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Keeping it Real: My Dressing Table

20 August 2014

Dressing Table

In an effort to reduce my clutter, I’ve been donating a lot of my stuff to charity, storing my keepsakes properly, throwing out the junk… and just trying to be a bit more organised in general!

So since things are looking a lot neater around here, I thought I’d share my progress and give you a peek into some of my everyday spaces.

Starting with my bedside table.

Usually the place where I throw my used tissues, my bedside table is actually a set of tall drawers where I store some of my clothes.

Yep there’s a lot of stuff on my bedside table! It’s where I keep the jewellery, perfume, nail polish, hand cream and sunglasses that I wear and use regularly. I guess it’s kind of a dressing table.

Oh and I jam my current reading book behind my mirror!

Dressing Table

As for the details. I can’t have fresh flowers in the same room as I sleep, as it makes me sneeze at night. So a cute bunch of everlasting peonies works a treat.

And I don’t actually light candles next to my bed either. The amount of clothes, bedding, rugs and flammable liquids I have, makes our room a bit of fire hazard.

So it all looks very pretty and stylish right? But the truth is, our bedroom storage system still needs a lot of work.

Wardrobe

Behold! Four boxes of STUFF (I’m afraid to look inside them) still sitting above our antique wooden wardrobe, with doors that don’t close properly.

The wardrobe was left on the side of the road, and my husband couldn’t resist its water damaged, chipped, vandalised, warped mirrored, insect ridden charms.

And the boxes have been up there since we moved house four years ago.

I’ll get around to cleaning them out one day!

 


Majestic Lace Dress from Review

15 August 2014

Review Dresses

You might recall a few months ago that I attended a wedding in Malaysia? And I wore this dress from Review Clothing?

I received so many compliments and people asking me where did I get it?  You can read my first review about it here.

Anyway, this is just an update to let everyone know that Review Clothing are having a sale at the moment – 25% off new season stock. And they have the dress in new colours!

The dress is absolutely lovely to wear. It’s so simple, so easy to move in, so comfortable, so robust and so affordable. It’s fully lined. It has a high quality weight to it. It doesn’t need to be ironed. I can wear a normal bra with it. It has a sexy low V back line. It has an elegant fitted waist and a modest pencil skirt length. And it’s a standard size, so it fits me perfectly!

(In the above photo, I’m wearing the Majestic Dress in Navy. It is now $217.49 (was $289.9).

Review Dresses

Review has also brought in new colours – Black, Black/Nude, CappuccinoAurelia Dress in Blush.

Eeek I’m sooo tempted to either get the black, or the black + nude.

The sleeveless Aurelia Dress in Blush (pictured on the far right) would be gorgeous for warmer weather too.

Once again they are all 25% off, which is very cool. You can buy online and receive free shipping within Australia for orders over $150 too.

Enjoy!

xxx

 


Bridesmaids Dresses from White Runway

4 April 2014

A few weeks ago, I was a bridesmaid for my sister’s wedding.

I think my official title and role was “The Chief Bridesmaid” – which sounded a little scary, possibly involving sacrificial animals and tribal initiations.

Thankfully it was a lot simpler than that, just involving pretty dresses.

So part of the Chief Bridesmaid’s job was to help decide WHAT the bridesmaids – just two of us – were going to wear, our earrings, our shoes, our hair, our make up, our nail colours, and our style of eye lashes (I’m not kidding).

Thankfully my sister is not the Bridezilla type. She was very relaxed and easy going about all of it.

For the bridesmaids dresses, she wanted two matching navy dresses, that were flattering, comfortable, gorgeous and something that we could wear again and again.

We chose these two BEAUTIFUL dresses from White Runway – an online shop specialising in bridesmaids dresses, formal evening dresses, cocktail dresses and mother of the bride dresses.

Gah the dresses were sooooo pretty and soooo flattering!

Bridesmaids

This is Rui Hsian and I, posing in our Mikaela dresses and ready to head out the door to do bridesmaidy things.

They are actually by an Australian designer that I adore, Pia Gladys Perey (via White Runway).

I already have several of her dresses – all super soft, super comfortable, stretchy and easy to wear, and all made in her signature slinky, silky fabric that drapes wonderfully.

The fabric didn’t need to be ironed too. I literally just folded up the dress loosely into my luggage, then when I arrived at the hotel, I hung it up for 30 minutes before wearing it, then viola, I was good to go. I also have to add, that they were very affordable, for bridesmaids dresses.

But I think the best thing about my dress is that I can wear it again, out to dinner, out to a function, out to someone else’s wedding. It’s versatile!

If you check out the all the Pia Gladys Perey dresses, you can actually choose a different style of dress, but choose the same colour and fabric. So all your bridesmaids can have a dress that best suits their style and body shape, and be all matching. Very clever!

Bridesmaids
(Photo by Jason Tey)

Our hair and make up was done by local hair and makeup artist, Creations by Kassy.

I cannot begin to describe what a great job she did with our hair, make up, eyes, eye lashes and eye brows (oh wow those brows!).

I took a peek into her makeup kit and almost died with envy. She had all the “best of the best” cult beauty products – from Urban Decay, to Smashbox and classics like MAC, Nars etc etc.

And the three of us (bride and bridesmaids) looked incredible from 7am all the way til evening! My makeup didn’t melt in the sun, or smudge, or go all shiny or oily. I needed a touch up of lippie before dinner, but my face makeup was matte all day. Amazing! What kind of beauty magic do these makeup people use?!

Bride and Bridesmaids
And lastly, here’s another shot of the three of us, in all our girlified glory!

Love and sunshine to you all xxx


Korean Hair Dresser in Perth: Balayage!

10 March 2014

I’ve been going to a cool Korean Hair Salon in Subiaco, called Curi Hair.

Last year I had a perm, then some hot oil hair treatment… now I finally took the plunge to colour my hair in balayage style.

I was a little nervous about it because… my hair was quite dry from the perm and I knew that it would become even dryer and frizzier after the colour. But I was dying for a change and a fresh new look for my sister’s upcoming wedding.

Korean Hair Dresser in Perth - Balayage

So this is me in the morning, just about to head out the door to my hair appointment.

My hair looks soft and a bit frizzy because I washed my hair the night before and I didn’t blow dry or use any products.

Korean Hair Dresser in Perth - Balayage

I was surprised that the treatment only took 2 and a bit hours.

I should have brought a book, because I spent the 2 hours reading horribly trashy celebrity magazines that made my head hurt. I had a nice cup of tea though.

Korean Hair Dresser in Perth - Balayage

Ta da! I was a bit shocked. It was so light. I’ve never had my hair this light in my whole life.

But I really liked it!!

What do you think? Do I look younger? Do I have to tint my eyebrows now?

Yay for a fresh new hair do!

Their prices are really reasonable.

BALAYAGE starts from $135

FOILS
1/4 head is $45,
1/2 head is $70
Full head of foils is $90

TINT FOIL
1/2 head is $100
Full head is $135

Do check out their Curi Hair Facebook Page for more photo examples and contacts!


The Little Black Dress: Always Chic and Always Stylish

5 March 2014

The other night my husband and I went out on a last minute date night. And I mean LAST. MINUTE.

He ran into the room, “Quick we have babysitters, lets GO OUT NOW!”

“What? Where? What are we going to do? Watch a movie? Eat out? I haven’t booked anything.”

“Doesn’t matter, just get dressed NOW!”

“Yeah but I need to dress appropriately, like, what if we decide to go… rock climbing? What do I weeeeeaaaaar???”

“We’re not going rock climbing. Just wear something NICE!?!”

Little Black Dress

So what’s the answer to WHAT DO I WEAR? A little black dress, of course.

It’s the perfect outfit for any nice occasion! It’s always chic and always stylish. I never feel daggy or “badly put together”.

This little black dress is by FashionJunkee, and it’s one of those easy to wear, miracle dresses that hugs and fits in all the right places. It’s made from a thick fabric, which has a good, comfortable stretch to it. It feels like I’m wearing shapewear that pulls me in and helps with my posture.

It has some sheer lace at the top, a sweetheart neckline and cap sleeves. It’s cute as a button. And plus it is really affordable.

My styling notes are pretty straight forward.

I chose big, bold and colourful earrings, to add interest and sparkle. These are from Wanderlust and Co.

Black suede heels from Betts. I could walk all day in these.

Handbag is by Rebecca Minkoff from Shopbop.

And the chair? Well, I took this photo as I was heading out the door and there was all this kid stuff in my photo studio… so I just included it in my pic. I consider it to be a reflection of the reality of my life – surrounded by kids, mess and bright colours!

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.


1000 Dresses For under $100

23 October 2013

Hey everyone!

After *all that* cycling, I’m back to reviewing new season fashion goodies YAY.

Birdsnest Online continues to be one of my favourite online stores… offering a huge range of women’s clothes.

There are like… THOUSANDS of dresses under $100. Most of them are familiar brands like Wish, Fate, Esprit, Ladakh, Mink Pink, Sacha Drake, and even Collette by Collette Dinnigan.

Dress from Birdsnest Online

This is a Mink Pink coral dress that I picked out.

I have 2 or 3 simple, short, summer dresses from Birdsnest (see my old post here) and over the years, I have been surprised by how often I wear them. Going out to lunch with girlfriends, day time play dates, lunching with my parents… going to casual places where I don’t need to dress up too much, but I still like to look like I’ve put in some effort :)

This coral dress is not your average plain jersey skater dress, as it has a soft cotton lace overlay, giving it some texture and a nice feel.

It’s super cute, bright, soft, fun, summery, and needs no ironing! WIN!

Dress from Birdsnest Online

Birdsnest have also launched their own label called, “That Bird Label”… and wanted me to try out one of their styles. The collection features 20 spring dresses, specially designed in-house, after significant surveys and research on what modern Australian women love to wear.

They cater to all shapes and sizes, and flatter lots of different body shapes. Their sizes go from 8 – 16. The dresses don’t come in size 6, which was a bit tricky, because I’m a size 6!

Nonetheless, I chose this pretty Maggie Wrap Dress and it still fit quite nicely. However a part of me thinks that the dress would have looked much nicer if I had a few more curves and was fuller in the bust. I had to wear my super-push-up bra to “fill it out” haha.

It has a lovely, ladylike shape, accentuating the hour-glass figure, and features a fun pattern and vibrant colours. It is made from very nice and soft cotton material too. Very nice dress!

Top from Birdsnest Online

Lastly, I chose this loose fitting cotton tunic with contrast embroidery detail, called the “Moroccan Magic Top”.

It’s light, comfy and a bit see through… which is perfect for wearing this summer, over your swimwear. I’m wearing a size 8.

And if you need more shopping or styling inspiration, check out this massive gallery of outfits!

Happy shopping!

xxx

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.


Strapless Dresses from ModCloth

16 July 2013

Remember a few weeks ago, I was deliberating on a dress to buy from ModCloth?

Well I’m still deciding!

But I’ve narrowed my search to… a strapless dress, with a bit of a flare skirt and a nice print.

What do you think of these? I can’t really decide. They all look pretty and they stand out a bit, but not too much. Perfect for weddings and parties :)

Strapless Dresses from ModCloth

Ocean print dress – Time of My Life

Violet dotty dress – Linger a Little Longer

Strapless Dresses from ModCloth

Dark blue dress – Baklava Beauty in Blueberry

Mint roses dress – Traveling Cupcake Truck

If you’re new to ModCloth and you’d like to sign up as a new member and make a purchase over $50, you can get $15 off by using my referral link here.

Enjoy!

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.


Pretty Party Dresses: Lace and Green

11 June 2013

I’ve been hit with a “going to weddings fever” and thus gravitating towards finding bright and attractive dresses that will be suitable for an afternoon and an evening event.

The kind team at Beauties Closet Korean Fashion sent over a few samples of my choosing.

Beauties Closet Coral Lace Dress

A-line skirts are up on the rise in the new season.

I chose this Lady Kelly coloured lace dress, because I adored the romantic texture and the sweet A-line skirt. It is such a flattering, simple and pretty dress. The fabric is a soft, stretchy lace, with a jersey lining (very comfortable!).

There are no buttons or zips, you just pull it over your head like a jersey t-shirt and it all springs back into place, skimming over your waist and hips perfectly.

Beauties Closet Drape Green Dress

Dresses with some structure and sculptural aspects have hit the catwalks this season. Especially dresses and skirts with a “wrap” or “a fold over”.

This Lausanne Chiffon Dress is quite a nice and simple wrap dress, which looks great for an evening event. It’s made from a light polyester fabric, so it drapes nicely, looks feminine and it’s not too heavy (perfect for warm weather).

The folds are a bit random, and sometimes I wished the folds would stay in place… but it just means that the dress is more drapey and loose, than the traditional “tightly wrapped” wrap dress. It also means you can eat a lot during dinner and it covers up your tummy hehe.

It also comes in a beige and black.

This dress is possibly priced a little higher than usual dresses of this make and fabric, but hey, it’s genuinely made, branded and styled in Korea, and it’s in a unique style that I haven’t come across before.

Beauties Closet are based in Singapore and local shipping costs are nice and low, starting from $2.24. But for international customers (like in Australia), it’s about $20, depending on the weight and the items will take about 2 weeks to arrive. So honestly, this is a fab place to shop if you’re a die hard fan of Korean fashion and style!

Happy shopping!

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.


2 New Dresses from Fashion Valet

15 March 2013

Fashion Valet is a huge online store (think ASOS) based in Malaysia, that offers customers everything from clothes, accessories, beauty, shoes, handbags, designer collaborations and soon to be launched – kids and maternity wear.

If you’re looking for something a bit different to all the mass marketed global brands out there, do check this site out… especially their dresses, skirts and necklaces section.

As for me, I picked out these 2 fab dresses…

Fashion Valet

A bustier, Sara studded dress with satiny drapes by LUVELUXE.

How great is this dress?! It looks good, fits well, and is really affordable. It has a really nice balance of sexy and classy, which I really like.

I like the shape of the bustier too, which is called a “sweetheart shape” as the top looks like a love heart. Usually this shape looks very feminine and pretty, but it is balanced off by the tough, square studs, corset-like trim and the black satin shine (that has a certain leather look).

Spikes and studs are BIG in this new season. Wear them on your shoulders, your shoes, your wrist, your hat. Or bust?

Fashion Valet

I wore this dress out the other night. No jacket, no coat, no vest.

Just me, the dress, some earrings and a pair of shoes. Oh how I love being on rooftop bars, sitting outside in the warm evenings. I’m going to miss dining outside when the weather changes.

Fashion Valet

I also wore this dress out the other week, to a fancy lunch date with some girlfriends.

It is the Satin Dress in Flower Creme by Spotlight (a Malaysian label) but I think this particular design is sold out now. There’s another darker version here.

It’s an easy-to-throw-on, stylish-looking print dress to wear during the day. It’s also a super affordable dress at $30. The material is thin and light, perfect for the warm weather.

I wore it with a belt around my waist, hitched it up a bit and it looked like a playsuit. Bonus :)

Happy browsing or shopping!

xxx

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.


Eileen Kirby Dresses from Frockaholics

27 February 2013

Last week, due to an annoying email glitch, I found out – at the last minute – that I was attending a formal, black-tie FASHION AWARDS NIGHT! AAAKK!

Well, when I say “last minute” it was actually 11 days.

So if you think about it, I actually did have enough time to find something to wear. However I left it really late. So of course, I found myself… 3 days before the event, with nothing to wear!

And in those 3 days, I had full schedule of work, mummy duties, meetings, and lunch dates… and no time to visit any boutiques to find a dress.

All I can say is this – THANK GOODNESS FOR ONLINE SHOPPING.

If you find a small online boutique with impeccable customer service, my tip: Stick With Them!

If they answer their emails within 24hours, specially pull an item out of their stock for you, and mail it to you in an express postbag, and YOU RECEIVE IT THE NEXT DAY… then omg you know you’ve found gold.

One of my favourite online stores is Frockaholics. They stock hundreds of designer mini dresses, knee length dresses, cocktail dresses, maxi, gowns and much more.

In my search for something to wear, I found this gorgeous dress by Australian designer, Eileen Kirby:

Dress from Frockaholics

I loved the lace and tulle. And I LOVED the back of the dress!

I wanted to get the long version of the dress, but I knew that – me being very short – I probably would need to alter it and take the hem up, so it wouldn’t drag on the floor as I walked. And since I didn’t have much time to spare… the short dress it was.

(Not to mention, if i show off a bit of leg, I tend to look taller.)

The dress arrived in 1.5 days! And oh my goodness it was utterly gorgeous and it fit perfectly.

Dress from Frockaholics

I slipped it on and felt all gushy and like I needed to make a teary Oscar speech haha.

Because it was backless, I had to wear an adhesive sticky bra for some ahem, support.

Ah what can I say… I felt sexy and amazing in it.

Check out the other pretty dresses by Eileen Kirby.

Thank you Frockalholics!

xxx

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Holiday Dresses by Pia Gladys Perey

4 September 2012

Earlier this year, I reviewed a glamorous navy “Bea Dress” by designer Pia Gladys Perey. It turned out to be a stunning and sophisticated dress that was easy to wear and made from a delicious silky and slinky jersey fabric… I just love wearing it!

Well the team from Gosh Celebrity Fashion offered for me to review another dress (actually, three) from PGP’s current collection, AND they are offering all Karen Cheng readers a special discount… 15% OFF on full priced PGP dresses. (Scroll below for details and the code.)

I was terribly excited, because I already adored PGP’s designs… and after a looong time of careful deliberation, I chose these 3 dresses to review.

They also kindly offered that I could keep one as a “gift”… so I had the very difficult task of choosing my favourite of the lot.

Here goes!

Dresses by Pia Gladys Perey

This is the Esme Dress in Coral. It is a one shoulder maxi dress with rouching on one side and a side split.

The colour is gorgeous and I chose it because it’s so happy, vibrant, and not a typical evening gown colour (which is usually black, red, navy or silver).

It would be perfect as a cocktail dress or a red carpet dress.

The price is mid-ranged, but still very affordable for an evening gown, considering the quality, design, flattering cut for my body shape… and just how good I feel when I wear it!

I really liked this dress style because it’s very versatile… you can dress it plainly or dress it up to the max.

I was thinking that I could wear this to a wedding (my cousin is getting married in December!), a daytime event, a fancy ball, a special function or event… anything really.

I would have to take up the hem (can you see the puddle of fabric at my feet? I’m so short!) but that’s easily done… and I shouldn’t really let my height (or lack of) determine the dress I select.

(The dress also comes in champagne and navy.)

Dresses by Pia Gladys Perey

Ooh this dress had me at LILAC!

I was totally in love with this colour!! It’s different and sweet, peaceful, calming, pretty, magical, and soothing.

This dress is the Mikaela Dress in Lilac. It’s a little more affordable than the maxi dresses, retailing at AUD$218 (with 15% off it’s only $185.30!!!)

The dress fits like a dream. I just slipped it on and it just felt GREAT. Comfortable, flattering, modest, sensual, pretty, elegant, classy. It’s a simple dress but still with interesting rouching detail that really flatters your body shape. The material is the same soft, slinky, stretchy jersey that has some weight to it.

It has good sized shoulder straps, so you can just wear your regular bra with it. Big plus!

I don’t think I would wear it to a fashion event or a black tie function. But I would definitely wear it to more semi-formal occasions like a wedding ceremony and reception, a daytime luncheon, a garden party, a stage show, an elegant dinner with friends.

The length of the dress is lovely on me – I wouldn’t have to get the dress altered. Another plus!

I was really tempted to choose this dress, because I would get a lot of wears from it and… it would be perfect for me to wear to my cousin’s wedding coming up.

(The dress also comes in turquoise and navy.)

Dresses by Pia Gladys Perey

Aaand finally… THIS is the dress I finally chose!!

It is the Genevieve Dress in Emerald (also comes in a navy colour).

I picked this one because it is just STUNNING! It has a long maxi skirt, halter neck style, deep V neckline, with a front split. Combined with the very vibrant green colour, it is bold, dramatic, fun, dazzling and sexy.

Not to mention, the silky stretchy jersey makes it fabulous and comfortable to wear. So it’s not everyday when you find a dress design that ticks all the boxes.

Ok even I’ll admit that the colour green is very bright. Almost like Kermit the Frog? But it’s unusual and it’s bold. And I really like that.

The dress is pretty much backless, and because of the low neckline, I had to wear an adhesive bra, as well as sticky lifty adhesives (both of which I don’t really like to wear) but hey – it looks good, end of story.

I’ll also need to get it hemmed up and with all that leftover fabric I could probably make myself a mini skirt (or a lot of scrunchies) haha.

This is without doubt a formal, black tie, red carpet dress. So I don’t think I’ll wear this to the wedding. It’s definitely one for fashion events and fancy formal functions. Yay I’m very happy!

*Special Discount Code*

Gosh has kindly offered all Karen Cheng readers a 15% discount on full priced Pia Gladys Perey dresses. Just use the code ‘springracing’ at the checkout. Valid from 4 – 14th September 2012.

Free delivery for Australia. And they have worldwide shipping and hassle free returns.

If you’re interested, you can still buy the “Bea Dress” from Gosh Celebrity Fashion. I have it in a navy colour, but it also comes in ash, latte, lilac, silver, red, or purple. It retails for AUD$239 (with 15% off it’s only $203.150!!)

For all the PGP dresses, I was wearing Size 6.

ENJOY your shopping!

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.


Mini Dresses from ClubCouture

31 July 2012

I’ve been wearing clothes from ClubCouture for almost a year now, and I am continually impressed by the quality of the clothes, the affordable prices, and each new collection that they launch – oh their dresses are just lovely!

They sell stylish and pretty jewellery and cute bags too.

I chose these dresses a few months ago, and have been itching to show them off on my blog!

Mini Dresses from ClubCouture

This Black Dress (above left) is a fantastic, classic, strapless bandage dress. I adore this one! It’s made in a bandage style, with strong, thick, firm, stretchy fabric… and it is like wearing shape-wear. It pulls you in and holds you up at all the right places! A great wardrobe investment, in my opinion.

I’m wearing a size UK6 and it *just fit* me. If you’re on the bigger side of a size, you should probably buy a size up, as it’s a very snug fit.

This White Holly Dress (above right) is a very cute and simple white lace dress with a soft nude lining. It is a lovely mini dress and I’m very happy to have it in my wardrobe for the summer ahead.

Mini Dresses from ClubCouture

This Black Cross Bandage Dress looked and felt amazing. It was quite tricky to put it on (I put my head in all the wrong places!) but ahhh I loved it!

The Pink and Turquoise Dress was cute and unique too. The turquoise neckline actually continued into a deep V on the back of the dress. I liked the bandages on the chest, giving it a subtle texture. Again the dress was made from a thick, strong and stretchy fabric.

The quality of these bandages dresses are definitely comparable to designer items $300 and above.

They are both very Herve Ledger inspired!

Unfortunately these two dresses were pretty popular and are now sold out on the site.

But do check their Premium Range for dresses that are suited for functions and special occasions.

Mini Dresses from ClubCoutureYou might have remembered a dress I wrote about a few weeks ago? It was a one I called the “Garden Party Dress”.

It is actually called the Floral Printed Sheath Dress and I was told that it is now back in stock!

Special Discount Promotion: Buy 2 for 20% Off

ClubCouture are currently having a promotion, where you can buy any 2 items and receive 20% your total order. No code needed, just add TWO items to you cart and they will take care of the rest!

Happy shopping!

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.


2 Dress Trends To Try This Season

25 July 2012

Gosh Celebrity Fashion asked me to check out their latest collection for review :)

I had a really good browse in the store and the best thing about it… is their fab collection of dresses. And their prices were good – low to middle of the range!

I found lots of pieces featuring new colours, cool trends and lovely, statement styles. They also have FREE  shipping Australia wide and hassle-free returns, which is nice. Of course, they also ship internationally.

I selected a few items, but these 2 dresses were my favourite of the lot.

Clothes by Gosh

The Peplum Dress

The peplum is one of this season’s hottest trends. A peplum is a little “skirt” that sits on the waist of a skirt, dress or along the bottom hem of a top. It’s fun, flirty and very feminine. You have to try it! It transforms your silhouette, accentuating the waist, making you look like you’ve got sexy curves, and a hot hourglass figure.

I really like the peplum style. As long as the peplum is not too ruffly, I think it really suits short and petite women.

You can even buy skirts or dresses with removable peplums. So you can wear it from day time to night time.

This white strapless dress is called the Shutterbug Peplum Dress by Keepsake. I LOVE the clean lines and minimal detail. It is polished, sexy, and a perfect party dress for a night out!

The fit was nice and snug on the waist. The length was great on me. The fabric felt nice. If anything, I didn’t have enough boob mass to fill the bust area to it’s *fullest potential*… ahem.

But it looked good on, so I would still wear it.

Clothes by Gosh

The Print Dress

Finding a nice print dress that works well for both work and play can be tricky, especially if you want to find something that is colourful but not TOO colourful!

I really liked this Silk Dress by Honey and Beau. The print is so lovely – like a water themed oil painting by an Impressionist masters. The drapes and pleats are lovely too.

It features a tulip skirt, and a drape collar which have little drawstrings. On the left I loosened the drawstrings and the collar fell like silky ruffles on a deep V neckline. On the right I tightened the drawstrings and it gave the dress a higher and more modest neckline.

The website said that it was a “mini” dress. But for short ol’ me, the dress ended mid-thigh – which was perfect in my opinion!

Do check out the rest of the Honey and Beau items, as there are lots of nice stuff available!

Happy Shopping!

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.


Dresstronomy: Boys and Girls Come Out to Play

17 July 2012

Independent fashion label Dresstronomy sent me a few items to review from their Fall 2012 Collection, titled Boys and Girls Come Out to Play. It combines masculine/boyish and feminine shapes, with an air of whimsical playfulness.

I found some very nice garments which were effortless and easy to wear.

Dresstronomy: Boys and Girls Come Out to Play

These are the Hansel Shorts in Deep Purple. They are SHORT shorts, almost like running shorts, with a turned-up, tailored hem, so they have a nice structure and they look smart. The fabric is lovely. It’s made from shantung silk and it looks luxurious, yet it feels robust to wear.

The waistband is a stretchy fold-over band, so it’s comfy to wear. The band sits high up the waist, meaning you don’t have to worry about flashing your midriff. And the band acts like a kind of tummy shaping Spanx for your belly too haha!

I definitely recommend them if you’re looking for some smart looking shorts. They also come in black.

There was an issue with the sizing for these particular shorts, though. It’s best that you buy a size up (I am usually a size UK6, but I had to order a size UK8 – which fit me perfectly.)

Dresstronomy: Boys and Girls Come Out to Play

This is the Tanker Dress in Navy. I liked the subtle contrast from the navy and black panels (a bit hard to see in this photo), which added a unique look to the dress.

Basically it is a simple, button-down dress, with a loose cut style and a modest length. It also features a racer back style, which felt sleek and a bit sexy when wearing it.

Dresstronomy: Boys and Girls Come Out to Play

The last item I chose, was this dress is called Alan’s Tailcoat in Pink, inspired by tailcoat jackets worn by gentlemen in the 1800s.

I was told that British actress and model, Tallulah Harlech wore this same dress to the opening of the Singapore Fashion Trade Show earlier this year, and was featured in the press etc.

Yep, a long, sleeveless, shirt dress just oozes effortless cool. It’s the kind of thing off-duty models wear while walking along the street, with it flowing around their long legs. But how did it look on a shorty like me?

I think it looked quite cool. I know it is supposed to be loose fitting, flowy and effortless… but I think it might look nicer on me if I sewed it in at the underarms, so it is a *little more fitting* for me. But I liked the length and the details of the dress. And I liked the easy feel of it.

Dresstronomy: Boys and Girls Come Out to Play

And here, I hitched up the dress up over the belt to create a waist line. Looked good, and this is a nice technique for transitioning from day time to night time.

This dress grew on me in the end and I really liked it. I’m glad I got to experiment with this style, because I would never have chosen it to buy otherwise.

I chose the dress in the dusty rose pink, which looks very unique to wear. But perhaps I should have chosen it in a black, so it would be a more versatile item for my wardrobe. The dress also comes in mustard colour.

Do pop over to the Dresstronomy website and check out the rest of their collection.

Happy shopping!

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The Garden Party Dress

29 June 2012

Club Coutture Dress

When I put on this dress to go out the other day… I thought of a lovely garden party with white table cloths, roses, fine china tea cups, high tea nibbles, sunshine, fluffy clouds, white hats, birds, butterflies, cupcakes and confetti!

It was such a lovely image and feeling to embrace!

This mirror print floral dress was given to me courtesy of ClubCouture.

It’s so graceful, sophisticated and gorgeous. It’s perfect for a more grown-up, feminine style. It is fully lined, has a satiny smooth finish and it comes with a black silky belt.

Perfect for garden weddings, daytime luncheons, and just general walking around in the sunshine feeling fabulous!!

Club Coutture Dress

My silver necklace is courtesy of Lovisa.

You can buy Lovisa jewellery from The Iconic… who are offering a new discount 20% off your order (min spend $50). Use code “20AFFMOpW6″. Valid until 11 July 2012. Click here to use the code.

Two tone teal heels with metal sequins, by Gorge Shoes.

Silver Cuff by Wanderlust + Co.

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FashionJunkee Evening Dresses

26 June 2012

A few weeks ago, I published a photo of myself wearing a red evening gown. I received so many emails from people asking me: WHERE DID YOU GET IT??

It is a Sweetheart Shaped Dress is by US based fashion house, FashionJunkee, who ship internationally of course.

That red dress is one of my favourite dresses, because –
1) It’s a simple tube dress.
2) It’s figure hugging and flattering. And looks great on.
3) It has lots of rouching so you can pull it up or down (to suit your height) and it disguises any bumps and lumps.
4) The fabric is robust, yet soft and slinky. It might need a little swipe with an iron along the bottom of the dress, but other than that, you can roll it up and bundle it into a suitcase. I love dresses like that.
5) It’s really affordable ($48!!)

The dress comes in lots of different colous: black, white, red, cobalt blue, dusty pink, purple and leopard print!

You can even get them in a short version, in black, white, red and blue.

The team at FashionJunkee sent me a few colour variations (that I chose) and a few other items for me to try out!

FashionJunkee

This is me showing off the purple evening gown. I was going to style it with a neon accessories – a yellow belt, big neon statement necklace and shoes… which would have looked fab!

But I chose to go with the dark, vamp look, with black jewelled accessories. I loved it! My husband really liked it too :)

FashionJunkee

And this is the Dusty Pink version of the dress. It’s such a lovely pastel colour. I could have gone crazy with white gold bling, but I went with a simpler choice of accessories – with my woven pearl necklace and fur coat.

The website suggests that this style of dress (in long and short) is a great choice for bridesmaids looking for a more affordable alternative.

For sizing, I’m a size UK6, and I’m wearing a listed size SMALL. It’s a really good fit on me and a bit tight so it stays in place!

FashionJunkee

And check out this new dress! I chose it from the site because it just looked so CRAZY YELLOW and sexy at the same time (I didn’t fancy looking big and frumpy like Big Bird).

As I took it out of the box, I thought, WAYHEY – THAT is pretty damn yellow! Even I felt a bit shy… thinking… am I really brave enough to wear this in public??? It’s backless too, so you need a stick-on bra, or to go bra-less.

My verdict? It is a very cool dress and I felt fantastic in it!! Yes I would wear it… but it’s a tiny bit big under the arms for me. I’m wearing the listed size SMALL, but I feel it would fit a size 8 person better.

I think I’ll take it to my tailor to get it taken in a little bit – so I can wear it :)

There are other colours of this dress too: white, red, blue or leopard print (if yellow doesn’t agree with you).

For my shoes, I’m wearing the Orange Suede Heels, which are pretty comfortable for platform heels.

And I’m holding the Quilted Purse in Blue-Green – LOVE the colour and the cross body strap. You can also get it in burgundy, mustard, grey and black.

Hope you find something you like! Happy shopping!

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Dressing for a Mad Men Party

27 May 2012

I was recently invited to a sophisticated, adults-only, Mad Men themed dinner party.

By “adults only”, I mean there were no children there. It was a sit down dinner with cocktails to start, a delicious 4 course dinner made in the kitchen by a private chef, and lots of enjoyable adult conversations.

Anyway, if you haven’t heard about it, Mad Men is a TV drama series set in New York in the early 1960s. It is particularly adored because of it’s 50s and early 60s fashion and style, with its leading women all impeccably dressed.

And thus my biggest dilemma was – what do I wear??

Mad Men Images

What is the Mad Men style? Skirts are knee-lenth, full circle (flare style) or pencil style.

Necklines are circle scoop, wide v-necked or high boat-neck.

Waists are nipped in to show off an hour glass figure.

Heels are small. Toes are usually pointed.

Hair styles are short, curled, and brushed to one side.

Mad Men Images

I found lots of gorgeous photos and inspiration from the Mad Men website, but I didn’t have many things in my own wardrobe that I thought were fitting for a great outfit.

Mad Men Images

I wanted pay homage to the period and at least to do justice to the amazing style. But I had a fashion block!

I whinged at my husband for a few days, and did the whole “OH WOE I HAVE A WARDROBE FULL OF CLOTHES BUT I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR!!”

So my husband tried to help and sent me this still image from the TV show.

Mad Men Images

Ironically I did have all the bits and pieces in my wardrobe for a Playboy bunny outfit. Even the ears and cuffs. But er,  wrong party!

In the end, I put together a few bits and pieces – a fine knit sweater top, with a full circle skirt, pointed toe shoes, pearls and a faux fur coat of the period.

Mad Men Party - Karen Cheng

This is me and my piña colada (not very New York, but hey, I’m no cocktail police) and some of my lovely friends dressed to impress.

We had an amazing time! 10 of us sat around the dinner table and chatted and laughed all night long! We had a smashing time.

Thanks so much to my wonderful host, Dave and Amanda!

(All images from www.amctv.com. Except the one of me kissing the piña colada.)


New Online Fashion Label : Dresstronomy

13 March 2012

Dresstronomy Fashion

Let me introduce you to a new online shop and fashion label called, Dresstronomy.

Based in Singapore, the store offers a unique selection of simple, elegant dresses at a affordable prices.  Quite a few of them caught my eye :)

Check out their collection of dresses here.

I tested out this lovely dress, called Pin Up Girl.

Dresstronomy Fashion

I was completely smitten by its shape – the drapey top, with a v-neck and the long, straight skirt, with a mega split! It looked fantastic on!

The dress is priced at about US$120 which is quite good for an elegant evening gown that’s a bit different.

It’s the most expensive piece in the collection, and the rest of the dresses are priced from US$38 to US$90 (they are currently having a sale).

Dresstronomy Fashion

Here, I am trying out this leatherette-with-studs clutch with some of  my own clothes.  I chose this particular clutch because it seems like it could go with a lot of outfit variations in my wardrobe. Fast, easy, reliable, versatile.

Take a look at all the Bags and Clutches at Dresstronomy.

They have free shipping within Singapore, and flat rate international shipping which is about US$30.

Do check out the rest of the site!

Happy shopping!

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Birdsnest Online – Dresses Dresses Dresses!!

13 December 2011

The team at Birdsnest Online Store have been very busy this season! With a site FULL of gorgeous clothes for real women, they have been selling literally thousands of dresses (and other things) to a lot of very happy customers.

You can seriously get lost in online shopping heaven on this site :)

They recently launched their Summer Catalogue, with lots of inspiration to browse through. And for those who are keen for a bit of styling help, the team has put together a beautiful Style Guide that you can personalise to suit your body type and personal style.

Well they let me go crazy on the site, and I picked my favourite dresses to have a play. Behold!

Clothes from Birdsnest Online

This is the Zulu Dance dress by Ladakh, which includes the skinny pink belt. I picked it because I loved the pattern (with specks of lime), and it looked really versatile for work, and for dressing up or down.

It felt lovely to wear, it fit perfectly, hung nicely, not too tight, very comfortable to move in. I could spend all day in it, and just change my jacket. I really liked this one.

I’m also wearing a white blazer from YesStyle and blue suede heels from ASOS.

Clothes from Birdsnest Online

This stunning dress is called Moroccan Heatwave by Seduce. I LOVE the aqua colour – so vibrant and bright! I really like the layers and the asymmetric hem, making it short at the front and long at the back. And the sweetheart neckline is gorgeous too.

I’ve worn it with a pink belt from Dotti and purple suede shoes from Betts.

Clothes from Birdsnest Online

This dress is coincidently also called the Moroccan High Low Dress, by Living Doll. I felt like such a Grecian goddess! Again it has the asymmetric hem that I like. It is made up of a short slip (opaque) and the outer slip, which is sheer and floaty.

I’m wearing necklace and belt by ASOS and gold and orange shoes by GlamRockChic.

Clothes from Birdsnest Online

Polka Dots! I wasn’t sure about this dress when I saw it and chose it on the site, but after wearing it, it felt like such a great, simple, little dress.

Perfect for AM to PM wear, or just worn casually as a summer daytime dress. Good for short people too, like me. It’s called the Try Your Luck Dress by MinkPink.

Clutch from ALDO, belt (gift), red suede shoes from Betts.

Clothes from Birdsnest Online

Ooh this is the cutest summery dress ever! It only cost $49 too. Pretty print, beautiful colours, easy to wear, comfy and stretchy – I love it! It’s called the Rivers of Babylon Dress by MinkPink.

Would also love a maxi dress version of it too.

Hat from Sportsgirl, belt from LOEF, gladiator sandals from Zu Shoes.

Clothes from Birdsnest Online

Rough Hearts Dress by Ladakh, in yellow! As you can tell, my curls fell out after several hours, but I love the beachy hair look! Very fitting for this dress. Simple, bright, cute, summery, light, comfortable and so sweet.

I don’t think I’ve ever worn an all-yellow dress before. I think it looks OK on me, I like it!

I’m holding a vintage envelope clutch and wearing tan strappy heels by Betts.

Right now you can head on over to the Birdsnest website and look at the Spring Clean Sale items (and search by size!).

But stay tuned for a Boxing Day sale too. You can sign up to their newsletter or Facebook page to be kept in the loop about sales and special promotion.

Enjoy!!!

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Dresses for the New Season – Snake, Sequins, Jewel Tones

29 July 2011

This time of the year is when you should turn on your shopping radar – in order to prepare for all the end of year parties and celebrations.

I know it sounds crazy, but how many times have I been caught-out with nothing to wear to yet another end of year party? MANY!

Anyway the team at ASOS asked if I would like to feature “my picks of dresses for the new season”. Well I love a good fashion challenge, so I made up a few outfit styles with current ASOS dresses that are currently on my wish list.

1. Snakeskin

ASOS Dresses for the New Season - Snake, Sequins, Jewels

This ASOS snake print dress is just gorgeous. I chose a few aqua / teal accessories to give the outfit a very current and bold edge.

All the items are from ASOS.

ASOS Dresses for the New Season - Snake, Sequins, Jewels

Other snakeskin print dresses on ASOS by Stylestalker, River Island and Lipsy.


2. Sequins
ASOS Dresses for the New Season - Snake, Sequins, Jewels

This new season is about going “over the top” and a full-sequin dress certainly fits into this category.

This ASOS Sequin Shift dress that I picked out is not that over the top, as it is much more understated and sophisticated. But it’s very pretty!

ASOS Dresses for the New Season - Snake, Sequins, Jewels

Other sequin dresses on ASOS by Rare, Miss Sixty and French Connection.


3. Jewel Tones

ASOS Dresses for the New Season - Snake, Sequins, Jewels

I love deep, jewel colours – ruby reds, deep amethyst, sapphire blues and emerald greens.

I think my styling tip for this season is… to try a bit of colour contrasting. It doesn’t have to be eye-wateringly clashing, just a little dab of colour will do.

ASOS Dresses for the New Season - Snake, Sequins, Jewels

Other jewel tone dresses on ASOS by Rare, Mango and Miss Sixty. Shop New Dresses on ASOS.

Hope you find something you like! Have a lovely weekend!

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.


Dress Loving – Capes and Maxis

22 December 2010

Cape Dress from ASOS

The other day, I received a package in the mail – a couple of awesome dresses from ASOS!

First up is this very, cool Cape Dress. It has a great mini length, lovely cowl neck, quality material and A CAPE!

Of course I received superhero comments from my sons, so I had to refrain from giving you all a flying pose.

The cape is attached to the back of the dress, so there’s a gorgeous, elegant, billowy feel to it when I wear it.

Corset Dress from ASOS

Next is an Asymmetric Corset Maxi Dress.

I pulled it out of it’s packet, squealed and threw it on. It’s short in front, long at the back, and has lots of swishy, flowy bits. I was so excited I forgot to run an iron/steamer over it. Oh well.

I feel like a bird, or a prom queen. I can’t wait to wear it to my next party!

Below are some other lovely dresses I found off the site.

ASOS Dresses - Xmas Sale

So I recently discovered that ASOS are running some geo-local campaigns – meaning special deals for different countries.

Check it out!

Australia:
Summer Outlet Sales 85% off! Free standard shipping!

Singapore:
30% off ASOS Collection! Free standard shipping!

Rest of the World:
ASOS Online Clothing Store. Free worldwide shipping!

Enjoy!!!

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Sportsgirl Fashion Blogger Challenge: 1 Dress, 2 Outfits

6 August 2010

Sportsgirl Fashion Blogger Challenge

A few weeks ago, the online team at Sportsgirl asked me whether I’d like to be featured on their blog and participate in a fashion challenge – I said sure!!

They sent over a dress and when I opened the package, I went – ARGH I HATE FLORAL!

My results were published on their Sportsgirl Blog, along with outfits from two other Australian fashion bloggers. Check it out!

Basically I was trying to play down the DELICATE, FEMININE FLORAL print, by mixing the dress with “tough chick” items, and then “boyfriend style” items.

First Outfit
Dress: Candice Tunic Dress from Sportsgirl
Jacket: Tuxedo Style Blazer from Cue
Shoes: Over the Knee Boots from Betts
Belt: Leather Studded Belt from Warehouse London

Second Outfit (worn as a top)
Top: Candice Tunic Dress from Sportsgirl
Jacket: Rayon Twill Blazer from AL&ALICIA
Shorts: Boy Washed Shorts from AL&ALICIA
Shoes: Suede Heeled Lace Ups from Betts

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The Ultimate Black Dress by Sacha Drake

3 August 2010

www.ciaobellatravel.com.au - Sacha Drake Ultimate Black Dress

Ciao Bella Travel is a very cool travel accessories online shop, and their team kindly gave me the opportunity to test out Sacha Drake’s Ultimate Black Dress.

They are also offering 15% off the dress to all my readers*.

Now I’ve heard of this dress before in the press and media. And I guess it was one of those things I quickly pass off as media hype.

Haha and even when I received the package, I was like, OK whatever, let’s see what the big fuss is all about.

But as I played with it, I was positively charmed.

So much so, I pranced around the lounge room and made my husband count how many styles I wore and said, YOU SHALL APPRECIATE!

There are over 20 ways to wear the dress, but I’m only showing the 10 ways that I would DEFINITELY wear it.

It turns into a skirt too. And you can wear it as a maternity dress.

So if you’re sick to death of photos of me, my boring smile, the irritating way I don’t look at the camera, and the uninteresting way I put my hands on my hips – LOOK AWAY!

www.ciaobellatravel.com.au - Sacha Drake Ultimate Black Dress

Strapless. Scoop Neck. One Shoulder.

www.ciaobellatravel.com.au - Sacha Drake Ultimate Black Dress

Cross Over Halter. V Neck. Cap Sleeve.

www.ciaobellatravel.com.au - Sacha Drake Ultimate Black Dress

Tie Front Halter. Baby Doll (Maternity). Cowl Neck.

What I love about the dress:

Quality – Good quality fabric and feels strong. It doesn’t feel like it will RIP if you step out of your car the wrong way.

Fabric – Slinky, soft, stretchy, figure flattering and hangs really nicely. It’s perfect for its function.

Over 20 Styles – The dress turns into all the classic styled dresses – halter neck, strapless, one shoulder, V neck, Scoop neck, cap sleeves. And each style ACTUALLY LOOKS GOOD.

Price – Since I would definitely wear this dress in 10 different styles, that makes each “dress” cost about $29 (and 15% less if you take up the sale offer).

Travel – It rolls up and takes up very little room. No need for ironing.

Easy To Style – No buttons or complicated twisting. It’s just pull, pull and tie.

Comfortable – There were some styles, which I was skeptical as to whether it would actually be comfortable. But nope. They all felt great to wear.

Suits Curvy Women – I have to be honest and say that I felt that I didn’t quite “FILL” the dress out to all its potential glory. The dress definitely suits petite-sizes like me, but I think curvy and voluptuous women would make this dress (and show off the styles) even MORE FABULOUS. I need bigger boobs and hips!

As I said, Ciao Bella Travel is offering all my readers 15% off Sacha Drake’s UBD* (Black or Indigo) for 2 days only. Go check it out!

*To receive your discount just enter promo code KAREN CHENG in the promo code box when you reach the checkout.

I’m wearing the UBD Petite Size (8/10). I’m usually an Australian Size 6/8, USA 2/4, UK 4/6.

The sizes and measurements are on the product page.

Happy shopping, and hope you love the dress as much as I do!

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ASOS Outlet – Dresses under £30

30 July 2010

ASOS Outlet – Dresses under £30

There are quite a few online OUTLET and CLEARANCE shops out there – selling great stuff for 50% – 70% off. All. The. Time.

Sometimes it can be a bit tricky to keep tabs on the frequency of new arrivals and quality of the stock. But when you hit a gold mine, it’s pretty hard to resist.

I was browsing the ASOS Outlet Shop (you have to click the OUTLET tab) and I found heaps of awesome dresses for under £30.

Enjoy your weekend! xxx

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.


Roast Pumpkin Salad Dressing

22 July 2010

Salad for Lunch

I’ve been crazy over pumpkin lately.  I can’t seem to get enough of it. I love it on pizza, made into soup and dips, and especially roasted and tossed in salad.

This is my favourite dressing for Roasted Pumpkin Salad -

Honey and Balsamic dressing
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil

Whisk until well combined, then drizzle on salad :)


The Little Black Dress

11 May 2010

Little Black Dresses Embarrassingly, I have over 20 little black dresses, all in different lengths, cuts, embellishments, materials.

But there is a reason why I have so many, and why the little black dress lives forever in the world of women’s fashion. Versatility.

Being black, it goes with any hair or skin colour. Because of it’s very simplicity, it has an eternal sophistication, and it becomes the perfect foundation to build up with accessories – any accessories. The little black dress is fashion trend proof, which is a rare thing.

To be honest, when I’m feeling uninspired, unsure, or just don’t have time to think about what to wear, I grab my favourite-at-the-moment little black dress. It is my trustworthy friend :)

So I thought I’d show off a few little black dresses I have in my wardrobe.

I chose three dresses that can be bought online from Fashion Junkee – one of my favourite online shops that strikes a great balance in affordability and quality for dresses.

The first dress, is my favourite. An Off the Shoulder Mini Dress.

As the name suggests, you can wear it off-the-shoulder. Or as a boat neck, as pictured.

I’ve had it for 2 years. I’ve washed and worn it quite a number of times. And it’s still stretchy, slinky and in amazing condition. Excellent cost per wear!

Little Black Dresses

Here on the left I’m wearing a One Shoulder Rouched Dress. It has lots of great features – the material has a lot of stretch, the rouching hides all kinds of bumps and lumps, it is fully lined, you can dress it up or down, you can wear it underneath something.

On the right, is a very simple and elegant Cap Sleeved Dress. It’s also fully lined, it is easy to dress up or down, and it just sits and falls so comfortably!

I admit that over twenty may be too many…and I am very interested in fashion…but shouldn’t every girl have at least two or three?

Long live the little black dress!

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Daily Outfit – Multi-wear Scarf and Kookai Racerback Dress Combination

29 December 2009

A couple of weeks ago, I went to designer label Morrison’s Fashion Store Opening in Fremantle.

I would’ve loved to have worn something from the Morrison label to the event… but unfortunately I don’t yet own any of their clothes.

Having said that, I swear I would wear Morrison clothes for the rest of my life if I could afford it. Their clothes are simply beautiful. Easy fitting for winter or summer wear, easy to layer, high quality fabrics in all natural, rich tones. Absolutely everything in their range goes with everything else in their range.

So I don’t know if I unconsciously dressed myself as “inspired by Morrison”, because I threw together this outfit in a few seconds as the babysitter arrived and I RAN OUT THE DOOR.

And as I entered the party, I felt like I completely blended in with the Morrison colour scheme and the whole drapey look.

image of karen cheng wearing Kookai racerback dress to designer label Morrison women's fashion store opening

My scarf is actually a long, drapey, wool vest from Myer, which I wrapped loosely around my neck. Later in the evening, it got a bit cold, so I wore it as a shawl around my shoulders. I love multi-wear clothes!

My dress is a sporty-looking, racerback dress with rouched sides, from Kookai.

Leggings from Target, shoes from Betts, black stud earrings from Sportsgirl, and makeup by Napoleon Perdis.

I always forget to take photos of my outfit WITH my handbag!

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Major Fashion Tip: Find a Good Dressmaker!

23 November 2009

Daily Outfit - 23 Nov 2009So I bought a dress at a designer clearance sale a few weeks ago.

It had this gorgeous silver, vintage-looking sparkly beading at the shoulders and I totally fell in love with it. And it was only $20!

Unfortunately it was made for REALLY TALL PEOPLE ( which I am obviously not), so the skirt came down way past my knees and I looked like a nun. A sparkly nun, but a nun, nonetheless.

So I resolved to turn this nun’s habit into a mini-skirt dress. And while I can use a sewing machine, the garment was made from silk and well, I didn’t want to stuff it up.

Not to mention that I am so busy being mum, it would probably have hung in the “clothes to alter” section of my wardrobe, and I never would have gotten it done!

So I found myself a lovely home-alteration lady – who worked some magic. $12 of alteration later, I’m happy as can be.

I teamed it up with my fierce Betts shoes, which just completed the whole So-Not-A-Nun look, don’t you think?

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Formal Dresses from FashionJunkee

30 September 2009

Dresses by FashionJunkee

This year, I found myself attending quite a few formal events – from huge charity balls, to local community end-of-year celebrations.

While I don’t believe in “never wearing the same dress twice”, I do believe that a new frock is necessary once in a while! I guess, it’s a little embarrassing when someone remembers you from last year, because of your outfit. And even funnier, when you look back on old photos of yourself wearing the same dress, and you can’t even remember where you were.

Anyway, I thought I’d point everyone over to FashionJunkee, to check out their range of affordable, full-length formal dresses.

The red dress (above) was fantastic to wear. It was very comfortable, stretchy and slinky. It felt very fitting and secure, that is, it didn’t feel like it was going to slip right off if I accidentally stepped on the hem. The ruching hid any bumps and lumps, plus you could just gather it up or down a bit depending on the height of your shoe!

The purple dress (above) was also great. It felt more floaty and swishy. I loved the little twist-tie detail at the front. There is a padded bust, but somehow I never feel *quite secure* without some support.

Here are some others that I liked.

Dresses by FashionJunkee

1) Dark Blue Jersey Maxi Dress, 2) Aqua Sweetheart, 3) Black Ruffle Halter, 4) Yellow Twisted Back Dress.

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Fashion Find: Strapless Tulip Dresses

10 August 2009

Strapless Tulip Dresses

The warm weather is approaching, the party season is just around the corner, and I’ve got my eyes out for new stuff to wear. I’m loving these girly tulip-style dresses!

Top row, is by a Snakeskin Dress by Maje, Baroque Peplum dress by Acne, and a Chiffon Drape Dress by Jason Wu. All from Net-A-Porter.

Bottom row, Green Jewelled Pocket Dress, Black Origami Dress and Bustier Ruffle Dress. All from Lipsy.

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Fashion and Shopping Directory.