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What I Wore: Rainbow Connection

16th November, 2021

I’ve always loved wearing Oscar De La Renta, simply because the brand’s designs are always so feminine and sophisticated, and always with a modern touch. This asymmetrical dress was part of the brand’s resortwear collection a few seasons ago and it’s everything a resort-style dress should be: fun, vibrant and a summer vacation personified. I immediately fell in love with the bold hues of this dress, from the sunny yellow to the sky blue. There’s something about a striped print that just feels so playful and energetic, and it just feels all the more dramatic when such a print features on a maxi dress. One shoulder styles are going to be everywhere this season, and it’s the neckline to try this spring/summer. This cotton dress is elevated further by the finishing details, from the fringed hem, to the beaded neckline. It just adds a little extra pizzazz and makes it the kind of piece you’ll feel extra special wearing.

Working with such a riot of colour, I wanted to keep the party going! So I opted for a pair of bright green strappy heels by Scanlan Theodore. I usually like having a common thread with my accessories and outfit, and in this instance the heels pick up the green in the dress nicely. If there’s one thing I highly recommend doing over summer, it’s to embrace vibrant accessories. From shoes to bags, don’t be afraid to dial up the colour and go all out. As a huge fan of all things colourful, it’s one of the things I love about dressing at this time of year—there’s licence to embrace all the colours of the rainbow.

Credits: Dress, Oscar De La Renta; Heels, Scanlan Theodore

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

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What I wore this week: Spring racing

11th November, 2021

I’ve been lucky enough to attend a few spring racing events over the last few weeks and as a result, had the opportunity to have some fun with a few new looks. After months in lockdown it’s certainly a nice feeling to get dressed up again! I love dressing for racing events because there’s something nice about being able to wear a polished look from head to toe, complete with headwear and I’m often lucky enough to be able to work with some amazing designers when it comes to my outfits. While I didn’t wear all these looks this week, I thought it might be worth sharing a few of my favourite looks so far this spring racing season.

I was attending the launch of the Lexus Melbourne Cup on this occasion and adored the chartreuse colour of this Mariam Seddiq dress. It was also such a bold silhouette with the dramatic cape, the bold shoulders and ruching, that I really felt it made a statement. I decided to cinch the look in with an Alessandra Rich belt and paired it with a simple Viktoria Novak headband as a finishing touch.

Credits: Dress (similar here), Mariam Seddiq; Belt, Alessandra Rich; Headband, Viktoria Novak; Bag, Bulgari

I was doing a live cross with Channel 7 and loved the vibe of this blazer dress by Rebecca Vallance. Blazers are a staple in my wardrobe and I like the twist on it when it’s worn as a dress. The houndstooth print added some boldness to my look and with the contrasting lapels and pearl buttons, it was a polished ensemble that was both classic and modern. I didn’t want to overwhelm with my accessories so I opted for an oversized black bow, which is always one of my faves when it comes to headwear.

Credits: Dress, Rebecca Vallance; Bow, Roxy Jacenko

Sometimes I get to wear dresses like this and I have to pinch myself! I wore this for a shoot with The Daily Telegraph newspaper to promote The Everest race day and didn’t want to take it off. I felt like a bonafide princess, plus who doesn’t love tulle when it’s at it’s pink hued best! I loved the tiered skirt and the plunging neckline, not to mention the statement sleeves on this particular design and it was so much fun to wear.

Credits: Dress, Steven Khalil

Hanging with Emma Freedman at a Lexus press day. I really liked the combination of pink and red in this particular look. There’s something about those two hues together that just gels really well, so when I went for this one shoulder Mossman mini dress, I knew I had to pair it with this this adorable pink headband by Ford Millinery. My Aquazzura heels are shoes I’ve had for awhile and it’s so funny when I revisit favourites such as these shoes, because I always fall in love with them again.

Credits: Dress, Mossman; Heels, Aquazzura; Headband, Ford Millinery

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What I Wore: Orange Is The New Black

9th November, 2021

Ballet flats are a forever staple in my shoe wardrobe, so it’s no surprise that I wear them quite regularly. I’ll often use them when I’m travelling or when I’m out and about and want to be comfortable but also look polished. A classic black ballet flat is something I’ve always had in my wardrobe, and tend to come back to time and again. I love this particular style from Bloch as it’s got the ideal shaped toe at the front, a sweet bow and I like that it looks like an authentic dancer’s shoe. It’s also one of the easiest pieces to pair back with so many different styles and hues, it can go from neutral territory one minute to a riot of colour the next—as I did with this look!

I was in the mood to wear something bright and bold and what better hue than a vibrant orange? This set by Sir The Label has such an energetic vibe to it that I couldn’t help but fall in love with it. It ticks all the boxes as I adore matching sets, and I like the fact there’s a serious saturation of colour which makes the entire outfit pop. How could you not have fun in a look like this? There’s an option to wear the shirt buttoned up but I opted to wear it open and over a white bodysuit instead. I have become very into bodysuits of late as they help achieve a nice clean line and I don’t have to worry about tucking my shirt in and out all day. They’re also easily paired with a number of different items in my wardrobe, and for a variety of different occasions so I consider them a must-have basic.

To cap off this look I wanted to add some statement jewellery so I decided to go for a layered effect. I often layer my necklaces because it adds an element of interest to a look. I wear my medallion almost every day and as it’s a simple streamlined silhouette, I opted for a chunky gold necklace by Amber Sceats to pair with it. I think working the two together achieves a bold effect but they also counter each other so offer some balance. My fave Prada bucket bag added a casual cool finishing touch, and also worked well with the colour of my sunglasses and ballet flats.

Credits: Shorts and shirt, Sir The Label; Bodysuit, Meshki; Shoes, Bloch; Necklace, Amber Sceats; Medallion, Custom; Bag, Prada

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

This post was produced in collaboration with Bloch

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What I Wore: 2021 Melbourne Cup

3rd November, 2021

Melbourne Cup looked a little different this year. Instead of being at Flemington, I spent the day with friends enjoying a beautiful lunch at Silks at Crown Sydney. As much as I missed being trackside, I also loved being at a more intimate event. However I still (as I do every year) enjoyed the opportunity to get all dressed up. After the ultra feminine look I wore last year, I changed gear this year and I opted for a sleek, form fitting dress by Versace. With its deep neckline and subtle cut-out detail, it made a bold statement and was a great foundation for the rest of my look.

When working with a black outfit I think it helps to add splashes of colour to avoid it look too flat. Jewel tones were the ideal hues to add a little punchiness to my outfit and I found the perfect pieces to fit the brief. I opted for a deep emerald green Bottega Veneta bag with chain strap along with a oversized pink straw bow by Nerida Winter with a subtle veil. Both hues worked to complement each other and when set against a black dress, it really allowed the colours to pop. I wanted to create a streamlined silhouette so instead of a statement shoe I opted for a classic pair of black pumps to tie into the colour of the dress and the effect was one that elongated my frame. It’s one of my favourite styling tricks!

What Cup day look would be complete without a little sparkle? I was lucky enough to work with French jewellery brand Chaumet again this year and was so spoilt to be able to wear a selection of beautiful pieces. I opted for matching pieces, which entailed a pair of earrings, stacked rings and an elegant bangle. Timeless and sophisticated, they were the perfect accoutrements to finish off this year’s look for the race that stops a nation.

Credits: Dress, Versace; Bag, Bottega Veneta; Shoes, Christian Louboutin; Headpiece, Nerida Winter; Jewellery, Chaumet

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

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What I Wore: 2021 Golden Slipper

1st November, 2021

Spring racing is very much in full swing and I couldn’t help but want to embrace a look that was inspired by the season. For 7 Racing hosting duties at the Golden Slipper, it was all about beautiful, vibrant pastel hues. I couldn’t go past this Oscar de la Renta one-shoulder dress, with its ethereal draping and shades of pink and orange. It was feminine and also had a fun energy to it which made it the perfect look for being trackside.

With such a bold colour palette to work with I didn’t want to shy away with my choice of accessories and wanted to go equally as striking. The brief was well and truly met with these Bottega Veneta mesh heels. They’re a playful pink and feature a sprinkling of sparkles which definitely ticked the statement box. Plus, how great would they be for a festive occasion? In terms of bag choice, I definitely wanted to embrace pink again so this shoulder bag by Bulgari was the perfect piece to accompany me. As always headwear is a must so I went with this gold hair accessory by Ford Millinery. I loved the fact that it was sleek and and simple and just the right piece to add a bold touch to my ensemble.

Credits: Dress, Oscar de la Renta; Shoes, Bottega Veneta; Bag, Bulgari, Headpiece, Ford Millinery

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

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What I Wore: Summer Knits

26th October, 2021

I’ve spoken about skirt and top sets in the past and I can definitely say that I’m still very much into them. What’s even better is that a set such as this is lightweight enough that it can also work in summer. Plus they’re a great outfit shortcut on those days where I want to look polished but don’t really have time to fuss around with an outfit. I think there’s always something quite sleek and put together with a matching set. The ribbed knit finish adds an elevated touch, yet it’s still unbelievably comfortable which ticks both boxes. I also love the versatility of a set like this. The tank could easily be worn with jeans for a look that’s right on trend, whilst the skirt would work well with a t-shirt or even a knotted button down white shirt. If something can work multiple ways it definitely gets my tick of approval. Let’s also talk the beautiful pastel yellow colour. It’s the perfect shade for this time of year and is surprisingly quite easy to mix and match with a variety of different accessories.

I wanted to let the colour of the top and skirt to shine through so I opted for accessories that had a fun element to them but didn’t overpower the rest of my outfit. Meeting that criteria is definitely my slingback Chanel flats. The monochrome colour palette means it works with virtually any hue, and the signature two-tone gives it a point of difference (as a side note, I do not regret investing in these shoes one bit as I have worn them so much—more so than other shoes I have in my closet that may have been a bit cheaper, but definitely don’t get as much wear). For the final flourish, I couldn’t go past these pearl statement earrings by Shashi. They’re playful and add a interesting feature to the rest of my look.

Credits: Top and skirt, Ena Pelly; Shoes, Chanel; Earrings, Shashi

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

 

 

 

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What I Wore: Golden Hour

19th October, 2021

Wearing bold hues is often my shortcut to feeling a little more energised so I love this time of year when we tend to embrace a lot more vibrant colours. Camilla and Marc is one of my go-to brands for dresses, and I always turn to them at the start of spring and right before summer as I know I will always inevitably end up falling in love with something. I saw this dress and immediately thought of how fittingly it embraced the vibe at this time of year—the colour is bright and fun, the maxi silhouette perfect for wearing whilst enjoying the sunshine and the printed linen the perfect lightweight fabrication for the balmy weather ahead. Also, the cut out details give it a little something extra, a standout feature that elevates it beyond just an ordinary sundress.

Working with such a bold colour, I could’ve taken the path of tempering it a little by incorporating more subdued accessories but in this case it was about leaning into it a whole lot more! These tangerine heels by Scanlan Theodore are just the right shade of show-stopping orange to work as the perfect colour companion to this dress. Dialling up the vibrancy certainly added a little extra energy to my look. Continuing with the gold theme, I added a stack of gold chain necklaces to add a statement element to my look. Whenever I’m working with a silhouette that’s decidedly very feminine, I like to embrace bolder accessories to offset the softer vibe of my outfit. Finishing of this look were these aviator glasses which added a modern, on trend piece to my outfit.

Credits: Dress, Camilla and Marc; Heels and sunglasses, Scanlan Theodore

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

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10 ways to rework a white shirt

18th October, 2021

White shirts are the kind of wardrobe staple that can be worked in endless ways. This makes them an absolute must in any closet because when armed with a single white shirt you can create myriad looks. White works back with virtually any hue making it the ultimate style chameleon, and the style is the kind that can be dressed up (or really dressed up such as this iconic look Sharon Stone wore to the Oscars) or ultra dressed down thrown over a bikini at the beach. It’s seriously one of the few pieces in a woman’s wardrobe that can be worn virtually anywhere—work, dinner, at home, on the school run, out with friends, to a picnic… the list goes on.

If I’ve yet to convince you of the sartorial super powers that a white shirt has, then check out the looks below. I’ve found 10 different ways to rework a single white shirt, each achieving a different look and feel. You’ll find yourself with a fresh new appreciation for such a classic piece.

Tie it up

This look can either look ultra sexy or ultra sweet depending on what you pair it with—and both work! You could try an evening look such as the one below, by teaming a white shirt with a skirt or pants and wearing it cropped and worked back with a sexy heel. Alternatively you could opt for a denim shorts or a printed skirt and sneakers and you have yourself a look that channels casual and cute.

 

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Layer underneath other pieces

In winter you could wear a white shirt paired with a sleeveless vest or even a jumper, whilst in summer you could easily channel a little 90s style by popping a shirt on under a slip dress. Try subbing a white shirt in in instances where you’d usually wear a white long sleeved or short sleeved tee and you’ll be surprised at how it can magically transform the entire look of an outfit.

 

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Tucked in

One of the most eternally classic and polished ways to wear a white shirt is to wear it tucked in. It looks sharp and sleek and can instantly make a look feel put together. You could wear a white shirt like this when paired with jeans, a tailored trouser, a skirt or shorts making it one of the easiest and versatile ways to style a white shirt.

 

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Tucked out

If tucked in isn’t your thing you could always go for something a little more relaxed and wear it out. I think this look can work really well when you’re playing with volume—a white shirt paired with a pair of wide leg pants achieves that perfect amalgamation of casual and cool. Or you could wear it with a skirt like the look below and go for something that’s a little more fun.

 

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Roll up the sleeves

This is without a doubt one of the simplest ways to rework a white shirt. Simply rolling up the sleeves can change the whole look and feel of a white shirt, cutting through its ultra polished nature and making it a touch more accessible and relaxed.

 

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Button all the way up

Doing up the buttons on a shirt all the way up can change the way a white shirt presents in the same way not doing up all the buttons on can feel more relaxed. It evokes a more sophisticated vibe and is a simple way to transform the same white shirt time and time again.

 

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Use it as a cover up

This is one of my fave iterations of a white shirt. It looks impossibly chic when you throw on a white shirt nonchalantly over a swimsuit, plus it read effortless. No fussing around with cover ups, just throw on and you’re done. If you want to dial up the glam stakes you could pop on a pair of statement earrings or wear a silk scarf as a headband or a bandana.

Wear it all the way open

Who says you have to button up a shirt? You could wear it open over a crop for a slightly edgier look such as the one below. Alternatively you could also wear it with tailored trousers and a white tank a la this look by The Row. Either way it’s yet another easy way to transform a humble white shirt into a bonafide trend item.

 

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Pair it with shorts or bike pants

Yes, your fave white shirt will play very nicely with your fave pair of shorts or bike pants. It’s yet another way to do a high/low look that reads: so very cool. Plus there’s no doubting that the comfort ratings of an outfit such as that are through the roof!

 

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Let the sleeves peek through

Even a simple styling trick such as having the cuffs and a bit of the sleeve showing through when you’re wearing a blazer can change up even the most tired white shirt. Plus you can do this and work it back with so many existing pieces in your closet so you can get maximum wearability from it.

 

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What are some of your favourite ways to wear a white shirt?

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What I Wore: Everest Day

16th October, 2021

It feels so good to be back trackside after so many months away. I was back on reporting duties for 7 Racing at today’s Everest Day at Sydney’s Randwick Racecourse and was so thrilled to be back doing what I love. Not to mention dressing up again! After months of living in loungewear and activewear it felt great to be putting on a nice outfit and all the rituals that go with a big event. Having my hair and makeup done and the lovely feeling that comes from feeling polished and put together is something that I’ve really missed. And what a look to kick things off with!

This white Scanlan Theodore midi dress has the most beautiful texture — the overlay resembles a cluster of flowers and in a crisp white I feel it just pops. It goes to show how a simple silhouette with just the right finishing touches can really elevate a look and give it some extra personality. Working with white is the perfect canvas for adding interesting accessories, and often it’s the perfect excuse to go bold. So I did. These cornflower blue heels, also by Scanlan Theodore were the perfect splash of colour this look needed and added an extra fun touch. As far as accessories go, I kept my hair sleek and simple, but added two Fendi hairclips to finish off the look. While a navy Fendi pouch was just the right elegant accessory to carry all my essentials, and teal sunglasses offered an extra hint of drama, perfectly offset by the freshness of the dress. All in all, a great ensemble to kick off the return to being at the races. Bring on more days like this!

Credits: Dress and shoes, Scanlan Theodore; Bag and clips, Fendi

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

 

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What I Wore: Gucci 100

12th October, 2021

A century of heritage is something to be celebrate, particularly when it’s one of your favourite brands. Gucci has created an ultra fun collection to celebrate their 100 year anniversary that’s based around their impact on pop culture over the years. The collection is vibrant, bold and playful and a celebration in clothes form and I couldn’t wait to jump aboard and work with them highlight how great it is.

While there were a few pieces that I really loved, I couldn’t go past this t-shirt. It features the signature Gucci colours and a slogan that combined make it really pop. I think when you embrace such a statement piece you need to temper it a little so I went for crisp white, wide leg pants to allow the colours of the shirt to stand out.

What would a conversation about Gucci be without striking accessories? Over the years, I’ve loved how Gucci have melded tradition and contemporary style, often embracing its signature monogram but infusing it with modern touches and this collection is no different. This bucket bag is such a classic size and style which makes it a piece that will be on high rotation but the use of the red and green monogram give it a modern feel. It’s the perfect accessory to take me into spring/summer. I love the print so much that I couldn’t go past the slingback in a similar style. The low slingback is often my choice of footwear when I want to look dressed up but remain comfortable and this is just the right height to ensure it becomes a firm favourite. All in all, what a way to celebrate a century of style, Gucci.

Credits: T-shirt, shoes and bag, Gucci

This post was produced in collaboration with Gucci