Here's how to walk the fine line between minimal chic, and just plain boring.
Mix and match neutrals like grey, white and tan, rather than always sticking to all-black. Grey and white, tan and white, grey and tan and all of the above with black makes the perfect minimalist colour palette.
Attention to detail is everything, and you need to have a game plan. How can you subtly bring something simple and pared-back to life? Through jewellery, and even the way you style your hair. I use earrings to personalise any (and every) minimal outfit.
Break it all up with a statement bag. In this case, an all black bag would probably leave me somewhere between semi-boring and boring, which isn't really where I aim to be.
It's all about the triple strap sandals, especially when they're so sleek and chic like these. Introducing my favourite new heels by The Mode Collectivewhich make every outfit 10 times better. We just can't seem to get enough of each other.
It's all about the sneakers, the tote and the big overcoat #thatrhymes
I've recently acquired a few new wardrobe favourites leading into the cooler months here in Australia, but if you're based elsewhere don't let that deter you – they're pieces you can keep on hand to style back in with other things from your wardrobe all year round.
While we're piling on the layers here in Australia, those in the northern hemisphere are saying HELLO to shorter hemlines and the sweet sensation of sun on their skin.
You all know I love a great blazer-and-pants combo, but here's a lighter, brighter take on how to wear it.
To my Australian readers – no, I have not lost my mind. I am well aware it's officially winter here, but I just had to share this summer suiting editorial I shot for Grazia.it a few weeks ago because (thanks to the amazing Australian climate) I'm pretty these looks are still wearable here too.
For this shoot, I decided to wave the Aussie flag and pay homage to some of my homegrown favourites like Dion Lee, Michael lo Sordo and Christopher Esber because they all know a thing or two about relaxed suiting.
I'm refining my wardrobe, so my next few posts will be all about how to edit your clothing collection so everything goes together.
Follow these tips and you'll have endless outfit options, forever.
Every six months or so I reach that breaking point where my wardrobe gets so out of hand that I can't bare to look through it, so I end up wearing the same couple of pieces on repeat and basically pretend the rest of the mess isn't there.
But there's only so long I can handle this before I decide to do something about it..
My goal this time around is to edit my wardrobe down to a mix of investment pieces and cheap thrills that are all quality, classic and timeless.
My favourite new addition is this grey oversized coat. Coats are definitely worth investing in because the quality and shape is everything. I think I've said this a hundred times already, but grey is my colour of choice this winter.
I also decided I need 5 pairs of jeans for a complete wardrobe: two super skinny black pairs, a true blue denim pair, white skinnies with a cropped ankle and a white boyfriend pair - preferably ripped. These are 100% cotton, and I scored them on ASOS here.
Jeans are also something I'd usually invest in, but I wanted a pair with ripped knees because I only have plain skinny ones by J Brand, so I tried my luck with these which cost less than what I spend on tamari almonds a fortnight and they're the best.
Besides, there's no such thing as having too many black pants.
RECAP: Invest in: Coats (grey, black or camel) Jeans (black skinnies x 2, a true blue denim skinny pair, white skinnies and white boyfriend jeans) A simple black clutch A classic black camisole Spend less on: Trend pieces, like a white coat or ripped jeans Trainers Birkenstocks (a perfect and very affordable alternative to Céline or Isabel Marant slides)
Even though I'm currently mid wardrobe cull, I just couldn't resist the super high neck and chunky ribbed texture on this cream knit from ASOS. Knits are something I'd put in the "worth investing in" category (and more on that soon), but considering this one has short sleeves I'm adding it to the "trend piece" list, so impulse buys are totally acceptable. And while I have been sticking to my rules for the perfect wardrobe, it's ok to live a little and break the rules every now and then. Worn here with white boyfriend jeans, some simple Swarovski rings and black accessories - it's kind of a no brainer.
When you've planned a getaway to an exotic location, preparation isn't just about packing your suitcase.
Something everybody (including me sometimes) forgets is that you need to pay special attention to your skin to have it primed and prepped for a bikini – especially if you're escaping winter at home.
When it comes to skincare, I like to stick to one brand or "system" at a time so I'm not confusing my skin. At the moment I'm all about Grown Alchemist's beautiful botanical body range.
1. BUFF & POLISH.
Exfoliating is essential if you want an even skin tone all over.
Apply it all over your body and use a circular motion to buff away dead skin cells. This one by Grown Alchemist has aragonite and conchiolin proteins from pearl which makes my skin look instantly fresh and rejuvenated. Oh, and they have 25% off their whole range online right now here.
2. TREAT & NOURISH.
You probably use a serum on your face, but have you ever tried using a body serum?
I'm not that great at packing lightly, but these four pieces have had me covered for days spent at the beach in Thailand.
THE WHITE BOYFRIEND SHIRT:
We all know how I feel about white shirts, but they come in especially handy on holiday.
For a super relaxed holiday vibe, the bigger the better. This one I'm wearing is a large.
THE BLACK BIKINI:
I'd never really considered high-waisted bikinis before because I'm not exactly sure my boyfriend would be into them, but these Lisa Marie Fernandez ones have fully converted me.
Worried about the tan lines? Zip them down and fold them over.
I've always been into sunglasses for sartorial purposes, but turns out I actually have a freckle on my eye, so it just goes to show it's extremely important to protect your peepers from the sun's harsh rays!
You know that frustrating moment when your outfit won't work because your top needs to be slightly longer to cover ill-fitting jeans, or you're trying to tuck the extra length of your jeans in to skinny ankle boots to no avail?
I did away with those annoying problems a little while ago, and the solution was very simple.
Rather than owning multiple pairs of jeans, and liking and disliking certain things about each pair, I reworked my wardrobe to only include four or five pairs of the ultimate, staple denim jeans – and by that I mean, ones that fit so well you basically want to wear them with nothing else... but unfortunately it's pretty damn cold in Sydney and nipples aren't socially acceptable... Instagramdoesn't even like them.
These four pairs will have you covered from day to night. All day, every day.
THE TRUE BLUE:
Classic, timeless and versatile. These are jeans to live in. Wear them with a white boyfriend shirt to channel Parisian chic, or try double denim if you're game. You can mix and match denims, or go head-to-toe in one wash. Here's one I prepared earlier:
A woman's best friend. All hail the black high-rise skinnies, a.k.a. the most flattering jeans ever. I love wearing them with chunky knits or a crisp white shirt and a boyfriend blazer. The contrast of suiting and denim means you can dress up without looking (or feeling) like you're trying.
The hero jeans for after five or dressier occasions. I tend to live in these in winter because they're the next best thing to leather pants (which are often unflattering and really uncomfortable).
These four pairs are super stretchy, so they mould to your body like a second skin, meaning you can sit however you want and feel right at home. Like me, lounging all around this awesome car which I borrowed from my photographer's assistant for these photos.
It was a piece I borrowed from the graduate collection of a new Australian designer called Kaylene Milner(a one off), and the response was absolutely cray-zay. Then, Who What Wear posted this photo in a blogger round-up and the love started coming in from all around the world.
So to meet the demand, and give the people what they want, (I'm pretty damn excited to announce that) Kaylene Milner's "Carmen cable knit dress" is now available in grey and orange here. Kaylene makes them all herself here in Australia, and I'm so very honoured to have this incredible piece named after yours truly.
What do you think? Do you like the grey, the orange or both?
Monday mornings... I never exactly deserve an A for effort. So that's why I've found a few shortcuts for making myself look socially acceptable, without having to face-up to high heels (or the hairdryer for that matter).
You see, I'm all about dressing up to feel dressed down because comfort is the aim of my game, but you'll never see me ordering my 3/4 soy latte in sweatpants.
My Monday vibe goes a little something like this... throw on a long structured coat, black pants (plain or leather) and a camisole and then top it off with a few pieces of simple fine jewellery, semi-tucked hair and fresh minimal make-up.
And Birkenstocks. You probably can't rock them to a law firm, but if you do attempt this I'd love to hear about it.
I guess working in Birks is just one of the perks of self employment.
In other news, I'm excited to let you know that I've been working with Pandora around the launch of their new Symbols range.
This post is a little sneak peek featuring a few of my favourite pieces from the mainline collection (we all know I'm a little obsessed with pearls!), but I love how all of the pieces are so easy to mix and match and I can't wait to show you how to style the Symbols collection into your everyday wardrobe.
What's your Monday vibe? Tell me in the comments! x
Less is more is my holiday mantra. Except if we're referring to happy hour, infinity pools or authentic Thai food.
Actually, scrap that. That mantra only works when it comes to what I pack in my suitcase and the amount of time and effort I put into my beauty regime.
As well as these four things you should always pack for a sun-filled getaway, you need a go-to outfit for sundown. Preferably one that's low fuss and puts that newly found holiday glow on display. Here's one I prepared earlier...
So we spoke about what to wear on an island getaway here, but what if you're not travelling to an exotic location? When bare skin and bikinis are a no go, I pack classic, simple pieces that I can wear over and over without anyone noticing because, well... when travelling, I've usually got way better things to do than deliberate over an outfit – like eating.
I'm off to London on Wednesday and summer's in full swing there, but considering it's winter here and I've been living in nothing but big coats and cosy knits, I figured I needed a few new summer staples to pack.
Cue... my new black leather backpack. I've been lusting over a similar one by The Row (but a girl's gotta eat), so I was so excited to score this one for my trip! It's the most beautiful soft leather and simple shape. These photos don't even do it justice.
I like to pack versatile pieces when I travel, and I found heaps of amazing holiday staples on Topshop, including this boxy white shirt dress which works for day and night (+ a red lip, heels and a clutch).
What’s better than faking it with highlighters and illuminators? Not needing to fake it – by building better skin from the inside out.
My skin started looking a little lackluster lately, so I decided to do something about it. Not the quick-fix, drown your cheekbones in illuminator kind of way – the real way.
Why? Because, well, I’m at the ripe old age of 25, and, just as my mother always told me, those years of binging on chocolate and fast food do finally catch up with you, so I decided to take action and try something new – i.e. Estée Lauder’s Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion. A skincare routine should be so much more enjoyable than washing your make-up off and slapping on a moisturiser. It’s about taking a moment to indulge, and nourish your skin – healing it from the inside out, and giving it what it needs to stay radiant and youthful every single day.
1. REMOVE MAKE-UP WITH AN OIL CLEANSER
Your products can’t work their magic if they’re trying to breakthrough a make-up barrier. Massage a cleansing oil over your face in circular motions so it lathers-up. Rinse with tepid water.
2. PRESS MICRO ESSENCE INTO YOUR SKIN USING YOUR HANDS
Pour 5-6 drops into your palm and rub hands together.
Start at the chin and work your way upwards to the forehead. I keep kneading the lotion into my skin with my palms until it’s completely absorbed.
Nothing has ever had such an instant impact on my skin. Micro Essence makes it look like I’ve pumped my daily two litre water intake straight into my pores and after using it for two months, my overall skin tone looks so much better. I’m even considering saying goodbye to my beloved tinted moisturiser.
Adding this step to my routine morning and night has totally upped my skincare game because I’m treating the skin from within. Micro Essence quickens-up the cell renewal process so my skin looks refreshed and radiant 24/7. It also builds-up the skin’s natural barrier to be more resistant to the day’s stresses, which slows the ageing process, and you know what they say – prevention is better than a cure.
3. FOLLOW-UP WITH ADVANCED NIGHT REPAIR SERUM
Put 3-4 drops of this serum in your palm and use the same gentle pressing motion to apply it all over your face. Then, using the tips of your fingers, gently tap all over your face for one minute. This increases blood flow and awakens the skin.
Advanced Night Repair locks-in the Micro Essenceand helps it to penetrate deeper into the skin. They work together to boost the skin from within and give you a real glow that no highlighter can mimic.
Now you’re done with the target treatments, work a simple moisturising lotion into your face and neck to seal the deal.
5. EYE SCREAM, YOU SCREAM, WE ALL SCREAM FOR EYE CREAM
Dry, papery skin around the eyes can make you look 10 years older, which isn’t usually the look I’m going for.
Use your ring finger to gently massage an eye cream around the whole eye area.
GLOW GET EM
It’s like a double-dose of superfoods for your skin! Do this morning and night and watch your skin transform.