the ribbon of happiness

I’ve always wanted to get a nice sling bag. You know, that one bag which you can carry to parties, midnight movies, brunch, events, wedding dinners, etc. And so I began my journey hunting for that perfect sling bag. I had originally set my eyes on the Chanel mini flap bag, but after countless attempts to beat the crazy queues (yes, we queue for everything in Singapore) to get into the Chanel store; and the multiple futile visits to duty-free stores at various airports, I decided that we’re just not fated to be. That said, I still wasn’t prepared to give up hopes on getting that one sling bag.

So one Friday evening, after dinner with the Atas sister, we decided to pop into my favourite (and trusty) ferragamo outlet at Paragon (after the fruitless attempt to queue at Chanel). To my pleasant surprise, that perfect sling bag, a new collection nonetheless, was sitting in the shop, waiting patiently for me.

And so…. presenting the leetle ribbon of happiness….

I went home a happy girl having paid 1/3 the price that I had originally budgeted for this sling of joy.

I went home a happy girl having paid 1/3 the price that I had originally budgeted for this sling of joy.

New Finds At A Fashion Emporium

I popped into this year’s Blueprint, an emporium for new local and foreign designers, at the F1 Pit Building in Singapore.

Had gone to the emporium last year and find myself a lot of new bands and designs. Also bought a lot last year.

This time, I decided to set myself a strict budget. If there’s anything that I’m undecided about, I shall leave it for the next day. I figured that if I really like something, I’ll be thinking about all day and night… and then I shld get it.

So, with a tight budget of S$200, I took my time to slowly browsed through the emporium and chatted with people about their designs – from shoes to bags to jewelry to clothes.

After 3 hours, I came away with 2 items from OwnMuse Singapore. I had bought from the brand before and really liked their simple designs. Simple yet unique. (Ahead of the trip, I had emailed the dynamic duo behind OwnMuse, Shu Juang and Johanna, and they gave me their booth location.)

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I bought a silk short sleeve blouse (looks like a tee shirt that I can wear dress up our down) and a uber cool drape dress in black and orange.

Here’s what the drape dress look like on a tall lanky model:

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(Picture taken off OwnMuse’s fb page)

These were past season’s clothes but I figured I could still get a lot of mileage from these. At a hefty discount for this event, I certainly didn’t go above my budget. Yay!

Top of the class: Closet GPA

A couple of months ago, I read a really enlightening/intriguing concept about clothes-buying from Sherry Petersik (pictured below) of the popular home improvement blog, YoungHouseLove: Closet GPA: Don’t water down your wardrobe.

Here’s an excerpt from their blog:


Screenshot from YoungHouseLove.com

That’s seriously a brilliant idea! Instead of buying a bunch of mediocre items just because they are on sale, keep your standards high. Carefully curate your wardrobe, buying pieces that only truly work for you.

That advice may mean that I’ll remain less-adventurous when it comes to fashion (such as ultimately returning this coral cardigan), but at least I’m getting the most bang for my buck, making smart, deliberate choices that reflect my style and sensibilities.

I’d say I’m at a 7 right now. Still dealing with a bunch of stuff I don’t wear very much / not absolutely in love with. Boooooooo.

What’s your closet GPA?

Blast from the past: Fashion Plates

I’m probably showing my age here but how many of you have played with this?

Photo credit: Facebook page “Who Remember’s This?”

I spent so many happy hours coming up with creation after creation, dreaming I could be a designer some day (I eventually did dabble in fashion design for A Level Art but dropped it in favour of graphic design ‘cos I really wasn’t very good at sketching figures). What joy Fashion Plates brought to us little girls. It was probably the nurturing start to many a fashionista.

If you remember this, it means two things:

1) you had a wonderful, creative-filled childhood void of computer games;

2) you are as old as k-noona. 😉

Stand proud, my friends!

Web Favorites: Elle’s “Street Chic Daily”

What better way to be inspired than by real people in real cities?

Elle.com’s “Street Chic Daily” segment is full of fashion eye candy, ideas and more… (Such as “wow I would never wear that”).

NOTE: We are neither affiliated with, nor paid/perked by the sites and resources mentioned. We are sharing them purely because we find these sites interesting, helpful and/or relevant to our blog’s primary subject matter.

Web Favorites: WearEverTheWeather

October is such a tricky time here in the US, as Summer willfully hangs on to its last vestiges of dominance, nevermind that it is now officially Fall’s show. Summer is loud, brazen, and the guest that has completely overstayed her welcome. Fall, on the other hand, has been a shy, meek nymph, silently waiting in the wings. She is fickle, and makes fleeting appearances that do no more than tempt you with her soothing touch, bringing a wispy hint of much-desired but unattained relief from the Summer’s blistering intensity.

I’m headed to NYC next week, and as such, I am having the hardest time figuring out what to pack. Layering + sensible walking shoes seem to be the most common advice. I am itching to go full on Fall/Winter, but that whore that is Summer just refuses to leave.

Enter WearEverTheWeather.com: Punch in your destination, the date (only applicable for the next 5 days for the most accurate weather forecast), and the website churns out a list of wardrobe ideas for you!


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Here’s what it suggested for NYC based on the weather forecast shown:

…. And the suggestions for LA:

The coolest part of it all? Just click on any of the items, and it actually takes you to the site you can purchase it!

You can create and save outfits, and even share them with friends.

While the suggested pieces of clothing may not be the most accurate to the actual weather conditions, and some of the suggestions may totally not be your style, I am impressed that there’s a wide range of price points suggested (from Old Navy to Lucky brand jeans) and it’s just so fun to mix & match!

This site is certainly is a great concept, not to mention, it also provides a great starting point for ideas if you’re completely stumped. I will certainly be checking back for my actual travel dates, just for fun!

NOTE: We are neither affiliated with, nor paid/perked by the sites and resources mentioned. We are sharing them purely because we find these sites interesting, helpful and/or relevant to our blog’s primary subject matter.

Feeling blue

Last night at about 8pm, it occurred to me that I needed some accessories to go with this dress for a photoshoot the next day:

Cue a mad scramble, speed-walking to the mall to check out cheap accessories at Forever21, Charlotte Russe and Claire’s before the shops closed for the night. Thankfully, at New York & Co I found these Faceted Triple Drop Earrings:


(Pictured on my new Bottega-inspired clutch thingy)

Sadly, our photoshoot got rescheduled, so everything’s gotta wait. But on a positive note, I really like these earrings and can see myself wearing them again in future. Yaay!