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What I wore this week

26th November, 2020

I love this time of year when the weather is warming up and there’s a buzz in the air that Christmas and the holiday break is just around the corner. Also, slowly there are more events cropping up—after the year we’ve all had, I’m even more grateful for the opportunity to be able to catch up with friends and colleagues, but also to be able to be out and about again for work. And maybe just ever so slightly, I’m loving being able to dress up and have fun with clothes again. Here’s what I wore this week.

I wore this to a Dior event this week and it was such a comfy look. The crisp white is perfect for the warm weather, while the double breasted silhouette and cinched in waist is a great take on feminine tailoring. The bag is so intricate and such a work of art—typical Dior!

Credits: Jumpsuit, Viktoria and Woods; Bag, Dior; Heels, Bottega Veneta

I often like to take a casual combination like denim and a white tee, but dress it up with accessories. This cylinder Strathberry bag is a polished addition to this outfit, while the gold jewellery adds a touch of daytime glam.

Credits: Top, Henne; Skirt (similar here), Acler; Bag, Strathberry

Playing dress ups with Grace. This is by Aussie brand Monday and there’s something fun about wearing resortwear throughout the week. This co-ord set just made me feel like I was on holiday.

Credits: Top and pants, Monday Swimwear

I took the opportunity to dress up for a lunch with Piaget and couldn’t resist this pastel yellow dress by Aje for the occasion. I love the finishing touches on anything by Aje because they manage to turn a classic silhouette into something contemporary and modern. I wore my new fave Bottega heels, and paired it with the cutest mini Oroton bag.

Credits: Dress, Aje; Heels, Bottega Veneta; Bag, Oroton

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What I Wore: Bold Beige

24th November, 2020

Who says beige is boring? If the subdued hue has always been something you’ve sidestepped in favour of bolder, brighter colours then you’ll be pleasantly surprised that beige in elevated separates is quickly becoming one of the go-to pieces for summer. This top is a great example. With its one-shoulder neckline, puff sleeve and bow detail, it’s a piece that will certainly lift any outfit. I’m definitely bookmarking it for party season. While these tapered pants turn a tailored silhouette into something contemporary with its finishing details. The belt feature and button tabs at the ankles are the kind of considered details that can really elevate a piece, particularly when working withe neutral tones.

I wanted to keep this look quite tonal so I opted for accessories that weren’t going to contrast too much but at the same time, weren’t going to fall flat. So I went for a simple, structured clutch bag. The white contrasted with the gold trim is elegant and sleek. I knew I wanted to carry the gold tones throughout, so a chain link necklace by Manning Cartell was the perfect piece to accessorise with. The finishing element was my Bottega Veneta mesh heels, which are a similar hue to my outfit, but the bold design added an additional point of interest to my ensemble. When it comes to playing wiht colour, I’m definitely enjoying mixing and matching neutrals to create a really considered outfit with depth.

Credits: Top, pants and bag, Oroton; Shoes, Bottega Veneta; Necklace (similar here), Manning Cartell; Sunglasses, Ray Ban

Photography: Sophia Athas

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What I Wore: Golden Girl

20th November, 2020

You can’t get more summer than a crisp white dress and this Anna Quan dress manages to amalgamate fashion forward design without losing the light and bright nature of summer dressing. I also love the nod to traditional suiting with the split sleeves and oversized cuffs. While the cut-outs are a statement feature that elevates this dress into a look that’s modern and elegant.

The great thing about a white dress is that it’s essentially a blank canvas, and you can have a lot of fun with bold accessories. This quilted Tods bag is like sunshine. The vibrant marigold yellow is just the right hit of colour to really lift this look and the shoes in the same hue, really tie the look together while at the same time adding points of interest to my overall ensemble. I went for a classic pair of tortoiseshell sunglasses to add the final finishing touch. It’s a simple piece with understated elegance, and when it comes to summer ensembles, a great pair of sunnies is a must.

Credits: Dress (similar here), Anna Quan; Shoes and bag, Tods; Sunglasses, Le Specs

Photography: Sophia Athas

This post was produced on collaboration with Tods

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What I Wore: Chain Reaction

17th November, 2020

The quickly approaching end of year vibe has me thinking of Christmas catch-ups and parties, and this Manning Cartell dress has already been bookmarked for an event or two. While it’s a fun LBD option, what I love about it is the detail that elevates it into something more. The chain straps are bold and give the dress a striking finish. While the raffia finish on the fabric gives it some depth and texture. Additionally, the chain straps are adjustable and also removable so this dress can be reworked into a strapless number too. Big ticks in the versatility box, particularly when the festive season often calls for an event outfit or two.

While this dress is most certainly able to be dressed up for going out, what I love is that I can easily turn it into day attire with a change in accessories. In this instance I opted for black Ducie sandals to ground the look and give it a more casual feel. While I opted to pair it with the cutest mini Gucci Jackie bag. This classic style from the Gucci archives has been reimagined and given a more contemporary feel. I love a bag that does double duty, and I like the fact this has a detachable strap, but can also be worn without it. To finish off this ensemble, I opted for a matching Manning Cartell chain necklace. The black and gold colour scheme of this look really dials up the glam. I love any excuse to frock up, and this dress gives me plenty of great reasons to do it.

Credits: Dress, Manning Cartell; Shoes, Ducie; Bag, Gucci; Necklace, Manning Cartell

Photography: Sophia Athas

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What I wore to work this week

12th November, 2020

I’ve been doing these WFH posts since the beginning of the year and it’s been great to share snippets from my work wardrobe on a weekly basis. But given my WFH situation has definitely expanded beyond my home office given the loosening of restrictions, I’ve decided to tweak these posts to share what I wear to work in general. Whether it’s at home, out and about or hosting events, it’s a look at my working week, one outfit at a time, like right now…

Monochrome looks are always a winner because they’re easily put together and look chic without much effort at all. These jeans are elevated by belt detail, and this Bec and Bridge top has been such a great buy as I’ve been able to wear it with so many different outfits. I love adding sneakers to most looks, but this pair makes it just that little more special.

Credits: Top (similar here), Bec and Bridge; Jeans, Aje; Sneakers, Chanel

Pops of colour are always one way to pep up a work week. I tend to gravitate towards dresses when I’m working from home, but will be out and about for periods of time throughout the day as they’re comfortable but always look dressed up and polished.

Credits: Dress, Steele

Activewear at my desk… is there anything better? I’ve been a big fan of The Upside’s on trend take on exercise gear from the beginning, and love the colour combination of this pairing. The comfort levels of leggings and a tee are sky high so if I can get away with wearing it for the entire day I absolutely will. I also find if I’m wearing my workout gear first thing in the morning, there’s more chances for me to get a training session in, which is a definite upside (sorry, had to do it).

Credits: Leggings and Top, The Upside

Activewear one minute, Gucci change room the next! I was shooting something at the new Gucci store in Sydney so took the opportunity to play dress ups. This shirt dress is the kind of thing that I wouldn’t mind Santa popping under my tree on Christmas Day…

Credits: Dress and Shoes, Gucci

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What I wore working from home

5th November, 2020

With a busy schedule, the Melbourne Cup and sunny days one minute and rainy days the next in Sydney, my looks this week certainly covered the full spectrum of my wardrobe. The highlight was definitely my dress on Cup Day because, hello, dreamy statement sleeves! But I was also able to work a few of my go-to summer dresses in the mix and one of my fave, comfortable WFH outfits.

This biscuit coloured dress by Oroton is such an elegant take on linen. I’m a fan of floaty linen pieces but this sleek silhouette is such a great design that can be dressed up with heels, or dressed down with sandals to work from home. I kept things tonal with a white and brown Burberry bag for when I needed to head out, and finished it off with comfy Gucci sandals.

Credits: Dress, Oroton; Bag, Burberry; Necklace, Manning Cartell; Sandals, Gucci

I can assure everyone this is not a typical work from home look! Melbourne Cup day called for frocking up and this dress by Constantina Danis was a pink and statement sleeve dream. I went with neutral heels and an ombre oversized bow to finish off this ensemble.

Credits: Dress, Constantina Danis; Shoes, Pierre Hardy; Headpiece, Nerida Winter

I’d have to say this is one of my staple formulas for a comfy look. A top, worked back with denim and comfortable shoes such as sandals or sneakers and a backpack is my ultimate WFH outfit.

Credits: Jumper, Venroy; Jeans, Veronika Woods; Sandals, Ducie; Backpack, Chanel

Who else really loves Aje dresses? I’m a huge fan because the silhouettes and finishes are always so interesting and different. A dress worn back with flats is one of my favourite combinations, and is a great way to do a feminine and polished look.

Credits: Dress, Aje; Flats, Chanel

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What I Wore: 2020 Melbourne Cup

3rd November, 2020

It felt a little strange waking up on Melbourne Cup day in Sydney this year, given I’d usually be in Melbourne, but it’s also exciting to be doing something different. Even if I wasn’t able to be at Flemington, I was still excited to be spending the day with my Lexus Australia family and getting dolled up!

It’s always hard trying to narrow down my look every year, but I couldn’t go past this design by Constantina Danis. It’s the epitome of pretty and playful and definitely in keeping with the spirit of the day. I was lucky enough to be able to have this dress custom made to a colour of my choosing, and this soft pastel pink definitely fit the bill. The sweetheart neckline and crossover bodice is such a flattering silhouette but without a doubt the standout feature of the dress is the detached puff sleeves. They’re so much fun and such a great contrast to the fitted lines of the dress.

When your dress is of the statement-making kind, striking a balance when it comes to accessories is key. I opted for a beautiful ombre bow by Nerida Winter in place of a hat or other headpiece as I didn’t want anything fussy that was going to compete with the dress. I went with a pair of neutral Pierre Hardy heels to complement the pink shade of the dress, and finished it off with understated jewellery by Chaumet. A Sydney-style Melbourne Cup is certainly an enjoyable way to spend the race’s 145th year.

Credits: Dress (available in other shades), Constantina Danis; Headpiece, Nerida Winter; Jewellery, Chaumet; Shoes, Pierre Hardy

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

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What I Wore: Golden Eagle

31st October, 2020

It was a funny day today in Sydney today with it being overcast one minute, sunny the next, then a downpour. So, choosing an outfit to wear while reporting for 7Racing at the Golden Eagle at Sydney’s Rosehill Racecourse, it was all about embracing something striking. When the weather’s like this it’s always nice to be able to wear something that’s bold and vibrant — I’ve always found about a great outfit that can really lift your mood. So, I went with this stunning Aje dress which dialed up the drama with its statement features. The bottle green shade, the one-shoulder neckline, side cut-out and voluminous puff sleeve ensured this dress was anything but ordinary, and perfect for a day reporting trackside.

I’ve worked with milliner Nerida Winter for several years and this veiled headpiece was just the right accessory to keep up the dramatic feel of this ensemble. I went for a metallic snakeskin Bulgari bag, which with its structured style really helped to balance the softer lines of the dress. Once again, I had the opportunity to wear some beautiful jewellery by Chaumet. A fine necklace, along with a delicate stack of bangles and a ring were just the right amount of bling to add some understated sparkle and finesse to my look.

Credits: Dress, Aje; Bag (similar here), Bulgari; Shoes, Aquazzura; Headpiece (similar here), Nerida Winter; Jewellery, Chaumet

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

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What I Wore: Melbourne Cup Carnival Launch

29th October, 2020

It’s the first time in many, many years that I won’t be at Flemington for Melbourne Cup but I’m still adamant about embracing the spirit of the event from home. So I was thrilled to host the Melbourne Cup Carnival Sydney launch at Vaucluse House this week. It was one of those special events where so many wonderful women were in the same room, and I had the opportunity to interview my mum—a great day in the office!

I wanted to wear something that was quite feminine, and this printed dress by Louis Vuitton was the ideal option. Vibrant colours and a beautiful floral print were a great option on a day where the weather was quite dreary in Sydney—I always believe what you wear can really lift your spirits. What I loved most about this dress were the finishes. The pleated bib detail, and the statement cuffs and button detail elevated the dress. The A-line skirt was a nod to 60s styling and the voluminous sleeves added a touch of drama.

I managed to find the perfect headband by Ford Millinery. The various shades in the floral design picked up the different shades in the dress, linking the two pieces well. While I had the opportunity to once again wear some beautiful pieces by Chaumet. The cocktail ring was the ideal accoutrement to help finish off this look, and it also picked up the gold of my mini LV bag. When it comes to event wear, I’ve always. liked having fun with my bags and metallics are such a good way to add a little depth. Streamlined, strappy shoes by Tony Bianco helped finish off this look, adding an on-trend element to accompany the more classical elements of this ensemble.

Credits: Dress and bag, Louis Vuitton; Headwear (similar here), Ford Millinery; Jewellery, Chaumet; Shoes, Tony Bianco

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

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What I wore working from home

29th October, 2020

It’s been a busy few days with racing events on the cards so my work from home wardrobe this week has been a little dressier. It’s been all about fittings and getting event prepped with desk time interspersed in between so I went for easy, polished pieces that still tick the comfort box. Here’s what I wore this week.

Steele is always a go-to brand for dresses because they always feature really beautiful silhouettes and fun prints and colours. I fell in love with this sage colour immediately, along with the flattering cinched in waist.

Credits: Dress, Steele; Sandals, Aquazzura; Bag, Dior

These Venroy linen pants come in a variety of different shades and they’re quickly becoming an integral part of my spring wardrobe. As it’s still in-between weather, I rugged up in this baby blue jumper, and finished it off with the comfiest summer sandals I’ve ever had.

Credits: Jumper, Bec and Bridge; Pants, Venroy; Sandals, Ducie London; Sophia and Grace‘s dresses, Marlo Kids

I’m a fan of gingham prints so it’s always great to find the print done in a less common colour way like light blue. I love how this print pops. Also, I can attest to this being such a comfortable WFH look. Dresses are quickly becoming one of my favourite pieces to wear while working from home.

Credits: Dress, Steele;

The weather has been a little bit gloomy in Sydney so I wanted to embrace a vibrant pop of colour to brighten up my mood. What better way to do it than with a bold yellow? It was a day of being at home and out and about so I utilised my fave roomy Goyard tote, and ultra comfortable Ducie sandals.

Credits: Dress, S/W/F; Sandals, Ducie London; Bag, Goyard, Sunglasses, Ray Ban