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


 

Sunset at Sandy Cape Beach

16 June 2017

Sandy Cape Beach, Jurien Bay

This was us, at our recent camping trip at Sandy Cape Beach, near Jurien Bay!

We had set up our tents, tables, gas stove, boiled some water, made a cup of tea, put out our camp chairs, cracked open the cheese and biscuits and sat back to relax. The kids had other ideas. They ran off to the beach and promised me they wouldn’t get wet.

I let them go, watching them climb up the sand dune, each flapping their arms in a tangled boyish run. They are all old enough to be left alone. They all can swim. There were other adults watching over them.

I knew that despite them saying that they wouldn’t get wet… they would. So I pulled out the towels from the car and draped it over their camp chairs. I’m such a good mum to my boys.

I pulled out my pots and pans, getting ready to make dinner in my camp kitchen. Chopping board, onions, sweet potato, steaks.

The sun set, the light all around me turned an exquisite golden peach. The sand dunes around me glowed orange. The sky began to turn on a spectacular gradient, from reds to pinks to purples to blues with a hint of green, if that’s even possible.

Ahhh, it was so beautiful!

What was I doing? It was standing next to a beach with the sun setting behind it, and I was chopping onions omg.

I grabbed my camera, climbed over the sand hill and found my kids.

Of course, they were in their shorts, in the middle of winter, swimming in the surf. Of course.


 

Keratin Hair Smoothing Treatment

14 June 2017

So I don’t know if any of you noticed in the post above – maybe you were too polite, or too well brought up to say anything — oh the state of my hair!

I know it’s a first world problem, but do let me rant a bit about my unruly Asian hair.

My hair has been like a high-maintenance pet.

I got it permed about 9 months ago. Before that, it was coloured. Before that, it was permed. So it’s pretty damaged, dry, rough and straw-like.

Curi Hair - Keratin Smoothing Treatment

(Before)

What’s wrong with my hair?

I wash my hair, blow dry it and it’s boofy, frizzy and fluffy like crazy. Rough like straw.

I put heaps of product, iron it flat, more product. After 1.5 days, it’s oily, heavy and itchy, from all the product.

Then I have to shampoo it TWICE to get the product out. I have to rotate conditioner brands to prevent build up. Takes me ages to wash my hair. Then it takes me ages to blow dry it. Then I have to flat iron it + product.

Repeat. It’s constant washing, taming and smoothing.

(Ok it looks nice in the photo, but it took me ages to get it like that!)

I finally had enough. I decided that I was going to cut it short, again. Have a bob or lob or blob or whatever, because I’m sick of my hair.

I went to my hair dresser, Curi Hair in Subiaco.

Told them the whole story with lots of exasperated hand waving.

They knew I wanted to grow it long, so Senior Hair Stylist, Tiffany, suggested I try a Keratin Hair Smoothing Treatment instead of chopping my hair off!

Curi Hair - Keratin Smoothing Treatment

(After)

This is me immediately after.

The results: Smooth, sleek, soft and straight hair for about 2 months.

It’s NOT as damaging as a Straightening / Rebonding Perm.

It’s super easy to look after. Blow drying takes less time.

The result is not limp, dead-straight hair. It still maintains a slight natural wave (if you have one), so it looks very natural.

It’s really good for people with: Damaged hair! Especially hair that is frizzy, weak and damaged from colouring, bleaching, perms and heating tools.

​Cost: Starts at $200, my length was $250.

Time: Mine took about 2 hours to do.

Note: This treatment has been around for years, but in the recent years they have relaunched a new and improved formula. If you had this treatment in the past and it didn’t work for you, you might want to try again?

I’m soooo happy with the result and so thankful that I didn’t chop my hair off!


 

What I Wore: Majorelle Knit + Rag & Bone/Jean Crop Flares

12 June 2017

Majorelle Knit + Rag and Bone Flares

I spent the weekend at a kid’s birthday party (hello little red cocktail sausages), dinner with my family (fish and chips and fried rice because we’re Asian), cooking up a storm of pancakes and hosting a brunch for my husband’s family… basically I was in multiple food comas all weekend and it was good.

Now that it’s the start of the week, I’ve discovered that I’ve been LIVING in my jeans and jumpers.

And on the days I need to elevate my style, I simply wear a NICE pair of jeans and jumper haha!

My Blush Off Shoulder Knit has been on high rotation.

 

Particularly because it looks and feels sooo lovely.

I’m still considering whether I should get one in a black?

Majorelle Knit + Rag and Bone Flares

Another thing I’ve been loving lately are cropped flare jeans.

These Crop Flare Jeans are an absolutely gorgeous pair by Rag & Bone/JEAN, which I bought on sale from FWRD.

Being cropped, they are a perfect ankle-grazing fit for short people like me.

They are so so soft, stretchy and comfy, that I can literally wear them after I have my morning shower (8am) to when I go to bed (11pm).

I recently bought a pair of regular-length flare jeans on a clearance sale from Grana. They were about $30. I bought them thinking I could rip the ends off and create an awesome ripped / distressed hem look.

But by the time I tore the 15cms off the leg needed to make them “cropped jeans”, they just looked like regular jeans and don’t even look like flares anymore! Major Fail.

So from now on I’ll be sticking to cropped styles and petite sizes if I want any distressed jean hems.

Also wearing: Loeffler Randall Handbag and Airflex heels.

Have a fab week everyone!


 

Modern Diamonds for Wearing Every Day

9 June 2017

Brought to you by Michael Hill

Michael Hill Geometric Ring

I own a few diamond rings. They are not huge rocks, or super bling-bling.

They are small, simple, understated and meaningful.

Gone are the days where I pile on the ring stacks, the boho costume jewellery and the mismatched styles.

These last few years, you will often just see me wearing only one ring on each hand. And one of them is my wedding ring.

Not only does this look clean and minimal, it’s also much faster for me to get dressed in the mornings haha!

I prefer the sleek, minimal, modern designs now, more so than the traditional styles.

Michael Hill Geometric Ring

I recently picked out this Geometric Ring (courtesy of Michael Hill) featuring 0.20 carat total weight of diamonds, in Sterling Silver.

I absolutely adore its stylish, modern design.

I like that it is pretty, understated and a little different to the standard band ring, but it’s not TOO different.

Michael Hill Geometric Ring

Here’s a close up.

For all you quick-eyed readers, yes I took off my wedding band to take this photo, because I can only hold my DSLR camera with my right hand, so I had to model this ring with my left hand!

I usually wear my pretty rings on the right hand.

Michael Hill Geometric Ring

In terms of outfits and how I wear it, I like the versatility of the ring.

I could wear it with a fancy cocktail dress, or I could wear it with my everyday jeans and a white shirt.

Michael Hill Geometric Ring

There were a few more Michael Hill diamond rings that caught my eye, like this Crossover Ring (which is a bit bigger than the one I chose) and this Diamond Ring which would be my ultimate non-wedding/engagement ring – I can only wish!

As I said before, I prefer the modern styles over the traditional styles.

These Spirits Bay rings are quite unique too, as they are based on the remaining shape of a Totorere Shell (Maori name for Trumpet Shell) after it has been worn down by the elements after many years.

Also, do head over to the site to check out Michael Hill’s Sale Collection!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

xxx


 

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