Crushing: Pastel Floral Dresses

13 April 2018

I am TOTALLY crushing on pretty, floral dresses at the moment.

I’m currently experimenting with 1) floral/pastel colours and 2) trying to wear summer dresses in cooler weather. I’ll share what I come up with soon!

I went on a floral bender, adding tonnes of styles into my wishlist (kind of like making a mood board) and these are my top nine favourites from Shopbop’s 25% off Sale (ends 15 April 2018)…

Shopbop Spring Florals 2018

Lavendar: Ulla Johnson Penninah Dress

Pink: Rachel Zoe Jillian Dress

Yellow: Marissa Webb Kaya Silk Print Dress

Shopbop Spring Florals 2018

Pink: Nicholas Lilac Floral Frill Mini Dress

Blue: Alice + Olivia Halsey Dress

Nude: Amanda Uprichard Evalina Dress

Shopbop Spring Florals 2018

Yellow: Self Portrait Pleated Asymmetric Floral Dress

Green: Giambattista Valli Print Sheer Mini Dress with Ruffle Hem

Pale Purple: Young Fabulous & Broke Costa Maxi Dress

Yes some are ridiculously expensive (!), but hope you find some inspiration to switch things up a bit for the new season!

xxx


 

What is a Lash Lift?

12 April 2018

Lash Lift March 2018

Hi everyone, a few weeks ago I had a lash lift!

I posted about it on Instagram stories – but I received so many questions about it, that I decided to pop the info up here on my blog.

Lash lifts have been around for ages. I was told by my beautician friend that they were really popular about 10 years ago. But then false lashes and eyelash extensions became all the rage… now lifts/perms are becoming popular again.

​This picture is me, one day after having the lash lift. My skin looks amazing here, but it’s just a filter haha!

I’m wearing a bit of foundation, brow pencil and a swipe of mascara.

It’s a “natural + everyday” look rather than a “glam” look. It looks like I have eyeliner one, but I don’t.

What is it?

A lash lift (or lash perm) is a perm for your eyelashes, to keep them permanently curled and perfectly lifted up!

How long does it last?

Usually 2 – 3 months. But depends on your lashes and how fast they grow.

How long is the lash lift process?

All done in about 30-40 minutes. (Probably less, but I like to chat…)

How are they?

Omg they are amazing! They are zero maintenance! You just wake up every morning with perfectly perky lashes that brighten your eyes!

You can swim, sweat, cry. You can load them up with mascara. You can even get extensions put on them for a special occassion.

How do they compare to lash extensions?

I love getting lash extensions, but they are expensive ($120 for a “natural” set), they don’t last very long (3 weeks tops), they take 1-1.5 hours to put them on, and my eyes get quite red for a few days from the glue.

Plus, you have to avoid getting extensions wet, you shouldn’t sleep on your face/eyes, you shouldn’t rub them, wash them too hard – all this stuff you have to remember to look after them and make them last longer.

A lash lift is so much easier to look after. That is, there’s nothing to do! You just treat them like your normal lashes.

While it doesn’t look as dramatic, I think it gives you lovely everyday lashes, with a bit of oomph.

What do I do with them everyday?

I still wear mascara everyday. And I use an eyelash serum called Li Lash.

How much?

I’ve seen the procedure priced at $55, $69, $99 and $130 around Perth.

But I go to my girlfriend Bonnie (@bonnie_beauty_space), who has a home beauty salon in Kewdale (near Belmont Forum), who charges $30.

If you’re keen to give it a go, drop her a message on Instagram, she’d love a few new clients!

Lash Lift March 2018

Here’s a before after photo.

Left – About 1 hour before the lash lift.

Right – 1 day after the lash lift with a swipe of mascara.

Now (4 weeks later) – They still curl up nicely and they are still thick and perky.

Yup I’m definitely a convert. They are soooo low maintenance, so easy to look after, such a great effect, lasts so long, not so expensive… it’s brilliant!


 

Review: Self Portrait 3D Azaelea Dress

11 April 2018

Self Portrait Azaelea Dress

Hi everyone!

I’m off to a wedding later this year and I’ve already sorted out what I’m going to wear – this Self Portrait 3D Azaelea Dress :)

I am a big fan of Self Portrait dresses and every time they release a new season collection, I’m scrolling, drooling, sighing (because they are so expensive!) and wondering how many months I will have to save until I can nab something.

For years I’ve had my eye on the original Azaelea dress (Self Portrait’s most popular dress design!), and when the dress came out in Burgundy (this one), it became very high on my MUST SAVE FOR list. Unfortunately my size had sold out and I can’t seem to find it anymore.

So a couple of months ago, during a Shopbop Sale, I picked out this gorgeous 3D Azaelea Dress in Tomato colour – yippee!

It’s a lot brighter than the burgundy. It is VERY RED! And stunning!

It’s a newer version of the Azaelea style, as this dress has a slightly different “3D” flower lace pattern.

My other option was this new Azaelea Sweetheart Dress (in Navy), but I preferred the red flowers.

Self Portrait Azaelea Dress

In terms of fit. I usually am a US Size 0 for dresses.

So I ordered a Size 0, it arrived… and it didn’t quite fit me.

It fit perfectly around my waist, but I just couldn’t do up that last 5cms of the zip (the part around my middle abdomen, so it had nothing to do with my boobs being too big haha!). No amount of sucking in could make my ribcage smaller! Obviously I had the size wrong.

So I had to return the dress and get a Size 2 – which fit me great, but it’s still a tiny bit snug around my lower abdomen. There is no stretch whatsoever. And the straps are not adjustable. So if you’re a slightly bigger AUS 6, or if you have big boobs, then you should go up to US 4, just to give yourself some breathing room.

What surprises me most about this dress, is its weight. The quality is top notch. The craftsmanship, the stitching, the lining, the zip, the panels. The fabric and lace are just beeeeautiful.

The shape is classic and feminine, with it’s 1950s hourglass silhouette, full floral skirt and nipped in waist. The style will last for years to come.

In terms of longevity, I actually have another Self Portrait dress, which I bought in 2016 and which I have dry cleaned twice, and it still looks brand new.

I also love it because I can wear it as a cocktail dress, but at the same time I’d be happy to wear it with white sneakers and a denim jacket.

I’m so in love with this dress and I can’t wait to wear it to the wedding!

When I bought my Lover dress a few years ago, it cemented my decision for investing in WOW dresses.

Yes they are a bit expensive to start, but I have worn them again and again. And every time I wear one, I feel BLOODY AMAZING in it – it’s totally worth it.

Shopbop Event Sale

For 4 days, Shopbop are having an “Event of the Season” sale – You can get 20% off orders under $500 and 25% off orders over $500. Simply use the code EVENT18 at the checkout.

 

I wanted to share a whole heap of new season WOW dresses that I added to my wishlist. But I picked something crazy like 24 dresses, so I have to edit it down a bit and I’ll share my list real soon!

Happy shopping!

xxx


 

Wearing: Daniel Wellington Petite Watch

7 April 2018

Daniel Wellington Petite Watch

Hi everyone!

I’m collaborating with Daniel Wellington to offer all my readers a 15% discount off your whole order!

And when you purchase a watch before 24 April, you also receive a free strap!

Scroll down to grab my discount code.

Daniel Wellington Petite Watch

Years ago, when I first started to look for a classic/minimal watch, I didn’t get a DW watch, because back then they only had super-large watch faces (40mm case) starting at AU$279 – where as I found a smaller-sized one, with really good quality leather for AU$170.

Since then, DW have launched smaller sizes… and ironically I was gifted some watches from other brands, with large faces (case size over 38mm – 40mm) and it turned out that I quite liked the large faces.

Anyway, this watch my first Daniel Wellington watch and this is the first time I’ve worn a Petite Watch, with a face size of 28mm.

This is the Classic Petite Melrose Watch.

With my discount code, the watch will be AU$178. Pretty awesome price for a Daniel Wellington watch!

I am honestly super impressed with the quality and the feel of it. It definitely lives up to the hype and stylish branding that you see everywhere :)

Initially I thought the petite size would be TOO dainty on my wrist, but it’s actually lovely. I wear it all the time now and I love it.

It’s perfect to wear with dresses/skirts, where you don’t want a chunky watch/accessory to over-power your look. Plus, I like the black face, because it goes with everything I wear.

Daniel Wellington Free Strap

So the watch on the left is the one that I have, Class Petite Melrose (28mm), and you can select a free black strap valued at AU$69… and with my 15% off discount, it will be AU$178.

Daniel Wellington Free Strap

This would be my second choice. The Classic Petite Sterling (28mm) with a “St Mawes” brown leather strap  valued at  AU$69… and with my 15% off discount, it will be AU$178.

Discount Code

Simply use my code “KCXCW” at the checkout to get 15% off your total order + free strap per watch.

(Valid until 24 April 2018).

Hope you find something you like, or buy a something for your mum!


 

Helping Asylum Seekers with CARAD’s Food Bank

28 March 2018

I first heard about the Centre for Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Detainees (CARAD) last year, while being involved with a philanthropic group, Impact100 WA.

I was very moved by the work they do, and I put my hand up to help. I also attended one of their Volunteer Information Sessions to find out more about the organisation and how I could help… and I was hooked!

They sounded like an amazing group, doing super-amazing things that really helped people in need.

I had already donated money. But I wanted to help in a practical way.

I found out that their Food Bank Program was a great and positive way to help asylum seekers in our coummunity.

So I thought I’d share it with everyone!

CARAD Food Bank Program

This is CARAD Headquarters, 245 Stirling Street in Perth.

They are an independent, not-for-profit organisation, dedicated to providing specialised welfare and advocacy assistance to asylum seekers, refugees and detainees in Western Australia.

Many of CARAD’s clients do not have the right to work and are ineligible for financial support. Some have to wait months or years until they become eligible.

So the CARAD team runs Case Management Programs (Foodbank, Emergency Relief Services, Accommodation Assistance and No Interest Loans) which provide basic needs for asylum seekers experiencing financial hardship, with little or no income.

CARAD Food Bank Program

The Food Bank Program runs twice a week, at an allocated time, where registered CARAD clients (asylum seekers) can access fresh fruit and vegetables, pantry items, and items such as nappies and blankets.

It helps them with their weekly groceries and supplements their limited weekly budgets.

I popped into CARAD to see how it all works.

The Food Rescue truck arrived early, with boxes of donated fresh produce.

CARAD Food Bank Program

The CARAD Office exploded into action and activity!

Volunteers helped to unpack the truck and laid out the produce for the clients.

CARAD Food Bank Program

A volunteer picked up some bread, kindly donated by Loafers Artisan Bread.

They looked so good!

CARAD Food Bank Program

The pantry was all ready for CARAD clients to access (after having been pre-stocked by more volunteers).

Interestingly, they don’t put together “Food Relief Boxes” or “Pre-Assembled Hampers”.

They find that allowing the clients to choose and take what they need, much like in a shop, is a far more dignifying and practical way to support them.

CARAD Food Bank Program

Also, I was surprised to discover that all the pantry items stocked here are from personal donations.

They are not from supermarkets, not bulk delivered, and they do not come from other collection organisations (such as Food Rescue). They come from everyday people like me!

They don’t have much room in their office, but they make it all fit. Most of the time, donated items come in and go out the same day. And they are ALWAYS looking for those high demand items.

 

CARAD have an excellent WAYS TO DONATE page on their website.

Here are some ways:

1) Financial Donation. You can donate online, simply follow the links from this page.

2) Donate items to their Food Bank Program. CARAD have a list of all the items they need, highlighting some of the more urgent items that are low in stock – this list is constantly updated! So check in regularly.

All donations can be delivered to the office, 245 Stirling Street, Perth, Monday to Friday between 9am – 4pm.

3) Gift Vouchers. Buy a $20, $50 or $100 gift card voucher next time you are in Coles, Woolworths, Kmart, BigW or Target. These are a really helpful resource for the clients, allowing choice in what they purchase.

If you can’t drive over to the CARAD office to deliver it, pop it into an envelope and snail mail it (245 Stirling Street, Perth 6000)!

4) Online Shopping Delivery. Gosh how easy is this? Put together an online order and have it delivered straight to their office! Online shop orders can be delivered to CARAD (245 Stirling Street, Perth 6000) from Monday to Friday, 10am to 2pm.

5) Give your time. If you’re keen to volunteer head over to this page to find out how to become a volunteer.

CARAD Food Bank Program

This is my contribution for today! I couldn’t visit empty handed :)

I looked up their list of low stock items here and bought a few items during my weekly grocery shop. This box was about $50 worth of stuff. It was all too easy.

My kids wondered why I was buying all the extra bits and pieces, and I told them. It was a great conversation starter and a great way to get kids involved with giving, being educated and doing something practical for others.

Anyway, I hope this has inspired you in some way, or opened your eyes, or even just educated you a little (my little visit was very educational!)… and show you that anyone can help in a small way to make a positive impact on the community.

A big thank you to the CARAD staff for letting me poke around their office!


 

What I Wore: Majorelle Spotty Dress

23 March 2018

Spotty Majorelle Dress

Hello hello!

I’m loving these warm evenings! How good is it to stay out the whole day and night and not bother with a jacket?

My husband and I managed to sneak out for a brunch date the other day, to celebrate our 16th Wedding Anniversary – way hey!

Hilariously… he cycled over from work to meet me at a cafe, so he was wearing fluro yellow and lycra tights, while I was wearing this! Omg we looked so funny! Typical old married couple, who don’t give a damn, right? Haha!

(Sweetly, he did ask me for permission first. In case I didn’t want to be caught being seen with someone wearing lycra.)

Spotty Majorelle Dress

I wore this Viola Dress by fabulous dress brand Majorelle. I just love the little spots and ruffle! (It’s on sale too, and possibly the same price you’d pay if you bought something from Myer or David Jones?)

I’m wearing the size XS and it fits me perfectly. The front is a little lower than I’m used to. But it doesn’t look too bad haha.

Spotty Majorelle Dress

Revolve are having a Friends and Family 20% off Discount Sale, until 1 April.

Simply head over to this page, share it with two friends, and you will get the discount code sent to you. Free shipping and free returns too.

The sale is for Australian customers only. The promotion ends on April 1st at 11:59 PM (Sydney time). All coupons are valid until April 8th, 11:59pm (Sydney time). Some brands don’t apply, so you’ll have to check this page.


 

Shopbop’s So Extra Sale

21 March 2018

I am super excited about this recent Shopbop So Extra Sale, because I’ve been wanting to pick up a few small bits and pieces. I put my order in last night, so I will share my goodies soon!

I’ve put together a few more of my favourites from the sale too.

I have been crazy about dark dresses with a hint of red, so these two dresses caught my eye. Then I found a whole bunch of cool earrings, handbags and a pair of shoes to match.

Shopbop So Extra Sale

Alice + Olivia Annabeth Off Shoulder Dress – Alice + Olivia is such a great brand with so much great pieces. Yes they are pretty pricey, so it’s handy to buy during a sale. How cute is this dress? Love the little hearts!

Gorjana Chloe Crescent Hoop Earrings – Yup I bought these! No thinking required at $37.

Furla Metropolis Arabesque Mini Bag – I have been umming and ahhing about getting a small Furla crossbody bag. But I’m thinking that the plain black one is just a bit too plain and I should go with something a bit edgier.

Schutz Lori Lace Up Sandals – I love these heels and they remind me of a similar pair of lace up heels by Aquazzura. I love the furry details. I believe they end up to be about $94 after all the discounts.

Shopbop So Extra Sale

WAYF Roland Long Sleeve Dress – Bought this one too! After all the sales and extra sales, the dress ends up being $53.10, so good.

Amber Sceats Ora Necklace – I’m obsessed with coin jewellery – but it has to be the right kind of coin design. I’m liking these. They are 24k gold-plated rhodium, which makes them extra special.

Sahshi Coin Hoop Earrings – These are 18k gold-plated, which is what I prefer for my everyday jewellery. These are awesome and a perfect mini score at $38.50.

Gedebe Mini Clicky Gold Bag – I’m very keen for a small clutch that stands out, but will still go with everything. Gold bling seems to be the answer here!

The Sale Section offers up to 75% off original prices, simply use the code “SOEXTRA” at the checkout. The sale ends Wednesday, 23rd March, 2:59 pm, Western Australia time (GMT +8).

Hope you find something you like too!

xxx


 

Rainbow Cake for Sean

20 March 2018

My middle boys turns 13 this year!

In a fit of madness – and let’s be honest, mummy-guilt mixed with a bit of creative boredom – I decided to embark on a bit of birthday cake craziness.

We were hosting 30 people for dinner the following day and I just couldn’t bear to make yet another chocolate cake. So boring!

I thought it’d be cool to make a 5 layer lake, in different colours! I asked my son’s permission, “Hey can I make a rainbow cake for you? Like the ones you see on Instagram?”

He said, “That’d be dope.”

I took that for a YES and ran with it. I researched different kinds of cakes, as I’ve only made chocolate cakes, and I decided on this recipe for a White Chocolate Mud Cake and I reduced the sugar.

I needed to make 2 cake mixtures from this recipe and divide the batches into 5 portions.

My cake tins were 18cm in diameter.

Rainbow Cake 2018

I started at 8:30pm!

Apologies for the crappy photos, I wasn’t planning to share my kitchen counter clutter, but it looked too funny not to share.

I tried to use as little food colouring as possible. Just enough so people could get recognise what colour it was supposed to be.

My coloured bowls are a bit distracting, because really the cake mix turned out very pale.

I baked 2 cakes at a time, and 1 cake by itself. I took the last cake out of the oven at 12 midnight. I let them cool for 30 minutes, wrapped them up and put them in the fridge.

The cakes turned out to be fantastic. They were dense, solid, yet moist. This recipe is definitely a keeper!

Rainbow Cake 2018

Did I mention I was cooking for 30 people too?

The next day, after I did all the cooking, it was time to ice the cake.

I made a cream cheese icing that found on another site – I don’t recommend it. It was sticky, glossy, hard to work with and tasted too sweet.

Rainbow Cake 2018

My layers!

(After speaking to a pro cake maker, I was told that I was supposed to crumb the cake layers with a ganache icing, to seal the layers and stop them from moving and leaning over. But I didn’t know how to make a quick ganache icing and I ran out of time.)

Rainbow Cake 2018

Hence my cake leaned over slightly!

I got my 13 year old to decorate the cake, so he could feel like he had some connection to the whole process?

Rainbow Cake 2018

Ta da – my first rainbow cake!

It was so cute. Like I said, the only reason it turned out so well was because of the cake recipe.

It was lovely, dense, moist and not overbearingly sweet. It was easy to cut, it held together and it didn’t fall to bits.

Rainbow Cake 2018

It presented very nicely too!

Because the cake was so tall, I cut the slices into 1cm – 2cm thickness, like I said, it held together really well.

My only criticism was that it had a very plain taste. The sweetness was just right, but it just tasted like a sweet milky cake. So I would put flavouring in there some how. Maybe passionfruit?

Here’s the recipe! Original amount of sugar was 165g but I reduced it to 130g.

White Chocolate Mud Cake (for 5 Layer Rainbow Cake)

Ingredients
300 g white chocolate
200 g butter (salted)
240 ml milk
130 g caster sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
240 g all-purpose flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder

(I made 2 separate cake batches and divided into 5 portions.)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 160C. Grease an 18cm round pan and line the base and sides with baking paper.

Weigh your bowls and take note.

Place chocolate, butter, milk and sugar in a large saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently. Remove from heat when chocolate and butter have melted, and stir mixture until completely smooth. Allow mixture to cool at room temperature for 15 minutes.

Add vanilla and eggs to chocolate mixture and stir until well combined.

Place flour in a large bowl, add one cup of chocolate mixture and stir until a smooth paste forms.

I made 2 separate cake batches and divided into 5 portions. Add food colouring.

Pour mixture into prepared pans.

Bake for 30 minutes, until a knife inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow cake to cool on a wire rack to room temperature.

Store cake in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

*Sorry I don’t have a good recipe for icing the cakes!

Good luck!


 

What I Wore: Tularosa Lily Dress (with Friends + Family Discount)

19 March 2018

Tularosa Lily Dress

Hello everyone! This is me heading out on a dinner date for my husband’s birthday.

We decided to stick to small birthday presents this year… because we just paid for airfares (seat price x 5!) for our overseas family holiday and let me tell you, I felt sick in my stomach as I clicked the “Process Payment” at the 5 figure total – akkk! Oh well, big family holidays only happens once a year.

So… it’s instant noodles, BYO coffee, and SALE ONLY clothing purchases for while now haha.

Tularosa Lily Dress

Speaking of sales: Revolve are having a Friends and Family 20% off Discount Sale, until 1 April.

Simply head over to this page, share it with two friends, and you will get the discount code sent to you. Free shipping and free returns too.

It’s probably the best and safest kind of discount sale – browse, add items to cart, share with your friends, get the code, then revise what’s in your cart, before you actually buy!

There’s a nice time delay. So no impulse buying here :)

The sale is for Australian customers only. The promotion ends on April 1st at 11:59 PM (Sydney time). All coupons are valid until April 8th, 11:59pm (Sydney time). Some brands don’t apply, so you’ll have to check this page.

Tularosa Lily Dress

As for me, I’m wearing a Tularosa Lily Dress.

I was pretty lucky to get this dress, as it’s just so simple, so gorgeous… and it sold out very quickly. But I think they will restock it soon, just click on “Can’t Find Your Size?” and they will email you when it comes back in stock.

I’m wearing Size XS (I’m usually Size AU 6), and it fits me perfectly. Even the length is perfect for me – yay!

I love that it’s mid-legth. I would absolutely buy this dress in different colours and patterns, if they offered it.

I also picked up this Marjorelle Viola Dress, which is on sale, so there would be another 20% off it with the code.

Also on my wishlist:

This Majorelle Berkshire Dress – ok this was a bit crazy expensive because it’s silk.

Privacy Please Hibiscus Midi – Lovely pale blue dress with front tie.

Privacy Please Clinton Midi – Very cute, pale yellow stripe dress.

Privacy Please Wilmar Dress – Cute red spotty dress

Tularosa Chrissy Dress – Cute, short, ruffle white dress.

Privacy Please Lomax Dress – I’ve had my eye on this dress for ages! Another flattering midi dress.

Hope you find something you like. It’s a great sale to pick up a new dress.

Happy shopping or browsing!

xxx


 

What I Wore: White Boots from 2005

16 March 2018

White Boots

​OK guys, cute / funny /somewhat tragic story here.

These boots are soooooo hot right now with ALL the uber-fashiony style-makers: white leather, pointed toe, kitten heel. They are exactly what you need to be wearing next season!

Kendall + Kylie have a version here.
Acne Studios have these cute kitten heel booties, better get in fast as they are almost sold out of all sizes in the white, but lots of sizes left in the black?!
Rab & Bone have these super sleek ones, but still kitten heels. Only one size left!
Or maybe you have a spare $890 for these Helmut Lang booties?!
These boots from Free People are a lot more affordable.
Or these sexy booties from Tibi (with a roundish heel).

The funny part is: I actually bought these boots in 2005!! That makes them 13 years old.

They are by an Australian brand called Zu, full leather inside and outside. They are such good quality and at the time they were around $150, but I bought them on a clearance sale for something like $37. I remember it was such a huge shopping win for me haha.

Why did I keep them?

Um. I’m not sure?! I think I only wore them once or twice. It’s not like I pull them out every winter and wear them.

Honestly I keep them in a tall shoe box (the one they came in), and they sit at the very bottom of my “tall boot box” stack. I give them a nod of acknowledgement every winter, when I pull out all the other boots that I wear. So the answer to why I keep them: laziness.

But look at me now. I totally look like an uber-fashiony style-maker HAHA.

White Boots

I’m also wearing:

Grana Boxy Pima Cotton Tee

Medium Rider Bag by Loeffler Randal

Lovers and Friends Elijah Mini Skirt


 

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