Friday, 20 April 2018

The Accessories To Pack

This week has been dedicated to packing my four years in Australia into two suitcases! It wasn’t an easy task one bit. I thought I would have been able to do it in a couple of days but it has literally taken me over three weeks to decide what to cull and what to keep. Because lets be honest, no one wants the extra costs of kilos at the airport! There were a few things I definitely kept hold of, either because they are seasonal staples or for the reason they are timeless accessories. I’ll be doing a more in depth packing post upon my return to the UK, but until then I am sharing the accessories I have kept a tight hold of. 

One piece I didn’t part ways with was my Daniel Wellington watch. I think having a small yet curated collection of accessories can really elevate your wardrobe. For me, that includes a few timepieces that all differ in some way - i.e, a contrasting watch face and neutral straps in different fabrics to match the majority of my looks. It’s always great to have the option of a mesh strap (great for evening or tailored looks) and a leather strap (my go to for casual or denim looks). I'm a minimal jewellery kind of girl, so my watch is usually the stand out piece. You’ve only got to spot a coffee shot on my Instagram to see what I mean! I have styled with the Daniel Wellington cuff which comes in silver or rose gold. 

Handbags in monochromatic colours are a great option for styling. When packing everything into two suitcases the less handbags the better to save space, so I have definitely culled a lot of ‘fashion’ bags this week. I think keeping a tote, a cross body, and a shoulder bag is enough. Any bag that’s a trend piece that I can buy at a reasonable price point I will wait to purchase back in the UK. 

I have also kept hold of a handful of earrings - a few statement and small everyday styles all in gold. 

Daniel Wellington are offering a free strap when purchasing a watch offer and an additional 15% off with code ‘STYLESTRUCTURE’ until May 31st. For my Australian followers, the gift sets are a great option for Mother’s Day next month. I actually purchased one for my mums birthday last year and she loves it!

Photo credit to Jessie Khoo


Friday, 30 March 2018

London Fall Fashion Week 2018

Well that month flew by pretty quickly! I finished up my full-time job in Social Media Management last month and the same night I flew straight into London. Two overweight suitcases later, I arrived at Fashion Week. Then the challenge began to style my looks for the week with no breathing time from leaving the office onto the plane! 

Packing was not easy. I had to consider at least one look to photograph a day not only at LFW but also PFW. Minus temperatures sure look great in pictures, but let me assure you that packing multiple jackets and coats also meant that both my suitcases actually burst and broke by the time I made it back to Aus. Bring on Summer Fashion Weeks and no excess baggage fees! 

Tailoring was a large part of my London wardrobe. The main items I packed were trouser and skirt suits, multiple blazers, and statement jackets. The below zero temperatures made layering all that more fun, but my hands hated me for not remembering gloves - epic fail when you rely on a remote control to take your photos and you can’t keep your hands warm! I would have been lost without my Tularosa teddy coat from Revolve. It seriously got me through the cold. 

There were many trends I picked up on for Fall which I’ll be touching upon in the coming weeks so keep an eye out for that! Today’s focus is what I wore each day in London. Surprisingly a lot of the looks can be recreated day to day. 

Jacket: Karen Millen, Pants: Karen Millen
Most images shot self-portrait or snapped by Ashley Schuberg from Miss Gunner

Would love to hear your thoughts on my looks. It’s finally happened…..I am now pursuing Style Structure full time so you’ll see a lot more posts over here. If there is anything you wanted to read and see more of let me know in the comments below!


Thursday, 8 March 2018

Date Night Inspo - Paris Edition

Bonjour from the city of love! I must say, it feels like I have been in Paris forever, and it’s only been 9 days! Fashion weeks in London and Paris have come to a close, and I’m sure there are many Insta hubbies feeling a little left out whilst business comes first for us females functioning thanks to cafe au laits. What better way to celebrate the busy period than my three favourite date night looks in collaboration with Order of Style.

You may remember my denim post back last year (you can view it here). My mind is still made up when it comes to this Melbourne boutique having the best selection of denim. Today’s favourites are from Frame and Paige. Both crop flares are just so soft and hug in all the right places. So what to wear on date night in Paris?

Dinner near the Eiffel Tower followed by a romantic walk along the Seine

I’ve always been the type of girl that makes jeans work in any situation. I’m that friend that has to be told ‘It’s not quite a jeans venue'. I’ve always been under the assumption add a dressy top and red lippy - you’re good to go! Adore the sleeve detailing on this Rebecca Taylor number, not to mention the intricate design. The small pearl touch on the jeans converts this look to chic. 

FACT: Every night, every hour on the hour, the tower is covered in golden lights that sparkle for five whole minutes while the Eiffel Tower’s beam lights up the city. It's a must see! 

 Drinks in the city 

You’ll need a cute dress ladies, especially if you’re planning a night at Hotel Costes. It’s the perfect place to people watch and pull inspo from super stylish females. Sheer tights were a must. Some nights were dropping to minus six, so this silky blazer was a light layer of warmth whilst not looking too heavy

Sunset in Montmarte 

Uber/metro to Anvers station and make your way up any winding cobbled street towards the direction of The Sacre Cour. There are tonnes of cute cafes, galleries and artists on the way. I probably failed wearing heels, but at least they weren’t stilettos! Dad sneakers would look just as cool with this look. I love the oversized, boxy fit on this J Brand denim jacket. The sleeves are nice and roomy so good for a knit underneath on colder nights. My pet hate is when you have a cute coat/jacket that have really fitted sleeves and your arms look all bunched! You won’t have this issue here. I added a beret for that extra French feel. 

I hope you’ve enjoyed my taste of Paris post, you just need to get your man to book you both a ticket now! FYI - Order of Style have 10% off your first order when you sign up to their newsletter online. (MORE PER DIEM FOR WINE/CROISSANTS & COFFEE!) 

All images shot by yours truly, self-portrait.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

The Plaid Coat Investment

Well, it’s been a while since my last article so thought I’d save it for my recent six night Christmas visit back to the UK! I am a winter girl through and through (even though I am now an officially an Australian Resident!) I will always favour the layers over bikinis. What was the reason I moved to Australia again……?

I had been looking for a nice warm coat in the weeks leading up to this trip, especially because my home city was blessed with snow a few weeks prior to my arrival. Great tease, I was already planning my snow shots! Well unfortunately no snow graced the ground on my visit. Either way, it was cold on some days, so my plaid coat came in handy! 

There’s a few reasons I was after a checked style over any other:
  1. The majority of my wardrobe is monochrome. The plaid lifts most looks.
  2. When I am in a cold country, basics are usually my go to. Especially jumpers and jeans. Your coat will elevate your outfit.
  3. There’s something so classic about a good pattern. Especially when paired back with timeless accessories. i.e. the beret.

Today I have styled with a leather look mini and cream knit. The button detailing is perfect, and the fit of this skirt is the comfiest I own. I’ve always had a soft spot for faux leather so will be wearing this one a whole lot more.

Is anyone else really getting into red right now? If you've been following my stories you may have noticed another style obsession - the beret. I now have 5 colours and counting. Now to figure out a way to still wear them in Sydney, even though we are going through a heatwave……

Also, big shout out to my mum for taking these pictures. Saved me setting up the tripod and freezing for any longer than I needed to. Did you follow me when my mum used to take all my images before moving to Australia?

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