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Make like Kate Middleton and embrace the humble hair bow

9th December, 2018

As with most things Kate Middleton does when it comes to fashion and beauty, there’s a mad scramble to nab whatever dress/bag/shoes or in this case hair accessory she’s wearing. Recently the Duchess of Cambridge stepped out in a black velvet J.Crew hair bow and as expected it has now sold out. And what’s so great about this trend is that it’s inexpensive but can turn a humble ponytail into something classy and elegant (the perfect go-to for those days when you just don’t have the time or inclination to really do your hair). And the best bit is hair bows come in many difference incarnations from a hair tie, to a headband or clip, so you’re bound to find the perfect one to suit your fashion aesthetic (and patience to style your hair).

The humble bow has also been seen on the red carpet worn by the likes of Sienna Miller, Emily Ratajkowski and Margot Robbie who each gave their respective looks a touch of old school hair appeal. I’m also a huge fan of the trend, having recently embraced it at this year’s Melbourne Cup with an oversized hair bow by Nerida Winter.

So you can either raid your daughter/sister/niece’s hair bow collection or shop my picks of accessories below. Either way this is a beyond easy trend that we can all definitely get behind.

Still in love with this Nerida Winter bow I wore to Melbourne Cup

 

 

 

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What’s on my shopping wish list this month

7th December, 2018

What a hectic year it has been! The last 12 months have seen me fall in love with a lot of gorgeous pieces, and no doubt there will be more to come in 2019. In the midst of shopping for Christmas, prepping for a family holiday and a manic schedule over the last few weeks, it’s been quite relaxing being able to scroll through my favourite online stores when I have a spare minute to admire all the newest trends and latest drops of the season. With the summer months stretching ahead, my mind’s been on light, breezy pieces that can easily take me from the festive season into a brand new year. This month I’ve been all about mini dresses, animal prints and wearable skirts that have presence. Thanks for coming along on my virtual shopping trips with me in 2018—looking forward to doing it all again next year!

Zimmermann corsage print pom pom mini dress

Love a printed dress for summer especially when it’s by one of my fave Aussie brands.

Zimmermann Swiss dot tulle mini skirt

The great mix of textures and shape of this skirt make it a definite summer staple.

Adriana Degreas polka dot silk crepe de chine blouse

I can envisage this being worn to many a summer event and it adds a nice subtle pop of colour to a neutral look.

Illesteva Seattle round-frame tortoiseshell sunglasses

You can’t go wrong with tortoiseshell glasses. Ever.

Saint Laurent printed silk de chine mini dress

Another great summer dress with a bold colour that’s ideal for events.

Eugenia Kim Sunny faux-raffia sun hat

A great sun hat is never far from my reach. This is made for days at the beach.

Balmain fringed tweed mini skirt

My work wardrobe is already being planned as we speak and I think this skirt has the right balance of classic with just a hint of fun.

Raey silk-satin slip skirt

It’s a simple skirt, but this little number will get quite the workout over the next few months.

Miu Miu leopard print silk blouse

I can’t resist a hit of animal print, especially when it comes in the form of such a gorgeous, wearable blouse.

Prada canvas and straw woven bucket bag

I like this bag’s summery feel—it’s great for warm, balmy days enjoying the sunshine.

Fendi logo knit top

A bit of logo action is always a good thing. Love this classic Fendi look.

Johanna Ortiz grassland open back swimsuit

Hunting around for the perfect new swimsuit at the moment and gravitating towards printed one pieces like this.

Cult Gaia Luna crossbody bag

A fun take on the crossbody bag trend. This will add a touch of colour to any outfit.

ASOS Design Tiana premium leather sandals

Animal prints are great, especially when they come with such an affordable price tag.

Boohoo velvet block heels in dusky pink

The gorgeous dusky pink tone of these heels make it the perfect feminine addition to an ensemble.

What’s on your shopping wish list this month?

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Statement earrings to liven up any party look

2nd December, 2018

I often think that the key to any party look is what you accessorise it with. And this is often one of the great ways in which you can recycle existing pieces in your wardrobe. By simply switching up your accoutrements, then you instantly have yourself a brand new look.

One of the best and most wearable accessories to elevate any look (whether it be a party ensemble or just a casual look you want to give a little lift) is a pair of statement earrings. I often wear simple studs but for the times when I just want something a little extra to my look I definitely turn to my choice of earring. Often by wearing something bold and fun, you can instantly change the energy of an ensemble and give it a point of difference. And this season you’ll definitely be spoilt for choice. Because whether you’re after feathered and fun, colourful and bright or simply elegant, there’s definitely a pair of earrings to suit.

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Statement skirts are an easy shortcut to a winning look

17th November, 2018

If there’s one thing that’s quickly become a staple in my wardrobe it’s the statement skirt. I’ve found it to be an easy shortcut on those days when I need an outfit that requires minimal styling fuss. Easily paired with everything from a tee to a button down shirt, a skirt that speaks volumes is the ideal anchor piece to many a look.

This season there are so many skirt options to choose from. From a printed midi with vibrant shades and prints to a sleek pencil skirt featuring textured finishes and plenty of embellishments, it’s the kind of piece that will see you through many occasions. Suitable for everything from a lunch with the girls to a day in the office, add it to your wardrobe repertoire and watch yourself reach for it time and time again.

Shop my edit of statement skirts to suit every style and budget

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Lightweight linen is the summer staple you need

16th November, 2018

When it comes to summer there’s nothing better than easy breezy options that are designed for long balmy days in the sun. Lightweight linen is a dream to wear at this time of year as it’s so airy, breathable and looks incredibly fresh. It also has that “I’m on an exotic holiday sipping Aperols in the sun” feel to it that is ideal for the resort wear vibe that these hotter months in Australia demand. The trend has been a regular amongst bloggers and the like with gorgeous wrap style dresses a recurring theme.

If you’re currently in the midst of updating your summer wardrobe let the following looks inspire you and prepare to shop up a storm…

 

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These pieces make for the ideal summer look…

 

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What’s on my shopping wish list this month

9th November, 2018

It’s been a hectic time with the Melbourne Cup Carnival but that doesn’t mean I haven’t had time to squeeze in a bit of window shopping. My wish list is always a work in progress and I’m always finding things to update it — and it’s not hard as there are just so many amazing pieces around right now. This month I’m all about bold shades, interesting finishes and unique pieces that will take my outfits next-level.

Calvin Klein pleated midi skirt

I’m a huge fan of statement skirts and the colours and the pattern of this particular Calvin Klein piece would make it the ideal anchor piece for so many looks in my wardrobe.

Fendi leather bucket bag

Fashion’s experiencing a bit of logomania at the moment and this bucket bag is the ideal way to dip into the trend.

Saint Laurent Lily cat-eye sunglasses

My love of great sunnies continues and this tortoiseshell pair are a definite classic that I know I’ll wear for seasons to come.

Marques’Almeida belted mini dress

Warmer weather calls for shades that pop and I think this dress is fresh and fun. Great for the upcoming party season.

Chanel vintage watch

I have a thing for beautiful timepieces and this watch, in classic Chanel colours would make a welcome addition to my collection.

Malone Souliers by Roy Luwolt Maisie mules

Updating your shoe wardrobe this season is as easy as buying a pair of statement mules. Love the polka dot print and oversized buckle on this pair.

Ksubi Chlo Wasted high waisted cropped jeans

I love the cut and shape of these jeans — definitely a pair I can see myself in for off duty wear and also smart casual occasions.

Blazé Milano printed silk blazer

You can never go wrong with a blazer, especially in a monochrome. The print on this is just the thing to take a plain outfit up a notch.

Wandler Hortensia mini leather shoulder bag

I love a mini bag, especially when it’s in such a fresh shade.

Rosantica gold-tone crystal bracelet

Just in time for the festive season is this little beauty. It would make the ideal statement piece to elevate an event outfit.

Ganni ruffled sequin camisole

The killer combination of ruffles and sequins has me seeing this making its way onto the dance floor at many a Christmas party.

Juicy Couture logo sneaker

A simple, casual shoe that would be ideal for the weekend.

Missguided wide leg leopard print pant

I’m in the fashion camp that considers animal print to be a neutral so I’m definitely sold on these pants.

ASOS Design tiered maxi dress

The tiered effect and print make this a great go-to for enjoying long summer days.

Zimmermann Castile crochet top

Another gorgeous piece by one of my favourite Aussie designers. I love the romantic Victorian feel of this blouse. It would be a match made in heaven with my fave pair of jeans.

What’s on your wish list this month?

 

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The quick styling trick that will update your favourite dress

24th October, 2018

I’m all about a quick styling trick. If there’s something that I can do to my outfit that takes minutes but will do plenty to change its look and feel then I’m all over it. This is why this recent trend towards belting dresses is absolute genius in my mind. It’s something that you can do using an accessory that you more than likely already have in your closet and it will change the whole vibe of a dress. By simply cinching in the waist of an existing dress you completely change the shape, and also give it a strong focal point based on the belt that you choose.

The thing with this styling trick is that most styles of belt will work. You could opt for a classic black belt with statement buckle to give your dress a little edge. A simple skinny belt will add a sophisticated touch to any frock whilst a chunky style waist belt will act as its own bold finishing piece. And it’s so easy. Just pop on the belt and you’re done.

If you have a closet full of dresses that are currently putting you to sleep because you’ve worn them so much then consider adding a belt the next time you wear it. It’s an easy outfit refresh that won’t break the bank and that’s a definite win-win situation.

 

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Cinch in a dress with volume

Give a dress with a voluminous silhouette some shape with a waist belt that will instantly give you an hourglass figure.

 

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Add a statement feature to your dress

By simply adding a belt you can instantly give your dress a new focal point that changes its look and feel.

 

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Pack a punch

You could opt for a belt with a statement buckle (the classic GG belt like the one above is a fave) to give your favourite dress an added lift.

Tell me—have you jumped aboard this trend yet?

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If you’re not already living in printed dresses you will be

7th October, 2018

Spring/summer is the perfect time to take your style into bright and bold territory. And there’s no better way to do it than with the help of dresses in the most vibrant of prints and colours.

Printed dresses will become a wardrobe shortcut over the coming months because of how complete a look they are. They tick all the boxes: statement-making, fun, and so wearable and there’s not much more required. All they need is an accessory or two, a great summer sandal and a place to wear it and show it off!

So take inspiration from some of the most stylish ladies on Instagram below and immerse yourself in a printed dress or two this season. There’s no better time to dabble in playful styles that will take you from beach to bar… or wherever the day may take you!

Shop my edit of printed dresses below…

 

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Easy outfit go-to: the co-ord set

5th October, 2018

Want to look polished without really trying? Then a co-ord set will quickly become a firm favourite. It’s an outfit that gives an air of polish with its perfectly co-ordinated top and bottom. It just screams pulled together. And it’s also one of the easiest things you can wear. No further consideration needs to be given to what to pair with a particular pant or skirt, all the hard work has been done for you. And if you want to change things up you a bit, a set can be split into separates, doubling their wear.

I’ve become a huge fan of late. My love of suiting further extending into everything from a matching shirt and skirt to a wrap jacket with a relaxed pant. When I need to get out the door fast it’s the one thing I turn to that’s guaranteed to have me looking sleek and chic without any fuss.

The great thing about this trend is that it works for casual day wear, office attire to a special event. There’s a two-piece ensemble to suit virtually every occasion and it’s quickly becoming a no-brainer solution to most outfit dilemmas. It’s the easiest shortcut to looking polished you can have in your wardrobe.

Shop my pick of co-ordinated sets below…
MSGM leopard print satin skirt and shirt

You’re guaranteed to steal the show with this bold and bright animal print number.

Miguelina wide-leg pant and crop top

A crop top can be a bit daunting to wear but paired back with a wide leg pant it becomes a little more wearable. Bonus points for the gorgeous dusty pink colour.

Koché leopard print pant and blazer

Make a statement in this thoroughly modern and daring take on traditional suiting.

Sister Jane button up shirt and skirt

With its checked print and sweet finishes this is a feminine way to wear a matching set.

Glamorous tweed jacket and mini skirt

A little Clueless-esque, this jacket and skirt is a preppy take on the co-ord trend.

Wild Honey zip front pants and jacket

A cute cropped pant paired with its co-ordinating jacket is a great go-to for days at the office or an important event.

ASOS Design boucle cropped jacket and shorts

Shorts look decidedly grown up when styled with a cropped jacket, even more so in a classic houndstooth pattern.

Wild Honey blazer and skirt

A double breasted blazer paired with an asymmetric skirt is a contemporary iteration of traditional suiting.

Glamorous wrap front top and skirt

This is a sophisticated pairing that I could definitely see as a polished look for an evening event.

Miguelina wide leg pant and tie front top

The gorgeous tropical pattern and tie front top make this a compulsory purchase if you’re about to escape on an island holiday.

Sies Marjan satin blazer and straight leg pant

Pink is one of the biggest colour trends right now and when it’s in the form of a great co-ord such as this, you definitely need to make it yours.

Ports 1961 cropped bandeau top and skirt

Consider for your next event. A top and skirt make for a great alternative to your usual go-to dress.

 

 

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How to wear the sheer trend in a classy way

4th October, 2018

I’ve dabbled in sheer looks a number of times such as here, here and here but each time I do, it’s still a daunting prospect. How much skin is too much? Am I revealing more than I bargained for? There’s something about transparent pieces that are edgy and sexy, and when it’s done well, it can really make for quite a striking look. But how do you balance modesty without completely taking away from the see-through nature of this trend? Whether it’s a blouse, a dress or a skirt, it’s definitely a strategic game of knowing what to cover up and what to bare. With a little experimentation, here’s what I’ve found makes for wearing the sheer trend in a classy, polished way.

Invest in the right underwear

I cannot tell you enough how important it is to get your underwear right with this trend. You need to get maximum coverage underwear— so opt for a beautiful cami or bralette or plain full briefs which will cover up a lot and not reveal too much. Also a nude coloured slip is a handy thing to have in your closet, and works great under a dress or skirt.

Layer over clothes with more coverage

If you’re planning to wear a sheer shirt with a bra, it’s great to pair it with something high waisted such as pants or a skirt so you can show a touch of midriff without feeling like you’re revealing a lot of skin. You could also layer things to achieve strategic coverage such as a transparent dress over jeans or topping a see-through blouse with a blazer.

Find a balance

As wearing anything sheer makes quite a bold statement it’s important to temper it with slightly more subdued pieces. If you’re wearing a skirt with sheer panelling, pair it with a top that offers a little extra coverage to strike the right balance. A transparent top worn back with denim instantly grounds the look. As with most things with fashion, it’s all about striking the right balance.

Keep it simple

You’re already making quite a statement with anything sheer so try and keep the rest of your look quite subdued. Classic, simple accessories make the ideal complementary finishing touches as opposed to anything too loud which will compete with the bold nature of transparent pieces. You want the alluring flash of skin to take centre stage.

Have you jumped aboard the sheer trend yet?