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Hair Style: Going Back To Black

24 April 2015

Hair Colour Change - Back to Black!

After spending a year with brownish hair… I recently decided that it was time for a change.

I coloured my hair back to flat black – against my hair stylist’s opinion.

“Are you sure??” he asked for the third time. “Yes yes, just do it!” I said.

I chose the semi-permanent option, so if I had second thoughts, the colour would fade in 6-8 weeks.

What do I think?

Day 1 – OMG WHAT HAVE I DONE??? I LOOK SOOOOO BAAAADDD!!! I’M SO NOT USED TO IT!!! OH WHY DIDN’T I LISTEN TO MY HAIR STYLIST?!??

Day 2 – AARRRGGH I HAAAAATE IT!!! Who is that woman on the other side of the mirror??

Day 3 – 7 – SIGH. Still hate it. I constantly tie my hair back in a pony tail to hide it. I wash my hair every day to fade the colour.

Day 8 – Hey it’s actually not that bad.

Day 9 onwards – It looks clean, sleek, healthy, fresh, modern. I’m liking it.

Yes, it took some time for me to get used to it.

I like it now. I might even cut my hair shorter next time?


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Add a Dash of Autumn Tan

22 April 2015

Camel Coat

Ok people, apparently the colours tan, camel and brown are back in fashion for the next few seasons.

Let me talk about that for a moment.

In the 1970s, the colour brown was huge. It came back in fashion again in the early 2000s, and it was then I fell in love with the colour and embraced it until… um, half my wardrobe was brown?

I had clothes in tan, camel, coffee, caramel, mocha, cappuccino, and dark chocolate brown. So much dark brown!

Once I got over that phase, I kept a few camel and tan coloured items, but I got rid of everything else.

I really don’t like brown now. I associate it with an older generation and my naive following of a fashion trend. I can’t shake off the feeling. Is it just me?

So I won’t be sporting any brown this season. In fact, I’m going to colour my hair back to black.

I like tan and camel though!

I have kept a camel coloured coat, a tan leather jacket, a tan coloured parka, a shirt, a dress, camel coloured pants and a pencil skirt.

So it’ll be nice to drag them out of storage and add a hint of colour to my daily monochrome palette.

Outfit:

Silk shirt by Equipment, from Forward
Pleasure State Lace Bra from Zodee
Jeans from Nobody Denim (The Iconic)
Booties by Senso (The Iconic),
Camel coat from GAP (which actually belongs to my sister!)
Handbag by Fiorelli (I bought it when I was 17!),
Catarzi hat from ASOS.

 


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Pretty Skirts on a Budget!

17 April 2015

Someone asked me recently… Where can I buy pretty clothes on a budget??

Ah well, I don’t suggest buying tops from a “budget” online shop, as there is a high chance that the quality of the garment will be poor and look cheap.

But big, bright, bold, pretty skirts are much more forgiving!

Dress them up with a sharp blazer, a luxe sweater, a silk tank, gorgeous shoes, a statement handbag and you’ll be good to go.

Here are some super-cute skirts that I found.

(Check out the skirt links then scroll down to see really nice ways to style them!)

Flare Skirts on a Budget
Black and White pleat skirt – $32
Rose Print Flare Skirt – $27

 

Pretty Skirts on a Budget

Blue Midi Skater Skirt – $35
Green Midi Skater Skirt – $20

Pretty Skirts on a Budget

Black Sakura Midi Skirt – $19
White Sakura Midi Skirt – $19

Happy shopping!

xxx

 


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Khaki Jacket and Leather Pleats

14 April 2015

Khaki jacket and leather pleats

Hey hey, how’s everyone going these days?

I’ve been immersed in a variety of SPORTS lately – football, basketball, netball, cycling and running.

I’m practically living in my active wear!

In fact, I’m wearing so much active wear, I can even feel myself leaning towards a moment where I wear my tracksuit pants outside of a sporting context. GASP. Hasn’t happened yet though.

I am, however, wearing sports leggings as pants now, which sounds like a no no… but it’s acceptable when I wear sneakers ok?

Here’s an outfit I wore the other day, which combines my love for sports and fashion – in particular, my Nike sweater with a pleated faux leather skirt.

Khaki Jacket form Jeanswest, Nike sweater from The Iconic, Pleated skirt from Hello Parry, Heels and hat from ASOS, Quilted bag similar here and here.

xxx


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T by Alexander Wang Black Blazer

13 April 2015

Alexander Wang Blazer

I was so lucky to have scored a new Alexander Wang blazer from The Outnet!

I have been looking for a good quality, black, classic style blazer for a looong while now. After a bit of research, I reluctantly accepted that I was going to pay around $250-$300 for one, so it had better be exactly what I wanted.

Originally I looked at SABA, Country Road and Witchery for a simple blazer. But it was really difficult for me to find one in my size, that fit me nicely. I tried on a few and found that either the sleeves were much too long or the shoulders were a bit too small.

The current and popular style at the moment is the “boyfriend, relaxed and loose-fitting look” which is really just a big and baggy style. Honestly, I don’t really like that shapeless style and I don’t think it’s very classic or timeless.

But then I fell in love with this jacket from Anine Bing (which had a slightly relaxed shape), but they didn’t have my size either!

Finally, I stumbled across a clearance sale at The Outnet. And I found this T by Alexander Wang blazer, originally AUD$630 – Aakk!!

I love fashion and clothes and all, but seriously, there’s no way I could justify that much money on one piece of clothing.

It was reduced to AUD$100 – so much less than my initial budget!! So happy!!

It was a bit of a risk, because I bought it without trying it on. But I figured that it was an Alexander Wang item, and I’m sure I could resell it for $200+ on ebay?

Well, it arrived. It fit me perfectly. And I can’t wait to wear and show it off! Yay!

I bought a US Size 0. This style is no longer on sale, but there are a few others (here) from Alexander Wang, Helmet Lang, Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney and J. Crew.


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The Sweater and Pencil Skirt Formula

7 April 2015

Pencil Skirt and Sweater

Let me tell you what I’m big on at the moment… the good old formula: Sweater + Pencil Skirt!

I’m a little excited that the change in weather means it’s now sweater season!

This pairing makes life so much easier when I’m trying to race out the door.

Yesterday I dragged out a whole bunch of sweaters and realised that moths had eaten through 2 of my best sweaters, sigh.

Here are some tips if you’re thinking about buying yourself a new sweater.

1. Over-sized and baggy knits are very “in” at the moment. If you’re a size S, you’re supposed to buy a size M, or even size L if you dare. But I’m not such a big fan of over-lengthened sweater sleeves. I prefer to just wear a sweater with a loose shape, in my size. But whatever floats your boat!

2. A sweater in a neutral colour (black, white, grey or beige) will obviously match more skirts in your wardrobe and therefore guarantee that you’ll wear it for 3-4 seasons. Just keep that in mind when you’re about to buy a very “on trend” colour like forest green, maroon or camel.

3. Knit is important. I love fine wools and cashmere, but realistically I can’t afford to buy luxurious, high quality knits all the time. I find that knit blends with a bit of cashmere still feel lovely against my neck and arms.

4. Get yourself a lint shaver to get rid of any fuzz or pill that might build up on high contact areas. Do a search on ebay and I promise you’ll find one that costs $5 and ships from Hong Kong. It’ll bring new life to your old knits!

Pencil Skirt and Sweater
Wearing: Piper knit sweater (cotton and cashmere blend for $60), Country Road cap, Sportsgirl skirt, Fiorelli handbag (20 years old!), Witchery pointed flats.

Here’s some shopping inspiration for black knit sweaters and pencils skirts. Enjoy!

 


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Sleek New Heels from Tony Bianco

30 March 2015

After much use, my non-leather, Korean-brand, strappy heels have finally worn out and are now unwearable (here’s a picture of me wearing them).

This ankle-strap style is quite common, so I thought it was going to be easy to find a replacement. No such luck.

I spent a few weeks looking for a real leather pair (from any brand!), but for some reason this strappy style makes it difficult for me to find the right size. A size 6 pair was always too big and a size 5 (if there were even any in stock) was always way too small.

Anyway I discovered that Tony Bianco does half sizes… so I went traipsing around town trying to find a store that sells Tony Bianco shoes in a size 5.5. Couldn’t find one!

Finally I just took a gamble and bought myself a lovely pair in size 5.5, called Libby from Styletread Online Shoes (pictured above). They were in the exact colour, style and size that I wanted. Plus it was on 50% off sale – and it still is!

Tony Bianco Heels

They arrived a few days later, they fit me perfectly, they are so comfortable, they feel great to wear and they’re just perfect. I’m so happy with them.

Tony Bianco Shoes

I also had my eye on a lower heel version called Porshar (pictured left – also by Tony Bianco) and a lace up version called Ocean (pictured right and on 40% off sale). But I decided against buying a different style, since I already knew that I would wear my original style to death!

So here’s a time saving suggestion: if you think you might need a pair of heels in half sizes…  Tony Bianco has a nice range, online!


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Building a Stylish Waredrobe: Khaki Jacket

25 March 2015

Khaki Jacket + White

I’ve owned a khaki jacket for years. In fact, I have two khaki jackets, which I wear every year when the weather cools down. I pull them out at the start of Autumn, I wear them through Winter and even through Spring.

Khaki jackets usually describe the casual, “parka” style coat.  They look great with a variety of neutral colours (blacks, denims, grey, whites, navy, patterns) so you can throw them over most outfits and it looks pretty fab. They are great value.

Anyway at the end of last winter I tore a hole in one of my jackets, because I was walking too close to a wire fence! I probably could sew it back up (with a patch?) but I’m lazy and not that great with a needle and thread.

So this jacket (in the photo above) is my new replacement jacket from Jeanwest! It fits a whole lot better. It has a nicer “slimming” look, yet I can still wear a shirt + knit jumper underneath, without looking bulky, like an eskimo.

As I’ve said in the past, building a wardrobe with classic, key pieces is a whole lot of fun, especially when I see the results – that is, the ease in which I can put together a relatively stylish outfit and feel great!

I’m wearing: Jacket from Jeanwest, stripe top from Sportsgirl, shorts from Zara, Ray-Bans from SunglassesShop, Converse Chuck Taylor from SurfStitch.

*Psst, don’t forget that you can get 12% off your total order from SunglassesShop, using the code KAREN12 (including sale items)! Valid until 27 March 2015, including free worldwide delivery and no fuss returns.*

Here are a few related shopping deals I’ve found over the interwebs -

Happy shopping!

xxx


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Ray-Ban Original Wayfarers

20 March 2015

Ray-Ban Wayfarer 2140

I may have found the best place to buy the Original Ray-Ban Wayfarers! It certainly is the best price I’ve seen online so far.

Technically they are called, Ray-Ban 2140 Original Wayfarer, size 50mm (Medium) – AU$156 or US$120.

Other places seem to sell the exact model for AU$200-240.

Sometimes it can be pretty tricky choosing and buying sunglasses online… so here’s a big tip:

I once bought a “Size Small” pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses (with 47mm lens) online, thinking that since I was petite, I should have a small head and face in comparison to everyone else, therefore, I should buy sunglasses in size SMALL right?? Nope. They turned out to be like a child’s sunglasses and looked ridiculous. I had to return them.

So after lots of trail and error, I now know that my sunglasses’ lens size should be around 50mm – 55mm. And this range is the most common sizes for most people’s face.

Ray-Ban Wayfarer 2140

Anyway, the team at Sunglasses Shop (based in the UK) has given me a special discount code for all my readers!

Enjoy 12% off your total order! Including sale items!

Just use the code at the checkout: KAREN12

This code is valid until 27 March 2015. They offer free worldwide delivery and no fuss returns.

This means, if you decide to buy these Wayfarers, it’ll only be AUS$137 (or US$106) all up.

Or you can check out all the other Ray-Ban Wayfarer Designs, including tortoiseshell colours, denim and more.

If Ray-Bans aren’t your style, maybe you’ll find something you like from brands like Celine, Saint Laurent, Mui Mui or Dior.

Oh by the way, here’s another tip if you’re looking for Wayfarer designs. There is a “newer” design called the New Wayfarer 2132, which has a slightly different shape.

Have a fabulous weekend and happy shopping!


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Outfit Planning: Marble and Rose

18 March 2015

Keepsake Marble Dress Flatlay

This weekend, we’re celebrating my husband’s birthday, my son’s 6th birthday and I’m also going out for a Hen’s Party!

I’m thinking that I’ll wear my Keepsake Marble Dress again before the weather cool down. It is an open-backed dress after all.

Obviously I won’t wear this to my 6 year old’s party.

And I don’t fancy this dress being splashed with champagne (and who knows what else) at the Hen’s Party.

So might wear it out to dinner with my husband :)

Keepsake dress from Universal Store, Saint Laurent Bold 1 Sunglasses from Vision Direct, rings from Wanderlust + Co, and pretty pink roses from my garden!


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Checked Love with L’America

12 March 2015

L'America Checked Dress

Look at me!

I know!

I look sooooo “street style” in this photo – I might even pass off as a real fashion blogger! Take note of the urban background, the cropped-off face, and the contained, nonchalant pose ;)

I admit, it’s not quite me.

L'America Checked Dress

Ah this is a bit more familiar: me, back at home, being goofy in front of my studio mirror haha!

Anyway, I bought this L’America gingham dress from David Jones a few weeks ago. L’America is the cool, street wear, sister brand of cult Aussie label, Ellery.

The dress was on clearance sale and had a further 25% off the original 50% off. Or something like that. I think I ended up paying $35 for it? It was originally $150. I can’t seem to find a link to it online, I’m guessing that it was from their last season’s collection. (Oh here it is. But it’s out of stock.)

I stood in the changing room, wearing the dress, thinking: Why is this size 6 on clearance sale? What is wrong with it? There must be something very odd about it, which is why they can’t sell it.

But I absolutely loved it! It was so cool and so cute! Summer style (tick!), off-shoulder (tick!), black and white (tick!), flippy skirt (tick!), short and mini length that’s good for me (tick!). For $35, I couldn’t really go wrong.

Now that I think about it… I have quite a few clothing items with checked patterns. And I’m surprised by how timeless they are. I mean, I have been wearing my checked shirts (red+black shirt and white+black shirt) for years. That must be a good sign.

I put together a whole heap of checked love for you to browse. Hope you find something you like!

 


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Keepsake Mini Marble Dress

6 March 2015

Keepsake Marble Dress

Hey hey, so how much do I look like a trendy kitchen bench top? Or a mortar and pestle set? Haha!

Black and white marbled prints have been very popular this season. I was keen to try out a top or a dress with a marbled print design, as I wanted something a little different to floral or spot prints – which are all I seem to wear these days.

I picked out this Keepsake ‘To The End’ Mini Marble Dress from Universal Store.

Like many of dresses from Keepsake The Label, it is a real standout dress! It is made from a thick poly fabric, which gives the dress a nice structure and unique shape. The dress has a two-layered skirt: a flare skirt on top, which flips around when I walk, and a pencil skirt underneath, which stops it being too revealing.

Keepsake Marble Dress

Although the dress is a ‘mini’ dress, it’s not really mini on me! I’m short! So the hemline is mid-thigh and I believe it sits at a very nice and modest length.

It has a sexy back (!) yet it still looks awkward when I try to twist around and take a snap in the mirror haha. I was afraid that my knickers would ride up and peek out at the back, but I was all good. No unwanted peek-a-boo accidents here.

Jokes aside, the dress was very comfortable to wear. So happy with it!

Keepsake The Label often comes out with very striking designs and prints, and I often find it difficult to choose which one I like best. I actually had my eye on this Keepsake Lace Dress too, but ah, I have too many lace dresses!

 

 


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The Casual Tank Dress

2 March 2015

Casual Tank Dress

I’m currently obsessed with tank dresses!

I was so sick of wearing tees and tanks with shorts one day, that I bought this grey one on impulse from Cotton On. It was originially $19 and with 30% off, I paid $13. I probably wouldn’t have bought it otherwise.

I love LOVE the colour and the fine knit fabric (so soft, no creases!). It was absolutely delicious to wear… but the quality was terrible.

I wore it all day, once. I hand-washed it gently and noticed that it had pilled around the chest area, where my arms came into contact with the dress. I felt so bad and silly for buying something so cheap and so poor in quality!

Sigh. It seems stupid to toss it out now, so I’m going to keep wearing it until it has holes in it… mainly because I do love how easy, casual, effortless, simple it is, yet it has an everyday kind of “polished” feel to it. I still feel a bit dressed up even though I’m wearing sneakers!

In the meantime I’m going to look into buying a better quality one, possibly in an organic cotton, or some other eco and ethical friendly fabric.

Has anyone bought a tank dress from Bassike or Metalicus before? The XS looks a bit baggy?

Here are some other styles that I adore!

Happy shopping!
xxx


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Possibly Not So Nasty

25 February 2015

Have you ever shopped at Nasty Gal before? I haven’t… because the name alone makes me want to run far away!

But I recently bumped into a friend of mine who was wearing this lovely dress and it made me think twice about the site…

Nasty Gal Dress

Pretty huh?

So I popped over to the site and found some nice pieces – a spotty drop-waist dress, lips jumper, turtleneck dress, furry handbag.

And in the mix I found some crazy pieces too… try to spot the Dyspnea Mutha Fluffa Feather Dress!

 

 

Have you bought anything from Nasty Gal before? How’d you go?


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33 Poets from Tu Clothing

23 February 2015

On the weekend, I attended a Chinese New Year Ball and saw in the Year of the Goat with lots of eating, dancing and fireworks!!

This is the dress I wore to the ball – it’s not red, but isn’t it GORGEOUS?!

33 Poets Dress

I found it at a local boutique, Tu Clothing which focuses on West Australian fashion labels, independent designers, as well as popular Australian labels.

The dress is by 33 POETS, by Rebecca Paterson, one of Australia’s leading fashion practitioners in innovative and experimental design. I recognised her name, as she’s had another label (Breathless) and she has participated in various Fashion Weeks.

When I pulled this dress from the rack, I was struck by its beautiful fabric. The sales assistant explained it was “Shibori silk”; Shibori is a technique of Japanese tie-dying. I really wanted to try it on. But when I looked at the garment carefully, it was actually a SKIRT, in Size 10! Four sizes too big for me!

The sales assistant assured me that it was actually a kind of MULTI-WAY DRESS, and it would be fine on me. She did some dressing magic on me… and ta da! It was beautiful!
33 Poets Dress

I was able to borrow the dress for the evening.

This is me, back in my studio. It has some amazing folds, drapes and tucks. The sales assistant tied a few knots in the silk, under the layers, fluffed it up a bit and made it more boofy and Cinderella-like.

It was so pretty to wear :)

33 Poets Dress

This is the dress worn as a skirt. The shape is still beautiful, but it was too big for me around the waist, and it was really long. I had to tie the belt a few times around my waist, and bunch it up behind me for this photo.

The size 10 works as a dress for me, but not as a skirt. I would love to try it in a size 6 – it’d definitely be a front row, show stopper!

33 Poets Dress

And lastly, if you unzip the dress from top to bottom, it turns into a kind of kimono jacket. Looks like a stunning trench coat! You could totally get yourself street-snapped wearing it to a freezing New York Fashion week haha!

Again it was a bit too big for me, and again I’d love to try it in a size 6.

You can find out a bit more information about 33 POETS, their stockists and look at some of their current designs on their 33 POETS Facebook Page.

I know they have quite a lot of their stock at Tu Clothing & Cafe, who are actually having a massive designer clearance at the moment – do check it out!

Tu Clothing
218A William Street,
Northbridge WA

xxx


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Oversized Cardigans For All Seasons

17 February 2015

The weather around here has been a bit crazy lately. One day it’s warm and humid like a tropical country, the next day it’s cold, rainy and windy.

I want to share 2 new cardigans (one for warm weather and one for cool weather) that I’ve picked out for my wardrobe, because it’s always nice to have an oversized cardi to throw over an outfit.

My fashion rule when picking them this time: NO BLACK!

Jackets from FashionJunkee

This Vintage Inspired Boho Fringe Kimono Cardigan from FashionJunkee is quite pretty. I thought that it would be TOO pretty for me, but I like it. The colours are nice and feminine too.

It’s been great to keep the sun off my arms, shoulders and back. It looks great at the beach too.

Jackets from FashionJunkee

I haven’t tried many items with fringing. I just assume that the fringe look would be too boho and hippy looking for me.

But I think it looks quite cool and I might try a fringe skirt or bag next time.

Shorts by One Teaspoon, top by Sacha Drake from CiaoBella, heels by Betts.

Jackets from FashionJunkee

Trying to get away from black and white, this Tribal Cardigan with an Aztec design and warm earthy colours caught my eye.

Ponchos and wraps are popular these days, but since I’m so short and petite, I feel swallowed up by the large amounts of fabric and folds on a poncho.

This is a nice halfway between a poncho and a cardigan. I like the over-sized style, it’s quite different for me.

 

 

Jackets from FashionJunkee

Cardigan is from FashionJunkee, Top from Birdsnest, Shorts by Alice + Olivia, boots by Betts.


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Black and White Stripe Skirt from Modcloth

13 February 2015

Stripe Skirt from ModCloth

Last week I talked about circle skirts, and tested out a white mid length skirt from online shop Hello Parry. This week I want to show off another circle skirt that I bought recently.

It’s called the Stripe It Lucky Skirt from Modcloth.

When I saw the product page, it seemed like it was one of the most popular items on the Modcloth website! There were 250+ reviews and 30+ photos submitted by real customers (of all shapes and sizes) wearing the skirt and looking very happy with it.

I thought it looked really cute and decided to give it a go too. Besides, it was so affordable and it was 20% off (it’s STILL on a 20% off sale!).

Modcloth White Off White

The first thing I noticed about the Modcloth skirt was that it was not white. It’s not bright white, or off white, or WHITE white. It is a cream.

To show you the difference, I placed the skirt on top of this white midi skirt and hung them both over a white door, pictured above.

It did put me off a little. It just means I won’t wear a bright white top with it (which excludes a lot of tops in my wardrobe!).

But once I started wearing the skirt with black tops and coloured tops, the whole white balance of my outfit changes, and the cream actually does look “white” in the end.

I am usually a size XS (waist 63cm). But I ordered a size “S” and it fit perfectly. The waist band has a nice stretch to it, so it is really comfortable to wear. The skirt also has a rib texture to it, but it doesn’t look that bad at all.

Stripe Skirt from ModCloth

I really like this shorter length of skirt, because it suits my petite frame and it makes my legs look a bit longer :)

The shape holds nicely. It doesn’t crease like crazy. It flows and falls nicely. Basically, it’s a nice skirt for everyday wear!

If you’re looking for a new skirt, Modcloth has heaps of super cute styles, retro styles and pretty prints. Check them out here! Most of the skirts are set at a great price, although from experience, you might have to watch out for the sizing by reading other customer’s reviews.

Happy 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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Going Short

11 February 2015

I have been itching to get my hair cut short (shoulder length) for a loooong time!

But every time I get to the hair salon, I completely chicken out and ask for ” just a trim thanks”.

Hair Cut - Feb 2015

So last week, I rocked up at my regular hair salon (Curi Hair in Subiaco) and finally asked for SHORTISH HAIR.

I also decided that I wanted a digital perm (loose curls), to give my hair a slight curl.

Eeeek I was so nervous! I had absolute faith that my senior hair stylist would do an amazing job, but whether it was the right decision, on my part?!?! My tummy was a wobbling like jelly from the anticipation. I kept thinking – OMG what if I hate it!?!?!

This is my before photo. I had not coloured my hair, or had a hair treatment in 6 weeks. It was in a bit of a mess, it wasn’t styled. I went to the gym and it was overdue for a wash! I really needed to chop all my ends off!
Hair Cut - Feb 2015

And ta da! This is my after shot!

Hair cut - Feb 2015

Yay! It feels fantastic! I love the length! I love the curls at the end!

I haven’t had my hair this short in 13+ years?

Hair Cut - Feb 2015

This is me the day after. I feel so fresh and light.

I’m so so happy with it!


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Midi Skirts For Everyday Wear

5 February 2015

Last week I blogged about my new black sleeveless top from Hello Parry. (Which, I must say, is just perfect for showing off your shoulders, arms and all your hard work from pump class!)

This week I want to share the next item from Hello Parry that I’ve fallen in love with – this Poppy Laser Cut Midi Skirt.

Hello Parry White Skirt

I don’t own very many midi skirts or circle skirts. So it was a refreshing change to my usual dressing.

Circle skirts (or full/flare skirts) were popular in the 50s and usually worn with a net petticoat. The name came about because they were made from a single, circular piece of fabric. They are usually fitted at the waist, giving the wearer an accentuated hourglass shape; hence the style nods to classic ladylike sophistication.

THIS skirt is really good quality and made from a lovely thick, strong, soft, cotton fabric. The pleats are natural and flattering. And there is a tulle netting underneath that keeps the skirt in a flared shape. It’s really pretty! I’m wearing a size XS.

Since the skirt is flared and quite ladylike, I wore a tight crop top and sneakers to keep the outfit, balanced, casual and fun.

Right now, I want to show off how easy it is to wear midi skirts (especially in this circle/flare style) for everyday wear, using typical tops that I find in my wardrobe.

Hello Parry White Skirt

I’m wearing a loose slouchy singlet tank top (from Birdsnest), tucked into the skirt.

I wouldn’t wear a top that is untucked, as I’d lose the shape of my waist and I’d look like a tent.

(Actually I might wear it with an untucked, slouchy sweatshirt in winter.)

And I’m wearing classic, pointed toe, suede pumps to match the ladylike look of the skirt. Mine are by Acne Studios from Forward, but there are lots of good quality pumps (that won’t make your feet ache) at reasonable prices over here.

Hello Parry White Skirt

Here I’m wearing the skirt with a $19 slouchy boyfriend tee from Sportsgirl! I tucked it in in a messy way and kept it loose.

The overall outfit, still looks nice, relaxed, not too girly, and a bit polished.

I like the range of midi skirts over at Hello Parry… especially this striped ballerina skirt. And I also have my eye on the striped pencil skirt :)

Hope you’re also inspired to try out a midi skirt! Happy shopping!

xxx

 

 


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Feeling Summery

31 January 2015

Summer Outfit Jan 2014

Before the kids head back to school next week, we squeezed in a trip to the beach (again!) for one last spell of salt and sand.

Usually I wear long-sleeve, button-down shirts to the beach to protect my skin from the sun. But it was so hot and humid, that I decided to lather myself with suncream and wear my off-shoulder top instead.

Honestly I don’t think that my exposed skin cooled me down any more than if I had just brought an umbrella and sat in the shade. However, when we sat in an air conditioned cafe later on for lunch, I was a happy girl indeed.

You can’t really go wrong with floppy white shirt, cut off denim shorts and tan sandals for a summery outfit!

Top from Sportsgirl, shorts are my comfy old favourites from Just Jeans, sandals from Ecco, tote from Jeanswest.

Have a fantastic weekend and happy shopping!


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Hello Parry and Isabel Marant

23 January 2015

Hello Parry and Isabel Marant

I’m so pleased to introduce this online boutique to all my lovely readers!

Hello Parry is an online fashion store featuring some great new styles, with a stylish, understated, cool vibe – which I like a lot!

The store is based in Australia, and they have easy domestic shipping rates and fuss-free, flat-rate International shipping.

Things I like about the shop:

1) Quality for Price

The first question that came to mind was, why would I shop here instead of ASOS, Zalora, or an Asian-based blogshop… where you can buy similar looking dresses for $45 and skirts for $25. Well after checking out a whole stack of Hello Parry clothes, I can say that the quality is FAR better than something you’d buy from those other stores.

The quality matches that of global high street brands like Zara, French Connection and Topshop (sometimes better); but unlike those brands, you don’t have to worry that everyone else will be wearing the same thing as you!

2) I like the styles

Hello Parry stocks a nice range of ‘classic pieces’ with an edge. I like that the styles are ‘young and edgy looking’ but they also are suitable for a bit of grown up, lady-like dressing!

3) I love this top (pictured)!

This sleeveless Obira Layer Top comes in black and white. I wasn’t too sure about it at first, but after wearing it a few times, I’ve decided that it’s fabulous!

The sleeve design comes away from the shoulders, like a racer-back top style, so it looks modern, sleek and sexy. It is slightly textured and a bit like a shell top for office wear (it has similar material to a blazer) so it looks smart, polished and stylish. It also has a bit of structure to it and it keeps its shape, so it is not clingy.

It’s a bit cropped, so if I don’t want to flash my belly button, I just wear something high-waisted with them.

Hello Parry and Isabel Marant

I’ve already worn the top a couple of times so far, and this particular day I wore it to a meeting in the city.

I paired it with a new “investment piece” – this Isabel Marant Ponte Mini Skirt from The Outnet.

Shoes are Senso Rhiannon from The Iconic.

Saint Laurent Bold 1 Sunglasses from Vision Direct

Chain quilted bag from YesStyle.

I have a few more posts about Hello Parry goodies, so stay tuned!

Happy shopping xxx

 


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The Pointed Toe Loafer

21 January 2015

I have been looking everywhere for a pair of nicely-shaped, slightly pointed-toe, man-style loafers; and the pairs that I had my eyes one were these or these.

Unfortunately, they were a bit outside my price range – because I wasn’t entirely convinced that they would even suit me or my style. They looked gorgeously stylish, they looked amazing on other people, they are “on trend”… but that was not enough of a reason for me to drop $200 on them.

Anyway, I stumbled across these…

Boohoo Loafers

They are lovely! And they were only $30!!

I got them from Boohoo and for THAT price I didn’t really stop to consider whether it was worth the risk. For that price, I expected them to be cheap, stiff, plasticky shoes that dug into my ankles as I walked.

But no! They are lovely, soft, and quite breathable (ie. my feet don’t get sweaty and stinky in them). Even though they aren’t leather, they are nicely cushioned and comfy to wear. Even the stitching, the joins and the glued edges are nice.

Since buying them they have sold out online. They are called Lucy Loafers, so keep an eye out for them, as they might get restocked again.

They have been replaced by the Zoe Bow Trim Loafers ($40) or the Ella Chain Trim Loafers ($40) also from Boohoo.

I’ll try my new Lucy Loafers for a while… and if I think I might wear them for 4-5 seasons, then I might splurge on a leather pair after all!

Here are a few other designs that I found, prices range from $45 – $145.

Happy shopping!

xxx


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Black White Grey Kinda Day

18 January 2015

Black White Grey Kinda Day

Black, white, grey. Easy, simple, but still a bit smart. This is what my days have been like lately: Juggling the school holidays, my 3 kids, and a bit of blog work on the side.

I recently picked out this Olivia top from Club Couture, and I just adore it!

Black White Grey Kinda Day

It’s a kind of structured crop top, with a boxy shape that… keeps it’s shape. This makes the top a bit different to all the jersey, white, slouchy tees that I own, which is a good thing!

Black White Grey Kinda Day

I like the ‘crop top trend’ that is popular this season, but sometimes I don’t feel like wearing a top that is TOO CROPPED.

So this is a happy in-between length for me; not too short, not too long.

I’m wearing the top with a skirt by Naning9, trio bag from Witchery, necklace from Pigeonhole, Alexander Wang heels from Forward.

( 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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Gladiator Sandals

12 January 2015

Gladiator Lace up sandals

I was talking to a friend of mine about Senso sandals (specifically, my new ones in this post), and *alas* how we want to own ALL the Senso shoes, but we can’t afford them!

It prompted me to hunt around for similar looking sandal designs and – yay – I found a few by Atmos&here (in leather)!

Here are the links!

Leopard print leather sandals ($79.95)

Black leather sandals ($79.95)

White leather sandals ($79.95)

Hope you like them! Happy shopping!


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Off the Shoulder

9 January 2015

Off the Shoulder

Off the shoulder tops have become extremely popular again these days.

I used to own 2 of them (about 10 years ago) and um, I was once told that I had “nice collarbones” (??)… so I liked that these tops could show off my collarbones!

But the elastic of my old tops have since disintegrated, so I thought I’d buy a mid-priced, new one and relive my collarbone baring days.

That was back in September! I have been looking for a nice, mid-priced one since then. I didn’t want a cheap, flimsy one, so I expected that I had to pay around $60-$80. It had to be plain (not embellished) but not too plain. I had to be long (not too cropped) but not too long that it fell like a tunic. I didn’t like too much lace either.

Anyway, I bought this off-the-shoulder top from The Iconic, but it cost $120 and the fabric was not fantastic. The seam of the elastic wasn’t great either. It just felt and looked like a $30 garment. It wasn’t worth the price, so I returned it.

Then I bought another one from ASOS and returned it too. I looked through lots boutiques and the malls, but they were all so overpriced (like $90 -$150)!

It was only last week that I found this one from Sportsgirl for $69.95.

Off the Shoulder
I wore it out on Thursday night, for a girl’s night out… and I just adored it.

It was actually quite annoying to wear! The elastic that goes around my arms restricted my arm movements. So whenever I went to give someone a HELLO hug, the elastic sprung up to the top of my shoulders and I had to keep pulling them down back onto my arms haha. Such a pain! But it looked so cute!

I’m also wearing Acne Studio jeans, Senso heels, Witchery handbag, Shopbop earrings.

Here are some other places I found some off the shoulder tops.


Happy shopping!


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The Animal Print Skirt

3 January 2015

Finders Keepeer Skirt | Birdsnest Top

This is me, headed out to run some errands in the sweltering heat!

I’m wearing a Finders Keepers animal print skirt – which came out last year, and cost something like AUD$213 from Shopbop.

I fell in love with the bold, statement print and knew it would be a great addition to my wardrobe. I was dying to buy it… but alas, I just didn’t think it was worth the price!

So I waited and waited… and bingo. 12 months later, I bought it on ebay (newish with tags!!) for $45. Yippee! I love it!

My top is called the Drop Back Tank, from Birdsnest. It’s just one of those fantastic basic tops that I never think to buy. Yet I ALWAYS find myself grabbing it to wear, and it is ALWAYS on high rotation because it goes with pretty much everything.

My roll-top clutch is by a Korean brand, Sarah. You can find some very similar roll top clutches here and here.

Leather sandals are by Suboo. Hat from Kmart.

If you’ve also got your eye on a leopard print skirt, here are some similar styles I’ve found on the interwebs. Happy shopping!

And hope you have a fantastic weekend too!

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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Curtin Fashion Graduate Show 2014 – Zenith

31 December 2014

The latest fashion graduates from Curtin University showcased their final collection at Curtin Stadium last month.

I was invited to sit front row and enjoy the creative spectacle of student designs! I managed to take some beautiful pics :)

Curtin University Fashion Show 2014 - Zenith

Curtin University Fashion Show 2014 - Zenith

Curtin University Fashion Show 2014 - Zenith

Curtin University Fashion Show 2014 - Zenith

Curtin University Fashion Show 2014 - Zenith

1. I adored the boofy Victorian silhouette and the delicate, textured fabric of the dress from Rebecca Vandermeulen’s collection.

2. Models frozen in an awkward mid-step, look like they are dancing on the end of the catwalk. Creations by Naomi Randall.

3. Knitted, knotted, tangled beauty from Mallory Maduka-Ike’s “Chrysalis” collection.

4. Again, I was drawn to the knotted awesomeness by Jayde Christie.

5. Tia Tokic’s “Bacterium” collection was a stand out; her garments were visually striking with a strong concept, and they were very entertaining to see on a catwalk (thus memorable). But even more so – when I looked closely at her handiwork – I was completely inspired by her meticulous crafting skills.

I’d like some Bacterium bed slippers thanks!

View all photos from the Curtin Zenith Fashion Show via Songy Knox Photography.


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Senso Rhiannon II in Ebony

27 December 2014

Senso Rhiannon

Although I bought these Senso Rhiannon II heels a few weeks before Christmas, this is the first time they are making a debut on my blog :)

They look amazing and feel amazing. I really do feel like a rock star whenever I put them on!

Despite their edgy and fierce style, they are so SO comfortable to wear. I can easily walk around in them for 4-5 hours. They are definitely going to be on high rotation this season.

I did a bit of hunting around and found a few places to buy Senso shoes online – on sale with free shipping! (Apologies, some are not on sale anymore.)

Happy shopping!


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50% off Three Floor Dresses at ASOS

18 December 2014

Three Floor Dresses

Oh wow! Since writing about my Three Floor Dress earlier this week, I found a whole heap of Three Floor Dress styles at ASOS – on 50% off sale :)

These dresses are from $100 – $180, which is an amazing bargain when they’re usually $300-$400.

They’re perfect for a New Year’s Eve party!

Scroll below for a direct link to the dresses – happy shopping!


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The Library Dress Hire

17 December 2014

Yesterday I mentioned I borrowed a dress from a new dress hire boutique in Perth, called The Library Dress.

I’ve never done it before, because my thinking has been that if I’m going to spend $130-$150 to hire a dress that I’ll wear ONCE, I may as well put in a bit more money and spend $250 on a dress that I can keep forever. Am I right?!

I estimate that every year I go to one or two weddings, one black tie corporate ball, and maybe 6-8 big functions… which is possibly a bit more than most people, but hey, it’s part of my job.

Anyway, the problem is that these days… to find a standout, stunning, on-trend, designer dress, that fits me, and hopefully no one else is wearing… I’m looking at dresses that are priced around $300-$600, which is frankly a bit too expensive, and I already don’t have enough hanger space.

So the option to HIRE a “standout, stunning, on-trend, designer dress” is very appealing to me.

 

Three Floor Dress, The Library Dress

This is a Three Floor Behaviour Self Rose Gold Lace Dress, RRP $350. To hire it was $80 (including the cost of dry cleaning!)

It looked freaking amazing and was such a great dress to wear! It is made from thick, strong stretchy material that acted like a kind of corset and fit me perfectly.

It had lace and cool cut-outs and a bold and striking style. I absolutely loved it!

Three Floor Dress, The Library Dress

The Library Dress is based in Claremont. Phoebe, the owner, shares a showroom with a stylish design company, and thus is able to keep her overhead costs down, which translates into a more affordable price for her clients. Apparently most hire places have a hire cost AND THEN you have to pay for your own dry cleaning.

The hire price range at The Library Dress shop is $70 – $140 (with the cost of dry cleaning included).

She has an amazing collection of dresses for hire!

Here are a few that caught my eye.

The Library Dress

There are short dresses by Josh Goot, Nicholas and Alex Perry.

The Library Dress

Medium length and long dresses by Alice McCall, Manning Cartell, Carla Zampatti, Aelkemi and many more.

You can check out The Library Dress Facebook Page which has photo albums of dresses you can hire.

For my readers who are not in Perth, I’m sure there’s a dress hire boutique in your city that is only a Google Search away!

Enjoy!