MBFWA: What to wear with only 3 days to go.

Every year I feel like I'm on top of my plans for Sydney Fashion Week (Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia or MBFWA), but every year without fail I'm still getting organised days, hours and minutes before I board the plane to Sydney. 

With nothing to wear (by fashion week standards) I had a mini panic attack last Friday and went into survival mode. For me this starts on Pinterest. Mostly a forgotten platform in the last few years, I'm now newly obsessed and am pinning inspiration daily. Secret boards are everything, absolutely essential for planning looks or ideas that are still in the works.  

This year at MBFWA the Australian designers are showing resort. So armed with a little confusion about what season to wear and a great reference picture, I decided I loved the idea of combining lace and knits.

With a clear direction on where I wanted to take my look and with no time to spare, I booked myself a styling session in the Westfield Doncaster Styling Suite with one of my favourite Melbourne stylists: Rebecca James.

Before I met Rebecca for an afternoon of shopping at Westfield Doncaster, I locked in a make up lesson at Mecca Cosmetica. I always favour a lesson over just having my make up done; it's a great opportunity to learn a few new tricks and brush up on old ones. This time I was hoping to perfect the all over bronze lid; a minimal, but essential addition to my routine.

Now fresh faced and feeling ready for anything (including a selfie or two), I met Rebecca for a quick bite at the Champagne bar to go over ideas. Having never had the help of a stylist before, it was lovely to hear she loved my outfit concepts and we were on the same page aesthetically.

With my direction newly approved we were ready to hit the shops. First stop Zimmermann to find that perfect lace component. Initially I was thinking it should be a dress layered with a turtle neck underneath - a look I adore and would love to wear - but as we kept trying on different pieces I started to imagine all types of layering. Pants under dresses, dresses under knits, knits over tees over dresses over pants. It was really amazing having someone there to bounce ideas off, someone who I know would give me amazing advice; very different from my usual solo shopping trips. 

Next was knits. One of the many reasons I love winter; knits are such practical everyday items that can really take on a style of their own when texture and shape are exaggerated. I love the idea of 'high low' dressing: a luxury item paired back with a black staple turtle neck. For knits we went to Country Road, Zara, Witchery, Sportsgirl and David Jones, and we're focusing on beautiful creamy tones of oatmeal and beige. 

After playing dress ups in the styling suite and deciding on the must-have key pieces, I returned to make my purchases. Something from Zimmermann, bits and pieces from David Jones and Zara, boots from Wittner and quite a few new additions from Mecca made for a very successful shopping trip.

A look at my secret Pinterest board.  

A look at my secret Pinterest board.  

This is how my day with Rebecca from the Westfield Doncaster Styling Suite looked. xxx

Rebecca and I had a quick bite at the Champagne bar, while going over my Pinterest ideas. 

Rebecca and I had a quick bite at the Champagne bar, while going over my Pinterest ideas. 

Mecca selfie post appointment...

Mecca selfie post appointment...

... and another. 

... and another. 

Tri-tone knit at Country Road. 

Tri-tone knit at Country Road. 

Zimmermann embellishment. The obsession is real. 

Zimmermann embellishment. The obsession is real. 

Zara have some of my favourite earrings at the moment. 

Zara have some of my favourite earrings at the moment. 

The Mecca Cosmetica Doncaster store, these girls are so helpful I always walk out with something new to try.

The Mecca Cosmetica Doncaster store, these girls are so helpful I always walk out with something new to try.

I loved these sky lights on our way up to Country Road. 

I loved these sky lights on our way up to Country Road. 

Zimmermann details. I love this palette, just wish it suited my colouring more. 

Zimmermann details. I love this palette, just wish it suited my colouring more. 

Velvet couches and perfect packaging.

Velvet couches and perfect packaging.

Shot in collaboration with WESTFIELD DONCASTER by Liz Sunshine. 

Images shot on my Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.