Saturday, September 27, 2014

Cracked Marble

{top, Fairebelle / skirt, Dresabelle / holographic pouch, Sephora / boots, Topshop / ring, Lovisa / necklace, Talisman's}
(photos by Siu Farn)

How long as it been since I have neglected this space? There were too many days of fatigue, too many weeks of procrastination, too many thoughts of "there will be time to do it later" that never came to fruition, and too many idealistic views of time management. But I'm back finally, after managing to get my timetable into some semblance of order. Truth be told, my life is still in much of a mess right now, and I am stumbling like a baby through my curriculum, but it'll take nothing short of an apocalypse to tear me away from this space, I promise. I've locked myself to it with iron manacles. 

The beauty in imperfection is perfection itself -- a white structured top, splattered with black prints to resemble cracked marble, with the ugly black veins running haphazardly through its once pristine surface, paired with a black crochet skirt and my trusty boots. Yes, there is definitely perfection in something decidedly imperfect.  

But anyway, how have all of you been? I hope school is treating you kindly; aside from the usual bout of homesickness, and the frantic stress that is inevitable, hall life and school have been pretty forgiving to me. I use that loosely; goodness knows I could use more hours of sleep (couldn't everybody). And then the days where I could just nip down to the picturesque Marina Bay Sands for a quick photoshoot are long gone; now I am faced with the stares of fellow students and a lack of places to go. (Still thankful for my photographer Siu, who never fails to agree to my shameless requests for her help despite her busy schedule). I'll definitely find some way to continue this though- I love doing this too much.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Laid Back Blues

{top, BKK / plaid shirt, BKK / shorts, Zara / bag, BKK / shoes, Doctor Martens / pink tribal bracelet, Hollyhoque}
(photos by my dad)

Wow, I've been away from this space for so long. In my defence, it was the first week of university and my days have been pretty hectic, what with moving into hall, and trying to get through the first few lessons alive. It's been something of a hell-week, but I'm not complaining (that) much, because I've seen timetables that are much worse than mine.

Anyway, I'm back for the weekend, and 'home sweet home' has never felt more right before. I miss home-cooked food, sitting in my own study room, and sleeping in my own bed. Hall life has been good to me so far (extremely thankful to all my fellow hall mates for being such sweet and generous people) but there is really nothing quite like home. University is all about planning and one small misstep can lead to hair-pulling consequences, and everything has been overwhelming. Despite the big stack of textbooks next to me clamouring to be read, and the equally frightening stack of assignments, I'm taking some time off for myself to catch up on dramas and blog posts. 

To all the people who just started university too, good luck and have fun, whatever you are studying! It seems dreadfully tiring and strange at the moment, but I'm pretty sure (or at least I hope) that what seems foreign now will soon become second-nature. All the best xx

Monday, August 4, 2014

Shiroi Hana

{kimono, DIY | top, Lacepipe | skirt, Dressabelle | shoes, Rubi | clutch, Bugis Street | necklace, Talisman's | silver ring, Lovisa // silver band, Stroberi // rose ring, Forever 21}
(photos by Minyi and Ahmad) 

It's been a long time since I last wrote on this space-- I've just been so busy with university administrative issues, and not to mention the two camps that I signed up for. I just got back from Hall 3 Camp on Saturday, and I immediately went down with a fever and sore throat. My legs are also completely crippled with a serious case of muscle ache that refuses to allow me to walk down staircases; I've been hobbling around the house for the past couple of days. I think I'm going to prescribe myself long hours of sleep and relaxation (hey, anything to give me an excuse to laze around, right?).

Since I'm back, and I'm currently immobile in front of my computer (crippled legs and all) I decided to make some good use of my time and clear really old backlogged posts. And there you have it, my outfit for Raffles Runway RProject 2014. I think my friends and I made quite a sight traipsing through the mrt, all clad in black, with our faces made up and feet in heels. It was a wonderfully glamorous night of flashing lights, music, and glamorous models strutting down the catwalk. I've missed Runway too much. Also, many thanks to my beloved friend Minyi for agreeing to traipse around a muddy grass field with me to take these shots, and Ahmad for the behind the scene shots of Minyi and I. I can't wait to do more shoots!

So... I've always wanted a kimono, but never really liked the idea of paying hefty amounts for an item that could possibly go out of style within the next few months. I chanced upon a gorgeous black and white floral fabric in Chinatown (after walking around the place twice) and bought a couple of yards to make my very own kimono. I'm madly in love with it, but it's so impractical to wear; any ideas on how I can wear it? It seems a bit too whimsical to wear to school, so that option's out. Speaking of which, I've started moving my things into my hall room, where I'll be staying for the next year. I'm pretty psyched to start planning outfits for school! See you guys around, and say hi to me if you spot me in hall. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Photo Diary: Takayama - Kanazawa


You know the day's going to go perfect when you start it off with a view of your favourite flowers, sitting prettily in a pot beside a bicycle. We started off the day with the Asa-ichi Market, with all sorts of small roadside stalls and an extremely sporting fruit-stall owner who gamely posed for a photo (he had a really cool apple-peeling-and-slicing machine). The city girl in me squealed at the abundance of fish in what would be called a large drain in Singapore.

After that, we took a drive to the Shirakawa-go Ogimachi Gassho Village, with its iconic village huts, all complete with a 60 degree angled roof. Apparently the sarubobo monkey doll is supposed to bring happiness to the owner, and I bought one, because I'm a sucker for things like that. I must have more than a drawer full of kitsch touristy souvenirs already but I can't seem to stop buying them. There's also really nothing like an ancient-looking village with daisies and rice paddy fields-- they make for amazing photoshoot locations. I spent a goodly amount of time chasing birds around (the sheer variety in Japan is just amazing), attempting to get a clear, close-up shot of them, but few of the feathered creatures wanted to cooperate with me, and it was with much difficulty (think me climbing onto benches and random ledges) that I managed to snap a few clear shots of that plump little bird. 

We visited a sakura-tree garden, but sadly the season for sakura has long been over, and we were greeted with the sight of barren trees. The perpetual rain made the afternoon a little dreary, but nevertheless everything was still spectacularly beautiful. The last photo is of yours truly, posing in front of the Kanazawa Castle and looking gloriously minuscule in front of the magnificent building, clad in my new gingham midi from Fairebelle

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Heart On My Sleeve

{sweater: Nex / pants, H&M / shoes, Vans / rings, cache cache / bracelet, Beadstreet / bag, BKK}
(photos by Siu Farn)

I'm back from my uni orientation camp at long last, and finally managed to spend some quality time with my bed, and my computer! (This may have been the first time I ever woke up past noon.) I'm naturally a super-introvert, and majorly shy to boot, so, wow, this camp was a real eye-opener. I don't think I've ever been forced to have close contact with the same group of people for five whole days. At the end of it all, the first thing I did when I got back home was to lock myself up in my room alone and stare at the wall. I know, that makes me sound a little like a psychopath. Nevertheless, I met some great people there, and others that I really respect and admire, and overall, I wouldn't trade the experience for anything else in the world. Thank you for an amazing and crazy 5 days, Maestro.

But anyway, back to the outfit. I went around telling my friends that this would be my standard "cute and geeky uni-student hanging out at Starbucks studying" school outfit for the next four years of my life, but I kind of get the feeling that I'll look more like a hobo, with unkempt and messy hair, a plain t-shirt, and sloppy jeans. When I wore this to the office, I got a varied set of comments: "You look like a Christmas Tree.". "You look like a watermelon.". "Your sweater is so cute! It's really... holey.". "Are you even wearing anything on underneath the sweater?". It's nice to know that my outfits generate such talk. It's been... quite some time since I started wearing jeans and sneakers again, but yeah, I'm a jeans and sneakers kind of girl, underneath all the poofy skirts and feminine tops. I'll be off for an OG outing now, so see you all when I get back!