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What I Wore: Casual Polish

29th November, 2017

One of the things I’m often asked is how to do off duty style that’s comfortable, polished and can easily transition to a dressier occasion should the need arise. For me, footwear I can easily run around in is a must and I can’t go past a great pair of sneakers. The silver pair I have from Gucci are perfect for when I’m on the go but the metallic hue elevates it and gives it a slightly more luxe feel. I’m a huge fan of midi skirts and paired with a cosy knit it’s got a classic feel but is still really comfy. With the simple addition of a crossbody bag and black sunglasses I’m all set for a busy day. And the best bit? When it comes time for dinner and drinks, I’ll just swap my accessories for a pair of heels and a clutch and my outfit is good to go. A godsend for those days when I’ve got a million things to do and having to sort out a new look is at the bottom of my list.

Credits: Top, Theron; Skirt, Veronika Maine, Bag, Dior, Sneakers, Gucci; Sunglasses, Poms

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

 

 

 

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How to incorporate dressier items into your casual wardrobe

28th November, 2017

My casual wardrobe gets a pretty regular workout, given I spend most of my time looking after Sophia and Grace and need to be comfortable at all times. However this leaves me with an entire section of my wardrobe that doesn’t get nearly enough use: my dresses. More specifically those that are on the slightly dressier side and are more appropriate for a work event or classy lunch than preschool drop- offs and playground outings. I’ve always been about having clothes that are easily dressed up or down so I’ve now taken to dipping into that particular section of my cupboard a lot more and have set myself the challenge to have them feature more frequently in my everyday looks.

Take the below dress by Karen Millen; I’m a huge fan of crisp white dresses as they’re generally a lot easier to transform into either a daytime or nighttime look given their blank colour palette. In this instance to help bring the dress into casual wear territory, I found my choice of accessories was key. By pairing it with a candy pink hued bag it added a fun, playful element to my overall look and gave it a slightly more relaxed feel. Flats are often the secret to changing the overall vibe of a dressy piece and by pairing the dress with white sneakers helped to ground the outfit and make it appropriate for a day of running around. The right accoutrements can often steer an outfit into an entirely new direction, and is one of my favourite styling tricks to employ when I need to change up an existing item in my closet.

I’m always experimenting with what’s in my wardrobe so this has been a useful discovery of a great way to double the use of what I already own. This weekend why not set yourself the challenge to turn your dressier pieces into casual wear—you may be pleasantly surprised at the new looks you’ll uncover.

Credits: Dress, Karen Millen, Shoes, Gucci, Bag, Bvlgari,

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This post was created in collaboration with Karen Millen

 

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What I Wore: Frill Seeker

21st November, 2017

Sleek, simple dresses are a staple in my wardrobe but every so often I just want to embrace an ultra embellished style. This Acler dress, with its frill detail, cold shoulder neckline and asymmetric hem has a feminine silhouette that’s high on impact. With such a bold frock I knew I needed to tone it down with my accessories and opt for simplicity so as not to overwhelm with my overall look. My favourite Alaia heels (which have so been worth the investment from the number of wears I’ve had from them) are just the right understated heel to pair with such a dramatic dress whilst my Bvlgari top handle bag adds a classic touch to the ensemble. For a bit of fun, and to add a little edge to my ensemble I added a pair of mirrored sunglasses for the ideal finishing touch.

Credits: Dress (similar here), Acler; Shoes, Alaïa; Bag, Bvlgari, Sunglasses, Le Specs

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

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What I Wore: Nautical Vibes

14th November, 2017

Easy-to-wear dresses are a staple in my summer wardrobe, especially when I’m packing for a holiday. I always try to go for pieces that won’t crease in my suitcase. Knits are especially great, as they don’t require ironing if you fold them carefully.

I recently wore this Rebecca Vallance dress on my holiday in Greece. Anything with a blue and white combination always gives off nautical vibes. I was instantly drawn to the ruffles as they add a feminine feel.

For instant style points, I teamed the dress with my Rebecca De Ravenel earrings. Statement earrings have become my go-to accessory for adding a bit of colour and fun to my ensembles these days.

Credits; Dress: Rebecca Vallance, Earrings: Rebecca De Ravenel, Sandals: Michael Kors 

 

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What I Wore: 2017 Melbourne Cup

8th November, 2017

I tried on a few different outfits for Melbourne Cup this year and eventually went with this dress from Net-a-Porter by Alessandra Rich. I am really loving that brand at the moment and think the latest collection has some really strong fashion forward pieces. I usually like to go bold and bright when it comes to Cup Day and in this year I wanted to play with patterns given last year’s look was all about colour blocking and embellishment. I really loved the vibrant print of pink and yellow flowers on black whilst the bell sleeves and bow detail down the front help elevate it into a true statement piece. As far as my headpiece goes, essentially I decided that I had to wear this Gucci turban no matter what! Given its vibrant shade all other accoutrements had to revolve around it and I ended up opting for all pink accessories to tie the look together. Not only are turbans really in this season (I’ve always seemed to have a bit of a soft spot for them given my previous Cup Day looks) but the rose detail made it into a really striking piece. Melbourne Cup is usually always out there when it comes to what everyone wears, and this year I feel I’ve pushed my fashion boundaries with the shape of my dress and standout accessories… until next year!

 

Credits: Dress, Alessandra Rich; Heels, Scanlan & Theodore; Bag, Bvlgari; Turban, Gucci

Photography: Danielle Castano

This post has been produced in collaboration with Net-a-Porter

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Looking back over my Melbourne Cup outfits…

6th November, 2017

It’s always quite a hectic time in the lead up to Melbourne Cup as I’m usually busy trying to get my outfit locked in for the event. It’s always the most fun day of the racing calendar for me as the dress code is a little more daring and I can afford to take a few more fashion risks with everything from colour to headpieces. It’s always the ideal time to make a statement with my dress and accessories. 

I’ve almost lost count of how many Cup Day ensembles I’ve pulled together over the years but every year I hope I’m doing something different from the last. Having spent the last few weeks trying to finalise what I’m wearing, it had me taking a little trip down memory lane about some of the looks I’ve worn over the last few years…

2016

Dress, Gucci; Shoes, Gucci; Headpiece, Hatmaker

I loved this whole collection and fell in love with this dress when I saw it. It’s quite a loud dress with the ruffles and pearls and the colour so I knew that the only place I could probably get away with wearing it was to Melbourne Cup. I carried the rest of the pearl detail through with my shoes and went with a jewelled headband which was in keeping with the vibrant nature of the rest of my outfit. Whilst I haven’t really worn the dress since, the shoes have been a constant staple in my wardrobe since I got them. It’s great when I’m able to extend the wear of my Cup Day outfit beyond just that one day.

 

2015

Dress, Altuzarra; Shoes, Camilla & Marc; Headpiece, Sarah and Sebastian x Hatmaker

This is by far one of my favourite dresses. The whole collection by Altuzzara was perfection that year. I loved the velvet and metallic thread worked through the dress and the lace around the neck which was very Victorian.

Given the classic neckline of the dress I wanted to do something more modern and different with my headpiece that year and loved the idea of a turban. That piece was by Sarah and Sebastian and Hatmaker who teamed up to created the headpiece for me and made it entirely from bronze.

I love collaborations such as the one I was able to do that year as I’m always guaranteed a unique piece. I remember there were lots of fittings involved with this particular turban where we spoke about the dress and the look I had in mind.

 

2014

Dress, Dion Lee; Shoes, Tabitha Simmons; Headpiece, Nerida Winter

The previous year I had worn a bright clashing print so I went a bit more subdued with the colour I chose this year. However I think on Cup Day you have to wear a standout dress and in this instance I think it was the side details that really made the statement as opposed to the colour. It was a classic navy hue but peek-a-boo cutouts really lifted the dress and turned it into something Melbourne Cup-worthy. With my shoes that year I opted for a leopard print caged style heel as I wanted something a little bit fun and what better way to do it than with a little animal print.

 

2013

Dress, Peter Pilotto; Shoes, Alexander Wang; Headpiece, Hardy Brothers x Nerida Winter

I remember this dress was a fave as soon as I spotted it on the runway. I love anything with a standout print and the cut-out detail helped give it a point of difference. That year I teamed up with Hardy Brothers jewellers and enlisted the help of Nerida Winter to design a headpiece that was made from their jewellery. It was probably one of the most luxe headpieces I’d ever worn as it was made of gold and diamonds; it was originally a necklace but we piled it up and made it into a headband.

 

2012

Dress, Gucci, Shoes, Celine, Headpiece, Nerida Winter

As you can see anything Gucci is a fave of mine on Cup Day. I remember I really loved that lilac dress. It had beautiful detail across the top which really cemented it as a dress I had to wear. I always like to wear a bit of colour on Melbourne Cup Day and the dress was really pretty and girly. I didn’t want to go too over the top with the headpiece because of the detailing around my neck so I went for a veil and bow and really simple heels.

Looking back over these outfits I’ve tried a few different trends and designers over the years and this year I think I’ve done something that pushes my sartorial boundaries yet again. So, what am I wearing this year? Stay tuned tomorrow for the big reveal!

 

 

 

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What I Wore: 2017 Derby Day

4th November, 2017

As one of the more traditional days on the racing calendar, Derby Day is all about classic pieces in black and white. This year I wanted to stick to a mostly white ensemble and couldn’t resist this Roland Mouret jumpsuit from Net-a-Porter. I am really loving jumpsuits as an option for race day as it’s reminiscent of traditional suiting but with a more modern silhouette. With the sea of dresses on show it’s also nice to do something a little bit different and opt for a chic all in one look. To give the ensemble a ladylike and feminine touch I opted for a Jennifer Behr headpiece with net veil and oversized bow detail. My favourite Alaia studded heels and Salvatore Ferragamo bag help round out the look, and achieve a monochrome colour palette that’s in the spirit of the day.


Credits: Jumpsuit, Roland Mouret, Heels, Alaïa; Bag, Salvatore Ferragamo, Headpiece, Jennifer Behr

Photography: Sophia Athas

This post has been produced in collaboration with Net-a-Porter

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What I Wore: Light and bright

30th October, 2017

Spring is the ideal time for light and breezy styles and this white broderie anglaise dress is just right for days spent enjoying the sun. The intricate embroidery add to the classic feel of the dress whilst the chevron detail worked throughout add a layer of visual interest and give it a little depth. I’ve always found that anything in a crisp white is better worked back with understated accessories as it really allows the colour to pop. In this instance I opted for a mini structured bag in a mink shade and round sunglasses with a clear frame to complement rather than compete with the dress. I rarely leave home without a watch so I needed something that was quite streamlined and simple, and my Michel Herbelin timepiece seemed the perfect option. Whilst I do believe in keeping to a simple colour palette when working with white, I do love to always incorporate one bold piece into my look and in this instance it was my favourite gold Gucci heels.

Credits: Dress, Zimmermann; Shoes, Gucci; Bag, Loewe; Sunglasses, Chloe; Watch, Michel Herbelin

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

This post was produced in collaboration with Michel Herbelin

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What I Wore: Just the spot

23rd October, 2017

A busy day at work for me often requires an outfit that can easily transition from a meeting to a lunch without missing a beat. This is why I often love to mix a bold, statement item with classic pieces from my wardrobe to create a look that’s versatile yet anything but boring. With this particular look I kept to a monochrome palette but added touches of colour in the form of my candy red Gucci heels and bag to add elements of interest. Having a statement piece incorporated into an outfit is an effective way to make it stand out in a crowd and in this case it’s the spotted skirt. A polka dot print is playful but remains timeless when worked back with a crisp button down shirt. I like to keep my accessories for work quite minimalist so I opted for my white Michel Herbelin watch which pairs seamlessly with the rest of my outfit but adds an element of understated elegance, and more importantly serves the extremely practical function of keeping me on time throughout the day! A pair of sunglasses is a must when I’m running around all day and simple black frames are the ideal option as they’re both stylish and easily wearable with myriad outfits.

Credits: Top, Cue; Skirt, Nice Martin; Shoes, Gucci; Handbag (similar here), Gucci, Watch, Michel Herbelin; Sunglasses, Poms

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

This post was produced in collaboration with Michel Herbelin

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What I Wore: The Everest 2017

19th October, 2017

In keeping with post this week on wearing the same colour from head to toe, I worked with a similar concept for my look at The Everest 2017. However instead of playing with graduating tones I opted to work with the same ice blue when it came to my dress and headpiece. Dion Lee can always be relied upon for a dress that’s thoroughly modern yet remains classically understated. I couldn’t go past this dress with its pleated skirt and asymmetric bodice as it married both those design elements beautifully, whilst the colour made it look fresh and contemporary. A Nerida Winter piece is often my go-to when it comes to headwear at the races and for this particular look I opted for a floral garland in the same colour of the dress for cohesion, but chose a whimsical style to offset the angular lines of the dress. I needed a bold colour to accessorise this particular look and thought my Bulgari shoulder bag was the ideal complementary piece.

Credits: Dress, Dion Lee; Headpiece, Nerida Winter, Bag, Bulgari