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 Outfit Post: Little White Summer Dress – LWSD

Are you a big fan of pasta? You’re probably thinking to yourself ‘Um … Who isn’t ?!’ Well … I’ll raise my hand and be the first to admit that I don’t like pasta at all. Wait, that’s not entirely true. While I missed out on the ‘I love pasta’ gene, I do have the ‘I only like Spaghetti Bolognese’ variation and despite having travelled Italy many times, I’m yet to connect to other varieties the same way I do with Spaghetti Bolognese. Being part of my DNA, I felt the call to pilgrimage to Bologna, Italy, the birthplace of Bolognese, in hope of tasting the BEST bolognese of my life …  Bologna: A university city, famous for gastronomy moreso than historical sites

To set the scene it was 32 degrees Celcius on Saturday in Bologna, 32!! Now if you’ve been in London recently (wet.cold.miserable.typical.London) or you live in my hometown Melbourne, you’ll understand the dazzling effect the mere thought of anything above 15 degrees can have on one’s mood. I, for one, could not stop smiling; I was high on Vitamin D, gelato, granitas and the prospect of wearing a summer dress

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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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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