Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Negative Space


I'm falling in love the the boys from Tokio Hotel all over again. Those who are familiar with the band know exactly how catchy their first international single Durch den Monsun was. I was around fifteen when I first heard it. The rest is history. Even though they eventually perform their music in English for international promotion purposes, nothing beats listening to the twins in German. It's just so authentic, raw and because I don't understand the language, the music and emotions are what really get to me. Art does not always require many common mediums to be understood...though I think knowing basic German would help.

I am less than 5 days my month long europe trip (Germany is one of the destinations) and this week has been notoriously anxious for me. From packing, planning the itinerary and last minute errands, I admit that travelling brings me a certain amount of stress. But again, it is something I have been waiting for a long time, and travelling will break the monotony of bad sleeping patterns and Netflix nights. Who knows? I might just become a morning person when I'm back in Singapore. As if.

Anyway, I received my LASALLE year 2 results today! Finally. The suspense is in the wait (quote from Mad Men). It's typical for people to ask, "how did you do"and the busybodies, "how much did you get"? Truth is, the only question which actually matters to me is "how do you feel"? To answer the first 2 questions: I did well enough. And the last question: happy with what I have. The numeric score is dead because only I know what I deserve. Success is relative, but managing expectations is real. Whether my peers do better or worse, I have met my expectations and I am in good terms with myself. I can now enjoy my holidays in peace! 

Skull tank - DIY
Black skinny jeans - Uniqlo Ultra Stretch
Creeper platforms - Undergound
Custom brown leather choker - HURL

Photography by Yun Jing

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Middle Earth


How are you guys finding the embedded soundtrack on my blog so far? The idea came when I realised there are only so much – within my limited language abilities – I could write about what I'm wearing. I'm not some fashion magazine writer who can churn out a hundred ways to describe a little black dress, neither do I think it's that necessary for my blog because most likely you can see it for yourself. 

The hardest thing to write about for me is my inspiration and process. Like I've mentioned before, music inspires me a lot and my outfits and work in general are often direct translations of a tune in my head. And for that, I think the best way I can communicate with you is by inviting you to hear what I hear. I will aim to include music consistently in the future. It's also a way for me to consistently discover new artists.

Continuing from my previous post Wastelands, I transitioned using one of the oldest tricks in my book – a quick swap of lip colour. Salem is an amazing brown based burgundy that is opaque and very lasting. However, a lip liner will help. This boho-mixed-steampunk look takes me to a post-apocalypse world. The ancient map on my 'Middle Earth' dress was the perfect piece to rock, since my imagination is very much fictional. Ironically, I don't know anything about the Hobbit. Apologies.

I am so happy with how the photos turn out that I could churn out a couple more outfits of similar styles. I think Jing did a fantastic job colour treating the photos. She just gets me. She sees what I see. It's very strange how we've only met two years ago yet I feel like I've known her for ages. Oh and in case you're wondering, that eagle in the first picture was meticulously photoshopped in. We love photoshop but we don't take it too seriously. Raw picture is still king.

The Hobbit Middle Earth dress - Blackmilk Clothing
Fringe kimono - Topshop (similar by ASOS)
Fringe boots - Shanghai
Feather necklace - ZARA

Photography by Yun Jing

Friday, June 5, 2015



Down by the river by the boats
Where everybody goes to be alone
Where you won't see any rising sun
Down to the river we will run

When that old river runs pass your eyes
To wash off the dirt on the riverside
Go to the water so very near
The river will be your eyes and ears

If you are into haunting, borderline dark indie music, you have to give Agnes Obel a listen (click play above). I discovered her recently on Spotify and was immediately charmed, album after album. She plays the piano a lot, somewhat resembling Birdie, but an eerier rendition. Does that make sense? I'm not the best as describing music but her tunes bring melancholy.

I'm easily inspired by film and music. Riverside alone was enough to spark a lookbook for me. The translation is earthy, ethnic and free. A mini road trip with friends brought us to an industrial area of Singapore where its emptiness and untouched landscape helped elevate a sense of freedom. No one else was watching and basically there were no pressure for creativity.

I selected a black midi fringe dress which I thought was most appropriate for its surroundings. It has some tribal trimmings on its hems and sleeves, and a web cut-out on the back. Fringe is the best thing to wear if you intend to capture wind and movement. The plain fields really allowed my outfit to stand out. My fast growing hair is such an enemy for coloured hair. But I feel like with a similarly warm toned makeup look and accessories, the black roots didn't really matter. Having said that, I should plan to touch up soon...

Photography by Yun Jing.

Fringe dress - 迷阵原创
Handmade flats - Shanghai
Feather necklace - ZARA
Eyes - Lime Crime Venus eyeshadow palette
Lips - MAC Viva Glam Riri in Nude & lip liner in Underground
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