How to dress classy

This weekend I have put together some pieces from my wardrobe and mixed a few things together just for fun! When I am not doing anything else I like to collate inspiration from various outlets such as magazines and online fashion magazines, and I particularly love getting pieces and putting them together with something else and then VOILA! It’s a MATCH! You may have recently seen my “Parisian” style outfit, this has to be my FAVOURITE current outfit, when I realised I had a black beret from Pretty Little thing, and a skirt from PRIMARK, I was like ok what top am I going to wear with this skirt? It HAS to be white! Not too long ago I got an off the shoulder top that was from ASOS, and I got it for about $13 – $20, The skirt was a treasure that I bought in Cheshire Oaks Designer Factory Outlet in England, and it was a huge favourite that I hadn’t worn it yet!!! This by far has been my most CLASSIEST outfit that I have come up with this year…..

I have recently created an Outfits Page, so you can get updated with my wardrobe and the fashion that I am into, and the type of clothes that I adore!

I got SO excited about my “Outfits Page” that I just had to include this picture of the ‘parisian styled’ look!

You don’t have to be “RICH” to be “CLASSY let me tell you that!

and I am sure HALF the world knows that already……

When I was in England I had spending money, and I walked into the Primark department store and saw this skirt, and another top that I only got TWO clothing items. I thought this skirt was soooooo pretty, and floral and I just loved all the colours, you can see why I got it at the drop of a hat!

I am a huge floral kind of lady, and if you want to be classy, you have to find the right pieces, that you have bought previously, and then go through the rest of your wardrobe, pick out one piece of clothing, think, what will go with that?, what will match that? Is there a beautiful accessory that I have that can go with it as well? Should I wear a hat with this outfit? What kind of bag will go with it?

You have to pick on piece of clothing and just work your way around with what you already have.

Don’t go on a full on shopping spree and be like oh I need the WHOLE store just to be classy and posh! BE selective, and buy the prettiest or nicest thing there, and just 1 piece from 1 store. Stores are a trap, just like they say in Confessions of a Shopaholic, that one scene where Becky Bloodwood writes in her work report “Your store card is like a 50 per cent cashmere coat, the first time you meet it promises to be your best friend, until you look more closely and realise its not real cashmere”. You can buy a chashmere coat, and be like Oh! I have the latest designer wear, but WHERE is it from?

Always do you research, make sure that the brand is the first top hit on Google, if you can’t find the company and you want to be designerish looking then don’t spend your money on a brand or company that doesn’t have enough traction and/or top hits on Google, or doesn’t have a website at all. You have to make sure it is a brand that is well known globally, and is the talk of the town wherever you are in the world!

For example, I started following Aspinal of London on social media and they really know how to advertise, and the website is very appealing and markets towards classy sophisticated people that are in the corporate world in London especially. So of course I had to have at least 1 thing from there, and I bought a BAG!

The Aspinal of London bag will be featured on the OUTFITS PAGE. This took me YEARS to save for the ONE thing! and it is a treasure and my most treasurable thing that I have.

I think when it comes to dressing classy you have to be picky about what you get, you could just get black pants for example, then a nice top that is off the shoulder and a little bling with a retro look, add some sparkling ear rings from Lovisa, don’t worry about being expensive, just think what will go with what?

Say, you have got $200 on you, on the weekend, buy $30-50 corporate pants, then buy a $20-$30 top from Valleygirl or Supre that looks like a Cue top or from Review, you can even get cheap tops that look nice from Sportsgirl, and/or places like Tempt. Say you have only $100 buy a $20 top $70 pants and then $10 ear rings.

Classy colours are black, gold, and cream and red. I think these are the primary colours for classiness. For example my Sincere Sally dress is RED and looks classy for a cocktail party and the same with the off the shoulder Jenni black dress, it screams elegance with the slimming waist look and the frills.

You have to think what colours do I like? Find an item of that colour that is either a slimming dress or a cocktail party dress, and then you have something classy!

It takes a lot of time to find your classy niche!!! I remember as a 22 year old I was always shopping on Chapel street going into Kookai, Review, Alannah Hill and Chapel street was ENDLESS! I would work during the day and at 12 o’clock on my lunch break I would hit the streets of South Yarra!

If you want to be classy you have to network with sophisticated people, and people in the area or business that you love, for example, my two favourite ladies are The Lady Wallace – Kylie Wallace who is a TV Reporter in Sydney that I follow and Alena Kate Pettite of the Darling Academy, more on that later as I got Alena’s book Ladies like Us and I am SOOOOOO excited to share with you, I might do a BOOK REVIEW! I am VERY EXCITED!!!!!!! I have spoken to both ladies and I am INSPIRED to write about dressing classy through knowing their content and how they both dress in a sophisticated way!!!!!!

You will find Kylie Wallace at the Garden Party in ENGLAND in MAY this year…..

And Alena she wrote Ladies like Us which is a BEAUTIFUL book on which I will be sharing and writing about later on in the year!

It truly is an INSPIRING book! And has so much truth in it and she holds values and talks about emotional intelligence to beauty in the inside and covering SO many different topics it’s BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!

There are so many ways I could talk about how to dress classy but I think it is basically SIMPLE

Choose something basic and then add a bit of PIZZ AZZ to it

Add a sparkling piece like a BANGLE or a headband or ear rings from LOVISA or have a look at Michael Hill or Angus and Coote. They have some lovely pieces and SHIELS too.

I think start with the basics and work your way up. You don’t have to have something totally OUT there. Cue has some pretty black dresses and I think when it comes to class ones you always have to have that “BLACK DRESS” I have 1 literally from an op shop that was $7! And it is the dress that I wore for the VIVA LIFE PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTO SHOOT as the girl in the red scarf just like my fictitious soul sister Becky Bloomwood.

I have a CUE black dress and it is VERY classy

Always make sure you have at least 1 black dress, 1 red dress and then go to a shop doesn’t have to be anything high designer but have a look in op shops as they do have a “designer” section as I worked there at Save the Children on SCARBOROUGH beach road in SCARBOROUGH and it was WONDERFUL volunteering and getting that retail work experience.

It was a nice experience work wise and I learnt a lot.

You will be SURPRISED with what you find!

So you don’t exactly have to be the NEXT Burberry girl or be on a Forever New advertisement just check out the closest op shop to you locally and you will be SURPRISED with what you find, trust me!

I love the fact that you can go to the medium stores like Cue and not have to spend a fortune. A dress can be minimal and add black high heels with a piece of jewellery that might be dangly and have cubic zirconia a instead of actual DIAMONDS.

You can do what you want and just HAVE FUN WITH FASHION!!!!!!!!

Emmalisa xx 💋





Here are some fashion pieces I have gotten in WESTERN AUSTRALIA I hope you get inspired FASHION WISE!!!!!!!!!!!!

What’s in my KENSINGTON PALACE BAG!!!!!!!


Today I thought I would show you all the things I have kept in my Kensington Palace bag from when I visited in July 2018, I spent so much time in different places it is hard to put it all into one thing as there was numbers of things I did and yet STILL soooooo much to do when it comes to England/London/stately homes and palaces etc….. I have kept this bag from when I visited like a year and a half ago, and it has definitely left its mark on me from collecting so many little things along the way such as brochures, memorabilia, books based on the places you visit when you’re there. The day I went to Kensington Palace it was absolutely surreal! I am sure there was a helicopter flying over and all the tourists were like Its Prince William! haha! I will never know for sure!

I kept the main book as it has a lot of history and information that is just amazing! The history you would be absolutely astounded by! You discover a lot about the duchesses’s, princess’s, Lords, etc. Lets take a closer look at the book, and delve deep as I haven’t fully read it myself, I just got it probably for $5 when I was in Kensington Palace, and I had a Diana book that I showed in Instagram stories a little while ago, but now I can’t find it!!!! I had it and then I find something else that I thought I lost, my BIG London postcards which LITERALLY pop out at me! I will be posting the London postcards at the end of this blog post xx

Here is the Contents page…….. Have a look at the chapter titles for yourself, and then we will look more into the book1

Welcome to Kensington Palace!

Of course that is the introduction to the book, how beautiful is this illustration by John Buckler in 1826!

I love old pictures like this, the settings always grab me and it is very romantic, adjust guides you to a NEW world! Takes you back to those time periods of english historical places where you feel romance, and old english gardens, and this illustration is just REAL ART! It really does pop out at me! Old english art is just beautiful, and this sketch looks like something Amy would have drawn in Little Women or something! It is very beautiful, and really captures the Palace as it is, if you stare at it long enough it is almost like you are there!

According to this introduction, Kensington Palace definitely does have its history through the centuries, from William the THIRD to Mary the SECOND in the 17th century and the showing of secret lives and public lives, lots of secret history involved behind palace walls, but then you only know what is public when it is made public… I have always been fascinated by English history through the years, decades, centuries, from long ago…….. and it gets more and more interesting the more things you collect over time!

To be honest, the only tour I remember was Tour 3 Victoria Revealed, I took pictures on my INSTAGRAM, have a look as you will love the big picture of Queen Victoria when she was YOUNG! Probably when she was 18 I think, I am pretty sure that was when she was 18, I took a photo in that room of a piano, which had my heart ❤ The pink and white and green colours reminded me of a nursery, and it was just AMAZING to be standing right in the room where Queen Victoria was when she was a CHILD! Have you seen the ITV series of Victoria? You have to watch that to get more of a story and interesting factors and you learn more about the history and everything that happened by watching it, I started watching it but lost track of time in the process as I was highly enjoying it BUT stopped watching it when I moved again… I shall add it back to the list, but I think it is off Netflix in Australia for those in Australia. I particularly loved the story and the history as I remember a lot about Victoria and Alberts love story…… Highly recommend if you haven’t watched it yet….

Here starts the History! This book is only showing a short history, but sometimes long history can become boring and mundane that you are going to have to read what is written in the pictures. I won’t write anything or long paragraphs in this section as you probably need to read the photos instead to get a better understanding.

I did visit the Kings apartments but I actually don’t remember it much! It is a very vague memory already!

There were quite a few tours, as it was hard to keep up with everything on the Kensington Palace tour!

I visited this room right here, and it is a memory etched in my mind mostly out of all the rooms, I literally stood right in the heart of this room….And stared right at the pictures knowing this was pure art in its form…. A true delight to look at! Interesting and vivid, and captured the eye! It stood right out at you! This was the most ornate room in Kensington Palace out of my opinion. The gold frames were absolutely elegant and guided. I completely MARVELLED at them!!!!!!!


Look at the costumes of the day!

This picture is so beautiful to me, the garden and the English feel of it, its almost like the Secret Garden, and reminds of that poem Lord when I die please let it be in Spring! An English Garden poem I posted a long time ago….. “An Englishman’s Prayer”…….

Here is some further reading for a list of books to get in order to understand more about this topic and the tours involved, these books would elaborate MUCH more on the history and Victoria herself!

I have Victoria: A Life by A. N. Wilson

Today I found THREE London souvenir postcards I bought in the London Eye GIFT shop

I have a brochure of the Tower of London from Historic Royal Palaces, including Banqueting House, a London MAP, Map and information for the Kensington Palace Diana: The Fashion Story exhibition I attended, photos are on my private Instagram account though, hopefully I will post them on my main Instagram page I highlighted before….. ST Georges Chapel book from when I visited there!, Weston Park brochure from visiting somewhere and I collected it somehow maybe at Tatton Parks gift store…. Hampton Court Palace brochure and then a Covent Gardener small book which had a map of Covent Garden, the pictures I took were right where My Fair Lady was filmed! One of my most favourite films of all time with Audrey Hepburn 🙂

Well these are a few of my favourite things that I collected in the Kensington Palace bag when I was there and I have carried it with me on my trip back home!

I hope you enjoyed the history, the book and seeing what I collected as I had a lot of fun collecting brochures whilst on the tour, it was a delight! and as you can see, I have still got my ticket from when I went to PARIS!

Here is a story and pictures of my TOUR ❤