Sunday, 31 August 2014

OOTD: Printed Midi

Top: The Editor's Market // Skirt: Stradivarius // Bag: Urban Outfitters // Shoes: Zara // Necklace: H&M // Sunglasses: OLLO*

A/W 14 is nearly upon us, although you can't tell where I am right now! My sunnies game is still going strong, courtesy of OLLO's awesome Rayban-esque design.

Nevertheless, I'm loving the bold and complicated prints of the season, which are featured on my (newly-bought) lightweight skirt. I decided to treat myself after recently securing a training contract, which has become more difficult with the recent influx of lawyers in Singapore. Needless to say, I'm immensely relieved!

Stradivarius has a couple of other skirts really similar to this one, and I might just get the whole set. I think they'd look fab with a chunky knit and knee-length coat! What other combinations do you think I can pull off?

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

OOTD: Don't Rain on My Parade

Shirt: sheinside // Shorts: Zara // Shoes: rubi // Sunglasses: OLLO* // Necklace: Kollidea*

Time to combat the recent back-and-forth switch between scorching heat and monsoon rains with practical clothing! These sneakers are cheap enough to risk splashing around in puddles left after the storms, and the cloud print on my shirt aptly fits the current cloudy atmosphere, no? My upcoming Kollidea necklace is a coincidental match for the shirt, too, so I just had to pair it with the whole outfit. How adorable is the little cloud, accompanied by a raindrop and tiny umbrella (see the pictures below)?

But after the rain comes the sun, and I'm so glad I finally got myself a decent pair of sunnies after my old ones got scratched up in Croatia in Easter. My face shape is so weird hardly any classic shapes look good on me, but these Rayban-ish ones from OLLO are a great fit and come with a slew of protective measures against the glare. I'll be posting more about OLLO in the future, but in the meantime, you guys should definitely check out their website!

How has this week's crazy weather influenced your fashion choices? Let me know in the comments below! x

Sunday, 24 August 2014

OOTD: Girls' Night

Jumpsuit, Necklace & Shoes: The Editor's Market // Bag: here & there // Watch: Tickintorque

So... I'm back! Finally ended the busy 5 weeks of back-to-back law internships here in Singapore. I've learned so much and made many new friends, but I have to admit I'm so glad that it's all over. Totally needed a breather from the hectic hustle and bustle of the working life and its monotonous wardrobe.

I went on an impulse shopping trip the other day with a friend, and happily walked away with this take on jumpsuits and culottes. Such a stunning colour as well, coincidentally recalling my primary and secondary school days, which was why I wore this to my mum's school reunion the other night.

It was adorable to see so many of my mum's classmates and teachers rekindling their friendship. I also happened to bump into the 'second generation' girls, i.e. their various daughters.

Although I had such a lovely time with everyone, I did have to help out with the event! Luckily, my RĂ¥ watch from the online store Tickintorque kept me on schedule. It really caught my eye with its wooden face and leather-like strap, and I received a lot of compliments on it from the ladies.

Keep an eye out for more posts, definitely turning into a full-time blogger now that I'm free x

Sunday, 17 August 2014

OOTD: National Day

Dress: River Island // Belt: Vintage // Sandals: Topshop

Time sure flies! Last week Saturday, Singapore celebrated her 49th birthday - this little island sure has come a long way from being a port/fishing village to the amazing city it is today. Sometimes, when I get a glimpse of the skyline of the city, I really am in awe of the progress Singapore has made in such a short span of time.

Despite all of my grouses (hot weather, inconsiderate service, ERP gantries), I do love my country. I could never live the rest of my life without the food, the shopping, the breathtaking views, and most of all, my friends and family.

So here was my own little tribute to the nation - wearing the not-so-flattering colour combination of red and white to celebrate an astounding 49 years! I really love the dress, although perhaps I should have sized down; as you can see, the waist was a bit big and I had to cinch it in with a belt. River Island is such a fantastic brand with beautiful clothes, and this particular piece was a steal at £14 only. Definitely a lasting piece - I could wear this to clubs, a coffee date, or to work!

Speaking of which, I apologise for the lack of posts. I've been swamped with work, job applications and socialising (which I really should have done in the first couple of weeks home), so I've been to busy to document what I've been wearing. Plus, I can pretty much guarantee that I've been wearing pretty much the black and white court attire to work, which is boring me to tears!

I have a couple more collaborations and features lined up, so do stay tuned! x

Sunday, 10 August 2014

OOTD: Dorothy

Dress: Primark // Shoes: Topshop // Bag: Urban Outfitters

Being away from the UK has really dampened my spirit - I'm missing all of my bargain buys from shops like Primark and UO, since they don't have stores in Singapore. Plus, what with work, I haven't had the time to check out the shops and I've had to recycle loads of things from my wardrobe :(

Nevertheless, I've never worn this midi dress before, mainly because I didn't quite know what to do with it! The print is really bold and even more so because of the length of the dress. It's a bit Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, isn't it?

I apologise for the lack of posts, but I've got a few more collaborations coming up over the next couple of weeks (and other important real-life events, but more on that later)! Really excited and blessed that people are helping me achieve my dream of becoming a fashion blogger :)

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Feature: gen.K jewelry

gen.K Jewelry's booth at the Public Garden flea.

Hey everyone, so today's post will be done a little differently! As you can see, I have loads of photos and outfits to share!

gen.K Jewelry first came to my attention on Instagram - as I browsed its feed, my attention was immediately caught by the unusual focus on jade in all of their products. I don't know about you guys, but I perceived jade as a pretty mature sort of stone usually worn as bangles.

Close-ups of gen.K Jewelry's booth at the Public Garden flea.

As you can see from the pictures, however, gen.K Jewelry took my (mis)conception of jade jewelry and completely turned it on its head! The photos above capture the intricate, hand-crafted pieces from its Series I, Simplicity and Wood collections, which are stunningly pretty and unique. Most pieces are rare one-offs, so purchasers are practically guaranteed that no one else in the world owns an accessory just like the one made by gen.K. They are also extremely wearable, as I demonstrate in my OOTDs below; one piece certainly goes a long way and is age-appropriate.

The driving force behind this budding business is none other than Genevie Lim, a self-taught jewelry crafter. She left her IT job to dedicate her time and efforts to gen.K, which I really respect. And might I add that she's doing a mighty fine job - she's not only found a niche in the current jewelry market, but has already completed three collections in that many months. There's not doubt that this lady is super hard-working, but she is also one of the sweetest, kindest individuals I've ever had the fortune to meet!

Gen and I posing at gen.K Jewelry's booth at the Public Garden flea.

My chosen necklace from gen.K Jewelry in its perfect packaging.

Pictured above is the wacky asymmetrical piece kindly gifted by gen.K - I saw it on their Facebook page in the Wood Collection preview, and just had to have it for its amazing design! Unfortunately, Gen only made the one piece, but do contact her to ask her about the possibility of making another just like it if you wish!

To fully showcase its versatility, I paired my gift with a bunch of outfits. gen.K's necklaces are all great for work, a casual day out and even a date night. 

Wearing my necklace to the office!

I was really happy with my piece, which was aptly named Woody Planks. Like all of gen.K's necklaces, its length can be adjusted to suit any top you wear. I personally like to wear my necklaces a little higher, but the adjustable length was a great advantage when I wore a scoop-neck tank.

'Woody Planks' was a great complement to an otherwise casual outfit.

The jade is so lovely on a monochrome colour palette as well - the green is really vibrant and stands out against a blank background, as seen below!

See how the green stands out? Would totally wear this to a lunch or dinner date.

So I've nearly finished with this post - but before I go, Gen and I have agreed to offer all of my readers a very special discount on all of her products! Just quote 
at the check-out to enjoy a whopping 10% discount. Do read the instructions on how to apply the discount code here. (Thank you so much for the generosity, Gen, you're the best!)

Phew, I think that's it! Thanks for sticking around the whole, long-winded way. :) So what's your take on jade jewelry modernised?

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Feature: The Lady General

Cheongsam: The Lady General* // Sandals: Topshop

Hello everyone! If you've been following my Instagram, you'd have noticed I received this fabulous dress from Elaine over at The Lady General a few weeks ago. For the benefit of any international readers, The Lady General specialises in 'fine modern cheongsams', or qipao, which are known for their body-skimming fit and high mandarin collars. They're a staple piece usually donned for the Chinese New Year celebrations and are so retro/vintage, since they were made famous in the 1920s.

The Lady General, though, reinvents the classic design with a modern twist, and I totally applaud them for it! Cheongsams are not the most flattering of dresses with their bodycon fit, and can be uncomfortable with their high necks. The piece I'm wearing, Ling (now on sale!), retains the mandarin collar but incorporates a skater-style skirt, which I personally found really comfy. The ivory band accentuates the waist, while the polka dot print pays homage to sixties fashion while remaining totally relevant in 2014. It's a great addition to my wardrobe, being both professional but pretty.

I wore this piece to work the other day, and it fit beautifully in a workplace despite making such a statement. (I actually received a few compliments!) The dress is also satin-lined, so it's smooth and cool on the skin (need it in this Singapore weather!). I've been eyeing their other dresses (I love Qing, which is crepe-lined) and have been fortunate enough to view a few pieces from the next collection - there are a few beauties there!

I would genuinely recommend The Lady General to anyone looking for that special retro piece versatile enough to wear to work, dinner or even a normal day out. The price may be a little on the steep side when viewed in SGD, but ladies often shell out a lot more for regular, off-the-rack dresses from high street brands. The quality also speaks for itself - you truly are getting your money's worth for a wonderful, lasting piece.

What do you think of The Lady General and their take on the cheongsam? Do comment below to let me know!