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New Love for Mini Bags + Shopbop’s Buy More, Save More Sale

21 November 2017

Mini Bags from Shopbop

Hi everyone!

When my children were babies + toddlers, I used to carry a HUGE NAPPY BAG to fit all their nappies, bottles, food, bibs, snacks, toys and more…. omg there was so much stuff!

The moment I no longer had to carry all that crap (when my youngest kid was 5 and started full time school) was a day of celebration! In fact, my youngest kid is now 8 and I’m still celebrating.

I’ve recently started to be a bit obsessed about MINI BAGS.

Sometimes I just have to dash out to grab something, deliver something, drop one of my kids off somewhere, stop for a coffee. So sometimes I just need a bag just big enough for my phone, keys and some money.

Mini Bags from Shopbop

I recently picked out this 3.1 Phillip Lim Alix Micro Bag (in Fawn) courtesy of Shopbop.

The leather is so SOOOO lovely and soft. I love the small, minimal and cute look to it. And yep, it fits everything I need and a few extras (like a lip gloss stick and a coin purse).

This MICRO style also comes in a Alix Micro BlackAlix Micro Navy and Alix Micro Cement Grey. But unfortunately some have sold out since I’ve written this post – because they are all currently 25% off!

Here are some other styles that I’m swooning over, which are a little less pricey too.

Mini Bags from Shopbop

These Furla Metropolis Mini Bags are such a simple and classic style.

I love that they are so minimal, featuring a little bit of gold hardware.

I’ve been eying one for ages. I just don’t know which to get. Black is a bit boring, but I’ll use it the most. I love the idea of white, but I guarantee I’ll get dirty. Navy is a nice because it’s a bit different.

They are 12.5cm x 17cm – so it fits my phone!

They come in Onyx (Black) , Petalo (White), and Navy.

 

Mini Bags from Shopbop

I think these Marc Jacobs Snapshot Bags are very cool too. These are 20% off at the moment.

These are 11cm x 19cm. I love the thick, patterned straps. And I kind of love that pink sequin one.

They come in Gold, Pink, and Black.

 

Mini Bags from Shopbop

These Zac Posen Eartha Mini Chain Bags are a lot more feminine and cute. Perfect for adding a pop of fun to my everyday wear.

They are 13cm x 20cm and they are also 20% off.

They come in Black Chain, Black Floral Appliqué and Geranium Floral Chain.

Pop over to check out the SHOPBOP Buy More, Save More Sale

Sale runs from 21 Nov – 26 Nov 2017.
20% off orders of $200+
25% off orders of $500+
30% off orders of $800+
Simply use promotion code “MORE17″ at the checkout.

Woohoo have fun!

Can’t wait to share what I picked up too :)

Enjoy!
xxx


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What I Wore: Sunshine and Rainbows

19 November 2017

Hello Parry Tee

Personally, I find t-shirt shopping to be incredibly boring. I’d much rather wear a silk top, or a shirt, or a camisole.

But lately, I’ve become a bit obsessed about finding a good tee.

I’ve tossed out a lot of my old ones (with holes and stains) and here I am… on the hunt for “the perfect tee”.

I bought two from Uniqlo. They were OK. I didn’t like the material. They just felt thick and weird. I found them too stretchy and they warped after a few washes. I still wear them though!

I bought one from Grana. It felt really lovely and had a nice shape, but it was too see-through. It’d be fine in a different colour, but not white.

I actually like the kids “Organic Cotton” range from Best and Less (which I’ve bought for my kids), but it seems a bit wrong to pay $4 for a t-shirt?? Something is not quite right with that pricing structure!

In the meantime, I picked up this super cute Sunshine & Rainbow Tee from Hello Parry, with embroidered text (not print). The cotton is lovely, thick, has a nice shape and much better quality than the Uniqlo tee. But the cotton is not as smooth/soft as the Uniqlo one.

Denim skirt by Lovers + Friends (omg I’m obsessed about this skirt! I’m wearing it everywhere!), Acne Studios Jensen Booties, APC Handbag, Celine Sunnies and Jeanswest denim jacket.

Have a great week!
xxx


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Red Ruffle Dress + Click Frenzy

13 November 2017

Brought to you by Revolve

Heads up everyone! Revolve are having their Click Frenzy Sale right now, meaning there’s Up to 60% Off all sale items.

They also have free shipping to Australia (over $100) and free returns from Australia… so they are making it pretty darn easy to get into the whole clicking spirit.

I guess it’s a perfect time to pick out a few outfits for the festive season!

I made a little edit of “Dresses on Sale That You Have To Check Out” below, so do scroll down for some inspo, or just make a mad dash over to the Dress Sale section yourself for a head start.

However, first of all I just wanted to share this Lovers + Friends Gigi Wrap Dress

Lovers + Friends Red Dress

Ahh I’m totally in love with it.

The rich, deep red colour is so lush and unique, that it has pretty much sky rocketed to be one of my favourite dresses.

I look like the dancing emoji lady in this dress. I instantly feel all swirly and flamboyant as I walk around in it.

They say style and confidence should come from within. But hey, sometimes you need a winning dress that fits, flatters and falls so nicely on you that you feel comfortable, confident and makes you feel like dancing!

Lovers + Friends Red Dress

So I have a few wrap dresses, but this one is much more silky and ruffly than I’m used to.

It has a semi-open back and semi-halter shoe string shoulders. It’s a bit tricky to wear, as you have to thread your arms through a few shoestrings, in the right order haha.

The midi length makes it very wearable. The silky fabric makes it look gorgeous and luxe.

My only problem with it is… it’s too sexy/revealing. The wrap skirt doesn’t actually close up, so if a wind blows, or if I walk too fast, my skirt will lift up. I’d feel more comfortable with a button or stitch to preserve my modesty. It’s something I can easily do myself, so no biggie.

It also comes in black. I’m wearing Size XS.

Lovers + Friends Red Dress

Unfortunately this dress isn’t on sale. However these dresses are under AU$100… and I am pretty tempted to nab a bargain.

Privacy Please Inwood Dress – I have this dress in a slightly different style. It’s perfect for easy and effortless summer errands.

JOA Floral Wrap Dress – Lovely pink floral wrap dress. Lady like and perfect for an outdoor garden party.

Privacy Please Pink Delta Dress – I have two wrap dresses in this style. Love wearing them. This pink is very cute.

Lovers + Friends Off Shoulder Cotton Dress – This pale blue dress with little pink dots is really cute too.

Tularosa Smocked Dress – Simple, white, beachy dress with tiny cut-outs. Very cute. I’ve had my eye on this one for ages.

Hope you find something you like!

Happy shopping!

xxx


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Going Lighter for Summer

7 November 2017

After months of procrastinating, I finally decided it was time for a hair change.

I’ve been wanting lighter hair for a while – light, but NOT TOO LIGHT!

I had balayage years ago, and I’ve lightened my whole head of hair before too. I wanted something in between. But I didn’t really know how to explain it to my hair stylist.

And at the same time I didn’t want to walk away with an expensive hair treatment, but look like I had nothing done?!

I also want to point out that I have quiet a few strands of grey coming through, so I go into the salon every 4 weeks to get my roots done. So the new hair colour will have to work with that.

Lighter hair by Curi Hair

I went to the team at Curi Hair in Subiaco, and very inarticulately explained what I wanted.

My hair stylist said they were going to give me a semi-balayage with some spread-out highlights, with a bit of medium brown colour for my roots, and an intense ash toner to keep it a warm brown, not a bright orange.

The whole process took about 3 hours in the chair.

Lighter hair by Curi Hair

The result was gorgeous! I’m so happy with it!

I love that there are light bits and dark bits, and it’s all scattered around and a bit uneven.

I was told that I have to come in again in 3-4 weeks to get more ash-coloured toner (colour) put in, or the colour will fade and my hair will look orangey. I’ll probably do a hair oil treatment, or keratin treatment to keep my hair soft, shiny and smooth too.

Nothing like a new hairdo to welcome the new season!


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What I Wore: Stud boots, which need upgrading

4 November 2017

Change in Weather

A couple of years ago, Chloe released these Susanna Stud Boots (link goes to FWRD), which I really liked, but I thought they were a bit too over-the-top to be everyday boots.

So instead of buying them, I got some good quality, leather, “inspired” boots from a Korean brand instead. All the high street stores like Zara and Topshop had versions of them (not in leather).

But just because everyone is copying it, doesn’t make it right. Part of me thinks that “inspired versions” are ok, but “exact replicas” are not? None the less, I feel quite bad for getting them.

Anyway, guilt aside. 4 years later, I still wear these boots ALL. The. Time.

They turn out to be very cool everyday boots. And they instantly up the vibe of any boring and everyday outfit!

So I think I’ll buy some real ones for next winter :)

Change in Weather

I’m wearing my Grana silk camisole, which I had previously said was slightly too small, but that doesn’t stop me from wearing it! It’s such a fab everyday top.

Lovers + Friends Black Denim Skirt, yep a bit expensive, but it doesn’t curl up at the hem!

Acne Studios Raya Cardigan, this cardigan was so itchy when I first got it. Thankfully it has softened up and it is just lovely to wear on cold mornings. It’s an XS, which on hindsight is a bit big for me. I should have got the XXS.

A.P.C. Half Moon Bag is definitely one of my favourite and most used bags. Small, cute, sturdy and structured, it fits all my essentials.


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Fancy Sliding

31 October 2017

Hi everyone!

I’ve been crazy about fancy slides. I love mine because they go nicely with blue jeans, black jeans and black pants – which is pretty much what I wear 80% of the time!

They add a nice hint of colour to my very BLACK + WHITE + GREY + DENIM wardrobe.

They’ll be around for a few more seasons, so I’ve got my eye on a few “affordable” styles.

I checked out Zara the other day, their slides are still about $60-$80 and the quality were OK. Anything cheaper (under $50) didn’t feel very nice to wear. So I found a few fancy slides from Shopbop, between AU$110 – AU$160 to share:

Fancy Slides from Shopbop

Steven Valent Mules (A$143.05) – Oooh I like these so much. They will be perfect with my blue denim + white t-shirts. A very versatile colour combination, without being “too colourful”.

Fancy Slides from Shopbop

Jeffrey Campbell Jena2 Pom Pom Mules (A$164.05) – These are a bit special! They are pretty much a more affordable version of Aquazzura’s flats with pom poms. However these cost um… 6 times less and these have a cute heel.

Being silver makes it a bit more versatile, as it’s a “neutral colour”.

Fancy Slides from Shopbop

The Fix Fay 2 Mules (A$111.55) – These are super pretty! I love the hint of red and pinks. Once again, they’ll be perfect for casual wear (that is, white t-shirt and blue denim).

Fancy Slides from Shopbop

Jeffrey Campbell Claes Mules (A$131.24) – These are a little more fancy! The blue is super striking, but they will go perfectly with a monochrome outfit.

Happy browsing or shopping!

xxx


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What I Wore: Grab and Go Red Dress

25 October 2017

Lovers & Friends Dress

I’ve been trying to wear more bright and vibrant colours in my everyday going-out outfits.

If you scroll through my “Fashion & Shopping” section, you’ll see that I tend to wear the same old black, white, denim, grey pieces, sometimes blush. And it has only been in the last month or so that I’ve been experimenting with wearing some red styles.

I picked out this Lovers + Friends Etra Dress because I was looking for something that could be worn to both day and night events (courtesy of Revolve).

The fabric is a floaty, silky texture, without the delicate and high-maintenence nature of silk.

It is really a lovely, effortless dress, that HIDES EVERYTHING, but still looks bold and feminine.

I like it because it’s now one of my “grab and go” dresses. It is easy, no fuss, hangs in my wardrobe, all ready to go when I’m stuck for something nice to wear RIGHT NOW. I’m wearing Size XS.

Lovers + Friends have quite a few dresses made from this material.

Some are not as “grab and go” though, but are equally bold and pretty!

Red Dresses from Revolve

Left to Right:

Gigi Wrap Dress – I’ve ordered this one! It’s so pretty!

Haven Dress – One shoulder + nice ruffles.

Flynn Mini Dress – Long sleeve, wrap style + nice ruffles.

Sur Mini Dress – not pictured. This one is deep green, but same fabric.

Red Dresses from The Iconic

On the same note, I found some other easy-to-wear red dresses on The Iconic, which I’m also quite obsessed about. I haven’t bought them though, I just have them in my wishlist / shopping cart haha.

MNG Vivian Dress – also red with a floral print. Love the simple/ vintage style of this dress! This one is my favourite.

Atmos + Here Bambi Swing Dress – also red with a small floral print.

MLM Noah Dress – floral print with a little lace detail. MLM do gorgeous dresses!

Happy shopping!

xxx


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Mansur Gavriel Mini Mini Bucket Bag and FWRD’s 3-Day Designer Sale

24 October 2017

Brought to you by FWRD

FWRD Spring Sale

Ahhh you all know I love a good sale!

One of my favourite online stores FWRD is having a 3-Day Sale, offering 20% off all sale items.

Simply use the code “20MORE” at the checkout. Only on for 3 days, so do pop over to take a peek.

I managed to snap up this gorgeous Mansur Gavriel Mini Mini Bucket Bag! Unfortunately it’s sold out now. Gotta get in quick.

It’s such a gorgeous bag!

I just LOVE this Mini Mini Bag size. I thought it might be too small and that I’d need a Mini Bag Size to fit all my stuff. But it’s such a great size for a little everyday bag.

I can fit my purse, phone, compact camera, keys and a few beauty items. The essentials!

FWRD Spring Sale

In the past I have bought quite a few items during their sale periods (they have one of the best sales for designer items, in my opinion!) such as these Acne Studios pumps (pictured), an Isabel Marant silk shirt, 3.1 Phillip Lim sandals, Alexander Wang heels… all from around 40% – 60% off.

So I went through the whole sale list and picked out some brands with some great items to share:

3.1 Phillip Lim – Great statement basics

Acne Studios – More great statement basics

Alexander Wang – Cool accessories!

Ancient Greek Sandals – Lovely leather sandals

Aquazzura – lots of beautiful shoes on sale

Citizens of Humanity – great jeans

Comme De Garcons Play – cute tees!

Erdem – floral statement pieces

Frame – best jeans

K.Jacques – love these sandals

Tibi – so many great tops for sale!

Zimmermann – Ruffle tops anyone?

Have shopping!

xxx


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What I Wore: Dinner Date

19 October 2017

Dinner Date

When our kids were much younger, my husband and I used to go out for regular “date nights”.

The kids used to consume our entire world and we desperately needed to have a few hours to ourselves where we could feel like adults.

Now that our kids are much older (14, 12 and 8) they are still our entire worlds – but we don’t feel like we’re drowning in it.

Now, my husband and I spend a lot of time with each other. We go for evening walks every night and leave the kids at home. We sit in the front lounge room and chat quietly over a cup of tea, while the kids are at the other side of the house. Or we catch up for coffee and brunch during our lunch breaks. So we’ve had less date nights these last few years.

The other night was our first in a while.

Drinks. Dinner. Movie. Walk along the river. Simple, but perfect night out!

We even stopped by a late night secondhand bookstore (this guy knows the way to my heart haha!).

I’m wearing:

Lovers + Friends Top from Revolve – such a pretty and easy-to-wear top, with lots of wow. I absolutely love their range of tops, because I’m always stuck saying, “Omg I need a nice going-out top”… check these out here.

Isabel Marant Skirt from The Outnet – an oldie but a goodie. A black mini is always in fashion!

Tibi Slingback Heels from Shopbop – These are just kitten heels, but my legs look really long here. It must be my pose and camera angle. They don’t really look this long in real life.

Whistles Clutch from ASOS – I love how this cute clutch adds a bit of fun to any outfit. Ever though it’s a weird light grey purple, it really does go with anything!

I’m actually wearing some bracelets on my wrist, but you can’t see them. Maybe I should have worn some earrings to add some bling to my outfit. Whatever.

xxx


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Beauty Favourites from Bobbi Brown

18 October 2017

Bobbi Brown Updates

This post isn’t sponsored! I bought all these products myself and no one’s asking me to write about anything in particular. I’m just super happy with these purchases!

In terms of beauty products, I think the older I get, I just want to buy something really good, that WORKS.

So I want to share a few of my favourite Bobbi Brown goodies that I have been using for the last 9 months.

They have been my go-to brand for all my makeup essentials. I haven’t had much luck with foundations, concealers and powders from Nars, Mac and a few others.

Long Wear Gel Eyeliner

I struggle with oily eyelids (it’s real ok?). Meaning if I wear eyeliner, it transfers to my upper eye lid within a few hours. I have to constantly wipe my upper eye lids with my fingers (which smudges into a smoky look by the end of the day) or constantly dust powder on my eyelids every few hours.

The staying power of this gel has been pretty impressive.

Eye Liner Brush

Omg you’d think $43 for a brush is a bit over the top? But this little beauty hasn’t failed me yet.

It’s surprisingly easy to use, considering I’ve been using ink eyeliner pens for years.

Long-Wear Eye Base

I was convinced by a Bobbi Brown sales lady to try this. I was a bit skeptical. But when I use this base, my eye shadow and eye liner stays put for longer and looks fab!

I wear shade: Medium

BB Cream SPF30+

My sister has used this BB Cream for years and I finally gave it a go. It is brilliant! Such beautiful texture and cover-up. It’s a little exxy, but it just feels amazing and the colour blends so nicely into my skin. Hands down the best BB Cream I’ve tried to date.

I guess you could say it’s a kind of lightweight foundation, with sheer to medium coverage (covers redness), with SPF 30+ and super moisturising.

Sometimes I wear it on its own, sometimes I use it as a base.

My shade is: Natural

I’ve placed an order for a couple of other Best Seller products and can’t wait to share!

(Btw, my links use an affiliate link, so if you do buy, I do get a little commission. However, if you’re a first time Bobbi brown buyer, don’t buy online, you should probably buy from in a real store first, so you can test out the products.)


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What I Wore: Weekend Vibes

15 October 2017

Weekend Vibes

Hello hello!

Today I’m sharing a few of my fashion goals for Spring —

1) Reach for my red lipstick!

I always buy more reds, hoping I’ll find the perfect red and hoping I’ll wear them more. But alas, I keep reaching for my nudes.

2) Reach for my fun/interesting/different shoes.

Flip flops are out.

3) Denim denim denim.

Not going to win any fashion awards here. I’m going to try to DIY some of my old denim pieces.

4) Reach for more colour and patterns.

I’m trying to wear at least one colour item. I think this includes the red lipstick.

5) Try not to buy so much fast fashion

I’m trying to buy better quality, timeless styles that I can wear season after season.

Weekend Vibes

As for today, it’s the weekend and I’m wearing red lipstick, denim, and quirky shoes:

White One Shoulder Top from ASOS Sale – Lovely, simple top. It’s cotton, so it needs a good iron before I wear it. Light, breezy and versatile, it’s such a great top for summer!

Candice GRLFRND Jeans from Revolve – Love these jeans!

Tibi Slingback Heels from Shopbop – Aaah these feel so amazing on my feet! More affordable version here and here, both from ASOS, but I don’t know about comfort.

Round Straw Bali Bag from Kinilush – I first saw this bag while I was in Bali last year. Should have bought it then! This one is handmade in Indonesia, with a leather strap. Super cute!

Have a fab week ahead!


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What I Wore: Grey Blazer and Sling Backs

9 October 2017

Grey Blazer + Sling Backs

My $1 op-shopped jacket has been getting a really good work out lately. It’s a great alternative to my denim jacket or my slouchy knit cardigan.

I wore this out to a “meeting” the other day, which was really just a casual brunch with some clients/girlfriends, where we talked about work, skincare, arm toning, and having to explain cocktail names to kids.

Basically I was waaaay over dressed, and I seriously looked like I needed to work 15 years in an office to get over my whole office chic thing – ha!

I may not be on my way to being a millionaire… but doing a job I love and working with such inspiring, good-hearted, generous, and funny people makes my world go around!

Grey Blazer + Sling Backs

Outfit:

Cue Grey Blazer (op-shopped)

Uniqlo White Tee

Frame Le Color Skinny Jeans (wearing size 25, bought 2 years ago, they are still stark black and still have an amazing fit. One of my best jeans ever!)

3.1 Phillip Lim Soleil Bag from Shopbop

Tibi Slingback Heels from Shopbop


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What I Wore: Grey Blazer and Flares

29 September 2017

Grey Blazer + Flares

Hi everyone, today I’m sharing few new things that have landed in my wardrobe recently.

Op Shopped Grey Blazer

During the last few weeks, I had been on a mission to go op shopping to buy myself a grey blazer.

You see, a long time ago, I bought myself a grey boyfriend blazer that fit me perfectly. But earlier this year, during a wardrobe clean out, I decided I wasn’t getting any wear out of it, and gave it away to the Salvation Army.

So you can imagine how hard I face-palmed myself when I realised that grey blazers were coming back into the street style fashion scene. Sigh.

Anyway, back to op shopping. You may have been following my shopping adventures on my Instagram stories, and you may have noticed how many racks of grey brazers there are in this world. So if you’re thinking of buying one, please head out to your local op shop and look there first!

I went to 4-5 op shops and from what I saw, you could pick up pretty good quality jackets by Country Road, Witchery, David Jones, Sussan, Table Eight, Basque, Cue, Marcs… from $15 – $5. Then you can get it dry cleaned for around $15 – $12. There were so many in size 8, 10, 12,14 and 16. I was looking for a size 6, which are a bit harder to find.

As for this grey blazer that I bought, it is by Cue and it’s in perfect condition. It was a perfect fit for me, perfect colour and pinstripe, and it was selling for a grand total of $1! The lining, fabric, cut and style were just amazing. It would have been $250 brand new.

It’s even better than my original grey blazer! Woo hoo!

Grey Blazer + Flares

Flared pants from Revolve

I find it so hard to buy pants online. But I was very keen on these flares, so I took a bit of a risk and guessed to buy a size XS.

Suffice to say, these are one of the most comfortable pants I’ve ever owned!

They are by Lovers & Friends and the exact style has been sold out. However they have released some new styles, Carmelita Flares (extra ruffly), Slash Pants (I also wanted these), Calista Pants (very sexy!).

I am wearing the XS and I had to take mine to a tailor to get about 15cm taken off – because I’m really short!

As much as I love my luxe fabrics, these poly blends are pretty amazing. They are soft, comfortable, breathable, strong, stretchy, forgiving, so robust and so easy to wear. Plus they don’t crease at all, so I can store them over a hanger, grab them in a hurry, chuck them on and elevate my whole outfit in 5 seconds.

Silk Camisole by Grana – This one is has a nice neckline and I don’t have to iron it every time I wear it!

Dahlia Shoes by Wittner – They also come in Navy + White Stars and Nude + Gold Stars.

SkinnyDip Clutch from ASOS – Love this little clutch to add a bit of fun and colour to my outfit!

Have a great weekend everyone! Hope you have lots planned!

xxx


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New In: Sling Backs and Kitten Heels

28 September 2017

Shopbop Tibi End of Season Sale -

Love them or hate them… sling back heels and kitten heels are in for the next few seasons.

I used to LOVE wearing my kitten heeled shoes! I’m so happy they’ve come back in fashion!

I decided to dive straight in and purchase these beautiful Lia Slingback Pumps by Tibi, courtesy of Shopbop.

I actually spotted the exact shoes in Zara for a quarter of the price, although the leather was crinkled and shiny. I tried the Zara ones on, wore them around the shop and they were quite stiff to walk in and they cut into the sides of my feet and my heels.

I knew if I bought them, I wouldn’t wear them much and I’d be wearing/buying them just for photo shoots and Instagram?!? Haha I didn’t want to do that, so I decided to get the real deal from Shopbop.

Omg these Tibi shoes are just divine!

The leather is so soft and supple. They feel like soft gloves on my feet. The kitten heel makes them so wearable and comfortable for everyday wear. They look a bit quirky and different. I absolutely want to wear them with everything – jeans, culottes, skirts.

Good news is that Shopbop is having it’s End of The Season Sale offering 20% off orders under $500 and 25% off orders $500 or more. Simply use the code “EOTS17″ at the checkout. Includes full priced and sale items.

There are a few brand exclusions, but the available brands and products will be marked with the EOTS17 label.

Here are a few of my favourite brands from Shopbop, that are included in the sale:

Alexander Wang – For statement handbags
A.P.C – For lovely, leather bags with Parisian casual-cool
Aquazzura – For amazing, statement heels
Charlotte Olympia – For those classic kitty flats!
Diane von Furstenberg – For classic wrap dresses
Equipment – For beautiful silk shirts
Lover – For beautiful lace dresses
P.E Nation – For much coveted activewear
Rag & Bone/Jean – For classic leather boots, shoes and jeans
Rails – For lovely, checked shirts
Repetto – For classic ballet flats
Schutz – For excellent quality on-trend shoes
Self Portrait – For beautiful statement dresses
Tibi – For beautiful quality everyday basics with a Soho vibe
Zimmermann – For stunning floral dresses

Have fun! Enjoy the sale!

xxx


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Review: Grana Silk Top, Silk Pants and Silk Bomber

27 September 2017

Grana Silk Review
Hi everyone!

The team at Grana sent me some silk pieces to see what I thought about them.

I chose these particular silk pieces, because they look like great basics for Spring and Summer. And yes, I chose all black items (haha!) so I can mix and match them easily with the rest of my wardrobe. Today I’m reviewing :

1) Silk Round Neck Camisole
2) Silk Flat Front Ankle Pants
3) Silk Bomber

You can read my original review here, where I compared Grana silks with some of my silk tops from Equipment, Isabel Marant, Tibi and a few others.

Basically, a lot of Grana silk pieces are made from “Crepe De Chine Silk”, which feels slightly velvety and textured (kind of similar to my Equipment Signature shirt). Some other Grana silk pieces are “Silk Georgette”, which feels a bit more slippery and satiny… so it depends on which “feel” you like.

In terms of cost, Grana are transparent with their markups and their manufacturing journey from fabric mills to production to shipping directly from their warehouse, fair labour conditions and ethical workplace environments. So even though their prices seem unusually cheap, I do feel pretty good about spending my money there. I’m a bit of a fan.

Grana Silk Review
1) Silk Round Neck Camisole – Firstly, omg this silk tank is only AU $62.

In terms of stitching, drape, seams, feel of the fabric, thickness, weight of fabric… it is really good quality. It’s made from Grana’s crepe de chine silk and it is so much nicer than silk from high street stores like Zara, H&M, Topshop, Sportsgirl.

In the past I have picked out size XS for Grana silk camisoles, as I’m usually a Size AU6.

But for some reason I decided to go with XXS and yep, it was a tiny bit small and tight across the bust/chest for me. You probably can’t see it in the photo, but it pinches me a little under the arms if I move my arms forward in a certain way.

I should have double checked the “Garment Size Chart” — oops! Ahh, it looks fine most of the time, and it’s still pretty comfortable, so I decided not to return it.

The top half of the camisole has a double lining of silk, which adds a nice weight to it.

I can comfortably wear a strapless bra with it, and it doesn’t peek out at the sides.

It’s a lovely basic top to have in my wardrobe.

Not so great things about it:

– It’s not BLACK black. Because of the “velvety” silk, the black colour is more like a faded dark grey.

– This top has a round neck front and racerback style back. However I already have a “Racerback Silk Camisole” by Grana (this one) which has a slightly different front, and a similar racerback style back. So they are quite similar.

I felt that maybe this Round Neck top should also have a “round neck” back to make it a more classic style?? (I just read the product page and this top is actually a “restyle” of the original “Racerback Silk Camisole”. So if you already have the Racerback Silk Cami, maybe you don’t need this one??)

– My wardrobe is quite FULL and all my clothes kind of PRESS together haha. So this silk top tends to crease (just a soft, floppy kind of buckle) that I have to steam out every time I wear it! Other’s might not be so fussy about soft, floppy buckles! It’s a bit annoying, but hey it’s silk. First world problem, sorry.

Nothing else to fault. It’s fantastic for it’s price!

Grana Silk Review

Grana Silk Review

2) Silk Flat Front Ankle Pants – These pants sell for AU$95, which is great value for simple, good quality silk pants.

I like that they are just plain pants, with a tailored look. No frills, no added details. They are slightly high-waisted and have an elastic waist, which is very comfortable, kind of makes me feel like I’m wearing pyjamas.

I’m wearing size XS Short. They are a PERFECT leg length for me (I’m 160cm). They are really comfortable to wear and move around in.

However, when I pull them up, I stretch the waistband fully and they *just* manage to stretch over my bottom. Stretching them to their maximum capacity makes me feel that I might tear or over-stretch them, and I think that maybe I need a bigger size?!

But once the pants are on my waist, tummy, hips and bottom, they are a perfect fit. I don’t feel that I  need a bigger size. I really like them.

Again they are made from Grana’s crepe de chine silk, and they are pretty strong and robust for pants. I like to sit cross legged on my office chair, and I can do that in these pants haha.

I actually have the Silk Ankle Pants (in white) which has a rouched front and it looks more casual. I like the Flat Front ones better, as I like the tailored look more.

Not so great things about it:

– They are not BLACK black. Because of the “velvety” silk, the black colour is more like a faded dark grey.

– Waistband is pretty tight to get over my bottom.

– They need a bit of a steam before I were them.

Overall, these pants get me on price and comfort.

I went to a few designer boutiques last month to do some window shopping. I tried on some silk pants and culottes. Yes their silk were thicker and felt more luxurious, but they were $700-$900 – eeek, way too expensive for me.

Grana Silk Review

3) Silk Bomber – This silk bomber is AU $178 and made from 22mm Silk Georgette Satin shell, 12mm Silk Satin Lining and 100% Cotton Rib for cuffs, collar and hem.

Initially I wasn’t keen on bomber jackets. I have so many blazers and knit cardigans that I really didn’t need another light weight jacket.

But because of the bomber shape and the 100% silk fabric, it has a really nice casual luxe look to it that sits nicely between “smart” and “casual” and I’m totally sold now. I really, really like it!

The silk is amazing for a jacket. It’s very robust, smooth and a bit matte (I don’t really like satin jackets). It feels so much nicer than polyester!

I don’t need to constantly steam the creases out of it every time I want t wear it.

It is BLACK black, which looks great.

Quality, stitching, seams, garment weight, fabric feel, thickness – all fabulous.

I chose the XXS, which fits well, makes me look slim and petite. But when zipped up, it is a bit tight at my waist and it rides up to give me a cropped look.

So I should have gotten a size up (XS) for a more relaxed and roomy fit.

Not so great things about it:

– I’m not crazy about the zipper. It’s a little “rough” to zip up or down. Not that I’ll be zipping it up or down very often. It’s NOT scratchy, sharp or rough to touch. When you look at the zip up close, the stitching, the seams and shape of the metal zips all look absolutely high quality. But if you look at it from far, I think it looks a little too shiny and hints at being a bit cheap. Maybe it’s the way the zip line bends?

– The price might be a bit high for most people (I think?). The fact that you could probably buy a very similar jacket from Zara, Topshop, H&M, Sportsgirl, or Witchery for the same price or less… might turn people away. I guess you would have to be looking for a good quality bomber jacket that was made by a brand, who prides itself as having an ethical manufacturing process, to feel that this jacket was worth its price, maybe?

Anyway, despite that, I still would LOVE to have this bomber in Bright Green. It’s on the wishlist. I might wait for the sale?

In the meantime, my black one looks awesome with skinny jeans, a white tee and some heels!

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Phew. Hope you enjoyed my review!

You can read some more of my Grana reviews here >


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John Taylor Watches: Every Moment is Precious

26 September 2017

John Taylor Watch

I made a new friend last year. She’s one of those lovely people, who, whenever I catch up with her, makes me think – Wow, I wish I could be just as lovely, graceful, and genuine as her!

It’s so rare to know a person like that in your life. And I’m pretty excited to be working with her on this blog post.

John Taylor WatchesAnoushka and her husband have two young daughters. When her oldest daughter, Isabella was 6 months old, she was diagnosed with retinoblastoma (cancer of the eyes).

She had a whole series of therapies, chemotherapy, and her right eye was removed. Isabella is now 10 years old, cancer free, and still uses a prosthetic eye, but of course there are many medical repercussions that may arise as Isabella grows up, including trips to the US to see eye specialists and future treatments.

So out of love and determination to invest in their future, they created a small business, John Taylor Watches, to help raise funds for their family.

I really love that. I love that they chose to create a watch that symbolises “every moment is precious”.

I admire that they are both juggling full-time and part-time work, trying to raise a family, and they’re prepared to take a risk, take a step out of their comfort zone to create a livelihood based around what they love (fashion, style, marketing, branding), despite all their hardships.

The Timepieces

John Taylor Watches

John Taylor Watches

John Taylor WatchesThey look great!

But lets’ talk about the quality.

I am a blogger and yup, watch companies from all over the globe send me watches to feature and will happily pay for a good review. Yes I have featured a few watches on my blog before, but I have also said NO quite a few times too.

My issue is the quality vs. price.

I’m not expecting Patek Phillipe or Rolex quality.

I just want my watch to NOT feel cheap and hollow, NOT have poor quality leather, NOT have sharp metal edges, and NOT be so expensive!

I once received a watch which had soft, floppy leather, which was a bit thin, didn’t feel nice on my skin and felt a little cheap, and certainly not worth it’s $239 price tag. I had to send it back.

As for my John Taylor watch (I’ve got this one), it is much the opposite!

John Taylor Watches
It has a lovely weight. The case is a large size that I like.

It has a very nice finish to it and doesn’t look cheap. I like the minimal, brushed metal look. The Italian leather is soft (but not too soft and not too stiff), it has a good thickness, good strength and firmness. I love its classic and timeless look. And I like that it’s unisex too.

It’s super lovely! I get so many comments about it.

They are all priced at AUD$159, with free worldwide shipping.

It’s such a good price for the quality.

It’s also a great gift.

(Btw, I haven’t been paid to write this post. I spotted a watch on Anoushka’s wrist one day, asked to try it on and really liked it! I was so impressed by its quality compared to all the other watches I have received, and I really wanted to share it on my blog. So she sent me a watch and I’ve been wearing mine for months. I even wore it on my big road trip to Uluru!)

John Taylor Watches

WORLDWIDE GIVEAWAY

John Taylor and I are collaborating to give away a watch to one of my readers!

First place winner will be randomly selected and receive a John Taylor watch of their choice.

Then, I know lots of people miss out, (because there’s only one winner!) if you’re interested, please let me know if you’d like to go into a second draw to receive a $50 off discount if you’d like to buy a watch anyway. I’ll randomly pick 3 winners for the secondary draw.

How To Enter:

1) Head over to the John Taylor Watches website, find the NAME of the watch you’d love to win. Don’t worry if it’s sold out, they come back into stock very regularly.

2) Optional – If you’d like to go into a secondary draw for a $50 discount, just mention “Yes to the discount!”.

3) Two ways to enter: Either email me at jtwatch@karencheng.com.au and tell me the NAME of the watch you’d love to win, mention if you’d like to try for the discount. Or enter on my Instagram post (slightly different way to enter).

You can enter using both ways (once each)!

4) Giveaway begins today, 26 September and ends on 6 October 2017 midnight. Open to my readers worldwide.

Good luck! It’s a great watch!

xxx


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Telstra Perth Fashion Festival 2017 – Runway Show Highlights

22 September 2017

Telstra Perth Fashion Festival 2017 - 33 Poets
(33 Poets Runway, photo by me) 

Fashion week fever hit my home town last week and it was so much fun!

The Telstra Perth Fashion Festival was spread out over 2 weeks, with free events in the Perth CBD during the first week and evening runway shows at the Crown Pyramid during the second week.

I am always thrilled to watch fashion shows in Perth, as I’m super proud of all the local creatives involved – the designers, organisers, producers, models, stylists, makeup and hair artists, photographers, managers and more.

I managed to capture a snippet of each show I attended. Here are some of my highlights:

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What I Wore: The Easy, Breezy, Starry Dress

20 September 2017

Brought to you by Revolve

Lovers + Friends X Revolve Dress

Hellooo everyone!

I’m so happy that the sunshine is finally here! Time to crack out the summery dresses and straw hats!

I’m wearing a lovely star print Basil Midi Dress by one of my favourite brands Lovers + Friends.

It is SUCH a relaxed and easy-to-wear dress.

Perfect neckline, perfect midi length. Cute little ruffle at the bottom. Relaxed fit, so it’s not tight.

Lovely bright and happy colour with a cute star print. The red is not too bright, it’s an easy-to-look-at deep red.

It has adjustable straps. It’s lined. Good quality fabric that falls nicely. Excellent stitching. Not staticky. Not clingy. It’s not overly delicate.

When I took it out of the box, it had a few ugly, fold creases in it, but I gave it a good iron on low/medium heat and it withstood the heat very well. So I’d say it was easy to iron, and the finished look was perfect.

Wearing it in the car, sitting down on it, the dress didn’t crease very much either.

It’s so good!

Ok, if I had to find one fault, maybe I would wish the quality of the fabric to be silkier and softer? Or heavier somehow. It feels very lightweight even with the rayon lining (which will be lovely for summer). As it is, it is 100% polyester and feels like a thick, slippery satin. But it’s actually fine. I like a hardy, easy-to-wear fabric.

These were a few other silky-satiny Lovers + Friends dresses I had my eyes on : Haven Dress (sexy and a bit different), Etra Dress (love the layers on this one), Ivy Dress (so pretty, but looks like pyjamas maybe?).

Lovers + Friends X Revolve Dress

Anyway, I’m excited to let you know that Revolve are having 20% off their entires site today, dedicated to VOGUE Online Shopping Night Australia!

Simply use the code “REVOLVE4AU” at the check out.

It only lasts 12 hours, so be quick!

Enjoy!


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New Season Picks to Freshen Up Your Wardrobe

15 September 2017

Brought to you by Shopbop

I’m a little embarrassed to say this, because it could come out wrong.

I made this wish list mindful of my age haha!

What I mean is, I’m someone who’s in the “mid-thirty approaching forty age group”. In terms of personal style… I’m already happy, confident and bordering on not-giving-a-shit about what others think. I already have lots of basics, classics and investment pieces. I do tend to get stuck in a rut, so I’m just looking for a little style update for the new season, but not too much.

Haha that all sounds very sensible and grown up right?!?

I don’t believe that once you hit a certain age, that you have to dress a certain way.

It’s all about what you feel comfortable in!

Anyway, I just want to add a few cool things to my wardrobe and freshen it up a bit. I’m eyeing up these things :

Shopbop New Season Picks

Etre Cecile Touche T-Shirt – Graphic tees are everywhere, but I’m so picky with the kind of print or wording on them. I don’t believe in band or city t-shirts. I don’t really like statements like “Choose Happiness”, or “Groovy”, or “Need Coffee” haha. I like this black and white script one though – TOUCHÉ!!

Marni Circle Sphere Earrings – I love the mixed metals in these earrings. They are not too girly. Not too statement. They are modern, subtle but still look a bit special.

Cult Gaia Acrylic Ark Bag – Inspired by retro Japanese bamboo picnic bags, designer Jasmin Larian created Cult Gaia handbags focusing on good design, ethical manufacturing and sustainability. I love the design and look of it!!

Shopbop New Season Picks

Amanda Uprichard Crawford Top – Bright red is a great colour for spring. This top shows a bit of skin, but not too much. Looks modern and polished. Can wear it for day time or night. Very versatile!

KENZO Mini Tiger Earrings – Love these Kenzo tiger studs. I’m so bored of my pearls and diamond studs!

Tibi Lia Slingback Pumps – You may as well get used to seeing these now. Sling-back kitten heels are back in fashion. And just like the slides, get a good pair that will feel amazing and last you a few years.

Shopbop New Season Picks

KENZO Tiger Classic T Shirt – Did I mention I really like the Kenzo tiger graphic? A cool, coloured graphic tee is even harder to find than a black and white graphic tee.

Furla Red Cross Body Bag – I’ve learned how to head out the door with less. Phone, keys, credit card, lip balm. It feels so liberating to NOT carry all my heavy crap around! Now I want to celebrate with a new small bag haha!

PUMA Clyde Core Leather Sneakers – I’m so bored of wearing my black and white Nike sneakers around the place. I feel like I’m trying too hard to look like a teenager (because that’s all my teenagers wear on their feet these days!). I’d like some stylish leather sneakers please.

Shopbop New Season Picks

Style Mafia Helene Top – Go the ruffle and the girly pleats! Love this top! It’s on the “more affordable” scale.

Gucci Lightness Square Sunglasses – Bold, white sunglasses are back in. I don’t like my sunglasses too chunky, so these are a really nice look instead. Can’t go wrong with Gucci.

Chiara Ferragni Star Sandals – And because I love a good statement shoe… I’ll say YES to stars, glitter, gold and silver any day. These strike the perfect balance of fun + bold without going over the top :)

Enjoy your weekend!


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What I Wore: Red Evening Gown

7 September 2017

Lovers and Friends Red Dress

Hello hello!

Gah I am absolutely loving this new Lovers + Friends Red Dress, courtesy of Revolve.

I don’t own a long, red evening gown – so with lots of big events coming up, I figured it was time to get one :)

Looking at the model’s photo, I thought the dress might look a bit plain… but it’s just lovely in real life. It sits very firm against my chest, waist and skims of my hips to a swishy skirt. It’s super comfortable!

I think the appeal is in its simplicity and elegance.

I like that it shows some skin, but it’s NOT an off-shoulder dress, as that style will eventually go out of fashion. This style is a bit more timeless, I think!

Lovers and Friends Red Dress

Simply throw on some bling, put on some nude (or black heels), a smudge of red lippy – and you’re good to go!

After I took these photos, I decided to take the dress  to a seamstress to get the hem taken up. I didn’t like the way the skirt dragged on the floor and bunched up at my feet. I almost tripped over it!

Now it sits just above the ground and it has a nicer, more polished silhouette.

It’s currently on pre-order, with a delivery date for Nov 9. Perfect for Christmas functions or Chinese New Year next year! And if it doesn’t work out, you always have free returns!


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Telstra Perth Fashion Festival 2017 – Fashion Central Events at Forrest Place

1 September 2017

Brought to you by City of Perth

City of Perth Fashion Central TPFF 2017

Hi everyone!

I have some very fun and exciting news — in the next couple of weeks, I’ll be working with the City of Perth to be one of their Official Bloggers for the Telstra Perth Fashion Festival.

I’ll be attending a whole list of shows at Fashion Central (at Forrest Place), updating live on Instragram (@karenlycheng), Instagram Stories and Facebook (@karenchengblog)… and just exploring the city, walking, shopping and eating in between shows.

Hopefully you’ll join me over on my social channels, take a peek at my adventures and be inspired to pop down to check some of it out too!

The festival is split over two weeks:

First Week – Free runway events at Fashion Central (Forrest Place)
Second Week – Ticketed runway events at the Crown Pyramid (Burswood)

If you have never been to a fashion show, you should give it a go!

Take the morning off, come down during your lunch time, or pop down after work.

They’re not as scary and intimidating as yo might think. They are a great way to find out what’s new in the fashion season, get ideas on how to style outfits together, do something fun with your girlfriend (or boyfriend?), get dressed up, see some beautiful creations and support the local creative industry.

So here’s a list of events for the FIRST WEEK at Fashion Central presented by Act-Belong-Commit.

 

Thursday, 7 September 2017

MYER Fashion Runway – 6.30pm
(Attendance is free, but front row seats are $50)

Apparently there’s going to be a red carpet and sparkling wine! The runway show will showcase collections from Morrison, Alex Perry, Misha Collection and more, with a special appearance by MYER ambassador Kris Smith.

 

Friday, 8 September 2017

Wesley Quarter Runway – 1pm
(Free Event)

You know how much I love activewear and street style (aka wearing jeans). This show is all about perfecting your street style, activewear and cool urban look with G-Star RAW, Wittner Shoes, Oxford, Lorna Jane and more.

 

Enex Perth – 5.30pm
(Free Event)

A huge show with a huge variety of styles. Check out the Spring/Summer hotlist from Mimco, Calibre, DECJUBA, Nine West, Gorman and POLITIX.

 

Culture Kings – 7.30pm
(Free Event)

Get dem beats, street style and ultimate cult trends from around the globe. This should be a fun show, full of energy, music and attitude.

 

Saturday, 9 September 2017

140 Perth: Forever New and Cotton On – 11am
(Free Event)

I’m such a fan of both these stores! It’s always very cool to see how a stylist puts outfits together for the runway. I’m always surprised how clothes look so much better on a real, moving person – instead of hanging on a rack or on a mannequin.

 

Chirriger: Aboriginal Runway – 1pm
(Free Event)

This show is a collaboration between Sandra Rivers and local Aboriginal Artist Peter Farmer, creating a fusion of ready-to-wear styles featuring artworks by Farmer.

 

The Language of Fashion: Multicultural Runway – 3pm
(Free Event)

Celebrating diversity and honouring the variety of cultures in WA! This show features African, Indian and modest fashion collections.

 

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Jack London & Alannah Hill – 12pm
(Free Event)

Check out the latest season range for menswear label Jack London and feminine designer Alannah Hill.

City of Perth Fashion Central TPFF 2017

Hope to see you there! Thanks for reading!

xxx


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What I Wore: Majorelle Portia Dress

31 August 2017

Revolve x Majorelle Portia Dress

Hi everyone!

Spring in Australia is literally one day away and I just had to dress up for the occasion!

The amazing team at Revolve have sent me some gorgeous Spring + Summer dresses and I’ll be featuring them over the next few weeks.

The whole “minimal trend” is starting to make way for “over the top styling” with patterns, florals, lace, mixed textures, ruffles, volume and more.

I picked out this Majorelle Portia Dress because I love a good wrap dress!

It’s not too “over the top”, but it’s just perfect for me. I know it’s the kind of dress I’ll wear a lot.

It’s a very flirty style – deep V neck (not wide though), short mini skirt, ruffled details, big bow. Makes me look 5-10 years younger I reckon haha.

The sleeves are longer than usual, which is a nice thing. It keeps it balanced and slightly modest (ok maybe not).

I think you have to have boobs for this dress, or at least wear a kick ass push up bra (I wear this one!), and be happy to show a bit of cleavage.

I like that the V is narrow. I dislike wearing wide V necks, because I hate wearing double-sided tape.

Revolve x Majorelle Portia Dress

Since it’s a wrap dress, I did have some concerns about the dress unwrapping and “popping open”, as there are no buttons or zips to keep it together. It’s like wearing a robe?

The only way you are stopping the world from seeing your girls, is with your ability to tie a knot.

I never did any girl guides courses, so I made two shoelace knots, and a bow at the end. Looks a bit wonky but it did the job!

* Sometimes I like to use a hidden safety pin JUST TO BE SURE, but I didn’t have to in this case, because the length of belt is wide, so you can feel it firm in place against your skin.

Anyway, I love that it’s a simple WOW dresses, that tucks in at all the right places and makes you feel like a million bucks.

I’m wearing a Size XS and I’m usually a size AU6. When it was first released, the dress was completely sold out, then restocked. It’s now on Pre-Order, so more are coming soon.

Remember, Revolve have free returns for Australian customers!

Revolve x Majorelle Portia Dress

Wearing the Majorelle Portia Dress , ​Rosalia by Meli Melo, Aquazzura Sexy Thing Heels, and vintage scarf (from my mum!).

Can’t wait for that Spring weather!

xxx


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A Quick Self-Tanning Product Review

30 August 2017

 

Self Tanning Review

Hello hello!

A few people have asked about which self-tanning products I use – so with Spring just around the corner, I’m running through a few brands and products I’ve tried, liked and disliked.

Pictured here are some random bottles I happen to have in my cupboard. Three of them are months old and their solutions have turned green, so I threw them away after I took this photo – oops!

This isn’t a sponsored post.

In the past, I’ve declined to accept tanning sponsors, because… well, the products are either great or crap. I don’t see the point of dancing around the truth and recommending something I don’t like. Plus, what works for me, might not work for someone else.

Side note: I find it so hard these days to find good, honest, balanced product review from bloggers!!

OK whatever, let’s get started.

As much as I LOOOOVE my natural skin colour, which is a fair olive tone, I am rather addicted to self-tanning.

When my skin is a deep, warm, honey brown colour, it makes me feel healthy, lively, full of radiance and glow.

Yet, I’d be rubbing tanning mousse into my legs and I think OMG this is totally stupid, fake and unnatural haha!

But if I spend 4-5 hours in the sun, my skin would be exactly the same darker shade?! So IT IS natural!?

At least with a bottled tan, the glowing brown colour is evenly spread out across my body AND there’s a significantly reduced risk of developing skin cancer, sun spots and ageing skin.

I’ve never paid for a spray tan – I’m sure I’ll get around to it one day – I just like to buy stuff to use myself.

I’m pretty flexible (thanks to yoga) so I can reach my back just fine.

I’ve been using different brands/mousse/sprays/oils for about 6 years now, here’s a quick rundown on what I think:

Not a fan of these….

Ecotan – Strong smell, too orange, feels sticky, it’s always patchy due to my poor application, too bad because an organic, chemical-free formula is a nice idea.

Bondi Sands Mousse – Used to buy this often, loved the end colour. But it stains my clothes/sheets DAYS after, very annoying, strong smell, feels sticky.

Le Tan Mousse – Patchy (maybe from my poor application), comes off in patches/flakes and shows creases in my skin after a few days. Don’t like it.

Le Tan Instant Spray Tan – This used to be awesome, so quick and easy, lovely colour, fast drying, but maybe they changed the formula because the last can made my skin greenish brown and so I never bought it again.

Loves these…

St Tropez Mousse – omg hands-down perfect wow colour, flawless even colour (even with poor application) but ugh so expensive.

Rimmel Mousse  – Develops in 1 hour, perfect for last minute tans, great colour, so cheap, I always have a bottle handy, absolutely zero staining on white dresses/tops which is a bit disconcerting!?

JBronze Mousse – Absolutely love this one, no staining, no strong smell, have bought it 4 times in a row now. (Notice the multiple bottles in the photo!) I also love the face tanning one.

Loving Tan – never tried this, but very keen after reading lots of really good reviews.

I also like Dove Summer Glow – Gradual Self Tan, more like a body moisturiser to help my tan last longer. makes my skin feel a bit sticky though. Nice smell, doesn’t stain.

I usually buy the darkest shade in any brand, which looks best with my skin colour. Medium and light hardly make a colour change on my skin.

Lastly, here’s a tip. Watch out for products on sale/clearance. I suspect the products/solutions are a bit old, and therefore not as effective. Every time I’ve bought a product on a clearance sale, I noticed it didn’t work as well, or looked a bit different??

By the way, no one paid me to write this review, however my links to products are through an affiliate, so I do get a 3-5% commission if you buy something! Just don’t buy the crappy ones!

Happy tanning!

xxx


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Review: Däv Rain Boots

24 August 2017

Hi everyone!

This isn’t a sponsored post. I was given a pair of rain boots to test out and to see if I liked them. I’ve had them for 2 weeks and I’ve given them a good go – in the rain, mud, grass, school runs – and they are awesome!

Dav Rain Boot

I have been a soccer mum and footy mum for a total of 8 YEARS!

At some point, all THREE of my sons played football, so I was going to 3 games each weekend – including all their training sessions too. That’s a LOT of standing around in the rain, on cold, wet grass.

During those 8 years, I had always wanted a pair of “investment” rain boots (you heard me right, don’t judge!)… but they were ahem… AUD $260. I tried them in a store once, but because my calves are small, the top of the boots  flobbled around and made me look like a pirate. I couldn’t really justify the cost, so I didn’t get them.

I did get some $25 Target rain boots though. But I found they lacked cushioning, they weren’t great for the soles of my feet. Plus they were a bit stiff, so my walk was more like a march. Again the top of the boots were so wide for me, and there was so much flobble.

Anyway, Däv Rain Boots offered me some rain boots this winter and I jumped at the chance to try them.

I picked out these Glasgow Ankle Boots, because they were under AUD $90 and I loved that they looked like classic Chelsea Boots.

Dav Rain Boot

They don’t even look like gumboots! They look more like stylish, patent leather boots.

The inside of the shoe is really comfortable, it has a bendy + flexible sole, the sole has a good grip, it’s super easy to slip on and off, and the mesh panel makes it breathable.

I’m usually a Size AUS 6 for boots. But I chose the EU 36 – AU 6.5 (because it was the smallest size available). It was a perfect fit, with socks.

I wore some thick sock with them one day, and I swear they felt as comfortable as sheepskin ugg boots. I was happy to walk in them all afternoon.

The only thing I wasn’t too happy about was, when I first wore them, I wore ankle socks, and one of the inner stitching at the top kept scratching my ankle and was quite painful. I found I only could wear thick, long socks with them, which suited them just fine.

However, after a few wears, the itchy stitching disappeared or maybe it smoothed itself off. So it’s all good now, I can wear ankle socks with them now.

Even though I’m not a soccer or footy mum anymore, I’m still in the park every other day with my kids and I love wearing these boots to keep my toes dry.

Däv Rain Boots have recently launched their boots in Australia, offering Free Shipping over $100 Australia wide from their website. They have a pretty good range of styles, and I had a hard time picking my favourite.

Apparently they’ve been seen on various celebrities. And I did a bit of snooping around and they used to be stocked on Shopbop.

Hope you enjoy my review!

Hope you keep your toes dry too!

xxx


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Hello Big Studs

23 August 2017

Raye Caged Stud Mules

Eeep, sometimes it’s fun to throw a bit of caution to the wind and get the crazy, statement shoes!

Last week I wrote about “elevating outfits with metallic flats”… well these Raye Stud Mules (courtesy of Revolve) definitely fall into that category :)

I picked them because they look similar to these Alexander Wang sandals – less intense, but equally fun to wear.

I’ll be wearing these with casual cropped jeans, swishy culottes and baggy shirts.

Either my outfit will look “elevated” or just way over the top?!


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What I Wore: Tularosa Winnie Blouse

21 August 2017

Winnie Blouse from Revolve

The other day I went out with some girlfriends (one of whom was my sister) for ALL YOU CAN EAT Japanese Buffet Lunch!

The restaurant was a big, spacious, fancy place, perched handsomely next to the river, with crisp white tablecloths and waiters with waistcoats and shiny shoes.

I only highlight all this to paint a picture of contrast…!

You see, all my girlfriends were new mums and brought their 6 month old babies + prams along. That indeed is true dedication to Japanese Buffet haha. I was so impressed with them. I would have never thought of doing something like this with my 6 month old baby!

I pigged out on sashimi, gyoza dumplings, karaage and takoyaki, which were all pretty yummy. The sushi wasn’t that great. But that was ok, because I loooove Japanese squid salad and I ate about 6 bowls of it (they were very small bowls).

Winnie Blouse from Revolve

I wore my Tularosa Winnie Blouse (courtesy of Revolve) with dreamy ruffles, bow and semi-sheer sleeves for the first time.

I actually ordered it a few months ago, before my big trip, but it was much too cold to wear it then. So I’m pretty happy that the weather is slowly warming up now and I can wear lighter clothes again.

Unfortunately the top is almost all sold out in white, (but you can still get it in black) as it was recently featured by a couple of mega-babe-instagrammers – Aimee Song, Tash Oakley and Andreea Cristina!

However, if you pop over to the product page, click on “Can’t Find Your Size?” you can enter your details and they’ll let you know once more come back into stock.

Revolve has also introduced Free Returns for Australian customers – which is just awesome!!

If something doesn’t fit, or if it’s just not right, of if you ordered two different sizes, you can just return it, refund your money or exchange it for free! You just fill out your details, print out a label, stick it on the parcel and drop it off at a post office.

Winnie Blouse from Revolve

As for the rest of my outfit, I’m wearing my Acne Studios Jeans (which I rolled up to be cropped jeans), ASOS flat mules, 3.1 Phillip Lim Soliel Bag.

Have a lovely week everyone one!

xxx


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What I Wore: Topshop Khaki Coat

15 August 2017

Topshop Coat

Hi everyone!

Don’t mind my salty, distant gaze. The other evening I was trying to upgrade my website, but I accidentally broke it! I was up to 1am (possibly 2am) trying to Google-learn PHP and how to connect an SQL database back to my WordPress files — akkk!

I managed to do it in the end. I felt pretty smart (like a coding boss yo!), but oh did it hurt.

I have a new version of my website coming soon. I can’t wait to reveal it, after all, I’ve been working on it on the side of my regular projects for the last 2 years ha!

Topshop Coat

I still had a meeting to go to the next day, so I threw on something easy – which was basically a repeat of something I wore the day before!

I bought this Khaki Coat from Topshop in London earlier this year. It’s still selling on the website!

It’s such a lovely coat. It feels way more expensive than the price I paid for it. The quality of the outer layer is smooth and soft. The lining, construction, fabric, weight, seams, edges, hem and button holes are all fantastic.

There is a very “average” review on the product page, but I think that person is reviewing a completely different coat, because she mentions a removable fur collar and gold buttons – where this coat didn’t have fur collar or gold buttons. So feel free to ignore her comments haha.

I’m wearing the UK6 (I’m usually AU6) and the coat fits nicely across the shoulders/back and the arms are a good length. I definitely recommend it!

Topshop Coat

Also wearing my Equipment Silk Shirt, Frame Le Color Skinny Jeans, ASOS Mules, A.P.C Handbag.


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Elevating Everyday Outfits with Metallic Flats

10 August 2017

Black + Gold

That’s right. The old jumper and jeans combo – ha!

While I won’t win any fashion awards for this one, it’s simple enough for me to race out the door in the morning and get me from A to B to C.

In this case, I was going from a school drop off, to a casual meeting with a client (picking up some products), to the dry cleaners, a catch up with my mum, back home to do some work, then back to the school to pick up my boy!

Black + Gold

So yep, whenever I dress in simple outfits, I always try to throw on a pair of statement flats to elevate my outfit.

This particular day I wore my Grana Boyfriend Cashmere SweaterAcne Studio Jeans, A.P.C Bag, ASOS Hat and Black & Gold Oxfords (old season) from Habbot Studios.

Gold, silver and metallic shoes are having a bit of a fashion moment lately, but honestly, I’ve had these oxfords for 6 years and I still wear them regularly (ie. I have lots of boring outfits to elevate) and hey, I just love wearing them!

I’m now on the look out for some more feminine looking metallic flats… so I’ve compiled a few on my wishlish below!

 

Shopbop Metallic Flats

 

Shopbop Metallic Flats

 

Shopbop Metallic Flats

 

Gold Flats

Repetto Cendrillon Ballet Flats – Can’t go wrong with a classic Parisian ballet flat by Repetto no less (I wish!).

Sigerson Morrison Simona Flats – Such beautiful details. I’d be staring at these babies all day. These will be in style for years.

Sam Edelman Rodney d’Orsay Flats – Slightly cheaper option and just as pretty.

Rose Gold Flats

Yosi Samra Serena Glitter Flats – Love this colour + sparkle! I can see myself wearing jean, tee and blazer with these.

Joie Adiel Glitter Mules – Such a cute style.

Yosi Samra Marry Me Marabou – Again the rose gold is adorable.

Silver Flats

The Fix Esmeralda Mules – OMG these are just WOW.

Alexander Wang Amelia Mules – Love the soft, folded details. Might look a bit dated in a few years though.

Frances Valentine Pauline Slides – Perfect with jeans!

Have a fantastic day!
xxx


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What I Wore: Back Into Winter School Runs

5 August 2017

Winter School Run

Oh my gosh people! Camping for 4 weeks in the bush was epic!

I’m trying not to sound like a princess here: So while the adventure part was pretty cool, the reality of camping in winter meant I had to layer up and wear the same clothes every day until they smelled bad.

My camping wardrobe revolved around: 2 pairs of jeans, 2 fleece jumpers, 1 jacket… and lots of thermals.

Coming home, slipping back into my favourite cardigan, my favourite jeans, my favourite sneakers… made me feel so relaxed, at ease and sooooo happy to be back in my comfort zone.

They almost felt like new again!

Winter School Run

So I’m home and I’m straight back into mummy mode, with school runs and grocery shopping.

I’m wearing my Grana Cashmere Long Cardigan, which is all sold out – but Grana are currently having an Up to 70% Off Sale. You can pick up a Cashmere Jumper (I have 3 V-neck boyfriend cut jumpers!) for AU$102, Silk Cashmere Tops for $49, Classic Silk Shirts for $27 (odd colours though), or Silk Camisoles for $32-$35.

If you’re keen, feel free to use my link here to get 10% off your first order. I do get a little referral credit though!

Also wearing: GRLFRND JeansA.P.C Bag, Ben Sherman Shirt, Converse shoes and Sportsgirl Sunglasses.

 


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What I Wore: The Fluffy Cardigan

20 July 2017

Everyday Blush

Many years ago, I used to obsess over “sleek” coats and “slimming” cardigans, thinking that I had to do everything I could to make myself look thinner, slimmer, longer and leaner, especially when it came to outerwear.

Not any more. Perhaps it’s the change in styles over time, or maybe I’m just older, wiser and I don’t really obsess about fashion rules anymore. It’s been a breath of fresh air for me to dress in voluminous, chunky, baggy clothes these days.

My recent love is definitely the big, fluffy cardigan.

I have two. A black one from Hello Parry and this blush one from Acne Studios via Shopbop. They are wonderful.

They are both on high rotation in my wardrobe at the moment, and you’ll see me wearing them all through Autumn, Winter and Spring.

I pretty much wear mine like big bath robes, constantly wrapping them around me and snuggling into them all day. I love that they are baggy and roomy, so I have the option of putting on more layers underneath.

When I took these photos, it wasn’t quite Winter yet. The morning was a little cold, but the sun was up in the afternoon and I was more than happy to show off a bit of skin.

That day, I met up with a colleague, who was wearing an equally beautiful cardigan by Equipment (similar to this one).

We looked like two nanas, wrapped up in our big fluffy coats, holding our teacups with both hands, warming up our cold fingers, with a little rug over our knees – haha.

Here’s to more nana moments!

Everyday Blush

Wearing Acne Studios Cardigan, Tibi Racerback Top, GRLFRND Jeans, Tibi Mules, APC Hangbag.




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