Preparing for a new baby means navigating a world of endless "stuff" - it is confusing, exhausting (yes sometimes fun!) and always challenging to decipher the needs from the wants, the over the top from the essentials and the functional from the ornamental. I've done my research this time around because with my first baby I literally had no idea what I was doing and wound up with a heap of things I didn't really need. Take two and I've been a smarter, slower and savvier shopper when it comes to what I do and do not need. So what made the essentials list and what didn't...
*Quality nappy bag
*Light weight pram
*Bassinet & Cot
*Netflix, Stan & Foxtel Subscription
*Comfy Feeding Chair or spare bed
*Zip Up Onsies
*Safe car seat
*Change table - change mat, yes, change mat covers, yes, but a change table might be one piece of nursery furniture you don't really need especially if you have a two level house, you will want to avoid carrying bubs up and down every time they need a nappy change
- top of the line baby monitor
*Feeding clothes - if you are going to be home most of the time for the first few weeks or months, you will not be un-clipping your feeding bra or top every five minutes, you will probably just wear something comfortable enough to whip up, or down, or off, or whatever is easier. Stocking up on feeding specific clothing means a whole lot of waste a few months down the track. So not worth it! Just get one for the hospital or for when you have visitors coming, there is no need to stock up on these at all.
* $1500 pram - the truth is, all you need from a pram is something light, easy to fold and with enough room or a place to put your nappy bag and a coffee. Some prams can set you back hundreds of dollars and in reality you might find yourself hardly even using it, with many babies being happier in a front carrier. If you plan on walking a lot, ensure you select a pram with bigger wheels and a rain cover but don't go wild on all the extra's or the brand name. A pram is a pram!
* Bath thermometer - you will know if the water in the bath is too hot or cold by placing your hand in up to your wrist. Common sense on this one and to be safe, go a little cooler than a little warmer.
* Extensive range of baby bath products - don't be fooled into this trap. All babies need is a good gentle cleanser/soap product, a moisturizing product and nappy rash cream. Everything else is over the top, unless your bub has specific skin concerns which you will discover at a later date and can then tackle the issue as it presents itself. Keep bath time as simple as possible!
* Button up onsies and excessive separates. For the first few months you will be craving ease and comfort, both for you and bubs, and the best way to ensure this is to stick with simple zip up onsies. Of course baby clothes are adorable so go nuts if you wish but you will find a lot of it goes unworn so select carefully!
Bibs & Feeding Clothes
This is one thing I scrimped on the first time and have decided to embrace this time. So often I used a manky cloth or relied on wipes and I let a lot of cute baby clothes be ruined, not to mention the fact the manky clothes only further added to the feeling of mankyness (promise that is a word) that is the first 3 months of caring for a new born. Don't get me wrong, it is also magical and beautiful, but the baby spew, milk stains, nappy changes and sleepless nights are an incredibly tough slog and I firmly believe being surrounded by beautiful things helps to lift this sense of bland monotony. I have discovered the most gorgeous range of baby bibs and feeding clothes by a local designer (winning). Based in Perth, My Little Heart are completely Australian made and come in an adorable range of prints so you can have everything match.
Quality Nappy Bag
I didn't indulge myself to a nice nappy bag with bubs number 1 and this time I have decided that I need one which represents my true style for the same reason I wanted to opt for nice bibs and burp clothes this around. A nappy bag is really a second handbag, it goes everywhere with you for a good year or so and it is well worth investing in one which is practical, functional, high quality and stylish. Look no further than Claudine and Ash - their nappy bags are absolutely gorgeous, will last for years and have all of the practical features you will need. I would happily tote the Kalani Bag around as a regular carry all, it is that stylish. The leather is buttery soft and the gold hard-wear is right on trend (also comes with the option of silver). There are all the compartments and extra's you need - padded changing mat, nappy purse and longer detachable strap included and yes they are an Australian based brand, which is always worth a big tick in my books!
Bassinet & Cot
I was given a cot from my partners cousin which I was more than happy to take - there is so much waste that comes with stocking up on brand new baby gear and the more we can share between us mama's the better! I also decided to get a bassinet because I know realistically, bubs will be in our bedroom for the first few weeks at least and often a big cot can be overwhelming for a little bub so a smaller area can promote better sleep for them. I selected the Moses Basket because it is made of wicker which I absolutely love right now, plus it is really easy to carry room to room. I've heard some mothers end up putting the basket in the cot while the baby gets used to their nursery after transitioning from their own room so this again was another reason I went for this option.
Chemical Free Cleaning Products
I first stumbled across Tri Nature last year and now use their shower and body products but why stop there. I have discovered they offer loads of alternatives to chemical laden products with their household cleaning range - I know my life is about to become a whole lot messier and I would much prefer to go natural than load up on toxic cleaning products with a new born in the house.
Tri Nature is eco responsible, they use plant based ingredients, they do not test on animals and all their products are Phosphate, Nitrate and Petrochemical free (plus they really work, they are award winning so you know you are getting bang for your buck!) Try the Green Cleaning Starter Set which has a great range of everyday cleaning products to keep your kitchen, windows and floors spick and span.
I am opting for the Steelcraft Agile 4 Travel System Stroller, which is only $250-$330. I walk, a lot, and so I have made sure this one will be appropriate for high activity but the main thing I want is ease - this weighs only 7.5kg and folds down into a super compact size. My family lugs around enough stuff, especially on weekends, with gold clubs, surf boards, snacks, skateboards...the last thing I want to contend with is a heavy and oversized pram.
Change Mat & Covers
My biggest tip when purchasing a changing mat is to consider whether you also need a change table. While I did use my change table a lot the first time around, I now have a place with stairs place and I cannot imagine carrying bubs up and down every single time I need to do a nappy change. I've decided to purchase 2 change mats (and a bunch of covers), keeping one upstairs and one downstairs. The reality is, when it comes to changing a nappy, convenience is key and I would rather whip out the change mat from the hallway cupboard when I need it rather than have an oversized piece of furniture clogging up my nursery. A chest of drawers can often double as a change area and there are great nappy caddy's available for storage so think twice before adding a change table to your life!
Waist Trainer/Postpartum Support Belt
This is an absolute must for any new mum. A support belt or girdle helps with abdominal recovery and holds everything in place which makes new movements and easing back into exercise more safe and effective. I had 4-5cm ab separation after giving birth the first time around, despite remaining highly active and only gaining 10kg over the pregnancy. The reality is, the abs have to be forced apart to make room for baby and there is nothing you can do about it but you can repair and return to normal with the right support and core exercises. A support belt or tummy trainer holds the abdominal muscles flat meaning you move correctly as you begin to engage your core again and this helps everything fuse back together the right way, avoiding injury and a prolonged recovery. Try Mamaway Nano Bamboo Postnatal Recovery Waist Support Band.
Safe Car Seat
This is one area you shouldn't scrimp on - ensuring safety while traveling in the car is the most important thing you can do. That first drive home from the hospital with a newborn is one scary feeling - they are so tiny and vulnerable! Whichever car seat you choose, make sure you get it fitted properly - you can have this done by a specialist who will provide a certificate for you and this gives you peace of mind that you baby is safe and the seat is as secure as possible. I like the Britax Safe & Sound range, they are on the higher end but are sturdy, safe, easy to adjust and come in a stylish range of colours and designs.
Video Baby Monitor
A baby monitor is another thing worth spending a little extra on, especially if your home is spread out as a weak signal is quite common with the cheaper versions. I recommend getting one which is easy to mount in the babies room and has a screen with a clear picture. Also consider getting two screens so you can have one in the bedroom and one in the living room. Oricom is my choice, they have great reviews, are an Aussie product and you can pick up a good one from around $200.
Obviously there are other things you will need - patience, support, anti leakage everything, a lot of coffee..the list goes on, but when it comes to the "stuff" these are the main ticket items worth investing in! Remember, you will find your own way and what works for some babies will absoluteyly not work for others, but as mum's the best thing we can do is share our knowledge, swap tips and be open with how we got through the rocky road that is the newborn phase!
The number one thing I recommend to my styling clients is to consider versatility when tossing up whether to purchase an item or not. Selecting a piece which can be dressed up or down is the key to nailing that CPW (cost per wear) and ensuring a wardrobe which works for all seasons and occasions. A great example of a versatile piece is a Kimono - it can be styled to work any occasion, from lounge wear to a beach cover up to casual wear through to event.
This Autumn/Winter I am revisiting my love for Kimono's with the Eb&iveLucia Kimono. This kimono is the perfect trans-seasonal piece - light weight, easy to throw on and comes in a soft and cohesive colour palette which works with a wide range of tones. I've styled this two different ways to show just how versatile it is!
Dressing up this Kimono wasn't hard, with the dark tones bringing enough drama and luxury to make an evening look easily achievable. The tones in the stripe called for a base of black and so I went for a fitted tube dress. The flowing shape of the kimono is perfectly balanced by this fitted black dress and I have then broken it up with a belt. Again, to counteract the flow of the fabric, a simple no fuss hair style is key. I then added in a pair of Eb&ive's Provence Shimmer Earrings to dress it up a little more and the Lavaux Pouch in Light Moss to add some texture. Texture is a great way to add an element of glamour to an otherwise simple look. The ankle boots are the perfect choice to provide some height and edge to finish off to the look.
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I absolutely love road testing new products and learning about the latest in technology and advancements when it comes to skincare. Over the last few months I've tried & tested products from 3 different skincare brands to target various skin concerns. Each of these sits at a different price point and all offer something different, from active steam cell ingredients, to all natural elements to luxurious details...
The Low Down: This product is a gentle gel cleanser which forms a mild foam and effectively cleanses the skin from surface oil and dirt. It comes as part of a 3 step system but also works amazingly well all on it's own. The key ingredient is the Vitis Vinifera fruit cell extract (Vitas Vinifera is the scientific name given to the common grape vine), better known as grape stem cells. Stem cells from grapes have been found to be particularly effective in reducing the appearance of environmental stresses on the skin and also prevents the first signs of aging.
Result: I absolutely love using this product day and night, I spritz it on my face and decolletage before removing with a cotton pad or towel prior to moisturizing and I have truly noticed a difference in my skin tone and pigmentation in just two weeks!
Smell/Packaging: The bottle grabbed me instantly - fresh, sleek and stylish, it fits perfectly on my bathroom vanity along with my other favourite products. It is easy to apply with the simple pump spritz action and smells as fresh as it appears and doesn't leave an residue.
The Low Down: 100% Australia owned and made, Shimmer, Shine & Glow blend nature and luxury together to create an organic skin care experience with a five-star touch.
The results: The application of the mask is a luxurious experience all on its own - it comes in powder form and is mixed with water and painted onto the face with a brush. This process creates a salon facial feeling but can be done at home, #winning! The clay quickly dries out and after being washed off leaves the skin calm, smooth and fresh.
The 24 Karat Gold Infused Elixir Serum delivers a power-pack of nutrients to your skin. Comprised of seven of natures finest botanical oils, this serum deeply penetrates to hydrate, calm and soften your skin. The best part, it can also be used on face, lips and neck and can also be added to your foundation for a natural, healthy finish!
Smell/Packaging: The packaging is beautiful, with the white, gold tones right on trend and the smell is quite subtle which is a nice change as some serums can be quite overpowering in scent.
The Low Down: This natural skincare company create products based around fruit stem cells as an alternative to chemical ingredients. The glycolic mask is made from fruit stem cells, vitamin C, and glycolic AHA blended with manuka honey and organic pumpkin. It is rich in beta carotene and gently dissolves as it sweeps away dull, dry surface cells, exfoliating and resurfacing for even tone, smooth texture, and a luminous complexion. The serum is a concentrated mix of fruit stem cell complex, turmeric, vitamin C, and skin-friendly magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, enzymatically support dermal vitality, targeting over-exposed surface cells for a lighter, tighter, brighter looking appearance and a luminous complexion.
Results: Amazing! This product absolutely works to resurface the skin and plumps and brightens. I would suggest avoiding the mask if you have sensitive or reactive skin and just sticking to the serum or for normal-oily skin, both of these products are for you.
Smell/Packaging: these products smell deliciously natural, almost edible, and the packaging is easy to use and beautifully packaged. The sizes are travel friendly too!
Price Point: $10-$25
My skin is a constant challenge, it always has been! While my siblings are all blessed with olive skin I am quite pale, prone to freckles and pigmentation as well as dryness and irritability. More than ever, I am finding my pigmentation worsening, particularly during pregnancy, and fine lines are well and truly part of my life now I am in my thirties. All of these products are working well for me right now and have refreshed my skin with a sense of newness and care.
I love exploring the new skincare and options out there and all of these products get my tick of approval, each for different things, which makes sense - our environment, stresses, sleep patterns, diet, travel and lifestyle all affect our skin so we need a range of products to target different concerns.
Thinking of booking a family trip soon but not sure where to go? Add the Sunshine Coast Coast to your list! The Sunny Coast is the ideal destination for a relaxing, easy and family friendly getaway. This stretch of Queensland coast is quiet enough to allow you to slow down and switch off yet has enough in the way of restaurants, accommodation and activities to keep the whole family entertained. The best part? It is just an hours drive from Brisbane airport which makes it an affordable and accesible option no matter the time of year.
The Surf Clubs offer a great family friendly food experience and all come with beautiful water views - head to Mooroochydore for an authentic, local experience, Alexandra Head to get out of Mooloolaba but not travel too far or the Mooloolaba Surf Club. All have a kids area, kids packs with kids meals and the food is decent. Along the strip, pizza joint Augello's is a big hit, offering delicious Italian meals or for something more relaxed head into Fish & Chippery for classic takeaway options then head down to the beach where 9 times out of 10 there is a guitarist strumming out tunes into the night. For breakfast look no further than CK Coffee Bar & Wholefoods a block back from the esplanade for healthy, nutritious options served in a friendly and chill environment. Another must-see venue is Taps - a bar offering games (Playstations, Checkers, Jenga - perfect during the day when it is quiet and you need to keep the kids entertained!) and a serve yourself system with craft beer taps scattered around the bar.
Alexandra Head Surf Club
Acaci Bowl from CK Coffee Bar & Wholefoods
There are tones of family friendly activities on the Sunshine Coast, with Aussie World, Australia Zoo, Sea Life Aquarium, Bowling, River Cruises and Surf Board Hire available.
Australia Zoo is a MUST SEE! The entire experience is interactive with the opportunity to pat Koala's, be surrounded by free roaming animals and be treated to a show in the stadium which finishes with a croc feeding. The production is incredible and passion of the staff is inspiring, absolutely worth the spend!
Sea Life Sunshine Coast Aquarium is another worthwhile experience for the family. The tunnel is an incredible opportunity to be immersed in the wonders of the sea, with Sting Rays, Gropers & Sharks swimming overhead as well as a Seal Show which is entertaining for the whole fam.
Sea Life Aquarium
Hire a board from Alex Surf Shop at Alexandra Head for just $30 a day (the best surfing spot on this stretch of coast), walk up to the lighthouse on the headland or take a stroll down at Cotton Tree for shopping and a peaceful swimming spot on the canals. To escape the sun, head into Strike Bowling in Maroochydore for ten pin bowling, mini gold and pool as well as a bar, the whole family is covered.
Board Hire from Alex Surf Shop
The Lighthouse Walk
The Mooloolaba Esplanade is the place to be, being walking distant from beaches, cafes and restaurants. Most hotels/apartments on this strip offer water views and the beach is just across the road. The Penninsular Beachfront Resort is a perfect choice, being centrally located, housing a gym, sauna and pool and sizeable apartments with views of the ocean as well as the hinterland.The apartments feel homely and allow you to settle in, cook in the kitchen or downstairs at the BBQ's and stroll outside to the beach in minutes. There are also baby sitting services available (winning)!
Peninsular Beach Resort
Handy Family Travel Hacks...
-Buy all mini cosmetics or refill bottles, traveling light adds to the sense of ease and freedom of being on holiday. A monster case does not!
-Make sure you leave plenty of time to organise a hire car or airport transfer, they often take longer than expected
-Give your child a "holiday budget" to avoid them chipping into your overall funds and to teach them some lessons in finance. A small and manageable amount of money will provide a sense of independence for your kid and they will soon realise how expensive things are which will create more respect for money and an understanding of the value of things
-Carry a phone charger EVERYWHERE, tissues/wipes and healthy snacks
-Call ahead to find out about kids clubs and baby sitting services. What is a holiday without a little quiet time?
-Accept there will be some arguments and stressful moments. It is almost impossible to go on a family holiday without some low moments, kids are exhausting, your partner might drive you mental or vice versa and there will be some very tired, possibly sunburn, wiped out situations. Ride it out and allow each other some time away. Dedicate solid blocks of time for yourself where you can, whether that be a massage, a workout or time to read quietly by the pool.
-Google the nearest Aldi or affordable supermarket on arrival and do a shop there to avoid an overspend on food on the go. While eating out is half the fun of being away, it can cost hundreds o dollars a day to feed a whole family at restaurants
and cafes. Try to limit eating out to one meal a day and have the other two meals at your apartment.
-Have fun and take photos. These memories will stay with your kids forever, make the holiday as much about them as it is about you. Do this with quality, healthy, outdoor and active times away from screens and typical "entertainment". Kids love nothing more than being in the water, playing on the sand and immersing themselves in nature so provide them as much of that as possible.
Uk based maternity label, label Isabella Oliver is a one stop shop for stylish and functional maternity wear, offering active wear, casual wear and event wear for your growing baby bump. The quality of this brand is off the charts, with luxe fabrics and impeccable cuts designed to make the most of the gorgeous changing shape of a pregnant belly.
Look 1 - Casual
The Daisy Maternity Dress is the ultimate in comfort, designed to follow the curves of the body in an ultra soft jersey cotton. The ruched tailoring accentuates the bump and the stripe is a classic, stylish casual option. This pairs perfectly with a white sneaker and denim jacket. Shop here!
Look 2 - Active
The Maternity Active Vest & Leggings are a must have addition to your workout wardrobe during pregnancy. The fabric feels like a second skin and is supportive without being restrictive. The back detail of the vest offers extra support and style and the ruched detail is ultra flattering over the stomach. This set is the perfect go-to for those who want to continue to stay active during pregnancy, offering comfort, style and function all at once. Shop here!
Look 3 - Glam
The Alexina Maternity Shirt Dress is vintage, glam and ultra feminine. The polka dot print adds a fun touch and the waist tie brings shape to the flowing style of the skirt. This can also be used to create a varied length as I've done here by pulling one side of the dress up and under the waist tie to show a bit more leg and create some asymmetry. This dress styles beautifully with natural textures and nude accessories. Shop this dress here!
Hunting down the perfect maternity wear label isn't always easy but it is well worth the time because feeling good during your pregnancy will help with your confidence and mean a comfortable 9 months ahead. I've done my research and tried and tested a few different labels to find out where you should be spending your hard earned mama dollars and first cab off the ranks is Bae The Label!
Australian to a tee,Bae the Label is fresh, fun, relaxed and chic. If you love comfort blended with style and a nod to the ease of coastal dressing, this is the maternity label for you! Whether you want some well cut joggers, a stylish jersey dress or cut overalls, this is one brand to invest in. The quality is second to none - think next level comfort, softness and durability with each pieces holding its shape while also allowing for growth and stretch over the course of the pregnancy.
I styled 3 different pieces from Bae The Label - a casual jogger pant, a black midi dress and a stripe summer jersey dress to show the versatility of this brand.
The Secret Nursing Dress
This dress fits like a glove, is ultra soft and holds everything perfectly in place. The cut is flattering and easily dressed up with heels or down with sneakers. As the name suggests, this is feeding friendly, with easy access under the arm seam which is covered by a fabric panel. Shop this dress here!
Remember When Jogger
These are the most comfortable jogger pants you will ever find. They contain a good dose of stretch but are still thick enough to hold their shape which isn't an easy to find combination to find in a jogger style track pant. The waist band sits nicely under the belly and the cut is flattering and laid back - perfect for the school run, lounging around the house or running errands. Shop the Remember When Jogger here!
All Tied Up Split Midi
This is the perfect option for summer bbq's, shopping and vacation with the stripe giving it a fresh coastal feel and the side splits offering ease and movement. The draw string waist provides the option to adjust the size and means it can be worn more loosely in a sack dress style or tied tighter to create more shape. It styles well with denim too if the weather starts to cool. Shop the All Tied Up Split Midi here!
I'd love to answer any maternity style related questions for you, feel free to get in touch, email me or comment below! Stay tuned for Part 2 of my Must-Have-Maternity-Label posts coming soon x
Becoming pregnant presents a myriad of new style challenges. It is not just the stomach which grows but also the hips, bust, back, waist line, thighs, butt - everything gets bigger and eventually, no matter how much you may resist, you will need to embrace maternity wear. Here are 5 tips to help you dress throughout your pregnancy and maintain your style despite all the changes happening to your body, mind and spirit...
Embrace The Belly
Trying to hide a baby bump doesn't work, not only that but trying to minimize it actually creates volume and extra bulk! Embracing a baby bump is the first key step in maternity style. A pregnant body is beautiful and accentuating the growing belly is the number 1 thing in creating a stylish look. Rather than selecting overly flowy pieces opt for styles which follow the shape of the belly, with the fabric sitting snug across the bump. Welcome to body-con territory. Having said that, you can utilise more giving items with the clever use of knotting, belting and tucking. Whether you knot a tee at the front and pair with a high waisted jean, legging or skirt or belt a dress right under the bust (must be stretchy), this will accentuate your bump and pull your whole look together.
Pregnancy is a great time to feel at home into your femininity and explore a side of your style you might not otherwise. Soft colours, delicate fabrics, vintage details and a more gentle approach with fashion might start to beckon you, don't fight it! Embrace lace, embroidery, prints, florals, bright lip shades, different nail colours or makeup trends - whatever grabs you, go for it. Your creativity will likely be at an all time high during pregnancy so have some fun with colour and your softer side.
You have enough to worry about with all of the changes happening to your body and life right now so make sure you keep your wardrobe simple and easy. A great way to do this is to stock up on one pieces - a good jumpsuit takes all the guess work out of getting dressed and being so on trend right now, there are loads to choose from. Look for roomy styles which will allow your bump to grow and stretch or soft fabrics are key. Pockets are a bonus and a low neckline will work to balance the relaxed shape of the jumpsuit so V-necks, shoe string straps or backless styles are your best bet.
Both stretch fabrics and breathable fabrics are the name of the game. Your core temperature will be increased throughout your pregnancy and with your heart growing 12% (yep, crazy hey) to pump all of that extra blood around your body to reach baby, you will definitely feel warmer than normal. Stick to natural fabrics and ensure you wear layers which can easily come off - speaking of, ensure you wear items that make going to the toilet in a hurry an easy job. Fussy buttons, restrictive material, zips and clasps can prove a nightmare when bubs kicks your bladder and you have zero point three seconds to get to the toilet!
There will be a voice in your head saying "you'll only wear it for a few months, don't bother" when you find yourself browsing maternity wear. This may be true but considering these will be the most important few months of your life in terms of identity, change and growth (both physically and spiritually!) you should allow yourself to purchase a few things for this fabulous, baby carrying version of yourself. This is particularly true of some items which simply have to be maternity such as swimwear and underwear, jeans and active wear. Try squeezing into regular jeans past 16 weeks and you will see that there is no possible way forward but to embrace the maternity version! You can either select maternity jeans which sit under the bump or the type which have a stretchy fabric attached to the waist band which covers the bump, both are great choices with the later being a little more comfortable as you can be confident they won't fall down. You can always lend or gift your maternity wear items after you no longer need them- if there is no thing pregnancy promotes, it is the sisterhood and generosity!
Yes, you, the mum-to-be who is having an identity crisis, let me tell you something...you are cool. Super cool. You are growing a human and that makes you a kick ass, strong and beautiful woman. There may be a part of you which feels uncomfortable expressing your previous self, because oh my god now you are a mother but that is just societal pressure talking. Just because your body has been taken over by a teeny tiny baby, you are still YOU! Be sexy. Be bold. Be out there. Be comfortable. Be whatever you want to be and own your glorious body! You can be edgy. You can be a tom boy. You can be carefree or glammed up. Do not shy away or succumb to any pressure to hide yourself or dress your body down. Your body still belongs to you and if you ask me, you've never looked better beautiful mama x
Looking at refreshing your wardrobe for the year ahead but no idea where to start? I've edited down 4 different dresses to have you walking into 2019 with style, confidence and ease - all looks available at Pretty Little Thing!
The Day Dress
A well cut day dress provides a go-to when you want something a little more put together than shorts or a skirt but something still effortless and wearable This year, consider adding a satin or silk shirt dress to your wardrobe. What could be more fitting this season than a neutral mini with ruched detail? Step into THE colour of the year (champagne/beige) with a shirt dress which can be easily styled up or down. Add a dramatic pair of sunglasses, a small cos body bag and a statement shoe or swap out the shoe for a white sneaker for a more casual look.
Usually relegated to casual/day time, a shirt dress can be the perfect go-anywhere dress, easily styled up to go from day to night. Look for a short hem line and a bold belt to take the shirt dress to the next level and style with a sky high statement heel. Play with natural textures such as tortoise shell and a rattan bag to tie in with this seasons earthy trend then roll up the sleeves and pull your hair back into a low bun for an effortless, fresh and chic finish.
Add a vintage vibe into your wardrobe with an empire waisted lame' midi. The lame' trend is still holding strong from seasons past and now lends itself to more than just midi skirts, with midi and maxi dresses being the key styles to invest in. Try a dusty pink tone for a soft, feminine and wearable option - this styles well with tan accessories for a vintage, voho vibe or with a denim jacket and white sneakers if the weather permits.
Long sleeve, check. Lace, check. High neckline, check. For a formal dress that makes a statement without being flashy or ott, a lace midi is the perfect choice. This dress stands alone and needs only minimal styling to make it pop - a red lip, a simple clutch a pump heel are all you need.
Looking for a summer dress which works for every occasion? Look no further. This Shilla dress available at Lock and Key Clothing is wearable yet elegant and casual yet luxe. A wise person (just guessing, I don't know, I saw this quote on Pinterest...ha) once said "dress as though you are going somewhere better later" and if that quote doesn't define why I love this dress I don't know what does!
Why White? A white dress is the perfect blank canvas - it highlights a summer tan, creates a crisp and clean look, is appropriate for day and night and styles well with just about any accessory style/colour.
How to Style? Keep it simple and neutral when it comes to styling a white dress. Nude sandals are an ideal choice, the finer the straps the better. Add a beige or straw hat to get through those long summer days and mix in some fine gold or rose gold jewellery to play off the summer theme. Taking a more elegant dress into casual territory creates ease and simplicity so go for a less is more approach with flats and a simple tote. Less is more when it comes to a white dress, allow it to be the focus and keep everything else pared back including hair and makeup.
Details To Consider? Length and proportion are key here. A Maxi dress like this one is perfect for comfort and ease and lends itself to a jacket cover up like a cropped denim jacket or leather jacket if the location calls for it. When choosing a maxi dress opt for a streamlined style in a fabric which has a bit of weight to it, this will lengthen and create e beautiful flow. Also pay attention to how sheer the dress is,
Where To Shop? This dress by Shilla the Label can be found at Lock and Key Clothing. When it comes to a white dress, invest in a good one and it will last season after season.
There is something about the turn of the calendar that inspires change, a fresh approach and sense of creativity - new year, new opportunities to renew the wardrobe for a stylish year ahead. Editing down trends is quite a process, as every season and every runway brings loads of fresh, shiny, new options to choose from but after much research and a thorough break down, here is a round up of the top 5 items for 2019...
1. The Bike Short
Who knew this could be chic and timeless? Let's thank Christine Centenera for reinventing the bike short into a wardrobe staple this season. The key is to find a longer cut which sits closer to the knee than up near the crotch, 80's be gone! Styling the bike short is all about simplicity and proportion - an oversized tee, jumper or blazer are perfect. Colour is also important, stick with black and nuetral to keep the vibe chic and modern, when it comes to bike shorts, no colour allowed.
2. The Belt Bag
Again, hail Miss Centenera for making the belt bag chic AF. I was hesitant about this trend for a hot minute but very quickly changed my mind - what could be as practicle as a bag which requires no hands. Style over the shoulder and across the torso rather than around the waist to keep this modern and fresh. Look for compact designs in boxy shapes and stick to black or leopard print.
3. The Linen Jumpsuit
Linen is the hottest (or coolest if we speak in body temperature terms) fabric of the moment and suits the laid back, quintessential Australian to a tee. What could be more easy, breezy than a linen basic? A linen jumpsuit of course! The simpolcity of throwing on a one piece is so enticing, it takes all of the guess work away from pairing together separates and makes a statement all on its own which means accessories can be minimal and an after thought. Go for beige, navy or sage when selecting a linen jumpsuit for a chic and timeless feeling which will work for day and night.
4. The Cat Eye Frame
What is more fun than a pair of sunglasses in a brand new shape? Cat Eye sunglasses add a unique twist and flair to any outfit and can be as subtle or bold as you choose, with wild drawn out shapes for the more adventurous and a more sleek and streamlined version for those who want to dip their feet in without being ott. Plain black is the ultra chic choice but for something a little fun, reflective or rose coloured are a great option too.
5. The Oversized Jumper
This can hardly be called a "trend" or a "fresh new look" but the way in which oversized jumpers have taken over the gram recrently suggest it at the hiehgt of its popularity. So-big-it-could-be-a-dress jersey jumpers are the perfectl blend of comofrt and stylability, lending to this seasons key looks of bike shorts and sporty sneakers. Wear yours in a pastel pink with a white sneaker and little else or go edgy with a black bike short and heel. Comfortable never looked so good.
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