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The winter essentials I’m wearing non-stop

15th June, 2020

During summer I like nothing more than being able to experiment with different styles and tend to embrace plenty of prints and colour and can go from dresses one minute to shorts and skirts the next. In winter however, I tend to favour a few key pieces, particularly strong basics, utilising them largely for layering and forming the foundation for a lot of my looks. This winter, here’s what I’m wearing with great frequency.

A statement coat

Coats are always a key feature of my winter looks and I always tend to go for one statement coat to take me through the season. This winter it’s this checked Viktoria and Woods coat. The striking pattern elevates even the most simplest of looks, and with the grey shades, it’s extremely versatile too.

White shirt

It’s considered a fashion staple for a very good reason—white shirts are high on the versatility scale and always look classic and polished. Plus it’s a great layering piece under blazers, jackets, coats, sweaters and cardigans so it’s always something I come back to time and time again.

Relaxed denim

I’m favouring relaxed denim styles this season, particularly straight leg and boyfriend styles. The silhouette is modern and fresh and works brilliantly with everything from a white tee to a tank and button down shirts. Plus it’s the kind of style that can be worn year round and is all kinds of comfortable.

Cosy knits

I wear knits all throughout winter so I have managed to build up a collection in key colours that can be mixed and matched with a variety of different looks. I often go for staple colours including neutrals such as white and cream, along with navy, khaki and black.

Loungewear sets

Largely inspired by living in iso for months, I’ve really been getting into matching loungewear sets. Case in point: the tracksuit above has been such a great piece to have throughout winter as the pieces can be worn separately or worn together with a great coat for a smart casual look.

Tailored pants

While I am in jeans quite a bit I have been loving tailored pants such as this and this which are as comfortable as being in denim but have more polish. Additionally they’re also as easy to work back with a variety of different pieces and are easily dressed up or down.

What are some of your favourite winter pieces right now?

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Behind the scenes: WHO magazine shoot

28th March, 2020

It’s always a thrill to be asked to do a fashion shoot and I was really excited to work with WHO magazine several weeks ago on a story featuring new season sequinned pieces.

The shoot was shot on location at Reign in Sydney’s QVB, a champagne bar with beautiful art deco touches (I fell hard for the musk pink chairs) and a light and airy feel.

One of the great things about doing a shoot is being able to try on and wear a great line-up of beautiful clothes. Also I enjoy being introduced to new brands and getting a preview of upcoming pieces from different labels. With the theme being ‘the sequinned approach’ everything had a glitzy and glamorous feel. There was a particularly fab black and emerald green mini dress which is just so perfect for an event, while there were some softer dresses which had just a light dusting of sequins to add a little sparkle.

Working with different hair and makeup artists has been one of the major ways I’ve picked up tips on how to style my hair or perfect a particular makeup technique over the years. Now that I’ve got short hair I’m always looking for ideas on how to style it, and the deep side part with tousled waves that I wore at the shoot is one look I’m going to bookmark.

Thanks to WHO magazine for the opportunity. I had a ball!

Check out the latest issue of WHO magazine to check out the entire shoot

Photography: Luke Dubbelde; Makeup: Leslie Graham from Guerlain; Hair: Hannah Marie from Blow Bar; Styling: Paige Macmillan

With the bustling Sydney CBD as our backdrop
Shooting at Reign, a champagne bar in Sydney’s QVB
A beauty lover’s dream
All the great accessories on set
I fell in love with this blush pink look
The chance to discover beautiful places is always a great part of shoots
All the sparkle!
A sneak peek at a page from the shoot
The gorgeous green dress in action
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Your guide to new season suiting

23rd March, 2020

If the word suit conjures up images of corporate offices and board meetings then you might be pleasantly surprised at the current offerings available. Continuing on from suiting’s ascension as a modern, fashion forward staple of seasons gone by, this season suits are very much one of the most on trend items any woman can have in her wardrobe.

Banish thoughts of traditional cuts or boring hues, it’s time to think bold. Suiting colour palettes are very much adopting rich autumn/winter hues, think berry shades and forest green, while winter whites are also very much on trend.

While the classic suit silhouette has been reimagined with slit sleeves, cut-outs, and finishing touches including feminine bows and embellishments all featuring in new season drops. Also don’t limit yourself to ideas of a simple jacket and pants. You can do everything from tailored shorts and midi skirts to cropped tapered trousers and culottes. While there are also different iterations of suit jackets such as a kimono style coat or long line blazers. The sky is the limit and there’s plenty of experimentation to be done.

If you’ve never considered adding a suit to your wardrobe because it seemed too stuffy or boring, then it might be time to revisit the concept because there are so many gorgeous options now that will most definitely convert you.

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How to get more wear out of your wardrobe

22nd March, 2020

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.

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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The best prints and patterns for autumn/winter

17th March, 2020

When it comes to autumn/winter dressing, particularly with autumn carnival racewear don’t be afraid to embrace bold prints and patterns. While florals are synonymous with spring, there are still plenty of ways to embrace it, and other prints when temperatures start to dip and we are all embracing cool weather dressing. In fact, it’s one of my favourite ways to lift an outfit in a truly effortless way—just add a striking pattern and you’re done.

Adopting a print to your outfit in autumn/winter is all about the colour palette you choose. You can adopt whatever print you want, but just make sure it’s in keeping with the season’s hues. Think deep purples, burgundy, dark green and navy—all tones that have a richness and depth to them.

As for the types of prints that will be huge this season, you can’t go wrong with a classic polka dot. Whether it’s a delicate spot or oversized spotted pattern, you can’t go wrong. You can incorporate it within your outfit, or with your accessories. For autumn carnival in particular, it makes for an adorable print to incorporate within a headpiece.

Along with getting a little spotty, have fun with a great animal print. Whether it’s leopard, cheetah, or giraffe, there are plenty of playful animal prints that make for the ideal statement piece to add to any look.

This season definitely embrace a print or two. It’s one way to elevate a look and give it healthy injection of personality.

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What’s On My Shopping Wish List

13th March, 2020

A new season calls for a wardrobe refresh and I had a thoroughly great time daydreaming about a few new pieces I want for autumn/winter. This time of year can be tricky simply because it can still go from hot one minute to cold the next so I’m after clothes that can work for varying temperatures. I wanted to play with different textures, including luxe tweed and sleek leather plus standout accessories that will steal the show. Here’s what caught my eye…

Cropped crystal-embellished sequined tweed top, Alessandra Rich

This has a classic feel with the tweed and pearl buttons but the cropped top is thoroughly modern.

Crystal-embellished Sequined Tweed Mini Skirt, Alessandra Rich

I love a matching set of any kind and this worked back with the tweed top is polished and would be perfect for an event.

Cropped crystal-embellished sequined tweed jacket, Alessandra Rich

This jacket is the finishing piece to the skirt and top featured above but it could easily work on its own. I could pair this with jeans and a tee and have a relaxed yet sophisticated look.

Jila Flower PVC Sandals, Cult Gaia

How cool are these sandals with the transparent PVC straps and the flower heel? They’re the perfect statement shoe to finish off an outfit.

Gold-tone Bracelet, Bottega Veneta

I’m often on the look out for bold new jewellery that will be the perfect full stop to an outfit. This bracelet definitely fits the bill. It’s big and bold enough to hold its own but also versatile to work back with myriad looks.

Gold and Silver-tone Earrings, Bottega Veneta

For those who love statement earrings but nothing too over the top, these studs are it. Love the contrasting metals.

The Pouch Large Gathered Leather Clutch, Bottega Veneta

I’ve had my eye on this clutch for the longest time and I think I’ve finally decided on this neutral hue. It’s perfect for the working back with virtually my entire wardrobe so I know it will be on high rotation.

Anagram-logo cat-eye acetate sunglasses, Loewe

I’m always on board with bold, statement sunglasses. This pair by Loewe is striking enough to elevate a look but just the right shade to enable it to work back with several outfits.

GG Marmont Mini Leather Backpack, Gucci

I love a backpack for its practicality but I especially love one that’s such a cool design. I’m all about the shape and also the chain link straps.

Square-neck Cotton-Blend Gingham-Seersucker Dress, Ganni

I often wear dresses in autumn and throw on a jacket whether it be a leather bomber or a denim number when temperatures cool. Once summer hits then it’s always worn on repeat, and I have no doubts this Ganni piece will be just that.

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12 Insta-outfit ideas to steal

13th January, 2020

There’s nothing like a bit of a style refresh at the start of a new year (and decade) which means there’s plenty of time for outfit inspo aplenty. If you’ve looked into your wardrobe of late and are getting that ‘blah’ feeling then look no further, because once again Instagram is delivering plenty of style ideas and outfits to ensure that your look is on point in 2020.

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When you need to liven up an outfit a statement shoe is always a great place to start. Killer shoes are like the full stop to any outfit: the perfect finish.

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A slip dress is a summer staple but this goes to show that you can easily dress it up or down (and even take it into the cooler months with you). Adopt one in a striking print and it makes the perfect starting point to any look.

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This is a prime example of how less is more when it comes to nailing stylish and polished dressing. An understated colour palette, pared back separates and a relaxed, elegant silhouette make this a blueprint for any time you want an elevated look.

Want to know the shortcut to a chic casual look? Channel your inner Parisian with a combination of stripes and denim. It’s a no-brainer and guaranteed to work every single time.

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Sometimes it pays to dial up the drama, particularly if you’re having one of those days where you just need a quick fashion pick-me-up. A punchy red, a patterned shoe and edgy leather ensures you tell the world you mean business.

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Denim shorts lovers will love the fact that you can take your summer go-to and instantly dress it up with the right accompanying pieces. Throw on your fave tee, top with a blazer and you’ve got an edgy look that’s still achingly cool.

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Colour, colour, colour is always a great style mantra to have at this time of year as it’s the perfect opportunity to embrace bold, bright dressing. A delightful pink that pops worked back with simple pieces will ensure that you’re anything but a wallflower.

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Sequins shouldn’t just be relegated for night time outings and party attire. You can definitely rock a sequinned piece during the day — just pair with classic staples such as a button down shirt and polished heels and you’re set.

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There’s something quite special about unexpected detailing. Don’t forget that sometimes the best way to make a statement is when you’ve got your back turned! This oversized bow is oh-so sweet and just perfect paired with denim.

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This custom suit deserves a moment all to herself

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Suiting is alive and well and showing no signs of waning in popularity. The best thing about it by far is that you can do a suit any way you look. If the traditional silhouette isn’t your thing, look to rework it — in this instance culottes and a cropped jacket take the place of the classic long pant and jacket combination.

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Repeat after me: neutrals aren’t boring. In fact, they can make for a striking look without having to do much at all. Wide leg pants, a cropped top and a hat with a metallic accent piece ensure this ensemble holds its own.

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blues

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There’s something so gorgeous about cornflower blue, and in this instance working the hue in slightly different shades makes for a look that has cohesion but instantly feels elevated. Pair with crisp white and you’ve got yourself an eternally stylish combination.

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What’s on my Christmas Wish List

13th December, 2019

How’s your Christmas wish list coming along? Mine’s a constant work in progress as there are just so many gorgeous things around right now. I’m trying to stick to pieces that I know will update my wardrobe and are going to add something new and fresh to my look. It’s so easy to gravitate towards what you know and love (you obviously know and love them for a reason!) but I think it’s good to push your sartorial boundaries. So without further ado, here’s what I’m hoping Santa brings me this year.

Dolores Mini Knotted Leather Tote, Yuzefi

I’m really into bags that are a unique shape or have some interesting detail on it and this bag fits the bill. I love the knotted handle and the half moon shape. Also, that colour will work back with absolutely everything in my closet making it a worthwhile addition to my wardrobe

Cropped Buckled Wool-Blend Halterneck Top, Proenza Shoulder

Halter tops are so on trend right now and this particular style will work back with so many things I already own. Love the great buckle neckline and simple origami style fold — subtle details can really elevate anything.

Gold-tone Hoop Earrings, Bottega Veneta

Simple hoop earrings never go astray in any accessories line-up, particularly when it’s by Bottega Veneta. These are a great party accessory and are a serious candidate to make a New Year’s Eve appearance.

Logo-print Shearling Slides, Fendi

These are so fun. I think you’re either into texture such as this or not, and I am most definitely in the former camp. Love the logo action too. They’re certainly a talking point and will add some playfulness to any summer look.

Mon Tresor Mini Printed PVC and Leather Bucket Bag, Fendi

Bucket bags have been a longtime favourite of mine and this style is modern and fun. I love the logo detail and also the mini size—perfect for carrying my essentials but also light enough for when I’m on the go and don’t want to be weighed down.

Leather Sandals, Bottega Veneta

These square toe sandals are the shoe of the season. A black sandal is also always a worthwhile piece to have as they’ll work back with so many different outfits.

Claire Off-the-shoulder Linen Top, Cult Gaia

Pastels are always perfect at this time of year and this light blue top would add a lovely pop of colour to any look. The puffy sleeves and the off the shoulder style are so on point.

Pussy-bow Silk-satin Twill Mini Dress, The Vampire’s Wife

This is a gorgeous event dress. I can see this working for everything from the races to a function and the punchy red colour is designed to make a statement. I love the classic finishes including the pussy bow and balloon sleeves.

Satin-trimmed Double-breasted Pleated Embellished Cady Mini Dress, Versace

As you know, I’m a huge fan of suiting so this take on it in the form of a double breasted blazer dress is such a great way to do it. This elevated black dress will be a great one to have on hand for work occasions to functions and parties.

Brook 70 Patent-trimmed Mesh and Leather Pumps, Malone Souliers

Nude pumps are always a great staple to have in your closet but I like this edgier take on it, featuring the mesh panelling. It’s a great accent piece because of the modern design, but the neutral shade make it a style chameleon.

Cropped Button-embellished Ribbed Stretch-knit Top, Balmain

I can see this top having many an outing! It’s a great go-to black top that’s dressy enough to lift everything from a skirt to pants and jeans and elevate it into something special.

Doris Leather Tote, Yuzefi

I love how this bag has soft lines but still feels strong and modern at the same time. The chain link strap is also the perfect finishing touch and gives the bag a point of difference. I’d be very happy indeed to see this under the tree!

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What’s on my shopping wish list this month

15th November, 2019

The Pouch Small Leather Clutch | Bottega Veneta

Crystal-Logo Hair Comb | Gucci

X Oliver Peoples La CC Rectangular Sunglasses | The Row

Off- the-Shoulder Balloon-Sleeve Dress | Bottega Veneta

GG-Logo Snakeskin-Trim Raffia Bucket Hat | Gucci

BV Lido Intrecciato-Woven Leather Sandals | Bottega Veneta

Faith Midi Skirt | Camilla and Marc

Strapless Ostrich-Feather Strapless Mini Dress | The Attico

High Neck Cut-Out Wool-Blend Bodysuit | Bottega Veneta

Lumen Blazer | Camilla and Marc

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Spring racing looks for every big race day

26th October, 2019

Whether you’re attending Derby Day, Oaks Day or Melbourne Cup, half the fun is being able to pull together a beautiful outfit. I’ve been going to the races for years and it’s still such a thrill being able to play with different looks to suit every big event during spring carnival.

I’ve been lucky enough to work with Net-a-Porter during this time for the last few years, and it’s allowed me to wear some truly beautiful pieces and has given me so much fashion inspo along the way. The best thing about attending the races is the fact it’s the perfect opportunity to push a few fashion boundaries, try new trends and of course, enjoy getting dolled up.

If you’ve got a date with the races here are a few looks that will have you totally owning every single dress code.

Monochrome

Black and white is a must for Derby Day. It’s always such an elegant day trackside, as there’s a sea of crisp white looks or ultra chic black outfits (or a mix of the two hues) that takes the fashion next-level. If you’re working with a monochrome colour palette definitely don’t shy away from playing with textures whether it be embellishments or fabrication, embracing prints and adding elegant accessories such as pearls, which are hugely on trend at the moment.

A riot of colour

Key dates on the spring racing calendar such as Melbourne Cup and Oaks Day are the perfect time to embrace plenty of colour. Think punchy hues such as pinks and oranges, aquas and purples which makes both days a visual feast. When wearing colour it’s also a good time to let your outfit be the focal point and weave through accessories that are striking, yet slightly more subdued to allow your ensemble to shine. However it’s also the perfect opportunity to once again play with textures— think feathers, satin and gorgeous laser cut pieces.