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Super-Colourful and Super-Comfy Workout Leggings

1 September 2015

Brought to you by Ciao Bella Travel

Hi everyone!

I’m working together with Ciao Bella Travel to show off their latest range of printed workout leggings from deluxe brand Abi and Joseph.

I also have a special discount code for 15% OFF the entire website (including sale items). Just enter the code “KAREN15” at the check out. Promo expires on the 20th September 2015.

Abi & Joseph Leggings from Ciao Bella Travel

So… do you own colourful leggings?

I took a peek into my activewear drawer and counted um… 6 PAIRS OF BLACK LEGGINGS!! I have soft bamboo ones, high performance ones and general ones I use for the gym/workouts/pilates/yoga. Some are a bit old, saggy and see-through (oops!!) and yes, I probably should throw them out!

I’ve been looking for some colourful and comfy leggings that I can wear for yoga and for running.

I’ve seen lots of women wearing brightly coloured ones – and while I love the look of them – they are priced around $100 to $130, eeeps. Yep, I procrastinated, couldn’t find a print that I liked and so I never dived in to buy a pair. I thought I’d rather use the money to buy a new pair of sexy sneakers?

Anyway, the team at Ciao Bella Travel sent over a few colourful leggings to test out (their bestsellers!)… and BINGO they are priced from $82 – $89.

Then with my 15% discount, they will be around $70 – $76. Amazing price for luxe workout leggings.

Abi & Joseph Leggings from Ciao Bella Travel

This pair is the Abi and Joseph Acacia Bloom Full Length Tights. I adore the print! It’s so loud, crazy and colourful. It definitely puts me into an active zone.

This is the full length style, however I tucked up the ends of the legs by a few centimeters (because I’m short). I like how the leggings taper in at my ankle, even though I’ve turned them up.

Best thing about them: THEY ARE MID-RISE! I can wear a crop top without feeling like I have to “let it all hang out”. The wide waist band is comfortable and firm on my abs and core… tucking me in all the right places.

It is made from a high performance fabric, which is quick drying and breathable. It is stretchy, strong, soft (with a cotton-jersey feel) and has a four-way stretch that allows for optimal movement. They are comfortable enough for me to wear all day (I have done this a few times!).

It doesn’t feel slinky, shiny, plasticky, rubbery or like a scuba diving wetsuit.

The manufacturers rate these leggings as: Ideal for high intensity interval training and gym sessions.

Abi & Joseph Leggings from Ciao Bella Travel

These Abi and Joseph Dreamcatcher 7/8 Tights are also rated for high intensity interval training and gym sessions.

And again they have excellent fit and feel, just like the Acacia Bloom pair.

I am crazy in love with this unique print – it’s my favourite print of the lot. It is so eye catching and whimsical. I wore it to a yoga class and THREE ladies said they loved my leggings and wanted to know where I got them! I felt like I was being stalked!

Abi & Joseph Leggings from Ciao Bella Travel

(Photo: After 10 minutes of trying to take a photo of myself holding a 3kg weight at 90 degrees, perfectly still, flexing, making a perfect wincing expression, while on my tippy toes….. my arms were jelly!!)

These tights have a 7/8 leg length, and are supposed to sit at mid-calf. But of course, they sit lower on me because I’m short. I really like this length and I think they are a much better fit for me. I already have 2 black leggings with this 7/8 length.

For all these Abi and Joseph tights, I’m wearing a Size XS, and I’m usually a Size AUS 6.

When I lifted the tights out of the bag, I was shocked by how TINY they looked. They looked like they were Size XXXS?? I groaned and thought I would have to go through the hassle of returning and exchanging them. But when I slipped them on, they stretched nicely and easily over my legs, hips and waist – without squeezing me to death. I didn’t feel like I was being eaten by a snake! They felt lovely to wear.

Oh and did I mention how much I love the MID-RISE waist?!

Abi & Joseph Leggings from Ciao Bella Travel

Lastly these are the Abi and Joseph Waikiki 7/8 Tights.

I like to think of them as the perfect “in between black leggings and colourful leggings”; when I’m neither in the mood for blending-into-the-background or fist-pumping-with-confidence.

This print is actually kind of cool and they look a bit like skinny, printed cropped jeans!

Of course, if you’re not into printed leggings, the Ciao Bella Travel store has lots of BLACK leggings, the Abi and Joseph ones are priced at $75 (so that’s $63.75 with the 15% off discount) and there are loose fitting yoga/pilates pants too.

Or pick up a versatile Sacha Drake dress (read my review here) or comfortable bamboo tops.

I hope you find something you like! Happy shopping!

Enjoy!

xxx

 


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Seriously Cute Tees!

30 August 2015

Cute Tees from Shopbop

With the warm weather on its way, I’ve been trying to find some good quality, white t-shirts with a cute print.

These are my top picks:

Left: Chaser Heart Stamp Tee
Such a nice, over-sized, relaxed top with a burnout look.

This will be perfect with jeans shorts and sandals! The Chaser brand has heaps of cool punk rock tees (think lipsticks, cheetahs and Pink Floyd). Check out more Chaser t-shirts here.

Middle: Sincerely Jules Lips & Lashes Tee
LA based stylist and popular blogger Julie Sarinana (from Sincerely, Jules) has a collection of nice simple tees that hits under the US$50 mark. I absolutely adore these lips and lashes print! So simple and cute!

Her label has been going since 2013 and seems to be going strong. See more from Sincerely, Jules.

Right: Surf Bazaar Pineapple Square Tee
I like the boxy cut of this t-shirt. And you can’t go wrong with pineapples! A perfect hang-by-the-pool tee.

Surf Bazaar is a NY brand with styles inspired by the colors and symbolism of Tibetan prayer flags.

Hope you all enjoy the last of your weekend!

xxx


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Alexander McQueen Sunglasses For My Schnoz

28 August 2015

Brought to you buy SunglassesShop

Hi everyone! Happy Friday!

Today I’m talking about schnoz candy!

I have an exclusive 12% discount code for those looking to buy a new pair of sunglasses from SunglassesShop.

Enjoy 12% off your total order, including sale items – yay! Just use this code at the checkout: 12KAREN

This code is valid from 28 August – 4 September 2015. They offer FREE worldwide delivery and no fuss returns.

You might want to get yourself a pair of super popular Dior wire frames, or cult favourite Celine Audrey sunglasses, or sexy Tom Ford shades, or some classic Ray-Ban Wayfarers.

McQ by Alexander McQueen from Sunglasses Shop

For me, I’m reviewing some affordable McQ by Alexander McQueen sunglasses!

Affordable? Say what? Usually a pair of Alexander McQueen sunglasses will set you back an eye-watering $400 – $500.

But the fashion house has a more affordable ready-to-wear diffusion line, called McQ (hello lower price points!) with lots of good-looking sunglasses designs. Think classic styles with an injection of McQueen cool.

I picked out the Geometric Cateye Sunglasses in Havana, because I was looking for something a bit different.

Yes it’s great to have a pair of original wayfarers, classic aviators, and timeless cat-eyes; And just like shoes, it’s nice to own a pair of timeless pointed toe pumps, or a classic strappy heeled sandal…

But hey sometimes “wearing classic” can get a bit boring, you look like everyone else (or your 12 year old son), and sometimes you just want to wear something DIFFERENT!

McQ by Alexander McQueen from Sunglasses Shop

I love the look of large sunglasses with a slight cat-eye shape. I think it suits my face, much more than large round or large square-shaped sunglasses.

I like the soft-geometric angles and flat-top feature of the sunglasses. It looks feminine without being too retro. It doesn’t immediately scream 50s… it just looks modern and flattering.

Another great thing about these sunglasses is the combination of wire arms and metal temples, which makes them light to wear. They are not heavy and does not make my nose or ears hurt from the weight of all that plastic. They weigh less than my Ray-Ban Wayfarers!

In terms of returns, SunglassesShop have an local phone number and email you can use, and a 30 day return policy.  You do have to post the item back to the UK, which will cost you about $15-$20. However my sunglasses retail elsewhere for $230, compared to $191 at SunglassesShop. Then with my 12% discount, its final cost was $168 – saving $62! So in a way I think risking $20 to pay for a return is a pretty good risk for a stunning pair of Alexander McQueen sunglasses haha! That’s how I rationalise it!

Anyway, happy shopping and hope you find something you like!

Have a great weekend!

xxx


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Buy Korean Skincare Online from Aniqa Australia!

25 August 2015

Brought to you by Aniqa

Aniqa Korean Skincare - Cremorlab and Mizon

I’m so excited to introduce you all to a new kid in town: Aniqa is an Australian-based online store that stocks some of the hottest Korean skincare products around.

What makes Aniqa different?

Aniqa stocks a carefully edited selection of “boutique” Korean beauty brands – such as, Cremorlab, Mizon, Be The Skin and Caolion.

There are thousands of Korean beauty brands out there, so if you’re a Korean skincare newbie like me, and you just want the best products from the best brands… this site is a godsend!

If you’ve been reading Vogue and other online fashion magazines and beauty forums, you’ll notice that they frequently feature products by Cremorlab, Mizon and Be The Skin. Also, big names like YouTube beauty queen Michelle Phan and Olivia Palermo rave about Cremorlab and Mizon too.

The Aniqa site is run by two passionate and hard working women, who are dedicated to trying and testing out every single product; listening to their clients, finding out what works, what sells and what are creating the most buzz around the world. There’s a nice personal touch to the highly professional site.

The site is beautiful, easy to navigate, secure, and most of all, you can get your Korean beauty fix with ease – cheap and fast! No need to pay gazillions of dollars in shipping from the US or wait 3-4 weeks for your order from Asia.

Aniqa Korean Skincare - Cremorlab

But first, I wanted to talk about where I’m at.

I’m in my mid-30s and skin care is really important to me. I wear sun cream, I wear a hat, I eat well, exercise, drink water, get 8 hours of sleep … most of the time, I do all the right things :)

Over the years, I’ve leaned away from drugstore brands and have reluctantly bought into the world of expensive skincare products from global brands. I say reluctantly, because a little part of me dies when I purchase a bottle of cream for $185!!

But I can’t complain really. If I work hard in keeping up a regular skincare regime, I see results.

When I take care of it, my skin is clear, radiant, smooth and it glows.

I’d say that my skin is at its optimum level. I rarely have dull skin days anymore.

I have been using mostly SK-II products (Facial Treatment Essence, Facial Treatment Gentle Cleanser, Stempower Cream and face masks), Lancome (Advanced Youth Activating Concentrate), and some products from Clarins, Shiseido, Alpha-H, SkinCeuticals, Philosophy and Trilogy.

My main problem is that it’s all so expensive.

(And I haven’t done any lasers, peels, dermabrasions, injectables, fillers, light therapy, or surgery before!)

My Recent Switch to Korean Brands!

I had been hearing a lot about Korean beauty products and how they are taking the world by storm. Everyone seems to be loving them – Vogue editors, fashion and beauty magazine editors, celebrities and hardcore fans on online beauty forums have been trying them out and absolutely loving them.

It sounded good and I was curious to try. I wanted IN on beauty products specially designed for Asian skin!

But…

1) I was reluctant because I didn’t know where to start!

2) I am aware (and possibly quite cynical) that this too is just another “trend” and “hype” in the cosmetics industry.

3) It was difficult to buy Korean beauty products in Australia.

So a couple of months ago, I got a call from an old high school friend… she and her business partner had set up an online store specialising in Korean skincare products, Aniqa. It was a nice site! She wanted to work with me and my blog and we set up a meeting. Usually I am very cautious and reluctant when working with skincare brands. Most times I just say no thanks. I have had some really bad experiences in the past. The results ranged from terrible to mediocre, and who wants to read and hear about terrible/mediocre products?? I only ever want to talk about stuff that I actually LIKE and USE.

I was trying to find a nice way to say, “Uh no thanks babe. I’m happy with SK-II and my little routine!” I didn’t want to go through that whole testing out skincare products journey again – ugh!

But she was an old friend, a lovely person, super-smart, super-genuine, self-starting, go-getting kind of person… so we met up, we caught up with each others’ lives, we talked and laughed for hours… and she gave me a box of products to try out.

That was in June.

And for the last 2 months I have been hooked on using these new products!

Now for the first time, I actually enjoy looking after my skin. I use a facial sheet mask twice a week, and I do a scrub twice a week. I bounce with excitement knowing it’s FACE MASK DAY! Or I go through the day and think, YAY I GET TO DO A SCRUB TONIGHT!

I cannot seem to express how much sheer joy and pleasure I have when I go through my routine and seeing my skin glow!

The result?

Well, I keep waking up in the morning and my skin is gorgeous!

Every day I look in the mirror and think – holy crap, er wow?!

I can honestly say that my complexion is more radiant, smoother, has less redness and is more hydrated than it’s ever been over the past few years. My skin is optimum + a few notches up.

Now whether that’s the result of ONE product, or a RANGE of products, or that I’ve simply upped my skincare regime and have now made it a positive priority in my life… I’m not entirely sure. I would say that it’s a combination of all three/four reasons.

The fact still stands, I see great results and I’m liking it.

Another result is a change in attitude: Taking care of my skin is not a boring, futile chore at the end of the day. It is seriously so. Much. Fun… and I think that inner joy and sparkle comes across in my face too :)

Yes I still get an occasional dull skin day, where my skin is not radiant and smooth. But… that is possibly connected to hormones, sleeping at 2am, eating way too much chocolate, exercising with makeup on my face, not drinking enough water, experimenting with new makeup (reviewing for blog posts) and sitting in a room with a heater/aircon on for 5-6 hours. Haha all the major no-nos!

And yes it’s probably the same amount of skincare regime work (possibly a bit more) as before with my old products SK-II, Lancome, Shiseido, etc.

So then, what was the difference? Why switch?

1) The prices.

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence (150ml) is about AUD$185 and Cremorlab Mineral Treatment Essence (270ml) is AUD$58.

SK-II Stempower Cream (80g jar) is AUD$200 and Mizon Collagen Power Lifting Cream (70ml) is AUD$55.

Ok I know I seem to be hard on SK-II. That wasn’t my intention! I DO love, love, love their products and they DO work for me. But it’s so expensive… $385 for two products?? Whereas two equivalent Korean products (as mentioned above) would set me back $113. Yes I know this is a self-inflicted, first world problem… Haha don’t judge me!

2) Using products in the same range.

Because the prices are great, I can afford to buy all the products in the same range (for example, Mizon Pore Range, Cremorlab Hydro Plus Snow Falls Line) so I’d be happy to use all the toners, serums, eye creams etc. And while a small part of me thinks these ranges are just a marketing ploy, I still like to think that products from the same range should work together chemically, in terms of the right pH, active ingredients, layering and absorption.

3) The smell is simply ah-mazing!

Aniqa Korean Skincare - Cremorlab

Where to start?

The brand Cremorlab (recommended by YouTube beauty queen Michelle Phan and Olivia Palermo) has a huge cult following. Their most raved about products would be Cremorlab Cremorlab Mineral Treatment Essence ($58 – pictured above), Cremorlab Triple Bright White Bloom Foam Cleanser ($39 – pictured above), Cremorlab Smooth Pudding Moisturiser ($65)

And their range of amazing Cremorlab Sheet Masks (starts from $5 – $14) are often featured in fashion and beauty magazines.

Aniqa Korean Skincare - Mizon

Mizon is stocked in Urban Outfitters in the US! According to online beauty forums, Mizon’s range of Snail Repair creams and gels are JUST AMAZING. (These are not stocked on Aniqa yet!) Their serums are also really popular.

My favourite so far is the Mizon Collagen Power Lifting Cream ($55) and the Mizon Collagen Power Lifting Toner ($40).

I am hoping to try the Mizon Hyaluronic Acid 100 Serum ($65) too.

Be The Skin is also another popular product, often raved about by fashion and beauty editors. I personally haven’t tried any from this brand yet, but I heard that these were good: Be The Skin Botanical Nutrition Power Cream ($58) and Be The Skin Botanical Nutrition Power Serum ($59).

I have tested out most of these products mentioned above and I’ll be posting my reviews on which worked best for me!

I’ll also be testing out a few other popular Korean skincare products… so stay tuned!

Happy shopping!

xxx

(Btw, I had a few messages about the flowers in these photographs – Yes I photographed these photos! I sourced the purple Native Wisteria and Camellia branches from my garden, the Almond Blossom from my neighbour’s garden, and the white Lisianthus flowers are from the local florist.)


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Flares and Turtlenecks

21 August 2015

Turtleneck and Flares

Tee hee, it’s been quite fun to pull out some of my favourites clothes from years gone by!

Flares! Turtlenecks! It feels like I’m playing dress ups, without feeling like a freak show.

I’ve already featured THREE of my old flare jeans on my blog (in this post) and since then, I have worn them several times… in public!

Hmmm, I don’t think I will be buying any new season flares this season. They are possibly a bit too over the top (and colourful) for me. But if you’re interested, I spotted some flares at Topshop where you can pick up some lace flares, velvet flares, patterned flares, paisley flares or even white crochet flares – wayhey!

Turtleneck and Flares

For this outfit, I tried to keep everything minimal, casual and subdued. No paisley here!

It really was just an everyday outfit with a tiny bit of fun thrown in.

As for my turtleneck sleeveless sweater (similar here), I bought it about 15 years ago, when I was stocking up on my wardrobe basics. It was around $60 from Sportsgirl, which I think was fairly pricey at the time. Interestingly enough, the fabric has kept very well, it still has a good stretch and the knit is still soft and smooth. I am very happy that it has lasted so long.

Do you keep your favourite old clothes?

I’m a bit of a hoarder and I will never make a good minimalist!

Flares in Deep Blue Similar from ASOS
Long Grey Coat from Shein
Boots from The Iconic.


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Trying Out Culottes

18 August 2015

Hello Parry Culottes

Today I’m road testing these Pin Stripe Culottes from Hello Parry!

They look quite cute right?

So… do you like culottes? Big, baggy, mumsy shorts? I’ve been a bit undecided.

It’s a tricky trend. Everyone seems to be scared or reluctant to wear one.

Did you know culottes were originally Frenchmen’s knickers? They were baggy knee trousers tucked into knee-high socks hehe! Well since then, they have been around the fashion circuit a few times, and now they’re the hottest silhouette trend for this new season.

I haven’t been too keen that culottes are a midi length (ending at my calves) which usually makes me look short, truncated and like I accidentally wore my son’s pants.

I also didn’t like the voluminous silhouette, because that style usually works against my short, petite body shape  (read: makes me look fat).

Plus I had a fear that culottes would make me look like clown or a hippy.

But hey, when I tried a few pairs of these culottes, I discovered that they’re not that bad. Quite nice and elegant actually! I really liked this one too.

I like that they look tailored, smart and polished. I liked that they looked like mid length skirt. And I like that I can wear a bit more skin up the top to balance it off.

These are just fab!

Hello Parry Culottes

I just need a tuxedo jacket and I’ll be all good.

(I’m also wearing Sleeveless Bustier from Fashion Bunker, Acne Pumps from Forward by Elyse Walker and wristwear from The Peachbox)

By the way, just in case you forgot…

** Special Discount Code **

Hello Parry are offering all my readers 10% off storewide (including full priced items and sale items).

Just enter the code “karencheng10” at the checkout to get your discount!

The code ends 30 August 2015.

Happy Shopping!!

xxx


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Schutz Sandals in Nude

17 August 2015

Schutz Sandals

After I bought a pair of black strappy sandals, after constantly reaching for them whenever I went out, after wearing them for hours and hours and absolutely loving them… I knew I wanted to get another good quality pair, in nude!

So after a bit of hunting around, I bought myself a pair of Schutz Sandals (Cady Lee Style) from Shopbop.

Schutz Sandals

It was a bit of a gamble, because I’ve never worn Schutz shoes before, so I was unfamiliar with their sizing.

But they arrived, they are beautiful, and they fit!

I was toying with the idea of getting this Zora Lace Up design, but I chose this very simple and minimal design, to ensure that they look timeless and last me years.

As for the flowers in these photos… I snipped a few branches off my hibiscus tree and when I brought them inside, I didn’t realise that they were full of baby spiders! I had to vacuum my whole living room to get rid of them eeek.

Have a beautiful week everyone! Without baby spiders!

xxx


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Rails Shirts and Stan Smiths

12 August 2015

Lately I’ve been obsessing over a few American brands. I completely love their west coast cool and kind of want everything in their collection :)

Let me share with you!

Shopbop RAILS

Rails is a LA brand with a really cool range of shirts. My friends in the US are raving about them and I’m keen to try one out.

The denim shirts and checked shirts are my favourite at the moment.

Shopbop Skirts

From left to right:
Bailey44 are also a LA label with a cool, relaxed, modern style. Their dresses are flattering and sexy! Love their collection!

Anine Bing has been a favourite of mine for a while. I love her simple and relaxed designs, with a nod of rock and roll/festival style.

Elizabeth and James has a more polished and lady-like style. Their dresses are modern, sleek and look amazing.

Stan Smiths from The Iconic

In the 1970s, Adidas created a tennis shoe and named it after the famous American tennis player, Stan Smith. They were huge in the 1980s and 90s. Apparently they sold about 30 million pairs worldwide.

In 2012, Adidas took the shoe out of production and no longer marketed it. But by 2014, they decided to relaunch the shoe and now everyone wants one!

These Stan Smiths range from $100 – $130, have a patterned – snakeskin and satin – heel tab.

(I’m still in love with my leather Converse, so I’m not sure if I want to fork out $100 for another pair of white leather sneakers! What about you?)

Happy Shopping!

xxx

 


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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder

11 August 2015

Mecca Goodies

I succumbed to the raving online hype and bought myself an Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Palette. It is a finishing powder that is supposed to illuminate your face by diffusing and softening the way light reflects on your skin.

I was really doubtful at first, especially since I have an olive skin tone. But after I tried it, I was SOLD!

It looked beautiful and really softened the colours of my makeup and skin.

The colours include Dim Light (a natural peach beige), Incandescent Light (a brightening opalescent pearl) and Radiant Light (a sun-kissed golden beige).

You can buy Hourglass from MECCA, Net-A-Porter (only $10 shipping), Sephora, Nordstrom.

Have you tried it?


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Rebecca Minkoff Bag + Hello Parry Sunglasses

6 August 2015

A few of my gorgeous girlfriends chipped in together and bought me this leather backpack for my birthday! (I got to choose it!)

It is a Rebecca Minkoff Backpack here from The Iconic or here from Shopbop.
Rebecca Minkoff Bag + Hello Parry Sunglasses

It makes a fantastic everyday bag! The leather is superb quality and the zips and buckles are robust, which allows the bag to survive a few knocks and bumps.

I love that it’s slouchy, casual, sporty… and a bit different.

Backpacks crept back into the fashion scene about a year or two ago and they are pretty popular at the moment. They are probably on the way out, but meh I don’t care, I have been using backpacks and drawstring bags for ages and I feel they are very my style.

Rebecca Minkoff Bag + Hello Parry Sunglasses

My Doir inspired sunglasses are also new from Hello Parry. They are nice and light so they don’t leave a mark on my face. Plus they are super affordable. I really like wearing them because they look cool and quirky, without being too weird.

They do make me look like I have a mono brow though, maybe that’s the new thing haha?

Wearing: Denim shirt Similar Cupcakes and Cashmere Shirt, Similar ASOS | Vivienne Westwood Jeans Similar | Senso Heels | Sunglasses from Hello Parry

*Oh oh, I’m actually off on a girl’s holiday this weekend!

It’s my first GIRLS-ONLY trip away and I’m super excited!

I’ll be updating my Instagram account (@karenlycheng) so do check in on me to keep in touch.

xxx


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Shona Joy Maxi Dresses

4 August 2015

I’ve had my eye on these Shona Joy Maxi Dresses since they first came out :)

I love their colours, prints and designs. I also love how, while they are “maxi dresses”, they are not TOO LONG… so they will definitely fit a shorty like me!

Now they are on sale at The Iconic at 70% off, for $88.50 – $116!

Amazing! And they still have size 6, 8, 10, 12 available.

Shona Joy Maxi Dresses

Left: Landmark Bustier Crossover Maxi Dress

Centre: Installation Bustier Midi Dress

Right: Dessau Bustier Midi Dress

I can’t decide between the one on the left and centre.

There are also lots more gorgeous designs here (short version, strap version, midi skirt, pencil skirt) that are also on sale.

Shona Joy form The Iconic

Left: Mies Pencil Midi Skirt – $51

Centre: Futura Bustier Midi Dress – $206.50

Right: The Gallery Pencil Skirt – $78.40

Happy Shopping! Or browsing!

xxx


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I need a tropical island pronto!

31 July 2015

Wheeee I’ll be jumping on a jet plane for a girl’s trip soon!!

No kids, no husband… HELLO tropical island!!

I’m bouncing with excitement, daydreaming of the warm weather and currently obsessed with the following:

Shopbop White Rompers

A White Romper (more rompers here)
Forget the floaty, patterned, summer dress… a white romper is the new summer staple! Cool and chic, the romper nods to casual resort wear on warm balmy nights by the pool. Bring. It. On.

Yumi Kim Jet Set Romper

Club Monaco Zandu Romper

LIV Allie Cutout Romper

Shopbop Shoes by Schutz

Nude Heeled Sandals from Schutz
Needing some pretty nude heels to go with white, blush and grey outfits… I can’t decide to go with a sleek/simple or statement lace-up styles, which look much cooler!

Schutz Cadey Lee Sandals

Schutz Dubianna Lace Up Sandals

Schutz Dubia Sandals

Outnet Swimwear
Discounted Designer One-Piece Swimwear
While bikinis are fun to wear, sometimes I just want to wear a goddamn one-piece, especially if I had a big meal the night before haha. This is proof that one-piece swimwear can look stylish, elegant, NOT childish (multi-coloured) and NOT boring!

Tory Burch Milos polka-dot underwired swimsuit

Missoni Crochet knit-trimmed printed swimsuit

Lisa Marie Fernandez Arden one-shoulder swimsuit

 

Wanderlust + Co necklaces

Triangly Necklaces
I’m trying to stay away from delicate necklaces that are too pretty or too cutesy at the moment. These necklaces have a nice edgy style to them, without being too arty or awkward.

Frame-Diamond Gold Necklace $29

Dusk To Dawn Layered Gold & Marble Necklaces $49

Tri Pave Layered Gold Necklaces $49

Happy Shopping!

xxx


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Turtleneck Knits From ShowPo

29 July 2015

Turtleneck Knit

I have to be honest… for most days of the week, I dress very simply and casually. And lately, all I ever wear are jeans, jumpers and sneakers!

This combination used to bore me to tears, but I’m actually loving the comfy fashion trend this season: BIG, CHUNKY, TURTLENECK KNITS.

I picked up this Sleeveless Turtleneck Knit from ShowPo.

It also comes in black, white and grey too.

It looks great, feels great, it’s affordable, and I like that it looks current without looking too dressed up.

Turtleneck Knit

Wearing: Grey long coat from Shein (on sale!) | Beige Turtleneck Knit from ShowPo | White jeans from Fendi (ebay) | Acne Studio black pumps from Forward By Elyse Walker.

I wore this outfit out to dinner with my girlfriends the other evening. I thought I might freeze in a sleeveless knit, so I wore a little camisole tank top underneath. Once I entered the warm restaurant, I took off my coat and the extra layer kept me sufficiently snug all night.

The knit was a lovely addition to my wardrobe!

Turtleneck Knit from Iconic

Now, in case you all think that I love, love, LOVE all the clothes that I come across… I decided to include this photo of a knit that didn’t make the cut.

I receive heaps of samples and I buy lots of items on a regular basis, but I only feature the ones that I like. I send lots of items/samples back.

This grey turtleneck knit is from The Iconic.

It looked gorgeous on the model, but I found it to be too big, baggy, and too long in a very unflattering way (it made my legs look short). It was very “meh” and I felt so frumpy. I didn’t like it at all.

In the end, I returned it. I much preferred the range from ShowPo.

Anyway, I hope you manage to take a peek and find something you like!

Happy shopping!

xx Karen


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Whimsical Kate Spade Studs

25 July 2015

Kate Spade Studs from Shopbop

Whenever I fall into a fashion rut, I always look for some new accessories to freshen up my outfits.

When I spotted these whimsical studs from Kate Spade, I practically leaped out of my chair and frantically bashed at my keyboard trying to BUY THEM NOW! BUY THEM NOW!

My first pick: Kate Spade Lip Studs
Second pick: Kate Spade Pineapple Studs
Third pick: Kate Spade Banana Studs

Other earrings shown: Glasses Studs, Eye Studs, Gorjana Palm Tree Studs.

Outfit: Stripe Tee from Seed Heritage, Paige Jeans from Forward by Elyse Walker, Converse from SurfStitch.

What do you think? Super cute right?


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What I Wore: Double Camel!

23 July 2015

Early on Tuesday morning, I made my way into the city to attended a special Program Launch for the 2015 Telstra Perth Fashion Festival.

This is what I wore: A double camel outfit! I matched the floorboards!

Telstra Perth Fashion Festival 2015 Program Launch

I was just going to take a photo in my light studio, but the lovely Andrea from ShopGoh convinced me to take snap at the event… and she took such a nice photo of me that I had to post it up! I was so chuffed – thanks babe!

Wearing the same colour for your top and bottom is becoming quite popular these days – a step up from two piece matching suits and one piece jump suits.

Double white and double denim outfits have been the most popular so far, followed by double grey and double tan coloured outfits.

I was super keen to try putting together a double camel outfit, because I have SO MANY camel / tan / caramel coloured items, all stored away carefully in my wardrobe. I have to put them to use some how!

I also want to try out double khaki and double beige too – just for fun.
Double Camel Outfit

So the funniest aspect to this story: BOTH my top and pants are 15 years old!

My top is a beautiful crocheted knit top by Kookai and my high-waisted, wide-legged pants are from Witchery.

I bought them (separately) when I started working as a web/graphic designer.

I love how fashiong goes around and around!

With everyone dressing in monochrome colours these days, I’m hankering for an injection of colour again!

My heels are Alexander Wang from Forward by Elyse Walker, my bag is by Marc Jacobs (Shopbop).


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Hello Parry Knitwear + Discount Code

21 July 2015

Hello Parry Knit

While the rest of the world is wilting from heat waves and sweltering summer temperatures… Australia is gleefully snuggling on the couch with a fluffy blanket, a crackling fireplace, a hot chocolate, marshmallows, a book in hand and watching the rain pitter-patter on the window pane.

I am crazy about knits at the moment; Especially large, shapeless knits that feel like a great big, stylish hug!

Deciding what to wear in the morning is so simple.

Hello Parry Knit

Wearing: Hello Parry Isadora Knit | Witchery Faux Leather Leggings | Alexander Wang Heels from Forward by Elyse Walker | Marc Jacobs Bag (Shopbop) | ASOS Felt Hat

I was recently invited to check out some of the knitwear pieces at Hello Parry Headquarters and was thrilled by all the cool options!

I loved the grey cardigans, the statement knits and the light knits – which are great for layering and perfect for in-between seasons.

Here are some that caught my eye:

Hello Parry Knitwear AW15

Elle Tweed Print Charcoal Coatigan and Selita Fluffy Striped Knit Cardigan.

 

Hello Parry Knitwear AW15

Rosie Perforated Striped Oversized Knit Top and Julia Grey Knitted Cropped Pullover Knit.

** Special Discount Code **

Hello Parry are offering all my readers 10% off storewide (including full priced items and sale items).

Just enter the code “karencheng10” at the checkout to get your discount!

The code ends 30 August 2015.

Happy Shopping!!


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Going Wild!

17 July 2015

Girls Night Out Flatlay

Getting ready for a girl’s night out and taking advantage of the photogenic light in my house!

Zac Posen Leopard Print Clutch | Hello Parry Sunglasses | Alexander Wang Heels

Have an amazing weekend everyone!

xxx


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The Sleeveless Trench

8 July 2015

Back in April, I went to a jewellery launch party at Linneys.

It was a very intimate party. I didn’t know very many people there. So I wandered around… and someone told me about THE PINK DIAMOND RING that was on TV earlier that morning. So of course, I had to check it out, I had to wear it and I had to take a selfie ;)

Apparently it cost $880,000! Ouch!

Linneys Pink Diamond Ring

I didn’t manage to get a good photo of my full outfit. The lighting was bad. The space was cramped.

I was going to skip putting it up on my blog… but it was such cute outfit and I got lots of compliments about it on the day.

So I decided to re-shoot my outfit last week, this time in my studio at home.

Pink Sleeveless Trench

It channels all that I’m desperately hankering for at the moment… light, white fabrics, pink hues, floaty layers, and silky textures.

My top is from In Good Company, which I reviewed in this blog post.

My skirt is from YesStyle, but you can also find similar laces skirts at ChicWish or Shein.

Pink Sleeveless Trench

Initially I wasn’t a fan of the sleeveless trench or vest, mainly because it’s a trend item and will probably go out of fashion in 1 or 2 seasons.

But when I wore one, it felt so LENGTHENING and so elegant. I really liked the way it changed my posture and the way I moved. I felt tall and lean. Much like the long grey coat that I reviewed a few weeks ago.

I liked that it added a bit of colour, layer and movement to my outfit.

You can pick up a sleeveless trench for $50-$70 or you can invest in a higher quality, designer one for $700? If you buy a one with buttons, you can wear it belted at the waist, as a kind of tailored, sleeveless dress too!

Check out some ideas I found below! I love the blush, white and dove grey ones the best.

Happy shopping!

xxx


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Anine Bing and Prima Jeans

1 July 2015

Anine Bing and Jeanswest Prima

I’ve been a little bit obsessed with my skinny black jeans at the moment.

I know it’s a weird thing to be obsessed about, because they’re not exactly a new thing and I’ve had many, MANY pairs over the years. What’s the big deal right?

I’ve just found myself waking up in the morning and wanting to wear nothing else. Blue jeans? Khaki jeans? Grey trousers? Neh. Black jeans it is then!

Then I’ll just throw on a knitted jumper, or a grey sweat shirt, or a denim shirt, or a checked shirt, or a white t-shirt, or a striped t-shirt… then some ankle boots and voilà my outfit is done.

I have a sneaking suspicion that my “obsession” is more from the result of winter laziness.

But I just tell myself that it’s very Kate Moss, except that I don’t have blonde hair, height, or a rock star husband.

Anine Bing and Jeanswest Prima

ANINE BING T-SHIRT

I popped over to the Anine Bing online store a few weeks ago – I just LOVE the style of her whole collection. It’s so casual, cool and everything seems to work perfectly together. I want to to buy everything!

I bought this Anine Bing striped t-shirt and chose the size XS. It’s supposed to be loose fitting, but in all honesty, it’s probably 1-2 sizes too big for me. It looked a bit like a nightie when I first wore it! The fabric is 100% cotton and feels nice, smooth and robust.

I decided that I was going to keep it, so I attacked it with a sewing machine and took a few cms off the body. It looks great on me now :P

JEANSWEST PRIMA JEANS

Last week I mentioned that I fell in love with Jeanswest’s Prima Jeans collection and now I have a pair in blue and black.

I went into the store to try on the Super Skinny 7/8 length jeans and found that they are a perfect length for my short legs – meaning that I don’t have spend extra money at the tailor to take them up YAY!

PLAID COAT

This Black and White Plaid Coat was such an awesome buy! I got it from Shein, on sale, for under $50.

I was actually going to buy this Black and White Long Cardi, or this Plaid Blouse, but I thought the coat would last me a bit longer through the colder season.

Peachbox Bangles

SILVER BANGLES

My wristwear is by a new-ish online shop called The Peach Box.

They have a pretty cool collection of modern and on-trend designs which are really affordable. They are only costume/fashion jewellery but their price points are very affordable :)

BLACK STRAPPY HEELS

These babies are from Styletread! They are the Libby Pair by Tony Bianco and they are half price at the moment.

Phew! I’m really looking forward to the weekend – bring on the school holidays and my birthday festivities already!

Happy shopping!

xxx


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Bamboo Body Knit Collection

25 June 2015

I absolutely love bamboo fabric!

I adore the luxurious, soft, silky feel of it; and the lovely drape and weight of it oozes quality and comfort. I also like the fact that it is a natural fabric and an eco-friendly and sustainable resource.

The team at Bamboo Body sent over some amazing knits, which I’m so excited to share with you!

I also have a special discount code at the end of this post to share – yay!

BambooBody Knit Collection AW15

First up, this is this Bamboo Cashmere Scoop Knit.

It is made from 95% bamboo, 3% cashmere and 2% wool. I’m wearing the knit in Oatmeal XS, but it also comes in Black and Cacao (dark brown).

Oh my, it is sooooo lovely!

It is so luxurious, soft, comfortable, breathable and lightweight… yet it’s still slightly thick enough to be warming, without being too heavy or chunky.

 

BambooBody Knit Collection AW15

I found that this jumper was easy to dress up to create a modern and stylish outfit.

Plus it was easy to layer under my coats, because it wasn’t bulky.

I’m so in love with this particular scoop neck style and the oatmeal colour. It’s so elegant, chic and it falls very nicely. I just want to wear it everyday!

I’m also wearing a top like this Essential Scoop Tee underneath the jumper.

BambooBody Knit Collection AW15

This is the Bamboo Cashmere V Neck in black, and this time I went one size up to a Size S, because I wanted to wear it in a more slouchy, relaxed style.

Again the knit is made from 95% bamboo, 3% cashmere and 2% wool. And again the style did not disappoint!

I love the comfortable, smooth, soft texture of the knit and I just adore the way it falls on my body.

I have been wearing this jumper with skinny jeans, faux leather pants and pencil skirts. Love it!

I’m also wearing an Above Elbow Scoop Top underneath.

BambooBody Knit Collection AW15

Knits are tricky garments to buy, because quality usually goes hand in hand with price.

Until now I have struggled to find a high-quality luxurious knit that didn’t cost me $200+.

These bamboo cashmere jumpers tick ALL my boxes: high-quality look and feel, quality fabric, high in comfort, classic minimal style, zero itch factor and great price.

BambooBody Knit Collection AW15

Lastly I also tried on the Bamboo Duster Jacket which is like a long cardigan. Again I’m wearing the Oatmeal colour in Size XS.

It’s a lovely, flattering and lightweight jacket; it also has a slight taper in the waist to make it look more fitted and slimming.

Do excuse my awkward smile, I was trying to test how the fabric would feel next to my skin (without my top!) and now it looks like casual loungewear that you wear at home.

But of course, it easily layers over a camisole, t-shirt, blouse, shirt or dress, as it has an extremely versatile style.

I feel that it is polished enough to throw over your shoulders at an evening event, and it is perfectly suited to be part of an office wardrobe.

Bamboo Body Knitwear

You know, I’ve never actually heard of bamboo knitwear before. I’ve only ever been familiar with the soft bamboo / jersey type fabric that is often made into basic tees, tanks and yoga pants.

I’m so pleased to have reviewed this range, as I’m utterly hooked on these knits!

Check out the whole Bamboo Body Knitwear range here.

** Special Discount Code **

Bamboo Body are offering all my readers 15% off your whole order (including sale items).

Just enter the code “karencheng” at the checkout to get your discount.

The promotion will run for 2 weeks.

This is such great value!

Do check out these bamboo garments that I recommend:

Essential Bamboo Scoop Tee, in black, white, grey, taupe and lichen (khaki).

Bamboo Cami, in black, white, grey marle, navy & white stripes

Bamboo Tops, in all colours.

(If you’re interested, I actually reviewed some of these bamboo tops in this post and this post a few years ago!)

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

xxx

 

 

 

 


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Trilogy Gentle Facial Exfoliant

24 June 2015

Trilogy Scrub

I’ve been a big fan of Trilogy products for years, and I particularly love their range of rosehip oil products.

So when this new Gentle Facial Exfoliant landed in my mailbox, I almost fell over myself to get to a wash basin to try it out.

For the last few months, I’ve been using exfoliating products that are more like chemical peels.

Combined that with long, cold winter days, and the fact that I’ve been sitting in my office with a heater on all day… my skin has been feeling really BLAH.

I needed to switch up my skin care routine… and I was in desperate need of a good scrub!

The Trilogy Gentle Facial Exfoliant doesn’t use plastic microbeads, it features natural, biodegradeable and non-abrasive jojoba wax microspheres, which are good for your skin and good for the earth.

It has a nutrient base of sweet almond, evening primrose, rosehip oil, active honey enzymes and camellia oil.

I have used it for a few days now and I really like it as a gentle daily scrub.

It polishes and cleanses very well. It is non-foaming and non-drying. My skin feels so lovely, clean and plump after using it.

But most of all, I love the smell… so much so that I look forward to washing my face in the evenings :)

You can buy Trilogy Products online here

Hope you like it too!

xx


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My Best Slim Fit Jeans

22 June 2015

Jeanswest Prima Jeans

Being a jeans lover, I’ve shopped and owned quite a few pairs of jeans in my life.

Over the last 5-6 years, I’ve tried on skinny jeans from Acne Studios, Frame Denim, Ksubi, Sass and Bide, IRO, Rag & Bone, Levis, J Brand, Lee, Current/Elliot, Cheap Monday, G-Star, Sportsgirl, Zara, Country Road, Witchery – and today I’m declaring that I have found the BEST slim fitting jeans with the BEST price tag, I’ve ever worn!

(Now I know that everyone says that about their favourite jeans, but I’m serious… you have to give these a go!)

They are from the Jeanswest Prima Denim range, made from a high-quality, soft, Turkish denim.

Jeanswest Prima Jeans

The jeans fit SO WELL around my waist, bum, hips, thighs and calves.

They seem to have an amazing stretch in all the right places, without being too tight. The fabric is soft, stretchy and firm. They don’t pinch or cut into me, and I can move around in them comfortable and easily. I can wear them all day!

The only problem was that they were a bit long in the leg for me (I’m 160cms/5’2″).

But since I was so utterly happy with them, I went to a tailor to get the leg lengths turned up. I also paid extra to put a taper effect at my ankles, since I was chopping off a good 12cms off!

I paid $75 in total for tailoring (eeep!) – because I felt they were worth it.

I have since picked up another awesome Jeanswest Skinny Denim in black and in a 7/8 length, so I don’t have to spend extra to tailor them! So happy!

Also wearing:

Alexander Wang Blazer from The Outnet
Zoe Karssen Tee from Hunter and Gatherers
Tony Bianco Heels from Styletread
Ray-Ban Sunglasses from Vision Direct

 


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Midweek Shopping Inspo

17 June 2015

Sale - Fashion Bunker

I spied some cute fashion buys by C/Meo Collective (Cameo), Keepsake, Finders Keepers… that are up to 75% off at Fashion Bunker.

These are my favourites:
Keepsake Sublime Bodice, Keepsake Spiral Skirt
Snow Leopard Bustier, White Skirt
Finders Keepers Dress

 

Sale - Senso Shoes

I think I sound like a broken record… going on and on about Senso shoes. But I love my Sensos!

So if you’re a fan, you can get some of these styles at 50% off here.

Senso Riley V (Leopard Print) – Was $275, $137.50
Senso Riley I (Black) – Was $249, now $124.50
Senso Rhiannon II (Black) – Was $265, now $132.50
Senso Vanessa III (Leopard Print) – Was $265, now $132.50

 

Sale - The Outnet

And lastly, a few months ago I wrote about my epic score on an Alexander Wang blazer from The Outnet.

So I thought I’d share a few more similar blazers that have popped up on The Outnet again!

Happy shopping!

xxx


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A Bit of Flare Here And There

12 June 2015

Chicwish Skirt and Fashion Bunker Top
Fashion Bunker Bustier | Chicwish Skirt | Heels by Diavolina | Ray-Ban Aviators from Vision Direct

 

I’m so excited to show off a few new bits and pieces!

What I love most about them all… is that I can easily mix and match them with lots of things that are already in my wardrobe.

A Simple, Black Bustier

First up is a Remix Bustier from Fashion Bunker. I wanted a simple, strapless top to wear with my statement skirts and jeans.

This particular design is not too revealing (no awkward deep, plunging cleavage here) and has a simple, flared peplum (to enhance my waist and hourglass shape, because my boobs are small!).

Other good quality bustiers I had looked at (these drool-worthy bustiers) fell into the $100 – $170 price range (ouch?!?) but this Remix one was much more affordable and still looked/felt like a premium garment.

At first I received the Size XS (I’m usually a Size 6), but it was much too tight. The flesh at my armpits kind of bulged over the top in a most unattractive way… so I swapped it for a Size S, which fit me perfectly. So make sure you buy a size up, if you’re thinking of getting one too.

Can’t wait to wear these with drop-crotched pants, loose-fitting pants, skinny jeans and more!

Chicwish Skirt and Fashion Bunker Top

Flare Skirt

This Cut Out Midi Skirt has a very cool, high-impact look about it. It has a lovely structure and shape, a gorgeous texture and it has a good weight to it, that makes it feel like a quality product.

It’s super affordable and you can get one in red and peach too. Love it!

I’ll be wearing mine with casual print tees and slouchy cropped jumper.

Stud Heels

Eeep I got my hands on these Diavolina Stud Heels… and they look amazing!!

I wish I could afford the real thing (but there’s absolutely zero chance of that happening)… so these are definitely an unexpectedly happy substitute.

They are made from soft leather so they feel diving to walk in. Now I’m considering to get the All Nude or All Black one too – oops!

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!

xxx


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Being That Watchy Person

7 June 2015

The Horse Watch

The Horse watch | Ray-Ban 2140 sunglasses | Alexander Wang blazer | Acne Studios jeans

Are you a watchy person? I am a VERY watchy person. And I will always have one on my wrist.

I like to arrive on time. I like to know how much time I have to do and enjoy things. I like to know when to leave. I like to be early for the next thing. I like to be ready and on track.

And basically I feel naked, agitated and lost throughout the whole day, if I forget to wear my watch!

The classic, leather strap watch has become very popular again recently. I did have a Guess leather strap watch many years ago, but I lost it.

So I have been eyeing a Daniel Wellington watch, in particular this Classic Sheffield Lady watch, in silver. But at US$199 (AUS$260) it was a bit expensive for me, so I put it off until… oh I’m not sure, I think I was waiting for it to go on sale?

They are also sold here where it costs AUS$249 and they often have a 20-25% off everything sale.

But I stumbled across some watches by a brand called The Horse and I was really impressed by them! Their watches looked amazing!

You can buy The Horse watches from Surfstitch and if you sign up to their newsletter you can received $20 off your next order and buy one for $119-$169.

I bought The Classic Unisex Leather Watch for $169 and I’m absolutely in love with it!

You can also try The Horse Watches from Beginning Boutique, who also have some good sales.

The Horse Watches

These are the Classic Unisex Leather Watch range from Surfstitch.

The Horse Watches

And these are the Original Unisex Leather Watch range from Surfstitch.

Happy shopping!!
xxx


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Zimmermann Silk Dress and Long Grey Coat

28 May 2015

Long grey coat

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As for my long, grey coat

Eeep, isn’t it gorgeous?

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

I was also looking to buy this one.

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

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

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

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

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

Happy shopping!


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Midweek Shopping Inspo

21 May 2015

Sale Stud Shoes

Stud Shoes!

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

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

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

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

 

Anine Bing
Anine Bing Tops

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

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

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

Linen Tank Top – US$69

Striped Short Sleeve T-Shirt – US$99

Ivory Layered Top – US$169

 

Sale Silk Shirts

Silk Shirts from The Outnet

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Shopping!
xxx


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Running in the cold

15 May 2015

Activewear
Hi everyone! How’d your week go?

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

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

Anyway, I want to talk about this jacket.

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

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

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

Have a fab weekend!

xxx

Wearing:

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


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New Hair, New Knit

13 May 2015

Revolution The Label Knit

I got a haircut today and decided to go shorter!

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

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

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

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

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

Leatherette Pants from Topshop,

Ankle boots by Senso from The Iconic

Saint Laurent Sunglasses from Vision Direct

Bag by ALLDRESSEDUP


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The Ray-Ban Clubmaster

11 May 2015

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

Enjoy 12% off your order, including sale items.

Just use this code at the checkout: KARENCHENG12

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

Ray-Ban ClubMaster

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy xxx