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A Spot of Shopping at enex100

23 October 2014

I had a meeting in the city the other day, so I stopped off at enex100 to do a bit of shopping.

I haven’t been to this mall in a year or so, and I was really delighted by the mix of high street stores and independent boutiques (including a designer clearance sale pop up store!).

My first stop was The Generics Installation, owned and run by a friend of mine.

I was immediately suckered by the mixture of bright fabrics and promise of a brand new dress!

Generics Boutique at enex100 Perth

There was so much on offer! You’ll find hot and edgy brands here, like Zanthus, Wild Horses and Zhivago.

Generics Boutique at enex100 Perth

This Generics pop up store /installation offers customers a free one-on-one fashion consultation and personalised styling for events.

Lots of pieces were very statement, glamourous and cool. The prices are great too; you pay a little bit more than high street fashion prices, in order to get high quality.

Generics Boutique at enex100 Perth

I found quite a few stunning items. On the right is a fur vest which seemed to make me look freaking magical every time I popped it over whatever I was wearing and trying on. It was on sale too! It was like a fashion lift, which instantly upped my cool factor haha.

On the left is was a gorgeous deep green statement necklace with very pretty tassels.

Generics Boutique at enex100 Perth

I also spotted this amazing semi-sheer dress, which came in a long and short version, and also in black and red styles. I grabbed a few to try on and I swear I had to “fight off” a girl every 10 minutes, who walked into the store and wanted to try one on. They were just stunning.

I was a bit freaked out by how sheer they were. But they covered all my important bits so I was ok.

I just felt like a sexy, fairy princess whose only covering was a snowflake :P

Generics Boutique at enex100 Perth

I tried on a few other bits and pieces, suggested by my friend. She did a great job styling me!

She knew exactly what was hot, current, what would look good on me and she got a good feel for what kind of things I liked :)

I walked away a very happy girl!

Pigeonhole at enex100 Perth

My next stop was Pigeonhole at enex100.

I needed to buy a gift for my girlfriend and I was sooo excited that I was finally going to buy a “cool and thoughtful gift”.

Usually I’m not such a great gift giver. I often buy my friends something that’s (admittedly) a bit boring, practical and predictable.

Nice hand cream. Yummy foot scrub. Designer candle. Classic bracelet. Trendy keyring.

Yes they are nice to give. And they are nice present to receive. But… how cool/unique/surprising/different would it be to receive one of these quirky bottles?!?

Pigeonhole at enex100 Perth

Or these science beaker containers?!

Pigeonhole at enex100 Perth

From unique photo frames, to cute cups, colourful saucers, cool hats, unique bags, weird statues, vintage cameras, pretty pots, funny ornaments, hipster lamps, knitted scarves, funky umbrellas, and lovely jewellery… this place had everything!

Pigeonhole at enex100 Perth

I actually ran out of time, and didn’t get to explore a few other shops that caught my eye.

I’ll have to come back to the city another day and check them out!

xx


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5 Days of Jeans – The School Run

17 October 2014

5 Days of Jeans

Earlier this year, I wrote a post called “5 Days of Winter – The School Run” where I took a photo of all the casual outfits that I wore while taking my kids to school.

The post was a big hit (even though it wasn’t particularly glamourous), I received a lot of comments and quite a few people asked for me to do it again! So here it goes!

Recently in Perth, the mornings have been cool – much too cool for me to bare my legs! But the afternoons are warm and sunny. I found the days to be too warm to wear a thick jacket or coat. So I mainly stepped out of my house in jeans and a light top to see me through the whole day.

5 Days of Jeans

Hello Monday morning! I was super bright and perky today. I had a brunch date with a girlfriend, we sat by the river and soaked up the lovely sunshine. Then I rushed home to do some work before picking my kids up from school.

(I now realise that I am in fact not wearing jeans, but drop crotch pants, and immediately failed at this “5 Days of Jeans” thing!)

Hat – Kmart
Necklaces – Lovisa and JCrew
White Sacha Drake Top – Ciao Bella Travel
Pants – Zanthus
Holster Sandals – The Iconic

5 Days of Jeans

I spent the day at home, in front of the computer.

Sunglasses – Raybans
Check shirt – Cotton On
Jeans – YesStyle
Ballet Flats – Fitflop

5 Days of Jeans

Again I spent the day at home, in front of the computer.

Denim jacket – Jeanswest
White top – Splendid from Shopbop
Crop pants – J Brand from ASOS
Converse sneakers – The Outnet

5 Days of Jeans

Had a quick meeting with some clients, ran some errands, I picked up some products, then back home to work.

Hat – Sportsgirl
White shirt – YesStyle
Leather pants – Witchery
Shoes – Vangoh Shoes

5 Days of Jeans

Today I had a bad hair day – should have washed it last night. I ran a few errands before – surprise surprise – spending most of the day working from home, in front of the computer. I live such a riveting life!

Denim shirt – YesStyle
Black jeans – Forever New
Boots – Vangoh Shoes

By the way, I actually took these photos a few weeks ago. So if you stalk me on social media you’ll probably realise that my outfits *totally* don’t match all my recent activities. Or maybe I just change my clothes a lot :P

Nonetheless, have a great weekend everyone! xxx

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.


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Building a Stylish Wardrobe: Trousers and Man Styling

14 October 2014

A big trend in the world of fashion right now is “man styling”. And I don’t mean moustache trimming and back waxing.

Basically, the style takes its cues from a gentleman’s wardrobe. Just think of breezy white button down shirts, grey tweed trousers, loose fitting jackets, navy wool jumpers and shiny oxford shoes.

I was keen to buy a pair of trousers to add to my own wardrobe. I have dozens of skinny jeans and pants, but not much in the way of classically tailored trousers.

Man Styling

So I popped into a Zara store and I spied these lovely, dove grey trousers for $70.

At first I was reluctant to buy them because they were waaay too long for me and I would need to have them altered (add $30), so I hesitated for a few minutes and took a walk around the store to think. When I came back, I realised that TWO people had since come to the pants rack and nabbed both XS pants that were hanging there. CRAP!

I was soooo pissed off with my own failure to pounce on a rare XS item that I stormed off to sit in a café, and immediately trawled through ebay on my phone. Well, the shopping gods must have been smiling down on me because a lady in Sydney was selling the exact pair (with tags still on), and she already had the legs shortened! No way! I bought them for $35! Including shipping! High five to all the short people out there!

Ok back to the man styling.

I wore my perfectly-fitting Zara trousers (the modern look is to have a tiny bit of fabric gathering at your ankles), with my Equipment silk white shirt, Acne heels, double breasted grey jacket by Dodo, big chunky divers watch and Marc by Marc Jacobs bag.

So while I looked like a picture of modern style and sophistication… I just felt a bit awkward.

I felt like I wasn’t playing up the best of my body shape. What happened to my waist? What happened to my curves? My petite hourglass figure was totally lost in the shapeless silhouette. Fashion is supposed to make you feel great. And while this look certainly looks amazing on other people, for me, I felt like I was wearing my pyjamas all day. Shapeless, floppy, and a bit sloppy.

Maybe if I was working in an office environment, where I had to dress more professional, more neutral, and more conservative every day… then maybe I’d be more receptive to experimenting with the man style silhouette.

Man Styling

But for now, I tucked in my shirt, gave myself a messy ponytail and a silly expression to make myself feel better.

(I did feel pretty good in the outfit after that. Especially with the messy pony tail.)

Funny story – a girl on the street chased me down to compliment me on my outfit and she asked me where I got my pants from!

As for my jacket, it is a light cotton, double breasted blazer, with full lining. It was a gift to me from YesStyle, who have an incredible number of jacket styles, at a very affordable price. Perfect if you’re looking to try some man styling!

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.


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What I Wore: Navy Playsuit

8 October 2014

Finders Keeper Dress from Frockaholics

I’m always on the lookout for a great dress; something that’s not too trendy, not too young, but still looks modern and cool.

I recently picked out this Navy Playsuit by Finders Keepers from Frockaholics and I’m so happy with it! Yep I know it’s not a dress, it’s a playsuit.

Whenever I’m considering to buy a playsuit, my brain always has a freak-out and says “No, just buy the dress!”. A big part of my fashion brain still thinks playsuits are risky, uncomfortable and possibly for small children? But once I give them a go, I always am so, so delighted to be wrong. They are just great.

Playsuits are comfortable, easy to move around in, and more flattering than you think. Also, they are usually shorter than a mini skirt, which is a good thing for me, because it makes my legs look long without looking too distasteful.

This one by Finders Keepers has a cut-out which nods towards the crop top trend, which adds to its modern look. I chose navy (it comes in orange too), because I just wanted a dark colour, other than black. I’ll be able to wear for a few seasons, which I’m pretty pleased about.

Finders Keeper Dress from Frockaholics

I wore this out to late afternoon drinks and dinner with some girlfriends. And I didn’t spill any food on it!

Navy playsuit from Frockaholics
Black blazer from ClubCouture
Felt hat from ASOS
Black boots by Vangoh Shoes
Handbag by Alexander Wang

 

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.


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Vintage Missoni at Varga Girl

29 September 2014

I had the pleasure of being invited to a special event at Varga Girl, a boutique in Leederville.

This event launched the first capsule from the “ML Vintage Collection” featuring original, never-been-worn 1970s vintage Missoni, Versace and Courreges and Krizia clothing and accessories.

There is a pretty cool story behind this collection!

Vintage Missoni at Varga Girl

Mary Lipshut was a fashion buyer and owned a fashion label. She worked for Myer Australia in the 1970s where she bought labels such as Pucci, Missoni and Courreges… plus made friends with fashion royalties such as Gianni Versace, Ottavio and Rosita Missoni and Anna Piaggi (fashion editor of Italian Vogue)!

However in the early 70s the French began nuclear testing in the Pacific, and the Australian government impounded all imported French products for 2 years as a protest. So by the time Mary was allowed to sell her shipment of garments, the fashion had changed and it was too far behind.

She decided to store her shipment and over the years she added other unique and vintage pieces by Versace, Pucci, Missoni, YSL and more. The extensive collection has over 4000 pieces of clothing and accessories!

25 years later she decided to open up and share her collection with the world, and began ML Vintage, selling to the public, and displaying her garments in museums and galleries.

Mary passed away from cancer early this year, and her family has worked with Philip Boon (celebrity stylist) to curate capsules to take around the world to exhibit and to sell, to tell Mary’s the story and celebrate her passion through photographs and charity events.

Philip’s first stop was Perth! At Varga Girl in Leederville!

Vintage Missoni at Varga Girl

The collection was pretty amazing and rare. The pieces all looked like vintage, second hand clothes – but they were brand new! New vintage!

This printed skirt caught my eye and I quickly grabbed it try on.

Vintage Missoni at Varga Girl

OMG I was in love! It was a 1980s Vintage Missoni silk wrap skirt with a loud flower print. It was way too big for me (like double my waist size?) so I had to pin it at the back.

It cost $495, which was a bit out of my price range. But I was happy to wear it for a few minutes and prance around the store!

Um, it was actually extremely embarrassing, because I was the only one trying on clothes, taking photos of myself in the big mirror and everyone was looking at me like I was modelling the clothes as part of the entertainment?! Ugh, a part of me wanted to crawl into a hole and die. But I knew I wanted some great photos of the clothes being worn, so I just swallowed my pride and my sheer embarrassment that I looked like a self-absorbed, self-loving, look-at-me fashion blawhger (cringe!).

Vintage Missoni at Varga Girl

This is me and stylist Philip Boon, looking very loud, colourful and like a pair of happy peacocks.

Turns out that after I reluctantly put the skirt back on the rack, another lady tried it on and eventually bought it! I wanted to high five her!

Vintage Missoni at Varga Girl

Speaking of peacocks… I looked like a tropical bird on heat in this 1980s Vintage Missoni Floral Silk Top ($525).

It even had the classic 1980s big boofy sleeves and front-tie. It was totes cray cray :P

Vintage Missoni at Varga Girl

I also tried on this 1970s Vintage Missoni Rainbow skirt ($275) and I even hitched it up to turn it into a dress.

The colours were more subdue, but I still really liked it. I think the fact that it is such a rare piece, made it very desirable.

Vintage Missoni at Varga Girl

Just to mix it up a bit, I tried on some NEW Missoni clothes (launched this season and also in stock at Varga Girl). My favourite piece was this amazing printed knit top. Looks like I threw a bunch of tropical birds, some butterflies and a leopard into a blender? Can I say that on a fashion blog?

Missoni is well known for their crazy colored knits featuring a zig zag pattern, but this blended bird and butterfly print still seemed to fit beautifully in the new collection.

It perfectly matched my colourful necklace too.

Vintage Missoni at Varga Girl

This is the zig zag pattern I’m talking about. Missoni have recently collaborated with Converse to release special edition sneakers with the signature Missoni print! They are selling for $149 at Varga Girl.

Vintage Missoni at Varga Girl

And lastly, this is what I wore to the event. A white sleeveless shirt from ASOS, tulle skirt from Birdsnest, multi-colour jewel necklace from Colette Hayman, heels from YesStyle, bag by Marc by Marc Jacobs.

I was told that this collection is only Capsule 1 from ML Vintage. Philip Boon is off to launch other collections in LA and New York. Then he’ll be back to launch Capsule 2 in Perth, in November. So hey, if you’re in Perth, make sure you pop into Varga Girl to check out (and try on) these rare, never been worn, vintage pieces!

Varga Girl
148 Oxford Street
Leederville, Western Australia, Australia
(08) 9444 8990
http://www.facebook.com/thevargagirls


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Haircuts are my thing!

26 September 2014

Hair by Curi Hair

I know lots of women who have a “grooming THING”. Some love their manicures, some can’t live without a facial, some go to a day spa for a full body massage. It’s their one thing that they have to do regularly.

In the past, I’ve never really had a THING.

I’m not really a high maintenance kind of girl (I like to think!) Sure I like to be pampered, but I really can’t be bothered most of the time. I’m busy with life, family, kids, fitness and my hobbies… and it just isn’t a big priority for me. Plus all that pampering and grooming stuff is so expensive and time consuming!

I don’t go out regularly to get manicures and pedicures, I don’t have regular facials, I don’t get foot spas, or massages, or body wraps, or spray tans, or waxing, or eye brow shaping or eye lash extensions. I just do some things myself. And if I don’t know how to do them, I watch a shit load of Youtube videos and LEARN how to do them.

But the only thing I CAN’T do for myself, and something I think is most important (for me)… is to have a good haircut and colour.

Yep, perhaps it’s my age, my hair history (so much chemical damage!), my lifestyle (sports = wash hair often) and the fact that all my kids go to full-time school and I can spare 2-3 hours every so often… I’ve decided that going to a hair salon is now MY THING.

So there you go!

I guess what has made it easy, is that I’ve been pretty lucky to find a hairdresser in Perth, Curi Hair in Subiaco, who specialises in my type of hair (thick, strong, Asian hair), and I’m so happy with them!

What’s your grooming thing?


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That Bird Label – Blue Maxi Dress

22 September 2014

That Bird label by Birdsnest

The team at Birdsnest have launched their new Summer Collection for That Bird Label – a special collaboration between the shop and its customers. The team designs and develops styles based on ongoing feedback from their customer, who also get a final say about prints and colours.

Featuring lots of bright, bold prints, ladylike silhouettes, easy wraps and draping… the collection has some lovely pieces for real women.

Anyway, this dress was my pick of the whole collection!

That Bird Label by Birdsnest

It is the Bonnie Maxi Dress in a Blue Garden Maze pattern. There is a black and green version with a slightly different pattern too. I’m wearing a Size 8. The dress has adjustable straps so I was able to adjust it all the way up, and the bottom of the dress didn’t drag on the floor. It was a perfect length! For a shortie like me!

I don’t own many maxi dresses, so I was rather delighted to find one that fit me so well.

The flowing fabric and simple draping made it a really breezy maxi dress, great for surviving the summer heat. Yet at the same time the fabric was heavy thick enough, that it didn’t feel cheap and flimsy. It feels like a quality dress that I’d wear for many years to come!

I’m wearing the dress with a strapless bra, Ecco wedge sandals and Sportsgirl hat.

Have a wonderful week!

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.


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Building a Stylish Wardrobe – White Pants and Oxfords

11 September 2014

I was recently introduced to someone as a “fashion blogger” and she immediately asked me earnestly, ‘Ooh! I need a fashion tip! What should I buy?”

It’s a tricky answer. But it made me realise that most people – as well as me – just need a quick and specific suggestion to get them thinking about their next fashion purchase.

So here’s a tip!

If you need to refresh or update your wardrobe this season, I suggest you get some slim white pants and oxford shoes!

Mine have instantly multiplied my outfits, giving me endless combinations with my existing sweaters, printed tops, blazer, jackets, singlet tanks, cardigans…

Tropical + White

My top is a recent purchase too. I walked into Zara, looking for a printed top… and I was immediately struck with this one. It looked unique, it had a silky fabric and it had raw edges on its sleeves and hem.

The print, radiating a kind of preppy… tropical resort… grunge (whatever that means) totally captured my mood.

And yes, I paired it with my white pants and beige oxfords!

Top from Zara
White jeans by Fendi, from ebay
Shoes by Habbot Studios
Hat from Kmart
Bracelet stack by Samantha Wills, from Frockaholics

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.


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Fabulous Dresses (with some fabulous workouts) from Frockaholics

2 September 2014

One of my favourite online shops Frockaholics have received a whole new shipment of hot dresses for the new season. They asked me to pick a few out to feature on my site, and it has come at a good time because recently I’ve been thinking… “Omg it’s the start of the new season, I have a couple of events to go to, what do I wear?? I think I need a new dress?!?”

Anyway, I’m so excited to share my picks with you.

Now I’m also going to do something a bit different… I’m trying to be a clever chicken here and combine my two passions (ie. obsessions): Fashion and Fitness.

Frockaholics

First up – who would have thought that I’d look good in a… one-piece, peplum playsuit?!

I chose this Romper by Cameo because it was a bit risky. The halter neckline and the thin shoulder straps are a very trendy and current design at the moment. I would only recommend this style for women with small shoulders and a small chest/bust. It really focuses on the top half of your body, making your shoulders look extra broad.

The shorts of the playsuit were baggy and balloony like a skirt. The peplum made it extra bulky, like I was wearing a nappy?!

But it was actually awesome to wear. The peplum gave me a striking hourglass silhouette. The length of the skirt/shorts was short enough to make my legs look longer than they are. It was a very comfortable, fun, party dress and I had no fear that I was going to embarrass myself with the skirt flying up on a windy day.

Frockaholics

Speaking about embarrassing myself.

OK I said I was going to TRY to combine some of my workouts in this post. I realised that doing a “lunge” in high heels is very, very tricky. And not at all advisable. It’s like trying to do it on tippy toes! Hello muscle strain!

The dress withstood the test just fine. Not that I’d go to the gym in a leopard print playsuit. But maybe it’s your kind of thing.

Frockaholics

I love colourful dresses, especially floral inspired designs in psychedelic digital prints!

This Lilac Bloom dress by Talulah, with its high neckline and modest ruffled hemline is modest and cute from the front. But it has a statement, criss-cross back, which makes it standout, on-trend and a bit sexy.

Perfect to wear to a wedding, garden party, and cocktails with the girls.

Frockaholics

I don’t even know what this yoga position is called. I just copy the girl in front of me in class and I can hardly hear what my instructor says because I’m concentrating on my pose. Your body is supposed to be horizontal and parallel with the ground? With one arm and one leg extended?

Again, close to impossible with high heels. Not to mention I’m trying to stay absolutely still to take a photo. Don’t try this at home!

Frockaholics

Lastly, if you’re looking for a simple but striking, glam evening dress – you can’t go past gold sequins!

It has a sexy, low back with some criss-cross straps (you can’t wear a bra with it) so you have to rely on some adhesive bra pads.

The rest of the dress falls and sits like a simple shift dress, so you don’t feel constricted or suffocated. And the fabric is forgiving enough so it doesn’t show your tummy if say, you pig out on ice cream later in the evening. Which is what I always do after my workouts. Don’t you?

As for my workout position, it’s a deltoid/tricep stretch with a leg lift… but as you might be able to tell from my understretch, I’m not really into it anymore. Working out in high heels is only for trained stunt women. There goes my dream for a new fashion meets workout channel on YouTube. Just kidding people.

Hope you’re inspired to check out the new styles at Frockaholics!

Here’s a shortcut to the dress section, where you’re bound to find something for the new season.

(And if you were wondering… I didn’t get to keep these dresses.  I had to return these “product samples” to the marketing department where they will be professionally steam cleaned for other marketing uses… and I did not sweat in them at all! I swear!)

Enjoy!

xxx

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.


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3 Ways to Wear – A Tropical Print Top

29 August 2014

3 Ways to Wear Tropical Print

I was born on a tropical island – think blue ocean, blue skies, green jungles and palm trees – so I have a soft spot for tropical prints!

I picked up this cute tropical print skirt from ClubCouture at a great price, and have been enjoying how much I can mix and match with it.

1) Blazer and Bralet
Splashing out in sporty-luxe look, I’m wearing a blazer (also from ClubCouture) and bralet from boohoo.com.

2) Big White Summer Shirt
I found this awesome white shirt in a thrift store. It had embroidery, lace, tassels and made from a gorgeous cotton fabric. It was in a size 16, but I hacked it up and sewed it up to fit me. Now I consider it to be one of my best summer cover ups.

3) Grey Marle Tee
I love this look. It’s casual and colourful, but still stylish. The statement necklace (from The Accessory Report) really adds a notch of style to the whole outfit. Sandals by Holster (from The Iconic)

Have a fantastic weekend everyone!

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.


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Win $500 to spend at French Connection

25 August 2014

Win a $500 French Connection Voucher

Hi everyone! It’s been ages since I’ve run a competition on my blog.

So I’m super excited to share that I’ve teamed up with French Connection to give my readers a chance to win a $500 voucher to spend at any French Connection store. Woo hoo!

All you have to do is click here to the competition page, fill in a few details, and make sure you click the check box to subscribe to the French Connection Style News (that’s a must if you want to enter the competition).

Scroll down to the end of this post to read the terms and conditions.

Competition ends next Sunday, on the 31st August, so be quick!

Here are my picks from the new season collection, you know, “if” I won.

Win a $500 French Connection Voucher

I’m loving the tropical prints with the strong black and white basics.

Win a $500 French Connection Voucher

The sweetheart sweater definitely has my name written on it. And I’d love to try this slinky jumpsuits and floral print skirt too.

French Connection is a fab store to stock up on your work basics like blazers, shirts, pants, blouses. Heck with $500 I might just buy a real leather jacket.

There’s so much good stuff, do pop over to have a look!

Have fun and good luck!

xxx

Competition Terms and Conditions
The competition closes on Sunday 31st August at 11.59pm.

Competition participants must subscribe to the French Connection database to enter. Users who have not subscribed to French Connection Australia will not be entered into the competition. Each entrant must opt-in to receiving Style News and promotions from French Connection Australia.

One entry per person is permitted. One winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries received before the closing date.

The winner will be announced on Tuesday 2nd September. This gift voucher will be redeemable for 12 months and is only for an Australian store and cannot be used online (sorry to all my international readers!)


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What I Wore: Keeping it Simple

19 August 2014

Black + White

With the change of season almost upon us, I’ve been keeping my wardrobe pretty simple and easy. I’m trying to wear my old favourites and my classics, and doing a lot more mixing and matching with what I already have.

This way I can work out what is lacking in my wardrobe and work towards filling the gaps.

The other day I threw on a simple tee + jeans outfit for a meeting in the city.

Black + White

It was a simple and smart, with a touch of trend, and a pop of sparkle.

Jacquard jacket by Miu Miu (from The Outnet)
T-shirt from Sportsgirl
Black Needle jeans from Acne Studios (Shopbop)
Polkadot shoes by Habbot Studios
Handbag by Tory Burch
Felt hat from ASOS
Necklace from JCrew
Earrings from Shopbop

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.


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Majestic Lace Dress from Review

15 August 2014

Review Dresses

You might recall a few months ago that I attended a wedding in Malaysia? And I wore this dress from Review Clothing?

I received so many compliments and people asking me where did I get it?  You can read my first review about it here.

Anyway, this is just an update to let everyone know that Review Clothing are having a sale at the moment – 25% off new season stock. And they have the dress in new colours!

The dress is absolutely lovely to wear. It’s so simple, so easy to move in, so comfortable, so robust and so affordable. It’s fully lined. It has a high quality weight to it. It doesn’t need to be ironed. I can wear a normal bra with it. It has a sexy low V back line. It has an elegant fitted waist and a modest pencil skirt length. And it’s a standard size, so it fits me perfectly!

(In the above photo, I’m wearing the Majestic Dress in Navy. It is now $217.49 (was $289.9).

Review Dresses

Review has also brought in new colours – Black, Black/Nude, CappuccinoAurelia Dress in Blush.

Eeek I’m sooo tempted to either get the black, or the black + nude.

The sleeveless Aurelia Dress in Blush (pictured on the far right) would be gorgeous for warmer weather too.

Once again they are all 25% off, which is very cool. You can buy online and receive free shipping within Australia for orders over $150 too.

Enjoy!

xxx

 


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Glasshouse Candles at Adore Beauty

8 August 2014

Glasshouse Candles
I was super pleased to discover that Glasshouse Fragrances are now available at Adore Beauty.

They offer free shipping on all orders within Australia (!!) so I am constantly ordering items – shampoo, hand cream, makeup remover, suncream, foot cream.

They have all my favourite brands like Aesop, L’Occitane, Burt’s Bees, philosophy, SK-II… so it’s pretty much my one stop shop :)

Glasshouse Candles

I already have a few Glasshouse candles, but I think Marseille is my favourite. Its fragrance is gentle and smooth, yet rich, featuring apple blossoms, gardenias and carnations.

Yes, I also collect all the jars and use them to hold STUFF (like cotton wool, cotton tips, sea shells and rose petals)!

Check out the whole collection of Glasshouse Fragrances at Adore Beauty.

Enjoy!

xxx


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Being Bookish

7 August 2014

Wooly and Bookish

I am on a reading roll at the moment. I am currently reading two books… and my face is constantly buried in one of them.

I cook and read at the same time. I have one book tucked into my hangbag, so I can pull it out whenever I have a few minutes to spare. I turn up early to after-school pick up and sit in the car and read until the very last moment I have to collect my kids. I turn down social events because, SORRY I’M READING! (Ok maybe it’s not that bad…)

Anyway, my girlfriend mentioned that I was channeling a bit of preppy librarian chic the other day. All I needed was thick rimmed glasses and I’d be all set haha :P

Wooly and Bookish

My jumper is a luxurious Pringle of Scotland jumper, given to me by my dad, when I was a teenager. I think that someone initially gave it to HIM (he didn’t buy it) and it is a men’s jumper because its size is “42inches”.

And now that I think about it, I think it was me who adopted it on the sly, rather than my dad actually giving it to me.

Anyway, it is 20 years old and it still feels as soft, supple and amazing as I remember it when it was new. It hasn’t lost its shape, there is no pill, it has a luxurious weight, yet it is breathable and comfortable. The cuffs and collar still sit flat against my skin. It’s just gorgeous to wear. It definitely makes me appreciate a good and high quality “investment” knit. Even though I didn’t buy it! (Thanks dad!)

Jumper by Pringle of Scotland
White silk shirt by Equipment
Cuff shorts by Alice + Olivia
Suede wedges by Tony Bianco
Crossbody bag by Witchery

Novel is The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (A bit sad to start, but so far it’s an excellent read.)


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PANDORA’s Letters, Numbers and Symbols

31 July 2014

Brought to you by Nuffnang and PANDORA

I’m so excited to be sharing about PANDORA’s latest range of charms on my blog today!

I have borrowed a whole bunch of different bracelets, rings and a selection of charms to play with and style up. And at the end of my loan, I’ll be able to pick a few to keep. You can check out my picks below.

PANDORA has been around for over 30 years, but it was only in 2000 that the Danish company launched its charm bracelet concept. The idea is pretty simple: you can create customised and personalised jewellery by choosing from a range of charms, beads, and crystals that are symbolic and meaningful to you.

This week, PANDORA is launching a new range of 14ct rose gold and sterling silver charms of letters, numbers and symbols.

PANDORA’s Letters, Numbers and Symbols

These are some of the charms that I really liked.

You know, when I first got into creating my own charm bracelets (last year?), I used to struggle with the indecision of trying to choose a charm collection that personifies my character and interests. There were charm designs of cats, dogs, owls, love hearts, musical notes, hobbies, natures, flowers, special occasions… and more. It was quite tricky to start the process of choosing.

Obviously, with the new letters and numbers charms, it’s much easier to create a meaningful collection of charms (especially for indecisive people like me).

I chose my initials “K” and the “C”. And I’m thinking next time I’ll get the first letter of my husband’s name and each of my kids too… K, A, C, S, L.

But I’ll have to make sure I put them in the right order, or I could end up wearing “SLACK” or “LACKS” on my wrist haha!

PANDORA’s Letters, Numbers and Symbols

I adore the colour of the rose gold charms, especially with a bit of extra sparkle from the cubic zirconias. And I think they look great when worn with the silver charms to create a modern, mixed metal look.

I really liked the symbols too. The key was my favourite. To me it represents the unlocking of doors – future doors, doors of opportunity, doors of happiness, doors of success. And I also like the clover that expresses good luck – but I see it more as a symbol of “good blessings”… because I have many to be thankful for.

I’m super pleased with my final choices!

PANDORA’s Letters, Numbers and Symbols

The mixed metal look, the sparkly charms, the shiny silver bangle and the white leather bracelet wrap … they all fit really well with my style. I really enjoyed wearing them.

I’ve styled them here with my faux fur coat by Shinn (Korea), blush silk shirt by Sarah (Korea), black needle jeans by Acne Studios, gold stud heels from Boohoo, crossbody bag by Alexander Wang, rings by Wanderlust + Co.

The new range is in store now. Or you can check them out on the PANDORA website.

Enter to Win!

There is also a competition to go with the launch!

Express your own personal style when you #sayitwithPANDORA and enter for your chance to win 1 of 3 bangles with letter, number and symbol charms in 14ct rose gold and sterling silver. Head over to the PANDORA website here to check it out!

xxx


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Just go for it, girl

28 July 2014

Crop Top + Jeans

When it comes to finding my own personal style and dressing for my body shape, after many years of experimenting, I think I’ve finally figured out what works best for me.

I have a very petite, hourglass figure – which lets me get away with a lot – but I have short legs.

If I wear a long top, a long tunic, a pelplum top, a drop waist top, or even a shirt that ends below the waist, I always feel overly elongated and visually “top heavy”. This may or may not be an accurate certainty… but fashion is all about how it makes one feel right?

So I’ve learnt several tricks. I tuck my tops into my bottoms in order to highlight my waist. I tie knots into my t-shirts. I wear belts over shapeless dresses to highlight my waist. I wear short shorts to elongate my legs.

And most recently I’ve found the ultimate optical illusion for short people like me… the crop top! Yes, it’s not for everyone. And as I keep saying, if you’ve got the goods (whatever they are), just go for it girl!

Making your waist look like it starts higher than it really does, the crop top is a short-legged person’s best friend.

I have recently picked up a loose fitting crop t-shirt in white, black and grey – all in preparation for the warm summer months.

I love wearing them with high waisted jeans and tropical print pencil skirts.

Black crop top from The Iconic, Check shirt by Tokyo Fashion, White jeans by JCrew, white sneakers by Converse, Crossbody bag from Witchery, Diver watch by Rotary.

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.


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What I Wore: Girl’s Night Outs

22 July 2014

This year I promised myself that I was going to go out and see more of my girlfriends.

I know it sounds like such a simple and unambitious resolution to make (it’s something I should be doing anyway!) but hey, it’s July and half the year is gone already! If I don’t keep myself organised and mindful of these things, they usually just slip away and before I know it, the end of the year approaches far too soon.

So when I go out with my girlfriends… we don’t go clubbing. We don’t go dancing. We don’t go to bars to listen to live music. In fact, we try very hard to stay away from all those noisy places.

We just like to sit and talk, have a nice dinner, drinks, dessert and just catch up haha!

As long as there are no husbands and kids, we’re very happy!

Girls Night Out

I managed to take a quick phone snap of what I wore for my last 4 dinner dates. They are all simple and black outfits :)

Left:
Top is actually a dress by In Good Company
Leather pants from Topshop
Boots from Vangoh Shoes
Earrings by Mezi

Right:
Top by Splendid, from Shopbop
Leather pants from Topshop
Faux fur jacket by Sarah (Korea)
Necklace by Wanderlust & Co
Black heels by Acne Studios from Foward Forward

Girls Night Out

Coincidentally, for the photo on the left, I took this picture before I went out and before I put on my bracelets and rings.

And on the right, I took the photo after I came home, and after I took off my bracelets and rings :P

Funny how the colour of my bathroom changes my skin tone depending on what time of day it is!

Left:
Lace dress by Lily Whyt
Heels by Habbot Studios
Black blazer from ClubCouture

Right:
Sparkle dress from Forever New
Earrings by Alister Yiap
Black heels by Acne Studios from Foward Forward

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.


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What I Wore: Rose and Lace

9 July 2014

Rose and Lace

For my birthday, I splurged a little and bought myself a very cute + cool, Alexander Wang Marion cross body bag.

I’ve been eyeing this bag for a while (but in black), and eventually bought it online through a private sale at 80% off! I’m so in love with it!

I don’t have many designer bags, and that is mostly by choice.

After all, I have to save up for more important things like… future dental work for ALL THREE of my children!! :P

Rose and Lace

The days have been slightly warmer, so it’s been nice to walk around in shorts and a light coat.

My shorts were actually Sass and Bide jeans, which I bought at a clearance sale. I didn’t really need more jeans, but who could resist a pair of S&Bs for $30?

Anyway, I decided that I have too many pairs of jeans, so I armed myself with some scissors and a sewing machine and turned them into shorts. Can’t wait for the weather to warm up so I can wear them more often!

Have a fabulous day!

Rose pink jacket by AL&ALICIA
Lace tunic from Korea
Denim shorts by Sass and Bide
Boots by Vangoh Shoes

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.


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What I Wore: Pillowcase Chic

2 July 2014

Pillow Case Chic

I don’t like to wear shapeless clothes. It makes me feel short, it makes my legs look short (my legs ARE short), and I just feel like an out-of-proportioned dumpling.

Most times I will tuck a loose-fitting top into my skirt or pants, so I don’t look like I’m wearing a potato sack. This will highlight my waist, therefore give a visual clue as to where my body stops and my legs begin. I feel this makes my legs look longer and it best highlights my petite proportions.

While I think it’s important to dress for your body shape… I have to admit, I’ve been a bit bored with my “usual look”.  Sometimes it’s just FUN to break the rules I set for myself.

So recently I’ve decided to experiment with a different silhouette.

I went waist-less. I channeled some pillowcase chic!

I chose a top that was breezy and loose-fitting. This one has a gorgeous strap detail which balances out the flared hem nicely. (Thin straps are also very on trend at the moment!) My skirt is a mini tulip skirt with polka dots. I adore the muted, two-toned colour combination and the splash of white from my sneakers.

The ensemble is so cute and matchy, it looks like a sophisticated summer dress!

Have you played with a different silhouette recently?

Or are you a safe-dressing shorty like me?! :)

Top from In Good Company
Skirt from AL&ALICIA
Sneakers by Converse
Felt hat from ASOS


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The Everyday Boot

30 June 2014

I’ve been looking for a pair of simple black boots with a bit of heel. Not a stiletto heel, not a wedge heel, not a platform heel.

I wanted a moderately chunky heel… that’s not TOO chunky or square.

Plus I didn’t want any buckles or straps or studs either. Just a simple, everyday boot, with a bit of height.

Vangoh Boots AW14

Say hello to my new babies from Vangoh Shoes.

They sit perfectly between looking elegant and casual. They are so comfortable and easy to wear too.

I’ve been wearing them with my skinny jeans, other times with black leggings, or with chunky grey socks. The extra bit of height makes my outfits look just that little bit more dressed up and ready to conquer my day.

Here’s to a brand new week of boot weather!

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.


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Equipment Signature Silk Shirt and a $3 Coat

26 June 2014

My classic white shirt is a bit of a wardrobe champion. It never goes out of style!

Whether I wore it during the summer of 2003 with denim sorts and sandals, or winter of 2010 with black pants and stilettos… it’s one of my favourite wardrobe items that is always in fashion. Casual or dressed up, it always looks current, stylish and polished.

I have had many white shirts over the years. I experimented with round collars, embellishments, embroidery, epaulettes, extra pockets, fitted cuts, 3/4 sleeves… and various fabrics like cotton, silk, linen, and polyester blends.

But my favourite style has to be the plain, loose-fitting and slightly man-ish version. Much like a man’s business shirt!

I have ONE white shirt (from Korea) in this classic style. I’ve had it for ages and I wear it to death. It’s made from a mix cotton/polyester fabric (I’m not entirely sure, because the label is in Korean!), but it feels so lovely and smooth, it looks like silk and flows like silk, and if I were to fault it, I’d say that it’s a tiny weeny bit big for my petite frame.

Anyway, I finally bought myself a new, beautiful silk shirt, the very popular Equipment Signature Silk shirt to be exact.

Equipment Signature Silk Shirt

This one fits me beautifully! The length is better for me, it’s a good fit across my shoulders, and a bit slimmer in the body… yet it still has a nice loose-fitting shape. OK perhaps the sleeves are a bit long, so it bunches up at my wrist a little bit, but I always roll up my sleeves anyway. I’m soooo happy!

The silk is top quality and gorgeously luxurious! Yet it doesn’t feel too delicate and fragile, as if it will tear or pull if I walked too close to a… fence?

Equipment Signature Silk Shirt

My other purchase for the month is this AMAZING, speckled grey wool coat.

It seriously looks like a collarless coat by Balenciaga that I spied on ShopStyle a few weeks ago. But I did not buy this online…

I got it from a SECONDHAND SHOP!

It was priced at $5, but when I got to the checkout, the lady said it was on sale for $3!!

I couldn’t believe my luck, I handed her the $5 and insisted that she kept the change.

It fit me PERFECTLY across the shoulders and the length of the arms were spot on. I usually have a problem with the arm length of the coats, because I’m an in-between size. Size 4 is a bit too small, and size 6 is a bit too big. The coat is also nice and roomy in the body, so I can layer up comfortably with sweaters and shirts.

Anyway, I was SO lucky with this purchase, I don’t know which item I’m more excited about… the once-in-a-lifetime-investment silk shirt or the $3 coat haha!!

(Oh, I did have to pay $30 to dry clean the coat.)

I’m also wearing lace shorts from Stephieshop, nude heels from ASOS, gold watch from Guess and necklace by Wanderlust + Co.

You can buy Equipment shirts from Shopbop.

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.


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4 Ways to Wear – A Tropical Print Top

17 June 2014

Tropical prints are pretty popular at the moment and will be in for a couple more seasons. Think palm leaves, palm trees, pineapples, watermelons, lemons, and other big floral prints.

These prints usually say: casual beach wear, lazy picnics, sunshine, fun and “I’m a bit quirky”.

But what if you want to look a bit more polished and sophisticated, and less like a tropical beach bum?

Here are some tips:

Tropical Top 4 ways

Wear it with white. Keep your look sharp and tailored. Pair with bottoms that are modest in length, so you don’t look like you’re going to hit the beach.

Distressed white jeans by Jcrew from The Outnet
Slip on shoes from Topshop
Straw fedora from Kmart

Sharpen the look with a crisp white skirt, white blazer or white tailored pants.

White skirt from Beauties Closet.
Shoes by Koo (Yesstyle)

Tropical Top 4 Ways

Wear with more pattern.

For a stand-out, party look with a bit of clash, I love mixing pattern on pattern :) If blue lace is not for you, then try wearing it with a black lace skirt.

Shorts by Cameo
Shoes by Koo (Yesstyle)

Try a monochrome print with a less-busy print. Then throw on a black blazer to tie it altogether.

Shorts by Surface to Air from ASOS
Black blazer from ClubCouture
Heels by Acne Studios

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.


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Vangoh Shoes Winter 2014 Launch

13 June 2014

I have been living in my jeans, boots and jumpers for the last 4 weeks.

So it was with much excitement that I accepted an invitation to go out to a daytime fashion event – as an excuse to get out of my house, dress up and curl my hair haha!

Digital print dress

I wore this print dress from Alibi Online, earrings from The Accessory Report.

Vangoh Shoes Winter 2014

And my shoes are new heels from Vangoh Shoes.

It wasn’t a coincidence that I wore these shoes, because the event was the launch of the Vangoh Shoes Winter Collection 2014.

You can check out their whole collection of boots, flats, bags and jewellery on their revamped website, where everything is now priced under $79.95!
Vangoh Shoes Winter 2014

They had a lovely spread of treats, champagne and drinks for their customers. The store was jam packed with people and there was a really friendly and warm vibe.

It was fantastic to be supporting a successful small local businesses!

Vangoh Shoes Winter 2014

I tried on about 6 different pairs of shoes. And I found myself talking to other customers (complete strangers!) about my shoes and their shoes.

I really LIKE talking about shoes. I hope I didn’t sound too creepy.

In fact I think I talked so much, I realised that I sounded like a crazy shoe sales lady and that I should just shut up.

Vangoh Shoes Winter 2014

I love these patterned heels. They remind me of the old mosaic tiles from Morocco.

Vangoh Shoes Winter 2014

These boots are my favourite boots from their collection. I managed to nab a pair of these too!

They offer flat rate shipping, international shipping, and free Australian shipping for orders over $100.

See the whole collection at Vangoh Shoes.

Or you can pop into their stores in Perth City or Subiaco.

By the way, if you were studying my photos, you might have noticed that I’m not wearing earrings while I was at the shop. Silly story. When I arrived at the shop, I took off my jacket, and a lock of my hair got tangled in the back of my earring clasp. I yanked at my hair, my earring fell off and smashed onto the floor. Yes it broke. A little gem fell off. But it’s nothing that a little super glue can’t fix!

Enjoy!


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The Classic Pump

10 June 2014

The black pump (sometimes called “courts” in England) is definitely a modern day classic for any wardrobe.

With a medium height heel and a slightly pointed toe, I find myself reaching for my black pumps more than any other shoe.

Of course, I own lots and lots of black high heeled shoes, collected over the years. Many are just variations of the classic pump style (sling backs, mules, almond toe, patent, pony hair, ankle straps, block heel) and most were under the $100 mark.

But I have only owned ONE good quality, leather, classic-styled pump. They cost me around $130 (on sale) about 10 years ago, and they have finally worn out. I’ve been jamming them into too many pavement cracks and the leather on the heel point is all messed up.

So I finally bought myself some new, good quality, everyday heels.

Acne Lola Suede Pumps

They are Acne Lola Suede Pumps from Forward by Elyse Walker.

They have a classic 50′s style profile, featuring black suede uppers, 100% leather, made in Italy, 3.3 inch heel (8.4 cms). They feel beautiful and are just gorgeous to wear.

Now that I own them, I am a bit scared to wear them, in case I scuff up the heels – again!

But it did get me thinking about the history of the pump shoe. So of course, I went online to read WORDS, as opposed to just looking at pictures of shoes.

The origin of high heels (pumps) can be traced back to the 15th Century, where they were called pompes. These pompes were initially flat and worn by men, but soon heels were added for practical reasons – horse riders didn’t want their feet slipping in the horse stirrups.

High heels for men? For practical reason? Horse riding? How deliciously ironic!

High heels slowly became popular with the rich and famous, upper class… and they were worn by both men and women. It’s been documented that the famously short French Queen, Catherine d’Medici requested her shoe maker to add two inches to her wedding shoes when she married King Henry II in 1533. I hear you sister!

And apparently, the Queen Marie Antoinette was also such a fan of high heels that she was wearing a pair when she had her head chopped off during the French revolution. That is serious commitment to fashion.

Fast forward to 1953, the shoe designer for Christian Dior, Roger Viver, created the first ever stiletto high heel and they became all the rage in 50s fashion.

And in the 90s, shoe designers like Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin became fashion celebrities in their own right, by transforming the high heeled shoe into a “super accessory” and an art form.

I don’t think the high heel shoe will ever go out of fashion. But, the biggest question is… I wonder if high heels will ever come back into fashion for men??


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5 Days of Winter: The School Run

30 May 2014

I received a couple emails from my readers recently, asking me a very similar thing…

“What kind of casual outfits do you wear when you do your school run?”

Well the weather is cool and wet here in Australia at the moment. It’s kind of a transition between seasons, so I wear a lot of light sweaters, cardigans and jeans. I definitely can’t wear my shorts and sandals anymore.

5 Days of Winter: The School Run

I thought it’d be fun to take a snap of myself in my studio, before leaving the house, each morning for a week (5 school days). And this is what I came up with!

5 Days of Winter: The School Run

Fur lined hooded coat – ASOS
Denim shirt – Shopbop
Grey t-shirt – Sportsgirl
Jeans – Jeanswest
White sneakers – Converse

5 Days of Winter: The School Run

Stripe cardigan – FashionJunkee
Speckled t-shirt – Sportsgirl
Faux leather jeans – Topshop
Wedge sneakers – Lee Han Na (Korea)

5 Days of Winter: The School Run

Spotty sweater – Sportsgirl
Skinny jeans – Forever New
Leather boots – Styles from The Iconic
Cap – Country Road

5 Days of Winter: The School Run

Black t-shirt – Bec & Bridge
Check shirt – Similar styles at ASOS
Black jeans – Vivienne Westwood
Boots – Vangoh Shoes
Hat – By Skylark

5 Days of Winter: The School Run

Cat sweater – Romwe
Jeans – YesStyle
Beanie – The Iconic
Plaid slip ons – Topshop

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

xxx

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.


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What I Wore: My Sister’s Wedding Celebration

19 May 2014

My sister and her brand new husband held a wedding celebration in Melaka, Malaysia. It was basically a huge, family dinner party at a fancy hotel :)

I was a bridesmaid for their official wedding in Perth (the week before), however for this party in Malaysia, I did not have any bridesmaid duties. Which meant I got to kick my heels off early and party hard!!

Hotel Room, Malaysia

Talking about partying hard, when I was checking into the hotel in Malaysia, there was a mix up with my room… so they gave me the freaking PRESIDENTIAL SUITE on the top floor!!

The down side, was that I had to share it with my Aunty. And we had to er… sleep in the same bed.

But it was a PRESI-FRICKING-DENTIAL sized bed. It was humungous!

And if we kept to our side of the bed, there would be a good 1.5m gulf between us. It wouldn’t be too bad.

I assured my aunty that I don’t roll around when I sleep. Plus I don’t snore. That’s what my husband tells me anyway (unless he was lying?).

Melaka, Malaysia

This was the view from the top floor. Hello Melaka! I wish I could have stayed longer!

Wedding Outfit

Here’s my outfit, carefully laid out the bed.

My dress is a gorgeous navy blue lace Majestic dress from Review Clothing. It was completely sold out last month, but they seem to have re-stocked it.

I got it on a sale ($100 off if you spend over $250), the dress was originally $279, and it ended up being $179. Actually my mum bought the dress for me as a gift, thanks mum xxx! And the same sale is on online right now! They do free shipping throughout Australia too. Review has some really pretty bridesmaids dresses! I also liked and tried on this dress and this dress :)

Handbag by Tory Burch (from Shopbop) used as a clutch.

Earrings by Mezi. Strappy heels by Koo (from YesStyle)

Sis Wedding Malaysia

I love the fitted cut of the dress, and the sheer cap sleeves. I’m wearing a size 6, and it fit me perfectly, yay!

Sis Wedding Malaysia

The Cheng girls! Me, with my sister and my mum.

It was such a fun party! We hooted with laughter! We drank all the champagne! We all danced until 12am! Then a bunch of us went out for supper until 2AM!

By the time I went back to my room, had a shower, took off all my makeup and crawled into the PRESIDENTIAL BED, it was 3am. My Aunty was already sleeping, thankfully she was still on her side of the bed.

The bed was so large, so soft and so luxurious, that I fell into a warm, delicious sleep… where I dreamt about Roti Canai for breakfast haha!


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Getting My Marshmallow On!

7 May 2014

Marshmallow Colours

I wore pink and white the other day (which made me think of marshmallows) and TWO very funny things happened.

I had a coffee date with my girlfriend and while I was holding my coffee cup, I snorted with laughter and a drop of coffee swirled out of the cup and splashed onto my knee.

Aaak my white jeans! Alas no fear – it landed on the exact spot where there was a rip in my jeans!

Ho ho, thank goodness for fashionable and nonsensical air holes for my knees to make me feel like a suburban rock star.

Then!

While I was shovelling through a plate of tiramisu, my upper lip knocked a half strawberry off my spoon… which was heaped with a mountain of cream. The strawberry rolled off, hit the edge of my water glass, which propelled it perpendicularly onto my left boob. Strawberry splat! Crap!

I excused myself from the conversation, I went to the bathroom, took off my sweater, wet a bit of tissue and started to lightly brush off the mark on the fabric. Funny enough, the cream was white, the strawberry was red and it all kinda disappeared into my pink sweater. Leaving a faint, sweet, marshmallow smell. Another close escape!

Ah pink and white, it was meant to be.

Marshmallow Colours

In other news, I wanted to try wearing a crystal ear cuff. I couldn’t stand the thought of spending $150+ on a proper Swarovski crystal one, so I bought a more affordable crystal ear cuff from Lovisa, which came with a matching crystal stud.

Good news, I didn’t feel like a hippy gypsy or a space cyborg. It just felt like I was wearing a cool earring. I liked it!

Plus it added a little punk/edge to an otherwise fairy floss outfit I had on :)

Sweater from Sportsgirl
White jeans from JCrew
Ear cuff from Lovisa
Sandals from Vangoh Shoes
Silver clutch from ASOS

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.


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A basketful of pastel boyishness

26 April 2014

Basket and pastels

I’ve been running around like crazy this last week.

This is me, in the midst of moving bits of furniture here and there, and stopping because I found a pastel blue basket (filled with boy junk) that matched my outfit haha!

Basket and pastels

Even though this isn’t my usual style, I really adore dressing in this girlish yet boyish style. I feel so playful and casual.

The shorts, shoes and hat make me look like I raided my son’s wardrobe, yet the baby pink and pastel blue scream otherwise.

Pink shirt is from Mango. It has cute, little sailboat prints, and it is made from a super soft, light cotton. Can’t believe it only cost me around AUD$35. I was spying something similar from Country Road, but that was AUD$100. It’s a nice change from all the checkered shirts I’ve been wearing.

Light denim shorts are from Acne Studios. These are a little big around the waist for me (I’ve lost a bit of weight since I bought them), so they sit on my hips and I only like to wear them with long, loose tops.

The tweed fedora hat was a score from my trip to Melaka, Malaysia. You see, I forgot to take my hat out of my luggage as I arrived in the city, and found myself walking in the sun and no respite for several hours. I ducked into a little fashion store on Jonker Walk, Melaka, and immediately bought the first cute hat I saw. It was MYR 15 (AUD$5!) and I have been wearing it non stop since then!

Handbag is by Tory Burch, similar from Shopbop.

Tartan sneaker shoes are from Topshop.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.


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A Bit of Refurb Magic

14 April 2014

Outfit: Refurb Magic

Last month, I realised that I had quite a few clothes that I didn’t wear anymore because they “didn’t quite fit right”. For example, I have a skirt with a waist that is a bit too loose. Or the legs of some pants are a bit too long. Or the neckline of a top is too low. And so on.

So I spent a few hours going through my wardrobe and pulling out all these items… and to my embarrassment, I made a VERY BIG PILE. All these unworn clothes! Thus I began My Refurb Project, promising myself that I will spend a few hours here and there, sewing up a few of these unused clothes. I’m so glad that I’ve started, because it’s like rediscovering old favourites that fit me PERFECTLY!

I wore two of these refurbished goodies the other day.

My Sass and Bide Tank had shoulder straps that were a little *too long*, so that the neckline dipped just a touch*too low*, showing a bit *too much* cleavage for you know, a casual day time look. My boobs weren’t exactly going to pop out, but I found myself quite conscious that I had lots of skin on display. I actually find this happens with most Sass and Bide tanks that I try on. I guess Sass and Bide models are not Asian shorties like me!

I also have a pair of black JBrand Super Skinny Capri Jeans – which are so insanely comfortable, soft and snug. But they are a tiny bit loose at the waist, and since I don’t like to wear a belt with them, I find that throughout the day, they ride down and make my ass look saggy. And I have to constantly pull up the back of my pants like my 5 year old son does.

So I sewed a 1cm dart at the waist and they sit so much better. Yay!

Outfit: Refurb Magic

As for my handbag – which is not refurbished – it is a Tory Burch Thea Cross-body bag that I bought recently and I am so in love with the rose blush colour!

The size is just a little bigger than your standard cross body bag (19cm x 24cm x 9cm) so it fits everything from my rather large purse, my smart phone, compact camera and powder compact, lippie and even a packet of tissues. It’s a fantastic everyday bag, that looks refined and tailored, with an added tassle charm. It’s just adorable.

It also goes so well with my gold and my rose gold jewellery and wrist-wear.

Outfit: Refurb Magic

Lastly, I ‘m wearing my super comfy sandals from Vangoh Shoes.

My fedora hat was a gift.
My necklaces are from Wanderlust + Co.

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