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12 pieces to consider for your next night out

21st September, 2018

One of the most fun things about a night out is being able to plan your outfit, right? The whole process of putting together a look and getting ready is all part of the experience and definitely one of the highlights of the evening in my opinion.

What I love about “going out clothes” these days is that anything goes. You can go out in jeans or a killer party dress and still be going to the same bar or restaurant, it all just depends on your look and aesthetic.

One thing I love doing with evening wear is incorporating one statement piece. Whether it’s a bold jacket a pair of standout earrings, I think night time outfits are a great excuse to step it up and do something with your ensemble that you wouldn’t normally do during the day. And the good news is that there are SO many evening-appropriate pieces out there right now that are just dying for you to take them out to cocktails with the girls.

Shop my evening wear picks below
Paco Rabanna Blossom 1969 sequinned shoulder bag

Give your trusty black clutch a break and opt for something with a little more wow factor. This sequinned bag is just the thing to take an outfit from so-so to spectacular.

Ganni Lagarde checked silk-blend lamé top

The humble check gets a night time makeover in lamé—definitely a piece that’s made for a night out with jeans and heels.

Off-White houndsooth wool-blend blazer

A statement jacket of any sort is always a welcome addition to an evening look. Keep the rest of your look pared back then pop this on top for a seriously bold ensemble.

The Volon metallic and velvet clutch

Clashing textures make for a bag that is destined for elevating any evening outfit to the next level.

Isabel Marant Tricy embellished leather belt

You can easily take a dress in your closet and revamp it with the addition of this belt. A great colour that’s really wearable and versatile.

Rosie Assoulin fringed-knit jacket 

Textured pieces are amazing at night. This jacket thrown over a look will instantly dial up the glamour.

Yeezy Season 7 PVC pumps

Transparent shoes are all the rage right now and this Yeezy pair will instantly add an on trend feel to any outfit.

Kalda Ringi 65 Snake Embossed slingback heels

Don’t be shy with your choice of footwear! Now is the time to embrace vibrant and bold pieces such as these snakeskin heels.

Dolce & Gabbana cameo crystal rose drop earrings 

These earrings have a soft feminine feel but are so striking they’ll instantly lift any outfit you pair them with.

Dolce & Gabanna fluted cady midi skirt

If you’re heading to a dressy occasion this fluted skirt is the kind of style that will ensure your outfit hits the mark.

Keepsake ruffle mini dress

I’m loving all things pink right now and this dress is no exception. If you want to stand out in a crowd then this dress is for you.

Sabina Musayev Martha midi skirt

Pair this skirt with a silk cami and a pair of statement heels and you’re ready to walk out the door.

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12 best buys this week under $100

16th September, 2018

If you’re feeling the Sunday blues there’s no better cure than a little retail therapy. And if it’s still a few weeks to pay day then never fear because I’ve rounded up some great buys that won’t send you broke. Whether you’re after a great casual dress for the weekend or a statement slide that will elevate any outfit I’ve got you covered with my top budget picks for the month.

Lipsy ribbed striped dress

This is a versatile dress that will take you from work to the weekend with a quick change in shoes and accessories.

Warehouse pelmet skirt in tweed co-ord & Warehouse box jacket in tweed co-ord

Chanel Clueless’ chair and pair these two together for a chic skirt suit perfect for the office.

Free People Lala turtleneck

A white shirt and jeans work perfectly together, making for an ideal off duty look.

ASOS Spirit slingback kitten heels

Who doesn’t want a comfortable heel to add to their collection? This pair is an on trend style at the right price point.

ASOS Design Leyla embroidered slipper mule

Mules have remained a constant over the last few seasons and the embroidery on this makes it the ideal style to lift any outfit.

Tony Bianco Duke backpack

Looking for a chic carryall that will hold all your essentials? This black backpack fits the bill with its understated feel.

Cheap Monday poplin shirt

A polished white shirt is a workhorse of any wardrobe and when you find just the perfect style, it’s important to snap it up.

Peter Lang Palm earrings

Architectural gold earrings are a reliable go-to for days when you want to add an element of interest to an outfit.

Le Specs Damn sunglasses

Make a bold statement with these 60s inspired frames.

Boohoo Petite contrast lapel blazer

A patterned blazer makes for a great alternative to a classic black jacket and can easily be paired with everything from denim to black pants.

ASOS Design suede tote bag with square handle detail

A structured tote in a bold red shade will dial up the glamour of any ensemble.

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The 12 spring buys that will instantly make your look on trend

14th September, 2018

The one thing I love about welcoming spring? It’s time to ease my wardrobe away from jumpers and coats to lighter pieces, punchier shades and feminine prints and accoutrements. I think there’s something great about the feeling of slipping on a dressafter months of being rugged up and experiencing that first warm breeze that indicates the changing of the seasons. I’ve been mentally shopping for my spring looks for months now and I’m so glad the time has come to start snapping up a few key additions. Here are 12 pieces that will update your look, instantly making it spring-appropriate.

Gucci Ace low top leather sneakers

Want to liven up your trusty white sneakers? The classic Gucci Ace has had a starry makeover and it’s the ideal shoe option for the warmer days to come.

Balenciaga knife checked BB mules

The sharpest mules I ever did see! This classic Balenciaga style looks fun and fresh in a colourful check.

Gucci embroidered textured leather belt

I can stand by the versatility of the classic black Gucci belt but sometimes you just want to take it up a notch. The embroidery really makes this a fun, feminine addition to any outfit.

Katerina Makriyianni crystal earrings

The vibrant shades incorporated into these earrings make them the perfect go-to when you want to lift your look.

Staud Bissett bag

Staud is one of the it bag brands to know right now. Think playful designs and colours that are anything but ordinary.

Balenciaga BB Reporter XS mini bag

A bold accent accessory can instantly brighten up any ensemble, especially in such a vibrant marigold.

Attico floral tapestry brocade mini dress

The texture and detail on this dress is insane. Love the statement ties on the sleeves and its nod to the traditional suit silhouette.

Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini pleated skirt

A pleated skirt is one of my favourite style staples at the moment. The floral print on black is a sophisticated pairing that makes this piece an easy go-to for when you want to look polished.

Lemaire peplum-hem ribbed-knit wool sweater

We’ll encounter a few trans-seasonal days in the weeks to come so a neutral sweater will come in handy. Team this with high waisted pieces for a chic and flattering look.

Attico asymmetric hem floral print velvet peplum top

There’s something about velvet that’s immediately luxe, especially when it’s paired with an adorable peplum and asymmetrical neckline.

Grlfrnd frayed straight-leg jeans

Straight leg jeans are still very much on trend and this cut is flattering on most body shapes.

Staud Sweeny tulle top

The soft pink and the tulle make this ultra feminine top the perfect piece to pair with slightly edgier pieces. Pop it on with a pair of jeans for a dream combination.

What are you planning to add to your spring wardrobe?

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What’s on my shopping wish list this month

7th September, 2018

The past few weeks have been hectic with lots of events and work commitments, but having several things to attend has given me the perfect excuse to do a little shopping. I’ve been busy click up a storm online trying to find outfits and accessories and in the process have managed to accumulate quite a lengthy list of things I really want to buy. It’s still funny weather in Sydney in that we haven’t officially hit spring’s warmer temperatures and are still being met with a few chilly days, so I’m finding myself half searching for things to add to my spring/summer wardrobe, and half searching for things I can cosy up in right now. Looking at what I’ve bookmarked I’m gravitating towards structured, preppy pieces and accessories that have a fun twist and also a killer Zimmermann dress that’s just too beautiful for words. Without further ado here’s what’s turned my head this month.

George Keburia cat-eye acetate sunglasses

Small sunglasses are still here and I’m really into this pair’s slightly futuristic feel.

Zimmermann cut-out floral print dress

Multiple floral prints, the subtle cut-out detail and the dramatic puff sleeves are all winning elements of this dress. Another beauty by Zimmermann.

Dolce & Gabbana gold-tone, resin and crystal earrings

The adorable strawberries drew me to these earrings and the tiny flowers sold me on them.

Balenciaga gingham wool trousers

I’m planning to channel my inner Audrey Hepburn with these trousers. They’d pair well with a cropped knit for winter and a light button down or slip for summer.

Christian Louboutin Iriza Loubi In The Sky 100 jacquard pumps

A girl can never have enough statement heels, especially when they feature that iconic red sole.

Staud Claudia cropped cut-out sweater

I was imagining that this sweater would work well with the gingham trousers, but it would also be great with a pair of jeans or a cute skirt.

De La Vali Sake satin top

A great monochrome piece that I could see becoming a welcome addition to my evening wardrobe.

Amina Muaddi patchwork mules

I like the contrasting patterns on these shoes and think they would work well with a great pair of jeans.

Shrimps beaded box bag

The candy colour and the beading make this a fun little bag to lift any outfit.

T by Alexander Wang cropped jumper

The cropped style makes this a great sweater to pair back with a high waisted silhouette and the earthy burnt ochre tone makes it a statement piece.

Bershka striped heavy knitted jersey jumper

I remember when we were told that red and pink should never go together… now it’s clearly a match made in heaven. This is a great option for those days when I just want to be warm and cosy.

Tommy Hilfiger Laurie leather watch

In keeping with my love of all things pink at the moment, this Tommy Hilfiger watch is definitely one timepiece that can work back with plenty of looks.

 

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Have fun with punchy prints

31st August, 2018

Classics have a definite place in any wardrobe but I think there’s always room to have a little fun. Enter vibrant prints. Usually incorporating loads of colour and punchy patterns that are guaranteed to lift any outfit consider these your go-to when you want to bring a little sunshine into your look.

You can approach this trend in two ways: choose one statement piece and team it with pared back pieces or go for a clashing effect and team a few different colours and prints. If you’re opting for the latter you’ll need to choose an element to tie everything together whether it be the same colour or similar prints. Often accessories are a helpful way to bring cohesion to your look and give it a more finished effect.

There’s only one way to carry this look and it’s to wholeheartedly embrace it because if you’re going to wear something that’s eye-catching, you need to own it. So whether you go for a beautiful printed dress or a statement coat, a pair of showstoppper shoes or a striking bag it’s important to not shy away.

Sold on this trend? Before you jump on it scroll down to check out how über stylish women like Glossier founder Emily Weiss to blogger Blair Eadie and Farfetch’s vice-president of style and creative Yasmin Sewell are rocking this look. There’s plenty of easy-to-do examples of how to rock vibrant prints in a totally wearable way. Once they’ve won you over, check out my edit of the best punchy styles to introduce into your wardrobe now.

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Shop my edit of fun punchy printed pieces to add to your wardrobe…
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What’s on my shopping wish list this month

26th August, 2018

Another month means another wish list of things that have caught my eye. And there have been plenty. I think I sometimes just fall into the right mood to shop and all of a sudden start seeing so many things that I want. It’s also a bit tricky to shop at the moment because we’re still experiencing winter weather but spring is also almost upon us so I don’t want to buy too many things for the current season when I know we’ll have to make a transition very soon. So in trying to navigate trans-seasonal weather I’ve managed to compile a list comprising of a few dramatic accessories, bold, bright colour and textural pieces that are both playful and striking. Here’s what I’m currently wanting to snap up.

16Arlington patent leather pencil skirt

It’s a classic silhouette but the patent leather really makes this quite a striking skirt that would be perfect for a big event or function.

Isabel Marant high neck cotton top

I like the Victorian feel of this top. It’s understated, feminine and has quite a strong air about it.

Staud Moreau macrame and leather bucket bag

I’ve been seeing this bag style around a lot and it has really grown on me. I like it’s natural vibe and slightly quirky feel.

Vanda Jacintho beaded tassel earrings

I’m slowly building up quite an earring collection. I’m loving anything tasseled at the moment and the colour makes it a real standout piece.

Saint Lauren cat-eye sunglasses

A classic shape that’s given a little drama by the cherry red colour. The ideal eyewear to add a pop of colour to any look.

Attico Marabou feather mid-heel pumps

It’s always so much fun playing with texture when it comes to shoes and this pair with its feathered trim is all kinds of great.

Jackke cropped jacket in faux fur

I can imagine throwing this on over a pair of jeans for a look that’s casual yet elevated.

Y.A.S high neck lace detail dress

A black dress is always a welcome addition to my wardrobe, especially one with such great detailing.

16 Arlington cropped shearling jacket

Can you see a patter emerging here? I’m really loving the colour red at the moment. This is a true statement piece and would help glam up whatever I was pairing it with.

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12 best buys this week under $100

20th August, 2018

Suffering from a little Monday-itis? Then let a little retail therapy help you out! I’ve rounded up some cheap and cheerful buys that will make a happy addition to your wardrobe. From a structured bag that will impress at work to a smart heel that is made for an evening out, these picks are both functional and on trend. And the best bit is snapping up a few of them won’t break the bank.

Marie-Stella-Maris facial oil

Show your skin some much needed TLC with this soothing facial oil. It looks super luxe but doesn’t have the price tag to match.

Superga lace-up sneakers

These are a forever stylish casual shoe that will work back with pretty much everything in your wardrobe. Snap up a few colours!

ASOS Design poker slingback high heels

A girl can never have enough heels… love a slingback style for a sleek and sexy look.

Le Specs oval sunglasses

Sunglasses are an easy way to update any look. And this pair is a very now silhouette.

Johnny Loves Rosie 3D statement earrings

A little 60s in feel, these earrings will have people thinking you’ve nabbed yourself a vintage gem.

ASOS Design double zip croc tote

A beautiful work bag never goes astray, especially a structured style in a classic croc fabrication.

Missguided trench coat in white

Use this lightweight trench as an easy way to dress up a pair of jeans or pop it on over a dress for an outfit with a polished feel.

Stitch & Pieces faux fur scarf

Make the most of the last lingering days of winter with this cosy burgundy scarf. Love a textured piece to add interest to a look.

ASOS Design soft tux jumpsuit

The cut, the print, the finishing details… this jumpsuit definitely delivers and at a reasonable price tag too!

ASOS Design corset midi dress

A classic black dress that’s ultra wearable is always a good wardrobe addition.

River Island check triple compartment crossbody bag

The check print of this bag makes for a fun statement bag to pair with a weekend look.

MNG Elvis belt

If you’ve yet to discover the versatility of a black belt then now is the time to add one to your collection.

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The belt bag is here and it’s officially way cooler than you remember

19th August, 2018

The belt bag has officially shed its slightly (okay very) daggy 80s roots and re-imagined itself as a bonafide style strend. I’ve spoken about this trend before but now it has really gathered momentum and is being seen everywhere from Paris Fashion Week to fashion blogger feeds everywhere. There’s something quite Carrie Bradshaw-esque about the way the trend is being worn now and if it hasn’t yet, I’m betting it will grow on you. Consider the belt bag the easy way to carry all your essentials while still remaining hands-free and simultaneously belting up a look all at the same time. If you want, you could even worn it thrown over your shoulder like I’ve seen a few street style regulars wear. Big, small, dainty or sporty, this is one bag that can definitely cater to all sorts of tastes and budgets. Feel free to get inspired by a few looks below before jumping into this trend and checking out a few of my fave belt bag picks below.

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In the mood to belt it up? Shop a few of my picks below…
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New trend to try: Woven mules

17th August, 2018

Mules as a shoe trend have been kicking around for awhile but it’s always great when a favourite gets a fancy new incarnation that’s oh-so wearable and chic. Woven mules are the spring/summer trend you’ll definitely want to get behind. Their woven feature make them feel relaxed and perfect for the warmer months, and available in either a flat or a block heel version, they’re ideal for work or play. Also they now come in so many different colours so you’re bound to find something that will work back with your wardrobe perfectly. From muted shades that are ideal for a dressier look to fun vibrant colours that are just made for days spent out in the sun this is one style of footwear you’ll most certainly want to consider giving a home.

The great thing about woven mules is that they add a textural element to any look, giving any outfit another layer of depth. Also they’re extremely versatile. You could wear them with a summer dress, pair them with cropped straight leg denim or a skirt and they will feel equally as home making them a buy that will definitely earn its keep from a cost per wear perspective. From designer retailers to your favourite chain store, this is one shoe that you’ll definitely be seeing everywhere over the coming months so be prepared to jump aboard the woven mule bandwagon.

Shop my edit of woven mules below.
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Animal print accessories are an easy way to change up a look

10th August, 2018

I’ve had my fair share of animal print moments (see below for proof). I love it simply because it’s such a fun and lively print that can elevate an outfit and give it a bit of edge. I’ve incorporated it into my looks both clothes and accessories-wise and have found it to be equally as effective. However if you’re after a subtle nod to it then a great bag or a beautiful scarf is the best way to incorporate it into a look as it acts as an accent piece that won’t overwhelm. It’s also the kind of print that is surprisingly versatile. Whether you’re going for a polished neutral feel, embracing bold and vibrant or something understated and casual I can guarantee animal print will work with all of them. To help you dip your toe into this trend I’ve rounded up a few animal print buys below that will surely allow you to take any ensemble for a bit of a walk on the wild side.

A few animal print style rules to remember
  • Don’t wear it from head to toe. It can look chaotic and just a bit overwhelming.
  • Use it as a highlight piece. You can keep the rest of your look quite pared back and just add a touch of boldness with an animal print accessory.
  • Stick to one animal print at a time. It can be a little tricky to work two animal prints in a single look and have it look cohesive so best to choose one and run with it.
  • Consider it a way to add a bit of interest to an outfit. If you’re feeling that what you’re wearing is lacking a little something don’t be afraid to introduce a little animal print.

Now, here are a few ways to add it to your next look…