Archive for Fashion & Shopping


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Aquazzura Heels from Shopbop

12 October 2016

Aquazzura from Shopbop

Wow, never in my life did I imagine I’d be able to own such statement shoes. I’m kind of staring wide-eyed at the screen right now and pinching myself that my career has even gone this way?

In collaboration with Shopbop, I picked out these eye-wateringly, luxurious heels by Aquazzura – forgoing a classic heel, designer handbags, designer dresses, classic coats, and fine jewellery.

I guess it says something about me and my fashion sense?

I picked these because they are a bold, sexy, a little different, but still hugely versatile. They’re not too extravagant, not too loud, not too in-your-face.

Over the years, I’ve worked out that an amazing pair of heels can transform an outfit – whether it’s just ordinary jeans and a t-shirt, or a cute high street dress, or a beautiful evening gown.

Shopbop are having their largest sale of the year.

Spend up to $500, get 25% off your order
Spend OVER $500, get 30% off your order

Just use the code “MAINEVENT16″, offer expires on October 14, 2016, at 11:59 pm PT.


If you’ve had your eye on a designer item, pop over to have a peek at the sale. Getting 30% OFF new season designer items is a pretty rare deal!

Here are some of my favourite brands to check out…

Aquazzura – Luxury shoes, if you are into that kind of thing. There are some on sale, starting from $237 (before the mainevent markdown)

Acne Studios – I love their classic designs! Their quirky pieces are a bit too quirky for me though.

A.P.C. – French brand. I bought my beautiful half-moon bag a few months ago! Was thinking to get a tan one?

Clare V. – I have been eyeing a flat clutch for years!

Diane Von Furstenberg – Was thinking of buying a classic lace dress…

Equipment – Hello Signature Silk Shirt!

Furla – Very. Cute. Bags.

Karen Walker – Sunglasses would be nice.

Self Portrait – That lace dress, I’ve been eyeing…

Stuart Weitzman – Classic heels are worth the investment!

Tory Burch – Their clutches and handbags are always in fashion

Even just great brands like FindersKeepers or C/Meo are a great option :)

Enjoy shopping or just browsing!!

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Grana Silk Tank and Silk Pants – My Review

11 October 2016

Hi everyone!

Omg I sound like a broken record, going on and on about my Grana silk pieces.

I’m not being paid for this, really! Haha. The truth is, I bought some pieces from Grana (I wrote an honest review here), then they sent me some pieces (for free! for reviewing!) and then I bought a few more pieces myself after that. So I have lots of Grana stuff.

Grana also gave me a 10% off Discount Code, which ends on the 1st November. So I wanted to review and share my thoughts on the pieces I have, BEFORE the 1 Nov – so you guys can take advantage of the discount.

Grana Silk Blush Tank and White Crop Pants

(It was a windy afternoon, hence my wind swept look…)

I’m reviewing two lovely silk pieces today – the Silk Tank and Silk Ankle Pants.

I bought the silk tank myself. And I chose the silk pants for review, which was gifted from Grana.

Grana Silk Blush Tank and White Crop Pants

The Silk Tank is made from Grana’s 100% Crepe de Chine – it’s such a beautiful, soft silk!

I’m wearing the Size XS and it fits perfectly. I usually a size AU/ UK 6.

The neckline is not too low. The armpits are not too gaping. It hugs nicely, in a loose way, across my chest.

The body of the tank, falls straight down to my waist.

No flare, no slim fit. It’s a relaxed, roomy look.

At AUD $42 each, you should do your wardrobe a favour and buy one in Black, White, and Blush :)

Grana Silk Blush Tank and White Crop Pants

I love that you can wear pretty much any bottom with them; a smart pencil skirt for work, casual denim shorts, black skinny jeans, a pleated skirt, pop a blazer on top. It’s very versatile.

And if you buy a silk tank and the matching silk shorts… you can wear them together to look like you’re wearing a silk romper.

At this point, I can’t think of a negative to say about this tank!

I still haven’t tried washing any of my Grana pieces so I’ll let you know if I reach that point.

Grana Silk Blush Tank and White Crop Pants

The Silk Ankle Pants are AUD $99, which is really affordable for luxe pants.

They come in 10 colours – Black, White, Grey, Navy, Blush, Mulberry, Khaki, Light Blue, Forest Green and Rust.

Again, if you buy the matching coloured top, you can tuck the top into the pants and it’ll look like you’re wearing a jumpsuit.

I’m wearing the Size XS pants. They are supposed to sit a little higher on the waist, so make sure you click on the “Size & Fit” tab on the Silk Ankle Pants product page and double check your measurements with the garment measurements.

In terms of length, on the model on the website, they are “cropped” style. But on me – I’m 160cm – they graze my ankle… which is still cool! I like their slim fit silhouette.

They are lined (two layers of silk), which is really nice. It adds a good weight and quality to the pants.

If these pants were in a different colour, I wouldn’t be able to see through them. But since these were WHITE SILK pants, when I wore white underwear, I was able to see them faintly. I swapped to nude underwear and it was all good – couldn’t see my knickers!

If I had to say something negative about these pants, I’d say this: they are loose, floppy pants. So if you scroll back up and look closely at my crotch (yep!) and the seams, you’ll see that the fabric buckles a bit and it doesn’t look crisp or tailored. (Having said that, I should just buy suit pants if I wanted a tailored look.)

Otherwise I’m soooo happy with the pants for summer!

10% Off Discount Code

Get 10% off your total order by using the code “KARENxGRANA” at the checkout. Valid until 1 November 2016.

Thanks for reading, enjoy!!


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What I Wore: Blush on Blush

7 October 2016

Blush Outfit

The sun is finally out and I’m super duper happy to get me some Vitamin D :)

It’s the school holidays at the moment, and I managed to dump my kids with my parents (thank god for grandparents!) while I zipped around getting a whole lot of jobs done.

After that, we all headed out for lunch, a play in a park and a bit of Pokemon hunting haha.

Yes my kids drive me crazy, I’m constantly snapping and growling at them (especially at that bottle flipping thing?!?). But my life is wonderfully domestic and kid-full at the moment, I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Blush Outfit

Wearing a blush top by Tibi from Revolve – A beauuuutiful silk, racerback top. Bought it from their Sale Section at 45% off.

Denim shorts by Sass and Bide – These were old jeans, but I cut them up and turned them into shorts!

Blush parka by AL&ALICIA – Another beautiful item that I’ve had for years. However I don’t think the label is in production anymore.

Cadey Lee heels by Schutz from Shopbop – So comfy. I wear these everywhere.

Alexander Wand Marion Bag – I bought this preloved, but spied something similar here. (Mini Prisma Envelope Crossbody bag, not exactly like the Marion, but similar colour)

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Grana Silk Racerback Trapeze Dress – My Review

30 September 2016

Hey everyone! Remember a few weeks ago I reviewed some Grana silk tops, where I didn’t like one top (I returned it), and I fell in looooove with the other?

Well Grana got in touch with me and sent me a few items on my wishlist (wayhey!).

So I guess you can say I’m being sponsored, but I’m not actually getting paid to say a particular thing. I’m still just sharing my own opinion as usual, about the items that I chose, I just didn’t pay for those items myself.

Also, Grana offered all my readers a 10% discount code; you can be an existing customer or a new customer to use the code, scroll down to the end of this post to grab it.

Grana Silk Racerback Dress

As I mentioned in my previous post, I absolutely loved the Silk Racerback Top that I bought.

It is made of a 100% Silk Crepe de Chine – which is beautiful, soft, slightly velvety, delicate, looked luxurious and had a lovely drape to it. It was also extremely affordable for silk too.

This time, I picked out this Silk Racerback Trapeze Dress in a Mulberry colour, in the same kind of silk fabric.

I chose the Size XS, and I’m usually a Size AUS/US 6.

Grana Silk Racerback Dress

My first worry about big, shapeless, flowy dresses is always: does this dress make me look fat???

Haha. Well don’t know about that, but it fit me very well on top and it hid my waist, tummy, bottom and most of my thighs under that flowy skirt.

Grana Silk Racerback Dress

OK actually my real concern for shapeless dresses is: how does it fit at my chest and under my arms?

Usually when I try on spaghetti strap dresses, the shoulder straps are always soooo long that the dress sits awkwardly low on my chest and I show too much cleavage. Or my bra peeks out at places. Not with this dress!

The fitting is just right for my petite frame.

And because it fit so well on top, I felt really confident to move around in it. I didn’t have to worry or fuss around in the dress – is my skirt riding up? Is it clinging to my butt? Did I eat too much, is my tummy sticking out? And other silly dress worries.

I just felt really relaxed and comfortable in it.

Grana Silk Racerback Dress

Again, the area under my arms fits me just right and you can’t see my strapless bra.

mirrorGrana Silk Racerback Dress_445

The back of the dress is a racerback style – it’s exactly the same style as my Tibi racerback top.

I like the back. It’s a bit different, and it shows off my shoulder blades?

OK, if I had to mention some negatives about this dress:

1) It’s SILK and such a pain in the ass to iron haha!! I have an iron with a “Silk” setting, but it doesn’t work very well. So I have to set my iron to ULTRA HIGH WITH STEAM setting and wave it over my garment bit by bit. It’s a bit  dangerous (I could drop the iron on my garment and ruin it) and it takes ages!

2) It’s a teeny-tiny bit long for what I like. I like my dresses to be short-ish, so that I show off a bit more leg. But that’s just my personal preference. Hmm, actually looking at the photo, the length is ok. It looks elegant and classy.

3) It’s silk! And I have to dry clean it. So I’m a bit precious whenever I wear it.

4) It comes in 6 colours (Black, White, Navy, Grey, Olive and Mulberry) which is a good thing. But I would LOVE to have this dress in a Rose/Blush colour, and it’s not an option, booo.

Grana Silk Racerback Dress

Other positive things to point out about the dress.

The dress is actually double lined (two layers of silk) so the fabric hangs and drapes really nicely.

I decided to live a little and choose a vibrant colour, instead of a neutral colour, and I’m so glad I did!

It’s such a versatile style! You can wear it with heels, flats, sandals and sneakers. I actually wore it to a fashion show as a TOP, asymmetrically tucked into white pants, like this!

Telstra Perth Fashion Festival 2016 - Grana Silk Dress

This is me, with my lovely fashion friends, Grace and Sandy. Photo taken by the lovely Josh from inlovewithdotdotdot.

So there you have it; I think that’s about all I want to share about the dress.

My Conclusion: I love it and I can’t wait to wear it for summer!!

Here’s the link to it if you want to take a look – Silk Racerback Trapeze Dress

Aaaand, Grana sent me another dress to review, so that’s coming up soon.

10% Off Discount Code

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TPFF 2016: Closing Night – The Art of Fashion

28 September 2016

The Perth Fashion Festival celebrated its closing night with an extraordinary and extravagant show – The Art of Fashion – held in the multi-storey foyer of the Art Gallery of WA, no less!

Featuring 22 WA Designers, a circular catwalk, a live orchestra ensemble, 2 opera performers, and a room filled with floral creations… it was a spectacular and bewildering feast for the senses.

TPFF 2016: Closing Night - The Art of Fashion


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Blush Dresses for a Summer Wedding

27 September 2016

I have a Garden Wedding to attend later this year (in summer) and I’m hunting for a blush / peach / pinky dress.

I totally love the drape and wrap style of these dresses. Feminine and sexy, I like how these are a bit different to the off-shoulder, body con dresses that everyone seems to be wearing to weddings these days.

But are they too casual wear to a wedding? A bit of bling, a pair of killer heels and a cool clutch — should work right?

Blush Dresses from Revolve

Niro Dress by MLM Label – I love this style! It looks so flattering, classy and versatile.

Wild and Free Romper by Blue Life – Ok this is actually a romper and looks a little casual for a wedding. But that colour is dreamy.

Love Happy Dress by Lovers and Friends – This dress is a little more elegant, even though the V neck is pretty deep. Again I love the drape.

Just a little heads up!

Revolve Clothing are offering Free 3 Day Express Shipping to Australia and to celebrate, they are giving away a 20% Off discount code.

To get the code, head over to this page, share with a friend, and you and your friend will receive the code in your inbox. Offer ends 3rd Oct, 11:59pm.



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Obsessed with Blue Lace Dresses!

24 September 2016

You know that thing that happens when you buy a car – you choose a colour thinking that no one else has that colour… then for the next 3 years, all you seem to see on the road is everybody driving THE SAME CAR MODEL IN THE SAME COLOUR AS YOU?!

Anyway a similar thing is happening to me.

Ever since buying that blue Lover dress that I wrote about here, all I can see are OTHER GORGEOUS BLUE LACE DRESSES!

So here’s number one on my wish list right now:

Obsessed with Blue Laces Dresses

Left: Self Portrait Strappy Lace Dress. Oh my this dress is exquisite! And unique! And beautiful! I am completely smitten! Love the lines, the silhouette, the sheer panels, the contrasting stripes, the flare skirt, the lace – all of it.

Right: Next is the Self Portrait Azalea Dress, in Navy. This is a popular style, re-done by quite a few other brands, but I’ve never seen it in this kind of dark blue before. I love the style of the bodice, skirt and the lace is just lovely.

Obsessed with Blue Laces Dresses

Left: Diane von Furstenberg Zarita Lace Dress. Yes I’ve been considering this dress for a while now. Love the classic design, the flattering shape, the elegant high neck and the 3/4 sheer lace sleeves.

And lastly, this Lovers + Friends Bellini Dress, which is a little more affordable than the others. I really like the contrast between the flower lace and the geometric lace. Again I’m loving that sweetheart V neckline.

Hmm I might have to sell my Lover dress in order to afford these dresses… so they might have to sit in my wish list for a little while longer! Oh well!

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Nude Heels by Stuart Weitzman

23 September 2016

Fashion Festival Favourites

A few years ago, I bought these ASOS Pointed-Toe Nude Heels (which were non-leather) because they looked gorgeous. Since then, they have definitely been a timeless staple to my wardrobe.

However, they are a teeny, tiny bit big for me (even though I slip in a cushioned sole insert). So I have to admit that when I walk in them… I take smallish steps and I walk in a slightly careful way. I don’t have a confident stride.

Thus I have been very keen to upgrade to a leather version of this shoe. And to get one that actually fits me properly.

I was thinking of getting this Patent Leather Nude Heels by Tony Bianco. Or these Nude Patent Leather Heels from ASOS.

However, I received a giftcard from Shopbop and spotted these beauties on sale (still on sale too!) – Stuart Weitzman Pumps Daisy 90mm in Light Camel.

I really liked the fact the shoe had a 90mm heel. I think that a 100mm heel is a “high heel standard” these days. But 90mm heels still look fantastic, they are a more comfortable height and you can wear them for longer periods of time.

In terms of sizing… it was pretty risky. I didn’t know anything about Stuart Weitzman sizing… so I had to guess and hope. Turns out the sizing was PERFECT. No need for a shoe insert. I’m super happy!!

In terms of colour… the site makes it look quite yellow/sand colour, which is nice. However, it turns out the colour is perfectly between a pinkish nude and a beige nude. Really, really pretty in real life.

I love that Stuart Weitzman offers a range of “nudes heels”. This Daisy style (90mm heels) comes in a dark tan, tan, pale cream, and pinky blush too.

Best of all, I like the classic, polished, sophisticated style of the shoe… I can wear them with dresses or jeans.

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What I Wore: Fashion Festival Opening Night

22 September 2016

Telstra Perth Fashion Festival 2016 - What I Wore

Ah… the season of fashion weeks comes around so quickly!

(First with New York Fashion Week earlier this month, then London, Milan and then Paris.)

While I don’t go to International Shows, I love supporting my local fashion industry. I know so many designers, photographers, stylists, creatives, models, event organisers and more – who all work so hard doing what they love – I always feel super proud for them during this time of year.

Anyway, I try to make an effort to go to the local events. Every year, I have so many good intentions to arrange with local boutiques to borrow a dress or clutch, to proudly showcase some WA labels and independent boutiques. But it was not to be.

I’ve been really busy with my work and I genuinely feel quite bad I missed the opportunity.

(Yes, I know I don’t actually have to wait for the Perth Fashion Festival in order to showcase my local favourites, so consider this a promise to start doing just that!)

In terms of my outfits, I had to fall back on stuff from my wardrobe. I have absolutely no problems with wearing the same item twice!

Lover Dress

This is what I put together.

I’m wearing my gorgeous Lover Dress (which I bought on sale here). I wore this dress earlier in the year for a wedding in Bali, and I might wear it to a ball event later in the year… so I consider it money well spent!

Diavolina nude, stud heels (bought from here).

Mezi tassel gold earrings (no longer on sale).

Whistles Faux Fur Clutch (bought from here, no longer on sale).

I have a few more outfits coming up, so do pop back to take a peek!


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TPFF 2016: Opening Night

21 September 2016

I’m first to declare that I’m not a fashion writer. I’m a kind-of fashion spectator, with a background in art and design, who likes to write from a very personal point of view.

Yes, I love theatre and visual art productions, which is why I love going to fashion shows – but let’s be honest, I’m really a fashion consumer who loves personal style and a shit load of shopping!

So I was very humbled to discover that I was invited to the Opening Launch of this year’s Telstra Perth Fashion Festival.

(The festival has been growing by leaps and bounds over the years, and I heard that tickets were quite hard to get!)

Thus I’m determined to draw out a slightly different view of the fashion festival for those who are interested.

Teltra Perth Fashion Festival 2016 - Opening Night

Firstly, let’s step aside from all the glitz, glamour and cray-cray pea-cocking… let’s talk about the production.

Very rarely do I get swept up and immersed into a fashion show. Virtual reality is all the buzz right now, and while we didn’t exactly see 3D projections and Tron landscapes… there was a very strong, visual nod towards it.

It was the combination of dark, DARK lighting, the delicious head thumping music, the blackened mirrored catwalk, the dramatic spotlights, and a mesmerising, floor-to-ceiling display of kaleidoscope ariel video… of the Australian outback reflecting off the catwalk.

It was superb!

The audience was treated to collections by a selection of Australian designers making waves in the international and national scene – Dion Lee, Bianca Spender, Flannel, Romance Was Born and Zhivago.


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Revolve: New Express Shipping to Australia

20 September 2016

Revolve Australia Sale

One of my favourite online shops, Revolve Clothing is now offering Free 3 Day Express Shipping to Australia and to celebrate, they are giving away a 20% Off discount code!

To get the code, head over to this page, share with a friend, and you and your friend will receive the code in your inbox.

In the past, I’ve found some amazing items on sale at Revolve, such as this Equipment Silk Shirt (my review here), Tibi Silk Top (my review here), Privacy Please Dress (my review here), and this beautiful Brixton felt hat (pictured above).

These brands are included in the 20% off sale, so if you’re keen to pick something up too, the discount is a good one!



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Silk Shirt Review: Equipment vs Grana

19 September 2016

Before I had an Equipment silk shirt, I desperately wanted to know what was the quality like, what did it feel like, and most importantly… why did it cost so much?

So I bought a near-new Equipment Signature Blouse (in Natural White, XS) and I completely fell in love with it. After that I bought an Equipment SLIM Signature Blouse (in Nude, XS).

Lately, I’ve been looking for more affordable silk pieces for my wardrobe and I came across Grana.

I bought TWO tops and a few weeks ago, I wrote an honest review on my blog about how I loved one and  disliked the other.

I returned the top I disliked, and with that refund, I bought a long-sleeve button down shirt.

Now I was keen to do a head-to-head comparison of my Equipment Silk Shirt vs Grana Silk Shirt!

This post isn’t sponsored or paid by Grana at all, soooo I guess can be totally honest and say things like wow this is shit! Haha only kidding. However I do have a 10% discount code for all new customers at the end of my post.

Equipment Silk Shirt Vs Grana Silk Shirt

This black top is the Grana Silk Classic Shirt (AUD$71) in Black, Size XS.

Equipment Silk Shirt Vs Grana Silk Shirt

This is the Equipment SLIM Signature Blouse (AUD$348) in Nude, Size XS.

Style comparison.

The Equipment shirt has pockets at the front and exposed buttons, which gives the shirt a casual look.

The Grana shirt has NO chest pockets and it has a flap that covers the buttons, so the front of the shirt looks very minimal and sleek. I’d say it has a more “polished, smart and formal” look, and would work well with office attire, smart outfits, or evening outfits.

I’d honestly say that I wouldn’t wear this Grana style (even in a different colour) with denim shorts, because the shirt just doesn’t look casual enough! But that’s just me. I’m sure other people would enjoy the juxtaposition.

The Grana shirt is slightly shorter.

The cuffs and collar of the two shirts are pretty much exactly the same.

The “slim-ness” of the two shirts are pretty much exactly the same too. I really like this slim size and think it fits me really well. It’s not too loose, not too baggy, not too fitted or tight either  – both are peeeerfect!

Silk comparison.

The Equipment silk is lighter and a tiny bit thinner. The silk feels lovely and soft, yet strong and smooth… and there’s even a slight slippery feel to it. Yet at the same time, there’s a very, very slight velvety texture that sets it apart from silk you buy from high street brands.

The Grana silk is slightly heavier and it has more of a velvety and furry texture to it. The velvety texture gives it a nice softness, which makes it drape very luxuriously. According to the website, it is called Grana’s “100% silk Crepe de Chine” and it used for most of Grana’s silk items.

The velvety texture also gives it a kind of velvety shine, so the black doesn’t look like a pure, dark, black. You know how velvet changes tone when you swipe it up or down? There’s a subtle hint of that effect with this shirt.

The Grana silk feels delicate and luxurious, however the 3 times I wore it, it did tend to build up a slight static and stuck to my body.

The Equipment shirt feels light, soft, luxurious and there’s no hint of static.

Equipment Silk Shirt Vs Grana Silk Shirt



If I had to CHOOSE ONE, I would choose the Equipment shirt.

I’m sure most of my decision is an emotional one, based on my perceived value from its big price tag, my years of stalking after the brand and the cult following around the brand. However, I do like the casual look of the pockets and buttons more and I prefer the less-velvety silk.

However having said that, there’s actually nothing wrong with the Grana silk.

It’s different and it’s BEAUTIFUL!!

This Grana silk shirt is absolutely amazing value for AUD$71. I am super-duper happy with it, it feels gorgeous on my skin, I’m planning to buy a few more simple tank tops in different colours (hello, at $42 each???)

Equipment Silk Shirt Vs Grana Silk Shirt

10% Discount Anyone?

I have a 10% discount code (for new customers only) if you’re keen to buy something from Grana!

Just use this link, create an account and they’ll automatically send you the 10% discount code to use on your order. (If you do make an order with the link, I will get some credit added to my account, so if that upsets you, sorry!)


Since publishing this post, Grana got in contact with me and has given me a promo code to share with you guys! (Still not getting paid though haha!)

The offer is for EXISTING CUSTOMERS to get 10% off by using the code “KARENxGRANA”. Valid until 1 November 2016. (I don’t get any credit for this promo, but that’s fine with me, happy to share!)

Happy shopping or browsing!!


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What I’m Wearing: The Flat Mule

14 September 2016

Flat Mules

There is a strong trend towards mules in this new fashion season.

Years ago, I had sooooo many mule-styled shoes. Pointed toe kitten heels, single strap square toe, suede + wooden clog heels and more.

I definitely have a soft spot for them. Especially when they are so easy to wear during summer.

But this time around, I’m not planning to buy any “investment mules”. I’m just planning to play  around with cool shapes and texture variations.

I’m not into the fur-lined mules. Or ones with big buckles. But I was willing to give this pointed, patent mule a go.

Turns out I absolutely love it! The minute the sun is out, I’ve slipped on these babies and I feel awesome.

This pair are ASOS Pointed Flat Mules, and I’m also wearing black Culottes by Hello Parry.

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Affordable Off Shoulder Dresses from Shein

8 September 2016

Affordable Off Shoulder Dresses from Shein

A few readers have asked me to suggest some affordable options for dresses… so here’s my recommendation!

Try some of these Off Shoulder Dresses from Shein.

I’ve bought a few things from Shein before, and honestly it’s been hit and miss. You have to really look at the photos and read the description carefully.

Thankfully these two dresses were great!

This dress is the Shirred Off Shoulder Floral Dress in Burgundy.

The top half of the dress is shirred, including the bust area, which I thought would be awful, but it doesn’t look that bad. It’s stretchy and comfy, wraps and sits nicely against your bra to show off your boobs.

The floral pattern also disguises the shirred-bit and it all looks fine.

The shirring stops just above the waist, so it gives the dress a “baby doll” or “empire cut” look. Which is nice because it hides the waist and tummy (hello hamburgers for lunch!) yet it still looks fitted and slimming, and you don’t have to worry about sucking in your tummy all day haha.

The double split panel in front was quite nice too, it makes the dress look extra summery.

Affordable Off Shoulder Dresses from Shein

It’s a really comfortable dress to wear! It’s a very casual, simple, throw on and walk to the beach kind of dress… or put on nice heels and wear to a summer backyard party.

This is the Size S and it fit me perfectly (I’m usually a size AUS/UK 6) – even in the length.

The fabric is a soft, printed kind of cotton. It handled a hot iron very well and didn’t crease easily after that.

Does it look cheap and nasty? Nope, it’s a summer dress, which looks casual, fun, high-street and affordable.

Affordable Off Shoulder Dresses from Shein

For the second dress, I picked out this Black Off Shoulder Tie Cuff Dress.

It’s VERY good value for AUS $20.

The fabric is a soft-to-touch rayon that looks like a kind of textured cheese-cloth. It’s light, floaty and a tiny bit see-through. It feels robust and strong and like I could wear it all day. It’s very comfortable.

Having said that, I haven’t washed it yet. But I did iron it and the fold creases came out easily.

I like the bow on the sleeves and the mini length. It is completely shapeless, so the focus is on your shoulders and legs.

Affordable Off Shoulder Dresses from Shein

I’m wearing the XS and the width of the shoulders were good – not too squeezey and not difficult to move in.

Again it’s a summer dress, so it’s good as a casual wear. Although I wore it with skinny jeans and tall boots one day and it looked great too.

Does it look cheap and nasty? I think because it’s black, it has a polished look to it. It looks casual and affordable, and definitely not nasty!

I guess if you’ve never tried an off shoulder dress, this is a good, safe dress to start.

And if you like it, you could look for a high quality replacement for the rest of spring / summer, as this off-shoulder trend will stick around until the start of next winter!

Happy shopping!!


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What I Wore: Tibi Silk Top

5 September 2016

Tibi Silk Top

Hi everyone!

I’ve recently started a couple of new freelance jobs/projects… in the field of blogging, social media consulting + management, art direction, photography and styling.

It’s been absolutely fantastic – I’m doing something I enjoy, I’m doing something I’m good at, my time is flexible, I work from home, I’m learning heaps of new stuff and the money is pretty good!

I’m only working part time hours at the moment, which is how I prefer it and designed it.

(Meaning, I still have time for yoga and coffees with my girlfriends! Oh and cleaning and gardening.)

Anyway, I’ve been out and about a lot and taking lots of snaps of my outfits.

Tibi Silk Top

I’m mixing a few old and new items here!

Tibi Silk Racerback Camisole – This is an absolutely beautiful silk top and such a perfect cut for my body shape. It’s not too low at the chest or underarms, and it’s a nice length for me. Yes, a bit expensive, but if you add it to your cart, you could snap it up cheaper when the next sale comes around?!

Acne Studios Needle Jeans – This was an eBay buy many years ago, from a lovely, short girl who already altered the length of the legs!

ASOS Pointed Flat Mules – I didn’t want to invest in a pair of flat leather mules, because I thought they looked weird – even though I had about 3 of these many years ago! So I bought this pair for $40 and they are soooo cool and fun to wear, that I have been wearing them everywhere!! I might not even have to buy a leather version, because these are so awesome as they are :)

Country Road Grey Cardigan – This cardigan is many seasons old. It has two moth holes in it (haha!), but it’s still super soft, no pilling, and simply beautiful to wear.

Celine Baby Audrey Sunglasses – These were a gift, but I do believe they are really well priced here.

That’s all from me for today, hope you have a gorgeous week!


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What I Didn’t Wear: Forever New Rust Dress

31 August 2016

Last week, I was having SUCH a bad day with my kids (just one kid)… that I stormed out the door the moment my husband returned from work.

I headed to the local shops, to pick up my dry cleaning, buy some makeup remover, buy some baking paper… then I went into a Forever New and spotted this dress!

Forever New Rust Dress

I tried it on, I thought it looked great, and with not much consideration, I bought it – YES IMPULSE SHOPPING!

It stayed in the bag for a few days, then when I was preparing to go out to dinner with some girlfriends, I tried it on and took these photos.

I realised that — I DIDN’T LOVE IT.

It was really low cut and cleavagey – I don’t mind showing a bit a cleavage now and then, but this looked a bit.. um, trashy?

I felt that the skirt shape made my hips and thighs look HUGE! And the shape of the top made my arms look really chunky.

And the material was staticky too. As I walked around those few minutes, the skirt lining stuck to my legs and rode up my thighs in an unpleasant way and I kept having to reach in between my legs to unstick them. Very unclassy, haha!

Forever New Rust Dress

I must admit that these photos do make the dress look quite flattering.

But in the end, it’s not really about how I look in the dress, it’s how I feel in the dress. It completely changed my posture and the way I moved.

I didn’t love it, I didn’t love how it made me feel… so I returned it.

(And while I was back in the shop, I swapped it for another – cheaper – dress! Will share pics of it soon!)

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Ready for Spring: Lovers + Friends Romper

29 August 2016

Revolve - Lovers + Friends Romper

Ok I think it’s official… Revolve Clothing have *the cutest* range of casual + fun + summery rompers ever.

I was browsing through their Rompers Page and I added… um… about 7 to my shopping cart!

These were my favourites:
relaxed drape romper (grey blue),
slightly dressy romper (navy),
day-to-night romper (vivid red),
minimal floral romper (pastel),
poolside romper (navy + white stripe),
smart tailored romper (blush),
soft floral romper (perfect wedding guest outfit!)

…. buuuut after a long deliberation, I decided to choose this one:

Lovers + Friends Bello Romper

Looking through the Revolve Instagram page, you’d think that every blogger in the Mediterranean had chosen this particular romper haha!

Ah, but that wasn’t enough to turn me away. I LOVED the chambray colour, the cute sweetheart neckline, the tie-front detail, the white embroidery, the thin straps and the mini length shorts.

It fit me perfectly in length and makes my legs looks super long!

Revolve - Lovers + Friends Romper

I must admit, the weather is a little too cold in Perth to wear it at the moment.

But I’m sure in a few weeks, I’ll be rocking this all over the place!

Have a fantastic week!


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Grana Silk Camisole Tops – My Review

25 August 2016

Grana Testing

Hi everyone, just letting you know that I’m not being paid to write this… I wish!

I’ve recently become very interested in investing in a range of silk camisole tops for my wardrobe.

I have 3-4 silk shirts from Equipment (two I bought off eBay!), 2 silk tops from Tibi, 1 silk shirt from Isabel Marant, 1 silk dress from Zimmermann, 2 silk tops from Country Road (very old, with ruffles!), 1 silk top from Forever New (very old with a digital print), a few silk dresses from Sass and Bide and Aurelio Costarella. I think that’s about it.

So far, the silk I like from most to least is: Equipment, Isabel Marant, Tibi, Zimmerman, then lastly Country Road and Forever New (their silk feels more like a kind of stiff polyester silk).

(I didn’t rank the designer dresses, because I only wear them occasionally).

Now that I think about it, this scale possibly reflects the price of each garment too. I guess it rings true… you get what you pay for.

Anyway, I was keen to buy a silk racerback top from Grana, for AU$65.

I’ve heard nice things about their silk, plus their silk items are SO AFFORDABLE!!

When I was in Singapore, I was in a cafe, I saw this tall, gorgeous, young Asian woman, wearing a bright orange silk racer-back camisole and it looked AMAZING on her. I knew it was Grana, because her tag was sticking out! I wanted to let her know about the tag, and ask her if I could FEEL the silk of her top, but um, that would have been waaay too creepy!

SO what is the quality of Grana Silk like?? Where does it sit on the scale of all my silk items?

I bought these two tops above and here are my thoughts.

Grana Silk Tops Review

The Grana Silk V-Neck Camisole in Marzipan for AU$71.00 in XS.

The website describes the top as a “structured V-neck with the beautiful relaxed drape of Georgette Satin”.

For me, I didn’t like this Georgette Satin. Even though it was 100% silk, it felt more like a slightly stiff/slippery satin than silk. And it had a satin shine to it, which I didn’t like.

This “satin-look, slip top” may be on-trend at the moment (worn over a white t-shirt), but I felt that the material made the top look a bit cheap.

Having said that, it looks and feels like a high-quality polyester top from Witchery, which would probably cost you around $70-$80 anyway.

I liked the “structured” shape and soft drape of the top, but the XS was slightly too big for me (I’m usually a standard Size AUS/UK 6). It flared out slightly at my arm pits and it didn’t sit nicely on my chest.

I chose the size based on my equivalent AU sizing, but I should have chosen based on the measurements supplied on the site, which indicated that I should have bought a XXS.

I loved the colour though! It was a muted ivory and would work really well with the rest of my wardrobe.

I also loved that it was lined (double layered).

Unfortunately I decided to return this top.

I had to pay $10 for return shipping. I might buy some black shorts instead.

Grana Silk Tops Review

The Grana Silk Racerback Camisole in Rust, for AU$65.00 in XS.

The website describes the silk as “100% silk Crepe de Chine”.

I LOVE the silk for this price. It feels softer and more “buttery” than my Tibi top. It is DEFINITELY a winner, I’m very happy with it and I think it is super-duper good value for a silk top.

However, the silk does feel a little… delicate. It feels so soft, like it might tear or snag it on something sharp, where as my Tibi top feels a little more stronger and robust.

Basically I feel like I have to BE CAREFUL with the Grana top, where I simply don’t even think/notice that I’m wearing my Tibi silk top.

The Size XS fits me perfectly.

The top is lined (double layered).

The colour is OK. I was hoping for it to be a little darker (as shown in my shadowy photo above), but in fact it is more like on the photo on the website: a bright burnt orange.

I decided to keep this top, instead of swapping it for another colour, like navy, because I think I’ll get a lot more use from this colour than the other colours offered on the site (plus I already have a black, white and grey top in a similar style).

I’m trying to wear a bit more colour!

Take home message:

Read the fabric description carefully.

Buy the 100% Silk Crepe de Chine. It’s beautiful!

Look at the supplied measurements on each individual garment.

10% Discount Anyone?

I have a 10% discount code if you’re keen to buy something from Grana!

Just use this link, create an account and they’ll automatically send you the 10% discount code to use on your order. (If you do make an order with the link, I will get some credit added to my account, so if that upsets you, sorry! Just type in and you won’t get the 10% discount sent out to you.)

Happy shopping or browsing!!


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What I Wore: Sabe Structured Top

22 August 2016

Hello Parry Sabe Top

Top from Hello Parry, Skirt by Tokyo Fashion (similar styles here), Cardigan by Acne Studios, Heels from ASOS.

OK I’m talking tops here.

A good, going out top.

A versatile top (that you can wear with jeans or shorts) but not boring or expensive either.

I’ve been dying to feature one of my favourite tops this season, because it’s a good one! I wear it all the time, it goes with everything and I really like it.

It’s called the Sabe Structured Top, I’ve had it for about 2 months, and I’ve actually written about it before in this post.

Hello Parry Sabe Top

I went to a day time event the other day and wore the top with a lace skirt.  I love that I can wear it with a plain or patterned skirt and it looks amazing.

Because the top is structured in a loose way, it hides the waist a little, so it’s nice to pair the top with skirt/pants/shorts that skims or hugs your waist. That way your silhouette looks flattering, balanced and you’re not doubling the boxiness.

So pencil skirts, jersey pencil skirts, midi skirts, slim fit jeans, cropped pants, slim shorts will look great.

Hello Parry Sabe Top

Top from Hello Parry, Jeans from ForeverNew, Blazer by Alexander Wang (from The Outnet), Heels by Schutz

Here I was heading out to a coffee date with a girlfriend.

I like that the top looks smart and more polished than a regular tee.

Hello Parry Sabe Top

As I said in my previous post, I think the top looks gorgeous on, it looks effortless, minimal, it has a super-flattering, classic, Audrey Hepburn style about it. It’s not clingy, not boxy and it really suits petite, small-frame people like me.

Quality is brilliant, the fabric is soft and has a slight, satiny shine to it, that gives it a polished look.

It also comes in BLACK, which also looks gorgeous.

If you check out the photo of the model wearing the top, you can actually wear it like a regular top (not just off shoulder). I’m wearing a size S (I’m usually a size 6).

I have a 15% off everything code to share with you all (which makes this top under $50!)

You can use the discount for everything including new arrivals and sale items (even the stuff on 60% off sale).

Just enter the code “karenforhelloparry” at the checkout.


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Shopbop Best Buys Under $100… (Ok more like $130)

19 August 2016

Many people have written to me saying, Yo Karen we love the stuff you feature from Shopbop, but some of it is a bit expensive! Show us the good, cheap stuff! I’m broke!

(Not exaaaaactly worded like that, but haha you get the drift!)

So I’ve trawled through Shopbop to find some awesome buys under USD$100 – and therefore AUD$130.

Shopbop Best Buys Under $100

1) BB Dakota Aden Crinkle Dress – Looks pretty, floaty and great for warm weather.
2) Hat Attack Ibiza Tote – Lovely shape and texture. Looks so stylish for a woven straw bag.
3) Splendid Danaka Wedges – Gorgeous wedges for the new season.

Shopbop Best Buys Under $100

1) Splendid 2×1 Racer Back Dress – – Sweet and simple. Can’t go wrong with the brand Splendid for luxe basics.
2) Gorjana Cayne Crescent Studs – Edgy, kind of cool, looks like claws, or fangs?!
3) Kate Spade New York Bee Pouch – Polka dots will always be in fashion!
4) Steven Sayzar Mules – Mules are soooo in at the moment, especially chunky ones. This one is close to perfect and it’s real leather too.

Shopbop Best Buys Under $100

1) BB Dakota Cuthbert Striped Top – A great looking lace top, without looking TOO lacey / flowery / girly.
2) Kate Spade New York Mix Tape Coin Purse – How cool is this coin purse?!
3) Superga 2750 Cotu Sneakers – Sleek, not-too-chunky, light grey sneakers. Minimal without being too minimal.

Happy shopping or browsing!


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What I Wore: Tassel Red Dress

12 August 2016

Tassel Red Dress

Oh how I love a bargain! And I love to share!

I bought this Copper Red Dress from Cotton On the other day! It’s so cute!

I’m wearing the XS and it also comes in a black version.

I love that it’s not too bulky, not too scrunchy; it drapes nicely, the waist sits at the right spot on me, the neckline is not too low, the skirt is not too short… it looks great.

It was $39.95, now $20 (Still on sale! Lots of XS/S/M sizes in stock!). I didn’t see the dresses in-store, so they must only be online?

I wore it out last night, with a fur vest and knee high boots to keep me warm. Such great buy hehe.

Have a fantastic weekend everyone!

Tassel Red Dress

Also wearing Schutz Cadey Lee heels, Gold Tassel Earrings (similar here) from Shopbop.

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Bobbi Brown Skin Nourishing Glow Foundation

11 August 2016

Bobbi Brown Skin Nourishing Glow Foundation

I thought I would stretch my visual styling muscle a bit and go with a fancy/moody photo today.

I recently received a Myer gift voucher (just from their rewards card) so I went to buy myself some foundation.

I’ve been struggling with my Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation lately – I’ve loved and used it for years. But ever since I started to use self-tanning creams, the foundation doesn’t match my skin colour and I’ve had to mix it with other foundations to get the right shade and right coverage.

In the last month or so, {{{ I cracked }}} , OMG I WAS SO SICK of mixing foundation at 7:30am in the morning.

Many years ago, I used to use Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF15 (AUD$72). I even remember my shade colour (Natural 4) so I was just going to get a bottle of that and ask the makeup girl to match my skin colour.

Haha however, she used her crafty sales skills and got me to try the NEW Bobbi Brown Skin Nourishing Glow Foundation (the Natural 4 was perfect on me!) and OMG it felt amazing on my skin.

Bobbi Brown Skin Nourishing Glow Foundation

My Thoughts:

The coverage was excellent, the texture was great for my combination skin and the finish was very natural looking. It was exactly what I wanted.

Bobbi Brown says is has “moisture-reviving marine extract and collagen-enhancing ferment”. Whatever the hell that was, it covered up my dry patches wonderfully, covered my blemishes, evened out my skin tone, gave my skin a moisturised and radiant boost and made my face feel all supple, dewy and glowy ALL DAY.

I’ve been wearing it for a week now, and it’s possibly one of the best foundations I’ve used.

Although… when the makeup girl told me how much it cost, I almost fell off my chair. AUD$90. Aaaakk!

I told her I had to think about it, and I took a walk around the shopping centre, looking at myself in mirrors in different lighting, poking and prodding my cheeks, and making weird animated expressions to see how the foundation feels on my face. (What, don’t YOU do that too?)

Yep, in the end I went back with my voucher and bought the foundation – and I’m super happy I did it!

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Floral Dress by Privacy Please

8 August 2016

Privacy Please Dress from Revolve

Hi everyone!

Last week I headed out to a morning fashion event, wearing this gorgeous floral dress by Privacy Please courtesy of Revolve.

It’s called the Delta Dress in a print called Gramont (lots of sizes available online).

You can get the same print in a different style called the Lehunt Dress (midi skirt with a high neck)

Or the same print in a maxi kimono style called the Plaza Dress.

Privacy Please Dress from Revolve

It is such a pretty, flirty, flattering, spring dress! I felt very feminine and girly, but still modern and elegant.

It’s a simple, wrap style, with a long tie. It’s easy to wear, comfortable, easy to move in and the fabric is light and soft.

I saw a photo of a girl wearing this dress in a casual way – with beach hair, straw hat and sandals – which I will try one day!

But for my fashion event, I decided to bling it up with gold stud heels by Diavolina, a Blush clutch bag by Tory Burch and a white blazer by Bardot (old).  I guess this would be a nice wedding guest outfit too.

Privacy Please Dress from Revolve

I actually picked out this dress a few weeks ago, and at that time, the only available size was Size S. I’m usually a size 6/ XS, but I added it to my cart anyway haha.

Because it was a wrap dress, I was able to wrap the dress a little tighter around my was it, and the dress fit me perfectly everywhere – except the sleeves.

Too Big Sleeves

This is how the Size S looked on me… the sleeves drooped halfway down my arm.

So I took it to my seamstress and she fixed it up for me for an amazing price.

I was super-duper happy with the result.

Privacy Please Dress from Revolve

As for spring dresses, I have a few events, parties and celebrations coming up so I have my eye on a few more floral dresses, especially the Privacy Please dresses because they are so pretty and affordable.

Can’t wait to share!

Have an amazing week!

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Buying Hiking Boots for my Family and Children

5 August 2016

In my previous post about our holiday walks and hikes around Scotland, I received a few emails from readers asking about my hiking boots and where to buy them.

I thought I’d put together some info and links for everyone.

Hiking Boots

In 2002, I bought myself a pair of waterproof, leather hiking boots which cost me around $250. I thought they would last me the rest of my life, because I only actually wore them for 2 weeks!

But 15 years later, I took them out from where I carefully stored them and discovered that the rubber sole had disintegrated and fallen off the shoe. It would cost me about $150 – $180 to resole them, so I decided to buy myself a new pair.

I was looking at these boots or something like this.

However, by complete coincidence, my late mother-in-law had tiny feet like me, so I inherited her hiking boots!

So the boots (pictured above) came from my lovely mother-in-law, they are size 36 and apparently they are 30 YEARS OLD?!

If you are interested to buy something similar, this is the equivalent boot in the same brand, Scarpa, which also happened to be the same  boot I was looking at.

Yep, they are an eye-watering $300. But hey, these boots were flipping amazing. I was submerging half the boot into water and my socks remained completely dry. They easily let me walk over slippery rocks, loose rocks, fallen trees. I’ve worn them to hiking Tasmania, through the Australian bush and now to Scotland.

A pair of good boots is worth every cent.


When it came to buying hiking boots for MY KIDS, I was not happy to spend $120 EACH on something they were going to use for 6-7 days, never use again, and then grow out of in 6 months.

So I hunted online, found an online sports store based in the UK, took a big risk, paid $30 for shipping… and bought 3 boots.

Hiking Boots

All three of them are waterproof, leather hiking boots. The two on the left are Karrimore Skido Junior Walking Boots (Size 36 and Size 35) and they were… AUD$58 each.

The one of the right are Gelert Children’s Walking Boot Child’s size 12 and they were AUD$20.

I had to buy thick hiking socks for the boots to fit better and comfort.

I also went ahead and bought 3 insulated, fully water proof jackets from the same shop.

They all worked out to be absolutely perfect and the quality was really impressive.


Haha this isn’t a sponsored post, I’m just happy to share because I was so happy with the products, my boys all commented how comfortable the boots and jackets were, and we ended up using them everyday for 3 weeks while we were in Scotland.

PLUS I couldn’t believe how lucky I was with guessing the correct sizing of my kids (UK kids sizing is by age, and my kids are not the typical size for their age). It might have been a different story if I had to send 3 pairs of boots back to the UK?!

Hope this helps!

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Organic Makeup from Generics Shop, Northbridge

1 August 2016

Generics Tea and TMF

A couple of my friends have been on a quest to test out natural/organic/vegan/ethical/sustainable makeup brands, such as rms (Mecca), BareMinerals (Mecca), ILIA (Mecca), Nude By Nature, to name a few.

I haven’t tested any, except for Nude by Nature: I bought some mineral foundation from them and I thought I had matched my skin colour, but it turned out waaay too pink for my skin tone, and so I don’t have the heart to toss it out and buy a new colour.

Thus I was introduced to tmf cosmetics (the makeup factory), an Australian brand focused on vegan, organic, cruelty free, mineral makeup. They have an easy-to-use line of mineral foundation, blushes, bronzers, eye liners, organic lip glosses, brow colours and more.

I picked them up, courtesy of Generics – Style Lab / Urban Apothecary / Pamper Corner (Corner of William and Aberdeen Street, Northbridge).

Tmf do have a website, but I’ve been told it’s just a temporary site, as the new site will be live next month. So the temporary site doesn’t have much information about the brand/products, plus it links to the wrong Facebook page. BUT you can check out their actual Facebook page here (which is quite active and has a good 24K following).

Despite all that, I was truly amazed by how LOVELY the products felt on my skin and lips.

I loved (LOVED!!) the lipstick best of all. It was really hydrating and nourishing. And after I applied it, it left this very natural, soft, after-feeling, that was simply amazing.

It made me realise how “chemically” all my regular lipsticks feel on my lips – I know that’s such a typical “organic lover” thing to say haha, but that’s the only way I can describe it!

The foundation was really nice too. But I preferred to use it as a finishing powder, on top of my regular makeup.

There’s no way to look at colours or buy online, so if you’re interested you have to pop into the Generics Shop in Northbridge to check it out.

Have you tried organic makeup before?


Which brands/products have you tried?

Why has no one ever told me how amazing it feels?!

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How To Look Stylish Wearing a Summer Dress in Winter

29 July 2016

In collaboration with Shopbop, I’m sharing a few tips and ideas on how to extend the wear of your favourite summer dresses.

Yep, being in Australia, it’s currently WINTER and the online shops are bursting with new season SUMMER wear – on sale too!

So if you’ve nabbed a few summer threads – or heck, if you’re just bored of your winter clothes – with a little bit of creativity, you can wear your summer pieces in winter.

I picked out two summer dresses:

– This beeeeautiful Equipment Neck Tie Dress because it has a simple, timeless and versatile style.

– And this Tularosa Tunic Dress, because it pretty much screams on-trend, beachy summer style.

Here we go!

1) Wear with pants or tights.

How To Look Stylish Wearing A Summer Dresses in Winter

How To Look Stylish Wearing A Summer Dresses in Winter

Wearing a dress with pant’s isn’t as awful as it sounds. The dress basically becomes a tunic. And there’s a hint of rebellion in the outfit, as if I’m breaking ALL THE RULES.

I chose to wear it with slim black jeans. Not very adventurous, I know. They could have been tights.

But I could have easily worn regular trousers, wide leg pants, culottes, slim blue jeans or flared jeans.

Plus because the dress is black, I can wear it with all kinds of coloured pants (white! red! blue! floral!) to really extend the use of the dress.


2) Wear an oversized jumper.

How To Look Stylish Wearing A Summer Dresses in Winter

Apologies for the simplistic advice, but this one is a goodie because it’s hard to get wrong.

You wear the dress as a skirt.

I like this because some of my dresses have LOVELY patterns/texture/lace, so it makes me feel like I have a new skirt.

Again, a great way to get more mileage from your wardrobe.

Oversized, chunky jumpers are very popular right now, super easy to wear with a dress.

In this case, I styled my dress with an oversized, light weight, simple, bamboo sweater from BambooBody.


3) Wear a top underneath

How To Look Stylish Wearing A Summer Dresses in Winter

Wearing a top under a dress sounds like awful fashion advice for 8 year olds!

But I was shocked when I experimented by wearing a short sleeve top, a turtleneck, a button-down shirt, a lace top underneath my black dress… they all looked really cool. It felt great to wear too.

In this case, I wore a white top with my dress, but I could have happily worn a grey top or black/white striped top – of which I have many in my wardrobe.

By the way, I bought this boat neck white top from Cotton On for $10(on sale from $15) which could go so well with many of my other dresses.

How To Look Stylish Wearing A Summer Dresses in Winter

Whoa… so… after experimenting with the Equipment Tie Neck Dress, I’m so in love with it. I don’t think I’ve ever owned such a PLAIN, shapeless shift dress before.

It’s awesome because I can wear it with or without the neck tie, wear the tie as a belt, hitch it up to be a mini dress and even wear it as a top tucked into pants or into another skirt – soooo good.


4) Play with layers with textures, vests and cardigans.

How To Look Stylish Wearing A Summer Dresses in Winter

Next dress!

As I mentioned earlier, this Tularosa Tunic Dress ticks all the boxes of being on-trend and beachy.

It has a slightly boho, slightly tribal look, with embroidery, pompoms, tassels, dots in a pinstripe pattern and it has long sleeves – so it’s a bit different. But the black and white colour ties it al together nicely.

How To Look Stylish Wearing A Summer Dresses in Winter

A faux fur coat, or a black leather jacket is a simple winter covering for any dress.

If you have a fur vest, you can layer it on top of a cardiganjacket, ponte blazer.

Similarly with a scarf, you can use an oversized one as a vest, on top of your coat.

Think about textures and pattern clashing too – denim, checked, floral, wool.

Layer, layer, layer!

How To Look Stylish Wearing A Summer Dresses in Winter


5) Wear with knee-high boots or over-the-knee boots.

How To Look Stylish Wearing A Summer Dresses in Winter

Lastly, you can never go wrong with a pair of kick-ass boots to WINTERISE your summer dresses.

Wear with thick socks that will keep your legs and toes warm when you go out at night during winter.

(Preferably choose socks with a pattern of cartoon pizzas/puppy dogs/lipsticks haha!)

These boots are from Betts, from a few seasons ago.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my blog post. I haven’t put together style tips like this in AGES. It was so much fun!

I do miss my little studio (with the white background) which has been turned into a storage room at the moment. My grey wall is pretty cool though, except I get easily annoyed when editing my photos, if the wall lines and floor line are not perfectly horizontal.

I might do another post about the Equipment Tie Neck Dress because as I said, it’s so versatile and fun to play with.

In the meantime, do pop over to check out some new season summery dresses, or dresses on sale… like this Keepsake Strapless Black Dress and this Free People Off Shoulder Black Dress (both under $65) and both of which I am stalking :)

Thanks for reading and hope you have a fabulous weekend!


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What I Wore: Acne Studios Raya Oversized Cardigan

25 July 2016

Acne Studios Oversized Cardigan

After returning home from my amazing 3 week family holiday, after doing all the laundry, getting over the jet lag and falling a bit sick… guess what I discovered?

I couldn’t fit back into my skinny jeans haha!

I put on 3kgs while I was away!

I had to dig out and wear my old, “slim” jeans, which were also a bit snug at the waist.

It was all the home cooked country meals, the fresh scones, the apples pies, the crusty breads, the pancakes, the beef pies, the meatballs, the roast chicken and gravy… I enjoyed myself immensely!! It was soooo worth it haha.

Perhaps my photo doesn’t show it, but I went for a run the other day and I wobbled in new places all over my body – my tummy, hips, thighs and bottom… oops!

Thank goodness, it’s winter in Australia, so I can just hide under some layers while I sort out my eating :)

Acne Studios Oversized Cardigan

My new Raya Oversized Cardigan by Acne Studios (courtesy of Shopbop) is just right for extra layering. It’s gorgeously fluffy, snuggly, roomy and light enough to wear between seasons.

Even though it’s a cardigan, I wear it like a light coat. A long coat!

I’m a Size 6 and I bought the Size XS.

In fact, it was a bit nippy this morning, so I was wearing 3 layers under it – a BambooBody fitted tank top, a Sportsgirl boyfriend t-shirt, and a Country Road black slim cardigan.

I’m also wearing black jeans from Cotton On, white high top sneakers from Ecco Shoes and handbag from Witchery.

I took these photos with a tripod and self-timer, in an empty carpark, in between sorting out my car insurance and work meeting, because I’m waaaaay too shy/mortified/embarrassed to have a proper photographer snap me in real life haha!

Hope you all have a wonderful week!

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What I Wore: 90s Floral Print in a Grown Up Style

15 July 2016

Floral Dress

Floral prints are definitely a new season trend.

I’ve see them popping up everywhere and while a part of me sighs at the repeat of yet another fashion trend from my youth, hey, I can’t resist a bit of floral in my wardrobe.

Yep these wild, floral prints have been around before. And particularly, this kind of floral print (with a black background) was HUGE in the 90s. I had a so many of these dresses back then! I was so grunge haha!

Anyway, my biggest challenge was to try wearing this print in a grown up style – that is – without making myself cringe because I’m dressing like a teenager.

I picked out this Black Lantern Floral Print Dress, which was provided by Shein, as a sample for me to try out.

Honestly I loved the print (it’s not overly busy), the sleeves, the v-neck (not too revealing), the nipped in waist and the flattering skirt.

BUT I had to alter it slightly, because it was way too voluminous for me in the body and I didn’t like the choker detail. Specifically, I cut off some panels of fabric from the back. if you look at the photos of the original dress, you’ll see what I mean.

Floral Dress

It has a very easy-to-wear style, it’s comfortable, it’s very flowy, flattering and feminine and best of all it was only AUS$38 (US$28). The fabric is very nice too.

Personally, I don’t think you should spend big on these floral dresses, so I recommend hitting up ASOS, Zara, Sportsgirl for your floral dress fix.

Or here are some other pretty floral dresses from Shein – I was obsessing over whether to get this floral maxi dress (AUS$26) too.

Also wearing: Over the knee boots from Betts, A.P.C. Half Moon Bag from Shopbop.

Happy shopping!

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It’s the little things

13 July 2016

Charlotte Olympia Card Holder

I’ve always been careful with my money.

When I first started working, I used to live at home and I would save half of my fortnightly income.

My parents would often call me “a saver” and “a careful spender” when describing my relationship with money, which – at the time – I wasn’t sure if they were teasing me for being a thrifty tight-ass haha.

As the years went by, my girlfriends started their handbag collections with Pradas and LVs… yes I was quite envious – but I had other priorities, I got married at 24, bought a house, had a baby and well… things were really tight for us.

It has only been in the last couple of years that we’ve found a comfortable space; my online business is doing incredibly well, and I’ve started to spend (invest!) a bit more on little luxury items for my wardrobe.

Charlotte Olympia Card Holder

I guess it also helps that there are so many designer sales on too!

Which leads me onto my latest purchase.

I recently finished a huge freelance job and rewarded myself with a special little something (with the help of a gift card too, courtesy of Shopbop).

I bought this Charlotte Olympia card holder from Shopbop during their last round of Designer Sales.

It’s just a wee little thing, but I absolutely love the delicate and feminie details on it.

It’s perfect for my smaller handbags. It’s pretty and practical.

Charlotte Olympia Card Holder

Anyway, this time Shopbop are having a 25% off all items from their Designer Boutique section – which is pretty amazing!

Just use the code “DESIGNER25″ at the checkout, until July 14, 2016, at 7p.m AEST.

For me, being that little bit older and wiser, I can appreciate my little luxuries and they are all the more special to me.

Hope you enjoy the sale! And hope you manage to find a comfortable space for yourself for little luxuries too.

Have an amazing week everyone!

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What I Wore: Grey Bustier

6 July 2016

Keepsake Strapless Top from Revolve

Yes I know it’s winter here in Australia! But hey, some days are warm enough for a strapless top and a light cardigan.

This gorgeous top is a Grey Tessellate Top, courtesy of Revolve. It’s still on sale (XS, S, M still available), if anyone is interested?!

I bought it because I wear skinny jeans a lot and wanted a top that was a bit unstructured but still super-flattering.

I’m not going to lie, I know strapless tops suit me and look great on my body shape. It accentuates my best features! It looks young and pretty, but still elegant, effortless and a bit grown up.

It is actually a crop top, with a floppy layer, open on one side, so it flashes my tummy and waist at certain angles, but I’m ok with that.

I’m wearing the XS/6 and it fits me very well across the chest. It doesn’t feel like it’s going to fall down.

Grey Strapless Top by Keepsake, from Revolve

The only issue with the top… is that the chest has double layered fabric (because of the petal layer thing) and is a bit heavy, so the top hem falls forward and looks weird – I suspect it’s because I have a small bust.

So to make it sit right, I had to wear TWO strapless bras! Haha it sounds so crazy, but it wasn’t that bad. It just felt like I was wearing a bikini swimsuit underneath.

It looked perfect on me after that :)

I still felt comfortable enough to wear it and move around all day. It didn’t particularly make my boobs look bigger either, because all the floppy fabric just made my whole chest look shapeless haha. Double bras! Omg I don’t believe I’m admitting these things on the internet!

I love that I can wear this with culottes, high waisted skirt, pants, jeans and who knows, maybe denim shorts when summer comes around.

Keepsake Strapless Top from Revolve


Grey Tessellate Top from Revolve
White jeans, Similar
Nude Heels from ASOS
Tory Burch Handbag