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What’s on my shopping wish list this month

1st March, 2019

It’s time to officially farewell summer and say hello to autumn but that doesn’t mean I’m not trying to squeeze in a few last summery purchases. That said it’s the also the perfect time to start prepping my new season wardrobe. I’m embracing warm, earthy tones of tan and beige along with vibrant shades of burgundy and red. If you’re on the hunt for some great new pieces, check out my wish list for a little inspo…

Chloe Faye medium leather and suede shoulder bag

I love the warm tones of this bag plus it’s just the right size for carrying all my daily essentials.

1064 Studio gold plated cuff

Fun costume jewellery that has a bit of extra personality is one thing that’s made elevating my looks that much easier.

Victoria Beckham waffle knit midi dress

I love dresses with a simple silhouette that can be dressed up or down. This dress will work now with heels but I can also transition it to autumn/winter with a jacket and boots.

TDE taupe Samsung Note 8 case

I like changing up phone cases and this one is a beautifully sleek design.

Sandro Lila belt

Statement belts are always a great way to elevate a look especially in such a bold shade.

Nina Armando Taylor shoe

This is a great shoe that will help lift an outfit by adding a bright pop of colour.

Paloma Barcelo Auriane wedges

I always gravitate towards wedges as they’re the ideal shoe for wearing to events like the polo or the races where I don’t want to be sinking in grass with stilettos!

Maggie Marilyn Far Far Away sweater

The simple design and colour palette of this sweater makes it the ideal versatile piece for the cooler months.

Eugenia Kim Mallory silk hair tie

Scrunchies are having a moment and this is a fun option that’s both decorative and functional.

Rebecca Vallance Harlow mini dress

How cute is this dress? Love the shape and the colour and I can see myself getting plenty of wear out of this.

Rejina Pyo wide leg chambray pants

This chic pair of wide leg pants has an effortless vibe that I really like.

Eres metallic trimmed swimsuit

A totally glam swimsuit option I know, but how gorgeous is the gold detail?

Johanna Ortiz gold toned earrings

I can see myself wearing this to multiple occasions. It’s just the right design to be versatile but interesting enough to stand out.

Ray Ban Clubmaster tortoiseshell sunglasses

A classic shape and brand, these glasses are perfect for weekends spent relaxing and enjoying the sun.

Dolce & Gabbana The Only One perfume

I’ve been on the hunt for a new scent and this one is so dreamy.

What’s on your shopping wish list?

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10 things worth checking out from … Zara

28th February, 2019

Zara’s without a doubt one of the best sources of on trend, affordable fashion. Their range is always up-to-the-minute and you can often find some great pieces that are inexpensive but look like they could be worth a whole lot more. This month I’m focussing on this chain store fave and rounding up 10 pieces that are worth checking out.

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Crochet top

I like the bohemian inspired vibe of this top. It’s the kind of piece that would be easy to work back with other things in your wardrobe but still has a strong enough look to make an impact.

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Shimmery ribbed shirt

A simple top with a subtle shimmer detail makes this the ideal option for a night out. This could easily be paired with everything from pants to a skirt so you’ll definitely get plenty of use out of it.

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Semi sheer top

A sheer number that would add a sexy pop of colour to any look. If you want to dial it down a bit you could easy pop a cami underneath without losing its edgy feel.

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Beaded crossbody bag

A fun monochrome bag that could easily go from day to night. Also, who can say no to sequins?

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Gold earrings with stones

These look a whole lot more expensive than they actually are. A great piece to add to any look to add a touch of glam.

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Hi matte lipstick

A bright bold lip is always a great beauty shortcut for elevating everyday makeup into something more. This shade is a bit of a showstopper.

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Bejewelled tweed blazer

With its classic feel, this tweed blazer would certainly see you through many seasons to come. You could opt to wear it as a suit like the above or pair it with denim for a cool, high-low mix that looks effortlessly polished.

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Natural tote bag

A simple silhouette and an earthy vibe make this perfect for pairing with a casual weekend ensemble.

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Mesh high heel mules

Zara’s always great for shoes that are bang on trend and this pair is no different. I love the minimalist slash 80s vibe of these mules.

Leopard print shirt dress

Love a graphic print especially in such a gorgeous colour. This is the kind of piece that wouldn’t require much more to dress it up as it’s so bold and strong.

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Best Buys under $100

22nd February, 2019

Who says you need to spend a fortune to update your wardrobe? If you’re currently on a strict fashion budget but could really use a new wardrobe addition or two you’ve come to the right place because I’ve rounded up some seriously stylish buys for less than what you’d pay to go out for dinner.

ASOS Design Square Boxy clutch

Reminiscent of a lot more pricier options, this bag is right on trend and will instantly update any look.

Only Denim skirt

A great neutral skirt that could work back with multiple pieces in your wardrobe.

Witchery V-neck slouch knit

We’re heading into autumn soon so there’s no better time to stock up on cosy staples to get you through the cooler months such as this chic knit.

Slip large hair ties

Scrunchies believe or not are cool again so why not jump aboard the trend with this handy three pack of hair ties in fun prints.

ASOS Design shrunken jacket

A great trans-seasonal piece, the denim jacket is one item that’s always guaranteed to get a workout.

Amber Sceats Valencia earrings

Love the retro art deco vibe of these earrings. A great way to add a punchy element to any outfit.

Local Supply Marina sunglasses

Great shape, great shade and at a great price. What more could you ask for?

Glasshouse triple scented mini candle

I always have a healthy supply of candles at my place and I’ve found Glasshouse always have some gorgeous scents.

Lack of Color The Ventura Trimmed straw hat

Sun protection is so important so I’ve always considered a hat a big must-have of any wardrobe. This straw number is understated and chic.

The Daily Edited saffron iPhone 7 case

You see your phone so many times throughout the day why not make it something that’s nice to look at too?

Amber Sceats Laguna earrings

These marble look earrings add a contemporary touch to any look.

Le Specs tortoiseshell glasses

You can’t go wrong with a pair of classic tortoiseshell frames. I love the shape and style of these.

Witchery silk spot neckerchief

A cute little scarf that will dress up any outfit and give it a classic retro feel.

The Perfumer’s Story by Azzi Glazer

A luxe looking candle that will spruce up any surface in your home.

Tony Bianco card holder and clutch

Two things for the price of one? What more could you want in a bargain buy?

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Valentine’s Day gift ideas that will impress

8th February, 2019

Ah Valentine’s Day. It’s one of those days when it’s great excuse to pull out all the stops and spoil your beloved. If you celebrate on February 14 then you may be in search of the perfect gift that will impress. It can be hard to pinpoint just the right one, with exactly the right sentiment, so to get you started I’ve rounded up a few great buys for him and for her to ensure that everyone’s happy on this special day of love. Enjoy!

For her

You deserve to be spoilt on Valentine’s Day, right? From gorgeous accessories to incredible lingerie you may want to leave this page in plain sight over the next few days…

For him

What will you be gifting your other half on February 14? Here are a few great ideas that will certainly put a smile on his face.

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Stylish slides that will make any summer outfit

2nd February, 2019

Slides. They’re easily one of the most on trend footwear options for summer and are so wearable that if you haven’t stockpiled a few pairs already, you seriously don’t know what you’re missing out on.

When it comes to slides I think the most important thing is to go for the colours that will easily work back with the rest of your wardrobe but it doesn’t mean you can’t afford to have a little fun along the way too. There are so many design options available, with everything from knotted straps to metallic detailing that will give your slides a point of difference. And if you’re in the mood to snap up more than one pair, then I highly suggest going for something that’s more of a statement piece to add a little drama to your favourite summer look.

Shop my edit of great summer slides below

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10 things worth checking out from…Country Road

31st January, 2019

With so much shopping to do and so little time it can be hard to keep track of what’s going on with each brand. So each month I’m doing a round up of my top picks from some of my favourite designer and high street brands. This month it’s all about Aussie fave, Country Road.

Drape sleeve dress

A classic silhouette but in a modern, on trend shade that’s made for summer.

Adeline organic stud

I love these chic drop earrings as a way of elevating an everyday look.

Rib nylon vest

A great addition to any little boy’s wardrobe. This is perfect for when we start heading into trans-seasonal weather.

Cape salad bowl

Country Road do some gorgeous homewares and this duck egg blue number will be the highlight of any table.

Round woven pouch

Natural textures are all the rage and this pouch is the ideal accessory to finish off an outfit.https://katewaterhouse.com/formula-great-outfit/

Mega Geo backpack

Have a little one heading to pre-school? This is the ideal size for them to be able to carry their day’s essentials.

Floral lace dress

I love Country Road’s kids’ range especially their selection of girls’ clothes. This rose-coloured dress is so sweet and I love the print and ruffled detail.

Longline single breasted jacket

A blazer is always a necessity in any wardrobe and this one in a crisp white is ideal for summer.

Viscose silk t-shirt

The simple design and array of colours of this silk top make it the ideal piece to add to your work wardrobe.

Amanda wedge

These linen wedges are the ideal colour way for spring/summer and a comfy option for casual event dressing.

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Best buys under $100

18th January, 2019

Hello, bargain time! If your bank account is still recovering from Christmas but you’re in desperate need of a few new wardrobe updates then you’ve come to the right place. I’ve rounded up a few bargain buys that will certainly have you looking stylish in no time—minus the expensive price tag.

Witchery Sky earrings

A fun style that will help liven up any outfit, casual or dressy.

Tony Bianco Alisha oval belt bag

Dip your toe into the belt bag trend minus the exxy price tag. This bag also comes with another strap that converts it into a crossbody bag style.

Witchery belted short

Tailored shorts always give an outfit an expensive feel, and this pair is just the right pop of colour to elevate a look.

Country Road ditsy floral short

Stylish and classic, these lightweight monochrome shorts will take you through many a summer day. And they’re on sale too!

Tony Bianco Cathy bucket bag

Straw bags are having a moment and this one manages to look both relaxed and dressy at the same time.

Country Road dotted floral top

A great wrap top is always super flattering and this one is no exception.

Kate Spade pave open hinge cuff

Add a hint of bling minus the exxy price tag to your look with this cuff.

New Balance 247 sneakers

Sneakers are always a worthwhile wardrobe addition and this pair ticks all the boxes.

Levi’s high rise denim shorts

I can never get enough of denim shorts in summer. If you’re the same, definitely snap this pair up as they’re a steal.

Ganni clover polka dot bikini

Love a fun, vibrant bikini? These swimmers will make a statement at the beach.

Pepper & Mayne Electra ribbed swimsuit

If you’re more of a classic swimsuit gal then this black one piece has your name all over it.

Tigerlily Colorado dress

A simple summer dress is always a welcome addition to any wardrobe.

Guess Augustina satchel

Roomy, practical and classic, this satchel is just the thing to carry all your essentials around.

Witchery stripe linen scarf

For those cool summer nights, a great linen scarf is just the thing to keep you warm.

Steve Madden Rage sandal

Want your shoes to take centre stage? These slides will definitely have you stealing the show.

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My tips for buying a flattering swimsuit

15th January, 2019

Shopping for swimsuits can be quite a challenge sometimes. I know for some it’s something that needs to be done but it can become quite overwhelming if you don’t know where to start. I’ve found that with swimsuits the best thing to do is to treat it with the same approach you would a regular shopping trip—that is, have a plan and have a general idea which stores you’d like to visit and a few different styles you’d like to try. From there, it’s about trying the following things…

Have a moodboard

Are there particular swimsuit styles that always catch your eye? Whether it’s a certain colour palette, a print or silhouette compile a little inspiration board for yourself to help guide your search. Even it’s just a series of Instagram images you’ve saved, having a visual guide is extremely handy during any shopping trip.

Be prepared to try on a few different styles

In an ideal world the perfect swimsuit would fall into your lap the first try and you can call it a day. The reality is however you have to be prepared to try on a few different types. Have a general idea of what you like but be prepared to venture outside your comfort zone as you never know, you could find yourself a pair of swimmers that look amazing on you but is not a silhouette you’d normally consider.

Look for the right support

There are so many great high-tech fabrications when it comes to swimwear these days that are guaranteed to pull you in in all the right places so use it to your advantage. I think the most important thing to feeling confident in a swimsuit is knowing that you’re not going to be fussing around and ensuring everything’s in place every five seconds! Invest in the best quality swimsuit you can to ensure that you’ve got the most flattering, perfect fit possible.

Don’t judge based on what you see on the rack

Try every single swimsuit you like on. Sometimes something looks far different on the rack as opposed to when you’ve got it on and you never know when you may stumble upon the perfect style. Also this will enable you to slowly pinpoint the styles that are going to accentuate all your best features. I truly believe there’s a style to suit everyone and it’s important to devote some time to the process.

Bring someone along for a second opinion

Whether it’s your partner, your bestie or your mum, bring a trusted shopping buddy with you to give you an honest opinion when you’re trying things on. Fluorescent change room lighting can be less than flattering at times so it’s good to have someone there to give you a second opinion.

Remember your style

Treat a piece of swimwear as you would your regular wardrobe and remember the things that are flattering for you. Do v-necks work for you? Then see how it translates to a swimsuit. You could try a halter neck top which has a similar silhouette. If you’re all about off the shoulder styles, you can find a similar top when it come to swimwear.

What are some of your favourite brands for swimwear?

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What’s on my shopping wish list

11th January, 2019

It’s always refreshing to compile my wish list at the start of each year. I’ve done my big wardrobe purge, have scoped out all my fave stores having just emerged from Christmas shopping and checking out the sales and I’m in the right mood for a big style update. So what’s caught my eye this month?

Mimco Acid Dream drop earrings

I’m trying to dabble with a few more bold accessories this year, most especially statement earrings. I love this style for the colours and sleek shape.

Rebecca Minkoff Bree Circle bag

A classic neutral bag that’s made a little more interesting by its circle shape. This is a good one for weekends when I just need to go hands-free as I am busy running errands.

Isabel Marant gold-tone earrings

Another beauty that I’d really love to add to my collection. These have a great silhouette and hammered finish.

Helen Kaminski raffia visor

I’m so conscious of protecting myself in the sun these days that I’ve been drawn to shopping for an assortment of different hat styles. This is a great visor to have on hand when I’m just quickly popping out for coffee or picking up something from the shops.

Zimmermann printed linen shorts

Linen in summer is always a winner and these shorts with their printed finish and bold colour are just the thing to elevate my wardrobe.

Frame embellished mini denim skirt

I’m really gravitating towards denim skirts this season, especially when it features a little embellishment.

Ulla Johnson chambray wide-leg pants

I’ve always liked the look of wide leg pants especially, especially in such a beautiful lightweight chambray. These would be perfect for dressing up or down.

Adriana Degreas bikini

I don’t really do prints when it comes to swimwear and much prefer block colours so these get a definite thumbs up from me. The emerald green shade and the tortoiseshell ring detail make this a fun, yet elegant option for the beach.

Ginger & Smart anchor peplum top

With its simple silhouette, this top is ideal for refreshing my work wardrobe.

Camilla and Marc Bronte top

I don’t wear much brown but I have to say, this crop top with its crossover neckline and ruching is perfect for pairing with everything from shorts to skirts and pants.

Tell me—What’s on your current wish list?

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Structured bags to elevate your wardrobe in the new year

4th January, 2019

Want an easy shortcut to a polished look? Enter one trend I’m really loving at the moment: structured bags. I love their ladylike feel and how they can quickly turn a casual outfit into one that looks effortlessly put together. That said, it can also make the ideal finishing touch to an already dressy look.

The great thing about this trend is that there’s a plethora of options available out there at the moment. From vibrant shades to embellishments, not to mention various shapes and sizes there’s one to suit every outfit, taste and budget.

I’ve rounded a few great bag options to help you jump aboard this trend. The only thing to decide now is which one will you snap up?