‘Tis the season…
…for straw hats! I’ve been hunting for the perfect straw hat, and after months of fruitless searching, I’ve finally found it! Who knew it would be my old primary school hat?! (Definitely not me..)
Finding the hat behind my old school shoes and shoe shiners, in the darkest corner of our storage closet, has transported me back to my school days. At the time, I hated wearing my hat. It was weird and nerdy, and it made my hair go all funny… I’d accidentally on purpose forget to bring it to school, but then I wouldn’t be allowed to go outside during recess. After all, everyone knows “no hat, no play”.
Like jeans with runners, straw hats tortured my childhood. But I have high hopes that it will bring so much happiness, and style, to my young adult years…
♫ ♪ School Days – Chuck Berry
Old school hat; vintage dress and belt; Tony Bianco heels
Lanvin feather-trimmed wool-blend jersey jacket
I’m still loving the dress over pants thing, even more so, now that I’ve got my Chosen by Tuchuzy pants! I love outfit variety, and I feel like this style could be the new uniform for me. It can be very smart when worn with a blazer, the dress makes it elegant, and the pants makes it a little funky. And most importantly, it’s comfortable and easy.
♫ ♪ Something – The Beatles
Nothing makes me happier right now than waking up and realising it’s Saturday. I can sleep in until lunchtime (or later, but I’d hate to meet lunch), watch as many episodes of Ex On The Beach as I like, and I still seem to have time to get some work done. The weather always seems to be nicer on a Saturday, and I feel like spring, real spring, is here! Sun, blue skies, flowers, and no hay fever!
Trafaluc dress; Chosen by Tuchuzy pants; ASOS sunglasses; Chanel booties; vintage blazer
In typical Melbourne fashion, after a few days of perfectly sunny weather, we get rain, hail, and flash flooding. When I was in Sydney, the weather was generally nice and sunny, but it rained every now and again. It made me miss Melbourne (even though I was only gone for a few days) because it was so lovely back at home. Of course, as soon as I got home, the weather took a wet turn…
But bad weather never lasts long in Melbourne, and before I knew it, it was sunny again, and my hay fever had come back… That’s good for me, because I’ve been dying to try on my new purchases from Sydney. My Sydney friends have been nagging me to go to Tuchuzy, and when I got there, I was surprised at all of the white! It was a stark contrast to all of the black I’m used to seeing in Melbourne. I’ve been aching to get white slouchy pants, and I found the perfect pair at Tuchuzy. Comfortable, sleek, and clean, they’re definitely my answer to sweatpants.
♫ ♪ Sparkle – No Doubt
Chosen by Tuchuzy pants, Topshop top, Prada heels; Balenciaga clutch
Yesterday I flew to Sydney to surprise my best friend Emma…and to partake in the Vogue Fashion Night Out festivities. What took a few weeks to plan, ended up being a three second surprise. I hid behind some hanging clothes, only to jump out when Emma walked past. She was definitely surprised, and in a good way too, so it all worked out in the end!
Emma’s at work now, so I spent my Friday walking to, and shopping at Bondi. It was the perfect walking distance from Emma’s place, unfortunately, a lot of it was uphill. It was a struggle, but it was all worth it, because it was a successful day in terms of shopping. There are some cute little boutiques in Sydney; I especially like Tuchuzy and Museum. Even though they stock the similar labels as the boutiques in Melbourne, it’s still very different, because of the distinct aesthetics of each city.
And I love walking along Bondi Beach. Especially when the weather is nice, it’s so beautiful, and no matter how chaotic your life is, it’s always peaceful watching the waves come from the sea (except maybe when it’s high tide). I particularly like how Bondi Beach is such a wonderful marriage of nature and city. Just behind rocks, you’ll find apartment buildings; and just when you think you’re walking towards the cafes, you find yourself back by the water!
♫ ♪ Down By The Water – The Drums
Growing up Asian in a predominantly caucasian community was tough. I had brown skin and black hair, while all of my friends had white skin and blonde hair… what horror! Until I hit my teens, I wished I was European. But then I started getting comfortable with who I am, and I started to embrace my Asian roots… after all, we do have better food!
Just how we like our food, I’ve begun to dress with a particular European/Asian fusion. Kimonos with jeans; silk, satin and leather; gold, jade and crystal… it almost sounds like costume-dressing, but it’s not. It’s culture-dressing, and it’s so much fun.
Isabel Marant ‘John’ cotton-sateen jacket; Marni gold-plated pyrite earrings; Charlotte Olympia ‘Take Me Away’ embroidered satin-crepe clutch; Reed Krakoff printed satin skirt; Aurélie Bidermann ‘Caftan Moon’ gold-plated resin cuff; Laurence Dacade ‘Gertrude’ bow-embellished leather point-toe flats
Winter officially ended yesterday, and in typical Melbourne fashion, the first day of spring was cloudy, grey, and then very, very rainy. But that didn’t stop Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, and the David Jones Spring Racing show. I love my spring racing carnival; there’s something about the full skirts, parasols, and sometimes gravity-defying millinery… I love it all!
With my current workload, and on a cold, wet Monday, I would have declined to go to anything else. But I couldn’t resist this show, and I’m glad I decided (last minute) to go. It was fantastic, the MSFW hub was stunning, and some of the clothes were perfection! My favourite was definitely the spring floral ball skirt from Nicholas (you’ll know when you see it).
Thank you David Jones for the invite! Despite everything, it was the best start to the season!
Alexander McQueen ‘The Heroine’ small leather shoulder bag
The new Kenzo tiger sweatshirt is definitely the Acne Studios L.NYG. 23 Beta sweater. Whether you’re going out, running errands, or just getting food, the Beta sweater is pretty much perfect. Surprisingly versatile, perfectly coloured, and beautifully cut, it’s sure to be a cult classic.
I’m a big sucker for an oversized sweater. Of course, I’m still a girl who loves to get dressed up, but I’m also a creature of comfort. By the time it gets to the weekend, I just want to do as Homer Simpson does, and wrap myself up into a big, toasty cinnamon bun (Mmmmm…. cinnamon bun). Chic apparel that also works as a doona? Yes please!
♫ ♪ Sunshine – All American Rejects
Acne Studios sweater; vintage dress; Lack Of Color hat; ASOS sunglasses and heels