Work, weekend, evening
Let's break it down
Since recently making the transition to freelancing few weeks ago, I have noticed my wardrobe has changed to suit my new lifestyle. No two days are the same at the moment, and when I haven’t been traveling, I have been running around Sydney to meetings and appointments, shooting and then working from home on my blog and as a designer.
When Nine West approached me to be part of their #PumpRockers campaign, I saw it as a great opportunity to break down my styles in terms of work week, weekend casual and a night out, wearing the same black pump three different ways. This type of styling always appeals to me, I love being able to work the same pieces into dressier and casual looks - versatility, practicality (yep these pumps are really comfortable!) and of course style are all important components when it comes to building a wardrobe of great foundation pieces.
I love to pick comfortable, easy pieces that still look stylish. A white button down in both cotton and silk is a staple, as is a slightly dressier denim, like these tailored culottes. The camel coat adds a bit of polish, and keeps me warm on a day running around between meetings. When I’m out and about for work, I always like to put my best foot forward, a black pump like these ensures I’m comfortable enough to run around but still looking my best for any situation. Often my schedule can change quite last minute so I like to be prepared for appointments or events that might pop up. With these heels I always feel ready to go!
Here is a little breakdown of an (almost) average work day...
9am - During Summer I love to start the day with breakfast on our balcony, we have a beautiful view of the harbour and are lucky enough to be surrounded by a serene private garden too.
9.30am - Time to start the work day, I usually begin with catching up on emails from my office.
11.30am - My first meeting of the day, I live the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney and we are spoiled for choice when it comes to great cafes. Today it’s at a local favourite, Room 10, who make great coffee, a delicious breakfast rice and the best avocado toast.
1pm - I have a lunch-time event today at Icebergs in Sydney. This is one of the best spots to enjoy a meal with incredible views of the iconic Bondi Beach.
3pm - Time for a quick shoot for Badlands. I meet up with my photographer in Paddington, a beautiful suburb in Eastern Sydney that has beautiful terrace and tree-lined streets making it perfect for shooting.
5pm - I catch up on a little bit of design work at home before meeting my husband for dinner. If we feel like doing something special, one of our favourite restaurants is Apollo in Potts Point. It’s just around the corner from us and does the most amazing Greek food in a beautiful deconstructed space.
A little black dress is my evening staple, I opt for minimal shapes with subtle detailing, like these pinstripes or cut-out details. I love to let my accessories do the talking and in this case my pumps are the star of the show! The side split of the dress highlights the wrap detailing on the heels while hoop earrings and a textured black clutch complement the look. My other evening style must-haves are a classic black dinner jacket, a silk slip dress (love the contrast when paired with a leather jacket) and layered fine, gold jewellery.
My favourite weekend ritual is brunch with my close friends or family. Usually on the weekend I live in denim and t-shirts, but for brunch I like to dress up a little bit. This linen wrap dress paired with a silky blazer is my answer to smart casual, and when teamed with my pumps is perfect for running a few quick errands before an afternoon event. These are a few of my favourite brunch spots in Sydney:
Bills has always been a favourite of mine, but the new location in Bondi makes it that little more special.
Try their famous ricotta hotcakes or the very Sydney staple, avocado on toast which they do so well here.
Bondi Wholefoods, Bondi
I love catching up with friends here, they do amazing acai and granola bowls and healthy gluten and sugar free alternatives to some of my breakfast favourites, including banana bread and pancakes (of course!).
Yellow, Potts Point
Yellow only do their brunch menu on weekends, so this is quite a treat. Everything looks beautiful and while the menu is small, it definitely delivers.
Their baked eggs are a favourite, and the licorice bread is a must-try.
Fratelli Paradiso, Potts Point
Amazing coffee and freshly baked pastries, if you feel like indulging don't go past an Italian doughnut filled with custard or jam.
They also offer their take on simple egg dishes, brushcetta, granola and chia pudding.