When I first saw Taylor Swift's Blank Space, I knew I had to get a halter-style dress. You know the scene where she's resting on the lap of her current beau, in a halter-style yellow and white striped top, popping a candy heart into her mouth and singing "Cherry lips, crystal skies"? I took one look at her outfit and was hooked, and I decided that I had to have a similar outfit. And honestly, there's nothing I can even find to dislike about this dress. The halter cut toward a tapered-in waist and the flared skirt fits like a dream and makes me look impossibly smaller-sized. The print combines everything I love in prints - abstract lines and flowers. Suffice to say, this dress is something like a fantasy come true.
I'm not sure if this outfit post is the first one showing my cuff bangle from Azensg, but I'm absolutely obsessed with it. I first saw it at the Christmas Markets flea, and couldn't stop thinking about it, so much that I made my way down again the next week just to place an order for it. Even now, I still lust for more of these cuff bracelets. I think part of its appeal comes from the fact that it can be adjusted to fit my wrist (100 brownie points to all cuffs which fit), and now I have to add cuffs to my never-ending, ever-growing wishlist. A girl can dream, I suppose.
Of course, it's no mean feat to be called the Holy Grail of all dresses, but let me try to explain why this dress just does it for me. I just love everything about it; the peach, purple and rose hues of flowers printed on an easel of pure white cloth in a pattern that puts other prints to shame, the halter-styled neckline, and the flattering flare of the skirt. It's also the perfect length for my height. If not for the fact that I'm afraid something might stain the dress (it actually did happen), I would be wearing this dress out every week.
So, what's your idea of the perfect dress? I'm pretty sure this floral sheath, while passing my criteria, will most definitely not be the only dress on my list (yes, list) of Holy Grails - in fact, the dress in the upcoming post probably makes it to the same list as well. I'm a fickle minded person that way.
Lessons learnt from a shades of grey outfit: always, always, wear bright lipstick, or risk looking like a washed-out version of yourself. Considering that the whole outfit consisted of what I would normally term a safe, neutral (dull, even) colour, I'm not sure what possessed me to layer such a light shade of lipstick on. Though coincidentally, I fell very sick a couple of hours after taking these photos, so perhaps that's an excuse. Still, the next time, I'll be sure to paint on a brighter shade.
On lazy days, a simple shift dress and sneakers combination can never go wrong, especially when this isn't a dressy sort of shift. The combination of the pockets and the material of the dress give it an overall sporty vibe, which pretty much makes this dress a winner.
In other news, I just started my new job at The Closet Lover this week (so go check them out), and I'm pretty hyped up for this job! I hope to be able to do well and learn a lot, of course. It's been a pretty exhausting three days (the long commute really doesn't help), but I'm determined to make the most out of my summer holidays!
(cardigan, The Tinsel Rack / dress, Topshop / shoes, Doctor Martens / ring, Lovisa / bracelet, Hollyhoque)
(photos by Siu Farn)
When your accounting group decides to wear red, and you turn up in your brightest option, only to find out that they were all dressed in varying shades of maroon (did you perhaps miss that memo?) and you have to endure the rest of the day being asked why you resemble a giant red packet in school. Thought thankfully I had a cream cardigan to offset the brightness, it was quite hilarious to spend the day in school standing out from the normal muted florals and hues. In any case, red is not maroon, people, and don't you forget that. Though technically I did turn up in tangerine, which is also... not red.
A throw-over in a nice neutral cream shade, delicate gold accessories and an adorable chunky bracelet can do well to distract from the overall vividness (or should I say lurid colour?) of a tangerine dress, but who's to say there's anything wrong with walking around in a flaming orange dress anyway?
Back to basic blacks (what a tongue-twister), and then again, I don't suppose there could ever be anything wrong with wearing black. When things get a little monotonous it's nice to throw in some detail, like a lace-overlay skirt and leather booties, to skirt the boundary of boring. I had to include a photo of my new Casio watch from Nakedglory (it's technically not so new anymore, seeing as I took these photos months ago); I've been in the throes of watch-lust for quite some time yet, though really I can't quite keep up with expenditure on both clothes and watches, so I think that lust will have to burn for a little while longer. And a crystal quartz necklace, I know, again, because I just can't stop buying quartz necklaces. I think I've mentioned before that they've become my basic go-to necklaces, and now I have just about the best excuse to buy as many as I want, because basic.
Anyway, I just ended my finals exams for my second semester in school, which means I'm no longer a freshman, and am now moving onto my summer holidays! It feels a little startling to think that the first year in university is over already, but at least it's back to ootds for me now! I'm starting an internship somewhere soon, and it's really exciting for me, so hopefully I'll be able to take more ootds during the summer break even with work! How are y'all spending your summer holidays?
(sweater, The Tinsel Rack / shorts, Topshop / shoes, Doctor Martens / drawstring bag, Cotton On)
(photos by Siu Farn)
As far as first impressions go, this seemed like a pretty appropriate outfit to start the school term and meet new classmates with. A simple white sweater with black details, thrown over a basic pair of denim shorts, and my trusty Doctor Martens? Definitely yes. Also, meet Mr Pug, the newest addition to my bag collection. I feel like there could be something about carrying around a giant pug face on your back that could endear you to your new classmates (I kid). In any case, I actually wore this outfit on the first day of my second semester and we are almost nearing the end of the semester now; how time flies.
I just had a very long weekend, four days to be exact, which I spent doing not very productive things and eating way too much, but that's what long weekends are for, anyway. I hope you all enjoyed your break, and meanwhile, let me double (and triple) check my bags again, just to make sure I don't repeat last week's silly mistake.
I've got a thing for white recently. But white doesn't mean boring, and it definitely doesn't mean plain. My favourite way to jazz up an all white outfit is to throw on gold-toned accessories, the more the better, because hey, you're wearing all white, so you can afford the extra weight, a la Christmas Tree. Or, you could just make sure one of the items is a white printed-something, like my skirt - when I first bought it, I could not stop staring at the multi-coloured birds, and I still can't. They bring to mind Birds of Paradise, all glorious with their vibrant plumage. And then again, you could just do both, like I've done. A good idea, yes?
These photos from my trip to Habitat Coffee bring back memories from summer break, and lazy afternoons spent talking in cafes. The food we ordered (The Big Ben & Mama's Banana Pancakes) filled our stomachs adequately, but I shall not expound further, except to ask the question of 'Why have I not discovered caramelized bananas earlier?'. Besides, give me scrambled eggs, and I'm a happy girl.
On another note: Last Sunday, Singapore bid a final farewell to Mr Lee Kuan Yew, the first Prime Minister of our nation. There isn't much more I could write that hasn't already been written by thousands of Singaporeans thanking him for his dedication, but I'll give it a shot. When I was a child, we used to learn about Singapore's independence. As a child, I used to think he was indomitable, and invincible. Singapore was proud and lucky to have him. I live in a nation barely 50 years old (we celebrate our 50th year this August), but how far we have come. I walk on the streets at night knowing that I am safe, and I receive a good education that is not denied to me simply because of gender or income or any other discriminating factors. I drink potable water straight from the tap, precious water that so many of us take for granted, a resource so dear to a country completely lacking of natural resources. I live in a country with a multitude of cultures, and yet there is harmony. I could go on listing a million other reasons, but there you have it-- I couldn't be more proud to be Singaporean. We are not a perfect nation, but we are progressing. Mr Lee did not achieve all this for Singapore single-handedly, nor was he a perfect politician with perfect policies, but he dedicated his whole life to the betterment of Singapore. And for that, he has my utmost respect. Thank you, Mr Lee, for loving Singapore so much that you gave your all to making her a country future generations can be proud of, a country we are proud to call Home. So just, simply, thank you. Majulah Singapura.