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- 11/03/15--01:31: _The not so dull way...
- 11/03/15--23:31: _A recipe for outfit...
- 11/10/15--21:30: _The November IT list
- 12/07/15--02:29: _How to look your be...
- 12/16/15--02:16: _3 unique holiday looks
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- 02/21/16--23:56: _6 (free) ways to im...
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- 05/03/16--01:48: _3 cool (and unique!...
- 05/16/16--06:01: _Dancing in Dion Lee.
- 05/25/16--04:29: _The only 3 makeup l...
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- 07/05/16--02:18: _Into the Gucci Garden
- 07/25/16--01:33: _Every woman needs t...
- 07/27/16--06:46: _Summer vacation sty...
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- 08/17/16--05:04: _Beach, bar & beyond
- 10/14/15--06:44: 3 ways to wear denim shorts
- 10/25/15--23:35: BALMAIN X HM COLLECTION
- 11/03/15--01:31: The not so dull way to do denim
- 11/03/15--23:31: A recipe for outfit success
- 11/10/15--21:30: The November IT list
- 12/07/15--02:29: How to look your best this party season
- 12/16/15--02:16: 3 unique holiday looks
- 12/23/15--04:39: All I want for Christmas
- 01/17/16--22:39: The foundation my sister and I swear by
- 02/15/16--23:46: A day in New York with Polo Ralph Lauren
- 02/21/16--23:56: 6 (free) ways to improve your style right now
- 03/01/16--22:57: My New Year's Resolutions for 2016
- 03/13/16--22:50: What makes the perfect blue denim piece?
- 03/21/16--01:33: You + me + Gucci = NOW.
- 04/17/16--01:18: Is this the most irresistible scent ever made?
- 05/03/16--01:48: 3 cool (and unique!) ways to wear black denim now
- 05/16/16--06:01: Dancing in Dion Lee.
- 05/25/16--04:29: The only 3 makeup looks you need to know now
- 06/20/16--03:26: The ultimate coat to make any daytime outfit #nextlevs
- 07/04/16--06:32: How I use serum every day
- 07/05/16--02:18: Into the Gucci Garden
- 07/25/16--01:33: Every woman needs this wardrobe classic
- 07/27/16--06:46: Summer vacation styling tips: part one
- 08/03/16--22:10: Summer vacation styling tips: part two
- 08/17/16--05:04: Beach, bar & beyond
There are a few wardrobe items that just seems to make life easier. Like a structured black blazer (surprise!), a crisp white shirt, and last (but definitely not least) denim.
And since we're still technically in the in-between seasons, I thought it's the perfect time to talk about one of my favourite things to wear (but also one of the hardest things to find) - i.e. denim shorts that fit exactly how they should.
Finding the perfect pair isn't easy; the length, the rise and the wash all play a part in determining how they look when they're on.
That's why I decided to show you three styles I love and a few different ways to wear them, so you and your next pair of denim shorts can live happily ever after <3
Ready, set, go.
The most obvious way to wear them is with a plain tee, but that doesn't mean your outfit has to look ZzzzZZzzzZzz. Try keeping it tonal (e.g. white on white, black on black or blue on blue), and add a belt or a necktie to break it up a bit.
Here I'm going for the wardrobe staple trifecta. I love the combination of a crisp white shirt, black blazer and these denim shorts.
A lighter wash tends to read casual, so try wearing it with a blazer and a boyfriend shirt to elevate your outfit. Necktie optional (but highly recommended).
3. DRESS THEM UP
Alexa Chung approves. Wear your denim shorts after dark with a high neckline and statement earrings. I find that pairing a high-waisted pair like these with a dressy top is an easy way to nail the whole 'done, but undone' thing. Easy!
I’ve never had a ‘uniform’ to fall back on because I’ve always worked in fashion, and I now work from home, so coming-up with new and inventive looks each day can be a full-time struggle - if you allow it to be that way.
But hey, reality check: we all know this is a #firstworldproblem, and time spent deliberating over outfits should be minimal. That’s exactly why I came-up with a strategy to get me up and out of the house quickly, while still feeling good about what I’m wearing.
I follow the same basic principles when putting an outfit together each morning, so I decided to share the love and write a post about it.
Here’s how it goes.
Why? You can wear them over and over again, and no one will notice. Think of these pieces as the foundation of your outfit. Owning a pair of flattering black jeans, some basic tees and singlets (I prefer oversized styles, but just that’s my personal preference), and a few other bottoms of your choice (skirts and shorts in varying lengths) will make your life so much easier.
2. ELEVATE THESE WITH JEWELLERY.
Less is more in my opinion, so I always go for classic pieces that I know I’ll be able to wear forever. An all-black outfit can sometimes feel a bit ‘meh’, but adding accents of gold or silver instantly brings it to life. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again - The Tiffany T collection is my all-time favourite because of it’s simplicity, versatility and timeless beauty. Invest in pieces like these with strength and structure because you literally never have to take them off. They go with everything, and you can wear them around the clock.
At the moment it’s all about the necktie, but also consider hats, statement sunglasses or a stand-out pair of shoes. This is your chance to customise your outfit to really reflect ‘you’, so get creative.
4. DECIDE ON A STYLE ‘SIGNATURE’, AND STICK TO IT.
I guess mine would be big, textured hair, a balance of boy-meets-girl elements and at least one ring with a simple, wide band which I never take off.
Of course, adding-in a few statement wardrobe pieces is always fun on special occasions, but I think this is a pretty fail-safe back-up plan to count on from day-to-day.
So excited to share something with you that I've been working on for a while - The November IT list curated by yours truly and available to shop now via the Bloglovin' Shop.
The festive season is almost upon us, which means Christmas parties (lots of Christmas parties) and end of year celebrations just for the sake of it.
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE ACCESSORIES
Nothing takes an outfit to the next level like investment jewellery. Choose just one or two statement pieces that add the finishing touches without overdoing it.
For this, I never look further than the Tiffany T collection. I love it’s strength and simplicity. The pieces are always complimentary, but never overpowering, and there’s just something about them that makes you feel extra special. The gold T cuff is at the top of my Christmas wish list this year (dear boyfriend, yes, that was a hint).
There’s nothing healthy about a tan, but everyone looks better with a (faux) one. I never remember to apply one the night before, so I just mix a bit of St Tropez Instant tan with my moisturiser pre-party, and massage it into my arms, legs and décolletage. Trust me, it will make you look like you’ve been on vacation (even though the reality is far from it) and it literally takes two minutes. Winning!
I've always been a last minute kind of girl, but this year I'm making a promise to myself.
A lot, actually.
I'm not talking about the tangible things (but seriously, side note – how amazing are these Aquazzura for Ferragamo open-toe booties!?)... I'm talking about real things.
Clarity of thought.
Time to reflect.
Wellbeing through health and work-life balance.
A social media detox (so overdue!).
Self-discipline to follow through.
Determination to make it happen.
Ok, ok... AND new shoes to make me feel a million $$$ while I'm doing all of the above (that goes without saying, riiiight?).
But seriously, let's use this restorative break to reflect on 2015, and make a list of our goals to help us to be our best in 2016. There's no time like the present!
Choose a gift (big or small) to reward yourself for all of the progress you've made in 2015, because if you don't acknowledge how far you've come, you can't actually gauge how far you have to go until you reach your goals.
And, just quietly, I did exactly that with these new shoes designed by Aquazzura's Edgardo Osorio for Salvatore Ferragamo. They are like heaven in a shoe; sexy, flattering, comfortable and transeasonal all-in-one – it's not often that you get to have your cake and eat it too, right?
Merry Christmas and happy holidays! x
This week I’m doing something a little different on The Chronicles of Her.
I’m often asked about the makeup I use - particularly on my skin - so I decided to share the love.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup is my numero uno. It’s what I use every day, and what I’ve used for the past eight months.
I know foundation can be such a personal thing, and what works for one person sometimes doesn’t work for another - so I put it to the test for the day on someone else - i.e. my sister, Breanna. ￼￼￼
First things first - we’re kind of same, same, but different: my sister’s a corporate lawyer; I’m self- employed, my skin tends to be quite dry; while hers is more ‘combination’, and she prefers foundation with more coverage for the office, while I like something I can apply only where I need it.
Our different skills complement each other - she advises me on how to be a business boss, and I help her curate an amazing work wardrobe (win win). And naturally, we share secrets - like which is the best foundation. She’s had trouble finding one that works - those that look good in the morning don’t last, and those that stay put usually look like clay by the end of the day.
So for the purpose of this post, we both wore Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup to our respective ‘offices’ for the day, followed by an event in the evening (to time-test the promised 15-hour wear), and just as I expected... she’s a total Double Wear convert.
Good skin is always in. It’s important in her job to look polished and professional, and it’s important in my job for shoots and events.
I know some people use different foundations for day and night, but why use two when you can use one that ticks all the boxes?
It’s the only foundation I’ve ever used that stays on all day - through heat, humidity and stressful situations. It’s still there when I get home after a long day, but if I have a special event I like to build it up on my cheeks, chin and forehead for more coverage.
Oh, and if you’re worried about this making it look ‘cake facey’ like other long wear foundations - don’t be. You can layer it up - it won’t go patchy and it has a semi-matte finish to give just the right amount of glow while your skin’s natural texture shines through.
It’s also oil-free - I literally wear it all day, every day and it’s never made me break out once.
Cheers to that.
*Shot in collaboration with Estée Lauder.
The fashion world is often passed-off as 'trivial', particularly during this time of year when fashion month takes-over our Instagram feeds and we're bombarded with images from extravagant runway shows and street style laden with (very pretty) statement Louis Vuitton bags.
I'm not talking about tangible items, because these things come and go. I'm talking about style as a whole; practising appreciation for beautiful things, celebrating creativity and acknowledging the art of creating desire. These are all things that should be celebrated.
Read. Listen. Learn.
... for beautiful things. Every day. Everywhere. It's not about having more, but consciously surrounding yourself with things you love that lift you up and make you feel good. Special purchases shouldn't leave you feeling guilty, materialistic or over-indulgent. There is nothing wrong with giving yourself the gift of beauty when you've earned it.
I got this bike at the end of last year, and even though I don't get to ride it often, just looking at it in my apartment makes me feel happy because it's so damn beautiful.
LEARN TO BALANCE
... high and low, old and new. My favourite style is always a combination of the two, so cherish the things you love and don't let them go in and out with 'trends'.
... in yourself, in your style choices, in the way you look in what you're wearing. You can wear the most boring outfit, but if you exude confidence, you'll always be appealing.
Always. Life's too short to feel awkward.
Who are you? Who do you want to be? What do you want to share with the world about yourself? Think about these questions - the answers should always inform your style choices.
Wear the same thing twice. Wear it 10 times if you feel good in it. When you find something that works - stick to it (for me, that involves vintage Levi's, a plain tee and sneakers 80% of the time).
I love when people develop a signature and run with it - the same vintage T, the same sunglasses or a particular piece of jewellery. Let go of the pressure to always have something 'new', and revisit the things you once loved that are very 'you'.
*** Also, make sure you sign up to my mailing list above because completely NEW and EXCITING things are about to happen here and, trust me, you'll want to know about it!
🙋 (<---- me). It's easy to get stuck in a routine of wearing the same pieces in your wardrobe on rotation, but I'm going to try and mix it up. Because, really, if you're only wearing 20% the other 80% should go... And like, that's not happening.
*P.S. 'Scuze the windswept hair - it's the best we could manage sans hair and makeup artist with a small team of two including myself (especially considering we're both terrible climbers and scarred of heights!).
**P.P.S. I did an amazing shoot with Buro 24/7 Australia that you need to see! Click here to see it (and Gucci, and Proenza, and Burberry, and DIAMONDS!).
It all looks same/same, but different. Well, at least that's what it seems like until you see someone wearing exactly what your denim dreams are made of - the perfect shade of blue, with just the right amount of rips and distressed bits and an unbelievable fit. These elusive pieces are seriously worth their weight in gold, and they're WAY easier to find if you know what you're looking for.
So for this post I'm sharing my denim shopping checklist. My #1 rule?? Only invest if it ticks all the boxes.
Here's what I look out for:
Classic is where it's at. True blue denim is timeless, universally-flattering and it wears in the best way possible.
It also goes with literally every colour and can be made ocassion-appropriate 90% of the time with the right styling.
Raw hems give your denim pieces character. I love denim with frayed edges in unexpected places - like the bottom of this jacket or the hem of cropped flares. This will give your denim a point of difference and make it worth holding onto year after year.
DISTRESSED IS BEST
Denim is like wine - it keeps getting better with age. Ripped details and tears at the knees instantly give your denim that worn-in, laid-back feel. Balance is key here, though. Denim should look cool and comfortable (not like it's literally falling apart!).
I find a slightly faded patch (1-2 shades lighter) at the front helps to define my legs and give them a good shape. This also adds to the whole understated, casual, lived-in thing.
*Shot in collaboration with Nobody Denim.
*This is a collaboration with Who What Wear Australia and Gucci.
Fact: a truly unique perfume has the power to make you the centre of attention. I've tried and tested my fair share over the years, and I know I've struck gold when a stranger stops me on the street to ask which fragrance I'm wearing.
For the fragrance fanatics, the notes include wild blackberry, neroli, orange blossom, tuberose, black vanilla mousse and patchouli. It's kind of fruity-meets-oriental, and sweet-meets-subtly-seductive.
It's now my go-to scent for after dark. No outfit feels complete without it.
Out of the 24 perfume bottles sitting on my dressing table, it's my boyfriend's favourite, and although I usually opt for a more masculine scent, I knew there was something particularly special about this one when it even got him talking.
I think it's safe to say I'm officially addicted, and after trying it, I think you will be too.
Denim is the backbone of every good wardrobe. It's the one thing you can count on to complete every outfit and something to fall-back on when you have 'nothing to wear'.
Blue denim looks perfectly undone when paired-back with basics, but black denim is my go-to when I want to look sleek and put-together.
Yep, all-black-everything is my numero uno wardrobe backup plan - with sneakers, sunglasses and a cool bag thrown in the mix to break it up a bit.
Here's a few I prepared earlier ft. some of my favourite black denim pieces.
Which look is your favourite?
Doing things last minute is kind of my MO, so I only put my looks together on Thursday and Friday the week before. This year I felt like having a bit of fun. I was in the mood to wear things that were slightly unexpected (hello, pastel pink Gucci dress!).
But there’s definitely a way to do it without feeling completely unlike ‘you’. It’s all about how you bring your look together at the end with accessories and, most importantly, your hair and makeup.
These are the three looks I wore on rotation throughout the week. I think each one suits a particular kind of style and gives-off a different vibe. Which is your favourite?
LOOK ONE: SUPER-NATURAL
How it’s done:
I love dressing like a tomboy, but to pull it off I need to keep my make-up ‘pretty’. I went for a creamy complexion with subtle contouring on the cheeks and eyes, softly defined brows and a pinkish-nude lip.
Estée Lauder has these new cream contouring palettes for the eyes and face which are completely fool-proof. I used the darker shades to define my eyes and cheekbones without looking like I’m wearing make-up, and the lighter shade on the tops of my cheeks and my brow bone.
I also used the Double Wear Brush-On Glow BB Highlighter to lift the shadows under my eyes and around my nose, and then finished-up with a slick across my cupid’s bow to accentuate my lips.
Tip: for an airbrush finish, buff it all together with a stippling brush.
This outfit had a real 70s feel about it, but I wanted to toughen it up and give it a fashion edge. To do this, I always turn to a heavily defined eye.
Start by creating a flawless base with foundation and concealer (where needed).
Then, trace along your lower lash line (in between the lashes) with Little Black Liner (the thin end). My eyes are slightly downturned, so I only use liner on the top lashes from the centre of my eye out to the edge. Use the thin end of the liner to perfect the shape, and colour it in with the thick end for a bolder finish. Fill-in the water line with a pencil for more impact.
Complete the look with a touch of pink on the cheeks and a sheer gloss on the lips - this creates balance and keeps the overall look fresh.
I also consider denim a 'neutral' colour (along with the blacks, whites and greys in my wardrobe), which makes it super easy to pair back with everything else.
Why? Because it rescues boring outfits (e.g. black skinny jeans and a plain black tee), and it's kind of an outfit on its own. Then again, if I'm feeling extra experimental I'll attempt a feminine take on the Canadian Tuxedo (exhibit A: these pictures) and wear it with my denim skirt.
Let me know in the comments x
There's definitely something magical happening at Gucci right now.
Tatiana Waterford and Patrick Mackey
Sometimes the simplest wardrobe items are the hardest to find - like the perfect white shirt, a new pair of jeans or a structured black blazer that fits just right... but when you finally find what you were looking for, it feels good. Really good.