Friday, May 1, 2015

Instamonth - Farewell April, Hello May!

I know I am not the most consistent of bloggers, but I am a pretty consistent Instagrammer (where I update daily, which mirrors my Tumblr too), if you don't follow me on Instagram or Tumblr, thiis is some of what I got up to in April (a fun, fashion and food-filled month!):

Happy May 1st everyone!

TGIF! Any exciting plans for the weekend?

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

MBFWA Day 1 Street Style - What I/we wore

Apologies for going MIA once again, it has been a hectic few week weeks, leading up to MBFWA, the week at the Australian Fashion Week itself, and then coming back to the little ones being on school holidays.

It was an action-packed but lovely week spent in Sydney for MBFWA with my sister Elisa (who also blogs at Jadorais), spent to-ing and fro-ing to shows, squeezing a bite to eat whenever we could, and laughing a lot at trying to snap pictures (I am hands down the most camera awkward/shy person ever, truly).

I will save 'What we saw' for a further post.  I am afraid I didn't get the chance/time to snap 'Street Style' shots like I did to previous fashion weeks, but took a few for day 1, so will share them with you here.

What I wore:

Dress: COS (a few seasons old), Cuffs and Collar: Etsy (cuffs from Etsy US and collar from Etsy UK), Bag: Chanel quilted Boy (some available at Real Real and Vestiaire Collective), Sunglasses: Dolce & Gabbana (available from Net a Porter and Bergdorf Goodman), Shoes: Aska Collection Harem loafers (I found them TTS - in case I get asked).
 Cuffs and Collar: Etsy (cuffs from Etsy US and collar from Etsy UK), Bag: Chanel quilted Boy (some available at Real Real and Vestiaire Collective), Sunglasses: Ray Ban Polarized folding Wayfarer, Shoes: Aska Collection Harem loafer, Headband: Assad Mounser
PS. Little Picture from when I visited the Chanel Couture Ateliers in Paris
Please excuse my goldfish expression.  I stumbled on this picture of myself by accident, and had no idea I was being photographed, haha.  Photo by Jamie Cho (Sydney-based photographer). Love my Sarah Frances Kuhn camera strap which has served me well quite a few years now.
 Sunglasses: Dolce & Gabbana (available from Net a Porter and Bergdorf Goodman)
 Which way again?
 The best thing about this year's MBFWA was attending it with my sister Elisa (of Jadorais)
Day 1 we managed to squeeze a little lunch between shows, yay.

What they wore:

My sister Elisa, blogger for Jadorais:
Blouse: Daniel Avakian (whose show we watched later that day), Clutch: West Elm (lent this to her, and loved the pop of colour it added to the outfit), Boots: Alexander McQueen (love! A few seasons old I'm afraid), Leather shorts: Blessed are the Meek, Leather Coat: Alk'aemi (I have loved this Perth-based label for over a decade!)

 Elisa and I are fans of Kerrie Hess's beautiful work, so I just had to snap this picture, she was a vision in this beautiful outfit.
Absolutely adored Carmen Hamilton's (of The Chronicles of Her) pyjama stripes by Bassike, and am trying very hard to resist this Balenciaga tote (and the smaller crossbody version too - somebody please stop me! Or not)

Met this beauty, fellow Ministry of Talent (and former Adelaidean) blogger of 'Friend in Fashion' Jasmin Howell in a gorgeous Macgraw ensemble I just loved (we saw their show that day, and I'm already coveting way too many pieces).
The one and only Christine Centenera, by the time I decided to go for it and try for a picture I was a little late, but ah well...

All pictures taken by me (except for the ones I'm in, of course, those were taken by my sister Elisa)

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Friday, March 27, 2015

The New Guard - extra 50% off Sale items ( + Recent Buys: Dries Van Noten outerwear)

Ok, so this week has been a 'bad' one (or good, depending on whether you are looking from my wardrobe's point of view, or my wallet's).  Moments I received my email from Barneys Warehouse  I received the one below from The New Guard store.

I first mentioned about The New Guard two years ago, when I received a similar email, and just had to share with you all in this blog post (and I know I am responsible for enabling several purchases, oops!).  Since then my excitement for that store has grown even more, and peaked when they began stocking my favourite designer ever, Dries Van Noten.

I had already bought a tuxedo blazer from the TNG a little while ago, so went in today to purchase a Stella McCartney suit.  Somehow I came home with not one, but two other Dries pieces in addition to the suit, which I wasn't counting on (double eeps!), but seriously, how could I resist such an opp?

If you can't make it into their Pop up Store, you can use the code POP50 for an extra 50% off sale prices online. I am still itching over a few pieces I had to sadly leave behind (inc. these Stella McCartney sandals)
 All black in my 'changeroom'

Love this pic I found from Cahier D'Exercise of the long coat:

 Pics via Cahier D'Exercises

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Barneys Warehouse clearance - extra 30 or 40% off sale items!

I just got this email, hopped on to the website, went through my wishlist and clicked 'buy' (thank goodness I didn't hit that button earlier this morning! I was seriously about to!).

 Nabbed myself a Chloe sweater I have had on my wishlist since forever, and a T by Alexander Wang dress, so so happy with my purchases.

Wish I had money tree as there were some other amazing things I had to leave behind because I've been a little 'naughty' lately...

Seriously, from Givenchy, to Saint Laurent, to Fiorentini & Baker boots (sadly left a pair of laced boots for US$120, but I had to be ruthless and prioritize), I highly suggest running to Barneys Warehouse ASAP!  The prices are seriously unreal You can start shopping here or clicking on the image(s) below:


Your friendly enabler.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

OOTD: From swimwear to sweater weather in a matter of days!

I know it is Autumn, but the weather has been on a rollercoaster ride the last few weeks, more so this past week.  Just last Sunday it was warm enough to sip on coconuts in the pool, and the past few days I've had to reach for knitwear and my warmest bomber jacket! Crazy!

Innika swimsuit and matching Montauk pants from Vamastyle (they're polyester, so you can pull them on straight from the pool, making for a gorgeous 'jumpsuit' for some poolside glam...I think I may need to get the matching kimono, haha.
 How gorgeous is this LOVE - engraved bangle and 'line' bracelet from Roar Accessories?
 Today's OOTD: Sweater: Everlane Merino Raglan (chunky knit version available Everlane here, which I am eyeing next), Pants: Scanlan & Theodore pleated navy pants (I loved the cut so much I got them in tan, but unfortunately they're not currently in store - I did find a very similar cut of pants I'm eyeing on Urban Outfitters, called the Silence + Noise Evan Trouser Pant at a fraction of the cost), BagProenza Schouler PS11 bag (available at Bergdorf Goodmans, Farfetch, Net-a-Porter, and directly from Proenza Schouler), Sneakers: Adidas Originals Superstars (am eyeing this colorway available at Adidas, but bought mine from the men's department, found them here too.
 BagProenza Schouler PS11 bag (available at Bergdorf Goodmans, Farfetch, Net-a-Porter, and directly from Proenza Schouler), Watch: Larsson Jennings Chain Metal in black (available from Larsson & Jennings and Farfetch), Bracelets: all from Roar Accessories, Sweater: Everlane

Bracing myself for an even colder day tomorrow...Can't believe it'll be coat weather!

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Steven Tai - self professed bookworm, textile genius.

A self-professed bookworm, Canadian designer Steven Tai graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2011. Following stints at Stella McCartney, Viktor & Rolf, Hussein Chalayan, and Damir Doma, he won the inaugural Chloé award at the 2012 Hyères Festival and debuted his eponymous label later that year. With a passion for textiles, Steven likes to focus on craftsmanship, researching technological innovations that can be passed onto everyday wear; a showpiece can take up to two months to create for his runway presentation. He has previously incorporated laser cutting, silk screening, bonding, and aqua suede accents (similar to puff paint), along with elaborate embroidery and has collaborated with artists such as Lola Dupré. Despite his innovative collection, Steven balances ‘craziness’ with ‘wearability’ by using simple silhouettes. He explains: “At Saint Martins, nothing you can do is crazy enough. I learned from that, but it’s important to have a balance. Technology and textiles are the crazy parts of my collection. It’s all about these insane, complicated procedures, and the silhouette stays simple—otherwise, it gets a bit overwhelming". 

(excerpt from a piece I wrote for the latest issue 9 of Peut-être magazine, where you can read our interview with designer Steven Tai himself.)

I simply cannot get enough of Steven's amazing designs, as a lover of innovative and beautiful textiles, I am a huge admirer of the incredible work he does with his, it is truly art.  The square cut silk squares that have appeared in more than one collection are among my favourite pieces. But it is the 'easiness' to his pieces that I particularly adore, relaxed and casual cuts but that still exude elegance...

Wait until you see his latest collection (I will be saving that for another post)!

Do check out our issue 9 of Peut-être Magazine for more on this incredible designer.

Square-cut silk with aqua suede accents with a brilliant print done in collaboration with Spanish artist Lola Dupré of a bio-dome in London.

Worn with Aana Janakis cuff and Just female dress (purchased from Asos
 When researching for the piece and interview we wrote for Issue 9 I fell in 'obsession' with this top, and tracked it down to a little store in NYC, In Support Of (who stock an amazing range of designers).  I just had to have it, if only to frame it and hang it on the wall, it is just gorgeous.

 Our article/interview with designer Steven Tai in Issue 9 of Peut-être magazine.
Worn with Aana Janakis cuff and Zara skirt.

all pics above are mine via iPhone/Instagram.

Here are some of my favourite pieces from Steven's recent collections:

Spring Summer 2014

 Autumn Winter 2014

Spring Summer 2015

all collection pieces taken from

I came across this brilliant video (made a while back) that nicely gives us some insight to Steven Tai: