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The Dress Kendall Jenner Sold Me

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It’s not often I get sold on clothes. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE clothes and they all make me happy… but I don’t actually get sold on clothes the way I was with this photo here. There’s something so simple yet so sexy about this mini polka dot dress! What I like most is that it’s not ‘black and white’ it’s natural with black dots, a little bit of a more elevated colour way than black and white which can sometimes come across as quite young.

Now… if only I had the legs and body of Victoria’s Secret model, Kendall Jenner!! hahaha

Jessie x

Mink Pink Co-ordination

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Channel your inner Cher with this clueless inspired outfit I’ve put together minus the sweater vest and high socks, but I think this is a nice little homage without going full 90s! I love this statement corduroy set. Wear the jacket or skirt separately or together – either way you’re going to turn heads in this shocking pink ensemble.

One of the best things about spring is the transition from jeans to skirt and coats to jackets. Being able to have your legs out without a 24/7 sweat moustache is my favourite time of the year! Haha so take advantage, Sydney-siders!

Jessie x

Photography by Wes Tan

Absolut Botanik Upcycle

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So when Alsolut Vodka came out with this new pre-mix flavour by one of my favourite drinks Absolut Botanik, I had to try it: Berry and Lemon… and now I’m hooked! Literally two of my favourite flavours, lemonade and berries! A match made in heaven.

In this post I’ve showcased the lifespan with this new bottle. I’ve taken out to a day in the park, enjoying it as I’m heading to a party with my friends and at the party, and then upclying it (one of my favourite things to do as I try to minimise waste). Then I kept the bottle and used it as a vase for some greenery around the house!

What do you think?! And what will you try out that’s new this week?

Jessie x

Photography by Wes Tan and Jessie Khoo

The Future of Fashion Part II

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Last week I announced that FBI Fashion College students will be showcasing their end of year designs at Castle Towers from October 5th – 17th. If you haven’t seen my Part I of this post, you can find it here.

In this post I am wearing a gorgeous champagne satin slip with embroidered denim jacket made from repurposed denim (which is amazing because I am a huge fan of recycling), designs by the young and talented Emily Parker.

Jessie x

Photography by Wes Tan 

Hotel Palisade

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I’m a huge fan of a staycation in your own city. There’s nothing like seeing this beautiful town from another point of view, especially when that view is at the top of the town! With only eight rooms in total, Hotel Palisade is truely one of the most unique hotels you’ll ever stay in. There’s no room service or breakfast but it does have one of the most delicious rooftop restaurants I’ve ever been to, Henry Deane. The best part is you don’t have to be a guest at the hotel to visit, I recommend the scallops and froze!

Hotel Palisade is also in prime position for all Uber Eats delivery services (which I may have dabbled in), otherwise you can just stroll down to Barangaroo 10 minutes down the road and dine at any of the restaurants or cafes there as well as tonnes of shopping!

Every single room has a stunning view and the staff are so helpful and passionate about what they do which is always a nice family to be a part of, even if for a night.

So if you’re looking at a unique Sydney hotel experience, you can’t beat Hotel Palisade. You’re right in the city but not in the CBD so it’s never noisy with sirens, cars, or foot traffic. A peaceful getaway in the heart of Sydney everyone should experience at least once.

Jessie x

Photography by Wes Tan

The Future of Fashion Part I

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Tianna Murkins Dress | Colette Hayman necklace worn as belt | Colette Hayman Bag | Wittner Banin Sneakers | Quay Eyewear


As an alumni of FBI Fashion College,I was sooo excited that I finally get to collaborate with their up and coming fashion design students who have made some truely amazing and beautiful designs. Here I am wearing a dress designed by Tianna Murkins. I love the rose gold fabric which has a dobby stripe through the fabric. She’s cut the pieces of the dress so that they are a-symmetrical and highlight the neckline and catch the light in so many ways, small details which are really the eye of a good designer.

This is only one of the pieces of her collection, not to mention the many other designers that will be on show at Castle Towers from October 5th until October 17th… so if you’re interested in seeing what the Future of Fashion will be, please go check it out!

Jessie x

Photography by Wes Tan

Events to Attend during spring in and around Sydney 2017

Spring is finally here and the temperature is warming up, the sun is out, and excitement for the upcoming springtime events season is starting to build. Spring is always an exciting time in Sydney and people use the season to get out and about and see the wonderful festivals and events. It’s such a great time of the year to visit Sydney so why not book a getaway to one of Sydney’s top hotels? Explore the city and visit some of these events…

Sydney Fringe Festival – all of September

Sydney’s Fringe Festival is a must see for art lovers. This huge arts festival is all about independent artists highlighting their work from visual to performing arts. This festival is happening throughout the month of September at over 50 different venues in Sydney.

Parklands Food Festival – Sept 9th

Everyone loves a good food festival. One to check out in Sydney is the Parklands Food Fest in Sydney’s western suburbs. With over 50 stall holders cooking up delicious food from all over the world along with plenty of fresh produce and live entertainment, you won’t be short of entertained! This event is held in the Lizard Log Amphitheatre.

festivalwinds Festival of the Winds – Sept 10th

Bondi Beach is home to Australia’s largest kite flying festival. Competitors from all over the world will come together to fill the skies above Bondi Beach of kites in all shapes and sizes. However, this event is not just about the kites. There will be live entertainment to enjoy as well as entertainment for your kids such as face painting and bouncy castles!

Surry Hills Festival – Sept 23rd

I used to live in Surry Hills and it is still one of my favourite suburbs. In the spring, it’s home to it’s very own festival and this will be it’s 15th year running! This festival is a free event and excellent for families with lots of activities, live entertainment, food, art, and market stalls to check out around Shannon Reserve.

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Manly Jazz Festival – Sept 22nd – Oct 2nd

Manly Beach has been home to the jazz festival for over 40 years. Manly jazz is all about good music mixed with the local beach culture. Jazz music is the focus, but beyond traditional jazz you can also enjoy music from many other genres such as roots and funk… as well as good food!

Cabramatta Moon Festival – Sept 24th

This popular all-day festival celebrates Southeast Asian Culture with lots of amazing food and market stalls, entertainment, and free rides for the kiddies. The festival on John Street, starts at 9am, and ends at 8pm with a huge fireworks display!

nightnoodle Night Noodle Markets / Good Food Month – Oct 5th – 22nd

Good Food Month is all about celebrating good food and local culinary culture. There are several events happening to celebrate, but the biggest and most popular are the night noodle markets – an Asian style hawker food market which takes over Hyde Park. Enjoy the wonderful Asian food stall experience with a range of dishes from my favourite Asian restaurants in Sydney in one place! Alongside bars and live music.

parramatta lanes Parramatta Lanes / Good Food Month – Oct 10th – 13th 

Another great event to check out for GFM is the unique Parramatta Lanes festival. This event takes place between Parramatta’s hidden nooks and laneways in celebration of food, art, and culture. Enjoy lots of amazing food stalls and bars, alongside art exhibitions and live music.

Sydney Beer Week – 20th Oct – 29th Oct 

The last week of October will be a big one for beer lovers out there. I personally won’t be going as I can’t stand the stuff but I know my boyfriend will be! Over 70 venues will be celebrating their love of local craft beer, as well as beer from all over the world.

oktoberfest-in-the-gardens-oktoberfest-12-oc1 Oktoberfest in the Gardens – Oct 28th

The famous German celebration, Oktoberfest, is huge in Australia and there are plenty of events around Sydney to celebrate beer and German culture. Sydney’s Octoberfest in the Gardens takes place among the beautiful gardens and parklands of The Domain. Dress up and enjoy a day of German food and beer in two huge beer halls, along with traditional Bavarian live music and dance performances.

Jessie x

What To Do In Sicily

My boyfriend and I flew into Sicily a couple weeks ago, rented an Audi convertible and cruised the small island off Italy which turned out to be a whole lot bigger than I thought! Below are a couple tips on what to do and how to get around the island:

Places to visit:

fashion-and-sounds fashion-and-sounds fashion-and-sounds fashion-and-sounds 1. Aegadian Islands, these are actually three little islands off the west coast of Sicily. I wanted to visit all of them but only got a chance to do a day trip to the main one, Favignana. We rented bikes for 5 euros (they’ll try rip you off so say you’ll only do 5) and cruised the island all day. Warning: it was HOT and it can be hard in the middle of the day at 30 degrees, if you ride a scooter I recommend you do that instead as the island is quite big and you’ll see more quicker and sweat less – unless you want to sweat! Personally my favourite beach was Cala Azzurra. My boyfriend’s was Blue Marino.

How to get there: catch a ferry from Trapani (where we stayed) this is a port city with great restaurants in the town. Book your ferry beforehand as they get full if you just rock up in the morning.

fashion-and-sounds 2. Isola Bella (Taormina), A gorgeous little island you can walk to from the main island. Isola Bella actually has a little museum on it you can check out for 4 euros or so, from far away you can’t tell there’s anything on it! The museum (was a house) is built into the rock!

We did an excurisone and snorkelled a few spots around the island from Giardini Naxos. The best way to see it!

fashion-and-sounds fashion-and-sounds Taormina the town itself wasn’t as magical as everyone hyped it up to be. It was crazy full of tourists and super windy. If you go on the first Sunday of the month it’s free entry to the ancient theatre which is awesome, but I don’t think I would have wanted to pay 20 euro for entry so we got lucky.

jessie-khoo-sicily fashion-and-sounds fashionandsounds 3. Scala Dei Turchi, You only really need a half or one day at this amazing spot – either early in the morning or late in the arvo, or both which is what we did. Middle of the day to sunset the tourists are out hard and heavy. Try stay one night in the Scala Dei Turchi resort which is literally opposite the entry and walk to the amazing natural white rock ‘stairs’. I loved this spot of Sicily because the rocks were so nice compared to the usual spikey, painful rocks it usually has on it’s coastline.

You’ll have to drive up the mountain if you want any food though as there’s not much else around.

fashion-and-sounds fashion-and-sounds fashion-and-sounds fashion-and-sounds 4. Ortigia, This is gorgeous little town with a rich heritage and possibly the best food I had while in Sicily. Just a stone throw away was Syracusa I liked this place for the cats and how instagrammable it all was. The beaches in the actual town weren’t amazing as it’s all on rocks (very, very aggressive rocks) so we strolled into Syracusa and rented day beds on the beach.

jessie-khoo-sicily jessie-khoo-sicily 5. Laghetti Di Marinello, we only passed through this place but the beach should be considered as one of the natural wonders of the world… it’s a large sandy finger out of the island which looks small but is HUGE. I felt like we walked over a kilometre to get to the beach itself but it was worth it! If we had more time and energy I would have loved to try trek to the very tip, maybe catch a boat as it was massive and the water was so perfect.

Hot Tips:

1. Hire a car, it’s really the only way to get around but Sicily in summer is too hot to drive with the top down in a convertible, and in our case more often than not we had luggage in the boot (trunk) so we couldn’t even put the top down if we wanted to. So don’t waste your money on an a3!

2. Avoid staying right in the main cities as they’re often very crowded, the accomodation is unnecessarily expensive, it’s hard to park in and full of tourists.

3. The autostrata is crazy, the limit is 130kph and Sicilian drivers are ruthless. They’ll drive on the incoming traffic lane to overtake you and this is normal so don’t be alarmed. Just stick to the right side of the road and you’ll get used to it in a couple days.

Jessie x

 

Pink, Rose and Gold

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Denim, off the shoulder, puffy sleeves, pink shearling, acne boots and the perfect pink clutch makes for one hell of an outfit for a day out in the city. My favourite details are layering fine pieces like the skinny chokers and the long necklace with added sparkle from a star studded brooch I attached to the skirt from Colette by Colette Hayman. It’s understated and really changes up a plain outfit. You can add this brooch to your hair, a jacket, a bag, a top button on a collared shirt – get creative and have fun! And thanks for reading, I trust you all had the best long weekend!

Jessie x

Photography by Wes Tan