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Stakes Day: your outfit, shoes and headwear sorted

4th November, 2018

Unlike Derby Day and Melbourne Cup there is no formal dress code for Stakes Day so you have a little more creative freedom with what you wear. This particular day in the spring racing calendar is a family-friendly occasion so it is slightly more casual than the other days however the same rules still apply in that you need to look polished. Feel free to experiment with colours, prints and textures—this is your time to have a little fun.

 

Dresses and Jumpsuits

You can afford to be a little more relaxed with your outfit at Stakes Day but make sure that it still has an elegant look and feel. Look for fun details, colours that pop and interesting silhouettes.

Shoes

There’s a neverending range of amazing shoes available at the moment so you’re spoilt for choice. Just make sure you factor in comfort as you’ll likely be on your feet a lot the entire day.

Headwear

A gorgeous hat is always a winner on Stakes Day but if that’s not your style then there are headbands and fascinators aplenty to ensure you nail it in the headwear department.

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Oaks Day: your outfit, shoes and headwear sorted

2nd November, 2018

Oaks Day is ladies’ day in the spring racing carnival calendar and this means that it’s the ideal time to embrace all things feminine and pretty. It’s the occasion to adopt a colour palette incorporating pastels, especially pink and also prints and accoutrements incorporating florals. If you’re attending this day keep your look soft and ladylike.

Dresses

No matter the silhouette the most important thing about your attire is that it incorporate softer tones and feminine finishing touches — think florals, ribbons and ruffles.

Shoes

The brief for footwear should be much the same as your attire. This is the time to embrace embellishments such as frills and pom poms and every colour pink imaginable.

Headwear

From pearls, to jewels to animal print and florals, unleash your girly side and keep headwear ladylike and pretty.

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Melbourne Cup: your outfit, shoes and headwear sorted

30th October, 2018

It’s the race that stops a nation and without a doubt it’s the perfect reason to get dolled up. Melbourne Cup is the biggest day in the spring racing carnival and it’s always a lot of fun to get dressed up for as the dress code is all about colour and having a lot of fun with your look. This is the day to really take a step into bold territory and wear vibrant shades and prints with statement accessories. So if you’ve yet to lock in your outfit, I’ve got you covered.

 

Dresses

Melbourne Cup is the ideal time to embrace a dress that’s got wow factor. Go for lots of colour, interesting prints and embrace texture and striking finishes. Whilst your look still has to be polished it’s also the ideal time to have fun with fashion.

 

Shoes

From sky high stilettos to a 60s style block heel and an architectural mule, it’s time to up your shoe game when it comes to Cup Day. Definitely have fun with statement footwear but also make sure to keep comfort in mind—you need something that will stand up to a long day at the races.

 

Headwear

Headwear is a must but you don’t have to confine yourself to a hat. Think everything from headbands to a gorgeous turban as the perfect adornment to pair with your outfit at Flemington.

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Derby Day: your outfit, shoes and headwear sorted

27th October, 2018

One of the big spring racing events on the calendar is Derby Day. The dress code is black and white which lends itself to a sleek and sophisticated ensemble. I’m a huge fan of a monochrome look so always love pulling together outfits for this particular day. It’s also a great exercise in how elevated details and textures can make understated shades pop.

Dresses and Jumpsuits

Whether it’s classic and elegant, a subtle print or floaty and feminine, a dress or jumpsuit in monochrome makes for a striking look.

Shoes

Elevate a subdued colour palette of black and white with luxe finishing touches and fashion forward silhouettes.

Headwear

Keep your headwear understated and chic. An oversized bow, a crisp white boater or a fine veil will make the ideal finishing touch to your outfit.

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12 best buys under $100

21st October, 2018

A bargain buy is always a welcome addition to any wardrobe, especially when it’s an on trend item at a great price. If it’s a couple of weeks until pay day and you’re dying to make a new purchase or two then you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re after a new bag, a pair of heels for your next night out or an all-rounder dress to kick around in all summer I’ve got you sorted.

ASOS Cici satin underwire corset
The corset has been a popular celeb trend and if you want to get in on the action at a fraction of the price, then snap this up.
Monki quilted belt bag

Belt bags are definitely having a moment. If you’re heading out for the day and don’t want to deal with a bag, this is the solution.

ASOS Design Laney tie-leg flats

A feminine flat with a pretty tie-up design, this is one shoe that definitely has a point of difference.

Monki faux leather belted midi skirt

I’m a huge fan of the midi skirt and this is one option that will be kind to your wallet.

RAID Katy patent leopard print heels

Add a touch of animal print to your next look with these great heels.

Stella + Ruby glass pearl hoops

An elegant earring style that’s made for special nights out.

Re:Named polka dot slip dress

This is one dress that you will wear to death. The print, the shape and the length will ensure its versatility.

Levi’s side bands denim shorts

A great pair of denim cutoffs that will serve you well once the warmer weather arrives.

Reformation trixie top

Pair this ruffled crop top with anything high-waisted—it’s a match made in heaven.

Le Specs love train oval sunglasses

These fun frames will make the perfect addition to any look.

Madewell Oliver cotton-jersey turtleneck top

The simple, unfussy style of this top will ensure that it gets plenty of wear.

Y.A.S striped pant co-ord

Part of a co-ord set, this is a patterned pant that can instantly lift an outfit.

What’s a great bargain buy you’ve snapped up recently?

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30 spring racing headwear options for a winning look

19th October, 2018

Putting together a spring racing look takes loads of time and effort but often headwear can be a last minute consideration. Don’t make this mistake as the right headpiece can actually end up making a look. Case in point: I fell in love with a pink Gucci turban and ended up working last year’s entire Melbourne Cup look around it such was my determination to wear it.

Over the years I’ve tried everything from hats to headbands and turbans and can attest that they were the finishing touch that really elevated my outfit. I find choosing my headwear a fun experience as the sky is the limit when it comes to shapes, textures and styles. I often like to go big and bold and am drawn to pieces that make a statement.

If you’re heading to the races and are on the hunt for the ideal headpiece, then look no further as I’ve rounded up 30 gorgeous options to suit every style.

Option 1: Hats

A beautiful hat is always a classic option but remember straw hats are for spring racing, felt for autumn racing. If you want something a little different, an emerging trend is leather hats which are modern and a bit daring and are a departure from your more traditional options.

I went for a crisp white hat for Derby Day in 2015

 

Option 2: Headbands

I’ve got a soft spot for headbands as race day headwear as they’re feminine, fun and so easy to wear. I’ve opted for everything from a big bow to jewelled embellishments and even my name over the years and my love affair with this style still endures. The great thing about headbands is that you can extend their wear long after spring racing is over which is a definite plus.

A throwback to last year’s spring racing season. I loved this Gucci headband and its oversized bow dotted with pearls.

 

Option 3: Go bold

From fascinators to embellished hair clips and my personal fave – the turban I am all for embracing headpieces that are unique with an added element of personality. I’ve worn everything from a turban fashioned out of bronze mesh to a gold wreath in the past and love thinking outside the box when it comes to headwear. This year, don’t be afraid to push the boundaries…

This is the Gucci turban that I centred my entire 2017 Melbourne Cup look around!

What’s your favourite style of racing headwear?

 

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What to wear for a (long) day of shopping

9th October, 2018

When I’m in need of a retail fix, I know my outfit has to be comfortable and optimised for maximum shopping success. This means bye bye complicated buttons and ridiculous zippers, hello clothes I can slip on and off easily. I’m all about making sure that I can hit those change rooms with ease and don’t want to spend an eternity grappling with my outfit every time I want to try something on. Having the right outfit on speeds up your shopping experience because you’re not spending ages tying your laces, doing up buckles on your belt or buttons on your shirt. Keeping that in mind, here’s what to wear the next time you’re hitting the shops…

Shoes you can slip on and off

I think you’ve got to have comfortable shoes on so I always go in flats (ballet flats, slides or some cute loafers are good options). I avoid wearing sneakers as having to tie my shoelaces repeatedly when I’m trying on outfits during the day is less than ideal. If I want to keep trying stuff on I like to be able to slip my shoes on and off easily.

Nothing with buttons

You should be able to get dressed and undressed quite quickly so it’s probably best to leave that complicated shirt with too many buttons to count at home. Personally I like wearing dresses because I find them easy to take on and off so it speeds up my time in the change rooms. But if dresses aren’t your thing go for something that you can slip in and out of in a matter of seconds—think a tee with bottoms with an elasticated waist.

Avoid light colours

When you’re trying things on multiple times in a day, slipping your clothes on and off can mean you risk your makeup rubbing off on your clothes. This is why I tend to leave any light garments at home if I’ve got a marathon shopping session ahead of me. Also you never know what kind of change room you might encounter and the last thing you want is having to dump pristine white clothes on a dirty or dusty floor.

A hands-free bag

Be sure to bring a bag that leaves your hands free to skim through the racks. Aim for something with a strap that you can easily throw over your shoulder. The last thing you want to do is have to juggle a bag on top of everything else. After all the more you’re able to browse the better chance of shopping success!

 

What do you wear when you go shopping?

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How to avoid an impulse purchase you’ll regret

8th October, 2018

We’ve all been guilty of making an impulse purchase that seemed like a good idea at the time but later on turned out to be a not so good buy. The thing with buying items on a whim all the time is that you’ll end up wasting money and end up with clothes you’re not actually going to wear. Wouldn’t you rather put your shopping funds towards something that you absolutely love? I know that it can be difficult to resist buying a pair of cute shoes or a great dress when you first spot it but it’s so important to step back to ensure that you’re making a good buy. Here are a few things that you can do to try and curb an impulse buy before it happens.

Walk around the shop or step away from the laptop

If you’ve got the overwhelming urge to buy something and it really wasn’t in your plan to do so then do the the equivalent of taking a deep breath and counting to 10 by walking away from it. Either walk out of the shop for half an hour or step away from your laptop and make yourself a cup of tea so you can try and get that ‘buy, buy, buy’ feeling under control. Whilst you’re doing this think about the below.

Outfit check it

Think about what other things in you closet this potential buy could work with. If you’ve managed to mentally work it back with a number of outfits then it’s likely to get plenty of use. If you can only come up with a handful of looks then think twice about buying it because it might not get many outings and won’t be worth the spend.

Have a shopping list

I always like to think strategically about any potential purchases to avoid impulse buys that may or may not work. This is why I’ve always got a shopping list of things that I need in my wardrobe. Whether it’s a gap I’ve spotted in the clothes I have, something I need to replace or a look I need for an upcoming event, I always have a list so I can refer to it whenever I’m shopping and usually try to tick an item off the list before adding something to it again. Having an idea of what I actually need as opposed to just shopping based on what’s caught my eye has really helped stop many an impulse purchase.

Wait 24 hours

If you can do this it’s really a useful tactic. I do it all the time because whenever I see something I like in a store I’ll most likely have the girls and won’t have the time to try something on. So I wait until I can get to the shop again on my own (at least 24 hours) and If I’m still thinking about whatever I saw I’ll try it on and decide whether to buy it or not. I adopt the same principle for online buys. I’ll pop something in my shopping cart, sleep on it then revisit again the next day. Usually waiting gives me the time to mull a purchase over and determine if it’s a worthwhile addition to my wardrobe.

Have a set budget

It’s amazing what a limited shopping budget can do to reign in unnecessary purchases. If you’ve give yourself a set amount to spend on wardrobe buys, you’ll be much more likely to consider potential buys a lot more carefully. So instead of just picking up a top or pair of earrings and buying it because you like it that second, you’ll stop and take a moment to decide whether you really do want it or whether you’d rather direct your hard earned dollars to something you absolutely want.

What’s an impulse buy that you’ve regretted?

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If you’re not already living in printed dresses you will be

7th October, 2018

Spring/summer is the perfect time to take your style into bright and bold territory. And there’s no better way to do it than with the help of dresses in the most vibrant of prints and colours.

Printed dresses will become a wardrobe shortcut over the coming months because of how complete a look they are. They tick all the boxes: statement-making, fun, and so wearable and there’s not much more required. All they need is an accessory or two, a great summer sandal and a place to wear it and show it off!

So take inspiration from some of the most stylish ladies on Instagram below and immerse yourself in a printed dress or two this season. There’s no better time to dabble in playful styles that will take you from beach to bar… or wherever the day may take you!

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What I ask myself to ensure I’m making a good purchase

6th October, 2018

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I’ve always tried to work towards a wardrobe that’s versatile as it makes pulling outfits together every day a little easier. This requires some major editing and also some savvy shopping. When faced with so many gorgeous things in a store it can be easy to get caught up in the moment and just purchase something purely because you like it but I think it pays to ask yourself a few questions before buying anything as it can help you avoid wasting money on an item of clothing that won’t get much use. These are the five questions I always ask myself before I buy anything.

How will this work with the rest of my wardrobe?

I always think about how I will be able to wear something with other items I already own. To do this imagine your wardrobe and identify at least five outfits that you’ll be able to wear with a potential purchase. A cohesive wardrobe that can be mixed and matched in different ways will extend the number of outfits you can make as opposed to buying one item, for one purpose and having it sit in your wardrobe gathering dust.

How many times will I wear this?

If something is expensive I’ll think about how many times I’ll wear it and how many seasons it is going to last. I aways consider cost per wear. If I think “I will wear these shoes the whole year, and they’re something that I will keep in my collection for years to come”, I consider them an investment. If I’m only going to wear something once and it’s outrageously expensive I won’t buy it because it just doesn’t make sense to spend so much on something with minimal wear.

Is this adding to my wardrobe?

I sometimes fall into the trap of buying too many black shoes. And while I do wear black shoes quite often, if I find a pair of shoes that I like but I have five other pairs like it I won’t buy them. The same approach applies to the rest of my wardrobe. If I buy something it’s got to add to my wardrobe by bringing in a new element rather than just purely adding to my wardrobe.

Is the fabric and make a good quality?

I always look at something and consider the fabric and how well it’s made. I believe if you spend a little more on good fabrics and good construction then you’ll be able to have something for many years to come and get plenty of use out of it. Where possible always look for natural fabrics such as cotton, wool and silk.

Do I really need this?

Most women will identify with this question! And often the answer to this question will negate all the other questions before this one. While there will always be exceptions (a girl can never have too many bags, right?) generally if you answer this question honestly you’ll be able to stop yourself from buying something that you’re not really going to use.

What do you consider before making a big purchase?