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15.1.14

new year nostalgia.

It's hard to believe that mid-January has already swung around and ushered the magical festivities of bubbling champagne nights and countdowns out the door until next year. While there are a good 11 months until the next round of fireworks erupt to welcome 2015, there's absolutely no reason for you to stuff the hefty purchases you made to the back of your wardrobe until then. It's perfectly excusable to splurge on new clothes to welcome a new year; who doesn't love rocking up at a New Year's party donning a spanking new dress that they finally got their hands on? The glitzy frocks, the statement bags, the skyscraper heels - this annual time of merriment sure has an equally excitable reputation for being one of the most stylish on the calendar. Nevertheless, don't let go of those New Year's party pieces just yet - there's always a way to re-style them into a fresh, unexpected ensemble! Check out my tips for styling down a party frock and a party clutch below:

party frock
The dress: a fitted, black bodice with a feathery skirt full of flair. The outfit you wore to a glitzy New Year's bash: statement earrings, opulent finger-candy, glazed diamond stilettos, blindingly beautiful nail varnish, a party-sized statement clutch with slashes of color, an alluring red lip, your most sensual fragrance and a glow of happiness and excitement that was enough to knock 'em off their feet that night. Now I don't expect anyone to still be feeling remotely as radiant as they did that night; New Year's is a one-time celebration of epic proportions, and most of us are back to the daily grind, anyway - but don't tell me you're putting those stunning frocks away for good! Working party dresses in a concealed, daytime outfit is a lot easier than it sounds (this is where any of your oversized sweatshirts are instrumental!). Throw a sequined, cream + gold sweatshirt over your dress so that an illusion of a feathery black skirt is created. Slip on some black leggings/tights to protect your legs from the wintry wind, and don a smart pair of leather ankle boots, preferably in a muted dove gray hue to tone down the exuberance of the outfit. Classic, rosy neutrals are the way to go from here: a delicate rose-gold timepiece works wonders when combined with rose-quartz and precious heart-shaped rings. Place your essentials for the day in a dusty pink, structured leather bag, and keep makeup minimal using the nude hues of any of the Naked palettes and a sweet, peachy blush. Infusing pale, rosy aesthetics with the rich quality of gold sequins is executed perfectly when accompanied by a daring dose of feathers and black.

party clutch

The bag: an intricately patterned gold box clutch that looks like (and probably costed you) some biig bucks. While this gem might have made its debut against a sultry backdrop of a caged black-and-gold dress (there goes my black-and-gold addiction again), smoky kohl-lined peepers and architecturally astonishing gold platforms, its appeal is certainly not limited to ensembles of such a manicured calibre. Taking this baby on a daytime ride is easy-breezy with the presence of gently distressed denim, a billowy blouse and a couple of relaxed gold accessories. Unlike for New Year's night, which is arguably the most aesthetically fussed-over night besides prom, effortlessness in daily style is an indispensable key to looking good. The chillaxed silhouette of a loose chiffon top and baggy boyfriend jeans can easily be pulled smartly together by a pair of black and nude ankle-strap peep-toes; these are dressy enough to make you look significantly more affluent and well put-together, yet they still retain a daytime quality. So there you have it - that stunning clutch won't look a hair out of place wrapped in your resiliently manicured fingers! Shhh, no one has to know that clutch - and that manicure, were with you on New Year's just a fortnight ago.

What are some of your favorite pieces from New Year's and how do you plan to style them to keep them fresh all-year round?

10.1.14

december in singapore.

I've had an amazing, jam-packed three weeks back in Singapore and I'm amazed at how much I managed to squeeze into my brief, three-week jaunt back home! It's always such a pleasure coming back to my hometown (you've probably read enough about my insane love for the little red dot in my last post about a trip back to Singapore) - it'll always have a place in my heart. Below is a visual compilation of everything that the past three weeks has given me: a multitude of exciting experiences, business reconnection, family time, SAT studying (blegh) and wonderful memories with some of the best people in my life. Enjoy!

 Our family has a Christmas tree every year, but it's usually one that we lug up from our basement and reassemble each December due to my mom's allergic reaction to real Christmas trees a couple years back. This year, we decided to give a real tree a shot, and my mom suffered no allergic reactions or discomfort! It makes a huge change to have a real tree, as it smells so divine and fills our living room with authentic Christmas spirit! We spend Christmas Eve every year with some good family friends of ours, and this year was no exception. We ate, drank and were merry the whole night long; not many things in life beat a 5-hour food marathon interspersed with trivia, Christmas crackers, charades and other festive traditions!

 To balance out the insanity and superfluousness of Christmas feasting, Singapore's very own juice cleanse company HICJuice sponsored me a 3-day Reboot cleanse (more details about their various products can be found here). 3 days, 6 500ml bottles of goodness each day, 18 (rather weighty) glass bottles delivered to your doorstep so you don't have to get off your bum except to put all your beautiful juices in your fridge. It's simple! Some of the greener juices were tough to stomach, but I thoroughly enjoyed all the fruitier, sweeter options like the Coconut Water, Nut Milk, etc. I wouldn't recommend these cleanses for fussy eaters or those who dislike the invasive flavors of celery and kale, but if you're an adventurous eater with a love for fruits and veggies, HICJuice is for you! Choose from three levels of intensity (Reboot is the lowest level lol how would I ever manage with the other levels) and track your progress in your Cleanse Journal; it's a fab way to start the new year on the right foot! On a slightly more indulgent note, I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting one of Ethan and my favorite brunch destinations a few weeks ago: Strangers' Reunion! Cue the delicious buttermilk waffles, warm artisan coffee and happiness off the charts. 

 My style in Singapore operates on an entirely different level than my style in the UK, simply because the magnitude and quantity of clothing required in such a sweltering climate cannot even compare to the heavy-coat-and-layers weather that is the UK for most months each year. On the far left is a picture of me in front of all the pretty Christmas decorations at Ion Orchard, wearing a Topshop crop top, necklace c/o FemmeX, watch c/o Juicy Couture, Urban Outfitters pants, Pazzion flats, and a bag c/o wholesale7.net. On Christmas day, mom and I opted for similar red + black printed dresses to celebrate the festive day. I styled my Kristine's Collection frock with a pair of the comfiest wedges I own, courtesy of Melissa Shoes Singapore, and a red lip. I really enjoyed shooting with Fiona of Smittenpixels and Rebecca from Fabfad - how cute is that beige jacket? Check out all Fabfad's cool new arrivals on their site. Another #foodpic was taken with my bub at P.S. Cafe, a restaurant that will forever be at the top of my list of culinary destinations in Singapore. Whenever we're there, we end up sitting and enjoying our food, drinks and dessert (and truffle fries!) and talking for hours on end.
It's always amazing to see my best friend Zack again - I saw him twice for meals at Chilis (which is a hugely fatty new addiction of mine!) followed by delicious Starbucks Christmas drinks. These selfies were taken with the backdrop of my beloved Tanglin Mall and its annual Christmas tree! The picture on the right is of Bell and I at a New Year's party - I'm wearing a gorgeous "Draw Me Closer" dress c/o FemmeX (follow the link to check out the dress!) which I absolutely adore. The mesh neckline and monochrome panelling make it a flattering classic in any girl's wardrobe. Lastly, the stunning panorama shot in the bottom image is the view from the China Club, where Dad and I went for a dim sum lunch one day. Amazing Chinese food combined with a killer view is a sure recipe for a lovely afternoon. If you get a chance, definitely try and check out the China Club for a classy date tucked away in one of the CBD's many skyscrapers (this one's at the top of Capitol Tower).

I am the luckiest girl in the world in so many ways: my lovely boyfriend got me a mint-colored satchel from none other than the Cambridge Satchel Company! I am in love with the beautiful color and iconic structure of this timeless classic. It's made of such good leather (quality you can smell!) and I just love it so so so much. Here's a selfie of me expressing my excitement about the bag (wearing a floral top c/o Kristine's Collection) right after Ethan gave it to me during our P.S Cafe date. Next is an OOTD shot of me on Orchard Road before an evening of ice-skating, wearing a two-piece c/o Dahlia, Urban Outfitters boots and a bag c/o wholesale7.net. Again - love me some Starbucks! #addict. On the right is a selfie with my mom and little brother right before our family's New Year's Eve party hosted at our house.

I hope everyone else had an excellent December and a great start to the New Year too!

5.1.14

threepurs.

 Once upon a time, there were three lovely sisters, each with a unique yet equally vibrant enthusiasm for getting dressed up. To cut the long (and wonderful!) story short, "Threepurs" (pronounced "triples") is Singapore's newest online store run by these three ladies who I absolutely adored working with during the shooting of their debut campaign. Scroll down for some of the Images shot and edited by my darling Amanda (visit her blog here!).

 Threepurs conscientiously caters for fashion lovers through a holistic online buying experience, and offering unparalleled service and excellent quality apparels are at the top of their list of priorities. Threepurs strives to be a hallmark of fashion, creating and providing a wide selection of fashionable and trendsetting apparels as well as accessories for everyday wear. From fashion news, hot styles to the sisters' own editorial picks, Threepurs hopes that every shopper will be able to realize their own individual style through their online store.

 As I mentioned earlier, I had a total blast shooting this campaign. With a great makeup artist, my favorite photographer and the prettiest shoes and clothes I've been lucky enough to wear in a long time, it was a sweltering hot afternoon of lots of giggles and fun in the sun. The two looks you've seen in the pictures above are both uniquely glamorous in their own way. The ruched floral dress is perfect with beachy sandals for a sunny vacation, or paired with a cropped blazer and heels for a sparkling night out. As for the slinky black top and fitted white skirt, Sherlyn couldn't have chosen a better footwear option to match this ensemble than good ol' Jeffrey Campbells! Who says you need a crazy color palette to nail a killer outfit? (P.S. Never try walking on an uneven rock surface in heels, it's not nearly as glam as these pictures suggest. It took us more than a few goes to nail these snaps without me toppling over!)

 After an exhausting but exciting day shooting at various locations dotted around East Coast Park (see the goofy behind-the-scenes pictures above!), I went straight to shoot a video with Zack (bottom left image) and was so chuffed to be able to take home this gorgeous black off-shoulder blouse and wear it to my video shoot. It's such a comfortable, versatile piece that shows just the right amount of skin - instantly a staple in my wardrobe!

ALSO, be sure to follow the three simple steps above to stand a chance to win an iPad Mini in celebration of the launch of Threepurs! Make sure you encourage all your friends to take part too, as the contest is only running if they hit 3,333 likes before September 30th. Stay tuned to all the exciting Threepurs action by following their social media platforms here; you'll have a bigger chance of winning the iPad Mini if you follow them on Twitter and Instagram too!


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