The necklace wardrobe

Every woman should have a basic necklace wardrobe. Much like the basics in your clothing wardrobe, a well edited collection of necklaces will offer a go-to in every situation.

Your necklace wardrobe

The addition of a necklace can take an ordinary outfit into extraordinary territory. It can make a plain top look brilliant. Long necklaces elongate the body. Shorter ones bring attention to your face. They can introduce a summer element into a still-wintery wardrobe. They offer pops of colour and fun. They are quick-change artists when you need to dress up or down. They don’t take a leap of faith to wear. And they needn’t cost a lot. What’s not to like? Read more

The confidence bank

This post is a bit different. Still about style but the innate style that comes with confidence. And how to retain that confidence when it takes a beating.

confidence bank

Some people say the most beautiful thing a woman can wear is her smile. I’ll disagree and say it’s confidence. When I look at the women I admire, whose style I love, the common theme is confidence. They are different ages and sizes. They have wildly different aesthetics. But they are tied by comfort in their own skin and a kindness to themselves and others. Read more

Clementine Ford, Feminism and Fight like a Girl

fight like a girlLast week I had the privilege of hearing Clementine Ford speak at the Brisbane Avid reader launch of her new book – Fight Like a Girl

The room was packed and the energy was palpable. Clementine was succinct, unpretentious and unapologetic. She got to the heart of the matter in her no-nonsense, comedic and completely accessible way.

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How to wear boho (and not look hobo)

Even before the lovely Nina Proudman graced our screens I have been obsessed with boho.


The relaxed girl with sunshine in her hair and peace in her soul, wrapped in long skirts and good intentions. The festival girl, cool and charming in her battered boots and grandmother’s dress. The traveller, borrowing looks from her destinations, weaving her bits and pieces into her outfits like a sartorial travel diary. Read more

Farmstay and a time machine

Last week I travelled back in time. The boys and I stayed in a white-washed farm cottage perched on a wide creek. Chickens roamed at our feet. Cattle regarded us with disinterest and the mothers of newborn calfs eyed us warily. Friendly horses came near and nuzzled at our sides, hoping for carrots.

cottage at farmstay

We seemed a million miles away from noise, from bustle, from stress and from reliable internet connection. The kids had nothing to do but run and play and explore. We had nothing to do but sit and talk, read and unwind. Read more