Wish Style Challenge ‘Winter In The City’ Event

I’m so glad I’m finally on holidays and relieved from assessments, along with stress from work due to the end of financial year. I can finally unwind, relax and catch up on my much loved blogging!!! Staring with the Wish Style Challenge event I had the honour of attending late last month.

With Wish releasing their amazing winter collection, a competition called “Winter in The City” was held by the clothing label early May. With the support of Honda Australia, the challenge was to style a piece of the Wish winter collection in your own way. With some of Australia’s best up and coming fashion bloggers taking part, the calibre of entries were simply sublime.

I was so happy to attend the event held in such an amazing venue with canapés and frequent flowing drinks (hahaha I can never complain when 2 of my vices have been answered).

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Bloggers from all over Australia in Perth Canberra and Melbourne attended to celebrate the event and the atmosphere was so eccentric leading up to the announcement of the winner, the prize being a HONDA CITY…. SAY WHAT?!!!

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Out of the many who entered, the 3 carefully selected finalists styling such stunning looks were:

Angeline from Lovethread

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Charlotte from Winston and Willow

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Kiara from  Lion in The Wild

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Kiara King was announced the winner taking home the Honda City. WOOT WOOT!!!

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I have never really been to such a big event with so many talent and amazing bloggers, it can be a super intimidating experience and if you know me personally you know how awkward I get hahaha! I’m so glad I had Camille from from Frilly Skirts there, since we met the first time last year at another event, I’ve spent time with her and her incredibly talented photographer/blogger boyfriend Ramon and now I see them both as my really dear friends.

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It was such a fun night and I am so grateful to Wish for organising an incredible event. Everyone was so nice and friendly, there was even a small dance floor; I was dropping it like it was hot all night, Hahahaha! not really but it was still super fun to get our dance on!

This is why I love going to these events and meeting people that share the same interests and experiences, it is something I truly appreciate about the blogging world and the blogging community. I can’t wait for the next Wish Style Challenge!!!

Thanks for visiting !!

I’ll see you soon with another event post 😉

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The People of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Sydney

Photos by – Yunn Chin Photography

Since our first Fashion Week, blogging life has been crazier than ever! Definitely a response that we did not expect. However, we were pleasantly surprised and humbled by the amount of people who have taken an interest in what we do :). The down side is I have not been able to move at such a rapid pace, thus the delayed posts.
After catching a breath from the chaos, I have been able to re-organise and finally work to getting these posts up to date, starting with this one, YAY!!!

The people of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Sydney were both compelling and intriguing. I never imagined having the opportunity to attend such a celebrated event within the fashion world. In the past, I had imagined it as walking into what I would think is the equivalent of a dream like circus but in fashion. With gorgeous people who wore crazy outfits that were strange, aesthetically confusing, however, entertaining, shocking and at times humorous. I would never be able to make sense of why people would wear what they wore and the thought process behind it…..was it to seek attention, maybe?
It was not until I myself had attended the event, interacted, conversed and immersed myself in Fashion Week that I started to answer those questions.

What I had taken away from the eventful week was that the thought process behind each outfit, it was not for entertainment, earning the right for fashion exclusivity, nor gaining attention from the public or media (for most anyway). It was purely for self expression, creativity and making a personal statement of who you are through what you wore. There was a beauty about it, the concept of wearing what you wanted without the insecurities of boundaries and judgement, usually received from the public who easily misunderstands an individuals fashion choice. Fashion Week was a chance to be expressive, use fashion as a language and communicate with those who share that common understanding. I loved every minute of Fashion Week, it was like Christmas but in different sense hahaha!

Here are some of the styles that caught my eye, some of the people that inspire me and some of the people that I look up to who I had the pleasure of meeting 🙂

Which one is your favourite outfit?

Thanks for visiting and I’ll see you tomorrow with some long overdue outfit posts hehehe.

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I even found a twin hahaha 🙂 we were both wearing the same navy cherry blossom print from 10 Deep

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It was such a pleasure to meet Jordan Turner from So You Think You Can Dance Season 4, he was a complete sweetheart!!!

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Even ran into a familiar face, Bettina Banks, a model I worked with last year for the 60s Inspired Photoshoot.

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Timomatic… SAY WHHHAAAAT!

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K is for Konnie, such a pleasure meeting a fellow fashion blogger who is so inspiring with her unique sense of style.

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Who couldn’t forget the stunning Margaret Zhang from Shine By Three, so breathtakingly beautiful and every time I see here I get completely star struck and embarrass myself with unthought of jumbled words (*sigh, shakes head*). Besides the first embarrassing encounter I had with her, I thought It would be best to keep my distance hahaha!. Till next time, maybe I’ll have the guts to say hi again.

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Of course my absolute favourite fashion blogger Nicole Warne from Gary Pepper Vintage. She is the epitome of beauty, inside and out, the very person who inspired me to start my road into fashion and the person who inspires me till this day. It was such a dream come true being in the presence of blogger royalty.

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Sydney – Day 4 and 5

Photos by – Yunn Chin Photography

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Lan Yu’s bridal gowns were absolutely Stunning!

The gowns were displayed on elevated boxes through a live installation allowing the viewer to walk around the designs. A mix of live models and mannequins were used to display the gorgeous gowns. Each of the 12 gowns represented a star sign, all beautifully designed with intricate fabrication, delicate beading and lace. We had the pleasure to attend the Lan Yu after party where we were able to view the gowns in closer detail.

The designs were simply amazing, I loved every single gown and I especially enjoyed the interactive installation in contrast to the typical runway show.

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I had the great pleasure to meet the insanely talented designer Lan Yu and she was just as gorgeous as her gowns; incredibly graceful and elegant.

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‘Rio’ A collection filled with jacquard and silk dresses, with shimmer tones of earthy colours; this is a collection I adore. Exotically wild with golds, coppers, sequences and feathers; designs that translates the fun and the tropical environment of Brazil.

It was truly a breath of difference compared to the designs I had seen throughout fashion week.

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Oh MACGRAW how I adore you!!!

The peter pan collars, the puffed sleeves, the polka dots, the stripes, the print on print, everything about this collection is GORGEOUS!
This collection was one of the few that I could see myself wearing everyday. Current, youthful, fun, relatable and cute, I simply must have it all hahahaha!

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I have so much love for this label!!!

The amazing designer behind Ixiah, Krystel Davis never ceases to amaze.
I have followed Ixiah for some time now and WOW! It has grown into an astonishing label with such a unique aesthetic, standing apart from the rest.
Debuting for the first time in Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Ixiah pulled out all the stops with their signature detailing, tribal aesthetic, incredible fabrication teamed with bold and strong silhouettes.

It was incredible!

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Reflecting on Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Aje by far had one of the best displays. A live installation showcasing their designs through live models blissfully relaxing around and under a Sahara-like cabana.
Peekaboo sheer fabrics with lace and detailed floral beading, the designs were beautiful.
We were able to walk around the collection and look at the designs closely whilst champagne and canapés were served. Viewers were able to freely converse about the collection, it was an interesting change of environment compared to the intense atmosphere at a runway show.

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Song for the Mute closed the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week with a daring and edgy Men’s collection. Grey tones with black and white layered aesthetic teamed with ribbed and textured coats. It was also interesting to see Lupe Fiasco close the show and he did it with such attitude and swag that only a Rapper embodies.

Masculine, intense, dark and structured designs; it was a great way to end our first Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.

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Outfit Posts – Never Before Seen (Unedited)

Hi Everyone!!!

Through the past year that I’ve been blogging, taking outfit photos is not all glamorous as the photos depict.

Most of my outfit posts have been taken by my photographer boyfriend, Chin and as compatible as we are, there are still the rare days that we don’t see eye to eye with the imagery that we are trying to translate in our photos.

Apart from that, there are also the occasional moments of when I’m having a bad day and I just don’t feel like taking pictures of my gloomy self.

Then there are the days that I feel unsure of myself, the days that I’m feeling super insecure………….THE UGLY DAYS! You know what I’m talking about hahaha!

Well this is exactly what this post is ALL about 🙂

All the outfits that never made it on the blog for all the above reasons and for whatever reasons that made us not share it at the time…..… until now kekeke.

So to celebrate the year that has past, here are never before seen outfits (unedited) 🙂

P.S. sorry if I’m grumpy in some of them hahahaha, at least you’ll be able to tell, which photos I was having a bad day in.

Thanks for visiting I’ll see you guys in my next post 😀

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Outfit post – Topman Football Jersey

Shirt – Topman | Disco Pants – American Apparel | Hat – Stussy | Shoes – Shubar

Photographer – Yunn Chin

There I was having second thoughts feeling a little vulnerable about posting my personal and private thoughts.

But Wow, thank you so much for all your kind words and support from my earlier post. It is really comforting to know that I’m not the only one that struggles to post consistently, with so many any other commitments that get in the way. So thank you again 🙂

It has been a while since I’ve posted an outfit and even though I’m still really excited to share the runway shows I attended at Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival. I think it’s time to spice things up and bring out some of the outfits that I’ve been wearing since then.

It’s the second week back to college; sitting through lectures can be tiring and at times very uncomfortable. Because of this, I find myself wearing more casual, chilled and comfortable clothing to keep me going through the day.

A big trend that I have fallen in love with is the football jersey. It is so cute and you can wear it almost anywhere by dressing it down or up by paring it with heels and a skirt. I actually found this jersey in the Topman while I was looking for something for my boyfriend. Even though it’s made for men, I thought it was a good steal because of how comfortable it is due to it’s baggy make. Another plus is that both me and boyfriend Chin can wear it, you know what they say “sharing is caring” hehehe 🙂

What do you wear that’s comfortable and gets you through your day?

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Fashion Blogging – Personal Thoughts

When your working part time, studying full time, maintaining a relationship and a social life, finding time to commit to your passion can be difficult.

Since I began the commitment to start blogging as a hobby it has not been an easy journey. For less than a year it has unexpectedly made me learn so much about myself. I have been confronted by my bad habits and my overly emotional state since I immersed myself in the blogosphere.

Hearing feedback from your peers and the public can be at times difficult to say the least.

Especially in the stressful month of October, which had left a wake of sleepless nights, breakdowns and the temptation to give up. I had found myself drained, burnt out, emotionally and mentally exhausted. Out of everything that I found challenging, it was me, that I was the biggest challenge to overcome.

Besides everything that gets in the way to continue blogging, I realize all the opportunities that have come with it, all the amazing things I have taken from it and the daily inspiration that I can’t seem to find anywhere else.

I just thought I would share a little bit of my personal thoughts and experiences with you. To give you an update of what’s been happening with me since it has been such a long time since I’ve posted.

After the past couple of months, I feel like the worst is over and on a brighter note I’ll be posting an outfit post tonight… YAY FINALLY!

I honestly appreciate all the fashion bloggers and bloggers out there that have other commitments but still find the time to commit to your hobbies and passion that is blogging.

Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for tonight’s outfit post.

In the mean time here’s a sneak peak 😛

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Photoshoot with Versace, Emporio Armani and Gai Mattiolo – Behind the scenes

Happy Saturday 🙂

Since I’ve started fashion blogging, I truly believe that I have been blessed with such great opportunities.

A couple of weeks ago, I was asked to style a photoshoot for an amazing fashion photographer Nelson Cortez from Fin Photography.

Nelson was the photographer for Miss Universe 2010-2012 and the photographer for Miss Country. As well as working in numerous fashion shows including Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Check out some of his amazing work at www.finphotography.com.au

The model for the photoshoot was an international model and finalist for Miss Universe Australia 2011, Christiana Fischer.

I know right! TOTALLY AWESOME PHOTOGRAPHER AND MODEL………I told you I’ve been pretty lucky :).

So with this photoshoot, the image we wanted to portray was elegant, classy and timeless with a touch of edge. Thank you to the talented make up artist Raizel Caringal Signo, nothing says edgy than a good smokey eye with hair slicked back.

We were fortunate enough for the brand name store “Voi” (located at 1/72 Castlereagh Street, Sydney,) to provide the wardrobe.
The day before, I visited the store to pick out the clothes to use for the shoot and saw such a wide range of brand name clothing discounted to such affordable prices. It was so hard to concentrate without wanting to buy something for myself hehehe.

To suit the style we were moving towards, I used an incredible pleated scallop skirt by Gia Mattiolo, with and Aqua body suit for the first edgy look. To meet the elegance and timeless image for the second look, I used a Versace dress and teamed it with a Emporio Armani clutch.

Voi has recently launched their online shopping website and these items are going for grabs so check it out before you miss out – http://www.shopatvoi.com.au

Tomorrow second time lucky, I get the chance to work with Nelson Cortez styling my first bridal photoshoot, wish me luck 🙂 !

As promised, here are the behind the scene and sample photos from the fashion shoot. The finished photos will be up soon so keep an eye out, trust me they are worth waiting for ;).

In the mean time check out what we are getting up to:

(me) Fashiondiction – http://www.facebook.com/My.Fashiondiction

Photographer Nelson Cortez – http://www.facebook.com/pages/FIN-Photography/23185216396

Photography bloghttp://finphotographyfashion.wordpress.com/

Make up artist Raizel Caringal Signo – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Raizel-Rose-Makeup-Artist/432227403517880

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Fossil leather preview launch

For my 15th birthday I received my very first Fossil watch, it was given to me by my brother Erick and his girlfriend Elin. It was a pink-faced watch, with a delicate design and a wristband that resembled a silver bracelet. It was one of my most treasured gifts because I admired the people who had gifted it to me.

Through the years I have watched the Fossil brand grow and I admired from a far. When I had the money or if there was a special occasion I would happily splurge for a new watch.

Being a big fan of the brand, when I initially received the email invitation to attend the launch, I was convinced it was spam. I thought to myself “No, they wouldn’t know who I am”, so I casually brushed it aside.

It wasn’t until fashion blogger Camille asked me if I was attending, I all of a sudden realized that I was genuinely invited and got super excited :D. Thank goodness she asked or else I would have never went!

I attended the launch last Tuesday held at Alexandria Sydney, Vicinity Dining. The event was in an intimate private room secluded from the restaurant.

I assumed that I would be walking into a room full of watches, but to my surprise, there were a range of bags displayed.

The brand, which is moving into their 30th anniversary in 2014, is going into a different direction with their brand and products. Their current campaign is called “Make your mark”, using a lot of bold colours and graphics within their new designs.

We were lucky enough to be one of the first in Sydney to preview their new collection, which will be released in July – August and you guys also get a sneak peak :).

The preview was very interactive, allowing us to feel, touch and explore the new bags as they explained the design behind it.

Fossil will be releasing four lines of handbags and wallets, which will cater to most women who love functionality, lightweight bags with a vintage, quirky or fun design.

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The line called “Key-Per” was initially brought out as a Christmas edition; however, it received such a big response that instead it was made available all year round and I can see why.

This line is perfect for anyone who is studying or enjoys fun, colourful designs (like me). It is functional with many storage pockets for the every day woman and made with coated canvas for those who prefer not to use leather.

This year’s design is based on pencil shavings, striped colours and polka dots. Reflecting Fossil’s humorous and quirky side. Plus the bags are so affordable with prices ranging from $129-$149.

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Fossil will be focusing on 3 main lines, one of which is the “Memoir”. This line is for the women who appreciate more of a vintage design, inspired by the 1950’s.

With articulate hardware and beautiful interior, this vintage design comes in different shapes and sizes to suit anyone.

I usually don’t do much leopard print, however, I LOVE their leopard print used on the vintage designed bags. The Memoir ranges from $279-$299.

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The second line that they are focusing on is the “Erin”. It’s functional, affordable with great hardware and has the best quality leather, signature to fossil.

The texture of the bag was so soft and smooth with a buttery leather feel; made with a lot pockets to store your everyday gadgets.

Initially I was a little unsure about this design, I was worried about the wear and tear of the bag due to its delicate texture, but don’t let this fool you. Because of the leather used, which is the best in the market, I learnt that the bag would look even better over time. With the best quality leather, the Erin line ranges to $149-$349.

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The main line that Fossil is focusing on this year is the “Sydney”, which is my personal favourite out of the four.

The Sydney bags come in a multitude of colours; orange, plum (my favourite), teal, gold black etc. The designs are vintage inspired with a modern twist.

After handling the bag, it was surprisingly lightweight and durable, which is good because if your like me, my whole world is in my bag.

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Fossil will also be concentrating on their new signature print, inspired by mid Century architecture. I personally love it!  I love the rhythm, colour and shapes used.

The Sydney line ranges from $149 – $279 ( so affordable! )

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Not forgetting their watches, this year it is all about “Owning the wrist”. Fossil’s pieces are jewellery inspired, with bands ranging in fun colours that pop and with such feminine designs. They also have beautiful bracelets so you can layer it up with their new line of watches.

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My favourite fashion bloggers Camille Sioco from www.frillyskirts.net and Jess Tuong from www.mindbodyshop.blogspot.com.au

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Me and the stunning Jess Tuong

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Also met the interesting Fashion blogger, Lauren Hernandez from http://www.youronlyblackswan.com

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Me and Jess with Fossil brand representative Danielle Clennar

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The food they served was amazing!!! Here is just a sample of what we indulged in that night.

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I loved meeting the passionate team behind the brand and I can’t wait till these bags hit the stores, you’ll definitely be seeing these bags again on my outfit posts.

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In the meantime, check out Fossil’s website for their current range and to see what stores are near you – http://www.fossil.com.au

Photographer – Yunn Chin