How To

How To Style Your Life

Feat. interior designer and art director Elly McGaw.

So you know about outfit styling, but have you heard of life styling?

Yeah, it’s a thing. And interior designer/art director Elly McGaw does it oh so well.

Let’s just say she knows how to pull together a damn nice room (and Instagram profile for that matter). In fact, it was her creative eye for fashion, art, interiors, travels and just general #lifegoals that caught our attention in the first place (did we mention she drives a vintage Mercedes and turns up to shoots with props in cute straw baskets and Louis Vuitton bags??).

So when we were considering who to feature in this collaboration with sass & bide to celebrate ‘Style Week’ and contemporary design that inspires, Ms McGaw was top of mind. Plus, we pretty much just wanted an excuse to hang out and pick her brain about how she’s managed to curate such a beautiful existence for herself.

Elly is undoubtedly a very visual person and played an integral part in styling herself and the room for this shoot. Muse (in Darlinghurst, Sydney) provided the backdrop, Kendrick Lamar was the soundtrack and sass & bide’s Speakeasy collection gave us an endless array of pretty pieces to play with.

Read her wise advice on styling your life below.

Turns out, we’ve got a bit of work to do, but we can’t wait to get stuck into some of these tips (maybe after the Sydney fashion week/MBFWA madness next week!) and hone our own life aesthetics.

Featured: @ellymcgaw
Photographer: @carmengracehamilton
Location: @museclinic

See more from the shoot here and Carmen’s interview here

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Look for inspiration everywhere.

“I am inspired by free thinking and people following their passions, my amazing group of friends, the romance of nature and I am always looking online at blogs like Nowness to see what is going on globally across music, art, poetry and design.”

“My favourite designer is Vincenzo De Cotiis, I am obsessed with this Italian designer’s talent! He balances raw authenticity with a minimal approach through a reappropriation of salvaged material.”

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Look for inspiration everywhere.

“I am inspired by free thinking and people following their passions, my amazing group of friends, the romance of nature and I am always looking online at blogs like Nowness to see what is going on globally across music, art, poetry and design.”

“My favourite designer is Vincenzo De Cotiis, I am obsessed with this Italian designer’s talent! He balances raw authenticity with a minimal approach through a reappropriation of salvaged material.”

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Find your personal style (in life - not just your wardrobe!).

“I think the key to creativity is starting with yourself; what inspires you, what makes you feel good and feel like you. This has been fundamental for my career in design and art direction.”

“I have a very androgynous way of dressing and it’s also similar in the way I would style a home, appealing to both male and female and using a pallet of black whites and natural colours.”

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Find your personal style (in life - not just your wardrobe!).

“I think the key to creativity is starting with yourself; what inspires you, what makes you feel good and feel like you. This has been fundamental for my career in design and art direction.”

“I have a very androgynous way of dressing and it’s also similar in the way I would style a home, appealing to both male and female and using a pallet of black whites and natural colours.”

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Back your ideas (and yourself).

“When you stop doing things because you think you should or because you see that everyone else is doing it, you are left with your own ideas and, so comes the confidence to follow that idea, as abstract or simple as that may be.”

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Back your ideas (and yourself).

“When you stop doing things because you think you should or because you see that everyone else is doing it, you are left with your own ideas and, so comes the confidence to follow that idea, as abstract or simple as that may be.”

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Have a game plan.

“Create a mood board for what you want to achieve, print your inspiration and work it all together before bringing it to life.”

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Have a game plan.

“Create a mood board for what you want to achieve, print your inspiration and work it all together before bringing it to life.”

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Find your go-to's.

“For beautiful one-off items that really make a home unique, I shop at Les Interieurs“.

“For furniture, I recommend MCM House, Space Furniture, Spence & Lyda, Living Edge and Hub Furniture

“My other favourites are The Apparatus Studio – NYC, Maison Hand – Paris (a contemporary dream!) and The Apartment by The Line because their concept and overall atheistic is really appealing.”

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Find your go-to's.

“For beautiful one-off items that really make a home unique, I shop at Les Interieurs“.

“For furniture, I recommend MCM House, Space Furniture, Spence & Lyda, Living Edge and Hub Furniture

“My other favourites are The Apparatus Studio – NYC, Maison Hand – Paris (a contemporary dream!) and The Apartment by The Line because their concept and overall atheistic is really appealing.”

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When styling the home...

“Begin with a white pallet and then start with the biggest pieces in the room and work around them.”

“Use large statement pieces, textures, interesting art and objects.”

“Always remember that less is more, too many little things in one room is distracting.”

“Plants like orchids will bring any home to life by adding the beauty that only nature can do.”

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When styling the home...

“Begin with a white pallet and then start with the biggest pieces in the room and work around them.”

“Use large statement pieces, textures, interesting art and objects.”

“Always remember that less is more, too many little things in one room is distracting.”

“Plants like orchids will bring any home to life by adding the beauty that only nature can do.”

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When styling yourself...

“When you have nothing to wear: Levis 501’s, tuck your white t-shirt and put on some music.”

“Key wardrobe pieces are a good black blazer, leather pants, Balenciaga boots, a chunky belt and Nike tracksuits.”

“I would rather have one amazing pair of expensive shoes that I wear every day over ten that are less expensive and I never wear!”

Elly wears Ride With You knit.

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When styling yourself...

“When you have nothing to wear: Levis 501’s, tuck your white t-shirt and put on some music.”

“Key wardrobe pieces are a good black blazer, leather pants, Balenciaga boots, a chunky belt and Nike tracksuits.”

“I would rather have one amazing pair of expensive shoes that I wear every day over ten that are less expensive and I never wear!”

JUMPER JOY

If you love that model off duty look then you can agree a jumper like this is a must to pair with your favourite black jeans and killer boots.

Sass and Bide

Ride With You Knit

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LEATHER TRANCE

This is an investment piece that will go with practically anything you own. Whether it be a frilly white shirt or a slinky top.

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Meet In December

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ART DECO BLAZER

This blazer is the pinnacle of sophistication. Wear it to work, on a date or just if you wanna look and feel like a girl boss.

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Lead On

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RUFF-LE SOME FEATHERS

Turn back the clock to a time where adding a bit of flare to your ensemble was a MUST. Perfect for those minimalist outfits that need a little something extra to lift the look.

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In Wonderment

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DREAM COAT

This coat speaks for itself...It's tailored to perfection and will go with everything for all eternity.

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Deepest Oceans

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FLAPPER GIRL DRESS

Light up the room with this heavenly drop waisted dress. Pair it with strappy heels or for a bolder look some killer black boots!

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Undone Hero

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NEXT LEVEL EARRINGS

Once you wear big earrings you can never go back. These would go perfectly with other gold detailed accessories and a sleek blazer.

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New Light On The Horizon

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