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Little known makeup tricks you might not know

11th April, 2021

Over the years I would have spent numerous hours getting glammed up for shoots, getting ready for the races and prepping for events so I’ve managed to pick up some great tips from the professionals along the way. There’s nothing quite like watching a makeup artist at work, simply because they’ve got some amazing shortcuts and tricks that are definitely worth copying and pasting into my own beauty routine. Also they have an almost encyclopaedic knowledge of cosmetics so I inevitably end up with some great recommendations for everything from the best lipstick to foundation that achieves a flawless finish. Plus all the makeup tricks they’ve shared, I’ve tested in my day to day routine and they 100 per cent work.

Here are a few things that have definitely changed my makeup routine…

Freeze your eyeliner

This is one of the best eyeliner secrets that I have been told! If your eyeliner is getting crumbly pop it in the freezer. After just 15 minutes the eyeliner tip becomes firm which allows you to apply the liner smoothly.

Use concealer on and around your lips

Prepping lips is super important (especially during winter!). Applying concealer to your lips will create a neutral and even template for your lipstick. Apply concealer around the border of your lips to prevent your bold lipstick from bleeding.

You can use illuminator on more than just your cheekbones

A touch of illuminator on your cheekbones will give you a healthy glow and is a quick pick-me-up for tired skin. However did you know it can also double as a shimmering eyeshadow when applied to the eyes? Try it the next time you want show-stopping eyes on a night out.

Dust out towards your hairline with blush

To perk up your skin brush blush out toward your hairline and create big strokes in an upward motion by following the natural lines of your face. The colour will give your skin a healthy glow. To spread the colour evenly be sure to use a soft blush brush.

Use white eyeliner pencil as an eye shadow primer

If your eyeshadow tends to vanish prime your lids with an eyeliner pencil first. The white eyeliner will create a contour for the eye shadow to stick to which will extend the wear of your eyeshadow. The eyeliner will also give you guidance as to where the eye shadow should go.

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Best buys under $100

12th March, 2021

Compiling this post every month always results in unearthing some great buys. I’ve always been a firm believer that a stylish look doesn’t have to cost a fortune, and I’ve always favoured a high-low mix when it comes to my wardrobe. I’ll work back affordable pieces with slightly pricier items, and firmly believe an expensive price tag doesn’t always equate to great style. I’ve found some fun fashion pieces for under $100 that will become a welcome addition to your outfit repertoire.

Simple jewellery that can be worn on a day to day basis is always an important part of any accessories collection, and these earrings definitely fit the brief. They’re versatile enough to be worn in several different ways while still elevating any outfit.

This jumpsuit is such a great casual look option. Plus it’s a great option to have on hand on those days when I just want a simple, unfussy outfit. Worn with sandals or sneakers, it’s an easy way to do off duty dressing.

A little Bottega-esque, this pouch with its puffed, quilted texture is right on trend. Use it to add a little injection of fun to look, plus it’s a great size to carry your daily essentials.

I’m a huge fan of layering necklaces, and this choker achieves the effect without having to fuss around trying to determine which necklace goes with this. Love the celestial theme too.

I am always on the hunt for the perfect white tee so this top caught my eye because it has a polished feel which means it can be worn in a casual way, but can still be paired back with slightly dressier looks.

Now that we’re heading into autumn/winter, a pair of great black pants is a must. I can see this being worn with a tee or a button down, layered with a jumper and coat, and making for such a stylish, yet cosy ensemble.

The colour and cut of this dress makes it such a great after dark look. The green hue is a fun alternative to the LBD, while the streamlined silhouette ensure it still looks elegant.

A denim shirt is one of those things that if you don’t have one yet, you won’t realise just how versatile it is. This Levi’s number is a great hue for doing a double denim pairing.

Black slides are such a great addition to any shoe wardrobe. I’ve always found them to be easy to pair with multiple looks, plus the simple and elegant style ensures it can be worn in myriad ways.

A dainty cuff makes a great layering piece, and this style would make a pretty addition to any jewellery stack. Or you could allow it to shine on its own and use it to add the perfect finishing touch to an outfit.

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Non-skinny jeans options I’m loving

10th March, 2021

There has been much said about skinny jeans of late, with Gen Z declaring them cancelled (along with side parts, just FYI). While I’m all for wearing the kind of jeans style that works with your wardrobe, shape and style, if you are on the look out for other alternatives then you’ll be pleased to heat there are are more than a few options to consider.

I tend to gravitate towards straight leg styles now, along with cropped wide leg options which look great with a sandal or heel. I’ve found the former to be a real wardrobe staple for me now as they both work back with so many different styles of top, particularly a white t-shirt, which is a constant wardrobe MVP for me.

But the options don’t end there. There’s still the classic boyfriend style which is ideal for an off duty look, while the mom jean style is a great hybrid between boyfriend and straight and works for so many different occasions.

So if you’re looking to update your denim wardrobe, here are a few styles to consider.

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Chain store round-up: 10 great buys to add to cart

5th March, 2021

I always really like doing these posts at the start of a new season as it’s the perfect time to do a wardrobe update, and it’s great to see what’s out there. And I have to say, chain stores have really delivered on the trend front, ticking the boxes as far as what’s trending, but also weaving in classics that are great for topping up our evergreen wardrobe. Here’s what you should definitely add to cart this month.

Update your sneaker wardrobe with this multipurpose, minimalist pair. It’s the kind of style that will work back with several different looks, and can also be worn all through the year.

Denim jackets are a great wardrobe staple to have on hand, so I’ve always liked having it in different washes to ensure maximum wear. This black shade is equally as versatile as its blue denim counterpart, but just has slightly more edge.

It’s all in the sleeve detail for me these days. This balloon sleeve style in a baby pink hue is just the thing to brighten up any autumn/winter look, and it makes a statement all at the same time.

A neutral midi dress is the basis for so many different looks that it’s definitely something worth adding to your shopping list. Pop on a jacket or a blazer to dress it up, or wear it with a crisp white shirt knotted, or simply throw on a knit.

The simplicity of this shirt guarantees that it can be worn to death. You can wear it dressed up with tailored pants, or dressed down with jeans, with myriad other uses in between.

You can never have too much denim in your life. With the regularity most of us wear jeans, it never hurts to have a few pairs up your sleeve. And this style is just the perfect silhouette to see you through any season.

I tend to collect lots of basics at the start of every season to form the basis of many of my day to day looks. And I know that a top like this will get many outings as it’s a pared back style that can easily work back with most outfits, but with elements such as the ribbed texture and high neckline, it steers it away from being anything but boring.

It’s hard to resist a great dress, especially when it looks like this. It’s a great neutral hue and the cinched waist is a flattering finish.

It’s always nice to incorporate some coloured knits into your autumn/winter rotation as it can get a little monotonous wearing the same hues over and over again. This burnt orange shade is such a good one to weave into an outfit to give it an injection of personality.

Love this knit top for its classic feel. It looks great worn back with jeans, but I think it would also play nicely with everything from pants to skirts and shorts. Plus it adds a nice textural element to any outfit.

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How to buy investment jewellery

1st March, 2021

I’m a huge fan of buying investment jewellery. Wearing jewellery is a constant part of any outfit for me, so it pays to have beautiful pieces that I love and can wear over and over again. I also love having quality jewellery that has longevity—both from a style sense and from how it’s crafted.

I’ve been lucky enough to be able to build a collection of investment jewellery over time, comprised of pieces I’ve bought and some I’ve been given to mark big milestones. And I’ve never ever tired of any of them which proves that looking for quality is something that will enable you to love pieces for the forseeable future and beyond (I know one day, I’ll pass my own collection to my girls).

So if you’re currently on the hunt for a splurge item, here are a few of my tips for how to buy investment jewellery that will be a forever kind of relationship.

Think timeless

Given how pricey they are, investment jewellery is the kind of thing where you should go for styles that are classic. As they’re pieces that are worn over and over again they shouldn’t be trend based or majorly fashion focused, instead go for a style that won’t ever date.

Look for every day pieces

If you’ve got an endless budget at your disposal then have fun! Go for knockout event jewellery and over the top jewels, but for most of us, it’s all about things that will get worn all the time. The cost per wear is great for investment jewellery if you end up wearing pieces all the time. So look for things like:

Ensure they can be worn any time

Look for pieces that can be worn day and night. This allows you to get the most cost per wear out of them. The above items are great examples of jewellery that can be worn anytime and can be dressed up or down.

All my fave pieces in one stack
Pick the most versatile metal

I tend to favour gold for a lot of my jewellery, but choose the hue that will work back with your wardrobe the most. By doing that you’ll guarantee that you get the most wear out of any pieces you own.

Opt for great layering pieces

To ensure that any jewellery you go for is going to be on high rotation, go for pieces that can be layered with others you already own. This way you can wear them solo or you can stack them with other costume or fashion jewellery and get even more wear out of it.

Do your research

Given investment jewellery is quite expensive, make sure to do your research. Look into everything from the jeweller you choose, to the kind of precious stones or metals any pieces are made from. If you’re buying a watch this is even more important as a good quality watch is such an intricate piece of machinery that it pays to know what exactly what kind of make and model is the best, and also that you’re choosing a reputable brand.

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On my radar: the Venroy set, the Lucy Montgomery mirror and the Oroton necklace

26th February, 2021

What’s on my shopping radar this month? There’s plenty of amazing things out there right now, but there are three things that are definitely making me want to make a purchase. Right now, I’m equally scouring online and in-store for things for our home, but also for my closet. Here’s what’s making my heart race a little…

Image: Oroton
Oroton Eloise necklace

I’m loving chunky gold jewellery right now as it’s just such a fun way to liven up an outfit. Plus I’m finding it’s really versatile accessory option in that I can wear it casually with jeans and a tank, or worked back with a a great dress. The Eloise necklace caught my eye immediately as it’s just the right amount of bold, and a real statement-making piece.

Image: Venroy
Venroy cropped V back top and pants

Matching sets are always a great option anytime of year as they look instantly put together. I do love this set for that reason, but I’m drawn to the silhouette of the top in particular. The boxy shape is interesting, while the cropped length makes it a bit playful and the back detail is the ideal finishing touch. And as for the pants? I’ve become a huge fan of Venroy pants for their comfort level so I’d happily welcome another pair into my collection.

Image: Lucy Montgomery
Lucy Montgomery Sirenuse mirror

Having been well and truly been bitten by the reno bug I’ve been finding myself looking for new pieces to update all corners of our home. This mirror is quickly becoming a must-have and fell on my shopping radar as I’m a huge fan of the brand. Love the sculptural shape and the texture, which would really make for the ideal standout piece to brighten up our home. And I do love the fact that ultimately, it’s still a functional piece that looks beautiful.

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Loving the puff sleeve? Here are a few amazing options to add to cart

19th February, 2021

There’s something quite beautiful about a big, bold statement sleeve that can really make a dress or a top, a bit of a scene-stealer. I’ve become quite the fan, and have found them working in my wardrobe in the form of a dress or a top for various occasions. Plus they’re just such a pretty, feminine detail that can really lift a plain silhouette into something more.

Puff sleeved dresses or tops can also be worked back with so many different things that are likely already sitting in your closet. From denim, to a pretty sandal or a killer heel, it has the ability to play nicely with existing pieces in your wardrobe, which is a huge tick in the versatility department.

Here are a few gorgeous puff sleeve pieces to embrace.

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

5th February, 2021

We’re at the tail end of summer now and we’re swiftly approaching transseasonal dressing time. Keeping this in mind, I’ve been hunting around for pieces that can easily be worn in hot or cold weather with a strategic adjustment or two. And the good news? There are plenty of great affordable buys out there. This month’s chain store round-up is all about versatile buys that are going to be able to take you through the change in seasons without missing a beat.

A denim midi skirt is a style that can easily be dressed up or down. Add a crisp white shirt for a classic, polished look or a white tee with a sweater to easily turn it into an ideal transseasonal outfit.

A neutral linen dress will see you through the last few weeks of summer. Pop on a trench or a cosy cardi and pair with sneakers for the ideal take on a classy, casual ensemble.

This short sleeved shirt can work with a pair of shorts while the weather is still warm but you can transition it into a winter look by working it back with jeans or wide leg pants.

I’m loving all things tie-dye right now and this tee is a great way to add a pop of colour to your fave looks. Easily paired back with jeans, sweatpants and more, it’s a great way to add a playful touch to a look.

Midi dresses are a star player in my wardrobe because they’re a great shortcut to achieving a polished look—there’s just something classic about them. This shirred dress is a silhouette that can easily be worked back with sneakers and a denim jacket when the weather cools, while it plays nicely with slides or sandals while summer is still in full swing.

White slides are a great versatile shoe to have in your wardrobe. It’s hue that can be worked back with myriad looks, and this particular style can be paired with pants just as easily as it can work with shorts and a skirt.

Start stocking up on sweats now because they’ll be huge this winter. This neutral shade makes it workable with a variety of different looks—you can get away with wearing this particular style out and about as easily as you can to the gym.

Bike pants are well and truly back. This pair comes in a variety of different shades and at an affordable price too, making it easy to work it into your activewear wardrobe, as well as your casual outfit repertoire.

You can’t go past black shorts when it comes to ultra wearable style options. This pair can work with sneakers or sandals and can be topped with a lightweight jacket to take it into autumn.

A comfortable pair of heels is a must and this pair ticks all the boxes—a great heel height and a modern silhouette making it an on trend addition to any look.

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Loving Bridgerton? Here’s how to incorporate the show’s Regency style into your wardrobe

3rd February, 2021
Phoebe Dynevor as Daphne Bridgerton in Bridgerton/ LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX © 2020

If there’s one show that’s captured everyone’s attention of late it’s got to be Bridgerton. The period series set in regency era London has it all — intrigue, drama, love, sex and a whole lot of beautiful fashion.

The debutantes and society set of the 1800s involves plenty of sartorial eye candy with a hefty dose of insanely beautiful clothes and jewellery. From ruffles, to embellishment, eye-catching statement jewels and pretty, feminine silhouettes, the ladies of Bridgerton rock it all.

And if you’ve fallen in love with it all it’s actually easily achieved in 2021. There are plenty of Bridgerton-inspired pieces that will have you rivalling the “flawless” Daphne Bridgerton as diamond of the first water. Just BYO Duke of Hastings.

Puff sleeves

The traditional regency era silhouette usually involves a square neckline and puff sleeves. It’s actually quite easy to tap into this right now because puff sleeves are very much a thing, and the same goes for a ruched bust style. It’s such a pretty style, you’ll probably find yourself gravitating towards adopting more than one dress into your wardrobe…

Embellishment

The utterly delicate embellishment on many of the dresses in Bridgerton will have you longing for the same in your own wardrobe. Think beautiful, intricate detailing to take any dress into wow territory.

Showstopping baubles

You can’t afford to be an accessories wallflower as a lady of the regency era. At one end of the spectrum sit fine, delicate chokers while at the other end think oversized baubles ranging from colourful drop earrings to a totally dramatic necklace.

Frilled necklines

Pretty frilled necklines are heavily featured in the show. Embrace a high, sheer neckline for the ultimate in ladylike chic. And really, who doesn’t love a bit of tulle in their life? Just make sure to keep the rest of your look quite pared back to really allow this dramatic feature to take centre stage.

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8 pieces that will update your weekend wardrobe

30th January, 2021

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Weekends are super important to me so everything is about comfort especially since I’m always on the go with my family. I also know that sometimes my work wardrobe can start encroaching into my weekend wardrobe so it can be nice to have pieces that are solely dedicated for relaxation. I know that due to COVID lockdown, I found my office and off duty wardrobe start to blur a little more because I was home a lot more, and as a result it made me want to have a few designated pieces just for the weekend to cue the fact it was relaxation time. So what’s the key to a smart weekend wardrobe update?

If you’re looking for stylish yet practical pieces to wear during your down time, make sure to add these to your shopping list…

Statement sandals

I like to update my shoe wardrobe at the start of each season and a pair of great sandals is always at the top of my list when spring/summer comes around. Look for a great shoe with a touch of embellishment or in a vibrant hue. It will definitely be perfect for a quick breakfast at your favourite café or running errands on a Sunday afternoon.

Cropped jeans

For those who want to add a bit of flair to their usual weekend wardrobe look no further than a pair of cropped flared jeans. Whether you opt for a simple black or a lighter shade of denim, you can easily pair them with a tee or singlet for an on trend look that’s oh-so easy. Plus they play really nicely with a crisp white pair of sneakers.

Straight leg jeans

Over the last few years jeans have been getting a little more relaxed in fit. Straight leg jeans have been having a moment and are quite flattering when cropped at the ankle and paired with a slightly more streamlined top.

I’m always in white sneakers on the weekend – it’s one of my staples.

White sneakers

If you’ve yet to add a pair of white kicks to your wardrobe then it’s high time you introduced them to your style repertoire. Not only are they the ideal footwear for a busy weekend they’re also really easy to pair back with everything from a dress to jeans and a tee, so they’re an easy go-to shoe option.

Moto leather jacket

The leather jacket is an easy cover up on weekends. I know I’ve always lived in mine as something I can throw on over a dress or jeans and a tee and know that I’ll look pulled together. It’s also the perfect piece to transition from day to evening wear so it’s definitely a purchase you’ll get plenty of wear out of.

Shirt dress

You can’t beat a simple dress for ease of getting dressed as you simply have to throw it on and you’re ready to go. I’m a fan of the shirt dress as it’s quite a polished silhouette and when in a neutral colour or simple pattern such as a trusty stripe it’s an outfit that’s easily paired with sandals or sneakers for the ultimate in laidback cool.

A shirt dress is always an elegant weekend option

Oversized white shirt

I’m a fan of a white shirt all the time but I’ve also found it to be such a great staple to have on the weekend. Look for a slightly oversized fit with a drop shoulder for the ultimate in casual cool options. Plus it goes with pretty much everything including jeans, shorts and skirts.

Cropped wide leg trousers

There’s something super chic about a pair of wide leg trousers and they’re a great match with a crisp white tee or a tank. You can pair them with most of the staples I’ve listed above and you’re all set for a day of relaxation in one of the most stylish way possible.