Sunday, July 27, 2014

Walk The Line

Cheryl Wee X KLARRA Bondi Organza set - c/o KLARRA
Platforms in style of Jeffrey Campbell's Clinic - Shanghai
Clear frame sunglasses - Taipei
Socks - Tutu Anna
Cage bralet - Qoo10
Lipstick - Lime Crime Makeup in Airborne Unicorn

If I've blinded you slightly with lines...well, that's exactly the point. Okay I might have gone overboard with in-your-face lines, but sometimes in life you have to be bluntly obvious to bring a point across. How else could I have caught your attention other than re-emphasising the obvious?

Besides the best lighting I could have asked for that afternoon, let's talk about this matching 2-piece set. I'm not sure how I went through the past twenty years of my life without owning a legit matching set other than my school uniform? Recently I have also thought a lot about going back to basics; be it fashion, beauty remedies and sometimes even diet. Some examples include removing makeup with olive oil which is amazing for the skin and body and kind on your wallet, wearing a single colour head to toe, substituting sugar water with citrus infused water...the list goes on but you get the idea. Let me simplify my life!!

I finally realised how immaculate a matching set looks on. Just like how it's timelessly classic to be dressed in a good suit for job interviews, it's similarly smart to be perfectly matchy-matchy over the weekend. This is simplest, or in other words the laziest way to get dressed with no effort at all but of course it's not just limited to its default combi. Made with clean white neoprene, I personally really like the organza inserts as they are very AWang-esque. It's also quite sporty and playful in my opinion as the organza inserts on the skirt goes pretty high up. If you're more conservative, you can layer a sports bra or caged bralet under the top for extra coverage. 

p.s. Just a word of caution to go a size up for the skirt if you are between sizes as it fits very snug! For a moment I thought my zipper was going to burst lol!

p.p.s. Yes, I'm aware that the platform of my left shoe is partially detached. It just broke off like that!! But the shoot had to go on :( Lesson learnt: try not to buy knock offs again. Sorry Mr. Campbell.

Photos by Faith Png of Misster Faith

Thursday, July 24, 2014

My Jeans Are Unapologetic

 Halter peplum top - c/o Dressabelle
Distressed boyfriend jeans - ZARA
Pointed flats - Charles & Keith
Silver chunky chain necklace - Cheap Monday
Lucite clutch - c/o Dressabelle
Lipstick - Topshop in Infrared

"Wah, your jeans tear until liddat ah?" – the typical reaction among people who see me in this pair of ripped-to-death boyfriend jeans. Now looking at it, I admit it was quite silly of me to have paid $80 for a pair. Like how uncle questioned me, "why you pay so much for poor people jeans?", I find myself unable to reason my irrational purchase decision. Um, maybe because I'm not good at DIY? I don't blame them for not agreeing with me but I personally love how an unapologetic statement it makes, especially in man-repelling boyfriend style. Most of the time, I prefer wearing these jeans on stuffy school days when I just want to dress relaxed in a loose tee and sneakers. But we all know thats nowadays, a trendy piece is not limited to its intended look. It's no secret that I love unexpected combinations when coordinating an outfit. And of course, I had to bring my all time favourite – halter style top – into the picture. On my body, I know for sure the halter is most flattering and forgiving my very bony physique. Once you find something that works, stick to it! The conservative neckline juxtapose against the alluring and sweet baby doll waist on the back. Typical Uli almost never lets herself look too delicate...hence those tough chain necklace and flats fit for a gentleman! Just like operas, boyfriend jeans are not for everyone. So whether you enjoy, disapprove or are annoyed at my taste, I still hope this post encouraged you to try out the unexpected. Don't limit to just one look and soon you'll find your wardrobe recycle itself!

Photos by Alia and Jenn.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Clean Citrus

 Peplum off shoulder top - c/o Dressabelle
White jeans - borrowed
Soiree lucite sandal heels - Jeffrey Campbell
Trapeze pearl earrings - c/o O'ORO

As I have pretty narrow shoulders, off-shoulder styles either fit limply or falls off completely. That explains how I'm rarely seen in tubes. Anyone shares the same issue? White they look alluring on bronzed beauties with a toned physique, I pretty much end up looking like a stick swallowed by a massive blanket. Hence, a mash up of structured bustier-meets-off-shoulder-peplum is my better match. In additional, the subtle straps are a great help too! Oh, and the best part is the padded bust of the top which means there's no need to fuss around with unnecessary bra straps. Accessorising with lucite heels and clean white bottoms, the outfit stays light hearted and until fall comes, I'll play around with similar colour palettes. The citrusy colour of the top is an absolute delight to wear in summer, keeping the dainty style practical for a regular day out. Anyway, not many people are aware that I have a pretty hunched back and I tend to slouch a lot, especially when I'm tired. Years of neglecting the importance of a good posture had caused me backaches and an not so ideal back. Just as how getting a manicure done would stop the nasty habit of chewing on nails, perhaps, just perhaps, getting myself into back revealing tops like this would too force a straight posture at all times. #hopeful

Photos by Huiyi.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Powder Blue

Pleated midi dress - c/o Dressabelle
Choker - c/o Dressabelle
Wool cardigan - G2000
Pearl trapeze earrings - c/o O'ORO
Pointed flats - Charles & Keith

We all have those days when we really don't feel like impressing anyone. We always hear of the phrase "dress to impress", but in reality we are only dressing to impress ourselves who have already set ourselves up to disappoint. My favorite part about getting ready is that alone. The time I spend making myself look and feel good is really more precious than how people perceive me. I recently came across a video series What's Underneath by Stylelikeu, which is completely mind altering for me...positively. The series consistently emphasises the fact that the clothes you wear should be your spirit and not a facade. Your body should be a good place to be in because that's "the only home you'll ever have". If you hate heels, ditch it, maybe for a day. Take a day off and enjoy the pavements in your own soles and stop worrying about height. Let your hair down and skip the lipstick if you simply hate how it stains the coffee mug. Be comfortable for a day and realise how much a difference it makes. So by translating my feelings into an outfit, I decided to dress down an otherwise prim dress by tying an old cardigan round my waist – very practical especially when I'm going somewhere cold like the cinemas. I chose flats over heels because comfort was key. The powdery blue is such a relaxing shade for everyone, but nicely contrasted with an oatmeal cardigan for some warmth. Natural elements like the wooden soles of shoes, the pearl earrings and stone choker make good accessories that enhance the overall neutral colour palette. I hope this post gave you some inspiration to dress for yourself. Remember to check out the video series I've mentioned too! I promise you won't regret it.

Photos by Huiyi.
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