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Style update: 10 things to add to your spring wardrobe

13th November, 2019

Ah spring. There’s much to love about this time of year as we inch our way closer to summer and the sunnier days that come with it. And whilst we’re just getting through the tricky transseasonal period where it can be hard to decide on what to wear, there are a few key wardrobe additions that will take you through the rest of this season and into the warmer months ahead. Add these to your shopping list and you’ll have your looks sorted in no time.

1. A midi dress

There’s something about a midi dress that’s casual yet polished that I really like. It makes getting dressed easier as all I have to do is pop on a dress, throw on some great accessories and I’m done. If you choose a simple silhouette, you’ll manage to get plenty of wear from one frock which makes it a worthwhile investment.

2 A white tee

I cannot live without a white tee. I’m in one all the time as I can work it back with so many different things, whether it’s my fave jeans or a skirt or shorts. I favour a crew neck t-shirt as it’s so versatile and can work back with myriad looks.

3. A lightweight suit

Suiting is huge right now but understandably anything in a heavy material such as wool might not be ideal when it starts to get really warm. The good news is that there’s plenty of lightweight linen options out there that look oh-so effortless and cool, whilst still being appropriate for the weather.

4. Straw bag

Accessories are my favourite, inexpensive way to make anything in my wardrobe look more up to date. So if you’re on the hunt for one bag that will take you through the next few months look towards the straw bag. It’s fresh, perfect for warm weather and can work back with virtually everything in your wardrobe.

5. Satin skirt

Think a satin skirt like this one which features a hugely on trend animal print and has a simple, yet sexy silhouette. It’s easily matched with your favourite tee and sneakers, or glammed up a little with sandals or heels and a cami. You’ll wear it to death this spring/summer. Promise.

6. Slides

Your spring wardrobe is incomplete without a pair of slides. Luckily there are SO many options available right now. From a super simple pair in black or tan leather, or one that features heavy embellishments, there’s guaranteed to be something that will be worked back with all your looks in the coming months.

7. Mum jeans

I’d suggest trying on a few different pairs to get the right fit but a pair of mum jeans is the denim trend to tap into right now. It’s a relaxed shape which makes it super comfy and perfect for turning into your number one off duty staple.

8. Jumpsuit

A comfy jumpsuit falls into the same easy dressing category as a dress. Throw it on, pop on some accessories and you’re done. I’d look into something in a gorgeous linen which is not only comfortable but is the perfect option for sunny days when you need to wear something that breathes.

9. Co-ord set

A simple two piece set is one of those shortcuts to looking polished that I love. The matching element just screams that you have your look together. Also, the upside is that you can wear them as separates and you essentially have yourself a number of brand new looks.

10. White sneakers

Yes, the humble white sneaker is here to stay. Whether you’re after a designer pair that will impress; a simple canvas option that you can pop on when you’re running errands or an old school fave from classic sneaker brands like Adidas and Nike, there’s simply no way that you won’t wear them to death.

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Best Buys Under $100

25th October, 2019

It’s time for a fresh new injection of spring wares and if you’re on a budget then never fear because I’ve rounded up a number of great buys that will hit the mark. I think being stylish doesn’t always require having to spend a fortune, in fact it’s infinitely easier to achieve a unique look by being able to mix and match pieces from varying price points. A cheap and cheerful find here, worked back a designer accessory there can work together beautifully.

If you’re already mapping out your wardrobe for the soaring temperatures ahead, be sure to add a few lightweight dresses into the mix, not to mention chic separates that can extend the wear of other existing items in your wardrobe. Also, go all out with interesting accessories as they can really breathe new life into old favourites. A pair of sunglasses or a jewel-toned headband can really lift an ensemble and make it on trend. And the best bit is, these buys are designed not to break the bank.

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What’s on my shopping wish list

11th October, 2019

My shopping wish list this month is a little bit of everything—a mixture of wardrobe staples, interesting accessories and fun pieces in bold colours. I think the combination of styling race day looks and building up my spring/summer wardrobe, along with considering a few new additions for the festive season has taken me in all different directions and I’ve discovered a few beauties along the way.

Double-Breasted Satin-Trimmed Wool-Blend Twill Blazer, Givenchy

I have a soft spot for black blazers and as such I’m always looking out for one to add to my collection. I love this Givenchy blazer for the double breasted cut, the satin lapel and the flattering nipped in waist. A definite winner.

Hexagon-Frame Acetate Sunglasses, Loewe

Sunglasses in interesting, not so common shapes always catch my eye. I love this for the hexagon shape — classic but edgy.

Striped Ribbed-Knit Midi Dress, Kenzo

I can’t look past the fun colours of this knitted dress. Such a great option for spring and perfect to wear with sneakers for casual days but it can easily be dressed up with flats or ankle boots when I want to look a little more dressed up.

Iside Micro Textured-Leather Tote, Valextra

White accessories are perfect as they’re so versatile and can work back with multiple pieces. I love the old school, elegant feel of this style.

Rexy Ruffled Lamé Mini Dress, Maje

This mini dress is a touch disco and a whole lot of fun and I can see us attending many an event together. Such a gorgeous colour too.

Alloy Cropped Ribbed Stretch-Knit Top, The Range

Cropped tops might seem a bit scary to wear on their own but I think they work beautifully with a high waisted pant. You still get all the coverage and the silhouette looks fresh and modern.

Hexagon-frame acetate sunglasses, Loewe

Fashion rule to live by: when you really love something considering getting it in all colours. These sunnies in brown is also amazing.

Crystal-embellished Satin Pumps, Miu Miu

These pumps are a little extra and I love them for it. The crystal embellishments and the pink satin work together to create a little shoe magic.

Cropped Canvas-Trimmed Cotton-Jersey Bustier Top, Dion Lee

A sleek top that certainly makes a statement. This will be a great little addition to my wardrobe as we start to head into party season.

Bernadette Cady and Embroidered Tulle Jumpsuit, Saloni

I’m a huge fan of jumpsuits and this is one has a classic silhouette that is elevated by elegant finishes, particularly the embroidered tulle sleeves.

Furoshiki Mini Leather Tote, The Sant

We tend to have bags that fall into certain families, whether it’s a tote, a clutch or crossbody bag which is why I love this style—it’s so different to the styles we often see. The handles, the structure, the beautiful silhouette…it’s such an interesting piece.

Belissa 100 Feather-Trimmed Suede Sandals, Jimmy Choo

Elegant heels are a must for the festive season and this style, with its feathered trim is all kinds of gorgeous.

Arc Two-Tone Lizard-Effect Leather Tote, Rejina PYO

I’m all for a soft, roomy tote of the buttery leather variety but I can’t go past the sleek silhouette of this particular Rejina Pyo number. It’s just so polished.

Square-Frame Marbled Acetate Sunglasses, Loewe

There’s scope for summer sunglasses to be a little more bold, and a little more fun, and this marbled pair will make the ideal finishing touch to many a warm weather look.

Frayed Linen Hairclip, Lelet, NY

Relaxed linen is made for this time of year and as a hair accessory, it makes for a sweet touch to any ‘do.

Faux Leather Midi Skirt, Stella Mccartney

I often wear leather pieces in black but I’m definitely all for dabbling in a little colour when a vibrant yellow leather skirt like this is involved. It’s the very definition of sunshine!

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10 things worth checking out from… Shopbop

26th September, 2019

As one of the most popular go-tos for all things on trend, Shopbop is definitely a one-stop shop for getting a great fashion fix. Stocking everything from shoes and accessories to casual staples and dressy evening wear, you can cater to every fashion need with just one click. However with so many options it can make choosing overwhelming! So to help make it easier, I’ve rounded up some great buys that you definitely won’t regret adding to cart.

Kenny Bag, Staud

There’s something so elegant and polished about a structured bag and this gem by Staud is no exception. This can work for the office, a night out or a lunch with friends which makes it the kind of versatile buy that’s hard to resist.

Tori Velvet Headband, Jennifer Behr

Hair accessories are most definitely having a moment right now so jump aboard the trend with this headband. It’s such a beautiful shade and bonus points for a lovely textured finish.

Hoop La La Earrings, Rebecca De Ravenel

Update your spring/summer wardrobe with a bold splash of colour. These earrings will certainly lift any look and will see many outings this season and beyond.

Lonny Dickey Jacket, Veronica Beard

If you can’t get enough of pink in your wardrobe then consider welcoming this blazer into your collection. A great fit and such a fun shade to help elevate any look.

The Crew Tee, Hanes x Karla

When it comes to basics I’m all about sleek and simple design. This t-shirt is the kind of wardrobe staple that will work back with so many outfits that it will be on high rotation permanently.

Terra Crop Top, Hemant and Nandita

Incorporating a fun, bright hue and beautiful floral print, this is one top that will instantly become the focal point of any look. Work it back with everything from denim to simple slacks and you’re done.

Alia Mules, Cult Gaia

If you want the kind of versatile shoe that will work back with virtually everything you own, these mules are it. A great wearable colour and an elegant shape make it the perfect finishing touch to almost any outfit.

Phantos Round Sunglasses, Ray-Ban

Ray Bans are a forever staple accessory and this pair with its great shape will work back with all your favourite spring/summer looks.

Number 7 Pleated Dress, Rotate

Not only is the shade all kinds of perfection, the textured finish and flowy silhouette make this the perfect go-to dress once the weather warms up.

Gaugun Dress, Beaufille

Whilst navigating trans-seasonal weather it helps to have a long sleeved dress at the ready. This classic style is so versatile and can easily be dressed up or down according to your choice of accessories.

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Whats on my shopping wish List

20th September, 2019

I fell in love a few times this month—there are so many beautiful pieces to shop out there right now. My shopping list is heavily influenced by what occasions and work commitments I have at a particular time and as you’ll see when you scroll below, I’m all about event dressing right now. I’ve been looking for pieces that are going to work beautifully for events, particularly all my racing commitments over the next few weeks. So if you’re heading trackside any time soon or you just want to get a head start on your Melbourne Cup look, then you may want get in the zone with a few of my picks below.

Shirley Mini Leather Tote, Staud

Great shape and beautiful colour. So much to love about this bag and it’s so versatile too.

Afra Off-the-shoulder Cutout Satin Top, Cult Gaia

I am really into the drama of this top with the ruched sleeves and exposed shoulder. I could definitely see myself rocking this to many an event.

Triple S Logo-embroidered Leather, Nubuck and Mesh Sneakers, Balenciaga

Whilst this is a slight departure from my events shopping, it’s a worthwhile detour as I don’t think you can ever have too many sneakers. Love the colours of these shoes and the interesting shape.

Metallic Textured Leather-Trimmed Suede Sandals, Prada

These are so much fun! The lightning bolts really make them and I can seem them adding a playful touch to any ensemble.

Gathered Plissé Satin-jersey Midi Dress, Rotate Birger Christensen

Pink is always such a beautiful colour to wear to an event and the elegant style of this dress would make it appropriate for so many different occasions.

Teddie Knotted Plissé-lamé Headband, Loeffler Randall

I love that hair accessories are such a big trend right now. This gold headband would make the ideal finishing touch to many a look.

Insignia Signet, Sarah & Sebastian

Such a dainty little piece by one of my favourite Australian jewellery labels. I’d wear this often as an understated way to accessorise a look.

Carlina Sunglasses, CHLOÉ

It’s time to freshen up my sunglasses collection and what better way to do it than with this pair by Chloe. A great shape and such a fun vibe.

Nile Minaudiere Smooth Calfskin, CHLOÉ

I’ve always really enjoyed this style of bag by Chloe and I especially love the bracelet handle which makes it look like a piece of jewellery.

One-Shoulder Ruched Velvet Maxi Dress, Les Reveries

Velvet is such a gorgeous texture on a dress. It’s also a way of adding a little depth to a look, whilst maintaining the sophisticated sensibility of a little black dress.

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10 things worth checking out from… Rebecca Vallance

27th August, 2019

I’ve got a roster of Aussie labels that I always turn to for events and special pieces and Rebecca Vallance is one of them. I’ve worn the brand countless times—from weddings to launches and the races and have always found it to hit the mark every single time. I love the beautiful use of colour, the feminine yet modern silhouettes and the flattering cuts. I’m always on the hunt for the next piece to wear, and in my search these are the 10 things I think are definitely worth checking out right now.

Misty Long Sleeve Mini

As we head into trans-seasonal weather a long sleeved dress will become the ideal piece to get you through the unpredictable weather. The subtle print, the long sleeves and the tiered hemline all work together to create a dress that’s versatile yet fun.

Sienna Jacket Pink

A bright pop of colour is always a good idea. Statement blazers are a fantastic way to brighten up an outfit and this bubble gum pink jacket adds a feminine touch that’s also polished.

Bellagio Jumpsuit

Event jumpsuits are a great alternative to a dress. The elegant look of this jumpsuit, with its strapless metallic bodice and flared pant work together for an easy and glam option for your next occasion.

Holliday Dress Ivory Polka Dot

Who can resist a great polka dot? The cute print and the classic silhouette will make this dress something that you’ll want to wear again and again come spring/summer.

Francesca Top Coral

There’s something great about a blouse that has elements of interest from front to back. The voluminous sleeves make this top on point, but the open back feature with the bow really make it the kind of thing that will elevate any look.

Penelope Midi Dress

For a polished and pretty option for your next event, try this long sleeved polka dot number. I love the Liberty print collar worked back against the spotted print, which gives it a unique touch.

Lana Knit Magenta

The vibrant shade make this turtleneck sweater the ideal piece to add a punchy element to myriad outfits. If you want your look to stand out in a crowd, this is one top that’s worth adding to your collection.

Pipi Blazer

Black blazer perfection! Not only is the cut beautiful, the pearl trim along the lapels and the gold and pearl buttons give this jacket a super feminine touch.

Coco Pant Chocolate

Leather pants are a constant in my wardrobe and whilst black is high in versatility, this chocolate brown pair make for a great alternative. The colour’s still ultra wearable but has a slightly different vibe.

Greta Gown Pink

For your next event, definitely bookmark this gown. The fit and flare silhouette is really flattering and the tie detail around the waist makes for a great shape.

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7 pieces that will update your weekend wardrobe

17th August, 2019

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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. 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. These flats with metallic detailing add a touch of edge to an outfit and will definitely be perfect for a quick breakfast at your favourite café or running errands on a Sunday afternoon.

Cropped flared 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.

Straight leg jeans

Skinny jeans will always have a place in our wardrobes but lately it seems 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.

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.

Shift 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 shift 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.

Bomber jacket

This is a slightly different option for outerwear that veers away from a cardi or coat but it’s oh-so versatile that you’ll wonder how you ever lived without one. Opt for a dark or neutral shade for maximum wear or alternatively have some fun with a printed or patchwork version to make your outfit stand out in a crowd.

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Everyone’s carrying basket bags

2nd August, 2019

Whilst a buttery soft leather bag is a beautiful thing I also like experimenting with different handbag styles to change up the look and feel of an outfit. One trend I’m really loving at the moment is the basket bag. Incorporating natural textures into a look adds a relaxed vibe and makes for an unexpected accent when paired with dressier ensembles.

I’ve favoured the top handle style the most as I like it’s classic feel but there are plenty of other options from crossbody versions to a chic simple clutch. Also look out for interesting pairings such as wicker and resin which makes for a thoroughly modern accessory that’s punchy and cool.

Whilst the basket bag has been popping up on many a winter look, be prepared to see it everywhere come spring/summer. And if you fancy feeling like you’re on a tropical holiday every day then this trend is definitely for you. Scroll down the check out my edit of great basket bags to wear with everything from an off duty casual outfit to an after dark look.

Sara Leather – Trimmed Rattan Bag, Mark Cross

Straw Box Bag, Serpui

Mini Kuai Tote, Wicker Wings

Raffia Logo Bag, JW Anderson

The Betty Bag, Poolside

Pineapple Cane Bag, Serpui

South Beach Exclusive round straw bag with detachable cross body strap

South Beach straw bucket bag with resin link handle and linen tie

The Ashleigh Bag, Poolside

Accessorize Straw Effect Basket Tote Bag

Straw Shoulder Bag, Serpui

The Mak Bag, Poolside

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My fave brands for basics

29th July, 2019

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. This winter I’ve been living 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.

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.

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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Best Buys Under $100

26th July, 2019

One of the great things right now is that there are plenty of great pieces to be found that don’t cost a fortune. From chain stores and their reasonably priced offerings to half yearly sales, it’s totally possible to get yourself some on trend pieces without your wallet looking a little worse for wear.

This month I’ve found some amazing accessories that can instantly elevate an outfit. These wooden hoops are currently slashed at 70 per cent off and are just the perfect addition that your spring/summer outfits need. These resin earrings come a close second. They look luxe but no one need ever know they’re currently on sale for just under $68.

If you’re looking for a few off duty pieces, snap up this cable knit jumper immediately and don’t forget these classic cropped jeans. Whilst this C&M tee is made for stylish weekend pairings with your favourite denim. Cap it off with these cat eye sunglasses and you’ve got yourself a winning look.