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15 pieces that will get you ready for party season

30th November, 2018

If there’s one thing this time of year is known for it’s the cluster of parties and occasions that seem to happen in quick succession. From the office Christmas party to big family get togethers, we’re often faced with one party invite after the next but our wardrobes can’t quite keep up! If you’re currently on the hunt for a festive look or two to take you through the next few weeks then look no further. I’ve rounded up some great pieces that will make putting together your next ensemble a cinch.

Alice + Olivia draped camisole

A colourful cami that will brighten up many a festive season look.

Rixo Holly polka-dot dress

The subtle polka dot print and fun hue of this dress will ensure you’re ready to party.

Nanushka satin wrap top

This is the kind of top that can easily have multiple outings — just switch up your bottoms and accessories and you’re ready to roll.

MSGM faux leather straight pants

Snakeskin has become quite the trend so jump aboard and give your next party look some added edge with these pants.

Tom Ford Natalia quilted leather shoulder bag

It’s definitely an investment piece, but this Tom Ford bag is the kind of look that you’ll be taking to many a party or occasion for years to come.

Maticevski Palos asymmetric skirt

Major love for anything Maticevski, especially this showstopper skirt.

Gucci Tifosa basketball leather should bag

For those who like their accessories to be a talking point, this is one way to ensure that you’re the belle of the ball (get it?).

Malone Souliers Mara leather mules

Classic and elegant, these mules will work with almost any event look making them a great value buy.

Roksanda Baroque pearl earrings

You can’t head into a party without being suitably accessorised! These earrings are gorgeous and a guaranteed way to elevate any look.

Monse asymmetric plaid corset

A statement-making top is one way to turn any look into one that will steal the show.

By Timo trumpet sleeve blazer

There’s no better time of year to embrace a bright, vibrant red than Christmas time. This blazer will turn any outfit into one with a little extra festive cheer.

Alice McCall Of The Night dress

Wearing a dress with wow factor is certainly one way to enter a party — and this Alice McCall number will certainly have you making an impact.

Pretty Little Thing flared jumpsuit

A cute jumpsuit is a great party look alternative to the sea of dresses you’ll no doubt be seeing.

Simmi London block heeled shoes

In another nod to the snakeskin trend, these shoes will lift almost any look and turn it into something that’s definitely party ready.

Boohoo midi skirt with contrast panels

Take one statement skirt, team it with your favourite top and killer heels and you have yourself a guaranteed winning look. Plus this is one look that will be friendly to your bank account.

What’s your one wardrobe essential this party season?

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5 of my favourite things this month

26th November, 2018

There are so many amazing things around right now that it was almost impossible to compile this list. Each month I fall in love with a few things especially hard so instead of keeping it to myself, I thought I’d share in case it’s something that might put a smile on your face too.

Lulu Vintage Wicker dolls pram

As you can imagine my daughters are at the age where they’re heavily into dolls and there’s nothing they love more than looking after them, often role playing the things I do as a mum. A doll pram is something they’ve been really wanting and I couldn’t resist the Lulu Vintage range that I found on a great store called Little French Heart. Not only is it beautifully made, the design is so cute and they come in a range of colours. The dolls in our house have been having a great time in them!

Image via Little French Heart

J Bronze fake tan

It’s that time of year again where everyone wants to look sun-kissed. I don’t like baking in the sun so to get a golden glow I’ve been using the J.Bronze fake tan range at home and I’m seriously loving it. It’s really easy to use, comes in a range of shades and is available in a mousse, spray or cream so there’s a type to suit everyone.

Image via Couturing

We Are Poolside The Ashleigh + Mirror

Natural textures are huge this summer and this raffia bag is a new fave of mine. It’s a great size for carrying around my essentials but not overly big and it comes fully lined with a mirror in the lid which makes for easy makeup touch ups on the run (especially when I’ve just come from the beach). It also ticks a box in that it comes with a strap so I can either carry it or wear it crossbody style which is something I tend to look for when it comes to any bag I own.

Image via We Are Poolside

Mara and Mine Sagittarius slippers

I always gravitate towards pieces that are able to have a personalised touch especially when it comes to my accessories. This is why I really liked these Sagittarius slippers by Mara and Mine. They’re a great shape and I liked the subtle embroidery, plus I can wear my star sign loud and proud. I think they’d make a particularly great gift.

Image via Mara and Mine

Statement sleeves

One thing I can’t get enough of this month is statement sleeves. One label doing them really well is Zimmermann. I think they’ve got the balance right between being bold and still being wearable and I’ve found them so easy to pair with several pieces in my wardrobe. If you’re looking for something a little different this party season definitely give this style a go.

Photography: Dan Castano

What’s in your top five this month?

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Best buys under $100

24th November, 2018

In the lead up to Christmas budgets can be tight but there’s also an array of social occasions to contend with. So, what to do? Well to help you look stylish across party season I’ve rounded up some great buys to help you get dressed in some on trend outfits without it costing a fortune. Whether it’s a casual Christmas Day gathering or a big New Year’s Eve bash, these cheap and cheerful buys will get you through the next few weeks without breaking the bank.

Boohoo button detail wide leg pant

These pants with their nautical style button finish are the perfect go-to for dinner and drinks or a day at work. Let your choice of top and shoes dictate how dressy you make them.

ASOS Design square neck top

This top is reminiscent of a lot more expensive styles but at a fraction of the price. Anything with statement sleeves this season is always a winner.

ASOS Design Marling bow mule

The adorable bow elevate this simple mule into a shoe option that’s just made for parties aplenty.

ASOS Design Haiku padded heel sandals

If you want to take your outfit up a notch it’s always worth adding a statement shoe. The texture and colour of this heel make it ideal for occasion dressing.

ASOS Design ornate cross body bag

Structured bags are having a moment and this style with its ornate finish adds a ladylike touch to any ensemble.

True Violet square neck bodycon dress

A sleek style that’s made a little more daring with touches of animal print.

Le Specs Damn! square frame sunglasses

A pair of easy breezy frames in classic white will dress up any summer ensemble and give it a fun vibe.

Kenneth Jay Lane gold plated earrings

Want to know the best shortcut for reworking existing occasion wear? Bold accessories. These earrings can easily be reworn multiple times making them a worthy investment this season.

Madewell bodysuit

If you want to give your trusty tees a break consider a bodysuit. Easily paired with myriad looks it will quickly become a summer staple.

J.Crew Claire tie-front top

The tie-front feature make this white shirt a cut above. It could easily be paired with everything from statement pants to a printed skirt.

Superga 2750 Cotu Classic sneakers

This classic French sneaker brand is a go-to for many a celebrity. These sneakers come in multiple colours so don’t be afraid to stock up!

Nana-Nana small bucket bag

Anything with a little logo action is so of the moment. Try this daring design for the ideal finishing touch to any look.

Diesel embellished narrow belt

A great belt is one of the type of accessory that you’ll wear to death. One in a vibrant shade will rework an outfit in an instant.

Furla Babylon cardholder

Luxe and affordable? What’s not to love! A great way to downsize your essentials to fit into your fave clutch.

Venroy lounge shorts

If you’re heading to a casual BBQ or beach day over the holidays then these are the ideal resort wear piece to have you looking like you’re spending the day in the Amalfi Coast.

 

 

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30 spring racing headwear options for a winning look

19th October, 2018

Putting together a spring racing look takes loads of time and effort but often headwear can be a last minute consideration. Don’t make this mistake as the right headpiece can actually end up making a look. Case in point: I fell in love with a pink Gucci turban and ended up working last year’s entire Melbourne Cup look around it such was my determination to wear it.

Over the years I’ve tried everything from hats to headbands and turbans and can attest that they were the finishing touch that really elevated my outfit. I find choosing my headwear a fun experience as the sky is the limit when it comes to shapes, textures and styles. I often like to go big and bold and am drawn to pieces that make a statement.

If you’re heading to the races and are on the hunt for the ideal headpiece, then look no further as I’ve rounded up 30 gorgeous options to suit every style.

Option 1: Hats

A beautiful hat is always a classic option but remember straw hats are for spring racing, felt for autumn racing. If you want something a little different, an emerging trend is leather hats which are modern and a bit daring and are a departure from your more traditional options.

I went for a crisp white hat for Derby Day in 2015

 

Option 2: Headbands

I’ve got a soft spot for headbands as race day headwear as they’re feminine, fun and so easy to wear. I’ve opted for everything from a big bow to jewelled embellishments and even my name over the years and my love affair with this style still endures. The great thing about headbands is that you can extend their wear long after spring racing is over which is a definite plus.

A throwback to last year’s spring racing season. I loved this Gucci headband and its oversized bow dotted with pearls.

 

Option 3: Go bold

From fascinators to embellished hair clips and my personal fave – the turban I am all for embracing headpieces that are unique with an added element of personality. I’ve worn everything from a turban fashioned out of bronze mesh to a gold wreath in the past and love thinking outside the box when it comes to headwear. This year, don’t be afraid to push the boundaries…

This is the Gucci turban that I centred my entire 2017 Melbourne Cup look around!

What’s your favourite style of racing headwear?

 

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What’s on my shopping wish list this month

12th October, 2018

I’ve been so busy prepping looks for spring racing season that it was nice to be able to revisit my regular day-to-day wardrobe to see what beautiful new additions I could make to it. The cold weather has been stubbornly hanging on in Sydney so I’ve not been able to enjoy many spring looks at the moment, but it has directed my shopping pursuits towards some fun trans-seasonal pieces. From a great new LBD, to embellished black flats and a sequinned bustier that’s just made for a big event, this is what’s caught my eye this month.

Miu Miu crystal embellished patent leather flats

A cute pair of black flats is always a welcome addition to any wardrobe, especially when it comes with just a sprinkling of bling.

Roland Mouret caron ruffled chevron top

A great layering piece, with bold chevron detail, I could see this getting plenty of outings.

Elie Saab tiered lace and Swiss dot tulle midi skirt

I’m all about a great midi skirt and this one is a beauty—the colour, the textured Swiss dot tulle and the beautiful layers all work together to make a great piece for work or play.

Mansur Gavriel circle leather shoulder bag

Structured bags have really caught my eye of late. I like the classic, old school vibe of this bag whilst the shoulder strap makes it super practical.

Staud satin-trimmed crepe midi dress

I’ve been on the hunt for a new LBD so I was really excited to stumble upon this number. Love the satin finish and detail at the bust.

Maria Lucia Hohan sequinned peplum bustier top

This is a sequinned showstopper. Love the colour, the asymmetric drape effect and the sweetheart neckline. Plenty of ticks all round.

Valentino crystal hoop earrings

These are a gorgeous take on traditional hoops. Dotted with colourful crystals, it’s the kind of accessory that will elevate any look.

Nobody Denim Bessette Jean In-Love

I’ve been looking for a new pair of jeans and I love the simple silhouette and wash of this pair.

Balenciaga BB printed t-shirt

The cherry red colour of this Balenciaga t-shirt makes it a fun addition to any outfit.

Tabitha Simmons check wool mules

I love the checked pattern of these mules—they are a point of difference that turns this particular shoe into a statement piece.

Ulla Johnson Vienne short dress

I’m quite partial to long sleeved dresses, especially when they feature such a great print. This will be a trans-seasonal weather saviour.

Brock Collection gathered velvet blouse

There’s something about a hit of luxe texture to any outfit that can instantly lift it. I could see this top working back with so many pieces in my closet from casual denim to dressy slacks.

What’s currently on your wish list?

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The pieces every spring/summer wardrobe should have

26th September, 2018

Have you started planning your spring/summer wardrobe yet? I’ve been planning my checklist for awhile now and I’ve noted a few key staples that I’d like to add to my closet to welcome the warm weather that’s about to descend upon us. Before doing this I think it’s always a good idea to do a little reconnaissance mission of what’s in store and online so you know exactly what pieces you’re going to be snapping up. It also allows you to pick the best of the bunch and get a really great deal on key items that you know you’re going to be investing in for your new season looks.

I’ve been keeping an eye on everyone from my favourite celebs, to my stylish friends and checking out my go-to blogs and magazines over the past few weeks to pinpoint what’s going to really update my outfits for this time of year. If you’ve yet to compile your list, here’s what I think you should definitely be adding to it.

A Midi-dress

Dresses are one of the most wearable, stylish things you can add to your spring/summer wardrobe. Opt for one in a gorgeous print that will take you through many a sunny afternoon looking effortlessly chic.

A Co-ord set

A co-ordinating set is an easy way to look polished without really trying. There’s something about a matching top and bottom that just screams stylish whether it be a blouse and shorts or a skirt and slip, there are so many different sets to shop this season you’ll be hard pressed to limit yourself to just one.

Sandals/slides

Summer calls for at least one trusty pair of sandals or slides that you can easily slip on. I’ve really started gravitating towards slides as I like how wearable they are, however it really depends on what feels comfortable—some people like the support a sandal gives. You can always go for classic colours such as black, white and tan however I think the sunny weather at this time of year is a great excuse to embrace vibrant shades that will pop against any outfit.

A straw bag

If you’re going to buy one bag this season make it a straw one. Whether it’s a satchel, top handle or bucket style there’s definitely a trend towards embracing natural, earthy materials as far as bags go.

Lightweight trousers

I think there’s nothing better than a pair of linen trousers to keep cool during spring/summer. They’re also super easy to pair with everything from a button down shirt to a plain white tee so you’re guaranteed to get plenty of wear out of them.

Bold sunglasses

Don’t step outside without a pair of great sunglasses by your side. I think now is the perfect time to push the boundaries a little—think coloured frames or interesting embellishments for a little fun.

A statement skirt

I am loving bright printed pleated midi skirts at the moment as they’re seriously easy to wear whether I’m off to work or on mum duty. However if midi’s not your style, there are still plenty of options whether it’s a knee length wrap skirt or a cute mini. Just don’t be afraid to go bold!

Sneakers

A pair of trusty sneakers always has a place in any wardrobe, whatever the season. Chunky dad style sneakers are in at the moment but if they’re not your scene, you can always turn to a pair of classic white trainers. Whether they be from classic French brand Superga to urban-ready Adidas or a designer pair by Gucci or your favourite go-to brand you’ll be guaranteed to be turning to your sneakers multiple times a week.

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What’s on my shopping wish list this month

7th September, 2018

The past few weeks have been hectic with lots of events and work commitments, but having several things to attend has given me the perfect excuse to do a little shopping. I’ve been busy click up a storm online trying to find outfits and accessories and in the process have managed to accumulate quite a lengthy list of things I really want to buy. It’s still funny weather in Sydney in that we haven’t officially hit spring’s warmer temperatures and are still being met with a few chilly days, so I’m finding myself half searching for things to add to my spring/summer wardrobe, and half searching for things I can cosy up in right now. Looking at what I’ve bookmarked I’m gravitating towards structured, preppy pieces and accessories that have a fun twist and also a killer Zimmermann dress that’s just too beautiful for words. Without further ado here’s what’s turned my head this month.

George Keburia cat-eye acetate sunglasses

Small sunglasses are still here and I’m really into this pair’s slightly futuristic feel.

Zimmermann cut-out floral print dress

Multiple floral prints, the subtle cut-out detail and the dramatic puff sleeves are all winning elements of this dress. Another beauty by Zimmermann.

Dolce & Gabbana gold-tone, resin and crystal earrings

The adorable strawberries drew me to these earrings and the tiny flowers sold me on them.

Balenciaga gingham wool trousers

I’m planning to channel my inner Audrey Hepburn with these trousers. They’d pair well with a cropped knit for winter and a light button down or slip for summer.

Christian Louboutin Iriza Loubi In The Sky 100 jacquard pumps

A girl can never have enough statement heels, especially when they feature that iconic red sole.

Staud Claudia cropped cut-out sweater

I was imagining that this sweater would work well with the gingham trousers, but it would also be great with a pair of jeans or a cute skirt.

De La Vali Sake satin top

A great monochrome piece that I could see becoming a welcome addition to my evening wardrobe.

Amina Muaddi patchwork mules

I like the contrasting patterns on these shoes and think they would work well with a great pair of jeans.

Shrimps beaded box bag

The candy colour and the beading make this a fun little bag to lift any outfit.

T by Alexander Wang cropped jumper

The cropped style makes this a great sweater to pair back with a high waisted silhouette and the earthy burnt ochre tone makes it a statement piece.

Bershka striped heavy knitted jersey jumper

I remember when we were told that red and pink should never go together… now it’s clearly a match made in heaven. This is a great option for those days when I just want to be warm and cosy.

Tommy Hilfiger Laurie leather watch

In keeping with my love of all things pink at the moment, this Tommy Hilfiger watch is definitely one timepiece that can work back with plenty of looks.

 

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What’s on my shopping wish list this month

26th August, 2018

Another month means another wish list of things that have caught my eye. And there have been plenty. I think I sometimes just fall into the right mood to shop and all of a sudden start seeing so many things that I want. It’s also a bit tricky to shop at the moment because we’re still experiencing winter weather but spring is also almost upon us so I don’t want to buy too many things for the current season when I know we’ll have to make a transition very soon. So in trying to navigate trans-seasonal weather I’ve managed to compile a list comprising of a few dramatic accessories, bold, bright colour and textural pieces that are both playful and striking. Here’s what I’m currently wanting to snap up.

16Arlington patent leather pencil skirt

It’s a classic silhouette but the patent leather really makes this quite a striking skirt that would be perfect for a big event or function.

Isabel Marant high neck cotton top

I like the Victorian feel of this top. It’s understated, feminine and has quite a strong air about it.

Staud Moreau macrame and leather bucket bag

I’ve been seeing this bag style around a lot and it has really grown on me. I like it’s natural vibe and slightly quirky feel.

Vanda Jacintho beaded tassel earrings

I’m slowly building up quite an earring collection. I’m loving anything tasseled at the moment and the colour makes it a real standout piece.

Saint Lauren cat-eye sunglasses

A classic shape that’s given a little drama by the cherry red colour. The ideal eyewear to add a pop of colour to any look.

Attico Marabou feather mid-heel pumps

It’s always so much fun playing with texture when it comes to shoes and this pair with its feathered trim is all kinds of great.

Jackke cropped jacket in faux fur

I can imagine throwing this on over a pair of jeans for a look that’s casual yet elevated.

Y.A.S high neck lace detail dress

A black dress is always a welcome addition to my wardrobe, especially one with such great detailing.

16 Arlington cropped shearling jacket

Can you see a patter emerging here? I’m really loving the colour red at the moment. This is a true statement piece and would help glam up whatever I was pairing it with.

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How to get more wear out of your wardrobe

21st July, 2018

Neutral pieces will always get plenty of wear

Have you ever bought something only to find that you wear it once and it ends up collecting dust in your wardrobe? It’s easy to fall into this trap when we’re flooded with options and an impulse purchase is so easy to make. If you’re in the situation of having an overflowing wardrobe with absolutely nothing to wear then it might be time to rethink your shopping strategy. I’ve managed to hone mine down over the years to pinpoint the purchases that I know will have multiple outings. If you want to avoid buying something that’s a one hit wonder it pays to keep a few things in mind—it’s what I use when I’m considering buying something and I guarantee it works…

Stick to neutral tones

I always try to keep items like dresses and staples like coats in neutral tones. With dresses I’ll always opt for a little black dress, a white dress, denim or khaki. And with a staple like a blazer or coat I always opt for black because it’s a colour that’s really versatile. When it comes to basics (my everyday wear such as t-shirts and jumpers) I always stick to neutrals. Whilst a pink t-shirt is fun I’m guarantee to get more than a few wears out of a plain white tee. Also if you want to add a bit of colour to your wardrobe it’s easier to work back with a simple muted colour palette than try to work with multiple bold hues.

Buy separates

I think separates are always a really good option because you can mix and match them. It’s much easier to wear something like a quality silk blouse or a great skirt in various ways as you can just switch out the top or bottom when you want to change up your look. One thing I’m loving is that more and more labels are releasing matching separates which not only look chic when paired together but are great when worn with other pieces too.

Quality separates are a great way to get more wear out of your wardrobe

Keep statement pieces on top

If you find something that’s a bit of a showstopper, find something that sits on top such as a jacket or coat, which you can throw on over an outfit. Everyone remembers if you wear a really bold dress but if you wear a striking  jacket you could mix and match it and nobody would really even notice if you wear it multiple times. I’m a fan of pieces that have a bit of personality and are a standout piece but if I want to guarantee maximum wear out of it then outerwear is the best way to incorporate it into my look.

Don’t be a slave to trends

There are multiple trends each season and while it’s fun to try them you don’t always have to wear a trend from head to toe. You can incorporate a trend into your look with a really great jacket or small accessories. For example if you want to get into the 70s, buy one trend piece such as a pair of flared jeans. It doesn’t mean that you have to look like you stepped off the set of Saturday Night Fever. Exercise a bit of restraint when it comes to trends as invariably they will come and go.

Avoid too much embellishment

If you want certain pieces to last season after season avoid having too much embellishment on it. Having a lot of detail on a particular garment makes it more difficult to work back with other items in your wardrobe. Not only that, it also it makes it easily identifiable so it’s harder to have it be a chameleon piece that can be worn for multiple occasions. If you look at the celebs who tend to outfit repeat, they’re always wearing a classic piece that’s simple and streamlined.

What are some ways you get more wear out of pieces in your wardrobe?

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Bored of your winter wardrobe? Update it with these fun fashion buys

13th July, 2018

When you’re in the depths of winter your wardrobe can sometimes feel a little flat and in need of a pick-me-up. And hey, if the weather’s less than stellar a spot of retail therapy often works wonders to brighten up your day. I’ve rounded up a few buys that will lift your outfit game and inject a new lease of life into your style repertoire.

Acne Studios Canada narrow fringed scarf

A cosy, versatile scarf will see you through this season and is great to call upon on days when you want to add a chic touch to your look.

Carven wool blend turtleneck jumper

A bright yellow will instantly liven up any outfit and in a striped pattern it can work back with myriad outfits.

Frame ruched cotton poplin shirt

A classic failsafe shirt that’s always a welcome addition to any wardrobe—the blouson sleeves give it a fresh feel.

Ganni Lina suede pumps

Black heels can work for the office or for a night out and this pair features some interesting detail that allow it to stand out.

Alexander Wang high rise straight leg jeans

Straight leg jeans are showing no signs of going away any time soon. This pair with its classic wash and silhouette will see you through many an off duty day.

Dolce & Gabbana floral print silk twill scarf

For a bright pop of colour with loads of style cred look to a gorgeous scarf like this.

Ganni floral print jacket

With its quilted finish, frills and striking black piping this is a great jacket to snuggle up in with compromising on the fashion front.

Toga corduroy double buckle loafers

If you’re after flats that have a little more personality, this cord pair with its buckle detail is a great go-to.

Common Projects low top leather trainers

You can never go wrong with plain white trainers. This is a fantastic option for those who want sneakers that go with absolutely everything.

Kenzo embroidered logo sweatshirt

The logo sweater is huge this season and this grey number with the iconic Kenzo logo will add an on trend feel to any casual ensemble.

G-Star cropped high shine jacket

Edgy outerwear is always a great way to elevate a look. The high shine finish of this cropped jacket would be a dream pairing with denim.

Weekend Max Mara alpaca blend knit sweater

The rich colour and simple feel of this crewneck sweater makes it high on the wearability scale. In fact, I can almost guarantee you’ll have it on constant rotation.