Favourite Fashion Bloggers You Have to Follow!

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Clothes is more than what many view as ‘materialistic tangibles’ and as we know it is also a medium of expression, representing your voice without actually having to say a word. It is also like a window where you can take a sneak peak into a person’s thoughts and interest without actual engagements. Sense of style is something that is very individualistic and personal but let’s be real, not everyone is born with the skill to actually dress themselves well. Lucky enough that we are living in this digital age where it’s so easy to access fashion inspirations online. Being stuck in a slump where you just don’t know what to wear is a very common occurrence which I bet happen even to those at the top of their game. So never be guilty of taking inspiration from another person then adapting it into your own!

I am listing down four of my favourite fashion bloggers/ influencers that I’ve been looking up to for the past few years. Many comes and goes but these are the top list curated based their amazing sense of style and my pure respect for what they do. I’m pretty sure they are no strangers to you so see if they are one of your favourites too!

Jenn Im “clothesencounters”

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Starting with thrifting her clothes from Goodwill and vintage shops, Jenn is perhaps the most versatile fashion icon that exist out there. Her ability to rock different looks in her petite frame is perhaps why she cater to such a broad spectrum of demographics. Boldness with mix and match-ing plus accessory game that’s always on point is, I think, her winning factor. Her vivacious personality and contagious laugh is another thing unique to her and one thing she teach her audience is to never give a damn about what others think. I have been watching her religiously for the past 5 years and I’m so proud and happy for all her achievements. She totally deserves it!

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 Samantha Maria

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Have you ever seen someone for the first time and feel that instant connection which you can’t really explain? Well, I had that with Samantha the moment I watched her very first video. And this proves true with a recent incident where I basically bought a pair of EGO slippers and Mango jacket to find out the very next day, she uploaded her videos where she bought the exact same thing! Am I just exaggerating and was it pure coincidence? Maybe. Nevertheless I just adore her so much! She rotates between classy, elegant, sporty and casual without being over the top and that’s what I love so much about her.

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 Lizzy Hadfield “Shot From The Street”

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Lizzy to me is the epitome of sophisticated contemporary British fashion blogger. Super timeless, minimalistic, quite preppy but overflowing with edginess, she always works her height to her advantage. I would say she is highly trend-forward in terms of her choices of luxury purchases but somehow manages to thoughtfully make timeless picks majority of the time. Her dedication to her YouTube series ‘Testing Basics’ definitely deserves two thumbs up and I can see nothing but success for her future career!

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 Aimee “Song of style”

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To be completely honest, I just got into her the past year or so and what can I say? Inspiring fashion blogger and also succesful girl boss who has earned herself a secured position in the fashion blogging world. She does gravitate towards designer brands but I would say people can always do one of those ‘look-for-less’ and take away inspirations from her posts. She’s just screaming chic-meets-elegance and I’ll die to take a sneak peak into he closet right now.

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So, did I mentioned any of your favourite fashion icons above? I would love to know who or what inspire your choice of clothing in the comments below. Hope you enjoyed the post and definitely look into these girls more! 100% sure you won’t call it a waste of time!

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The Celine Belt Bag (Taupe) i.e. “The Miracle Bag”

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I’ve just read a post from ‘tbymallano’ about how there is basically two types of shoppers; impulse and strategic buyers. With such two polar opposites, I’ll be leaning more towards the later but I would argue it would hinge more on the item itself, mainly the price tag attached of course. Truthfully speaking, I did not bought the bag for any special reasons. People often justify their purchase by saying , “I just reached a milestone in my life and I’m rewarding myself with something to mark the occasion.” And the tangible item that you buy become a representation or symbol of that achievement you made. Which is awesome, but you don’t necessarily need a backstory to make that item significant to you. Your journey could be the unique feature that’s encapsulated within and it doesn’t make it any more or less valuable than other people’s story. This was an interesting one for me so I thought I would share this here and I think some people can actually relate to it.

So in summary, I have been hunting for this particular Celine Belt Bag for a while and because it was an old season release, it was near impossible to get my hands on it. yet here I am with the bag in my hands and this is how the story unfolded.

 *Side note: I recommend reading this at your most convenient of time, probably sipping tea on your couch or tucked under your blanket as this is a lengthy one but you won’t believe what a journey it was:). 

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“Why The Belt Bag”

 

 “Why Celine when you just said you make calculated decisions with shopping?”

Exactly, Celine is probably not the first brand that comes to mind when you are making the crucial decision of investing a few thousand dollars into an investment piece. Chanel, or Hermes would probably be better candidates for it. But is this an investment piece?

Yes and No

‘No’ because it is one that is not a ‘classical’ design and will most probably depreciate in value over time but ‘Yes’ because I find this syncs in so beautifully with my current wardrobe and have no plans to resell this in future so I could not care less about the price drop.

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” How it all started”

Magazine catalogues, designer website or picking up trends from the runways are probably good sources of inspiration that pushes people to buy a product. Mine arrived from Lizzy Hadfield also known as shotfromthestreet, who was rocking this bag so well that I thought, I NEED THIS IN MY LIFE! Sharing opinions and thoughts on her YouTube videos, everything she said just was purely informative and she was not pushy at all, making pseudo statements like a small number of people on the internet. One of the things she pointed out that  I took into consideration was the notorious issue that the flap is ridiculously painful to open and close, but you can definitely work with it.

(Doesn’t she look amazing, I’m still obsessed!!)

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“The Process”

So the journey began with my mother-daughter trip to Hong Kong, often known as the ultimate fashion destination for designer goods in Asia. This, I came to the realisation later, was just an overstated title based on my personal experience. Boy, it was hard to visit countless Celine boutiques only to walk out empty-handed because the only colours they were stocking was black and light taupe.

 

  A simple line was the only thing I needed to repeat with each encounter:

 “Hey have you got the celine belt bag in taupe?”

, and the reply was either a request to see a picture or an immediate head shake. With the end of the trip drawing near, my hope started to crumble with every failed attempts. Deep inside I knew there was less than a 5% chance of finding it knowing this was an old release, so maybe I was plain stupid for coming with an expectation. Hence I was actually armed with plan B which was the second option I had in mind; a cool grey colour.

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I thought it screamed ‘urban-chic’ and I can still rock this colour just as great. This was a recent release from their 2016’s winter collection too meaning chances of finding it was definitely larger. On the day before our flight, I eventually found the very last one in Hong Kong but it was in smooth skin instead of pebbled texture which gave it a ‘plastic-look’ in my opinion, so that option was out too. To be honest, at that point, I thought either God was probably having too much fun teasing me or Fortuna decided not to be on my side at all .

I decided to take my search online hoping the worldwide web would let me find the little gem tucked away somewhere on the other side of the globe. Stumbling upon the website snobswap.com, I immediately did what i thought was securing the deal on a belt bag of similar colour only to find out the payment was unsuccessful and their internal miscommunication gave away the bag to another buyer.

Utter desperation was what eventually led me to the very last resort: e-bay.

I would buy a phone case or desk lamp from eBay but never did it cross my mind the thought of getting a designer bag through the site.  I’m a straight up sceptic and very cautious too especially with the price attached on designer items.  Online retail shops that is not publicly approved as ‘safe’ is just too high risk, so this was a massive gamble. So the search began again and out of pure luck a bag in grey was stocked by a seller, in its prime condition and at a great price point too compared to the previous two. But a stream of question entails regarding its authenticity and I was just too afraid to make the final move leading to what you can probably guess occur next. Yup, it got sold away yet again to another buyer.

It was the last straw and at that point, I was just over it.

Nope.

I’m done.

Don’t need it, don’t want it any more.

Ditch the idea and I’ll go on with my life.

 

But just then, long and be hold, I got a new email in my inbox which read:

“Hi Dear, we also got this in other colours too if you are interested.”

And so I half-heartedly checked what she sent and one of the few images attached was named: “Small Celine Belt Bag IN TAUPE.

Just when all hope fails and I was ready to back out, it was offered to me straight up. Remember when I felt I was played real hard? Well, I was but apparently it was all just a test of my patience and perseverance. As a firm believer in the quote “everything happens for a reason” , I believe if it’s meant to be, it will be. It was just about having the right thing at the right time.

 The right colour and size, what more could I possibly ask for? The belt bag retails for around 3100AUD which is around 2500USD/ 1900£ in Australia and Hong Kong at the time I was researching them. I sealed the deal with an incredible 1499USD, on top of complementary shipping, import duties and tax courtesy of the seller, delivered straight from Italy to Australia with the original dust bag and authentication cards in it. I will leave you to make up your mind if this was destiny or pure luck.

 If you don’t call it a miracle, I don’t know what is. It has been a roller coaster ride with this one and the journey behind getting it is probably one of the biggest reasons the bag will stay in my closet forever. At the moment, I cannot give a full review yet as I have yet to wear it out, so I would not have any useful info to give out. The only thing is I’m suspecting the possibility of the bottom sagging almost into the shape of long-champ bags so I’m on the hunt for an affordable bag insert that can help maintain its structure. An update or review will be coming in future and if I’m feeling bold I might do a look book or how I style it. Let me know if that sounds like a good idea.

 If you’ve read everything up to this point, congratulation you made it through! It was just something that I found too interesting not to share. On one hand I hope I expressed myself well enough but on the other hand I hope the stress and frustration was not contagious to you. Anyway, if you had a good read between your coffee break or found the slightest bit of entertainment from hearing the tedious emotional struggles I went through, then it serves its purpose and you just made me a very happy girl.

 

ps: Leave me any questions you have and I’ll be happy to help out if I can:D

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Extra information:

  • Lizzy’s blog post: https://www.shotfromthestreet.com/home/2015/12/29/the-dream-celine
  • Lizzy’s YouTube videos:
    1. The bag reveal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGFqbO5RsLc
    2. What’s in my bag: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTyVtwbeKec
  • HeyyyJune’s YouTube video (belt bag in dune colour) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLD4R4OLTuI

MONOCHROMATIC WARDROBE STAPLES (Inspiring Looks)

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It’s almost the end of winter here in Australia and we, Melbournians, just can’t wait to say goodbye to the miserable chilly days and are so ready to welcome the warmer months of spring. But a good old post of inspiring outfit ideas using monochromatic closet staples will never hurt as there is always room for black and white posts on my blog. I compiled some looks from aspiring fashion icons and you will probably know who some of my them are by the end of the post. Maybe you can draw some inspirations from them too and add your personal little twist to make it your own! Enjoy 😀

 

  1. White blouse: Nothing will beat a freshly-ironed crisp white blouse. Highly recommend getting an over-sized piece with the basic shade of white for a start but also try styling different cuts and lengths as they are always fun to play with. Also a very handy layering base for winter!

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  1. Black moto jacket: You will never regret investing in a good quality leather jacket as it will last you a life time! Coming in different styles and model, the classic outer wear is one that is going to stay on trend for years to come. Adding an instant element of chic and masculinity, it is easily adaptable to different sense of styles.

 

  1. The high-waisted black skinnies: When in doubt, go black. Any black jeans will do but skinnies are just body-hugging and they elongate your legs paired with a black top.  As much as I hate jean shopping, I will go on the hunt for the perfect pair of black skinnies as they are a definite must have whether ankle grazed, plain or ripped. Once again it’s very versatile and I’m guilty of owning more than necessary.

 

  1. Monochrome oxford/ brogues/ loafers : Maybe the most unexpected on the list but they add just the perfect touch of preppiness without turning geeky. Toss them on and you have an effortless put together look for the day.

 

  1. The LBB: Of course I’m not retracting my original statement that the little black bag is a good addition to anyone’s wardrobe. You don’t have to buy a designer handbag as there are endless good options on the market.

 

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I’ve always find product suggestions really useful so here are some affordable pieces to achieve a similar look.

White blouse

Black moto jacket

Black skinnies

Oxford shoes

Black bag

*none of these photos are mine so full credit goes to the original owners.