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What’s on my shopping wish list this month

1st March, 2019

It’s time to officially farewell summer and say hello to autumn but that doesn’t mean I’m not trying to squeeze in a few last summery purchases. That said it’s the also the perfect time to start prepping my new season wardrobe. I’m embracing warm, earthy tones of tan and beige along with vibrant shades of burgundy and red. If you’re on the hunt for some great new pieces, check out my wish list for a little inspo…

Chloe Faye medium leather and suede shoulder bag

I love the warm tones of this bag plus it’s just the right size for carrying all my daily essentials.

1064 Studio gold plated cuff

Fun costume jewellery that has a bit of extra personality is one thing that’s made elevating my looks that much easier.

Victoria Beckham waffle knit midi dress

I love dresses with a simple silhouette that can be dressed up or down. This dress will work now with heels but I can also transition it to autumn/winter with a jacket and boots.

TDE taupe Samsung Note 8 case

I like changing up phone cases and this one is a beautifully sleek design.

Sandro Lila belt

Statement belts are always a great way to elevate a look especially in such a bold shade.

Nina Armando Taylor shoe

This is a great shoe that will help lift an outfit by adding a bright pop of colour.

Paloma Barcelo Auriane wedges

I always gravitate towards wedges as they’re the ideal shoe for wearing to events like the polo or the races where I don’t want to be sinking in grass with stilettos!

Maggie Marilyn Far Far Away sweater

The simple design and colour palette of this sweater makes it the ideal versatile piece for the cooler months.

Eugenia Kim Mallory silk hair tie

Scrunchies are having a moment and this is a fun option that’s both decorative and functional.

Rebecca Vallance Harlow mini dress

How cute is this dress? Love the shape and the colour and I can see myself getting plenty of wear out of this.

Rejina Pyo wide leg chambray pants

This chic pair of wide leg pants has an effortless vibe that I really like.

Eres metallic trimmed swimsuit

A totally glam swimsuit option I know, but how gorgeous is the gold detail?

Johanna Ortiz gold toned earrings

I can see myself wearing this to multiple occasions. It’s just the right design to be versatile but interesting enough to stand out.

Ray Ban Clubmaster tortoiseshell sunglasses

A classic shape and brand, these glasses are perfect for weekends spent relaxing and enjoying the sun.

Dolce & Gabbana The Only One perfume

I’ve been on the hunt for a new scent and this one is so dreamy.

What’s on your shopping wish list?

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5 of my favourite things this month

23rd January, 2019

What’s currently putting a smile on my face? These five things are definitely getting my tick of approval.

Image: via Net-a-Porter
Christian Louboutin Nosy 100 T-bar pumps

PVC shoes have become quite the thing but as a whole might be a little too much for me. Which is why I love these T-bar heels. The subtle PVC detail is a nod to the trend without being overwhelming and I like the elegant strap.

Image: via Farfetch
Max Mara Ingrid sunglasses

How cool are these frames? The cat-eye shape with tortoiseshell detail manages to incorporate two of my favourite things in the one style of sunnies.

Image: via David Jones
Saba Dharma culottes

Culottes are such a chic way to do smart casual and this pair is ideal for weekends relaxing. Also, the colour is great for summer.

Image: via David Jones

Fitbit Blaze

I’m trying to get a bit more active this year and this is a great way to keep track of how much activity I’m doing.

Image: via David Jones
Mimco Waver baby bag

I don’t need to carry a proper baby bag much these days but I discovered this and couldn’t resist. Lots of compartments for organisation and it looks understated and sleek. If you’ve got a baby shower coming up, this little number is well worth considering.

What’s on your list of favourite things this month?

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What’s on my shopping wish list

11th January, 2019

It’s always refreshing to compile my wish list at the start of each year. I’ve done my big wardrobe purge, have scoped out all my fave stores having just emerged from Christmas shopping and checking out the sales and I’m in the right mood for a big style update. So what’s caught my eye this month?

Mimco Acid Dream drop earrings

I’m trying to dabble with a few more bold accessories this year, most especially statement earrings. I love this style for the colours and sleek shape.

Rebecca Minkoff Bree Circle bag

A classic neutral bag that’s made a little more interesting by its circle shape. This is a good one for weekends when I just need to go hands-free as I am busy running errands.

Isabel Marant gold-tone earrings

Another beauty that I’d really love to add to my collection. These have a great silhouette and hammered finish.

Helen Kaminski raffia visor

I’m so conscious of protecting myself in the sun these days that I’ve been drawn to shopping for an assortment of different hat styles. This is a great visor to have on hand when I’m just quickly popping out for coffee or picking up something from the shops.

Zimmermann printed linen shorts

Linen in summer is always a winner and these shorts with their printed finish and bold colour are just the thing to elevate my wardrobe.

Frame embellished mini denim skirt

I’m really gravitating towards denim skirts this season, especially when it features a little embellishment.

Ulla Johnson chambray wide-leg pants

I’ve always liked the look of wide leg pants especially, especially in such a beautiful lightweight chambray. These would be perfect for dressing up or down.

Adriana Degreas bikini

I don’t really do prints when it comes to swimwear and much prefer block colours so these get a definite thumbs up from me. The emerald green shade and the tortoiseshell ring detail make this a fun, yet elegant option for the beach.

Ginger & Smart anchor peplum top

With its simple silhouette, this top is ideal for refreshing my work wardrobe.

Camilla and Marc Bronte top

I don’t wear much brown but I have to say, this crop top with its crossover neckline and ruching is perfect for pairing with everything from shorts to skirts and pants.

Tell me—What’s on your current wish list?

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The pieces every spring/summer wardrobe should have

22nd December, 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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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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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.