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29.10.11

it's too cold outside for angels to fly.

Oh my goodness. After a long night at a wicked Halloween party (Ellie and I went as St. Trinian's Girls!), I came home and logged on to my computer to find THIS. Teen Vogue has selected me out of hundreds of girls as the Snapshot Best Dressed Blogger of the Day for October 28th, and I couldn't be happier. This is such a massive honour, and I was so happy that they chose me! Check out the Snapshot Blog post here.

And to top it off, I also got a tweet from them! I was literally ecstatic.

Moving on.
I was lucky enough to be the winner of a giveaway! I was so ecstatic when this surprise arrived in the post; I eagerly ripped it open to find a gorgeous Juicy Couture charm necklace (AND A SHEET OF BUBBLEWRAP WHICH BROUGHT AN EQUALLY LARGE SMILE TO MY FACE AND KEPT ME BLISSFULLY OCCUPIED FOR THE SUBSEQUENT FIFTEEN MINUTES). Thanks so much for choosing me to be the winner of this gorgeous present, Alexa! Check out her blog here.

Although I have a pretty diverse taste in music, there are times when I fall too quickly in love with one song and won't stop listening to it for a hell of a long time (and even then, I don't get sick of it). This has happened with Slash's "Gotten," John Mayer's "Slow Dancing in a Burning Room," and now it's struck again with Ed Sheeran's "The A Team." I've been listening to "The A Team" on repeat for about two weeks (it's one of the most played songs on my iTunes already). I sing this in the shower, I play this on the ukulele, I sharpie my favourite lyrics on my leg in math class, I dedicate a blog post to one of the lyrics; you get the drift. Listen to it now!


What are your favourite songs and artists?


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24.10.11

chilly mornings, ragged androgyny and pumpkin soup.

I'm too lazy to credit these pictures, they're all from tumblr and therefore are the intellectual property of all hipsters present on the aforementioned site.

As I watch temperatures across the globe slowly creep down the thermostat, the rest of the world seems to be drifting into a dormant, chilled state. I feel so restless here in Singapore; it's monsoon (rainy) season and as the days drag on it's getting harder and harder to pretend like the rain slamming down on my roof is snow (or something equivalent to that exciting extent).

So, to compensate for my uncontrollable wanderlust which is only aggravated by this upcoming festive season, I have handpicked a few pictures off tumblr which best describe my awkward craving for freezing weather, woolly layers, ugg boots that bulge with fluff and steaming mugs of hot chocolate. Enjoy, my darlings.

19.10.11

personal style?


Shirt: TopShop
Shorts/Belt: H&M
Bracelets/Bangles: Vintage
Necklace: Forever 21
Boots: Doc Martens

I wish I had something intelligent to say in this post, but I really don't. So hello my darling readers, and welcome to one of Veena's "philosophical" rambles that most often don't make an ounce of sense. I hope you'll stay a while.

Anyway, this is one of my absolute favourite outfits. It's the perfect summation of my "personal style," edgy, a little cluttered, and a touch androgynous; although in a perfect world I would be wearing about thirteen rings in this picture. 

To be honest, I've never really understood the phrase "personal style," nor do I think I ever will, because sometimes what you wear is different from what you want to wear/like to wear, and that sort of contradicts the meaning of "personal style." I think it's stupid that people feel the need to categorize their taste and limit themselves by labelling a piece of clothing as "their style" or "not their style." Style should revolve around you, not the size of your hips/your ability to pull off daisy dukes. Style should make you smile and feel confident with who you are, so let yourself be happy with what you wear because style is an expression and extension of your personality. Anything can qualify as your "personal style" if you let it.


Moving on, YAAAAAAAY PHONE UPGRADE.
My early Christmas present has come my way, and I am overjoyed! (see before and after picture above). It's a huge upgrade from my previous Nokia, which was supposed to be temporary anyway, but oh my gosh I love my Blackberry 9780 (his name is Charlie by the way, I have a thing with naming my electronics), it's honestly the best thing ever. 

I'm definitely Team Blackberry as opposed to Team iPhone, what about you?

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15.10.11

good foundations.

Apologies for the lack of creative titles on my blog lately, my talent at choosing post titles is limited to alternating wordplay and song lyrics. I really should learn how to make my blog more appealing.
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Anyway, I thought I'd do a post on beauty, seeing as I haven't done one in ages. When us girls stroll through beauty halls in department stores, we're all attracted to different things. Some girls go crazy for vibrant palettes of glittery eyeshadows, and others go weak at the knees for perfume in elegantly shaped bottles. For me, the mere sight of a neat line of bottles in different shades of "human skin" is enough to have me jumping up and down.
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I've always really loved my foundations. Although foundation is almost always associated with heavy, mask-like makeup and those chavs who smother that stuff on like there's no tomorrow, I think a good foundation with correct methods of application can completely transform even the most problematic skin into something more lightweight, flawless and radiant.
        Sources: here, here, here and here.


1. Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation
This luscious, whipped concoction is an absolute delight. I wear this foundation everyday to school, and it has everything you need in a foundation: flawless coverage, easy application, a long-wear and a natural finish. I own about four different pots of this glorious stuff, and so should you.


2.Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer
To be honest, I've only ever used this once or twice from testers (which are a great way to try out different products without spending anything), and I love it! It's got a dense, glamorous coverage and it's packed with moisture you can feel. The pigments are really strong, so to me it's more of a thick liquid foundation than a moisturizer.


3. L'Oreal True Match Liquid Foundation
I love how versatile this product is. I've been able to wear this foundation to school as well as to a party; the coverage is super full, matte and even. I use my fingers, but you can use a wet makeup sponge applicator for a lush, glamorous coverage. I question how much skin can breathe when you're wearing this product, though.


4. Maybelline Clear Smooth Minerals Powder Foundation
I've never been a fan of loose powder/compact foundation, as I don't like that powdery dusty finish they both leave on your skin. However, this product is gorgeous for a light, natural look. The free kabuki brush that it comes with isn't great, so if you've got one, use a proper powder brush. 


What's your favourite foundation?


7.10.11

i love love love tavi gevinson.

The more I think about it, the more convinced I am that Tavi Gevinson is just the coolest person in this entire world.


I absolutely adore everything about her; her wittily written blog, her new website RookieMag, her insane sense of style, and the fact that she doesn't give a shit about what people think of her. Honestly, you're not gonna find many fifteen year old girls with the confidence and attitude to pull of half the stuff Tavi struts. Her granny-chic style, her black lipstick and her quirky headpieces make me smile so much; it's so wonderfully refreshing to see someone my age emerging in the fashion industry who isn't a blonde, size 2 airhead wearing skimpy, "mainstream" clothing. In fact, now that I think about it, she is the entire opposite of mainstream. She's crazy about the Virgin Suicides, the Rocky Horror Picture Show, Grease, and anything old-style/retro. She looks like something the Salvation Army has puked on; IN A GOOD WAY. Tavi breaks just about every single style rule, but this kid is smart and she can justify herself. She has given so many amazing seminars, she is extremely well-spoken, and her influence on the industry is nothing short of mind blowing. She has a wealth of knowledge about the fashion industry that I could only dream of attaining, and she has such a wicked sense of humour which only enhances her flawless writing talent. 


I wonder how it feels to be friends with your favourite designers, how it feels to know that Alexa Chung, Lady Gaga and Karl Lagerfeld are frequent readers of your blog and refer to you as "the next Anna Wintour." Jesus Christ, this girl has the world at her witty little fingertips. Which are probably covered in paint and glue from another room redecoration.


Click here for Tavi's presentation about Generation Y and be prepared to have your mind seriously blown.
What do you think of Tavi Gevinson?


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2.10.11

fall: denim & nude.

Denim & Nude
Fall has always struck me as being the most beautiful time of year. So many new colors seem to squeeze their way onto Nature's paint palette, from the subtle reddish glow of the leaves to the intensity of the sky, streaked heavily with luminous, fiery hues. It's also a great time of year because the weather isn't too unforgiving yet, so you can still flaunt your Fall wardrobe pieces without worrying about bulging thermal layers, goosebumps, and those unsightly earmuff/balaclava things.


To me, Fall is also the most polished month of the year in terms of style; it's the time when preppy trenches and chocolate-colored boots make their long awaited debut after hibernating for a year. Although I do love the rawness of the loose tribal cardies and moccasins you see in many Fall collections, I think a more put-together look such as the ones above in "Denim and Nude" tend to work better. I adore the combination of Denim and Nude because of how seamless it looks. The deep, prussian-blue shade of denim against the rich consistency of camel-colored leather. Your favorite acid-wash, faded cut-offs teamed with that beige boyfriend knit. Sound good? Yeah, thought so. And as Stella McCartney said, "there is something so sensual about nude with denim." It's classy, chic, and won't leave you freezing your ass off on a cold day either. 


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