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3 fresh event looks for spring

1st October, 2022

Spring is always when events start cropping up more in my calendar so occasion looks are always top of mind. This time of year is great as the outfits are all about looking fresh and embracing a little more colour, and I find that combination always makes for a sophisticated and polished ensemble. I’ve been lucky enough to work with Australian brand Perri Cutten of late and I’ve checked out their recent collection and it’s filled with some perfect pieces to wear when the dress code calls for something slightly more elevated. From a spring wedding to a fancy lunch, here are some winning looks that tick all the boxes.

A wedding

Whenever I attend a wedding, I always make sure to adhere to the dress code of course, but the majority of the time I love to wear a lot of colour. It’s such a special, joyful occasion that something bold and bright just feels right. This top and pleated skirt is ultra polished, but the fuchsia makes it perfect for a celebration. I kept my shoes to a neutral hue to avoid it competing with my outfit, while another splash of burnt orange helps keep everything bold and playful.

Credits: Skirt, top, Perri Cutten; Bag, Strathberry; Heels, Bottega Veneta; Sunglasses, Pared

A luncheon

Having attended a fair few luncheons in my time, I always like to embrace a look that feels feminine and put together. Crisp white is always great for an occasion (except for a wedding of course) as it always looks ultra elegant. A buttoned up blazer and a pleated skirt are a thoroughly classic pairing, while the buttoned up shirt adds a slightly masculine feel to offer balance. I’ve always found wearing one hue from head to toe is rather impactful and this look manages to achieve that and more.

Credits: Blazer, skirt, shirt, Perri Cutten; Bag, Bulgari

A work event

I saw this kelly green colour and knew it would be perfect for an event. The cropped pants teamed with a mint tweed blazer looks professional but the layered hues add a touch of fashion and a injection of playfulness. Styling a blazer with the buttons done up always just feels a little more considered, so I always embrace it whenever I’m attending an event for work. A neutral heel and a white mini bag help finish this look but allow the colour to be the focal point.

Credits: Jacket, pants, Perri Cutten; Bag, Apede Mod; Heels, Bottega Veneta

This post was produced in collaboration with Perri Cutten

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What I Wore: Narvi launch

27th September, 2022

I hosted a recent launch by Narvi and went for a favourite outfit combination of mine – something in head to toe crisp white. I have always loved shift dresses (I actually really loved wearing  them in pregnancy as they were so comfortable) and usually turn to them when I want to wear something classic and understated. I’ve worn several colourful pieces by the brand Leo Lin and this white shift dress was a definite departure from what I’ve worn in the past, but I think it’s a simple style done really well. The silhouette is quite streamlined but I love the cutwork design that gives it an elevated touch. Also, I’ve always found the little white dress to be as reliable as an LBD when it comes to attire that’s guaranteed to look polished but without too much fuss in putting it together.

I wanted to keep this an all white look, and already had a few pieces in mind to complete the rest of my ensemble. These Aje heels have been a really great staple to have as they go with most looks and the signature ring feature is iconic to the brand. They’re ultra comfortable too. This Apede Mod mini bag has proven itself as a great event accessory. It’s a simple style, but the chain strap gives it modern flourish. Plus I love the fact it can be worn in two ways. Often wearing one hue head to toe can make for a really impactful look.

Credits: Dress, Leo Lin; Heels, Aje; Jewellery, selection from Narvi; Bag, Apede Mod

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My favourite new season pieces from Camilla and Marc

21st September, 2022

It’s new season drop time so I always like to pay a visit to my favourite brands to check out what’s in their latest collection. This week, I paid a visit to my local Camilla and Marc boutique to check out what was on the racks. I have a few events coming up that I was looking for outfits for, plus I’ve been wanting to update my workwear wardrobe so I was on the hunt for some elevated separates that I can work back with some pieces I already own. I always like to do a big session of trying on different outfits in store as it really helps to see how everything looks on. I sometimes can’t get the full picture of how something will look if I’m perusing the website so it’s useful to see whether it will work or not. Plus sometimes there are things I spot on the rack that I might have missed online. So, here’s what I uncovered on my shopping trip…

I’m a blazer fan so I love anything that gives the traditional silhouette a fresh spin. This belted blazer achieves a really flattering silhouette with the cinched in waist and looks really polished. The black trousers are also a great staple to have on hand as they’re easily dressed up or down. These knife point pumps are also very cool – they add an edgy touch to any look.

Credits: Ronan blazer; Redford trouser; Antonia leather pump; Marlbury knit bodice

Cut out dresses are definitely here to stay and this simple one shoulder style is a great update on it. I love the simple knot and the elbow length sleeve. I can definitely see myself wearing this to lunch or the beach.

Credits: Wally dress and Antonia leather pump

The colour on this is a lot of fun and definitely a statement piece. Also, how cute is this knit bodice? I could see it being a really versatile addition to my wardrobe as I can wear it with jeans, a suit, with a skirt… definitely worth the investment.

Credits: Paltrow blazer; Paltrow pant; Marlbury knit bodice; Antonia leather pump

Here’s the bodice again in black! Love that they come in two staple colours that I can get a lot of wear out of. A black suit never goes astray in any woman’s closet and the fit on this is great. Also, two great pieces that can be worn separately means double the wear.

Credits: Redford blazer; Redford trouser; Marlbury knit bodice; Antonia leather pump

A trench coat is a great staple to have and I think the oversized fit of this style gives it a modern twist. Also, these furry slides are a little bit cute. Such a quirky shoe option but very on trend.

Credits: Collins trench and Herman sandal

If you love something in one colour, buy it in other colours. This is the brighter take on the black dress and I think it has a great summer energy to it. I’m really loving brights of late and this is a great addition to liven up my existing wardrobe. Which colour do you prefer?

Credits: Wally dress in yellow

 

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What I Wore: Hamilton Island Race Week

15th September, 2022

It’s been a few weeks since this event but I was able to rock a number of amazing spring/summer looks that I definitely wanted to share. Now’s the time to plan what you’re going to be wearing over the next few months after all. Hamilton Island Race Week is an event I look forward to every year. It’s a great time to catch up with colleagues and friends, spend time at the beautiful Qualia Resort in Hamilton Island and just appreciate island life. Here’s a look at what I packed on my trip.

This set is so much fun. I am really loving how the range of beach/pool cover ups has been really stepped up over the past few years. Matching sets are such a practical thing to bring on a trip as they always look polished but are so easy to wear as separates. This shirt and shorts set by Eres worked perfectly with the strapless khaki swimsuit, which is one of my fave things to do whenever I’m holidaying somewhere warm. A one piece can double as a bodysuit when it’s not doing swimsuit duty and I love that it means one less thing to pack. These vibrant yellow slides added a pop of colour and a fun element to this look.

Credits: Top, shorts and swimsuit (similar here), Eres; Slides, Hermes

Out for drinks and catching up with Mode Sportif founder Deborah Symond O’Neil. I have become such a huge fan of the brand Sir the Label, as they do such beautiful polished and understated pieces. I love the graphic elements on this chocolate brown set as it really allows the look to pop. I paired it with white Aje heels and statement earrings, for a vibrant event look.

Credits: Shirt and pants, Sir the Label; Heels (similar here), Aje

I wore this to a Paspaley lunch where the dress code was white and think it fit the brief quite well! I’m always a fan of an all white look as it always looks so fresh and polished. This set is also by Sir the Label (I told you I was a fan) and loved the unexpected pairing of a wrap top with a maxi skirt. My Aje heels got another workout, and a cute Apede Mod bag which is something I’ve found to work so easily with so many different looks.

Credits: Top and skirt, Sir the Label; Heels (similar here), Aje; Bag, Apede Mod

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What I Wore: Mum’s Surprise Birthday

13th September, 2022

We recently threw my mum a surprise birthday celebration and it was such an amazing night with my family. Mum had no idea and we picked up her up under the guise of going for a drive and grabbing coffee, but really we had booked a night at Crown Sydney and invited family and her closest friends for a dinner at Italian restaurant, Amare. Needless to say she was thoroughly surprised and I couldn’t think of a person more deserving of such a birthday celebration.

I wanted a great party dress for dinner and couldn’t look past the latest collection by Rachel Gilbert. I saw this mini dress and knew it would be perfect for the occasion. I love dresses that have a bit of a moment at the back and this design definitely delivered with the knotted back feature. The draping at the front is also elegant and I loved how it flared out into a halter neck with the wide straps. There’s also a subtle raised hem at the front which added an element of interest. The silhouette is also really flattering, and features internal boning which helps to streamline the shape. All in all, I highly recommend it if you’re looking for your next event look.

I wanted to keep things fairly simple with this look so opted for minimalist black Giuseppe Zanotti heels. The two-strap design blended seamlessly with the dress, while the crystal heel tied into the knotted feature at the back. I went for an up-do in this instance because when you have a bit of a showstopper detail at the back it has to be able to shine.

Credits: Dress, Rachel Gilbert; Heels (similar style here), Giuseppe Zanotti

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What I wore this week

8th September, 2022

It’s been a busy few days and another week of transeasonal weather in Sydney. Don’t you just love when it’s hot one minute and cold the next? I’ve also had a few different things on this week so I’ve been able to utilise various aspects of my wardrobe, along with incorporating a few not-so-new-anymore wardrobe updates into the mix. It’s always great to be able to rediscover old pieces and find ways to rejuvenate them into new looks. Here’s what I wore this week.

I wore this to a launch and loved it so much it had to be revisited again. Matching sets are such a great go-to for events as they instantly look polished and you don’t really have to do much at all! I added some nude Bottega heels to achieve a more streamlined silhouette with the white top and white pants, while a tan bag added a little hint of colour.

Credits: Top and pants, Ess the Label; Bag (similar here), Saben; Heels, BottegaVeneta

I’d say this is one of my fave weekday uniforms – jeans, a tee and a blazer are one of my failsafe outfit combinations. It’s comfy plus I can get away with wearing it to work and also the school run. Black boots are a great way to ground an outfit and give it a bit of edge, while I don’t think you can ever go wrong with a classic blazer like this Michael Lo Sordo number.

Credits: Blazer, Michael Lo Sordo; Jeans, Levis; Boots, Witchery; Bag, Prada

You can’t get more comfortable than this look, and the beauty in it is that I think it still looks polished. This quarter zip jumper by Venroy and good ol’ fashioned denim and white sneakers is my usual shortcut to an easy, unfussy look. There’s also a freshness to wearing white that makes it perfect for spring.

Credits: Jumper, Venroy; Jeans, Levis; Sneakers, Burberry

As you can see, the girls and I love a spring dress. This mint green dress by Acler is such an on trend silhouette with the puff sleeves and the fitted bodice, but feels elevated with the embroidered trim. Also now that we’ve farewelled winter, I definitely think it’s the perfect time to embrace some colour, particularly soft pastels such as this.

Credits: Dress, Acler

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What I Wore: Festival of British Eventing

1st September, 2022

I was lucky enough to be invited to attend the British Festival of Eventing recently on behalf of Channel 7 Racing and what a fun event it was! Eventing is a riding competition that incorporates three major events – dressage, show jumping and cross country. As a result we spent most of our time enjoying the great outdoors in the Cotswalds and took in a range of different events over the course of a few days. I had to pack looks for a number of different events requiring smart casual attire to slightly dressier pieces, and here’s what I wore throughout the week.

The dress code on this day was smart casual so I went with this look by Viktoria and Woods. These pants are a relative newcomer to my wardrobe and have been such a worthwhile addition. I liked that they can be dressed up or down (perfect for travelling) and styled in different ways. I went for a tie dye tank for a more casual vibe, and simple white sneakers for comfort. A straw hat was a necessity in the sun so I opted for this wide brimmed straw hat by Brixton.

Credits: Top, pants (similar here) and belt, Viktoria and Woods; Sneakers, Burberry; Hat, Brixton; Sunglasses, RayBan

I was attending a welcome BBQ at Mike and Zara Tindall’s house and while it wasn’t a super dressy affair I still wanted to wear something that was polished. I went for another look by Viktoria and Woods, this time around I opted for a pair of white trousers teamed with a knotted singlet and peach blazer. It was perfect for a summer evening as the look was quite breezy and light.

Credits: Blazer, top and pants, Viktoria and Woods; Slides, Gucci

Loving this new season dress by Aje. The sleeves and maxi hem add a polished element but the linen fabric gives it an effortless feel. It also features a great zip feature with an anchor zip pull which I think is all kinds of cute. I added a Louis Vuitton scarf to give it an extra style touch while a Brixton wide-brimmed hat offered some much welcomed shade and sun protection.

Credits: Dress, Aje; Scarf (similar here), Louis Vuitton; Sneakers, Burberry; Hat, Brixton; Sunglasses, RayBan

We were visiting a watership down stud and I went for something light and easy to wear. This Acler dress has been on high rotation in my wardrobe, and I love that it has the polished element of a belted shirt dress while the A-line skirt adds a touch of fun.

Credits: Dress, Acler; Slides, Gucci; Bag, Bulgari; Sunglasses, RayBan

Another outing for these Viktoria and Woods pants for a visit to a local stud farm. I’ve genuinely found these pants to be such a versatile piece and in this instance I paired them with a lightweight blouse. Once again I opted for a comfy pair of white sneakers and finished off the look with a Loewe crossbody bag.

Credits: Top, pants (similar here) and belt, Viktoria and Woods; Sneakers, Burberry; Bag, Loewe; Sunglasses, RayBan

Before flying home I interviewed Elsa Pataky for Sunrise so I went for this matching set by Viktoria and Woods. The rust coloured halter has an elegant feel, which is further enhanced by the soft draping. I am loving wide leg pants and this particular pair is lightweight enough for a summer day, while maintaining the polished feel that I wanted for being in front of the camera.

Credits: Top (similar here) and pants (similar here), Viktoria and Woods; Slides, Gucci

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What I wore this week

25th August, 2022

We’ve had some really beautiful days in Sydney of late so I’ve been able to break out some fun pieces designed for warm weather. I’m really loving the little bursts of sunny days as it’s a great preview of spring — can’t wait to wear more of that part of my wardrobe. I’ve embraced some classic staples this week and some failsafe combinations, but it has also been fun to wear some statement looks featuring bold colours. Here’s what I wore this week.

Jeans and a white shirt is one of those combinations I don’t have to think about because it’s guaranteed to work every time. These jeans have been such a great addition to my wardrobe as I’ve been able to style them in so many different ways and they’re a great wash to work back with various colours. This shirt is from this year’s Witchery white shirt campaign and is the ideal fit to tuck into jeans, plus I love the pocket feature. Paired with statement earrings, it adds a touch of glam to a daytime look.

Credits: Shirt and earrings, Witchery; Jeans, Slvrlake

Off to an event with this all blue look. Love layering the one colour as it can be so impactful when paired together. This cobalt blue hue is so striking and great for an evening event. This blouse worn separately is the ideal piece to add a polished splash of colour to an outfit, while the pants are a ski pant design which makes them ultra comfortable. I added a bit of contrasting colour with the yellow Fendi bag and my go-to Bottega heels.

Credits: Top, pants and earrings, Manning Cartell; Bag, Fendi; Heels, Bottega Veneta

Felt like wearing some colour to an event and what better hue to embrace than sunshine yellow? This column dress by Camilla and Marc features soft, splashes of orange-y yellow so it’s perfect for spring-like weather. I also love the sleek silhouette plus paired with nude heels it achieves an elongated effect.

Credits: Dress, Camilla and Marc; Bag, Apede Mod; Heels Scanlan Theodore; Sunglasses, Le Specs

The cutest of tops, this Maggie Marilyn number is a real statement piece. The puff sleeves offer a striking feature and the ruching adds a flattering touch. I’ve always loved the contrasting effect of pink and white and these wide leg pants are not only a great example of a wardrobe piece that embraces understated glam, but it’s a great piece to allow the top to pop. I discovered the perfect pink shoe with these Gucci pumps so of course I had to pair them with this look.

Credits: Top, Maggie Marilyn; Pants, Bianca Spender; Heels, Gucci

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What I Wore: Velvet Touch

23rd August, 2022

Luxe fabrics can often become the centrepiece of an outfit. Case in point: this matching Hansen and Gretel set which features a gorgeous cinnamon hued velvet. I wore this look out to dinner while I was in London and it was very fitting for an evening out, but also felt so illegally comfortable. The pants are elasticated and the shirt is a lovely oversized fit — let’s just say it’s perfect if you really want to indulge! I saw a lot of co-ordinating sets doing the rounds while I was overseas and have always loved the appeal of a matching top and bottom as it instantly looks polished and requires minimal styling. The velvet really took it to another level and gave it a bit of a rock n’ roll edge. I’ve also worn these two separately on other occasions and they work great on their own. The shirt looks cool with slacks or jeans while the pants work well with a great tank. Therein lies the beauty in two-piece sets — you get more bank for your fashion buck.

When working with a look that already features very distinct statement features, it’s a good idea to keep accessories a little more pared back. I went for a simple black Louis Vuitton pump with silver cap toe detail. It has quite a refined feel and worked as a great contrast to the slightly more bohemian silhouette of my outfit, along with the vivid velvet fabric. I think you always have to pick a focal point to look and this time around it was definitely the top and pants that needed to take centre stage.

Evening attire is always something where I tend to fall back on failsafe pieces, like a suit or dress, so I was glad to have take a bit more of a fashion risk with this particular look. It’s fun to experiment with different textures at times, plus explore new pairings and silhouettes to hit refresh on my usual fashion repertoire.

Credits: Shirt and pants, Hansen and Gretel; Shoes, Louis Vuitton

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What I Wore: Citron Moment

16th August, 2022

Looking for your next cocktail dress? This could be it. The first thing that I noticed about this dress was the striking citron colour. You don’t often see dresses in that vibrant yellow shade, and it really sets it apart from its other cocktail dress contemporaries. The design also taps into my growing love for a one shoulder neckline (I’ve been embracing it in everything from tops to swimsuits and dresses) but I particularly love the delicate execution of the style, with the simple thin strap. Also the twist detail, with the interesting contrast between the matte and shiny fabric. The midi length is usually my go-to for events, but you often have to strike the right balance between it looking chic and slightly frumpy. The split hem injects just the right amount of sexiness and boldness to have it sitting firmly in the chic camp.

Working with bold colours usually requires a measured approach to accessories as you don’t want to do something that’s too overwhelming. I rediscovered these Aquazzura beauties and knew immediately they’d pair perfectly with the dress. The snakeskin offers just the right amount of contrast, while the tie feature adds some grit and gives the overall look some edge. A mini chain strap bag by Oroton and cat eye sunglasses by Poppy Lissiman were the perfect accoutrements to finalise the look. Bring on the next event!

Credits: Dress, One Fell Swoop; Shoes, Aquazzura; Bag, Oroton; Sunglasses, Poppy Lissiman

This post was produced in collaboration with One Fell Swoop