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Posted by on Jul 10, 2018 in Fashion

There are certain wardrobe essentials that every woman should have in her wardrobe.

One of these key pieces is a black blouse. Whether it’s a shorter sleeve version for summer or long-sleeve option for winter, a black blouse provides limitless style options.

In elegant styles for evening or casual and effortless options for the weekend, a black blouse works across different lifestyles, body shapes, ages and occasions and if you invest in a quality brand it will last you a lifetime.

For me, it’s one of those versatile hero pieces that I turn to time and time again, day or night, from season to season.

Take inspiration from these winter options:

Forever New  Elsa yoke top $79.99; Marcs ‘Adelaide’ jean $149.95; Sussan tan tassel cross body bag $49.95 (sale).

Forever New ‘Emily’ top $69.99, ‘Grace’ pant $89.99 and ‘Maggie’ top handle bag $59.99.

Witchery hi-neck lace black top, $99.95 and slim cropped pant $99.95; Olga Berg ‘Akos’ crystal tassel clutch $132.30 (sale); Review ‘Darcy’ pump $229.99, David Jones.

Seed Heritage contrast black top, $69.95 and Taylor sneaker $39.95 (sale).







Posted by on Jul 10, 2018 in Beauty

In winter, lips can become dry and chapped and in need of extra TLC.

To maintain soft, healthy lips during the cooler months, regular application of a quality lip balm will moisturise and nourish – with the added bonus of optimising the length of lipstick colour and prevent creasing.

Lip balm ingredients have become more sophisticated and now include SPF for sun protection and enhanced with nourishing ingredients such as bees wax, jojoba oil, cacao, macadamia nut oil and olive oil.

If you prefer a natural approach to skincare, there a range of good-quality organic, vegan and natural brands that are chemical and cruelty-free. 

Tinted lip balms are also a great beauty double-up – tinting lips with subtle colour whilst providing lip-soothing benefits. (Perfect for those who prefer a minimal makeup look).

Whilst tried-and-true brands such as Chapstick remain popular, lip balms are now a staple in skincare lines for many beauty brands so you’re sure to find a type to suit your need and budget.

Here are just a few of the most highly-rated lip balms: 


Lanolips 101 Ointment Multipurpose Superbalm The Original $18.95, David Jones


Welleco Organic Cacao Lip Balm, $29


Dr Bronners Chemical, Certified Cruelty Free, Biodegradable and Recyclable Organic Lip Balm – Peppermint, $5.95, Nourished Life


Sunscreen SPF 15
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour® Cream Lip Protectant Stick Sunscreen SPF 15
$28, David Jones

Dior Lip Sugar Scrub, $49, David Jones

[This post has been edited and originally appeared on this website on 25.07.17]

Posted by on Jul 4, 2018 in Make Up

After the age of 40, complexion becomes a bit duller and paler.

But the good news is that you can have a radiant and youthful glow in a matter of seconds with just a sweep of blush. 

Not wearing blush is ageing. Even for those who prefer a minimal makeup look, blush is vital to lift and brighten the face. 

Women often tell me they skip blush – but please don’t. Wearing blush balances your features and adds a warm and youthful glow. You can look so much more beautiful with just a quick sweep applied to the apple of cheeks.

Though there are many beautiful shades on the market, the one colour that suits women of all skin tones and ages is a peach/pink tone. I have eliminated all others colours from by beauty drawer and wear this shade day and night all year round.

My absolute favourite is the Nars cult shade ‘Orgasm‘. This beauty cult classic instantly provides a youthful and flattering glow. I have tried other brands, both inexpensive and luxury, and none match Nars for colour and staying-power.

Nars ‘Orgasm’ Blush, $44, Mecca


Never Skip Blush

Even if you prefer a minimal makeup routine, skipping blush washes you out and adds years to your face. A sweep of blush will lighten your face and add a warm, healthy glow.

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When applying blush consider the shape of your face for best position. As a general rule square or heart-shaped faces should concentrate colour on the apples of cheeks. For longer or oval shapes, swipe blush along the tops of cheekbones. A round face should focus the blush on the side of cheeks rather than right on the apples. AND don’t forget to smile – smiling helps you find the apple of your cheeks.

Image Credit: Apex Beauté

Too Low
A common mistake is to apply blush too low on the cheeks. Start at the height of the apple of your cheek and blend it up and back to define and lift your features.

Too Dark/Too Light
Nothing will age you quicker than wearing a too-dark blush – or conversely too-light. Warm shades with a touch of luminance provide a youthful glow.

Cream Blush for Women Over 40
As we age skin produces less oil and prone to dryness therefore many beauty experts recommend using a cream blush. Start with minimal amount, blend and build on colour as required. For stick creams, apply two or three dabs along the length of the cheeks and blend with fingers. For pot rouges, dip a rounded sponge into beauty pot, apply to the apples of cheeks and then blend upwards along cheek bones.

Add Powder
If you have oily skin, apply translucent powder to cheeks before applying blush so colour will last longer.

The Right Tools
Some beauty experts recommend using an angled brush to help lift colour upwards, however a rounded brush is the tried and true fav for easy blending and building.

Nars Blush Brush 20, $61, Mecca

The Next Step
If you’re confident with makeup, set blush with a sweep of bronzer and highlighter for further glow and definition. Apply bronzer using the ‘number 3’ method to both sides of face, then set with highlighter along the top of the cheeks and blush.

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Guerlain Terracotta Light Powder, $76, David Jones

[This post has been edited and was originally published on this site 26.05.17] 

Posted by on Jul 4, 2018 in Fashion

Main picture image credit: Pinterest

As you may already know I am on a quest to redefine the rules of style and beauty for women over 40.

Particularly in relation to the axiom of  ‘age-appropriate’.

As the ‘ageless movement’ gains momentum and global fashion and beauty brands embrace the power of women over 40, the term ‘age appropriate’ is finally becoming, albeit slowly, irrelevant.

In an interview for The Daily Telegraph’s Stella Magazine last year, media star Sonia Kruger commented on the concept of ‘age-appropriate’ . When the topic of the gold sequinned Steven Khalil Couture jumpsuit that Kruger wore on The Voice last year was raised, Sonia said “Some people would say perhaps [the gold jumpsuit] was age-inappropriate. I don’t subscribe to that. I don’t like that term. What does it even mean?”

Image: Sonia Kruger/Instagram

But how does this ageless notion translate to everyday women leading busy lives balancing career, family, friends and wellness?

With a few practical and actionable changes to your attitude and wardrobe, you can leave behind the outdated ideal of ‘age-appropriateness’. My essential tips will help you to achieve ageless style:


As a stylist, these are some of the most common style questions I am asked:

  • How and where do I shop for my age?
  • Can I still wear this?
  • Is this too young for me?

The reality is that turning 40, 50 and beyond does not mean a life banished to an ‘aged’ style metamorphosis – but an opportunity to embrace a timeless and youthful silhouette.


Don’t limit yourself to stores that are considered ‘age appropriate’.

In every single one of my shopping sessions I have shown clients a plethora of so-called ‘young’ stores that they would never imagine they could shop in.

Do your research and understand what these brands can offer. They all have different strengths to build an ageless wardrobe – some are great for weekend wear, others consistently offer great basics, some are best for evening wear, etc.

I generally recommend avoiding shopping with husbands and children. Their view can be biased, i.e. ‘wife/Mum’, and may not encourage a new look. A stylist, or truthful girlfriend, is your best option.


Swap “I can’t wear that” with “how will I wear that”. You can still wear most of your favourite looks – a leather jacket paired with a classic black pant and elegant pumps rather than jeans and a ripped tee.


Don’t completely eradicate fashion trends post 40, but rather adopt a minimal approach. Balance a wardrobe of modern and timeless classics with a sprinkle of fashion-forward items – a shoe, bag or jewellery.


Lastly, the best thing about ageing is to care less about what others think. Own your style. Be confident, be bold and be daring. Express yourself through style and fashion and encourage friends and family to do the same.

Helen Mirren in Dolce & Gabbana Helen Mirren arrives at the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP


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