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Tell Us a Little About You:

I’m Rose, approaching my mid thirties. I have 2 boys, Miles (2.5) and Ned (9 weeks) and am married to my wonderful husband Ben. We live in country Victoria, close to the Great Ocean Road and the Otway Ranges, a beautiful part of the world. 

I have a career history in retail sales, fashion buying and styling, office admin and travel consultancy. I love to travel, and feel lucky to have travelled far and wide prior to the global pandemic. Stylelistau is my ‘passion project’ - a creative outlet, and a way to keep in touch with the outside world while I’m a stay at home Mum.

What got you into Blogging About Fashion?

After stepping away from 10 years in the fashion industry to begin a career in travel, I started to feel that something was missing in my life. I had a full wardrobe that wasn’t getting any love as I now wore a uniform, and although I followed many an influencer on instagram, I missed sourcing beautiful garments and creating the perfect outfit myself, plus the sharing aspect once you wear said garments.. 

So, from my humble abode in country Victoria, @stylelistau was born! A place for me to share my existing wardrobe, any future fashion finds & a way of getting back into a dialogue that lights a fire within so many of us. I love that Instagram has become one big conversation, where the question of ‘where did you find that?’ Is answered with the tap of your finger!

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What’s a typical day in the life of a fashion blogger look like?

Each day is varied, but the main things I focus on are planning outfits and sourcing items, scheduling time to photograph outfits and shoot content, interact and post on social media, and add in to that normal Mum/family/everyday life! 

How do you determine what brands you work with?

This is determined by my genuine interest in certain brands and garments, I wouldn’t share something I don’t like or wouldn’t wear/use myself. I also like to shine a light on small business and women in business, giving exposure to those who may not have a big platform themselves.  

What's your classic piece in your wardrobe?

Items like denim jeans, a leather or denim jacket, a little black dress, nude heels and a crisp white shirt are classic pieces that can be mixed and matched, and don’t date. As long as the items fit well and you take care of them, they can be styled various ways and have a long life in your wardrobe. 

What accessory or accessories can you not live without?

I am a hat lover from way back, and feel they are not only practical but are the ‘pièce de résistance’ of many an outfit for all seasons. I also have a simple pendant necklace in both rose gold and silver with matching simple earrings that is a beautiful addition to so many looks. 

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Summer wardrobe essential:

A straw hat! The style may change over time but it’s the perfect piece style wise and also protects your precious skin. 

What is your winter wardrobe essential?

A warm coat! Whether it be a tailored wool coat, or a snug puffer jacket, finding an outer layer that matches with most outfits, suits your day to day life, and keeps the chill away is key during winter.

Any tips on taking an outfit from a casual daytime event to a nighttime function?

Accessorise! Bold jewellery and a statement red lip are easy ways to bring a bit of glamour to an outfit. You might also swap a cute cardi for a sparkly shrug to elevate a simple dress from day to night. 

What is your best fashion advice?

I love the saying ‘it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed!’ - a style statement to live by! 

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Talk us through your top 4 styling tips:

  1. Ensure your clothing fits you well, this may mean getting items altered to suit your body shape, however it’s worth it to not only look good but feel good in your clothing. 
  2. Invest in styles that suit your shape. You can follow a body shape guide to do this, or just go by items already in your wardrobe that look best. Source more items like the ones that already work, but experiment with different colours, fabrics and embellishments. 
  3. Don’t be scared to accessorise. Belts can cinch in your waist to give you more shape, a bag can compliment your whole look, and a scarf can add a splash of colour. Accessories have the power to transform your look to something extra special. 
  4. Put together outfits in advance! It’s so worth playing with the pieces in your wardrobe and knowing what works together. This also saves time on busy days, and takes the stress out of dressing. 
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