Friday, January 31, 2014

Drab Blue

 (top: BKK | skirt: Bugis Street | shoes: Rubi | armcandy: black bracelets Beadstreet // dolphin bracelet Bali // green string bracelet Accessorize)

Casual Fridays at the office are somewhat of a pain-- do I really dress casual, or do I still wear a dress appropriate for the office? More often than not, I find myself still donning a dress, just the same. This was actually the only Friday that I actually wore a shirt and skirt, albeit in boring boring boring shades of the same colour. As it goes, it's way too windy for me to wearing skirts of this length any longer; just this morning, somebody in front of me was upskirted, and then later again it happened to another person on my way back home. Thankfully, the fashion gods saw fit to smile on me today; I was wearing a shin-length midi that billowed up threateningly but fortunately did not result in any embarrassing accidents.

It scares me a little that we have such winds in Singapore, because honestly, we've never had them before-- not that I can remember anyway. The last time I felt these kinds of wind was in Italy in early spring and the temperature was about 20 degrees. I guess I'm just not used to it, what with all the above 30 degrees temperatures in Singapore. It is a welcome change, but what in the world is going on in the sky up there? Meanwhile though, all my skirts have to take a break at the back of the closet, and it's time to shop for more wind-appropriate clothes. I'm not complaining.

Recent life updates include my first ever salary, which makes me feel all grown up and all that, but also reminds me of all the burdens of growing up. But let me bask in my own excitement, and think about what I'll buy as a present for myself. I'm currently lusting after a Fjallraven Kanken in Navy Blue & White. The Black & Graphite looks pretty good too, but maybe I need to stop making such safe choices and go for something daring.

Happy Chinese New Year to all, and please excuse me while I go and stuff my face with pineapple tarts and cookies. (Hey, it's only once a year!)


Sunday, January 26, 2014

Ocean Colours

(dress: Purpur | necklace: Talisman's | shoes: Doctor Martens | watch: Cineleisure)

When I first started my office job, I got a little worried-- I have all of about six dresses in my dress arsenal. Whatever would I wear to work? This is a dress I bought eons ago at Purpur, when I was still in that awkward tomboy-trying-to-be-a-teenage-girl phase, bought on a whim because I wanted to get into the habit of wearing dresses. Yes, it is hard to believe that not two years ago, I was still a dress-hater.

While this dress has been languishing in the depths of my cupboard for the longest time ever, I'm beginning to see its merits. A knife-pleated skirt that swishes when you walk, coupled with sleeves that sort of resemble space-alien costumes-- or how one would imagine space-alien costumes to be, with those pointy sleeves-- makes for a dress I'll probably be wearing many times. This was the dress I wore on my second day of work, and already my colleagues have commented that I must have a lot of clothes because they've never seen me repeat an outfit twice. (I have, they just didn't notice. I don't have that many clothes, though I do wish I had.) 

My lovely necklace was a gift from friends long ago, and consists of a bucket, a miniature well and a pearl, something which caught me as rather amusing because the well could very well fit into the bucket. As it was, the necklace fit in with the whole water/blue/green theme, though when I'd first picked it out, I just thought it would be a nice metallic touch to the otherwise boring outfit. My Doc Marts have, as of now, become a wardrobe staple that I wear every single day. They were a much worthy investment.
Chinese New Year is coming up, so Happy Chinese New Year to all who celebrate it, and here's the photo of the double chocolate muffins I baked for my mother's birthday in January. I hope you're feeling hungry now, because I sure am.