Lookbook Feat. My Summer Trends

Hi

I’m back!!! Rested and relaxed after a fantastic break. I managed to get some shopping time in as well so expect some reveals too. One piece is something I’ve been eyeing for a long time. If you aren’t following my YouTube channel please do as that is where I reveal a lot of new purchases or talk about trends in general.

For this particular post I’m referring to the trends I discussed in this video…

Anyways…checkout some shots we took in KL, Malaysia & Jakarta featuring the bags in my summer trends video 💁🏼.

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Also, a little bit of my Chloe Faye Mini Backpack. Although, not mentioned in my trends video one of my all time favourites and a great travel bag.

Hope you guys enjoyed checking out some of my images taken.

the expat xx

 

Evolving Style

Hi everyone…

I’ve been thinking about the changes in my style since I’ve moved to a tropical island. There is one major thing that stands out to me I prefer comfort over style. For one, I like slides rather than strappy sandles that I would love in a Melbourne summer. My go to these days are my Birkenstocks not the greatest but so comfy as I walk the uneven roads and ride a scooter around town.

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Actual clothing wise there is not a piece of denim anywhere to be seen. While jeans even in summer in a city can be worn, here it just seems constricting and uncomfortable. I do own pants but there are always of a lighter cotton or linen material that doesn’t sit so tight to the skin.

I’m also very aware that the sort of style I go for in Melbourne, the minimalist vibe doesn’t translate well here. I can’t really get away with the high-waisted “mom” trousers and white tuxedo shirt or simple turtleneck. It doesn’t look the same when you walk by the beach everyday or when you head to get a quick foot massage. These days I’m loving my 90s slip dresses something that can be thrown on when I have no idea what to wear. My go tos also include many simple off the shoulder tops (you know the ones I’m talking about) and a maxi-esque skirt; or dare I say it denim shorts but they have to be high waisted and not too tight around the legs lol.  As you can see I’ve put a lot of thought into this.

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The other thing is I’ve deviated from my color palette. I tend to favour neutrals such as black, white, grey, camel and all the tones in between these colours. This has been the biggest shock to me as I see myself going for yellows and I’m not talking mustard but bright yellows. I have experimented with color when going to an occasion but on an everyday basis it was always a no from me. I’m also loving floral patterns and prints. Although nothing too feminine such as dainty florals so the patterns and florals have to be different and BOLD. Something that screams ME!!!!

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Obviously there is not much designer related stuff I wear here. This includes even high street brands like Witchery or Seed. I also very much avoid designer bags here as well but if I do it is something that can be easily cleaned and not so delicate such as my Chloe Faye mini backpack and my Prada Gardener tote in canvas. These are all good choices here and mix in well with the beach chic vibe I’m going for! More and more I’m loving rattan style bags that are hand made in Bali. I love that I’m supporting those that are making them here and ensuring that they can make a living. I love talking to the shop owners and learning about the history of what they do!

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The one thing I’m noticing more and more is from what I see coming out of Europe and the US now that it is summer there. There seems to be a high rate of adoption in booth the low end and high end for straw and rattan bags. For example, Mango are selling those round rattan bags for twice the price you can get it for here. Sportsgirl are doing the same thing back home too. The other thing I noticed is basket bags are huge there so if you are interested in being ahead of the trend once summer hits in Australia I suggest trying to make your way to Bali. All these basket and rattan bags are here for a much more affordable price but more importantly you can often see where they come from or being hand made if  you are lucky.

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For accessories I still keep my simplistic jewellery and do wear rings on nearly every single finger. I can’t help it even in this heat and humidity. Necklaces tend to bother me more so it’s usually just one piece rather than stacking and layering which seems to be hugely popular these days. It looks great but when you are sweating and everything gets tangled it is just annoying.

WOAH this post was a lot longer than expected but something I wanted to talk about because often when you do move country you do experience a change of style. This has happened to me even as a teenager. Have you experienced these sort of style changes? Let me know your story in the comments below.

xx the expat

 

 

 

 

 

The Best from the Net-A-Porter Sale

Hi,

If you guys are like me and find the sales a little bit overwhelming this will be the post for you.

Here is the best of the best from the Net-A-Porter Sale Australia.

JW Anderson Medium Pierce Bag – $1,890

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This bag to my suprise has continued to be around and not just a fleeting trend as I thought it might have been. I actually really do like this bag, so much so that I own a silver one bought from the Net-A-Porter Sale around Christmas time. It is quite versatile and can be made into a clutch or an over the shoulder bag. Love this pale blue version as well.

Chloe Faye Small Backpack – $1,704.34

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Love, love this bag. Mine is a staple in my wardrobe as makes my outfits feel effortless and laid back. Also, can’t get passed this red colour. A retake on the classic Faye shoulder bag you cannot go wrong by adding this to your cart.

Cult Gaia Big Bamboo Tote – $155.93

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The Cult Gaia Ark bag was everywhere last season and now it has returned in different styles. This larger sized tote version is more me to be honest. It can hold quite a bit and is perfect for never ending days at the beach. Adding to my cart now!!!

Saint Laurent Card Holder – $290.50

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This Saint Laurent Card Holder is to die for! It has a slightly better design than the average card holder as it has a zippered pouch that can fit cash in it. Also, love the way the card holder slots are placed making for easy access and ability to see the cards beforehand.

Marc Jacobs Belt Bag – $201.99

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Love these Marc Jacobs belt bags! These remind me of the actual ones from the 90s with its bright colours and simple designs. If you are wanting to add a belt bag to your wardrobe without a ridiculous price tag I would pick this as the price is excellent with 50% off.

Victoria Beckham Aviator Sunglasses – $424

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Can I just say Victoria Beckham sunglasses are seriously fantastic and these ones are no exception. I think her classic aviator styles are the best ever and will elevate your outfit. Also, if you travel a lot why not take style tips from VB and use these shades as you exit the airport. I for one never leave home without..haha!!!

Larsson & Jennings Rose Gold Watch – $312

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I love the minimalist feel of Larsson & Jennings watches and this one in rose gold with the white face is beautiful. I don’t think I personally can justify this as I don’t tend to wear watches here in Bali but you never know.

Common Projects Suede Sneakers – $198

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I adore Common Projects sneakers and these ones are in the perfect blush colour! Get your hands on these while sizes are still available. I’m actually adding these to my cart too. What can you do.

That’s all folks!! If you are at all interested please check out the sales as there are many more items that are great deals that I haven’t mentioned!

On a side note: I would just like to say that for those of us that love handbags you would have no doubt fallen in love with Kate Spade bags and accessories. I for sure was one of them…I definitely regret not getting the cactus shaped bag she had. I love her fun and preppy designs. R.I.P. Kate Spade and thank you for showing us fashion is fun and full of bright colours. If you or someone you know is struggling please reach out for help.

xxx