Friday, April 17, 2015

The World Is My Oyster


Kerra lace coordinate - c/o KLARRA
Payton clam clutch - c/o O'ORO Accessories
Lace up heels - Shanghai
Lipstick - Wine Not by Revlon

The sun has been consistently out this past month or so. With just a few days to my year two final submissions, I can hardly wait for the summer break. I have plans of traveling to Europe in mid June, but short term wise, I really just need a good chill-out session at the pool and karaoke.

Meanwhile, I try to strike a good balance between my deadlines and dreams. I want to travel so badly, feel the sand, the sea, but before the heavenly pleasures it's still me and the concrete jungle. My real priorities are about finding a summer job, making meaningful relationships and keep my grades in check. On a brighter side, my problems are not unique. Every young person would be put in cross junctions some point or another.

This outfit is my take on being an 'industrial mermaid'. The delicate oceanic oyster clutch was what I built the rest of the outfit on. Quirky accessories are my thing because they add so much flavour to the image you're trying to create. Its tiny size is not a bit compromised for details, with each pearl painstakingly sewn on to create a luxurious surface.

The two-piece set has the loveliest scallop lace frills which are highly reminiscent of the 1930s flapper style. The ultra short crop top gives it an update and looks incredible with anything high-waisted, while its intricate texture keeps the monochromatic outfit fancy. I like how its choppy frills look like a pre-worn pirate garment, washed up the shores to be restored again. Now the finishing touch – wavy hair (which only took me 5 minutes to curl) that makes my mermaid idea so much more believable.


Photography by Yun Jing

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Nifty Fifty's Food Diaries

My new prime lens – the Canon 50mm – is a game changer. Its hype among amateurs and pros is pretty substantial, and I can hardly put my camera down ever since. I like to think of it as "cheat lens" for its godly abilities to make any photo look really good..almost professional. 

Because of its winning bokeh effect a.k.a. DOF, it has developed a strange inclination towards mini objects like food. It's like my new hobby to photograph and document what goes into my belly, photos which I look back at whenever I'm feeling bummed. A quote in Vogue accurately describes this satisfaction, "there's certainly a bridge between food and fashion. Both create beautiful things that inspire, indulge and free the creative mind". I have no intentions of becoming a food blogger but man, admit that the 50mm is definitely the secret to being one.


Butter waffles topped with vanilla ice-cream and caramel popcorn


Home

Even average fish ball noodles from the hawker can look appetising (bowls play a part too).

This 3-month old restaurant cafe is worth a mention. Cafe hopping is getting overrated and it's a new game of sifting through an endless list of pretentious hipster hangouts with over boiled coffee. But AEIOU is one unique spot with a charming interior assembled in mismatched, restored furniture, and quirky collectibles. I have nothing to complain about the food either. They're healthy, simple, wholesome and fairly priced.

Semi-cooked sunny side ups with garden vegetables, toast and pesto sauce
Avocado cake with nut crumbs. That Pantone plate thou...
Ice-blended avocado puree and espresso shots
Denim dress - Mango
Wooden box sling - c/o O'ORO Accessories
Oxfords - Bass by Rachel Antonoff

MARS by Mixes From Mars
Oh wow, who knew drinks were this fancy nowadays? I could be the only one confused with bar menus, it feels like looking at a menu in foreign language. Besides roughly knowing that's a Bloody Mary or Shirley Temple, I relied on illustrations (luckily) for everything else. MARS bar is really something with lots of custom, innovative drinks I never could have imagined. I forgot what these drinks are called but they're even more delicious than they look.


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Valentia


Valentia lace dress - c/o KLARRA (also in Merlot)
Jade bangles - mom's vintage
Platform heels - ASOS
Stone ring - Hoshana By Grace
Lips - M.A.C lipstick in Angel

It's been a good past four days of Chinese New Year long weekend. Love it or hate it, it's probably unlikely to avoid CNY completely unless you decide to take a vacay (smart move you guys). While the festive season does arrive with certain awkward social situations, unwanted questions from the older folks or extra calories you've worked all year round to kill...there are also lots to love.

For instance, I visited the annual Chinatown market for the first time in my life and had a blast! Who would have thought I loved crowd if not for the merry atmosphere? Local pastries are heaven sent; the average looking tarts are way underrated by appearance in their cheap plastic containers, surprising me with its rich buttery aftertaste every single time.

Well I think most importantly, the majority of us here are interested in CNY #OOTDs, right? Sorry to disappoint you guys because I'm far over from my rebellious teenage years of black new year ensembles. No edgy statements here. For my foreign friends who aren't informed – it's Chinese belief to wear auspicious colours such as red for good luck and avoiding black during CNY as it represents mourning.  Now that I'm older, I'm more adhering to dressing up for the occasion. Gone are the days of pissing elders on purpose. Thinking back, that was really a foolish thing to do.

Anyhow, I love dressing up thematically whenever I get a chance. To welcome the year of the Goat, I felt like this white lace dress was a romantic and beautiful piece to wear. A halter necklace has always been very flattering on my body shape, and what I really love about this dress is its asymmetrical hemline. Its precise tapering – curved on front, angular at the back – is a lovely detail that makes the dress feminine. Despite not having the most ideal footwear option, the jade bangles gave this outfit an Asian flavor and luminosity. Can't emphasise enough how accessories are so important for plain garments.


Photography by Yun Jing.
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