What I’m Eyeing And What I’m Buying… With RIISE Founder Sara Bell
Author: Sara Bell
DOCUMENTED BY: Sara Bell
Here at RIISE, we’re endlessly interested in what stylish women currently have in their shopping cart – and in their wishlists. So we asked a few friends to let us in on the pieces and products they’re coveting and why.
First up, Sydney-based Sara Bell shares the pieces she can’t stop thinking about. As the founder and CEO of RIISE, it’s safe to say she knows her way around a sustainable fashion edit. Read on to learn about the five things Sara is dreaming about this Spring, including the bags that turned her into someone who loves bags, and the ultimate minimal knickers to give your lingerie drawer a refresh.
Every time we put these online, they sell out faster than your favourite pastries on a Saturday morning. Taking their name from France’s favourite sweet treat, the Everyday Croissant Bag has a very chic ‘hobo’ shape. It’s so easy to swing over your shoulder and is the perfect size for everyday essentials. My only problem is which colour to choose. I love, love, love the blue and am leaning heavily into it for Spring but the beige speaks to my imaginary best-self, the one which is sophisticated, always put-together, never spills food or drink and just floats through life looking fab. Come to think of it, it may be best to buy the black…
OK so for full transparency I may be a little biassed when it comes to this dress. It’s part of our exclusive capsule collection with UNIKSPACE. But hear me out. Coming into the Australian summer and events season, a maxi dress is a must. Pair it with flat sandals or strappy heels. Wear it to a Sunday lunch or on date night. This one has been cut from the most beautiful deadstock silk, in a silhouette that flatters everyone. The luxury of silk always seduces me and I adore the way this one falls so gracefully from the body. It would be remiss not to mention Esse Studios’ Linka Twist Maxi Dress, too.
As I’ve become more interested in curating a capsule wardrobe and making smarter purchase choices that pay off in the long run, I’ve really realised how accessories can so easily tie together an outfit or take something simple and make it wonderful. Big and bold enough to catch the eye but timeless enough for daily wear, these Baroque Bodmer Earrings are the ear candy I’ve been looking for. The sculptural design nods to organic forms found in nature. I’d wear these with a crisp cotton poplin shirt and black tailored pants to a meeting, or with either of those maxi dresses above to weddings and parties.
New season, new lingerie. In the spirit of Spring cleaning, let’s not forget what lies beneath. An underwear refresh always feels so indulgent, and Kye Intimates is one brand I really back. All of these pieces are made in LA from environmentally-friendly fabrics that fit the body so nicely. I’m lucky enough to call Sydney home, so summer for me is all about spending as much time as possible by the ocean. Changing at the beach means I need a knicker refresh, and the Mies Brief ticks all the boxes. They’re made from delicate deadstock mesh – a sexier and more sustainable version of traditional lace – and have the most flattering, minimal cut.
I wasn't previously a big handbag person on the basis that spending money on something to put my money in never quite made sense to me, but BRIE LEON has changed this. Made from buttery soft and super supple recycled materials, the Alma Bag is big enough to stash your phone and keys while retaining a compact size. The Alma Bag in blue could solve my Croissant Bag colour dilemma, but that said I also would love to take the silver out for a night.