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Sneakers To Keep Us Active

4 February 2016

I have a naughty obsession with sneakers, which has significantly increased in the last few months… because my 13yo and 11yo sons happen to have the same size feet as me! Woohoo!

Haha lucky me. Would have been better if they were girls though.

Anyway, they need to update both their running shoes and everyday sneakers… so that’s 4 new sneakers for me, us, them!

ASOS is having a sale on some of their Nike sneakers, and these are my under $100 picks!

Nike Sneakers at ASOS

Nike Roshe Run Black Sneakers (Oops sorry this one isn’t on sale anymore, and not under $100!)

Nike White & Silver Court Royal Sneakers

Nike Grey Textured Primo Court Sneakers

Nike Racquette Leather Punched Swoosh Sneakers

They don’t look too feminine right??

My boys could wear them right? Haha!

Have a fabulous weekend!

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What I Wore: The Summer School Run

3 February 2016

Black and Denim

Yep, with all the other rejoicing parents out there, I’m beyond excited that the school year has begun!

I’ve thrown myself into the planning of some work, personal and family projects coming up – Renovations! Travel! Passports! Photo editing! Writing! Birthdays! Fitness! Tuition! Car repairs! Plumbing repairs!

I haven’t had time to go out for relaxing brunches and sit at home to watch Netflix, hmph.

I’ve been working from home; I pop in and out; and I try very hard NOT to wear my faded t-shirts, denim shorts and thongs when I drop my kids off at school. Pretty good considering it’s 40C outside!

New denim skirt by Nobody Denim (on sale)… I love the return to denim this season and I LOVE the blue hues in Nobody’s latest collection. They make some kickass quality denim pieces.

An off-shoulder top by The Fifth that’s a winner for day-to-night wear.

Pointed flats by Charles & Keith.

Have a lovely week!


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Korean Skincare Review – S2J Cosmetics

1 February 2016

Brought to you by Aniqa

Aniqa Korean Skincare - S2J

Hi everyone!

You might remember that I’ve been experimenting with several brands of Korean skincare products from Aniqa – an online store based in Australia, that specialises in popular/cult Korean beauty products.

Well I’ve recently fallen in love with this new brand called S2J.

Their products are a standout for me because they are simple, good quality, and I’ve had good results.

The brand offers no frills, no magical claims… just high quality skincare that works how they are supposed to!

There are only 5 products in the S2J women’s skincare range, so it’s super easy to follow their beauty regime.

Korean Skincare S2J

This is the S2J Ultra Vitamins Facial Treatment Cleansing Foam, however I have the travel size pack ($9) because I just wanted to try it and I was doing a bit of travelling at the time.

Generally I prefer foaming cleansers to cleansing creams, because, after I take off my makeup with makeup remover (which is quite oily), I like to give my skin a really good clean after that.

Korean Skincare S2J

The consistency of the cleansing foam is soft, smooth and creamy. It cleans really well and is gentle on my skin.

It doesn’t have a strong smell. It’s just lovely and light.

Unlike most cleansing foams, this one doesn’t leave me with that dry, tight feeling on my cheeks afterwards. I really like it!

Korean Skincare S2J

This is my other favourite product – the S2J Ultra Collagen Moisturizing Essence.

It is absolutely lovely on my skin. It absorbs SO well and leaves my skin feeling super hydrated, without the greasy shine.

I like the pump pack because I don’t like sticking my fingers into pots of cream and getting the cream stuck under my nails.

Korean Skincare S2J

The range was developed by celebrated Korean makeup artist,  Seo Sujin.

With 20 years of experience in the makeup industry, she has been described as Korea’s “Queen of Beauty” and leading the way as one of Korea’s first Hallyu makeup artists. Hallyu, or the Korean Wave, refers to the rising global popularity of South Korean culture, beginning in the late 1990s.

S2J stands for its philosphy of Smart, Science and Jeune (French for “young”) but I also think it stands for her name :)

Her products seem to have a kind of cult following,

I’ve have been thoroughly enjoying my journey into looking after my skin and I love discovering all these new products!

Aniqa are have a special offer for Valentine’s Day!

Receive a 10% off discount off your entire order, no minimum spend, just use the code “BEMYVALENTINE”. This special promo ends 14 Feb 2016, 11:59pm.

Hope you find something to try!

Have a fabulous week!


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Laid-Back Summer Styling

23 January 2016

I totally love summer in Australia! Month after month of warm sunshine, blue skies, beaches, picnics and endless casual outdoor activities… it’s definitely a kind of paradise for those who love the laid-back lifestyle.

But for me, there usually comes a point where after WEEKS of being laid-back in the stinking hot weather, I look down at what I’m wearing and think – I’m leaving the house dressed like this??

Two words: Summer Slob.

So in collaboration with Shopbop this month, I’ve picked out my laid-back summer favourites to combat my inner summer slob!

Shopbop Joie Dresses

I just loooove the relaxed (but still polished) styles from Joie.

I have tried on a few dresses and tops before, and they are just super-soft and delicious to wear.

I can’t decide on a flowy silk dress or a 100% cotton top though.

Shopbop Soludos Shoes

These artist collaboration Jason Polan x Soludos shoes are soooo cute and affordable.

I like the winking eye ones, but I feel that the donus will be more fun to wear :)

Shopbop Borwn Leather Totes

I’m tempted to buy a brown leather tote, mainly so I have a bag big enough to cart my laptop around.

Oh and you know, so I can buy flowers wrapped in brown paper, a baguette and other trendy items haha. I jest.

The one of the left is by Baggu and the other is by Madewell. Both around the US$160 mark.

The question is, should I go for the soft, supple, slouchy leather… or one with a bit more structure and stiffness to it?

Shopbop Miguel

Best way to take me from slob to suburban superstar is a pair of handmade luxe earrings.

These stunning danglers from Spanish designer Miguel Ases are a bit expensive yes, but they’d completely transform my white t-shirts and denim shorts!

Shopbop Phone Cases

And lastly, nothing says “Let’s not take life so seriously” like a silly smart phone case!

The Sharky and Lips are by Stella McCartney Phone Cases and the Glitter Wink one is by Chiara Ferragni.

Here’s to three more months of warm weather down under – whoop!


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Hello Parry Off Shoulder Top

21 January 2016

I have fallen considerably in love with the off-shoulder look this season!

So much so, I want to show off my Danika Blue Top from Hello Parry and 3 of my favourite everyday looks.

Hello Parry Off Shoulder Top

Lunching with girlfriends in the city: Hello Parry Top, Cotton On Skirt, Schutz Heels.

I just adore the light blue colour of the top. It looks like denim/chambray, but the material is not as heavy, so the top is light and flows nicely.

The material is a poly-blend, which has a silky/satiny feel… and it doesn’t CREASE in my wardrobe, so I don’t have to iron it before I wear it – it’s perfect haha!

Hello Parry Off Shoulder Top

Going out for dinner: Hello Parry Top, In Good Company Pants, Senso heels.

The fabric is also soft enough to tuck into my bottoms. I paired it with some soft pants to keep my look casual, but it’s still polished enough for an evening look.

I much prefer the design of this top than the longer hem version. I feel that the shorter hem fits my short and petite frame. I’m wearing the Size S, which fits size 6 or a small 8.


Hello Parry Off Shoulder Top

Picnic in the park: Hello Parry Top, Nobody Shorts, Raye sandals, Sportsgirl hat.

I love that it’s great for casual looks and for when you want to dress up a bit. I want to wear it everywhere… or else, just have lots of colours of the same top!

Anyway, considering that the popular Tibi Off Shoulder Tunic version costs about US$300, this one is pretty well priced.

I believe this off-shoulder look will be sticking around for a few more seasons, but I have a feeling that I’ll be pulling my tops out every summer for a long time :)

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Loeffler Randall Medium Rider Bag

17 January 2016

Loeffler Randall Rider Bag

Hey hey everyone!

With all the sales and shopping events happening over the new year break, did you manage to get anything? Discounted designer shoes? Fancy bedsheets? A new fridge perhaps???

I didn’t go crazy, nor did I buy a fridge, but I managed to pick up this bag from the Shopbop Sales.

Loeffler Randall Rider Bag

I have been drooling (and saving up) for a Loeffler Randall Handbag (pronounced Leff-ler) for the longest time.

I just LOVE their Rider Bags, which are so understated, effortless and elegant. (Ok maybe the leopard print bags are not so understated.)

I like that the bag doesn’t have any branding on it. It’s a bit mysterious and low key. It is sleek, simple, minimal, a bit structured, but not too angular. The leather is absolutely gorgeous, the black hardware is sexy, the lining is pretty, there are 3 compartments and a top handle that pops down and sits flat.

There’s something deliciously symmetrical and pleasing-to-the-eye about it… and the designer in me just swoons with delight every time I see it.

Feeling that way, makes me smile, satisfied to know that I’ve bought the right bag for me, instead of buying because it’s the latest it-bag, or because I saw someone else carrying it.

Loeffler Randall Rider Bag

This is the Medium Rider (21cm x 25cm x 7cm) and it is a fantastic size as an everyday bag.

There’s enough room inside to comfortably fit my wallet, phone, makeup bag, camera, keys and even a small book ha!

I like to use it as a day-to-night bag, as I find anything smaller won’t be able to fit all my stuff.

I’m so so pleased with it!

Also wearing in my outfit – ASOS Hat, CottonOn Top, Alice & Olivia Shorts, K. Jacques Epicure Sandals.

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What I Wore: Christmas Lunch

30 December 2015

Christmas Lunch Outfit

Wearing: d.RA Chambray Sparrow Top | Fendi Skinny White jeans, similar | Diavolina heels | Tory Burch handbag | Jewellery by Kailis Pearls and Wanderlust + Co.

I’ve been living in my shorts and sandals these last few days… so it was really nice to DRESS UP and head off to a Christmassy lunch with friends.

Even though I didn’t wear a dress, I felt rather awkward in high heels and I felt very formal with my legs covered up haha!

New to my wardrobe is this new Chambray Cotton “Sparrow” Top by d.RA.

I was absolutely smitten by the White Cotton “Sparrow” Top by d.RA that I recently bought (I reviewed it here)… so I when I stumbled across the BLUE one, I knew I had to buy it too!

I bought it in a size XS from Revolve Clothing and it is currently on 50% off final sale.

It really is a lovely loose shape, but still flattering on top. It goes with all the neutral colours in my wardrobe.

I can wear it with my short shorts this summer, then wear it into Autumn with my skinny jeans and black pencil skirts.

But best of all, I because of the flowy style, I can eat all I want and hide my festive belly ho ho ho.

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Balayage at Curi, Korean Hair Salon

28 December 2015

Balayage from Curi Hair, Subiaco

After quite a few months (8 months to be exact) of sporting dark hair, I’ve finally decided to lighten my locks for summer.

I had foils (balayage style) done at Curi Hair in Subiaco and I’m soooo happy with the result!

I asked for less contrast and less light bits this time, so my hair still looks a bit darkish.

I took this photo on Christmas Day, a week after the new colour. I tried wearing my parting more to my right and I curled my ends a little too. Basically I love my new look for the new year – yay :D

*Wearing Danika Blue Off Shoulder Top from Hello Parry.

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Win a £400 Farfetch Voucher!

19 December 2015

Hi everyone, hope you’re all having a great run towards Christmas!

To celebrate the launch of the new-and-improved Farfetch Discover shopping app, I’m working with the fashionable peeps at Farfetch to offer all my readers a chance to win a £400 Gift Voucher!

Scroll below for details!

Farfetch Giveaway

What’s new with the Farfetch Discovery App

Quite simply, the app is nice and simple, clean, fast and easy to navigate.

It’s not clunky, slow, weird, buggy or annoying… (I’ve used a few shopping apps like that!).

The product photos, the ‘add to cart’ button, the wishlist, the size guide, the ‘more info’ button, the shipping details, the ‘search’ function, the ‘refine’ feature, the ‘sort’ button… ALL the typical shopping cart functions are within reach and the user interface is super intuitive.

The weekly edits are… um how can I say this, pretty freaking amazing, and yes, it helps that the shop is full of high end luxury items that are easy to look at. They have put a lot of thought into the curated selections and it really pops when you scroll through them.

My favourite part of the app is the larger hi-res images of products. You can zoom in real close to check out the finer details of the item. The photographs are crisp, clear and look stunning.

The app is currently available for free download (at the moment only available on the Apple store).



Farfetch Giveaway

Stuff I’ve Added To My Shopping Wishlist (whilst lying in bed)

Being in a very festive mood – I’ve picked out these eye-popping, adorably fun and stylish items…

3.1 PHILLIP LIM Classic Tuxedo Jacket
FENDI Bag Bugs clutch
AQUAZZURA Wild Thing sandals
AURELIE BIDERMANN Asclepios snake ring
TORY BURCH Sylvan Cactus earrings

Something you might not know about Farfetch is… it is actually a collection of 300 independent boutiques from around the world, united under in one e-commerce website. So when you buy from Farfetch, you’re actually supporting an independent boutique and the product is shipped directly from that shop to your door. Very cool!



Win a £400 Farfetch Gift Voucher!
This giveaway is open for all worldwide readers.

In order to enter, you must follow the link below to the entry page and enter your details:

A Farfetch Giveaway powered by Rafflecopter

When you’re at the entry page, you’ll have to: Download the Farfetch Discovery App, then when you first load the app, take note of what type of tree is featured in the opening images. Write this answer in the entry page.

If you wish to gain more entries for the giveaway, you may follow Farfetch on Twitter, Pintrest or Facebook too.

Giveaway closes 31 December.

All the best to you and have an amazing Christmas!!


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Raye Shoes: Exclusively From Revolve Clothing

17 December 2015

My new purchase from Revolve Clothing arrived the other day and I’m a bit thrilled!

Raye Sandals from Revolve Clothing

I was drooling over some of the stunning shoe styles by Raye (especially the heels!), an up-and-coming shoe brand which is sold exclusively at Revolve.

I was rather impressed with their trifecta of awesome: quality, very cool designs and price.

I’m not usually smitten by the whole collection of ONE particular brand of shoe (although lately I’ve also been loving Schutz shoes too).


Raye Sandals from Revolve Clothing

Anyway, I decided not to get a pair of heels, and instead I picked out a pair of Raye Sara Cow Hair Sandal (still on sale!) because…. my friend has a pair of Ancient Greek Sandal slides – which are SO soft and luxurious – that I have been itching to get a pair too.

These are not the standard slide design, as it also has a leather toe ring… which I’m aware is not everyone’s cup of tea.

It’s a bit “untraditional” and “unclassic” but I love that it’s different!

When I’m walking around in my white tee, denim shorts and looking like everyone else, I can feel happy that my feet look a bit special haha!

Raye Sandals from Revolve Clothing

I also want to note that the fast delivery was fantastic, the customer service was top notch and the free shipping was pretty damn sweet.

Revolve are still having their special Spend and Save promotion at the moment. Happy shopping if you’re heading over there!


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Looking for: A Wedding Guest Dress

16 December 2015

I’m pretty excited to share that I’m off to Bali next year to attend a friend’s wedding. She’s a family friend and so I’m actually flying over with my mum! Yay I can’t wait :)

Anyway, I’m on the look out for a wedding guest dress to wear and here’s what I’m thinking…

Wedding Guest Dresses

Dresses from Nicholashere and here.

Ugh. Both so stunning. Want both.

Wedding Guest Dresses

Gorgeous lace dresses by Diana von Furstenberg.

Again ugh. Both so stunning. But both so expensive.

Here and here.


Wedding Guest Dresses

Totally digging this navy lace dress by Saylor.

The sparkly one looks good. But possibly too sparkly for Bali?

Here and here.


Wedding Guest Dresses

Bec & Bridge dresses here and here.

I just adore that navy one.

But maybe the second one is a bit too sexy and potentially poppy-outy?

Eeeep what do you think?

(Not “What do you think about popping out?”. What do you think about the dresses…?!)

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What I Wore: Everyday Distressed Jeans

11 December 2015

What I Wore: Everyday Jeans and Top

With the crazy-festive season just around the corner… there’s no better way to celebrate your state of denial by wearing jeans and a black tee to a Christmas party!

Only joking, the event was just a casual backyard gathering, with pot luck food, kids in the pool, paper plates and a whole lot of great conversations and laughs — the best kind of gathering!

I’m wearing…

Off shoulder tee by Forecast (The best $35 I’ve spent this season!)

Distressed jeans by Frame Denim (Hands down the best jeans ever. That’s what I always say right?) from Shopbop.

Tony Bianco Heels from Styletread

Have an amazing weekend everyone!


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Create Your Own K. Jacques Sandals

9 December 2015

A few weeks ago, I mentioned I’ve been on the look out for some luxurious sandals.

I had my heart set on some handcrafted, genuine leather sandals – I’ve never had a pair like that before.

I was tossing between a few brands, with K. Jacques definitely being high up on the list because of their long standing reputation of high quality sandals and large range of styles. I was kind of happy to pay a maximum of $200-$250 for which ever brand I chose. In the end, I received a very well timed (more like, crazy-coincidental!) email from the team at K. Jacques.

Create Your Own K. Jacques Sandals
(Photo courtesy of K. Jacques)

K. Jacques was created in 1933 by Mr. and Mrs. Keklikian Jacques in St. Tropez, and still remains as a family business today.

They have boutiques in St. Tropez and Paris, but you can find their shoes in most online luxury boutiques, including Shopbop, Matches Fashion, Net-a-Porter, or if you want to nab a cheeky sale then try The Outnet.

I had the pleasure of trying out the “Customization” feature on the K. Jacques website.

You basically, choose the style of sandal that you like, choose the kind of colours, leathers and sole and mix and match until you come up with a style you love. It’s pretty simple and self-explanatory.

Create Your Own K. Jacques Sandal

There are 32 sandal styles to chose from.

These are just a sample. They all looked beautiful!

Create Your Own K. Jacques Sandals

I had a few ideas and created these three sandals.

I loved the idea of light peach mixed with silver. Then I also wanted strappy sandals in a metallic champagne leather.

Then I realised that I already have a few tan sandals, and I probably should get myself a good quality black pair, maybe with a bit of black and white leopard print?

I spent some time playing with the online app. And I also googled the entire internet for real life photos of real people wearing different designs.

Create Your Own K. Jacques Sandals

I spent aaaages trying to decide!

In the end, I settled on the classic Epicure design in Black leather!

Yes…. I customised a pair of sandals to look like one already made by the K. Jacques shoe designers – hehe oops! I figured that at the end of the day, I want my sandals to last me YEARS and therefore it has to match with LOTS of outfits. So classic is best for me this time around!

I was a bit nervous that they wouldn’t fit, or the leather might be too stiff and they would cut into my feet, the sole looked really rigid – what would I do? I guess I would just return them?

Thankfully, they arrived at my doorstep and I was totally in love.

They were gorgeous, so so so comfortable and they fit me perfectly (Size 36)!!

Create Your Own K. Jacques Sandals

I absolutely love wearing them and… hehe I’m really careful about where I walk with them.

I want them to last a long time :)

Create Your Own K. Jacques Sandals

I would be completely happy to save up for a dark brown leather pair or a light tan pair now.

Do pop over to have a peek at the K. Jacques St Tropez online store.

Happy shopping!

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Classic Pendants and How to Win a Trip to London!

4 December 2015

Bling bling! I’m working with Zamels Jewellery to show off their latest London Collection currently in store.

The collection consists of 14 pieces, each set with a created ruby and sapphire to signify the British flag.

It’s a lovely idea, but significantly, I think the actual jewellery pieces themselves create quite a standout collection.

Meaning, I really like, um, all of them?

Zamels London Collection

In the past, Zamels have released a New York Collection and a Paris Collection. The New York style featured a lot of angles and squares, taking a nod to 1930s art deco architecture, and the Paris one featured lots of delicate, feminine styles… so I must say that the London Collection suits me more than the others.

It’s not too chunky, angular or ornate.

It’s classic, simple and a bit understated.

I’m totally in love with it :)

Zamels London Collection

Win a Trip To London

Here is the fun bit! You can win a trip for TWO to London, including airfares, hotel transfers, 4 nights twin accommodation, included breakfast and $1000 spending money.

To enter, you have to buy a piece from the London collection, enter in store by filling out the form and answering in 25 words or less “What are the three essentials you would take to London and why?”

I wish I could enter! Good luck!

Head over to see the rest of the Zamels London Collection.


Brought to you by Zamels

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What I Wore: Floaty White and Denim Blues

27 November 2015

White Cotton Cami Top

Hello hello!

Today’s everyday outfit comes from the hot and humid weather of tropical Singapore!

I had my eye on this d.RA Sparrow Top for a while (I wrote about it here) and I decided to nab it while it was on sale.

I love the soft cotton, the mixed textures, and how floaty it feels. The adjustable straps are perfect for my smaller torso too. It doesn’t feel flimsy or cheap; it feels like a good-quality, well-designed, summery top. I’m wearing the XS.

It’s such a great piece by Californian designer Diana Ra. I’m swooning over her sleeveless crop tank (made from the same material), and the mini skirt version (also made from the same material).

White Cotton Cami Top

My shorts are to-die for Nobody High Body Shorts. They are hands down the most comfortable denim shorts I’ve ever worn – they have an amazing stretch!

They are high waisted and slightly longer in the leg for a bit of modesty when I sit down.

Again, I had been eyeing them for a while and bought them when they were on 25% off sale.

Perfect for the hot weather!

My nude heels are by Schutz.

Clutch by Marc by Marc Jacobs, similar here (on sale at The Outnet).

Have an amazing weekend!


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Shopbop’s Buy More, Save More

25 November 2015

Shopbop Buy  More Promo

Just wanted to give y’all a heads up!

Shopbop are having a Buy More, Save More Sale… and while I don’t advise you to go overboard with your spending, if you were thinking of buying something anyway, hey, you may as well top it up a little to get some extra savings ha!

Happy shopping!

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A Wishlist for Christmas and Beyond

24 November 2015

Yep, I will admit it. After buying stacks of lovely Christmas presents for my partner, my kids, my parents, my siblings, my girlfriends… I like to buy a Christmas present for myself too.

Christmas Wishlist 2015

So I often find “Christmas Gift Guides” to be quite problematic!

They often feature items that I never actually thought of owning or buying until it’s Christmas. Do I really need a celebrity branded tea cup set? Do I really need Festive Special Edition candles? Do I really need decorative lantern fairy lights? Haha probably not!

So instead of a typical Christmas gift guide, today I’m sharing a “wishlist” of things that I had wanted for aaaaaages and that I am now so, so happy that I own.

They all cost under $100.

Some of these items are classics, or brand favourites, or best sellers, or just affordable, good quality items that I have considered, tested, and acquired over some time – so they are not really a wishlist for me anymore.

I guess I hope to inspire you, during the upcoming season, to save up for things that you’ll truly love, beyond Christmas!

Christmas Wishlist 2015

A really good set of active wear pieces.

This dreamy top and bottom (how gorgeous are the spots??) are from Abi and Joseph.

They are made from a luxurious, high-quality fabric that feels amazing to wear. I’m quite a fan of their gear.

Pieces from their collection are slightly more affordable than other brands, but I think they are equal in high performance support, design and quality.

For the Spot Me High Support Bra, I wear a size XS (I’m usually a AU6) and for the Spot Me High Waisted 3/4 Tight, I also wear the XS – and they both fit perfectly.

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Lightweight Black and White Sneakers

It’s a fact, black and white go with everything… and these sneakers are probably the most versatile and most worn sneakers in my entire collection right now.

Obviously they are great for running, going to the gym and working out, but they also look great with regular jeans, leggings and shorts too.

A most excellent purchase and wardrobe addition!

Christmas Wishlist 2015

Nars Duo Blush and Bronzer (Orgasm and Laguna)

Everyone raves about these two colours. They have been best sellers for years and are constantly in fashion and beauty magazines. Everyone, online and offline, dark skin and light skin, gives it a 4 to 5 star rating. How can it suit such a broad range of skin colours and types? I was so skeptical!

Well I recently succumbed to the hype surrounding this Duo Palette and bought one without trying it. My response? OH WOW. The blush really does give my cheeks a subtle, natural glow… without looking glittery or fake and doll-like.

And the bronzer! Sheesh, out of all the bronzers I’ve ever tried, this adds the most natural boozing warmth colour to my cheeks ever!

A Luxe SPF50+ Sun Cream

There are so many on the market these days, but I suggest you pop into a specialty, multi-brand makeup shop like Sephora or Mecca, to find one that really works with your skin and DOESN’T make you look greasy.

I have tried so many pharmacy brand SPF50+ creams that cost around $15 – $23, that say they are “oil free, non greasy, no shine, matte formula”… but really, they are not!

So I have learned, if I just pay a little more for a really good quality SPF50+ sun cream that makes my face look and feel great under my makeup, then I’ll wear it more often. Simple as that.

May as well pay for something a bit nicer that I will wear more.

Christmas Wishlist 2015

A Simple Silver Bangle

Although this bangle is just costume jewellery, I adore its simple and minimal design. I find that it goes with so many of my outfits, it’s easy to wear, it’s easy to match and I end up wearing it every day.

So I’m actually thinking I might save upfor next Christmas to get myself a real silver or white gold bangle, because I have a feeling that I’ll be wearing it for years and want it to last.

Christmas Wishlist 2015

Pointed Toe Flats

These flats are a recent purchase. Most of all my other flats are more round-toe ballet style. I don’t know why I haven’t bought a pair of pointed toe flats before, as I have so many pointed-toe heeled shoes! They add such a stylish tick to all my casual outfits – especially when wearing jeans.

I prefer this simple, classic style to the strappy, lace-up ones which are pretty popular at the moment.

These are Charles and Keith Pointed Flats $63 or these ASOS Mouse Face Flats for $40.

Christmas Wishlist 2015

Diptyque Candles

You can’t really go wrong with luxurious Parisian scented candles!

With so many other candle brands and fragrances on the market, this is still my favourite scent, followed by Figuier.

I have been buying these for years… and I know I’ll be buying them till I grow old and wrinkly!

Christmas Wishlist 2015

Lightweight Statement Sunglasses

These sunglasses are not very “statement” along the spectrum of “statement sunglasses”. 

But they enough of a statement for me! They are fun, quirky and lightweight. 

I don’t know about you, but sometimes when I wear my luxe sunglasses, I find that they can be quite chunky and heavy from the weight of the glass and acetate, and I’m often left with a mark on the bridge of my nose. Sometimes the marks stays for hours and it’s really annoying.

There’s much to be said for good quality, lightweight sunglasses that don’t cost the earth. There’s a certain liberation I feel, knowing I don’t have to be so precious with them, yet they look great. 

These babies are from Hello Parry, who have a very nice collection of bold and affordable eye wear. 

Christmas Wishlist 2015

And lastly…

My Black Leather Watch

Constantly on my wrist, it feels like my second skin.

Lightweight, comfortable, simple, classic design – my watch is one of my favourite daily accessories. I also like it because it didn’t cost the earth.

Yep there are a few brands who have a similar design, but these are by an Australian label, The Horse and I bought it from SurfStitch when it was on sale.

Enjoy your Christmas shopping and I hope you find something that you like.


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Looking For Luxe Sandals

22 November 2015

I spied a few luxurious sandals by shoe brand RAYE (on sale with 30% off) at Revolve Clothing and wanted to share!

I haven’t shopped much at Revolve before, as I prefer to shop at Shopbop. But it turns out that Revolve has very similar brands, different stock (stuff I’ve never seen before), and also has free international shipping over US$100 – awesome!

Revolve Raye Sandals

Raye Sara Cow Hair Sandal (30% off!)

Oh I love these! So minimal and cool.

I think a couple of fashion bloggers have worn these, because they look quite familiar.

Revolve Raye Sandals

Raye Sally Sandals in Black (30% off!)

These are my second favourite style. I had a similar black stud sandal, which I wore everywhere. They matched almost all my casual outfits and they were so easy to slip on. But my sandals were jelly sandals and they broke after one season. Oops!

Revolve Raye Sandals

Raye Sally Sandals in Nude

I think this style is a lovely halfway point between a plain, nude sandal and a more decorative/embellished one. Me likey!

Revolve Raye Sandals

Raye Stella Sandals in Smoke Grey and Silver (30% off!)

Oh these look lovely! See how soft these look? The grey colour makes these sandals just a little bit different. They will look great with white shorts and top.

I know some people are not a fan of luxe sandals, as they are usually priced over $100.

These sandals I’ve listed above are priced between $125 – $178, which are pretty good in my opinion, considering how long they will last and how nice they feel.

I have been quite tired of buying cheap sandals made from poor, stiff materials, that rub into my feet, and only last one season.

Whenever I spend the whole day in gorgeous, soft leather sandals (that feel like soft gloves on my feet!), I find it hard to go back to my $15 sandals from Target. Sorry Target, I love you for the great price and fashion styles, but after too many blisters and red feet, it’s time for me to move on.

Happy shopping!

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Michael Kors Studded Selma Bag

19 November 2015

Michael Kors Selma Stud Bag

Wearing a grey sweater from UNIQLO, black skirt from Chicwish, watch from SurfStitch, Michael Kors handbag from Shopbop Sale, Monica Vinader rings from The Outnet and black flats from Charles and Keith.

I went out for a casual dinner with a girlfriend the other night.

It was a cold, windy evening and dinner was at a Chinese restaurant in the city. I didn’t want to dress down, nor did I want to look TOO out of place… so I just went with a casual, ladylike kind of outfit?

Honestly, I was just wearing my grey sweater and jeans all afternoon and I didn’t feel like changing out of my sweater… so I popped on a big boofy skirt, pointed flats and a bling-bling handbag!

Michael Kors Selma Stud Bag

Speaking of bling-bling handbags… this is my new Michael Kors Stud Selma Bag!

I was so, so fortunate to be given a Gift Voucher to use at the Shopbop Super Sale, which is still going (kind of) because there’s still so much good stuff on the site for 30% – 70% off?!

For example, this Michael Kors Large Selma Bag (which is the same as my bag, but larger and without studs) is on 30% off sale, whereas I got mine with a 25% discount!

And this Michael Kors Mini Selma Bag (a mini version of mine) is also on 30% off sale.

My version of the Selma bag is sold out on the site, but it’s very similar to this plain one – however mine has studs. I was seriously considering to get the plain Selma, because it is a bit more of a classic and understated style, and will probably match more outfits in the long run.

But I adored the striking look of the studs and I like things that look a *bit* different… so it was decided!

I did have to top up my voucher a little to pay for the Selma with the studs, but I don’t regret it – I love it!

Michael Kors Selma Stud Bag


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Super Cute, Novelty Clutches

14 November 2015

Weird, colourful, cute, novelty clutches are quite popular these days.

Yes they do look a bit childish, but I think that adds to the whole idea of fashion being whimsical and fun. Plus I think it’s great to NOT take yourself too seriously.

These are some of my favourite clutches from around the web!

Cute Clutches

Pig Wristlet by Patricia Chang

Donut Cross Body Bag by Patricia Chang

I love that these two bags by Patricia Chang are so cute, round, made from leather, look really well made and… they are a “sophisticated” dusty pink colour. They are not “12 year old hot pink” nor are they “screaming neon pink”.

Yes I know it’s a bit silly to call a pig and a donut “sophisticated” but you get what I mean right?

Cute Clutches

Dipped Strawberry Clutch by Kate Spade New York

Robot Clutch by MCM

These two clutches are perspex 3D shapes, so they are chunky and probably not very practical. I can’t believe how cute the are.

I LOVE the robot one, but it’s soooo exxy!

Maybe I can get one of my sons to make me a robot out of LEGO and have him superglue it together??

Novelty Clutches

Serpent Worship Clutch by Poppy Lissiman

Eye Heart You by Poppy Lissiman

I adore Poppy’s collection of clutches – they are so rock and roll, Japanese punk, sexy badass, colour-pop princess looking… Did that even make sense?

I like that they add a burst of colour to your outfit, while still being a good rectangular size to keep all your stuff.

Novelty Clutches

Cupid Perspex Clutch by Charlotte Olympia

Cloud brass, enamel and velvet clutch by Charlotte Olympia

OK so Charlotte Olympia came out with a whole stack of exotic clutches in a loose oriental theme. I love looking at them and tilting my head going “That’s so weird, but I kinda like it!”, but they are waaaay out of my price range.

Again, will my phone even fit in that?

Cute Clutches

These next four Skinnydip bags are probably the most affordable of the lot. And if you check out the models wearing them, you might just fall in love with them, as I have.

You can’t go wrong with a cute black cat purse.

Nor will you be able to avoid people coming up to you saying “I love your Christmas Tree bag! It’s so cool/weird/unique!”

Cat Cross Body Bag by Skinnydip London

Christmas Tree Cross Body Bag by Skinnydip London

Cute Clutches

Lips Clutch by Skinnydip London

Zap Novelty Bag by Skinnydip London

I actually bought myself the Lips Clutch a few months ago (I wrote about it in this blog post) and I just love using it! Yep, it’s great for photos and a fun way to break the ice with strangers.

Finally, the weirdest of them all, the Ray Gun Zap bag is the quirkiest bag I’ve seen in ages! Don’t know whether to love or hate, but it certainly caught my attention and put a smile on my face!

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ECCO Soft 7 Sneaker Giveaway – WINNER!

11 November 2015

Ecco Soft 7 Sneakers

Hi everyone!

I’m finally able to announce that the winner of my ECCO Soft 7 Sneaker Giveaway is…

Catherine B from Perth, Western Australia.

She has already been contacted, she is super excited and her shoes are on the way.

Big congrats to Cathy, and a big sorry to everyone else.

I had so many entries! So many people saying hi, and so many people dying to buy them!

They are still available online on the ECCO Shoes website – the High Top Sneakers (shown below, $259.95) or Low Style Sneakers ($239.95). Sizes are limited though.

Cheers to everyone participating.

I really appreciate it and I hope to run other cool giveaways very soon!

Have an amazing day!!

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Looking for a Casual Silk Dress

2 November 2015

Casual Silk Dresses

A bumped into a girlfriend of mine the other day… and she was wearing the most loveliest silk dress I have seen in ages.

It was so simple, casual, effortless – I was instantly obsessed!

It was this dark red silk dress by US designer Rory Beca, who has a very pretty collection of drapey, silk dresses. The dresses are priced between $80 (on sale) to $360. Which is pretty good for nice silk!

Yes I already have a black strappy silk dress by Zimmermann (this one), but I’m thinking I might try to save up for a coloured one?? Am I crazy?


Left: Rory Beca Natalia Dress, Dark Red

Middle: Rory Beca Eli Dress, Navy

Right: Yumi Kim Jayne Silk Dress, Black

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Everyday Dainty Diamonds

30 October 2015

Brought to you by Zamels

Minimal, simple ring by Zamels

I’m working with Zamels Jewellery to show off some of their dainty diamond jewellery pieces they have in store.

I’m not exactly a “big diamond rock” kind of girl, mainly because I like to stack my rings, mix and match my jewellery… and well, truth is, I can’t afford big diamonds ha!

Minimal, simple ring by Zamels

I was totally smitten by this simple and very pretty 9ct gold diamond ring.

I love that it looks a bit different and it has an understated, minimal sophistication to it. It’s simple enough to wear every day on its own, or mixed with other rings on my hand too.

Now I have my eye on the Infinity version of this ring too :)

Pop over to Zamel’s Instagram for more affordable, everyday jewellery inspirations.

Have an amazing weekend xxx

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What I Wore: 3.1 Phillip Lim Miniskirt

26 October 2015

3.1 Phillip Lim Cord Frame Miniskirt

Hey hey! Did you manage to score anything cool from the Shopbop sale?

There’s still some awesome stuff up in the Sale Section, if you want to take a peek. There are button down shirts, bucket bags, luxe booties, cross body bags and more, just search for sale items.

As for me, I picked up this gorgeous 3.1 Phillip Lim Miniskirt SS15 with a discount of 60% during one of the previous sales (originally $520!).

I’m totally in love with the classic miniskirt shape, the silk, the structure, the versatile style, the neutral colour, and the fact that it fits me perfectly. I am over the moon!

I’m also wearing: Off Shoulder Top by Hello Parry and Schutz Heels, also from Shopbop.

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Philosophy’s Renewed Hope in a Jar

24 October 2015

Hope in a Jar

I have used many Philosophy products over the years and I have many favourites, including this one Hope in a Jar.

After many years, they have recently launched the brand new formula and renamed it, Renewed Hope in a Jar.

I’ve been loving it as my day time moisturiser.

It is a lightweight, whipped moisturiser that features a blend of alpha hydroxy acids and hyaluronate. It promises to refine and smooth the skin, improves pores, fine lines and provide all day hydration.

Also it is formulated without parabens or sulphates, which is great.

I have been testing lots and lots of skincare products at the moment, but it’s nice to fall back on old favourites.

I adore it because it dosn’t feel greasy, it leaves my skin feeling dewy, and I like that it has some active ingredients to work on my skin throughout the day :)

You can pick it up online from SephoraStrawberrynet, or Adore Beauty.


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Still Lusting After a Shirtdress!

23 October 2015

Shopbop Shirtdresses

Sometimes I get a bit obsessed about searching the world for one particular item… and lately this one thing is the perfect shirtdress.

I’m still dying to get one… but I’m still trying to find that perfect trifecta of style, quality and price.

These 3 shirt dresses are so, so close!

They are from the Shopbop Sale (sew styles added), search for shirtdresses.

Parker Kimmi Dress, $297 (hmm a bit expensive, but it’s so pretty!)

Pam & Gela Printed Gauze Dress, $74 (60% off)

d.RA Prato Dress, $40.80 (70% off)

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What I Wore: That White Aelkemi Dress!

22 October 2015

Aelkemi Dress, Spet 2015

Wooohoo! Check it out! Look at me all glam and fancy! Eeep!

My lovely photographer pal, Manny Tamayo took this snap of me at the Closing Night of the Telstra Perth Fashion Festival.

Aaaaand, I’m wearing an amazing gown by one of Perth’s top fashion label, Aelkemi.

You know how they say that real style is all about the person, and confidence, not the clothes blah blah blah.

Well in this case, THIS dress was everything haha! For realz!

It was the end of fashion week. I had been going to fashion events for 5 days in a row, I had little sleep all week, I had been juggling my kids, work, wife and mummy duties. Then before this final event, I ran around making dinner and helped kids with homework, jumped in and out of the shower, brushed my hair hastily, slapped on some makeup, slipped on the dress… then omg I stopped in my tracks and felt like I was transformed!

My shoulders arched back, my posture straightened out, my tummy tucked in, my chin lifted up, my neck felt elongated, I walked taller, and stood more confidently, I suddenly felt that I could conquer the world and party all night!!

The dress was so comfortable to wear and so easy to move in. It sat and skimmed off my curves rather than hug and squeeze like a body con dress. The slight folds, the drape, the cut — ahh it was perfect.

I’m so in love with it that I might see if I can get a custom length made up, possibly a mid calf length? In dark blue?

The Aelkemi online shop has a small selection of dresses to buy, but if you want to see the good stuff, you’ll have to go instore. So if ever you’re in Claremont, do pop by to check it out!

Time Square Center
22/337-339 Stirling Hwy
Claremont WA 6010

*Outfit: I’m also wearing Nude Schutz Heels and Zac Posen Clutch.

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ECCO Soft 7 Sneaker Giveaway

19 October 2015

Brought to you by Ecco Shoes Australia

ECCO Soft 7 Sneakers

Do you remember… back in 2011, I was given the opportunity to fly to Denmark (courtesy of ECCO Shoes) to attend Copenhagen Fashion Week and also given a tour of the ECCO shoes headquarters?

Well I’m working with ECCO Shoes once again, this time we are offering one of my readers a chance to win a pair of ECCO shoes sneakers from their latest Soft 7 collection!

Please scroll to the bottom of this post to check it out!

ECCO Shoes Soft 7 Sneakers

This is me, on my street, showing off my new Soft 7 Sneakers.

YES! They are amazing! They are sooooo soft, comfortable, light weight, and super flexible. The quality of the leather, uppers, inlay and sole… IS OUT OF THIS WORLD!!

I’ve never owned super-duper luxurious leather sneakers before – eeep!

Although the Soft 7 Low Sneakers are bestsellers and that “tennis shoe” sneaker style is phenomenally popular these days….

I chose the Soft 7 High Top Sneakers, because they are a bit different, I already have low-style sneakers, and I have always wanted white high tops. They are simply amazing to wear!

Most high tops tend to feel restrictive for your ankle; you can’t really turn your foot very well, and sometimes the shoe rubs at the back of your ankle. But on these Soft 7 shoes, there is a little groove in the lip of the shoe at the back of the ankle (see the product photos here), which makes the shoes really comfortable to walk in and rotate your foot.

ECCO Soft 7 Sneakers

I styled up the shoes in 3 different ways that I would wear them.

First is a clean, simple everyday style – white silk shirt (from Equipment), blue skinny jeans (from Jeanswest), silver earring studs… covered up by my hair (by Rebecca Minkoff from Shopbop).

ECCO Soft 7 Sneakers


The other day I drove around town doing a bunch of errands, wearing this simple get up.

It was cold and rainy, and I needed a hat to hide my unwashed hair!

Grey Tee (from Country Road), black jeans (from Nobody), long grey coat (from Shein), fedora hat (from ASOS) and black bag by Alldressedup.

ECCO Soft 7 Sneakers

And lastly, the weather turned all glorious and summery, so I tested the shoes to see how well they would hold up during the warm day. Basically I wanted to see if they would make my feet hot, sticky and yucky.

Nope! They were lovely and light! Loved them!

Dove grey tee (from Sportsgirl), denim shorts (from One Teaspoon) and Ray-bans (from SunglassesShop).

Win Win! A Karen Cheng x ECCO Shoes Soft 7 Giveaway!

ECCO Soft 7 Sneakers

So to celebrate the launch of Ecco Shoe’s Soft 7 Range, I’m giving my readers a chance to win one pair of sneakers!

You get to choose which of the four styles that you like (shown above). Low style sneakers are valued at $239.95 and high tops are $259.95. Of course you get to choose whether you want low-style or high top style, choose your size and colour.

This giveaway is only open to my Australian readers over 18 years old, sorry!

1) Pop over to the ECCO Shoes Australia Facebook page and LIKE it.

2) Email me at, let me know that you’ve liked the page, tell me your best contact email address, and tell me what outfit you would MOST wear with your new Soft 7 Sneakers?

If you want, you can also tell me which pair you would like, your shoe size and colour preference too. That’ll make things much quicker if you win! You can say hello too, if you like!?

This giveaway will run from Monday, 19 October 2015 – Friday, 6 November 2015, 11:59pm (GMT+8)

The winner will be chosen at random. I’ll contact the winner before announcing on my Facebook page (you can like that too if you want!). No asking for cash instead or anything silly like that.

Good luck!


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The Shopbop Friends & Family Sale

13 October 2015

Shopbop 25% Off Sale

Yeeeew! I have some exciting news, The Shopbop Friends & Family Sale is on again and they are offering 25% OFF your whole order!

Use the code “INTHEFAM25″

(There are a few brand exclusions, mainly the super expensive, high end designer labels, but almost all of the site will be eligible for the 25% exclusive discount!)

Happy shopping!


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Loving: Korean Facial Sheet Masks

12 October 2015

Brought to you by Aniqa

I’ve never been a face mask kind of girl.

I’ve never liked using clay or mud face masks at home. I find the whole process to be messy, yucky and labourious. I hate the feeling of my face tightening under the mud, the way the clay gets hard and crusty, then having to wash up the semi-dried up gunk off my face! Ugh!

However over the last few years, I’ve discovered facial sheet masks and I realised how easy, refreshing, soothing, and hydrating they are. So I now LOVE giving myself a weekly face mask.

Mizon Face Sheet Masks

(A sample of the Mizon range from Aniqa with flowers from my garden!)

Sheet masks are great because they deliver essence and concentrated active ingredients straight to your face, and the sheet stops the essence from evaporating, which allows your skin to get the maximum hydration and absorption.

I find sheet masks to be such a quick, easy and affordable way to give my skin a boost. They are an excellent alternative to going to a spa or beauty salon.

And at $4 a pop, there’s no contest really!

Mizon Face Sheet Masks

Aniqa have a really impressive range of facial sheet masks, with prices ranging from $3 to $9 each.

They gave me a stack to try out and I thought I’d share how I use my favourite mask, the Mizon Firming Mask.

Now I can’t give you a precise scientific assessment on the results, but I can tell you that my skin feels super hydrated, soft, smooth, and looks lovely for the next two days!

Mizon Face Sheet Masks

Ok this whole step by step thing is probably unnecessary and pretty self explanatory, but I do have a few tips!

Plus these photos were fun to take, so bear with me :)

Mizon Face Sheet Masks

Take the face sheet mask out of the packet, but don’t toss the packet yet!

Keep it upright, lean it up against your toothbrush holder and save it for later.

Mizon Face Sheet Masks

Unfold and open up the face mask completely, until it looks like a creepy dude.

Make sure you have the two eye-holes on top!

Mizon Face Sheet Masks

Thwack it onto your face!

Stretch it around to position it correctly on your face. Smooth it all out and press it all down to get rid of air bubbles.

Keep your mouth closed, try not to smile.

Oh and make sure the nose flap thing is not covering your nostrils. Make sure you can breathe!

See? I told you my tips are gold.

Mizon Face Sheet Masks

Once it’s on your face, pick up the mask packet, tip the remaining contents onto your hands and smooth the essence all over your neck, upper chest, and hands.

Heck use it on your feet and legs too, just don’t let it go to waste!

Leave the mask on for the recommended time, usually it’s about 10 – 20 minutes.

When the time is up, take off the mask; you’ll find that it’s still drenched with essence, so I like to rub it on my arms and legs. Leave the residue on your face. Don’t wash it off.

As for when to use a face sheet mask in your beauty regime: Remove makeup, cleanse, tone, use essence, then use sheet mask. You don’t have to use serum, eye cream or moisturiser after that. You can just head to bed!

Do take a peek at all the available face masks from Aniqa :)

Enjoy the pampering!