I came across an interesting concept recently. Birth order. Now before you ask “what’s that got to do with fashion?” Hear me out. As you may be aware, there is a bit of research done on birth order and how it affects our personality. The debate between nature and nurture is always a heated one. According to this paper, researchers found that: a) first borns are the most intelligent, responsible, obedient, and stable, and the least emotional and creative, (b) only children are the most disagreeable, (c) middle borns are the most envious and the least bold and talkative, and (d) last borns are the most creative, emotional, extraverted, disobedient, irresponsible and talkative Does the above description fit your personality? Vintage Coat, Top & Bag // Karla Spetic Skirt // Tony Bianco Heels Photos by Karen Woo at Ripponlea Estate I’m an only child, so that says a lot about me :) Technically…Continue Reading
Chorus Medium Single Wrap Skirt (worn as top) // Studio 941 Top // Vintage Pants & Clutch Photos at the Park Hyatt Melbourne Ambassador Suite By Karen Woo You’ve done it. I’ve done it. We’ve all done it. The etiquette crime I’m talking about is checking the phone whilst you’re in the company of others. I used to be a serial offender. I was so engrossed in my phone, I paid more attention to online conversations than to the person/people sitting across from me. I was obsessed with getting rid of the alerts and notifications on my phone that I felt compelled to check my emails and messages every ten minutes! And if someone called, I would have automatically reached to answer it without thinking about the person sitting directly in front of me. Absolutely atrocious isn’t it? A few years ago, I met someone for coffee. Suddenly their phone rang, but instead of picking it…Continue Reading
I’ve been looking forward to Life Instyle since I found out about it in January this year. It was immediately in the diary. Life Instyle is Australia’s only boutique trade event. Come and check out the latest lifestyle brands, trends and products next week at the Melbourne Royal Exhibition Building. All the labels have been carefully curated to feature only original, creative and modern designs to suit its discerning clientele. Due to our busy lives, we all want our homes to be a place of relaxation and inspiration. My home desperately need a makeover. In fact, I’ve put off homeware shopping for months because I wanted to check out Life Instyle first! It will allow me to browse through contemporary, artisan products under the one (very elegant) roof. There are a myriad of brands I am eager to see, but 3 labels stand out: 1. Così Towels Founded by sisters Jo and Tina, a lawyer and an industrial chemist…Continue Reading
Thierry Lasry Sunglasses // Vintage Jumper worn back to front (see here for more awesome oversized cream knits) & Bag // FitBit Watch // Habbot Brogues // Invisalign Photos taken with iPhone 6 at Rush HQ I’ve had this cream cardigan for years and have only worn it a few times. Lately it’s been sitting in my closet staring blankly at me, wondering when I’d take it for a spin in Melbourne’s wintry chill. Since I mentioned in my last post that frugality can make one more creative, this is one such example. This cardigan looks even better when worn back to front! The same principle works in life too. Have you ever heard of reverse thinking? It’s a creative ‘outside-the-box’ thought process to give the thinker a nouveau perspective on the problem at hand. I think it’s brilliant. But another example of ‘reverse thinking’ we can all apply in our lives is instead of focusing on…Continue Reading
Picture this. You part with a small fortune on an amazing frock for an upcoming event. It serves you well on the night. The next day though, it disappears into the abyss of your closet. You only recall its existence when you receive another party invitation. But then you’re faced with the dilemma: you can’t possibly wear it again. Can you? What if someone notices? But you did drop a significant amount on it, so deep inside you want to wear it again to get your money’s worth. You probably even justified the purchase on the basis of ‘cost-per-wear’, without having actually conjured up other ways to wear it. Stella & Minx Polo // Karen Millen Dress & Clutch // Vionnet Heels Photos by Karen Woo As much as this is a vanity problem in a first world country, it is nevertheless a real issue. Having worked in the fashion industry as a buyer…Continue Reading
I heard a Paleohacks podcast the other day called “The Sitting Solution” that addressed the “sitting pandemic”. Apparently people are sitting for way too long. Some people spend more than 9 hours a day sitting, that’s longer than time spent on sleeping! When you think about it, it’s true. We do sit a lot: we sit at our desks all day at work. When we get home, we sit in front of the TV or the computer. We sit to relax and do work. Sitting for too long is associated with inactivity, immobility and poor posture, all of which can lead to back pain, heart disease, diabetes and even cancer. No wonder sitting is touted as the new smoking. I guess too much of anything is a bad thing.One thing my lecturers warned us about during uni years is that vets will be on their feet all day. I had worked in retail so my legs were already trained to endure long…Continue Reading