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 :)

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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

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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Sangiminano old town dusk

A dreamy Sangimiano by dusk …

san gimignano hills of tuscany


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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how to wear boyfriend jeans

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 Shopping Review: Butterfly Twists – Folding Ballerina Flats

My hands are itching. The biannual sale season is almost upon us here in Europe. Yes, if there’s one thing no-one can deny it is the fact that sales are HUGE here and they are Awwwesome! (crazy shoppers, not so much). I wasn’t sure when the sales would start this “Summer” but after nosing around (chatting to sale assistants) it appears the preview sales start this weekend with the official start in a few weeks’ time. I’ve been itching to shop for a few months now but am holding back for the bargains. The beauty of shopping for clients is that you feel that temporary rush without having to feel guilty! I’m creating a focused list of sensible items to target when the time arrives so let the games begin! (I’m still convinced shopping is a sport).

Ever since I made the mistake of wearing heels on my birthday followed by a full day of shopping around London (birthday post here), I’ve been on the lookout for fold-up flats to throw in my handbag. If you live in Europe, unless you’re wearing a stacked heel or you’re superwoman, it is extremely difficult, to walk around efficiently in heels. There’s no boyfriend’s car to totter over to but instead, you’re greeted with steps upon steps leading to out of operation escalators to the train platforms and cobblestones oh cobblestones. So unless totally inebriated after a night out, my feet are always furious at me for putting them through a fashion instigated ordeal.

I finally stumbled upon the perfect pair of fold up ballerina flats while shopping for a client last weekend and wanted to share them with you all. Not sure if I’m the only one out there who can’t manage to walk around in heels in London but in the event that I’m not alone, there are these absolute God-sends by the name of Butterfly Twists that come in a surprisingly stylish range of colours and patterns.

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The retail price varies depending on the design but I managed to pick mine up for £20 in the OFFICE concession store in Selfridges.

They’re designed in the UK but manufactured in China and I’m not too fussed about that because they are really just a back up for when my feet need relief from heels. I’ve worn them for a couple of hours (tested them out at dinner) which included walking to the tube and restaurant and my feet felt quite supported. Although I went half a size up for extra comfort, because my left foot is slightly larger than my right, the elastic band of heeled part of the shoe dug into my heel which irritated me a little towards the end of the night. I should have gone up a full size up in hindsight. Otherwise, I’d recommend them for your wallet/purse as they are really quite comfortable and compact.

Fold up flats Butterfly twists for your handbag

I’ve got the Cleo Ballerinas on here – snap taken while waiting for the tube to come.

Butterfly Twists are available in Office and other outlets within the UK but also deliver internationally. You can always check your local pharmacy/drugstore for similar alternatives.

Hope this post was helpful! I must admit, the fact that Oliva Palmero wears them may or may not have influenced me to purchase them. Damn those celebrity enablers!

TSM Outfit Post: 1960s Inspired Modern Spring Work Wear from COS

Bridgette Bardot, Barbie and by way of a somewhat embarrassing admission, Baywatch’s Pamela Anderson. I wanted big blonde hair and blue eyes like these women and I would have easily traded in my ethnic features to look more like the kids did at school growing up. It’s funny to think about those thoughts now, having grown up to happily embrace my heritage and appreciate the beauty and uniqueness of women of all nationalities.

When I picked up this shift dress from COS recently, it instantly resonated a 1960s vibe within me. Despite not having the trademark blonde Bardot-esque tresses and baby blues reminscent of this era, I wanted to create a fun fresh 1960s inspired look for Spring for the modern woman adaptable for today’s work hard play hard culture …

Celine red trio

modern 60s inspired looks cos work dress

CELINE TRIO MAGENTA RED PRADA SUNGLASSES60s inspired sunglasses PradaZARA PATENT SANDALS WITH ANKLE STRAP ROSE GOLD HEELS

I picked up this dress for £35 (50% off, woot!), ready for Spring (any day now London, any day now …) and it is my very first purchase from COS having previously been a bit daunted by the multitude of colour co-ordinated racks. While I’m used to more fitted clothing, COS’s minimalist concept and designs (think Scandinavian Country Road) means none of their pieces are overfly fitted, sometimes borderline shapeless, but always very comfortable.

Colour blocking is an easy way of introducing colour into your wardrobe for work if you’re inclined to go for black all the time. A nude coloured neckline like this dress elongates the upper torso and is really great for you if you have a full bust/figure. The dress was actually quite a bit longer so I had the hem and sleeves altered to fit my shorter frame but dresses like these will really suit you if you have an inverted triangle, hourglass and apple shape figure (body shape post here).

CELINE TRIO MAGENTA RED COS DRESS ZARA PATENT HEELS 60s inspired fashion

60s inspired modern fashion dress

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modern 60s inspired looks

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 Outfit Details

Photos by Anna from Ausnippets Photography taken at Department of Coffee and Social Affairs (really decent coffee there Londoners!) Thank you for making me feel beautiful through your lens x

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)

Tips on packing light

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.

Overnight packing

 

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

My New Squeeze from Paris: The Celine Trio Bag in Magenta Red

You know how some guys are into their cars, computer games or others are obsessed with collecting the latest tech gadget and once they get their hands on it, getting their attention is harder than prying a smackos out of a dog’s mouth? Well, I was kind of like that this weekend with the newest handbag in my collection: My very first Celine! I was spoilt courtesy of my girlfriends with this generous birthday gift that I picked up in Paris last weekend. Blog readers, may I introduce to you my newest perfect partner in life, I mean, handbag …

Celine Trio Bag Magenta Red regular small

We’re currently in the honeymoon phase; I’ll admit I’m definitely the more clingy one in the relationship. But this kind of happens when you’ve been dreaming about having someone like this in your life: vibrant, photogenic, sentimental, practical and most of all, doesn’t give me headaches from heavy baggage (It also doesn’t hurt if they’re romantically French either!) We’ve been inseparable all weekend long… This is just a sneak peek for now as my trio will be surely making more appearances soon xx

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Photos by Me and Kylee

Outfit Details

  • Old Topshop knit
  • Old Zara Slouchy Trouses (new season’s here)
  • Celine Trio Bag (In Stores, Similar here)
  • Old Dune Tan Flats (Similar here)

Thanks to all my gfs for such a gorgeous Parisian keepsake for my birthday. I hope you guys have a great week ahead. Bring on the Bank Holiday already I say!

A Chanel Inspired Birthday Party at The Wolseley London with Colour & Twine

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I’m anything if not predictable. I enthusiastically plan a birthday do with friends each year and without fail, as the date approaches, the worries associated with guests not having a good time and all that focused attention gets the better of the introvert in me and I curse myself for being too organised with save the dates (I mean really, were they even necessary for a birthday?!). I mentally note to never organise a party again and I, of course, have a fantastic time celebrating with loved ones to then proceed to quickly forgetting these pre-party mental promises; the whole cycle thus repeats itself.

This year was no exception. Being one year older (and obstensibly wiser!) the plan was to downsize to a small celebration with close friends out for breakky (my favourite meal when dining out!) – somewhere picturesque with decent flat white coffees that would enable us to watch the slow and non-existent Summer sun rise over London … Slowly, somehow, like the fiancee that promises never become a bridezilla, that casual laid back breakfast morphed into a decadent Chanel Inspired Champagne Breakfast at the Wolseley, a beautiful and rather classy restaurant in Green Park next to the Ritz in London. Perhaps it was my plan all along and who was I kidding, getting guests to come at 6am to watch the sun rise on a Saturday OR a perfect flat white in London? Wasn’t going to happen and doesn’t really exist 😛

Breakfast at the Wolseley London

With help from Winnie (remember, here), a talented and aspiring event stylist, we worked on a simple, classy and fun theme for the Champagne breakfast that incorporated my love for shopping and slight obsession weakness for Chanel.  Gone was the simple laid back image of rockin’ up in jeans and a tee and in its place was a sharp black and white dress code and table setting (I really must stop watching those reruns of the KimHumpries Kardashian wedding) combined with creatively styled happy yellow tulips and vibrant fuscia gerberas.

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Chanel party

These gorgeous custom hand made decorative bottles/vases below were created especially for my Chanel themed Champagne breakfast by Vanessa, creator and owner of Colour & Twine (from Melbourne), who uses twine to lovingly hand craft these vases. Colour & Twine have a range of different sized bottles in an array of simple traditional twine colours with pops of neon pink and yellow (the signature look) to an assortment of soft sherbet hues in various shapes and sizes. It’s truly amazing how they instantly brighten up a room, a tableside or desk on their own as well as functionally house blooms for wedding table arrangements or add that unique touch like they did for me at a lunch or dinner party. Check out Colour&Twine’s gorgeous range of photos via Colour&Twine on FB.

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Colour&twine vases

 I was really pleased with the service at the Wolseley. The staff were courteous and accommodating and the quality of the breakfast speaks for itself from the photos. It’s a slightly posh place to have breakfast in comparison to the usual casual cafes we’re used back in Melbourne but for a special occasion, it doesn’t disappoint. The specialty coffees were surprisingly decent and my favourite dish was a proper fruit salad which contained exotic fruits like Dragon fruit that I haven’t seen in the past 3 years since coming to London. Continue reading

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