I've got a thing for white recently. But white doesn't mean boring, and it definitely doesn't mean plain. My favourite way to jazz up an all white outfit is to throw on gold-toned accessories, the more the better, because hey, you're wearing all white, so you can afford the extra weight, a la Christmas Tree. Or, you could just make sure one of the items is a white printed-something, like my skirt - when I first bought it, I could not stop staring at the multi-coloured birds, and I still can't. They bring to mind Birds of Paradise, all glorious with their vibrant plumage. And then again, you could just do both, like I've done. A good idea, yes?
These photos from my trip to Habitat Coffee bring back memories from summer break, and lazy afternoons spent talking in cafes. The food we ordered (The Big Ben & Mama's Banana Pancakes) filled our stomachs adequately, but I shall not expound further, except to ask the question of 'Why have I not discovered caramelized bananas earlier?'. Besides, give me scrambled eggs, and I'm a happy girl.
On another note: Last Sunday, Singapore bid a final farewell to Mr Lee Kuan Yew, the first Prime Minister of our nation. There isn't much more I could write that hasn't already been written by thousands of Singaporeans thanking him for his dedication, but I'll give it a shot. When I was a child, we used to learn about Singapore's independence. As a child, I used to think he was indomitable, and invincible. Singapore was proud and lucky to have him. I live in a nation barely 50 years old (we celebrate our 50th year this August), but how far we have come. I walk on the streets at night knowing that I am safe, and I receive a good education that is not denied to me simply because of gender or income or any other discriminating factors. I drink potable water straight from the tap, precious water that so many of us take for granted, a resource so dear to a country completely lacking of natural resources. I live in a country with a multitude of cultures, and yet there is harmony. I could go on listing a million other reasons, but there you have it-- I couldn't be more proud to be Singaporean. We are not a perfect nation, but we are progressing. Mr Lee did not achieve all this for Singapore single-handedly, nor was he a perfect politician with perfect policies, but he dedicated his whole life to the betterment of Singapore. And for that, he has my utmost respect. Thank you, Mr Lee, for loving Singapore so much that you gave your all to making her a country future generations can be proud of, a country we are proud to call Home. So just, simply, thank you. Majulah Singapura.
I was in a rush that day, and I did not plan my outfit before hand; in fact, I had not even decided if I wanted to take any outfit shots. I count it as pure luck that the first two things I picked out of my closet somehow matched, and matched well indeed. It's a strange combination that I'd never have thought of before-- navy and peach? They sound worlds apart, and yet. Though I do think that the taupe scallops on the sleeves did help to pull the outfit together, because they go so well with peach. And this pair of lace-side shorts has officially made it to the list of my most-worn items, because it looks so good, and goes with just about everything. Except that my watches keep getting hooked onto the lace, and my heart breaks a little whenever I feel the watch hook snag onto the threads.
But aside from that-- these photos come from my last break from school, and they bring me back to a glorious time of lazing around at home, baking whenever I want to, and just being a slob. I met up with an old friend on this day, and we had a good time reminiscing about the past and talking about the present- it's amazing how far we've come, really. We hung out at Baker & Cook's, where I enjoyed an amazing spinach and mushroom tart with tomato & feta cheese salad, not to mention a delightful pecan pie I brought back for the family to try. I'm definitely looking forward to a repeat trip soon (perhaps summer holidays).
It poured a torrential storm the day we decided to head to Wheeler's Yard for a mini-photoshoot, which made it impossible for us to take photos at the iconic blue wall, or even within the cafe, because the doors were closed and the lighting was dismal. It was unfortunate that on the one day we had time to meet up, it was monsoon season, and the rain did not let up all day. Still, we made do with what we had, and produced this set of photos. It was my first time doing a shoot with Minyi, in my 7/8 years of knowing her, and it was great fun. Nothing beats a whole afternoon spent with friends, despite the gloomy weather. Wheeler's Yard was filled with bicycles, enough to make a non-cyclist like me go wide-eyed, and the food, while nothing much to write home about, was pretty standard and satisfied my cravings for brunch and dessert.
The wild child necklace was a gift from the sister, who turned a glitzy heart-shaped pendant into a wearable necklace for me. I thought it contrasted nicely with the good girl style of my outfit. It must be my second time wearing this top and skirt in a post already, which goes to how how much I like them both, since I hardly repeat my clothes in photos. While the weather is getting much too unbearably hot (yet, with sudden downpours) for me to be going around school clad in a knee-length heavy skirt, at least this outfit kept me warm during monsoon season.
White is a colour I generally shy away from, because of the impracticality on it. But on days when I decide I am brave enough to chance it, I go all out. White top, white shorts, white shoes, white everything, with a nude bag thrown in to make things more interesting. I bought this white quilted pullover the moment I saw it, just because, and then I had to match it with this pair of quilted white shorts in a slightly different texture. My sister described the shorts as waffle-d instead of quilted, but it was interesting to do the texture-play. My shoes are a very old pair bought at least five years ago, and they come with hand-painted designs and floral shoelaces, a remnant of my style from many years back. Accessories were kept minimal and according to the theme, all white and frosty: a chunky white rose ring, silver bands, a simple bracelet, and a very shiny necklace.
Brunch at Lola's Cafe did not disappoint, as usual, and right now I find myself craving their truffle fries and Avocado Eggs Benedict with an intensity. Desserts at Mad Hatter's Cafe did not quite sit well with me- the cheesecake reminded me of mooncake, and the brownie was crumbly and dry instead of moist and dense, though kudos for presentation. Perhaps the best of the lot was the chocolate tart.
Oh, and Happy Chinese New Year! I hope you all gorged yourselves silly on pineapple tarts and goodies and had a well-deserved rest.
(top, Dopestreet Boutique / shorts, The Tinsel Rack / blue crystal necklace, Lovisa, silver bar necklace, Colette Hayman / wristband, Bangkok / rings, Colette Hayman / clutch, Bugis Street / boots, Topshop)
(photos by Aileen)
"Can we do frivolous things in December? Completely absolutely hundred percent-ly frivolous," said one of my friends over text. And so we did. We walked around aimlessly in town for a short while, decided it was time for some good chocolate truffle cake, and then went down to Holland Village to check out Sunday Folks, because, apparently, that's what all the cool kids are doing these days, and you aren't anybody if you haven't had Sunday Folks yet. I am pleased to announce that I have officially tried Sunday Folks, after weeks of staring at mouthwatering photos on my Instagram newsfeed. The Earl Grey Lavender did not really cut it for me (I'm more of a traditional chocolate person) but my friends declared it absolutely delicious. I'm a bit of a wimp when it comes to trying new flavours.
On our particularly frivolous date, I was somehow dressed in the exact opposite of the word: a boyish plaid shirt, nondescript black shorts, simple pendants and sleek leather boots (my only indulgence in this outfit, really). Even my rings were plain silver bands, free from embellishment; just about everything in this outfit is clean cut and androgynous, and it brings me back a little to the days when I was a tomboy and refused to go near skirts. Also, what's interesting about this shirt is that it's cropped- effectively reducing the bulky and awkward amounts of fabric to be tucked in shorts or a skirt, but also eliminating the possibility of wearing it as an outerwear. Oh well- you win some, you lose some.