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Always in Black & White

September 26, 2017

The long-awaited Shopbop Big Sale Event has begun again for 3 days only (offer ends on the 29th Sep). Use code EOTS17 for early access for discount up to 25% off on all orders! In this ootd, I am wearing the ALC Kyle Pants that I bought from Shopbop a while back and I am totally loving the style and fit. It has a slim fit with legs slightly cropped, and the high waist with the lace-up closure gives a corset effect for an hourglass silhouette. It’s super chic, unique, and goes with everything.

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Sunglasses – Victoria Beckham

Top – ALC  (also loving this similar style by Anna Sui that is on sale at Shopbop now)

Pants – ALC

Shoes – Valentino

Bag – Chanel Coco Handle in small

Lipstick – By Terry Velvet Rouge in Dream Bloom (reviewed here)

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The Perfect Black Blazer

April 12, 2017

I recently bought the highly coveted SMYTHE Duchess Blazer and I couldn’t be more impressed. To me, a black blazer is a perennial wardrobe staple that every girl should have at least a couple of in their wardrobe. The SMYTHE Duchess style is made and cut in absolute perfection and I could not pick a flaw. Love the 100% wool material that makes the blazer look expensive in real life, and the material is quite durable and not prone to creasing. The tailoring is on another level compared to other blazers I own in the same price range include Rag and Bone and Theory. I am of standard size small, and this jacket feels like it is tailor made for me. I love the slightly padded shoulder (not as over the top as the heavily padded Balmain like Jackets) which gives you a sharp silhouette. The gold buttons are also super on trend. I thought I’d share my review with you now as it is on special with Shopbop’s current promotion (up to 25% off on all orders use code EVENT17) at the moment.

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Victoria Beckham Sunglasses / Acne Studios Pump / SMYTHE Blazer / Cropped Pants / Chanel Reissue Bag

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The New Black

December 20, 2016

I love wearing all black – with updated details and silhouette so it does not look like the average black. Bought this new cute black ruffle top by Cynthia Rowley recently, love the ruffle details as well as the brushed suede finish. It looks so luxe and unique in real life. Also loving this black SJYP pants with side gold buttons at the bottom in a classic straight leg finish (similar pair here by Tibi). It is so chic and is also great for work!

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Top – Cynthia Rowley

Pants – SJYP

Shoes – Gucci

Sunglasses – Victoria Beckham

Bag – Hermes Constance

Hair Clip – Alexandre de Paris

 

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Sales Haul

November 28, 2016

It was quite a stressful weekend for me as there were just way too many good deals to check out! Besides beauty, my orders from Shopbop are slowly arriving. I thought I’d share my first round of haul while the promotion is still on for Cyber Monday.

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Boots – Casadei

Necklace – Gabriela Artigas. I’ve been looking for a dainty bar diamond necklace for a very long time, and glad I got this beautiful piece at a special price. It seems to be sold out by now, but another cheaper and smaller diamond bar necklace I love by EF Collection is still available.

Sunglasses – Victoria Beckham. Obsessed with aviators so I have to get my hands on the famous VB aviator!

Hair Clip – Alexandre de Paris. These are the best of the best hair accessories as they are all hand-made in France.

Jeans – Mother Denim

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Details – Mansur Gavriel Bag / Gucci Shoes / T by Alexander Wang Tee

Closer look

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Fall’s Favorite Sweater

November 23, 2016

I wanted to do a sales pick post, then I realised that everything I wore in this OOTD is all on sale now (except for the bag)! Here is another plush and ribbed oversized sweater by 3.1 Phillip Lim that I loved so much in the cold months, and it is on sale on Shopbop since they are offering up to 25% off for all full-priced and sale items with code GOBIG16! Another great pick is my workhorse suede ankle boots from Stuart Weitzman which I swear are the comfiest boots with heels (more comfy than Rag and Bone!).

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Sweater – 3.1 Philip Lim

Skirt – Carven

Boots – Stuart Weitzman (30% marked down)

Sunglasses – Tom Ford (bought here)

Bag – Chanel (similar here)

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Though the weather is getting warmer in Australia, I couldn’t help but pick up this cozy Acne Studios Deborah Sweater recently as soon as i saw it online. It is oversized, chunky, ribbed with slightly puffy sleeves – it’s such an everyday easy-to-wear style but so-on point with the silhouette. I love it so much that I really want to get the grey piece as well! Size-wise, for a boxy fit or layering, stay true to your size, otherwise go down a size for a more fitted look.

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Sweater – Acne Studios (available here, here, here and here)

Pants – Zara

Bag – Chanel (similar here for under $300)

Shoes – Acne Studios (similar here)

Beanie – Eugenia Kim (similar here)

Sunglasses – Tom Ford Aviator

Necklace – Jennifer Zeuner

 

 

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I had a wonderful vacation at Phuket for 10 days which I am currently organizing some pictures to post soon. It never feels long enough but that’s what makes our vacations so special in our lives (well unless you are a celeb or a global jet setter blogger!) As for me, I am happy with our holidays every 6 months, and I thoroughly enjoy the entire planning process including what to pack! This post is for sharing the skincare products that I brought with me on holiday. Since the destination is a hot tropical island, I brought lots of lightweight hydrating and brightening serums/lotions, and because I love taking pictures I like to have products that keep my face looking firm and lifted so more photogenic… Last but not least, lots and lots of sunscreens are a must.

My favorite beach bag is bought here

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CLEANSERS

Using the Bioderma Micelle Water (travel size) for makeup removal. I love the Ren Rosa Centifolia Cleansing Gel so much so I bought a full size of this. It’s a rose-infused gentle gel cleanser with a fresh rose smell that feels extremely soothing and refreshing which makes it a perfect morning cleanser. It doesn’t strip any moisture off, and keeps the skin supple and fresh. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant is one of  my HG cleansers for night time use, so I have to bring a travel size along with me. It’s a cleanser and an exfoliator in one that purifies the skin and deep cleans the pores without feeling harsh and drying on the skin. The Clinique Clarifying Lotion 1 is a refreshing toner for sweeping away any dead skin cells, and completely removes last traces of dirt and oil collected in your pores. In such a hot weathered place, I prefer to use multiple cleansing products just to keep my skin very clear and clog free.

SERUMS and MOISTURIZERS

I prep my skin with the Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum – it’s a highly potent treatment lotion that immediately hydrates the skin and boost the benefits of other skincare products, (detailed review here). Followed by the luxurious Chantecaille Bio Lifting Serum (reviewed here). It’s hydrating, soothing, anti-aging and provides a lifting effect to the face. During the day, I also apply the Tracie Martyn Face Resculpting Cream which is their signature product from the line. This is the travel friendly size which was made exclusive for Net-A-Porter. It can be used on the face as well as on the body for an immediate sculpting and firming effect. I have quite mixed feelings about it, as it works much better on the body than on the face for me. If you are after a face firming lotion for less than $100, nothing beats the famous Clarins Shaping Facial Lifting Total V Contouring Serum.

MASKS

I have dozens of paper masks with me (a mix of high and low end) on holiday, as the plan is to use at least one per day. As ironic as it sounds for spending most of the day at the beach and the pool during vacay, I don’t want to be tanned because my skin is prone to pigmentation! So every 2 nights I use the Sulwhasoo Snowise Ex Brightening Mask (reviewed here), It’s the best brightening mask I’ve ever used, as it definitely prevents my face from being tanned under long time sun exposure, and it helps to brighten up by one to one and a half shades after long term use. For hydrating and instant radiance boost, I like to use the SK II Facial Treatment Mask. A budget friendly brand is the Korean SNP Masks. I have used lots of theirs animal masks and liked them all. My favorite has to be the rabbit – it’s a multi purpose product that serves as a brightening beauty mask as well as keeping my 3 year old entertained by having a rabbit-faced mommy!

SUN PROTECTION

Using the french drugstore brand LA ROCHE-POSAY as they are rated very highly in a Japanese beauty magazine. Overall they are pretty good. The UVIDEA XL Melt In Cream SPF50 PA++++ is for the face that has a milky lotion texture and is non-greasy and feels light weight on the skin without feeling like having sunscreen on. The Anthelios XL Ultra Light Fluid SPF50 (best seller) is for the face and the body. It is slightly richer, so I use it on my body as well as for my son as the formula is made for sensitive skin and feels light on the skin so it doesn’t clog the pores and leave a white film on the skin.

BABY

Highly recommend the LA ROCHE-POSAY Baume B5 Soothing Repairing Balm for babies/toddlers. It helps to heal sensitive skin, rashes and insect bites.

 

 

 

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The All Year Round Dress

June 17, 2016

Mix/Match or Dress? I am definitely a dress girl for the rushed mornings! Every season I’d like to add a few timeless pieces into my closet. My favorite go-to dress lately is this military inspired SMYTHE Tunic Dress, I love the effortless vibe of this dress – anything that makes me look like I haven’t tried too hard is a winner for me. It is such a versatile dress that I have worn in warm days with a pair of tanned colored sandals (as styled here and here), as well as in the colder days with a pair of booties. In this OOTD, I had the Stuart Weitzman Mitten booties on (the most comfortable booties I have ever owned!), and it also looks great with thigh high suede booties. As with all SMYTHE clothing, the fabric is beautiful – it’s neither too thin or nor too stiff. The lace up collar adds an updated  fashion spin to this simple dress.

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Bag – Hermes Constance Etain

Shoes – Stuart Weitzman Mitten color Anthracite (bought here, there are other colors in black, tan and beige available here and here)

Shades – Karen Walker in black

Necklace – Jennifer Zeuner

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