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What I Wore This Week: Holiday Edition

21st January, 2022

As we near the end of summer holidays, I’ve been reminiscing about some of the looks I’ve worn over the past few weeks. From race days, to soaking up the sun poolside and spending time with my family, these are some of the outfits I’ve worn, and the fond memories I’ve created. There have been lots of opportunities to wear new brands that I’ve recently fallen in love with and champion Aussie brands I’ve long loved. Here’s what I wore: the holiday edition.

I’ve loved wearing this as a cover up for the pool because of the vibrant print and the oversized fit. This swimsuit is a favourite as I love the flattering cut and the bold rust hue. I’m never without a wide brimmed hat whenever I’m spending time in the sun and this Avenue hat is perfection—just the right shape and size, and I love the tie which keeps it in place.

Credits: Shirt, Agua Bendita; Swimsuit, Jets; Hat, Avenue; Sunglasses, Rayban

Hanging out on the farm in this gorgeous set by Alemais. The unexpected colour combination of terracota with splashes of pink, coupled with the print make it a real statement look. It’s also unbelievably comfy which ticks so many boxes for me. I’ve spent the summer in these Proenza Schouler Birkenstocks and they just go with everything. Also another tick in the comfort box.

Credits: Top and pants, Alemais; Sandals, Proenza Schouler x Birkenstock

At the Magic Millions with my family. This white Dissh dress is a lightweight linen which is perfect for balmy days and the crisp white hue is always a winner in summer. I wore these with strappy heels by Aje and a top handle basket bag. I’m always a fan of anything white in summer as it instantly looks dressy and polished.

Credits: Dress, Dissh; Heels, Aje;

Here I am filming at Scanlan Theodore with Laura Dundovic for Channel 7. I love this aquamarine hue as it really pops! This form fitting dress is so great for summer, and could work in numerous settings from an elevated look for work to a polished ensemble for a long lunch. The shoes and bag are also by Scanlan Theodore which just further reinforces how many amazing things the brand currently has in store.

Credits: Dress, shoes and bag, Scanlan Theodore

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What I Wore: 2022 Magic Millions

18th January, 2022

I was back on race day reporting duties for Seven Racing and the first event to kick start the year was the Magic Millions on the Gold Coast. I wanted something elegant but with a light and airy vibe, so opted for a muted yellow and white combination, which worked well with the Sunshine State location. This Rachel Gilbert dress, with its high neckline and subtly ruched bodice was just the right level of polish for a day in front of the camera, and I liked how it had a slightly textured effect to add interest. I think the maxi length also worked well for the occasion—this dress would definitely be perfect for an event such as a wedding or a fancy dinner.

I stuck with a white colour palette for my accoutrements, which worked well as a contrast hue against the yellow of my dress. My headpiece is always one of the most important considerations whenever I’m putting together a race day look, and this veiled piece by Ford Millinery definitely fit the brief. The floral embellishment helped elevate it without completely overpowering the look. I then went for a pair of white strappy heels with ring detail by Aje. They were the kind of comfy yet on trend shoe that I could see myself wearing to many an event. While a woven white Olga Berg clutch was the final touch.

Credits: Dress, Rachel Gilbert; Clutch, Olga Berg; Heels, Aje; Headpiece, Ford Millinery

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What I Wore: Light As a Feather

12th January, 2022

Suits are always a staple in my wardrobe and what I’m loving right now is how there are so many different iterations of suiting doing the rounds. You can go from sleek and sharp, to one with a relaxed silhouette to something fun and playful like this suit by Rachel Gilbert. While a black suit is always a classic item in anyone’s wardrobe, what I love about this design is that it flips the concept of it with the addition of the feather trim. I’m seeing feathers appearing in so many different collections from my fave designers, and I have to say I’m a huge fan. It’s a detail that can completely change the direction of an outfit into something kittenish and a little glam, like something a classic beauty in an old movie would have in their closet. With this particular look, the suit features a modern cut-out, and a wide leg pant which makes it feel right on trend, but the addition of the feathered cuffs just sets it apart and makes it look and feel bold. I also opted to wear the jacket on its own in this instance, showing a subtle flash of skin which offers just a hint of sexiness to this look.

I couldn’t really go past the Bottega Veneta heels for this particular ensemble. These black heels have been a workhorse in my wardrobe of late as they go with virtually anything. I think pairing them with this black suit helps offset the slightly softer nature of the feathered jacket, with the contemporary design of the heel. Plus the minimalist, pared back design doesn’t end up competing with the bolder feel of the suit, achieving just the right kind of balance.

Credits: Suit, Rachel Gilbert; Heels, Bottega Veneta; Jewellery, Chaumet

Photography: Sophia Athas

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What I Wore: Club Camilla

5th January, 2022

As someone who strives to exercise most days of the week, I’m loving the fact that many of my favourite brands are releasing exercise lines. The new kid on the block is Camilla. While the brand is known for its beautiful, colourful kaftans, their new athleisure range is the perfect combination of vibrant prints and comfy silhouettes, and this pairing is already a fave.

One thing I can’t get enough of right now are bike pants. Who would’ve thought they’d make such a triumphant comeback! While a solid colour is practical, I love the fact the mosaic print used on these shorts ups the vibrancy and gives them a little more personality. Great workout gear is always a big motivator and these shorts are sure to be in high rotation. This vintage look t-shirt and sweatshirt is reminiscent of Princess Diana’s iconic gym looks, which is right on trend! I love how the crisp white plays against the bright blue of the shorts, allowing the colour to pop.

While this combination works well, the true test is how comfy it actually is and I can attest to the fact that I could do a big workout in this outfit. But the best bit is it translates well to going out to pick up a coffee or grab breakfast afterwards, so it definitely ticks the style and substance box.

Credits: T-shirt and shorts, Camilla

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

 

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What I Wore: Caliente

28th December, 2021

You know you’re doing good things as a brand when certain silhouettes and details suddenly become synonymous with your label. If their fervent fan following is anything to go by, Aje is doing very good things. I have worn my fair share of Aje looks and each piece is one that often illicits a “What are you wearing?” response. And no wonder when they produce dresses like this. This dress is called the Caliente (Spanish for hot) and it’s such a signature style for Aje, with the cut out detail and the metal ring at the waist. It’s a really flattering style, and incorporates a number of my favourite design elements including the midi hemline and the tiered skirt along with the peek-a-boo back detail. It’s perfect for summer, and can easily be dressed up with heels or can be taken down a more casual route with a pair of beautiful flats. I also like the russet brown colour, which is a slightly more unexpected hue for summer, but nonetheless works perfectly for a balmy, sunny day.

I opted to take this more into party territory so I opted for heels on this occasion. These black Bottega heels have been such a great investment as there’s not a week that goes by that I don’t wear them. I think that’s the thing when it comes to investment pieces, if you choose versatile designs, you can wear them non-stop ensuring you get great cost per wear.

I’ll be bookmarking this look for future events, and I think that’s the key with a great dress— you can see yourself wearing it again and again.

Credits: Dress, Aje; Heels, Bottega Veneta

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

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What I Wore: Dare to Bare

21st December, 2021

I’d have to say that one of my favourite things about summer dressing is being able to rock a beautiful summer dress. Mini, midi or maxi, I’m all about them as they’re so easy to wear and can work for myriad occasions. If I was going to pick a certain style for the season, I’d have to say it’s a tie between a cut-out dress or a puff sleeve style. The cut-out has been around for awhile now and it shows no signs of waning. This Bec and Bridge dress is such a great option for balmy days. Anything in a crisp white is perfect for days spent enjoying the sunshine, and the shirt style is flattering and looks smart. The cut-out detail adds a modern flair and a playful touch.

In my line of work I tend to wear a lot of heels which are beautiful but also let’s face it, rather uncomfortable. I love wearing heels but in my down time I’m in flats all the way. I have recently been introduced to Bared, which is a range of on trend footwear designed by a podiatrist and I have to say, without any exaggeration they’re so, so comfy. This braided style caught my eye as I loved the texture, and in black, I could see it working back with a number of outfits. (It also comes in off white and tan in case black isn’t your thing.) There’s something about a monochrome look that’s always so eternally stylish, and I always revert back to that colour palette when I want an outfit that’s guaranteed to look polished.

Basket bags are one of the must-haves of summer and this Poolside top handle style is the ideal shape and size to accessorise many a look. I’ve worn this out and about running errands, along with events and it so easily fits both scenarios. Versatility is always high on my priority list and this bag is such a great example of a piece that’s wearable and versatile. It’s definitely going to see many more outings over the coming months.

Credits: Dress, Bec and Bridge; Shoes, Bared; Bag, Poolside

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

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What I Wore: These boots are made for walkin’

14th December, 2021

Yes, it’s summer, but who cares about seasons with boots this great? I’ve always been a fan of Louis Vuitton’s shoe range (I have a pair of monogrammed boots from the brand that I wear often) and this pair is right up there. The motorcycle boot silhouette paired with a chunky heel and buckled toe, not to mention the monogrammed zipper all come together for boots that are made for walkin’ and then some! I’ve already bookmarked these boots for a number of different looks. Given the current trend towards pairing a boot with slightly more feminine styles, I can definitely see myself pairing this with everything from dresses to skirts this season and beyond. Can we also talk about this monochrome dress from LV’s collaboration with the artist Fornasetti? You can always rely on anything LV to be bold, strong and with the ability to make a statement and this dress is just that. With the striking coin print, the mini hemline and the modern silhouette, it’s definitely a look that has presence. I also love the checkerboard pattern, a nod to LV’s classic damier print.

When working with a look such as this, where each piece embraces a certain level of boldness, it’s all about keeping my accessories to a minimum. So it was all about a pair of classic black sunnies and my usual fave jewellery pieces. I wanted my accoutrements to complement the look rather than take over. And when you’re working with such a fierce look and boots, why would you want them to?

Credits: Dress and boots, Louis Vuitton

 

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What I Wore: Summer Fresh

7th December, 2021

While I’m quite partial to a summer dress as a staple at this time of year, there’s something to be said for a playsuit. It’s a  easy style shortcut, much like the dress as you don’t have to play around with trying to mix and match pieces. I’ve found this Sheike playsuit to be a really handy piece to have in my closet as it’s a simple silhouette, but the finishing details allow me to take it different directions, whether it’s for a casual day out or a dressy lunch. For example the tie can be tied into a bow or worn loose which can give it a different vibe. The balloon sleeves add a statement element and a feminine touch plus I’ve found them to be quite flattering—there’s something about the additional volume that has an elongating effect. A crisp white piece is always a dream pairing with balmy summer days so this playsuit is perfect to have on hand as your go-to look over the next few months.

One thing I love about working with a white colour palette is that you can take it in so many different directions. Whether you incorporate plenty of colour in your accessories or opt for a subtle smattering of metallics, there’s virtually nothing that doesn’t go well with white. In this instance I wanted to keep things quite tonal so I opted for these oversized pearl earrings by Shashi. They’re a pretty finishing touch, and add a touch of drama. When you’re working with relatively silhouette I think it pays to go a touch of flair in your choice of accoutrements.

Credits: Playsuit, Sheike; Earrings, Shashi

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

 

 

 

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What I Wore This Week: Events Round-Up

2nd December, 2021

The festive season means lots of events so I’ve been busy playing dress up! I love this time of year precisely for that reason as it means being able to get dolled and catching up with friends and colleagues. I’ve had the full gamut of events lately, ranging from a black tie dress code, to something party-ready and a on-trend look for the launch of my Wanderluxe pyjama collaboration. Given it’s the time to embrace party dressing, I thought I’d share a few of my events over the past few weeks. It’s also highlighted just how great Aussie designers are with most of my outfits from a range of homegrown labels. I couldn’t be more proud to throw my support behind local talent. So, here’s a snapshot of a few of my events looks.

Luke and I went to a Moet and Chandon event this week which was black tie all the way. I love any excuse to get fully dressed up and this LBD by Louis Vuitton was the perfect outfit for such a glam occasion. The frilled neckline added a festive touch while my beyond adorable Miu Miu bag was the perfect piece to accompany me on a night out.

Credits: Dress, Louis Vuitton; Bag, Miu Miu

I’ve worn so many Anna Quan pieces over the years and I’ve always loved how she manages to combine beautiful tailoring with on trend, feminine silhouettes. This was at a recent launch to celebrate the brand and I adored this combination of a crisp white button down shirt worked back with a mini. It ticked all the boxes for me as it was polished but still had a very modern vibe to it.

Credits: Shirt and skirt, Anna Quan; Clutch, Oroton; Shoes, Tony Bianco

I was so thrilled to be hosting the launch of my collaboration with sleepwear brand Wanderluxe and it called for a dress by one of my longtime fave designers, Camilla and Marc. This dusty apricot number was very fitting for the event as it felt dressy but without being too “done”. I’m also a fan of cut-out details, not to mention the open back detail which you definitely have to check out here.

Credits: Dress, Camilla & Marc

Ahh Aje. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve worn one of their dresses. They’re always so good, and can always be relied upon to have a great silhouette, a flattering fit and so many special details that elevate them into something that makes you stop and good ‘ooh’. Plus these shoes, which feature a glam pearl trim are the party shoes I never knew I always needed.

Credits: Dress, Aje; Shoes, Mach & Mach

 

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What I Wore: All I Want For Christmas

1st December, 2021

After the year we’ve all had, I’m of the frame of mind that Christmas is a time to go all out and celebrate big time! So, what better way to do it than getting dressed up, putting on a beautiful gown and toasting the most wonderful time of the year? I don’t think you can do any of this without a striking red dress, because if there’s one thing that says Christmas it’s something in a knockout red. When I talked about getting dressed up, I meant gown territory. And what a gown this one is! I can always call upon Rebecca Vallance to deliver in the dress department, and this is one takes festive celebrations to a different level. Firstly, I can never resist a big bow moment. The back of this dress is just to die for, and is such a statement making piece. The sleek silhouette is also a great way to offset the big, oversized nature of the bow making for a gown with sexiness and playfulness all rolled into one.

Whenever I do evening attire such as this I always tend to opt for a sleek ‘do to truly let the dress do all the talking. How you wear your hair really makes all the difference and in this instance, it was all about my go-to style of a slicked back bun. It’s timeless, classic and just the thing to ensure a clean decolletage to work with the strapless neckline of the dress. I opted for sky high heels as I think a dress like this needs to look as elongated as possible and what better way to do it than with a pair of black pumps to add a little extra height. Simple studs and a tennis bracelet make for an elegant pairing that complements this dress perfectly, and instantly ups the glam stakes of this look.

Credits: Dress, Rebecca Vallance

Photography: Ashleigh Larden