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Can’t wait to see you there 😀

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Outfit Post- My Truth Behind Fashion Week

Photos by – Yunn Chin Photography

It is a daunting thing going to Fashion Week as a new blogger, I found myself asking so many questions; what do I do, what do I say, how do I start a conversation and most importantly WHAT WAS I GOING TO WEAR!!!!?

What was even more intimidating was that I didn’t know anyone going, except for my boyfriend/photographer Chin, who would be in the media pit for most of Fashion Week taking the photos for the runway shows.
I found myself questioning everything about myself; the way I talk, the way I act, my style, I was even insecure about how I laughed.  I mean, yes…… I know I have the tendency to overthink and stress about nothing but this was a probably the biggest event that I have ever gone to and studying fashion, I was not going to take it lightly.

I had always seen myself as someone who is quite confident, comfortable in my own skin and not caring much about what someone else thinks, however, this was such a true test to my character. I had felt like it was the first day of high school all over again, wanting so badly to be accepted and to fit in. By the second day, all these insecurities had taken a toll on me emotionally, I had realised that I was trying so hard to fit in that I started to loose sight of the personality that I so proudly wore and the self expressive style which made me feel comfortable in my own skin. Even Chin noticed a uncomfortable change in me, I mean, what can I say, when you are surrounded by so many gorgeous people and models with a flawless aesthetic and impeccable style the feeling of insignificance is inevitable. I am so grateful though that I had him there, he reminded me about what was important and the reason I had taken the time out to commit myself to the event. I was able to shake myself out of it and start anew, without having such expectations weighing so heavily on me.

The third day into Fashion Week, I woke up that morning and stopped caring about what other people thought of me. Instead, I did what I wanted to do, wore what I wanted to wear and laughed the way I wanted to laugh (even though sometimes I sound like a dying donkey hahaha!). I realised that I wasn’t questioning myself, because of the way people treated me or the way they judged me, if anything most people were down to earth and really easy to approach. It was me being my own enemy; I was the one who was holding myself back and I was the one who started to change myself into what I thought would be accepted when all along it was fine being myself. Once again my insecurities had almost gotten the best of me but this time I’d like to think of myself as the victor.

I guess what I’m trying to share with you is that, just like everyone else’s life, everything is not always rainbows and butterflies and I would be lying if I said I was perfect. In my previous posts I have shared with you what I had seen at Fashion Week and who I had met, I thought it was also important to be truthful and share how I had felt during the whole experience. It was such an amazing opportunity and what I personally took away from Fashion Week was that it is important to stay true to who you are, stay grounded and don’t be afraid to be you. You know what they say “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”

Anyways, enough of the serious chatter, now for some visual communication, here are the outfits I wore at Fashion Week, There is one more outfit that I will be posting from that week so keep an eye out for it 🙂

Thanks again for visiting everyone and I hope have an amazing weekend !!!

Day One: Top – ASOS | Skirt – Sheike | Heels – Sherition Shoes (Diavolina) | Clutch – Armarni Exchange | Cape Coat – Forever New

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Day Two :  Jumper and Skirt – Vintage | Clutch – Armani Exchange | Heels – RMK

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Day Three: Top and Midi Skirt – ASOS | Bag – Vintage | Heels – Seiren | Earrings – Rockalee

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Day Four: Dress – Dangerfield (Princess Highway) | Bag – Vintage | Socks – ASOS | Heels – Coach

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Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Sydney Australia – Carla Zampatti

Photos by – Yunn Chin Photography

Oh my goodness! If you haven’t already guessed from my crazy status updates through Instagram, Twitter and Facebook me and Chin are at our first Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Sydney!!! YAY!!!!

Being here is literally a surreal experience; seeing famous faces, meeting fashion lovers alike and seeing incredible collections from Australia’s finest designers is something I have only dreamt of!

The opening night took off with iconic style. The one and only Carla Zampatti showcased the newest Spring/Summer collection14 ‘DARKER’ and whom better to start Fashion Week. With 49 years in the industry, Carla Zampatti did not disappoint.

The runway, lit up by a line of low hanging fluorescent lights directly above the statuesque models, highlighting every fine detail of the delicate creations.
Futuristic headpieces, hair slicked back, minimalistic glamour, sophisticated silhouettes, long lines and pops of bright yellows, blues and orange; a collection that left me breathless.

Truly unforgettable and simply amazing!

To see more of Carla Zampatti click HERE.

Tell me what you thought of the collection in the comment box bellow 😉

Stay tuned; I’ll be posting back-to-back keeping you in the loop of the runway happenings and all the crazy Fashion Week styles.

Tonight make sure you keep an eye out for our first Fashiondiction YouTube video, giving you an inside into Fashion week 🙂

For more updates follow us on:

Instagram /Twitter – @fashiondiction
Facebook – www.facebook.com/My.Fashiondiction
YouTube – www.youtube.com/user/fashiondiction

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Fashiondiction’s First Birthday

To get you guys updated, you haven’t heard from me in a bit because I have been working on some really special posts for the month of March, since it is…….*drum roll* THE 1ST BIRTHDAY OF FASHIONDICTION!!!! WOOT WOOT!

February is the month that we started the blog but March was when we officially launched Fashiondiction and WOW!!! I can’t believe it has already been a year!
So much has changed, we have progressed far more than we had anticipated and what started as a personal hobby has grown into something completely unexpected.

So for Fashiondiction’s birthday celebration month we will be looking back into our fashion looks, outfits that never made it on the blog, special photoshoots, plus so much more (but I’m not saying anymore so you’ll just have to wait and see).

On the very last day of the month keep an eye out because you won’t want to miss our last post 😉

To start it off here are all the outfit posts from the past year!!!

Which one is your favourite?

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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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Akina Bridal Couture Photoshoot – Behind The Scenes

Behind the scenes photographer – Yunn Chin 

There is a first time for everything and styling this bridal shoot was definitely a first for me.

Before every shoot during the research, planning and preparation stages, this is the time where the vision I’m trying to portray becomes clear as day. However, since I had never styled bridal before, I was unsure of which direction to go.

It was the photographer Nelson Cortez (also the photographer behind the (Photoshoot with Versace, Emporio Armani and Gai Mattiolo) who assured me that I would do fine and looking back now I’m so grateful for that little push of encouragement, resulting in such beautiful images.

Even though the end result was so much more amazing than I could of imagined. There are definitely some improvements that I would make from my end that could of really helped during the photoshoot. That’s what I love about styling, every time I do a shoot, I always look at the things I could have done better and take it as learning experience to better myself.

This time we had a big team of makeup artists, hair stylists, gorgeous models and photographers, which consisted of some of the most talented people I have met so far.

The gowns we were working with were from Akina Bridal Couture and each gown was beautiful, seriously! Having a small fashion design background, I really appreciated the craft and sensitivity seen throughout the designs by owner and designer Tracy Woodham.

Here are some behind the scene photos from the shoot, I’ll be posting the finished photos soon so stay tuned.

Thanks for visiting 🙂

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Sydney Fashion Weekend Part 1

Hello! Long time no post!

Sorry everyone! I know it’s been a whole week since I’ve posted compared to my usual 3 times a week update.

Last week was so crazy for me; I had assessments due, end of month deadline for work and a farewell. Not to mention Sydney Fashion Weekend and the first bridal photoshoot I’ve ever styled happened the week before.

Yeah, I was slightly overwhelmed but the good news is I have so much to update you on! Starting with SYDNEY FASHION WEEKEND!

Sydney Fashion Weekend is all about YOU! The shopaholics! They have everything a girl could want, great shopping at affordable prices, bubbly to share with the girls and a fashion show spread over four days; Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Me and Camille Sioco (www.frillyskirts.net) represented WhatIWear.com and Fashion blogger Jess Tuong came too representing her blog (www.mindbodyshop.com).

It was awesome, we got media passes for all access, totally the best!

This is the first time I’ve ever been so I had no idea what to expect. The moment we walked in, it was designer pop up shops everywhere…. It was like I had died and gone to fashion heaven!

Here’s a little taste of what Sydney Fashion Weekend was like.

Stay tuned this week to see photos of the fashion show, snaps of some stylish designers and people. I will also be giving you the inside scoop on the best day to go for discounts on designer clothes so don’t miss out!

Thanks for visiting 🙂

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SPOTTED! Sabrina Woo and Talyssa Soto from http://www.thehiddenthimble.com

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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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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

Fashion Bloggers outing to Voi

I’ve been meaning to post this for sometime but didn’t get the chance till now.

A couple of weeks ago after the bloggers gathering at the WhatIWear.com event, Camille Sioco, ( Fashion Blogger- www.frillyskirts.net ) invited Jessica Truong ( Fashion Blogger- www.mindbodyshop.blogspot.com.au ) and I to attend an event at a store called Voi.

Located in Sydney’s CBD central shopping area on Castlereagh street, I was surprised that this was the first time I had heard of the store ‘Voi’.

Voi is an outlet store stocking all the desired brands from Burberry, Gucci, D&G and YSL which have been slashed to affordable prices.

We were fortunate enough to meet the owner Gennaro and share a glass of bubbly with to celebrate the end of fashion week. He was kind enough to show us a new up and coming wine bar that will be opening right next to his store. Seriously, wine and shopping… what more could a girl want? 🙂

Before stepping into the store, I always thought that brand named items on sale were only available in designer warehouses or in American outlet stores. But after checking out the prices at Voi, I definitely can’t wait to go back and do some serious damage to my savings.

On Sunday, I styled a photoshoot for the photographer Nelson Cortez, Voi generously provided the gowns for the shoot. The gorgeous, statuesque like model Christiana Fischer, was absolutely stunning in the Versace gown and Gai Mattiolo skirt.

To get a sneak peak on the amazing photos, I’ll be posting up behind the scene photos soon so STAY TUNED !!!

This week Voi has just launched their online shopping website so check it out – http://www.shopatvoi.com

To get more discounts and for updates on new stock, follow Voi on instagram – @voisydney

Photos by -Yunn Chinn

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