Of muted ideals.
After a spate of colour splashes (or clashes), saturated tones and a head-dizzying spectrum of shades, I found solace in a muted, monochromatic embrace. Remember the thesis that I’ve been lamenting on about for months? The submission was two weeks ago and while I’m relieved it’s over, a certain emptiness lingers. It’s a similar lingering thought that exists when you part with a loved one (whether a break up or death).
"Light does not exist without darkness", Dexter quipped in one of his episodes and while that line talks about his inner struggles and harrowing experiences, through which he can finally attain hope, in my case it reflects a state of mutual harmony. Where at times, we engulf ourselves in colour, yet at other times, we seek darkness; time away from the light. They exist together, lightness and darkness, along a continuum, a continuum we hobble along, be it in life or in our sartorial choices.
For now, this is a lull period to scrape away the hostility, the over-expressive crowd and then to finally reveal a shining diamond amidst the dirt. As much as I hate to use the word, ‘the fashion industry’, is exactly that, a speck of dust (sometimes colourful and vibrant but blurry), constantly being polished but struggling to reach a pristine point.
Perhaps, it is inevitable. As much as society aims to rid the world of underpaid workers, overcrowded factories, animal abuse and the like. Perhaps it is the ideal workings of a largely secretive and muted industry. Perhaps.
Images by Fhenny
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Knits & Twists
UK has been experiencing heat waves at 31 degrees (which also means Singapore has been in heat waves for decades, heh) but fortunately for us, rain showers have been offering a decent twist from the sun. Obviously ringing in the perfect opportunity to bust out a beautiful knitted piece you bought but dared not wear in the dreaded humidity. Now’s the time.
The story of the town is that everyone’s embracing all white outfits this season but I still can’t find myself in a sea of lightness, colour is still my thing. It’s a twist from the crowd I’m proud to take. Essentially, I’d be naked without colour, like a skin being ripped off. No one wants to see that (unless you’re a closet Dexter or Jigsaw, hmm).
So, the only thing I’ve surrendered this season are my usual statement accessories for dainty pieces. It’s odd, sure, but in the recent hustle of waking up at ungodly hours I call 7am and making the daily trudge to work, abandoning all chunks of jewelry seemed fair.
The summer break’s close to ending and the summer hasn’t been without twists and turns. From deciding on an internship to planning trips, it’s been a whirlwind alright. Nonetheless, with every turn came an opportunity. There’s no knowing what it’ll be but it’s there, probably hiding in the shrubs, waiting to pounce. Take a brave turn and you might meet the twist in your tale.
I’ll just end here before I start sounding like an assassin.
Guilty of Repetition
In this age of fast fashion, we’re consuming faster than we can use what we buy and often consuming more than we can live to afford. Brand new pairs of shoes are just there, sitting on the shelf, collecting dust. The glossy headlines exclaiming “What’s new!” and “Trending Now!” doesn’t exactly salvage the situation, rather it adds fuel to the already ravaging fires.
Hence, my current broke self has yielded a wardrobe built around favourites that I’m soon going to be wearing repeatedly till their expiry.
My long time favourites run from the same old pair of coloured jeans, H&M heels and my trusty studded bag that has been with me everywhere. It may probably be my own twisted fantasy but this studded bag seems to go with just about any outfit and it accounts for the growing rockstar edge burning inside of me.
Lately, I’ve also begun (re) raiding my mom’s accessories drawer, it’s a treasure trove I tell you (and a maze). Indian accessories are such delectable treats, from the intricate designs to the flawless craftsmanship, it’s like wearing a piece of history. Even ASOS thinks so.
• H&M Shirt & Heels/ Thrifted Jeans/ My Closet Lover Studded Bag/ Mom’s Necklace •
Realistically, everyone should wear pieces in their wardrobe more than once (believe me, I know of people of who live by the wear-once mantra). Always put your creativity to the test and re-work them into different outfits instead of constantly scoping out the next in-trend pants or bag. Fashion should not be a burden or a strain on your finances so if you’re on a budget, recurrence is your best friend.
However, do not confuse repetition with becoming too comfortable or you would be living in the same wardrobe past their expected eras. We do not want that.
Time is Everything & then Nothing | Moment Watches
It’s time to put it out there - I’m quite the fan of horoscopes, true or not, I enjoy reading them and finding ‘coincidences’ with the happenings in my life. As an Aquarius (water bearer), it has been said countless times that we love our sleep and we do like the occasional sit-on-the-couch-and-laze-around days. I’ll vouch for that anytime. It’s just that we think too much and if I could dissect my mind for you, I’m pretty sure it’ll be a tangled mess of thoughts whizzing around every second.
Then came a moment where I was bogged down by time, straddling too many hats at a time but Moment Watches came into the picture at the perfect timing. Even my sentences are conquered by time. I clearly needed help.
Moment Watches have a story to be told, an experience to be relished by the wearer. They celebrate the idea of holding such experiences dear, instead of forgetting them in the midst of the chaos of today’s highly time-constrained world. If you notice, everywhere you go, people are connected to their earphones and handphones, hardly looking up to see the world go by. The sheer volume of information available has made us highly plugged in to the world behind screens - whatever happend to experiencing the physical surroundings, noticing what and who is around you?
It’s time things changed.
The whimsical watch gifted to me represents my life perfectly. Whenever I’m running a couple of minutes late, I don’t see what’s the huge fuss so I’m always telling myself, it’s fine, it’s normal, no biggie, you get the drift. To others, 5 minutes late is an unforgivable sin. I. don’t. get. it.
Sure, tardiness is awful but 5 minutes late because I stopped and smelt the roses isn’t. In life, anyone may be late and it’s perfectly fine. As long as it doens’t become a habit or the level of tardiness doesn’t increase exponentially, it’s fine. Seriously, calm down, folks. Spare a little time to enjoy your journey to work and the next time you’re waiting for a late friend (or me?), look down at this watch and smile, or burst into a fit of giggles, whichever soothes the anger.
Now, instead of bearing water, I come bearing gifts! I’m giving away 2 of these watches to 2 lucky readers!
1. Like Moment Watches on Facebook
2. Like Fashstash on Facebook
3. Leave a comment here telling me how you would spend the time waiting for someone who’s running late.
4. Leave your Name & Email Address in the comment as well.
Giveaway ends Monday (22nd April), 11.59 PM. Giveaway open to anyone living in Singapore only.
To everyone else, there’s a 5% discount if you quote the code, W9ST when shopping online.
AND, if you’re a fan on Moment Watches on Facebook, send them a message directly and you’ll be entitled to 30% off the watches.
Trendy Chic | Hotels.com
Unfortunately, I did not get to publicize (for lack of better words) this look because of a little trip out of Singapore last week and relatively weak internet connection. Week 3 of Hotels.com styling gig was on all things trendy and chic. With trends being such a huge part of the fashion industry, this is still relevant, styling gig or not.
Loving a good pair of printed or coloured pants, naturally, I gravitated towards the section in my wardrobe with a stack of printed pants (mostly floral prints). You may fathom that I own a huge wardrobe, what with sections and all but in all honesty, it’s puny.
The calming blue skies with the dense and fluffy clouds are what I look forward to in Bali. It’s where you can let your mind loose in the vastness of the skies. Hence, with the sky as my palette, I incorporated printed pants which are the current rage and balanced it with a white top to allow the pants to speak volumes. Complete the trendy look with a pair of sky-high heels and black sling for a stylish day out on the streets of Bali.
If you’ve been on the Internet daily and been subjugated to varied flashes of fashion weeks in your newsfeed or social media, you would have also seen this trend taking over everyone’s lean legs. You either love it or hate it, your call.
Still, do not fear these outrageously bold prints plastering your legs but if you do then go for more subtle embossed prints - it might appear illusory but you can bet your eyes they’re there and will not fail to make a statement.
Be wary to stay away from bright, wacky prints and keep the remaining palette relatively neutral for a toned down look you could take anywhere.
G2000 Top/ ASOS Pants/ New Look Bag/ Aldo Heels/ ASOS Bracelet
Finally. Amidst all the other synonyms, tired is one perfect adjective to describe 3 weeks of styling looks but having Bali as inspiration has got me itching for a beach holiday right this instant. The sun, sand, water and wind - bliss.
Where are you heading to this Summer?
Beach Beautiful | Hotels.com
If there is one thing I love, it’s getting into any body of water and which body of water is better than the vast and limitless sea or ocean?
This week for the Hotels.com Styling Campaign, we were tasked to style a look with the theme, Beach Beautiful. Since, I’m no bikini-bod person, I’ve got other tricks up my sleeve to style it up on a beach in Bali. It works just fine, trust me. Since Bali exudes an effortless cool vibe, an outfit for the beach runs in the same vein. Taking inspiration from the lush green of palm trees and the icy blues of the waves, I paired colourful paisley shorts with a loose fitting bohemian top for a comfortable time on Bali’s sunny shores. Lastly, create a picture perfect look with sandals or flats, shades and a nude lip. Now, sit back and let the win tousle your hair.As with all contests go, there’s an aspect on public votes. Please do me the kind favour of hovering your mouse/ cursor over the links below, pressing down and entering an itsy vote for yours truly.
Vote for me here: http://bit.ly/hotels10plus1lookbook
& if you are on mobile, click here:http://bit.ly/mobilelookbook
Voters also receive a 10% discount code to be used on Hotels.com properties!
The voting period is on till 25th March 2013.
P.S. More cool giveaways coming up on the site, so keep a lookout!
Fox-Out Top/ Montegobay Club Sandals/ ASOS Paisley Shorts/ F21 Shades and Cuff
Hotels.com Blogger Styling Campaign
When the prize is an all-expense-paid overseas trip, I’m sold. I’ll do anything, any-thing, to get myself on an airplane and leave the drudgery for a bit. Just a bit.
Like a perfect 4 clover leaf, hotels.com came at the perfect timing and graciously invited me to take part in their blogger styling campaign - I couldn’t resist. Hence, from International Women’s Day, last friday and for the next two weeks, my looks will be up on hotels.com. Though all three looks are inspired by Bali, Indonesia, each look carries a different theme.
This week, it’s glitzy glam and instead of going full on in your face bling, I turned the notch down a little with a mint sequined skirt, after all, we are in Bali not Vegas.
Inspired by the sultry sunsets of Bali and their blue waters, my outfit features a subtle sequined skirt in mint and a loose fitting purple top to go with the calm breeze of the beach. Comfortable heels coupled with accessories are the essential polish on top for a memorable night out.
Now, this is where you come in and what you’ll have to do is to vote for my looks on the Facebook page and that’ll keep me in the running for a trip. It is that simple and it will mean so much (cheesy e-hug coming your way)! Voters will also receive a 10% discount code to be used on any hotels.com properties.
While I love travelling, it’s unfortunate that I’ve yet to make my way down to Bali. Since hotels.com is offering this amazing opportunity to visit the land of intensely sultry sunsets and heaven-on-earth like beaches, winning this would be a dream, a dream I wouldn’t want to wake up from.
Bali, I’m chasing after you now. Friends of the internet, do your bit and help me chase Bali.
The voting period for this look is from March 13 - March 18 2013.
H&M Top/ ASOS Sequined Skirt/ ASOS Bejeweled Cuff & Bangles from Jaipur, India, Thrifted Necklace/ Heels from Germany
Photos by Pavandeep Singh
Girls will be Boys or Boys will be Girls?
So here’s a completely feminized version of a typical menswear piece, the shirt. All you need is dose of pink and some lighter, breathier fabric and it becomes womenswear. I’m not saying I hate it, in fact I love it but the logic in feminizing it is slightly amusing. Just slightly.
The bare fact of it all is that this is still an inspired menswear piece. There has been so much discussion regarding borrowing of wardrobes between the genders and quite honestly I’m over it.
It’s ironic how in an age of gender equality, the female look is deemed insulting on a man’s body. Personally, I find this to be less a male issue than a female one as it’s the appearance that is more of an issue than the sex. So instead of bashing the guys for wanting to slip on a pair of stilettos, why not just ask yourself why has society deemed it wrong for a man to dress as a woman but it’s perfectly alright for a woman to dress as a man? Maybe there is still some subtle or underlying form of gender inequality in the mix?
One day, I will write an epic thesis on this conundrum and blow the lid off this conspiracy. Till then, fashion is the one place where, I feel should have no boundaries and no one else should either. The limits for exploration will be limitless for whoever and for whatever reason. It is only when fashion is not confined to any stigma, that it is fun.
Social stigma? Schocial Schigma, let loose & have fun!
Shirt c/o Cotton On & Cotton On Flats/ H&M Floral Pants/ ASOS Beetle Ring/ Bangles from Jaipur, India, F21 Necklace
The Cotton On sale is still on-going by the way, so right now the most affordable place to have fun with fashion is right there, I’m talking $1-$5 affordable and free shipping. I can completely sense some eyes widening right about now!
Photos by Pavandeep Singh
A Laced Ideal
I’m hoping every one of you got a chance to shop your hearts out at Cotton On Online because believe me when I say the sale is sensational. Where else will you find rompers for $2 and shoes for $5? Seriously, I’m not even kidding, it’s like bargain heaven.
Put the sale aside and you’ve still got free shipping! I just bought more shoes by the way (because you know shoes solve everything).
Most of you or at least some would know that this isn’t my usual look - I’m not really a bun person but I just had to try the doughnut bun thing and I’m actually warming up to this. My neck feels the wind.
I’m also a huge fan of blazers but they’re not exactly weather friendly for Singapore’s
slight excruciating heat & humidity so this lightweight lace blazer is definitely a great buy. Lace, the word itself brings to mind images of night wear, lingerie or if you’re a fan of the Victorian times then think British royalty. There has been such a peak and trough cycle with lace - from being a delicate & expensive material worn by royalty to getting associated with ‘cheapness’, perfectly supported by this quote,
“It is difficult to see why lace should be so expensive; it is mostly holes.” - Mary Wilson Little
and eventually it was relegated to what you wear behind closed doors. This is putting it rather briefly but you get the picture.
Now lace is back and it’s being celebrated with so much fervor across designers. Wear it inside, outside, on top of other lace and in as many colour variations you like. Lace is back with dignity and I quite like it.
Even though fall is supposed to be all dark and gloomy, you could go against it and still play up your dark fall wardrobe with little bursts of colour. In my opinion, bright saturated hues transcend every season - there will be no end to colours.
Photos by Pavandeep Singh
I’ve never been a fan of extremely bright colours per se but over the past few months something just clicked and now I’ve been reaching for bright citrus colours out of pure instinct. I go into a store and naturally gravitate towards the most saturated of colours.
Anyway a couple of weeks back (or maybe a month ago), Cotton On launched their brand new online store for Singapore. In celebration of that, they sent me a few pieces and the first one here is the brightest I’ve ever worn, ever. So bright, it caused a cosmic
flair (flare), get it? get it?
I chose to portray a slightly more bourgeois look to the dress but this could be easily downplayed to create a preppy style with the addition of a pair of brogues and a hat. That my friends, is versatility at its best.
On a side note I think it’s imperative to let you know that I’ve never really been a fan of Cotton On previously (usually due to the quality, which I’ve come to realize is unavoidable for fast fashion). Yet, after being re-introduced to Cotton On from the pieces they sent me, I must say I’m opening up a little - the pieces are in fact well constructed for their price point. So if you’re looking for affordable fashion, Cotton On is probably a good place to look at.
To add to the hype of Cotton On launching an online store, they’re currently having a huge (HUGE) sale where you could easily find pieces between SGD$2-$5! How’s that for affordability? And if that isn’t enticing enough, they’re even giving away free shipping with the code, freeship.
At other times, shipping is at a flat rate of SGD$7.50 and that’s enticing enough for me to not head to the usually overpacked Cotton On stores where the queues for the fitting rooms extend beyond recognition.
Shop online - that’s the only way to escape the mayhem.
Cotton On Shirt Dress/ Gabs G3 in Red/ F21 Heels/ ASOS Bracelet
[By the way, the bag featured here is a Gabs G3 under Galleria Italiana and it transforms into 3 different shapes, making it a highly functional bag. I’ll dedicate one post on this soon because I really like this bag!]
Photos by Pavandeep Singh