How to Style a Piece that you avoid at ALL Costs

These are cut-off, straight leg pants from Gap (their 1969 Jeans line). Not wide enough to be funky, but not slim enough to look flattering on a petite girl like me. They were purchased as a half-hearted attempt to buy the perfect jeans – I knew they weren’t what I was looking for but I…

it’s ac-tulle-y an angsty princess dress

I’ve got a confession to make. I’m really careless when I sew clothes. I’m so obsessed with getting it done (so that I can wear it) that I don’t finish edges properly, or forget to check the alignment of details. These are all major crimes! Compare it to not adding salt and pepper to your eggs…

blue with a twist

A few weeks ago, the small second-hand store on Li Yuen Street West in Central was visited by three generations of ladies – grandma N, mama D, and I. What change came over them  – one of whom was very superstitious about second-hand clothing – to convince them to set foot, happily purchase, and have no qualms about…

dressing up is better than emotional eating (?)

After eating a peculiar post-school snack of nattō (Japanese fermented soybeans), cake, and a slice of pomelo, I still felt rather forlorn – (un?)emotional eating did nothing to fill up the strange void in my chest. So I decided, what better way to cheer up than to try on a pair of my mother’s shoes? which of course led…

a miser and her perpendicular stripes

Grr. I’ve got a new addition to my list of pet peeves: traffic jams! They’re really the worst, particularly when you get off school early and you’re practically drooling just thinking about your lunch order. (Which for once will not be the over-greased canteen food of your culinary nightmares). Also if you’re really desperate to…

self-sew skirt

I sewed this skirt a month or two ago from some scrap red fabric lying around. It seemed like something was missing, so I stitched on two rows of blue lines down the sides. It makes it look a little more sporty and fluid, especially down the seams – I think I used the wrong…

tropical-weather denim

Lauded for its versatility, denim is something so popular that it’s recognised around the world- but as I live just above the equator, it’s far too steamy to be on double denim duty. The solution? Find a blue cotton top instead of a full-on denim one which I am 1. Too poor to afford and…

springtime

I got this dress a week ago at Åland (the Korean store in Causeway Bay with everything from necklaces and bags to clothing, hats, skincare and makeup). It’s from a brand called 3.3 Field Trip which frequently makes super cool clothes. There was a period of time spanning 5 days when I genuinely considered wearing…

Nagoya – Gifu – Toyama – Tateyama – Kanazawa lookbook  4/2017

We took a 5-day tour from the 12-16th April through Japan. Our driver was Telada-san and he had more stamina than the rest of us. The bus began at Nagoya and travelled through Seki, Gifu, Nanao, Tateyama, Toyama, Takaoka, Kanazawa, Shirakawa, and Hida. The weather was cold but perfect! The cherry blossoms had opened in…

P-P-Pink

My aunt gave me this vintage silk dress from Tara Jarmon about a year or two ago. It’s got a big, pointy collar reminiscent of Mia Wallace’s (although Mia’s is more clean-cut and crisper), shell buttons and a bronze pattern that resembles the structure of DNA with some imagination. It’s pretty fitted, and admittedly I do…

Flower Power!

When I was younger, my mom often gave me a few clothes to try out and keep. I thought that everything was either outdated or plain weird, and wasn’t able to appreciate their beauty until recently. I’ve been trawling through Topshop catalogues, Net-a-Porter and visited some high-end boutiques, and realized just how many brands use…