TSM Outfit post: Zara Knit – Feeling blue and dressing in Grey

Hope you guys all had a great weekend! I spent most of my weekend avoiding my friends and spending time with my family. Before you think I’m a horrible person for doing so, I must explain that I am terrible, and I mean terrible at ‘good-byes.’ I’m known to just sneak out of a party or say, the country, without telling many people that I’m going and while it comes across as rude, inside, the thought of saying goodbye makes me tear up and if I start to cry, it gets ugly real fast – so I cowardly avoid it as much as possible.

If you haven’t been following my blog, I’ll have to explain that I visited my hometown Melbourne for a few weeks after being away in London for two years so not being back for such a long time, I basked in family love and took advantage of being spoiled by friends, relaxed with my dogs and had late night chats with my girlfriends – All things I love! To leave again and head back to London was just as hard as it was the first time but I think I’ll just have to make sure that the next time I head back for Melbourne, it will be for good!

To match the mood, I found a grey outfit post that I took in Melbourne …

These photos were taken on a wet and windy Melbourne weekend in Port Melbourne at my friend, Poosilla’s new apartment. You probably can’t tell given the weather, but the view of the beach and city skyline from her place is stunning.

The open back, metallic threading and ribbon tie attracted me to this otherwise plain cotton woven knit. I love finding easy to wear pieces that are simple but retain detailing that makes it memorable. It’s not the warmest of knits (being cotton and made for the Summer collection) so I envisage pairing this with a pair of shorts and heels for Summer. For Winter, consider layering Summer Knits with thermals to get more wear out of your wardrobe.

Also, opting for a longer and looser knit was a perfect way of hiding the fact that I pretty much ate non-stop since I landed in Melbourne. My mum was constantly cooking and making me snacks just like when we were kids so I’m glad I packed this knit and my comfortable leggings too 😛

My friend insisted that I try her red lipstick (I think this one was called Moulin Rouge from Sephora) and while I felt like I looked like a geisha in it (being so pale and make up free) I did have a lot of fun experimenting with a bit of lip bold colour for once!

Photos taken by Poosilla xo

T-Styled me Tip: If you have a knit that has relatively loose weaving (like this one) remember to take care as it easily pulls. Hand wash these garments to extend longevity as well and to be on the safe side!

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Thanks for reading and to all my friends and family back in Melb – I miss you all xo

T-Styled Me loves Elie Saab Fall Winter 2012/2013

The Fall Winter 2012/2013 collection looks very similar to Elie’s Saab’s previous collections, especially the sheath silhouette gowns with lace paneling and intricate beaded embroidery but the collection is romantic and beautiful nonetheless…

Sheath dresses suit rectangular body shapes and for gowns with less detailing on the top half, they also work beautifully for inverted triangles as well. If you need a reminder of knowing your body shape, refer to my previous posts for help.

The column gown on the left (above) is one of my favourites from this collection. It looks culturally inspired and I love the gold undertones in this pale blue – it’s so elegant and regal looking. Something K Middy would probably wear.

Psst! T-Styled Me predicts teal making a comeback – it’s a gorgeous shade that can work in both Summer and Winter – Love that there’s a mix of a stronger colour in the collection rather keeping in tune with his usual softer palettes.

Full princess and A line gowns above will tend to swallow you up if you’re very petite (especially the extra tulle!). In general, these styles much more flattering on hourglass, apple and pear-shaped bodies.

Photo Source: Wedding Inspirations

As you can tell I’m cray cray in love with Elie Saab Couture dresses …

I’ve posted the rest of the collection’s pictures on my Inspiration Board as well as on my T-Styled Me FB Page. (I hope if you’re reading this you’ve liked my FB page already 🙂

The weekend is almost here … Yay!

Tien xo

TSM Matches Meagan Park with Teacups

Even though you know I love a good cup of coffee, I’m actually habitually more of a tea drinker, leaving coffee as a social treat in attempt to avoid caffeine addiction. I’ll always have a cup of English breakfast Tea in the morning at 10am and in a Twinings’ Camomile, Honey & Vanilla herbal tea in the evenings while I catch up on TV shows and facestalk surf the Internet.

Kaz, who took pics in my last post, is also a massive tea lover. She’s taught me the funniest way to drink tea to avoid teeth staining and while it clearly works for her, I can’t manage drinking like that without spilling my tea everywhere! Looks like I’ll just need to invest in teeth whitening products in the future.

The colours of the tea cups we had at Birdmans Eating the other day matched Kaz’s newly purchased silk scarf so I wanted to quick post to share the pics of the scarf with you  …

The gorgeous print is made from 100% silk with black cotton trimmings all the way around the square-shaped scarf and is full of vibrant blues, reds, greens and … well every colour under the rainbow! It’s from Meagan Park (UK designer now based in Australia) who stocks her subtle yet unique accessories and select apparel line in David Jones (Australia)

I was excited about seeing trams again so I did that embarrassing ‘tourist / parent’ thing after breakfast the other day and made poor Kaz pose in the middle of the street about 10 times before I could capture a shot of her and our unique Melbourne trams.

If you own an All Saints leather jackets you’ll know how comfortable and trendy they make you feel. They have a little more attitude than most leather jackets I’ve come across (e.g the post with Gee) and the prices are a lot dearer to match their unique designs and structure. I love the zip detailing on this particular jacket.

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TSM Outfit Post: Melbourne’s BRIGHT day out – feat. Zara’s Piped Fantasy Cardigan

Melbourne makes the best coffee in the world; I know, BIG call but I stand by that statement having lived in London, travelled Europe and tasted ‘coffee’ in the US. We are spoilt by our Melbournian baristas who breathe coffee-making as an art form and my favourite place for a take-away cappuccino is a small yet busy coffee bar opposite the bookstore in Collins Place (name escapes me now). They are by no means fancy or know my name and order but I can always rely on them to make consistently good coffee.

I also miss the breakfast culture taken for granted here in Melbourne so I was super excited when my friend Kaz dragged me out of the house to start our shopping day with a creamy mocha (my fave!) and the house special baked eggs from Birdman’s Eating, a casual and unassuming cafe in Fitzroy.

The coffee was standard and good but the main star was Breakfast. We started off with the Brioche french toast with marmalade glazed kaiserfleisch, orange pekoe & maple syrup and finished off with house special Baked Eggs. Kaz and I refused to think about whether that was a dollop of cream, butter, fat or mascarpone that was melting on the bacon but we both agreed that it was DELICIOUS regardless – Calories and all !

The baked eggs were equally appetizing; we tried the beef, potato and pea baked eggs option from the four specials and tasting them for the first time, we were both pleasantly surprised. I’d describe them as ‘yummy’ (hence why I’m not a food blogger) or I suppose, like baked Shepherd’s pie without the pastry and with egg instead. Perfect hearty hangover food.

We ventured into the city to do a spot of shopping and while resting outside the Melbourne State library, took a few photos for this outfit post. I’d purchased this cardigan in Zara during a mini shopping spree in Valencia a few months back where the weather was hot and the city was alive with festivities so I’ve forgotten that Melbourne, like New York, loves dressing in black so by the number of stares I received today, I’m not sure if Melbourne’s ready for this jelly this brightness so you may need your sunnies !

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TSM’s Lust List: Dreaming of … Christian Grey, I mean, Christian Louboutins

I’ve been a relaxing around at home in PJs and bathrobes lately, spending most of my time with family and catching up with friends indoors in the cold weather and I struggle to remember the last time I wore heels. It was probably at least two weeks ago for work and as daggy as I am, my toasty warm feet are loving me as I pad around the house in fluffy slippers making tea and indulging in Arnott’s Mint Slices and Tim Tams as I write this post.

Photo from Wendy’s Lookbook

My friend Chai is a true heels lover, in fact, she’s one of those super women who can can wear heels anywhere and everywhere for full days without a single complaint. That’s an impressive feat (mind the pun!) considering she lived in London and we constantly climbed stairs for the tube, ran for buses and never had the luxury of owning a car for grocery shopping. She always looks great though and I’m envious because I can only manage heels for work, after work drinks (you know, because drinks numb pain) and special occasions. Are you like my friend Chai? How often do you wear heels?

If I could afford these (the answer is no) and my passion for Jimmy Choos, Christian Louboutins was as strong as Chai’s, these would be on top of my T-Styled Lust List for investment heels …

1. Charlotte Olympia Satin Pumps

These are 4” heels are available from MyTheresa.com

I love that Charlotte Olympia collections have that 1940s feel to them and as I’m not overly adventurous with heels I can imagine these neutral coloured shoes being timeless for times for weddings and parties.

2. Charlotte Olympia Dolly Suede Slingback Pumps

Available at MyTheresa.com and Netaporter.com

These gravity defying Dolly shoes have Charlotte Olympia’s signature island platform meaning you’ll be towering over everyone despite still walking on 4” heels. I love Suede as an alternative to patent or plain leather but I don’t think I could walk around practically in these as gorgeous as they are! But I know a lot of you girls probably could!

3. Christian Louboutin Chiarana Cut Out Leather Pumps

While on the topic of black investment heels I came across this pair ….

Photo from Wendy’s Lookbook

Available from Netaporter.com

Sigh – Once again I don’t know if I could walk for more than 30 seconds in these 4.5” stilettos but it doesn’t stop me from lusting after a pair of shoes with a red soul, I mean, sole. As  much as I’d like to hate them because they’re so expensive, there’s just something undeniably sexy about owning and wearing a pair of much coveted Christian Louboutins. If I ever get the opportunity to wear a pair of my own, I’ll definitely let you know if it’s worth the fuss!

4. Charlotte Olympia Dotty Suede Pumps – Blush

Love the colour and … these are on sale!

MyTheresa.com

5. Charlotte Olympia Paloma fan-pleat satin pumps

These are available in an array of colours … I love the red!

Available on Netaporter.com and as seen on Olivia Palermo below (in black)

This is one of my all time favourite outfits – Olivia Palmero does Parisian chic beautifully and it doesn’t hurt to have her very suave looking boyfriend Johannes Huebl as an accessory. Photos were taken in March 2012 at a photo shoot in Tuileries Park, Paris.

Photos from Dailymail.co.uk & Opticphotos.com

I don’t consider myself a ‘shoe’ person even though my bf reminds me all the time that I’ve accumulated more shoes in the past two years in London than I’ve owned my entire life time but I just find it hard to say ‘no’ to the variety, quality and designs in Europe and just find them generally really affordable (especially at sale time).

I’d love to own a pair of Christian Louboutins or Charlotte Olympia shoes one day! Do you own a pair of Christian Louboutins ? I’m curious to know how comfortable they are on and how much wear you get out of them … Where’s the best place to get them and would you recommend them as an investment ?

TSM: Coloured Denim for Bicester Village day trip

For me, ‘Jeans’ and ‘Swimwear’ always fell in the same bucket. You know, the “hardest clothes to shop for” bucket because what could seriously be more fun then squeezing into a pair of jeans that fit your hips, gaped at the waist and had meters of leftover fabric at your feet making you look ridiculous in the change room and had you questioning why you HAD to be addicted to chips. Bikinis remain in that bucket for me, but these days most designers understand women don’t come in standard sizes so implementing ‘petite,’ ‘tall’ ‘average’ or ‘maternity’ sections at mainstream stores like Tophsop has been genius in my opinion when shopping for jeans.

Having built more confidence in jeans over the past few years, I recently delved into *gasp* coloured jeans! I know, what a rebel right?! I tend to stick to neutral hues and classic colours (i.e black!) but with 275 gloomy ‘Spring.Autumn.Whatever.It’s.All.Winter.to.me’ days of the London year, it’s crucial to inject colour into the wardrobe to psychologically lift my spirits and you know what? I LOVE the look of coloured jeans! On pretty much everyone, irrespective of age or size when styled appropriately. The only downfall I’ve found is that once you start with one pair, it’s addictive and hard to stop there!

This picture was taken on the 50 min train ride from London to Oxfordshire on our way to Bicester Village, 1 of the 8 chic shopping outlets across Europe where we took photos of my styling session with Gee (previous post) and introduced my friend, Sweet, visiting from Perth, to 130 discounted stores that were designed to appease her “I love a bargain” mentality and “I’m on holidays so I can buy absolutely everything without feeling guilty” appetite.

I find the electric blue denim colour the most flattering on everyone and a great colour if you’re plucking up the courage for coloured denim so when my friend Kylee got a pair, I took the opportunity to style her in a casual shopping outfit using pieces from her existing wardrobe which would also look perfect for a coffee date once some kitten heels are added.

I paired the electric blue against a neutral black underlay to direct the focus onto the colour of the jeans and added a shorter striped blazer to give it a classic twist and to finish off the look, simply added a colourful bag, for some visual ‘oomph.’

You could easily try this look with a white tee and black blazer / leather jacket combination with some bright read heels.

Kylee’s outfit

  • Witchery Black Sleeveless top (similar here)
  • Old Striped blazer from Oliver Bonas (similar here) and if you’re from Aus I think I saw one in MARCs in David Jones the other day.
  • Blue Jeans from Peacocks (similar here and here)
  • Prada Bag (purchased from Biscester village!)
  • Zara Flats (similar here)
  • Tiffany & Co ‘jug’ necklace (I call it the aubergine)

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T-Styled Me’s SALE TIME Picks !

EVERY time it’s sale season, I wish I had saved up more to spend on the sales instead of convincing myself throughout the season to buy what I liked because nothing would be available or in my size come sale time and I’d really regret it. Really ..? Sigh … Sometimes I wish I could ignore my intuition !

I’ve been browsing the sales in Australia, but I secretly miss the manic European/UK sales for their range and availability. That being said, I DO have my greedy eyes set on a few Australian items at the moment (My credit card trembles hearing this, all the way from the freezer ‘Confessions of a Shopaholic’ style) and thank goodness for online shopping! I can’t stand competing against crazy sale shoppers and fighting for fitting rooms so my strategy is always to try things on during the season, compile my wish list (possibly succumb to a few items along the way) and then revisit the list at sale time. As I’m being “good” (i.e broke) here are a few of my favourite sale shares for you guys:

Harrods – London and Online

A.K.A Designer heaven! I personally find Harrods confusing to navigate around but the immaculately groomed sales assistants always help out (try not to drool stare).

T-Styled Me Tips:

  • Shop in store as opposed to online as there’s limited stock online.
  • There’s always a preview sale (30% of selected fashion) before the sale is public if you’re a rewards member (you can sign up for free)
  • If you can hold out, there’s always an additional 10% off full priced items and sale items two weekends after the public sale for reward members.
  • For handbags, seasonal stock will likely be discounted (not the Classics)

Okay, I’m not going to lie, I went to the Harrods preview sale instead of packing for Australia and sadly, my plan didn’t work … Somehow something went horribly wrong and I ended up with NO items on the list and two full priced items … FAIL! I’ll post those pics up soon but here are a few bargains I picked up last year, when I was a better sale shopper at Harrods:

Selfridges – Online and in London, Birmingham and Manchester

Awww … My favourite department store in London! Is it strange that I know it like the back of my hand? Selfridges is a younger and brighter Harrods so once again, go in stores to view all the bargains instead of shopping online.

Net-a-porter.com – Online and Ships Internationally

Like I need to tell you about the Net-a-porter sale! Almost my entire wish list sold out immediately when Net-a-porter.com went on sale but there were still some great bargains, especially in the accessories department. Here are a few T-Styled Me sale picks:

Alexander McQueen Paisley Scarf – I’d love a scarf in this colour for Autumn/Winter

Burberry Prorsum Ballet Flats – Practical and sensible with just a pop of colour

YSL Arty Rings – These look really fun and would brighten up any black ensemble.

ShopBop.com – Online and ships Internationally

I love that ShopBop.com stocks high-end designers as well as young emerging ones so I always check ShopBop.com to access my favourite brands, especially American designers. I find Shopbop.com secure to purchase from and reliable in terms of customer service. Here are a few T-Styled Me Sale picks:

Tibi Geneva Print Draped Dress:  I love the colours in the print…

Tibi Arizona Long Dress – Ok, I’m sorry this one isn’t on sale but I love how the print instantly transports me to memories of hot Summer days so I had to add it in here

The T-By Alexander Wang Long Sleeve knit is practical, great for layering during Winter and I can see it doubling up as a cooler Summer evening cover up.

Elizabeth & James Horseshoe Earrings – I’m tempted to get these to match my House of Harlow 1960 Horseshoe ring but wary of being too matchy matchy.

Elizabeth & James Small Ribbon Pendant Necklace – I don’t wear as much silver jewellery anymore but this is really simple and sweet.

RevolveClothing.com – Online and ships Internationally

I alternate between ShopBop.com and RevolveClothing.com when buying online and find that if one doesn’t stock an item, the other one will for sure! Here are some T-Styled Me Sale Picks:

House of Harlow 1960 Rose Gold Stack Rings – You know I’m a fan 🙂

Kimberley Taylor Odetta Dress as worn by Kendall Jenner – A cute party dress by NY designer Kimberley Taylor

Bec & Bridge Jungle Garden Asymmetrical Dress – Pop on a leather jacket and you’re ready for a night out on the town with this dress I say!

Rebecca Taylor Knock me out shorts – Sweet neutral coloured shorts to wear causally with a white t-shirt, statement jewellery and ballet flats.

My-Wardobe.com – Online and ships Internationally

Here are the T-Styled Me Sale Picks:

Tibi Blush Leather Silk Trim Shirt – I saw this at the Harrods preview sale and the leather trimming is gorgeous but my bank account said no …

DKNY’s Colour Block Sleeveless Sheath Dress – This looks more like a shift than a sheath dress to me but I love the colour scheme and the versatility of the dress on all body shapes. DKNY do great colour blocking dresses for both work and play.

Philip Lim 3.1 Lepoard Cigarette Pants – These look really fun and would look great with a brightly coloured top and a leather jacket or blazer with booties.

Carven Tribal Jacquard one Shoulder Dress – Sigh – I love that Carven make such quality structured and vibrant dresses! This is one of my ultimate faves but there’s none left in my size … boo

Hmmm … as I write this post I realise that I could be here for days. There are SO many of my favourite websites to share with you so I think I’ll have to choose some more T-Styled Me favourite Picks of the sale and new seasons collections in future posts. If you’re still looking for bargains, don’t forget to check out the following:

How are the sales in your hometown ? I’d love to hear about any bargains you’ve picked up over this sale season and if you’re willing to share, where do find the best bargains ?! Come on, share with us your sale wins!

T-Styled Me: Understanding your body shape 101 (Part 2)

Following on T-Styled Me Body Shapes 101 Part 1 … here is Part 2:

Hourglass shaped

This is considered the ideal body shape due to its proportions and defined waistline and we strive to dress in a way to mimic this shape.

How do I know if I’m hourglass shaped?

  • Your hip and bust line measurements are the same
  • You have an obviously defined waistline (approx 8′-12′ less than bust/hips)
  • When you gain weight, fat stores proportionately in your curves
  • You generally have a rounded bottom and shapely legs
  • Note that you need not have a big bust and that hourglass shapes come in different sizes: skinny, average, curvy, petite curvy.
  • Also take into consideration your vertical body shape

Examples of Celebrities with hour-glass shaped figures

Can you think of any friends who have this body shape? I can and I’m always envious of their figures!
What to wear
  •  Fitted clothes and that accentuate your proportional body figure and make your waist the focal point.
What not to wear
  • Avoid baggy, loose shirts and bottoms that will hide your curves and avoid empire styled dresses that (i.e baby doll dresses) that hide your small waist.

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T-Styled Me: Understanding your body shape 101 (Part 1)

I’ve made it back to the land down under in one piece, albeit majorly jet lagged and am fighting the urge this very moment at 1pm not to close down my laptop and hop into my big old comfy bed to nap. I hope writing this post helps me stay awake!

Since my last styling post where I classified Gee as having a rectangle body shape, many of you have shown interest in understanding how to dress for your own body shapes so I’m declaring this post a ‘T-Styled Me Body Shapes 101 post’ where I’ll focus primarily on the rectangle body shape and elaborate on the others body shapes as I post up more styling lessons with different body shapes later on.

Although there can be a LOT of factors to consider when dressing for your figure ( body shape, face shape, bone structure, skin tone etc) I’m taking a ‘Keep it simple’ approach and focusing on two main factors: Your horizontal and Vertical body shape

Body Shape (Horizontal Shape)

  • This body shape classification is based on the measurements of your horizontal proportions so the easiest way to determine this is to measure your full bust (no.2 below), natural waist (no.3 – smallest part, not sucking it in!) and your hips (no.5 – around your bottom at the widest point)
  • You may find that you don’t fit neatly into the 5 categories below and that’s perfectly fine. Often you can have a primary and secondary body shape but the key is to pay attention to the tips for both body types.

Rectangle body shape / straight figure

This is actually the most common body type and a relatively easy shape to dress in terms of balancing proportions.

How do I know if I have a rectangle body shape?

  • Your hips and bust are balanced but your waist is not very defined
  • Your waist measures 1′ to 8′ smaller than your bust
  • Your legs are shapely and one of your best assets
  • Your bottom is more flat than round
  • You tend to gain weight in your torso first then upper thighs and arms
Examples of Celebrities with rectangle shaped figures
  • The aim of dressing rectangle shapes is to add dimensions to your frame and curves from the waist up or waist down and show off your slender arms and legs
What to wear
  • To define your waist – invest in belts that are dark and simple in colour to accentuate your waist
  • Tops: Try Off the shoulder, boat neck, V, U and sweetheart necklines as well as belted jackets and tops to create a visual V towards your waist. You can also wear embellished, ruffled blouses and shoulder detailing to create curves in your upper body.
  • Bottoms: Tapered trousers, skinny jeans, bootleg cuts and capri pants will suit your shape. Look for detailing such as pockets on trousers to create curves and use flowy fabrics (eg summer shorts) to soften your boyish figure.
  • Dresses: Halter neck and wrap dresses are great. If you’re well endowed then wear a lower neckline which shows skin and vertically breaks up the chest area
  • Swim-wearModerate to full coverage bottoms (light, bright & patterned) and similarly ruffled, padded and push up bikini tops / tankinis.
 What not to wear
  •  Stay away from full and extremely baggy pants and straight boxy mini skirts as these will not help create curves.
  • Lucky for you there’s not a lot you can’t wear!

I’d suggest studying outfits that you like on similar body types such as Katie Holmes, Cameron Diaz, Heidi Klum and Kate Middleton (she’s probably a mix of an inverted triangle and rectangle) as these will likely work for you too.

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