Tuesday, March 4, 2014

I N T E R I O R / Invincible Invisible

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Spring calls for some rearranging. I like to decorate without using any decorative objects. The chair, clothes hanger, magazines and lamps all have clear functions and the soon to be empty clear cans will serve as little vases for individual spring flowers.
clear chair: Hema (old)
clear cans: Chinese supermarket
lights: local lamp store

Saturday, March 1, 2014

A C C E S S O R I E S / Mini Backpack For Essentials

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I'm predicting that this little baby will become a regular for spring/summer 2014. All my (tourist)essentials fit perfectly into this small backpack; my DSLR camera, wallet and my sunglasses case.

Just last fall/winter Sarah Law, launched the first collection of her handbag label Kara. Four main styles including this backpack come back every season in new iterations. I love how basic this piece is yet how many different personalities it can take on with the different materials used for it(mesh, leather, lambskin shearling). What is also new about this particular one from Kara's upcoming spring collection is it's smaller size; which I think is quite perfect and also forces you to bring nothing more than only your essentials. Thank you Sarah for the wonderful bag!
Bag: courtesy of Kara

Monday, February 24, 2014

W E A R I N G / Spring Means No Pants

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Spring is here! Which means no pants.
My legs got to see daylight for the first time in 2014 much earlier than expected. And even though I utterly enjoy waking up to the sound of birds, seeing blossoms on the trees and enjoying a 15°C sunny day, a worrying feeling that there is something very wrong overshadows it all, there hasn't been a winter, it's full on spring in February; we're witnessing climate change.
jacket: Muji
sweatshirt: Uniqlo
slit skirt: &OtherStories (similar)
bag: &OtherStories
shoes: Weekday
glasses: Sunbuddies

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Spring Summer 2014 Prints For The Boys!

Below: Prints for summer 2014? Zara and Peter Pilloto for Target has amazingly affordable and fun printed sneakers for warmer days ahead!

Below: Saw this olive green floral patterend Gucci tote this weekend... love at first sight...
Spring Summer 2014 Prints For The Boys: Zara, Peter Pilotto for Target And Gucci

Prints are a definite must have for Spring Summer 2014. Not only for the girls but also for the boys. There has never been a better time to inject some flamboyance and colour to usher in the new warmer months. From florals to graphic patterns, prints appear on almost any aspect of the wardrobe... Shoes, shirts, trousers, bags and more.  Wear them for vacations, hit the beaches... Injecting colours and pattern will excite any wardrobe and give new dimension to your style.

Here’s some great pieces I found to help kick start your summer prints adoption...

1) Nothing better than shoes to wear prints and florals. Footwear in patterned designs will always be fun and not an overkill. Sneakers and slip-ons are perfect for casual days outdoors enjoying the sun. While hitting the stores this weekend, I spotted 2 graphic and floral print sneakers from Zara which is visually appealing and easy on your pockets. One features a floral pattern in browns and taupe while the other is an exciting green hue geometric pattern. I love them! At SGD109... definitely worth considering for the new season. Besides Zara, Peter Pilotto for Target’s affordable and chic collection includes 2 interesting patterned slip-ons. Again, one in floral and one in a monotone geometric pattern. At USD40 on Net-a-porter, they are summertime’s best buys! Just buy a couple of sizes up if you are a guy, since the collection is for the fairer gender.

2) Canvas totes are summertime’s best companion. And with floral prints, they become summertime’s most appropriate and formidable style statement. I love Gucci’s olive green floral canvas tote (Euro695... and Singapore’s Gucci store has them in stock!). Using a olive tone background retains masculinity to the otherwise feminine pattern and tone them down jus right for the boys. And if budget allows, the tote cum backpack design in perforate floral print leather is functional and cool.

Time to welcome sunny days with patterns!

Source: Zara, Net-a-porter, Gucci

Thursday, February 20, 2014

D I Y / Double Bead Choker






Hardware and clear plastic, delicate vs chunky. My cup of tea!
Although beads are quite a staple ingredient when you think of DIY, I honestly never really knew what to do with them as besides being decorative I didn't see a clear purpose for them. But when going through some old DIY supplies and coming across these two ice-cube lookalikes, suddenly I knew just how to put them to good use. Here's the super simple, 3 step instructions to my double beaded, rose gold choker necklace.

1/ Measure how long you want the choker to be by putting a measuring tape around your neck. keep in mind that the opening should be around as wide as your neck so you can still can take off the necklace.
2/ Cut the metal bar to the right length and bend it around something round. I used a can of paint.
3/ Fill the beads with glue and put the ends of the copper bar through them. Let them dry and you're all done!

/ thin copper bar
/ two beads
/ super glue (clear)
/ pair of pliers

Monday, February 17, 2014

L I F E / Inspiration in Menswear

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Lately menswear is becoming more like womenswear. Where changes per season are often seen in big ways; a drastic change of silhouette, color, print or theme. Whereas the changes in the menswear would often be more subtle, about what kind of stitching, tailoring, button placement, slight changes in proportions; a higher hem, an exposed ankle. Menswear has a certain delicacy to it.

The way men dress changes less or slower per season, compared to women. If the cliché of men rarely shopping is true (that they know what they are missing in their wardrobe, buy it and get out) you could say that my shopping behavior is quite manly. I never dedicate an entire day to shop. When I need something, I order it online or go straight to the store and rack where I can find it. You won’t catch me in a store trying on piles of clothes for fun. The men’s department always looks more ‘boring’ than the women’s department, because it is filled with mostly basics in basic colors.

I still find it immensely inspiring to look for these subtle whispering details on the classic pieces in the menswear shows, my boyfriend's closet or in stores as opposed to flicking through the often loud and ever changing womenswear collections. Menswear is still kind of a safe haven and a place to enjoy fashion in a less hysterical and fast way.

Also the practicality of menswear inspires me immensely. You should see the depth of the pockets in my oversized wool mens coat; they fit my wallet, my glasses including their case, some cosmetics and even my camera. MY. CAMERA. No need to even bring a bag. Isn’t it kind of anti-feminist that often form comes before function in womenswear?

shirt: Raf Simons via Tres Bien
jacket: Muji

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

W E A R I N G / Logomania + Joining Dutch Vogue

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/ As of today, I am officially a member of team Dutch Vogue! It was an absolute honor to be asked to join their digital team and contribute to the site every week with some snapshots of what I'm wearing. These images are from my first post, and here's my introduction interview. Thank you for the warm welcome Vogue!

I don't really pay attention to sizes; in my wardrobe you'll find enormous grandpa coats, shirts from the kids department and also these trousers in size 44(literally ten sizes too big). I found them at COS and saw the possibilities; with two small adjustments it has become an oversized, asymmetric pair of wrap trousers. Wore it them with my vintage Calvin Klein tee, which makes it all look so nineties-logomania and loud that the outfit didn't need much else of anything.

tee: vintage Calvin Klein
trousers: altered COS
sandals: Topshop