5 Days of Jeans – The School Run

17 October 2014

5 Days of Jeans

Earlier this year, I wrote a post called “5 Days of Winter – The School Run” where I took a photo of all the casual outfits that I wore while taking my kids to school.

The post was a big hit (even though it wasn’t particularly glamourous), I received a lot of comments and quite a few people asked for me to do it again! So here it goes!

Recently in Perth, the mornings have been cool – much too cool for me to bare my legs! But the afternoons are warm and sunny. I found the days to be too warm to wear a thick jacket or coat. So I mainly stepped out of my house in jeans and a light top to see me through the whole day.

5 Days of Jeans

Hello Monday morning! I was super bright and perky today. I had a brunch date with a girlfriend, we sat by the river and soaked up the lovely sunshine. Then I rushed home to do some work before picking my kids up from school.

(I now realise that I am in fact not wearing jeans, but drop crotch pants, and immediately failed at this “5 Days of Jeans” thing!)

Hat – Kmart
Necklaces – Lovisa and JCrew
White Sacha Drake Top – Ciao Bella Travel
Pants – Zanthus
Holster Sandals – The Iconic

5 Days of Jeans

I spent the day at home, in front of the computer.

Sunglasses – Raybans
Check shirt – Cotton On
Jeans – YesStyle
Ballet Flats – Fitflop

5 Days of Jeans

Again I spent the day at home, in front of the computer.

Denim jacket – Jeanswest
White top – Splendid from Shopbop
Crop pants – J Brand from ASOS
Converse sneakers – The Outnet

5 Days of Jeans

Had a quick meeting with some clients, ran some errands, I picked up some products, then back home to work.

Hat – Sportsgirl
White shirt – YesStyle
Leather pants – Witchery
Shoes – Vangoh Shoes

5 Days of Jeans

Today I had a bad hair day – should have washed it last night. I ran a few errands before – surprise surprise – spending most of the day working from home, in front of the computer. I live such a riveting life!

Denim shirt – YesStyle
Black jeans – Forever New
Boots – Vangoh Shoes

By the way, I actually took these photos a few weeks ago. So if you stalk me on social media you’ll probably realise that my outfits *totally* don’t match all my recent activities. Or maybe I just change my clothes a lot :P

Nonetheless, have a great weekend everyone! xxx

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.


 

Just Call Me Shorty the Giraffe

16 October 2014

Giraffe Onesie

So this weekend, I will be travelling a distance of 200kms with a truck full of strangers dressed up in animal onesies… me dressed as a GIRAFFE, ringing a cow bell and being a cheerleader – all for charity!

I chose to dress up as a giraffe because, well, I thought it would be funny and ironic, since I was short and small.

I’ll be the shortest giraffe in history. Can’t wait for the craziness to begin!

Do follow me over the weekend on Instagram – @karenlycheng


 

Building a Stylish Wardrobe: Trousers and Man Styling

14 October 2014

A big trend in the world of fashion right now is “man styling”. And I don’t mean moustache trimming and back waxing.

Basically, the style takes its cues from a gentleman’s wardrobe. Just think of breezy white button down shirts, grey tweed trousers, loose fitting jackets, navy wool jumpers and shiny oxford shoes.

I was keen to buy a pair of trousers to add to my own wardrobe. I have dozens of skinny jeans and pants, but not much in the way of classically tailored trousers.

Man Styling

So I popped into a Zara store and I spied these lovely, dove grey trousers for $70.

At first I was reluctant to buy them because they were waaay too long for me and I would need to have them altered (add $30), so I hesitated for a few minutes and took a walk around the store to think. When I came back, I realised that TWO people had since come to the pants rack and nabbed both XS pants that were hanging there. CRAP!

I was soooo pissed off with my own failure to pounce on a rare XS item that I stormed off to sit in a café, and immediately trawled through ebay on my phone. Well, the shopping gods must have been smiling down on me because a lady in Sydney was selling the exact pair (with tags still on), and she already had the legs shortened! No way! I bought them for $35! Including shipping! High five to all the short people out there!

Ok back to the man styling.

I wore my perfectly-fitting Zara trousers (the modern look is to have a tiny bit of fabric gathering at your ankles), with my Equipment silk white shirt, Acne heels, double breasted grey jacket by Dodo, big chunky divers watch and Marc by Marc Jacobs bag.

So while I looked like a picture of modern style and sophistication… I just felt a bit awkward.

I felt like I wasn’t playing up the best of my body shape. What happened to my waist? What happened to my curves? My petite hourglass figure was totally lost in the shapeless silhouette. Fashion is supposed to make you feel great. And while this look certainly looks amazing on other people, for me, I felt like I was wearing my pyjamas all day. Shapeless, floppy, and a bit sloppy.

Maybe if I was working in an office environment, where I had to dress more professional, more neutral, and more conservative every day… then maybe I’d be more receptive to experimenting with the man style silhouette.

Man Styling

But for now, I tucked in my shirt, gave myself a messy ponytail and a silly expression to make myself feel better.

(I did feel pretty good in the outfit after that. Especially with the messy pony tail.)

Funny story – a girl on the street chased me down to compliment me on my outfit and she asked me where I got my pants from!

As for my jacket, it is a light cotton, double breasted blazer, with full lining. It was a gift to me from YesStyle, who have an incredible number of jacket styles, at a very affordable price. Perfect if you’re looking to try some man styling!

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.


 

Fitness Motivation 0.00000001

13 October 2014

Wow. So I totally FELL OFF THE EXERCISE TRAIN! I fell down and rolled in between the train tracks, I dug a hole, I made myself a nice home, I put my feet up, and I haven’t moved since!!

Here’s the round up of my last 4 weeks…

Running – Close to none. I think I ran a total of 3km in the whole 4 weeks.

Cycling – none.

Boxing, boot camp, pump classes – none.

Yoga, pilates – none.

Strength, weights, core workouts – pretty much none.

Motivation to start again – none.

There was a point in the last 4 weeks where I was really, really angry, stressed agitated and disgusted by my lack of motivation.

But I’m past that now. I’ve just accepted that I can’t fit everything in. I’m not Super Woman. I can’t do everything. I’m just going to be happy where I am for now. I’m just going to cruise through life and work on what’s more important right now. Why stress about it?

On the up side, I play netball once a week (which is like high intensity interval training yo!) and I go for evenings walks with my family, where I get to hold hands with my husband. That’s real nice.

I’ve found a happy slow place. This is just the current normal.

Later on there will be a new normal, and I’m sure before I know it, I’ll be back to running marathons!

 


 

Grass is always green kind of happiness

11 October 2014

Chilling on the Grass

Happiness is… sitting on the amazing green grassy lawns, under a clear blue sky, watching your kids run around in the warm setting sun. I love this time of year!!

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!


 

Please Don’t RICE MY OUCHIE

9 October 2014

Growing up, I’ve never been a rough kid.

I’ve never broken my arm or leg. I’ve never hurt my knee, or twisted my ankle. I’ve never had a cast or crutches. As a result, I’m very unfamiliar with injuries and what to do with them.

So when I get a minor injury now, I just ignore it… because it’ll just get better after a few days right?

Thumb Injury

Well, while I was playing netball one evening, I slammed my thumb into the ball at full speed and got this impressive bruise. Of course it wasn’t a bruise to start. It just felt like my thumb had SPLIT IN TWO, THAT’S ALL.

Being the well brought up lady that I am, I held back the “F” EXPLETIVES SCREAMING IN MY HEAD and just turned to my opponent and said, “Ouch, that hurt.”

I played the rest of the game like a one-handed elephant seal, slapping the ball without using my thumb.

I was a bit embarrassed about it after. Silly me. Got an ouchie. Hurt my thumb. I casually mentioned it to my netball team mates, who just said, “Just rice it babe.”

I thought to myself, “Why yes, I’m Chinese. I can subscribe to that kind of thinking. Rice is usually the answer to everything. But surely they don’t mean to eat rice or rub it with rice. So I’m sure it stands for something like “Rub It Carefully Everyday”??

(It means Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation for all you perfectly coordinated people who don’t fall over, like me.)

Anyway, I stumbled along with my sore thumb. I refused to whinge about my pain. I didn’t complain or make a big deal about it. I was secretly all high and almighty and proud of myself. “I DON’T DO INJURIES. Pfft I don’t need ice. Or rice.” I turned door knobs. Held sandwiches. Flipped pancakes. I did all the things that a being with opposing thumbs is destined to do.

But after 3 weeks of pain, I swallowed my pride and asked various people for advice about my injury.

I got no sympathy. Everyone seemed to tease me about how minor my injury was. They told me stories about the MUCH bigger knee, ankle, neck, arm and back traumas they had suffered over the years. And they told me that it was too late for self applied RICE. Apparently, I needed professional advice…

And the advice came in the form of a wink, wink, nudge, nudge.

You see, throughout my research… I heard that a girlfriends’ husband’s friend’s sister… swears that there is a hot-looking, young physiotherapist with “talented” hands, who specialises in netball injuries, who will assess everything from ankle injuries, to ahem, groin injuries… (and presumably thumb injuries?) and who gives excellent RICE. WINK WINK.

Hmph. Thanks A LOT guys.

I’m sure I’ll be fine. I’m sure the pain will just go away after a few days right? It just needs more time to rest. And less netball.

But… is this rumour true? Is this mythical Physio actually real? Is he really talented? Is he really hot? Does he really see all the injured netball girls in town?

I guess I’ll never know the answers to these questions… because I’m *much* too proud to let some Physio-cassanova RICE my ouchie :P


 

What I Wore: Navy Playsuit

8 October 2014

Finders Keeper Dress from Frockaholics

I’m always on the lookout for a great dress; something that’s not too trendy, not too young, but still looks modern and cool.

I recently picked out this Navy Playsuit by Finders Keepers from Frockaholics and I’m so happy with it! Yep I know it’s not a dress, it’s a playsuit.

Whenever I’m considering to buy a playsuit, my brain always has a freak-out and says “No, just buy the dress!”. A big part of my fashion brain still thinks playsuits are risky, uncomfortable and possibly for small children? But once I give them a go, I always am so, so delighted to be wrong. They are just great.

Playsuits are comfortable, easy to move around in, and more flattering than you think. Also, they are usually shorter than a mini skirt, which is a good thing for me, because it makes my legs look long without looking too distasteful.

This one by Finders Keepers has a cut-out which nods towards the crop top trend, which adds to its modern look. I chose navy (it comes in orange too), because I just wanted a dark colour, other than black. I’ll be able to wear for a few seasons, which I’m pretty pleased about.

Finders Keeper Dress from Frockaholics

I wore this out to late afternoon drinks and dinner with some girlfriends. And I didn’t spill any food on it!

Navy playsuit from Frockaholics
Black blazer from ClubCouture
Felt hat from ASOS
Black boots by Vangoh Shoes
Handbag by Alexander Wang

 

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.


 

A Row of Blues

6 October 2014

Iris
I always feel *so clever* whenever a flower blooms in my garden.

I have this humungous feeling of warm, glowing pride.

Look at my babies! Look at how beautiful they are! The result of all my hard work!

I know I didn’t actually make them, so I can’t really take any credit for them.

But nonetheless, they still feel like my precious babies.

And I shall fill the internet with photos of them!

 


 

A Place to Step On Alpaca Poo

3 October 2014

My kids and I spent a whole day at the Perth Royal Show and we had a fantastic time!

OK. There were a few exceptions to our “fantastic time” – like the moment I almost yelled at a ride operator because I thought my 9 year old was stuck inside a dark, mirrored maze with strobe lighting and deafening music, possibly throwing up, having a seizure, laying on the floor overcome with sensory overload. He was in there for 20 minutes! I made the ride operator stop the ride, and go inside and rescue my kid. Of course, he was absolutely fine, he just took a long time to finish the maze game and I freaked out.

Also, the whole cost going to the show is always an expensive endeavor. So I made my kids work out a “Day Trip Itinerary” ON A BUDGET. They did a pretty good job. Except they suffered a bit of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)… and their plans ended up being ambitiously tiring. We were on our feet for 7-8 hours!

But, other than those exceptions, yes we had a grand old time enjoying the farm animals, the farm technology, the fire fighters, the wood choppers, the horse riders and the ALPACAS!

Perth Royal Show 2014

If only I could exude a presence this cool and happy, my life would be complete. It was so cute and adorable, that I didn’t even mind when I stood in its poo.

Perth Royal Show 2014

Look at her beautiful shiny coat. That horse brown is amazing.

Perth Royal Show 2014

My kids thought the animals and farm stuff were “fun and educational”… but my kids are a bunch of daredevils. They live for speed, height, fast drops, tight corners, g-forces. They’ll try anything new and exciting. So we made a bee line for the rides and games.

Perth Royal Show 2014

I wasn’t thrilled.

The noise, the frantic energy, the cost, the crowd, the blaring music… It all made me so aggro!

 

Perth Royal Show 2014

My older kids chose a couple of crazy, gravity defying, monstrous mechanical beasts to sit on.

I had to count to 10, meditate, think of calm blue oceans… anything, to silence THE UTTER TERROR EXPLODING IN MY BRAIN BECAUSE MY CHILDREN ARE GOING TO FALL AND DIIIIIEEEE!!!

Perth Royal Show 2014

After all that… I made my older kids sit with my younger boy – who is only 5 – as he rode on some “baby rides”.

Despite their humiliation, they were very cool about it. They are such good big brothers.

It also meant that I didn’t have to ride with my 5 year old, yay! I have successfully trained my older kids to look after my younger kid.

Perth Royal Show 2014

Here’s my little cute little Angry Bird, waiting at the train station at the end of the day.

Happy but exhausted!

 


 

Being a Vampire Ain’t So Sexy

2 October 2014

Bloody Eye!

Argh! So I woke up one morning and I looked like a drugged-up vampire!

I didn’t knock my eye or my head. I didn’t use new eyeliner or new makeup remover. I didn’t get soap or shampoo in my eye. I don’t remember rubbing my eye particularly hard. I wasn’t doing anything strenuous or anything with chemicals. I don’t take any medication either.

Just woke up one morning – as normal – and gave myself a fright in the mirror.

Of course, I immediately Googled it and it turned out to be a “subconjunctival haemorrhage” – which sounds terribly unsexy and I’m sure you wouldn’t hear the phrase uttered in any Twilight movie.

The good news is that it’s totally harmless. If I want, I can buy over-the-counter artificial tears to help sooth it, or just watch the Notebook or The Lion King a few times a week, you know, to get real tears.

Other than that, I have to leave it alone and it will slowly fade away after 1-2 weeks.

It looks totally freaky!

So of course, my kids thought it was utterly cool.

 


 

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