CLOSET KEEPERS: From the GORMAN mega sale – $45 – $270


So I haven’t posted in a while for Closet Keepers, because it is not a buy buy buy scenario but rather about curating a closet full of pieces that can work with each other, will stay  for many years to come, are statement beloved pieces and great quality.

I have not been that inspired by much in the sales apart from what I have bought myself and show on my SHOP MY STYLE posts

But I love everything Lisa Gorman does – she is a bloody National Treasure !

They announced their sale with up to 50% off today and I almost wept.

I could have posted SO MUCH MORE but here are 12 pieces  from $49 – $269 that stand out as being easy statement beautiful pieces that will be versatile in most wardrobes. Pair with basics or together as show for standout style under $300 a piece.

Pair with already owned basics or together as shown and mix and match for standout style.

Enjoy … and be quick …

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10 Work Tops that will Brighten Your Day, Night & Weekend Under $100

Is your work wardrobe a dreary mass of black and grey?
Do you want tops that don’t just get relegated into work side of the wardrobe ?
Read on, and come over from the dark side.

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Shop My Style #3 – Polka Dots & Metallic Knit


Yes, I know I am wearing a lot of denim overalls/dungarees. 

What can I say – it’s dark and cold in the morning and  like a frock  – it’s one thing to think about.

I also love that my small cropped jumpers work really really well with them so I don’t need to search for those two pairs of high waisted jeans that are more likelyin the wash.

Anyway – I guess the good thing is you can see how versatile they are and how many outfits are possible.

Today I paired them with my late Grandfather’s silk cravat worn as a scarf and a metallic cableknit sweater from a few years ago along with some great pewter suede /metallic ankle boots that I bought in Sydney 3 years ago and have been worn to death. ..almost.

Ms 4 yr old aka #smsminiphotographer was in a strop this morning because she wanted to stay cosy in bed … who doesn’t so Ms 8 yr old volunteered to take some pics. She did a great job. It was a rush this morning – as are most Monday mornings – we were all on track until we took this pic and then Ms 4 yr old remarked that I must have left her carseat in a friend’s car.. and wah wah – best laid plans scuppered.

Anyhoo..  shop my style – read on ..


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5 Winter Warmers to Fire Up Your Style Stakes under $100


As many of you know I am now a regular contributor on Australia’s most popular bargain website

This is my most recent post for them – Enjoy – but be quick – this got a great response over at IHB so sizes will be selling out !

One thing I never have a shortage of is cardigans, coatigans, stylish knits  & throwovers of all kinds.

It is a fast track to instant style – which I am all about as a working mama with 2 wee kids.

Just because the temperature is dropping there is no reason to stop the sunshine from shining in and heating up your wardrobe.

Chuck any of these fab 5 on to add personality, quality and bucketloads of style to brighten up those dull dreary days.

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What I read – Paulo Coelho – Veronika Decides to Die



I used to read a lot – I mean I did a MA degree in French Literature for goodness sake, but the last 8 years has been a bit of a dry-zone in terms of literature.

What with 2 babies, breastfeeding, my Mama’s breast cancer, giving up my business in Sydney, move to Brisbane, starting new business, my Dad’s multiple strokes and then him passing away all meant that reality was if I was still for any length of time I was usually asleep or lost in anxiety or grief.

The most I could muster were short stories or funny bios or short, funny, bio stories – favourites during these years were definitely every book David Sedaris or Augusten Burroughs have ever written and McSweeneys quarterly.

So this year I decided to start a bookclub with some girlfriends who were all feeling a bit starved of meaningful and vibrant discussion.

Last month we read and loved Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout.

This month we read Paulo Coelho’s Veronika Decides to Die and it was a big hit. I have pinned  a heap of Paulo Coelho’s quotes on Pinterest but this is his first novel I have read and it won’t be the last.

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Shop My Style #2 – Leather,Dungarees, Patent Loafers & Satchel


For the last couple of years I have been on the search for the perfect patent leather lace-ups and pair of dungarees or overalls.

Like I do for clients I write a focussed shopping list at the beginning of each year and if I don’t find things I keep them on the list. Some pieces have been on my list for 3 years.. the search goes on.

I was keen to find dungarees that were not too baggy or faded – I did those back in the ’90s !

This time around I wanted a sleeker and slimlined version and in a darker denim. Patent wise I wanted good quality, not too pointed but slimline and elegant enough to wear with dresses.

Who would have thought that I could have found both on the same day… when I was actually in shopping for a friend’s birthday present.

The first one of these posts  went down well last week.

Check it out here Shop My Style #1

This time there are 4 items an exact match !

Enjoy and let me know how you go.

My 4 yr old aka #smsminiphotographer is the snapper – we do a quick pic before Ms 8 yr old and I jump in the car to do dropoffs.

#realstyle !


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Video Review – The Best Bright Long Wearing Lipstick I have found


This is a first for me.

A beauty post. I know ..

Anyone who knows me knows the only real makeup I am into is bold lipstick, but as a working Mama with 2 wee kids it’s all about instant style & being low maintenance, so I have been looking for a lipstick for a while that does not need constant reapplication.

My favourite brands in terms of colour range from Nars and Mac to Max Factor, Maybelline and Rimmel so which one was it.. or is it a new brand ?

Want to know my new favourite lipstick ? Watch this vid..

and yes I am a dag in front of the camera xx



Enjoy and let me know how you go with it !

Update from this video .. it lasted from 7am – 6pm without reapplication ! Only reason it didn’t go longer is I went out and changed the colour !!


Shop My Style – Oxblood, French Navy & Black Leather


Oxblood, Marsala, Shiraz whatever you call it … maroon (maybe I am becoming a fully-fledged Queenslander ?) and I are having a moment.

I don’t think I have worn this colour – 2015 colour of the year no less.. since a great Mango fluted skirt & fitted little jacket in late 90s – I thought I was so 1940s Dior eat your heart out..

Anyway – the lovely folks at Louenhide gifted me a few bags to try out – knowing that I am a leather all the way girl – however, I have to admit the “Anna” below has definitely converted me to consider high quality vegan leather or PU – who would have thunk it ? – if I had a hat I would eat it. #omnomnom

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Best in Store – Surprise speed styling session in Catalog



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After finishing with another happy client’s mega shop today I had an hour to kill before I had a home visit with a client so I thought I would do a bit of research and check out what was instore on Lvl 3 at Indooroopilly Shopping Centre.

As I was passing a window I noticed a fantastic camel trench and thought I should let an IG mate @mummaaintthatmummsy know as she had put out the word to keep an eye out. I love a wee challenge like that.

When I went in I was surprised it was just $170 – double win.

As I was leaving I spotted another few pieces and immediately went into stylist and blogger mode. I thought I should create some outfits and see how they looked before really recommending them.

What can I say .. it all descended into a little bit of a fun fast photoshoot.

Here is what I found in Indooroopilly Shopping Centre’s branch all under $170 each.

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Sayonara Stress Monkey – My 9 Tips To Help Avoid Emotional Stress




My Grandma used to say “I’m a born worrier” and I must say I have in the past
been known to get stressed, anxious and a bit panicky about things.

Especially sick kids.

The last time one of my daughters was hospitalised close to 9 times in the one year I was to say the least a nervous wreck.

There followed another couple of years  of turbulence with my father’s multiple strokes, rehab and eventual passing away.

When I got pneumonia last June, I realised that my body (& mind) was on a slippery slope to adrenal fatigue and then some.

So I stopped eating sugar, looked after and nourished myself more. Tried to work through some emotional triggers and then this year have been going to yoga and meditation weekly.

So it did not go unnoticed (by myself and the Man) that when my 8 year old who was last week just complaining of a sore throat and then suddenly developed breathing difficulties during the night, collapsed and spent the following 5 days in hospital on oxygen, ventolin, steroids, antibiotics and having all sorts of tests done that I did not crack…

for the first time ever I was positively fucking zen about it all.

After all … Worry is just a habit and one I am determined to break.

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CLOSET KEEPERS – Outfit #5 – Dropoff Denim

Dropoff Denim

I called this 5th part of the Closet Keepers series – Dropoff Denim on purpose, even though anyone could wear this whether they have kids or not.

That is the point.

Yes I am a Mama, yes I wear flats or a small heel most of the time, but that does not define my style. It may impact a few of my choices but I often find the term “Mum Style”  to be a bit limiting and it gets my goat a bit.

I sometimes hear clients who through our work together reveal themselves to be naturally quite adventurous  or wanting to be more daring feeling like they can’t wear what they love because  Mums will think I am “overdressed” at the park, or soccer or pickups or  doing errands or whatever.

Excuse my French for a minute but Fuck That Bullshit.  

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Shop My Style – Frayed Denim Pinafore Dress


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As soon as I saw this I immediately bought it.

It’s denim – tick

It’s got frayed edges – love

It’s midi length – hello !

It’s got cute 70s inspired buttons down the front

It’s got the dungaree/overall bib that I love but…

It’s a bloody pinafore !

See how I styled and where to buy now ! 


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Budget Buys – 11 Banging Boots Under $100


This is my newest post as a regular contributor for, Australia’s popular Under $100 website.  Readers asked so I delivered… 


Like the skinny jean, the low heel ankle boot has become an everyday staple in most women’s wardrobes.

Hard to believe just 5 short years ago I had to go vintage and source online because I  couldn’t find any in stores.

Now thankfully ankle boots are ubiquitous and there are more options than you can shake a studded stick at.

Over the years I’ve garnered a bit of a collection (metallic, studded, western, cut-out, leopard) because I find them so versatile.

In my work styling and shopping for clients, I know many people find it hard to choose and style the right pair to get the look they want.

I love a bargain as much as the next girl but I also love quality pieces that will become firm Closet Keepers for seasons to come.

So keeping under $100 was a tad challenging because I wanted to source mainly leather and suede options as opposed to manmade.

That said I succeeded in finding 6  leather/suede as well as three longer boot options too- under $100    – I know, knock me down with a feather.

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What an eye-ful – An insightful chat with Brisbane’s Willy Wonka of Eyewear

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As as stylist, an area often overlooked when discussing personal style and strategic styling is eyewear.

But your glasses are a crucial element in expressing your personality and conveying a message to the word about who you are.

A story told by my grandmother is that my mother would walk into stores as a young woman  in the 50s and say

“Please, don’t show me anything ordinary”. She may now be in her 70s but that fierce independent style aesthetic and horror of the ordinary, dreary & the drab has not left her.

So when I took her to 20|20 Optical for new spectacles I knew we were in the right place.

Extraordinary is what they do.

In Willy Wonka he says ‘We are the music makers and we are the dreamers of dreams’. In the world of eyewear (as opposed to candy), 20/20 eyewear designers share the same philosophy, says Kevin Dick.

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Belt up ! – 7 Slick Ways to Style your Scarf



I love scarves of all kinds – I inherited all my grandmother’s and have quite a collection.

It is great showing clients how to style them as a scarf can make a huge difference to an everyday outfit quicker than you can say Jessica Alba.

But if you want to play around a bit more then read on


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CLOSET KEEPERS – Outfit #4 – Slick Sparkles


This is the fourth Outfit Inspiration of CLOSET KEEPERS

A series showing you how to build a wardrobe by choosing pieces you can mix and match with others within your wardrobe.

Rather than random outfits this addresses a problem I see everyday with individual styling clients. series showing you how to build a wardrobe by choosing pieces you can mix and match with others within your wardrobe.

Over the weeks you will see how the pieces can be used in different outfits so you can get a sense of their versatility and the pieces you need to glue your outfits together.

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CLOSET KEEPERS – #3 – Corporate Chic

Corporate Chic #3

This is Outfit Inspo with a difference.

Instead of random Outfits – this CLOSET KEEPERS series will build a wardrobe collection, full of pieces that will be loved and used in multiple outfit inspos to come.

In my work as a Style Mentor and Image Consultant many clients struggle with envisaging all the different ways they can use one piece in their wardrobe. This is to help you see how to build a wardrobe full of options.

In terms of budget I have made most of the pieces priced up to $400 – the cheaper pieces I have highlighted might be to indulge in a passing trend or I found a quality item at a good price. No tat here.

Last week I started the series with Closet Keepers Outfit #1 and #2 – read it here .

Here is outfit #3 – Corporate Chic

I called it that as I can see it easily being worn to an office – but I would wear this out to meetings or a chic dinner with business clients or even a fun night out.



Corporate Chic #3


1. Leopard Print (Statement Coat) - Next Direct – $104  Seen in #1 #2 - – BUY NOW 

This now comes in yellow i notice since I first posted it last week. They have a great range of sizes. If you are really curvy you can opt for a statement coat with a more tailored shape – will add to the series.

2. Black Wrap Midi Skirt – Seed Heritage – on sale – $55.96 – BUY NOW

Everyone needs a quality black midi skirt in their wardrobe -I liked the wrapover detail here  – show a bit of knee.

3. Mint Funnel Neck Textured Tshirt -Sportsgirl  now on sale – $41.96 – BUY NOW 

Funnel Necks are everywhere and mint is a great colour that looks good with monochromes, metallics and denim. This is a great option for those in warmer states too so you can still layer under a jacket. For cooler climes bring out the great scarves and wool coats to layer over.

4. Simple Black Leather Stiletto – Topshop – $119.00- BUY NOW 

These just happen to be from Topshop but I have posted about good ones in Wittner, Country Road before – you just want something that won’t date. They look great with pants or pencil skirt – a staple that will come and go in fashion trends but will stay in your wardrobe and always look good with an outfit when you need it too.

5. Zac Posen Black Bag – The Outnet – $405 - BUY NOW  

As seen before in #1 – put as much money as possible into this bag as you will see it alot !

6. Saint Laurent oval Catseye sunglasses  –  Matches Fashion – $300- BUY NOW 

I wear sunglasses every day in Australia at some point – (lucky me) after all those years of rain in Scotland … I have used these in every outfit so you can see how versatile this shape is and invest – they work on a price per wear. Will elevate a basic outfit to chic and sleek. These are pretty reasonable I reckon.

7.  Nars Lipstick – Mecca _ $35 – BUY NOW

A pop of colour – Pink is my favourite – works well as a contrast with greens but there is a huge range- lipstick just adds a touch of presentation to an outfit – no other heavy makeup needed.






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Sally Steele, is the lady behind  STEELEMyStyle and  is a Personal Stylist, Shopper, Wardrobe Consultant, Style Mentor & Branding specialist now based in Brisbane with Clients all over Australia.

She is in her 40s, has two little kids and helps others find their inner style & love the life they are leading.

She lives a real life  and knows how to navigate the challenges we face be it from stress, grief, overwork or just the everyday working Mama juggle in style & with a good dose of humour.



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The Power of a Good Brow – Benefit & Sister 2 Sister Collabo




















Everyone – even celebrities know the power of a good brow. 

In my work as a stylist and image consultant I often advise clients about changing the shape of their brows or going lighter/darker to really frame their face and make the most of their features

A talented Brow artist is worth their weight in gold. In more ways that one.

You can up your brow game and help disadvantaged teen girls at the same time. Read on ..

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Speedstyling at the Endeavour Foundation’s – The Labels Shop Launch

I love a bargain. Plus I am pretty passionate about sustainability.

A friend once said I had a Shopping Fairy and she is not wrong.

I also love Opshops / Thrift stores and find great gems but I know there are folks out there who don’t love …well preloved.

So the incredible Endeavour Foundation opened THE LABELS SHOP – here in Brisbane at 204 Riding Road Balmoral and I was invited to the VIP launch this week.

THE LABELS SHOP is a new retail concept by this independent not-for-profit offering brand-new quality international labels at irresistable prices, with ever-changing stock arriving daily.

It is very much a first in – best dressed scenario !

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