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What’s on my Christmas Wish List

13th December, 2019

How’s your Christmas wish list coming along? Mine’s a constant work in progress as there are just so many gorgeous things around right now. I’m trying to stick to pieces that I know will update my wardrobe and are going to add something new and fresh to my look. It’s so easy to gravitate towards what you know and love (you obviously know and love them for a reason!) but I think it’s good to push your sartorial boundaries. So without further ado, here’s what I’m hoping Santa brings me this year.

Dolores Mini Knotted Leather Tote, Yuzefi

I’m really into bags that are a unique shape or have some interesting detail on it and this bag fits the bill. I love the knotted handle and the half moon shape. Also, that colour will work back with absolutely everything in my closet making it a worthwhile addition to my wardrobe

Cropped Buckled Wool-Blend Halterneck Top, Proenza Shoulder

Halter tops are so on trend right now and this particular style will work back with so many things I already own. Love the great buckle neckline and simple origami style fold — subtle details can really elevate anything.

Gold-tone Hoop Earrings, Bottega Veneta

Simple hoop earrings never go astray in any accessories line-up, particularly when it’s by Bottega Veneta. These are a great party accessory and are a serious candidate to make a New Year’s Eve appearance.

Logo-print Shearling Slides, Fendi

These are so fun. I think you’re either into texture such as this or not, and I am most definitely in the former camp. Love the logo action too. They’re certainly a talking point and will add some playfulness to any summer look.

Mon Tresor Mini Printed PVC and Leather Bucket Bag, Fendi

Bucket bags have been a longtime favourite of mine and this style is modern and fun. I love the logo detail and also the mini size—perfect for carrying my essentials but also light enough for when I’m on the go and don’t want to be weighed down.

Leather Sandals, Bottega Veneta

These square toe sandals are the shoe of the season. A black sandal is also always a worthwhile piece to have as they’ll work back with so many different outfits.

Claire Off-the-shoulder Linen Top, Cult Gaia

Pastels are always perfect at this time of year and this light blue top would add a lovely pop of colour to any look. The puffy sleeves and the off the shoulder style are so on point.

Pussy-bow Silk-satin Twill Mini Dress, The Vampire’s Wife

This is a gorgeous event dress. I can see this working for everything from the races to a function and the punchy red colour is designed to make a statement. I love the classic finishes including the pussy bow and balloon sleeves.

Satin-trimmed Double-breasted Pleated Embellished Cady Mini Dress, Versace

As you know, I’m a huge fan of suiting so this take on it in the form of a double breasted blazer dress is such a great way to do it. This elevated black dress will be a great one to have on hand for work occasions to functions and parties.

Brook 70 Patent-trimmed Mesh and Leather Pumps, Malone Souliers

Nude pumps are always a great staple to have in your closet but I like this edgier take on it, featuring the mesh panelling. It’s a great accent piece because of the modern design, but the neutral shade make it a style chameleon.

Cropped Button-embellished Ribbed Stretch-knit Top, Balmain

I can see this top having many an outing! It’s a great go-to black top that’s dressy enough to lift everything from a skirt to pants and jeans and elevate it into something special.

Doris Leather Tote, Yuzefi

I love how this bag has soft lines but still feels strong and modern at the same time. The chain link strap is also the perfect finishing touch and gives the bag a point of difference. I’d be very happy indeed to see this under the tree!

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Gift ideas that will impress on Christmas Day

7th December, 2019

The Christmas buying rush is well and truly upon us and it can start to become just a little bit stressful when you’re faced with a lengthy to-buy list and seemingly not enough time to get through it all.

So what’s the best course of action for a stress-free shopping experience? First read this guide on how to be a great gift giver, and also this on finding presents for the little ones in your life. Now that you’re prepped, it’s time to start perusing what’s out there.

To help you get started I’ve rounded up some amazing Christmas gift ideas for under $300. There’s a variety of different price points so whether you’re looking for something that will impress your other half or the perfect gift for your bestie, you’ve come to the right place.

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Fun looks for an extra stylish Christmas Day

6th December, 2019

If you’re the kind of person who likes getting all dressed up on Christmas Day then no doubt you’re on the hunt for a great outfit—that’s if you haven’t secured it already! There’s a lot to consider for a December 25 look: there’s the comfort factor, something that you wouldn’t mind being in the entire day if you’re juggling multiple events; something that will allow you to accomodate a copious amount of Christmas food and lastly something that’s a little bit summery and festive all at the same time.

A dress is easily one of the best things for the day as it’s super comfy plus it’s a no-brainer outfit—all you really have to think about is your shoes and accessories and you’re done. And what better time to update your look with standout pieces than Christmas Day? A beautiful pair of shoes or a knockout bag is the perfect thing to make your festive look just a little more festive and a whole lot more special.

Scroll down to shop your Christmas outfit. And if you’ve been really good you may just find something here under your tree

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The best Cyber Monday deals to check out right now

2nd December, 2019

If you’re still recovering from Black Friday then prepare yourself because there’s a whole new round of sales to check out for Cyber Monday.

Whether you’re in the market to stop up your summer wardrobe or you’re trying to get through your Christmas shopping list, now is the time to start snapping things up as there are plenty of Cyber Monday deals to take advantage of! From huge discounts on full priced stock, to further reductions on sale items from a range of local brands and international retailers, there’s plenty of savings to be had if you know where to head.

So if you’re currently madly scrolling through your favourite stores, here are a few more to add to the list. Now’s the time to snap up a bargain!

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Net-a-Porter – extra 15% off select sale items

Matches Fashion – extra 10% off

The Outnet – extra 15% off clearance

My Theresa – extra 10% off

La Garconne – take an extra 10% off sale items

Mode Sportif – up to 70% off

The Daily Edited – 20% off storewide

Country Road – 20% off everything

Witchery – 20% off everything

The Undone – 20% off everything

Seed – 20% off full price styles

David Jones – Save up to 60% off a range of already reduced clothing, shoes and accessories

Myer – up to 40% off a range of women’s clothing and 30% off a range of accessories

Incu – 30% off selected styles

The Iconic – 30% off

Shopbop – up to 25% off full-priced items; up to 75% off sale items; 15% off $200+ orders; 20% off of $500+ orders; 25% off of orders $800+

Veronika Maine – 25% off everything

Bassike – 30% off select full price and all sale items

Aje – 20% off full price styles and a further 20% off sale items

General Pants – 30% off everything

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Sephora – 30-50% off select beauty palettes

Mecca – Receive a lucky dip of 3 deluxe samples with every order. Online only. 

Adore Beauty – a variety of discounts on offer; highlights include 10% off the entire Dyson range, save 20% off Benefit and Lancome, save 15% off entire GHD range

Ry – up to 50% off

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My week on Instagram

1st December, 2019

This week had its ups and downs. We farewelled my beloved grandfather who played such an important role in my life growing up, but also in my kids’ lives. We miss him greatly but we’re comforted by all the wonderful memories we have of him.

I had the opportunity to work with some really great brands this week. I hosted a breakfast for Vida Glow, and got behind the Shop Small campaign that aims to promote local small businesses. I popped into gorgeous Sydney florist Poho Flowers, a favourite haunt of mine as they always have the most insanely beautiful range of blooms.

The one thing I was looking forward to this entire week was heading off on holiday. We’re off to LA, with our first stop most definitely Disneyland. The girls have been counting down the days! I’m looking forward to the breatk and having a lot of fun as a family.

I hope the rest of your week is great — the countdown to Christmas is on!

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10 things worth checking out from… Veronika Maine

29th November, 2019

If you’re looking for something to update your summer wardrobe or want a special piece that will take you into party season, it’s supremely handy when one brand can tick both boxes. That’s the case with local brand Veronika Maine. Having scoped out their current season drop, there are a number of great pieces that will elevate your look in the coming weeks, particularly when we officially welcome a new season and start prepping for the flurry of occasions to come. Here are 10 pieces that I think are definitely worth checking out.

Tile Embroidery Trapeze Dress

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I love the relaxed shape of this dress and the elevated print. It would work beautifully with flat sandals or heels and would be ideal for so many different occasions.

Drapey Dobby Short Jumpsuit

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Anything in crisp white is just made for summer. The flattering V-neck and button detail make this ideal go-to for when you want a polished casual day look that can easily transition to night.

Antique Buckle Leather Belt

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While a black belt is great for teaming with your favourite jeans or shorts, it’s also a nifty little styling tool for changing the silhouette of your favourite dresses. Cinch in the waist of your favourite frock and instantly give it a new lease on life.

Tile Embroidery Peplum Top

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Pretty separates are always a welcome addition to any summer wardrobe and this particular top features gorgeous embroidery and a sweet peplum.

Sandwash Crepe Frill Neck Top

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Add a bold pop of colour to any look and watch it instantly come to life. This vibrant peach-apricot shade is just the thing to lift an ensemble.

Tan Leopard Midi Dress

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A leopard print piece is always guaranteed to get a workout and this particular dress is so effortless and easy to throw on with your favourite sandals.

Tie Dye Mesh Skirt

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Tie dye pieces are huge right now and if you want to wear the trend in a slightly more elevated way this skirt is the key. While the shape is quite classic, the print makes it fun.

Drapey Twill Button Dress

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It’s always a thrill to find a dress that can work from day to night and this one ticks all the boxes. Wear it to work then straight to after work drinks without missing a beat.

Cotton Pique Culottes

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Culottes are such a fresh addition to any wardrobe and a nice alternative to jeans or shorts this summer. Team this with a cami for something that looks a little dressier or with a tee for a polished off duty look.

Drapey Dobby Midi Skirt

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This skirt is a style chameleon and would be a great alternative to a dress during party season. You could wear this with a blouse or cami for the ideal look to take you from one occasion to the next. Just BYO statement heels to add an extra layer of glam.

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Best Buys Under $100

22nd November, 2019

If you’re after a bargain buy you’re in luck — there were so many great pieces this month that I’ve done a bumper edit! I’ve rounded up everything from accessories to shoes and party pieces and they’re all affordable at under $100.

Getting ready for your new summer wardrobe? It’s the ideal time to snap up some amazing sandals and heels including these strappy tan flats which will go with just about everything, whilst these mules and these floss heels are reminiscent of designer styles but at a fraction of the price.

It’s also the perfect time to stock up on a few beautiful summer dresses. This off-the-shoulder style is perfect for going from beach to bar while this slinky slip dress is available in a range of vibrant shades that are just made for the warm days ahead.

Snap up some fun accessories including these tortoiseshell cat-eye sunglasses and retro style frames, while a classic straw hat is a must.

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Designer items that will never go out of style

20th November, 2019

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Investment purchases often have a few more zeros in the price tag than your average chain store buy but when you factor in the longevity and its cost per wear you’re definitely getting a bargain. I’ve spoken in the past about my approach to buying designer goods that you won’t regret, but there are definitely certain pieces that will forever remain stylish. Add these to your wardrobe and I promise you’ll have a long and happy relationship.

Burberry trench

If you’re going to splurge on a trench coat make it one by Burberry. The coat was designed by Thomas Burberry for military personnel in World War One to keep officers protected against wind and rain and the design has been around ever since. The hardware and fabrication are of course top notch but one glimpse of the iconic checked lining sets this trench above the rest. I promise a trench coat is one purchase that you will get plenty of use out of all year round. Plus if you’re after a unique touch, Burberry now offer a personalisation service that allows you to monogram the inside of your coat.

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Chanel 2.55 bag

Everyone knows the quilted 2.55 bag by Chanel and whilst its ubiquitous it’s also one of the few designer bags that will not only appreciate in value (research has shown that the bag has increased in value by 70 per cent over the last six years) it’s also the kind of bag that will not date, will go with virtually everything you own and will always be a classic staple that you’ll be proud to carry. It’s a hefty investment I know, but if you’re going to splurge on a designer bag this one is definitely worth considering.

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Cartier LOVE Bracelet

The ultimate in wrist candy the beautiful Cartier LOVE bracelet first came to prominence in the 1970s and has only grown more popular since its inception. Available in a variety of metals including yellow gold or rose gold plus if you’re really looking to splurge there’s also a version studded with diamonds this is one piece of jewellery that you’ll remain in love with.

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Balenciaga moto jacket

I have had my Balenciaga leather jacket for years and its still the kind of piece that has remained in constant rotation in my wardrobe over the years. The perfect moto style jacket is ideal for wearing with everything from dresses to denim. I particularly loved Balenciaga’s design but designers like Saint Laurent, Tom Ford and Acne have all released their own versions of this jacket style. A major splurge it may be but one feel of the buttery leather, the sturdy metal hardware and the perfect fit will inspire instant love.

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Chanel ballet flat

Ballet flats will always be a wardrobe staple but add a pair of interlocking Cs and you venture into try style classic territory. Whilst they’re not the type of shoe that you’d wear daily to run errands (they’re definitely a bit more special than your average ballet flat) they are an easy and stylish footwear option for those days when you just want to take a casual look up a notch. A close runner up in the shoe departmet would be the classic Gucci horsebit loafer. Over 60 years on and it’s still going strong.

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Gucci loafers

First released in 1953, the Gucci loafer has been around for 65 years and whilst it has never ever really gone away it has experienced a huge resurgence in popularity. Whilst the range now encompasses everything from floral print to an array of colours, fur trim and a version with a collapsible heel, this style is a forever shoe. Translation: if you invest in this you’ll be wearing it for the next few decades without it ever dipping in style cred.

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Tell me—which designer items do you think will always be in style?
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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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