Tuesday, March 11, 2014

SHOPPING GUIDE TO SEMINYAK, BALI



Okay, it's no secret I went to Bali (you can view it all on my Instagram account). What I didn't expect was that I would spend so much time shopping. There were literally too many boutiques in Seminyak selling lovely resort wear clothing in such bright colours & prints, that I think my brain went into overdrive. I could have spent at least 3-4 days just browsing all the shops & discovering new local labels that were made in Bali.

Well, here are just some of the great picks I found during my short stay. I hope to go back & discover some more soon.

Accessories: 

Jewel Rocks - lovely & affordable beaded friendship brands & necklaces ranging from SGD $20+ onwards
Location: sold in most local boutiques including The Library (Jalan Raya Seminyak No 37)

Joy Jewellery - premium silver bracelets made of trinkets & charms.
Location: Jalan Oberoi No. 41

Random jewellery stores - you can find very cheap beaded friendship bands, bracelets & necklaces made by the locals
Location: street side

Sabbatha- stand-out embellished accessories including snakeskin clutches & bags, and some crazy head gear that attracted me into the store!
Location: Jalan Raya Seminyak No. 97



Clothing: 

Daun & Co - lightweight viscose tunics & dresses that can be used as cover-ups or as casual dresses during the day, made in Bali
Location: Jalan Raya Seminyak No. 6

Buddha Wear - comfortable jersey dresses & tops that are perfect for lounging around at home or when travelling, made in Bali
Location: Jalan Raya Seminyak No. 55A

Lulu Yasmine - Pretty & feminine dresses & tops in lightweight silks, crepes, chiffons that are suitable for our tropical climate in South East Asia. Designed with a European aesthetic. Made in Bali
Location: Jalan Laksmana No. 100X



Lifestyle:

Polette - the quirkest, brightest home & lifestyle items from clothing to accessories & fun gifts for both men & women that will definitely make you look twice. The store is set up in a very fun & funky design as well.
Location: Jalan Laksmana/Oberoi No. 29

No. 11 - All the hippest, colorful finds at the hottest beach club in Bali. The store at Potato Head Beach Club carries brands like Opening Ceremony, We are Handsome & Clover Canyon as well as amazing jewellery & sunglasses under 1 roof. Best of all, you can grab a daybed at the Beach Club after and enjoy a cocktail & sunset with your new purchases.
Location: Jalan Petitenget 80361

Monday, March 3, 2014

HOW TO ACCESSORIZE YOUR OUTFIT NOW


These days, you can't just wear one piece of jewellery anymore- it's too safe & boring. Try these new, trendy ways on how to accessorize & style yourself. Once you've mastered that, you can read our upcoming post on how to mix prints & put them together with your accessories.

How to Layer your accessories:

Stacked rings- Stick with a color theme & make sure the rings match, either all gold or silver etc. You can match different types of rings - bands, diamonds, but they should be similar widths. Preferably stack up to 3 or 4 rings at the most.

Layered necklaces- The easiest way to do is to choose 1 short & 1 longer necklace in the same color theme. It is also easier if they are similar in style, ie. simple chain necklaces with pendants.

Arm party - It's about stacking as many bracelets are you can on 1 arm. The idea is make sure everything matches. Tip: Choose a color theme - gold/silver/colorful/pearls/ black & white etc and match the bracelets around that theme. Preferably use medium width bracelets so that the overall look is not too chunky & overdone.



Accessory trends to try:

Ear cuffs - As someone who doesn't have pierced ears, this is a convenient way to get some ear bling without any pain. I love some of the floral/art deco designs that are in stores these days.

Bodychains - These go well with simple bodycon dresses which need a little bit of dazzle but in an edgy way. This is similar to the leather harness trend but in a more delicate and simple styling.

Chain Bracelets - Simple & delicate, these new type of bracelet connects the chain around your wrist to a ring piece on your finger as well. Another trendy statement piece that's not too difficult to pull off.
Tip: Choose a simple design & continue to pile on other matching rings & bracelets to create a combo piece, or keep it plain with a minimalist outfit.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

BEST OF FASHION WEEK FALL 2014: TRENDS

Time to get a head start with the trends from this season's Fashion Weeks.
Want to be a style star? You can find & wear these items right now. I'll show you how -

Blue
All shades of blue work with almost anyone's skin tone, but this season's cerulean blue was a stand-out. Match with charcoal greys that were also seen on the runway.



Midi skirts
This is the new skirt length for upcoming seasons! Pick from a variety of fabrics and designs (with slit or asymmetrical). But the best thing is to learn how to layer it with an even longer skirt, leggings or thigh high boots underneath.



Sportswear inspired
This emerging trend was everywhere on & off the runway. Use parka jackets, sporty trousers, & sneakers to dress down your look but still keep it fresh.




Checks
Love the look on checkered coats & blouses for this season. Checks are a staple in every guy's wardrobe, why shouldn't it be also in a women's closet? Choose dark-based prints for this for a sophisticated look.


Sheer
As seen in the Marc Jacob's show, this trend is still as hot as it's ever been. You can update your wardrobe with a simple sheer/nude piece that could be worn under a jacket or layered underneath another skirt etc.


Pop Art
Follow this trend by pairing bold, primary colours and bold graphics together. This is not for the faint-hearted, but also shows off your fun, trendy side. Fashion should be fun sometimes right? Enjoy the moment!

All photos from style.com.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

BEST OF FASHION WEEK: FALL 2014/2015

Highlighting some of the standout collections from all the Fashion weeks - New York, London, Milan, Paris.
A handful of these collections were very well-thought out & styled, as well as being modern & up-to-date in today's world, which is more and more focused on fast fashion and street style.



No.21
Designed by renowned designer Alessandro Dell'Acqua, the collection was refined & feminine with a casual touch. Even though the pieces were intricate & embellished, they were styled for everyday wear. There was a great mix of slouchy sweaters or pants with sequined & feathered skirts, which made for an easy contrast.




Topshop Unique
Showcasing a range of greys, blue & greens, the collection flowed with consistency with just the right amount of modern sportswear and relaxed styling. Loved how they layered crop tops on top of sheered long sleeve ones, as well as midi skirts over even longer skirts. It was real, believeable and never boring.



Peter Pilotto
The collection was an array of colourful prints, colorful accents and some very serious color blocking. Love the streamlined silhouettes in some of the dresses as well as the binding D ring details on the dresses for a sporty feel. The confetti-like embellishment on the dresses was also very refreshing.

All images from style.com.

Monday, February 17, 2014

EMERGING FASHION LABEL: SELF-PORTRAIT



From L to R: Illusion Flare Dress, Colour Bomb Dress, Panelled Pleated Midi Dress, Origami Wrap Skirt, Ruffled Up Panelled Dress



Designed by Malaysian-born Han Chong, Self-Portrait is one of the new emerging labels from the UK to watch. Chong was originally part of the team from another emerging UK label Three Floor,  but has since started his own line, which dishes out really edgy patchwork pattern dresses.

Okay, can I say how much I love it? The materials used are feminine with the use of lace & bright colours, but the strategically placed cutouts make the pieces one-of-a-kind. Perhaps you've already seen the Illusion Flare dress on none other than fashion blogger Aimee Song from Song of Style, or in an editorial somewhere. The aesthetic is totally in line with the trend of mixed prints (a definite upcoming post!) and cutouts, and reminiscent of the style of other labels such as Ong Shunmugam and Proenza Schouler. Mixed prints always remind me of those familiar Southeast Asian Batik & Peranakan prints. Having grown up with such patterns & prints from our culture in SE Asia, I think that familiarity always resonates with the local audience here.

Moreover, all the pieces are relatively affordable, from around SGD$300-400 for a dress.
I've picked out some of my favourite styles as above. Which ones do you like?









You can currently find the brand on Revolve Clothing.

All photos from http://www.self-portrait-studio.com.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

VALENTINE'S DAY LOOKS

I must confess I really don't like commercialised Valentine's Day celebrations & what V Day has come to be. I've never been a big fan of embarrassing bouquets, pink and expensive set menus. And I believe that a girl shouldn't have to try too hard (or really, anyone shouldn't).
So for the outfits I picked, it's all about looking sensual without trying to hard, no crazy bright red dresses, no fancy makeup, no "look at me" attitude. But even with these easy looks & your effortless charm, he'll still see you as the lady he wants to seduce.




Slipdresses & innerwear as outerwear are all the rage these days, and these items from For Love & Lemons make them sexy but yet still appropriate to be worn out the house. Play up your sexy side with the side ties and garters that make him wondering what's to come.
Items from L to R: Showoff Slip Dress, Fallen Off the Shoulder Dress, Vienna Off the Shoulder Lace Dress.



Amp it up a notch in the bedroom with peekaboo lace but still keep it classy, with essential bits still covered. Don't forget to add some smoky eyes and sexy stilettos for some extra va-va-voom.
Items from L to R: Iris Off the Shoulder Mini Dress, Lil Kitten Bralette, Fleur Bra.

All items from For Love & Lemons on Revolve Clothing.