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Isabel Marant Etoile Naomi Skirt Review

8 October 2018

Isabel Marant Etoile Naomi Skirt

I’ve had a designer crush on Isabel Marant for years! I love her brand’s effortless boho vibe and Parisian chic style. It’s a little eclectic, a little arty and a little rough around the edges.

But let’s be honest, her pieces are expensive and the only time I’ve bought her items are from clearance sales, outlet sites, private groups, or eBay.

I do have a few of her pieces that I’ve collected over the years, namely, a black silk shirt, a black mini skirt, a grey wool coat, a black dress, black flats and tan boots. All bought on sale. All worn many times over. All amazing quality that will no doubt last me many, many more years.

Courtesy of Shopbop, I was able to try out this gorgeous Naomi Skirt, from Isabel Marant’s Fall Winter 2018 Collection released around June 2018, which is described as a “clash of leather, print, embroidery and retro-sporty that glides into Fall.”

It is a ruffled mini skirt, with smocked waist and embroidered detail in a Broderie Anglaise style.

It is 100% cotton, and is voile (French for veil) which is a super soft, light, delicate cotton and slightly sheer.

It’s less of a wardrobe essential (like my other pieces) and I see it to be more of a statement piece to be worn with basics like a tee or plain shirt.

Isabel Marant Etoile Naomi Skirt

I love the deep red colour and the floral pattern. It has an arty and vintage feel to it. And I think that’s what Isabel Marant was going for with this fabric.

In the photo on the website, the red looks a little washed out, but it’s very vibrant in real life.

I also love the shirred waist, which means I can wear it high or low on my waist and hips. I prefer to wear my skirts slightly higher than usual, so my legs look longer. And that option is not usually available for normal skirts – can’t exactly roll up a denim skirt at the waist!

I’m wearing a Size 34 (all my IM clothes are size 34) and it fits perfectly and comfortably for me.

It is flouncy, unique, and it is a gorgeous addition to my wardrobe!

Isabel Marant Etoile Naomi Skirt

A few people asked me whether I could wear it as a top?

The answer is yes, it fits me as a top!

But in this photo, I feel like a 20 year old girl going clubbing haha. A bit awkward, cute and not very elegant. Maybe it’d look ok with a blazer. Anyway I won’t be wearing it like this. Plus it could stretch out all the smocking.

Can’t wait to wear it more once the weather warms up!

xxx


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Petite Watch from Daniel Wellington

4 October 2018

Daniel Wellington Petite Watch

In collaboration with Daniel Wellington, I’m sharing my pick of petite sized watches from their collection and what I love to do in my free time.

I actually shared this a few weeks ago on my Instagram account, but since the code is still valid for this month, I thought I’d share it again on my blog, in case you don’t follow me on social media.

I’ve been doing lots of sketching! I love it!

I cracked open my charcoal box, found a whole lot of little bits of drawing mediums and started experimenting again. It was so much fun and so relaxing. I wish I could set aside time (and space) to do more of it.

As for the watch, this is a Classic Petite Size (28mm) and it is perfect if your wrist is on the small side (like mine) and if you want a watch that is LESS chunky.

Daniel Wellington Discount Code

If you’re keen to buy yourself a Daniel Wellington watch (or as a gift to someone else), please use my exclusive code “KCXCW” for 15% off your whole order, valid until 30 October.

A Classic Petite watch with a 28mm case size, with a leather strap are a little more affordable than the other sizes (32mm, 36mm and 40mm), so this watch would be AUD $169 – which is excellent value for a good quality watch.

Enjoy!


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My Sale Picks from Shopbop

25 September 2018

Hey hey! Shopbop are having their biggest sale of the year right now!

It’s only open to Loyalty Members today, but it’s super simple and free to join in, just sign up here with your email to get early access to the sale, birthday discounts, mystery discounts and more.

You can enjoy:
20% off orders under $500
25% off orders of $500 or more
Use Promotion Code: STOCKUP18

Sale ends: 29th September 2018 11:59 PST

(Just watch out, as some brands are excluded. All items noted with “Key Style” label are included in the sale.)

These are my top picks from the sale…

Shopbop Stock Up Sale

SUNDRY Boy Tee – A grey graphic tee that doesn’t look so try hard.

A.P.C. Half Moon Bag – I have this bag and I love it!

Elizabeth Cole Linden Earrings – So drama.

Alexander Wang Rina Slingback Heels – Yikes. I need these.

Edition10 Satin Skirt – Lovely burgundy colour. I’m totally lusting after this skirt!

 

Shopbop Stock Up Sale

Les Girls, Les Boys T-Shirt – I have this tee and I wear it all. The. Time.

Cult Gaia Bamboo Circle Bag – The coolest bag ever. I use it as a clutch though.

BaubleBar Torrie Resin Hoop Earrings – On trend. But not over the top.

Levi’s Wedgie Straight Jeans – These look sooo good!

Happy shopping and I hope you find find something you like!

xxx


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Hello Colour My Old Friend

18 September 2018

Ale by Alessandra

It’s about time I started to wear a bit more colour!

When I saw this print, I knew I had to have this dress. I loved the pink + red colour combo… and everything about it screamed spring celebrations. Colour! Flowers! Ruffles!

The dress is the Miranda Dress by Ale by Alessandra via Revolve.

The brand has a “Brazil-bohemia meets Malibu chic” kind of feel, featuring lots of colourful resort-style wear.

The print comes in two other dress styles: the Xiomara Dress, the Marcella Dress (on sale) and a Carmela Blouse.

The fit of the dress was a bit tricky though.

This dress is a size XS. I’m a size AU 6 and this dress fit on the lower end of my usual size 6. It was a good, tight fit on me… but I still managed to wear it to a fashion show and go dancing after!

The chest section of the dress was a bit awkward – in that, I don’t think my boobs were big enough?! The top of the dress (with the silicone grip-strip) kept curling and flipping forward. So I had to put a bit of extra padding in my bra to “fill the cups” to make the chest panel sit right.

Haha sorry, I know this is too much information, but I thought I might share some tips!

Here are some fit tips: I have 2 different silicone, stick-on, adhesive cups. I don’t usually use them on their own. I mainly only use them with other bras, because I find they don’t sit quite right when I use them on their own.

I have one I bought from Bras and Things (link is not safe for work!) and one I bought from Big W (Hollywood brand), which I bought 2 sizes up, so it actually cups over my boobs and looks natural, as opposed to making my chest look weird and lumpy. Funnily enough I use the Big W one more, because it looks more natural under my dress. I don’t really like to wear them, and only do if the dress looks wrong/loose because it’s an awkward cut across my chest.

For this dress I wore a bra similar to this one, which features a slim (not wide) connector between the cups.

Another fit tip: After wearing the dress once, I’ve decided that I love it and I plan to take it to my seamstress to sew in some moulded cups (much like in a swimsuit)? Or maybe she can suggest some tailoring magic to make it fit better on me!

On the product page, there are a few reviews about the awkward fit at the chest, so I knew it wasn’t just me.

Anyway, other than that, I love the high split, the ruffles, the sheer layer and the gorgeous quality of the dress.

I seriously felt like I was in my 20s again haha!

(If you’re not willing to risk the sizing issue, I found some very similar dresses here and here.)

Also wearing:

3.1 Phillip Lim Alix Clutch

Schutz Cadey Lee Heels

Mezi Gold Tassel Earrings (old)


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What I Wore: Fashion Festival 2018 Opening Night

12 September 2018

Telstra Perth Fashion Festival 2018 - Day 1

I was thrilled to be invited to the Opening Night for the Telstra Perth Fashion Festival!

I’ve been to a few Opening Night Shows in Perth before… and I know there’s a fun tradition to dress GLAM.

Most of my cocktail dresses are nice, but not GLAM enough.

So I dug out a silver sequin dress that I bought from ASOS in 2011! It still looked great!

I paired it with the only silver shoes I had, which looked cool. However, they were cheap and cheerful $30 heels I bought off The Iconic… and boy did I regret wearing them. I was in agony by the end of the night – which made me cranky and spoilt my evening. My toes felt broken as I walked back to my car! So bad for my feet! Never again!

I guess this means I’m on the look out for good quality silver shoes? They are a kind of classic, right?

I wore my old faux fur jacket, bought from a Korean brand.

And a two tone Commes De Garcons pouch.

Telstra Perth Fashion Festival 2018 - Day 1

I’m with my fashion friend, Sandy, standing in the “flower box” made by Natural Art Flowers, which was such a big hit with all the guests.

It was such a fun night!

xxx


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Hunting for a Floral Dress for Spring

11 September 2018

I’ve been following New York Fashion Week, seeing an explosion of colour and florals and I’m inspired!

While I’m not quite ready for my own explosion of colour or florals… I AM looking for two floral dresses – one for a wedding in October (5 weeks away) and one in November (9 weeks away). Yay!

I do have this Azaelea Lace Dress from Self Portrait, and I’m looking for another…

Shopbop Spring Dresses

Ruffles have got me good this season.

Yumi Kim Waterfront Dress

How pretty is this dress?! How many wrap dresses do I really need? Will pastel yellow really look good on my olive skin tone? Is my chest perky enough for this dress? These are the big questions.

Fame and Partners Schalice Dress

I really like this structured ruffle dress. The pattern is just lovely. It looks very “Self Portrait” without the “Self Portrait” price tag.

But I could probably only wear it 3 times before my own photographs confuse my concept of time, date and event. Was that September 2002 when I broke my shoe and had to walk 2 kms in sand to get to the car? Or December 2003 when the bride’s dad fell into the swimming pool after the kid vomited in it?

Shopbop Spring Dresses

Zimmermann Tempest Cascade Wrap Dress

Ahh Zimmermann seems to do no wrong! ​Especially when it comes to girly floral dresses.

I looove the pattern: the dark floral colours with a hint of purple and grey.

I like that this dress looks suitable for both summer and winter. And I like the look of the fit.

The price tag does make me gasp, but the fact that I could sell it secondhand makes me feel a bit better haha.

Rebecca Taylor Emilia Tank Dress

​Ok this is more my price range and it helps that it’s super cute. Again I love the grey purple colour and the hint of floral pattern, that’s less in your face.

And again I’m thinking I could wear this dress many ways, even with sneakers. I guess I could wear sneakers with the Zimmermann dress, but honestly I don’t feel cool enough.

I’ll let you know how I go! :)

xxx


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Telstra Perth Fashion Festival 2018 – Opening Night

10 September 2018

Telstra Perth Fashion Festival 2018 - Day 1

It’s that time of the year again!

I love this period of back to back Fashion Weeks happening all over the world, and I love that my city has a thriving fashion industry for local creatives too.

To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Telstra Perth Fashion Festival, we gathered at the shiny new Optus Stadium and were treated to a line up of top Australian designers for Opening Night.

Telstra Perth Fashion Festival 2018 - Day 1

Morrison started the show with delicate ruffles, white polkadots, sheer layers and effortless silhouettes.

There was a lot more colour to this collection (namely yellows and reds) but as you can see from my photograph picks, I looooved the white polkadot, ruffled look.

I am a big fan of Morrison and love their journey and evolution as a label!

(more…)


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Cleo Luxe Jewellery Review

5 September 2018

Brought to you by The Peach Box

The Peach Box - Cleo Luxe

I’ve been a fan of The Peach Box for years! I think their styles, range, quality is excellent, stylish and very affordable, especially when compared with jewellery from other high street fashion stores.

I own a few of their bangles and watches, which I bought on my own or were gifted. I bought two bangles about 3 years ago and I still wear them!

I like the way their pieces match – so you can buy a few items and wear them together, without having to think too much when rushing in the mornings.

Over the years, I’ve found that they do tend to look a bit dirty and “tarnished” (as it is with all fashion jewellery) but I just give them a good polish with a slightly damp cleaning cloth and they seriously look like new.

The Peach Box - Cleo Luxe

The Peach Box have recently launched their Cleo Luxe Collection – a range of bold earrings and dainty necklaces.

What sets this range apart is that all the jewellery feature 18K gold plated jewellery. There are some silver pieces which are stainless steel.

The team sent over some items (that I selected) for me to test out.

They looked really good. And they looked and felt like good quality pieces.

Then I popped into my local mall and had a peek at some high street fashion stores, so I could compare the quality of fashion jewellery currently in the market. I’m happy to say that these are FAR BETTER than Zara, Sportsgirl, Country Road, Witchery and some of the brands from Myer or David Jones.

I rate these pieces similar to the ‘cult’ jewellery brands you’d find in boutiques.

The Peach Box - Cleo Luxe

These are the Pearl Pendulum Earrings. I thought they might look a bit dorky, because they are not symmetrical and the pearls are obviously not real.

But it turns out that these are my favourite to wear hehe. I like them because they are different, fun, cute, still a bit dainty and they have a luxurious modern look to them.

They are very different to my classic stud earrings, which I wear all the time and do get a bit boring.

They don’t look or feel cheap. They look really nice actually, and I’ve been happy to wear them with everything.

As you can see from my outfit above, they give the whole outfit a little modern lift.

These sell for $54.00 AUD.

The Peach Box - Cleo Luxe

These are my second favourite pair – the Open Disk Earrings.

I looooove the brushed metal finish and they are 18K gold plated.

Again they are very minimal and modern looking, but with a bold tribal and slightly oriental kind of feel.

They are a nice fresh change for me, and I love wearing these with a tee and skirt.

These are also $54.00 AUD.

The Peach Box - Cleo Luxe

These Tribal Disk Earrings are a little bigger and bolder than the others. And I think because of the larger size and chunkier shape, I haven’t worn these as much as the other two.

It has a similar brush finished as the previous pair and it is also 18K gold plated.

Again these sell for $54.00 AUD.

My other pick would be the Coil Drop Earrings, which are less bold, but still modern and minimal. And they are slightly more affordable at $48.00 AUD.

 

Special Discount Code

The lovely team at The Peach Box have given me a special discount code to share with my readers.

Simply use the code “karenlycheng” and enjoy 15% off at the checkout.

Hope you find something you like for the new Spring season!

Enjoy!

xxx


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My Isabel Marant Dicker Boots Review

24 August 2018

Isabel Marant Dicker Boots

I finally took the plunge and got myself a pair of Isabel Marant Dicker Boots.

They are boot classics and look aaaamazing!

This style has been around since 2010… and many other brands have since copied the style, so it’s kind of cool (ok, very cool) to have the OG pair.

I have been eyeing and drooling after a pair for years; stalking eBay for a black or tan suede pair, but none came up.

Anyway, Shopbop recently announced that they were going to stock Isabel Marant (leather goods) and Isabel Marant Etoile (clothes)… so I took that opportunity to splurge using a birthday discount, courtesy of Shopbop.

Isabel Marant Dicker Boots

Sizing: They are true to size.

I wear EU 36 / AU 6 / UK 3 for all my shoes and boots and these fit me perfectly.

They are super soft and super comfortable.

When I wear thin, cotton ankle socks, they lift up a bit when I walk. So I wear semi-thick, cotton socks and they fit great.

I’m hoping to wear them into Spring and maybe early summer, so I might still wear thin, ankle socks and hopefully my feet will expand a bit? I’m sure I’ll be fine.

Another thing to note: I have narrow/small feet. But I can imagine if I had a wider-than-average foot, these boots would feel a bit tight across the toes.

Isabel Marant Dicker Boots

The suede leather is lovely, supple and soft.

It is lined with a leather inner sock, so it keeps its structure… but the boot still buckles when you move, which is a nice thing!

(My Acne Suede Jensen Booties are very stiff in comparison.)

I did give the boots a double spray of rain and stain repellent (specially designed for waterproofing suede) too.

Isabel Marant Dicker Boots

I the zip is chunky, but kind of hidden.

The wood block heel is a good everyday height at 60mm.

They are very easy to walk in, and I can spend all day in them.

Isabel Marant Dicker Boots

I just love their cool, casual, raw, chunky look, with a boho and cowboy vibe.

I plan to wear them with dresses, ripped jeans, cropped jeans and denim shorts!

Haha I don’t have a bad thing to say about these boots.

I’ll let you know how I feel about them in 5 years time.

I bet I still love them :)


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Review: Grana Easy Cotton Pants

23 August 2018

Grana Easy Cotton Pants

Hi everyone,

Today I’m talking about pants! I’m 5’2 or 160cm… and it is soooo hard for me to buy nice, cotton pants!

The pants that I try on in the shops are always too long in the leg or too bulky at the hips and bum. And it’s hard to find a plain, classic pair – with no frills.

I’ve tried on pants from Zara, H&M, Cotton On and other high street brands, where they cost around $49-$99. While they fit ok, I just don’t like the quality of the fabric – too see through, scratchy or cheap looking.

I recently had to opportunity to work with transparent fashion brand Grana and I jumped at the chance to pick out these Easy Tailored Pants made from 100% cotton twill.

Grana Easy Cotton Pants

I’m usually a size AU6 / UK6. So I picked out a size XS in these pants.

They are loose at the waist and hips. So I should have chosen a size XXS.

However, they are very comfortable when I sit down, they don’t pinch me and they are not too tight at various places, so I’m happy with this size. They are very relaxed and easy!

And when I wear a belt and tuck my shirt in, they are fine.

Grana Easy Cotton Pants

The cotton fabric is lovely and light. The fabric is perfect for warm weather.

The pants have a nice structure, drape and it keeps it’s tailored look.

The leg length is kind of perfect, as you can see. Especially for when I wear heels.

I would definitely turn up the cuff when I wear them with flats or sneakers.

They are AU$95, which I think is a great price for clothes from a transparent, ethical brand.

I’m not 100% sure if the cotton is organic though.

Overall, I really like them. I’ve never had cotton chino pants like these before and these are just great!

Grana have a few sales on at the moment.

They are celebrating Women’s Equality Day, with 21% off women’s clothes with the code: paygap21

They are clearing out their winter stock with 30% off selected cosy essentials with code: babyitscoldoutside

(It’s a great time to pick up on some cashmere jumpers!)

And if the sales are over after this weekend, you can always use my ongoing code for 10% off and free shipping, with the code: karenxgrana.

Happy shopping!

Enjoy xxx


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My Oversized Pink Coat

16 August 2018

Pink Coat from Zara

I get lots of people asking about my pink coat!

Once again, I bought it from Zara when I was in London in Feb 2017. It was on clearance sale (yay!), so in the end I think I paid GBP 50 for it.

It’s not really wool. It’s a soft, wool-like material, unlined, oversized and in a “boyfriend” style. (Not that your boyfriend would wear a pink coat? Maybe he might?)

I managed to find a very similar one on ASOS called Pink Cocoon Coat by Current Air.

But you have to be quick, because it’s on 50% sale and there’s very low stock :)

Pink Coat from ASOS

 


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What I Wore: Weekend Denim and Leather

5 August 2018

Weekend Look : Denim and Leather

Hello weekend!

Jet lag has hit me HARD this time around – maybe I’m just getting old??

I still managed to get out and about, spending time with the kids, bike riding, watching their basketball games, taking them out to sit in a cafe and go shopping for presents.

I also met up with some girlfriends for brunch and did a bit of shopping in the city, poking around little bookstores. Not to mention we had our weekly family dinner my parent’s house with homemade chicken rice – so good!

It’s my idea of a perfect weekend. Love these slow weekends.

This is what I wore!

LA Rider Leather Jacket by OAK
I spent months looking for a perfect leather jacket for my lifestyle. I considered getting one from All Saints, but they were just too bulky for my small frame and too thick and warm for Australia.

I wanted a fitted leather jacket, with cropped sleeves, that I could wear over a dress in Spring, Autumn and Winter. This one was absolutely perfect and it was on sale! It’s currently out of stock , but it’s a popular one, so it will come back into stock soon. There is also a suede version (in camel and black), which is on sale too.

Les Girls T-Shirt
I finally found a graphic tee with a scribbly writing that I like! So affordable and good quality too!

GRLFRND Denim jeans
My faves are the Candice style.

Alexander Wang Roxy Hobo Bag
Despite all the chunky silver bling, I’ve been using it as my everyday bag and I just love it! I’m such a fan of using non-boring everyday bags now.

Acne Studios Pistol Boots
Mine were bought secondhand from a private seller. But you can still buy them online directly from Acne Studios here, or try eBay!


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Shopbop Finds Under AUD $200

25 July 2018

I was talking to one of my girlfriends about Shopbop, and how it was an awesome place to buy wearable designer brands (not crazy-expensive catwalk stuff)… and how the more affordable items were sometimes quite hard to find.

She asked me to recommend “some nice and fun stuff, which are under $200!

So here are my top picks!


Shopbop Finds Under $200

Perfect summer holiday dresses!

Left: J.O.A. Polka Dot Dress – An absolute staple for summer. Polka dots will always be in style.

Right: Capulet Tabitha Mini Dress – Ok this one might be a bit trendy, but it’s sooo cute!

Shopbop Finds Under $200

Super sweet, puffy tops to wear with jeans.

Left: WAYF Puff Sleeve Top – Love the sweet style and how the colours look great with denim.

Right: Flynn Skye Tori Top – my friend bought this one!

Shopbop Finds Under $200

Floral skirts to go with everything!

Left: Yumi Kim Novella Wrap Skirt – I have my eye on this one. Yum Kim has some gorgeous floral prints and this is lovely.

Right: Valencia & Vine Miniskirt – Will go so well with all my white t-shirts haha!

Happy shopping!

xxx


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What I Wore: Silk Wrap Blouse

16 July 2018

Grana Silk

Before setting off on holiday, I had a number of client meetings where I couldn’t simply wear the old “jeans and a tee” combo.

Had to look a bit grown up and professional yo!

Anyway, I found the perfect top for the task.

This Grana Silk Wrap Front Blouse is just beautiful and in the league of “nice fancy tops” to wear out for day to night.

The style is simple, but I believe I could dress it up to the max for an evening party too.

Grana Silk

It’s a very lightweight silk, suited to warm weather, with a lovely drape and silhouette.

It’s super versatile too –  great to wear with any kind of pants or skirt. The style notes suggest you can wear the top tucked or untucked, but I prefer it tucked in, and bellowing at the waist and wrists.

The very unique cross-over wrap front has a fold at the bottom hem, which when left untucked, is a bit exposed for me. As there is only ONE button that closes the wrapped bit, and can show off your bra and belly.

You might have to peek at the product page to get more of an idea. But when it is tucked in, it is fine!

Grana Silk

I’m wearing the size XXS and it fits perfectly at the shoulders, arm length and chest. I’m usually a size AUS/UK 6.

It fits and drapes so well, that it instantly looks smart and polished – which is what I love about it.

Definitely a keeper!

Discount Code

If you’re keen to give it a go, do use my special code “karenxgrana” at the checkout to receive 10% off and free shipping. Unfortunately, it is only for new customers.

Also wearing Lovers and Friends skirt, Aquazzura heels, and Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag.


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Acne Studios Musubi Mini Bag

3 July 2018

Acne Studios Bag

YES it’s my birthday month!

I’m currently away on holiday, but before I left, as a bit of a splurgy birthday gift to myself, I picked out this gorgeous Musubi Mini Bag by Acne Studios via Shopbop.

I love that it’s a bit different and sleek with clean and minimal lines.

I also loooove the twisted knot detail, inspired by the traditional Japanese obi sash.

In fact the name itself, “musubi” means decorative knot and there are hundreds of obi knot styles out there. I tried to find the exact name of the knot used in this bag, but I couldn’t work it out. It does however, look similar to a martial art obi knot (which is a more basic/functional knot, rather than decorative, thus a bit cheeky for the designers to use), but hey I could be wrong.

Acne Studios Bag

I love how the designers use the smooth leather to create a soft, folded structure (that looks like cloth) for the handbag.

I also like using the top handle, so it can look like a bucket bag.

The large shoulder straps (which are removable) make it feel like a sturdy satchel bag, but it’s super light overall.

Karen and Acne Studios Musubi Mini Bag

It’s a great small size for me – not mini at all.

It’s dimensions are height 22cm x length 16cm x depth 16cm.

It fits my purse, phone, beauty pouch, keys and even a small book or compact camera. The leather is strong and stiff enough to hold the weight of all my stuff, without buckling or warping the shape of the bag.

I’m a big fan of Acne Studios and their minimal style, so it’s a complete win for me.

This mini black version is currently all sold out and hopefully is restocked soon. There is a Red Mini Musubi available here, and the regular size version Black Musubi Bag or Tan Musubi Bag.

(Or you could pop over to Acne Studios online to check out the whole Musubi range.)

xxx


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Review: Everlane Silk Shirt

30 June 2018

Everlane Silk Shirt Review

I first heard of Everlane yeeeears ago, when everyone was raving about the Everlane Silk Shirts and how amazing and affordable they were.

But I never bought one back then, because of their crazy shipping fee to Australia (years ago it was something like $30-$40, I’m not exactly sure anymore).

Over the years, they have reduced their international shipping fee and NOW they offer a Flat Rate of US$15 to Australia.

I know Everlane occasionally offers up free international shipping, so I waited until a promo came around and finally purchased two items!

This post isn’t sponsored or gifted by Everlane. I purchased these items on my own, because I found a gap in my wardrobe and I was curious to check out their quality.

PLUS I wanted to support a fashion brand that focused on transparent and ethical processes. I read up about all their factories around the world, it’s really interesting!

I figured that… the more I spend on these transparent brands, and less on those that are not transparent, the better.

Everlane Silk Shirt Review

My Silk Review

I’m no textile expert. I have no idea about thread count, or how to compare silk weight or weave.

I just own a lot of silk shirts haha! I own 3 Equipment Silk Shirts, 1 Isabel Marant Silk Shirt, a few silk tops by Tibi… and lots of silk items from high street brands… and so I have just a solid opinion on which silk I prefer most.

I’ve read heaps of online reviews about comparing Grana vs. Everlane vs. Equipment Silk Shirts but really, in the end, I believe it comes down to your own personal preference and what kind of silk YOU like to feel and wear.

For me, I don’t really like silk with a slippery satiny feel, because to me, the fabric looks and feels like satin or polyester. And it reminds me of tops I could buy from Zara or Witchery. But I’ve found that this satiny kind of silk is a bit more crinkle resistant.

Grana silk shirts have a more velvety crepe kind of feel. My Isabel Marant silk shirt is also velvety, but much more sheer and delicate.

My Equipment and Tibi silk shirts are somewhere in between satiny and velvety.

And my preference is somewhere in between, but tending towards more the velvety feel.

What Do I Think of Everlane’s Silk?

I’d say that Everlane is more of the slippery, shiny kind of silk (almost no velvety feel), but it feels thick and strong, and has a kind of matte finish, so it’s quite nice.

When I rub the fabric between my fingers, it feels like a quality garment. So so soooo much better than high street stores. The cut and craftsmanship is there.

The inside stitching looks really good, the seams and edges don’t buckle. It’s great quality!

I did find two loose threads, one at the armpit and one at the cuff, but when I gave them a tug, they came away and no stitching came apart.

It was pretty creased up when I took it out of the packet. I had to give it a low/medium iron with lots of steam, which took me ages! The shirt seemed to handled the iron just fine, which is so good!

How’s the FIT?

I bought “The Relaxed Silk Shirt” in Size 00.

I’m usually a AU6 or UK6. I’m 160cm and I weigh 46kg.

The fit was absolutely perfect! Perfect across the shoulders and back. Comfortable around the chest, waist and hips. Brilliant length for body and arms. And cuffs were perfect too. I’m super happy!

How’s the STYLE?

Grana silk shirts have hidden buttons (which I don’t like) and no chest pockets.

Equipment shirts have exposed buttons and chest pockets and pocket flaps – nice style, but a bit safari looking maybe.

Everlane has exposed buttons and no chest pockets – I really like this combo!

I think I like the style of this Everlane shirt more than my Equipment Signature shirt. It’s just a bit more minimal. And it depends on my mood :)

Maybe because this is a pinstripe shirt, and maybe if I were to wear a plain coloured Everlane silk shirt, I’d feel that the style was a bit too plain?

Overall opinion?

Overall, I really like this shirt. I’m absolutely delighted that you can get such a great style of silk shirt in a high quality, with excellent wearability, for such a good price.

Except for the two loose threads I found, I can’t really fault this shirt!

I’m dying to get it in more colours now!

Unfortunately, I don’t have a discount code to share with you all.

I do have this referal link to the Everlane Website, and if you like my review and buy from them, I get a bit of credit put into my account. But no worries if you don’t use it!


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What I Wore: Pink Coat + Red Shoes

18 June 2018

Pink and Red

Hi everyone!

Are you a fan of pink? I’m not a huge fan.

I like blush/nude/dusty rose. But I’ve never worn very much “Baby Pink”, as I find it much too cute/pretty/feminine/Barbie/Hello Kitty… but hey look at me now!

I bought this coat from Zara when I was in London last year. It was on clearance sale (I think it was $50) and it was a size too big. Yes it was totally an unnecessary, impulse, holiday purchase!

It’s not really a coat, as it’s not lined. It’s shapeless and baggy. It’s more of a felt blanket with sleeves and buttons… but hey, it’s extra snuggly.

I thought I would regret the purchase, but it turns out I have been loving it!

I’ve found that it works with monochrome outfits, with an additional colour, such as a denim blue shirt, or in this case, bright red shoes.

I can’t seem to find anything online that’s similar.

Unless you count this lovely Helmet Lang Pink Coat, which is similar, but it’s a gazillion dollars and much more Barbie.

Or this ASOS Pink Wool Coat with a leopard print collar.

With pastel candy colours being on trend this season, I think a pink coat has been an awesome addition to my wardrobe.

I’m also wearing:

Heart Breaker Pumps from Shopbop (Red colour is sold out) I love these so much I want a pair in black!

Alexander Wang Roxy Hobo Handbag from Shopbop (also sold out) hopefully more stock will be coming in soon, as I waited for ages for it to be restocked twice!

Star Button Down Shirt, mine is a Korean brand, based on the original design of this Equipment shirt. But I’ve found that it’s cheaper to buy an Equipment shirt from Revolve (with free shipping) or secondhand from eBay.

Have a fantastic week!

xxx


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Wearing: Self Portrait and Cult Gaia

13 June 2018

Self Portrait and Cult Gaia

I love a good “jeans and nice top combo”!

Especially when it’s a super-fancy statement top, that’s possibly bordering on over the top :)

Shopbop is currently having a Sale On Sale Event and you might be able to get some great stuff for up to 70% – amazing! Simply use the code “SCORE18″ at the check out to score an additional 25% off your order.

I was soooo please to get this Self Portrait Top during their last Shopbop Sale.

I’m a bit obsessed about this brand. I love all their lace dresses and statement ruffle tops.

I’m slightly worried that in a few years I’d go “what was I thinking?!” but I have a good hunch that expertly ruffled and draped tops will still be in fashion, especially when worn to a cocktail function or special event.

I’d be able to wear this with black pants, mini, midi and maxi black skirts, white pants… the list goes on.

Self Portrait and Cult Gaia

This top is actually a “one shoulder” top, but I’ve dropped one shoulder to make it an “off shoulder” top.

The only issue I have is the sizing. I’m usually a Size AU 6 or UK6… which usually translates to a US 0.

This top is a UK 4 / US 0… so it’s a tiny bit squeezy for me. It fits perfectly on my body/waist and it stays put. It’s a little tight at the arm holes and shoulders… so I won’t be reaching up high to get wine glasses from a top cupboard or anything haha.

I have another Self Portrait top that is UK 6/ US 2, which is a better fit at the arm holes and shoulder, but a bit loose at the waist, so it slides up/down.

But they are still very wearable for me!

Do check out the special tops (Blouses or Tops for a Night Out) over at Shopbop if you’re keen for something similar.

Self Portrait and Cult Gaia

My bag is the Bamboo Circle Bag by Cult Gaia.

I knew this bag would be delicate when I got it! And after using it a few times, YES it is super fragile and I’m quite afraid of smashing the wood against something or snapping the string that holds it all together.

So I simply use it as I would a small clutch: holding only my phone, card case, and a small leather pouch for my lipstick and keys.

Not very practical, but sooooo pretty haha – I guess it’s a similar story if you love mini handbags.

I also like this Black Acrylic Luna Circle Bag by Cult Gaia, it’d be easy to clean and a bit more flexible (maybe?). But that one is a little more expensive.

Jeans are Karolina Jeans by GRLFRND

Shoes are by Diavolina (currently selling at Zomp).

Trumpet Pearl Earrings are by Kailis Jewellery – so stunning!

Happy shopping and hope you find something you like!

xxx


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Net-A-Porter June Sale

7 June 2018

Net-a-porter Sale June 2018

Net-a-porter Sale June 2018

Eeek, I took advantage of the Net-A-Porter Sale this morning and bought this Self Portrait One Shoulder Mini Dress that was on sale for 50% off!

It was a bit of an impulse buy. But I just ADORE all my Self Portrait dresses + tops. They are all so timeless, striking and beautiful. And I’ll definitely wear it for years to come.

A department store cocktail dress is about $250 – $500. Designer ones are $400 and above… so to get one on sale under $200 is just awesome.

Haha will you listen to me justifying it.

Btw this is not sponsored. Wished it was!

*Fingers crossed it fits!*


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Grana Boxy Silk Top Worn Two Ways

6 June 2018

Grana Blue Silk Top Worn Two Ways ​

A few weeks ago, I managed to get a few snaps of myself heading out in my new Grana Boxy Silk Shirt.

I picked out this top (courtesy of Grana) because I was looking for something a bit “summery” and still “smart”.

Plus I wanted something a bit “grown up” that I could wear to client meetings, but not be too boring and formal.

1) Office Outfit – Ok I don’t work in an office, but I met some newish clients and I didn’t want to look too corporate, too casual or too fashiony. So this top was perfect with a plain black pencil skirt, blazer and heels for my meeting. I was running late, so I didn’t get a photo of my outfit!

2) Fun / Dressy Outfit – I wore the shirt with a ruffle skirt (omg I love this skirt!). I tied a knot, tight under my bust and it looked super cute for the photo. Then I relaxed the knot a little when I actually wore it out (to a day time soft launch in the city).

I probably could have just worn the top in a normal way, tucked into the skirt.

3) Smart Casual Outfit – And this is me, meeting up with some girlfriends for a coffee date, with jeans and flats.

I could probably wear it over a white dress, to make it look like a skirt.
Grana Blue Silk Top Worn Two Ways ​

It’s a lovely, light and breezy top. It’s super versatile and easy to wear. The quality it just amazing. I love the feel of this silk crepe de chine.

I chose a pastel blue, because 1) wanted to try more colour 2) pastels are going to be on trend this spring 3) pastel blue is easier to wear than other pastel colours like yellow or purple.

Warning though: it’s a bit cropped so it’s better suited to high waisted jeans or skirts.

The good thing about it being cropped, is that it makes my legs look longer!

I’m wearing the XXS. I’m usually a AU6 or UK6.

The Sunny Sale

Grana are also having a “Sunny Sale” with 30% off a large selection of items, summer and winter styles.

Unfortunately this Boxy Silk Shirt is not on sale.

But you can get v-neck camisoles starting at $45, silk dresses starting at $79, silk tank tops for $39, cashmere sweaters for $99 and more. It’s a great time to buy if you’ve been holding out for a clearance sale.

Or if you want to try a new season item, you can use my code “karenxgrana” to get 10% off and free shipping! Valid until the end of June.

Enjoy!

xx


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Wearing: Kitten-Heel Slingback Shoes

22 May 2018

Kitten Heel Slingbacks

Over the last few months, I’ve been getting lots of people asking me about my kitten heel slingback shoes.

I LOVE kitten heels for everyday wear. They are just a little bit more dressed-up, but comfy enough to wear all day.

I’ve posted about them so many times – they are Tibi Kitten Heels, but unfortunately they are sold out.

Here are some other lovely options, made from leather, that I would buy, if I didn’t already have my Tibi ones.

Shopbop Black Slingbacks

 

Left:

I really like these ones. They are Diane von Furstenberg Mortelle Slingback Pumps and I love the look of them paired with jeans or a midi skirt. Sometimes I scroll through the rest of the Shopbop site and I see a model wearing these shoes (with a different outfit), I think “Omg those look gorgeous!” – happened 5-6 times already. Might be a sign?

Right:

These are Sam Edelman Ludlow Slingback Pumps. They are almost exactly the same as my Tibi ones, except the shape of the toe cover. This style is probably a bit more “classic”, “timeless” and much more affordable than my Tibi ones :)

 

Shopbop Black Slingbacks

Left:

These Sam Edelman Raya Slingback Flats look super lovely! Comfy, practical, perfect for everyday wear, casual but still a bit dressed-up. I would definitely get these in a snap, if I didn’t have my current ones!

Right:

I have almost exactly these Steven Lourdes Slingback Flats but in white, which I bought from ASOS (not leather). I wished I bought a proper leather one in the first place, because I wear them ALL THE TIME. I won’t buy a replacement pair until my old ones break, because it’s quite silly/wasteful right?!

Happy shopping!

xxx


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What I Wore: Grana Panelled V-neck Slip Dress

18 May 2018

Grana Silk Slip Dress

Went out to dinner the other night and wore this lil number!

A Grana Panelled V-neck Slip Dress – You can’t go wrong with a classic silk dress in black.

Jut add some simple heels, simple accessories and hey presto, I can look half decent after rushing around all day!!

If you already own a Grana silk slip dress or a Grana silk v-neck camisole, you’ll love to know that this new dress features a slim fit design with a hidden zip at the waist.

It’s very fitted and flattering, hugs my waist perfectly and such a great fit for me.

Yes the neckline is extra low, which might turn some people off. But it seems to have a good firm fit across my chest, so there’s no sliding around and no need for double sided tape.

I’m wearing a size XXS and I’m a standard AUD 6 or UK 6.

If I wanted a slightly more relaxed look at the top, I would be happy to go up to a size XS.

The skirt of the dress has a more relaxed A-line style, so it’s very easy to move, walk around and sit in.

However, if you’re prone to over-eating during dinner time, um, then you probably DON’T want to get this dress, as the silk will skim nicely over your food baby and make you look 4 months pregnant haha! Or you could invest in some Spanx?

The quality is amazing. It definitely matches some of the silk dress sold by high end labels for 5 times the price. And it is fully lined with a double layer of silk.

Grana Silk Slip Dress

In terms of versatility, you could easily wear a white shirt (with a knot at the front) with this dress. Or layer with a t-shirt and knitted sweater for the colder months.

It’s too fitted for you to wear a white t-shirt underneath. But you could buy a sheer shirt with embroidery to wear over the top.

I love this simple, classic and elegant style!

If you’re a new customer, and you want to buy a full-priced item, please feel free to use my code “karenxgrana” to enjoy 10% off your order and free shipping!

xxx


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What I Wore: Ruffle Skirt and Tee

13 May 2018

Petal and Pup Skirt

Hi everyone just a quick one today :)

As I’m heading out to buy some flowers and pick up some items for photographing – more on that soon!

The weather has been stunning! It’s supposed to be Autumn and heading into Winter, but the days are still a glorious 28C and just perfect for spending all day in skirts and a tee.

As I mentioned in my last outfit post: I’ve been living in various black midi skirts.

I found this skirt from an online store called Petal and Pup, which caught my eye because it looked similar to this Self Portrait Ruffle Skirt, which is all sold out in many places.

The ruffle is super gorgeous and it seems to catch everybody’s eye, as I get so many compliments from it!

My t-shirt is from Hello Parry.

My kitten heels are by Tibi via Shopbop – I am absolutely loving kitten heels for daytime wear. I’m on the look out for more pairs!

My straw bag is from Sportsgirl, but I bought it over 15 years ago (possibly more!).


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New: Alexander Wang Roxy Hobo Bag

7 May 2018

Alexander Wang Bag

I’ve been out and about a lot lately – living the freelancer life haha – running lots of errands, quick meetings, picking up products, emailing from my phone in between meetings, writing writing writing, heading out to events, taking photos, dashing home to edit photos.

My go-to outfit right now:

1) Black midi skirt

2) T-shirt or shirt, tucked in or knotted

3) Pointy flats

4) A big, slouchy bag to fit everything!

Alexander Wang Bag

Yup I recently picked out this Alexander Wang Roxy Hobo Bag (courtesy of Shopbop) because I was looking for a big bag that I could use as an “everyday bag”, which still looked “dressy” and a bit different.

I loooove it!

I really like that I can wear the bag in different ways – 1) folded up like a little teardrop, 2) using the short strap as a shoulder bag tucked in close under my armpit, or 3) with the long cross-body strap like a regular satchel bag.

The edge of silver balls is such a cool detail. As is the silver link chain, which threads onto the handles in different ways. It’s very Alexander Wang! And it’s very integrated into the design and shape of the bag.

The pebbled leather is just amazing: soft and slouchy, yet tough and doesn’t scuff or scratch easily.

It’s tough looking, but it has some soft feminine curves too.

It’s super fun to use, as I get a lot of compliments and lots of conversations with random strangers!

Do you have an Alexander Wang bag? How good are his bags?!

Alexander Wang Bag

I’m also wearing my Equipment silk slim shirt (love this shirt!), Majorelle dress (worn as a skirt) and Zara bow flats.

Some of the other bags I considered was this Tory Burch Classic Tote – very practical, but a bit boring.

And this Alexander Wang Rockie Duffle Bag, which is a style that has been around for a number of years. I think it’s cool, but a bit casual for how like my bags. Plus I imagine that if I wore it as a cross body bag, it would sit on my hip, protrude out and scrape on all kinds of things… doors, fences, bushes, walls… and I’d trash the leather.

I have been eyeing this Meli Melo Bucket Bag for a while now, which looks cool and different, but not very big.

Then this Ulla Johnson Wicker Bag, again suuuuuper cute, super different, looks like a nashi pear, but not very big at all. And probably not very practical haha!

Anyway, that’s enough of my bag wishlist!

Enjoy your week!

xxx


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Wearing: Grana French Organic Cotton

22 April 2018

Grana French Organic Cotton

Over the last few years, I’ve been trying to buy basics that are eco-friendly, sustainable, or ethically made.

Sometimes it’s so hard to meet ALL the criteria. Sometimes I can never know if the brand is really disclosing everything, or if it’s just another marketing ploy to sell to people like me?!

There is a 2018 Ethical Fashion Guide that you can download that rates brands and companies. According to the website, the guide is a “measure of the efforts undertaken by each company to mitigate the risks of forced labour, child labour and worker exploitation in their supply chains”.

I’m keen to feature it in another blog post, so I’ll talk more about it another time.

Grana French Organic Cotton

While trying to be conscious of ethics and environment, I’m quite particular with my style/fabric quality… and so I just love the effortless, casual, minimal and high quality items from Grana.

They are currently having a special Eco Sale, offering 20% off all eco-friendly styles with the code “ECO20″.

The sale features items made from French Organic Linen, Tencel (sustainably made from quick growing Eucalyptus trees, without pesticides or fertilisers) and Lenzing Modal (sustainably made from natural Beech tree forests).

I was gifted this Jersey Racerback Tank (French Organic Cotton) a few weeks back and I shared it on Instagram. But with this Eco Sale on, I wanted to share the photo on my blog too (not getting paid for this!).

I just love how it feels and it’s slouchy style. I wear it as a casual top for wearing out and about (mum duties!). I wear it to yoga / working out, over a sports bra top.

It’s a style that will last me for years. And by the feel of the material, it will definitely last me years too.

And you know what? It actually does make me feel a little proud that I’m wearing something good for the earth!

If you’re a new customer, and you want to buy a full-priced item, please feel free to use my code “karenxgrana” to enjoy 10% off your order and free shipping!

xxx


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Crushing: Pastel Floral Dresses

13 April 2018

I am TOTALLY crushing on pretty, floral dresses at the moment.

I’m currently experimenting with 1) floral/pastel colours and 2) trying to wear summer dresses in cooler weather. I’ll share what I come up with soon!

I went on a floral bender, adding tonnes of styles into my wishlist (kind of like making a mood board) and these are my top nine favourites from Shopbop’s 25% off Sale (ends 15 April 2018)…

Shopbop Spring Florals 2018

Lavendar: Ulla Johnson Penninah Dress

Pink: Rachel Zoe Jillian Dress

Yellow: Marissa Webb Kaya Silk Print Dress

Shopbop Spring Florals 2018

Pink: Nicholas Lilac Floral Frill Mini Dress

Blue: Alice + Olivia Halsey Dress

Nude: Amanda Uprichard Evalina Dress

Shopbop Spring Florals 2018

Yellow: Self Portrait Pleated Asymmetric Floral Dress

Green: Giambattista Valli Print Sheer Mini Dress with Ruffle Hem

Pale Purple: Young Fabulous & Broke Costa Maxi Dress

Yes some are ridiculously expensive (!), but hope you find some inspiration to switch things up a bit for the new season!

xxx


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Review: Self Portrait 3D Azaelea Dress

11 April 2018

Self Portrait Azaelea Dress

Hi everyone!

I’m off to a wedding later this year and I’ve already sorted out what I’m going to wear – this Self Portrait 3D Azaelea Dress :)

I am a big fan of Self Portrait dresses and every time they release a new season collection, I’m scrolling, drooling, sighing (because they are so expensive!) and wondering how many months I will have to save until I can nab something.

For years I’ve had my eye on the original Azaelea dress (Self Portrait’s most popular dress design!), and when the dress came out in Burgundy (this one), it became very high on my MUST SAVE FOR list. Unfortunately my size had sold out and I can’t seem to find it anymore.

So a couple of months ago, during a Shopbop Sale, I picked out this gorgeous 3D Azaelea Dress in Tomato colour – yippee!

It’s a lot brighter than the burgundy. It is VERY RED! And stunning!

It’s a newer version of the Azaelea style, as this dress has a slightly different “3D” flower lace pattern.

My other option was this new Azaelea Sweetheart Dress (in Navy), but I preferred the red flowers.

Self Portrait Azaelea Dress

In terms of fit. I usually am a US Size 0 for dresses.

So I ordered a Size 0, it arrived… and it didn’t quite fit me.

It fit perfectly around my waist, but I just couldn’t do up that last 5cms of the zip (the part around my middle abdomen, so it had nothing to do with my boobs being too big haha!). No amount of sucking in could make my ribcage smaller! Obviously I had the size wrong.

So I had to return the dress and get a Size 2 – which fit me great, but it’s still a tiny bit snug around my lower abdomen. There is no stretch whatsoever. And the straps are not adjustable. So if you’re a slightly bigger AUS 6, or if you have big boobs, then you should go up to US 4, just to give yourself some breathing room.

What surprises me most about this dress, is its weight. The quality is top notch. The craftsmanship, the stitching, the lining, the zip, the panels. The fabric and lace are just beeeeautiful.

The shape is classic and feminine, with it’s 1950s hourglass silhouette, full floral skirt and nipped in waist. The style will last for years to come.

In terms of longevity, I actually have another Self Portrait dress, which I bought in 2016 and which I have dry cleaned twice, and it still looks brand new.

I also love it because I can wear it as a cocktail dress, but at the same time I’d be happy to wear it with white sneakers and a denim jacket.

I’m so in love with this dress and I can’t wait to wear it to the wedding!

When I bought my Lover dress a few years ago, it cemented my decision for investing in WOW dresses.

Yes they are a bit expensive to start, but I have worn them again and again. And every time I wear one, I feel BLOODY AMAZING in it – it’s totally worth it.

Shopbop Event Sale

For 4 days, Shopbop are having an “Event of the Season” sale – You can get 20% off orders under $500 and 25% off orders over $500. Simply use the code EVENT18 at the checkout.

 

I wanted to share a whole heap of new season WOW dresses that I added to my wishlist. But I picked something crazy like 24 dresses, so I have to edit it down a bit and I’ll share my list real soon!

Happy shopping!

xxx


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Wearing: Daniel Wellington Petite Watch

7 April 2018

Daniel Wellington Petite Watch

Hi everyone!

I’m collaborating with Daniel Wellington to offer all my readers a 15% discount off your whole order!

And when you purchase a watch before 24 April, you also receive a free strap!

Scroll down to grab my discount code.

Daniel Wellington Petite Watch

Years ago, when I first started to look for a classic/minimal watch, I didn’t get a DW watch, because back then they only had super-large watch faces (40mm case) starting at AU$279 – where as I found a smaller-sized one, with really good quality leather for AU$170.

Since then, DW have launched smaller sizes… and ironically I was gifted some watches from other brands, with large faces (case size over 38mm – 40mm) and it turned out that I quite liked the large faces.

Anyway, this watch my first Daniel Wellington watch and this is the first time I’ve worn a Petite Watch, with a face size of 28mm.

This is the Classic Petite Melrose Watch.

With my discount code, the watch will be AU$178. Pretty awesome price for a Daniel Wellington watch!

I am honestly super impressed with the quality and the feel of it. It definitely lives up to the hype and stylish branding that you see everywhere :)

Initially I thought the petite size would be TOO dainty on my wrist, but it’s actually lovely. I wear it all the time now and I love it.

It’s perfect to wear with dresses/skirts, where you don’t want a chunky watch/accessory to over-power your look. Plus, I like the black face, because it goes with everything I wear.

Daniel Wellington Free Strap

So the watch on the left is the one that I have, Class Petite Melrose (28mm), and you can select a free black strap valued at AU$69… and with my 15% off discount, it will be AU$178.

Daniel Wellington Free Strap

This would be my second choice. The Classic Petite Sterling (28mm) with a “St Mawes” brown leather strap  valued at  AU$69… and with my 15% off discount, it will be AU$178.

Discount Code

Simply use my code “KCXCW” at the checkout to get 15% off your total order + free strap per watch.

(Valid until 24 April 2018).

Hope you find something you like, or buy a something for your mum!


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What I Wore: Majorelle Spotty Dress

23 March 2018

Spotty Majorelle Dress

Hello hello!

I’m loving these warm evenings! How good is it to stay out the whole day and night and not bother with a jacket?

My husband and I managed to sneak out for a brunch date the other day, to celebrate our 16th Wedding Anniversary – way hey!

Hilariously… he cycled over from work to meet me at a cafe, so he was wearing fluro yellow and lycra tights, while I was wearing this! Omg we looked so funny! Typical old married couple, who don’t give a damn, right? Haha!

(Sweetly, he did ask me for permission first. In case I didn’t want to be caught being seen with someone wearing lycra.)

Spotty Majorelle Dress

I wore this Viola Dress by fabulous dress brand Majorelle. I just love the little spots and ruffle! (It’s on sale too, and possibly the same price you’d pay if you bought something from Myer or David Jones?)

I’m wearing the size XS and it fits me perfectly. The front is a little lower than I’m used to. But it doesn’t look too bad haha.

Spotty Majorelle Dress

Revolve are having a Friends and Family 20% off Discount Sale, until 1 April.

Simply head over to this page, share it with two friends, and you will get the discount code sent to you. Free shipping and free returns too.

The sale is for Australian customers only. The promotion ends on April 1st at 11:59 PM (Sydney time). All coupons are valid until April 8th, 11:59pm (Sydney time). Some brands don’t apply, so you’ll have to check this page.


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Shopbop’s So Extra Sale

21 March 2018

I am super excited about this recent Shopbop So Extra Sale, because I’ve been wanting to pick up a few small bits and pieces. I put my order in last night, so I will share my goodies soon!

I’ve put together a few more of my favourites from the sale too.

I have been crazy about dark dresses with a hint of red, so these two dresses caught my eye. Then I found a whole bunch of cool earrings, handbags and a pair of shoes to match.

Shopbop So Extra Sale

Alice + Olivia Annabeth Off Shoulder Dress – Alice + Olivia is such a great brand with so much great pieces. Yes they are pretty pricey, so it’s handy to buy during a sale. How cute is this dress? Love the little hearts!

Gorjana Chloe Crescent Hoop Earrings – Yup I bought these! No thinking required at $37.

Furla Metropolis Arabesque Mini Bag – I have been umming and ahhing about getting a small Furla crossbody bag. But I’m thinking that the plain black one is just a bit too plain and I should go with something a bit edgier.

Schutz Lori Lace Up Sandals – I love these heels and they remind me of a similar pair of lace up heels by Aquazzura. I love the furry details. I believe they end up to be about $94 after all the discounts.

Shopbop So Extra Sale

WAYF Roland Long Sleeve Dress – Bought this one too! After all the sales and extra sales, the dress ends up being $53.10, so good.

Amber Sceats Ora Necklace – I’m obsessed with coin jewellery – but it has to be the right kind of coin design. I’m liking these. They are 24k gold-plated rhodium, which makes them extra special.

Sahshi Coin Hoop Earrings – These are 18k gold-plated, which is what I prefer for my everyday jewellery. These are awesome and a perfect mini score at $38.50.

Gedebe Mini Clicky Gold Bag – I’m very keen for a small clutch that stands out, but will still go with everything. Gold bling seems to be the answer here!

The Sale Section offers up to 75% off original prices, simply use the code “SOEXTRA” at the checkout. The sale ends Wednesday, 23rd March, 2:59 pm, Western Australia time (GMT +8).

Hope you find something you like too!

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