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How to pull off beach glam without looking over the top

13th December, 2017

What’s better than a day at the beach with girlfriends?

Whilst most people probably don’t have the time or inclination to go all out, next-level glam a la the Kardashian clan at the beach there is something to be said for adopting a slightly more considered look the next time you’re headed for a day of enjoying sun, sand and surf. If only for the fact going from an ocean dip to cocktails is then made oh-so simple. Who wants to rush home to change when there’s a frosé with your name on it waiting for you? And let’s face it, Instagram just wouldn’t be Instagram if you didn’t post a few shots of you looking cute at the beach this summer. So here’s the key to nailing a stylish look the next time you’re off to the beach…

Start with good quality swimwear

A great swimsuit is the lynchpin of your entire look so its worth getting it right. Invest in a good quality swimsuit that will hold up to numerous swims and constant sunscreen application without losing its shape or colour. Also try on lots of options before buying one as you want the most flattering fit – for example a bikini may be your go-to but you may discover that a one piece suits you phenomenally well.

Arm yourself with key beach attire

I always have a nice sarong, linen pants and denim shorts on rotation for when I go to the beach. I find all three work well with any swimsuit I’m wearing and help add a touch of polish to my overall look.

Consider your accessories

I have a big sunglasses collection so I always just rotate them whenever I’m going to the beach. I tend to favour fun frames with a little colour or embellishment. Also this season scarves are one of the key accessories trends and are great for not only keeping your hair off your face but also look totally chic. If you want, you could also pop on a simple bracelet or a pair of earrings to dress up your look—just make sure they’re pieces you don’t mind jumping in the water with. Another must is a great hat to help protect you from the sun. A wide brimmed straw hat is a favourite of mine as it serves the practical purpose of providing shade but also, it’s a great way to accessorise a beach look.

Scarves are a key trend this season and are a great hair accessory for the beach

Have the right bag and shoes

If you want a look that’s a touch more glamorous for heading out straight from the beach then be sure to come armed with a nice pair of sandals or slides rather than just your favourite thongs. Even if you’re heading out in the swimmers you’ve had on all day, great shoes can make all the difference and dresses up a look immensely. I also always carry a nice roomy bag with me to carry my essentials and this season there are so many nice options to choose from whether it’s a canvas bag or a straw tote. It’s the details that can really help finish off an outfit.

Avoid looking “too done”

Save a full face of makeup for a big evening event. Keep makeup subtle and to a minimum. Think tinted sunscreen, a little waterproof mascara and a swipe of blush with a dash of colour on your lips via lip balm or gloss. It’s about looking fresh faced not all out glamorous. Also it’s the ideal opportunity to skip your morning blow dry. Let your hair go au naturel and you’ll find by the end of the day you’ll end up with the best beach waves without having done much at all. Alternatively, top knots are always great for staying cool and keeping your hair off your face. And one thing I tend to do regularly in summer is get a fake tan whether I do it at home or go to a local salon. I’ll never lay out in the sun to get a real tan but I do love the bronzed effect of having one so faking it is by far the best option.

A great hat is a must

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What’s on my summer shopping wish list

9th December, 2017

It’s officially summer and with it the exciting prospect of new season purchases to make! I’ve been slowly but surely adding to my wish list and this month I am loving all things gold. It’s the ideal way to add a luxe touch to any look and is guaranteed to elevate even the most casual of ensembles. I’m also in need of an accessories update and have my eye on a pair of bold sunglasses along with jewellery that can lift my summer wardrobe. At the moment I’m all about great slides and have my eye on two styles, both with interesting finishes. More importantly though they will be a comfortable shoe option during what I’m sure will be a busy few weeks ahead. So, here’s what’s caught my eye this month…

Gregory Ladner hat

A summer hat is a must as I’m always at the beach and I particularly love the pink ribbon and writing on this.

Fendi Kan small leather crossbody bag

It’s a simple and sleek design but the gold hue and the chain detail make this bag special.

Gucci embroidered metallic leather sandal

The beautiful flowers are the striking element of this shoe and add a feminine touch to any ensemble.

Gucci L’Aveugle Par Amour metal sunglasses 

I have a soft spot for sunglasses and this pair is definitely going to have to be added to my collection.

Prada double-strap velvet sandals

I need a new pair of sleek yet comfy sandals for summer and this pair by Prada certainly does the job.

Rochas embellished point toe slipper shoes

Slides aren’t going away anytime soon and this dressy pair will work with so many outfits in my wardrobe.

Marysia Santa Barbara scalloped one-shoulder bikini

I like to get a new bikini at the start of summer and always opt for neutral colours with zero prints or patterns. I love the scallop detailing and one shoulder style of this bikini, plus you can never go wrong with classic white.

Ellery forbidden fruit gold-plated earrings

These are a great take on traditional hoop earrings but with its slightly sculptural look it has a unique point of difference.

Balenciaga pleated crepe de chine skirt

I can often be found in skirts or dresses during the warmer months and this piece, with its gorgeous pattern and colour will certainly be on high rotation.

Beaufille Medea ruffle-trimmed midi dress

I’m a big fan of the midi length so generally gravitate towards those pieces which is one of the reasons I love this dress. However the gorgeous ruffles and vibrant hue is what really has me wanting to snap it up.

What’s on your summer shopping wish list?
Fashion, What I Wore

What I Wore: Nautical Vibes

14th November, 2017

Easy-to-wear dresses are a staple in my summer wardrobe, especially when I’m packing for a holiday. I always try to go for pieces that won’t crease in my suitcase. Knits are especially great, as they don’t require ironing if you fold them carefully.

I recently wore this Rebecca Vallance dress on my holiday in Greece. Anything with a blue and white combination always gives off nautical vibes. I was instantly drawn to the ruffles as they add a feminine feel.

For instant style points, I teamed the dress with my Rebecca De Ravenel earrings. Statement earrings have become my go-to accessory for adding a bit of colour and fun to my ensembles these days.

Credits; Dress: Rebecca Vallance, Earrings: Rebecca De Ravenel, Sandals: Michael Kors 

 

Fashion, Lifestyle

What I pack for a day at the beach

2nd February, 2017

I can be found at Sydney’s Balmoral Beach most days in summer and it’s one of my favourite ways to spend a day out with my family. I always make sure that I come to the beach well stocked and prepared for the day ahead. Here’s what I often take with me…

A big tote

I always carry a nice roomy tote to the beach as it’s perfect for throwing everyone’s things in it. There are so many gorgeous beach bags out now whether it’s made of canvas or straw so shop around and find one that perfectly suits your lifestyle.

Beach towel

The bigger the better! I like a nice, big fluffy beach towel. I always need to be able to spread out my things and I like being able to lay down without having my feet hanging off into the sand so space is a necessity.

Sunglasses

I usually opt for a pair that has larger lenses so I can be guaranteed extra coverage throughout the day.

Sunscreen

Believe it or not I bring three different kinds! One for the body, one specifically for the face and a kids’ sunscreen for the girls.

Lipgloss with SPF

I like a multitasking lip gloss with a built in SPF. The sun can be quite dehydrating so I like one that I can use as a moisturiser but can protect me at the same time.

A wide brimmed hat

I am all about protecting my face from the sun’s rays so I definitely always pack a wide brimmed hat in my beach tote. A beautiful straw hat is my go-to.

Plain one piece or bikini

My swimsuits tend to be2 in plain block colours a lot of the time as I’m not really into wearing too many prints. I go for navy as it’s classic but I’ve also got swimmers in black, khaki and cream.

Waterproof watch

I’m a watch girl so I always wear a watch to the beach. The only mandatory is that it be waterproof. There are so many great, inexpensive watches out there now so I’ve found some great options that will survive a day in the sun.

Sandals

I like to take a pair of sandals that I can slip on and off quite easily. I hate having to deal with multiple straps when I know I’ll have to be in and out of them the whole day.

Sarong

I always bring a cover up of some sort so I can pop it on really quickly if I need to grab lunch or a drink for the girls. I like anything lightweight (linen is good!), airy and really uncomplicated – I just need to be able to take it on and off quite easily.

 

 

Lifestyle

My fave places to hang out in summer

1st February, 2017

One of my fave haunts is The Boat House at Balmoral Beach

Summer is the perfect time to get out and about as the weather is so great and everyone is in the mood to socialise. I have a list of regular haunts in my local area in Sydney but also have some die hard faves that I will make a special trip to visit. Here’s where you’re likely to find me…

Balmoral Beach

This is the number one place you will find me in summer. It’s my favourite beach as it’s ideal for kids as there are no waves. I take the girls here all the time and we love spending a day out as a family.

The Boat House

I love going out for breakfast and this spot is located in Balmoral Beach and is right next to the water. The food and coffee is amazing. Be warned though: lunchtimes are ridiculously busy, especially if the weather is great. The menu is full of great options that I always find it hard to choose what to order.

Bathers’ Pavilion

We’ll sometimes go to Bathers’ for breakfast or to grab an early family dinner. It’s got great views and has a relaxed vibe that’s just perfect for summer.

Bistro Moncur

I am a fan of the original Bistro Moncur in Sydney’s Woollahra so was pleased when they opened up a second location in Mosman. The menu is French meets modern Australian so there’s everything from sirloin with buttery Café de Paris to pan friend barramundi fillet. Amazing.

Fratelli Paradiso

I love Italian food so can’t go past this restaurant in Potts Point. It’s cosy, the food is super hearty and is perfect when I just want to experience a touch of Italy.

Apollo

Also located in Potts Point, Apollo serves up modern Greek food that’s unbelievably delicious. The main dining room is light and airy is one of my fave spots for a long, relaxing lunch.

Bondi Icebergs

When the weather is warm Bondi Icebergs is a definitely must. The view can’t be beat and the vibe perfectly encapsulates the special atmosphere during an Aussie summer.

What are some of your favourite summer haunts?

 

Fashion, What I Wore

What I wore: The beach cover up

30th November, 2016

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I recently went on a family holiday to Fiji which was the perfect getaway – there was plenty of beachtime and relaxation involved which is just what I needed after a busy year. My holiday wardrobe when I’m heading to a tropical destination usually involves lots of lightweight dresses and cover ups so this Studio.W striped shirt really fit the bill. As it was a slightly longer cut I decided to use the shirt as a dress and it was perfect as it was easy to throw on over my swimmers and I was able to go from the beach to lunch with minimal fuss. I’m always a big fan of stripes for summer and this shirt in its blue and white colour-way had a great nautical feel and was the perfect relaxed look for a day out in the sun. I just threw on a boater and some sunnies and I was set. When I’m on holiday I’m definitely all about an outfit that’s simple and easy.

Fashion

Find your perfect summer sandals

5th October, 2016

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With the weather warming up it’s time to get your sandal game on. There are so many fun options this season from strappy, to pom pom embellishments and metallic details that I warn you, you’ll find it hard to narrow it down to just one. A pair in a black or tan will always work back with pretty much everything in your wardrobe but this season update your look with a pair of slides. They’ll be everywhere come high summer. Now, just don’t forget to get a pedicure in a beautiful, punchy shade.

Slides

Tan

Black

 

Date with Kate

Date with Kate: Samantha Jade

24th January, 2016

My date with Samantha Jade at Sokyo, The Star.

Samantha Jade was the first female to win the Australian series of The X Factor Australia in 2012. She subsequently signed with Sony Music and released her winner’s single “What You’ve Done to Me” which reached number one on the ARIA Singles Charts. Jade has had a series of hits since and she released her second studio album, Nine, in November last year. Jade also starred as Kylie Minogue in the mini-series, INXS: Never Tear Us Apart in 2014 and this year, Jade has joined the cast of the long-running soap opera Home and Away. I chatted to the 28-year-old about her career, her plans to make it in the UK and how the death of her mother, Jacqueline Gibbs, impacted her music.

What are you up to, at the moment?

I am preparing for a bit of a big year. [My] deluxe record will be out this year… [I’m] a guest role in Home and Away, which is pretty exciting…  It was so fun to film — it was so different than the Kylie, INXS role. It’s so different from the real me so it was a really creative moment.

Do you enjoy acting?

I love it… A lot of people say acting and music are similar. It’s not! It’s actually really different. Music obviously, is self-expression because if you’re a writer and you’re writing about your experiences. With acting, you’re playing a character, you’re playing someone who is not you, who shouldn’t think like you, who hasn’t been through what you’ve been through — you’ve got to create a whole world for them. It’s really different and I really enjoy that side of it because it just is so creative.

How do you measure the success of an album?

I think that that’s something that comes with age, realising what success really is and I think that a few years ago if you would have asked me that I would have said, “Oh Top 10. It has to be Top 5 or it’s not good enough.” For me now, after everything I went through last two years with my mum [passing away]… success is such a different thing to me now and happiness has become my number one and just my whole idea of life has completely changed. So for me, getting an album out, was a really big deal and for people to actually listen to it and actually getting those messages that I wanted to write about across — that’s success to me. It has really changed for me, I just am happy it’s out and that my fans are happy with it … There’s a song called Nine on there about my mum and a lot of people have written and said, “That’s gotten me through… I lost my Grandfather. I lost my uncle or I lost my Dad” it’s such a positive spin on such a sad moment. It has really helped me and that’s success.

Your new album draws inspiration from dark moments in your life, including the death of your mother; in what way did the passing of your mother impact your music?

Yes [it impacted my album hugely] I took a lot of 2014 off because she got sick that January. Australia Day we found out she had cancer, which was the hardest day… I basically relocated back to Perth and I still had to work but I just would fly over and fly straight back. It was a full six months and it took a lot out of us. So once everything happened and she passed, we went on a holiday. I came back and started to rewrite the album because I felt like everything I had written didn’t make sense anymore for me.

How did you manage to get an album out? 

I kind of think that — I don’t have a partner, I don’t have a child. So, my work is my everything right now. So I threw myself into it. My mum said to me when she was sick, “you do not stop working — you’ve worked so hard for this, this is your love. I’m so proud of you,” and I knew for her, I had to keep working as well. My Dad kept reminding me of that. He was like, “You’ve got to do it. You love what you do.”

What do you do in your time off, when you’re not working?

I love to shop, I love to go to the movies, and I love to go to the beach. And I’m the ambassador for “Star Summer Hits” at The Star Sydney. It’s really exciting because I’m a Perth girl and Sunday sessions are huge thing in Perth and it’s really hard to find that out here in Sydney. So, Thursday through to Sunday on the Sky Terrace they’ve got a beautiful bar in the middle and there’s this really cool little area with grass and it’s just a nice way to let your hair down through summer and a very nice little Sunday session with champagne, brunch. It’s just lovely.

What are your plans for 2016?

I would love to go to the U.K. That’s a really big thing for me. I would love to go there and just feel it out [career wise] and see how it would go. So, that’s my goal this year. And the deluxe record and maybe a tour and just to stay in music.

What is the biggest impact winning X-Factor has had on your life?

My job is now music. I get to wake up every day and do what I love. That’s incredible to say, not many people can do that and say that. But I think the ability to inspire people is a really incredible feeling that I’ve only realised how powerful that is in the last year, because of my album and because of what I went through and when I went through what I went through with my mum and there’s so many people that go through that, and having a little bit of a profile — you are lucky because you can inspire people, I’m really like to have the ability to do that.

Where do you see yourself in five years time?

I hopefully am married by then, and having a child because having a baby and being married is as much of a dream for me as music is… So, I’d love that and I’d love to still be in music.

If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be?

I always say Ed Sheeran because I think he is one of the best songwriters of our generation… There’s no facade with him.

WE WENT TO Sokyo, The Star, Pyrmont.

WE ATE a fruit platter and a selection of pastries.

WE DRANK coffee and juice.

I WORE Rebecca Vallance  Subtropical High Neck Midi Dress

Photography by Chris Pearce.

Fashion

Shop the look: Beach Essentials

2nd December, 2015

 

Now that the warmer weather is officially here I’m all about ticking off all the essentials on my summer checklist. This is what I’ve got on my mind at the moment:

A sporty black bikini

I don’t think you can ever go wrong with a black bikini. I love neutral colours such as black, navy, white or khaki because they work with everything

A sarong 

I love bringing a sarong on holiday because it’s so versatile. It can be used as a sarong or a scarf or a beach cover up. A sarong in a monochrome is even better because it’s really easy to wear it with multiple outfits.

A sun hat

Sun protection is always really important to me which is why I always have a wide brimmed hat whenever I’m heading out to the beach.

Sunglasses

This summer 70s style round frames are going to be huge. It’s an easy way to update your look.

Black slides 

I love the simplicity of black slides. This particular pair will work equally as well with a sun dress as they will with a skirt and top or a pair of denim shorts and a tee.

A cutout bikini

A girl can never have too many bikinis, right? This particular pair is ever so slightly more glamorous than your average bikini which I love.

 

 

 

Fashion

Summer trends I’m loving

8th December, 2014
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BCBG Max Azria


Now that summer’s officially here it’s time to embrace all the amazing trends of the season. It’s hard to pick a fave with so many great summer trends around but these would be my top three:

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Prabal Gurung

All white

I love that everything’s crisp white this season and I’m especially loving that white on white look. It’s really fresh for summer plus it suits all occasions from weekends to nights out. I think it’s a really beautiful look.

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BCBG Max Azria

Pastels

I have a soft spot for pastels. I think gelato and sorbet colours are really complementary on so many different people and skin types and I think that it’s a very pretty look for summer.

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Alexander Wang

Sporte luxe

I love that sporte luxe look. I’m all about laser cuts, and neoprene. It’s a bit edgy and a bit sporty for summer. It’s a nice contrast to the more feminine look of the pastels and all white trend.

 

What sumer trends are you loving?

 

Photography: style.com