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Copenhagen Guide – Shopping for Every Budget

Copenhagen Girls are most apparent during the Danish capital’s fashion weeks (Aug and Jan/Feb), when they roam the streets like a wildly coloured wolf pack on bicycles, exuding a laid-back vibe and insouciant attitude.

Danish fashion design is attracting a global following with the rise and rise of its local designers. And this is good news for anyone who likes a healthy dose of shopping while visiting this ridiculously hip city.

In my latest collab with the finger-on-the-pulse Luxe City Guides, I give you my top tips for shopping in achingly-cool Copenhagen – for every budget. Read the full story on Luxe City Guides here (and book mark it for holiday-planning purposes). For pics of my favourite Danish designs keep reading…

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Summer Office Apropos

Having lived most of my life in cooler climates (Melbourne, Dublin and London), I’m not as good at summer as I am at the transitional seasons. Don’t get me wrong. Summer is my all time favourite month. It’s the month when there are roof-top cocktails/shenanigans, sun-soaked picnics and people just seem to be better looking in general. But sartorially speaking, for me summer is a little bit tricky. First of all, I don’t like to spend too much on a wardrobe that I’ll only wear a couple of months out of the year (thank you, London) unless it will last the test of time. Second, summer office apropos is not as easy as it sounds… Continue reading “Summer Office Apropos”

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Summer Style in the City

Despite having grown up in in the warm and sunny climes of Australia (well, Melbourne), I tend to struggle when it comes to summer city style. In theory it should be easy. Sun dresses, floaty skirts, strappy sandals, what’s the problem?

Well, unless I am heading straight to the beach for a day on and in the water, or to a clifftop bar for aperols at sunset, then I find it hard to go “fully summer” in my look. So where does that leave me? Continue reading “Summer Style in the City”

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Casual Friday

When I was starting out in my career as a lawyer in a large Australian law firm, the dress code was uber-conservative. Suits. That was basically all you were allowed to wear. God knows how I managed to get dressed each morning without falling asleep. I got on board with it nevertheless, believing that a nicely tailored, navy pantsuit would be the key to my career success. I tried to mix it up a bit and add my own flair, but back then when it came to a strictly corporate dress code there was a limit to what fabulous shoes could do to an otherwise boring outfit. Surely Casual Friday would have been my chance to bridge the yawning (literally) chasm between my workplace-lawyer self and my real self… Continue reading “Casual Friday”

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Print – Colour Clash

If the last couple of runway seasons have taught me anything – and they have – its that we’ll all be eschewing our neutrals and monochromes for a kaleidoscope of colour and print explosions in 2017.

While its all well and good for the professionals to expertly layer clashing prints on clashing colours (I’m looking at you, Gucci) thereby creating outfits that reach all levels of phenomenal, is it possible for us mere monochrome-loving mortals to give it a proper go? Is it possible that I could put together a kaleidoscopic colour-print clash sensation without looking like Walt Disney just threw up all over me? Challenge accepted. Continue reading “Print – Colour Clash”

Fancy

When I was a kid, my Nanna had a “good room” at her place. It was the room we weren’t allowed to play in. It was the room where the grown ups had their pre-dinner cocktails in what was to my seven-year-old mind the most glamorous of surroundings. There were net curtains on the windows, with luxe green velvety drapes. The arm chairs were all gold embossed upholstery with airline-style tassled head flaps over the back. There was a drinks trolley with extravagantly etched crystal decanters and the most elaborate ceramic grecian-style punch bowl with built-in fruit hanging around the rim. To me it was so fancy.

A few years ago I came to the realisation that I have the sartorial equivalent of Nanna’s good room in my wardrobe (minus the “retro charm” of Nanna’s place). This is where the magically figure-enhancing pieces reside. Those pieces whose delightfully delicate, exquisitely embroidered and tightly tailored features meant they were not to be worn except on the most special of special occasions (or any event where I might run into an ex). They were (and still are) my fancy outfits.  Continue reading “Fancy”

The Statement Coat

A statement coat is one that packs a punch – a show-stopper. It can elevate your look from every-day to street-style status. It’s the kind of coat that’s all “I-wanna-touch-it” textures, asymmetrical hems, explosions of colour, structural silhouettes, unexpected colour combos, and strategically placed buckles, belts and straps.

As autumn/winter collections start to drop in stores from now on, have a think now about what you want to say with your statement coat come autumn.

Here are my top tips on how to choose and style the statement coat. Continue reading “The Statement Coat”