better together.

A matching two piece has always been on the list for its obvious advantages. Two pieces that can be worn independently of one another but paired together to create an unexpected matchy-matchy look. Cost per wear makes a two piece set an attractive investment and especially when it's monochrome and oversized (and I can't overlook the mesh detail on the shorts).

For the most subtle offsetting of colour (not that you can really call it that) and probably my favourite shade pairing, I went for the very predictable black and navy in the form of this cool little leather clutch from the relatively new Young the Label. These sisters make some uber chic weekenders, totes, clutches and coin purses focusing on sleek lines and architectural detailing.

I've just wrapped up my first week of full time work and I am absolutely exhausted not to mention I've had no time/ energy to exercise. I've had incredibly long days (usually starting around 8:30 and finishing at 6:30) with a 90 minute commute each way. Now I know why people make such a big deal about the weekends. Having worked in retail for three years, I at last seeing the light. Enjoy your weekend lovers.

Shot by Andrea Lee 

one of the boys.

Antipodium shirt, Karen Walker sunglasses, YSL compact, Michael Kors watch, Tom Gunn brogues.

Thank god for menswear because without it we wouldn't have menswear inspired womenswear. After finally realised that I never truly outgrew my inner tomboy at the age of 10 I've noticing just how much of my wardrobe is pulled from menswear - the button up shirts, loafers, aviators, oversized sweaters, chinos, caps. Having a revelation about my personal style and my collection of menswear inspired womenswear (which also explains why I'm allergic to heels). Maybe Jack and I have more in common style wise than I initially thought. Over the last few months I've been bombarded with terms like wingtip, break/ no break, ticket pocket, unstructured, peak/ notched lapels that I feel like when Jack talks about his tailored suits he's speaking a foreign language. Who would have thought menswear could be so complicated? 

For your first foray into menswear inspired womenswear, you can always count on J Crew to deliver. Impeccable tailoring, luxe fabrics, styles taken from the boys but with feminine sensibility. I can't rave on enough about my boy shirt which is one of the best purchases I've made all year and cost me all of $85. As far as shoes goes, I'm currently obsessed with Tom Gunn. I've always had a thing for petrol green (in my opinion the most underrated colour) and I love seeing someone putting this hue to good use. And in other breaking news, here I am finding myself attracted to yet another leopard print accessory. Something's happening to me!


Do you know how hard it is for a 5'3 girl to find a tee shift dress that doesn't make you look like you're four again and wearing your dad's clothes? The number of shifts I've tried on only to be utterly disappointed because the hem hits mid calf and the shape does absolutely nothing for my frame, is too many times to count. I was pleasantly surprised when I took a chance on this digi-floral print shift and shock horror it actually fit. Or at least I think it's a shift. It could just be an oversized tee for tall girls. Props to you Kristi Rose, I found my needle in a haystack.

Speaking of shifts, if you stalk me on social media you'll know I landed my first full time job as a marketing/ PR coordinator. I can't believe how quickly everything's changed since my last post. Unsure about the future and what I wanted to do with my degree, worried about finding a job and here I am, after a week out of uni and already diving straight into 9 - 5 life. Transitioning between part time retail and my new job has been tougher than I initially thought especially when you tell your new employer you can work every day that you're not at your current job. I think I'm up to 11 days straight of work and I'm fast turning into a zombie. Kids, don't try this at home.

blue jeans.

Blue has always been one of my favourite colours even since I was a little girl. I was a tomboy at heart and my mother had painted my room a pale pink. It took some persistence but I managed to get it painted a nice sky blue (similar shade to Andy's room sans the clouds which now that I think about it would have been a great idea) and I forced my mum to only buy me bed sheets that are blue. To this day she's still kept her word. 

I still gravitate towards blues, navy and everything in between. Blue is basically the colour of my wardrobe (excluding black of course). Even the colour way of my pretty little Pashli is actually called denim. Speaking of denim, I've said it before but these Skin 5's are the perfect fit jeans. Resisting the urge to buy them in every other colour despite the fact it's (for the majority) far too warm to wear skin tight clothes. There's also nothing quite like a classic, clean, blue button up. Always appropriate, always fresh. Jack's intense growing interest in menswear has had a subconscious effect on my choices also. Crisp shirts, polished loafers. He's definitely giving me a run for my money in the fashion department. When he gets his tailored suits back, I'll prove it. 

Image by Christine Ai

it's not over.

It's official. After seventeen years, my formal education comes to an end... that is until I decide to return and do a postgrad degree. But none of that right now. Officially at the end of one chapter of your life and figuring out how to write another is a scary feeling. I've pictured the moment I finish university ever since I was in primary school and it was a little bit of a letdown. I've become accustomed to this uni/ work balance that I know nothing else. What exactly is relaxing? What do I do with all my spare time? *twiddles thumbs* All those readings, study notes, assignments, late nights, early mornings are no more. I can come home after work, jump into bed and not feel guilty about catching up on the Bachelor or the NBA. It's a glorious feeling. Until you realise you can't just continue your post-uni lifestyle without taking on responsibility.

The next step is trying to put that degree to good use. The job market isn't the greatest and that means grad positions are super competitive. For me, I'm still trying to figure out whether to go down PR or marketing, whether to stay in fashion or branch out. While I'm figuring all that out, I decided to treat yo self to a congratulationsonfinishingyourdegree present, a-la this Pashli mini (thank you generously for the donation ATO). I've had a close eye on the Pashli ever since it became the it-bag and I'm in need of an everyday cross body so I figure it was time I invested in one. I thought this denim colourway would be a good contrast to my darker wardrobe hues of navy and blue. Full outfit tomorrow!

Image by Christine Ai

off to the races.

Wish dress, Lack of Color hat, Alexander Wang heels, Comme des Garcons pochette.

I've never been to the races, nor do I think I'd actually enjoy it. Sometime about heels sinking into the grass and betting on a horse with the likelihood of losing (I think betting is a terrible way of throwing away money for no reason. At the very least save your coin for lunch). I assume a majority of the race-goers aren't that interested in horse racing either, they just want an excuse to dress up. Fair enough. Here's mine. Wish asked me to take part in their style challenge and I selected this little monochromatic number for the occasion. I don't think you've seen me in a dress before (I can't actually remember the last time I saw myself in one either) so here are to witness this groundbreaking occasion. I was drawn to the back detail and cut-outs, skirt splits and contrast panels and decided to put my own spin on Spring racing. I'm not used to the whole dress/ heels girly get up so I took it down a notch with a black hat (we are truly inseparable) and a smidge of red lipstick to match my CDG clutch. Tiff says I still managed to inject this look with my 'tomboy' style which sounds like I accomplished my mission. Racewear, my way. 

Shot and edited by Christine Ai.

PS. I'm going to start embedding songs that inspire the title of my posts. This one's from my girl crush Lana.