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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.

 

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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.

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What’s on my shopping wish list this month

6th July, 2018

I can’t believe we’re already halfway through the year! Being in the midst of winter but seeing all the amazing looks coming from the Northern Hemisphere has me turning my attention to more lightweight looks for spring/summer. I know we’ve still got a few weeks of cooler temperatures ahead of us but I’ve always liked to plan ahead as far as seasons go so I know exactly what I’ll be shopping for when the weather starts to get a little warmer.

This month, I’m still keeping an eye out for staples such as ankle boots and jackets, but I’m also embracing my new love of classic pieces with a twist. Think a beautiful long sleeved double breasted dress which takes a traditional blazer in a new direction to a crisp white mini with gold accents that elevates a pencil skirt silhouette into a glam statement piece.

Here’s what’s made it onto my wish list this month…

Maggie Marilyn twill mini dress

I’ve shared my love of blazers in the past so it’s no surprise that this dress with its jacket style cut caught me eye. It has taken a traditional wardrobe staple and given it a feminine touch.

Marco de Vincenzo striped top

Love the colours of this cosy knit top. It’s also a great layering piece which will definitely extend its wear in my closet.

Taylor equipped jacket

With a futuristic feel, this little number would add a little edge to a look.

Balmain button-detailed woven mini skirt

Super luxe and chic, this skirt is versatile yet a little extra. The gold accents just elevate it even more.

Mercedes Castillo Norik leather mules

A bright pop of colour adds an element of vibrancy and fun to any look and these mules are a great place to start.

Kaleos Lord acetate sunglasses

It’s hard to go wrong with tortoiseshell sunnies. This pair would definitely see me through spring/summer nicely.

Gucci faux pearl embellished belt

I’ve got a belt like this in black and swear by its wearability. I think white will be ideal for when the weather starts getting warmer.

Saint Laurent crocodile embossed sunset bag

The perfect shade of hot pink that can’t be passed up! This would make any outfit pop.

Rebecca Vallance Bresica ruched poplin midi skirt

I’m into all things midi length and this skirt with its colour and ruching would work well paired with heels or a killer pair of sandals.

Bec & Bridge strappy cherry midi dress

The slip dress works all year round so it’s a worthwhile investment to make any time. Layer it with a tee or knit or wear it on its own, it works equally as well.

Miu Miu Matelassé belt bag

Loving the hands-free element of a belt bag. The colour and shape is classic and can easily be paired with multiple looks.

Balenciaga tartan BB ankle boots

A definite winter item, these boots in an adorable tartan print will be the dress up any ensemble and give it a bit of punch.

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What’s on my winter shopping wish list

8th June, 2018

Now that winter has well and truly arrived I’ve been busy planning what to add to my winter wardrobe. I’ve taken stock of my key staples and pinpointed the gaps that I need to update with new season pieces. I’m finding myself gravitating towards a lot of colour in an effort to inject a bit of energy into my looks. This time of year is traditionally about subdued hues and this year I wanted to shake things up and adopt a slightly more bolder colour palette. Here are a few things currently on my wish list—I’m all about striking shades, luxe fabrics and the odd piece that’s made to stand out…

Balenciaga cable knit sweater

How beautiful is this burgundy colour? I can’t resist a cosy knit to snuggle into when it’s cold.

Chinti & Parker crochet trim jumper

I like the red and pink trim on this neutral jumper —it gives it a playful touch.

Prada striped ribbed knit midi skirt

I’m a fan of the midi skirt because it always looks polished. You can’t go wrong with a red and white stripe for a for a bold, yet classic statement piece.

The Row silk and cashmere top

This would be a definite splurge but the colour and the drape is amazing—plus no doubt silk and cashmere would feel so beautifully luxurious.

Fendi embroidered cashmere sweater

Logo tees were huge in spring/summer so it’s no surprise that the trend has made its way onto winter sweaters. I really love the sweet font and the monochrome colour palette.

Saint Laurent high waisted boyfriend jeans

I’m always in jeans so I don’t mind investing in a pair that I know I’ll wear to death. Cost per wear and all that. This would be perfect worn with sneakers and any of the above sweaters on the weekend.

Miu Miu embroidered raffia shoulder bag

It’s always nice to embrace natural textures when it comes to accessories. The raffia bag would make a nice finishing touch to an evening look.

Jil Sander floral brocade pumps

They’re quite the statement shoe, I know, but if you can’t have fun with your shoes then when can you?

Dolce & Gabbana enamel gold plated earrings

Any look can become special with the addition of a pair of standout earrings. These beauties would add a bold touch to a day or night ensemble and take it next-level.

 

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12 Insta-outfit ideas to steal

4th June, 2018

Hello, winter! We’ve officially welcomed the cooler weather and this means a wardrobe refresh to see in the new season. For me, this season is all about staying cosy yet still maintaining an element of polish with my outfits. I love beautiful natural textures such as wool and cashmere, a lot of layering and plenty of standout accessories to liven things up. If you’ve been struggling with what’s in your closet then never fear—I’ve rounded up some of the best style ideas from Instagram so you can revamp your looks with ease.

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Update your denim

For most women, jeans are a constant throughout winter. So, inject some new life into your favourite denim by adopting new silhouettes. Looser, relaxed styles such as cropped wide leg is one way to take your casual off duty style in a new direction.

Statement leather

I can’t live without my leather jacket throughout winter as it works with most things in my wardrobe. And whilst the standard moto jacket is a classic if you want to make a statement consider different styles. This marching band jacket is one such piece that works beautifully with a dress and adds a little edge to an otherwise conservative silhouette.

Consider a cropped knit

This style works well with a relaxed ‘mom style’ jean and sneakers however it also works well as a layering piece. Pair it with a button down and you’ve got instant French girl vibes.

Mix textures

The beauty of layering is being able to add a little more depth to your look with the use of different textures. I love the contrast of wool with a slinky silk satin as a way to glam up a winter ensemble.

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Be adventurous with your coats

A fluffy coat might not seem the most practical of outerwear options but it really can work with so many looks in your wardrobe. It works with jeans and leather leggings or over a dress equally as well and it’s super cosy too.

Oversize your denim

I’ve said in the past how much I love denim jackets as a layering piece and I’m still all over them. This season try a slightly oversized denim jacket as a topper over everything from a dress to pants or a skirt.

Have fun with winter fabrics

Heavy tweed is synonymous with winter fashion and can often err on the side of conservative. However when in a playful jumpsuit style it can instantly turn it into something fun and a little more relaxed.

Add a punchy print to black

Black is a favourite of most throughout winter because it’s sleek, polished and easy to work with. However it can sometimes look a little flat. To combat this weave a few prints into your look. Polka dots and stripes are an easy go-to and can instantly inject a little energy into your ensemble.

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Experiment with winter neutrals

Freshen up your winter looks with light, airy shades—they’re so fun in summer why not wear them all year round? A white blazer worked back with an eye catching print makes for a punchy and on trend look.

Just add accessories

My favourite way to liven up a look is with a few bold accessories. Think anything in a vibrant shade or something ornate such as a vintage style brooch which can instantly add an element of interest to any outfit.

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Belt it up

Want to give your blazer a point of difference? Try cinching it with a belt. It’s flattering (hello, tiny waist) and it instantly shakes up the silhouette and gives it a different feel.

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Tuck it in

Want to change up the look and feel of an outfit? Try tucking your shirt (or jumper or tee) in. This is especially the case with winter knits which are given a little more shape when tucked into pants.

Whose Instagram style are you loving this month?