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The best Cyber Monday deals to check out right now

29th November, 2021

If you’re still recovering from Black Friday then prepare yourself because there’s a whole new round of sales to check out for Cyber Monday.

Whether you’re in the market to stop up your summer wardrobe or you’re trying to get through your Christmas shopping list, now is the time to start snapping things up as there are plenty of Cyber Monday deals to take advantage of! From huge discounts on full priced stock, to further reductions on sale items from a range of local brands and international retailers, there’s plenty of savings to be had if you know where to head.

So if you’re currently madly scrolling through your favourite stores, here are a few more to add to the list. Now’s the time to snap up a bargain!

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Net-a-Porter – 30% off selected items + extra 15% off beauty edit

Matches Fashion – extra 10% off selected items

The Outnet – extra 25% off sale items

My Theresa – extra 10% off selected sale items

Wanderluxe – up to 50% off

Cettire – extra 10% sale items

Shopbop – take 15-30% off sitewide

La Garconne – take an extra 15% all items

Mode Sportif – shop 30% off 300+ styles

The Daily Edited – 25% off all travel

Country Road – 20% off everything

Witchery – 20% off almost everything

Seed – 20% off storewide

Cotton On – 10,000 styles $20 and under, 30% off everything else

David Jones – Take an extra 20% off an already reduced clothing, shoes, accessories and homewares

Myer – variety of discounts sitewide

Incu – take a further 20% off

The Iconic – 30% – 40% off

Veronika Maine – 25% off everything

Bassike – 20% off sitewide, exclusions apply

Bec and Bridge – up to 30% off the sale edit

Aje – 20% off The Edit

General Pants – 30% off everything

Decjuba – 20% off everything

Sheike – 20% off storewide

Peter Alexander – 20% off storewide

 

Beauty

Sephora – discounts on select products online

Mecca – Receive a beauty pouch with 3 products for order over $100. Online only. 

Adore Beauty – up to 40% off select products

Ry – up to 50% off

Beauty Chef – up to 30% off sitewide

JS Health – subscribe for 23% off

Dyson – bonus gifts with hair care range

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What I ask myself to ensure I’m making a good purchase

21st November, 2021

I’ve always tried to work towards a wardrobe that’s versatile as it makes pulling outfits together every day a little easier. This requires some major editing and also some savvy shopping. When faced with so many gorgeous things in a store it can be easy to get caught up in the moment and just purchase something purely because you like it but I think it pays to ask yourself a few questions before buying anything as it can help you avoid wasting money on an item of clothing that won’t get much use. These are the five questions I always ask myself before I buy anything.

How will this work with the rest of my wardrobe?

I always think about how I will be able to wear something with other items I already own. To do this imagine your wardrobe and identify at least five outfits that you’ll be able to wear with a potential purchase. A cohesive wardrobe that can be mixed and matched in different ways will extend the number of outfits you can make as opposed to buying one item, for one purpose and having it sit in your wardrobe gathering dust.

How many times will I wear this?

If something is expensive I’ll think about how many times I’ll wear it and how many seasons it is going to last. I aways consider cost per wear. If I think “I will wear these shoes the whole year, and they’re something that I will keep in my collection for years to come”, I consider them an investment. If I’m only going to wear something once and it’s outrageously expensive I won’t buy it because it just doesn’t make sense to spend so much on something with minimal wear.

Is this adding to my wardrobe?

I sometimes fall into the trap of buying too many black shoes. And while I do wear black shoes quite often, if I find a pair of shoes that I like but I have five other pairs like it I won’t buy them. The same approach applies to the rest of my wardrobe. If I buy something it’s got to add to my wardrobe by bringing in a new element rather than just purely adding to my wardrobe.

Is the fabric and make a good quality?

I always look at something and consider the fabric and how well it’s made. I believe if you spend a little more on good fabrics and good construction then you’ll be able to have something for many years to come and get plenty of use out of it. Where possible always look for natural fabrics such as cotton, wool and silk.

Do I really need this?

Most women will identify with this question! And often the answer to this question will negate all the other questions before this one. While there will always be exceptions (a girl can never have too many bags, right?) generally if you answer this question honestly you’ll be able to stop yourself from buying something that you’re not really going to use.

What do you consider before making a big purchase?

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My fave brands for basics

14th November, 2021

If there’s one thing that I can attest to it’s that having a solid supply of basics in your wardrobe makes getting dressed so much easier. Having the right tees and tops and shirts at your disposal means you have the building blocks of a look sorted and the rest is just what you want to pair it with according to your mood on the day. I’m always on the hunt for a good basics brand (let me know your faves!), trying and testing to find staples that are a good fit, good quality and at a good price. These are a few of my current faves.

Uniqlo

I can’t tell you how much I love Uniqlo for basics. Over winter I always live in their Heattech tops to stay warm and love their basic t-shirts. The quality of their garments is great and stands up to constant wear (an important criteria for basics), they come in a huge array of colours and are reasonably priced.

Bassike

Bassike is a tad bit pricier, but I’ve found that their garments do have longevity. They’re my go-to for tanks and t-shirts, but they also have a great range of button down shirts which are ideal for pairing with everything from denim to skirts and shorts.

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General Pants

I stock up on a range of tees in different colours from General Pants. They do a great bundle deal most of the time which means I can grab a few shirts for a fraction of the price. The colours they do are the staples everyone should have in their wardrobe — think grey, white, black and navy so are ultra wearable.

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Seed

What I like about Seed’s basics is that they’re plain and unfussy — everything a basic should be. They do a great camis, tees and lightweight sweaters in cotton, linen and wool which makes their garments perfect for wearing on its own or layering.

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Chain store round-up: 10 pieces to add to cart

12th November, 2021

There’s plenty of chain store goodness to be found right now and your spring/summer wardrobe will be all the better for it. I’ve rounded up an array of different pieces that will elevate an existing look, or act as the anchor point from which to build many more outfits. Shopping for summery clothes is one of my favourite parts of the year simply because everything just evokes the best feelings of this time of year. Light, airy and oh-so fun. Enjoy!

The lilac shade is really on trend making this top a great way to update a look. I particularly like the smocking detail which gives the top an element of interest.

If I were to describe the quintessential summer dress I think it would look like this. The crisp white is perfect for balmy days while the empire line and ruching are sweet touches.

A cute pyjama set never goes astray and this is a really affordable option from Cotton On. I’m a fan of the stripes, but it also comes in other colours and prints.

Culottes are a comfortable and polished option for summer and so easily paired with multiple top styles. The watermelon shade is also such a great way to brighten up and outfit.

I’m always a fan of shirt dresses and I love the riff on the style that this dress takes. You could wear this with a pair of slides for being out and about or wear it with heels for a slightly dressier occasion. Also, I’m always on board with a puff sleeve.

I’ve spoken about the enduring appeal of a white shirt, but sometimes it’s fun to mix up the style, such as this linen shirt. It’s got a classic feel to it but the side ruching adds a modern touch.

How fun are these slides? The jewel green shade is a great way to add some vibrancy to an ensemble, and the woven design is so very now. Don’t be afraid to embrace colour this summer!

Denim shorts are constantly on rotation during summer so I think it’s always great to have a few pairs in different colours. These are a great cut as you can wear them with tops tucked in or with a billowy top worn in a relaxed way.

One shoulder styles are going to be everywhere this season and this style is perfect worn back with a everything from shorts to jeans and a skirt. I think it would work particularly well with a pair of high waisted pants.

A printed dress is always a great staple to have in your wardrobe and this polished style is the perfect option for myriad occasions. I particularly love the belt to cinch the dress and tie it all together.

 

 

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Chain store round-up: 10 pieces to add to cart

15th October, 2021

Looking for a wardrobe update? There are definitely plenty of options out there right now with the new season drops ensuring we’re very much spoilt for choice. So, whether you’ve freshly emerged from lockdown (or are soon to be!) and looking for something fun to wear to a long lunch or you’re wanting to add something to your wardrobe that will see you through the next few months, then it’s the perfect time to check out what your fave chain stores have on offer. Whenever I’m doing this edit I will always inevitably end up with something I want to add to my list. It’s always hard to narrow it down to 10, but I’ve tried to pinpoint the pieces that I think are versatile, wearable and something that you’ll feel good wearing. Happy shopping!

 

Pink! Sparkly! Fun! This dress has it all and it’s destined to be worn to many an event whether it’s a wedding, a Christmas party or just a special occasion. The ruching, V-neck and cinched in waist are the perfect trio for a super flattering fit so if you want a party dress that you’ll want to wear time and time again, this is it.

These pants are such a great option for spring. The neutral hue makes it easy to pair with multiple looks, and I could see this especially working with a ribbed singlet or a bold shoulder tee. The cropped ankle and the belt also help to achieve a really flattering fit.

Love this pink bodysuit! It’s such a great way to add a splash of colour to an outfit and the ribbed fabric gives it an interesting textural element that adds a level of interest to a look.

Look out for thongs to be everywhere this summer, particularly the heeled or platform variety. These are a great comfy option for wearing when you’re out and about whilst simultaneously ticking the on trend box.

Versatile bags that can work for myriad occasions are definitely a must and the shape and style of this mini shoulder bag with pebbled leather make it the kind of piece that can be worn day in and day out. The relaxed, slightly slouchy vibe is also ticking all the trend boxes so it’s a nice way to update an existing look.

If you’ve yet to invest in a hat for summer, definitely make it a priority. A great wide brimmed hat like this is perfect for wearing everywhere from a picnic, to the beach to just generally being out and about. If there’s one thing that’s a definite must in general but particularly over the coming weeks, it’s a hat that you love wearing.

There are many things to love about this crisp white blouse. The lace trim, the cut out details, the textural finish… a definite winner in the style stakes and something that will work back with myriad looks making it an astute purchase.

A simple style can be transformed with just a few interesting details, like this dress with cut outs. The sleek silhouette is perfect for an event—just add a great pair of earrings, killer heels and you’re done.

Shorts are a no-brainer during summer and this pair is a classic style that has longevity. Clean lines and the neutral hue make it ideal for dressing up or down, plus it’s essentially a blank canvas that you can work myriad pieces with.

Are you sensing a colour theme here..? I can’t get enough of pink and these linen pants are just the vibrant hit of colour your wardrobe needs. Add a great pair of sandals or slides, and a shirt or singlet and you have yourself a winning look.

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8 pieces worth snapping up during Vogue American Express Fashion’s Night In

15th October, 2021

Vogue American Express Fashion’s Night In (VAEFNI) is back for 2021, celebrating Australia’s amazing fashion, beauty and retail industry. This year VAEFNI will feature a series of unmissable virtual experiences and an offer for American Express Card Members.

The event is taking place from Oct 15-24 and as there are so many online shopping offers available, if you’ve got a healthy shopping list of items you want to buy then it’s the perfect time to do so! I’ve got a few things I’ve had my eye on and I’m definitely going to take the opportunity to snap them up. As with any shopping event I like scoping out what’s on offer ahead of time to ensure I’m making a considered buy and these are the pieces I definitely think are worth a place in anyone’s wardrobe. Ready, set, shop!

Camilla and Marc Minsk Dress

The vibrant shade of yellow made me stop in my tracks when I saw this dress and then I fell in love with the details. The print is gorgeous and such a classic, but it was the intricate tie detail that had me sold. It makes for a striking addition to the design, and it looks even better at the back. The drop waist also adds a sophisticated feel.

 

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Dion Lee Lung Twist Dress

I’m a huge fan of Dion Lee from way back and this just dress just cemented my love for the brand even more. Look at that twist detail! The corrugated pleats achieve a bold textural effect that make this dress perfect for a big event. The mid length style and long sleeves also aid the dramatic effect this look achieves. Consider this your little white dress for events season.

Image: Dion Lee

 

Viktoria & Woods Fleetwood Jean

I’ve invested in a few pairs of jeans from Viktoria & Woods in the past and can attest to the cut, fit and style. They’re a versatile jean that sits well, is flattering and can be dressed up or down. This wide leg pair in a crisp white is a perfect spring piece that can be worked into so many different looks and adds a new season freshness to any ensemble.

Image: Viktoria & Woods

 

Viktoria & Woods Coty One Piece

I adore one pieces and they’ve quickly become my go-to when it comes to swimwear. The one shoulder silhouette is very on trend and is definitely the swimwear silhouette of the season. The double straps add a touch of drama, lifting this design from just any ol’ black swimsuit! What I love about swimwear like this is that it can also double as a bodysuit, giving you twice as many outfit options, and makes it a high contender for the must-pack piece for any summer holiday.

Image: Viktoria and Woods

 

Viktoria & Woods Ironside Trench

Summer trenches are a big trend and it’s no wonder because with such a failsafe fashion staple, why just save it for one season? The cut is perfect for wearing over denim or popped on nonchalantly over a dress and it can be worn virtually all year round. It definitely makes for a great cost per wear buy.

Image: Viktoria & Woods

 

Lululemon Align Tank Top

I can’t seem to wean myself off activewear. It’s just too comfy an outfit option! This tank works great as a set when worn with the matching leggings and can easily transition from workout to coffee. It comes in an array of colours so if you’re wanting to mix and match or just want something a bit more bold, this is definitely a tank top worth considering.

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Lululemon Align High-Rise Leggings

All my leggings are high waisted because I find they’re more flattering and I love the support and coverage they offer. This pair by Lululemon is a great cut and length and when worn with the above tank it’s a pairing that you can wear exercising or just out and about.

 

Aje Serendipity Cut Out Dress

How dreamy is this dress? Aje can always be relied on to produce the kind of dresses that you just want to wear and this is such a great option for summer. Featuring the brand’s signature puffy sleeves and cutout detail it’s a bold dress that’s injected with a little playfulness. Another must-have from one of my fave Aussie labels.

Image: Aje

The Details

If you’re an American Express Card Member, simply save the VAEFNI Offer to your eligible Card, and spend $100 or more at participating retailers, in one or more transactions between October 14-24, to receive $20 back, up to 2 times. Limited to the first 65,000 Cards to save the offer. Exclusions, T&Cs apply. (Note: Amex Offer is only valid for the Camilla & Marc item/s featured when purchased via David Jones.)

 

This post was produced in collaboration with American Express

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24 things you’ll want to wear on your next picnic

6th October, 2021

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Heading out on a picnic has very much become the social occasion of late, particularly in Sydney where at the moment, it’s one of the few ways we can socialise. So, it’s definitely become a great excuse to get dressed up and rock a new look, because let’s face it, we’re all looking for any reason to wear something that doesn’t involve activewear or a tracksuit. I love loungewear as much as the next person but sometimes you just want to get all dolled up!

Given the glorious spring weather, it’s a great time to embrace bold prints, pretty dresses and cute accessories to liven up a look. In doing this edit, I’ve pulled together pieces to suit whatever your picnic attire preference—whether you’re after comfy and cool such as shorts and an oversized button down, or a fun and flirty frock, there’s definitely something here that you’ll want to wear when you’re enjoying the company of friends and basking in the sun in the great outdoors. While you’ve got your outfit sorted, don’t forget about your accessories! It’s the perfect time to embrace a bold pair of sunglasses or a playful tote. As for footwear, you can go for a classic pair of white sneakers or an on trend pair of thongs. BYO picnic blanket and snacks!

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The Aussie labels I’m shopping for spring

20th September, 2021

Wearing one my faves – a one shoulder Bondi Born swimsuit

Shopping for my spring/summer wardrobe is always one of my favourite things to do because I love the lightweight, easy breezy pieces that are around this time of year. I have my go-to labels when it comes to pieces that are perfect for the upcoming warmer weather and they’re all homegrown. Australian brands do resortwear so beautifully and really know how to build a collection that’s perfectly suited for long balmy days without compromising on style.

Before buying anything I always review what I already own to see what gaps I need to fill, or where I can use new pieces to build on existing looks. For me, it’s all about beautiful dresses, simple cuts and breathable fabrics. I live near the beach so I tend to favour lots of relaxed pieces that I can easily wear from home to sand then out to drinks or wherever the day may take me. And this spring, these are the brands I’m all about.

 

 

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Bondi Born

If you want elevated swimwear that’s sleek and sexy you can’t go past Bondi Born. I think Aussie brands just know how to do swim so beautifully and I’m never disappointed with what I see from this brand. The swimsuit I’m wearing above is from a previous collection and it’s so perfect for relaxing by the pool or at the beach, but it can also double as a bodysuit by pairing with with wide leg pants or a skirt or shorts. The cuts are super flattering and I love the simple colour palette they have in their range.

 

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Steele

My go-to for summer dresses! Whenever I post an outfit shot of me wearing a Steele dress I will inevitably always receive DMs about it. The label just does great prints and their silhouettes are always so beautifully feminine. They really know how to create a dress that ticks all the boxes.

 

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Camilla and Marc

I’ve been a fan of Camilla and Marc since the very beginning because without fail they always do great on-trend pieces that are perfecting for topping up my wardrobe. I find they always nail the silhouette of the season and will bring out a print or style that’s guaranteed to have people lining up to snap it up! If I’m looking for something new that’s guaranteed to be worn to death and still make a statement I know I can rely on this brand.

 

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Venroy

Simple lines and styles is what Venroy does best and it’s why I keep coming back. They do such wearable, versatile pieces that I can wear over and over again, and will see me through season after season. I have a weakness for their linen pieces as they’re always so beautifully soft (and perfect for transitioning from spring to summer), but I also can’t go past their slightly bolder pieces. I have a striped set from Venroy that I wore non-stop last summer and will continue doing so this summer.

What are some of your go-to brands for spring?

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The new matching set to have in your wardrobe this spring

17th September, 2021

Looking to invest in something new for your spring wardrobe? My latest fave is a matching set of the skirt and top variety. I wear the above Manning Cartell skirt set to death, both as a matching pair and also as separates. Versatility is key in my book and I adore co-ord sets for that reason— you can get multiple looks from just one set. While wearing a matching top and bottom is nothing new, I do love the freshness of a skirt and top combination. It feels feminine, modern and very on trend.

There are a few different styles out there right now which are just perfect for this time of year. I love the simple stretchy knit skirt and relaxed top that I’m wearing above as I like a streamlined silhouette but there’s definitely plenty of options out there. You could opt for a slightly more bohemian vibe with a floaty skirt and a peasant style blouse or go the completely opposite direction and embrace something sleek and sexy with a crop and pencil-style midi skirt. One of the best things about wearing a set like this is that you have an instantly polished look on your hands—there’s just no denying that a matching look just presents very put together and elevated. It’s easily one of my favourite wardrobe short cuts! Plus you can dress it up or down depending on your choice of accessories and shoes. A simple slingback and a statement earring is one of my tried and tested ways to accessorise this look, but you could opt for anything from sneakers to sandals or heels. The options are endless.

So, if you want to invest in something that you’ll wear to death, sidesteps wardrobe dilemmas and has plenty of versatility, I think you can’t go wrong with any of the options below.

 

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Pieces that you can buy now and wear post-lockdown

11th September, 2021

With more time at home, and online shopping almost becoming a number one past time it’s easy to get caught up in buying up big when it comes to lounge wear, active wear and things that are generally made for staying in. However at some point we won’t be spending so much time at home so it pays to start thinking strategically when it comes to what you’re adding to cart.

While there’s no harm buying really comfortable pieces now, it’s worth looking for particular styles and silhouettes that will seamlessly fit into your post-lockdown wardrobe. An abundance of tracksuit sets are great now for example but you may find you don’t have as much use for as many of them once you start inching back to some semblance of normality. That said comfort is still key in the meantime! So right now it’s about merging the two worlds to help you snap up some versatile wardrobe buys. Whether it’s pieces that can be worked into your office wardrobe or elevated basics that can be utilised for a night out, there’s definitely plenty of scope to snap up things that will be able to have longevity long after lockdown is lifted (which hopefully is sooner rather than later!).

So if you’re in the mood to snap up some new pieces, here are a few great places to start.