Shop The Look: Olivia Palermo in Peacoat & Culottes

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Want to get Olivia’s  modern nautical look ?

read on … 

The star  is without doubt the Tibi Luxe Peacoat.

I have already talked about the reinventing of the humble timeless stripe this year – here and the little detail of the white stripes on the sleeve of the classic navy peacoat is the key to this utterly effortless chic style.

But let’s not forget the addition of the funnel neck and the culottes –

My love affair with the culotte  does not end – I first starting talking about them on the blog last year and no wonder – Easter lunch,  work, weekend, date night, dinner, daytime – there is a way to style culottes for every occasion and I personally love that about them.


Recreate this look in 4, 3, 2, 1,….

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Metallic Mondays – Metallic Rain Mac Under $100

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As a Mama of 2 and a Personal Stylist I am well aware of how to incorporate style and practicality and help other Mamas do the same.

Things I never ever had to consider before kiddiwinks.


How to wrangle little kids, babies, buggies, scooters, bikes &  dog in the rain without looking like a drowned rat, wearing  god forbid an anorak.  ?

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8 New Denim Trends to Try in 2015

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Sick of your Skinnies ?

Bit bored of your Boyfriend’s and your trusty denim pencil skirt ?

Ok we all love denim – so versatile & such an integral part of my and my clients’ wardrobes.

But if you want to stay in your denim everyday comfort zone, but still keen to breakout a bit then read on…and enjoy shopping options for all budgets. With links to pieces under and over $100.

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Metallic Mondays – The Metallic Skirt under $100

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Metallics are a neutral in my wardrobe.

I do own quite a bit and enjoy wearing them – especially on a Monday – to give a shiny start to the beginning of the week.

Who else likes a little sparkle in their everyday ? 

Here is a smattering of the shiny pieces I own, love and wear.

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Shop the Look: Marion Cotillard in Leopard Cape & Breton Stripes

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Want to get Marion’s chic parisien look ?

read on … 

Capes are big this year – Leopard & Stripes are always in style 

When I saw this a couple of weeks ago I just thought – this is really my ultimate everyday perfection. I do love her as an actor and she takes risks on the red carpet and in her day to day style.

Love the mix of leopard and stripes. 

It has an effortless chic quality to it that can work for any woman of any age I reckon – whether you are picking up kids – working – travelling – it is timeless, ageless style.

I have done the scouring and found the pieces to recreate this look and many more for budgets up to $300 – with some pieces under $50.

Easy as A, B, C



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Best in Store: 3 Designer Tshirts to Luxe up your Weekend Wardrobe

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Over the last 3 years I have introduced clients and followers to my favourite sites and Farfetch is a site that I really love.

Everyone knows I love supporting independent retailers – and this site brings together  internationally well known as well as up and coming designer pieces from global boutiques from Düsseldorf to Buenos Aires.

Some people think International designers are out of their price range but if you are a savvy shopper and shop the sales like me – that is not true.

Here are 3 Designer Tshirts under $100 from Farfetch 

that will take your Sunday Funday style to another level and add a bit of luxury to your everyday wardrobe. 


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#leadthefield Indooroopilly Event with Fashion Bloggers Kate Waterhouse, Zanita & Nadia Fairfax

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On Wednesday night, I  was invited by Indooroopilly Shopping Centre to a luxurious sit-down dinner Designer Showcase to launch #leadthefield Autumn Winter 2015 fashion with new season collections from leading Australian and International labels including Armani Collezioni, Hugo Boss, Ted Baker, Alex Perry, Oroton, Carla Zampatti, Scanlan Theodore, Manning Cartell, Camilla and many more.

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Real Style: Karen wears new H&M

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As a woman, happily in my 40s, who loves fashion I often feel frustrated & bored looking at instagram feeds, magazines or browsing through catalogues and websites which are just awash with young models or older women who’ve not only had botox, fillers and some kind of “work” but have been photoshopped within an inch of their lives, who are meant to represent and inspire women like me.

They don’t.

Real Style has substance & a true sense of individuality. 

In my work as a Style mentor I work closely with men and women who have a strong sense of self in other areas, money to spend, and are keen to have more fun with their clothes, but feel under-represented in the images we are presented with and can’t really imagine themselves in the clothes they dream of wearing.

Brands do themselves a huge disservice by ignoring this enormous & lucrative potential consumer group.

As a stylist and writer of this blog I often get sent pieces from brands to style & photograph.

As much as I love a dress-up my real love is styling and making other people look awesome, so when H&M sent me these 4 pieces this week I thought – let’s shake things up a bit – let’s do something new.


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Best in Store: 18 Cool Fun Flats for Everyday for all Budgets

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So last year I did a post requested by a Facebook fan about cool flats to wear with jeans etc.

12 Cool Alternatives to Ballet Flats & Ankle Boots 

It was a big hit.

Lots of emails and messages about how much people loved it and were appreciative for me putting my Personal Shopper skills to work for them.

So as someone who now lives most of my life in flats – (2 hour speed shopping marathons are not done in heels)  … I am always on the look out for new, fun, cool flats.

Here are my Top 18  for all budgets with some pieces under $50. 

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What pieces I’ll be looking for… at H&M

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Everything Scandi is beloved in Australia

And with International Swedish Fashion powerhouse H & M opening here in Brisbane tomorrow Thursday, March 5 at 10am just down the road from me in Indooroopilly Shopping Centre the love affair is sure to continue.

It has also been announced that H & M  will open in Westfield Garden City in May and the CBD later in 2015.

As a Brit, I grew up with the great fashion pieces that were available at  H&M and I am excited as the Brisbane retail landscape expands with Zara and Uniqlo expected soon too, but also as a Personal Stylist it is great to have more diversity and choice for clients of all budgets.

So welcome H & M and to celebrate – here are a couple of staple denim outfit pieces that I will be checking out tomorrow.

What will you be looking for ?

Let me know how you go !

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Shop The Look: Alexa Chung in Monochrome Patent

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Want to get Alexa’s look ?

read on … 

Patent is going to be big this year – Need more patent inspiration ?

Check out my Pinterest Board: How to Wear Patent.

When I saw Alexa Chung’s outfit this week at #lfw I felt compelled … to do a bit of scouring and the key pieces are under $100 as an extra bonus.


Easy as 1, 2, 3 

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Best in Store: 5 Fun Fringed Pieces to Shake up Your Wardrobe

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Fringes are an instant style statement.


Milan Fashionweek FW 2014, day 4


It’s impossible not to have fun when wearing fringes.

Totally. Unheard of.

Indeed, you may break out into some dance moves when wearing fringes.

So if you are the type of gal who likes more fun in her wardrobe then read on for great pieces priced $22 – $350.


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6 Ways to Rev up your everyday with RRRed

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This week I have been inspired by runway & streetstyle images from the A/W15 shows  at New York Fashion Week  to work more red into my everyday.

Not just for Red Carpet Events

I am already a fan of red and have two red dresses that I love wearing for events, an original 50s Vintage silk chiffon full cocktail dress and a Zac Posen (for Target) sheath (seen below)



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Hot under the collar: 3 Funnel Necks to buy and wear now

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Funnel, turtle, mock turtle, polo, roll whatever the heck type of neck you call it – it has suffered a serious image problem.

Growing up in Scotland and Europe – they were a beloved necessity to avoid freezing to death but I’ve noticed how many Aussie Personal Styling clients  (especially here in Tropical Queensland) rebel against the high neck – too hot, too frumpy, too unflattering is the opinion.

If there is one thing we have learned from Fashion Week it is.. Funnel necks are going to be EVERYWHERE in 2015. 

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Line up ! A fresh look at stripes in 2015

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Stripes are iconic, chic and timeless.

Stripes (like metallics in my closet) are a neutral and I love mixing and mashing them with with florals, metallics, leopard, camo and spots or just pairing everything down with simple Breton Marinière and jeans.

Stripes on the runway

Since AW/14 the 60s, 70s vibes that have been influencing the runway looks, have meant that stripes in SS15 have a whole new flavour. It never ceases to amaze me how designers can continue to take the same pattern through dizzying new variations. Love it!

Pinstripes, varsity, zig zags, pastels, bright colour block stripes, candy stripes, spots & florals mashup or just a new take on the minimalist nautical stripe, everyone’s at it.

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Best in Store: Black Slouchy Cotton Pants

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The perfect slouchy pant is hard to find.


When I am shopping for my Personal Styling & Shopping clients, I am in the zone – whether I am with them or not, I never look at things for myself, but this week when I bought these 100% cotton slouchy pants for a client – and  saw how awesome they were just on the hanger and then when I got them to her house saw how perfect they looked on my client,  I bought a pair for myself.

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How to: Style Ankara African Prints 7 Ways

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When I first saw Haitian/Italian designer, Stella Jean’s runway in SS14 I was speechless. It was utterly perfect and in terms of my own personal style just connected with me immediately.

Playful but sophisticated and grown-up at the same time.

I also love how she is dedicated to ethically manufacturing and help artisanal women in disadvantaged areas worldwide.

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STEELEMyStyle x River Island – Australia Day Fashion

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What to Wear (in Brisbane) on Australia Day ?

When the lovely people at River Island came to me and asked me to be involved and do a “what to wear” for their Australia Day feature of course I said yes. I have loved and known River Island since I was young in the UK and have introduced many clients and readers to their great pieces.

Below is the feature as they printed it alongside fellow bloggers Annabel from Londoner in Sydney and Susan from Fashion Adventurer with my Extended version below (including) shopping links.

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Win a pair of flopZ gel thongs for Summer !

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Before I moved to Australia from Scotland, 14 years ago, I hadn’t worn thongs since family holidays in Arran when those old school 70s flipflops cut your feet and toes to mincemeat. Brrrr…but thanks to Havaianas I crossed over.

When we moved to Tropical Queensland in 2010, my fancy sandal and thong collection has moved into the same realm as my sunglasses collection and now Havaianas have a strong contender for the crown with flopZ.

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STEELEMyStyle x Black Taffeta Maxi Skirt

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To the Max

I love people watching in general and remember being a student at the Sorbonne in Paris and working in London and Tokyo and happily spending hours sitting watching the  world & the outfits go by.

Inspiration for me comes from many sources – film, nature, travel, literature, music & art but I definitely get a lot from the street.

Now as a busy working mama, living in the burbs I don’t get that same visual inspiration  and so I love Pinterest and blogs, looking at streetstyle, especially from Fashion Week.

I love the mix of fashion powerbrokers, editors, trend forecasters, bloggers and buyers and what they are putting together.

A couple of seasons ago these ladies (including Yasmin Sewell & Tiffany Hsu)  stood out and the floor skimming maxi intrigued me.

I thought I would keep an eye out for a floor length taffeta maxi and maybe try it out.

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