Office life overseas

Good day to you my professional perfectionists, 

As you know I recently moved to Australia and I am so happy that after a month of searching I finally found a job in my professional field. A fortnight in and wow it’s been an eye opener 😀 For this weeks post I am going to reveal my findings of working in an office environment away from home. 

Fast forward back to the day of my interview and I remember making sure my dress was perfectly pressed and my hair just right before I left the house that morning. I had already google mapped the office location so knew it would take me around 30 minutes to get there by car but I gave myself an hour. I did not want that unexpected traffic jam or fender bender to prevent me from getting there on time. The two managers who interviewed me were so welcoming and friendly – I knew immediately that I would love to get the job 😀

I heard back that very afternoon that I was due to start in a few days and yes I definitely did do a little squeal of delight. Ha. I remember walking into the office in my black fitted shift dress and nude Louboutin heels on my first day and my new colleagues looked at my shoes and were like wow those are high. I didn’t even think twice when I got dressed that morning but I soon learned that with the amount of walking around and on our feet work we do every day, they may not have been the most practical attire. Having worked in the corporate world for over a decade I am just so used to my uniform of a smart dress and heels and even though I still maintain that here, I am definitely one of the exceptions in my team.

(All images courtesy of google)

Another new experience I’ve learned is the art of public transport in Brisbane. The buses truly are faultless and I love how they have their own unique lane (no traffic woohoo) and they are really reliable. The Go card system is very much like my trusty Oyster card in London and although I still have to anxiously watch every station when the bus stops to make sure I do not miss my one, I am still amazed by its effective simplicity daily. 

Another aspect that has been a real learning curve is forgetting that I sound unique. I am still shocked when people do a double take upon hearing my British accent. It’s incredible to think I am speaking the same language but still can sound so different. Although we live in a multi cultural society, I think we still are secretly surprised when we hear a colloquialism that is not that of the country we are in. 

With many companies becoming multinational, office moves overseas is becoming the norm. I am sure many of you have worked in various locations at one time or another so can hopefully relate to what I have experienced during my early months of living in Australia. There are always challenges and steep learning curves especially in the first few months but my advice would be to perservere. I promise it gets easier over time and you to will soon start feeling like a local even if you still do not sound like one. 

Until next time, take care

Keya x 

The skirt evolution.

Hello my ankle grazing alter egos,

Just a few days ago when I was on my daily commute home from work,upon glancing around I was amazed how many variations of skirts and dresses were adorning the working woman. From midi, a line, pencil or flared – the shapes were endless. This got me thinking about how the skirt has evolved over the decades. Lets delve into the archives for this post. 

(All photos courtesy of Google images)

I am an 80s baby and although I was still too young to remember what people used to wear in that decade, I have since been to a fair few 80s fancy dress parties to know what was in fashion. Fluoro basics paired with high tops, huge costume earrings, statement tights and bangles up to your elbows were deemed “on trend”. The skirt style of the 80s was the flared ra ra grazing the mid thigh of everyone from Madonna to your best friend at a school party on Friday night. I was never a fan of this style, the layers of tulle and taffeta does not suit my body shape at all and I find the whole look a tad too “girlie” for me. 

In the 90s one of my favourite shows was Clueless. I used to sit in front of the tv longingly admiring Cher’s never ending selection of clothes and handbags. Their staple look was a tartan mini with a matching suit jacket, over the knee socks and heels. I remember one of my first experiences of going to a night club I wore a red and black checked wrap around mini skirt with over the knee boots. I had never felt so grown up and I definitely had a great night because of it.

The noughties was a tough time in the fashion world. With the emergence of socialites and reality tv, the denim skirt was born. I am sure all of us remember watching Britney Spears in her slave for you video with a snake wrapped around her neck wearing a distressed denim skirt with her jewelled belly piercing on show or seeing Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie in their Simple life tv series. As a teenager I was always keen to be different so my mum and I made my jean skirts out of my dads old jeans – sewing a tie around the bottom of one and attaching lace hand prints of mine onto another – I wore those skirts all summer long.

Suffice to say, I am ecstatic fashion has come around full circle and the skirt style for 2016 is the wonderful midi A line. The runways over the last few seasons have been filled with luxurious leather, floral prints and quilted varieties which flatter any body shape and brings the highly neglected erogenous area, the ankle back into the limelight. After all, what is the point in purchasing those fabulous suede Louboutins court shoes if no one can see them. 

No matter what skirt style is currently “in fashion” though, I empathise that a pencil skirt may not work if you are petite in the same way a mini may not for a more mature woman. What with all of these styles and many more in the history books, it is a case of trial and error to see what works for your every day style. Once you have found it, you too can feel like the twirling belle of the ball on your way to work. 

Until next week, take care

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