JU­LIA ASH­WOOD

Country Style - - FASHION -

BLOG­GER, 36

Founder of travel and lifestyle blog, The Vista, Ju­lia lives in a farm­house in north­ern NSW with her hus­band and daugh­ter. Tell us about your con­nec­tion to the coun­try and how your style has changed since re­turn­ing to your roots. I was born and raised on a farm­ing prop­erty just out­side Len­nox Head. It was the best up­bring­ing I could ask for and I think it was a shock for ev­ery­one when I moved to Syd­ney then onto New York. After more than 10 years trav­el­ling, I met my hus­band Mat­ter­son. We got mar­ried and fell preg­nant with Delilah Bee. That’s when we made the swift move ‘home’ to north­ern NSW to find a gen­er­ous plot of land for the veg­etable patch of our dreams. Since then, the blaz­ers, leather pants and heels have been ban­ished. I love to dress up, but my style is much more ca­sual chic these days. What are some of your go-to brands? Denim shorts from One Tea­spoon, Doen ev­ery­thing, All That Re­mains for linen shirts and Sir the La­bel for linen wrap dresses, which I layer with T-shirts. My favourite denim flares are from Lover and I like the cro­cheted biki­nis in pretty, fem­i­nine colour­ways from She Made Me. What’s on your win­ter wardrobe wish list? My own Driza-bone (I al­ways bor­row Mat­ter­son’s, who is 6’5 so it’s rather over­sized). And a turtle­neck knit so soft I can live in it. Do you have a style trick that makes you feel in­stantly more put to­gether? Ban­danas! I love a good scarf around my neck or bun. Any other favourite ac­ces­sories? A good hat — the big­ger, the bet­ter. I al­ways seem to pick up a new one ev­ery­where I go. I’m also a fan of Tom Ford cat’s eye sun­glasses. What’s your shoe of choice for work and play? I have owned a pair of R.M. Wil­liams boots since I was old enough to wear shoes. What cos­met­ics prod­ucts do you love? I pre­fer oils and nat­u­ral prod­ucts on my skin. Tinted mois­turiser with SPF is my ev­ery­day go-to and Le Labo per­fumes are ex­quis­ite . What do you like to sur­round your­self with at home? Jedda-daisy Cul­ley is my artist crush at the mo­ment. She’s a dear friend and I’m lucky to have her work in my home. I also adore ce­ram­ics from Pan Pot­tery. What’s your best fash­ion ad­vice? Be your­self! Hold on to the clas­sics you love that make you feel com­fort­able and con­fi­dent. Visit fol­lowthe­vista.com

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