TSM Travel: The Whistles Maxi Skirt is my best travelling buddy: A road trip through Spain Part. 2

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…

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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!

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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!)25. valencia beach

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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.

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I’m curious, which European girls do you think are the most attractive ? 😛

TSM Travel: Summer swimwear in the Greek Island of Crete – Part 1

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.

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Elafonisi – An hours drive from Chania – famous for it’s pink sand and now one of my favourite beaches in the world…
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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.

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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.13. Best Tzatziki in Crete Greece 3. Elounda mousakka dolmades crete greece 2. Elounda town crete

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)
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Summer Swimwear

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 :)

TSM Outfit Post: Summer in Regent’s Park – Reiss White Char Flare Skirt

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.

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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…

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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.

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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.
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TSM Travel Diaries: Relaxing under the Tuscan sun in Boyfriend Jeans Pt. 2

I couldn’t blend in as a local in Europe even if I tried. A rustic doorway, snap, I have to take a picture. Food? click, click click, that stuff is definitely going on instagram…Oooh, a pebble, let me rearrange it so it looks extra special snap snap snap. Laugh as you may, I’m actually not as bad as some of my friends 😛 It’s definitely hard not to take so many photos in Europe when every turn of the corner looks like it belongs on a postcard or in a nostalgic foreign film. When I spend time filtering through these images, the embarrassment is long forgotten; I have these unique moments ingrained in my memory and captured on film to share with everyone for years to come.

Siena Tuscany coloured housesI was giddy with excitement over these beautiful and bright coloured residential homes in Siena. Something as mundane as locals hanging their washing out to dry just adds to authentic Tuscan look don’t you think?Siena Duomo


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A dreamy Sangimiano by dusk …

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Antinori WineryWhile in Tuscany, we enrolled a cooking class for a day at Il Vicario with Katia and Fulvio in San Gimignano which was such an enjoyable experiencing making pasta from scratch and then filling our bellies with the fruits of our labour. 
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Psst … these are officially my favourite pair of casual jeans for travelling. Remember how I was on search of the perfect boyfriend jeans here? These Zara Boyfriend Jeans fit my budget (£40 from memory) and are the most comfy pair I own (perfect for over indulging in Tiramisu and wine). I’m yet to dress them up with heels but for now, am content with a more casual look. Hope you enjoyed both Pt 1 and Pt 2 of my Tuscany Travel diary xo

TSM Outfit Post: Relaxing under the Tuscan sun in Anthropologie Pt. 1

Tien in tuscanyAs I write this from my gloomy Edinburgh hotel room (I’m up here for work for a few days), I can’t believe that it was only a few weekends ago that I relaxed with friends in the magical Italian region of Tuscany. I can still taste the local Tuscan Bean bread soup (my fave), the rich Pici pasta (that we hand made ourselves at cooking school) and the deliciously smooth taste of Chianti wine. Tuscany has always been on my radar as a must see in Europe and the natural beauty and kind hospitality exceeded all my expectations. Memories of soaking up the bursts of sunshine through the picturesque rolling hills of untouched vineyards and olive trees are providing a temporary escape from this very busy day/week/month…

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Every year I treat myself to a new Summer dress that allows me to look forward to travelling under the hot European sun. You might remember last year’s one here from my time in Bologna. This year, I wanted a dress that was more flow-y (read: more room for over indulging), still breathable and one with a casual vibe which could still be dressed up. For me, white sun dresses signify long happy Summer days so when I came across this dress by Second Female (a Cophenhagen designer) in Anthropoloigie, I was instantly drawn to the white ombre, slightly hippie tie-dye look. I’m always wary of dresses getting dirty so the darker bottom of the dress was perfect.  Continue reading

TSM Answered: Tips for Packing Light on Holidays

One of my readers asked me a little while back for tips on how to best pack for a holiday trip and while I could sit here and google the best tips (only pack 50% of the clothing you put in your suitcase … hmmm really?!) and pretend that I always adhere to these rules, clearly I’d be lying as there has been many an occasion where I’ve grossly overpacked (hairdryer AND straightener in Greece, total waste of time. FYI, the sea water ruins your hair irrespective of any tools you man yourself with) and in some cases, BOY have I under-packed (forgot wallet, forgot toothbrush, forgot phone!). So after three years of constant mini European adventures, I now have the art of packing down to 25 minutes each time and refuse to spend any longer on such a mundane task!

Disclaimer: I haven’t had enough time to google best tips on how to pack at all so this is therefore purely a personal T-Styled Me post. If you find this post a little bit rubbish, I don’t blame you. It works for me and I’d more than welcome your tips to share with other readers as well!

T-Styled Me Packing Process (25 minutes)

1. Make a very quick list (or use the previous trip’s list) of standard ‘important’ items  that will go in your hand carry and pack them immediately in your hand carry (HC) or check in luggage (CIL). (5 minutes)

My list is always as follows:

  • Passport and tickets (HC)
  • House keys and Wallet (HC)
  • Adapter and iphone charger cord (HC)
  • Camera and Charger (HC)
  • Toiletries (including toothbrush) (HC or CIL)
  • Pyjamas, Socks & Underwear (HC or CIL)

(Tip: Invest in a universal adaptor with USB ports so you don’t actually need to bring the block that connects to the iphone USB cord)

2. Calculate the number of days you’ll be away and the corresponding weather forecast for each of these days and if you’re trip is short (e.g under 4 days) plan your outfits for each days by laying them out visually. (10 minutes)

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I’m going on a 4 day, 4 night trip so I’ve put together these travel friendly, low maintenance looks that I can mix and match across outfits depending on the weather and for the plane as well. All in all, I have 3 bottoms and 3 tops and one dress which is actually overdoing it but I just like to have a bit of variety and the satisfaction of knowing what will go with what when I’m there. Note: no heels (honestly who travels in heels except for fashion bloggers? :P)

Then add a jacket /coat (depending on the weather) and a bag that will go with all your outfits that is both comfortable and practical.

3. Compile your liquids (under 100mls) in a clear ziplock bag (if you’re not checking that is which I rarely do) and your make up/ accessories bag (5 minutes)

Bring minimal make up (unless you’re planning or attending a soire of some sort!) and less is more. The items I usually bring are:

  • Small bottle of sunscreen / moisturiser with sunscreen
  • Mascara & Blush & tinted lip balm
  • Make up remover / Cleanser
  • Small bottle of shampoo
  • Hair ties & bobby pins

(Tip: If you’re out of space, invest in Olay dry face towels which take up minimal room and foam up under water.)

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4. Fold your clothes neatly and for all knits and tees, roll them up to minimise creasing. For Blazers and jackets you can fold the arms inside out and place in your luggage (5 minutes)

As you can see below, my camera actually takes up 50% of my luggage space! So I’ve learnt very quickly how to prioritise when packing.

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Not bad right?! Considering that camera takes up half my bag, I’ve managed to fit and pack for four days in one hand carry luggage.

I’d love to hear your tips and tricks on how to save luggage space ! Have a great weekend guys and you can follow me on instagram to see where I’m travelling to this weekend @tstyledme

TSM Travel: Weekend getaway to the Keukenhof flower fields in Holland

I’ve been feeling slightly homesick recently (When it snowed a few weeks ago mid April, I cracked it and was really ready to call it quits) but the tail end of April has redeemed itself with the temperature hitting 20 degrees today and for the first time in 6 months, I contemplated leaving my black opaque tights at home (I chickened out last minute for fear of OESK – over eager skin exposure). Many of my friends from Australia are visiting and travelling Europe which has made the weeks fly by so much faster and it always helps to have company and that little piece of home over here.

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Crashing our friends’ honeymoon, a group of us hopped on a quick 45 minute flight to Amsterdam over the weekend to relax, ride our bikes through the picturesque canals of Holland and one of the highlights of the weekend was visiting the Keukenhauf Tulip Festival. Did I hear you just yawn? Well, I know it doesn’t sound like the most exciting thing to do overseas but  I actually had it on my ‘Amsterdam to do’ list given the festival only runs from March to May each year and Holland is famous for their tulip fields (amongst other things!) and tulips are one of my favourite flowers.

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Sure, there was a moment’s hesitation when we rocked up to the entrance of the flower festival surrounded by at least 20 tour buses full of more mature aged visitors but as soon as we started wandering through the park with our freshly made StroopWaffels and hotdogs, we became mesmerised by the sea of such vibrant and beautiful colours…

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The tulips above were so unique; they looked like tulips made out of frayed fabric! I love vibrant colours – they bring such a sense of happiness and life to pictures and I found a lot of inspiration for my wardrobe from these colours.

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What are your favourite flowers? 

Tien xo

TSM Outfit Post: T- by Alexander Wang Neoprene Inverted Pleat Skirt

Lately I’ve been obsessed with starting work early so that I can rush home to watch …well, I can only term it how it really is: trashy reality TV. For someone who already spends too much time watching TV, I can’t believe how I haven’t seen a single episode of any of the ‘Real housewives of Orange County’ series until now. *Cringe* I know, it’s so trashy but there’s something ashamedly fascinating about a life so far removed from my own I just can’t help but be hooked! I have now consumed an entire cake (by myself) catching up on the entire series but with the weather being consistently zero degrees every night this week, all I look forward to is to rushing home and plonking myself in front of the TV and getting lost in the world of Vicki, Tamra and Alexis (The ‘OC’ Real Housewives series).

I was very curious to see if the LA lifestyle was that portrayed on these TV shows. We spent Christmas visiting a friend who lives in Los Angeles and we had such an amazing time, shopping to our hearts content and eating like there was no tomorrow. On our first day there, we started the morning with a gorgeous breakfast at Chateau Marmont down Sunset Blvd (an establishment highly frequented by Hollywood stars with a super strict no photography policy) and then proceeded with the lifestyle of the rich and famous by spending the day shopping down Rodeo Drive (Every girl deserves to have a Pretty Woman moment :P). It felt surreal to be walking down the famous Rodeo drive. I can sort of understand the addiction to the lifestyle.

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The skirt I’m wearing is my first purchase from T by Alexander Wang. The fabric can be likened to scuba suit material which was surprisingly soft and warm. The skirt was very short for my standards so I tried to dress it down by wearing comfortable flats and a long sleeved warm cashmere colourblock sweater with neon colours that I’m a little obsessed about at the moment (All pieces were on sale!) This skirt has a natural ability to hold you in due to the structure of the fabric but the sizing, in my opinion, is extremely small! I don’t know if it was breakfast at Chateau Marmont or not but it was very … shall we say form fitting around the waist line. Not a buffet day kind of skirt!
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My double take as we passed the diamonds at Harry Winston 😛

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Photos by Kylee, my bf and me :) Thanks to Chai for taking out in LA too !

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Hope you enjoyed some of my holiday snaps and I look forward to featuring more neon pieces and picks in my next post. I’m off to watch a rerun of Keeping up with the Kardashians (I saw Kim and Kanye at a basketball game in LA incidently!) and also to watch ‘Millionaire Matchmaker,’ yet another one of my guilty tv show pleasures at the moment. Has anyone else watched this TV show?!

T-Styled Me’s Weekly Insta-Tumblr Round Up: New Year Resolutions

New Years resolutions are often made with honest intentions; it’s a new year and a good a time as any to reflect on our achievements or transgressions over the past 12 months and appease our conscience with focused promises for the year ahead. Looking back at my new years’ resolutions for 2012 I probably only kept 1/4 of these yet remember feeling equally strong about all four of them in the beginning. This year, I’m keeping it simple and sticking to three main resolutions: 1) Spend less and save more 2) Continue pursing my love for personal styling and shopping and 3) I’ll keep that one a personal one 😛 I find it helpful to have these goals written and displayed somewhere (fridge, whiteboard or bathroom door – Whatever works for you) as a reminder throughout the year.

I gave into temptation a bit too much in 2012 by splurging (even though I did spend more on affordable high street brands) so this year’s focus is to not to completely stop shopping (what kind of blog would this be?!) but to continue to focus on affordable investment buys and to elimiate impulse shopping.

Step 1: I spent 45 mins (yes, sadly this is how long it took) unsubscribing to all my shopping emails. You know the story, browse, click click, type in memorised card number while bf is asleep, send pkg to work and add three new dresses to the wardrobe (whilst practicing in a high pitched voice ‘Oh, this old thing?!’). I swear I never signed up to half these emails but by golly, it felt empowering to get rid of them and I would highly recommend it to anyone going through a similar shopping detox! Will you lose your bargain/shopping edge I hear you ask? No. That’s what the retailers want you to think but trust me, you’ll be fine.

There have been 7 days in January and so far so good #nojudgementpleaseitssaletime. I’ve just come back from a quick week’s Christmas holiday to California and actually managed to keep shopping to minimum. I was spoilt for Christmas anyway and I focused on shopping for one of my clients which was a lot of fun and kept my shopping energies directed on her and doing what I love. Here are some instagram (@tstyledme) happy snaps of my trip …

1. Out at a bar in Hollywood with my fam fam. 2. On the set of War of the Worlds @ Universal Studios 3. Gorgeous Mugs from Anthropologie and 4. TSM on the job putting together an outfit for my client

1. Enternity friendship bracelet received from a friend for Xmas and the Michael Kors watch I’d been eyeing for a while (def cheaper in the USA!) 2. Trying on Manolo Blahniks in SAKS for fun 3. Cheap(er) MAC make up in the US and 3. Duty Free purchases/spoils for Christmas

1. Watching NBA in San Fran (they serve Rice Vermcelli at the game!) 2. Union Square in San Fran – View from the Cheesecake Factory 3. Vitamin D Fix outside the Farmers Market – Ferry Building in SF and 4. Being a tourist with the Powell St trams.

A few outfits and accessories I picked up for my client on the personal shopping trip in LA.

OOTD: Picked up this gorgeous Camilla & Marc Dress up in the USA and while it was too cold to wear it in London this weekend, I layered it under a chunky Topshop knit and All Saints Leather Jacket with my fav Rag & Bone Harrow Boots to Yauatcha (Michelin Starred Dim Sum). Can’t wait do my Summer post on this dress!

What are your new years resolutions and do you have any additional tips or milestones you put in place to ensure you can look back in 365 days time and say you’ve achieved these goals? Here’s to 2013!

Thanks for reading, Tien xo

TSM Outfit Post: Barcelona Travel Diary – H&M Silk Graphic Skirt Pt. 2

I was meant to post this up just before Christmas after Part 1 but in my wind-down get out of the office and onto the plane mode I didn’t quite manage to do this (or answer some last minute work queries, oopsie) so just to jog your memory, this is an outfit post (worn at Ticketsbar): Part 2 of my Barcelona travel diary.

I picked this entire outfit up while shopping in Barcelona that very day (minus my trusty black patent pumps). I remember seeing a top very similar to this in a tumblr picture I’d reblogged and being a total sucker for creams and white and romantic prints, tried it on and convinced myself that I didn’t have anything similar in my wardrobe already (a criteria often used when I can’t quite to decide to say ‘yay’ or ‘nay’ because I don’t see the point in wasting money on similar styled pieces unless they are basics or casual essentials (tees, work skirts etc). This top has a lovely feminine beaded neckline, perfect for tucking into skirts and trousers and caters for the current cooler (ok, freezing cold) London weather. A top like this would work well on you if you have a boy-ish or pear shape but try to avoid high neckline numbers if you you are top heavy and conscious of creating a bulkier upper half.

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