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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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What I Wore: Floral Dress + Faux Fur

13 July 2017

Majorelle Dress

Last winter I shared a few tips on how I wear Summer dresses in Winter (my hair was so short back then!).

And those tips still ring true for me: Add a big furry coat and some long boots.

You can’t go wrong with that formula!

A few weeks ago, back in June in fact, I went out with some girlfriends to catch up over Mediterranean tapas, drinks, and to celebrate an early birthday.

I put on my fancy, floral dress – a little worried that we might get a table outside the restaurant and that I would certainly freeze to death. But thankfully they had the heaters cranked up and the collective body heat of the guests (and food?) made the place super nice and cozy.

I’d like to say that we went out dancing after, but in reality, we became a bunch of grandmas and each headed home (at 11pm!) to crash into bed haha.

Majorelle Dress

Wearing: Summery dress by Majorelle, Faux Fur Coat by Korean brand Sarah (similar from The Iconic), Over the Knee boots from ASOS and a Rebecca Minkoff Quilted Bag.


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What I Wore: Gingham + Big Sleeves

6 July 2017

Hello Parry Gingham + Flare Jeans

Hey hey!

Recently I had to attend a couple of client meetings – 4 in one week, which was quite a lot for me, and this was one of my outfits. The nice thing about working as a “creative” is that you can just wear any crazy, old thing and everyone just shrugs their shoulders haha.

Now I don’t think that this top is THAT crazy, but it certainly is eye-catching and the sleeves are very different.

Voluminous sleeves are back in a big way and I love rocking mine. They are super fun to wear and a great way to elevate a casual outfit.

Basically it means I can wear jeans more often and not feel like I’m “underdressed”.

This top is the Naomi Gingham Top by Hello Parry. It has a boxy body, which gives it a relaxed and airy feel to it, that balances out the extravagant sleeves.

It’s like a cotton, button-down shirt, where you can wear it tucked in or out. But I prefer to tuck it in, so it accentuates my waist.

Hello Parry Gingham + Flare Jeans

The top is made from a cotton blend material, so it’s strong, light and feels lovely. Funnily, it doesn’t need much ironing (which is great), but I haven’t washed it yet.

The sleeves are pretty cool. They drape nicely, the cuffs are loose (not elasticated), and they are not so long that they get in the way of you doing stuff with your hands – very important!

There are quite a few lovely statement tops at Hello Parry (Vol 1 Collection); an off shoulder version of this top, a gingham wrap top with ruffle sleeves, more ruffles, stripes and big cuffs!

Hope you spot something you like!

I’m also wearing Rag & Bone Flare Jeans, Stuart Weitzman Heels, Rebecca Minkoff Quilted Bag and Sportsgirl Sunglasses.


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Birthday Kicks: Aquazzura Sexy Thing Booties

3 July 2017

Aquazzura Sexy Thing Booties

Yay it’s July and in a lead up to my birthday month, I kind of did this thing!

I mean, what better way to celebrate “getting older” than to do a 4-week camping trip to Central Australia with my family… AND get myself some totally impractical shoes?!

It’s all about balance :)

Launched in 2011, the Sexy Thing Bootie by Aquazzura has been labelled as an iconic fashion shoe of 2010s.

The shoe was designed by Edgardo Osorio, who has said that it was the first shoe design for his collection, when he launched the Aquazzura brand in 2011.

It features super-soft, suede uppers that comfortably wrap around the shape of the foot, soft inner soles and brilliant design. It was known as the “24 Hour Shoe” and still very popular today; living up to it’s classic, timeless, yet modern style.

Suffice to say, I had my eye on them for years.

When an online sale came up, I nabbed it, courtesy of Shopbop, and my heart skipped a beat.

Aquazzura Sexy Thing Booties

What do I think?

Omg they certainly live up to the hype.

They are simply beautiful. They are so so so soft. They are the loveliest and most comfortable shoes I have ever worn. All those points I wrote about above, about the leather hugging your foot, soft inner soles, excellent design, classic style, yes yes, yes and yes.

I can wear them for hours and they feel amazing. The only thing that surprised me was their weight. They are very light and they feel delicate. They don’t feel like they will break or tear, but because of their price, yes, I am quite precious with them.

I tread carefully! I stay away from cobblestone paths!

The shade of nude is lovely. I am usually a size 36, and chose the 36, which fit me perfectly.

I love how versatile they are and that I can wear them dressed-up or dress-down. They are fabulous with both an evening gown or a jeans and a tee.

Yay to an exciting month!

(Btw yes, I’m still travelling around in Central Australian Desert as I post this!)


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What I Wore: Slouchy Knits and Ripped Jeans

27 June 2017

Slouchy Knits and Ripped Jeans

I’ve been LOVING these fashiony things lately:

1) The latest style in jeans: CROPPED + RELAXED.

It’s just a little detail to switch up your outfits. It’s easy to do… either roll up the ends of your jeans, or take a pair of scissors to them.

I like that you wear cropped jeans in summer and winter.

It does go against my general rule about lengthening my legs, but hey, it’s fun to wear and I get to show off my boots.

These are my new and amazing GRLFRND X Revolve Candice Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans (courtesy of Revolve).

They fit soooo well around my butt and have a nice relaxed-fit, but tapered leg. They are super soft, stretchy and so comfortable.

Unfortunately I’m too short, so the distressed hem doesn’t show on my legs, as I have rolled them up a few times.

I’m wearing a size 25, which fits perfectly around my waist, hips, bottom and thighs, and for the rest of the leg, they are baggier on me than they look on the model.

But I love them! I’m obsessed! They look different to all my other jeans so I’m very happy with them. I can wear them all day, every day.

2) SLOUCHY KINTS.

Ah, have they ever been out of style?

I bought this lovely Acne Studios Merino Knit from The Outnet on a ridiculous sale. (There is just so much good stuff there at 50% – 60% off!)

It’s just beautiful! It’s a bit thin, but that makes it great for layering.

I actually bought it a few months ago, but it has been too warm to wear it.

Also wearing, Jeanswest Khaki Jacket, Tony Bianco Boots, and A.P.C. Bag.


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What I Wore: Runnings Errands in a Dress

22 June 2017

Steele Dress from Elone Online Boutique

With the sunny weather still in full swing, I’ve been trying to get as much use of my dresses (and my tan) as I can.

This beauty is from Elone, an Australian online store with a very drool-worthy collection of dresses and clothes. (It’s currently 30% off at the moment in the sale section!)

I’m preparing for our big road trip and I’m slowly working through FOUR PAGES of “To Do” and “To Buy” lists:

Buy audibooks. Buy a battery pack for our devices. Buy microfiber towels. Buy thermal underwear. Buy my 8yo some spare walking shoes. Upgrade my wireless modem. Pack a washing up tub. Pack a soft esky. Pack a compass. Email all my kid’s teachers…

Omg my list goes on and on. So I’ve been running around town doing this and organising that – in a dress!

Truth be told, I did start the day with a fluffy cardigan, and I did meet up with a girlfriend who passed me some camping stuff, and we bought takeaway coffee from a fancy cafe… so I didn’t really dress up for the guys at the camping store haha!

Steele Dress from Elone Online Boutique

Wearing: Steele Dress from Elone, Converse sneakers, Straw hat from Sportsgirl.


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Review: Grana Turkish Denim Cropped Jeans

21 June 2017

Review: Grana Turkish Denim Cropped Jeans

A few months ago, I bought a few pairs of jeans from Grana.

They were on a Clearance Sale and I picked them up for $30 each. I did this so I could rip, cut and distress them! One was a “High-Rise Flare Style” and the other was a “Mom Style”. I bought Size 25, which is my usual size, and they BOTH fit perfectly around my waist, hips, bottom and thighs. But they were waaay too long in the leg, which was fine, because I’m used to that, plus I was cutting them up anyway.

But my review is not about those jeans.

The lovely team at Grana sent me a pair of their New Turkish Denim Cropped Jeans for me to try out and review!

I LOVED the fact that they were cropped. No cutting up required haha. Although I did roll up the cuffs twice to accentuate the cropped style and to show off my ankles.

These Turkish Denim Jeans felt soft, but they were still thick and firm.

They hugged well and the “high” waist was at a good height (not too high).

Review: Grana Turkish Denim Cropped Jeans

My only issue is that I asked for a size 25, but it was just a bit too tight for my liking.

I tried wearing it over 4 separate occasions, thinking that maybe I was just imagining it, or maybe they will loosen up over a few wears, or maybe I was having a bloated day? Nope.

The Size 25 was too tight around my waist and hips. Strange that other people said that the jeans were “true to size”. To me they felt like active compression leggings (I had to suck in my tummy to zip up) and they pinched my thighs when I sat down… which is not what I’m looking for in jeans. So I guess, next time I’ll be getting a size up!

The good news is that these jeans are a pretty good price (AUD$85) and they come in cute colours like white, blush, khaki, dark blue, light blue (no black though).

I do have a 10% OFF + Free Shipping Code to share! Simply use “karenxgrana” at the checkout.

Happy shopping!

xxx


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What I Wore: Tularosa Off Shoulder Dress

17 June 2017

What I Wore: Tularosa Off Shoulder Dress

Last week, the sun was out just enough for me to get some vitamin D in this super lovely, off-shoulder dress.

My girlfriend and I sat in the sun for 55 minutes, under the shade of the trees, ate salmon and salad and marvelled at how lucky we were to live in such a beautiful and peaceful city.

Then we both rushed home to do chores before the kids came home from school haha!

What I Wore: Tularosa Off Shoulder Dress

I love a good off-white summery dress!

The off-white gives the dress a very natural and relaxed feel. Not to mention that I feel much more relaxed about trying not to spill anything onto it.

I love that the midi length gives the dress a lady-like and classy feel.

It has a great quality to it – lovely fabric, lined with cotton, excellent stitching, beautiful drape, perfect cut and style. The fabric has a great weight to it and the elastic is soft and comfortable.

I’m thinking that this one will last me years!

What I Wore: Tularosa Off Shoulder Dress

It is called the Marty Midi Dress by Tularosa. I’m wearing the Size XS and the colour is more of a cream, than shown here in my photo.

It’s definitely one that I’ll be wearing to a nice garden party or dinner on a tropical night while in Thailand!

Also wearing, Sportsgirl Straw Hat, Celine Sunglasses, Fabienne Envelope Clutch by Clare V., and Schutz Cadey Lee Sandals by Schutz.

Have a lovely weekend!

xxx


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What I Wore: Majorelle Knit + Rag & Bone/Jean Crop Flares

12 June 2017

Majorelle Knit + Rag and Bone Flares

I spent the weekend at a kid’s birthday party (hello little red cocktail sausages), dinner with my family (fish and chips and fried rice because we’re Asian), cooking up a storm of pancakes and hosting a brunch for my husband’s family… basically I was in multiple food comas all weekend and it was good.

Now that it’s the start of the week, I’ve discovered that I’ve been LIVING in my jeans and jumpers.

And on the days I need to elevate my style, I simply wear a NICE pair of jeans and jumper haha!

My Blush Off Shoulder Knit has been on high rotation.

Particularly because it looks and feels sooo lovely.

I’m still considering whether I should get one in a black?

Majorelle Knit + Rag and Bone Flares

Another thing I’ve been loving lately are cropped flare jeans.

These Crop Flare Jeans are an absolutely gorgeous pair by Rag & Bone/JEAN, which I bought on sale from FWRD.

Being cropped, they are a perfect ankle-grazing fit for short people like me.

They are so so soft, stretchy and comfy, that I can literally wear them after I have my morning shower (8am) to when I go to bed (11pm).

I recently bought a pair of regular-length flare jeans on a clearance sale from Grana. They were about $30. I bought them thinking I could rip the ends off and create an awesome ripped / distressed hem look.

But by the time I tore the 15cms off the leg needed to make them “cropped jeans”, they just looked like regular jeans and don’t even look like flares anymore! Major Fail.

So from now on I’ll be sticking to cropped styles and petite sizes if I want any distressed jean hems.

Also wearing: Loeffler Randall Handbag and Airflex heels.

Have a fab week everyone!


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Modern Diamonds for Wearing Every Day

9 June 2017

Brought to you by Michael Hill

Michael Hill Geometric Ring

I own a few diamond rings. They are not huge rocks, or super bling-bling.

They are small, simple, understated and meaningful.

Gone are the days where I pile on the ring stacks, the boho costume jewellery and the mismatched styles.

These last few years, you will often just see me wearing only one ring on each hand. And one of them is my wedding ring.

Not only does this look clean and minimal, it’s also much faster for me to get dressed in the mornings haha!

I prefer the sleek, minimal, modern designs now, more so than the traditional styles.

Michael Hill Geometric Ring

I recently picked out this Geometric Ring (courtesy of Michael Hill) featuring 0.20 carat total weight of diamonds, in Sterling Silver.

I absolutely adore its stylish, modern design.

I like that it is pretty, understated and a little different to the standard band ring, but it’s not TOO different.

Michael Hill Geometric Ring

Here’s a close up.

For all you quick-eyed readers, yes I took off my wedding band to take this photo, because I can only hold my DSLR camera with my right hand, so I had to model this ring with my left hand!

I usually wear my pretty rings on the right hand.

Michael Hill Geometric Ring

In terms of outfits and how I wear it, I like the versatility of the ring.

I could wear it with a fancy cocktail dress, or I could wear it with my everyday jeans and a white shirt.

Michael Hill Geometric Ring

There were a few more Michael Hill diamond rings that caught my eye, like this Crossover Ring (which is a bit bigger than the one I chose) and this Diamond Ring which would be my ultimate non-wedding/engagement ring – I can only wish!

As I said before, I prefer the modern styles over the traditional styles.

These Spirits Bay rings are quite unique too, as they are based on the remaining shape of a Totorere Shell (Maori name for Trumpet Shell) after it has been worn down by the elements after many years.

Also, do head over to the site to check out Michael Hill’s Sale Collection!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

xxx


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Review: Grana Silk Cashmere Boyfriend V-Neck Sweater

7 June 2017

Grana Silk Cashmere

The kind folk at Grana sent me a few pieces from their Mongolian Cashmere range to see what I thought of them.

I already own a few Grana 100% Cashmere sweaters, which are so warm, snuggly, soft and I absolutely loooove them!

Today I’m showing off their Silk Cashmere Boyfriend V-Neck Sweater, made from a blend of Chinese silk and Mongolian cashmere.

The fabric surprised me.

I didn’t like it at first. I found it to be without a clear purpose. It was not appropriate for hot days and too thin for cold days. But after trying it out for a few weeks, I realised that I was wearing it like a knitted sweater… when I should wear it more like a top for layering.

After that, I really, really liked it!

It is not fluffy or wooly at all. In fact, it is more like a very fine, lightweight knit.

It looks similar to a fine Merino knit sweater, but this silk cashmere is NOT itchy at all.

It is the opposite. It is gorgeously smooth and soft, but it still feels strong and luxurious.

Grana Silk Cashmere

In terms of warmth, it’s not a sweater!

As I said, it’s like a light knitted top, for layering.

It’s breathable, soft, light and thin, so yep, it’s great for layering without being bulky.

Grana Silk Cashmere

What I like best is the luxurious look and feel of the knit.

I could definitely wear it to an office or meeting, and still have that smart, polished look.

Or I could wear it with a metallic skirt or some other kind of statement glam skirt.

I know this a bit random, but for some reason it reminds me of something Victoria Beckham would wear – a close fitting knit that is slouchy in all the right places. And I have a slight crush on VB at the moment.

The other best thing I like about this sweater, is that it solves my layering issues.

I always had a problem when layering in cold weather.

I would pile on my nice clothes to go outside. But when I go inside, into the warmth of a restaurant or someone’s house, I take off my nice layers and I am left with a homey, Big W cotton long sleeve top haha. Which yeah, looks a bit daggy.

So this is a really nice in-between knit to have.

Grana Silk Cashmere

 

I’m wearing the Size XS. It’s a perfect fit for me! It’s a boyfriend style, so the sweater is a little boxy and loose fitting in the body. But it drapes beautifully.

The V-neck sits really nicely on my chest. Being small/petite, I often have a problem with v-necks that dip very low on my chest.

The cuffs are a firm fit. They are snug, not too tight. But tighter than I’m used to in a knit or a top.

I don’t hang this sweater on a hanger the normal way. I fold it in half and then I fold it over the bar of the hanger. This makes creases in it, so the fabric does need a quick iron before I wear it, which is a bit annoying. But after that, it doesn’t cease when I sit down or lean back into my chair. So it’s all good.

10% Off Discount Code

You can get 10% off your total order and free shipping, by using the code “KARENxGRANA” at the checkout.

Or you can use this link, create an account and they’ll automatically send you the 10% discount code to use on your order (just letting you know, if you do make an order with the link, I will get some credit added to my account).

Enjoy!

Also wearing: Oak Leather Jacket, Acne Studios Skin 5 Jeans, Boohoo Loafers.


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Wearing: The Sensible Cecil Mule by Tibi

6 June 2017

Brought to you by Shopbop

Tibi Cecil Mules

Last year I bought myself some Black Slides from ASOS (I reviewed them here) thinking that I’d just experiment with the mule style and NOT invest in a higher-quality pair.

It turned out that I LOVED my slides. They were so so so easy to wear with jeans, pants, culottes, shorts, skirts – everything! I wore them everywhere and they are a bit worn out now.

They were also pointed-toe, so they squeezed my toes together, which meant they hurt my toes after a while.

So in an effort to wear less pointed-toe shoes, I decided to switch up and upgrade them.

Say hello to my new Cecil Mules by luxe NY brand Tibi.

I kind of wanted the Cecil Mules in Gold because they just looked so cool, different and fabulous. But I decided to be sensible and get the black ones.

Wide toe and black! Sensible indeed haha!

The description on the product page, said that the mules “Can be worn with the back up or down” but it turned out they can’t be worn with the back up. I tried to flip it up, but it’s glued down tight. So I’m thinking that the description was an error. I was a little disappointed because I thought I’d get 2 in 1 styles – Mules and Loafers! Oh well.

But it’s not so bad that I’d return them, because they are just LOVELY.

They are so soft, lightweight, yet firm and strong. They are super comfy too.

They are a fantastic upgrade!

I also had my eye on these Amina Nappa Slides by Acne Studios, which also featured a heel cap which can be worn up or down. They looked super soft. But they were pointed-toe and a little more expensive. And they looked less like loafers when worn as a shoe.

Take a peek at more Mules and Slides from Shopbop, prices starting at A$55, and lots of styles at their Shoe Sale section!

Enjoy!

xxx


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Soaking Up The Last of Autumn

30 May 2017

Shen White Dress

I’ve been keen to soak up these last few days of autumn!

The recent spell of warm daytime sunshine has just been glorious for my soul.

But I have been racing around like crazy woman, working till 1 am then setting my alarm clock for 5am, so I can get an extra hour of work done before the kids get up.

I knew I was headed for a meltdown soon. So I booked myself in for a facial treatment and almost fell asleep on the chair. It was simply divine. It was such a perfect way to recharge.

This weekend is a long weekend, and we are headed off on a camping trip with friends to Sandy Cape, in Jurien Bay, hoping to do some hikes and caving.

Can’t wait to SWITCH OFF for a few days!

Wearing: Bell Sleeved White Embroidered DressClare V. leather bag and K.Jacques Sandals.

 

 


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It’s Getting Hot in Here

28 May 2017

Uniqlo Heattech

When I was staying in London, everyone talked about Uniqlo’s Heattech Range like it was some kind of miracle drug.

What were they talking about?

Thermal Underwear, my friends.

Cold? Uniqlo.

Feeling the chill? Uniqlo.

Going skiing in France? Uniqlo.

My mother and I travelled to London together, and yep, very often we found ourselves at a Uniqlo store… because she was keen to stock up on a few winter items. She bought a vest, a jacket, lots of thermal tops and bottoms. I think she spent about $200 – $300 there?

I resisted the temptation. I didn’t need specialised thermal underwear. I have only owned one top + bottom set in my life – which were from the crazy-expensive Icebreaker brand, made out of merino wool and cost me $99 each! And they weren’t even that great!

Anyway, I bought one white Uniqlo Heattech singlet for $15, I think.

I wore it once. It was ok. I found it a bit thin and it pilled where I tucked it into my jeans.

At the end of my London trip, I borrowed one of my mum’s Heattech Extra Warm Tops…. and WOW it was surprisingly good! So warm! Quite amazing really!

Uniqlo have 3 different levels of warmth: Heattech, Extra Warm and Ultra Warm.

So now that I’m back in Australia and the weather has turned cold, I jumped online and bought myself an Ultra Warm top and bottom set, and I am FREAKING SOLD.

This stuff is soooooo warming, comfy, soft, snuggly, breathable. I can’t get over how warm it makes me feel. It’s sooooo good and I want more of it, for me, my husband, my kids.

Good thing they have a mid-season sale on now. Just in time for winter!


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What I Wore: Tularosa Berkley Dress

24 May 2017

Tularosa + Aquazzura

I swooned over this vintage-inspired Berkley Dress by Tularosa for ages!

I first saw it worn by the gorgeous Negin Mirsalehi (last year) but it was sold out. I thought it was not to be. But I recently spotted it back in stock and I grabbed it while it was available (courtesy of Revolve)!

While I might not be a bronze Persian beauty like Negin, I love that I can make this dress my own.

I love it’s delicate, yet natural feel. I love the soft, gathered fabric, the fluted sleeves, the panels of embroidery and the overall nod to boho, French countryside. It is just adorable!

 

Tularosa + Aquazzura

I’m wearing the XS and it has a strangely small head hole.

At first I thought it was a mistake, but I read a few reviews and a few people mentioned it too. I have to cover my head with a thin scarf and then gently give it a firm tug to get it over my head. Then I have to rearrange my hair and double-check my makeup after that too! It was very weird.

It fits perfectly every where else though!

I’m thinking I could wear it over-the-knee boots for the cooler evenings, or hey, just wear it with jeans and sneakers :)


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Outfit Planning: Wedding Guest Looks

22 May 2017

In collaboration with Shopbop, I’ve put together THREE wedding guest looks to share with you all.

I have two weddings coming up this year and I’m eagerly putting my outfit ideas together!

I’ve chosen three Self Portrait dresses, because you can’t go wrong with a drop-dead gorgeous lace dress.

Any one of them is an amazing addition to your wardrobe, as you can wear it as a wedding guest, a fancy Christmas party, a cocktail function, an awards dinner, a special occasion high tea, and a special birthday dinner at a nice restaurant.

That’s six wears already! Think about that cost per wear!

Shopbop Wedding Guest Looks

Self Portrait Laelia Dress – This soft purple is just magical!

Kenneth Jay Lane Dangling Sphere Earrings – I think crystal chandelier earrings are a little dated, so I’d try to keep my look modern with these dangling orb earrings, or something similar.

Furla Metropolis Mini Cross Body Bag – In this case, I’d chose a neutral and simple looking clutch to let my dress and shoes stand out.

Rochas Flat Slides – This pastel coloured dress has the potential to look washed out. So I’d wear metallic or silver statement shoes to add some cool to it. OKok maybe I wouldn’t wear these Rochas silver slides, but they look so awesome.

Shopbop Wedding Guest Looks

Self Portrait Azalea Dress (Burgundy) – Oooh I loooove this dress! I prefer this deep red colour rather than the bright red version.

Native Gem Blast Earrings – I’d definitely choose gold tassel earrings or these sparkly pointy drop earrings. Something that drops down vertically.

Star Mela Malu Embroidered Clutch – I love the idea of a colourful clutch with floral notes, and this embroidered clutch goes perfectly with the dress. I think it’d look much more interesting than a gold clutch.

Aquazzura Sexy Thing Cutout Booties – With bling on the ears and colour on your wrist, it’s best to match the outfit with a nude, understated heel. A classic indeed!

Shopbop Wedding Guest Looks

Self Portrait Azalea Dress (Navy) – The burgundy version of this dress is my first pick. My second pick is this navy colour. That guipure lace is simply stunning.

Elizabeth Cole Georgy Earrings – I picked out some crazy statement earrings to bring some fun into the outfit! Love these sassy flamingoes! They would look awesome with an all black or all white outfit too.

See by Chloe Nora Clutch – This understated box clutch works well to tone the outfit down – after all, bold floral lace and flamingo bling is pretty clashy.

Schutz Cadey Lee Sandals – And again, a simple pair of strappy nude heels will keep things classy. I own a pair of these Cadey Lee Sandals and wear them all the time. It’s a fab wardrobe staple.

Hope you enjoy my outfits and find some kind of inspiration!

Have a great week!

xxx


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What I Wore: Blush Off Shoulder Knit

17 May 2017

Blush Off Shoulder Knit

A big trend for the new season is… the statement top.

Think big sleeves, flared sleeves, big ruffles, voluminous shapes, off shoulders, one shoulder, stripes, florals, tassels, bright colours, sheer panels — it’s all about going over the top.

But winter is coming in Australia, and I’m not really an OVER THE TOP kind of person when it comes to my daily dressing.

So here’s how I keep my everyday look fresh — with a Blush Off Shoulder Knit from Majorelle, courtesy of Revolve.

A few weeks ago, I featured the WHITE version of the knit here, and I loved it so much that I picked out the same top in BLUSH.

Strangely, this is a size XS (the white was also XS) and this runs a little big. So the sleeves were a little long and one side tends to fall off my shoulder.

I have to roll up my sleeves and roll up the length for a more polished look, otherwise it looks a little sloppy and slouchy, which is a different look.

Blush Off Shoulder Knit

Other than that, it is a gorgeous trans-seasonal knit!

The colour is just beautiful and so many people mentioned how nice it was when I wore it out. The fabric is soft and luxurious. It drapes and sits really nicely. The clinginess is nice too, it hugs all my curves and looks very flattering.

It’s very easy to wear. I just wear a strapless bra underneath. I give it a gentle hand wash and dry it flat in the shade. I’ve already washed it 3 times and it hasn’t buckled, loosened or lost its shape.

In terms of looking smart for an everyday wardrobe, this Blush Off Shoulder Knit is a winner!

I’m also wearing: Grana Silk Ankle Pants, Stuart Weitzman Heels, A.P.C Half Moon Bag.


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What I Wore: Spotty White Dress

15 May 2017

Shen Spot Dress

A few weeks ago, I featured a pretty, floaty off-shoulder dress.

This week I want to show off a more affordable option and picked out this Spotted Off-Shoulder Dress, courtesy of Shein.

It is a super pretty dress, that is comfortable and fits really well. It is lined throughout (not in the sleeves though) so it isn’t see-through. I received a lot of compliments when I wore it out the other day.

Best thing about it: I didn’t have to iron it and it doesn’t crease easily. I love that! I just pulled it out of the bag, aired it a bit, threw it on and it looked fantastic!

Not so great thing about it: The fabric looks a bit cheap. But the whole garment has a good weight to it, the stitching is good, and the fabric feels nice and soft… so it doesn’t FEEL cheap.

There might also be too much fabric at the waist, because it bunches up and makes my hips and bum look a bit bigger than they are haha. Maybe it would look better if I was taller? Because it doesn’t look that bad on other customer reviews on the site. Or maybe I’m just imagining it because it’s such a flowy and ruffly dress?

I’m wearing the XS and I’m usually a Size AU/UK 6.

Overall, it’s a lovely spring or summer dress to wear to a special occasion.

Check out more Off Shoulder Dresses from Shein. They have lots of cool and affordable styles!

 

Shen Spot Dress

I have to be honest, Shein is potentially quite hit and miss, because their product photos tend to look much better than the actual product. They do have sone good stuff. But you have to look REALLY carefully at customer reviews, customer photos, product photos, product measurements and fabric details. Then google the item for more customer images or blogger reviews.

Shipping also takes some time too. And I’ve read that that returns can be a bit of a headache.

Personally I’ve never had any bad experiences, in fact, I’ve only had excellent shopping experiences and customer service when I’ve bought from them in the past.

I also wore: Meli Melo Rosalia Bag and Tony Bianco Heels.


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What I Wore: White Silk Pants

12 May 2017

When I was a Stay At Home Mum to my little boys… I used to go to the park every day, sit on the grass, brush past my dusty car, sit on dirty park benches and have my boys wipe their tomato sauce fingers (or drippy noses) on my pants!

Suffice to say, I almost never wore white pants.

So NOW whenever I wear white pants, it feels like a super special occasion!!

Woohoo, look at me, all grown up!

Grana Silk Pants

 

Anyway, I’ve been looking for some nice, cropped white trousers, with a slight cuff. I tried on a few at Witchery and David Jones, but they weren’t quite what I wanted, in terms of fit and fabric.

It occurred to me that I already had a pair of white Silk Ankle Pants from Grana that fit really well.

So I wore them out the other day, rolling up the cuffs to make them look a bit more like cropped trousers. It worked out quite well!

I’m wearing the Size XS “Regular” in Off White. They are more Off White (with a hint of Cream) in real life, not a “bright white” as it looks in this photo.

They fall to just above my ankles, which is a really good fit for me. They are nice and comfy around the waist, and not too tight. Here’s my original post about the silk pants.

They are double lined, 100% silk, not see-through, comfy elasticised waistband, not staticky, lovely to wear… and uh, honestly a bargain at AU$99.

They are also a social conscience brand, believing in being transparent with ethical manufacturing, their low cost business model, their markup costings, and upholding a code of conduct when it comes to their apparel supply chain.

(Omg that sounded like such a hard sell, sorry! I’m not getting paid to say any of this! I genuinely love the brand. They occasionally send me stuff to review. I occasionally get some referral credit too. And I keep buying more stuff because it fits me and I love the quality. Plus I’m slowly heading towards finding brands with an ethical fashion conscience… but more on that another time.)

I just checked on the site, and Grana are now offering XS with a “Short” leg length, which is 5cm shorter in the leg, and would be more like cropped pants for me.

(These silk ankle pants are different to these silk culottes for AU$142, which – I believe – have a more satin like silk.)

Anyway I’m not buying another pair for myself – I really like these pants rolled up in this way!

(If you’re keen, you can use my code to get 10% off your order and free worldwide shipping, just use the code “KARENXGRANA” and head to this page!)

Outfit details:

Hello Parry Off Shoulder Top
Melimelo Rosalia Bag
Habbot Studios oxford shoe (old)