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Crushing: Pastel Floral Dresses

13 April 2018

I am TOTALLY crushing on pretty, floral dresses at the moment.

I’m currently experimenting with 1) floral/pastel colours and 2) trying to wear summer dresses in cooler weather. I’ll share what I come up with soon!

I went on a floral bender, adding tonnes of styles into my wishlist (kind of like making a mood board) and these are my top nine favourites from Shopbop’s 25% off Sale (ends 15 April 2018)…

Shopbop Spring Florals 2018

Lavendar: Ulla Johnson Penninah Dress

Pink: Rachel Zoe Jillian Dress

Yellow: Marissa Webb Kaya Silk Print Dress

Shopbop Spring Florals 2018

Pink: Nicholas Lilac Floral Frill Mini Dress

Blue: Alice + Olivia Halsey Dress

Nude: Amanda Uprichard Evalina Dress

Shopbop Spring Florals 2018

Yellow: Self Portrait Pleated Asymmetric Floral Dress

Green: Giambattista Valli Print Sheer Mini Dress with Ruffle Hem

Pale Purple: Young Fabulous & Broke Costa Maxi Dress

Yes some are ridiculously expensive (!), but hope you find some inspiration to switch things up a bit for the new season!

xxx


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Review: Self Portrait 3D Azaelea Dress

11 April 2018

Self Portrait Azaelea Dress

Hi everyone!

I’m off to a wedding later this year and I’ve already sorted out what I’m going to wear – this Self Portrait 3D Azaelea Dress :)

I am a big fan of Self Portrait dresses and every time they release a new season collection, I’m scrolling, drooling, sighing (because they are so expensive!) and wondering how many months I will have to save until I can nab something.

For years I’ve had my eye on the original Azaelea dress (Self Portrait’s most popular dress design!), and when the dress came out in Burgundy (this one), it became very high on my MUST SAVE FOR list. Unfortunately my size had sold out and I can’t seem to find it anymore.

So a couple of months ago, during a Shopbop Sale, I picked out this gorgeous 3D Azaelea Dress in Tomato colour – yippee!

It’s a lot brighter than the burgundy. It is VERY RED! And stunning!

It’s a newer version of the Azaelea style, as this dress has a slightly different “3D” flower lace pattern.

My other option was this new Azaelea Sweetheart Dress (in Navy), but I preferred the red flowers.

Self Portrait Azaelea Dress

In terms of fit. I usually am a US Size 0 for dresses.

So I ordered a Size 0, it arrived… and it didn’t quite fit me.

It fit perfectly around my waist, but I just couldn’t do up that last 5cms of the zip (the part around my middle abdomen, so it had nothing to do with my boobs being too big haha!). No amount of sucking in could make my ribcage smaller! Obviously I had the size wrong.

So I had to return the dress and get a Size 2 – which fit me great, but it’s still a tiny bit snug around my lower abdomen. There is no stretch whatsoever. And the straps are not adjustable. So if you’re a slightly bigger AUS 6, or if you have big boobs, then you should go up to US 4, just to give yourself some breathing room.

What surprises me most about this dress, is its weight. The quality is top notch. The craftsmanship, the stitching, the lining, the zip, the panels. The fabric and lace are just beeeeautiful.

The shape is classic and feminine, with it’s 1950s hourglass silhouette, full floral skirt and nipped in waist. The style will last for years to come.

In terms of longevity, I actually have another Self Portrait dress, which I bought in 2016 and which I have dry cleaned twice, and it still looks brand new.

I also love it because I can wear it as a cocktail dress, but at the same time I’d be happy to wear it with white sneakers and a denim jacket.

I’m so in love with this dress and I can’t wait to wear it to the wedding!

When I bought my Lover dress a few years ago, it cemented my decision for investing in WOW dresses.

Yes they are a bit expensive to start, but I have worn them again and again. And every time I wear one, I feel BLOODY AMAZING in it – it’s totally worth it.

Shopbop Event Sale

For 4 days, Shopbop are having an “Event of the Season” sale – You can get 20% off orders under $500 and 25% off orders over $500. Simply use the code EVENT18 at the checkout.

 

I wanted to share a whole heap of new season WOW dresses that I added to my wishlist. But I picked something crazy like 24 dresses, so I have to edit it down a bit and I’ll share my list real soon!

Happy shopping!

xxx


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Wearing: Daniel Wellington Petite Watch

7 April 2018

Daniel Wellington Petite Watch

Hi everyone!

I’m collaborating with Daniel Wellington to offer all my readers a 15% discount off your whole order!

And when you purchase a watch before 24 April, you also receive a free strap!

Scroll down to grab my discount code.

Daniel Wellington Petite Watch

Years ago, when I first started to look for a classic/minimal watch, I didn’t get a DW watch, because back then they only had super-large watch faces (40mm case) starting at AU$279 – where as I found a smaller-sized one, with really good quality leather for AU$170.

Since then, DW have launched smaller sizes… and ironically I was gifted some watches from other brands, with large faces (case size over 38mm – 40mm) and it turned out that I quite liked the large faces.

Anyway, this watch my first Daniel Wellington watch and this is the first time I’ve worn a Petite Watch, with a face size of 28mm.

This is the Classic Petite Melrose Watch.

With my discount code, the watch will be AU$178. Pretty awesome price for a Daniel Wellington watch!

I am honestly super impressed with the quality and the feel of it. It definitely lives up to the hype and stylish branding that you see everywhere :)

Initially I thought the petite size would be TOO dainty on my wrist, but it’s actually lovely. I wear it all the time now and I love it.

It’s perfect to wear with dresses/skirts, where you don’t want a chunky watch/accessory to over-power your look. Plus, I like the black face, because it goes with everything I wear.

Daniel Wellington Free Strap

So the watch on the left is the one that I have, Class Petite Melrose (28mm), and you can select a free black strap valued at AU$69… and with my 15% off discount, it will be AU$178.

Daniel Wellington Free Strap

This would be my second choice. The Classic Petite Sterling (28mm) with a “St Mawes” brown leather strap  valued at  AU$69… and with my 15% off discount, it will be AU$178.

Discount Code

Simply use my code “KCXCW” at the checkout to get 15% off your total order + free strap per watch.

(Valid until 24 April 2018).

Hope you find something you like, or buy a something for your mum!


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What I Wore: Majorelle Spotty Dress

23 March 2018

Spotty Majorelle Dress

Hello hello!

I’m loving these warm evenings! How good is it to stay out the whole day and night and not bother with a jacket?

My husband and I managed to sneak out for a brunch date the other day, to celebrate our 16th Wedding Anniversary – way hey!

Hilariously… he cycled over from work to meet me at a cafe, so he was wearing fluro yellow and lycra tights, while I was wearing this! Omg we looked so funny! Typical old married couple, who don’t give a damn, right? Haha!

(Sweetly, he did ask me for permission first. In case I didn’t want to be caught being seen with someone wearing lycra.)

Spotty Majorelle Dress

I wore this Viola Dress by fabulous dress brand Majorelle. I just love the little spots and ruffle! (It’s on sale too, and possibly the same price you’d pay if you bought something from Myer or David Jones?)

I’m wearing the size XS and it fits me perfectly. The front is a little lower than I’m used to. But it doesn’t look too bad haha.

Spotty Majorelle Dress

Revolve are having a Friends and Family 20% off Discount Sale, until 1 April.

Simply head over to this page, share it with two friends, and you will get the discount code sent to you. Free shipping and free returns too.

The sale is for Australian customers only. The promotion ends on April 1st at 11:59 PM (Sydney time). All coupons are valid until April 8th, 11:59pm (Sydney time). Some brands don’t apply, so you’ll have to check this page.


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Shopbop’s So Extra Sale

21 March 2018

I am super excited about this recent Shopbop So Extra Sale, because I’ve been wanting to pick up a few small bits and pieces. I put my order in last night, so I will share my goodies soon!

I’ve put together a few more of my favourites from the sale too.

I have been crazy about dark dresses with a hint of red, so these two dresses caught my eye. Then I found a whole bunch of cool earrings, handbags and a pair of shoes to match.

Shopbop So Extra Sale

Alice + Olivia Annabeth Off Shoulder Dress – Alice + Olivia is such a great brand with so much great pieces. Yes they are pretty pricey, so it’s handy to buy during a sale. How cute is this dress? Love the little hearts!

Gorjana Chloe Crescent Hoop Earrings – Yup I bought these! No thinking required at $37.

Furla Metropolis Arabesque Mini Bag – I have been umming and ahhing about getting a small Furla crossbody bag. But I’m thinking that the plain black one is just a bit too plain and I should go with something a bit edgier.

Schutz Lori Lace Up Sandals – I love these heels and they remind me of a similar pair of lace up heels by Aquazzura. I love the furry details. I believe they end up to be about $94 after all the discounts.

Shopbop So Extra Sale

WAYF Roland Long Sleeve Dress – Bought this one too! After all the sales and extra sales, the dress ends up being $53.10, so good.

Amber Sceats Ora Necklace – I’m obsessed with coin jewellery – but it has to be the right kind of coin design. I’m liking these. They are 24k gold-plated rhodium, which makes them extra special.

Sahshi Coin Hoop Earrings – These are 18k gold-plated, which is what I prefer for my everyday jewellery. These are awesome and a perfect mini score at $38.50.

Gedebe Mini Clicky Gold Bag – I’m very keen for a small clutch that stands out, but will still go with everything. Gold bling seems to be the answer here!

The Sale Section offers up to 75% off original prices, simply use the code “SOEXTRA” at the checkout. The sale ends Wednesday, 23rd March, 2:59 pm, Western Australia time (GMT +8).

Hope you find something you like too!

xxx


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What I Wore: Tularosa Lily Dress (with Friends + Family Discount)

19 March 2018

Tularosa Lily Dress

Hello everyone! This is me heading out on a dinner date for my husband’s birthday.

We decided to stick to small birthday presents this year… because we just paid for airfares (seat price x 5!) for our overseas family holiday and let me tell you, I felt sick in my stomach as I clicked the “Process Payment” at the 5 figure total – akkk! Oh well, big family holidays only happens once a year.

So… it’s instant noodles, BYO coffee, and SALE ONLY clothing purchases for while now haha.

Tularosa Lily Dress

Speaking of sales: Revolve are having a Friends and Family 20% off Discount Sale, until 1 April.

Simply head over to this page, share it with two friends, and you will get the discount code sent to you. Free shipping and free returns too.

It’s probably the best and safest kind of discount sale – browse, add items to cart, share with your friends, get the code, then revise what’s in your cart, before you actually buy!

There’s a nice time delay. So no impulse buying here :)

The sale is for Australian customers only. The promotion ends on April 1st at 11:59 PM (Sydney time). All coupons are valid until April 8th, 11:59pm (Sydney time). Some brands don’t apply, so you’ll have to check this page.

Tularosa Lily Dress

As for me, I’m wearing a Tularosa Lily Dress.

I was pretty lucky to get this dress, as it’s just so simple, so gorgeous… and it sold out very quickly. But I think they will restock it soon, just click on “Can’t Find Your Size?” and they will email you when it comes back in stock.

I’m wearing Size XS (I’m usually Size AU 6), and it fits me perfectly. Even the length is perfect for me – yay!

I love that it’s mid-legth. I would absolutely buy this dress in different colours and patterns, if they offered it.

I also picked up this Marjorelle Viola Dress, which is on sale, so there would be another 20% off it with the code.

Also on my wishlist:

This Majorelle Berkshire Dress – ok this was a bit crazy expensive because it’s silk.

Privacy Please Hibiscus Midi – Lovely pale blue dress with front tie.

Privacy Please Clinton Midi – Very cute, pale yellow stripe dress.

Privacy Please Wilmar Dress – Cute red spotty dress

Tularosa Chrissy Dress – Cute, short, ruffle white dress.

Privacy Please Lomax Dress – I’ve had my eye on this dress for ages! Another flattering midi dress.

Hope you find something you like. It’s a great sale to pick up a new dress.

Happy shopping or browsing!

xxx


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What I Wore: White Boots from 2005

16 March 2018

White Boots

​OK guys, cute / funny /somewhat tragic story here.

These boots are soooooo hot right now with ALL the uber-fashiony style-makers: white leather, pointed toe, kitten heel. They are exactly what you need to be wearing next season!

Kendall + Kylie have a version here.
Acne Studios have these cute kitten heel booties, better get in fast as they are almost sold out of all sizes in the white, but lots of sizes left in the black?!
Rab & Bone have these super sleek ones, but still kitten heels. Only one size left!
Or maybe you have a spare $890 for these Helmut Lang booties?!
These boots from Free People are a lot more affordable.
Or these sexy booties from Tibi (with a roundish heel).

The funny part is: I actually bought these boots in 2005!! That makes them 13 years old.

They are by an Australian brand called Zu, full leather inside and outside. They are such good quality and at the time they were around $150, but I bought them on a clearance sale for something like $37. I remember it was such a huge shopping win for me haha.

Why did I keep them?

Um. I’m not sure?! I think I only wore them once or twice. It’s not like I pull them out every winter and wear them.

Honestly I keep them in a tall shoe box (the one they came in), and they sit at the very bottom of my “tall boot box” stack. I give them a nod of acknowledgement every winter, when I pull out all the other boots that I wear. So the answer to why I keep them: laziness.

But look at me now. I totally look like an uber-fashiony style-maker HAHA.

White Boots

I’m also wearing:

Grana Boxy Pima Cotton Tee

Medium Rider Bag by Loeffler Randal

Lovers and Friends Elijah Mini Skirt


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What I Wore: Loving My Denim Skirts

13 March 2018

Denim Skirts

Just a quick one today!

I was heading out to a cafe with my girlfriends (and our kids) and managed to take a snap of my outfit.

I had a bit of a giggle, because I’m always wearing denim skirts – I just change my top and shoes.

Denim skirts have been my true summer staple this year!

They are so much more wearable and versatile than denim shorts, because they look dressier and are slightly more modest.

These babies are from Boohoo (40% 0ff everything + free shipping!) and thy are the Paislee Denim Skirt.

They are so stretchy and soft against my skin, they feel like they were made of jersey or a soft lycra. Super comfy too. (Pretty darn good for a cheap and cheerful item!)

Denim Skirts

I’m Wearing:

Winnie Top by Tularosa from Revolve (still available in Size XS and S, also comes in a black and spotted red)

Paislee Denim Skirt

Cadey Lee Heels from Schutz

Ulu The Label Bag from Kinilush


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Review: Grana Tencel Skirt

5 March 2018

Grana Tencel Skirt

Mid-length wrap skirts, ruffle skirts and patterned skirts are currently an awesome way to update your style.

They are easy to wear with a t-shirt or camisole, and easy to wear with heels, flats and even sneakers.

For today’s post, I was sent a Grana Tencel Skirt to try out. As always, I’m not getting paid for this, and I’m pretty honest and reasonable with my reviews and sharing what I think. The folks at Grana just send me the item, they don’t tell me to “please say this” or “please mention that”… they just leave it up to me to say whatever the hell I want!

Firstly, I was quite amazed when I read up about TENCEL (I thought it was a daggy 90s thing?).

Grana’s version is a 100% biodegradable fabric that is made of wood pulp from sustainably managed Eucalyptus tree plantations that focus on minimising environmental impact. Apparently Eucalyptus trees grow fast, without fertilisers, chemicals or irrigation.

(I can vouch for that, because I’ve been to the middle of the Australian dessert and there is LITERALLY NOTHING out there… and a shit load of Eucalyptus trees haha!)

I find it so impressive that it is completely biodegradable, it looks pretty good, and it doesn’t cost $330 or something ridiculous like that.

Fabric:

Omg it is super soft, yet robust. It has a lovely weight and a really nice, luxurious drape.

It has a slightly denim look to it, in texture and thickness. But it’s much, much softer than cotton/denim. It kind of feels like a mix between jersey and slinky rayon. (Am I making sense here??)

I’ve turned down the contrast in the photos so you can see that there is a bit of a fuzzy texture, like velvetly suede, but not really. It’s not a pure “black” colour, it’s more of a dark grey.

I am such a fan of this fabric! I want more! I love it!

Grana Tencel Skirt

Fit:

Ok here is where it gets a bit tricky.

I am usually a size XXS for Grana dresses, shirts, pants and camisoles. When trying to decide which size to get, I checked the sizing and measurements on the product page… and my measurements were somewhere in between the XXS and XS.

I was a bit confused and unsure. So I emailed the customer service and they replied and said that: from my measurements, I should get the XXS .

The XXS skirt arrived and it fits me PERFECTLY around the waist and hips. You can probably tell it is a good fit from my photos – yay!

A few issues:

The garment description says “Wear true to size for a loose fit

It is my true and usual size… but honestly I wouldn’t call it a loose fit.

I would say: It is pretty fitted! Don’t eat a large meal in this one!

(The fabric has no stretch.)

So if I wanted a looser fit, personally I’d go ONE size up and wear it lower on my hips.

ALSO.

The garment description says “Style intended as a modern work skirt

I totally get that the style is long, minimal and versatile and thus good for work.

But for this XXS size, the split actually goes up REALLY HIGH on me – like, party, sexy kind of high. So I don’t think I would wear it to work!

When I take a larger-than-normal-step, the skirt split opens up to *just* under my underwear. Not work appropriate.

Again, perhaps this would have been avoided if I just ordered a size XS and worn the skirt lower on my hips.

If you look at the image on the product page, the model is wearing the skirt on her hips, the split is much lower, and it looks pretty relaxed and effortless on her.

Grana Tencel Skirt

Overall opinion:

Personally, the two issues I mentioned, aren’t really big issues for me. They are more of a potential sizing issue for someone who is actually looking for a loose-fitted, work skirt.

Truth is, the skirt fits me perfectly. I absolutely adore it! I have pretty much worn it with every t-shirt that I own already and it looks so good. I’ve worn it for day (with sneakers) to night (with a singlet and heels).

I like that it’s a bit sexy, and I don’t mind that it reveals some leg when I walk. I like that it’s fitted, hugs my curves and makes me look slim. I think it suits my petite frame.

I can’t wait for the temperature to drop, so I can wear it with boots!

And it’s 100% biodegradable! Amazing!

Special Discount Code

If you’re a new customer, please feel free to use my code “karenxgrana” to enjoy 10% off your order and free shipping!

(I’ve tried to ask them for a discount code for existing customers, but they can’t do that at the moment! Oh well!)

Enjoy!


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Go Big with These Styles For The New Season

27 February 2018

Yippee – who doesn’t love a big sale?!

In collaboration with Shopbop, I’ve curated a selection of fantastic items from their Go Big Spring Sale, keeping in mind, wardrobe longevity, versatility, and style hints for an updated look.

Enjoy 15% off orders over $200, 20% off orders over $500 and 25% off orders over $800. Simply use the code “GOBIG18″ at the checkout!

Shopbop Spring Sale

Cocktail Dresses

The other day I had a cocktail party to go to and I had a panic attack. Most of my dresses are cotton summer dresses and I only have 2-3 really nice cocktail dresses… which I have worn soooo many times already (it was starting to look a bit embarrassing), that I actually uttered the words “OMG I have nothing to wear!”.

I really believe in choosing and buying dresses that you can wear again and again. And these two are definite winners.

Lover Ingenue Slip Dress – This dusty rose colour will always be in style. Adjustable straps, easy length, you’ll definitely get lots of wears for weddings, cocktail parties, garden tea parties, horse races and more.

Self Portrait 3D Floral Azaelea Dress – Such a gorgeous dress for this new season. The red colour and 3D lace  just is stunning. You definitely can’t go wrong with this one.

Shopbop Spring Sale

Statement Kitten Heels

OK yes I know these are a tad expensive, but this is a Go Big sale after all! If you’re in the market for a statement splurge, kitten heels are the go.

Aquazzura Powder Puff 45 Sling Pumps – I’m love! I was seriously so tempted to buy these, but thankfully they are sold out in my size. Easy to wear kitten heel, with a fun pompom, pointed toe, cute AF. They’d be so perfect to wear with a simple dress or jeans and a tee. 25% off too.

Aquazzura Kisha 45 Pumps – White pointed-toe shoes are super popular this season. These have been sitting in my Shopping Cart for a while. You see, I have a pair of cheap & cheerful white ASOS pointed toe flats and have been considering to upgrade to something more luxe. I know these will be a classic for my wardrobe. Will last me years. Will go with everything.

Shopbop Spring Sale

Cute dress alert!

Tis true, I’m always on the lookout for sweet and simple dresses with a cute print.

Cupcakes and Cashmere Dezzi Spring Bouquet Floral Dress – Easy to wear, lovely colour and print. Not too bright and floral. Perfect for days you want to wear floral without looking TOO FLORAL – happens to me all the time.

re:named Ruffle Wrap Dress – This cutie is AUD$75. Again, another floral dress that is not IN YOUR FACE floral.

 

Shopbop Spring Sale

Mid Heel Magic

Ok perhaps this comes with age, but I’ve been loving my kitten heels lately. And when I wore my high heel stiletto shoes one night to a party, I almost cried. My feet were so sore! I’m tossing out my cheap heels, keeping my luxe ones, and I’m now slowly trying to buy a couple of good quality mid-heeled shoes so I can have more comfortable options.

Loeffler Randall Emi City Sandals – Lovely light nude colour to go with everything. Sleek and minimal design, with a stylish wave detail. Loafer Randall has the loveliest leathers, this will surely be nice and comfy.

Stuart Weitzman Nearlynude Sandals – Mr Weitzman is a master shoe maker and all his shoes seem like wardrobe classics. These are just gorgeous!

 

Shopbop Spring Sale

Square-neck Necklines

Square or straight necklines are fast becoming popular again. These work well with tank tops or dresses (I’m not a fan of the cap sleeve with a square neck look). I just adore these casual dresses because they are fun and flirty, yet their style and colours keep them versatile and wearable.

Bec & Bridge Under Eave Mini Dress – Perfect for a getaway or just the weekend. Denim and navy will always be a classic wardrobe colour. Love the hugging and flattering shape of this dress!

Steele Estate Dress – Another good-looking casual dress! I’m obsessed! This white and pinstripe pattern will last for many seasons.

Shopbop Spring Sale

Everyday Sling Back Heels

Ok you probably get the idea that low heels are back in fashion, especially sling backs. I love mine. So easy to slip on and off. A bit like flip flops, but much more stylish. Choosing shoes from a more affordable brand, still made from leather, in a classic, minimal look, will ensure they last you years.

Sam Edelman Ludlow Slingback Pumps – These are a more affordable version of kitten heels I bought a few months ago (reviewed here).

Steven Lourdes Slingback Flats – Go the white shoe! I hear you saying, “Um I don’t know about white shoes”… But if you are used to wearing white sneakers with jeans/pants/everything… you’ll probably be surprised how these white shoes will just go with everything, then you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them.

Hope you find something you love!

Happy shopping!

xxx


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What I Wore: Polka Dots + Denim

23 February 2018

Polka Dots

This year I promised myself that I would see a lot more of my friends.

It’s super tricky sometimes, because we’re all juggling work, kids, sports and holidays. It just means we have to be a bit more organised and book everyone in, WEEKS in advanced.

Thank goodness for Whatsapp! And part time work!

We had a great old time at a cute cafe The Little Banksia (coffees were so good! salad was a little bland though!) and we made way too much noise from all our laughter.

Polka Dots

I’m wearing a very cute Grace Spot Print Top from Boohoo. It’s a bit different to how it was intended… It was a warm afternoon, so I pulled up the long sleeves and tucked in the neck tie. Super affordable, soft jersey material and very cute.

Not much of a neckline ruffle though!

Lots of other cute/affordable Polka Dot Tops and Dresses (40% off everything + free shipping too!).

My denim skirt is by Nobody. The original length sat just above the knee, and just looked too awkward for my short legs, so I snipped it to make it a mini skirt.

A.P.C Handbag and Charles and Keith flats (old season).

Have a great weekend!


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What I Wore: Grana Classic Silk Camisole

20 February 2018

Grana Classic Silk Camisole

The weather in Perth has been aaaamazing these last few weeks. Not too hot, not too humid, not too cold. Perfect for stepping out in a nice strappy top, jeans and sandals!

I’ve been happily testing out a few new Grana items (gifted!) and will be featuring them over the next few weeks. I’ve noticed that they are launching updated styles, where they’ve tweaked the hem lines and improved on the overall fit. I shall let you know how I go!

For this new season, Grana has released a new Silk Classic Camisole – a new style and in new Spring colours.

Their past silk camisoles have been “round-neck” styles with a racer-back, or “v-neck” styles with a v-back.

This one is more of a straight neckline across the chest and back, with a stylish, minimal drape. I think this looks much more modern and very COS.

It sits nicely on my chest; not too low. It doesn’t flare out at the bottom. It’s a loose fit, but still flattering and slimming.

It’s sweet and simple, I really like it!

Grana Classic Silk Camisole

I liked the style so much, I picked out the top in TWO colours, that’s saying something!

I chose Off White so I could wear mix and match it with blacks and denim and this Pink Frosting colour for something different.

Funnily, I wear the Pink one more, because the colour is super sweet, a bit different to what I usually wear and it kind of brightens my complexion?

The silk is absolutely lovely. It has a slightly “matte and velvety” feel, rather than “shiny and slippery”. And I find that it’s quite similar to my Equipment silk shirts, more so than silk tops from Zara and Topshop. Basically I think it’s really affordable for the quality.

Grana Classic Silk Camisole

As for sizing, I’m wearing a Size XXS and it fits perfectly. Here’s a picture of how it sits under my arms – not too low that my bra strap shows. I love the shape of the back.

Another different thing is the lining. In the past, they have used a double lining of silk – where sometimes when the weather is wrong, the lining gets a bit staticky. But they have used a different kind of lining this time. It looks like standard lining (which is slightly see-through and a bit like satin/polyester) but it is in fact, soft, flowy, drapey, feels good on your skin and it is still 100% silk.

So this top feels very light and breezy to wear.

Would I recommend to my friends?

Yes! If you’re the kind of person who would love to wear more silk in your everyday or work outfits, this classic top is perfect. Especially at this price. But if your wardrobe is overflowing with camisoles, you probably don’t need another one haha! Maybe a white one to update your look slightly?

Special Discount Code

If you’re a new customer, you can use my code “karenxgrana” to enjoy 10% off your order and free shipping!

Enjoy!


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What I Wore: Chinese New Year 2018

16 February 2018

Chinese New Year 2018

Hello hello, wishing everyone a Happy Lunar New Year!

This is me, heading out to a Chinese New Year Community Dinner Event.

To summarise the night: There were about 300 people at the dinner, the fire alarms went off and everyone had to evacuate the building! No fire though, just a bit of oven smoke in the kitchen.

I’m wearing Lovers and Friends Etra Dress (still on sale), Stuart Weitzman Daisy Pumps, 3.1 Phillip Lim Alix Cross Body Bag.

Chinese New Year 2018

I particularly like this dress, because it’s very roomy and a loose fit… so I can eat all I want. Perfect for Chinese New Year.

(Omg I’ve been eating so much! It seems like I’ve been on a non-stop festival of eating since Christmas!)

When I stand front-on, the dress looks a bit like a sack. But the sleeves and fabric are pretty swishy, so it hides the sack-ness and it just looks like a really cute dress.

Chinese New Year 2018 - Year of the DogFor our family reunion dinner, we usually go to my grandmother’s house to celebrate with the family. But my grandma passed away last June, so this is the first year we’ve celebrated without her and we dedicated our dinner to her.

It was also the first year I helped cooked some food to share – usually I turn up with nothing (as instructed) and find that all the Aunties and Uncles have cooked a 10 course banquet dinner for everyone!

I made spring rolls and a fruit platter. My sister made a super-cute Year of The Dog Yee Sang (fish salad).

I tried to find a SUPER-LARGE platter for her to use, but I could only find a not-so-large one… so we had to split the salad into TWO plates and things got a bit crowded.

Next year we’ll be using the WHOLE tabletop in a kind of epic, grazing table Yee Sang. After all, it’ll be the year of the pig – ha!


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What I Wore: Plaid Skirt and Tee

12 February 2018

Checkered Skirt

Just a quick one today!

My work schedule has been full of fantastic freelance projects at the moment.

I call a lot of them ghost projects because they are a bit like ghostwriting, where I write and make creative content for other people — without getting any credit, just good old hard cash haha!

Personally, I love this kind of work.

There is something so satisfying in that simple exchange; delivering high quality work to someone who appreciates and values it. No need to worry about all the unnecessary and complicated details of being an influencer, personal branding, perceived fame and profile boosting. Ugh.

It’s so good to use my skills, brains, creativity and just simple hard work, to feel worthwhile!

Wearing a simple T-shirt from ​Uniqlo,
Affection Skirt by Lovers and Friends
3.1 Phillip Lim Alix Clutch Bag from Shopbop
White slingbacks from ASOS


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Isabel Marant Leo Ballet Flats

8 February 2018

Isabel Marant Leo Flats

The most perfect addition to my shoe family!

I recently bought myself these Isabel Marant Leo Ballet Flats (they are still on 60% sale!).

Yes the style is a few years old, but I’m not really bothered about that. I like the idea of building a personal wardrobe with items that I adore, not necessarily what is currently trendy.

And I loooove the chic, boho Parisian feel of these flats!

They are very different to the rest of my shoes, which is important for me. As I don’t want to own 5 classic/statement shoes that all look the same.

A lot of fashion advisors would call Ballet Flats as “a building block for a classic wardrobe”. They’re right. Ballet flats will never go out of style!

But my thinking is: I already have so many classic pieces, that my classic wardrobe is looking a bit boring and kind of looks just like everyone else’s classic wardrobe!

I wanted to go a little beyond just plain ballet flats. I wanted to add a little style and personality to my building blocks haha!

So… I whittled my selections to these three lace up flats:

Isabel Marant Leo Ballet Flats, the Aquazzura Christy Flats or the Valentino Garavani Rockstud Noir Ballerinas (not really lace ups but they look kind of laced-up). The latter two were a bit more expensive and… well, I didn’t want too many pointed toe shoes.

Besides, like I said, I love the slightly boho casual feel of these, and these won because of their price.

Isabel Marant Leo Flats

I bought them from The Outnet. They were 60% off (still on sale)!

The tan coloured ones are also on sale, as are a whole heap of Isabel Marant items.

Because they were an old style, I did find them listed for sale on pre-loved designer sale sites, but they were all slightly scuffed, or the leather was slightly different. I decided to pay a little extra to buy them brand new, as I specifically wanted the suede leather and I plan to keep and wear them for years to come.

Isabel Marant Leo Flats

They have more of an almond toe style, and they are not a completely round toe. From the side, they still look a bit pointed and tapered, so that’s another thing I like about these.

They are soooo comfortable!!

But they are pretty tricky to get on and off. If I walk through a bit of dirt or sand, omg, sand always gets flicked up into the shoe, falls deep between my toes and scratches against my skin. And it’s not easy to slip them off and clean out the dirt. That’s a down side of the lace ups, I guess.

Isabel Marant Leo Flats

I’ve seen some photos of people lacing along the edge of the shoe, not criss-crossed across the foot, so I might try that one day.

I also noticed that Isabel Marant relaunched a slightly modified Leo Ballet Flat style last year (AW17) in smooth leather, with slightly bigger eyelets and leather lacing. I guess that means people still love and buy this style, which is good to know.

I can’t wait to wear them more in the seasons ahead!


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Review: Grana Trench Coat in Camel

30 January 2018

Grana Trench Coat

The people at Grana have been very generous these last few months!

With all the Grana gear I’ve been reviewing, I feel I’m fast becoming an official reviewer haha – only kidding. I’m not getting paid to review these items! They simply suggest an item to me, I say yes or no, I pick the colour and size, they send it to me, I give it a fair go (wearing it around for two weeks or so), and I write what I think about it – the positive and negative.

I do spend some time looking for similar items at Zara, Myer, Target, Country Road and other high street stores… pondering the deep and meaningful questions: How does it compare? Why would someone buy this Grana item?

(Only jokes)

Grana Trench Coat

So! I picked out this Cotton Classic Trench in Camel (AU $259) as part of their latest Coats and Jackets range.

What I really like about it – Classic, double-breasted trench style. Minimal design. No embellishments!

There are no fancy buttons. No shoulder epaulets. No shiny buckles.

It’s really well made and has a high quality feel to it. The stitching, full inner lining, edges, cuffs, collar, the buttons,  the button stitching, button holes… are all fantastic!

The cotton fabric is smooth, soft to touch, strong, has a good weight to it and feels thick enough (to withstand a cold breeze).

It does feel a little stiff and doesn’t drape as luxuriously as I would have liked. Maybe I haven’t worn it long enough for it to soften up?

Sizing – I am a standard AU/ UK 6, so I ordered a Size XXS.

The coat length finishes below my knee.

Sleeves and shoulders are perfect, woohoo! They are not embarrassingly long, or awkwardly short!

It’s a regular fit across the chest. It’s not a slim fit.

I can easily wear a thermal singlet, a white button-down shirt, a thick knit sweater (3 layers underneath) and the coat will NOT feel tight across my chest, back or armpits. It feels perfect actually. I found it great for layering up.

However, when I try to wear as a Spring outfit, with a light top + jeans, or a dress, it feels a tiny bit big and roomy for me in the chest. But as you can see, it looks fine and it’s me being super picky. Would I really have a Winter trench and a Spring trench? Who am I?

I guess you could size down and get a slimmer fit for yourself. Or maybe you have bigger chest than me and ‘fill out’ the coat perfectly? Anyway, I’m already the smallest size, so I won’t be able to have that slimmer fit.

Be sure to check out the garment sizing, it includes body measurements and the product measurements. Very useful.

Grana Trench Coat

Colour – On the website, the coat looks like a pale light camel colour. But in real life it’s more yellowy/sand brown, so a bit more like the Burberry trench.

Quality – This coat is much better quality than what you’d find in H&M, Zara and ASOS.

It’s about the same quality as clothes from Country Road, which, it turns out, has a trench coat also selling for $299.

Basically I think it looks and feels like a really good quality coat for its price point!

Price – I guess you have to weigh up between quality vs quantity with this one. Yes $259 sounds a bit high to pay for a coat you haven’t tried on before. But then there are heaps of designer coats on, say Shopbop, between $300 – $750. So in comparison, $259 is pretty good.

Years ago I reviewed a beige trench coat from the ASOS brand and I *think* it was around $80… it looked great, but the fabric was stiff and it wasn’t very fluid. It was OK for a cheap and cheerful coat… but I gave it away after a while, because I  didn’t love it. I’m not saying everything from ASOS is bad though! I guess I’m saying, you get what you pay for.

I definitely can’t wait for winter, so I can layer up with a white shirt, cashmere jumper, jeans and long boots.

Would I recommend to my friends? Yes! Totally. The classic style is gorgeous. The perfect fit across the shoulders and arm length is worth it (for petite shorties like me!) .

And lastly, Grana have once again given me a discount to share:

Special Discount Code

If you’re a new customer, you can use my code “karenxgrana” to enjoy 10% off your order and free shipping!

No Markup Sale

Oh hey, and Grana still have their “No Markup Sale” with lots of items still for sale. You might pick up a bargain. Do check it out!

Enjoy!

xxx


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What I Wore: Shirred Tops and Summer Silk

25 January 2018

Shirred Top from Seed

This outfit is from November! I wasn’t going to share it here, because I just snapped it for my Instagram feed. So why am I sharing it now?

You see, I tooootally fell in love with the Seed Heritage Summer Range when it was first released. They had so many great designs in such fun, pretty and wearable styles. (I find Country Road and Witchery are a bit too serious sometimes). What I like the most about Seed is their fabric. I love the fabric quality, textures, weight, colours and patterns.

Anyway, I added so many items to my cart. I whittled my list down to TWO and finally bought them.

They were cool, wearable pieces that went well with my wardrobe and the weather. Not too trendy. Good for going out in summer.

I bought this Shirred Top (sold out) and this Tie Sleeve Blouse (still on sale).

HOWEVER it’s 3 months later and these same tops are 60% off at the “End of Summer Sale” — oh man, I feel so much shopping regret! Don’t you hate that?!

Oooh I’m trying to justify my shopping.

I’m trying to buy better quality clothes… But they weren’t exactly low-quality, fast fashion clothes. They were great quality!

I’m trying to buy classic, timeless pieces… But then I get kind of bored of white t-shirts and blue jeans.

Plus I have worn them lots of times.

And, um they bring me joy, haha!

Also wearing Grana Silk Ankle Pants, Tibi Sling Back Heels, Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag.


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What I Wore: Gold Silk Slip Dress + Leather Details

20 January 2018

Grana Gold Dress

This evening I went out to dinner with some friends and enjoyed a 7 course Omasake Menu (chef’s selection) at the extremely difficult-to-book-a-seat, Marumo Japanese Restaurant.

It was such a treat. I loved it!

I wore my new Grana Silk Slip Dress (in gold!) which I bought at their End of Year / No Markup sale (which is still on here) for $48. There were some complaints on Instagram about Grana’s slow delivery during that busy period, but my parcel arrived in 7 days, which was totally fine for me. I don’t think I received special treatment from the PR department, because I purchased and ordered from my personal account?

Anyway, I crossed my fingers and hoped that the gold wasn’t too gold… and omg I love the colour! It’s more of a muted bronze/sandy beige with a soft silk shine, rather than a ‘typical metallic gold shine’. I’ll share more pics soon.

I’m wearing the XXS (I’m usually AUS Size 6) and I also have the slip dress in red.

I took my 3.1 Phillip Lim Alix Clutch Bag out for a spin… and was quite pleased that it managed to fit my compact camera, along with all my other handbagy stuff.

I also kept my look clean and simple, by wearing my Tibi Kitten Heels (this style is sold out, but there are similar ones here, for a third of the price).

Hope you have a lovely weekend!

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Shopping Files: Summer Lust List

15 January 2018

After all the end of year sales, I got a bit weary of shopping and browsing, so I gave my brain a bit of a break.

Holidays + summer heat = just lazing around in my t-shirt and shorts. No time for fashion yo!

But now I’m back at work — making fashion + style edits and now absolutely lusting over a few affordable items:

Shopbop New Year Lust List

Les Girls, Les Boys Graphic T-Shirt ($55) – Still looking for a cool black and white graphic shirt. This might be it!

BB Dakota Cadence Floral Dress ($95) – Ooh I’m a sucker for pretty red dresses.

Shopbop New Year Lust List

Levi’s 501 Long Shorts ($69.50) – Yeah so there are some places where I shouldn’t wear my One Teaspoon denim shorts… because they just look waaaay too shredded, short and beachy. So I’m thinking I need some longer, more “modest” denim shorts.

Levi’s 721 High Rise Skinny Jeans ($98) – This is a slightly lighter blue than the one I already have. I’m looking for a high-waist, skinny fit distressed pair of jeans. Add to cart!

Shopbop New Year Lust List

Nannacay Joana Tote ($255) – Ok so these basket bags are ridiculously cute and ridiculously priced. I probably could buy some plain baskets and DIY some pom poms and tassels. But who has time for that?!

JADEtribe Tassel Basket ($207) – Want both these bags so bad!

Shopbop New Year Lust List

Madewell Abstract Link Hoop Earrings ($34) – I know I have so many earrings, buuut these look so cool! Love the wonky double hoop thing.

Peace Sign Table Decor ($50) – Need this for my dressing table.

Happy shopping (or browsing)!

xxx


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What I Wore: My Perfect Summer Outfit

6 January 2018

Summer Denim

We’re well into summer here in Australia.

And if I had to choose my Perfect Summer Outfit: I wouldn’t go for floral fabrics, colourful skirts, or a crisp white dresses.

I’d go for this: An off-shoulder tee, denim skirt, pointed toe flats and a simple handbag.

Nice and simple!

I’d probably throw on a straw hat too.

Summer Denim

Top: I’m wearing an old season top from Forecast (bought on The Iconic), and I like it because it is fitted at the waist, so it makes me look slimmer! Also it’s made from a thick, stretchy t-shirt material so it is super comfortable.

Here are some similar “fitted” off-shoulder styles – Julii Top from MNG (only $25), Bardot Top from Superdry (only $50, but it’s a bodysuit). This style is surprisingly hard to find.

Denim skirt: I’m wearing a no brand one from Japan. But here are some similar styles – Edee Skirt by Atmos+Here ($30), Piper Skirt by Nobody ($150) and Gioh Skirt from IRO ($175).

Flats: These were a risky buy from ASOS. They are White Slingbacks by London Rebel. They looked cute but also looked a bit weird/different online, and I wasn’t 100% convinced that I would actually wear them. They were originally $73 and were discounted to $18 – which wasn’t a good sign either.

In the end, I bought them and I love wearing them everywhere now!

Bag: Eeeek I looooove my new 3.1 Phillip Lim Alix Clutch bag! I have to be honest, part of me wanted to save for a Gucci bag, but I had a gift card from Shopbop and after a long decision, I decided to pick up this bag instead.

I’m so happy I did. I absolutely love that it’s a bit different. I can fit so much stuff in it, including my camera. Not many people have seen it before, yet I still get a lot of comments and conversation about it. Full review coming soon.

Sunnies: Good old classic Baby Audreys from Celine.

Have a fab weekend!

xxx


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Hello 2018! Happy New Year!

1 January 2018

New Year Eve

Happy New Year my lovely readers!

How did you celebrate the new year? Me? I went to bed at 11pm and read until 12:30am, pausing for a moment to acknowledge the faint sounds of fireworks in the distance haha!

Yesterday I went to hot yoga in the morning and I was so tired by the afternoon that I had to take a nap.

Then we went to my parent’s house for a swim and New Year’s Eve dinner. They invited their closest friends (all 50 of them!) and we had the most delicious homemade Singapore/Malaysian food ever.

All the aunties were in the kitchen, cooking, grilling, cutting, mixing, marinading, tossing, washing, for hours! In the summer heat! It was soooo much work and I admired them for their dedication… and their desire to throw a good party for their friends?!

My husband left he party early at 9pm. He took my kids to visit his dad, to eat some Scottish Black Bun and have a dram of whiskey (so Scottish!). Obviously the kids didn’t have any whiskey.

I stayed on to help with the cleaning up. Then my parents and their friends started to sing karaoke and play mahjong, at which point I left the party (about 10:30pm).

I pretty much gave all my Aunties and Uncles a goodbye hug and said, “Yeah I’m off to bed. Enjoy the countdown! Don’t get too drunk! Please don’t drink and drive! Stay hydrated! And don’t gamble too much!”

They are a bunch of party animals haha!

New Year Eve

As for my outfit, I actually wore this last week.

If you check out my last few outfits, you’ll notice that I’ve been sticking to ruffles, jeans and pumps. So boring but hey it’s a good formula!

White Ruffle Off Shoulder Top (now $11) is from ASOS. Such great buy! The top is made from a cotton, similar to  a business shirt, and the stiffness of the cotton helps hold the shape of the ruffles. But the body tends to boof out and makes me look like I have a pot belly.

Petite Candice Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans from GRLFRND.

Bailey Belt by Lovers + Friends Belts.

Mini Alix Clutch in Fawn (currently on sale!!) by 3.1 Phillip Lim. The larger version of Alix Clutch is here, also in black (which I have!) but it’s not on sale.

Marc Bale Rose Gold Mesh Watch is from The Peach Box.

Enjoy your start to the new year!

(Btw, how wonky does my eye makeup look in my top photo haha!! I have no idea what is going on there. I suspect my hair created a shadow over my eye and make it look darker and uneven. No one seemed to notice it or comment on it when I wore it (unless they were being really polite??) so I’m sure my eye shadow was even when I left the house! Haha!)

xxx


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Shopbop Boxing Day Picks: My Dress Wishlist

27 December 2017

Hi everyone!

Today I’m collborating with Shopbop to share some of my Boxing Day Sale picks.

It is a 3-day Sale on Sale : Simply use the code ‘JOY25′ to enjoy 25% Off All Sale Products!

Ends around Friday, 29th Dec 4pm (Perth time, UTC/GMT + 8)

Shopbop Boxing Day

For me, I’m still in holiday mode, enjoying the slow-paced routine that comes with this time of year.

I was going to give the Boxing Day sales a miss this year, but then I spotted the discounted price of a coffee machine and milk frother (which I have been eyeing since Mothers Day) and decided to head up into the stores after all!

I’m a real slow shopper. I make a mental list of things I want and stalk them for months, and sometimes I realise that I don’t want one thing anymore (which is a good thing!). And when I’m sure I still want something after a few months, I’ll wait for the price to drop during the sales hehe.

These are some items I had stalked for ages… and have since bought. I wore them to a Christmas lunch and didn’t spill anything on the white shirt!

Shopbop Boxing Day

I’m wearing Stylekeeper Off Shoulder Ruffle Top – on sale from approx AUD $150 to $45. I bought this a few weeks ago at a previous sale, but for Boxing Day, there’s an additional 25% off.

Stuart Weitzman Daisy 90mm Pumps again I got these a while ago, on a sale, but with the discount, they are $243, from $464.

My handbag is 3.1 Phillip Lim Alix Micro Cross Body Bag in Fawn colour, but unfortunately it’s out of stock.

Jeans are by GRLFRND Denim.

Lover Dress - Shopbop Boxing Day Sale

Ahh, I know I already have a Lover Dress! But it’s so beautiful that I want another one :)

In particular, I’m looking for a Lover dress either in navy or black, with a lace design with a “tight” pattern.

I have been eyeing THIS Lover Oasis Dress for aaaages. I am so in love with it! It’s on sale for 55% off (or something crazy like that), but unfortunately it’s not in my size – ugh!

Zimmermann Dress - Shopbop Boxing Day Sale

Again I already have a silk Zimmerman dress. It is short and black. I love it, but it looks very summery and casual.

I have been thinking of getting a more formal Zimmermann silk dress, in a classic and simple style… very much like this Zimmermann Bow Bodice Dress.

This one is available in my size. But I was actually looking for a deep red or maroon colour!

Self-Portrait Dress - Shopbop Boxing Day Sale

Another dress on my wishlist is this Self Portrait Floral Mini Dress.

Yes I have a Self Portrait dress and a top, so I know I’m onto a good thing here.

I’ve been looking for a long sleeve dress to wear in winter. And I like the fact that it is a short mini length, so it won’t overwhelm my short-ness.

Also on the wishlist is this Self Portrait Azaelea Dress, but it’s not on sale :)

Tibia Dress - Shopbop Boxing Day Sale

I’ve been completely smitten by Tibi’s latest collection, full of voluminous shapes and dramatic forms, but still elegant and simple designs.

I have two very lovely Tibi camisoles, but none of their iconic cotton pieces.

So I was considering to buy this Tibi Midi Dress, but my size sold out pretty quickly. Probably a good thing!

Enjoy the holidays!

Hope you manage to find something you love!

xxx


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Review: Grana Silk Pyjama Camisole + Pants

14 December 2017

Grana Silk Pyjamas

Hey hey, it sure is getting festive around here!

The lovely team from Grana sent me some beeeeeautiful silk pyjama pieces to test out in the lead up to Christmas.

Do you wear fancy pyjamas to sleep? I have a few satin slips that I wear during summer, but I’m usually a soft, cotton t-shirt kind of girl.

I have never slept in silk before — that is, until 2 weeks ago!

Woohoo what a treat. It was so luxurious!

Grana Silk Pyjamas

I’m wearing the Silk Pyjama Camisole in Ruby Red in XXS here.

Like all Grana’s silk camisoles, the quality is awesome. The stitching is great, the seams and edges don’t look buckled (in that cheap-silk way), the straps, the joins, the corners… all look amazing.

The silk fabric is lovely, soft and smooth. It feels very strong like satin, but much softer. I don’t feel like the fabric will tear when I move around or sleep.

The top is also double layered, which adds to the quality feel of the garment.

The “jacquard shadow stripe” pattern silk makes it look extra special too.

I probably could wear it as a normal top too. Maybe I could tone it down with a black blazer?

While the XXS is perfect for my petite size, I found that it was a little tight across the chest when sleeping, as I’m used to wearing a much looser top in bed  – I move around and look like a running man when I sleep!

So I would have preferred to size up to a XS for sleeping.

Grana Silk Pyjamas

For the pants, these are the Silk Pyjama Pants in Ruby Red, and again I’m wearing the XXS.

Surprisingly the length of the pants fit me well. They don’t billow and drag on the ground. They just skim the ground.

If I was feeling daring, I probably could wear these pants out. I’m not sure where I would wear them, but I like to think that I could haha.

I really enjoyed sashaying around the house, lounging on the couch with a book, and sliding into bed in my silk pyjamas. They’re just soooo luxurious! I felt like such a movie star haha!

I honestly wouldn’t buy silk pyjamas for myself, but I’m over the moon that I have them now. I would definitely buy them as a gift for someone else, for their birthday or special occasion. Every girl should feel like a luxurious movie star once in her life :)

Again, while the XXS pants were perfect for wearing around the house, I wasn’t used to the firm fit around the waist while I was sleeping. So again, I would size up.

Grana offers a Silk Long Sleeve Shirt (if you don’t like wearing camisoles to sleep), a Silk Nightdress, and matching Silk Eye Masks too. I think a long sleeve silk shirt would feel lovely to sleep in, so I’m a bit bummed that I didn’t pick that one.

All these items come in a lovely Rose Blush colour. See the whole Sleepwear Collection here.

Special Discount Code

If you’re a new customer, you can use my code “karenxgrana” to enjoy 10% off your order and free shipping. It’s valid until the end of December.

No Markup Sale

Grana have also launched their “No Markup Sale” to make room in their warehouse, move along stock and free up space for next season items.

Cashmere jumpers are $55, long cashmere cardigans are $90, silk bombers are $67, silk slip dresses are $48, silk pants are $68, and silk camisoles are $25 — still lots of XXS/XS/S/M sizes, amazing sale, go check it out!

Happy shopping!

xxx


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What I Wore: Mixing Plaid + Ruffles + Easy Christmas Shopping

11 December 2017

Tularosa Payton Off Shoulder Top

I’m so pleased to have finished all my Christmas gift shopping – and it’s still early December!

I have a lot of nephews and nieces to buy presents for, but as they are all reaching their teens, they have all asked for “MONEY” or “GIFTCARDS”.

Part of me feels that this totally evaporates the magic spirit of Christmas, but hey, it’s practical and it makes it super easy for me. They’re happy, I’m happy.

I guess kids these days are saving up for big ticket items, like devices, tablets, gadgets, consoles, (which cost a fortune when you have multiple kids!), hence their wish for money.

So my tiresome shopping trip went something like this: Drive to shops at 8:45am (no need to for carpark rage at that time), buy 10 gift cards, get a manicure, drive home. Not complaining at all!

Tularosa Payton Off Shoulder Top

I wore a very un-Christmas gift shopping outfit. Looked more like I was going to a summer lunch at the pub?!

Wearing:

Tularosa Peyton top (super easy to wear, love the unique pattern mixed with ruffles)

Lovers + Friends Elijah mini skirt (wearing this skirt everyday, thankfully it’s black so I don’t need to wash it often haha) and…

Airflex slides (again, so easy to wear and looks so good. I kind of wish I bought the Gucci version now.)

How’s your Christmas shopping going?

xxx


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What I Wore: A Super-Sheer Top

9 December 2017

Zara Sheer Top + GRLFRND Jeans

The other day, I was wandering through Zara and spotted this embroidered sheer top.

I thought it would be great for layering and expanding my wardrobe. I could wear it UNDER a slip dress, or OVER a camisole, I could wear it with a silk blush dress, under a white shirt, maybe be a bit experimental with it?

Well, it turned out to be really tricky to wear.

It was quite boxy and I couldn’t actually wear it with many things. And I didn’t feel comfortable in most of the combinations because – honestly, I just felt a bit frumpy and a bit like an aunty.

One evening, I was going out to an event, and I was in a bit of a hurry. I planned to wear jeans, a silk black cami and this sheer top. But it looked weird + baggy.

I tried it with a different coloured camisole top. A tighter-styled singlet top. A strapless top. A bandeau bra top. A crop top.

Eventually, I just went with my black strapless bra! (I didn’t have any other nice plain black bras. Just t-shirt bras and lace bras.) In the end it looked really nice and yeah, a bit sexy.

Not “aunty” at all! Haha.

Soooo… I guess I’d only wear it with a black bra?! Which means it wasn’t as versatile as I thought. Oh well! You can’t really learn these things unless you try them, right? I guess you could learn after reading someone’s blog post about it? Ha!

As for my jeans…

They are new Petite Candice Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans from GRLFRND.

There has been so much hype about these jeans and omg, yes they are amazing.

They sell out really fast (I missed out the last time), but are always re-stocked. I love that they are thick, firm yet really stretchy and smooth. I think they are MUCH nicer than AG, Frame and Levis stretch jeans.

Unfortunately I’m short (160cm), and you can’t notice the cool knee holes until I sit down or walk.

They are so comfortable and feel amazing to wear. You’ll see me wearing it a lot!

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Gorgeous Gifts from The Daily Edited

8 December 2017

The Daily Edited - Pouches

This year I was pretty organised with my Christmas gifts!

I wanted to get a few of my girlfriends something extra special.

And I have been spying these monogramed pouches from The Daily Edited for ages — so when I looked into them, I realised they were really lovely, meaningful, good-quality, long-lasting gifts for someone special or significant.

So yup, I got a few for my girlfriends and I had to get one for myself too.

The Daily Edited - Pouches

Initially I was going to surprise my girlfriends and buy ALL BLACK pouches for everyone, but I hesitated and decided to ask my girlfriends which they wanted – in case they wanted another colour!?

I actually had my eye on this Taupe Leather Pouch – which is so so pretty.

Buuuut it turned out that everyone (except one) wanted black! We’re so boring haha!

(One of my girlfriends chose a navy pouch, which is not pictured, because it made the photo look weird hehe).

The Daily Edited - Pouches

I chose the Black Leather Pouch with gold hardware and gold lettering.

It is 16cm x 22cm, with fabric lining.

The pouches come in different kinds of textured leather – pebbled, patent, smooth, mock croc, mock ostrich, perforated, vegan leather… but I chose the Saffiano leather, which I like best, because it’s really scratch/scuff resistant.

You can choose gold, rose gold or silver hardware.

You can choose the size, font, colour and position of your lettering. You can even choose from a selection of emojis.

It’s a great service and an excellent product.

The Daily Edited - Pouches

I bought them last week and they arrived in 7 days, beautifully and perfectly boxed with a stylish little card inside too.

If you order before 17th Dec, they will arrive before Christmas!

However, if you’re in Perth, you’d probably don’t want to bet on AusPost and give yourself a few extra days allowance.

Oh hey and the rest of their bag collection is pretty tempting too. Especially this Burgundy Cross Body Bag and Black Cylinder Bag. And the Men’s Collection has so many great gift ideas for men.

If you sign up to their newsletter, you can get 10% off your whole order!

(This post isn’t sponsored! I bought them all myself. Loved the product and wanted to share!)


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Wearing Jeans and a Nice Top + FWRD Sale

5 December 2017

Self Portrait Top - FWRD Sale

I’ve been trying to add a few more NICE tops into my wardrobe lately.

It makes a lot of sense to invest in a nice going-out top (instead of a dress), because you can wear the top many more times than a dress – with jeans, pants, mini skirt, max skirt, culottes and more.

But yep, nice tops are hard to find!

Today I’m collaborating with FWRD to feature a few of my picks from their new Sale on Sale event.

Basically you get extra 20% off sale items for the next 3 days!

That’s pretty good, if you’r into designer labels :)

Simply use the code “TREAT4U” at the checkout. Sale ends Friday, 8 Dec 2017 at 12:59am (WA time).

Self Portrait Top - FWRD Sale

I picked out this gorgeous Self-Portrait Filcoupe Top, which worked out to be 50% off in the end — woohoo!

Initially I had my eye on the yellow version, but it was already sold out. This blue version is just as pretty, and it was probably the more sensible choice for my wardrobe.

I am totally in love with it!

I picked the Size 2, because I have a Self-Portrait dress in Size 0 and it’s um, very snug. I have to suck my tummy in the whole time I wear it, haha. So I was looking for a looser fit with the Size 2. Besides, the sizing for both Size 0 and 2, indicates that the top’s length and sleeve length were exactly the same.

What do you think about the sleeve length on me? A bit long? I can’t decide if it looks a bit wrong, because my judgement is heavily clouded by how pretty it is – haha.

It has a flare hem and the ruffle continues across my body, so it was a little tricky to tuck into my jeans, but I kind of liked the boofy-ness. Maybe it will tuck in better when I wear a higher cut jeans.

Self Portrait Top from FWRD

This is what it looks like when it is untucked.

You can notice how sheer it is when it’s over my black jeans, but it still looks soooo nice! I loooove it! I’m so biased!

I’m wearing my black skinny jeans from Frame Jeans, Mansur Gavriel Mini Mini Bag (also from FWRD) and Alexander Wang Heels (that I bought from FWRD about 3 years ago).

OK so to further inspire you, here are some tops I picked out from their Sale on Sale section:

FWRD Clearance Sale 2017

SELF-PORTRAIT Filcoupe Top – oh no, the same top is now sold out, sorry guys.

TIBI Off Shoulder Top – Tibi does some pretty nice tops, in luxurious fabrics. Definitely a top investment with this one. So versatile!

FWRD Clearance Sale 2017

T BY ALEXANDER WANG Cold Shoulder Top – I picked this top because it’s so slinky, versatile… and $100 (after discount) is pretty sweet for an Alexander Wang piece.

TIBI V Neck Top – Again, I love me some Tibi silk. I love the buckles on the back. I added this one to my cart, but it was 2 sizes too big, oops.

FWRD Clearance Sale 2017

RACHEL COMEY Euphora Top – I really like unique looking necklines, especially mixed with statement ruffles. It’s a perfect summer piece and great for a day time look.

TANYA TAYLOR Edie Top – This deep magenta colour is so pretty. Especially when it’s 100% silk with delicate ruffles.

FWRD Clearance Sale 2017

ZIMMERMANN Gingham Frill Top – Can’t go wrong with Zimmermann. Their pieces are often very delicate and floral, but this top is a little different. It has a casual beachy look to it, but still versatile for day and night.

TIBI One Shoulder Bell Sleeve Top – I also had my eye on this top, as it’s sweet and simple twist to the classic white cotton top.

Hope you enjoy my picks!

Happy shopping! xx


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What I Wore: Tularosa Mel Dress X Cyber Monday Sales

27 November 2017

Tularosa x Revolve Yellow Dress

Hey everyone, happy Monday!

We had a stunning weekend and thoroughly enjoyed the glorious sunny weather. We had lots of outings with our kids, a swim with the cousins, dinner with my parents, birthday celebrations and my husband and I even went on a double date too (cheap and cheerful Vietnamese dinner – the beeeest!).

Today I’m sharing an outfit that I was was planning to wear to a fashion event.

Usually I’m not so organised. But as it turned out, I didn’t feel 100% on the day and didn’t end up going. So I’m going to keep this dress for the New Year or Chinese New Year.

It’s the Mel Dress by Tularosa, with a cowl neck, a fitted waist and pleated skirt.

I love the warm, mustard yellow colour of this dress. It looks a bit like a warm gold.

Tularosa x Revolve Yellow Dress

I probably could have paired the dress with some minimal, strappy, heeled sandals. But I decided to go a bit fierce with my shoes and try something a bit more unusual with these Aquazzura Belgravia Lace up pumps.

The exact style (with studs) is not on sale anymore, but the Belgravia Suede Lace Up Pumps (plain black) is currently selling at FWRD and is currently 56% off at their Cyber Monday sale.

Do check the rest of the FWRD Cyber Monday Sale, there are heaps of designer items that are up to 70% off.

Tularosa x Revolve Yellow Dress

And Revolve are also having their Cyber Monday Sale, which involves 20% off Final Sale Items, making some items around 75% off. Such  great time to grab a bargain!

Have a lovely week!


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What I Wore: Silver Mesh Watch

25 November 2017

The Peach Box, Marc Bale Silver Watch

When I wear watches, I usually prefer leather straps for a classic, old-school look. I never used to like the mesh strap watches because they look too blingy, and too much like jewellery.

However ThePeachBox sent me one of these Silver Mesh Strap, watches… and I’m so obsessed about it now.

I love wearing mine (1 week straight and counting), mainly because it looks like jewellery!

They are currently offering 30% off your total order, simply use the code CYBER-30 at the checkout.

If you’re looking for a lovely gift for a girlfriend, this is a total winner.

This was me getting dressed up for dinner, wearing black GRLFRND Jeans, Alexander Wang heels, Style Mafia Lace Top.

Enjoy your weekend!

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What I Wore: Tularosa Dress (with Revolve and FWRD Black Friday Sale Picks)

24 November 2017

Tularosa x Revolve Dress

Happy Friday!

Wow did your email inbox EXPLODE from all the Black Friday Sales messages this morning?!?

I had been quite unprepared for the avalanche of sales, but I’m soooo glad because it’s such a great time to save on things I was planning to buy anyway, such as homewares, Christmas presents and stuff I’ve had my eye on for the loooongest time.

I’m so excited to share that both Revolve and FWRD are having their Black Friday Sales, with up to 65% Off + Free Shipping over $100 from 24 – 26 November.

A lot of the items I have featured on my site are currently on sale, including this Tularosa Marty Dress, which is 40% off. I’ve had it for about 5 months and it’s still one of my favourite weekend dresses.

Tularosa x Revolve Dress

I always feel that Revolve is best for buying dresses, tops and denim. Their items are usually a bit higher in price than high-street brands, but their quality is usually much better and their styles are a little more unique too.

Here are some of my picks!

Revolv Black Friday Sale 2017

These dresses are all on sale, priced under AU$50.

One is $40 and still so many sizes from XS through to L. So good!

See them here – Dresses on Sale. They really do have such a droll worthy selection.

Revolv Black Friday Sale 2017

And these tops are under AU$60!

See all Off-Shoulder Tops on sale here.

 

FWRD has always been one of my favourite online stores for discounted designer items. I’ve been shopping here for years. I’m completely thrilled to be working with them!

They are also having an Up to 65% Off Sale + Free Shipping over $100 from 24 – 26 November.

I feel that FWRD is best for designer bag, shoes and accessories, so here are my picks.

FWRD Black Friday Sale 2017

Yep there are high-end designer brands such as Givenchy, 3.1 Phillip Lim, YSL, Valentino, Proenza Schouler, Saint Laurent, all with major discounts.

All these pictured here are on 30% – 50% off sale, making them approximately from AU$270 – AU$1800.

Eeek I’m so tempted by that PS1 Mini Cross Body in Red (bottom left)!

See all Designer Bags on sale at FWRD.

 

FWRD Black Friday Sale 2017

And for shoes and accessories, you can find Isabel Marant, Sophia Webster, K Jacques, Aquazzura, Acne Studios and more.

Shop Designer Accessories or shop Designer Shoes here.

Happy shopping!

xxx