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What I wore this week

21st January, 2021

Getting back into the swing of things this week. I had a shoot booked so it was all about road testing a few different looks and enjoying one of my current fave trends—white on white. I can’t get enough of it for summer. I’m making the most of easy, breezy dressing and trying to get through the busyness of the last week or so of the school holidays. After that, things really get hectic once again!

Shortcut to a great look? An all white ensemble. I have been living in these tailored Viktoria & Woods pants as they’ve been so easy to pair with so many different pieces in my closet. I went for a pared back look with just a pop of colour to brighten it up.

Credits: Top and pants, Viktoria & Woods; Bag, Espie Roche, Necklace (similar here), Manning Cartell; Shoes, Bottega Veneta

A more relaxed day called for a great summer dress. I’m a fan of a gingham print and Steele always incorporates them into their range. This colour is perfect for sunny days, and I finished it off with a Loewe basket bag and sunnies.

Credits: Dress, Steele; Bag, Loewe; Sunglasses, Le Specs

I love denim all year round. There’s something so easy and effortless about it. This Acler skirt has been getting quite the workout of late. I paired it with a singlet and simple Gucci slides, while adding a patterned Strathberry bag for a fun finishing detail.

Credits: Top, Viktoria & Woods; Skirt (similar here), Acler; Shoes, Gucci; Bag, Strathberry; Necklace (similar here), Manning Cartell, Sunglasses, Le Specs

What did I say about white on white? In this instance, my pop of colour came in the form of this lemon yellow blazer. There’s something eternally summery about this shade and it gave this particular outfit a little injection of personality. I found wearing white shoes in this instance helped to achieve a streatmlined silhouette, while a hint of bling in the form of a gold Manning Cartell necklace was the full stop this outfit needed.

Credits: Top, pants, blazer, Viktoria & Woods; Necklace (similar here); Manning Cartell

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What I wore this week

14th January, 2021

Who else is finding it hard to get back into the swing of things post-Christmas? I’ve been easing myself back into it, but it’s still been a mixture of work, spending time with the girls during the school holidays and the generally trying to settle into routine again.

So needless to say my outfit repertoire has been quite mixed. I’ve gone from family mornings at the beach, to time in front of my laptop to general errand running and it’s allowed me to bring out a few fave pieces but also incorporate some new favourites into the mix.

I love comfy looks at the beach and this has become my go-to because it’s so easy and effortless. The pants and top can be worn separately too, making them really versatile. While this straw hat is a must as it offers great protection from the sun. I’ve been using this straw bag as my carryall all summer, and I love its versatility as it works just as well at the beach as it does out to lunch. A pair of sunnies is the perfect finishing look.

Credits: Swimsuit and pants, Monday, Bag, Loewe, Hat, Avenue, Sunglasses, Le Specs

Dresses are my shortcut to looking polished throughout summer. I love the print on this Camilla and Marc look, while a sunny yellow and white clutch by Lucy Folk is the perfect pop of colour.

Credits: Dress, Camilla and Marc; Bag, Lucy Folk

One of my top brands for dresses in summer is Steele. The designs and prints are always really feminine and fun. This checked dress with shirring has been such a fave of mine throughout the last few weeks.

Credits: Dress, Steele

I felt like wearing something sleek on this day so a black dress it was. I kept the rest of the look quite simple, with sandals and my fave LV backpack. An all black look can sometimes look flat so I added statement gold jewellery to give my outfit a little lift.

Credits: Dress, Bec and Bridge; Bag, Louis Vuitton; Shoes, Ducie London, Necklace, Manning Cartell, Sunglasses, Le Specs

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What I Wore: In Living Colour

20th October, 2020

With the onset of spring I’ve been feeling lots of bold, punchy colours when it comes to my outfits of late. This sky blue co-ord set by Mulberry is just the thing to welcome in the increasingly warmer weather. Not only is the colour all kinds of fun, the delicate floral print makes it perfect for this time of year. My favourite part of this set has to be the blouse. The tie neck gives it a 60s feel and an elegant touch. And worn separately, it would definitely lift any neutral piece.

When embracing colour I think it’s worth going all out and layering vibrant shades to make a statement. And what better hue to do this than a rich apple red? This Fendi top handle bag is the perfect accoutrement to pair back with such a playful look. Also studded with little stars, this top handle bag is just the thing to instantly lift an outfit. To finish off my ensemble I wore two-strap Giuseppe Zanotti heels. Simple in design, they allow the rest of my outfit to be the focal point of the entire look. And when it comes to a colourful outfit, it really is all about letting those vibrant shades do all the talking.

Credits: Blouse and Pants, Mulberry; Bag, Fendi; Shoes, Giuseppe Zanotti

Photography by Kira Ollmann, Hatrik

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How I style lounge wear

3rd October, 2020

When I’m off duty I’m all about comfort. I have to spend a lot of my working life getting dressed up so when it’s time to unwind, I like to ensure that whatever I’m wearing is easy and relaxed. Leisure wear is all about an unfussy silhouette which I love, but my style still maintains a polished feel no matter whether it’s for work or play  so I always keep that in mind for any off duty looks. I like to know I can easily go from a day spent lounging at home to a quick trip to the shops without too much fuss. Want to know how to style lounge wear in a no-fuss way? When it comes to dressing for comfort here are the rules I stick to….

Go for quality fabrics

I make sure I buy basics in good quality fabrics. For example I love to wear beautiful cashmere knits or a great linen shirt just to make sure everything looks polished. If you are planning to wear these pieces regularly, investing in quality fabrics will make sure that they last longer. My favourite brands for leisure wear include Bassike and C&M as I find they make great relaxed pieces that are quite fashion forward at the same time.

Stick to a specific colour palette

I refine my colours down to neutrals such as black, white and grey when it comes to leisure wear. It’s easy to mix and match pieces with that colour scheme and straightforward is what you want when it comes to off duty style. That said, I’ll often add a pop of colour with a scarf or another accessory just to give the outfit a little injection of personality.

Sneakers are a key part of leisurewear (it also makes running after kids easier!)

 

 

Opt for dressier shoes

Your choice of footwear can often help dress up an otherwise casual look. For example I love slouchy, baggy pants with a drop crotch and when teamed with a pair of slides or loafers or a dressy pair of runners it looks considered and put together—but still super comfy.

Mix with quality accessories

If I’m wearing a really simple outfit such as slouchy pants with a tee, often the addition of certain accessories can help pull it together and dress it up a bit. A leather jacket or a handbag are easy additions that give it a touch more polish. By doing this I’m still comfortable but maintain a stylish vibe at the same time.

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The 7-day outfit challenge

29th July, 2020

If you’ve ever faced that moment at the beginning of the week where the prospect of dressing yourself for the next seven days with what’s already in your wardrobe seems all too hard then you’re not alone. It’s said that women only wear 20 per cent of what’s in their closet and faced with that number it’s easy to see how we can become bored with what we already own and fall into a rut of wearing the same outfits on rotation. So it’s time to shake things up! For one week (this is particularly handy now many o fus are working from home) I’m daring you to think beyond your tried and tested looks and start looking at what you own in a new way. It’s easy to constantly top up your wardrobe with new items but it’s knowing how to revamp what you have that will really expand your closet.

To help you get started I’ve pulled together seven daily wardrobe challenges that will hopefully encourage you to think beyond your usual fashion repertoire and stumble upon an outfit you never knew you always wanted to wear. I think this is a great way to inject freshness into your ensembles and fall back in love with old pieces and discover new ways to wear them. Good luck and here’s to a week of great outfits!

Day 1: Wear a vibrant colour

A bright hue is an effective way to inject a bit of energy into your every day look. Wear the most vibrant colour you own and watch how it can instantly elevate your outfit.

Day 2: Try layering two unexpected pieces in your wardrobe

Find the most not so obvious pairings in your closet and put them together. With a little experimentation you’re bound to discover a combination that not only works but is one that you’d never have thought to put together. I did the below sporty look by pairing a dressy skirt with sneakers and unearthed a new way to style both pieces.

Day 3. Play with proportions and incorporate a voluminous piece in your look (two if you’re feeling adventurous!)

I really committed to this look and wore an oversized blazer and culottes to maximise the voluminous silhouette. If you’re usually one for form fitting garments or are just a tad intimidated by wearing something with so much volume try incorporating it just once into your look in the form of a top or pants.

Day 4: Try an ombre look and wear varying shades of the one colour

Choose one colour and wear it from head to toe in varying shades for a look that’s playful yet still cohesive. I went for a neutral look in graduating shades of tan/camel/brown in the look below but you can pick any colour that takes your fancy.

Day 5: Wear the boldest print in your wardrobe

I just adore wearing striking prints as it’s such an effective way to lift an outfit. Often playing with prints is a great way to refresh your wardrobe as it instantly adds a striking element that can take your look into new territory.

Day 6: Pair sneakers with something unexpected

Sneakers have become a wardrobe staple for me and I love just how versatile they’ve become. I love choosing a traditionally dressy piece and turning it into an off duty look with a pair of trainers.

Day 7: Wear a print and a vibrant colour in the one look

This is all about clashing and co-ordinating. Learning to work prints and colours in a way that works can instantly expand your wardrobe. By simply doing this unexpected and bold combination, you can easily expand the amount of wear you get from a lot of pieces in your closet.

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What I Wore: In Check

30th June, 2020

A chilly family day out at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo on the weekend required having to rug up, so it was the perfect opportunity to snuggle up in this Rebecca Vallance checked coat. Whenever I’m opting for quite a simple outfit, I like to incorporate a statement piece to elevate it and give it a little extra personality. The print on this coat is quite striking so it was the perfect thing to pair back with the classic combination of jeans and a white top.

When I’m after an outfit that’s guaranteed to work I always opt for tried and tested formulas, in this case denim worked back with a white skivvy. This has become a go-to combination of mine during winter and when classic Levis are in the mix, it’s a time honoured fashion combination that forms the foundation for many a look in my wardrobe.

A big day of walking around is all about comfy shoes and these sneakers by D.O.F definitely ticked that box without scrimping on style. I particularly love the athletic vibe of these shoes and the fact it still has a sleek and stylish sensibility. As the final piece of this outfit puzzle, I went with white sunglasses to add a modern finishing touch, and help tie the entire look together.

Credits: Coat, Rebecca Vallance; Skivvy, Uniqlo; Jeans, Levis; Sneakers, D.O.F; Sunglasses, Valentino

Photography: Sophia Athas

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What I Wore: Candy Crush

16th June, 2020

Pops of colour are one of my shortcuts to lifting my mood and also injecting a little energy into an outfit. This candy pink longline blazer by Aje is one such piece as the colour just screams fun. I love this particular look as it maintains an element of polish but still has a relaxed, playful sensibility to it. I’ve always found blazers to be a great way to lift a pair of casual jeans, and this particular combination, paired with boyfriend style Camilla and Marc denim strikes the right note for a work look or lunch with friends.

I opted to wear the blazer cinched in at the waist with a belt so I could wear it as a top as opposed to a jacket. It’s one way to really increase the versatility of a piece and gives a blazer a slightly different look and feel.

With such a striking colour already in play I wanted to keep the rest of my accessories quite pared back. In this instance simple monochrome Chanel flats help give this look an elevated feel without looking overdone.

Credits: Blazer, Aje; Jeans, Camilla and Marc, Shoes (similar here), Chanel

Photography: Sophia Athas

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What I Wore: Berry Crush

9th June, 2020

Matching sets have always been one of my shortcuts to looking put together and this Aje look definitely fits the bill. The rich raspberry shade is a great colour to wear when I feel the need for a little sartorial pick-me-up—there’s just something about bright shades that bring a vibrant energy to an outfit. This jacket and skirt can also be worn separately, making it a great cost per wear purchase. It could easily pair back with everything from a white shirt to denim, and is a fun option for wearing out to lunch out or if you want a slightly dressier option for a work from home look.

Adding dressy accessories to an outfit with a more casual vibe helps to achieve balance, and can make an ensemble more of a multipurpose look. I’ve lived in these Chanel flats for months now, as they’re comfy for wearing during the day, but have a polished vibe to them making it a great go-to shoe. While this white Bulgari bag, adds a polished element, and makes a day look feel that little more luxe.

Credits: Jacket and skirt, Aje; Flats (similar here), Chanel; Bag, Bulgari

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What I Wore: Cool Brittania

20th May, 2020

I’ve always loved the quintessential British label, Burberry. While they’re most well known for their iconic trench coats, I’ve always been a fan of their ready-to-wear and accessories collection. There’s something quite classic and simultaneously cool about their aesthetic.

I immediately gravitated towards this shirt dress by the brand, which for me, ticks all the boxes. The autumnal rust-coloured hue is striking without being over the top, and manages to subtly make a statement. The beautiful design features also help complete with look. With its nod to the trench coat, featuring the storm flap at the shoulder and the raglan sleeves, it’s a great nod to the roots of the brand.

The bag, also by Burberry adds a touch of fun to the look. The circular shape is a little bit quirky and different and I love the bold typography and the nod to the logomania trend. It’s the kind of accessory that has the ability to lift any outfit and is something that I know I’ll be able to use to accentuate any outfit.

I wanted to keep it classic and simple with my shoes as the rest of the look was already so strong. I didn’t really want to take away from it with anything too over the top, and you can’t really go wrong with Chanel flats. I’ve worn these shoes so much and can attest to their versatility—definitely worth the cost per wear.

Credits: Dress and bag, Burberry; Shoes, Chanel

Photography: Sophia Athas

This post was produced in collaboration with Burberry

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What I Wore: In The Bag

1st May, 2020

One of the things I’ve always invested in when it comes to my wardrobe is quality bags. I wear them so often and are such a key accessory to every look that I will largely save up for designer pieces and splurge on them occasionally as opposed to buying lots of pieces here and there that might not have such longevity. The construction and materials used in a designer bag ensure they’re incredibly well made which means I will have them for many many years to come.

I’ve got a few favourite brands that I always come back to but I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for Bulgari’s Serpenti bags. The classic style is a great size for carrying my daily essentials and the structured design guarantees it always looks polished. One of my favourite parts is the serpent clasp. It’s a statement feature and so iconic that it really makes the bag. I was a bit daring with this option and went for white which while it requires a bit more care really does go with virtually everything in my closet. I also really like the double chain straps which adds an elegant touch.

To ensure that any designer purchases I make go the distance I always opt for permanent features of a particular brand’s range and this design has been a constant. I highly recommend this as a buying strategy as it ensures that a bag doesn’t look dated, which is what can happen with designs that are tied to a particular season. And really who wouldn’t want a beautiful bag that lasts a lifetime?

Credits: Dress, Camilla and Marc; Bag, Bulgari

Photography by Sophia Athas, Hatrik

This post was produced in collaboration with Bulgari

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