Monday, February 27, 2017

Summertime...and the living is easy.


Aside from my favourite jumpsuit (see previous post), one of my most used item this Summer has been this 'bubble sleeve' dress by Lisa Marie Fernandez (I absolutely love her swimwear and designs! I have her Mira bikini, but this is the piece I get the most wear out of). Fat day, lazy day, I-have-nothing-to-wear day, I instantly feel put-together yet comfortable and relaxed in this dress, with flats, barefoot or in high heels...now I need it in different colours!

Burning my toes on the hot concrete...
 Spending as much time as I can in here...
And in bed...
 Keeping my fluids up

Dress: Lisa Marie Fernandez (available in angelic white broderie anglaise fabric at Net-a-Porter, Forward and Avenue 32, and in red at Avenue 32, smocked with red trim version at Matches, in black at Lane Crawford , MyTheresa, Farfetch and Matches ), Hat: Lack of Color (available here), Bikini: Her the Label (available here - mine is in Khaki, even if you can't see it), Sunglasses: Self Portrait x Le Specs (available here)

Do you have certain pieces that you have worn lots this season?

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

They call me mellow yellow...in Tome NYC


I realize it has been a long looong time since I have posted an actual outfit post.  One of my 'intentions' (not to be confused with resolutions) for 2017 is to post on my blog consistently once again, starting from this week.

A few months ago I collaborated with one of my favourite online stores, Farfetch, in their #TheOne  campaign.  My 'The One' piece I featured was my favourite jumpsuit (and I have quite a thing for jumpsuits), which is by Tome, a New York based Australian label I absolutely love.  In fact, I love this jumpsuit so much I recently bought it in another colour (black), although the yellow is still my favourite (first thing I fell for was its gorgeous and glorious yellow colour, followed very closely by its draped exposed shoulders and billowy silhouette).



Jumpsuit: TOME (available in black still at The Outnet and Forward), Bag: Chloe Faye in Motty Grey (available at Selfridges in medium and large, at Nordstrom, and loving the backpack version at Farfetch!), Bracelet: Céline, Shoes: Sneaker wedges by See by Chloe (similar available here), Sunglasses: Self Portrait x Le Specs (available at Lane Crawford)

Anyone here a jumpsuit-phile?


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Monday, February 20, 2017

The eyes have them...

If your eyes are the window to your soul, and eyebrows are frames for your eyes, then good 'window dressings' in form of mascara and brow products are a must to show them in their best light, don't you think?

If I could only pick four makeup items to use before I head out door, mascara and a brow product would definitely be two of them.  Just a few sweeps of mascara after curling my lashes (a very important step!), but it makes the biggest difference to your face.  If you're wondering, concealer and blush would be my other two items, my dark circles would scare any child I might bump into at school drop off, and blush just makes your face look fresher and more alive; but that is a story for another day.

Back to mascaras, my favourite kind of mascaras are of the 'tubing' variety, and there are many reasons for that.  Instead of the traditional oils and waxes used in mascaras, tubing formulas use a flexible polymer that goes on slightly wetter than regular versions, and when it dries, it shrink-wraps around each lash, creating a "tube" around them so that the lashes are smooth and well-coated.  As more of the polymer is brushed on, the tube builds up and out, as if it is stretching out the lashes, but with a precise, pristine finish.  But most importantly, I love 'tubing mascaras' because not only does the emulsion create a smooth, shiny surface, but it’s also water soluble, so while normal sweat and tears won’t disturb it, several splashes of warm water will cause the tubes to swell and loosen their grip on lashes, easily rinsing off. That means they are smudge-proof (no panda eyes here please), great for days I wear contact lenses, and last through rain, sweat, humidity and tears, BUT are easy to remove.  No smudging on my eyes when washing my face, I can actually see the mascara washing off, and see my lashes in its natural state after, without needing makeup-remover.

I also love an arched wand, just to hold a curl that bit extra after using an eyelash curler.  Clinique's High Impact Curling mascara's arched wand in particular, scoops up, and lifts up every last lash. Smudge, flake, smear-resistant for up to 24 eye-opening hours, and is then easily removed with warm water (39 degrees being the ideal temperature, I've been told).  The High Impact range of mascara is designed to kick up the volume and length of each and every lash with pure, deep colour for added impact, giving lashes instant volume and length.  It comes in its original version, as well as waterproof, extra volume and curling, and I love them all (in black - 'Curling' being my favourite for reasons outlined above).  The waterproof version is great for when a reliable, waterproof mascara is essential, such as weddings, rainy days, swimming, sports and humid climates.  Also, the formula is good for those who find that non-waterproof mascaras don't hold the curl.

I have spoken previously about my need to fill in my brows (which I sadly over-tweezed in the 90's), and have since discovered Clinique’s Just Browsing Brush-On Styling Mousse.  It is a 24-hour-wear light-wear cream gel that tints, tames, and fills-in brows with natural-looking color for thicker, fuller brows.  I love that with the little applicator brush I can do so much and do away with having to use lots of different products to achieve the same effect (but can still also use pencil and/or brow powder if I want a little extra). I use it in black/brown, but it comes in four different shades, that would suit blondes, redheads and brunettes alike.

I use the side of the wand to sweep through brows from tail to front, brushing in an upwards motion, then giving it a slight horizontal flick at the end to smooth over the edges, then very gently use the tip to put some more product in sparse spots, and brushing through again.




My fabulous 'window dressings':

Loved the curved brush on High Impact Curling mascara wand

I'd love to hear which are your favourite mascara and eyebrow products you use?

This post was created in collaboration with Clinique Australia.

All images taken by me.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

My memorable moment in my hometown: Radelaide


Having called Adelaide home for the last 22 years, I often take any opportunity I get to showcase what an amazing city it is to anyone who will listen.  Sure, in my younger days I'd bemoan that it was not as exciting as say, Sydney or Melbourne, but my, how this city has changed in the last decade or so!  It is a vibrant city with a lot to offer besides the well known surrounding wine regions and beaches (all of which I love), including an energetic arts scene — with festivals like the Adelaide Festival, WOMADelaide, SALA and the biennial Adelaide Film Festival, as well as a robust dining scene, with exciting cool bars and cafes popping up at a rate I just can't keep up with these days.  It is little wonder that The New York Times named Adelaide as one the 52 places to go to in 2015 (the only Australian city to make the list, might I add - and they also wrote another piece on what to do in 36 hours in Adelaide later that year).

Despite all the new exciting developments Adelaide has received, the classic establishments and regions are still what I love most about Adelaide, and I was lucky to recently have had a chance to experience a lovely 'staycation' in lovely company in this city of mine.

MOUNT LOFTY HOUSE

Starting with the historic Mount Lofty House, which overlooks the Piccadilly Valley in the Adelaide Hills Wine Region, yet is just a short 15 minute drive from the Adelaide CBD.  Situated amongst five acres of gardens with stunning views across the Piccadilly valley and Adelaide Hills wine region, this historic boutique hotel features 33 beautiful rooms that exude old charm and a first class restaurant; and is the premier destination for luxury and romantic escapes (my sister recently spent a relaxing weekend there, and insisted I do the same), overnight accommodation, fine dining, boutique day spa experiences, conference retreats and weddings.  Like Hotel St Moritz (which I recently blogged about), Mount Lofty House is part of Accor Hotel's M Gallery by Sofitel group, and has its own 'Memorable Moment'.  I mentioned in my previous post that Memorable Moments at MGallery by Sofitel reflect each hotel's character, local landscape and culture, and take many forms, from whiskey and chocolate tasting at Brisbane’s New Inchcolm Hotel and Suites; candlelit rooftop dinners with a string quartet at the Harbour Rocks Hotel overlooking Sydney Harbour; or helicopter ride to “The Ledge” of Cecil Peak with a magical picnic on an incredible Alpine Plateau in Queenstown, New Zealand.  Shortly after arriving at Mount Lofty House, we (Melanie Liu, Shellie Froidevaux, Yan Dong, Emma Kate and Angela Liu) were quickly whisked away to The Lane to fly over the magnificent Adelaide Hills in a helicopter (my first ever!) and explore the produce and wine of the region:

A short video of my amazing stay at Mount Lofty House






Woo hoo! First ever helicopter ride!

 Incredible view of the Adelaide Hills region


 May I say, the 'soundtrack' to our helicopter ride was pretty brilliant!
Wine Tasting at The Lane

Followed by a delicious lunch
   The Pork Belly (pictured right) was all kinds of amazing!


  The Lane is one of my favourite spots for lunch in the Adelaide Hills, and I often bring friends and family here, as the food is always delicious!

Following our delicious lunch at The Lane, we were chaffeur driven in a Vintage limousine to some of the regions iconic wineries to enjoy private tastings, including a favourite of mine, Shaw and Smith:

Photo at Shaw and Smith (taken by Shellie Froidevaux)

 One of my favourite things about wine tasting at Shaw + Smith is the delicious cheese platter accompanying their beautiful wines (the M3 Chardonnay and Shiraz are my faves!)
After Shaw and Smith, we left for another favourite winery: Hahndorf Hill Winery
Chocolate tasting! We were treated to not only a wine tasting, but a matched chocolate tasting with a beautiful view of Hahndorf Hill's vineyards.
Not a bad way to spend an afternoon!



We returned to Mount Lofty House for a little rest before meeting for dinner at Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant, Mount Lofty House’s new premier restaurant with beautiful views of the Piccadilly Valley, for an elegant and intimate five course degustation dinner with paired wines, the perfect setting and location to view the Supermoon from, and in fine company too!  Executive Chef Girard Ramsay, and hatted head chef Wayne Brow personally selects local produce to create a culinary experience like no other, capturing the true essence of good food usinglocally sourced produce, and the finest internationally sourced ingredients (and state-of-the art kitchen equipment, which we later had a sticky beak at, when touring the kitchen after dinner.
Milk fed veal tartare
Beautiful food with beautiful views

 The next morning we enjoyed an amazing breakfast again, with beautiful views of Mount Lofty Hotel's gardens, and the Picadilly Valley...
You can select from the bountiful buffet or order a la carte...as always, we did a bit of both...How I love my breakfasts! Those pancakes were delicious, by the way...
Breakfast with a view
One can also enjoy breakfast in bed by ordering room-service...

I also enjoyed some lovely time outside on the verandah outside my beautiful room
At lunch time we enjoyed a beautiful picnic spread on the hotel grounds amongst their beautiful gardens...

 Enjoying the local produce

THE PLAYFORD HOTEL

After our lovely picnic we headed to the heart of Adelaide, to the Playford Hotel, our second 'staycation' destination. Centrally located on North Terrace, opposite Adelaide's Convention Centre and close to the super exciting 'West Side' (where some of my favourite restaurants and bars are found), this boutique hotel offers the perfect blend of classical style and contemporary luxury.  Each room is unique and beautifully appointed in an Art Noveau style that is brimming with charm.


Checkout this video of the girls and I enjoying our memorable moment at The Playford.

The rooms are spacious and beautifully decorated, full of character and luxurious touches
 After some down time in my room, we were whisked away to South Australia’s Restaurant of the Year (and a restaurant I have been countless times), Windy Point restaurant, to enjoy a seven course degustation dinner overlooking the spectacular panoramic views of Spencer Gulf through to the Adelaide Hillssweeping from St Vincent’s Gulf to the Adelaide Hills enjoyed through full length 180° windows. 

The cuisine is Modern Australian combined with old-school silver service and generous locally sourced dishes, making this a memorable dining experience, which is fitting, as this is The Playford's 'Memorable Moment'
 Huon Ocean Trout Carpaccio with squid ink aioli, citrus crisps and sweet paprika oil, one of my favourite dishes of the evening
 This cute amuse-bouche was also so delicious (and too cute not to photograph)
 The view made even more spectacular with this magnificent sunset

 Cheers-ing with fellow Adelaidean (now Melbourne-based) Emma Kate
Photo by Angela Liu
Breakfast outdoors at The Playford restaurant

 If one can enjoy breakfast in bed, surely dessert in bed is also acceptable?
This dessert is actually a breakfast dish at The Playford's restaurant, an incredible house made ricotta that is an absolute delight to all the senses!

 The food on offer at The Playford (buffet included) is definitely one of the best I've ever experienced, it even had coconut water!  Some of you may know of my obsession with coconut water...

I may have to come back just so I can have breakfast here again, luckily I only live a 15 minute drive away!

Thank you Accor Hotels and Maddy G for this lovely 'staycation', and for the other memorable moments this year!

Mount Lofty House, MGallery by Sofitel
74 Mount Lofty Summit Rd, Crafers, South Australia 5152
Telephone: (08) 8339 6777
Website: mtloftyhouse.com.au

The Playford, MGallery by Sofitel
120 North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia 5000
Telephone: (08) 8213 8888
Website: theplayford.com.au

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