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The jumpsuit is the styling shortcut you need in your life

10th November, 2017

I’m all about a styling shortcut. Dresses are an easy go-to for me when I need to walk out the door fast as all I really need to think about is a pair of shoes and bag and I’m done. Another such item is the jumpsuit. It’s high on the oh-so easy and oh-so stylish ranking and on the days I wear one, it’s honestly such an easy outfit to pull together that I can get ready in a shorter amount of time. They’re also such a versatile piece to have in your wardrobe. A plain black jumpsuit for example can easily be reworked into a look to suit virtually every occasion, whether it be lunch with the girls, a day of running around, date night or with the addition of a jacket, even a work meeting. That doesn’t mean its bolder counterparts aren’t equally as handy to have in your closet. A printed jumpsuit can be a fun alternative and according to the accessories you pair it with—flats for day and heels at night for example—it can also have many outings and incarnations. The only thing you really need to do is ensure that it’s cropped at just the right length (I love an ankle length) to ensure you get the most flattering fit. Be warned however—once you’ve tried one, you definitely will want an entire collection.

Shop my roundup of jumpsuits below…
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The must-have bag to add to your wardrobe

3rd November, 2017

For a busy day being on the go you can’t beat a beautiful cross body bag. For those times when I need to keep my hands freed up from carrying a bag such as when I’m travelling, running errands or simply being with my kids it’s great to have the option of just slinging a bag over my shoulder and going about my day. When buying a bag I always like to have the option of two straps – one longer strap and a shorter one just in case I want my bag to look a little dressier. There are so many great satchel options out there whether it by a suede tasseled number like my bag above or a sturdy leather carryall, it’s the perfect option for any busy woman.

Shop my top cross body bag picks below:

 

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A cami top is the versatile staple you’ll wear time and again

27th October, 2017

Kate Waterhouse black cami top

I’ve got a few camis in my wardrobe and can personally attest to their versatility. They’re able to be worked back with so many different looks whether it’s a underneath a blazer for a polished nine-to-five outfit or with a leather skirt for date night. I’ve found you need a cami top in two colours, one in white and one in black to cover most outfits however who can resist investing in a few different hues when they’re so wearable? Consider colours such as a rich burgundy or a beautiful pastel pink to add a pop of colour to your next ensemble or even a polka dot or star print to add a fun touch to your next look. If you really want to up the ante experiment with frilled or lace embellishments or different textures such as velvet or satin. But if you want a cami that will remain a classic, then silk is definitely timeless option.

Find a cami top to suit every outfit in my round up below…
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New statement heels to love

21st October, 2017

There are times when you just want your accessories to do the talking and nothing is more suited to the task than a pair of statement heels. Whenever I feel that my outfit needs a bit of punch it’s the one thing that’s guaranteed to deliver.

When it comes to statement heels I think you can go as bold and daring as you want—often it’s a case of the more adventurous the style the better. However if you’re not one to go too over the top you could start with a heel in a vibrant colour a la my candy red Gucci heels above. But if you really want to go all out look to dramatic embellishments such as oversized bows or jewelled adornments which can turn an ordinary heel into a work of art.

The great thing about a statement heel is that you don’t really need to fret too much about the rest of your look as often a killer pair of shoes is all you need to really elevate your look to one that will impress. It’s the simple addition that requires minimal effort but delivers oh-so much. When it comes to this trend, if someone stops you to comment on your footwear then you know your job is done.

Looking for a pair of showstopper heels? Shop my picks below…
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You need a little gingham in your life…

20th October, 2017

If you’re looking for something to freshen up your spring wardrobe look no further than a touch of gingham. This checked print is ultra wearable and this season is featuring heavily in many a collection so it’s the perfect on trend piece to update your wardrobe.

Whether it’s a gingham dress, casual top or skirt you’re after or accessories to dress up an existing outfit in your wardrobe, you’ll find plenty of ways to wear this particular print. Whilst gingham will transition into your off duty wardrobe seamlessly you’ll also find it being elevated into dressier territory this season in the form of a statement heel or structured bag, and makes for an unexpected print to add to an after dark ensemble. You’ll also find that finishing details such as ribbons (like on the above Rebecca Vallance dress) and embroidery are able to give this print an interesting vibe in the form of additional depth and texture. If the traditional black and white gingham is not your thing you’ll also find it available in vibrant colours such as pink and red, which will add a bold touch to your look whilst still maintaining its classic appeal.

Add a little gingham to your wardrobe with the below shopping picks…

 

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What I Wore: Ombré Pink

17th October, 2017

There are times when an outfit of mine comes together based on a particular print or colour. In this instance the graduating pink tones of my Rebecca de Ravenel drop earrings had me wanting to wear the hue from top to toe. I find that playing with colour is often a great way to create a look that’s vibrant and impactful. Taking inspiration from the ombre effect of my earrings I wanted to incorporate light to dark shades in my ensemble, starting with the pastel pink shade of this Steele dress which provided the perfect canvas to build the rest of my look. I opted for blush toned bag and shoes to add a slightly deeper colour whilst my candy pink embellished Gucci sunglasses added a a fun touch while still keeping within the palette I was going for. The overall gradient effect is a playful way to wear this ultra feminine tone and is a styling trick that can be done with so many other colours, so it’s able to be carried out across my entire wardrobe. But there’s just something about pink that I’m really loving at the moment…

Credits: Dress, Steele; Shoes, Bottega Veneta; Bag, Miu Miu; Sunglasses (similar style here), Gucci; Earrings (similar style here), Rebecca de Ravenel

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Photography: Ashleigh Larden

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The denim skirt is your wardrobe’s new best friend

15th October, 2017

There’s no doubt that denim is the workhorse of most people’s wardrobes with its unbeatable versatility. It’s effortless vibe make it a staple of casual weekend wear however its ability to be elevated with the addition of a great blazer and a pair of heels can mean it transitions into dressy territory easily. This season the denim skirt is the piece to own. A traditional blue denim skirt works well with a simple tee and sandals or sneakers whilst coloured options such as white and black (sans distressing) can become a go-to option for a look that requires a little more polish. When shopping for a denim skirt the options are extensive: embroidered, vintage, midi, mini, A-line, button down… there’s a style to suit everyone. It’s a great alternative for those days when you’re looking for something beyond your trusty denim cutoffs and jeans aren’t quite right for the weather. Make it a part of your wardrobe and I guarantee you’ll be BFFs before you know it.

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Trend to try: Blouson sleeve

6th October, 2017
Kate Waterhouse Anna Quan dress blouson sleeve

This Anna Quan number with its blouson sleeve makes a statement

If you love to incorporate a touch of drama into your everyday look then the blouson sleeve is a trend worth trying. The billowy sleeve makes a statement in whatever its incarnation—whether it features on a classic blouse or a casual off the shoulder top it packs a sartorial punch.

With so many designs featuring this particular sleeve you’re also bound to find just the right piece to suit your wardrobe. And while this silhouette might seem a little challenging to translate into your everyday look you’ll be pleasantly surprised at just how wearable it is. The trick to pulling off the blouson sleeve is to keep the rest of your outfit quite streamlined to allow the sleeves to be the focal point and to avoid it looking too over the top. It works especially well when worn tucked in as its exaggerated profile is offset by the clean line that’s achieved by doing so. If you’re after a dramatic flair for your next ensemble then make this style your go-to.

Ready to try this trend? Shop my splurge and steal picks below…
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New season denim pieces to update your look

1st October, 2017

There’s no easier way to update your wardrobe than with a touch of denim. It’s super easy to work with in any incarnation whether it be a chambray slip dress paired with white sneakers or a pair of high waisted jeans with slides. For me my jeans are always front and centre in my wardrobe as I wear them to death and this season I’m all about a relaxed pair of boyfriend jeans and skinny jeans for a dressier option. As summer draws near I’ll be switching to denim skirts and shorts and pairing them with tees and singlets for a casual off duty ensemble that I know I can pull together in a flash. Denim is an easy way to update any look and this season there are so many options to choose from from dresses to jackets that refreshing your wardrobe is a breeze.

Shop my denim picks below…

 

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The boutique Australian swimwear brand worth checking out this summer

30th September, 2017

As anyone who has ever had to go through the ordeal of shopping for the perfect bikini can attest, it’s damn hard work. Finding just the right style, just the right colour or print and just the right fit can be fraught with frustration as you search high and low for the elusive two piece that works on all fronts.

This summer why not keep your swimsuit search on home soil and check out boutique brand Peony swimwear. Their bikinis are designed to be mixed and matched so you can pair up identical prints or clash colours and choose a top and bottom design that not only suits your shape but in different sizes too, so you’re guaranteed the ideal fit.

Mix and match your ideal bikini on Peony’s website

Also if you’re the kind of girl who’d rather stay in her pyjamas and enjoy a glass of wine whilst she shops than have to deal with less than flattering change room fluorescent lighting then you’ll be glad to know you can shop Peony’s site from the comfort of your own home. The dual scrolling function on their website is super helpful for online shoppers as you’re able to mix and match swimsuits with an accompanying visual reference of what it will look like paired up. A definite handy feature when you’re not in a bricks and mortar store.

This summer your perfect swimsuit could be just a mouse click away.

Tell me-what are some of your go-to swimsuit brands in summer?

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