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Oversized Cardigans For All Seasons

17 February 2015

The weather around here has been a bit crazy lately. One day it’s warm and humid like a tropical country, the next day it’s cold, rainy and windy.

I want to share 2 new cardigans (one for warm weather and one for cool weather) that I’ve picked out for my wardrobe, because it’s always nice to have an oversized cardi to throw over an outfit.

My fashion rule when picking them this time: NO BLACK!

Jackets from FashionJunkee

This Vintage Inspired Boho Fringe Kimono Cardigan from FashionJunkee is quite pretty. I thought that it would be TOO pretty for me, but I like it. The colours are nice and feminine too.

It’s been great to keep the sun off my arms, shoulders and back. It looks great at the beach too.

Jackets from FashionJunkee

I haven’t tried many items with fringing. I just assume that the fringe look would be too boho and hippy looking for me.

But I think it looks quite cool and I might try a fringe skirt or bag next time.

Shorts by One Teaspoon, top by Sacha Drake from CiaoBella, heels by Betts.

Jackets from FashionJunkee

Trying to get away from black and white, this Tribal Cardigan with an Aztec design and warm earthy colours caught my eye.

Ponchos and wraps are popular these days, but since I’m so short and petite, I feel swallowed up by the large amounts of fabric and folds on a poncho.

This is a nice halfway between a poncho and a cardigan. I like the over-sized style, it’s quite different for me.

 

 

Jackets from FashionJunkee

Cardigan is from FashionJunkee, Top from Birdsnest, Shorts by Alice + Olivia, boots by Betts.


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Black and White Stripe Skirt from Modcloth

13 February 2015

Stripe Skirt from ModCloth

Last week I talked about circle skirts, and tested out a white mid length skirt from online shop Hello Parry. This week I want to show off another circle skirt that I bought recently.

It’s called the Stripe It Lucky Skirt from Modcloth.

When I saw the product page, it seemed like it was one of the most popular items on the Modcloth website! There were 250+ reviews and 30+ photos submitted by real customers (of all shapes and sizes) wearing the skirt and looking very happy with it.

I thought it looked really cute and decided to give it a go too. Besides, it was so affordable and it was 20% off (it’s STILL on a 20% off sale!).

Modcloth White Off White

The first thing I noticed about the Modcloth skirt was that it was not white. It’s not bright white, or off white, or WHITE white. It is a cream.

To show you the difference, I placed the skirt on top of this white midi skirt and hung them both over a white door, pictured above.

It did put me off a little. It just means I won’t wear a bright white top with it (which excludes a lot of tops in my wardrobe!).

But once I started wearing the skirt with black tops and coloured tops, the whole white balance of my outfit changes, and the cream actually does look “white” in the end.

I am usually a size XS (waist 63cm). But I ordered a size “S” and it fit perfectly. The waist band has a nice stretch to it, so it is really comfortable to wear. The skirt also has a rib texture to it, but it doesn’t look that bad at all.

Stripe Skirt from ModCloth

I really like this shorter length of skirt, because it suits my petite frame and it makes my legs look a bit longer :)

The shape holds nicely. It doesn’t crease like crazy. It flows and falls nicely. Basically, it’s a nice skirt for everyday wear!

If you’re looking for a new skirt, Modcloth has heaps of super cute styles, retro styles and pretty prints. Check them out here! Most of the skirts are set at a great price, although from experience, you might have to watch out for the sizing by reading other customer’s reviews.

Happy shopping!

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.


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Going Short

11 February 2015

I have been itching to get my hair cut short (shoulder length) for a loooong time!

But every time I get to the hair salon, I completely chicken out and ask for ” just a trim thanks”.

Hair Cut - Feb 2015

So last week, I rocked up at my regular hair salon (Curi Hair in Subiaco) and finally asked for SHORTISH HAIR.

I also decided that I wanted a digital perm (loose curls), to give my hair a slight curl.

Eeeek I was so nervous! I had absolute faith that my senior hair stylist would do an amazing job, but whether it was the right decision, on my part?!?! My tummy was a wobbling like jelly from the anticipation. I kept thinking – OMG what if I hate it!?!?!

This is my before photo. I had not coloured my hair, or had a hair treatment in 6 weeks. It was in a bit of a mess, it wasn’t styled. I went to the gym and it was overdue for a wash! I really needed to chop all my ends off!
Hair Cut - Feb 2015

And ta da! This is my after shot!

Hair cut - Feb 2015

Yay! It feels fantastic! I love the length! I love the curls at the end!

I haven’t had my hair this short in 13+ years?

Hair Cut - Feb 2015

This is me the day after. I feel so fresh and light.

I’m so so happy with it!


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Midi Skirts For Everyday Wear

5 February 2015

Last week I blogged about my new black sleeveless top from Hello Parry. (Which, I must say, is just perfect for showing off your shoulders, arms and all your hard work from pump class!)

This week I want to share the next item from Hello Parry that I’ve fallen in love with – this Poppy Laser Cut Midi Skirt.

Hello Parry White Skirt

I don’t own very many midi skirts or circle skirts. So it was a refreshing change to my usual dressing.

Circle skirts (or full/flare skirts) were popular in the 50s and usually worn with a net petticoat. The name came about because they were made from a single, circular piece of fabric. They are usually fitted at the waist, giving the wearer an accentuated hourglass shape; hence the style nods to classic ladylike sophistication.

THIS skirt is really good quality and made from a lovely thick, strong, soft, cotton fabric. The pleats are natural and flattering. And there is a tulle netting underneath that keeps the skirt in a flared shape. It’s really pretty! I’m wearing a size XS.

Since the skirt is flared and quite ladylike, I wore a tight crop top and sneakers to keep the outfit, balanced, casual and fun.

Right now, I want to show off how easy it is to wear midi skirts (especially in this circle/flare style) for everyday wear, using typical tops that I find in my wardrobe.

Hello Parry White Skirt

I’m wearing a loose slouchy singlet tank top (from Birdsnest), tucked into the skirt.

I wouldn’t wear a top that is untucked, as I’d lose the shape of my waist and I’d look like a tent.

(Actually I might wear it with an untucked, slouchy sweatshirt in winter.)

And I’m wearing classic, pointed toe, suede pumps to match the ladylike look of the skirt. Mine are by Acne Studios from Forward By Elyse Walker, but there are lots of good quality pumps (that won’t make your feet ache) at reasonable prices over here.

Hello Parry White Skirt

Here I’m wearing the skirt with a $19 slouchy boyfriend tee from Sportsgirl! I tucked it in in a messy way and kept it loose.

The overall outfit, still looks nice, relaxed, not too girly, and a bit polished.

I like the range of midi skirts over at Hello Parry… especially this striped ballerina skirt. And I also have my eye on the striped pencil skirt :)

Hope you’re also inspired to try out a midi skirt! Happy shopping!

xxx

 

 


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Feeling Summery

31 January 2015

Summer Outfit Jan 2014

Before the kids head back to school next week, we squeezed in a trip to the beach (again!) for one last spell of salt and sand.

Usually I wear long-sleeve, button-down shirts to the beach to protect my skin from the sun. But it was so hot and humid, that I decided to lather myself with suncream and wear my off-shoulder top instead.

Honestly I don’t think that my exposed skin cooled me down any more than if I had just brought an umbrella and sat in the shade. However, when we sat in an air conditioned cafe later on for lunch, I was a happy girl indeed.

You can’t really go wrong with floppy white shirt, cut off denim shorts and tan sandals for a summery outfit!

Top from Sportsgirl, shorts are my comfy old favourites from Just Jeans, sandals from Ecco, tote from Jeanswest.

Have a fantastic weekend and happy shopping!


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Hello Parry and Isabel Marant

23 January 2015

Hello Parry and Isabel Marant

I’m so pleased to introduce this online boutique to all my lovely readers!

Hello Parry is an online fashion store featuring some great new styles, with a stylish, understated, cool vibe – which I like a lot!

The store is based in Australia, and they have easy domestic shipping rates and fuss-free, flat-rate International shipping.

Things I like about the shop:

1) Quality for Price

The first question that came to mind was, why would I shop here instead of ASOS, Zalora, or an Asian-based blogshop… where you can buy similar looking dresses for $45 and skirts for $25. Well after checking out a whole stack of Hello Parry clothes, I can say that the quality is FAR better than something you’d buy from those other stores.

The quality matches that of global high street brands like Zara, French Connection and Topshop (sometimes better); but unlike those brands, you don’t have to worry that everyone else will be wearing the same thing as you!

2) I like the styles

Hello Parry stocks a nice range of ‘classic pieces’ with an edge. I like that the styles are ‘young and edgy looking’ but they also are suitable for a bit of grown up, lady-like dressing!

3) I love this top (pictured)!

This sleeveless Obira Layer Top comes in black and white. I wasn’t too sure about it at first, but after wearing it a few times, I’ve decided that it’s fabulous!

The sleeve design comes away from the shoulders, like a racer-back top style, so it looks modern, sleek and sexy. It is slightly textured and a bit like a shell top for office wear (it has similar material to a blazer) so it looks smart, polished and stylish. It also has a bit of structure to it and it keeps its shape, so it is not clingy.

It’s a bit cropped, so if I don’t want to flash my belly button, I just wear something high-waisted with them.

Hello Parry and Isabel Marant

I’ve already worn the top a couple of times so far, and this particular day I wore it to a meeting in the city.

I paired it with a new “investment piece” – this Isabel Marant Ponte Mini Skirt from The Outnet.

Shoes are Senso Rhiannon from The Iconic.

Saint Laurent Bold 1 Sunglasses from Vision Direct

Chain quilted bag from YesStyle.

I have a few more posts about Hello Parry goodies, so stay tuned!

Happy shopping xxx

 


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The Pointed Toe Loafer

21 January 2015

I have been looking everywhere for a pair of nicely-shaped, slightly pointed-toe, man-style loafers; and the pairs that I had my eyes one were these or these.

Unfortunately, they were a bit outside my price range – because I wasn’t entirely convinced that they would even suit me or my style. They looked gorgeously stylish, they looked amazing on other people, they are “on trend”… but that was not enough of a reason for me to drop $200 on them.

Anyway, I stumbled across these…

Boohoo Loafers

They are lovely! And they were only $30!!

I got them from Boohoo and for THAT price I didn’t really stop to consider whether it was worth the risk. For that price, I expected them to be cheap, stiff, plasticky shoes that dug into my ankles as I walked.

But no! They are lovely, soft, and quite breathable (ie. my feet don’t get sweaty and stinky in them). Even though they aren’t leather, they are nicely cushioned and comfy to wear. Even the stitching, the joins and the glued edges are nice.

Since buying them they have sold out online. They are called Lucy Loafers, so keep an eye out for them, as they might get restocked again.

They have been replaced by the Zoe Bow Trim Loafers ($40) or the Ella Chain Trim Loafers ($40) also from Boohoo.

I’ll try my new Lucy Loafers for a while… and if I think I might wear them for 4-5 seasons, then I might splurge on a leather pair after all!

Here are a few other designs that I found, prices range from $45 – $145.

Happy shopping!

xxx


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Black White Grey Kinda Day

18 January 2015

Black White Grey Kinda Day

Black, white, grey. Easy, simple, but still a bit smart. This is what my days have been like lately: Juggling the school holidays, my 3 kids, and a bit of blog work on the side.

I recently picked out this Olivia top from Club Couture, and I just adore it!

Black White Grey Kinda Day

It’s a kind of structured crop top, with a boxy shape that… keeps it’s shape. This makes the top a bit different to all the jersey, white, slouchy tees that I own, which is a good thing!

Black White Grey Kinda Day

I like the ‘crop top trend’ that is popular this season, but sometimes I don’t feel like wearing a top that is TOO CROPPED.

So this is a happy in-between length for me; not too short, not too long.

I’m wearing the top with a skirt by Naning9, trio bag from Witchery, necklace from Pigeonhole, Alexander Wang heels from Forward By Elyse Walker (or try Green With Envy).

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.


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Gladiator Sandals

12 January 2015

Gladiator Lace up sandals

I was talking to a friend of mine about Senso sandals (specifically, my new ones in this post), and *alas* how we want to own ALL the Senso shoes, but we can’t afford them!

It prompted me to hunt around for similar looking sandal designs and – yay – I found a few by Atmos&here (in leather)!

Here are the links!

Leopard print leather sandals ($79.95)

Black leather sandals ($79.95)

White leather sandals ($79.95)

Hope you like them! Happy shopping!


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Off the Shoulder

9 January 2015

Off the Shoulder

Off the shoulder tops have become extremely popular again these days.

I used to own 2 of them (about 10 years ago) and um, I was once told that I had “nice collarbones” (??)… so I liked that these tops could show off my collarbones!

But the elastic of my old tops have since disintegrated, so I thought I’d buy a mid-priced, new one and relive my collarbone baring days.

That was back in September! I have been looking for a nice, mid-priced one since then. I didn’t want a cheap, flimsy one, so I expected that I had to pay around $60-$80. It had to be plain (not embellished) but not too plain. I had to be long (not too cropped) but not too long that it fell like a tunic. I didn’t like too much lace either.

Anyway, I bought this off-the-shoulder top from The Iconic, but it cost $120 and the fabric was not fantastic. The seam of the elastic wasn’t great either. It just felt and looked like a $30 garment. It wasn’t worth the price, so I returned it.

Then I bought another one from ASOS and returned it too. I looked through lots boutiques and the malls, but they were all so overpriced (like $90 -$150)!

It was only last week that I found this one from Sportsgirl for $69.95.

Off the Shoulder
I wore it out on Thursday night, for a girl’s night out… and I just adored it.

It was actually quite annoying to wear! The elastic that goes around my arms restricted my arm movements. So whenever I went to give someone a HELLO hug, the elastic sprung up to the top of my shoulders and I had to keep pulling them down back onto my arms haha. Such a pain! But it looked so cute!

I’m also wearing Acne Studio jeans, Senso heels, Witchery handbag, Shopbop earrings.

Here are some other places I found some off the shoulder tops.


Happy shopping!


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The Animal Print Skirt

3 January 2015

Finders Keepeer Skirt | Birdsnest Top

This is me, headed out to run some errands in the sweltering heat!

I’m wearing a Finders Keepers animal print skirt – which came out last year, and cost something like AUD$213 from Shopbop.

I fell in love with the bold, statement print and knew it would be a great addition to my wardrobe. I was dying to buy it… but alas, I just didn’t think it was worth the price!

So I waited and waited… and bingo. 12 months later, I bought it on ebay (newish with tags!!) for $45. Yippee! I love it!

My top is called the Drop Back Tank, from Birdsnest. It’s just one of those fantastic basic tops that I never think to buy. Yet I ALWAYS find myself grabbing it to wear, and it is ALWAYS on high rotation because it goes with pretty much everything.

My roll-top clutch is by a Korean brand, Sarah. You can find some very similar roll top clutches here and here.

Leather sandals are by Suboo. Hat from Kmart.

If you’ve also got your eye on a leopard print skirt, here are some similar styles I’ve found on the interwebs. Happy shopping!

And hope you have a fantastic weekend too!

xxx

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.


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Curtin Fashion Graduate Show 2014 – Zenith

31 December 2014

The latest fashion graduates from Curtin University showcased their final collection at Curtin Stadium last month.

I was invited to sit front row and enjoy the creative spectacle of student designs! I managed to take some beautiful pics :)

Curtin University Fashion Show 2014 - Zenith

Curtin University Fashion Show 2014 - Zenith

Curtin University Fashion Show 2014 - Zenith

Curtin University Fashion Show 2014 - Zenith

Curtin University Fashion Show 2014 - Zenith

1. I adored the boofy Victorian silhouette and the delicate, textured fabric of the dress from Rebecca Vandermeulen’s collection.

2. Models frozen in an awkward mid-step, look like they are dancing on the end of the catwalk. Creations by Naomi Randall.

3. Knitted, knotted, tangled beauty from Mallory Maduka-Ike’s “Chrysalis” collection.

4. Again, I was drawn to the knotted awesomeness by Jayde Christie.

5. Tia Tokic’s “Bacterium” collection was a stand out; her garments were visually striking with a strong concept, and they were very entertaining to see on a catwalk (thus memorable). But even more so – when I looked closely at her handiwork – I was completely inspired by her meticulous crafting skills.

I’d like some Bacterium bed slippers thanks!

View all photos from the Curtin Zenith Fashion Show via Songy Knox Photography.


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Senso Rhiannon II in Ebony

27 December 2014

Senso Rhiannon

Although I bought these Senso Rhiannon II heels a few weeks before Christmas, this is the first time they are making a debut on my blog :)

They look amazing and feel amazing. I really do feel like a rock star whenever I put them on!

Despite their edgy and fierce style, they are so SO comfortable to wear. I can easily walk around in them for 4-5 hours. They are definitely going to be on high rotation this season.

I did a bit of hunting around and found a few places to buy Senso shoes online – on sale with free shipping! (Apologies, some are not on sale anymore.)

Happy shopping!


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50% off Three Floor Dresses at ASOS

18 December 2014

Three Floor Dresses

Oh wow! Since writing about my Three Floor Dress earlier this week, I found a whole heap of Three Floor Dress styles at ASOS – on 50% off sale :)

These dresses are from $100 – $180, which is an amazing bargain when they’re usually $300-$400.

They’re perfect for a New Year’s Eve party!

Scroll below for a direct link to the dresses – happy shopping!


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The Library Dress Hire

17 December 2014

Yesterday I mentioned I borrowed a dress from a new dress hire boutique in Perth, called The Library Dress.

I’ve never done it before, because my thinking has been that if I’m going to spend $130-$150 to hire a dress that I’ll wear ONCE, I may as well put in a bit more money and spend $250 on a dress that I can keep forever. Am I right?!

I estimate that every year I go to one or two weddings, one black tie corporate ball, and maybe 6-8 big functions… which is possibly a bit more than most people, but hey, it’s part of my job.

Anyway, the problem is that these days… to find a standout, stunning, on-trend, designer dress, that fits me, and hopefully no one else is wearing… I’m looking at dresses that are priced around $300-$600, which is frankly a bit too expensive, and I already don’t have enough hanger space.

So the option to HIRE a “standout, stunning, on-trend, designer dress” is very appealing to me.

 

Three Floor Dress, The Library Dress

This is a Three Floor Behaviour Self Rose Gold Lace Dress, RRP $350. To hire it was $80 (including the cost of dry cleaning!)

It looked freaking amazing and was such a great dress to wear! It is made from thick, strong stretchy material that acted like a kind of corset and fit me perfectly.

It had lace and cool cut-outs and a bold and striking style. I absolutely loved it!

Three Floor Dress, The Library Dress

The Library Dress is based in Claremont. Phoebe, the owner, shares a showroom with a stylish design company, and thus is able to keep her overhead costs down, which translates into a more affordable price for her clients. Apparently most hire places have a hire cost AND THEN you have to pay for your own dry cleaning.

The hire price range at The Library Dress shop is $70 – $140 (with the cost of dry cleaning included).

She has an amazing collection of dresses for hire!

Here are a few that caught my eye.

The Library Dress

There are short dresses by Josh Goot, Nicholas and Alex Perry.

The Library Dress

Medium length and long dresses by Alice McCall, Manning Cartell, Carla Zampatti, Aelkemi and many more.

You can check out The Library Dress Facebook Page which has photo albums of dresses you can hire.

For my readers who are not in Perth, I’m sure there’s a dress hire boutique in your city that is only a Google Search away!

Enjoy!


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Upping My Everyday Wear with In Good Company

9 December 2014

In Good Company, Capsule 5

I am a big, big fan of In Good Company’s elegant, effortless modern style and I love all the looks that come from each of their collections. They have recently launched their 5th Capsule and gave me a sneak peek of some of the good stuff!

The first top I want to share is this blue Demeter Draped Back Top, featuring this very gorgeous drapey back. Apparently it is made from one square of fabric and expertly draped so it cascades and swishes as you walk.

Ah it was SO cool to wear! I wore it to a fashion show the other day and, people kept asking me to spin around for them so they could see the back.

I’m wearing it with In Good Company Slouchy Trousers, Zac Posen Clutch from Shopbop, Alexander Wang heels from Forward by Elyse Walker (or try Green With Envy).

In Good Company, Capsule 5

Being a bright blue, I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to match it with much. But now I’m thinking I could wear it with white jeans/shorts/skirt, grey jersey skirt, pale grey skinny jeans, and a tropical print skirt, or maybe a bright coloured pencil skirt.

I ended up wearing it out with a white lace skirt from YesStyle and stud heels from Boohoo. I think the top looked great in the outfit and most importantly I felt great :)

I’m usually a size UK6 / AUS6, and this top is a size XS.

In Good Company, Capsule 5

This is a lovely and simple top, with a loose fit, and soft layers – giving it a very timeless and elegant feel. It slipped effortlessly into my wardrobe and matched everything!

It’s called the Becca Layered Top. Again I’m wearing the size XS.

I can absolutely see this top being able to carry me from day to night.

(Jeans from JCrew and Acne heels from Forward By Elyse Walker)

In Good Company, Capsule 5

Perfect for office wear and tailored pieces, the top also goes well with casual basics like jeans or statement leather pants!

The top also comes in navy, but this style has been so popular that I think both the grey and navy are sold out online.

(Leatherette pants from Topshop, heels from YesStyle, Aldo clutch from ASOS)

In Good Company, Capsule 5

And lastly, this is the Seville Crepe Top. It has a very simple front and a twisted racer back style at the back. I love its simplicity and how it falls so nicely; it also drapes and swishes when I walk, which makes it feels a bit special.

Again it’s a top that fits in perfectly with all the items in my wardrobe, and would definitely be a great top for the office and after work.

You know, I have quite a few IGC tops and I always pull them out whenever I want to wear something effortless and still feel fabulous!

Do pop over to the site to see the rest of the goodies, and hopefully you’ll enjoy them as much as I do!

xxxx


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Daniel Wellington for Christmas

7 December 2014

Daniel Wellington

It looks like Daniel Wellington watches have taken over the internet!

Everyone seems to have one or want one and I can see why; with their clean, refined, minimal design, and their affordable price, they are an instant classic and a very elegant addition to your accessory wardrobe.

I don’t have one (yet!), but this Christmas I think I just might. HINT HINT!

Daniel Wellington

Daniel Wellington are having a special Christmas sale: Buy a leather strap watch and receive 50% off a NATO watch strap and free gift wrapping.

The site offers FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE for all orders!

Daniel Wellington

These designs are all US$149.

From left is the Classy St. Andrews, Classy Bristol and Classy Sheffield. Comes with rose gold or silvers faces.

Daniel Wellington

These designs are all US$199.

From left is the Classic St. Andrews Lady, Classic Bristol Lady and Classic Sheffield Lady. They all come with rose gold or silver faces.

There are heaps more designs at the online shop. Hope you find something you like!

Happy shopping!

(Photos from Daniel Wellington)


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In Search for Simple, Stylish Studs

5 December 2014

Kings Park, Nov 2014

I want to share with you my latest wardrobe mission: Firstly look at Example A, the photo above. Look at my earrings. I have been wearing those silver ball earrings for the last 5 days straight.

My everyday style is casual but polished. I wear button down shirts, jeans, crisp tshirts or cropped pants and tailored shorts. AND I like to wear nice earrings to finish off my look. So I’ve worked out that…

I am lacking a good collection of simple, stylish stud earrings!

I do own a few pairs of good earrings (Karen Walker, diamond studs, Marc Jacobs, Gordana) but the majority of my studs are cheapie buys from DIVA, blogshops, Louvisa or Sportsgirl… which cost me somewhere between $3 – $12! I cycle through them quickly, the metal wears off and they end up in the bin within a year.

So I’m thinking that I would like to up my stud style.

I found a stack of cool studs at Shopbop! They are priced between $40 – $90, and brands range from Tory Burch, Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs.

I figured I could just buy 2 and it’ll tip me over $100 and therefore I get free worldwide shipping. Sounds pretty good right?

Who’s with me?

Happy styling everyone!

xxx


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The Multi-Way Bridesmaid Dress

30 November 2014

Today I’m featuring and road testings a Multi Way Convertible Maxi Dress, in an aqua green.

Multi-way dresses are not a new concept; they’ve been around for a while. The idea is that you can wear one dress in many different ways to create slightly different looks.

This multi-way dress is from FashionJunkee and is one of their best sellers as a bridesmaid dress.

Using it as a bridesmaids dress means you could buy 6 multi-way dresses for your 6 bridesmaids and each can have a slightly different looking dress, but they will all look matchy matchy. It’s a fun idea and it looks really pretty in the wedding photos! Plus it saves you the headache of trying to find a matching dress style that suits all 6 of your bridesmaids.

Anyway, here’s my run down.

FashionJunkee Bridesmaids Dress

I’m wearing it here in a Halter Neck Style and a Cross Neck Style.

These two styles were very comfortable to wear. The dress and straps didn’t feel like they were going to fall off. It sat firm against my body.

The fabric is a jersey made from rayon and spandex. It is soft, strong and has a good stretch to it. It was thick enough so it didn’t cling to my body and show off my panty line. It was also heavy enough to hang off my waist and hips very nicely.

However, when I pulled it out of the box, the skirt fabric had some creases in it, so I did have to iron it… and there was a LOT of fabric to iron! But I found that once I ironed it, as long as I wore it or hung it up, I didn’t have to iron it again.

Because of the large amount of fabric, the dress had a good weight to it, so it felt like a quality garment as I walked around. Plus the weight of the fabric kept the creases away. Obviously this dress was too long for me and I would need to get it altered to fit my height.

 

fj_bridal02

And this is the style of the back, for both the halter and cross-neck style. I think I could have been a bit more creative and twisted the fabric at the back to give a more braided look.

As you can see, my back was mostly bare, so I had to wear an adhesive bra.

The left over fabric just ties at the back and becomes a long ribbon type thing that trailed behind me as I walked. It didn’t bother me. It wasn’t heavy or uncomfortable. And it made me a little relieved that IF my panty line was showing, the swishy ribbon thing would block the view of my butt and it wouldn’t be so obvious!

FashionJunkee Bridesmaids Dress

This was another design looked good that felt very comfortable to wear. I twisted the shoulder straps which gave the dress a very Grecian feel. But again, the back of the dress was completely backless.

FashionJunkee Bridesmaids Dress

I thought this strapless look would look lovely, but I just couldn’t get it to work for me.

I wrapped it up, and then I discovered that I had done it up too tight (I found it hard to breathe!), and the folds didn’t look very nice.

So I loosened it up and did it again, but it still looked a bit messy. I couldn’t seem to make it look nice… so I found this page where you can check out how the pros wrap this Multi Way Dress in 9 ways. Looks much better there!

FashionJunkee Bridesmaids Dress
This cap sleeve design and this one shoulder design looked great too!

In conclusion, it’s a really nice gown for its price.

1) The fabric makes it a more affordable bridesmaids dress. You can get very similar designs made from more luxurious fabrics for $300+. This one is much, much more affordable at US$65. And that is a pretty significant factor especially if you have to buy 6 dresses, which will – potentially – be worn only once.

2) I was a bridesmaid for my sister’s wedding earlier this year and I wore a bridesmaids dress from 7am in the morning till 11pm at night, non-stop. So I have to be honest and say I don’t know if I could go 16 hours STRAIGHT wearing this dress with an adhesive bra. The dress isn’t the issue; it’s the bra. If I wanted to wear this dress all day, I could go 3-4 hours in an adhesive bra. Then I would need a rest and maybe have a shower. Then I could go for another 3-4 hours for the evening. But that’s just me! I’m not sure how it is for you girls with larger boobs :)

Check out the Multi Way dress in other colours, or other pretty maxi dresses (that are super affordable) in pastel colours.

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What I Wore: Matches Fashion at Mosmans

26 November 2014

The other day I mentioned that I went to a Matches Fashion event at Mosmans Restaurant.

This is what I wore!

Matches Fashion Event - In Good Company

I was itching to wear my new dress from In Good Company, called the SIENNA Draped Back Dress, in Petrol.

It is so simple and elegant, but it also looks modern, sleek and a bit sporty too. I just slipped it on and it was good to go.

The colour is just gorgeous too. It is a deep blue-green, that looks vibrant and quite unique.

The other reason I love the dress is because of the beautiful draping at the back!

Matches Fashion Event - In Good Company

It is called a “butterfly” detail… and it just looks so cool, in an understated kind of way.

The overall drapey-ness of the dress makes it quite forgiving. Which really means I could eat and eat without having to suck and hold my tummy in all day haha!

I’ve paired it with some simple black pumps by Acne (from Forward by Elyse Walker)

Matches Fashion Event - Zac Posen

And a new addition to my clutch family is this Zac Posen clutch from Shopbop. Everyone needs a show stopping clutch!

Thanks to Michelle for taking the photos of me!

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.


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Jewellery Obsessed!

22 November 2014

I’m in a bit of a hurry to get some new jewellery for the festive season.

I’m stocking up on some clean, delicate styles for lots of mixing and matching – how gorgeous are these?!

Jewellery Wanderlust + Co

These bangles and rings are from Wanderlust + Co, who offer free worldwide shipping on orders over $50. These styles are priced from $39 and under.

Jewellery - The Iconic

The swallow necklace and matching earrings are just so adorable. I can definitely see myself wearing them all season.

These are from The Iconic (by Grace + Scarper) and they’re gold plated sterling silver. They are priced $99 for the necklace and $65 for the earrings.

Jewellery - The Outnet

And lastly these gorgeous rings are by Spanish designer Monica Vinader, from the Outnet. I really like Monica’s style because her pieces have a very relaxed and organic look to them, and go well with a casual everyday style. I have one silver ring and I seem to wear it every other day!

The Outnet are offering free global shipping, just use the code “HAPPYHOLS” at the checkout!

Hope you all had a great weekend!


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Burn Out Tank Tops

21 November 2014

Burn Out Tanks from FashionJunkee

When I was occasionally doing exercise, I felt OK about buying expensive, high quality active wear that will last for years and years.

But now that I’m active 3-4 times a week (sometimes more), I go through my gym / running / active clothes so quickly that I often find myself with a pile of used, stinky clothes and nothing to wear! And sometimes “having nothing to wear” becomes an easy excuse for me to skip going for a run for that day haha!

So I’ve been looking into more AFFORDABLE active wear – that still looks good and looks a bit different.

Let me be honest, sometimes when I turn up to a gym class and see that 5 other women are wearing exactly the same Target top as me… I know it’s not a fashion show, but I still feel a little un-special OK?

I also don’t like active wear with big shouty slogans, like “ONLY YOU CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN!” – and I only say that, because I used to have a tank that said that and I felt ridiculous whenever I wore it :P

Anyway, so I found some really cool tank tops from FashionJunkee.

They are animal print, burnout tank tops, similar to the Stella McCartney range, and waaaay cheaper.

Burn Out Tanks from FashionJunkee

They look SO COOL! And they are only US$12!

The tank tops are made from a light cotton blend, they are soft and breathable. Because of their loose fitting design, they are comfortable and easy to wear and move around in.

They come in different colours like Aqua, Peach, Lavender, Lime Green, Coral and of course Black and White. Check out the whole colour range here.

I’m usually a size AUS 6/ UK 6 / US 2 and the tank that I’m wearing is a Size SMALL. It would easily fit someone size AUS 6 – 8.

The ‘burnout’ design makes the tank a little sheer, so you can show off your coloured sports bra, or layer another coloured tank top underneath.

And you can wear them as casual wear, beach wear, pool side wear…. they are super versatile!

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( See all my Daily Outfits here )

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30% Off Nike Sneakers? Yes please!

18 November 2014

OK so if you ever need some inspiration to run, or buy new sexy sneakers to run… this might be it! Head over to the Nike sale at ASOS.

Nikes ar ASOS

 

ASOS is having a 30% off EVERYTHING sale… and I nabbed myself a pair of new kicks!

I bought the leopard print pair :D

Shopping links are below (use the promo code “30FRENZY”)!

The sale ends 4am, Thursday 20 Nov, so be quick.


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Matches Fashion Brunch at Mosmans

17 November 2014

Matches Fashion Show at Mosmans

Let me be honest here. One of the best perks of my job is that I get to go to events, take photos, talk to people, and write about the experience in my own personal voice – and get paid for it! It’s always different and always interesting.

However, not all of them are fancy and glamourous. I do go to lots of simple and not-so-interesting events too.

So when a brand holds a special event – where you can see the effort and special consideration that went into all the details from table styling, to flower styling, fragrant styling, food styling and fashion styling… I definitely sit up and take notice!

Matches Fashion Show at Mosmans

Matches Fashion came to town, inviting a whole bunch of digital influencers, editors, stylists and fashion journalists for a lovely champagne breakfast, to showcase their latest collection and to launch their VIP Online Service.

The event was held at a super posh riverside restaurant, Mosmans Restaurant, which has one of the most stunning inner-city views of Perth. The big, glass windows opened us up to the river and glorious natural light streamed into the venue. It was a gorgeous day for a fashion event!

Matches Fashion Show at Mosmans

We were treated to a 3-course breakfast (so much delicious food and not enough tummy space!) and very pretty table styling (I sooo wanted to nab a candle or two!).

I sat on a table full of ladies – all whom I didn’t know – and we all talked freely and happily about travelling, food, weddings, textiles, art, fashion and most of all… online shopping.

I also sat next to the new business and event director, Catherine West, and was able to ask her lots of questions and get all the hot goss!

(A bit more about that later.)

Matches Fashion Show at Mosmans

The thing that I enjoyed the most was the fashion show. I was struck by the very cool styling!

The use of pattern mixing and accessories to brighten the whole outfit is not a new concept. But these guys did it exceptionally well.

The fun, printed skirts were my favourite!

Stella Jean Pony Print Skirt (view)

MSGM Orange and Black Skirt (view)

Matches Fashion Show at Mosmans

A hint of oriental and ethnic prints, but with a modern twist.

Stella McCartney pleated dress (view)

Dolce and Gabbana printed top and skirt (view)

Matches Fashion Show at Mosmans

Bright, bold, high-contrast stripes never go out of fashion!

Stella McCartney blue and green dress (view)

Sarah’s Bag, VROOM Clutch (view)

Tibi black and what top and skirt (view)

DVF Fox Fur bag (view)

Matches Fashion Show at Mosmans

Vertical stripes, a-line cuts, and bright colours were definitely eye catching.

Roksanda purple dress (view)

Fendi Fur Bag (view)

Peter Pilotto green and patterned dress (view)

Pierre Hardy eye clutch (view)

There was so much fashion inspiration!

Going back to the table conversations over salmon and poached eggs…

I was very frank with Catherine. I told her I didn’t know much about Matches Fashion. I’ve heard of their name, I’ve been to the website, but I’ve never bought anything from them.

She told me that Matches Fashion first began as a boutique in London about 25 years ago. It now has four stores in London, but predominately it is an online store, stocking over 400 designers, and delivering to over 190 countries.

Their main point of difference is their dedicated fashion-concierge team called MyStylists, who offer 24/7 styling advice. She tells me that it’s really popular; customers love the personal advice, they love that they can ask about the fit of some pants, the chest length of a dress, the material of a skirt, and that they are less likely to return an item if they’ve talked to a stylist.

I personally have NEVER used an online stylist. Mainly because I feel like I might be talking to a robot? Or a call centre worker in a different country who just won’t be able to relate to me? And I also feel that I can just Google search the answers of my own questions by myself thank you very much. Eg, I wonder if the dress has a very loose fit across the chest? Because I have a small bust, sometimes the neckline of a dress can be too low and the material at the chest can be too baggy.

ANYWAY I was introduced to a few Matches Fashion MyStylists (one was based in London and another in Sydney, both have flown in for the event) and yes they seemed like friendly, practical, modern, NORMAL human beings, who were gorgeously dressed! And yes, maybe next time I want to know the fit of a dress, I might pop them an email. They are supposed to be experts in this area after all. Why would I spend hours doing Google searches through fashion forums and agonsing over the unknown details??

So I think I might give them a go, because I’m always looking to review new online shops and shopping experiences!

Heartfelt thanks to Matches Fashion and to the PR teams, it was a lovely event!


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LOVE Bangle

14 November 2014

LOVE Bangle

I don’t usually wear clothes or accessories with inspirational words written on them. It just hasn’t been my style for as long as I can remember.

However, I bought a “LOVE” bangle the other day, because it looked pretty and stylish.

But immediately after I bought it, I thought – Now why did I do that?!

I’m a regular watch wearer, so I have a habit of looking at my wrist to check the time – ALL THE TIME. So if I were to wear this bangle, did it mean that every time I looked at my wrist,  I’d be reading “LOVE”?

Love. Love. Love. Love. Love Love. Love. Love. Love.

Uh oh. I’m going to be so annoyed! I’m going to ROLL MY EYES and throw up in my mouth a little, at the need for such an obvious, visual cue to remember something that should really come from within. And if I’m relying on this bangle to tell me THERE IS LOVE IN MY LIFE – well, I feel like it is pointing out what a loser I am. What then? Next I’ll be wearing PEACE. HARMONY. JOY?

Anyway to my complete surprise, a LOVE bangle is actually quite nice to wear. Heh.

The reminder is not so shouty, obvious or mind-numbingly repetitive. I don’t throw up in my mouth. And it’s actually kind of sweet.

In fact, I dig it.

THERE IS LOVE HERE PEOPLE.

NOW I NEED SOME “HAPPINESS”!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Skirt from YesStyle
Bracelets from Hanna Lee and Generics.
Ring from Monica Vinader, The Outnet
Shoes from Acne Studios, Forward By Elyse Walker.

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.


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Tailored Style for the Heat

11 November 2014

Tailored Style

Here in the land “down under” we are in spring. While the mornings and late afternoons are just perfect, by lunchtime, you can feel the heat beating down from the sun, radiating back up from the ground and from walls of buildings! And in mid summer, it will feel like that by 8am every morning.

So it’s not really a surprise that everyone wants to MOVE as little as possible and WEAR as little as possible. The tricky bit is how to keep it classy when you’re out and about.

For smart dressing, my go-to tops in this weather are made from loose-fitting, lightweight and breathable fabrics, in a tailored style. When I wear shorts or skirts, I also try to keep them in a tailored style – with cuffs, pleats, pencil skirts or tulip shaped skirts – so I don’t look like I’m heading to the beach!

Cotton shirt from ASOS
Blue shorts from AL&ALICIA
Silver clutch from Birdsnest
Leather sandals by Suboo
Hat from Sportsgirl
Necklace by Kailis Jewellery

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.


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Melbourne Cup at The Cottesloe Beach Hotel

6 November 2014

For those who are not familiar with Australian celebrations, the Melbourne Cup is a major horse race that happens at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, but watched by the whole nation. It has been running for about 150 years and according to the interwebs (so it must be true!) it is one of the richest horse races in the world!

It’s a huge event in every Aussie city and town. Even for those at work, everyone stops work to watch the race, share a drink and a silly hat. Restaurants, bars, pubs are full of Melbourne Cup lunches, and boutiques and department stores cash in on selling dresses and hats.

I’m not actually a huge fan of horse racing, betting OR drinking copious amounts of alcohol. So I don’t usually attend Melbourne Cup events, because they are pretty much wasted on me.

But this year, I was invited to a super special GH Mumm Champagne Melbourne Cup event by a PR buddy of mine (Thanks Caitlin!) at the Cottesloe Beach Hotel.

Well, since Cottesloe Beach is such a spectacular location (like Bondi Beach in Sydney, but much nicer), and since the invite made it clear it was a SERIOUS dress up event, I was inspired to try a little harder this year!

You might have read my last post… about how I painstakingly made a sculptural, arty head piece to wear, and then put together an outfit featuring a brand new dress from In Good Company and Alexander Wang. I was quite excited!

Melbourne Cup Day 2014

I arrived at the event and immediately found another buddy of mine, fashion stylist and blogger Andrea, looking absolutely fabulous daaarling.

The entrance was decorated with flowers (we weren’t actually at Flemington, as the sign suggests!) and there were beautiful horses being paraded on the street. Real horses! We took plenty of photos.

Melbourne Cup Day 2014

I tried to take a selfie with a horse, with my best horse face. But my nose is way too flat and short and obviously not long enough.

Melbourne Cup Day 2014

Look at us! Find a red carpet and you’re bound to find a fashion blogger on it!

We made our way up to the VIP bar and found the crème de la crème of the Perth fashion and social set.

We mingled, we sipped on champagne, and we gobbled up amazing nibbles. Then… just as we moved over to chat to the fashion designers, tv presenters, celebrities and sports stars… MY FASCINATOR BROKE. It rolled off my head, bounced off my arm and landed on the floor like a very large, and very dead mosquito.

I completely cracked up laughing. OMG how typical! How embarrassing!

Melbourne Cup Day 2014

Look at my dead mosquito. The sculptural bit came away from the headband bit, and in this photo, I was just holding it together in my fingers.

I put it together with sewing pins, super glue, but mostly a hot glue gun… which has never, ever failed me before! I should have used… um, computer cable ties? Fishing line? Bolts? Magic? How will I ever begin a career in millinery now? Crafty Karen FAIL.

Thankfully I had a SPARE FASCINATOR in my car. I had brought it along, in case I chickened out of wearing my DIY sculptural one. Oh the irony.

Melbourne Cup Day 2014

Phew. This is me with my spare fascinator, which cost me $35. I felt a bit unspecial. But it did the job. Nobody could accuse me for breaking the hat-wearing tradition.

Melbourne Cup Day 2014

As for the rest of the event, it was full of fabulous food, fascinators and spring fashion. There were hundreds of people there!

It had a great energy and atmosphere, it was colourful, fun and frivolous.

Melbourne Cup Day 2014

There was also a fashion show with clothes from ACO Boutique in Cottesloe. And there were awards for best dressed guest and best fascinator – guess who didn’t win :P

Melbourne Cup Day 2014

There was so much pretty fashion!

I managed to bump into a few other buddies of mine and yes, I had a fabulous time in the end daaarling!

And next year… I will consult a structural engineer about the design of my arty fascinator. Or at least my husband.


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What I Will Wear: Melbourne Cup Day 2014

4 November 2014

Melbourne Cup Day 2014 - Outfit

Look at my amazing dress by In Good Company! It is called the RIKKI dress featuring a special edition collaboration print by designer and illustrator, Kuanth.

The dress is part of their latest collection, which is now on sale, online. The collection is full of minimal lines, drapes and tucks, loose lines and wide silhouettes. I have a few more pieces to show off, so keep an eye out!

 

Melbourne Cup Day 2014 - Outfit

I love the print! It’s so unusual, striking, modern and whimsical. The asymmetric hem, the high neckline and the long drape of the dress, makes it quite a statement to wear.

I’m wearing the XS which fits me perfectly. I’m usually a size UK6 / AUS6.

I’ve paired the dress with an equally minimal and striking heels by Alexander Wang from Forward By Elyse Walker (or Green With Envy).

Melbourne Cup Day 2014 - Outfit

And this is the fascinator that I have made. I wanted to create something simple, artful, aesthetically pleasing and… possibly make an intellectual statement of some kind.

I brain stormed ideas about deconstructing a high heel shoe and using the pieces to turn it into an abstract sculpture… or tearing up a dress and turning it into a flower. You know, as a statement about recycling fashion, and when is fashion rubbish, and rubbish fashion? :P

But in the end I decided that I wouldn’t get too serious… and just chose to make the head piece out of a very ordinary material, to make it look unusual and surprising.

I chose reticulation garden hose as my material! And I meticulously crafted a floral shaped head piece. I made several prototypes to perfect my joins and my edges, so you couldn’t see any glue, or string or anything that made it look daggy and DIY.

It turned out really well! It was really strong, well-balanced and I really liked it. It looked a bit weird and insect-like too.

AND it totally matched my dress!!

 

Melbourne Cup Day 2014 - Outfit

My hair has been lovingly coloured and curled by the team at Curi Hair – Korean hair salon in Perth.

Thank you guys!

I am looking forward to a fab day out!

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.


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A Flair for Flares!

2 November 2014

Flair for Flares

Love it or hate it, the fashion cycle keeps going round and round!

At the most recent New York Fashion Week, we saw a return of flares! It’s still early days, but it got me really excited, because I have a few pairs of flares that I have stored away very carefully. And it’s always so exciting to bring out old treasures and let them see a bit of sunshine.

First up, I have a pair of high waisted Topshop flares (pictured above), which are quite long – too long really – so that I have to wear a pair of really high platform heels with them. They make my legs look super long and I feel like a leggy giraffe in them! Looks cool, but not very practical.

Flair for Flares

These were my absolute favourite jeans in the WORLD at one point in time! They were so comfy and felt amazing. I wore them everywhere! They are GRIPP jeans (remember them?), which I bought for $180, some time ago (uh, some time in the late 1990s?). I remember slipping them on one my legs one day and thinking, “I can’t possibly imagine the day when these go out of fashion. It will be a sad, sad day. What would be next, slim jeans? Ugh how ghastly!”

They cost me so much, that I couldn’t bear to throw them out or give them away. So I just stored them in hopes that they will come back into fashion haha!

I had the jeans taken up so I could wear them with flat shoes. I’m actually looking forward to wearing them out.

Flair for Flares

This similar pair are also from the late 1990s too, by Miss Sixty.

They had even more of a flare and I would wear them with ballet flats and thought nothing of the swishy excess of fabric flapping around my ankles! Kind of like a very long skirt.

My white tops are from ASOS and Sportsgirl.

The big question is, does this return of flares inspire you (like it does for me) or make you CRINGE?!

AND, can you imagine that in 5-10 years time, we’ll be packing away our skinny jeans because they’ll be SO out of fashion!


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Inspired by the old and new world of Singapore

1 November 2014

Suboo sandals

The other day I caught up with the team from Singapore Tourism Board (how exciting!) and had a lovely chat over coffee and lunch.

I came away with smile and a little gift… these beautiful leather sandals!

These limited edition sandals were created by Australian fashion designer, Sue Di Chio of Suboo; and were inspired by her recent visit to Singapore.

A heartfelt thank you! I can’t wait to wear them!