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Shop my looks from Fashion Week 2019

17th May, 2019

It’s always a huge week in my wardrobe whenever Fashion Week rolls around. Five days of outfits means a ton of searching and fittings and lucky I’ve got the help of stylist extraordinaire Jess Pecoraro to get me through it. Also this year I was lucky enough to work with David Jones for all my outfits throughout the week so having major Australian and international designer brands at my fingertips was not only exciting but it also made things easier too! So if you feel in love with a particular look throughout the week, here they are again, with shopping links to anything available to purchase online now.

Day 1

Credits: Dress, Aje; Bag, Bulgari; Boots, Isabel Marant; Earrings, Reliquie

Day 2

Credits: Dress, Bec and Bridge; Bag, Yuzefi; Coat, My own; Earrings, Vintage Hoops; Shoes, Christian Louboutin

Day 3

Credits: Jacket, Camilla and Marc; Skirt, Camilla and Marc; Shoes, Tony Bianco; Bag, Dior; Sunglasses, Prada

Day 4

Credits: Dress, Lee Mathews; Shoes, Jimmy Choo; Bag, Dior; Sunglasses, Miu Miu

Day 5

Credits: Jacket, Hansen and Gretel; Jeans, Camilla and Marc; Shoes, Senso; Bag, San Beast; Sunglasses, Miu Miu

Credits: Top (similar), Dion Lee; Skirt, Christopher Esber; Bag, Dior; Heels, Tony Bianco

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What’s on my shopping wish list this month

10th May, 2019

The warm days are starting to get fewer and fewer now and we’re well into trans-seasonal dressing territory. I’ve been on the hunt for great casual pieces that are ideal for weekends with my family, whilst also starting to add some pieces that are going to work for days when the weather decides to go from warm-ish one minute to cool the next. Also I’ve been wanting some elevated pieces such as dresses and skirts that I can wear to events and to work and I think I’ve managed to unearth a few things that will not only satisfy that criteria but will also work for a dressy occasion too.

Is anyone else with me in thinking that accessories at the moment are just sooo good? I’m loving the interesting shapes and unique finishing details that elevate them into statement pieces rather than just complementary accoutrements to a look. I’m particularly into structured bags in a gorgeous tan colour for every day wear as they’re so versatile.

If you’re in the mood to update your new season wardrobe, here are the pieces I currently want to snap up and add to cart.

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The key to knowing a true fashion bargain

1st May, 2019

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.

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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Best buys under $100

19th April, 2019

Who says you have to spend a fortune on updating your wardrobe? If you’re currently on a budget but need a little something to finish off an outfit or just replace something that’s looking a little worn then you’ve come to the right place. Here are a few great pieces that are not only on trend but are wallet-friendly too.

Thalia Cross Body Bag

Who can resist accessories that pop? This red crossover body bag is the ideal companion for carrying your daily essentials and elevating your outfit simultaneously.

Edina Scrunchie

Who would’ve thought scrunchies would make a comeback? Love the forest green shade of this.

Jasmine Suede Belt

A great waist belt for cinching in everything from your favourite dresses to blazers. This is an affordable piece that you’ll wear repeatedly.

Stenten Island Oversized Knit Rust

A great oversized knit makes for the perfect pairing with all things denim. Add this to your collection of winter staples.

First Impressions Mid Blue Jean

A great high waisted tapered jean makes for a fresh denim option this winter. Team it with everything from tees to jumpers for a no brainer casual look.


Hanover Boots

Boots are a favourite of mine for winter and this black pair is a classic style and shape that will ensure you’ll get plenty of wear out of it.

Absolutely Everybody Kit Dress

Simple, understated and a wear-with-everything-colour, this dress is a winter go-to.

70s Throwback Orange Scarf

Loving the earthy tones of this scarf. This truly versatile accessory can be worn with an outfit, used as a hair accessory or to pretty up a tote.

Love Lies Beigh Pant

I love a wide leg pant, especially when it’s in a neutral shade that makes it oh-so wearable.

Introduce Yourself Sunglasses

The tortoiseshell and modern shape of these sunnies make them a fun option for dressing up a look.

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My go-to clothing brands for Sophia and Grace

17th April, 2019

Shopping for Sophia and Grace is without a doubt one of my favourite things to do due to the sheer cuteness of girls’ clothes out there. Bows! Ruffles! Florals! The selection of clothing with cute little details is virtually endless. The fashion game for kids clothing brands has definitely stepped up a lot in the last few years. Having shopped for everything from casual pieces to special occasion dresses these are my go-tos for clothes that I know will deliver in the style and quality department.

Sapling

I love this brand so much that when they approached me to do a collaboration I couldn’t resist. Sapling do beautiful organic baby clothes in super soft cotton and the prints are always very cute.

Country Road

The range at Country Road is always really sweet with lots of mini-me options of popular fashion trends for adults.

Seed Heritage

One of my favourite kids clothing brands in Australia. The prints and colours are always spot on and there are lots of neutral and pastel options which I am a big fan of.

Eeni Meeni Miini Moh

I love the gorgeous designs from Eeni Meeni Miini Moh. I often dress the girls in matching pieces – everything is super cute!

Cotton On Kids

You don’t have to spend a fortune on kids’ clothing. Cotton On Kids have an extensive range of basics to going out clothes that are at a reasonable price point. This is particularly great when you consider how quickly kids grow out of their clothing.

Bonds

My girls lived in onesies till they were walking so I stocked up on a lot of Bonds wondersuits. One of the best things about Bonds’ range of onesies is that they do up with a zipper rather than press studs or buttons, which as any parent trying to dress a wriggly baby can attest, is a godsend.

Goldie + Ace

This brand has really sweet styles and great prints. They do babies to kids clothes so it’s the kind of brand that can grow with your little one if you become a fan of their range.

Tutu du Monde

When its comes to dressing the girls for super special occasions such as birthdays I’ll splurge on dresses from Tutu du Monde. The intricate embellishments make them a little work of art.

Hubble + Duke

This brand does a clothing range but I particularly love their shoe collection. If you’re after kids footwear that’s a little bit different (think rose gold mary janes and millenial pink gumboots) Hubble + Duke is the brand to check out.

Campbell & Co

A friend of mine owns this brand and they do lovely cashmere sweaters for kids. It’s a splurge but definitely great quality.

Chloé and Amélie

From printed sets to pieces with oversized bows and ruffles this brand is heaven for girls’ clothing. A great selection for those who are after kids’ clothes that are a little more fashion forward.

Purebaby

This organic range of baby and toddler clothes is great as the designs are so on trend but are practical too—no fussy snaps or embellishments just really well made and designed clothes.

Tell me—what are your favourite kids clothing brands?

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The sneaker styles your wardrobe needs right now

12th April, 2019

One thing that I’m forever grateful for is how sneakers have become a fashion staple now. You can pretty much get away with wearing sneakers with everything now and my feet are so very happy for it. Also there’s nothing that pleases me more than being able to be dressed appropriately for the school run but also on trend at the same time. It’s just a match made in heaven. If you need to up your sneaker game then you’ve come to the right place. Here are a few styles that will work beautifully with your casual wardrobe and still look super stylish.

Shop my edit of new season sneakers

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My new shortcut for being a savvy shopper

8th April, 2019

I consider myself a pretty savvy shopper and quite enjoy scoping out the best deals I can. I’ve been known to keep watch on something on my wish list for months, especially when it’s an investment buy and only when I see it at a great price will I eventually snap it up. As I tend to do most of my shopping online I’ll always make a point of visiting multiple sites to check out where I can get something at the best price possible. I like to make the most of my fashion budget so shopping around is something that I’ve made a point of doing for years.

I’m a fan of employing as many different tools for making shopping more cost effective as I can. I’ll sign up to newsletters and follow my favourite brands on social media to keep abreast of sales so you can imagine how happy I was to jump on the website finder.com.au and discover that not only could I compare different deals for everything from flights and hotels to streaming services, but I could also get some really great deals and discounts to some of my favourite stores. A few of my go-to shopping destinations such as The Iconic, David Jones and ASOS offer coupons on the site entitling shoppers to everything from free shipping to discounts on certain brands so it’s become part of my online shopping routine to check out Finder to see what’s on offer. As I said, I think it’s important to get more from your fashion dollar so I’m all about embracing discounts and getting the best deal I can.

One of the huge benefits of using a service like Finder is that it’s perfect when you’re time poor and busy as you’re able to compare and contrast various deals all in the one spot. I’ve always got quite a lengthy to-do list so any shortcuts that I can take are always welcome—especially when it results in a great deal or two.

This post was produced in collaboration with Finder

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How to buy jeans

6th April, 2019

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 or 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

Skinny jeans and I have a longlasting relationship—the cut just works with my height and frame. However your perfect match might come in the form of a straight 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.

Skinny jeans are my go-to style but it’s important to find the right silhouette to suit you

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.

Invest in a few different colours to ensure maximum versatility in your denim wardrobe

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 from Ksubi and Nobody as 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?

 

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On a budget: shop the high street and still look expensive

29th March, 2019

Chain stores are one of the easiest ways to dress yourself on a budget as often they’ll incorporate lots of on trend pieces worked back with core basics in their collection. That said, you often get what you pay for when it comes to high street buys so it pays to know what to look for to ensure that what you’re getting still looks high end. Here are a few easy ways to ensure a luxe finish with any bargain buy.

Mix and match with pricier pieces

I’m all about embracing the high-low mix— so working cheaper pieces with more expensive things. Often you can get away with working a simple outfit sourced from your favourite chain store and work it back with some investment pieces from your wardrobe such as a great bag or shoes and end up with a look that just says high end. Essentially it’s luxury by association.

Look out for finishes

It’s best to keep things simple when it comes to any chain store purchases and avoid things like embellishments. One of the best ways you can tell a designer item apart from a cheaper alternative is in the finishes that they use. Luxe goods will use high quality metals for any chains, buckles and straps as generally that’s included in the price tag, whereas you might not be getting quite the same quality with a high street buy.

Keep it simple

If you’re looking for a showstopper of a dress incorporating lots of beading or sequins then you will most definitely get what you pay for. As this kind of finish is so intricate, often it won’t come at a cheap price tag. If you want your chain store finds to look expensive, it’s best to avoid anything too delicate. Think designs that are quite simple and straightforward.

Pay attention to how it’s made

There are some fantastic high street buys to be snapped up out there but it does pay to stop and inspect the quality. One way you can cheapen a garment is if the finish isn’t quite right. If there’s plenty of loose threads or the stitching’s a bit imprecise then you might want to consider searching for other alternatives. Also don’t forget to be choosy with fabrics. Natural fabrics like cotton and linen will always present well, whereas anything that’s man made may come across as a bit shiny.

Add the right accessories

It’s amazing what the right accessories can do for a look. Pairing your fave high street outfit with a few standout pieces can instantly elevate it. Think a gorgeous pair of statement earrings or a beautiful silk scarf. Both are good examples of the the kind of things that you can add to any look to give it an expensive feel.

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10 things worth checking out from…Witchery

28th March, 2019

Australia’s home to some great chain store brands and one that’s always got some great pieces is Witchery. If you’re after polished pieces that are also on trend then it’s the kind of brand that you’ll most definitely find something that you’ll want to add to cart. And with everything from shoes to accessories and classic cuts and colours, it’s one label that will allow you to update your wardrobe without completely blowing your budget.

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Pleat Dress

The terracotta shade and pleated details of this dress make it a great layering piece for winter. Add a jacket and some boots and you’re set.

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Horn Peacoat

If you’re after a classic coat option, a peacoat is always a good place to start. It’s a style that’s universally chic and will always be on trend.

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Sofia Soft Crossbody Bag

Buttery soft leather and the sleek and simple design of this bag make it a great piece for working back with numerous outfits.

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Della Boot

Ankle boots are an autumn/winter staple. I particularly like the texture and colour of this particular shoe.

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Pleat Sleeve Roll Neck Knit

Stock up on a selection of knits in neutral colours now so you’re all set for when the cool weather hits. I like the sleeve and roll neck detail of this particular piece.

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Button Front Cord Skirt

Why not explore a few other wintery shades apart from the usuals blacks, greys and blues? This bottle green skirt makes for a great piece for layering, especially when navigating your way through trans-seasonal weather.

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Kirsten Sunglasses

I’m really into the modern shape of these sunglasses. And they’re at an affordable price point too!

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Serena Leather Pant

I’m the first to vouch for adding a pair of leather pants to your autumn/winter wardrobe but why not be a bit different and opt for colour. These pink pants are feminine and fun and will certainly make for a stylish winter warmer.

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Baker Boy Hat

I’m a fan of headwear for winter and this grey cap is ideal for staying cosy and warm when temperatures start to drop.

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Boucle Wrap

A cosy wrap is the ideal accessory to throw on when you’re in need of something that will keep you warm and looking stylish all at the same time.