Tis the season…to up the style ante.

Good day to you my festive friends,

As the Christmas period fast approaches and with so much emphasis on present buying, house decorating and general indulgence, it can sometimes be hard to even begin to think about what to wear during this holiday season. Well, that is where this months post will come in handy. I’ve selected my favourite styles for both men and women to help you get through the next few weeks looking and feeling fabulous.

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Ladies, let’s begin. My first trend is Lace. Now if you are like me, looking for the perfect dress for any occasion you are drawn to this whimsical fabric, then you are in luck as at Christmas lace is always uber chic. You can glam up a simple dress with statement earrings and some classic court shoes paired with a nice bejewelled Alice band for that work Christmas luncheon.

Next we have, you guessed it sparkly. Whether it be in the form of beads or sequins, in all of the shop windows currently there is a glittering little number taking centre stage. If you are a tad nervous of dressing head to toe in this look, then a sequin clutch or even a diamantƩ detail on your shoes can be your ode to this trend and still make you centre stage.

On the third day of Christmas we have my favourite colour, Red. No matter what your hair colour or skin complexion red can suit anyone. The trick is in the shade you go for. If you are brunette like me, the fire engine red really sets off my olive skin or if you are fairer, picking a red with a slight orange tinge will really work wonders. The plus side of wearing such a traffic stopping dress also means you can play it safe with your accessories and makeup. Let the outfit do the hard work.

On the fourth day of Christmas we have the trouser playsuit. If over the summer months, you lived in your flirty short suit, sandals and beach hair then you are going to love the tailored trouser suits which are in the shops currently. Apart from the inconvenience of needing a zip friend when using the amenities, these hard working power suits really can be dressed up or down dependant on the occasion. I am always drawn to the more structured, form fitting styles just because it suits my body shape but really this style suits everyone. As long as the leg length is tapered to give you that gorgeous peep of ankle and you team it with a beautiful pair of shoes to elongate your legs, we all can feel like Amazonian models in the playsuit.

And on the fifth day of Christmas, we have the printed dress. I LOVE colour, especially in the dreary winter months it always puts a smile on my face. So, what better way to feel good than to wear a beautiful printed dress. Whether it be floral, galactic or even art noir – whatever tickles your fancy just go with it. With black opaque tights, ankle boots and a cross body bag – this is the epitome of edgy but fashion forward.

And now over to the magnificent men who also deserve to look and feel a million pounds this Christmas.

On the first day of Christmas we have the tuxedo jacket. Dependent on where you intend to go for New Years Eve, perhaps you will get the chance to wear a classic tuxedo with bow tie (a masquerade ball is always a chance to really dress up) but if not, the tuxedo jacket always completes an outfit. Pair with a button down collar shirt, tan chinos and tasselled loafers and I am sure you will turn a few heads this year.

On the second day of Christmas we have the polo neck. Try to forget about times past when the only association you had with these high necked delights were your slightly eccentric uncle who you only saw at key holiday periods throughout the year in his pastel hued one teamed with canary yellow trousers. They have had a revamp and teamed with a well cut pair of suit trousers and patent shoes you can look boardroom to high society party in moments.

On the third day of male movie star worthiness, I present to you the luxe fabric which is Velvet. I still have pictures of me as a child dressed in velvet corduroy skirts matched with stripy knitted tights and to this day I still love the elegant aesthetic it gives on both men and women. I particularly love the wine coloured hue which has frequented catwalks this season. To downplay a jacket in this colour, I would team it with a black slim fit cotton shirt, black skinny jeans and desert boots – what a gorgeous combination.

Finally to finish off the male category by putting a smile on your face, who doesn’t love patterned socks. The trend has garnered such a cult following, that there is now a brand called Happy Socks which I am sure you all are already sporting. It just makes me feel warm inside when I see their displays in London department stores. But in this festive season dare to show your individuality with a flash of flouro, classic red or even Christmas themed with trees, snowman and Rudolph the red nosed reindeer. By keeping the rest of your outfit neutral, let your feet do the talking.

Whichever sex you are, Christmas is all about being with your loved ones, having lots of wonderful home cooked treats but also it is a chance to relax your usual day to day style and be a little more creative. No jumper, headwear or slipper is too much – indulge your inner child. I certainly will be šŸ˜€

Until next time,

Take care

Keya x

Brisbane fashion runway

Good afternoon to you my runway striding superstars,

For this months post I wanted to dedicate it to the supremely organised event I attended this past weekend – the Brisbane Fashion runway show held at Lightspace.

A few months ago, I mentioned to my friend about how I would love to have attended Melbourne fashion week although it coincided with my trip back home to London sadly. As if the stars had heard me though, within a few weeks on my social media page I saw an advert for the Brisbane fashion runway and I fell over myself to secure tickets to it.

When my friend and I arrived at the venue, we had some professional photos taken as we entered, were given our platinum ticket holder wristbands and ushered into our own VIP private area, with a glass of champagne in hand.

After some mingling and photo opportunities, we were directed into the fashion auditorium where we found our seats on the front row and eagerly awaited the show to begin, with a glimpse of the new Infiniti car in front of us, one of the events sponsors.

Eight emerging Brisbane based designers showcased their creations to a mix of music and fancy. There was such a varied selection of inspirations which I have captured below.

I loved the mix of headdresses with simple cinched waist dresses, lilac trench coats paired with pastel tailored trousers, wonderful African print tops with simple accessories and slinky little black dresses perfect for any occasion.

Following the fashion show, there was a delightful raffle with some once in a lifetime prizes to be won and the finale showcase was an absolute hat heaven šŸ˜

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I've mentioned in earlier posts, I love any chance to get dressed up and this elegant, classy event was definitely worth a visit. This was the perfect chance for me to debut my London boutique dress in Oz, peep toe Louboutins and my classic Chanel clutch. Also, who doesn't love a chance to recline on a chaise lounge in front of a wall of romantic roses. Ha ha

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til next time, take care

Keya x

The Art of War against Domestic Violence

Good day to you my Art loving aficionados,

What with the recent campaign in Australia “Are you OK?” highlighting the importance of taking the time to check in with colleagues, friends or family on how their wellness truly is, providing incredible advice and steps on what to do if someone close to you is NOT OK, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to interview my wonderful friend Nicole, who recently hosted a not to be missed event entitled “The Art of War against Domestic Violence”.

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1) Hi Nicole, thanks so much for agreeing to do this interview. For those of my readers who are unfamiliar with your company, could you briefly explain what theĀ name is and what your recentĀ event consisted of?

Hi Keya. Thank you for having me.Ā  My company is called NHS Events which I have created by using the initials of my name, Nicole Haylee Stokes.Ā  My first and recent event was called ‘The Art of War – Against Domestic Violence’.Ā  I would describe it as an art exhibition with a twist.Ā  Artwork was raffled off to ticket holders during the night and money was raised and donated toĀ Charity, ‘Friends with Dignity’, who assist those who are affected by domestic violence.

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2) Have you always had an interest in events planning and what made you decide to plan your first event this year?

I certainly have, but mainly just family events.Ā  It was back in 2015 when I was travelling around Canada that I decided to create my own company and started brainstorming my first event.

3) What were the highlights of planning this event?

I think the biggest highlight was actually meeting and speaking toĀ the talented artists, who were so generous inĀ donatingĀ their artwork for the event. I loved seeing the variety of art produced by each person.Ā  I also loved seeing the emails pop up when someone purchased theirĀ tickets to the event.
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4) What were the most challenging aspects?
The most challenging aspect was that I also worked full time whilst organising the event.Ā  Advertising was also challenging for me, especially with a tight budget.
5) How do you fit your events planning around your full time job (you are seriously a super woman)
Thank youĀ šŸ™‚Ā There were definitely a LOT of late nights. I have amazing friends and family who supported and encouraged me daily which helped me get through those late nights.Ā  I am also very fortunateĀ to have an amazing sister who helped me outĀ with graphic design and social media.
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6) Are you already thinking about the next event you would like to host in the future?

It’s been so nice having a breakĀ after my firstĀ event, butĀ yes, I am certainly brainstorming my next idea.Ā  I am thinking masquerade with a twist.Ā  But who knows, that might changešŸ˜‰

7) What advice would you give to either a budding events planner or someone who generally wants to embark on a new career?

Research, research, research.Ā  Definitely take the time to speak to someone who is involved in the career you wish to chase and ask as many questions as you can.Ā  And that it’s OK to have doubts, I had many, but pick yourself up and keep going. The end result is worth it.

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8) What are your favouriteĀ hobbies outside of work?

I try and get outdoors and explore new areas of Brisbane City, taking roadĀ trips to the coast to go toĀ the beach, watching live music andĀ I loveĀ gardening.

9) If anyone would like to get in contact with you in regards to up coming events or to use your services, what are the best ways for them to get in touch with you?

They can contact me via emailĀ or on social media (see below):

nicole@nhsevents.com.au

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www.facebook.com/nhseventsbrisbane

www.instagram.com/nhs_eventsĀ 

Thanks so much for this insightful and interesting interview Nicole. Just as a little bit of fun to complete our chat today here is a quick fire round. The number one rule is pick the first thing that springs to mind:-

Quick fire round
Sweet or savoury?Ā Sweet
Hot or cold vacation? Hot
Bright or neutral colour palette in your wardrobe? Neutral
Heels or flats? Flats
Log fire or day at the beach? Beach
Festivals or Concerts?Ā Concerts
babies or animals? Animals
Internet or reading a proper book? Reading a book
If you could describe yourself in 5 words, what would they be? Shy, Quiet, Organised, Loyal & Awesome šŸ˜‰
And with that super final answer, I am signing off with Nicole and this post for another month.
Until next time, take care
Keya x

There’s no place like home

Good day to you my delightful darlings wherever you may be in the world,

I am writing this post today from my slouchy sofa back in Brisbane after spending the last blissful two and a half weeks back in my home town of London visiting my wonderful family and friends. 


With the impending realisation of my one year anniversary of moving to Australia approaching and being informed of some changes in events back home, I knew almost immediately that I wanted to book a trip back as soon as I could.

With leave authorisation approval in place and having spent some final quality time with friends and loved ones here, I packed my bags (albeit being prepared for any kind of weather – good ole England) and set off for the motherland. 

As clichĆ© as it sounds and with numerous pep talks inwardly to “keep it together” upon coming through arrivals at Heathrow, I sill managed to sob uncontrollably when I fell into my dad’s arms as soon as I saw him. 

The first few days flew by in a flurry of catch up drinks in the city with some of my oldest girlfriends, dinner invitations with prior work colleagues and impromptu torture (in the good kind) sessions with my spinning instructor mentor/ bootcamp instructor friend – it was nothing short of spectacular. 


Also as my parents were both around, we spent wonderful, priceless days either browsing the stalls at Petticoat lane market (oh how I do love a bargain) or getting our culture on stalking the corridors at Kenwood House. FYI – for anyone visiting London for the first time, I would highly recommend taking the trip to Kenwood – it is a house like no other and the history alone of its heritage is mind blowing. 


I even frequented a gothic inspired village in North London with the houses dating back to the 1800’s, all with their own unique gargoyles and spires. The architecture was one to behold and I loved how each property was unique in its own way.


On my last weekend there, one of my best friends and I went to one of my all time favourite music festivals SW4 and after a one year hiatus it really did not disappoint. 


Sadly as it was such a short trip,  I did try to cram as much as I could into the fortnight at the expense of treating it as a holiday for myself too. Since being back in Oz however and obviously being biased as I’m a born and bred Londoner, I completely LOVE my city. 

From the thrill of just jumping on the tube to get to wherever you need to go, to walking through an area that you may have ventured into a million times and unearthing a quaint church or mews you had never seen before – it truly is the most exhilarating, amazing place I’ve been lucky enough to frequent so far in this world. No wonder so many people choose to make it their home. 

I truly believe that no matter where you decide to move to or visit in life, home is always where the heart is and I know for certain that my beloved London certainly holds a special place in mine. 


Until next time, take care

Keya x

The meaning of friendshipĀ 

Good day to you my heart of gold heroes, 

For this months post I really wanted to delve into the complex world of the strange, intimate and sometimes awkward human interaction fondly known as friendship. Moving to the other side of the world from those closest to me was one of the hardest decisions not only due to being away from my family but also being separated from my second “family” – my friends. 

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Looking back at my life in my 31 years on this earth, it is staggering the amount of friendships I have maintained and lost over the years. When I was at school, I had a large groups of girl friends and we did everything together, I still remember fondly our prom night when we all went round to one of the girls houses and posed for photographs leaning against our rented limousine. We felt so special and grown up on that day. Although I am still close with that group of girls to this day through social media and if we bump into each other on the odd occasion, there is only one who is still my best friend to this day, 20 years on.


One of my other closest friends I actually met through a mutual male friend who both of us actually hardly talk to any longer but we’ve maintained a close connection still. We have countless stories of adventures across Europe and hilarious stories which only we share. 

Another I met through a running club I joined whilst living in South Africa when I was training for a marathon. It’s incredible to say we ran the race together and now that same friend has since got married and just had a baby with her loving partner. 

And last but not least, one of my other oldest friends I met at work and through sitting next to each other every day for three years (can you believe there wasn’t one argument) we’ve since been to Glastonbury, countless music festivals and laughed and cried more than some do in a lifetime together. 


It really warms my heart reminiscing about that handful of incredible, inspiring women in my life knowing that we still regularly keep in touch via the wonders of FaceTime, what’s app  and social media. Every time I see a message pop up from them, I get a small smile on my face knowing they are thinking of me as I am them everyday. 

And then having moved here, I already had some fully formed friendships with people I had met in London who are originally from Oz or friends from back home who have since emigrated so I felt like I wasn’t completely alone from the outset. 


One valuable lesson I have learnt as I’ve got older though is even if you have an amazingly supportive family, significant partner or a social calendar like the queen bee, I need to have friends in my life. From something as trivial as helping you decide what nail colour to pick at the weekend to whether you should apply for that dream job, to crying over an argument or just laughing about inside jokes until your stomach hurts, that is something that makes me whole.

If you are anything like me, you would like to have it all – the stellar career, the show worthy home, to be surrounded by people who love and respect you, to be a great parent, to be a good friend and be an upstanding member of society. Having all of this though, does not equate to having a lot of free time so that is why we are so much more selective with who we spend this time with. Friendships should be two sided, and the minute one side is slipping, it can be really hard to get back to where you once were. The hard fact of it is though, it’s all part of the circle of our adult life and I actually applaud it. 

With every fibre of my being, I love, respect and admire all of the amazing people in my life and even if you have only one truly incredible person who you know has your back, then the sun will always shine on you every day for the rest of your life. Human interaction is what keeps us humble and I cannot get enough of it ā¤ļø


Until next time, take care

keya x

Be your own number one fan.

Good day to you my creative, beautiful creatures, 

For this months post I wanted to explore the realms of our own personal comfort zones and doing something that both exhilarates and scares the life out of you; by trying something foreign and new šŸ˜€

As I’ve told you all in one of my earlier posts, since as young as I can remember I’ve always had a real love and passion for fashion and beautiful things. I used to pour over my mothers fashion magazines at home, oogling the wonderful outfits and the picture perfect surroundings. Most of all, I wanted to put pen to paper and write about these collections however. This is where my love of the English Language flourished from and at school, I could not get enough of the almost poetic prose which filled my heart in those classes. 


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Although sadly I was unsuccessful in obtaining a place on my desired Fashion journalism course at university, the passion for my creative writing never extinguished. I still followed the fashion weeks around the world each year and would write short articles in my notebooks of my highlights and lowlights of the shows. It was only just over two years ago that after multiple people close to me persuaded me to continue my pursuit of writing, that I bit the perverbial bullet and started this blog. 


I can not even begin to tell you how petrified I was to write that first entry. It wasn’t for selfish reasons though of how many people would even read it, it was just that idea of putting myself out there and doing something that was completely unfamiliar.

That first entry feels like a distant memory now but through the catharsis of writing each post,  I honestly feel as though I’ve unlocked a part of my soul which was lying dormant inside for so long and I am so proud of how far it has come to date šŸ˜Š

With this renewed sense of adventure, the next chapter of my journey has now begun. This past week I took the plunge again and I finally set up my fashion is my passion Instagram page. If you enjoy my writing, then my social media page is going to be the visual side of my love for Fashion and also will give some sneak peaks into my own everyday style. I would love you to check it out on Keya_fashionismypassion. 

Also as so many of my closest friends and family have always asked me to help them find that perfect outfit for a special occasion or to just be more adventurous with their own style, I am going to be offering personal shopper experiences either in person with me or tips via email if you are not local so please feel free to send me a private message on my Instagram page and we can get started.


It is so important in my view as we grow older to strive to learn something new and challenge ourselves every single day. I would rather know I had tried and failed at something than to never have tried at all, after all we only have this one life – go out and seize it ā¤ļø 

Whatever it is that ignites that fire inside you, whether it be art, higher scholarly education, fitness, lifestyle – make today be the day that you take that first step to making your own dream a reality. I believe in you, so make sure you are your number one fan also. 

Until next time, 


Take care

Keya x

Pony upĀ 

Good morning my horse racing aficionados,

This past weekend I spent an awesome day at the races for ladies day which was so much fun. For those of you who know me personally, you would know that I love any excuse to get dressed up so when the invite came through to go, I jumped at the chance šŸ˜€

In the past I’ve been to ladies day at Ascot in the U.K where fashion is extravagant and edgy but all with an air of sophistication. From the moment I got to Doomben racecourse I was in full scout mode for anyone who I thought looked chic and venue appropriate. Below are some of my favourite looks from the day. 

Ladies day isn’t just for the women to steal the show…




It’s amazing what a pop of colour in a suit jacket or trouser can do to stop you in your tracks. The variations in prints too from the classic navy stripe pyjama style shirt to the tartan check really made these dashing gentleman stand out to me. Also, kudos definitely go out to the tasseled loafers and some of the interesting eyewear seen here – who said glasses cannot be an outfit enhancer šŸ˜€

All on the head…


What would the races be without headwear and wow there were some awe inspiring creations to behold on the green. I just loved the confidence of the black and grey jauntily placed fascinator with those divine cat eye sunglasses and also how the blue and purple head piece above really steals the show against the white dress and classic Chanel 2.55 – pure and regal. 

More than one can be done…


I really love how even though we are all unique and plan our outfits individually, some groups of friends or couples have an incredible ability to complement each other without even trying. The light and dark contrasts compared to the shocking yellow and floral print really worked wonderfully together and also I’m a huge believer in the couple who dresses well together, stay together šŸ˜€

Friends to be revered…

Now it’s time to give my friends their times to shine, I mean look how amazing these girlies look – from the glowing mumma to be to the Canadian lovelies rocking their lame and flirty floral headbands, the azure lace to the winter whites and also the asymmetrical wonderment, I felt proud to be spending my day with this awesome bunch. 

Women rule the world…



Ladies day wouldn’t be ladies day without the stars of the show and wow did these women not disappoint. I just loved the subtle accessorising of the fur stole to bring the outfit together or the lace headpieces which either offer a exciting contrast or match another element of their outfit completely. The use of colour in the pastel pink or the cobalt blue or even just the black is best all worked perfectly. It was great to see some of these beautiful women heeded the theme of floral and feminine also and I’m sure you agree their effort really should be applauded, they all looked spectacular šŸ˜€

Well my wonderful followers, if you are planning to head to Stradbroke day this weekend or other racing events later in the year, hopefully the outfits I have captured here can give you some inspiration on what dressing for the races either here or in the UK is all about. Be brave, be bold and most of all be BEAUTIFUL ā¤ļø


Until next time, take care

Keya x