Siestas and sunsets in Santorini

Good day to you my olive loving, fetalicious globetrotters,

I hope you all had an amazing summer and made lots of holiday memories. We not so long ago got back from the amazing island of Santorini and I certainly left with a heavy heart as I had the most amazing time. With the white washed, blue domed buildings, quiet sandy beaches and unbelievable local produce, for this months post I thought I would deep dive into this incredible place.

For this years summer vacation we had a handful of locations in mind but as soon as we saw the pictures and read the reviews we were sold on this magical gem in Greece. As soon as we had made our reservation the excited countdown began. After lots of research about the best places to stay we decided on Perissa, which with the black sandy beach on the doorstep of our incredible accommodation, Petri Suites we were over the moon as soon as walked into our room. With the white cave exposed walls, huge double sinks and fluffy robes and matching slippers it instantly felt like home. Also who doesn’t love an egg chair?

Our days were filled with swimming in the ocean and lunches over looking the crystal clear waters. One of our favourite spots was a restaurant called La plage noire. The squid and calamari were the freshest we could imagine and their crab and mango salad is a must try.

We even managed to head out on a fishing trip off the coast. The morning started off with a short sail to pick up the nets from the previous night to see what had been snapped up and we then headed to a secluded cove where we could go snorkelling, try our own hand at fishing and to just seal the deal whatever was caught was barbecued on the boat and we had it for lunch. Could you possibly get any fresher I hear you say?

Our nights were filled with visiting the many quaint towns which were easily accessible as we managed to hire a car for a week during our stay which is definitely a good idea should you visit. Every town has its own unique style however the sunsets never failed to disappoint no matter what location we watched them in. From Oia to Thira to cosy courtyard al fresco dining in Megalochori, the feta, cherry tomatoes, olives and my favourite – watermelon were mouth watering wherever we went.

The local wines were incredible too, each time we usually asked the restaurant staff to recommend a local vineyards wine to try and if you are a bit of a grape lover than the bottles from Sigallas Estate and Venetesanos were our particular top choices. We even partook in a wine tasting experience at the latter which was a first for me and it definitely did not disappoint. The pairings of crab croquettes with a soft white wine and rich dark meat with a bold red were a shock to the senses.

I couldn’t talk about Santorini if I didn’t go into the unbelievable sunsets they have pretty much every night there. As the sun began to set around 7.15pm, the sky was ablaze with burnt oranges, fiery reds and then the sun would just disappear into the ocean before your very eyes. What I loved about this island is, that no matter where you are, the restaurants and bars all have a perfectly placed terrace or veranda to easily add to your photo album each evening and bathe in its ethereal, romantic glow with your loved one.

I know that a destination has made an impression on me when a smile tugs at the corners of my mouth as soon as I reminisce about it and this is definitely the case with Santorini. It has the perfect mix of places to explore and is the ultimate in relaxing and chilled if you want to unplug and unwind from the stresses of our careers. It also holds a special place in my heart, because this is where I got engaged – such an amazing surprise and obviously I’m ecstatic. Whatever special memories you want to make in your own lives, this island is definitely going to help you make them.

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 😍

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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

Pony up 

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 😀

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 😀

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 😀

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 😀

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 ❤️


Until next time, take care

Keya x

Incredible Iris

Good day to you my fashion loving friends,

I recently watched a documentary about the woman who I am dedicating this months blog to and she truly was so inspirational to me that I just had to introduce her to you if you may not have heard of her in the past. I give you the awe inspiring woman who is Iris Apfel. 


(Images of Iris courtesy of google images)

In her earlier career she was a successful interior designer and business woman but now she is best known for her incredible dress sense and style acumen.

She is the queen of accessorising and bigger is definitely better in her opinion. I really admire how she mixes a vintage Chanel necklace with a costume trinket that she picked up in a flea market in India or some other far flung destination. 

She is regularly spotted on the front row of most highly sought after designers shows at New York fashion week and her opinion of their collections is invaluable. 


Her style has clearly rubbed off on her husband who she been happily married to for over 50 years and also the unique finds from their explorations of the world when they were a young couple can be found scattered around their cluttered but shabby chic apartment in the city. 


She has lent her vast collection of jewellery to exhibitions which were widely populated by the public and she also takes part in styling segments on many day time chat shows or interviews. 

One of the things that really resonated with me about her however was how in her words she says she has never been beautiful so she needed to find another way to make herself stand out in society. Looks fade but style is truly timeless. Her approach to dressing  is it doesn’t matter if those Gold hoop earrings cost $5 or $500, if it complements your outfit and makes you feel beautiful for that one night then that is the objective achieved. 

I have always been a huge accessories person in my own life; I rotate my earrings and rings on a daily basis to suit my outfit of the day and I also have my opulent, one of a kind pieces which come out on special occasions. Those closest to me though know the familiar sound that precludes me when I walk into a room. The jingle jangle of my stacked bangles and bracelets on my right wrist are my trademark (you can imagine the tan line I permanently have during the summer haha) but that is my own take on being individual and making my own style shine through every day. 


 Now what are you waiting for, those awesome marcasite chandelier earrings are not going to purchase themselves 😀 


Until next time take care

Keya x

Print party

Hello my pattern loving people,

As far back as I can remember I have always relished wearing bright colours and bold prints. On a dreary day there is nothing better to put a spring in your step than to wear something radiant. For today’s post I am going to delve back into my archives to show you some of my favourite print outfits and how you can incorporate them into your wardrobe. 

  
The above picture was taken when I was working overseas in Cape Town, I am partial to a stripe especially Breton  (those closest to me will definitely agree) and I just loved the candy colours of this dress. It is perfect for a night out or even with a cardigan for work.   

 The above dress I wore whilst on holiday in Sicily. I love how the white accents set off my tan beautifully and the Aztec pattern flattered my athletic frame. I wore this dress with stilletto heels and a clutch bag for that evening but it would look just as nice with a pair of gladiator sandals and a tan suede bucket bag in a more casual setting. 

  
This outfit I wore whilst learning how to surf in Bali. It actually is a bikini coverall but the pastel colours are so beautiful you could totally wear it around town also during the day. This style of dress is perfect to take on vacation as it is super lightweight to optimise the space in your suitcase and can be worn over any colour bikini – excellent mix and match potential 😀

  
Ahh how I loved wearing this flamingo print navy and cobalt blue dress whilst I was in Venice. It was ideal for lazy wanderings taking in the sights in the sunshine. I paired it with a cross body bag and sandals but this outfit would equally work with peep toe court shoes and a tote bag for work. 

  
This tie die inspired floaty dress was wonderfully received whilst in Positano. The spaghetti straps and deep V neck suit my wide shoulders and flatter chest and the longer length kept it a bit more appropriate and classic for a fine dining restaurant. I paired it with black suede wedges and an Alice band in my hair.

  
If you have ever wondered how to do print for an social occasion like a wedding or a black tie event, hopefully the above look will give you some inspiration. I loved this champagne coloured dress with a lace overlay. The panelling on the sides were slimming and the wider straps can flatter either a broad frame or a larger bust. My peep toe Louboutins and my Chanel evening bag were the perfect finishing touches.

As you can see there are so many ways to inject some colour and print into your own everyday wardrobe – you can either start with just one bold piece and build it up from there or be like me and just wear everything together – who doesn’t love rainbows right?? 😁 

 
Just a quick note, from this week going forward rather than do a post each week I am going to extend it to every fortnight now. I just want to ensure I can write thought provoking, interesting pieces and having an extra week will give me a chance to achieve that. Watch this space for more exclusive interviews, my style inspirations and just my usual silliness! 

Take care and talk soon

Keya X

Christmas party season

Good day my festive fellows, 

As that magical time is ever approaching, I am sure many of you are already celebrating with colleagues and friends in the Christmas festivities. It can be a tricky time to wade through all the sequins and glitzy lurex to find a suitable outfit for that all important Christmas work function or boozy lunch with your girlfriends so I thought I would give you some of my fail safe tips to get through this season with your fashion heads held high. 

  I am fortunate enough at my work to have an annual black tie event which I look forward to with fervour each year. It is a chance to get super dressed up and unwind with my colleagues after a hard 12 months. A few years ago, I found the most perfect dress. It was a beaded 1920s style grey flapper dress with a V neck at the back. I wore it teamed with my lace peep toe shoes bought on a shopping weekend to Milan, huge Swarovski earrings, my Chanel clutch and my faux fur mink jacket. When we arrived at the venue, I felt like one of the old Hollywood starlets on the red carpet. It was a wonderful evening.  

Another year, when I was based in our Cape town office, I attended their masquerade ball. It really was so much fun to be mysterious for the evening, hiding behind a mask. I wore a navy, sequinned dress with black stiletto heels and my mask originated from Venice (truly authentic) 

  
For another of my Christmas functions over the years, I found this beautiful black lace and champagne fitted dress, which flattered my broad shoulders and accentuated my waist. I wore it with my peep toe Louboutins and my Chanel evening bag. 

  

This time of year really is my favourite, I love seeing all the Christmas decorations adorning the front of shops and houses, Star topped trees in every living room and just the feeling of happiness everyone has in their hearts.

Whatever Christmas occasion you get to dress up for this year, make sure it’s glam, glitzy and makes you feel as special as you all truly are. 

Until next week take care

Keya X

Dashing Dublin

Good morning my Irish idiosyncrasies, 

This past weekend I was in Dublin celebrating my friends 30th birthday with nine of my girlfriends. It was my first time visiting this part of Ireland so for this weeks post I thought I would delve into the parts of this city which made it so magical for me. 

 
We were so relieved to find that although a tad chilly, we had blue skies and sunshine for the entire weekend. The view from the love lock bridge over the river Liffey was wonderful and it was sweet to read all the personal messages on the locks. 

  
One of the highlights of our trip was our visit to the Guiness Brewery. We were fascinated learning the technique used to make the perfect pint and at the end of the tour I finally managed to try my first sip. (Much to my amazement I actually quite liked it by the end of the pint glass. Haha) I thought I would coordinate my outfit for the day with the tipple of choice wearing my black and white polka dot shirt, dark denim and leather converse below. 

  
On our numerous walking tours around the city we saw some beautiful traditional Irish pubs. I loved learning of their histories and was amazed at how old some of them were. I can only begin to imagine what Dublin must have been like back in those days. In the pub below we warmed ourselves by drinking Irish coffee and we chatted to the bar maid about where to go for a good night on the town. 

  
Another peculiar thing we noticed was a lot of the shops and pubs were decorated to the max with Halloween trinkets and ghouls. (I wholeheartedly admit some of which gave me the creeps especially the clowns and chuckie figures.) We were flummoxed as to why the festivities were in full swing already even though Halloween isn’t until the end of October. I guess if they are fans of fancy dress and decorations though,  why not make it last the whole month. I definitely got some inspirations for my own Halloween costume.  

  
On Saturday night we were told the best place to venture to for a night out was Grafton street. We went to a few different bars and then ended up in a club called D Two which was a lot of fun. I decided to go for a chic LBD for our night out which I paired with my super high Jimmy Choos and my Chanel clutch. 

  
Looking back at all of our wonderful photos, it makes me smile to think of the memories we made in Dublin. The people made us feel immediately at home. I loved seeing the street styles in the shopping district also, it’s amazing how it differs from London. Incredible what an hours flight can do fashion wise hey! 

Thank you Dublin for  your “céad míle fáilte”

Until next week

Take care, Keya X

Summer celebrations 

Good day to my sizzling superstars, 

This weeks post I have decided to dedicate to dressing for special occasions in the summer. This past weekend I was elated to have attended one of my friends beautiful weddings. As I awoke on Saturday, the sun was pouring through my window and I knew it was going to be the perfect day. Both the bride and groom looked stunning, I loved the shock contrast of the brides traditional dress to the shock of cobalt blue feathered shoes peeking out from under the hem. As the sunlight faded, the garden reception came alive with twinkly fairy lights and incense burning in the background. It truly was magical 😀 

  I chose to wear a shorter dress that reached just above my knee as I thought it was more appropriate for a a garden reception and also kept me cool in the balmy afternoon. Even though there was some embellishment detail on the shoulder which is usually banished to night-time,  it is acceptable during the day for such occasions and the burnt orange and red tones really set off my tanned complexion. I wore my Valentino stilettos and I used my Michael Kors clutch bag to accessorise. 
One year I attended Ascot ladies day that happened to fall on my birthday weekend in June. As I knew I would be going out in the evening I wanted an outfit that would be smart enough for the strict rules of Ascot but also would carry me through for an evening on the town. 

  

 I chose this monochrome dress as the capped sleeves made it appropriate for the setting whilst the large bow peekaboo back made it more fun for the impending evenings festivities. I wore a feather headband and laced up espadrilles during the day as I knew I would be walking across manicured lawns all day which I later switched for heels in the evening. 
Last year I was in South Africa for New Year. As December is summer time there, I knew I needed to find a dress that would kept me comfortable and collect r but also looked special enough for the chic night at Club 31 I was attending.

  
I wore the above navy vintage lace dress which I paired with my Valentino tan stilettos and red lipstick to accentuate. The subtle sequin detailing and V neck style flattered my figure and also really sparkled under the bright lights in the venue. 

One summer I also attended a masquerade party. As I knew my eyes would be covered with my mask, I really wanted my dress and shoes to show my individuality so I found the most perfect dress below.

  
I fell in love with the way the large discs on the dress moved as I danced and the colours really looked amazing when I went outside. As the dress was the main event, I paired it with a simple pair of strappy black stillettos and my black Chanel bag. 

My advice for summer occasions is to always enquire about the venue. I learnt the hard way this weekend when I wore my stiletto shoes to the wedding. As the reception was in a garden setting, my heels kept sinking in the lawn or were unstable on the pavement. Ideally wedge shoes would have been more appropriate but I guess we live and learn 😀 I would also suggest that even though you leave the house when it is a beautiful warm day, as dusk sets in, it can become a tad chilly so always try to take a pashmina or light cardigan with you that you can throw over your shoulders as the warmth begins to fade. 

When any of us organise a special celebration, we wish for perfect weather when the date arrives. In this city, if that does occur then I would honestly make the most of it, be brave with your light pastel colour dresses, delicate sandals and tropical nail polishes. After all, who isn’t happy when the sun has its hat on ☀️

Until next week, take care 

Keya x 

Penchant for Potter 

Good day my Hogwarts helpers,

At the weekend as a belated birthday present my best friend took me to Harry Potter World at Warner Bros Studios. I thought I would let you in on my secret love for all things Harry and some of the characters whose outfits inspired me. 

  
Back when I was at school I clearly remember the day when one of my classmates brought in a copy of their first Harry Potter book. I had no idea about the storyline but I have always had a fascination for the fantasy and supernatural genre so I knew then and there I needed to purchase my own. I then proceeded to read and adore all seven books and I also watched all eight movies. 

I was enraptured with the cinematography and the costume design in the movies and at Warner Bros they have hundreds of original costumes on display. 

  
The school uniforms worn by the characters looked like the same one I wore in secondary school even down to the grey knitted V neck jumper and house tie. The thing that made theirs even cooler was the addition of a secret pocket for their prized wands. We were lucky enough at my school to be able to smuggle in a packet of chewing gum or a lipgloss in our blazers! 

I particularly loved the introduction of the teacher Dolores Umbridge with her twin set tweed and cat accessories. Her voice matched her varying shade of pink daily outfits – uptight, disciplined and oh so feminine. I like to think her style inspiration was my favourite designer, Chanel with her little tweed jackets paired with a string of pearls or an ornate broach. 

  
I loved in the Goblet of Fire when the other wizarding schools came to Hogwarts for the Triwizard tournament. Each individual from the varying schools had their own unique style – Fleur Delacour with her pussy bow blouses and Powder blue boater hat to Krum with his open neck white shirts and embroided waistcoats. This was the first time we had seen the fashion envelope being explored with Hermione wowing in a pastel pink dress and heels at the Grand Ball and poor Ron Weesley having to endure the taunts whilst decked out in his brothers hand me down dress robes. 

  
It was with a heavy heart I read the final Harry Potter book and watched the final film. I felt like I had grown up with these characters and it was touching to watch the actors morph into young adults from children on screen. This story has made a lasting impression on millions of children and adults alike and seeing how much work went into every set design, costume or special effect makes me appreciate even more how it took ten years to complete the massive feat. 

Until next week, take care 

Keya x

Chanel – my love affair.

Good afternoon my fellow Chanel afficinados,

For this post I am going to talk about my love of Chanel and how even those who do not earn a six figure salary can invest in one of Karl Lagerfeld’s timeless pieces.

As a little girl although I was a “girlie girl” who loved bright colours and bold print clothes I always thought the classic monochrome look was chic and elegant which my parents clearly agreed with.

  
The love affair has continued to this day and that was one aspect of the Chanel brand that I was instinctively drawn to. The contrast between the lush leather against the stark metal of the straps and the red monochromed interior makes me go weak at the knees. So simple but so stylish. 

  
I remember the day like it was yesterday that I went into the store with countless hard earned monthly salaries to purchase my very first piece of Chanel history. I bought a 2.55 bag – classic, beautiful and in a colour that went with every outfit. The smile never left my face for the whole day and honestly still hasn’t almost five years later every time I use it. I have since added to my collection and each piece holds a special place in my heart and marks a significant period in my life that will never be forgotten. No other purchase to date in my wardrobe (well perhaps my Jimmy Choo or Louboutin collection 😀) has had that effect on me and that is the magic of Chanel.  

  

Although the enigma that is Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel can sometimes seem unobtainable in terms of price and exclusivity, everyone can have their own slice of Chanel pie if you know where to look. There are some great finds in charity or vintage stores especially in capital cities like London, Rome or Paris. I would recommend always doing your research when buying iconic accessories like handbags or purses however. After a quick google search you will easily be able to determine whether the colour scheme is genuine and also never buy anything that does not come with the Certificate of Authenticity. All Chanel and high end brands have a unique certificate for each item making it super easy to spot that sneaky counterfeit. 

 
I have spent all of my adult life up to now immersing myself in all things to do with this fashion house. The highly anticipated movie Coco showcasing the life of Coco Chanel moved me to tears even though she was designing before I was born. I just think everyone can relate to someone who had a dream to celebrate the female form at its finest not having to conform to social norms or the expectation of what the opposite sex deemed attractive. 

After all there are enough rules to follow for the working class 21st century woman. Why should our wardrobes have to comply?

 
Until next week take care,

Keya x