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The shoes your summer wardrobe needs

4th January, 2021

A great slide

I pretty. much live in slides throughout summer as I find them to be really versatile and such a wearable option for any occasion. I tend to go for slides that have a more polished vibe making them easier to wear with multiple looks, dressed up or down. I usually invest in a new pair each season, and this summer, I went for the above white Bottega Veneta slides. White is so easy to pair with pretty much everything in my closet making it my number one pick.

“Dad” sandals

These sandals can be quite divisive—you either love ’em or you hate ’em. I fall into the former category. I’ve found them to be so comfortable so I’ve found myself wearing them most days of the week and they’ve been really easy to pair with everything from dresses to jeans. If you don’t like this particular silhouette, definitely find yourself a comfy shoe this summer, whether it’s a Teva backpacker-style sandal or good ol’ fashion Birkenstocks. Take advantage of the fact comfort is most definitely in!

White pumps

Dark pumps can feel quite heavy at this time of year but you may still want a pair of shoes that you can wear for dressy occasions. Enter a great white heel. Anything in a crisp white is perfect for summer wear and this style is still formal enough to wear as occasion wear, or when you just feel like dressing up a casual look.

Statement shoe

I’m of the frame of mind that a statement shoe is a necessity all year round. Often a simple look can be elevated by the right kind of shoe. These Bottega Veneta mesh pumps are my go-to statement heel right now, as the colour is easily worked back with myriad looks while the style quirky enough to add an element of interest to an outfit. Also mesh is all kinds of perfect for summer weather—great ventilation!

Fashion, Lifestyle

What I pack for a day at the beach

26th December, 2020

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. And while a great beach day is fun, having two kids in tow also means that I need to be prepared with a well-stocked beach bag. 

I like to be prepared for lazing about on the sand, but also for wherever the day may take us so it means I always have a few key things on hand at all times. 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.


I usually opt for a pair that has larger lenses so I can be guaranteed extra coverage throughout the day. I’m quite militant about wearing sunglasses to protect my eyes in summer so I always invest in the best quality I can.


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 is a necessity

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 be 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.


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.


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.

What are some of your beach essentials?


Beauty, Fashion

How to pull off beach glam without looking over the top

7th December, 2020

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 rosé 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.

One of my fave beach looks

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 scarves  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 dainty 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 always 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.

A great hat is a must

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.


10 beach bag essentials this summer

30th December, 2019

Summer’s always a favourite time of year for me as I’m always at the beach with the girls. We’re close to the water so we like to take advantage of it by going in the morning to avoid the crowds. When it comes to packing for a day at the beach, I think it always pays to have a few key essentials with you to make the day not only enjoyable but sun safe too. So what should be in every beach bag this summer? Well, here are a few key things…

Image: The Iconic

Mini cooler bag

Long hot days on the sand require cool beverages and this little cooler bag is compact, cool and will keep everything icy cold.

Portable speakers

If you’re heading down to the beach with a big group and want to get some music happening then a portable speaker is a must. This cute unicorn style speaker is loads of fun but is quite powerful too.

Beach chair

Perfect for lazy days at the beach, this chic beach chair is lightweight, easily portable and is made for sitting and relaxing.

Beach umbrella

We all know sun protection is crucial at the beach so definitely invest in a great beach umbrella. This print will stand out on the sand and it’s stylish to boot.

A chic beach bag

You’ll want a great carryall to tote all your beach gear around and this straw bag with it’s expandable feature will ensure that you’ll be able to fit everything without compromising on the style front.

Beach towel

A beach towel needs to be large enough to lay out on and looks gorgeous on the sand. This Matteau monochromatic number ticks both those boxes.

Mobile phone charger

You don’t want to be caught out with a dead battery when there’s plenty of just laying back and relaxing ahead of you. This portable charger will ensure you’ve got enough power for a lengthy Insta scroll!

After sun spray

This soothing after sun spray by cult brand Ouai will provide a welcome cooling spritz at the end of a long day enjoying the sun.

Insulated water bottle

Stay hydrated but make it chic! This Frank Green insulated bottle will keep beverages cool for hours but the poppy shades make it a playful addition to any beach bag.

Organic sunscreen mist

If you want a convenient way to apply sunscreen then consider a spray. This delivers a fine mist that’s ideal for constant application throughout the day.


My fave places to hang out in summer

8th December, 2018

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 as it’s so close to where I live. 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 there 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 I 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 sauce 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.


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?



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, What I Wore

What I wore: The beach cover up

30th November, 2016



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.


Find your perfect summer sandals

5th October, 2016


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.





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.