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About This Website

Karen Cheng’s Fashion and Life Blog is about women’s fashion, lifestyle, and striving to live a balanced and fulfilling life.

It also covers topics on family, parenting, beauty, food, photography, and women’s online fashion shopping.

About The Author – Karen Cheng

Although the first version of Karen’s blog was created in 1999, the current version of the site begins in April 2003, with the birth of Karen’s first son, Callum.

In March 2004, her husband was diagnosed with cancer. After a year of investigations, surgery, chemotherapy and more surgery, he was declared “in remission”, with no evidence of cancer apparent. Karen summarises the experience in January 2005 and again in July 2008.

Not long after, in March 2005, Karen had her second son, Sean. She struggled with mild post natal depression after the birth.

In October 2007, facing infertility, Karen and her husband decided to have a third child. This journey is recorded in a collection of stories, Making Baby 3.

In July 2008, Karen turned 30. Her husband surprised her with a 4 day trip to Singapore to celebrate (without the kids!). With a significant readership in Singapore, she organised a charity fundraiser event in 10 days, based on a her tongue-in-cheek pose “Doing The Karen Cheng”. Read the whole story here.

In January 2009, Karen was invited to have one of only two face-to-face interviews with American cycling champion Lance Armstrong while in Australia. The other interview was with Australia’s national newspaper (“The Australian”). Karen was invited because of her profile as a influential blogger, her interest in raising awareness of the need for the early detection of cancer, and the need to raise funds to find the cure. Read the interview here.

Throughout her journey, Karen focuses on being positive, humourous, passionate, fashionable, motivated, productive, creative, and living a balanced life.

Karen has a BA Design / Advertising. She has worked as an art director, web designer and graphic designer, in Singapore and Australia.

She lives in Perth, Western Australia, with her husband and her three sons.

How This Website Began

This site started in 1999 as a “Personal Website” – before the days of “Blogs” and “Weblogs”.

Looking for a job as a web designer, Karen geared her site towards “selling herself” to prospective employers as a whole person – her work, her personality, her quirks, her interests, stories, talents and her own personal style.

Over the years the blog has evolved as Karen herself has grown. From a portfolio piece it became a personal online journal, to what it is now – a blog format website read by thousands from all over the world each day.

In 2010, Karen changed the name from “Snippets of Life” to “Fashion and Life” to reflect her own growing interest in global fashion – in the context of a balanced life.

Press and Awards

Over the years Karen’s blog has won numerous awards, been featured on broadcast television, and featured in both online and print publications all over the world, including:

My Australia Magazine (November 2009)

Parents World Singapore (Nov-Dec 2009)

Women’s Weekly Singapore (Oct 2009)

Parents World Singapore (Sept-Oct 2009)

Simply Her Singapore (Oct 2009)

Parents World Singapore (July-Aug 2009)

Channel 10 Australia (May 2008)

The Straits Times Singapore (July 2008),

Today Singapore (July 2008)

My Paper Singapore (July 2008)

The Sydney Morning Herald Australia (Oct 2007)

From 2005 to 2007

The Straits Times (Singapore), HWM (Malaysia), DotNet Magazine (UK), About.com (International), SHIFT Magazine (International), The Oriental Post.

This site has been ranked as 13th in Top 100 Australian Blogs. (Sept 2008)

1st in the Top 50 Australian Women’s Blogs. (March 2009)

In the World’s Top 20 Female Bloggers.

Recognised as one of the 50 Most Influential Female Bloggers.

I’ve been very fortunate to enjoy the following awards and nominations for my site.

Finalist for The 2006 Bloggie Awards for Best Designed Weblog.

Finalist for The 2006 Bloggie Awards for Best Australian or New Zealand Weblog.

Finalist for The 2005 Bloggie Awards for the Best Designed Weblog.

Finalist for 2005 Australia’s Best Blog (Smartyhost)

Winner of 2006 Best Designed Australian Blog

3rd Place for 2006 Best Overall Australian Blog

Winner of 2005 Western Australian Weblog Awards, for Wisdom and Beauty.

Nominated for the 1999 Telstra/AFR Australian Internet Awards – Personal Site category.

More About Karen Cheng

I love beautiful things. Art, design, photography, rocks, flowers, landscapes, pottery, jewellery, textures, colours, buildings, people.

I love reading. I think life is too short to read crap books, so I only read books that come highly recommended. I like reading from all genres. Trashy chick lit, hard-core sci-fi, fantasy, thrillers, crime, classics. I have a soft spot for Australian and Asian literature.

I enjoy keeping healthy and active. I like taking walks, jogging, swimming and being outdoors. I’d like to do a bit more scuba diving, snorkeling, kick boxing, and Latin dancing. I also like the occasional game of squash, netball, soccer, tennis and beach cricket.

I love cooking! And eating. I love entertaining and throwing parties too. I get such a buzz from experimenting with food and recipes. I prefer fresh, healthy, low-fat, low-sugar foods. But I can’t live without dim sum, pizza, hamburgers, chocolate and KFC.

I enjoy crafty designy things. Ceramics, pottery, knitting, sewing, paper crafts, painting, printing, illustrating, drawing.

I love hanging out with my kids. One of the hardest decisions my husband and I made, was to choose to live on one income so that I could stay home to look after our kids. I can’t describe how amazing it is to watch these little people grow up before my eyes.

I really love the idea of natural living. Growing my own veges and herbs. Cooking with natural and organic products. Recycling. Composting. Supporting local businesses and produce. Buying products that are made to last. However, sometimes it just isn’t practical, so I swallow my guilt and happily live with the contradictions in my life that make me ME.

I’m a bit obsessed about shopping. Clothes, shoes, jewellery, underwear, anything girly. I’m not into brands or teeny fashion trends. I’m a careful shopper, I’m always on the look out for a bargain. And I like to think that I’m careful with my money.

I love going out. Sitting in cafes, dancing in clubs, talking in bars, dining out, house gatherings, parties, barbecues, weddings, picnics! I also love an occasional trip to watch movies, theatre, musicals, symphonies, stand up comedy, rock concerts and live bands.

At the same time, I can’t think of anything more satisfying than sitting in front of TV, eating take-away, lights down low, in my pyjamas and watching crap on TV. I’m a home girl at heart.

Basically, I strive to live a balanced life. Fun. Serious. Fast. Slow. Brainy. Bimbotic. Intense. Lazy. You get the drift.

Read more about Karen here.