doing the modern pretty.

H&M sweater, United Colors of Benetton white button-up collared shirt (worn under sweater), Topshop harem pants, Mulberry Alexa bag, Zara wedge boots, ASOS fedora

Kevin and I popped out to the Tate Modern one fine weekend, and drowned ourselves in abstract, cynical, and witty art. Ai Weiwei's sunflower seeds were love, and the photography exhibition was amazing. Topped off with a jaunty fedora, my preppy self snapped and snapped - sometimes loose, layered casual prep-school with a twist of ankle wedge boots lets you get away with the most absurd faces and obsessions.


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no more teen spirit(?).

AllSaints leather jacket, Ecoté romper, Givenchy Nightingale bag, Jeffrey Campbell Lita platform booties (not pictured), Elizabeth and James knuckle ring

For the past few years, I've had the pleasure of throwing big house parties for my friends on my birthdays - the first birthday I've ever had away from Singapore was spent with some of my closest friends in London, pigging out on a massive Japanese buffet at Hi-Sushi Izakaya in Covent Garden, with some Moët and plenty of Hummingbird Bakery red velvet birthday cake (thank you to Ava and Bekka for helping to get the cakes! <3 - and the scraped side of one cake didn't matter; one of you couldn't resist an early taste? ;P), after which half the party headed to the school library a few blocks away - exams started this week.

Nothing like a mountain of Japanese sushi and champagne to get the brain cogs going, really.

Also significant - the first birthday away from home and family marked my twentieth: an elevation further into adulthood and lack of excuses to be ignorant, more impulsive, less responsible... but I'll embrace the future wholeheartedly because we can't stop time (not that I'll stop hoping once the wrinkles start emerging), and it holds endless possibilities. (I think.)

The cheerful bright pink Ecoté romper I picked up at Urban Outfitters in the West Village in April is one of my favourite pieces now (thank you to Neha for the reassurances that it wasn't too... splashy or bubbly, and for leading me away from the baby blue option), and I surmise it'll be worn to death this summer, being easy breezy fun. It's also a welcome addition to my typically black, grey, khaki, brown, blue and white wardrobe, and I can top it with a sweater, and wear with tights when summer turns back to autumn. I've always tried to shy away from pink in my late teenage years, as it was a prominent feature in my childhood wardrobe (*wince*), but no one can resist this tribal salmon confection.

Thank you again to the friends who made it to the dinner, and all the wishes sent from all over the world via the different technological platforms I'm so thankful for; much love to everyone for making my twentieth more than bearable despite the onset of first-year university examinations! ♥


P.S. One can't help but think of Nirvana when one leaves one's teens.

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mid-day lost/meal.

Elizabeth and James cropped jacket (from a Convertible Trench Dress), KGB t-shirt dress, Miu Miu bag, House of Harlow 1960 thigh-high boots; Kaidy (bottom): skirt from Urban Outfitters

Soho is still the best area for wandering when you're lost in a world of your own, or in fervent need of a good meal, or inspiration (check out that guy in the floral socks, ankle boots, cargo shorts and knit vest). If you've never been to Princi for tea, just drop by for a taste of heaven with its cannoncini, a flaky pastry horn filled with custard - it's small and dolce, and all you need for a pick-me-up with some tea...

Thigh-high boots have never really been in the wish-list of a petite shopper, but these House of Harlow slouchy boots were perfect (what else do you expect from Nicole Richie, petite herself?) and went nicely with this slouchy t-shirt dress from Japanese label KGB and a light cropped jacket (part of the convertible trench dress by Elizabeth and James - what a treasure still). London's sunny and bright and loving; the floral skirt Kaidy wore out is perfect for summertime dreaming.

Exams are all that should consume me at the moment, but I have several posts lined up...

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