28 July 2014

all black everything


on saturday i had a clothes crisis. it was one of those days that nothing looked good and my bed was covered in clothes. i was going to a picnic in the park. seriously, it can't be that hard right?

it's in those desperate moments that i resort to all black. works every time.

25 July 2014

i heart ny

 
my husband is heading to new york today (without me! wah! but to be fair, i am going to greece without him in august...).
 
looking at the above photos, i am reminded of how much i love this city - so vibrant, eclectic, overflowing and never stops for anyone. i am also reminded of the promise i made to myself 7 years ago. now that we are on the other side of the world i can well and truly say that it has been worth the risks, the tears, the overwhelming joy and the heart-thumping anxiety to know that we are living our lives to the fullest and in faith of a good and loving God.
 
images via pinterest and lost at e minor.

24 July 2014

so good

 
i have been after a pair of black heeled sandals for the longest time and finally came across these beauties on sale in my size. pretty happy about it!

23 July 2014

wardrobe essentials II: jeans

2. jeans


1 black
1 blue
1 boyfriend

these 3 jeans will take you anywhere. of course it depends on your figure as to what style of jeans you go for, but you really shouldn't need more than the above.

i would say i wear my black skinnies the most, mainly because i wear a lot of black, but also because they are slimming and go with everything. my current favourites are the petrol brodie by allsaints (note: the metallic/coated jeans are particularly slimming due to the way they catch the light).

blue jeans are forever. nothing further.

the boyfriend might be a trend, but it has been around for a while now. who cares if they are man-repelling. they are the most comfortable and chic thing you will ever wear. my favourites are my ksubis which have only become softer with age (4 years old!). i bought my ksubis 2 sizes larger, but most boyfriend jeans these days cater for the style so you can usually stick to your normal size. 

my go-to denim is definitely j brand. it has never let me down. other good ones are topshop (surprisingly), current/elliott, rag & bone, frame denim and acne.

what's your go-to jean?

21 July 2014

wardrobe essentials I: the perfect tee

i thought i would do some posts on what i think are the essentials items for every girl's wardrobe. these, i believe, are the building blocks.

1. the perfect tee
 
tees: cos, cos, alternative | shorts: ksubi alberceque

every girl needs it. every girl talks about it. every girl is on the search for it.
the perfect tee.

and once you find it, you need to get it in black, white and grey. or a few blacks and whites if you please.

the tee is the item in my wardrobe that i will reach for the most. it goes with every pair of jeans/shorts/skirt that i own, and always looks good. dress it up with a leather skirt, pinstripe trousers or a blazer. it really is the number one must have wardrobe essential.

my current favourites include these scoop necks by cos and my trusty old oversized tee by alternative. i've also found that zara make a great tee and sometimes sportsgirl, if you're lucky. either pure cotton or linen/cotton blends are the best.
what's your favourite tee?

13 July 2014

turkish tidbits

we just spent an amazing 9 days in turkey. it was incredible! turkey far exceeded my expectations. for some reason i thought it might be like malaysia or thailand, but it was so completely different. turkey is really multicultural and has so many different influences - roman, greek, arab, christian, muslim. it has a fascinating history and an incredible landscape to boot. here are some of my musings on turkey: 

1. people
turkish people rival the japanese in hospitality. they are so friendly and helpful and very polite. we felt so welcomed in turkey by the wonderful people. even the tourist peddlers on the street would politely ask you if you were interested in a boat ride and then wish you a pleasant day when turned down. 

2. cleanliness
turkey is so clean! the streets are swept and there is almost no litter. the turkish people seem proud of their country and definitely look after it. 

3. climate
it's like australia, but with better water sources. the climate is hot and dry, but the land is very fertile and there are crops everywhere. they grow everything from olives to pomegranates to pistachio nuts.  

4. food
we didn't get sick at all. the cuisine is excellent and vegetarian-friendly. however, it is quite difficult to find anything but turkish cuisine, so you definitely have to be a fan. by the end of our 9 days we were getting a bit sick of lamb, roast vegetables and rice. also, i'm pretty sure all their rice is cooked in butter, which is extremely tasty and fragrant.

turkish desserts are great, but can be a bit sweet. they also make a great ice cream. and coming from someone who despises turkish delight, we ended up purchasing 2 boxes of the stuff. i've never tasted turkish delight as good as the real stuff from turkey. they have incredible flavours such as pomegranate, pistachio and cocoa.

5. the sites
there is so much to see and do in turkey! from the ancient city of ephesus to the snow-like slopes of pamukkale to the rock formations of cappadocia to the grand blue mosque in istanbul. the sites and all are in great condition, as compared to somewhere like rome. and turkey is so photogenic (if my crappy photography skills are anything to go by)!

i can't recommend turkey enough. definitely a great destination for couples and families and quite affordable. it was one of the best holidays i have had; so exciting and different.

10 July 2014

walking on clouds

dress: zara (old) | hat: cotton on (old) | bag: longchamp le pliage travel bag | sunglasses: karen walker

here's a peek and our day in pamukkale. we drove 3 hours from izmir - a very pleasant drive - and it was worth it.
 
it's doesn't really look the same as the pictures you see on the internet as most of the pools are dry due to conservation efforts, but it was still an incredible sight to see. the white is created from the sedimentary deposits from the hot springs, so it forms what looks like snow or cotton but is actually rock hard. there is an ancient city on top of the hill that dates back to 2nd century BC, so people have been bathing in the pools for thousands of years! and, surprisingly, the water is actually quite warm!

09 July 2014

onto the next one


we have just come back from the most amazing trip to turkey - photos to come once i have the time to sort through them all.
 
in the meantime, planning my next adventure. can you guess where i'm off to next?

images via pinterest

27 June 2014

tickled pink

tee: t by alexander wang | skirt: gilliant tennant | necklace: isabel marant | clutch: antik batik | sandals: ancient greek sandals clio
 
i scored this gilliant tennant skirt on ebay for $17! woo!

in the last week i've had so many random people come up to me and tell me how awesome my grey hair is. my friends have also said that they prefer it this colour. now i'm just confused... but as my hairdresser said, the colour has faded a lot in the last week. it's now pretty much where i wanted it - a very light ash white blonde. i will consider going grey, but i think i need to take this one step at a time. i was only just getting used to the blonde!

in other news, my husband and i are jetsetting to turkey tomorrow! we're going to izmir (ephesus), pamukkale, cappadocia and istanbul for 9 days. doing a few tours, driving, hot air ballooning (ticking that off the bucket list!) and eating our hearts out.

i'm one of those people who likes to make lists, so every place we visit i always make a list of things to see, places to eat and where to shop. i'm a bit obsessive/compulsive, so my lists include names and contact details (address, phone, website, operating hours). i meticulously research each recommended place and include reviews/comments in my list as well. i then email the list to my 3 email addresses and to my husband to ensure that i can always have access to it. my pet hate when travelling is to waste a meal on crappy tourist food. i want to make the most of every opportunity to ensure that i am getting the full experience of a place by eating at the best, most recommended restaurants. my turkey list is currently 8 pages long...

let the adventure begin!

25 June 2014

grasian

tank: t by alexander wang | jeans: allsaints petrel brodie | sneakers: nike id air max 1 | jacket: nom*d | watch: tag heuer link
 
i had my roots done on the weekend. due to being a newbie in london, i've been trialling hairdressers hoping to find one that is both affordable and trustworthy. i only allow asians to touch my hair and thank goodness there are quite a few japanese ones to choose from. on a side note, it is so darn expensive to get your hair done here! ridiculous!
 
anyway, i asked for ash blonde hair or as close to soo joo park's white blonde as possible. and i came away with greyish/purpleish hair. not impressed (the above is my "not impressed" face). my hairdresser assured me that it would fade by the end of the week after washing. not only is my hair grey, but she completely killed it. now it feels dry and thin :( wah!
 
thankfully grey hair is rather in vogue and i've received lots of lovely compliments. plus, being in london means you can pretty much wear/do whatever you want and no one is surprised or cares for that matter. if i walked around perth with this hair, people would definitely be staring.
 
looks like i'll be going back to the first hairdresser i trialled. he hardly spoke a word of english but at least my hair turned out almost how i wanted.