The first show of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia is always exciting as there’s a huge buzz on the day as it officially kicks off proceedings. I’m a huge fan of Aje so attending their show today was exciting as I was looking forward to seeing their new collection and what pieces I’ll inevitably fall in love with!
It’s always good to support the designer whose show you are attending with your outfit so I opted for a beautiful pink and black Aje dress. The gorgeous print is a little moody in its vibe but the pops of pink perk it up and add a feminine touch.
I wanted to keep the rest of my accessories quite pared back so my black Bulgari bag and simple Isabel Marant ankle boots were the ideal complementary pieces. I found they didn’t detract from the overall feel of the dress. Having shorter hair has made me want to incorporate a few more statement earrings into my look and this pair by Reliquie helped to lift my outfit without detracting from the rest of my look.
If today was anything to go by, I can’t wait to see what else this week has in store. Stay tuned for more Fashion Week Australia coverage this week as I take you through the next few days, one outfit post at a time.
Being a busy mum and juggling work at the same time has meant that my wardrobe has had to adapt too. I recently spoke to Witchery about this very thing and how I make 9 to 9 dressing work. Essentially it’s about how I go from morning to dinner with the one look, with the help of a few simple, strategic outfit changes and some key pieces.
One of the ways I make 9 to 9 dressing work is the fact that my wardrobe has to consistently be versatile so I like to have strong pieces such as a statement blazer to liven up everything from jeans and a shirt to one of my favourite dresses, to a beautiful coat that can work back with myriad looks. This makes it easy to look polished but without too much fuss.
I also like to enlist the help of great accessories to help lift and adapt almost any outfit, according to the day I have. I can easily be wearing an outfit but with a change in bags from a crossbody bag to a clutch or the addition of some statement jewellery or even just a simple belt it can easily go from work meeting to fashion luncheon and then school pick-up without missing a beat. I’m all about versatility now and I like my outfits to be adaptable no matter what my schedule entails from day to day. And with the right pieces I’ve found it’s not only do-able it’s totally effortless too.
I was excited to fly down to Melbourne this week, to attend the launch of the new TOD’s store in Chadstone shopping centre. I’ve always loved the classic TOD’s aesthetic and was so interested to see in person, how they create their iconic driving shoe. So much craftsmanship goes into turning the buttery soft leather into a pair of shoes which explains why they’re the kind of addition to your shoe wardrobe that will last the test of time.
To attend the event I was lucky enough to choose a piece from the TOD’s range and decided on a blush pink leather dress. Leather is such a luxe fabric to wear and so comfortable so I knew the dress was the perfect choice. My favourite thing about it was the knotted back detail. I’m always a fan of dresses with amazing detailing at the back as it’s so unexpected and really gives it a point of difference. I wanted to keep things nice and simple to allow the dress to take centre stage so I paired it with a black pair of Aquazzura shoes and The Slow Mode Cleopatra earrings. Classic and simple.
Even though we’re still getting some gorgeous warm days in Sydney, it doesn’t mean I haven’t been embracing all things autumnal of late. I love the shade of this Veronika Maine skirt as it reminds me of the changing colours of the leaves around my neighbourhood. Its sleek silhouette makes for the perfect counterpart to a cosy knit (also by Veronika Maine). I love both pieces as they’ll easily work back with plenty of other separates in my wardrobe, meaning they’ll get quite the work out over the coming weeks.
I wanted to maintain a comfy look so I opted for my go-to pointed Dior flats, which are great for spending the day walking around in but still look quite dressy. My black Dior bag with chainstrap is a great size as it’s big enough to carry what I need but compact enough that it’s perfect for busy days running around. Fun scallop edged sunglasses by Chloe make for the ideal finishing touch and is the perfect companion during days of glorious autumn sunshine.
Photography by Sophia Athas
This post was produced in collaboration with Veronika Maine
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Jumper: Chunky Diamond Rib Sweater by Veronika Maine
Skirt: Drapey Belted Skirt by Veronika Maine (Similar)
Shoes: J’adior Ballerina in Black Technical Canvas by Dior
Sunglasses: Round scalloped Sunglasses by Chloe (in pink)
Given the number of public holidays we’ve had over the last week or so it’s hard to keep up with what day it is! I managed to squeeze in a relaxing few days at our family farm in the Southern Highlands and made the most of the gorgeous weather we’ve been having by going for a stroll with the girls and Luke. It’s always a nice way to spend time as a family.
Lately I’ve been really embracing the printed dress. There’s something appealing about an outfit that looks pulled together with minimal effort, especially as most days I’m rushing around trying to get out the door. This dress by Steele manages to incorporate my love of a monochrome colour palette and bold prints. The mixed animal print and split make this midi dress a fun option for both day and night. By changing up my accessories I can easily tailor it to a work event in the day and dinner at night.
I wanted to keep the black and white theme going so I decided on simple black accessories. My fave Prada bag and Aquazzura heels provided the ideal complementary accoutrements as they both allowed the dress to shine. A pair of white sunglasses add a playful touch to this modern look and provide a contrast to the otherwise simple vibe I’ve gone for with my bag and heels. This outfit will easily become a go-to in the months to come.
Photography by Sophia Athas
This post was produced in collaboration with Steele
Usually packing to go overseas can be quite frantic as I try and get my entire family packed up for a holiday but my recent work trip to Paris was a different story. I was lucky enough to be invited to attend the global launch of the new Huawei P30 in the City of Light so it was the perfect excuse to pull together a few outfits incorporating some of my favourite new season pieces from my go-to Aussie designers.
Whenever I’m in Paris, everyone looks so chic so my packing was a little more considered, not to mention I had a few events in my schedule that I would be attending. Here’s a little breakdown of every outfit from my Parisian sojourn…
I’m really into suits at the moment and I love the cut of this one by Rebecca Vallance. I opted to wear this as a two-piece set and dress it down and make it sightseeing appropriate by pairing it with baby pink Chanel sneakers. When it comes to suits I’m really into double breasted jackets as I find they’ve got a modern sensibility to them. The cropped trousers also add a more relaxed feel to the outfit. The great thing about this look is that I could easily dress it up by simple swapping sneakers for heels.
For breakfast at the insanely beautiful Peninsula Paris, I wanted a look that was casual yet polished. I don’t think you can ever go wrong with the classic pairing of a white shirt with jeans. These Camilla and Marc jeans have been so versatile and are just the perfect cut and as such I’ve been wearing them constantly. The white shirt with its slightly billowy sleeves made for a dressy companion for denim, and paired with my new go-to Chanel sneakers, it was an on trend look that still maintained a dressy feel. My new Prada bag was also great for the trip as I was able to pair it with virtually all of my outfits and I could carry it via the handle or strap, making it perfect for sightseeing.
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Shirt: by Camilla & Marc (currently not available)
Pants: Margot Cropped Straight Leg Jean by Camilla & Marc
For a trip to Versailles I wanted to dress up a bit but also wanted to remain comfortable so a dress seemed the perfect choice. I love the print and silhouette of this Camilla and Marc mini dress, but wanted to give it a little extra shape so I decided to cinch it in with one of my favourite belts by Isabel Marant. It was still slightly chilly during my time in Paris, so I decided to go for over the knee flat boots by Stuart Weitzman and a red faux fur coat to snuggle up in. My pink Bulgari bag allowed me to carry all my essentials but minus the fuss of actually having to carry a large bag. Also I was able to use the same bag when I was going out to dinner so it was a really versatile piece to take with me on my trip.
For one of my first strolls around Paris I opted for a great checked belted dress by Dion Lee. Given it was still a little chilly outside I layered it over a long sleeved white tee and paired it with my grey over the knee boots. When you’re travelling and have to dress for trans-seasonal weather I think boots are always a great option as they keep you warm but if it starts to get a little hotter you’re not left sweltering. My Prada bucket bag once again made an outing as it’s the perfect size for sightseeing and is easily converted into a slightly dressier option by carrying it as a top handle bag. I think one of the golden rules of packing for a trip is to ensure that whatever is in your suitcase can be worn in myriad ways so you don’t end up having to take your entire wardrobe with you.
We went out for dinner one night and I wanted to wear something dressy so it was the perfect opportunity to wear this chartreuse midi dress by Camilla and Marc. I love the simple and elegant silhouette of this particular dress but in such a striking colour it becomes a showstopper piece. It was a little cool to be wearing heels so black boots helped ground the look whilst still keeping me nice and toasty.
I brought this Rebecca Vallance suit along as I was able to wear it as separates with the jacket or pants paired with something else or as a set. Black suiting is always a classic option and it was the ideal outfit to wear out to dinner at a local restaurant. An all-black look when you’re travelling is a failsafe choice as it’s guaranteed to look chic and doesn’t require much fussing around. I kept my look quite simple, opting for black pumps and simple jewellery to channel a minimalist Parisian vibe.
Having one of my all time favourite designers make me a custom piece to wear to the Queen Elizabeth Stakes Day was such a privilege. I’m a huge fan of Camilla and Marc and have been for a long time so to get to wear something that was especially made for me was so exciting.
I’ve always loved the look and feel of Camilla and Marc’s blazers so I decided on having a cream tweed suit made. The double breasted jacket and cropped trousers evoked a classic feel, whilst the tweed added a cool weather vibe that was ideal for an autumn racing event. To give the suit some added shape, I decided to belt it with a wide burgundy waist belt to cinch it in and also add a statement piece to my outfit.
As far as my accessories went I decided on burgundy heels to match the colour of the belt and a padded cream headband, which I think worked well with my brand new, shorter hairstyle.
This suit is without a doubt one of my favourite new additions to my wardrobe. I’m already looking forward to the next time I’m able to give it another outing. I’m sure it won’t be long.
I love a monochrome dress code so I was excited to attend Derby Day at The Championships over the weekend as attire was all about black and white.
I went for a classic look for the day having found the ideal houndstooth print mini dress by Balmain to wear on the day. I loved being able to work a little old school glamour into my outfit via the dress but wanted to still maintain a modern feel with my accessories.
When it comes to monochrome I think gold is the ideal accent colour. So I incorporated a few gilded accessories into my look with a black and gold Victoria Novak headband and gold statement earrings by Clover accessories. I then kept things simple and sleek with black Aquazurra pumps and a dainty top handle Oroton bag.
I think there’s always something about autumn racing events that just inspire me to channel classic looks. And really how can you ever go wrong with the classics?
Photography by Paul McMillan
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Dress: Pied de poule dress with buttons by Balmain (from Harrolds) (Similar)
I favour neutrals a lot in my wardrobe because they’re so wearable and versatile. They’re the building blocks for many a look. That said, I’m growing to see them as a fashion powerhouse on their own. Working neutrals together can often equate to a chic ensemble that still packs a sartorial punchiness that can’t be ignored. This Camilla and Marc look has become a favourite because of just that. The cream top and beige skirt, work together to lift one another but separately they can also blend seamlessly into an outfit. This season shades such as beige and caramel will be huge so no doubt I’ll be welcoming a lot more pieces like this in my wardrobe.
I think wearing neutrals does require dialling it up a little in the accessories department. This vibrant orange Espie Roche top handle bag is the perfect pop of colour to lift this look and add a fun element. Meanwhile round frame Chloe sunglasses add a playful vibe and simple Gucci slides are a sophisticated (and comfy!) footwear choice.
I can see this look taking me to so many occasions from work, to a meeting to a catch up with friends so no doubt it’s going to get quite the workout in the weeks to come.
Photography: Sophia Athas
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Top: Sarina Crew in Lemon by Camilla and Marc
Skirt: Faith Midi Skirt by Camilla and Marc
Sunglasses: Round scalloped Sunglasses by Chloe (in pink)
Shoes: Marmont logo-embellished leather sandals by Gucci