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My Thoughts On: The Luxury Label | Why I Don’t Buy from Designer Brands

If you know me in person or have been reading my blog for awhile, you’d know that I don’t buy or wear luxury brands. To be completely honest, in fact, I’m rather clueless on most brands high-fashion. And I get questions–criticism, even, about how I can own a fashion blog when the closest I’ve gotten to high-fashion is probably Project Runway…

To me, it’s more than just a matter of taste and preference.

Perhaps it’s partly of the way I grew up…though I am lucky. No one in my family was born into money, and that includes me. And so I am conscious of how it feels to barely have enough. To have a mom working full-time, two jobs a day (and night) to put food on the table. To be living in a room of a house that belonged to someone else. I try not to take it for granted that I now can live (more than) comfortably.

I think I used to brush off the idea of me ever paying for a branded item like it was dirt on my shoe, never really noticing how offensive that could’ve been.  Maybe I felt guilty for even thinking about owning a bag that was more than someone’s monthly salary. Maybe I thought resisting luxury was in a way humble and modest. Maybe I was just afraid that it would make me look materialistic.

It’s ironic how on the flip side, some of those who boycott luxury brands are the ones with the superiority complex instead.

A family friend once gave a two-toned silver Mulberry bracelet cuff (God bless his poor soul) to a fifteen year old me who couldn’t see the beauty in simplicity of that bracelet and chucked it into a corner of her room. It was rather costly too–he made a point to tell me so…which instead of making me treasure it, for some backward logic, made me reluctant to wear it out. What if I lost it? What if it got scratched? But most of all, why would he pay so much for a bracelet as plain as that?

But now, two and a half years later, it’s one of my favourite pieces of jewellery I own. And I’m proud of its origin.

The price means nothing. Well…it means something. But it’s all subjective; to who is paying, what it’s really worth and the value the buyer has personally placed on it. $100 to someone could be peanuts to someone else.

If I like a dress, I like it. If it’s pricey and I know it’ll make a dent, I won’t get it. There’ll be other dresses. If it’s pricey but I know it’ll be worth it, I will get it. If it’s $5, even better. It’ll look the same–whether I pay a fortune or get it for free.

Every time I splurge in Topshop, it’s good to remind myself that it’s probably more than what my mom would let herself pay for a pair of shoes. But I have an option. And for as long as I choose to relish that option, I will be grateful that I have it.

My dad took me and his family out to dinner at Great World City the other day, at which the bill came up to about $200. He then took us shopping in Royal Sporting House and Zara which collectively added up to another $500.

I asked if he was doing well at his new job. He must’ve been, surely, if it didn’t hurt to spend almost a thousand dollars in one evening. It didn’t hit me until a day later why I was still feeling so bad. Maybe his love for me gave him the illusion that his pockets were deeper than they really were.

It’s a given. Parents just like buying stuff for their kids or at the very least, like to see them have what they want.

So perhaps until the money comes from my own, I’d try my best not to develop a designer bag addiction…

Putting that aside, it’s hard not to take notice of these brands when I’d, in recent years, been among a more affluent community and culture. And I can’t say altogether that I haven’t cozied up to the idea of owning my very own Céline mini luggage handbag or Chanel 2.55, or that I don’t sometimes envy those who do own them.

Still, I don’t find it worth it.

It’s not that I don’t admire the design and workmanship. At times, I really do. But for me, I don’t think it’s ever actually about the bag.

I will admit right now that if and when I were to buy something branded, it will be because it’s branded. Because if it’s the design that I want, I could find it elsewhere for a fraction of the price.

I think I enjoy finding a “meaning” in every tiny thing just as much as the next girl. So what I’ll really be paying for when I finally choose to get one is the feeling of authenticity, exclusivity and maybe even accomplishment or reward.

There’s a certain sense of maturity and sophistication one feels when they are able to (and I mean, truly) appreciate high-fashion. It’s like the gourmet food of fashion. Your taste buds finally agree that red wine and foie gras taste absolutely delightful and suddenly you feel like a class A adult. Or maybe that’s just me…

I’m sure that when you’re paying for the brand, it isn’t just for the brand–and all the glory that comes with owning it. You’re also paying for quality. Quality that perhaps a cheap knockoff you get from a street-side cart could never give you. Forget the tears in fake leather or discoloured fabrics, this authentic, carefully crafted work of art could last you at least a decade.

But then I think about it…

Do I really want this bag for a decade?

Fashion comes and goes. I can barely commit to a hairstyle for more than two years, much less a handbag for ten. If I’m going to pay (or more accurately, make my parents pay) so much for something, I’d want to make sure that I actually use it and not just wear it while it’s hot and then after, leave it in my closet never to be seen again.

I’m seventeen. I change my mind. About everything. What I like to wear, how I like to wear it…hell, my favourite colour changes every year. (Apart from black. I will always love black. So maybe that’s a start.)

 Keeping that in mind, I could live with myself if I got a designer knockoff. I don’t feel that it in any way gives anyone reason to see you as inferior–especially not yourself.

It’s kinda (though not at all close, haha) like getting a temporary tattoo before you get the real deal. That way, if I decide that I don’t like it anymore, damage it or even worse, lose it…I wouldn’t feel the pain of seeing $4000 fly out the window.

Alright, at some point in here, I’ll have to give credit where credit is due. The best designers are known as just that for a reason. They produce beautiful, unique and sometimes timeless pieces of work and there’s no reason not to be successful for that. If I could create something that millions of people wanted to get their hands on, who’s to say it shouldn’t be worth that much?

But, fashion influences fashion; imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, right? I read this article titled Why Knockoffs Are Good For The Fashion Industry, and if you’re one who’s against buying knockoffs or disapproves of those who do, try chewing on this.

Nonetheless, it’s the time of my life when I’m thinking about my future and what I want to do as a career during which, I’ve come up with 2 things:

1. I want to write. I want to change minds and create sentiment where there seems none.

2. Fashion, music and design will always be a part of my life in one way or another.

That being said, I’m more than keen on learning all I can about the fashion industry in time to come, even the parts that intimidate me; especially the parts that once seemed out of reach. I can’t promise that I’ll be as well-versed in everything fashion as your other bloggers out there, but I can promise that I’ll try my hardest to stay grounded along the way.

And so I shall wait.

I shall wait until I know I’ll take good care of it. I shall wait until I can understand fully how fortunate I am to enjoy things some can’t. I shall wait until I’m sure that indulging in something pretty and waaaay over-priced is not going to turn me into someone different.

But make no mistake, that day will come soon enough.

A x

Australia 2014; Photo Diary & Where-To-Gos

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So I went back yet again this year to Melbourne for a vacation and yet again had the time of my life (apart from a couple of food poisoning attacks which I shall spare you all the gory details of).

I only titled this post “Australia 2014” and not “Melbourne 2014” because I spent a considerable amount of time in New South Wales and out on the Great Ocean Road. I can’t put my finger on it, but something about Australia and the rustic charms of her countrysides and spirited allure of her cities that make me feel more at home than I am in my own bedroom.

 I found myself incurably attached to my camera with its black lacey strap wrung around my wrist and my finger perched on the shutter release–just in case something interesting pops up. And so it was…for the entire trip.

Forgive me, for I am still a novice behind the lens.

 You had to be there, because I doubt my pictures would ever do it justice. But then again, it’s hard to take an ugly shot when whatever you’re taking a shot of is absolutely stunning.

Do watch the video that I’ve put together of my trip (which I will put down below) and I really hope you’ll like it!

Anyway, I’m obviously not an expert at all things Melbourne–not even close–but I did come up with a list of places to eat at and visit, just from my own experiences and what I enjoyed best. Hope this could give ideas to any of you that may be traveling there in the near future!

For Food

Like true Singaporeans, we sought out the best cafes and restaurants in the city (with the help of local friends) of which I have 3 recommendations:

1 – Rockpool by Neil Perry
An elegant restaurant by the Yarra River that has a great ambience and reasonable prices given its “celebrity-chef” factor. I tried the seafood pasta here and I can honestly say that that dish alone would be enough to bring me back every time I’m in town.

2 – Conservatory at the Crown Casino
So I dined at this restaurant on Friday evening, when they have a special weekend buffet for about $100 pp. Rather pricey, I’ll admit…but they don’t stinge on the good stuff. Almost everything from sashimi to lobsters, steaks and asian noodles. It’s a definite must-try for me!

3 – The Night Market at Queen Victoria Market
Only on Wednesday evenings, the market is lined with exotic food stalls and quaint hand-made souvenirs and much more. It can get a little crowded, and you may leave smelling like smoked duck and wine, but it all adds to the rustic experience that I love.


For Shopping

And it goes without saying that I went a little crazy… So you all know by now that I’m not really one for exclusive brands and I do enjoy my street and high street fashion stores best. I went to the malls that had all your typical brands and tracked down all the factory warehouses in godforsaken parts of town. And to make your lives easier if you are like me, I’ve compiled a list of the best places to shop at (pre-scoped for you by yours truly).

1 – Bridge Road
One of my favourites because of the “brandless” and unique shops that have all the fashion forward designs for a fraction of the price. It has a similar concept to Haji Lane here in Singapore, or Chapel Street in Melbourne (but Chapel St is more for up-per markets and fat-ter wallets). Along this old-fashioned row of shops was where I found the Cotton On factory outlet that literally had nothing over $30 storewide with shoes selling at $2, and numerous 10DOLLAR stores where (I’ll admit, had some really hideous stuff but) you can pick out two or three items that are more than worth your money and time. You can also find tons of cafes and restaurants that are perfect for taking a break in between credit-card swipes! Sadly, many of the shops are beginning to vacate because the rent is too high and not enough people are aware of this street for it to do well, so go soon (before it becomes just another road)!

2 – Highpoint
It’s my favourite mall, I feel. Kinda equivalent to Vivocity in Singapore. It’s a little out of the way, but has literally everything under the same roof (not to mention a cinema and tons of places to eat). So here you’ll be able to find the usual Topshop and Zara, Australian-originated fashion brands like Bardot and Sportsgirl, as well as cheaper discount stores that are almost always on sale. You could spend days in this building.

3 – Direct Factory Outlet
(at South Wharf & Essendon)
This is where all the rejects go…the clothes, not the people. Samples, end of season’s and faulties all go here to be sold at usually less than half the price. Most of the time, if there is a fault in the item, it’s barely noticeable. You’ll be able to live with it a lot better knowing you paid less anyway. Here, you can find many sportswear brands like Nike and Adidas, fashion brands like Dotti and Bardot, and lower-end, quick-fashion street stores like Factorie. I went to both the DFOs at South Wharf (by the Yarra River) and Essendon (near the Airport). I have to say I prefer South Wharf just because it’s nearer the city, people are nicer, it’s closer to accommodation and closer to food. But it is extremely crowded on a daily basis so if that’s not for you, then Essendon may be better.


For All Things Tourist-y

I feel like I’ve done one too many touristy things during all my visits to Melbourne from visiting all the museums in the heart of the city to travelling out to Phillip Island to watch a parade of penguins waddle back to their little penguin families. But there are a few places that I would gladly re-visit–on a vacation or on any ordinary given day.

1 – Melbourne Museum
I do love my museums…and this was a classic, must-see museum if you’re in town. Besides the museum itself that has all the elements that a good museum possesses, the area it’s in is populated with budding musicians busking on the grass with their bands and banjos. The exhibition hall nearby also seasonally houses interesting stores selling interesting things (that are sometimes edible) with street food trucks parked outside–an all round pleasant in and out-of-museum experience.

2 – Immigration Museum
This museum I visited on my latest visit to Melbourne and stuck out to me out of the other museums I’ve been to. It’s interactive, modern and housed in the historical Old Customs House. It showcases stories of Australia’s immigration history in unique and engaging displays.

3 – Melbourne SEA LIFE Aquarium
Though it couldn’t compare to Singapore’s own aquarium in size, I quite enjoyed the trip to the Melbourne aquarium this December. There were a lot of unique displays and viewing areas (that were obviously catered for young children but I relished just the same). The one highlight of the aquarium, I’d have to say, is the massive 18 feet crocodile (approximately 3 times the length of James Franco, Harry Styles, or Brad Pitt–whatever floats your boat) that they had captured not too long ago and affectionately named Pinjarra. Shivers.

4 – Great Ocean Road
So this is about a 2 hour drive outside of Melbourne (depends how fast you drive) and takes about a good day or two if you plan to have a good look-see. I went with a tour company that took us to the 12 Apostles, BBQ lunch by the lighthouse, koala spotting and bird feeding and  down to the beach all in one day. And like the true adrenaline junkie I am, I went for a scenic helicopter ride over the 12 Apostles and Great Ocean Road which, up to date, has been the most fun and amazing thing I’ve done–ever. It made jet-skiing in Batam and water rafting in Phuket and bungee jumping in Africa feel like child’s play (I’m exaggerating, those gave me quite a rush as well). A definite must the next time you visit Victoria.

So that’s about all I have compiled from my visits to Melbourne/Australia. I can’t wait to go back again, though I doubt it’d be anytime soon (because next year is hell year).

I do want to make a special mention to all the buskers that I had the pleasure of watching while I was there who not only impressed but inspired me greatly. And one musician in particular whose music resonated with me and my own ideas of how I’d like the music I make to be–whose gentle guitar sounds and hums pulsed through my head even ages after I’d left the street.

If you like Ben Howard, Bon Iver or Matt Corby kind of music, I’d highly recommend you to check him out. If you don’t, check him out anyways. His name is Max Fotheringham (bought his album off his guitar case on Bourke Street and realised you can’t really find it online).

But he is the lead singer of the band Amber Isles (link below) whose music I also love–and can listen to for free. Their sound mildly resembles (or at least, reminds me of) Vancouver Sleep Clinic and M83.

So I’ve come to the end of my post. Hopefully it won’t be too long until I see you next but until then, have a merry merry Christmas and a joyful New Year!

A

Amber Isles: https://soundcloud.com/amberisles

Australia 2014 Video Diary:

How to Pack for Vacation (for the fashion conscious lazy person)

Hey guys! I know it’s been awhile since my last post but hopefully I’ll be posting more often now.

I’m just going to go ahead and assume that most of us are on holiday already and if not, are going to be on holiday soon-ish… Anyway, I’ll be off to Melbourne in a week’s time and I have yet to pack my bags because I am, well, lazy––but I am also particular about what I wear there so I am against last-minute packing.

God knows I love organising information so I just thought that this post would be a nice way of sharing with you guys how I go about packing and planning outfits for a vacation (just to make things easier for me while I’m there). And also, how to pack to make the most out of a limited amount of clothes and accessories and look stylish with minimum effort!

Just some tips to start:
– take into consideration the nature of your holiday (e.g. mostly relaxing on the beach, a lot of walking through the city, long car rides)

– remember items outside of your regular outfits that you may need depending on your holiday activities (e.g. yoga pants, swimsuit, hiking boots)

– research on the weather and climate of where you are going beforehand so you’re well prepared

Now, we’re ready to pack!

1. Set a Frame

So if you usually don’t even know where to start, this is a really good way to begin choosing items to bring along. I like setting a “frame” or two for my outfits (more, if your vacation is longer). What this means is that I choose a couple pairs of shoes that are appropriate for wherever I’m going and whatever I’ll be doing, and match them to one bag––and there we have it, a frame to work within.

If you have, maybe, a watch or a certain necklace that you always wear without fail, include that into your frame. After the frame is set, choose clothes that complement and go well with the frame.

This helps a lot in preventing situations where you realise your dress doesn’t match with the shoes or your bag doesn’t match with your jewellery.

So for example, if you’re headed to a tropical island getaway, your frame could be as such:

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And then you can start filling it in with clothes that fit the frame:

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While if let’s say, you’re going to a bustling city during winter, your frame would probably include a warm coat. And since people  usually only take one coat along with them, they’ll be wearing that almost every day so the frame could be something like this:

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And filling it up could look like:

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Or maybe if you were going on a farm stay in the country side, and you could be going for the softer, more feminine and comfy kind of look:

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And if you filled that up:

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As you can see, you are able to create a variety of looks that are still cohesive using the same “frame”. Remember that things like shoes, bags and outerwear are bulky items and take up a lot of space in your luggage and you won’t want to bring too many of those. Therefore, you’ll want to make sure that most of the clothes you pack will match with the one coat, or the couple pairs of shoes that you take with you.

2. Pick a Colour Scheme

When packing for a holiday, it will always make getting ready a lot easier and quicker if you have a designated colour scheme that you are working with. This helps prevent clashing colours or patterns and increases the number of outfit combinations that you can choose from.

As you can tell in the three “frames” above, I’ve worked with a different colour scheme each.

For the beach holiday outfits, I worked with lighter shades of blues and greens, and incorporated a lot of whites and light greys. For the winter city outfits, I used darker shades of reds and greys, and used a whole lot of black. And lastly for the countryside outfits, I used beige that complemented navy blue really well, and set a reddish-brown for the base of every outfit.

The colours all depend on personal preference (what you like and what likes you) and sometimes, the context in which you’ll be wearing them.

Personally, I like packing majority neutrals (e.g. white, black, grey, beige) and then throwing in some statement pieces within my designated colour scheme (e.g. red tartan, blue velvet, denim).

Sample colour schemes:

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Usually, for those holidays that are about a few days long, I stick to one colour scheme while the lengthier holidays give me room to work with one or two more.

Explore the infinite range of colours and decide from there how wide or narrow you’d like your scheme to be. Remember that many shades of blue can blend into green and many shades of red overlap with purple etc. You can even form a colour scheme based on pastels, or neons etc. instead of just individual colours.

Be aware of what colours look good together to you and which colours definitely do not match. For example, to me, neon colours (like in sports/athletic wear) look best with solids like black, white and grey, and look absolutely hideous with earth tones like brown or red (shown below).

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vs.

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Gold & Silver

I’m also extremely particular about matching all the metallics in my outfit from my rings and necklaces all the way to the buckles on my bag. (Basically, if my bag has gold studs on it, I wouldn’t wear a silver necklace.) I rarely (never) mix metals on a regular basis so I like to maintain that while on holiday as well.

The neutrals like white, black and grey work with both silver and gold (and everything in between) while pastels typically look better with silver-toned jewellery. Take note of what looks best on you and incorporate that throughout your outfits.

Here’s how to figure out what looks best on you according to your skin’s undertone!

3. 3 Ways

I’ve always liked the golden rule of three… So after deciding on the first outfit that will be going into the luggage, try using one component from that outfit to create three more outfits. And from there, pick another item from those outfits to create a different three.

Choosing versatile pieces gives you flexibility and opens up the possibilities to choose from. It’s also handy in those day-to-night situations where you need to get changed quickly from a day event to a nighttime event without completely starting from scratch.

Here’s an example of how a neutral, black basic halter top can be used to create different looks:

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And then using the same grey skirt from the last outfit:

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And using the same crop top from the last outfit:

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Or the same white trousers in the middle:

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And here we have it, 12 different outfits using 5 bottoms and 5 tops.

If you noticed, I also stuck to the colour scheme of monochrome and pastels across all twelve outfits.

While on holiday, you may have limited luggage space and have to make the most of what you bring so choosing clothes that can mix and match help make your life a lot easier. Of course, you might not end up rewearing each item so many times, but it’s just to provide you with more options when deciding how to wear them.

* Keep in mind that you’ll possibly (or if you’re like me, then definitely) end up buying more stuff during your trip (so make space, or be prepared to buy another luggage)!

So that’s basically how I go about planning what to pack for my all my vacations!

On a side note, I’m soooo excited for this trip. Will be staying at Uncle Stan’s B&B again near town so I’ll have a lot of shopping opportunities. Also ordered two sets of Triangl bikinis which delivered to his place awhile back so I can’t wait to finally try those on too. I’ll probably still take forever to (over)pack for my trip since Melbourne’s weather is sort of bipolar so I’ll have to pack for almost all seasons…

I hope this helped you guys pack for your own getaways, or at least, was enjoyable to read.

A x

Celebrity LookBook: Kylie Jenner

The thing I adore about Kylie Jenner and her style is that she can go from casual grunge to classic dressy in a second when she needs to. I love that she somehow always manages to add an element of playful youth into each of her looks, regardless of how sophisticated her entire outfit may be.

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Kylie mixes around with laid back and girly, and sexy and fun looks all the time. She sticks to fairly simple fabrics and is stylishly but modestly accessorized (most of the time; excluding Coachella). Also keep in mind that she doesn’t wear a whole lot of colour, so stick to neutrals (black, white, grey etc.) with the occasional pop of red or maybe tartan. As for outerwear, she’s usually seen in the classic leather or denim jacket, or has a knitted cardigan or flannel tied around her waist.

The Wardrobe Staples:

1 Midi & Mini Skirts

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Kylie accentuates her curvy figure usually by wearing form fitting skirts. Play around with different lengths and symmetry to get different looks. Kylie’s skirts often have a unique twist to them, while still remaining simple enough not to overwhelm her body.

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3 Shades

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 Kylie is rarely seen out and about without shades on, be it a pair of stylish aviators or adorable round sunglasses. These elements also help balance out the ‘casual’ and ‘sophisticated’ in her outfits.

Recreating The Look:

In this post, I will be recreating 5 of Kylie’s street style looks, some casual and some a little more dressed up. Note that I’m not trying to replicate her entire outfit piece for piece, but rather, show you the outfits I have come up with inspired by her style.

1 I don’t even care, but I still look cool.

This was perhaps the easiest look to recreate; laid-back, comfortable and perfect for running errands around town. As long as you have a pair of baggy jeans and a flannel shirt lying around in your closet, you can get an almost identical look.

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For me, the look was a little under-accessorised so I added this silver medallion-ed necklace over the baggy top. And yes, I made the drink just for the photos.

shirt – factorie, jeans – jay jays, flannel – f21, necklace – f21

2 In the 90s.

I really like the pop of colour on the skirt in this outfit. The plaid pattern also gives the look a very vintage school girl kind of feel, while still remaining casual and grunge–both of which Kylie is an expert on.

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I added this optional denim jacket because it kinda seemed like what Kylie would wear too.

shirt – cotton on, skirt – h&m, jacket – pull&bear, boots – h&m

3 I don’t actually have a choker.

Something about this outfit was grunge and boho chic at the same time. You can create a similar look with any flowy kimono and something more body hugging on the inside.

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I swapped out Kylie’s boots for my good ol’ creepers. Because her legs are way longer than mine, calf-length boots would cut my legs off too much and appear unflattering. Also I think Kylie was wearing a romper, but the same effect can be created with a dress, or even a crop top and shorts.

P.S. sorry about the makeshift choker…

dress – topshop, kimono – inlovewithfashion.com

4 That’s not really my car.

The midi pencil skirt is a great piece to make any outfit appear classier and and more formal. This is one of Kylie’s more sophisticated looks with a midi skirt, yet she knows how to keep it sexy and simple.

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I love the mesh panel on this midi skirt that gives the whole look a playful touch.

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5 The sunglasses confuse me.

This look was straight off the photoshoot for Kendal and Kylie’s Pacsun line. I just adore how this outfit looks dressy and laid-back at the same time.

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And for this final look, I just fished out this old chiffon maxi from the back of my closet, and threw on a sheer embroidered mesh top to achieve a similar look.

skirt – h&m, top – f21, boots – urbanog.com

So that’s all the looks I have for this post, I hope you guys liked it!

I know that some of the looks don’t resemble Kylie’s original outfit too closely, but I wanted to make use of things I already have in my closet, as well as put my own style into it.

Thanks so much for reading :)

MWBF: FOLK & Fiction

Hey guys, I realise it’s been awhile and I apologize for that!

Sorry to disappoint if you were hoping for a fashion post, but I’ve been crazy busy with school lately and blogging has been…less than convenient, I would say. But here’s a quick post to just enlighten you, my lovely reader, with what I’ve been up to the past few weeks!

For those of you who don’t know, I like to write. Not like “blog post” kind of writing, but the “sit down with a hot cup of tea and let my mind wander off into another realm and then put it into words” kind of writing. So in the little pockets of time that I find in between my (overdue) IAs and econs article hunting, I’ve been writing; some songs, some stories, mostly gibberish.

Haha but ever so rarely, when I find that I’m actually content with what I’ve written, I put it up. The short story below, I actually wrote about two years ago. But I’ve only just dug it back up and re-written it a few days ago. Do check it out as well as my other stuff and let me know what you think :)

The Thing About Silence

Link to my Wattpad account: http://www.wattpad.com/user/aprillexilee

Also, I’ve been really into making playlists on 8tracks recently. Most of the playlists I create are for myself or my friends, but I have no idea how one of them ended up getting discovered (I feel it’s the biggest compliment ever when people like your taste in music, it’s like saying they like your soul). YAYERZ. Check this out if you’re interested too :)

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Link to my 8tracks: http://8tracks.com/aprillexilee

I’ve also been getting more into making music lately. Been jamming with different people and getting into different genres of music (far from what I’d usually listen to). And by a random fluke, I ended up singing for this SMU event at the YMCA rooftop, though it was unrehearsed and raw, I enjoyed it nonetheless.

And the icing on the cake, I took part in my school’s talent competition last week. To be honest, the entire initiation and preparation process was messy and we were still changing things (like band members, song arrangements and equipment needed etc) up to the night before the performance.

But all went well in the end and I’ve to say that the band I ended up going on stage with (FOLK) was beyond amazing on and off stage, and I’m so glad I got to work with them. I can’t say that we had it all pulled together or that we were extremely rehearsed, but I can say that it was truly a humble effort.

Here’s a recording of our performance live from Acstraodinaire, hope you guys enjoy it :)

Link to my soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/aprillexilee

Anyway, that’s all I have for now. I really hope to be doing more fashion posts soon! Still have that Kylie Jenner LookBook I promised you guys. Thanks for reading :)