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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Nine to Five - Blake & Co Giveaway!


 'Symmetrical brush stroke dress': c/o Blake & Co (link here)
Stone necklace: c/o Rings and Tings (link here)
Bag: Prada
Cuff: Colette Accessories
Gold cap heels: Portmans
 
Good morning guys! Most of my outfits tend to be for the weekend and for casual days, since work outfits can get so boring and repetitive. I have only featured work outfits on my blog a few times before, and you can check out my blog post and video on Making Work Outfits Fashionable here.
 
So I was really  happy to have recently discovered Blake & Co, a Singapore-based boutique selling a lovely range of classy and contemporary pieces that suit both work and play! In this post I'm wearing my favourite piece from Blake & Co: an elegant slim-fitted black dress, with a stunning symmetrical printed brush stroke design on the front and back. It's classy enough for the office, but also modern and trendy! I love how the brushstroke design doesn't extend all the way over both hip sides, which means the dress makes your waist seem smaller and is really flattering! :)
 
Blake & Co Giveaway
 
I've also paired up with Blake & Co to do a giveaway. Stand a chance in winning a $100 dollar Blake & Co gift card! They also ship internationally so this contest is open for everyone :)

All you have to do is:
  1. like their Facebook page at http://on.fb.me/1h2E9Ns,
  2. follow their Instagram http://bit.ly/Robjm3
  3. follow my Instagram athttp://bit.ly/1h2EhfT
  4. and like this Instagram post!

Contest ends on Tuesday, GMT + 8 and the winner will be announced on Blake & Co's Facebook page on Wednesday, 2pm GMT+8.


This gorgeous faux stone necklace is also kindly gifted from Rings and Tings, an amazingly cheap jewellery online store I've featured in the past as well. And they also ship worldwide! This necklace looks expensive, but it's actually the biggest steal at only 5.5 pounds (about 9-10 USD). I absolutely love finding cheap little jewellery pieces and dressing them up to look a lot more pricey than they actually are!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Duchesse Paris

Top: c/o Duchesse Paris (link here)
Star studded denim shorts: Factorie
Mint green parka: c/o IAnyWear
Aztec fringe backpack: Sportsgirl
Boots: Verali
 
Parkas are always a wonderful staple piece for cooler weather! When it's not cold enough for thick coats, I love throwing on a lightweight outer garment that prevents you from looking bulky or overly warm. I always find myself reaching for this one in particular, as I love the laidback , effortless vibe it instantly creates over any casual outfit.
 
Inside I've worn a new speckled tee from Duchesse Paris, which has a really cute stag head motif on the front! I don't know if anyone else has seen the tv show Hannibal, but I can't stop associating the stag with it...I try not to think about it though haha! The tee is 100% cotton and is really soft and comfy to wear. This cute speckled tee also comes in beige and grey! Check out Duchesse Paris here http://duchesseparis.bigcartel.com/, they also have men's tees! :)
 
The other day I decided to pull out this old Sportsgirl backpack again! I actually got an email asking if I was willing to sell it, and it only reminded me of how much I loved it haha. The little aztec trim and fringe have such a cute boho style and I definitely want to save it up for going out or festival occasions. So if you're reading this, I'm so sorry, I hope you get to find the same backpack somewhere soon! :)

Monday, April 14, 2014

What I'm Happy About Week 4

Morning morning! Here's the fourth installment of my Happiness blog post series! To read about what this series means to me, feel free to check out the first post here :)

1. Wardrobe-ready for winter

From L to R: 'Helena brushed wool biker coat', 'Sophie single breasted coat' in warm berry, powder blue
 
Right now in Sydney we're in the middle of autumn (or fall), and then it will be winter! So I've been stocking up on winter coats (never mind that I already have a bunch from previous winters, new is always good :)) I find that I always buy the most amazing winter jackets and coats from Forever New! It's often so difficult to find reasonably-priced coats in Australia that are good quality, and also have trendy designs and styles. I'm so glad that I was able to find such amazing coats (all in a single haul!) to get me prepped for the upcoming winter.
 
 'Helena brushed wool biker coat': Forever New
bag: c/o iAnyWear
Monochrome floral skirt: Forever 21
Heart patterned stockings: Glassons
Boots: Lovelyshoes.net
 
I only modelled one jacket from my Forever New haul so far- the 'Helena brushed wool coat'. The material has a beautiful wool touch and in real life it looks so much expensive than it is ($150 AUD). The zips give it an edgy look and this coat is like the longer, warmer version of my zip biker jackets.
 
mint green collar top: c/o Sheinside (link here)
 
And here is the outfit that is hiding underneath the oversize grey coat! Besides being able to wear beautiful coats, colder weather is also a great time to bring out my collection of long-sleeved blouses. This mint coloured one from Sheinside makes a perfect addition, and I love the subtle touch of detail with the metallic collar tips. 

2. Fitness progress
Palm trees sports crop top: Cotton On
Shorts: Nike
Mint green sneakers: Cotton On

I have been soooo excited and pleased about this for a while! Lately I have been hitting the gym almost 3-4 times a week, training different areas of my body according to a training program my personal trainer has given me. I've noticed that I've gotten a lot more toned than before in all areas, especially on my arms and legs (which I have been putting more focus on). This makes me really excited because my arms are my biggest problem area (my upper arm strength is ridiculously bad, I couldn't even lift and throw a ball in high school sport) but I have been progressively increasing the weights I lift, and I have been noticing definition in them too! You can't really tell in the photos, but a lot of people have already told me they've noticed definition on my arms! :)

Amazingly I think the muscle training is also affecting my eating habits, where I crave less junk than before and I instead eat a lot of meat everyday (which is going straight to my muscles! :)) I can't believe I spent years not doing any weight training (just trying to diet and using only cardio for exercise), because it actually benefits you in so many ways and can help you achieve a stronger, more toned body much, much better.


3. Unexpected Gifts
'Fabulous' fragrance: Victoria's Secret
Earrings: Neiman Marcus
 
It always makes me feel so loved to receive random gifts every now and then! A new Victoria's Secret has opened recently near my workplace, and I have been itching to go there. My current perfume is running out and my boyfriend has kindly replaced it for me, with 'Fabulous'. It's the perfect scent for me! It contains juicy currant, osmanthus blossom, and pink freesia. I personally prefer sweet, almost lolly-like scents (I am a die-hard sweet tooth after all!) which are also floral, fresh and light at the same time. There was a 30% sale when my boyfriend bought this for me, and it came down to less than $60 for a 100ml bottle.
 
I also received a lovely gift when I met up with Kristen from RewardStyle when she visited Australia! This is from Neiman Marcus, a high end department store from the US which now ship to Australia. Thanks so much Kristen, the rich blue colour of the earrings is beautiful! 

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