02 October 2014

lust list IV

winter wishlist


 an update on my lust list for winter. i think my list is quite conservative this time, considering that all i plan to be wearing the entire winter is jeans/pants, sweaters, coats and boots. not all the items are out of my price range either and with my birthday and christmas coming up, i think the list is quite achievable!

1. black fur jacket
this has been on my list previously and has been reignited with the incoming cold weather and the most recent collaboration between altuzzara and target. my only hesitation is the fake, cheap material (because sweat) and my husband has said i might look "a bit scary". the jury is still out on this one...

2. beanie
i think i actually need one for winter. loving wool and the gang's zion lion and so tempted to get the beastly boys beanie.

3. culottes
i want a more structured culotte, like maybe this one from whistles. you wouldn't believe how hard it is to find a pair that is black, structured and affordable (suggestions welcome).

4. sweaters
i have slowly been stocking up on sweaters in preparation for the upcoming london winter. i detest the cold! the cashmere and merino wool selection at uniqlo is pretty awesome, but i've actually been delving in the men's selection.

5. white shirt dress
classic, work, play, any season. i love this one by acne, but i went with this one by cos as it was a little more in my price range.

6. christmas jumper
i'm hoping this christmas will be a white one, but even if it's not i will be embracing a cold christmas with all the enthusiasm i can muster. of course, that means a cheesy, novelty christmas jumper is a must. i intend to buy everyone in my family one as well.
7. black ballet flats
can you believe i don't own a pair? i have finally decided i will get the porselli ballet flats, as i have read so many reviews and comments about how amazing they are.

8. long grey cardigan
also very practical for the upcoming winter season. i love this one by acne.
10. flat boots
i have my heart set on getting some chelsea boots and have fallen heavily for these ones by church's. saint laurent's version are pretty incredible, but unfortunately almost double the price. maybe i can wrangle my husband to buy me an early birthday gift...

what's on your list for the coming season?

30 September 2014

double or nothing

shirts: cos, asos boxy shirt | blazer: allsaints | pants: jac + jack | heels: whistles

here's another challenge for pushing the boundaries of workwear: experiment with different lengths.
i recently added this long cos shirt to my repertoire, which doubles as a top and a dress (for someone short like me). a white shirt dress has been on my list for a few months now, so pretty happy to be able to tick it off with something relatively affordable (had my eye on this acne one).
some things to try: layer shirt on shirt. i layered with my asos short sleeved boxy shirt. wear it done up or undone to create a really interesting layered effect (now that i look back on this, i kind of look like a barrister...). the double collar looks awesome, in my opinion.
put a blazer on it. the unexpected longer length of the shirt peeking out below the hem of the blazer creates quite a feminine and lengthening effect.

add a cropped sweater. the differing lengths of the sweater, the long shirt and the blazer will display your layering prowess to the max.

*note my hair is not blonde again. these were taken a week or so ago.

29 September 2014

oh, mama


oh my gosh! look at these! they. are. amazing!
i really do not need another pair of black ankle boots, but that doesn't mean you don't. please, someone get these and then i can live vicariously.
those knee highs are really calling my name. maybe i will wait until they are... 70% off...
i am salivating right now.

26 September 2014


these 2 items have fast become staples in my wardrobe. the trench has been perfect for the current trans-seasonal weather and i have pretty much worn it everyday for the last 2 months. the clutch is the perfect size, fitting everything i need without being too cumbersome. plus, the colour makes me rather happy.
happy weekend!

24 September 2014

my mood

warm sweaters, grey hair, work wear and stockholm.
images via pinterest

23 September 2014

20 things

dress: gillian tennant | watch: vintage cartier (dad's)

so this is my new hair. i wanted a dark chocolate, but i think the colour is more like when a white girl tries to dye her hair black. white girl black hair... i miss being blonde.

on another tangent, tash (@beachsidemama) tagged me on instagram to share 20 things about myself. i thought maybe it would be information overload on instagram, so decided to share here instead.
1. i was born in malaysia.
2. i drive a VW GTI and i think it's the best car ever.
3. i squeal every time i see a french or english bulldog.
4. i love singing. if i could do just that for the rest of my life, i would be very happy.
5. i am a lawyer and let's just say it's a bit of a love-hate relationship. more hate.
6. one of my favourite movies is aladdin. it may or may not be because of princess jasmine.
7. i play the piano.
8. i love reading. mainly fiction. my top books would have to be: the obernewtyn series, gone with the wind, wuthering heights, the book thief, the hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy, the picture of dorian gray, the bell jar.
9. my favourite flower is the rose.
10. the one thing i like most about my body is my lips.
11. i feel very strongly about the use of abbreviations when speaking.
12. i love dancing to hip hop, especially if it's from the 90s.
13. if i could eat one thing for the rest of my life, it would be teochew porridge.
14. summer is my favourite season.
15. i have a girl crush on jennifer lawrence.
16. my favourite holiday destinations so far have been new zealand, japan, margaret river, turkey, thailand and new york.
17. i find the thought of motherhood completely petrifying.
18. my drinks of choice are coffee, gin & tonic and red wine.
19. before i go to sleep at night, all the cupboards and drawers in the room have to be closed properly (ocd much?).
20. my faith is everything.

20 September 2014

last goodbye

sunglasses: le specs ziggy (on sale!) | dress: secret south

 today i said goodbye to my blonde locks. it's been 5 fun months of being as close to looking like barbie as i could, but my hair is dying (dyeing, ha). it's been breaking about 1/3 down the strand, which i suspect is the point at which the initial bleaching began. i now have tufts of hair sticking out here and there! i finally bit the bullet after my husband told me it was time. i was in denial for a while and thought i could get away with reverse top deck, but alas i don't think i'm cool enough to pull that off.

my last thoughts:

1. being blonde means less makeup. going all out on the eyeshadow really did not work for me, whereas with black hair it was never a problem. red lips also looked really different and i found i had to wear simple clothing to offset all the colour. maybe i felt there was too much going on around my face or that the hair highlighted the makeup.

2. people stared more. i noticed this a little, but my husband said he noticed it a lot. i think people were more bewildered by the odd combination of asian blonde than stunned by my beauty (i wish).

3. it made colours pop. pinks and blues worked wonders with the blonde.

4. being a blonde is hard work! i had to get my roots done every 4-5 weeks, each session lasting approximately 3 hours and costing around £100 or so. i washed my hair only twice a week, each time washing with a colour shampoo, a violet shampoo (leaving in for 3-5 minutes) and a treatment (also leaving in for 3-5 minutes). after towel drying my hair, i would then rub through some leave-in conditioner.

5. i'll be back. i miss the blonde already and it's only been 9 hours. my husband keeps gunning for grey, so we will see once my hair makes a recovery.

19 September 2014

the chelsea boot


 i'm calling it. the chelsea is the boot of the season.

everywhere i go in london, there is sure to be someone wearing a version of the chelsea boot. they are the classic boot - go with everything, understated and easy to pull on and off.

i absolutely love these ones by church's which may already be on my wishlist...

18 September 2014

bonjour paris

our weekend in paris was so much fun. we met up with some good friends from perth as well as our parisian friends who took us around. paris through a parisian's eyes is 10 times better.
we stayed in the marais, which is by far my favourite area in paris and boasts such cute cafes and shops. the weather was absolutely perfect bar the final day, which "forced" us into the shopping centres for some "shelter" and incidental retail therapy.
we did lots of things i had never done before in paris:
we explored late-night montmatre, we saw the sacre coeur, we strolled through the luxembourg gardens, we rode bikes to dinner (and i may or may not have fallen on a truck) and we partied late into the night with hip parisians at an outdoor bar.
see you in january, paris!

16 September 2014


shirt: cos | jacket: nom*d | skirt: nom*d | boots: acne star | clutch: givenchy antigona pouch | sunglasses: karen walker

i wore this to brunch yesterday at the providores and tapa room. pretty posh. food was good, but not great. also, they charged us a cover charge and a service charge - what's with that?! (rest assured i left a few of my thoughts regarding that on tripadvisor)

anyway, i was pretty proud of myself for making it out and almost lasting the whole of brunch while sick with cold and feeling a bit cloudy in the head. might as well try and make the most of the "warm" weather in london while i can.