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A while ago, Kelsie from K Gets Organised invited me to be a part of her Get Organised Series.

Me?! Organised?! By what miracle did this take place!?
My mom would especially love to protest against this … but then again, don’t most moms?

I am not someone who’s super organised, much less fairly, but I guess I do get by so I took on the challenge! It wasn’t very difficult to answer them apparently, because I managed to rattle on like my typical verbose self – something my mom would passionately agree to as well. Wait, why do I keep talking about my mom?!

At the dining table where I spend most of my time: working, Facebooking, snacking
(I also love collecting bright animal figurines in any form)

Click here to find out what song keeps me up and running! You’d be surprise, I promise!! To be fair however, it is currently this awesome tune by George Ezra.

Thank you Kelsie for this lovely opportunity! I can’t believe you picked me to be on the series – the other lasses you interviewed are all so cool.







At a recent job interview, I was challenged, “If you had to provide a headline for your career so far, what would you write?”

I won’t tell you what my answer was, but I’d tell you, I wish I had said, “Will Slave For Passion“. The moment I stepped foot out of the office building, my every-living-and-unpaid-work-experience cells were screaming for me to run back in and remedy it – but my brain retorted, “No! Don’t be a creep!” though on hindsight, I feel the job would’ve been worth being a creep for. It’s within a creative environment – the kind where Hannah thrives best.

And after all, it is true. I strongly believe in doing things that I love. All my life, ever since graduating from secondary school (or high school as some might call it) I have gained experience from places focusing on things I’m passionate about: coffee-making, exceptional customer service, social media and fashion. I don’t mind not getting paid much, or not getting paid at all, as long as I enjoy what I’m doing and it adds value to my set of skills and experiences.


So I have been mentally slapping myself on the forehead since the interview, beating myself up for being a little more clever a little too late.

But that was before I had lunch with my boyfriend by the East Perth riverside … which made me feel a lot better!

IMG_2549Dress – Princess Polly // Blazer – Taobao // Watch – Lovisa // Bag – Kate Spade (long-term loan from mom, haha)

All images taken by my boyfriend, Iylia.


Being in the creative industry gets tough sometimes.

You’re underpaid, you’re not paid, you overwork, you don’t get any work … you get disheartened, depressed, and you think to yourself,

“Am I really on the right path? Is this what I really want?”

And then you shake your head, slap your cheek and yell to the heavens, “OF COURSE IT IS!!”

But first, you’d probably need to watch an inspiring video such as this:

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or read a post like this one from DesignLoveFest.


I feel it always helps to see what other creatives are doing and maybe even reach out to them just to regulate your drive. We all need a kick sometimes to get our groove back.

I hope this post has somehow inspired you too in one way or another!

xx Hannah

ps. How amazing is DesignLoveFest!? I have been an avid reader for sometime now and I am still as in love as when I first read it 1.5 years ago. But more on that another day!

Image taken from Perth Fashion Festival Facebook Page and DesignLoveFest.


A while ago, Kristal shared with me this TedxTalk:

I started doing my research and followed Cameron Russell on Twitter. Cameron was both a runway and a commercial model for big names like Yves Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Prada and Calvin Klein.

It’s really refreshing to hear someone with a “socially-lauded” statuesque talk about body image. Right

So when I found out that Cameron and her online magazine, Interrupt Mag, was looking out for contributing stories for their second issue, on body image, I jumped at the chance.

I received an email from Cameron this morning informing me that my article is now published, which you can find here. Click it only if you are comfortable reading about embarrassing things. Click it anyway if you aren’t, but are the curious and brave sort. 

I shared this article with my mom just a couple of hours ago. I guess being the Asian/conservative mom that she is, her first response was,

“Why are you so open and daring?” 

Good question, mama.

The opportunity to write on bodily issues was just my way of expressing things that I couldn’t share with just about anyone any woman but at times so badly wanted to. Why? So they can learn from my mistakes.

My sister read the article as well and got angry with me (just for a quick while), for the very reason that I dissuaded her to avoid repeating my mistakes. Then again she’s only 9, she’ll understand when she’s older.

Do I regret talking about my body so publicly? No.

Because that’s the thing with discussing about your personal body image – so many out there find it a taboo and keep it within themselves for fear of being widely scrutinized or criticized that there are a dozen others out there who suffer in silence about their insecurities.

I’m so glad Interrupt Mag has given me the opportunity to talk about a topic that people would otherwise feel uncomfortable to share and hear (or read about).

So, thank you Interrupt Mag, for making me so open and daring for the first time in my life.



Last Sunday, I met with my cousin, Nazurah, for Northbridge’s O-Day. I had been seeing publicity press for it on my social media engines and was really buzzed to check it out. I even made sure I did (most) things We Love Perth advised go-ers to do!

odayootd-nazurahMeet Nazurah who’s seen sporting a Sportsgirl metallic-threaded jacket, necklace from Colette and Longchamp tote in a lovely shade of blue!

odayootd-hannahOOTD for O-Day

 Top – Kmart, $15 // Skirt – Ally Fashion, $10 // Necklace – Forever New // Clutch – Dorothy Perkins

We kicked things off by having drinks at tea for tú which was sneakily located behind the  boutique. The cafe is cozy and unassuming. We both took advantage of the $5 coffee + macaron promo they had on specially for the O-Day.


 After some much needed catch-up and food fuel, we were ready to take on William! (Pun)

Just next door was The Uniform Shop – a pop-up store housing merchandise created and designed by the fashion students of Central Institute of Technology. As I was entering the store, something from the window display caught my eye, and I just knew I had to have it.

IMG_6892IMG_6895Look at me go all possessive on the canvas tote as though it was officially mine. I haven’t even paid for it then!

A few shops down was another pop-up store: Montage, which consists of handmade goodies and creative things like cute cards (can’t post them up because they’re meant for someone and I don’t want to be ruining the surprise!).

It then started to drizzle, like that’s ever going to stop us from exploring, and I was so looking forward to try ice cream delights. I have read from somewhere, some months ago, that Delish Ice‘s Salted Malted Caramel is a must-try – but every time I’d raced myself to the fabulous baby blue pop van at the occasional street festivals, I’m beaten by the comeback, “Sorry, it’s sold out”. But no, not this time!!


It was a windy day and it had just stopped drizzling so it was definitely chilly for everyone else. I insisted on having (and sharing) the ice cream and I’m glad I did because it was so good. Cold? What’s “cold“?

We also took a walk along the Perth Cultural Centre to browse through the designer markets.


Nazurah commented that I looked too serious. I told her, “Shopping is serious business“. You mean that isn’t common knowledge??

She then proceeded to take a picture of me being more relaxed at my “sport”. I was still chuckling inside at her remark.


Unfortunately I didn’t go home with any of the vintage stuff I saw that day like that polka dotted number on the top right hand corner (because it was a size too big for me).

At the top of my list for O-Day was Class Photo-taking at the set-up installed near PICA.


Naturally the only coolest kids in class


I also happened to be the wonkiest one

Nazurah and I had a blast at O-Day wishing we had more time to fully capture what Northbridge had to offer. I regret missing out on No Lights, No Lycra which is basically where you can let loose and dance in the dark without feeling awkward that someone’s sniggering at how bad (or really enthusiastic) you are at it! 

Nevertheless, we did walk away from the hustle and bustle of the happening William Street feeling …



All images taken with our iPhones


Ever since I saw Nicole Warne post this picture of her at the MBFWA on Instagram 4 days ago, I cried to myself, “I need that dress!!!”


Haven’t you felt that way before? When you see someone wearing or holding something you like, and it’s just instantaneous love?

I love the cut and the colour, and yes, obviously the Gary Pepper Girl got it right by pairing it with red lipstick.


Imagine my delight when she blogged about her outfit a few nights ago. This meant I could track down her dress! Yay!! Right? No, you’re wrong. Because imagine my horror when I saw that the dress retails at AUD955My gosh. I certainly don’t have that kind of money to splurge on anything!!


But what I do have are bargain-hunting skills.

I’ve found three dresses that boast similar styles and prints, and it’s definitely something I can afford at this point (although, to be honest, I am still contemplating if I should get one from here or push my luck further and scavenge at op shops instead)


Emily & Fin Strawberry Print Dress, $55.81 at Asos


Emily & Fin Oranges and Lemons Dress, $47.84 at Asos


Green Blue and White Floral Pleated Prom Dress, £24.99 at New Look


Parisian White Flocked Floral Skater Dress, £29.99 at New Look


Destination Floral Dress, $30.20 at Stephie’s Shop

il_fullxfull.389145474_ts9qVintage 1950s Floral Printed Dress, US$52 at Etsy

I don’t know, something tells me they’re not quite right and I should just keep on searching. What do you think?


Do you spend hours trawling through the pages of blogs to get your daily dose of creativity, knowledge and pretty things? You do? High 5! Because I have a treat for you right here.

I have finally updated my Pocket Reads section which is of course a list of blogs that I visit – some on a more regular basis than others. But to show them all an equal amount of love, I shan’t tell you which are my favourites (unless you ask, to which I will politely respond).

Nevertheless, newly added sites shall get a special mention in this post.

Pocket Reads: Australia

Love From Shell

House Nerd

Le Fanciulle

Jess Loves Fred

Love Thy Muse

Sass And Spice

Pocket Reads: Singapore

Stephie’s Shop

Pocket Reads: UK/Europe

Kingdom of Tides


My Style Recipe

Pocket Reads: US/Canada

Mieux & Mieux

Trends & Tribulations 

I really do hope you will like reading the blogs I’ve shared here. If you want to, you can let me know which blogger resonates best with you/you admire most! Xx

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