Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Mystic Ways

Bali, baby! You know that it's like you're second home when your fingers can't even count or cope with that. Just for your information, Bali is famous for their mouth-watering delicacies and stunning sceneries. Call it paradise. It's the perfect place to increase your weight scale - which in this case is apparently a bad idea for me. Anyway, I'm planning to hit back the gym and start my diet meal routine after these trips, crossing fingers... Back to the main topic, do you believe in mystical creatures or stories? Balinese people have a strong belief for it and the "famous character" is called Barong, it is a lion-like creature in the mythology of Bali, Indonesia. He is the king of the spirits, leader of the hosts of good, and enemy of Rangda, the demon queen and mother of all spirit guarders in the mythological traditions of Bali. The battle between Barong and Rangda is featured in Barong dance to represent the eternal battle between good and evil. A tour guide once told me this philosophy and I find it quite interesting to know the history of a place before you're actually going there, don't you think so?

Enough for the long and boring introduction, who says you can't rock a $3 shirt? If you compare it to the others, Indonesia can be count as in the country with lowest rates. So, "cheap" is normal and you can literally find this shirt anywhere here - quality wise, no need to question that you know the answer, right? I was strolling around the streets of Bali and even though I worn this kind of shirt for photo purposes during my visit here before.. Tie-dye always caught my eye, when I was still in college I remembered that my first class I had to attend to was "Introduction to Textiles" here we got to learn where it is originated, how it's made, it's best usage and most importantly textile development in Fashion Design. One of those thousand tasks, we learned to make our own tie-dye shirt and I fell in love with the method on that moment on, just because I can experiment on different colors and knotting those intricate patterns just the way I want to perfection. You should try it sometimes, it's fun!

 

On my last day at Bali, all of my family and I decided to be "extra" and match our outfits in the tie-dye barong shirt. Kinda lame, "it's not into the trend nowadays" or whatsoever you want to say but I'm just joining their excitement. All of us had our own different color choices, I like something more vibrant especially when I'm in a holiday mood so I went for red. As always, photo purposes but we all ended up not taking any pictures together and mind our own business, too bad huh?

 

Trademark flower of Bali, the Cambodia.

 
Took these pictures just right at our hotel lobby before going out for a quick lunch. Going for the extra mile, not the usual accessories that I would normally wear but occasionally for pictures - I don't mind. Red on red, I'm so color coordinated when it comes to outfits and of course, Instagram feed. This whole thing of a one theme every 3 pictures drove me insane sometimes but a girl gotta do what a girl gotta do...

Sunglasses - Dior 
Bag - 3.1 Phillip Lim
Love Bracelet - Cartier
Shirt & Accessories - Bali

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Rodeo Ready

Reminiscing the past, reminds me of how much I love to play dress up. Remember one of those days? People would always ask you "What do you wanna be when you grow up?" My answer was plain old simple, not knowing how complicated it's going to be. The innocent side of me said "I wanna be a doctor one day and save people's lives the other side of me said "How about a pilot so I can travel all around the world regardless of my fear of heights?" Painter? Since I love art and how that it doesn't only tell stories but also evoke feelings. But then why must I choose when two is better than one? Call me a weirdo but I like to question myself since I was a little girl until now at all hours of the day - maybe it's just a habit of mine, "What if, why, when and how?" I believe talking to yourself makes you a much more happier person (at least that's what I did to solve my problems in life) and well, smarter. It's funny how we, human beings took things for granted. Now that I'm mature enough to settle things on my own, I wish I'm a kid again who always thought that I know it all - well, sometimes. You get me?

As time passes by, I see the world and value different things in life. I have trust issues, not because someone betrayed me in the past but just because I'm that typical who listens more rather than speak - if this doesn't make total sense, read carefully. Maybe, listening too much of my friend's stories about how cruel some people could be terrified me in the fact that I don't ever wanna be in that position of feeling betrayed(?) Okay, maybe only "a pea in a pot" kind of problem back then, no big deal. Spooky but I analyzed people based on first impressions, don't get me wrong but what you seemed is usually what you get. Have more than you show, speak less than you know. So, did I just literally wrote long sentences of life complaints? Just imagine how beautiful life could be to share happiness, sadness and weirdness all at the same time & I'm just glad and feeling blessed to be surrounded by positive minded people around me. Like what they say, b* don't kill my vibe.

Back to the main topic, never knew that "playing" turns to "passion" - let's dress up! This may sound bad but I like to collect clothing that I have no idea where and when to wear them. Believe not, if you're a girl I bet I'm not the only one. "Just in case" yeah that's what I kept telling myself too. I always love bohemian style, fringes - tassels they're just stylish in their own way. In my hometown, you can't necessarily be seen going out with these kind of essentials on, unless you want to be called quirky that is. So, I was really happy when there's this country rock music event going on recently - turns out those "just in case" works just like a spark. What do you think? Keep scrolling down. 


 

It wasn't my first time being in this kind of event, if you follow me on my Instagram before you'll see one or two posts about it. Sometimes I'm channelling a rather more "fun", "feminine" side of bohemian style or the other way around - just simple monochrome. People really do dress up in this kind of event, didn't bring my cowboy hat along with me this time around - mainstream but yes it's the most essential part of a rodeo event. Vintage feels, going for brown hues since that's what it's identical with.




Had this bag as long as I can remember. Swarovski embellished bag by a London based designer. Anyway, do you believe that old is gold? Because I do.

Top - Zara
Bag - Swarovski
Pants - Miss Selfridge
Fringe vest - H&M x Coachella
Suede boots - Stuart Weitzman

Friday, June 23, 2017

Broken Curiosity

Stay comfortable, stay chic at the same time. Is that too much to ask for? I'm the type of person who options comfortable outfits before anything else. However, comfortable doesn't always mean fashionable or stylish; one wrong move and you can look lazy and sloppy. If you're facing the same problem, keep scrolling down!


Monochrome, black on black or whatever you call it - can't deny that it is most people's safe colors. Call it the comfort zone if you want to, and yes that's the main point of what I want to share on today's post - staying comfortable in what you wear with just a little effort. Take an example of what I'm channelling, don't lie - nothing can beat oversize shirts (well, for me that is). Oh and surprise, an unexpected ribbon detailing at the back because plain is *sometimes boring, don't you agree?


3 easy steps to make your outfit look effortlessly stylish.. First and foremost, accessorize - take note that simple accessories will do, thin bangle or just a few simple rings always help. Bad hair day? Go for a hat; may it be fedora, cap or bowler hat - you name it. Now, what's next? A good pair of shoes will always do the trick. I swear this Steve Madden heels is too comfortable to be true. Lastly, don't be lazy to do your makeup - remember that less is more. 





Layering garment pieces are into trend nowadays. The same method as what I did, striving for a rebel look - nets and just a hint of transparency does the perfect job. Can you imagine how boring this look would be without that inner piece? Voila, now you get me. 

See you on my next blog posts. Hope this helps!

Nets - H&M
Pants - Guess
Shirt - Bershka
Baseball cap - Anti Social
High heels - Steve Madden

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Scrabble Rebel

Let's play a game. Shall we? I like to scrabble around my wardrobe, it's time to be creative. Before getting into the main topic, I would like to share to you guys a personal story of mine. Let's be honest here I bet the first thing that comes into mind was (This is going to be a one hell long of a boring paragraph) well believe it or not, it ain't. 



Cut to the chase, I used to be one of those "emo girls". All that I wanted to wear on an every daily basis was black and only black. Well, yes green is the new black or in this case the other way around but don't you think that it's just plain old' boring? They say you can never go wrong with black, totally agree. The only color that I wanted to wear back then besides black was white. What else pairs perfectly with the darkest color, resulting from the absence or complete absorption of light? Like white and grey, it is an achromatic color, literally a color without hue. Playing with contrast of colours are what I'm pursuing for. I was like, hey I'm getting bored of my style should I go for a change? When you're happy don't you feel like wearing something that shines, gives you that pop of colour? I believe that colour changes mood, not only yours but to the person you're with too in that particular time. Like what they say, "Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak." So, I change the way I dress and styled myself in different ways - it's the tricky part right here, get out of your comfort zone. I mean it, in everything you do besides fashion that is. Don't be a snail or tortoise who won't come out of it's shell. Another quote to live by, "A pearl is worthless as long as it is in it's shell." and even though you might heard this phrase for a thousand times but it's true, "Life begins at the end of your comfort zone." Nevertheless, I started pairing up garment pieces - not too over the top just in the right amount of "sugar, spice and everything nice" should I call it that way?


Today, I'm channelling something a bit' rebel. Army green oversize jacket just the way I like it, oversize - from Zara. Those cute patches are just too hard to resist. Besides loose garment pieces, I love textures, a little furry friend from a random store I ran into at Singapore. Oh and did I mentioned that I love Gucci's latest F/W collection back in 2016? Kept eye-ing on this particular heels while I was scrolling down through Vogue archives on the latest fashion show a while ago and a bad habit will always stay as a bad habit *maybe* so there you go, yay or nay?


Earrings - Lovisa
Sunglasses - Zara
Army jacket - Zara
High heels - Gucci
Bralette - Stradivarius
Leather pants - Forever 21

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Who's That Chick?

First post of 2017. It's relatively sad yet very amusing how these years have passed by so quickly. I've just graduated from my diploma year in Fashion Design at Raffles Design Institute - Singapore, in case some of you're wondering that is and that was exactly last year, 2016 on a December night. Yes, we spent most of the night just like how fresh-graduates did, poppin' champagne bottles and pourin' wine to end the miraculously long day, to end my 2 years of college life. One of the reasons why I *quit* blogging for awhile, those never ending assignments and projects never amused me. I remembered staying up late and to top it all of - no sleep for 2 days, crazy huh? I know some of you can totally relate to this. They say it's a very lucky opportunity being a design student, you got to do the things you enjoy doing. Well, that's true but on the other hand very tiring as well - believe me. No regrets just lesson learned, I totally enjoyed nevertheless what I'd been through the thick and thin and would never take it for granted or trade it for anything else.

Oh anyway, good news. Since, I've finally graduated and currently on the "work" stages in life. I can say that I got time for stuffs I would always like to do or experience but never did. In this case, love never had a space in my book of life - Well, should I give it a try? If you know me, I'm that adventurous happy-go-lucky kind of girl, anything that doesn't require heights (of course). Moreover, I've been more active on Instagram lately but the feelings and vibes are just not the same like how blog is. Specifically on blogging, I can finally pour my heart out and write again. It's like a personal yet very public stress-relieve therapy, to write - to share - to inspire, perhaps?

Enough for the long and boring introduction, most of my friends are still in college. Okay, not most but precisely all of them and yes for your information I just turned 19 this year. These pictures were taken by my talented friend Abraham Halim. It was for his final project at college, we were video shooting but ended up taking some random shots too. Couldn't resist, can't waste a good outfit right?


Who's that chick? The classic leather jacket never fails, paired it up with a plaid old skirt to live it up the notch. Reminded me of that 70's rocker vibes. Don't you agree?




"The core of my work is dedicated not to pleasing women, but to pleasing men. Men are like bulls you see, they cannot resist the red sole." -Christian Louboutin


Bringing retro cool back vibes in this eyewear I'm chanelling from Zara. Truth to be told, it never go out of style.


Plaid skirt - Zara
Sunglasses - Zara
Black choker - Lovisa
Bralette - Stradivarius
Leather jacket - Bershka
Gladiator heels - Christian Louboutin

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Metalassé Noir

So, here goes the Lookbook 2016 article just like what I promised. This photoshoot was done for an eco-chic design project using upcycling materials by my friend, Cianata Chandra. She is currently studying at Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore & she decided to make me as her muse for this particular project. Keep scrolling down for more!






What excites me the most about this project is that all of the garments are hand-stitched which makes everything seems remarkable and unique. They were given about 2 months period of time only to make this whole outfit or look.





These photos were taken at Victoria Theatre & Concert Hall in Singapore.



Decided to bring my quilted leather Chanel purse along for this photoshoot since it suits well to the garments. I had this purse for quite a long time now but first and foremost, Chanel is always timeless and classic. So, why not?



Guess what? These buckles are made from un-used watch leather straps. The jacket as well as the skirt fits me perfectly since it's custom made for my size.


Photo credits to Angelo Rodriguez.

Purse - Chanel
Wardrobe - Cianata Chandra

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Sequins & Nude

I love the idea of wearing something that "glows", literally... It makes me feel confident and not too over the top at the same time just like a simple basic colour which is into the trend nowadays like nude on top of sequins.



I'm channelling top and outerwear from Miss Selfridge, I adore their statement pieces from top to bottom including jewellery with their astonishing beading details. Well, you can see most people wearing this type of garment or should I call it "embellishments" to parties or even a night out with your girls. I say, you can wear them almost everyday without looking too much or too "bling bling" by pairing your inner layer with a simple shirt, sweater, tank top, pants or skirt (anything that suits you best). Besides, they also have it in different shapes and sizes right? ..ranges from bomber jackets, cardigan, vests, or just a little bit of an embellishments right on top of the pocket side. Maybe?




Anyway, I'm just giving out ideas on what I've been thinking about lately. You don't have to keep your "inner self" all the time on thinking about the things that you wear are too over the top or just "okay", it's common sense, yes, wether it's appropriate or does it suit well to the occassion...but what I was trying to say is to strut your style wherever you go. It might be quirky, too posh or even sporty but don't you think that style is a way to say who you are without having to speak?



Let that inner self of you spark, just like sequins! (sounds weird, but whatever).
Tuddles, see you on my next blog posts.

Photo credits to Abraham Halim.

Earring - Lovisa
Ring - @saintsind
Top - Miss Selfridge
Necklace - Accessorize
Outerwear - Miss Selfridge
Bracelet - Balenciaga & Valentino