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Weekender: Moto-Chic


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This past weekend I felt that I had struck every sale that I could—if only I weren't too meticulous in selecting patterns or styles, then it would have been even better. You may have seen a few items that I scored during my shopping venture here, but I have heaps of other pieces that I bought and cannot wait to wear.

Even before my shopping excursion, I had been in search of another moto-jacket, preferably in hunter green or cobalt with leather panels. Although, I didn't find a hunter green version, I did stumble upon this army green and faux leather jacket at Marshalls. This was actually the only big-ticket item (BTI) that I bought for the entire trip, (I like to have at least one BTI when shopping), considering being budget-friendly. Every BTI that I own is a piece that be carried into multiple seasons. It's always versatile, and for me, these pieces are generally outerwear or footwear.

Each item that I purchased was on sale, and my favourite piece other than the jacket was this Cynthia Rowley Tee for a tenner. Only two items that I bought on the entire shopping venture was just under thirty dollars. I had to double check the quality of the jacket since I am a savvy jacket collector, as it must meet my fashion inspection, as well as my arm length standards. Well, it did!

I also managed to score big at H&M in their organic cotton section as well as a few more autumn pieces, including jewellery, a snood, and a great spring printed dress that I am transforming for the season. All from three to seven dollars. I will share more details about those later, so do check out the updates via Instagram and Twitter.
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Finally, after messing about with the Lumia, I made it custom to my lifestyle, because setting up your favourite fashion layout and other applications takes time, not to mention the music section on any mobile device is a whole other entity. 

I found a couple of great Apps that I am enjoying at the moment; one is called Smart Budget. This helps you to keep track of how much you are spending, whether it's at a grocer or local department store—a simple and safe way of budgeting without having to be logged into your bank account. You can even graph out how much you've saved and spent daily and monthly.

Have you tried any new shopping Apps? What are your favourites?
The goods: Nokia Lumia 635-c/o Nokia. Faux leather moto-jacket, Marbled Tee-Cynthia Rowley, and Moto-pants-Marshalls, Lace-up boots-Target. *This post is sponsored by Microsoft, all opinions expressed are my own. 

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Work and Play: The Artful Sessions


I had a month to relax and visit friends and loved ones. Even though it was partly work on some days, I did manage to remember to take mobile images of some leisurely moments.

Without inundating you with three hundred photos of food and copious amounts of beautiful clouds amid vibrant and dusky hues, I thought it would be best to consolidate it all. Of course, there will still be plenty of sky footage to view because I am a smidgen obsessed with them, remember? But, perhaps I will leave that to the Instagram uploads.

Here’s a delightful roundup of my end of the summer thumbnails, and few other mobile snapshots of weekly activities from my preceding holiday. Including museum time, architecture and gourmet edibles, which I barely captured because we inhaled most of the food before remembering to document. But, I'm sure you all have been there one time or another. 

I hope you enjoy this artful brew!

I fell in love with much of the artwork at the deYoung-Legion of Honour museum. There was loads to view. This particular exhibition included marvellous French Neoclassical interior architecture in The Salon Doré of the Hôtel de La Trémoille, Henri Matisse's, Matisse and the Artist Book, and The Poetry of Parmigianino's "Schiava Turca," and Masters of Fire: The Copper Age in the Holy Land during the (Chalcolithic period) Copper Stone Age ca. 5500–3500 BC.
Above: intricate golden details; the conservation and restoration was done for the entire Hotel installation. View the video and more information about the complete move here. Lastly, I couldn't resist the photo beside the statue out front of Auguste Rodin's The Thinker, which was first conceived circa 1880–1881 as a depiction of the poet Dante. The first over-life-size augmentation was displayed at the Salon of 1904.
Neptune Fountain-Schloss Schönbrunn taken in Vienna, This wooden hand-carved elephant from Ghana was a new family piece gifted to me to add to our home, Visiting the Clock Tower of Prague, Another trip to Österreich (Austria) in Linz near my sister's Hall, An inside photo taken of the Hotel exhibit with much reflective light.
A random in-flight sky snapshot, Listening to now: Young Summer album is pretty great. Her voice is really lovely, somewhat soothing indie-pop-esque, which made for a good in-between music mix on the plane, Our family crawfish seafood feast waiting for us upon arrival and it was incredibly delicious, A weeknight easy dinner of spicy cod/fish tacos.

More paintings from the museum, An early morning desert hike, The chandelier in the Salon Doré, Enjoying a night out at a Moroccan restaurant (alarming flash attack), Gourmet snacks with a truffle cheese platter of indulgence (tasted heavenly), Inside details of our Moroccan dining with silk threads, and mosaic art, Nightscape colours from the sky on an evening drive to the hotel, Weekend fairgrounds and sitting up high in the sky on a ride at the carnival with my nephew.

Gallery: beautiful tea station with embellished artwork on display, Home cooked dinner preparations with roasted brussels sprouts (and a mushroom risotto side), Californian palm trees, An in-flight farewell snapshot.

Well, I've adjusted settling back into waking up early. I'll likely be focussed on getting back to my normal workout routine, because I also had too many incredible curries, succulent seafood pastas, and fresh baked bread. However, life is about enjoying it, and I have no regrets!

What did you enjoy most this summer? 

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Weekend: Tech, Style, and Prep


Happy Friday! After a long week, I am ready to start the weekend. Additionally, another reason to be excited is that I got back in time to take part in the Nokia style challenge along with many others. I will be using the Lumia 635, Cortana device that Nokia provided me with to check out what it offers, as well as see how it helps me during my shopping excursion.

I must admit, I have two Smartphones, one which I use strictly for work, but neither of them are Windows phones, so I was definitely interested in this challenge because the Lumia comes with Windows 8.1. That alone is a feature that I was most looking forward to using on-the-go with the Microsoft Office applications.

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(Above: getting acquainted with the phone and about to book more travelling dates).

I am starting to play with the phone more, and getting everything in order, so all will soon be sorted. The One Note and One Drive is lending itself to be very useful at the moment, especially for task lists, schedules, and work documents. 

But, so far, honestly the only thing that I am truly missing primarily is the crispness of my current Smartphone cameras. Although this offers auto focus and panorama features, if you have an iPhone, then you will notice a difference, as the Lumia 635 has 5 Megapixels with no LED flash. However, I did test it out, and it seems to take decent close-up shots.

Well, there’s much to analyse and sift through, and I am gleefully downloading Apps as I type. I’ll have loads to share throughout this venture, so stay tuned …

Be sure to follow my journey, and other fellow fashionistas as we find budget-friendly styles in the Nokia #StyledbyLumia three-week challenge. I will be updating my findings mostly via Twitter, and Instagram, but occasionally here on the blog as well.

This weekend we'll be hosting a big dinner, so I will be squeezing in shopping at some point in-between. Looking forward to showing you more in these next few weeks.

What are your plans for the weekend?
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(Above this image taken with the Lumia).
*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and part of Microsoft Lumia Device Test group, and I was compensated to test and review the Lumia 635. All opinions expressed are my own. 

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Style Files: Office Casual


Now, that I am finally back from my extended end of the summer holiday (which I will share a few pics soon), I had no time to post my other previous looks, so here's one.

This one was in the mix from my casual office attire. It was a bit of an off day, alongside dealing with an allergy attack, so I put on the eye frames and this comfortable outfit. I've had these trousers for a long time, and I believe they were purchased during a Christmas sale years back, when I was visiting my sister.

This week has been a tad crazy because I had a couple of unexpected meetings—all went well, but I find myself incredibly drained … that or I am still in resort mode.
I wore a navy and cream striped jumper with chocolate brown trousers, because I loved the combination paired with the yellow ribbing at the hemline of the top. The bold red outlined sleeves was the main attraction for me, so this was one of those times that I felt that I really needn't many accessories at all.

The notion of taking this look to a very Parisian theme was too easy, given the red and blue stripes. Instead, I chose to style it in a much less chic, but comfortable way. Although, for a casual day at the office, it seemed entirely appropriate.

How is your week going so far?
The goods: Handbag-Vintage, Double parrot striped sweater, Spike fringe necklace-C/o Oasap, Trousers-New York and Company, Leather boots-Franco Sarto, Tank underneath-H&M. 

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