Kuala Lumpur Fashion Stylist: Grace Cao Interview by KL Lifestyle Magazine

Being a woman is not easy, do you what you like, enjoy what you do.

If you want to know more about me, read my interview by KL Lifestyle magazine.



Where are you from? Tell us about your hometown.

I am from Beijing, China. I was born and raised there. People call us the “The Beijinger”. Beijing is a massive city with a huge population. The city has been changing rapidly over the years. Every time I go back, it looks different, but it is able to maintain its cultural heritage. I am sure you know about the Summer Palace and Forbidden City. The most famous food there, of course, is Peking Duck.

Tell us a bit about your background.

I am always into fashion since I was in middle school. I spent a lot time exploring what was new in the fashion world through magazines, online, movies and TV series. However, I was not able to choose any fashion-related major during my university days. Over the years I have slowly developed the skills on how to be a fashionista. I also discovered that having a good sense of fashion doesn’t mean it always needs to cost you an arm and a leg. Fashion needs to fit your personality to make it work.

When did you come to Malaysia? What was your first impression?

My first time to Malaysia was for a holiday about 9 years ago. I fell in love with KL when I first visited here. I think it was love at first sight. Since I was raised in a big city, I would always enjoy the crowds and the cosmopolitan feeling of KL. The multi-cultural aspect always attracts me. The federal capital has its own personality. On the other hand, Malaysia is blessed with so many beautiful islands, especially in Sabah. I have family members and friends who constantly go there for holidays.

What do you do and how did you get into it?

I am a freelance stylist/personal shopper, and I also have an office job. I can’t recall exactly when people started to ask me about what to buy, or how did I make my hair. There are a lot of times when I walk on the street, people would randomly approach me to ask where I bought my shoes or my dresses. Then I thought it might be a good opportunity to make it as a business. I started my own website (www.gracecao.co), then eventually had customers.

Most of the time I help people who don’t know how to dress up, or people who have no idea on what to wear for functions or events. My clients are not actors or actresses; they are ordinary people like me who want to have a better look. I regularly blog to update my readers on the latest trends in the fashion industry.

What is it that you love about what you do?

To help people become confident and feel good about themselves motivates me the most. I feel very happy when my clients are looking great. After all “you are what you wear”.

Do you eat the local food here? Any favourites?

I eat the local food everyday. In fact I cannot even think of one food that I don’t like in Malaysia. Hainanese Chicken Rice is definitely one of my favourites and ironically, it’s not originally from Hainan, China! Another food I love is the nasi lemak from Petronas station! Strange? You have to try it when you are starving.

How is your interaction with the locals?

I think it’s such a blessing that I can naturally blend in with the people here and even my friends think that I am too local already. China and Malaysia are very close and the history goes way back. I have made good friends in Malaysia, and I keep meeting amazing people here. Malaysians are definitely one of the most patient people in the world.

What are the five things that an expatriate can take advantage of by living in Malaysia?

The medical facilities here are superb and affordable. There are plenty of interesting and beautiful places to visit. Shopping is great and it can suit anyone’s budget. Make as many local friends as possible because they will help you see the different sides of Malaysia. Finally, Malaysia is pretty much the centre of Southeast Asia, making it a hub to travel around the region.

Have you got any funny/interesting stories that have happened while you’re here?

I attended Bahasa Malaysia class whenI first moved here. I love languages and it is also quite natural for me wanting to learn the language. All my classmates were expats too and we always shared interesting stories of our own countries. We had so much fun, and at the same time we learnt the local language.

Another interesting thing for me is that people always think that I am from Korea. This happens almost everyday. When I am in the shopping mall, the shop assistants will try to say “Hello” in Korean to me. If I go to a Korean restaurant, the Korean boss would be speaking Korean to me as well. There was even a case of someone dancing Gangnam Style when he saw me.

I would just explain to them that I am from China and normally they would say that I do not look Chinese and Chinese people don’t usually speak good English. I was wondering what do people think how the Chinese are supposed to look like. Then I came to realise that this is an opportunity for them to know me as one of the young and modern generation of Chinese citizens who speaks good English, thinks freely and also loving her own country.

Your advice to people who would like to follow in your footsteps?

At this stage, I don’t think I’m at the position to ask people to “follow my footsteps” just yet but I hope that I am already on my way to success. I would encourage everyone, especially women, to do what they really like and devote themselves to it.

Do you have any fashion related question or would like to hire me as your fashion stylist? Email me hello@gracecao.co.

Fashion Highlights Before We Go into September!

Hey, some fashion highlights for this week.

1. One more bag to our wishing list: Miu Miu MIUlady Bag.

We need jewels for the season, a lot of jewels on the bag.


Ella Fanning

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Taylor Swift


This bag has a sister: Dahlia Bag


Rita Ora


2. Latest face for Topshop – Taylor Hill

We knew Taylor Hill from Victoria Secret’s runway.


Now this 20 years girl starts her new role with Topshop.


3. Isabeli Fontana’s wedding

The wedding dress is from Agua De Coco. 





Will this be the latest trend for the brides?


Simply stunning!

Do You Need To Make Up for Workout at the Gym?

If I was asked this question 10 years ago, my answer would just be a “NO.”

Then we grow up, we take care more of how we look everyday, every moment, even when we are at the supermarket.

One day you’re thinking, maybe you want to wear some make up to the gym. Why not? You will feel good about yourself, and who knows you will meet your prince charming on the way to the gym, or at the gym.

But since we gonna sweat, here are some do’s and don’ts for the make up during your workout session.

1. Sun screen

Sun screen is a “must” in the gym, especially nowadays some gyms have all the French windows. If you don’t want your skin to age too fast, the sun screen would be a basic to have.

Don’t forget to choose the water resistant type.


2. Tinted Moisturizer

I suggest not to use any foundation for your workout.

The tinted moisturizer is a better choice with its lighter texture. Your skin will look brighter, and not too obvious to tell you are using any product on your face.


3. Lipsticks

Instead of a creamy and striking color lipstick, you can choose the sheer lipstick for work out.

This would help your lips looks healthier  without the sticky feeling.

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4. Liquid eyeliner

Eyeliner is not a must. You can choose weather it is necessary to use it.

If you are planning to use, remember when in the gym the liquid eyeliner is better than those smoky eyeliner pen.



Since you don’t want people to notice that you are using eyeliner, do not draw any dramatic shape.

The inner eyeliner gives you a natural and softer look.

Start out with a very thin line in the inner corners, and then build the thickness out once you reach the outer third of your eye.


Other cosmetic to avoid when you are going to work out:


During work out, your cheeks will be blushing naturally, you would’t want to have the double effect.


2. Fake eyelashes

Unless you are going to the gym for taking selfies, please say bye bye to the fake eyelashes.

This is not applicable for a natural and health look. BE2087-9-False-Lashes-Diva

Wish all of us have healthy body and mind, and of course look better everyday!


KENZO X H&M Coming this November 2016

Everyone has H&M in their wardrobe, from those basic styles to the designer collaboration.

This November, we are expecting H&M’s new collaboration with Kenzo.

Kenzo HM

Can you feel the wildness?



Another line I really like is the H&M Conscious Exclusive Collection.

This line has totally changed my concept about H&M. It definitely brings H&M to the new level, not the “fast fashion” anymore.


It is said the H&M design team found inspiration at the recently launched ‘Fashion Forward – 300 Years of Fashion’ exhibit held at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs.





Check Olivia Wilde in that dress at the launch!


Which line of H&M is your favorite?

Dream A Little Pink Dream

Last time we were talking about The Star and Stripes (white, blue and red) but there is one more color for this season that can really catch your eyes: Pink.

After all we all have young hearts.


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Have a peek at this, the popular pink now is not the range of hot pink. It is those softer pink.


Ralph & Russo Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016


Balman Fall 2016


And the trend will definitely continue to the next year.

Escada Resort 2017



Roksanda Resort 2017


Osman Pre Spring/Summer 2017


For these pink color, probably you can start with your lipsticks.

Here’s the Anita Audacious Lipstick from Nars.



Similar color range you can choose Vanessa.



Are you a pink lover? Have a great week ahead!


Lip Color Can Fix Anything

How many lipsticks do you have? I bet the answer is “countless.”

We choose different lip colors for different occasions  or even different mood.

We are using them everyday but still don’t think we have enough. Here are some “candidates” for your lipstick collection.

1. YSL Vinyl Lip Cream


Lip products from YSL are always pretty, get your wallet ready for these.


Personally I would prefer No.407, and I think No.409 is really good for the coming autumn.

2. Chanel Rouge Allure Ink 2016 Fall Collection 


This is a new line of matte lip colors. The packaging is cute and sleek.

  • 140 Amoureux – pink-beige
  • 142 Creatif – fresh pink
  • 144 Vivant – coral
  • 146 Seduisant – bright pink
  • 148 Libere – bright red
  • 150 Luxuriant – red and pink
  • 152 Choquant – dark red
  • 154 Experimente – red plum

Which color is your favorite?

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3. Cle De Peau Radiant Liquid Rouge


Shade 18 Opium is the best!

Not sure whether you can see all the packaging for the lip colors of this season are all very tiny. Maybe they know that we never finish one lipstick then start to look for another one, or two.

Let me share some of my personal favorite lip colors.

1. Tom Ford Lipstick 09 True Coral

This is my love at the first sight. This color is great both for work or a date!

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(Photo courtesy of www.temptalia.com)

2. Burberry Lip Mist 208 Stormy Pink 

This color gives you a natural and effortless look.

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The long-lasting hydration makes you stay away from dry lips.


(Photo courtesy of kar-damon.livejournal.com) 

3. Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick 420 Rebellious Rose

Maybe you would not be interested in this color by how it look. But when you try it on, you just won’t stop using it.


I have been using this one recently, and really in love with it. I can really have a healthy look with it.

The color can last for hours, it leaves your lips look beautifully shaped and sculpted.

Our super model Liu Wen is also a big fan of this color!

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What’s your next lip color? Do share with us!

The Star and Stripes

Wish you all had a good holiday!

Let’s see how “other people” celebrated their holiday.

Models, fit bodies!


Huge bouncing castle …


All pretty girls, each of them, so pretty.


Beside all those, do you see the trend here? Stars and Stripes.

Marc Jacobs

For the next season, it’s all about the color: white, blue and red.


Ralph Lauren

The signature and classic American style.



You can see the color of the stripes.


Gabriela Hearst 




Anya Hindmarch 

Yeah, and also same for the handbags.


Louis Vuitton


The 4th of July holidays just got extended! You know what you should get for the next season.

How to be The IT Girl for the Summer of 2016

Hi ladies, it’s been quite a long time since I wrote the last blog. Miss you all!

Are you wondering what’s hot for the season? As usual, I like sharing with you.

I believe with these items, you will be the IT girl among the crowd.

1. Pom Pom Style

Pom Pom flat sandals are the best to fit your holiday mood.

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You will definitely look like a fun person when you wear them.

The brands you can try Elina Linardaki and Mabu By Maria BK.

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For us who love heels, of course you can choose the Pom Pom Heels.

This is the prettiest one from Aquazzura, of course.


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Or maybe pointed heels, this pair is from ASOS.


2. Anklets

The last time the anklets were popular when I was still a teenager. Yeah it’s back!

If you want a very feminine look, it’s the best choice.



Ashley Olsen wears her anklets everywhere.

Personally I would prefer this kind of golden simple design.


The anklets from Chole with little pendant is quite nice as well.

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Or maybe these from Valentino. 


3. Vetements Jeans

You don’t want to wear any jeans except Vetements Jeans for this season.

Vetements reworked vintage jeans are nearly sold out on Net-a-Porter.

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You can find the similar style from other brands, like Zara, always.

And I don’t think it would be difficult to create your own “Vetements Jeans.” Find one pair of jeans that you are tired with or those ones you don’t want to wear any more…


4. Rainbow Strips

Gucci set the new rainbow rule.



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This Multicolor Rainbow-Stripe Tweed Jacket from Sonia Rykiel is good for the office.


I heard university students love to wear Valentino rockstud heels for graduation ceremony, they say the studs are shining especially with the dark color bachelor gown. What a great idea!


How about the rainbow bags from Anya Hindmarch?

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If all of these are still too bored for you, why not just have the rainbow hair?


You know what you want now? Go and treat yourself now!

Top 3 Prettiest Fashion Online Shops

Today I would like to introduce 3 luxury online shops that I first fell in love with because of their website design and of course all the products.

1. Moda Operandi 

Maybe you are not familiar with this online fashion shop, but when you click into the website, it would immediately be one of your favorite websites as well.


Moda Operandi is the the most prettiest on-line fashion shop.


You can find and purchase the newest fashion related item here. Even if you are not buying, you would find it such a pleasure by just looking through the pictures from the website.



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You also can learn how to match up with your clothes here. The whole website is like a high fashion magazine.

2. Net-A-Porter

We can order the latest designer fashion here.

Being an online luxury fashion shop, the website of Net-A-Porter is deigned with good taste.



The website is easy to navigate and showing all beautiful photos of trending clothings.


Craving for beauty products? It will never let you feel disappointed.


It also contains its own fashion magazines for us to know or to learn about the best style.

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STYLEBOP is collaborating with over 250 designer names. You can always find the something you want here.



Every page of the website is a piece of art.


The items they choose for the online shop are absolutely gorgeous.



Don’t you love them?

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Being women who love fashion, we read a lot of fashion magazines, following different designers or fashion icons.

Then you’ll find these online shops can also help you to understand better about the style and the latest trend.

Now you know the names of the websites?  You can start your own fashion cruise at home!

3 Simple Tips For Your Everyday Lingeries

Do you always have the question “is this the right bra for my outfit today?” If so, take sometime to read this.

1. Nude Color Lingeries

Nude color is magical.

When you have the nude color dresses as below, you should wear nude color lingeries.


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I believe we all have more than one pair of the nude color bra. They are so great with any color.

Only one thing we need to pay attention is: never show the strips.

And who said nude color lingeries are boring? Try the lace type. It is sexy and safe.



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2. Black Color Lingeries


The black color is another magical type in our mind.

Earlier we talked about not to show nude color bra strips, so which color can we show then? Definitely the black one.

Lily Colins is showing us in a right way. When you are wearing off-shoulder tops or see through type of clothes, a black bra could be the best choice.


Cara Delevingne


The black lingeries are also the best friend with the deep V.


Sarah Hyland

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Nicole Richie’s black bra is not bad, would it be better if change this to the lace type?


Unless you are as brave as Beyonce, otherwise I still suggest the black color for us.


Black lingeries also make a good combination with singlets.




3. Other Color Lingeries


For other beautiful color lingeries, I would suggest to wear them in a monochorome way to match with your outfits.

Or wear them with clothes which are not the see through type.




Now you know how to start a great day with your beautiful lingeries? Don’t forget to share your ideas in the comments below.