OUTFIT POST: COBALT COORDS…

Cobalt – a chemical element with the atomic number of 27 or  a cool blue colour.  Strangely enough though, this colour like its name evokes energy, movement… electricity.  Even warmth.  In fashion, the colour has been around for a while and for us Oriental ladies it is a great shade to wear.  Actually scratch that … for any lady to wear.  I have not seen one lady wearing cobalt who does not look good and hey its definitely more interesting than wearing a black dress.  The colour just seems to brighten the complexion so for us sallow complexion ladies…(like me it is a blessing).

As I am in an adventurous mode, I stepped away from the safe zone of a LCD (little cobalt dress…I have a gorgeous one from local label What the Frock? but wanted to push it and show the current trend of matchy matchy tops and bottoms.  I found a great pants and tops set from Marks & Spencer (warning the trousers are stretchy but can be very tight fitting!!) A word of warning here, check out the size above your normal size just in case as it might be a better fit.  No camel toe please!

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COBALT COORDS…  This makes for a great change from a cobalt dress or even a trouser suit.  The top is smart enough and the trousers are sleek enough to look professional for work….

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Excited for New Work Wear Options!!  Go Bold Go Blue Go Cobalt!

Another word of warning, with slim fitting trousers such as these and in such a bright colour, make sure you do not have the bottoms too long for you.  Ideally they should skim the ankles or just cover the ankles otherwise you have a lot of material in excess and fold ups do not help maintain the silhouette!

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Does my BUM look big?  Simple accessories such as these sleek heels and my MISCHA black and white tote adds structure and balance to such a loud colourful piece…

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With a top like this…do not do what I did, forget to tie the belt and pay attention to it.  This is definitely a DON’T shot as you can see that the belt half tied makes an otherwise polished look look sloppy…

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My intention was to keep hair and accessories sleek to counterbalance my colourful clothing and also keep it work appropriate.

My hair (as you might have noticed) recently got cut and I have been wearing it curly.  However, for this shoot, I thought it would be nice to see how my new cut styles up when straightened.  I tried out the new GHD Platinum and they are awesome.  Hair was shiny and also easy to straighten.  Check them out (though they are pricey at around HK$2,500 per pop but much better than ruining your hair with cheaper imitations as my friend says…hair you wear with you every day!).  My bucket bag is from local favourite MISCHA and it really is a great city bag.  I put pretty much everything in it!!  I grabbed it in the warehouse sales but check out her current offerings to get something just as good.)

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This MISCH Bucket Bag has been a perfect city bag…

Unfortunately or well fortunately for me, I got these awesome sleek heels from Badgley Mischka at a garage sale but here is a pair from Pedro Garcia’s Fall 2015 collection which would be a great alternative.

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Pedro Garcia Heels from Fall 2015 collection.  Check here for stockists.

And one final thing…the COBALT COORDS!!  Yes they are from Marks & Spencer and you can get them in store or go online.

A big THANK YOU to Marks & Spencer for the outfit and of course to my boo Bryant Lee for the photographs. http://www.bryantleee.com!

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Don’t be Afraid of the Floral Jumpsuit…

DressMe’s stylish blogger Jasmine Smith is right….the jumpsuit in all its various shapes and forms is a big trend right now.  Personally, it has taken me a while to get used to this trend as I feel that if you are not careful this look can be super unflattering (flashback to a not so cool onesie look).  Now I am a sucker for prints (yes mum it has taken me a few years to get out of my standard black) so I am loving the printed jumpsuits that are currently on offer.  Check out Topshop in HK as they have a great range of printed jumpsuits ( I was lusting after my friend Sabrina’s “safari” themed one from there).

I could say that I was ahead of the time and that I am a trendsetter (inflated ego much?) but sadly it was not the case, I simply just liked the piece when I saw it on Etsy.  Yes, I am talking about a floral jumpsuit – with a white background.  I know I am not describing it well because quite frankly the description makes it sound quite hideous (sofa material anyone?)  However it has swiftly become one of my favourite items in my wardrobe.

The beauty of a jumpsuit is that like a dress, one garment makes your outfit.  If you have the legs for it then opt for the playsuit/romper but if you prefer to keep covered then the full trouser like jumpsuit is your friend.  Make sure that the jumpsuit has a nipped in waist to keep it from being baggy and making you look like a round blob (I learnt that lesson firsthand…still shuddering at the thought of what I looked like).  Black is of course a safe bet and like a LBD is classic and can really be dressed up by accessories.  However, I love the vintage printed ones because they are quirky and add a bit of fun to my wardrobe.

Here are some pics of me wearing the said jumpsuit…

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As you can see I have tried to keep the day look easy and casual with accessories at the minimum. I used Tom Ford’s Indian Rose as my go to lipstick.  For the evening look, I would use the matching belt which would keep a good silhouette (especially after a dinner and my pot belly pops out), Muted colour shoes such as these low heel Senso boots keep it casual and day time but for the evening I love a good pair of colourful heels.  Check out Sleeh for some amazing colourful heels!  The Evelyn in Blue from Sleeh are my favourite pair for the evening shoe choice for this outfit.  Though high heeled, these shoes have a platform which makes them so much more comfortable.  Sleeh also love us girls and gives us foot cushions for our heeled choices.  (Girls, check out Sleeh now as they have some amazing online sales now.)  Especially as the Evelyn is currently out of stock but am sure you can get something very similar.  Also one more pop of colour could be in the lips, I love Violet Fatale from Tom Ford to inject some va va voom to my lips!!  Remember have fun!

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Awkward Angle for the Pic but Proof that I wear these shoes with the jumpsuit!!

Anyway, my final word for this piece is to not be afraid of the jumpsuit, look around and find the best shape to suit you.  It is a fun and versatile way of punching up your wardrobe!  Check out the high street for current pieces but places like Etsy are full of vintage options so jump into it!!

Bomber Crazy!! Color Me Badd…

Bomber Crazy!! Color Me Badd...
So I have decided to embrace colour this year and I think I went a little crazy with this Polyvore collage!  One of the continuing trend in 2013 is the sporty bomber jacket look.  Channel the 90s (hence the title Color Me Badd – get it? Cheesy 90s band!) and look to Salt n Pepper for the bomber jacket and skinny trouser look.  Keep it modern with a floral bomber jacket and skinny jeans.  If you love colour then go with colourful skinny jeans or keep it basic with black or blue denim.  Add a little height with some wedge sneakers.  A basic T-shirt or a cute & colourful one finishes the look.  To fully commit to the look, do a Rihanna and wear a cult 90s label “Boy London” cropped T!  Have fun with this look and “Ah Just Push It!” (Sorry Salt n Pepper reference again!)!!!
Here are my picks for Polyvore:

BOY London crop top
$64 – seasonsclothing.co.uk

Vila
$27 – psyche.co.uk

G star raw
$20 – fallenhero.co.uk

H M short sleeve shirt
$13 – hm.com

Rag bone bomber jacket
matchesfashion.com

Bomber jacket
nordstrom.com

White bomber jacket
sheinside.com

J Brand skinny fit jeans
$360 – harveynichols.com

7 For All Mankind skinny fit jeans
$160 – zalando.co.uk

RED Valentino zipper skinny jeans
$260 – farfetch.com

Acne skinny jeans
$255 – brownsfashion.com

Topshop black jeans
$64 – topshop.com

Giuseppe Zanotti high top sneaker
$995 – farfetch.com

Ash wedge shoes
my-wardrobe.com

Vince Camuto wedge sneaker
shoptheshoebox.com

Bloch shoes
$95 – dancinginthestreet.com

Daisy Lace Top
Next Direct

Next Direct

RED WHITE & BLACK Party Dresses

RED WHITE & BLACK Party Dresses

Marchesa embroidered dress
marissacollections.com

Emilio pucci dress
$1,410 – harveynichols.com

Dolce Gabbana dolce gabbana
$1,575 – flannelsfashion.com

Alexander mcqueen dress
$1,200 – brownsfashion.com

Roksanda Ilincic keyhole dress
$540 – theoutnet.com

Alexander Wang sheer dress
$755 – farfetch.com

Alice Olivia halter cocktail dress
$695 – austique.co.uk

Alice by Temperley scoop neck dress
$590 – seasonsclothing.co.uk

Dot dress
$290 – jaeger.co.uk

Topshop dress
nordstrom.com

AX Paris red strapless dress
$65 – newlook.com