20 September 2014

last goodbye

sunglasses: le specs ziggy (on sale!) | dress: secret south

 today i said goodbye to my blonde locks. it's been 5 fun months of being as close to looking like barbie as i could, but my hair is dying (dyeing, ha). it's been breaking about 1/3 down the strand, which i suspect is the point at which the initial bleaching began. i now have tufts of hair sticking out here and there! i finally bit the bullet after my husband told me it was time. i was in denial for a while and thought i could get away with reverse top deck, but alas i don't think i'm cool enough to pull that off.

my last thoughts:

1. being blonde means less makeup. going all out on the eyeshadow really did not work for me, whereas with black hair it was never a problem. red lips also looked really different and i found i had to wear simple clothing to offset all the colour. maybe i felt there was too much going on around my face or that the hair highlighted the makeup.

2. people stared more. i noticed this a little, but my husband said he noticed it a lot. i think people were more bewildered by the odd combination of asian blonde than stunned by my beauty (i wish).

3. it made colours pop. pinks and blues worked wonders with the blonde.

4. being a blonde is hard work! i had to get my roots done every 4-5 weeks, each session lasting approximately 3 hours and costing around £100 or so. i washed my hair only twice a week, each time washing with a colour shampoo, a violet shampoo (leaving in for 3-5 minutes) and a treatment (also leaving in for 3-5 minutes). after towel drying my hair, i would then rub through some leave-in conditioner.

5. i'll be back. i miss the blonde already and it's only been 9 hours. my husband keeps gunning for grey, so we will see once my hair makes a recovery.

19 September 2014

the chelsea boot

church's

 i'm calling it. the chelsea is the boot of the season.

everywhere i go in london, there is sure to be someone wearing a version of the chelsea boot. they are the classic boot - go with everything, understated and easy to pull on and off.

i absolutely love these ones by church's which may already be on my wishlist...

18 September 2014

bonjour paris


our weekend in paris was so much fun. we met up with some good friends from perth as well as our parisian friends who took us around. paris through a parisian's eyes is 10 times better.
 
we stayed in the marais, which is by far my favourite area in paris and boasts such cute cafes and shops. the weather was absolutely perfect bar the final day, which "forced" us into the shopping centres for some "shelter" and incidental retail therapy.
 
we did lots of things i had never done before in paris:
we explored late-night montmatre, we saw the sacre coeur, we strolled through the luxembourg gardens, we rode bikes to dinner (and i may or may not have fallen on a truck) and we partied late into the night with hip parisians at an outdoor bar.
 
see you in january, paris!

16 September 2014

brunch

shirt: cos | jacket: nom*d | skirt: nom*d | boots: acne star | clutch: givenchy antigona pouch | sunglasses: karen walker

i wore this to brunch yesterday at the providores and tapa room. pretty posh. food was good, but not great. also, they charged us a cover charge and a service charge - what's with that?! (rest assured i left a few of my thoughts regarding that on tripadvisor)

anyway, i was pretty proud of myself for making it out and almost lasting the whole of brunch while sick with cold and feeling a bit cloudy in the head. might as well try and make the most of the "warm" weather in london while i can.

15 September 2014

souvenirs


these are the only souvenirs i got from greece. the magnet is to add to our little collection of magnets from each country we visit, the red rotating ring is from milos and the last ring is from athens, the disc of phaistos.
 
i was tempted to purchase some greek sandals, but as my tootsies probably won't see the light of day until next june (ah, london), i figured probably not.

13 September 2014

milos

tank: zara | shorts: karen walker | sunglasses: le specs ziggy | shoes: birkenstock madrid
i am currently sick in bed. boo. but still intending to attend proms in the park later this evening to watch earth, wind & fire, which have been on my top 5 artists to see live. can't wait! 

anyway, here are some photos of sunnier times exploring plaka, milos. my friend and i had such a great day - we hired a car (and drove on the wrong side of the car and the road!) and beach-hopped all day. such a fun, relaxed, amazingly beautiful island. hardly any tourists and so quiet. one of the best beach destinations i have been to.

11 September 2014

we're all going on a summer holiday...

sunglasses: le specs ziggy | kindle | camera: fuji x10 | pouch: comme des garcons
 
my must have items on a holiday:
 
cheapo sunnies that can be tossed in the beach bag or the luggage without having to worry too much about scratching or breaking.
 
the kindle is an essential, not just for holidays, but everyday. i use it for my commutes to and from work, at the gym, eating lunch at my desk, pre-bedtime reading and whenever i have to wait longer than 5 minutes. it is so light and compact, i really don't know how i would survive without it. definitely one of the best presents i have received.
 
i have recently fallen in love with my camera all over again. i think it's almost 3 years old now and i still am yet to utilise all it's functions. it is so light and easy to carry around, making it perfect for holidays. although the photos aren't as nice as a DSLR, the ease of use and portability really make it perfect. plus it looks pretty hip too. i have been relying on my iphone camera way too much, which really is no comparison to a real camera.
 
the pouch is a new addition and my only souvenir from paris. so easy to use and actually holds quite a lot. and a bright colour always makes you happier, especially when you're on holiday.

09 September 2014

no parking please

tee: zara | jeans: allsaints petrel brodie | jacket: nom*d | shoes: costume national | clutch: vintage louis vuitton (mum's)

lately i have found myself pushing the boundaries between feminine and masculine, particularly with workwear. it might not be appealing to everyone, but i find myself caring less and less about what everyone else likes and sticking with what makes me happy (and comfortable).

without going all out with menswear, there are ways i make it work for me by keeping it "pretty". instead of boyfriend jeans or loose pants, black skinnies offset the looseness of the rest of the outfit. lace up shoes with a point can also add that feminine touch to otherwise boyish shoes. accessories can also be a key player - a dainty necklace or a classic clutch. and having a few waves through the hair always brings that feminine touch, no matter what you're wearing.

08 September 2014

well booted

boots for winter
from top left: isabel marant cleane | acne pistol in coffee | acne star | isabel marant scarlet in navy
 
summer is almost over in london - boo. the cold has set in and you can't leave the house without at least a sweater or light jacket/coat.
 
this change in the weather has had me considering my wardrobe for winter and, in particular, what shoes will serve me best. i think i'm pretty much set on the boots front with the above 4, however having never experienced a london winter i'm not sure i know what i'm in for. i think that i may need a flat boot at some stage, considering the amount of walking we do here, but let's see how long i can last.
 
on a side note, although all of the above boots seem rather fancy, i managed to procure them all through various means and avoided paying anywhere close to full price. the cleane's were a score on ebay after trawling the internet for about 2 years; the pistols were also an awesome ebay (brand new!) find where i made a ridiculously low offer to the seller and which she surprisingly accepted; the stars were a generous birthday gift from my parents; and the scarlets were an 80% off find on forward! i am quite the savvy shopper after all.

03 September 2014

back to it


i returned from greece late last night, haven't unpacked my bag, am at work, forgotten the password to my computer, locked my desk and lost the key, all the while willing the shy british sun to come out. i think it's going to be a long day... although looking through my iphone pictures from my days in greece are making me pretty happy.
 
so here are just a few of the hundreds of photos from my week-long holiday. there will definitely be more to come plus a run-down on the adventure that was greece.
 
for now, just trying to get through the first day back!