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What I Wore: 2018 Stakes Day

10th November, 2018

Of all the days in the Melbourne Cup Carnival, Stakes Day is the most relaxed so I wanted to change things up a bit and veer away from dress territory. I couldn’t resist these pastel yellow pants and dramatic top by Jacquemus. The colour is fun and vibrant — perfect for a spring racing event. The top with its asymmetric silhouette and statement tie also adds a touch of drama to the look.

I was immediately sold when I saw these Ferragamo heels, most especially the gold column heel which adds a glamorous detail to such an understated design. In keeping with the trend for all things raffia, I opted for this Miu Miu clutch which has a light, summery feel and provided the perfect complementary accessory to the suit.

With such a strong outfit, I wanted to add some slightly softer pieces when it came to my jewellery. The pendant and bracelet from Chaumet features an adorable bow design, whilst the ring (which I also wore to Melbourne Cup) features a sweet floral design, all pieces that I think add a distinctly feminine, yet still understated feel to my look. To top off my look I went for a simple black straw hat by Nerida Winter—a sleek design that was the perfect finishing touch.

Credits: Pants & Top, Jacquemus; Bag, Miu Miu; Shoes (in black), Ferragamo; Headpiece, Nerida Winter; Jewellery, Chaumet

Photography: Dan Castano

This post was produced in collaboration with Net-a-Porter

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What I Wore: 2018 Oaks Day

8th November, 2018

For the most feminine of dress codes it was a no-brainer: I had to wear pink. Oaks Day is ladies’ day which means lots of soft shades and florals and a ladylike silhouette. Whilst the midi length is great for the races the bubblegum pink shade adds a touch of fun and a vibrancy that makes this look stand out. I also love the satin which has a fluidity to it that gives it a glamorous feel. Additionally I was drawn to the strong shoulders which are a little 80s (in a good way!) which gives the the dress a touch of attitude.

I wanted to avoid going too girly with this particular look so I needed a shoe that had a bit more edge. These Tabitha Simmons leopard print heels were an obvious choice — they’re playful and fun with a touch of sexiness. When it came to my bag I wanted to go for something a little more structured and couldn’t pass up the new vertical clutch from The Daily Edited. It has an optional strap which I always really like for racing events as it gives me the option to go hands free if I need to and I’m the first to admit that I have a soft spot for anything personalised.

As for the final finishing touches I went with some gorgeous pieces from jeweller Chaumet – a beautiful ring and earrings which completed my look. Wearing such a bold colour I wanted to keep my headwear quite simple and once again opted for a Nerida Winter piece, this time around a simple, understated number incorporating elegant pink netting with subtle black accents. It was the ideal ladylike look with a modern edge throughout.

Credits: Dress, Dolce & Gabbana; Shoes, Tabitha Simmons (old season); Bag, The Daily Edited; Jewellery, Chaumet; Headpiece, Nerida Winter

Photography: Sophia Athas

This post was produced in collaboration with Net-a-Porter

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The making of my Melbourne Cup look

6th November, 2018

I love a fashion challenge and I have to say that every year, dressing for Melbourne Cup day is one of them. I have multiple professional commitments throughout the day so I need to ensure that I get my outfit just right. This year, I was lucky enough to once again work with Net-a-Porter to pull together my look which admittedly makes things so much easier. It’s one of my absolute favourite shopping destinations and they are always guaranteed to have multiple pieces for me to fall in love with. I had a busy few weeks leading up to Melbourne Cup so I enlisted the help of one of my favourite stylists, Jess Pecoraro to help me with pulling looks together for a few of the key dates in the Melbourne Cup Carnival, most especially Cup Day.

I knew I wanted to wear something bright and bold as I always like to have fun with my outfit at Melbourne Cup. After trying a few different dresses on, I eventually zeroed in on the floral Miu Miu dress I wore today. I liked the long hemline which is a little different to my other Cup Day looks over the past few years. We were playing around with the dress and actually found that we could adjust the straps to create an off-the-shoulder/bateau neckline so I ended up going with it as it had a really flattering effect.

There were a few heels we were tossing up between that were already in my closet but how could I resist wearing a pair of amazing Salvatore Ferragamo wedges? It had such an interesting shape I thought it added a great element of interest to my overall look. I also liked the gold heel and the strap across the foot echoing the look of a mule. It really grounded the colourful nature of the dress and its bold print.

As for my accessories, we tried a few different bag options and considered working with a few different headpiece styles and colours but I really loved the way my bag and oversized picked up a few of the subtle colours in my dress.

After we had decided on some looks, I did a final fitting in my home with Jess (with my kids providing a great audience!) to ensure that everything worked together — dress, shoes, bag, the lot. I always like doing this as I want to take a final look at what I’m wearing as a whole and make sure there’s cohesion and everything is spot on. And lucky for me, I found a look I loved for yet another year.

One of my super cute style advisors

I adored the vivid and colourful vibe of this dress

Aren’t they so amazing? Such a different silhouette

View from above

Jess helping me try on another dress option

Trying on shoes (and a sneak peek at one of my other looks)

Decisions, decisions…A girl can never have too many shoes, right?

 

 

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What I Wore: 2018 Melbourne Cup

6th November, 2018

I cannot believe Melbourne Cup is here again! It’s always one of the most exciting days on the spring racing calendar and I look forward to it every year. When it comes to this particular day the fashion brief is loads of colour and definitely more scope to push the boundaries. I wanted to do something that was vibrant and fun and couldn’t resist this floral Miu Miu dress. The punchy green and oversized flowers and paint splatters work together to create a striking effect. I decided to wear the dress with the straps worn slightly off the shoulder but they can also be worn straight which I love as it offers a little extra versatility with the dress. The ruching at the side is also a big plus as it always gives a really flattering effect.

I saw these Ferragamo wedge mules and instantly knew they would be perfect for the day. The wedge/mule hybrid is a little different and adds an interesting silhouette to my look. Additionally I loved the gold panel on the heel which is a great complementary shade to the green of my dress. Bright and bold really was the main theme throughout this look and the pink Bvlgari Serpenti bag added another pop of colour that further lifted the look.

Adding the final finishing touch to my look were the most beautiful pieces from the jeweller, Chaumet. I was particularly enamoured by the Hortensia Malachite earrings which perfectly complemented my dress and added an elegant and understated element to my outfit. With all the prints and colour in my outfit I wanted to keep my headpiece quite simple and one of my favourite milliners Nerida Winter definitely delivered. The cream oversized bow gave my look a statement feature from behind and was the ideal feature piece to cap off my Melbourne Cup ensemble.

Credits: Dress, Miu Miu; Shoes, Ferragamo; Bag, Bvlgari; Jewellery, Chaumet; Headpiece, Nerida Winter

Photography: Sophia Athas

This post was produced in collaboration with Net-a-Porter

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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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How to ensure your look goes the distance at the races

31st October, 2018

Being at the races is great fun but it can also be a long day. This is why it’s key that you ensure your look is able to go the distance and still look as great as it did when you first arrived. There’s nothing worse than looking dishevelled after a few hours when you’ve still got the whole day ahead of you. Having gone to countless racing events over the years, this is what I’ve found will ensure your look still looks fresh throughout the day.

Break in your shoes

I cannot stress this point enough. Wear your shoes a number of times before the actual day so it’s comfortably broken in. You don’t want to be dealing with major blisters from heels right out of the box on a day that you’ll likely be walking and on your feet for hours.

Choose a heel height that you can last in

It’s not compulsory to wear sky high stilettos to the races so don’t force yourself to do it if you’re going to be uncomfortable. There are so many gorgeous shoes available at varying heel heights to choose from so if you think you’ll be hobbling around in agony with a super high heel then opt for one that’s a little shorter. Also wear something with a thicker, sturdier heel as you don’t want to be sinking into the grass throughout the day.

Opt for a bag that has a strap

A clutch is great but it can admittedly become tedious carrying it around for hours, especially when you’re trying to eat something and have a drink but don’t have a hand free to do both. One thing I like doing is bringing a bag with me that has a hidden strap that I can use to go hands-free if I need to.

Keep makeup to a minimum

As the races are a day time event your makeup should be quite subtle and understated anyway but I’ve found that this has an additional benefit: less touch ups. By keeping your makeup quite simple then you won’t risk having it smudge away throughout the course of the day and you won’t have to spend an inordinate amount of time touching up in the bathroom when you could be enjoying yourself.

Choose comfortable headwear

It’s annoying having to constantly adjust your headpiece so I always like to wear pieces that I know will stay put. If you don’t fancy devoting time to fixing a fascinator that’s become askew, then a great hat, a headband or a turban is great for this reason.

Tell me—are you going to any racing events? How do you keep your look fresh?

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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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Your guide to spring racing dress codes

29th October, 2018

There are a few key days in the spring racing carnival calendar that will require you to dress in a certain way. It’s important to respect these dress codes and choose an outfit fitting of the day. One of the key things to remember is that whatever look you go for is that it maintain an element of polish. So leave overly casual things like denim and sneakers at home and instead enjoy this opportunity to get dressed up. Make sure that you’re comfortable in what you’re wearing  as a day at the races can be long so you don’t want to constantly be fidgeting or adjusting something or worse having to hobble along in uncomfortable heels for the rest of the day. It’s a big no-no to take your shoes off at the races so be sure to have broken them in beforehand and have put in additional padding to make walking or standing for long periods do-able. Overall take advantage of the fact you get to wear a great outfit and just enjoy the day!

Derby Day

Derby Day has a black and white dress code. You can either go for an all black or all white ensemble with accessories in either colour. Monochrome is a great colour palette to work with as it looks so chic and it’s relatively easy to pull pieces together given the colour scheme.

 

Melbourne Cup

As far as spring racing carnival go, Melbourne Cup is the day to go bold. It’s all about colour so you can either go for a vibrant shade or print. Don’t be afraid to push the boundaries a little and be sure to have fun with your look —this is the day for it.

Oaks Day

Oaks Day is ladies day so the dress code is quite pretty and feminine. This is the time to embrace florals and soft pastels. Keep this theme going throughout your accessories and go for accoutrements that incorporate a slightly girly touch such as bold flowers or bows.

 

Stakes Day

There’s no formal dress code for Stakes Day but it is family day so it’s the most casual and relaxed of all the key dates in the spring racing calendar. Whilst there’s no strict colour scheme or stipulations on what should be worn on the day it’s still important that whatever outfit you choose is polished and elegant.

 

 

 

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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.