TSM Styling Session: Bringing a ray of sunshine into your life – How to wear Yellow

Growing up with an Asian background, I was taught to avoid wearing the colour yellow given my already ‘yellow’ skin but more and more I find myself drawn to wearing these various shades: Gold, earthy creams, brassy olives and warm mustards and I even noticed that my taste in jewellery has slowly shifted from delicate silver pieces to bold statement jewellery and finer gold vintage pieces.

I’ll admit that wearing yellow can be a challenge to coordinate but while I was in Melbourne a few months ago, my friend Poosilla let me style her using the pieces she’d transferred into her new wardrobe (having recently moved into a new apartment with her fiancé) and I was pleasantly surprised to find several yellow based pieces and many brightly coloured items had surpassed the cull. I know a lot of us tend to do this: Summer tops get thrown in the Summer pile and we look at our dark Winter wardrobe and wonder why our clothes are so dull and boring and we now totally ‘have nothing to wear.’ I thought it’d be fun to pull out items which she’d purchased a few seasons back and put an outfit together that was tran-seasonal, fit her bubbly personality and lifestyle and prove that you can wear yellow, even if you have an Asian background and it’s definitely ok to wear investment styled pieces even if it’s not current stock.

As with all my online styling sessions, let’s get get to know a little more about Poosilla:

Poosilla’s Profile Stats

  • Poosilla’s Height:  Approx 5 ft 4” (1.64m)
  • Skin tone: Medium – warm
  • Build: Slim
  • Body shape: Pear/hourglass Refer to this post if you need a reminder
  • General Clothing size: Size Small – Medium  i.e UK/AUS 8-10.
  • Lifestyle: Busy and social – Poosilla works and plays hard but is guaranteed to always be up for Friday night drinks, a boogie on the dance floor and any time is latte time!
  • Shopping preference: Needs basis with the occasional splurge
  • Shopping frequency: Purchases on average every few months.
  • Style Preference: Fun, colourful and open to different styles
  • Personality (in three words): Bubbly, Social and funny (All in my opinion!)

Poosilla’s Styling criteria

  • For this styling session, Poosilla had no criteria and allowed me free ‘artistic’ range – She modelled for me to practice my styling skills and I wanted to play with unusually bold and bright colours in her wardrobe. I wanted to show that you can mix classic timeless pieces with bolder Summer or Winter pieces to obtain different looks from your existing wardrobe to avoid always having shopping for new pieces (as gratifying as that can be!)

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TSM Outfit Post: My First London Fashion Weekend

After missing out on London Fashion Weekend tickets last year, I stalked the website like   there was a crazy secret online sale on and made sure that Kylee and I got tickets for this year’s event. London Fashion Weekend is open to the public (note London Fashion Week is different and reserved for elite designers, buyers, celebrities and famous bloggers only) and this year’s event promised all that shopaholics and fashion enthusiasts could hope for: Catwalk shows, pop-up boutiques, make-up/hair stations and a Mulberry designed LFW12 tote bag filled with goodies that I was more excited about than the event itself.

However… in my haste in ordering tickets, I managed to stuff up our booking and forgot to order the LFW Mulberry Goody bag! *cries* I know what you’re thinking, it’s just a printed tote bag with a lot of freebies/goodies but you must understand, I.LOVE.FREEBIES. Samples, miniature goodies, catalogues, magazines, free food tasting at the markets, whatever it is, I want a part of it. So I was really annoyed at myself for making such a silly mistake and watched enviously as everyone picked up their bags like badges for a club – I know it could have been a lot worse; I could have turned up on the wrong day (don’t laugh, I have done that before; I have arrived a day early at the airport for my flight) and it’s fine, I’ll just just have to attend next year’s London Fashion Weekend now won’t I ? 😛

We purchased the basic set of tickets (and used a free discount code on the Internet -Win!) which included entry into the event and a catwalk show but overall, I found the ticket prices dear for what basically allowed you to shop and watch a short 15 minute catwalk show (Ticket prices ranged from £24 – £150 depending on the package purchased). The highlight of my day was just being amongst a crowd of predominantly women and girls who shared a common interest for fashion (you could tell everyone there had made an effort to dress up or down for the event) and the fact that I was in London experiencing the multitude of different styles from the high end to funky street style which is what fashion is all about.

Here are a few snaps from the day:

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TSM Outfit Post: Casual Chambray for a chilled out Weekend

I’ve been asked a lot lately about how to dress casually; most people seem to have their work and special occasion outfits down pat but struggle with inspiration for the weekend. I tend to be very casual on weekends; you’ll never find me in heels and my typical weekend (if not travelling) involves meeting friends for brunch, shopping or exploring London. I personally think a chambray shirt is a really great staple for weekend wear. I’ve had a really comfy blue shirt (not quite a chambray shirt) for over a year now that I use constantly; it works as an alternative to a cardigan, looks chic tucked into skinny jeans with boots and equally cool worn loose with a tee and leggings. It’s versatility extends beyond age barriers – particularly great for new mums to throw on when going for a walk and convenient while nursing as well.

I took a few snaps from a ‘no plans just chillin’ type weekend my bf. We spent it browsing the Whitechapel Gallery, ducking into a cafe, admiring Brick Lane Street Art and picking up an afternoon sugary snack from Old Spitafields markets in London …

I found a decent cup of coffee @ the Exmouth Coffee cafe on Whitechapel street London!

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TSM Outfit post: Zara Knit – Feeling blue and dressing in Grey

Hope you guys all had a great weekend! I spent most of my weekend avoiding my friends and spending time with my family. Before you think I’m a horrible person for doing so, I must explain that I am terrible, and I mean terrible at ‘good-byes.’ I’m known to just sneak out of a party or say, the country, without telling many people that I’m going and while it comes across as rude, inside, the thought of saying goodbye makes me tear up and if I start to cry, it gets ugly real fast – so I cowardly avoid it as much as possible.

If you haven’t been following my blog, I’ll have to explain that I visited my hometown Melbourne for a few weeks after being away in London for two years so not being back for such a long time, I basked in family love and took advantage of being spoiled by friends, relaxed with my dogs and had late night chats with my girlfriends – All things I love! To leave again and head back to London was just as hard as it was the first time but I think I’ll just have to make sure that the next time I head back for Melbourne, it will be for good!

To match the mood, I found a grey outfit post that I took in Melbourne …

These photos were taken on a wet and windy Melbourne weekend in Port Melbourne at my friend, Poosilla’s new apartment. You probably can’t tell given the weather, but the view of the beach and city skyline from her place is stunning.

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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 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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