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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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 shops online: House of Harlow 1960 Mint Green Pyramid Necklace @hoh1960

Now since I complained about London’s lack of sun in my previous post, of course, the sun decided to make an appearance to prove my ‘Cold.Wet.Typical.London’ theory wrong. But in this case, I’m more than happy to take it all back: London’s really warm and lovely at the moment and my eyes are delighting in the colourful Summer outfits filling the streets as people venture outside and desperately give their stocked up Summer wardrobes that much-needed airtime. I love that it’s officially now an acceptable excuse to leave the office at 4pm on any given weekday and explain with a ‘I plan to enjoy the sun’ look. The understanding is British – no one argues; they simply pat you on the back and head down to the pub to join you.

I’ve been waiting to wear this House of Harlow Mint Green Pyramid Station Necklace for a few weeks now but unfortunately it hasn’t really fit into the recent winter coat, scarf, wellies and umbrella uniform I’ve been sporting so now that the sun’s out of hibernation, it’s show time baby !

For those who are unfamiliar with the ‘House of Harlow 1960’ brand, you’re about to be introduced to a favourite costume jewellery line of mine. ‘House of Harlow 1960’ is celebrity Nicole Richie’s designer jewellery line (named after her daughter, Harlow Kate) which debuted in 2008.

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T-Styled Me gets Spoilt: Hermes Rivale Bracelet from Paris

Unexpected birthday presents always catch me off guard (in nice way) and I’m always touched when someone goes to the effort to choose something for me, no matter how big or small. Sometimes, like this year, expected gifts can be just as good …

My bf was a little stuck for ideas this year so seizing the opportunity being a thoughtful gf, I did him a ‘favour’ and provided a birthday wish list. Sure, technically the list only had one item on it – a Hermes Double wrap Rivale Bracelet, but the main thing was that he chose something for my birthday and seemed to like the bracelet as well [The conversation went something along the lines of ‘It costs HOW MUCH?! Geezzz, just for that? Hmm I guess it’s nice…”] I chose to interpret this as an enthusiastic ‘YES’ to Hermes.

With the slightly weaker Euro to Pound exchange rate coinciding with a scheduled rendezvous with holidaying friends from Perth in Paris, it was the perfect time to visit the Hermes (to be pronounced ‘Er-Mez’ in your very best French Accent) on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore in Paris. The boutique was beautiful and inviting  and despite being very busy, the in-store shopping experience did not disappoint. The customer service was exceptional, magnified by the fact that we were assisted by a beautiful sales girl (wearing the exact same bracelet!) who had us handing over our Euros in a daze at ‘Bonjour Mademoiselle.’ She was very friendly and took time educate us on the quality craftsmanship that goes into all of their Hermes accessories (manufactured only in France). The best in-store experience for me was watching a large french poodle (presumably a customer’s pet) parading around Hermes like it belonged there and not a single person in the store batting an eyelid at the sight of a dog in a boutique (Oh, only in Paree!)

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