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As you may have noticed on Instagram I’ve been learning to create flatlays. When you see all the pretty ‘on my desk’ photos, you’d think that everything was thrown together, haphazardly. But this couldn’t be more far from the truth. Good flatlays require careful planning, meticulous execution and decent photography skills. I don’t have the latter but I do have LightRoom (a nifty photo editing software). Oh, and a healthy dose of imagination always comes handy too. So here are a few examples featuring some gifts that I consider ‘game changers’. I was sent this Forever New Perfume bottle tech gift last week. It is an ingenious on-the-go Power Bank! You charge it up first at home, then take it in your purse to charge your phone on the go! It comes with a multi USB adaptor for iPhones, Androids and iPads. it’s small enough to fit into a clutch but t’s much prettier than a phone charger! Recently Penguin sent me…Continue Reading
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Karla Spetic Trench Dress / Ballettonet Vera Flats / Dolce & Gabbana Sunglasses (simliar pair here) / Vintage Bag The other day someone asked me “Oh are you pregnant with baby #2?” when I wore this dress. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. Sure, my figure has bloomed in the past few months due to sleep deprivation and (therefore) my vice for Nutella (cutting down on cakes has its drawbacks), but Winston only just turned one! Do you know why women love shoes (and bags). I learnt this from the boutique days, where we stocked a large range of Repetto shoes (and bags): shoes (and bags) can transform an outfit, are fun to collect, and are not so dependent on body size! Brogues, boots and Birkenstocks may come and go, but ballet flats are always a good idea. They are perennially chic, comfortable and classy. Maybe because I lead such a hectic…Continue Reading
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Are you, or do you know someone who likes to buy multiples of things? I never understood the ‘phenomenon’ until I set foot into these Habbot Illusionist pumps. I had the fuschia ones first but then realized that my shoe-drobe would not be complete without the pair in black. Well recently I had a similar experience with this CHORUS ‘Shintai’ skirt (worn as a top). The asymmetry, three-tiers, sheer paneling and thin accordion pleats caught my attention when I was perusing the online store. It’s so cleverly constructed, there are no zips or buttons, just a waist tie. It will be perfect for vacations as it dresses up any top and it travels well (even if the silk Georgette fabric gets creased, just take it in the bathroom with you when you have a steamy shower/bath and the creases will disappear). I wore it to Derby Day a wee bit back and it proved to…Continue Reading
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Earlier this week I went to the launch of Eat A Scroll with friends to eat a scroll, or two, or three… Eat A Scroll is Melbourne’s first scroll boutique. The Pop Up Scroll store is the brainchild of husband and wife team Julian and Tammy Chew. After studying industrial design at uni, where he met wife Tammy, Julian followed his love for food to open a café. You may recall the former Lip Café in Ivanhoe, always packed with patrons. Well with a surname like “Chew” you’re destined for the food industry. I wonder if anyone in their family has thought of a chewing gum line… Family name jokes aside, Aria trained pastry chef Julian (under Matt Moran in Sydney) knew he was onto something when he noticed that his cream cheese cinnamon scrolls were selling out every day. Customers from all over Melbourne would flock to Lip just…Continue Reading
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I was recently contacted by a brand new label called Lantern Sense. Designers Trevor Ng and Lala Yeung were born in Asia but acquired their fashion training and aesthetics from the west, Australia and the UK, respectively. They marry sharp and modern silhouettes with artful and intriguing prints. I coveted almost every piece in the look book. They were kind enough to send me this silk shirt dress. Sans belt, this dress has Resort written all over it, but paired with a belt and pumps, it would be rad for work.  It’s not every day your outfit can match your neighbour’s fence, but that’s the attentive and discerning eye of photographer Karen Woo for you. She can make the most mundane backdrop look composed and compelling. I believe that fashion sometimes is a metaphor for life, this loosely structured dress certainly reflects what’s going on in mine right now. After an entire year, I’ve only…Continue Reading