Posted in Style on December 18, 2014 by

I’ve attended a lot of beauty events in my career.

I started in magazine publishing as a beauty writer back in 2007 after interning with Zoë Foster Blake (who was Cosmopolitan’s Beauty Director at the time). And, while I can’t count how many I’ve attended precisely, it’s probably safe to say I’ve attended hundreds so let’s just roll with 488 because, well, I like that number.

An average day for me is writing and filing beauty articles for Gritty Pretty and various magazines or newspapers; styling beauty shoots, product still life or swatches; catching up with editors and beauty publicists; having a WIP with my management team and attending anywhere between one to three beauty events in a day. Some weeks can even see up to 10 different beauty launches!

Therefore, work attire is generally a pair of comfortable black culottes or a flattering A-line skirt, a white or grey marle top and a pair of black heels.

But, for Gritty Pretty magazine’s recent launch at ACME – my first time hosting a beauty event rather than attending it – something a little more special was called for.

Enter this Diving Board Boxy Corset and Reservoir Pencil Skirt from Australian fashion label, Ellery.

Considering I had met designer Kym Ellery a few weeks before to shoot her and the beautiful home she shares with partner Luke Stedman at Sydney’s Whale Beach (see the feature article here), it was only fitting that I ended up wearing one of her designs (it will be available soon).

Because the day was a steamy 30 degrees, I wanted to go for something fresh. To complete the look, I teamed it with this buttery soft, crocodile embossed leather clutch by ZALIAH, rings by Samantha Wills, necklace by Sarah & Sebastian and my favourite Christian Louboutin nude heels. Oh and of course, I can’t forget that the look isn’t complete without a fresh manicure (Chanel Le Vernis in Eastern Light) by my go-to girl, Jocelyn Petroni.

What do you think of what I wore to the launch of Gritty Pretty magazine?