1 Dress 2 Ways: Casual vs Chic

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Fashion Myth: printed pieces don’t have the same stylistic opportunities as block basics.  Now that’s certainly not the case for this starry number by Marcs, as I see plenty of versatility to dress up or dress down this piece with just the right accessories. Presenting a quick how to style 1 dress 2 ways, from casual to chic.

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Marcs Silk Star Cluster Shirtdress, French Connection Block Swoop Blazer, Oroton Forte Mini Clutch, Larsson & Jennings Lugano Watch, Mimco Perfect Pear StudJo Mercer Candice Dress Heels, Seed Heritage Leather Jacket, Prada Round Sunglasses, French Connection Large Sequin Bucket Bag, Wittner Honesty Ankle Boot, Samantha Wills Heart Wonder Ring, MAC Cosmetics Velvet Teddy Lipstick.

Casual

1. Dress down the elaborate print of this piece with the ultimate “cool girl” accessory – a buttery, leather jacket. I tend to favour a cropped cut as it appears more feminine when layered over your favourite shift dress.

2. Team with a pair of ankle boots, like these Wittner booties. Never have I seen a more practical purchase with it’s sensible, stacked, block heel – perfect for endless roaming and shopping.

3. A bucket bag is the perfect choice for day to day wear, allowing for effortless storage possibilities and a cool, sling over your shoulder statement.

4. Accessories are best kept simple, understated with a touch of glam. There’s nothing I love more than a statement, stone ring like this Samantha Wills find, teamed with a pair of luxe Prada shades.

Chic

1.  A tailored blazer is the perfect way to layer this frock, whilst evaluating to chic status. I’m loving styles that offer a little extra length like this French Connection find. Not to mention, the lapels offer an elegant touch.

2. Swap the booties for a cleaner style, like a sleek Mary Jane in suede.

3. Emphasise the metallic strands throughout this dress with a matching, metallic clutch. This mini Oroton clutch is the perfect little accessory for a fabulous night out with the girls, storing your essential makeup items for sneaky touch ups, phone, keys and keycard. As George Gershwin once sung, “who could ask for anything more!”

4. Nothing says ultimate sophistication like a pair of pear shaped, crystal studs and naturally, Mimco is delivering the goods! Team with a classic time piece, like this Larsson & Jennings mesh strap watch.

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7 Pieces For Your Smart Casual Wardrobe

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Do you ever find yourself questioning what a smart casual dress code entails? Well ladies, you are not alone, as I too have stumbled when styling this specific ensemble. A birthday brunch, an engagement soiree, an anniversary with the bae – the stylistic tone remains the same, favouring chic, clean lines and classic accessories. To make things easier, I’m sharing my Top 7 Pieces For Your Smart Casual Wardrobe.

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French Connection Mozart Knit 2IN1, Witchery Side Panel JoggersLack of Color Ivory FedoraLoeffler Randall Winnie Tassel Slippers, Samantha Wills Jasmine & Fleetwood Drop EarringsFurla Bubble Keyring Moonstone, Mimco Supermicra Pouch.

A Pair of Tailored Pants

Cigarette, capri or joggers – I believe any fabulous female should always have a crisp, tailored pant at the ready. Look for neutral colours that will provide versatility with the rest of your wardrobe. I absolutely love these ivory panelled joggers as they are simple yet chic, perfect for a relaxed outdoor setting, or an intimate dinner with riverside views.

A Sleeveless Knit

This item is the perfect transeasonal piece, to be worn by itself in the warmer months and layered delicately in winter. This French Connection piece is a fabulous combination of sexy and sophisticated, with it’s classic high neckline and split back detail with sheer panelling. Not to mention, it’s black so it will go with everything in your wardrobe!

A Metallic Clutch

Because a tote is not always practical for those cheeky Espresso Martini’s in a crowded riverside bar. Metallics help to elevate even the most neutral colour palette, taking you from desk to dance floor in seconds.

A Fabulous Pair of Loafers

Comfortable and totally on trend, a girl needs a pair of loafers as part of her shoe-robe and who can resist these metallic, tasseled slippers? If Cinderella had a pair of these perhaps she wouldn’t have needed to leave the ball so promptly, amiright?

A Chic Hat

I recently found myself at a spectacular little picnic for the launch of UberEATS. Relaxed setting – tick! Delicious treats – tick! Chic, casual style – tick! The only thing that was missing, was a classic hat like this effortless Lack of Color Fedora. Need I remind you how fabulous Amal Clooney looks in a hat? Inspo!

A Pair Of Drop Earrings

There’s nothing quite so sophisticated as a statement drop earring, especially when paired with an effortless nape of the neck hairstyle. Samantha Wills is delivering the goods with this simple pearl design and rose gold hardware. Divine!

A Bag Pom

Perhaps the cheekiest little accessory you’ll ever own! I’ve just added my third bag pom to my collection (thank you Ted Baker) and I’m not about to stop until I own one in every pastel colour! Adding just the right amount of playfulness to an outfit, a bag pom highlights a flair for accessorising – talk about goals!

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Looking Chic 5 Days A Week

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

Whether you’re flittering through a casual office, or looking to build upon your capsule wardrobe, I’ve rounded up an edit of chic, classic staples, to keep you looking stylish 5 days a week.

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Mondays call for a little sass to start the week! I’m throwing out retro vibes with this Wizard Of Oz inspired gingham number from Seed Heritage. No Ruby Red Slippers to be seen, but I do recommend a comfy pair of sandals and a country chic boater.

Shop Look 1: Seed Heritage Frill Sleeve Shift Dress, Lack Of Color The Spencer Boater, Wittner Cody Sandals.

Takes strides on a Tuesday with an edgy playsuit like this monochrome Witchery addition. With a bold, geometric print, you’ll want to team back the accessories, opting for quality not quantity. A luxe time piece has never been so necessary!

Shop Look 2: Witchery Printed Playsuit, Larsson & Jennings Lugano Watch, Jeffrey Campbell Despina Sandals.

Flirty mid week meetings are made more exciting with feminine frocks, like this Country Road dress. Neutral accessories and block heels help to complete this ladylike look.

Shop Look 3: Country Road Off Shoulder Dress, Sancia Daydream Clutch, Schutz Sandals (similar style here).

Fierce Thursdays should be mandatory, so pull out your animal print and let your inner goddess rule! Style with a crisp pair of white jeans and finish with a bold accessory like a fedora, or a summer vest.

Shop Look 4: Country Road Jean, Witchery Leopard Top, Lack Of Color The Zulu Fedora, Wittner Zionn Espadrille.

Finish off the working week with a playful number! Did someone say polka dots and Prada? Perfection!

 Shop Look 5:  Witchery High Neck Spot Dress, Prada Round Sunglasses, Wittner Aralyn Heel.

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A Gift Guide For The Girl With Fine Taste

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

If gift giving itself isn’t hard enough, then throw on top buying for that one special friend/girlfriend/family member that has fine taste and just about every fabulous trinket that one could possibly own. To make shopping for her that little bit easier, I’m sharing my gift guide featuring 4 gifts ideas that she’ll adore!

Something Personalised…

If she loves one of a kind, personalised trinkets, then a piece from The Daily Edited is the perfect choice for her! Pick from endless leather swatches, monogramming options and emojis to make her leather goods as customised as possible. I personally love the combination of this smooth, pale pink leather with rose gold hardware and monogramming. Of course, I just had to keep things consistent with a matching phone case.

Valued at: $150

To find a full list of retailers, visit The Daily Edited.

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 Something Decorative…

If she loves tea and any opportunity to host a sophisticated brunch with the gals, then a beautiful tea set is just ideal! As a mega tea and china enthusiast, I particularly love Cristina Re Tea Ware. These tea sets are really quite exquisite with their decadent 24ct gold plated hardware and decorative feminine designs.

Valued at: $175

To see the full collection visit Cristina Re.

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Something Indulgent…

If she love to spend extra time on her main mane, then why not spoil her with the gift of good hair days with a Stefan Xmas Bag. Featuring a stylish tote in 1 of 4 designs which you can fill to the brim with her favourite hair and beauty products, styling tools and treats.

Valued at: $49.95 + 50% off selected products

To see where your closest Stefan is, visit Stefan.

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Something Scented…

If she loves the latest fragrances, then a scented delivery from Victoria Secret will be high up on her wish list. The new Intense Fragrance Mist combines notes of salted praline, coconut and creamy florals, making it a delicious summer scent. Another favourite of mine is the Blush Fragrance Lotion which smells of fresh grapefruit, blossoms and magnolia.

Valued at: $136

To see the full collection of fragrances, mists and body lotions, visit Victoria’s Secret.

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Don’t forget to check the shipping cut off dates cuties, as I would hate for your girl to miss out on her Christmas Surprise. I would also love to hear some of your ideas that I may have missed in my gift guide – please leave a comment below for me!


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The Blonde Silhouette presents an inner fashion monologue by Ashleigh McCallum. A lover of whimsical colour, designer pieces and classic femininity.

Location: Brisbane, Australia

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