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A Bit of Refurb Magic

14 April 2014

Outfit: Refurb Magic

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

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

I wore two of these refurbished goodies the other day.

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

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

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

Outfit: Refurb Magic

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

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

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

Outfit: Refurb Magic

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

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

( 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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Bridesmaids Dresses from White Runway

4 April 2014

A few weeks ago, I was a bridesmaid for my sister’s wedding.

I think my official title and role was “The Chief Bridesmaid” – which sounded a little scary, possibly involving sacrificial animals and tribal initiations.

Thankfully it was a lot simpler than that, just involving pretty dresses.

So part of the Chief Bridesmaid’s job was to help decide WHAT the bridesmaids – just two of us – were going to wear, our earrings, our shoes, our hair, our make up, our nail colours, and our style of eye lashes (I’m not kidding).

Thankfully my sister is not the Bridezilla type. She was very relaxed and easy going about all of it.

For the bridesmaids dresses, she wanted two matching navy dresses, that were flattering, comfortable, gorgeous and something that we could wear again and again.

We chose these two BEAUTIFUL dresses from White Runway – an online shop specialising in bridesmaids dresses, formal evening dresses, cocktail dresses and mother of the bride dresses.

Gah the dresses were sooooo pretty and soooo flattering!

Bridesmaids

This is Rui Hsian and I, posing in our Mikaela dresses and ready to head out the door to do bridesmaidy things.

They are actually by an Australian designer that I adore, Pia Gladys Perey (via White Runway).

I already have several of her dresses – all super soft, super comfortable, stretchy and easy to wear, and all made in her signature slinky, silky fabric that drapes wonderfully.

The fabric didn’t need to be ironed too. I literally just folded up the dress loosely into my luggage, then when I arrived at the hotel, I hung it up for 30 minutes before wearing it, then viola, I was good to go. I also have to add, that they were very affordable, for bridesmaids dresses.

But I think the best thing about my dress is that I can wear it again, out to dinner, out to a function, out to someone else’s wedding. It’s versatile!

If you check out the all the Pia Gladys Perey dresses, you can actually choose a different style of dress, but choose the same colour and fabric. So all your bridesmaids can have a dress that best suits their style and body shape, and be all matching. Very clever!

Bridesmaids
(Photo by Jason Tey)

Our hair and make up was done by local hair and makeup artist, Creations by Kassy.

I cannot begin to describe what a great job she did with our hair, make up, eyes, eye lashes and eye brows (oh wow those brows!).

I took a peek into her makeup kit and almost died with envy. She had all the “best of the best” cult beauty products – from Urban Decay, to Smashbox and classics like MAC, Nars etc etc.

And the three of us (bride and bridesmaids) looked incredible from 7am all the way til evening! My makeup didn’t melt in the sun, or smudge, or go all shiny or oily. I needed a touch up of lippie before dinner, but my face makeup was matte all day. Amazing! What kind of beauty magic do these makeup people use?!

Bride and Bridesmaids
And lastly, here’s another shot of the three of us, in all our girlified glory!

Love and sunshine to you all xxx


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Beauty Review: My SK-II Skin Challenge

26 March 2014

At the start of this year, I was invited by SK-II to embark on a SK-II Skin Challenge… which is really a fancy way of saying “I used their products exclusively for 3 months” :)

So this is how I did just that…

Beauty Review: My SK-II Skin Challenge

1) Everyday after I cleanse my face, I wipe a little bit of Facial Treatment Clear Lotion all over my face, which cleans and smoothens.

I actually had no idea how the lotion works… until I looked it up 20 seconds ago (thank god I have the internet to help me sound brainy!).

The clear lotion contains AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) which exfoliates the skin and in doing so, “erases” fine lines. Making your skin smoother.

2) Then I use the Facial Treatment Essence. This is a cocktail of nutrients for the skin, ensuring that it gets all of the goodness with one application. I find that the essence balances out the skin’s pH, sebum secretions, and moisturises the skin evenly.

I’m a real fan of this essence and I have been using it for years!

While I adore the product and I adore the effect it has on my skin… I honestly think it has the softest whiff of seaweed!

But hey, I’m a woman, I don’t care, it makes my skin glow, so I’m going to keep buying it :)

Beauty Review: My SK-II Skin Challenge

3) Lastly I use the Stempower Cream (a day and night moisturiser), which feels smooth and light on my skin. It has a lovely, light fragrance – not strong nor overbearing.

The results?

Really good! My skin now feels nicely hydrated all the time and my skin tone seems to look clear and even. My cheeks feel a little bit plumper and firmer than before too. I’m pretty happy with the results.

The not so good?

The price. It’s expensive. Not everyone can afford it on a long-term basis!

Conclusion

If I could only buy ONE product, I would choose the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, mainly because I have used it for years and I like the effect it has on my skin.

BUT I would still highly recommend the Stempower Cream to try. And since you can buy the Stempower KIT (which contains the cream, essence and a facial mask)… for the same price as the cream itself, it’s kind of a no brainer – go for the kit and get all three for the price of one. Win!

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Crazy Hat Lady

14 March 2014

Crazy Hat Lady

There’s nothing I love more than heading out in the cool morning (after dropping my kids off at school), getting a whole lot of jobs done, then sitting back in a café, cup of tea in hand, pen and paper in the other hand… for some creative thinking time.

If you ever bump into me, you’d usually see me in this sort of get up. Sweater, shorts, oxfords, and of course, a hat.

I’m always wearing a hat these day! And I’m fast becoming the crazy hat lady around my neck of the woods.

Polka dot sweater from Sportsgirl
White cuff shorts from Zara
Citrus cross body bag by Marc Jacobs from Shopbop
Cream oxfords from Habbot Studios
Hat from Sportsgirl

( 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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My Travel Essentials

11 March 2014

I have some exciting news!

1) My little sister (my ONLY sister) is getting married this weekend and I’ll be one of the bridesmaids!

The wedding will be in Perth, then next week we are going to fly over to Singapore and Malaysia to celebrate with her partner’s family.

2) I’ll be travelling without my husband and kids and I’M A BIT EXCITED! I’ll be able to focus on lots of girly-girly-pretty-pretty wedding things without feeling guilty about ignoring all the man-boys in my life.

But this is all a bit scary for me.

The last time I went away by myself was 3 years ago. I went to a very wintery Denmark for 7 days for a fashion media trip and to attend Copenhagen Fashion Week. I found that packing for such cold weather was quite difficult, especially when trying to fit in all the bulky coats and knits. I had to pack as if I was going on a mission to Mars!

This time around, I’ll be going to a tropical place that I am very familiar with, so packing should be a cinch.

However, the DANGER is that I will be just TOO relaxed about my packing…. And that I won’t have the proper essentials I need for playing the major supporting role in the biggest event of my sister’s life.

So, all my outfits need to be planned (from my bridesmaid’s dress all they way down to what swimsuit I’ll wear at the girl party by the pool), my beauty essentials will need to be packed, shoes, jewellery, cameras, passport… I guess I’ll have to make a packing list.

Travel Essentials

Here are some of my travel essentials… (clockwise from top)

•   Passport, camera, smartphone, watch – of course!
•  Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Perfume – for me to smell nice.
•   L’occitane rose hand cream – for soft hands 24/7.
•   Napoleon Perdis Camera Finish Powder – for keeping my skin matte.
•   Chanel Vitalumiere Makeup with SPF15 – for flawless looking skin.
•   SK-II Stempower Cream – to keep me hydrated and radiant all day.
•   SK-II Skin Signature 3D Redefining Mask – to prep my skin for the big day!
•  Sukin rosehip oil – for sensitive, dry patches on my skin.
•  Chanel Nail lacquer – for manicure touch ups.
•   Bobbi Brown lipstick – for gorgeous colour.
•  Chanel Eyeliner in Noir – for smoky eyes.
•  Clinique Mascara – for thick lashes.
•  Tiffany and Co cosmetics case – to stop things from getting lost in my handbag!

I’m sure I’ll add more to this list… as the days get closer to my departure.

I’m so excited!


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Korean Hair Dresser in Perth: Balayage!

10 March 2014

I’ve been going to a cool Korean Hair Salon in Subiaco, called Curi Hair.

Last year I had a perm, then some hot oil hair treatment… now I finally took the plunge to colour my hair in balayage style.

I was a little nervous about it because… my hair was quite dry from the perm and I knew that it would become even dryer and frizzier after the colour. But I was dying for a change and a fresh new look for my sister’s upcoming wedding.

Korean Hair Dresser in Perth - Balayage

So this is me in the morning, just about to head out the door to my hair appointment.

My hair looks soft and a bit frizzy because I washed my hair the night before and I didn’t blow dry or use any products.

Korean Hair Dresser in Perth - Balayage

I was surprised that the treatment only took 2 and a bit hours.

I should have brought a book, because I spent the 2 hours reading horribly trashy celebrity magazines that made my head hurt. I had a nice cup of tea though.

Korean Hair Dresser in Perth - Balayage

Ta da! I was a bit shocked. It was so light. I’ve never had my hair this light in my whole life.

But I really liked it!!

What do you think? Do I look younger? Do I have to tint my eyebrows now?

Yay for a fresh new hair do!

Their prices are really reasonable.

BALAYAGE starts from $135

FOILS
1/4 head is $45,
1/2 head is $70
Full head of foils is $90

TINT FOIL
1/2 head is $100
Full head is $135

Do check out their Curi Hair Facebook Page for more photo examples and contacts!


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Fred and Ginger in Top Hat

7 March 2014

I recently watched Top Hat, a 1935 musical comedy staring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers… who I didn’t know much about until now.

I didn’t CHOOSE to see this movie. It was forced on me by my husband, who is a fan of “classic” movies. This happens now and again. If I want to snuggle up to him on the couch, the price I often pay is to suffer through a film which is “important to cinema history”… as opposed to “entertaining”. For example, you might like to read my review of Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry.

Thus, I was expecting Top Hat to involve aliens, guns, car chases, zombies, weird humor, or whatever.

But I LOVED IT! It was so cute, funny (in a silly way), and the dancing was lovely. And after I got used to the style, I realized I was watching a romantic comedy-musical that was almost older than my grandmother. But it still worked!

The movie was one of the most popular and successful movies of its time and it broke box office record, grossing $3 million dollars – which was a lot of money back then! It is continually referenced as one of the most stylish films of the 1930s… Hollywood’s “golden” era, when modern glamour was invented.

Fred and Ginger were Hollywood’s top stars in the 30s and 40s and they had such an electric on-screen chemistry that they went on to make a total of 10 movies together. So they were as big as can be, in the world of movies stars, pop music stars, and celebrity icons… but they were not a couple in real life. Top Hat was a movie written specially for them, especially to show off Fred’s amazing dancing.

Even though the movie was in black and white, I was so struck by the interior set designs and of course… the fashion!

Fred and Ginger in Top Hat

Basically I was checking out all the clothes worn by both Fred and Ginger throughout the movie.

But being a girl, I was very taken by this feather dress!

Fred and Ginger in Top Hat

I had to do a bit of interweb digging to find this stunning photo of Ginger Rogers and her dress.

I don’t know who took the original photograph, but by the looks of it, it was a film still portrait taken on set at the RKO Movie studios.

Ginger collaborated with RKO costume designer Bernard Newman to create this blue feather gown. It features a figure-hugging, low back, bias-cut silhouette, which was covered with ostrich feathers. Stunning!

Fred and Ginger in Top Hat

The dress famously dropped feathers everywhere and apparently the feathers floated all over the stage, got caught in Fred’s suit, hair, face and made a huge mess during the dance scene. Yet Ginger insisted on wearing this gown, despite Fred’s and the film crew’s protests. Fred subsequently went on to called her by the nickname, “Feathers”. So cute.

I also discovered that Fred always chose his own wardrobe in movies. He had a signature “casual elegant style” and as a result he was a significant influence in 20th century men’s fashion and often named one of the best-dressed men in the world, and helped established sophisticated “masculine cool”.

At the end, I realised that my husband and I had watched a whole romantic comedy together… without him whining about it!

Well, there you go.

I wonder what other time traveling treasures are out there!


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The Little Black Dress: Always Chic and Always Stylish

5 March 2014

The other night my husband and I went out on a last minute date night. And I mean LAST. MINUTE.

He ran into the room, “Quick we have babysitters, lets GO OUT NOW!”

“What? Where? What are we going to do? Watch a movie? Eat out? I haven’t booked anything.”

“Doesn’t matter, just get dressed NOW!”

“Yeah but I need to dress appropriately, like, what if we decide to go… rock climbing? What do I weeeeeaaaaar???”

“We’re not going rock climbing. Just wear something NICE!?!”

Little Black Dress

So what’s the answer to WHAT DO I WEAR? A little black dress, of course.

It’s the perfect outfit for any nice occasion! It’s always chic and always stylish. I never feel daggy or “badly put together”.

This little black dress is by FashionJunkee, and it’s one of those easy to wear, miracle dresses that hugs and fits in all the right places. It’s made from a thick fabric, which has a good, comfortable stretch to it. It feels like I’m wearing shapewear that pulls me in and helps with my posture.

It has some sheer lace at the top, a sweetheart neckline and cap sleeves. It’s cute as a button. And plus it is really affordable.

My styling notes are pretty straight forward.

I chose big, bold and colourful earrings, to add interest and sparkle. These are from Wanderlust and Co.

Black suede heels from Betts. I could walk all day in these.

Handbag is by Rebecca Minkoff from Shopbop.

And the chair? Well, I took this photo as I was heading out the door and there was all this kid stuff in my photo studio… so I just included it in my pic. I consider it to be a reflection of the reality of my life – surrounded by kids, mess and bright colours!

( 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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Three Modern Classics

21 February 2014

Black Classics

I want to share three modern classic pieces from my wardrobe, that always make me feel fabulous whenever I wear them.

Versatile for work or play and perfect for mixing and matching, these items are wonderfully timeless… so I definitely classify them as my “wardrobe essentials”.

A black silk shirt
A real investment piece, this Isabel Marant silk shirt (from Forward by Elyse Walker) is heavenly. It is a size FR34 and it fits my arm length, body length, across the bust, neck, shoulders… perfectly! The fabric is luxurious silk, which feels, moves and falls like a delicious cloud. There are no pin-tucks, epaulettes, embroidery, shoulder details or print – it is a simple, clean-cut shirt with minimal design. A classic indeed!

A black leather skirt
This a-line, leather skirt is oh-so cool and understated. It’s soft, supple and has a raw edge along the bottom, which I really like. I bought it several years ago from Urban Outfitters. It used to sit on my waist, but I have since lost a bit of weight and it sits on my hips now. I do prefer it to sit on my waist, so I might find someone to alter it.

Black strappy sandals
These are a pretty good, quality pair of non-leather heels by high-street Korean brand Koo (from YesStyle). They were about $70, which I believe is quite affordable for good quality shoes. I purchased them about 2 years ago and I still happily reach for them whenever I want simple sandals to compliment my outfit. I wear them a lot, they are pretty comfortable and I look after them very well. I guess it proves to me, that I don’t *have* to buy leather everything for an item to last.

Building a wardrobe with key classic pieces is a whole lot of fun, especially when I see the results – that is, the ease in which I can put together a stylish outfit and feel fabulous!

Hope this inspires you too!

( 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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Laquila from Vangoh Shoes

18 February 2014

Laquila Sandals from Vangoh Shoes

I picked up a new pair of pretty leather sandals from Vangoh Shoes :)

I was looking for a pair that would “go with everything” and these managed to win the sandal trifecta of style, comfort and quality.

These are called Laquila. It was a tough choice between this pair and this Lystra pair, as they both had a mix of black and nude leather, which I liked.

In the end I chose this design because I prefer wearing sandals with a toe-post (a bit like flip flops!) and they feel a bit more “Mediterranean summer”… especially with a name like Laquila (a city in Italy)!

( 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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Spots and Pink

14 February 2014

Spots and PInk

Where I live, we’ve been having a sweltering heat wave for weeks… and after all, I do live in Australia, so this is not unexpected. But there has just been a nice cool break from the heat… and I’ve been dying to wear my jeans and sweaters again.

In my effort to wear (and feature) more casual and everyday outfits, I have absolutely fallen in love with my monochrome + pink formula. Black, white, grey, then add pink. It’s a bit lazy, but it makes dressing so easy :)

I adored this outfit. I had a smile on my face all day.

And having a pretty, spotty sweater that I can throw onto anything, significantly helped with my cheery smiles.

Outfit details, plus links for shopping:

Spotty jumper from Sportsgirl
White jeans by Fendi
Rose anorak jacket from AL&ALICIA
Nude heels from ASOS
Beige hat from ASOS
Silver leather clutch from Birdsnest
Jewellery from Kailis and Shopbop

Anyway, I hope you have a fun this Valentine’s Day, if you’re into that. We’re not! We’re off camping this weekend, bye!! And the rest of summer is still to be gotten through. I am looking forward to winter already!

( 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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My Morning Beauty Regime This Summer

11 February 2014

Being a mother of 3 young children, I’m pretty busy from the MOMENT I WAKE UP in the mornings. I’m all GO GO GO!

However I always make it a point to have some kind of morning beauty regime, to put on (at least!) a bit of make-up and to make sure I look presentable.

My beauty regime has changed over the years. When my children were newborns, my method was more “slap and dash”.

But nowadays my children are getting a bit older, they can get dressed on their own and pour their own cereal in the morning, so it gives me 10 extra minutes in the morning to look after my skin.

So my regime has settled into a really nice place – and this summer, it is all about hydration and sun protection.

My Morning Beauty Regime This Summer

When I wake up in the morning, I like to use a very simple and gentle cleanser.

I also like to use organic products where I can, and I really like Sukin Organics.

I have bought and tried a LOT their products (facial scrubs, shampoos, body creams, lotions, oils), mainly because they are so affordable and they smell nice. Mind you, some of the products I don’t like or are just not effective for me.

I use the Sukin Foaming Facial Cleanser, it’s really gentle and doesn’t dry out my skin.

It’s not very effective for a deep cleanse, if you’re trying to wash off a full face of makeup. But if you’re just washing off some tinted moisturiser or you’ve just woken up, this is perfect.

My Morning Beauty Regime This Summer

After cleansing, I use the SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion like a toner.

Then apply a few drops of SK-II Facial Treatment Essence all over my face.

And then I use a bit of SK-II Stempower, which is a moisturising cream. The packaging makes it look like a rich, night cream, but it is actually light, smooth and hydrating without being greasy, and can be used for day and night.

For the last 4 weeks, I have been testing out these 3 products together, using them morning and night. In the past, I have used the Facial Treatment Essence and the Clear Lotion before, but this is the first time I am using all 3 products together.

The results have been… great! I don’t know if the impressive result has been a combination of my new year resolutions to exercise more, drink lots of water and eat healthier… but it seems to be working for me – in a very good way.

My skin feels hydrated, it looks clear, seems to have an even skin tone and texture, and my cheeks feel just that little bit firmer and plumper than before. So much so, I actually feel happy to go out of my house with no foundation or concealer on :)

I do use a bit of tinted moisturiser and powder, which leads me onto the next few products in my regime.

My Morning Beauty Regime This Summer

I use Mecca’s In A Good Light, which is a tinted moisturiser with SPF30+. It has a very light and creamy texture that glides nicely over my skin, and leaves my face feeling well hydrated.

It only comes in ONE colour, which I first thought was very strange. I thought that since Mecca was an Australian brand, it would cater more for Caucasian skin tones? But nope, it looks gorgeous on my olive skin colour. It give me a nice sheer coverage and gives me a kind of fresh, healthy and warm glow.

Then I finish off with a bit of Napoleon Perdis Camera Finish Powder all over my face.

That’s it!

Sweet and simple!


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Everyday White Lace

7 February 2014

Everyday White

This past week, my day-to-day life has changed significantly. All my children are in fulltime school and I now *officially* work from home (instead of looking after a child). What a milestone! I’ll be writing a bit more about that soon.

Anyway since I work from home, I will no longer be hanging around all day in my pyjamas, tracksuit pants or my gym clothes! :)

I have adopted a smarter dress code, to keep me in a “at work” mindset. I call this a casual, everyday style, but also polished and on-trend.

Here are some of styling notes for today’s outfit.

  1. I bought a simple, crochet lace tank (on sale!) in crisp white. It’s really girly and feminine, so to balance it out, I chose to wear it with man-ish items like, tailored cuff shorts and a fedora style hat.
  2. To keep it casual, I wore sandals. I could have worn some oxfords, to keep in with the man-ish style.
  3. But I felt that the sandals also lifted the outfit, with its splash of colour.

And here are the outfit details, with links for browsing!

Lace tank from Forever New
White cuff shorts from Zara
Peach leather sandals from Vangoh Shoes
Crossbody handbag from ECCO
Straw fedora, vintage find from London

Have a fantastic weekend everyone!

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

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


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Blush and Pink for the New Season

5 February 2014

Hey everyone!

I have so many new ideas and new pieces to wear, particularly centred around the new season’s hottest colour – pink.

I’m not a fan of pure, baby-girl pink PINK. But I do love soft dusky pinks, nudes and blush.

Worn with whites, blacks and grey marle… light pink tones down the formality of the neutrals and adds a soft glow of warmth and femininity. Much like a gentle blush from rosy cheeks.

I laid out a few possible outfit ideas on my studio floor for a bit of outfit inspiration. Can’t wait to wear them!

Blush Outfit 2

Spotty grey jumper from Sportsgirl
Blush pink tulip skirt from Forever New (old)
Studded white heels from BooHoo
Berkley leather clutch by Michael Kors
Felt hat from ASOS
Watch from Guess
Bracelets from Wanderlust + Co, Sportsgirl

Blush Outfit 1

Silk blouse by Isabel Marant, Forward by Elyse Walker
Black jeans by Vivian Westwood, LuisaViaRoma
Black bowler bag by Marc by Marc Jacobs, similar at Shopbop
Felt hat from ASOS
Leather lace up booties by Nanning, from YesStyle

( 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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Run, run as fast as you can

31 January 2014

Helloooo everyone! How y’all going with your new year fitness goals?

I’ve been running and er… shopping for my running.

Active Wear

Basically I took advantage of the crazy 50-70% off sales and bought some running gear to make my life a bit easier. I mean, if I want to run everyday or alternate day, I should have at least more than one pair of running shorts, am I right?!

So I bought some shorts, a bra top and a 3/4 sleeved running top.

Active Wear

When I first started this running thing, I was quite apathetic towards all the sexy and gimmicky running tops with “mesh panels” and “peek-a-boo cut-outs”.

But I’ve changed my mind! Complete 180! OMG you guys! Tops with mesh panels and proper wicking is a MUST! Tops with a sexy back is also a must! And hey, the more cut-outs the better! The more support and padding the better too!

See, I don’t actually run *just* wearing shorts + bra top.

I wear a running top over the top. Why? Because, it’s terribly difficult to spread suncream all over your back. And um, well, it’s just not so cool to “let it all hang out” in the park for everyone to see. (Says the girl who is posting photos of herself “letting it all hang out” on the internet!)

So with the extra running top, I get really hot and sweaty during my runs. Like really hot. Sometimes I wish it would rain. Or that someone would spray me with water. Or that I could just run through someone’s garden sprinklers, like the park dogs do.

Active Wear

I found this top on the sale rack too. I wanted a very breathable top that covers me up from the sun while running. The shoulder cut outs look a bit weird. But they seem to work at cooling me down. I just hope that I don’t end up with strange tan shapes on my back!

Check out the epic range of Sportswear at The Iconic.

( 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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Stempower Goodness

28 January 2014

SK-II Stempower Kit

Earlier this month, I popped into an SK-II counter to have my skin analysed. My skin results were not great.

So SK-II has provided me with this new Stempower Kit (yipee!) which I will test out and use twice a day for 3 months.

The kits contains the Stempower Moisturiser 50g, Facial Treatment Essence 30 ml and Skin Signature 3D Redefining Mask.

The SK-II Stempower Moisturiser is actually a new product with a new anti-aging formula, and it can now be purchased in this affordable kit. And when I say affordable, I mean… the price of the moisturiser (by itself) is the same as the Stempower Kit!

I’m curious and excited to see how it all works together and I’ll let you how it goes!

Find out more about the SK-II Stempower Kit here.


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A Touch of Blue and Green

19 January 2014

Summer Outfit

So this is what I WISH I was wearing to a casual lunch party at the beach – white, with a touch of blue and green.

I’ve been lusting over this exquisite ostrich feather tank by 3.1 Philip Lim. I suppose it is possible that I’d feel (and look) like a baby chicken with all that fluff on my chest… but the floaty texture and subtle colours are simply divine!

Same goes for these cute, leather sandals… the hint of the blue and green would go perfectly with the goose top and denim. Swoon!

Outfit details:

3.1 Philip Lim top from my-wardrobe
Saint Laurent Sunglasses from Shopbop
Lipstick by Tom Ford
Clare Vivier Clutch from Shopbop
Ksubi shorts from net-a-porter
Nail lacquer by Tom Ford
Laquila Mint Sandals by Vangoh Shoes

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

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The SK-II Skin Analysis Where I Meet Ironman

15 January 2014

I’m already a die-hard fan and regular user of SK-II products, so I’m super pleased to be working with SK-II over the next few months.

I’ll be trialing a few of their products that are new (to me) and letting you know how I go.

But first, I booked myself in to have my skin analysed by the SK-II team, using their Magic Ring Skin Analysis Test Machine, which is available at SK-II counters.

(Now I don’t know about you, but a “Magic Ring Test” sounded pretty daunting and epic to me – like a scene from a Lord of the Rings movie perhaps?)

Actually the Magic Ring test is a machine that takes a high resolution photograph of your skin and then uses some whizz-bang SK-II software analysis thingy to tell you how you rate in certain areas – such as, texture, firmness, wrinkles, radiance and spots.

So I have to admit that I was pretty terrified of finding out about my skin, because I know the results would be baaaad. I had awful, AWFUL acne when I was a teenager, I now get dry patches here and oily patches there, and I probably don’t drink as much water as I should.

But my biggest skin failing… is that I cycle, run and generally spend a lot of time outdoors. And I always have, really. It is probably one of the downsides to living in Australia…. unlimited opportunity to get out in the big outdoors, and soak up all that UV light that does the damage. Well, even though I always use suncream and wear a hat… I know I won’t rate very highly against my Asian sisters who say, work indoors from 9-5pm. SIGH!

So when I saw the machine, I wasn’t terrified anymore. In fact, I couldn’t stop giggling, because when I saw it sitting on the counter…

SK-II Magic Ring Test

I immediately though of this…

SK-II Magic Ring Test

YOU would think of this too if you had young boys! You’d know ALL the super heroes!

What do you think? Possibly my new mascot for firmer and more radiant skin?

SK-II Magic Ring Test

So here I am, having my skin photographed, by putting half my face inside the mask thing. Look at the blue glowing light! So Ironman right??

I was supposed to relax my face and stay still, but the SK-II beauty consultant kept telling me, “No smiling please. No laughing either.”

SK-II Magic Ring Test

Once my photograph was processed, I gasped… because my skin on the screen actually didn’t look that horrific. Not bad for a 30 something, right?

SK-II Magic Ring Test

We delved deeper into the analysis and this photo showed my pigmentations and discolourations. Eeeep!

The machine considered my age, my environment, my ethnicity, whether I was wearing makeup that day, and gave me a kind of skin rating.

Turns out I scored quite low (in a bad way) for firmness, wrinkles, radiance, and spots. For texture I rated average for my age. And overall, I had the skin of a 37 year old. So two years older than my current age. Bleh. Like I said, I wasn’t expecting GOOD results.

But to actually see the result, and the underlying problems, made me determined to see how I can improve my skin care regime.

Of course, I’ll be doing more to keep my skin out of the sun.

Or perhaps I should just wear an Ironman mask everywhere I go? :)


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Hot Oil Treatment for My Hair

12 January 2014

In September last year, I went to a trendy new Korean hair salon in Perth called Curi Hair to get a perm. You can read my blog post about it here.

Well it’s been 4 months since my perm and OMG I FREAKING LOVE IT! It’s so easy to maintain, so easy to look after, so easy to style, and so easy to have great looking hair every single day. I just wash my hair, towel dry, run my fingers through my hair, put a few pumps of hair oil, then spray a bit of hair spray to keep the curls together. No blow drying, no straightening iron, no boofy frizz!

Anyway, the team at Curi Hair suggested that I should have a Japanese Hot Oil Hair Treatment for my hair about now, because the chemicals used for a perm can end up damaging and drying it. Plus this hair treatment is really popular in Asia at the moment, so I was keen to try it out.

Curi Hair - Japanese Hot Oil Treatment

(What I’m wearing: Bec and Bridge tee, colbalt skirt from YesStyle, and leopard print sandals from Vangoh Shoes.)

Curi Hair - Japanese Hot Oil Treatment

So this is before my treatment.

The ends of my hair are reeeally dry and wispy.

Curi Hair - Japanese Hot Oil Treatment

And this is after two hours of washing, steaming, oiling, cups of tea, and browsing magazines about other Korean beauty techniques! My hair looked and felt quite heavy and oiled, until I washed my hair two days later, and then it looked fresh and healthy – yay!

It only took two hours, it was pretty affordable (from $70), especially since I had a senior stylist applying the treatment.

I totally recommend it if you have damaged hair (coloured, balayage, or use straightening irons and blow dryers a lot)!

Check out more details on the Curi Hair Facebook Page.


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Pretty Lace + Rock and Roll

9 January 2014

Lace Shorts by Cameo

This was one of my party outfits during the silly season.

Usually I’m not a huge fan of wearing ultra-feminine, delicate-looking lace. But the combination of bright colour, pretty lace, high-waist and short, angled, leg hems… made these shorts irresistible :)

They are so cute, so sexy, floppy, feminine and fun to wear. It feels like I’m wearing a mini, flare skirt actually… except you don’t have to hold them down when it’s windy.

Lace Shorts by Cameo

Because the shorts were so feminine, I toned them down with a graphic print tee and a structured/tailored item, a blazer.

The black blazer is a new item from Romwe. It’s one of those simple, light-weight blazers, with no lining, so you can wear them in summer.

My necklace is from The Accessory Report. Every time I browse the site, I am so tempted to buy more stuff because it’s all so affordable! Check out their latest products here.

T-shirt is by Zoe Karssen from Shopbop.

Heels are by Korean brand Koo, from YesStyle.

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

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