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If you remember my post from Barcelona last year, you’ll know that Spain is another country I’ve grown to love over the years and so it was without a doubt that my final European trip involved at least a full week of sun drenched siestas interspersed with jamon, tapas, sangria and of course, visits to Zara. I often ask male friends which European girls they think are the most physically attractive (in general) and as their faces light up imagining the possibilities, I’m always ready to volunteer my answer: Spanish girls. Traditional older French women may have that effortlessly Parisian chic down pat but personally, I find the girls in Spain stunning (cue memories of feeling uber inadequate in Ibiza!) It’s the confidence, the passion in which they express themselves (Maria Elena from Vicky Christina Barcelona – need I say more?) and their perpetual tan … It’s hard not to be mesmerised! So after having a beautiful week in Crete, we picked up the pace and started our road trip down towards the south of Spain through Valencia, Alicante and Granada…
The above aren’t your typical images of Spain. They’re in fact from one of the most highly visited sites in Spain: The Alhambra, in Granada – the tourist highlight of my Spanish trip this time around. If you know me well, then you’ll know that I’m by no means a museum/sightseeing enthusiast (although I must admit I did love The British and Egyptian museum in Tahir square in Cairo) but the thought of a full day of sightseeing and museums brings a whiny sigh and petulant boring! mutter beneath my breath pretty quickly. But there was something so serene about the ancient moorish architecture and peaceful views of Granada from the top of the Alhambra that had me equally mesmerised; I even wanted to spend more time than allocated walking through the grounds imagining what life would have been like for the royals of the Nasrid palace and their time in the general life gardens…
A tip for anyone who does want to visit is to book tickets online prior to visiting Granada as tickets sell out in sessions and when we arrived at 8am with pre-booked tickets, the queue was general admin was already miles long!
The stop before Granada was Valencia (my second time) and it was all about the EATING. Wake up late, eat. Shop, eat. Siesta, eat, drink sleep and repeat. I’ve been to Spain over half a dozen times now and although I don’t speak fluent Spanish (it’s on the to do list!) I feel most at ease in Spain than any other European city when communicating with locals. I’m a huge fan of tapas (European dim sum) and we’ve eaten at so many bars through the years that I now know how to push my way through the crowd, order drinks and food in Spanish and bypass all the confused tourists waiting for table service and a menu (hint, they don’t really exist in the really old and authentic tapas bars). I love the food even more as you head down South (Seville has the best tapas in my opinion!)
These days I’m all for casual comfort over stylish glam. Throughout my trip I lazily left the make up bag at the bottom of the suitcase and packed only one pair of wedges (which I never wore!) Without fail, for every Summer trip, I get the most use out of maxi skirts and dresses. The casual ones tend to pack well requiring no ironing and are particularly practical for cooler nights to avoid pesky insect bites and perfect for short haul flights when they decide to crank up the A/C while you snooze. I actually bought this Whistles Jersey skirt for a client in London who was after a maxi skirt and when it went on sale, guiltily bought one for myself tool!
Maxi skirts are always feminine and are great for busy mums and lazy leg shavers like myself (overshare?) and can be best styled with a simple short or long tee and paired with a leather or denim jacket. Accessories with sunglasses and costume jewellery optional.
I’m curious, which European girls do you think are the most attractive ?
Opps, it looks like someone forgot to put their out of office on the blog doesn’t it? Well hmm, about that … Can I start by saying that I had every intention to continue on with my weekly blog updates and take you guys with me on my two week Summer getaway in Europe but slowly, as the swimming, napping and constant grazing by the beach took over, I thought to myself “Is it a real holiday if I spend more time on my laptop than enjoying possibly my last real holiday EVER?”(slight exaggeration; it’s true, you can still holiday from Australia). In the end, the lazy in me won and two weeks of holiday bliss became, 3, 4 and 5 weeks away from the laptop. But not to worry – I’m back so let me share with you the sights of one of my favourite places on earth: The Greek Islands. A few years ago, we fell in love with Kefalonia, Santorini & Mykonos so we came back for another Greek fix, this time for the stunning beaches of Crete … Be prepared for a) a whole lot of pasty white skin (hey, it was the start of our trip) b) beautiful views of the endless Mediterranean sea and c) delicious, it still makes me drool, Greek food.
The view from our private balcony and private swimming pool at Domes of Elounda – one of the best hotels we have ever had the pleasure of staying at.
Have any of you read Victoria Hislop’s ‘The Island’? It’s a fictional story set over 50 years ago in Crete and focuses on life in Elounda seen through the eyes of a family affected by life on the island of Spinalonga (the island in the far left in the picture above), a former leper colony (before a cure more recently was discovered). Imagine being ripped apart your family and loved ones for being sick and living isolated across in an island so close yet so far from your home. Anyway, reading the book prior to coming to Elounda, Plaka and Spinalonga made it so much more fascinating for me.
We stayed in Elounda for a few nights and loved the local Tavernas there. We had such a romantic dinner by the port and gorged ourselves with Dolmades (stuffed leaves), tzatziki and moussaka – oh so much moussaka (eggplant and spiced meat type lasagna but without the pasta)
Ancient ruins of Knossos
So along with jeans, swimmwear is my least favourite thing to buy. You almost have to be the right frame of mind and confidence to even feel like trying on bikinis sometimes so this year I decided not to waste any money on new swimming togs (the wear to cost ration is low low low) and stuck to my trusty old Seafolly strapless bikini (to avoid tan lines!).
I find Seafolly bikinis exceptional quality and their designs are contemporary and span across all age groups and body shapes and I love that they last several Summers and keep all your bits in tow. Everybody has a different shape and I think you can always have fun with swimwear. If you need extra support in the chest region, my advice would be go for underwire options (see below) and the halterneck bikinis are always flattering no matter what size you are. If you are conscious of baring so much skin, there are some stunning one-piece darker hued options that would be perfect for you (I wouldn’t mind one for a more retro themed look myself) and if you’re slightly less endowed, the ruffles on the bandeaus always help give you an illusion of not looking like a 12 year old so I’ve been subtly told
The sole purpose of this post is to prove to you that Summer exists in London. As I bask in the sun’s warmth, it’s so easy to forget those wet and dreary months I cursed under my breath that eclipsed the city for the majority of the year. Any and every spare patch of green (we’re talking random leaves, fake lawns, gardens and parks) becomes immediately occupied by girls in bikinis, topless men, families and pets and everyone happily discusses the current heatwave (i.e anything above 20 degrees Celsius). The image strikes you as strange the first Summer you’re here in London but you think nothing of it when you find yourself joining in and forgetting that unlike Melbourne, the closest beach is hours away. I’m going to miss packing my kindle, towel and picnic for a snooze and leisurely read in the park.
London has an abundance of beautiful parks with Regent’s park being one of my favourites. We watched an outdoor performance of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice by sunset this Summer which was magical and when the Gardens are in full bloom, the view and vibe is breathtaking. What I love about a park the most is the people watching behind my sunglasses…
I realise reading back on a post in June, I didn’t get around to sharing with you my Summer bargains! I waited patiently for this Reiss skirt to go on sale and hunted every store until I found my size (trust me, in London, there are just as many crazy same sized shopaholics as me). The fit and flare of this structured Reiss skirt is flattering on all body shapes as it helps creates an hourglass shape on your bottom half no matter how large or petite you are. Even if you are conscious of your bottom half, the way the skirt is cut, it skims the largest part of your bottom. I bought this skirt in blue for one of my clients who is a couple of sizes larger than me and in my opinion it looks better on her than me! The skirt is an elegant and modest length but still maintains fun and flirty edge.
Oh and my most proud Summer sale purchase? A Mulberry bag at 60% off!! (Yes, this is why sales are so much better in Europe and I don’t want to leave.) My latest squeeze is this Oak Mulberry Brynn bag that was available in black, musk and oak tan. It is actually a remake of the traditional mens’ Brynn briefcase which is why I love it and the best part is that the larger size Brynn (which I bought) was made in mind to house an ipad and kindle. Perfect bag for the park and travelling.
I hope that from wherever you’re reading this you are getting some sunshine in your life! Thank you for reading and PS sorry for the photo overloads this post! There were just too many to choose from! Photos by Kylee
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Packing. It has become the bane of my existence. I thought I’d be smart and pack months in advance (slow and steady like the tortoise in the race right?) but perhaps bubble wrapping two out 100 souvenirs and rewarding oneself with an instagram news feed refresh and nap was where I went wrong… Also, how on earth did I manage accumulate all this stuff AND fit it in this minute one bedroom studio for three years? It doesn’t matter how many full garbage bags I donate to charity or throw out, I still need more boxes to ship back to Melbourne. o.m.gee it’s about to get crowded down under.
Anyway so you’d think this would teach me to stop buying things unnecessarily right? Wrong. I’m about to leave this shopping Mecca that is London and you know, basically no other city will sell shoes (or clothes for that matter) so stockpile like the shoemakers are going on strike. It’s shoe Armageddon and in the space of 3 weekends, I’ve purchased more shoes than I want to admit… here are a just few (just in case my bf reads this eeek!)
These are the Senso Qimat boots which have been out for a while and I’ve finally been able to get my hands on a pair here in London which works out to be cheaper than from ordering them in Aus even though Senso is an Australian brand! Go the GBP (for now while I’m still working). I bought these in a 36 but truthfully I probably should have gone for the 37. The leather is really soft and I can tell it’s a good quality shoe but I will need to wear in the leather as it’s a little small for me.
No I didn’t buy lopsided shoes, I just forgot to flip up the leather flap on my right foot. Oppsies. I walked into Topshop to stock up on jeans (because yes they don’t sell jeans at all in Melbourne) and came out with a pair of heels. Sigh. But as soon as I put these on, I knew they were a comfy pair that I would wear quite easily with jeans and dresses so I debated bewteen the dark green and black for a good 30 mins before opting for the more sensible boring black route. Secretly I wanted the tan ones but I have a pair from topshop already that are too similar.
I have always wanted a pair of chucks in white for casual wear and now that my Asics tigers are well worn out (off to the charity bin – actually is that wrong to donate to charity if they are semi worn out? Hmmm) I took the plunge. I’m loving the look of the sneakers (mine are white leather as opposed to the usual white fabric ones) but I’m quite surprised that you need to wear these sneakers in … Perhaps I have over-sensitive feet or my feet are PMS-g but who would have thought. Still love them though and quite affordable for £50!
Oh hmm yes and then somehow this happened?! Been wanting to give these Isabel Marant sneakers are trial for a while, even though I wasn’t quite sure if they were my style but the thought of travelling with a comfy pair of sneakers with an in built wedge did appeal to my insecurity about my height and laziness to wear heels so I bit the bullet and tried on this season’s new Bluebell Isabel Marants. They are super comfy as are my dicker boots so the shoes proposed and I said yes. I think I would have preferred the Isabel Marant Blossoms (with the pony hair finish for a sleeker look) but they were much dearer and I was already feeling guilty. I purcahsed mine from Harvey Nichols and since I’ll be leaving the UK I’ll be able to get VAT back too
Anyway I really should get back to the packing .. or maybe I should peruse the Jimmy Choo online website … JK back to packing I go
Have a great weekend guys and thanks for reading
Hi Tien, can you do a post on the top 10 (or more) ‘must-have’
T-Styled Me Answered:
“You have one bag, you put all your crap in it, why do you need more?” said my bf once, twice, 100 times to me … then he realised I was a closet handbag monster and kind of, not really, gave up on trying to understand. In answering your question, I truly believe there’s no such thing as a ‘must have’ handbag. Sure there are highly coveted, popularly blogarised and celebrity endorsed purses that we love, but it’s important to remember that bags don’t need to have a designer name to make or break an outfit and bags should be fun and fitting to an individual’s likes, lifestyle and budget.
Now, if you were to ask me another question like, say, ‘What are your top 10 favourite handbags on an unlimited budget without any associated feelings of spulrger’s guilt,’ then this is what my wishlist would look like
1. A classic handbag e.g The Chanel Classic
Why? It’s iconic, luxurious, timeless, appreciates in value, makes you feel oh so special and it’s classy (with the right outfit that is). I love that there are different sizes, styles and colours that can work to fit your own style and personality.
2. A Good shoulder, cross body bag like the Proenza Schouler PS11
3. A slightly oversized ‘Fit everything in your life’ type bag. E.g the Celine Phantom
4. A multi-functional bag e.g Celine trio which separates into a clutch
5. A casual yet stylish bag for travelling and everyday errands. I think Balenciagas make great travel bags personally!
6. Practical everyday work bag – Like my very overused Mulberry Alexa
7. A tote for travel, work, nappies or the beach E.g Longchamp Pliage
8. A structured alternative bag for work E.g The Givency Antigona
9. A timeless clutch for those special evenings out E.g A YSL Clutch
10. A funky coloured fun bag like the Philip Lim Pashli
Photos: Internet (Pinterest) and some are mine
Right, so back to reality … Designer bags are beautiful but they come with hefty price tags. I think if you have means to be spoilt with a couple then that’s wonderful but I also think reasonable priced handbags make just as stylish accessories that can sometimes look rarer than a coveted designer brand bag!
T-Styled Me tips for buying handbags
(a) Stick to your budget (b) Make sure the quality is reputable and it’s practical enough to use and (c) Have fun expressing yourself trough handbags! Try maintaining a variety of colours, styles and designers in your collection to get the maximum looks out of your outfits.
I never really believed it, but it really is possible to fall in love with a city and I know this because I get a bit choked up inside thinking and admitting that after three and a half wonderful years in London, I’ll be leaving soon to head back home to Melbourne. I convinced myself that if I don’t admit it on my blog and continue not to discuss it with close friends here, it’s not really happening (classic case of denial!). Whilst I very much looking forward to spending more quality time with my loved ones and re-discovering Melbourne through new eyes, I’m also left with other peculiar feelings such as anxiety, sadness, excitement and fear which hopefully are normal emotions for someone in my situation?!
In preparation to leave, I have learnt three things over the past few months: 1) I need to check myself into ‘hoarders anonymous’ 2) the decision to move half-way across the world has provided me with some of the best experiences and memories of my life so far and 3) how lucky I am to be able to see walk by these historic and strikingly beautiful landmarks each and every day … Tower Bridge is one of my favourites and is only a 10 minute walk from my home.
These are my trusty comfortable distressed boyfriend jeans that I’ve mentioned work well on most body shapes and can easily be dressed up with a simple pair of heels. You’ll remember that these were a travelling staple of mine from my Tuscany trip styled more casually and were inspired by a reader who wanted advice on how to wear boyfriend jeans.
It really does take time to find the right pair and I probably tried on at least 5 before I found these which were affordable and comfortable with just the right hint of ‘ventilation.’ You know you can always find an old pair and jeans and experiment with distressing it yourself (DIY)
Now let’s talk about another love affair. The one most women may or may not admit to having with Christian Louboutin heels. Maybe like me, you’ve always wondered whether these Christian Louboutins are really worth all the hype and more importantly the money (first post here). To be honest, I find only a select few CL designs fit to my taste but if there is one thing that Christian Louboutins do and do very well, is make you feel like a million bucks. It’s not just about the signature red sole, but it’s a combination of the low cut sides, shape and heel design of this particular heel which makes your foot feel and look sexy. Christian Louboutins are known for being made to enhance and celebrate a woman’s femininity and walk. I’m really not explaining myself very well here but there is definitely a sense of confidence, however fake, I get from doning and strutting around in a pair of these Christian Louboutins. Whether I can last in them for more than an hour, that’s a different story #weak
This design is the Christian Louboutin Pigalle in patent black and is available in three heel heights: 8.5cm (85) (better for everyday wear), 10cm (100) and the very sexy 12cms (120). I’m wearing the 100s which is just at the height of my comfortability threshold. I’m at awe at those who can trot around in the 120s on and off camera!
These are some of my favourite photos from my blog because I can see the stunning Tower Bridge in the background. If you ever do come to London, put it on your list to get to for a picture because it certainly is a lot more exciting that the actual famous London Bridge. St Paul’s Cathedral and West Minster Abbey are also other favourite landmarks of mine.
Thanks for reading and thanks to Jon for taking these pictures for me
Hi Guys! Just a quick hellowww … Hope you had a great weekend. Mine was pretty good, except for the fact that it was too short but that seems to be the trend these days… What is up with that?
I know not all of you read my tumblr and I’ve had a few more questions come through about the black boots that I’m wearing in this post here so I thought I’d provide a quick update to let you know I popped back into an Aldo store on the weekend and they are back in stock this season and in a variety of colours too!
Unfortunately for my Aussie readers, Aldo in Europe doesn’t ship to Australia but I did a bit of research and found a similar pair available online that is in a very similar design at the iconic and may I add, it’s a little cheaper too! I can’t speak for the quality of this one but I do know the one from Aldo is made from leather and a really comfortable height.
If anyone uses Amazon.com I surprisingly found the boots on here too.
T-Styled Me Tip …
For that extra bit of comfort, add insoles! They make the world of difference and I bought a pair from Primark and Topshop which had a sticky backing and slipped right into the shoe. They certainly help with the comfort factor when I’m late and running for the bus!
Have a great week guys!
Hi T, I hope everything is well Your blog is such an inspiration for me! I was wondering if you had any tips for a college student who is packing for school. What are the essential clothing pieces? Something versatile would be the best!Thank you!!
T-Styled Me Answered
Hi! I’ve always wondered what it would be like to go away for ‘college’ like they do in the movies and on Greek. Having gone to university in my own hometown of Melbourne, I commuted every day and didn’t need to live on campus. I envy the experience you’re about to have (Will you be joining a sorority, play beer pong and go to band camp? JK) but I for one am glad the days of study groups, tutorials, group assignments and cramming for exams are over!
I’m not familiar with how much you’d need to pack and for how long but I’d suggest the ratio be: 80% for casual 10% evening wear and 10% accessories and shoes. Dress comfortably and stay true to your style. My recommendations below are for items that can be mixed and matched in different categories to help you create multiple outfits.
1. T by Alexander Wang Muscle T-shirt in black 2. Tibi wool 3/4 Sleeve Pullover 3. Topshop Moto Blue Oxford Denim Shirt 4. Equipment Reece clean blouse 5. Brian Lichtenberg Feline T-shirt 6. All Saints Silk Biker T-shirt 7. Zara Check shirt
1. Madewell Leather Rucksack 2. Converse All Star Ox Plimsolls 3. Midi Ring 4. Tory Burch 5. Topshop Pastel Flatop Sunglasses 6. Topshop Beekeeper Felt Hat 7. Topshop Maye Suede Slippers 8. Alexander McQueen Skill Print chiffon scarf 9. Longchamp Le Pliage Large leather tote
I hope you found some inspiration from my hand-picked suggestions and good luck for this semester of college!
I recently had a few questions come through on my tumblr about what styling products I use for my hair and this had me reminiscing about the first day I set foot in London and decided that it was time for the big C.H.O.P! I had had enough of long hair (and standing in front of the mirror, sucking in my cheeks and folding my hair in at strange angles in attempt to imagine myself with short hair, a fringe and a moustache) I was ready for a change!
I’ve never been one who religiously visits one and only one hairdresser. Not because I’m disloyal, but because I’ve never felt like I’ve met ‘the one.’ It’s almost like dating isn’t it? Some would just nod and pretend to listen (Just a trim sweetie? Blah blah blah Imma give you whatever haircut I feel like today) and others would make me feel like they understood what I wanted but in reality charged me an arm and a leg to flutter their scissors and exclaim how much they LOVE.IT before pushing me out the door poorer than when I walked in yet still with the same length hair.
Since I’ve come to London, I have stuck to the one single hairdresser for three years. I met my hairdresser at Rush Hair on the Strand on Embankment and for the first time ever, I didn’t leave regretting wasting my money. I was in LOVE: Hook, line and sinker after the first session. My hairdresser was professional, technically trained, genuinely friendly and importantly delivered on what we discussed. The salons themselves were gorgeously decorated and it always felt like a treat to be in pampered in, especially in the Shu Umera lounge at the Rush salon on The Strand.
I know most of us want to feel like a million bucks when we leave a hairdresser’s and I’m no exception but after so many let downs in Oz, for me all I wanted was to leave feeling like I a) I actually got my hair cut b) my styled hair differently to how I walked in and c) I got my money’s worth. My experiences at Rush always tick these three boxes. I love the products they use and am always sneakily asking for advice on DIY tips and tricks for the in between haircut weeks.
If you’ve been roaming around London like me looking for ‘THE ONE’ I’d definitely recommend giving Rush a go. It’ll be the best pick me up you can give yourself.
A picture taken after ‘The Chop’ three years ago
And another one from the last haircut I had a couple of months back from the same hairdresser I met all those years ago at Rush.
T-Styled Me tips on finding the right hairdresser and obtaining the experience you’re after is is always to:
You know I love a bargain so I’m scoping out the last of the sales (most stores are in their final week of sales) and ShopBop have offered an extra 25% off their sale items with discount code SAVE25, woo hoo! Grab a cuppa tea, click here and let the scrolling begin ….
Did anyone else spot this Alexander Wang Diego bag on sale ?! swoon. There’s only a few left so don’t forget the SALE25 discount code!
If you picked up anything nice I’d love to hear about it and live vicariously through you! Happy online Shopping
Oh and how gorgeous is this J.crew Gold-tone Glass Crystal rope necklace just out of the blue?
It’s amazing and I can’t wait to order it for one of my clients!
Oh and this gorgeous dress here too!