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What I Wore: Dark Magic

27th April, 2021

I’ve always classified a great suit in the same category as an LBD: a wardrobe essential. I am always on the look out first and foremost for nice tailoring. I think a suit has to fit well so there’s no room for excess bagginess or too much length or fabric, it has to sit just right. Plus I’m always on the hunt for interesting finishing touches. Whether it be a unique choice of button, or just an edgy design feature, I think it can turn a good suit into something special. Which is why I was initially draw to this Sofia Irina suit. The long length blazer and cigarette pant are sharp and sleek as all good suits should be, but what I liked was the cut-out. I think it disrupts the silhouette in the best way possible, giving it a point of difference and just a hint of sexiness. It really makes this suit a great contender for a night out or a special event look. But if you work somewhere where a little risk-taking in the fashion department is welcomed, this could definitely count as office attire.

I wanted to elongate the silhouette so I went for black Bottega heels, which also add a nice feminine touch. Plus I’ve always loved the vibe of a strappy heel worked back with sharp suiting, there’s just something so sophisticated about it. While wearing all black from head to toe is a great failsafe look, I wanted to add a little extra colour to avoid it from looking flat so I thought adding a white Bulgari bag achieved a great monochromatic effect.

Credits: Blazer and pants, Sofia Irina; Heels, Bottega Veneta; Bag, Bulgari

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

This post has been produced in collaboration with Sofia Irina

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What I Wore: Jets Launch

20th April, 2021

I love revisiting looks like this because it makes me feel like I’m on holiday. Resortwear just has that eternal summer vibe to it that makes me yearn for an overseas getaway to a tropical destination. I wore this to a Jets launch aboard a yacht and luckily, Sydney put on the most perfect day for it. This was a black one shoulder swimsuit that I wore as a body suit, and is likely going to be a go-to for me this summer. It’s such a sleek and chic design, so minimalist yet really bold and striking. I wore them back with relaxed, wide legged, high waisted black pants to keep the vacation vibe going.

I did a beach glam look on this day so it was all about embracing gold statement jewellery. I went for a pair of Aje drop earrings, while I layered my everyday necklace with a great chain style piece from Manning Cartell. I couldn’t look past my fave white Gucci slides to pair with this look to provide a little contrasting element. And what better bag to accompany me than the classic Loewe basket bag. While I can’t jetset to my fave sunny destinations for awhile, at least I can look the part at home.

Credits: Swimsuit and pants, Jets; Bag (small size here), Loewe; Shoes, Gucci; Chain necklace, Manning Cartell; Earrings, Aje

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What I Wore: Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes Day

17th April, 2021

I was on reporting duties for 7 Racing again for Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes Day at Sydney’s Royal Randwick. Today was all about this amazing Louis Vuitton dress. While the silhouette is classic and understated, what I love about it is the detail and colour that elevates it into something more. The blue and white colour palette, with the oversized LV monogram adds a bold touch to this look, while the oversized full length zipper makes for a modern finish.

It’s autumn racing time which means straw hats are in hibernation and it’s all about rich textures such as felt. This hat by Helen Kaminski was perfect for the day, but what I love is that it’s such a sleek design that I could easily wear it out and about during winter. As far as accessorising for this look, I knew I wanted to add another punchy colour to avoid it getting lost within the striking features of the dress, and this pink bag by Bulgari seemed just the right fit. Then to cap of my look I opted for minimalist Stuart Weitzman heels to avoid any busyness from overtaking the look and feel of the dress.

Credits: Dress, Louis Vuitton; Heels, Stuart Weitzman; Bag (similar here), Bulgari; Hat, Helen Kaminski

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

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What I Wore: Purple Reign

12th April, 2021

I was hosting a launch for Wanderluxe sleepwear at Sydney’s Chiswick so I wanted to wear something that was bold, bright and fun. So when this colour block look by Acler entered the picture I couldn’t pass it up as it fit all the criteria I was looking for. The colours really make this look. The lavender one shoulder top added a gem-like element to this outfit, while the rust coloured trousers help offset the ultra glam vibe of the top, striking just the right balance. I think this is one of my favourite outfit formulas, a pair of tailored trousers worked back with a dressy top really is a match made in heaven.

When you’re wanting colour to shine, I think accoutrements have to be complementary but not over the top. At the same time, I think events always require a little extra effort in the accessories department. So these looped Manning Cartell earrings added a little statement element to my look but they weren’t too busy so they didn’t overwhelm the rest of my outfit. The black Bottega heels added a fashion forward touch, but they didn’t take away from the look and feel of this ensemble, which was all about embracing the striking effect of colour blocking.

Credits: Top and pants, Acler (coming soon); Shoes, Bottega Veneta; Earrings, Manning Cartell

Photography: Esteban La Tessa

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The one coat I’m investing in this season

12th April, 2021

I’m a lover of coats from way back so believe me when I say that it’s a big call for me to declare just one coat style to be high on my winter shopping list. I often dip between different coat styles, from classic to more playful printed versions but I keep gravitating towards one style and it’s one I’ve come also loved in seasons past. What is it? As you can probably guess from the above, it’s a trench coat.

It’s no surprise that trench coats make it onto lists rounding up the items every woman should have in their closet time and time again. They’re an effortless style that look chic paired with so many different things. You can wear them over a dress, dressed down with jeans and a tee, or over a suit, and the result is still exactly the same: an ensemble that looks considered and put together.

I’ve had my eye on this one by Camilla and Marc for awhile now, but I’ve seen so many beautiful options around in my travels. I think the thing with trench coats is to go for a mid-thigh to midi length, and go for one that looks a little relaxed in fit but can easily be cinched in. I’ve had many a trench coat moment over the years (as you can see below) and I’ve found you can be a little adventurous and embrace a pattern, but you can never go wrong with a simple beige or tan style, or if neutrals aren’t your thing, a navy blue or a deep green are also worthy considerations.

This winter, I think a trench is the ultimate layering piece. It’s so good as a topper over a casual outfit, and can often be the perfect finishing touch to tie an off duty look together. Or wear it thrown over a dress for the ultimate in sleek and elegant dressing in the evening. Whatever you do, go for the best quality you can afford (the better the fabric, the better the drape) and consider it a worthy investment piece for your wardrobe in the years to come.

Embracing a patterned trench
Out and about with the girls
Sleek and chic worn back with leather pants
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What I Wore: Derby Day

10th April, 2021

Derby Day is always one of my favourite race day dress codes as black and white is always such a chic colour palette to work with. This year I wanted to combine the two hues, and this Rachel Gilbert dress was the perfect look for the occasion. It has a bit of a retro 60s vibe, which I love. The oversized bow and the strapless silhouette has a slightly coquettish feel to it, while the mini length combined with sheer stockings added an element of playfulness to the overall look.

A great headpiece is always a must and this stunning Dior headband with veil was the perfect addition to this look. The rest of my look incorporated monochromatic touches that had a touch of drama to them. The jewelled Miu Miu handbag, was the perfect diminutive size to complement the dress, and I also loved its feminine look. While I once again turned to Dior for my shoes. The ideal black and white heels to help tie this look together nicely.

Credits: Dress and stockings, Rachel Gilbert; Heels and headpiece, Dior; Bag, Miu Miu

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

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What I wore this week

8th April, 2021

The girls are on school holidays so this means lots of comfort dressing as I’ve got to keep up with two very active kids. That said, I did have a few events dotted throughout the week which gave me the opportunity to try a few new pieces in my closet. Here’s what I wore this week.

We took the girls to the Sydney Royal Easter Show which meant loads of walking, going on rides and getting up close and personal with animals so I went for something ultra comfortable. A simple monochrome colour palette, paired with on trend but made for walking sandals, and a backpack to go hands-free and I was set.

Credits: T-shirt and sandals, Ducie; Shorts (similar here), Nobody Denim; Backpack, Louis Vuitton

Wore this to a Jets launch and loved the opportunity to do resortwear, as the event was held on a boat. I’m really into the whole swimsuit worn as bodysuit vibe, and paired with wide leg pants and comfy sandals this whole look had me feeling like I was back in Italy (if only!), soaking up the sun. I decided to glam it up a little with some statement jewellery by Aje and Amber Sceats.

Credits: One piece and pants, Jets; Shoes, Gucci; Bag, Loewe; Sunglasses, Poppy Lissiman; Necklace, Amber Sceats; Earrings, Aje

Work out day and it was the perfect opportunity to wear this matching set by Running Bare. I’m really into the sage green hue, and there’s something about wearing a co-ordinated look that leaves me extra inspired to go hard in my training session.

Credits: Leggings and crop, Running Bare; Sunglasses, Finlay

I ordered these jeans from Shopbop recently and it’s been a great addition to my denim collection as they’re just the perfect blue hue to be paired back with so many things in my closet. This Cult Gaia top with the cut-out is becoming a firm favourite and is a great way to do the classic combination of jeans and a white top. My black Bottega heels doing their thing again because I love them so much.

Credits: Top, Cult Gaia; Jeans, Slvrlake; Shoes, Bottega Veneta;

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What I Wore: Good Day

6th April, 2021

Sometimes all it takes to turn a classic silhouette into something decidedly more modern is the detail. Case in point: this Good American dress. While ribbed dresses have been around for aeons this style feels decidedly more edgy with the in-built corset detail. I like the fact it helps give the dress an added element of interest but it doesn’t overwhelm. I think a dress like this is something that you can have in your closet to wear for various occasions. It can be dressed up for an event, or worn back with sneakers for an elevated off duty look. Plus the neutral hue makes it really versatile, and easy to dress up or down. In this instance I styled it in a dressy way, making for the ideal understated dress option for an occasion.

Working with neutral hues when it comes to your outfit opens up a world of possibilities when it comes to accessorising. For this look, I went with the latest addition to my bag collection, this tiny structured Apede Mod bag. The chunky chain handle dresses it up, but also makes it the bag ultra practical as it can then be worn crossbody style. To pick up the gold in the handle, I went for chunky gold statement earrings, and a pair of fun cat-eye Poppy Lissiman sunglasses to finish off the look.

Credits: Dress, Good American; Bag, Apede Mod; Earrings, Aje; Sunglasses, Poppy Lissiman

Photography: Sophia Athas

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Easy ways to incorporate dressier items into your weekday and weekend wardrobe

4th April, 2021

I love dressing up but I always feel a little guilty to see certain parts of my closet go unworn until I have an excuse to wear something to event again. So, I’ve started trying to use more of my dressy pieces, think dresses, beautiful blouses, tailored pants, co-ord sets and suits, in my weekday and weekend wardrobe. Of course, not everything can be transformed into something decidedly more casual (a ballgown is still a ballgown after all!) but for the most part, I’ve been able to utilise so much more of my closet by incorporating a few styling tricks to make pieces seem more casual or daytime appropriate. Learning how to use dressy items in a more casual way ensures that you’re wearing more of your wardrobe, more of the time. Want to try it for yourself? Here are a few things you can do to give your event clothes a new lease on life.

Pair it with sneakers

The foolproof way to take the dressy vibe away from a particular look, whether it’s a dress or a top and pants is to pair it with a pair of white sneakers. The bonus of doing this is that you can pretty much get away with wearing sneakers everywhere these days so it’s an easy fashion trick to adopt.

Add a fun accessory

Dressy for me calls for more glam accessories, but if I want to dial down the dressiness of something I’d usually wear to an event I usually pair it with something playful and fun. Think a pair of white framed sunglasses or a bag in a vibrant colour.

Switch out the top or bottom

Often you can take the dressiness out of an ensemble by switching out an element for something more casual. For example a dressy blouse paired with denim all of a sudden looks ready for brunch. Incorporating a casual feel somewhere tempers the elevated feel of certain items, but without compromising on style.

Ditch the heels

If you want to make something more work and weekend ready, consider leaving your heels at home. There are plenty of other options to use, whether it’s a slide, a ballet flat or loafer, which are stylish but don’t feel so dressed up. Plus way more comfy, so there’s that!

Pop on a jacket

If you’ve got a dress that looks a little more night than day appropriate, consider popping on a jacket. You could pair it with a black blazer, a denim jacket or a leather jacket and it can instantly make it feel more casual, while staying maintaining a polished feel. Plus, this allows you to double the wear from your after dark looks.

Do you use your dressy items in your regular wardrobe? How do you do it?

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The clothing items I repeat the most

31st March, 2021

I’m like many women when I say that I often play favourites when it comes to my wardrobe. There are certain things that are often in my regular outfit rotation, because I’ve found them to be versatile pieces that I can work in various ways. I do make an effort to try and utilise a fair bit of my closet, but sometimes, there are just pieces that work consistently and I’m not afraid to call on them often. So, having taken stock of what I’ve been wearing of late, these are the clothing Items that I’m wearing again and again.

Manning Cartell pants and Gucci tote

These pants are so comfortable and I love the fact they also look quite polished so I can wear them out and about without compromising on comfort. It’s also easy to match them with various tops and shoes, and the neutral hue makes them even easier to wear. The Gucci tote is a new addition to my closet and it’s already getting quite the workout as it’s such a great way to add a touch of colour to any look.

Levis jeans and Bottega Veneta (similar here) slingbacks

These Levis jeans have been such a good investment. They’re the perfect wash and cut to work back with so many tops I already own, plus they can easily be dressed up or down according to my shoe choice. And I’m so glad I splurged on these white Bottega heels as I have not stopped wearing them since they entered my life. The colour and style is so wearable.

Henne top, Viktoria and Woods jeans, Bottega Veneta heels, Chanel bag

This fawn coloured ribbed top by Aussie brand Henne has been such a worthy addition to my closet. I wear it all the time as it’s such a simple yet stylish silhouette and works really well with a variety of different bottoms. The rest of this look is also currently working pretty hard for me. The white wide leg jeans are going to be a constant in my outfit repertoire for the rest of the year, while these Bottega heels have totally been worth the spend. The cost per wear is SO good. Meanwhile this Chanel backpack is still one of those bags I constantly pull out as it works back with so many different things and it’s also perfect for when I’m out and about and just want to go hands-free.

Loewe bag and Gucci thongs

Accessories are so important to me and I often play favourites with a few different shoes and bags at the one time. At the moment, I’m all about this Loewe bag and Gucci thongs. They’ve both seen me through summer and I fully intend for them to still be utilised over the coming months.

Ksubi jeans and Cotton On tank

Admittedly my mum always queries the holes in these jeans, but I absolutely wear them to death. They’re such a great cut and I love the distressed look as it adds an element of interest to any casual look. Also, white tanks are so important to have as a wardrobe staple and this one by Cotton On is a great cut, but also so very affordable too.

Aje jeans (similar here) and Ducie shoes

Most of my jeans are a blue wash, so it was great to add this black pair to my collection because I’ve found it has really filled a gap in my closet. It’s been such an easy pair to pair with a variety of different tees, shirts and jumpers and I’ve already got it bookmarked to wear with many a winter look. And these Ducie sandals are such a shoe MVP for me. Not only are they really comfortable, they’re so easy to pair with most of the things I wear which is a huge plus.