13.11.14

BEN YOUSSEF MADRASA مدرسة بن يوسف

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A tourist’s woe: To be duped by an unassuming local. Maybe we looked too basic, in other words, R and I pretty much looked like tourists of a certain Hello Kitty descent in the land where you either go French or Arabic. Neither? Just enjoy the ride of a detour by gangly teenagers who are also freelance psychics because our visitations are too darn predictable. Subtract 40 Dirhams. Like I said, basic. Or maybe, just maybe, my pedicure gave it away. 

11.11.14

JEAN YIP DIARIES: BREATH OF FRESH HAIR

| Beauty |

When I was in my teens and had to get up at 6 am each morning for school, I'd always take the easy way out - leave my hair long enough to sit pretty in the classroom while unsuspecting victims of the parental acclaimed low maintenance tomboy cut get all manic, seeking bob 'n' lobs alike for refuge and 'strength', sometimes, the two-period long maniacal rants screech beyond 200 miles per hour, not top speed, but still fast enough for me to avoid the short cut that leads to a shanty town of bad hair days. 

30.10.14

ESSAOUIRA الصويرة

| Travel |
If Santorini is primarily sandwiched by blues and whites, then CC Essaouira, you may have found your distant cousin. A coastal settlement where mysterious fog masks you every 15 minutes while you count the seagulls silly, peer a little closer and the fish stalls' where the party's at, rub your eyes in disbelief and the coast is clear in every exquisite detail. 

15.10.14

LUXE SULTANA

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Almost two weeks into our multi-city vacation, I turned to my boyfriend and asked if he was homesick. He nodded. That was 20 minutes before we landed in Marrakech. 

At 5pm where the magic hour descends, we checked into La Sultana where we were lavishly enthroned upon their rooftop lounge pads with a winning view of the hazy Atlas Mountains. I found a quick second to pinch myself. We were hosted in one of the exclusive five riads within the Kasbah


This time, while he bit into his first taste of Marrakech, a nutty filo pastry, he pondered and proceeded to end his foolish thoughts with a smirk, "This is home."


2.10.14

MIRROR MIRROR

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In my early twenties, I've certainly learnt two things (or three): 1) Don't give a damn. 2) Repeat point above.

I'm not saying this is what people call "Parisian Chic", neither is this my way of saying that you could hang a Céline trio on your bare shoulders and get away with looking like a class act at the Versailles. Should you go by this rule, you've got some serious reflection to do. Pun unintended. 

If Stella McCartney could serve up a soulful assembly gliding in comfort wear which juxtaposes the Palais Garnier interior, why not? No, seriously [divy hair flick]. The balancing beam theory rings for I have the chandeliers, marbled interiors, and gold to luxe up for me.

Wherever you are- 3) In some way, style must reflect a form of comfort. Even if you know you will be slapping through a daunting throng of tourists with your lob because that's really how you doll up here.

Ba dum tss.

23.9.14

POSTCARDS FROM PARIS: JE T'AIME

| Travel |

My dear Paris, you're impossibly chic. You dress up as - a lover, an icon, even Shakespeare then put up the greatest show - a fairytale, a lullaby. The artist who made women wear fancy pants like a city's affair.* You just do it better.

20.9.14

FONTAINE DES INTIMATES

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Paris and a whole lotta je ne sais quoi in the form of church coordinates. It's not even Paris Fashion Week yet.

19.8.14

LA SULTANA

| Travel |
So, funny story. Where do I begin? I've been meaning to share this with you guys but was held back several times because I'm trying hard not to jinx it. After all, right after hinting a camel trip to the Sahara via a virtual 612 by 612 px - I got alarmed by MERS and subsequently cancelled the tour. More recently, you would have heard of the fatal Ebola. While Ron and I have been worrying on an every half-daily basis checking news like Instagram feed, praying in every direction, I ended up infected by a bacteria myself, staying cooped for the last four days owing to stomach flu. That bug left me with a shoulda coulda woulda. Screw it. Let the countdown begin. Oops, I forgot. Yes, here it is, I'm heading to Marrakech, Morocco! I can't even- Just gawk at these. 

17.8.14

DOORSTEP LUXURY X LIEBESKIND: SUMMER'S LOVE CHILD

| Lookbook |
In the game of double dying and canvas coating, one can expect great utility in varying styles - casual luxe, neo grunge, or any walking statement that connotes a fancy troublemaker.

21.7.14

MANHATTAN SLICK

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Here are three rules to wear black in Manhattan - in winter: Layer-Texture-Layer. And here's the attempted Greenwich industrial casualty having a go at a restructure via overused staples from burdened excess baggage. The irony.














Unimpressed? I give up. Wanna protest? Go free(ze) your nipple.

17.6.14

TRIANGL IN YOUR SUMMER EQUATION

| Editorial |







As far as I'm concerned, it's not all that hard to pull off a Kardashian lifestyle.


 Like how every other Cosmopolitan guide offers you "Which bikini to complement each body shape?", Triangl's got me completely (semi) covered. While the next celeb tabloid fools you with an elusive theory on a fab beach bod, capitalise on confidence and thank the Gods of Bondi Waves for Triangl


Granted, a member of the small-boob camp away from the leagues of Pam Anderson, Lil' Kim, or any Victoria's Secret Angels, enter my declaration exclaiming "My body is ready! My body is ready!" in this equation of melting points – sun, salty skin, and swimwear. Should my prolific chant make sense, wreak your futile exercise in surpassing your bra size and enjoy your swim garb. Let's get real. 

13.6.14

DEAR INTERNET PEOPLE

| Personal |


I've hit a speed bump.

I'm also here to let you know that I'm alive.

Before the asphyxiation of runway ramblings, colour trends talk, and travelogues; pardon my snooze - the hiatus is over. If the adage "You snooze you lose" is true, it would be half correct that I took time as a tuner to get myself checked.

14.5.14

TSUKIJI BUSINESS

| Travel |
Announcement: Tsukiji Market business as per usual, with or without your wet-weather plans. In any circumstances, do not panic if your knees end up swimming in wild nori. Come back again and camp out with a tamago lolly.

12.5.14

ASIA FASHION SUMMIT 2014: SMART UP NOT START UP

| News |
In the new-age world, most fashion enthusiasts and publications would have caught up with a fashion conference or two, unless the tickets were sold out. That was my case, as of my last minute New York jaunt. I had missed listening to Leandra, Aimee, and dear Susie

With good indigestible fortune from the expired fortune cookie since the last chopsuey, I'm attending my first fashion commerce conference. Here's where you load up your bag of tricks, aspiring tastemakers. With a streamlined panel made up with some of the biggest names such as Thomas Tait and Steven Kolb of CFDA, baby you'll rule and live that fantasy*. 

Whether it's going to bring you new business ideas, strike your momentum, and/or re-ignite your confidence, this is for every go-getter - a personalised learning experience. That is ridiculously my point - where an industry made of skin-tight chameleons is constantly changing, it gets harder (or you get lazy) to keep up to date on the latest trends and technologies that are elevating how we view fashion & retail. With such interests being an indispensable investment; hear conversations, insights, and the f-code to get the right foot in the door. Mind your business!

Whilst the massive load of brainpower starts 15-17 May, you don't wanna lose out. Choose your note-taking weapon and I'll see you there! Godspeed! X

* I really just meant that you're gonna go places, buttercup.

21.4.14

KOONHOR F/W14: UNIFORMITY

| Fashion Week |
My first time experimenting tomboy style was during a debut play, Lord of The Flies. I was 16, with a fresh face uncomfortably tier-caked by stick foundation. I then had gender neutral fittings of khakis, mud browns, and dirty creams. Not to forget, for punch of drama -- Cara eyebrows that weren't as spectacularly deemed perfect then, adorned with scratchy blotches of face paint.      

17.4.14

JEAN YIP DIARIES: CURLS GONE WILD

| Beauty |
Why hello, Curly Sue. What's new? Given the shape of my face and hair length, it is duly noted to all hairpros that it's a no-brainer to whip out that curling iron. Things like that come naturally, no? And indeed, for every campaign shoot, I... get that - art director to hair stylist's upper body language go: "You know what to do." 

8.4.14

CHARLOTTE RONSON F/W14: BACKSTAGE

| Fashion Week |
Charlotte Ronson is no stranger to creating feminine palettes on ethereal, dewy beauties. That was it? Not really. Texturising metallics with velvet fabrics thus far put every current heroine characters to shame. Oh glorious.

25.3.14

SALLY LAPOINTE F/W14: GRITTY POETRY

| Fashion Week |
Sally, Sally... Your collection is a riddle, and I like it very much. Not so much about hitting in like a gatecrasher halfway through your show after the wrath of the NYC traffic for spending an extra five minutes sampling Lombardi's. It was really good but yes, I'd much prefer to have a take-away cuppa just so I could re-see your collection again.
Alas.

STOLEN

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Other than the Little Black Dress (LBD), many often overlook its Fun-Fresh-Fierce (FFF) counterpart - a bright as poppy number, mostly led astray via tradition as a great auspicious look for each Lunar New Year. I was misinformed until I turned 21.

16.3.14

NEW YORK FASHION WEEK: STREET STYLE

| Fashion Week |
On a humid night, I was deep in discussion with like-minded friends on the topic of Singaporeans being the most passive and unhappiest in the world, and true enough, a wilfully-gathered commentary was in today's news. It struck me that graciousness was 'lacking' (according to my own variables and research) in our society, and after returning from New York and Tokyo, the mood here was more sombre and serious. I felt uninspired, but I digress (you don't deserve my rants, really). Instead of pouring my disappointment to the nearest landfill, I switched it up:

It however brings me unrivalled joy as I recap the observations I made while style-stalking New York Fashion Week.

10.3.14

KOONHOR F/W14: BACKSTAGE

| Fashion Week |
Every backstage experience so far has been vastly different in fluctuating panic patterns. Each designer's standard vision that matured from their favourite daydream happens at the place, the backstage. Where a formula like the simplicity of paper doll instructions, were to fall into into one smooth set up. Or maybe not. Unless the compassionate Vogue supreme were to bestow a Fairy Godmother or Couture Gandalf extending complimentary five-minute all-in prep through the twerk of a wand. Oh, the gift of perfection, and the curse of Murphy's Law [dramatic lightning].

4.3.14

CARMEN MARC VALVO F/W14: STALLION HEARTED WARRIORS, CHARGE!

| Fashion Week |
Who would have thought these battle dresses easily upstaged Khaleesi's IT accessory, her dragon? You might also wonder about those shantung gowns and beaded breastplate that gave illusions that Game of Thrones should probably switch up their wardrobe department. All's fair in love and war. Daenerys Targaryen could highly likely hatch more dragons with her 'fringe-pushed-forward'. It could just be me, but I was already hypnotised by breakfast time, crusade ready.

3.3.14

LEE JEAN YOUN F/W14: MODERN REBEL BY DAY, ORIENTAL PUNK BY NIGHT

| Fashion Week |
How? Tell me how do you refrain from hopping up your front row seat when a designer nails your wildest organza fantasies? Shhh... Lee Jean Youn is a wool wizard. Let him wave his bondage-themed rope (sweater) and mesh bow tie you to a perfect woman.

SOHO FISHING

| Outfit |
A friend told me, "You have to take a photo here, right at the cobbled stone street. Many street style photographers do their thing here." Now since you've last heard, I tell you, "You've got to take a photo here, right at the cobbled stone street, then do the 'mermaid' for street style photographers to do their thing on you."

16.2.14

NEW YORK FASHION WEEK: WINTER'S ASTRONAUT

| Outfit |
If only I could begin tipping anyone going to New York Fashion Week for the first time in winter: Bring every other impractical clothes you have that are absolutely outrageous. In this time, fun x facade over comfort. But, you can balance this up, in my case, I ended up looking like I'm rocketing off right after the shots were taken, to the Sun, to humidity. I don't care. That was definitely how this gutsy-toothy attire inversely ignited my come-at-me-bro energy on the first day. 
Notice: Crazy cropped sequin top for the space boogie. Okay, illusion's over.

RAOUL F/W14: TWIGGY MADE ME DO IT

| Fashion Week |
Twiggy didn't get the memo that Twig-inspired, wispy side-swept fringe had added generous dimension to RAOUL's fall collection. As if the fringe details gave it all away as with who really framed the 60s glamazons...

6.2.14

BROADWAY BRIGHT LIGHTS

| Travel |
The first thing on my check list when we got to Times Square was to hit Radio Shack for a universal adaptor and prepaid data for the upcoming NYFW hustling. Like all tourists do. I panicked, all right?

3.2.14

NEW YORK FASHION WEEK: THIS IS CRAZY

| Personal |
I'd remember exactly a year ago, my New York dream was to get to Brooklyn and meet my best friend*, it was really that simple, and naive. Who would know that [fast forward] 12 months, I'd be so gleefully looking forward to the shivers (with love and regrets) surrounding Lincoln Center, scouring my snack aisle to binge on festive pork jerky so I'd have digested a good amount of the Lunar New Year fortune in calories, and taking a crash course on being the Anti-Jetlag Heroine while simultaneously repenting the calories with the displacement rule - a muesli bowl. I say, what naivety leads to is priceless, literally.

27.1.14

THE SEVENTH DUCHESS: FULL FLEDGED GLORIOUSNESS

| Tablehood |

In all misinterpretation of Lorde's sentiment (we will never be royal...), I would like to extend my tea pancakes to her. 

15.1.14

SO BASIC

| Shopping |



If garments could talk, more specifically [laser points] the basic wear category, they would be wise to go under the radar as opposed to their fellow statement wear that went for the risk and maybe, only to fall [shrugs].

13.1.14

YOU NEED TO GET PLAID

| Outfit |
For the love of weaving patterns, I've subtly worn both printed tartan and plaid in civil union. Ninja points!