Thursday, November 27, 2008

Girl from down under

There's just something about the air in Australia that makes one goes 'ah....' and a this girl from down under makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Love the lightness of her outfit against her jet black hair. via the facehunter

The infamous Ivan aka the facehunter is in town till tomorrow, and I can't wait to see the styles of Singapore that he captures. I hope he doesn't get disappointed since we're known for the shorts and flip flops. So dress up and head out people, you don't know who you'll be running into. 

Monday, November 24, 2008

Winter in Hong Kong

NEWS FLASH! I'll be spending the new year in Hong Kong (my long awaited break!). I need to know how cold will it get and how warm should i keep. When i think of New year's day in Hong Kong, I think of Andy Lau in the streets wearing a trench, it's probably a scene from some movie i've seen. But seriously, I need to know how thick my jackets/coats should be. Are boots mandatory or are flats sufficient? I've been to Hong Kong in September mostly and the weather is just like sunny Singapore, so any and everything about winter in Hong Kong will be great, thanks!

I'd love to look like these ladies during those times, warm and snuggly under those coats and layers. I'm already preparing for my holiday wardrobe.

images: stockholm streetstyle, garance dore, copenhagen streetstyle

Friday, November 21, 2008

bangs bangs bangs

I have been thinking a lot about Heidi's bangs. They're longer and choppier than the blunt ones I have right now. Very cute. I am getting sick of wearing the same bob for the past I don't know how long, 2/3 years? My hair has reached its set point, it grows back to the same look after every cut (it has a 3 months span). I'm not complaining about my hair stylist, I think among all the stylist I've gone to, Gil is the best. His cut allows my hair to outgrow nicely without having to return for another cut after 3 months. It's the set point that's annoying me.

Now, I wonder if this will work for me but in a shorter form. I can never grow my hair this long. And besides, I have a tendency to tie them once it reaches a certain length. I'm only afraid it might just make my face look a lot rounder than it already is!

what do you think?

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

New best friend

I have never been a make up girl, i guess my vanity for make up came late. Or it could be due to the fact that I have acne prone skin, and somehow make up causes the out break to worsen. But with the new revolution of make ups and the discovery of mineral foundation, this is now my new best friend. The wonders of a foundation, a little pump and spread, voila even complexion! A tiny squeeze of some cream blusher and you'll get naturally rosy cheeks. Why wasn't mineral make up discovered earlier? I'm taking baby steps with the make up to avoid the drastic change from sans make up to a fully powdered face. 

So, some help here. What are the BASIC items to purchase? I have a liquid foundation (M.A.C), power foundation (Loreal) and cream blusher (body shop), oh yes and a gel make up remover (clinique). I need to know what are the things I need to complete an au natural look (on a budget) and the after care to avoid nasty break out. Not forgetting I'm in glasses 24/7 so heavy eye make up is not recommended. 

Recommendations on a lip balm would be great too! I know many rave about Kiehl's lip balm, but that does not work for me. I have been using it for months now but my lips are still chapped. I've read about Pin Up Balm, it seems awesome especially with the reviews on the irresistible  flavours. But I'm steered towards the packaging more than anything else.

Discovering make up is like discovering hot fudge on sunday! How can one go without it for so long.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

i heart Paraphernalia

Paraphernalia just launched their new store online with 2 brand new collections (New bracelets available! See above). And Ms Vanda is offering a 10% discount on all purchases from now till 30 Nov! Go grab that piece you've always wanted or get one for someone you love this Christmas. It is an awesome piece of accessory to have. I swear by mine and getting ready to get another (choosing which to buy is the tough part).

Is she back? is back online, does that mean Agatha will be blogging again anytime soon? Well, i'm archiving every inspiring photo of her before it disappears on me again. I need inspiration for lazy days.

She's one legendary fashion blogger with a great sense of style. 

Thursday, November 13, 2008

outfit: the boyfriend jeans

The weather has been pretty wet lately and this calls for all things long and warm. In my opinion, this is a good weather for dressing up. So out comes the blazers, jackets and tights. Unfortunately we have not reached a temperature where we can walk around freely in layers of scarfs around the neck (that would be awesome!). Sadly it's just rain, rain and more rain. My favorite pair of ballet flats will soon be ruined by the rain. 

top: white tee/topshop
jeans: fcuk/belongs to tik
blazer: thrifted/salvation army
necklace: pull and bear
bag: charles and keith
shoes: flats/shu

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

the casual poet

With that barrette and cape-like coat, she looks like a modern day Shakespeare. Cute.

Monday, November 10, 2008

for art sake

we braved the scorching sun and headed to City Hall, one of the Singapore Biennale site. Lucky for us, the building has air conditioning. It was one freaking hot Saturday afternoon. Some random photos from the exhibit in poladroids (Im poladroiding everything).

Kids Biennale area. We've quite a bunch of talented little ones in this small country.

Oh this is interesting. There's a pulley system that will undo the knitted vines leaving them in a pile of wool thread.

Video installation, the one below is tik being "integrated" into the picture.

a nursery of flowers laser cut from metal pieces, extremely intricate.

floating book, at some point it looks kinda like a jelly fish.


a hell lot of paint! it was featured on an entire wall at the entrance.

and that's me, standing in front of an art installation.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

life in the sea

I have been looking for a pair of shoes (preferably flats) in the shade of mint green / sea foam but it seems almost impossible to find. Though I happen to chance upon a pretty pair of classic mary-jane with chunky heels in a refreshing peppermint green, the S$109 (discounted) price tag seems a little steep for the pockets. Considering I ain't good with heels, I continue my hunt for this pretty shade of green in various forms. My initial point of search always start with ebay or etsy, and definitely vintage.

This vintage Lanvin shirt has the most adorable little illustrations of birds on a line and houses. 

I've been contemplating about this jumper darling. It's so adorable, and perfect with tights. So, what's holding me back? I'm not sure either.

I'm a sucker for vintage suitcases and this tapestry overnight case is no exception. I love old movies with people carrying vintage suitcases waiting at train stations, that scene is strongly set in my head. Somehow i've always wanted one despite knowing that it will not even be sufficient for light traveling. How do they stuff things into those little cases? Especially in eras where women are seen in flouncy dresses and men in tux and suits. In my opinion, with one of those, it will make a perfect traveling photo.

But alas, this perfect shade of sea foam pumps, unfortunately not my size. I'm at a lost for words when it comes to describing this pair of shoe. Just... pretty.

images: all from etsy

make an investment

I've been thinking about vintage "investment" (aka designer) pieces lately, like the Ferragamo Vara pumps i scored on ebay some time back (I still aim to buy the iconic varina when on sale of course). I've started to search beyond just shoes, and most of the times there are really unique pieces out there to be found. With a little patience and pocket loads of cash, anyone can own a designer piece from the past. 

This vintage Lanvin pendant necklace stands at US$227.50 and ends in 2 days. It's wayyyyy beyond what I can afford.

I am so in love with this vintage Ferragamo purse/clutch. It's my first time seeing this design. Slap a pretty bow on anything and I'm sold. Already at US$68, I doubt it will stay at that price for long. Place your highest bid and show me your win!

sources: ebay

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

vintage ain't just about the clothes

During the usual etsy surfing for vintage clothes, I somehow chanced upon these vintage electronic home wares and "toys". I am in total awe that according to the seller, most of these items are still in working condition. Let's go down the list...

Okay, this is about the most adorable telephone I have ever seen! I mean i've seen many types of vintage phones, but this baby pink donut shaped one is uber cute! It is a circa 1970s phone and still in working condition. It features a faux rotary dial with flash, redial, ringer and receiver volume control, what more do you need right? If i have a home of my own, this will be in it.

Anyone can guess what this is? Apparently, it is a 1964 Kenner easy bake oven. Extremely rare (I Bet it is!) and still in "working" condition. Though it lights up and gets heated, i doubt you can seriously 'bake' with it, can you? I'm no expert. Maybe you can, maybe you can't (how do you even know how to operate it?), but what the heck,  it's gonna be hell cool to have one of this on display in the house. It will definitely be a conversational piece for party guests. An guess what, it only stands at 14" high (I have bags much bigger than this thing!)

*The Easy Bake over was born in Kenner in 1963. It is a working toy oven. After its "official" introductory at a toy fair in 1964, more than 500,000 units were sold. The initial retail price was $15.99. By 1967, more than 2 million sets were sold in the United States.

okay, this one is pretty straight forward, it's a 1968 Suzy Homemaker mixer for girls. Looks pretty much like the ones we use in this century. This set, may not work, but it's ultimately adorable. The robin blue is enough to make my heart flutter.

THIS! is freaking cute! It is a circa 1949 made by Taylor Tot baby stroller / toddler walker. It features a metal body with working brakes and removable handles with a play/snack tray for the little ones. It will be the perfect shower gift for any vintage mum to be! No doubt there will be rusting due to age, but that's what vintage is about, the beauty of the wears and tears yet surviving till this very day. Kid or no kid, i'd love to have one just for display. 

All items from jess james jake

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Better late than never

Had my eyes set on Paraphernalia's jewelry forever (ever since Agatha of stylebytes got hers) but never got down to purchasing it. When pl gave me her birthday wishlist and this cat tail brooch was in the list, i knew i had to get something for myself too! So she got the brooch she wanted (she's very pleased) and i had a hard time deciding between the magpie and this Labyrinth necklace. It took me 2 days to finally decide which to purchase, I must admit, I was tempted by every single design! 

So finally, i hit the purchase button, I knew it wouldn't arrive in time for her birthday so i kept it a surprise. I waited forever and it never arrived. Miss Vanda of Paraphernalia replied and offered a nice gesture, but we held on and waited. And after 4 freaking weeks, it finally arrive in the post! It doesn't usually take this long but somehow it did. I was actually beginning to lose hope. Anyway, I have been wearing mine for days in a row, it's pure love. I seriously think it has become a staple accessory in my wardrobe, fantastic for layering. I need more designs for variety. 

ps. Melly thanks for poladroid! I finally downloaded it and I swear im gonna use it on everything!

Monday, November 3, 2008

tea for three

Somehow it just happened. I met up with melly and sarah on a bright sunny afternoon for the preview of the new collection at Bianca, it was officially my first bloggers meet up. I never thought i'd ever had done it in the first place. wow. Anyway, Melly and I went to school today, so technically we already knew each other (we even took neo prints together back then!). But that was eons ago and we've lost all contact only until recently through blogging. Sarah is a fellow blogger and somehow there is a certain "connection" that lead us to finally meet up.

Anyway, Sarah beat me to it by blogging about it first, but i had to wait cause all the photos are with her anyway. We had drinks and snacks (gossips included of course) at The Coffee Nation, light shopping along Haji Lane and headed to Front Row at Ann Siang Hill. There's a sale going on at Front Row right now, the pieces are lovely and the prices are still some what steep. But all in all it was a lovely afternoon with the girls, these girls are very real and fun to be around. 

I hope there will be more of such to come ladies! And next time we'll have real desserts with coffee! Thanks for the lovely afternoon.

images courtesy of sarah

obsession #499 - drop crotch

This obsession has been around for quite awhile, and until it's tested, im not letting it go. I bought a pair of harem pants a year back, but the crotch area doesn't drop as low as the ones from the current trend. They're sprouting out in every high street stores and it's unbelievably hard to resist. I've tried a few from the various stores but i feel a pinch in forking out good money for a pants that might not work on me (i'm waiting for the ones from zara to go on sale!). I continued to shop around, and finally found one for less that 40bucks to try on this crotch dropping trend. Will test it out and see how it goes, i might just dump jeans for this.