Blank minimalist canvases + Marc by Marc Jacobs x Vulture Magazine

Ministry of Retail bow waist top, Marni for H&M trousers, Dorothy Perkins pumps, Givenchy Pandora, Alive & Live Asti necklace

JUNE, July, August, September and now mid-October - I took a long, long break from blogging for a few reasons:

1) Travel: Madrid, the French Rivera, Toronto, New York City, Athens and Santorini!
2) Moving out of my London apartment... and back to Singapore: you can imagine the amount of packing that had to be done.

Believing I could live far from my London wardrobe for a few months, I packed my things off onto a ship and came back to wait patiently.

Or not so patiently.

I rediscovered Asian fast fashion through two new favourite websites: Ministry of Retail stocks day-to-day wear, and Zalora is the Asian version of ASOS. If there's a style in Asia that's stood out in the past decade, it is the modern minimalism favoured by some of my favourite designers such as Alexander Wang, Phillip Lim and Junya Watanabe. Case in point: the bow waist top I found on Ministry of Retail is the perfect balance of minimalism and embellishment. While the shirt is cut to be over-sized in a parachute silhouette, little windows encasing the waist hooded by grosgrain bows are a play on the several-cut-outs-on-skintight-dresses trend that has emerged in recent years. I painted on a costume necklace and opulent silk trousers, finishing off with winter colours via a deep moss green Pandora and black pointed pumps for a party at 7213 in celebration of the new Marc by Marc Jacobs store at ION Orchard opened by Club21 and Vulture Magazine's first anniversary.

Andrea of The Haute Heel and I spent an evening viewing the "Obsessions: New Generation" exhibition showcased at the event, from the pastel shades of Robert Zhao Ren Hui's A Heartwarming Feeling, a creative project to document the colours generated in pinhole cameras attached to migratory birds through their journey, to the alien beauty of Zhang Jingna's Motherland Chronicles, while The Analog Girl and Marco Weibel of Darker Than Wax spun out electroclash, soul and house. (I must confess, this was interspersed with tailing waitresses toting trays of delicate canapés by 2am:lab. Unable to help my foodie self, I popped to the kitchen to view the whole selection of miniscule burgers, miniscule parmesan chicken bites, miniscule foie gras-topped cakes, Choya gel cheesecake nibbles and yuzu white chocolate jewels...)

Thanks so much for the invitation to your lovely party, Club21 and Marc by Marc Jacobs!

P.S. A very odd thought popped up in my head as I went through the photographs Andrea took of me: it might be derived faintly through the portrayals in Girls, Sex & the City, and other works set in big cities that city girls inevitably engage in the practice of attending art gallery and exhibition parties. Juxtapose the photo at the exhibition and the much grittier photo in front of the corrugated metal.

Photos by Andrea and myself.
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white out.

Take Me Out top, Zara culottes, Kate Spade clutch, American Apparel hat

REVISION and a sprained ankle have gotten me a little down lately, so for brunch with Stella, I decided to do a take on the all-white trend (if not for the sprained ankle, nude sandals would have been in order). Pure, pure, pure as the driven snow.

Caught Gatsby last night - only a shallow dip into the vortex.

Photos by Stella.
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22 // LRD and a lady's jacket and sandals.

Three Floor LOOK SEE dress, H&M jacket, Jeffrey Campbell Favor sandals, Céline Luggage tote

LATELY have had the strangest craving for little bright red dresses, and with translucent panels, geometric pleats and discreet cut-outs, the Three Floor LOOK SEE dress packs a sartorial punch. Maybe it's more appropriate for attending a pop concert or jumping up and down in at a summer festival (pleats = cheerleader), but throw on a light bouclé jacket and some lady-like nude braided sandals and you've got a look worthy of a light ladies' lunch or tea. Also, I'd decided that since it was my birthday, I could wear a special piece for the day and pile on with it a massive men's watch from my father and as much gold arm embellishment as I could stand.

Happy to get some sun and avoid exam revision, Andrea and I, in her words, "had a 'light' lunch at Balthazar before shooting, which for us meant a three course meal and a giant chocolate souffle". The Balthazar salad (haricots verts, asparagus, fennel, ricotta salata and truffle vinaigrette) made a refreshing starter - who doesn't adore asparagus and fennel? Both of us were tempted by the Coquilles St. Jacques, which was a dish of beautifully light and meaty scallops, and the amazing frothy chocolate soufflé to share with rich chocolate sauce completed our luncheon. Making a note to return to the original Balthazar when in New York in July.

Thank you to Andrea for taking these outfit shots; that was such a good birthday lunch.

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P.S. Yes I am back to blunt bangs, and I have had my hair ombréd!

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eye spy with two eyes.

Mash-Up denim babydoll dress, Lipsy coat, Maison Martin Margiela x H&M "candy" clutch, Steve Madden ankle boots, Marc Jacobs bottle opener ring/necklace

I'm actually not very sure what I was thinking when I put this look together - the description "loud tribal embroidery, a black-splotched fur coat and an oversized bright foil pink plastic clutch shaped like a sweet wrapper" sounds terrible, but to celebrate my friend Grace's birthday, I felt that brights were necessitated and the strappy nature of this amazing denim dress required warm outerwear. Somehow that all seemed to work out.

My mother and I love finding local designers in Singapore to support, especially since she enrolled in an art course at LASALLE, Singapore's most well-known arts educational institute. I found this gem of a loud dress at PARCO next NEXT, a showcase area in the department store that describes itself as "a fashion design incubator project with a mission of nurturing promising local design talents". Daniela Monasterios Tan, Nathanael Ng and Shaf Amis’aabudin, the designers of the label Mash-Up,  are absolute sweethearts and LASALLE alums. They can often be found at the store, happy to give you styling pointers on wearing their one of their showstopping pieces.

The Lola dress caught my eye quickly because the babydoll silhouette flatters a pear shape and I love details like this embroidered face - what I might describe as hidden in plain sight. The bodice is lined with a sports-bra like design of netting and an elastic below the bust, and the skirt is wonderfully stiff, which means that I'll likely keep the dress in heavy rotation over the summer. Say no to body-cons and feel that cool breeze, no?

Grace held her birthday celebration at tibits, a lovely vegetarian place off Regent Street. We had a long, long table downstairs for a huge group of girls and the warm lighting, cushioned seating in lush jewel tones and the chic commune atmosphere made for a very happy party.

The way the restaurant works is that you pick and choose from their super-wide range of seasonal hot and cold dishes, deli-style, at the buffet set-up and the staff will efficiently ring up your bill at the counter after weighing your plate. I'm definitely not a vegetarian but I still loved how I could try a little bit of everything, and all in all, everything on my plate was tasty. As the kitchen keeps replenishing and changing the platters on the "food boat", everything is relatively fresh when you're filling your plate. Nowadays if I'm on the south bit of Regent Street and don't feel like cooking for dinner, I like to pick up some take-away here on my way home. Think of tibits as healthy fast food, and for the same price of a set meal at regular fast-food joints. Thanks to Grace for the introduction!

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Outfit photos by Shefali :)

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