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What I Wore: David Jones AW19 ‘The Art of Living’ launch

9th February, 2019

As a long time attendee of David Jones’ incredible events I was so excited to attend their new season launch on location in Tasmania. The event that took place over two days was hosted at the Museum of New and Old Art (MONA) and included being able to get up close and personal with David Jones’ fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands.

I wore this outfit to lunch on the first day where we were invited to a dine at MONA’s The Source restaurant. The menu on the day was designed by MONA’s Chef Vince Trim which showcased a lot of David Jones’ Tasmanian suppliers local providores, winemakers and distillers. In one word: amazing. The food and location was just next-level.

I wanted to go for something quite feminine with my look so I decided on a floral top and skirt by Lover. I loved the understated Forget Me Not flower print but also the finishing touches such as the subtle split in the skirt and the ruffles and button detail.

Sticking with the colour scheme of the dress, I opted for a few gold accessories to pick up the yellow flowers in the print and my longtime favourite Gucci heels and cat eye sunglasses by Lucy Folk fit the bill. A summer outfit wouldn’t be complete without my current favourite Poolside bag—it’s just the right texture and vibe for such an event.

Credits: Skirt and top, Lover; Heels, Gucci; Bag, Poolside; Sunglasses, Lucy Folk

Photography: Jessie Crockford

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What I Wore: Short Story

5th February, 2019

A great pair of tailored shorts is always a handy summer staple to have. I like having a dressier pair of shorts in my collection that’s a bit more elevated than a pair of denim cut-offs, and one that I can wear everywhere from the office to a function. This high waisted pair from Zimmermann are the ideal mixture of a classic shape but with playful finishes such as the bauble trim (it also comes with a corsage belt that I wasn’t wearing on this day). With the shape and colour of these shorts, it’s easy to mix and match them with various tops such as a cami or a tee, but I decided to go for a Zimmermann floral appliqued blouse. The beautiful peach colour provided the perfect accent piece to the crisp white colour of the shorts and it had some great finishes such as the blouson sleeves and exaggerated cuffs.

As there was already so much going on with the top and shorts, I decided to stick to a pair of white Gucci sandals so as not to overwhelm the outfit. A transparent Staud bag added an on trend touch, whilst my marble Lucy Folk sunglasses added a little bit of fun to my overall look.

Credits: Blouse and shorts, Zimmermann; Sunglasses, Lucy Folk; Bag, Staud; Shoes, Gucci.

Photography: Sophia Athas



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12 Insta-outfit ideas to steal

4th February, 2019

Who’s looking for some new wardrobe inspo? Now that we’re all fully back into the swing of things—holidays are over, school’s back, work is well underway, it can be the perfect time for a little style injection. So whether you’re looking something to take your office look up notch or a great ensemble to try on the weekend, I’ve rounded up a few outfits that are work bookmarking the next time you feel you’re in a fashion rut.

Mix classic and casual

A printed button down shirt and jeans makes for the ideal effortless and chic outfit that you can wear for myriad occasions.

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Go monochrome

A little black and white never goes astray. Try a monochrome palette the next time you’re feeling stuck for an outfit, I guarantee it’s always unfailingly stylish.

Say it loud and proud

A slogan tee always adds a fun element to any look. Whether it’s your favourite brand or a phrase or word you adore, letting your clothes do the talking is a playful take on casual dressing.

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Turn up the volume

Neutrals have their place but sometimes you just want to turn up the vibrancy. Prints worked back with a bold, solid colour make for an eye-catching look that’s not over the top.

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Keep it simple

Sometimes the best style formulas are still the most simple. A plain tee, with denim shorts and minimalist sandals looks relaxed and effortless.

Go back to basics

Never underestimate the simplest pieces in your closet. A white singlet and shorts is an often utilised combination but when dressed up with an accessory or two such as a belt and a necklace, it’s super stylish.

Clash your prints

You can always call on Olivia Palermo to demonstrate just how amazing clashing prints can be. When trying this look just be sure to have similar colours in each print to allow the look to flow.

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Stripe it up

Stock up on a few striped shirts in your wardrobe—they’re easily one of the best shortcuts to making anything from jeans to skirts adopt a little Parisian flair.

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Keep it tonal

Using the same colour in various shades can make for an impactful look.

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Add a headpiece

You don’t always have to save headpieces for the races! A great accessory like a statement headband or embellished clips, or even a scarf can turn an ordinary outfit into something more.

Layer up

Whether it’s stacking necklaces or bracelets or earrings, wearing a cluster of jewellery is one way to elevate a look with minimal fuss.

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Try a statement midi skirt

I’m a huge fan of a midi skirt because I think it looks classic and sophisticated. However to avoid it looking too sedate, try one in a great print. Animal print, stripes, polka dots… go forth and embrace a bold pattern.

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What I Wore: Full Bloom

1st February, 2019

How gorgeous is this Macgraw skirt? The beautiful floral embroidery on the sheer organza makes it a romantic yet impactful statement piece. The thing with anything transparent is you’ve got to temper it with the right underwear, and in this instance I went for a full bloomer style to offer a little more coverage. Also I think it’s important to consider what top you pair such a skirt with. In this instance I opted for a button up, Victorian style blouse in order to let it take centre stage. I think something sheer worked back with something a little more conservative strikes just the right balance.

When it came to my accessories I wanted to keep things sleek and simple. A black Dior clutch and my favourite black Alaïa heels helped cap off the entire ensemble. As I said, when it comes to anything sheer, you’ve really got to ensure that you avoid anything too over the top so as not to overwhelm you entire look.

Credits: Shirt, Macgraw; Skirt, Macgraw;Underwear, Marysia; Clutch, Dior; Shoes, Alaïa

Photography: Sophia Athas

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What I Wore: Pink Lady

25th January, 2019

There’s no better time than now to embrace bright pops of colour. Summer just lends itself to fun, playful shades so it seemed fitting to embrace this bubblegum pink Rebecca Vallance dress. The colour is great and I love the bow straps and the subtle tiered ruffled hem which give it a feminine silhouette.

I wanted to keep the colour going throughout my ensemble so I opted for this transparent bag by Staud. The PVC and leather tote adds an on trend touch to my outfit, whilst still carrying the girly vibe into my accessories.

Most of my outfits aren’t complete without a pair of sunnies and this particular look called for something punchy so I opted for a pair of marbled cat eye sunglasses by Lucy Folk. I wanted to keep my footwear quite simple and my white Gucci sandals make for the ideal classic finishing touch.

Credits: Dress (shop similar here), Rebecca Vallance; Bag, Staud; Sunglasses, Lucy Folk; Shoes, Gucci.

Photography: Sophia Athas


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What I Wore: Crown Tennis Party

17th January, 2019

The Australian Open is always a huge event on the sporting calendar and is definitely one of the highlights of summer. So I was excited to be able to attend an event celebrating its launch at Melbourne’s Crown Casino over the weekend.

When it comes to outdoor events, I always like to keep my outfit light and airy so this co-ordinating set from Zimmermann seemed the perfect choice. Crisp white is always ideal at this time of year, and I loved the pairing of the crop top with statement sleeves and the drop hem skirt for a look that was feminine and polished yet still maintained a relaxed, summery vibe.

As far as my accessories went, I couldn’t go past my straw Poolside bag which has been on high rotation over the last few weeks. I’m really loving simple, natural textures worked back with more elegant pieces, which in this case came in the form of my fave Bottega Veneta heels. Topping off my look were my new Chloe sunglasses with their sweet scalloped frames and had just the right look and feel for this particular ensemble.

Credits: Top and Skirt, Zimmermann; Heels, Bottega Veneta; Bag, Poolside, Sunglasses Chloe

Photography: Dan Castano 

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What I Wore: Practically Perfect

15th January, 2019

Like most people I grew up with the film Mary Poppins so I was beyond excited to hear that there was a sequel in the works starring Emily Blunt. And whilst the film is incredible, what I’m really excited about is the fashion in it. Mary’s got some serious style! In her immortal words it’s “practically perfect in every way”.

I’ve been channelling a little Mary Poppins in my own wardrobe after seeing the movie and this gorgeous shoot in US Vogue. The uber nanny’s style is all about luxe textures such as velvet and lace interspersed with lots of fun, feminine prints like polka dots and florals. And it’s all anchored by beautifully tailored pieces such as button down shirts and fitted skirts and jackets. Her accessories game is also on point with bows and boaters dotting her looks to give them a sweet touch.

The great thing about a little Poppins style is that whilst it’s polished and elevated, it’s wearable too. I’ve adopted elements of Emily Blunt’s movie style such as the below dress with ruffled bib feature and flared cuffs. I’ve also added a touch of velvet with these Macgraw shoes with bow detail and a simple and classic accessories such as the top handle bucket bag and boater. Working with ladylike prints and fine finishing touches, along with English rose inspired silhouettes I’ve managed to turn reel style into real style with minimal fuss.

Credits: Dress and Shoes, Macgraw; Bag, The Daily Edited; Boater, Nerida Winter, Umbrella, vintage

Photography: Sophia Athas. This post was produced in collaboration with Disney.

Steal a little “practically perfect” style for yourself with these Mary Poppins inspired pieces:

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12 Insta-outfit ideas to steal

7th January, 2019

One of the reasons a brand new year is so exciting is because of the fresh fashion slate it brings. So many potential outfits to have fun with and so many trends to dabble with and enjoy. I think it’s also a great time to look at your style and examine where you can afford to freshen things up and push the boundaries a little. If you’re looking for a little outfit inspiration to get you started then you’ve come to the right place. Keep scrolling for some of the best ideas to steal from Instagram…

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Invest in a tapered pant

A cropped tapered pant in a neutral colour will take you through the next few months. Work it back with your favourite tee or cami and sandals for the ultimate in effortlessly chic looks.

Go nautical

A simple striped shirt will prove to be a worthwhile wardrobe addition when you see how many wears you get out of it. From jeans to shorts, it’s a definite fashion workhorse.

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Linen separates

There’s something fresh about linen, especially in white. An outfit like this is understated and elegant and will work for myriad occasions.

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Go for a co-ord set

A co-ordinating two piece is a great shortcut to looking put together and the best bit is you can wear them separately to get double bang for your fashion buck.

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Try a coloured denim skirt

Mix up your look by injecting a little colour into your denim wardrobe. A knee length skirt is also one that can be styled in various ways and will take you through to autumn.

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Layer your accessories

Wearing a few gold necklaces together is an impactful way to let your accessories take centre stage. Just ensure they’re all at different lengths for a cohesive look.

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Make your back a feature

We often forget that a flash of skin in the back is equally as alluring. This year, look for pieces with a great back detail to amp up the glamour.

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White shirt + denim = a winner

A classic white shirt and denim shorts is still a reliable outfit option during the summer months so don’t forget about it! It’s also so easy to put together and can be dressed up or down according to your shoes and accessories.

Go one shoulder

We’ve definitely embraced the off the shoulder silhouette the last few seasons but this year, look to the one shoulder as a great alternative. Sexy and practical (let’s face it, sometimes off the shoulder styles can be a bit fussy to wear) it’s the ideal option for a night out.

Add a belt

Belt up a feminine skirt with an edgy belt to take it into a different direction. You could also do this with dresses in your wardrobe to equal effect.

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Wrap it up

A wrap dress is such a flattering style that I think everyone should have one in their wardrobe. A great print such as blue and white stripes is also ideal for this time of year and will elongate your figure.

Embrace a little drama

A bold dramatic maxi skirt is a good option for those times when you want an event look that’s a little different. Pair it with a crisp white shirt for a classic ensemble that still packs a sartorial punch.

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My year in outfits

31st December, 2018

It’s hard to believe we’re almost at the end of another year. I’ve been so lucky to have had so many great events, work commitments and holidays throughout 2018 and as a result had have the opportunity to wear some truly amazing looks. From this Steven Khalil ball gown at the NGV Gala to this a crisp white Rebecca Vallance look watching the ballet on the beach at Qualia Resort and my favourite time of year—Melbourne Cup it’s been an awesome 12 months for fashion. Here’s to an exciting, eventful and stylish 2019 for everyone!

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What I Wore: Island Getaway

19th December, 2018

During our recent trip to Hawaii, I packed a wardrobe that was light and perfect for the heat but also incorporated lots of fun, vibrant pieces. These lightweight silk Tory Burch pants were perfect for wearing during the day but when paired with a dressy top and heels at night it made for a great outfit for dinner. I loved the print and the punchy colours which were perfectly in keeping with the easy and relaxed vibe of my whole holiday wardrobe.

I paired these pants with the two-piece black Tory Burch swimsuit I had for a day of checking out the local sights. The bandeau top served the dual purpose of being a crop top but it also meant I had a swimsuit ready to go in case I wanted to go for a quick dip during one of our walks.

When it came to my accessories I wanted to stick to natural textures and this straw We Are Poolside bag had a real tropical feel to it. It was just the perfect size for carrying my essentials (wallet, hotel key, sunglasses and the like) and also came with a detachable strap in case I wanted to go hands-free (which I often did with the girls in two). My gold Aquazzura sandals were comfortable enough to walk in all day but added a glam touch to the rest of my look. And what’s a beach holiday without a great pair of sunglasses. I’ve been wearing these small-frame cat eye sunglasses by Poppy Lissiman to death as I love their modern, slightly futuristic vibe.

Credits: Pants, Tory Burch; Top, Tory Burch; Sunglasses, Poppy Lissiman; Bag, We Are Poolside, Sandals, Aquazzura

This post was produced in collaboration with Tory Burch