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  • 06/03/14--05:59: HOW TO DO MINIMALISM.

  • 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 Collective which make every outfit 10 times better. We just can't seem to get enough of each other. 


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    In my latest blog post for Witchery, I'm demonstrating my love for boy-meets-girl styling. 


    Do you go for crisp shirting, oversized coats, pants and flats? 

    Or are midi skirts and pretty pink pleats more your thing? I'm for all of the above, and beyond. Read the full post here


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    In my latest post for Vogue Australia, I'm offering-up a few alternatives for the colour-phobic. 

    Grey coats and pinstripes are some of my favourite new additions this winter, but you have to click here to read the full post on Vogue Australia for the complete list.

    Hope you've had a wonderful week. Almost the weekend! x


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    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.


    I'm wearing: 3.1 Phillip Lim pants here.

    Similar: ASOS version here, slouchier version here.


    I'm wearing: Witchery coat here.

    Similar: Max Mara version here, ASOS version here, Stella McCartney version here


    I'm wearing: Navy New Balance 574's (similar here).

    Similar: Black and white version here, maroon version here.


    I'm wearing: ASOS sweater here.

    Similar: Basic/casual version here, Equipment version here.


    I'm wearing: Madewell tote here.

    Similar: All black A.P.C. version hereASOS version here



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    If your answer to that is "why would you", you need to read on. 

    During my lifetime I've only met a handful of dresses that I love. 

    Do I like floral? No. Do I like bodycon? Die. Do I like sparkly spandex party dresses? Not since 2006. 

    But I've recently take a liking to a shift dress worn over pants – whether they be straight and cropped (like my favourite black pants), of the wide legged variety, or second-skin leather, like these new ones I'm currently living in by Rebecca Vallance

    It's Céline-approved, and also the easiest way to extend the wearability of your summer wardrobe through winter, and vice versa. 

    Wearing Peridot London tuxedo dress (similar here, here, incredible long sleeve version here), Rebecca Vallance leather pants, Swarovski necklace, monogrammed Oroton clutch and The Mode Collective heels.



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    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 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. 

    Click here to see the full feature on

    Wearing Mango blazer, Anna Quan top, Dion Lee skirt and Christian Dior shoes. 

    Wearing Michael lo Sordo suit and crop top with Zara shoes. 

    Wearing Christopher Esber shirt with 3.1 Phillip Lim pants and bag. 

    Wearing Dion Lee blazer and crop top with 3.1 Phillip Lim pants. 

    Wearing Anna Quan vest and pants and Givenchy shoes. 



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    Pearl jewellery Chronicles of Her

    Pearls have been given a modern makeover, and I'm all about it. 

    But we can't all afford Sophie Bille Brahe, so here's the next best thing...

    Introducing my new pearl ring, earrings and choker that I just can't stop wearing. 

    Pearl jewellery Chronicles of Her

    Wearing Josh Goot corset top and choker from The Dark Horse

    Most statement necklaces are overkill with a minimal outfit, but this one is like a match made in minimal heaven. 


    Pearl jewellery Chronicles of Her

    Pearl jewellery Chronicles of Her

    Pearl jewellery Chronicles of Her

    Wearing Dries Van Noten top and Chloé ring.

    I updated my plain gold band with this super chic Chloé ring. The square shape creates the most beautiful contrast against the pearl. I can't stop looking at it. These photos don't even do it justice.

    Note: I think the sizes run a little big, so if you intend to wear it on the same finger as me, go small. 


    Pearl jewellery Chronicles of Her

    Pearl jewellery Chronicles of Her

    Pearl jewellery Chronicles of Her

    Wearing Ellery dress (on sale here). 

    These beauties are a cheap and cheerful. You can find them here



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    I was recently approached by Topshop to shoot my edit of their current collection. Some of them have since sold out online, but never fear, I've got plenty of alternatives for you. 

    Which pieces are your favourite? 

    Topshop blazer, black pants, crop (sold out online, but this one, this one and this one would also work) and slides

    Topshop fluffy sweaterpleated skirt and simple black heels (similar hereandhere). 

    Topshop oversized chambray shirt, backpack (white version here, or see this black one which is equally amazing) and slides

    Topshop pastel pink coat (similar here) worn over grey printed coat andgrey skirt.

    Topshop denim dress (sleeveless version here). 


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    Grey oversize coat white boyfriend jeans Chronicles of Her

    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. 

    Grey oversize coat white boyfriend jeans Chronicles of Her

    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. 

    Grey oversize coat white boyfriend jeans Chronicles of Her

    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

    Grey oversize coat white boyfriend jeans Chronicles of Her

    A little while ago I also decided it was time to invest in a simple black clutch, and this Saint Laurent one had me at hello. 

    Grey oversize coat white boyfriend jeans Chronicles of Her

    Throw it all together with a simple black cami (an essential layering piece) and voilà. 

    Grey oversize coat white boyfriend jeans Chronicles of Her

    Wearing Life with Bird coat, J Brand camisole, ASOS jeans, Saint Laurent clutch, Chloe ring, Ksubi sunglasses and Eska Alikai slides.

    My Ksubi sunglasses giveaway ends tomorrow, so click here and head to my Instagram to enter! We have 20 pairs to go to good homes, so the odds are looking pretty good for you x


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    My mission to cull my wardrobe continues. 

    Following on from my tips in Part I, here's a few more to help you create the perfect wardrobe. 

    As I mentioned in Part I, the aim of the game is to build a wardrobe where everything goes together and you can mix high and low pieces seamlessly.

    I wanted more coat options this winter, particularly a white or cream one, but coats can be pricey and white probably isn't the most practical colour. 

    If you're going for grey, black or camel – invest. 

    But to break things up a bit, I bought this one for non-freezing winter days. I love the oversize shape and length.

    Mixed-back with the black camisole I wore in Part 1 (a wardrobe staple) and my favourite new investment piece – my black Saint Laurent clutch.

    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. 

    I literally live in monochrome trainers right now. And Birkenstocks. Two pairs of shoes every complete wardrobe needs. 

    I love wearing trainers (similar here) with big structured coats, knits and dresses. It creates a nice balance and, let's be honest, who can be bothered wearing heels alllll day, errrry day?


    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
    Birkenstocks (a perfect and very affordable alternative to Céline or Isabel Marant slides)

    How do you keep your wardrobe in check? What pieces are you keeping or culling at the moment? x


    The secret to a perfect wardrobe (part I)

    14 amazing pieces you can get at Topshop right now

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  • 07/08/14--05:34: TURTLENECK OBSESSION.
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    I just can't get enough. I just can't get enough. 

    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.





    Wearing ASOS top and boyfriend jeans, Saint Laurent clutch, The Mode Collective shoes, Komono sunglasses and Swarovskirings (knotted and plain). 


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  • 07/15/14--06:40: DO YOU NEED TO LIGHTEN UP?
  • The new neutrals Chronicles of Her

    There's a whole new world out there if you look on the bright side. 

    Today we're talking about breaking up with black (just for a day or two, of course). 

    The new neutrals Chronicles of Her

    Winter. Leaves you feeling cold, sun-deprived, and completely unadventurous in the wardrobe department. 

    A great black coat is an essential winter piece, but when you throw it on every time you leave the house, things start to look a bit same/same, regardless of what you wear underneath it. 

    So lately I've been exploring other options that are just as versatile and still follow my rules for a perfect wardrobe...

    The new neutrals Chronicles of Her

    Cue... the neutral trench coat, white boyfriend jeans and cream camisole. 

    I absolutely love the softness of this trench from Seed Heritage. It just... hangs. Which is exactly what I want my coats to do. It's also the perfect transeasonal piece.

    The new neutrals Chronicles of Her

    It may be semi-freezing in Sydney at the moment, but we all know I have a bit of an obsession with mules, and I will bare my toes in winter for amazing mules like these. 

    Tan shoes help to tie everything together when you're going for a lighter colour palette. I love the combination of tan suede and white denim. Oh, and I got a grey pedi.  

    The new neutrals Chronicles of Her

    The new neutrals Chronicles of Her

    The new neutrals Chronicles of Her

    Wearing trench coat, camisole, boyfriend jeans and heels from Seed Heritage

    How do you wear lighter colours in winter? Knits? Denim? I want to know! x


    The secret to a perfect wardrobe (part I)

    The secret to a perfect wardrobe (part II)

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    Holiday skin prep Chronicles of Her

    Here's how to glow before you go. 

    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

    Holiday skin prep Chronicles of Her

    2. TREAT & NOURISH. 

    You probably use a serum on your face, but have you ever tried using a body serum? 

    This is like a huge drink of water for your skin. 

    Holiday skin prep Chronicles of Her

    Apply it all over, massaging it into the skin as you go. 

    Holiday skin prep Chronicles of Her

    Pay special attention to dryer areas like the elbows, ankles and knees. These are the biggest tell-tale areas of dry, undernourished skin. 

    Holiday skin prep Chronicles of Her


    A rich body moisturiser leaves the skin looking and feeling super soft and supple. 

    Holiday skin prep Chronicles of Her

    Apply a generous amount where needed. More is more. 

    Holiday skin prep Chronicles of Her

    I find my legs are the driest so I focus on them. Vacations and bikinis call for hydrated, shiny pins. 

    Holiday skin prep Chronicles of Her

    DONE! Margaritas are calling. 

    Holiday skin prep Chronicles of Her


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    What to wear at the beach Chronicles of Her

    I'm not that great at packing lightly, but these four pieces have had me covered for days spent at the beach in Thailand. 


    What to wear at the beach Chronicles of Her

    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. 


    What to wear at the beach Chronicles of Her

    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. 

    What to wear at the beach Chronicles of Her


    What to wear at the beach Chronicles of Her

    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!

    THE HAT:

    What to wear at the beach Chronicles of Her

    As you've probably gathered from my Instagram, I'm all about the straw hats right now. A big black band is a must. 

    What do you always pack in your suitcase? xx


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    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... Instagram doesn't even like them.

    These four pairs will have you covered from day to night. All day, every day. 


    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:

    Wearing vintage denim shirt and Nobody jeans

    These are your day-to-night friends. Dark denim looks slightly more "polished", but this wash basically goes with anything. For daytime, I love them paired with a simple T-shirt and Birkenstocks.

    Wearing Cotton On T-shirt, Nobody jeans and Birkenstocks.

    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.

    Wearing Mango blazer, Oskar shirt, Nobody jeans and Pour La Victoire mules.

    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. 

    How to wear high waisted black jeans by Chronicles of Her

    Wearing Bassike knit (similar here), Nobody jeans and Nike trainers (similar here).

    Stylist: me. 

    Nobody's skinny jeans are the best fit I've found to date, and by far the most comfortable. 

    How do you wear your skinnies? 


    The secret to a perfect wardrobe (part II)

    Bikini-ready skin in 3 steps

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    When I first posted the orange version of this dress back in March, I had no idea what was to follow. 

    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? 


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    Winter style pinstripe coat Chronicles of Her 06

    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. 

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    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. 

    Winter style pinstripe coat Chronicles of Her 05

    Winter style pinstripe coat Chronicles of Her 03

    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.

    Winter style pinstripe coat Chronicles of Her 04



    Wearing Zara coat (similar herehere andhere), J Brand camisole, Rebecca Vallance leather pants, Birkenstocks (here and here), Saint Laurent clutch (similar here) and Pandora rings and earrings

    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


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    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...




    Where's your next holiday destination? x


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    Travel style tips by Chronicles of Her

    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.

    Travel style tips by Chronicles of Her

    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.

    Travel style tips by Chronicles of Her

    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.

    Travel style tips by Chronicles of Her

    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). 
    Travel style tips by Chronicles of Her

    Throw a pair of black cat eye frames in the mix and you're good to go.
    What pieces from your wardrobe do you always pack in your suitcase? x


    Bikini-ready skin in three steps (the holiday series part I)

    From the beach to the bar (the holiday series part III)

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  • 08/04/14--03:23: HOW TO MAKE YOUR SKIN GLOW.
  • How to wash your face properly Chronicles of Her

    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.

    How to wash your face properly Chronicles of Her


    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.



    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.

    How to wash your face properly Chronicles of Her

    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.

    How to wash your face properly Chronicles of Her


    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.

    How to wash your face properly Chronicles of Her

    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.

    How to wash your face properly Chronicles of Her


    Now you’re done with the target treatments, work a simple moisturising lotion into your face and neck to seal the deal.

    How to wash your face properly Chronicles of Her


    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.

    How to wash your face properly Chronicles of Her


    It’s like a double-dose of superfoods for your skin! Do this morning and night and watch your skin transform. 

    Photographer: Tim Ashton.

    Special thanks to the Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel.


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