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29 April 2017

Callum Turns 14 (2017)

My oldest boy turned 14 years old a few weeks ago!

It took me a while to post about it… because I went looking into my digital photo archives to find THE CUTEST POSSIBLE PHOTO I could find of him, and I ended up spending hours/days/weeks reminiscing about the good old days.

I finally found this photo and I decided: YUP this is the winner!

Funnily enough, it was a printed photo, so I had to carefully peel it off a cardboard backing and scan it. Who has time to do that these days?

Ironically, I didn’t even take the photo. It was taken by his kindergarten teacher when he was 6 years old. The teacher made all the kids sit in the sand pit, one by one, in the exact same spot, both hands on the exact same sand toys, and in the exact spot of shade — sit, smile, snap, done, next! Haha!

The fact that my first born has reached 14 years doesn’t really phase me.

He’s growing up to be an incredible and awesome young man, and I’m so so proud to be his mum. He has such interesting and strangely insightful opinions and perspectives, he has a great attitude, he’s full of funny stories, happy boyish talkative energy, crazy ideas, yet he’s so smart, focused, sensible, reasonable and reliable (most of the time).

He has definitely been an easy “first kid”. He’s definitely been a blessing to our lives. So as I look towards the rest of teenagedom: parties, driving, curfew, trust, part-time job, peer pressure, social media, exams… I’m not too worried.

The other day I was sorting through some old boxes in the shed. There was a folder full of my son’s old drawings, done when he was 4 or 5 years old. Squiggles, circles, faces, trees, apples, boats, Buzz Lightyear, pirates and more. I remember all of the drawings. All of our conversations.

I remember sitting at our wooden dinner table, with pencils spread out everywhere, there was a whole stack of white A4 paper and we drew and drew and drew and talked and laughed and ate fruit and I taught him numbers, shapes, colours, concepts… and NOW he’s editing video and learning algebra?!?!

Seriously. My mind was blown. Where did the time go?

That’s when it hit me. I choked up. I missed my little boy.

I missed his little round face. His giggles and grins. His cuddles. He’s obsession with trucks, lego and rhyming books.

I missed his little hands. And his little shoes.

He’s a lot bigger now, but he’ll always be my little boy!


Ride to Conquer Cancer 2013 – Two Days of Sweat and Tears

10 November 2013

A few weeks ago, I took part in an amazing charity event, The Ride to Conquer Cancer. We cycled 220kms over two days and raised funds for cancer research.

1336 riders took part in the event, and in total we raised an incredible $5.2 million dollars!!

For my own fundraising efforts, I raised $8,350 with the help of friends, family, my community and my wonderful blog readers – thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Ride to Conquer Cancer 2013

So this is me at the start line. I woke up at 4am and was all geared up and ready to go by 6:30am.

I was feeling relieved that the day had finally arrived. I was happy and excited to be part of such a significant event. I was proud of myself for doing something so worthwhile. And I was emotional and humbled by the touching speeches. The organisers pushed a rider-less bike through the crowd to symbolise all those lost to cancer… and seeing that empty bike being wheeled towards the start line made tears well up in my eyes.

We set off at 7am.

Ride to Conquer Cancer 2013

About an hour in, my riding buddy had a flat tyre! She rode over some broken glass and we had to pull over on the side of the road.

Oh man, I felt so bad for her. If that were me, I would have been in a fumbling mess… and would have lost all my confidence in riding the rest of the way. But instead, I joked around to calm her/our nerves.

Thankfully, a volunteer bike technician arrived in 3 minutes. He fixed the tyre, pumped it up and we were off again in less than 10 minutes! Amazing!

Ride to Conquer Cancer 2013

THEN. The weather hit us.

Look at the storms clouds rolling towards us! The wind was strong. The rain poured. It was cold. It was a pretty miserable day to be riding.

Riding INTO the wind was difficult. It was bloody hard work! I struggled. I was in pain. It honestly felt like 5 hours of agony.

I wanted to cry and give up. My shoes were filled with water, my arms were shaking from the cold, my muscles were screaming in pain… and there was a moment where I thought to myself – WHY THE HELL AM I DOING THIS??!

But then… I’d see a rider pass me, with a yellow flag tied to his bike, indicating that he was a cancer survivor. Yup he was here on his bike too, struggling with the wind and rain, just like I was. Then another yellow flag would pass me. And another.

And yep, it put my own struggles into perspective.

Ride to Conquer Cancer 2013

This is me, with my new attitude. Just cheer the hell up and enjoy the ride Karen!

There was so much rain and wind, that it was almost comical.

Ride to Conquer Cancer 2013

I managed to finish the first day’s ride with a smile on my face. I rode 103km.

Man that was hard. It was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done in my life.

I wasn’t very talkative that evening. I just wanted to have a hot shower, get changed into some dry clothes, put on some dry socks, eat some hot food, then go to bed.

Ride to Conquer Cancer 2013

I was a little worried that other people’s snoring would keep me awake.

But there was so much rain throughout the night, that the sound of rain drowned out all the snoring. I slept very well!

Ride to Conquer Cancer 2013

The next morning, the sun was shining! HOORAY!

But it was cold – I think it was 6°C or something.

I went to collect my bike from the bike racks and I felt – surprisingly – excited!

Ride to Conquer Cancer 2013

Me again. All rugged up and ready to go!

The weather warmed up and the day turned out to be sunny and spectacular. It was perfect riding weather.

Ride to Conquer Cancer 2013

My poor riding buddy had ANOTHER flat!

Same tyre.

On the last 20kms of the ride, I took it easy and enjoyed the ride to the finish line.

Ride to Conquer Cancer 2013

WOOHOO I DID IT!!!

No words can describe the feeling when you choose to do something really difficult and you conquer it.

I know that I did this charity ride last year. But this time around, it was definitely much harder for me, because I was not as fit as I was last year. I had a few tears in my eyes the moment I crossed that finish line. It was hard work and I did it.

And just like when you watch a movie a second time around, I was much more aware of the little details… the people, the stories and the purpose… it really brought the whole experience to life. And I was so much more thankful for that.

I really want to thank the organisers, the volunteers, the riders, my team, and everyone who donated to this wonderful cause.

Thank to you, my readers, for following and supporting me on this journey!

xxx


Liam : 3 years and …a bit?

30 July 2012

(Warning!! The following contains long, detailed, explicit, motherly adoration of a child.)
Liam is 3 years and 4 months

My little Liam is 3 years and 4 months.

He’s bright, eloquent, a bit particular about certain things, and yes, totally lovable!

The biggest change since my last update is his obsession with letters and numbers.

Writing out letters and numbers is a daily activity for us – only because he LOVES it so much. We sit down with a stack of paper and coloured pencils, and he writes the numbers from 1-20, and then he writes the alphabet from A-Z.

I help him a little, but it’s HIM who leads the activity. He tells ME what HE wants to do.

We started writing 1-10. But after memorising them so quickly, he has moved on to 1-20. Now we’re working on number order.

I scribble out worksheets with “puzzles” like 11, 12, 13, ___ and he fills in the missing number.

And he says brainy stuff like, “What is the number 1 and 8 again? Is that eighteen? Does that come after seventeen?”

Liam is 3 years and 4 months
Drawing of Bluey (his toy bunny) and Liam!

He has also memorised and recognised the whole alphabet, he can write every letter of the alphabet, and he knows the phonic sounds to all the letters!

He can spell out simple words by himself, just using the sounds of letters!

He prefers to write words of things his likes – Liam, Mum, Dad, Callum, Sean, Cat, Bluey (his bunny), Clock (because it’s got numbers on it), Pink (his favourite colour), Poh Poh (what he calls his grandmother).

His number and letter formations are still a bit wonky, but they are still legible.

Lots of other mums praise me and all the “work” that I do with him. But seriously, it’s all HIM, his own personal interest and his long-standing fixation with numbers and letters.

OK I guess I am active in Liam’s early childhood learning, and I sit down with him and do activities with him. But I was also very involved and very active with my other two children’s early learning too. In fact, I was probably more active with them… and they didn’t learn how to spell words and read until they were 6 years old.

Honestly, I’m just surprised and pleased by how advanced he seems to be. I don’t think he’s a one-in-a-million, crazy-smart, genius kid. I’m not going to push him into any hardcore academic programs.

I’m just going to continue with a bit of gentle pushing and encouragement here and there. And at the same time try to balance out his other developmental areas – such as social, emotional, and physical development.

And I need to do that, because….

Liam is 3 years and 4 months

Liam doesn’t like to go outside his comfort zone. He doesn’t like to try new things. He’s not very adventurous. He likes his routine. He likes thing to be predictable all the time. He likes to know that things are the same… and will be the same all the time.

But he gets bored with things being the same! And I can tell he wants to explore new things and have new experiences… but it is so hard for him to let go! He really fights it, he argues with me, negotiates for his way, tries to stall it, pretends to be disinterested, throws a tantrum.

I insist, I am firm, I try to convince him and I argue with him, and in the end I usually just force him to try it… and after we do the new thing, he is usually very happy.

For example, he likes that we buy our fruit from one particular fruit shop. If we go somewhere else to buy fruit, he gets really upset. And he will argue with me – for HOURS – about it.

Another example. He likes the numbers 2 and 4. And if my maths question doesn’t give him an answer where he can write a 2 or 4, he refuses to do the question. Or he’ll just write 24, rather than the actual answer and he’ll argue with me again!

Or, he likes to borrow 3 books from the library. And he wants to borrow the same 3 books again and again. If not, then more arguments!

Oh the list goes on and on. It drives me INSANE! He’s one funny kid.

After we do the new thing, I usually list out all the good (and maybe some not so good) things about the experience. Just so to help him mentally process and assess the experience or situation.

Like, “It was such a good thing that we borrowed these new books, so we could see these pictures that we’ve never seen before! Now we know what sunken treasure looks like!”

Liam is 3 years and 4 months

As I try to let my older children become more involved with more complicated tasks (for example, cooking dinner by themselves), I try to get Liam involved too.

I admit it’s really hard, especially since I’ve done the whole “toddlers helping mummy in the kitchen” thing TWICE already. I have very little patience left in me… and really, I just want the kids to play in a different room, while I whip up dinner in 30 minutes flat haha.

So in terms of being independent, following instructions to do jobs, helping to do housework… Liam is behind where my other two children were at the same age.

It’s definitely my fault, as I don’t follow up, insist, or expect him to do as much as his brothers. Unfortunately, he’s turning into a “typical” third child, who is the baby of the family, and not expected to do any hard work – oops!

Liam is 3 years and 4 months

Liam loves his 3 year old Kindergarten, but he HATES that I leave him.

He cries and shouts for hours in the morning about not wanting to go. He still kicks and screams and says all kinds of things emotional blackmail stuff like “You promised you won’t ever leave me anywhere where I might be far, far away from you.”

But the teachers say that the moment I walk away from the Kindergarten door and shut the gate (5 seconds) he’s perfectly fine and happy. They tell me that he is very involved with all the activities, he’s keen and interested in everything the teachers say, he plays very happily. They say he’s very smart, very bright, intelligent and very funny… (I’m sure that they say that to all the mums).

Anyway, I’m so, so glad that he’s blossoming in such a great environment.

Part of me is a little jealous, because when I try to do new activities with him – as I said – he just bosses me around, tells me what he wants to do and how I should GO AWAY because he just wants to do his own thing thank you very much.

(Let’s hope he’s not doing the same to his teachers!!)

I am really excited for him, for next year, when goes to 4 year old kindergarten. He’ll be in a structured learning environment – all day – surrounded by numbers and letters. He’ll absolutely LOVE it :)

Not to mention, I’LL love that he doesn’t nag me about being bored.

And I’ll love missing him all day, and then picking him up in the afternoon and hearing his beautiful little squeaky voice, bubbling with excitement, and watching his eyes sparkle as he tells me stories of his day.


Baby 3: Liam at 2 years and 10 months

2 February 2012

Here’s an update of Liam’s development, as he hurtles towards being 3 years old!

Liam - 2 years 10 Months

Behaviour and Environment

During the school terms, his older brothers go to school, and Liam gets to hang out with me all day. We have our little routines. We have our weekly grocery runs, coffee dates, play dates, gym classes, story time sessions, outings and activities. We have snacks, lunches at home or while we’re out. It’s just him and me.

He’s really pleasant, easy, fun to be with, ok sometimes he’s demanding, but I know his quirks and I know how to work around him… so basically we have a happy little groove between us.

But during the recent 7 week summer holidays, he has had to play and compete with his older brothers – all day, every day.

As a result, my summary of him seems a little harsh, yet it’s all part of his life experience, and what makes him who he is.

Liam has been naughty, difficult, noisy and his behaviour has been awful. It’s such a hard thing to deal with, because I can see what’s driving him. I can see he just wants some attention.

He’s frustrated because his two big brothers will spend hours building intricate lego structures or playing an elaborate board game, and he wants to play too. Instead… he smashes everything onto the floor and steals the important pieces of the game, just so that they will play with him.

Or they will be lazing in bed reading a book or working on a puzzle, and he will come along and rip posters of their walls and tip their shelves over, just so that they will play with him.

It always ends in meltdowns, tears and fights. From everyone! Including me!

So in a way, he’s not really being naughty. He’s just trying to communicate his needs… and well, it’s been a tough couple of months trying to keep everything balanced.

Because, he’s not the only child who needs some attention. There are two others. Not to mention there are two adults in the family who needs some loving. So yes. Balance is the key.

We take things as a week-by-week balancing act. One day I might spend a couple of hours with my oldest boy. While my husband will hang out with the younger two. And the next day my husband will take the middle boy, and I’ll have the other two. And then during the next session I’ll have the youngest one and so on.

This keeps everything quite peaceful.

And it’s worked so well because my husband was on leave for a little bit over the Christmas and new year period.

When it’s just me looking after the kids, most days, they will all play happily for a couple of hours. But after that, they get bored and will need some direction. I either have to do an activity that makes all 3 kids happy. Or I have to send one kid into another room to work on something (nothing too special or the other 2 will get jealous) while I do something with the other 2 kids.

Or I just take them to the beach. And everyone is happy. Including me.

Liam - 2 years 10 Months

“Education”

Liam can identify lots of letters, numbers from 0-12, colours, shapes and symbols. Drawing and writing is an activity he just loves. And I believe he finds a lot of comfort in it. I take a little scribble pad and pencils wherever we go, and he enjoys looking at my past drawings and reading out the letters and numbers.

He has shown keen interest to write letters, so I have been teaching him to write his name. And while I’m at it, I’m trying to teach him to read simple words – not because I’m trying to get him ahead academically – because he just really enjoys it!

Speech

He speech is pretty impressive! He is a real chatterbox and he can talk and talk and talk, if you let him. It can be a bit exhausting, to have someone be in your face and talk at you all day. But I’m not complaining, I try to see it as his little gift.

I get him to re-tell stories of our day, just to help him gather and organise his thoughts, because they can get a bit jumbled and random most times! Kinda cute, but it’s hard to listen to hours of random, mangled sentences.

Gross Motor Skills

Liam is pretty active and coordinated. He can go for long walks, ride a 2 wheel scooter, sit on a big-kid swing, climb up a climbing frame. He can’t ride a bike yet (hasn’t worked out the peddling action).

I’d say that he’s not very daring or adventurous, in a physical sense.

He’s confident to splash around in shallow water, but he’s not brave enough to put his head underwater.

Fine Motor Skills

Really excellent here. The kid plays with big-kid lego, he can use a scissors, do a 48 piece puzzle, peel stickers, glue things, and other fine detail activities.

Sleep

He sleeps at 7:30pm, wakes up 6:00am. As long as he has one 1 hour nap in the day time, he’s fine. And he’s not fussy about when he has the nap.

Imagination Play

Every day Liam can spend 30 minutes to 1 hour playing by himself, with cars, drawing, water play, lego, blocks, or puzzles.

I’d say the biggest activity he is missing out on, is imagination play. I went to a friend’s house recently, who had a cubby house for her daughter. The little house was decorated like a real house, with a kitchen set, photo frames on the wall, tables and chairs… Liam was transfixed. He played inside for aaaaages and didn’t want to leave.

I can see how he would get a lot out of more age appropriate toys!

Social Skills and Friends

He doesn’t have many proper friends at the moment, as he’s a bit young. He prefers to hang around older children, because that’s what he’s used to at home. And he loves the company of adults.

When he is around other kids his age, he is very confident and he stands his own ground. He can be a bit bossy and loud when trying to get his point across, which scares the other kids who are a bit timid.

Separation

Since Christmas, Liam has been very clingy towards me whenever someone comes to babysit. He cries, wails, flings himself on the floor, and shouts things like “Mummy don’t go away!!!!”. He’s been cool with it for years and it just came up suddenly and we’re not sure why he’s changed in this way. We’re thinking maybe it’s just an age thing?

Liam - 2 years 10 Months

Eating

Ah. He has been a terrible eater lately! He loves cereal with milk. Apples. Any kind of sweet or salty biscuit. Noodles. Bacon. And he loves to snack on raw carrots. That’s about it.

He utterly hates pasta, curry, rice, stir-fries, casserole, potatoes, bread – sometimes he will reluctantly eat it, if I feed him.

Most days, when we sit down for a proper lunch or dinner meal… he utterly refuses to eat anything I give him. He refuses to feed himself. And he would rather put himself to bed than to eat what I give him.

But if I spoon food into his mouth, he WILL eat it, reluctantly and slowly. And just like that, he trained me to feed him.

Each mouthful is painful, full of fights, toilet breaks, whining, falling off the chair, crying. Some days I have no idea how much he has eaten, I felt so bad, yet he happily goes to sleep at the end of the day. And I tell myself, if he’s hungry, he’ll wake up in the middle of the night and I’ll make him some warm milk and toast. But he never wakes up.

Heh it is kind of my fault too. As I go through the day, out and about, driving from one event to another, I just throw random food at him for morning or afternoon snacks, a small bag of pop corn, an apple, half a bun with melted cheese on it, a jelly snake, rice crackers, a small carrot. And by dinner time he’s not hungry and I wonder why!

So, basically, I haven’t been very disciplined with his eating!

School

Liam will go to a Pre-Kindergarten for 3 year olds in a few months (he has to turn 3 first!). This particular centre came highly recommended, and it is also a 10 minute walk from our house. He was put on a waiting list, and after months of waiting, we finally got a call and was told that Liam had a place. I was sooooo happy. I know he’ll love it!

(He has been asking when he can go to school for several months now. And he desperately wants his own lunch box.)

But of course, I am struck by that familiar bittersweet feeling – I am totally freaked out that my littlest baby is going to a school AND I am dizzily excited that as he grows older, my life (and my relationship with all my children) will grow and evolve.


Liam at 2 Years Old

25 April 2011

Liam at 2 years old
Just look at the red in his hair!

My 2 year old toddler is an absolute chatterbox. He just does not shut up.

Lucky for him, he is insanely cute. And I can spend all day talking to him and listening to him chatter for hours.

He’s so naturally well-mannered and polite – saying thank you, you’re welcome, ‘cuse me, sorry, see ya later! And he’s so caring and sensitive, always asking me, “Are you ok mum?” “Are you good?” “What happened?”

My other two children were never like this. They were either self-centred (as children naturally are) or just totally oblivious to the feelings of other people (as children naturally are).

I used to believe that other parents made this stuff up. Naturally polite children? No such thing!

But Liam likes to crawl into my lap, wrap his arms around me like a koala bear, squeezes me tight, then leans back to look at me with his deep brown eyes and asks “Can I have a back scratch please mummy?” and he’ll flop his body into my chest and nuzzle his face into my skin… and go, “Ahh, that’s really nice mum.”

And my heart – oh my heart – it melts into a glorious mush of love.

Did I mention he is my last baby?

Liam at 2 years old


Pears In Red Wine

5 January 2010

pears-red-wine

At a recent dinner party, I ate this delicious, unusual dessert, and I was amazed at how easy it is to make.

6 pears
a standard bottle of red wine
100gms of sugar
a cinnamon stick

Peel the pears – but leave the stalks on!
Cut a little away from the bottom of the pear, to help it sit up by itself.
Place the pears stalks up in a snug fitting pot or slow cooker.
Cove the pears with red wine, add the sugar and cinnamon.

Slow, slow cook for at least an hour, until the pears are so soft that you can carve the flesh with a spoon.

Serve with plenty of the sweet juices, and top with a dob of cream, or as above, with some yogurt.

Alternatives are that after the pears are cooked, you can marinate the pears in the cooling wine sauce overnight to increase the red colour, before re-warming to serve. To add more zing to the wine, you can also add orange rind, cloves, and /or vanilla.

(The alcohol in the wine is all dissipated by the heat of the cooking.)

Yum-EEE!


Ten Years Of Blogging

13 October 2009

Ten years ago, in 1999, I published the first ever version of my website. Since I receive so many emails from people asking me how I got started, what software I use, and if I make any money, I thought this would be a good opportunity to reflect on a decade of blogging!

Please be warned, this is quite a long post, because it is covering a whole decade!

Beginnings
My first ever glimpse of the impending Internet world was at high school in 1995. I studied a subject called “Applied Computing”. My teacher told me about “e-mail” and how you can send messages from one computer to another – I thought she was kidding! I had no idea that computers – in different locations – could be connected to each other.

It is a good example of how amazingly fast the Internet developed that only four years later, I published my own website.

Although I was addicted to IRC chat and message boards while studying design and advertising at university, it was not until 1999, that I taught myself how to make a website, in order to show off my portfolio of work.

I was 21. I was single, irresponsible, a spoilt rich kid, emotionally insecure, in and out of relationships, a creative but naïve young woman, working in the crazy rat race of advertising – and I was trying to find happiness.

I became absolutely OBSESSED with the Internet and all things related to personal websites.

I would spend literally 20 hours a day online, sleeping at 4am, and then waking at 8am to check my email, before breakfast! Personal websites were like an underground community – running rampant with page counters, guestbooks, comment boxes, link-backs, webrings, countless internet awards, and small and large online groups.

I was astounded that I could get to know people living in the US, UK, Europe and Asia – people who had the same interests as I did, living similar lives, but all over the world. It was all very, very exciting. I loved the fact that I could communicate directly with my readers. And for it to happen in real time, was pretty amazing. In the early days, I had a hit counter on my site. I was thrilled when 100 people visited my site in a day!

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My site in 1999, was essentially an online portfolio, with lots of extra information about me. I had lots of different sections for my resume, photos, contacts, my likes and dislikes. The most popular section was my “Soapbox”. It was like a daily news section, where I updated every day and I ran it like an e-zine.

Becoming Popular
Things started to take off when my website began to get featured in some newspapers, and I won some web awards. From there, it spread by word of mouth – and word of internet. People online and offline were telling their friends about my site. My readership grew and grew, which was completely unexpected to me.

I think one of the main reasons my blog developed a strong following is because I am a designer. I wanted to create a unique experience for my readers. I was very interested in visual communication and interface design. I was meticulous with its presentation and style. I loved experimenting with my visual layout (eg. 3 columns vs 2 columns vs 1) and I always analysed how (and why) others were doing it, and set out to do things differently.

I hand-coded my whole site. I created all my graphics and images myself. I took photos, sent them to be developed (yes, it was all on film back then!), scanned them in (so slow!), and photo edited them.

I also really enjoyed writing in a “personal voice” – seeing how voice and identity could be crafted with words and pictures, and how it affected the overall feel of the site. My focus was always to tell a great story, or share a feeling, or a moment, in a way that left readers feeling refreshed.

The effect of all of this is that my blog has unique content, and that content is presented in a distinctive way, making for an experience that cannot be found anywhere else.

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This is what I see in the WordPress software I use to manage my blog: 1,313 post…and that’s just since 2003!

How Blogging has Changed in Ten Years
The Internet is HUGE now. Back in 1999, it was small, but growing rapidly. And there was no spam or advertising on it. The Internet was like a cool café then, with a nice atmosphere, where you might bump into friends. Now, the Internet and blogs are part of the “social-media” phenomenon where everyone is connected to everyone else and everything by so many different software and devices that it feels like everyone in the whole world is shouting out at the same time. And advertising is EVERYWHERE!

The Internet is FAST now. Back in 1999, most of my posts didn’t have a picture at all, and if they did, the picture was the size of what is now called a “thumbnail” image. Remember, this was in the days of “dial-up” modems that made that awful “screeeeech-boing-boing-boing” noise. Your service provider cut the connection if you weren’t actively surfing, so you had to re-connect if you stopped to read something long and interesting. Sometimes, your service provider would cut you off in the middle of a big file upload, to remind you that bandwidth was PRECIOUS. So people were very careful about what they uploaded, and what they clicked on.

Digital cameras, combined with faster bandwidth, have made high quality photos an important part of the internet, and my blog too, because digital is so easy and cheap compared to film. As a result, I have had to improve the standard of my photography a lot over the years, a challenge I really enjoy. But I still choose images very, very carefully. One good image is worth a thousand words, but fifty well chosen words is much better than any bad picture.

I’ve used the very popular “Wordpress” software to manage my blog since 2007. Before that, I hand-coded every post in HTML.

I do all my photo editing with Photoshop. I customize my blog interface by coding my own CSS templates. I store all my images on Flickr, so I don’t have to pay for serving out all the images. And I am still using the same computer I bought in 2002 (with the money I was supposed to use to buy my engagement ring).

Upside of Being a 10 Year old Blogger
One of the best things about having been online for so long, is feeling like I’m talking to a huge bunch of girlfriends, and I love it. I know that I have quite a few male readers, but they never email me. Come on guys, don’t be shy!

Almost everyday I get email from people who thank me for the words and pictures I share, and say they are inspired by my attitude and outlook on life. This is really, really rewarding. It keeps me going. I take all these things to heart, and I find them both fulfilling, and humbling.

Because of my large readership, I can draw attention to issues I believe are important.

I also get asked to support or endorse various entities or products. People offer to fly me to places to do stuff that would undoubtedly be a very cool experience. But I have an even more important job – I am mother to three little children…so I almost never go. Maybe one day!

Downside of being a 10 year blogger
The biggest downside of having such a large readership is being unable to reply to all the email that comes in. Everyday my inbox is filled up, and everyday, I’m really saddened that I can’t speak to each person individually.

After 10 years of having my email address on the internet, it is now on a huge number of spamming lists. Everyday, I delete literally dozens of emails offering me the opportunity to have my sex organs enlarged, to buy insanely cheap drugs or watches, to get rich by helping Nigerian royalty move their money to a safe place, and to marry lonely Russian super-babes with exotic names. It is so bad I am considering changing my e-mail address. But I like being “karen” at “karencheng.com.au”, so I stick with it, even though the word “delete” is getting worn off the “delete” key on my keyboard.

In the last couple of years, marketing people have decided that the best way to get something for nothing is to offer free stuff to bloggers. Thus, I get endless offers to try out mind-control medication on my children, weirdly flavoured mineral water, cosmetics that will take 15 years off my age, etc, etc. At first, I thought all these friendly emails from marketing people meant that they really loved me, and they promised to only send me stuff that was relevant to me, but now they send me anything they are trying to promote. Argh!

The strangest thing to happen to me because of blogging is being a (very minor) celebrity. I still haven’t gotten used to being spotted in the streets or at the shops. But I am slowly getting better at talking to complete strangers, who walk up to me and say: “Oh my God! You’re Karen Cheng!!” Since I am actually quite shy with people I don’t know, these moments are often awkward for me, especially when I am holding a baby with a pooey nappy, a tin of mixed beans and a cauliflower, and I am dressed in an old tracksuit.

The Next Ten Years?
In late 1999, I was living the high-life in the peak of the dot-com boom. Then, in rapid succession, I fell in love, travelled a lot, got made redundant in the dot-com crash, got married, and then had my first son.

My life was a dream till my husband had cancer. It was a year of doubt, fear, surgery, chemotherapy, more surgery, and praying. We were very, very lucky that he was successfully treated. While all that was happening, I had my second son. I was 26 by then. Life seemed so much more precious, and my blog has become even more of a celebration of the everyday moments of life.

So, after ten years, and thousands of readers everyday, what am I going to do?

I have invested 10 years of my life into blogging. I don’t know if most of my readers will ever realise how much of my day-to-day life it takes up. It takes a real discipline to post five times a week, each one with original content, and this continues to be a challenge for me, and doubly so with three kids.

Things have come to a point where I was investing so much into my site, that I had to decide on it’s future, and my future. I had to decide to give it up to pursue a more regular career, or try to make an income from blogging.

So I am now what bloggers call a “Pro-Blogger”, which means that I am trying to make an income from my blog. My mission is to show my readers things that they might actually be interested in, without bothering them with advertising spam. I want to keep my blog as a really nice place to come to. I’m still working out how to do this, and I regard it as a long-term project. I’ll let you know how it turns out!

Something that will always stay the same for me is that I will keep blogging about the things that I love and that inspire me. Beautiful things, and important things. I have became very interested in increasing cancer awareness and research (a very important topic), and fashion (also a very important topic, but in a different way).

So I’m looking forward to the adventure of the next ten years!


Sean Turns 4 Years Old

12 March 2009

Sean Turns 4 Years Old

I remember Sean, as a baby, being sensitive and grumpy all the time. Then as a toddler, he was utterly defiant and strong-willed. Over the years, being the second child, Sean’s personality was often over-shadowed by his older brother. He liked, copied and wanted everything Callum had and did.

But last year, with his older brother in full-time school, the days would go by where it was just me and Sean. It gave me an amazing opportunity to get to know him.

Firstly, he talks SO MUCH. He is very articulate, eloquent, and his sentences and expressions are mind blowing. Given the chance, he could talk for 5 hours non-stop when we’re together.

He’s not happy with simply giving a monologue commentary on our day to day activities, or talking to himself.

He asks questions and he wants answers. He wants to discuss things, he comes up with all these crazy ideas and theories, he wants my input and explanations, and he wants me to engage with him.

Sometimes it can be really hard work, especially when I’m not in the mood for conversation.

Having said that, he has an excellent capacity to entertain himself for up to an hour at a time. He has a wild imagination and he loves to make up his own adventures with his superheros and action characters.

Sean Turns 4 Years Old

He’s a very determined kid. When he sets his mind to a task, he’ll finish it. He will go all the way and not look back.

He’s pretty good about trying new experiences. It doesn’t take much for him to launch into something new or exciting. But once he’s made up his mind about something, it’s close to impossible to change his mind. He’s not easily swayed.

In fact, he is willing to suffer punishment, forego special treats, and go to bed without dinner – just to stick with his decision. Which is something I [somewhat] admire about him.

He’s also very much more of a leader type, than a follower. And unafraid to speak his mind.

Photos By Sean

Someone gave him a very basic digital camera for his birthday – it just points and shoots, without any auto-focus. Which means most of his photos are very blurry.

He often goes around snapping all kinds of random objects around the house and in his world. Words cannot describe the sheer delight I have when we scroll through his pictures together. We choose one, print it from the computer, cut it out, and pin it up on his wall.

This year Sean started Kindergarten – 2 full days at school. He started off really, really well – full of familiarity, confidence and happy to make friends.

But in the last few weeks, he’s been saying he’s bored at Kindy, his teachers don’t let him have any fun, and he’s quite clingy when it’s time for me to leave. I suspect it’s the impending arrival of the new baby, but I’m still keeping a close eye on him, in case there’s something else going on.

I must admit, I really enjoy hanging out with him all day. He’s like my little, best bud.

I am so proud to say that he is a very cool little kid, and I just love him to bits.


Sean – 3 years, 3 months

6 June 2008

Sean - 3 years, 3 months

I’ve been trying to take better portrait photographs with my camera. I’m so happy with the results!

This is Sean on a cold, wet, rainy day, trying to find a stick so we can play fishing in the creek.


Sean Turns 3 Years Old

11 March 2008

Sean Turns 3

To my dearest little Sean.

Three years ago our little family was going through a rough patch. Dad was pretty sick. Things weren’t looking good. We didn’t even know if we could have you.

But you were our little miracle. You gave us hope in a time of darkness. I would lie in bed wishing the world would swallow me up, and suddenly you’d kick and dance across the walls of my tummy – making me chuckle with delight.

When you were born, my hormones weren’t right. I looked at you bundled up in my arms and instead of buzzing with joy and happiness, I was tired, sad and I cried a lot. It wasn’t you, it was me.

But now I can’t imagine life without you. You are the blazing rock and roll on our otherwise quiet stereo. You are the spicy chilli in our tandoori. You are the sirens, the fireworks, the drums, the sparkle. You bring so much joy and laughter to our lives. I hope you know that.

In you, I’ve discovered a child’s love that is so tender, so sensitive, so sweet and so whole-heartedly absolute. When you say you love me, I don’t have to search deep in your eyes to see if you mean it, because it’s splashed across your face – you really do love me.

When I say goodnight to you each evening, you take my face in your hands and you plant little tiny kisses on my nose, cheeks and eye lids. And you’ll look up at me with a sparkle in your eyes, like I’m the most wonderful person in the whole world.

Sean Turns 3

I just love it when you smile. I love the way your face and nose wrinkles up. You look so cheeky and happy. It’s adorable, infectious and it makes my heart crumble into a thousand happy pieces.

This new year has seen lots of new changes in your life.

You love school. Starting Pre-Kindy this year has been amazing for you. You have your very own a teacher, classroom and bag hook. As I suspected, you thrived on the kindergarten’s structured activities, routine and rules. You’ve blossomed into a smart, sociable, confident little boy.

Sean Turns 3

You love learning. It boggles me to discover how much you pick up, understand, and repeat. You ask me questions about bugs, trees, water, birds, trucks, elevators – how they all work, what they are for, what can go wrong, what to do when something goes wrong. You listen carefully to everything I say, and will repeat it back as if it’s your own.

You speak so well. I really am so proud of you. Your pronunciations, your sentence structure, and your expressions are all amazing for a kid your age. Some of the clever, random things you say makes me laugh and laugh.

Sean Turns 3

When someone meets you for the first time, the first thing they comment on is your voice. You don’t squeak in a high-pitched, baby voice. Your voice is low and strong. You always sound so serious and authoritative, like a little man – but once you smile, you turn into a giggly little boy again.

Then there’s your eye lashes. And your puppy dog eyes. You make me writhe with jealousy.

Sean Turns 3

You’ve got a big personality, a strong spirit and a whole lot of big ideas. You’re a wonderful and charming little person with a great big heart. I love you Sean, Happy 3rd Birthday.


Callum : 3 years, 11 months

8 March 2007

Callum’s drawing skills have been developing at an incredible rate. Now I leave a box of pencils and a stack of paper in his room, and everyday he surprises me with lots of super cute drawings! (This is Buzz Lightyear. Callum admits he copied it from his school bag, but he insists it still came from his brain.)

He can write his name without any help. And he loves copying out words that I write for him. He can’t write out the whole alphabet yet.

Callum has been settling into kindergarten really well. He absolutely loves it – 2 days a week, from 9am to 3pm. He sleeps when they tell him to sleep. And eats when everyone else eats. I know most kids behave differently when they go to kindy, but I’m amazed to hear that my son actually STOPS TALKING long enough to eat his lunch in the time given and then go to sleep!

He’s obsessed with RULES. He likes to have RULES FOR EVERYTHING. Thus he gets a bit bossy sometimes, and he’s no fun during ball games. Whenever someone else (me, or my husband) breaks the rules, or “decides we just want to PLAY” Callum will stop the game, hold the ball, demand a reason for such unruliness, and will repeat ALL the rules – speaking s-l-o-w-l-y this time, so that we understand. Such cheek!

I’m secretly paranoid that my kids will show signs of learning difficulties. So I play heaps of “learning” games with Callum whenever we’re together – instead of, you know, talking about CRAP. I’ve grabbed heaps of great tips from his kindy teacher!

Apparently (I did not know this) kindy/preschools don’t emphasise on teaching the kids to recite their ABCs. They teach phonics instead – “Ah” “Buh” “Cuh”. They go through little exercises like “Duh” is for “D-og” and “D-addy”. They do lots of word rhymes, break words into sound syllables etc. Apparently it makes it easier for kids to learn how to spell.

So Callum and I play this game. I say something like “Why did Mrs White have a fright?” And Callum would say things like, “Because… it was night? There was no light? She lost her kite??” It all sounds really brainy, but let me assure you, we quickly fall into good ol’ toilet humour. Poos, wees and farts, never cease to entertain.

“Where did Mr Blue do a poo?”
“In his SHOE! In a LOO! In the GLUE?”

Ok I doubt it’s educationally sound, but it’s all gold. We play heaps of other phonic games too. And by “games” I mean casual chit chat, “Hey soap sounds like BOAT! What else?” Resulting in Callum being very aware of rhymes – perhaps irritatingly so – because some days, every second word he says will be a made up rhyme – “Hey mummy pummy? Where’s my sandal dandle?”

As you can tell, I’m not very hardcore or pushy with all this literacy stuff. I believe a child’s education has to be well rounded (beyond the numbers and letters) to also include stuff like – problem solving skills, self-discipline, self-confidence, strong sense of why things are right and wrong, creative solutions for sticky situations, how to care for others, a love for life, etc etc.

Callum’s a great big brother. He does not hit back, shove or bully his little brother. Sometimes he will irritate Sean, but it’s usually from being playful, rather than being malicious. He’s not dismissive, nor does he ignore Sean. Most times he wants Sean by his side, and it’s Sean who wants to do his own thing.

Callum is a bit reserved on the social front. He has a best friend at kindy, who happens to be a girl from our mother’s group. And when asked, he doesn’t seem interested in making other new friends. I’ve introduced him to the fine art of making friends in the playground – “Just walk up to another boy and say ‘Hey you wanna play pirates/ball/cars?'” – and he seems to be doing fine now.


Sean at 20 months (1¾ years)

27 November 2006

Sean’s verbal skills have exploded in the last month. He can say heaps of new words! He’ll try to repeat everything we say. He can pick out words from songs and repeat them. And we often catch him talking and muttering to himself, stringing multiple words together, as if practicing this strange new talking thing.”Bear! Bowl? Bear bowl gone where? Hee hee. Bear bowl gone!”

“I got lotsa glue. Lotsa glue! Mmm. Eeew. Glue yucky.”

He does this cute mishmash with his songs, it’s reeeeally cute.

“Tinko tinko daaaar! Dumpy dumpy fall! E, O, E, O, AYE!”

And I can’t help but join in!


Seven Years of Web Wrangling II

10 May 2006

“Seven Years” seem like a long time to be doing something.

But looking back at the journey, I don’t really see it as a momentous triumph. All I can see is how I’ve changed as a person, and how my online presence was just a small part of my life. Obviously that was my decision – to only publish moments I chose to share. To leave out the boring bits. The difficult bits. The painful bits.

For me, keeping my web log is about… sharing. Inspiring. Entertaining. Connecting. Touching. Creating. Designing. Therapy. Expression. Remembering. Laughing.

I’m very happy that, after seven years, I’m still doing this.

That it’s normal for me to go through the everyday-ness and blah-ness of life, looking out for beautiful moments. Going through the motions of carving out the essence of the moment, crafting it into words and pictures. Then sharing it with others. I love it. It’s a part of me now. And there’s a lot more to come.

Thanks for sharing with me.


Seven Years of Web Wrangling

9 May 2006

This month, my website is 7 years old.

In May 1999, I launched my personal website, Karyn Design (Karyn being my accidental, adopted “business name”, a mishmash of my English and Chinese name). The function of the site was to get a job as a web designer. It had a portfolio of all my advertising, graphic and web work, an online journal (called Soapbox), design articles, writings, photo gallery, information about me, digital art and graphics I created.

The most popular section of my site was my Soapbox. It was updated every day (I think they call them blogs these days) and I ran it a bit like an e-zine, or portal, or whatever the buzz word was in 1999. Back then, I was a lot more… uninhibited and unrestrained about sharing the small and intricate details of my life. After all, I was single, fully into the dating scene, enjoying the crazy life, and had lots of amusing stories to share.


In Version 2.0 (2000), my journal became the central focus of the website, and my writing became a bit more more poetic and ambiguous. The e-zine thing was too time consuming. I was dating an incredible guy (now husband). I started focusing on my career, travelling, life. Settling down and considering the future. I guess my life hit the jackpot – I fell in lurve. And my website took a back seat.


In Version 3.0 (2001), I wanted a fresh start and went back to the white background. I felt a little happier about sharing my day to day life with the world. My stories were a lot more whimsical and entertaining, but very article like and I didn’t update very often. I stuck with the colour-coded sections, with bright blue being the homepage colour again.


Version 4.0 (2001-2), I took my whole journal offline. I was now working as a freelance web designer and used my website as a basic contact point for clients. I didn’t do any advertising, most of my work came from word of mouth or from my existing contacts. I only had a small “about me” section, my resume and my portfolio.

My site wasn’t “designy” at all. It was kinda embarrassing. I was so busy working, that I didn’t have time to design a “proper” business website. (Ok bad excuse, I know). And what’s with the colour?? I think desaturated pastels were all the rage back then.


Version 5.0 (2002), I started to wind down my “business” and became very selective with the work I did. I was married, travelling, planning to have kids. I was bored and was itching to write again. I knocked together another mishmash site, something simple, non-designy, text focused. Nothing special. Notice how old that picture is?

And finally, Version 6.0 (May 2003), I added my sketchy design elements to the site. I became a stay at home mum and a fulltime blogger! I just love my sketchy borders! Haha I can’t seem to make myself part with them.


So it’s been seven years! I’ve got heaps more thoughts about the whole thing, but this post is massive enough already. I’ll write it up another day.

However, I’m curious to know how many people have been following my site since 1999/2000? Email me! I’d love to hear from you.


I Got My Ears Pierced

1 August 2003

I was 12. And I was going through my tom-boy phase.
My little sister and all my other little girly cousins went to the chemist to get their ears pierced. Pffft. Earrings are sissy.
They’d swap and share their plastic-bauble ones, fluoro-rubber ones, hippy-beady ones. Star-shaped, square-shaped, teddybear-shaped. Christmas, halloween, valentines. Ugh.
I couldn’t think of anything more boring.

So it’s 13 years later. And I’ll be honest. There’s nothing more than having a baby to inspire oneself to be young, be sexy and goddamnit, live a little. So this weekend I’m going to get my ears pierced!

I guess I never got around to getting them done.
Because by the time I turned 16, I discovered boys…
AND I discovered how they would go into a nibbling frenzie at the mere mention of “virgin ears”. Laugh.

Yup, so in the past few weeks I’ve been on countless shopping missions to find some earrings. Some niiice long dangly ones. I bought 3 pairs. They were a bit expensive, but hey. A girl must accessorise.


Wearing Jeans and a Nice Top + FWRD Sale

5 December 2017

Self Portrait Top - FWRD Sale

I’ve been trying to add a few more NICE tops into my wardrobe lately.

It makes a lot of sense to invest in a nice going-out top (instead of a dress), because you can wear the top many more times than a dress – with jeans, pants, mini skirt, max skirt, culottes and more.

But yep, nice tops are hard to find!

Today I’m collaborating with FWRD to feature a few of my picks from their new Sale on Sale event.

Basically you get extra 20% off sale items for the next 3 days!

That’s pretty good, if you’r into designer labels :)

Simply use the code “TREAT4U” at the checkout. Sale ends Friday, 8 Dec 2017 at 12:59am (WA time).

Self Portrait Top - FWRD Sale

I picked out this gorgeous Self-Portrait Filcoupe Top, which worked out to be 50% off in the end — woohoo!

Initially I had my eye on the yellow version, but it was already sold out. This blue version is just as pretty, and it was probably the more sensible choice for my wardrobe.

I am totally in love with it!

I picked the Size 2, because I have a Self-Portrait dress in Size 0 and it’s um, very snug. I have to suck my tummy in the whole time I wear it, haha. So I was looking for a looser fit with the Size 2. Besides, the sizing for both Size 0 and 2, indicates that the top’s length and sleeve length were exactly the same.

What do you think about the sleeve length on me? A bit long? I can’t decide if it looks a bit wrong, because my judgement is heavily clouded by how pretty it is – haha.

It has a flare hem and the ruffle continues across my body, so it was a little tricky to tuck into my jeans, but I kind of liked the boofy-ness. Maybe it will tuck in better when I wear a higher cut jeans.

Self Portrait Top from FWRD

This is what it looks like when it is untucked.

You can notice how sheer it is when it’s over my black jeans, but it still looks soooo nice! I loooove it! I’m so biased!

I’m wearing my black skinny jeans from Frame Jeans, Mansur Gavriel Mini Mini Bag (also from FWRD) and Alexander Wang Heels (that I bought from FWRD about 3 years ago).

OK so to further inspire you, here are some tops I picked out from their Sale on Sale section:

FWRD Clearance Sale 2017

SELF-PORTRAIT Filcoupe Top – oh no, the same top is now sold out, sorry guys.

TIBI Off Shoulder Top – Tibi does some pretty nice tops, in luxurious fabrics. Definitely a top investment with this one. So versatile!

FWRD Clearance Sale 2017

T BY ALEXANDER WANG Cold Shoulder Top – I picked this top because it’s so slinky, versatile… and $100 (after discount) is pretty sweet for an Alexander Wang piece.

TIBI V Neck Top – Again, I love me some Tibi silk. I love the buckles on the back. I added this one to my cart, but it was 2 sizes too big, oops.

FWRD Clearance Sale 2017

RACHEL COMEY Euphora Top – I really like unique looking necklines, especially mixed with statement ruffles. It’s a perfect summer piece and great for a day time look.

TANYA TAYLOR Edie Top – This deep magenta colour is so pretty. Especially when it’s 100% silk with delicate ruffles.

FWRD Clearance Sale 2017

ZIMMERMANN Gingham Frill Top – Can’t go wrong with Zimmermann. Their pieces are often very delicate and floral, but this top is a little different. It has a casual beachy look to it, but still versatile for day and night.

TIBI One Shoulder Bell Sleeve Top – I also had my eye on this top, as it’s sweet and simple twist to the classic white cotton top.

Hope you enjoy my picks!

Happy shopping! xx


Exploring the City of Perth Christmas Lights Trail

1 December 2017

(Brought to you by the City of Perth)

City of Perth Christmas 2017

The City of Perth recently launched their The City at Christmas program and invited me to check it out. It sounded fantastic, because I’m always up for fun + free things for my family to see and do!

I love visiting the city during this time. The whole area comes alive with lights, decorations, activities, colour and music. And in the last few years, they’ve really struck a good thing by bringing in food markets, hawker food stalls, farmer’s markets, craft markets and open-air movies, appealing to a wide audience.

This year, the City of Perth have lots of brand new Christmas events, in particular the new “Christmas Lights Trail” featuring 16 light installations, spread throughout the city.

It comes with a map (download here), to encourage exploring around the city.

I knew my kids would love it, so I dragged them out to go exploring one evening! (Only took two kids, as the third had something else on).

City of Perth Christmas 2017

This is the Giant Bauble on Murray Street Mall. During the day it looks a bit lifeless, but once the sun sets and the lights come on, it’s quite cool.

It’s a great place for photos and selfies with the family.

My first photo in this post (scroll up!) showed the Christmas Lights Tunnel in The Piazza, Northbridge. It’s a 24m tunnel made with over 5km of lights.

That was a really awesome installation too.

City of Perth Christmas 2017

Our next favourite would have to be the Christmas Constellation in Forrest Place. It’s a huge array of dangling lights, in a cylindrical shape, that changes colour and animates to music. It is SO pretty and very mesmerising to watch.

As you can see, I took a lot of photos of the cool colours and I couldn’t choose which I liked the most.

City of Perth Christmas 2017

After that we walked from Forrest Place and headed towards St Georges Terrace.

My kids insisted we stop at the 7-Eleven (corner of Hay and Barrack) to pick up a few $1 Slurpees, and we made our way to Cathedral Square to view the Christmas Projections at St George’s Cathedral.

City of Perth Christmas 2017

This was definitely my favourite light installation. It was cute, soothing, happy and playful.

I loved the contrasting dark shadows created by the architecture.

There were so many people sitting on the grass, taking photos and enjoying the animated projections. It was a lovely atmosphere.

City of Perth Christmas 2017

Then immediately across the road, opposite the Cathedral was the Council House Lights display. It uses 20,000 LED lights to animate the colours of the rainbow.

I’ve seen this display before, but I still love it because it looks so happy and cheerful.

My Visit Plan

As I mentioned before, there are 16 installations, spread out all over the city, so it’s quite a walk. Here’s the map for downloading.

I actually went into the city the day before to plan my night walk, to see all the installations, to pick out which ones were worth coming back to photograph, and which my kids would like. I did the whole walk and I was pretty tired by the end, especially after carrying all my camera gear.

So this is what I did:

I parked at the State Library CPP Car Park (in the Perth Cultural Centre) at 7pm.

We walked into Northbridge to grab some take away dinner (chicken kebabs) and went to see the Christmas Lights Tunnel (as shown in the first photo of my post)

Then we walked to Forrest Place, where there were about 5 installations. We walked to Cathedral Square, picked up some dessert along the way, sat on the grass outside the cathedral to eat our dessert and chill out.

We probably could have seen more, but we were pretty tired and we had to walk back to the car. By the time I got back to my car, it was 9pm.

It was such a fun and novel evening for us (especially on a school night!) and my kids loved it.

City of Perth Christmas 2017

(This was one of the installations I didn’t take my kids to. It was the Giant Christmas Tree at Brookfield Place. It was pretty and stylish, but it wasn’t interactive.)

More information about the Christmas Lights Trail here:
https://www.visitperthcity.com/christmas

Christmas Carnival

Another new event for The City at Christmas program will be the Christmas Carnival at Forrest Chase, which features kiddie rides and activities.

It is a free event on Saturday 9 Dec and Sunday 10 Dec, recommended for children aged up to 10 years old. There will be fiesta balloons, merry go round, ferris wheel, human soccer table, mega-trampolines and craft workshops.

There will also be street entertainers, and food and produce market stalls set up all along the Murray St Mall, so you can grab a treat too.

More information here:
https://www.visitperthcity.com/events/christmas-carnival

City of Perth Christmas 2017

Santa in the City Competition

I also want to share that the City of Perth are running a cool Instagram competition to win a prize pack – an overnight stay at Crowne Plaza Perth (for family of four), $250 H&M voucher and Pottery Barn stockings.

Simply pick up a free cardboard “Santa on a stick” from the iCity Kiosk (Forrest Chase), take a picture of him doing something around the city, such as Santa hanging out at Elizabeth Quay, eating sushi in Northbridge or enjoying the view at Kings Park. The more creative the better!

Make sure you use the hashtag #santainperthcity to enter. Competition closes 15 Dec 2017. Pop over to visitperthcity.com for more information, full terms and conditions and boundaries of the City of Perth.

And hey, if you’re doing the Christmas Lights Trail, check out the Instagram hashtag #TheCityatChristmas and have fun!

xxx


What I Wore: Tularosa Dress (with Revolve and FWRD Black Friday Sale Picks)

24 November 2017

Tularosa x Revolve Dress

Happy Friday!

Wow did your email inbox EXPLODE from all the Black Friday Sales messages this morning?!?

I had been quite unprepared for the avalanche of sales, but I’m soooo glad because it’s such a great time to save on things I was planning to buy anyway, such as homewares, Christmas presents and stuff I’ve had my eye on for the loooongest time.

I’m so excited to share that both Revolve and FWRD are having their Black Friday Sales, with up to 65% Off + Free Shipping over $100 from 24 – 26 November.

A lot of the items I have featured on my site are currently on sale, including this Tularosa Marty Dress, which is 40% off. I’ve had it for about 5 months and it’s still one of my favourite weekend dresses.

Tularosa x Revolve Dress

I always feel that Revolve is best for buying dresses, tops and denim. Their items are usually a bit higher in price than high-street brands, but their quality is usually much better and their styles are a little more unique too.

Here are some of my picks!

Revolv Black Friday Sale 2017

These dresses are all on sale, priced under AU$50.

One is $40 and still so many sizes from XS through to L. So good!

See them here – Dresses on Sale. They really do have such a droll worthy selection.

Revolv Black Friday Sale 2017

And these tops are under AU$60!

See all Off-Shoulder Tops on sale here.

 

FWRD has always been one of my favourite online stores for discounted designer items. I’ve been shopping here for years. I’m completely thrilled to be working with them!

They are also having an Up to 65% Off Sale + Free Shipping over $100 from 24 – 26 November.

I feel that FWRD is best for designer bag, shoes and accessories, so here are my picks.

FWRD Black Friday Sale 2017

Yep there are high-end designer brands such as Givenchy, 3.1 Phillip Lim, YSL, Valentino, Proenza Schouler, Saint Laurent, all with major discounts.

All these pictured here are on 30% – 50% off sale, making them approximately from AU$270 – AU$1800.

Eeek I’m so tempted by that PS1 Mini Cross Body in Red (bottom left)!

See all Designer Bags on sale at FWRD.

 

FWRD Black Friday Sale 2017

And for shoes and accessories, you can find Isabel Marant, Sophia Webster, K Jacques, Aquazzura, Acne Studios and more.

Shop Designer Accessories or shop Designer Shoes here.

Happy shopping!

xxx


What Goes In

20 November 2017

 

The Picture of Dorian Gray

I recently finished reading The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and I didn’t realise it was such a dark and sad book. Brilliantly written, but so sad when you consider how Wilde’s real life turned out.

As I moved on to my next book, I made a decision to unsubscribe to almost all my Facebook news feeds and reduce my social media time.

I just wanted to read more books this year. And I felt that I was being distracted and sucked in by “online reading”, which isn’t like book reading at all, because I don’t remember anything I’ve read, even though I was “online reading” for 3 hours?!

I’m a believer of being “very selective with my input”.

Referring to: all the things that enter my head, mind and spirit.

It includes everything from TV shows, movies, youtube videos, sensationalised news, click-bait articles, Facebook comments, instagram feeds, to people, conversations, relationships and friendships.

Basically I try to stay away from things that are negative, toxic, destructive, needlessly over-dramatic and pointless.

I seriously don’t have time for that.

In my 20s, I wanted to experience everything! I experimented, explored and exposed myself to so much!

But now (I’m sure it comes with age) I am so precious with my time, my mind, my energies.

I try to focus on things that are important.

My family, my health, my friends, my relationships, my projects, my passions… and how I’m going to live the next 40-50 years of my life!

So here’s to 5 more decades of not being a slave to Facebook!


Reusable Shopping Bags for Groceries and Produce!

17 November 2017

Reusable Shopping Bags

This is a slightly different topic for me.

​This post isn’t sponsored, I’m just excited to share about something kind of cool, that’s NOT about clothes… um, but it’s still about shopping!

For the last 10 years I’ve been a believer in re-usable shopping bags for my grocery shopping.

I’ve tried so many types: Canvas bags, papery cloth bags, material bags, string bags.

In the past, I “invested” in 6-8 bags at a time and tried to use them as diligently as I could. Most times I would forget to take them along on my grocery shopping trip. Or I just couldn’t be bothered because they were so big and cumbersome to carry around.

This is what I use now. And I’m pretty good at remembering to take them along with me now.

Reusable Shopping Bags

Those rolled up green and black things are reusable shopping bags from Woolworths. Even though I usually shop at Coles (it’s closer to my home) I’ve found that these bags work best for me. I’ve been using them for the last 5 years.

I can’t find these reusuable shopping bags on the Woolworths website, but they sell them in-store at the checkouts. They are about $8 or $9 for a pack of 8 bags.

The string bag is something I bought from the markets a few years ago and I just use it to carry all my bags. A bag of bags!

I found the string bag to be a bit impractical, because they are too big for produce, and too “delicate” for regular shopping items. Plus they were a bit expensive for each bag.

Reusable Shopping Bags

Best features – They are small when rolled up. Each bag has a little elastic band that keeps it rolled up. I can easily fit about 8-10 of them in my regular handbag.

Best tip – Buy a lot of them so you can use them all the time. I own about 20 at the moment, I always leave 2 at the bottom of my handbag, 10 in my car, 4 in my second handbag and there are about 4 hanging around my house and pantry.

They are super strong and they can fit A LOT stuff in them (more than a regular plastic bag). They are easy to wash too.

If I do a large grocery shop, spending about $250, I use about 6 reusable shopping bags.

Reusable Shopping Bags

This is my petite A.P.C handbag (which is about 23 cm x 18cm) and my iPhone 6 plus (which is about 16cm x 8cm), next to 4 rolled up shopping bags. They are very compact!

Reusable Shopping Bags

Ok this is what I’m more excited about, as I bought them last month.

They are reusable produce bags from Flora and Fauna (I recently discovered this cool site for all kinds of eco-friendly and natural products.)

I bought the ONYA Produce Bag 8 Pack, which are made from recycled PET drinking bottles. They are 30cm x 25cm (a little bigger than an A4 piece of paper) and hold up to 2kg produce.

So far, 8 bags have been enough, but I might buy another set in a larger size, mix them up and leave a set in my car, because yup, I’ve forgotten to take them with me a few times.

Plus they tend to get a bit dirty/mucky, so I’ve been washing them, hence they are not available to be used.

I love using them! And I feel so good using them, knowing I’m reducing the world of a couple of plastic produce bags each week!

(If you do happen to buy via my link, I do get a little commission for the referral.)

Happy shopping for bags for your shopping haha!

xxx


Please Tell Me It’s Not Just Me.

8 November 2017

Aaarrrgh my kids have been DRIVING ME INSANE THIS WEEK!!!!

ALL OF THEM!

Fighting with me. Fighting with each other.

Whinging and bickering over the smallest things. Screaming, shouting because one of his siblings LOOKED at him.

One is constantly negative. Constantly complaining. Talking back. Putting others down. Arguing for the sake of arguing. So much attitude.

Another just spends all day purposely annoying everyone else! So naughty, unpleasant, rude and intentionally provocative!

Another has just lost his brain. Forgets to do the simplest things. Forgets to follow instruction. Constantly distracted and absent minded. Breaking things because he just doesn’t think!? Throwing my knives into the sink like darts? Trying to “bottle flip” a glass of milk? Why? There’s no logic to anything he does!

All are so ungrateful! So unwilling! So lazy!

Why do I have to ask a thousand times for something to be done?!

Why are they complaining about putting their shoes away?

Why do they have to bicker? Why can’t they get along???

Sometimes I think, maybe it’s just me. Maybe I’m stressed. Maybe I’m not showing any attention to them. Maybe I’ve let them get away with too much. Maybe I need to enforce some stricter rules. Maybe they have too much screen leisure time. Maybe it’s a bit of everything.

Right now they have ZERO screen time. And they are ALL grounded. And we’ve been shouting, lecturing and punishing them every single day.

I’ve been in tears every night. I feel like a horrible parent and a horrible person. Ugh.

Can I just leave them somewhere and I’ll come back to collect them when they are 25?


Going Lighter for Summer

7 November 2017

After months of procrastinating, I finally decided it was time for a hair change.

I’ve been wanting lighter hair for a while – light, but NOT TOO LIGHT!

I had balayage years ago, and I’ve lightened my whole head of hair before too. I wanted something in between. But I didn’t really know how to explain it to my hair stylist.

And at the same time I didn’t want to walk away with an expensive hair treatment, but look like I had nothing done?!

I also want to point out that I have quiet a few strands of grey coming through, so I go into the salon every 4 weeks to get my roots done. So the new hair colour will have to work with that.

Lighter hair by Curi Hair

I went to the team at Curi Hair in Subiaco, and very inarticulately explained what I wanted.

My hair stylist said they were going to give me a semi-balayage with some spread-out highlights, with a bit of medium brown colour for my roots, and an intense ash toner to keep it a warm brown, not a bright orange.

The whole process took about 3 hours in the chair.

Lighter hair by Curi Hair

The result was gorgeous! I’m so happy with it!

I love that there are light bits and dark bits, and it’s all scattered around and a bit uneven.

I was told that I have to come in again in 3-4 weeks to get more ash-coloured toner (colour) put in, or the colour will fade and my hair will look orangey. I’ll probably do a hair oil treatment, or keratin treatment to keep my hair soft, shiny and smooth too.

Nothing like a new hairdo to welcome the new season!


Fitness Update: Gentle Nudges

5 November 2017

Cycling Nov 2017

Hello hello! As I mentioned last week, I’ve been trying to increase my exercise routine.

If I were to describe my fitness routine – I’d say MINIMAL.

In one week, I do a bit of running, an occasional class, some workouts at home. But that’s about it.

I think about how fit, healthy and strong I was 3-4 years ago and I sigh at how poor my routine is right now.

Cycling Nov 2017But every day that goes by, with me complaining about where I used to be, is just one more day of me doing nothing and getting nowhere!

So yep, no more excuses, I just have to do it.

I don’t have to be an elite athlete. I don’t have to run marathons. I just have to start getting beyond MINIMAL!

I’ve been cycling again. The weather has just been lovely for outdoor activity.

I’ve completed a few 5km – 10km cycles around the river.

And on the weekend, I managed to do a 21km cycle.

It didn’t even hurt. I felt great!

Baby steps are the best way to go!


What I Wore: Stud boots, which need upgrading

4 November 2017

Change in Weather

A couple of years ago, Chloe released these Susanna Stud Boots (link goes to FWRD), which I really liked, but I thought they were a bit too over-the-top to be everyday boots.

So instead of buying them, I got some good quality, leather, “inspired” boots from a Korean brand instead. All the high street stores like Zara and Topshop had versions of them (not in leather).

But just because everyone is copying it, doesn’t make it right. Part of me thinks that “inspired versions” are ok, but “exact replicas” are not? None the less, I feel quite bad for getting them.

Anyway, guilt aside. 4 years later, I still wear these boots ALL. The. Time.

They turn out to be very cool everyday boots. And they instantly up the vibe of any boring and everyday outfit!

So I think I’ll buy some real ones for next winter :)

Change in Weather

I’m wearing my Grana silk camisole, which I had previously said was slightly too small, but that doesn’t stop me from wearing it! It’s such a fab everyday top.

Lovers + Friends Black Denim Skirt, yep a bit expensive, but it doesn’t curl up at the hem!

Acne Studios Raya Cardigan, this cardigan was so itchy when I first got it. Thankfully it has softened up and it is just lovely to wear on cold mornings. It’s an XS, which on hindsight is a bit big for me. I should have got the XXS.

A.P.C. Half Moon Bag is definitely one of my favourite and most used bags. Small, cute, sturdy and structured, it fits all my essentials.


Volunteering for Cancer Research

26 October 2017

So, you all know how I love to mix things up in life …?

Well this is how I spent my weekend – in a frog suit, being a volunteer for a fundraising event for cancer research haha!

Ride To Conquer Cancer 2017 - Volunteering

Back in 2012 and 2013, I participated in The Ride To Conquer Cancer, cycling 200km over two days.

It’s a pretty big and amazing event, with each year raising about $4 million – $5 million.

The event has a special place in my heart, so every year I make an effort to volunteer to support the event.

You can see all my blog posts about it here.

Ride To Conquer Cancer 2017 - Volunteering

I hooked up with my old team and we all dressed up in onesies.

They hired a couple of Mini Mokes (which look like jeeps), decorated them with streamers, installed an epic sound system and we drove around to cheer and help the participants.

I found all my volunteer gear from the previous years – even my big cat eye sunglasses.

We were on our feet from 5am and we were on the job for about 10 hours each day.

It was absolutely exhausting, but not as bad as cycling 200kms and definitely not as bad as going through chemo.

This was me, sitting in the backseat, next to Captain America, travelling at 40km with the wind in my hair.

Ride To Conquer Cancer 2017 - Volunteering

(There were 8 of us in total, but I can’t find a pic of all of us.)

Pretty much everyone I met, a cyclist or volunteer, had a story about having lost a mum, dad, husband, wife, sister, brother or child to cancer. Yep, it was pretty sobering. But everyone was in this together, with one resolve, giving 110%. It was the best feeling ever.

This year there were 855 riders and we raised $4.1 million!

If you’re keen to participate for next year, here’s the link to the Perth Ride to Conquer Cancer site.

There’s also a similar event in Melbourne and Brisbane too.


Getting Started in Philanthropy

23 October 2017

Impact100 WA

Hi everyone!

This year I’ve embarked on a new project. It’s a personal endeavour, rather than a blog sponsorship.

I’ve come to a point in my life where I really want to give back. Not just with money, but with energy and time too.

I didn’t want it to take over my life. Because my life is pretty busy already, with me juggling motherhood, a freelance business, working from home and on-going home renovations.

Basically I wanted a new project with a bit more meaning and purpose; something that makes the world a better place; something that allows me to be helpful and effective to make a small difference, using my skills, time, energy and brains.

I guess you can say I’ve embraced philanthropy.

What does that even mean?!

How does one even do something like that?

I’ve discovered that it’s not as scary (or time consuming) as it sounds.

Earlier this year I joined a group called Impact100 WA. It is a West Australian philanthropic giving group, donating high impact $100K grants to not-for-profits to make a difference in the local community.

The concept is pretty simple. There are 100 members, each member donates $1000, which becomes a $100K grant. Not-for-profit organisations send in their applications. There is a rigorous assessment process to select the Top 10 applications, then there is another round of assessments to choose the Final 5. At the end of the year, all the memebers come together to vote where the money goes.

We have been running for 6 years now. Our membership has grown and in the last few years and we have given away TWO $100K grants and lots of minor grants of at least $5,000 each.

As a member you can be as active and hands on as you like. You can simply donate the money and then vote at the end of the year; or you can get your hands dirty, join a committee, volunteer to be part of the assessment process, get to know the charities they’ve supported in the past, volunteer for winning charities, meet some likeminded and inspiring people in your local community and more.

For me, I wanted to get my hands dirty!

I volunteered to be on a committee – so I’ve been busy busy busy.

It has been truly rewarding.

I have gotten to know some pretty amazing charities and not-for-profits in WA.

I hear about what they do, who they help, how they help, how they’ve used the little resources they have to do what they do… and I am floored. I get teary every time. I am humbled and deeply proud that I am somehow connected to these people. I am filled with inspiration, meaning and an urge to help.

Impact100 WA, with Nicola Forrest

I’ve also met our lovely patron, Nicola Forrest, CEO of Minderoo Foundation, who is fantastically inspiring and full of great stories and practical advice on how to impart the culture of giving to future generations.

Anyway, tomorrow night is the night we vote for our TWO winners!

At the moment we have 5 finalists. They and their proposed projects all sound pretty amazing. I have my eye on my favourite – the charity that moves me the most. You can read about them here.

I hope to be sharing a bit about all of these not-for-profits on my blog over the next few months. And I plan to do some volunteering for them too.

If you’re keen to join us for next year, in whatever capacity, it’s pretty easy.

Head over to their website to find out more!

And follow us on our Facebook page to keep in touch!


What I Wore: Dinner Date

19 October 2017

Dinner Date

When our kids were much younger, my husband and I used to go out for regular “date nights”.

The kids used to consume our entire world and we desperately needed to have a few hours to ourselves where we could feel like adults.

Now that our kids are much older (14, 12 and 8) they are still our entire worlds – but we don’t feel like we’re drowning in it.

Now, my husband and I spend a lot of time with each other. We go for evening walks every night and leave the kids at home. We sit in the front lounge room and chat quietly over a cup of tea, while the kids are at the other side of the house. Or we catch up for coffee and brunch during our lunch breaks. So we’ve had less date nights these last few years.

The other night was our first in a while.

Drinks. Dinner. Movie. Walk along the river. Simple, but perfect night out!

We even stopped by a late night secondhand bookstore (this guy knows the way to my heart haha!).

I’m wearing:

Lovers + Friends Top from Revolve – such a pretty and easy-to-wear top, with lots of wow. I absolutely love their range of tops, because I’m always stuck saying, “Omg I need a nice going-out top”… check these out here.

Isabel Marant Skirt from The Outnet – an oldie but a goodie. A black mini is always in fashion!

Tibi Slingback Heels from Shopbop – These are just kitten heels, but my legs look really long here. It must be my pose and camera angle. They don’t really look this long in real life.

Whistles Clutch from ASOS – I love how this cute clutch adds a bit of fun to any outfit. Ever though it’s a weird light grey purple, it really does go with anything!

I’m actually wearing some bracelets on my wrist, but you can’t see them. Maybe I should have worn some earrings to add some bling to my outfit. Whatever.

xxx


Beauty Favourites from Bobbi Brown

18 October 2017

Bobbi Brown Updates

This post isn’t sponsored! I bought all these products myself and no one’s asking me to write about anything in particular. I’m just super happy with these purchases!

In terms of beauty products, I think the older I get, I just want to buy something really good, that WORKS.

So I want to share a few of my favourite Bobbi Brown goodies that I have been using for the last 9 months.

They have been my go-to brand for all my makeup essentials. I haven’t had much luck with foundations, concealers and powders from Nars, Mac and a few others.

Long Wear Gel Eyeliner

I struggle with oily eyelids (it’s real ok?). Meaning if I wear eyeliner, it transfers to my upper eye lid within a few hours. I have to constantly wipe my upper eye lids with my fingers (which smudges into a smoky look by the end of the day) or constantly dust powder on my eyelids every few hours.

The staying power of this gel has been pretty impressive.

Eye Liner Brush

Omg you’d think $43 for a brush is a bit over the top? But this little beauty hasn’t failed me yet.

It’s surprisingly easy to use, considering I’ve been using ink eyeliner pens for years.

Long-Wear Eye Base

I was convinced by a Bobbi Brown sales lady to try this. I was a bit skeptical. But when I use this base, my eye shadow and eye liner stays put for longer and looks fab!

I wear shade: Medium

BB Cream SPF30+

My sister has used this BB Cream for years and I finally gave it a go. It is brilliant! Such beautiful texture and cover-up. It’s a little exxy, but it just feels amazing and the colour blends so nicely into my skin. Hands down the best BB Cream I’ve tried to date.

I guess you could say it’s a kind of lightweight foundation, with sheer to medium coverage (covers redness), with SPF 30+ and super moisturising.

Sometimes I wear it on its own, sometimes I use it as a base.

My shade is: Natural

I’ve placed an order for a couple of other Best Seller products and can’t wait to share!

(Btw, my links use an affiliate link, so if you do buy, I do get a little commission. However, if you’re a first time Bobbi brown buyer, don’t buy online, you should probably buy from in a real store first, so you can test out the products.)


What I Wore: Grey Blazer and Sling Backs

9 October 2017

Grey Blazer + Sling Backs

My $1 op-shopped jacket has been getting a really good work out lately. It’s a great alternative to my denim jacket or my slouchy knit cardigan.

I wore this out to a “meeting” the other day, which was really just a casual brunch with some clients/girlfriends, where we talked about work, skincare, arm toning, and having to explain cocktail names to kids.

Basically I was waaaay over dressed, and I seriously looked like I needed to work 15 years in an office to get over my whole office chic thing – ha!

I may not be on my way to being a millionaire… but doing a job I love and working with such inspiring, good-hearted, generous, and funny people makes my world go around!

Grey Blazer + Sling Backs

Outfit:

Cue Grey Blazer (op-shopped)

Uniqlo White Tee

Frame Le Color Skinny Jeans (wearing size 25, bought 2 years ago, they are still stark black and still have an amazing fit. One of my best jeans ever!)

3.1 Phillip Lim Soleil Bag from Shopbop

Tibi Slingback Heels from Shopbop


Review: Sudio Wireless On-Ear Headphones

30 September 2017

Brought to you by Sudio Sweden

Travelling with Sudio Regent

A couple of weeks ago, I headed off for a girls weekend by the beach!

I planned to have a few hours to myself before meeting my girlfriends, so I packed a few essential items for some ME TIME – yippee!

It was extra fun because I was able to test out my new Wireless On-Ear Headphones sent to me for review by the kind folk at Sudio Sweden.

I ended up in a cafe over looking the beach. I sipped on a coffee, put my feet up, and sat back with a book and my headphones. It was so good!

Style and Price

Firstly these headphones look great. They have a retro / minimal / sleek feel to them, which I adore.

They don’t look ultra-modern, or straight from a sci-fi, space movie, which I don’t adore.

They are priced at AUD $129, which sits nicely between “cheap and cheerful” and “OMG $600 for a pair of headphones are you kidding me??”.

The price also makes it a nice gift.

What’s the Sound Quality Like?

Let me just put this out there. I’m no tech reviewer. And I have never worn a pair of super high-quality, on-ear, wireless headphones before, so I don’t actually know what to compare it with. If you’re a music or sound expert, feel free to poo-poo me.

However I have worn cheap $30 on-ear headphones from Target… and even I think they are just terrible for their sound quality.

These Sudio headphones are far far faaaaaaar better than those $30 headphones. These are amazing! My music sounds great!

If this is $129 worth of sound quality, how can the sound get any better than this?? I’d be very interested to hear what $600 of sound quality is like?! This sounds pretty good to me. I’m pretty happy with the quality.

Travelling with Sudio Regent

Material Quality

The head phones and head band are both padded and covered by a soft leatherette kind of material that feels really nice, smooth and soft to touch.

The head band is adjustable. They are very comfortable to wear. The ear phones collapse and fold inwards to make it more compact for storage. The ear caps are interchangeable. The parts move nicely and smoothly. The whole thing feels like a good quality, stylish product.

Everyday Usage

Once I read the instructions (two sentences!), they were very easy to use and pair up to all my devices via bluetooth.

They are very easy to transport. I just threw them into my bag and off I went. The don’t have any shiny surfaces, so I’m not worried about them getting scratched.

Apparently they have a 24 hour battery life, but I haven’t actually tested that, as I always keep them charged.

They are great for when I work on the computer at home. It blocks out so much more noise than my regular ear pods! I can’t hear my kids! It’s great!

The headband is nice and firm, so they don’t flip off if I walk or move or bend down to pick something off the ground.

Cons

I’m struggling to find some fault in these headphones….

Perhaps after wearing them for a long time, I find that I’m not used to the pressure of the headphones over my ears and I feel a bit light headed? But that’s because I have sensitive inner ears. So probably not a concern for most people.

Best thing about them:

Nothing says “Do Not Disturb” like a pair of over-ear headphones haha!

Special Discount

The lovely team at Sudio have given me a 15% off discount to share with my readers.

Simply use the coupon code “KARENLYCHENG” at the checkout. Express Shipping is FREE worldwide.

So with my code, these headphones will only cost AUD $110, which is pretty sweet.

These headphones are called “Regent” and come in black and white.

Hope you find this review to be helpful!

Enjoy!

xxx




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