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The key to knowing a true fashion bargain

16th January, 2021

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years is that there’s a difference between something that’s cheap and a genuine fashion bargain. The former means yes, it’s inexpensive but it might not become the type of item that will get used often. The latter is something that may be a good price but it’s also guaranteed to get plenty of use, meaning it’s great cost per wear and therefore a true bargain buy.

Whenever you’re hitting the sales, whether it’s end of financial year markdowns, Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals or a good ol’ fashioned bricks and mortar warehouse sale, it pays to know what’s definitely worth spending your hard earned fashion dollars on. Here’s how I can tell whether something is definitely a good sale buy.

What does it work with?

When shopping anything that’s been marked down I always ask myself if it’s something that can work back with a number of things in my wardrobe. Because even if the price tag is right, if I can’t see myself wearing it with several things I already own it negates the discounted price I may pay. I’m better off buying something full price that won’t just gather dust in my closet.

Does this have longevity?

Trying out trends is all part of the fun of fashion but if I want to know what I’m buying is a genuine fashion bargain then I need it to make sure that it’s going to stand the test of time. I want to know that I’m going to be able to wear something beyond a season to ensure that I’m maximising the cost per wear on it.

It’s all about maximising cost per wear by being discerning when sale shopping
Is it versatile?

The other way I can tell a true fashion bargain is if something is truly versatile. Can I style it in a number of different ways? Can it be dressed up or down? I always look for things that I can wear to a multitude of events and settings. If for example I can wear a pair of shoes on a shoot, to the office and at a party then I know purchasing it is true value for money.

Would I buy this full price?

The allure of a discounted item is sometimes hard to resist. You’re saving money after all, right? But sometimes we can be attracted to something purely because it’s cheap, not because it’s something we genuinely want or need. If I ever come across something I want to buy that’s on sale I always ask myself if it’s something that I would have considered paying the full price for. If it’s a yes, it means I definitely love it and can see it working with my wardrobe, if it’s a no, it means I only really want it because it’s cheap. And a bargain isn’t really a bargain unless it’s going to end up getting used. I find the pieces I truly love and want are the pieces that will always be on high rotation.

What are some ways you know you’ve got a genuine bargain on your hands?

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

8th January, 2021

A brand new year often goes hand-in-hand with a new commitment to fitness, which generally also coincides with wanting to find some cute workout gear as added motivation. There’s nothing like being able to wear something nice while you train, so I thought I’d round up a few great pieces that you can add to your exercise outfit repertoire.

There are some great brands that are doing activewear that does the job but also adds an injection of style to any training session. I’ve rounded up a few pieces that will do just that, and they’re all available at your local chain store.

Scroll down to find some great pieces to add to your workout wardrobe.

This crop top comes in a variety of different prints and also has matching pants to finish off the look. At under $25, you can snap up a couple to have on rotation.

Love this tie-dye top as a way of adding a fashion element to workout look. And if you’ve often favoured plain black activewear, this is one piece that can easily add a pop of colour to your look without being too over the top.

This is a punchy print but doesn’t overwhelm, making it an ideal option for mixing and matching with existing pieces in your activewear wardrobe.

Who would’ve ever thought bike shorts would make such a comeback? Be prepared for them to become a staple of your training outfit repertoire, especially when they come in such eye-catching prints.

This old school classic sweat is a great one to pop on on your way to the gym, or to have in your bag to take you from spin to coffee. It also comes in a range of different colours so there’s one to suit every taste.

I love the textured element of this sports bra. It’s a great one to layer under a tee, and is such an interesting way to dress up an exercise ensemble.

A little animal print is of course, something that’s guaranteed to dress up any training session. This one makes a statement, but the dark hues allow it to be worked back with different pieces.

White jogger pants are the kind of comfy exercise gear option you never knew you always needed. It’s easily paired back with multiple looks and can also be incorporated into your casual wardrobe without missing a beat.

You can never have too many sports bras in the mix, and this one features an understated pattern, making it quite the style chameleon.

If you really want to jazz up your workout wardrobe, add a great print in the mix. This tie-dye jogger pant is the perfect pant to work back with a crisp white tee or a singlet.

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The one thing I do every season

27th December, 2020

I love the start of each season as it means I can go shopping and make some key additions to my wardrobe. I often try and pinpoint a few key pieces that I’ll need as opposed to going crazy and buying up every trend in sight. However if there’s one thing I do each season without fail it’s this: I buy shoes in black and neutral. Yep, every season. I’ve done it for years and I’ve found making those strategic shoe purchases will get me through autumn, winter, summer and spring.

Whilst I’ll stick to the same colours I’ll obviously alter the style of shoe according to the weather so in winter I’ll buy a boot and a closed toe shoe such as a pump and if it’s summer I’ll buy both open toed shoes whether it be a sandal or stiletto. A black and a neutral shoe will go with virtually everything in my wardrobe so I know I’m guaranteed to get a lot of use out of it plus buying a season’s key style will update my look accordingly. It’s an easy way to look on trend without having to change your entire wardrobe.

Tell me, what do you do each season?

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Best buys under $100

18th December, 2020

We’re inching ever so close to the holiday break and this means many of us may still be in the midst of snapping up Christmas presents, getting ready to head out of town on holiday or simply in serious prep mode for the big day next week. If you’re doing any of those things, then you may just be on the hunt to snap up a fashion gem or two, whether it’s to gift to family or friends, or simply to treat yourself with something for the summer ahead.

So, to make it easier I’ve rounded up some seriously great buys that all come in at under $100. From dresses to accessories, shoes and tops, I’ve covered it all below—and the best bit is, your credit card won’t be getting a serious workout.

Polka dot prints are a classic so they’re guaranteed to be a constant in your wardrobe, year after year. This sweet tea dress is the kind of style that can be dressed up or down, worn with heels or flats, and easily fits many different occasions.

Puff sleeves are everywhere and this top is a great way to dip your toe into the trend. The shirred bodice and the pink gingham work together to create a style that’s sweet without being saccharine.

Snap this up now! It’s such a great price for a Calvin Klein crop, and I love the rainbow trim which just adds to the fun, while the black keeps it versatile.

A black bodysuit is one of those things that once you have one, you’ll wonder how you ever did without it. This is a great staple to have as you can wear it with jeans, a skirt or shorts and top and you don’t have to fuss around with having to tuck yourself in every five seconds.

Cat eye sunglasses are one of my favourite styles and I have dozens of them in my collection. This Le Specs pair is subtle and elegant making it a great piece to have around all summer.

If you’ve added get fit to your new year’s resolution list, now might be the time to pick up some cute gym pieces. This sports bra is one that will see you through many a workout.

Square neck tops are definitely having a moment, and this dusty pink style with its keyhole feature is the kind of thing that can instantly update a look and give it an on-trend feel.

Espadrilles. They’re a summer staple year after year, and such a comfy alternative to heels. Also, you can bookmark them for the days when (hopefully in the not too distant future) you may just find yourself navigating cobblestoned streets during a European summer.

One of the building blocks of any wardrobe, now is a good a time as any to stock up on a white tank. The square neck is very now and oh-so flattering too.

These Arizona Love sandals have become Insta-famous, and now is your chance to snap them up for a reduced price. They’re also so ridiculously comfortable, you’ll wonder how you ever survive without them.

Thongs have quietly made a comeback when it comes to polished casual wear and this style is the ideal one to have — they’re polished and understated, making them easy to pair back with so many different looks.

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My tips for buying a flattering swimsuit

7th December, 2020

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. So here, I’ve compiled my tips on finding a flattering swimsuit. Here’s what you need to remember…

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

4th December, 2020

Hello, summer shopping! It’s always fun at the start of a new season to shop around for a few wardrobe updates. Choosing strategically a few key pieces to add to your existing wardrobe can instantly refresh tired looks, and inspire you to create new outfits. Having checked out a few of the chain stores for this round-up, I can say that there are some great pieces out there to choose from.

This cropped top would work brilliantly with a pair of high waisted pants or shorts. The billowy silhouette and fresh print make it ideal for taking existing pieces into high summer territory.

I love this oversized shirt from Cotton On. The drop sleeve is just the right on trend cut while the ever so light blue hue makes this particular shirt so versatile.

A bias cut skirt is one of those staples that are great to have on hand. You can wear it with a simple white tee or the dress it up with a cami or blouson sleeve top. An off-the-shoulder blouse would also be a dream pairing.

Using colour to make a statement is one of the easiest ways to revamp a tired look. This fuchsia pink would be the perfect pop of colour to a summer outfit. Plus you can extend its wear all year round giving great cost per wear.

I’m seeing more and more one shoulder silhouettes popping up and this white top is both classic and elegant in its simplicity. Plus linen is just perfect for summer.

This is one of those beach dresses that can easily take you from a day on the sand straight to dinner or drinks. The tiered style is also something that would work for pretty much any body type.

Linen shorts are a great go-to for casual day wear and this particular style with its pinstripe pattern is the smart and sophisticated. Plus the neutral hue makes it ideal for mixing and matching with ease.

Off-the-shoulder tops are such a great summer piece to have as they can be styled in different ways. You could tuck this top into a skirt or alternatively leave it out. Also I love the finishing touches such as the ties on the sleeves.

If you’re looking for a cute addition to your summer wardrobe this playsuit would have to be it. It’s one of those no-brainer pieces that’s great to have on hand because you can just throw it on and not have to think about it.

A pair of minimalist heels like this will work back with so many different things, You could wear it with denim, with a dress, a skirt, wide leg pants… the list is endless. Plus in a white hue it’s so wearable and versatile.

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Black Friday sales round up

27th November, 2020


What better way to celebrate the fact it’s Friday than take advantage of the Black Friday sales. That’s right, if you’ve had your eye on something for awhile now might be the perfect time to snap it up for a fraction of the price. I’ve rounded up a few of the best sales online so all you need to do is get ready to add to cart.

ASOS: extra 20% off outlet and sale

Sephora: 20% off with minimum spend of $120; 15% off with no minimum spend

Italist: save up to 60% off AW 20/21

The Outnet: extra 25% off (excludes just in)

Farfetch: extra 20% off sale items

24S: 20% off your order (minimum spend applies)

Shopbop: 20% off your order of $200

The Iconic: 30% off selected styles

Boohoo: 50% off everything + an extra 10% off

Missguided: 50% off everything + an extra 20% off

Pretty Little Thing: up to 75% off everything

Net-a-Porter: up to 50% sale items, with an extra 15% off marked items

General Pants: 30% off sitewide

Bonds: 40% off sitewide (some exclusions)

Priceline: 50% off select makeup, skincare and haircare

Cotton On: 30% off everything sitewide

Mecca: discounts of up to 50% off online

Myer: Super sale sitewide, various offers

The Undone Store: 20% off everything (excludes ‘new season’ items)

Parlour X:  up to 50% off sale items

Moda Operandi: up to 50% off Black Friday sale items

Mode Sportif: 20% off Black Friday sale items

My Theresa: up to 50% off sale times, plus an extra 10% off selected sale items

Country Road: 20% off everything in-store and online

Seed Heritage: 20% off everything in-store and online

David Jones: save up to 50% off on selected fashion, shoes, accessories

Camilla and Marc: up to 60% off private sale (must register to enter)

Rebecca Vallance: up to 60% off

Steele: 25% off almost everything

Bec and Bridge: Shop up to 60% off the cyber edit

Aje: 20% off sitewide

Matches Fashion: extra 10% off

Superga: 30% off full price styles

Hype: up to 50% off selected styles

Peter Alexander: 20% off storewide

Bassike: 30% off Black Friday sale items

Zimmermann: select sale items

Viktoria and Woods: 25% off selected styles

Showpo: 20% off sitewide

The Daily Edited: 20% off storewide

Sportscraft: 20% off full price items

Uniqlo: select Black Friday deals in-store and online

HM: 20% off everything

Zara: up to 50% off items in-store and online

Sportsgirl: 20% off sitewide

Manning Cartell: 30% off select items

Ginger and Smart: 30% off sitewide

Alice McCall: 30% off storewide

Joslin Studio: take an extra 20% off already reduced styles

Posse: 20% off selected styles

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Update your activewear wardrobe with these key pieces

22nd November, 2020

Image: Instagram/@gigihadid

If lockdown had you embracing a new love of exercise, or you’ve been a longtime workout fan but simply want to start updating your activewear wardrobe there’s no better time than now. After all there’s nothing like new exercise gear to help motivate you to hit the gym. And the best bit? There are plenty of options to suit every style. You could opt for sleek separates in black and white, go crazy with prints and patterns or add a pop of colour a la Gigi Hadid. Now, all you need to do is get ready to train up a storm.

Update your activewear wardrobe with a few key pieces…

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Best buys under $100

20th November, 2020

Who’s in the mood for a wardrobe update? With the festive season just around the corner, and summer almost upon us, you might be searching for a fashion fix. And whether you’re after a great dress to kick around in the sunshine all through the holidays, or the perfect pair of party shoes for Christmas drinks with the girls, I’ve rounded up some great buys. And the best bit is, they’re all under $100.

Snap up this dress immediately because it’s the kind of staple that will take you through summer. You can easily pop this on for a day out with flats or take it up a notch with heels. Either way it’s cool and comfy.

A crisp white summer dress is a summer staple and a classic style such as this will get plenty of wear over the coming months.

I’m a huge fan of shirt dresses because they look so effortless and sophisticated. The striped print is smart and polished, while the design is simple enough to transform it into so many different looks.

A comfy shoe that you can wear to different social gatherings is important and this style, with its sleek, streamlined design and fun metallic hue is perfect.

Denim shorts will take you through most days in summer so it’s important to have just the right pair. This style is a great cut and length, and would easily work back with a tee or button down, according to your style.

These classic espadrilles are a great way to achieve a resort wear vibe with a summer outfit. Pair it with a beautiful dress to have you feeling like you’re holidaying in the south of France.

A ribbed skirt like this can be dressed up or down (great for pregnancy, too) and will instantly make any outfit feel more elevated.

If you don’t yet have a pair of great tan slides in your wardrobe, rectify it immediately with this affordable pair. It’s a great style, and so versatile too.

Textural accessories are such a great way to change the vibe of an outfit. This raffia bag with its single bangle-style strap is the perfect accompaniment to many a look.

If you’re looking for ways to refresh old favourites in your closet, why not try adding a headband to your outfit? This style is elegant, but still a lot of fun.

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How to buy jeans

7th November, 2020

Jeans are a cornerstone of my wardrobe

I can’t live without denim. It’s a key part of my wardrobe all year round so it’s key to find the perfect pair. I buy a lot of stuff online but I think jeans are one thing that you really need to go in store to try on to make sure the cut, fit and colour all work well. My key criteria is that it works with my body shape, has some flexibility and isn’t too stiff, isn’t too hipster and is generally high-waisted and has to be of a good quality so it lasts. When you find the perfect pair of jeans you just know! If you’re in the market for new jeans, follow my foolproof plan to find The One. Here’s how to buy jeans that are the perfect fit and style…

Buy the right size

It may sound obvious but I’ve been caught out before by the whole “it will stretch” claim. I’ve learned that you should always just buy a size that’s firm but not super tight. It should feel comfortably snug but not so much that you feel like you can’t breathe!

Take the time to try things on

Yes, you may have a pair of old faithfuls that have served you well but it pays to try on different cuts, styles, washes and brands when you’re buying jeans. It can be a tedious process, I know, but taking the time to actually try things on outside of your denim comfort zone may help you unearth a pair of jeans you never knew you always wanted.

Identify your go-to style

I used to favour skinny jeans over every other cut, but lately I’ve started embracing a high waisted straight leg. Occasionally I’ll still wear a skinny silhouette but I’m definitely favourite straight more and more. However your perfect match might come in the form of a wide leg or a boyfriend cut. The key is to try on as many different styles as you can and once you’ve found the perfect pair invest in a few different washes.

I've become a convert to the high waisted straight leg jean

Know your denim

A heavier denim has more durability than a lighter denim. So if you’re after a pair of jeans that will last a few seasons, it pays to go for something a little thicker. Also a heavier denim will generally offer better support than lighter, thinner denim which can be a little less forgiving. However if a stiff denim isn’t for you, look for a pair that is made up of around two per cent lycra and 98 per cent cotton—it’s got enough give to be really comfortable but is able to hold you in where you want it to.

Expand your denim wardrobe

I love light denim jeans but I also like black denim and white denim. I find that having all three shades in my wardrobe covers all the bases and allows me to have options for plenty of different outfit combinations. Also, know that some washes will show wear and tear a lot sooner than others. For example dark denim will show obvious “whiskering” a lot sooner than lighter denim so keep that in mind when choosing the colour of your next pair.

Don’t be a denim snob

I’m not too stuck on brands—I’ve bought jeans from ASOS and loved them as much as a designer pair, but the most important thing is how it fits. I’m picky when it comes to the colour or the cut but apart from that I’ll happily wear any denim label. Even if you’ve got your go-to brand, it’s a good idea to try on a few different brands each season in case you find another one that works better for your body. There’s SO much new denim each season that you need to keep on top of what’s out there in case there’s a new range that would perfectly suit you.

If you’re getting jeans hemmed, bring heels with you

If you’re going to get jeans tailored it should only ever be the length that you alter. You should keep looking until you find a pair that fit you around your bottom and your legs rather than trying to do anything with the waistband or legs. I’m not that tall so jeans can be quite long for me so I’ll take them to be professionally altered. I like my jeans to sit on my ankle bone. When I’m getting them hemmed I’ll normally take the heels I’d wear the most with them to the alterations place so I can be sure to get the correct length. I think if you get the right length for high heels they can work with sneakers, flats and most other shoes quite fine.

What are your favourite go-to denim brands?