TSM Answered: Packing clothing essentials for College

Anonymous Asked

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.

Bottoms

  • Jeans/trousers: You’ll want at least two pairs of jeans with you: One for casual everyday wear for classes that you can alternate with say a darker pair that can be dressed up in the evenings.
  • Shorts: Whether denim or leather, wear them to class in the warmer months on their own and over tights and sneakers in the fall.
  • Flippy skirt: Have a fun floral skirt that can be layered in the cooler months with tights and boots but one which you can dress up for a night out with the girls.

T-Styled Me what to wear to college bottoms

 1. Topshop Moto Bleach Acid Leigh Jeans 2. J Brand 915 Super Skinny Legging Jeans 3. ASOS Vintage Wash Denim Shorts 4. Atmos&Here Black faux leather shorts 5. Zara Printed Skirt with ruffles 

Tops 

  • Tees: I’d suggest plenty of comfy t-shirts to wear at College. Take a few neutral coloured ones and add some with patterns and graphics to the mix as well. Long and short sleeve for layering is ideal.
  • Shirts: A couple of shirts in a variety of patterns would be useful to mix. A chambray shirt would be perfect for a college with your jeans if you’re more a girly girl then a floral or patterned chiffon shirt would also go well with shorts.
  • Wool long sleeved knits: Pack a few sweaters and cardigans that you can layer on top of your shirts and tees to keep you warm. I myself am addicted to cardigans!

T-Styled Me what to wear to college tops

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

Outerwear

  • Parkas: A casual jacket or parkas with detachable hood is a great look to have on campus for any casual outfit. Parkas a removable warmer lining will prove to be versatile for the impending cooler conditions.
  • Leather Jacket: Whether it be faux or real, a leather jacket is a sure way of dressing up your outfit on or off campus. Choose one that would suit both!
  • Pea coat/Blazer: If the weather is set to be a lot cooler, I’d bring a wool coat that you can keep in your closet in the event of an unexpected cold weather.
T-Styled Me what to wear to college outerwear

1. ASOS Parka 2. All Saints Leather Jacket 3. Zara Linen Jacket 4. Topshop Full Trim Borg Parka 5. Burberry Coat

Dresses

  • Summer dress with sleeves that you can wear when it’s still warm and then layer with tights and your leather jacket for Fall.
  • A tunic or long sleeved easy to throw on dress that you can quickly pop on when there’s no time for coordinating an outfit.
  • A cocktail dress or two for any on-campus functions and special dates you might have 😛
T-Styled Me what to wear to college dresses
Shoes and Accessories
  • Shoes: Pack shoes that are comfortable enough to carry you across campus e.g sneakers, loafers/ballet flats, some ankle/long flat boots and a pair of heels to wear out.
  • Accessories: Scarves, hats, jewellery that you can mix and match with different outfits are essential. This is where your personality can really shine through so have some fun!
  • Bags: If I did college over again, I’d invest in a smart leather backpack to help lug around all those notes and books. Pack a neutral colour bag that can be worn in class with ample space and a handbag / purse for a more polished look for a night out.
T-Styled Me what to wear to college accessories

1. Madewell Leather Rucksack 2. Converse All Star Ox Plimsolls 3. Midi Ring  4. Tory Burch 5. Topshop Pastel Flatop Sunglasse6. 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!

Tien xo

TSM Tips: How to find the right hairdresser that suits you

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

short hair rush hairdressers

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.

Celine Trio Bag Magenta Red regular small Shoreditch love shake

 

T-Styled Me tips on finding the right hairdresser and obtaining the experience you’re after is is always to:

  • Where possible, use recommendations from friends. Trust is a major issue when it comes to hair and you generally don’t want to risk it.
  • Opt for a hairdresser that is within your budget that you will realistically return to for follow up appointments whether it be a stylist or a senior stylist
  • Bring in pictures and clearly explain to your stylist exactly the look that you’re after and don’t be afraid to speak out half way through the haircut.
  • Find someone who suits your style and you get along with without having to try too hard.
  • Always ask for a different finish: blow-waved curly, straight, with loose waves – This part personally always makes me feel like a million bucks !
  • If you don’t like the service, get up and move on – no one wants to be stuck in a bad relationship right?!

Shopbop extra 25% off Sale items ends soon!

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 ….

shopbop 25

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!

Alexander Wang Diego Bucket Bag

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?

J Crew statement necklace

It’s amazing and I can’t wait to order it for one of my clients!

Oh and this gorgeous dress here too!

TSM Styling Session: A London Look for Elle in Isabel Marant Dicker Boots

Following from my last post (here) when my friend Elle saw the state of my Isabel Marant Dicker boots a few weeks ago, the first thing she admonished (hmm, I think I got that word from Fifty Shades of Grey, Yikes!) was that I didn’t take very good care of them. The soles were worn down and overdue for a resoling session. When she saw me carelessly throw a pair of Christian Louboutins onto my bed, she gave me yet another stern talking to. I must admit, I’m not too precious about my designer goods and tend to focus more on getting as much wear out of them as possible and neglect regular maintenance at the expense of longevity (RIP white lambskin Chanel shoes!). I’ll never be paranoid to the point where I hide my bags/shoes/clothes for fear of ruining them, but I have made much more of an increased effort to preserve the life of my goods recently.

Elle is much better at keeping her handbags and shoes in good condition and while she was here in London, she kindly obliged to letting me style her with a bit of a what I like to call a ‘London edge,’ using some pieces from my own wardrobe and some of her new London purchases. It was a lot of fun and reminded me of the days when we used to share our clothes with girlfriends to go clubbing :) So with all my styling posts, here’s a little bit more about Elle …

Elle’s Profile Stats

  • Elle’s Height:  Approx 5 ft 3” (1.6m)
  • Skin tone: Fair
  • Build: Very slim
  • Body shape: Boyish. Refer to this post if you need a reminder
  • General Clothing size: XS
  • Lifestyle: Social in all spheres, she’s busy blogging, shopping and is a very talented dancer! This lady has one big shopping addiction, I’d say 10 times worse than mine 😛
  • Shopping preference: Wants basis
  • Shopping frequency: Regular, every few weeks
  • Style Preference: Casual by day, glam by night
  • Personality (in three words): Smart, caring & fun (All in my opinion!)

Elle’s Styling criteria

No stranger to the blogging world herself, Elle of Mel&Elle had one condition for this styling session. I say condition, but she already had them glued to her feet and wasn’t getting out of them any time soon so we raided my closet for more goodies and I put together a London based look for her; something slightly edgier and not typical ‘Elle’ to commemorate her time in London before we brunched by the Thames.

melelle zara floral skirtAll Saints Pitch Leather Biker Jacket Isabel Marant Dicker Boots Taupe

Isabel Marant boots

If you’re follower of my blog you know that I highly recommend All Saints when it comes to leather jackets with an edge. The fit is incredible and the size range means that tiny ladies like Elle easily find a fitted look.

T-Styled Me Tip: If you’re not used to pulling off a edgy biker jacket, try softening Continue reading

TSM Shopping Review: Isabel Marant Dicker Boots

Isabel Marant Taupe Dicker boots-2Hope you’re having a fabulous week so far! I realise that I’ve had my Isabel Marant Dicker boots (available here) for well over six months now and I still haven’t got around to posting a review on them.

I was after a pair of non black boots that were suitable to wear in Winter and with dresses in Summer and most importantly, of reasonable walking height so when I spotted these Isabel Marant boots, I instantly fell in love with the Suede finish and French designer’s subtle design. The online reviews were very favourable but the only downside was the hefty IM price tag. So after months of deciding (I asked every man and his dog what I should do) it came down to two pairs: The Isabel Marants or a similar styled pair in Topshop

Topshop arlene western Boot with side zip Arlene Western Zip Boots from Topshop

These Topshop ones were made from leather, came in a similar but not exact taupe colour, were reasonably comfortable and provided my desired look. Clearly they were the more economically viable choice right? Well … about that … You’ve seen the first picture so you know which path I went down in the end … I gave into my Suede shoes addiction, trusting all the online reviews and went on a mini-splurge, convinced the price would translate into quality. I also say mini splurge because I was lucky enough to locate a hardly-worn pre-loved pair on eBay in France in my size, woohoo! Ebay fate. Believe it.

If I had purchased the Topshop boots, would I have been happy? Yes, I think I would have but maybe the grass is greener on the other side. I gave into gut instinct and to this day, I don’t regret it at alI :) I love my Isabel Marant Dickers and have walked hours on end with them over London’s Winter and now into its Summer too…

Isabel Marant Dicker boots

These babies will be making an appearance in my next styling session post soon so stay tuned …!

TSM Answered: How to style Dolce vita faven flat ankle boots

Anonymous Asked:

Hey! I’m totally in love with your blog!! I was wondering if you had any style ideas on what I could wear with the dolce vita faven ankle boots. I wanted something more than the basic skinny jeans. Anything you can suggest would be helpful! Thank you :)

DV by Dolce Vita Faven Boots

DV by Dolce Vita Faven Boots BlueDV by Dolce Vita Faven Boots Blue Grey Spotted

T-Styled Me Answered

Hi! Thank-you for your kind words. These boots are really cute! And more importantly, look really comfortable and practical. I’ve become a bit of a grandma when it comes to sensible shoes lately and obsessed with flats. What colour did you get?

Depending on the weather, there are a number of ways to wear these flat boots that don’t involve skinny jeans. Shorts, skirts, maxi skirts, boyfriend jeans … the sky’s really the limit! Try incorporating the colour of the boots into your outfit as a start.

Here are my visual suggestions for you:

How to wear flat boots DV by Dolce Vita Faven Boots

 

How to wear flat boots DV by Dolce Vita Faven Boots in SummerI personally love wearing flat ankle boots. They were such a staple for me this Winter (i.e the last 10 months!) and continue to do so as Summer approaches. Hint: Pairing ankle boots with leather always brings a little edge to an outfit!

Black Mulberry Alexa Bag zara leather skirt

 Hope you found this helpful!

Tien xo

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