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LAYLA

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BEC & BRIDGE Bustier, Skirt & Top | WITTNER Heels

Today’s look could easily be mistaken for a black mesh dress when it is in fact, a bustier, skirt and separate top. This is what I love about Bec & Bridge’s current Spring Summer Collection, “Layla“. It has the full dress options, but it also has stunning separates that you can mix and match to create your own look. These pieces I’m wearing, hug you in all the right places and as a result I feel held in and ready to take on the world. It’s power dressing at it’s best. Give it a try… You might find a black mesh dress is exactly what you need in your wardrobe repertoire.

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MONO

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INCYDA Pantsuit & Leather Jacket | ZARA Heels | NICOLE FENDEL Jewels

The black pantsuit. Black leather. Bold hardware. Sharp lines. Mono e mono. All black everything.

[ Photography by Elle Alihos from Bohemian Prints ]

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DOUBLE DENIM

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DRICOPER Shirt & Jeans | YEOJIN BAE Trench | GIVENCHY Bag | WITTNER “Columbias” Mules | HAATI CHAI Bracelets | MARC by MARC JACOBS ID Bracelet | ARTELIER World Ring

I thought I would style a double denim look for you today. I think double denim is one of those things that you either love or hate. I personally, am a lover! For today’s look, I chose to go with a mid blue wash. The shirt and jeans have a subtle colour difference, which is just right to be able to wear them together. These skinny jeans are an especially amazing fit. The fabric is soft and stretchy and the wash colour is extremely flattering. We all need the perfect blue skinny jean in our wardrobe – they’re classic, sophisticated and completely timeless. Just think of Kate Moss in her signature denim jeans and tees… timeless!

I wonder if the designer that invented skinny jeans, also invented the mule… most likely not. They are such a perfect duo though! These wedge mules are super cool and good little transeasonal heels, so when the weather warms up, you can bare your legs in them too. I’d be pairing them with some relaxed boyfriend shorts or a pleated skirt for sure!

[ Photos taken by Amy Hamilton from Love Rush ]

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ELECTRIC BLUE

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AKIN BY GINGER & SMART Dress | BCBG MAX AZRIA Heels | GUCCI Watch | MIISHU Krystle Knit Rings | TIFFANY & CO Bracelet | AMBER SCEATS Bangle

It doesn’t get any more electric than this leopard print blue dress. Every once in a while I love wearing electric blue. It’s not the easiest colour to style, but if you do mix it with other colours, try to keep them quite neutral, such as black, white, grey, silver, nude or powder pink. This dress however, needs no help. It is a piece of art in itself. The sculptured sleeves are perfection and the body skimming fit, literally slides on like a glove. This stunning blue dress is part of Akin’s August Range, so get excited lovers as we are only a few weeks away!

I bought these bright blue heels last time I was in LA, and I have to say, they have been the best purchase! I think every girl needs at least one loud heel in their wardrobe. Speaking of jet-setting, this shoot was taken in the amazing Marrakesh Resort, Hua Hin Thailand. This hotel’s exquisite beauty has inspired me to add actual Marrakesh to my bucket list. I’m just imagining the exotic scenery and scrumptious Moroccan food there… drool!

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STRIPES

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Monochrome stripes are always a favourite of mine. Today I’ve styled stripe on stripe, which was a design feature trending on the catwalk recently. Designers seemed especially interested in monochrome stripes, although other stripe colour combinations were also prevalent. Many of them played with the concept of converging stripes and contrasting skinny and fat stripes together, so today I’ve loosely replicated this concept in to a wearable day look.

This outfit would have to be one of the most comfortable outfits to wear. The jersey harem pants are soft and luxurious on the skin and the cosy knit is pure bliss to wear. When comfort and style coincide, I’m in heaven. I’m not a fan of being uncomfortable just in the name of fashion. I think it’s quite possible to be stylish and comfortable at the same time. There are of course moments where fashion over rules comfort. However, I do try to limit these moments. I’m sure you’ve all had nights where you’ve decided to wear a hot new dress or some stunning new heels and felt so uncomfortable that it either ruined your fun, made you self-conscious all night, or even worse, made you have to go home early? Well it’s those nights I try to avoid! My motto is, when you feel comfortable, you are the best version of yourself and you also have the most fun. After all, life is all about the experiences! I think the French describe it best. They call it having “joie de vivre”. This enthusiasm for life is what we all need and while we’re there, why not look good doing it?

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WANDERLUST

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ZULU & ZEPHYR Cami & Shorts | MARKET HQ SKIN “Broome” Slides | BARMAH HATS Panama Hat

Location Credits:  Marrakesh Resort & Spa, Hua Hin Thailand

These cold and especially short Winter days have me dreaming of exotic locations where your daily attire consists of bikinis, summer shorts, pool slides and straw hats. Oh, to be in amongst that balmy air again! There is a term, heliophilia, which means an attraction to sunlight. I have self-diagnosed myself and the results are in… I have a serious case of heliophilia! What can I do about this? Well, basically I need to live a jet setters lifestyle where I chase the sun all year round and work from the most exotic locations in the world… A girl needs to have dreams right?

For now however, I must try to appreciate cosy Winter dressing and Melbourne’s stark, beautiful scenery, because bikinis, summer shorts and pool slides are still a good 4 or 5 months away… Unless by some miracle I end up vacaying again before the year comes to a close… Anything’s possible…

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BLACK OUT

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Who doesn’t love a black on black outfit? Two of my favourite style must-haves for the Winter season have been roll-neck knits and slit-cut skinny jeans. You can find already-made slit-cut jeans in some of the High Street stores, such as Top Shop and Witchery, but if you have a teeny bit of DIY in you, cutting an already perfect fitting pair of jeans for yourself is quite simple. All you need is a stanley knife and some thick cardboard or a block of wood to go inside the leg.

To start, make 2 x long cuts across the middle of the knee. Keep the cuts extremely narrow and make sure the ends of each cut almost touch. The idea is to cut an extremely thin cat-eye shape out of the knee. You don’t want it to look like a clean cut-out shape though. It still needs to look like a slit. So, use the back end of the stanley knife to scrape away at the fibres. This will give the jeans a “used” look. You may find you need to do a few smaller cuts in between the two longer cuts to help with scraping away the fibres. The trick is, to scrape with the stanley knife and pull the fibres away with your fingers – you need to leave some scraggily bits dangling to make it look like a genuine rip.

Now that you have your newly ripped jeans to take for a spin, what better partner in crime is a stunning roll neck knit. Today I’ve gone for a black on black outfit, but how amazing would this look with blue skinny jeans and a neutral roll-neck knit. Think pale grey, bone or khaki. Things to think about for today… Go!

[ Photography By Rosanna Faraci ]

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INCYDA Dress & Leather Jacket | ZARA Heels | NICOLE FENDEL Jewels

Instead of a plain pink dress, why not add some red to it? I absolutely adore clashing colours that are supposed to be a no-no. This colour combination is no longer a faux pas in fashion land. If Dior can do it, this pretty much guarantees us right of passage.

Incyda has executed the pink and red colour combination perfectly on this dress. The voluminous hem is just the right amount of red and the pale pink dress is just the right shade of pink. To keep the outfit in line with my personal style, I’ve pared the feminine pink dress with a tough leather jacket. With this formula, you really can’t go wrong!

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MARRAKESH

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STEELE Dress | ALEXANDER WANG Heels | GUCCI Watch & Ring | KRYSTLE KNIGHT Rings | SARINA SURIANO Ear Cuff | LUNA & ZARR Key Bangle | TIFFANY & CO Chain Bracelet

On our recent vacay to Thailand, we shot this stunning floral print dress. The shoot location is in the impressive entrance to the Marrakesh Resort in Hua Hin. This resort is a must-try on your bucket list. It is situated right on the beach front, giving a select number of rooms an impressive view over the resort pool and the ocean beyond.

This floral print dress was possibly my favourite item in the suitcase. It is the perfect poolside throw-over, but also works beautifully when dressed up with heels. I’ve been obsessing over asymmetrical hemlines for a while now, so when I first spotted this gem in Steele’s Spring 14 Lookbook, my eyes lit up like a Christmas tree. For those of you that have decided you need this stunning piece in your wardrobe, it will be available in stores by mid-August.

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