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UK Online boutique Then And Now recently asked me to share my top 5 essential style tips and wardrobe staples. Since it’s a topic I’m fervently passionate about, it didn’t take long for me to jot these down. These fashion mantras are what I live by, especially now that I’ve officially ‘retired’ from the fashion industry. When I wrote them, the focus was on you, the wearer, not the catwalks, boutiques or magazines. Often we feel trapped because the media dictates the way we should dress, but if you know what looks good on you, you don’t need to be a follower. You’re set. Literally! You can be a trend-setter! I found quite a number of photos that have never been ‘aired’ in my archives that will help demonstrate these ‘style hacks’. Hope you enjoy them! 1 It’s all about proportions: opposites attract. If you wear something tight on top, balance the bottom with something looser or…Continue Reading
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I Ended Up Here Cards & a collection of my beloved vintage objet d’art One of my favourite past-times is writing cards. Sure, emails are easy and effective, but the more sentimental notes such as thank you, congratulations, happy birthday, get well soon, sympathy and thinking of you sometimes deserve something more substantial. Call me old fashioned, but I am still a pen and paper sort of girl. Sure I have a bulging inbox but I still love my paper diary, reading and writing greeting cards. Some things in the past are definitely worth holding on to. Even though most people are just an email (or a phone call) away, there’s nothing that spells gratitude with a captial G than with a personalised hand-written note. In this busy and demanding world, don’t we all deserve a bit of encouragement here and there? Maybe the snail mail just may be the perfect antidote to our fast paced lives. So, who can you…Continue Reading
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Stella & Minx Polo // Chorus Jacket (worn upside down) // Vintage Pants // Tony Bianco Heels Photos at the Park Hyatt Melbourne Ambassador Suite By Karen Woo 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…Continue Reading
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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
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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
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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