Archive for August 2012


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Clutch by Mr Kors

31 August 2012

Michael Kors Clutch

Most of you might know that I adore my Asian fashion shopping – in particular, I really enjoy shopping at YesStyle. There are hundreds of popular fashion brands from Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and China… all in one online shop.

Well,  just recently they have included a Limited Range of Designer Bags, at up to 50% off. You can pick up a handbag by Burberry, Fendi, Marc Jacobs, or Lanvin at a special discounted price.

Michael Kors Clutch

And yes, I chose this yummy Michael Kors Berkley Clutch (as a gift), featuring patent snakeskin print leather and gold tone handle.

It’s a great size as an evening clutch – perfect for my purse, phone, mini-camera and lip stick.

I’ll be using it this weekend in fact!

Enjoy your weekend everyone!


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Hello $10,000

30 August 2012

I have some AMAZING NEWS!!

Fundraising for my Ride to Conquer Cancer Event has gone extraordinarily well. I have currently raised $9,944!! Which means I need something like $56 to get me to my goal of $10,000! YEEEHA!

I’m so excited and thrilled… I feel an explosive combination being overjoyed from the bottom of my heart and being totally crazy scared!

It’s an incredible feeling to have a dream, set a goal, and now be so so so close to reaching it. I’m grateful, humbled, relieved and still very driven and focused to make a big difference.

I have decided to raise my goal to $15,000 now, because I feel that I can still do even more fundraising work. There is so much work to be done to defeat cancer, I just can’t sit back now and say “I’m done”.

Anyway, to celebrate, I thought I would share this picture.

Cycling 100km

I rode my first 100kms (all in one go) the other day!

Yes, I rode my bike until it was 99.98km and walked for 20m until my clock ticked over to the big 100. Woooot!

To put this into perspective, my cycling event in October is 200km over 2 days, so I’m halfway there, kind of! (Riding 100 km for two days back to back is bound to be much more difficult!)

Thank you to all the kind, wonderful, generous people who have made a donation to this worthy cause so far. Your support means so much to me, thank you.

If you are interested in supporting my ride, you can go to my donations page and make any donation amount you wish – $20, $50, $100, $500! You can leave a public message, or a personal message to me, or just do it anonymously. And you get a receipt, so you can claim this against your tax.

The money goes immediately and directly to cancer research.

Thank you for your support.

And if you’re interested, you can read the rest of my Fundraising Ride Stories here.

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Stephie’s Shop

28 August 2012

Stephie’s Shop

I’d love to introduce you to a lovely online boutique that I’m quite taken with… it’s called Stephie’s Shop.

Their clothes are stylish, understated, sophisticated and polished, yet still with playful and fashion forward details. The garments are of a good quality, yet very affordable.

You can find lots of stylish work dresses, tops that are perfect for going out or for the weekend, nice skirts for mixing and matching, and some great accessories.

The boutique has been around for 4 years, they are very popular, they add new stock items every day… and they have recently launched their own label, specially designed for their boutique.

For the outfit above, I’m wearing little Cream Lace Shorts from Stephie’s Shop. Unfortunately they are sold out now. You have to get in quick :)

(Blouse is from Frockaholics.)

Stephie’s Shop

I also chose this top and skirt.

The top is the Floral Vivid Imagery Top, with a flattering cut, V neck and puffy sleeves. I really like it because it’s so simple, yet looks great with all kinds of different bottoms (shorts, skirts, jeans and pants)

Stephie’s Shop

I styled up the top in a FLORAL ON FLORAL outfit. As crazy as it looks, it was such a fun and loud combination to wear! Loved it!

I also wore it with my lemon yellow jeans and nude heels.

Stephie’s Shop

The next item was the Perfect Peplum Skirt. And yes it was quite perfect!

A twist on a pencil skirt, the peplum creates a gorgeous hourglass silhouette and adds a fun, flirty detail to an otherwise plain outfit.

The skirt is made from a heavy, thick material, but still soft and stretchy. It has a zip at the back and a slight stretch to the waistband, which made it very comfortable, fitted and not constricting. It fit me very nicely. The length was great too.

They have international shipping and a super friendly customer care team, to deal with any returns or issues you might have.

Do check out their New Arrivals section, as they are always adding new items to the collection. They are definitely one of my new favourite online shops!

Enjoy browsing or shopping!

( 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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Death of the Whale

27 August 2012

The other day we went to our friend’s son’s 4th birthday party.

It was set in a beautiful park, on a sunny winter day. There were lots of families and children invited… there was a huge playground, a large sandpit, a big grassy field, a table full of yummy party food, chairs, rugs and balloons. It was really lovely.

I brought all 3 of my kids to the party and they had a great time eating coloured popcorn and playing on the climbing equipment.

Half way through the party, my friends – the hosts of the party – started to set up a pinata. A cute cartoon killer whale pinata.

I looked around at the guests and children and I noticed that my 2 big children (aged 9 and 7) were the biggest kids at the party.

Uh oh.

My boys behave wonderfully at parties for little children, but if you give them a stick to hit things with… things can get a bit crazy.

Whale Pinata

After the whale was set up, all the tiny kids had a go, starting with the youngest. And because they were so young, there was no blindfold. Each kid tapped the pinata with the wooden stick – watching it spin around and around. They were really cute and it was fun to watch them have such a good time.

But I had to hold my 2 big boys back by their t-shirt collars, as they jumped and writhed with excitement – like wild, hunting dogs ready to be let loose. They knew they could do better!

When it was finally my boys’ turn… my 7 year old gave the pinata 5 good whacks. Each time, he smashed it so hard that the sound echoed around the park. On his last hit, he whacked the pinata SO HARD, that the tip of the stick broke off and created a sharp, splintered, menacing spike. Then he began to stab the spike into the body of the whale, like a caveman with a spear, making perfect holes through the cardboard.

THEN my 9 year old grabbed the spear and tried thrusting it in a more ninja style, hoping to get the stick completely through to the other side, so he could use his body weight to pull the spear downwards and tear the cardboard apart in a slicing motion. As he did so, the string broke, and the whale fell to the ground. He tore it open with the spike and the ground was sprayed with a glorious rainbow of lollies and lollypops. All the children shrieked with delight and picked up a cup full of sugary treats.

Everyone thought it was HILARIOUS to watch.


Oh. My. God. I WAS MORTIFIED. I was so *deeply embarrassed* that my sons were so feral and wild!!! That they were *so good* at destroying things with confidence and style!!! What would other parents think?? What kind of mother am I?? What kind of hobbies do I let my sons get into?? I wanted to shout out to everyone “My sons have never actually killed any animals in their life, really!!”

I was proud but ashamed at the same time. I was delirious and dismayed. I just stood there a little stunned and managed to force myself to laugh.

Whale Pinata

My boys gathered 6 cups of lollies between them. I told them they could only have 1 cup each.

So they scooted off to the side of the beautiful, tranquil lake to sort, distribute and pick out the best of their prize.

I love my boys, but holycrap their BOYISHNESS freaks me out sometimes.

At least they will survive if they are ever stranded in the wilderness.

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The World’s Longest Running Show

23 August 2012

The other day I went to an Opening Night Premier for The Mousetrap, a classic Agatha Christie murder mystery.

The show is celebrating its 60th Anniversary, since first opening in London’s West End in 1952. It has been performed over 24,000 times and has been seen by 10 million people!

It is said to be the world’s longest running show – which made me think, I have to see it!

The Mousetrap 2012
Image by James Morgan

I haven’t seen a stage production in years, so this was a brilliant return for me.

The performances were amazing, a plot was superb, it had me guessing the whole way… it was so much fun :)

The Mousetrap 2012

It was held at His Majesty’s Theatre in Perth City.

I’ve seen so many performances in this beautiful old theatre, it was nice to be back, sitting in the red velvet stalls, soaking up the atmosphere.

The Mousetrap 2012

And this was my outfit for the evening. I was also wearing yellow shoes and a white fur coat.

Perhaps the most special part of the show was the surprise ending… which the performers asked everyone in the audience to keep a secret! So no “WHODUNIT” spoilers from me!

The show runs in Perth from 14 August – 26 August
His Majesty’s Theatre
825 Hay Street, Perth
Tickets BOCS Ticketing

Then it heads over to Melbourne, Adelaide, then Wellington (New Zealand).

You can check out the Mousetrap Australian Tour website here.

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Romwe Fashion Online

22 August 2012

If you are a bit of a fashionista, and you love to experiment with new styles AND you love a bargain – you’ll love this online store.

It’s called Romwe, you might have heard of it, it’s really popular amongst fashion bloggers.

It’s full of the latest trends and street styles, the prices are very affordable, new arrivals come in frequently , there is always lots of stock and sizes, and they have free worldwide shipping!

Here are a few of my very fashiony picks.

Romwe Fashion Online

Leatherette Skater Dress $45.50

Pattern Sleeve Contrast Blouse $33.99

Leopard Round Sunglasses $12.50

Metallic Strappy Sandals $45.90

Starry Night Print Leggings $24.99

Romwe Fashion Online

Dip Dye Blazer $74.99

Bird Chiffon Pattern Blouse $22.99

Leatherette Blank Pants $60.99

Triangle Pendant Necklace $12.50

Point Rivets Flats $84.99

I bought a few items to test out, to check the quality, sizing issues and the customer service.

Romwe Fashion Online

This is the Feminine Bowknot Shirt, in cream. It is a light, loose-fit blouse that flares out at the bottom, with a ribbon wrapped around the collar.

I bought it because it looked really versatile. It can be worn with the ribbon in a bow (and it looks really sweet), or with the ribbon like a tie, or worn on it’s own, with NO ribbon.

The top can also be worn loose or tucked into jeans, shorts, skirts – to create very different looks. You can check out the product page for a few more styling ideas. It was OK quality for the price too. I liked it.

Romwe Fashion Online

The next item I bought was this Anomalous Hem Vest Top, where the hem looks a bit like a skirt and is longer at the back. It looked a bit like a peplum top, but different. It also has silver rivets at the shoulders, but you can’t really see them in this photo.

The material was a soft cotton jersey, that flowed very nicely. It’s a really nice casual item that goes well with jeans and skinny pants.

20% Off Coupon

If you sign up for a new Romwe account (you have to sign up in order to purchase something anyway) you get 20% off your first order. Just follow the steps.

The big WIN is that there is free worldwide shipping, with no minimum purchase.

And if you’re not 100% satisfied with your order, they allow a full refund within 365 days of purchase. But you need to pay the return’s shipping fee.

The Romwe site is pretty big, with lots and lots of items. It’s fun to browse and discover cool, new products.

Hope you find something you like!

( 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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Would you like sugar with that?

20 August 2012

This is what I have been doing the last few days.

Gardening! Celebrating the arrival of gorgeous weather! It’s nearly spring in Australia!

Pot plants

I have spent *weeks* preparing my garden beds, pulling out weeds, digging out grass, pruning roses, cutting back shrubs, removing old roots, sorting out my compost. I even found an old wooden barrel, emptied it and rolled it over to my front door to use as a flower pot!

There was so much work to do and I enjoyed every, single bit of it.

Today it was time to put in some new plants – the crowning moment!

Pot plants

I let my 3 year old son help choose some bright coloured flowers to start.

I’m planning to put in a lot more plants over the next few weeks. And I’ll be choosing some “water wise” plants too, as Australian summers can be very harsh and it’s not a good idea to have a very high-maintenance garden that needs lots of watering.

We put our flowers in the ground, gave them a good soak, stood back and admired our handiwork.

Ahh to be surrounding by such beautiful, vibrant colours!

Pot plants

Taking pleasure in such a domestic activity, I can feel that I’m on my way to becoming that happy little old lady, having a cup of tea and scones in the shade of her beautiful garden.

Okay, not yet…but one day!

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New trends you must try – Khakis and Parkas

19 August 2012

Army greens, military details, camouflage prints and parkas are set to be a bit hit for the new season.

New Trends to Try: Khakis and Parkas

I’m not a fan of the camouflage, but I love the colour khaki. I have a lot of it in my wardrobe!

I wore this the other day – my khaki field jacket, white jeans and a few new items.

Jacket: 10 year old field jacket from Just Jeans
Top: New khaki tank top from Koo
Jeans: White skinny jeans by Fendi
Shoes: New and absolutely divine heels from Habbot – currently on sale!

New Trends to Try: Khakis and Parkas

I also ordered this new fur-trim parka and it has been my staple, go-to, every-day jacket during these cold wintery days.

I just wake up in the morning, put on a top, sweater, throw the jacket on and head out the door to drop the kids off at school. Best jacket ever!

The funniest thing about it is… that I had one very similar when I was 17 years old. And wearing this new jacket now, reminds me so much of my high school bogan days.

So I put together this outfit in honor of my inner bogan.

Jacket: Fur-trim Parka by Tokyo Fashion (via YesStyle)
Shirt: Button down from Cotton On
Tank: White tee from Country Road
Shorts: Black denim shorts from Zara
Stockings: Polka dot stockings from Forever New
Shoes: Black suede heels from Betts

Have a fantastic weekend!

( 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: Wigs and Kimchee Noodles

16 August 2012

70s Party

On the weekend I went to a 70s themed birthday party. There were about 40 people there and everyone made a HUGE effort to get dressed up to the max. It was so much fun!

I’ll post about my outfit another time, but this was a snap I took at the end of the night – when I ended up with a Fabio wig (wasn’t he big in the 1980s??) and some funky John Lennon glasses.

Chain Clean

This was me, cleaning my husband’s bike chain one afternoon, in order to surprise him after work.

I was trying to get rid of the black grease so I could apply a dry lubricant.

It’s messy business, and I should have used a degreaser. Whatever. I couldn’t get the grease out of my nails for 3 days!!

Neon Bling

Bought some gorgeous neon and crystal earrings from etsy. Very happy with the purchase!

Baking with Liam

My 3 year old and I did a bit of baking. We made Chocolate Baci Muffins and he unwrapped 18 Baci chocolates without eating any!

Instant Ramen

I woke up with a really sore back and really bad PMS… so I was feeling a bit crappy for a couple of days. Made myself instant kimchee ramen to cheer myself up.

Michael Kors

Received a little something (as a gift)… will reveal it soon!

By the way, if you’d like to follow me on Instagram, I can be found @karenlycheng.

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Life at 9 and 7

13 August 2012

Boys and Medals 2008

Four years ago, our family was hit by Olympic Fever. My boys were 5 years old and 3 years old then.

I couldn’t work out what they loved most about the Olympics – identifying all the flags, actually watching the sports, or just the fact that they got to stay up a bit later each night to watch TV with mum and dad.

Well. FOUR YEARS have come around again. Now my oldest child is 9, and my middle child is 7.

Looking back at this photo of my boys… makes me really miss their little-boy stage. Things seemed so much simpler then.

I don’t talk or blog about them much these days. But OH YOU CAN BE SURE they are a very big part of my every day life.

They are 16 zoo animals wrapped up into 2 human boys. A goat, a monkey, a sloth, a lion, a bull, a baboon, a crocodile, a hyena, a snake, a cockerel, a scorpion, a hippo, a chipmunk, a meerkat, a fox, a turtle, and hmm, maybe a teddy bear at times.

Every single day from 3pm when I pick them up from school… I get the relentless avalanche of questions… from BOTH BOYS, at the same time:

What are we having for dinner? Do we always have to eat that? Are we having visitors over for dinner? Why not? What day is it today? What day is it tomorrow? When will it be Thursday? Why are you answering his questions and not mine? Why are you ignoring me? Can I play on the computer? Can I play on the computer AFTER I do my homework? Can I go over to my friend’s house? Can I go to my friend’s house AFTER I do my homework? Are you listening to anything that I’m saying? What time is dad getting home? What time do you think the sun is going to set? Can I watch TV? Can I watch TV AFTER I do my homework? What time is it now? Can I have a snack? What are you making for afternoon tea? Why is it taking so long?

My patience simmers.

I juggle them, I juggle my responses, juggle dinner, juggle a 3 year old (who is also asking me questions)… until my blood boils and I totally lose my shit and scream CAN’T YOU SEE I’M TRYING TO MAKE YOUR GODDAMN SNACK RIGHT NOW AND CAN EVERYONE JUST SHUT THE HELL UP AND LEAVE ME ALONE FOR 3 MINUTES!?!?!?!?

OK that may or may not have actually passed my lips.

But my eyes. Oh my hot, burning stare is enough to send them to their rooms to do their homework quietly while I put together a plate of cut fruit for afternoon tea.

At the ages of 9 and 7, I’ve had to deal with issues like poor attitude towards homework, disrespectful behaviour and tone, talking back, rudeness, laziness, lack of self-discipline, sibling rivalry, constant bickering, stirring each other, stupid childishness… and just being unmotivated time wasters.

I do talk to them a lot. And I listen to them too. When we sit down for a chat, we’ve had talks about careers, the kind of cars they want when they grow up, where they want to live, where they would like to travel, what kind of part time jobs they are going to get. We’ve talked about girls, tampons (oh yes), what makes a good teacher, what makes a great leader, what makes a happy person, what kind of people they like to hang around with… and soooo much more.

My kids are very blessed in that they haven’t had many stresses or struggles in their life. And when little problems, or issues occur, they seem to act very maturely, which I have to admit, surprises me.

Maybe because I’m female? Shouldn’t there be more drama? Somebody said WHAT to you? You’re not upset about it? Exactly what tone did they use? Did anyone else hear it? What did you say back to them? I dig and dig and dig for more info. But nada. I get nothing. They are upfront. What you see is what you get.

They really just don’t DWELL on stuff like girls do. Haha!

For example, one was not invited to friend’s a birthday party, but he was so gracious and understanding about it. He just shrugged his shoulders and said “Eh, they’ll be more parties.”

One put his name down to join the school cross country team. He knew it’d be a lot of hard work to train for it, he was keen and up for the challenge, but at the same time he was kinda cool if he doesn’t make the team. He said, “It’s not the end of the world, mum. I’ll just try my best.”

Disputes with friends are easily solved. They like their teachers. They like school. They do well.

In fact they just seem a little too cool and relaxed about everything.

Is there anything that they are deeply passionate about? Yep. Two things.

Computer games and reading. Isn’t that funny!

Sure one boy likes drawing. One likes cooking. Both LOVE playing sports and playing with their friends. They love their play dates and outings and movies and toys and guns and Lego and pocket money. But the book and the screen are their true loves.

However I’m not very equal with the 2 things. And they know it. I will buy them any book they want. Take them to the library once a week. Allow special time allocations for reading. Hunt for new stories. Engage in long conversations about stories, characters, plots and subplots.

But for screen time (computer games, console games, ipad games), they have to work hard for it and earn it. They get rewarded blocks of time in order to have 30 minutes of screen per week. Yes only 30 minutes per week! I’m such a meanie! If they misbehave, they get blocks of time removed from their weekly quota. Screen time is the currency in our house.

I don’t know if that’s the right way to do things, this day and age.

I sometimes get worried that they won’t know how to type properly, or format a word document, or research for information on the internet… and that will put them behind the other kids. But I tell myself that I was 16 when I discovered there was such a thing as “e-mail”!

Anyway, I am so deeply proud that both my big boys have developed a love for reading.

And by love of reading, I mean, they change into their comfy tracksuit pants, find a quiet spot in the house, snuggle up under a blanket and read a novel for an hour. Each day. It makes me very happy.

So despite the 16 zoo animals thing, they’re pretty good kids. I’m real proud of them. And I love them to bits.

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The Iconic: Sweater Days

10 August 2012

The Iconic - Sweater Days

I’ve been feeling very lazy and sluggish these last few days… and this is how I feel like dressing.

Knit sweaters and skinny jeans. Jumper and shorts. It’s easy, lazy and effortless. (I can’t even be bothered to wear colour anymore!)

I found these outfit looks on The Iconic which *perfectly* embodies my mood.

And you know what? I’m loving it.

Bring on khakis, bronze and leather – I say!

Do check out their Massive Sale Section.


( 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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The Universal Sweet Muffin Recipe!

9 August 2012

Ferrero Rocher Muffins

The other day I noticed that I had half a box of Ferrero Rochers in my cupboard and I decided to turn them into MUFFINS. This was the result… they were utterly divine!!!

A few people asked for the recipe… so here is the basic muffin mix that I ALWAYS use.

It is a recipe from BAKE by Alison Thompson. I have tried modifying it several times and have decided that the recipe is BEST LEFT ALONE :) I follow it to the LETTER and it gives me perfect muffins every single time.

Basic Sweet Muffin Recipe

300g self-raising flour
170g caster sugar
3 eggs
125g unsalted butter, melted
125ml milk
flavourings of your choice (see below)

1) Preheat oven to 180C. Line muffin tray with paper cases.

2) Sift flour into a large bowl, then add the sugar, eggs, butter and milk. Add your flavourings and mix until just combined.

(Do not over mix or the muffins will be tough.)

3) Divide mixture into muffin trays. Bake for 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of a muffin comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes in the tin, then transfer to a wire rack.


Raspberry and White Chocolate
Add 150g raspberries and 100g chopped white chocolate.

Blueberry Muffins
Add 100g blueberries and 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

Banana and Cinnamon Muffins
Add 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon and 2 mashed bananas

Chocolate and Hazelnut Muffins
Add 100g roasted chopped hazelnuts and 150g of chopped dark chocolate

Date and Orange Muffins
Add 200g chopped pitted dates and the finely grated zest of 2 oranges.

Ferrero Rocher
Add 250g of chopped Ferrero Rocher (I just smashed them in a mortar and pestle).

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Florals and Polka Dots

7 August 2012

I was approached by an online boutique called Asia Fashion Inc, which specialises in a multitude of labels and brands from Asia.

They are based in Asia, but they have free worldwide shipping – which is great!

I enjoyed browsing through their store, looking at all the fun, unique, edgy and cool clothes. It’s a refreshing change to all the same-same looks from the massive global brands. I selected a few items to borrow, test out and feature on my site.

Asia Fashion Inc

This blue-green floral dress above really caught my eye.

It is from a label called AI by Ashley Isham, known for his high-octane glamour and contemporary styling. He was also the official designer at the 2004 BAFTAs and boasts high-profile celebrity (and British royalty) clientele.

When selecting it, I definitely had “dresses to wear to a wedding” on my mind! I loved the floaty feel of the dress. It was simple, easy to wear, very pretty and the long skirt tail was just lovely. The belt is detachable too.

The dress is made in London, it’s amazingly designed and constructed. It is priced at USD$474 but it’s currently on sale for 50% OFF at the moment!!

Asia Fashion Inc

This Fuchsia Toga Dress was equally pretty. I would definitely wear something like this to a wedding, or special occasion. The print is unique, pretty and eye catching. It looks feminine and flirty and has a sense of happiness and fun. The cut and fit were fantastic too – ahh it is such a nice dress!

It’s also at 50% off at the moment!

Here are some other pieces that caught my eye from the AI by Ashley Isham collection.

Asia Fashion Inc

The next label that made me go OOOH was Jousse.

Asia Fashion Inc

I tried out their Black Polka Dot Lace Tee, which was so, so cute. On the product photo on the site, the polka dots looks quite “filled out” and solid, but it actually is more lacey and holey (like crochet). It has a soft nude lining and very easy to wear. Definitely a new wardrobe staple – will look great with jeans and cropped pants.

You must check out the whole Jousse collection! It’s full of smart, preppy looks with strong and crisp tailoring. And affordable prices too. Here’s a sample below.

Asia Fashion Inc

SPECIAL Promotion Discount

Receive an additional 10% off your order and free worldwide shipping.

Use the code “KARENCHENG” at the check out.

Hope you have a fun time shopping (or browsing)!


( 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 Million Expressos Look Like This

6 August 2012

Gino’s is an iconic and popular cafe right in the middle of the Fremantle Cafe strip.

And this is the door frame at Gino’s front entrance.


I could have showed you pictures of delicious coffees and their selection of handmade cakes. Or the very cool walls adorned by local artists and photographers.

But this old door frame just evoked the sheer sense of age, history, and the bountiful number of cappucinos, expressos, hot chocolates and gossip that has passed through this door over the years.

I don’t know exactly what each of these layers of paint tell us about all the human activity that has happened here… but I just love it.

I hope they never redecorate!

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3 Ways to Wear Mint

5 August 2012

3 Ways to Wear Mint

Clothes in the colour mint have been in the shops for a few months now. In fact the whole spectrum of pastel colours are very popular at the moment – pale lemon, dusty pink, light apricot, baby blue and lilac.

Personally I adore the mint and lilac the most. But that’s just me.

Anyway I thought I‘d put some outfits together for a bit of minty inspiration, especially just using neutral colours – black, white, nude, creams, light grey, dark grey.

Outfit 1
Mint Skirt is actually a dress from ClubCouture.
Floral Top from Zara
Heels in cream patent leather from Dorothy Perkins

Outfit 2
Knit sweater from Country Road
Singlet top from Rick Owens (unseen)
Mint Jeans from YesStyle
Oxfords from Habbot Studios

Outfit 3
Mint Blouse with cut out sleeves from Redopin (via YesStyle)
White shorts from Zara
Nude patent heels from ASOS

( 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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Cycling Update – Bikes and Girly Bits

3 August 2012

Here’s an update of my cycling adventures as I train towards my Fundraising Ride to Conquer Cancer – 200km in 2 days!

1) My New Bike!!

New Bike

Yes I got a bike for my birthday!! Ain’t she hot?!

Brand new road bikes are pretty expensive, so I spent a bit of time looking in the second-hand market. It took me ages to find a bike in my size. But yay, I finally found one that was super light, super small, bright yellow and fit me PERFECTLY. She is 7 years old, and I’m so happy with her!!

The bike is a 2005 Giant TCR 1 Aero, with Shimano 105 groupset, a Selle Italia Nova seat and other cool bits which I won’t bore you with.

Haven’t got a name for her yet. Any ideas?

2) Cycling Buddies!

I’ve recently joined a cycling group to help me train for my ride. Our team leader is awesome – he’s a seasoned cyclist with tonnes of experience, he is attentive, supportive, patient, and gives me lots of great advice and tips while I’m riding.

And now I’ve been cycling 70km every Sunday morning! Amazing!

My fitness and energy levels are up, as is my confidence and spirit. I’m feeling so damn fine, and I’m so thankful for my husband for making it possible (ie. looking after the kids all day)! Definitely couldn’t do it without him, or all my supporters. Thank yoooou!!

OK, back to my cycling group…

It seems that I’m the only female in the group. There are supposed to be a few other women, but they have been sick, or nursing an injury, or they forgot to set an alarm – so I’ve never actually met my female group members yet.

I hope they turn up soon. You see, the guys don’t seem to do much talking WHILE cycling. And I like a bit of a chat. I want some Sunday gossip. I want to know what was the last thing they bought, what they think about different brands of energy drinks  and what they are cooking for dinner tonight blah blah blah.

But more important than that, I want to talk about…

3) Vaginas.

That’s right. After a long ride, male cyclists talk about being “Saddle Sore”…

But for us women, we’re talking about our lady bits.

4 hours on a bike seat? VERY SORE VJAY.

See? That’s why I need some women in my cycling group!! Can you imagine me cycling along on the path, next to my male team mates, chatting about the Olympics, the Tour de France, the weather… and my sore vagina? Neither can I.

When I first started this crazy adventure, a few women told me that it was very common to have a sore nether region after a long bike ride. I guess having three kids – au naturale – made me somewhat confident that my magic flower could cope with anything. Hoo boy was I wrong.

I bought padded cycling pants, which I wrote about a few weeks ago.

At the time, I was told that you have to wear the padded pants with NO UNDERWEAR, to avoid chaffing. No undies? I simply couldn’t imagine it. But when I started riding longer distances and spent 2-3 hours on the bike… I got very sore. Eventually, on one ride, I was in so much pain and so desperate for relief… that I stopped to take my underwear off!!

I can’t remember the last time I walked out of a public toilet with my panties scrunched up in my pocket. Ahem.

Amazingly, it worked. I felt free, wild and a lot less chaffed!

But alas, as my riding distance increased (3-4 hours on the bike now), the pain has returned.

So I did a bit of research. I found a blog by a female cyclist who talked very honestly about her saddle-stressed labia (not as bad you as think). And on her recommendation, I bought a tube of Women’s Chamois Cream – designed specifically for friction and chaffing. Meaning, it will prevents your delicate region from being rubbed raw. Oh joy.


It’s called DZ Nuts Bliss and it’s not exactly the most classiest looking product. On the packaging, there are a bunch of pink, penis-shaped bike seats arranged in flowers. Eew. It looks naughty. Like lube. Which it is. But not that kind of lube.

Verdict. It is DISGUSTING with a capital D. It’s a totally and utterly GROSS. It’s like walking around with what feels like 3 tablespoons of cold mayonnaise squishing around in your knickers. BLEEERRRGH. But it WORKS. Good lord, it works a treat.

Moving right along now.


It is winter where I am right now, and it has been soooo cold lately. I’ve had to stop riding very early in the mornings, because the temperature drops down to 2C… and my toes, fingers, nose, ears get so numb and sore – it’s just not worth it for a 1 hour ride.

Cold Weather Cycling
This is me all rugged up for cycling in the cold weather!

You’re actually not supposed to rug yourself up too much, because you get too hot from all the cycling. But I’m a wimp. When I leave the house at 6am in the morning, I have 3 (sometimes 4) layers on my body, beanie, gloves, 2 pairs of socks… and while I ride, I shed them layer by layer and toss them into my backpack. It’s such as hassle!


I have 10 weeks left until the big ride! So far I have raised $4,159.08!! But my target is $10,000.

I’d love it if you could help and support my ride by donating $20, $50 or whatever you can to fund research to find the cure for cancer.

Please head over to my donations page and make a donation!!

The money goes immediately and directly to cancer research.

Thanks for all your support!