What I’m lusting after right now!

Much like browsing the racks in a shop, I like to browse clothes I can’t really afford on a regular basis on online boutiques like revolveclothing.com and shopbop.com. Currently I’m lusting after the following beauties:

T by Alexander Wang One Shoulder Jersey Dress

3.1 Phillip Lim Knot Front Tapered Trousers (I want these so very badly!)

Marc by Marc Jacobs Simone Solid Blouse

And last by not least, J Brand Low Rise Cutoff Shorts in Bright Red (although, many of the other colours available are also gorgeous!)

Definitely some drool worthy pieces here! The Marc by Marc Jacobs top would look lovely with the 3.1 Phillip Lim trousers for a feminine look that’s super comfy and easy to wear! As for the J Brand shorts, a girl from the tropics can NEVER have enough denim shorts.

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Online vs Instore

I won’t say a whole lot on the online shopping vs instore shopping right now because I plan to do an article on this next month and don’t want to feel like I’m repeating myself (plus nearly everyone has something to say about it). However, I just discovered that it is actually cheaper for me to purchase J Brand’s jean leggings from shopbop.com than it is to purchase them with my staff discount at the boutique I work in.

One of the reasons behind this is the free shipping that many online stores are now offering. They’re not silly; they know you can be dissuaded from buying that dress or those shoes due to a pesky $10+ shipping fee. That’s $10 you could spent at the supermarket, or on drinks, or on lunch. Online retailers know it’s more beneficial for them to take this cost on themselves than to lose your business. In a way they’re actually smarter than your local boutiques. They’re often tricking you with a $1 saving compared to a brand’s RRP; similar to the way consumers can be subconsciously tricked by the pricing of items for example at $4.95 instead of $5.

A local boutique is convenient, sure. But in today’s economy where many people are becoming more thrifty and are conscious about the small amounts of money that can go to waste. People are now going for the pair of jeans that may save them a mere $3.72 on a pair of jeans that they have to wait an extra week to get; consumers want a bargain and they want competitiveness. The online retailers are smart enough to play into the hands of these consumers, even if it’s less only one dollar less than the price the brand recommends.

In a way it’s sad. I used to think I would remain loyal to my local boutiques no matter what. Unfortunately, I happen to live in a small city and majority of the time, my local boutiques don’t stock certain brands I want, let-a-lone the full range. With Visa-debit cards on the rise, it’s even easier to snub the locals in favour of online retail giants who have large size quantities and often full collections from brands.

One of the other downsides of instore shopping? Local retailers can’t buy in bulk, therefore, the prices can’t be pushed just that little bit cheaper. Your local boutique has to pay for shipping, staff, and much more. Online stores simply need a warehouse, a computer with internet, and a staff who don’t have to engage their consumer to convince them to buy.

In the end, is it really worth seeing your favourite boutique suffer in order to save $3.72? Personally, I think not. I would much rather try on the J Brand jeggings at the boutique I work to ensure the size is right (some brands don’t always cut accurately and J Brand happens to be one of these) than save myself the price of a very small coffee and wait around for a week or two while the jeans arrive. Unless the difference in price is greater than $10, I’m not going to shop online over instore (nevermind the fact I’m paranoid about internet fraud). After all, when you’re in need of an outfit last-minute on a Friday afternoon, only your local boutique will be there to meet your needs. A computer can’t pull the perfect dress for a wedding reception off a rack that it thinks will suit your figure, only the shop assistant who’s dealt with you countless times can.

So if you’re dying for that dress that you local boutique just doesn’t or won’t stock, then go to the online retailers.
But if you’ve got a choice between your local boutique and an online store and the price difference isn’t big and the colour or the size you want are in stock at both, support your local boutique. At the end of the day, they will be there to hold your hand during an outfit crisis.

The first taste of Chanel

Like my mother, I’m a Clinique girl. Clinique seems to be the only makeup brand that doesn’t cause my skin to break out something chronic in the hot, humid, tropical climate that defines the city I live in.
I use Clinique’s perfectly real liquid foundation, with almost mineral powder over the top; as well as, their line smoothing concealer for dark circles and their anti-blemish solutions for concealing everything else. Howevee, while I love Clinique, I’ve never been a fan of their mascara—I use Lancôme’s hypnôse drama mascara for thick not-too-long lashes.
After breaking my blush into a million tiny pieces yesterday and discovering there aren’t many non-glittery plainish pink blushes in the Clinique collection, I had to suss out other brands.
The lovely lady in the only place that holds a wide range of makeup in my city took me over to her counter, the Chanel counter. There, she showed me just the tone of blush I’d been looking for. Chanel’s 55 In Love Powder Blush—not too glittery and a gorgeous shade of pink!
Only very recently has a friend of mine from work broken my fear of bold lipsticks and pushed me into the coloured world of makeup. Before I came to work in the boutique I’m at now, I never used to wear blush, eyeshadow, or lipstick, because it all reminded me of extreme dance makeup. After being told I could use more colour on my face by one of the bosses (which took me aback at the time but now I’m glad she said it) I ventured into a world of blush, eyeshadow and eyeliner completely removed from what I’ve always known in the dance world. Now I own 9 colours of eyeshadow and 2 types eyeliner.
Recently my partner’s mum gave me a hot pink Elizabeth Arden lipstick and much to my surprise I’ve been getting good use out of it. So after much encouragement from my work friend, I started the hunt for a nice colour of red lipstick. Needless to say, while I was at the Chanel counter my eye caught sight of the lipsticks. The first colour I spotted ended up being the one I bought, 14 Passion Rouge Allure. It’s the loveliest bold red, but more of a pink tone than an orange one. Seeing as it’s winter I’m surely I’ll get a lot of use out of it. Perhaps my hot pink won’t see the light of day again until summer!
Morale of the story, be brave and try new makeup colours like I am! If worst comes to worst, you can remove it at the end of the day and be happy that you at least tried it.

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Zara Prettys

Zara has some lovely stuff in it by the looks of their online store. Before the big opening of their Sydney store a few months ago, I’d never heard of them. Now, I want to go shopping in their store!
It all appears to be lovely but well-priced fashion and very on trend. However, I’m sure there a quite a few classics in the mix as well.
Two of my favorite items I’ve been drooling over on their website include their two toned sandals and this lovely hot pink strappy dress.
The next time I head to Sydney, I will be braving the crowds to check out the store for sure!!

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Bold Coloured Pants!

AG Adriano Goldschmied–The Farrah Skinny Crop in Cobalt

I never thought I’d like coloured jeans (especially after the incident when I was 12 and my mother bought be a pair of hot purple jeans from Jay-Jays which I turned my nose up at and refused to wear), but lately I keep coming across coloured pants that I find incredibly funky and cool.

Blues and pinks are my favourites of the bold hues gracing the threads of pants at the moment and the latest pair I’m drooling over are The Farrah Skinny Crop by AG Adriano Goldschmied in a lovely cobalt colour. While the kelly green and red colours are also very funky, I prefer this lovely colour of blue.

These pants would go lovely with a feminine girly top to balance out the bold colour and some lovely tan sandals, perhaps. Although, a leather biker jacket would definitely spell out rock chic.

Coloured pants are definitely a trend to try; just make sure you find the right cut for your shape–a skinny jeans in a bright hue may not be for you. So whether you wear a coloured skinny jeans or not, make sure the cut isn’t too wide in the leg. Wider leg pants in bright hues may look cool in wools, silks etc, but perhaps not so much in denim.

J Brand Inez in Vintage Navy

J Brand’s Inez chinos. I’ve seen them in pink and green which I thought were adorable but personally I prefer them in Vintage Navy. I’m fairly certain my mother already owns a pair though in a different colour and considering we ended up both wearing Onyx houlihans out to lunch by mistake the other day–did I mention we both had white tops on? Mothers & daughters don’t look cute matched if the daughter happens to be over 18–so I think I will just admire these jeans from afar (or from the distance between me and my mother, rather). These pants are definitely funky and would be great with cute sandals or an awesome pair of open toe heels. Depending on your personal style, both a frilly, floaty blouse or a funky tank/top would go great with these. For these pants I’d personally wear lots of boho jewellery, I can totally see someone like Drew Barrymore in these babies.

J Brand Inez in vintage Navy