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What I Wore: Gingham + Big Sleeves

6 July 2017

Hello Parry Gingham + Flare Jeans

Hey hey!

Recently I had to attend a couple of client meetings – 4 in one week, which was quite a lot for me, and this was one of my outfits. The nice thing about working as a “creative” is that you can just wear any crazy, old thing and everyone just shrugs their shoulders haha.

Now I don’t think that this top is THAT crazy, but it certainly is eye-catching and the sleeves are very different.

Voluminous sleeves are back in a big way and I love rocking mine. They are super fun to wear and a great way to elevate a casual outfit.

Basically it means I can wear jeans more often and not feel like I’m “underdressed”.

This top is the Naomi Gingham Top by Hello Parry. It has a boxy body, which gives it a relaxed and airy feel to it, that balances out the extravagant sleeves.

It’s like a cotton, button-down shirt, where you can wear it tucked in or out. But I prefer to tuck it in, so it accentuates my waist.

Hello Parry Gingham + Flare Jeans

The top is made from a cotton blend material, so it’s strong, light and feels lovely. Funnily, it doesn’t need much ironing (which is great), but I haven’t washed it yet.

The sleeves are pretty cool. They drape nicely, the cuffs are loose (not elasticated), and they are not so long that they get in the way of you doing stuff with your hands – very important!

There are quite a few lovely statement tops at Hello Parry (Vol 1 Collection); an off shoulder version of this top, a gingham wrap top with ruffle sleeves, more ruffles, stripes and big cuffs!

Hope you spot something you like!

I’m also wearing Rag & Bone Flare Jeans, Stuart Weitzman Heels, Rebecca Minkoff Quilted Bag and Sportsgirl Sunglasses.


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Birthday Kicks: Aquazzura Sexy Thing Booties

3 July 2017

Aquazzura Sexy Thing Booties

Yay it’s July and in a lead up to my birthday month, I kind of did this thing!

I mean, what better way to celebrate “getting older” than to do a 4-week camping trip to Central Australia with my family… AND get myself some totally impractical shoes?!

It’s all about balance :)

Launched in 2011, the Sexy Thing Bootie by Aquazzura has been labelled as an iconic fashion shoe of 2010s.

The shoe was designed by Edgardo Osorio, who has said that it was the first shoe design for his collection, when he launched the Aquazzura brand in 2011.

It features super-soft, suede uppers that comfortably wrap around the shape of the foot, soft inner soles and brilliant design. It was known as the “24 Hour Shoe” and still very popular today; living up to it’s classic, timeless, yet modern style.

Suffice to say, I had my eye on them for years.

When an online sale came up, I nabbed it, courtesy of Shopbop, and my heart skipped a beat.

Aquazzura Sexy Thing Booties

What do I think?

Omg they certainly live up to the hype.

They are simply beautiful. They are so so so soft. They are the loveliest and most comfortable shoes I have ever worn. All those points I wrote about above, about the leather hugging your foot, soft inner soles, excellent design, classic style, yes yes, yes and yes.

I can wear them for hours and they feel amazing. The only thing that surprised me was their weight. They are very light and they feel delicate. They don’t feel like they will break or tear, but because of their price, yes, I am quite precious with them.

I tread carefully! I stay away from cobblestone paths!

The shade of nude is lovely. I am usually a size 36, and chose the 36, which fit me perfectly.

I love how versatile they are and that I can wear them dressed-up or dress-down. They are fabulous with both an evening gown or a jeans and a tee.

Yay to an exciting month!

(Btw yes, I’m still travelling around in Central Australian Desert as I post this!)


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What I Wore: Slouchy Knits and Ripped Jeans

27 June 2017

Slouchy Knits and Ripped Jeans

I’ve been LOVING these fashiony things lately:

1) The latest style in jeans: CROPPED + RELAXED.

It’s just a little detail to switch up your outfits. It’s easy to do… either roll up the ends of your jeans, or take a pair of scissors to them.

I like that you wear cropped jeans in summer and winter.

It does go against my general rule about lengthening my legs, but hey, it’s fun to wear and I get to show off my boots.

These are my new and amazing GRLFRND X Revolve Candice Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans (courtesy of Revolve).

They fit soooo well around my butt and have a nice relaxed-fit, but tapered leg. They are super soft, stretchy and so comfortable.

Unfortunately I’m too short, so the distressed hem doesn’t show on my legs, as I have rolled them up a few times.

I’m wearing a size 25, which fits perfectly around my waist, hips, bottom and thighs, and for the rest of the leg, they are baggier on me than they look on the model.

But I love them! I’m obsessed! They look different to all my other jeans so I’m very happy with them. I can wear them all day, every day.

2) SLOUCHY KINTS.

Ah, have they ever been out of style?

I bought this lovely Acne Studios Merino Knit from The Outnet on a ridiculous sale. (There is just so much good stuff there at 50% – 60% off!)

It’s just beautiful! It’s a bit thin, but that makes it great for layering.

I actually bought it a few months ago, but it has been too warm to wear it.

Also wearing, Jeanswest Khaki Jacket, Tony Bianco Boots, and A.P.C. Bag.


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What I Wore: Runnings Errands in a Dress

22 June 2017

Steele Dress from Elone Online Boutique

With the sunny weather still in full swing, I’ve been trying to get as much use of my dresses (and my tan) as I can.

This beauty is from Elone, an Australian online store with a very drool-worthy collection of dresses and clothes. (It’s currently 30% off at the moment in the sale section!)

I’m preparing for our big road trip and I’m slowly working through FOUR PAGES of “To Do” and “To Buy” lists:

Buy audibooks. Buy a battery pack for our devices. Buy microfiber towels. Buy thermal underwear. Buy my 8yo some spare walking shoes. Upgrade my wireless modem. Pack a washing up tub. Pack a soft esky. Pack a compass. Email all my kid’s teachers…

Omg my list goes on and on. So I’ve been running around town doing this and organising that – in a dress!

Truth be told, I did start the day with a fluffy cardigan, and I did meet up with a girlfriend who passed me some camping stuff, and we bought takeaway coffee from a fancy cafe… so I didn’t really dress up for the guys at the camping store haha!

Steele Dress from Elone Online Boutique

Wearing: Steele Dress from Elone, Converse sneakers, Straw hat from Sportsgirl.


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Review: Grana Turkish Denim Cropped Jeans

21 June 2017

Review: Grana Turkish Denim Cropped Jeans

A few months ago, I bought a few pairs of jeans from Grana.

They were on a Clearance Sale and I picked them up for $30 each. I did this so I could rip, cut and distress them! One was a “High-Rise Flare Style” and the other was a “Mom Style”. I bought Size 25, which is my usual size, and they BOTH fit perfectly around my waist, hips, bottom and thighs. But they were waaay too long in the leg, which was fine, because I’m used to that, plus I was cutting them up anyway.

But my review is not about those jeans.

The lovely team at Grana sent me a pair of their New Turkish Denim Cropped Jeans for me to try out and review!

I LOVED the fact that they were cropped. No cutting up required haha. Although I did roll up the cuffs twice to accentuate the cropped style and to show off my ankles.

These Turkish Denim Jeans felt soft, but they were still thick and firm.

They hugged well and the “high” waist was at a good height (not too high).

Review: Grana Turkish Denim Cropped Jeans

My only issue is that I asked for a size 25, but it was just a bit too tight for my liking.

I tried wearing it over 4 separate occasions, thinking that maybe I was just imagining it, or maybe they will loosen up over a few wears, or maybe I was having a bloated day? Nope.

The Size 25 was too tight around my waist and hips. Strange that other people said that the jeans were “true to size”. To me they felt like active compression leggings (I had to suck in my tummy to zip up) and they pinched my thighs when I sat down… which is not what I’m looking for in jeans. So I guess, next time I’ll be getting a size up!

The good news is that these jeans are a pretty good price (AUD$85) and they come in cute colours like white, blush, khaki, dark blue, light blue (no black though).

I do have a 10% OFF + Free Shipping Code to share! Simply use “karenxgrana” at the checkout.

Happy shopping!

xxx


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What I Wore: Tularosa Off Shoulder Dress

17 June 2017

What I Wore: Tularosa Off Shoulder Dress

Last week, the sun was out just enough for me to get some vitamin D in this super lovely, off-shoulder dress.

My girlfriend and I sat in the sun for 55 minutes, under the shade of the trees, ate salmon and salad and marvelled at how lucky we were to live in such a beautiful and peaceful city.

Then we both rushed home to do chores before the kids came home from school haha!

What I Wore: Tularosa Off Shoulder Dress

I love a good off-white summery dress!

The off-white gives the dress a very natural and relaxed feel. Not to mention that I feel much more relaxed about trying not to spill anything onto it.

I love that the midi length gives the dress a lady-like and classy feel.

It has a great quality to it – lovely fabric, lined with cotton, excellent stitching, beautiful drape, perfect cut and style. The fabric has a great weight to it and the elastic is soft and comfortable.

I’m thinking that this one will last me years!

What I Wore: Tularosa Off Shoulder Dress

It is called the Marty Midi Dress by Tularosa. I’m wearing the Size XS and the colour is more of a cream, than shown here in my photo.

It’s definitely one that I’ll be wearing to a nice garden party or dinner on a tropical night while in Thailand!

Also wearing, Sportsgirl Straw Hat, Celine Sunglasses, Fabienne Envelope Clutch by Clare V., and Schutz Cadey Lee Sandals by Schutz.

Have a lovely weekend!

xxx


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What I Wore: Majorelle Knit + Rag & Bone/Jean Crop Flares

12 June 2017

Majorelle Knit + Rag and Bone Flares

I spent the weekend at a kid’s birthday party (hello little red cocktail sausages), dinner with my family (fish and chips and fried rice because we’re Asian), cooking up a storm of pancakes and hosting a brunch for my husband’s family… basically I was in multiple food comas all weekend and it was good.

Now that it’s the start of the week, I’ve discovered that I’ve been LIVING in my jeans and jumpers.

And on the days I need to elevate my style, I simply wear a NICE pair of jeans and jumper haha!

My Blush Off Shoulder Knit has been on high rotation.

 

Particularly because it looks and feels sooo lovely.

I’m still considering whether I should get one in a black?

Majorelle Knit + Rag and Bone Flares

Another thing I’ve been loving lately are cropped flare jeans.

These Crop Flare Jeans are an absolutely gorgeous pair by Rag & Bone/JEAN, which I bought on sale from FWRD.

Being cropped, they are a perfect ankle-grazing fit for short people like me.

They are so so soft, stretchy and comfy, that I can literally wear them after I have my morning shower (8am) to when I go to bed (11pm).

I recently bought a pair of regular-length flare jeans on a clearance sale from Grana. They were about $30. I bought them thinking I could rip the ends off and create an awesome ripped / distressed hem look.

But by the time I tore the 15cms off the leg needed to make them “cropped jeans”, they just looked like regular jeans and don’t even look like flares anymore! Major Fail.

So from now on I’ll be sticking to cropped styles and petite sizes if I want any distressed jean hems.

Also wearing: Loeffler Randall Handbag and Airflex heels.

Have a fab week everyone!


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Modern Diamonds for Wearing Every Day

9 June 2017

Brought to you by Michael Hill

Michael Hill Geometric Ring

I own a few diamond rings. They are not huge rocks, or super bling-bling.

They are small, simple, understated and meaningful.

Gone are the days where I pile on the ring stacks, the boho costume jewellery and the mismatched styles.

These last few years, you will often just see me wearing only one ring on each hand. And one of them is my wedding ring.

Not only does this look clean and minimal, it’s also much faster for me to get dressed in the mornings haha!

I prefer the sleek, minimal, modern designs now, more so than the traditional styles.

Michael Hill Geometric Ring

I recently picked out this Geometric Ring (courtesy of Michael Hill) featuring 0.20 carat total weight of diamonds, in Sterling Silver.

I absolutely adore its stylish, modern design.

I like that it is pretty, understated and a little different to the standard band ring, but it’s not TOO different.

Michael Hill Geometric Ring

Here’s a close up.

For all you quick-eyed readers, yes I took off my wedding band to take this photo, because I can only hold my DSLR camera with my right hand, so I had to model this ring with my left hand!

I usually wear my pretty rings on the right hand.

Michael Hill Geometric Ring

In terms of outfits and how I wear it, I like the versatility of the ring.

I could wear it with a fancy cocktail dress, or I could wear it with my everyday jeans and a white shirt.

Michael Hill Geometric Ring

There were a few more Michael Hill diamond rings that caught my eye, like this Crossover Ring (which is a bit bigger than the one I chose) and this Diamond Ring which would be my ultimate non-wedding/engagement ring – I can only wish!

As I said before, I prefer the modern styles over the traditional styles.

These Spirits Bay rings are quite unique too, as they are based on the remaining shape of a Totorere Shell (Maori name for Trumpet Shell) after it has been worn down by the elements after many years.

Also, do head over to the site to check out Michael Hill’s Sale Collection!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

xxx


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Review: Grana Silk Cashmere Boyfriend V-Neck Sweater

7 June 2017

Grana Silk Cashmere

The kind folk at Grana sent me a few pieces from their Mongolian Cashmere range to see what I thought of them.

I already own a few Grana 100% Cashmere sweaters, which are so warm, snuggly, soft and I absolutely loooove them!

Today I’m showing off their Silk Cashmere Boyfriend V-Neck Sweater, made from a blend of Chinese silk and Mongolian cashmere.

The fabric surprised me.

I didn’t like it at first. I found it to be without a clear purpose. It was not appropriate for hot days and too thin for cold days. But after trying it out for a few weeks, I realised that I was wearing it like a knitted sweater… when I should wear it more like a top for layering.

After that, I really, really liked it!

It is not fluffy or wooly at all. In fact, it is more like a very fine, lightweight knit.

It looks similar to a fine Merino knit sweater, but this silk cashmere is NOT itchy at all.

It is the opposite. It is gorgeously smooth and soft, but it still feels strong and luxurious.

Grana Silk Cashmere

In terms of warmth, it’s not a sweater!

As I said, it’s like a light knitted top, for layering.

It’s breathable, soft, light and thin, so yep, it’s great for layering without being bulky.

Grana Silk Cashmere

What I like best is the luxurious look and feel of the knit.

I could definitely wear it to an office or meeting, and still have that smart, polished look.

Or I could wear it with a metallic skirt or some other kind of statement glam skirt.

I know this a bit random, but for some reason it reminds me of something Victoria Beckham would wear – a close fitting knit that is slouchy in all the right places. And I have a slight crush on VB at the moment.

The other best thing I like about this sweater, is that it solves my layering issues.

I always had a problem when layering in cold weather.

I would pile on my nice clothes to go outside. But when I go inside, into the warmth of a restaurant or someone’s house, I take off my nice layers and I am left with a homey, Big W cotton long sleeve top haha. Which yeah, looks a bit daggy.

So this is a really nice in-between knit to have.

Grana Silk Cashmere

 

I’m wearing the Size XS. It’s a perfect fit for me! It’s a boyfriend style, so the sweater is a little boxy and loose fitting in the body. But it drapes beautifully.

The V-neck sits really nicely on my chest. Being small/petite, I often have a problem with v-necks that dip very low on my chest.

The cuffs are a firm fit. They are snug, not too tight. But tighter than I’m used to in a knit or a top.

I don’t hang this sweater on a hanger the normal way. I fold it in half and then I fold it over the bar of the hanger. This makes creases in it, so the fabric does need a quick iron before I wear it, which is a bit annoying. But after that, it doesn’t cease when I sit down or lean back into my chair. So it’s all good.

10% Off Discount Code

You can get 10% off your total order and free shipping, by using the code “KARENxGRANA” at the checkout.

Or you can use this link, create an account and they’ll automatically send you the 10% discount code to use on your order (just letting you know, if you do make an order with the link, I will get some credit added to my account).

Enjoy!

Also wearing: Oak Leather Jacket, Acne Studios Skin 5 Jeans, Boohoo Loafers.


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Wearing: The Sensible Cecil Mule by Tibi

6 June 2017

Brought to you by Shopbop

Tibi Cecil Mules

Last year I bought myself some Black Slides from ASOS (I reviewed them here) thinking that I’d just experiment with the mule style and NOT invest in a higher-quality pair.

It turned out that I LOVED my slides. They were so so so easy to wear with jeans, pants, culottes, shorts, skirts – everything! I wore them everywhere and they are a bit worn out now.

They were also pointed-toe, so they squeezed my toes together, which meant they hurt my toes after a while.

So in an effort to wear less pointed-toe shoes, I decided to switch up and upgrade them.

Say hello to my new Cecil Mules by luxe NY brand Tibi.

I kind of wanted the Cecil Mules in Gold because they just looked so cool, different and fabulous. But I decided to be sensible and get the black ones.

Wide toe and black! Sensible indeed haha!

The description on the product page, said that the mules “Can be worn with the back up or down” but it turned out they can’t be worn with the back up. I tried to flip it up, but it’s glued down tight. So I’m thinking that the description was an error. I was a little disappointed because I thought I’d get 2 in 1 styles – Mules and Loafers! Oh well.

But it’s not so bad that I’d return them, because they are just LOVELY.

They are so soft, lightweight, yet firm and strong. They are super comfy too.

They are a fantastic upgrade!

I also had my eye on these Amina Nappa Slides by Acne Studios, which also featured a heel cap which can be worn up or down. They looked super soft. But they were pointed-toe and a little more expensive. And they looked less like loafers when worn as a shoe.

Take a peek at more Mules and Slides from Shopbop, prices starting at A$55, and lots of styles at their Shoe Sale section!

Enjoy!

xxx


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Soaking Up The Last of Autumn

30 May 2017

Shen White Dress

I’ve been keen to soak up these last few days of autumn!

The recent spell of warm daytime sunshine has just been glorious for my soul.

But I have been racing around like crazy woman, working till 1 am then setting my alarm clock for 5am, so I can get an extra hour of work done before the kids get up.

I knew I was headed for a meltdown soon. So I booked myself in for a facial treatment and almost fell asleep on the chair. It was simply divine. It was such a perfect way to recharge.

This weekend is a long weekend, and we are headed off on a camping trip with friends to Sandy Cape, in Jurien Bay, hoping to do some hikes and caving.

Can’t wait to SWITCH OFF for a few days!

Wearing: Bell Sleeved White Embroidered DressClare V. leather bag and K.Jacques Sandals.

 

 


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It’s Getting Hot in Here

28 May 2017

Uniqlo Heattech

When I was staying in London, everyone talked about Uniqlo’s Heattech Range like it was some kind of miracle drug.

What were they talking about?

Thermal Underwear, my friends.

Cold? Uniqlo.

Feeling the chill? Uniqlo.

Going skiing in France? Uniqlo.

My mother and I travelled to London together, and yep, very often we found ourselves at a Uniqlo store… because she was keen to stock up on a few winter items. She bought a vest, a jacket, lots of thermal tops and bottoms. I think she spent about $200 – $300 there?

I resisted the temptation. I didn’t need specialised thermal underwear. I have only owned one top + bottom set in my life – which were from the crazy-expensive Icebreaker brand, made out of merino wool and cost me $99 each! And they weren’t even that great!

Anyway, I bought one white Uniqlo Heattech singlet for $15, I think.

I wore it once. It was ok. I found it a bit thin and it pilled where I tucked it into my jeans.

At the end of my London trip, I borrowed one of my mum’s Heattech Extra Warm Tops…. and WOW it was surprisingly good! So warm! Quite amazing really!

Uniqlo have 3 different levels of warmth: Heattech, Extra Warm and Ultra Warm.

So now that I’m back in Australia and the weather has turned cold, I jumped online and bought myself an Ultra Warm top and bottom set, and I am FREAKING SOLD.

This stuff is soooooo warming, comfy, soft, snuggly, breathable. I can’t get over how warm it makes me feel. It’s sooooo good and I want more of it, for me, my husband, my kids.

Good thing they have a mid-season sale on now. Just in time for winter!


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What I Wore: Tularosa Berkley Dress

24 May 2017

Tularosa + Aquazzura

I swooned over this vintage-inspired Berkley Dress by Tularosa for ages!

I first saw it worn by the gorgeous Negin Mirsalehi (last year) but it was sold out. I thought it was not to be. But I recently spotted it back in stock and I grabbed it while it was available (courtesy of Revolve)!

While I might not be a bronze Persian beauty like Negin, I love that I can make this dress my own.

I love it’s delicate, yet natural feel. I love the soft, gathered fabric, the fluted sleeves, the panels of embroidery and the overall nod to boho, French countryside. It is just adorable!

 

Tularosa + Aquazzura

I’m wearing the XS and it has a strangely small head hole.

At first I thought it was a mistake, but I read a few reviews and a few people mentioned it too. I have to cover my head with a thin scarf and then gently give it a firm tug to get it over my head. Then I have to rearrange my hair and double-check my makeup after that too! It was very weird.

It fits perfectly every where else though!

I’m thinking I could wear it over-the-knee boots for the cooler evenings, or hey, just wear it with jeans and sneakers :)


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Outfit Planning: Wedding Guest Looks

22 May 2017

In collaboration with Shopbop, I’ve put together THREE wedding guest looks to share with you all.

I have two weddings coming up this year and I’m eagerly putting my outfit ideas together!

I’ve chosen three Self Portrait dresses, because you can’t go wrong with a drop-dead gorgeous lace dress.

Any one of them is an amazing addition to your wardrobe, as you can wear it as a wedding guest, a fancy Christmas party, a cocktail function, an awards dinner, a special occasion high tea, and a special birthday dinner at a nice restaurant.

That’s six wears already! Think about that cost per wear!

Shopbop Wedding Guest Looks

Self Portrait Laelia Dress – This soft purple is just magical!

Kenneth Jay Lane Dangling Sphere Earrings – I think crystal chandelier earrings are a little dated, so I’d try to keep my look modern with these dangling orb earrings, or something similar.

Furla Metropolis Mini Cross Body Bag – In this case, I’d chose a neutral and simple looking clutch to let my dress and shoes stand out.

Rochas Flat Slides – This pastel coloured dress has the potential to look washed out. So I’d wear metallic or silver statement shoes to add some cool to it. OKok maybe I wouldn’t wear these Rochas silver slides, but they look so awesome.

Shopbop Wedding Guest Looks

Self Portrait Azalea Dress (Burgundy) – Oooh I loooove this dress! I prefer this deep red colour rather than the bright red version.

Native Gem Blast Earrings – I’d definitely choose gold tassel earrings or these sparkly pointy drop earrings. Something that drops down vertically.

Star Mela Malu Embroidered Clutch – I love the idea of a colourful clutch with floral notes, and this embroidered clutch goes perfectly with the dress. I think it’d look much more interesting than a gold clutch.

Aquazzura Sexy Thing Cutout Booties – With bling on the ears and colour on your wrist, it’s best to match the outfit with a nude, understated heel. A classic indeed!

Shopbop Wedding Guest Looks

Self Portrait Azalea Dress (Navy) – The burgundy version of this dress is my first pick. My second pick is this navy colour. That guipure lace is simply stunning.

Elizabeth Cole Georgy Earrings – I picked out some crazy statement earrings to bring some fun into the outfit! Love these sassy flamingoes! They would look awesome with an all black or all white outfit too.

See by Chloe Nora Clutch – This understated box clutch works well to tone the outfit down – after all, bold floral lace and flamingo bling is pretty clashy.

Schutz Cadey Lee Sandals – And again, a simple pair of strappy nude heels will keep things classy. I own a pair of these Cadey Lee Sandals and wear them all the time. It’s a fab wardrobe staple.

Hope you enjoy my outfits and find some kind of inspiration!

Have a great week!

xxx


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What I Wore: Blush Off Shoulder Knit

17 May 2017

Blush Off Shoulder Knit

A big trend for the new season is… the statement top.

Think big sleeves, flared sleeves, big ruffles, voluminous shapes, off shoulders, one shoulder, stripes, florals, tassels, bright colours, sheer panels — it’s all about going over the top.

But winter is coming in Australia, and I’m not really an OVER THE TOP kind of person when it comes to my daily dressing.

So here’s how I keep my everyday look fresh — with a Blush Off Shoulder Knit from Majorelle, courtesy of Revolve.

A few weeks ago, I featured the WHITE version of the knit here, and I loved it so much that I picked out the same top in BLUSH.

Strangely, this is a size XS (the white was also XS) and this runs a little big. So the sleeves were a little long and one side tends to fall off my shoulder.

I have to roll up my sleeves and roll up the length for a more polished look, otherwise it looks a little sloppy and slouchy, which is a different look.

Blush Off Shoulder Knit

Other than that, it is a gorgeous trans-seasonal knit!

The colour is just beautiful and so many people mentioned how nice it was when I wore it out. The fabric is soft and luxurious. It drapes and sits really nicely. The clinginess is nice too, it hugs all my curves and looks very flattering.

It’s very easy to wear. I just wear a strapless bra underneath. I give it a gentle hand wash and dry it flat in the shade. I’ve already washed it 3 times and it hasn’t buckled, loosened or lost its shape.

In terms of looking smart for an everyday wardrobe, this Blush Off Shoulder Knit is a winner!

I’m also wearing: Grana Silk Ankle Pants, Stuart Weitzman Heels, A.P.C Half Moon Bag.


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What I Wore: Spotty White Dress

15 May 2017

Shen Spot Dress

A few weeks ago, I featured a pretty, floaty off-shoulder dress.

This week I want to show off a more affordable option and picked out this Spotted Off-Shoulder Dress, courtesy of Shein.

It is a super pretty dress, that is comfortable and fits really well. It is lined throughout (not in the sleeves though) so it isn’t see-through. I received a lot of compliments when I wore it out the other day.

Best thing about it: I didn’t have to iron it and it doesn’t crease easily. I love that! I just pulled it out of the bag, aired it a bit, threw it on and it looked fantastic!

Not so great thing about it: The fabric looks a bit cheap. But the whole garment has a good weight to it, the stitching is good, and the fabric feels nice and soft… so it doesn’t FEEL cheap.

There might also be too much fabric at the waist, because it bunches up and makes my hips and bum look a bit bigger than they are haha. Maybe it would look better if I was taller? Because it doesn’t look that bad on other customer reviews on the site. Or maybe I’m just imagining it because it’s such a flowy and ruffly dress?

I’m wearing the XS and I’m usually a Size AU/UK 6.

Overall, it’s a lovely spring or summer dress to wear to a special occasion.

Check out more Off Shoulder Dresses from Shein. They have lots of cool and affordable styles!

 

Shen Spot Dress

I have to be honest, Shein is potentially quite hit and miss, because their product photos tend to look much better than the actual product. They do have sone good stuff. But you have to look REALLY carefully at customer reviews, customer photos, product photos, product measurements and fabric details. Then google the item for more customer images or blogger reviews.

Shipping also takes some time too. And I’ve read that that returns can be a bit of a headache.

Personally I’ve never had any bad experiences, in fact, I’ve only had excellent shopping experiences and customer service when I’ve bought from them in the past.

I also wore: Meli Melo Rosalia Bag and Tony Bianco Heels.


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What I Wore: White Silk Pants

12 May 2017

When I was a Stay At Home Mum to my little boys… I used to go to the park every day, sit on the grass, brush past my dusty car, sit on dirty park benches and have my boys wipe their tomato sauce fingers (or drippy noses) on my pants!

Suffice to say, I almost never wore white pants.

So NOW whenever I wear white pants, it feels like a super special occasion!!

Woohoo, look at me, all grown up!

Grana Silk Pants

 

Anyway, I’ve been looking for some nice, cropped white trousers, with a slight cuff. I tried on a few at Witchery and David Jones, but they weren’t quite what I wanted, in terms of fit and fabric.

It occurred to me that I already had a pair of white Silk Ankle Pants from Grana that fit really well.

So I wore them out the other day, rolling up the cuffs to make them look a bit more like cropped trousers. It worked out quite well!

I’m wearing the Size XS “Regular” in Off White. They are more Off White (with a hint of Cream) in real life, not a “bright white” as it looks in this photo.

They fall to just above my ankles, which is a really good fit for me. They are nice and comfy around the waist, and not too tight. Here’s my original post about the silk pants.

They are double lined, 100% silk, not see-through, comfy elasticised waistband, not staticky, lovely to wear… and uh, honestly a bargain at AU$99.

They are also a social conscience brand, believing in being transparent with ethical manufacturing, their low cost business model, their markup costings, and upholding a code of conduct when it comes to their apparel supply chain.

(Omg that sounded like such a hard sell, sorry! I’m not getting paid to say any of this! I genuinely love the brand. They occasionally send me stuff to review. I occasionally get some referral credit too. And I keep buying more stuff because it fits me and I love the quality. Plus I’m slowly heading towards finding brands with an ethical fashion conscience… but more on that another time.)

I just checked on the site, and Grana are now offering XS with a “Short” leg length, which is 5cm shorter in the leg, and would be more like cropped pants for me.

(These silk ankle pants are different to these silk culottes for AU$142, which – I believe – have a more satin like silk.)

Anyway I’m not buying another pair for myself – I really like these pants rolled up in this way!

(If you’re keen, you can use my code to get 10% off your order and free worldwide shipping, just use the code “KARENXGRANA” and head to this page!)

Outfit details:

Hello Parry Off Shoulder Top
Melimelo Rosalia Bag
Habbot Studios oxford shoe (old)


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What I Wore: Mellow Yellow

9 May 2017

Privacy Please Dress from Revolve

Hi everyone!

A lot of people tend to stay away from yellow, because they say it looks terrible against their skin colour.

But I’ve seen gorgeous girls with pale, porcelain skin and girls with beautiful, dark skin ROCK the colour yellow and totally own it! Seeing and knowing this has helped me be more comfortable wearing yellow over the years.

So I think it’s all about confidence and feeling good in a particular colour.

It is certainly a bold, vibrant, happy, confident colour!

And you definitely have to be in a certain mood.

Generally, I really like wearing yellow, even though I haven’t worn it in a while, because these days I tend to reach for my black, white and neutrals.

Privacy Please Dress from Revolve

But every now and then, it’s fun to wear something that POPS with colour and fun.

(I wore this outfit to the circus last week.)

I picked out this dress by Privacy Please (courtesy of Revolve) and it is exactly the same style as a dress I featured previously here, only in a different print.

It’s called the Delta Dress in Mustard.

It is a wrap style dress, with a pretty, delicate floral print – it’s so cute. It is lined, drapes nicely and is such a lovely quality dress. Unfortunately, this style is sold out.

But you can get the same print in different versions in this: maxi dress (super pretty), short ruffle skirt (on sale) and cute romper (very low v-neckline though).

Revolve are having a special sale for AU/NZ customers, where you can receive 20% off your whole order by using the code “FALL20″. Sale ends 12 May and there are some brand exclusions.

Privacy Please Dress from Revolve

I was talking to a girlfriend about yellow dresses… and about 5 years ago, yellow/citrus/fluoro colours were very popular.

I had LOTS of yellow in my wardrobe… so I hunted down some photos of me in a few bright yellow dresses and even a gold dress haha!

These were taken in around 2012 – 2013. Look how long my hair was!

Yellow Dresses


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Hello to Shoulders

3 May 2017

Hello Parry Dress

Hi everyone!

I’m having a great run with dresses at the moment.

I’m not sure whether it’s because the latest trends are particularly flattering on me (off shoulder, bell sleeves, mini flare skirts) or I just have a good eye for picking the SAME KIND OF DRESSES all the time haha!

Anyway, I picked out this cute Steph Off Shoulder Dress, courtesy of Hello Parry, and I’m so in love with it!

I love that the colour is a warm, browny blush, rather than a pinky blush.

I’m wearing my normal Size 6 and it fits really well across my chest and shoulders.

The loose, flowy fabric hides everything, making it very comfortable and easy to wear. Most off-shoulder dresses are smock-style, which makes me look like I’m wearing a pillowcase. But this dress has an elasticated waist that makes it look slimming and flattering.

Hello Parry Dress

The sleeves are very flared – which adds a bit of drama (visual interest and the fact that it *might* dip into your soup – drama indeed!)

The fabric is soft, silky, lightweight and drapes well. It’s not pure silk, which is a good thing, as I can give it a light iron – without damaging the fabric – to get the creases out.

(I found that it needs a good iron before I can wear it and it seemed prone to creases.)

The skirt part of the dress has a soft, cottony lining underneath, which has a lovely feel to it, makes it NOT see-through and gives the dress a good weight.

Hello Parry Dress

The quality of the dress is equal to dresses I’ve tried on from Witchery, Picnic, Myer. I think it’s higher quality than Zara or Topshop or Sportsgirl.

I’d be really happy to wear this to a special function, to a wedding, or just out to dinner with my girlfriends.

I love that it goes so well with my rose gold and gold accessories :)

I’m wearing :
Hello Parry Steph Dress (also comes in Khaki)
Alexander Wang Marion bag (black version here)
Stuart Weitzman Pumps
Earrings from Kookai


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What I Wore: Casual Days

28 April 2017

GRLFRND Boyfriend Jeans

Hellooo! Ahhh the kids are back at school and my home office is deliciously quiet again!

However, instead of being home and enjoying the peace, I’ve been out and about – running errands, going to the gym, having lunch with my sister (who is back in Perth after 9 years living in London!) having meetings and getting shit done.

Most days, I try to dress up and look polished, mainly to convince myself that I’m running a legit business.

But today, I decided to feature myself in my casual glory :)

My t-shirt is by Sportsgirl and I think this is it. It’s a linen-style t-shirt, which is slightly see through. I bought it a few years ago for $30 and it is like THE perfect t-shirt. I have worn it so many times, that it has tiny holes in it and buckled seams that would impress any Kayne West fan.

Jeans are the Karolina High Rise Skinny Jeans by GRLFRND. I wish I could say that these jeans are the best loose fit jeans ever, but they are the ONLY loose fit jeans I own, so I don’t know what I’m talking about.

I DO know that I desperately want these similar Karolina High Rise Jeans in Black. But I might have to skip my smashed avocado for a few months to afford them.

My beloved slides are by Raye; they are my summer favourites and I’m happily wearing them right into Autumn.

Have a great weekend everyone!


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What I Wore: Pinafore Woes

26 April 2017

Pinafore Woes

Hi everyone!

Last month, I was very curious to try out the whole “pinafore” or “overalls” fashion trend.

While it looks very similar to wearing a white t-shirt under a slip dress, I suspected I wouldn’t like it.

To make matters slightly ironic, I already OWN a pair of sand-coloured, linen overalls, which I bought when I was, um 16. However, it’s in storage. And I was slightly bigger back then (size 8-10), so I think it would be a bit baggy on me now.

I decided I wanted a black, mini, pinafore dress, with thin straps, no buckles (just a button), thick cotton but not denim. Damn it was hard to find!

I eventually found one and purchased this Pinafore Dress from The Iconic ($80). It’s by a brand called All About Eve, which is an Australian label that I quite like. Unfortunately the exact one has been sold out, so there are some similar ones here (ASOS).

This one (Forever New) and this one (City Beach) are almost exactly the same as the one I bought. This one was another of my options (ASOS) but it was denim and it had buckles. This one was quite nice too (SurfStitch).

Pinafore Woes

Anyway, this All About Eve Pinafore Dress was SO CUTE!

Looking at these photos, even I would say: Yep this is a cute look! Styled perfectly! Definitely a keeper!

But fashion is less about how it looks, and more about how it makes you feel…

And I felt WAY TOO CUTE.

I felt like I was 16 again?!

I felt like I was trying too hard to look young.

I didn’t feel comfortable at all haha!

In terms of styling – I tried the pinafore dress with a white t-shirt, a black and white stripe t-shirt, a navy v-neck t-shirt, white button down shirt (all my wardrobe staples!) and I didn’t like how any of it looked on me. I only liked wearing it with this white off-shoulder top.

So if I would only wear it with this one top, then it really wasn’t worth keeping in my wardrobe – especially since it cost me $80! I returned it, and The Iconic were fantastic with their returns.

Oh. I also bought a pair of black overalls with this order. And that was a fail too!

I’ll post about that soon :)


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Online Store Based in Australia / Singapore : ELONE

23 April 2017

Dress from Elone Online

I haven’t reviewed a new, independent online boutique in ages!

I’d like to introduce everyone to ELONE, an online store that stocks Australian brands specially chosen for their quality clothes, on-trend styles and affordable/reasonable prices.

Best thing about it: Edit of high-quality dresses. There are some really pretty stuff here!

Dress from Elone Online

The founder of ELONE is Elif, who is half Singaporean and half Australian. Even though I’m not Singaporean, my parents were originally from Singapore, and I spent some time working and living there in my 20s – so Elif and I have a lot in common and love to talk about our greatest love – FOOD haha!

The first time I met her, we were at a mutual friend’s dinner together. I forgot my purse and she paid for my meal – which was so kind and generous of her and so embarrassing for me!

Anyway, she is a lovely person in real life, with a beautiful personality and an equally gorgeous personal style.

You can see her style reflected in the choice of clothes in her store – feminine, classic, fun, polished, and stylish (but not over the top). Safe to say, I love everything in there!

Some brands you’ll find: Steele, MLM Label, C/Meo Collective, Suboo, May The Label, Talulah, Senso and more.

Dress from Elone Online

I’m wearing the Steele Agatha Dress in Jardin print (courtesy of Elone).

I’ve seen lots of girls on Instagram wear Steele dresses before, but this is the first time I’ve tried one out myself.

It is a stunning dress. It is really good quality in terms of its fabric, cut, stitching, construction, draping, and ruffles.

It has a fantastic weight. It’s not lined, but it’s not see-through.

The fabric is 100% rayon, so it’s easy to iron/steam and not overly delicate. It is easy to wear, effortless to move around in and has a lovely flow and drape.

It doesn’t have weird bunches of excessive fabric at the hips or chest, which is often a feature of cheaper-made dresses.

I absolutely love it! I think it looks best with nude or black strappy heels, or white even sneakers.

Dress from Elone Online

ELONE has free shipping for Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and New Zealand for orders over $100.

Head over to see their insanely pretty collection of Dresses. They have shoes, knits, leather jackets too. Like I said, it’s a great edit.

And check out their Sale section to grab a bargain.

If you’re keen to buy, you can use my code “KAREN15″ to receive 15% 0ff your whole order!

(Also wearing my trusty Mezi tassel earrings (old) and Schutz Cadey Lee Heels.)

Have an amazing week!

xxx


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What I Wore: Easy Breezy Cotton Shirt

21 April 2017

Easy Breezy Cotton Shirts

Woooo the weather has been glorious lately!

My big boys have been hanging out with their own friends lately – catching a bus to the city, or catching a bus to the movies or just hanging around (yikes, that’s a whole different blog post!).

So I have been spending time with my little boy – doing “little boy” things like… taking a walk through Kings Park to catch Pokemons haha.

We invited another little friend along and wow, the dynamic was so nice. No fights. No complaints. No whinging. No nagging. No squabbling. No winners and losers. No insults. No swearing. No sarcastic comments… that often come with teenaged boys.

It was a lovely park date, just like the good old days for me.

Easy Breezy Cotton Shirts

Another simple outfit.

I prefer to wear long sleeves when I’m out and about in the afternoon, as I don’t like to get too much sun on my arms, shoulders or chest.

But my legs? As long as I’ve got SPF30+ on them, they can have as much sun as possible.

I’m wearing Hello Parry Embroidered Shirt, Levi’s 501 Shorts, Clare V Bag, Betts heels.

The embroidered shirt is such an awesome, relaxed top. It’s made from a thick 100% cotton so it feels divine. It’s soft, breathable and doesn’t look cheap. It runs a little big though, as it’s a relaxed, loose fit. I’m wearing a Size 6, but it would be better for someone who is a size 8 or 10.

These Levi’s 501 Shorts have an amazing fit! I ordered my usual jeans size (Size 25) and I was quite skeptical they would fit me. But they hugged my waist/hips/bum so perfectly! They have a great soft, stretch without being too tight, or too stiff. They also have a slightly loose fit at the thigh, so they don’t create rolls in my thighs haha.

Have a great weekend!

xxx


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Statement Earrings for the New Season

18 April 2017

Statement Earrings 2017

I bought myself a few statement earrings recently!

I was looking for gold, bold earrings that had a nice weight to them.

I didn’t mind paying a bit extra, as I don’t like the cheap and nasty, lightweight fashion earrings that you can buy these days.

Statement Earrings 2017

These gold crosses are from a cool, little Perth boutique in Claremont, Perlu. They have an online shop, and I actually put the order through online and had it sent to me. Love online shopping!

They are just gorgeous. They have a good weight, they feel like real quality jewellery and they are much nicer than the el-cheapo versions.

For the others – you’ll have to scroll up to the top photo – the top earrings are from Sportsgirl (ok these were a bit cheap), and the other two are from Kookai (these are SUPER nice and I’m totally obsessed with wearing the bottoms ones).

Have a great week everyone!


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What I Wore: Sushi Lunches

15 April 2017

Off Shoulder Knit + Hello Parry Dress

Hi everyone!

It’s currently the school holidays and this is what usually happens every morning…

I get to sleep in until 7:30am! Sometimes 8am! Oh the indulgence!

My boys make themselves a big, hearty bacon + eggs + croissants + baked beans breakfast. Yep, every morning. They love their bacon. And I keep the fridge well stocked.

I have to dodge and weave through my own kitchen to make myself a cup of coffee.

Then we all sit down and plan our day. Who is meeting up with friends, visiting family, watching a movie, any outings, any sports, trip to the shops, major and minor chores for the day, how many hours of work I need to do, how many hours of computers games they can get, where are we having lunch, what is happening in the evening…

This particular day, we all went out to have sushi for lunch!

(We had sushi because I didn’t want to spill laksa on my white jumper haha!)

Simple outfit today:

Hello Parry Woven Dress as a skirt.

Twister Sweater by Majorelle

3.1 Phillip Lim Bucket Bag

Adidas Stan Smiths from ASOS

Hope you all have a lovely Easter weekend!

xxx


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The Classic Moto Leather Jacket

13 April 2017

Hi everyone!

Back in February, when I was in London and Paris, I spent weeks searching for a classic moto leather jacket.

I tried on leather jackets in All Saints, The Kooples, Acne Studios and a few other high-end brands while I was shopping in Paris. I also tried on jackets at Zara and Topshop.

I almost bought one from All Saints. And I also wanted to get one from The Kooples, because they were having a 25% off sale. They looked SO GOOD when they were hanging on the rack!

But in the end, they just looked too bulky on me. The jackets were lined with a quilted padding and they felt big and puffy. I was very warm – almost too warm – and I just don’t think they were suitable for Australian winters, and how I dress in winter.

Also the styles were very boxy on me and the sleeves were slightly too long for me.

I wanted a leather jacket that I could pop over a light sweater, or a long-sleeve t-shirt, or a floral dress.

I wanted a slightly, slim-fit leather jacket, with 3/4 sleeves (which would be normal fit for me), not too cropped, not too long, with a thin lining, no padding, minimal hardware, smallish lapels, smooth and soft leather, and no quilting or patterns in the leather. Picky much? Haha!

In the end I came back to Australia empty handed.

OAK Leather Jacket

Months later, lo and behold, I decided to take a bit of a risk and bought one online (after reading heaps of great reviews!) from Shopbop.

Oh my goodness, it was such an amazing buy!!!

This is the LA Rider Jacket by OAK, a New York label.

It was AU$640 and best of all I got it on sale!

Shopbop is currently having a 3 day sale. Just use the code EVENT15 to receive 20% off when you spend under US$500 or 25% off when you spend over US$500.

OAK Leather Jacket

As you can see, it’s EXACTLY what I wanted – a slim fit leather jacket that fits my arm length!

Leather Quality: The leather is beeeeautiful! It’s smooth, soft and buttery.

It looks so, so good. Definitely looks better than the Zara and Topshop leather jackets that I tried on. And it looks JUST AS amazing as all the high-end leather jackets I tried on. Although it is a lot lighter than the high end ones, because this one doesn’t have so much hardware and padding.

OAK Leather Jacket

Even with my arms out, the jacket looks slimming and flattering.

The lining is 100% cotton, the sleeve lining is 100% polyester and there is no extra padding anywhere on the jacket (eg. on the shoulders).

Oh and it also had snap buttons on the lapels, so they SIT FLAT – I hate it when my lapels curl outwards and catches on my arms and bags.

Sizing: I bought the size XS. I’m 160cm and 45kg, and I’m a pretty standard Size AU6.

A few reviews mentioned that the sizing was small, and that it felt tight across the back and arms.

But I found it to be perfect. I can wear a long sleeve top underneath, and I can hug myself and it stretches nicely and comfortably across my back.

If I wear a t-shirt and a knit sweater, it feels a little tight at the arm holes, and the fit is snug but not uncomfortable.

OAK Leather Jacket

The crop is just right. It’s not awkwardly short (or long) on me. It sits just above my regular fit jeans, so it looks nice and proportionate on me.

If you’ve been looking for a leather jacket for a while now, this is a fantastic time to buy.

But if you’ve just started to think about it, it’s probably best not to hurry into it. Read reviews, google to look at other photos or other blog reviews. Maybe wait for the next sale.

Remember, if you’re buying from Australia, you have to pay a tax for anything coming in over AUD $1000.

Here are some awesome jackets that qualify for the 25% off discount!

Leather Jackets from Shopbop

From left to right:

IRO Ashville Leather Jacket – This is one jacket I tried while in Paris! But they didn’t have my size in the store.

Acne Studios Mock Leather Moto Jacket – Oh my mistake! This jacket is excluded from the sale, sorry about that. Looks so good thought, right?

Ganni Biker Jacket – This is the other jacket I was considering to buy from Shopbop. But it didn’t have very much info on the web, and it didn’t have any reviews, so it was difficult to decide on the fit. Those sleeves looked like they would fit me!

 

Leather Jackets from Shopbop

From left to right:

VEDA Jayne Classic Jacket – This one looked a bit long in the body and sleeves for me, but a nice one!

Scotch & Soda / Maison Scotch Leather Biker Jacket – This one looks amazing and slouchy. The price made it very appealing.

VEDA Dallas Leather Jacket – I liked the minimal design of this one.

Hope you find something you like. Happy shopping!

xxx


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Trends to try at FWRD

10 April 2017

I love experimenting with fashion trends!

And these days, once I find something that suits me, I like to save up for a quality item, rather than to get lots of cheap items.

Most times I like to make a mental list, so that when a sale pops up, I can take advantage of that extra % off. I very rarely buy things at full price.

Here are some trends I like and are on my current watch list –

– Off shoulder tops or dresses.
– Cropped pants that are slightly flared.
– Voluminous sleeved tops.
– Embroidered cotton tops.
– Lace up details or stud details.

I popped over to FWRD (because they are having a 20% off sale) and found some items that sit nicely in my watch list.

(I bought myself a pair of Rag & Bone Cropped Jeans in the end – which were 30% off, then an additional 20% off! I’ve never tried Rag & Bone jeans, so I hope they’re good!)

FWRD Sale

From Left:

Suno Smocked Embroidered Blouse – such a beautiful looking top! Love the colourful little flower embroidery.

March 11 African Embroidered Top – Ahhh absolutely love the gold/bronze embroidery!

Rag & Bone/Jean Vintage Crop Flare – I bought black cropped jeans, but these were my second choice.

FWRD Sale

The Great Promenade Top  – I think this style is a modern classic. It’ll be a beautiful addition to anyone’s casual wardrobe.

Jonathan Simkhai For Fwrd Knit Lace-Up Dress – Ok I don’t know how “smart” a purchase this is, but I’m just loving that lace-up detail.

A.L.C. Madison Dress – Perfect dress for those cold nights!

If anything, the styling of these outfits are just spot on. It’s great just to browse and get styling tips haha.

The FWRD Sale details are:
Enjoy 20% off sale items with the code EXTRA20
Promo runs from 10 April – 12 April 11:59pm (AEST)

Hope you find something you like!

 


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What I Wore: Press Stud Details

5 April 2017

Privacy Please Dress

It’s not often that I go out of my way to pick out a casual dress.

I always bypass the casual dresses and go straight for a statement or a floral dress, or I look for something fun and a bit different.

Well, Revolve gave me the opportunity to pick out a dress, and so I chose something I wouldn’t normally choose… a BLACK, CASUAL dress (this one!). And what do you know, I want to wear it everywhere now!

I wore it for a few hours to the hairdresser, then I wore it the next day while going out to lunch with my girlfriends. I washed it. I wore it several days later while doing errands. I washed it again, then wore it again the moment it was dry haha.

No need to iron it! Just wash and dry flat. So good.

Privacy Please Dress

It is the Rue Dress by Privacy Please, which comes in a light pink or black.

It is like a tube, jersey dress, with cap sleeves, a low neck line and a subtle stud button details.

Fabric: The label says it’s 95% rayon 5% elastane, but I don’t really know what that means. Basically it feels like a smooth, ribbed, kind of jersey. But it’s not shiny or fuzzy, it’s like a lightly ribbed t-shirt.

It is double lined, and it has a really good weight to it and a high quality feel. I think it feels awesome.

Fit: It isn’t tight at all. It just sits and hugs my body very nicely and it just feels SO GOOD to wear. I’m 160cm and 45kg wearing a size XS and Im usually a size AU/UK 6.

If you want, you can do up (or undo?) all the buttons. They are pretty stiff/strong, so I guess they are good quality. More importantly, I have no fear of them popping open unexpectedly haha.

Privacy Please Dress

I do have two other jersey style dresses (both $20 from Cotton On). Yes they were cheap and I have found the fabric to be very thin, so you can kind of see the outline of my bra and underwear. I have to wear seam-free underwear so it doesn’t show up. The fabric on those dresses have pilled and the seams have started to buckle after a few washes. So I am quite reluctant to wear them out.

So I think that the quality of the fabric and fit of this Rue Dress is definitely worth the price. Oh I can wear my regular underwear and there’s no obvious visible panty line.

It’s so easy and effortless!

OK, if I had to say something negative about the dress, I’d say that 1) maybe it’d look better on me if the length of the dress was a bit shorter? I kind of like the midi length though. 2) Maybe you need to have an hourglass or inverted triangle body shape to wear this dress? It’s a very figure hugging dress! Having said that, I’m not an expert on dressing to different body shapes.

As for the rest of my outfit, I’m also wearing: Meli Melo Rosalia Tote Bag, vintage scarf, Adidas Stan Smiths from ASOS (on sale!) and Celine Baby Audrey Sunglasses from Vision Direct.


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What I Wore: Blue on Blue

31 March 2017

Blue on Blue

Hello Friday!

This weekend, my 12yo boy is having his Basketball Grand Final for Under 14s — omg I’m so excited for him! As much as I tell my son that it’s not about winning, it’s about the journey… I really want the team to win haha!!

I’m so nervous for them; my stomach is so fluttery, I might actually throw up. But of course, I have to hold it together, and play it cool.

I have two birthday dinner parties and a couples dinner this weekend. Yay for actually having a social life again!

One birthday party is for my mum, who turns 70 this year.

I’m a bit bewildered by this fact, because she is the most active 70 year old lady I know. Are all 70 year old Asian aunties this active?

She’s constantly dancing with her friends (for exercise), doing tai chi, looking after her garden (climbing up trees with a chainsaw?!), cooking a banquet for 16 people at the drop of a hat, caring for her own mum, and much more.

Did I mention we both went to Paris together and she and I walked for 10 hours in one day. Then 5-6 hours the next day. I was complaining about a sore lower back and she had zero complaints, sheesh.

I definitely want to be like her when I’m her age.

We’ve booked out a Chinese restaurant and we’re going to have one helluva seafood banquet!

This weekend, I’m also going to a 50s dress up party.

I’ve been to a 50s dress up party before, and that time I wore a conservative Mad Men style tailored top + skirt with a big faux fur coat.

But this time, I’ve bought a curly blonde wig and I’m going to dress up as Bad Sandy from Grease – haha!

I’m sure there will be lots of Bad Sandy’s, so I’m hoping for lots of twinsie pics.

Stay tuned for photos!

Blue on Blue

I’m running lots of errands today in my gorgeous Hello Parry Cali Palm Tree Top – which is so pretty, slinky and easy to wear. It feels so effortless and comfortable.

I think it’s the perfect shade of blue to match denim jeans. It has that denim-on-denim cool, but without that awkward feeling of double denim haha.

The top runs a bit small. I’m usually a size 6, so I’m wearing this top in a size 8.

I’m actually wearing it backwards – just for fun and it works!

Also loving my A.P.C Half Moon Handbag, my Adidas Stan Smiths from ASOS (on sale!) and my no brand denim mini skirt.

Have an amazing weekend!

xxx

 


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What I Wore: Off Shoulder Knit

30 March 2017

Marjorelle Sweater + 3.1 Phillip Lim Bag

Whoa! Don’t you just LOVE IT when you stumble across a top, or shoe, or in this case, a knit, that is such an amazing addition to your wardrobe, that you want it in ALL colours – black, white, grey, blush, navy, maroon?!?

I’ve definitely found my latest staple knit.

This is the Twister Sweater by Majorelle.

Not sure why it’s called a ‘twister’ sweater, because it doesn’t twist at all. It’s an off-shoulder ribbed knit, but expertly cut, and made from a beautifully, heavy knit that sits nicely and feels luxurious to wear.

The fabric is 80% cotton and 20% nylon, it feels soft, smooth and has a good weight and substance to it. It’s not see-through at all.

I am always dubious when it comes to non-casual knits – because to me, knits are in the casual category – but this one has a really polished and sophisticated look to it, and I think it looks really lovely.

I’m wearing a Size XS and it think it’s a tiny bit big for me. But I have a short torso and arms haha. It is quite long in the body, as it’s supposed to cover your bum, but I just rolled up the hem at the bottom to make it look more proportionate on me.

It’s flattering, a bit sexy and a little different to the standard V-neck knit.

Marjorelle Sweater + 3.1 Phillip Lim Bag

I’m also wearing this Elijah Mini Skirt by Lovers + Friends.

It’s 100% cotton and it has some distressed denim details which I really like. The model on the product page is also wearing this exact off-shoulder knit and denim skirt combo and she looks positively hot!

I’m wearing a Size 25 and I’m usually Size 25 in jeans (Frame, Paige, AG, Acne) so it was a pretty easy for me to find my fit.

I actually bought a black Cotton On Denim Mini Skirt last summer, but after a few months of wear and washes, the cotton pilled (which is strange for denim) and the edges curled up and it didn’t sit nicely. The cotton also went stiff and hard, and it didn’t seem to soften with age.

So this Lovers + Friends skirt is a much better quality denim skirt (well it feels like it’s much better quality!) and here’s me hoping it keeps its shape and feel over time.

It’s another brilliant wardrobe staple.

And that brings me to my other TWO wardrobe staples…

3.1 Phillip Lim Soleil Bucket Bag is getting an excellent workout lately.

I love the size, it fits everything I need and my camera too. I’ve forgotten how much I love bucket bags. I’m also getting so many compliments for its unique shape and design.

I wore my Acne Studios Jensen Booties all over London and Paris when I was there earlier this year. But ever since returning to the Australia summer, I haven’t worn them till now. With the weather cooling down, I pulled the boots out, half expecting them to be stiff and hurt my feet, but nope. The leather is still soft and comfy, but rigid enough to keep its shape.

It won’t be long until winter!