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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 – Day 3

Photos by – Yunn Chin Photography

Hello Everyone!!!

We were hoping to post the photos from Mercedes Benz Fashion Week on the week of the event but since it is our first time editing thousands of images, there has been a slight delay HEHEHE.

Day 3 of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week was just as crazy as the first 2 days.

We saw a total of 5 runway shows:

TALULAH

The Swim & Resort “Crystal Tropics” Spring /2014 collection presents a visual bohemian story, filled with soft feminine silhouettes, strong graphics; geometric and organic prints on silk fabrics and tasseled finishes.

A collection with playful shorts, one-pieces, cute separates, girly maxis and kaftans, styled with big beaded layers statement necklaces. Bold floral and leopard prints, pastels against black and navy with strong warm tones. The pieces are an essential to have for spring and summer.

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LEROY NGUYEN

I was really excited to see Leroy Nguyen’s runway collection, from what I’ve seen from him in the past, his collections are bold, beautifully youthful, colourful and fun.
2014’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week is Leroy Nguyen’s first stand-alone runway show and we see a different stylistic collection compared to the ones before it.

“Blue Rose” a collection inspired by the memorable fantasy movie “Pan’s Labyrinth”. Projected cool tones through baby blue pastels, royal blues, touches of purples and pinks. Rose prints and cuts really brings the designers “Blue Rose” concept to light.

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CAMEO

Cameo is one of my favourite labels!
When I found out that their “Boggie Nights” collection would be presented at Fashion Week, I was determined not to miss it.
The Angular edges, minimalistic prints, beautiful green tones, lace and sheer textures.
Mature, strong and feminine silhouettes, Cameo always has a unique aesthetic to their designs, which you can spot from a mile away.

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MATICEVSKI

Maticevski, Maticevski, MATICEVSKI! The more I see of Toni Maticevski’s designs, the more in love I fall. Everything about the collection; the colour, to the structure, the monochromatic prints, the bold midi skirts and the coats, oh the coats!!!!

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GALANNI

Wildly romantic, flawless, elegant designs that shout the essence of pure glamour. It was a great way to end our third day into Fashion Week.

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Outfit Post – Shopping on a tight budget

Photos by – Yunn Chin Photography

Just before we immerse ourselves in the Christmas sprit, I thought I would do a quick outfit post; this was an outfit I wore to the Ixiah store launch.

When I’m short on cash I get a bit more creative with the choices I make when I shop. I usually find a piece that looks somewhat classic or interesting and dress it up with accessories or style it with other pieces that compliment each other.

With Christmas just around the corner I was running short on cash. This outfit cost me a total of $70, the shoes are old but when I purchased it, they was on sale for $50 at Sheraton shoes and the dress was only $20 at some cheap dress store on Church Street in Parramatta.

The floral printed dress was too much to accessorise with necklaces and earrings since I only have loud jewellery pieces. Instead I thought I would go with print on print, with no accessories, very light makeup and a coloured lippy. The red polka dot printed shoes complimented the dress bringing out the pops of red through the blue.

Thanks again for stopping by and I hope you all have a lovely Christmas!!!

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Outfit Post – Crunch Time

Leather Jacket  – Revival | T-shirt dress – Mink | Boots – ZU

Photos taken by Yunn Chin Photography 

It has exactly been a week since I’ve posted! It’s reaching that time again where I am getting overwhelmed with assessments, work, bills and other commitments.

Until now, I thought I was doing quite well; staying calm, keeping everything together and I was even posting regularly (I have going to the gym regularly and eating healthy to thank for that). Until recently everything came crashing down.

I think I just got a little overwhelmed with everything. It’s so much harder trying to do everything by myself, trying to be an independent woman is tough!!!! Hahaha!  But the upside is I have 2 weeks of stressful assessments whilst juggling work and I can finally breathe. Plus I know all this pressure and stress will benefit me once I’ve completed my studies.

So I will try to at least post once a week if not twice the next two weeks, no more of this business were I disappear for 3 weeks hahah!

Moving on, I’ve been really excited to share this outfit post with you guys 🙂 I bought this T-shirt dress at Mink for super cheap and it is super comfortable!!! It is a tad bit short but I fix that by wearing black shorts underneath to stop the unwanted flash.Since the top is a light grey, I find it looks best teaming it with bold colours like black and a touch of red. To complete the look I popped on my white boots, which I also got on sale (SCORE!). This compliments the white print on the dress underneath the jacket.

Thanks for visiting 🙂

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Outfit Post – Think Pink

Playsuit – Mink | Flats – Miss Shop

Photos taken by – Yunn Chin Photography

This October month has been all about the colour PINK for breast cancer awareness. Besides the fact that pink is my favourite colour, this month has hit close to home, with a family member passing away with cancer earlier this year.

“Breast cancer remains the most common cancer among Australian women (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer).” http://canceraustralia.gov.au/healthy-living/campaigns-events/breast-cancer-awareness-month

The Australian community has done a big part in contributing to raising funds for research into the prevention and cure of breast cancer through fundraisers and events.

My work in particular hosted a high tea, raising money for the cause and encouraged everyone to wear pink last Friday.

At college there was pink to bee seen throughout the month and pink ribbon stalls were everywhere, at stations, malls and walkways.

Besides my small contribution I thought I would post up the outfit I wore earlier this month with the encouragement to wear pink.

Even though we are at the end of breast cancer awareness month, it’s not too late to contribute; for more information and to make a donation big or small, you can visit: http://www.nbcf.org.au/

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References:

http://www.nbcf.org.au/Support-Us.aspx   http://canceraustralia.gov.au/healthy-living/campaigns-events/breast-cancer-awareness-month

Outfit post and Personal Thoughts – Self Esteem

Cat Print Shirt – Vintage | Pants – American Apparel | Converse Chuck Lites – Hype | Bowler Hat – Vintage

Photos taken by Yunn Chin Photography

Last month my self-esteem suffered a drastic decline. Don’t get wrong, I am not complaining bout my body type or the way I look. I just suffered from evil thoughts that were spawned from my own insecurities.

The bad diets and the 2 months abandoning my routine workout at the gym finally caught up to me. I didn’t experience drastic changes in my body; it was just the way I felt. Brought on by abusing my body with the unusual amount junk food and lack of exercise.

As much as I celebrate loving yourself and the way you look not matter how big, small, curvy or thin you are. Sometimes, negative and unreasonable thoughts just seem to get in the way.

On days that I’m suffering from my own mental block, I wear slimming colors like black. I wear baggier shirts, prints are usually my best friend and a little touch of colour also helps to brighten my day.

Now, back at the gym, strenuously trying to get back into my old routine by attempting a healthier practice of eating. I already feel that little bit better, prouder and this has solved the unreasonable put-downs I put on myself.

Please tell me I’m not the only one that suffers from their own metal abuse (wow I sound crazy). If you too suffer from this, I’m curious to know what do you wear to cover the bulge?

Thanks for visiting 🙂

I’ll be posting some exciting things this week so stay tuned.

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Fluro Aztec Oversized Cardigan

Oversized Cardigan – Boohoo | Disco Pants – American Apparel | Crop Too – Supre | Heels – Wandering souls | Belt – Vintage

Photographer – Yunn Chin

Wow! It’s been so long since I’ve posted an outfit.

I’m usually more excited to post about a photoshoot I’ve styled or an event I went to, which makes it surprising that I’m actually excited about an outfit post. (It’s probably just because it’s been a while since I’ve shared what’s in my closet)

Something this winter that I have recycled, reused and re-worn again and again is my fluro Aztec oversized cardigan. This past month has been unforgiving; cold, wet and grey skies but through it all, my cardigan has saved me from some miserable cold winter days and nights. Plus I bought it on sale, which makes it that much sweeter Woot Woot!

I wore this outfit over lunch with girlfriends and over the weekend. Even though the weather has been depressing, I’m a true believer of brightening up your day with some colour.

My favourite match with this cardigan is my lavender disco pants, the colours compliment each other so well.
Not to give people eyestrain with too much colour, I wore a basic black crop. Wearing an oversized throw over can make you look shorter so teaming it up with high-waist pants and a crop can compliment you length.
To balance the colours, I wore a bright peach belt and black tipped pumps.

I know for some, this cardigan may be to florescent for your liking, however, don’t be fooled by my crazy way of styling. To tame it down you can pair it with a basic LBD or black pants and a black top.

What item of clothing has kept you alive this winter? I’d love to know 😉

This week I’ll be posting the first bridal shoot I’ve styled, EXCITING!

Keep a look out on the behind the scenes photos which will be up soon.

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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HEHEHE this label had my name in it so i had to take a photo 🙂

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This was one of the girls at the fashion show, she asked if she could be in the blog, she was so cute 🙂

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

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Jess and Camille my dates for the night 🙂

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Me wearing Guess, Coach, ASOS and Wittner

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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