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12 Insta-outfit ideas to steal

2nd October, 2017

So many outfits, so little time! If you’re looking for a little style inspiration then look no further than this month’s 12 stylish ladies. Now that we’re definitely in the midst of warmer springtime weather it’s time to start putting the last remnants of our winter wardrobe into hibernation and start embracing the lighter, breezier looks that this new season brings. Whether you’re looking for a way to elevate a casual look or revamp an outfit with just the right on point accessories there are plenty of ideas here to help make getting dressed so much easier. A wardrobe refresh is just a scroll away…

Try a cropped sleeve blazer

White jeans, a tee and a blazer is a classic outfit combination but that you can carry into spring with the addition of a 3/4 length jacket. It’s a little lighter and more in keeping with the season than it’s full length counterpart.

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Have fun with a slogan tee

Whether it’s a quirky phrase or just emblazoned with one of your favourite things (who doesn’t love french fries?) adding an interesting slogan tee to your look says you’re not afraid to have a little fun with fashion.

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Embrace a slim tapered pant

A pair of pinstriped pants looks even more chic when they are cut with a slight taper. Keep the rest of your look sleek by pairing it with a top in the same colour and adding a hint of colour to add an element of interest.

Introduce a wide leg pant into your wardrobe

A pair of cropped wide leg pants (especially in white) is a great alternative to your favourite jeans. Easy to pair with everything from a casual tee to a dressy cami and a pair of flats or heels, this is one wardrobe staple this season that will get plenty of wear.

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Pay attention to the finishing touches

Sometimes a look is made by the finishing touches. In the case of this 6os inspired ensemble the white pussy bow blouse, blazer with pearl buttons and structured top handle bag are the icing on the cake.

Downsize your accessories

It’s time to give your roomy tote a rest and embrace pint-sized accessories such as this mini top handle bag. There’s something quite chic about being the kind of woman who can carry her essentials in such a diminutive bag.

Pair a dress with a bomber jacket

It pays to pair the unexpected. In this case a spotted midi dress is toughened up a little by teaming it with a monochrome bomber jacket. It’s a feminine look that is made more day-appropriate with a topper that has a more casual feel.

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Wear black from head to toe

Yes, it’s not a new concept but there’s something about wearing one hue from top to toe that helps give an outfit a little edge and such a dramatic effect.

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Try a colour blocked pant

The above pants have a distinctly tuxedo-like feel to them but with a more modern feel with the addition of the bright red stripe down the side. By adding pieces that have similar hues it helps give the outfit some cohesion.

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Try an off the shoulder two-piece

A two-piece set always looks effortlessly chic but when it incorporates the very on trend piece of an off the shoulder top it immediately looks very of the moment.

Tuck in a wrap top

A wrap top is ever increasing in its popularity so to avoid your look being ubiquitous why not try tucking it into your pants or skirt for a different take on it. While you’re at it take note that a white wrap top when paired with a bold pant is a winning outfit combination (millenial pink sneakers an optional extra, but oh-so right).

Unleash your girly side

There’s no better time than now to wear a floral cold shoulder dress but to really embrace this ultra feminine look pair it with a ladylike top handle bag in the same hue for a look that screams polished.

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What’s on my September shopping wish list

11th September, 2017

Hello, spring! A brand new season calls for a closet refresh and this month my shopping wish list is all about light and airy pieces (with touches of glamour for a little bit of drama) that will see me through the next few months. From sandals to sundresses my spring/summer wardrobe is shaping up to be one that’s relaxed and understated with a few pops of colour to add a bit of pep to my looks. Check out what’s made it onto my September shopping wishlist below…

Plaice Nationale midi skirt

I can see this crochet midi skirt taking me from beach to drinks with minimal fuss.

Illesteva silver tone sunglasses

Statement sunglasses are one of my favourite purchases each season so I couldn’t resist this pair of round frames with dramatic mirrored lenses.

Charlotte Chesnais earrings

Earrings in interesting shapes are one of my styling shortcuts to elevate an outfit. This pair can easily work for day or night making it a truly versatile purchase.

Aquazzura two-tone suede sandals

Flat sandals are a staple of my spring/summer wardrobe and I am particularly loving this pair by Aquazzurra due to its fun tasseled detailing.

Marysia scalloped bikini

I love Marysia’s signature scallop-edged swimsuits due to its ultra feminine vibe, and especially love the style in a very on trend antique rose pink. I’m always at the beach during summer so this bikini will definitely be worth it from a cost per wear angle.

Mercedes Castillo leather slides

It seems I can’t ever have too many pairs of slides and this elegant geometric inspired pair will easily work with myriad outfits in my spring/summer wardrobe.

Three Graces London cotton blend dress

I love having a great casual summer dress on hand as the weather heats up as it’s an easy and simple option for those days when I just want to head out the door fast. I’m also loving the striped print of this particular frock.

Caroline Constas off-the-shoulder top

The off-the-shoulder style top shows no signs of waning in popularity. A bohemian style striped top such as this will work well with high waisted shorts, skirts and pants.

Eugenia Kim straw sunhat

Beautiful hats are a weakness of mine and I can see this straw sunhat accompanying me on many trips to the beach.

Gucci Broadway bee plaque mini bag

Gucci are once again killing it in the accessories department. This mini bag is a splurge but oh-so worth it for its show-stopping design.

Sea ruffle blouse

I love adding bright pops of colour to my wardrobe during spring/summer and this ruffled blouse works for dressy occasions while still maintaining an element of fun in such a vibrant golden yellow shade.

Alexander Wang Amelia slides

The deep burgundy shade of these Alexander Wang slides keeps them classy whilst the velvet and circular net design make them a little bit edgy.

Aquazzura sweet lover sandal

It’s no wonder Aquazzurra is one of my favourite shoe brands—they just get it right all the time. These sandals with its crystal detailing add a luxe touch to any after dark look.

Rebecca Vallance beltran pleat mini dress

I find you can never go wrong with a crisp white dress. The pleated skirt and fitted bodice make this a perfect option for a dressy lunch.

Tell me—what’s on your wishlist this month?

 

 

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What’s on my shopping list this month

7th June, 2017

A brand new season calls for a new shopping list and this month I’m coveting a number of gorgeous accessories and key winter style staples. I find there’s no better time than a change in seasons to splurge on some new wardrobe additions to rejuvenate my style. Here’s what I have my eye on…

Isabel Marant hanging beaded cluster earrings

A dainty, understated pair of earrings that will easily add an elegant touch to an outfit without being too over the top.

Faith Connexion star gloves

Sometimes you just have to have fun with your accessories and these gloves certainly fit the bill!

Kenzo Kalifornia wallet crossbody bag

A pop of pink adds a fun touch to any outfit and this crossbody bag is the perfect companion on a night out.

Givenchy mini bow crossbody bag

A monochrome bag with a striking star print is a versatile piece that will work with myriad looks.

Acne Studios leather biker jacket

This biker jacket is made from buttery soft leather with on trend metal finishes that will ensure it’s on high rotation this season and beyond.

Erdem Elin cut-out shoulder silk blouse

I’m in love with the gorgeous cornflower blue shade of this blouse and the bow and cut-out details just make it a standout piece.

Gucci New Ace faux-pearl embellished leather trainers

Who better than Gucci to give trainers the luxe treatment. The faux pearls on these sneakers elevate it from simple everyday footwear to seriously of the moment.

Bianca Spender charcoal fine wool aviator coat

A great coat is a must during winter and this cosy number by Bianca Spender will keep me nice and toasty when the weather gets chilly.

Aquazzura Sweet Lover sandal

A pair of neutral stilettos never goes astray and with crystal embellishments it’s the perfect party shoe.

By Johnny Borderline mini shift dress

The combination of colour blocking and feature sleeve make this mini dress a 60s style dream.

Zimmermann Divinity ruffled midi dress

This dress will easily transition from winter to spring with a simple change of footwear. During the cooler months this will look elegant when paired with boots.

Aquazzura Powder Puff velvet backless flats

Pink velvet + pom poms = the cutest flats I ever did see. These will add the perfect feminine touch to any look.

By Johnny Lace Outline Circle Sleeve Top

The flared sleeves and see through lace make this a daring focal point of any ensemble.

Matthew Williamson aviator style mirrored sunglasses

I can’t resist great sunglasses and I don’t think you can ever go wrong with a classic aviator style. The mirrored lenses give it an edgy touch.

Balenciaga tube high rise straight leg jeans

I like to update my denim wardrobe per season and a pair of straight leg, high waisted jeans is the season’s biggest silhouette.

Marni jacquard knit cotton blend sweater

The print of this sweater caught my eye. Whilst I love neutrals it’s sometimes nice to be able to mix it up and go for a completely striking pattern.

What’s on your shopping list this month?

 

 

 

 

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What’s on my summer shopping list

23rd November, 2016

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Summer is always one of my favourite seasons to shop for and after checking out what trends have been popping up in the Northern Hemisphere over the last few months I’ve been getting more excited to start pulling together my shopping list. Here’s what I’ve got my eye on…

Loren Stewart necklace: A lot of the necklines popular during summer require showing off the décolletage so I’ve been looking for a great minimalist necklace to complement the new pieces I’ll be adding to my wardrobe.

Lisa Marie Fernandez wrap bikini: A new bikini is one of the things I look forward to purchasing during summer and this navy bikini with its wrap detail is a chic option for wearing whilst sitting poolside.

Alexander Wang espadrilles: White sneakers and espadrilles are both big trends for summer and this is a really cute marriage of the two. I can imagine wearing this with flowy summer dresses.

Bassike striped dress: I like having dresses that I can easily throw on without too much fuss and this striped dress is a no-brainer. It’s perfect for when I need to get out the door fast (which I need to do a lot these days!)

Castillo beach towel: I frequent the beach often with my family so I can never have enough beach towels. I love the colourful mix of prints on this and it also has such a distinctive look that I’ll be able to spot it easily.

Ace of Something woven fedora: I’m a stickler for sun protection so I’ve been on the hunt for a great wide-brimmed floppy straw hat to wear to the beach. I love the leather cord around this particular style – it gives it a modern touch.

Ancient Greek sandals: Black and tan sandals are of course staples during summer but I wanted something a little more feminine and really liked these pastel pink, calf-hair sandals by Ancient Greek. Pink is also a surprisingly easy colour to wear and can almost be considered a neutral in this particular shade.

Le Specs round sunglasses: I wrote about my love of sunglasses earlier in the week so of course I’ve been on the look out for a cool new pair of sunnies to add to my collection. In a matte silver these are quite modern and with mirrored lenses they’re a great statement-making piece.

Anna October cold shoulder top: There’s nothing quite like a crisp white top to pair with a skirt or shorts during summer and I think the cold shoulder silhouette is a nice take on the off the shoulder trend. This is an easy option for days when I need to look dressed up with minimal fuss.

Melissa Odabashi beach dress: I’ve been looking for an easy cover-up for the beach and this is perfect. I like the navy shade and the subtle stripes and lace trim. I can see myself throwing this on over a bikini and heading off to lunch.

Maison Michel hemp straw hat: Whilst the floppy straw hat is perfect for the beach I wanted something I could wear whilst running around doing errands or heading out for the day and I think this has the right amount of polish.

Dolce & Gabbana crystal iPhone case: Summer’s for having fun, right? I love how colourful and vibrant this phone case is and it reminds me of being on holiday. Plus who doesn’t love a touch of D&G?

Dolce & Gabbana one-piece: I’ve been on the hunt for a great one-piece for awhile and when I saw the Sicilian print on this it sealed the deal for me as it reminds me holidaying in Italy. I think every girl needs a one-piece in her swimsuit wardrobe this summer.

Sarah’s bag Pacifico wooden clutch: Yes, it’s completely over the top and definitely not the type of clutch that you’d classify as a ‘classic’ but it’s so bright and fun how could I resist?

Lila Eugenie kaftan: I can see myself getting plenty of use out of this kaftan over many summers. I just love wearing white during summer as it’s so fresh. All it needs is a great bikini and a pretty pair of sandals and I’m set.

What’s on your summer shopping list?

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What I Wore: Wrapped up

3rd August, 2016

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Battling the chilly weather during winter is made a little easier with the help of a great coat. A quality wool coat will ensure you stay cosy and warm but the right cut and style will also ensure you stay looking chic.

Whilst dark shades such as navy and black are reliable shades to ensure maximum wear out of a coat it’s often fun to step out of your comfort zone and try something a little different. Camel and grey are both colours that are versatile and effortlessly wearable but give you a point of difference at the same time.

Also, don’t forget about the silhouette. Often relaxed styles such as a wrap coat are wonderful for layering whilst a belted coat is ideal if you want to accentuate your shape. A longer line coat is ideal if you’re more apple-shaped and want to streamline your figure.

I’ve found that this camel coat has been great for adding a pop of colour to an outfit and when you’re in the latter stages of pregnancy like I am, any pieces that can easily be layered are a wardrobe saviour (you can find the other building blocks of a great pregnancy wardrobe here). When teamed with a simple white button down shirt and black leggings it’s also a comfortable but polished look.

You can find my favourite coat options below:

$$$ Max Mara

$$  Harris Wharf London

$ Witchery

 

A true fashion staple, the the elegant longline overcoat is a timeless piece for your wardrobe. These options accommodate bulky jumpers.

 

$$$ Isabel Marant 

$$ Acne 

$ Trenery 

 

Credits: coat, Jac + Jack; shirt: Country Road; Sunglasses, Karen walker; pants, ASOS; heels, Alaia; Photography: Sophia Athas 

 

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The dos and don’ts of wearing a choker

1st August, 2016

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The ‘90s comeback has meant that the choker has also made a triumphant return, with everyone from Kendall Jenner to Gigi Hadid getting behind this trend. And why not? It’s an easy way to update a look and one that won’t blow the budget – you can even DIY if you want. So if you’re thinking of adding this to your fashion repertoire here are some things to remember…

Do consider necklines when wearing a choker. A deep V-neck or strapless silhouette that exposes your décolletage makes a choker look especially alluring. A one-shoulder neckline (similar to what I wore above) that shows off the clavicle also works well.

A choker will always look great for the evening so do wear it out on a night out – a metallic choker will look especially chic when the sun goes down.

Don’t go too tight when it comes to neckwear! A choker should sit comfortably around your neck and move around quite easily. This also makes for a more flattering fit.

Do experiment with different widths. Whilst a thicker choker will definitely make a statement a thin leather band looks great when wrapped around the neck a few times.

Don’t forget about the humble scarf. Wrapping a scarf around your next and tying it artfully is something that French women have mastered and it looks super chic when doing so. A simple silk scarf that you can wrap around your neck then tie in front is a great alternative to the traditional metal or leather choker.

Do try pairing a choker with casual wear. Street style fave Gigi Hadid has often been spotted wearing a thin choker with a simple tee and a hoodie that gives the look some edge.

Want to try the trend? Here some of my top picks…

    

Have you got behind the choker trend?

Photography: Sophia Athas

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Fall in love with… the bomber jacket

13th July, 2016

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If there’s one piece guaranteed to update your winter wardrobe it’s the bomber jacket, which has proven itself as one of the key essentials of the season. The sleek, sports-inspired piece is one of my top choices for a casual weekend ensemble and when teamed with a pair of jeans and a classic white tee it instantly takes your downtime wardrobe into chic territory.

There are plenty of bomber options out there at the moment whether you want one in a classic military green, with some serious embellishment or pretty embroidery.

Some of the options that have caught my eye are…

A sweet powder pink bomber by Maje which would look great with an all neutral outfit.

Needle & Thread’s bomber with colourful floral embroidery, beads and sequins are ideal paired with flowy dresses or wide-leg pants. Also loving this Jonathan Saunders option.

DKNY’s black jacket which features cape-effect sleeves is perfect for draping over your shoulders.

Is your wardrobe looking tired from too much black? Balenciaga refreshes the classic bomber with a dark forest-green blend of wool.

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Budget-friendly options 

Photography: Josephine Wilcox 

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5 Fashion Week Street Style Trends You Need to Know About

25th May, 2016

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The sheer volume of stylish people descending on Fashion Week means the odds were pretty high for some serious trendspotting. Whilst there are always a lot of unique looks that will turn heads and incite major wardrobe envy there were also a few standout trends that a lot of the fashion crowd had in common. When it comes to what’s to come, these are the must-haves to start scouting around for.

The trend: Chokers

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The staple accessory of the ‘90s is making a comeback. This time around chokers have been incarnated into elegant metallic statement pieces such as the below from Eddie Borgo and Kate Spade that are infinitely more refined than their ‘90s counterparts. If metallics aren’t your thing you could also go with a simple plain black option with extra adornments.

The trend: Architectural white shirts

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A white shirt is always a staple. That’s a given. However there were a lot of statement white shirts to be seen during Fashion Week. Whether it be one with cut-out shoulders, billowy bell sleeves, exaggerated lapels or asymmetrical cuts, it was like the white shirt suddenly got some attitude. Ellery, Givenchy and Maurie and Eve have some great options to satisfy every white shirt whim.

The trend: Bomber Jackets

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Once the domain of varsity football players in American TV shows this is one trend that will be huge this season. And there’s a bomber to suit every taste and budget. Whether you opt for a plain bomber in a classic colour such as black or navy such as this one from Tod’s and ASOS, take a walk on the wild side with a interesting print or try a jacket with unique embellishment you can’t go wrong with this trend.

The trend: Fringing

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The ‘70s trend is huge this season and was reflected in the amount of fringing that made a cameo at Fashion Week. There were fringed bags, fringed skirts, fringed jackets… It was all about the swish factor. Dipping a toe into this trend is easy with a fringed bag (Elizabeth and James, ASOS and Rebecca Minkoff have some great options), then you can work your way up to more statement pieces such as skirts and jackets.

The trend: Block heel court shoes

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Sensible shoes are making a comeback (hello, sneakers) and it was only a matter of time before heels joined the party. Stilettos without a doubt look polished but the comfort factor leaves a lot to be desired. Enter block heel court shoes. Inspired by Gucci’s Marmont shoe (as seen on Brooke Testoni), the block heel will be one of your go-to shoes this year and the best bit is, you’ll be comfortable while strutting around in them. You’ll also be glad to know that Lanvin and Chloe have joined the block party with this and this.

 

Photography: Sophia Athas, Adam Nalapraya

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Winter essentials from David Jones Autumn/Winter 2016

4th February, 2016

David Jones launched their Autumn/Winter 2016 collection last night and with every great look that went down the runway I had more and more items quickly added to my shopping list. While the weather won’t cool down for a few more weeks I’m definitely getting excited at the prospect of updating my winter wardrobe with some of these wardrobe essentials (plus some budget-friendly options too).

Look 1: The White Shirt

A white shirt is a must. It’s one of the most wearable and versatile pieces in any woman’s wardrobe so I think you can never have too many. Whether you opt for an open back style that’s a little more daring or a button down classic style it’s the kind of item that will definitely get plenty of wear.

Tome Pleat Back Shirt $769, Tie-Back Shirt$699

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Look 2: The Statement Coat

A soft grey is a great option for a winter coat. It stands out from the crowd in a sea of black and navy plus it works beautifully when kept tonal with lighter colours such as white and cream. I also love the streamlined silhouette of this coat which once again sets it apart from the crowd.

Jac+jack'Rampling' coat $995,'Linley' Top $260,'Kobe' Pant $220, Jac+Jack 'Loris' Sweater $360, 'Byron' Pant $299

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Look 3: Black Tote

A black tote is the kind of addition to any wardrobe that will always be in high rotation. I know I’m forever needing a bag that can easily carry everything I’ll need during the day when I’ve got multiple appointments and my to-do list is a mile long. I’m also all about keeping it simple and this classic design meets that brief while still being able to house all my day to day essentials.

Mimco Studs$129,'Pendant$199,'Ventura'strand$129,'Kinetica'Timepeace$249,Ring$129,'Montage'Tote$450,WitcheryMaxi$229.95

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How to get more wear out of your wardrobe

7th December, 2015

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Have you ever bought something only to find that you wear it once and it ends up collecting dust in your wardrobe? If you want to avoid buying something that’s a one hit wonder it pays to keep a few things in mind…

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.

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. I’ll always try to find my basics, my everyday wear such as t-shirts and jumpers in easy to wear neutrals. 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.

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 really bold jacket you could mix and match it and nobody would really even notice if you wear it multiple times.

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, but one trend piece such as a pair of flared jeans. It doesn’t mean your whole look has to be 70s!

Avoid too much embellishment

If you want certain pieces to last season after season avoid having too much embellishment on it as it makes it more difficult to work back with other items in your wardrobe. Also it makes it easily identifiable so it’s harder to have it be a chameleon piece that can be worn for multiple occasions.

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