Monday, 11 November 2013



I know it's been a couple of weeks since Halloween came and went, but it's my absolute FAVOURITE holiday of the year. Always has been, always will be. If Christmas didn't exist, Halloween would be it for me. I love the theatrics of it and trying to impress my friends with whatever crazy costumes and decorations I can pull together. I generally try to pack in at least 2 Halloween related events every year so I can get the most out of my costume ideas and scary makeup techniques. I also like to have more fun with my everyday outfits around this time, maybe because in my mind it's an occasion worth celebrating for longer than one day/night - really there are 12 days of Halloween, like 12 days of Christmas - but scarier! Maybe it's because I'm a absolute nutter.

I bought this irresistible gold lamé basketball tank for a dirt cheap price because lamé is amazing and in my humble opinion, an extremely under appreciated fabric. The number 13 just seemed appropriate to the occasion and I felt super badass wearing it. Turns out, this year's Halloween season had a little too much bad luck in it. Like driving 3 hours home from a roadtrip with supposedly plenty of time to spare so I could meet with a friend - but getting stuck in heavy traffic as I'm only 10 minutes away. Or a blackout that happened as I was trying to write this blog, because a power line came down on our driveway in a storm last night. I'm not even kidding, "Thriller" just came on the playlist as I typed that last sentence!

So this was my take on the Halloween season inspired purchase that can be re-purposed for a sports luxe look post scary season. I teamed my unlucky 13 tank with a stretchy scuba style cutout pencil skirt, a chunky chain necklace, my favourite gold capped toe pumps and a stand out shade of neon pink Barry M lipstick. Motorcycle gloves optional, but essential when hanging out in parking garages taking photos and pretending you're an extra in a high fashion version of Sons of Anarchy ;)


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Monday, 4 November 2013

the race that stops the nation

races-6 header Us Australians are known to love a good punt - as the old saying goes, we'll bet on two flies crawling up a wall. Being raised in a Chinese household, my knowledge of gambling was limited to poker games with peanuts as currency or the occasional Sunday afternoon session of Mahjong on my parents' birthdays. I was never directly exposed to the level of excitement,atmosphere and grandeur that goes with the yearly season of racing until I was well into my high school years. As someone who struggles to understand almost any form of sporting activity and our nations' unwavering fascination with it all, you could imagine my delight when I realised that Spring Racing season was just as much about the ladies in the stands as it was about the fillies on the field.

This week's post is my simple and sweet ode to Spring Racing. Specifically what to do when you're faced with the dilemma of running around working on Melbourne Cup Day, stopping mid afternoon to celebrate with a champagne BBQ at the office while watching THE race. Even though it's considered a fairly casual event amongst colleagues, my usual double denim weekday ensemble just doesn't cut the mustard.  So I had to raid my wardrobe for an substitute that would be easy to wear and appropriate to the occasion.

This simple but effective gingham print dress has a great vintage inspired silhouette without all the fidgety corsetry required to fit into an actual vintage dress. Paired with a classic pair of white pumps and an updated clutch (to hold my winnings from the office sweepstakes) the ensemble is completed with a decorative brooch that's also vintage inspired, adding interest without being over the top. I decided to forgo the raceday hat and gloves - which I normally would have nothing against, but in a work environment I'd rather err on the side of easy and relaxed. This is an outfit that will see me through the day with minimal fuss and maximum impact!

The outfit would also work well for a post work dinner date or even a weekend picnic - just swap your heels out for some ballet flats or wedges and you're ready for action. Hoping you all enjoy a lovely Melbourne Cup Day if you're an Aussie like me! See you next week!

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(SHOP THE LOOK >> Dress: Forever 21 - similar here and here, Heels: Ebay - similar here, Bag: Collette - similar here, Brooch: Lovisa - similar here, Ring: Forever 21 )