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What I Wore: The Royal Hospital for Women luncheon

6th December, 2018

Amongst all the festive season events I’ve had of late it was nice to be able to attend a charity luncheon at Sydney’s Bistro Moncur. It’s an annual fundraiser which raises much needed funds for the Royal Hospital for Women and it was such a lovely way to spend an afternoon. Along with enjoying a beautiful lunch guests were able to try on some phenomenal jewellery by jeweller Matthew Ely, along with the opportunity to win an amazing 14ct aquamarine and diamond ring valued at $31,000.

It’s always nice to be able to dress up for such an event and I wanted something to wear something quite soft and pretty. I opted for a pink patterned dress by Thurley which incorporated some beautiful ruffled details and a subtle split. It was feminine with a modern silhouette which  I think really suited the occasion.

I kept the rest of my look quite neutral with beige heels by Bottega Veneta and a white Bvlgari structured bag. Keeping the rest of my outfit’s colour palette quite muted allowed the dress to take centre stage.

With over $155,000 raised on the day, it was a successful fundraiser for a much beloved hospital in Sydney doing incredible research and providing much-needed services for women and infants.

Credits: Dress, Thurley (new season – not out yet); Shoes, Bottega Veneta; Bag, Bvlgari

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What I Wore: NGV Gala

5th December, 2018

Black tie events are always so much fun to attend partly because of the sheer enjoyment that comes from being able to get really dressed up. Being able to wear an amazing ball gown is a huge departure from my usual uniform of jeans and sneakers so it was so exciting to be able to attend the NGV Gala over the weekend and really dial up the glamour.

The Steven Khalil dress I wore was an absolute dream. I tried on a few options but I immediately loved the fitted bodice and full skirt of the dress when I saw it. Elegant and sexy all at the same time, plus you really can’t go wrong with black when it comes to dressy occasions.

Wearing black often requires statement accessories to lift it and give it some depth so I opted for a fun metallic pink Bvlgari bag from my wardrobe. It’s a shade that makes a great contrast piece and added a nice pop of colour to my ensemble. As far as jewellery went, I went for a pair of amazing drop earrings and a bangle. Just enough bling to stand out without it being too overwhelming.

It was so much fun to be able to step away from my everyday wardrobe and explore such a high glam look. Every girl needs a reason to get dolled up once and awhile, right?

Credits: Dress, Steven Khalil; Bag and jewellery, Blvgari

Photography: Dan Castano

 

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What I Wore: Spring Whites

27th November, 2018

There’s nothing better than a crisp white dress on a spring day—especially when it’s one like this Macgraw number. I am a huge fan of shift dresses as I’ve always found them to work with my height and shape so I particularly like this dress for its Victorian take on the style. The high neckline works well to ground the slightly more whimsical sheer puff sleeves. The sweetheart neckline and gold buttons turn the design into something that has a feminine feel but with modern accents to avoid it looking too saccharine.

One combination I’m really loving at the moment is dresses worn with sneakers. I like the high-low mix of it and think it can help turn a dress that’s a little more formal into something that’s appropriate for off duty wear. I’m quickly amassing a huge collection of white sneakers because they’re my go-to on days when I want to go a little more casual, and this new pair by Calvin Klein have already been on a few outings. The sleek, pared back design make them an easy shoe to work back with multiple looks in my wardrobe. Also the monochrome colour palette make them ideal for various occasions. I like to keep things quite minimalist most days so opted for a sleek crossbody bag that’s just the right size for a day out. It also adds a casual element to help temper the bold, statement elements of my dress.

Credits: Dress, Macgraw; Shoes, Calvin Klein; Bag (similar option), Calvin Klein

Photography: Sophia Athas

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What I Wore: Moments in Monochrome

22nd November, 2018

If there’s a bold pattern involved I’m usually one to join the party — I love statement pieces that pop. So I was all about these striped Carla Zampatti pants the moment I saw them. The monochrome colour palette is an easy one to work with which is key when styling something in a striking print as it makes it easier to find something to work it back with. Black and white is usually a cinch as it can go with virtually anything. I wanted the pants to remain the focal point of the look so I paired it with a simple black cami making for a classic and polished look. I could see myself wearing this look everywhere from the office to a work event without missing a beat.

I wanted to keep the monochrome colour scheme working throughout so I kept my accessories to a sleek black. A great pair of black Calvin Klein pumps provided the ideal finishing touch to this look whilst a black tote allowed me to carry all my necessities throughout the day in a stylish way.

If you’re looking to dip your toe into wearing big, bold patterns I highly recommend opting for one in a monochrome colour palette. It’s a colour scheme that’s forever chic, super wearable and one that is always guaranteed to make an impact no matter the occasion.

Credits: Top, Camilla & Marc; Pants, Carla Zampatti; Shoes, Calvin Klein; Bag, Calvin Klein

Photography: Sophia Athas

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What I Wore: Stark Contrasts

13th November, 2018

One of the things that I’ve found to be quite a versatile piece in my wardrobe is a statement top. Whilst there are some things that are just way too bold to achieve true versatility, I think there are definitely some elevated pieces that can still be styled in multiple ways. This cream Zimmermann top is one of them. With the elegant draping and dramatic sleeves it definitely has impact but I think the neutral tone means it can be easily paired with numerous colours and everything from a skirt to tailored pants and denim. For this outing I decided to pair it with a textured Isabel Marant tulip skirt with a metallic sheen. I think the futuristic vibe of the skirt provides the perfect contrast to the classic Victorian feel of the blouse.

As I was already working with some strong silhouettes in my outfit I kept my accessories quite streamlined and simple. My new go-to Dior bag and Balenciaga sock boots were the ideal finishing touches. A structured bag works well to contrast the fluid, and slighter softer textures of the blouse and skirt, whilst wearing boots instead of heels helped ground the look. Overall it was great to be able to work with contrasting pieces and find a way to give them some cohesion without losing their individuality.

Credits: Blouse, Zimmerman; Skirt, Isabel Marant; Clutch, Dior; Boots, Balenciaga

Photography: Danielle Castano

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What I Wore: 2018 Stakes Day

10th November, 2018

Of all the days in the Melbourne Cup Carnival, Stakes Day is the most relaxed so I wanted to change things up a bit and veer away from dress territory. I couldn’t resist these pastel yellow pants and dramatic top by Jacquemus. The colour is fun and vibrant — perfect for a spring racing event. The top with its asymmetric silhouette and statement tie also adds a touch of drama to the look.

I was immediately sold when I saw these Ferragamo heels, most especially the gold column heel which adds a glamorous detail to such an understated design. In keeping with the trend for all things raffia, I opted for this Miu Miu clutch which has a light, summery feel and provided the perfect complementary accessory to the suit.

With such a strong outfit, I wanted to add some slightly softer pieces when it came to my jewellery. The pendant and bracelet from Chaumet features an adorable bow design, whilst the ring (which I also wore to Melbourne Cup) features a sweet floral design, all pieces that I think add a distinctly feminine, yet still understated feel to my look. To top off my look I went for a simple black straw hat by Nerida Winter—a sleek design that was the perfect finishing touch.

Credits: Pants & Top, Jacquemus; Bag, Miu Miu; Shoes (in black), Ferragamo; Headpiece, Nerida Winter; Jewellery, Chaumet

Photography: Dan Castano

This post was produced in collaboration with Net-a-Porter

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What I Wore: 2018 Oaks Day

8th November, 2018

For the most feminine of dress codes it was a no-brainer: I had to wear pink. Oaks Day is ladies’ day which means lots of soft shades and florals and a ladylike silhouette. Whilst the midi length is great for the races the bubblegum pink shade adds a touch of fun and a vibrancy that makes this look stand out. I also love the satin which has a fluidity to it that gives it a glamorous feel. Additionally I was drawn to the strong shoulders which are a little 80s (in a good way!) which gives the the dress a touch of attitude.

I wanted to avoid going too girly with this particular look so I needed a shoe that had a bit more edge. These Tabitha Simmons leopard print heels were an obvious choice — they’re playful and fun with a touch of sexiness. When it came to my bag I wanted to go for something a little more structured and couldn’t pass up the new vertical clutch from The Daily Edited. It has an optional strap which I always really like for racing events as it gives me the option to go hands free if I need to and I’m the first to admit that I have a soft spot for anything personalised.

As for the final finishing touches I went with some gorgeous pieces from jeweller Chaumet – a beautiful ring and earrings which completed my look. Wearing such a bold colour I wanted to keep my headwear quite simple and once again opted for a Nerida Winter piece, this time around a simple, understated number incorporating elegant pink netting with subtle black accents. It was the ideal ladylike look with a modern edge throughout.

Credits: Dress, Dolce & Gabbana; Shoes, Tabitha Simmons (old season); Bag, The Daily Edited; Jewellery, Chaumet; Headpiece, Nerida Winter

Photography: Sophia Athas

This post was produced in collaboration with Net-a-Porter

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The making of my Melbourne Cup look

6th November, 2018

I love a fashion challenge and I have to say that every year, dressing for Melbourne Cup day is one of them. I have multiple professional commitments throughout the day so I need to ensure that I get my outfit just right. This year, I was lucky enough to once again work with Net-a-Porter to pull together my look which admittedly makes things so much easier. It’s one of my absolute favourite shopping destinations and they are always guaranteed to have multiple pieces for me to fall in love with. I had a busy few weeks leading up to Melbourne Cup so I enlisted the help of one of my favourite stylists, Jess Pecoraro to help me with pulling looks together for a few of the key dates in the Melbourne Cup Carnival, most especially Cup Day.

I knew I wanted to wear something bright and bold as I always like to have fun with my outfit at Melbourne Cup. After trying a few different dresses on, I eventually zeroed in on the floral Miu Miu dress I wore today. I liked the long hemline which is a little different to my other Cup Day looks over the past few years. We were playing around with the dress and actually found that we could adjust the straps to create an off-the-shoulder/bateau neckline so I ended up going with it as it had a really flattering effect.

There were a few heels we were tossing up between that were already in my closet but how could I resist wearing a pair of amazing Salvatore Ferragamo wedges? It had such an interesting shape I thought it added a great element of interest to my overall look. I also liked the gold heel and the strap across the foot echoing the look of a mule. It really grounded the colourful nature of the dress and its bold print.

As for my accessories, we tried a few different bag options and considered working with a few different headpiece styles and colours but I really loved the way my bag and oversized picked up a few of the subtle colours in my dress.

After we had decided on some looks, I did a final fitting in my home with Jess (with my kids providing a great audience!) to ensure that everything worked together — dress, shoes, bag, the lot. I always like doing this as I want to take a final look at what I’m wearing as a whole and make sure there’s cohesion and everything is spot on. And lucky for me, I found a look I loved for yet another year.

One of my super cute style advisors

I adored the vivid and colourful vibe of this dress

Aren’t they so amazing? Such a different silhouette

View from above

Jess helping me try on another dress option

Trying on shoes (and a sneak peek at one of my other looks)

Decisions, decisions…A girl can never have too many shoes, right?

 

 

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What I Wore: 2018 Melbourne Cup

6th November, 2018

I cannot believe Melbourne Cup is here again! It’s always one of the most exciting days on the spring racing calendar and I look forward to it every year. When it comes to this particular day the fashion brief is loads of colour and definitely more scope to push the boundaries. I wanted to do something that was vibrant and fun and couldn’t resist this floral Miu Miu dress. The punchy green and oversized flowers and paint splatters work together to create a striking effect. I decided to wear the dress with the straps worn slightly off the shoulder but they can also be worn straight which I love as it offers a little extra versatility with the dress. The ruching at the side is also a big plus as it always gives a really flattering effect.

I saw these Ferragamo wedge mules and instantly knew they would be perfect for the day. The wedge/mule hybrid is a little different and adds an interesting silhouette to my look. Additionally I loved the gold panel on the heel which is a great complementary shade to the green of my dress. Bright and bold really was the main theme throughout this look and the pink Bvlgari Serpenti bag added another pop of colour that further lifted the look.

Adding the final finishing touch to my look were the most beautiful pieces from the jeweller, Chaumet. I was particularly enamoured by the Hortensia Malachite earrings which perfectly complemented my dress and added an elegant and understated element to my outfit. With all the prints and colour in my outfit I wanted to keep my headpiece quite simple and one of my favourite milliners Nerida Winter definitely delivered. The cream oversized bow gave my look a statement feature from behind and was the ideal feature piece to cap off my Melbourne Cup ensemble.

Credits: Dress, Miu Miu; Shoes, Ferragamo; Bag, Bvlgari; Jewellery, Chaumet; Headpiece, Nerida Winter

Photography: Sophia Athas

This post was produced in collaboration with Net-a-Porter

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What I Wore: 2018 Derby Day

3rd November, 2018

Derby Day is always a favourite of mine as the black and white dress code is so sleek and elegant. In recent years I’ve worn everything from a jumpsuit to a 70s style co-ord set but this year, I wanted to tap into the current suiting trend. But of course, a racing event requires more than just an ordinary suit. This Alessandra Rich blazer is a modern take on an 80s power suit with its strong silhouette but is simultaneously softened by the peplum and crystal embellished buttons making it event-appropriate. Paired with the matching mini skirt, it made a statement without being too overwhelming.

Solid black pumps seemed a bit too harsh so I quickly scoured my cupboard and unearthed an old favourite of mine as the perfect option. These Christian Louboutin heels are a few seasons old but I still love them to this day. I love the contrasting styles — the clear PVC panelling is studded by tiny silver spikes which is then balanced by the sweet black bow at the front.

Headwear for this particular look was particularly exciting as I eschewed a traditional hat or fascinator option and went for a tiara instead! Chaumet offered me a tiara and earrings to use on the day so how could I pass it up? No woman can resist having a bit of a princess moment, right? Also I think it provided an interesting contrast to the power suit vibe of my outfit and softened it up a little. The danger with an all-black outfit is that sometimes it can come across as a little flat but I think with the help of elevated accessories and finishing details, this outfit was anything but.

Credits: Blazer & Skirt, Alessandra Rich; Shoes, Christian Louboutin (old season); Bag, Bvlgari; Tiara & Earrings, Chaumet

Photography: Dan Castano

This post was produced in collaboration with Net-a-Porter