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.

Lugging A Laptop

I found a shoulder tote (if there’s such a term) for my 12″ laptop at Charles & Keith recently.

See, I’d been living with a shoulder bag but after adding extra weight like umbrella and battery pack, it got too heavy and bulky. I realised that a bag with shorter straps may work better for me.


(Above pic taken off Charles & Keith’s website)



(Above: my.ThinkPad sitting snugly in the bag.)



(Above: the bag AND ThinkPad after I stuffed in everything else.)


So far, this bag has been able to withstand a week of abuse. Let’s hope it stays strong!

Cole Haan comfort

I had previously blogged about wearing Cole Haan Nike Air wedges for work, and today at Nordstrom Rack, I chanced upon this other pair of Cole Haan wedges that are slightly different than those I own, but for HALF THE PRICE!


Boring as they are, I simply had to buy them, since my shoes (and feet) are subject to so much abuse, I know I’ll be needing a new pair by early next year, and I couldn’t pass these up at half price.

Hey, at least it’s a tax write-off!

Shades of grey

Dreary day. As expected, 2 days to a public holiday, things hit a high. At least i didn’t have to work on anything that’s remotely associated with ISO-whatever and Lean Six Sigma-ish either.

Grey t-shirt from Mphosis

Accessorized w silver gears necklace known as Heavy Mettle by CarrieK Artisan Jewellery

Gunmetal grey mini skirt from Moschino cheap and chic

Sarah from the office had just received her new bag bought online – faux textured leather near-black roomy bag.

And… we’re back!

Ha, I’m on a roll with my posts.This one’s gotta make it to The Closet Closettes, right? They are practically legendary… and they got me through the day when I stood out from the sea of pseudonoonas and took these pretty pictures of His Gorgeousness.


Did I tell ya that he actually saw me because of these 4″ shoes?

During the media conference, the emcee asked him a question about the acceptable upper age limit if he were to date an older woman, and he said she can be 10 years his senior. And that translated to 36 years old. So when the emcee asked: who in the crowd is 36, my hand SHOT UP like lightning and I went “ME, MMEEEE!!!!’, and His Gorgeousness TURNED HIS BEAUTIFUL FACE towards me and laughed. *mortified and hides face behind DSLR* I did EXACTLY what thousands upon thousands of Korean ajummas (aunties) and noonas would do when they react to His Gorgeousness, and I used to laugh at their reactions when I saw it on TV. I couldn’t even capture his smile because I was truly embarrassed. Didn’t help that my friends went “Wah, you forgot you have a boyfriend ha?” *shy* Confessed to the Beefy Boyfriend (henceforth known as Beefy) later that night and he sweetly said: Well, you did get his attention… *aawwww*

Navy blue jacket, matching pants that ended just above the ankle (no socks, that seems to be the Korean fashion these days), a v-neck white T… *swoon*

But, just to share one more picture of His Gorgeousness’ smile. (I just had to show off my photography skills and my smarts for bringing the trusty Manfrotto tripod).By the way, I love what he wore that day. So cool and trendy.

But, since this is a blog about women’s fashion, this was what I wore that day with the legendary red shoes.

Sleeveless black top with graphic lines, black capris and beige jacket, with sleeves rolled. All I needed was a fake media pass to enter the media conference 🙂

I had the sanity to squeeze a pair of flats at the bottom of my camera bag, and the red killers came off my feet almost immediately after the media conference – 10 hours later!

This feat (feet) should qualify for a Guinness Record.

The Korean has landed

So… I’ve decided to be part of this, after much consideration.hehe. Please welcome me!

Looking through the wardrobe as I did my spring-summer cleaning, I discovered that, even though I don’t make a lot of fashion purchases I have built a solid ‘Me’ style over the years with the pieces I buy. You know, sometimes when friends see a piece of fashion and go “It’s so you!”? There’s definitely a ‘Korea’ in the ‘Me’ style, since my recent purchases are mainly from Korea (thanks to online shopping)

[Side note: for the uninitiated, ‘noona’ is a term used by a younger Korean man to address an older sister. As to why I’m koreanoona, please watch this video, featuring former Miss Korea Kim Sa Rang and a then-17 year old unknown Lee Seung Gi in his debut hit. You are also welcome to check out the 100 photos of His Gorgeous Self on my FB.]

Looking at myself in the mirror last Saturday as I was prepping up for the Lee Seung Gi fan meet, it was quite startling to see my current preference:

  • Black eyeliner – check.
  • Wavy brown-dyed hair – check.
  • Full fringe – check.
  • Body hugging denim dress – check.
  • 4-inch killer heels – check

Yup, looks Korean to me.


Anyways… on to today’s choice of fashion. Ironically, all items today are not from Korea.  And it started with this bag.

Had an important meeting later today and wanted to look my business best. But I’d already packed last night into the fuchsia pink Kate Spade (a gift – u guys know I’m cheapo and I won’t ‘invest’ in branded bags right? ;). So what would go with the pink? This grey tweed-print dress with asymmetrical neckline has pink trimmings on them, so that’ll go with the bag. I paired it with a grey cropped jacket. Interestingly, this jacket is designed by the interior designer for my home. She’d branched out to create her own fashion line DYEL. Nice stuff there 🙂

I usually wear this dress with my baby pink heels (a bit about that in another post…) but it’s not the most comfy pair of shoes, so I opted for my trusted grey fabric heels instead (at a sensible 3.5-inch, haha. may have to run around…)

There, I am ready to face the start of the work week!

[p/s: haven’t managed to create my category yet… soon, soon]

Bags galore!

When my sister returned home recently from a 2-week trip to the US, it means one thing (amongst other things)…. we get new bags! This being her first trip to the land of factory outlets, she went crazy with the shopping. And of course we benefit too! Here’s a look at the new additions to my stash (I had to pay for them, nothing’s free!).

For the weekend: Tommy Hilfiger

Casual tote: Tommy Hilfiger

Epitome of elegance: Kate Spade

Cool chic: Coach





Work Clothes

My work outfits fall into three categories:
Smart Casual: Client meetings / consultations
Casual functional: Photoshoots, mainly outdoors and often involves traipsing through high grasses, climbing on rocks and/or wading into water
Dressy Functional: I don’t want to be at weddings in awful outfits that scream “VENDOR”, so we always aim to dress like the guests.

My Dressy Functional staple is a black dress in a suitably ‘evening-ish’ material, paired with the most comfortable non-fugly shoes I’ve found so far: Cole Haan Nike Air peeptoe wedges (similar to these, but not patent).

Here’s my outfit last Saturday.

I have yet to find my ideal wedding photography dress at the right price point (i.e.: not US$200): A-line flare with pockets. I’m toying with the idea of having one custom made from a vintage dress pattern. We’ll see how that goes.

And this evening I had a client consultation, where I got to debut my new “dots” top, worn with a long cardi (from Target) and patent wedge heels – the black version of these red ones. Default Levi’s jeans, $19. I like this bootcut and have 2 pairs.