Love her hair, love her bubbly personality, love her simple yet elegant style.
Here Claire shares her favourite overseas shopping destination (and it’s not where you’d expect), top tips for looking fabulous, how she juggles family and work and the two beauty products she always carries in her handbag.
Getting To Know Mrs Fabb.
“Bag, diary, desk, computer. My work essentials.”
Describe your personality in three words.
Three words… This is a tough one! OK. Easy-going, focused and loyal.
What inspires you?
So many things. I could be listening to a song in the car that just ‘gets’ to me. I could be having a conversation with a friend. Seeing someone walk down the street and loving the way they’ve put their outfit together. A great dinner with my family, the ocean, summer or listening to someone talk about a subject I’m not that familiar with. There have been some key ‘ah-ha’ moments when I’ve gone to listen to someone else talk about their career and life experiences. I love being exposed to people who think differently to me which is why I started the Style Profile interview segment on the blog.
Tell us about your career path.
I started in fashion a long time ago whilst in high school then after completing my business degree digressed into the corporate world for a few years. It didn’t last very long, the pull was far too strong and I returned to my first love. I stepped back into fashion into a PR role – all the time styling people on the side. Once my daughters were born I started styling more and that’s how Yellow Button started. My blog stylebyyellowbutton.com became an extension of the styling business.
What type of styling do you do?
I work with private clients, style shoots, present styling workshops and work with brands offering a styling or consulting element. There isn’t one client I could single out as a favourite. I get a kick out of each job as they are always different.
Describe a typical week for you.
My weeks are varied. Sometimes it’s a bit mad, sometimes not. I’m out of the office and away from my desk a lot. Styling, meetings, presenting, workshops, research, blogging and working with clients. However in amongst all of this it’s still important for me to take my daughters to ballet classes, swimming lessons and get to school to take part in reading groups whenever I can.
What is the favourite thing about your job?
I do what I love. I get to work with people I both admire and respect and the digital world is an ever-changing space so I’m always learning.
Was it hard starting your own business and blog?
It was very much organic. Motherhood was my priority and I’d fit clients in around that. I started blogging at night and that became an additional outlet for me that I really enjoyed.
What advice do you have for others?
Be authentic. Try and mould your job around what you love doing because you won’t mind working hard and putting in long hours if it’s for something you are passionate about.
What tips do you have for juggling a family and work?
Prioritising is key for me. My girls come first and sometimes that means I may miss out on a great opportunity once in a while, but that’s just the way it goes.
What’s your favourite trend right now?
Wedge sneakers: comfort plus.
Name five of your favourite designers.
Bassike, Mulberry, Helmut Lang, Givenchy, Equipment.
What is the most treasured piece of clothing in your closet?
Probably my Burberry aviator jacket.
What would we never see you wearing?
A silk dress cut on the bias.
What are some of your favourite places to shop?
Westfield, David Jones, Bassike, Scanlan and Theodore, Ginger and Smart.
Where’s your favourite place to shop overseas?
Berlin is simply amazing as there is so much variety. London, I love. New York I always return with excess luggage and Florence for special leather pieces.
What She Wore.
Vintage gilet, Bassike striped t-shirt, Bassike jeans, Jimmy Choo loafers, Givenchy cuff, market gold cuff.
“Comfort is key for me and I love mixing fabrics and prints. My sheepskin gilet has been a god-send through the colder months and I’m still finding it my go-to when I need an extra layer. Stripes, animal print. I like small hits of both and mixing them in together.”
“I have a drawer full of accessories and am a bit mad for mixing metals. Each piece means something and has a story to tell. Big or small (the story that is, not the hardware).”
“I hadn’t planned on blending in with my wallpaper!”
Camilla Skovgaard heels.
“I seem to be going for really fresh tonal outfits at the moment, especially whites and off-whites. When I was in Hong Kong last year I found an amazing pattern of a man’s tuxedo jacket from the 1960′s. I took it to my tailor and had it made in cream. (I had a black one made too). These shorts are a no-name brand I picked up whilst travelling and my trusty Giuseppe Zanotti heels which have seen a lot of pavement and clocked up some serious mileage.”
Bassike singlet, YSL shoes.
“I love design and have a dabble when I have the time. This leather skirt is the result of one of my ‘dabbles’.
“I’m going through a bit of an Art Deco phase and couldn’t resist when I saw these YSL wedges.”
“Weekend attire. When I’m off-duty, I’m off duty. Denim shorts, my favourite Nike X Liberty wedge sneakers and a t-shirt. Comfort plus!”
Where did your love of fashion come from?
My mother has a great sense of style, so too do both of my grandmothers. Nan kept all of her 1950’s ball dresses and costume jewellery which I LOVED. I remember dressing up in them every time I’d visit her from about age 5 until they didn’t fit me anymore.
How would you describe your own style?
Relaxed, low-key, I like classic pieces and I also like edgy pieces too. Comfort is important.
What’s your weekend style?
Very relaxed. In summer I live in my bathers, white shirts, denim shorts and if the beach isn’t involved; jeans and t-shirts, shorts and skirts.
What was your most recent purchase?
Another pair of bathers…
What are the three pieces you find yourself wearing constantly?
Bassike lo-slung jeans, Givenchy cuff, Equipment shirts.
What piece in your wardrobe gets you from season to season?
T-shirts. It’s so hard to find the perfect t-shirt and I’m on the eternal search. When I do find the right one, they go with everything.
Is there anything in your closet that you’ve owned for more than five years, and still wear to this day?
A Cohen et Sabine skirt. It’s well loved and is falling to pieces but I still adore it.
What’s in your closet that you’ve never worn before?
Hmm nothing that I can think of. I only buy things if I’m going to wear them and I don’t keep ‘good’ pieces for best occasions.
Has your love of fashion rubbed off onto your two daughters?
I’m not sure I’m the reason but they do love their fashion and dressing up. Prior to school there were multiple outfits worn every few hours and the poor old washing lady (me) was never able to keep up. It’s a lot easier now they have to wear school uniforms each day. I love school uniforms!
Her Style Tips.
“Gold hits: 1970′s French vintage choker, 8 Other Reasons cuff, vintage coin ring, Burberry ring, market necklace.”
What are your top five style tips?
1. Feel comfortable in what you’re wearing. If you’re feeling comfortable you will look confident.
2. Dress for yourself. Not your boyfriend, husband, friend or parents.
3. White shirts are THE best invention in the world. Play with different textures and fabrics for different looks. Silk is dressy, cotton smart, sheer is sexy and also great for the beach.
4. Get the right fitting jeans or pants. When they’re a good fit, it’s great. When they’re not, not so great…
5. Accessories are the best way to change up an outfit.
What key piece should everyone own this season?
A great hat: practical and chic.
What is one piece of clothing every woman should splurge on?
Something that is timeless and long lasting. I can’t go past a great handbag.
What would you advise someone with a low budget that still wants to look stylish?
Don’t spend a fortune on seasonal trend pieces. The high street stores all interpret the international trends and makes them affordable. Costume jewellery is a great way of changing and incorporating a trend.
What three beauty products could you not live without?
YSL Touché éclat, Lancôme Hypnose mascara and a lip gloss.
What beauty products do you always carry in your handbag?
Touché éclat and a bright lipstick should be a required emergency ‘dressed-up’ look.