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Bored of your winter wardrobe? Update it with these fun fashion buys

13th July, 2018

When you’re in the depths of winter your wardrobe can sometimes feel a little flat and in need of a pick-me-up. And hey, if the weather’s less than stellar a spot of retail therapy often works wonders to brighten up your day. I’ve rounded up a few buys that will lift your outfit game and inject a new lease of life into your style repertoire.

Acne Studios Canada narrow fringed scarf

A cosy, versatile scarf will see you through this season and is great to call upon on days when you want to add a chic touch to your look.

Carven wool blend turtleneck jumper

A bright yellow will instantly liven up any outfit and in a striped pattern it can work back with myriad outfits.

Frame ruched cotton poplin shirt

A classic failsafe shirt that’s always a welcome addition to any wardrobe—the blouson sleeves give it a fresh feel.

Ganni Lina suede pumps

Black heels can work for the office or for a night out and this pair features some interesting detail that allow it to stand out.

Alexander Wang high rise straight leg jeans

Straight leg jeans are showing no signs of going away any time soon. This pair with its classic wash and silhouette will see you through many an off duty day.

Dolce & Gabbana floral print silk twill scarf

For a bright pop of colour with loads of style cred look to a gorgeous scarf like this.

Ganni floral print jacket

With its quilted finish, frills and striking black piping this is a great jacket to snuggle up in with compromising on the fashion front.

Toga corduroy double buckle loafers

If you’re after flats that have a little more personality, this cord pair with its buckle detail is a great go-to.

Common Projects low top leather trainers

You can never go wrong with plain white trainers. This is a fantastic option for those who want sneakers that go with absolutely everything.

Kenzo embroidered logo sweatshirt

The logo sweater is huge this season and this grey number with the iconic Kenzo logo will add an on trend feel to any casual ensemble.

G-Star cropped high shine jacket

Edgy outerwear is always a great way to elevate a look. The high shine finish of this cropped jacket would be a dream pairing with denim.

Weekend Max Mara alpaca blend knit sweater

The rich colour and simple feel of this crewneck sweater makes it high on the wearability scale. In fact, I can almost guarantee you’ll have it on constant rotation.

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How to buy jeans

8th July, 2018

Jeans are a cornerstone of my wardrobe

I can’t live without denim. It’s a key part of my wardrobe all year round so it’s key to find the perfect pair. I buy a lot of stuff online but I think jeans are one thing that you really need to go in store to try on to make sure the cut, fit and colour all work well. My key criteria is that it works with my body shape, has some flexibility and isn’t too stiff, isn’t too hipster or high-waisted and has to be of a good quality so it lasts. When you find the perfect pair of jeans you just know! If you’re in the market for new jeans, follow my foolproof plan to find The One. Here’s how to buy jeans that are the perfect fit and style…

Buy the right size

It may sound obvious but I’ve been caught out before by the whole “it will stretch” claim. I’ve learned that you should always just buy a size that’s firm but not super tight. It should feel comfortably snug but not so much that you feel like you can’t breathe!

Take the time to try things on

Yes, you may have a pair of old faithfuls that have served you well but it pays to try on different cuts, styles, washes and brands when you’re buying jeans. It can be a tedious process, I know, but taking the time to actually try things on outside of your denim comfort zone may help you unearth a pair of jeans you never knew you always wanted.

Identify your go-to style

Skinny jeans and I have a longlasting relationship—the cut just works with my height and frame. However your perfect match might come in the form of a straight leg or a boyfriend cut. The key is to try on as many different styles as you can and once you’ve found the perfect pair invest in a few different washes.

Skinny jeans are my go-to style but it’s important to find the right silhouette to suit you

Know your denim

A heavier denim has more durability than a lighter denim. So if you’re after a pair of jeans that will last a few seasons, it pays to go for something a little thicker. Also a heavier denim will generally offer better support than lighter, thinner denim which can be a little less forgiving. However if a stiff denim isn’t for you, look for a pair that is made up of around two per cent lycra and 98 per cent cotton—it’s got enough give to be really comfortable but is able to hold you in where you want it to.

Expand your denim wardrobe

I love light denim jeans but I also like black denim and white denim. I find that having all three shades in my wardrobe covers all the bases and allows me to have options for plenty of different outfit combinations. Also, know that some washes will show wear and tear a lot sooner than others. For example dark denim will show obvious “whiskering” a lot sooner than lighter denim so keep that in mind when choosing the colour of your next pair.

Invest in a few different colours to ensure maximum versatility in your denim wardrobe

Don’t be a denim snob

I’m not too stuck on brands—I’ve bought jeans from ASOS and loved them as much as a designer pair from Ksubi and Nobody as the most important thing is how it fits. I’m picky when it comes to the colour or the cut but apart from that I’ll happily wear any denim label. Even if you’ve got your go-to brand, it’s a good idea to try on a few different brands each season in case you find another one that works better for your body. There’s SO much new denim each season that you need to keep on top of what’s out there in case there’s a new range that would perfectly suit you.

If you’re getting jeans hemmed, bring heels with you

If you’re going to get jeans tailored it should only ever be the length that you alter. You should keep looking until you find a pair that fit you around your bottom and your legs rather than trying to do anything with the waistband or legs. I’m not that tall so jeans can be quite long for me so I’ll take them to be professionally altered. I like my jeans to sit on my ankle bone. When I’m getting them hemmed I’ll normally take the heels I’d wear the most with them to the alterations place so I can be sure to get the correct length. I think if you get the right length for high heels they can work with sneakers, flats and most other shoes quite fine.

What are your favourite go-to denim brands?

 

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What’s on my shopping wish list this month

6th July, 2018

I can’t believe we’re already halfway through the year! Being in the midst of winter but seeing all the amazing looks coming from the Northern Hemisphere has me turning my attention to more lightweight looks for spring/summer. I know we’ve still got a few weeks of cooler temperatures ahead of us but I’ve always liked to plan ahead as far as seasons go so I know exactly what I’ll be shopping for when the weather starts to get a little warmer.

This month, I’m still keeping an eye out for staples such as ankle boots and jackets, but I’m also embracing my new love of classic pieces with a twist. Think a beautiful long sleeved double breasted dress which takes a traditional blazer in a new direction to a crisp white mini with gold accents that elevates a pencil skirt silhouette into a glam statement piece.

Here’s what’s made it onto my wish list this month…

Maggie Marilyn twill mini dress

I’ve shared my love of blazers in the past so it’s no surprise that this dress with its jacket style cut caught me eye. It has taken a traditional wardrobe staple and given it a feminine touch.

Marco de Vincenzo striped top

Love the colours of this cosy knit top. It’s also a great layering piece which will definitely extend its wear in my closet.

Taylor equipped jacket

With a futuristic feel, this little number would add a little edge to a look.

Balmain button-detailed woven mini skirt

Super luxe and chic, this skirt is versatile yet a little extra. The gold accents just elevate it even more.

Mercedes Castillo Norik leather mules

A bright pop of colour adds an element of vibrancy and fun to any look and these mules are a great place to start.

Kaleos Lord acetate sunglasses

It’s hard to go wrong with tortoiseshell sunnies. This pair would definitely see me through spring/summer nicely.

Gucci faux pearl embellished belt

I’ve got a belt like this in black and swear by its wearability. I think white will be ideal for when the weather starts getting warmer.

Saint Laurent crocodile embossed sunset bag

The perfect shade of hot pink that can’t be passed up! This would make any outfit pop.

Rebecca Vallance Bresica ruched poplin midi skirt

I’m into all things midi length and this skirt with its colour and ruching would work well paired with heels or a killer pair of sandals.

Bec & Bridge strappy cherry midi dress

The slip dress works all year round so it’s a worthwhile investment to make any time. Layer it with a tee or knit or wear it on its own, it works equally as well.

Miu Miu Matelassé belt bag

Loving the hands-free element of a belt bag. The colour and shape is classic and can easily be paired with multiple looks.

Balenciaga tartan BB ankle boots

A definite winter item, these boots in an adorable tartan print will be the dress up any ensemble and give it a bit of punch.

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Logo sweaters to add to your wardrobe this season

29th June, 2018

If you’re going to be wearing sweaters all winter then you may as well have fun with them. This season it’s all about the logo sweater. Whether it’s an understated feature or a striking print throughout, pledge your allegiance to your favourite brand and wear it loud and proud.

One of my favourite ways to wear a logo sweater is with a great midi skirt and sneakers. It’s a reliable off duty outfit as it’s got a casual on trend feel whilst still looking polished—my two musts when it comes to my weekend wear. However you can easily pair it with jeans, a sleek black trouser or slouchy lounge pants and take your outfit up a notch with the striking design.

This season the selection is endless with pared back monochrome designs and vibrant splashes of colour at your disposal. I think the key with this trend is to let the sweater take centre stage and tie the look back to the rest of your outfit by choosing a key colour to take throughout. By doing this you’ll bring cohesion to your look without it being overwhelming.

And the beauty of this trend is that anything goes. You can opt for oversized lettering in a sleek black and white print or embrace fun finishes such as quirky fruit and animal prints or textural elements such as the pom pom design below. And for all the typophiles out there you’re spoilt for choice—from playful script to vintage style block fonts, you’ll be able to get your typography fix on the go!

 

 

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Treating yourself with your tax refund? Here’s how to choose a worthwhile splurge item

25th June, 2018
Kate Waterhouse Chanel at Marais boutique launch Melbourne balmain blazer chanel bag bec and bridge dress 2

Kate Waterhouse Chanel at Marais boutique launch Melbourne balmain blazer chanel bag bec and bridge dress 2

It’s end of financial year time and if you’re lucky enough to be expecting a tax refund you may be in the mood to treat yourself. If you’re on the hunt for something to splurge on then there’s no better time to consider purchasing an investment piece to add to your wardrobe. These are often my favourite purchases to make as not only are they special, they’re also usually guaranteed to get plenty of use and have longevity so I feel I’m getting my money’s worth. If you’ve been lusting after something for a long time then perhaps now is the time to take the plunge, but keep these things in mind first…

Choose something that will get plenty of use

This is a given if you’re planning to buy something that’s on the expensive side so take stock of your wardrobe and see what you actually need. For example if you’re after a pair of good quality flats then now might be the time to splurge on a pair of Gucci loafers or Chanel ballet flats. They’re classic designs that will always be in style and crafted beautifully so you’ll definitely have them for a long time. If you think about the cost per wear you’ll probably find that they work out to be cheaper than a pair of shoes that you’ll only wear for one season.

Avoid anything that will date

For me, things that are worth splurging on are handbags, shoes, jackets, blazers and coats as I find they’re usually the workhorses of my wardrobe. It’s important to think classic when it comes to these pieces as you don’t want them to date too quickly.

If you’re thinking about buying a designer bag (or any other pricey item) then be sure to choose a style that’s not identifiable with a particular season–avoid the signature piece of a collection as it’s one sure fire way to have something that won’t be able to work in the long term. Also steer clear of anything that is only going to be around for one season as it won’t age well. A great example of a bag that will work years from now is the quilted Chanel bag which is so versatile (I’ve had mine for ages and I use it so much) and also has been around for decades and is a staple of the brand’s accessories line. Apparently it also appreciates in value so it definitely lives up to being called an investment piece!

A quality bag is a definite splurge buy that’s worth considering

Shop around

Splurging can mean buying something nice but it can also mean buying something extra nice that’s on sale. If you’re planning on buying an investment piece then definitely shop around for the best deal you can get. You’ll still end up with a great piece but at a fraction of the price My Balmain blazer (pictured above) is one such item. I had my eye on one for awhile but I waited until I found it on sale on Net-a-Porter for half the price. It was worth every cent but I was even happier that I managed to save on the cost of it. Shop smart and you’ll definitely get more bang for your fashion buck.

Do you really love it?

It’s easy to get caught up in buying something simply because it’s on sale or you’re just in the mood to spend. However you’re better off holding back and splurging on something that you adore and will wear for many years to come. To ensure that you’re making a worthwhile buy employ the 24 hour test. If you’ve seen something online or spotted something in store don’t buy it immediately. Instead give yourself a day (or even longer if you can stand it) and if you’re still thinking about it then it’s meant to be. It’s an effective way (and one I’ve tried and tested) to ensure that you’re not going to have buyer’s remorse.

What investment piece do you have your eye on at the moment?

 

 

 

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Small sunglasses are the accessories update your wardrobe needs

22nd June, 2018

Back in the 90s small frames were huge. Then along came oversized sunnies and we’ve been all about them ever since. However it seems the tide is starting to turn and we’re seeing more and more the resurgence of this eyewear trend. Everyone from Bella Hadid to Kim Kardashian (whose husband Kanye West apparently sent her an email telling her to switch to smaller frames) to Rihanna have been spotted wearing small sunglasses.

Admittedly after so many years of wearing big sunnies it takes a bit of getting used to as the silhouette is such a departure from our usual go-to glasses however I’ve definitely become a fan. Despite their diminutive size they’re big on impact. The dimensions on tiny sunglasses make them a definite statement piece and add an edgy, almost futuristic vibe to a look. I’ve been wearing them of late whether in a cat eye style or oval shape and gave them a definite workout during Fashion Week (where I have to say, I saw this trend out in force). Whilst classic black always works I’ve also been trying them in different colours which definitely adds a fun element to any outfit. I’ve always embraced sunglasses as a finishing touch to an ensemble and this season, it seems it’s all about downsizing.

Want to wear this trend? I’ve rounded up a few of my favourite picks below plus I’m sharing my tops tips on how to style them

Embrace colour

Adopt small frames in a rainbow of colours. I love this Adam Selman for Le Specs pair as the colour works beautifully against both bright vibrant tones or muted shades. If you’re also worried about this style making you look like you walked off the set of The Matrix then never fear as the colour helps soften the silhouette and make them look quirky and playful.

Dress them up or down

Can you wear small sunglasses with a suit equally as well as you can with jeans and a tee? Yes! In fact, due to their minimalist style and shape, these sunnies can be paired with virtually anything in your wardrobe. Rihanna wore them on the red carpet with a ball gown so you can bet these frames can accompany you on a coffee run, out to lunch or to a big event.

Go bold with your outfit

What I like about small sunglasses is they are a statement piece. I think the shape and silhouette really make them quite a bold accessory and it might sound counterintuitive but this makes them the perfect item to work back with striking pieces in your wardrobe. Case in point: I wore them with a feathered denim jacket and a PVC skirt without my entire look seeming too over the top.

 

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The comfy heel that’s everywhere this season

20th June, 2018

Whilst skyscraper heels will always have their place it’s also a welcome change to downsize a little and actually be able to comfortably walk around in a heel all day. The kitten heel has become the heel of the season. And no wonder—they’re easy to run around in, have a classic vintage feel about them and look great with everything from cropped trousers to dresses and skirts. With every high profile designer from Dior to Balenciaga and Prada doing their own version of this shoe you can bet it’s going to become quite the staple in our wardrobes over the next few months.

When navigating this shoe style there are a few things to remember for a flattering effect:

Go for midi length

This is the time to go conservative on the hemline front. Keep things quite demure and aim for everything to hit at mid calf. It’s chic and will definitely work better with the shorter heel.

Experiment with styles

From a slingback to mules and boots, you’ll see the kitten heel on all different style shoes this season. The easiest way to wear it is a classic closed toe pointy pump however a slingback looks very on trend and the boot is one way to really up the style cred of any look.

Dare to bare

It’s quite diminutive in heel size but you still want it to take centre stage so allow it to shine by opting to show a little skin. Try a midi length pant to show off a mule or a cropped jean that allows a little skin to show through between the boot and the denim. Alternatively if you want to wear a full length pant, ensure it sits just at the ankle bone.

Keep them pointy

Whatever kitten heel shoe style you choose be sure to keep them pointed. The pointy toe will help elongate your feet and balances well with the fact the heel is shorter.

Steal some style ideas below on how to introduce the kitten heel into your life and shop my top picks below.

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How to find the perfect leather pants

17th June, 2018

Leather pants are always on high rotation for me throughout winter as they’re easy to dress up or down and are also super comfortable and cosy–a must when the weather is cool. Finding the perfect pair of leather pants was a shopping coup for me as I looked high and low for just the right fit and style for my shape for ages and it involved trying lots of different brands until I eventually zeroed in on The One. If you’re currently hunt on a pair for yourself there are a few things to keep in mind…

Be prepared to try on lots of different pairs

Leather pants can be a little tricky to shop for online as the fit is so crucial so I highly recommend trying them on in real life. A pair with panelling is slightly easier to mould to different body shapes so might be a little more forgiving but if you’re after leggings style pants like the pair I’m wearing above then you definitely need to make an effort to fit them in-store. Also try a range of different brands as the cut can vary slightly from label to label.

The more snug leather pants are the better

Ensure that any pair of leather pants you try on are perfectly fitted and there are no wrinkles or gathering of material because if they’re baggy they don’t look right. Look for a leather that doesn’t stretch because while you’re in the store they might be tight but then after a month of having them they can become really baggy at the knees which is not the fit you’re going for. Opt for a leather that’s quite sturdy yet comfortable. They’re meant to feel like a second skin but not so tight you’re in danger of splitting them with the slightest of movements!

Consider high waisted

I always go for a high waisted leggings style because I find my hips keep them up. If they’re low waisted they’re continuously sliding down and it looks really loose and baggy around the waist. Remember you’re after a snug and firm fit. A high waist can also give you a smoother silhouette which means your whole outfit just sits better. Think of it as built in Spanx!

Get them tailored

Don’t be afraid to get leather pants altered. If you’ve found the perfect pair but they’re too long don’t let that deter you. You can definitely get them taken up but it’s just a matter of finding a trusted tailor to do it. Always make sure that your pants hit just at the ankle bone for the most flattering fit.

By ensuring that your leather pants are cropped at the ankle you’ll find it easier to pair them with things like sneakers and flats. This ensures that you see enough skin peeking through between the end of your pants and the shoe—it sounds like a tiny little detail but it really does make a difference to your outfit. It also has the added benefit of elongating you.

Shop around

Good quality leather pants can be expensive, often costing hundreds of dollars. This is why it’s important to find the right pair then shop around to determine whether it may be cheaper to buy it online or in store. Take note of the style you’re after and pinpoint the retailers that stock them then be vigilant about checking on upcoming sales. By going to a little more effort you could save yourself a fair bit of money in the process.

Tell me- will you be shopping for leather pants this season?
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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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Statement knits are a fun way to elevate a winter outfit

15th June, 2018

When you think of the words winter jumper you’d be forgiven for thinking of something cosy but also quite practical and perhaps not overly fashion forward. I’m all for owning sweaters in classic colours that are easy to mix and match but I’ve recently got into wearing statement knits.

Given we spend most of our time during the cooler months wearing jumpers I find it doesn’t hurt to dial it up in the style stakes by going for more bold looks. I wore the above Burberry knit to Fashion Week a few months ago and found that it really livened up my outfit whilst keeping me nice and toasty – a win-win. I loved the details that made it a little more extra—the blouson sleeve, the colourful pattern, the panelling and the bustier feature turned it into more than just your average, garden variety, knitted number.

When it comes to winter warmers I think you can afford to have a little more fun with them this season. There are plenty of options available from logo knits to striking prints and edgy tailoring that are all guaranteed to take your outfit next-level. The hard part is now deciding which one will make the final cut…