Sunday, April 7, 2013

LIPS & LASHES


Forget what you see on the runway, let's talk about good ol' makeup on the everyday women = me and you. After a lil' bit of foundation and powder, the first (and sometimes the only) area I focus on is my eyes. When I run out of time, I would apply a dash of eye liner and off I go. BORRRING. 

I've started to appreciate makeup more (finally) and I realised that I haven't been making use of two underrated areas - lips and lashes. Even in small amounts, they make a whole lot of difference on your face. 

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The first thing that men notice on women is their lips and in red. No, I ain't gonna teach you about attracting men but this is a sign. Our lips is something we should take good care of. With all that talking, smiling and laughing in a conversation, adding a sweet shade of red will definitely do you more good. 

I like Lancôme's Rouge In Love lipstick range. It has a gentle scent and feels very smooth and light. The range has 27 different shades in total and this bright Rose Boudoir colour is perfect for a casual dayout. It certainly makes your lips pop! I like the clean and silver casing that has a tight closure that 'clicks'. I don't have to worry about my lipstick cap falling off and ruining the insides of my bag anymore! 

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Another thing I've learned is that eye liner isn't enough for your eyes. It's great to define your eyes but with a closer look, your lashes are down and your eyed slightly covered. 

I like my lashes to be thick and long. I use Hypnôse Star Waterproof mascara (also from Lancôme). One cool feature the mascara has is two flat and two oblique sides. The flat side is great for coating and the oblique awesome for making your lashes decently long. It's also very easy to change to the different sides while applying. 

I'm not saying you have to apply the lipstick and mascara early in the day. But they have a  permanent spot in my bag, ready to touch up my exhausted face after a day at work. Yes, especially for a night out with my girlzzz! You should too!

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

HIGH CONTRAST

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My t-shirt frenzy is far from over, so is my obsession with purple hair. I'm a proud owner of a local designed t-shirt by illustrator Mojoko and of course, my gradual toned purple hair, see those bright purp ends? I think they look much better then dip dyed. It's more natural since my inner layer of hair is lighter instead of just my ends. Okay! Enough about those two. Here's something new: my shades, a.k.a the two tone SXUC Bruno Black 2023 from Australian e-tailer Sunglasses Shop. Black vs white = love. 

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Mixing prints can really go haywire sometimes, you know, OOT. What I did here was matching a unique print (top) with a geometrical pattern (bottom), keeping a simple colour palette of black and white (see: sunnies) with a little purple, of course! You can go vice versa too but since the unique print looks heavier, I'd keep it at the top. Print vs pattern = love also! Finally, one must not left out my new Dr. Martens badass heels!

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Here's the roundup: SXUC sunglasses, kult Unbreakable's Warrior Tee, Zalora skirt, Issey Miyake clutch and Dr Martens heels. 

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The moment you've been waiting for, my virgin SHADES giveaway! Get ready to own this pair of extremely versatile SXUC Bruno Black 2023 by:

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This is as easy as it gets (coz you know, me loves you) so no excuses not to take part. Contest ends on 18th Apr and is open to all my readers. Yes, every single one of you no matter where you're reading this!

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Sunday, March 31, 2013

LUISA FIETTA


There I was, sitting in front of the general manager of Pedder Red, Luisa Fietta, holding onto my smartphone with the voice recorder. We were at the corner of On Pedder's flagship store at Scotts Square overlooking Orchard Road. Before you get to know this amazing lady, let's rewind a few minutes. 

It was press day at On Pedder and we were introduced the latest shoes, bags and accessories (which I will be sharing my favs with you soon). I haven't met LuisaFietta yet. Then, as we were ushered to Pedder Red's 'Let's Gold' collection, the amiable Fietta appeared and boy was I captivated by her presence. If you are reading this, Luisa, pardon me for being slightly distracted. 

This was what happened in my head, 'I love her style! I must photograph her and share it with my readers! How should I do it? Should I ask her directly? But I may seem a bit too freaky and unprofessional. How about Marie (marketing and communications consultant)? Okay! I'll ask Marie later.' Yes, I had a spurt of adrenaline rush and that was just a small excerpt of the impromptu meeting with myself. 

It was Fietta's energy and vibe that I admire. She's stylish, super down-to-earth and talking to her feels just like catching up with an old friend. So here she is!

I love your hairstyle.

I cut it myself actually. (I literally went, WWWHAT?!) I just cut the sides, keeping front part long so that I can have two different ways of wearing it. Sometimes I will roll my fringe up, sometimes it's down. I'm inspired by Alice Dellal. I shaved my sides before too but it didn't look as good. 

How did you start working in fashion? 

I'm originally from Italy and I studied accounting and finance mainly because my parents feel that it's the safer way to go. I went to work in sales for Diesel right after my studies and spent three years there before moving to their Hong Kong office. Then, I decided to study nutrition in a Hong Kong university before joining the Pedder Group. It has been a year now. 

How many tattoos do you have? 

Lots. They are all on my arms. I like nature and flowers. *started unbuttoning her sleeves to reveal her tattoos* This is peach blossoms. Always need to be surrounded by flowers. 

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When did you first get your tattoo? 

My first got it when I gave birth to my daughter. It's her name. 

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Why do you like tattoos so much? 

It's an expression. There are several ways of expressing yourself. I have strong feelings for my daughter and I like to imprint something visible so it feel more real. My peach blossoms tattoo is an expression of freedom, about rebirth. Peach blossoms are slightly bigger than cherry blossoms and they only blossom for two weeks. In Japanese tradition, it teaches you to embrace the beauty and appreciate what you have cos' sometimes, it goes away very fast.  Just like childhood memories. My roses (tattoo) is about passion. I am passionate in everything I do. I love drawing. Even when I was a child, I draw everything. I like art on my body. 

Do you speak Cantonese?

Xiu xiu (means very little)! Hong Kong is very much like Singapore, everybody speaks English there. My colleagues are always surprised to hear my speak Cantonese. I've spent 13 years in Hong Kong and have learned to understand it better. I don't know Mandarin thou. But my daughter does. 

How old is your daughter?

She's four years old and her name is Viola. She was born in Hong Kong and she speaks Mandarin very fluently. 

Tell me about your style. 

Women now play important roles in the society and they like to feel strong yet feminine. I like a good mix of hard vs soft, masculine vs feminine. And a bit of rock 'n' roll. 

What are you wearing today?

My glasses are Alexander McQueen and my necklace is by Ela Stone. The necklace is perfect: not too shiny and has a clever use of chain and leaves. I love to collect vintage accessories, especially necklaces and glasses from 40s and 50s. 

What is the most valuable vintage item you have?

It's a pair of glasses from 1960s, made of real gold. I bought it from an old vintage shop in London, England. It has thin round frames. Very cool. I don't buy secondhand. I buy old stock that nobody wants to buy so I get to buy all those pieces at their original price sold in the 60s. Some cost about S$100 - 200. (!!!!!) I find really good vintage stuff such as glasses and sunglasses from Germany, London, Australia, both sunglasses and glasses. I like old way of jewelry making. 

How different is tradition way of jewelry making?

It's of higher quality because they are handmade. The makers pay a lot of attention to details, especially the closure. It's perfect. Sadly, they don't have time to focus on this now. 

What do you like about Singapore?

I really like the peacefulness here, especially when you exit from the airport. First of all the cabs are clean, drivers are nice and the road lined with trees are amazing. The big streets and trees are very different from Hong Kong. All the wide streets don't exist in Hong Kong. People here are very friendly. I love it! The trees and weather here make me happy. 

Luisa made me realise something I didn't know about Singapore. Come to think about it, the long straight road towards to airport is the indeed very calming and beautiful. 

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

GIRLS RULE


Diane von Furstenburg is the Queen of Print and Roxy is the Queen of Surf. And when the two Queens combined (channeling Captain Planet), you know what you're gonna get - the Queen of Beach Prints! And more commonly known as the DVF Loves ROXY collection. 

Although I have yet to fulfill my dream of being a surfer gal (I've been planning for a surf-vacay in Australia for years, only succumbed to procrastination. #shootmyself), DVF Loves ROXY's bikinis (S$79 for a top and S$69 for a bottom), beach shorts, bags and cover-ups are enough to make me inspired all over again. 

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DVF's choice of colours and, geometrical and natural shapes used to create the prints hit all the right notes of Roxy's sporty and energetic girl. My personal favourites are the black and white Roxy Maze print (shorts below). Love the playful take on depicting the waves, beach, and the sea filled with Roxy's signature hearts. And of course, the multi-coloured graphic Hopscotch Multi print here with just the perfect amount of shapes and pastel colours. 
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Also on going is the Roxy 'DARE YOURSELF' contest, a global search for the quintessential Roxy girl! No matter where you're from, if you're a girl who's adventurous and is reading this, be sure to sign yourself up. Registration ends tomorrow, 28 March so hurry!

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

ARMY DAZE


Here's something I love about street style photography: You never know who you're going to meet. The unpredictability does make the process more difficult but at the same time it's more fun and spontaneous. 

Jeremy is the tallest person I've met so far. I didn't ask him about his height but he's at least 1.90m tall. An army regular, he sure has a cool sense of style which sets himself apart from his mates. It may be Jeremy's tall physique that allows him (to be the one and only guy) who can pull off drapes, studs and harem pants simply because wearing all of 'em together can easily be too much for somebody other than him. 

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Long sleeves and drapes at the collar doesn't seem too comfy for us, Singaporeans. But Jeremy said his top doesn't make him feel warm at all. The material is pretty thin indeed! Plus, it has just the right amount of drape with an asymmetrical opening at the front. There's certainly a lot of thought put into designing this top. 

Style Tip: For guys to look good in drapes, pair it with utilitarian pants and shoes so that your outfit has a balance of masculine vs (a little bit of) feminine. 

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Here's the roundup: top from Malaysia City Square, pants and watch (yes, it's a watch!) from Bugis, and Lonsdale shoes.

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