Beauty and style
I absolutely love Cetaphil moisturiser. I buy it in a huge pump pack – I use it all over, every single day. I’ve also hidden away from the sun all my life. When I was 16, I remember reading a piece in Dolly magazine on moisturisers and what you can do to ward off wrinkles. It said there’s no moisturiser in the world that can save you from wrinkles if you spend time in the sun. It’ll age you quicker than anything else. For some reason it hit home and I’ve always stayed out of the sun or worn hats and strong sunscreen. I’m lucky I still have fairly good skin.
I use Kérastase shampoo, but rule number-one is to have Beryl and Ray Wilkinson as your parents! I’ve never coloured my hair, and Mum didn’t go grey until she was in her late-sixties. When it comes to the gene pool, I certainly scored well there.
I love a pair of jeans, they’re an absolute staple, but in recent years I’ve fallen in love with dresses. In terms of style I like simplicity. I shy away from shiny fabrics; they tend to amplify anything you don’t want amplified. You’ll never find me in shiny satin – I go for matte, light wool fabrics and cotton. Again, I’m at a point in my life where I know the bits I want to show and the bits I want to hide. I tend to always go below the knee. I think there’s a point in a woman’s life when she decides, OK my knees aren’t my best point I’m going to put those away. I love a three-quarter sleeve and I love off-the-shoulder, too. I do that a lot for evening wear.
It’s really nice. I try and dress for every woman, not a particular age, so the pieces that I choose anyone could wear; and outfits that are approachable, comfortable and not tricky.
I think Cate Blanchett is extraordinary. I love that she’s so brave and edgy, yet completely classic in what she wears. And I recently saw a photograph of Lauren Hutton at the 1975 Oscars and she was wearing a completely classic and simple dress. I don’t think there’s been a year since when she couldn’t have worn exactly the same. I love pieces that you can’t carbon-date to a particular time.
A beautiful white, off-the-shoulder Pallas Couture dress that I wore to the Logies in 2015 – it’s my absolute favourite. One thing I adore in dresses is when they have pockets, I love somewhere to put my hands. This is the most exquisite dress I’ve worn apart from the beautiful red Cappellazzo Couture dress that I wore for Carols by Candlelight last year. Choosing between the two is like being asked to choose between your children!
Health and guilty pleasures
For me, how I’m feeling on the inside is what shows on the outside. You need to be comfortable in your own skin, and I’m now old enough and have enough life experience to have worked out what makes me happy and what doesn’t. I think the older we get the more we become the life we’ve lived.
I’m a great believer in good gut health and I drink kombucha every day. My favourite is a brand called Remedy – the Ginger & Lemon and Apple Crisp flavours are the best. Also, every morning on the set of Today, I have a mug of boiling water with cut-up ginger, fresh lemon juice and lemon rind. It kickstarts my system. I’ve been drinking it for 10 years.
I love chocolate – I just have to resist it as often as I can. KitKats are definitely my fallback but I try to eat healthily as I need enormous reserves of energy doing the show.
Wellbeing and happiness
I feel so incredibly blessed with the life I lived so far. I’m a kid from the western suburbs of Sydney, who was a magazine junkie, and to think my first job was as a receptionist on Dolly! I’ve loved every job I’ve ever had, and when you love what you do other people notice. I think that’s the same for anyone in any situation – you become attractive to people if you’re finding joy in every day. And I really do find joy in every day.
I still can’t believe the progression of my life over the years. Pete and I often check-in with each other at the end of every year and just say, “Well, that’s got to be the best year we’ve had and it’s never going to get any better!” Touch wood as I say this, but I have no complaints whatsoever. And if it all ended tomorrow I could honestly look everyone I know in the eye and say I’ve had an absolute ball, but I get up every day and I’m going to make the most of what lies ahead.