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new year, new wardrobe

January 17, 2017 |Comments

There’s nothing like a shiny New Year to ring in the perfect opportunity for overhauling our wardrobes and refreshing our personal styles. If you’ve been hoarding ill-fitting jeans and jumpers, or any fleeting, trendy item that you’ve never actually worn, get rid of them and make way for a fresh new start. So many of us are guilty of buying more than we can actually wear, but the trick is to revaluate your shopping choices and stick to pieces that could be part of your closet for many, many years.
This time I’ve teamed up with Marks & Spencer to pick out a few favourite pieces from their large variety of collections. The brand is well known for their high-end quality at affordable prices, so you know your outfits don’t necessarily have to break the bank.

We know a great, functional wardrobe is always built on a foundation of basics, and it goes without saying that these basics differ from person to person. For one, I consider my basics to be anything in white or beige, or a classic piece of outerwear. Take skinny jeans as another example, they are some of my favourite basics because whether dressed up or dressed down, they can do it all. Pair white skinnies with a luxurious blouse in the same colour and embrace the one-note, monochromatic look, or elevate your street-style game and throw on a subtle jacket in colour teamed with muted accessories.

Now guys, never say never. I have sworn off any overly-ladylike dresses for the longest time, but my inner Blair Waldorf has fallen in love with the timeless cloche hat and this feminine dress was only fitting for the occasion. In fact, the fit-and-flare silhouette has been a classic since the 50’s and remains as one of the most flattering shapes of all time. And here we come full circle to my favourite rule for de-cluttering wardrobes: invest in ageless pieces that will last you through seasons. For your afternoon garden soirees, keep accessories to a minimum and swap out the heels for flats or wedges. Tune things up for the evening, however, with a dramatic red lip and some bold jewellery, and sling a trench over your shoulders for when the temperature drops.

This post is supported by both Marks & Spencer and Shopping Links

superdry

January 5, 2017 |Comments

極度乾燥 (しなさい)
In collaboration with Superdry
It’s easy to visit Japan and come back with a mind brimming of ideas. After all, their fascinating capital city is like no other, mixing traditional with the ultramodern, and packing itself with neon lights and a spectacular amount of electrifying energy. It should come as no surprise then that Superdry was born of an inspirational trip to Tokyo. With its roots based within Japanese imagery and vintage American sportswear, Superdry has become a British fashion success story whose DNA is synonymous with intricately detailed design, premium fabrics and British tailored cuts.

Wearing – Winter belle trench coat in stone and nautical striped knit jumper from Superdry 
You can never go wrong with a trench so naturally I brought mine along on my travels. I must say, Dubai’s weather is perfect in December – chilly enough for one layer of outerwear and warm enough for some cut-off shorts. Arguably the best way to team a striped sweater is with a trench for that street style factor. If you’re more of a pant person, feel free to swap out the shorts for wide legged trousers or some skin tight jeans. Whatever your favourite combo is, it’s good to know that Superdry does wardrobe classics well.

And what better way to see Dubai than with a sky-high helicopter ride? A lightweight quilted jacket is your best bud in this case, and if it’s a men’s piece you’re coveting (like mine here), just go a few sizes down and you’ll realise how versatile the styles play out. I mean, have you never lived in your brother’s clothes? Sharing is caring.
The point is, whether your escapade takes place in the sun-burnt sand dunes or the sweeping azure coastline, there is always a great travel story to tell, and perhaps sometimes they are best accompanied with some Superdry gear. Live a little and shop the looks at their brand new store in Perth:

636/640 Hay St
Perth WA 6000
Australia

fashion meets function

December 23, 2016 |Comments

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In collaboration with Michael Kors
Everyone is clearly jumping on the smartwatch bandwagon, and if you haven’t already, you probably should. It’s worth noting the new generation of wearable tech is a complete different kind of hybrid, that is to say they are analog watches with some smart functions added, and not the usual touch screens you see on everyone’s wrists nowadays. And here’s a major spec to keep in mind: these watches do not need to be charged regularly. Instead, they take cell batteries and Michael Kors has mentioned they will last up to six months. This clearly sets the Hybrid Smartwatch apart in a sea of similar products that require being plugged in on a daily basis.

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When you wake up on the red eye just as often as you do in your own time zone, you need a travel companion that keeps you on schedule. Here’s where the Hybrid Smartwatch comes in – the minute you land in a new city, your watch automatically adjusts to your current time zone so you can too.
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You can never have too many conference calls in a day, especially when you’re on the road. Keep track of two of your preferred time zones with one push at any moment and you’ll never miss another to-do. Style tip: pair your Hybrid Smartwatch with Spring’s most flattering runway looks inclusive of my favourite trench coat and some billowy sleeves.
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Slide on your Hybrid Smartwatch and choose to filter your smartphone notifications, putting what’s important front and centre, and tuning out everything else. The watch syncs with both iOS and Android, and instead of a screen, the watch uses vibrations and movements of the hands to convey information to you. This is extremely handy on days where I’m lugging around a huge bag and only need simple indications, like whether I have new mail or a WhatsApp message, to decide if it’s worth digging up my smartphone for.

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When you think it doesn’t get any better, it does. Hear hear, the gold-tone Hybrid Smartwatch is a stylish timepiece and an activity tracker – all in one. Don’t let its sleek and slim exterior fool you. The watch keeps you on your toes by tracking your daily steps and activity, and even has a built-in sleep tracking function. Powered by the Michael Kors Access App and wirelessly connected via Bluetooth, the watch gives you instant remote access to taking selfies, changing up your music, ringing up your phone and tracking fitness goals – perfect for the urban girl on-the-go. 

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