A big thank you to everyone who entered. And thank you to everyone who left me a little message :)
I’m hoping to have another awesome giveaway closer to Christmas – so do stick around!
A big thank you to everyone who entered. And thank you to everyone who left me a little message :)
I’m hoping to have another awesome giveaway closer to Christmas – so do stick around!
These last couple of weeks, I’ve been hiding away in my office – sitting in front of the computer for 4 hours at a time – trying to finish up a zillion projects at once.
(I know I know, it’s not great for my back, shoulders, eyes and my body in general, but hey, what can you do…)
Sometimes it takes a spontaneous text from a girlfriend – “I need cake! You free for a coffee?” – to wake me up from my digital stupor and to force me to step out into the sunshine.
I love my girlfriends!
These are the Bengal Suede Block Heel sandals from Airflex… and they are SO well made and so comfortable.
Sometimes I feel too casual in flat sandals, but too formal in high heeled sandals. So these are a lovely mid-heel pair of sandals, which are in a simple style, sit wonderfully between casual and formal, and are perfect for the hot weather.
They have cushiony padding at the heels and balls of the shoe too, which make it easy for me to wear them all day too.
Plus the heel strap is elasticated, so I just slip them on without any need to fiddle with the buckle – so good.
Looking forward to wearing these more over summer!
It is definitely dress season here – with the abundance of Spring racing events, perfect sunshine weather for weddings and cocktails, end of year events and then there’s Christmas around the corner!
I adore the off shoulder detail, the thin shoulder straps, the soft pink, the big flared skirt and the thigh high split!
I think it’s really lovely and a bit different to some of the dresses that are popular at the moment.
I’m wearing a size XS, although I did have to get the length altered to fit me. I think my seamstress took off something like 30cms off the length :)
I’m using my mother’s vintage pearl clutch (I don’t think it’s real pearl) but it’s such a sweet addition to my outfit. It’s a really tiny clutch though. It *just* fits my phone, my lip gloss, my credit card and ONE key!
I also want to share my latest collaboration with cult French brand K. Jacques (omg!).
I was given the opportunity to create my own stacked heel sandal, to show how easy and flexible their styles can be.
I chose a low heel, because comfort was key for wearing these sandals all day.
I chose the Bergamote Suede Black Leather Sandal because of it’s simple and timeless style.
Then I requested to swap the Black Suede for a Winter Rose Suede. There are colour swatches on site and the colour matching was pretty spot on.
There are metallic leathers, suede, animal print, snake print, printed suede, smooth, nubuk, in hundreds of colours and patterns. It does get a bit overwhelming, but if you have a clear idea of what you want, then it’s very easy to find it.
If you don’t know what you want, then there are lots of ideas and suggestions on the site and you only need to pop onto instagram and search up the #kjacques tag to see what other people have chosen.
The shoes are handmade in France, using genuine leather uppers and soles from France, Italy or Spain… and the craftsmanship is just divine!
I ordered a size 36 and the fit is snug and perfect. I’m usually a size AUS 5 or 5.5 for sandals.
Do pop over to have a peek at the other higher heel options.
It’s a bit of a splurge, but hey I’m hoping these will last me the rest of my life!
Hope you all have an amazing weekend!
Eeek, I bought the dress! It was on sale! I had a gift voucher!
This is a close up of that gorgeous Self Portrait Dress that I was eyeing online.
It is such a stunning dress, I can’t believe how well made it is and how well it sits on my body. Full review soon :)
(By the way, Shopbop are having a Secret Surprise Sale with over 4000 items marked down, ranging from 25%-40% off, be sure to check it out!)
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Exciting news everyone!
In collaboration with Vision Direct, we are celebrating the Spring/Summer season with a giveaway!!
I’m also saying a bit of a thank you to all my readers who have stuck with me over the years. Less and less people are reading blogs these days, but it turns out I still have a strong readership and I just want to give back to you guys – thank yooou!
We’re giving away a pair of Celine Baby Audrey Sunglasses in Black for the lucky winner – woohoo! I chose it! Hope you like it. Don’t worry, you get a brand new pair, not this one :)
I reviewed a pair of Baby Audreys (Havana) on my blog a few months ago, and as I said, they are a fashion classic. I found them to be lightweight, fit perfectly within the area of my face and the lenses are not too large or overwhelming.
They are just gorgeous sunglasses.
The actual product name is Celine CL 41053/S Baby Audrey 807/1E and there are measurements on the product page if you need to check the size.
I also measured the total length of the front of the sunglasses, from outer eye to outer eye is 13.9cm. So you can use that measurement and compare it with your existing sunglasses.
I looooove them and I’m sure you’ll love them too.
~ GIVEAWAY is now closed! Thank you!~
I just wanted to share my latest obsession – this metallic pleated skirt.
Ok I know that’s such a “fashion blogger” thing to say. So maybe I’ll call it My Best Fashion Find for Summer.
The team at Hello Parry recently let me pick out a few items to feature on my blog.
I had been eyeing this skirt for months and so I finally grabbed it, because it’s such a gorgeous colour, it’s fun and feminine, the pleats and the metallic shine make it a statement skirt (but not TOO statement).
Let’s say you have been invited to your niece’s backyard garden birthday party; you think all the women will wear stunning floral dresses… but you’re in the wrong head-space for dressing up, or you’re too busy to find something suitable. Soooo just wear a simple off shoulder top, this pleated skirt, some sandals and you’ll be all set!
THAT’S exactly what I did haha.
The metallic shine, the pleats, the midi length of the skirt were all special enough to transform my look.
And the other day, I was invited to dinner, where I KNEW everyone was going to wear something nice, and seriously, all I wanted to do was wear a black shirt, black jeans, black coat and black boots.
I just swapped the jeans with this skirt and wayhey – an easy peasy, wow outfit and I didn’t even try that hard.
It makes me look “dressed up” without looking TOO dressed up.
In terms of sizing, I’m usually a size AU6 / UK6, and this skirt is a Size 6.
The waist band is quite a firm fit. I wear it high on the skinniest part of my waist and it’s still a tiny bit tight. So while I don’t mind this Size S, I’d probably be happier wearing a Size 8. But I’m not going to return or swap it for a size up.
And because the waist band is a bit tight, the pleats kind of puff out a bit. But it’s not that noticeable.
The fabric is LOVELY – it’s soft to touch, silky satin feel, has a great weight to it and it’s not see through at all.
And I DON’T need to iron it at all – which is simply amazing. I had it folded up 3 times and stuffed into a bag with some other clothes, and I took it out, gave it a shake and it was good to go. Love that so much.
Lots of other brands have released a version of a Metallic Pleated Skirt, such as Gucci, 3.1 Philip Lim, Proenza Schouler, Alice + Olivia and many more… but um… you’ll have to pay $700 and above for those.
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I love how it instantly transforms any bottom – whether it’s blue jeans, black jeans, a pencil skirt, a circle skirt or just plain shorts.
That’s what I want from a new top! I have a wardrobe full of basics and classics… so now I want one or two on-trend items that work with what I have, to keep my look current.
I’ve seen these kinds of pretty, off-shoulder, lace or crochet tops for a while now.
They never really appealed to me, because they look like flimsy, lacey nothings that will blow off, or fall off I were to reach across my body to dig into my handbag haha. I’m quite afraid of the old nip slip.
Anyway, I’m glad to tell you that this top feels SO secure. It’s a bodice with a hook fasten (thank god) and a stiff zip.
The bodice wraps very nicely around my bust, over my strapless bra and feels super comfy. I feel very “supported” too. In fact, this top has some mega lifting action happening and all I can say, is hello cleavage!
The lace shoulders/arms have a soft elastic, that feels really nice (not too tight, not too loose)… so the whole top feels very together, if you get what I mean.
I’m usually a Size AU /UK 6 – I’m wearing a Size XS and it fits beautifully!
OK, here’s the good bit!
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I’m getting a bit bored of the word “busy” as a negative thing… I’m always busy!
I always have lots to do! My schedule is always jam-packed!
And there’s nothing wrong with that haha!
I love it. Really.
I feel so grateful and full in my heart (even though I complain a bit!) that I have such a busy life, full of work, sports, family, and friends.
I’m grateful that I have a house, with floors that need mopping, which I have been putting off for the last 2 days – oops.
I’m grateful that my family has all the clothes we need, including the 3 baskets of laundry that need washing.
I’m grateful that for 362 days in a year I have access to hot water in my house – except for the last 3 days when my hot water system broke.
This weekend we’re off to the West Australian Outback, to stay in a forest cottage at Dryandra Woodland (a nature conservation area) with five other families.
I have to pack the car, pack clothes + bedding, buy food, clean the house, pick up my kids from school, pick my husband up from the airport and then drive down there before sunset!
Hope you have a great weekend!
Nude Heels by Stuart Wietzman from Shopbop
Wow, never in my life did I imagine I’d be able to own such statement shoes. I’m kind of staring wide-eyed at the screen right now and pinching myself that my career has even gone this way?
I guess it says something about me and my fashion sense?
I picked these because they are a bold, sexy, a little different, but still hugely versatile. They’re not too extravagant, not too loud, not too in-your-face.
Over the years, I’ve worked out that an amazing pair of heels can transform an outfit – whether it’s just ordinary jeans and a t-shirt, or a cute high street dress, or a beautiful evening gown.
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Here are some of my favourite brands to check out…
Aquazzura – Luxury shoes, if you are into that kind of thing. There are some on sale, starting from $237 (before the mainevent markdown)
Acne Studios – I love their classic designs! Their quirky pieces are a bit too quirky for me though.
A.P.C. – French brand. I bought my beautiful half-moon bag a few months ago! Was thinking to get a tan one?
Clare V. – I have been eyeing a flat clutch for years!
Diane Von Furstenberg – Was thinking of buying a classic lace dress…
Equipment – Hello Signature Silk Shirt!
Furla – Very. Cute. Bags.
Karen Walker – Sunglasses would be nice.
Self Portrait – That lace dress, I’ve been eyeing…
Stuart Weitzman – Classic heels are worth the investment!
Tory Burch – Their clutches and handbags are always in fashion
Enjoy shopping or just browsing!!
Omg I sound like a broken record, going on and on about my Grana silk pieces.
I’m not being paid for this, really! Haha. The truth is, I bought some pieces from Grana (I wrote an honest review here), then they sent me some pieces (for free! for reviewing!) and then I bought a few more pieces myself after that. So I have lots of Grana stuff.
Grana also gave me a 10% off Discount Code, which ends on the 1st November. So I wanted to review and share my thoughts on the pieces I have, BEFORE the 1 Nov – so you guys can take advantage of the discount.
(It was a windy afternoon, hence my wind swept look…)
I bought the silk tank myself. And I chose the silk pants for review, which was gifted from Grana.
The Silk Tank is made from Grana’s 100% Crepe de Chine – it’s such a beautiful, soft silk!
I’m wearing the Size XS and it fits perfectly. I usually a size AU/ UK 6.
The neckline is not too low. The armpits are not too gaping. It hugs nicely, in a loose way, across my chest.
The body of the tank, falls straight down to my waist.
No flare, no slim fit. It’s a relaxed, roomy look.
At AUD $42 each, you should do your wardrobe a favour and buy one in Black, White, and Blush :)
I love that you can wear pretty much any bottom with them; a smart pencil skirt for work, casual denim shorts, black skinny jeans, a pleated skirt, pop a blazer on top. It’s very versatile.
And if you buy a silk tank and the matching silk shorts… you can wear them together to look like you’re wearing a silk romper.
At this point, I can’t think of a negative to say about this tank!
I still haven’t tried washing any of my Grana pieces so I’ll let you know if I reach that point.
The Silk Ankle Pants are AUD $99, which is really affordable for luxe pants.
They come in 10 colours – Black, White, Grey, Navy, Blush, Mulberry, Khaki, Light Blue, Forest Green and Rust.
Again, if you buy the matching coloured top, you can tuck the top into the pants and it’ll look like you’re wearing a jumpsuit.
I’m wearing the Size XS pants. They are supposed to sit a little higher on the waist, so make sure you click on the “Size & Fit” tab on the Silk Ankle Pants product page and double check your measurements with the garment measurements.
In terms of length, on the model on the website, they are “cropped” style. But on me – I’m 160cm – they graze my ankle… which is still cool! I like their slim fit silhouette.
They are lined (two layers of silk), which is really nice. It adds a good weight and quality to the pants.
If these pants were in a different colour, I wouldn’t be able to see through them. But since these were WHITE SILK pants, when I wore white underwear, I was able to see them faintly. I swapped to nude underwear and it was all good – couldn’t see my knickers!
If I had to say something negative about these pants, I’d say this: they are loose, floppy pants. So if you scroll back up and look closely at my crotch (yep!) and the seams, you’ll see that the fabric buckles a bit and it doesn’t look crisp or tailored. (Having said that, I should just buy suit pants if I wanted a tailored look.)
Otherwise I’m soooo happy with the pants for summer!
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The sun is finally out and I’m super duper happy to get me some Vitamin D :)
It’s the school holidays at the moment, and I managed to dump my kids with my parents (thank god for grandparents!) while I zipped around getting a whole lot of jobs done.
After that, we all headed out for lunch, a play in a park and a bit of Pokemon hunting haha.
Yes my kids drive me crazy, I’m constantly snapping and growling at them (especially at that bottle flipping thing?!?). But my life is wonderfully domestic and kid-full at the moment, I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
Denim shorts by Sass and Bide – These were old jeans, but I cut them up and turned them into shorts!
Blush parka by AL&ALICIA – Another beautiful item that I’ve had for years. However I don’t think the label is in production anymore.
Alexander Wand Marion Bag – I bought this preloved, but spied something similar here. (Mini Prisma Envelope Crossbody bag, not exactly like the Marion, but similar colour)
Hey everyone! Remember a few weeks ago I reviewed some Grana silk tops, where I didn’t like one top (I returned it), and I fell in looooove with the other?
Well Grana got in touch with me and sent me a few items on my wishlist (wayhey!).
So I guess you can say I’m being sponsored, but I’m not actually getting paid to say a particular thing. I’m still just sharing my own opinion as usual, about the items that I chose, I just didn’t pay for those items myself.
Also, Grana offered all my readers a 10% discount code; you can be an existing customer or a new customer to use the code, scroll down to the end of this post to grab it.
It is made of a 100% Silk Crepe de Chine – which is beautiful, soft, slightly velvety, delicate, looked luxurious and had a lovely drape to it. It was also extremely affordable for silk too.
This time, I picked out this Silk Racerback Trapeze Dress in a Mulberry colour, in the same kind of silk fabric.
I chose the Size XS, and I’m usually a Size AUS/US 6.
My first worry about big, shapeless, flowy dresses is always: does this dress make me look fat???
Haha. Well don’t know about that, but it does fit me very well on top and it hides my waist, tummy, bottom and most of my thighs under that flowy skirt.
OK actually my real concern for shapeless dresses is: how does it fit at my chest and under my arms?
Usually when I try on spaghetti strap dresses, the shoulder straps are always soooo long that the dress sits awkwardly low on my chest and I show too much cleavage. Or my bra peeks out at places. Not with this dress!
The fitting is just right for my petite frame.
And because it fit so well on top, I felt really confident to move around in it. I didn’t have to worry or fuss around in the dress – is my skirt riding up? Is it clinging to my butt? Did I eat too much, is my tummy sticking out? And other silly dress worries.
I just felt really relaxed and comfortable in it.
Again, the area under my arms fits me just right and you can’t see my strapless bra.
The back of the dress is a racerback style – it’s exactly the same style as my Tibi racerback top.
I like the back. It’s a bit different, and it shows off my shoulder blades?
OK, if I had to mention some negatives about this dress:
1) It’s SILK and such a pain in the ass to iron haha!! I have an iron with a “Silk” setting, but it doesn’t work very well. So I have to set my iron to ULTRA HIGH WITH STEAM setting and wave it over my garment bit by bit. It’s a bit dangerous (I could drop the iron on my garment and ruin it), plus it takes ages to get rid of the creases this way.
2) It’s a teeny-tiny bit long for what I like. I like my dresses to be short-ish, so that I show off a bit more leg. But that’s just my personal preference. Hmm, actually looking at the photo, the length is ok. It looks fine and classy.
3) It’s silk! And I have to dry clean it. So I’m a bit precious whenever I wear it.
4) It comes in 6 colours (Black, White, Navy, Grey, Olive and Mulberry) which is a good thing. But I would LOVE to have this dress in a Rose/Blush colour, and it’s not an option, booo.
Other positive things to point out about the dress…
The dress is actually double lined (two layers of silk) so the fabric hangs and drapes really nicely.
I decided to live a little and choose a vibrant colour, instead of a neutral colour, and I’m so glad I did!
It’s such a versatile style. You can wear it with heels, flats, sandals and sneakers. I actually wore it to a fashion show as a TOP, asymmetrically tucked into white pants, like this!
This is me, with my lovely fashion friends, Grace and Sandy. Photo taken by the lovely Josh from inlovewithdotdotdot.
So there you have it; I think that’s about all I want to share about the dress.
My Conclusion: I love it and I can’t wait to wear it for summer!!
Here’s the link to it if you want to take a look – Silk Racerback Trapeze Dress
Aaaand, Grana sent me another dress to review, so that’s coming up soon.
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The Perth Fashion Festival celebrated its closing night with an extraordinary and extravagant show – The Art of Fashion – held in the multi-storey foyer of the Art Gallery of WA, no less!
Featuring 22 WA Designers, a circular catwalk, a live orchestra ensemble, 2 opera performers, and a room filled with floral creations… it was a spectacular and bewildering feast for the senses.
I have a Garden Wedding to attend later this year (in summer) and I’m hunting for a blush / peach / pinky dress.
I totally love the drape and wrap style of these dresses. Feminine and sexy, I like how these are a bit different to the off-shoulder, body con dresses that everyone seems to be wearing to weddings these days.
But are they too casual wear to a wedding? A bit of bling, a pair of killer heels and a cool clutch — should work right?
Niro Dress by MLM Label – I love this style! It looks so flattering, classy and versatile.
Wild and Free Romper by Blue Life – Ok this is actually a romper and looks a little casual for a wedding. But that colour is dreamy.
Love Happy Dress by Lovers and Friends – This dress is a little more elegant, even though the V neck is pretty deep. Again I love the drape.
Just a little heads up!
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You know that thing that happens when you buy a car – you choose a colour thinking that no one else has that colour… then for the next 3 years, all you seem to see on the road is everybody driving THE SAME CAR MODEL IN THE SAME COLOUR AS YOU?!
Anyway a similar thing is happening to me.
Ever since buying that blue Lover dress that I wrote about here, all I can see are OTHER GORGEOUS BLUE LACE DRESSES!
So here’s number one on my wish list right now:
Left: Self Portrait Strappy Lace Dress. Oh my this dress is exquisite! And unique! And beautiful! I am completely smitten! Love the lines, the silhouette, the sheer panels, the contrasting stripes, the flare skirt, the lace – all of it.
Right: Next is the Self Portrait Azalea Dress, in Navy. This is a popular style, re-done by quite a few other brands, but I’ve never seen it in this kind of dark blue before. I love the style of the bodice, skirt and the lace is just lovely.
Left: Diane von Furstenberg Zarita Lace Dress. Yes I’ve been considering this dress for a while now. Love the classic design, the flattering shape, the elegant high neck and the 3/4 sheer lace sleeves.
And lastly, this Lovers + Friends Bellini Dress, which is a little more affordable than the others. I really like the contrast between the flower lace and the geometric lace. Again I’m loving that sweetheart V neckline.
Hmm I might have to sell my Lover dress in order to afford these dresses… so they might have to sit in my wish list for a little while longer! Oh well!
A few years ago, I bought these ASOS Pointed-Toe Nude Heels (which were non-leather) because they looked gorgeous. Since then, they have definitely been a timeless staple to my wardrobe.
However, they are a teeny, tiny bit big for me (even though I slip in a cushioned sole insert). So I have to admit that when I walk in them… I take smallish steps and I walk in a slightly careful way. I don’t have a confident stride.
Thus I have been very keen to upgrade to a leather version of this shoe. And to get one that actually fits me properly.
However, I received a giftcard from Shopbop and spotted these beauties on sale (still on sale too!) – Stuart Weitzman Pumps Daisy 90mm in Light Camel.
I really liked the fact the shoe had a 90mm heel. I think that a 100mm heel is a “high heel standard” these days. But 90mm heels still look fantastic, they are a more comfortable height and you can wear them for longer periods of time.
In terms of sizing… it was pretty risky. I didn’t know anything about Stuart Weitzman sizing… so I had to guess and hope. Turns out the sizing was PERFECT. No need for a shoe insert. I’m super happy!!
In terms of colour… the site makes it look quite yellow/sand colour, which is nice. However, it turns out the colour is perfectly between a pinkish nude and a beige nude. Really, really pretty in real life.
I love that Stuart Weitzman offers a range of “nudes heels”. This Daisy style (90mm heels) comes in a dark tan, tan, pale cream, and pinky blush too.
Best of all, I like the classic, polished, sophisticated style of the shoe… I can wear them with dresses or jeans.
Ah… the season of fashion weeks comes around so quickly!
(First with New York Fashion Week earlier this month, then London, Milan and then Paris.)
While I don’t go to International Shows, I love supporting my local fashion industry. I know so many designers, photographers, stylists, creatives, models, event organisers and more – who all work so hard doing what they love – I always feel super proud for them during this time of year.
Anyway, I try to make an effort to go to the local events. Every year, I have so many good intentions to arrange with local boutiques to borrow a dress or clutch, to proudly showcase some WA labels and independent boutiques. But it was not to be.
I’ve been really busy with my work and I genuinely feel quite bad I missed the opportunity.
(Yes, I know I don’t actually have to wait for the Perth Fashion Festival in order to showcase my local favourites, so consider this a promise to start doing just that!)
In terms of my outfits, I had to fall back on stuff from my wardrobe. I have absolutely no problems with wearing the same item twice!
This is what I put together.
I’m wearing my gorgeous Lover Dress (which I bought on sale here). I wore this dress earlier in the year for a wedding in Bali, and I might wear it to a ball event later in the year… so I consider it money well spent!
Mezi tassel gold earrings (no longer on sale).
I have a few more outfits coming up, so do pop back to take a peek!
I’m first to declare that I’m not a fashion writer. I’m a kind-of fashion spectator, with a background in art and design, who likes to write from a very personal point of view.
Yes, I love theatre and visual art productions, which is why I love going to fashion shows – but let’s be honest, I’m really a fashion consumer who loves personal style and a shit load of shopping!
So I was very humbled to discover that I was invited to the Opening Launch of this year’s Telstra Perth Fashion Festival.
(The festival has been growing by leaps and bounds over the years, and I heard that tickets were quite hard to get!)
Thus I’m determined to draw out a slightly different view of the fashion festival for those who are interested.
Firstly, let’s step aside from all the glitz, glamour and cray-cray pea-cocking… let’s talk about the production.
Very rarely do I get swept up and immersed into a fashion show. Virtual reality is all the buzz right now, and while we didn’t exactly see 3D projections and Tron landscapes… there was a very strong, visual nod towards it.
It was the combination of dark, DARK lighting, the delicious head thumping music, the blackened mirrored catwalk, the dramatic spotlights, and a mesmerising, floor-to-ceiling display of kaleidoscope ariel video… of the Australian outback reflecting off the catwalk.
It was superb!
The audience was treated to collections by a selection of Australian designers making waves in the international and national scene – Dion Lee, Bianca Spender, Flannel, Romance Was Born and Zhivago.
One of my favourite online shops, Revolve Clothing is now offering Free 3 Day Express Shipping to Australia and to celebrate, they are giving away a 20% Off discount code!
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In the past, I’ve found some amazing items on sale at Revolve, such as this Equipment Silk Shirt (my review here), Tibi Silk Top (my review here), Privacy Please Dress (my review here), and this beautiful Brixton felt hat (pictured above).
These brands are included in the 20% off sale, so if you’re keen to pick something up too, the discount is a good one!
Before I had an Equipment silk shirt, I desperately wanted to know what was the quality like, what did it feel like, and most importantly… why did it cost so much?
Lately, I’ve been looking for more affordable silk pieces for my wardrobe and I came across Grana.
I bought TWO tops and a few weeks ago, I wrote an honest review on my blog about how I loved one and disliked the other.
I returned the top I disliked, and with that refund, I bought a long-sleeve button down shirt.
Now I was keen to do a head-to-head comparison of my Equipment Silk Shirt vs Grana Silk Shirt!
This post isn’t sponsored or paid by Grana at all, soooo I guess can be totally honest and say things like wow this is shit! Haha only kidding. However I do have a 10% discount code for all new customers at the end of my post.
This black top is the Grana Silk Classic Shirt (AUD$71) in Black, Size XS.
This is the Equipment SLIM Signature Blouse (AUD$348) in Nude, Size XS.
The Equipment shirt has pockets at the front and exposed buttons, which gives the shirt a casual look.
The Grana shirt has NO chest pockets and it has a flap that covers the buttons, so the front of the shirt looks very minimal and sleek. I’d say it has a more “polished, smart and formal” look, and would work well with office attire, smart outfits, or evening outfits.
I’d honestly say that I wouldn’t wear this Grana style (even in a different colour) with denim shorts, because the shirt just doesn’t look casual enough! But that’s just me. I’m sure other people would enjoy the juxtaposition.
The Grana shirt is slightly shorter.
The cuffs and collar of the two shirts are pretty much exactly the same.
The “slim-ness” of the two shirts are pretty much exactly the same too. I really like this slim size and think it fits me really well. It’s not too loose, not too baggy, not too fitted or tight either – both are peeeerfect!
The Equipment silk is lighter and a tiny bit thinner. The silk feels lovely and soft, yet strong and smooth… and there’s even a slight slippery feel to it. Yet at the same time, there’s a very, very slight velvety texture that sets it apart from silk you buy from high street brands.
The Grana silk is slightly heavier and it has more of a velvety and furry texture to it. The velvety texture gives it a nice softness, which makes it drape very luxuriously. According to the website, it is called Grana’s “100% silk Crepe de Chine” and it used for most of Grana’s silk items.
The velvety texture also gives it a kind of velvety shine, so the black doesn’t look like a pure, dark, black. You know how velvet changes tone when you swipe it up or down? There’s a subtle hint of that effect with this shirt.
The Grana silk feels delicate and luxurious, however the 3 times I wore it, it did tend to build up a slight static and stuck to my body.
The Equipment shirt feels light, soft, luxurious and there’s no hint of static.
If I had to CHOOSE ONE, I would choose the Equipment shirt.
I’m sure most of my decision is an emotional one, based on my perceived value from its big price tag, my years of stalking after the brand and the cult following around the brand. However, I do like the casual look of the pockets and buttons more and I prefer the less-velvety silk.
However having said that, there’s actually nothing wrong with the Grana silk.
It’s different and it’s BEAUTIFUL!!
This Grana silk shirt is absolutely amazing value for AUD$71. I am super-duper happy with it, it feels gorgeous on my skin, I’m planning to buy a few more simple tank tops in different colours (hello, at $42 each???)
10% Discount Anyone?
I have a 10% discount code (for new customers only) if you’re keen to buy something from Grana!
Just use this link, create an account and they’ll automatically send you the 10% discount code to use on your order. (If you do make an order with the link, I will get some credit added to my account, so if that upsets you, sorry!)
Since publishing this post, Grana got in contact with me and has given me a promo code to share with you guys! (Still not getting paid though haha!)
The offer is for EXISTING CUSTOMERS to get 10% off by using the code “KARENxGRANA”. Valid until 1 November 2016. (I don’t get any credit for this promo, but that’s fine with me, happy to share!)
Happy shopping or browsing!!
There is a strong trend towards mules in this new fashion season.
Years ago, I had sooooo many mule-styled shoes. Pointed toe kitten heels, single strap square toe, suede + wooden clog heels and more.
I definitely have a soft spot for them. Especially when they are so easy to wear during summer.
But this time around, I’m not planning to buy any “investment mules”. I’m just planning to play around with cool shapes and texture variations.
I’m not into the fur-lined mules. Or ones with big buckles. But I was willing to give this pointed, patent mule a go.
Turns out I absolutely love it! The minute the sun is out, I’ve slipped on these babies and I feel awesome.
A few readers have asked me to suggest some affordable options for dresses… so here’s my recommendation!
Try some of these Off Shoulder Dresses from Shein.
I’ve bought a few things from Shein before, and honestly it’s been hit and miss. You have to really look at the photos and read the description carefully.
Thankfully these two dresses were great!
This dress is the Shirred Off Shoulder Floral Dress in Burgundy.
The top half of the dress is shirred, including the bust area, which I thought would be awful, but it doesn’t look that bad. It’s stretchy and comfy, wraps and sits nicely against your bra to show off your boobs.
The floral pattern also disguises the shirred-bit and it all looks fine.
The shirring stops just above the waist, so it gives the dress a “baby doll” or “empire cut” look. Which is nice because it hides the waist and tummy (hello hamburgers for lunch!) yet it still looks fitted and slimming, and you don’t have to worry about sucking in your tummy all day haha.
The double split panel in front was quite nice too, it makes the dress look extra summery.
It’s a really comfortable dress to wear! It’s a very casual, simple, throw on and walk to the beach kind of dress… or put on nice heels and wear to a summer backyard party.
This is the Size S and it fit me perfectly (I’m usually a size AUS/UK 6) – even in the length.
The fabric is a soft, printed kind of cotton. It handled a hot iron very well and didn’t crease easily after that.
Does it look cheap and nasty? Nope, it’s a summer dress, which looks casual, fun, high-street and affordable.
For the second dress, I picked out this Black Off Shoulder Tie Cuff Dress.
It’s VERY good value for AUS $20.
The fabric is a soft-to-touch rayon that looks like a kind of textured cheese-cloth. It’s light, floaty and a tiny bit see-through. It feels robust and strong and like I could wear it all day. It’s very comfortable.
Having said that, I haven’t washed it yet. But I did iron it and the fold creases came out easily.
I like the bow on the sleeves and the mini length. It is completely shapeless, so the focus is on your shoulders and legs.
I’m wearing the XS and the width of the shoulders were good – not too squeezey and not difficult to move in.
Again it’s a summer dress, so it’s good as a casual wear. Although I wore it with skinny jeans and tall boots one day and it looked great too.
Does it look cheap and nasty? I think because it’s black, it has a polished look to it. It looks casual and affordable, and definitely not nasty!
I guess if you’ve never tried an off shoulder dress, this is a good, safe dress to start.
And if you like it, you could look for a high quality replacement for the rest of spring / summer, as this off-shoulder trend will stick around until the start of next winter!
I’ve recently started a couple of new freelance jobs/projects… in the field of blogging, social media consulting + management, art direction, photography and styling.
It’s been absolutely fantastic – I’m doing something I enjoy, I’m doing something I’m good at, my time is flexible, I work from home, I’m learning heaps of new stuff and the money is pretty good!
I’m only working part time hours at the moment, which is how I prefer it and designed it.
(Meaning, I still have time for yoga and coffees with my girlfriends! Oh and cleaning and gardening.)
Anyway, I’ve been out and about a lot and taking lots of snaps of my outfits.
I’m mixing a few old and new items here!
Tibi Silk Racerback Camisole – This is an absolutely beautiful silk top and such a perfect cut for my body shape. It’s not too low at the chest or underarms, and it’s a nice length for me. Yes, a bit expensive, but if you add it to your cart, you could snap it up cheaper when the next sale comes around?!
Acne Studios Needle Jeans – This was an eBay buy many years ago, from a lovely, short girl who already altered the length of the legs!
ASOS Pointed Flat Mules – I didn’t want to invest in a pair of flat leather mules, because I thought they looked weird – even though I had about 3 of these many years ago! So I bought this pair for $40 and they are soooo cool and fun to wear, that I have been wearing them everywhere!! I might not even have to buy a leather version, because these are so awesome as they are :)
Country Road Grey Cardigan – This cardigan is many seasons old. It has two moth holes in it (haha!), but it’s still super soft, no pilling, and simply beautiful to wear.
That’s all from me for today, hope you have a gorgeous week!
Last week, I was having SUCH a bad day with my kids (just one kid)… that I stormed out the door the moment my husband returned from work.
I headed to the local shops, to pick up my dry cleaning, buy some makeup remover, buy some baking paper… then I went into a Forever New and spotted this dress!
I tried it on, I thought it looked great, and with not much consideration, I bought it – YES IMPULSE SHOPPING!
It stayed in the bag for a few days, then when I was preparing to go out to dinner with some girlfriends, I tried it on and took these photos.
I realised that — I DIDN’T LOVE IT.
It was really low cut and cleavagey – I don’t mind showing a bit a cleavage now and then, but this looked a bit.. um, trashy?
I felt that the skirt shape made my hips and thighs look HUGE! And the shape of the top made my arms look really chunky.
And the material was staticky too. As I walked around those few minutes, the skirt lining stuck to my legs and rode up my thighs in an unpleasant way and I kept having to reach in between my legs to unstick them. Very unclassy, haha!
I must admit that these photos do make the dress look quite flattering.
But in the end, it’s not really about how I look in the dress, it’s how I feel in the dress. It completely changed my posture and the way I moved.
I didn’t love it, I didn’t love how it made me feel… so I returned it.
(And while I was back in the shop, I swapped it for another – cheaper – dress! Will share pics of it soon!)
Ok I think it’s official… Revolve Clothing have *the cutest* range of casual + fun + summery rompers ever.
I was browsing through their Rompers Page and I added… um… about 7 to my shopping cart!
These were my favourites:
relaxed drape romper (grey blue),
slightly dressy romper (navy),
day-to-night romper (vivid red),
minimal floral romper (pastel),
poolside romper (navy + white stripe),
smart tailored romper (blush),
soft floral romper (perfect wedding guest outfit!)
…. buuuut after a long deliberation, I decided to choose this one:
Looking through the Revolve Instagram page, you’d think that every blogger in the Mediterranean had chosen this particular romper haha!
Ah, but that wasn’t enough to turn me away. I LOVED the chambray colour, the cute sweetheart neckline, the tie-front detail, the white embroidery, the thin straps and the mini length shorts.
It fit me perfectly in length and makes my legs looks super long!
I must admit, the weather is a little too cold in Perth to wear it at the moment.
But I’m sure in a few weeks, I’ll be rocking this all over the place!
Have a fantastic week!
Hi everyone, just letting you know that I’m not being paid to write this… I wish!
I’ve recently become very interested in investing in a range of silk camisole tops for my wardrobe.
I have 3-4 silk shirts from Equipment (two I bought off eBay!), 2 silk tops from Tibi, 1 silk shirt from Isabel Marant, 1 silk dress from Zimmermann, 2 silk tops from Country Road (very old, with ruffles!), 1 silk top from Forever New (very old with a digital print), a few silk dresses from Sass and Bide and Aurelio Costarella. I think that’s about it.
So far, the silk I like from most to least is: Equipment, Isabel Marant, Tibi, Zimmerman, then lastly Country Road and Forever New (their silk feels more like a kind of stiff polyester silk).
(I didn’t rank the designer dresses, because I only wear them occasionally).
Now that I think about it, this scale possibly reflects the price of each garment too. I guess it rings true… you get what you pay for.
Anyway, I was keen to buy a silk racerback top from Grana, for AU$65.
I’ve heard nice things about their silk, plus their silk items are SO AFFORDABLE!!
When I was in Singapore, I was in a cafe, I saw this tall, gorgeous, young Asian woman, wearing a bright orange silk racer-back camisole and it looked AMAZING on her. I knew it was Grana, because her tag was sticking out! I wanted to let her know about the tag, and ask her if I could FEEL the silk of her top, but um, that would have been waaay too creepy!
SO what is the quality of Grana Silk like?? Where does it sit on the scale of all my silk items?
I bought these two tops above and here are my thoughts.
The Grana Silk V-Neck Camisole in Marzipan for AU$71.00 in XS.
The website describes the top as a “structured V-neck with the beautiful relaxed drape of Georgette Satin”.
For me, I didn’t like this Georgette Satin. Even though it was 100% silk, it felt more like a slightly stiff/slippery satin than silk. And it had a satin shine to it, which I didn’t like.
This “satin-look, slip top” may be on-trend at the moment (worn over a white t-shirt), but I felt that the material made the top look a bit cheap.
Having said that, it looks and feels like a high-quality polyester top from Witchery, which would probably cost you around $70-$80 anyway.
I liked the “structured” shape and soft drape of the top, but the XS was slightly too big for me (I’m usually a standard Size AUS/UK 6). It flared out slightly at my arm pits and it didn’t sit nicely on my chest.
I chose the size based on my equivalent AU sizing, but I should have chosen based on the measurements supplied on the site, which indicated that I should have bought a XXS.
I loved the colour though! It was a muted ivory and would work really well with the rest of my wardrobe.
I also loved that it was lined (double layered).
Unfortunately I decided to return this top.
I had to pay $10 for return shipping. I might buy some black shorts instead.
The Grana Silk Racerback Camisole in Rust, for AU$65.00 in XS.
The website describes the silk as “100% silk Crepe de Chine”.
I LOVE the silk for this price. It feels softer and more “buttery” than my Tibi top. It is DEFINITELY a winner, I’m very happy with it and I think it is super-duper good value for a silk top.
However, the silk does feel a little… delicate. It feels so soft, like it might tear or snag it on something sharp, where as my Tibi top feels a little more stronger and robust.
Basically I feel like I have to BE CAREFUL with the Grana top, where I simply don’t even think/notice that I’m wearing my Tibi silk top.
The Size XS fits me perfectly.
The top is lined (double layered).
The colour is OK. I was hoping for it to be a little darker (as shown in my shadowy photo above), but in fact it is more like on the photo on the website: a bright burnt orange.
I decided to keep this top, instead of swapping it for another colour, like navy, because I think I’ll get a lot more use from this colour than the other colours offered on the site (plus I already have a black, white and grey top in a similar style).
I’m trying to wear a bit more colour!
Take home message:
Read the fabric description carefully.
Buy the 100% Silk Crepe de Chine. It’s beautiful!
Look at the supplied measurements on each individual garment.
10% Discount Anyone?
I have a 10% discount code if you’re keen to buy something from Grana!
Just use this link, create an account and they’ll automatically send you the 10% discount code to use on your order. (If you do make an order with the link, I will get some credit added to my account, so if that upsets you, sorry! Just type in www.grana.com and you won’t get the 10% discount sent out to you.)
Happy shopping or browsing!!
OK I’m talking tops here.
A good, going out top.
A versatile top (that you can wear with jeans or shorts) but not boring or expensive either.
I’ve been dying to feature one of my favourite tops this season, because it’s a good one! I wear it all the time, it goes with everything and I really like it.
I went to a day time event the other day and wore the top with a lace skirt. I love that I can wear it with a plain or patterned skirt and it looks amazing.
Because the top is structured in a loose way, it hides the waist a little, so it’s nice to pair the top with skirt/pants/shorts that skims or hugs your waist. That way your silhouette looks flattering, balanced and you’re not doubling the boxiness.
So pencil skirts, jersey pencil skirts, midi skirts, slim fit jeans, cropped pants, slim shorts will look great.
Here I was heading out to a coffee date with a girlfriend.
I like that the top looks smart and more polished than a regular tee.
As I said in my previous post, I think the top looks gorgeous on, it looks effortless, minimal, it has a super-flattering, classic, Audrey Hepburn style about it. It’s not clingy, not boxy and it really suits petite, small-frame people like me.
Quality is brilliant, the fabric is soft and has a slight, satiny shine to it, that gives it a polished look.
It also comes in BLACK, which also looks gorgeous.
If you check out the photo of the model wearing the top, you can actually wear it like a regular top (not just off shoulder). I’m wearing a size S (I’m usually a size 6).
I have a 15% off everything code to share with you all (which makes this top under $50!)
You can use the discount for everything including new arrivals and sale items (even the stuff on 60% off sale).
Just enter the code “karenforhelloparry” at the checkout.
Many people have written to me saying, Yo Karen we love the stuff you feature from Shopbop, but some of it is a bit expensive! Show us the good, cheap stuff! I’m broke!
(Not exaaaaactly worded like that, but haha you get the drift!)
So I’ve trawled through Shopbop to find some awesome buys under USD$100 – and therefore AUD$130.
1) BB Dakota Aden Crinkle Dress – Looks pretty, floaty and great for warm weather.
2) Hat Attack Ibiza Tote – Lovely shape and texture. Looks so stylish for a woven straw bag.
3) Splendid Danaka Wedges – Gorgeous wedges for the new season.
1) Splendid 2×1 Racer Back Dress – – Sweet and simple. Can’t go wrong with the brand Splendid for luxe basics.
2) Gorjana Cayne Crescent Studs – Edgy, kind of cool, looks like claws, or fangs?!
3) Kate Spade New York Bee Pouch – Polka dots will always be in fashion!
4) Steven Sayzar Mules – Mules are soooo in at the moment, especially chunky ones. This one is close to perfect and it’s real leather too.
1) BB Dakota Cuthbert Striped Top – A great looking lace top, without looking TOO lacey / flowery / girly.
2) Kate Spade New York Mix Tape Coin Purse – How cool is this coin purse?!
3) Superga 2750 Cotu Sneakers – Sleek, not-too-chunky, light grey sneakers. Minimal without being too minimal.
Happy shopping or browsing!
Years ago when I was part of a gym, I used to do pilates and yoga classes – I disliked both of them!
(I would rather do a boxing, pump or spin class, because I liked my exercise to be INTENSE and SWEATY!)
After that, I got into long distance cycling for a few years… and now I’m into running.
And lately I’ve discovered the joy of yoga.
In fact, I’ve fallen in love with yoga and what it has done to my body. I breathe better. I stretch better. I relax better. I meditate better. My awareness of my body, my posture, my flexibility and my pose has heightened. I loooove yoga. I never thought I would.
I’m also incredibly frustrated with it, because I want to be better at yoga NOW. I want to be stronger, more flexible, more more balanced NOW. But I’m not. It’s humbling for me. So in that, it has made me listen to my body and be much more patient with it.
(OMG will you listen to all this yogi shit coming out of my mouth!! Who am I??)
Anyway, I thought I would try some pilates again. Who knows, maybe I might fall in love with that too?
Nope. I went to a new class the other day and had a rather poor experience.
The actual pilates movements were OK; I was good at some moves and extremely crappy at others.
I just didn’t connect with the instructor in our style or vibe.
And it made me realise how important it is to find that connection with your class instructor, in terms of learning/teaching styles, what you’re looking for in a class, and what stage you are in your development.
Anyway, enough rambling from me, I’m still going to stick with it and stick with yoga too.
I’m hoping to experiment with a few more Pilates classes and studios in the next few weeks, and hopefully I’ll enjoy it! Wish me luck!
Oh how I love a bargain! And I love to share!
I bought this Copper Red Dress from Cotton On the other day! It’s so cute!
I’m wearing the XS and it also comes in a black version.
I love that it’s not too bulky, not too scrunchy; it drapes nicely, the waist sits at the right spot on me, the neckline is not too low, the skirt is not too short… it looks great.
It was $39.95, now $20 (Still on sale! Lots of XS/S/M sizes in stock!). I didn’t see the dresses in-store, so they must only be online?
I wore it out last night, with a fur vest and knee high boots to keep me warm. Such great buy hehe.
Have a fantastic weekend everyone!