the workman's tuxedo.

LNA Clothing cotton hambray shirt, Cheap Monday boyfriend patch jeans, Zara heels, Alexander Wang Rocco bag, Alive & Live necklace

DOUBLE denim is tricky. There's the risk of looking like you've just come off a construction work site, and it's not the most flattering as it tends to overwhelm any body form. Denim is great for its durability and as a basic, but taking it all the way to a head-to-toe look... Well, there can be too much of a good thing. Cases in point: worst denim sins.

That being said, double denim can be incredible. For a lazy afternoon out with Andrea, I delved straight into the Canadian tuxedo with a new chambray shirt, digging out a trusty pair of Cheap Monday boyfriend jeans I'd bought for a tenner years ago.

Now the trick(s) - try not to wear the same shades of denim, break the look up with an eye-popping bag and shoes, and loop one of those seemingly omnipresent "statement" necklaces about your collar. Girly flowing Disney hair and a bright red pedicure help too.

Oh, and look at this quadruple denim by Leandra Medine. Total utter respect.

Photos by Andrea.


twinkling embellished illusions.

Sportmax embellished t-shirt, ASOS pencil skirt, ASOS Hollywood heeled sandals, Marni leather shoulder bag/clutch, Marc Jacobs round sunglasses

WHEN I moved home from London, my mother despaired because my clothes overtook real estate space i.e. the extra closet in the study.

-- You have to clear out things. And think about what kind of wardrobe you want to keep and the look you aspire to.

I tossed the short cotton dresses, ragged tank tops and odd bits and pieces I'd worn as a teenager, and got organised. My hanger rack now goes something like this from left to right: shorts, skirts, trousers, tops, jackets, rompers, daywear dresses, weekend dresses, late evening dresses, formal dresses and businesswear. My jeans, some shorts and skirts, sweaters and cardigans are all folded in neat piles underneath. My t-shirts and vests are in drawers, along with some knitwear (hanging up knits can stretch them out).

I didn't realise it was terribly time-saving, but I have proudly rid myself of the "I have nothing to wear!" habit of rifling through the whole rack.

The result is a fresher and sleeker look. I woke up late on Tuesday and threw together this look in less than a minute, in time to meet Andrea for a round of refreshing fresh pineapple drinks on The Providore's balcony overlooking Orchard Road. This gemstone of a pencil skirt always makes me feel like a tall drink of water. For petite girls, pencil skirts are your new best friends thanks to their elongating abilities. I can't wait to get my hands on a mono lace overlay skirt.

P.S. My move to the Art Deco look perhaps has another reason - I'm halfway through Amor Towles's debut novel Rules of Civility and utterly enchanted (now where are my satin slipdresses and little bolero jackets?). Pour yourself a martini and dig deep into this one, because it's a knockout.

Photos by Andrea.


2014: Clean slate.

Marni x H&M pyjama shirt, J. Crew City Fit cropped trousers, Jane Winkworth for French Sole velvet slippers, Alexander Wang Rocco bag, Poljot International Baikal watch

EVERY new year, a spate of magazine covers proudly display stories like "NEW YEAR, NEW YOU!" "THE RESOLUTIONS TO MAKE FOR 2014" and "HOW TO MAKE 2014 THE BEST YEAR OF YOUR LIFE!" The cynic in me is derisive of how a new year is capitalised by these magazines, but the dreamer understands that a new year represents a chance to take a deep breath, look back at mistakes we've made and learn from them to keep growing and improving.

The start of a new year represents a mark on the timeline. It is a chance to measure results and set new goals in the form of "New Year Resolutions". In our history, mankind has likely used a point in time every four seasons to celebrate the completion of the previous cycle through four seasons and plan for the next cycle. For the last few years, I've lost sight of how useful the start of a new year can be, but 2013 is the most tumultuous year I've ever experienced and reflecting on it to plan for 2014 (and beyond) has been cathartic. I won't list down my goals for 2014 for all to see, but thank you to all the writers who've posted on resolution-writing because nothing fits a new year better than fresh perspectives.

What isn't included in my resolutions is the goal of blogging more often here. Somewhere along the way, blogging became less of an organic process and something a little more tiresome. What I would like to do is rediscover my love for getting the shots just right, and expressing my personal style (and its evolution). My friend and I are currently working on a lifestyle project together - the both of us have found so many things in our lives that have made them just the little more vibrant, and we'd like to start sharing.

On a last note, thank you so much to the family and friends who have supported and encouraged me and continue to do so. I hope I've done so and will continue to do the same for you.

So here's to 2014. I wish everyone an incredibly happy new year, and I hope my blog will give you a little inspiration each time you visit!