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Fashion

Easy ways to rethink the humble tracksuit and turn it into a stylish loungewear staple

24th May, 2020

The tracksuit is no doubt a ubiquitous part of many people’s relaxation wardrobe and over the last few weeks I’m sure it has become even more of an integral staple. While classic trackies will always have a place in our off duty repertoire, in recent years, the humble tracksuit as we know it has had a bit of a glow up. In fact, dare I say, it’s now right up there as a critical part of many a loungewear look. So, if you want to to easily go from your couch to the local cafe to pick up a coffee, here are a few ways to do the tracksuit, with an injection of style.

Be selective with materials

Think luxe materials such as wool, cashmere or corduroy. While there are some cute iterations of cotton tracksuits, there’s something about elevated fabrics which can turn the tracksuit into more of a style piece.

Work it back with a knit

A gorgeous knit is always a constant in my winter wardrobe and it’s become a critical part of my loungewear wardrobe because it’s actually a great piece to pair with a pair of tracksuit pants. Worn back with a tracksuit, it makes it adds a chic element.

Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise

You don’t have to go all out in the accessories department if you don’t want to but the addition of a simple necklace or a great pair of earrings is one way to turn a tracksuit from just something you wear on the couch to something that has a little more of a fashion element.

Consider your footwear

Pair your tracksuit with a great – but comfy – pair of shoes. Think a nice comfortable sandal or a pair of sneakers. It allows you to tick the form and function box quite nicely.

Go for a great bag

When leaving the house, you can turn your tracksuit into a going out look with the addition of a nice bag. A statement tote, a bucket bag, or even a pretty basket bag are the kind of dressy accessory that works well with a tracksuit.

Consider your outerwear

One trend that’s emerged featuring the tracksuit, is pairing it with classic outerwear. Think a beautiful trench or a coat in a classic shade such as camel, black or navy. It doesn’t seem like it should work but it definitely does—plus you can stay unbelievably toasty and warm all at the same time.

Credits: Tracksuit in video, Bec and Bridge

This post was produced in collaboration with Lexus

Fashion

Snacking up a storm? Try these healthy snack options that are dietitian-approved

23rd May, 2020
Roasted chickpeas are a nutritious and delicious snack

If you’re finding yourself snacking a lot more than usual then you’re not alone—with more time spent at home, and closer proximity to pantries and fridges, it’s easy to find yourself grazing throughout the day. So instead of going for chips or biscuits, why not reach for some healthy options instead? Here Sydney-based dietitian Rachel Hawkins shares some of the best snack options to have the next time you get a craving for a 3pm chocolate bar hit.

Greek or natural yogurt – “A fantastic source of calcium for bone and muscle health and also a hunger-busting hit of protein.”

Hummus with veggie sticks or wholegrain crackers – “Hummus is high in protein and low GI, which helps to stabilise blood sugar levels and keep you feeling full. Pair with veggie sticks or wholegrain crackers for a balanced snack that is high in added fibre and a host of vitamins and minerals.”

Air-popped popcorn – “A great wholegrain snack that is low in calories and a good source of fibre.”

A tasty smoothie is a winner for the whole family

Smoothies – “Homemade smoothies can serve as a great source of protein, calcium, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals. It’s also a great way to add extra vegetables into your diet. For a simple smoothie try 1/2 cup mixed berries, 1 handful spinach, protein powder, 2tbsp rolled oats, 1 tbsp chia seeds, milk, ice.”

Whole piece of fruit – “Simple, but full of micronutrients and a good source of fibre.”

Wholegrain crackers topped with cottage cheese – “A great high protein, high fibre snack which will help to keep you feeling fuller for longer.”

Unsalted nuts are an easy snack option

A handful of unsalted nuts – “High in protein, healthy fats and fibre as well as micronutrients such as vitamin E and zinc which are great for skin health.”

Muesli or Nut Bar – “Many bars are high in added sugar, so be sure to check the nutrition label carefully. Aim for a bar that contains around 3- 4g fibre and 5g+ protein. I love Carmans ‘Protein’ nut bar range – most flavours contain over 10g protein and 4g fibre.” 

Edamame – “Fantastic high protein, high fibre plant based snack. 1 cup = 20g protein, 7g fibre.”

Roasted chickpeas – “Another great plant based snack that is a good source of protein and fibre.” 

Fashion, What I Wore

What I wore working from home

21st May, 2020

It’s been quite chilly in Sydney, so this week it was all about cosy separates in my home office. My general go-to uniform of late has been a jumper and jeans, which makes getting dressed for work ultra easy. I have dabbled in dressing up a little bit on days where I’ve got a work meeting or I’m shooting something at home, but otherwise it’s still denim and knits all the way. Here’s what I wore this week.

This ribbed matching set by Steele looks dressy but is actually ultra comfy. The co-ord vibe gives it a polished feel which is a great shortcut on days where I’m feeling lazy to style a look. The great thing about having separates is that I can pair both the top and skirt with other things in my closet, making it great value in terms of cost per wear.

Credits: Top and skirt, Steele

I’ve been really into these Ksubi jeans whilst working from home and they’re frequently in rotation during the week. I paired it with this sporty top by Camilla and Marc. I love the cord fabrication of the top as it adds some interesting texture to my look. But best of all, it’s really comfortable and perfect for a day at my desk.

Credits: Top, Camilla and Marc; Jeans, Ksubi

I’ve been experimenting a lot with different alternatives to jeans during the week and can attest to these cuffed pants by Bec and Bridge being an absolute winner. They’re a versatile grey which makes them ultra easy to work back with different pieces while the pin tucking adds a on trend touch. They’re ridiculously comfortable too, so that’s also another plus. Pink is always such a good pairing with grey, so I opted for this Steele knit to finish off my look.

Credits: Jumper, Steele, Pants, Bec and Bridge

I told you I am all about these Ksubi jeans right now! I went for a cosy pink turtleneck jumper by one of my fave new brands, Joslin Studio. I’m particularly into the cute finishes such as the hand knitted pom poms and cable knit feature. It’s also made from a blend of cotton and cashmere which makes it really effective at keeping me warm without being overly hot like I’ve found other jumpers to be. And you can never go wrong with a touch of pink.

Credits: Jumper, Joslin Studio, Jeans, Ksubi

Fashion

The key pieces that I’ve got on high rotation

18th May, 2020

The one thing that isolation life really taught me is that there are just key things that I can’t live without when it comes to my wardrobe. I found myself gravitating towards these pieces over and over again and they really were the cornerstone of many looks.

I also discovered that it really is very important for me to change my outfit according to a specific activity as it helped get me in the right frame of mind. While it’s ultra comfortable, staying in tracksuits/workout gear all day it made it really hard to differentiate between relaxation time and work time so I was doing multiple changes throughout the day—much like I would on a regular day where I’d change from from my activewear after a run, to my work clothes then back home to softer pieces to wind down. And in this process, I was really able to pinpoint the things that I need for a functional wardrobe on a day to day basis. Having collaboration with Lexus on a few stay at home/work from home style videos here’s what I honed in on as things I can’t live without right now…

Good activewear

I found that a good activewear set is really important to me, and I’m loving the sets by Camilla and Marc. They colours are ultra chic and not too out there and flashy which fits into my style. They were also easy to dress up, I actually threw on a white shirt over them on the odd occasion and they looked less exercise and more fashion-y.

A good line-up of jeans and tailored pants

I have on high rotation right now jeans and tailored but relaxed fit pants. I tend to go back and forth between the two of them most days now. They’re comfortable but also polished which is important to me.

Reliable basics

I’ve always been about great basics and currently I’m wearing white tees and singlets a lot. I tend to layer quite frequently in autumn and winter so it’s important to have those basics sorted, and for me, I’ve found Uniqlo and Cotton On do great, and affordable staples.

Comfy knits

There’s no better time than now to invest in great knits! I am building up a collection in a variety of colours as I’ve found them to be the easiest, most comfortable and also effortlessly stylish option on most days. I’m loving knits I’ve recently got from Bec and Bridge and Joslin Studio, they’re a great style and also come in beautiful shades.

Blazers

And last but not least, one of my forever staples—a great blazer. Having a blazer at the ready has honestly helped me get ready for a Zoom call in just a few seconds as it makes any look look that much more polished.

Credits: Wearing in video – pants, Manning Cartell; Top, Cotton On; Items off the rack – Activewear set, Camilla and Marc; Jeans, Levis 501; T-shirt, Uniqlo; Singlet, Cotton On; Blazers, Manning Cartell; Pink knit, Joslin Studio; Blue knit, Bec and Bridge; White jeans, Bec and Bridge

This post was produced in collaboration with Lexus

Lifestyle & Social

The Curated: Must-see movies

15th May, 2020

With more time spent at home these days I’m always on the hunt for great movie recommendations. I feel like I’ve exhausted a lot of my favourites so in my quest to add some new movies to my list, I thought I’d turn to a few people who I know would have some great suggestions. I always like hearing other people’s fave movies, as it saves me trawling through Netflix for ages trying to find something to watch. So I’ve rounded up their picks below (including mine) in case you’re on the hunt for something to watch over the weekend. Keep an eye out over the coming weeks as I’ll be sharing more of the panel’s pick for everything from TV shows to binge watch to the best places to shop online and must-read books—everything you’ll need to get through isolation!

The Curated panel: presenter, journalist and producer Ksenija Lukich; artist and style curator and founder of Where did your style go? Tash Sefton; influencer Nadia Fairfax, stylist Elliot Garnaut, influencer Rey Vakili; Ostelin and Johnson’s baby ambassador, Phoebe Burgess

Me: Little Miss Sunshine: “It just brings a smile to my face every time I watch it.” 

About a Boy: “Hugh Grant is so funny in this.”

The Gentlemen “The best movie I’ve seen this year.” 

Rey: The Sound of Music: “Because who doesn’t love it?! I probably watch this movie once a year.” 

The Departed: “Is one of my all time favourites. Great acting, great directing and keeps you guessing right till the very end.” 

Jojo Rabbit: “I saw this recently and I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this film. It’s hilarious, it’s moving, it will make you think, it will make you cry.”

Tash: “I love The Notebook, Age of Adeline and Little Women – because I am a sucker for a romance and these movies I can re-watch over and over again and they make me hysterically cry. I’m laughing at myself really!”

Nadia: Strictly Ballroom: “Classic Aussie brilliance.” 

Overboard (the old one): “I love this because Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell remind me of my mum and dad.” 

Ferngully: The Last Rainforest: “The OG environmental movie.” 

Ksenija: Forrest Gump: “I love Tom Hanks and his performance in this movie is still to this day one of my favourites of all time. Funny, heartwarming and one of my fave movie soundtracks.”

Moulin Rouge/Chicago: “These are in the same vein so I’ll pop them together. I am a massive fan of musicals and these two are definitely up there with my favourites (followed closely by West Side Story). They make me happy and I always end up listening to the soundtracks after I watch the movies. All That Jazz, Elephant Love Melody. Doesn’t get better.”

Titanic: “Leo and Kate, need I say more?”

Elliot: The First Wives Club: “I remember so vividly watching this movie for the first time as a kid with my mum and falling in love with the character of Elise Elliot. I thought she was the chicest thing I’d ever seen. Scary how I see traits of myself in her now I’ve gotten older…”

Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette: “I have always found this film extremely meditative. There is a scene in where Marie is walking through the garden with her daughter that instils in me an ultimate sense of calm.”

The Grand Budapest Hotel: “Anything of Wes Anderson’s has a place in my heart however The Grand Budapest Hotel stands out for it’s quick wit and unapologetic profanity.”

Films deserving an honourable mention: The Devil Wears Prada, Man on Fire, Moulin Rouge.

Phoebe: The Lion King: “I have to put the Lion King for the beautiful circle this movie has done from my childhood to now being part of my own children’s memories. The Lion King is a special moment for any family and has helped me explain the circle of life – in reality – more than once but particularly when my grandmother passed.”

Peter Rabbit: “This has that “kids-movie-that-adults-can-enjoy-too” quality, like what Shrek brought to animation and the kids’ genre to help us through their movie choices. James Corden [who voiced Peter Rabbit] is definitely having his moment in comedy right now.” 

Frozen 1 and 2: “[These movies] have provided us hours of singing, dress ups, dramatic reenactments by [my daughter] Poppy and “Let It Go” is officially [my son] Billy’s very first karaoke moment caught on camera by his mummy who will be saving this for his 21st. Poppy bought me a singing Elsa birthday card that Billy now sleeps with.”

Photo by Charles Deluvio on Unsplash

Fashion, What I Wore

What I wore working from home

14th May, 2020

Things are resuming on the work front in some way as I prepped to do a few shoots this week, but I’m doing it all from home so the WFH wardrobe continues. I’ve been embracing lots of warm woolly knits this week as the temperatures dipped in Sydney, so my main concern was to rug up. I was happy to pull out a few of my fave woollen pieces for this very occasion, and you just can’t beat being ultra cosy while working. Here’s what I wore this week.

Prepping for a shoot (as you can see by the fact Grace is playing with my clothes rail in the background!) and I was all about this tracksuit set by Bec and Bridge. I love the fact that this jumper and pants are so comfy but the beautiful green shade and the chic silhouette made me feel like I was all dressed up.

Credits: Jumper and pants, Bec and Bridge

Working another co-ord set, this time loose pants and a matching jumper. The beauty in matching sets is that both things can be worn separately and also incorporated with other pieces in your wardrobe. This is another take on ‘tracksuit but not a tracksuit’ comfort dressing and it’s quickly becoming my fave WFH look.

Credits: Top and pants, Bec and Bridge

The one thing I love about activewear nowadays is that you can go straight from a run to the rest of your day without missing a beat. Case in point: this jacket and leggings by P.E Nation. I wore this around the house during a busy day looking after the girls and I still felt like I had on a fashion look.

Credits: Jacket and leggings, P.E Nation

When I’m looking for a no-brainer look I always team something white with denim. It could be a tee when it’s warm and a jumper in cooler weather but it always works. I’ve been wearing this distressed Ksubi pair a fair bit and this week, I paired it with this knit by Bec and Bridge. It’s a comfortable outfit combination that basically allows me to get dressed on auto-pilot.

Credits: Jumper, Bec and Bridge; Jeans (similar style here), Ksubi

Fashion, Lifestyle & Social, Social

How to look good on Zoom

13th May, 2020

If you’ve suddenly found your days filled with multiple Zoom calls you’re not alone. Isolation has meant we’re working from home or unable to catch up with all our friends so video calling is our lifeline. Whether it’s a work meeting, virtual drinks with the girls or home schooling, being on Zoom (or FaceTime or House Party or any number of video call platforms) has become a regular part of our routines. And while it may only be a tiny box on a screen, there are still some simple tweaks I’ve found to make how you appear on a video call a little more flattering. I’m sharing a few of my tried and tested tips here — try them during your next chat.

Have great lighting

This applies to photographs and it definitely applies to video calls: natural lighting is key. Give the fluorescent lighting a miss if you can as this can make you appear washed out. Instead find a spot with great natural light and let it face towards you, lighting your face.

Elevate your screen

You don’t want the image on screen to be streaming from an angle that is facing up as this can make for a rather unflattering viewpoint. It’s easily fixed by propping your computer up on a stack of books to elevate it which makes for a much more flattering angle.

Pop on a blazer

You can throw a blazer on over jeans and a tee and it automatically elevates your look. This is a great staple to have on hand for those times when you need to quickly look dressed up but don’t have much time up your sleeve. Accessories such as earrings and necklaces do the same — the chunkier the better.

Declutter your background

Declutter behind you or do your call in front of a wall. You don’t want people seeing all your personal belongings behind you, particularly if it’s a work call.

Add some colour with lipstick

If you don’t have time to for any of the above pop on some lipstick. A flush of colour instantly makes you look a little more glam and put together.

Credits: Suit, Manning Cartell; T-shirt, Cotton On, Pearl and chain link necklace and earrings, AJE; Custom vintage gold medallion necklace

This post was produced in collaboration with Lexus

Lifestyle & Social

What’s getting me through the week

8th May, 2020

It’s all about getting back to basics right now and as a result it’s the simplest things that are bringing a little brightness into my days. I’ve been embracing cooking, spending time with my family and also ensuring I’m incorporating some exercise during the day which has made another week of being in iso just that little bit better.

My slow cooker

I know I might be late to the party on this but I recently got a slow cooker and it has been amazing! I got one by Russell Hobbs and it has been such a great addition to the kitchen. It’s made getting a yummy dinner on the table easier and quicker in amongst home schooling and running my business, as I can quickly pop something on in the morning and by the evening it’s ready to go.

Australian Women’s Weekly slow cooker recipe book

To accompany my new favourite appliance I had to enlist the help of this great cook book. It features so many great recipes and so far I have tried making Mexican pulled pork, Hungarian goulash, Thai chicken curry and my husband’s favourite – American ribs. Can’t praise this book highly enough as cooking at home for almost every meal has meant needing to have plenty of dinner inspiration at the ready and this doesn’t disappoint. 

The Last Dance

This docuseries featuring Michael Jordan and the 90s Chicago Bulls is consistently topping Netflix’s list of most watched shows so we decided to check it out and it has quickly become a fave in our house. I was a huge fan of MJ as a little girl in the 90s as my brother used to watch all the Chicago Bulls games when we were kids and it has been great to relive all those moments and check back with some of the iconic players of the era.

Horse riding with my girls

Even during isolation we have been luckily enough to be able to ride and exercise our ponies. It’s so amazing to get out in the fresh air and be with these incredible animals. It’s one of the things I absolutely love doing with my girls, and it’s nice to see that they’ve also developed a love of horses.

Exercising during the week

Every weekday morning I try and get out of the house by myself for a run and some exercise. My husband and I tag team—he goes first and then, when he comes back to be with the kids, I head out. It’s only for about 40 minutes but it’s a great way to start the day. I also mix it up with Fit For Dreams Zoom classes, especially when it’s raining. 

Fashion

What I wore working from home

7th May, 2020

As I’m slowly getting used to working from home, I’ve been experimenting with my looks a lot more to change things up. It’s nice to be able to tap into my love of fashion to help bring some brightness into my day. It’s also the number one way to get me in the right frame of mind for work — if I feel like I’m dressed for an ordinary day in the office then I find I’ll get in the zone a lot easier. So, here’s what my wardrobe looked like this week.

I spoke about these jeans recently and they’ve become a staple of my WFH wardrobe. One of the best things about working from home is the dress code changes according to my mood so ripped jeans are totally a thing in the office! I’ve paired this with a great little black knit with 3/4 sleeves from Bec and Bridge and it’s just an easy combination that I keep coming back to.

Credits: Top, Bec and Bridge; Jeans (similar here), Ksubi

I can still get away with wearing a slip dress at home with the temperatures in Sydney so I took the opportunity to rock this colourful number. Love the pattern and colours and it’s an easy outfit option that makes getting dressed in the morning so much easier. If I’m feeling a little cold I’ll just pop on a cardi or a light jacket on top and I’m set.

Credits: Dress, Suboo

A matching set is such a good iso wardrobe option because it’s a great shortcut to looking polished, but doesn’t compromise on comfort. I love the khaki shade of this top and pants combination from Bondi Born, and both can be worn separately too which ticks the versatility box. Also this set is made from a super soft lyocell, and when worn in the form of wide leg pants and a relaxed shirt, it basically feels like I’m wearing pyjamas the entire day — no complaints about that!

Credits: Top and pants, Bondi Born

I was in the mood for something a bit dressier so I decided on this Camilla and Marc dress. The cut-outs and ruching detail gives a pretty finish, while the billowy sleeves add an on trend touch. I can see myself really getting a lot of wear from this dress because it’s the kind of thing that’s comfortable but looks so gorgeous on.

Credits: Dress, Camilla and Marc

Beauty, Fashion & Beauty

The three iso beauty products I currently can’t live without

6th May, 2020

My beauty routine during isolation has become quite pared back and I’ve found myself gravitating towards the same products. I’ve been focusing on the basics and trying to hit reset on a few things — if I’m going to be at home for awhile, I figured I may as well take advantage of it. My focus has been on nourishing hair, skin and nails (the building blocks of any beauty look) and really giving them a big nourishing boost. Hopefully by the time things go back to normal they’ll all be in top condition and stronger and healthier than they were pre-isolation. Here are some of my current favourites.

Vida Glow Marine Collagen

I’ve always believed that if you start with a good foundation for your beauty look then everything else will just sit better and the result is a nicer finish. I’m currently taking Vida Glow marine collagen supplements twice a day and I can definitely see the difference in my hair, skin and nails. It’s a really easy thing to incorporate into my routine as I just mix a sachet with water and drink.

Nivea Rich Nourishing 48hr Body Cream

I’ve tried a range of body moisturisers but this is without a doubt my favourite. I like it because it’s unfussy and does what it’s supposed to which is essentially to nourish and moisturise my skin. It’s got a great consistency, smells really nice and I lather it on and walk away with skin that feels great. It’s also the easiest thing in the world to get as it’s stocked so widely.

Sally Hansen Hard as Nails

I’m trying to give my nails a break from nail polish to restore them. With events and race days on pause for awhile I figured it was the ideal time to avoid polish and just leave my nails be for awhile. Wearing nail polish so often can really take a toll so I’m using this Sally Hansen nail hardener to try and make them strong again.