Shopbop extra 25% off Sale items ends soon!

You know I love a bargain so I’m scoping out the last of the sales (most stores are in their final week of sales) and ShopBop have offered an extra 25% off their sale items with discount code SAVE25, woo hoo! Grab a cuppa tea, and let the scrolling begin ….

Did anyone else spot this on sale ?! swoon. There’s only a few left so don’t forget the SALE25 discount code!

Alexander Wang Diego Bucket Bag

If you picked up anything nice I’d love to hear about it and live vicariously through you! Happy online Shopping :)

Oh and how gorgeous is this  just out of the blue?

J Crew statement necklace

It’s amazing and I can’t wait to order it for one of my clients!

Oh and this gorgeous dress too!

TSM Top 5 Picks: In Concert – Zimmermann RTW Collection (Autumn Winter 2013)

It happens every year … Take today for example: I threw on my gloves, beanie and a heavy duty coat en route to Westfield Shopping Centre in Shepherd’s Bush, London and somehow found myself trying on Summer dresses (suitable only if it were at least 20 degrees warmer), bright neon sleeveless numbers (love, btw!) and floral short shorts. It was hard not to get swept up in the new season’s promise of sun and warmth but let’s not kid ourselves here people, we are still in the middle of Winter!! But you know what, secretly, I’m kind of bored of staring at the same old sales racks now. I can only withstand about three weeks worth of sales before I impatiently start drifting towards the quieter, neater and untouched by bargain hunters ‘new seasons’ section and my eyes now greedily await new season stock both in Europe and back home in Australia.

Zimmerann are one of my favourite Australian brands which I associate with home, Summer, beach and relaxed Summer holidays. Their prints and fabrics are always unique and their swimmwear collections are second to none. The new Autumn Winter range for 2013 is much more relateable to me as I can actually imagine wearing these here in the colder London weather or as it gradually warms up over the next couple of months. Zimmerann clothing leans towards the higher end (in terms of pricing) but their designs are uniquely Australian and their worldwide appeal and sold out collections attest to their popularity. Here are my favourite looks so far from their 2013 AW In Concert collection Lookbook …

The Rising Floral Panel Dress

Independent Knot Dress

Independent Knot dress in Citrine

Rising Gold Lace Dress

Silk Ray Dress

Aside from the Rising Floral and Sun dress, I love the fact that these dresses are transeasonal and can be layered with tights and long/ankle boots for Winter. I haven’t had the opportunity to try any of the new collection on but would love to hear your thoughts on the make, fit and reviews of any of their new pieces and which one your favourites are.

Zimmermann stores are spread throughout and is also  and ships internationally to certain .

T-Styled Me’s Weekly Insta-Tumblr Round Up: New Year Resolutions

New Years resolutions are often made with honest intentions; it’s a new year and a good a time as any to reflect on our achievements or transgressions over the past 12 months and appease our conscience with focused promises for the year ahead. Looking back at my new years’ resolutions for 2012 I probably only kept 1/4 of these yet remember feeling equally strong about all four of them in the beginning. This year, I’m keeping it simple and sticking to three main resolutions: 1) Spend less and save more 2) Continue pursing my love for personal styling and shopping and 3) I’ll keep that one a personal one 😛 I find it helpful to have these goals written and displayed somewhere (fridge, whiteboard or bathroom door – Whatever works for you) as a reminder throughout the year.

I gave into temptation a bit too much in 2012 by splurging (even though I did spend more on affordable high street brands) so this year’s focus is to not to completely stop shopping (what kind of blog would this be?!) but to continue to focus on affordable investment buys and to elimiate impulse shopping.

Step 1: I spent 45 mins (yes, sadly this is how long it took) unsubscribing to all my shopping emails. You know the story, browse, click click, type in memorised card number while bf is asleep, send pkg to work and add three new dresses to the wardrobe (whilst practicing in a high pitched voice ‘Oh, this old thing?!’). I swear I never signed up to half these emails but by golly, it felt empowering to get rid of them and I would highly recommend it to anyone going through a similar shopping detox! Will you lose your bargain/shopping edge I hear you ask? No. That’s what the retailers want you to think but trust me, you’ll be fine.

There have been 7 days in January and so far so good #nojudgementpleaseitssaletime. I’ve just come back from a quick week’s Christmas holiday to California and actually managed to keep shopping to minimum. I was spoilt for Christmas anyway and I focused on shopping for one of my clients which was a lot of fun and kept my shopping energies directed on her and doing what I love. Here are some instagram (@tstyledme) happy snaps of my trip …

1. Out at a bar in Hollywood with my fam fam. 2. On the set of War of the Worlds @ Universal Studios 3. Gorgeous Mugs from Anthropologie and 4. TSM on the job putting together an outfit for my client

1. Enternity friendship bracelet received from a friend for Xmas and the Michael Kors watch I’d been eyeing for a while (def cheaper in the USA!) 2. Trying on Manolo Blahniks in SAKS for fun 3. Cheap(er) MAC make up in the US and 3. Duty Free purchases/spoils for Christmas

1. Watching NBA in San Fran (they serve Rice Vermcelli at the game!) 2. Union Square in San Fran – View from the Cheesecake Factory 3. Vitamin D Fix outside the Farmers Market – Ferry Building in SF and 4. Being a tourist with the Powell St trams.

A few outfits and accessories I picked up for my client on the personal shopping trip in LA.

OOTD: Picked up this gorgeous Camilla & Marc Dress up in the USA and while it was too cold to wear it in London this weekend, I layered it under a chunky Topshop knit and All Saints Leather Jacket with my fav  to Yauatcha (Michelin Starred Dim Sum). Can’t wait do my Summer post on this dress!

What are your new years resolutions and do you have any additional tips or milestones you put in place to ensure you can look back in 365 days time and say you’ve achieved these goals? Here’s to 2013!

Thanks for reading, Tien xo

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

T-Styled Me’s Guide to shopping in London – London Pt 3

Bit of a blonde fact about me … When I packed my life in the 23kg luggage limit two years ago for London, I had NO idea what I was doing. I packed some pretty useless space consuming items like my pencil case (including a calculator, stapler, a set of staples and liquid paper) AND I was this close to bringing over my pillow too. I don’t know why, I just didn’t trust that London would have decent shops like they did in Australia. I know, pretty stupid right? Two years on, I want to buy everything here – clothes, shoes, electrical goods, baby clothes (not sure WHY as I have no need for them) – Everything! There’s just so much more variety here and with globally competitive prices and quality, I can’t believe how clueless I was thinking there’d be nowhere to shop  in London.

So in response to a request I’ve had for a ‘Shopping tips in London post,’ here’s a list of my personal favourite places to shop

T-Styled Me’s favourite High street Stores

  • Zara – The Oxford street store (near Bond street station) has the largest variety
  • H&M – If you can’t stand Oxford St crowds, try the H&M concession in Selfridges
  • Topshop in Oxford St esp. the ‘Boutique’ and ‘Emerging designers collections’
  • COS – (Owned by same H&M co.) has great both classic & minimalistic designs
  • Whistles – One of my faves! I love all the dresses, knits and jackets from here
  • Reiss – You’ll find beautifully tailored dresses, classic male & female suiting here
  • Urban Outfitters – Mixture of vintage and modern clothing and intl. brands
  • Anthropologie on Regent street – Check out the jewellery & homeware sections
  • Hobbs – I love the NW3 range for fun pieces for work – reminds me of Gorman!
  • Warehouse / Dorothy Perkins / Next – Affordable work and casual wear
  • Uniqlo – Perfect for winter thermals and um, seamless underwear

Cute shorts I found in Anthropologie on Regent street

Shorts from Warehouse, Top from Portmans, Blazer from Zara and Necklace from H&M

My H&M Summer Bargains 

T-Styled Me’s favourite Department Stores

  • Selfridges: Best.Department.Store.Ever ‘Pinkberry’ frozen yoghurt = bonus
  • Harrods: Designer brands galore and an awesome foodhall I lose myself in
  • Libertys: I love this place – so iconic to London with the best silk scarf selection
  • John Lewis: Think DJs on a much larger scale – great for furniture & bedding
  • House of Fraser: Think Myer on steroids. P.s They also stock Mimco here !
  • Primark: This place is cheap and crazy but I battle the crowds because they  have the best black opaque stockings for Winter

Matthew Williamson gowns (swoon!) in Harrods, Knightsbridge

Balenciaga Shoes in Libertys London – I love how they display their merchandise


 T-Styled Me’s favourite Markets & Vintage Stores

  • Borough Market: Food market – try Monmouth coffee & the Roast Roll (Yum!)
  • Old Spitafileds market: near Liverpool st – I love all the stalls & quirky designs
  • Portobello Market: Flea market meets antique stalls
  • Greenwich Market: Smaller scale Spitafields market

Picked up this dress from a stall in Old Spitafields / Brick Lane market for bargain at £20!

T-Styled Me’s favourite Areas to shop

  • Carnaby St: Off Regent street; A perfect alleyway of boutiques minus the crowd
  • New Bond st: I still love my designer brands & always pop by A&F for a perve!
  • Oxford & Regent St: Love it but avoid on weekends because I value my sanity
  • Long Acre Street in Covent Gardens: High street stores without the big crowds
  • Brick Lane: I love love love all the vintage stores down brick lane and Cheshire street and always manage to pick up a bargain

I found this beautiful antique ring at the vintage stores down Brick Lane for only £8 !

All these pics are from my Instagram (Follow me on @tstyledme)

I also recommend Bicester Village which I wrote about in a previous post if you have time while visiting London. I hope any potential visitors and Londoners found this post useful and feel free to add any other shopping gems you know about in London as well!

Have a great weekend guys! I’m off to Edinburgh to watch Olympic Football and to enjoy the Fringe Festival :)