Shopbop’s Buy More, Save More

25 November 2015

Shopbop Buy  More Promo

Just wanted to give y’all a heads up!

Shopbop are having a Buy More, Save More Sale… and while I don’t advise you to go overboard with your spending, if you were thinking of buying something anyway, hey, you may as well top it up a little to get some extra savings ha!

Happy shopping!


A Wishlist for Christmas and Beyond

24 November 2015

Yep, I will admit it. After buying stacks of lovely Christmas presents for my partner, my kids, my parents, my siblings, my girlfriends… I like to buy a Christmas present for myself too.

Christmas Wishlist 2015

So I often find “Christmas Gift Guides” to be quite problematic!

They often feature items that I never actually thought of owning or buying until it’s Christmas. Do I really need a celebrity branded tea cup set? Do I really need Festive Special Edition candles? Do I really need decorative lantern fairy lights? Haha probably not!

So instead of a typical Christmas gift guide, today I’m sharing a “wishlist” of things that I had wanted for aaaaaages and that I am now so, so happy that I own.

They all cost under $100.

Some of these items are classics, or brand favourites, or best sellers, or just affordable, good quality items that I have considered, tested, and acquired over some time – so they are not really a wishlist for me anymore.

I guess I hope to inspire you, during the upcoming season, to save up for things that you’ll truly love, beyond Christmas!

Christmas Wishlist 2015

A really good set of active wear pieces.

This dreamy top and bottom (how gorgeous are the spots??) are from Abi and Joseph.

They are made from a luxurious, high-quality fabric that feels amazing to wear. I’m quite a fan of their gear.

Pieces from their collection are slightly more affordable than other brands, but I think they are equal in high performance support, design and quality.

For the Spot Me High Support Bra, I wear a size XS (I’m usually a AU6) and for the Spot Me High Waisted 3/4 Tight, I also wear the XS – and they both fit perfectly.

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Lightweight Black and White Sneakers

It’s a fact, black and white go with everything… and these sneakers are probably the most versatile and most worn sneakers in my entire collection right now.

Obviously they are great for running, going to the gym and working out, but they also look great with regular jeans, leggings and shorts too.

A most excellent purchase and wardrobe addition!

Christmas Wishlist 2015

Nars Duo Blush and Bronzer (Orgasm and Laguna)

Everyone raves about these two colours. They have been best sellers for years and are constantly in fashion and beauty magazines. Everyone, online and offline, dark skin and light skin, gives it a 4 to 5 star rating. How can it suit such a broad range of skin colours and types? I was so skeptical!

Well I recently succumbed to the hype surrounding this Duo Palette and bought one without trying it. My response? OH WOW. The blush really does give my cheeks a subtle, natural glow… without looking glittery or fake and doll-like.

And the bronzer! Sheesh, out of all the bronzers I’ve ever tried, this adds the most natural boozing warmth colour to my cheeks ever!

A Luxe SPF50+ Sun Cream

There are so many on the market these days, but I suggest you pop into a specialty, multi-brand makeup shop like Sephora or Mecca, to find one that really works with your skin and DOESN’T make you look greasy.

I have tried so many pharmacy brand SPF50+ creams that cost around $15 – $23, that say they are “oil free, non greasy, no shine, matte formula”… but really, they are not!

So I have learned, if I just pay a little more for a really good quality SPF50+ sun cream that makes my face look and feel great under my makeup, then I’ll wear it more often. Simple as that.

May as well pay for something a bit nicer that I will wear more.

Christmas Wishlist 2015

A Simple Silver Bangle

Although this bangle is just costume jewellery, I adore its simple and minimal design. I find that it goes with so many of my outfits, it’s easy to wear, it’s easy to match and I end up wearing it every day.

So I’m actually thinking I might save upfor next Christmas to get myself a real silver or white gold bangle, because I have a feeling that I’ll be wearing it for years and want it to last.

Christmas Wishlist 2015

Pointed Toe Flats

These flats are a recent purchase. Most of all my other flats are more round-toe ballet style. I don’t know why I haven’t bought a pair of pointed toe flats before, as I have so many pointed-toe heeled shoes! They add such a stylish tick to all my casual outfits – especially when wearing jeans.

I prefer this simple, classic style to the strappy, lace-up ones which are pretty popular at the moment.

These are Charles and Keith Pointed Flats $63 or these ASOS Mouse Face Flats for $40.

Christmas Wishlist 2015

Diptyque Candles

You can’t really go wrong with luxurious Parisian scented candles!

With so many other candle brands and fragrances on the market, this is still my favourite scent, followed by Figuier.

I have been buying these for years… and I know I’ll be buying them till I grow old and wrinkly!

Christmas Wishlist 2015

Lightweight Statement Sunglasses

These sunglasses are not very “statement” along the spectrum of “statement sunglasses”. 

But they enough of a statement for me! They are fun, quirky and lightweight. 

I don’t know about you, but sometimes when I wear my luxe sunglasses, I find that they can be quite chunky and heavy from the weight of the glass and acetate, and I’m often left with a mark on the bridge of my nose. Sometimes the marks stays for hours and it’s really annoying.

There’s much to be said for good quality, lightweight sunglasses that don’t cost the earth. There’s a certain liberation I feel, knowing I don’t have to be so precious with them, yet they look great. 

These babies are from Hello Parry, who have a very nice collection of bold and affordable eye wear. 

Christmas Wishlist 2015

And lastly…

My Black Leather Watch

Constantly on my wrist, it feels like my second skin.

Lightweight, comfortable, simple, classic design – my watch is one of my favourite daily accessories. I also like it because it didn’t cost the earth.

Yep there are a few brands who have a similar design, but these are by an Australian label, The Horse and I bought it from SurfStitch when it was on sale.

Enjoy your Christmas shopping and I hope you find something that you like.



Hello From Tasmania!

23 November 2015

Franklin River Walk

Hi everyone!

I’m currently in Tasmania with my husband.

We’ve done a few bush walks, found beautiful waterfalls in the forest, drove around mountains, crossed over from the East to the West… It’s been amazing so far!

We have a few more days here and I can’t wait to share my photos with you all.

In the meantime, I will be leaving you all with a few pre-written posts I have scheduled this week, enjoy!

Oh and I’m updating on Instagram (@karenlycheng) and Facebook (@karenchengblog) so please go take a peek!



Looking For Luxe Sandals

22 November 2015

I spied a few luxurious sandals by shoe brand RAYE (on sale with 30% off) at Revolve Clothing and wanted to share!

I haven’t shopped much at Revolve before, as I prefer to shop at Shopbop. But it turns out that Revolve has very similar brands, different stock (stuff I’ve never seen before), and also has free international shipping over US$100 – awesome!

Revolve Raye Sandals

Raye Sara Cow Hair Sandal (30% off!)

Oh I love these! So minimal and cool.

I think a couple of fashion bloggers have worn these, because they look quite familiar.

Revolve Raye Sandals

Raye Sally Sandals in Black (30% off!)

These are my second favourite style. I had a similar black stud sandal, which I wore everywhere. They matched almost all my casual outfits and they were so easy to slip on. But my sandals were jelly sandals and they broke after one season. Oops!

Revolve Raye Sandals

Raye Sally Sandals in Nude

I think this style is a lovely halfway point between a plain, nude sandal and a more decorative/embellished one. Me likey!

Revolve Raye Sandals

Raye Stella Sandals in Smoke Grey and Silver (30% off!)

Oh these look lovely! See how soft these look? The grey colour makes these sandals just a little bit different. They will look great with white shorts and top.

I know some people are not a fan of luxe sandals, as they are usually priced over $100.

These sandals I’ve listed above are priced between $125 – $178, which are pretty good in my opinion, considering how long they will last and how nice they feel.

I have been quite tired of buying cheap sandals made from poor, stiff materials, that rub into my feet, and only last one season.

Whenever I spend the whole day in gorgeous, soft leather sandals (that feel like soft gloves on my feet!), I find it hard to go back to my $15 sandals from Target. Sorry Target, I love you for the great price and fashion styles, but after too many blisters and red feet, it’s time for me to move on.

Happy shopping!


Double Layer Chocolate Cake with Flowers

20 November 2015

So this is not really a recipe sharing post. As in, I’m not sharing the chocolate cake recipe that I used, because it wasn’t that good.

I was actually just practicing my cake decorating skills and seeing if I could bake two small cakes at the same time in my oven. Answer is: Yes!

Double Layer Chocolate Cake With Flowers

I snipped a bunch of pretty flowers from my mother’s garden and made sure that I washed them and patted them dry – because one time I found a whole lot of baby grasshoppers in them EEEEEEPP!! That’s because my mum doesn’t use any chemicals or pesticides on her roses!

Double Layer Chocolate Cake With Flowers

Then I made up a bowl of chocolate frosting.

Again I’m not going to share the recipe, because I don’t know the measurements of the ingredients.

I made it from leftover ganache (melted chocolate and cream) that someone gave to me and I added icing sugar to it until it was a good spreading consistency.

It tasted amazing – rich and creamy, yet still soft, buttery and fresh.

Double Layer Chocolate Cake With Flowers

I stacked the cakes up with a layer of chocolate frosting in between them.

I kept the whole thing looking messy and natural looking.

Double Layer Chocolate Cake With Flowers

Then I decorated it with slices of oranges, raspberries, blueberries, chopped walnuts, pepitas, roses and flower petals.

It looked so good! I was so happy with it!!

(Everyone said it tasted amazing, but I thought the cake was a bit dry and crumbly…)


Michael Kors Studded Selma Bag

19 November 2015

Michael Kors Selma Stud Bag

Wearing a grey sweater from UNIQLO, black skirt from Chicwish, watch from SurfStitch, Michael Kors handbag from Shopbop Sale, Monica Vinader rings from The Outnet and black flats from Charles and Keith.

I went out for a casual dinner with a girlfriend the other night.

It was a cold, windy evening and dinner was at a Chinese restaurant in the city. I didn’t want to dress down, nor did I want to look TOO out of place… so I just went with a casual, ladylike kind of outfit?

Honestly, I was just wearing my grey sweater and jeans all afternoon and I didn’t feel like changing out of my sweater… so I popped on a big boofy skirt, pointed flats and a bling-bling handbag!

Michael Kors Selma Stud Bag

Speaking of bling-bling handbags… this is my new Michael Kors Stud Selma Bag!

I was so, so fortunate to be given a Gift Voucher to use at the Shopbop Super Sale, which is still going (kind of) because there’s still so much good stuff on the site for 30% – 70% off?!

For example, this Michael Kors Large Selma Bag (which is the same as my bag, but larger and without studs) is on 30% off sale, whereas I got mine with a 25% discount!

And this Michael Kors Mini Selma Bag (a mini version of mine) is also on 30% off sale.

My version of the Selma bag is sold out on the site, but it’s very similar to this plain one – however mine has studs. I was seriously considering to get the plain Selma, because it is a bit more of a classic and understated style, and will probably match more outfits in the long run.

But I adored the striking look of the studs and I like things that look a *bit* different… so it was decided!

I did have to top up my voucher a little to pay for the Selma with the studs, but I don’t regret it – I love it!

Michael Kors Selma Stud Bag



Girls Trip to Singapore 2015 – Day 1

18 November 2015

My girlfriends and I organised a quick trip to Singapore.

We had a very simple plan. We wanted to eat local food, try new cafes and trendy bars, get manicures, have high tea, go to little fashion boutiques and independent specialty stores, and do a bit of shopping.

Basically, we wanted to enjoy 4 days of doing girly stuff, without husbands or kids!

Being mothers, it has been so incredibly rare for us to have this kind of lengthy girl time together… so during our whole trip, we were constantly pinching ourselves and lapping up our relaxing, kid-free schedule.

Yet at the same time – hilariously – we were missing our little babies so much!

Singapore, Maxwell Food Centre 2015

We landed in Singapore in the evening and head straight to the Maxwell Food Centre.

I used to work in Singapore (in my early 20s) and I used to come to this food centre every day.

The food was soooooo good and soooooo cheap.

Singapore, Maxwell Food Centre 2015

My absolute favourite dish was the Char Kway Teow (the fried flat noodles on the banana leaf plate). I used to eat it twice a week!

Of course I couldn’t find the same stall or the same Chinese uncle who used to cook my noodles, so I bought a plate from another stall. It was OK. It was a bit sweet. It did not make my toes curl with delight.

My friend had the Lor Mee (yellow noodles with gravy) which was pretty good.

Singapore, Maxwell Food Centre 2015

My other girlfriend waited in a ridiculously long queue for Singapore’s famous Tian Tian Hiananese Chicken Rice, which apparently has been endorsed by countless international celebrity chefs.

I was rather skeptical about all the hype… until I took a mouthful!

WHOA, it was freaking amazing! The chicken was so silky soft and tasty, the rice was so fragrant and the sauce was absolutely delicious. But I think what made it even better was that it was $4!!

It was definitely the winning dish of the night.

Singapore, Chinatown 2015

After all that eating, we needed a bit of a WALK before we even contemplated having drinks at a bar.

We headed over to Chinatown, and took a stroll through the outdoor markets on Sago Street, where I spied these pretty ceramic bowls.

Singapore, Chinatown 2015

I bought a wedge of fresh watermelon in a bag (for $1) as we walked through the markets. Reminded me of my childhood!

We also walked along Smith Street, Temple Street and Pagoda Street and saw some temples (including the Sri Mariamman Temple). I’ve actually seen it all before, years ago though!

It was all very close to each other, and the weather that evening was just lovely for a stroll.

Singapore, Club Street 2015

We walked over to Ann Siang Road, where there were lots of restaurants and bars.

Singapore, Club Street 2015

We ended up on Club Street for drinks.

I was actually dying for a coffee, but I had a mocktail instead haha!

I had been up since 4am (to catch a plane) so I was really tired and ready for bed.

(I’ll be writing about our Day 2: visiting some wet markets, a delicious bakery, finding a gorgeous little bookstore, going to a fashion/homewares/jewellery fair, having a posh high tea and shopping on Orchard Road! We packed in so much in one day!)


Super Cute, Novelty Clutches

14 November 2015

Weird, colourful, cute, novelty clutches are quite popular these days.

Yes they do look a bit childish, but I think that adds to the whole idea of fashion being whimsical and fun. Plus I think it’s great to NOT take yourself too seriously.

These are some of my favourite clutches from around the web!

Cute Clutches

Pig Wristlet by Patricia Chang

Donut Cross Body Bag by Patricia Chang

I love that these two bags by Patricia Chang are so cute, round, made from leather, look really well made and… they are a “sophisticated” dusty pink colour. They are not “12 year old hot pink” nor are they “screaming neon pink”.

Yes I know it’s a bit silly to call a pig and a donut “sophisticated” but you get what I mean right?

Cute Clutches

Dipped Strawberry Clutch by Kate Spade New York

Robot Clutch by MCM

These two clutches are perspex 3D shapes, so they are chunky and probably not very practical. I can’t believe how cute the are.

I LOVE the robot one, but it’s soooo exxy!

Maybe I can get one of my sons to make me a robot out of LEGO and have him superglue it together??

Novelty Clutches

Serpent Worship Clutch by Poppy Lissiman

Eye Heart You by Poppy Lissiman

I adore Poppy’s collection of clutches – they are so rock and roll, Japanese punk, sexy badass, colour-pop princess looking… Did that even make sense?

I like that they add a burst of colour to your outfit, while still being a good rectangular size to keep all your stuff.

Novelty Clutches

Cupid Perspex Clutch by Charlotte Olympia

Cloud brass, enamel and velvet clutch by Charlotte Olympia

OK so Charlotte Olympia came out with a whole stack of exotic clutches in a loose oriental theme. I love looking at them and tilting my head going “That’s so weird, but I kinda like it!”, but they are waaaay out of my price range.

Again, will my phone even fit in that?

Cute Clutches

These next four Skinnydip bags are probably the most affordable of the lot. And if you check out the models wearing them, you might just fall in love with them, as I have.

You can’t go wrong with a cute black cat purse.

Nor will you be able to avoid people coming up to you saying “I love your Christmas Tree bag! It’s so cool/weird/unique!”

Cat Cross Body Bag by Skinnydip London

Christmas Tree Cross Body Bag by Skinnydip London

Cute Clutches

Lips Clutch by Skinnydip London

Zap Novelty Bag by Skinnydip London

I actually bought myself the Lips Clutch a few months ago (I wrote about it in this blog post) and I just love using it! Yep, it’s great for photos and a fun way to break the ice with strangers.

Finally, the weirdest of them all, the Ray Gun Zap bag is the quirkiest bag I’ve seen in ages! Don’t know whether to love or hate, but it certainly caught my attention and put a smile on my face!


A Quick November Hi!

12 November 2015

Hi everyone!!

1) I’m back from my quick trip to Singapore – I had such an amazing time, can’t wait to share my photos and stories with you all!

2) I got a bit sick after I came back, so I spent the last few days in bed. I actually took a 3 hour nap one day, during the day. I never do that! Even when I had newborns, I hardly ever slept during the day. I must’ve been real sick.

3) On the flip side, I actually enjoyed the delicious feeling of disappearing from social media and being “off the grid” for a few days.

4) But my energy has returned, I’m all zippy, happy, bouncing around and loving life again… instead of, you know, feeling like crawling into a hole and wanting the world to swallow me up haha.

5) I’m back to updating my blog, instagram, facebook and snapchats. And I have heaps of new projects coming up… I’m super excited!

Oh and I’m filling in a whole heap of blank holes in my blog.

Yes I am one of those crazy, old school bloggers, who still keeps my blog as a kind of diary of my life events – so please, please scroll down to catch up on the old stuff – yay!



ECCO Soft 7 Sneaker Giveaway – WINNER!

11 November 2015

Ecco Soft 7 Sneakers

Hi everyone!

I’m finally able to announce that the winner of my ECCO Soft 7 Sneaker Giveaway is…

Catherine B from Perth, Western Australia.

She has already been contacted, she is super excited and her shoes are on the way.

Big congrats to Cathy, and a big sorry to everyone else.

I had so many entries! So many people saying hi, and so many people dying to buy them!

They are still available online on the ECCO Shoes website – the High Top Sneakers (shown below, $259.95) or Low Style Sneakers ($239.95). Sizes are limited though.

Cheers to everyone participating.

I really appreciate it and I hope to run other cool giveaways very soon!

Have an amazing day!!


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