Summer Outfits Ideas: Slides + Dresses

Summer is coming slowly to Sydney this year. I’m hoping it’s time to finally put away jackets and trench coat for a while and wear summer clothes.

One of the best summer outfits for summer for lazy gals like me has to be Slides + Dresses. Don’t worry, when I say slides, they are not those sloppy ones we wear at home and bathroom. There are many slides perfectly for office wear:

And there are slides cute and dressier:

 

Why slides and dresses? Because it’s easy and quick to get changed into; it’s comfortable and stylish to wear; it’s can be easily dressed up and down to suit different occasions.

Related: Style Tips: How To Wear Sneakers + Skirts/Dresses The Easy & Stylish Way

Here are some example of smart and chic ways to wear slides and dresses. Enjoy the warm weather!

Style Tips: How To Wear Sneakers + Skirts/Dresses The Easy & Stylish Way

No doubt we all love to be comfortable and stylish at the same time. However very often it’s not easy to achieve both. It hurts our brain to think about what to wear when we are tired or time poor. We then quickly give up, conveniently pairing sneakers with jeans, track pants or shorts to be comfortable. Forget about being stylish!

The thing is, we don’t need to be super creative or go out to get a complete new wardrobe to be comfortable and look good. Just as jeans can be dressed up with heels to create the winning outfit combo, jeans’ good mate sneakers have the equally magic power. If you don’t like wearing heels or simply want a different look, try sneakers with skirts and dresses. It’s easy to wear and effortlessly stylish!

There are many easy and stylish ways to wear sneakers with skirts and dresses of course. Firstly, let’s have a look at sneakers paired with skirts of different lengths:

Mini skirts with sneakers

If you are young and have the perfect legs to flaunt, wear mini skirts with sneakers. This look suits girls of different heights.

Above knee skirts with sneakers

High waisted skirts around 10 centimetres above knee with sneakers can create an energetic look and elongate your legs.

Knee length skirts with sneakers

Knee length pencil skirts with sneakers creates a smart – together look. Rest assured you’ll stand out from the crowd for your fabulous taste, without looking like you are trying at all.

Midi skirts with sneakers

If you are not comfortable showing too much of legs and have slim ankles, midi skirts are your best friend. Sneakers go well with mini skirts of different shapes. 

Maxi skirts with sneakers

I personally love a good maxi skirt and maxi dresses, so basically maxi everything. Why? Because it suits many body types and is super easy to wear. Those ones with elastic waist? The best! 🙂 As to the style, flowy maxi skirts are the better to go with sneakers – leave your long bodycon skirts to high heels or ballerina flats. Maxi skirts with sneakers adds an instant cool edge to your feminine look. Have fun with adding a little bit colour to make your personal fashion statement.

RelatedMy Top 5 Reasons To Wear Maxi Dresses In Summer

Sneakers with dresses:

What’s easier than wearing skirts and sneakers? It has to be wearing dresses with sneakers! Below are some examples of sneakers with different dresses: short or long, casual or dressier.

Nowadays most offices have relaxed their dress code, so as long as you are not attending a boardroom meeting, you could easily show up in the office in a mart dress and your favourite pair of classic little white sneakers.

Dresses with sneakers is not just an outfit combo for day time affairs. It also does wonders for a glamours night out. With a perfect fitted dress, you can totally up your sneakers game to the whole new level. At the end of the night, your feet will thank you for it!

If you ask what’s one of the most important style tips to create a classic look with sneakers + skirts/dresses? The answer is: Wear less colours! Stick to classic black/white, pastel/solid colours, timeless patterns. Remember the old saying? Less is more. Yes, the less colour you wear, the classier you’ll look, even when you are wearing sneakers.

Embrace The Perfect Outfit Combo: Jeans with Heels

Do you feel like “I have nothing to wear” more often when it’s changing season? Summer and Winter seem so much easier to choose what to wear. It’s almost like a non brainer: throw a one piece dress on in Summer and rug up in Winter:)  But it’s always tricky to choose the right outfit between season.

If you are facing the dilemma of what to wear in cooler days, here’s a simple solution: When in doubt, wear Jeans with heels. Why? Because I’m pretty sure every woman has plenty of jeans and heels piling up in their wardrobe. Hence Spring and Autumn are the perfect seasons to embrace your two favourite wardrobe staples: Jeans and Heals. Together they are your winning outfit combination.

Still confused about how to wear jeans with heels? Here are some classic examples of wearing different shapes and types of jeans with any kind of heels.

Skinny jeans with heels

Straight legged jeans with heels

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Boyfriend jeans ( handy hint: cuff your jeans for best result) with heels

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Flared jeans

Flare is always a good idea, be it long or cropped.

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Just more example of a few popular styles:

Cuffed jeans with heels

Ripped jeans with heels

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Frayed hem with heels

 

 

Accessorising Your Spring Wardrobe

Spring is very much upon us. The sky is brightening, the temperature is climbing, and there are signs of springtime all around us. The trees are greener. The grass is flourishing. The beaches are starting to get busier, and flowers are popping up all over the place. Another thing that might be showing signs of spring is your wardrobe. Waterproofs and chunky jumpers are being packed away for another year as we instead reach for our shorts, bikinis, tank tops, loose tees and summer dresses.

Accessorising Your Spring Wardrobe

Spring is a great time for colour. If you’ve been in jeans and dark tops all through the colder months, it can be great to throw on some bright colours and floral prints. But, all this colour can make it hard to accessorise your outfits. You want to add something extra, as well as more practical accessories, but you don’t want to go too OTT, or find yourself having to buy matching pieces for every outfit, because everything else clashes or doesn’t look right. Here are some key accessorising tips for spring style.

Invest in Quality

Choosing between quality and quantity can be tough, and there’s no one right answer. It’s great to have some cheaper pieces, like fun sandals, fashion jewellery and bright clutches that don’t cost much, only go with a few outfits and don’t get too much use. You don’t mind if these get damaged or lost, but they look great and add some sparkle to your outfits.

But, it’s also great to invest in some higher quality, more expensive items. A large leather bag for example, in black or brown, will go with all of your outfits, be big enough to fit in everything that you need, and last the test of time. A good denim jacket, comfortable leather shoes and good sunglasses, with UV protection, are other items, worth spending a little more on.

Keep it Simple

If you love your spring wardrobe bright and eye-catching, it can be a good idea to keep your accessories simple, dainty and classic. Simple silver or gold jewellery look great with brighter outfits.

Make sure you’ve also got some statement, colourful pieces to go with more casual and dressed down outfits.

Add a Scarf

Lightweight, oversized scarves can be an excellent option in spring and summer. They look great with lightweight tops, or strappy vests, without overpowering your look. But, they also give you options. A scarf can give you some extra coverage and protect your skin on scorching days, as well as adding an extra light layer on cooler spring evenings. You can even turn it into a cool boho head scarf to keep your hair out of your face, and free from knots and sand for a day on the beach.

Get Your Shades Right

Sunglasses are a vital part of your wardrobe, they look great, and they protect your eyes. But, make sure that you get the right shape to suit your face. It’s not as easy as you might think. There are round, oval, heart-shaped, oversized, small, thick-framed, no frames, squared and more. There’s a lot to consider. Get a second opinion before committing to an expensive pair.

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10 Capsule Wardrobe Must Haves & 10 Add Ons

To start off simply – what is a capsule wardrobe? The idea began in France but has spread throughout the Western world – the concept is that your wardrobe consists of a handful of items that can be mixed and matched with each other to create many different outfits. It uses basic clothes to build fantastic outfits that are both versatile and fashionable.

However, a complete capsule wardrobe isn’t for everyone, or rather it isn’t enough for everyone. Where it does take away the panic of finding the right outfit, or wondering whether certain combinations will match, but it can also take away variety in your wardrobe; if everything matches each other, then owning a pair of khaki jeans and a maroon top would just make you look like Christmas. You can use a capsule wardrobe as your base, and then add on another handful of items that match half of the things in your wardrobe – this helps to cover almost every situation and occasion, and lets you introduce more colour into your outfit choices.

 

So here are our choices for ten things you should include in your capsule wardrobe, and then ten things you should add in as your wardrobe expansion pack.

Capsule Wardrobe

1| Short Sleeved Tee Shirt

This shirt is so versatile. If you keep it plain and with a floaty cut, you can dress it up for work with a blazer, keep it casual on it’s own or with a cardigan, or tuck it into a skirt for a cuter look. Choose a neckline that flatters your shape and a colour that goes with everything.

Related: Styling Your Outfit To A Tee: Accessorising A Simple T-Shirt

2| Long Sleeved Top

Keep it loose or tight – a long sleeved top is just as versatile as it’s short sleeved sister. Introduce a pattern here, with stripes or a delicate print. Keep it simple, and make sure that the sleeves aren’t too short or long on you.

3| Shirt or Blouse

For smarter occasions you might need a smarter top. A button-up shirt can be fitted and tailored to your shape, and a blouse is perfectly feminine and floaty. Keep it print-free, but the cut can be a little more exciting on a blouse. Oversized cuffs on a shirt keeps it fresh and modern.

4| Knit

Choose an item of knitwear – jumper or cardigan? The suggestion either way is to go oversized. A large cardigan can double as a jacket when the days get warmer, and an oversized jumper, with a large knit, is right on trend. These items are perfect for layering in any situation.

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5| Little Black Dress

What wardrobe is complete with one? You can dress it up or down with heels or flats. Make it more serious with a blazer, or perfect for a night out on it’s own. Body con with a mid-length cut is perfect and on trend, and suits literally everybody.

6| Blazer

Fitted and tailored this item is perfect for all your professional outfit choices. You can even introduce some colour here. Most capsule wardrobes stick to a black, grey and white palette to ensure that it all matches, so pretty much any colour blazer will match. Burgundy, green, okra and dusty pink are the top choices throughout the seasons.

7| Jeans

A good pair of jeans are the staple look for any wardrobe regardless of its size. It’s up to you weather you choose a more casual look with a pair of boyfriend jeans, or you go with a pair of black skinny jeans. The former is perfect for all your casual outfits, and the later for your professional and going out choices.

8| Skirt

A little black skirt is perfect in casual and going out situations, but you might decide to choose a more tailored cut for a smarter look. A pencil skirt isn’t flattering for everybody, but it does add to your professional outfits. Choice a skirt that works for you and not for a particular occasion.

9| Boots

The perfect pair of ankle, knee-length, or even thigh-high boots is needed for every wardrobe. The don’t need to be heeled, and if they are you can choose between a stiletto or block heel. You can add some colour here, or keep to a black shoe to integrate with every outfit and occasion. If you do choose a colour, make sure it matches you coloured blazer, as you are very likely to want to wear these two together.

10| Flats

Slip on shoes or sneakers? Slip-on flats can go with every outfit, where sneakers do limit you to a casual choice. Either way, choose a pair that isn’t going to fall apart, that works with your colour scheme, and that is comfy.  

Extension Pack

1| Jumpsuit

Date night, birthday meal, clubbing, wedding, office – the right jumpsuit will see you through every occasion. Follow the rules or a little black dress, and keep the colour dark, but choose a looser cut that nips you in at the waist. Cropped trousers are on trend at the moment, and look fantastic with ankle boots or heels.

2| Jeans

Whichever choice you made for your capsule wardrobe – pick the opposite one now. Choose a lasting brand though, like Levis, so that your choice isn’t going to get worn out any time soon.

3| Heels

To sit next to you boots of choice, now get yourself a pair of heels. Stiletto or black heel doesn’t make difference – unless you can’t walk in a stiletto of course. You can add some colour to your outfits easily with your shoes, and a pair of heels will see you through every occasion, and can easily dress up the most casual of outfits.

4| Lace Cami

Wear it under your sheer blouse, on it’s own its under your knitted jumper. The hint of lace at the neckline is feminine and creates interest through layers. Black is best with your cami as it goes with every other colour, and white camis can easily dull to grey in the wash.

5| Leggings

A pair of leggings can be a welcome break from your jeans in a casual outfit. And if your shirt or blouse is longer than your hips, good quality leggings can easily be incorporated into a smarter or fancier outfit.

6| Brogues

They add to both your smart and casual wardrobe, and can give your outfit a slightly quirkier finish. They always look best in a dark tan, and made from leather or good quality faux leather material.

7| Hat

Do you prefer a fedora, snapback, or oversized sun hat? Hats can be very particular in regards to it’s occasion, but it can be a great finish to your outfit. The most versatile choice might be a fedora or pork pie hat.

8| Trench Coat

Your capsule wardrobe might be lacking in the coat department – so start off with a trench coat. It’s perfect for your smart, professional and dinner date occasions. A tan coat is great with any outfit.

9| Parka

Either padded with a faux fur trim, or thinly quilted and waterproof, a parka is perfect for your more casual outfits.

10| Shirt or Blouse

Whatever your choice for your capsule wardrobe, you can now extend it with the opposite choice. This opens up your professional outfit choices, and if you;re adding in the blouse, adds to your night out outfits too.

Obviously your wardrobe is always going to be particular to you, and filled with cuts and styles perfect for your body type and fashion inspirations. But the key to a versatile wardrobe lies in choosing items that compliment each other in style and colour. You might decide to have a capsule wardrobe for your work clothes, and then a very full one for your casual and going out outfits. Or have one for each season. If you’re  a person who changes their style frequently, then a handful of capsule wardrobes might serve your purposes as you can just rotate them as you change your mind.

A ‘capsule wardrobe’ means a small amount of clothes to suit every occasion. But that doesn’t mean that you have to keep it that small if you don’t want to. You can take whichever practices you like from the idea and incorporate them into your wardrobe however you like. Or you might want the simplicity of a capsule wardrobe – in which case, go for it and let me know how it works out for you!

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Styling Your Outfit To A Tee: Accessorising A Simple T-Shirt

A great t-shirt is one hell of a wardrobe staple! They are comfortable to wear, you can dress them up or down, and as a bonus, they are easy to wash and iron as well. However, very often we think the humble t-shirts are boring and find it difficult to style them. The good news is, I have that covered, no matter what look you are going for, in the post below.

Rock a statement bag

What better way to show off a statement piece like a designer handbag than against the clean lines of a plain t-shirt. Get this look right, your t-shirt will be elevated to the next level!

Firstly you only need to pick a black, white, or at a push marl grey t-shirt. Rock it with jeans for a more casual effect, or go for a pencil skirt for something a little more flirty and tuck that shirt in:)

Of course you want your handbag to be in the best condition possible. That means putting it away in its dust cover after each use, and sending it to the repair shop if its showing sign of wear, as scuffed handbag might ruin the whole look.

Wear just the right necklace

Another way to perfectly accessories and style an plain, everyday t-shirt look is to pair it with just the right necklace. As you’ve probably seen, there are millions of necklaces designs, making it a challenge to get your choice spot on every time.

Luckily, there are some simple rules that you can apply for choosing a necklace that will work with your T-shirt. Matching the right neckline to the style and length is one of them. For example, a t-shirt with a crew neck can look fantastic with a large chunky statement collar piece. While a shirt with a v neck will look much better with a more delicate pendant on a chain.

Scoop neck t-shirts work best with rounded chains.

Once you have decided on the style of necklace, you will need to consider the material that your piece is made from too. Surprisingly, plastic items can look quite stylish, especially if they are oversized.Something that makes them perfect for teaming with a plain white t-shirt f you want a more delicate and feminine look.

Try a scarf

Lastly, another fab way of accessorising a plain t-shirt is to use a scarf. In fact, we are seeing this a lot in fashion publications at the moment, as the boho look is very much on trend.

To achieve this look yourself is quite easy enough too. All you need to do is to pick a scarf in a shade that suits your skin tone. You can check out the video above for the different ways you can tie it, and voila, you have a simple way to dress up any plain, boring old t-shirt and make it look remarkable!

What Skirt Styles For Your Body Shape?

Based on different body shapes (the pear shape, the apple shape, the hour glass, the rectangle shape and the OX legs, we can choose different types of skirts that at most suitable for us:

  1. The Pear Shape: The widest part of your body is around your hips and thighs.

A line skirts are the best for pear shape, either above the knee or over the knee.

The Apple Shape: You have a slim lower body and carry weight around your middle.

The key point for this body shape to show off your slimmer legs. Straight lined short skirts over the knees would be the most suitable style. To make the middle section appear less heavy, just put on a jacket.

The Hour Glass: If you are curvy with a tiny waist.

If you belong to this body type, wear high waist skirt to show off your enviable waist line. Length of skirt depends on your personal taste.

The Rectangle Shape – if you are long and lean.

To create the illusion of having lots of curves, wear ruffles, bows and skirts with embellishment details.

OX Legs: Everybody shape could have either O or X shaped legs.

If this bothers you, wear a midi or maxi pencil skirt with a side slit. Problem solved!

Spring Summer Wardrobe Update

Oh hello Spring! Today is the 1st of September which means it’s officially Spring in Australia! So happy to know that Spring and Summer’s warm weather is not far from us as this Winter felt like an eternity. Battling with cold wind, I’ve been all wrapped up in black and different shades of grey coloured outfits in the last few months. It’s definitely time for a change. While it’s still really cold and I can’t change the weather, there’s always online shopping – a wardrobe update is due:).



Since I discovered this fabulous online fashion platform last year, Lyst’s been my go to place to check what’s on trend from different designers. With Australia’s increasing influence in the fashion industry, this time I’d share with you my pick from the following 5 best selling brands on Lyst:

1.Seafolly
2.Keepsake
3.Quay
4.C/meo Collective
5. Finders Keepers

Here’s a selection of my favourite products from the 5 brands – in no particular order:

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  1. Quay Australia All My Love Cat Eye Sunglasses In Pink. Quay Eyewear is sunglasses label dedicated to the recreation of vintage styles. When it comes to sunglasses, I normally stick to my Ray Ban aviator, Karl Lagerfeld retro shades or Dior oversized frames. But those Pink Cat Eye sunglasses really caught my attention – how fun would that be to wear them! It must feel so good to see the world through a pair of rose coloured glasses!
  2. Finders Keepers Lucie Pants In Cherry. Over the years of experimenting, I’ve learned a few tricks to make my legs looks longer in pants:Wear high waisted pants; wear super long bootcut pants paired with super high heels/platforms or; wear cropped pants. Look how cute are those cropped parts from Lucie – they are flared with little splits at the front. The material is also heavy weight to help them stay in shape. Also available is the black color but do I really need another pair of black pants? Go cherry.
  3. C/meo Unstoppable Top. When it comes to choose lightweight tops, I always prefer cotton or silk for obvious reasons. They feel good on your skin and they are good for your skin! I was drawn to the beautiful shade of blue of this cotton shirt from C/Meo. The overall style is fairly simple with a very clean cut and no buttons on the front but check out those flared sleeves with tie details – love!
  4. Keepsake Women’s Pink Stay Close Long Sleeve Silk Top. I remember saying Pink flowers are the only pink things I like. But look at it now – I’ve picked a pink top in addition to a pair of pink sunglasses! Love this feminine long sleeve shirt with open shoulder and thick chocker detail. Guess what, it’s made of silk. Who could say no to that?

Autumn In The Country

How beautiful can Autumn be? And how good is the country life?

Though there’s no Autumn foliage in Sydney, every year we’d drive a few hours out of the city just to enjoy the extra fresh air, the endless country charm and breathtaking Autumn colours.
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I sat on the grass staring up at the bright yellow leaves and pure blue sky, feeling my heart bursting with joy. Oh how I love these Autumn colours. Could the sky be any bluer? Could this magical moment last longer? It was just perfect.

That blue sky is unreal. Oh how I love these Autumn colors🍁🌞 #bluesky #daytrip #autumn

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In Front Of A Deserted Antique Shop In Berrima

Over the Easter I went to Berrima, a historic village in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. It’s about 2 hours drive from Sydney and there are a few cute antique shops along the way.

The antique shop in Berrima town centre is closed. At first I thought it was just closed for Easter Sunday but this time, the shop is shut for good. It seems that the whole place has been deserted with no signs like “For Lease” or “For Sale” to show the prospect of a new owner. It was just completely empty and awfully quiet.  There was no life around the shop apart from those beautiful bright yellow roses beaming up in slanting rays of sun.

Antique and collectables, together with vintage clothing were huge back in 2007-2010 but obviously trend comes and goes. I just hope someone will come to water those roses from time to time…

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Photos: Candid Town Photography

All the images were taken by Jay Smolak Boudoir Photography Sydney.

Graffiti Walls in Sydney

My dad told me to stand against a wall to improve my posture because I slouch too much. Though I’ve recognised my problem and determined to maintain a good body posture forever, I still forget all about it a lot of times. Indeed it helps your body posture to stand against a wall for even just a few seconds every day.

Talking about walls, I have to show you some interesting ones – those graffiti wall in Sydney. Some of them are purely messy but many are quite arty, don’t you think?

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By the way, I had almost all my hair chopped off 4 months ago. That shocked everyone around me and everyone asked why I did it. The reason is simple, my hair was way too damaged after years of being abused. So far I’m loving my short, low maintenance hair and feeling light as a ballerina!

 

Chilling at Brighton Le Sand Beach

brighton-le-sands-beach-5 A few months ago I put a photo of Sydney Botany Bay on Instagram without naming the location. It’s a beautiful spot so naturally people started to ask where was the photo taken. “Is that Bondi Beach?” Most people guessed. Ha, the famed Bondi beach. Sure it is vibrant and most popular with tourists but it’s also excessively crowded all the time. If you just want to chill on a beach in a warm summer day, there are many, many other beaches in Sydney to choose from.

The temperature reached above 35 Degrees in Sydney last week and we decided to go to a beach that is relatively easier to park than those most popular beaches in Sydney. Eventually we went to Brighton Le Sand Beach in southern Sydney. What I like about Brighton Le Sand Beach?

  • You can actually swim in the ocean. There’s no wave and the water is not rough and tumble.
  • The white and soft sand.
  • Wide beach that is not so crowded.
  • Safe and clean. Shark net is installed and no general rubbish or broken glasses on the beach.
  • Off street parking and several small car parks.
  • Shaded beach side promenade that stretches for a few kilo meters.
  • A good selection of cafes, restaurants and shops just across the road from the beach.

It was so pleasant to walk on the soft sand bare foot and dip into the warm ocean water. There were many hang gliding people that day which made the sky even prettier.

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What’s On My Dress Shopping List For This Spring & Summer

Do you like wearing dresses? Well, you know I could wear dresses all year round because they are so easy to get into and anyone can manage to look fabulous in a pretty dress! Yes, you can say that I’m a bit dress obsessed:).

With the weather getting warmer and warmer in Sydney, I’m really in the mood to look for some new dresses. The good news is, I’ve just discovered a great online platform that allows me (and you) to shop for a wide selection of dresses from all kinds of designers and styles in one place. Heaven!

Since I always get asked where I buy my dresses from, today I’m sharing with you what’s on my current dress wishlist:

1. If You Only Know Maxi Dress from Free People (US$168): This easy and effortless gorgeous maxi dress caught my eyes because of its vibrate colors and flowing style. You all know how much I love maxi dresses!
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2. Bare Minimum Sweater Dress from Nasty Gal (AU$103): Cold shoulders are always in. I love the super comfy, clean design of this dress. It looks great with over the knee boots.

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3. Rib Strap Back Bodycon Dress from Missguided (US$26): This playful, yet dreamy dress would be good for both daytime and evening wear. Can’t believe how affordable it is!

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4. Ibiza Lace Dress from Free People (US$168): Another dress from Free people, you’d probably guessed by now it’s one of my favourite brands. Everyone needs a good lace dress. I love that burnt orange color and beautiful lace pattern of this dress. 
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5. Print Pleated Deep V Gown from Babe (US$189): This dress reminds me of That Versace Dress JLo worn to 2000 Grammy’s but it’s more wearable for everyday people;). I love the sweeping pleated skirt and this stunning yet subtle print. The sheer mess insert on the front is a huge bonus.
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7. Lace Skater Midi Dress from Missguided (US$76.50): This dress can be classified as a classic little black dress but it doesn’t look like the boring black kind. I also love the flared skirt and its perfect length.

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8. Embroidered Silk-chiffon Mini Dress from Chloé (US$1,970 after 50% discount): Fabric is a key factor when I shop for dresses. This dress is made of 100% silk and from one of my favourite designer Chloé. I just love their handbags, shoes and clothes. This natural toned silk dress is lightweight and perfect to wear loose.

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9. Cambon Embellished Silk-organza Gown from Temperley London (US$618 after 60% discount): Another silk number, but this time it’s a long black gown for evening wear. I was drawn to its simple yet elegant design immediately.
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10. Filefly Slip Dress from Free People (US$128): Featuring beautiful cutout and open back design, this lightweight print slip would be perfect for a hot summer day. Bring it on, summer!
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Wrapped Up

This Winter in Sydney is unexpectedly cold and very long. The weather has been windy and damp with very little sunshine available. It started to rain again in the morning and I decided to lift my spirit by going on an excursion on a dull and grey looking day.

The ferry trip from Pyrmont Bay to Circular Quay is short and sweet. From Circular Quay I could easily walk to the idyllic Royal Botanic Garden and take a tour inside the Governor’s House. Having lived in Sydney for nearly 20 years, I’ve never get the chance to walk inside the Governor’s House located in the Royal Botanic Garden. It’d be nice and quiet with not many people around because of the cold weather right? That was the plan for the day any way.

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On the Ferry From Pyrmont Bay to Circular Quay

In the spirit of embracing black coloured outfits (I used to avoid wearing anything black), I wrapped myself up in this black wool coat by Marc Jacobs together with a pair of black leather boots. It proved to be a good choice as I felt really warm and comfortable in them the whole time. On the other hand, I was so wrong in predicting that there wouldn’t be many people around. The Royal Botanic Garden was occupied by armies of school kids. Looked like all school kids in Sydney area went out to the same place, on the same day, the same time. The Governor’s house is also closed for the day due to a function.

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Haha, things never go according the plan but never mind that. I walked around the Circular Quay area, took many photos like a tourist and enjoyed a wonderful lunch in the city.

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It was a perfect day out indeed. So glad I went out for some fresh air and also was congratulated by my phone that more than 10,000 steps was made. How did the Opera House look in a grey, not so good looking day? It was just as perfect as always, with its sexy curves and points and all.

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Reflecting On Reflection

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A leisurely stroll on the beach after work in a crisp, sunny winter afternoon. I clearly looked a little tired and wrapped myself in layers of winter woollies.

But soon, everything felt perfect. Sunshine, pure blue sky, perfectly clear, blue ocean and fresh air – just enough to bring a smile on everyone’s face.


Country Road merino wool jumper, Zara cardi coat

Photos: CandidTown Photography