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Nude Heels by Stuart Weitzman

23 September 2016

Fashion Festival Favourites

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

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

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

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

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

I really liked the fact the shoe had a 90mm heel. I think that a 10mm heel is a “high heel standard” these days. But 90mm heels still look fantastic, they are a more comfortable height and you can wear them for longer periods of time.

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

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

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

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


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What I Wore: Fashion Festival Opening Night

22 September 2016

Telstra Perth Fashion Festival 2016 - What I Wore

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lover Dress

This is what I put together.

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

Diavolina nude, stud heels (bought from here).

Mezi tassel gold earrings (no longer on sale).

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

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

xxx


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TPFF 2016: Opening Night

21 September 2016

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

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

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

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

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

Teltra Perth Fashion Festival 2016 - Opening Night

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

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

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

It was superb!

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

(more…)


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Revolve: New Express Shipping to Australia

20 September 2016

Revolve Australia Sale

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

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

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

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

Enjoy!

xxx


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Silk Shirt Review: Equipment vs Grana

19 September 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Equipment Silk Shirt Vs Grana Silk Shirt

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

Equipment Silk Shirt Vs Grana Silk Shirt

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

Style comparison.

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

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

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

The Grana shirt is slightly shorter.

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

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

Silk comparison.

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

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

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

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

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

Equipment Silk Shirt Vs Grana Silk Shirt

 

Conclusion.

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

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

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

It’s different and it’s BEAUTIFUL!!

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

Equipment Silk Shirt Vs Grana Silk Shirt

10% Discount Anyone?

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

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

EDIT:

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

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

Happy shopping or browsing!!

xxx


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What I’m Wearing: The Flat Mule

14 September 2016

Flat Mules

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Affordable Off Shoulder Dresses from Shein

8 September 2016

Affordable Off Shoulder Dresses from Shein

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

Try some of these Off Shoulder Dresses from Shein.

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

Thankfully these two dresses were great!

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

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

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

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

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

Affordable Off Shoulder Dresses from Shein

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

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

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

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

Affordable Off Shoulder Dresses from Shein

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

It’s VERY good value for AUS $20.

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

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

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

Affordable Off Shoulder Dresses from Shein

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

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

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

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

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

Happy shopping!!

xxx


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What I Wore: Tibi Silk Top

5 September 2016

Tibi Silk Top

Hi everyone!

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

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

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

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

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

Tibi Silk Top

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

xxx


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What I Didn’t Wear: Forever New Rust Dress

31 August 2016

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

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

Forever New Rust Dress

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

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

I realised that — I DIDN’T LOVE IT.

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

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

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

Forever New Rust Dress

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

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

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

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


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Ready for Spring: Lovers + Friends Romper

29 August 2016

Revolve - Lovers + Friends Romper

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

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

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

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

Lovers + Friends Bello Romper

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

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

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

Revolve - Lovers + Friends Romper

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

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

Have a fantastic week!

xxx


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Grana Silk Camisole Tops – My Review

25 August 2016

Grana Testing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Grana Silk Tops Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unfortunately I decided to return this top.

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

Grana Silk Tops Review

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

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

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

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

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

The Size XS fits me perfectly.

The top is lined (double layered).

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

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

I’m trying to wear a bit more colour!

Take home message:

Read the fabric description carefully.

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

Look at the supplied measurements on each individual garment.

10% Discount Anyone?

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

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

Happy shopping or browsing!!

xxx


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What I Wore: Sabe Structured Top

22 August 2016

Hello Parry Sabe Top

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

OK I’m talking tops here.

A good, going out top.

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

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

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

Hello Parry Sabe Top

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

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

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

Hello Parry Sabe Top

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

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

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

Hello Parry Sabe Top

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

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

It also comes in BLACK, which also looks gorgeous.

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

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

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

Just enter the code “karenforhelloparry” at the checkout.

Enjoy!


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

19 August 2016

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

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

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

Shopbop Best Buys Under $100

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

Shopbop Best Buys Under $100

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

Shopbop Best Buys Under $100

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

Happy shopping or browsing!

xxx


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What I Wore: Tassel Red Dress

12 August 2016

Tassel Red Dress

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a fantastic weekend everyone!

Tassel Red Dress

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


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Bobbi Brown Skin Nourishing Glow Foundation

11 August 2016

Bobbi Brown Skin Nourishing Glow Foundation

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bobbi Brown Skin Nourishing Glow Foundation

My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Floral Dress by Privacy Please

8 August 2016

Privacy Please Dress from Revolve

Hi everyone!

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

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

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

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

Privacy Please Dress from Revolve

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

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

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

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

Privacy Please Dress from Revolve

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

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

Too Big Sleeves

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

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

I was super-duper happy with the result.

Privacy Please Dress from Revolve

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

Can’t wait to share!

Have an amazing week!


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Buying Hiking Boots for my Family and Children

5 August 2016

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

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

Hiking Boots

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

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

I was looking at these boots or something like this.

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

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

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

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

A pair of good boots is worth every cent.

On the OTHER HAND.

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

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

Hiking Boots

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Hope this helps!


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Organic Makeup from Generics Shop, Northbridge

1 August 2016

Generics Tea and TMF

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have you tried organic makeup before?

 

Which brands/products have you tried?

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


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How To Look Stylish Wearing a Summer Dress in Winter

29 July 2016

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

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

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

I picked out two summer dresses:

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

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

Here we go!

1) Wear with pants or tights.

How To Look Stylish Wearing A Summer Dresses in Winter

How To Look Stylish Wearing A Summer Dresses in Winter

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

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

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

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

 

2) Wear an oversized jumper.

How To Look Stylish Wearing A Summer Dresses in Winter

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

You wear the dress as a skirt.

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

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

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

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

 

3) Wear a top underneath

How To Look Stylish Wearing A Summer Dresses in Winter

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

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

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

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

How To Look Stylish Wearing A Summer Dresses in Winter

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

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

 

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

How To Look Stylish Wearing A Summer Dresses in Winter

Next dress!

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

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

How To Look Stylish Wearing A Summer Dresses in Winter

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

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

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

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

Layer, layer, layer!

How To Look Stylish Wearing A Summer Dresses in Winter

 

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

How To Look Stylish Wearing A Summer Dresses in Winter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for reading and hope you have a fabulous weekend!

xxx


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What I Wore: Acne Studios Raya Oversized Cardigan

25 July 2016

Acne Studios Oversized Cardigan

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

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

I put on 3kgs while I was away!

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

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

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

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

Acne Studios Oversized Cardigan

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hope you all have a wonderful week!


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

15 July 2016

Floral Dress

Floral prints are definitely a new season trend.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Floral Dress

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

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

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

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

Happy shopping!


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It’s the little things

13 July 2016

Charlotte Olympia Card Holder

I’ve always been careful with my money.

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

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

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

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

Charlotte Olympia Card Holder

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

Which leads me onto my latest purchase.

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

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

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

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

Charlotte Olympia Card Holder

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

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

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

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

Have an amazing week everyone!


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What I Wore: Grey Bustier

6 July 2016

Keepsake Strapless Top from Revolve

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

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

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

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

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

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

Grey Strapless Top by Keepsake, from Revolve

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

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

It looked perfect on me after that :)

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

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

Keepsake Strapless Top from Revolve

Wearing:

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


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A.P.C Half Moon Bag

4 July 2016

Last year, I had a fairly quiet birthday. This year… eeek, I was a little spoilt!

I received a couple of lovely (and adorably thoughtful) gifts from my husband, my kids, friends and my parents.

Aaaand… for myself, behold my birthday splurge!

APC Half Moon Handbag

I got myself an A.P.C Half Moon Bag courtesy of Shopbop.

I’ve actually been a fan of A.P.C (Atelier de Production et de Création) for a long time. I love love LOVE their understated yet feminine style.

I wanted to buy one of their light sweaters a while ago and hunted around for one – which is how I came to know about their Half Moon Bags.

I absolutely adore the shape. I love that it is timeless, understated, simple and casual. It’s not overly expensive, as compared to other designer bags, and it’s a bit more unique and unusual.

I was considering to get the bag in a tan colour. But in the end, I chose the black, because I plan to use it as my everyday small bag.

APC Half Moon Handbag

Already I find it nice and sturdy. It can take a small knock and doesn’t seem to scuff up easily.

It’s just big enough for my purse, phone, keys, tissues and small cosmetics pouch.

It’s just such a lovely bag!


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What I Wore: Tibi Silk Halter

27 June 2016

Tibi Top from Revolve

If you’ve been following me on social media in the last week, you might have noticed that I’m totally crushing this Tibi Silk Top from Revolve. I think I’ve already worn it out 3 times hehe.

Yep so, Tibi is a New York label with a gorgeously clean, modern-pretty, casual-chic style. I am such a big fan of their collections and I drool whenever I see their lookbooks. They are also super-duper, eye-wateringly exxy, which is why I’ve never bought anything by them before.

But Revolve had a few Tibi silk tops on sale (the sale is still on!) and I managed to nab this one for 45% off in size 0. Woohoo!

The silk is just beautiful. It has a slight shine to it and drapes really nicely. It’s much softer and smoother than Equipment silk.

The back is a racerback style, which kind of makes it a bit sporty and sexy. I really like it.

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The top is lined but it still feels really light. And even when I tucked it into my skirt, it still fell in a lovely way.

The Size 0 is a perfect fit on me, as I’m usually a Size AUS/UK 6.

The colour is a warm nude, but it’s called “Terracotta” and looks great against my skin! I thought it would look weird and washed out. So happy that it worked out.

Wearing:
Tibi silk top (fromRevolve)
Lace Skirt, similar ones here
Whistles Fur clutch from ASOS
Casey Lee Nude Heels by Schutz (from Shopbop)

Tibia Top from Revolve

So… now I’m a bit obsessed and currently hunting around for other silk racerback tops. By any chance, has anyone bought a silk top from Grana before? In particular their Silk Racerback Camisoles?

I have a 10% discount code is you’re keen to buy. Just use this link, create an account and they’ll automatically send you the 10% discount code. I’ve been keen to buy one (only $42 for a silk tank?!) but I can’t find a nice colour in my size. Maybe I’ll just start off with a black racerback one?


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My First Grown Up Purse from Tory Burch

23 June 2016

Tory Burch Purse

Tory Burch Wallet in the Saffiano Envelope Continental style.

As a birthday present to myself, I finally got myself a “proper” purse!!

I say that because I have always liked to have “fun” purses.  I liked the idea of having a serious, stylish black handbag and pulling out a crazy, fun purse or wallet.

My previous purse was a Country Road, crinkled silver leather purse, which I bought for $33 in a clearance pile. Very fun right? Unfortunately, after a few months of use, the zip stopper broke off. I had to sew up the end, so the zip wouldn’t fall off its tracks. After that it lasted me YEARS!

My purse before that, was a bright orange purse. Very fun.

However, I spilled some hand cream in my handbag and it went all over the orange leather and I couldn’t get the blotchy stain out. It looked pretty yucky for a while and not so fun haha.

Anyway, I don’t know about you, but my purses ALWAYS get bashed and gross after a few years of being handled so often. Even after cleaning my leather with proper cleaning stuff, they still look bad. The corners scuff up and sometimes the flaps get dog-eared.

Do other people experience this??

I’m not a particularly dirty person… I always clean my hands, I always look after my things, I don’t have drinks near my leather goods, I don’t place my leathers on surfaces, I don’t ever let my kids touch my purse… so I guess it’s just the general handling of the leather right?

So knowing that my purse is going to look like crap in 1-2 years, I don’t like to spend too much on a purse.

Tory Burch Purse

Buuuuut, I thought I wold try a purse with a different sort of leather this time.

Last year, I bought this Michael Kors Selma handbag in saffiano leather and I was really delighted by how durable, robust and lasting it looked. It was enough to convince me to try to buy a new purse.

The saffiano leather on this Tory Burch Envelope Wallet is amazing. It is slightly textured and seems to look like brand new every time I pull it out of my handbag.

I am the first to admit that it’s not very “fun” and it may be construed as “boring”… but I’m thinking more along the lines of “grown up and lady like” haha.

Besides… I love that it doesn’t show any finger prints, water marks, sweat, slight dirt stains, scratches, bumps – nothing! Nothing boring about that.

I completely recommend it for now. And I’ll let you know how I go in 1-2 years :)


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Wearing: Celine Baby Audrey Sunglasses

19 June 2016

Brought to you by Vision Direct

Celine Sunglasses

With my birthday coming up, I was so so soooo pleased to work with Vision Direct for this blog post.

I picked out my ultimate sunglasses – the ones I have been lusting over for years – the Celine Baby Audrey Sunglasses.

Named after Audrey Hepburn and the glasses she wore in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s, these sunglasses are definitely a fashion classic.

My biggest dilemma was to choose between the “Audrey” sunglasses or smaller “Baby Audrey” sunglasses.

(I know, talk about first world problems?!)

I did a google search for “Audrey vs Baby Audrey Sunglasses” and I came across this YouTube video, which funnily enough, happened to be by Vision Direct, but they didn’t actually ask me to link to it or anything, it was just part of my own research for trying to decide which ones to buy.

Anyway, it was such a great review video because the lady showed a side by side comparison of the two sunglasses, as well as putting both on her face, one after the other. So because of this video, I decided to choose the Baby Audrey ones.

Celine Sunglasses

I picked the Celine Baby Audrey with a Havana frame and Grey Green lens. The actual product name is Celine CL 41053/S Baby Audrey 05D/1E.

I decided not to choose black, because I already have a few sunglasses in black.

And I DEFINITELY made the right decision.

These sunglasses were surprisingly light weight, so they don’t hurt my face and nose after wearing them for a long time.

They fit perfectly within my the area of my face, so they are not too large and too overwhelming.

They do leave a little impression on my nose, but honesty, my Ray-Ban Wayfarers give me a more noticeable mark on my nose.

In terms of price, they are selling at Vision Direct on the cheaper end of the scale for that style. I’ve seen it online at David Jones for $450 and other places for $395 – $475. I actually saw one going for $298… but I’ve never heard of that shop before.

Vision Direct have a 100-day return policy, and I’ve actually bought from this site before, returned and swapped for a larger size, with no dramas and they have excellent customer service and communication.

Yay I’m super happy with my new shades. Let’s hope I don’t sit on them!

Celine Sunglasses

Wearing:

Celine Baby Audrey Sunglasses
Tibi Silk Cami
Frame Denim jeans (They fit so well!!)
Tony Bianco heels (Lyla)
Michael Kors handbag (Selma Stud)


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My Birthday Wishlist!

16 June 2016

Ah ha, so my birthday is coming up… and my 3 sons asked me what birthday gift would I like?

I told them it has to be – Something simple and thoughtful. Something that THEY think I would like.

So they came up with a few ideas which were all VERY cute, very sweet and very much a reflection of all our “in jokes” and our common interests. I approved them and they were very relieved that I liked their ideas. I’ll share pictures of them when I receive them!

Anyway it got me thinking about other great gift ideas, and I came up with a list.

Yes these are things I would like, but they are such cool gift ideas, that I might get them as Christmas gifts for my girlfriends? Am I mad?

Camera Bags Rebecca Minkoff and Shaffer

For YEARS I have looked for a stylish camera bag (for my huge DSLR), and I have resolved that they don’t exist and I’ll never have one that I’d be happy with.

But isn’t it funny now – digital cameras have become smaller in size and now there are these super cute and super versatile bags for sale. These two look beautiful! And they could both double up as a regular handbag.

Left: Rebecca Minkoff Camera Bag –  I’m liking the little metal detail.

Right: Shaffer Camera Bag – I think I like this plain, slouchy, understated look more.

Novelty Keyrings from Shopbop

Ok so I love a bit of novelty. Especially novelty leather bag charms!

These are so cute, cool and weird that I would love all of them haha.

Kate Spade Keychain – Bananas! Just adorable. Would love to have these on dangling on my black handbag.

Kate Spade Keychain – Passion Fruit Drink. I really like this one because it looks more like a healthy smoothie than a cocktail. And y’all know I like my smoothies.

Iphoria Bag Charm – Bomb. Very cool, but a bit abstract. You have to do a double take. And you might get flagged as a security risk if you talk about your “bomb” haha.

Novelty Keyrings from Shopbop

When my youngest boy, Liam was a newborn, my other two boys and I (at the time they were 6 and 4 years old) went shopping to buy Liam a little toy gift. We chose a soft, dangly lion with a musical bell, because “Lion” was very similar to “Liam”.

So now whenever I see toy lion charms, I always get a bit warm and fuzzy in my heart and I think of all my boys.

Anyway, I spotted this Lion charm and found a few other cute animal bag charms that I felt I had a connection with too. Ok this is all getting a bit too lovey and cheesy.

Tory Burch Bag Charm – Cute lion!

Kate Spade Keychain – Turtle. I used to be a scuba diver and I have an insanely soft spot for turtles.

Kate Spade Keychain – Parrot. Love this vibrant red colour and it reminds me of tropical jungles. (I am from a tropical island. But my tropical island didn’t have red parrots. Just red crabs haha!)

Having said all this, I would much prefer my boys to get me a gift from their heart, and as much lovey cheese as possible.

(Oh and for my birthday, my husband is taking me on an overseas holiday! But it’s a family holiday, so I don’t think it counts. More about that soon…) 


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What I Wore: Hello Parry Cardigan

15 June 2016

Hello Parry Coatigan

Hi everyone!

My home studio is officially out of commission for a while, because I’m using the room as temporary luggage storage (that’s another story).

So I cleaned up a wall at the back of my house (it was sooo much effort!) to take my outfit snaps before I head out each day. The result was quite nice! However 2 cm more to the right and you would have seen my laundry rack full of pillow cases – so fashionable!

My Cardigan

I recently picked up this Katina Black Coatigan from Hello Parry.

Haha if you see me in real life or follow my snapchat (@heykarencheng) you would have noticed that I’ve been wearing it almost every day now. It’s a bit embarrassing.

It’s so so soooo soft, thick, warm, snuggly, smooth (not scratchy), it doesn’t look cheap and it is not at all heavy like a typical wool cardigan. It is also roomy enough for me to wear one layer or three layers.

The most important thing for me: The sleeves are shorter than usual knits. If I have my arms down by my side, the sleeves sit perfectly on my wrists. If I have my arms bent, at a table (eating), or at the computer, the sleeves sit about 5 cm above my wrists. This is perfect for wearing a watch or bangles.

I’ve never had a jumper or thick cardigan like that before. Most of my knitwear are from Country Road or Witchery and the sleeves are really long. If the knit is THICK, I have to roll up the sleeves and they are really bulky at my wrists. So when I do wear watches or bangles, my wrists are really bulky.

This Hello Parry cardigan is so so good!

The cardigan is 80% polyamide, 15% nylon and %5 mohair. It has been exclusively designed in Australia by the Hello Parry team, and made in China with high quality manufacturing standards.

Quality wise, it definitely matches the high street labels like Country Road and Witchery.

Discount Code!

Anyway, I have a 15% off everything code to share with you all!

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

Just enter the code “karenforhelloparry” at the checkout, enjoy!

Hello Parry Cardigan
Wearing:
Hello Parry Cardigan
Isabel Marant Silk Shirt
Frame Denim ripped jeans
Ecco Leather Handbag
Tony Bianco heels
Celine Baby Audrey Sunglasses


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What I Wore: Grey on Grey on Grey

10 June 2016

Grey on Grey

Over the last few months, I’ve been having a splendid time digging deep into my wardrobe and discovering lots of clothes I’ve forgotten about!

So. Let’s get started with Karen’s El-Cheapo Fashion Tips shall we?

Grey is pretty much the hero colour for this new season. Grey on grey on grey.

The trick is: Pull out all your old grey items and wear them together to feel like a super trendy person!

Grey Shirt

I bought this Ben Sherman Women’s Shirt about 4 years ago (worn here, with er… bikinis). It has a really flattering cut and it fits me perfectly.

The reason I don’t wear it often, is that the buttons are a little small for the button holes… so the buttons pop open whenever I move too much. I’ll be paying for my groceries and POP, hello girls!

I have been meaning to change the buttons, but seriously, who has time for that? Instead I try to wear the flattest bra I can – or a crop top – so I don’t get caught flashing the school headmaster.

Oh the shirt also has these big cuffs, which I have always rolled up.

It turns out that big cuffs are “in” now; and while I took a photo of myself looking very trendy here… after trying to drive a car and eat lunch with floppy cuffs, I decided they weren’t for me and rolled up the sleeves again.

I can’t seem to find any Ben Sherman shirts for women anymore, I guess they’ve just stuck to making men’s shirts.

Grey Jeans

My grey jeans are Super Skinnies from Jeanswest, also bought years ago, so they are no longer available.

They are really similar to these mid-rise CK Jeans, which are on 15% off sale at the moment, (with an extra 30% off if you use the site code).

The reason I don’t wear these jeans very often is because I once washed them with “eco-friendly” washing powder and they came out with blotchy stains on them. I was so annoyed! You can see some blotches in the photo, on my hips. I know, they don’t look that bad. They look like a cool vintage acid wash, right?

Off White Handbag

I think I’ve already mentioned that my Alexander Wang Marion bag was a preloved item I bought from a private sale.

I saw one on clearance sale at SSense and then I saw a black one on sale at Shopbop a couple of weeks back, but now I can’t seem to find any Marion style bags online anymore?!

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It’s this season’s greatest accessory. Be sure to photograph yourself in front of a greyish background. Here’s some inter web inspo just for you.

Enjoy your weekend and enjoy your greys! ;)

xxx