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Keeping Your Playsuits Classy

28 December 2016

Seed Playsuit

Playsuits have been around for ages, but they are particularly popular this summer!

However, scrolling through my instagram feed and seeing this trend explode before my eyes, I have to say two things:

They don’t suit everybody and it really depends on the style.

Some playsuits are REALLY revealing with super low-cut necklines, completely backless, cropped at the stomach, teeny tiny bits of fabric to cover your chest and no support whatsoever for your boobs.

Sure if you have the confidence, the body, the legs, the boobs, the tan, the skin – them omg girl, go for it!

But if you’re a bit unsure, a bit picky, a bit undecided whether they will suit you (like me) then here are some tips to keep your playsuits classy.

1) Don’t get a tight fitting playsuit. Nothing pretty about an obvious camel toe. Stick to a loose, baggy one with a clinched waist.

2) Try one with longs sleeves. Or off shoulder.

3) Find a pretty colour or pattern! May as well embrace the summer vibe, or else it’ll just look like another one of your many, boring black dresses haha.

4) Make sure you’re comfortable and relaxed with walking and sitting in one. If you’re not, then it’s probably best not to buy it. You don’t want to be fidgeting and pulling on it all day.

Seed Playsuit

I’m wearing an Embroidered Jumpsuit from Seed.

Clave V Tan Handbag from Revolve.

Nude Schutz Cadey Lee Heels from Shopbop.


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Fitness Update: A Bit Too Busy For Exercise

16 December 2016

Stella McCartney Running Top

During the big sales, I picked out an Adidas by Stella McCartney running top from Revolve.

It was on sale, and it was surprisingly cheaper than any of the Nike running gear I had my eye on. (In fact, some of the Stella McCartney pieces are still on sale, even though the “massive” sale events have ended.)

This one is called the Studio Cool Running Top and I actually did something a bit different — I bought a size bigger than my usual size. Mainly because I want to feel relaxed and comfortable during my long runs. Not tight and suffocated.

The top itself feels amazing. It’s smooth, breathable and light. Love the quality!

I also wanted a high neck running top, because even though I put LAYERS and LAYERS of suncream on my face, neck, shoulders, arms and chest before my runs… my chest seems to be the most sensitive to the UV rays and I get more spots on my chest than anywhere else.

Stella McCartney Running Top

But anyway, haha the truth is… it’s the end of the year and I’ve been trying to finish up a whole lot of projects and freelance jobs before Christmas. I’ve been too busy to exercise!

Yes! That old cliche.

In the last couple of weeks, I haven’t been going to any yoga or pump classes. I’ve just gone for a few runs and lifted a few weights in the evening. That’s it.

I’m not stressed or tense. My schedule is just really, really FULL of family events (graduations! class parties! assemblies! parent meetings!), sitting in front of a computer, meetings, hanging out with my husband and kids, house work, and me time (which involves reading or getting pampered).

I’m balancing it all fine. Just have to get back on track once the busy period is over.

Have an amazing weekend everyone!

xxx


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Window Shopping: Playsuits from Seed

15 December 2016

Last week, I walked into a Seed Clothing Store and my eyes popped. I wanted to buy THIS, THAT, THAT and THAT!

They have done so well with their new season designs and have managed to create a collection that set my heart racing :)

I grabbed handfuls of dresses and playsuits and tried them on in the change rooms.

(I’m usually an online shopper, so this was really novel for me!)

Seed SS16 Playsuit
This is the Broderie Jumpsuit in navy. Really good quality, soft lace.

Such cute, cuuuute details. I really wanted to get this one haha.

 

Seed SS16 Playsuit

This is the Flare Sleeved Jumpsuit in white.

Love the flared sleeve. Love the cotton. I kind of wanted this one too.

 

Seed SS16 Playsuit

And this is the Embroidered Jumpsuit in Ice Blue Chambray.

Big sleeves, roomy, comfy, flirty and fun.

It was so well designed; it fit me perfectly across the shoulders, waist and length, and the fabric was lovely and robust.

I loved this one so much that I bought it on the spot!

I tried on a few dresses (ones with pom pom detail), and some embroidered tops too.

It’s definitely worth a look. Happy browsing!


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What I Wore: All Black with White Sneakers

14 December 2016

Wearing Black on Black

On this particular day, I was on my way to my son’s Graduation Assembly. That’s right, my second son will be in HIGH SCHOOL next year!

I didn’t really know what to wear that morning, plus I had a meeting to go to after… so I just wore ALL BLACK. And I threw on a blazer because it was a “formal” occasion.

As I ran out the door, I thought, maybe I should wear some nicer shoes.

You know, make myself look a bit more grown up?

Maybe a pair of pointed toe, mid-heeled, black pumps?

Nah. I was happy with my white hi-tops. I don’t need to look more grown up than I already am, haha.

After all, I have to deal with the fact that MY KIDS ARE GROWING UP!

Wearing:
Alexander Wang blazer (similar)
Sportsgirl tank (similar)
Frame Denim jeans
Ecco Shoes sneakers (similar Converse hi-tops for $100)
Loeffler Randall Medium Rider Bag.


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How to Afford Designer Fashion for Your Wardrobe

13 December 2016

FWRD Dec Sale 25% off

OK ok. I’m not exactly the embodiment of designer living and fashion haha! But I do like to mix up my wardrobe with a few designer items.

A couple of years ago, I decided that I wanted some high-quality, timeless designer pieces that would last me years.

Personally, I’m not rolling in money; we have a mortgage, we have 3 kids, we live off 1.5 incomes. But we’re comfortable, we live a fairly simple life, we love simple pleasures, we save money.

And what is life, if you don’t get to spend a little proportion of your savings on what brings you a bit of joy?

Overseas holidays, fun experiences with the kids, a car upgrade, new gadgets, music concerts, furniture, gym membership, designer fashion… each to their own, right?

So how does one start? How does one afford it?

The short answer:

1) Know what you want. Make a list.
2) Budget and have a separate savings kitty.
3) Ebay is your friend.
4) Keep track of sales from designer boutiques.

I bought my first series of $300+ items from Forward by Elyse Walker (FWRD). Not sponsored, not gifted.

I knew what I wanted, I had saved for it and the item came up on sale. I liked shopping from Forward, because the sales were – quite frankly – UNBELIEVABLE.

 

FWRD Dec Sale 25% off

I bought my Alexander Wang Heels at 60% off, Acne Studios Pumps at 50% off and my Isabel Marant Silk Blouse at 60% off.

I wear them ALL the time. It’s been two years and I’m still super happy I have them in my wardrobe. I’m hoping to get 10+ years from them.

Anyway now, as it turns out… I’m working with FWRD and pleased to let you know about a FWRD Sale Event for Australian residents only.

From 13 – 15 December (3 days only) you can get up to 25% off the entire site by using the code “GIFTFWRD” at the checkout.

(15% off when you spend $750, 20% off when you spend $1000 and 25% off when you spend $1500.)

It’s fantastic for big ticket items. Combine with a friend. Or take advantage of the already “On Sale” items in the store.

Here are a few very popular, cult fashion items that you might have on your designer wishlist!

FWRD Dec 25% Sale

Acne Studios Jensen Booties

Valentino Mini Lock Flap Bag

Aquazzura Sexy Thing Suede Heels

Acne Studios Raya Mohair Sweater

FWRD Dec 25% Sale

Zimmermann Tropicale Antique Romper

Sophia Webster Evangeline Leather Heels

Chloe Drew Leather Bag

Saint Laurent Monogram Clutch

FWRD Dec 25% Sale

Rick Owens Classic Knit Wrap

Proenza Schouler Mini PS11 Classic

Isabel Marant Dicker Leather Booties

Aquazzura Marilyn Suede Heels

Enjoy!


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The Vyshyvanka Dress: Vita Kin and March 11

10 December 2016

Ukrainian designs, patterns and traditional embroidery techniques are HUGE at the moment.

Last year, Ukranian designer Vita Kin became an global sensation as she began to introduce a fresh, modern take on the Vyshyvanka – the traditional Ukranian national costume.

She mixes bright bold colours with a seventies Bohemian feel, uses luxurious fabrics and threads, and she is dedicated to meticulous couture craftsmanship. Her dresses, blouses and skirts can be bought from Matches Fashion, for quite a price!

They are certainly unique, bold and beautiful. Check it out.

Vita Kin Vyshyvanka Dress

Vyshyvanka Dresses by Vita Kin

Vita Kin Vyshyvanka Dress

March 11 is a New York brand which also specialises in creating modern day Vyshyvanka dresses and blouses.

They embrace the spirit of travel experiences, discoveries and memories, drawing inspiration from the lively scenes, sunsets and colours from Mykonos, to Maldives, to Florida. I love that idea!

March 11 clothing can be bought from Net-A-Porter.

Vyshyvanka dresses and blouses by March 11

Vyshyvanka dresses and blouses by March 11.

Vyshyvanka dresses and blouses by March 11

I love these last two, because they have a slightly more modern style.

Honestly, I’m a little wary about modern interpretations on traditional costumes.

As I said, the designs and patterns are bright, bold and very eye catching. I’ve never seen Ukrainian traditional costumes before, so my eyes are immediately drawn to them and I can’t stop staring at the lovely embroidery.

Yet I can’t stop thinking about the history behind them… and how much I DON’T know about the country and culture.

Apparently the origins of vyshyvanka embroidery is centred around spiritual safety. The embroidery was believed to act like a protective charm to that particular area of the body (chest, neck, arms) to ward away evil spirits and bad luck.

Designs, patterns, colours and pictures were all specific to regions and villages too.

Like tartan! Very interesting!

Anyway, my ethnicity is Chinese and when I see old, traditional Chinese costumes… I feel a warm nostalgia mixed with a pang of  awkward, old-fashioned dowdiness.

Yet when I see the Chinese traditional designs being translated into modern fashion and worn around the globe, how do I feel?

Is it an unseemly rip off? Is it poor taste? Is it tacky?

I’m not sure how other people see it, but for me… I feel a bit of pride, knowing that other people from around the world have embraced another culture and (hopefully) made an effort to know a little bit about my cultural heritage.

The world could do a bit more of embracing other cultures.

Global fashion trends move so quickly, especially through social media, that an image can be seen all over the world in an instant. And sometimes a style, or design, or item can lose its original meaning and get lost in the digital translation.

I both love and hate the speed of fashion trends… but at this moment I’m googling Ukrainian Culture, educating myself and discovering a bit about Slavic History… and I feel that little bit connected to a world that I’ve never known.

So if that’s one upshot of modern global fashion design, then I’m all for it :)


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Vegan Candles and Organic Teas for Christmas

9 December 2016

Generics Candles and Tea

Just wanted to give all you fellow Perth Peeps a heads up!

GENERICS Urban Apothecary has launched a special Christmas pop-up store at Enex Perth (Level  2, Hay St Mall Entry).

The shop offers a whole heap of gorgeous vegan soy candles, organic teas, organic perfume oils, vegan lip balms, organic skincare (all handmade here in Perth), gift box ideas, a range of cult green beauty from around the world, and men and women’s designer fashion.

My favourite candle scents are Wild Pear + Freesia, Ring-A-Rosie, Monet’s Garden and Carrot Cake… and have been mentioned on the Huffington Post too.

It may be a cliche, but I simply loooove tea and candles and think they’re the best Chrissy presents ever haha!


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Natural Eyelash Extensions from 4NE1 Korean Beauty

6 December 2016

Brought to you buy 4NE1 Beauty

I’ve been getting (occasional) eyelash extensions for a while now.

I say occasional, because I’ve only ever had them done 4 times… But I know heaps of girlfriends who get them re-filled every 3-4 weeks.

I guess I’ve viewed eyelash extensions to be a lower priority to getting my hair done and getting a facial. Buuuut, I’m beginning to change my mind about them now.

Long, natural eyelashes really do make my face and eyes POP. They are quite easy to manage and clean on a daily basis. And there is no need curl my lashes, or use mascara, or very much eye makeup at all on a daily basis too.

The first time I had eyelash extensions, I went to 4NE1 Korean Beauty and Nail Salon, and I wrote a post about it here.

Then I went to another eyelash place (a lady with a home salon) and had a very mediocre experience. I didn’t get my eyelids burnt off or anything, I just felt that the lashes were not done nicely. They looked a bit messy and they fell off within 1.5 weeks. I didn’t think it was worth the money I spent.

So since then, I’ve been going back to 4NE1, because both their eyelashes and their technique are excellent.

With lots of end of year events, parties, Christmas and New Year coming up – I decided that I’m waaaay too lazy to put on false eyelashes 3-4 times a week. So I went back to get eyelash extensions again and managed to take a snap of my face before and 1.5 hours after.

Eyelash Extensions from 4NE1 Korean Beauty Salon

They looked amazing!

Btw, the ceiling of the shop was RED, which reflected onto my face and it looked like I had a bad sunburn. So I did a bit of colour correction to my face, which made me look weirdly airbrushed!

Once again I’m super happy with them.

And I’ve learnt my lesson… when I find a good thing, I should just stick with it!

Here are the details if you’re keen to give them a go.

4NE1 Korean Beauty and Nail Salon
98 Kooyong Road, Rivervale

They don’t have a website, just a 4NE1 Facebook page with lots of before and after client photos.

I also tried out 4NE1’s Korean Style Eyebrow Tattoo (Semi-Permanent) so do pop over to read my review!


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Finding An Outfit with Sass & Bide

5 December 2016

I mentioned that I was invited to a Swim + Resort Fashion Event last month.

One of the designers featured at the show was one of my all time favourite Aussie labels – Sass & Bide.

Well I was also invited to pick out a Sass & Bide outfit to wear to the event! Eeeeep!

Every time an offer like this happens, I think — Say what? ME? Dorky, yoga pants-wearing, Karen?? Don’t they know how goofy / mumsy / not a typical fashion blogger I am??

Ahh, anyway, I gratefully accepted the offer and I proceeded to tell them how short and small I am. Why? Because I’m an idiot that’s why.

Sass & Bide Resort 16

Ok so I turn up the the Sass & Bide Store at Claremont Quarter, meet the team and we dance around the store picking out items.

Sounds like a champagne-in-hand, Hollywood movie scene right? Nope. It was more like a 5 minute dash, trying to solve a tricky costume problem.

Where did we start? I said, I wanted something SHORT. Because long dresses off the rack, almost NEVER fit me.

(Above) We picked out these gorgeous white shorts called, Hill and Mountains High Waisted Shorts. These were amazing. They fit me perfectly. Loved the texture of the fabric and the embellished detail.

The silk top was called, The Green Gardener. It went really well with the shorts, but was a bit too low and see through for me.

Sass & Bide Resort 16

Next I tried this loose fit top with a very “different” neck line, called Lion Heart.

It was kind of cool (it looks SO COOL on the model on the website), but the chest bit was too low for me and showed my bra. I guess I could have gone without a bra…?

And the shorts were called, Missing You Fitted Shorts. It was ok. It fit me fine, but it just wasn’t front row worthy haha.

Sass & Bide Resort 16

At the last minute, I saw this dress hanging on a spare rack, because someone else had tried it on. I grabbed it and loved it.

This is me in the change rooms!

(I was wearing my own Sass & Bide silk polka dot dress from 3 years ago.)

Sass & Bide Resort 16

So this is what I chose – the Before You Go Bustier Dress.

It was GORGEOUS! Understated yet stunning!

I’m wearing the Size 36 and it fit me perfectly. Loved the fitted bodice and the silky skirt layer.

I had so many compliments and it was such a honour to wear an item from their latest collection!

So much for NOT wearing a long dress haha.

Big, big thanks to the girls from TPFF and Sass & Bide.

xxx


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New Kicks And No Where To Go

3 December 2016

Adidas  x Stella McCartney CC Sonic Sneakers

Last week I nabbed these gorgeous sneakers, from a Shopbop Sale Event (I think the sneakers are still on sale here, but there are no more white ones left).

These are none other than the Adidas by Stella McCartney CC Sonic Sneakers. Eeep, they are so pretty!

They were 40% off so in the end, so they worked out to be the same price (perhaps cheaper) than regular Nike running sneakers.

Yes they are all white.

Yes they are rather impractical.

Yes I will only be wearing them to the gym. Or to run on polished tiled floors with no dirt haha.

I’ve always wanted a pair of all white sneakers and these are definitely an amazing addition to my sneaker collection!


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Swim + Resort Series 2016

30 November 2016

I recently attended the Swim + Resort Series fashion event by the Telstra Perth Fashion Festival and Fashion Council WA.

The event was held at the infamous Bather’s Beach House in Fremantle and showcased swimwear and resort wear by Australian and West Australian designers.

TPFF Swim + Resort Series 2016

I loved it! The vibe, the fashion, the people, the outfits, the sunshine – it was all so different to night time fashion shows, where the atmosphere can get pretty moody and serious.

There was an ABUNDANCE of white dresses, fake tans, body shimmer, legs, legs, legs, bronzed cleavages, sunglasses, white lace, and lace-up gladiator sandals!

TPFF Swim + Resort Series 2016

Lots of beautiful and sexy dresses by Natalie Rolt.

TPFF Swim + Resort Series 2016

Stripes, sequins and gold pants by Sass & Bide.

TPFF Swim + Resort Series 2016

And lots of thought provoking designs and engaging colour schemes by Budgy Smuggler… ha!

It was a fun show. It’s open to the public, so anyone can purchase tickets and see the show, enjoy drinks and watch the sun go down by the beach. Tickets for next year via the TPPF website.


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Fitness Update: New Activewear for Yoga

28 November 2016

Activewear from Revolve

Happy Monday!

I kinda, sorta was accidentally talked into signing up for a $49 unlimited Hot Yoga deal recently. So I’ve been doing hot yoga 3 times a week, and regular yoga once a week.

That’s a lot of yoga. And that’s a lot of sweaty active wear!

I thought I would take advantage of all the online sales and pick up some new activewear.

So.

Black activewear. What do you think? It looks hell boring, I know.

I like the idea of cool, funky, colourful prints… I love seeing other girls wear colourful prints… and I have quite a few brightly coloured items myself. But I think in reality I’m just an all-black kind of girl.

I found some black pieces with different detailing and eeeeek, I’m loving them so much!

Activewear from Revolve

Wearing: Free People Moonshadow Bra and Varley Vincent Compression Tights.

So affordable! Not as luxurious and contouring as Lululemon, but still great to wear.

Do have a peek at the Cyber Monday Sale at Revolve, with additional 20% Off Sale Items + Free Express Shipping. Just use the code CYBER20 at the checkout.

Enjoy your week!

xxx


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What I Wore: Cashmere and Stripes

26 November 2016

Grana Cashmere + Italian Cotton

Just showing off a few details of my outfit from the other day — basically the most comfiest outfit combo ever!

The weather may be warming up, but I find that the mornings, air-conditioning in offices and cars, are all enough to make me throw on a light cardigan to get me places.

Wearing:

Grana Cashmere Longling Cardigan

Grana Stripe Boyfriend Shirt

A.P.C Half Moon Bag from Shopbop

Frame Le Color Skinny Jeans

Black Pointed Flats from Charles and Keith

xxx


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My Weekend Super Stars

25 November 2016

Clare V Bag

With the hot weather well and truly settled in, I’ve pulled out a few of my favourite sandals, including these super cool Raye Slides from Revolve.

Ah toe ring slides. They’re weird looking. But once they’re on your feet, they feel so right and they look pretty cool!

I’ve been wearing them with everything – denim shorts, black cropped pants, a simple, black tank dress! I love high rotation items.

They definitely look much more stylish than my rubber flip flops :)

Clare V Bag

I have been eyeing a tan leather bag for a really long time… and at first I was looking for a tan leather tote.

But I had to be honest with myself, I’d hardly use a big “casual” tote.

Nowadays I zip out the door with my phone, keys, purse, a little beauty case with lip balm + compact and a pair of sunglasses on my head. So these 4-5 items would be rattling around in a cavernous tote, which is a bit silly.

So instead I looked for a bag that could double as a clutch and found this gorgeous Clare V. Fabienne Bag from Revolve.

Clare V Bag

I’ve swooned over Clare Vivier’s bags and clutches for ages. Two of my girlfriends have a Clare V oversized clutch and a Flat Supreme Clutch and the leather is really soft and lovely.

This bag’s leather is just beautiful too and the natural, warm camel colour is divine.

I love the size (not too small!), the cross body length, the structured shape, and the minimal style.

Revolve are having their Black Friday Sale today and offering up to 65% off and free express shipping so pop over to take a peek at the great sales!

(Also wearing  Tularosa x Revolve Amelia Lace Top and Cotton on Shorts.)

Have an amazing weekend!

xxx


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What I Wore: Simple with a bit of Statement

22 November 2016

Aquazzura Heels

I was off to a meeting the other day, and outfit-wise, I was feeling reeeeeally lazy. I threw on a simple and casual top + bottom combo, with a sharp blazer and a structured handbag to make it look smart.

I was going to wear white sneakers, which would have been O-K.

But at the last minute, I decided to throw on some special heels instead – my Aquazzura studded pumps.

Woo hoo statement heels! What a difference it made to my mood!

Aquazzura Heels

Outfit details and shopping links:

Alexander Wang Blazer from The Outnet

Rebecca Minkoff T-Shirt from Shopbop (I bought this tee 5 years ago and I still love it!).

Stretch Denim Skirt by Cotton On.

Michael Kors Selma Bag from Shopbop.

Celine Sunglasses from Vision Direct.

Aquazzura Heels

Lastly, the shoes that changed my mood – these are my Aquazzura Belgravia Lace Up Heels, (link goes to the plain black version), which I scored on a sale!

Shopbop is having a Buy More, Save More Sale from 22 – 29 Nov. Enjoy 15% off orders over $200, or enjoy 20% off orders over $500, or if you’re game, indulge in 25% off orders over $800. Use the code “GOBIG16″ at the checkout! There are some brand and product exclusions, so check out the terms and conditions on the site.

Enjoy browsing or shopping!!


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Grana Cashmere Cardigan and Boyfriend Shirt

21 November 2016

Grana Cashmere + Italian Cotton

Hi everyone!

I’m working with Grana again to show off a few basic (and lovely!) additions to my wardrobe.

I picked out two items.

Longline Cashmere Cardigan in Heather Grey.

I had a long grey cardigan for many years; I bought it from Country Road, it’s 100% wool, I wore it every year (all through Autumn, Winter and Spring), but now it has moth holes in it and I don’t really wear it anymore. I do still wear it out on the weekends or out to buy groceries… but I certainly don’t wear it to meetings or any where I have to look smart or professional.

So I’ve had my eye on replacing it, because as I said, I pulled it out of storage to wear it every year. It was always in high rotation for 9 months of the year. It was definitely a timeless wardrobe piece for me.

Grana Cashmere + Italian Cotton

I don’t have much experience with cashmere. I have a few cotton cashmere blend jumpers, a bamboo cashmere jumper and I have a longhair cashmere cardigan (which is really soft and fluffy).

But what I CAN say about this Grana Cardigan is — OH MY, it’s beeeeautiful!

It’s so refined, luxurious, super soft, not itchy at all, warm, yet lightweight and a bit breathable. It really does say this is a luxurious product.

Grana Cashmere Cardigan

I really like the cuffs too. It’s ribbed and double layered, so there’s a feeling of a superior finish to it – rather than floppy, cuffs that might/warp stretch over time.

The cardigan is not thin or flimsy. And it’s not itchy at all. Wool tends to be a teeny-weeny bit itchy, but it’s bearable. This cashmere is soft and smooth. I’m so happy to wear it against my skin. The knit feels really strong, tight, firm but super soft.

I did a quick search online (um, at Nordstrom and Shopbop) and found some “high end” brands offering something similar. Their price point ranges between $300 – $700. So this Grana one is pretty affordable in comparison.

I’m wearing a size XS, which I chose based on the chest measurement from the info about the garment measurements – very handy. I wish all fashion stores would have individual garment measurements!

The quality is just fantastic and I can’t stop raving about it!

Grana Poplin Cotton Shirt

The other item I chose is the Poplin Boyfriend Shirt, in Blue Stripe.

It’s made from 100% Italian Cotton Poplin – which HONESTLY means nothing to me. I have no idea what that is. It just feels like a man’s business shirt. A really nice, smooth one.

This Poplin Shirt has a lovely roomy, casual and relaxed feel to it. Yet because of the firm cotton, it has a business-like, polished look to it. I really like it! It’s a real classic piece.

I can definitely seeing myself wearing it for years.

(As long I don’t spill coffee on it!)

I measured my chest, compared it to the garment measurements on the site… and chose the closest matching size, which was XXS.

I thought, maybe I could try going two sizes up and go for the BAGGY look… you know, like I just spent the night at my boyfriend’s apartment, and I had nothing to wear so I grab his shirt and wear nothing else underneath — HAHA.

In the end, I just wanted a shirt that DIDN’T make me look fat, so I chose the size with the measurements that fitted me best. Ha!

10% Off Discount Code

Grana has extended the discount code for my readers until the end of December!

You can get 10% off your total order and FREE Shipping, by using the code “KARENxGRANA” at the checkout. Valid until 31 December 2016.

Enjoy!


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Oily Eyelids and Liquid Eyeliner

18 November 2016

Rimmel 24Hour Colour Precise

I have been using liquid eyeliner pens for about 10 years or so.

I’ve tried so many brands in that time!

I prefer liquid eyeliners over pencil eyeliners because, my biggest problem is that I have OILY EYELIDS.

This means my eyeliner tends to transfer to my upper eyelid and smudge off throughout the day. I also find that eye primers and eye bases don’t work for me.

This is what I do to manage my oily eyelids: I apply the eyeliner. I dust my whole eyelid with skin-coloured eyeshadow or powder — but of course, as I sweat throughout the day, the powder wears off, so I’m constantly having to find a mirror and apply powder to my eyelids during the day, and I’m also wiping the black transfer off my eyelids all day too. Haha it’s such as hassle.

I found a few brands that are pretty good: Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel (brush and gel pot is a bit fiddly though), Dior (bit too expensive!), Revlon (pretty good for the price!). They all still smudge after 10 hours, and I manage this by giving my eyelids a dust around the 5-6 hour mark.

Lots of big name brands DON’T work for me; they smudge and transfer after 1 or 2 hours of wear – Clinique, NARS, Sephora, and lots of drugstore brands like Maybelline, L’Oreal, Max Factor, Covergirl to name a few.

ANYWAY – Rimmel sent me a 24 Hour Colour Precise Eyeliner – in black, blue and white.

Of course I had my doubts (because of its low price), but turns out that it’s really good! It has excellent staying power!

This is what I do now: After applying this Rimmel eyeliner and dusting my lids with powder in the morning (say at 8am), my eyes will stay smudge-proof for around 10 hours, till 6pm. So good!

If I’m going out in the evening, I will just clean the top of my eyelids (leaving the eyeliner in place), reapply the eyeliner, reapply the powder, and it’ll last all through the evening.

Then at the end of the evening, a simple wipe of Gentle Eye and Makeup Remover (I use L’Oreal) and the eyeliner comes off REALLY easily. In two swipes! No need to rub again and again and again and again!

It claims to be “24 Hours Wear” but I haven’t tested whether it stays on for 24 hours! Maybe it does?

The tip is softer than usual. A lot of online reviewers say it’s flimsy and crap, but I really like it! It feels like a soft brush tip.

It costs $13.95 from Priceline, but I saw them on 50% OFF at Coles, so I bought two… and put one in a little makeup bag to leave in my car!

I’ve been using this eyeliner for a few months now. I was sent the product as a free sample, but I believe it’s a winner for the great price, and I’m super happy to share!


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What I Wore: Lace, Fur, Bling

12 November 2016

Lace Dress + Fur Clutch

I’ve had quite a few events this week. In fact, I’ve been going out every night of the week….

Monday (Hot Yoga), Tuesday (Hot Yoga), Wednesday (Event), Thursday (Event), Friday (Dinner party).

My dear husband has been THE BEST HUSBAND EVER – as long as I have dinner ready to go, the moment he comes home at 6pm, I can head out the door, he takes the kids to the park, feeds, cleans, helps with homework, puts them to bed and cleans up. What a guy!

Anyway I was determined to wear some of my old dresses to these events.

This is a Petite Lace Dress from ASOS that I bought last year. And can you believe it… it’s still available online, in black. It was brought back into stock by popular demand, several times.

It’s on sale for 45% off and ASOS is having a Click Frenzy Sale with an additional 30% off!

But if you’re looking for a white lace dress, here’s an equally pretty dress.

My faux fur clutch is by London brand Whistles, also from ASOS, but it is no longer available.

My shoes are from Styletread, again they are not available any more, but the flat version and block heel version are on sale.

Enjoy your Saturday!

 

xxx


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What I Wore: Bell Sleeves + Dion Lee

11 November 2016

Flare Sleeves

Last week I went to an event, and I wore a new top, this Shein Contrast Bell Sleeve Top.

I have a few flared-sleeved tops, but none with sleeves THIS FLARED! They are REALLY big! Ridiculous really.

Honestly I see these kind of tops as a temporary trend and know they will be gone in 1-2 seasons. So I’m very reluctant to spend a lot of money on them.

Anyway, recently Shein asked me to pick something from their new collection, which is how I have come to own this top.

Err… and it looks really cool!

It looks SO fun, flirty and unique, that I have to admit that I’m changing my tune now!

I kind of want to wear it every where.

Things I love about it:

I like that it is slightly fitted. Most flared-sleeve items these days are really baggy and I find them too overwhelming for my frame.

I love the simple white with black detail. It instantly goes with any of my black pants, skirt, and jeans in my wardrobe… and it gives my outfit a lovely, modern lift. Personally I wouldn’t wear it with denim shorts, but that’s just me. I’d stick to tailored pants, pencil skirts and cigarette cropped pants.

It fits really well – I’m wearing Size XS.

Not so great things about it:

The price is rather cheap. It’s US$11.

But you know what, the material is ok.

It’s a smooth, stretchy, 95% Polyester 5% Spandex, with a slight shine to it. The stitching is just passable. It’s a teeny-tiny bit see through, but I’wearing a nude strapless bra, so it looks completely fine.

It’s fitted, but it’s also loose in areas. Which is why I tucked it into a skirt.

The sleeves are totally impractical, and just a bit of fashion fun.

So… after wearing this top, I might actually look around for something similar, but in a higher quality.

But having said all that, I was complimented 3-4 times during the night for it!

Also Wearing: Dion Lee Skirt

I also recently bought (from a private, pre-loved, designer online group) this Dion Lee skirt.

I don’t know what the retail price was, but I estimate it was AUD $390 judging from something similar online. I managed to buy it for $50, which was pretty amazing.

Admittedly, from the photos online of the skirt, I didn’t realise the split was so high on the leg. It turns out that the split went all the way up to the waist!

However, being Dion Lee (the Australian master-tailor prodigy) this skirt fell and moved SO well with my body and legs – that there was no danger of any peek-a-boo action… just a very sexy thigh split.

I don’t know if you’ve ever worn something so completely and utterly amazing and well made, that you just walk around, looking down at your clothes thinking – it this for real??!?

That’s what I was doing for most of the evening haha.

I gotta get my hands on another Dion Lee item!

 

Have a great weekend!

xxx


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Celine Baby Audrey Sunglasses: Winner

10 November 2016

Vision Direct - Celine Baby Audrey Giveaway

Hi everyone!

In collaboration with Vision Direct, I’m so pleased to announce the winner of my Celine Baby Audrey Sunglasses: Evelyn S. from ACT, who says she’s been reading my blog for 13 years! Amazing!

A big thank you to everyone who entered. And thank you to everyone who left me a little message :)

I’m hoping to have another awesome giveaway closer to Christmas – so do stick around!


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What I Wore: Summer Lace

8 November 2016

Black + White Summer

These last couple of weeks, I’ve been hiding away in my office – sitting in front of the computer for 4 hours at a time – trying to finish up a zillion projects at once.

(I know I know, it’s not great for my back, shoulders, eyes and my body in general, but hey, what can you do…)

Sometimes it takes a spontaneous text from a girlfriend – “I need cake! You free for a coffee?” – to wake me up from my digital stupor and to force me to step out into the sunshine.

I love my girlfriends!

Black + White Summer

I’m wearing my pretty Tularosa x Revolve Amelia Lace Top , Denim Mid-Rise Shorts from Cotton On, Fabienne Tan Bag by Clare V, suede sandals from Airflex and hat from Sportsgirl (old).

Airfield Block Heels

These are the Bengal Suede Block Heel sandals from Airflex… and they are SO well made and so comfortable.

Sometimes I feel too casual in flat sandals, but too formal in high heeled sandals. So these are a lovely mid-heel pair of sandals, which are in a simple style, sit wonderfully between casual and formal, and are perfect for the hot weather.

They have cushiony padding at the heels and balls of the shoe too, which make it easy for me to wear them all day too.

Plus the heel strap is elasticated, so I just slip them on without any need to fiddle with the buckle – so good.

Looking forward to wearing these more over summer!

xxx


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Lovers + Friends with K. Jacques

4 November 2016

Lovers + Friends Dress

It is definitely dress season here – with the abundance of Spring racing events, perfect sunshine weather for weddings and cocktails, end of year events and then there’s Christmas around the corner!

I absolutely LOVE the dresses from Lovers + Friends and was fortunate enough to pick out this beautiful Taylor Gown courtesy of Revolve Clothing.

I adore the off shoulder detail, the thin shoulder straps, the soft pink, the big flared skirt and the thigh high split!

I think it’s really lovely and a bit different to some of the dresses that are popular at the moment.

I’m wearing a size XS, although I did have to get the length altered to fit me. I think my seamstress took off something like 30cms off the length :)

Lovers + Friends Dress

I’m using my mother’s vintage pearl clutch (I don’t think it’s real pearl) but it’s such a sweet addition to my outfit. It’s a really tiny clutch though. It *just* fits my phone, my lip gloss, my credit card and ONE key!

K Jacques Sandals

I also want to share my latest collaboration with cult French brand K. Jacques (omg!).

I was given the opportunity to create my own stacked heel sandal, to show how easy and flexible their styles can be.

I chose a low heel, because comfort was key for wearing these sandals all day.

I chose the Bergamote Suede Black Leather Sandal because of it’s simple and timeless style.

K Jacques Sandals

Then I requested to swap the Black Suede for a Winter Rose Suede. There are colour swatches on site and the colour matching was pretty spot on.

There are metallic leathers, suede, animal print, snake print, printed suede, smooth, nubuk, in hundreds of colours and patterns. It does get a bit overwhelming, but if you have a clear idea of what you want, then it’s very easy to find it.

If you don’t know what you want, then there are lots of ideas and suggestions on the site and you only need to pop onto instagram and search up the #kjacques tag to see what other people have chosen.

The shoes are handmade in France, using genuine leather uppers and soles from France, Italy or Spain… and the craftsmanship is just divine!

I ordered a size 36 and the fit is snug and perfect. I’m usually a size AUS 5 or 5.5 for sandals.

Do pop over to have a peek at the other higher heel options.

It’s a bit of a splurge, but hey I’m hoping these will last me the rest of my life!

Hope you all have an amazing weekend!

xxx


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Sneak Peek: Self Portrait

3 November 2016

Sneak Peek: Self Portrait

Eeek, I bought the dress! It was on sale! I had a gift voucher!

This is a close up of that gorgeous Self Portrait Dress that I was eyeing online.

It is such a stunning dress, I can’t believe how well made it is and how well it sits on my body. Full review soon :)

(By the way, Shopbop are having a Secret Surprise Sale with over 4000 items marked down, ranging from 25%-40% off, be sure to check it out!)


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Win a pair of Celine Baby Audrey Sunglasses!

2 November 2016

Brought to you by Vision Direct

Vision Direct, Celine Baby Audrey Sunglasses

Exciting news everyone!

In collaboration with Vision Direct, we are celebrating the Spring/Summer season with a giveaway!!

I’m also saying a bit of a thank you to all my readers who have stuck with me over the years. Less and less people are reading blogs these days, but it turns out I still have a strong readership and I just want to give back to you guys – thank yooou!

Vision Direct, Celine Baby Audrey Sunglasses

We’re giving away a pair of Celine Baby Audrey Sunglasses in Black for the lucky winner – woohoo! I chose it! Hope you like it. Don’t worry, you get a brand new pair, not this one :)

I reviewed a pair of Baby Audreys (Havana) on my blog a few months ago, and as I said, they are a fashion classic. I found them to be lightweight, fit perfectly within the area of my face and the lenses are not too large or overwhelming.

They are just gorgeous sunglasses.

Vision Direct, Celine Baby Audrey Sunglasses

The actual product name is Celine CL 41053/S Baby Audrey 807/1E and there are measurements on the product page if you need to check the size.

I also measured the total length of the front of the sunglasses, from outer eye to outer eye is 13.9cm. So you can use that measurement and compare it with your existing sunglasses.

Vision Direct, Celine Baby Audrey Sunglasses

I looooove them and I’m sure you’ll love them too.

 

~ GIVEAWAY is now closed! Thank you!~


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What I Wore: Metallic Pleated Skirt

27 October 2016

Hello Parry Pleated Skirt

Helloooo everyone!

I just wanted to share my latest obsession – this metallic pleated skirt.

Ok I know that’s such a “fashion blogger” thing to say. So maybe I’ll call it My Best Fashion Find for Summer.

The team at Hello Parry recently let me pick out a few items to feature on my blog.

I had been eyeing this skirt for months and so I finally grabbed it, because it’s such a gorgeous colour, it’s fun and feminine, the pleats and the metallic shine make it a statement skirt (but not TOO statement).

Hello Parry Pleated Skirt

Let’s say you have been invited to your niece’s backyard garden birthday party; you think all the women will wear stunning floral dresses… but you’re in the wrong head-space for dressing up, or you’re too busy to find something suitable. Soooo just wear a simple off shoulder top, this pleated skirt, some sandals and you’ll be all set!

THAT’S exactly what I did haha.

The metallic shine, the pleats, the midi length of the skirt were all special enough to transform my look.

And the other day, I was invited to dinner, where I KNEW everyone was going to wear something nice, and seriously, all I wanted to do was wear a black shirt, black jeans, black coat and black boots.

I just swapped the jeans with this skirt and wayhey – an easy peasy, wow outfit and I didn’t even try that hard.

It makes me look “dressed up” without looking TOO dressed up.

Hello Parry Pleated Skirt

In terms of sizing, I’m usually a size AU6 / UK6, and this skirt is a Size 6.

The waist band is quite a firm fit. I wear it high on the skinniest part of my waist and it’s still a tiny bit tight. So while I don’t mind this Size S, I’d probably be happier wearing a Size 8. But I’m not going to return or swap it for a size up.

And because the waist band is a bit tight, the pleats kind of puff out a bit. But it’s not that noticeable.

The fabric is LOVELY – it’s soft to touch, silky satin feel, has a great weight to it and it’s not see through at all.

And I DON’T need to iron it at all – which is simply amazing. I had it folded up 3 times and stuffed into a bag with some other clothes, and I took it out, gave it a shake and it was good to go. Love that so much.

Lots of other brands have released a version of a Metallic Pleated Skirt, such as Gucci, 3.1 Philip Lim, Proenza Schouler, Alice + Olivia and many more… but um… you’ll have to pay $700 and above for those.

Hello Parry also have the skirt in Silver, Black, Champagne Gold and Green.

I have a special code for my readers!

Enjoy 10% off your total order at Hello Parry with the code “karenxhelloparry”.

Expires 15 December 2016

Enjoy!!


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What I Wore: Tularosa x Revolve Lace Nothings

25 October 2016

Lace Top by Tularosa x Revolve

In collaboration with Revolve, I picked out this gorgeous Tularosa x Revolve Amelia Lace Top as my prettiest summer find!

I love how it instantly transforms any bottom – whether it’s blue jeans, black jeans, a pencil skirt, a circle skirt or just plain shorts.

That’s what I want from a new top! I have a wardrobe full of basics and classics… so now I want one or two on-trend items that work with what I have, to keep my look current.

Lace Top by Tularosa x Revolve

I’ve seen these kinds of pretty, off-shoulder, lace or crochet tops for a while now.

They never really appealed to me, because they look like flimsy, lacey nothings that will blow off, or fall off I were to reach across my body to dig into my handbag haha. I’m quite afraid of the old nip slip.

Anyway, I’m glad to tell you that this top feels SO secure. It’s a bodice with a hook fasten (thank god) and a stiff zip.

The bodice wraps very nicely around my bust, over my strapless bra and feels super comfy. I feel very “supported” too. In fact, this top has some mega lifting action happening and all I can say, is hello cleavage!

The lace shoulders/arms have a soft elastic, that feels really nice (not too tight, not too loose)… so the whole top feels very together, if you get what I mean.

I’m usually a Size AU /UK 6 – I’m wearing a Size XS and it fits beautifully!

OK, here’s the good bit!

This lace top, and other items from Tularosa or Lovers+ Friends or Privacy Please are on sale for 20% off.

In fact Revolve is celebrating Spring / Summer with 20% OFF the ENTIRE site + free express shipping.

3 days only! Use the Promo Code “AUEXPRESS” from 10/25 – 10/27/2016.

Enjoy!!


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What I Wore: Stripe Cotton Shirt

21 October 2016

Stripe Shirt

I’m getting a bit bored of the word “busy” as a negative thing… I’m always busy!

I always have lots to do! My schedule is always jam-packed!

And there’s nothing wrong with that haha!

I love it. Really.

I feel so grateful and full in my heart (even though I complain a bit!) that I have such a busy life, full of work, sports, family, and friends.

I’m grateful that I have a house, with floors that need mopping, which I have been putting off for the last 2 days – oops.

I’m grateful that my family has all the clothes we need, including the 3 baskets of laundry that need washing.

I’m grateful that for 362 days in a year I have access to hot water in my house – except for the last 3 days when my hot water system broke.

This weekend we’re off to the West Australian Outback, to stay in a forest cottage at Dryandra Woodland (a nature conservation area) with five other families.

I have to pack the car, pack clothes + bedding, buy food, clean the house, pick up my kids from school, pick my husband up from the airport and then drive down there before sunset!

Hope you have a great weekend!

Wearing:

Striped Cotton Shirt (feels AMAZINGLY lovely and soft!) and White Denim Skirt from Cotton On

Nude Heels by Stuart Wietzman from Shopbop

Crossbody bag by Alexander Wang (black version here)


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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!!

xxx


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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)