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Best buys under $100

28th June, 2019

If pay day seems a looong way away but you’re itching for a shopping hit then you’ve come to the right place. I’ve rounded up some great buys including cute accessories to elevate a look and inexpensive occasion wear that looks expensive but in reality is less than $100.

There are some great bargains but my faves include a double breasted jacket with gold hardware that’s a little Balmain-esque in its cut and shape and a gorgeous pink Bec & Bridge midi dress that’s ideal for a wedding or other big event. And if you’re on the hunt for one of the season’s biggest must-haves, a satin skirt, the fuchsia pink Country Road number below is exactly what you’re after.

When it comes to accessories it’s all about touches of pink. Upgrade your phone case with a totally adorable Kenzo case, impress with a sleek Furla card holder or step back in time with a retro Country Road tote.

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10 things worth checking out from … Camilla and Marc

27th June, 2019

Without a doubt one of my favourite go-to designers is Camilla and Marc. They’re usually top of mind if I have an event to attend or I simply want some beautiful wardrobe updates that are on trend but maintain an overall classic feel. The brand’s aesthetic is always about structured silhouettes and all with elevated finishing touches, which is something that slots in really well into my style repertoire. I always feel really confident and polished whenever I’m wearing something from the label which is why I keep coming back to it. If you’re on the look out for some new pieces that will instantly life any existing pieces you own, look no further than these 10 things.

Como Pinafore Dress

Camilla and Marc know how to do a standout dress and this is one of them. Love the shape and the print is striking, but versatile enough that it could easily be worked back with a blazer for a polished look.

Quinn Naked Sandal

In keeping with the trend of minimalist sandals, this pair is spot on. The colour is perfect for any spring/summer outfits and looks understated and elegant.

Teddy Cross Body Bag

A crossbody bag is a great failsafe accessory to have at your disposal. The structured shape of this particular piece, along with the versatile colour ensure that you’d get plenty of wear out of it.

1064 Studio Silence 14 Necklace

Layering necklaces is always a fun way to style up an outfit and is something I do all the time. This necklace is perfect as it can easily work back with myriad looks.

Halley Turtleneck

A great knit features heavily in so many winter looks that it’s worth investing in a few bold colours to really lift a look. This apple red number is all kinds of perfect for dressing up a midi skirt or trusty denim.

Demarco Midi Dress

You can never go wrong with an LBD and this particular style is ideal—simple enough to be able to transform according to the occasion but elegant and sophisticated so it’s guaranteed to hold its own.

Aira Skirt

Neutrals are huge this season which is great for wardrobe versatility, and a skirt such as this will serve you well. Easily dressed up or down, you’re guaranteed to get plenty of use out of it.

Adams Tee

A classic striped tee adds a touch of polished French sensibility to any look. This tee will be able to take you through to spring/summer and beyond.

Faith Topstitch Twill Blazer

A belted blazer is one of the key trends of winter and this particular silhouette will work well to dress up any ensemble.

Elise Navy Shirting Dress

You can always rely on a shirt dress for a polished look. Love the understated feel of this as it allows you to be able to work it in different ways.

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What’s on my shopping wish list this month

14th June, 2019

I am heading off to Daydream Island for a family holiday which has got me in a serious resort wear vibe. And whilst it’s been fun playing with lots of layering now that winter’s here, I’ve always got a soft spot for easy breezy summer dressing. There’s just something about effortless, laidback looks that’s always so great to shop for. So here’s a peek at what I’ve been wanting to snap up for my trip—and for a head start on my summer wardrobe.

Bare Leather Sandals, The Row

These shoes are everywhere at the moment and I’ve been stuck for which colour to get. I’m leaning towards this beautiful pink shade to add a hint of playfulness to a look. And let’s face it, a comfy heel is always a good idea.

Solitaire Belted Ribbed Seersucker Swimsuit, Hunza G

I am really loving one piece swimsuits and this brand does some gorgeous seersucker styles which look classic and modern. Also show me swimwear with a cute belt and I’m there.

Penny Earrings, Amber Sceats

These shell earrings are perfect for my holiday. I think they’re quite fun and are just the thing to dress up a day look or add an element of interest for an after dark outfit.

Outta Love Sunglasses, Le Specs

You know I’ve got a weak spot for great sunglasses and this oval pair by Le Specs are an affordable way to accessorise a summery look.

Paula’s Ibiza Medium Leather-Trimmed Woven Raffia Tote, Loewe

Straw bags are very much having a moment and are made for beach holidays. Love the size and the interesting asymmetrical handle of this particular piece.

Mika off-the-shoulder Tencel and Linen-Blend Midi Dress, Mara Hoffman

Off the shoulder styles are super flattering so I’m always drawn to them whenever I’m trying to pull together a holiday wardrobe. Love the cut and voluminous sleeves on this particular dress. I can see myself wearing this from the beach to the bar.

After Fil Coupe Silk-Blend Georgette Pareo, Eres

Wrap skirts are perfect for vacation wear and I love how sophisticated this particular piece is. The elegant draping and moss green shade work beautifully together and would be a dream with a cami or even a relaxed tee.

Honour Belted Linen Wide-Leg Pants, Zimmermann

Wide leg pants are just the right vibe for resort wear. I love anything in a crisp white when it comes to great beach attire and linen is made for days spent enjoying the sun.

Verity Cropped Grosgrain-trimmed Floral Print Linen Top, Zimmermann

The sleeves, the print, the cut—I love it all! This is great piece that can be worn with the simplest of items whether its denim or a neutral pant and work together to create a look that has impact.

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Style update: 10 things to add to your winter wardrobe

12th June, 2019
A beautiful suit is always a good idea

Now that we’re officially in winter it’s time to take stock of your wardrobe and see what seasonal updates you might need to take you through the next few months. What I like about this time of year is that it’s the ideal opportunity to experiment with layering, getting cosy in beautiful knits and rocking a gorgeous statement coat. If you’re looking to add some on trend touches to your look, here are a few buys worth adding to your shopping list.

A suit

Suiting has firmly planted itself as a style must-have and it’s definitely a fashion investment worth making. A good quality suit will take you through many an occasion, from work to an event, and will guarantee you always look polished. Don’t be afraid to have fun with bold colours—a suit these days is anything but boring.

Textured pieces

Fashion is getting tactile with texture being a major player this season. Think corduroy and luxe velvet. Expect to see it in everything from jackets to pants and skirts.

When it comes to coats you can afford to go a little bit extra
Supersized statement coat

Coats are a staple of any winter wardrobe, especially of the statement variety. Think outerwear that’s bold and impactful. This season a coat isn’t just a last minute addition but a key component of a look.

Animal print

It’s time to get wild with animal print. Think leopard, cheetah and ocelot prints for adding a punchy element to any look. If you’re only going to add one piece to your wardrobe this season, definitely consider a leopard print midi skirt. It’s versatile and so on trend.

Utilitarian boots are a comfy update for your shoe wardrobe
Utilitarian style ankle boot

Boots that have a strong silhouette, think sturdy looking with buckles and straps are the way to go this season. They’re great for adding a grounding element to dainty, feminine pieces.

Polished trousers

In keeping with the trend towards suits, look for polished tailored trousers to give your winter outfits a chic touch. Dress it up or down with a tee or a blouse and change up the vibe of any look.

Puffy sleeves

Volume is a key trend to look out for. I saw plenty of shirts with puffy sleeves at Fashion Week and they’re a fun, wearable way to dress up your favourite pair of jeans.

I can’t live without a room tote bag
Roomy tote bag

We’ve been embracing teeny tiny bags of late but that doesn’t mean there’s not a place in our lives for a good ol’ fashioned roomy tote. A welcome accessory for those whose list of essentials each day is numerous.

Belted blazer

I’ve always said blazers are a wardrobe necessity but this season they’re getting a fun update by being cinched in with a belt.

Oversized cashmere sweater

Anyone who has ever felt just how ridiculously comfy and luxe a cashmere sweater is will agree this is definitely a style update worth making. Invest in a few staple colours and you’ll have them for seasons to come.

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How to make fashion purchases you’ll always love

8th June, 2019

When it comes to shopping it’s easy to get caught up in the process and end up with something that you may only be interested in for a short period of time. It’s these purchases that often end up gathering dust in your wardrobe and ultimately wind up on a ‘to throw away’ pile in the not too distant future. These purchases often add up and once you’ve done a final tally you’ll often realise (much to your dismay) that you could have bought a big ticket item that you truly love.

So how can you go about making sure you end up buying things that you won’t fall out of love with in a week? Here are some key things to keep in mind:

Do some research

Shop around and check out what’s available out there. Whether it’s shoes or a dress you might find that you had one particular style in mind but once you’ve looked further you may find another style that you love even more.

Give yourself a cooling off period

Regretful purchases notoriously happen when you’ve seen something and immediately snap it up without giving it much further thought. Sometimes these purchases work out but more often than not you could end up something that you’ll lose interest in.

This is why it’s important to give yourself a cooling off period. If something catches your eye, sleep on it and reassess in the morning. If you’re still thinking about it then buy it. You’ll know it’s true love when you can’t get it out of your head.

Do the wardrobe test

Ask yourself if what you’re about to buy will realistically work with the rest of your wardrobe. Think about where you could wear it to, what you can wear it with and how many outfits you could pull together now if it were sitting in your wardrobe. If your answer to any of those questions is a bit sketchy then it might be worth reconsidering.

Consider cost per wear

Bear in mind that something is not cheap (even if it’s on sale and been reduced drastically) if you only end up wearing it once. That’s why I always factor in cost per wear whenever I’m buying anything.

Sometimes it can be easy to opt for something that may be slightly cheaper but not what you truly want however if you find that it hardly gets used then you’re not getting value for money. The same goes for buying something super expensive but then finding you barely wear it.

It makes much more sense to hang out for something you truly love. If something works out to be expensive but then you end up wearing it to death and the cost per wear ultimately ends up being $2 a day then you’re definitely onto a winner.

 

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18 awesome sweaters to help you get cosy in style

7th June, 2019

It has been freezing in Sydney the last few days so I’ve definitely had stocking up on every cosy thing imaginable on my mind. I’ve been wanting to update my winter woolies repertoire (and replaced a few jumpers that are looking tired) so I have been busy scoping out a few of my favourite stores for sweaters. I tend to have a lot of neutral, versatile pieces in my closet but I’m also on board with a bold knit or two to help lift an outfit. From vibrant colours, interesting prints to beautiful finishing touches such as a striking sleeve or textured finishes, warming up this winter is proving to be anything but boring.

Shop my edit of sweaters below…

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Statement coats that will help you warm up in style

31st May, 2019

Temperatures have really started to drop of late so it’s put me in the mood to look for a brand new coat. And one of the best ways to really take a winter outfit in a fun, vibrant direction is with a statement coat. Whilst the classic shades such as black, navy and camel have their place, I think it’s always nice to have a coat with special touches whether it’s a striking pattern, interesting textures or great finishing details. Also given that you will have to wear a coat all the time for the next few months it pays to have one that lifts your ensemble and gives it a standout feature.

I’ve rounded up a few of my favourite coat styles for you to check out—from a bright splash of colour to a slightly different silhouette, there’s definitely plenty to fall in love with. Prepare to cosy up and get warm in style.

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10 things worth checking out from…Uniqlo

30th May, 2019

I’ve worked with Uniqlo in the past because I love how they do practical, wearable basics. I’ve often said that good basics are the building blocks of a functional wardrobe and that’s something that Uniqlo do really well. Their designs are simple which means that they’re easily worked back with numerous looks. And one thing I particularly love is that they stock everything in several different colours, so if you find a particular piece that you like then you can easily get it in different shades. If your style repertoire could do with an update, here are a few pieces to considering adding to cart this month.

Ultra Light Down Vest

Puffer vests are great at this time of year as they keep you warm but aren’t overly bulky like a jacket can be. I’ll often throw on a puffer vest over my activewear and I can happily run around in that for a day where I have multiple errands to run.

Cable Long Sweater

I love the texture that a cable knit sweater adds to an outfit. It’s a classic pairing with jeans or a skirt, and it’s also super cosy to boot.

Vintage Wide Belt

Belts are one of those handy accessories to have. Add them to an outfit and you can easily change up its look or feel by cinching in a silhouette or accentuating a particular aspect of an outfit. This one has a nice vintage look to it.

Rayon Long Sleeve Blouse

These blouses are ideal for work or play. A button down makes for a sophisticated addition to an office ensemble, but pair it with jeans and you have yourself a polished casual look.

Cashmere Scarf

I often carry a cashmere scarf when I’m travelling as it’s unbelievably cosy. It’s a luxe way to keep warm and it’s so soft you’ll wonder how you ever did without one.

Mercerized Cotton A Line Mini Dress

This is one of those building block pieces that’s great to have in your wardrobe. Throw on a cardi or a denim jacket and you have yourself a polished off duty look.

High Waisted Tuck Wide Pants

High waisted pants are a great work look that’s easily changed up by adding a different blouse or throwing on a jacket. It’s also an all year round type of piece so you’ll get plenty of wear out of it.

Denim Jersey Skirt

A white skirt looks effortlessly chic and this is an affordable way to add one to your wardrobe. It’s also easily paired with numerous colours making it a versatile piece to have.

Linen Cotton Wide Cropped Pants

Linen pants are so unbelievably comfortable and this style is really on trend right now. Pop on a tee and throw on some sneakers and you’re ready for whatever the weekend throws your way.

Blocktech Soutien Collar Coat

Love the neutral hue of this particular coat as it makes it so versatile. Also the hood is a cute feature.

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What I will never scrimp on in my wardrobe

25th May, 2019

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My wardrobe is an eclectic mix of different pieces at various price points but there are definitely special pieces that I have splurged on. I have always believed in being a discernible shopper and not just purchasing things on a whim so I’m quite strategic in my approach to shopping. I always do my research and will keep an eye out for sales both in store and online as there’s nothing quite like getting a piece you’ve been coveting at half price! That said, there are certain things that I will never scrimp on simply because these pieces are the workhorses of my wardrobe and need to be the best quality possible.

Shoes

Given how much time we spend in them I think shoes have always been a worthwhile investment. Finding good quality shoes will mean that they stand up to the daily wear and tear we put our footwear through and won’t require replacing or repairing as often. I’ve often rationalised that buying a slightly more expensive pair of shoes will often be better value for money than buying several cheaper pairs that will need to be replaced sooner.

Bags

I don’t buy them often so when I do I make sure that a bag is well made, from quality materials and of a style that will remain a classic for years to come. I’m all about quality not quantity in my wardrobe so I’d rather hang out for a slightly more expensive bag that I know will have plenty of longevity than go for an of-the-moment fix. For example I have a Chanel bag that I have had for years and that I still wear regularly and is still in great shape simply because of the craftsmanship that has gone into it. The same goes for my Givenchy bag (above) which I use all the time and I know because it’s so well made I’ll be able to wear it season after season.

Coats

I’ll happily scrimp on things like t-shirts and jeans but outerwear is something I will always willingly splurge on because of the number of times I’ll wear each item. Coats in particular are something I like to purchase each season and will wear throughout the cooler months so I always make sure it’s a classic style, made from a quality fabric such as wool as I will wear it day after day.

Jackets

I regularly wear jackets so I will make sure to buy the best quality that I can as I wear them so often. I have a Balmain blazer that I remember trawling the internet for for years before I finally snapped it up on sale but it’s the kind of strategic purchase I don’t regret one bit as I wear it to death. And yes, it’s definitely more expensive than your average blazer but I often think of things from a cost per wear basis and have definitely got value for money out of this particular buy.

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Best Buys under $100

24th May, 2019

If it’s been that kind of a week and you want a little pick-me-up in the form of a new fashion purchase then you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re after a new addition to your winter wardrobe or a fun accessory to add the perfect finishing touch to an existing look, I’ve rounded up some great buys that will set you back only $100 or less.

Soft Shirt by Country Road

Image from Country Road

A white shirt is always a welcome addition to any wardrobe as it’s such an enduring classic. This relaxed style is perfect for a polished off duty look.

Damn! square-frame acetate sunglasses by Le Specs

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Love the shape of these as they feel so fresh and modern. Great looking sunnies that look more expensive than they actually are. Don’t worry it’s our little secret…

High Waist Skinny Jean by Seed Heritage

Image from Seed Heritage

You either fall into the high waisted camp or you don’t and I definitely fall into the former. This is a great silhouette for rocking with a shirt or a tee.

Pendleton Black Croc Chain Bag by Dissh

Image from Dissh

A chain bag is always a sophisticated addition to any wardrobe. Black and gold is a forever stylish colour combination so this bag definitely ticks all the boxes.

London Collar by Amber Sceats

Image from David Jones

If you want to dress up a casual look or simply elevate an after dark ensemble, this collar is the accessory you need.

Olivia Hair Clip by Witchery

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Hair clips are really having a moment and this marbled style with its gorgeous colour palette will prettify any ‘do.

Half Sleeve T-shirt by Country Road

Image from Country Road

This is a great staple for working back with everything from pants to jeans. It’s just the right shape, colour and style to be extremely versatile.

Cord Mini Skirt by Country Road

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Corduroy is definitely making a comeback so if you want to dip your toe into the trend, this rust hued skirt is a good place to start.

Button Through Shirt by Witchery

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This is shirt is such a good buy—it’s a great colour and it drapes beautifully. It’s a match made in heaven with jeans.

Kelly set of two tortoiseshell resin hair clips by Valet

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Tortoiseshell is such a classic and this set of clips will instantly make any hairstyle look right on trend.

Outta Love oval-frame tortoiseshell acetate sunglasses by Le Specs

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If you’re on the hunt for a pair of sunglasses that can work back with virtually everything in your closet then this Le Specs pair is a definite must.

Bronze iPhone case by The Daily Edited

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Every phone deserves a good home, right? This bronze case by TDE has a luxe feel, and finished with monogrammed initials it looks ultra expensive without being so.