4.21.2013

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!

tibits
12-14 Heddon St
London W1B 4DA
+44 20 7758 4110




Outfit photos by Shefali :)

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4.19.2013

sweet summer simplicity.




H&M Denim shirt, Conscious Collection by H&M shorts, Venilla Suite espadrille trainers, Max&Co. bag, Yves Saint Laurent sunglasses

Sometimes the simplest pieces can make an outfit - replace your usual t-shirt with a light wash denim shirt and your denim shorts with soft slinky shorts, and pull on a pair of bright espadrille sneakers. The ultimate in weekend dressing, and pretty enough for for low-key brunches.

Since I'm in London for the better part of the year, I rely heavily on my friends back home to pick new food places to try. Kristiano took me to Five & Dime, a chic eatery with clean lines, an excellent design concept and dishes with a twist. He had the eggs benny ($16) - instead of smoked salmon or bacon, it came with seared beef and a lot of sides. I had the corn beef hash ($18) - my favourite sinful comfort food. I'm not sure how popular Five & Dime is now, but Kristiano and I had to wait for our table on arrival; flat whites at the counter space made the wait more than bearable. Highly recommended if you want an uncomplicated and reliable brunch!

Five & Dime
297 River Valley Road
Singapore 238338
+65 9236 5002



Corn beef hash



Eggs Benny



Outfit photos by Kristiano

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4.14.2013

urban beach bunny.





Marni x H&M dress and necklace, Marni bag, Burglary ring, Kurt Geiger wedge sandals

When I'm in Singapore and it's 32 degrees outside and sunny, a slinky thin maxi dress is just the thing to protect against city dust while keeping me nice and cool. This Marni x H&M number utilises two beautiful prints - I was particularly impressed with the front and the back are made different by the simple twist of blocking the prints in front and placing a single print at the back. In the ads by Sofia Coppola prior to the launch, I'd always thought there were two dresses so it was a lovely surprise to find out they were one and the same. I love how timeless the dress is thanks to the abstract aspect of the prints.

I don't usually wear a designer head to toe, but I admired the styling for the Marni x H&M collection so much that I bought the massive white flower necklace to go with the dress, and I pulled out this yellow Marni bag with the softest leather from my closet. To show the details at the neck off, I pulled my hair into a low bun.

Wore this to brunch at Group Therapy in Tanjong Pagar with my two favourite girls. GT does an excellent overflowing Mango Passionfruit Smoothie (I think the overflowing aspect might have impressed me more) and I tried the very unique Baked Chilli Crab Pie. Kim went for the fail-safe Poached Eggs (with thick toast, smoked salmon, gruyere and hollandaise) and I think Swen went for the Steak & Cheese Pie. The cafe is lovely for long girly chats and has the cutest memorabilia strewn about in-store.

Group Therapy
49 Duxton Rd
Singapore 089513
+65 6222 2554



Baked Chilli Crab Pie


Mango Passionfruit Smoothie



Poached Eggs


Steak & Cheese Pie


If you can't spot the place, look out for this sign :)

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Summer maxi dresses seem to provoke a deep sense of calm, as if I have some beach breeze surrounding me (the fluttering ribbon at the top of my spine reinforces the sea breeze feel) and maybe in the middle of tall skyscrapers and old shophouses, I imagine myself barefoot, feet sinking into fine powdery sand...

Outfit photos by Kim :)

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4.10.2013

clash of the pale prints.






Marni x H&M pyjama top and belt, Cos cape, Alexander Wang Rocco bag, Dorothy Perkins lace-up boots, Primark (!) gold collar

For dinner with an old friend at Ducksoup (which serves excellent, excellent dishes with ingredients you don't get everyday, everywhere), I clashed my favourite (and only) pyjama shirt with a painterly dress layered underneath. I love this shirt to death and can spend days using it as a cardigan, under a sweater, and paired with tiny shorts at home.

Of course, my bright yellow Rocco outshone everything else and yelled, "I'm so pretty and happy, look at me!". It's the ultimate in heavy-duty bags, fitting my DSLR, a law textbook and my Macbook Air, along with my usual knick-knacks, all at the same time in the most convenient way thanks to the cylindrical shape. I finally understand why the Rocco has withstood the test of changing seasons and retained it-bag status in the streetstyle movement.

While I'm a big fan of bare legs and I can resist the lure of tights, I'm not so brave to shy away from warming the upper body in the face of London winds - this Cos cape with a turtleneck collar works nicely to shield wind from seeping through silk clothing.

Photos by P, whom I captured in a nice night shot here:



And here's a bonus candid of me:


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4.09.2013

flower child // crochet and chambray.



Lottie and Holly floral crop top, Jeanasis wide-legged jeans, Marc by Marc Jacobs bag, Kurt Geiger wedges, Urban Outfitters feathered headdress

A couple of shots Kim (soul sister!) took for me last summer - thought I might post them since festival season's coming up and I'm seeing pre-Coachella everywhere. Dressing like this pretty much made me want to sit down on a blanket in a big field of wildflowers with a banjo, a tambourine and some friends to embrace la vie Bohème. (See Free People's blog post on the most covetable festival camping set-up.)

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