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!)
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.”
I brought my camera along on the day to take a few pics but I was so caught up in the excitement of styling that I kept forgetting to take proper photos. MB was kind enough to send me quick snap of the wedding outfit I put together for her. Continue reading
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