T-Styled Me shops online: House of Harlow 1960 Mint Green Pyramid Necklace @hoh1960

Now since I complained about London’s lack of sun in my previous post, of course, the sun decided to make an appearance to prove my ‘Cold.Wet.Typical.London’ theory wrong. But in this case, I’m more than happy to take it all back: London’s really warm and lovely at the moment and my eyes are delighting in the colourful Summer outfits filling the streets as people venture outside and desperately give their stocked up Summer wardrobes that much-needed airtime. I love that it’s officially now an acceptable excuse to leave the office at 4pm on any given weekday and explain with a ‘I plan to enjoy the sun’ look. The understanding is British – no one argues; they simply pat you on the back and head down to the pub to join you.

I’ve been waiting to wear this House of Harlow Mint Green Pyramid Station Necklace for a few weeks now but unfortunately it hasn’t really fit into the recent winter coat, scarf, wellies and umbrella uniform I’ve been sporting so now that the sun’s out of hibernation, it’s show time baby !

For those who are unfamiliar with the ‘House of Harlow 1960’ brand, you’re about to be introduced to a favourite costume jewellery line of mine. ‘House of Harlow 1960’ is celebrity Nicole Richie’s designer jewellery line (named after her daughter, Harlow Kate) which debuted in 2008.

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T-Styled Me’s Best and Worst Styled Picks: Cannes Film Festival 2012

The Cannes Film Festival is one of the World’s most prestigious International film festivals held annually in France, premiering documentaries and films of all genres and awarding films coveted awards in various categories based on the votes of a selected board of jurors. It’s a great chance for the stars to showcase designer gowns and for us regular folks to ‘oooh and ahhh’ over the gowns we can only dream of …

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Diane Kruger – On multiple counts by various designers!

Diane Kruger is a first time juror at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and I think she’s done really well (especially since she’s sans stylist) by selecting from a wide range of designers with different looks. It’s also nice to see her step away from her usual Chanel ensemble every once in a while.

It was really hard to choose a T-Styled Me BEST dress seeing as I was equally impressed by most of her choices but if I were forced to choose, I would go with the following dress as my favourite over the very popular Giambattista Valli Haute Couture aqua gown

Vivienne Westwood Corset Dress

Why?

I distinctly associate British Vivienne Westwood’s collections as works of Art. With art, you either understand it and love it or hate it or just simply agree to appreciate it. I’m the latter with Westwood; her style is distinct, quirky and definitely not mainstream and I wouldn’t have guessed this a classic Westwood design at all! The tailored cut and structure of the corset dress drew my attention immediately – The craftsmanship is amazing on this dress. It was undoubtedly hand embroidered with paillettes (small pieces of metal) which provides that metallic look which is currently SO on trend. Not only is her tiny waist accentuated by the structure of the corset, but the ruching and folds in the gown also create an illusion that Diane has a much more cury bottom half than she has in reality.

She kept her make up fresh and soft and let the angles of her gown do the talking. Clutch and heels are also from Jimmy Choo (Go Brits!)

Diane Kruger in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture

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Diane Kruger in a custom-made drop waist Nina Ricci Dress

I love the romantic ethereal feel of this dress and would love this for myself …

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T-Styled Me Outfit Post: Little White Summer Dress – LWSD

Are you a big fan of pasta? You’re probably thinking to yourself ‘Um … Who isn’t ?!’ Well … I’ll raise my hand and be the first to admit that I don’t like pasta at all. Wait, that’s not entirely true. While I missed out on the ‘I love pasta’ gene, I do have the ‘I only like Spaghetti Bolognese’ variation and despite having travelled Italy many times, I’m yet to connect to other varieties the same way I do with Spaghetti Bolognese. Being part of my DNA, I felt the call to pilgrimage to Bologna, Italy, the birthplace of Bolognese, in hope of tasting the BEST bolognese of my life …  Bologna: A university city, famous for gastronomy moreso than historical sites

To set the scene it was 32 degrees Celcius on Saturday in Bologna, 32!! Now if you’ve been in London recently (wet.cold.miserable.typical.London) or you live in my hometown Melbourne, you’ll understand the dazzling effect the mere thought of anything above 15 degrees can have on one’s mood. I, for one, could not stop smiling; I was high on Vitamin D, gelato, granitas and the prospect of wearing a summer dress

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T-Styled Me gets Spoilt: Hermes Rivale Bracelet from Paris

Unexpected birthday presents always catch me off guard (in nice way) and I’m always touched when someone goes to the effort to choose something for me, no matter how big or small. Sometimes, like this year, expected gifts can be just as good …

My bf was a little stuck for ideas this year so seizing the opportunity being a thoughtful gf, I did him a ‘favour’ and provided a birthday wish list. Sure, technically the list only had one item on it – a Hermes Double wrap Rivale Bracelet, but the main thing was that he chose something for my birthday and seemed to like the bracelet as well [The conversation went something along the lines of ‘It costs HOW MUCH?! Geezzz, just for that? Hmm I guess it’s nice…”] I chose to interpret this as an enthusiastic ‘YES’ to Hermes.

With the slightly weaker Euro to Pound exchange rate coinciding with a scheduled rendezvous with holidaying friends from Perth in Paris, it was the perfect time to visit the Hermes (to be pronounced ‘Er-Mez’ in your very best French Accent) on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore in Paris. The boutique was beautiful and inviting  and despite being very busy, the in-store shopping experience did not disappoint. The customer service was exceptional, magnified by the fact that we were assisted by a beautiful sales girl (wearing the exact same bracelet!) who had us handing over our Euros in a daze at ‘Bonjour Mademoiselle.’ She was very friendly and took time educate us on the quality craftsmanship that goes into all of their Hermes accessories (manufactured only in France). The best in-store experience for me was watching a large french poodle (presumably a customer’s pet) parading around Hermes like it belonged there and not a single person in the store batting an eyelid at the sight of a dog in a boutique (Oh, only in Paree!)

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T Styled Me’s Best & Worst Styled Picks: Met Ball 2012

The Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met Ball) is the Fashion World’s annual equivalent of the Oscar Awards. This year’s theme was Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations (basically honoring these Italian designers)

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Camilla Belle in Ralph Lauren

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Why?

Camilla’s elegant and effortless look in this Ralph Lauren gown is emphasized by her subtle (and flawless) make up and I’m really warming up to this sultry wine stained lip colour. She has kept her accessories and jewellery minimal (yet still matching) and I like how the feminine side hair-part kept the focus on the sleek neckline of her beaded gown.

This look would best suit girls with a slim and tall body shape (especially those with a longer torso) and the colouring of the dress would complement girls with darker features. So if your hair colour is dark like Camilla’s and you have a fair to olive skin tone, a dress in this colour would look great on you!

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T Styled Me’s Debut Post

Can you still remember what your new year’s resolutions were for 2012? Or have they been filed away in the ‘Life’s too busy at the moment so let’s not think about it right now’ part of you? That’s usually where mine end up 51/52 weeks of the year! For 2012, I vowed to stop saying ‘Yeah, I’ll get to that later’ and making excuses for not doing all the things I know I SHOULD and WANT to do (Save for a house, volunteer and support a charity, move back to fashion and be more creative just to list a few …)

I’ve been SO inspired this year by the number of friends and acquaintances, especially females, who have embarked on a journey to explore their creative talents and those who have persevered and successfully started their own businesses. I’ve always been encouraged by friends and colleagues to follow my passion for fashion and work as a stylist, so guys, I’m feeling very shy about this but for me, this a small (BIG to me) yet exciting step away from that procrastinating voice in my head saying ‘Yeahhh maybe one day …’ and exploring this apparent ‘talent’ for Shopping & Styling

And yes, I know I’m probably five years late jumping on the blogging bandwagon at this stage in a market saturated with successful fashion and styling bloggers, but a girl has gotta try right?! So while my vision for T-Styled Me is to showcase my own personal style, I want it to have more of a focus on my ability to style others which I find more challenging because let’s face it, we don’t all look the same. We have different body shapes, weights, sizes, skin tones, preferences and lifestyles and don’t all look great in the same clothes. Have you ever bought something after seeing it look amazing on a friend, celebrity, magazine /manequin or fellow blogger and then be disappointed on how it appeared on you? I have … and I would often wonder why I didn’t measure up to how great they looked and I really disliked that dejected feeling about what I didn’t like about my body and that annoying voice that reminded me about how much money I had just wasted too! What I’ve learnt now is that we should try to dress to flatter our individual body shapes and stay within our budgets and importantly, stop hating on our bodies! So whether you’re a mum of three, a busy CEO, a university student or a fellow fashion enthusiast, I’d love to help dress and customise looks that suit and complement YOU !

I’m super excited to share with you my travels, styling sessions, food adventures and product reviews and I really look forward to hearing your comments and feedback so please talk to me :) Please contact me if you’d like to be featured here too as I want to represent all real and different body shapes and sizes in this blog irrespective of budget and walks of life so stay tuned for more posts to come!

Check out a sneak peek of one of my styling sessions below with V that I’ll be posting at a later date… 

Can’t wait to talk you through how much fun I had styling her in my Halston Heritage Faux fur gilet … Keep an eye out for that post !

My outfit:

  • Saba white tee (available here and similar here)
  • Sass & Bide Rat Pants
  • Sandro Gaelle Cardigan in Blue (here or in Sandro Boutiques / Selfridges / Harrods)
  • Louis Vuitton Black Patent ballet flats
  • Hermes Rivale Bracelet

Photos taken by the talented Kylee Yee of Kytography

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