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How to Dress Outside your Fashion Comfort Zone

I recently had the pleasure of spending the morning with the creator of Nevenka, a fashion brand from my home town of Melbourne. Every Nevenka piece is a delicately created, detailed work of art, each piece more dreamy than the last. I tried on dream dress after dream dress, wishing I was the kind of woman who would just wear a bright pink, transparent, tiered, embroidered gown with a leather jacket and trainers on a daily basis. I had just finished the second series of Killing Eve and had Villanelle’s outfits in mind – so godamm extra. I so wish that I was that woman (the flamboyant dresser, not the sociopath gun for hire).

So what’s holding me back? It’s my fashion comfort zone. Granted, my fashion comfort zone stretches pretty far and wide these days. I wear sequins during the day. I mix prints that theoretically shouldn’t really go together. But day gowns is just that step too far for me… for now.

This is a dilemma that almost all of my personal styling clients encounter – how to break out of their fashion comfort zones. So I’ve put together my tips, first on whether you should consider dressing outside your fashion comfort zone, and second how to do it. Continue reading “How to Dress Outside your Fashion Comfort Zone”

Edinburgh

My Edinburgh Diary

The last time I went to Edinburgh I was doing a gap year half way through my law degree, backpacking around Europe and living off the meagre savings I’d made working in a department store in Melbourne on weekends and after class.

My memories of Edinburgh were of a breathtakingly beautiful city. And while that has not changed – Edinburgh still dazzles with its severe and dramatic beauty – what I didn’t remember about Edinburgh was the finer things. This time however, I have come away with memories of a vibrant and dynamic food scene, quirky underground cocktail clubs and a sense of the pride and innovation that lives in the locals of this unique city.

Here’s a little diary of our visit, including all the places that I highly recommend for your next trip up north. Continue reading “My Edinburgh Diary”

Freedom Hunters Episode 10: Olly Bengough

Olly BengoughOlly Bengough started his first business in his twenties when he opened a bar on the King’s Road in London’s Chelsea neighbourhood. From there he went on to set up venues which have become London institutions, including Infernos in Clapham and Koko in Camden. Along the way he started up the music festival Lovebox with members of Groove Armada.

But it was Olly’s love of foreign and independent film that led him Continue reading “Freedom Hunters Episode 10: Olly Bengough”

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Nine Styling Hacks to Revamp your Outfits

Sometimes all you need is a few strategic styling hacks to reinvigorate your enthusiasm for putting your outfits together. They cost nothing, but can totally transform your day to day style.

Here are nine styling hacks that I regularly use for myself and with my personal styling clients. Bookmark this page and refer back when in need of a little styling inspo.

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Fingal Edinburgh – Hotel Review

Upon arriving at the Port of Leith, we walked up the red-carpeted gangway and into the most elegant and quietly glamorous hotel reception you could imagine. This was the beginning of our weekend stay at Edinburgh’s newest floating hotel, and it continued in the same stylish way that it began.

The Fingal began its life as a ship that serviced the lighthouses in some of Scotland’s remote and storm-lashed locations. It now sits permanently Continue reading “Fingal Edinburgh – Hotel Review”

Freedom Hunters Episode 9: Tash Sefton

Tash Sefton Freedom Hunters

Anyone with a passing interest in fashion will have heard of my latest podcast guest, Tash Sefton. She is one of Australia’s most successful fashion entrepreneurs.

Tash started out her career in fashion manufacturing, and moved into a business role, overseeing production, manufacturing and buying for one of Australia’s biggest streetwear brands, General Pants.

But it was when she started a blog called They All Hate Us with her friend and colleague, Elle Ferguson, that work and life changed for Tash. Continue reading “Freedom Hunters Episode 9: Tash Sefton”

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Five Steps to Styling a Fabulous Outfit

Do you find that the process of putting together your outfit each morning adds an additional ten to fifteen minutes to your morning routine? You’re not alone. Many of my clients complain that it takes them an inordinate amount of time to put together an interesting outfit that is a bit different to the same old same old.

I work with my personal styling clients to create new outfits from the items already existing in their wardrobes. Here are the five steps I use to style a fabulous outfit and that you can use every day to the same effect.

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The Ultimate Tucking Guide

I recently worked with a client who almost never tucked her tops into her trousers or skirts. When I asked her about this, it was clear she (wrongfully) believed that she had a tummy that she needed to hide and that by wearing her tops over her waistband she would hiding unsightly lumps and bumps.

In a few swift styling moves, I was able to prove her wrong. First of all, she had a lovely defined waist. And second of all, even those of us with a tummy will look much better with a strategic tuck of the shirt, than by trying to hide it with an untucked top, which can tend to look a little frumpy.

The power of a tuck can transform an outfit from frumpy to fabulous, and there is more than one way to skin that particular cat. Here are five tucking tips and styles you can experiment with to achieve vastly different outcomes: Continue reading “The Ultimate Tucking Guide”

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Eight Brands I Discovered on Instagram (and Love)

For all the (justified) bad press social media is getting lately, there’s also a lot of good that comes out of these platforms. For me, the most pleasantly surprising thing was the connections I have made with women all over the world who have a similar love of fashion to me. But it’s not just people I’ve connected with. Thanks to Instagram, I have also discovered brands that might not have come across my radar so early in their evolutions had it not been for the time I spent disappearing down an Instagram vortex or two, all in the name of research for my personal styling clients.

The fashion brands that stand out to me are the ones with a unique aesthetic, that don’t follow trends or that have a strong ethical standpoint. Here are eight of my favourites, ranging from the accessible to the more “aspirational.”  Continue reading “Eight Brands I Discovered on Instagram (and Love)”

Office Wear

Office Wear – How to make it interesting

Dressing for the office is tricky. As a personal stylist, I am always helping my clients to strike the right balance between professional but current, gravitas but approachable, office-apropos but authentic. It’s no wonder that many women’s default for office wear is to go for the safe option: outfits that are conservative and boring.

The problem with this is that dressing for work becomes a chore. It’s uninspiring and can leave you feeling a little empty and frustrated if, like me, you like to express who you are in the way you dress. Yet, how you dress for work is so crucially important to how you are perceived and how careers develop. So how do you inject personality and derive enjoyment into your work uniform? Continue reading “Office Wear – How to make it interesting”