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PART 3: Spring Clean Your Wardrobe

PART 3: Spring Clean Your Wardrobe

October 31 2018
Got your new season wish list ready? Well, you’ll need to give your wardrobe a spring clean first. And as the arrival...
INTERVIEW: Sophie Westley, Founder of Love Find Co.

INTERVIEW: Sophie Westley, Founder of Love Find Co.

February 22 2018
As you know, our theme for the month of February at the An Organised Life HQ is Falling In Love With Your Life and we...
Five tips for properly budgeting your next holiday

Five tips for properly budgeting your next holiday

August 08 2017
Escaping winter for a dreamy European summer vacation is on everyone’s wish-list. However, making it a reality financ...
Four simple tips for organising your wardrobe this winter

Four simple tips for organising your wardrobe this winter

May 30 2017
Fashion Week organisation according to Vogue, theUNDONE + Hansen & Gretel.

Fashion Week organisation according to Vogue, theUNDONE + Hansen & ...

May 17 2017
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SARA DONALDSON (Influencer + Buyer)

OCCUPATION: Founder of Harper & Harley + theUNDONE

What does a typical day look like for you over MBFWA as both an influencer & a buyer?

For Harper and Harley I’ll be attending and covering shows via social media channels, shooting content for my own coverage and working with selected brands to deliver campaign components during the week. Additionally, to finish off the week I’ll be on one of the panels for the Ragtrader seminar series on the Friday.

Then as the buyer for The UNDONE I have Resort collection appointments between the shows and back to back on the Thursday, which i’ll then work on over the weekend and the following week. 

What organisation tricks get you through the crazy schedule of that week? 

I make sure I have all of my appointments, campaign deliverables, times and locations written down in both my digital calendar as well as on a single sheet of paper I can pop into my bag incase of technical emergency. 

Its important to check nothing overlaps and I have enough travel time to get to where I need to go, as not everything is at the main Carriageworks location. Its also important to keep in mind that shows doesn’t always run to schedule so a little contingency is a good idea. 

How do you prioritise your workload that week when you are out of the office so much? 

I’ll always getting up early and working from home in the mornings and then luckily the office is close by Carriageworks so I can pop in during a longer break, although it currently doesn't look like i’ll have too many of those. Above all I make sure I prioritise sleep and eating well during fashion week, as my work load only gets bigger the following weeks when all domestic and international orders are due. At the end of the day its a marathon, not a sprint. 

Image by: stylesnooperdan.com

Image by: stylesnooperdan.com

LILITH HARDIE LUPICA (Media)

OCCUPATION: Associate Editor @ Vogue Australia

What does a typical day look like for you over MBFWA?

Every day is completely different. From running around doing interviews with buyers and designers to backstage at shows interviewing make-up artists - I will pretty much be everywhere and running around a lot. There's also a lot of running back to the office, writing up news and interviews and being on my phone!

What organisation tricks get you through the crazy schedule of that week? 

The week before I try to have all my interview questions prepped, my portable chargers charged up and my outfits sorted so the week of I don't need to stress. We have a huge spreadsheet for the team to work off. Bascailly it details who will be where and covering what - this is my bible for the week. Otherwise my phone calendar has all my timings and important information. 

How do you prioritise your workload that week when you are out of the office so much? 

There are so many emails in the uber and my laptop will come everywhere with me so I can log in and upload wherever I am. Luckily with online we can schedule a lot before hand or upload from anywhere - it makes a difference. There will be some really late nights in the office

What do you look for when watching the shows? Do you take notes while you are watching?

At the shows we're looking  for trends, news and good moments for Instagram. We're always on!

What's your favourite thing about MBFWA?

It's really hard work but it is nice to catch up with everyone you work with (who you only talk to on email? Face to face. Plus, there is a real excitment about seeing shows and being in the middle of it all. 

AINSLEY HANSEN (Designer)

OCCUPATION: Founder of Hansen & Gretel

What's the inspiration behind your collection? And what made you decide to show this year?

HANSEN & GRETEL is receiving increasing attention from overseas buyers so we wanted to showcase our collection on a global platform such as Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week to engage with the international following for the brand. Our ‘Stay Wild, Child’ Resort 17 collection was inspired by the various multitude of feminine archetypes. Youthful prints, a bohemian attitude, and robust, modernist lines create an accessible collection for every occasion.

How are you finding the lead up to the show & how are you handling the workload/stress?

Happily hectic is how I would best describe the lead up to our MBFWA debut.

What organisation tricks are getting you through the endless deadlines pre show?

I am grateful for the generous support from my team and continued understanding from loved ones. Various diary app’s are assisting my workload and ensuring deadlines are met, with special thanks to Wunderlist ;)

How are you planning to celebrate post show?!

It’s important to celebrate milestones such as this and acknowledge those who assisted in the journey to get here. Whilst I can’t imagine there will be much rest for the wicked, I’m sure we’ll be popping a bottle (or ten) after the show.

Four easy looks you can always rely on

Four easy looks you can always rely on

April 18 2017
WORKIN' 9-5.  When it comes to your 9-5 wardrobe, it’s key to have some ‘go-to’ outfit combinations organised that yo...
x3 Shoe Styles You Need In Your Life This Summer

x3 Shoe Styles You Need In Your Life This Summer

December 04 2016

If there is one thing I struggle with in summer it's shoes!!! I am not a massive sandal girl, and prefer to find other chic options that compliment my style. 

Below are x3 shoes styles I'm obsessed with this summer and have on high rotation.

Enjoy x

1. The Slide (or Flat Mule)

The Slide is my number one go-to all year around. It's easy, timeless and compliments an array of outfits - dressy & casual. When investing in a flat mule - always go for a good quality leather. If you're like me, you will be wearing them A LOT and it's best to find a pair that will last you the distance. Shop my faves here

2. The Pump

The pump is a style that is often over looked, but is an absolute winner!! Pair pumps with your favourite denim & tee for a more casual look, or dress them up with a silk shirt & fitted skirt for evening. Either way - this style will elongate your legs for days and is always a classic fave of mine for the festive summer season. Shop my faves here

3. The Mule

The mule has earned it's place this year as being a shoe that's oh so easy & cool - they are literally perfect & practical for every occasion with their clean shape & a heel height that is comfortable to walk in all day. My go-to is to pair them back with casual high-waisted white or vintage blue boyfriend jeans, a statement belt & a white shirt or tee. Done! Dress it up with a touch of red lippy or killer earrings & a statement bag. Shop my favourites here

Photography by Hannah Roche 

Post sponsored by Sempre Di - shop the new season range here

Three go-to winter outfits you can always rely on

Three go-to winter outfits you can always rely on

July 23 2016
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It might sound crazy, but winter is one of my favourite times of the year. I love the fresh crisp mornings, the indulgent daily coffee to warm the body and of course my winter wardrobe. However even I will admit that sometimes it can be a bit of a struggle figuring out what to wear when your body is too cold and doesn't want to deal with making a decision! 

CLICK HERE For my x3 failsafe winter outfits you can always rely on over on Vogue Australia. 

In My Bag / My Essentials for MBFW

In My Bag / My Essentials for MBFW

May 11 2016
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MBFWA is less than a week away and as per usual I have a mix of excitement & nerves! For me, Fashion Week is a mix of work & play. Along with being heavily involved in organising the Bec & Bridge Show, I still have to run An Organised Life daily including shipping orders, meeting design deadlines etc. However as long as I plan ahead & maintain my time-management, there is no reason why I can't have a little fun attending shows & events throughout the week!

Wearing Charlie Horse Bag, Bec & Bridge Blazer, Luv AJ x Bec & Bridge Earrings, Sol Sana Boots, Ray Ban Sunglasses, Third Form Tee, Lillian Khallouf Pant.

Wearing Charlie Horse Bag, Bec & Bridge Blazer, Luv AJ x Bec & Bridge Earrings, Sol Sana Boots, Ray Ban Sunglasses, Third Form Tee, Lillian Khallouf Pant.

Like many, my schedule over MBFW is very hectic & I try to organise as much as I can the week before to avoid any un-necessary stress over the week. This includes jotting down my schedule in my diary or a notebook (including locations, times & how I'm going to get from A to B), planning my outfits (after checking the weather for the week!) & of course - creating a 'kit' of essentials that ill need to carry with me through out the week. 

Wearing Charlie Horse Bag & Mini Pom Pom, Meadowlark Ring, H Brand Jacket, Neuw Denim, Rag & Bone Tee

Wearing Charlie Horse Bag & Mini Pom Pom, Meadowlark Ring, H Brand Jacket, Neuw Denim, Rag & Bone Tee

This year my go-to bag for MBFW is my new Charlie Horse Leather Box Bag with a black mini Pom Pom. Designed in New Zealand, this luxe leather bag compliments my monochrome, minimalistic style (day & night) perfectly and has enough room & detailing to fit my fashion week 'kit' in as well. It may sounds stupid, but trust me, bags likes these are hard to come by! Style meets function = perfection. 

As for my 'kit' - below is an overview of my essentials for fashion week:

  • Portable Phone Charger - Email Access & UBER App must be available at all times! 
  • An Organised Life Mini Notebook or Diary & Pen  - with my schedule in it
  • Lip Balm
  • Hair tie, Band Aid, Panadol
  • Illuminator - My go-to beauty favourite at the moment
  • Mascara & Liquid Eyeliner - to take my look from day to night
  • MECCA Makeup Perfection Mist - amazing for hydrating & also setting your makeup. 
  • Sunglasses
  • Statement Earrings - Holly Ryan always does the trick!
  • Mini Water Bottle
  • Peppermints
  • Charlie Horse Phone Case
Wearing Charlie Horse Bag, Bec & Bridge Blazer, Luv AJ x Bec & Bridge Earrings, Sol Sana Boots, Ray Ban Sunglasses, Third Form Tee, Lillian Khallouf Pant, Meadowlark & Lucy Folk Rings.

Wearing Charlie Horse Bag, Bec & Bridge Blazer, Luv AJ x Bec & Bridge Earrings, Sol Sana Boots, Ray Ban Sunglasses, Third Form Tee, Lillian Khallouf Pant, Meadowlark & Lucy Folk Rings.

If you want to follow my MBFW antics keep an eye out on my Instagram @anorganisedlife and Snap Chat AnOrganisedLife

 

6 Simple Ways To Start Your Own Business or Brand

6 Simple Ways To Start Your Own Business or Brand

March 14 2016
From A to B with AN ORGANISED LIFE

From A to B with AN ORGANISED LIFE

February 16 2016

Some of you may or may not know that I work full time at the Bec & Bridge HQ and run An Organised Life in the evenings & weekends. I absolutely love my job & my business and I have adapted to living a very fast paced life, (filled with multiple 2am nights!) in order to achieve all my goals.

Recently my life changed a lot, allowing me to have a little bit more extra time to run around from A to B, when I received my new Holden Astra GTC - in white of course!!! Wahoo!

An Organised Life X Holden

In the past I have only ever owned x2 cars and both were Holden. It's a brand I have grown up with and always trusted, and I've loved watching their vehicles evolve over the years.  

Not only does the Holden Astra GTC fit my monochrome & minimalist style perfectly but it holds all the functional elements that every girl could ever need...

Below is a little snippet of what 'a day in the life of An Organised Life' looks like during the week, & why my new car is possibly my new best friend (carrying boxes of orders everyday was not fun!!) - hopefully this answers some of the questions that you have emailed through to me too xx

7.00AM: Wake up & check my diary and emails for the day - planning ahead is always essential for me. 

7.50AM: Grab a coffee & quinoa porridge from my local cafe BRU in North Bondi!

8.00AM: Fill the boot of my Holden Astra with my An Organised Life orders from the day before, as well as any outfit changes for events that night after work. 

NB: My other essentials I always have in my car include a phone charger, notebook & pen, baby wipes, lip balm & sunglasses!

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8.00AM - 8.45AM: Drive from North Bondi to Alexandria (listening to Smooth FM the whole way!). 

9.00AM: My day at Bec & Bridge begins

12.30AM: Jump in my Holden Astra GTC and head down to my local post office to drop off all my An Organised Life Orders. I always check my emails & social media in my lunch break and reply to anything urgent. Every now and then I also dash off to attend meetings or coffee catch up for collaborations / projects I'm working on for An Organised Life. 

NB: I'm not going to lie the Nav & Beepers in my new car are life savers! I don't know what I did with out them previously! 

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6.00pm: Finish up at Bec & Bridge and either head home or have a quick outfit change and venture to an event for An Organised Life. 

8.00pm: Arrive home in Bondi. Pack my An Organised Life online & stockist orders for the day, check & reply to my emails and work on new projects, designs, blog posts or prep & planning for upcoming shoots & collabs. 

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11.30pm: Get ready for bed and set any alarms I need to for the following day. I always check the weather before I go to bed and get my outfit out ready for the next day too. It give me more time to relax in the morning and enjoy my coffee & drive.

SHOP THE LOOKS:

LOOK 1: Faithfull The Brand Top, Neuw Denim Skinny Jeans, Ray Ban Sunnies, Black Slides, Mon Purse Bowler Bag, An Organised Life Watch & Diary, The Essential Supply Belt

LOOK 2: MLM Stripe Top & Skirt, Sempre Di Heels, Celine Trio

Photography by Nicole Cooper

*Advertorial in collaborate with Holden Australia

An Organised Life Takes On New York With Talisa Sutton

An Organised Life Takes On New York With Talisa Sutton

October 11 2015

Last month our gal Talisa Sutton from Badlands Blog ventured to the big apple to attend New York Fashion Week. Known for her super chic style, Talisa accessorised her looks with the new An Organised Life personalised leather notebook that helped to keep her trip on point during the hustle & bustle that is NYFW. 

We chatted to Talisa about her New York highlights, essentials, must see spots & more...

1. What was your absolute highlight moment of NYFW?

Getting to shoot new season TOME straight off the runway! 

2. Favourite outfit you wore during the week?

A sheer lacy top layered underneath a black jumpsuit by Zimmermann - I loved this collection so it was amazing to be able to wear this look to their new season show.

I also sorted out my looks for the week once I landed in NY, making sure I had enough time to iron things and pick up and last minute pieces I needed to complete an outfit. I had very limited hanging space so at the end of each day, I would pack away the outfit I had worn and make room for the next look. I still wish I was as organised as you though!

3. What were your NYFW essentials?

Flat shoes! Bandaids, iced latte, Iphone + charger, camera and my notebook.

4. I know you love organisation as much as I do, how did you stay organised over NYFW?

I'm a big list maker, so I have my daily itinerary written in both my diary and my calendar which is synced to my phone. I wanted to make the most of my time in NY, so I had a notebook where I would jot down names and addresses of cafes or shops I wanted to visit, every time I got a break between shows I would check to see what was close by! 

5. Top 5 'must see' NY destinations you discovered on your trip?

The new Whitney (and The HighLine), Two Hands Cafe (great coffee and amazing avo toast + acai bowls), Vietnamese at An Choi, & Other Stories on Broadway (best t-shirts!) and Breakfast at Bluestone Collective Cafe.

Other old favourites are Moma, The Neue Gallery, Dudley's LES, Cafe Gitane and Barneys on Madison Ave.

Visit Talisa's Blog Badlands Here

Imagery by Talisa Sutton

The Edit / 01

The Edit / 01

March 09 2015

Oh Celine

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I had always dreamed of owning a Celine Trio Bag by the time I was Twenty Five, however this was far beyond my reach with lots of other priorities coming first this year. Just days before my Twenty Fifth Birthday this week a generous friend made this dream come true and, I'm not going to lie, I may have cried! Thank you to that secret someone out there, I am truly grateful. xx