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4 trending shoe styles for your spring/summer wardrobe

16th September, 2020

Every new season I like to invest in a pair of new spring/summer shoes to take me through the next few months. There’s always inevitably a style that stands out as being the trend item, and when it comes to sandals this season there’s definitely plenty of choice. However if you want to go for something that will quickly update your wardrobe, here are four of the most popular silhouettes to look out for.

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The ‘Dad’ Sandal

Chanel made these sandals the ‘it’ shoe of the season, and judging by the fact it’s becoming increasingly difficult to get your hands on a pair, it has cemented its place as being the MVP of spring/summer shoe wardrobes. There are now plenty of brands doing riffs on this style from Birkenstock to Tony Bianco and Alias Mae, so you’re guaranteed to find a pair to suit your budget.

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Chunky thongs

For those who want a little extra height, here’s the shoe for you! The Row’s ‘Ginza’ shoe is the high end iteration of this look if you want to go down the designer route. The platform style gives the humble thong an updated silhouette, while the style is ultra versatile and can be worn with dresses to cropped pants. You can bet you’ll see this style being done by multiple brands.

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Sleek slides

The classic Hermes ‘Oran’ sandal is an eternal style classic, which is why it’s a spring/summer shoe must season after season. This style has also been done by a variety of different brands making it ultra accessible if you don’t want to go down the Hermes route. A simple tan colour will get maximum wear as it’s so versatile but it often comes in other shades such as white or black, so definitely choose the hue that works the best with your wardrobe.

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The hiking sandal

These shoes, a shoe staple of travellers and hikers worldwide has had a bit of a fashion glow up. They’re also ridiculously comfy so if you want to feel like you’re walking on a cloud, then I’d like to introduce you to your summer shoe. Check out the range by Arizona Love or Teva who have all incorporated more ‘fashion’ features such as gingham or leopard prints to embellishments or rainbow hues into their line-up.

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Why you need to start shopping from the men’s department

14th September, 2020

When I was pregnant I often borrowed things like jumpers and shirts from Luke’s wardrobe as it gave me just the right oversized fit I was looking for. Plus when it comes to certain pieces such as the t-shirts, shirts and jumpers, you’d be hard pressed to find the difference between something specifically tailored for women and a tiny size in the men’s range. And that’s just the beginning of why you really need to start broadening your shopping horizons to the men’s department…

Items are sometimes cheaper

I’ve noticed that there is sometimes a big price difference between something that is marketed to men and something marketed to women, particularly designer items. Yes, it’s not entirely fair, but it does happen so you may as well use it to your advantage. Take this Balenciaga camera bag for example. Check out the price here in the women’s section and check it out here in the men’s. There’s a price difference, no? They’re almost identical styles but you’re saving a few hundred dollars by buying it from the men’s department. So it often pays to scour the accessories and clothing section of men’s sites/sections because you may just save yourself some money by choosing to buy there.

You have more chance of finding your size on sale

It’s not uncommon for really popular sizes to disappear quickly when they’re on sale, so if you want to up your chances of snapping up a great find, try scouring the men’s section. There’s not much difference between getting an XS or S men’s size and a women’s S or M, but the main difference is that you have increased the chance of finding something in your size as those sizes are generally not amongst the first to go in the sale section for men. This is once again particularly great for designer items, as a branded jumper for men is often priced very differently than it is for women.

You can get a perfectly oversized fit

I’m often searching for a slightly oversized fit when it comes to basics such as t-shirts and jumpers and there’s no reason not to find those items in the men’s department. The fit that you can often get is that just perfectly relaxed look.

Designs are different

If you want to broaden your horizons style-wise then you may just find what you’re looking for in the men’s range. The cuts or prints are often different so you’ll often unearth things that you may not see in women’s stores/departments. It’s a great way to give your outfits a more unique spin.

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Best buys under $100

11th September, 2020

There’s SO much good stuff out there at the moment on the shopping front. It’s been fun scouring my fave stores for great, affordable buys and I have to say, I wasn’t disappointed. Plus, there are lots of great sales happening now too so it’s a double whammy on the bargain hunting front. If you’re in the mood for a fashion fix, here are a few amazing buys to snap up.

This is one of those versatile, just throw it on and you’re ready to go kind of dresses that’s hard to pass up. The colour’s also perfect for spring and I love the ribbed finish which gives it a nice textural element.

These comfy shoes are going to be everywhere this summer so you may as well snap up a pair now. White is also such a fresh colour that can easily be worked back with myriad looks.

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Who wants a Camilla and Marc skirt for a fraction of the price? If you’re nodding then snap up this sage-coloured beauty which is now heavily discounted on The Iconic.

Sleek black slides are going to be your go-to shoe in the warmer months and this style is so understated and cool. The square silhouette adds to its on-trend appeal.

You can never have too many sunglasses in my opinion and these are the right shade of tortoise shell to be worn back with so many different looks.

Not only is this a gorgeous colour, the camera bag silhouette is classic and ideal for those days when you’re on-the-go and need to remain hands-free.

Bookmark these shoes for many a summer outing. I love the simple style and also the low block heels which means it can be worn on a casual day out or with a slightly dressier look.

A classic tote bag is a wardrobe must. The best bit about this style is that it’s reversible too which means you get double the wear out of it.

Snap up this little black dress now! Love the puffed sleeves which are so on trend this season. Also, this is one of those magic dresses that can be turned into so many different looks with a few strategic additions.

I couldn’t go past these adorable ring holders. It’s such a cute way to keep jewellery in order.

The muscle shirt with padded shoulders is going to be a big trend you’ll want to consider adding this top to your wardrobe. The grey shade is also a tick in the versatility box.

The pretty silhouette of this top is what initially drew me to it. That sweetheart neckline is so perfect for working back with everything from jeans to shorts or a skirt.

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Chain store buys: 10 pieces worth adding cart

4th September, 2020

Officially welcoming spring means we’re now able to play with light, effortless pieces that are made for warmer days. And the chain stores are definitely coming to the party with their new season drops. I’m seeing lots of great prints, classic silhouettes and pastel shades that are ideal for this time of year. So, get your shopping carts ready because these are the pieces that are definitely worth checking out.

This cropped top is great for pairing with anything high waisted. It also helps to deal with that pesky ‘I don’t really want to flash tummy right now’ issue that can arise from wearing cropped top.

Consider a comfy jumpsuit option like this for beach days as it’s so easy to throw it on over a pair of swimmers and be presentable for grabbing coffee or lunch. However, it can also easily be paired with a tee making it a great option for days when you want an unfussy outfit that’s comfortable too.

I love the 70s vibe of this playsuit. The collared detail and buttons make it reminiscent of a polo top, making it right on trend this season. The cut and silhouette is also a great blank canvas for elevating with bold accessories.

Have you nabbed yourself a pair of linen pants yet? If you haven’t, this pair by Country Road is a great affordable option. They come in a range of colours too (black and forest green) so if you love the cut and feel, you’ve got other hues to work with.

Muscle shirts are going to be big this season and this top by Bonds is an inexpensive way to dip your toe into the trend. It’s also the kind of top that can be worn in so many different ways, ticking the versatility box.

How sweet is this skirt? A great polished piece in such a lovely shade of pastel pink. You could easily pair this with a shirt, tee or cami and be ready to roll. Add slides or sneakers and you’re set.

I definitely think a dress is one of the key purchases of spring, particularly when there are some real beauties around right now such as this printed dress from Country Road. A flattering off-the-shoulder neckline and billowy sleeves make it a winner for the months ahead.

This spotted cowl neck slip dress makes for a great layering piece. You can pop on a denim jacket over it and pair it with sneakers and have yourself a great day to night look. It can also easily work with sandals or slides for a slightly dressier vibe.

Denim shorts are always a must and this jogger style is such a great option for days when you want to look a little dressed up but remain comfortable too.

Are you on the hunt for an updated take on the denim jacket? Try this acid wash style for a slightly edgier, modern take on it. There’s even a matching skirt if you want to make it a co-ord set.

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Style update: 10 things to add to your spring wardrobe

3rd September, 2020

Hello, spring! I love this time of year as it officially means I can start gradually bringing out the section of my wardrobe that involves easy breezy dresses, pretty slides and sandals and lightweight pieces involving one of my faves—linen. I’ve been planning my spring wardrobe slowly but surely and it’s already shaping up to include some great pieces that I know I’ll be wearing non-stop. So, if you are wanting to update your looks with a few key spring pieces then consider the following…

Linen pants

I’m a fan of Venroy or Bondi Born’s linen pants and I can honestly say that if you don’t have a pair of linen pants yet, be sure to invest in a pair. They’re not only ridiculously comfortable, they’re ultra breathable too which means they’re perfect for when the weather starts warming up, but also great for transseasonal weather.

Vibrant dresses

I know that florals for spring are kind of a given but this season definitely embrace a great floral dress. There’s such a healthy amount of options right now such, but in particular look for pieces with a voluminous sleeves, and sweet detailing such as shirring/smocking. If florals aren’t your thing, go for bright, punchy shades which are a guaranteed to lift any look.

“Dad” sandals

Chanel’s version of these two strap sandals have been everywhere on Instagram and they’re definitely going to be the huge trend for spring and also into summer. You can wear this style with jeans to dresses, skirts and shorts and the best bit is they’re comfy too. You can of course go for the original designer version if your budget will allow (although they have been so popular they’re hard to find now!) or look at similar styles as everyone from Camilla and Marc to bassike and ASOS are doing similar versions.

Ribbed/knit tanks

These aren’t confined to spring but you’ll definitely see this style staple everywhere as they’re so easy to pair back with virtually anything in your wardrobe. I’m obsessed with the great range from Aussie brand henne but you’ll easily be able to source them from everyone from bec and bridge to Country Road and Zara.

Polo top

I wrote about this style recently and it’s definitely something to add to your spring style repertoire. They’re great for pairing with wide leg pants or denim and add a fun trend element to a look.

Wide leg jeans

Wear this style slightly cropped (just at the ankle) and pair them with a tee or tank or a cute button down shirt. You could even pair it with a cropped cardi while the weather is still a little unpredictable. They go well with sandals to slides and sneakers so they’re guaranteed to be really versatile.

My Loewe basket bag in action on a recent family holiday

Straw basket bag

These have been around for a few seasons but I don’t think anything says spring like transitioning your wardrobe to incorporate lighter pieces. Loewe do a great basket bag, but I’m also a fan of the brand Sparrows Weave. Either way a lightweight bag is definitely going to feature heavily in your spring wardrobe.

Puff sleeve top

A white puff sleeve top is my number one option as it’s so easy to pair back with various things. It also adds an element of polish to a look and a sweet touch too. However you could also go for a printed option or incorporate other shades and it would work equally as well.

Loving this safari-inspired co-ord set by bec and bridge

Co-ord set

Consider this the transition of our love of matching loungewear pieces into spring. The classic option is a shirt with shorts, with local brands such as Deiji Studios, LMND and Posse doing great styles. Other labels like bec and bridge, Sir the Label and chain stores like Cotton On and Glassons are also doing them so there’s definitely an option available at every price point.

Straight leg jeans

Yep you’re still going to need these through spring and if you haven’t embraced this denim silhouette yet you most definitely need to. They’re great with a white tee and a pair of sandals or sneakers. Also, they’re a worthy investment as you’re going to wear them year-round.

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This top style is the new season update your wardrobe needs

28th August, 2020
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New season wardrobe updates don’t have to entail a huge splurge on entirely new outfits. Sometimes all it takes is pinpointing a few strategic pieces that will take your existing wardrobe into on-trend territory. By doing this, you can easily tap into what’s now, without ending up with a closet full of things that may or may not last beyond this season.

As we head into spring/summer, consider making one key addition to your outfit repertoire. The 70s inspired polo top which has been doing the rounds of late and is definitely one of the key on-trend pieces this season. It’s quite minimalist in style which makes it a versatile piece to have on hand, and can easily be worked back with everything from jeans to shorts and skirts. It’s also quite polished making it an easy go-to for those days when you need to take your outfit game up a notch. There’s a range of styles available, but if you’re going to snap one up, definitely go for a ribbed style which is a great way to add some texture to a look.

I’ve rounded up a few great options at varying price points, so updating your looks for the coming months is now oh-so easy.

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8 wardrobe basics that can instantly make styling an outfit easier

23rd August, 2020

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Wardrobe basics are the lynchpin of your look. I find that owning a few key pieces can in turn make everything else you own just that little more wearable as you can start with the below items and then build an outfit around them. Each person obviously has their own unique style so some of the pieces below might require substituting here and there but overall I think they’re the kind of staples that can be worked in so many different ways. Versatility is key when it comes to a look and having the right wardrobe basics in your closet can really ensure that you are able to take your style repertoire in several different directions. I’ve narrowed down a few key things that I think every woman needs…

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Jeans are a key part of my off duty wardrobe

1. Jeans

It’s imperative to find yourself a pair of jeans that fit you ridiculously well and are ultra flattering. My go-to styles are skinny jeans or straight leg as they work with my body shape but be sure to find the right style for you.

2. Leather leggings

I’m already looking forward to transitioning to my autumn/winter looks and one of my can’t live without staples is a pair of leather leggings. I can wear them dressed up or down and as a bonus they’re so comfortable. When buying a pair be sure to try on a range of different styles from different brands as the fit can vary.

3. Comfortable t-shirt

A plain white t-shirt is the kind of piece that will be in constant rotation. I love a crew neck style and wore one here, however a v-neck tee is equally as good. Start with white, however shades such as black, grey and navy and a good stripe are also a great addition to any wardrobe.

4. Button down shirt

There’s a reason why a classic white shirt is at the top of most wardrobe basics lists — it’s just so wearable and can add a stylish touch to any look. One styling trick I like to employ is opting for a slightly looser fit when it comes to shirts as visually it can make your frame appear smaller.

5. High waisted skirt

A high waisted skirt is a go-to when it comes to office wear but it can also easily transition to your off duty wardrobe. Opt for a simple black or a fun print and pair with a tee or shirt for an easy, out-the-door-fast look.

6. Quality knit

Invest in at least one quality knit in a quality fabric (cashmere is luxe, but oh-so long lasting) and opt for colours such as grey or black as they’re easily paired with multiple items in your wardrobe.

7. Blazer

You can wear a blazer to work or out to dinner on a Saturday night and is such a must when it comes to wardrobe basics. Popping one on can easily dress up a look give it a stylish touch.

8. Scarf

A scarf is the ideal trans-seasonal piece to add to your wardrobe. I have one that I like to wear when I’m travelling as I can use it as a wrap when the temperatures are slightly chillier.

Tell me—what are some of the wardrobe basics you can’t live without? Have I missed any on my list?
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Cool Father’s Day gifts to spoil dad

21st August, 2020

Father’s Day is just around the corner and if you’re like me, you’re probably on the hunt for just the right gift. I’ve always loved shopping for my dad an and Luke as it’s my opportunity to spoil them and show them how much the kids and I appreciate everything that they do, and the wonderful fathers they are.

I’ve rounded up some great gifts at every price point and a present to suit every kind of dad. Whether you’re buying for a dad who loves being sporty, a fashion-loving dad who’s into gorgeous accessories, or dad who loves nothing more than being outdoors, there’s a gift to put a smile on their face.

To all the dads out there—Have a great Father’s Day!

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Best buys under $100

14th August, 2020

A quick whip around a few of my fave shopping haunts has unearthed so many great buys. I definitely think there’s plenty to add to cart this month, particularly pieces that will work well for spring next month. So if you’re in the mood for a fashion fix, here are a few that are worth checking out.

I fell in love with the old school packaging of these lip salves. They’re such a handy size and I think it’s always great to have a few of these on hand to have at home, in one’s bag and at work.

This jacket is lightweight and a great option to have when battling trans-seasonal weather. I like the tie around the waist which always gives a flattering fit.

A great print and a smart addition to any work or smart casual look. It’s also the kind of jacket that’s handy to have around when you’re faced with a last minute Zoom call and need to quickly look polished.

Simple minimalist slides are always a welcome option to any spring/summer wardrobe. I love that these are a metallic as they’re still easily mixed and matched but add a pop of colour to a look.

Add a touch of cuteness to any ensemble by accessorising with this headband. So great for making an outfit feel dressy and more put together.

Hats are a must, particularly during summer, so why not snap up this beauty just in time for the warmer weather to arrive. It’s such a classic style and can easily worn everywhere from the beach right through to brunch.

Statement earrings are a shortcut to livening up many a look and the jade hue gives it an elegant and vibrant feel.

A beautiful clutch that has a slightly more relaxed vibe is such a great thing to have in you closet. It’s perfect for day time events, but can also turn a casual ensemble into something a little more polished.

A crisp white dress is always a good idea. And this one is such a bargain it would be criminal not to snap it up!

One of my favourite hues to work with is varying shades of pink. This blush hued number is so great for pairing with jeans to add a feminine touch.

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What I will never scrimp on in my wardrobe

9th August, 2020

My wardrobe is an eclectic mix of different pieces at various price points but there are definitely special pieces that I have splurged on. I have always believed in being a discernible shopper and not just purchasing things on a whim so I’m quite strategic in my approach to shopping. I always do my research and will keep an eye out for sales both in store and online as there’s nothing quite like getting a piece you’ve been coveting at half price! That said, there are certain things that I will never scrimp on simply because these pieces are the workhorses of my wardrobe and need to be the best quality possible.

Shoes

Given how much time we spend in them I think shoes have always been a worthwhile investment. Finding good quality shoes will mean that they stand up to the daily wear and tear we put our footwear through and won’t require replacing or repairing as often. I’ve often rationalised that buying a slightly more expensive pair of shoes will often be better value for money than buying several cheaper pairs that will need to be replaced sooner.

Bags

I don’t buy them often so when I do I make sure that a bag is well made, from quality materials and of a style that will remain a classic for years to come. I’m all about quality not quantity in my wardrobe so I’d rather hang out for a slightly more expensive bag that I know will have plenty of longevity than go for an of-the-moment fix. For example I have a Chanel bag that I have had for years and that I still wear regularly and is still in great shape simply because of the craftsmanship that has gone into it. The same goes for my Givenchy bag (above) which I use all the time and I know because it’s so well made I’ll be able to wear it season after season.

Coats

I’ll happily scrimp on things like t-shirts and jeans but outerwear is something I will always willingly splurge on because of the number of times I’ll wear each item. Coats in particular are something I like to purchase each season and will wear throughout the cooler months so I always make sure it’s a classic style, made from a quality fabric such as wool as I will wear it day after day.

Jackets

I regularly wear jackets so I will make sure to buy the best quality that I can as I wear them so often. I have a Balmain blazer that I remember trawling the internet for for years before I finally snapped it up on sale but it’s the kind of strategic purchase I don’t regret one bit as I wear it to death. And yes, it’s definitely more expensive than your average blazer but I often think of things from a cost per wear basis and have definitely got value for money out of this particular buy.

What are some things in your wardrobe you’ll never scrimp on?