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!

32. Museu de Belles Arts de València city or arts and sciences

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27. Valencia fatons and horchata orxata28. breakfast in valencia old town

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

Granada from Melia hotel

Granada Spain old down

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 Styling Session: Share your Alexander Wang Diego with your mum!

Um, can somebody please tell me how it’s Easter this weekend already? Because according to me, I just came back from a quick holiday home to Oz in Jan and Easter, well that was meant to be ages away! Now they say that time flies when you’re having fun and I agree to some degree but I believe the more realistic saying is: ‘Time flies when you’re busy’ and a busy bee I’ve been lately indeed! I’ve been holding a few styling and shopping sessions with clients on top of the usual 9-5 and am now in the midst of planning European travel adventures with friends for Summer (Note ‘Summer’ is a mythical concept at this stage as it’s still snowing right now, what the?!).

My good friend Kaz’s brother and his girlfriend have moved to London recently from Melbourne too so it has been lovely having company and helping them transition their lives to this crazy cosmopolitan city that is London like we did those years ago. Chatting with them actually prompted me to post photos from a day where I did a fun little shoot in the ‘burbs with Kaz’s family with the intention of showcasing the fact that styling doesn’t stop once you have kids and get older but stays with you for life and I love the fact that Kaz and her stylish mum share an interest in fashion and get away with sharing clothes, accessories and designer bags.

TSM Rag & Bone Newbury Boots

Kaz and I often text each other lamenting over our shared curse of shopaholicalism and that we have friends who are lucky to have been born sans the shop lusting gene (hmm, apparently they term it self restraint). Kaz and I met years ago working in fashion retail at Saba so it was inevitable that we bonded over clothes, sneaky back room coffees and venting about cray cray customers. Kaz has a fantastic eye for fashion and is a style inspiration herself so when we went shopping this day, we both immediately agreed that this top, albeit from a high street store we hadn’t shopped in for ages, would be the perfect little knit for Autumn. I’d also just picked up this bright fuchsia scarf on sale at Country Road so using her existing wardrobe, I put a little casual, walk your dog and meet friends for brunch outfit together for the post.

TSM Rag & Bone Classic Newbury Boots black booties

TSM Alexander Wang Diego Bucket Bag Rose Gold Kaz Seduce blue juice knit

Tobes was just so handsome after a recent haircut I just had to add this pic in too!
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T-Styled Me tip: Sometimes the thought of wearing a cropped knit can be a little uncomfortable for fear or emphasising the stomach area but a neat idea to overcome this is to pop a longer collared shirt underneath or a loose, longer tee like I did here with Kaz to create length in the torso and to create a casual layered look that emphasised the split black detailing and to break up the monochrome look, always pop some colour via way of a scarf or statement necklace to draw attention to the face.

TSM Layered speckled top from Seduce

TSM Alexander Wang Diego Bucket Bag Rose Gold

I love dropping by Kaz’s place for dinner. Mama Kaz teaches me everything I need to know about Chinese cooking and we often have an after dinner tea, gossip session and discuss the next handbag we’ve got our eye on :) My Balenciaga from here was actually inspired by Mama Kaz’ vintage Balenciaga city that I have drooled over for years.

TSM Alexander Wang Diego Bucket Bag Kaz mum

Although Kaz’s mum is more petite framed compared to Kaz, they can often share tops, shoes and handbags which I think is a great way to expand your own wardrobe if you both have similar tastes. Love these picture below of these gorgeous gals! Thanks for letting me play dress ups with you both :)

TSM Mum and daughter

Outfit Details (Kaz)

Outfit Details (Mama Kaz)

  • Ambercrombie Jeans
  • Saba Cropped Blazer
  • Coach Ballet Flats

And with Mama Kaz’s permission, I took a few snaps with the gorgeous vintage Balenciaga bag!

TSM H&M Balenciaga city bag house of harlow pyramid necklace Nicholas heels

TSM H&M Balenciaga city bag house of harlow pyramid necklace

TSM H&M Balenciaga city bag

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TSM Black labrador puppyHope this may have inspired you Aussies for your upcoming Autumn and to also have a nosey around your mum’s closet for any goodies too!

Thanks for reading,

Tien xo

TSM Styling Session: How to Wear Faux Fur – Shoreditch Street Style

So, is fur like sticking around or what? I’m kind of hoping is does because as I sit here and type, the attractive weather lady informs me more snow is forecast across Britain tonight and I for one don’t really care if fur is in or not because I’m kind of fantasising about some sort of ugg suit that I can work in tomorrow … Ok, so that would be a bit hideous and it really isn’t that cold compared to other parts of Europe right now but I did need reinforcement by means of my faux fur gillet today underneath my coat as an extra layer and it worked a toasty treat (sweating on the tube, well that’s another story).

Irrespective of your personal attitudes towards fur (faux or otherwise) I’m sure it’s crossed your mind at some point, especially if you’re graced with sub zero temperatures, that the girl wearing that fur coat looks damn warm and you just want to reach out and stroke her. Ok, maybe that’s just me but fur’s one of those things that you kind of love to hate and can’t help but be curious about what you’d look like in it.

I never expected to own a fur gillet or coat when I lived in Australia but the moment Winter hit London, I made a run for the shops and lined myself with I guess fake animal hair?! I wondered whether there would be any need to wear fur upon my return to Australia and I thought to myself, why not do a styling session on fur gillets that can be worn transeasonally :) We know you can wear fur jackets with jeans and boots but what about a fur vest paired with a dress for Spring? My friend Banana, originally from Melbourne as well, let me style her in a faux fur gillet in a fun and quirky way.

As with all the styling sessions, let’s get to know a little more about Banana!

Banana’s Profile Stats

  • Banana’s Height:  Approx 5 ft 1” (1.57m)
  • Skin tone: Fair
  • Build: Petite
  • Body shape: Rectangle Refer to this post if you need a reminder
  • General Clothing size: Size XS – Small UK/AUS 6-8.
  • Lifestyle: Busy with travels: – This lil travel bug is making the most of her time in London by travelling and conquering Europe on the weekends
  • Shopping preference: Needs basis
  • Shopping frequency: Purchases every few months and gurl loves sale time.
  • Style Preference: Fun, quirky and lover of prints and graphics
  • Personality (in three words): Creative, happy & positive (All in my opinion!)

Banana’s Styling criteria

  • For this styling session, Banana had no criteria and allowed me free ‘artistic’ range – She modelled for me to practice my styling skills and I wanted to play with graphics, colours and geeky fun accessories with an slightly edgier look  than usual.

Banana’s unique topshop dress looks great as a flowly billowy dress but I wanted to tailor the look by adding a wide belt to define the waist and show off the extension of Banana’s petite yet long slim legs. Adding heeled booties without the usual black tights shows them off even more and I thought it’d be fun to throw on a faux fur gillet over a sleeveless dress.

We added fun faux glasses, accessories and my Chloe Partay bag to match the dress and to tie in the three colours of the outfit for a little bit more funk.

Photos taken by me and Kylee – Thanks Banana! You look like you could be in Stockholm street style blog :)

Outfit Details

  • Old Topshop dress (alternative here)
  • Old Witchery Belt (similar her)
  • Old Zara Booties (New season here)
  • Halston Heritage Faux Fur Fest (similar here)
  • Medium Chloe Paraty Suede Bag
  • COS Necklace

A gorgeous alternative to these Zara boots that would look awesome with this outfit the the Senso Cut out Qimats!

 

TSM Outfit Post: Camilla & Marc ‘True Love’ Secret Garden Print Dress

St Kilda Beach holds a special place in my heart and for those of you who live in Melbourne you’ll know that there are plenty more picturesque, family friendly and safe beaches around the coastline and up North but for me, it was the place where the romance began for my boyfriend and I (wooOoo) :) I distinctly remember escaping the unbearable heat studying for our end of year exams at Melbourne Uni and rewarding ourselves after the sun went down with gelato from 7 Apples and more gelato from Trampoline as we chatted and joked by the sand down St Kilda beach. Geez, that seems like a life time ago!

On a 37 degree day back in Melbourne a few weeks ago, we found ourselves turning the aircon up on high and driving back down there for the only thing that I could think of eating on such a hot day: Ice-cream! I can never decide on what flavours to get; there’s way too much choice and the flavours all sound so delicious. In the end I tend to mix it up with a fruity sorbet and decadent chocolate based flavour. I gobbled down my Green Apple and Fererro Roche gelati before we even reached the beach and took a walk down memory lane …

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It’s not often that I can say this but I think I had a near perfect weekend :) My bf planned a surprise weekend getaway for us to York (2 hrs train ride north of London) which turned out to be the perfect medicine for my niggling cold and the perfect way to unwind and de-stress from the crazy that is our lives at the moment. There’s nothing more I like than a good massage and spa day so I was very spoilt to be treated to a 2 hour session at the Cedar hotel & Spa. I can’t remember the last time I had a facial – It must have been two and a half years ago (hmm, is that bad?!) and it was my first time getting body wrap. Has anyone else ever had one of these? I’m sure it has softened and improved my skin but I can’t help but think the best part of the treatment was when I finally had the chance to wash off all the “magical algae” 😛

Here are a few pictures from my weekend away and some of my favourite pics reblogged from my tumblr:

The beautiful town of Yorkshire where we enjoyed Sunday Roast with Yorkshire pudding in a local home styled cafe. While my bf prefers fine dining, I love home-styled casual family run restaurants that have hearty delicious food, comfortable settings and friendly service.

OOTD: Walking around in 1 degrees C in York: Tophsop Supersoft skinnies, Warehouse shirt, Topshop cardigan, Alexa Mulberry and Stuart Weitzman boots that are very warm!

Amen! I love this quote of the day – I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and I highly recommend taking time out of your hectic life to ensure that you have time to savour and enjoy it with those who you love! 

Tien xo

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It started snowing across parts of Europe this weekend and it was FREEZING in London! Winter and Christmas is creeping up way too early for my liking. I’m in a state of denial though because despite Christmas decorations in full swing on Oxford Street and Regent St and daylights savings this weekend, I’m still hoping for an Indian Summer. Deluded much? Don’t worry, I definitely got my reality check shivering in very low temperatures over the past few days!

Here’s what I got up to on the weekend and my fave pics from Tumblr / Instagram / through my iphone:

 Reblogged from Tumblr: I’m taking note for Winter: Thermals, layering and thick coats and capes.

Reblogged from Tumblr: Loving the high top wedge sneakers and am considering getting a pair for Winter. What do you think?

TSM instagram (@tstyledme): You know when it’s cold, there’s only one thing to do right? Stay inside and eat eat eat! Goodman has the best truffle chips and steak in London I’ve decided – if you get a chance, definitely try the steak here!

TSM iPhone Snap: Love the idea of a warm knitted scarf with a pop of colour this Winter. Came across this one from Anthropolgie and am considering knitting (i.e asking a friend to knit) one of these and having fun with the colour combinations.

TSM iPhone Snap: This was my casual rugged up weekend look. I’m currently on the lookout for a hat and a beanie to keep my head nice and warm. I wore: Viparo Leather skirt, Topshop Chambray shirt, Zara Fur Parka, Warehouse necklace, Zara Messenger Bag and Stuart Weitzman boots.

How did you stay warm for Winter or for those in Europe, what are your Winter wardrobe inspirations this season? I hope wherever you’re reading this it’s nice and warm! Have a great week guys 😉

Tien xo 

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I spent the ENTIRE weekend eating and drinking – I kid you not. It started off with burgers and fries on Friday night and it all went downhill from there. Brunch at Borough Market on Saturday (Fish wrap, roast pork roll and carrot cake demolished) was followed by a delicious and filling Turkish dinner at Mem and Laz and cocktails at Wax Jumba (in Angel). Somehow, a box of Cheezels also found its way into my stomach as a late night snack. So today being Sunday, there really was no point in being healthy right? So we stuffed ourselves at Dim Sum (a.ka. Yum Cha or as I like to call it ‘Chinese Tapas’) and just to top off the fact that I couldn’t be bothered cooking, we ordered pizza for Sunday night’s dinner and watched the X Factor UK. A detox is definitely on the cards this week!

Here are my 5 fave pics from my tumblr and instagram (@tstyledme) this week

Reblogged from Tumblr: Love love love the Balenciaga Mules

On the way to Borough Market and dinner that night at Mem & Laz.

On the way to Dim Sum today. T-Styled her bf in Zara trousers, Ted Baker Shirt, Ted Baker knit, Zara Leather Jacket and Paul Smith sneakers 😛

It wasn’t THAT cold today but I definitely felt a chill in the air so I started the Autumn layering process nice and early. Outfit: Topshop jeans and sweater, Saba Jacket, Office Suede Wedges, Mulberry Alexa, House of Harlow necklace and ring and Jago Scarf from the Netherlands.

Hugs from my friends have definitely helped me get through this working week. Work has been manic and it hasn’t been uncommon to eat lunch at 3pm at my desk and rely on coffee to get through the mornings. Take out dinners all week long have been also uncharacteristic for me. I’ve succumbed to the unhealthy stress cycle: Stress, eat badly, feel guilty and low about eating badly and stress some more. If you guys have any tips on how you deal with stress in your life I would love to hear it! My aim this week is try to get back into a eating healthy routine, drink more water and get more sleep.

I hope you all have a lovely and stress free week ahead of you!

Tien xo

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Here are my 5 five pics from my tumblr & instragam this week !

Reblogged from tumblr: I love no. 3 the most – Smiling is contagious – try it out on a work colleague. I promise you’ll it work!

TSM iPhone Snap: What I wore on the weekend: H&M necklace, H&M t-shirt, Topshop Burgundy Jeans, Zara Vest, Alexander Marion bag, Marc Jacobs Rose Gold Watch, House of Harlow Ring, Hermes bracelet and  and I’m contemplating this Zara jacket and Zara boots to complete the oufit when Winter comes along! What do you think?

TSM iPhone Snap: Shopping in London this weekend. Lovin the old school perfume bottles from Anthropologie – Does anyone know how you’re meant to transfer your perfume into those bottles though?

TSM instagram: Not sure if they have these in Oz but I love the Vaseline range in London. They’re always bringing out special edition flavours like Creme Brulee and this new one Pink bubbly Champagne flavour. I have the green Aloe Vera on my bedside table and I love the smell (and price!)

Reblogged from Tumblr: These Martin Margiela shoes cost $660 USD. I just had to include this pic to make you laugh – Is it me or does anyone else think it’s ridiculous to voluntarily spend money to achieve camel toe?

Have a great week guys! I have a huge week coming up with a lot of exciting experiences I can’t wait to share with you when the working week is over :)

Tien xo

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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