plaid scenes.

KBF blazer-shawl, Urban Outfitters cloche, Mulberry Alexa, Staccato boots

The first few days of the new year dawned quietly, with friends still out of town, holiday shoppers trickling out of the city and drizzle gleefully surprising us every few hours. With my friend Tiffany, I tackled whatever was left of the post-Christmas sales, picking up a couple of things from Selfridges and a pleated maxi dress from Topshop that might function nicely as an evening gown. Exhausted by the activity of trawling through racks and racks of F/W items, we tucked ourselves into my favourite cinema in London, the Everyman on Baker Street (thank you, Stella, for the tip!) and indulged in Love and Other Drugs - I loved everything about Anne Hathaway's character Maggie's apartment, and the grungy, bohemian yet modern vibe of the film; if you haven't yet watched it, please do and don't look upon the film as a cliche!

A new favourite Japanese line called KBF made up much of the new wardrobe I lugged back from Hong Kong - this shawl with one side made to fit around one's neck with a blazer lapel design was a surprising recommendation by the friendly and supremely helpful group of girls at KBF at the One (a new shopping mall along Nathan Road). It's warm, massive and wraps one up nicely in damp grey weather, and the blazer detail adds some edge to a typical plaid shawl. Check out KBF at almost any I.T. store in Hong Kong!

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happy lunar new year 2011, with love.

DKNY red cashmere Cozy, G-Star Raw jeans, ASOS cape, Prada bag, Graceland pumps

Happy Chinese New Year, loves!

It's my first year celebrating Chinese New Year without my family and family friends and it feels odd when everyone's eating 年糕 (year-cake, a sticky special new year cake) back home without me. Samantha and I had a quiet, content little 团圆饭 evening at Brunswick in our red lipstick, gold glitter eyes and red apparel, instead of heading to big noisy group gatherings...

It's almost the middle of Lent term and the halfway point of first year law has arrived; some of us are falling ill, prey to late nights up preparing for tutorials and writing essays and applications for workshops, events and internships. Reflecting upon any discontent in my life is a luxury I reserve for sharing with friends... There is nothing but gratitude and love in me for my true friends who've supported me in the past few months and kept me sane, moving on and going on with my blessed life.

I'm having my Chinese New Year resolutions written up slowly over the fifteen days of the Lunar New Year though, and one of these resolutions is to spend time taking care of internal conflicts by spilling my thoughts and heart out to the pages of a beaten-up Moleskine notebook. Other resolutions include, of course, the requisite fitness and health bits, and organization goals (+ keeping my blog updated!). And an important one: tampering the perfectionist in me. I didn't write any resolutions out at the beginning of January or even the end of December, but S sent an email a few hours ago and reminded me of the merits of a resolutions list.

To my friends and family back in Asia, have more of the decadent New Year goodies and bask in the exuberance and celebration of a shiny New Year; I'm imagining myself back home at the dining room table right now sitting down to a New Year breakfast with Mami, Daddy and La...

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