Style AND Tonic talks to the lovely Philippa Sonsie, Chief Operations Officer for the New Care Company, about what’s In Her Closet.
Chief Operations Officer – New Care (Aged Care)
How did you get into the Aged Care Industry?
I started a Science course after secondary school and realised during a 9 hour lab class that the isolation and lack of human interaction wasn’t for me. This prompted me to switch to nursing and I was quite passionate about nursing in aged care. My grandfather was in palliative care and I wanted to help people in that position, plus my family also comes from a long line of nurses – so you can say it’s in the blood.
Tell us about what you do and what your days normally involve?
My role is quite varied and includes overseeing clinical support, facility management, ACFI (Aged Care Funding Instrument), operations as well as mentoring nursing and care staff. With experience working at all levels, I have a unique perspective into improving and making meaningful and supportive decisions which benefit our team and residents.
How would you describe your work style?
Classic, feminine and simple!
We are really lucky that corporate wear is not what it used to be. Many of my daily work outfits are dusty pinks, blues and greys and can easily be dressed up if I am heading out to dinner or drinks after work, by simply changing my heels.
Who is your style muse?
There is a wealth of inspiration online in the form of blogs and social media – and it’s immediate, global and plentiful which is what I love.
My fiance proposed with a ring surrounded by black diamonds and he also gave me a white diamond ring for my 30th. They never come off my hand!
Signature statement piece?
At the moment it would have to be my Hugo Boss black leather jacket which I love pairing with pants or feminine dresses and my Lack Of Color hat.
Whats you favourite accessory?
Handbags are my favourite item and I don’t mind splurging on them. My first designer handbag I bought for myself after a promotion at work. It is an Alexander Wang Emile bag. I love its different textured leather and large size.
What fashion advice did your mother give you growing up?
I have always appreciated my mother’s style. She wears classic pieces and has always had an eye for beautiful accessories that compliment her outfits. Mum would always look chic and always take pride in what she wore. I guess that is were I got my love of fashion from.
Item you’ll never part with? Why?
A YSL gold cuff my gorgeous girlfriends gave me for my 30th. These girls are a very important part of my life and we’ve been friends since high school, so it holds a lot of sentimental value for me.
What are the building blocks of your style?
Neutral tones and mixing basics with my favourite designer pieces.
What’s you go-to outfit when you’re in a hurry?
Something simple. I love pencil skirts; they are my go to item when I am wanting to get an outfit together quickly. I wear them with a classic Country Road t-shirt or a Scanlan Theodore silk top and its carries me from day to night.
During the day I love to wear ripped jeans with a relaxed top. I also love throwing on my fiance’s Kiss Chasey denim shirt with shorts or a skirt and my converse.
What beauty products are in your bag?
By Terry Baume de rose lip balm. It smells like roses and keeps my lips plump and moisturised which is essential in an air-conditioned office and Viktor & Rolf Flowebomb. It has such a subtle and beautiful scent. My other go-to products at the moment are Nars Laguna bronzer and Nars orgasm blush. Both products give your face an instant lift. I also use Mecca Cosmetica Primer and Ellis Faac foundation on my face and By Terry Cheek to Cheek blush.
What’s the biggest fashion or beauty risk you’ve ever taken?
After years of having long hair I finally decided this year to chop it off. It has been the best decision I have ever made. My mornings are so much easier and I am looking forward to having an Australian summer with short hair.
Every women should own (fill in the blank) as an essential piece in her wardrobe?
A good pair of black pants. I have a pair of Hugo Boss black pants that are slightly embossed with a print. They are so comfortable and are great for every occasion. A good black pant is great for work, casual and evening wear – so versatile.
What’s the biggest fashion faux par a person can commit?
Every female has a different body shape and each is beautiful in their own right. I think it is important to dress to your own shape and you can do no wrong.
I do have a pet hate though and that’s seeing females walking to and from the train station in chunky runners with their corporate wear – this is a terrible look. With so many comfortable flat shoes I just don’t see the need for this . Otherwise they should just wear sports wear and get changed when they get to work.
Who are your favourite designers?
My favourite Australian brands are Aje, Scanlan Theodore and Toni Maticevski
My favourite International designers are Hugo Boss, DVF and Alexander McQueen.
Favourite cities to shop?
My fiance and I recently took a trip to New York and I must say it was such a beautiful experience walking through the cobble stone streets in the Meat packing district but I have to say no city so far has compared to Melbourne. We are so blessed with choices in Melbourne. Australia has some of my favourite designers and I think in recent years we are ahead of the fashion game.
Most recent purchase?
For our 10 year anniversary my fiancee surprised me with a Saint Laurent tassel satchel…although I must admit there was a bit of hint dropping during the year!
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