How To Make A Statement on Melbourne Cup

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Review Rio Dress, Nine West Sasha Heels, Mimco Supernatural Medium Pouch, Marilyn Van den Berg Headpiece, Swarovski Earrings (similar style here), Michael Kors Blair Rose Gold Watch.

Just as everyone is packing away monochrome headpieces after Derby Day, Melbourne Cup is about to begin. Cue the colour blocking and fancy headwear, here’s my tips and tricks to making a statement at the Melbourne Cup Raceday.

1. Bring out the bold! When putting together your Melbourne Cup ensemble, I recommend starting with an all over bold colour! I couldn’t resist this head turning, Review dress as it compliments my blonde hair and porcelain skin tone perfectly.

2. Colour blocking combos. I’ll be the first to admit, I was little thrown when it came to pairing this frock with a headpiece. I considered going down a metallic direction and teaming this rio red with gold, however it just didn’t excite me. My lovely friend over at Marilyn Van den Berg Millinery had the fabulous idea of creating some colour blocking goodness, suggesting a hot pink piece, and viola – these tones look fabulous together! Brisbane ladies, make sure you visit Marilyn Van den Berg to pick up your last minute headwear ahead of this fabulous day.

3. Tie in complimentary accessories. With all the pink tones in this outfit, I have decided to style some blush, rose gold accessories from top to bottom. I’m especially loving these new Nine West points that I picked up just for my Melbourne Cup soiree. Coupled with some rose gold jewellery and a two tone Mimco pouch, I’m feeling as sparkly as ever.

Brisbane girls, if you are looking for the perfect raceday plans, then check out the exquisite Melbourne Cup High Tea hosted by Bacchus. Tickets are still available, so book your seat now.


Photography by Erin Smith Photography

The Do’s & Don’ts of Derby Day

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Review Showstopper Skirt, Review Showstopper Top, Wittner Tomas Pump, Marilyn Van den Berg Ella Raines Headpiece, Pandora Vintage Allure Hanging Earrings, Pandora Vintage Allure Collier Necklace, Pandora Vintage Allure Ring, Pandora Silver Radiant Hearts Ring.

Don your fanciest black and white ensemble, round up your best girlfriends and head to the birdcage to celebrate the ever so stylish Derby Day. While the dress code sets a monochromatic tone, there are a few little details to keep in mind to ensure a stylish entrance. Presenting the do’s & don’ts for on and off the field!


  • Opt for classic, clean lines in a monochromatic colour palette. I’m teaming a beautifully structured A-line skirt with a delicate lace blouse, both of which are part of Review’s Derby Day Edit.
  • Invest in an ornate headpiece or fascinator, as Derby Day is all about classic racing headwear. Haven’t found your perfect piece? Why not check out the fabulous Brisbane based milliner, Marilyn Van den Berg for a beautiful, custom headpiece.
  • Team with a sophisticated heel. Forget the clunky platforms, a fine stiletto or closed toe points will help elevate your ensemble.
  • Keep your beauty simple and understated; a classic red lip and winged liner sets a chic tone, while a tousled curl hairstyle emphasises girl next door beauty.


  • Bring out the Bodycon. Short, tight dresses are not welcome on the racetrack, so leave them for the nightlife. Instead, select an appropriate length anywhere from the mid calf to above the knee.
  • Wear a heavy, winter fabric. Suede, leather and velvet are for the cooler months, while sheer, lace and mesh are perfect for the Spring racing dress code.
  • Go barefoot. There’s never an excuse to remove the shoes. If your grappling with a new pair of pumps, why not stow a pair of compact jiffies in your clutch for the walk to the cab.
  • Forget the SPF! Apply a sun safe moisturiser to your face before you apply your makeup and don’t forget to lather a light, non greasy layer of sunscreen to exposed skin. After all there’s nothing stylish about sun spots or skin cancers!

Brisbane ladies, there are still some amazing ticket packages left for the Brisbane Racing Club Derby Day Raceday this weekend, so secure your spot here! In the mean-time, I’de love to hear your race wear tips and tricks, so please leave a comment below!


Photography by Erin Smith Photography