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Thursday, July 29, 2021

10 TOP WORLD FASHION TRENDS THAT ARE GOING VIRAL DURING COVID - 2021

 
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Hello my loves x 

I hope you're all keeping safe and well. In today's post I am inspired to share some of my online discoveries of the latest fashion trends. Since the CO-VID pandemic started early last year around January-February, I have been enjoying staying indoors. But of course it's time enjoy some fashion because by the looks of what we're observing around the world. the world is keeping up with revolving fashion trends. (Fashion never dies, it just evolves for the better). There are so many new ways people are expressing their fashion senses (through wearing their favorite piece of colors or pieces). 

We are seeing bucket hats coming back, pastel colored active wear to pairing neutral tracksuits with an oversized coat and even brightly colored 90's inspired pieces appearing back into people's wardrobe (Glad we kept these aside during our de-cluttering days). 

So let's look to re-visit some new and old trends that are currently trending. 

1. Wide Leg Jeans
Move aside skinny jeans because wide leg jeans are most definitely making a comeback into the fashion realm. Reminds you of the 2000's where jean flares were prominent across everyone's wardrobe (well mostly). The wide leg jeans sits high on the waist and flares out past the knees, giving you that relaxed and comfortable look. Paired with pink sunglasses or a colorful top, you can most certainly strike off as someone who definitely had a vibe for the 70's fashion. In today's world we are bringing it back, baby - paired with a neutral colored or white top, layered with a cropped or over-sized sweater.  What I love about the 'Wide Leg Jeans' is that you can easily mix and match with tops and layers. It's probably my go-to for a quick breakfast date or weekend errand-itching to go outside outfit. Once our CO-VID restrictions are most lifted, I will definitely be striking more of this fashion inspiration outdoors.

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2. Tracksuit sets and Oversized coats
You will be surprised to know that this look is rocked by many fashion models and fashionable Influencers from around the world. #OOTD to #OOTN you can instantly pair your regular tracksuits (from something daggy or comfortable) with your classy over-sized coats (to VOILA I made an effort to get ready). This fashion inspired look is perfect and ideal for cold wintry seasons as no doubt it will keep you warm and snug. This is definitely a funky combination to rock outdoors because what will complete this trending look is really your favorite pair of sneakers or boots. Sparking New York vibes anyone? 

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3. Pastel Colors Baby!
If you want to pull off a cute and chic look then what better way to pull out your pastels baby! Making it such an easy trend to pair with other softer tones, this look will bring back the Barbie or high school days. Try mixing it up with different hues if you're after a pop of color but this is no doubt the perfect quirky look for those after something cute, something colorful. 

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4. Pastel Bucket Hats
If you want to invest in your bucket hats in pastel shades, look no further because we are definitely seeing this trend creeping back to 2021. Some pastel trending colors include lemon, baby pink and yellow are so adorable to pair with your overall outfit. 

Mix and match with your favorite over-sized tee-shirt to the wide flare pants or pair of Converse sneakers. Bucket hats are great to emphasize your eyebrows and facial structure especially when you are wearing your hair down.  

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5. Neutral Co-Ord Sets
A favorite look that I love to wear on like most days. It's not too busy or colorful and would suit those who prefer wearing more neutral colors (but then again having a nice rotation of style and color) throughout the week would probably boost my mood. 

There are so many ways you can pair your neutral co-ord set which is of course by some accessories - to your favorite pair of sneakers, heels or even a rich hue colored bag/pouch to go with your overall neutral look (to strike some balance in between). This is truly a sophisticated and classic look to opt for - which is why it's one of my favorites. 

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6. Floral Prints
Not everyone will vibe on bringing back the floral prints, but why not give it a chance with some fun floral inspired tops or skirts. You can easily pair it with a bolder colors to really take your eye away from the florals (but still have that classic 90's inspired look). If you're someone who loves to express themselves through moods, prints etc.. this is the perfect chance! It's fun look which no doubt allows you to become more creative in your fashion outlet. 

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7. Fluorescent Pops
Bring back a POP of colour to your overall style by adding a bright shade or pattern - you will no doubt stand out from the crowd, but it's a fun way to make you feel more bright, bubbly and experimental in a way. Opt for a neon green or neon pink blazer or a striking red dress for your #OOTD outfit. Not all fashion has to be monochrome, simple, neutral or safe. It's all about experimenting with different shades, textures and style. 


8. Over-sized Bomber Jackets
Bomber jackets are great for giving you that sleek, effortlessly chic aesthetic look. They should always rest loosely on your hips, and the cuffs shouldn't go past your wrists. Look to pair with some high rise tights or pants followed with a pair of your favorite sneakers. It's a super nice and casual look especially if you're out and about (socially distancing), grabbing a coffee with a friend, whatever it is you are doing, etc. 


9. Cropped Cardigans
A classic must-have or a well known contemporary fashion trend is of course, the cropped cardigan. For a super cute look mix and match with your lounge sweatpants or a midi skirt and sneakers. This is no doubt another incredibly comfortable outfit to wear ALL day long, because cardigans keep us all snug and warm. Cardigan styles range from button-ups to embellished to printed knits, so essentially there's a style for anyone. You can find some affordable cropped cardigans at either Zara or H&M. 


10. Monochrome Lovers
A fashionable trend that will never go outdated is the monochrome look. Combine your favourite white and black outfits, and BOOM it's no brainer that this look will work. Simply choose your white blouse button down with a black skirt and pair with some black boots. 
We have definitely seen this trend from Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Balenciaga and much more. 



So there you have it, some fashion trends I have observed from across the world. We may all be in this pandemic together, but one thing is for sure, fashion never really stops. 

Stay safe and take care everyone, 

L xx

Saturday, May 15, 2021

WINTER OOTD EDITION | STYLE IT UP FOR THE COOLER SEASON | FASHION BLOGGER DIARIES

Let's rejoice to Winter - a season where you can layer on as much as you love! 

Hello all - I hope you have been well and living it up wherever you are in this part of the world. Always enjoy life to the fullest! That's enough of some deep and meaningful chit chat, nevertheless let's get into my favourite part of blogging...let's talk fashion - in particularly during winter (for those residing in the Southern Hemisphere). Winter is all about embracing the cooler change, the wind whip lashes, the early morning frost bites...and much more. When it comes to dressing ourselves it's all about the layering, the jumpers, jackets, co-ord sets...and the list goes on. You can easily spruce up your look with the latest and trendiest pieces, accessories - ranging from boots to scarves to gloves - to anything winter related. I usually love to hop onto my go-to e-commerce fashion boutique, Femme Luxe literally a favourite of mine - and where I usually look to source my next outfit for the next social event. 

So here is my latest haul from them where I have styled FOUR different looks - so perfect for this weather. Just remember always choose pieces that you feel comfortable in, and sometimes being simple can make an immense difference, (without going the extra mile). 

Enjoy xo


Ready for girl's night 

Ladies I am in love with these Grey Tartan Slim Leg Trousers. It can be easily paired with your favourite blouse, top or a button-up top. It feels stretchy, comfortable and comes true to size. I picked up a size 8 (as pictured) and I didn't require a belt or so, but I think it would be even cuter if I threw on a belt too. To finish off my look I just matched it with some nude pointy heels. This look can easily be worn on your girl's night out...or change up the blouse to be work appropriate and you're good to go to the office. 

The Grey Tartan Trousers are available here


Any day is trackie day!

Femme Luxe recently released a new colour - Mauve! The Mauve Hoodie and Joggers Tracksuit Co-ord set, is super comfortable and I can lounge in these all day long. The colour is feminine and subtle which I love about it. This is definitely a go-to errands type of outfit, or even to lounge at home because it's THAT comfortable. Tracksuit sets are great pieces to own because who doesn't love a good matching outfit. 

The Mauve Tracksuit Co-ord sets are available here




Oversize Me!

I am wearing their Blue Buffalo Slogan Leggings Co-ord Set, totally out of my comfort zone because I normally don't opt for the oversized pieces. I am glad I've finally stepped out of the zone, and allowed myself to embrace a new style. And honestly it's not a bad look especially if you want that "sporty" youthful look - so effortless as well. 

The Blue Leggings Co-ord sets are available here. 


Ready for race day

I have mixed up my style with a lovely, flowing Print Black and White Midi Dress. I have paired this look with some nude, neutral heels - which make it so perfect for race days, work, dinner dates and for any occasion. I've always opted for printed dalmatian style dresses as they are so easy to stye 


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Which is your favourite outfit? 

Saturday, April 24, 2021

WEEKEND OOTD EDIT | AUTUMN | OVERSIZED PULLOVERS, JOGGERS & MUCH MORE

 

    Stay comfortable for the weekend! 

Welcome to another edition of the weekend edit, and here's a quick snapshot of some casual looks that I've put together. You can still feel stylish and on-trend with a pullover and joggers, I managed to source all of my outfits being featured on this page via my favourite UK online fashion website Femme Luxe. They stock a range of affordable fashionable pieces, from casual to Grey, Black and Cream Loungewear to Co Ord Sets to glamourous dresses. I love how their featured pieces are still trendy and stylish, which makes it easy for you to mix and match with other pieces in your wardrobe. 



Oversized Pullover Hoodies & Cuffed Joggers 
So I literally love how comfortable these Co Ord Sets feel - so much that I managed to grab them in three colours: cream, black and grey. You can easily pop them on for your weekend daily errands, trips to the shopping mall, lunch date with friends...and simply for home. I sized up in these pieces because I love the oversized feel. Currently I am wearing these Pullover Hoodies and Cuffed Joggers in Medium. For more of a shaped fit, you can go for your true size, however I just prefer an oversized fit when it comes to streetwear and homewear pieces.

 You can find the Grey Loungewear available here


Fashionable White Puff Long Sleeve
This is a Milkmaid Top which is a mid-length top and does show a little skin (for those wondering of length and size). It's easily matched with a pair of high-waisted jeans or trousers, and you're good to go! Otherwise look to accessorise with your favourite necklace, watch, bag, etc..

You can find this Milkmaid Top available here. 

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What's your go to outfit for weekends?

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

HEALTHY NEW YEARS RESOLUTION FOR 2021 - EAT, SNACK AND DRINK SMARTER - GOODNESSMEBOX (USE MY DISCOUNT CODE: LIVIA10)




Health is wealth! 


With a monthly subscription to Goodnessmebox, it allows me to try out a whole bunch of new brands on the market. You'll be surprised which healthy snacks would be considered tasty! 


This is the latest subscription health box I received from Goodnessmebox which is filled to the brim with a range of healthy snacks from organic chocolates to brownie bars to dark chocolate dusted almonds.

2021: It's all about making smart decisions when it comes to my food choices! 

I am all about resetting my health and lifestyle goals for 2021, which means making smarter decisions when it comes to food choices - whether it be cooking at home or eating out or doing the weekly supermarket grocery trips. 

Disclaimer: I am not a certified nutritionist or registered dietician, all information and tools presented and written on this site are intended for informational purposes only. 

Here are some TOP tips on how to approach a better and healthier mindset with food: 

1. Look to follow a healthy eating plan. If need be reach out to a Health Professional Expert or Nutritionist to get their advice on setting yourself with a calorie plan that's suitable for your  lifestyle and needs.

2. Focus on nutrient-dense foods. By following the food group chart and making sure that you incorporate your share of healthy vegetables, fruits and proteins...you are well on your way of making a positive head start for smarter food choices and goals for 2021. 

3. Limiting calories from ADDED sugars, saturated FATS and most importantly, reduce the SALT intake. You will be surprised at the amounts of hidden sugar, salt and other unnecessary fats present in packaged and processed foods. The goal is aim for amounts that fit within healthy eating patterns within your lifestyle. 

4. Shift to healthier food choices. I am not saying always go for salads when eating out, there's a wide range of healthy choices you can opt for, and it's all about educating yourself with nutrient-dense foods across the healthy food groups. 

5. Having a Support Network is essential. Having a close network of peers, friends, family and workmates who all support the eating healthy mentality helps so much especially when it comes to food choices. Some examples could be grabbing lunch with a workmate over a cafĂ© that stocks healthy options. 

So how have I started my health-goals for 2021? 

It all starts with getting more exposure to newer brands which is why I signed up for the Goodnessmebox Monthly Food and Health Subscription here. Here I have my own personalized discount code: LIVIA10, for which you too can score 10% off your first box.

You can get started with the GoodnessMe by first selecting which month suits your lifestyle best, starting from either 3 months, 6 months or 12 months. You get free shipping which is a plus, along with the bonus samples that you get from time to time. 

In the monthly box you would usually receive about 7-10 wholefood health products and samples which have ALL been endorsed by their health practitioners and personalised for their dietary requirements (vegan, gluten-free, etc). I can honestly say that I have been really enjoying having a range of new and delicious snacks to try first before I actually buy. Also it's really good to know that the range of products included are always natural and GMO-free. So you can really enjoy these without feeling guilty (if you know what I mean). 









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(Use my discount code LIVIA10 for 10% off your box) 

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

OUTFIT OF THE NIGHT: NEW YEARS EVE OUTFIT SORTED - HELLO 2021!

 

Bring on 2021! 

What better way to welcome the New Year celebrations of 2021 with some good food, company and of course with your favourite outfit of the day or night. I have got my maroon bodycon  dress sorted for this New Year's countdown through Femme Luxe's online fashion boutique. You can shop their latest trendy pieces from dresses, tops, pants, jumpers and even at-home wear. 

I love the dresses they offer on their website and you can easily pick out something for just about any occasion, whether it be New Year's, Birthdays, Weddings and much more. Look to shop the hottest trends in women's outfits with a range of hundreds of influencer's styles and trends. 


Wine Bodycon Dress 

I was feeling like a wine/maroon shade for my dress which is why I opted for this gorgeous wine body con dress also from Femme Luxe. They literally have a wide range of dresses to choose from, and I am so glad I picked up this easy-to-wear maroon body con dress for my ideal outfit for New Year's. You can easily look to pair this body con dress with some gold matching accessories, handbag and nice pair of heels to finish off this look. 

I am so ready to say goodbye to 2020, and welcome 2021! This dress is super comfortable and it hugs my mid-section very well with its cinching style, with the top having a cowl style cut to it, making it super chic and feminine to wear. I love how stylish this dress looks overall and you could either dress it up or down (by simply putting on a denim jacket for a casual look). I would definitely be picking up more colours of this dress, probably in either an emerald or black colour. Also Femme Luxe are currently doing a massive Christmas sale with their outfit pieces, which is a wonderful reason to re-stock on the trendiest pieces at such a good price. 


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What are your New Year's plans? 

Saturday, October 31, 2020

END OF YEAR - BASIC OOTD - SPRING LOOKBOOK


           Are you ready for some simple, easy-to-wear basics? 

I hope you are all well! I am back and ready to rock some new #OOTD for you guys. 

For all of your simple basic outfits which are great for the weekend, I've been loving these pieces from FemmeLuxe, my favourite go-to online boutique store (which ships incredibly fast considering they're UK based)

These styled pieces you can easily find them via the FemmeLuxe online boutique and there's definitely something for everyone. 

Here's how I'm keeping it basic and simple for the weekend: 


Quick Wedding Outfit Fix 

Black Bardot Cowl Neck Ruched Midi Dress - Malia, this is the perfect dress for a wedding/social function if you're after something black, simple, ruched mid-section and gives you a slim waistline look. I always love to opt for a ruched waistline style as it hides my belly (hehe). Style the outfit with some cute strappy heels and your favourite handbag. 


Just Going For A Walk 

Grey Cuffed Joggers - Lizzie - These adorable cuffed joggers are so comfortable! Love these pair of pants for an everyday basic look. It's great for a casual wear on the weekends, simply pair it with a hat and joggers to keep the 'active' look on trend. 


Black is Back

Black Boxy Cropped Hoodie Cuffed Joggers Loungewear Set - Another great find from their online boutique! I am loving the cropped hoodie as well as the fitted, cuffed joggers which makes my overall look stylish and on-trend. I'd highly recommend this Loungewear Set in your wardrobe as it's incredibly comfortable. 

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Stay safe and always remember to practice social distancing! 

Thursday, August 6, 2020

P'NUT STREET NOODLES FOOD REVIEW - IN CELEBRATION OF INDONESIAN INDEPENDENCE DAY + SPECIAL SATAY SAUCE RECIPE


In collaboration with P'Nut Street Noodles 

This August P'Nut Street Noodles is bringing Indonesia to Sydney, Brisbane and The Sunshine Coast. Monday 17th of August marks Indonesian Independence Day which means P'Nut Street Noodles will be celebrating Indonesian food and culture with special Indonesian curated dishes for August only. You can check out the specials with your local P'Nut Street Noodles restaurant. 

P'Nut Street Noodles are super passionate about serving up authentic asian dishes which incorporate real ingredients and flavours. Their food is bursting with flavour all thanks to the sauces and pastes that are made from scratch, combined with fresh ingredients. 

While we can't travel overseas at the moment, why not get a taste of Indonesia at your local P'Nut Street Noodles store. 
Simply drop into your local P'Nut to experience a taste of Indonesia, or order online at order-online.

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Here are some of Chef's Nut Favourite Indonesian Dishes I picked up from P'Nut Street Noodles: 


NASI GORENG, 
meaning ‘fried rice’ in Indonesian, Nasi Goreng is a top contender as the national dish but can also be found on the streets of Malaysia and Singapore. This dish originated as a convenient way to preserve extra cooked rice, fried in a wok with shallots and soy sauces to minimise food wastage. If you have ever been to Bali on a holiday, you may have been served this dish for breakfast, starting your day on a very delicious note. It gets its heat from the chili sambal which adds a depth of flavour to the rice. Chef Nut's naughty Nasi Goreng paste is Grandma’s recipe, made from scratch with wok-fried red shallots, tomatoes and
chilies crushed with coarse anchovies. The spicy fried rice is balanced against the
sweetness of kecap manis, a sweet soy sauce.

MY REVIEW: I haven't had this dish in such a long time and it definitely reminded me of my previous trips to Asia. It reignites that inner 'travel-bug' of mine and what better way to enjoy a spicy fried rice dish all at the comfort of my home. The fresh red shallots, tomatoes and chillies all complimented each other well, great for if you can handle your spicy foods. 


CHAR KWAY TEOW,
meaning ‘stir-fried rice cake strips, in Indonesian, this dish is also a very popular choice across Malaysia and Singapore. Originally made by frying noodles in pork lard with dark soy sauce and whatever fish or meat locals have on hand, the dish has evolved into a favourite on the P'Nut menu. At P’Nut we wok-toss flat rice sheet noodles with our garlic infused kecap manis, free range eggs along with fresh vegetables and protein of your choice. We perfectly balance sweet and savoury soy sauces and infuse smoky flavours of the wok. Charring the noodles gives this dish its distinct smoky flavour. It’s on the P’Nut menu for August only.

MY REVIEW: This was by far my favourite noodle stir-fried dish as there's a balance of sweet and savoury. I loved the texture of the flat rice noodles along with the stir-fried beef and vegetables. Super yummy in my belly! 


MI GORENG (Mee Goreng), 
Whether you spell it mi goreng, mie goreng, or mee goreng, it all translates to ‘fried
noodles,’ and is generally a spicy dish. Believed to be introduced to Indonesia by the
Chinese, it is thought to have been derived from chow mein. The dish commonly uses
yellow noodles and a variety of meats. It gets its spice from the chilli sambal, and is slightly
sweetened by the sweet and sticky kecap manis (sweet soy sauce). P'Nut's Mee Goreng uses Grandma’s special recipe to make the chili sambal from scratch, using wok-fried red shallots, tomatoes and chillies crushed with coarse anchovies. If you enjoy your noodles spicy with a sweet tinge, the P’Nut Mee Goreng noodles are a must-have!

MY REVIEW: Mi Goreng incorporates more of thicker based noodle, stir-fried with a mix of your choice of protein and vegetables. It's a great all rounder dish to share at the dinner table because who doesn't love some delicious stir-fried noodles?


AYAM GORENG 
Ayam Goreng, a popular Indonesian dish which translates to ‘fried chicken.’ Our version,
the Indonesian Fried Chicken, takes cage-free chicken wings seasoned with a special
blend of herbs and spices. The chicken pieces are then deep fried to golden perfection.The chicken is then coated with our made-from-scratch satay sauce and topped with home-made sambal.

MY REVIEW: I am definitely looking to re-order this delicious side dish as it complimented the other mains very well. When enjoyed with a Tiger Beer, this was the perfect snack dish to enjoy. The fried chicken is coated with a tasty later of satay sauce which made everything so enjoyable! 




P’NUT STREET NOODLES’ SPECIAL SATAY SAUCE RECIPE

P’Nut Street Noodles prides itself on making its sauces from scratch and serving up authentic Asian street food that’s full of flavour and no nasties. Now you can make their special satay sauce at home.

Spice Paste:
● 6-8 long dried red chilies, seeded and soaked in warm water
● 3 cloves garlic
● 3 shallots
● 2 lemongrass sticks, white parts only
● 1 inch galangal
● 1 tablespoon coriander powder
● ½ tablespoon cumin powder

Peanut Sauce:
● 1/4 cup oil
● 2 cup dry roasted peanuts, unsalted
● 1 cup water
● 2 tablespoon brown sugar
● 1/2 teaspoon salt
● 1 tablespoon tamarind pulp, soaked in 1/4 cup water for 15 minutes, squeeze the tamarind
pulp for juice and discard the pulp
● 1 cup coconut milk

1. Crush the peanuts coarsely with mortar and pestle or mini food processor and set aside.
2. Chop the spice paste ingredients and blend until fine.
3. Heat oil and fry the spice paste until aromatic and spices have released colour.
4. Add the peanuts, tamarind juice and water.
5. Add brown sugar and coconut milk and stir thoroughly.
6. Simmer in low heat while continue stirring for about 3-5 minutes until the peanut sauce
turns smooth.

To create a satay stir Fry:
● 500g chicken breast fillets cut into strips preferably free range or protein of choice
● 1 tbs oil
● 1 red capsicum small
● 1 cup broccoli
● 1/2 cup brown onion
● P’Nut satay sauce

1. Heat oil in wok at medium heat
2. Add choice of meat along with vegetables and cook for 3-5 minutes
3. Once the protein is cooked, add peanut sauce with some water or stock. Toss for another
minute
4. Serve with Jasmine rice and sprinkle some crushed peanuts