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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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