Monday 2 November 2020

New Paddington Home

It’s starting to feel like home.

After five months of being back in Sydney, I wanted to share the progress of how my Paddington apartment is all coming together. It’s not completely finished, but getting there. It’s difficult relocating to the other side of the world with not a single piece of furniture. I’m such a home bird, and wanted to get all my large items pretty soon to feel homely. But unfortunately it doesn’t work like that. Good pieces take time to make.

My mother kept saying “you can’t have everything at once, it takes time”. As always, she was right. My priority was a bed and washing machine. Everything else has been delivered bit by bit. I also didn’t want to make the mistake of ordering items too soon and not loving them. Patience is key, as much as you just want to feel comfortable the wait is worth it.

The Living Room
My sofa from Lounge Lovers arrived in August, and up until then I was relaxing on camp chairs and a chaise lounge. It’s a timeless design, yet contemporary and textured. I was contemplating a boucle sofa, but so happy I didn’t opt for that style long-term. Instead, I figured I a statement chair in this fabric would be more sensible. This week my boucle chair from Lounge Lovers arrived and I couldn’t be more in love. I have more chairs arriving in the next couple of months (one is being made to order in Denmark so it’s due end of December). 

The coffee table receives quite a bit of attention. Last year, I visited the Atelier Brancusi exhibition in Paris which inspired me a lot with stone pieces for my home. Raes hotel in Wategos Beach has also been a massive inspiration - from the design to the scents. I thought this coffee table was a nice contrast to the soft furnishings. I sourced it on Facebook Marketplace from a local designer. It was a reasonable price, and exactly the style I had in mind.

My go to scents for the living room are Figue Méditerranée by Christian Dior and Lumira Arabian Oud Interior scent. Artwork is by my friend Karissa Sparke. 

Dining Room and Kitchen
When deciding on the dining table, I went against all interior design articles that encourage the same shape to match the lines of the room. My kitchen is rectangular but I opted for a circular table from Castlery. The reason I did this was because of space and vision. There is an archway that leads into my living room that I was adamant I didn’t want to obstruct, and felt a rectangular table would have done this. When I have guests over, I pull it out and add more chairs. I love the shape of the base, and think the curved lines compliment the coffee table which is in the same view. Chairs are from Harper’s Project and adore the versatility. I work from my dining table when I am not behind the camera, so they also act as an office chair; not to forget a studio chair for images. 

My go to scent for the kitchen is Loewe Oregano. It’s fresh, and not overpowering. I would like to add the Cypress Balls candle into my scent collection for Christmas as it smells of pine. The print above the dining table is my own photography. I felt the Chanel in milk was fitting for the space I eat in. 

My small appliances are from Sunbeam. I can’t stress how long I’ve wanted a barista style coffee machine. It makes me so happy to have a decent coffee at home, it’s the the first thing I look forward to in the mornings! The black design is slick, and compliment the black Samsung fridge and oven. 

As mentioned earlier, I still have a few more pieces to arrive, and a slight restyle of the space might be welcomed to accommodate those. I was kindly sent a Jessica Yolanda Kaye art piece in the UK, so I need to frame that as I shipped that over. I am also on the hunt for a new rug to add a bit of colour into the space to replace the cream one. At the moment I am edging towards an olive and cream tone. I am also hoping to get a few more plants. 

Hope you enjoyed the first reveal, and if you have any questions please send me a message on Instagram!


Wednesday 9 September 2020

Keeping Hair Healthy in 2020

I’m sure most of you will agree 2020 hasn't been on your side when it comes to keeping your hair in tip top shape. My last salon visit was in February to my trusty Aveda salon in Covent Garden, London. I can’t remember the last time I went a whole seven months without a cut and colour. For a brunette, my hair is pretty low maintenance, but I usually visit the hairdressers every 10 weeks. The moment salons closed with no reopen date in sight, it was time to limit heat usage, increase moisture and give my hair some at home attention.

For the past 6 months, I’ve been using Swedish brand Sachajuan - Minimalist, fresh, elegant, simple – but effective. Everything from the sleek packaging to the high-quality ingredients has been carefully selected to keep your haircare routine fuss-free. I first discovered the brand when staying in Hotel Grands Boulevards in Paris - one of the amenities was the Colour Protect conditioner. My hair had never felt so soft.

There are two tools I use on damp and dry hair. A large wooden comb, and the Aveda Wooden Paddle Brush. Both don’t snag at my hair. I also spritz the Sachajuan Leave in Conditioner. When combing, always remember to hold you hair at the top to avoid pulling at the hair, and never rub your hair with the towel as this will create knots and breakages. Gently squeeze the access water into the towel working your way from root to tip.

For Moisture:
If there’s one product I couldn’t live without it’s the Sachajuan Intensive Hair Oil. I use this on damp hair post wash. There’s something luxurious with all their products. Since using the oil, my hair has never felt more soft and shiny. And lets not forget the Aveda Damage Remedy Restructuring Treatment which I leave on my hair after conditioning for about 10 minutes once a week - it’s been on my bathroom shelf consistently for over 10 years.

For Scalp Health:
Dr Barbara Sturm Scalp Serum which includes Hyaluronic acid and Purslane - hydrates and protects against free radicals.

Fuss Free Styling:
Blowdrying has reduced these past few months. So on lazy days, I use the Schwarzkopf OSIS + Texture Craft Spray. It gives volume to your hair with a dry and tousled texture. The Spray also leaves no residue in your hair.

Now onto the colour... believe it or not I am naturally dark blonde, and the front of my hairline becomes a lot fairer especially with exposure to the sun. I am still trying to find a salon in Sydney, but in the interim I was introduced to BODA Hair Boutique in Melbourne. Yes, out of state - BUT, it doesn’t matter. With Melbourne in lockdown, I applaud the salon for thinking on their toes and finding an innovative way to keep Victorian clients happy, and hopefully other Australian states can experience the salon.

The BODA Home Colour Kit is designed to give hair an instant refresh during isolation and caters for all hair types including blonde, brunette, balayage or grey. Once purchased, a BODA stylist will compile the kit which includes a tailor-made colour for hair roots and ends, a bowl, brush and sectioning clip, just like the treatment experienced in-salon. 

For $119.00, the kit also includes a 30 minute virtual consultation with a BODA stylist, who will walk through the colour process step-by-step. New clients can also purchase a home colour kit and will be guided by a BODA stylist on the best colour treatment, based on their hair needs. 

I haven’t dyed my hair at home for over 10 years, but I think this is something I am comfortable doing again. I was assigned Prue, and she was so lovely and helpful. I think it’s also so nice to have that interaction with someone if you are struggling with being at home at the moment. Usually when I go to the salon I tend to switch off and enjoy the relaxing time. But this experience was more of a social one and it was actually quite fun!

The day after I coloured my hair, I booked a hair cut at Paloma Salon in Paddington. The trim was long overdue, and my hair is finally blunt and even again!

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Images shot self-portrait


Monday 10 August 2020

The South Korean Brands to Know

I visited South Korea when I was just 18 years old, staying in a city called Busan. April - Cherry Blossom season, and with it comes a festival surrounding the falling of the flowers. I will never forget the blossom piled waist high on the side of the pavements. I must have walked at least 20k steps a day, the best way to see a new city. Back then I had just finished my full-time dance residency, moving onto university to study Sport and Exercise Science. I worked in a clothing store part-time, so had a fond interest in fashion; but not as strongly as the present day. I’d love to go back to South Korea in the next few years, but next time spending time in Seoul, soaking up the local fashion and appreciating the minimal style from a more mature perspective. 

For the past two years, I’ve been wearing more and more South Korean labels. Muted tones, structured lines and also trialling new skincare to add to my beauty cabinet that not only feels good but also looks appealing on the shelf. If you’re a minimalist and sport a capsule wardrobe, I think this post is for you. I find myself restyling my Korean pieces more than many other key wardrobe items. Plus, it’s easy to shop some of the brands in this post as they are stocked on Net-A-Porter and W Concept which ship Internationally.

Verso Seoul
Clean lines, breezy fabrics and neutral tones. Verso is more of a lifestyle store. I originally found them on Instagram for fashion, but they also stock ceramics, jewellery and scents for the home.

I first wore Gabriel lee in May 2019 at MBFWA (Australian Fashion Week). There are never too many pieces in the collections, and I love a staple blazer makes an appearance each season. Usually with striking detail, whether it’s an asymmetrical button placement or split hems.

My ruched crop top has to be my most worn piece this year. Versatility is key when selecting new pieces to implement into my closet. Style with high waisted linen trousers, or under a white shirt. 

Yuul Yie
I’ve been wearing Yuul Yie shoes for just over a year. Recognised for unique structured heel designs. Perfect shoes to elevate basic outfits. They have a lot of online stockists, so easy to shop worldwide.

Andersson Bell
Korean and Scandi fushion that launched in 2014. Andersson Bell reinterprets Scandinavian vibes to create new objects from a point of Korean’s view. I adore their tailoring and outerwear. I opted for my blazer pictured in a larger size.

Venn Skincare
Skincare streamlined to modern life without compromising on the efficacy. You've maybe heard of the 10 step Korean beauty routine - Venn simplifies that. My favourite products are the Moisture Balance All in One Cleanser and the Age Reversing All in One Concentrate. 

My newest discovery. Jewellery that makes a statement. Chunky chains contrast with a minimal wardrobe. Also the brand which made me fall back in love with silver.

Bags with substance. Like many other Korean accessories, styled with a simple wardrobe will make them pop. I first discovered the brand the start of 2019. You can add extra accessories such as a different strap giving a bit of spice to the styles.

Hopefully when the world adapts to a new kind of normal, I’ll make it back to South Korea. If you have any recommendations from visiting yourself, I’d love to hear them. Hope these brands can inspire you to mix up your wardrobe.

Writing, photography and creative direction by Yours Truly
All images shot self-portrait 

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