Classic Black and White Outfit

Photographer| MARY THAM

Off the Shoulder Top | ASOS
Skirt | Portmans
Lace-Up Flats | THE ICONIC
Cuffs | Colette By Colette Hayman
Earrings | Forever New

If I can choose to wear an outfit repeatedly without getting judged as an outfit repeater, this would be the outfit. It is classic, elegant, feminine, and simply timeless. The off -the-shoulder top is quite elegant and a tad sexy revealing the shoulders and collar bones, yet it is not too exposed. Paired with the maxi skirt in grid print, just makes the outfit more interesting and fun. Both edgy and classic, lace-up flats are an absolutely must have and they go so well with this outfit! The black and white combination is just a no-brainer, go-to look you can easily put together. 


Would you wear this outfit? Is this your style?




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Review: Teatoxing with Stay Lean Tea

Stay Lean Tea
I am tea over coffee kind of gal. I drink tea every morning and night (pretty much all day every day...sipping on green tea with roasted rice as I'm typing away). When I was given the opportunity to trial the 14 Day Tea Detox program by the lovely people at Stay Lean tea Australia, I was quite happy to give it a go. Now, I've never been into detoxing because the word 'laxatives' and the phrase, 'the ring of fire' sounds horrific. No, thank you. 

What I really like about Stay Lean tea is the fact that they don't contain any laxatives and is 100% natural. The ingredients in the teas are loaded with all the good stuff like antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins, and catechins that all work together to stimulate fat loss and detoxify the body. 

Stay Lean Tea
The tea claims to;
  • Give the metabolism a huge boost
  • Burn excess calories while at rest
  • Suppress appetite over a sustained period of time
  • Remove toxins from the digestive tract
  • Enhance nutrient absorption
  • Reduce bloating and water retention
  • Increase energy levels and boost the immune system
Stay Lean Tea
It is a 14-day detox program and it is instructed to drink one cup of the Lean Burner tea every day in the morning, and consume one cup of the Lean Cleanse Tea every second day in the afternoon. Personally, I found it quite  hard to remember to drink the Lean Cleanse Tea in the afternoon because I'm usually at Uni. If you can stick to this teatox program diligently for two weeks, you'll definitely see some great results. 
Stay Lean Tea
The Lean Cleanse Tea contains:
Longjing green leaf, Chamomile, Chrysanthemum, Rose flower, Lavender, Roselle, Lemon Grass
Helps to clean the digestive tract and detoxify. 
Lean Burner Tea contains:
 Longjing green leaf, Pu'erh Tea Leaf, Dandelion Leaf, Lotus leaf, Lemon Grass, Oolong leaf, Goji Berry
Helps to suppress appetite and boost metabolism. 
Stay Lean Tea
The taste itself is lovely. If you're not a fan of teas, I feel that you might find the Lean Burner tea taste more intense than the Lean Cleanse tea. I do prefer the taste of the Lean Cleanse tea because of the Rose flower and the tea also look pretty too. Bonus!

If you expect to see a huge weightloss then this isn't the tea for you. However, Stay Lean Tea really helps with reducing the bloating. The Lean Burner tea help with kickstarting the day and making you feel more energized and awake from the Caffeine in the Pu'erh tea and Oolong leaf. Whereas, the Lean Cleanse teas make you feel calmer and relax from the Chamomile, Chrysanthemum, Roseflower, and Lavender. 

Overall, I'd recommend giving Stay Lean Tea a try. The 14-day detox program costs $39AUD. This program works well and you'll see results if you pair it with exercising regularly and eat healthily. It's a gentle detox that's also gentle on the tummy. If you'd like to give it a go, use the coupon code "botrc9" to get 10% off your purchase. Woohoo, happy teatoxing! :)


Teatoxing. Detoxing. Are you a fan? What was your experience like?

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The Dressmaker Costume Exhibition at Rippon Lea House and Garden



A few days ago, I attended a special preview of the Dressmaker Costume Exhibition. Firstly, I'm going to put my hand up and say I haven't read nor watched the movie so I didn't know what to expect. All I knew was that it was an Australian movie set in the 1950's and starred Kate Winslet and the gorgeous Liam Hemsworth. 

Boy oh boy was I was blown away?! As I stepped inside the mansion into the exhibition, I totally felt like I was transported to somewhere else in a different period of time. Rippon Lea House and Garden is the perfect location for this exhibition with its beautiful historical architecture as the backdrop. We went on a tour of the exhibition guided by award-winning costume designer, Marion Boyce. It was so amazing to have Marion there talking us through the details and process of designing each costume. We also got the opportunity to chat with the author of the Dressmaker novel, Rosalie Ham. It was really interesting to hear from both Marion and Rosalie on how they brought the story to film. 

The exhibition features 50 beautifully designed costumes inspired by Parisian Couture. Each piece of clothing has such gorgeous details and you can just see the high level of artisanship that went into making the costumes. All the costumes were presented beautifully on mannequins and I love how a few of the costumes were modelled on mannequins with rotating bases, so you could really see every single detail of the costumes. 


This dress is one of my favourites!!


"I find a lot of fashion totally dictates the way you have to wear it, and I like finding pieces that you can then translate in different ways and reform it in different ways and you can wear it the way you want instead of the way someone wants you to be."- Marion Boyce


I was surprised to learn that the costumes above have a lengthy process of dying and getting the colours right for the set. 

Another one of my faves! Will you look at the pleated detail! Worn by Sarah Snook.
I know I have bombarded you with a lot of photos from the exhibition (a picture is worth a thousand words, right?), but nothing beats seeing all of the costumes in person with your own eyeballs. Go and escape reality for a while and be transported back in time to Dungatar. The Dressmaker Exhibition is about personal journeys and transformations. The National Trust of Victoria have really put on an amazing exhibition and you should definitely check it out if you love the movie or the novel. Even if you haven't seen or read the movie like myself, you'd still enjoy and appreciate  the beauty of the costumes. The Dressmaker Costume Exhibition is now open until the 31st of July at Rippon Lea House and Gardens. For more deets, head to the Dressmaker Exhibition Website. 

Something I need to do ASAP when I get the time is to watch and read the Dressmaker!☺

Have you watched the Dressmaker movie? Which is your favourite costume?
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