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: 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 Gee in a Leather Jacket

Mixture of Leather jacket styles and brands including: Balenciaga, Burberry Porseum, Whisltes, All Saints and Zara

Click on collage above for a larger version

Sorry for the lack of posts of late! It has been really hectic and you probably saw on my FB Page that I traveled to the sunny beaches of Sardinia for the Queen’s Jubilee Long Weekend (how Un-British of me!) and now that I’m back in London, I’ve only a few days here before I jet set back to Melbourne so I’ve been running around a bit like a headless chook but I really wanted to sneak in this styling session post before I left.

My first T-Styled Me Styling session was with the very smart and beautiful Gee who mentioned a few months ago that she was thinking about getting a leather jacket but hadn’t quite found “the one” yet. Upon hearing this, my mind shifted into overdrive – It’s as though my brain’s internally wired to detect people with shopping needs, even if they don’t ask for help, so this particular challenge had me instantly filtering the ‘Leather Jacket’ mental archives. A few options immediately came to mind but were dismissed after discussing with Gee her colour preferences, budget and desired look. I wanted her to try the options I’d narrowed down and I was lucky enough to convince her to leave work early and let me take her shopping …

I’m keen for you guys to get to know a little more about Gee, especially as styling should always be about understanding who you’re working with and their personality, so in a bid to do this virtually, here are a few details about Gee.

Gee’s Profile Stats

  • G’s Height:  5 ft 4” (1.65m)
  • Skin tone: Dark / Brown
  • Build: Slender and athletic
  • G’s Body shape: Boyish / Rectangular (I’ll do a body shape post soon!)
  • General Clothing size: Size Small (S) i.e UK/AUS size 8.
  • Tops: 8 UK/AUS and Bottoms: 8 – 10 UK/AUS depending on cut
  • Lifestyle: Active and busy – Gee loves a gym workout, running and cycling
  • Shopping preference: Generally a ‘Needs’ more so than on a ‘Wants’ basis
  • Shopping frequency: On average, once every few months
  • Style: Smart, relaxed and casual
  • Personality (in three words): Super intelligent, fun and down-to-earth (All in my opinion!)

Gee’s Leather Jacket criteria

  • A simple Black or Brown Leather Jacket with little detailing (i.e no faux fur or shearling lining) that could be thrown over casual dresses come the cooler Summer evenings in London but more so to wear with a t-shirt and jeans / trousers / shorts – pieces she frequents outside work hours.

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T Styled Me’s Debut Post

Can you still remember what your new year’s resolutions were for 2012? Or have they been filed away in the ‘Life’s too busy at the moment so let’s not think about it right now’ part of you? That’s usually where mine end up 51/52 weeks of the year! For 2012, I vowed to stop saying ‘Yeah, I’ll get to that later’ and making excuses for not doing all the things I know I SHOULD and WANT to do (Save for a house, volunteer and support a charity, move back to fashion and be more creative just to list a few …)

I’ve been SO inspired this year by the number of friends and acquaintances, especially females, who have embarked on a journey to explore their creative talents and those who have persevered and successfully started their own businesses. I’ve always been encouraged by friends and colleagues to follow my passion for fashion and work as a stylist, so guys, I’m feeling very shy about this but for me, this a small (BIG to me) yet exciting step away from that procrastinating voice in my head saying ‘Yeahhh maybe one day …’ and exploring this apparent ‘talent’ for Shopping & Styling

And yes, I know I’m probably five years late jumping on the blogging bandwagon at this stage in a market saturated with successful fashion and styling bloggers, but a girl has gotta try right?! So while my vision for T-Styled Me is to showcase my own personal style, I want it to have more of a focus on my ability to style others which I find more challenging because let’s face it, we don’t all look the same. We have different body shapes, weights, sizes, skin tones, preferences and lifestyles and don’t all look great in the same clothes. Have you ever bought something after seeing it look amazing on a friend, celebrity, magazine /manequin or fellow blogger and then be disappointed on how it appeared on you? I have … and I would often wonder why I didn’t measure up to how great they looked and I really disliked that dejected feeling about what I didn’t like about my body and that annoying voice that reminded me about how much money I had just wasted too! What I’ve learnt now is that we should try to dress to flatter our individual body shapes and stay within our budgets and importantly, stop hating on our bodies! So whether you’re a mum of three, a busy CEO, a university student or a fellow fashion enthusiast, I’d love to help dress and customise looks that suit and complement YOU !

I’m super excited to share with you my travels, styling sessions, food adventures and product reviews and I really look forward to hearing your comments and feedback so please talk to me 🙂 Please contact me if you’d like to be featured here too as I want to represent all real and different body shapes and sizes in this blog irrespective of budget and walks of life so stay tuned for more posts to come!

Check out a sneak peek of one of my styling sessions below with V that I’ll be posting at a later date… 

Can’t wait to talk you through how much fun I had styling her in my Halston Heritage Faux fur gilet … Keep an eye out for that post !

My outfit:

  • Saba white tee (available here and similar here)
  • Sass & Bide Rat Pants
  • Sandro Gaelle Cardigan in Blue (here or in Sandro Boutiques / Selfridges / Harrods)
  • Louis Vuitton Black Patent ballet flats
  • Hermes Rivale Bracelet

Photos taken by the talented Kylee Yee of Kytography