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

Gucci Floral Print Mens Shoes For Spring Summer 2014

Below: With Floral prints taking centre stage in Spring Summer 2014 Menswear key trends, shoes are the best way to hop on this style statement without suffering from overkill and looking like a wannabe. Gucci's 1953 Horsebit loafers is classic and made even more fun with colourful paisley motifs!

Below:Even sporty sneakers are getting a touch of flower power at Gucci... Love the olive green floral print high top!
Gucci Floral Print Mens Shoes For Spring Summer 2014

A bohemian spirit is in the air for Spring Summer 2014... Floral prints are running amok this season. Girls are no longer exclusively enjoying this feminine pattern. Boys are now getting them in all sorts of variety, fearless in embracing some flamboyance to their style. Many brands are propagating flower power on the runways, from Prada to Dries Van Noten and also Gucci. From bold graphic versions to soft romantic designs, there is no denying guys love their florals as much as the ladies.

Embracing this prominent trend for SS2014 in smaller doses is the best way to not suffer an overkill in clashing patterns. Ready to wear may look wannabe on many guys. So I recommend shoes as the best way to express your flower statement without trying too hard. Gucci's SS2014 floral prints on their mens shoes has the right blend of masculine sophistication with summer friendly flamboyance for any savvy gentlemen.

I love the Gucci 1953 Horsebit Loafer in Paisley Canvas (USD590), in gorgeous tones of teals and beiges. The gold hardware accent adds a right amount of bling while the classic shape ensures timeless style. If you want an evening appropriate design, go for the Flower Print Jacquard Evening Moccasin (USD595) in mauve purple hue which is both romantic and outstanding.

For the sporty types, there are perforated leather sneakers (USD595) or canvas high-tops (USD525) spotting floral motifs against olive green tones balancing masculinity with the flamboyance.

However, my heart rests with the canvas espadrilles (USD260) which at such a good price will make for a handy summer vacation footwear sans a huge dent in your wallet.

All that is left is to plan a holiday for a good reason to get these gorgeous Gucci shoes!

Source: Gucci

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Montblanc Valentine's Day Gifts For Your Special Guy

Below: Montblanc Valentine's Day selection for the discerning who wants the best 
for their special guy...

 Montblanc Valentine's Day Gifts For Your Special Guy

The time has come again to show your special someone how much you care for them. And Valentine’s day is the day to indulge that special person in your life with some much deserved gifts.

With just days away from Valentine’s day, Montblanc will make your gifts of love matter. Their mens selection for Valentine’s Day will definitely be treasured and remembered.

Make a statement of your timeless devotion during the season of love with the simple elegance of
Montblanc’s Star Classique Steel-Gold watches, crafted to perfection with traditional Swiss precision and classical aesthetics. Inspired by those who truly belong together, this pair of his and hers warm red gold and cool stainless steel-accented timepieces are an eternal affirmation of the special bond shared between both of you.

Document your journey of love with the finest writing instruments in the world, beginning with the stunning Heritage Collection 1912 Fountain Pen, a handsome masterpiece that honours Montblanc as the traditional purveyor of quality and heritage. The precious black resin cap and barrel are decorated with polished platinum-plated fittings; the understated aesthetics belying the intricate geometry and precision engineering within a truly avant-garde writing instrument.

Add professional style to the man in your life with Montblanc’s Meisterstück Selection leather collection. This masterfully crafted range of quality leather briefcases , document portfolios and wallets, is available in new colours such as elegant flannel, warm cognac and rich burgundy, allowing the connoisseur to add a touch of personal flair to business essentials.

With such exquisite selections for Valentine’s Day, make your guy fall in love with Montblanc and you even more:-)

Source: Montblanc

Saturday, February 8, 2014

I N T E R I O R / Old CDs as Mirrored Coasters

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Instead of throwing away those old CDs and DVDs, I use them as coasters. While cleaning out old and damaged discs, I didn't want to throw away these iridescent and mirrored objects. They catch the light so beautifully when they are lying on the glass table holding a glass of water and the sun shines on them through the window. It is one of those little things that I can immensely enjoy.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

A C C E S S O R I E S / Elevated Birks

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Adding something rarely results in something that is better. Though this elevated take on the Arizona Birkenstock might be an exception. The platform gives you just a tiny bit of extra height and literally lifts the entire sandal to a new level. Also like that the hardware is white and visually blends in with the white leather. Will not wait for better weather to wear these.

got them here
(also come in black)

Coach Mercer Drafters Tote And Mercer Collection

Below: Handsome and functional with a touch of classic charm... I love Coach's new Mercer Collection for Spring Summer 2014. The Mercer Drafters Tote in racing green is just on cue for the popularity of greens we see in abundance at Mens Fashion Week in Europe...

Coach Mens Spring Summer 2014 Mercer Collection

The colour green has been a strong favourite during the recent FW2014 mens fashion week in Europe. More intense than your military olive and yet less predictable than your failsafe black, deep green, especially in a forest green tone is the hue of the moment.

Which brings me to this new Spring Summer 2014 Mens Coach bag that I just spotted, both for its colour and the simple functional design. Check out the Coach Mercer Leather Drafters Tote in Racing Green (SGD1195). Classic shape reinvented with modern details and a unique colour, while retaining a touch of yesteryear. I love those brass hardware styling on the handles - A brass ring and buckle over the handle straps add character and warmth to the design. Using a different colour for handles and the body of the bag also inject depth to the bag. Handsome and useful, the Coach Mercer Drafters Tote will make a great everyday bag or even the ideal gift for your special man this Valentine’s Day.

Remember to also look out for other equally appealing men’s bags from Coach’s New Mercer collection. The Mercer Leather Craftsman’s Tote in Saddle (SGD1,395) that feature rolled handles (over the predictable flat ones) are a standout. In a tan brown shade called Saddle, this bag has the right blend of function and classic charm. For the office, the Mercer Leather Banker’s Brief in Saddle (SGD1195) with a contrast coloured buckle strap and those ‘vintage’ inspired brass hardware will impress in and out of the boardroom.

Below: The new Mercer Leather Craftsman's Tote has a rolled handle in a beautiful shade of tan coloured brown...

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

W E A R I N G / Short Hair and Long Coat

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Chopped off quite some centimeters off my hair, it has been hovering around shoulder length for years and this is the first time it reaches a bit above the shoulder. Main reason was to keep it healthy so I was sad to see a bit of length go, but now I like it more than expected (and luckily it is still just long enough to be tucked into my coats and jackets).

Making this turtleneck box top is what kept me up two nights ago. I found a really nice mesh which is more like a fine square gauze than it is a fabric which was perfect for these boxy stiff garments.
coat: COS(old, similar)
mesh turtleneck: made by me
trousers: thrifted
trainers:Nike Air Max 1 glow in the dark
bag: DIY