Morning coffees are sacred for me—I can’t start the day without one and now that we’re starting to get warmer days I’ve really been enjoying basking in the sun while I have my daily dose of caffeine. And seeing as I’m in ultimate comfort mode I’ve found the ultimate loungewear set to do it in. This set by Vince is just the kind of stylish yet comfy outfit option that’s made for relaxing in the sunshine. I love the ribbed texture and the crew neck, both features that take this knit top into classic go-to in my book. Of course I couldn’t resist the matching pants! If there’s one thing synonymous with #lockdownstyle it’s a matching loungewear set. The cream hue is fresh and perfect for spring, and I can’t rate it highly enough in terms of how comfortable it is. But it’s also something that I could wear out and about quite easily, making it really versatile.
I love starting a new season with a pair of sunnies and couldn’t resist these frames by Bottega Veneta. The exaggerated cat eye is such a fun way to make a statement, but simultaneously, black frames are so easy to pair with everything making it the perfect style chameleon. I’ll definitely be wearing these sunglasses to death over the coming months—the style is just the perfect piece to inject a little fun and energy into my spring wardrobe.
Living room dance parties are one way to break up our routine in lockdown and the girls and I have an absolute ball just letting off steam. We were also very excited to get out of our comfy clothes and into some fancier threads thanks to the new range from Marlo. I’ve always loved the brand for Sophia and Grace, but they’ve now released a mum range which has some really fun dresses for spring, and some mini me versions too. Needless to say the girls and I jumped at the opportunity to embrace some matching looks.
The floral print is perfect for spring and I like the freshness of the crisp white livened up by the splashes of blues, pinks and purples. I opted for the long sleeved dress as I liked the drop waist silhouette and matching belt and we went for the same dress for Sophia who adores it and just wants to wear it all the time now! For Grace I couldn’t look past the cute romper in the same print. The scalloped sleeves add a cute finishing touch and makes a nice accompaniment to the gorgeous spring florals.
The girls and I really enjoyed getting to dress up and having a little fun — even if we didn’t go further than our living room! I think it’s all about finding ways to add a little novelty to our days.
Living in lockdown right now, life is about finding the silver linings, the sweet things that make it worthwhile. And for me, one of those things is fashion. It’s always been something that’s been an integral part of my life, so the opportunity to play dress up (even if it is at home) is something that puts a smile on my face. That and a big bowl of pasta which is without a doubt one of my fave things ever!
I have an affinity with Italy having spent many a summer there during my childhood, Luke and I got married there and I’ve holidayed there with friends and family so it has always had a special place in my heart. So for this shoot, I married my great Italian loves of food and fashion. I am always quite partial to a shift dress but when it’s a cute little Miu Miu number like this, well, how could I pass it up? I love the simple silhouette of this dress but what makes it special are the little design details. The contrasting scalloped collar is all kinds of adorable, while the bow and line of pearl buttons help tie it all together and add a classic touch to the dress. I’ve always found that even the simplest of styles can be turned into something memorable with just the right finishes. I could see myself wearing this to an event in hopefully the not so distant future and it’s something I know I’ll keep in my closet for the girls one day. As for that bowl of pasta, well, that’s definitely something you don’t save for later!
If you’re in a similar situation and currently in lockdown, I highly recommend dressing up in a nice outfit even if you’re just headed to the living room! It certainly changed the vibe of my day and right now, it truly is all about embracing the little things that can brighten your day.
Who else is with me when I say that there are some days where I just can’t be bothered thinking about what to wear. It’s those days when a few go-to looks up my sleeve comes in really handy because a) I’ve already tried them before so I know they work and b) I can go into autopilot. While I’m all for experimentation and reworking outfits I do like knowing that there are just some outfits that are guaranteed to look good and don’t require much finessing.
Everyone’s fave combinations will be different according to their style but I’ve managed to hone in on four pairings that are comfortable, look good and can easily be pulled together. These are looks that work for me and what I generally have scheduled most days. I regularly have these clothes sitting in my closet so there’s no drama in having to unearth specific pieces to pull each outfit together. I think that’s the key in this instance, it’s knowing that when you look in your closet various iterations of these pieces are sitting there so it’s easy to grab and go.
These are a few of my favourite looks…
Mini dress with sneakers
This is without a doubt one of the comfiest looks I can wear and I think it looks put together too. I love wearing dresses so I have a number of favourites in my closet that all work back with any of the sneakers in my closet. I always go for a slightly shorter hemline as it works for my height and frame, but this is easily tweaked according to your own shape. You may be more of a midi or maxi girl, but either way I think virtually any dress can be worn with a pair of crisp white sneakers.
Jeans with white t-shirt
It’s a truth universally acknowledged that you can’t get much better than jeans and a white tee when it comes to a look that’s timeless and is always guaranteed to work. This outfit equation works with any style of jeans and any style of white t-shirt so it’s really one of the best autopilot looks you can have up your sleeve. Also pretty much everyone has a fave pair of jeans and t-shirt making it one of the more accessible pairings. If you want to switch it up just change shoes from heels to flats and you’ve instantly got a different vibe.
Tracksuit co-ord set
Thank goodness for the tracksuit trend because it’s given me a great reason to wear this combination time and time again. I have a few sets comprising of matching jumpers and tracksuit bottom and it’s just about the quickest and easiest thing I can throw on. It’s one of my fave mum-on-the-go shortcuts because it’s comfortable and can withstand whatever the day throws at me, whether it’s a trip to the park or doing the school run.
I know there are some people who think workout gear should just be relegated to well, working out but I’m in the camp that believes they’re great at any time of day! With the great athleisure looks available now (my fave designers like Aje and Camilla and Marc in particular are doing some amazing elevated versions of exercise wear) I think you can get away with wearing your training clothes for the day and still look on trend.
Earthy tones, think beige, caramel, terracotta, chocolate and the like are one of the major trends this season. The great thing about them is that they can colour block beautifully, making for a polished and striking combination. It’s one of the reasons I went for the hues in this outfit. These beige high waisted wide leg pants from Victoria Victoria Beckham have been such a sleek and sophisticated addition to my wardrobe. The pintuck that runs along the full length of the pants has an elongating effect and adds an interesting point of difference. Contrasted with the caramel coloured sweater by Vince it’s a modern and sophisticated pairing. Whenever I’m shopping for knits the one thing that is guaranteed to win me over are the finishing touches, such as the button detail on the sleeve of this jumper. It’s a small detail, however it’s something that elevates this jumper to a piece with extra depth.
Accessorising this outfit, I didn’t want to stray too far from the colour palette I was working with and start introducing too many bold colours. So, I went for a mini Gucci bag which features a few earthy tones to tie back to my ensemble. When it came to choosing the right shoe, I knew I needed something that offered a little contrast and my black Bottega Veneta heels were just the right silhouette and hue. Topping off this outfit, a little fun was in order so these Karen Walker frames with their angular and fashion forward feel was just the thing to tie it all together.
Given a huge portion of my work involves sharing my fave outfits and pieces I am often fielding questions about what I’m wearing. Whether it’s a particular pair of pants or an item of jewellery, enquiries about what I’m wearing come with the job. What I’ve noticed however is that some items get enquired about more than most. There are a few key pieces that I always get asked about and it’s a combination of accessories, affordable finds, basics and a few special pieces thrown in. Here’s what I get the most questions about…
I get DMs about these skinny jeans all the time. I don’t mind sharing these jeans far and wide because they really are the most perfect cut, fit and colour. Looking for jeans that are a flattering make has been part of my shopping repertoire for awhile but these Levi’s are as close as I’ve gotten to the Holy Grail of denim. The best bit is they are super affordable.
Gold coin necklace
My gold necklace is also right up there with my jeans as being something I get asked about a lot. I wear this necklace all the time as it has high sentimental value as it was a gift from my dad. He had an old guinea coin made into a necklace and it’s honestly one of my most favourite things in the world. While unfortunately there aren’t replicas of mine, I have seen similar styles here.
These Chanel flats have been worth every penny. I love the slingback style and classic two-tone palette. I wear these quite regularly and with a variety of different looks that I share on my Instagram and blog so I get asked about them a fair bit. If you’re looking for an investment piece that you’ll get plenty of wear out of, I highly recommend these.
I was gifted the Cartier nail bracelet for my 30th and I don’t really take it off so it features quite heavily in all my street style looks. Without fail I’ll get asked about it. All I can say is that I can attest to it being a versatile piece of jewellery, as along with necklace I also pretty much never take it off.
I own a plethora of white t-shirts and they’re all from affordable chain store brands. My go-to brands are Cotton On and Uniqlo. The fit is always great and so is the price. Plus given I wear white tees weekly, I definitely love having a few on the go.
Ducie Sonia sandals
These Ducie Sonia sandals are without a doubt one of the most comfortable shoes I own. I have barely taken them off since I got them such is my attachment to them! I’ve worn them for work, travelling, on holiday, school runs… you name it, they’ve been there.
Ducie Saskia padded t-shirts
If you’ve yet to check out the UK brand, Ducie I highly suggest you do. They have some great pieces that are wearable and good quality too. I have these shirts with shoulder pads in two colours, white and black, and they go with everything. I wear them often and will get enquiries about them each time I do.
Henne ribbed tanks
Aussie brand Henne does great ribbed tanks. They’re good quality and have stood up to a lot of wear. I have them in different colours so they’ve appeared in a lot of my looks on the blog and Instagram and they’re still on high rotation.
I have a collection of dresses by Aussie brand Steele and every time I wear them I get asked about where my dress is from. A great summer dress is such a handy thing during the warmer months and I love Steele because they always do great prints and their styles are feminine and fun. I have a few of them and wear them to death every time summer rolls around.
Camilla and Marc denim jacket
I love, love this jacket so much. This oversized denim jacket from Camilla and Marc (different colour available here) is my go-to when I need a lightweight topper for in-between weather, when it’s not too hot or cold. The relaxed fit is great and the wash is just the thing to work back with so many different outfits.
Do you have signature items you get asked about a lot? Tell me about them!
Denim is a mainstay of my wardrobe but I love being able to wear it in its different iterations—there’s definitely more to denim than jeans! I saw this denim boiler suit by AGolde and loved the relaxed silhouette (read: unbelievably comfy). It’s something that I can quickly turn to when I need an outfit that looks put together without having to fuss around with trying to pair separates. It’s the beauty in jumpsuits and dresses—instant look! I think the detail is also great, with the exaggerated cap sleeve and the cinched in waist which makes for a flattering fit. I’ll be wearing this look heading into spring, however it could easily be paired with jeans and a coat and become a go-to piece during the remainder of winter. Additionally, this jumpsuit is perfect for busy mums looking for an easy, comfortable outfit for a busy day with the kids or doing the school run (something I’ve always got at the back of my mind whenever I’m shopping for pieces).
The sun was shining so I went for open slides on this day, plus it gave me an excuse to get reacquainted with these Bottega slides again. I love white shoes as they’re so versatile and the signature quilted finish adds a on-trend touch. I can easily pair these shoes with so many different looks and as you can see, they work beautifully with denim. I went for simple gold frame Ray Bans to add a final finishing touch.
One thing that can really make or break a winter look is your choice of coat. While it’s primary purpose is most definitely to provide warmth, I think the kind of coat you wear has the power to act as the beautiful bow that ties an outfit together. There are so many different styles of coat to choose from, of course, but I’m always a huge fan of anything in a classic silhouette in a beautiful neutral hue. This Jil Sander coat from Cettire is the kind of style that can easily transcend trends and remain a forever fashion staple. The double breasted style with a belt feature is sophisticated and elegant and can easily be popped over many a look and instantly tie it all together. And the cream hue adds an extra old school glamour feel, but from a practical sense, it really is the kind of colour that could work back with virtually anything.
I’ve written about shopping for coats in the past, and my approach has remained the same. I think it’s important to buy the best quality you can afford—look for beautiful fabrics such as wool or cashmere which provide warmth but also breathe, allowing you to avoid the overheating effect that can often go hand in hand with many winter coats. Additionally I think colour is really important and anything in a neutral or darker shades such as navy, black or grey is a guaranteed winner. You can’t go wrong with those hues as they will pretty much work back with anything. Design and finishing details are also key. Look for clean lines, but also for finishes that can elevate a coat into something special. Consider elements such as belts, buttons, and embellishments which can all work to give a coat a point of difference. Ultimately however a coat has to be something you want to cosy up in, but also something that makes you feel great when you wear it. Once you tick both those boxes, then you’re most definitely onto a good thing.
Even if right now I’m largely living in loungewear due to Sydney’s lockdown, in my head, I’m already wearing this dress to a summer soiree. Crisp white dresses and balmy weather go together like Nutella and a spoon—a match made in heaven. This dress from Dissh is actually bridalwear, believe it or not! It’s from the brand’s The Aisle Edit which is a limited edition collection which features some truly stunning dresses which would be perfect for everything from an engagement party, to a bridal shower to the big day itself and even a post-wedding recovery event. The designs are all sleek and understated, but still make a statement. I love this dress for its floaty, lightweight linen and the silhouette featuring a deep V neckline and the cut-out back feature. It’s such a perfect blank canvas to work with but the style can certainly hold its own.
Accessorising a dress like this is all about keeping it clean. It achieves a really elegant feel and allows the dress to do the talking. I opted for my go-to Bottega Heels for a monochrome effect and to add a little edgy touch to the softer, ethereal vibe of the dress. A swept back hairstyle and simple drop earrings complete the look and give this ensemble an effortless feel.
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.
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.
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.