Summer is all about minimalism and having those few staple essentials to get you through is so important.
The Bag Collective and I have teamed up to bring you the Five Summer Essentials you need this season!
One ~ A bold lippy.. I’m a huge advocate for minimalist style and basing a capsule wardrobe around neutrals. A bold lipstick adds a pop of colour to any look and is perfect for Summer styling!
Two ~ A good pair of sunnies.. We’ve all bought a cheap pair before hoping they’ll last through the sun and salt of Summer! Well a good pair of sunnies is going to be one of your best purchases this season. They’ll be a lot more durable, protective and has the ability to elevate any look.
Three ~ BB Cream.. Who has time to put on a full face of make up when you really want to be at the beach?! BB Cream is that essential beauty product to provide you with that light effortless coverage (not to mention sun protection!).
Four ~ Tassel Earrings.. Yes it’s a thing right now, yes you should get on board! I am obsessed with this trend and how it can take any look from day to night. Tassel Earrings are super boho but so chic and another item you need on your list this Summer.
Five ~ Headphones.. Summer really wouldn’t be the same without the tunes! When you want to chill out on your inflatable swan, how fun would it be without that summer playlist? Am I right?
Pack all of your Summer essentials into your personalized monogrammed pouch by The Bag Collective! They’re the ultimate minimalist essential to elevate any look. Choose from their wide range of colours and personalize the leather with your initials for that special touch. They’re the perfect gift for someone special or treat yourself to one of these beauties!
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You’ll thank me later 😉
Photography by Jason Hywood (Instagram @chillography)
Is there anything better in the warm weather than a shirt dress?? It’s easy, comfy, cool and effortlessly stylish. And I mean effortless – throw it on, add sandals, say no more! There’s nothing worse than trying to style an outfit when it’s hot and you want comfort… but you also want style!
This dress by Imonni has a long, curved hem, side splits for movement and a tie-up belt to cinch in the waist. This dress is simply perfect for every figure. The cuffed sleeves slim the arms and shoulders and the buttons down the front elongate the figure – great for shorties like me!
I’m a big fan of neutrals so the black and white geometric combination was perfect for my wardrobe! Take a different angle on the shirt dress and wear it as a vest. Leave it un-buttoned but still tied up, teamed with jeans, a singlet, heels and a hat and you have a totally different look! (Or even layer it with a long sleeve underneath for the cooler months.)
Tip: Look out for curved hems on dresses to elongate your figure. Avoid even hems if you’re short as it can often cut you off and make you look shorter.
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Dress – Urban Girl Boutique by Imonni Melbourne
Shoes – Betts
Watch – The Horse
Finally! The warmer weather is among us! HALLELUJAH!
I’m sure you’ll all be just as happy as I am that the warmer weather has finally kicked in (well for now anyway!). And what better way to celebrate the warmer weather than laying on a beautiful Aussie beach?
That’s all great… but am I the only one who always finds it difficult to put an outfit together that is beach appropriate? And of course by appropriate I mean comfy, cool, easy to change in and out of, doesn’t-matter-if-it-gets-sandy and ofcourse chic! Well if you struggle too (and I know you do!) to match a top and bottoms for that effortless beach look, that so many girls are pulling off way too easily (am I right?!), look no further than a PLAYSUIT/JUMPSUIT!
You don’t have to waste time matching a top to your bottoms when all you want to do is go to the beach already! They automatically make you look chic and give you instant style cred. Jumpsuits/playsuits have been all over the catwalks for a while now and they aren’t going anywhere fast. They are super on trend, so even perfect with heels for that beach party where you need step it up a little more 😉
My playsuit is by Milk and Honey from Myer and features a triangle cut out back, deep v in the front and belted with a tie-up waist band. So many different styles and cuts around right now that you really can be picky when it comes to finding the right one for you (although, like me, you’ll probably want them all!).
*Fun Fact… The difference between a playsuit and a jumpsuit is that the bottoms in a playsuit are shorts and in jumpsuits they are pants 😉
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Playsuit – ‘Milk and Honey’ by Myer
Hat – Cotton On
Sunnies – Collette Dinnigan
If you’re anything like me, sometimes putting an outfit together is just too hard! Whether you’re running late, think you have nothing to wear or are just struggling to figure out what you want to wear, this tip is for you!
Vests are my number one go-to piece in my wardrobe for quick and effortless style. They are the statement of most outfits so you don’t have to think too hard about the rest! Go for a bold, contrasting colour to make your outfit pop or keep it simple with black or grey and complete the outfit mono-chromatically – a classy look that is so easy to execute!
If you are daring and willing to try a bold colour, keep the rest of your outfit simple so you don’t take attention away from the star of your outfit. I teamed this cut out white blouse with my cut out ankle boots to pull the look together while still keeping the bold, biker Cameo vest the centre of this outfit.
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Vest – Cameo the Label
Top – White Closet
Jeans – JAG
Boots – Betts for Her
Well Spring hasn’t quite sprung yet – but almost! And although it’s exciting to see what the new season holds in the big wide world of fashion, it can often be a challenge to transition from your Winter to Spring wardrobe.
If you’re anything like me, you’ll probably be wanting to hide some very sun-deprived, pale legs! Wide leg pants have definitely made a strong comeback into fashion in these past few months. The high waist and the wide cuffs create the perfect long legged illusion (yay for us shorties!). A sheer pair are perfect for Spring as they introduce softer fabrics while not showing off too much skin (it’s still breezy after all!).
Just because it’s getting warmer doesn’t mean you have to run for the pastel and floral prints. Fear no more – Neutral tones are still very much okay. And yes navy is a neutral! Not only does it work with your Winter burgundy’s but it’s also the perfect companion to team with camel, white and nude tones for the warmer months ahead.
Throw on some lacey sandals and a curl in your hair and you’re half way to Spring!
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Top – Finders Keepers the Label
Pants – The Fifth
Shoes – ‘Nia-B’ by Betts For Her
My obsession for unique cuts continues with the gorgeous wrap top from Azalia Boutique! This stunning piece crosses over at the front with a high collar and a floor length back.
Although it is a statement, it’s wear-ability is no question! Work it in with your wardrobe staples to add your own style. Contrast with bold white bottoms or add a pop of colour with a high waisted skirt or flared pants! If black’s not your colour, this beauty also comes in white (for those more daring!).
One of the best things about boutique shopping is that whatever is in this week is gone next week. Knowing that your piece is one of a kind and a style like no other is what makes what you pick so special! Azalia Boutique always carry a huge range of unique pieces so you’ll never walk away empty handed. If the wrap top is what you’re looking for be super quick to get your hands on one before they sell out!
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Top – Azalia Boutique
Jeans – Bardot
Shoes – Tara-B by Betts For Her
Watch – The Horse
Well although it’s still cold outside, Adelaide designer Paige Rowe is one step ahead as she launches her Spring/Summer 2016 range.
This collection has definitely given the Summer wardrobe a fresh and innovative aspect. The pieces are all unique in their own way, whether it’s their sharp and edgy cuts, tailored to the perfect fit or the prints that are exclusive to the Paige Rowe designs!
These pieces are exactly what you’re looking for when searching for an outfit that will take you from day to night or casual to cocktail. Each design is different in its own way. Wear the pieces simply or layer them together for ultimate effortless style – the Paige Rowe designs are so wearable and yet so diverse.
You can have a look at Paige’s full collection at http://www.paigerowe.com.au and make an appointment to check it out in person!
(Entire outfit including shoes are by Paige Rowe)