Sunday, April 19, 2015

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WORK. It bores you or it fuels you. Chore or passion. Which one are you? Sometimes, when you feel like you are losing touch on what you love, it is good to go back to the roots of your passion and find it back.

Here is an example of my colleague and I during our short office hour breaks, doing what we like and what we do best. Product shots. Still learning; still improving.
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Modern Renaissance

Friday, April 17, 2015

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Living Room, Mancalister Mansion

Whenever I am back at the sunny island that I grew up in, I would spend my late mornings having brunch with my parents and the brother. Lately, we have been going to Mancalister Mansion a lot. Particularly because it is more serene and quiet there, and the mansion and its grounds looks damn right enthralling with its inner and outer self. To be honest, that is really what I love about Penang. Its colonial mansions and shophouses being renovated and converted into commercial lots for commercial use. Mainstream as it is (the cafe-culture bubble at its maximum capacity), I still adore this island. 
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Thursday, April 16, 2015

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Acme Bar & Coffee

Recently I celebrated a friend's 24th birthday. She was the first among my very close girlfriends to turn a year short of a quarter decade old. Thinking about it, I have already known this friend of mine for about 16 years now. Time really does fly by when you are keeping yourself busy. Sometimes, I realize we should actually sit down and reflect what we would like to achieve in life, short term and long term. Because at the end of the day, time waits for no one. There comes a time when you have to choose between turning the page and closing the book. Quarter life crisis still very much in place.
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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Finders Keepers dress  ⏐  Narciso Rodriguez clutch  ⏐  Senso heels

I like how the midriff window on this particular dress is straightforward, and the only detail on this otherwise very simple navy dress. Although the cutout is understated, there was this interesting optical illusion of the dress's waistline and thus, drew most attention of the dress to that area. To complete the look, I paired it with a seemingly 'loud' reptile covered clutch from Narciso Rodriguez and simple jewelry. Nothing drastic that would divert the attention off the dress. 
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

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Senso Sasha Perspex heels

“If you haven't got it? Fake it! Too short? Wear high heels, but do practice walking.
- Victoria Beckham

I am petite. There, I admit it and am proud of it. But sometimes, it is great to use all those available incentives to create some sort of a confidence boost. In this case, HEELS. Ever since I started working, I realized the importance of heels especially when you are at a more petite side. It gives you that sort of quiet confidence boost and it shines through body language. Confidence boost not in a literal sense, but more of a self bolster.
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Sunday, April 12, 2015

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Girls On Film culottes  ⏐  ASOS camisole  ⏐  The Mode Collective Mules  ⏐  Chloé bag
It is safe to say that culottes are having their moment. Well to be fair, they have been having that moment for a few seasons now, but it may be taking you sometime to hop on board this trend. The bold and charismatic silhouette can be overwhelming at first, especially for petite individuals like yours truly. But with so many incredible iterations of the chic pants, I am sold. They have all the benefits of a voluminous bottom, but without the hassle of tailoring (petite girls, unite!). 

So are you loving it? Oui ou non?
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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

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The Mode Collective mules

Mules. They have been the shoes of the season, well for the past few seasons. Once regarded as shoes worn in the garden or covered in maribou for the bedroom. Lately, they have been given a youthful makeover. Stiletto heels, minimalist leather, metal plates, and embellishments has secured the mule as the must have of the season. 

Now, the question is: Is it a trend or a classic?
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Sunday, April 5, 2015

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Céline Small Belt Bag    ⏐    The Gentlewoman Issue 11

Céline Small Belt Bag: I recently manage to procure this lovechild of the Luggage and the Trapeze, albeit a cleaner toned down variation of her parents. Featuring a soft, slightly rebenesque body with, its front flap is anchored with belt-like detailing (and hence the name, I suppose) and topped with a generous top handle. It's definitely a great contender for those looking for something less common and stiff (à la Luggage or Trapeze), the Belt Bag is strangely a classic piece yet refreshing in design all at once. Phoebe Philo's magic I supposed.

The Gentlewoman Issue 11Though the 11th issue, this is my 2nd. Credit for being a tough magazine to find. My 1st issue was theirs, featuring Phoebe Philo who just came out of a hiatus after her stint as creative director for Chloé. That period was all about Phoebe Philo and how she was revolutionizing the Parisian brand. Moving the office to London, changing its aesthetics to functionality and tailoring. Fast forward to the 11th issue with Bjork as the cover feature. I enjoy The Gentlewoman because it celebrates modern women of style and purpose; and offers a fresh and intelligent perspective on fashion that's focused on personal style - the way women actually look, think and dress.
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Friday, April 3, 2015

(1) Mother's collection of vintage bottles and I wish I can steal that mirror.
(2) Favorite spot at home - Persian inspired. I want that lamp for my own perusal too!
(3) Uninspiring but pretty breakfast at LA/PA.
(4) Chai tea latte fix from a cafe below my workplace. Apparently, I am one of the two people who orders it regularly.
(5) I am happy to say that I found my way back to my old love. Reading.  
(6) Procure a pair of Indonesian handmade leather loafers at a local flea market.
(7) Inspiration to date regardless of how overrated it is - marble.
(8) Flatlays.
(9) 5-inch heels almost five days a week. Getting there. 
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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Thoughts: Non-constructive, or it is? The path taken is never easy. Nor again is there anyone who willingly wants to pursue adversity. More than often, such circumstances occur in which toil and pain would procure one great contentment. To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertake laborious physical exercises, except to obtain some advantage from it at the end? Again, who are we to find fault with anyone who chooses to enjoy contentment without annoying consequences, or one who avoids adversity that produces no resultant gain? #life
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