Archive for Fashion & Shopping
Back in April, I went to a jewellery launch party at Linneys.
It was a very intimate party. I didn’t know very many people there. So I wandered around… and someone told me about THE PINK DIAMOND RING that was on TV earlier that morning. So of course, I had to check it out, I had to wear it and I had to take a selfie ;)
Apparently it cost $880,000! Ouch!
I didn’t manage to get a good photo of my full outfit. The lighting was bad. The space was cramped.
I was going to skip putting it up on my blog… but it was such cute outfit and I got lots of compliments about it on the day.
So I decided to re-shoot my outfit last week, this time in my studio at home.
It channels all that I’m desperately hankering for at the moment… light, white fabrics, pink hues, floaty layers, and silky textures.
Initially I wasn’t a fan of the sleeveless trench or vest, mainly because it’s a trend item and will probably go out of fashion in 1 or 2 seasons.
But when I wore one, it felt so LENGTHENING and so elegant. I really liked the way it changed my posture and the way I moved. I felt tall and lean. Much like the long grey coat that I reviewed a few weeks ago.
I liked that it added a bit of colour, layer and movement to my outfit.
You can pick up a sleeveless trench for $50-$70 or you can invest in a higher quality, designer one for $700? If you buy a one with buttons, you can wear it belted at the waist, as a kind of tailored, sleeveless dress too!
Check out some ideas I found below! I love the blush, white and dove grey ones the best.
I’ve been a little bit obsessed with my skinny black jeans at the moment.
I know it’s a weird thing to be obsessed about, because they’re not exactly a new thing and I’ve had many, MANY pairs over the years. What’s the big deal right?
I’ve just found myself waking up in the morning and wanting to wear nothing else. Blue jeans? Khaki jeans? Grey trousers? Neh. Black jeans it is then!
Then I’ll just throw on a knitted jumper, or a grey sweat shirt, or a denim shirt, or a checked shirt, or a white t-shirt, or a striped t-shirt… then some ankle boots and voilà my outfit is done.
I have a sneaking suspicion that my “obsession” is more from the result of winter laziness.
But I just tell myself that it’s very Kate Moss, except that I don’t have blonde hair, height, or a rock star husband.
ANINE BING T-SHIRT
I popped over to the Anine Bing online store a few weeks ago – I just LOVE the style of her whole collection. It’s so casual, cool and everything seems to work perfectly together. I want to to buy everything!
I bought this Anine Bing striped t-shirt and chose the size XS. It’s supposed to be loose fitting, but in all honesty, it’s probably 1-2 sizes too big for me. It looked a bit like a nightie when I first wore it! The fabric is 100% cotton and feels nice, smooth and robust.
I decided that I was going to keep it, so I attacked it with a sewing machine and took a few cms off the body. It looks great on me now :P
JEANSWEST PRIMA JEANS
Last week I mentioned that I fell in love with Jeanswest’s Prima Jeans collection and now I have a pair in blue and black.
I went into the store to try on the Super Skinny 7/8 length jeans and found that they are a perfect length for my short legs – meaning that I don’t have spend extra money at the tailor to take them up YAY!
This Black and White Plaid Coat was such an awesome buy! I got it from Shein, on sale, for under $50.
My wristwear is by a new-ish online shop called The Peach Box.
They have a pretty cool collection of modern and on-trend designs which are really affordable. They are only costume/fashion jewellery but their price points are very affordable :)
BLACK STRAPPY HEELS
Phew! I’m really looking forward to the weekend – bring on the school holidays and my birthday festivities already!
I absolutely love bamboo fabric!
I adore the luxurious, soft, silky feel of it; and the lovely drape and weight of it oozes quality and comfort. I also like the fact that it is a natural fabric and an eco-friendly and sustainable resource.
The team at Bamboo Body sent over some amazing knits, which I’m so excited to share with you!
I also have a special discount code at the end of this post to share – yay!
First up, this is this Bamboo Cashmere Scoop Knit.
It is made from 95% bamboo, 3% cashmere and 2% wool. I’m wearing the knit in Oatmeal XS, but it also comes in Black and Cacao (dark brown).
Oh my, it is sooooo lovely!
It is so luxurious, soft, comfortable, breathable and lightweight… yet it’s still slightly thick enough to be warming, without being too heavy or chunky.
I found that this jumper was easy to dress up to create a modern and stylish outfit.
Plus it was easy to layer under my coats, because it wasn’t bulky.
I’m so in love with this particular scoop neck style and the oatmeal colour. It’s so elegant, chic and it falls very nicely. I just want to wear it everyday!
I’m also wearing a top like this Essential Scoop Tee underneath the jumper.
This is the Bamboo Cashmere V Neck in black, and this time I went one size up to a Size S, because I wanted to wear it in a more slouchy, relaxed style.
Again the knit is made from 95% bamboo, 3% cashmere and 2% wool. And again the style did not disappoint!
I love the comfortable, smooth, soft texture of the knit and I just adore the way it falls on my body.
I have been wearing this jumper with skinny jeans, faux leather pants and pencil skirts. Love it!
I’m also wearing an Above Elbow Scoop Top underneath.
Knits are tricky garments to buy, because quality usually goes hand in hand with price.
Until now I have struggled to find a high-quality luxurious knit that didn’t cost me $200+.
These bamboo cashmere jumpers tick ALL my boxes: high-quality look and feel, quality fabric, high in comfort, classic minimal style, zero itch factor and great price.
Lastly I also tried on the Bamboo Duster Jacket which is like a long cardigan. Again I’m wearing the Oatmeal colour in Size XS.
It’s a lovely, flattering and lightweight jacket; it also has a slight taper in the waist to make it look more fitted and slimming.
Do excuse my awkward smile, I was trying to test how the fabric would feel next to my skin (without my top!) and now it looks like casual loungewear that you wear at home.
But of course, it easily layers over a camisole, t-shirt, blouse, shirt or dress, as it has an extremely versatile style.
I feel that it is polished enough to throw over your shoulders at an evening event, and it is perfectly suited to be part of an office wardrobe.
You know, I’ve never actually heard of bamboo knitwear before. I’ve only ever been familiar with the soft bamboo / jersey type fabric that is often made into basic tees, tanks and yoga pants.
I’m so pleased to have reviewed this range, as I’m utterly hooked on these knits!
Check out the whole Bamboo Body Knitwear range here.
** Special Discount Code **
Bamboo Body are offering all my readers 15% off your whole order (including sale items).
Just enter the code “karencheng” at the checkout to get your discount.
The promotion will run for 2 weeks.
This is such great value!
Do check out these bamboo garments that I recommend:
Essential Bamboo Scoop Tee, in black, white, grey, taupe and lichen (khaki).
Bamboo Cami, in black, white, grey marle, navy & white stripes
Bamboo Tops, in all colours.
Happy shopping and I hope you find something you like!!
I’ve been a big fan of Trilogy products for years, and I particularly love their range of rosehip oil products.
So when this new Gentle Facial Exfoliant landed in my mailbox, I almost fell over myself to get to a wash basin to try it out.
For the last few months, I’ve been using exfoliating products that are more like chemical peels.
Combined that with long, cold winter days, and the fact that I’ve been sitting in my office with a heater on all day… my skin has been feeling really BLAH.
I needed to switch up my skin care routine… and I was in desperate need of a good scrub!
The Trilogy Gentle Facial Exfoliant doesn’t use plastic microbeads, it features natural, biodegradeable and non-abrasive jojoba wax microspheres, which are good for your skin and good for the earth.
It has a nutrient base of sweet almond, evening primrose, rosehip oil, active honey enzymes and camellia oil.
I have used it for a few days now and I really like it as a gentle daily scrub.
It polishes and cleanses very well. It is non-foaming and non-drying. My skin feels so lovely, clean and plump after using it.
But most of all, I love the smell… so much so that I look forward to washing my face in the evenings :)
You can buy Trilogy Products online here
Hope you like it too!
Being a jeans lover, I’ve shopped and owned quite a few pairs of jeans in my life.
Over the last 5-6 years, I’ve tried on skinny jeans from Acne Studios, Frame Denim, Ksubi, Sass and Bide, IRO, Rag & Bone, Levis, J Brand, Lee, Current/Elliot, Cheap Monday, G-Star, Sportsgirl, Zara, Country Road, Witchery – and today I’m declaring that I have found the BEST slim fitting jeans with the BEST price tag, I’ve ever worn!
(Now I know that everyone says that about their favourite jeans, but I’m serious… you have to give these a go!)
They are from the Jeanswest Prima Denim range, made from a high-quality, soft, Turkish denim.
The jeans fit SO WELL around my waist, bum, hips, thighs and calves.
They seem to have an amazing stretch in all the right places, without being too tight. The fabric is soft, stretchy and firm. They don’t pinch or cut into me, and I can move around in them comfortable and easily. I can wear them all day!
The only problem was that they were a bit long in the leg for me (I’m 160cms/5’2″).
But since I was so utterly happy with them, I went to a tailor to get the leg lengths turned up. I also paid extra to put a taper effect at my ankles, since I was chopping off a good 12cms off!
I paid $75 in total for tailoring (eeep!) – because I felt they were worth it.
I have since picked up another awesome Jeanswest Skinny Denim in black and in a 7/8 length, so I don’t have to spend extra to tailor them! So happy!
I spied some cute fashion buys by C/Meo Collective (Cameo), Keepsake, Finders Keepers… that are up to 75% off at Fashion Bunker.
I think I sound like a broken record… going on and on about Senso shoes. But I love my Sensos!
So if you’re a fan, you can get some of these styles at 50% off here.
Senso Riley V (Leopard Print) – Was $275, $137.50
Senso Riley I (Black) – Was $249, now $124.50
Senso Rhiannon II (Black) – Was $265, now $132.50
Senso Vanessa III (Leopard Print) – Was $265, now $132.50
And lastly, a few months ago I wrote about my epic score on an Alexander Wang blazer from The Outnet.
I’m so excited to show off a few new bits and pieces!
What I love most about them all… is that I can easily mix and match them with lots of things that are already in my wardrobe.
A Simple, Black Bustier
This particular design is not too revealing (no awkward deep, plunging cleavage here) and has a simple, flared peplum (to enhance my waist and hourglass shape, because my boobs are small!).
Other good quality bustiers I had looked at (these drool-worthy bustiers) fell into the $100 – $170 price range (ouch?!?) but this Remix one was much more affordable and still looked/felt like a premium garment.
At first I received the Size XS (I’m usually a Size 6), but it was much too tight. The flesh at my armpits kind of bulged over the top in a most unattractive way… so I swapped it for a Size S, which fit me perfectly. So make sure you buy a size up, if you’re thinking of getting one too.
Can’t wait to wear these with drop-crotched pants, loose-fitting pants, skinny jeans and more!
This Cut Out Midi Skirt has a very cool, high-impact look about it. It has a lovely structure and shape, a gorgeous texture and it has a good weight to it, that makes it feel like a quality product.
It’s super affordable and you can get one in red and peach too. Love it!
I’ll be wearing mine with casual print tees and slouchy cropped jumper.
Eeep I got my hands on these Diavolina Stud Heels… and they look amazing!!
I wish I could afford the real thing (but there’s absolutely zero chance of that happening)… so these are definitely an unexpectedly happy substitute.
They are made from soft leather so they feel diving to walk in. Now I’m considering to get the All Nude or All Black one too – oops!
Have a fabulous weekend everyone!
Are you a watchy person? I am a VERY watchy person. And I will always have one on my wrist.
I like to arrive on time. I like to know how much time I have to do and enjoy things. I like to know when to leave. I like to be early for the next thing. I like to be ready and on track.
And basically I feel naked, agitated and lost throughout the whole day, if I forget to wear my watch!
The classic, leather strap watch has become very popular again recently. I did have a Guess leather strap watch many years ago, but I lost it.
So I have been eyeing a Daniel Wellington watch, in particular this Classic Sheffield Lady watch, in silver. But at US$199 (AUS$260) it was a bit expensive for me, so I put it off until… oh I’m not sure, I think I was waiting for it to go on sale?
They are also sold here where it costs AUS$249 and they often have a 20-25% off everything sale.
But I stumbled across some watches by a brand called The Horse and I was really impressed by them! Their watches looked amazing!
You can buy The Horse watches from Surfstitch and if you sign up to their newsletter you can received $20 off your next order and buy one for $119-$169.
I bought The Classic Unisex Leather Watch for $169 and I’m absolutely in love with it!
You can also try The Horse Watches from Beginning Boutique, who also have some good sales.
These are the Classic Unisex Leather Watch range from Surfstitch.
And these are the Original Unisex Leather Watch range from Surfstitch.
An item that has long been on my wardrobe wishlist was a simple, black, silk dress.
It’s definitely something that never goes out of style. It looks effortlessly sexy with high heels and looks casual-cool with sneakers or sandals.
I wanted a dress that was short and loose fitting. So I had my eye on some silk dresses from Zimmermann. They were beautiful but oh my, they were waaay out of my price range!
I spied a few on ebay, and finally managed to snap up this gorgeous Zimmermann draped, silk dress – the one I’m wearing here!
It’s a size 0, but when it arrived, the straps were too long for my body that it showed so much of my chest and boobs that I was destined for a peek-a-boo accident.
I decided to sew up the straps myself, taking off 5cms from each strap. It sits better on my body now and looks much more proportionate on me.
It cost me a fraction of the original price, I paid a bit extra for dry cleaning, the fabric is in perfect condition… and I’m sooo happy with it. The silk is simply divine!
As for my long, grey coat…
Eeep, isn’t it gorgeous?
I had my eye on this coat, but again, at $300 it was outside my price range.
I was also looking to buy this one.
But in the end, I took a bit of a risk and bought this long, grey coat from Sheinside.
It was amazingly affordable and thus I wasn’t expecting much. If you scroll down on the product page, you might be suckered in (as I was) by all the stunning street style photos of the coat.
Anyway, the coat was utterly perfect for me. I bought the size S, and it fit me across the shoulders, back and arms. Usually I have trouble finding coats for my small frame, but this one was great!
My over the knee boots are a pair from Betts. Amazingly I got them 5 years ago (and reviewed them in this post)! Yet since then, I have always managed to take them out every winter to wear them. That’s pretty great value :)
I put together a few of my shopping finds here for you to browse.
Sooo, if you don’t mind a bit of “designer inspired style”, I found a few cool shoe finds over at The Iconic.
They are also having a 30% off everything sale TODAY, so you can get the shoes on sale with the code “VOGQ30″.
Diavolina stud shoes here (genuine leather). Heels are $199.95, flats with straps $189.95, flats $169.95.
Billini stud shoes here (leather look upper). Both flats and flats with straps are $79.95.
Anine Bing Tops
I’m a bit in love with the relaxed-cool basics over at Anine Bing.
Her boots, jeans and jackets are lust worthy, but a bit out of my price range.
However, her whole range of tees and tops ARE in my price range…
Linen Tank Top – US$69
Striped Short Sleeve T-Shirt – US$99
Ivory Layered Top – US$169
Silk Shirts from The Outnet
I spotted some gorgeous silk blend shirts over at The Outnet, at prices that won’t break your bank account.
A silk shirt is perfect for any season and any occasion (maybe not the beach) and is definitely a wardrobe must-have!
Iris and Ink Silk-blend boyfriend shirt – USD $110
Hi everyone! How’d your week go?
I’ve been doing a bit of running in preparation for my 12km running event; fitting in a 5km here and a 10km there.
I’m a bit nervous about the event, even though I know I shouldn’t be. The competitive part in me thinks that I should SMASH all my previous running records, but the sensible part in me thinks I should just have fun, keep fit… and don’t hurt myself :)
Anyway, I want to talk about this jacket.
It’s a thick, fleecy jacket from Jeanswest’s activewear range. I’d say that it’s more of a coat, than a regular sports jacket (which is usually made from a thin and breathable fabric).
What makes this jacket different is that it has a really nice knit texture on the outside, so it looks stylish and versatile enough to wear over other casual wear outfits, like jeans and a t-shirt. It’s also warm, light and soft, so it feels lovely on the skin.
It’s soooo much nicer than the fleecy hiking jacket that I wear (from Mountain Design!), which is not particularly very insulating, nor is it very stylish haha!
Have a fab weekend!
I got a haircut today and decided to go shorter!
The amazing team at Curi Hair retouched my colour, gave me a trim, a conditioning treament and gave me some curls (with a hair iron).
Even though I absolutely love, love LOVE the fresh length, the healthy texture and the new look of my hair – I still miss having long hair.
There were a few girls at the salon with long, gorgeous, ombre curls, in tortoiseshell browns (just look at the gallery on the Curi Hair Facebook page) and I had pangs of regret and envy haha!
Anyway, I’ll definitely keep my hair at this length for a bit, then I think I’ll start to grow it out after winter.
Leatherette Pants from Topshop,
Ankle boots by Senso from The Iconic
Saint Laurent Sunglasses from Vision Direct
Bag by ALLDRESSEDUP
A few months ago, I shared an exclusive 12% Off Discount Code for SunglassesShop. Well if you missed out last time, here it is again!
Enjoy 12% off your order, including sale items.
Just use this code at the checkout: KARENCHENG12
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I bought my first Ray-Ban Clubmaster sunglasses a few years ago from Singapore airport.
After a few weeks, I stepped on them (they were in a shopping bag and I accidentally stepped on the bag!) and they were bent out of shape. You could say, the sunglasses and I were crushed.
I put them away, planning to get them fixed, but somehow I lost them. I must’ve placed them in the wrong box during the move to our new house and they have ended up in the bin :(
So… I was super happy to be sent a new pair from SunglassesShop. These are the Ray-Ban Clubmaster sunglasses, Tortoise W0366 Small 49mm ($143.44 with the discount).
Ok here’s a bit history about this style of glasses.
They were originally called Browline Glasses and were first produced by a brand called Shuron Ronsir in 1947. They were popular during the 1950s and 1960s, especially in America. Then by the late 60s-70s, they were pretty unpopular.
They made a come back in the 1980s. It was only in the mid 80s that Ray-Ban created the Clubmaster, which quickly became one of their best selling sunglasses along with the Wayfarer and Aviator styles.
Apparently the style took a dive in the 90s. But in the 2010s with the influence of Madmen the tv show, return to 1950s fashion, and the rise of the hipster subculture, the Browline/Clubmaster style has certainly seen a comeback.
For me, I love wearing them because they are a bit retro, they look a bit quirky, and they don’t dominate my face (like my huge black plastic ones).
Do check out other best seller sunglasses on the site and you might pick up a bargain!
Yay it’s good to still see some epic sales on the net!
Shopbop is still going with their Up To 70% Off sale… and I found these amazing, everyday skirts (with XS and petite sizes still available).
Theory Prosecco Efersten Skirt – US$177.00 (40% off)
Torn by Ronny Kobo Ronny Skirt – US$89.40 (70% off)
BB Dakota Phinley Pencil Skirt – US$49.00 (30% off)
Can’t go wring with Zoe Karssen tshirts that are 50% off!
Zoe Karssen Satisfaction Tee – was $84.95, now $42.48
Zoe Karssen Bat Short Sleeve Tee – was $84.95, now $42.48
Cute and chic flare skirts from Chichwish.
La Diva Pleated Maxi Full Skirt – $39.00 (49% off)
Brushing Flowers Pleated Midi Skirt – $42.42 (15% off)
Sing a Love Song Printed Midi Skirt – $46.00 (33% off)
And some cool and casual flats from Shopbop…
Soludos Zebra Smoking Slippers – US$38.50 (30% off)
Melissa Melissa Jean + Jason Wu Flats – US$73.50 (30% off)
KAANAS Marseille Wedge Espadrilles – US$83.30 (30% off)
Have a fantastic weekend everyone!
Revolution The Label is a new label by designer Ben Conroy, offering a tight edit of modern, sleek, simple and minimal designs for women and men.
Yes I know, there are so many new, small, independent designer labels these days! Why and how is this one different?
Well, I have met the designer a few times in the past, albeit briefly, and I have silently followed his label on Facebook. Over the months, I noticed that he and his team often speak about ethical responsibility, getting to know their manufacturers, working under an agreement of fair work and fair pay… It piqued my interest.
I followed a link and found an article written by Ben, who went to Denpasar to interview the owners of the manufacturing company which is used by his label. The owners are a husband and wife team, who have had their business for 10 years, and have had the same staff with them since the beginning…
Here’s an excerpt:
WHAT IS THE OPERATING HOURS OF THE BUSINESS AND HOW DOES THAT AFFECT STAFF AND THEIR PAY?
We all start at 8am and finish at 5pm. If we ever have extra work to complete on schedule some staff will stay back until 8pm but we pay by the hour so anyone who works overtime gets paid extra. The factory shuts down from 12pm – 1pm for lunch break. Everyone eats together outside and plays games, some have sing along and some have a nap in the sun. This hour does not get deducted from their pay.
HOW MANY LABELS DO YOU MANUFACTURE AND HOW DO YOU MANAGE THE WORKLOAD?
Currently we manufacture for 6 labels including REVOLUTION THE LABEL. This is a good amount of work for us now and should we ever loose any business and need more accounts we have a great relationship with all the designers we will let them know to pass on our details to meet with new clients. If I take on more labels and get too greedy, we will have to compromise on the amount of work to get done and we wont be able to deliver the high standard of quality along with the fact my staff will start to become unhappy in the workplace and we very much want to remain happy and be able to deliver the quality.
The interview really stopped me in my tracks!
On an intellectual level, I know about the collapsed garment factory in Bangladesh, I know about exploited factory workers and poor working conditions and I know the importance of being conscious in my fashion choices to support a more sustainable fashion industry.
So I really appreciate Revolution The Label for, not so much educating me, but presenting me with a raw human and emotional connection to fashion. I am much more conscious of it now, and I feel like a richer person for it.
I like a label with a heart, soul and mission.
Plus it has a damn fine looking collection too!
They are currently having an Up to 60% Off Sale, to move along their current stock to make way for their new collection.
I bought a few items and I was super excited that the quality was really amazing for the price! Can’t wait to show them off on my blog!
Sometimes there’s nothing like an Up to 70% Off Sale to get you into the mood for some online shopping haha!
Here’s some stuff that I’m feelin’.
Feels: Lazy, comfy, slouchy, lie down on the couch, can’t be bothered ironing, everyday should be a Sunday.
Sundry Stripe Combo Ruched Sleeveless Mini Dress – US$96.60 (30% off)
Velvet Monet Chambray Shirtdress – US$105.00 (30% off)
Sundry Stripe Combo Boat Neck Mini Dress – US$98.00 (30% off)
Feels: Need a change, bored, stuck in a rut. 70s boho fringing, 90s backpacks, and 60s mod inspo looks awesome!
Rebecca Minkoff Finn Cross Body Clutch UD$136.50 (30% off)
Reece Hudson Bowery Small Bucket Bag – US$402.50 (30% off)
Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Tote – US$228.00 (30% off)
Feels: Fragile, delicate, bored of black and white, bored of jeans and khaki jackets. Some lace in pastel hues hits the spot!
Saylor Lissa Dress – US$207.90 (30% off)
Diane von Furstenberg Martina Lace Dress – US$284 (50% off)
English Factory Lace Mini Dress – US$90 (30% off)
A friend of mine were talking about buying coats the other day (and how we manage to have so many black coats?!).
On our wish lists for this season: a grey coat, a tan coloured coat and a blush or beige trench coat.
Fueled by some serious coatspiration, that evening I jumped online and found a whole bunch of great coats to buy!
These would easily match everything in my wardrobe. They’d go perfectly with every kind of black + white + grey + navy + beige outfit combination that I wear in the colder months.
Seeing as I don’t have $2,000 laying around to spend on a Burberry Signature Trench Coat, these are two fab alternatives from ASOS and David Jones. If I bought them, I’d change the buttons to dark brown ones.
Joseph Cashmere-Blend Coat from Net-a-porter – Soooo beautiful and I’m sure it’ll last me my whole lifetime. But at $948 it’s um, a bit out of my price range at the moment.
After spending a year with brownish hair… I recently decided that it was time for a change.
I coloured my hair back to flat black – against my hair stylist’s opinion.
“Are you sure??” he asked for the third time. “Yes yes, just do it!” I said.
I chose the semi-permanent option, so if I had second thoughts, the colour would fade in 6-8 weeks.
What do I think?
Day 1 – OMG WHAT HAVE I DONE??? I LOOK SOOOOO BAAAADDD!!! I’M SO NOT USED TO IT!!! OH WHY DIDN’T I LISTEN TO MY HAIR STYLIST?!??
Day 2 – AARRRGGH I HAAAAATE IT!!! Who is that woman on the other side of the mirror??
Day 3 – 7 – SIGH. Still hate it. I constantly tie my hair back in a pony tail to hide it. I wash my hair every day to fade the colour.
Day 8 – Hey it’s actually not that bad.
Day 9 onwards – It looks clean, sleek, healthy, fresh, modern. I’m liking it.
Yes, it took some time for me to get used to it.
I like it now. I might even cut my hair shorter next time?
Ok people, apparently the colours tan, camel and brown are back in fashion for the next few seasons.
Let me talk about that for a moment.
In the 1970s, the colour brown was huge. It came back in fashion again in the early 2000s, and it was then I fell in love with the colour and embraced it until… um, half my wardrobe was brown?
I had clothes in tan, camel, coffee, caramel, mocha, cappuccino, and dark chocolate brown. So much dark brown!
Once I got over that phase, I kept a few camel and tan coloured items, but I got rid of everything else.
I really don’t like brown now. I associate it with an older generation and my naive following of a fashion trend. I can’t shake off the feeling. Is it just me?
So I won’t be sporting any brown this season. In fact, I’m going to colour my hair back to black.
I like tan and camel though!
I have kept a camel coloured coat, a tan leather jacket, a tan coloured parka, a shirt, a dress, camel coloured pants and a pencil skirt.
So it’ll be nice to drag them out of storage and add a hint of colour to my daily monochrome palette.
Silk shirt by Equipment, from Forward
Pleasure State Lace Bra from Zodee
Jeans from Nobody Denim (The Iconic)
Booties by Senso (The Iconic),
Camel coat from GAP (which actually belongs to my sister!)
Handbag by Fiorelli (I bought it when I was 17!),
Catarzi hat from ASOS.
Someone asked me recently… Where can I buy pretty clothes on a budget??
Ah well, I don’t suggest buying tops from a “budget” online shop, as there is a high chance that the quality of the garment will be poor and look cheap.
But big, bright, bold, pretty skirts are much more forgiving!
Dress them up with a sharp blazer, a luxe sweater, a silk tank, gorgeous shoes, a statement handbag and you’ll be good to go.
Here are some super-cute skirts that I found.
(Check out the skirt links then scroll down to see really nice ways to style them!)
Hey hey, how’s everyone going these days?
I’ve been immersed in a variety of SPORTS lately – football, basketball, netball, cycling and running.
I’m practically living in my active wear!
In fact, I’m wearing so much active wear, I can even feel myself leaning towards a moment where I wear my tracksuit pants outside of a sporting context. GASP. Hasn’t happened yet though.
I am, however, wearing sports leggings as pants now, which sounds like a no no… but it’s acceptable when I wear sneakers ok?
Here’s an outfit I wore the other day, which combines my love for sports and fashion – in particular, my Nike sweater with a pleated faux leather skirt.
I was so lucky to have scored a new Alexander Wang blazer from The Outnet!
I have been looking for a good quality, black, classic style blazer for a looong while now. After a bit of research, I reluctantly accepted that I was going to pay around $250-$300 for one, so it had better be exactly what I wanted.
Originally I looked at SABA, Country Road and Witchery for a simple blazer. But it was really difficult for me to find one in my size, that fit me nicely. I tried on a few and found that either the sleeves were much too long or the shoulders were a bit too small.
The current and popular style at the moment is the “boyfriend, relaxed and loose-fitting look” which is really just a big and baggy style. Honestly, I don’t really like that shapeless style and I don’t think it’s very classic or timeless.
But then I fell in love with this jacket from Anine Bing (which had a slightly relaxed shape), but they didn’t have my size either!
I love fashion and clothes and all, but seriously, there’s no way I could justify that much money on one piece of clothing.
It was reduced to AUD$100 – so much less than my initial budget!! So happy!!
It was a bit of a risk, because I bought it without trying it on. But I figured that it was an Alexander Wang item, and I’m sure I could resell it for $200+ on ebay?
Well, it arrived. It fit me perfectly. And I can’t wait to wear and show it off! Yay!
I bought a US Size 0. This style is no longer on sale, but there are a few others (here) from Alexander Wang, Helmet Lang, Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney and J. Crew.
Let me tell you what I’m big on at the moment… the good old formula: Sweater + Pencil Skirt!
I’m a little excited that the change in weather means it’s now sweater season!
This pairing makes life so much easier when I’m trying to race out the door.
Yesterday I dragged out a whole bunch of sweaters and realised that moths had eaten through 2 of my best sweaters, sigh.
Here are some tips if you’re thinking about buying yourself a new sweater.
1. Over-sized and baggy knits are very “in” at the moment. If you’re a size S, you’re supposed to buy a size M, or even size L if you dare. But I’m not such a big fan of over-lengthened sweater sleeves. I prefer to just wear a sweater with a loose shape, in my size. But whatever floats your boat!
2. A sweater in a neutral colour (black, white, grey or beige) will obviously match more skirts in your wardrobe and therefore guarantee that you’ll wear it for 3-4 seasons. Just keep that in mind when you’re about to buy a very “on trend” colour like forest green, maroon or camel.
3. Knit is important. I love fine wools and cashmere, but realistically I can’t afford to buy luxurious, high quality knits all the time. I find that knit blends with a bit of cashmere still feel lovely against my neck and arms.
4. Get yourself a lint shaver to get rid of any fuzz or pill that might build up on high contact areas. Do a search on ebay and I promise you’ll find one that costs $5 and ships from Hong Kong. It’ll bring new life to your old knits!
Wearing: Piper knit sweater (cotton and cashmere blend for $60), Country Road cap, Sportsgirl skirt, Fiorelli handbag (20 years old!), Witchery pointed flats.
Here’s some shopping inspiration for black knit sweaters and pencils skirts. Enjoy!
After much use, my non-leather, Korean-brand, strappy heels have finally worn out and are now unwearable (here’s a picture of me wearing them).
This ankle-strap style is quite common, so I thought it was going to be easy to find a replacement. No such luck.
I spent a few weeks looking for a real leather pair (from any brand!), but for some reason this strappy style makes it difficult for me to find the right size. A size 6 pair was always too big and a size 5 (if there were even any in stock) was always way too small.
Anyway I discovered that Tony Bianco does half sizes… so I went traipsing around town trying to find a store that sells Tony Bianco shoes in a size 5.5. Couldn’t find one!
Finally I just took a gamble and bought myself a lovely pair in size 5.5, called Libby from Styletread Online Shoes (pictured above). They were in the exact colour, style and size that I wanted. Plus it was on 50% off sale – and it still is!
They arrived a few days later, they fit me perfectly, they are so comfortable, they feel great to wear and they’re just perfect. I’m so happy with them.
I also had my eye on a lower heel version called Porshar (pictured left – also by Tony Bianco) and a lace up version called Ocean (pictured right and on 40% off sale). But I decided against buying a different style, since I already knew that I would wear my original style to death!
So here’s a time saving suggestion: if you think you might need a pair of heels in half sizes… Tony Bianco has a nice range, online!
I’ve owned a khaki jacket for years. In fact, I have two khaki jackets, which I wear every year when the weather cools down. I pull them out at the start of Autumn, I wear them through Winter and even through Spring.
Khaki jackets usually describe the casual, “parka” style coat. They look great with a variety of neutral colours (blacks, denims, grey, whites, navy, patterns) so you can throw them over most outfits and it looks pretty fab. They are great value.
Anyway at the end of last winter I tore a hole in one of my jackets, because I was walking too close to a wire fence! I probably could sew it back up (with a patch?) but I’m lazy and not that great with a needle and thread.
So this jacket (in the photo above) is my new replacement jacket from Jeanwest! It fits a whole lot better. It has a nicer “slimming” look, yet I can still wear a shirt + knit jumper underneath, without looking bulky, like an eskimo.
As I’ve said in the past, building a wardrobe with classic, key pieces is a whole lot of fun, especially when I see the results – that is, the ease in which I can put together a relatively stylish outfit and feel great!
*Psst, don’t forget that you can get 12% off your total order from SunglassesShop, using the code KAREN12 (including sale items)! Valid until 27 March 2015, including free worldwide delivery and no fuss returns.*
Here are a few related shopping deals I’ve found over the interwebs –
I may have found the best place to buy the Original Ray-Ban Wayfarers! It certainly is the best price I’ve seen online so far.
Technically they are called, Ray-Ban 2140 Original Wayfarer, size 50mm (Medium) – AU$156 or US$120.
Other places seem to sell the exact model for AU$200-240.
Sometimes it can be pretty tricky choosing and buying sunglasses online… so here’s a big tip:
I once bought a “Size Small” pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses (with 47mm lens) online, thinking that since I was petite, I should have a small head and face in comparison to everyone else, therefore, I should buy sunglasses in size SMALL right?? Nope. They turned out to be like a child’s sunglasses and looked ridiculous. I had to return them.
So after lots of trail and error, I now know that my sunglasses’ lens size should be around 50mm – 55mm. And this range is the most common sizes for most people’s face.
Anyway, the team at Sunglasses Shop (based in the UK) has given me a special discount code for all my readers!
Enjoy 12% off your total order! Including sale items!
Just use the code at the checkout: KAREN12
This code is valid until 27 March 2015. They offer free worldwide delivery and no fuss returns.
This means, if you decide to buy these Wayfarers, it’ll only be AUS$137 (or US$106) all up.
Or you can check out all the other Ray-Ban Wayfarer Designs, including tortoiseshell colours, denim and more.
Oh by the way, here’s another tip if you’re looking for Wayfarer designs. There is a “newer” design called the New Wayfarer 2132, which has a slightly different shape.
Have a fabulous weekend and happy shopping!
This weekend, we’re celebrating my husband’s birthday, my son’s 6th birthday and I’m also going out for a Hen’s Party!
I’m thinking that I’ll wear my Keepsake Marble Dress again before the weather cool down. It is an open-backed dress after all.
Obviously I won’t wear this to my 6 year old’s party.
And I don’t fancy this dress being splashed with champagne (and who knows what else) at the Hen’s Party.
So might wear it out to dinner with my husband :)
Look at me!
I look sooooo “street style” in this photo – I might even pass off as a real fashion blogger! Take note of the urban background, the cropped-off face, and the contained, nonchalant pose ;)
I admit, it’s not quite me.
Ah this is a bit more familiar: me, back at home, being goofy in front of my studio mirror haha!
Anyway, I bought this L’America gingham dress from David Jones a few weeks ago. L’America is the cool, street wear, sister brand of cult Aussie label, Ellery.
The dress was on clearance sale and had a further 25% off the original 50% off. Or something like that. I think I ended up paying $35 for it? It was originally $150. I can’t seem to find a link to it online, I’m guessing that it was from their last season’s collection. (Oh here it is. But it’s out of stock.)
I stood in the changing room, wearing the dress, thinking: Why is this size 6 on clearance sale? What is wrong with it? There must be something very odd about it, which is why they can’t sell it.
But I absolutely loved it! It was so cool and so cute! Summer style (tick!), off-shoulder (tick!), black and white (tick!), flippy skirt (tick!), short and mini length that’s good for me (tick!). For $35, I couldn’t really go wrong.
Now that I think about it… I have quite a few clothing items with checked patterns. And I’m surprised by how timeless they are. I mean, I have been wearing my checked shirts (red+black shirt and white+black shirt) for years. That must be a good sign.
I put together a whole heap of checked love for you to browse. Hope you find something you like!
Hey hey, so how much do I look like a trendy kitchen bench top? Or a mortar and pestle set? Haha!
Black and white marbled prints have been very popular this season. I was keen to try out a top or a dress with a marbled print design, as I wanted something a little different to floral or spot prints – which are all I seem to wear these days.
Like many of dresses from Keepsake The Label, it is a real standout dress! It is made from a thick poly fabric, which gives the dress a nice structure and unique shape. The dress has a two-layered skirt: a flare skirt on top, which flips around when I walk, and a pencil skirt underneath, which stops it being too revealing.
Although the dress is a ‘mini’ dress, it’s not really mini on me! I’m short! So the hemline is mid-thigh and I believe it sits at a very nice and modest length.
It has a sexy back (!) yet it still looks awkward when I try to twist around and take a snap in the mirror haha. I was afraid that my knickers would ride up and peek out at the back, but I was all good. No unwanted peek-a-boo accidents here.
Jokes aside, the dress was very comfortable to wear. So happy with it!
Keepsake The Label often comes out with very striking designs and prints, and I often find it difficult to choose which one I like best. I actually had my eye on this Keepsake Lace Dress too, but ah, I have too many lace dresses!