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CHEF AND COOK­BOOK AU­THOR, 34 For­mally trained chef Sarah is now rarely to be found in the kitchen, pre­fer­ring to cook over an open fire in the wilds of Tas­ma­nia. How did trav­el­ling around Aus­tralia while pro­duc­ing your cook­book change your style? Be­ing out­doors and in earthy en­vi­ron­ments, you need to wear things that are a lit­tle bit more prac­ti­cal. So, I tried. But then I re­alised that I pre­ferred wear­ing dresses and skirts so I just em­braced it and now my lo­cal drycleaner is very happy. What’s your typ­i­cal ev­ery­day out­fit? The word typ­i­cal doesn’t re­ally ex­ist in my world! It could be any­thing from a ball dress in the fields, to some Hard Yakka over­alls… but no mat­ter what, it will be worn while cook­ing. What are your wardrobe essen­tials? A vin­tage dress with some sort of ‘wow’ fac­tor, over­alls, denim jeans, cot­ton drill shirts, a few T-shirts and Blund­stone boots. I al­ways toss in some sort of quirky fac­tor just to be dif­fer­ent. Think a hat, a knot­ted scarf, what­ever. Do you have any favourite cloth­ing la­bels? No, it’s just what catches my eye, while I have many favourites, I’m not par­tial to any brand. That said, if I could get my hands on a Gi­ambat­tista Valli ball gown I wouldn’t say no and would wear it ev­ery day. Where do you love to shop? I love Tuchuzy, but mostly I go to vin­tage shops in Tas­ma­nia. What are your go-to hair and beauty prod­ucts? I use Kevin Mur­phy for my hair. I don’t wash it very of­ten as I’m in the surf a lot but they have a great leave-in con­di­tioner called­pair. I use By Terry’s Tea to Tan Face and Body for a bit of high­light, and for mois­turiser, it’s Der­ma­log­ica all the way. I’m also ob­sessed with Dr Bron­ner’s pep­per­mint lip balm. Do you have any favourite ac­ces­sories? Hats. La-based Janessa Leoné has some fab­u­lous ones. And I love the clas­sic Akubra. Are you a fan of colour and pat­tern in fash­ion? I sure am; I love flo­ral. What do you never leave home with­out? My Maxmara sun­glasses and a pocket knife. Favourite book? Nigel Slater’s The Kitchen Diaries (Harper Collins, $54.99). Best style ad­vice? Ac­ces­sories are the key. Visit sarah­

CLOCK­WISE, FROM ABOVE Trav­el­ling and cook­ing out­doors means cloth­ing has to be prac­ti­cal and com­fort­able; an avid surfer, Sarah packs a wet­suit wher­ever she goes; she also loves a state­ment skirt or dress.

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