Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Are you a Morning person?

'Yawn' tee: c/o Batoko (link here)
Striped leggings: ASOS
Denim hoodie: c/o Banggood (link here)
Shoes: eBay

Who is a morning person here? I am not by nature, but I try to be as I find that I am so much more productive in the morning! Mornings are for setting out the day's tasks and goals and preparing to fulfill them. Towards the end of the night before I sleep it becomes a kind of blend of animal videos/gifs/memes, and other things that are 100% unproductive and only mildly entertaining. Some days I try to get up at sunrise for a morning run, shower, work, and then that leaves the whole afternoon and night free to be productive :)

This 'yawn' tee by Batoko is so comfy and versatile. I can image it as the quintessential college or uni piece, as it reminds people why you're so grumpy in the morning :P The 'yawn' tee also comes in different colours, like blue here, pink and yellow in boyfriend fits hereBatoko has a great range of tees with the funniest and quirkiest messages :) And they ship worldwide! I have a few more awesome pieces from Batoko coming up so keep your eyes peeled!

I wore it with a denim hoodie from Banggood for that casual laidback look. This one has a bit of flare to it to give it some shape, which I like. Plus it's so affordable, only about $15!

handcuff 'freedom' necklace: c/o Renareborn (link here)
Dome Ring: c/o Renareborn (link here)

Renareborn also kindly sent me a few of their coolest jewellery pieces! The cuffs necklace is so cute and has a tiny engraving of 'freedom'. And the ring is a great statement staple that pairs so well with anything else gold!

Check out Renareborn for more great accessories; they feature a fantastic range of chic new and recycled fashion!

Stevia of The Sweetest Escape has just the loveliest blog! Her style is a wonderful blend of vintage and girly. She has the cutest pieces in her wardrobe and pairs them together so well!

isn't she adorable? :)

Keep in touch with Stevia on her ChictopiaLookbook, and Twitter!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Tartan Again

Cut out top: c/o Motel Rocks (link here)
Tartan skirt: c/o Lovely Sally (link here)
'Clayton' platform booties: Jeffrey Campbell (bought from Nasty Gal)

Yes, tartan (or plaid) is everywhere and you are probably sick to death of it already! It is however one of the most fun prints to wear because of how many ways you can style it. A tartan jacket is great for the office and a long thick tartan coat is perfect for winter. A skater tartan skirt gives a really cute preppy 90's look, and a tight tartan skirt like this one from Lovely Sally can be perfect for a sexy and edgy outfit! The floral print on the side just adds that extra feminine touch.

Luckily for those on the opposite side of the world where it's actually fall, going into winter- Lovely Sally makes a leggings version of this great tartan printed skirt, which is here. Both pieces are super versatile and on trend right now!

I matched the squared pattern on the tartan skirt with this square cut-out crop top from Motel Rocks. The design is so unique and caught my eye immediately! Not only are there cutouts across the shoulders but also down the sleeves.

And I'm finishing off the outfit with my new killer Clayton platform booties from Jeffrey Campbell! Can you believe that they are actually comfortable! Despite the whoppingly high heel, the shoes feel surprisingly sturdy and doesn't give you the feeling of toppling over. They add so much edge (and yes plenty of height too) to any outfit!

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Linda is possibly one of the sweetest and most diligent bloggers I have come across in my blogging life! She's always so up to date with her blogger feed and will regularly leave a lovely comment. I love her range of style as she rocks edgy and bohemian and flowy looks so equally well.

Check out Linda on her blog The Dragonfruit Diaries, and her Facebook, Lookbook, and Twitter :)

This is the second time I have done a Reader Feature section! If you would also like to be featured do let me know! :)

Also my previous post (Making Work Outfits Fashionable) was featured on the Links Roundup for Independent Fashion Bloggers again! Here are the rest of the wonderful blogs that were selected too:


Truly Gifted

It's somehow sad that Thanksgiving always gets the shaft for the holidays. Not as much fun as Halloween, not as much religious/global/ gifting/commercial opportunity as Christmas/Hanukkah/etc... But alas, we're all caught up in the holidays in the blogosphere. Between the gifts, the celebrations, the reflection of the year that's about to end, there's so much ground to cover! This week, we have a delightful round of holiday inspired posts to get you thinking about the rest of the year. Believe it or not... we don't have that much time left.

Links à la Mode: November 21

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Fashionable Work Outfits

As requested on YouTube and on my blog....here is my Work Outfits video/ blog post! The theme is more like how to make Work Outfits more Interesting / Fashionable, because I know that was my struggle and continues to be for a lot of us fashion-forward girls lol :) Here are some looks on how you can incorporate colour and trends to spice up your office look without being inappropriate!

Of course these are just my ideas and not every work place is the same- some places can have much stricter dress codes and in these situations you might want to take these ideas and maybe tone down the colours a little, wear a longer hemline, change the shoes or however it suits you and your workplace.
(Also you may notice that I don't have any outfits featuring pants! This is simply because I am really not a pants person but if you are more comfortable wearing pants please feel free to do so!)

The YouTube video on the work outfits is here. My YouTube Channel is here at Youtube.com/IzzisDaydream.

floral blazer- Ebay
white tee- ShopMarketHQ
orange buckle skirt- Forever21
Necklace- c/o Spicy Avenue (link here)
Heels- Bon Bon

Prints are a great way to jazz up your corporate wardrobe. Keep the print relatively conservative and nothing too crazy or 'trendy'. Floral prints are one of the safest prints. You can take the floral print a notch higher, by splashing them on statement blazer.
I complemented the printed floral blazer with a vibrant orange buckle skirt from Forever 21. The whole look is great for a summer office look with bright shades and floral prints. You can stick to just one (colour or prints) depending on what you feel comfortable with in your particular work place.

This gorgeous necklace is thanks to Spicy Avenue and is the perfect touch of luxury to my outfit. The design is so elegant and it looks so much more expensive than it is.
(use code 'IZZI10' to receive 10% off your Spicy Avenue order!)

If you want to be a bit safer, polka dots and stripes are more classic prints that are also suitable for the work place. Alternatively, you can wear the prints on more subtle garments like blouses and then wear a jacket over it.
In any case, keep these patterns and prints to one piece, not a whole jump suit. Otherwise it is too distracting and can even be an eyesore for people talking to you!

leather contrast blouse: c/o Mootta
Zip skirt: Portmans
Kitten heels: Siren Shoes

Leather is not the fabric you think of first when you think of the workplace, but this subtle touch to the collar allows leather to sneakily creep in! This blouse from Mootta is also made of silk, and this contrast with leather makes the piece very trendy as well.

Tweed is another great fabric to incorporate into your work wardrobe, especially for the colder seasons. I've seen some really cute tweed garments not just long coats, but also dresses and skirts.

When I first started working I found it so hard to find affordable work pieces. It seemed to go from Cue (a few hundred dollars a garment) to BIGW (Walmart-equivalent). The Australian chain store Portmans however came through for me, although I still prefer to go there when there are sales on. I got this skirt for about $30 on sale, and the blazer was about $50 full price. For my Aussies out there, I highly recommend Portmans for budget corporate wear!

necklace: c/o Spicy Avenue (link here)
white irregular cut skirt: c/o Spicy Avenue (link here)
White crop blazer: Portmans
Bag: Forever New

The asymmetrical trend has been in full swing as of late, with the Zara skort and hemline dips and peek-a-boo legs. This skirt from Spicy Avenue takes the trend into the corporate environment, in a more subtle and modest way. I got a size M (up from my usual S) to ensure that it would sit longer on my legs.

(taken from the Spicy Avenue skirt item page)
What I really like about ordering items off Spicy Avenue, is that it gives you detailed information for each product. So for 'translucency' the box was unticked so I knew ordering a white skirt would be ok and not show underwear, and 'elasticity' was unticked so you know that it's not stretchy, and it might be better to order up a size. I find this information really useful because sometimes you can't tell these details from pictures, and these details are very important when it comes to corporate wear because obviously see-through garments are inappropriate.

For some workplaces this skirt might be too short, so before buying skirts you should always check the length measurements if buying online. Some workplaces require skirts stopping at or below the knees, whilst others don't have this requirement. Observe the hemlines on your colleagues to get a good sense of what is acceptable.

use code 'IZZY10' to receive 10% off your Spicy Avenue order!

wrap dress: Sportsgirl
gold-capped heels: Portmans
choker necklace: Sheinside
clutch: Choies

Statement jewellery can be a great way to accessorise and complete what might otherwise be a plain outfit. This look is sort of more for after work drinks or for a desk to dinner transformation, or dinner with a client.
But keep the jewellery minimal. Too much can divert a client's attention away from the conversation and be distracting.

This wrap skirt from Sportsgirl was just perfect- it's trendy and modern, yet conservative at the same time. High necklines will protect cleavage-bearing yet the dress is cut to show off the shoulders. The wrap dress is shorter in the middle yet the fit isn't skin tight.

Here are some more general tips on how to dress at the workplace:
  • In general, when in doubt, be on the conservative side of the scale. Feeling trendy and showing off your new purchases is great, but it's more important to ensure you don't attract the wrong attention in the workplace....as this could jeopardise your career!
  • Have a look around you as well to see what your colleagues are wearing. Try not to wear anything they wouldn't wear, even if it was commonplace and acceptable at your previous job.
  • Consider to what extent, your role actually involves you representing the IMAGE of the company. Do you sit at your desk all day, or do you go out and meet with clients or important stakeholders? If it's the latter, you might have to take more care in how you dress as your entire appearance, is reflective of the company you work for. The wrong outfit could have damaging consequences on the business relationship.
  • Keep your clothes ironed and neat! No matter how fashionable or unfashionable your outfit is :) it's highly important to look tidy and professional at least! 

So there you have it! I hope these tips to make your work clothes more interesting and fashionable help. If you have any comments and feedback please let me know. And keep in mind again that these are just my ideas! Feel free to take these tips and change it up to however you feel comfortable with/what is appropriate at your workplace!

If you missed the link, my YouTube video on these outfits is here.

The first person to be featured on my new 'Reader Feature' section is a pretty formidable one! Here's Stephanie from Faiiint.com, from London. She has the most enviable and gorgeous black pieces which she  always finds a way to style in an interesting, refreshing and fashionable way. Besides the beautiful pictures her post content is always a pleasure to read as well. She has the most amazing illustrations (click here) and her particular artistic style and talent definitely seem to be reflected in her fashion too. And as you can tell she's absolutely stunning to boot! :)

Keep in touch with Steph at her blog Faiiint.com, and check out her Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter :)

hope everyone is having a great week so far!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Miami Mint with Triangl Swimwear

Chloe bikini in 'Miami Mint': c/o Triangl Swimwear (link here)
Crochet dress: c/o Awwdore (link here)

hey all! I was recently kindly sent a bikini from the amazing Triangl Swimwear. You may have seen their unique cuts and designs everywhere on bloggers and models, and definitely all over Instagram. The colour I chose was called "Miami Mint", because mint is stillll one of my favourite shades and is such a fresh look for summer!
What I really like about these bikinis is that the material is like wetsuit material!  Ie. neoprene, so they don't go transparent when wet, especially the bottoms which are nice and thick. I got size Small in both. They are true to size but I think the bottoms are a bit tighter than the top.
I'm so lusting after all the other iconic bikinis by Triangl! Other fruity colours such as tangerine(Arizona Sunset), coral (California Coral) and pastel blue (Santa Rose Splash)- yes please!


I also did a video on how to style beach wear, featuring the Triangl bikini. There are 3 looks-  sweet in crochet, tropical, and festival-inspired.

The link to the video, which features the above looks ^, is here. My YouTube account page is here.

Look #1 Sweet in crochet
Crochet dress: c/o Awwdore (link here)
Yay for this crochet dress actually being a dress! (a lot of 'dresses' actually turn out to be tops sometimes!) So luckily I was able to throw it on over the bikini as I was walking around from the beach to the shops for some lunch :)  It's the perfect cover-up over a bikini when you're a bit skin-shy but still want to have some of your bikini and a bit of skin peeking through!

Check out Awwdore.com for more really cute, stylish and feminine clothes at great prices :)

Fringed armlet: c/o Crafturday (link here)
I have already featured this gorgeous teardrop embellished 'fringelet' before on my blog! It's the ultimate festival accessory and is made extra prettier with these stunning multi-coloured embellishments. The lovely Vanessa from Crafturday makes the prettiest fringe cuffs- her Etsy shop is here! :)

Look #2 Festival-inspired
Fringe crochet cardigan: ASOS
Moon crescent necklace: Etsy

Look #3 Tropical
Pineapple Shorts: local boutique
neon bag: Missguided

You can see the Beach Styling looks in more detail on my video! :)

I currently have more exciting bikinis to feature, and I'm trying to get back into shape for the new photo sets!
As always, thanks to my lovely boyfriend for taking the photos & videos for me! :)

Annndd thanks for people's interest in the Reader Feature/ Appreciation segment. I am too tired now to do it with this post, so that kicks off with the next blog post! :)

Friday, November 8, 2013

New Wardrobe and Beauty Additions: AX Paris, The Scarlet Room, MGP Label, Jeffrey Campbell and more

AX Paris
Black tulle dress: c/o AX Paris (link here)
'AMOUR' belt: Sportsgirl

This is just the perfect super-girly little party dress! I have never really been the type to obsess over tulle personally as it's generally too girly for me, but I love it in dark tones like black and I have to admit I love the voluminous shape it gives! This dress from AX Paris has such a princess vibe to it but in a modern, chic elegant way rather than a childish way. I cinched it a little further at the waist with a bold gold lettered belt I got from Sportsgirl a while back- somehow the French language seemed to suit this dress!

AX Paris is full of gorgeous, glamorous dresses like this one. Definitely check it out for show-stoppers for your next special occasion! :)

The Scarlet Room
'Prints of the sea' blazer: c/o The Scarlet Room (link here) (currently sold out)
Mint green skater skirt: c/o The Scarlet Room (link here)
Necklace: c/o Prue Brulee
Heels: Bon Bon

I'm a huge fan of blazers (I have so many in my collection!) so I couldn't resist this gorgeous green and blue-toned one from The Scarlet Room. It's aptly titled 'Prints of the Sea' and is just such a pleasure to look at. I paired it with another item from The Scarlet Room- this lovely mint green flared skater skirt. Who said 'blue and green should never be seen' together?

White tee: ShopMarketHQ
Houndstooth print skirt: c/o The Scarlet Room (link here) (currently sold out)
Gold chunky necklace: Lovisa
Clutch: c/o Chicnova

Another item I got from The Scarlet Room is this lovely chic houndstooth printed skirt with the asymmetric cut. I've always found houndstooth to be such a classic print so I can get definitely get a lot of wears out of this skirt over many years. It matches practically anything as well, and here I'm choosing to wear it with a basic white tee and some black and gold accessories.

When ordering pieces from the Scarlet Room I recommend sizing up - I accidentally got these pieces in a size too small so I was not able to zip some of the things alll the way up- just something to keep in mind! :)

The Scarlet Room are a trendy online boutique from Singapore, selling all the latest fashions at super affordable prices! Plus they provide free normal air mail shipping worldwide! :)

click on the link below to see more new wardrobe and beauty additions!



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