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Given that I am just over 5’1, I will always gravitate towards the highest heel I can find.  The smallest heel in my closet is 4 inches…..until I moved to Sydney.  Just like NYC, DC and any other large city, Sydney is best explored on foot….and those feet must be stylish.  I hesitantly set out on my first “flats” shopping trip and was pleasantly surprised by the abundance of amazing options.  I just couldn’t resist these speckled Chuck Taylors.

Scarf: Olga de Polga (similar here, here & here), Jeans: THVM (similar here,  here & here), Tee: Gap (similar here), Shoes: Converse (here & here), Clutch: Clare Vivier, Nails: Chanel “Rouge Noir”, Sunnies: Karen Walker number one (here & similar here), Bracelet: Vingate & House of Harlow (here & similar here)


Object of Affection ~ Clare Vivier

I discovered these fabulous clutches several years ago through a friend of mine.  I love the simplicity combined with the luxurious leathers and suedes.  Ms. Vivier started this line as a solution to a stylish laptop case and soon parlayed it into a fabulously successful handbag line.  Her chic simplicity is reflected in every piece which gives all women a bit of Parisian flare.

  My pick is this tan with pink stripe flat clutch.  The pop of pink is just enough to take a simple accessory up a couple of notches.

Katie Holmes wears Clare Vivier neon flat clutch

~Guide to the perfect Clare Vivier clutch:

Pick your shape:  The foldover and the flat clutch are my two favorite styles.  The foldover has a bit more versatility simply due to the fact it folds.  It also comes in an oversized style and can double as an iPad or small laptop cover. (I love this & this)

The flat clutch is the smaller sibling to the fold-over and is just as amazing.  Carried by Katie Holmes, this stylish pouch is the perfect clutch size. (I recommend this).

Pick your texture:  I gravitate towards the pebbled leather.  It is the heaviest of the leathers and handles wear and tear effortlessly.  The smooth leathers are a bit thinner but butter soft.

Pick your color:  It’s hard to pick just one from Clare Vivier’s collections.  Good luck!

Clare Viver newbies, I recommend starting with a basic like the black pebbled leather or a cognac.  I am currently obsessed with the neon zip that has added a twist to this basic black clutch.  A good leopard print is also top on the priority list.  Clare Vivier’s leopard clutch is stunning and done in a beautiful pony hair.


This weekend was simply amazing weather wise, so of course we headed towards the coast for some sunshine, stunning views and yummy eats.  Hugo’s Manly is the beach-side location of this fantastic eatery which is known for its pizzas. (I am obsessed with the mushroom pizza ~wild mushrooms, taleggio, goat’s curd & caramelized onions~)  I like this recipe.

Jean jacket: Abercrombie & Fitch – old (similar here & here), Jeans: Rag & bone/jean (here & here), Scarf: Theodora & Callum (similar here & here), Shoes: DVF (here & here), Clutch: Clare Vivier, Bracelet: vintage (similar here), Nails: Essie “too too hot” Sunnies: Ray-ban (similar here & silver version here)

Playing dress up

My go to outfit is always an amazing pair of jeans and a comfortable, chic top and of course a pair of statement flats or heels.  Casual chic is always what I will opt for when heading out with friends or out and about on my weekends.

This past week, I found immense enjoyment in playing a bit of dress up for a rather formal affair.  With high tea in order, I decided to channel a bit of a garden party vibe with my wonderfully colorful dress.  The chain detailing and black accessories gives this otherwise sweet look a bit of an edge, which I love.

Dress: Zara (solid version here & similar here), Shoes: Christian Louboutin (similar here), Bag: Chanel medium flap, Jewels: House of Harlow (here & here), Nails: Chanel Rouge Noir, Sunglasses: Karen Walker

Puppy love

I absolutely could not resist the sweet little “Frenchies” scattered across this shirt.  Animals, lips  and chic french phrases all adorn soft tees and cozy sweaters this season…and I have to say I love it!  Its the perfect twist on an otherwise basic.  I decided to go casual with solid jeans and shirttail out, but take the puppies to work with a pencil skirt, heels and blazer.

Top: Zara (similar here & here ), Jeans: J brand, Shoes: Christian Louboutin (similar here & here), Bracelet: vintage (similar here), Clutch: Christian Louboutin (similar here), Sunglasses: Wayne Cooper (similar here), Lips: MAC “Vegas Volt”