1.28.2013

paris part deux.







H&M angora sweater, Urban Research knit shorts, ASOS faux-fur coat, House of Harlow 1960 thigh-high leather boots, Givenchy Nightingale bag

Paris generally conjures up images of tea-length skirts, skinny sharp tailored trousers and chic collared shirts, but faced with a bitter wind, my inner Parisienne surrendered to wool, wool and faux fur, for good measure.

Winter makes me pick one bright colour so last winter was orange in the form of this sweater (which sheds like mad on anything cotton, by the way). Monochrome popped up in the form of this pair of shorts, which I vaguely remember buying in Hong Kong but upon checking the tag, I think it might be from Urban Research.

I probably stress this pair of boots and my Nightingale out too much but the former provides easy insulation, and the latter has an astonishingly large Mary Poppins-like space for me to hold all my travel essentials in (my friends are horrified when we're just about to leave the hotel and BAM, three lenses go into the poor Nightingale).

Oh, and lastly - lavender fur seems a little gauche but I can't help but think of My Little Pony and this way, I don't have to dye the ends of my hair lavender to achieve the effect...

At least I added some colour to the bare Tuileries!

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1.16.2013

soft focus and textures.













ASOS dual-tone coat, Vero Moda cardigan, Topshop sequin shirt, ASOS bouclé shorts, Mulberry Alexa bag, House of Harlow 1960 thigh-high boots

Dipped back into the hard drive for this post - pictures taken from our family trip to Paris. Family trips always involve a) eating, b) sleeping in until a wake-up call with breakfast brought in by parents who enjoy early morning walks too much, and c) Asian photo-taking syndrome through interactions with DSLRs and iPhones (see last photo above - taken by my dad of my sister taking a series of photos of me).

This outfit holds plenty of winter relevance for me - I still pull out a sequin shirt every time I crave some sparkle, my love for shorts means I endure tights, and I have too many grey cardigans I use for layering.

One of my favourite coats is this ASOS darling - while colour-blocking comes back every other season (see this Givenchy blazer), this coat also does texture-blocking very well (Club Monaco's Sojo blazer does the same - wish all school blazers had the same idea). Gray marl body, and black wool sleeves. The double-breasted motorcycle jacket feel of the coat gives it a little kick, although I can still wear the coat to professional events thanks to the colour and length.

Missing the sun in Paris; everything there is seemingly seen through a soft-focus lens...

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1.08.2013

happy new year//feliz año nuevo! 2013.









Jack Wills Crownhurst dress, Stradivarius jacket, Miu Miu wristlet, Graceland pumps, Bimba & Lola cocktail rings

I know this blog's been a tumbleweed short playing over and over, but hello 2013! Time to start putting up all those looks that have been piling up in my hard drive.

New Year's was spent at the Mandarin Oriental in Barcelona, on the Passeig de Gràcia - the food in Barcelona was aplenty and delicious, the hotel soothing and Zen-like in its entirety with excellent service and the weather blissfully sunny and endurably cool. The rooftop of the hotel provided a lovely view of the city...

For a fresh start for a new year (and the hotel's New Year's Day brunch at the appropriately named BLANC), I wore winter whites in the form of a proper ladylike shift dress, nipped in at the waist and knee-length, with a light and loose structured jacket left over from my summer wardrobe that I've been keeping in rotation for winter layering.

Of course, keeping it all white would mean this year might end up quite dull, so these red heels added a splash of bright - and in Chinese culture, red is a lucky, lucky colour. The gold cocktail rings I picked up at bimba & lola, a popular Spanish brand that's making waves all around, also symbolises more good luck for the year ahead.

To anyone who reads this, I wish you and your family and friends a steady year ahead, filled with joy and improvements and love!

P.S. Thank you to Jack Wills and PeerIndex for the giftcard - I used it well on the Crownhurst dress!

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