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

 

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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

 

 

 

 

 

5 Best Luxury Items of 2018 (so far…)

Hi,

In today’s post I’m going to look at the 5 best luxury items of 2018 so far… I must say this year is proving to be fantastic for some unique and chic pieces that you can get your hands on!

Valentino Rockstud Spike Bag 

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I hated this bag to start with for some reason… I don’t know there was something that irked me about it. I think it had to do with the leather top handle. Anyways, once again like the Chanel Gabrielle I fell in love with it over time. I think seeing it styled by other bloggers and seeing how chic it did look won me over. I was never going to really entertain getting it but then I saw it in velvet! Velvet is such a chic material and alternative to leather. The design houses have jumped onto this and at one point everything was in velvet e.g. Gucci Marmont bag. But for some reason anything in velvet is expensive. I have no idea why it’s not leather so I’ve let it go.

Then….I saw the Free Rockstud Spike in Green with the white studs. Many people have hated this line but I was in love as soon as I saw the colours. I thought it really popped with the bold colours and the white studs. The contrast had me and the green one is on sale now which has me seriously considering taking the plunge.

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Prada Cahier Bag

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This bag is to die for. I think the fact that there are many reincarnations of the Cahier from this one to the top handle version; and the one in yummy velvet which suggest to me that Prada think this bag is a winner. I am completely sold and kicking myself when I saw the green and black one in the Prada boutique in Chadstone and I let it go. 😟 What a mistake as you can’t get that colour combination anywhere. Can you tell I love green…lol

Gucci Ophidia Line

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Everything from the Gucci Ophidia line. It is such as throwback to their 80s and 90s collections and I can’t get enough of it. I’m so in love with this that I’ve been searching for vintage pieces on eBay. I managed to get my hands on two that I think are basically the same as this. Out of all the things I mentioned here in this post I would say this Ophidia bag is the one I would recommend everyone get. I think this style bag is going to be or already is huge. If you can try and get it on the second hand market grab it as the prices for these vintage pieces are already skyrocketing.

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Saint Laurent Lou Lou Bag

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The Saint Laurent Lou Lou bag is absolutely stunning in real life. Like their College bag it has the oversized YSL logo but the Lou Lou has an over the shoulder strap for extra comfort rather than a top handle and crossbody strap. The picture does not do it justice so you must see it in real life as the bag is padded and squishy when you touch it. I might just want it more than the College bag which I had in my handbag wishlist 2018.

Simon Miller Bonsai bag

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This minimalist bag has taken on a life of its own and has many bloggers and celebs fawning all over it. It comes in a variety of sizes and I own two; one mini and one medium sized one. The one in the picture looks like the biggest one available but you won’t go wrong with any size. I think it makes any outfit look chic and has the designer feel without a massive price tag attached to it. Also, worth checking out all the major online retailers as this bag is currently on sale and you can get it for a significantly cheaper price. Who wouldn’t want that! I would also check out the lunch bag which is a cute take on the paper lunch bag that literally used to carry my lunch when at school. I love it so much for its cheeky take on a very practical item. Added bonus this blue one is on sale for $409.

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So that is it for another post. I will see you next time.

the expat xxx

 

 

The Best of the Sales

Hi Everyone,

It’s that time of the year!!! I’ve been looking forward to the sales since the last time we had them which was way back in November (Black Friday) through to Boxing Day.

I thought I would bring you an edit of great deals in the sales from numerous online retailers including SSENSE and Mytheresa. Heads up most of these will be handbags with a few other accessories. The Net-A-Porter sale for Australia hasn’t started so you might see a follow up post with all the great deals from there once it goes live. The US sale is already up!

Coach Rogue 25 with quilting & rivets – $1,045 AUD

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I love the Coach Rogue bag it is stylish and super functional with loads of pockets for all your goodies. I especially love the removable shoulder straps that allows you to wear it over the shoulder rather than in the crook of the arm. I’m so in love with this style I own two Rogue bags and find it to be perfect. This version in a dusty pink with the leather detailing is stunning.

Balenciaga Bazar Tote in Small – $1,403 AUD

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Can I just say I love what Balenciaga is doing this season. Some of you may hate it with the distinct logo being used. But I feel like it has been brought back in a fresh new way to make you feel a little cooler when walking down the street. The Bazar tote is now a staple in the collection and I can’t get enough of it. My black one is amazing and is used for travel and running around town to meetings. This bag is chic plus is a little bit quirky which is always great to have in your wardrobe

Prada Cahier bag – $2,835 AUD

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I can’t find this bag anywhere and yet I found it on MyTheresa and on sale…wrong colour combo for me but for someone else the pink is what they are looking for. I’ve wanted this bag for ages and have not been able to find it or justify the price tag for a small bag. I’m not a huge fan of pink so I won’t be getting this but for those that do better grab this quick!!!

Chloe Faye Day Bag – $1,863

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I’ve loved the Chloe Faye style since it came out. I particularly liked the larger size but for some reason never bit the bullet on that one. However, I did grab the Chloe Faye backpack for its versatility and that it can be made into a shoulder bag with just a strap. The newest addition to the Chloe Faye family is the Day Bag and I must say it is beautiful especially in this grey colour. I think this version would make a great work bag and would not date in your wardrobe. SSENSE have a few different colours on sale so worth checking it out.

Burberry Small Rucksack $1,636 AUD

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As you know I love the Burberry Rucksack range as it is so light and easy to wear. But after seeing this version in the classic Burberry check I’m wondering whether the small can be added into my collection. This is the new version of the small as it’s not just a backpack and you can move the straps to make it crossbody like the Louis Vuitton Mini Palm Springs Backpack does. I love how the model is wearing it in the photo above!!!

Fendi Kan I bag in Velvet – $3,940 AUD

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Ok this Fendi bag is on the more expensive side but isn’t it exquisite in velvet. This bag is the hugely popular Kan I style and with the velvet and the double Fs it looks so good, I can’t stop looking at it. 😀 If you have the money go for it I say.

Proenza Schouler PS1 – $1,872 AUD

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I’ve just recorded a video on the bag I’m currently using in Bali and it is the Proenza Schouler PS1 bag. I believe this one here is an updated version from the one you will see in my video but the colour is the same, a beautiful midnight blue known as Indigo. Grab this while you still can!

Maison Michel Henrietta Fur Felt Hat – $345 AUD

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If you know me you know I do love a good hat. I must say nothing beats the quality of Maison Michel which was founded in 1936 in Paris. I personally don’t own one yet but have admired many stylish people wearing a hat by them. This could be my first purchase from the sales plus Matches Fashion have a fair few styles on sale too. Winter has basically started in Melbourne so I can see myself getting some wear out of this.

Karen Walker Sadie Cat Eye Sunglasses -$169 AUD

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These look amazing…I’ve already added this to my shopping cart! I can rock these in Bali and in Australia. The cat eye shape and the mirrored lenses make this a huge win for me. I can’t wait for this to arrive.

Fendi Strap You Bag Strap – $810 AUD

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I have jumped onto this bag strap trend like everyone else. I was looking at the cheaper versions in different brands but I cannot get passed what Fendi are doing. I particularly love this version with the velvet double Fs. Alas, it is still a bit pricey but maybe it won’t sell out and go down further as the sales near an end. Fingers crossed for that! FYI it looks so good with the Fendi Kan I bag…swoon 😬

Kayu Valentina Straw Shoulder Bag – $185 AUD

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This bag is super on trend right now. As the northern hemisphere heads into summer this will just be a cute way to accessorise your white summer dress. I see this as a go-to here in Bali too! However, I’m fairly certain that artisans here in Bali can make this at a fraction of the cost.

I think I will leave it at that for now. Hope you guys got some ideas on what to shop in the sales. There is also plenty more out there depending on what you are looking for. Happy Shopping!!!

the expat xxx

 

 

Handbag Wishlist 2018

Hi everyone…

So today I decided to delve into my 2018 handbag wishlist. Now I pride myself in trying to make smart decisions for where I spend my money as well as items that are classic and will stand the test of time. It is on my wishlist because I love the piece not because it holds its value on reselling. If I do ever sell a piece it is because it ended up not fitting into my lifestyle or to fund another purchase…one in one out kind of thing.

Also, fair warning this is wishlist and therefore price and budget were not considered in me wanting these items. A girl can dream right…

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  • 32 in Etain or Vert de gris
  • Palladium hardware.
  • Togo or Epsom leather.

This is the dream bag for me and if I ever manage to get my hands on it I will have made it hahaha….Hermes kelly vert de gris

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Prada Cahier bag 

The small green one or scrumptious velvet version; either or will do. This bag has been on my radar for ages but I am worried if it is something I won’t reach for in 2 years time. The velvet might seem too trendy so for now it stays on the wishlist and the small green one might come into my hands one day.

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Senreve Maestra bag in Cream

This bag seems incredibly practical for those on the go and who need their laptop with them everyday. I love bags that combine a beautiful aesthetic with organisation. This bag does that with heaps of internal pockets so you can access your daily essentials plus it even has its own padded laptop compartment. Oh, did I tell you it doubles as a crossbody and a backpack!!!

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Cafune Basket Bucket

I love a bucket bag but this super structured one just speaks to me. I’ve been on the Mansur Gavriel bucket bag train since Day 1 so it is no surprise I would fall for something like this. The mini one is also super cute if you want to downsize.

 

 

They also make this stunning velvet bag and for me this is a more affordable option to get on the velvet bandwagon then the Prada one.

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Saint Laurent College Bag Large

This bag has been sitting in the back of my mind for ages. At first I preferred the Loulou shoulder bag but then I realised I can’t do without a top handle. I would only want this bag in black with black hardware as the all black look of this bag is to die for. I’ve never wanted a Saint Laurent bag this much.

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Ok, that is it for me. My handbag wishlist does change often so keep reading as you never know I might mention something completely different next time. For now, I probably won’t be purchasing any of these as I will stick to my trusty Chanel Gabrielle and Lady Dior but if I had to pick one to purchase it would definitely be the…..Senreve Maestra. It has everything I could want these day in a bag and for an affordable price.

See you next time!!!