The Return of Monogram and Logos Everywhere…

So it turns out the 90s and early 2000s has returned in full force. I have seen many of the major fashion houses return to their signature monogram on accessories, shoes and ready to wear. Obviously it never really left Louis Vuitton as their monogram bags are some of the most affordable in their line and classic to boot.

I am talking about the Dior monogram that adorned the classic Saddle bag. First I can’t believe they re-released the Saddle bag with their signature monogram, I’m all but drooling all over my keyboard for this pic.

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I’m not sure I can justify the Fall 2018 version but there are plenty of vintage bags on the market that you can pick up for a steal. I might be in fact doing that right now in my second tab trying to find the bargain of the century…😆

In other brands Gucci has been rejuvenated under the leadership of Alessandro Michele. They not only make me want to buy Gucci but want me to dive back into their archives waiting for the return of one of their classics. This can be seen in the Ophidia line and I’m particularly fond of this one. It has a vintage feel and a classic camera bag shape which lends itself to ease of wear and accessibility.

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The other brand that has brought the monogram back in a bag way is Fendi with their beloved Zucca print. As far as I’m aware this print has been a part of Fendi since the 60s and has had a huge resurgence in the last two seasons. Everyone I know who loves fashion is after the Zucca print in the Kan I and Peekaboo styles. Personally if I had to choose I would pick the Kan I in the leather and velvet combination…😱

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Fashion is cyclical and all the trends that existed in a particular period are in one way or another reinterpreted for a new era and generation. Fashion is fickle one minute the logo is too much and the next; bloggers and celebrities alike are adopting the monogram back into their wardrobes. This creates hype for these styles and then they sell out making us want it even more now that it’s not readily available. I’m not just saying this is applicable to only bags either because in clothing we are seeing a love of all things monogram. This is evident by Kim Kardashian West who wore head-to-toe Fendi with the double F logo. If you haven’t seen it get onto it ASAP!!!!

This is how the fashion industry sets the trends and ultimately creates the look of the season or year which will then filter down into the H&M, Topshop and Zara of the word who present the logo trend on a friendlier budget. I can only say this is a trend and who knows how long these classic monogram pieces will stick around for but at the moment the monogram logo is here to stay.

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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

To Not Be A Typical Asian

So today’s post is slightly different as its about me and sort of a personal essay about growing up here in Melbourne. I did spend a lot of time as a child living overseas but I couldn’t really say I thought about much of this then only really in my teens and now.

I’m a 3rd generation Australian, my grandparents were the migrants that came to start a new life here. I don’t have any connection to the homeland or the places that inform my background other than what my family does now in terms of traditions. These traditions are tied to a sense of family and almost always surrounded by the food from my Chinese and Sri Lankan background.

Yes, you read that right, Chinese and Sri Lankan. I’m mixed and whilst being of a mixed race or ethnic background is very common in our globalised world I’ve been made aware by friends and strangers alike that this is not very common a mix. Mainly strangers express disbelief and ask me; are you sure? Of course, do you think I wouldn’t know my own ethnic background! My favourite of course are those that truly believe that I must be half white and some form of half Asian as explained by my semi-American, specifically Texan accent mixed with in with the Aussie one. I find this bizarre and funny…

In saying all this I’m very proud to have this background as it is what makes me ME. I am also extremely lucky to have never personally experienced anything racist or been judged on my background. I cannot say the same for my parents or my grandparents though. I very much consider myself to be Australian and growing up particularly as a teenager and as an adult now I did and do wonder if I was the “non-typical Asian” for both my Chinese and Sri Lankan sides. I didn’t attend Chinese school on the weekends or speak any language other than English at home.

I have grappled with this concept of being a “non-typical Asian” most of my adult life and to be honest I think I have pushed away from my “Asianness” not because I’m ashamed or don’t like my cultural background but because in someways I cannot connect to it. I’ve grown up in the US and Australia and remained in Australia through university and majority of my working career. As a teenager at school this was all I knew and often couldn’t understand why some of my friends who were also Asian were saying they couldn’t do certain things such as sleepovers or take public transport to Camberwell on a Friday after school. I obviously could if I asked my parents politely and they knew where I was going and who I was with. To ask your parents to go out was unthinkable for some of my Asian friends and sometimes involved elaborate lies of where they were and what they were doing.

To them I was the most Australian Asian they have ever met and I had the best life. My husband to this day thinks this and I guess thats what happens for 3rd generation and beyond. What I have come to realise is that my family assimilated over time and those cultural customs and attitudes slowly faded away. That is not to say everything has as there are some things that still stick and what I see now is that it must be hard to keep them alive over extended periods of times and I guess thats what my friends parents were trying to do….

I was raised with my family’s cultural upbringings but also with the sense to explore things like the arts and sport. I had the chance to be in bands and get the thrill of hearing an audience give a round of applause to me and my fellow bandmates; perform in plays at school; and play different sports each season that even included weekends where my parents ferried me to different matches all year. In saying all this they knew the importance of education and making sure I did well in school. I knew I personally wouldn’t be a lawyer or a doctor but there were other things that I was passionate about like reading, writing, politics, fashion and art for example. I was allowed to discover what I wanted to do on my own. This is considered not very Asian at all as I was not pushed into a career field, I was allowed to explore as long as I had a plan and was not aimlessly siting on my butt for days.

I now know I didn’t have a typically Asian upbringing which ended up informing the way I feel as a “non-typical Asian”. I didn’t know better and I just grew up the way I was meant to. I am proud of my background and the cultures that I come from and I think I will always feel not very Asian despite my appearance but that is ok. I have been carving out my own traditions now with my husband who is also from another background and we just keep moving forward with our heritage with us.

Beautiful Jewels

Hi guys

Apologies for being so long between posts…it has been a crazy dash to December.

I just wanted to share with you today the beautiful Ananda Soul they make the amazing beautiful jewellery that has a philanthropic aspect to their business. This ensures products are ethically made and  in ensuring that people are paid fairly for their services. The part I particularly love is the company supports women and children in the areas where their products are made. Currently this includes employing mothers of street children in Bali so that their children get to go to school and the cycle of poverty can be broken. What a great idea!!!

Apart from their great message their jewellery is amazing. I have picked up a few pieces myself and I continue to be on the lookout for other great pieces.

Here are some great pieces to go check out.

This one is next on my list…this is a gorgeous gold cuff

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This stone is Citrine and is known for its power to give you success and wealth. I wear my one everyday…

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This crown like ring looks amazing on the thumb

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This stunning necklace holds a special place in my place as I am a true believer in the power of Ganesha to bring success and ward off any evil. It also comes with a small Peridot stone which is the my birth stone

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The Hamsa bracelet is GORGEOUS and symbolises protection against negativity and gives the wearer good fortune and peace.

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These are some of my favourite pieces that either I am eyeing off for myself or already have on my finger at the moment. Please check them out this brand has everything on point!!

the expat xoxo

My Bali…

Hi everyone welcome back..

Today I wanted to share with you some of my key spots in Bali. I have been here enough times to be able to say I have found some gems even if they are well known about amongst locals and expats here.

I wanted to share these places with you but also have a little twist by partnering with      X Nihilo on showcasing there wonderful bags in paradise here on the island. The bags featured here are the X Nihilo Milford (Tan) and X Nihilo Eight bag (Gold).

This weekend I was lucky enough to stay at Katamama; a modern boutique hotel that sits next to Potato Head Beach Club. I definitely took advantage of that plus there is a MoVida there too (yes the one from Melbourne).

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Since I was staying at Katamama I was able to reserve the day bed for Potato Head. Normally you have to lineup to get the best spot at this popular beach club but no, not us! We reserved our spot and arrived at 11am the next day (best to book 24 hrs in advance). This was a completely chilled day.  I just took it all in by admiring my beach front view and sunbaking. The best bit is when it gets a little too hot I jumped into the pool and a had a few sneaky cocktails to match. I also did manage a nap as well…hahaha

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Another one of my fave places to check out is MoVida as you can experience a fine dining experience at a discounted price. A few good things about being in Bali is that food is generally cheaper even if you do go all out and splurge at a MoVida like restaurant. There is also a great bar attached to Katamama’s lobby – Akademi. Please check this out as you are allowed to make the cocktails you order. What a great experience!!

Another one of my favourite things to do is wander up an down Seminyak’s main strip and enjoy a coffee at the best coffee shop in Bali Revolver Espresso. These guys make the best iced latte in the whole of Bali and to top it off they are unbelievably nice. They also make a killer chilli margarita (Angel Eyes)…💥 bet you never had one of those before!!!

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Also, another great coffee stop is Coffee Cartel which has a wide variety of weird and wonderful lattes like the Beetroot latte and Charcoal latte. The colours are enough to excite the young and the old. I must say they do taste pretty good!

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I would also take the opportunity to wonder around the street and enjoy everything Bali has to offer. There is so much to do here and everyplace has its great things to do. There are many shops/boutiques in Seminyak worth checking out like Magali Pascal & Bamboo Blonde. Both worthy stores with Magali Pascal being the more higher end boutique. Also, check out the wide range of homeware stores as they will sure inspire you to redecorate your home. My go to place is near Sea Circus and is called Satunama. There is an eclectic array of homewares from woven bags to decorative statues and everything in between.

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On a side note, I just want to say how great and versatile both my X Nihilo bags are. The Milford in the tan is probably more practical and everyday…just as a bucket bag that can carry all your daily essentials. But the Eight…OMG. This has grabbed so much attention and did so in Bali. A few tourists did ask me where my bag was from and I’m eyeing off the silver mini version 😂

Be sure to check them out on Instagram and on their website…well worth it. Also, checkout my unboxing video on YT if you want to see my first impressions of the bag.

I hope you enjoyed reading this as its been a pleasure to shoot this and explore My Bali…

See you next time xxxo – the expat

 

What I’ve been up to

Hi Guys,

I am now back in Melbourne as we are waiting out this volcano situation. As much as I would love to be in Bali my husband was travelling in Oz for work and he was uncomfortable about me being in Bali on my own.

In any case I’m enjoying Melbourne now as its officially SPRING!!!. I’m going to head to the NGV for the Dior exhibition and I cannot wait. Look out for a blog post for that.

Aside from that I managed to get a new video up for a carefree makeup look in Bali. As I said in the video, the lighting is not that great. I hope you enjoy this video and look out for a reveal video shortly.

See you next time. The expat xxx

Tegenungan Waterfall

Hi All

I am back at it today with a more travel related post. I know I have bombarded you with fashion related posts 🙂 I do like to mix things up a bit so that you guys can see beautiful Bali. Also, a Bali beyond Kuta and a typical night out.

On Sunday R and I managed to finally get out and about in Bali. There is lots to see and we booked a driver for the whole day. Tegenungan is about an hour away from Sanur but depending on traffic it could be longer. The rule here, make time for traffic as it can sneak up on you.

We had a beautiful time. Once we got there we had to pay a fee to get in and there was a little walk to get to see the waterfall. The walk itself was a little bit rocky at times and there is a little climbing so I suggest wearing closed shoes, the best is a trainer of some sort. I saw girls and guys in flip flops and sandals and I wondered how they were comfortable trekking down then up.

It was nice to get out and about in nature and I did take a dip under the waterfall. You are not allowed to get too close but you can experience that feeling of the mist covering you. Also, worth noting is that when you do go into the water the ground is very rocky so if you have some proper water shoes thats great too. I didn’t and went barefoot so I experienced some pain walking around an not in a good foot massage way. We enjoyed the beauty and we got to walk to the top which was nice to see the waterfall from the top down. There is some beautiful artwork done there through rocks. It is a stunning waterfall but I hear there are some even better ones around Bali so those are on my list too. I’m hoping to get to them.

We also managed to make a quick stop to the Kopi Luwak plantation. We got to see the Luwak animal and see how it goes from 💩 to how it gets roasted and then gets to your coffee. Very interesting indeed. I believe Kopi Luwak is the most expensive coffee so worth visiting if you like your coffee. We got to do some tasting of some teas and other coffees made at the plantation. There was a beautiful Mangosteen tea and a lovely coconut coffee. These are free to try when you visit and you only have to pay to try the Kopi Luwak or if you want to purchase any of the ones you tasted. Of course we did try the Kopi Luwak and I must say it is smooth but I am not sure I would drink that on a day-to-day basis. I ended up only purchasing a herbal tea. No Kopi Luwak for me.

What an amazing day we had. We also managed to get a quick trip to Hakata ikkousha ramen which is lovely. Ramen is not readily available in Sanur so this was a treat.

I managed to capture some beautiful shots that I thought I would share with you all. A video is to come as well…

See you next time. The expat in Bali

 

Beauty Empties for the month

Hello…

Today I am back with another post and this time its regarding my beauty empties for the month. Although, its not really a month as some of these items have taken me a while to get through.

My next video will cover some of these as well…I am pretty sure I forgot to mention a few when I filmed yesterday. Blame my stupid filming brain. When I film it tends to be a brain dump so I can go all over the shop lol 😜

My first product is the Evo Fabuloso Platinum blonde colour intensifying conditioner. This is the greatest stuff as I have super black straight hair and this is important in keeping the colour in my hair fresh and not lifeless before my next visit to the salon. I only use this once a week after doing a normal wash and once I towel dry my hair then the conditioner goes in next and is left in for at least 1 hour. I try to keep it in as long as possible at least that is what my hairdresser says to do so maybe do it on a day when not out and about. Then I wash it out and dry as normal.

I believe there are other versions not just the platinum blonde one but considering my hair is black and I am blonde now this is the best for me.

You can purchase this and other Evo products through Adore Beauty and is $39.95AUD.

The next item is an all time favourite and is the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray. The one linked here is the full sized version but I have the travel sized one and its perfect for those on the go. I think it does make a difference particularly in a more humid climate. The humidity and heat requires me to set up my makeup well or else… A little baking for under the eye and under the contour and this setting spray once everything is done does helps make it look less bleh as the day wares on. Its so good I even bought two at the one time to avoid ever going without. The full size is $49AUD and travel I believe is $23AUD from Mecca. Also, not sure about the packing I think it might have changed.

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My next empty is the Sephora eye remover cotton buds. These are from the Sephora collection and are excellent for removing mistakes made with eye makeup. I have used this to fix my winged liner as well as any smudges that occur. People say the tip is hard to break to get the product moving to the cotton but I don’t feel that way but you do need a little force to do so. You can get this from Sephora online and instore for $10AUD.

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The Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer is one of those cult products out there. It has such a lovely thick consistency and brightens the under eye area and reduces any dark circles while covering any imperfections. It is what it says it is, and is super creamy but easy to blend out as well.

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I’m not going to repurchase this one as I have already bought the Too Faced Born This Way concealer. I have wanted to try the Born This Way range as people have said its nice and moisturising on the skin. The foundation has to wait considering the list of foundations I currently use. This concealer is creamy like the Nars one and does blend nicely but it might not be as blendable as radiant creamy concealer. I am still waiting for the Tare Shape Tape that everyone is going on about to be available down under at Sephora then I might give that a go next.

I’d say its a pretty good dupe for it. The price is only slightly different with the Nars one coming in at $40AUD and the Nars on is $44AUD.

So thats the list of my empties for the month or last few months. Hopefully you get a kick out of these and I will let you know when my video is up. You will also get a look at my makeup I wear for the day 😎

See you next time xoxo – the expat