My workwear wishlist

The unpredictable weather calls for a staple, transeasonal wardrobe – one featuring covetable styles that are synonymous with effortless sophistication. My workwear wishlist epitomises this. From a leather biker jacket to nonchalantly layer over work styles, to point-toe suede heels that’ll lend a polished finish to looks, these pieces are endlessly versatile.

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Basic leather jacket, Zara

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Lauren oversized wayfarer, Whistles

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Patrice faux leather skirt , French Connection

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Downtown crepe asymmetric skirt, French Connection

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Chloé Drew small suede and leather cross-body bag, Matchesfashion.com

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MBFWA sensual resort collections

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia ended this month, and from it, I discovered a new group of designers with a strong, womanly aesthetic. All of them have a thing common, in that they celebrate sensuality. Confident models showed off their accentuated curves. And so, I’ve highlighted the resort collections that stood out for those reasons, which can be your inspiration for styling sultry, yet sophisticated looks. Take note.

Dion Lee

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(Image: Vogue Australia)

Misha Gold

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(Image: Vogue Australia)

Yeojin Bae

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(Image: Chic Management)

Manning Cartell

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Steven Khalil

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(Image: Popsugar)

Bec & Bridge

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Cameo Collective

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(Image: Vogue Australia)

KitX

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(Image: British Vogue)

Top 6 volumising mascaras under £10

While I love testing out luxury eye make-up products, (Nars’ Audacious mascara is on my wishlist) budgeting for a holiday requires me to cut back on beauty and fashion buys. And the best part about this is finding what the under £10 market has to offer. For me, this is especially important when it comes to finding the perfect bargain buy mascara, as voluminous eyes add serious oomph to a beauty look, which in my case, consists of slick straight hair and high definition brows. I originally planned to get individual eyelash extensions put in, however I didn’t want that sort of commitment on holiday, as I’m likely to spend a lot of time in the pool/sea. Not to mention, a single missing eyelash can make all the difference. Below is my edit of top drugstore mascaras to buy now, all of which are under £10.

 

Max Factor Masterpiece Mascara

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Maybelline Sensational Lash Multiplying Mascara

 

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L’Oréal Paris Voluminous X5 Carbon Black Mascara

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L’Oreal False Lash Sculpt Mascara

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Kiko Ultra Tech Mascara

 

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L’Oréal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara 

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Accessory edit: Sleek running backpacks

Fitness can be a stylish affair. One that allows us to stay true to our style sensibility, even when sweating it out during fitness hours. And so, workout clothes can be channelled frequently for daily outings just in case we feel like going for an impromptu run from time to time. But doing this requires fitness outfits that we love enough to wear more than necessary. And admittedly, being without my handbag is a strange feeling for me. It’s my must have accessory – typically a black leather shopper style for work. So the perfect workout wear replacement has to come in the form of a backpack with similar features. The kind that we could all channel for a more refined look that acts as style motivation for jogging. While I haven’t got my hands on Burberry’s SS16 small rucksack in technical nylon and leather, I’ve found the six hottest high street styles that will make us want to go for that run. Unlike Burberry’s mauve pink backpack that I love, these are all in monochromatic tones, which can work seamlessly with a range of looks.

Monki foldover backpack 

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Mango zip detail backpack 

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New Look fringe mini backpack 

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Matt & Nat backpack with zip fastening in pastel pink 

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Topshop shearling backpack

 

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Whistles suede mini verity backpack

 

 

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Top 6 mirror sunglasses on a budget

Dior’s So Real sunglasses range has been a hot topic since its release during the brand’s spring/summer 2014 collection. And the attention hasn’t stopped. What I love most, is how these style of sunglasses, with their reflective mirror detail, can accent the simplest looks and give off a cool womanly vibe. Which is why they are the perfect accessory for minimal outfits. The kind of shades you wear for your commute to work that put you in a kick-ass mood. And if you haven’t got the budget for Dior, there are a range of inspired styles on the high street that allow us all to channel this in vogue coolness. Here are my top 6 picks:

Mirrored cat eye sunglasses from Missguided

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Combi sunglasses from Mango 

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‘Cherry Bomb’ 60mm sunglasses by Quay Australia

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‘My Girl Mirror’ cat eye sunglasses with pink lenses by Quay Australia 

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Gold mirrored pilot sunglasses from River Island 

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Find your signature hairstyle

If like me, you’ve been experiencing ‘bad’ hair days, and are sick of letting your hair deflate the way you feel, it’s time to hone a signature hairstyle. One that complements your wardrobe choices and life structure. For me, that’s channelling an everyday look of womanliness and minimalism.

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Zac Posen SS16

(Image: Harper’s Bazaar)

I got to this point after realising that my newly stitched, curly hair extensions were a mistake. I couldn’t bear the bouncy, tight curls. And even my hour of straightening couldn’t make my heavy hair appealing enough – to me at least.

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Jason Wu SS16

(Image: Harper’s Bazaar)

Four weeks down the line, and I still severely miss the sleekness of simplicity. Stripped back, nonchalant and pristine; glossed to perfection – my signature hair. After all, It’s the perfect style for an avid red lip wearing, contour curious woman who wants her face to make a statement.

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Victoria Beckham SS16

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And owning signature hair is simple with this short exercise. All you need is a roundup of images from designers and style influencers that resonate well with you, before spotting the day-to-night hairstyles most associated with them. Chances are, these will be as inspiring as the clothes. In my case, (the designers) Jason Wu and Victoria Beckham, as well as (style influencers) Oliva Culpo and Bella Hadid, led me to my coveted hairstyle. Just take a look at the images to see why.

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Givenchy SS16

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Life is stressful as it is, so owning a signature look that’s easy and symbolic of your overall style, is a beauty in itself. It’s time to hunt for your signature hairdo ladies, and then totally own it!

 

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Amanda Wakeley SS16

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Stye influencers:

Olivia Culpo 

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(Image: Marie Claire)

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(Image: Daily Mail)

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(Image: Who What Wear)

Bella Hadid 

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(Image: Fashionnstyle.com)

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(Image: Daily Mail)

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(Image: The Daily Telegraph)

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(Image: The Hollywood Reporter)

Emily Ratajkowski 

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(Image: The Mirror)

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(Image: Look)

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(Image: Grazia)

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(Image: InStyle)

Beauty edit: liquid matte lipsticks

Ever since I tested out Sleek’s Matte Me range (I bought the lip cream in the Old Hollywood shade), I’ve become addicted to liquid lipsticks of this texture. Full coverage, long lasting and weightless. It’s the perfect combination; easily applied like a lipgloss but finished to full, matte effect. These super wearable, hydrating lipsticks are the answer to dry, chapped looking lips, due to their rich moisture. What I love most, is the vivid colour, yet light feel that they give. Not to mention the full, plump look on offer. Whether you’re yet to join this beauty bandwagon, or are already part of the infectious lip community, my edit of stunning shades and brands to try below will hopefully inspire your next buy.

 

Ciaté London Liquid Velvet Lipstick 

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❤ the shades Pin Up and Voodoo

 

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick 

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❤ the shades Ricco, Amore & Caramello

 

Gerard Cosmetics Hydra Matte Liquid Lipstick

 

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❤ the shades Cher, Iced Mocha, Ruby Slipper & Serenity

 

LA Splash Lip Couture Waterproof Matte Liquid Lipstick

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❤ the shades Cryptic, Ghoulish, Innocent vixen, Latte confession & Untamed

 

TheBalm’s Meet Matt(e) Liquid Lipstick

 

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❤ the shades Charming & Committed

 

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream

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❤ the shades Cairo, Athens, San Paulo, Stockholm, Abu Dhabi, London & Transylvania (so many)

What beauty products are you all loving right now?

 

 

(All images are from the correlating shopping sites for each product)

 

Red-y for work

Red is the colour of confidence. When worn to work, it immediately gives off a strong look that says, ‘I’m in charge; I’m a leader.’ It’s a bold choice, particularly for the office, which makes it that much more impactful. It also allows us to stand out in garments made from simple, minimal cuts because the adornment of colour is striking on its own. And it’s the perfect shade to transition from work to party. As the saying goes, ‘dress for the job you want’, and the colour red expresses a winning attitude. So whether, the tone of red we wear comes in the form of a blouse, pencil dress, heels, skirt, or a bag, a touch of it exudes passion, and is a simple way to exert confidence. Red was a big player at the SS16 shows, and it’s an even bigger player for our working wardrobes. Here are my top high-street picks (with the exception of the discounted Joseph dress) of red attire for the office:

Willis crepe dress by Joseph

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(Image: The Outnet)

 

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(Image: Reiss)

 

Dress with zips at the back 

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(Image: Zara)

 

Laser cut top by Karen Millen

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(Image: Karen Millen)

 

Ribbed jumper by Karen Millen

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(Image: Karen Millen)

 

 

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(Image: Rusell & Bromley)

 

 

Sand wine high heel ankle boot by Kurt Geiger 

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(Image: Kurt Geiger)

 

 

Workwear wishlist (designer staples)

When it comes to our workwear wardrobes, there’s nothing quite like having an edited selection of timeless, wearable pieces that work seamlessly together. It makes the getting ready process a much more enjoyable and smooth experience. And when those pieces last for several seasons, they become the investments that we can build a harmonious style from. This is where quality over quantity is paramount. The kind of garments that will see us through a decade, while remaining strong in quality, and ageless in style, typically come with a higher price tag. But if you want all of the above and more, it’s worth it. And so I’ve created a wishlist of six designer pieces that I’m dying to see in my wardrobe. On the top of my list is the Celine trapeze bag from the Fall/Winter 2014 collection. Love! I hope this post inspires your wardrobe choices.

 

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(Image: Vestiaire Collective)

Christian Louboutin Pigalle Kid pumps (85 mm)

 

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(Image: Lyst)

Victoria Beckham stretch trousers

 

 

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(Image: Lyst)

 

Victoria Beckham light matte crepe panelled pencil skirt 

 

 

 

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Victoria Beckham matte crepe curve dress

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(Image: FWRD)

 

Saint Laurent military peacoat 

 

 

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Slip on

Slip dresses are well and truly a focus for my partywear wardrobe. They were prominent at New York Fashion Week spring/summer 16, setting the mood for eveningwear and proving to be ‘the’ sensuous garment of the season. At Givenchy, we saw cutaway styles, at Rochas, my favourite came romantically loose and sheer with gorgeous jacquard detail, while at Celine, beautifully scalloped trimming stood out. And these risqué 90s style dresses, which allow us to channel lingerie as outerwear, are just what we need to ooze sensual nonchalance.
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Rochas SS16

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Below are some gorgeous high street options:

Lace trim slip dress

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Plisse slip dress

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– Topshop

Lace appliqué dress

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– Mango

Alice And You black eyelash lace slip dress

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– Dorothy Perkins

Caprice black slip dress with lace applique

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– House of CB