Archive for December 2016

 

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What I Wore: Blush Jumpsuit

31 December 2016

Jumpsuit by Picnic Clothing

Jumpsuits and playsuits are pretty huge this season… and they are fast replacing the dress as my go-to party outfit.

Because I’m short (160cm), I usually reach for a playsuit over a jumpsuit… mainly because playsuits make my legs look longer, thus they make me look somewhat taller. So as long as the playsuit is short, I’m pretty lucky that I can get away with any style, any cut, any fabric and any pattern.

But when it comes to jumpsuits, I’m much more selective with my styles + cut + fabric + colour, because there’s always a danger that the jumpsuit will overwhelm my small frame and make me look like a blimp!

Jumpsuit by Picnic Clothing

Having said that, strapless jumpsuits work really well for me. My bare shoulders and arms balance out the great big blob of colour across my body :)

This gorgeous Bria Jumpsuit was kindly gifted to me by Picnic Clothing. The moment I saw it in the store, I ran straight to it and grabbed it in all colours – blush, khaki and charcoal – to try on.

I had a hard time trying to decide between the blush and charcoal. But in the end I chose the blush, because I have too many black / grey clothes and I wanted something a bit more unique.

The quality, thickness, weight, feel and drape of the fabric is really lovely and worth the price.

Those not familiar with Picnic’s quality, I’d say that the quality is comparable to Witchery and Country Road, rather than Cotton On, Zara and Sportsgirl.

Jumpsuit by Picnic Clothing

And just to see in the New Year, I’m also wearing Alexander Wang Heels from FWRD and Rebecca Minkoff Quilted Bag from Revolve.

Have an amazing start to the new year everyone!

xxx


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I’m Off To London!

30 December 2016

Flatlay for London

Guess what guess what? I have huge news!

OK ok it’s probably not huge news to you folk with no kids. Or to you jet setting people who fly around the world regularly.

I’m off to London in the new year and I’ll be gone for 4 weeks – WITHOUT my husband and kids!

Can you believe that? I can’t. I’m kind of pinching myself.

I’m both excited and stunned by the mind-blowing freedom I’ll have. And I’m a bit terrified, because I haven’t been away from my home, my husband or my kids for that length of time… since I was single and childless, 15 years ago haha!

My very amazing husband is taking time off work and going to be looking after the kids for the duration of the summer school holidays.

I’m going to be staying and hanging out with my sister, my brother-in-law, and their soon-to-be-born new baby! Yaaaay!

I’ll be helping them move apartments.

I’ll be changing pooey nappies (if I can remember how to do that).

I’ll be doing a bit of work.

I’ll be hunting down the coolest independent bookstores.

I’ll be exploring flea markets and cafes.

I’ll be doing yoga.

I’ll be zipping over to Paris.

Eeeep I’m so excited!

 

Pictured above in my Winter in London inspired flatlay, I have my Acne Studios scarf, Acne Studios Jensen Booties, Jeanwest Jeans, Grana Poplin Boyfriend Shirts, A.P.C. Half Moon Bag, Stan Smith Sneakers (on sale at ASOS), Charlotte Olympia Card Holder.

And judging from the fact that I have failed to lay out any coats or knits, tells us all how delusional I am about what 2°C feels like!

Lots more updates on the way!

xxx


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Keeping Your Playsuits Classy

28 December 2016

Seed Playsuit

Playsuits have been around for ages, but they are particularly popular this summer!

However, scrolling through my instagram feed and seeing this trend explode before my eyes, I have to say two things:

They don’t suit everybody and it really depends on the style.

Some playsuits are REALLY revealing with super low-cut necklines, completely backless, cropped at the stomach, teeny tiny bits of fabric to cover your chest and no support whatsoever for your boobs.

Sure if you have the confidence, the body, the legs, the boobs, the tan, the skin – them omg girl, go for it!

But if you’re a bit unsure, a bit picky, a bit undecided whether they will suit you (like me) then here are some tips to keep your playsuits classy.

1) Don’t get a tight fitting playsuit. Nothing pretty about an obvious camel toe. Stick to a loose, baggy one with a clinched waist.

2) Try one with longs sleeves. Or off shoulder.

3) Find a pretty colour or pattern! May as well embrace the summer vibe, or else it’ll just look like another one of your many, boring black dresses haha.

4) Make sure you’re comfortable and relaxed with walking and sitting in one. If you’re not, then it’s probably best not to buy it. You don’t want to be fidgeting and pulling on it all day.

Seed Playsuit

I’m wearing an Embroidered Jumpsuit from Seed.

Clave V Tan Handbag from Revolve.

Nude Schutz Cadey Lee Heels from Shopbop.


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Christmas Festivites for 2016

27 December 2016

Christmas 2016

This year, I stepped up my Christmas game :)

We hosted both Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day dinner for both sets of families (and a few extra friends), each night we had about 17-20 guests.

I made my prettiest ham ever in my short history of ham making! I got the inspiration from a few different sources of online ham inspo though, so I can’t really take credit for it.

I think the secret was : fresh herbs and brown twine. I used fresh thyme and sage from my garden.

Christmas 2016

I also made my own stuffing which was just amazing!

I found a few recipes online and didn’t like the sound of any of them, so I just made up my own recipe. I shall share it here, so I have it for reference next year.

My Nutty, Cherry Christmas Stuffing 

1 large finely diced onion, 1 garlic clove, 1 tablespoon of butter, 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts, 1/2 cup of chopped cashew, 1/2 cup of chopped almonds, 6 chopped glacé cherries, a handful of parsley leaves, few springs of sage and thyme leaves, salt, and pepper.

The trick is to slow cook the onions, garlic and butter for a really long time on medium/low heat until it’s dark brown and caramelised. Throw in nuts and everything else and slow fry, until it all clumps together and looks golden brown.

It was SO YUMMY. I could have just even that for dinner and saved myself all the extra Christmas calories haha!

Christmas 2016

Again with the fresh herbs and brown twine.

Christmas 2016

I made tonnes of roast potatoes (peeled, scrubbed, squashed and roasted to a glorious crisp), roast pumpkin and beetroots, I made salads and dips. My parents made the turkey, roast lamb and roast pork too! Basically I was in my element and I had a fantastic, stress-free Christmas!

However, I was only able to do it because of my husband and my three kids – they were the real superstars of the weekend. They spent two days cleaning the house… everything from toilets, bathrooms, to cleaning cobwebs, sweeping the carport, mowing the lawns, cleaning windows, cleaning the walls, door frames, skirting boards, omg so much cleaning – and they even set up our above-ground pool and our bouncy castle.

Soooo, whether they had a stress-free Christmas is… a matter of perspective :)

Christmas 2016

Christmas morning: was fun as usual.

This time everyone got a silly Christmas hat to wear.

It’s always so lovely to see the kids, all sparkly eyed and happily dancing around with their presents.

Christmas 2016

As for Christmas Day, I made more food.

My 11 year old son and I put together this Christmas grazing platter!

We researched a lot of platter inspo on Instagram and came up with our own “design”.

I bought waaaay too much food for my board… and we were tempted to turn the whole dining table into a grazing table. I decided against it, because I made potato salad… and I didn’t imagine it would look good served up on a wooden board ha!

Christmas 2016

My extended family brought more food and desserts (not pictured). And yes that’s my ham and uneaten chicken from the night before haha.

Yep I really, really like cooking and hosting big dinners!

I love big gatherings of family and friends, good food, good conversations and I’m so thankful and humbled that I get to have all these amazing people in my life.

xxx


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Holiday Life, Chilling with the kids

20 December 2016

Liam's New Gear Bike

Life has been awesome at the moment!

It’s the school holidays… there’s only a few days until Christmas… and I’ve been spending heaps of “One on One” time with each of my kids and loving every minute of it.

I’ve rediscovered how funny they are. Like really funny. We have all these weird and wonderful conversations. We talk crap. We have all these “in” jokes. We mock each other. And we love a good car karaoke.

They are just so enjoyable to hang around with, when they are by themselves.

And I love hanging out at home with them too.

Sounds really boring, I know. But we just do little jobs. Hang around. Fix things. Do things.

Then occasionally, we’ll go out on mini adventures — off to buy batteries, pick up some milk from the shops, sit in a cafe, taking them to birthday parties, bowling parties, sleep overs, playdates, dentist appointments, set up our above ground pool, go out for sushi lunch, out to watch a movie, out to get some last minute Christmas presents, out to visit a park and more.

Yes things can get chaotic and noisy. But it’s all chilled and easy!

Life with a 13yo, 11yo and 7yo is just brilliant!


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Sudio Wireless Earphones

19 December 2016

Sudio Sweden

Anyone who knows me in real life, knows I don’t get crazy over gadgets or the latest and greatest new tech.

I try to keep my gadgets as old-school as possible. I like to keep my life simple. I find something that works well, looks good and I stick with it.

SO it was with great surprise that I FELL IN LOVE with these wireless earphones sent to me by the team at Sudio Sweden.

The whole idea of wireless earphones sounds annoyingly gimmicky right!?

But it has literally changed my life for the better, especially because I like to exercise at home with music and I like to workout while listening with YouTube videos.

I can move around so freely now! I can step away from my device without tugging it off its stand!

I can exercise in any room and not disturb the rest of my family!

Also I can work on my computer, listen to my music on my wireless earphones on, stand up walk into the kitchen, make myself a cup of tea and come back to my computer – why didn’t I get these earlier???

These gorgeous pair are the Vasa Blå in Rose Gold White.

The sound quality is great. It pairs up with my phone, my Macbook like a dream. It’s easy to charge, easy use. It’s simple, it works. I love it!

I do have a discount code to share with you all my lovely readers.

Use the code “KARENLYCHENG” at the checkout and get 15% off your order.

Enjoy!!

xxx


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Santa’s Magical Kingdom at the Crown Pyramid

17 December 2016

Santas Magical Kingdom 2016
Photo courtesy of Santa’s Magical Kingdom

My kids and I were kindly invited to the opening launch of Santa’s Magical Kingdom at the Crown Pyramid (a new, huge tent venue outside the Crown)!

I was super excited about it, because I’ve never been to a Christmas themed fun park before!

But my boys (who are 13, 11 and 7) were a little more skeptical, as they felt they were “too old” for it.

It turns out they had a really fun time, enjoying the entertainment and rides. We walked around for the whole 3 hour session trying out everything, laughing, taking silly photos and videos, and just having heaps of fun together.

Tickets allowed access to snow land, ice skating (not on real ice though), rollercoaster rides, carousel, carnival style rides, Mrs Claus’ Storyland, Christmas craft, gingerbread decorating, a circus / acrobat show, meeting Christmas characters and a free gift from Santa.

There were also food trucks and food stalls where you could buy gourmet hotdogs, nice fish and chips, and other quick takeaway meals which were pretty good!

Santas Magical Kingdom 2016

The Snowland walk-through was sooooo cute.

Of course it wasn’t real snow, it was bits of bubbly foam, flying and swirling in the air. It amused my boys for a little bit and they moved onto the next thing. But I watched lots of other younger kids twirl around, eyes lit up, huge smiles on their faces, dancing around the snow, like it was truly magical.

So beautiful to watch!

Santas Magical Kingdom 2016

My boys enjoyed the Christmas Skating and the Australian Sky Flyer the most.

I decided not to go on the Flyer (shown below), because I’m very sensitive to motion sickness!

I didn’t want to be throwing up on all the people below!

Santas Magical Kingdom 2016

At other carnivals and royal shows, we usually have to pay an entrance fee and then pay $8 – $10 per person per ride or carnival game. So with THREE kids, I always feel this adds a huge amount of stress, having to deal with kids who are begging and bargaining to go on ONE MORE ride, ONE MORE game! So at the end of it, I always feel so angry, tense, ripped off and like the Big, Bad, Mum who always has to say NO, NO, NO, STOP NAGGING ME, I ALREADY SAID NO!

So I think the best thing about Santa’s Magical Kingdom was that you paid ONCE and you are able to enjoy almost ALL the activities, under one roof.

My kids just ran off, they chose what they wanted to do, they lined up them and got on the ride themselves. It was SUCH a lovely, relaxing and yes – magical- experience for me too!


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Fitness Update: A Bit Too Busy For Exercise

16 December 2016

Stella McCartney Running Top

During the big sales, I picked out an Adidas by Stella McCartney running top from Revolve.

It was on sale, and it was surprisingly cheaper than any of the Nike running gear I had my eye on. (In fact, some of the Stella McCartney pieces are still on sale, even though the “massive” sale events have ended.)

This one is called the Studio Cool Running Top and I actually did something a bit different — I bought a size bigger than my usual size. Mainly because I want to feel relaxed and comfortable during my long runs. Not tight and suffocated.

The top itself feels amazing. It’s smooth, breathable and light. Love the quality!

I also wanted a high neck running top, because even though I put LAYERS and LAYERS of suncream on my face, neck, shoulders, arms and chest before my runs… my chest seems to be the most sensitive to the UV rays and I get more spots on my chest than anywhere else.

Stella McCartney Running Top

But anyway, haha the truth is… it’s the end of the year and I’ve been trying to finish up a whole lot of projects and freelance jobs before Christmas. I’ve been too busy to exercise!

Yes! That old cliche.

In the last couple of weeks, I haven’t been going to any yoga or pump classes. I’ve just gone for a few runs and lifted a few weights in the evening. That’s it.

I’m not stressed or tense. My schedule is just really, really FULL of family events (graduations! class parties! assemblies! parent meetings!), sitting in front of a computer, meetings, hanging out with my husband and kids, house work, and me time (which involves reading or getting pampered).

I’m balancing it all fine. Just have to get back on track once the busy period is over.

Have an amazing weekend everyone!

xxx


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Window Shopping: Playsuits from Seed

15 December 2016

Last week, I walked into a Seed Clothing Store and my eyes popped. I wanted to buy THIS, THAT, THAT and THAT!

They have done so well with their new season designs and have managed to create a collection that set my heart racing :)

I grabbed handfuls of dresses and playsuits and tried them on in the change rooms.

(I’m usually an online shopper, so this was really novel for me!)

Seed SS16 Playsuit
This is the Broderie Jumpsuit in navy. Really good quality, soft lace.

Such cute, cuuuute details. I really wanted to get this one haha.

 

Seed SS16 Playsuit

This is the Flare Sleeved Jumpsuit in white.

Love the flared sleeve. Love the cotton. I kind of wanted this one too.

 

Seed SS16 Playsuit

And this is the Embroidered Jumpsuit in Ice Blue Chambray.

Big sleeves, roomy, comfy, flirty and fun.

It was so well designed; it fit me perfectly across the shoulders, waist and length, and the fabric was lovely and robust.

I loved this one so much that I bought it on the spot!

I tried on a few dresses (ones with pom pom detail), and some embroidered tops too.

It’s definitely worth a look. Happy browsing!


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What I Wore: All Black with White Sneakers

14 December 2016

Wearing Black on Black

On this particular day, I was on my way to my son’s Graduation Assembly. That’s right, my second son will be in HIGH SCHOOL next year!

I didn’t really know what to wear that morning, plus I had a meeting to go to after… so I just wore ALL BLACK. And I threw on a blazer because it was a “formal” occasion.

As I ran out the door, I thought, maybe I should wear some nicer shoes.

You know, make myself look a bit more grown up?

Maybe a pair of pointed toe, mid-heeled, black pumps?

Nah. I was happy with my white hi-tops. I don’t need to look more grown up than I already am, haha.

After all, I have to deal with the fact that MY KIDS ARE GROWING UP!

Wearing:
Alexander Wang blazer (similar)
Sportsgirl tank (similar)
Frame Denim jeans
Ecco Shoes sneakers (similar Converse hi-tops for $100)
Loeffler Randall Medium Rider Bag.


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How to Afford Designer Fashion for Your Wardrobe

13 December 2016

FWRD Dec Sale 25% off

OK ok. I’m not exactly the embodiment of designer living and fashion haha! But I do like to mix up my wardrobe with a few designer items.

A couple of years ago, I decided that I wanted some high-quality, timeless designer pieces that would last me years.

Personally, I’m not rolling in money; we have a mortgage, we have 3 kids, we live off 1.5 incomes. But we’re comfortable, we live a fairly simple life, we love simple pleasures, we save money.

And what is life, if you don’t get to spend a little proportion of your savings on what brings you a bit of joy?

Overseas holidays, fun experiences with the kids, a car upgrade, new gadgets, music concerts, furniture, gym membership, designer fashion… each to their own, right?

So how does one start? How does one afford it?

The short answer:

1) Know what you want. Make a list.
2) Budget and have a separate savings kitty.
3) Ebay is your friend.
4) Keep track of sales from designer boutiques.

I bought my first series of $300+ items from Forward by Elyse Walker (FWRD). Not sponsored, not gifted.

I knew what I wanted, I had saved for it and the item came up on sale. I liked shopping from Forward, because the sales were – quite frankly – UNBELIEVABLE.

 

FWRD Dec Sale 25% off

I bought my Alexander Wang Heels at 60% off, Acne Studios Pumps at 50% off and my Isabel Marant Silk Blouse at 60% off.

I wear them ALL the time. It’s been two years and I’m still super happy I have them in my wardrobe. I’m hoping to get 10+ years from them.

Anyway now, as it turns out… I’m working with FWRD and pleased to let you know about a FWRD Sale Event for Australian residents only.

From 13 – 15 December (3 days only) you can get up to 25% off the entire site by using the code “GIFTFWRD” at the checkout.

(15% off when you spend $750, 20% off when you spend $1000 and 25% off when you spend $1500.)

It’s fantastic for big ticket items. Combine with a friend. Or take advantage of the already “On Sale” items in the store.

Here are a few very popular, cult fashion items that you might have on your designer wishlist!

FWRD Dec 25% Sale

Acne Studios Jensen Booties

Valentino Mini Lock Flap Bag

Aquazzura Sexy Thing Suede Heels

Acne Studios Raya Mohair Sweater

FWRD Dec 25% Sale

Zimmermann Tropicale Antique Romper

Sophia Webster Evangeline Leather Heels

Chloe Drew Leather Bag

Saint Laurent Monogram Clutch

FWRD Dec 25% Sale

Rick Owens Classic Knit Wrap

Proenza Schouler Mini PS11 Classic

Isabel Marant Dicker Leather Booties

Aquazzura Marilyn Suede Heels

Enjoy!


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Off To High School Next Year

12 December 2016

Sean Year 6 Graduation 2016

My SECOND CHILD graduates from Primary School (Year 6) this week!

Which means he’s off to high school next year….aaaaaand yep, it’s freaking me out.

However, I am super duper proud of him! He’s worked so hard and done so well in his studies this year; his report was amazing (!!!) and he had great results for his individual sporting pursuits (running), and team sports like basketball and rugby.

He’s a very organised kid and he’s itching for change, growth and independence, which no doubt, high school will provide. I’m so excited for him :)

I love this kid!


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Baked Dough Ornaments for Christmas

11 December 2016

Christmas 2016

Christmas is in full swing at our house!

The other day, I went shopping for some new, pretty ornaments for our Christmas tree. I fell in love with some rustic and natural looking white clay ornaments, in very simple shapes like stars, circles, angels… but they were $10 a pop!?

I scoffed at them and decided to make some myself.

I probably could have bought some proper white artist’s clay, but you can’t go wrong with $1.50 for 2kg of plain white flour from the supermarket.

Christmas 2016

The baked dough came out looking a bit yellow, so we gave them a few coats of bright white acrylic paint.

I just found the recipe online. It wasn’t a great one, because the dough puffed up with large lumpy pockets of air, which hardened when cooled. So if you gave the ornaments a knock, the hardened bubbles cracked and sprinkled salty biscuit crumbs everywhere.

I’ll probably have to throw them out after Christmas, as I have a feeling they will absorb moisture and get mouldy?!

Here’s the recipe anyway!

Christmas Baked Dough Ornaments

1 cup plain flour
1/2 cup table salt
3/4 cup water

Set oven to 150°C. Mix everything into a bowl. Knead into a smooth ball. Flatten to 6mm thick. Cut out using cookie cutters. Don’t forget the hole for the string! Bake for 30 minutes. Transfer to wire rack to cool. Paint. Decorate. Done.


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The Vyshyvanka Dress: Vita Kin and March 11

10 December 2016

Ukrainian designs, patterns and traditional embroidery techniques are HUGE at the moment.

Last year, Ukranian designer Vita Kin became an global sensation as she began to introduce a fresh, modern take on the Vyshyvanka – the traditional Ukranian national costume.

She mixes bright bold colours with a seventies Bohemian feel, uses luxurious fabrics and threads, and she is dedicated to meticulous couture craftsmanship. Her dresses, blouses and skirts can be bought from Matches Fashion, for quite a price!

They are certainly unique, bold and beautiful. Check it out.

Vita Kin Vyshyvanka Dress

Vyshyvanka Dresses by Vita Kin

Vita Kin Vyshyvanka Dress

March 11 is a New York brand which also specialises in creating modern day Vyshyvanka dresses and blouses.

They embrace the spirit of travel experiences, discoveries and memories, drawing inspiration from the lively scenes, sunsets and colours from Mykonos, to Maldives, to Florida. I love that idea!

March 11 clothing can be bought from Net-A-Porter.

Vyshyvanka dresses and blouses by March 11

Vyshyvanka dresses and blouses by March 11.

Vyshyvanka dresses and blouses by March 11

I love these last two, because they have a slightly more modern style.

Honestly, I’m a little wary about modern interpretations on traditional costumes.

As I said, the designs and patterns are bright, bold and very eye catching. I’ve never seen Ukrainian traditional costumes before, so my eyes are immediately drawn to them and I can’t stop staring at the lovely embroidery.

Yet I can’t stop thinking about the history behind them… and how much I DON’T know about the country and culture.

Apparently the origins of vyshyvanka embroidery is centred around spiritual safety. The embroidery was believed to act like a protective charm to that particular area of the body (chest, neck, arms) to ward away evil spirits and bad luck.

Designs, patterns, colours and pictures were all specific to regions and villages too.

Like tartan! Very interesting!

Anyway, my ethnicity is Chinese and when I see old, traditional Chinese costumes… I feel a warm nostalgia mixed with a pang of  awkward, old-fashioned dowdiness.

Yet when I see the Chinese traditional designs being translated into modern fashion and worn around the globe, how do I feel?

Is it an unseemly rip off? Is it poor taste? Is it tacky?

I’m not sure how other people see it, but for me… I feel a bit of pride, knowing that other people from around the world have embraced another culture and (hopefully) made an effort to know a little bit about my cultural heritage.

The world could do a bit more of embracing other cultures.

Global fashion trends move so quickly, especially through social media, that an image can be seen all over the world in an instant. And sometimes a style, or design, or item can lose its original meaning and get lost in the digital translation.

I both love and hate the speed of fashion trends… but at this moment I’m googling Ukrainian Culture, educating myself and discovering a bit about Slavic History… and I feel that little bit connected to a world that I’ve never known.

So if that’s one upshot of modern global fashion design, then I’m all for it :)


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Vegan Candles and Organic Teas for Christmas

9 December 2016

Generics Candles and Tea

Just wanted to give all you fellow Perth Peeps a heads up!

GENERICS Urban Apothecary has launched a special Christmas pop-up store at Enex Perth (Level  2, Hay St Mall Entry).

The shop offers a whole heap of gorgeous vegan soy candles, organic teas, organic perfume oils, vegan lip balms, organic skincare (all handmade here in Perth), gift box ideas, a range of cult green beauty from around the world, and men and women’s designer fashion.

My favourite candle scents are Wild Pear + Freesia, Ring-A-Rosie, Monet’s Garden and Carrot Cake… and have been mentioned on the Huffington Post too.

It may be a cliche, but I simply loooove tea and candles and think they’re the best Chrissy presents ever haha!


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Finding An Outfit with Sass & Bide

5 December 2016

I mentioned that I was invited to a Swim + Resort Fashion Event last month.

One of the designers featured at the show was one of my all time favourite Aussie labels – Sass & Bide.

Well I was also invited to pick out a Sass & Bide outfit to wear to the event! Eeeeep!

Every time an offer like this happens, I think — Say what? ME? Dorky, yoga pants-wearing, Karen?? Don’t they know how goofy / mumsy / not a typical fashion blogger I am??

Ahh, anyway, I gratefully accepted the offer and I proceeded to tell them how short and small I am. Why? Because I’m an idiot that’s why.

Sass & Bide Resort 16

Ok so I turn up the the Sass & Bide Store at Claremont Quarter, meet the team and we dance around the store picking out items.

Sounds like a champagne-in-hand, Hollywood movie scene right? Nope. It was more like a 5 minute dash, trying to solve a tricky costume problem.

Where did we start? I said, I wanted something SHORT. Because long dresses off the rack, almost NEVER fit me.

(Above) We picked out these gorgeous white shorts called, Hill and Mountains High Waisted Shorts. These were amazing. They fit me perfectly. Loved the texture of the fabric and the embellished detail.

The silk top was called, The Green Gardener. It went really well with the shorts, but was a bit too low and see through for me.

Sass & Bide Resort 16

Next I tried this loose fit top with a very “different” neck line, called Lion Heart.

It was kind of cool (it looks SO COOL on the model on the website), but the chest bit was too low for me and showed my bra. I guess I could have gone without a bra…?

And the shorts were called, Missing You Fitted Shorts. It was ok. It fit me fine, but it just wasn’t front row worthy haha.

Sass & Bide Resort 16

At the last minute, I saw this dress hanging on a spare rack, because someone else had tried it on. I grabbed it and loved it.

This is me in the change rooms!

(I was wearing my own Sass & Bide silk polka dot dress from 3 years ago.)

Sass & Bide Resort 16

So this is what I chose – the Before You Go Bustier Dress.

It was GORGEOUS! Understated yet stunning!

I’m wearing the Size 36 and it fit me perfectly. Loved the fitted bodice and the silky skirt layer.

I had so many compliments and it was such a honour to wear an item from their latest collection!

So much for NOT wearing a long dress haha.

Big, big thanks to the girls from TPFF and Sass & Bide.

xxx


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New Kicks And No Where To Go

3 December 2016

Adidas  x Stella McCartney CC Sonic Sneakers

Last week I nabbed these gorgeous sneakers, from a Shopbop Sale Event (I think the sneakers are still on sale here, but there are no more white ones left).

These are none other than the Adidas by Stella McCartney CC Sonic Sneakers. Eeep, they are so pretty!

They were 40% off so in the end, so they worked out to be the same price (perhaps cheaper) than regular Nike running sneakers.

Yes they are all white.

Yes they are rather impractical.

Yes I will only be wearing them to the gym. Or to run on polished tiled floors with no dirt haha.

I’ve always wanted a pair of all white sneakers and these are definitely an amazing addition to my sneaker collection!


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My Basic Chia Pudding

1 December 2016

Chia Pudding and Fruit

Hello hello! I want to share my BASIC Chia Pudding Recipe today.

There are heaps of recipes on the internet, but I’ve tweaked this recipe to how I like it best.

Why I love this recipe :

* It has vanilla essence in it, so it tastes like creamy vanilla ice cream.

* It doesn’t have blended banana, so it lasts for much longer in the fridge (won’t turn in a gross brown slop!).

* Other recipes use too much coconut milk, which is just too intense for me.

* I can add instant coffee to it, or cocoa powder, or matcha powder. It’s amazing!

* I can stir in peaches, or berries or mangoes too.

* I eat it like yoghurt, but it’s much better for my tummy because it’s dairy free.

* It does have a bit of maple syrup added to it, because I think it tastes a bit too weird without a hint of sweetness.

* This portion size and proportion is perfect for me. I eat it over 3 days and it doesn’t go off.

Plus, chia seeds are SEEDS – so they are high in protein, omega 3 fatty acids and fibre.

My Chia Pudding Recipe

1/2 cup of coconut milk

1 cup of almond milk

4 tablespoons of chia seeds

1 teaspoon of maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla essence

1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon

Just stir everything together. Put in a bowl, keep covered (with cling wrap) in the fridge.

Wait an hour, then scoop out a portion into a separate bowl, add 1/2 teaspoon of cocoa / matcha / coffee and stir well.

ENJOY!