T-Styled Me: Seasons Greetings! All I want for Christmas is …

… to spend it with people who mean the world to me. I’m not in Australia to spend it with my family this year but I am spending quality time with very close friends in Los Angeles who are my fam fam and that’s really all I wanted :) What I hope to get for Christmas this year, well that’s different story. It start with an ‘i’ and ends with a ‘pad’ … What Christmas presents are you hoping for this year?

I do want to wish you all a very Merry and safe Christmas (happy holidays!). Thanks for reading this blog and for all your support. I would love to hear from you in the new year and if you want to book a styling session in the new year please contact me via email (tstyledme@gmail.com) or a PM on my FB page. It’s a great way to get your wardrobe organised for the new year for a fresh start!

Love,

Tien 

TSM Travel Diary: Tapas @ Ticketsbar, Barcelona – Pt 1.

As you know from my previous post, we had a quick two day surprise trip to Barcelona last week and having travelled there twice in the past two years, (three times in my bf’s case!) we now consider ourselves Barca locals (ignoring the fact that we still walk around with a cameras snapping away at almost everything). Locals moreso in the sense that we can confidently navigate the the streets of old town without a map, handle public transport with complete ease (a very efficient train system doesn’t hurt!) and having frequented the Gaudi sites multiple times, we decided this trip would be all about indulgence and decadence. All we did was shop and fill our bellies at our favourite tapas bars and despite best intentions, I still ended up with way too many photos (mostly of food!) so have split this post into two entires: Pt. 1 food, Pt. 2 fashion.

A beautiful specimen of a travel bag if I don’t say so myself :) A b’day present for my bf on a significant birthday milestone and in memory or all our travels together over the past few years. 

Tickets Tapas bar: a tapas bar like none other. Owned by the famous Ardria brothers (of former no.1 restaurant in the world, elBulli) a reservation used to require booking 3 months in advance for their sizeably small restaurant. The waiting time has now been cut down to two months and I spent a good hour back in October on the website pressing the refresh button until an opening popped up for the date I wanted!

Tickets is located in the theatre district of Barcelona and the bright decor and carnival atmosphere reminded me a lot of Heston’s inventive concepts back ‘home’ in London. You could tell only the freshest of ingredients were used and that all the staff were highly skilled and passionate about food and the vision of fun and inventive Spanish tapas.

Pictured above are the famous elBulli time-consuming reconstituted olives that were placed on the menu to appease constant demand for them. When you place one of these olives in your mouth, it bursts in your mouth with a intense oily olive flavour. It was pretty amazing and the Joselito’s Grand Reserva Iberian ham and Joselito’s Coppa pictured above with the traditional tomato bread was my absolute favourite dish of the night. I completely ignored my bf whilst gobbling up the ham on bread and zoned off into that place my mind goes to when I’m indulging in decadent tasty comfort food in front of the tv. I call it food lala land. The aged meat and fat dissolved on my tastebuds with such dry and intense flavours… Continue reading

T-Styled Me’s Insta Tumblr Round up: Shopping for Presents

You’d think being a shopaholic would make it easier to figure what Christmas presents to buy everyone but sadly this is not the case for me. I spend a ridiculous amount of time umm-ing and ahhh-ing over who to buy Christmas gifts for and more importantly what to get them. Will they like it? Will they think I didn’t spend enough money or time on them and do people truly remember that it’s the thought that counts? Honestly, my head is sometimes my worst enemy! Second guessing aside, I absolutely love GIVING presents to people; I don’t expect anything in return, except for, fingers crossed, joy in their faces to signify I’ve chosen a gift perfect for them. That is what I find most personally rewarding!

My bf’s birthday also happens to be very close to Christmas and as much as I wanted to post about buying his gift and getting your opinion, I couldn’t do that knowing that there was a chance he would read my blog and ruin the surprise trip to Barcelona I had planned months in advance. I bought him a Mulberry travel bag and was lucky enough to secure a booking at a famous Tapas Bar in Barcelona for his birthday, so I hid the travel details in the bag and the look on his face when I gave him the bag the night before left was priceless :) I love it when a good present is delivered. Yesss!

We had a fantastic time in Barcelona which I’ll post about this week but all I have to say is that I’m pleased that my Christmas shopping is officially complete. (Yay! No more wondering around for hours in the department stores leaving empty handed) and I can relax and look forward to all the Christmas festivities.

Other than that, I’ve just been eating my way into silly season. No joke, if it’s not a Christmas party or attempting to tick off another ‘Must try London Restaurant’ then I’m cooking up a storm at home to clear the fridge. I know this is a shopping and style blog but indulge me while I share another love of mine: Food, glorious food :)

@tstyledme Instagram: As the weather plummeted to sub zero temperatures last week, the only solution was to find hot hearty steaming bowls of soup or in this case, Japanese Ramen at ‘Bone Daddies’ in Soho. Perfect for the miserable weather …

@tstyledme Instagram: I love going out for breakfast with friends but lately, the Sunday ritual in our household has now become a big English breakfast or ‘Get rid of everything in the fridge omelettes’.

Dinner tonight at Duck & Waffles … Both the Duck and the Waffles were cooked to absolute perfection. Such an odd yet tasty combination. The views of London are in my opinion the best (think Empire State building views for London). We will definitely be back!

Hope you guys had a lovely weekend and got your Christmas shopping done as well. If you haven’t, no fear … most retailers are open super late leading up to Christmas :)

Tien xo

TSM Product Review: Sephora’s Express Nail Polish Remover

One of my favourite beauty buys which I don’t mind splurging on is the Sephora branded Nail Express Polish remover. Whether it be in the smaller stores in Spain or the mega-flagships in the US, every single time I walk into a Sephora, one to three of these bottles make their way into my basket. I don’t mind picking up a couple extra more just in case it happens to be the last time I ever walk into a Sephora (unlikely) and so I end up giving them away as presents to friends :)

No joke, this nail polish remover will CHANGE your life (ok, perhaps a slight exaggeration but it is definitely amazing in my books) and it’s certainly unlike any nail polish remover I’ve used before. What I love about it is that it’s simple, clean and effortless. There’s no excess rubbing involved; you don’t even need cotton wool and if there’s one thing you may have noticed about me is that I am notoriously lazy (cue many blog photos sans make-up). Although an avid lover of bright coloured nails, removing chipped polish puts me off applying it in the first place. With this nail polish remover, I find it much easier to swap and experiment with colours without wasting a good 20 minutes each time trying to get rid of stubborn polish.

These bottles retail at 7.90 Euros or $9.50 USD depending on where you buy them from and are available to buy online at Sephora (shipping to limited countries). If you ever get a chance, definitely grab one of these!

Sephora Express Nail Polish Remover

The 75ml bottle is filled with foam soaked in nail polish remover liquid with a hole that allows you to individually dip your fingers in and within a minute, the nail polish is removed completely from all crevices of your nail bed, no matter how many stubborn layers you’ve have applied. In my experience, each fingernail only takes 5 seconds and the nail polish is completely removed from the fingernail without any effort at all.

Pros

  • Dermatologically tested and formulated without acetones and parabens
  • Gentle on nails
  • Quick, efficient and requires little effort leaving no mess
  • Available online and across Europe & Asia
Cons
  • You can’t use them on your toenails 😛
  • They aren’t available in Australia or UK so stock up when you travel or get a friend to bring one back.
  • Slightly expensive for 75mls
Here are some other goodies I picked on my most recent Sephora haul which I am glad to report have been using :)

T-Styled Me’s Insta Tumblr Round up: Christmas Party Season starts!

What Christmas parties are you attending this year? My work is hosting quiet drinks and nibbles at the local pub while my friend’s workplace’s Christmas party (which took place this weekend) involved everyone turning up at the airport with their passports for a surprise weekend getaway to an undisclosed European city. The work Christmas party in a totally different country. Can you beat that?!

I’ve always secretly thought Christmas jumpers are awesome and have been trying to convince my bf to wear them for the past two years in London given that there’d be only zero chance he’d wear one in an Australian Summer Christmas. It’s daggy but I’ve loved them every since seeing Mr Darcy in that reindeer jumper in Bridget Jones (Love that movie!). Christmas jumper sales are definitely up this year, especially at Primark, given my friends hosted a Christmas house party with a ‘Christmas-y’ dress up theme on the weekend.

Reindeer Xmas Jumper from Primark – £12 that I couldn’t get my hands on so I dressed up as a reindeer / elf instead :)

My bf dressed up as Santa and my friends and I were the reindeers. Jumper, G’s Onsie and Reindeer ears all from Primark

Outfit of the day: Trying my very hardest not to succumb to the sea of Black that is Winter by brightening things up with vibrant colours – Skirt & Top from H&M

My two favourite dressed celebrities this week:

Photo reblogged from my tumblr: I am loving floral blazers at the moment even though the weather here resembles anything but Spring time.

Photo reblogged from my tumblr: Miranda Kerr always gets it right every time she steps out the door but I particularly love this look because she’s in an outfit that anyone can emulate using high end brands and it’s a sensible outfit that you can imagine yourself comfortably wearing (or at least I can!)

Have a great week guys and I hope you’re getting into the festive season in one way or another. Not long to go!

Tien xo

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