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January 19, 2015

Coral for the weekend

Now that I am getting older, I try to experiment with items that I would normally avoid wearing. Tight fitting dresses were definitely under such category, as I had the perception that I would not do the style justice. Granted, I am still quite selective, as I need to make sure that it flatters my figure, and not make me look like a two- dimensional stick.

I love a good, backless cut and whilst this is a rather simplistic dress, I felt that it was most appropriate as I wanted to accompany it with a few of my favourite jewellery pieces from Tomassa. Back then, I would be too lazy to even layer on any outfits with accessories, besides a watch, as I tend to lose/ misplace them after wearing it on several occasions. However, I gradually realised that wearing accessories (to an extent) further create a personal, and individualistic element to every outfit. You therefore will stand out from someone who may well be wearing a very similar outfit to you.
Necklacebracelet, and bangle c/o Tomassa, coral dress (similar here or here), black heels (similar here or here)
Photos by Jing Khuu
As for a more personal update, I have finally re-dyed my hair to a more brown/ grey colour using this Japanese hair product. I was getting sick of seeing that red/ orange undertone in photos (and the mirror) since I've just had the same colour for months, and felt the need for a change. Hopefully the colour won't fade too quickly, otherwise I'll have to dye it again because I am actually in love with this shade of grey.

In regards to updating this blog, I have the intentions to document my recent interstate trips (mainly Sydney, Melbourne, and a bit of Perth) for you. I am planning to do a few holiday photo diaries with restaurant recommendations along with it, as you all know that I am a massive foodie when it comes to travelling. Hopefully, you like this idea as I don't want this blog to be solely based on my personal style. Likewise, I am also considering to do my 'Everyday make- up tutorial' when I am actually satisfied with the way I apply my make up products. If you have any other suggestions, feel free to hit me up on here as I would love to know. (I'll promise to actually grant your wishes if they are feasible).

Have an enjoyable week,
Jody x

January 13, 2015


Hey everyone. It does look like I've been M.I.A again, and I suppose you are right. Over the course of late December to early January, I have been thoroughly enjoying my time off to celebrate the festive season with my family and friends. However, in saying so, I did try to make up for the lack of blog updates by frequently posting on my Instagram and Twitter feeds instead.

My close friends and I spent a few days celebrating New Years in Melbourne. It was such a memorable trip. Each day consisted of us eating delicious food (Melbourne, you guys have amazing brunch game), and good vibes when partying/ chilling at night. Fast forward a few days of  catching up on sleep when I was back in Adelaide, and it was already then my 20th birthday. Time flies, and now I can finally say good bye to my teenage years. As you can see through these images, I was rather happy realising that was the case. Kidding.
Alex Perry dress c/o GlamCorner, Strap heels (similar here or here)
Photos by Karen Nguyen
I have never been the type to 'over- hype' my birthday and I stopped throwing big party celebrations since I was 13. I much prefer an intimidate dinner/ casual plan with my close friends than have to deal with the level of stress in trying to cater to the needs of other friends, and acquaintances. Thus, this year my little sister and I had a cute dinner at the currently- raved about 'Sean's Kitchen'. The subsequent day was spent having dinner at Mesa Lunga with my friends, where the night was filled with a lot of laughter, whilst drinking sangria and eating appetising tapas before we headed out.

As the occasion did come up,  GlamCorner and I decided to collaborate again to celebrate the fact that I've aged another year. Not really, but I do love GlamCorner's service. Considering that I do blog and document about my personal fashion on a regular basis to the public sphere, I now have multiple reasons as to why I spend a lot of time contemplating before I actually make a clothing purchase. 

For instance, I have stopped buying things with patterns on them (besides stripes) as I understand that everyone will get sick of me sporting it. There is the odd exception that if the pattern was beautiful, I might just have to buy it after all. Moreover, with social media being so prominent in our lives, I get a little conscious if I wear the same item, usually a dress, to an occasion or celebratory event knowing that a lot of photos with be taken that night. Not only do the guests at the event know that you've worn that dress tonight, all your friends, and even strangers on social media will also know that you've worn it too. Thus, you will most likely never want to be seen in the same item again. And in all honestly, it is a waste of money if the dress was expensive (subjective topic), and you chose to only wear it once. Don't mind me, there are exceptions, especially if the dress is of a neutral colour etc. but most girls will unfortunately understand this superficial mindset that I've just proposed. That's why GlamCorner is great. You get to 'hire' a beautiful dress at a much more affordable price, and not have to deal with the aftermath of leaving the dress unworn. 

I got to select this beautiful Alex Perry one and I just loved the elegance that it gave off when I wore it. I've been gravitating to more items that display my collar bones, and being the flat chested girl that I am, wearing a strapless dress can still appear somewhat conservative and sensible. I paired the gem with my go- to strap heels because you can never go wrong with such a staple, right? 

Whilst writing this post, I was reminiscing on my other birthday years and observed what I wore, and how I looked as I turned one year older each time. Here's 2014, and here's 2013 if you want to have a cheeky look to compare as well.

I will talk and update on here again soon, but until then, enjoy the rest of your week! 
Jody x

December 27, 2014


Asos crop top, pleather skirt (similar here or here), New Balance from Platypus Sneakers
Shortly arriving back from Sydney a couple of months ago, Carolyn and I had decided to shoot together again. I was really excited since our first collaboration was a success. However, as opposed to the previous shoot, with its theme being more magical and elegant, we wanted to try something a little different and decided on a casual, street/ urban vibe.  
Striped dress c/o Junk Clothing, Sheer white top (similar here), leather jacket (similar here or here)
It was an eventful afternoon to say the least. We headed to three different locations around Adelaide's CBD: a tennis court, skate park, and to the new research centre that visually looks like a gigantic cheese grater. Undergoing three outfit changes in the car, that is publicly parked on the streets is always a great way to test how fast I can change without having a pedestrian walk past... Luckily I didn't end up incorporating skinny jeans into the outfits as it would've been such a pain to it take on and off when sitting down.
Denim shirt (similer here or here), White shorts (similar here or here), Old Skools c/o Platypus Sneakers
Photography by Carolyn Do
If you weren't aware, I have yet to work with many professional photographers. Most of the time, it is my little sister or close friend who kindly act as photographer for the day. I know that I have been blogging and taking photos of myself for almost four years, yet I always end up being shy in front of other people's cameras. Is anyone on the same boat?  

However, when I was on set with Carolyn, it reminded me as to why your life is so much easier when working with a photographer. Firstly, you learn a lot from them. For example, I admire their patience to take hundreds of photos in all different angles until they find 'the one' (i.e. the perfect shot). Consequently, I don't have to worry whether he or she has captured the 'right' shots, or that I will have to spend time on Photoshop or Lightroom the following night to edit the selective images.
Secondly, you feel less stressed. When I am shooting with my friends for example, I am in a position of having total creative control. I style myself, I pick the location, and I direct my friend as to how I want the photos to be taken. This can actually be a very tedious process if the lighting is not right, or if the background does not complement the outfit, and in that case, we unfortunately have to drag ourselves to a new location (usually a 10 step walk, but yes). Lastly, these photographers have a better camera + lens than me, and hey, who doesn't love clearer images? Thus these are my quick reasonings as to why collaborating with a photographer is awesome.

P.S. Seeing as though it has been months since these photos were taken, I miss my hair colour, again. At the same time, I want a change but I've got no idea what I should do to it... Perhaps ash grey?

P.P.S. I wished you all had a Merry Christmas!
Jody x