Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Step Outside Your Comfort Zone

12pm on a weekday, Midtown NYC I decided to shoot this girl boss suit on my tripod.

For those that might not know, the majority of my posts I shoot on my own. Each time I practice, the more I get a little more comfortable and forget who’s around me. Towards the end of last year, my confidence took a plummet due to a traumatic time in my personal life and have spent the last 6 months working towards getting my old self back; learning to self love in the process. None of us are perfect, and social media can easily sugar coat life. We are all guilty I promise you.

Today’s post is about pushing your boundaries, and doing something that’s out of your comfort zone to take you one step closer to your goals. When you have been through some kind of trauma you have to take each day as it comes. I have found setting small goals each week really help towards happiness and it’s another accomplishment to tick off your list. It’s actually great going into a new work week and feeling positive. Week by week, you start to feel more confident and feel that self worth that you may have lost along the way. I think it's important to share this with you all, so that if something is going on in your life that really gets you down know you aren't alone.

So back to todays shoot! 57th Street between 6th and 7th avenue is a really busy street. I actually used to live one block up on 58th Street, so the location brings back a lot of fond memories of when I moved to Manhattan on my own back in 2010. This was the first place I lived in NYC and the beginning of gaining independence, so what better place to push my boundaries shooting on a tripod at the lunch rush to really test me. Midtown is very corporate so the suit blends in! I’m not into wearing head to toe tailoring so thought adding a tee and neck tie changed things up a little yet still feeling chic. Both the jacket and pants are Chinese Silk and felt so lightweight. The best thing about this more casual 2 piece is that the jacket is super versatile, I’ll definitely wear it with jeans. As for the pants, they are a little sporty so will look awesome with a pair of sneakers and oversized light knit for weekend brunch. 

I would love to hear how you guys push yourself, and do you find you achieve more in the process? From a mental or accomplishment perspective? Let me know!

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Photo Credit to yours truly. Shot in Midtown Manhattan in collaboration with Grana. Receive 10% off your order with code ‘SSxGRANA’.


Sunday, 11 June 2017

New York Golden Hour

When you have the opportunity to shoot something a little special in New York, it’s time to pull out all the stops and channel a more romantic vulnerable side. Today’s article is slightly different to what I would usually post, but wanted to get creative overlooking the Manhattan skyline and do something a little more dressy and editorial before heading out for cocktails in the city. Maybe I have been watching Breakfast at Tiffany’s a little too much! 

Velvet is new to my closet, and held out for this dress purely for the emerald green tones that ooze class. The wrap style is perfect to cinch in that waist, and the low neckline is a little sexy. With a dress this length, I think it’s important to show a bit of skin. I couldn’t resist adding a statement gold necklace to take this look back to the 60’s. As we are heading into winter here in Aus, the thickness of the dress is ideal for a cold night out. I was actually surprised how much fabric this dress has. 

So how can you add velvet into your wardrobe? I would definitely recommend only having a few pieces, so here are my picks:

The Statement Dress
Perfect for those winter nights out. Try wrap styles that are going to reveal some skin.
The Velvet Belt
Perfect to dress up your go to denim and white tee look whilst adding texture.
The Velvet Shoe
Easy to incorporate into your closet. Stick to muted tones so that they see you through to next season instead of being a one off fashion piece.

This editorial was photographed by myself at design hotel, The Boro in collaboration with Isabelle Quinn. Hair refresh by the lovely team at Aveda salon Inch Hairdresser.

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Wednesday, 31 May 2017

The One Black Dress You Need

When winter rolls around, it’s time to start layering your classic black dress. As you all know, my wardrobe is sustainable and one thing I hate to be is wasteful with one off pieces. I can’t remember the last time I bought a dress for ‘an occasion’ and didn’t wear it again. I guess your mind set changes with age towards spending and generally owning less things, especially when a mortgage and future career goals are at the forefront of your mind. Plus, I truly believe you only need one black dress. If it hugs in all the right places and is good quality you won’t need any other. It may take you time to find the perfect style, but your wardrobe will thank you for it.

Today’s dress is a strapless classic from Christopher Esber. The details on the buttons and stitching give a point of difference to any other LBD I have owned, and means you can keep accessories to a minimum. It’s also super cute layered. When planning how to originally style this dress, I considered wearing with a white button shirt to keep the look structured. Instead, I opted for this light knit which seemed the better option to keep the silhouette slim fitting. High heels were essential as the length is midi, which can sometimes make me look shorter than I am. The look is finished with statement earrings and nothing more. The dress speaks for itself.

I’d love to hear if you guys are opting for a sustainable wardrobe, and what you are doing to maintain it. Let me know!

Shop the look:

Button Down Contour Dress: Christopher Esber or similar here
Ribbed Knit: Lonely Lingerie but similar here, here and here
Statement Earrings: Marni but similar here, here and here
Photo Credit to Jiawa Liu, from Beigerenegade 


Saturday, 6 May 2017

Sustainable Winter Warbrobe

Pardon my over excitement when I say IT’S OFFICIALLY COAT WEATHER! I am definitely within the minority that looks forward to colder days given my location. In the office, I currently have my foot heater on and Smooth FM playing in the background (in case you didn’t know, it plays all the slow golden oldies) and the reason I have a soft spot for it is because the tunes remind me of a cold Christmas back in the UK. The one thing about Sydney winter which I have a changed mind set towards is owning less coats. 

A British winter is very different - outerwear is the only item in your closet that gets the most wear for a good eight months of the year. Which means you can’t be seen in the same style day in day out! Now that my wardrobe is built around staple pieces, the ‘less coats’ rule is more manageable and love they get a good amount of love for 4 months in the year. It’s more sustainable to own a few good quality ones that will get good wear, and will also see you into next winter. 

So if you are looking for the perfect coat, here are a few tips for outerwear shopping:

1. Choose a colour that will flow with the majority of your wardrobe. Black will never date. Neutrals will lift your look assuming you own dark denim and knits.
2. Opt for a timeless style. Simple cuts and symmetrical styles will see you through to next winter.
3. Pockets - Always welcomed to keep those hands warm! Perfect for the daily commute for your phone and travel cards.
4. Consider the fit when layered. Sydney doesn’t require too many layers, but when I’m trying on coats I will always take an oversized knit to see if the arms are too tight.

Shop my style:

Sling back shoes: Zara (old) or similar here and here
Black bag: Mango (sold out) or similar here and here
Baby Audrey Sunglasses: Celine

Photo credit to yours truly
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