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My Very Full Shopping Cart!

31 January 2012

Yesterday, my girlfriends and I were talking about online shopping… and how we always stuff our shopping carts full of items that catch our eye – and most times, we never get around to buy any of it!!

Some might call it a strange habit, but hey, it’s still counts as shopping therapy.

Anyway I went home and took a look at my shopping cart at, and ooooh maybe I shouldn’t have gone back because it was full of very yummy and very buy-able items (under $100 too!).

Endless - Designer items under $100

Sam Edelman Leopard Pumps – $74.99

Steve Madden Red Suede Pumps – $64.99

Endless - Designer items under $100

La Mer Leopard Gold Triple Wrap Watch – $78.20

Anne Klein Swarovski Rosegold Watch – $75.00

Anne Klein Swarovski Blue Marbleized Watch – $75.00

Endless - Designer items under $100

BCBG MaxAzria Mesh Clutch – $59.99

Marc By Marc Jacobs Tablet Case – $48.00

Endless - Designer items under $100

Heidi Klum for New Balance Sneaker – $45.00

DKNY Women’s Fashion Sneaker – $48.52

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

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Spencer Village, Thornlie, WA

30 January 2012

Whenever I miss the hawker style food I love from my days in  Singapore or Malaysia, I always text my Dad and tempt him with one simple word – “Laksa?”

My family has been going to Spencer Village, in Thornlie, for years! It’s a long way from the city (nestled deep in the southern suburbs), but it’s still one of the best places in Perth to get my fix of favourite dishes.

Spencer Village, Thornlie, WA

I do believe it is the most Hawker-Food-Centerish food court in Perth. It is always packed full of Asian faces, and it has that “it’s all about the food, not the presentation” style of cuisine. It’s fast, simple, and great value!

Spencer Village, Thornlie, WA

This is my ABSOLUTE favourite. Coconut laksa with prawns, fish cake, chicken, tofu, mixed noodles, and a big wedge of lemon (I would actually prefer it with lime though).

Spencer Village, Thornlie, WA

This is my children’s favourite, Char Kway Teow. Flat rice noodles fried in a dark soy sauce, with fish cakes, chicken, prawns, bean sprouts and vegetables.

Personally, it’s a bit too healthy for me. I like mine with cockles and deep fried lard, the way I have had it in Singapore. (But I do prefer them to eat healthier!)

Spencer Village, Thornlie, WA

My husband tried something different today. Singaporean Indian style Briyani – which was fricking yum!

Spencer Village, Thornlie, WA

And a large jug of sweetened soy bean milk, to wash everything down.

*Full tummy happiness*

Spencer Village Food Court

200 Spencer Rd
Thornlie, WA 6108

Spencer Village Food Hall on Urbanspoon

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Outfits and Accessories for My Chinese New Year

28 January 2012

This week, I’ve been a bit spoiled! My social life has exploded, I’ve been out and about every day and every evening! Not to mention, it was also Chinese New Year and Australia Day this week. So we have had a lot of food, fun, family and friends!

Outfits and Accessories for My Chinese New Year

The other night, I went out to dinner with good friends. We ate at a restaurant overlooking the beach. I watched the sky turn pink and the sun set over the Indian Ocean, while eating marron (local freshwater crayfish/lobster) and slow cooked pork belly. It was bliss!

I sat opposite a huge mirror and just had to take a photo!

I wore my black and lime, patterned tulip dress from Birdsnest, fuchsia heels, and a swag of arm candy.

Outfits and Accessories for My Chinese New Year

The next night, I went out to dinner with some girlfriends and again, I had such a fantastic time. Great friends, great food and great conversations – a magical combination indeed.

I wore my Sass and Bide singlet top, mustard skirt from Mersh (YesStyle) and again my fuchsia heels and arm party gear.

Outfits and Accessories for My Chinese New Year

OK so here are the fuchsia suede heels that I’ve been wearing all week, from GlamRockChic :)

Gorgeous, striking, bold and super comfy!

Outfits and Accessories for My Chinese New Year

And here’s my very Chinese New Year looking Marc Jacobs clutch in RED AND GOLD!!

I’m going to a huge Chinese New Year gala ball tomorrow, so I’ll post photos next week! Have a wonderful weekend everyone!


( See all my Daily Outfits here )

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

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Rabbit Soup Anyone?

25 January 2012

bRabbit Soup Anyone?

The other day my toddler took his favourite bunny outside to play, and subsequently used it to rub CHALK DUST OFF THE CONCRETE.

Mr Bunny looked awful. He looked like he was run over by a hideous, dusty rainbow.

My toddler was a little upset.

So I brought Mr Bunny inside and gave him a bath. I couldn’t quite clean all the dust off his fur, so I decided that he needed a good soak.

I actually filled the bowl right to the top and placed a weight on his belly so he was completely submerged.

But it looked really creepy. As in horror-movie creepy. His head underwater. That frozen smile. Those innocent, black beady eyes peering up at me happily, from just beneath the surface of the water.


So I tipped some water out of the bowl and resolved that Mr Bunny was relaxing and enjoying a lovely spa treatment.

That’s what I told my toddler anyway.

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Crazy for Prints – Marni and Sonia Rykiel

24 January 2012

I bought two tops from The Outnet last week – from two of my favourite labels.

Marni is an Italian label that always seems to catch my eye at fashion shows around the world. I love her (Consuelo Castiglioni) bold, colourful, quirky, off-beat style.

While I wouldn’t actually wear most of the quirky-bold pieces in her collections, there are always some sleek designs that I drool after, and her accessories are just gorgeous.

Crazy for Prints - Marni and Sonia Rykiel

Top by Marni, denim shorts by Acne, shoes by Habbot Studios.

Anyway, I was looking for some casual tops, that still looked a bit dressy. Something that I could wear to a summer time dinner and drinks, and to a nice afternoon event.

I bought this simple, cotton camisole top by Marni – with flowers, mainly because I already have a good stock of plain tops and thought I’d try something different.

It arrived in 5 days, and it’s absolutely lovely! Light, simple, feminine, and very sweet, without being too sweet.

Crazy for Prints - Marni and Sonia Rykiel

I also threw on some coloured cropped pants and a dressy skirt, just to play with the versatility of the top.

It’d go great with lots of other bottoms – maxi skirts, pencil skirts, wide leg pants, work pieces, and of course, your favourite pair of jeans :)

Crazy for Prints - Marni and Sonia Rykiel

The next top is a Polka Dot Tank by Sonia by Sonia Rykiel.

Sonia Rykiel is an uber iconic French designer, first popular in the 70s. The label’s style is gorgeous, flirty, French, chic, ultra-feminine – full of bold colours, pink, stripes, and polka dots. It has a very unique and timeless style, but it’s very playful and cheeky too.

The top is a very simple tank, made from deliciously soft jersey, but not see-through.

While I think I will actually be wearing it more with casual shorts and skirts… I paired it with a leather skirt and pony hair heels, and it looked fab! Very French glamour!!

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

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

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Red and Blue

23 January 2012

Red and Blue

Sitting by the river at sunset.

My children in my lap.

Watching fireworks under the stars and the new moon.

Loving life.

Happy Chinese New Year to everyone!!


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Online Shopping (Buying) – Sass and Bide, Acne and TopShop

20 January 2012

Online Shopping (Buying) - Sass and Bide

Patterned tank, by Sass and Bide.

Online Shopping (Buying) - Acne

Light denim shorts in a casual boyfriend style, by Acne.


Online Shopping (Buying) - TopShop

Silver crinkle tee, from

(I actually bought this 2 months ago and wore it here)

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

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

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Sunrises and Sleepy Boats

19 January 2012

5am Cycle

The other day, I woke up at 5am to go for a 5:30am cycle.

It sounds a bit hard core, but my reason is that I feel that I’m such a cycling newbie, that I prefer to go when there are less cars, less pedestrians and fewer other cyclists on the cycle paths!

Not to mention, watching the sun rise is a just beautiful.

I rode 25km in 1.5 hours. Including a 5 minute stop.

Before I left, I ate a bowl of muesli + cereal and yoghurt.

During the ride I ate one strawberry muesli bar for fuel.

And when I came home at 7am, I made myself this.

Omelette for Breakfast

Slow cooked omelette, with mushroom, tomatoes, basil and garlic butter. It was soooo delicious.

(Yes I did cook the eggs a bit more after I took this photo!)

My Inflatable Boat

Later at 10am, I packed all 3 of my kids and took them to the beach.

I also packed my inflatable boat. I love my boat. We take him everywhere now. He’s like our big sleepy animal, who sits permanently and obediently in our front seat. We perk him up once we hit the beach and he delivers hours of fun for the big kids (and me).

We play paddling games, pirate ships games, diving for treasure games, bump-a-boat games, hanging-on games, general kicking and splashing and just plain lazing around in the surf.

Floating in my boat

It is so, so much fun.

(My legs look soooo long in this photo, but they are not. My legs and the boat are both short!)

Liam at the Beach

We also make sand castles. Lots of them.

Then we head home by 2pm, and every one is ready for an afternoon nap.

Especially me!

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Black on Black on Black

17 January 2012

With all the bright, bold colours, crazy prints and sparkly, glitter textures swirling around in the media, magazines, my screen, and my wardrobe… it’s a nice change to turn your nose up to it all and come back to black on black.

I recently found a classic, biker styled, leather jacket by Nabi, courtesy of YesStyle.

I have been looking for one for the looongest time.

Nabi, Marc Jacobs, Vivienne Westwood

Here’s a bit of fashion pop-culture history for you.

Leather jackets were worn in the early 1900s by people in aviation and the military.

The black motorcycle leather jacket was first made popular by Marlon Brando in The Wild One (1953). His jacket style was called the “Perfecto motorcycle jacket”, which was actually first designed in 1928, and cost $5.50.

Since then, the Perfecto has made it onto the big screen again and again, worn by John Travolta in Grease (1978), Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing (1987), Johnny Depp in Cry-Baby (1990), and Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator 2 (1991).

And also rock stars like Blondie, The Ramones, and The Sex Pistols, wore their jackets all the time.

Nabi, Marc Jacobs, Vivienne Westwood

Of course, the one I have has been evolved a little – slight shoulder pads, epaulettes on the shoulders, no waist-band belt.

It’s buttery soft, faux leather, with lining. It has a lovely heavy feel, and just the right amount of embellishments and garment detail to my liking (and it is affordable). It’ll slip into my wardrobe *perfectly* and ooze understated badass-ness :)

Jacket: Nabi

Top: Marc Jacobs

Jeans: Vivienne Westwood

Heels: Nude

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

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

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A Rat’s Tail

16 January 2012

My children’s interest in anything cool and gross has often led me through a multitude of emotions, namely: annoyance, irritation, disgust, revulsion, fear… and as is so often the case, a new appreciation.

The boys found a dead rat behind the garden shed the other day.

The rat had been dead for a long time, and it had been cleaned out by the ants, who left nothing but the fur and the bones.

My boys separated the bones and the fur, and proudly brought the bones into the kitchen to give to me as a present.

Thanks guys!

I took pictures of the dead rat – on my kitchen benchtop – just to show them how much I liked their present.

The rat’s skull was pretty icky – like a poster of a rat-zombie horror movie. Screaming, eye-less, undead, yellowed skull with gnarly broken teeth. Ughh!

I thought I would spare you all from the gross-ness.

But check this out. These are the bones from a rat’s tail. They were teeny tiny, and I thought they were pretty cool.


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Curtin University Fashion and Textiles Design Show 2011

13 January 2012

Last month, I attended the Curtin Fashion Grad Show held at the Midland Old Railway Workshops. It was a breathtaking venue, with so much character. The show was amazingly produced, with no apparent expense spared.

There were 24 designers showcasing around 6 pieces each, so it was a long show. But I was not bored once, the whole event was fun and exciting to watch. What’s great about student grad shows is that the grad are going all out to catch people’s attention with their creations.

Curtin University Fashion and Textiles Design Show 2011

I snapped this ethereal, pink feathery piece from behind, by Tobi Stanley.

Curtin University Fashion and Textiles Design Show 2011

An interesting investigation into the concept of body binding and wrapping, by Ahmad Srolestz. I loved the bronze metallic accents, dark ruffles and layers within his work. It looked sexy and dark, but modern.

Curtin University Fashion and Textiles Design Show 2011

And this gorgeous show stopper by Jeromy Lim, who took out a top student award. He has already launched his debut menswear collection at his Jeromy Lim Facebook Page and is currently interning with Akira Isogawa!

Curtin University Fashion and Textiles Design Show 2011

I turned up in this outfit – that was a bit dark glam/gothic with a touch of trend.

I’m wearing a black asymmetrical dress from ASOS (that I wore last year) with a long skirt that blew around behind me in the wind… in a dramatic, ghostly way!

For accessories, I wore bright blue suede shoes (which everyone was looking at, maybe because the front of my skirt was a bit short :P), a leather studded belt, a Prada-inspired, dark maroon velvet clutch (a bit hard to see) and a House of Harlow necklace.

I love dressing up!

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My Week in Pictures – School Holidaze

12 January 2012

Bike Drawing

One day I came home after my 6am cycle and I found a few things that made me want to cry – with joy.

1) My husband made banana pancakes for breakfast. There was a massive, freshly-made one sitting on the kitchen counter top, just for me.

2) He also made me a cup of tea, 15 minutes ago, so by the time I returned it was at the *perfect* temperature for me to slam it down fast. Just how I like it.

3) My 6 year old drew a picture and my 2 year old coloured it in (the bridge is pink!). Yes it’s me on a bike, riding on a bridge, over the river. And maybe a shark?

JBrands and Habbot

Had coffee with a girlfriend in the leafy suburb of Applecross last week. It was a beautiful day for sitting outside, under the jacaranda trees, sipping fine coffee and catching up on 20 years of friendship. I wore  bright blue jeans.


We were in Ikea the other day, eating their famous Swedish meatballs. I LOVE Swedish meatballs. But my kids do not.

Boy – Tastes like dog meat.
Me – Umm, you haven’t eaten dog meat before.
Boy – Yes I have.
Me – No you haven’t
Boy – Mum. I eat dog meat all the time!
Me – What are you talking about?!?!

(And the kid had the audacity to roll his eyes at me in that teenager-ish way!!)

Angry Bird Toys

We went to a bowling party, and my 8yo son played one of those CLAW GRABBING ARCADE GAMES.

You know, the ones that we always say, “No you can’t play that. Don’t waste your money. It’s too hard. You’ll never win anything. $2 for one try? It’s like flushing money down the toilet. Imagine what else you can buy with all that money. Those things are designed so no one can win. No one ever wins from playing them.”

But my kid won – not one – but TWO large Angry Bird toys!

OMG my boy is a genius!

While I was SOOOO thrilled for him, like, on the verge of worshiping how cool and clever he was, I was very aware that…
1) All the other boys at the party were already worshiping him (and were insanely jealous).
2) I’ll never be able to warn him, or his siblings, off those Claw Games again. Crap.

Vege curry

Vegetarian meal for this week – Pumpkin, Chickpea and Lentil curry. It was absolutely delicious!!

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Winner of my exclusive $1000 my-wardrobe giveaway!

11 January 2012


I received a whopping 1400+ entrants for this giveaway! I want thank you all for entering (and for supporting my giveaways), but I’m so sorry there can only be one winner…

By random selection, a BIG congratulations to Veronica T from Singapore! She is over the moon!!

Veronica chose these two items she would love to own:

TIBI V Neck Layer Dress

Love Moschino Black Ribbon Laced Dress

Alas, for the rest of us, we can only dream. Or check out the current up to 70% off sale at my-wardrobe? :)

Thank you again everyone!

If you like, you can sign up to my newsletter, to make sure you know about other giveaways and other cool stuff that I’ll be running.

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Feeling Spearminty

10 January 2012

Aqua Knit

Last week I mentioned that I hit the shops to explore some of the post new year sales.

I spotted this aqua knit top from Sportsgirl and I fell in love with the quirky, bold colour! I feel like a happy peppermint.

I’ve already worn it a couple of times. Once with leopard skirt, then with a black leather skirt, and then with black skinny jeans.

I think I might pair it with white shorts, or some maroon cropped pants (worn here), or maybe my bright blue jeans (worn here)?

Leopard print skirt from Miss Selfridge, I bought a few seasons ago.

Blush patent leather heel are from Dorothy Perkins, also a few seasons old.

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

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

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Ants Not Included

9 January 2012

My kids received two ant farms for Christmas.

And on one BORING, hot stinking day, during the summer holidays, both my kids ran up to me and pleaded… PLEEEEEEASE CAN WE SET UP OUR ANT FARMS PLEEEEEEEEEEASE????

I have no idea what I was doing at that time. My toddler was asleep and I was probably doing something that just involved… you know, me. Maybe I was painting my nails. Or browsing through cook books. Or plotting cycling paths through the city on my iphone.

Because when they came up to me with sparkly eyes, smiling faces, big grins and this song and dance about ANTS, I was filled with annoyance, disinterest, guilt, resignation and more guilt and so I thought…



Ant Farm


Suffice to say, the kids were REALLY excited. They tore open the boxes and started to throw and bang pieces together in a crazed, non-thinking, hyper-active, testosterone-filled way.

I swear it was like watching monkeys bashing sticks and rocks together. I was all – Dudes, let’s lay all the pieces out carefully and read the instructions.

But they insisted they knew how to fix it and that they didn’t need instructions… after all, they were MALES.


So I stood back and after a few minutes, they were stuck in a tangle of tubes, o-rings, half pods, and pod dividers… and they cried OH MUMMY, PLEEEEEEASE HELP US!!!

Sigh. So I disassembled their disaster… laid everything all out, then carefully went through the instructions, step by step. I could see them writhing in pain. I was going sooooooooooo-ooooooooooooooo slowly.


I was trying to building TWO ant farms at ONCE. I was trying to direct them to do various parts of the assembly AND I was using my feet to nudge the kids away. I looked like a kung-fu master, using which ever spare hand or elbow to swat away wayward fingers.

In the end, they – quite maturely – agreed that they were slowing me down and they would leave me alone and come back when I had finished both ant farms. So. FINALLY!

Ant Farm


Who designs these kid’s toys anyway?!?! Sheesh!

Ok I admit. It does look quite cool. But it is annoyingly delicate… and one small knock from a toddler and the whole thing is going to come crashing down. Sigh.

My 6 and 8 year old came rushing back with their eyes bugging out of their heads, with hoots and smiles and praises for their AMAZING MUMMY. Again, they were VERY, VERY excited.

But in assembling the ant farms, it occurred to me that we had to find the ants ourselves.

And of course, there were instructions for collecting ants. You had to soak a cotton ball in sugary water, plant the cotton ball at the bottom of a container, place the container near the ants… so on and so on. You even have to dig INTO the ants nest and harvest ant larvae.

But these instructions did not include any advice about how you can dig into an ant’s nest and not be bitten to death by millions of really, really angry WILD ants.

Freaking great.

The boys found a large nest along our sloping driveway. But it was in the sun. And we were going to be there for a while. So I asked the boys to go back to the house to put on their socks, shoes, and hats… so that I could GET A FEW MINUTES HEAD START TO BEGIN THE TRICKY ANT NEST DIGGING.

They were so excited that they came back 10 seconds later, wearing roller skates(???), and carrying pod tubes, a bowl of sugar, spoons and various dangerous gardening tools. WTF! I just asked them to get socks, shoes, and hats!!

They were insane!!! The mere whiff of adventure brought on this thundering force of single-minded, testosterone fueled stupidity!!!

Can you imagine the scene? On a slopping driveway, with roller skates, they were lifting up bricks with spades… they were climbing behind rose bushes with little containers of sugar and tubes and cotton balls… ants were swarming around them and climbing up their legs… they were frantically smacking the ants away, flinging sugary water in the air, and shrieking from all the bites. ON ROLLERSKATES!!!

And my toddler? He was so excited by his brothers’ excitement that he wanted to be bitten by ants, stuck with rose thorns and fall over on his backside as well!

I just stood there holding my face in my hands laughing and crying at the same time.

They were crazy.

Stupid. Yet Loveable.

Ahh, I love my boys.

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J Brand Love (and my-wardrobe $1000 Giveaway ends Monday)

7 January 2012

The team at my-wardrobe sent over a few J Brand jeans for me to play with. In super bright colours!

These are currently 30-50% OFF on the my-wardrobe site – which is pretty amazing!

my-wardrobe jbrands

They feel so comfortable, soft and stretchy. And they look gorgeous!

With these outfits, I styled them with simple blacks, whites and greys…. because I figured everyone has those neutral colours in their wardrobe.

I thought that maybe the orange or green wouldn’t look good with my skin tone, but I reckon they look great. If I had to choose a favourite…

my-wardrobe jbrands

I’d say that the bright blue was my favourite! (But the pink was so cool. And the orange looked great too. Tough call.)

I’m wearing size 26s here… and usually when I buy 26s, I have to cut 5cms off the bottom and sew them up to make them fit on my legs – because I’m short. But for these… they are at a perfect leg length. When wearing heels, I can wear them as is. When I’m wearing flats, I can just scrunch them up a bit at the knees, or turn them up once.


Oh and please don’t forget to enter my AMAZING EXCLUSIVE GIVEAWAY – a voucher worth AUD$1000 to spend at my-wardrobe!!

Head on over to my giveaway post and enter.

All the best! xxx

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

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

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My Week in Pictures – New Year

5 January 2012

My Week in Pictures - New Year

We celebrated the new year with my side of the family. My dad invited about 60 family and friends to his home, where we enjoyed a huge spread of delicious, mouth-watering, home-cooked food – curries, stews, noodles, pasta, salad, seafood, roasted meats.

On new year’s day, we went to see fireworks by the river. We sat right on the edge of the river, extremely close to the fireworks. It was pretty amazing to see all the explosions, colour and sparkles across your whole field of vision. And it was even cooler to HEAR and FEEL the explosions echo through your body.

My older children have seen fireworks before, so they watched with cheerful fondness. But my youngest child went from wailing and crying, to covering his mouth with ecstatic glee and amazement.

My Week in Pictures - New Year

For the past week, I have been waking up at 6am to go cycling – every other morning. My husband and I alternate our cycling days, which makes things fun between us.

However, for some reason, the weather on MY ALTERNATE days have always been shocking for cycling. This particular day, there was a storm brewing, and the wind was SO STRONG that the trees were blowing around dangerously, threatening to snap their branches off.

It was so windy, my eyes were watering and my legs were burning from all the extra effort I needed to keep myself upright!

My Week in Pictures - New Year

All this cold, stormy weather has made me a little excited about the new season ahead. And inspired me to do a bit of shopping. As in real life shopping.

I hit the post new year sales and bought a few things – a swimsuit, top, nail colours, and this new knit – I’m LOVING THE AQUA!!

I also bought a new 2T external hard drive.

I walked up to the counter at the electronics store, and there were 3 guys standing behind it. I asked one guy… what was the difference between 2.0 USB and 3.0 USB (because there was a $100 difference) and all 3 guys – and I’m serious – started talking to each other, just like it was a scene in The Big Bang Theory.

I couldn’t stop laughing. They were all so geeky and funny and adorable in that geeky way.

Geeks are so cute.

My Week in Pictures - New Year

I have been making lots of vegetarian meals this week. I’m loving mushroom and tomato salad at the moment.

The other day we ate pumpkin, feta, spinach and herb pizzas for dinner. I had one pizza all to myself!

Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!


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Pia Gladys Perey Hits My Sweet Spot

4 January 2012

A few weeks ago, I was asked to test out a Pia Gladys Perey dress from Gosh Celebrity Fashion. I didn’t know anything about the emerging Australia designer, yet I oohed and ahhed and then chose a short, navy drape dress, called Bea (size 6).

Pia Gladys Perey from Gosh

It arrived in the mail and OMG it felt AMAZING to wear.

The fabric is soft and slinky, yet strong, stretchy and heavy. It feels like a high quality garment. It’s so comfortable and easy to wear and move in. It falls, scrunches and drapes in all the right places. Quick you must go out and buy one now!
You won’t regret it!

In fact, I’d say that it rates as one of the Top 10 dresses I own!

Pia Gladys Perey from Gosh

I suspect for most people, if you’re going to a fancy end-of-year ball, or a special gala function, or an important awards night, or you’re maid of honour at a girl friend’s wedding… you’d probably go out and buy a $200 – $300 dress? If you’re lucky you might get a nice one for $150. Quite normal right?

Well I can not believe how well priced these dresses are.

I am a big fan of slinky jersey type dresses. And believe me, I have tested out lots of them! From over $500 jersey dresses and $30 jersey dresses… there is probably a time a place for each of them.

But to hit that sweet spot in the middle ground (of price for quality), this collection of slinky jersey dresses have done very, very well.

Pia Gladys Perey from Gosh

You can get different floor length gowns, and elegant short dresses. Each style comes in lots of different colours. They also look gorgeous as bridesmaids dresses!

Pia’s dresses are stocked online at Gosh Celebrity Fashion, currently there are about 43 styles you can buy.

Gosh has offered all Karen Cheng readers a 15% discount on full priced Pia Gladys Perey dresses. Just use the code ‘karencheng’ at checkout. Valid untill 30th January 2012.

Free delivery for Australia. And they have worldwide shipping.

They are also stocked in USA, Singapore, Philippines and Dubai, but you’ll have to contact the PGP team from their website.

(Oh and apparently Angelina Jolie wears Pia’s dresses.)

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

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

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I never have to buy another nappy for the REST OF MY LIFE!!

3 January 2012

My toddler is 2 years and 8 months and he is finally toilet trained for day and night!!

I announced it on Facebook last week and I had a few people ask for the exact details of how it happened, and the whole process, so I thought I’d write it all out here.

We started many months ago, when the weather was warm. For an hour or so each day, we let him run around outside with no nappy on. He did wees everywhere! We would always point it out to him whenever he would do it, and we’d make a big positive fuss about it.

“Hey look what you did! You did a wee! Wow that’s what your wee looks like!”

Soon he was aware of what he was doing. And he started to tell us “I DID A WEE!” – but he’d tell us after the event occurred.

We’d always encourage him to wee in the potty, or sit on the potty to do the wee. It was all relaxed, fun and exciting.

But it went on for months. And many times it seemed totally pointless. He made such a mess everywhere! There were a lot of poo accidents too. Outside and inside the house. Argh.

I started to get grumpy every time he made a mess on the floor. Our “fuss” lost its positive chirp and took on an irritable edge. So soon he stopped telling me about his wees, and I would just “find” puddles on the floor.

And when I’m walking along, and slip over a puddle of wee, I yell something to the effect of “LIIIIIAM YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO BE DOING YOUR WEES IN THE POTTY NOT ON THE BLOODY FLOOR!!!!!!!!“

Which of course, didn’t really add any encouragement to the whole situation.

During that time, it was near the end of the year, I was a very busy with work, Christmas concerts, gift shopping, catching up with friends and general holiday preparations… we were out and about every single day, and I hardly had any time to give him his “wee practice” at home. He was in nappies a lot and his progress totally went backwards.

And of course, it was a cycle, the more mess he made, the more I’d just leave his nappy on, and the worse he’s get at controlling his wees and the more mess he’d make, which made me more stressed, and him more stressed…

Anyway, once the school holidays arrived, I was much more relaxed with our daily routines, the weather was warm, the kids played outside for HOURS… and we had lots and lots of “wee practice time” for Liam.

We offered Liam a little chocolate button every time he got a wee into the potty.

And with all the practice, very quickly he was great at sitting on the potty and doing a wee. We had a potty in the house and out of the house too. The kid got so much chocolate!

He still needed a nappy when we went away from the house and at night too.

A few weeks later, we went on holiday to visit my husband’s parents. It was a bit of a gamble, but we decided to take the potty and continue the potty training.

The car trip was going to be 8 hours, which meant he was going to be in a nappy all day, and we thought this factor would bring him backwards.

But for some reason, possibly the change in environment, a different looking toilet, the hint of Christmas around the corner, Liam decided he was now going to do all his wees and poos in the toilet.

And he has been 100% ever since! Day and night.

He does need help to climb onto the toilet. Which yes, is a little irritating when I have to attend to him 6-8 times a day, but the up side is fantastic!

He also wakes up 1 or 2 times a night, so I have to help him onto the toilet. Or sometimes he doesn’t need to go at all during the night.

So there you go.

In the end, I believe toilet training is a combination between the parent’s perseverance, positive training, and the child’s individual nature.

My other 2 children took slightly longer to get the hang of it.

They were both day-time toilet trained by the time they were 3 years old. One was night-time toilet trained by 4 years. But the other was such a deep sleeper, that it took till he was almost 5 years old.

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10 Things I’m Doing This Year

2 January 2012

Helloooo-ooooo 2012!! Everyone seems to be a bit shocked and traumatized by how quickly the new year has come around. But for me, this new year is really, really exciting!!

I’m totally ecstatic about all my plans, dreams and hopes for this year.

Here are 10 of them so far. I plan to :

1) Cycle a whole lot more!

2) Eat the most amazing salads from my own garden and kitchen.

3) Join a gym. Haha how clichéd is that? I actually won 1 month of unlimited classes (including Zumba, Konga, Hip Hop, Pilates, Pump, Combat, Balance, Taichi, Yoga, Spin and Boxing) at a local gym, so I’m very keen to check them ALL out.

4) Date nights. Yes my husband and I still go out together every Wednesday. Just the two of us. This year I plan to visit every brand new bar or cafe in Perth. There have been some fabulous ones popping up all over the place.

5) Me Time (and Pre-Kindergarten). My youngest child will be going into a 3 year old kindy program, which is 5 hours a week. He is literally SO excited and practically falling over himself to “go to school”. I am both happy and melancholy about it. And hope to plan my precious me-time wisely.

6) More writing. With my iphone and a new tablet, I hope to be doing a lot more sitting in parks along the river and doing more writing. Is this a fantasy? Can people really do work in parks? In cafes? We shall see!

7) Getting involved in something that each of my boys are interested in. This turns out to be cooking with my 8 year old and gardening with my 6 year old. Not to mention, I have to learn how to play Plants Vs Zombies :P

8) Start a creative project. My creative side is really itching to do or try something tangible! Painting, sewing, DIY, anything!

9) Landscape my backyard. We have a few outdoor projects coming up this year. New paving, gazebo, new garden beds. Fun fun!

10) I have new and big things planned for my blog this year. If you haven’t already, please sign up to my newsletter and updates – scroll up to see the sign-up box!

I hope everyone had a wonderful start to the year and that you fulfill your dreams and plans for the year ahead!