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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

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What I Wore: Garden State

5th October, 2021

‘Tis the season for spring dresses and embracing gorgeous prints. This Sheike maxi dress taps into the aesthetic of this time of year, evoking an effortless, romantic vibe with its garden print, v-neck and voluminous sleeves. Maxi dresses can be a little tricky for me given I’m quite petite but this dress is just the right silhouette — the cinched waist makes for a flattering shape that doesn’t end up swamping me while the neckline achieves an elongating effect. Also, I am always on board whenever puffy sleeves are involved!

This dress works beautifully with a great pair of slides or sandals and could work for so many different occasions. I could easily wear this out and about if I felt like dressing up a little more for the day, but it’s also perfect for an occasion or just a lovely picnic lunch. When it comes to accessorising printed dresses, I always tend to favour pieces that are a little more pared back to allow the dress to take centre stage. In this instance I went for a few of my usual staples, including my watch and bangle, while a simple pair of drop earrings and a necklace made for the ideal accoutrements to tie everything together.

Credits: Dress, Sheike; Watch, Jaeger LeCoultre; Bangle, Cartier, Necklace and earrings, Trova

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What I Wore: Golden Girl

24th September, 2021

There’s something about starting to farewell winter woolies that has me gravitating towards bold, bright hues. It was a glorious day so what better reason to wear this sunshine yellow ensemble by the brand Sea. It’s a such a joyful colour and I can’t wait to wear it throughout the coming months.

I particularly love this top for its interesting silhouette and finishes—the voluminous sleeves, the button cuffs and the statement shoulders are quite bold but with out being over the top (and you definitely want to strike the right balance when you’re working with an acid yellow hue!) It’s also the kind of blouse I could pair with other more subdued items in my wardrobe, and utilise it as the focal point of my look. The coordinating shorts are also a lot of fun with its paper bag waist and button tabs. I could also easily see them working with a crisp white tee or ribbed singlet once the weather gets warmer and it’s well and truly shorts weather.

Working with bold hues, I always like to keep the rest of my look pared back so I went for black sunglasses to finish off this ensemble. These Bottega Veneta sunglasses are an exaggerated cat eye shape that add a funky touch to the rest of my outfit and work so well against a vibrant yellow. If there’s more outfits like this on the horizon, I truly can’t wait to welcome more balmy, sunny days.

Credits: Top and shorts, Sea; Sunglasses, Bottega Veneta

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What I Wore: Hello, Sunshine!

14th September, 2021

Morning coffees are sacred for me—I can’t start the day without one and now that we’re starting to get warmer days I’ve really been enjoying basking in the sun while I have my daily dose of caffeine. And seeing as I’m in ultimate comfort mode I’ve found the ultimate loungewear set to do it in. This set by Vince is just the kind of stylish yet comfy outfit option that’s made for relaxing in the sunshine. I love the ribbed texture and the crew neck, both features that take this knit top into classic go-to in my book. Of course I couldn’t resist the matching pants! If there’s one thing synonymous with #lockdownstyle it’s a matching loungewear set. The cream hue is fresh and perfect for spring, and I can’t rate it highly enough in terms of how comfortable it is. But it’s also something that I could wear out and about quite easily, making it really versatile.

I love starting a new season with a pair of sunnies and couldn’t resist these frames by Bottega Veneta. The exaggerated cat eye is such a fun way to make a statement, but simultaneously, black frames are so easy to pair with everything making it the perfect style chameleon. I’ll definitely be wearing these sunglasses to death over the coming months—the style is just the perfect piece to inject a little fun and energy into my spring wardrobe.

Credits: Top and pants, Vince; Sunglasses (now sold out but similar style here), Bottega Veneta

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What I Wore: Marlo Kids Mummy and Me

7th September, 2021

Living room dance parties are one way to break up our routine in lockdown and the girls and I have an absolute ball just letting off steam. We were also very excited to get out of our comfy clothes and into some fancier threads thanks to the new range from Marlo. I’ve always loved the brand for Sophia and Grace, but they’ve now released a mum range which has some really fun dresses for spring, and some mini me versions too. Needless to say the girls and I jumped at the opportunity to embrace some matching looks.

The floral print is perfect for spring and I like the freshness of the crisp white livened up by the splashes of blues, pinks and purples. I opted for the long sleeved dress as I liked the drop waist silhouette and matching belt and we went for the same dress for Sophia who adores it and just wants to wear it all the time now! For Grace I couldn’t look past the cute romper in the same print. The scalloped sleeves add a cute finishing touch and makes a nice accompaniment to the gorgeous spring florals.

The girls and I really enjoyed getting to dress up and having a little fun — even if we didn’t go further than our living room! I think it’s all about finding ways to add a little novelty to our days.

Credits: My dress, Sophia’s dress and Grace’s romper, all Marlo

 

 

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What I Wore: La Dolce Vita

31st August, 2021

Living in lockdown right now, life is about finding the silver linings, the sweet things that make it worthwhile. And for me, one of those things is fashion. It’s always been something that’s been an integral part of my life, so the opportunity to play dress up (even if it is at home) is something that puts a smile on my face. That and a big bowl of pasta which is without a doubt one of my fave things ever!

I have an affinity with Italy having spent many a summer there during my childhood, Luke and I got married there and I’ve holidayed there with friends and family so it has always had a special place in my heart. So for this shoot, I married my great Italian loves of food and fashion. I am always quite partial to a shift dress but when it’s a cute little Miu Miu number like this, well, how could I pass it up? I love the simple silhouette of this dress but what makes it special are the little design details. The contrasting scalloped collar is all kinds of adorable, while the bow and line of pearl buttons help tie it all together and add a classic touch to the dress. I’ve always found that even the simplest of styles can be turned into something memorable with just the right finishes. I could see myself wearing this to an event in hopefully the not so distant future and it’s something I know I’ll keep in my closet for the girls one day. As for that bowl of pasta, well, that’s definitely something you don’t save for later!

If you’re in a similar situation and currently in lockdown, I highly recommend dressing up in a nice outfit even if you’re just headed to the living room! It certainly changed the vibe of my day and right now, it truly is all about embracing the little things that can brighten your day.

Credits: Dress, Miu Miu (via Cettire)

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The 4 outfit combinations I rely on when I’m too tired to think about my outfit

25th August, 2021

Who else is with me when I say that there are some days where I just can’t be bothered thinking about what to wear. It’s those days when a few go-to looks up my sleeve comes in really handy because a) I’ve already tried them before so I know they work and b) I can go into autopilot. While I’m all for experimentation and reworking outfits I do like knowing that there are just some outfits that are guaranteed to look good and don’t require much finessing.

Everyone’s fave combinations will be different according to their style but I’ve managed to hone in on four pairings that are comfortable, look good and can easily be pulled together. These are looks that work for me and what I generally have scheduled most days. I regularly have these clothes sitting in my closet so there’s no drama in having to unearth specific pieces to pull each outfit together. I think that’s the key in this instance, it’s knowing that when you look in your closet various iterations of these pieces are sitting there so it’s easy to grab and go.

These are a few of my favourite looks…

 

Mini dress with sneakers

This is without a doubt one of the comfiest looks I can wear and I think it looks put together too. I love wearing dresses so I have a number of favourites in my closet that all work back with any of the sneakers in my closet. I always go for a slightly shorter hemline as it works for my height and frame, but this is easily tweaked according to your own shape. You may be more of a midi or maxi girl, but either way I think virtually any dress can be worn with a pair of crisp white sneakers.

 

Jeans with white t-shirt

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that you can’t get much better than jeans and a white tee when it comes to a look that’s timeless and is always guaranteed to work. This outfit equation works with any style of jeans and any style of white t-shirt so it’s really one of the best autopilot looks you can have up your sleeve. Also pretty much everyone has a fave pair of jeans and t-shirt making it one of the more accessible pairings. If you want to switch it up just change shoes from heels to flats and you’ve instantly got a different vibe.

 

Tracksuit co-ord set

Thank goodness for the tracksuit trend because it’s given me a great reason to wear this combination time and time again. I have a few sets comprising of matching jumpers and tracksuit bottom and it’s just about the quickest and easiest thing I can throw on. It’s one of my fave mum-on-the-go shortcuts because it’s comfortable and can withstand whatever the day throws at me, whether it’s a trip to the park or doing the school run.

 

Workout gear

I know there are some people who think workout gear should just be relegated to well, working out but I’m in the camp that believes they’re great at any time of day! With the great athleisure looks available now (my fave designers like Aje and Camilla and Marc in particular are doing some amazing elevated versions of exercise wear) I think you can get away with wearing your training clothes for the day and still look on trend.

 

What are some of your go-to outfit combinations?