Stella & Minx Polo // Chorus Jacket (worn upside down) // Vintage Pants // Tony Bianco Heels I’m sure you’ve all noticed that there’s a trend right now called ‘stealth wealth’. It’s the ultimate display of cleaning eating and healthy living. Most people these days have personal trainers (funnily PT also stands for public tansport, another eco-friendly/healthy way of living), juicers, nutritionists, paleo cook books and a pantry stocked to the brim with chia seeds and almonds. Thanks to social media, there’s no better time than now to show off a balanced lifestyle, enviable physique, fitness regime and that big bowl of kale salad. Health food businesses, fitness organisations and wellness companies are joining hands to encourage and inspire individuals worldwide to ‘eat clean and be lean’. After all, doesn’t our health deserve the best care and investment? If you’re like me, you may be wondering which diet you should adapt. Should I go…Continue Reading
Vintage Dress // Sara Phillips Jacket // Mollini Boots Photos at Rippon Lea Estate By Karen Woo These photos were taken at Rippon Lea Estate’s Children’s Garden, looks like a kid’s party doesn’t it? For someone who used to have an intense dislike to kids, I am happy to tell you that I’ve been thoroughly transformed. Before I became a mom, I had the opportunity to volunteer at a not-for-profit organisation teaching toddlers Bible stories. Their trust, curiosity, and child-like wonder, mixed with a healthy dose of mischief melted my icy heart. I was humbled by their fondness (one child called me her ‘second mom’, and others competed for my lap) and touched by their attentiveness (they loved pointing to the polka dots on my stockings, and when I was pregnant, they lined up to touch ‘the baby’). Although I was their teacher and they called me “Mrs Kee”, I learnt so much…Continue Reading
Chorus Jacket & Pants // Hubby’s Herringbone Shirt // Karen Millen Stripe Clutch & Vintage Clutch // Tony Bianco Heels Photos at the Park Hyatt Melbourne Ambassador Suite By Karen Woo Do you listen to podcasts? I’ve been addicted to Paleohacks lately. For those of you who haven’t heard the conversational-style interviews before, they are entertaining, informative and super inspiring talks to encourage us to lead healthier and happier lives. I love it that they don’t just regurgitate facts but address the deeper issues in lifestyles and relationships. 2 things I learnt recently which may benefit you are: The importance of standing to improve our posture. So many of us, especially when we’re at work, are hunched over at a computer, glued to our screens, not budging an inch from our seats, for hours. As you can imagine, or have experienced, this is recipe for back pain. So the experts on Paleohacks recommended listeners to get…Continue Reading
Vintage Lanvin Scarf // S. Wallis Cardigan, Camisole & Pants // Peep Toe Heels //Invisalign Photos By Karen Woo I was never a morning person until I became a mom. Sure, the thought of being able to get more done in the day if I rose earlier was tempting but sleep (and or tiredness) always got in the way. But nowadays thanks to Winston, my toddler, who is the earliest-riser of our family, getting up by 7am has become a norm. It’s because we’ve all started going to bed a little earlier. The saying that the hours you sleep before midnight are worth ‘double’ seems to be working for us. I love being up by the crack of dawn now, I can fit so much more into the morning: a run, a read, a flatlay and breakfast! I used to be a serial cereal skipper but nowadays breakfast is a staple in our diet. Recently, I met a few…Continue Reading
2 years ago I had a turning point in my life: I realized that I desperately needed to learn to cook. Growing up, my mom was my cook, and after marriage, Hubby and I ate out nearly every night. Even the nights we weren’t out, we were in with either set of our parents. But in 2013, with a bulging belly and an impending new mouth to feed, I started to cook. Better late than never right? One of my new year’s resolutions was to learn a new dish each week. It was a little ambitious wasn’t it? Thinking back, I think I only conquered one a fortnight… Trying out new recipes take patience and discipline, not to mention time! Maybe I just need to set some time aside every month and learn 4 dishes? What do you think? Well, someone solved that problem for me last week. Janine Lum,…Continue Reading
Vintage Jumper // Chorus Wrap Skirt // Habbot Pumps Photos at the Park Hyatt Melbourne Ambassador Suite By Karen Woo Is there anything more restorative, relaxing and required in our busy modern life than a stay-cation? I think not. I feel so blessed to have been able to spend 3 weeks in Spain but to have some time away from our normal routine, without having to do mundane (but necessary) tasks like cooking and cleaning for just a few days is just as soul enriching. Sometimes, it takes a new environment for introspection to occur. Sometimes we just need a staycation. So let me share something I’ve learnt lately. Thanks to various books (The Revolution: A Field Manual for Changing Your World), podcasts (loving the Freakcomics and TED talks!), events (I’ve just been to a ‘Food As Medicine’ event at the Trupp Cooking School and a ‘wellness morning’ at the Park Hyatt Melbourne…Continue Reading