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Best buys under $100

10th July, 2020

There are so many great sales on right now which means there are plenty of bargains to be snapped up. The good thing about scoping out luxury sites such as Matches Fashion and Net-a-Porter during sale time is that there are some gorgeous luxe items that are a fraction of the price. Also, if you’re in the market for new basics or just something to brighten up your wardrobe then definitely shop around right now because there are plenty of cute options to be snapped up.

In trawling through some of my fave websites of late I’ve stumbled upon the below edit, with a mixture of chain stores buys to great accessories and some truly wearable pieces that are destined to be worn on high rotation.

Smythson produce ultra chic stationery and this notebook would make a welcome addition to any WFH desk situation.

These sunnies are on trend and at such a miniscule price tag, it makes sense to add it to your accessories collection now.

Keep your head toasty with this Alexander Wang beanie. The dove grey shade also makes it a versatile piece that can work with myriad looks.

I’ve found that statement accessories are one of the easiest ways to really elevate a look. These Rebecca de Ravenel earrings do just that.

White sneakers are a forever staple and with biz-leisure dressing now very much a thing, you can now wear them casually or (if your office dress code allows) at work.

One of the things I really valued during iso was having special pieces dotted around my home to brighten up my day. This Anya Hindmarsh candle is a great reminder that there’s always a rainbow around the corner.

Exercising outdoors just got more chic with this sleek C&M baseball cap. And even if you’re not planning on working out, it’s still a great addition to any casual look.

This cute top is so perfect for wearing with everything from jeans to shorts and skirts. Love anything that can be worn in so many different ways.

Another great pair of sunglasses destined for your future summer wardrobe. The slimline profile make this such a sharp way to finish off an outfit.

Loungewear options that are also stylish enough to be worn out and about get my tick of approval. These drawstring linen pants can be worn doing everything from the school run to grabbing a coffee.

I like the old school feel of this striped top from Country Road. A comfy addition to any WFH wardrobe or weekend outfit rotation.

I saw this top and thought of how many different ways it could be worn. When you have the right basics it can make getting dressed so much easier.

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How to buy a winter coat that will last for seasons

8th July, 2020
A statement coat can help to elevate a look

Winter coats are the kind of thing that you’ll end up wearing every season so it pays to choose the right kind for longevity. The range of coats available every season is virtually endless so it can be hard to narrow down just the right type. Do you want a statement piece? Are you after classic trench or a cute double breasted pea coat? There are definitely plenty of things to consider to ensure you make the right kind of purchase. Here are my tips on how to buy a winter coat that will last.

How much to spend

Coats can vary in price, according to the brand, what fabric it’s made from and even the kind of style it is. I think the best way to choose is to buy the best quality you can afford, particularly if it’s something that’s going to be worn quite regularly. It’s often worth spending a bit more to ensure that your coat is something that can be pulled into rotation every year and can withstand the constant wear.

Look for a style to suit your shape

There are so many different silhouettes to choose from when it comes to coats. You can get everything from a roomy cocoon coat to a belted style to a trench so it really does pay to try on a few different styles to determine what works for your height and shape. The way coats are cut can really vary so do a little IRL reconnaissance mission to check out what silhouette could work for you.

You can’t get more classic than a Burberry trench

Think of the rest of your wardrobe

As always versatility is key, especially with a pricey purchase such as a coat. Look at the rest of your wardrobe and see what outfits you’re likely going to need to pair the coat with. If you tend to favour really simple pieces, perhaps a coat with a print or pattern could work to lift your existing outfits? If you’re all about sharp tailoring then maybe a trench would be the ideal fit for your look? Remember it’s all about cohesion so do take into account what other things your coat will need to play with.

Choose quality fabrics

From a practical perspective choosing a fabric such as wool will not only look great, but it’s also great at keeping you warm when required and ultra breathable so you won’t feel like you’re overheating. Try and go for natural fibres as they tend to sit and look better over a period of time.

Opt for a wearable colour

Colour choice is critical when it comes to outerwear and once again this is all about what’s currently sitting in your wardrobe as much as it is about personal style. You can never go wrong with colours such as black, grey, navy, tan and cream as they’re ultra versatile. However you could also go for a brighter, more vibrant shade if you’re looking to make your coat a statement piece.

What’s your go-to coat style?

Photography: Sophia Athas

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

3rd July, 2020

While designer buys are great, most of the time it’s all about finding pieces that are affordable and fashionable. And I firmly believe we’ve got such a great range of brands on offer in Australia that it’s quite easy to snap up something new to revamp a tired wardrobe without having to spend big. Chain store buys are often the building blocks of many wardrobes for good reason: they’re on trend, affordable and offer plenty of choice.

This is why this is the first instalment of regular round-ups I’ll be doing of what’s on offer in popular chain stores. I’m planning to highlight all the great pieces that are definitely worth adding to cart right now whether it’s a basic that can work back with multiple items or a statement piece to make a simple outfit shine.

If you’re in the mood for a wardrobe update but don’t want to spend a fortune, you’ve come to the right place. There are some truly great offerings in chain stores right now which are on trend, stylish and reasonably priced. Having perused what’s on offer, here are a few options that will instantly lift your winter wardrobe, but won’t break the budget either.

This beige Country Road wool skirt is such a good staple to have. Worn with boots, it’s perfect for winter and a great alternative to pants. But it’s also easily worn with a tee or cami in summer making it easily do double duty.

I always like to look ahead to the upcoming season and this is the perfect dress to wear into spring/summer. It also comes in another colour if white isn’t your thing. And billowy sleeves are such a great feature to really lift the look of a dress.

A slouchy navy knit can never go astray in one’s winter wardrobe. Love the shape of this and it’s the ideal colour to work back with multiple pieces. Such a great, versatile piece.

I’ve spoken of straight leg jeans being the denim silhouette to have right now and this pair from Seed is such a great way to adopt the style. The wash is also a great way to freshen up a winter look.

This bobble knit is such a pretty winter warmer. Love the ribbed cuffs and the fact it can also be worn slightly cropped with high waisted jeans. The earthy tone is also one of the big colours of the season, making it a versatile staple to have.

I love the practicality of this reversible coat from Seed. One side is a beautiful plain camel colour, the other a statement check. Both are great for winter and is such a good buy considering you get two coats in one.

A great shirt never goes astray particularly in winter and this black shirt from Cotton On could easily pass for a lightweight jacket which essentially doubles its use. You could easily pair it with jeans or casual pants, or a skirt or dress further down the track.

I’m a huge fan of high waisted pants. This wide legged number would work back with so many different pieces. The fact you can wear it casually with sneaker or dress it up with flats or a great sandal gets a huge tick.

Statement dresses are a fun addition to any wardrobe and this printed number, with its long sleeves and pleated skirt make it a practical and pretty winter wardrobe purchase.

Ribbed tops are a great way to elevate basics. The hue, cut and style of this Glassons top would make it the perfect partner to a variety of different pieces, plus it’s a great price.

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Cosy cardis that are made for snuggling up in

26th June, 2020

Winter is all about dressing in your cosiest, softest clothes and without a doubt a cardigan is at the top of this list. The beautiful thing about cardigans is that they can be incorporated into your casual wardrobe, dressing up a pair of jeans and a tee, or alternatively they can seamlessly work into your favourite loungewear look. The best thing is that they’re so warm, comfy and cosy and are just made for chilly winter days.

Cardigans come in such a great range of different styles, cuts and colours that it’s easy to find one that will fit with most of your go-to looks. It’s fun to experiment with bright bold colours like pink and yellow to liven up a look but neutrals are equally as important. Stock up on colours like navy, black, grey, tan and cream and you can easily incorporate them with most of your wardrobe with minimal fuss.

So, if you’re looking to get a comfy, cosy look happening look no further than the below pieces. Happy shopping!

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Straight leg jeans are your new best (denim) friend

19th June, 2020
Photography: Sophia Athas

I spoke about denim styles a few weeks back and since then I’ve really found myself gravitating towards straight leg jeans and more relaxed silhouettes. While I’ve still got a place for more fitted jeans in my repertoire, there is something to be said for the understated, nonchalance of a great pair of high waisted straight leg jeans.

The great thing about this style is that it’s so easy to work back with different pieces you more than likely already own. You can pair it with a classic white shirt, a relaxed tee or a slouchy knit and it works equally as well. The same goes for shoes. From heels to sneakers, slides and sandals, straight leg denim works beautifully with all of them.

So if you’re looking to add to your denim collection this season I don’t think you can go past straight leg jeans. They’re cool, versatile and best of all, ultra comfortable. I wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to snap up more than one pair…

Scroll down to shop my edit of straight leg jeans — from different washes to cuts, there’s almost certainly a style to suit your taste and budget.

Photography: Sophia Athas
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Activewear that you’ll want to wear even when you’re not exercising

12th June, 2020

One of the best things that I did during iso was to get out of the house everyday to go for a run, or if the weather wasn’t great I’d do a Zoom fitness class. Exercising was one of the things that helped keep me sane being at home all the time, and I’m continuing to do it now. Without a doubt, one of the things that can sometimes help me get up and get moving is great activewear.

Exercise gear has come a long way from what it was and they’re now fashion pieces in themselves. Which is a plus as I’m able to go from running to grabbing a coffee and doing the school run if I need to, all without missing a beat. In fact, the range of fitness staples around right now is so good I’ve often taken to wearing them while working from home too.

I’m always a fan of a matching activewear set with a crop worn with leggings or bike shorts, as it’s an easy no-brainer look. Simply pair and away you go. And now with cooler temperatures, a warm jacket or jumper is a must and there are some great pieces around that can really elevate your look.

Ready to get moving? Shop my edit of fitness gear below.

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21 style buys that will update your winter wardrobe

5th June, 2020

It’s always fun at the start of a new season to add some fresh new pieces into your wardrobe to help reinvigorate existing looks. I always tend to gravitate towards cosy knits, statement coats and chic jackets as I’ve always found them to be the ideal pieces for working back with what’s in my closet. They’re essentially the building blocks of a great winter look.

I’ve always loved shopping for winter, simply because the offering just tends to tick the boxes as far as being versatile and practical, but also incorporates some fun design touches such as a great print or luxe textures that can help to transform any outfit. It’s also the best time to get into layering, which can instantly make anything you currently own feel different and also new.

So, if you’re in the mood for a few new cool weather pieces here are a few places to start. I’ve got everything from colourful jumpers to warm up in, to classic coats and ultra stylish blazers that will help pull a look together.

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You can never have too many t-shirts

31st May, 2020

T-shirts are an integral part of my look, and during isolation, I ended up wearing them non-stop—a testament to how versatile and critical they are. The one thing about tees, is that you can never have too many of the basic colours such as white, black and grey as they can be styled in so many different ways and will end up getting plenty of use all the time. Also, I tend to just repeat the process in winter and buy those shades in a long sleeved version and they will last me the entire season.

In saying that t-shirts are also a comfy way to add a bit of a statement element to your look. While plain colours are important, it’s also a great way to have fun with patterns, prints and logos. You could easily pop a logo tee under a blazer and wear it back with jeans and you’re set. It’s also easy to wear a printed tee with shorts or pants for a complete look that’s an easy option for when you need to get out the door fast.

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Come sale shopping with me and learn my strategy when it comes to snapping up a bargain

30th May, 2020

I’m a big fan of buying designer and also supporting Aussie labels, for the design but also the quality. The trade off however is that they often have price tags to match. So how do I reconcile this? I do my research on pieces I want to buy, and then snap them up during sale time,

I went to the recent Aje sale with stylist Jess Pecoraro (see video above) and thought it was a great opportunity to show you how I shop sales. Jess and I not only share our fave sale picks from the brand, but also our top tips when it comes to buying things on sale.

Some of the key things to remember are:

Snap up basics and statement pieces

It sounds like a contradiction, but sale time is the perfect opportunity to snap up quality basics and also statement pieces. The former because you definitely need to be well stocked in that department, and why not just buy them when they’re a fraction of the price? The latter, because special pieces are great to dot through our wardrobe to help elevate outfits, but key statement pieces like dresses and jackets are often quite expensive so it’s a great idea to wait until they’ve been discounted.

Focus on the building blocks of your wardrobe

I always hone in on the key building blocks of most of my looks during sale time, so I know that what I’m buying will work through the rest of my wardrobe. Some things I always try to get at sale time are: coats, jackets, blazers, denim, shirts and everyday tops. 

White shirts are always a winner

One failsafe buy, and also something a wardrobe can never have enough of is a white shirt. They’re a forever style staple, and are a great item to pick up at a sale. 

Search for separates

Look for great separates such as skirts and pants during sale time. They’re the perfect mix and match piece and you are able to get multiple looks out of your one purchase.

Pick up pieces you’ve had your eye on

While I was at the Aje sale, I spied that they had this beautiful ballerina inspired dress discounted, and it was one of my favourite pieces from Aje’s collection. I went back and forth about buying it when it was full price, but when I saw it was on sale I had to snap it up. If you ever find a statement piece but it’s out of your budget then you can often pick up at sale time. 

Black and white is always a winner

If you’re worried about buying pieces that will quickly date, opt for black and white pieces. Monochrome will always be a classic.  

Look for versatility

Trenches and coats are always great to pick up at sale time. A trench in particular is also versatile and can be worn as a dress 

Denim is always a good idea

Denim is also something to try and pick up at a sale. As it’s an every day piece so you’ll get a long way with your cost per wear. 

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Pieces that you can buy now and wear post-isolation

3rd May, 2020

With more time at home, and online shopping almost becoming a number one past time it’s easy to get caught up in buying up big when it comes to lounge wear, active wear and things that are generally made for staying in. So it pays to start thinking strategically when it comes to what you’re adding to cart.

While there’s no harm buying really comfortable pieces now, you can look for particular styles and silhouettes that will seamlessly fit into your post-isolation wardrobe. Whether it’s pieces that can be worked into your office wardrobe or elevated basics that can be utilised for a night out, there’s definitely plenty of scope to snap up things that will be able to have longevity long after lockdown is lifted (which hopefully is sooner rather than later!).

So if you’re in the mood to snap up some new pieces, here are a few great places to start.