Tuesday, September 30, 2014

DIFFERENT, BUT IMPORTANT




I'm wearing: 
Witchery Mesh Triangle top in XXS/XS - adjustable so it fits really well

Witchery Slouch Stripe pant - size 4, yet still about an inch too large, had to pin the back for the purpose of this shoot. I recommend trying in store before purchase

Louis Vuitton shoes (from the SS13 collection), Lovisa earrings, Zara clutch, Dainty & Bold necklaceHouse of Holland x Elegant Touch nails via Her Fashion Box


Alright guys, I'm going to try to keep this short and sweet. This post speaks closely to my heart and therefore has taken me quite some time to muster up the courage to post it, but I hope you appreciate the thought and sincerity behind it.

Two weeks ago, I posted a sneak peak of these photos on one of my social media channels and received a comment essentially implying that I'm too skinny and that the media should use more "pleasant models".

First of all, I am in no way or form a model, and have never claimed to be one. Secondly, while I do appreciate (and highly welcome) constructive criticism, I believe that skinny shaming is akin to calling someone out for being "fat". We don't call someone out for being overweight because it's rude, so why do people think it's okay to tell someone off for being too skinny?

And lastly, for those of you out there who are naturally skinny like me-

With mainstream hip hop obsessing over booties right now, it's easy for us 'skinny bitches' to feel inadequate about our bodies. Or in this case, the lack thereof.  I always joke about getting a boob job but you know what - if a guy doesn't want to be with you because you are lacking on that front (heh heh, pun intended), he's not the right guy for you. Be confident in your own skin.

At the end of the day, instead of comparing, we should be empowering each other. Size 4 or size 14, as long as you're healthy that's all that matters. We're all beautiful in our own ways :)

I hope I'm not the only one who feels this way. Let me know what you think! Comment below or ask.fm me :) Let's start a discussion and create awareness of this burgeoning social issue!


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Friday, September 19, 2014

I NEED YOUR OPINIONS...






I'm wearing: 

Top Outfit - 
Hand-me-down shirt from Japan
Zara clutch
Rings by Curated Label and Dainty and Bold
Nails by House of Holland x Elegant Nails via Her Fashion Box


Bottom Outfit - 
Earrings by Dainty and Bold
Necklace by Dainty and Bold
Witchery bralet (also similar - ASOS Chelsea Lace Bralet and Miss Guided Black Lace Bralet)
Runaway the Label white blazer (also available on St Frock)
Rings by Curated Label and Dainty and Bold
Nails by House of Holland x Elegant Nails via Her Fashion Box


To add to your already long list of internet shops to procrasti-window shop at, BKRM is one of the finest web shop based in Hong Kong that I highly recommend.  They ship worldwide and stock my favorite Australian labels like Maurie & Eve and Paint It Red, but also have a more affordable 'basic' collection that is sure to tickle the fancy of your inner minimalist.


Before I get into what I need your opinions of, I just want to say sorry for the mini blogging hiatus. I've been dealing with some personal issues lately (aka boy problems, to which some will reply THIS), but I'm up and running again and ready to start on a new adventure!


I'm sure some of you have seen snaps of these pictures on my Instagram @bamitsjoanne, but now here they are, in all it's glory! These snaps are the amazing product of sickest fashion photographer Nelson Lai. I can honestly say I walked away from the photoshoot learning so much more about myself - how to work my body, my angle and poses etc, than I've ever done in my entire life. This is the product of working with someone who has a keen eye in fashion, who's worked with international models before and is good at giving directions! 


I try to learn myself as well. I love watching reality shows like Asia's Next Top Model. When I read magazines, my favorite part is definitely the high fashion editorials. I would stare at the pages for hours and notice the subtle things - like how they always try to elongate the neck, how they are aware of their fingers placement, and try to guess what movements they were doing for the photographer to snap the 'movement' shots with the right timing. I hence love behind the scene videos (Coco Rocha's are a must-watch - she's a crazy b*tch, in the best way) because you learn so much from them!


There is of course still much room for improvement for me, but this is my learning curve. This is definitely a lot more time-consuming and challenging than my regular daily outfit posts, but it's exactly why I want to do it. I learn so much more from these photoshoot sessions than I would have otherwise, constantly challenging myself and learning about what makes people go "OMG" and what makes them go "Um.. Can you not?" Haha.


I hope you guys enjoy these pictures as much as I enjoyed working on them for you. I hope to start creating more editorial-inspired content in addition to the normal 'street-style' ones that I used to do. This is just something new that I want to explore, and I hope you guys will join me in this journey and give me as much constructive criticism/ feedback as possible! 


Let me know what you think of this change of blog direction, and if you're feeling chatty, what you want to see more of in the future - editorial-inspired posts, or normal outfit posts, or...






Friday, September 05, 2014

TALULAH SWIMWEAR



I'm wearing: Talulah 'Memoires' One pieceswimsuit, Steve Madden knee high gladiator boots, Sportsgirl fur jacket, Dainty and Bold necklace, House of Holland nails


I have been a fan of Australian label Talulah for ages, so when they decided to create a new swimwear line I was stoked! Ever since my American trip (read: Californian beaches.. photos to come soon I promise!) I have been keeping my eye out for new swimsuits to welcome the upcoming Australian summer. 

This one-piece set has amazing cut out details which will no doubt give me sexy weird tan lines but hey - if it strategically distracts from your non-existent abs, what's not to love? AM I RIGHT LADIES?

In terms of sizing, I'm a petite size 4-6, and I received an XS (smallest size they make). The fit is perfect and hugs my figure really well without making me feel like I'm wrapped in Saran wraps. The only downside is that the part that covers the boobs (see pic below for a better idea of what I'm talking about) are "moveable", as in it goes up and down, so it's probably not the best for swimming.

However, it's perfect for lounging on the beach or going to a beach party!!! :D




Tell me in the comment section below - do you prefer one pieces or two sets?

Photos by Nelly Pro

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

LOUIS VUITTON MONOGRAM CHALE & BLACK JEANS







I'm wearing: Mink Pink silk cami SS14, A Brand Jeans Black coated skinnies, Louis Vuitton Monogram Chale in Denim Noir, Mango Leather Jacket, JYJZ pale pink coat, Claire Aristides Fine Heart Bracelet, Billini Shoes

Nails: Color Theory in Purple Rain and L'oreal Paris in 507 Riviera Lavender


My cold weather layering formula - a favorite shawl/scarf (I literally wear this EVERYWHERE), staple black skinnies and any permutation of shorter jacket/ longer coat layering. Add my favorite color this season - blush - and it's pretty much my standard winter uniform. 

Hashtag on repeat.



Photos by Tino Contino



Monday, August 25, 2014

LET'S TALK BEAUTY!


This Friday 29th August is Kosmea Australia's Makeup Free Me Day!! Which means we all get to go barefaced woohoo! 


photo from Instagram @bamitsjoanne

I normally don't wear makeup anyway on a daily basis. I'd rather sleep in an extra 20 minutes and sacrifice my makeup time! There was a period of my life around last year, where I used to put makeup on almost everyday. I felt as though I needed makeup to "attract boys" or make myself feel good. I'm still coming to terms with it, but I know one day I will be completely fine and happy with myself that I won't need makeup to validate my self worth. 

Which brings me to a most commonly asked question - How do you keep your skin looking good without makeup?

I did a post a month ago about my travelling essentials, but here I'd like to delve deeper into the 3 main beauty products that I swear by.


1. My handy Carmex in a jar! Y'all know how much I rely on this pot of medicated goodness. I'm addicted to say the least. I have one in my handbag, one in my bedside drawer and one at my office desk. Haha not even kidding! It's pretty much my beauty essential, and I make sure I can use it anywhere, anytime hence it's always within reach no matter where I go. There's a reason why Carmex has been around for 77 years, and is sold every 29 seconds around the world. I know, I'm such a dork.


2. Kosmea Australia Rose Hip Oil - This product is my Holy Grail for dry skin. I used to have really dry skin and since using this every day and night, my face is now smooth and non-flaky. Now that my skin is back to normal, I have been cutting down on using it. I use it every other day now, alternating between this and Indeed Labs Hydroluron Moisture Jelly. I love the jelly texture and how it makes my face feels super bouncy. The only down side to the Hydroluron is that is gets used up pretty quickly (I finished my jar in about two months or less), whereas my Rose Hip Oil lasts forever!


3. Carmex Moisture Plus Lip Balm in Pink - So most of my friends have heard me gush about this product countless times - now it's your turn! :P  It's seriously the best lip balm for when I have makeup on (sometimes even without makeup) as it gives a little colour to your lips. I once got so desperate and it worked doubly as a cheek stain/ blush too hehe. Who cares! No one notices! 


Go home, Jo. You're drunk on Carmex. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

OVERALLS AND SNEAKERS







The Nike swoosh is trending hard on Instagram (and all social medias) right now, but I'm here rocking Sketchers and being like MEMORY FOAMS ARE SO COMFY OMG.

GET ON IT GUYS.  


I'm wearing: Charlotte Russe Overalls, vintage crop top, Sketchers shoes, Miu Miu sunnies, Triangl Swimwear packaging used as backpack

 Photos by Jessica Chee

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

HAIR / SKIN / BODY CARE ROUTINE - TRAVEL EDITION




HAIR CARE

Nanokeratin System Shampoo & Conditioner 

Schwarzkopf Moisture Gloss Crystal Oil

Batiste Dry Shampoo


BODY CARE

Gilette Satin Care (with a touch of Olay)

Garnier Mineral Ultra Dry Optimal Protection Anti- Perspirant

Christian Dior J'Adore Body Perfume Lotion 

Gucci Flora Fragrance EDT

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF 30

Focus Dailies All Day Comfort Contact Lens




SKIN CARE

Sephora Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover (used with square cotton pads)

Loreal Paris Toner and Makeup Remover in 1 (used with square cotton pads)

Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash

Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Jelly 

Carmex Moisturising Lip Balm - I have been using this every single day and can personally vouch for how convenient it is to carry this small tub around wherever I go. 

Especially for those of you currently in Australia spending winter - if you're experiencing dry, chapped or cracked lips as I always do during the cold weather, Carmex is a WINTER MUST HAVE . It has this tingly feeling when I first apply it, and it makes me feel like it's actually working it's magic. 

Thanks to Carmex @CarmexAustralia I'm giving away the full Carmex range (see below)! To enter this giveaway, all you have to do is enter your email address in the comment section below.

Head to my Instagram account for some sneaky extra entries @bamitsjoanne ;)




Wednesday, July 09, 2014

DENIM ON DENIM IN HOLLYWOOD








I'm wearing: JYJZ top, Aeropostale DIY denim shorts, Charlotte Russe necklace, Miu Miu sunnies c/o Sunglass Hut, Billini bag, Nat's Ruegembon rings and Claire Aristides heart and star bracelets


Back in Los Angeles and this was my outfit visiting the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Little Tokyo. Beat the scorching heat with this double denim ensemble and comfy sandals.

In other news, did some shopping at Sephora today. I am on the hunt for a high coverage foundation that has long staying power. I've got some samples for Stila and Giorgia Armani (went in to ask for Ellis Faas but the Hollywood Sephora did not seem to stock it), so hopefully I make up my mind soon! Any recommendations? I have combination skin and my main concern is redness. 

Also am totally happy I got to meet up with Natalie from NALIELI. We found out we have so many things in common that we decided we are long lost sisters and she is now officially my mei mei :) Can't wait till to do Europe Fashion Week next year together!


Photos by Natalie Liao



Tuesday, July 08, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO







I'm wearing: Cooper St Clothing cardigan, My Boutique top (super comfy), Billini shoes and bag, We the Hunter jeans, Miu Miu sunnies c/o Sunglass Hut, Her Fashion Box bracelet


I have finally landed in sunny America and this is my first post from the land of the free. I am currently based in Los Angeles for a Sydney Uni Exchange Program with UCLA, but last weekend I had the pleasure to visit all my high school friends in San Francisco. 

I also met up with Instagram photographer friend Ryan Chua. So glad to finally meet the amazing guy behind that account. He's super generous and such a sweetheart. Follow him on Instagram @ryanbyryanchua if you haven't already! 

You are probably wondering why I'm wearing a cardigan and jeans when it's all summery in America! San Francisco is a weird city with capricious weather - it's foggy and cold on one side of the bay, and warm and sunny on the other side - at the same time. You always need to have a jacket or scarf ready. I had a leopard shawl I stole from Anthony in my bag ready for whenever the wind decides to hurl right at me.

I'm currently back in LA and haven't had a proper shut-eye since two nights ago, so I'm heading off to bed now. Hope you enjoy this set of pictures and now that I've finally settled down in California, I'll be blogging more often/ more consistently! :)

Next up - Las Vegas and New York!!

Miss you guys xxxx



Photos by Ryan Chua




Sunday, June 22, 2014

I HEART CARMEX






I'm wearing: Mink Pink sweater, my mom's vintage zebra singlet, Claire Aristides fine bracelet

I'm so excited to finally be revealing what I'm doing with Carmex as an official Carmex blogger! For those of you who have been following me, you'd know that I studied high school in America. All throughout high school, I didn't really care much about my appearance and had really chapped lips. It was when I decided to use Carmex because it was medicated and has deep penetrating moisturising benefits. 

I love it when a brand I know well & trust approaches me to do something, because I've already pre-established a relationship with them, case in point above. The theme is to display my perfect date night look. 

I know a lot of you will disagree with me on this, but personally, I would not go all out on makeup on date night, just because I want the guy to see me as who I really am, and not what brand of makeup I'm wearing. So the makeup I've opted for today is a MFBB ('My Face But Better') look, with dewy skin, light bronze eyes and natural hair. 

As for the lips, since we all know there will (hopefully) be some lip action going on, I usually would not even bother with lipstick because trust me, things can get messy. Lipgloss is also out because they're sticky and tastes awful. So I've found the perfect balance - Carmex lip balm. They make sure your lips are moisturised, and yet still perfectly kissable. And then I'll add Carmex Moisture Plus in Peach for a little lip colour - it's super sheer so you don't get stains on your teeth! (One of my biggest pet peeves & the reason why I hardly use lipsticks!)

This time, Carmex, the World's Most Loved Lip Balm comes in a cute I Heart Carmex Jar packaging that's now available in stores for $5.99. 


Here are their social media links if you are interested to know more about Carmex:

Facebook: www.facebook.com.au/CarmexAustralia 

Website: www.mycarmex.com.au


NEXT MONTH I'LL BE DOING A CARMEX GIVEAWAY OF THEIR ENTIRE PRODUCT RANGE, SO MAKE SURE YOU FOLLOW ME & CHECK BACK!


Make up and Photo by Tina Yong