein lies the beauty in two-piece sets — you get more bank for your fashion buck.

When working with a look that already features very distinct statement features, it’s a good idea to keep accessories a little more pared back. I went for a simple black Louis Vuitton pump with silver cap toe detail. It has quite a refined feel and worked as a great contrast to the slightly more bohemian silhouette of my outfit, along with the vivid velvet fabric. I think you always have to pick a focal point to look and this time around it was definitely the top and pants that needed to take centre stage.

Evening attire is always something where I tend to fall back on failsafe pieces, like a suit or dress, so I was glad to have take a bit more of a fashion risk with this particular look. It’s fun to experiment with different textures at times, plus explore new pairings and silhouettes to hit refresh on my usual fashion repertoire.

Credits: Shirt and pants, Hansen and Gretel; Shoes, Louis Vuitton

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What I wore this week

4th August, 2022

It’s still all about winter dressing but this week in Sydney we did experience what felt like a glorious spring day which was a nice reprieve from the cold weather. I’m still embracing so many winter warmers in my closet and am having fun rediscovering that part of my wardrobe again after my holiday break. I had a few appointments and meetings this week so I embraced a lot of dressy, elevated looks but luckily I was still able to incorporate some casual ensembles in the mix. Here’s what I wore this week.

Back into winter gear and loving tonal ensembles. I’ve always found layering varying shades but in a similar colour family achieves a really impactful look. I layered a few earthy pieces here and found it added some warmth to my outfit. Also, I’m not sure about you but I loved the break from constantly wearing pants or jeans throughout winter by doing a midi skirt/boots combination. I highly recommend it for keeping warm, but taking your outfit in a different direction.

Credits: Skirt, Camilla and Marc; Top, Venroy; Bag, Gucci, Boots, Seed; Coat, Karen Millen

Doing another take on the skirt/boots combination with this head to toe look from Seed. I wore this look to host an event for Seed earlier in the year and found it be a great go-to look for when I’ve got a meeting or event to attend. Once again I’m embracing tonal hues, but I also love doing crisp whites in winter. It’s a little more unexpected as far as winter hues go and it adds a level of freshness. Loving the resurgence of the knee high boot, it’s definitely a great way to dress up many an outfit.

Credits: Jumper, coat and boots, Seed

This outfit ties into my motto of ‘off duty wear but keep it polished’. Jeans and a white shirt have always been my go-to when it comes to casual wear, but I wanted to take it up a notch so paired it with this Camilla and Marc trench. It’s comfy yet chic and something I do quite often whenever I’m doing a jeans and tee pairing throughout the cooler months. I went for a simple pair of white sneakers and added a Louis Vuitton top handle bag to help me carry all my essentials around for the day.

Credits: Trench, Camilla and Marc; T-shirt, Uniqlo; Jeans, Slvrlake; Bag, Louis Vuitton; Sneakers, Burberry;

This was a shoot day and I felt in the mood to dress up a little so went with this puff sleeve top by Aje and an Anna Quan mini. I’ve worn both pieces so many times and have really managed to maximise the cost per wear on both of them. Being on my feet most of the day, I went for flat Chanel slingbacks to stay comfortable but polished at the same time.

Credits: Top, Aje; Skirt, Anna Quan; Slingbacks, Chanel

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What I wore this week: Events looks

28th July, 2022

It was while I was scrolling through my phone that I ended up taking a trip down memory lane and revisiting some of my fave events looks of late. From parties to race days and launches, I’m so fortunate to be able to attend so many great events throughout the year and as a result it gives me the opportunity to frock up and embrace some pretty amazing looks. It’s hard to narrow it down to faves, but these are a few that I’ve worn and loved.

I wore this look to a Dior event and the Love Shack Fancy dress was truly out of this world good. The gold star motif really dialled up the glam but offered a playful edge. Long sleeve dresses are always so classically elegant, but offset by the cut-outs and the thigh high split, the dress evoked just the right balance of sexy. I went for a simple pair of Bottega Veneta heels and in a nod to the event’s host, a Dior clutch.

Credits: Dress, Love Shack Fancy; Bag, Dior; Heels, Bottega Veneta

Designer crossover collabs have become quite the thing and one of my favourite results was this Fendace collection. A partnership between Fendi and Versace, the result was this beyond sleek evening look, with safety pin detail in a nod to Versace’s infamous safety pin dress worn by Liz Hurley in the 90s. When wearing such a knockout style, I knew accessories needed to be kept to a minimum and as unfussy as possible. So, I opted for a pair of black Louboutin pumps and a gold Fendi clutch.

Credits: Fendace dress; Heels, Christian Louboutin; Bag, Fendi

I was attending the launch of Phantom of the Opera on Sydney Harbour and always enjoy glamming up for the theatre. I went with this chocolate Bec and Bridge slip dress. The silhouette and neckline was simple and understated but with a statement detail in the form of the thigh high split, it was definitely event-ready. I didn’t want to take away from the dress so I went for ultra pared back black Jimmy Choo heels and a pair of gold Aje drop earrings to tie it all together.

Credits: Dress, Bec and Bridge (similar here); Heels, Jimmy Choo; Earrings, Aje

In racing mode with this look that I wore to the Crown VRC launch. I’m loving suiting as an events look, and am always into experimenting with different cuts and colours. This Louis Vuitton double breasted suit had ample amounts of polish, but the details gave it some edge. The contrasting pinstripe down the pant legs and the contrast of the mohair trimmed lapel on the double breasted jacket made this look feel quite modern and on trend. And what better way to finish off with footwear than with a pair of black LV heels?

Credits: Jacket, pants and heels (similar here), Louis Vuitton

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What I wore this week

24th March, 2022

Presenting… another week in my wardrobe. I got to play dress ups with some truly incredible frocks this week, interspersed with my fave way to dress: comfortably with a healthy dose of polish. I rediscovered some favourite outfit combinations, worked a few new pieces into the mix and elevated them all with an injection of bold accessories. I love compiling this diary because I always inevitably find myself filled with ideas for other looks—hope it does the same for you!

Love a collab that’s full of standout pieces and this Ellery x Witchery pairing is definitely that. This top and pants combination in the camel hue feels so modern and on trend, plus I like the fact both pieces can be worn separately but together they kinda have a jumpsuit vibe! I paired this look with black Bottega Veneta heels and a Chanel backpack for a polished feel and small frame Poppy Lissiman sunglasses to cap it off.

Credits: Blouse and pants, Witchery x Ellery; Heels, Bottega Veneta; Bag, Chanel; Sunglasses (similar here), Poppy Lissiman

Louis Vuitton definitely delivers the goods with this LWD. The simple silhouette and drop waist, the A-line skirt and the martingale feature on the skirt combined, give this dress I wore while on reporting duties at the races an ultra elegant feel. I went for a few bolder pieces to accessorise, including this gold Fendi clutch which added a pop of colour and sky high Jimmy Choo platform heels.

Credits: Dress, Louis Vuitton; Heels, Jimmy Choo; Clutch, Fendi

I have this outfit formula bookmarked under eternal classics. You can’t go wrong with a trench paired with denim. This Marks and Spencer trench is the perfect hue, cut and style to pair back with multiple looks, while these Levi’s jeans, which I’ve had for a few years prove once again how worthy a purchase they are–they just go with everything. I opted for a few more classic pieces to accessorise with including black Tod’s loafers, a Louis Vuitton Speedy and black sunglasses.

Credits: Trench, Marks and Spencer; T-shirt, Good American; Jeans, Levis; Bag (similar here), Louis Vuitton; Loafers (similar here), Tods; Sunglasses, Bec and Bridge x Pared

I love layering neutrals for a smart casual look. This cream jumper and wide leg, lightweight Ena Pelly pants are just the thing for transseasonal weather. I went for white thongs to tie into the neutral effect, while my black Prada bag added a utilitarian touch and is a great size for all my essentials.

Credits: Jumper, Bec and Bridge; Pants, Ena Pelly; Bag, Prada; Thongs, Gucci

I attended a launch for jewellery brand, Fred and it required a killer look. Who else to turn to but Aje who delivered a dreamy party dress that’s got a beautiful textural effect. The pleats in this dress are gorgeous. I wanted the dress to do all the talking so I went for a pair of heels with the sleekest of silhouettes, and added a little sparkle in the form of some standout jewellery.

Credits: Dress, Aje; Heels, Giuseppe Zanotti

 

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What I Wore: Chandon Ladies Day

12th March, 2022

Autumn racing is off and running, and one of the first events in my calendar was Chandon Ladies Day at Rosehill Racecourse. I was on reporting duties for 7 Racing so I needed a look that was ultra feminine. I worked with stylist Jess Pecoraro for this outfit and we eventually settled on this look, which incorporated graduating shades of lilac. I’ve always found that wearing one hue, from top to bottom can be really impactful, particularly when you can feature it in varying tones of the one colour. It was all about this slinky midi length Acler dress, which draped so beautifully. The one shoulder and the cinched waist with D ring belt helped to add extra layers of visual interest and helped elevate the dress.

Accessories are always critical to an autumn racing look, and this deep lilac Louis Vuitton bag was the perfect complementary piece to the softer shade of the dress. The debossed monogram and the oversized chain link strap allowed me to incorporate some textural elements to the dress, while the Fendi wedges with its sculptural ‘F’ heel and colour block straps, added the ideal finishing feature to the dress. As always headwear is so important for any racing look so we went for a simple Nerida Winter headband that was in keeping with the whole colour palette, but had an elegant simplicity that allowed the rest of the look to take centre stage.

Credits: Dress, Acler; Bag, Louis Vuitton; Heels, Fendi; Headband, Nerida Winter

Styling: Jess Pecoraro

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

 

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What I Wore: These boots are made for walkin’

14th December, 2021

Yes, it’s summer, but who cares about seasons with boots this great? I’ve always been a fan of Louis Vuitton’s shoe range (I have a pair of monogrammed boots from the brand that I wear often) and this pair is right up there. The motorcycle boot silhouette paired with a chunky heel and buckled toe, not to mention the monogrammed zipper all come together for boots that are made for walkin’ and then some! I’ve already bookmarked these boots for a number of different looks. Given the current trend towards pairing a boot with slightly more feminine styles, I can definitely see myself pairing this with everything from dresses to skirts this season and beyond. Can we also talk about this monochrome dress from LV’s collaboration with the artist Fornasetti? You can always rely on anything LV to be bold, strong and with the ability to make a statement and this dress is just that. With the striking coin print, the mini hemline and the modern silhouette, it’s definitely a look that has presence. I also love the checkerboard pattern, a nod to LV’s classic damier print.

When working with a look such as this, where each piece embraces a certain level of boldness, it’s all about keeping my accessories to a minimum. So it was all about a pair of classic black sunnies and my usual fave jewellery pieces. I wanted my accoutrements to complement the look rather than take over. And when you’re working with such a fierce look and boots, why would you want them to?

Credits: Dress and boots, Louis Vuitton

 

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What I wore this week

6th May, 2021

The last few days have been busy, and with a few events up my sleeve it meant that I was lucky enough to have the perfect excuse to wear some truly beautiful pieces. I was on hosting duties for Lexus, then a fun American Express event, and a family brunch, so I was able to explore the full spectrum of my wardrobe, from casual to occasion dressing. I love being able to play with different looks, so weeks like these are so great when they pop up. Here’s what I wore this week.

When it came time to host a Lexus event, what better option than a suit… but make it make it sporty. This Burberry look was so much fun to wear. The bomber/blazer hybrid is a a more fashion forward take on a traditional suit jacket, while the pleated tapered pant added a polished element. Also the colour! I love wearing vibrant hues to energise myself for the day ahead.

Credits: Suit and bag, Burberry

I wore this black tie look for another Lexus event and carried the blue theme again into my look. This Bianca Spender dress is such a sleek design, with the ruched neckline and cap sleeve making for a bold silhouette. I chose black accent pieces including the most gorgeous tie-up Christian Louboutin heels and a mini Louis Vuitton chain handle bag.

Credits: Dress, Bianca Spender; Shoes, Christian Louboutin; Bag, Louis Vuitton

I wore this strapless camel hued dress by Sir the Label to the launch of American Express Delicious Month Out in Sydney and fell in love with its simplicity. The clean lines and the unfussy design makes for an elegant option for event wear. I accessorised this with black tie-up heels again, this time by Aje and a Louis Vuitton shoulder bag and a touch of gold with Manning Cartell earrings.

Credits: Dress, Sir the Label; Shoes, Aje; Bag, Louis Vuitton; Earrings, Manning Cartell

Having brunch with my family and I decided to pull out this Camilla and Marc midi skirt, which has been the perfect neutral skirt to have in rotation. It just works with so many different pieces. I went for a black top to provide a little contrast, but neutral sandals to continue the silhouette. While my forest green Dior bag added a nice hit of colour to brighten up my ensemble (it’s also quite roomy so I can take everything I need with me).

Credits: Top, Ducie; Skirt, Camilla and Marc; Bag (similar here), Christian Dior; Shoes, Gucci, Earrings, Manning Cartell

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What I Wore: Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes Day

17th April, 2021

I was on reporting duties for 7 Racing again for Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes Day at Sydney’s Royal Randwick. Today was all about this amazing Louis Vuitton dress. While the silhouette is classic and understated, what I love about it is the detail and colour that elevates it into something more. The blue and white colour palette, with the oversized LV monogram adds a bold touch to this look, while the oversized full length zipper makes for a modern finish.

It’s autumn racing time which means straw hats are in hibernation and it’s all about rich textures such as felt. This hat by Helen Kaminski was perfect for the day, but what I love is that it’s such a sleek design that I could easily wear it out and about during winter. As far as accessorising for this look, I knew I wanted to add another punchy colour to avoid it getting lost within the striking features of the dress, and this pink bag by Bulgari seemed just the right fit. Then to cap of my look I opted for minimalist Stuart Weitzman heels to avoid any busyness from overtaking the look and feel of the dress.

Credits: Dress, Louis Vuitton; Heels, Stuart Weitzman; Bag (similar here), Bulgari; Hat, Helen Kaminski

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

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What I wore this week

8th April, 2021

The girls are on school holidays so this means lots of comfort dressing as I’ve got to keep up with two very active kids. That said, I did have a few events dotted throughout the week which gave me the opportunity to try a few new pieces in my closet. Here’s what I wore this week.

We took the girls to the Sydney Royal Easter Show which meant loads of walking, going on rides and getting up close and personal with animals so I went for something ultra comfortable. A simple monochrome colour palette, paired with on trend but made for walking sandals, and a backpack to go hands-free and I was set.

Credits: T-shirt and sandals, Ducie; Shorts (similar here), Nobody Denim; Backpack, Louis Vuitton

Wore this to a Jets launch and loved the opportunity to do resortwear, as the event was held on a boat. I’m really into the whole swimsuit worn as bodysuit vibe, and paired with wide leg pants and comfy sandals this whole look had me feeling like I was back in Italy (if only!), soaking up the sun. I decided to glam it up a little with some statement jewellery by Aje and Amber Sceats.

Credits: One piece and pants, Jets; Shoes, Gucci; Bag, Loewe; Sunglasses, Poppy Lissiman; Necklace, Amber Sceats; Earrings, Aje

Work out day and it was the perfect opportunity to wear this matching set by Running Bare. I’m really into the sage green hue, and there’s something about wearing a co-ordinated look that leaves me extra inspired to go hard in my training session.

Credits: Leggings and crop, Running Bare; Sunglasses, Finlay

I ordered these jeans from Shopbop recently and it’s been a great addition to my denim collection as they’re just the perfect blue hue to be paired back with so many things in my closet. This Cult Gaia top with the cut-out is becoming a firm favourite and is a great way to do the classic combination of jeans and a white top. My black Bottega heels doing their thing again because I love them so much.

Credits: Top, Cult Gaia; Jeans, Slvrlake; Shoes, Bottega Veneta;

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What I wore this week

11th March, 2021

It was quite a jam packed week this week. I had meetings, big launches, fittings and interstate travel locked into my schedule so I got to work with the full spectrum of my wardrobe. It was comfy singlets one minute, to suiting the next—so I was able to really embrace high-low dressing, and experiment with some new pairings. Here’s what I wore this week.

Off to a few meetings in this ultra comfortable, yet polished look. I am really loving relaxed pants worked back with a tank, it’s such an easy, failsafe outfit template to use, particularly when I don’t have time to fuss around too much with my look.

Credits: Tank, Cotton On; Pants, Manning Cartell; Bag, Dior; Sandals, Gucci; Sunglasses, Finlay

Attending the ATC launch with my mum and sister-in-law called for something feminine and bright. It was love at first sight for this Joanna Ortiz dress, particularly the print.

Credits: Dress, Joanna Ortiz via Fashion Alta Moda; Headband, Viktoria Novak

I wore this look to my niece’s birthday dinner, as I wanted to wear something that wasn’t too fussy, yet had polish. Denim worked back with a shirt and flats is one of my fave go-to looks as I love it’s classic, sophisticated feel.

Credits: Shirt, Oroton; Jeans, Levis; Bag, Louis Vuitton; Shoes, Chanel

I was having fittings for the David Jones parade at the Melbourne Fashion Festival and it was all about this dreamy Aje dress. It’s such a great silhouette with the bodice-like ruching and the puff sleeves. So much fun.

Credits: Dress, Aje; Heels, Bottega Veneta

I have been loving the swimsuit-worn-as-bodysuit look for quite awhile, so I definitely fell for this Venroy bodysuit immediately. It looks so great worn with jeans, and paired with sandals it has a great resortwear meets casual wear vibe about it.

Credits: Bodysuit, Venroy; Jeans, Ksubi; Sandals, Gucci

This was another fitting I was having for the Melbourne Fashion Festival. I just love the hue of this suit, and the tapered pant worn with oversized blazer. It just has an effortless feel to it which I enjoy.

Credits: Suit, Bianca Spender; Heels, Bottega Veneta

On my way to the airport! Jumping on a plane just seems like such a foreign concept, that I had to reacquaint myself with what comfy, travel attire is all about. I ended up doing another iteration of my earlier Venroy bodysuit look, but I swapped some accessories out for my fave comfy sandals, and a backpack for the ultimate in hands-free travel.

Credits: Bodysuit, Venroy; Jumper, Bec and Bridge; Jeans, Ksubi; Shoes, Ducie; Bag, Chanel