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Spoil mum during this iso Mother’s Day

2nd May, 2020

While Mother’s Day this year won’t be quite the same as previous years there’s still no reason why you can’t make mum feel special and show her your appreciation—even if it may have to be done remotely.

With online shopping still very much open and going strong, it’s a great way to ensure that you can still give mum a nice treat on Mother’s Day if you can’t be there with her in person.

So to help you get your gift search underway I’ve rounded up some great picks that are sure to impress. And whether you’ve got cash to burn and really, really want to spoil your mum this year, or you want to send a small but super thoughtful gift, there are plenty of gift options here that will fit the bill.


My week on Instagram

12th May, 2019

It’s been a hectic week this week in the lead up to the start of Fashion Week as I get all my looks together for all the shows. In amongst all the prep however it’s been nice doing Mother’s Day activities both with the girls and two of my favourite mums ever – my own mum and my sister-in-law Hoda. I hosted a little brunch for the three of us this week ahead of Mother’s Day and it was lovely to hang out and spend some quality time together.

Now it’s time to get ready for another big few days at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia.

My tips for throwing the perfect Mother’s Day celebration

7th May, 2019

When it comes to Mother’s Day I find that sometime it’s often nice to bypass the busy restaurants and cafes and host a great brunch or lunch at home. My mum and sister-in-law both live close by (my parents actually live in the same apartment building!) so it’s really great to get everyone together at home and put on a lovely spread. Whilst I love entertaining, I don’t like having a stressful time prepping for it so I’ve learned how to make the process a whole lot easier. Here are some of my tips.

Prep early

I don’t like having to make a mad dash to the shops on the day of any event I’m hosting so I like to do things in advance. I’ll often buy all my groceries ahead of time so the fridge is stocked with everything I need so all I have to do is assemble everything on the day.

Go for a simple menu

I favour a simple menu whenever I’m entertaining. I’ve found that if I’m hosting a brunch or lunch that putting together platters of food is far easier than having to whip up an entire meal. I’ll often do a sweet and savoury platter, so lots of fresh fruit and a cheese platter. It’s also easy to serve up things like pastries or delicious gourmet sandwiches. I find you can still have a really abundant looking table this way but you’re not having to slave away in a kitchen for hours.

Ensure drinks are pre-chilled

It’s easy to forget to put drinks in the fridge on the day so I make a point of just popping everything in there the day before. I like to have both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks so I’ll always have juices and water and some beverages chilling. For any Mother’s Day event I always make a point of having something like rose, wine or champagne. I’ve worked with Sterling Vineyards in the past to throw a party and find their range to have some good options.

Dress the table

Part of any event is a really inviting table so I make sure that I put in the extra effort to dress it up. I’ll always have bunches of fresh flowers scattered on the table and also throughout the house. I also like to work with different types of flatware, dinnerware and glassware, mixing and matching pieces to work to a particular colour scheme or theme. I find having different platters of various shapes and sizes add an element of interest to the table. I think the aim is to always make the table look abundant so it’s inviting and pleasing to the eye.

Create a relaxing ambience

It’s always good to have a welcoming environment whenever you are entertaining and I’ve found a great way to do this is to have a beautiful scented candle burning. There’s just something about an inviting scent throughout the home that makes it a place people want to be. Also I like to have some relaxing music playing softly in the background to help lift the mood and add a fun vibe to the occasion. They’re easy and simple things to do but they can make all the difference.


My favourite things to do/receive on Mother’s Day

3rd May, 2019

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and it’s the perfect time to spoil your mum and show her just how much you appreciate her. In case you’re at a loss for what to get her this year, I’ve decided to share my favourite gift ideas — things I’ve got my own mum in the past and things I’ve received. These five things have always been a success on the gift front and I’m sure they’ll put a smile on your mum’s face too.

Spa Treatment

Image from Gillian Adams

You’d be hard pressed to find a frazzled, busy mum who wouldn’t welcome being gifted a relaxing massage. I’ve always been really excited to be given a massage as a present as it means I can have a little time to myself. Plus not only is it usually something that most mums wouldn’t regularly purchase for themselves but it’s a luxe way for them to unwind.

My fave: A warmstone massage from Gillan Adams, Turramurra

High Tea

Going to high tea is one of my favourite things to do, especially with my mum. I think it’s a lovely way to spend Mother’s Day and a great idea for a gift as you can enjoy a nice meal and spend some quality time together too.

My faves: Burnt Orange and Gunner’s Barracks, Mosman


I have a weakness for beautiful fragrances so I’m always thrilled to receive a new addition to my perfume wardrobe. The great thing about being gifted perfume is that every time you wear it you’re reminded of the person who gave it to you. I’m sure any mum would be happy to receive a lovely new scent this Mother’s Day.

My faves: Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb and Jo Malone Peony and Blush Suede


I always enjoy looking for books to give to my mum and I myself love receiving new tomes to add to my collection. I’m a fan of biographies so I always gravitate towards that genre, and I’m particularly keen to read Michelle Obama’s book Becoming.

My faves: Becoming, Michelle Obama and The Audrey Hepburn Treasures

Personalised Gifts

Adding a personal touch to a present is always a guaranteed way to ensure any gift is a success. I think creating a crafty gift is always lovely when you’ve got younger kids, and they really enjoy making it too. And given we all have so many memories stored on our phones I think anything photo related is always such a beautiful present, especially these days when it’s so easy to print or create something special with just a few clicks on your mobile.

My faves:

Mini Mothers Day Kit, Hand in Hand Activity Kits

Image via Hand in Hand Activity Kits website

Picture Postie photo gifts

Picture Postie do great personalised photo gifts
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Mother’s Day with my girls

12th May, 2018

I can’t believe it’s almost Mother’s Day again! I am so incredibly thankful to be a mum to two beautiful little girls. Sophia and Grace are both growing up way too fast (seriously where has the time gone?) but with each day it’s such a joy to see their little personalities coming through. They’re both so kind, caring and smart, and best of all as sisters, they couldn’t be any closer. I know most parents will probably agree but I can’t imagine what life was like without them.

For me, having daughters is a lot of fun. From tea parties to ballet classes to days spent at the park, I always have a ball when I’m with my girls. Being heavily into fashion I won’t deny that I also love being able to dress them up. Even at such a young age they’re already developing such strong opinions about what they like (Sophia would be in her Emma Wiggle costume everyday if she could!) and what they don’t like. It will be nice to see how this changes over the years and I’m sure I’ll lose half my wardrobe to them when they’re a bit older!

Every Mother’s Day I reflect on what the past year has brought and whilst we have our challenging days, I think every day with the girls is so enriching and in turn has made me a better person. It’s made me appreciate the little things. I can see how excited they are about the world around them, things that I probably would have taken for granted before. It reminds me of the sheer possibility of what lies ahead for them and it brings a smile to my face.

It’s a privilege to be able to guide Sophia and Grace through life. To show them what’s right and wrong. To raise them to be strong, confident, capable women who know their worth and won’t settle for anything less. I hope that I can be to them what my own mum is to me. My mum is my role model and a woman I look up to each and every day. If I come even remotely close to that I know I’ve done my job right as a mother.

To all the selfless, hardworking mums out there I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

Credits: Kate (#1): Dress; Shoes (#2) Jeans, Jumper, Shoes Sophia: (#1) Jeans, Jumper, Shoes (#2) Jeans, Sweater, Shoes Grace: Dress, Shoes, Cardigan, All from Seed

Photography: Sophia Athas

This post was created in collaboration with Seed

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Luxe Mother’s Day gift ideas that will spoil any mum

4th May, 2018

They support us endlessly, are always there to listen and can always be counted upon to give great advice— take a bow mums of the world! My mum is without a doubt my hero and has shaped who I am today so I love spoiling her on Mother’s Day. It’s my little way of saying thanks for everything she does for me and my family every single day of the year. If you’re looking for the ultimate gift to give to your mama, these luxe picks are guaranteed to put a smile on her face.

Simone Rocha bow embellished satin slides

Vibrant red slides, with a too-cute-for-words bow adornment will please any fashion loving mum.

Saint Laurent heart coin purse

Adorable and practical. A winning combination!

Gucci GG bloom wallet

This beautiful wallet is one that any mum will be excited to carry around.

Gucci Diamantissima Collection watch

I’m a big fan of gorgeous timepieces. I’m sure this sleek style by Gucci would be well received.

SK-II R.N.A Power Face Cream

Beautiful skin is the gift that keeps on giving. And using this SK-II cream everyday will feel like a mini spa treatment every time.

The Cook’s Atelier

A cookbook filled with delicious recipes that will excite any foodie.

Gucci crystal embellished logo hair clip

A touch of luxury that’s understated and well, oh-so practical too!

Alexander McQueen printed silk chiffon scarf

This beautiful bold scarf will make for the perfect finishing touch to any outfit.

Alexander McQueen gold faux pearl brooch

Accessories don’t get much more luxe than this. A statement-making piece for the mum who loves her accoutrements to take centre stage.

Melissa Joy Manning 14-karat gold earrings

Simple and stunning, these will get a daily workout.

Samantha Wills heart bracelet

This bracelet will please any minimalist loving mum.

Skin travel set

Does your mum travel a lot? This set comprises of understated wardrobe basics that can easily be mixed and matched during a getaway.



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My Mother’s Day Gift Guide at QVB

4th May, 2017

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and there’s no better time to spoil mum and show her how much you appreciate everything she does. Whether your mum is fashion obsessed, loves to be pampered or enjoys simple creature comforts such is sitting back and relaxing with a warm cup of tea, below I’ve rounded up my favourite gift picks to help put a smile on her face on May 14. All of the products are available to shop at the QVB as well as a range of other beautiful and unique gifts for all types of mums.



Gifts for a Practical Mum

Kikki. K Boxed Card Set 

If your mum is the type who loves to be prepared at all times this beautiful box of gift cards will ensure she’s ready for every occasion thrown her way.

Aveda Healthy Hair Pack 

Who wouldn’t want to be gifted amazing tresses? This pack will help mum to keep her mane in beautiful shape.

Gorman Check It Throw Rug 

Any interiors loving mum will appreciate a cosy throw rug to add to her home.

T2 In The Mood Indigo Trio 

Afternoon tea is made all the more enjoyable with pretty crockery from which to enjoy it from.

T2 Tiny Tin of Manjari Tea 

If your mum is a tea aficionado introducing her to an exotic new brew will definitely earn you major brownie points.

T2 In The Mood Indigo Storage Tin 

This tin is a picture perfect way for mum to store her favourite tea.


Gifts to pamper mum

Haigh’s Cinema Mixture 

You can never go wrong with gifting chocolate of any kind, especially when it’s this delicious.

Koko Black Mother’s Day Gift Box 

Nothing beats a box of tasty sweets and these milk, dark and white chocolate pralines are guaranteed to please.

Country Road Animal Print Pyjama Set 

Beautiful sleepwear will ensure that mum enjoys a great night’s rest in style.

Aveda Light The Way Candle 

The spice Madagascar-inspired aroma of this candle will fill any home with a delicious scent.

Fornasetti Ortensia Candle 

Hand-crafted and housed in a gorgeous ceramic vessel, this Fornasetti Ortensia candle is a truly luxe gift for a truly special mum.

Oroton Estat Large Beauty Case 

This sleek and classic beauty case will house mum’s cosmetics in elegant fashion.


Gifts for a Stylish Mum

Country Road Soft Trench 

A trench is a style staple so any fashion-loving mum will appreciate having this classic piece in her closet.

Jo Mercer Scuff Slippers 

Slip-on metallic loafers is a statement shoe that is both chic and comfortable.

Helen Kaminski Fur Felt Hat 

Help make mum’s winter look complete with this beautiful felt hat.

Helen Kaminski Abigale Bag 

This on trend bucket bag combines form and function and is the perfect carryall.

Bally Suzy Bag in Rosehaze 

Compact shoulder bags are very of the moment, especially when in the season’s major hue of a soft dusty pink.

Lovélle Ring 

Jewellery is always a gift that’s sure to impress but even more so when it’s such a striking design.


This post has been created in collaboration with QVB


Mother’s Day Gift Guide

2nd May, 2016

Mother’s Day is the perfect time to spoil Mum. Here are some of my favourite gift options to treat her this year.

Simple, elegant and personalised-what more could Mum want? In fact it’s so good you may even want to pick up a necklace  for yourself!

Sleepy Jones’ ‘Marina’ Pyjama shirt makes catching some shut-eye all the more chic. The classic red and off-white tent stripes and neat French seams add a special touch.

For the mum who loves her accessories to make a statement look no further than Victoria Beckham’s ‘Supra Kitten’ sunglasses. The marbled frames give it a modern touch and the cat-eye style is particularly flattering on round face shapes.

This pouch is perfect for off-duty days or carrying to the beach. Saint Laurent’s pouch is crafted from hard-wearing cotton-canvas and is also quite roomy so it will easily fit any essentials.

A cup of tea is made all the more enjoyable with this gorgeous porcelain teapot which is perfect for celebrating and entertaining in style. It’s even adorned with 24-carat gold which makes it all the more luxe.

A lovely — not to mention roomy — tote is always a wardrobe essential. This charcoal tote from Witchery is perfect for winter with its felt finish.

If you’re after a gift that will last the test of time you can’t go wrong with a pair of pearl studs which will forever be in style.

Jo Malone captures the essence of autumn with the smell of just-ripe pears and white freesias with amber, patchouli and woods. This is my favourite scent and one that I always have in my handbag with me.

If your mum is a jetsetter the Luxe City Guide box set comes with easy-to-use travel guides about Hanoi, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok or Tokyo. A must for any ardent traveller.

As a mum, I can speak from personal experience that a caffeine fix is an essential on those super-hectic-I’ve-barely-slept-a-wink days. A Nespresso machine is great to have in the kitchen as it’s almost like having your very own barista at home.

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All in the family

28th April, 2016


I loved doing this shoot for Trenery with my mum and Sophia as it was not only a special experience to have all three of us there but it was nice to capture three generations of the family. My mum and I have always been very close. When I was growing up she was not only a great mum but she was a great role model too. She worked extremely hard and achieved a lot in her career but always maintained a great work-life balance. Mum has always been an inspiration but now that I’m a mum, even more so.

I’ve always looked up to her for a million and one reasons. She’s a caring person who always looks out for other people. She’s also always been very charismatic, and she lights up a room whenever she walks in. I actually wish I had some of the charisma she has! It’s not surprising that Sophia gravitates towards that and even when she was a baby she was always excited to be around my mum, which has allowed them to develop a really close bond.

I think my love of fashion has largely come from Mum! She’s an impeccably dressed woman and I’ve always admired how stylish and chic she looks no matter the occasion. I think we have a similar aesthetic and love good quality pieces that are timeless such as the cosy knits from Trenery but we also love to inject a bit of personality into what we’re wearing, and love prints such as the polka dot blouse I was wearing in the shoot.

The one thing Mum always emphasised as we were growing up was that family always comes first. And that’s something that’s carried through to today, especially now that my brother and I have our own families. I live so close to mum that Sophia and I pop in for a visit practically every single day. Mum works seven days a week and has a hectic schedule but she always makes time to spend with her family. We often pop in for dinner and it’s a great way to spend quality time together as Sophia and I help her cook. Growing up, we would always have dinner together as a family and we would always have a big lunch on Sundays. This tradition still continues today. We still catch up as a family on a Sunday and we still go on family holidays once or twice a year which I feel so incredibly lucky to still be able to do.

Sophia is almost two and with another little girl on the way, I often think about the bond that I will have with them as they get older and I can only hope that the relationship I have with my daughters is as close as the one I have with my own mum. I wrote about my first year as a mum in a post last year and I honestly didn’t think I could love Sophia anymore than I did then but I just fall in love with her a little more each day. To see her little milestones in life is so amazing and she always teaches me something new. We have our good days, challenging days and amazing days but it has made our bond as a family stronger and I know it has taught Luke and I to have patience, especially with each other as we navigate the ups and downs of parenting.

We’re about to welcome a little sister for Sophia and I am so excited to meet her. I can’t wait to get to know her and see her personality and watch the bond between her and her big sister. I’m excited that my girls will be able to experience that sisterly bond in their lifetime. I don’t know how much Sophia understands about me having another baby but I try to explain it to her. I read to her a book about being a big sister every night but she already seems to be excited. She gives my tummy kisses and I’m blown away by how affectionate she is already.

As I navigate being a mum to two little girls in the future I can only imagine how much I’ll be looking to my mum for advice and guidance. I know she’ll be an amazing role model to the girls as she always was with me and I can already see that she will be a doting grandmother with an incredibly close bond with her granddaughters. And I can’t tell you how lucky I feel to have that in my life.

To all the mums out there, wishing you all the most amazing Mother’s Day.

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Credits: Kate: Cable crew neck knit, Abstract Spot top, Slim black jeans; Black patent derby shoeSlouchy rollneck knit, Garment dyed jean; Cropped sleeve rollneck knit, all by Trenery; Light jeans and white sneakers are Kate’s own; Gai: Milano Dress; Pointelle raglan knit; Jeans (Gai’s own); All shoes are Gai’s own; Sophia wears Country Road throughout.

Credits: Photography: Julie Adams; Hair & makeup: Liz Jones

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Reflections on my first Mother’s Day and my first year as a mum

5th May, 2015


I remember being heavily pregnant last Mother’s Day and I can’t believe how much time has flown and I’m about to celebrate my first one with my family. It’s hard to believe it’s been a year and Sophia is approaching one. It’s a very special moment and I’m looking forward to spending a relaxed day with Luke and Sophia.

I think being a mum is the best job in the world. Sophia comes first in every aspect of my life. I always knew that it would be an unconditional love like no other but I don’t think you can ever fully understand it until you become a mother – the love I have for Sophia is like no other and she brings so much joy to my life and my husband’s life.

I just love the little things – I could spend hours upon hours just watching her and spending time with her. Plus it’s the small private moments like watching her first crawl or watching her try to take her first step, or when she falls asleep in my arms… it’s those moments that just mean so much to me.

All I hope is that I’m guiding Sophia in the right direction and being the best mum I can be. It doesn’t matter what she wants to do in her life or who she wants to be, ultimately I just want her to be happy and to smile and be the best she can be.

In honour of Mother’s Day, Sportscraft asked Sophia and I to take part in a special Mother’s Day feature and asked me to reflect on life as a mum. Check out the pics and some of my thoughts below. You can read the full Q&A on the Sportscraft blog.

My style as a mum…

My style is relaxed yet polished. My style has definitely changed since becoming a mother. I now opt for more comfortable clothing for everyday wear and I spend a lot more time in flats as I’m always racing around. Also there is never much time for getting ready so I don’t get to experiment with beauty & hair trends as much these days so simple makeup and uncomplicated hair is my go-to.

The mum/work juggling act…

It’s always a bit of a juggle but I feel lucky that my job isn’t 9-5 so I can fit work around Sophia’s schedule. Also I feel blessed that my husband is a huge support, I don’t know what I would do without him.

The best bit of advice my mum gave to me that I will pass on to Sophia…

To show strength as a woman, have an opinion and stand up for what you believe in.


Wearing: Hilda Tunic Dress






Wearing: Agatha Melton Coat and Nell Textured Knit







Wearing: Jacqui Cable knit and the Cleo Ankle Jeans








Wearing: Drape Tencel Trench and Nell Textured Knit






Photography: Julie Adams

Hair & makeup: Filomena Natoli