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Sunday, September 28, 2014

MONDAY MOOD: KEEP IT SIMPLE.

This has always been my mantra when it comes to style. Beautifully crafted pieces speak for themselves and are best left uncomplicated. Revisit the basics – a structured blazer, cropped pants and a perfect tee – and master the art of minimalism. 

Less is always more.















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Thursday, September 25, 2014

LET'S BRING SEXY BACK.

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First things first, if you asked me to describe myself in three words, 'sexy' wouldn't be one of them. Who am I kidding? It wouldn't even make the top 50. 

I spend most of my days in boyfriend blazers, oversized shirts and brogues, which probably doesn't work in my favour in that department – besides leaving a lot to imagination.

But dressing up in something you feel good in is a great feeling, and something I think all women should do for themselves when they can. And while I'm not ready to kiss my culottes goodbye, I'm all for bringing sexy back. Everything in moderation, I say. 

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When I dress up, I like structured silhouettes with beautiful details, like this top and skirt by Australian designer Yeojin Bae, from her new Timeless Sensuality Collection.

The sporty vibe makes it super wearable, and the high neck plays-down the backless detail, striking the perfect balance between sexy and sophisticated. After all, sexy is about showing a little, not a lot.

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Wearing Yeojin Bae top and skirt (also available at Myer), double pearl earring and The Mode Collective shoes.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

IT'S ALL ABOUT THE LIP STAIN.

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While we're on the topic of how to dress during the in-between seasons, let's talk about lip stains. Why?

Because they're awesome. Why? 

Because they're subtle, and pretty, and easy to apply, and not as high maintenance lipstick, and they give your face the boost of colour it needs to make you look fresh and awake, without looking like you've really tried. 

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At the moment I'm all about YSL's Glossy Stain in Rouge Laque. It's exactly the right shade of red.

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YSL Glossy Stain Dangerous Red on Chronicles of Her

One coat is perfect for daytime, when your face needs a little kickstart with a pop of colour. 

I'm not usually into gloss, but this one kind of sets so the shine factor isn't too... well, glossy. It's definitely not matte, but the glossy texture feels nice and makes your lips look fuller.

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A few coats turns-up the intensity so it's the perfect all-in-one to keep in your handbag for on-the-go touch-ups from AM to PM.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

11 TIPS FOR A COOLER WORK WARDROBE.

My office is in my bedroom (bad feng shui, I know... I'm working on it!) so if I showed you what I actually wear most of the time I don't think it would leave you feeling too inspired, but when I go out to meetings and events I like to dress up – it's a corporate vibe, but always with an interesting twist.

A few weeks ago I was in Brisbane at Indooroopilly Shopping Centre for their Feast of Fashion event, and while hanging out in the newly refurbished designer section I found these beautiful pieces – simple, but unique – and was instantly inspired to do this post.

Here's 11 tips for a cooler working wardrobe:

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1. Pay attention to detail. How you button your shirt , or how you roll your sleeves can make an outfit your own.

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2. A crisp white shirt never fails. Try pairing it with something a little unexpected, like knee length shorts. 

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3. Invest in simple statement pieces. This white shirt is versatile, but far more interesting than most. It's always worth spending a little more for these unique pieces.

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4. Shoes are everything. Use a statement heel to make an otherwise simple outfit exciting.

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Wearing Dion Lee shirt (available at David Jones), Scanlan Theodore shorts and Manning Cartell shoes.

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5. Try soft suiting. A soft trench coat is a must this season, and you can wear it on the weekends too.

6. Look for pieces with a point of difference, like the shoulder cut-outs on this top.

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7. Get creative with layering. Try pieces on together that you wouldn't normally go for. Sometimes the result will surprise you. 

8. Go for cropped trousers. Showing a little bit of ankle is flattering and shows off your shoes.

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9. Consider flats. They give workwear a cool, understated vibe.

10. Make this a rule: if the outfit is soft and feminine, balance it out with a more masculine shoe (like brogues), and vice versa.

11. Colour block. It always looks polished. If white is out of the question, grey, navy, neutrals, and of course, black, are also good options.

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Up next this week: YSL's new all-in-one red lipstick that you'll want. Instantly.

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

MONDAY MOOD: MONOCHROME.

This week's theme is a personal favourite of mine. 

I'd have an entirely monochrome wardrobe if I could actually be so disciplined to edit it down to that. There's just something so special about crisp white and the blackest of blacks, and when done right, the two mixed together or colour blocked head-to-toe can have more impact than the brightest of colours. 

Don't just stop at the wardrobe. Monochrome looks awesome everywhere - from beauty products to the bathroom. 








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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WHAT TO WEAR IN THE IN-BETWEEN SEASONS.


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Whether you're saying hello to spring or feeling the cool change of fall, it's this time of year that you hit the panic button. All of a sudden, you have nothing to wear. Well, nothing that you actually want to wear because it's all like, so last year.

But with a bit of strategic styling you can stretch your winter wardrobe a little further, and vice versa. 

Here's an option for both seasons, worn by my friend Ava and I while hanging out at one of my favourite coffee spots in Bondi, Will & Co.

SPRING:

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The weather's trying to be warm in Sydney, but it's not quite there. You might not be able to lighten-up the layers yet, but you can lighten your colour palette. Try mixing white, cream, lighter denims and other neutrals. Needing inspiration? Here's some I prepared earlier.

FALL:

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Layer a leather jacket over your summer dresses to continue wearing them until bare legs are out of the question. This also toughens a dress up a bit, which I like.

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THE SHOES:

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Mix it up. Wear trainers with your dresses, and slides with jeans and knits. 

White jeans white knit on Chronicles of Her

White jeans white knit on Chronicles of Her

I'm wearing Bassike knit, Rag & Bone jeans, Epokhe sunglasses and Birkenstocks. Ava is wearing a leather jacket, Opening Ceremony dress and Nike trainers (similar here and here).