Mixed bag

karen-walker-runawaygirl-4Wearing – Karen Walker top, Gorman jeans, The Horse shoes, Fjallraven Mini Kanken backpack

This was one of those outfits that I “put together” in my head whilst packing my bags for Melbourne. I’m one of those people who just can’t achieve anything unless there’s an element of stress involved. Which means I lie around the bedroom, bemoaning my lack of clothing choices for hours on end, procrastinating by trying on completely bizarre and impractical outfits, only to then madly throw random pieces of clothing at my open suitcase because I’m about to miss the plane.

Let me know what you think, but did I go a bit “cray cray” with this outfit? I was sitting having breakfast in Drugstore Espresso on Toorak Rd when I realised that I looked a tad like a little pink and yellow confection.

Anyhoos, here it is. I am never one to shrink from wearing colour, but was this a bit OTT?
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Nobody knows

nobody-4Wearing – Nobody denim jacket, Madewell dress (similar), The Horse shoes, Mini Kanken backpack, Freckle & Co tassel bracelets, Alister Yiap hexagon ring, vintage sapphire bracelet (thanks Mumsy!)

Now I don’t know why, but I just haven’t been a huge fan of denim jackets – until now…Maybe it’s because their often boxy shapes tend to be rather unflattering on me or they conjure up these kinds of images in my mind (you know, the bad kind of 90s fashion that is not experiencing a revival). But I just couldn’t walk past these prettily embroidered shoulders of this Nobody creation! My first attempt at trying it on wasn’t such a roaring success but with a little help from the lovely staff at Merge Subiaco this little baby eventually came home with me and boy has it made itself comfortable! Paired with a simple lace dress and my soft-as-butter shoes from Sydney label, The Horse, this has fast become my favourite summer outfit.nobody-6 nobody-13nobody-14 nobody-10 nobody-2 nobody-5

There’s no place like home…

comptoir-11Wearing – Comptoir des Cotonnieres dress, Urban Outfitters belt, Repetto shoes, K is for Kani floral crown, bracelets from SoWeAre

I write the title of this post while I’m once again many many miles away from my home in Perth. After having such an amazing time overseas, I’m now already back in Broome (highlights of the holiday – getting to spend three whole weeks with Jinn, watching Matilda the Musical at the Cambridge Theatre, getting the chance to catch up with a whole bunch of besties at the wedding of the century in France, singing in the most beautiful cathedral for this fairytale wedding [the acoustics!], driving on the “wrong” side of the road through the green rolling hills of Brittany trying my hardest not to freak out, and of course foodfoodfood and shoppingshoppingCHANELflagshipstoreshopping!). Wow, that bracketed sentence was so long I think I forgot what I was originally saying…

Oh yeah, so we’d had an incredible three weeks overseas that was so absolutely jam-packed (except for that one night we ate instant noodles, yep) that by the end of it I was admittedly longing for my bed, my garden, my coffee machine, and just the comfort that being totally at home brings. No needing to rush around to see or do something “because you might never come back here again!”, no struggling to say something quite unintelligibly in a foreign language, no wars with maps/evil GPS machines. Travelling is awesome, but there’s something pretty cool about knowing where everything is and being able to stroll down to your local cafe to grab a bite and a coffee then sitting in your own backyard listening to the birds sing.

So that’s what we did during the 39 hours I was back in Perth for. Oh and of course there’s always time for a quick little outfit post! The perfectly temperate yet sunny weather so typical of Perth was the ideal accompaniment to this sweet denim (Paris-bought!) dress and K is for Kani floral crown that was yet another birthday gift from Jinn! It was just so nice to be able to wander outside without at least three layers and a big coat on! Does anyone else get super sick of their “big coat” when they go travelling to cold places? I hate wearing the same thing everyday, plus it covers up the rest of your awesome outfit!

Apologies for not posting during our holiday but we were seriously that busy and our internet particularly patchy. But do you know what that means? Many many more posts to come shortly…!

Bisous!

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InstaRecap – London + Edinburgh

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View from our window 🚌🚕🏤😊

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As you can see we’ve been tearing around London like lunatics trying to soak in all the sights and eat as many pastries as possible, all whilst resisting the urge to curl up into a small but very warm ball, especially when some nights have been just one little degree Celsius! And remember I’ve been basking (sweating) in 35 degree Broome weather up til now! Jinn organised a sneaky birthday surprise for me and reserved us a room at the luxurious Langham Hotel which was just beautiful and also dangerously close to all the shopping on Oxford St. He knows me too well…

There will be many many more posts to come, I promise. But whilst there are that many things to see and numerous cupcakes to eat plus a wedding in France this Saturday (eek! So soon!), I’m afraid the posts will be a little sporadic. That, and I may possibly lose a finger or two if it gets any colder!

Ciao for now 🙂

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More bee-day spoilt goodness at the hotel 😘😘😘

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Gustatory pleasure #heston #blumenthal #london #travel #food #instagood

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Hyde Park on a fine but chilly Spring day #london #travel #instagood

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View of the tip of The Shard #london #travel #instagood

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Get in mah belleh! #burgertime #hungry #food #instafood #london #travel

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1, 2, 3. Being spoilt by Jinn at The Langham.

4. Watching Matilda at Covent Garden.

5. At The Victoria & Albert Museum for the David Bowie exhibition – it was phenomenal.

6, 7. Paying Heston a visit…Meat fruit!

8. Strolling through Hyde Park (and attempting to burn off that meat fruit :P)

9, 10. View of the Shard and from the Shard.

11, 12, 13, 14. The Borough food markets which we just happened to stumble across near the base of the Shard.

15, 16, 17, 18. Being a bit touristy.

19. Lichtenstein at Tate Modern.

20. What I did whilst Jinn waited in line at Record Store Day. Ate (and delivered) cupcakes!

21, 22, 23. More wandering.

24. Reliving our past with a quick zip through Edinburgh. (We were last here seven years ago for a month as medical students!)

My birthday suit – Claire from Ruck Rover

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This week’s Birthday Suit curator is Claire Trolio from one of my all time fave stores, Ruck Rover, and that fantastic little website “We Love Perth” that always seems to pick out and find all the shiniest gems in our beloved city. Ruck Rover is situated on the corner of William and Francis Streets and is always my go-to store if I’m in search of a special gift that’s unique. They have a great selection of clothes and accessories for girls, guys and bubs alike!

Whilst wearing these lovely duds you see above, this is how Claire would spend her perfect birthday…

To begin my birthday celebrations a few friends would join my on my back porch for a few gin and tonics. We’d share stories and laughter before heading up the road for dinner and champagne and Must – a soufflé for entree, the crab pasta for main and an ice cream sundae for desert! Bliss.

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1. Dotty Speck 3 Zinn Gold Necklace, 2. Confetti System Garland, 3. Atomic orange nail polish from OPI, 4. Emily & Fin Stella Floral dress in orange – coming in April to Ruck Rover, 5. Nars eye shadow – just a little tinge of green, 6. Bait Jenny shoes

My birthday suit – Le Fanciulle

my-birthday-suit-le-fanciulleThis week’s fab birthday outfit is brought to you by the ladies from Le Fanciulle, aka Steph and Trish. Here’s a rundown from the lovely duo themselves about their chosen look…

As much as we love our basics, this is our imaginary party get-up so we thought, “you know what? We can wear what we damn well please!”; hence the neon leather, which is our piece de resistance! And with all good parties with us at the helm, there must be tea.  And snacks – always snacks.
xx Steph & Trish 🙂

motifCobalt blue with neon accents – yes please! And snacks? I love snacks! Interestingly, as we all belong to the Perth medico-sphere as well as the blogosphere (me a relative newcomer), we have somewhat orbited each others’ existence and only realised who each other were fairly recently! These sartorially-savvy beauties are steady faces on the Perth fashion scene and have a blog that I’m a huge fan of. To cap it off they have quite a number of achievements under their belts – namely, they were recent nominees for Betts Best Fashion Blogger of the Year 2013 and were also chosen to take part in the Perth Fashion Festival’s 30 Days of Restyle 2012. Phew! Busy bees!

To read about their latest adventures click here!

1. ASOS clutch, 2. Roksanda Ilincic top, 3. Jason Wu skirt, 4. Saint Laurent pumps, 5. Chanel nail polish, 6. T2 teapot, 7. Laduree macarons

My birthday suit – Rachel

mboard-bday-by rachel 3-13This bright and cheerful birthday ensemble is brought to you by Rachel, the creative mind and set of nimble fingers behind Freckle & co. Based in Perth, she lovingly makes unique pieces of jewellery that reflect her roots in sewing and needlework. Brightly coloured tassels handcrafted from embroidery thread, snippets of Liberty of London fabrics, these textiles are used in creative new and, most importantly, wearable ways. Do visit her etsy store to see for yourself!

As a bonus for our lovely readers, enter SILVERLINING15 at the checkout to get a 15% discount at Freckle & co until the 30th of April.

To see Rachel’s tassel bracelet in action, click here and here.

1. La Petite Fest paper garland, 2. Gorman dress, 3. Chanel lipstick, 4. L. K. Bennett/Caroline Issa heels (OMG those shoes! Those pompoms!), 5. MoMA double rainbow maker, 6. Kate Spade clutch, 7. Benu Shop necklace

Malaysia photo diary…aka Food Safari!

sa-carSo we were recently in Malaysia for a whirlwind trip to finally wind up the month long festivities that was Jinn’s little sister’s wedding! Crazy hey? But between dinners and meet-and-greets (Jinn’s parents both have massive extended families) we managed to fit in a spot of shopping, sight-seeing and as you can see – a whole stack of food! Malaysia is well-known for its culinary delights and boy oh boy I tried my bestest to sample them all!

Top 10 things to eat in Malaysia:

  1. Char kway teow – flat rice noodles stir-fried with delicious whatnots like Chinese sausage and scrambled egg
  2. Wonton mee or its East Malaysian sister kolo mee – thin egg noodles that are cooked just al dente served with a delectable soy-based sauce and little pork dumplings
  3. Roti canai – Indian flat bread that is just oh so fluffy accompanied by curries-of-the-day (Great for breakfast! Really!)
  4. Teh tarik – another delicious Indian concoction, black tea sweetened with condensed milk
  5. Laksa – which differs in taste depending which region it comes from – Sarawak, Penang, or curry laksa – they’re all good!
  6. Chee cheong fan – so simple yet oh so mindbendingly awesome, rolls of thick flat rice noodles served with plum-based and chilli sauces and a sprinkling of sesame seeds
  7. Ice kacang and ice chendol – icy desserts in a coconutty sauce, perfect for the hot humid weather
  8. Poh piah – simmered local turnip wrapped with chilli sauce in a thin rice flour skin
  9. Muah chee – sticky rice dumpling filled with crunchy peanuts mixed with white sugar and sesame seeds, one of my personal faves!
  10. Nasi lemak – coconut rice, spicy tiny deep fried fish accompanied with a curry
  11. Satay – self-explanatory and universally worshiped by all
  12. Bah kut teh – juicy pieces of pork spare rib cooked in a herbal soup and served with a bowl of steaming white rice
  13. And don’t forget to sample the local tropical fruits – jackfruit, rambutan, longan, mangosteen…and if you’re brave – durian!

Huh? Did I say top 10? Well, there’s just that much amazing food to eat, I’m sure there’s still some that I’ve missed. What are your must-eat foods that you would travel the world for? roti-teh-2 roti-teh-1 roti-2 roti-4 grandparent-handsang-pow2outfit1-3 outfit1-4+jinn egg-tartnoodle-2jinn-outfit-4sa-amelie2botan-6 botan-7 botan-colours2 monkey-paulmonkey-9botan-colours1 monkey-dude-1 botan-colours4 mee-goreng-man assam-laksa cheong-fan ice-kacangmarket-bananassarah-camerakhoo-lionkhoo-catstreet-art-5 penang-streetart-1 streetart-2

***Street art in Penang by Ernest Zacharevic

Oppa fifties style! (Hey sexy lady!)

https://i0.wp.com/www.laurengabrielson.com/product_images/uploaded_images/locations-img.jpgWhen we were recently in New York we stayed in an apartment along a quiet street in SoHo/NoLIta. We happened to be living right next to the store of a local designer, Lauren Gabrielson. Her vintage-inspired dresses and buttery soft coats (along with a generous helping of lace – my fave!) sucked me in immediately. However, since we still had two weeks in New York, I restrained myself thinking that I’d possibly find something else I liked better during our stay.

It was hard to walk past that store window everyday, the dresses with their gorgeous fifties-styling paired with modern bright pops of colour seemed to bat their lacy eyelashes at me. Then, I did it – on our second last day in New York, the thought of leaving the city without one of those dresses was too much for me to bear. I narrowed the field down to two dresses, one demure and one with a bit more “ka-pow!”. I’ll leave you to decide which one I picked…

P.S. The makeup is a bit heavier than what I’m used to, it was done for the wedding I attended over the weekend. I was torn between liking the “drama” of it all to “woah, who’s the scary eyebrow lady.” dress-4dress-11dress-8dress-6dress-10***What I’m wearing – silk and lace dress by Lauren Gabrielson, red bow belt bought from Artists & Fleas Chelsea Market pop-up store, diamante bow heels by Franco Burrone (check these out!), diamond and semiprecious stone earrings borrowed from Mumsy (read stolen/permanent loan)

***Hair by Jane Cooper and Tracey Brown from Toni & Guy Subiaco, makeup by Lisa Chester

***First image taken from http://www.laurengabrielson.com

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