The Magnificent Seven Off The Shoulders Under $100 and How to Style


Whether you love boho luxe,  fashion forward, 50’s inspired, laidback lofi or classic chic there is an off the shoulder piece out there for you.

The right “Off the Shoulder’ is a demurely sexy alternative to cleavage, can be styled day or night and works on all ages and body shapes.

It can give you instant effortless style – my favourite kind.

Disclaimer: Those “cold shoulder” tops are not what I am talking about -Brrrrr – banish the thought.

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Hola Highneck – 10 under $100 & How to Style them


Funnel, turtle, mock, polo, roll or even skivvy whatever the heck type of neck you call it – it’s here to stay in 2015.
The 70s inspired runway collections have brought it back bigger than Boogie Nights. But how do you go there without looking like an extra from The Brady Bunch ? Never fear – there is a high neck that will work for your body and style.

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STEELEMyStyle X Toowong Village – $1000 to spend & 3 hrs Styling/Shopping


Brisbane Competition alert

Starts today until Wed 22 July at 12 noon. 

Do you want to spend $1000 of someone else’s money ?

Do you want expert help curating a killer wardrobe or just the services of a savvy shopping buddy worth $499 ?

Do you live in Brisbane or are prepared to get here to use the prize ?


Then Enter Now on INSTAGRAM – Easy as 1, 2, 3

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Manstyle – Outfit Inspo – Blazer, Polka Dots & Brogues


I love a man in a well-fitting suit. No doubt.

But in my work as a Personal Stylist & Shopper here in Brisbane, I find that many men really struggle with everything in between.

So while I do lots of work one on one with people I felt I needed to do more on the blog for the Guys (and their admirers).

I started @STEELEMyStyle_Mr on instagram last week.

Check it out.

Most men love a one-stop shop and need to know what to invest in  so bearing this in mind here is the first Outfit Inspo with more to come based on your feedback. I will be featuring a mixture of high end designers & chain store bargain buys.

Shoot me an email sally@steelemystyle or tag me on FB or IG with your requests.

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Frock Me ! – 6 Flattering Dresses Under $100


Frocks totally rock!


Its just one thing to think about before whacking on some heels, a flash of lipstick and boom off you go!

As a working Mama with 2 little kid this is bloomin’ useful.

Working with hundreds of clients of all ages, shapes and sizes over the years you get to know what type of dresses make someone look more Manhattan than Moonee Ponds.

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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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