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What I Wore: Statement Stripes

20th February, 2018

Dresses are always an easy option simply because it requires zero further thought in terms of having to think of what top will match with which bottom. Whenever I wear one I just throw on accessories and I’m done.

This Maggie Marilyn dress is particularly great as I love that it manages to combine a few interesting finishes in one with out it being over the top. The simple slip dress silhouette is elevated by the mixture of statement stripes in candy shades along with the ruffles along the top (if you like this here’s another way to combine the stripes and ruffles, I also like this look) which all add up to a dramatic, yet wearable style.  

It’s really a must to let a dress such as this to be the focal point of an ensemble so I opted to keep things quite simple. Metallic Maje slides are the ideal complementary colour whilst neutral accessories in the form a blush Mimco bag and black sunglasses are understated and don’t overwhelm such a standout piece.

Tell me—are you a fan of statement dresses? Do you like mixing different finishing details such as stripes and ruffles?

Credits: Dress, Maggie Marilyn; Bag, Mimco; Slides, Maje; Sunglasses, Mimco 

Photography: Sophia Athas

 

 

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What I Wore: Between the lines

6th February, 2018

During a recent trip to Melbourne I was in the mood to wear something quite feminine and bold so I ended up taking this Rebecca Vallance top and skirt combination with me. I love the nautical striped pattern on both, which gives a relaxed, resort wear vibe. The ruffled neckline and sleeve on the top give it a dramatic flair and gives the outfit a point of interest as the rest of the look is quite streamlined and simple. These were also the ideal pieces to take on a trip, as they’re able to be styled into two separate looks, giving me more options to choose from.

I wanted to dress this ensemble up a bit so I opted for my studded Alaïa heels, however I’ve found that it could work easily with a pair of sandals to give a slightly more casual feel.

My ever reliable Chanel bag always comes with me when I travel as it can go from a crossbody bag to a clutch quite easily, and in this instance it was the ideal bag to take to dinner. It’s small enough to carry my bits and pieces but not so big as to look cumbersome.

I never head out with a pair of sunglasses and for this outing, I wanted to stick to a classic black pair. However the charms on the sunglasses’ arms help give it a glam touch and is often a talking point as it’s such an unexpected detail.

Credits: Top, Rebecca Vallance; Skirt,Rebecca Vallance; Heels, Alaïa; Sunglasses, POMS; Bag, Chanel

Photographer: Sophia Athas

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12 Insta-outfit ideas to steal

5th February, 2018
Instagram outfit blogger style

Who could use a little outfit inspiration to get them through this week? If you’ve now hit peak “I have nothing to wear” after being well and truly back into the swing of things after the big holiday break then you’re not alone. An outfit rut can strike at the most inopportune times and sometimes you just need a little inspo to help get you out of it. So, instead of emptying your entire closet onto your bedroom floor it might be time to turn to Instagram to provide some new inspo for killer looks. the And whether you’re looking for ideas on how to step up your office attire or need to pull together the ideal date night look, there’s definitely plenty up ahead to have you looking great.

Embrace neutral tones

Who says brown is boring? Layering earthy shades with neutral hues creates a striking gradient effect that works to create a refined, bohemian feel. Paired with white sneakers, it’s the perfect off duty look.

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Mix dressy with casual

Take a dressy top, pair it with laidback denim and you’ve got yourself an ensemble that perfectly marries both. Don’t be afraid to pair unexpected things together as you may unearth an outfit combination you had never really considered.

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Invest in a midi dress

Want to make a truly versatile addition to your wardrobe? A midi dress is just that. The length makes it appropriate for work and dressy occasions, but pop it on with a pair of sneakers and you’re instantly ready to play.

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Try different textures

The truly stylish know how to make varying textures work together to great effect. In this instance corduroy meets silk meets denim, creating a look that instantly feels elevated and interesting.

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Considered clashing

When making prints clash it pays to do it in such a way that still feels considered. In this instance stripes and polka dots working against each other still maintains an element of cohesion by sticking to similar colour palettes in both pieces. The end result is adorable and fun.

Toughen up feminine pieces

Take an ultra femme dress and work it back with a biker jacket and boots for a look that’s still sweet without being too saccharine. You can apply this principle to almost any dress in your wardrobe—just pair edgy pieces with girlier styles and you’ve got yourself a look that tempers both and makes it work perfectly.

Try a luxe skirt

A statement skirt is one piece I can always get behind and in this instance the combination of a gorgeous shade and silky texture make for a truly luxurious piece that can easily be the centrepiece of any look.

Have fun with a statement jacket

I’m all about classic jackets but sometimes it pays to have a little fun. Choose a striking print and work back with simpler pieces to allow it to take centre stage.

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Embrace different sleeve silhouettes

This is one to keep in mind as we head into autumn at the end of the month. Simple pieces such as sweaters and shirts can feel fashion forward with an interesting sleeve silhouette. Bell, balloon, kimono… they all serve to make something feel a little bit extra.

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Add an edgy touch to polished pairings

Be bold and wear traditionally polished pieces in an edgier way. A beautiful laser cut skirt and pointed kitten heels feel classic and conservative but when paired with a slouchy, slogan tee it feels modern and new.

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Try a monotone look

Choose one shade and work it from head to toe for a powerful look that commands attention. An all white ensemble looks fresh and new, whilst the addition of high waisted pants makes it feel very now.

Add a playful touch

Who says fashion has to be serious all the time? Sometimes it pays to add a playful feature to a look whether it be a fun print, a cute image a la the above tee or a finishing touch, that as the Japanese would say, looks very kawaii.

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The backpack is all grown up and ready for you to fall in love with it

3rd February, 2018

I often gravitate towards accessories that merge practicality and style in one, which is why the backpack has definitely become one of my go-tos. It’s just so easy and makes carrying around my everyday essentials a breeze. And the good news is that the backpack has undergone a modern transformation that’s turned it into a far more fashionable proposition. Think chic colour palettes, interesting hardware and contemporary shapes that have made it into a stylish accessory on par with classic styles such as the trusty tote and top handle bag. Whether you’re after a designer option from the likes of Saint Laurent and Chloe or a cheap and cheerful version, there’s no doubt that you will be spoilt for choice. This is the ideal bag to have on hand when you’re travelling or just have a busy day ahead.

Shop my edit of backpacks below…

 

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What I Wore: Check Mate

1st February, 2018
kate waterhouse australian open style country road outfit

Every year, I love heading down to Melbourne to check out the Australian Open. The atmosphere is a lot of fun and there’s always plenty to see and do. This year, I was invited by Country Road to check out the tennis so what better opportunity to rock an outfit from their new season collection to head courtside. I love gingham prints so this wrap skirt with subtle split was a comfortable and stylish option for the day. I paired it with a classic white crew neck tee, whose simple, streamlined design worked perfectly with the busy print of the skirt and is the kind of versatile style staple that post-event can work with the rest of my wardrobe. I kept to a blue colour palette with the rest of my ensemble, opting to pair it with my navy top handle Bulgari bag and cat-eye sunglasses with mirrored lenses. It was the ideal understated look for a casual day out.

Credits: T-shirt and skirt, Country Road, Bag, Bulgari; Sunglasses, Le Specs

This post was created in collaboration with Country Road

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3 trends I’m still very much in love with

30th January, 2018

I know trends are supposed to come and go but sometimes along comes one that just really hits the nail on the head in terms of what I’m in the mood for style-wise. And why stop when you’re onto a good thing? I know there will inevitably be something else that comes along that will catch my eye, but until then these are the three trends I’ve had a love affair with for quite some time…

Feminine Flounces

I don’t know what it is about frills that has me coming back for more but without a doubt I’ve adopted it with great enthusiasm. In particular dresses with frilled trims that add a playful touch and really elevate it into something special.

Slides

I pretty much live in slides all week long. For someone who is constantly in flats, they’re a great style that are ultra wearable and comfortable too. They are so easy to pair with almost my entire wardrobe that they’re just a no-brainer. Loafer slides are my particular faves as they add a polished touch to almost any outfit.

Athleisure

I think I’d be in the minority if I said the athleisure look wasn’t still kicking around in my fashion arsenal. What’s not to love about it? It pretty much gives me permission to stay in my sneakers and leggings all day whilst still being on trend. Plus for someone who needs to spend most of her time in comfy clothes due to having to keep up with two active little girls, this look very much ticks all the boxes.

What are some trends you’re still in love with? Off the shoulder dresses? Bell sleeves? Millennial pink? Tell me!
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What I Wore: Colour Clash

30th January, 2018

It’s a colour combination I don’t often wear together but this outfit may have just convinced me that I really need to wear pink and red more than I have in the past. The clashing effect really makes the shades pop, without being too over the top. With such vibrant hues in play, I had to be conscious not to let the rest of the outfit become too overwhelming so I wanted to ground the look with a pair of black Balenciaga sock boots. The sharp silhouette of the shoes make for a great contrast to the soft frills of the skirt, whilst the dark colour helps to dial back the intensity of both pieces. I’ve been really loving the new The Last Lolita cat eye sunglasses from the Adam Selman x Le Specs collab, as the clear frames and mirrored lenses really make for a striking pairing. It’s a fun final touch to such a playful confection of colour.

Credits: Top and skirt, Maggie Marilyn; Boots, Balenciaga; Sunglasses, Le Specs

Photography: Sophia Athas

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The elements of cool airport style

27th January, 2018

There’s something about spying people’s airport style that’s oddly satisfying as far as fashion goes. I think it’s because travel looks run the gamut of ultra glamorous for some to super casual  for others and everything in between. Whatever your style, it is possible to look polished without compromising on comfort and bring the kind of sartorial A-game that would be worthy of being papped for a magazine. When it comes to your ensemble when you’re en route to a fabulous new destination, keep the following things in mind…

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Invest in comfortable footwear

We’re in the golden era of practical, comfortable footwear where a pair of sneakers is considered the height of fashion. Invest in a great pair of on trend kicks and you’re not only going to be able to maneouevre your way around an airport in style, you’ll be supremely comfy while doing it.

Go for black

The shortcut to chic whilst flying? An all black ensemble. It’s the international code for “I’ve got my style game sorted” and it hides all manner of sins while traveling. Having a go-to flying outfit in dark shades such as black is a must.

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A chic coat or jacket

Whether it’s making your way through the terminal or settling in for a long haul flight, airports and planes can get a little chilly so it pays to have a nice coat or jacket with you when you travel. Don’t be afraid to go beyond black and opt for a standout colour or fun print.

 

Stock up on cosy separates

When travelling, separates in all natural fabrics are the ideal option. Plus when you’re stuck on a plane for hours, there’s nothing better suited for the occasion than comfortable, breathable lounge wear to deal with the fluctuating temperatures. Wearing separates also makes it easy to incorporate them back into your trip wardrobe once you’ve landed.

Have a beautiful tote

A roomy bag to carry all your essentials is a must when travelling. Go for something that’s a good quality and will house all you need, but is also stylish enough that it can be your carryall throughout your trip. You get bonus points if you travel with quality luggage.

Always pack great sunnies

When you’re traversing different time zones you can often find yourself landing and departing at ungodly hours so a good pair of sunglasses is a necessity. A plain black pair is a great option, as they’re classic and versatile.

 

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Stylish Aussie women that give great fashion inspo

26th January, 2018

Happy Australia Day! Seeing as today is about celebrating all things Australian, it seemed fitting to shine a spotlight on a few ultra stylish Aussie ladies and their services to fashion. Their ability to be impeccably dressed all year round gives us endless fashion inspo to enjoy and bookmark for our own wardrobes. And while all their styles are unique to them—some epitomise a relaxed bohemian vibe while others’ signature look is about embracing a polished, refined aesthetic, the one thing they have in common is their uniquely Aussie approach to dressing. They’re all about a nonchalant attitude to fashion that allows them to not only look amazing but have fun at the same time. So here they are, some of the most stylish ladies to hail from Oz.

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Margot Robbie

The Oscar nominee was born to rule the red carpet and never puts a foot wrong, with one winning look after another. Her relaxed off duty style is equally on point, favouring relaxed tailoring with a slightly bohemian flair befitting of a woman who’s now a household name.

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Yan Yan Chan

Her look is an amalgamation of tomboy meets hippie meets beach babe and it works to create a look that perfectly echoes our quintessential, carefree Aussie lifestyle.

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Nadia Fairfax

Stylish things come in petite packages as perfectly demonstrated by Nadia. Her playful
style encompasses a strong accessories game, a penchant for vibrants prints and bold colours, with plenty of feminine touches throughout.

Sara Crampton

With a minimalist approach to fashion, Sara works unfussy, simple styles like no other, and demonstrates that taking an understated approach to dressing can create looks that are on trend and ultra wearable.

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Jesinta Franklin

There’s not much Jesinta wouldn’t look good in. From killer dresses to man style pants, she’s able to pull off everything to perfection, all while adding her own unique personal touches.

Lara Worthington

Often spotted in edgy high fashion pieces, Lara always manages to make the look her own by injecting a laidback beach vibe to her wardrobe in a nod to her Aussie roots.

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Nicole Warne

Always polished, with never a single thread out of place, Nicole is the epitome of style. Mixing classic and on trend pieces, she gravitates towards vibrant dresses, tailored pants and structured coats and jackets.

Christine Centenera

She’s got the kind of wardrobe most women would die for. Always spotted in up to the minute designs, straight from the major fashion houses, she still manages to make everything she wears look unique. No doubt aided by the kind of sartorial eye only one of the world’s top stylists can have.

Who’s your favourite Aussie style icon?
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What I Wore: Seeing Red

25th January, 2018

Luke and I attended a friend’s wedding over the weekend and it was a great excuse to take this top and skirt combination by Rebecca Vallance on an outing. I’m really loving wearing bright, bold colours for weddings as they’re always such fun, happy occasions that it seems fitting to have the accompanying colour palette to match!

This top and skirt worn together looks almost dress-like but I love the fact that I can wear them separately, in a more casual way, beyond this occasion which unfortunately is one of the downsides of having a dress specifically for an event–it’s often difficult to take them out again unless you’ve got another big function to go to.

With such a striking colour, I had to be careful with the complementary colours I chose otherwise I risked the entire outfit looking too overwhelming, so opted for gold. Metallic colours are often great paired with poppy shades as they contrast without competing and in this instance my favourite gold Gucci made for the perfect pairing. I kept my accessories in the same colour family and stuck to my favourite gold medallion, watch and bangle.

Credits: Top, Rebecca Vallance; Skirt, Rebecca Vallance, Shoes, Gucci

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