Stylish In A Suitcase

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

Effortless style and comfort; that’s what I’m channelling when packing for my month long Topdeck Travel Spirit Of Europe Tour. Since I’ll be constantly on the move, I am sticking to versatile staples, lightweight fabrics and a few indulgent pieces to elevate my #ootds. Here is a selection of my favourite travel items that are joining me abroad, keeping me stylish in a suitcase.

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FRANKiE 4 Jackie II Sneakers: If there’s one thing I’ll be doing a lot on the tour (alongside celebrating Aperitivo), it’s walking. A stroll along the Champs-Élysées, a walking tour of Prague, hiking through the Swiss Alps; these activities call for a comfy, yet stylish sneaker. Putting the call out to Instagram, I was recommended a pair of FRANKiE footwear based on the fact that these are crafted by a podiatrist & physiotherapist, featuring a functional footbed, full arch support and cushioning. Otherwise, they are the ultimate travel sneaker, plus they are super cute and on trend.

The Daily Edited Mini Cross Bag: Unlike a backpack, cross body bags are the perfect style for travelling as they are in your constant vision path, minimising the chance of a sneaky pickpocket. What I love about The Daily Edited is that they source a beautiful, high quality Saffiano leather which is durable for everyday wear, and of course the personality that comes with a little monogramming.

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Mrs Darcy Blue Lagoon & Romantic At Heart Kimonos: If there’s one thing I automatically pack for a staycation or a lengthy stay, it’s a kimono to drape over me as I get ready in the morning. You’ll spot me wearing one of my Mrs Darcy kimonos as I indulge in a leisurely breakfast (of french pastries and macarons), overlooking my Parisian balcony.

Mrs Darcy Nightime Bloom Clutch: Evenings out call for a more playful accessory and what better way to say FABULOUS then with this exotic Mrs Darcy Clutch. The quickest way to my heart (and credit card)? Include tassels. Check!

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Feather & Noise Montana Dress: You are never ready for a European adventure, unless you have packed a little stripe dress into your suitcase. This adorable number is new season stock from the gorgeous E-boutique Feather & Noise. What I love about this piece is the relaxed fit – I’ll certainly need it to mask the hundred croissants I plan to devour.

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Camilla Makeup Bag (similar style here): If you already thought I was extra, then my Camilla cosmetic case will certainly reaffirm this title, as it’s just so fancy for a makeup bag. But when you’ve got precious cargo (ie, 50 shimmer pots) on the move, you too will want nothing but the best.

Napoleon Perdis Makeup: There’s no denying I have an affinity for Napoleon Perdis makeup, with the exception of a few products, it’s all I wear of a day. Having to minimise my makeup routine for the necessity of travelling, I have selected a few products that will keep my skin looking dewy and hydrated (Auto Pilot Bronzing Primer, Moisture Mist), with a natural summer glow (Loose Eye Dust in Star LightInvisible Highlight).

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Sofia Cruz Alivia SC Negro Velvet Espadrilles: I vowed that I wouldn’t pack excessively this time round; ESSENTIALS only. Factoring in high tea at The Ritz, lunch at Sketch and evenings in Paree, a pair of espadrilles have become an essential, especially when considering the cobblestone surfaces throughout Europe. I just love this pair of Sofia Cruz Spanish Espadrilles, available from Style Tread, as they combine casual with chic, seen through metallic detailing in the ankle strap.

What travel must-haves do you find yourself packing for a stylish getaway? Please leave me your tips and tricks for remaining stylish in a suitcase in the comments below!

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Elevate Denim To Date Night Chic

Friday, July 20th, 2018

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Paige Colette Crop Flare JeanPaige Romana Blouse; Paige Ruffle Heidi Jacket; Pandora Rose Essence Necklace, Rose Wish Bone Ring Stack, Rose Bright Heart Hoops, Rose Moments Sliding Bracelet; Steve Madden Heels (similar style here).

I’m swapping the LBD this date night and instead styling a very sophisticated denim combo, courtesy of my friends at Order Of Style. Not just for daywear, I’m sharing my top tips to Elevating Denim To Date Night Chic with Paige Denim. Read on ladies.

1. Start with a flattering style of jeans, such as slim fit or straight, in a dark wash. I am obsessed with the Paige Colette Crop Flare as they feature a comfortable high waist, stretched denim fabric and adorned with pearl cufflinks. Still quite polished, this pair would not be out of place in a trendy restaurant or would still be practical enough for a game of mini golf with the beau.

2. Style with a seductive neckline. It doesn’t have to be anything too plunging (trust me, that’s not my style) but the relaxed draping seen in this Paige Romana Blouse wrap top, creates a beautiful visual against the jeans.  Not to mention, the celestial print adds a little character to the look, perfect for a first date.

3. Keep accessories luxe, yet minimal. Stray from gaudy statement earrings and large rings (trust me, these are a nuisance when it comes to sneaky hand holding) and instead opt for fine, delicate pieces in a rose gold hue. I’m loving Pandora’s Rose Collection which features many dainty pieces to suit any budget.

4. Sling a jacket over those shoulders to avoid any nervous chills (yes, they are a thing). A denim jacket never goes astray and like the rest of your ensemble, I recommend a dark wash. The Paige Ruffle Heidi Jacket is the perfect accompaniment to any outfit, being both bold and chic at the same time, with it’s feminine ruffle feature and silver hardware.

Do you have any tips and tricks to laying date night denim? I’de love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Photography by Erin Smith Photography



Riverdale Inspired: Leather Jacket Vibes

Monday, July 9th, 2018

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NA-KD Triple Layer Flounce Dress, Sam Edelman Boots (similar style here), Portmans Leather Jacket (similar style here), Adorne Clutch (similar style here), Molten Store Enigmatic Ways Earrings, Wallace Bishop Necklace, Pandora Vintage Allure Ring.

It feels like forever since Riverdale wrapped up an explosive second season, but I’m still reliving my favourite moments a la Netflix binge. There was so much to admire from a fashion perspective, from Cheryl Blossom’s opulent spider brooch, to Veronica’s pearls and preppy style, but none so iconic then the highly coveted, serpent jacket.

A mark of rebellion, upon watching Jughead Jones dramatically sling the leather jacket over his shoulders made me reach into my wardrobe for my leather jacket. Although it features a more feminine cut and sans serpent logo, I’m still feeling totally fierce in this timeless piece! *Cue Imagine Dragon’s Believer*

Styling a more edgy look than usual, I’m teaming my leather jacket with a flirty, flounce dress in a bold leopard print, available at NA-KD. I just love how the delicate layers move with wear, making this the perfect little dress for an evening out dancing with the girls.

Are you being fashionably influenced by a particular character/show/movie? Drop me a note in the comments below!

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Photography by Erin Smith Photography



Faux Fur Finds with Zara W18

Monday, June 18th, 2018

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Zara Faux Fur Coat; Brave + True Dress; Adorne Golden Ages Sequin Floral Clutch, Fishermans Hat; Pandora Black Vibrant Spirit Ring; Wittner Boots (similar style here).

 

For me, a good morning starts with steaming coffee and skimming over my instafeed, but a great morning involves a personal tour of the W18 collection at Zara Brisbane. What excites me about this collection is the eclectic mix of textures and fabrics; plaid, satin, silk and velvet, to name just a few. Invited to select some goodies from the new season range (no arm twisting needed), I choose an indulgent, yet practical piece that resolves a gap in my current wardrobe – that item being a faux fur coat.

Does one need one in this tropical Queensland climate you may ask? The answer is absolutely. Sure I have trenches, blazers, vests and the link to help me layer, but one thing I’ve longed for is a  faux fur coat to sling across my shoulders casually, or layer upon a cocktail outfit on a crisp night out.

I fell completely in love with the plush texture and snowy hue of this Combination Faux Fur Coat. Whilst some might find this piece a bit extra, I find it sophisticated and am reminded of the on-screen glamour of Lina Lamont (Singing In The Rain – for those of you that don’t quite understand the reference). This piece elevates a simple Wintery #ootd; comprised of a tweed mini dress, statement hat, sequinned clutch and my favourite suede boots.

Have you invested in a faux fur coat? I’de love to hear your styling tips, so leave me a comment below! x

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Photography by Erin Smith Photography



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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.

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