Tuesday, September 02, 2014


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


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


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.


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



Nanokeratin System Shampoo & Conditioner 

Schwarzkopf Moisture Gloss Crystal Oil

Batiste Dry Shampoo


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


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


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


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'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


Make up and Photo by Tina Yong  

Sunday, June 15, 2014


I'm so happy to announce that I have a winner for my On The Go competition with Mystuff.sk....

So are you guys ready?


CONGRATULATIONS TO BARBARA of The Barbara Stories!! I love the outfit you put together, and most of all, love the unique aesthetics/ vibe you give off. Here is her winning entry: 

I also wanted to give a special mention to Renika.  Her sailor outfit is so Parisian chic and casual, and all her accessories worked so well and put together. View her entry here for more photos.

Thank you so much to everyone who joined - was so overwhelmed with entries and it was difficult to choose! Congratulations to Barbara once again, and hope you enjoy your Deaf Messanger book! 

Saturday, June 07, 2014


 I'm wearing: Icon Brand hat, My Boutique cuff, My Boutique dress worn as top, Lioness distressed denim, Nike runners, Upixel backpack, Miu Miu sunnies

Wednesday was officially the last day of Uni for me for this semester, before I jet off to Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York in two weeks!!! I'm soo excited guys :) I'll definitely be Instagramming the shit out of L.A., oh dont you worry! And for my American readers- if you can please point me in the direction of what to see/eat/do/feel/dance to in LA, please comment below to let me know! Someone told me to order an L.A. water at the bars there (For Australians, it's like the Long Island but instead of 5 shots it has 10 shots!!) ;-) Any other tips?

But back to the outfit though, it was the last day of Uni so I decided to go full streetwear and all gangsta and shit with my cap and baggy jeans. And can we please talk about my bag pack? It says "Bam It's Joanne" on it!!! GAHHH I love it so much :-) Such a pleasant surprise - Thanks Upixel!!! :*

Photos by Vienna Che

Wednesday, June 04, 2014


Make up by Tina Yong, Hair pieces by Viktoria Novak

If you're an avid Instagram follower you would've known that I was in the works of collaborating with Schwarzkopf, and I'm happy to announce that I can now finally reveal what we've done! 

I've been approached to create a hair pictorial using Schwarzkopf's product, and I went with the easiest way I know how- curls! I think a lot of non-hair savvy people like me can easily replicate this at home just with two readily available tools - some incredibly strong mousse (like Schwarzkopf's Rise and Shine Mousse ;-) & a curling iron. 

Don't forget to enter Schwarzkopf's Australia's Most Beautiful Hair search, and you could win a photo shoot session with Tash and Elle from They All Hate Us AND $2000 CASH! It seriously only takes a second- just do your hair & take a selfie! Hehe.  See my pictorial on Schwarzkopf's Style Studio here.

In good company with Tash & Elle from They All Hate Us