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What I Wore: Spring Finery

26th October, 2019

Spring time always has me seeking out beautiful dresses — I think it’s just the perfect time of year to embrace them, particularly when they feature a great print or interesting embellishments. It’s precisely why I was drawn to this navy and white Alessandra Rich dress, the sweet bow print and the crystal buttons give it a really feminine touch. The subtly ruched skirt and the elbow length sleeves evoke a hint of 50s styling which I really love.

I decided to complement the look with white strappy heels by Billini to pick up the hints of white in the dress, plus their streamlined, minimalist feel still allows the frock to be the focal point. I’m embracing the hair accessories trend of late and love this cluster of clips by Alessandra Rich. It adds a glam touch to an otherwise quite pared back and classic look and I think you can’t go wrong with a hint of bling here and there!

Shop the Look:

Dress: Button-Embellished Printed Silk-Jacquard Maxi Dress, Alessandra Rich | Net-A-Porter

Shoes: Dalton White, Billini

Hairpiece: Set of Three Silver-Tone and Crystal Hair Slides, Alessandra Rich | Net-A-Porter

Date with Kate

Date with Kate: Emma Freedman

8th November, 2015

Breakfast with Emma Freedman. Photo: Janie Barrett

Breakfast with Emma Freedman. Photo: Janie Barrett

Emma Freedman is an Australian television personality and radio presenter. She is also the daughter of five-time Melbourne Cup-winning horse trainer Lee Freedman. Emma, 26, talks to me about winning Dancing with the Stars this year, her new radio venture and, as an ambassador for David Jones, her love of fashion on the field during racing season.

What’s a day in the life of you?

At the moment, a day in the life would be getting up pretty early to exercise. So, yoga, run, Pilates, something like that, wanting to try and keep my dancer’s figure. And at the moment I’m going through the second edit of my young-adults novel called Turning Pointes. It’s about a ballet school and for nine- to 13-year-old girls.

What was it like to win Dancing with the Stars?

It was a big win and we weren’t expecting it. I had worked really hard. But I think the biggest thing that I got out of it was the incredible friends you make on the show, because you’re all going through this really weird ride together and having to kind of muster up the courage to get out there and … perform a dance you’ve learnt three days before.

You say you had to muster the courage … were you able to let go?

Totally. Everyone is used to seeing you in gumboots in the morning weather and there you are [dancing] … and it’s like, “Here’s my body, Australia” [laughs].

Are you enjoying your new radio role as host of The Scoopla Show and national drive news presenter on 2DayFM? 

Radio is awesome because I can go in dressed mostly in whatever I want. It’s delivering news or entertainment news and you’ve got to make it a bit engaging. People want to be able to listen to you and have an image in their mind as to what you’re talking about. So I like that creative element.

Everyone was shocked when you left Channel 9.

Yes, everyone was very shocked, including myself! When everyone asks me still what happened, I can only kind of tell them what I know, which is that it was budget cuts and possibly a different direction for the couple of shows that I was working on.

Do you miss live TV?

I do, but I don’t at the same time. I get my live fix each night with radio because it’s an adrenalin rush.

You and your family are heavily involved with racing. What were your commitments during the Spring Carnival?

My big two projects were with David Jones on Caulfield Cup Day and then Lexus Design Pavilion on Derby and Cup.

Do you prefer the fashion or the racing side when it comes to races?

Oh, that’s like the hardest question in the world. It’s like choosing between children. I do love the racing side, to be honest. I love that kind of old-world feel, that kind of tradition that racing has around it as a sport – and particularly this time of year, I think. I’m so full of admiration for all the trainers and jockeys and owners and everyone who works at the stables across the country … I do love the fashion side of it as well though, obviously, and I think that’s only natural for a young woman to have a kind of fondness for that part of racing. But it would be by the shortest of like half-noses; racing as a sport would win over fashion.

You have done many interesting stories in your journalistic career. What’s the most memorable moment for you?

One of my most amazing was hosting a show last year with Usain Bolt. And then, one of the stories that I’m most proud of that I put to air was a profile piece on Tommy Berry, who I absolutely adore. If he has a winner on a big day, I still text him and he always replies back. He’s such a sweetheart. And then, in the last kind of eight or nine months, I guess, I’m just really proud that I was able to get back on the horse quickly with Jules [Lund, her co-host on The Scoopla Show]. I don’t often say I’m proud of myself because I’m so self-critical and I’m quite a big perfectionist. But I, honestly, can look back on that process and say, “I gave it everything”.

If you could have any job in media, what would be your dream role?

Honestly, I kind of think about things differently nowadays; I don’t think of like a one role that I would love. But I think of areas that I’d love to work in more. For me, whether it’s radio or television, like the live format is just, I want to keep doing it. Racing and sport, they’re both areas that I love and then I’ve developed knowledge and a keen interest in.

Who do you look up to and admire?

I think Edwina Bartholomew – her work, right at the moment, is through the roof. I’ve seen it first-hand and I think she’s just an amazing woman to do what she does. Bruce McAvaney – obviously he’s just the Dwayne of sport – I love how he stuck to his guns over the years. What he does works for him. He has become this figure of like eternal knowledge. He works so hard at it. In radio, I do look up to Jules. He’ll love me saying that. But he’ll also be embarrassed by that at the same time. Jules is like a hard worker. But he is a really kind soul.

What do you do in your spare time?

I’m so boring – I don’t have any weird hobbies. But, mostly, I exercise. I eat great food and cook great food – not always great in terms of quality, but in terms of nutritional value. I have a good glass of red, watch the footy, hang out with friends.

 

WE WENT TO The Boathouse, Balmoral Beach.

WE ATE Market fruit plate with yoghurt and honey; avocado and tomato on charred toast with goat’s curd and fresh basil; buttermilk scones.

WE DRANK Mixed fruit juices.

EMMA WORE A Camilla and Marc dress and Scanlan Theodore boots.

I WORE a Zara shirt and Skin and Threads jeans.

 

 

Fashion, What I Wore

What I Wore: Derby Day

3rd November, 2014


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Dress: Lanvin

Headpiece: Dolce and Gabbana

Heels: Aquazzura

Luke: Dressed in Farage

 

 

Fashion

Shop The Look: Racewear Luxe for Less

31st October, 2014

If you are heading to the races but you don’t want to break the bank here are some great options for this Melbourne Cup Carnival.

 

ASOSSexy Bra Pencil DressMichael Lo Sordo Fantail Bonded Dressksubi Short Sleeve Stretch DressAKIN by Ginger & Smart Cuts Both Ways Flared Skirt DressASOS Midi Dress In Oversized Animal Print – Multi

 

 

ASOS Pretty Flower and Faux Pearl Veil Headband – CreamRock ‘N Rose Penelope Floral Crown Headband – PinkLimited Edition Bow Veil Headband – NavyASOS Faux Pearl Headband with Veil – MultiASOS Garden Party Veil Headband – MultiLimited Edition Bow Veil Headband – Pink

 

 

ASOS PETITE Exclusive Drop Waist Metallic Dress – WineASOS Sexy V Neck Dress With Double SleeveFinders Keepers Winterbirds DressASOS Lace Top Bardot Pencil DressASOS CURVE Exclusive Salon Dress With Scallop Edge Applique

 

Social

Moët & Chandon Spring Champion Stakes Day

29th October, 2014

Jodi & Braith Anasta

Jodi & Braith Anasta

The Moët & Chandon Spring Champion Stakes Day is one of the biggest days of the Sydney carnival, renown for its glamorous fashion and top class racing. See all the VIP action from the track…

Sarah Donaldson

Sarah Donaldson

Zanita Whittington

Zanita Whittington

Ronan Keating & Storm Uechtritz

Ronan Keating & Storm Uechtritz

Margaret Zhang

Margaret Zhang

Ksenja Urlich & Hugh Bragg

Ksenja Urlich & Hugh Bragg

Ksenja Lukich & Guest

Me & the Fashion Bloggers gals: Margaret Zhang, Zanita Whittington, Sarah Donaldson

Me & the Fashion Bloggers gals: Margaret Zhang, Zanita Whittington, Sarah Donaldson

Me & the Fashion Bloggers gals: Margaret Zhang, Zanita Whittington, Sarah Donaldson

Me & the Fashion Bloggers gals: Margaret Zhang, Zanita Whittington, Sarah Donaldson

with my husband Luke Ricketson

Kate Waterhouse & Luke Ricketson

Jodi Anasta

Jodi Anasta

Emma Birdsall

Emma Birdsall

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Fashion, What I Wore

Spring Racing: Melbourne Cup

13th October, 2014

 

Melbourne Cup day is all about having fun with your outfit so opt for bold and bright colours and make a statement with your headpiece. This season I’m loving this Camilla and Marc dress, which I teamed with Nerida Winter pom pom hat. If you can’t find accessories to match the exact colour of your dress or headpiece then don’t stress as black and metallic’s are great options this season.

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Fashion, What I Wore

Spring Racing: Derby day

9th October, 2014

 

Spring racing is here and Derby Day is my favourite day of the carnival because I love the tradition of black and white attire. But this season it’s all about white-on-white! I think head-to-toe white is such an elegant look as it really makes you stand out against the sea of black.  If you want to keep to tradition you can still incorporate a monochrome look with a hint of black through your accessories.

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Fashion, Social

The Lexus Design Pavilion at Flemington

12th November, 2013

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The Lexus Design Pavilion was the place to be over the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

VIP guests who attended included Naomi Campbell, Lara Bingle, Christine Centenera, Neil Perry, Jamie Durie, Kelly Landry, Eddie McGuire, Tim Robard (The Bachelor), Camilla Freeman-Topper and The Veronicas.

All guests enjoyed the unique and luxurious hospitality elements throughout the Lexus Design Pavilion, which showcased creative excellence in collaboration with distinguished interior practice, Hecker Guthrie.

Lexus Ambassador, Neil Perry and Simon Denton collaborated with the brand on food, while Jamie Durie helped with the look and design of the ‘Sky Deck’, where guests could enjoy a cocktail while getting a 360 degree view of the racetrack.

Photography: Jim Lee

Fashion

Accessorise in style this Spring

10th October, 2013

OTR_4298 OTR_4299 OTR_4301To celebrate the launch of the Spring Racing carnival, online accessories boutique, offtherunway.com.au, has teamed up with Australia’s premier Milliner, ATC ambassador and official milliner, Nerida Winter to offer Sydney racegoers a one-stop shopping destination to accessorise this Spring Carnival.

If you’re planning a trip to the track this carnival, this is the first and only place you will need to visit to find the finishing touches for your outfit. With exquisite and unique Millinery designs by Nerida Winter, you will also find an enviable collection of designer bags, jewellery and sunglasses from offtherunway.com.au.

With accessories from International brands including Marni, Diane von Furstenberg, Anton Heunis and Mawi, and stunning millinery designs from Nerida, there will be no excuse for not looking your best come race day!

If you would like advice on your race day outfit, Emma Lunn, celebrity stylist and founder of offtherunway.com.au can be booked for private styling consultations. Visit the Nerida Winter store at 3/23-25 Bay Street, Double Bay to view the collections.