Do you remember a time when we couldn’t easily buy the beauty and skincare products noted as “used by celebrities” in magazines?
Kate Morris was a make-up and skincare junkie growing up in Tassie when she got so frustrated by this very limitation that she went out and started Adore Beauty – an online beauty store that helped her fellow junkies purchase their habit! So clever and helpful!
13 years later, Kate continues to build her business (the first Adore Beauty Skin Centre opened in Melbourne earlier this year) by demonstrating the same qualities she say that got her started – lots of perseverance! I’ve been trying to drum up the courage to ask Kate to photograph her since I heard her and Kirsteene Phelan speak at a League of Extraordinary Women event earlier this year – so I’m grateful that a little Twitter chat following my profile on wonderful Tresna Lee of Yelp, led to me finally asking – thanks Kate for saying yes!
As the Director of her own company, Kate’s work wear style is a more fashion-forward version of Business Casual. Her top and coloured heels would work well in a more conservative workplace but it’s the leather skirt that adds a rebellious element that can be a little too slick for those in law, finance or professional services. Love it!
- Top from Saba
- Leather skirt by Arthur Galan AG
- Michael Kors shoes
- Givenchy bag
- e.g.etal jewellery
- Satch blazer
Want to get Kate’s natural-but-polished-make-up look? I am always on the hunt for products that will help me achieve this most versatile of make-up looks so thanks Kate for spilling the beans on how she does it!
- Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel (with Clarisonic Mia 2)
- Lancôme Dreamtone
- Prevage Anti Aging Eye Serum
- Laura Mercier Primer with SPF30 // omg I did not know that this came with SPF! Good to know!
- Laura Mercier Moisture Supreme Foundation (Blush Ivory)
- Benefit Erase Paste 01
- Benefit Hello Flawless powder
- BECCA Beach Tint Watermelon
- Laura Mercier Bronzing Pressed Powder (Golden Bronze) // ooh I use this – I find it great for a light and warming golden glow!
- BECCA Ultimate Eye Colour Quad – Sun Chaser
- Lancôme eye pencil (black)
- Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Mascara (black)
- Laura Mercier lipstick in Nude Lips (now sadly discontinued) with Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Blush over the top
Your must-have piece/s for workwear?
I am getting a LOT of wear out of this leather skirt. Goes with everything.
>> Love Kate’s leather skirt from Arthur Galan AG – leather skirts are edgy takes on the more traditional pencil skirt. Great for those in not-too-conservative workplaces.
Favorite skin care/cosmetics for the office?
Laura Mercier SPF30 primer, Lancôme Teint Miracle foundation, Benefit Fake Up concealer, Benefit Hello Flawless powder, BECCA Beach Tint as blush, Elizabeth Arden mascara, BECCA eyeshadow, Laura Mercier lip gloss. Also I always have a Clarins hand cream on my desk. If I have to go out after work, a bit of Clarins Beauty Flash Balm patted on carefully over makeup helps to perk everything up.
>>ooh thanks for that tip, Kate! I also found this Beauty IQ post on desk-to-dinner beauty tips handy as my usual routine is to simply touch up!
Offline/online publications that inspire you? The Fifi Report, Into the Gloss, 22 Michaels, Vanity Fair, SmartCompany, Inc
“Feel the fear and do it anyway.”
>> A great quote to close this year of BusinessChic street style posts!
Who has been your favourite BusiChic this year? Over the holidays, I’ll be posting my favourite workwear looks and trends of the year and even beyond because one of the best things that I love about workwear fashion is how timeless it can be! And remember if you need any style advice, just drop me a line [email protected] – I love getting your questions!