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What I wore this week

14th January, 2021

Who else is finding it hard to get back into the swing of things post-Christmas? I’ve been easing myself back into it, but it’s still been a mixture of work, spending time with the girls during the school holidays and the generally trying to settle into routine again.

So needless to say my outfit repertoire has been quite mixed. I’ve gone from family mornings at the beach, to time in front of my laptop to general errand running and it’s allowed me to bring out a few fave pieces but also incorporate some new favourites into the mix.

I love comfy looks at the beach and this has become my go-to because it’s so easy and effortless. The pants and top can be worn separately too, making them really versatile. While this straw hat is a must as it offers great protection from the sun. I’ve been using this straw bag as my carryall all summer, and I love its versatility as it works just as well at the beach as it does out to lunch. A pair of sunnies is the perfect finishing look.

Credits: Swimsuit and pants, Monday, Bag, Loewe, Hat, Avenue, Sunglasses, Le Specs

Dresses are my shortcut to looking polished throughout summer. I love the print on this Camilla and Marc look, while a sunny yellow and white clutch by Lucy Folk is the perfect pop of colour.

Credits: Dress, Camilla and Marc; Bag, Lucy Folk

One of my top brands for dresses in summer is Steele. The designs and prints are always really feminine and fun. This checked dress with shirring has been such a fave of mine throughout the last few weeks.

Credits: Dress, Steele

I felt like wearing something sleek on this day so a black dress it was. I kept the rest of the look quite simple, with sandals and my fave LV backpack. An all black look can sometimes look flat so I added statement gold jewellery to give my outfit a little lift.

Credits: Dress, Bec and Bridge; Bag, Louis Vuitton; Shoes, Ducie London, Necklace, Manning Cartell, Sunglasses, Le Specs

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The shoes your summer wardrobe needs

4th January, 2021

A great slide

I pretty. much live in slides throughout summer as I find them to be really versatile and such a wearable option for any occasion. I tend to go for slides that have a more polished vibe making them easier to wear with multiple looks, dressed up or down. I usually invest in a new pair each season, and this summer, I went for the above white Bottega Veneta slides. White is so easy to pair with pretty much everything in my closet making it my number one pick.

“Dad” sandals

These sandals can be quite divisive—you either love ’em or you hate ’em. I fall into the former category. I’ve found them to be so comfortable so I’ve found myself wearing them most days of the week and they’ve been really easy to pair with everything from dresses to jeans. If you don’t like this particular silhouette, definitely find yourself a comfy shoe this summer, whether it’s a Teva backpacker-style sandal or good ol’ fashion Birkenstocks. Take advantage of the fact comfort is most definitely in!

White pumps

Dark pumps can feel quite heavy at this time of year but you may still want a pair of shoes that you can wear for dressy occasions. Enter a great white heel. Anything in a crisp white is perfect for summer wear and this style is still formal enough to wear as occasion wear, or when you just feel like dressing up a casual look.

Statement shoe

I’m of the frame of mind that a statement shoe is a necessity all year round. Often a simple look can be elevated by the right kind of shoe. These Bottega Veneta mesh pumps are my go-to statement heel right now, as the colour is easily worked back with myriad looks while the style quirky enough to add an element of interest to an outfit. Also mesh is all kinds of perfect for summer weather—great ventilation!

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2020: My year in outfits

31st December, 2020

What a year it has been. From going into lockdown and all of a sudden finding myself in WFH outfit mode every day of the week, to figuring out how to dress for COVID life – one that entailed a lot more time spent at home, but as restriction gradually eased, attending events again. Big events that are usually pillars of my calendar including Fashion Week, and attending the Melbourne Cup Carnival didn’t happen, the former not at all while the latter looked slightly different when spending it in Sydney rather than Melbourne

The one constant has been finding ways to experiment and have fun with my wardrobe, regardless of whether it was being in my home office and juggling home schooling, or whether it was tentatively attending events again, including key race days. While this year has certainly been unexpected, and not entirely what I’d imagined, it was nice to still be able to embrace my love of fashion, something familiar when everything else seemed anything but.

2020 has also allowed me to hone in on my style, to find out what I actually do turn to and find comfort in, and what ultimately I gravitate towards that makes me feel happy, confident and uplifted. I learned what works and what doesn’t, and now more than ever, the pieces that I genuinely love versus those which weren’t so important after all.

I can only imagine what is in store for 2021. Hopefully we’re all going to be gifted with a better year. But for now, here’s my own little way of reflection and remembering the year that was, one outfit at a time.

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What I Wore: Summer Daze

29th December, 2020

While it’s not quite the same sunny weather in Sydney as when I did this shoot a few weeks back, I’m still very much enjoying peak summer dress season. There are so many great silhouettes around right now, one of which is a really great voluminous sleeve. Puff sleeve details are very much front and centre for many brands, and they’ve become a firm favourite of mine because they can create such drama and impact but are still really feminine and fun.

This Acler dress is the kind of style that I know I’ll have on high rotation over the next few months. The silhouette is playful and made for summer days, while the finishing touches such as the sculptural buttons, the bodice-style waist and of course, the puff sleeves truly makes it a dress that you want to wear all the time. Plus, who can go past a crisp white for the perfect lightweight summer dress option?

I finished this look with some simple but interesting accessories. I went for classic gold Ray Ban frames and gold oversized statement earrings to add a dramatic touch and to pick up on the gold buttons on the dress. While white Bottega Veneta flats featuring the brand’s signature woven pattern add a textural element while still being high on comfort levels.

Credits: Dress, Acler; Sunglasses, Ray Ban; Earrings, Reliquia; Slides, Bottega Veneta

Photography: Sophia Athas

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What I Wore: Roses are Red

24th December, 2020

Festive looks don’t get any better than from Valentino. Their new season Atelier range is so incredibly beautiful. With the signature Valentino crimson front and centre and such striking, textural pieces, I found it hard to decide on an outfit. Eventually though this playful and polished look won. Mostly due to the next-level tweed mini, which when worn with the printed lip print blouse was a match made in heaven. It’s also so interesting to mix prints with texture, it really adds a lot of depth to an outfit. And also, how can you go past a vibrant red at Christmas time?

Accessorising from the same collection, I immediately honed in on the sublime hobo bag. The insane leather work is hard to fathom with the 3D sculptural roses and the fanned out petals—it’s so intricate and just so realistic, I couldn’t believe it was all crafted from leather. The same attention to detail carried through to the gold heels I wore with this look. The rose detail was slightly downsized but so pretty all the same. Also, I’m a fan of contrasting gold with red, it’s such a great pairing and both colours really pop against each other. As far as Christmas attire goes, this new season drop from Valentino truly delivers.

Credits: Top, skirt, bag and shoes, Valentino

Photography: Sophia Athas

This post was produced in collaboration with Valentino

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What I Wore: Modern Noir

15th December, 2020

Summer dresses don’t always have to be of the light and bright variety. This black dress by Camilla and Marc is a departure from the airy styles I’ve been wearing and it’s been a nice change to embrace a summery silhouette that has a sophisticated edge. The cold shoulder detail is perfect for this time of year and makes for a fun, statement neckline. Also in keeping with the aesthetic of the brand, the sleekness is tempered by feminine touches such as the puff sleeves, ruching and cut-outs.

I wanted to keep the entire look quite sophisticated and classic and I couldn’t go past the simplicity of my black and white Chanel slingback shoes. They’re a step up from regular flats with their look and feel, but not too dressy that they’d look out of place being paired with a daytime dress. While I appreciate the timelessness of wearing black, I also didn’t want this outfit to seem flat and heavy so I wanted to add a pop of colour with my other accessories. This structured bag by Burberry features a vibrant orange accent colour which add a fun, energetic touch to this ensemble. A pair of gold hoop earrings and slicked back hair completed this look, which has definitely been a fun alternative to my usual summer colour palette and style.

Credits: Dress, Camilla and Marc; Bag, Burberry; Shoes, Chanel

Photography: Sophia Athas

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What I Wore: On the Edge

10th December, 2020

While I love soft, feminine looks, there’s also fun to be had in dabbling with edgier styles. Especially when it comes to outfits that are made for after dark dressing. This duo by Bec and Bridge is big and bold. The top with its crossover straps and open back makes a statement, while the ribbed midi skirt offers some balance with its slightly more conservative feel. I often like to choose one major focal point with any look and in this instance I wanted the top to take centre stage.

Whenever I’m looking for accent pieces to pair with black I always revert to gold. There’s something so sleek and sophisticated about black and gold and both work beautifully in contrast with each other. I paired this look with drop earrings by Aje to add a dusting of glam. While my ever so mini bag by Oroton with its gold accent adds another gilded element to my outfit. To finish things off if was all about my leather Bottega Veneta sandals. The delicate straps are in keeping with the vibe of the top, which ties together the look nicely.

Credits: Top and skirt, Bec and Bridge; Shoes, Bottega Veneta; Earrings, Aje; Bag, Oroton

Photography: Sophia Athas

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What I wore: Birthday Sparkle

8th December, 2020

What better excuse to embrace a little extra sparkle than another trip around the sun? I decided to glam up with this Bec and Bridge dress which is just made for long Christmas lunches, parties aplenty… and birthdays. The mocha shade is a great example of how a neutral hue can be impactful — the details of course are critical in achieving this with the cut-outs and the C rings elevating this dress. I also love the drop waist design and the ruching feature which when combined, really manage to turn this look into something special.

I’m a fan of simple accessories and this mini bag by Oroton definitely ticks that box—it’s a streamlined structured design, with the gold accent making it ideal for a festive soiree. But without a doubt, it’s the light dusting of jewellery that really made this outfit. The Chaumet lariat necklace works well with the square neckline of my dress, and accompanied by the matching bangles and necklace, it helps to form a cohesive look while also adding a touch of glitz and glamour to my ensemble. And if you can’t embrace a few sparkling pieces on your birthday, when can you?

Credits: Dress, Bec and Bridge, Jewellery, Chaumet; Bag, Oroton

This post was produced in collaboration with Chaumet

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What I Wore: Flowerflax x Camilla Christmas Lunch

3rd December, 2020

I attended a Christmas soiree hosted by my good friend Nadia Fairfax and beloved Aussie brand Camilla last month and it was a sixties soiree that had me embracing my inner flower child. I saw this shift dress by Camilla and it was perfection for the event. I’ve always loved shift dresses as they’re a great silhouette to work on a petite frame, and the print on this is all kinds of fun. The vibrant colours and striking print are a great way to make a bold statement. But a shift is is also an easy option for a day out or enjoying a long lazy lunch.

With such a knockout print I knew I had to keep the rest of my look quite simple and streamlined for balance. So I went with a pair of cat eye Le Specs sunglasses, and a pair of gold hoop earrings to accentuate this outfit, without taking away from the dress. It’s just the right marriage between playful and elegant—my formula for most outfits I wear, but more so for any event dressing I do.

Credits: Dress, Camilla; Sunglasses, Le Specs

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What I Wore: Summer Blues

1st December, 2020

First day of summer! Having just emerged from a heatwave in Sydney, it’s nice that the weather is going to get back to milder temperatures this week. I’m particularly excited to break out this look. It’s a casual denim outfit but has a polished feel to it which I love. This jacket and skirt by Acler is the kind of thing that works perfectly together but even better apart. I can see myself wearing this skirt throughout summer and the denim jacket will come in handy for cooler summer nights.

I can’t think of a better hue to pair with denim than a nice crisp white. I love a trusty white button down shirt to add a dressy element to a look, and the roomy, slightly oversized silhouette of this Anna Quan shirt has a relaxed feel which is a great way to achieve some balance.

Paired with some fun accessories, this look is definitely going to be bookmarked for many an outing. These white Bottega Veneta slides are the latest addition to my summer wardrobe and I’ve already found them to be really versatile and easily work back with so many other pieces in my closet. A pair of classic RayBans and a cylindrical bag by Strathberry are the final finishing touches — both have a classic feel but still have fashion forward elements that elevate them.

Credits: Denim jacket and skirt, Acler; Shirt, Anna Quan; Slides, Bottega Veneta; Sunglasses, Ray Ban; Bag, Strathberry

Photography: Sophia Athas