Mister Zimi leather jacket, 3.1 Phillip Lim tee (from my-wardrobe.com), J Brand Houlihan cargo pants, Zara heels

I often describe my style as model off duty. Sans the model.  Though I feel as if a leggy blonde could get away with this outfit more easily than myself. The rest of us ordinary people have to work harder to be able to pull off the same thing. Something like this just seems too simple that I feel the need to rely on other elements like makeup, hair, heels and accessories to make up for the lack of skinny pins (not that I have done that here though, hypocrite).

I took these photos with Christine (who I met during MBFWA backstage at Watson x Watson) in between some time out at our shoot on Saturday. If you've been following me on Facebook or Instagram, you'll know I had the opportunity to style my very first photoshoot for the UNSW Photo Club. Let's just say I have a huge respect for full time stylists. It's a tough job. Sourcing pieces, formulating the creative direction, pulling enough options in case something doesn't go quite right on the day, taping shoes - I'm about to embark on the task of returns... all without a car (hooray for public transport). It took a lot more work than I had initially anticipated, but definitely worth it. I'll be sure to post the fruits of my labor in the coming weeks.

Photos by Christine Ai


  1. LOVE the phillip lim tee! need some of the kapow series in my life, very cool look u have here :)


  2. Wow, you look awesome! Love the statement tee haha :)

    Trendy Teal

  3. Love this! You're looking as amazing as ever :)


  4. LOL i agree how difficult it is to do styling jobs without a car!!! You look great Mel! :) Model off duty indeed!

    Nora Finds

  5. Wow you look AMAZING!
    You look very modelish to me :)
    That tee is perfection, seriously want to steal it from you now

  6. Mel!! <3 <3
    I haven't commented on your blog in forever.
    So yup, it is once again time to bug you with an insanely long comment. Heehee :D

    Your style is definitely model off dutyesque. And you're definitely adorabley awesomely fantastic enough to be a model. (But wait. Who wants to be a model? All they do is wear clothes and eat lettuce. You're cooler than that!!) :D

    That 3.1 Phillip Lim tee is too fun.
    All the fun and bright colors of a comic book without the time spent poring over one. Win? Most definitely!
    I love the way you paired the funky bright colors with the simple leather jacket, gray jeans (oooh I like the zippers!), and elegant black heels.
    Work it giiiiiirl :)

    Oooooooooh styling a photoshoot?
    That's soooooo cool!
    I bet you did an awesome job and I can't WAIT to see the photoshoot!

    Have an awesome week sweetie!
    Good luck with making those returns!
    Keep on being your lovely self <3

    The Ace of Hearts

  7. That shirt, so good! I've had one experience of taping shoes... never again. Respect!

  8. Can I just say, I TOTALLY AGREE with you about the hard work involved with being a stylist. I'm styling a shoot tomorrow for a student photographer's folio thing and man, trying to get loans definitely nearly drove me crazy! Much prefer the styling when the pieces are already provided for :) haha in any case, can't wait to see the shoot you did!! xxx

  9. you look amazing! that tee is so much fun, can't wait to see your future posts!