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The easiest way to update a look

26th September, 2021

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I am a sunglasses girl through and through and have managed to build up quite the collection simply because of the fact I’ve found that sunnies are a simple and easy way to update a look. Simply changing up the frames you’re wearing can instantly give an outfit an entirely different vibe. Now that it’s definitely sunglasses weather there are so many great styles available that I’ve definitely started to compile a wishlist of a few pairs that I’d really like this summer. If you’re in the market for a new pair of sunnies, here are some of my tips for buying a pair you’ll love…

Try them on in person

I’ll buy almost everything online but will refrain from making a sunglasses purchase unless I’ve tried them on in real life. Even with the measurements listed you won’t really know if a pair will suit your face unless you’ve roadtested them first.

Make sure they’re the right fit

It sounds obvious but sometimes some people may not realise they’re wearing the wrong fit for their face. Ensure that they’re not too big – so they shouldn’t sit past your cheekbones, along with not being too wide. If you find you’re constantly having to push them up they’re likely not snug enough to comfortably fit.

Choose a lens to suit your wardrobe

If you wear lots of black go for a black lens as you’ll fine you’ll be able to work it back with your wardrobe a little easier. If you wear lots of brown tones then go for a bronze lens. That said if you want to make a statement you could opt for mirrored lenses which have made a comeback.

Try different brands

You don’t have to spend a fortune on sunglasses to have them look great. Sure, there are some amazing designer frames around but they also come with a hefty price tag so you may want to save those brands for when you’re really trying to spoil yourself and buying a classic pair that will last a few seasons. There are some great frames from brands such as Le Specs and Local Supply and even your local chain stores have some fun options available and they’re great for when you want a pair of sunglasses that are up-to-the-minute and very much on trend. Plus at a more reasonable price point you can consider buying more than one style.

Experiment with shapes

I love everything from a cat’s eye to round John Lennon style sunglasses and classic Ray Ban Wayfarers so you definitely don’t have to restrict yourself to just one shape. Have fun trying a few pairs on so you can see what complements your face shape and also your style.

 

My life in frames!

Just a few of my favourite sunglasses…

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How I style lounge wear

19th September, 2021

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.

What are some of your fave ways to style lounge wear?

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How influencers approach style

15th August, 2021

 

Flipping through high fashion magazine shoots and scrolling through their websites and respective social media accounts, I am often in awe of what I see. It’s hard not to be. The styling is immaculate, the pieces used are all ultra fashion forward and everything is just so aspirational. It’s definitely one of the key ways I am inspired in what I wear, and what underpins my influencer style—the aesthetic you see on everything from this very blog to my social channels.

When it comes to fashion influencers however, I find the approach is a little different. The styling is definitely more accessible and translates common trends in a way that’s practical and easy to wear in everyday life. As a fashion blogger and influencer I love being able to showcase looks that are easy and wearable and the type of look most women would be able to use to inspire an outfit that they can wear to work or out with friends. Here are a few things many influencers consider when styling their looks.

Showcase your style

I follow many influencers because their style fits into my aesthetic and how I like to dress, and I think that’s important. It’s about dressing for yourself and what makes you feel confident and happy as opposed to trying to showcase all the latest trends. I think the more authentic an influencer or blogger is to their signature look the more appealing their content. Influencer style is about being genuine.

Versatility is key

For me the wearability factor is also important as I’m often shooting my looks using the back of my car as a portable change room and running between fittings and picking up the kids so there’s definitely a more relaxed approach to how I style everything.

I’m friends with a few style bloggers and influencers and everyone has an everyday approach to fashion. We use the same bags and shoes multiple times to showcase how important it is to ensure everything you own is versatile and can work back with most of your wardrobe.

I try to embrace my style and celebrate it in all my content

Mix and match

Also it’s about mixing older pieces with on trend items and giving a look a signature touch. I know I like being able to use a piece I already own and give it a new lease on life by pairing it with a few key accessories of the season such as a particular shoe style or a certain silhouette. The approach is about styling and making a look our own and something we’re comfortable in as opposed to letting a look wear us.

Embrace experimentation

We’re also all about versatility. I know when I’m styling my ‘What I Wore’ shoots I like to find outfits that I can take from day to night just by switching my footwear or handbag and I like to ensure I mix designer and high street pieces. And if there’s one things most bloggers like to do it’s experiment. I know I’ll often try on some unexpected pairings to unearth a new outfit combination I hadn’t considered but that makes me feel great when I walk out the door. And ultimately that’s how I hope all my readers feel whenever they come to my blog or my social channels.

 

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6 ways with sunglasses

7th June, 2021

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One of the quickest ways to update your look is with a pair of sunglasses. I never leave the house without a pair and have built up quite the collection simply because they’re one of my favourite accessories to finish off a look. My style goes from classic to retro cat-eye to an on-trend small frame style and I love mixing it up according to the outfit I’m wearing each day.

If you’re as enamoured with good eyewear as I am then never fear because this spring/summer we’re definitely spoilt for choice as far as sunnies go. There’s a style to suit every face shape, every style and every fashion whim. Don’t be afraid to experiment with colour, shapes and over the top finishes as I think a pair of standout frames can really act as the full stop to any look. So whatever the outfit or occasion there’s definitely a pair of sunglasses that’s guaranteed to match perfectly.

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Round sunglasses have definitely cemented their comeback. If you want frames that are on trend yet can still easily work back with myriad outfits then try this shape. It’s worth trying on a few different round styles as some face shapes tend to suit a chunkier frame whereas some require a slightly more slimline style.

embellished cat eye sunglasses

Want to make a statement? Try a pair of embellished sunglasses. This jewelled pair is a great way to make your eyewear the focal point of an outfit. It’s the ideal style for those who love to be a little more adventurous with their accessories.

mirrored sunglasses

Mirrored glasses are popping up on every ‘it’ girl to fashion blogger this season and there’s a reason why —they work no matter what your style is. They give an outfit an edgy touch, but they’re also quite versatile, you can wear them with a slightly dressier blouse or worked back with a bikini at the beach.

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Poppy Delevingne wore these classic cat eye sunglasses at Paris Fashion Week and immediately sent them at the top of many women’s shopping lists! Every girl needs a pair of classic black sunglasses but a cat eye gives it a slightly retro feel. If black isn’t for you, this shape would also work in tortoiseshell or coloured frames.

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Semi-rimless glasses a la this classic pair by Ray Ban are a great alternative to Wayfarers. They’re modern, work with virtually every face shape and are the ideal style for those who want something that’s right on trend.

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Who better to steal some style inspiration from than Vogue’s uber stylish fashion director Christine Centenera? These flat top sunglasses by Celine are a great way to update oversized sunnies. These frames are clean, simple and elegant and are the perfect style to take you through summer and beyond. There are plenty of brands doing this particular style so if you want a pair minus the designer price tag keep an eye out in your local chain stores are they’re guaranteed to be doing their own interpretations this season.

 

 

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How to layer jewellery

24th May, 2021

 

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There are some days where I will keep my accessories quite pared back while other days I’ll layer a few pieces. There’s no doubt that the layered jewellery trend is huge at the moment and what I love about it is that it can be worn in so many different ways. However I’ve found that to avoid the whole look being a bit overwhelming, there are some important things to keep in mind…

If you’re layering bracelets…

If you’re going to the beach or something more casual then anything really goes and you can wear fine jewellery with a chunky watch mixed with material or leather bracelets. If you’re dressing up a bit it’s great to keep the same theme and keep your bracelets in the same metal family and the same thickness. I do sometimes like to clash my metals but I always have to have something that ties them together somehow; for example when I wear gold and silver it’s because I’m wearing a watch that features both those colours.

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If you’re layering necklaces…

If you’re layering a thin necklace then it’s best to keep it in the same metal and the same style. For example you don’t want to do a beautiful long thin necklace and then have a chunky choker. You just want lots of delicate pieces in all different shapes and sizes.

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If you’re layering rings…

As rings are so close together, it’s a good idea to have them in similar colours if you’re going to be wearing a few (if you are wearing an engagement ring or a wedding ring I think you can get away with them not being the same colour family). It also comes down to the type of rings you’re wearing. With more delicate rings you can get away with wearing more than you would if you were wearing chunkier, statement rings.  Ultimately it’s about mixing and matching until you get a combination that you’re happy with.

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What do you think of this trend? Do you like layering your jewellery?

Photography: Stockholm Street Style, Song of Style Sincerely Jules, Peace Loves Shea

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What I wore this week

18th February, 2021

The weather has been a bit up and down in Sydney this week, so it called for a plethora of different looks to cater for varying temperatures. I went from a swimsuit one minute to my fave denim the next, so it was a great exercise in being able to really delve into the various areas of my closet. Here’s what I wore this week.

One of my new fave things to do is rework a swimsuit into a bodysuit. It’s a great way to extend the wear of my swimmers and I love the versatility of being able to utilise existing pieces in different ways. I wore this great Viktoria and Woods textured swimsuit with cropped jeans, and sandals for a sleek summer look.

Credits: Swimsuit, Viktoria & Woods x Palm; Jeans, Ksubi; Bag, Louis Vuitton; Chain link necklace, Manning Cartell; Sunglasses, Rayban, Shoes, Gucci

Being out and about as a mum means comfort is key. I love dresses for this very thing because not only are they comfortable, it’s also a great way to achieve a polished effect with minimal fuss. I wore this black Camilla and Marc dress with simple black sandals (side note: these are the comfiest sandals in my closet right now) for the ultimate in sleek and simple outfits.

Credits: Dress, Camilla and Marc; Bag (small version here), Loewe; Shoes, Ducie

This was at a press day for the All Star Mile so it was a great excuse to get frocked up. This is one of Aje’s signature silhouettes and it’s such a great look in a sky blue shade. I wore this with white Bottega Veneta pumps, and a white bag for my take on daytime elegance.

Credits: Dress, Aje; Shoes, Bottega Veneta;

All black on this particular day. These Aje jeans worked back with a padded, sleeveless tee and sandals helped me to do a comfy look without compromising on style. Plus, the great thing is all these pieces separately work back with so many other things in my closet. Plus the addition of a classic straw bag helped to soften this look and give it a more feminine touch.

Credits: T-shirt and shoes, Ducie; Jeans, Aje; Bag (small version here), Loewe

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8 pieces that will update your weekend wardrobe

30th January, 2021

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Weekends are super important to me so everything is about comfort especially since I’m always on the go with my family. I also know that sometimes my work wardrobe can start encroaching into my weekend wardrobe so it can be nice to have pieces that are solely dedicated for relaxation. I know that due to COVID lockdown, I found my office and off duty wardrobe start to blur a little more because I was home a lot more, and as a result it made me want to have a few designated pieces just for the weekend to cue the fact it was relaxation time. So what’s the key to a smart weekend wardrobe update?

If you’re looking for stylish yet practical pieces to wear during your down time, make sure to add these to your shopping list…

Statement sandals

I like to update my shoe wardrobe at the start of each season and a pair of great sandals is always at the top of my list when spring/summer comes around. Look for a great shoe with a touch of embellishment or in a vibrant hue. It will definitely be perfect for a quick breakfast at your favourite café or running errands on a Sunday afternoon.

Cropped jeans

For those who want to add a bit of flair to their usual weekend wardrobe look no further than a pair of cropped flared jeans. Whether you opt for a simple black or a lighter shade of denim, you can easily pair them with a tee or singlet for an on trend look that’s oh-so easy. Plus they play really nicely with a crisp white pair of sneakers.

Straight leg jeans

Over the last few years jeans have been getting a little more relaxed in fit. Straight leg jeans have been having a moment and are quite flattering when cropped at the ankle and paired with a slightly more streamlined top.

I’m always in white sneakers on the weekend – it’s one of my staples.

White sneakers

If you’ve yet to add a pair of white kicks to your wardrobe then it’s high time you introduced them to your style repertoire. Not only are they the ideal footwear for a busy weekend they’re also really easy to pair back with everything from a dress to jeans and a tee, so they’re an easy go-to shoe option.

Moto leather jacket

The leather jacket is an easy cover up on weekends. I know I’ve always lived in mine as something I can throw on over a dress or jeans and a tee and know that I’ll look pulled together. It’s also the perfect piece to transition from day to evening wear so it’s definitely a purchase you’ll get plenty of wear out of.

Shirt dress

You can’t beat a simple dress for ease of getting dressed as you simply have to throw it on and you’re ready to go. I’m a fan of the shirt dress as it’s quite a polished silhouette and when in a neutral colour or simple pattern such as a trusty stripe it’s an outfit that’s easily paired with sandals or sneakers for the ultimate in laidback cool.

A shirt dress is always an elegant weekend option

Oversized white shirt

I’m a fan of a white shirt all the time but I’ve also found it to be such a great staple to have on the weekend. Look for a slightly oversized fit with a drop shoulder for the ultimate in casual cool options. Plus it goes with pretty much everything including jeans, shorts and skirts.

Cropped wide leg trousers

There’s something super chic about a pair of wide leg trousers and they’re a great match with a crisp white tee or a tank. You can pair them with most of the staples I’ve listed above and you’re all set for a day of relaxation in one of the most stylish way possible.

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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