Never planned to be a vlogger, however, I was inspired to record my short trip to Melbourne last month, I thought I may put together a super short video just for fun. Melbourne was beautiful, it wasn’t easy to squeeze so many great moments into a one-minute video, there were so many beautiful places and so much yummy food in Melbourne I have experienced, which I couldn’t include in this video. It’s my first try, never done this before, I hope you enjoy it, and simply let me know weather you like it.

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It was a wonderful short trip to Melbourne last week, I felt fresh and recharged. Sometimes it’s good to get away from current environment and step out of my comfort zone. I love the colour of Melbourne.

 

Shooting OOTD in Melbourne was an amazing experience, the city is busier than Brisbane. A lot more people walked pass while I was doing my photo shoot, which made it more challenging. I found that I became more confident than before, and I can do better next time for sure.

Melbourne is a colourful city, I love the street art and culture here. Just because of that, I didn’t want to blend in with colourful outfits. All my outfits are picked in black and white colour, I believe the colourful world will be more beautiful if it’s seen from a colourless world. I am in love with this one shoulder top, uneven design always attracts me. Besides, the animal printed bag is my all time favourite accessory, the watch and bangle are my new favourite babies.

Top/Skirt/Bag/Choker – Zara

Watch – Marc Bale

Bangle – The Peach Box

Sunglasses – Sports Girl

Sneaker – Witchery 

Boots – odbo

My eternal favourite color is white, especially for nails. Recently a friend of mine got my nails done, they are all white color, which makes me so happy and inspired to do a white outfit shoot.

I know this jumpsuit would go good with a pair of heels, but somehow, I wanted to challenge myself so I did it with bare feet. It was absolutely fun shooting this look.

Australia has fully entered summer I believe, because the heat during the day is unbearable. I don’t think there is any clothes needed in this weather, and even being naked will not stop us sweating walking on the street. Even though I love hot coffee so much, lately I had to change my order to ice latte in order to cool down. And it is very difficult to shoot outside with any outfit that is more than one layer.

So I am planning to do some fashion editorials soon, in case I am not able to do outdoor photos, meanwhile enrich the content of my blog, any ideas?

I hope you have a wonderful weekend

Joy

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As much as I love those strong and clear lines of leather jacket and white shirt, after a while, I will miss my feminine look. Today I am a boho girl, it was very encouraging when I see a big smile on my husband’s face as soon as he saw me in this dress. It is undeniable that a soft purple-pink off-shoulder dress gets more likes from the opposite gender. This makes me think that maybe the gender blurry trend of fashion is merely adored by women who look at women as men, thus women that obsessed with boyfriend style because they are attracted by male naturally. In the contrary, when women see another women in a more feminine look, they were less impressed.

Wasn’t a big fun of dresses when I was in high school, now I have decide to buy more dresses than shorts. I love this one piece look, it is really comfortable and easy to wear. However, those sandals are not that easy to put on, but it’s worth the time. I think they are just so cute as a lot of people are wearing similar ones, I could not help to get myself a pair. Normally, I am not a typical boho person, but dressing towards boho style makes me feel young and girly. There is unlimited way to be boho chic and the culture is just so powerful and inspiring in terms of color, pattern, and shape.

 

Enjoy

Joy

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How is your Monday like, I had to go to uni, and I only have one month left to finish my second master degree, I can’t wait to share more my styles for uni days.

My favourite color is orange, it makes me shine and makes me happy, it is such a positive and healthy color that you can’t hate.

I have worn some pieces of my orange collections in the past, today I styled three orange items together with my current favourite denim. A cute little crop top, a clutch and a pair of candy flat from my orange family have actually made my busy uni day more energetic, I almost forgot how tired I was, as recently I have been working so hard on my reports and articles.

I am also working on the next update of my mobile App, I would really like to get some ideas from you, about what do you expect to see and use a blogger’s mobile App, my current version can be downloaded from the link on the home page (left hand side), it is free to download, and please let me know your thought by commenting this blog, much appreciated.

Be back soon.

Ciao

Joy

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The world’s fashion is taking over by OOTD – Outfit Of The Day. It is true that people needs to look decent while going out everyday, thus to majority of population, those fashion items that can satisfy daily look are more important than haute couture.

To me, the essence of OOTD is wearing something that I am comfortable with and also tells who I am,  as I have multiple roles in life, so it is interesting to switch one look to another.

Camo print is one of my favourites back in the days while I was in high school, and I used to dance a lot. This look reminded me who I was while I was in high school, I was an out-going girl, who loves to dance after class, and listens to a lot of hip-hop music.

Stripe crop top and leather shorts are my must have items too, they are as easy-going as me, simply match well with any other items, and create endless ootd looks.

Good news! I have just released my own emoji, available to use in iOS 10 system. Download here http://smarturl.it/misszhou  or search in iMessage app store with key word ‘Miss Zhou’. Let me know if you like it and how I can improve it.

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It seems like the latest trend in celebrities is to show their imperfections to the public, some of them have skin issues, health issues and relationship issues. I am surprised about how people are able to accept and tolerate those imperfections of the public figures. As a fashion blogger, I’m not even close to perfect, even though I dedicate to create interesting content and show a great lifestyle I am living. I’m still the person who can be clumsy and spill wine on myself and the organiser  at an exclusive fashion event; I am still the person who can go out and go to bed without shower; and I always forget to clean my coffee machine. But then I realised those things will not stop people from liking me and being inspired by me. So I learnt the essence of accept and support.

Those who are from China like me know that we embrace international culture and products a lot. While they are mostly being produced in China, but people are paying for the label, the brand, the culture. It is not a bad thing. However, after I moved to Australia, I was amazed by how much Australian people support their local businesses. People love to buy local products, support local boutiques, artiest, musicians and labels. Where I am from people hardly notice what the local people are doing, they think internationally famous brands are the best, so it is not easy to grow their business for young entrepreneurs who have relatively small investment business.

Now, I think, being aware of what people around you are doing and support them is really important. If a business can’t survive locally, it will be hard to survive in international market, especially industries like fashion, beauty, art and entertainment. And more importantly, everyone needs support from others. As a fashion blogger, I really do need support by businesses and people like me. So I would never stop showing my support to the business, designers and artists in my city and surrounded area.

Since I started blogging couple months ago, I am lucky enough to be a guest blogger for a local fashion organisation (Fashion Hub Queensland) and meet so many incredible people in my city. They have shown me the passion of live up the dreams and the grace of supporting each other. Being success in this industry, I believe, love, support, accept, inspire, connect and honest are the most important things.

Thanks for reading me sharing my mind, don’t be a stranger, leave your comments below, connect with me through social media, or simply download my mobile App using the link on the home page, there are so many ways we can connect these days, let me be your audience too.

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About this look

Both of my top and skirt are Australian brands, styled by myself.

Top from Sports Girl

Skirt from Aje

Playsuit is a great design that makes styling easier than before, in a hot summer, it saves you a lot of time wondering what to wear and what to match.  Simply put on a cute piece, and 90% of the styling is done. But, just because it is only one piece, it gives the entire look of the day. I am always very picky about finding the right piece for me.

Although there are so many different designs of playsuit out there, I only have a few pieces of playsuit that I adore a lot. This red playsuit is my favourite, it looks like a two-piece suits, however they are connected and very difficult to put on. I love the colour, it’s been a while since I dress in red colour. Red makes me feel alive especially when I indulged myself in the nature, waterfall, bamboo, trees, flowers…

Red goes so well with any black accessories. I simply matched it with my black sandals, black chocker, black ring and black sunglasses. Last but not least, I do count my black hair as an accessory too, lol. Enjoy the week.

 

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Playsuit from ZARA

Sandals from MIDAS

 

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Despite the winter in Brisbane is short, there is no reason not to have a pair of over the knee boots. They are extremely helpful with the imperfection of our legs by making them look longer, slimmer and straight. My legs are not very straight and a bit chubby, but they look better in my over the knee boots.

My most recommended look with over the knee boots is matching with mini skirt or t-shirt dress which stops at upper thigh. The point is to show a little skin of the thigh between the boots and the skirt/dress. I can never get enough of this chic look.

The top I am wearing is white fluffy ZARA, for the winter, but I can totally match with a hundred different spring and summer tops to get different looks, nice and easy.

Looking forward to see your look of over the knee.

Joy

 

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top/skirt/bag from ZARA

Over the Knee Boots from Witchery

 

“Style is about personality. It is about striking a pose that says something about you and not about the clothes. It is about daring to mix periods, labels and designers when putting together the perfect statement outfit. It is not about buying a complete outfit that someone else chose for you. You can still be inspired by the latest designer collection but that doesn’t mean you have to buy it hook, line and sinker”.

– Frances Corner

 

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Many people told me that I am stylish, but they think it’s because where I live has access to stylish clothing shops. No. Style is not offered in the shop, it is in you. I don’t have access to the world-famous latest fashion products, and I don’t often purchase expensive fashion items, my closet is tinny and it looks just like every other girl’s wardrobe. We all know some people who are wearing luxury fashion labels but looks nothing special than others, sometimes they even look under dressed. So why I look more stylish than those people. First of all, I have my own personality, tastes and style preference. Secondly, I have some common sense about fashion and understand the trend. These two factors allows a crash of both internal and external energy, then create my personal style.

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I use to wear this black & white printing blouse the way it is designed, long shirt cover my hips, button down from neck, nothing special. But today, I run out of evening looks, I decide to open up the neck part and pull it down from my shoulders, tie off the bottom of the shirt up on my waist, now this long ordinary blouse is transformed into an off-shoulder top, which is matching perfectly with my high waist black chiffon skirt. Dramatic necklace is needed for an eye-catching evening look.

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Black & White Blouse from BooHoo

Necklace from Forever New Continue Reading

Maré Island is the 2nd largest island of the Loyalty Islands Province of New Caledonia, which is a French territory in the Pacific Ocean. I think if it wasn’t a surprise cruise tour organised by my husband, Maré Island would never be on my vacation plan, and I would never had a chance to discover this spotless place. This is truely a pearl in the South Pacific region, I couldn’t even find its name on Google map, and now I’m in love with Maré. I was so happy that I could catch the tail of summer in the Southern Hemisphere and have some fun time cruising and beaching.

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Our cruise anchored in the middle of the ocean where was about 10 minutes away from the shore by boat, water around the shore was so blue and clear like jelly that I couldn’t believe it was real, however, the most amazing place is the heaven-like Yejele Beach on the other side of the island, 15 minutes from the shore by bus. Here you can find crystal clear water and pure white sand, as well as tall fruitful coconut trees. The local people were so friendly, they made us feel like we were home, not just a group of tourists.

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Orange is one of my favourite colors, I fell in love with this off-shoulder top at the first sight, during my photoshoot at the beach, people came to me and said that my orange outfit and the blue sea water are the perfect match 😊. I strongly suggest that everyone should have an orange outfit for the summer, it will make you look fruity and cute. Also, orange gives me a lot of positive energy.

Do you have any item that is old and still your favourite in the closet? I do. Those black sandals, following me for more than 7 years, however, I have no reason to get rid of them. They are hand-made, premium quality leather, comfortable, and never out. A lot of times I realised that after I threw away some clothes that I have been wearing for years, a little while later they came back to the latest trend, then I was like  “Hey, I wore them 5 years ago” 😂.

 

Have a wonderful day folks

Joy

 

 

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PETITE Structured Bardot Top from TOPSHOP

Denim shorts from H&M

Hat from City Beach

New Caledonia is a lovely french speaking country in the South Pacific region, it might be easily overlooked by most of people while making their travel plans, I learnt about this country not long ago. After cruising for two days, I arrived in Noumea – the capital of NC on a cloudy afternoon, winter here is cool and comfortable, it’s drizzling sometimes and leave the air fresh and clean. During the several hours I spent in Noumea, I have taken the iconic yellow train and discovered this beautiful city. Overlooking the city of Noumea on the top of the mountain is absolutely breathtaking. After sunset, most of the shops are closed, except the traffic on the road, everywhere else was so peaceful.

 

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Exploring a new city is always exciting, and I love comfortable look when I’m on vacation, such as flat shoes, simple jewellers and wind prof hairstyle😝. Been living on the sea for a week, I started falling in love with this blue and white sailor dress which I use to dislike, white sneakers are the perfect match, plus a pair of my favourite airforce sunglasses. To enrich this look, I picked a pink leather bag with tassels, it was meant to stand out as a flower for a little sailor.

It was a short “date” with Noumea, which makes me feel that I should come back again and explore more, especially the mixed culture and unique lifestyle.

au revoir

 

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