Sunday, December 22, 2013


  (Bassike t-shirt, Eska Alikai skirt, Zara sandals) 

Update: Turned 18, received my high school final exam results, worsened my permanent sock tan. 

Despite the inevitable distraction of my perennially pale feet, I would like to draw your attention to the buttery white leather that I was gifted on my birthday by my best friends. It is beyond soft and I am basically never taking it off. All white everything has been my uniform for the sweltering December heat, which I hope will continue and translate into many beach days and hopefully not many sun burns. Excited for Christmas and New Years and the first real stress-free break in much too long. 

Monday, December 9, 2013

nice and slow

 (Dress here, Converse shoes)

Above: windowsill hangs after a rewarding day wandering Surry Hills, with coffee, croissants and lemon curd tarts at Bourke St Bakery. The soft afternoon light was so beautiful and the weather in general that day was pretty darn picturesque, so I couldn't resist the cheesy "gazing out the window wistfully" photo op, wearing the comfiest get up - perfect for market-rifling and pastry-guzzling Saturday goodness. 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

bleach white

(Country Road blazer, Bassike tank, Maurie & Eve jeans, Tony Bianco heels)

Current favourite and most well-ventilated denim in my wardrobe, with the white blazer that is fast becoming a summer staple. The shoes were a very lucky find at the Bianco outlet in Melbourne and fill a nude heel shaped gap in my footwear repertoire. In other news, we have entered my favourite month of the year: sunshine, holidays, birthday and Christmas. I can already hear my bank account weeping. 

Saturday, November 23, 2013


 (Zara top and shorts)

My sartorial summer goal is basically to accumulate as many silky separates as humanly possible. This ensures optimal comfort when lounging in the summer haze and taking spontaneous naps. I paired my new favourite lace trim shorts with a billowy pirate top from a couple of years ago. Also currently obsessed with greige on my nails, more specifically Revlon's 'Elegant' - perfect for sleepy spring afternoons. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

hyde park haze

 (Bassike tank, Mossman skirt, Ebay-ed bag)

Explored the city on the gloomiest day when Sydney was covered in a thick, smokey fog. Clogged all my arteries with a visit to Lord of the Fries, which was then a legitimate reason to walk around and shop. Hoping sunshine returns soon so I can lose track of time at the beach and perhaps even fit in an impromptu audition for the role of drowning Asian tourist in the next episode of Bondi Rescue. 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

 Images via tumblr

On my mind: pale pink/camel coloured coats & piercings

Saturday, November 2, 2013

in bloom

 (Zara mesh knit, T by Alexander Wang tank, Hunt no more skirt, Nastygal bag, Wandering Souls sandals) 

Schools out forever, which means there will be more time to take photos, wander around neighbourhoods and perch on peoples fences. Took these whilst making our way to a friend's barbeque, wearing a knit that has no actual thermal function and enjoying the last of the sun until food and intense rounds of backyard table tennis beckoned - the first taste of the summer to come. 

Saturday, October 26, 2013



Minimale animale / Rag & Bone blue jeans, $330 / Helmut by Helmut Lang black skirt / Topshop cami / Black bra / NIKE yoga activewear / Le Regine Bralette / Yves Saint Laurent black sandals / Clare Vivier leopard print purse, $235 / Benefit makeup / Byredo fragrance, $195 / Aesop skincare, $53 / Essie nail polish / Ceramic Skull Planter / sandals - Sambag, $170

Received a lot of requests for a summer wishlist and for some reason this compilation is somewhat lacking true summer vibes(perhaps because my exams are still going and I have not felt the warm caresses of sunshine for, like, two months.)But until December hits and salt and sand start taking over my bag/shoes/hair/clothes, enjoy my semi-warmer weather wants (with a few fantasy items - celine and ysl I'm lookin at you). I'll be back before you know it, with quality posts in tow(3 days to go!!!). 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013


My main form of procrastination is shoe stalking. Exams in less than two weeks. See you on the flipside - exciting things to come. 

Sunday, September 8, 2013

not so simple life

 Nicole Richie has been killing it lately, especially this crinkly metallic Marc Jacobs backless situation. Not to mention that Candidly Nicole should be made into a full length tv series, because I would totally watch every episode. 

Saturday, July 13, 2013


Contrary to popular belief, I actually am still living and breathing (barely) and amidst my pre-exams existential crises I accidentally clicked on, which was a huge mistake as I now desperately want several bags and some towels. 

Can we please talk about the towel that is shaped like a zebra hide. And the buttery leather of those bags, I mean...

Get them for yourself here, here & here

In the meantime, for outfits and updates on my life, check out my instagram: @helenchen__

ps. boyfriend, take note. 

Saturday, May 4, 2013


Alexander Wang "Marion"
Dreaming of a fantasy world where I am not doing maths homework and own this piece of sexiness. Yours for a cool $795 here.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

losing touch

 (H&M top, Shorts c/o Laura, Zara flats)

Recycled my tried and true outfit combination of long up top and tiny down bottom for lunch with my best friends before a quick bag change and coffee with mother dearest. I don't think I will ever tire of disintegrating white tshirts and microscopic skirt/pant lengths. Old habits die hard. 

Monday, April 22, 2013

how to make friends

 (Bassike top, Zara waxed denim, Dolce Vita boots, Kookai faux fur)

 Step 1: Wear Fur. Done.

This outfit got me through both torrential rain and violent winds, as well as winning me some new friends. As soon as you wear such items out in public, people will be attracted to the new found textural sensations they will experience through human contact with said fur-wearer (You) and bam, friendships are forged. Still loving the chunky heel on these boots I got in New York many years ago (...2011) which slightly balance out my winter silhouette obsession of a huge outwear item with skinny pants down below. Note to self: must invest in awkwardly huge, structured winter coat ASAP. 

Friday, April 19, 2013


 (Saba Tank, Topshop cropped leather pants and boots)

It doesn't get much better than a spaghetti-strapped tank - the perfect amount of delicate white silk and skin.  I don't know what it is, but I love bare skin, in the most non-trashy way possible, in all its smooth, freckled glory. The top by itself is a little too perfect, so the leather pants ruin the look just enough to be me.