What’s Next

Hi

I’m back…I know its been a while but hopefully now I’m back on board with the blog more.

So this post is dedicated the idea in the fashion industry of What’s Next. What trends are going to be filtering down? What are we going to be wearing in 12 months let alone 18 months? What brands will be the new “IT brand”? These are all questions that with each season that passes, we who love fashion think about. Take a look at Off-White – who knew what this brand would become let alone having their creative director take on the artistic director role at Louis Vuitton menswear.

In saying all this I wanted to touch on a few brands that I think are going to be huge and really define what we see next in terms of trends, design and brand development & hype.

Ruslan Baginskiy Hats

There is something to be said about hats and if you know me I have loved hats since I was 8 years old. The fact that hats are becoming more mainstream make me super excited. I’m not talking baseball caps but baker boy caps, wide brim fedoras, berets & straw boaters. These hats can elevate the simplest of outfits and give you cool girl vibes.

Ruslan Baginskiy hats have been on my radar through Instagram and through the likes of Bella Hadid and Eva Chen. As soon as I could find stockists I was looking to see what I could get but found most of what I wanted was sold out. 🙁 So I’ve now added myself to the waitlist for a number of sites and can see that FarFetch have what I want available…yay!!

His prices are not cheap so might have to wait a bit especially considering these are hats but he is a traditional milliner so his artistry lies in this rather than just adding hats to an accessory line.

I’m most interested in this leather baker boy cap that has the added touch of patent.

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I’m looking at these as well in cotton.

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I’m so in love….

Danse Lente

This brand has been on my radar for a year already but I was never really sold until I saw their famous Phoebe bag in person. Apparently David Jones now stocks them which is great to be able to try on. I’m head over heels for the Phoebe bag and now know the exact one I want. I blame David Jones…

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There are other designs but this particular one speaks to me for some reason and being able to see it in person so I could touch and try on made it easy for me to be converted.

Other designs that are popular include the Johnny with its interesting handle and odd bucket shape.

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Poppy Lissiman

I’ve talked about the Australian brand Poppy Lissiman before in my sunglasses post but its worth repeating how this brand is set for world domination. I love how their sunglasses are super on trend at the moment but also how they’ve branched out to bags and accessories. Way to go!!! I have one pair of sunglasses but eyeing off their cute bum bags at the moment.

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Nalin Studios

Nalin Studios jewellery has not only amazing pieces but the concept to release one piece/style per month is ingenious. It creates hype and allows for every piece to be unique as it’s not everywhere at once

I absolutely adore this necklace and find that it is currently available on their website. The design is stunning as all their pieces are, but this one is unique with the face on one side and the words on the back which allows you to wear it both ways. You get 2 necklaces out of 1 which is great considering their jewellery is not exactly cheap!!!

 

So that is it for me. I hope you guys found it useful to see what brands are going to be up and coming over the next year. Of course this was accessories focused with limited focus on clothing. Personally with clothing I find it much harder as I tend to stick with true classics from the high street e.g. Topshop, Sportsgirl & Uniqlo. This makes it easy for me to take risks with clothing without spending big but also maintain the classics at a great price too! Win, win I say.

If you have any brands that you think are going to be the next big thing let me know in the comments below.

 

xx – the expat

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Dior Saddle Bag Returns

Hi guys,

I’m addressing the controversy surrounding the re-release of the Dior Saddle bag that  happened last week.

If you are a fashion follower on Instagram you would have seen sometime late last week all the fashion bloggers/ influencers & celebrities suddenly posted about their new Dior Saddle bag with the #diorsaddle (examples below). Now there is actually nothing wrong with this as the job of this advertising or marketing strategy was to get visibility. Also, bloggers and influencers have been getting “free stuff” in return for their posts and modelling shots since the beginning.

 

 

But what bothered me about this was the way it was done as my whole instagram was suddenly full of pics of everyone wearing this bag or unboxing it. To me it kind of cheapened the name of Dior. Dior to me is high end luxury and often doesn’t need typical advertising as the name in itself is enough. The House of Dior was established in 1946 and has led the way in tailoring with the famous Dior Bar jacket and of course the Lady Dior bag named after Princess Diana.

There is tons of history with this brand and I don’t think they in fact needed to do this as the bag itself is a re-invention of a classic style from the early 2000s. People were already interested in Maria Grazia Chiuri’s take on this when it appeared on the runaway as part of their 2018 Autumn/Winter collection and this peaked when we all were frantically searching Ebay and other bag re-sellers for vintage saddle bags. This then caused the price of these to skyrocket but for those of you that kept your saddle bags, good for you as you can now hashtag without forking out for the 2018 release. 😀

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Personally I knew I had to have this bag as soon as I saw it on the runway. Big PLUS; I appreciate what an important bag this is in Dior’s catalogue and want to be a part of its resurgence under Maria Grazia Chiuri as I personally adore what she has done with the brand!

In order to obtain this bag or attempt to get it I have sacrificed the Fendi Mon Tresor mini bucket in the Fendi Zucca print for this one. I have also put on the market two bags that are no longer getting the wear they used to. One is the Givenchy Antigona in black so if interested let me know at theexpatbali@gmail.com. The other is my Prada tote which to be honest is not in the greatest condition so who knows if it will even sell. I am in fact so smitten that I have pre-ordered for a September drop in Australia. I of course will be wanting it in the classic Oblique print and will use my lady Dior bag strap to make it cross body. Can you tell I’m excited and know exactly how to style it…haha.

I hope that you find this post helpful in unpacking the marketing blitz that happened with Dior and some of the reasons why I disliked it, as I said it has nothing to do with the freebie part and clearly know I still want this gorgeous bag!!!

If you have any thoughts on the Dior saddle bag let me know in the comments would love to hear it.

xx – the expat

 

What I’m Currently Loving

Hi guys,

I’m back with a look at what I’m currently rocking and loving…

Astrid Miyu Chinese Zodiac Necklace in Gold

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I’m loving this necklace with my Chinese zodiac, the Ox. It is subtle enough and doesn’t draw too much attention for being a zodiac sign but it is still recognisable to me. I often find it hard to find jewellery that is based on Chinese zodiacs as most are the western ones so I jumped at the chance to get this one. I would grab these while you can as I think the gold one I have has sold out as these are on sale. All zodiacs look to be available.

Missoma x Lucy Williams Gold Roman Arc Coin Necklace 

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This is such a beautiful piece and layers nicely with the Astrid Miyu zodiac necklace. At the moment I am obsessed with necklace layering with long, short and choker pieces. This is in collaboration with Lucy Williams a famous blogger. The pieces for this collection are stunning but this is my pick of the lot.

 Topshop High-Waisted Cropped Jeans

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I’ve re-discovered high-waisted jeans and these Topshop ones are fantastic! As many of you know I’ve been a huge fan of Topshop denim for ages as the price point and quality is excellent. I have a black pair of skinny jeans from 5 years ago and they still look amazing. This cropped pair will make you a fashionista paired with some casual sneakers or mules.

Sportsgirl Retro T-shirt

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There is something very 90s about this t-shirt and I vaguely remember wearing something similar to this particular one with the frill at the bottom and the stripes. I would pair this with the Topshop cropped jeans I mentioned above and off I go… Also, grab it while you can as these are 2 for $40 and come in a range of colours

Seed Heritage Billie Flatform Sneaker

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I love a good platform sneaker. I’m short so anything that can give me extra height is awesome!!! There are many colours to choose from but I’m keen on these denim ones. Also, paired with white jeans in the image make it look crisp and sleek.

The Daily Edited Lilac Mini Bucket Bag

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This gorgeous mini bucket bag is perfect as it’s a great size as not too small and not a giant black hole. It will carry all your daily necessities plus some. Just in case you are not familiar with The Daily Edited they offer 4 initials free for monogramming. This does include some emojis as well. Enjoy having a play with the website and picking your monogram and colours.

So I just realised this is basically a whole outfit. Let me know in the comments what you are loving at the moment as I always need inspiration. 😆

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

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

 

 

Clear PVC is BACK!!!

Hello everyone,

I’ve noticed a trend over these last couple of weeks, the return of clear PVC accessories. This trend has come back as my 12 year old self rocked a clear smiley face backpack from either Wet Seal or Limited Too. Much like this one…

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But this time around much more high end designers are taking on this PVC clear trend. Chanel released these bags which to be honest I really like but would I pay $2,000 for PVC, absolutely not! I’m not sure if the quality from 90s backpack has improved. I can still remember that it was not the best and would kind of stick together. I would hope you wouldn’t have that problem if you were buying from Chanel or any other brands now.

I do see myself jumping on this bandwagon as wouldn’t it be easier at festivals and other large events to have a clear bag to go through security rather than having them rummage through it. Also, airports it would make sense to have a clear bag, I’m sure you have to still put it through the scanner but still everyone can see yes you are only caring a wallet, phone, passport, a few makeup items and your iPad for travel.

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I do like Chanel’s use of the green and blue PVC so as to give a green or blue tinge when you see the items in your bag plus differentiating yourself from the overuse of all things clear is a bonus!

Not only are big design houses going for this, the mid-range brands are doing it too. This is in fact where I see myself rocking this trend again. This Staud one is perfect and if you don’t want all your handbag contents viewable there is a pouch which is removable to hide your things in. It is available in white and tan faux croc. Either colour would do me but leaning towards the tan croc one. Hold your horses everyone this is SOLD OUT everywhere! I’ve been trying to get this for ages and I’m on the wait list for it on Net-a-Porter and the Staud website.

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Aside from these options I am sure the High street will no doubt come out with their version shortly. I managed to order two online for cheap prices so you can check them out here…

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Also, if clear bags are not your thing how about clear clothing. I don’t mean you go walking down the street in a clear t-shirt! More along the lines of clear outerwear. I’m particularly fond of the Miu Miu transparent raincoat!

The Burberry take on the classic trench is also worth looking at as well.

If you don’t want to invest that much money into this trend check out what Topshop has to offer.

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Much like the bum bag there are many options for all budgets. Once I get my bags I might share how you can style this trend.

Until next time… xxx