Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Bohemian Rhapsody


I'm just a poor boy, I need no sympathy,
Because I'm easy come, easy go,
Little high, little low,
Anyway the wind blows doesn't really matter to me.

Blouse- Vintage from Berlin
Fringe skirt - Forever 21
Lace up flats - China
Canvas tote bag - Muji
Beetle ring - H&M
Lips: YSL tint

I am back from Europe! The one month vacation was really what I needed to spend time away from home and feel creatively energised. One day when we were out and about, somewhere in Berlin, Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody (live version here) was playing on the stereo. I had to resist not singing out loud. I've forgotten how much I loved this song. I loved how it doesn't have a chorus, stitched together in three segments, each so different from another. A introductory ballad, followed by heavy rock and a mellow ending makes it altogether incredibly entertaining and pitiful at the same time. It's one of those classics that rarely sounds as good when reproduced.

Anyhow, you'll have to listen to understand. I was touched by the song because I felt like it resonated very much with being away from home. Or life in general if you want to go deeper. It's a hell of ups and downs, joy, enlightenment, loneliness etc. At the end of it all, it was still a beautiful experience difficult to explain. Having said that, of course I missed the comfort of my own room, Singaporean cuisine and my dear friends. Travelling is awesome, but it tires me and deprives me of fellowship. The moment I landed, all I wanted to do was to sleep and hang out with my girlfriends.

Photos by Yun Jing.

30 seconds of fame at the SBA awards
In other news, I won Best Fashion Blog under SPH's Singapore Blog Awards 2015! That's unbelievable! I have been blogging for years and never have I gotten a solid recognition like this. I'm not the best blogger; I don't post regularly, I don't get paid all the time, I'm barely a big shot. But hey, an award like this reassures me that heart and quality content always win. Thank you everyone who has been stalking/ reading/ supporting me. 

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
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