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peplum peacock dress (whatever that means?) – ASOS 10 pounds clearance!!!

my take on the dress  and barely got away with it at work

peacock dress – ASOS 10 pounds

dark moss green cardi with mutton sleeves – myeungdong

metallic silver leather wrap with studs – thirtyfour leather goods

retro yellow and gray patent slingbacks – vivian cheo, local designer and owner of 2cm (multi-label store at fareast)

horseshoe bangle – house of harlow

i really didnt think the dress was suitable on its own for work, hence i unbuttoned my green top and wore it as a cardi instead! LOVE.

pink cotton and chiffon cardi – small unknown shop in lucky plaza sgd10!!!! so cheap i could faint

white lycra spags – mango sgd10 bucks sale muahahahah!

super high waisted dress skirt (which i sometimes wear as a dress) – forever 21 sale sgd25 bucks HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

snakeskin blk white patterns heels – beyonce at the ‘best korea dress’ shop in fareeast massive sale sgd30 bucks HAHAHAHA so comfy.

I am confess i get a kick out of getting clothes as cheap as can be, and getting the best deal i could find then putting them together for a look that is my own. what do you think?

drape dress avena – shop at fareast massive sale, sgd25

black and white  handsewn statement necklace – fiona paxton

cutout pvc leather sandals – unknown shop in hk causewaybay like sgd12!!!! CHEAPS!

wookies, the fiona paxton didnt come cheap but i am so in love with it i could help myself. somehow i dont mind spending more on accessories. i figure, you can get more wear out of accessories than you could clothes. wear the same stuff too often, people are going to think you dont bathe. but wearing the same accessories is not going to get you into trouble. afterall, i never remove my diamond earrings (iwear3), necklace (bday gift from bf), rings (bday, valentine’s, christmas prezzies from the bf) and no one EVER comments on them. the fact that they are diamonds, little ones plays a part i suppose, but accessories are accessories: no complaints there.


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January 29, 2010 at 7:06 am

wardrobe must-haves : cardigans

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you know how asians associated fairness with beauty? personally i dont agree. however, we all know the sun ages skin, especially asian skin prematurely. with the weather in singapore being what it is, you really need protection. and if you’re as lazy as i am when it comes to applying and reapplying sunblock, cardis are a god sent!

another thing about cardis, it goes with everything! you need a basic black and basic white, preferably with buttons down the front so you can wear it on its own when you run out of blouses! best of all, get them in fine cotton so they’re lightweight, great for stuffing into a handbag when not needed, or left on when it’s not too hot. i wear cardigans to the hawker centre too (let’s just say i do NOT like my upper arms, could have been slimmer) so light wait cotton, i really like. best of all, they dress up a boring black singlet and black pants outfit, without making it too corporate. here’s just a few favourites right now while surfing through ASOS clearance sale!

white cowl neck cardi – 10 pounds

wookies, probably not too cheap at about 25dollars. but think about all the wear you can get out of it. wear it with black slim cigarette pants and an oversize slouchy clutch and you have an outfit fit enough to take you from work to night. wear it with a long maxi dress underneath and you can get away with either dinner at a fancy restaurant, or a slouchy weekend shopping outfit.

gray bat wing button down cardigan

this is just one way you can wear this. try it buttoned all the way with pants and it is a great dress down friday outfit. on a rainy day use it as a cover up over camisole and shorts and sneakers with bright socks and it’s all cute. for a midnight movie on a first date pair with ankle length leggings and stappy sandals. on a beach holiday use it as a beach cover up under strippy candy colour bikinis and a widebrim straw hat and shades.

purple short sleeved sheer button top

it’s listed as a top on asos and i say you can wear it so many more ways. one way is over a bright coloured camisole as a cardigan. another is over a long sleeved black pullover. cottonon sells basics at rock bottom prices and throw them all together for the layered look. for work, take a black structured sheath dress (every girl has one of those in her corporate wardrobe i swear, which they wear with a long gold necklace = SO BORING) wear it underneath and then add a statement piece necklace and you have an outfit fit for work.

so you see, there’s so many ways you can wear a cardigan so many uses for them. will do a photopost on all my favourite cardigans next!

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January 28, 2010 at 8:59 am

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since most of our time is probably spent during work, it’s only fair to assume that you would spend time planning your work outfit. the length of time however, depends on you. for me, it’s about 5 minutes in the morning when i’m blowdrying my hair.

marni cotton top – sale at fareast $30

black cotton work skirt + tailoring to tighten waist- $29 zara sale! + $4 bucks neighbourhood tailor

H belt – hermes (borrowed from the bf)

the marni top, probably a knock-off of the real thing was originally at $109 which was too steep for us, c’mon money doesnt grow on trees and the mango skirt was originally $49!???! i got it in my usual size but i think it was meant to cinch slightly below the waist, hence off to the tailor’s it went. which brings me to some tips when it comes to finding bottoms:

get something cheappp, never mind if the hips fit and the waist dont! since you’ve got it cheap you could always spare some cash to tailor the waist to your liking and when your waist band fits, it’s great for size 1os and 12s, you emphasize your waist and that draws attention away from your thunder thighs (if any).

which leads me to the second tip over here: do not be worried about experimenting! if you worry about your top being work inappropriate, then pair it with something super corporate. remember it’s always about the delicate balance…if your dress is too flower, anchor it with a corp black blazer. if you’re doing harem pants and worry about it looking too casual, go with a work shirt on the top. and when in doubt, buy your experimental piece in black, it’s easier to match and you will find that you can get away with plenty if the colour is drab enough to escape too much comments.

now now, if you’re thinking : is corporate wear only limited to sombre colours? can you not do colours at all? of course not! but always remember, balance! which is why i always advocate seperates instead of dresses. there is only so many ways you can wear a dress, with seperates you get so many more variations and permutations, so try your best to build your wardrobe accordingly..

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January 27, 2010 at 5:59 am

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feather my hairband!

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feather hairband – KRW15,000 from DOOTA

the bigger picture would be – trends, to follow or not?

when it comes to this, remember the golden rules:

1. Only wear what makes you comfortable

2. Only wear what makes you look slim

3. Only wear a look you can rock

that’s the basic rules when it comes to building your own style.

so now, apply the basic rules to trends and there you have it

are you comfortable with a feather hairband?

does it make you look slim? (not very applicable since a feather hair band is a feather hairband)

can you rock the look (honesty is really the best policy, which is also why those with inflated egos never seem to have style and try too hard)

in my case, i own several feather hairbands. who cares whether it is cliche or the current trend? wear it if you like it! because we all know going against the trend is a trend itself! (:

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January 26, 2010 at 11:19 am

beginner lessons!

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here are some tips i’ve amassed over my painful teenage years of trying to figure out what to wear:

lesson 1: acquire things that are unqiue, one of a kind and make it a point to work it into your wardrobe

– silk multi neon pink and green coloured scarf – vintage emillio pucci

– vintage necklace with optical lens charm

the scarf was an impulse buy, the colours were insanely bright but the scarf was not large enough (or tough enough since it’s silk) for beachwear and i really didnt want to waste it on accessorizing a bag. pack these lightweight accessories when you travel and you have something that keeps you warm when the weather turns chilly, plus it does wonders for a boring black tee.

vintage emillio pucci (same as above)

double wrap black leather belt with studs – brave belts

white camisole – cotton on (like 10 bucks)

green military cargo skirt – zara discount (20 bucks i kid you not)

better yet, use the scarf as a cover up! belts do wonders for your outfit too. which brings me to lesson 2: shopping during SALES

one of the best things about not being a size 6 or even 8 (sometimes depending on cutting of clothes) is that you will almost definitely fit into the sizes at a sale. most singaporean girls are puny and those who are not quite your average size 6 prefer tight clothes anyway so you will find that a typical zara or mango or forever 21 or river island or dorothy perkins or miss selfridge (have i named all the high street labels yet?!?!?!/1) sale will have already sold out on all the size 6s or size 8s. this means you will have plenty of 10s and 12s at your disposal, more often than not they like half off. so trust me, stock up on your casual bottoms (skirts, jeans capris etc) during the sales. you will NOT regret.

if you look closely at the picture it’s a size 14 skirt i am wearing, it’s way too big and falls off when i dont have a belt, but put on the belt, adjust and fold spare waistband neatly in the front so it’s hidden by the belt buckle, and there you have it, not too tight that a mouthful of water will display your love handles to full glory, not too loose to look like it didnt fit!

lesson 3: never be afraid to cover up

lesson 4: when you see a piece of clothing with good design, BUY IT, figure out how to wear it later (as long as you can wear it)

white reversable jersey shawl with buttons – unknown brand from tangs sale bin (SGD15)

navy blue cotton dress with white print – unknown designer from small shop at basement of oub centre (35 bucks!)

mechanical watch with brown straps – panerai

neon green pouch with crazy indian embroidered – womenkind for aids  

this a typical straight from work for a movie look, i’ve traded the heels for the slippers, the work jacket for an interesting drape shawl. the jersey shawl is soft, looks expensive and has buttons on both ends so you can wear it in a variety of ways, as a sleeved cardigan, or just buttoned down the front to look like a shawl.

so when you see a good design piece just snap it up, usually price is a determining factor, if it’s cheap but looks expensive, why not! sometimes clothes doesnt have to match, or reveal your figure to look good. i always buy clothes which give me some room because sometimes, you want your clothes to flow, instead of sticking to your skin (usually the case with a good fit) and emphasizing all the things you so want to hide.

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January 26, 2010 at 6:36 am

it’s all about style

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unless you’re a model, or working in the fashion industry, you should not be thinking about being fashionable, but all about being stylish. in spite of popular belief, brand new clothes need not be second-hand in order to be cheap, neither do you need expensive branded clothes in order to look smashing. it’s all about style and learning how to accessorise, how to put things together, how to rock a look. perhaps it’s all about confidence, but i truly believe it’s about wearing what works for you and what makes you comfortable. once you’ve got that, you’ll have all the confidence you need. then the style will follow.

if you’re not a size xs, size 6, or have the most perfect body in the world, then this is the blog for you cause you’ll find ideas that will work for you. tried and tested.

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January 26, 2010 at 3:09 am