T-Styled Me’s Insta Tumblr Round up: Happy snaps from Paris

Why haven’t I posted on my weekend travels to Lyon and Paris last week I hear you ask? Well funny story that – You’ll find it amusing to know that I did bring my camera to France only to realise on the first day that I’d left the memory card at home (still plugged into the SD reader to my laptop, of course). Annoying as that were, I popped into Fmac to buy a new one and managed to take a few photos of dinner on our first night. Second morning, rocked up at the Le Halles de Lyon (Paul Bocuse Food market) only to discover I’d left the camera on the entire night and the battery had died! Massive.Fail. I was so annoyed at myself. You’re probably thinking ‘Well… at least you had your iphone to take photos right?!’ Nope, wrong again. I also managed to leave my phone at home; I only realised upon arrival at the airport. Fail.fail.fail. You’d think after travelling veteran by now and have this packing thing down pat but no, even I continue to surprise myself!

Here are a few pictures I managed to take with my bf’s phone:

Still at awe at how French women stay so slim when such rich and decadent food is always at their disposal …

Dessert at Paul Bocuse’s 3 Michelin starred Restaurant in Lyon

I loved the coloured walls and cobble stone pathways of old town Lyon

Dinner with friends in Paris – We had such a good time catching up and visiting the Parisian Flea markets together :)

I believe the Christmas tree at Galleries Lafayette gets bigger and brigher each year. This is the third consecutive year that I’ve taken this photo x

Last minute decision to go with the blue – Thanks for all your comments and helping me decide :) As my friends have noticed, this is a huge and heavy ring!

The highly coveted Celine Trapeze handbag – I couldn’t stand the ‘side flaps’ initially but I must say it has definitely grown on me (and the fact that you can adjust the bag so they fold inwards).

Dessert and wine were mandatory for each meal … Soooo.good.take.me.back.please!

I think I’ll definitely need to invest in a photo like this one for my future house to remind me of all the fabulous Parisian memories over the years ..

I hope you enjoyed my snaps from the good old iphone and have a great week!

Tien xo

TSM Outfit post: A Heston Dinner Date in Printed Silk Trousers

They say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach and I’m inclined to think this certainly is the case with my boyfriend. While I’d prefer to spend discretionary funds on clothes and jewellery, my boyfriend’s preference would be to spend it on trialling different restaurants and dining at Michelin starred restaurants so when our anniversary reared its head a few weeks ago, I knew that the usual photo collages, cufflinks and scrapbooks that worked in previous years wouldn’t really bring that sparkle to his eyes the way that a surprise dining experience at Heston’s second Michelin starred restaurant, Dinner at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel, would so I booked in date night a few months in advance.

We had the fortune of eating at Heston’s 3 Michelin starred restaurant ‘Fat Duck’ earlier in the year and were keen to compare it to ‘Dinner’ ever since it’s highly anticipated opening in 2011. Dinner’s menu is based on Heston’s ‘Feast’ series with each dish on the menu was referenced to a historic time period and was inspired by cooking methods and recipes found from the archives of the British Library.

While the mains missed the wow factor for me (we chose steak and the fish), we both agreed that meat fruit and the tipsy pineapple cake (that I kept incorrectly calling the Tipple cake) were the main stars of the ‘Dinner’ Show:

Looks like a real mandarin doesn’t it? The meat fruit (chicken parfait)’s resemblance to the fruit was extremely impressive and we were equally satisfied with the light, creamy feathery texture once we cut into it and I loved the slightly citric tang from the mandarin jelly exterior with the grilled sourdough toast.

I was advised by a work colleague to order the signature pineapple tipsy cake well in advance (it takes 40 mins to prepare) and to definitely share it with someone because of it’s rich texture. Sharing? Biggest mistake of my night. I loved loved loved the rich cream filled brioche that had be baked and basted in sugar syrup that I really could have easily finished it off by myself. It can only be described as heaven in your mouth sprinkled with just the right amount of sweetness. The side pineapple slice spit roasted to provide a fruity grilled contrast and was the perfect accompaniment to the cake. One of the best desserts I have ever tasted! Continue reading

TSM’s Parisian Lust List: YSL Arty Oval Glass Ring

I’m heading to Lyon for two days and then up to Paris for the weekend to meet friends who are currently holidaying there from Australia and I, for one, cannot wait for this long weekend to begin so I can start indulging in the culinary capital that is Lyon!

As you know I’ve been on a shopping ban, for good reason, for a few weeks now (feels like a lifetime) and I feel that there might be a relapse on the horizon given my terrible weakness and track record previously in Paris. I blame it on the baguettes, beautiful boutiques, sexy accent and all the beautifully dressed women of Paris!

I’ve been eyeing the YSL Arty Oval Gold Plated Glass rings for well over a year now. The biggest reason why I haven’t picked one up yet is because I feel as though every person I know owns one of these and therefore, in my warped mind, the appeal diminishes. Obviously I’m exaggerating and this statement ring is still a designer piece of costume jewellery that not everyone has the luxury to afford but it is definitely a highly recognisable item, especially in the blogisphere and I fear that my ‘jewellery judgement’ has been clouded by the fact that it’s so popular. I just have a weird thing about knowing that I have a good eye for unique jewellery and I don’t want to regret investing in it for the wrong reasons.

The fact that I keep trying them on and debating which colour I would choose at every given opportunity leads me to believe that I actually do have a genuine attraction to the design and aesthetic of these brightly coloured glass rings despite being grossly  saturated in the market. I can see myself having a lot of fun with them and possibly getting addicted to collecting colours!

Coupled with the fact that YSL’s new head Hedi Slimane has shaken things up at YSL by changing the whole direction and look of its designs to more of a Celine-esque black sleek and minimal feel, the new SLP (Saint Laurent Paris) from what I have read is getting rid of the well known colourful and cheery coloured chyc bags, clutches and accessories to make way for more core classic (black) designs with heftier price tags. I’m now more keen then ever to get my hands on one of these statement rings before they too are *poof* gone from the classics collection …

Please help! Which colour should I choose? I’m leaning towards the dark blue or possibly a black? Yay or nay? Do you own one and which colour(s) do you have?

I’ll be away from my blog while I’m on holidays but you can always follow me through FB and add me on instagram: @tstyledme :)

TSM Answered: Where do I find the Perfect Blazer ?

Anonymous Asked: 

Hi Tien! I hope you can help me. I’m looking for ideas for blazers that I can wear casually. Do you have any suggestions where I should start looking and how I style it besides wearing it with jeans ?

T-Styled Me Answered:

I have to admit that I have a weakness for blazers and can never seem to say no to a well tailored one! It’s versatility grants it ‘investment wardrobe statement’ status in my books which means it’s okay to have multiples and the best part about having one is that you can smarten up almost any outfit instantly by popping on a blazer.

If this is your first time getting a blazer, think about the type of look you want. If it is a classic one, start with a neutral colour, preferably a black or a navy for Winter and white or grey for Summer with some detailing (e.g gold buttons, silk lining in the sleeves). When I was back in Melbourne, we went shopping for a blazer and found a really gorgeous and well cut blazer from Willow. I’d highly recommend starting with Zara thought if you’re looking for an affordable option  I own at least two from there and can vouch that they are of good quality, have a flattering cut on all sizes and come a range of colours and styles. If you have broad shoulders, I would suggest opting for the jersey blazer which has more elastane in it to provide more flexibility across the shoulders and avoid shoulder pads/ puffy shoulder detailing.

 Above: Blazer with shoulder detailing from Zara

 Above: Zara Jersey Blazer in Navy

 For a preppy look try Ralph Lauren and if you’re after varying lengths and colours, I’d giveTopshop and H&M a go but be wary that their cuts can be slightly big / loose so make sure you try it on for fit first.

As for styling a blazer, you can pop a blazer practically anything! They look great over a pretty floral dress, over with a silk top and bandage skirt, with denim cut-offs and booties or belted with printed trousers. I do think they look best with a simple tee, jeans and a nice pair of heels – With an item like this, the skies your limit and not much thought is required!

I recently bought another blazer (eep!) from Ted Baker after styling it on a client and decided to buy one for myself but had a lot of trouble deciding between colours! After asking my bf for the 100th time which colour to choose and presenting him with my arguments for both, to his relief, I made a decision and opted for a Summery Blush one with rose gold buttons to contrast the three other black blazers in my closet (I was this close to adding another one to the gang!). I wore it on the weekend to a friend’s birthday dinner and drinks paired with shorts and heels.

Elizabeth & James Shelly Silk Embroidered Hart of Dixie ted baker pale pink jacket

 My Outfit

Where have you bought your blazers from and would recommend?

TSM Styling Session: Momo does smart casual

Does your workplace have ‘Casual Fridays’? My department does casual Fridays unofficially and I say unofficially because half the department still suits up while the other half (like me) takes full advantage of the situation by wearing jeans. The plan to continue to do so until we get told otherwise 😛

My previous workplace in Melbourne used to hold training seminars and offsites with a ‘business’ or ‘smart casual’ dress code often with the cavent of “no ripped jeans.” I always giggled at such an obvious exclusion; the thought of the Partners of the firm whipping out their ripped gardening jeans and slashed t-shirts was ludicrous. My colleagues and I would always deliberate on what to wear (strength in numbers or something like that), conscious of coming across as ‘too casual’ and drawing attention for the wrong reasons. Secretly I thought it was all a conspiracy to scare us into wearing business attire to be honest but in retrospect there may have been a bit too much paranoia on my part back in those days but that doesn’t mean it’s still easy to decide what to wear on casual Fridays…

My friend Momo shared a similar gripe a few weeks back about not really knowing what or how to dress on ‘smart casual’ Fridays so I thought it the perfect opportunity to do a TSM styling session with her and put together an outfit she could wear on a casual Friday. As with all my styling session, let’s get in context and get to know Momo a little better:

Momo’s Profile Stats:

  • Momo’ Height:  5 ft 4” (1.65m)
  • Skin tone: Medium (on the tanned side)
  • Build: Slim
  • Body shape: Rectangular. Refer to this post if you need a reminder
  • General Clothing size: Size Extra Small (XS) i.e UK/AUS 6
  • Lifestyle: Busy and active – Momo is career oriented often working long hours, loves spontaneous travelling trips (NY in particular), drinking bubbly and running.
  • Shopping preference: Wants basis
  • Shopping frequency: Frequently with purchases on average fortnightly.
  • Style Preference: Classic and definitely loves her designer brands
  • Personality (in three words): Smart, professional and uniquely-Momo xx

Momo’s Criteria:

Momo felt she always wore the same routine outfit each Friday: black jeans, black flats and a knit top. While she claimed she didn’t have anything in her wardrobe to wear, I begged to differ because the day I had the opportunity to review Momo’s wardrobe, I felt the need to knock some sense in her. She has a fantastic wardrobe that had ME drooling! It was filled with great basics, colourful accessories, bold statement jewellery (nod of approval) and shoes and handbags galore. Here’s the outfit I put together using Momo’s wardrobe:

Momo works in a very corporate environment; regularly consulting for external clients so keeping in mind the professional context, I put Momo in a pair of smart jeans to demonstrate that it’s ok to wear blue denim in the office on casual Fridays and how to dress them up to a chic and corporate level by adding a pair of heels and a smart fitted jacket/blazer. The striped top inside was a causual piece that Momo would usually only wear in Summer with shorts but by teaming it up with the fitted jacket and heels this instantly brought a bit of personality to the otherwise neutral outfit.

Depending on how casualness of your work environment, accessorise your outfit accordingly. For Momo’s professional enviornment, I added the ever classy YSL artsy cocktail ring to match her closed toe patent leather heels. I personally can never bring myself to wear open toe-d shoes in the office no matter how hot or relaxed a workplace is and I think it’s just a personal preference or that fact that I came from a relatively conservative work environment starting out. We added a chunky chain bracelet that I know Momo loves but doesn’t wear nearly enough to tie in the colours of her jacket and top and kept the rest of her jewellery minimal. Continue reading

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