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What I wore this week (on location)

1st July, 2021

We’re still in Port Douglas this week so I’m still in resortwear mode. It’s definitely going to be weird going back to jeans and jumpers when we get back… I’ve been enjoying reworking the pieces that I packed, trying to create new outfit combinations, and I’m unearthing the standout pieces that are forming the backbone of a lot of my outfits — surprisingly swimwear is definitely right up there. I’m all about the importance of packing great accessories, because when you’re working with a capsule wardrobe, you need a few fun pieces to liven things up and give looks some personality.

Comfy and casual looks are on high rotation on this holiday and this is a go-to combination of mine. This top has been a great addition to my holiday outfit repertoir as it’s been a great piece to pair with multiple bottoms, from shorts to jeans and wide leg pants. I paired this with my printed Aje bucket had to add a little colour to this all black ensemble, and my trusty Louis Vuitton backpack is great for a busy day out wiht kids.

Credits: T-shirt and sandals, Ducie; Shorts, Nobody; Hat, Aje; Backpack, Louis Vuitton

We headed out for a refreshing dip and a little exploring, so I needed an outfit that could work for multiple activities. These denim shorts have been a great base for a lot of my looks on this holiday and this monochrome ensemble is something I wear often because it’s really wearable, but still looks right on trend.

Credits: T-shirt, Ducie; Shorts, Nobody; Backpack, Louis Vuitton

What I love about swimsuits is that I can wear them both as a pair of swimmers but also as a bodysuit which essentially doubles their wear. I popped these on with a pair of jeans and instantly had a look that I could wear out to lunch or for a day of sightseeing. My Loewe bag has been getting quite the workout this holiday; it’s roomy enough to fit everyone’s essentials, but always adds a chic touch to any outfit.

Credits: Swimsuit, Viktoria & Woods; Jeans, Ksubi; Bag, Loewe

Embracing a fun orange gingham dress seemed the perfect outfit option for a bike ride along the beach. This dress entered my wardrobe last summer and it’s honestly one of my faves because of its punchy colour and simple silhouette. A pair of white Gucci sandals to top it off and I’m set.

Credits: Dress, Steele; Sandals, Gucci; Bag, Loewe

Outfit repeats are a necessary part of any holiday wardrobe and this is one look I’m wearing again and again because of its simplicity and wearability. I’m all about this Monday Swimwear one piece at the moment because it’s easily paired with the other resortwear pieces I brought with me, and this stylish wrap is just the thing to pop on after a swim. Sunglasses are of course a must and these geometric Karen Walker frames have been such a great pair to finish off a lot of my looks.

Credits: Swimsuit, Monday Swimwear; Wrap (similar style here), Bondi Born; Bag, Loewe; Sunglasses, Karen Walker

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What I wore this week

10th June, 2021

After a hectic few days of multiple outfit changes at Fashion Week last week, I wanted to keep things as simple and low key as I possibly could this week, so I opted for a capsule wardrobe approach. What I love about having a limited selection of pieces to choose from is that it forces you to reuse pieces and think of new ways to do so, but it takes away the overwhelm that comes from using your entire wardrobe. So I settled on a few winter staples—a great coat, a trusty pair of jeans and accessories that would work back with lots of different outfit iterations. Here’s what I wore this week.

I got this coat a few seasons ago and it’s been such a good addition to my wardrobe because it’s on high rotation every winter. A patterned coat is such a great way to lift a pared back outfit, and it really adds an element of interest when you’re working with a simple colour palette. These jeans were a pre-emptive winter buy and they’ve proven themselves to be super versatile. Paired with a black top, this outfit is the kind of elevated casual look that I will turn to time and time again.

Credits: Coat, Viktoria and Woods; Top (similar here), Bec and Bridge; Jeans, Slvrlake; Shoes, Ducie;

See what I mean about this coat? Totally different outfit vibe but it still works. I did a denim on denim look on this day, and I have to say I’ve been wearing this Camilla and Marc denim jacket non-stop. It’s the perfect oversized fit and it works back so well with so many other pieces in my wardrobe. I went for sneakers to keep the look comfy and casual, but a Chanel backpack adds a luxe touch!

Credits: Coat, Viktoria and Woods; Denim jacket and jeans, Camilla and Marc; Top, Ducie; Sneakers, D.O.F; Bag, Chanel; Earrings, Manning Cartell

This is one of those failsafe outfit combinations that I have on hand when I don’t really want to have to think about what I’m wearing. A white top and jeans is always a classic pairing, but popping on a black blazer over the top gives it a polished feel. I dialled down it down from looking too dressy with a pair of sandals to keep it comfy and cool, and added a splash of colour with my green Dior tote.

Credits: Blazer, Wardrobe.NYC; Top and Shoes, Ducie; Jeans, Slvrlake; Bag, Dior

I wore this outfit again (what did I say about a great capsule wardrobe?) minus the coat and it makes such a good go-to uniform. I’ve worn jeans every day this week which is a pretty accurate representation of how a lot of my weeks go, as denim is such a versatile base for an outfit. I can pair it with pretty much anything and it just works.

Credits: Top (similar here), Bec and Bride; Jeans, Slvrlake; Shoes, Ducie; Bag, Dior

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What I wore this week

13th May, 2021

It was a week of special occasions, kicked off by Mother’s Day spent with my family so it was all about occasion dressing this week. And it was proof that dressing for events is the perfect opportunity to explore the full gamut of your wardrobe. It’s about embracing different looks, from rich hues, elegant tailoring and a killer statement dress, but also about reverting to tried and tested favourites when your outfit needs a lift. Here’s what I wore this week.

A special mother-daughter date with Grace, where enjoyed a beautiful morning tea. Of course, it called for a bit of dressing up. Grace embraced her favourite hue, while I went for a sleek shirt dress by Melbourne-based brand Diida. Love the classic silhouette of this dress offset by the on-trend, modern vibe of my black Bottega heels.

Credits: Dress, Diida; Heels, Bottega Veneta, Bag, Gucci; Earrings, Manning Cartell

Enjoying a very special Mother’s Day lunch with my family at Crown Sydney. The girls were in their Sunday finery so I decided to follow suit with this Acler top and skirt combination. The sky blue one shoulder top worked back with the lilac skirt made for a great colour blocking moment, and embracing vibrant colours seemed perfect for such a happy occasion.

Credits: Top (different colour here) and skirt, Acler; Heels, Bottega Veneta; Earrings, Manning Cartell

Very proud daughter moment this week when I watched my mum awarded her Order of Australia medal. Attending with the rest of my family, I opted for an all white outfit with a top by Viktoria and Woods and white pants, also by the label. I opted for my black Bottega heels to help finish off this look, and is further proof that you can’t ever go wrong with monochrome.

Credits: Top and pants, viktoria and woods; Heels, Bottega Veneta

I went to a fashion show this week and it was so incredibly lovely being back doing something that seemed so impossible just a year ago. This was the Aje show in Sydney, and of course, I wanted to support the brand by wearing Aje. This dreamy green hue was so vivid and rich, and it made for quite the statement-making look.

Credits: Dress, Aje; Heels, Bottega Veneta

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My fave female-led Aussie brands

8th March, 2021
Wearing one of my fave labels, Manning Cartell

On International Women’s Day, I can’t think of a better time to highlight some of the incredible female-led, homegrown brands that are seriously taking fashion in Australia in such an innovative, inspiring direction.

My everyday wardrobe, those pieces that I wear non-stop are largely comprised of these following Aussie brands, whose vision, success and direction is entirely steered by women. And as someone who works in fashion, I am all about championing local talent, but I’m even more proud to do it when it helps  women in the industry to truly shine. These are just some of the brands that feature heavily in my wardrobe rotation.

 
 
 
 
 
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Most of the dresses that I wear throughout the year are by Steele. The label, founded by Melbournian Jessica Reid, is all about effortless pieces, while playing with silhouettes and textiles that make each piece something that makes a statement, and is a whole lot of fun to wear. I’ve lost count of how many Steele dresses I own, such is my love of them.

 
 
 
 
 
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Zimmermann is without a doubt one of the biggest and most talked about brands in fashion today. I’ve been a longtime fan, but it has been great to see Nicky and Simone Zimmermann take their small local label and turn it into the global juggernaut it is now. The designs, colours, textures and fabrics are always sublime. Each piece is a true work of art.

 
 
 
 
 
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Manning Cartell was founded by sisters Cheryl, Vanessa and Gabrielle Manning, and their label has grown to be many a woman’s go-to. I love how they managed to do polished pieces with a hefty does of personality. I’ve long loved their dresses, and keep coming back to this brand time and time again because they do such beautiful pieces that really speak to women.

 
 
 
 
 
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I’ve been wearing Bec and Bridge pretty much since its inception. Founded by friends Becky Cooper and Bridget Yorston who met while studying fashion at university, the brand continues to deliver season after season the kind of cuts, styles and prints that women not only want to wear, but love to wear. Without a doubt, I will always fall in love with several pieces in every collection, which is a testament to how the label knows its audience inside and out.

 
 
 
 
 
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Viktoria and Woods is one of those brands that has slowly made a home in my wardrobe because I just can’t resist its simple, classic and sophisticated aesthetic. From jeans to coats and shirts, the label founded by Margie Woods in 2004, does tailored and polished separates that are designed to be worn over and over again. With my ongoing aim to have more versatility in my wardrobe, this is one brand that truly delivers on that front.

 
 
 
 
 
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Acler was founded by Kathryn Forth and Julia Ritorto in 2015 and they haven’t looked back since. The brand’s name is an anagram of ‘clear’ which is entirely fitting as the brand’s vision is precisely that: it’s all about pieces that are elevated, with a high end feel. I’m loving the fact that the brand makes aspirational clothing, a little more accessible. 

What are some of your fave female-led designers?

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What I wore this week

25th February, 2021

It’s been a bit of a funny week in Sydney with the weather going from gloomy and rainy to sunny and hot and back again. With such crazy weather, I’ve been able to enjoy two extremes of my wardrobe going from light breezy dresses one minute to jumpers and jeans the next. I’m guessing this means transseasonal weather will well and truly be just around the corner. With a mixture of appointments, meetings, mum duties and shooting this week, here’s what I wore.

One of my favourite labels, Steele does the best summer dresses. I always love their playful prints (particularly gingham and stripes) and in particular this lemon yellow hue was perfect for earlier in the week when the sun was out. I paired this look with black Bottega heels and my fave Loewe basket bag.

Credits: Dress, Steele; Shoes, Bottega Veneta; Bag, Loewe

Snapped up this great Zara skirt and immediately this outfit came to mind. I wore it with a Ducie top and sandals, along with my Prada bucket bag for a casual all black ensemble. And when the weather is kinda unpredictable, I always find black to be a great option.

Credits: Top, Ducie; Skirt, Zara; Bag (in a different fabric here}, Prada; Shoes, Ducie

Fresh and summery but polished is what I was going for with this look. These white Viktoria and Woods wide leg jeans have been such a great addition to my wardrobe as they can be worked back with so many different hues and styles. Plus I love the current on trend pairing of beige and white—it just looks immediately put together. My go-to Bottega Veneta heels and metallic Chanel backpack finished off this look.

Credits: Top, Henne; Jeans, Viktoria and Woods; Shoes, Bottega Veneta; Bag, Chanel; Earrings, Aje

My take on winter in summer dressing. I pulled out this khaki Bec and Bridge jumper I wore to death last winter as I loved it so much, and it was nice to be reunited again. Worked against black Aje jeans and sandals it helped me to navigate a cool-ish day outside. Plus this belt bag by Furla is my new fave thing. The perfect hands-free accessory option!

Credits: Jumper, Bec and Bridge; Jeans, Aje; Shoes, Ducie; Bag, Furla

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What I wore this week

4th February, 2021

It’s funny when I do these posts as I’ll often look back over the pics and realise I’ve had an ongoing theme throughout the week. I don’t even realise I’m doing it half the time but based on the below, I’ve certainly been embracing a neutrals/beige/brown colour palette over the last few days. And with good reason because it’s so easy to mix and match pieces working with these hues. So here’s what I wore during my autumnal meets summer hues week…

This outfit has a bit of a 70s vibe to it and I’m totally embracing it. The chocolate brown halter neck top is polished and perfectly suited for a Sydney summer. While these tailored pants by Viktoria and Woods help brighten up this outfit, and worked back with the sleek white thongs, it’s such an easy, comfortable look.

Credits: Top and pants, Viktoria and Woods; Shoes, Gucci

One of my all-time fave dress labels is Steele as I cannot resist every time they have a new drop. You know when a brand just gets your aesthetic? Theirs is my summer vibe to a tee. This dress is unbelievably comfy and such an easy, don’t-wan’t-to-think outfit option.

Credits: Dress, Steele

I’m planning to wear these jeans to just about everything for the next little while as they’re so versatile and easily paired back with virtually every top I have in my closet. Paired with my Gucci sandals (as an aside, these shoes have been worth every cent as the cost per wear has been so good) and a simple tee, it’s simple and effortless dressing—just the way I like it.

Credits: Top and jeans, Viktoria and Woods; Shoes, Gucci

Meet my fave new dress. I’m loving the new drop by Camilla and Marc, and this dress was love at first sight. I can easily wear this doing the school run, out to lunch, or running errands as it’s such a classic design. Plus guess which shoes made another outing this week?

Credits: Dress, Camilla and Marc; Belt, vintage; Shoes, Gucci; Bag, Loewe

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What I Wore: Crown Sydney

20th January, 2021

I have a newfound appreciation for a great staycation given border restrictions right now so I was thrilled to be invited to check out the newly opened Crown Sydney in Barangaroo. With a luxe holiday feel, it was the the ideal time to try a few resortwear looks.

The one thing I always do whenever I’m on holiday is embrace a simple colour palette that can be mixed and matched. I went for crisp white and warm neutrals in this instance, wearing some great new pieces from Viktoria and Woods. The white pants I’m wearing below have been such a great addition to my summer wardrobe. They go with virtually anything and can easily be dressed up or down (I’ll definitely bookmark them for when the time comes when we’re able to do overseas trips again).

What’s a holiday without being able to get dressed up for a nice dinner? We were lucky to roadtest one of the new restaurants at the Crown so an LBD seemed the ideal starting point. I opted for a sleek Aje dress with a subtle cut-out and and Bottega Veneta sandals.

While poolside, I embraced one of my fave trends of summer: wearing a one-piece swimsuit with pants. I wore a one-shoulder Bondi Born swimsuit with lightweight wide leg pants by Monday Swimwear, which easily took me from sitting by the pool to being able to grab a bite to eat without missing a beat. Sleek and simple – my fave way to do holiday dressing, near or far.

Credits: Top and pants, Viktoria & Woods; Bag (similar here), Loewe; Sunglasses, Le Specs

Credits: Jumpsuit, Viktoria & Woods; Bag, Dior; Thongs, Gucci

Credits: Dress, Aje; Shoes, Bottega Veneta; Earrings (similar here), Aje

Credits: Swimsuit, Bondi Born; Pants, Monday Swimwear; Sunglasses, RayBan

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What I wore working from home

11th June, 2020

The MVPs of my winter wardrobe are slowly presenting themselves as I find myself gravitating towards certain pieces time after time. I’ve been trying to find that line between feeling and looking polished while working from home, and still being comfortable. I think it’s a work in progress, but I’m loving experimenting with different silhouettes and colours. But above all, I’m finding denim still very much rules in my wardrobe…

Jeans and a white tank— you can’t really every go wrong with a combination such as this. This forms the basis for many a look for me as I can easily throw on a jumper or a blazer and it can instantly change up the vibe of the outfit, but also add a touch of polish. I’m loving relaxed denim silhouettes right now, and this pair by Camilla and Marc is really comfy.

Credits: Top, jeans and belt, Camilla and Marc

These Levis jeans are the best wash—they look vintage and are easily paired with different top styles, and also pair well with most hues. Loving this button down knit by Viktoria and Woods as it has the look of a shirt, but the comfort factor of a knit.

Credits: Knit, Viktoria and Woods; Jeans, Levis

I am seriously loving Aje at the moment, particularly this top (which I’ve also got in black—see below!). Love the voluminous silhouette which works great with a more streamlined pant. I’ve found it works really well with a statement coat, and simple white pumps help finish off the look.

Credits: Shirt, Aje; Jeans, Levis; Coat, Viktoria and Woods; Shoes, Bottega Veneta

The hue of this Aje skirt is such a good shade for winter. It’s the perfect pop of colour to add a little more energy to a winter look, plus worked back with a black smock top, it looks polished. I also like the fact that I can take this look into spring, which definitely betters the cost per wear of this look.

Credits: Shirt and skirt; Aje

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What I Wore: Top Coat

24th March, 2020

While we may all be spending a lot more time at home these days, I’m still trying to inject a little fun into my wardrobe everyday in whatever way I can. Fashion’s always been such a huge part of my life and wearing a beautiful piece (even if I’m just going to staying inside) is one thing that helps me maintain a little normality in my routine.

I had this coat bookmarked for many an outing throughout autumn/winter, from meetings to events to the races and while those events may be put on hold right now, I’m still trying to work it into my wardrobe as best as I can. This checked coat by Viktoria and Woods is such a great statement piece to pop on top of a casual look to add a dressy element. The pattern, the cut and the contrasting details give it an elevated feel.

My collection of jeans has definitely been getting much more of a workout than usual. It has been interesting trying to find pieces in my closet that are comfortable enough for a day spent at home but also maintains a polished feel. This is where a crisp white shirt is ideal. It strikes just the right vibe but isn’t overly fussy.

The combination of a crisp white shirt and jeans is a blank canvas for so many different types of accessories. White slingback heels and a classic black bag make this look appropriate for myriad occasions. It’s definitely one outfit I’m bookmarking for future use.

Credits: Coat, Viktoria and Woods; Shirt, Brooks Brothers; Jeans, Levi’s; Shoes, Bottega Veneta; Bag, Gucci; Sunglasses, Vogue.

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What I Wore: Everything’s Illuminated

17th December, 2019

An all white ensemble is hard to beat which is why it’s always one of my go-to outfits. It’s always looks sophisticated and fresh and is perfect for those times when you want an impactful look. Recently, I checked out the new Viktoria and Woods store in Sydney’s Mosman and uncovered a new ensemble that I love. I’m always endlessly pleased when a fave of brand of mine opens locally and with such a great collection in store right now, I found it hard not to compile a lengthy wish list.

The below look ticks the versatility box, which is key for me whenever I’m considering an outfit. Separately I think the blouse, pants and corset are able to be worked back with other pieces in my closet and can easily be dressed up or down. Even the corset, which at first may seem limited to only certain occasions, can be worn with a simple tee for a look that’s casual yet elevated. Worn together I think it’s sophisticated and modern and maintains a classic sensibility.

To really allow the entire look to pop, I went for all white accessories too. Crisp white cat eye frames and white mules were the bright and fresh accoutrements needed to finish off this look.

Photography by Sophia Athas, Hatrik

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Top, Pants and Corset, Viktoria & Woods;  Sunglasses, Celine Eyewear; Jewellery, Linden Cook 

This post was produced in collaboration with Viktoria & Woods