CITYSCAPE

Tuesday, March 3, 2015


Love Bonito vest  ⏐ Love Bonito dress  
Abstract prints are a rare commodity and in scuba material, it is a double win. Prints that are of my approval and liking are hard to come by. I don't really stray far from what supposedly is called my 'uniform' of black and neutrals. At most, I would settle with a burgundy hue.  It has been like that for a few years now, and opening my closet is the most boring thing ever. Monotone, and symmetry. Actually, it does not sound all that bad. No?
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THE BORDEAUX BRALET

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Love Bonito vest   ⏐   Topshop lace bralet   ⏐   Wilfred short  ⏐  vintage Aigner belt   ⏐  Chanel bag   ⏐  Elizabeth and James heels
It has been awhile since I channelled the less skin route because half of the time, I couldn't be bothered. However, I would make an exception for this bralet. Ever since Topshop came up with this bralet in multiple hues, other mass retail magnates or small influencers are coming up with their own rendition. But when it comes back to quality and cut, the Topshop original still fares the best. After all, they are the first in the mass produced market.

Thoughts: God I miss vintage stores! Like I really do miss them. Stores that I can go in and  come out experiencing a sense of 'cool' aura. Vintage belts, cheap round sunnies, 90s Levis denim jacket, enamel furnitures... Unfortunately, vintage stores with that disposition is non existent at where I am based or if they do have them, it seems somewhat overdone, not effortless.
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LE PETIT DEJEUNER

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Photo credit: @S.jtyan
Sometimes I do miss the days where I would make breakfast/brunch and plate it nicely with one of my treasured plates from Anthropologie. Nowadays though, these sort of simple pick me ups are hard to come fine. For one, it would take a lot for me to get myself out of bed in the early hours of dusk just to make breakfast. These days, it is pretty much a grab and go sort of thing. Not the finest, but the fastest. I promised myself to make breakfast, the wholesome package, a priority in my life again. I really do miss my mashed up avocado toast with chili flakes, Cafe Gitane style.
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ELA STONE

Thursday, February 26, 2015

It was through my near weekly perusal of the Net-A-Porter website that I chanced upon these handmade Ela Stone bracelets from Paris. The brand is categorized under Finds in the website, which is a presentation of a unique curation of every changing pieces sourced from across the globe. I was having a difficult time searching for a birthday gift for my mother and upon discovering these intricate bracelets, I figured they would be perfect. I got them in a pair to make it into a pair of mother-daughter bracelets. Despite the final figure at the checkout page, I am happy to say there is a story behind the purchase. The colour of the stones, the reason behind the bracelets and the means for the purchase. Mother was thrilled of course. 
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CONCRETE JUNGLE - DATED & NOUVEAU

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Finders Keepers dress  ⏐  Stuart Weitzman sandal heels 
  
Thoughts: Sometimes it is good to see old dated building being renovated and converted to a place of means. Being based in a concrete jungle and surrounded by all the glitz and shining buildings, it is comforting that old structures preserves and stand out on their own amongst its gigantic nouveau neighbours. Location: VCR Coffee
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ABSOLUTE COOKIE MONSTER

Monday, February 23, 2015

Credits: @S.jtyan

The Kitchen Table
Clean lines - Comfort food - Cookie monster sanctuary
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THE DOUBLE KNOT

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Dude & the Duchess dress  ⏐  Senso heels  ⏐ Yves Saint Laurent bag 
Burgundy is one of my preferred hues in the red spectrum - brighter than black but still carries a sense of mystery in it. In terms of color association, it is also reflecting what I am working towards to; authority, sophistication and power. 

I wore this Dude & the Duchess ensemble to my grandmother's house to pay my respects during the first day of the Lunar New Year. This was an unintentional buy while in the mall. Given that my wardrobe consists mainly of the hues of black, blue, cream and grey, I figured it was best to get an attire with a color that associates more to prosperity. A typical Asian belief. 

Random fact but this predecessor Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Besace bag was the first designer bag that I bought with my own money. I got it on markdown at the Holt Renfrew outlet when I was 18 and prayed that my charge card went through. Well it did. This bag has been my-go-to travel bag and I lost count of the times it was dumped under the plane seats and on the school floors. I have always loved it but it sort of gotten neglected over the past few years and I only used it to while making errands. Now, it is kept in my closet back at my room at my parent's place. Using it this Chinese New Year reminded me how practical this bag really is. So easy to throw everything into and so versatile. Sadly, the collection has been discontinued and Saint Laurent doesn't make their bags like they used to. 
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THE SPRING FESTIVAL

Saturday, February 21, 2015

I guess a six-years hiatus calls for a proper post on my Chinese New Year. I spent my recent Chinese New Year eating hot pot with the family, receiving pretty limited edition ang paos, having very unorthodox Chinese New Year dinners in the form of modern gastronomy and Japanese cuisine, truly enjoying my bed, tonnes of red wine and a spa session at a resort nearby. I wouldn't say it is your typical kind of lunar new year celebrations, and despite being unorthodox, it's my way of celebrating. Happy Chinese New Year to you lovely people!
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SLIDERS

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


Whistles pool sliders -

Sliders are not the most attractive shoes in terms of design but they are no doubt the comfiest. It took me sometime to find one with a minimalist touch. I found this pair from Whistles in pale blue and genuine leather. The combination works in the sense that the pale blue brings out the suppleness of the genuine leather, as opposed to the vegan ones. The vegan leather ones look dreadful in pale blue, as though as the surface has been shellac-ed over. 

I love pairing them with casual silhouettes. In a way, retaining a laid-back sports vibe and pairing any statement pieces from the closet with sliders for an effortless take on the day's ensemble. 
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THE KITCHEN TABLE

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Kitchen Table in Damansara Kim reminds me a lot of the culinary culture in Toronto. Modern American comfort food. Simple, local farm to plate, fresh produce. I truly believe that the source of good food is its ingredients. The menu was minimal and straightforward; two pages, one for beverages and one for food. In the bill was the scrambled eggs with tomato jam and sourdough, and the pulled pork with carrot, beet slaw, salsa and sourdough. The sort of food that will put a million dollar smile on any epicure's face. 

Oh,  double plus points for serving Pukka tea. It is a rare thing here at this side of the world. 
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HOT HOUSE PEONIE

Monday, February 16, 2015

Royal Apothic eau de parfum  ⏐ Tata Harper Replenishing Nutrient Complex  ⏐ Aesop Fabulous Face Oil  ⏐  Anna Sui Rose Cheek Color  ⏐  The Tappin Tapir soda water
Every time I walked into Anthropologie, I feel a sense of belonging. I could not really pinpoint how, but I just felt that somehow. I could say in certainty, the procurement team for its stores are excellent. I still remembered vividly the very first time I stepped into the store at Yorkville. Mind-blown, amazed and in-awed. It was as though I entered into my very own wonderland of some sort. Vintage inspired pottery, a great selection of bath products and candles, lace apparels, one-of-a-kind jewelry, and the understated perfumes in pretty bottles. Also, the scent of the store was something to be reminiscent about. 

Ever since I took notice of indie perfume makers, I hardly go back to the mainstream designer ones. For one, the scents are significantly more mild and fresh. One of my favourite perfume creators is Royal Apothic. Its founder, Sean O' Mara chance discovery of an apothecary guide at a London bookstore sparked the creation of this Los Angeles based beaty line. Each of their concentrated fragrances, luxurious lotion and long-burning candles is modeled after centuries-old formulas blended for European royalty. One scent in particular that I adore is from its Conservatory Collection. It's a blend of white lily, lilac, cyclamen and violet with a hint of sandalwood to give it a refreshing and flowery scent. 
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DARK COLOR SPLASH

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Finders Keepers top  ⏐  Finders Keepers skirt  ⏐  Zara blazer  ⏐  Zara heels  ⏐  Chanel bag
I found my affirmation for prints. Not bright cheerful ones, but the dark whimsical ones. I managed to source these two-piece set from my daily perusal of fashion e-commerce sites. I treat this activity as some sort of a market research but I do admit that sometimes it is more for my own leisure and excitement than work. Busted. 
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