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Best buys under $100

24th November, 2018

In the lead up to Christmas budgets can be tight but there’s also an array of social occasions to contend with. So, what to do? Well to help you look stylish across party season I’ve rounded up some great buys to help you get dressed in some on trend outfits without it costing a fortune. Whether it’s a casual Christmas Day gathering or a big New Year’s Eve bash, these cheap and cheerful buys will get you through the next few weeks without breaking the bank.

Boohoo button detail wide leg pant

These pants with their nautical style button finish are the perfect go-to for dinner and drinks or a day at work. Let your choice of top and shoes dictate how dressy you make them.

ASOS Design square neck top

This top is reminiscent of a lot more expensive styles but at a fraction of the price. Anything with statement sleeves this season is always a winner.

ASOS Design Marling bow mule

The adorable bow elevate this simple mule into a shoe option that’s just made for parties aplenty.

ASOS Design Haiku padded heel sandals

If you want to take your outfit up a notch it’s always worth adding a statement shoe. The texture and colour of this heel make it ideal for occasion dressing.

ASOS Design ornate cross body bag

Structured bags are having a moment and this style with its ornate finish adds a ladylike touch to any ensemble.

True Violet square neck bodycon dress

A sleek style that’s made a little more daring with touches of animal print.

Le Specs Damn! square frame sunglasses

A pair of easy breezy frames in classic white will dress up any summer ensemble and give it a fun vibe.

Kenneth Jay Lane gold plated earrings

Want to know the best shortcut for reworking existing occasion wear? Bold accessories. These earrings can easily be reworn multiple times making them a worthy investment this season.

Madewell bodysuit

If you want to give your trusty tees a break consider a bodysuit. Easily paired with myriad looks it will quickly become a summer staple.

J.Crew Claire tie-front top

The tie-front feature make this white shirt a cut above. It could easily be paired with everything from statement pants to a printed skirt.

Superga 2750 Cotu Classic sneakers

This classic French sneaker brand is a go-to for many a celebrity. These sneakers come in multiple colours so don’t be afraid to stock up!

Nana-Nana small bucket bag

Anything with a little logo action is so of the moment. Try this daring design for the ideal finishing touch to any look.

Diesel embellished narrow belt

A great belt is one of the type of accessory that you’ll wear to death. One in a vibrant shade will rework an outfit in an instant.

Furla Babylon cardholder

Luxe and affordable? What’s not to love! A great way to downsize your essentials to fit into your fave clutch.

Venroy lounge shorts

If you’re heading to a casual BBQ or beach day over the holidays then these are the ideal resort wear piece to have you looking like you’re spending the day in the Amalfi Coast.

 

 

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How to shop the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales and come away with a great bargain

19th November, 2018

Black Fridays sales are a traditional American retail event that has made its way to Australia, along with its online counterpart Cyber Monday. Whilst not all shops will do in store sales in Australia, you will be able to nab plenty of bargains online both here and overseas. There will be flash sales that run for a small amount of time whilst other retailers may offer big discounts over a day or a few days to its customers. This is the ideal time to nab Christmas presents, a new outfit for New Year’s Eve or just something that you’ve had your eye on for ages. However to grab yourself a true bargain, it pays to be savvy and employ a strategy so you don’t come away with an impulse purchase that you’ll never use.

Here are a few of my tips for scoring yourself some great buys this coming Friday and Monday…

Visit your fave retailers in the lead up to both days

There are some stores that will offer discounts well before Black Friday and Cyber Monday so it pays to check them out to see what’s on offer. You may be able to grab something early and beat the rush but still pay a significantly discounted price. To make this easier bookmark all of your regular shopping haunts so you can efficiently visit them in the lead up to the big sale days.

Sign up to your favourite retailers’ newsletters and social media feeds

If you haven’t already be sure to sign up for the newsletter of your favourite stores. This is often where you’ll find out about what’s on offer, with some giving loyal customers a sneak peek before everything kicks off.

Also follow your go-to brands on social media via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Most stores will often use these channels advertise their sales and you don’t want to miss out on a potential bargain.

Map out your target buys

Have a checklist of what you want to buy well ahead of time. This will help you hone in on what it is that you really need and want as opposed to buying something that you’ve just spotted but may not necessarily find much use for. Also you can check ahead of time which stockists offer what it is you’re after so you know exactly where to go when sale time starts.

Shop around

If there’s a particular item that you have in mind then check out a few different stores to see how much they are selling it for. This will allow you to find it at the best price. Often one retailer may offer it at the lowest price but on Black Friday and Cyber Monday other retailers may be offering huge discounts which will allow you to snap it up at a fraction of the cost.

Try on what you can in person

If you’ve got your heart set on a few things make the effort to try them on in person so you know exactly the size you’re looking for. This is especially important for buying online where you may have to act quickly and you don’t want to miss out because you’re still umming and aaahing about what size you should get.

Be selective

As with all sales my golden rule is not to get swept up in the excitement of it all and try to stick to my shopping list. Whilst something might be cheap, it’s really not if I find I’ll hardly use it and it just ends up gathering dust in my closet. It’s a great time to snap up some good buys and take advantage of all the deals on offer. May the shopping gods be ever in your favour!

Tell me—what’s the best bargain you’ve ever got from sale shopping?

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12 best buys this week under $100

16th September, 2018

If you’re feeling the Sunday blues there’s no better cure than a little retail therapy. And if it’s still a few weeks to pay day then never fear because I’ve rounded up some great buys that won’t send you broke. Whether you’re after a great casual dress for the weekend or a statement slide that will elevate any outfit I’ve got you covered with my top budget picks for the month.

Lipsy ribbed striped dress

This is a versatile dress that will take you from work to the weekend with a quick change in shoes and accessories.

Warehouse pelmet skirt in tweed co-ord & Warehouse box jacket in tweed co-ord

Chanel Clueless’ chair and pair these two together for a chic skirt suit perfect for the office.

Free People Lala turtleneck

A white shirt and jeans work perfectly together, making for an ideal off duty look.

ASOS Spirit slingback kitten heels

Who doesn’t want a comfortable heel to add to their collection? This pair is an on trend style at the right price point.

ASOS Design Leyla embroidered slipper mule

Mules have remained a constant over the last few seasons and the embroidery on this makes it the ideal style to lift any outfit.

Tony Bianco Duke backpack

Looking for a chic carryall that will hold all your essentials? This black backpack fits the bill with its understated feel.

Cheap Monday poplin shirt

A polished white shirt is a workhorse of any wardrobe and when you find just the perfect style, it’s important to snap it up.

Peter Lang Palm earrings

Architectural gold earrings are a reliable go-to for days when you want to add an element of interest to an outfit.

Le Specs Damn sunglasses

Make a bold statement with these 60s inspired frames.

Boohoo Petite contrast lapel blazer

A patterned blazer makes for a great alternative to a classic black jacket and can easily be paired with everything from denim to black pants.

ASOS Design suede tote bag with square handle detail

A structured tote in a bold red shade will dial up the glamour of any ensemble.

Photo by Christin Hume on Unsplash

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12 Best Buys this Week Under $100

7th July, 2018

If you’re desperate for a fashion fix but don’t want to fork out a lot of money, never fear! I’ve rounded up the best buys this week for under $100. Not only are they on trend, they also won’t break the bank which is a win-win situation all round.

Michael Michael Kors small coin purse

Brighten up your handbag with this cute purse in a vibrant bubble gum pink.

ASOS hanky hemi wrap skirt

The monochrome palette and drape of this skirt make it the ideal go-to for relaxed weekend dressing.

ASOS relaxed scoop back jumper

An alluring back detail is never a bad thing. Shake up your sweater collection with this little number.

Ksar faux shearling jacket

Add a touch of texture to your winter wardrobe with this cosy topper.

ASOS Design squared off cat eye sunglasses

A classic shape and style, this will see you through multiple seasons with ease.

Bardot Neve long sleeved mini dress

The ideal layering piece, pop this on under a blazer or chunky knit for a polished look.

ASOS Design black fabric obi belt

If you’ve got several button ups in your closet that need revamping try dressing them up by pairing it with an obi belt.

Lioness Manhattan knit dress

Great colour, great shape, great style. You can’t go wrong with this dress and the best bit? It won’t cost the earth.

Retro Luxe London gold dragon belt

A great belt is a must for pairing with a pair of jeans this season and this design is guaranteed to be able to be worn on several different occasions.

ASOS Design elope pointed sock boots

I love a sock boot because of its sleek, slimline design. Pair this with wide leg trousers, denim or a great dress.

Liars and Lovers white tassel and bead statement hoop earrings

Revive a tired outfit with a hit of statement earrings. These are fun and will definitely elevate a look.

Reclaimed Vintage rose gold classic mesh strapped watch

A sleek rose gold watch makes for the perfect finishing accessory to an ensemble.

What’s been the best bargain buy you’ve made lately?

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12 best buys this week for under $120

16th June, 2018

Who’s in the mood for a little retail therapy? If you’ve had that kind of week and just want to treat yourself without breaking the bank then look no further than the 12 picks I’ve rounded up for you. Not only are there some designer goodies in the mix, these buys are all guaranteed on trend updates to your winter wardrobe and all for under $120. And hey, I don’t blame you if you want to add more than one to cart…

Le Specs Outta Love acetate sunglasses

I spoke about how much I am loving coloured sunglasses at the moment. These are so now and are a playful touch to any ensemble.

Polo Ralph Lauren graphic logo tee

The designer logo tee is still going strong and this is a vibrant option that will elevate any look.

Valentino by Mario Valentino crossbody camera bag

Carry all your essentials on a night out in style. Love the pink hue of this bag.

Superga Linea Up and Down sneakers

You can never go wrong with white sneakers. Superga is a celeb fave and will give your look instant style cred.

Friends of Audrey Midnight Open Back dress

Snap. This. Up. Now. You’ll wear this to death throughout winter and is the kind of piece that can work for myriad occasions.

Saba Clancy oversized knit

Cosy up in a great knit…and at such a great price too.

Michael Kors ribbed knit sweater

Add a bold touch to your next off duty look with this fuchsia sweater.

Sam Edelman slippers

These shoes will go with everything from jeans to pants and dresses and skirts so it would be almost rude not to snap them up.

BB Dakota vegan leather jacket

A great looking leather jacket minus the exxy price tag. What’s not to love?

Atmos & Here Ciao Bella jumper

Slogan jumpers are a fun touch to any weekend look. This one would work beautifully with great jeans and your fave sneakers.

Tommy Hilfiger multi tote logo bag

Say it loud and proud! This striking bag with its logo feature is one way to elevate a look and make a statement.

Le Specs Fluxus cat eye sunglasses

Such a classic shape and colour—you’ll wear these to death.

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Zara’s got your key autumn pieces sorted for less than $500—and you can now buy everything online

19th March, 2018

In case you’ve been hiding under a rock you may have missed the momentous occasion that fashion lovers have been waiting for: you can now buy Zara online. All your super on trend buys are now just a click away and this means that it has never been easier to update your wardrobe. If you’re still trying to navigate your way through  the trans-seasonal weather (which if you’re in Sydney like me has been going from cool to scorching hot every few days) you may be noticing that you need a few new pieces to update your look. And there’s no better opportunity to do it on a budget than by checking out Zara’s latest offerings. I pulled together an edit of autumn’s must-haves for less than $500 and all six pieces should take you into winter and beyond.

Scroll down to shop my six must-have autumn pieces

Zara three quarter sleeve cropped black blazer with pearl buttons

Zara black three quarter length blazer, $99

A plain black blazer is a very handy thing to have in your wardrobe. It’s the type of piece that’s saved me on more than one occasion as it can instantly dress up an outfit in seconds. The cropped length of this style is great for our current is-it-or-isn’t-it-cold weather. And the pearl buttons are the kind of small finishing touch that can turn an ordinary blazer into something on trend.

Zara chambray shirt

Zara flowing v-neck blouse, $69.95

Click through to see this plain chambray shirt in action but I’m sure you’ll agree it’s the perfect cut for wearing in that relaxed, effortless, quintessential French girl style.

Zara striped sheer white blouse

Zara striped shirt with sheer detail, $59.95

A white shirt is all kinds of useful in any wardrobe but sometimes you just want to take a staple up a notch. Enter a sheer beauty such as this. It’s a great layering piece as you can wear a slip underneath for a more modest look or wear a gorgeous bra when you’re going for slightly sexier.

Zara neutral wide leg trousers

Zara neutral wide leg trousers, $69.95

A pair of wide leg trousers are great for the office and for off duty wear. Pair it with a button down, a simple tee or a slip and you can create myriad looks.

Zara geometric print pleated skirt

Zara geometric print pleated skirt, $69.95

Adding a punchy garment to your autumn wardrobe can add some life back into old wardrobe favourites. This piece can easily take you from 9 to 5 straight to after work drinks without missing a beat.

Zara black loafers with buckle detail

Zara black loafers with buckle detail, $69.95

I’m all about a great pair of polished flats as they’re comfy and so stylish at the same time. This style would work well with everything from jeans to a skirt and is the ideal shoe to see you through autumn/winter.

Have you snapped up anything on Zara online yet? Do share!
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The online shopping destination you need to bookmark now

6th March, 2018

Have you ever spent ages looking for just the right dress or top only to discover it unexpectedly? I had been looking for a new off the shoulder dress for awhile and I just wasn’t happy with what I had been seeing. I knew I needed to expand my scope from my usual list of go-to sites so I decided to check out Amazon Australia. I’ve obviously bought things like books and electronic gadgets from there before but I hadn’t ever really checked out their fashion range. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. They’ve got a great edit of well known labels along with smaller brands, so the selection was just a little bit different from the styles I had stumbled across.

This was a great lesson in making an effort to expand your usual shopping haunts as I ended up finding the below dusty pink dress. It ticked all the boxes for me: it had the off the shoulder silhouette I was after, statement sleeves and the on-trend tie detail I had in mind. The shade was also just the right pink hue as I wanted something feminine but not too girly.

With such a standout dress I wanted to keep my accessories quite simple. I stuck to a minimalist approach and just kept to sunglasses and a simple clutch. The look and feel of my clutch tapped into the trend towards native-style bags which I felt worked really well with dress. My round frame sunglasses on the other hand were able to add a statement element to my overall look without being overwhelming.

Credits: Dress, Amazon; Sunglasses, Chloe; Clutch, Heidi Klein

Photography: Sophia Athas

This post has been created in collaboration with Amazon Australia

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My shopping wishlist: What I’ve got my eye on this month

2nd March, 2018

Welcome to autumn! We’re now officially in the land of trans-seasonal dressing where walking out the door requires having to deal with the fact it could go from warm one minute to cold the next. And for me this means strategically adding a few key items into my wardrobe such as lightweight knits and comfortable closed toe flats to ease my sadness at having to put my dresses and sandals into hibernation for a few months (that said, a pair of ah-mazing velvet heels may have caught my eye this month).

Whilst I’m a little sad to farewell summer the change in season has got me in the mood to plan my autumn/winter wardrobe and the new additions I’ll be making to it. Any excuse for a bout of shopping, right? I’m currently refreshing my mind about what I already have in my closet so I know what might need replacing and what on-trend pieces I can add. In the process I’ve managed to find a few things that I’d love to add to my autumn wardrobe. Below is a snapshot of what’s on my radar.

Have you started planning your autumn/winter looks? I’d love to hear what you’ve got on your wishlist right now.
Gucci Jordaan gingham loafers

If the frequency at which I wear my Gucci loafer slides is anything to go by a new pair would definitely get plenty of use. The shape of these is so flattering and they’re comfy too. The poppy gingham print is the perfect colourful touch to what will be an endless stream of moody, neutral shades over the next few months.

Chloe Poppy heart-framed shaped glasses

These Lolita-esque sunglasses are an adorable shape that will add a playful finishing touch to any look. Accessories are one way to really liven up a look during the cooler months.

Alexander McQueen skull and floral print scarf

I’m a big fan of scarves as they’re so easy to throw on when the weather is still slightly unpredictable. I love the colour of this, and the signature McQueen skull print.

Muun Louise wood handle bucket bag

I really like the chic, minimalist feel of this. The element of natural texture with the wooden handle is a great contrast to the all white, contemporary feel of the rest of the bag.

Oscar de la Renta tasseled beaded silk clip earrings

My obsession with statement earrings is still going strong. The colour and tassels really make this quite the striking piece.

Miu Miu ruffled printed crepe wrap skirt

Great print, great colour and a flattering wrap skirt style make this the ideal piece for dressing up a look during the week or elevating an off duty outfit.

Miu Miu Miu Lady embellished raffia and textured shoulder bag

So much to love about this bag. Only Miu Miu could get away with combining raffia, crystals and gold in the one bag and not have it look like a crazy mess but a picture of perfection.

Alexandre Birman Jessica bow-embellished velvet sandals

Autumn/winter is the perfect time to embrace luxe textures such as velvet. The colour of this would really make an outfit pop.

Johanna Ortiz Toluca cropped bow-embellished striped linen top

I would layer this under a jacket and pair it with a high waisted skirt or pant. The bow is a sweet finishing touch.

Alexander McQueen high rise ruffled detailed tiered embellished skirt

This is a dream piece but I couldn’t go past the confection of frills. It’s what statement skirt dreams are made of.

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My trick for ensuring I always make a good purchase and avoid buyer’s remorse

28th February, 2018
Kate Waterhouse looking in a mirror holding a Zimmermann top

Should I or shouldn’t I?

Over the years I’ve done my fair share of shopping expeditions and as a result I’ve also walked away with buyer’s remorse a time or two (or ten). And as I hated the feeling so much it was something that I wanted to work on curbing. It’s a waste of money and I really hate the idea of something going unused because I just wasn’t 100 per cent sure about it. I need to ensure that I always make a good purchase whenever I shop.

I do most of my shopping online so I know how easy it can be to make an impulse purchase when you’re sitting at home, enjoying a glass of wine and trawling through your fave clothing site. When you’re looking at something in real life it’s easier to gauge whether it’s definitely something you’ll wear or if it’s just an of the moment item that will end up just spending its days gathering dust in the back of your wardrobe. When you’re shopping on screen it can be a little trickier as everything looks great when professionally photographed.

Kate Waterhouse walking away from a boutique carrying shopping bags

Regret-free shopping right here!

I often get asked my tips for online shopping and without a doubt the biggest one is that I will leave something I am thinking of buying in my cart for 24 hours. The action of adding it to cart is enough to satisfy my shopping whim but by not buying it immediately I give myself enough time to think about whether I really want it or not. I apply a similar principal to shopping in real life which works just as well. Usually I’ll see something when I’m out shopping with the girls and I won’t try it on right away (mostly because have you ever tried to try something on with two kids in tow?) but instead I’ll leave it a day or two. If I’m still thinking about it I’ll go back on my own and try it on. However this gives me a bit of time to consider whether I really want it or it was just a fleeting interest.

My general rule is that if I’m still thinking about something the next day then it’s something I really want as opposed to just getting caught up in the moment. By delaying buying it it gives me time to research the item further. I suggest Googling what you’re thinking of purchasing and seeing what it looks like on other sites as sometimes the colour or texture can look really different. It also allows me to consider how it’s going to work with the rest of my wardrobe and ask myself the key questions I’ve told myself I need to ask before any purchase. If all the boxes are ticked then I know I’m making a good purchase.

Tell me—What are some of your favourite shopping tricks?  
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What’s on my shopping wish list this month 

12th January, 2018

At the start of a new year I like to take stock of my closet and strategise what new additions I might make. Usually I’ll look at what’s currently on trend along with any gaps I have in my wardrobe and pinpoint a few things to purchase from there. Shopping for summer is always fun as the relaxed vibe of the season means it’s a good opportunity to invest in some bold and playful pieces along with standout accessories. Here’s what I have my eye on this month…

Valentino Free Rockstud Leather slides

Valentino’s Rockstud heels and flats are a signature style of the brand and now they’re taking it into summer footwear territory with these slides. The navy and white colour combination feels perfect for this time of year and the studs are an edgy touch.

Cult Gaia Luna acrylic shoulder bag

Circular bags are a huge trend and this one looks like a work of art that you can carry on your shoulder. The beaded strap is able to be detached allowing for plenty of versatility.

Jerome Dreyfus Hector leather tote

This one stood out to me because of its departure from the shape of a traditional tote. The round style looks modern whilst its beautiful tan colour makes it a versatile classic.

Zimmermann Lumino asymmetric linen midi dress

Linen dresses are a welcome trend this season due to their relaxed vibe and the added bonus that they require minimal effort on the ironing front. The sunny yellow of this Zimmermann frock caught my eye as it’s so perfect right now. Bold stripes and sweet ruffled details meet to great effect, making for a great go-to dress.

MDS striped cotton jersey top

This top is quite high on the adorable scale with its tie straps and gathered finish. Perfect with everything from a denim skirt to tailored shorts, it’s made for enjoying sunny days.

MDS striped cotton jersey wide leg pants 

I couldn’t resist the matching pants to the above top! How cute do they look as a set?

Sam Edelman Rumi Dupion slippers 

Simple pointed flats at a reasonable price—what’s not to love? They’re also a great colour that will really work back with a huge chunk of my wardrobe.

Freda Banana Tara faux-pearl embellished glasses

Statement sunglasses are the ideal accessory to lift an outfit and this pair, with its faux-pearl embellishment really makes for a fun addition to any look.

Milana twisted paper medium brim

I’m a firm believer in staying safe in the sun and this hat fits the bill. As a bonus they’re also on sale.

Annie Costello Brown gold halle earrings

I can envisage these architectural earrings making a stylish addition to myriad outfits and they’ll definitely be able to transition into next season, allowing me to get maximum cost per wear.

C&M Camilla and Marc Montaine dress

Breezy dresses are one of my favourite things during the warmer months and this mini dress with its tie detail will most certainly get more than a few outings for the remainder of the season.

What’s on your shopping list this month?