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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?

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New Year’s Eve dresses that will help you ring in 2019 in style

23rd December, 2018

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner and it can be one of those occasions where the perfect party dress is a must on your list. It’s also the ideal time to embrace an outfit that’s bold and has plenty of impact to really help you ring in the new year in style. And really, who can pass up the opportunity to wear something that’s glam and has a whole lot of sparkle?

When it comes to the ideal New Year’s Eve party dress don’t be afraid to push the boundaries and go for something outside of your usual go-to styles. You can afford to go all out as it’s an evening that has such a great party vibe and your outfit should definitely match. You could try doing sequins, experimenting with texture such as flounces and fringing and by all means do plenty of colour. If that’s not your scene, something that has a  glamorous and sexy feel is also ideal.

And when it comes to your accessories you can afford to do something fun. Statement earrings, striking heels and a great bag are all on the list of things to wear to a New Year’s Eve event.

Scroll down below for my edit of party dresses that a will definitely have you farewelling 2019 with plenty of wow factor.

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What to buy the fashionista in your life

16th December, 2018

I’ve got a number of people in my life who love fashion so I’m always looking for the perfect, stylish gift to purchase them at this time of year. When it comes to the fashionista in your life I think the key things to consider before buying anything is their personal style, the pieces that you know they wear to death and what they’ll actually find useful — all three will help you hone in on the perfect piece. (If all else fails you could also just check out my guide on how to be a good gift giver which should steer you in the right direction.)

In the meantime I’ve rounded up a few faves to help get you started. You never know, you may just find the ideal gift for someone on your list.

Stella McCartney logo print backpack

Compact and stylish, this backpack is perfect for the girl on the go.

Miu Miu Infinity rainbow drop crystal earrings

A colourful statement piece to liven up a look.

Zimmermann python printed palazzo pants

For the woman who loves all things bold these pants would be a great find under the Christmas tree.

Self Portrait lace panelled pleated maxi skirt

A lovely, ladylike piece that would make the girly fashionista in your life smile.

Chloe logo plaque flat sandals

These are a practical sandal that would get plenty of use this season and beyond.

Staud grace patent leather tote

A bag in a bright pop of colour makes for the perfect festive gift.

ASOS Design Piper slingback

Animal print is still huge and these statement shoes would make quite an impactful present.

Sacred Hawk bag in snakeskin

For the woman who loves daring pieces, this is the kind of bag that would make the ideal gift.

State of Escape bag 

Made of sturdy and durable neoprene, this is the perfect carryall for any busy woman in your life.

Miu Miu oval shaped acetate sunglasses

You can never go wrong with a pair of statement sunnies, especially when they’re as fun as this pair.

Lola Hats wide brimmed straw hat

Summer’s the perfect time to rock a chic hat. A wide brimmed straw hat is the perfect piece to take to the beach and beyond.

Matin linen shorts

Versatile, neutral linen shorts would most certainly get plenty of use during the warmer months.

Staud Paradise cut-out fringed top

A statement top that will form many a party look.

Joanna Vargas rescue serum

Beauty products such as this gorgeous serum would make the ideal luxe gift.

Les Héroïnes The Bessie draped satin top

The draped style of this top make it a striking piece that’s not too over the top.

Cami NYC cropped off the shoulder top

A cute off the shoulder number that’s perfect for days enjoying the sun.

ASOS Design Signature ball heels

A shoe with a dramatic element such as this pair is ideal for the more fashion forward woman on your gift list.

Miaou checked print dress

Love the 90s look of this checked dress.

Alice McCall Adorable sheer blouse

A flirty, feminine blouse that would elevate any look.

ASOS White animal print wrap dress

Wrap dresses are universally flattering and the bold print makes it perfect for this time of year.

 

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Statement earrings to liven up any party look

2nd December, 2018

I often think that the key to any party look is what you accessorise it with. And this is often one of the great ways in which you can recycle existing pieces in your wardrobe. By simply switching up your accoutrements, then you instantly have yourself a brand new look.

One of the best and most wearable accessories to elevate any look (whether it be a party ensemble or just a casual look you want to give a little lift) is a pair of statement earrings. I often wear simple studs but for the times when I just want something a little extra to my look I definitely turn to my choice of earring. Often by wearing something bold and fun, you can instantly change the energy of an ensemble and give it a point of difference. And this season you’ll definitely be spoilt for choice. Because whether you’re after feathered and fun, colourful and bright or simply elegant, there’s definitely a pair of earrings to suit.

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What I look for before buying anything designer

1st December, 2018

Nothing beats buying a beautiful designer item but they’re often a significant investment so I always make sure I am strategic about what I’m purchasing to ensure there’s no buyer’s remorse involved. If you’re looking to snap up a special piece to treat yourself or are looking to add some key pieces to your wardrobe in the new year here’s what I always look for…

Is it really popular?

I steer clear of the ‘it’ bag of the season. If I’m shopping for an everyday bag that’s going to be carrying everything from my essentials to my laptop then I make sure that I opt for something that’s a signature item for the brand but not ubiquitous. I don’t like having a designer bag that everyone has because I feel they go in and out of fashion just as quickly as they come in. Plus you don’t want people being able to immediately identify that your bag is from a certain year’s collection. To combat this I always ask the shop assistant if it’s a style they intend to do again so it’s not so identifiable to a particular year.

Finding a unique style

I’m the complete opposite in my approach to evening bags and shoes. If I’m buying something special like a clutch I like to make sure they’re not making further runs of it because I want it to be a one-off. The same rule applies when I’m shopping for statement heels. I want them to be quite unique so I don’t want them coming back season after season.

Anything with interlocking Cs is always a good buy!

Researching what’s out there

I used to do a lot of shopping whenever I went on an overseas trip but these days that’s impossible as a mum, especially now with two little girls to entertain. So most of my designer purchases are made online these days. I always make sure to visit various websites such as Net-a-Porter, Nordstrom and Matches Fashion to see what’s available. One way I make sure I’m only getting up to the minute releases is to click on the ‘What’s New’ section when I’m browsing websites. That way I’ll only be seeing current stock.

Double check the size

Shopping online at the high end e-tailers is often a little easier as doing returns is fairly straightforward if something isn’t quite right. However I always do a check of the size just to be sure it’s the right fit. If it’s true to size generally choosing your normal size will be fine, however if it’s not I always check if I’ve bought the brand before and see if there’s something in my closet that I can cross check the sizing against.

This Gucci clutch will be a go-to for years to come

Always opt for classic

I’m all for taking a fashion risk or two but when you’re making a purchase that’s quite expensive it pays to think longevity. I always opt for neutral colours and opt for classic styles so I know that I’ll end up with something that will last in my wardrobe season after season.

Shop around

Anything by a high end designer is generally going to come with a significant price tag so be prepared to shop around. Check out prices both in-store and online before you buy anything so you can get the best deal. Whilst they’re definitely an investment buy and will (if you choose right) last you for years to come, it still doesn’t hurt to pay the least amount as possible…and hey, anything leftover can always go to another future purchase!

What’s one designer purchase you’ve made that you absolutely love?

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15 pieces that will get you ready for party season

30th November, 2018

If there’s one thing this time of year is known for it’s the cluster of parties and occasions that seem to happen in quick succession. From the office Christmas party to big family get togethers, we’re often faced with one party invite after the next but our wardrobes can’t quite keep up! If you’re currently on the hunt for a festive look or two to take you through the next few weeks then look no further. I’ve rounded up some great pieces that will make putting together your next ensemble a cinch.

Alice + Olivia draped camisole

A colourful cami that will brighten up many a festive season look.

Rixo Holly polka-dot dress

The subtle polka dot print and fun hue of this dress will ensure you’re ready to party.

Nanushka satin wrap top

This is the kind of top that can easily have multiple outings — just switch up your bottoms and accessories and you’re ready to roll.

MSGM faux leather straight pants

Snakeskin has become quite the trend so jump aboard and give your next party look some added edge with these pants.

Tom Ford Natalia quilted leather shoulder bag

It’s definitely an investment piece, but this Tom Ford bag is the kind of look that you’ll be taking to many a party or occasion for years to come.

Maticevski Palos asymmetric skirt

Major love for anything Maticevski, especially this showstopper skirt.

Gucci Tifosa basketball leather should bag

For those who like their accessories to be a talking point, this is one way to ensure that you’re the belle of the ball (get it?).

Malone Souliers Mara leather mules

Classic and elegant, these mules will work with almost any event look making them a great value buy.

Roksanda Baroque pearl earrings

You can’t head into a party without being suitably accessorised! These earrings are gorgeous and a guaranteed way to elevate any look.

Monse asymmetric plaid corset

A statement-making top is one way to turn any look into one that will steal the show.

By Timo trumpet sleeve blazer

There’s no better time of year to embrace a bright, vibrant red than Christmas time. This blazer will turn any outfit into one with a little extra festive cheer.

Alice McCall Of The Night dress

Wearing a dress with wow factor is certainly one way to enter a party — and this Alice McCall number will certainly have you making an impact.

Pretty Little Thing flared jumpsuit

A cute jumpsuit is a great party look alternative to the sea of dresses you’ll no doubt be seeing.

Simmi London block heeled shoes

In another nod to the snakeskin trend, these shoes will lift almost any look and turn it into something that’s definitely party ready.

Boohoo midi skirt with contrast panels

Take one statement skirt, team it with your favourite top and killer heels and you have yourself a guaranteed winning look. Plus this is one look that will be friendly to your bank account.

What’s your one wardrobe essential this party season?

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5 of my favourite things this month

26th November, 2018

There are so many amazing things around right now that it was almost impossible to compile this list. Each month I fall in love with a few things especially hard so instead of keeping it to myself, I thought I’d share in case it’s something that might put a smile on your face too.

Lulu Vintage Wicker dolls pram

As you can imagine my daughters are at the age where they’re heavily into dolls and there’s nothing they love more than looking after them, often role playing the things I do as a mum. A doll pram is something they’ve been really wanting and I couldn’t resist the Lulu Vintage range that I found on a great store called Little French Heart. Not only is it beautifully made, the design is so cute and they come in a range of colours. The dolls in our house have been having a great time in them!

Image via Little French Heart

J Bronze fake tan

It’s that time of year again where everyone wants to look sun-kissed. I don’t like baking in the sun so to get a golden glow I’ve been using the J.Bronze fake tan range at home and I’m seriously loving it. It’s really easy to use, comes in a range of shades and is available in a mousse, spray or cream so there’s a type to suit everyone.

Image via Couturing

We Are Poolside The Ashleigh + Mirror

Natural textures are huge this summer and this raffia bag is a new fave of mine. It’s a great size for carrying around my essentials but not overly big and it comes fully lined with a mirror in the lid which makes for easy makeup touch ups on the run (especially when I’ve just come from the beach). It also ticks a box in that it comes with a strap so I can either carry it or wear it crossbody style which is something I tend to look for when it comes to any bag I own.

Image via We Are Poolside

Mara and Mine Sagittarius slippers

I always gravitate towards pieces that are able to have a personalised touch especially when it comes to my accessories. This is why I really liked these Sagittarius slippers by Mara and Mine. They’re a great shape and I liked the subtle embroidery, plus I can wear my star sign loud and proud. I think they’d make a particularly great gift.

Image via Mara and Mine

Statement sleeves

One thing I can’t get enough of this month is statement sleeves. One label doing them really well is Zimmermann. I think they’ve got the balance right between being bold and still being wearable and I’ve found them so easy to pair with several pieces in my wardrobe. If you’re looking for something a little different this party season definitely give this style a go.

Photography: Dan Castano

What’s in your top five this month?

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Stay comfy during party season with a pair of dressy flats

23rd November, 2018

It’s that time of year again where we’re juggling multiple social events from office Christmas parties to catch-ups over the holidays and gatherings with family and friends. This inevitably means having to get dolled up a time or two and if you’re not such a huge fan of heels then I do have another option for you: dressy flats.

If you’re going to do flats to an event just be sure to be mindful of the length of your outfit to ensure it elongates rather than shortens you. So keep pants cropped at the ankle to show off the shoe whilst dresses and skirts that are knee length to midi length look great with a flat. If you’re going to do a mini it’s also a great shoe option as it helps to ground the look. Apart from that you’re good to go!

I’ve embraced wearing flats to various occasions and I have to say it’s a game-changer. I can just get on with having a great time and not have to deal with aching feet throughout the course of an evening. And there are so many great options available out there that are on equal footing as some of the most gorgeous heels around. From those with dramatic embellishments to intricate detail and fashion forward shapes—there’s seriously a pair to suit any occasion.

Shop my edit of dressy flats below…