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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

Photography by: Sophia Athas, Hatrik

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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