Monday, 20 March 2017

zumbaron day 2017

On Sunday, I traipsed across a vast distance for Zumbaron Day at the Star. 60 flavours available this Zumbaron Day and I'd like to say I was quite sensible, wouldn't you agree? Above are the Toasted Marshmallow - which I found to be toothachingly sweet and the Yuzu Japanese Cheesecake which was refreshing in its citrus. 

 Hahahaha. Sensible. Right. So in the end, I ended up with 35 flavours including and not limited to Rose Smoked Bacon, Sriracha Chilli Sauce, Caramelised Garlic Bread and Coca Cola. Oh and the Carmello Koala Ate a Twix and the Golden Gaytime. What kind of self imposed Bertie Botts every flavour beans masochism is this?

So we have some that are uncannily like their namesake, which unfortunately did not mean that it tasted like heaven on the tongue. Sriracha ... for all your culinary needs except in macarons. The Coca Cola on the other hand was remarkable. The mararon itself tasted like a flat soda but dusted outside was a sort of tart popping candy that emulated the trademark fizziness of carbonated beverages that left us puckering at the face. Of all the macarons I've tried, Zumbo definitely wins out for the lusciousness of its filling. But I have to say, having several in one sitting does detract from the flavour impact that some could have. I have 6 macarons left but from the ones that I've tried, I can say my favourites have been Caramalised White Choc & Cherry, Pancakes & Maple Syrup, Pina Colada and Coca Cola. That and some were complete misses, but it's a day to embrace wackiness so walk away laden with more macarons that you can humanely consume.

Since we were already at The Star, and in a vain attempt to counteract the sugar overload, I picked up a tuna burger from Gojima. I don't know why I didn't try a rice bun burger when I was in Japan, for some reason, I was convinced it was wasted stomach space at the time. Time to rectify that. So I bought this, preparing for it to be a gimmick but when I sunk my teeth into it, my eyes enlarged instantaneously. It was incredibly good. How? The nori yielded easily to each bite, the rice bun added a delightful crispy contrast and the tuna was dressed in an incredible spicy sauce. It even works with the cheese. I ... I am astonished. And I want ten more. I've been converted.

Will I be buying an inordinate amount of macarons next year for Zumbaron Day 2018 if it runs again? ... Maybe.



Sunday, 5 March 2017

the nanny

If there's to be an unusual fashion icon... would Fran Fine from The Nanny make the cut? How naive. 90s fashion is always fashionable and yet I didn't think that there was a correlation between that and 90s TV shows? Where did the belief of them being tacky come from? I've sinned and for that, I will atone. Despite the fact that it's been over two decades since The Nanny has begun airing, there is a blog dedicated to identifying the pieces that she wears. You're welcome.

There is an unprecedented amount of Moschino that she dons, which further cements that I'm going to have to undergo a TV show timewarp for inspiration. Ironically, although most of what she wears is designer, due to her character, it's perceived as tacky and ostentatious. Perfect. 

As it appears, my style transcends eras. As it appears, I'm incredibly stymied at this latest development, but I'm all the more richer for it. 



Monday, 27 February 2017

a shell to the pearl

Balmain RTW F/W 2012
Now, it goes without saying that since the military trend is back, it's perfectly sensible to desire a pearl embellished jacket right? This has transcended beyond the creation of a shell and tantamount to being dusted within the stars. The craftsmanship on the jacket is beyond belief and the golden belt looks as though it could hold the very seams of the world from falling apart. And there's velvet, the pinnacle texture for winter. Completely worth either the investment piece or to hang in a museum, whichever gets there first.



Monday, 20 February 2017

Comme des Garçons Timeslip

With the 90s making a comeback, it's only fitting that we step into our own time machine as well. Thrift Store chic is a very real look that is thankfully gentle on the budget. And it's fashion, not tacky so hah! My taste is definitely not deteriorating and easily swayed by the growing number on the price tag. I'm all too excited for the arrival of autumn/winter and I will get my hands on every ridiculously ugly jumper perceivable to mankind.  

This is from the Comme des Garçons fall 1996 line and impressively, the style holds up. There's no such thing as mixing too many contrasting textures and colours. The traffic will just learn to adapt. I like that the silhouette is preserved from being an amorphous mass by contrasting the oversized fit with trim bottoms, doing so accentuates the space that you brazenly claim in the world.



Monday, 13 February 2017

spring spring

If you lived in Sydney, you would understand that spring doesn't exist. It's a flat half year of summer. Give or take a few vital degrees, if I'm going to be pedantic about it. It's all about the aesthetic. This time, I followed the rubric because what isn't as revolutionary as floral in spring? Alright, I know, it's summer... spring... summer... close enough, it's hot enough. 

So here's a consequence of thrifting. Eventually, your taste will deteriorate and you will begin thinking that the most tackiest of things are deemed couture. I pulled out this dress from the rack, took in its brazen green that had the audacity to form diagonal stripes against a pink floral backdrop and sincerely considered my life choices and challenged the perception my friend had of me. We're still friends, although I suspect that is hanging on by a slim thread. I raised an eyebrow at it as I carried about the store which immediately lowered once I saw it on before the mirror. Eh... a good fashion is a matter of perspective, and I like to think its bold existence is how I should live my life. 

And green and pink are complementary colours, which is why it works! I'm a shame to my kind.

  1. banila co. VV Bouncing Cushion - I'm not quite in love with the bb & cc cushions that I got from my trip in Seoul, as they're notorious for being concerned about whitening.. perhaps it's a matter of application ... 
  2. Versace Bright Crystal Fragrance 
  3. benefit bella bamba blush 


Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Ghostbusters x Candy Stripper

Today's post can be adequately summed up in three simple words. Oh. My. God. 

Who would've thought that Ghostbusters would've gotten a reboot, with an all female team no less. I'm going to make a shameful admission now. ... I haven't actually seen it yet. So how on earth does it evoke such intense feelings within me? Well you see, when the original Ghostbusters was a hit, it virtually nurtured my elder cousin and for whatever reason, my aunt and mother found that quite endearing and regaled me tales of how big a fan he was of them, and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man plush that he had had turned black from its initial white due to how often he carried it around with him... to imagine my usual colder than steel cousin like that painted an unusual image. 

But the main reason why I haven't watched the reboot is because I'm incredibly shit with movies and I'll get to it ... eventually. Perhaps this collection, from one of my most favourite Japanese brands ever, Candy Stripper, will give me the push and incentive that I need. 

I never thought I would like the silhouette of oversized jumpers and maxi skirts over a more polished look but here we are. 

I said the same thing years ago about fishnet stockings but here we are once more. 

Unquestionably, this is my favourite look. I've been spellbound by palazzo trousers lately, bonus points if it has a slit up the leg but how it sits highwaisted with a cropped turtleneck is just an indescribably pretty pairing. 

I'm speechless really... and currently downloading the Ghostbusters film so that I can set the world back on its axis. 

Source: x, x



Saturday, 4 February 2017


I swear that my head isn't swirling in a neverending winter, the unbearable heat ruins that fantasy an infinite times over within the hour. I know, this says otherwise doesn't it? As much as I do firmly uphold the adage of quality over quantity, Australia's ridiculous up-prices considerably test that resolve resulting in me being extremely reluctant in forking over the gold only to be riddled with disappointment as its worth lie in its name alone. Capitalism, what else is new? 

Elf Cosmetics may not be entirely as affordable as it is here in contrast to the US, but in proportion, it will make a worthwhile dupe to high end makeup until I master its application.  

  1.  Assorted e.l.f. cosmetics - I really look forward to the Laguna blush and bronzer duo as it's universally agreed to act as a fantastic dupe for Nars' Orgasm (which is insanely pretty, goddamn. I'm buying into the masses now, sigh.). And you can never have too may shades of blush and highlighter to experiment with!
  2. Calvin Klein Lipsticks - For $3 each it's far more affordable than even Revlon lipsticks here which can run for above $15 for a single one. 
  3. Emerald Satin Shirt - A trend I didn't think I'd buy into was wearing pyjamas as outerwear. I take it back, I'm going straight from my bed to the streets from now on. It also didn't hurt that J-Hope from BTS was rocking a similar shirt in one of their Blood, Sweat and Tears performances only I'm sure that at $2, it's less than 99% its cost. Additionally, it has incredible structure and despite it being slightly lengthy, it doesn't need to be tucked in and falls majestically. 
  4. Gemstome Shell Clutch - Some call this tacky, others, a masterpiece. It's a tacky masterpiece and I adore it. It also is a refreshing change from majority of my bags since I have a weird fixation on satchel bags or bags in the shape of food items, because I'm quirky ironic like that. The texture is also reptilian as well with a white piping to add layered interest. Unfortunately, it will be the thing to break my tendency of overloading as realistically, it can only hold my phone and a pack of tissues. At least my back would be thankful. 
Why has no one told me that flatlays were so fun to construct?? Follow me on Instagram, to view more flatlay building. 



Wednesday, 1 February 2017

summer denial

Summer does not continue into February. As if the pairing of black and gold together haven't revealed the extent of how high I've got my head up my ass. Oh and leather. Don't forget leather... and dark lipstick and of course any arm accessory ... ever. Now shouldn't be the time that I just bought a calf-length black trench coat right? Hahaha.. at least we'll be in autumn's embrace soon.

  1. BCBG Max Azria Black Over the Knee Wedge Boots - to date, this remains my star find at any thrift shop ever. Unfortunately its soaring height keeps me from reaching the stars myself. 
  2. MAC Lipstick in Media - what do you mean you can't have dark lips in summer? 
  3. Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink 
  4. Chanel necklace - authenticity is a bit questionable but undeniably pretty with guaranteed sophistication. 
  5. Lush Angels on Bare Skin Cleanser - this has been serving me relatively well on days when a full skincare routine is as arduous as scaling a high mountain. 
  6. Lush Ocean Salt Scrub - in a pretty ombre blue and extremely effective 
  7. Pleated Leather Skirt - I have been on the hunt for once since what feels like the beginning of time. It's the perfect length too, not too short where it shies against the wind and classically demure.

I know, there's less than a month left of summer. No, I do not miss what I don't have. I will cry about wanting the cold and never miss the heat. 



Sunday, 29 January 2017

art space

How to spend your last day of freedom from educational servitude. Alternatively, the only reason when I'm arsed to move in hot weather. Ever. Whoever decided summer vacation seriously overlooked the massive code that although yes, there's a lot of time to burn, it's a shame that the sun burns you first. I have to say, the White Rabbit Gallery probably gave me an unrealistic standard of art galleries as the Museum of Contemporary Art, although interesting, didn't hold much of a candle to it. But also... scones. 

Indisputably, the best place for scones in Sydney would have to be at the Tea Cosy

I've only known about the existence of lamington scones for a day and now I can't live without them. So this is how tragic romances start. 

The only jam that should exist in your sight here is the fig and ginger. 

Activities to do on a hot day, gallery hopping. Alternatively, staying at home under the air conditioning. 


Wednesday, 25 January 2017

pastel foil


Following my descent down the monochrome rabbit hole, allow me to reintroduce some colour by way of pastel because life simply isn't interesting without contrast. I unlocked the secret. How do you make black more striking and the pastel more sweet? Wear them together so that they pop. Do it, it's life changing. Or better yet, colourblock in pastel. Both of which I did. It's like another realm being unlocked. One that breathes new life into an otherwise safe outfit. You can never go wrong with pastel. Typically, I prefer my shoes to be leather or faux leather as canvas is very vulnerable to the elements. But ... Rubi was selling them for $10 each so of course I had to get them all since I noticed a distinct lack of colour in my shoes.

I'm already mourning their departure from this world, but for the time being, they will serve me well. 



Monday, 23 January 2017

lazy oaf


Pretty much my mental state. They don't call it retail therapy for nothing and I foresee that this will be the headline for future posts. So like pink, I avoided black and monochrome like the plague. Fast forward to the summer of '15 when I was in Japan and I was in the best shape of my life. Ecstatic with that revelation and faced with a scant wardrobe, I tried a few outfits, marvelling at myself, as you do. I don't know what possessed me to wear my most abhorred combination, black denim against a black jumper but I was stunned at how good it looked. It was a religious experience, it was lifechanging. Then I proceeded to curse myself to high heaven for clinging on such sordid beliefs for as long as I did. Hmm? Too much hyperbole? 

So I'm all about that now. Cheap Monday falls into that aesthetic hence the reason for my presence there, but the store also carried... Lazy Oaf. The Disney collaboration highly discounted. I may have clutched my heart and internally squealed. 

  1. Disney x Lazy Oaf 101 Dalmatians Puppy Dress This went to a friend as her birthday gift out of the sheer goodness of my heart. I know. 
  2. Disney x Lazy Oaf Mickey Mouse Slogan T-Shirt Fortunately, unfortunately, this is long enough to be a dress for me. No complaints. I've been attracted to wearing large t-shirts as dresses with tights emblazoned with crosses at the thighs. A gentle dip into risque if you will. The high rainbow collar doesn't hurt either.
  3. Cheap Monday 'Coach Block Logo Sweat' Ahh yes, here's the aforementioned aesthetic. And yes, I look killer wearing it with black denim haha. But I will be killed if I attempt to wear it in this heat ... absence makes the heart grow fonder. 
  4. Adidas 'Climalite shorts' Sports luxe is a thing and black will always be a thing. 
  5. Giorgio Armani 'luminous silk foundation' I seem to have horrid luck with foundation, it's either too white, too pink or simply not perfect. Which is a shame as the finish is incredible, not so much for coverage but to produce a mask of perfection.
The closing remark is that my soul yearns for the cold and it's beginning to be evermore apparent.



Sunday, 22 January 2017

safety net

And here we wonder if age is the root cause or if it's simply been the case of 'I've been alive for too long and possessing any inhibitions is simply a waste of time and abhorrent to growth'. So, fishnet stockings... I've been convinced. I'm still unconvinced on anything cropped but that's just me preferring a conservative style of dress. It's a restriction that's gradually loosening, I'll admit. 

You can't separate the risque element from fishnet stockings but perhaps a little sprinkle of that is all we need in life. Perhaps this will even be the stepping stone into my incorporation of cropped things into my wardrobe. Who knows, I certainly don't. Having it stand above the waistband just seems to ooze with this sort of raw power that I have fallen embarrassingly hard for. 

How to work it in shades of pastel. Ahuh, I have a new love affair. 



Thursday, 19 January 2017

the white rabbit's maw

If this was offered without context would there be fear? I'll sum it up in one word. Art. No this is not the inside of my basement/cellar/freezer. Or is it? This is Zhang Dali's Chinese Offspring, depicting the mass hanging of naked migrant workers and it is part of the White Rabbit Gallery's exhibit called Vile Bodies which orchestrate that monstrosity possesses many faces and is not only confined by our skin but coexist with us physically. 

This is illuminating, eerie and riveting all at once. 

My sister makes for a beautiful subject, and in an art gallery, being near a work of art makes you one itself. 


Cheng Dapeng's Wonderful City, resin 3D prints on lightbox. This is a depiction of an atonement of China's highly lauded urban growth in that it attempts to highlight the shadow that is oft cast aside in the light. Although they attempt to convey the 'perfect life' of providing a square of life for the owner, it is nothing but a breeding ground for monsters. 



Sunday, 15 January 2017

pink elephants

In breaking news, I still loathe summer. I'm pretty sure it's one of the underlying factors in my unproductivity. Would you... want to go outside when the weather doesn't dip below 30C and reaches as high as 40C? But winter is coming... winter is coming... 

  1. Jewel and Wrap Choker Set from Lovisa I wasn't intending on buying any chokers in store but seeing how majestic the silver flower layered against the black looks had me falling hook, line and sinker. 
  2. Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink Here's a product that needs no introduction and for good reason. It works like a dream and is indispensable for etching that cateye so sharp it could be weaponised. 
  3. Clio 'Water Proof Pen Liner, Kill Black' This was one of the products that was severely underlined and heavily bolded to get when I went to Seoul. No liquid eyeliner will hold me the way this has. Kat von D who? 
  4. e.l.f. Makeup Mist and Set If there's a makeup brand that I envy for American accessibility it's e.l.f. Based on its glowing accolades, how can products worth pocket change if not rival, better high end ones? Building a trustworthy makeup collection would've been a lot more affordable. Although in saying that, the price it's sold at in Australia isn't so bad, but when you're considering it's sold at three times the initial price, the accessibility becomes harder to justify. Of course with Australia's horrible exchange at the moment, I don't need to use a middleman in order to see if it truly is worth their holy grail status. So it's summer, makeup refuses to stay on. We'll see if this can challenge the strength of the Urban Decay setting spray. 
  5. e.l.f. Mascara Primer I'm told this will make my lashes touch the sky. Sold!

Is summer over yet?



Saturday, 7 January 2017

timeless as 3CE

A flawless base, lips dipped in blood and killer heels, The most imperative look in one's arsenal which is also blessedly the most simple to attain. 3CE, a South Korean makeup line from the famous fashion brand Style Nanda has essentially created timeless in a bottle.  

These are several of 3CE's bestsellers, their Creamy Lip Color in the most possible red, Cover Cream Foundation and Full Cover Concealer. 

The 3CE Creamy Lip Color lives up to its name and would bring life to your lips even if they have been made into cracked desert sand by the harshness of winter. It's extremely moisturising and the pigment immensely vibrant. Due to that however, it is highly transferable, so blotting it several times after pigmentation is imperative. In #1 it is captured fire itself and the colour alone projects a kind of confidence beyond it's pretty appearance. 

The 3CE Cover Cream Foundation is designed for coverage and thus, the consistency is rather thick. A sheer coverage could be obtained by lessening the amount of product used and how briskly it can be spread over your face. Unfortunately, it emphasises the appearance of dry skin and doesn't melt into the skin as seamlessly as one would prefer. 

With the 3CE Full Cover Concealer, I found that it had similar properties to the Cover Cream Foundation in that the formular is fairly thick and would pronounce dry skin. In order to assure a smoother appearance, a moisturised face is a must. It has medium coverage but it can be buildable. 

Unfortunately both the Cover Cream Foundation and Full Cover Concealer only come in two shades and doesn't accommodate a wide variety of skin tones. 

In summary, the 3CE Creamy Lip Color rightfully proves its position as a Best Seller whilst the other two products perform satisfactorily but better alternatives can be found elsewhere. Otherwise, the three combine to provide an impeccable foundation of a flawless face and striking red lips.