Wearing: Kitten-Heel Slingback Shoes

Kitten Heel Slingbacks

Over the last few months, I’ve been getting lots of people asking me about my kitten heel slingback shoes.

I LOVE kitten heels for everyday wear. They are just a little bit more dressed-up, but comfy enough to wear all day.

I’ve posted about them so many times – they are Tibi Kitten Heels, but unfortunately they are sold out.

Here are some other lovely options, made from leather, that I would buy, if I didn’t already have my Tibi ones.

Shopbop Black Slingbacks

 

Left:

I really like these ones. They are Diane von Furstenberg Mortelle Slingback Pumps and I love the look of them paired with jeans or a midi skirt. Sometimes I scroll through the rest of the Shopbop site and I see a model wearing these shoes (with a different outfit), I think “Omg those look gorgeous!” – happened 5-6 times already. Might be a sign?

Right:

These are Sam Edelman Ludlow Slingback Pumps. They are almost exactly the same as my Tibi ones, except the shape of the toe cover. This style is probably a bit more “classic”, “timeless” and much more affordable than my Tibi ones :)

 

Shopbop Black Slingbacks

Left:

These Sam Edelman Raya Slingback Flats look super lovely! Comfy, practical, perfect for everyday wear, casual but still a bit dressed-up. I would definitely get these in a snap, if I didn’t have my current ones!

Right:

I have almost exactly these Steven Lourdes Slingback Flats but in white, which I bought from ASOS (not leather). I wished I bought a proper leather one in the first place, because I wear them ALL THE TIME. I won’t buy a replacement pair until my old ones break, because it’s quite silly/wasteful right?!

Happy shopping!

xxx

Coffee Catch Up: May 2018

Lemon Sky

Hi everyone!

Here’s a mysterious photo of my lemon tree, branches bowing from the weight of lemons (which aren’t very good because we don’t water it enough) set against the beautiful, blue Perth sky on an Autumn morning. The image makes me beam with delight!

Anyway, I’ve been jotting down lots of little stories for my “Catch up with me over coffee” blog post… so here goes!

1) New Ambassador Based Projects

My latest projects for Kailis Jewellery, Breast Cancer Care WA and HBF Run for a Reason (and a few more) are in full swing. Keep an eye out on my Instagram (@karenlycheng) and I’ll be posting about them on my blog next week too.

2) Reducing Freelance Hours

Recently I’ve been cutting back on the amount of work I take on, because I have a lot of LIFE STUFF happening.

I’m planning and organising our upcoming 4 week family holiday. I know this is such a first world problem, but it’s such a headache to research, look for the best deals, gather contacts and information, compile an itinerary, send emails, book tickets. It’s taken me weeks!

I think for once I’d like to go on a holiday where everything is organised perfectly for me. That’ll be a real holiday for me!

I also had a few things to organise… stuff for my father in law, stuff for the kids, and medical/dental stuff too… which brings me to my next point.

3) My 9 year old had dental surgery recently – eekk!

He and my husband woke up at 6am one morning to head to the hospital. Then he had a general anaesthetic to extract a few “extra teeth including wisdom teeth Boise” that were pushing against his regular teeth. According to the experts, the extra teeth needed to come out now (one was growing in his palate?!) or they would cause problems in the future.

I was pacing up and down my house, my stomach all in knots and my heart fluttering from all the nervousness. I’m glad my husband went and not me.

Hours later, he was a bit sore, tired and grumpy about the numbness, but he was absolutely fine.

He even snuck outside to ride his bike on the street with the neighbours in the late afternoon! Ugh!
4) And speaking of neighbours, a new family moved into the house across the road.

They also have two boys aged 10 and 8, so they are very similar ages to Liam, my 9 year old.

They have been a breath of fresh air for our family dynamics! Liam plays with them every afternoon, for hours and hours and he is so happy! It has been wonderful to see him play with kids his own age. Sure he has heaps of friends at school. But this kind of play is a kind of long-form play brought about by boredom, hanging around and thinking up of crazy boy ideas.

Now Liam has someone to play Beyblades with, talk about Pokemons, play tennis on the street, dig holes in the garden, make books about cats, draw Minecraft pictures, build a cubby house, ride to the park, make lemonade from lemons in the backyard… all the things my older boys used to do when they were younger.

It made me realise that my older two boys (aged 15 and 13) just don’t play in that kiddy way anymore. If they did play tennis on the street with Liam, they would get so frustrated by his lack of skill, or start playing at a lower skill level, but then move to an increasingly higher level, and then eventually Liam would get frustrated. Fights! Tears! Screaming! Every! Single! Day!

So in a way, Liam has missed out on a lot of brotherly “long-form play” over the years. I’m so happy he has some new buddies his age to spend time with.

5) As for my older boys…

I’ve been slowly teaching my 15 year old some life skills and responsibilities.

Meaning: When life stuff comes up, I make him do it.
He recently bent his debit card and it stopped working. He couldn’t use it for paypass, but he could still buy stuff online. Every time he complained about it, I politely reminded him that all HE had to do was call up the bank to get a replacement. So easy!

After 6 weeks of procrastination (ugh, teenagers!) he finally looked it up online and discovered that he didn’t have to call and talk to a human, he just had to log into his account and apply for a new one online. But he now has to wait 7 more days for it to arrive in the mail haha.

Lesson: Sometimes things are not as hard as you imagine they’ll be.

He also recently broke the gears on my bike (my derailleur!) and I made him walk it to the bike shop (only 1.5km away), explain to the bike guy what happened, arrange contact details, payment, pick up details and walk back home. He was not happy, but he did it anyway. Only cost him $70 in the end.

Lesson: If you borrow something and break it, it’s your responsibility to pay for it and fix it.

Omg every day something new happens and there are new lessons to be taught. It’s been slow and painful. But he’s doing pretty well and he’s such a great kid.

6) My 13 year old boy got a job too.

I think it’s such a great/important/crucial way for teenagers to grow up, learn skills, interact with other adults and start being independent.

He has been helping my brother-in-law with house renovations, in particular, moving and cleaning bricks – hundreds of them! It’s good hard work and he gets paid by the hour.

Apparently he’s a “good worker” with a “good attitude”… which is exactly what I want to hear, yay!!

7) Thinking about universities

I know right?! What the heck?!

With lots of encouragement from his high school, my 15 year old has started to thinking about what he wants to do after high school, which university he wants to go to, what course he wants to take etc etc.

My mind is blown. I can’t deal with it.

8) Randomly, I’ve been invited to be on an Australian Reality TV Show

I received an email asking if I’d like to be a contestant on an Australian version of the Chinese mega-show “If You Are The One”!

Haha! Um, no thanks!

Firstly… 1) I’m already married… 2) I’m not exactly a fun-loving 22 year old!?! 3) I’m old, boring, I like gardening and reading, I’m cynical and sarcastic of all things media and TV reality show related and… 3) I’m ethnically Chinese, so the TV producers are probably going to portray me as an “exotic”, “piano/violin playing”, “straight A student”, “quite-spoken prude”, or “dragon cougar lady”. Haha omg no thanks!

OK that’s all from me!

Have a fantastic week!

xxx

What I Wore: Grana Panelled V-neck Slip Dress

Grana Silk Slip Dress

Went out to dinner the other night and wore this lil number!

A Grana Panelled V-neck Slip Dress – You can’t go wrong with a classic silk dress in black.

Jut add some simple heels, simple accessories and hey presto, I can look half decent after rushing around all day!!

If you already own a Grana silk slip dress or a Grana silk v-neck camisole, you’ll love to know that this new dress features a slim fit design with a hidden zip at the waist.

It’s very fitted and flattering, hugs my waist perfectly and such a great fit for me.

Yes the neckline is extra low, which might turn some people off. But it seems to have a good firm fit across my chest, so there’s no sliding around and no need for double sided tape.

I’m wearing a size XXS and I’m a standard AUD 6 or UK 6.

If I wanted a slightly more relaxed look at the top, I would be happy to go up to a size XS.

The skirt of the dress has a more relaxed A-line style, so it’s very easy to move, walk around and sit in.

However, if you’re prone to over-eating during dinner time, um, then you probably DON’T want to get this dress, as the silk will skim nicely over your food baby and make you look 4 months pregnant haha! Or you could invest in some Spanx?

The quality is amazing. It definitely matches some of the silk dress sold by high end labels for 5 times the price. And it is fully lined with a double layer of silk.

Grana Silk Slip Dress

In terms of versatility, you could easily wear a white shirt (with a knot at the front) with this dress. Or layer with a t-shirt and knitted sweater for the colder months.

It’s too fitted for you to wear a white t-shirt underneath. But you could buy a sheer shirt with embroidery to wear over the top.

I love this simple, classic and elegant style!

If you’re a new customer, and you want to buy a full-priced item, please feel free to use my code “karenxgrana” to enjoy 10% off your order and free shipping!

xxx

Mother’s Day Gifts from the Weekend

Mothers Day 2018

Hi everyone, hope you had a lovely weekend, and if you celebrated Mother’s Day, I hope you were super spoilt!

For me, I told the kids I didn’t want presents – I just wanted them to wash my car :)

They did a fantastic job. My car is sparkling! They even cleaned my wheels!

(It helped that they use my Enjo car cloths, which I believe, did most of the hard work haha)

Our weeks have been so busy and rushed, that I just wanted a normal, quiet day at home – which has become so rare these days.

So my Mother’s Day Sunday consisted of a glorious 9:30am sleep in (omg I was so spoilt!), pancake breakfast, regular Sunday chores, a bit of gardening, taking one kid to his work, doing bit of shopping, hanging out with my kids, letting them play video games, bit of reading, going to the Asian grocery store and cooking for a dinner party, where we invited both of our extended families over for dinner.

As for gifts, I managed to pick out a few items for myself, including this super gorgeous Bamboo Circle Bag by Cult Gaia.

I also received a Chloé Sinature Eau De Parfum (75ml), an oldie but a goodie, via Priceline’s reward club.

Also pictured here are some Kailis Jewellery, Antheia Earrings and Twin Pearl Cuff, but these were just a loan for the weekend.

Mother's Day 2018

When my 3 kids were in Primary School, I received soooo many cute crafty gifts and cards. The teachers did such a lovely job, implementing all kinds of creative ideas for kids to spoil the mums.

Now with my two big kids in high school, I get less crafty gifts (which is a good thing!) but I do get a bit sentimental and miss all those silly “Interview Questions” or “Acrostic Poems”… thankfully I still have a kid in Year 4!

Mother's Day 2018

Talking about silly acrostic poems… I can’t tell whether my 9yo kid really thinks this of me, or he was forced to make some stuff up to fit into the poem?

I guess he could have simply used the word “awesome”?

What I Wore: Ruffle Skirt and Tee

Petal and Pup Skirt

Hi everyone just a quick one today :)

As I’m heading out to buy some flowers and pick up some items for photographing – more on that soon!

The weather has been stunning! It’s supposed to be Autumn and heading into Winter, but the days are still a glorious 28C and just perfect for spending all day in skirts and a tee.

As I mentioned in my last outfit post: I’ve been living in various black midi skirts.

I found this skirt from an online store called Petal and Pup, which caught my eye because it looked similar to this Self Portrait Ruffle Skirt, which is all sold out in many places.

The ruffle is super gorgeous and it seems to catch everybody’s eye, as I get so many compliments from it!

My t-shirt is from Hello Parry.

My kitten heels are by Tibi via Shopbop – I am absolutely loving kitten heels for daytime wear. I’m on the look out for more pairs!

My straw bag is from Sportsgirl, but I bought it over 15 years ago (possibly more!).