Homemade Laksa (Kind of)

10 July 2017

Homemade Laksa (Kind of)

When the weather is cold and stormy outside, all I want to eat is hot noodle soup!

But since I don’t want to leave my house and drive to get it, I have been making my own soups and noodle meals at home. (Saves money too.)

This laksa has been my favourite lately.

The laksa sauce is from a bottle, so I just heat it up with light coconut milk.

Add some fresh noodles, roast chicken (which I freeze in packs), add a whole lot of sliced vegetables, boiled egg, lime from my tree and mint from my garden.

Sometimes I have a vegetarian version, with tofu, egg and mushroom.

Not very authentic. But it’s so good and it hits the spot!


 

What I Wore: Gingham + Big Sleeves

6 July 2017

Hello Parry Gingham + Flare Jeans

Hey hey!

Recently I had to attend a couple of client meetings – 4 in one week, which was quite a lot for me, and this was one of my outfits. The nice thing about working as a “creative” is that you can just wear any crazy, old thing and everyone just shrugs their shoulders haha.

Now I don’t think that this top is THAT crazy, but it certainly is eye-catching and the sleeves are very different.

Voluminous sleeves are back in a big way and I love rocking mine. They are super fun to wear and a great way to elevate a casual outfit.

Basically it means I can wear jeans more often and not feel like I’m “underdressed”.

This top is the Naomi Gingham Top by Hello Parry. It has a boxy body, which gives it a relaxed and airy feel to it, that balances out the extravagant sleeves.

It’s like a cotton, button-down shirt, where you can wear it tucked in or out. But I prefer to tuck it in, so it accentuates my waist.

Hello Parry Gingham + Flare Jeans

The top is made from a cotton blend material, so it’s strong, light and feels lovely. Funnily, it doesn’t need much ironing (which is great), but I haven’t washed it yet.

The sleeves are pretty cool. They drape nicely, the cuffs are loose (not elasticated), and they are not so long that they get in the way of you doing stuff with your hands – very important!

There are quite a few lovely statement tops at Hello Parry (Vol 1 Collection); an off shoulder version of this top, a gingham wrap top with ruffle sleeves, more ruffles, stripes and big cuffs!

Hope you spot something you like!

I’m also wearing Rag & Bone Flare Jeans, Stuart Weitzman Heels, Rebecca Minkoff Quilted Bag and Sportsgirl Sunglasses.


 

Birthday Kicks: Aquazzura Sexy Thing Booties

3 July 2017

Aquazzura Sexy Thing Booties

Yay it’s July and in a lead up to my birthday month, I kind of did this thing!

I mean, what better way to celebrate “getting older” than to do a 4-week camping trip to Central Australia with my family… AND get myself some totally impractical shoes?!

It’s all about balance :)

Launched in 2011, the Sexy Thing Bootie by Aquazzura has been labelled as an iconic fashion shoe of 2010s.

The shoe was designed by Edgardo Osorio, who has said that it was the first shoe design for his collection, when he launched the Aquazzura brand in 2011.

It features super-soft, suede uppers that comfortably wrap around the shape of the foot, soft inner soles and brilliant design. It was known as the “24 Hour Shoe” and still very popular today; living up to it’s classic, timeless, yet modern style.

Suffice to say, I had my eye on them for years.

When an online sale came up, I nabbed it, courtesy of Shopbop, and my heart skipped a beat.

Aquazzura Sexy Thing Booties

What do I think?

Omg they certainly live up to the hype.

They are simply beautiful. They are so so so soft. They are the loveliest and most comfortable shoes I have ever worn. All those points I wrote about above, about the leather hugging your foot, soft inner soles, excellent design, classic style, yes yes, yes and yes.

I can wear them for hours and they feel amazing. The only thing that surprised me was their weight. They are very light and they feel delicate. They don’t feel like they will break or tear, but because of their price, yes, I am quite precious with them.

I tread carefully! I stay away from cobblestone paths!

The shade of nude is lovely. I am usually a size 36, and chose the 36, which fit me perfectly.

I love how versatile they are and that I can wear them dressed-up or dress-down. They are fabulous with both an evening gown or a jeans and a tee.

Yay to an exciting month!

(Btw yes, I’m still travelling around in Central Australian Desert as I post this!)


 

Caving at Stockyard Gully National Park

30 June 2017

Stockyard Gully Caves

Last month, we went camping near Jurien Bay (about 2.5 hour drive from Perth) with some friends and their kids.

We spent the day visiting some caves in the Stockyard Gully National Park… and did a little walk along a The Stockyard Gully Trail.

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The first cave we saw was very cool. It was about 300m long, with a completely sand covered floor.

It was very easy for the kids/toddlers to walk through.

We all had head-light torches, which made it extra exciting. However at the start of the cave we didn’t let the kids turn on their torches, just to show them how human eyes can adjust to fading light and darkness.

It didn’t last long though, because the younger kids freaked out.

Stockyard Gully Caves

This is my teenager at the end of the first cave, with his “will you stop taking photos already” pose.

We had a 10 minutes walk to the second cave, which was also very cool.

(As shown in my top photo)

That was a lot toughed for little kids, as we needed to scramble over really big, and often sharp, rocks and narrow ledges.

The cave path didn’t go all the way through. We walked some way in until the ground got too wet and slippery, then we turned around and headed back.

It was a fun day out!

You’ll need a 4WD to access the caves. There is a proper car park, picnic benches, information boards, nice eco toilets, but no water.

More info about the Stockyard Gully Caves here.


 

What I Wore: Slouchy Knits and Ripped Jeans

27 June 2017

Slouchy Knits and Ripped Jeans

I’ve been LOVING these fashiony things lately:

1) The latest style in jeans: CROPPED + RELAXED.

It’s just a little detail to switch up your outfits. It’s easy to do… either roll up the ends of your jeans, or take a pair of scissors to them.

I like that you wear cropped jeans in summer and winter.

It does go against my general rule about lengthening my legs, but hey, it’s fun to wear and I get to show off my boots.

These are my new and amazing GRLFRND X Revolve Candice Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans (courtesy of Revolve).

They fit soooo well around my butt and have a nice relaxed-fit, but tapered leg. They are super soft, stretchy and so comfortable.

Unfortunately I’m too short, so the distressed hem doesn’t show on my legs, as I have rolled them up a few times.

I’m wearing a size 25, which fits perfectly around my waist, hips, bottom and thighs, and for the rest of the leg, they are baggier on me than they look on the model.

But I love them! I’m obsessed! They look different to all my other jeans so I’m very happy with them. I can wear them all day, every day.

2) SLOUCHY KINTS.

Ah, have they ever been out of style?

I bought this lovely Acne Studios Merino Knit from The Outnet on a ridiculous sale. (There is just so much good stuff there at 50% – 60% off!)

It’s just beautiful! It’s a bit thin, but that makes it great for layering.

I actually bought it a few months ago, but it has been too warm to wear it.

Also wearing, Jeanswest Khaki Jacket, Tony Bianco Boots, and A.P.C. Bag.


 

Off on a New Adventure: Uluru

24 June 2017

Uluru by Award Winning Landscape Photographer, Luke Tscharke

(Amazing photo of Uluru by Award Winning Landscape Photographer, Luke Tscharke.)

Hi everyone!

My family and I are off on a new adventure to Central Australia, to visit Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Alice Springs, Kings Canyon and more.

It’ll be mind-blowing!!

And it’ll be a bit cold.

We’ll be gone for 4 weeks and we’ll have very limited internet, so I’ll be trying to upload updates whenever I can on Instagram (@karenlycheng) and Facebook (@karenchengblog).

In the meantime, I have a few lovely posts, stories and outfits to share, that are set on auto-upload every couple of days and they will appear on my blog over the next few weeks.

Thanks for reading!


 

What I Wore: Runnings Errands in a Dress

22 June 2017

Steele Dress from Elone Online Boutique

With the sunny weather still in full swing, I’ve been trying to get as much use of my dresses (and my tan) as I can.

This beauty is from Elone, an Australian online store with a very drool-worthy collection of dresses and clothes. (It’s currently 30% off at the moment in the sale section!)

I’m preparing for our big road trip and I’m slowly working through FOUR PAGES of “To Do” and “To Buy” lists:

Buy audibooks. Buy a battery pack for our devices. Buy microfiber towels. Buy thermal underwear. Buy my 8yo some spare walking shoes. Upgrade my wireless modem. Pack a washing up tub. Pack a soft esky. Pack a compass. Email all my kid’s teachers…

Omg my list goes on and on. So I’ve been running around town doing this and organising that – in a dress!

Truth be told, I did start the day with a fluffy cardigan, and I did meet up with a girlfriend who passed me some camping stuff, and we bought takeaway coffee from a fancy cafe… so I didn’t really dress up for the guys at the camping store haha!

Steele Dress from Elone Online Boutique

Wearing: Steele Dress from Elone, Converse sneakers, Straw hat from Sportsgirl.


 

Review: Grana Turkish Denim Cropped Jeans

21 June 2017

Review: Grana Turkish Denim Cropped Jeans

A few months ago, I bought a few pairs of jeans from Grana.

They were on a Clearance Sale and I picked them up for $30 each. I did this so I could rip, cut and distress them! One was a “High-Rise Flare Style” and the other was a “Mom Style”. I bought Size 25, which is my usual size, and they BOTH fit perfectly around my waist, hips, bottom and thighs. But they were waaay too long in the leg, which was fine, because I’m used to that, plus I was cutting them up anyway.

But my review is not about those jeans.

The lovely team at Grana sent me a pair of their New Turkish Denim Cropped Jeans for me to try out and review!

I LOVED the fact that they were cropped. No cutting up required haha. Although I did roll up the cuffs twice to accentuate the cropped style and to show off my ankles.

These Turkish Denim Jeans felt soft, but they were still thick and firm.

They hugged well and the “high” waist was at a good height (not too high).

Review: Grana Turkish Denim Cropped Jeans

My only issue is that I asked for a size 25, but it was just a bit too tight for my liking.

I tried wearing it over 4 separate occasions, thinking that maybe I was just imagining it, or maybe they will loosen up over a few wears, or maybe I was having a bloated day? Nope.

The Size 25 was too tight around my waist and hips. Strange that other people said that the jeans were “true to size”. To me they felt like active compression leggings (I had to suck in my tummy to zip up) and they pinched my thighs when I sat down… which is not what I’m looking for in jeans. So I guess, next time I’ll be getting a size up!

The good news is that these jeans are a pretty good price (AUD$85) and they come in cute colours like white, blush, khaki, dark blue, light blue (no black though).

I do have a 10% OFF + Free Shipping Code to share! Simply use “karenxgrana” at the checkout.

Happy shopping!

xxx


 

Impressionist Parkscapes

19 June 2017

Autumn Run in the Park

I went for a run the other day and my park was going crazy.

Ah it looked like a painting straight from the French Impressionists.

The yellows! The browns! The oranges!

The cute, crunchy sounds of fluttering leaves!

I had to stop, sit on the little bench to enjoy the moment.

I actually wanted someone to shake the ground like a big snowdome, so I could dance through the park as the leaves swirled around me.

It was such a beautiful moment.

Have a wonderful week!


 

What I Wore: Tularosa Off Shoulder Dress

17 June 2017

What I Wore: Tularosa Off Shoulder Dress

Last week, the sun was out just enough for me to get some vitamin D in this super lovely, off-shoulder dress.

My girlfriend and I sat in the sun for 55 minutes, under the shade of the trees, ate salmon and salad and marvelled at how lucky we were to live in such a beautiful and peaceful city.

Then we both rushed home to do chores before the kids came home from school haha!

What I Wore: Tularosa Off Shoulder Dress

I love a good off-white summery dress!

The off-white gives the dress a very natural and relaxed feel. Not to mention that I feel much more relaxed about trying not to spill anything onto it.

I love that the midi length gives the dress a lady-like and classy feel.

It has a great quality to it – lovely fabric, lined with cotton, excellent stitching, beautiful drape, perfect cut and style. The fabric has a great weight to it and the elastic is soft and comfortable.

I’m thinking that this one will last me years!

What I Wore: Tularosa Off Shoulder Dress

It is called the Marty Midi Dress by Tularosa. I’m wearing the Size XS and the colour is more of a cream, than shown here in my photo.

It’s definitely one that I’ll be wearing to a nice garden party or dinner on a tropical night while in Thailand!

Also wearing, Sportsgirl Straw Hat, Celine Sunglasses, Fabienne Envelope Clutch by Clare V., and Schutz Cadey Lee Sandals by Schutz.

Have a lovely weekend!

xxx


 

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