Archive for Fashion & Shopping

 

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Zimmermann Silk Dress and Long Grey Coat

28 May 2015

Long grey coat

Outfit: Silk dress from Zimmermann | Grey coat from Sheinside | Boots from Betts

An item that has long been on my wardrobe wishlist was a simple, black, silk dress.

It’s definitely something that never goes out of style. It looks effortlessly sexy with high heels and looks casual-cool with sneakers or sandals.

I wanted a dress that was short and loose fitting. So I had my eye on some silk dresses from Zimmermann. They were beautiful but oh my, they were waaay out of my price range!

I spied a few on ebay, and finally managed to snap up this gorgeous Zimmermann draped, silk dress – the one I’m wearing here!

It’s a size 0, but when it arrived, the straps were too long for my body that it showed so much of my chest and boobs that I was destined for a peek-a-boo accident.

I decided to sew up the straps myself, taking off 5cms from each strap. It sits better on my body now and looks much more proportionate on me.

It cost me a fraction of the original price, I paid a bit extra for dry cleaning, the fabric is in perfect condition… and I’m sooo happy with it. The silk is simply divine!

As for my long, grey coat

Eeep, isn’t it gorgeous?

I had my eye on this coat, but again, at $300 it was outside my price range.

I was also looking to buy this one.

But in the end, I took a bit of a risk and bought this long, grey coat from Sheinside.

It was amazingly affordable and thus I wasn’t expecting much. If you scroll down on the product page, you might be suckered in (as I was) by all the stunning street style photos of the coat.

Anyway, the coat was utterly perfect for me. I bought the size S, and it fit me across the shoulders, back and arms. Usually I have trouble finding coats for my small frame, but this one was great!

My over the knee boots are a pair from Betts. Amazingly I got them 5 years ago (and reviewed them in this post)! Yet since then, I have always managed to take them out every winter to wear them. That’s pretty great value :)

I put together a few of my shopping finds here for you to browse.

Happy shopping!


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Midweek Shopping Inspo

21 May 2015

Sale Stud Shoes

Stud Shoes!

Sooo, if you don’t mind a bit of “designer inspired style”, I found a few cool shoe finds over at The Iconic.

They are also having a 30% off everything sale TODAY, so you can get the shoes on sale with the code “VOGQ30″.

Diavolina stud shoes here (genuine leather). Heels are $199.95, flats with straps $189.95, flats $169.95.

Billini stud shoes here (leather look upper). Both flats and flats with straps are $79.95.

 

Anine Bing
Anine Bing Tops

I’m a bit in love with the relaxed-cool basics over at Anine Bing.

Her boots, jeans and jackets are lust worthy, but a bit out of my price range.

However, her whole range of tees and tops ARE in my price range…

Linen Tank Top – US$69

Striped Short Sleeve T-Shirt – US$99

Ivory Layered Top – US$169

 

Sale Silk Shirts

Silk Shirts from The Outnet

I spotted some gorgeous silk blend shirts over at The Outnet, at prices that won’t break your bank account.

A silk shirt is perfect for any season and any occasion (maybe not the beach) and is definitely a wardrobe must-have!

Iris and Ink Silk-blend boyfriend shirt – USD $110

Iris and Ink Pleated silk crepe de chine shirt – USD $98

T by Alexander Wang Printed Stretch-silk chiffon shirt – USD $188

Happy Shopping!
xxx


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Running in the cold

15 May 2015

Activewear
Hi everyone! How’d your week go?

I’ve been doing a bit of running in preparation for my 12km running event; fitting in a 5km here and a 10km there.

I’m a bit nervous about the event, even though I know I shouldn’t be. The competitive part in me thinks that I should SMASH all my previous running records, but the sensible part in me thinks I should just have fun, keep fit… and don’t hurt myself :)

Anyway, I want to talk about this jacket.

It’s a thick, fleecy jacket from Jeanswest’s activewear range. I’d say that it’s more of a coat, than a regular sports jacket (which is usually made from a thin and breathable fabric).

What makes this jacket different is that it has a really nice knit texture on the outside, so it looks stylish and versatile enough to wear over other casual wear outfits, like jeans and a t-shirt. It’s also warm, light and soft, so it feels lovely on the skin.

It’s soooo much nicer than the fleecy hiking jacket that I wear (from Mountain Design!), which is not particularly very insulating, nor is it very stylish haha!

Have a fab weekend!

xxx

Wearing:

Knit Fleece Jacket from Jeanswest
Sports Bra from Lululemon
7/8 Leggings from Lorna Jane
New Balance Sneakers from ASOS


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New Hair, New Knit

13 May 2015

Revolution The Label Knit

I got a haircut today and decided to go shorter!

The amazing team at Curi Hair retouched my colour, gave me a trim, a conditioning treament and gave me some curls (with a hair iron).

Even though I absolutely love, love LOVE the fresh length, the healthy texture and the new look of my hair – I still miss having long hair.

There were a few girls at the salon with long, gorgeous, ombre curls, in tortoiseshell browns (just look at the gallery on the Curi Hair Facebook page) and I had pangs of regret and envy haha!

Anyway, I’ll definitely keep my hair at this length for a bit, then I think I’ll start to grow it out after winter.

My new knit is the White Renegade Knit from Revolution The Label, which is still on sale.

Leatherette Pants from Topshop,

Ankle boots by Senso from The Iconic

Saint Laurent Sunglasses from Vision Direct

Bag by ALLDRESSEDUP


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The Ray-Ban Clubmaster

11 May 2015

A few months ago, I shared an exclusive 12% Off Discount Code for SunglassesShop. Well if you missed out last time, here it is again!

Enjoy 12% off your order, including sale items.

Just use this code at the checkout: KARENCHENG12

This code is valid from 11 May – 24 May 2015. They offer free worldwide delivery and no fuss returns.

Ray-Ban ClubMaster

I bought my first Ray-Ban Clubmaster sunglasses a few years ago from Singapore airport.

After a few weeks, I stepped on them (they were in a shopping bag and I accidentally stepped on the bag!) and they were bent out of shape. You could say, the sunglasses and I were crushed.

I put them away, planning to get them fixed, but somehow I lost them. I must’ve placed them in the wrong box during the move to our new house and they have ended up in the bin :(

So… I was super happy to be sent a new pair from SunglassesShop. These are the Ray-Ban Clubmaster sunglasses, Tortoise W0366 Small 49mm ($143.44 with the discount).

Ok here’s a bit history about this style of glasses.

They were originally called Browline Glasses and were first produced by a brand called Shuron Ronsir in 1947. They were popular during the 1950s and 1960s, especially in America. Then by the late 60s-70s, they were pretty unpopular.

They made a come back in the 1980s. It was only in the mid 80s that Ray-Ban created the Clubmaster, which quickly became one of their best selling sunglasses along with the Wayfarer and Aviator styles.

Apparently the style took a dive in the 90s. But in the 2010s with the influence of Madmen the tv show, return to 1950s fashion, and the rise of the hipster subculture, the Browline/Clubmaster style has certainly seen a comeback.

For me, I love wearing them because they are a bit retro, they look a bit quirky, and they don’t dominate my face (like my huge black plastic ones).

Do check out other best seller sunglasses on the site and you might pick up a bargain!

Enjoy xxx


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Weekend Shopping Updates

9 May 2015

Yay it’s good to still see some epic sales on the net!

Shopbop is still going with their Up To 70% Off sale… and I found these amazing, everyday skirts (with XS and petite sizes still available).
Sale Skirts

Theory Prosecco Efersten Skirt – US$177.00 (40% off)

Torn by Ronny Kobo Ronny Skirt – US$89.40 (70% off)

BB Dakota Phinley Pencil Skirt – US$49.00 (30% off)

 

Sale Tees

Can’t go wring with Zoe Karssen tshirts that are 50% off!

Zoe Karssen Satisfaction Tee – was $84.95, now $42.48

Zoe Karssen Basic Boyfriend Tee

Zoe Karssen Bat Short Sleeve Tee – was $84.95, now $42.48

 

Sale Skirts

Cute and chic flare skirts from Chichwish.

La Diva Pleated Maxi Full Skirt – $39.00 (49% off)

Brushing Flowers Pleated Midi Skirt – $42.42 (15% off)

Sing a Love Song Printed Midi Skirt – $46.00 (33% off)

 

Sale Shoes

And some cool and casual flats from Shopbop…

Soludos Zebra Smoking Slippers – US$38.50 (30% off)

Melissa Melissa Jean + Jason Wu Flats – US$73.50 (30% off)

KAANAS Marseille Wedge Espadrilles – US$83.30 (30% off)

Have a fantastic weekend everyone!

Enjoy!

xxx


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Revolution The Label

7 May 2015

Revolution Jumper

Pictured: Revolution the Label Renegade Knit | J.Crew Jeans (also similar here) | The Horse Watch from Surfstitich | Tony Bianco heels from Styletread | Saint Laurent sunglasses from Vision Direct

Revolution The Label is a new label by designer Ben Conroy, offering a tight edit of modern, sleek, simple and minimal designs for women and men.

Yes I know, there are so many new, small, independent designer labels these days! Why and how is this one different?

Well, I have met the designer a few times in the past, albeit briefly, and I have silently followed his label on Facebook. Over the months, I noticed that he and his team often speak about ethical responsibility, getting to know their manufacturers, working under an agreement of fair work and fair pay… It piqued my interest.

I followed a link and found an article written by Ben, who went to Denpasar to interview the owners of the manufacturing company which is used by his label. The owners are a husband and wife team, who have had their business for 10 years, and have had the same staff with them since the beginning…

Here’s an excerpt:

WHAT IS THE OPERATING HOURS OF THE BUSINESS AND HOW DOES THAT AFFECT STAFF AND THEIR PAY?
We all start at 8am and finish at 5pm. If we ever have extra work to complete on schedule some staff will stay back until 8pm but we pay by the hour so anyone who works overtime gets paid extra. The factory shuts down from 12pm – 1pm for lunch break. Everyone eats together outside and plays games, some have sing along and some have a nap in the sun. This hour does not get deducted from their pay.

HOW MANY LABELS DO YOU MANUFACTURE AND HOW DO YOU MANAGE THE WORKLOAD?
Currently we manufacture for 6 labels including REVOLUTION THE LABEL. This is a good amount of work for us now and should we ever loose any business and need more accounts we have a great relationship with all the designers we will let them know to pass on our details to meet with new clients. If I take on more labels and get too greedy, we will have to compromise on the amount of work to get done and we wont be able to deliver the high standard of quality along with the fact my staff will start to become unhappy in the workplace and we very much want to remain happy and be able to deliver the quality.

Read the rest of the interview here…

The interview really stopped me in my tracks!

On an intellectual level, I know about the collapsed garment factory in Bangladesh, I know about exploited factory workers and poor working conditions and I know the importance of being conscious in my fashion choices to support a more sustainable fashion industry.

So I really appreciate Revolution The Label for, not so much educating me, but presenting me with a raw human and emotional connection to fashion. I am much more conscious of it now, and I feel like a richer person for it.

I like a label with a heart, soul and mission.

Plus it has a damn fine looking collection too!

They are currently having an Up to 60% Off Sale, to move along their current stock to make way for their new collection.

I bought a few items and I was super excited that the quality was really amazing for the price! Can’t wait to show them off on my blog!

xxx


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Weekend Shopping Updates

1 May 2015

Sometimes there’s nothing like an Up to 70% Off Sale to get you into the mood for some online shopping haha!

Here’s some stuff that I’m feelin’.

SHOPBOP SALE AW15

Feels: Lazy, comfy, slouchy, lie down on the couch, can’t be bothered ironing, everyday should be a Sunday.

Sundry Stripe Combo Ruched Sleeveless Mini Dress – US$96.60 (30% off)

Velvet Monet Chambray Shirtdress – US$105.00 (30% off)

Sundry Stripe Combo Boat Neck Mini Dress – US$98.00 (30% off)

SHOPBOP SALE AW15

Feels: Need a change, bored, stuck in a rut. 70s boho fringing, 90s backpacks, and 60s mod inspo looks awesome!

Rebecca Minkoff Finn Cross Body Clutch UD$136.50 (30% off)

Reece Hudson Bowery Small Bucket Bag – US$402.50 (30% off)

Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Tote – US$228.00 (30% off)

SHOPBOP SALE AW15

Feels: Fragile, delicate, bored of black and white, bored of jeans and khaki jackets. Some lace in pastel hues hits the spot!

Saylor Lissa Dress – US$207.90 (30% off)

Diane von Furstenberg Martina Lace Dress – US$284 (50% off)

English Factory Lace Mini Dress – US$90 (30% off)


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Shopping For Coats: Budget, High Street, Designer

26 April 2015

A friend of mine were talking about buying coats the other day (and how we manage to have so many black coats?!).

On our wish lists for this season: a grey coat, a tan coloured coat and a blush or beige trench coat.

Fueled by some serious coatspiration, that evening I jumped online and found a whole bunch of great coats to buy!

Budget:

These would easily match everything in my wardrobe. They’d go perfectly with every kind of black + white + grey + navy + beige outfit combination that I wear in the colder months.

Grey Long Sleeve Coat from Sheinside – AU$54.34
Tan Lapel Woolen Coat from Sheinside – AU$53.02

Shopping For Coats: Budget

High Street:

Seeing as I don’t have $2,000 laying around to spend on a Burberry Signature Trench Coat, these are two fab alternatives from ASOS and David Jones. If I bought them, I’d change the buttons to dark brown ones.

Blush Mac from ASOS – AU$128
Pink Classic Trench from David Jones – AU$179

Shopping For Coats: High Street

Designer:

Joseph Cashmere-Blend Coat from Net-a-porter – Soooo beautiful and I’m sure it’ll last me my whole lifetime. But at $948 it’s um, a bit out of my price range at the moment.

Current/Elliott Oversized Trench Coat – Originally $1,785, this gorgeous dove grey coat is now $375 from The Outnet (How good is The Outnet?! Absolutely love that store!)

Shopping For Coats: Luxe

Happy shopping!
xxx


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Hair Style: Going Back To Black

24 April 2015

Hair Colour Change - Back to Black!

After spending a year with brownish hair… I recently decided that it was time for a change.

I coloured my hair back to flat black – against my hair stylist’s opinion.

“Are you sure??” he asked for the third time. “Yes yes, just do it!” I said.

I chose the semi-permanent option, so if I had second thoughts, the colour would fade in 6-8 weeks.

What do I think?

Day 1 – OMG WHAT HAVE I DONE??? I LOOK SOOOOO BAAAADDD!!! I’M SO NOT USED TO IT!!! OH WHY DIDN’T I LISTEN TO MY HAIR STYLIST?!??

Day 2 – AARRRGGH I HAAAAATE IT!!! Who is that woman on the other side of the mirror??

Day 3 – 7 – SIGH. Still hate it. I constantly tie my hair back in a pony tail to hide it. I wash my hair every day to fade the colour.

Day 8 – Hey it’s actually not that bad.

Day 9 onwards – It looks clean, sleek, healthy, fresh, modern. I’m liking it.

Yes, it took some time for me to get used to it.

I like it now. I might even cut my hair shorter next time?


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Add a Dash of Autumn Tan

22 April 2015

Camel Coat

Ok people, apparently the colours tan, camel and brown are back in fashion for the next few seasons.

Let me talk about that for a moment.

In the 1970s, the colour brown was huge. It came back in fashion again in the early 2000s, and it was then I fell in love with the colour and embraced it until… um, half my wardrobe was brown?

I had clothes in tan, camel, coffee, caramel, mocha, cappuccino, and dark chocolate brown. So much dark brown!

Once I got over that phase, I kept a few camel and tan coloured items, but I got rid of everything else.

I really don’t like brown now. I associate it with an older generation and my naive following of a fashion trend. I can’t shake off the feeling. Is it just me?

So I won’t be sporting any brown this season. In fact, I’m going to colour my hair back to black.

I like tan and camel though!

I have kept a camel coloured coat, a tan leather jacket, a tan coloured parka, a shirt, a dress, camel coloured pants and a pencil skirt.

So it’ll be nice to drag them out of storage and add a hint of colour to my daily monochrome palette.

Outfit:

Silk shirt by Equipment, from Forward
Pleasure State Lace Bra from Zodee
Jeans from Nobody Denim (The Iconic)
Booties by Senso (The Iconic),
Camel coat from GAP (which actually belongs to my sister!)
Handbag by Fiorelli (I bought it when I was 17!),
Catarzi hat from ASOS.

 


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Pretty Skirts on a Budget!

17 April 2015

Someone asked me recently… Where can I buy pretty clothes on a budget??

Ah well, I don’t suggest buying tops from a “budget” online shop, as there is a high chance that the quality of the garment will be poor and look cheap.

But big, bright, bold, pretty skirts are much more forgiving!

Dress them up with a sharp blazer, a luxe sweater, a silk tank, gorgeous shoes, a statement handbag and you’ll be good to go.

Here are some super-cute skirts that I found.

(Check out the skirt links then scroll down to see really nice ways to style them!)

Flare Skirts on a Budget
Black and White pleat skirt – $32
Rose Print Flare Skirt – $27

 

Pretty Skirts on a Budget

Blue Midi Skater Skirt – $35
Green Midi Skater Skirt – $20

Pretty Skirts on a Budget

Black Sakura Midi Skirt – $19
White Sakura Midi Skirt – $19

Happy shopping!

xxx

 


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Khaki Jacket and Leather Pleats

14 April 2015

Khaki jacket and leather pleats

Hey hey, how’s everyone going these days?

I’ve been immersed in a variety of SPORTS lately – football, basketball, netball, cycling and running.

I’m practically living in my active wear!

In fact, I’m wearing so much active wear, I can even feel myself leaning towards a moment where I wear my tracksuit pants outside of a sporting context. GASP. Hasn’t happened yet though.

I am, however, wearing sports leggings as pants now, which sounds like a no no… but it’s acceptable when I wear sneakers ok?

Here’s an outfit I wore the other day, which combines my love for sports and fashion – in particular, my Nike sweater with a pleated faux leather skirt.

Khaki Jacket form Jeanswest, Nike sweater from The Iconic, Pleated skirt from Hello Parry, Heels and hat from ASOS, Quilted bag similar here and here.

xxx


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T by Alexander Wang Black Blazer

13 April 2015

Alexander Wang Blazer

I was so lucky to have scored a new Alexander Wang blazer from The Outnet!

I have been looking for a good quality, black, classic style blazer for a looong while now. After a bit of research, I reluctantly accepted that I was going to pay around $250-$300 for one, so it had better be exactly what I wanted.

Originally I looked at SABA, Country Road and Witchery for a simple blazer. But it was really difficult for me to find one in my size, that fit me nicely. I tried on a few and found that either the sleeves were much too long or the shoulders were a bit too small.

The current and popular style at the moment is the “boyfriend, relaxed and loose-fitting look” which is really just a big and baggy style. Honestly, I don’t really like that shapeless style and I don’t think it’s very classic or timeless.

But then I fell in love with this jacket from Anine Bing (which had a slightly relaxed shape), but they didn’t have my size either!

Finally, I stumbled across a clearance sale at The Outnet. And I found this T by Alexander Wang blazer, originally AUD$630 – Aakk!!

I love fashion and clothes and all, but seriously, there’s no way I could justify that much money on one piece of clothing.

It was reduced to AUD$100 – so much less than my initial budget!! So happy!!

It was a bit of a risk, because I bought it without trying it on. But I figured that it was an Alexander Wang item, and I’m sure I could resell it for $200+ on ebay?

Well, it arrived. It fit me perfectly. And I can’t wait to wear and show it off! Yay!

I bought a US Size 0. This style is no longer on sale, but there are a few others (here) from Alexander Wang, Helmet Lang, Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney and J. Crew.


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The Sweater and Pencil Skirt Formula

7 April 2015

Pencil Skirt and Sweater

Let me tell you what I’m big on at the moment… the good old formula: Sweater + Pencil Skirt!

I’m a little excited that the change in weather means it’s now sweater season!

This pairing makes life so much easier when I’m trying to race out the door.

Yesterday I dragged out a whole bunch of sweaters and realised that moths had eaten through 2 of my best sweaters, sigh.

Here are some tips if you’re thinking about buying yourself a new sweater.

1. Over-sized and baggy knits are very “in” at the moment. If you’re a size S, you’re supposed to buy a size M, or even size L if you dare. But I’m not such a big fan of over-lengthened sweater sleeves. I prefer to just wear a sweater with a loose shape, in my size. But whatever floats your boat!

2. A sweater in a neutral colour (black, white, grey or beige) will obviously match more skirts in your wardrobe and therefore guarantee that you’ll wear it for 3-4 seasons. Just keep that in mind when you’re about to buy a very “on trend” colour like forest green, maroon or camel.

3. Knit is important. I love fine wools and cashmere, but realistically I can’t afford to buy luxurious, high quality knits all the time. I find that knit blends with a bit of cashmere still feel lovely against my neck and arms.

4. Get yourself a lint shaver to get rid of any fuzz or pill that might build up on high contact areas. Do a search on ebay and I promise you’ll find one that costs $5 and ships from Hong Kong. It’ll bring new life to your old knits!

Pencil Skirt and Sweater
Wearing: Piper knit sweater (cotton and cashmere blend for $60), Country Road cap, Sportsgirl skirt, Fiorelli handbag (20 years old!), Witchery pointed flats.

Here’s some shopping inspiration for black knit sweaters and pencils skirts. Enjoy!

 


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Sleek New Heels from Tony Bianco

30 March 2015

After much use, my non-leather, Korean-brand, strappy heels have finally worn out and are now unwearable (here’s a picture of me wearing them).

This ankle-strap style is quite common, so I thought it was going to be easy to find a replacement. No such luck.

I spent a few weeks looking for a real leather pair (from any brand!), but for some reason this strappy style makes it difficult for me to find the right size. A size 6 pair was always too big and a size 5 (if there were even any in stock) was always way too small.

Anyway I discovered that Tony Bianco does half sizes… so I went traipsing around town trying to find a store that sells Tony Bianco shoes in a size 5.5. Couldn’t find one!

Finally I just took a gamble and bought myself a lovely pair in size 5.5, called Libby from Styletread Online Shoes (pictured above). They were in the exact colour, style and size that I wanted. Plus it was on 50% off sale – and it still is!

Tony Bianco Heels

They arrived a few days later, they fit me perfectly, they are so comfortable, they feel great to wear and they’re just perfect. I’m so happy with them.

Tony Bianco Shoes

I also had my eye on a lower heel version called Porshar (pictured left – also by Tony Bianco) and a lace up version called Ocean (pictured right and on 40% off sale). But I decided against buying a different style, since I already knew that I would wear my original style to death!

So here’s a time saving suggestion: if you think you might need a pair of heels in half sizes…  Tony Bianco has a nice range, online!


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Building a Stylish Waredrobe: Khaki Jacket

25 March 2015

Khaki Jacket + White

I’ve owned a khaki jacket for years. In fact, I have two khaki jackets, which I wear every year when the weather cools down. I pull them out at the start of Autumn, I wear them through Winter and even through Spring.

Khaki jackets usually describe the casual, “parka” style coat.  They look great with a variety of neutral colours (blacks, denims, grey, whites, navy, patterns) so you can throw them over most outfits and it looks pretty fab. They are great value.

Anyway at the end of last winter I tore a hole in one of my jackets, because I was walking too close to a wire fence! I probably could sew it back up (with a patch?) but I’m lazy and not that great with a needle and thread.

So this jacket (in the photo above) is my new replacement jacket from Jeanwest! It fits a whole lot better. It has a nicer “slimming” look, yet I can still wear a shirt + knit jumper underneath, without looking bulky, like an eskimo.

As I’ve said in the past, building a wardrobe with classic, key pieces is a whole lot of fun, especially when I see the results – that is, the ease in which I can put together a relatively stylish outfit and feel great!

I’m wearing: Jacket from Jeanwest, stripe top from Sportsgirl, shorts from Zara, Ray-Bans from SunglassesShop, Converse Chuck Taylor from SurfStitch.

*Psst, don’t forget that you can get 12% off your total order from SunglassesShop, using the code KAREN12 (including sale items)! Valid until 27 March 2015, including free worldwide delivery and no fuss returns.*

Here are a few related shopping deals I’ve found over the interwebs -

Happy shopping!

xxx


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Ray-Ban Original Wayfarers

20 March 2015

Ray-Ban Wayfarer 2140

I may have found the best place to buy the Original Ray-Ban Wayfarers! It certainly is the best price I’ve seen online so far.

Technically they are called, Ray-Ban 2140 Original Wayfarer, size 50mm (Medium) – AU$156 or US$120.

Other places seem to sell the exact model for AU$200-240.

Sometimes it can be pretty tricky choosing and buying sunglasses online… so here’s a big tip:

I once bought a “Size Small” pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses (with 47mm lens) online, thinking that since I was petite, I should have a small head and face in comparison to everyone else, therefore, I should buy sunglasses in size SMALL right?? Nope. They turned out to be like a child’s sunglasses and looked ridiculous. I had to return them.

So after lots of trail and error, I now know that my sunglasses’ lens size should be around 50mm – 55mm. And this range is the most common sizes for most people’s face.

Ray-Ban Wayfarer 2140

Anyway, the team at Sunglasses Shop (based in the UK) has given me a special discount code for all my readers!

Enjoy 12% off your total order! Including sale items!

Just use the code at the checkout: KAREN12

This code is valid until 27 March 2015. They offer free worldwide delivery and no fuss returns.

This means, if you decide to buy these Wayfarers, it’ll only be AUS$137 (or US$106) all up.

Or you can check out all the other Ray-Ban Wayfarer Designs, including tortoiseshell colours, denim and more.

If Ray-Bans aren’t your style, maybe you’ll find something you like from brands like Celine, Saint Laurent, Mui Mui or Dior.

Oh by the way, here’s another tip if you’re looking for Wayfarer designs. There is a “newer” design called the New Wayfarer 2132, which has a slightly different shape.

Have a fabulous weekend and happy shopping!


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Outfit Planning: Marble and Rose

18 March 2015

Keepsake Marble Dress Flatlay

This weekend, we’re celebrating my husband’s birthday, my son’s 6th birthday and I’m also going out for a Hen’s Party!

I’m thinking that I’ll wear my Keepsake Marble Dress again before the weather cool down. It is an open-backed dress after all.

Obviously I won’t wear this to my 6 year old’s party.

And I don’t fancy this dress being splashed with champagne (and who knows what else) at the Hen’s Party.

So might wear it out to dinner with my husband :)

Keepsake dress from Universal Store, Saint Laurent Bold 1 Sunglasses from Vision Direct, rings from Wanderlust + Co, and pretty pink roses from my garden!


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Checked Love with L’America

12 March 2015

L'America Checked Dress

Look at me!

I know!

I look sooooo “street style” in this photo – I might even pass off as a real fashion blogger! Take note of the urban background, the cropped-off face, and the contained, nonchalant pose ;)

I admit, it’s not quite me.

L'America Checked Dress

Ah this is a bit more familiar: me, back at home, being goofy in front of my studio mirror haha!

Anyway, I bought this L’America gingham dress from David Jones a few weeks ago. L’America is the cool, street wear, sister brand of cult Aussie label, Ellery.

The dress was on clearance sale and had a further 25% off the original 50% off. Or something like that. I think I ended up paying $35 for it? It was originally $150. I can’t seem to find a link to it online, I’m guessing that it was from their last season’s collection. (Oh here it is. But it’s out of stock.)

I stood in the changing room, wearing the dress, thinking: Why is this size 6 on clearance sale? What is wrong with it? There must be something very odd about it, which is why they can’t sell it.

But I absolutely loved it! It was so cool and so cute! Summer style (tick!), off-shoulder (tick!), black and white (tick!), flippy skirt (tick!), short and mini length that’s good for me (tick!). For $35, I couldn’t really go wrong.

Now that I think about it… I have quite a few clothing items with checked patterns. And I’m surprised by how timeless they are. I mean, I have been wearing my checked shirts (red+black shirt and white+black shirt) for years. That must be a good sign.

I put together a whole heap of checked love for you to browse. Hope you find something you like!

 


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Keepsake Mini Marble Dress

6 March 2015

Keepsake Marble Dress

Hey hey, so how much do I look like a trendy kitchen bench top? Or a mortar and pestle set? Haha!

Black and white marbled prints have been very popular this season. I was keen to try out a top or a dress with a marbled print design, as I wanted something a little different to floral or spot prints – which are all I seem to wear these days.

I picked out this Keepsake ‘To The End’ Mini Marble Dress from Universal Store.

Like many of dresses from Keepsake The Label, it is a real standout dress! It is made from a thick poly fabric, which gives the dress a nice structure and unique shape. The dress has a two-layered skirt: a flare skirt on top, which flips around when I walk, and a pencil skirt underneath, which stops it being too revealing.

Keepsake Marble Dress

Although the dress is a ‘mini’ dress, it’s not really mini on me! I’m short! So the hemline is mid-thigh and I believe it sits at a very nice and modest length.

It has a sexy back (!) yet it still looks awkward when I try to twist around and take a snap in the mirror haha. I was afraid that my knickers would ride up and peek out at the back, but I was all good. No unwanted peek-a-boo accidents here.

Jokes aside, the dress was very comfortable to wear. So happy with it!

Keepsake The Label often comes out with very striking designs and prints, and I often find it difficult to choose which one I like best. I actually had my eye on this Keepsake Lace Dress too, but ah, I have too many lace dresses!

 

 


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The Casual Tank Dress

2 March 2015

Casual Tank Dress

I’m currently obsessed with tank dresses!

I was so sick of wearing tees and tanks with shorts one day, that I bought this grey one on impulse from Cotton On. It was originially $19 and with 30% off, I paid $13. I probably wouldn’t have bought it otherwise.

I love LOVE the colour and the fine knit fabric (so soft, no creases!). It was absolutely delicious to wear… but the quality was terrible.

I wore it all day, once. I hand-washed it gently and noticed that it had pilled around the chest area, where my arms came into contact with the dress. I felt so bad and silly for buying something so cheap and so poor in quality!

Sigh. It seems stupid to toss it out now, so I’m going to keep wearing it until it has holes in it… mainly because I do love how easy, casual, effortless, simple it is, yet it has an everyday kind of “polished” feel to it. I still feel a bit dressed up even though I’m wearing sneakers!

In the meantime I’m going to look into buying a better quality one, possibly in an organic cotton, or some other eco and ethical friendly fabric.

Has anyone bought a tank dress from Bassike or Metalicus before? The XS looks a bit baggy?

Here are some other styles that I adore!

Happy shopping!
xxx


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Possibly Not So Nasty

25 February 2015

Have you ever shopped at Nasty Gal before? I haven’t… because the name alone makes me want to run far away!

But I recently bumped into a friend of mine who was wearing this lovely dress and it made me think twice about the site…

Nasty Gal Dress

Pretty huh?

So I popped over to the site and found some nice pieces – a spotty drop-waist dress, lips jumper, turtleneck dress, furry handbag.

And in the mix I found some crazy pieces too… try to spot the Dyspnea Mutha Fluffa Feather Dress!

 

 

Have you bought anything from Nasty Gal before? How’d you go?


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33 Poets from Tu Clothing

23 February 2015

On the weekend, I attended a Chinese New Year Ball and saw in the Year of the Goat with lots of eating, dancing and fireworks!!

This is the dress I wore to the ball – it’s not red, but isn’t it GORGEOUS?!

33 Poets Dress

I found it at a local boutique, Tu Clothing which focuses on West Australian fashion labels, independent designers, as well as popular Australian labels.

The dress is by 33 POETS, by Rebecca Paterson, one of Australia’s leading fashion practitioners in innovative and experimental design. I recognised her name, as she’s had another label (Breathless) and she has participated in various Fashion Weeks.

When I pulled this dress from the rack, I was struck by its beautiful fabric. The sales assistant explained it was “Shibori silk”; Shibori is a technique of Japanese tie-dying. I really wanted to try it on. But when I looked at the garment carefully, it was actually a SKIRT, in Size 10! Four sizes too big for me!

The sales assistant assured me that it was actually a kind of MULTI-WAY DRESS, and it would be fine on me. She did some dressing magic on me… and ta da! It was beautiful!
33 Poets Dress

I was able to borrow the dress for the evening.

This is me, back in my studio. It has some amazing folds, drapes and tucks. The sales assistant tied a few knots in the silk, under the layers, fluffed it up a bit and made it more boofy and Cinderella-like.

It was so pretty to wear :)

33 Poets Dress

This is the dress worn as a skirt. The shape is still beautiful, but it was too big for me around the waist, and it was really long. I had to tie the belt a few times around my waist, and bunch it up behind me for this photo.

The size 10 works as a dress for me, but not as a skirt. I would love to try it in a size 6 – it’d definitely be a front row, show stopper!

33 Poets Dress

And lastly, if you unzip the dress from top to bottom, it turns into a kind of kimono jacket. Looks like a stunning trench coat! You could totally get yourself street-snapped wearing it to a freezing New York Fashion week haha!

Again it was a bit too big for me, and again I’d love to try it in a size 6.

You can find out a bit more information about 33 POETS, their stockists and look at some of their current designs on their 33 POETS Facebook Page.

I know they have quite a lot of their stock at Tu Clothing & Cafe, who are actually having a massive designer clearance at the moment – do check it out!

Tu Clothing
218A William Street,
Northbridge WA

xxx


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Oversized Cardigans For All Seasons

17 February 2015

The weather around here has been a bit crazy lately. One day it’s warm and humid like a tropical country, the next day it’s cold, rainy and windy.

I want to share 2 new cardigans (one for warm weather and one for cool weather) that I’ve picked out for my wardrobe, because it’s always nice to have an oversized cardi to throw over an outfit.

My fashion rule when picking them this time: NO BLACK!

Jackets from FashionJunkee

This Vintage Inspired Boho Fringe Kimono Cardigan from FashionJunkee is quite pretty. I thought that it would be TOO pretty for me, but I like it. The colours are nice and feminine too.

It’s been great to keep the sun off my arms, shoulders and back. It looks great at the beach too.

Jackets from FashionJunkee

I haven’t tried many items with fringing. I just assume that the fringe look would be too boho and hippy looking for me.

But I think it looks quite cool and I might try a fringe skirt or bag next time.

Shorts by One Teaspoon, top by Sacha Drake from CiaoBella, heels by Betts.

Jackets from FashionJunkee

Trying to get away from black and white, this Tribal Cardigan with an Aztec design and warm earthy colours caught my eye.

Ponchos and wraps are popular these days, but since I’m so short and petite, I feel swallowed up by the large amounts of fabric and folds on a poncho.

This is a nice halfway between a poncho and a cardigan. I like the over-sized style, it’s quite different for me.

 

 

Jackets from FashionJunkee

Cardigan is from FashionJunkee, Top from Birdsnest, Shorts by Alice + Olivia, boots by Betts.


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Black and White Stripe Skirt from Modcloth

13 February 2015

Stripe Skirt from ModCloth

Last week I talked about circle skirts, and tested out a white mid length skirt from online shop Hello Parry. This week I want to show off another circle skirt that I bought recently.

It’s called the Stripe It Lucky Skirt from Modcloth.

When I saw the product page, it seemed like it was one of the most popular items on the Modcloth website! There were 250+ reviews and 30+ photos submitted by real customers (of all shapes and sizes) wearing the skirt and looking very happy with it.

I thought it looked really cute and decided to give it a go too. Besides, it was so affordable and it was 20% off (it’s STILL on a 20% off sale!).

Modcloth White Off White

The first thing I noticed about the Modcloth skirt was that it was not white. It’s not bright white, or off white, or WHITE white. It is a cream.

To show you the difference, I placed the skirt on top of this white midi skirt and hung them both over a white door, pictured above.

It did put me off a little. It just means I won’t wear a bright white top with it (which excludes a lot of tops in my wardrobe!).

But once I started wearing the skirt with black tops and coloured tops, the whole white balance of my outfit changes, and the cream actually does look “white” in the end.

I am usually a size XS (waist 63cm). But I ordered a size “S” and it fit perfectly. The waist band has a nice stretch to it, so it is really comfortable to wear. The skirt also has a rib texture to it, but it doesn’t look that bad at all.

Stripe Skirt from ModCloth

I really like this shorter length of skirt, because it suits my petite frame and it makes my legs look a bit longer :)

The shape holds nicely. It doesn’t crease like crazy. It flows and falls nicely. Basically, it’s a nice skirt for everyday wear!

If you’re looking for a new skirt, Modcloth has heaps of super cute styles, retro styles and pretty prints. Check them out here! Most of the skirts are set at a great price, although from experience, you might have to watch out for the sizing by reading other customer’s reviews.

Happy shopping!

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

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


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Going Short

11 February 2015

I have been itching to get my hair cut short (shoulder length) for a loooong time!

But every time I get to the hair salon, I completely chicken out and ask for ” just a trim thanks”.

Hair Cut - Feb 2015

So last week, I rocked up at my regular hair salon (Curi Hair in Subiaco) and finally asked for SHORTISH HAIR.

I also decided that I wanted a digital perm (loose curls), to give my hair a slight curl.

Eeeek I was so nervous! I had absolute faith that my senior hair stylist would do an amazing job, but whether it was the right decision, on my part?!?! My tummy was a wobbling like jelly from the anticipation. I kept thinking – OMG what if I hate it!?!?!

This is my before photo. I had not coloured my hair, or had a hair treatment in 6 weeks. It was in a bit of a mess, it wasn’t styled. I went to the gym and it was overdue for a wash! I really needed to chop all my ends off!
Hair Cut - Feb 2015

And ta da! This is my after shot!

Hair cut - Feb 2015

Yay! It feels fantastic! I love the length! I love the curls at the end!

I haven’t had my hair this short in 13+ years?

Hair Cut - Feb 2015

This is me the day after. I feel so fresh and light.

I’m so so happy with it!


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Midi Skirts For Everyday Wear

5 February 2015

Last week I blogged about my new black sleeveless top from Hello Parry. (Which, I must say, is just perfect for showing off your shoulders, arms and all your hard work from pump class!)

This week I want to share the next item from Hello Parry that I’ve fallen in love with – this Poppy Laser Cut Midi Skirt.

Hello Parry White Skirt

I don’t own very many midi skirts or circle skirts. So it was a refreshing change to my usual dressing.

Circle skirts (or full/flare skirts) were popular in the 50s and usually worn with a net petticoat. The name came about because they were made from a single, circular piece of fabric. They are usually fitted at the waist, giving the wearer an accentuated hourglass shape; hence the style nods to classic ladylike sophistication.

THIS skirt is really good quality and made from a lovely thick, strong, soft, cotton fabric. The pleats are natural and flattering. And there is a tulle netting underneath that keeps the skirt in a flared shape. It’s really pretty! I’m wearing a size XS.

Since the skirt is flared and quite ladylike, I wore a tight crop top and sneakers to keep the outfit, balanced, casual and fun.

Right now, I want to show off how easy it is to wear midi skirts (especially in this circle/flare style) for everyday wear, using typical tops that I find in my wardrobe.

Hello Parry White Skirt

I’m wearing a loose slouchy singlet tank top (from Birdsnest), tucked into the skirt.

I wouldn’t wear a top that is untucked, as I’d lose the shape of my waist and I’d look like a tent.

(Actually I might wear it with an untucked, slouchy sweatshirt in winter.)

And I’m wearing classic, pointed toe, suede pumps to match the ladylike look of the skirt. Mine are by Acne Studios from Forward By Elyse Walker, but there are lots of good quality pumps (that won’t make your feet ache) at reasonable prices over here.

Hello Parry White Skirt

Here I’m wearing the skirt with a $19 slouchy boyfriend tee from Sportsgirl! I tucked it in in a messy way and kept it loose.

The overall outfit, still looks nice, relaxed, not too girly, and a bit polished.

I like the range of midi skirts over at Hello Parry… especially this striped ballerina skirt. And I also have my eye on the striped pencil skirt :)

Hope you’re also inspired to try out a midi skirt! Happy shopping!

xxx

 

 


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Feeling Summery

31 January 2015

Summer Outfit Jan 2014

Before the kids head back to school next week, we squeezed in a trip to the beach (again!) for one last spell of salt and sand.

Usually I wear long-sleeve, button-down shirts to the beach to protect my skin from the sun. But it was so hot and humid, that I decided to lather myself with suncream and wear my off-shoulder top instead.

Honestly I don’t think that my exposed skin cooled me down any more than if I had just brought an umbrella and sat in the shade. However, when we sat in an air conditioned cafe later on for lunch, I was a happy girl indeed.

You can’t really go wrong with floppy white shirt, cut off denim shorts and tan sandals for a summery outfit!

Top from Sportsgirl, shorts are my comfy old favourites from Just Jeans, sandals from Ecco, tote from Jeanswest.

Have a fantastic weekend and happy shopping!


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Hello Parry and Isabel Marant

23 January 2015

Hello Parry and Isabel Marant

I’m so pleased to introduce this online boutique to all my lovely readers!

Hello Parry is an online fashion store featuring some great new styles, with a stylish, understated, cool vibe – which I like a lot!

The store is based in Australia, and they have easy domestic shipping rates and fuss-free, flat-rate International shipping.

Things I like about the shop:

1) Quality for Price

The first question that came to mind was, why would I shop here instead of ASOS, Zalora, or an Asian-based blogshop… where you can buy similar looking dresses for $45 and skirts for $25. Well after checking out a whole stack of Hello Parry clothes, I can say that the quality is FAR better than something you’d buy from those other stores.

The quality matches that of global high street brands like Zara, French Connection and Topshop (sometimes better); but unlike those brands, you don’t have to worry that everyone else will be wearing the same thing as you!

2) I like the styles

Hello Parry stocks a nice range of ‘classic pieces’ with an edge. I like that the styles are ‘young and edgy looking’ but they also are suitable for a bit of grown up, lady-like dressing!

3) I love this top (pictured)!

This sleeveless Obira Layer Top comes in black and white. I wasn’t too sure about it at first, but after wearing it a few times, I’ve decided that it’s fabulous!

The sleeve design comes away from the shoulders, like a racer-back top style, so it looks modern, sleek and sexy. It is slightly textured and a bit like a shell top for office wear (it has similar material to a blazer) so it looks smart, polished and stylish. It also has a bit of structure to it and it keeps its shape, so it is not clingy.

It’s a bit cropped, so if I don’t want to flash my belly button, I just wear something high-waisted with them.

Hello Parry and Isabel Marant

I’ve already worn the top a couple of times so far, and this particular day I wore it to a meeting in the city.

I paired it with a new “investment piece” – this Isabel Marant Ponte Mini Skirt from The Outnet.

Shoes are Senso Rhiannon from The Iconic.

Saint Laurent Bold 1 Sunglasses from Vision Direct

Chain quilted bag from YesStyle.

I have a few more posts about Hello Parry goodies, so stay tuned!

Happy shopping xxx