TSM Styling Session: A London Look for Elle in Isabel Marant Dicker Boots

Following from my last post (here) when my friend Elle saw the state of my a few weeks ago, the first thing she admonished (hmm, I think I got that word from Fifty Shades of Grey, Yikes!) was that I didn’t take very good care of them. The soles were worn down and overdue for a resoling session. When she saw me carelessly throw a pair of Christian Louboutins onto my bed, she gave me yet another stern talking to. I must admit, I’m not too precious about my designer goods and tend to focus more on getting as much wear out of them as possible and neglect regular maintenance at the expense of longevity (RIP white lambskin Chanel shoes!). I’ll never be paranoid to the point where I hide my bags/shoes/clothes for fear of ruining them, but I have made much more of an increased effort to preserve the life of my goods recently.

Elle is much better at keeping her handbags and shoes in good condition and while she was here in London, she kindly obliged to letting me style her with a bit of a what I like to call a ‘London edge,’ using some pieces from my own wardrobe and some of her new London purchases. It was a lot of fun and reminded me of the days when we used to share our clothes with girlfriends to go clubbing :) So with all my styling posts, here’s a little bit more about Elle …

Elle’s Profile Stats

  • Elle’s Height:  Approx 5 ft 3” (1.6m)
  • Skin tone: Fair
  • Build: Very slim
  • Body shape: Boyish. Refer to this post if you need a reminder
  • General Clothing size: XS
  • Lifestyle: Social in all spheres, she’s busy blogging, shopping and is a very talented dancer! This lady has one big shopping addiction, I’d say 10 times worse than mine 😛
  • Shopping preference: Wants basis
  • Shopping frequency: Regular, every few weeks
  • Style Preference: Casual by day, glam by night
  • Personality (in three words): Smart, caring & fun (All in my opinion!)

Elle’s Styling criteria

No stranger to the blogging world herself, Elle of had one condition for this styling session. I say condition, but she already had them glued to her feet and wasn’t getting out of them any time soon so we raided my closet for more goodies and I put together a London based look for her; something slightly edgier and not typical ‘Elle’ to commemorate her time in London before we brunched by the Thames.

melelle zara floral skirtAll Saints Pitch Leather Biker Jacket Isabel Marant Dicker Boots Taupe

Isabel Marant boots

If you’re follower of my blog you know that I highly recommend All Saints when it comes to leather jackets with an edge. The fit is incredible and the size range means that tiny ladies like Elle easily find a fitted look.

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TSM Styling Session: How to style an Apple Shaped Figure

When I started this blog under a year ago, I wanted to differentiate it from other popular fashion blogs (by drop dead gorgeous model-esque bloggers) by featuring, well short legged non model-like me and other gorgeous everyday women who Tyra Banks would describe as ‘fiercely real’ with varying heights, body shapes, personalities and nationalities. What I’ve found along the way, however, is that most of my friends and clients either fall into the boyish straight body type or the pear shaped category (Recaps here) who are generally petite and super fun to style but not equally representative of the population or my vision.

I was therefore really excited to work with and style Zuzu who has a different body shape to mine and previous clients. What I loved about the sessions was that we started from the very beginning: In Zuzu’s wardrobe and worked our way up to the second shopping and styling session. Despite trying to find a suitable date for what seemed like forever (okay, just over 6 months), the timing could not have worked out better given Zuzu recently moved houses and de-cluttering to make room for more pieces to add to her existing wardrobe was a priority.

As with all my styling sessions, let’s get to know Zuzu a little better:

T-Styled Me Personal Stylist Azura client

Zuzu’s Profile Stats

  • Zuzu’s Height:  Approx 5 ft 3” (1.6m)
  • Skin tone: Fair
  • Build: Medium
  • Body shape: Apple. Refer to this post if you need a reminder
  • General Clothing size: Size M-L depending on cut, UK/AUS 10-12.
  • Lifestyle: Busy with work and furnishing her newly purchased home and this young lady has a BIG weakness for designer handbags!
  • Shopping preference: Wants basis
  • Shopping frequency: Regular, every few weeks
  • Style Preference: Casual, preppy, work orientated
  • Personality (in three words): Career driven, bubbly and & positive  (All in my opinion!)

Zuzu’s Styling criteria

  • For this wardrobe refresh and styling session, Zuzu wanted to discard items in her wardrobe that no longer fit her, having lost weight gradually over the past few years and identify items which required updating or that were missing altogether. For the shopping session, Zuzu wanted outfits that were different from her usual style and was open to a slightly edgier look.

T-Styled Me Personal Styling and Shopping Wardrobe Refresh London

And so the culling and list-making began …T-Styled Me Personal Styling and shopping London Melbourne

T-Styled Me Personal Styling and Shopping

Now, guys, I honestly thought I shopped a lot … but let me tell you something, this young lady could give Rebecca Bloomwood a run for her money!  😛 She had a lot of clothes and one of the recurring themes we discovered was that she had multiples of the same garment in several different colours and safe shades and items that only matched one or two pieces in the wardrobe. We talked this through and removed pieces which no longer fit Zuzu’s changing shape and lifestyle. One of the items we got rid of was her leather jacket.

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TSM London Styling Session AzuraLike most classic apple body shapes, Zuzu carries most of the weight in the middle region around her waistline and has enviously, slim legs, arms and hips and these were the areas we wanted to focus on and show off. The current leather jacket that Zuzu owned was both too large now and very boxy which didn’t suit her body shape and actually created extra weight around the mid-region. We decided that an updated leather jacket with simple detailing with a slimline silhouette, amongst other items, would make its way onto our shopping list to help create that definition around her waistline.

Azura Cos Green dress Apple shape

Tips for dressing for an Apple Shaped body

  • Wrap dresses which define your waistline and lower rounded and V necklines help create definition and highlight your bustline
  • A-line and full skirts will make your waist look smaller.
  • Show of your legs with skirts and dresses that are just above the knee
  • Opt for single breasted tailored jackets that create slimming torso

During our shopping and styling session, I chose a dress for Zuzu which cinched her waist (and added a thick belt to emphasise this) as well as a patterned v-neck dress with a full skirt which really gave the illusion of a hour glass shape. If you’re apple shaped, avoid cropped boxy jackets and gravitate towards the slimming single buttoned simple tailored jackets.

Tips on how to dress an apple shaped body

Great minds think alike and we both found the perfect leather jacket for Zuzu which was more current, suited her body shape and was both comfortable and within her budget. Here are few of shots post shopping session…

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TSM Styling Session: Share your Alexander Wang Diego with your mum!

Um, can somebody please tell me how it’s Easter this weekend already? Because according to me, I just came back from a quick holiday home to Oz in Jan and Easter, well that was meant to be ages away! Now they say that time flies when you’re having fun and I agree to some degree but I believe the more realistic saying is: ‘Time flies when you’re busy’ and a busy bee I’ve been lately indeed! I’ve been holding a few styling and shopping sessions with clients on top of the usual 9-5 and am now in the midst of planning European travel adventures with friends for Summer (Note ‘Summer’ is a mythical concept at this stage as it’s still snowing right now, what the?!).

My good friend Kaz’s brother and his girlfriend have moved to London recently from Melbourne too so it has been lovely having company and helping them transition their lives to this crazy cosmopolitan city that is London like we did those years ago. Chatting with them actually prompted me to post photos from a day where I did a fun little shoot in the ‘burbs with Kaz’s family with the intention of showcasing the fact that styling doesn’t stop once you have kids and get older but stays with you for life and I love the fact that Kaz and her stylish mum share an interest in fashion and get away with sharing clothes, accessories and designer bags.

TSM Rag & Bone Newbury Boots

Kaz and I often text each other lamenting over our shared curse of shopaholicalism and that we have friends who are lucky to have been born sans the shop lusting gene (hmm, apparently they term it self restraint). Kaz and I met years ago working in fashion retail at Saba so it was inevitable that we bonded over clothes, sneaky back room coffees and venting about cray cray customers. Kaz has a fantastic eye for fashion and is a style inspiration herself so when we went shopping this day, we both immediately agreed that this top, albeit from a high street store we hadn’t shopped in for ages, would be the perfect little knit for Autumn. I’d also just picked up this bright fuchsia scarf on sale at Country Road so using her existing wardrobe, I put a little casual, walk your dog and meet friends for brunch outfit together for the post.

TSM Rag & Bone Classic Newbury Boots black booties

TSM Alexander Wang Diego Bucket Bag Rose Gold Kaz Seduce blue juice knit

Tobes was just so handsome after a recent haircut I just had to add this pic in too!
TSM Dog Tob

T-Styled Me tip: Sometimes the thought of wearing a cropped knit can be a little uncomfortable for fear or emphasising the stomach area but a neat idea to overcome this is to pop a longer collared shirt underneath or a loose, longer tee like I did here with Kaz to create length in the torso and to create a casual layered look that emphasised the split black detailing and to break up the monochrome look, always pop some colour via way of a scarf or statement necklace to draw attention to the face.

TSM Layered speckled top from Seduce

TSM Alexander Wang Diego Bucket Bag Rose Gold

I love dropping by Kaz’s place for dinner. Mama Kaz teaches me everything I need to know about Chinese cooking and we often have an after dinner tea, gossip session and discuss the next handbag we’ve got our eye on :) My Balenciaga from here was actually inspired by Mama Kaz’ vintage Balenciaga city that I have drooled over for years.

TSM Alexander Wang Diego Bucket Bag Kaz mum

Although Kaz’s mum is more petite framed compared to Kaz, they can often share tops, shoes and handbags which I think is a great way to expand your own wardrobe if you both have similar tastes. Love these picture below of these gorgeous gals! Thanks for letting me play dress ups with you both :)

TSM Mum and daughter

Outfit Details (Kaz)

  • White Saba Tee
  • (now on sale)
  • Seduce Bluejuice knit (similar )
  • Country Road Scarf (similar here)
  • Old Nicholas Heels

Outfit Details (Mama Kaz)

  • Ambercrombie Jeans
  • Saba Cropped Blazer
  • Coach Ballet Flats

And with Mama Kaz’s permission, I took a few snaps with the gorgeous vintage Balenciaga bag!

TSM H&M Balenciaga city bag house of harlow pyramid necklace Nicholas heels

TSM H&M Balenciaga city bag house of harlow pyramid necklace

TSM H&M Balenciaga city bag

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TSM Black labrador puppyHope this may have inspired you Aussies for your upcoming Autumn and to also have a nosey around your mum’s closet for any goodies too!

Thanks for reading,

Tien xo

TSM Styling Session: How to Wear Faux Fur – Shoreditch Street Style

So, is fur like sticking around or what? I’m kind of hoping is does because as I sit here and type, the attractive weather lady informs me more snow is forecast across Britain tonight and I for one don’t really care if fur is in or not because I’m kind of fantasising about some sort of ugg suit that I can work in tomorrow … Ok, so that would be a bit hideous and it really isn’t that cold compared to other parts of Europe right now but I did need reinforcement by means of my faux fur gillet today underneath my coat as an extra layer and it worked a toasty treat (sweating on the tube, well that’s another story).

Irrespective of your personal attitudes towards fur (faux or otherwise) I’m sure it’s crossed your mind at some point, especially if you’re graced with sub zero temperatures, that the girl wearing that fur coat looks damn warm and you just want to reach out and stroke her. Ok, maybe that’s just me but fur’s one of those things that you kind of love to hate and can’t help but be curious about what you’d look like in it.

I never expected to own a fur gillet or coat when I lived in Australia but the moment Winter hit London, I made a run for the shops and lined myself with I guess fake animal hair?! I wondered whether there would be any need to wear fur upon my return to Australia and I thought to myself, why not do a styling session on fur gillets that can be worn transeasonally :) We know you can wear fur jackets with jeans and boots but what about a fur vest paired with a dress for Spring? My friend Banana, originally from Melbourne as well, let me style her in a faux fur gillet in a fun and quirky way.

As with all the styling sessions, let’s get to know a little more about Banana!

Banana’s Profile Stats

  • Banana’s Height:  Approx 5 ft 1” (1.57m)
  • Skin tone: Fair
  • Build: Petite
  • Body shape: Rectangle Refer to this post if you need a reminder
  • General Clothing size: Size XS – Small UK/AUS 6-8.
  • Lifestyle: Busy with travels: – This lil travel bug is making the most of her time in London by travelling and conquering Europe on the weekends
  • Shopping preference: Needs basis
  • Shopping frequency: Purchases every few months and gurl loves sale time.
  • Style Preference: Fun, quirky and lover of prints and graphics
  • Personality (in three words): Creative, happy & positive (All in my opinion!)

Banana’s Styling criteria

  • For this styling session, Banana had no criteria and allowed me free ‘artistic’ range – She modelled for me to practice my styling skills and I wanted to play with graphics, colours and geeky fun accessories with an slightly edgier look  than usual.

Banana’s unique topshop dress looks great as a flowly billowy dress but I wanted to tailor the look by adding a wide belt to define the waist and show off the extension of Banana’s petite yet long slim legs. Adding heeled booties without the usual black tights shows them off even more and I thought it’d be fun to throw on a faux fur gillet over a sleeveless dress.

We added fun faux glasses, accessories and my Chloe Partay bag to match the dress and to tie in the three colours of the outfit for a little bit more funk.

Photos taken by me and – Thanks Banana! You look like you could be in Stockholm street style blog :)

Outfit Details

  • Old Topshop dress (alternative )
  • Old Witchery Belt (similar her)
  • Old Zara Booties (New season )
  • Halston Heritage Faux Fur Fest (similar )
  • Medium Suede Bag
  • COS Necklace

A gorgeous alternative to these Zara boots that would look awesome with this outfit the the !

 

TSM Styling Session: Bringing a ray of sunshine into your life – How to wear Yellow

Growing up with an Asian background, I was taught to avoid wearing the colour yellow given my already ‘yellow’ skin but more and more I find myself drawn to wearing these various shades: Gold, earthy creams, brassy olives and warm mustards and I even noticed that my taste in jewellery has slowly shifted from delicate silver pieces to bold statement jewellery and finer gold vintage pieces.

I’ll admit that wearing yellow can be a challenge to coordinate but while I was in Melbourne a few months ago, my friend Poosilla let me style her using the pieces she’d transferred into her new wardrobe (having recently moved into a new apartment with her fiancé) and I was pleasantly surprised to find several yellow based pieces and many brightly coloured items had surpassed the cull. I know a lot of us tend to do this: Summer tops get thrown in the Summer pile and we look at our dark Winter wardrobe and wonder why our clothes are so dull and boring and we now totally ‘have nothing to wear.’ I thought it’d be fun to pull out items which she’d purchased a few seasons back and put an outfit together that was tran-seasonal, fit her bubbly personality and lifestyle and prove that you can wear yellow, even if you have an Asian background and it’s definitely ok to wear investment styled pieces even if it’s not current stock.

As with all my online styling sessions, let’s get get to know a little more about Poosilla:

Poosilla’s Profile Stats

  • Poosilla’s Height:  Approx 5 ft 4” (1.64m)
  • Skin tone: Medium – warm
  • Build: Slim
  • Body shape: Pear/hourglass Refer to this post if you need a reminder
  • General Clothing size: Size Small – Medium  i.e UK/AUS 8-10.
  • Lifestyle: Busy and social – Poosilla works and plays hard but is guaranteed to always be up for Friday night drinks, a boogie on the dance floor and any time is latte time!
  • Shopping preference: Needs basis with the occasional splurge
  • Shopping frequency: Purchases on average every few months.
  • Style Preference: Fun, colourful and open to different styles
  • Personality (in three words): Bubbly, Social and funny (All in my opinion!)

Poosilla’s Styling criteria

  • For this styling session, Poosilla had no criteria and allowed me free ‘artistic’ range – She modelled for me to practice my styling skills and I wanted to play with unusually bold and bright colours in her wardrobe. I wanted to show that you can mix classic timeless pieces with bolder Summer or Winter pieces to obtain different looks from your existing wardrobe to avoid always having shopping for new pieces (as gratifying as that can be!)

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Client testimonial: T-Styled Me Personalised Styling and Shopping

I have this blog and others to thank for introducing me to MB, who I had the recent pleasure of styling as a guest at a wedding in London. When I was first approached by MB, I was naturally delighted and eagerly anticipated meeting for our pre-shopping consultation only to find one tiny challenge … MB lived in a totally different country to me and was only scheduled to fly into London on the weekend of the wedding (Cue panic button!)

Thanks to advanced notice and modern technology, prior to her arrival, I was able to ascertain MB’s likes/dislikes and feedback on my different outfit ideas for her before establishing a tailored scheduled shopping package aimed at meeting her goals to find:

  • An Autumn friendly outfit for a traditional English wedding
  • A traditional hat / fascinator suitable for the wedding
  • Casual weekend outfits appropriate for Russian weather and suitable for her active lifestyle as a mum to a gorgeous baby girl,
  • Dressy outfits for the office and nights out that were practical and comfortable and
  • Accessories that MB could mix with high end and high street brands in her existing wardrobe.

Conscious of wasting limited time fighting London’s notorious shopping crowd, I utilised knowledge of current stock, trends and brands to make our shopping experience more efficient and targeted to MB’s needs. I had already selected outfits prior to her arrival for MB to try on and foster an enjoyable and relaxed shopping trip.

Meeting and styling MB was a truly enjoyable and rewarding experience for me given my passion to style others and the very reason why I started this blog. I’m glad to say our 3 hr (turned 4 hr) shopping session went successfully and MB left with a complete new outfit for the wedding as well as several casual outfits and pieces she could mix into her current wardrobe which she would not have previously considered. She even left with costume jewellery which I think is a sign that she had been “T-Styled Me.”

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T-Styled Me’s Weekly Insta-Tumblr Round-up!

Yet another insanely busy week has come and gone and I can’t believe that this week is effectively the last week of September! O-M-G … I went into Selfridges the other day and found myself in the Christmas shop. Yes, that’s right – I don’t know why I’m surprised at retailer tactics, but still, I like to pretend that it’s shocking to hear Christmas carols and see Christmas decorations early on at this time of the year.

I mentioned last week that I had some big events to look forward to this week and I am in the process of putting those posts together so definitely stay tuned. I had the pleasure of styling a client who flew in from Moscow to attend an English wedding on Friday and for me, it was a very rewarding experience and I can’t wait to continue styling and providing a personalised shopping experience going forward. Here are a few sneaky snaps from our shopping trip together and from the pictures below, it’s fair to say that we somewhat stimulated the UK economy in our 4 hr session.

 I also attended London Fashion weekend (London fashion week for ‘average’ people who aren’t VIPs, buyers, designers, celebrities that attend the actual London Fashion Week shows). We watched a trend catwalk show and browsed the pop-up stores for bargains and were exposed to up and coming British Designers. Can’t wait to show you the snaps in my next post!

My bf and I are attempting to try out more places to eat in London rather than just going to the “usual” place (i.e Four Season in Chinatown) and stumbled across a Ramen Bar in Soho called Tonkotsu. The service was soooo terrible (waiter mixed up our order, dropped the soya sauce on our jackets, forgot to get the bill after several reminders, dropped a bottle of wine down the stairs which shattered onto diners below and then had the nerve to request service charge on our bill …) Anyway, while my bf didn’t like the food, I quite enjoyed the ramen soup – I even asked for an extra shot of garlic! Continue reading

TSM Styling Session: Momo does smart casual

Does your workplace have ‘Casual Fridays’? My department does casual Fridays unofficially and I say unofficially because half the department still suits up while the other half (like me) takes full advantage of the situation by wearing jeans. The plan to continue to do so until we get told otherwise 😛

My previous workplace in Melbourne used to hold training seminars and offsites with a ‘business’ or ‘smart casual’ dress code often with the cavent of “no ripped jeans.” I always giggled at such an obvious exclusion; the thought of the Partners of the firm whipping out their ripped gardening jeans and slashed t-shirts was ludicrous. My colleagues and I would always deliberate on what to wear (strength in numbers or something like that), conscious of coming across as ‘too casual’ and drawing attention for the wrong reasons. Secretly I thought it was all a conspiracy to scare us into wearing business attire to be honest but in retrospect there may have been a bit too much paranoia on my part back in those days but that doesn’t mean it’s still easy to decide what to wear on casual Fridays…

My friend Momo shared a similar gripe a few weeks back about not really knowing what or how to dress on ‘smart casual’ Fridays so I thought it the perfect opportunity to do a TSM styling session with her and put together an outfit she could wear on a casual Friday. As with all my styling session, let’s get in context and get to know Momo a little better:

Momo’s Profile Stats:

  • Momo’ Height:  5 ft 4” (1.65m)
  • Skin tone: Medium (on the tanned side)
  • Build: Slim
  • Body shape: Rectangular. Refer to this post if you need a reminder
  • General Clothing size: Size Extra Small (XS) i.e UK/AUS 6
  • Lifestyle: Busy and active – Momo is career oriented often working long hours, loves spontaneous travelling trips (NY in particular), drinking bubbly and running.
  • Shopping preference: Wants basis
  • Shopping frequency: Frequently with purchases on average fortnightly.
  • Style Preference: Classic and definitely loves her designer brands
  • Personality (in three words): Smart, professional and uniquely-Momo xx

Momo’s Criteria:

Momo felt she always wore the same routine outfit each Friday: black jeans, black flats and a knit top. While she claimed she didn’t have anything in her wardrobe to wear, I begged to differ because the day I had the opportunity to review Momo’s wardrobe, I felt the need to knock some sense in her. She has a fantastic wardrobe that had ME drooling! It was filled with great basics, colourful accessories, bold statement jewellery (nod of approval) and shoes and handbags galore. Here’s the outfit I put together using Momo’s wardrobe:

Momo works in a very corporate environment; regularly consulting for external clients so keeping in mind the professional context, I put Momo in a pair of smart jeans to demonstrate that it’s ok to wear blue denim in the office on casual Fridays and how to dress them up to a chic and corporate level by adding a pair of heels and a smart fitted jacket/blazer. The striped top inside was a causual piece that Momo would usually only wear in Summer with shorts but by teaming it up with the fitted jacket and heels this instantly brought a bit of personality to the otherwise neutral outfit.

Depending on how casualness of your work environment, accessorise your outfit accordingly. For Momo’s professional enviornment, I added the ever classy YSL artsy cocktail ring to match her closed toe patent leather heels. I personally can never bring myself to wear open toe-d shoes in the office no matter how hot or relaxed a workplace is and I think it’s just a personal preference or that fact that I came from a relatively conservative work environment starting out. We added a chunky chain bracelet that I know Momo loves but doesn’t wear nearly enough to tie in the colours of her jacket and top and kept the rest of her jewellery minimal. Continue reading

TSM Styling Session: ASOS Outfit – London Pt. 2

It’s been a while since I did a T-Styled Me Styling Session post so seeing as it’s all about the Olympics in London at the moment, I thought this the perfect time to share with you the ‘London Calling’ styling session I had earlier this year with my friend Wins from .

Wins and I have known each other since primary school and like many other expats living here, we were enticed by travel opportunities associated with our ‘London calling.’ Wins is super creative when it comes to interior design, wedding styling and fashion – anything she touches, no matter how ordinary, ends up looking like it belongs in the magazine of ‘Home,’ ‘Weddings’ ‘Russh’ or a Jamie Oliver cookbook! Seriously, how awesome does this ordinary peanut butter and jelly toast that she made for her husband look?

 As with all my styling sessions, in a bid to get to know her style and personality better:

Wins’ Profile Stats

  • Wins’ Height:  5 ft 2” (1.57m)
  • Skin tone: Fair – Medium
  • Build: Extra petite
  • Body shape: Rectangular. Refer to this post if you need a reminder
  • General Clothing size: Size Extra Small (XS) i.e UK/AUS 4-6.
  • Lifestyle: Social, busy and active – Wins’ loves travelling, going for runs, trying out different eateries and exploring vintage markets
  • Shopping pref: Wants more than Needs basis – Shoes & handbags enthusiast
  • Shopping frequency: Frequently with purchases on ave monthly.
  • Style Preference: Mix of classic, edgy and relaxed
  • Personality (in three words): Social, fun and creative (All in my opinion!)

Wins’ Styling criteria

  • For this styling session, Wins’ had no criteria – She was merely modelling for me to practice my styling skills so I wanted to have a bit of fun with a graphic tee and some pieces Wins’ might not usually wear but would suit her body shape and that she could consider incorporating into her usual style.

I mostly see graphic tees teamed with jeans or shorts so I wanted to present another fun way to wear a graphic tee that’s slightly more feminine and dressy enough for a casual drink. Tucking in the tee naturally defined Wins’ waist-line and visually elongated her bottom half.

I spotted this tee from  which looked pretty fun so I bought a size UK8 which was quite loose on Wins but happened to suit her style as I  remember in the past discussing her preference for knits and tees a size or two larger than usual to achieve that relaxed oversized, comfy look. Continue reading

TSM Matches Megan Park Scarf 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 Megan 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  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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