TSM Outfit Post: Camilla & Marc ‘True Love’ Secret Garden Print Dress

St Kilda Beach holds a special place in my heart and for those of you who live in Melbourne you’ll know that there are plenty more picturesque, family friendly and safe beaches around the coastline and up North but for me, it was the place where the romance began for my boyfriend and I (wooOoo) :) I distinctly remember escaping the unbearable heat studying for our end of year exams at Melbourne Uni and rewarding ourselves after the sun went down with gelato from 7 Apples and more gelato from Trampoline as we chatted and joked by the sand down St Kilda beach. Geez, that seems like a life time ago!

On a 37 degree day back in Melbourne a few weeks ago, we found ourselves turning the aircon up on high and driving back down there for the only thing that I could think of eating on such a hot day: Ice-cream! I can never decide on what flavours to get; there’s way too much choice and the flavours all sound so delicious. In the end I tend to mix it up with a fruity sorbet and decadent chocolate based flavour. I gobbled down my Green Apple and Fererro Roche gelati before we even reached the beach and took a walk down memory lane …

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TSM Outfit Post: Wedding love in BCBGMAXAZRIA Aqua Karey Lace Dress

I had forgotten what it felt like to have the strong Australian sun rays beam down against my pasty Britain-ised skin and being back in Melbourne for a very quick trip I took full advantage of the sun, prancing around in shorts and tank tops at every opportunity to ensure that every inch of my body including my toes could boast a shade greater than ‘stark white’ upon my return to a freezing snowy London.

Back for a brief trip to settle plans and visit my family, the timing was on our side for once and we had the pleasure of attending my friend Poosilla’s wedding (You may remember the gorgeous Poosilla from a styling session I posted a little while back here). Living overseas over the past few years, we’ve missed so many of our close friends’ weddings with much regret and it felt really great that were able to attend a wedding this visit around.  Weather wise, you could not have asked for a perfect day; the sun shone (perhaps a little too strongly I retrospectively say with newly sunburnt shoulders) which led to a perfect evening sunset backdrop by the water overlooking St Kilda beach for the reception. The bride and groom are  now celebrating on their very well deserved honeymoon after a very stressful lead up the wedding, moreso than your average wedding after the groom took ill a few days before the wedding and was only released from hospital on the morning to attend the wedding.

The last wedding I attended was in Melbourne 2.5 years ago when I was a bridesmaid for my friend and so I was kind of excited about getting dressed up for a wedding. I am a huge romantic at heart and love weddings; there’s something really special and joyous about witnessing two people you know publicly celebrate their commitment to one another. Whether the wedding reminds attendees of what’s to come or what they themselves have also committed to, weddings are a great opportunity to let loose and just have some fun!

I decided to wear a long dress for the wedding; something light and comfortable that would hide a potential food baby and the fact that I had quite pasty white legs. I saw this BCBG dress in John Lewis a few months back and thought it would be a perfect evening gown but with a price tag of £300+ I hastily put it back down. Continue reading

TSM Outfit Post: Barcelona Travel Diary – H&M Silk Graphic Skirt Pt. 2

I was meant to post this up just before Christmas after Part 1 but in my wind-down get out of the office and onto the plane mode I didn’t quite manage to do this (or answer some last minute work queries, oopsie) so just to jog your memory, this is an outfit post (worn at Ticketsbar): Part 2 of my Barcelona travel diary.

I picked this entire outfit up while shopping in Barcelona that very day (minus my trusty black patent pumps). I remember seeing a top very similar to this in a tumblr picture I’d reblogged and being a total sucker for creams and white and romantic prints, tried it on and convinced myself that I didn’t have anything similar in my wardrobe already (a criteria often used when I can’t quite to decide to say ‘yay’ or ‘nay’ because I don’t see the point in wasting money on similar styled pieces unless they are basics or casual essentials (tees, work skirts etc). This top has a lovely feminine beaded neckline, perfect for tucking into skirts and trousers and caters for the current cooler (ok, freezing cold) London weather. A top like this would work well on you if you have a boy-ish or pear shape but try to avoid high neckline numbers if you you are top heavy and conscious of creating a bulkier upper half.

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TSM Outfit post: A Heston Dinner Date in Printed Silk Trousers

They say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach and I’m inclined to think this certainly is the case with my boyfriend. While I’d prefer to spend discretionary funds on clothes and jewellery, my boyfriend’s preference would be to spend it on trialling different restaurants and dining at Michelin starred restaurants so when our anniversary reared its head a few weeks ago, I knew that the usual photo collages, cufflinks and scrapbooks that worked in previous years wouldn’t really bring that sparkle to his eyes the way that a surprise dining experience at Heston’s second Michelin starred restaurant, Dinner at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel, would so I booked in date night a few months in advance.

We had the fortune of eating at Heston’s 3 Michelin starred restaurant ‘Fat Duck’ earlier in the year and were keen to compare it to ‘Dinner’ ever since it’s highly anticipated opening in 2011. Dinner’s menu is based on Heston’s ‘Feast’ series with each dish on the menu was referenced to a historic time period and was inspired by cooking methods and recipes found from the archives of the British Library.

While the mains missed the wow factor for me (we chose steak and the fish), we both agreed that meat fruit and the tipsy pineapple cake (that I kept incorrectly calling the Tipple cake) were the main stars of the ‘Dinner’ Show:

Looks like a real mandarin doesn’t it? The meat fruit (chicken parfait)’s resemblance to the fruit was extremely impressive and we were equally satisfied with the light, creamy feathery texture once we cut into it and I loved the slightly citric tang from the mandarin jelly exterior with the grilled sourdough toast.

I was advised by a work colleague to order the signature pineapple tipsy cake well in advance (it takes 40 mins to prepare) and to definitely share it with someone because of it’s rich texture. Sharing? Biggest mistake of my night. I loved loved loved the rich cream filled brioche that had be baked and basted in sugar syrup that I really could have easily finished it off by myself. It can only be described as heaven in your mouth sprinkled with just the right amount of sweetness. The side pineapple slice spit roasted to provide a fruity grilled contrast and was the perfect accompaniment to the cake. One of the best desserts I have ever tasted! Continue reading

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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TSM: B is for Balenciaga

Actually, B is for Bad. That’s the guilt talking – I made a rather lavish handbag purchase a few weekends ago when Harrods had their storewide 10% off weekend and I’m still feeling guilty. My friend and I started with good intentions: Meet up on Saturday morning. Check. Grab coffee. Check. Grab cosmetics with the discount. Check. Buy a Balenciaga bag each … errr what?! How did that happen?

Now, I’m not an impulse buyer when it comes to major designer goods. I most likely have a picture in my head or pinned on my wall at least a year prior to purchase and in my defense, I have been on the lookout for my perfect Balenciaga for a while now. You know, visiting the website daily, harassing Balenciaga boutique staff, accumulating half a dozen quote cards only to pretend I still need ‘my other half’s opinion’ before sneakily taking pictures on my phone as though I’m making copies for the black market and embarrassingly rushing – These have become routine weekend activities for me. I even scoured Ebay on a daily basis for months, hoping in vain that my Balenciaga bag would magically appear heavily discounted and BNWT (brand new without tags). It.just.never.happened. What else was I meant to do?

If you own a Balenciaga or are a fan, did you, like me, find there so many decisions to make about one bag? Velo vs. City. Rose gold hardware vs. regular hardware, Black vs. anthracite … the list continues! Luckily I knew the colour of the bag from the beginning. My friend’s mum has a gorgeous tanned coloured Balenciaga and I too have wanted one in a similar hue since circa 2006 when they last released that swatch and I decided the ‘city’ perfectly fit usual handbag contents and my DSLR and as much as I love rose gold now, long term, I wanted the colour of my Balenciaga to fade and I felt the classic hardware would complement the aged look (told you, I’d given this way too much prior thought).

Ok, enough writing … Here are some pictures taken on the weekend with my new lover: Balency :)

The first night I had my Balenciaga, I literally cuddled it in bed. My bf, rightly so, was convinced I was bonkers for a) spending so much money on a ‘boring’ bag and b) seeing me at a new low – sleeping with a designer handbag. It’s kind of a running joke now. If he annoys or upsets me, he runs into the room, looks for the Balency and shows me because he knows it’ll make me smile. I can’t help but laugh at him and the fact that it actually works!

Outfit Details

  • All Saints Knit
  • t (in stores)
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  • Classic City Balenciaga (in Cumin with RHW)
  • Pashmina my dad got me from Thailand :)

After this splurge and in attempt to curb spending, I’m now officially on a shopping ban (damn you Shopbop discount code – you got me good) with the caveat that I can still spend on travel, presents, groceries, food and goodies from markets. I know some people can’t stand looking through ‘old junk’ and antiques but I could wander for hours through Portabello Antiques market in Notting Hill. I was on the lookout for some antique vintage trays for my future dresser (to display make up and perfume bottles) and ended up with two  Sheffield Silver trays after a good bargaining match …

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TSM Answered: Where do I find the Perfect Blazer ?

Anonymous Asked: 

Hi Tien! I hope you can help me. I’m looking for ideas for blazers that I can wear casually. Do you have any suggestions where I should start looking and how I style it besides wearing it with jeans ?

T-Styled Me Answered:

I have to admit that I have a weakness for blazers and can never seem to say no to a well tailored one! It’s versatility grants it ‘investment wardrobe statement’ status in my books which means it’s okay to have multiples and the best part about having one is that you can smarten up almost any outfit instantly by popping on a blazer.

If this is your first time getting a blazer, think about the type of look you want. If it is a classic one, start with a neutral colour, preferably a black or a navy for Winter and white or grey for Summer with some detailing (e.g gold buttons, silk lining in the sleeves). When I was back in Melbourne, we went shopping for a blazer and found a really gorgeous and well cut blazer from Willow. I’d highly recommend starting with  thought if you’re looking for an affordable option  I own at least two from there and can vouch that they are of good quality, have a flattering cut on all sizes and come a range of colours and styles. If you have broad shoulders, I would suggest opting for the jersey blazer which has more elastane in it to provide more flexibility across the shoulders and avoid shoulder pads/ puffy shoulder detailing.

 Above: Blazer with shoulder detailing from Zara

 Above: Zara Jersey Blazer in Navy

 For a preppy look try Ralph Lauren and if you’re after varying lengths and colours, I’d giveTopshop and H&M a go but be wary that their cuts can be slightly big / loose so make sure you try it on for fit first.

As for styling a blazer, you can pop a blazer practically anything! They look great over a pretty floral dress, over with a silk top and bandage skirt, with denim cut-offs and booties or belted with printed trousers. I do think they look best with a simple tee, jeans and a nice pair of heels – With an item like this, the skies your limit and not much thought is required!

I recently bought another blazer (eep!) from Ted Baker after styling it on a client and decided to buy one for myself but had a lot of trouble deciding between colours! After asking my bf for the 100th time which colour to choose and presenting him with my arguments for both, to his relief, I made a decision and opted for a Summery Blush one with rose gold buttons to contrast the three other black blazers in my closet (I was this close to adding another one to the gang!). I wore it on the weekend to a friend’s birthday dinner and drinks paired with shorts and heels.

Elizabeth & James Shelly Silk Embroidered Hart of Dixie ted baker pale pink jacket

 My Outfit

  • Old  Shelly Embroidered Top
  • Seduce Faux Leather Shorts (Similar here)
  • (Similar )
  • YSL Patent Black Chyc Clutch

Where have you bought your blazers from and would recommend?

TSM Outfit Post: My First London Fashion Weekend

After missing out on London Fashion Weekend tickets last year, I stalked the website like   there was a crazy secret online sale on and made sure that Kylee and I got tickets for this year’s event. London Fashion Weekend is open to the public (note London Fashion Week is different and reserved for elite designers, buyers, celebrities and famous bloggers only) and this year’s event promised all that shopaholics and fashion enthusiasts could hope for: Catwalk shows, pop-up boutiques, make-up/hair stations and a Mulberry designed LFW12 tote bag filled with goodies that I was more excited about than the event itself.

However… in my haste in ordering tickets, I managed to stuff up our booking and forgot to order the LFW Mulberry Goody bag! *cries* I know what you’re thinking, it’s just a printed tote bag with a lot of freebies/goodies but you must understand, I.LOVE.FREEBIES. Samples, miniature goodies, catalogues, magazines, free food tasting at the markets, whatever it is, I want a part of it. So I was really annoyed at myself for making such a silly mistake and watched enviously as everyone picked up their bags like badges for a club – I know it could have been a lot worse; I could have turned up on the wrong day (don’t laugh, I have done that before; I have arrived a day early at the airport for my flight) and it’s fine, I’ll just just have to attend next year’s London Fashion Weekend now won’t I ? :P

We purchased the basic set of tickets (and used a free discount code on the Internet -Win!) which included entry into the event and a catwalk show but overall, I found the ticket prices dear for what basically allowed you to shop and watch a short 15 minute catwalk show (Ticket prices ranged from £24 – £150 depending on the package purchased). The highlight of my day was just being amongst a crowd of predominantly women and girls who shared a common interest for fashion (you could tell everyone there had made an effort to dress up or down for the event) and the fact that I was in London experiencing the multitude of different styles from the high end to funky street style which is what fashion is all about.

Here are a few snaps from the day:

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

My Top five pics from this week’s & my instgram (@tstyledme)

I’m in Croatia at the moment – Loving the hot weather and the beautiful sunsets ! Hope you’re having a great weekend too!

Rebloggged from : This is a villa in Positano – It brings me back to the memories of our huge Summer trip last year to Positano, Santorini, Kefalonia, Mykonos &  Cinque Terra with such dear friends from Oz. Take me back anyday!

TSM iPhone Snap: Brunch @Aubaine for a farewell on the weekend. The Squid from there was excellente!

TSM Instagram: Spent a relaxing Sunday in the the Kensington Palace gardens with beautiful white swans by the pond.

TSM Outfit Whistles Tee, Seduce Shorts, Chanel Pearls, Chloe Paraty Bag & Missoni Flats. Also ventured out to Oxford St in the London’s hot weather and fell in love with this YSL Chyc mini bag I saw in Selfridges …

Reblogged from : But then reminded myself that I’m basically broke atm and that the YSL Mini Chyc bag is just a bag and for now, I have plenty of those :)

It’s 35 degrees in Hvar today ! Have a great weekend everyone and for those in the UK, enjoy the last Bank Holiday of the 2012 xx 

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

A recap of my five favourite pictures from my instagram (@tstyledme) &  posted over the 7 days.

Reblogged on : Loving the outfit & the hair !

: Alexander Wang Marion bag / H&M faux leather panelled leggings, H&M Blush pink shirt, Zara Denim Jacket & Loafers and Vintage Chain Necklace

TSM iPhone Snap: I stayed away from Zara stores for two weeks but succumbed today. Didn’t buy anything (Yay willpower!) but LOVE the Winter 12′ accessories collection currently in store so took some snaps for you … 

H&M shirt, Saba Waxed leggings, Chloe Paraty Bag, Missoni Flats and Hermes Rivale Bracelet. Taken after a long over-due haircut (only cost me £30!). Wish my hair was always curly like this!

Reblogged from Studded Hearts: Rumi’s closet – I love that vintage Chanel Backpack x

It’s 31 degrees today in London ! Have a great weekend everyone :)