that je ne sais quoi

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Isabel Marant pour H&M oversize blazer

 

What is it with French people? They only wear the basic things — slouchy t-shirt, worn out jeans, and tailored jacket — yet, they always manage to turn heads. Some say it’s the “je ne sais quoi” of the French people. You can’t really describe it. Forgive me for being vague, but it is true. There’s something about Parisian style that seems so effortless and simple, yet so good at the same time.

Channeling that, of course, is challenging. You can literally just wear the basic things like the Parisian does, but it often comes out as simply plain rather than simply chic. I’ve tried it so many times, yet I’m not quite there yet. Here, I’m doing another trial and error again by wearing an Isabel Marant pour H&M oversize blazer with my black samurai pants and comfortable sandals. I thought by wearing something from a Parisian designer, I would look more Parisian rather than a poser Asian.

So what do you think? Do I look simply chic? Do I scream “je ne sais quoi” yet?

put a tiara on it

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And yet another weekend passed by. Thankfully, though, a week of madness is officially o-v-e-r. Hopefully this weekend is going to be much more peaceful for me. Anyway, before I continue my five days relationship with caffeine, I want to share my current interest with tiara. A symbol of power, beauty, grace, admiration, and devotion. Something we might want to wear, metaphorically, to survive a hardcore week. And finally my ultimate wonder, can tiara ever be a street style?

Louis Vuitton by Nicolas Ghesquière

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Joy to the fashion world! It is official that Nicolas Ghesquière is driving Louis Vuitton and will show his first collection for the gigantic house next March. With the ins and outs in the fashion industry, this appointment is probably the most exciting one. With a house as powerful as Louis Vuitton and a designer as influential a Ghesquière, I believe we’re going to witness the transformation in the fashion industry.
Even though I was expecting the house of Nicolas Ghesquière instead of Louis Vuitton by Nicolas Ghesquière, it would be a lie if I say I’m not excited about this news. In the hand of Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton womenswear line was always flamboyant. The clothes were not necessarily avant-garde, but it takes a bold and creative mind to pull them off. And because both Louis Vuitton and Ghesquière favor fancy design, we shouldn’t be saying that fashion is lack of dream and imagination. It is still dreamy.
Of course there’s still a hope that one day Nicolas Ghesquière will create his own fashion house while landing a starship on Louis Vuitton runway, just like his forerunner did. But that can wait. For now, lets humbly wait for next March to see what kind of creative direction Louis Vuitton is heading into and what kind of influence this marriage is going to make in fashion. I’m expecting Star Wars meets Downton Abbey or futuristic showgirl.

lets get slouchy

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Céline sweater; Dries Van Noten skirt pants; Acne Studios boots; 3.1 Phillip Lim iPad case

Cropped. Tunic. Slouchy neck. Fluffy. Chunky. Cable. Ribbed. Patterned. There are so many flavours for knitwear this season. Naturally, I gravitate toward the chunky knit because I am a big fan of oversize silhouette.

With so many options out there, it took me some times to find the perfect chunky sweater for this fall: The RowStella McCartney,ZaraLa Garçonne Moderne, and Hope. After countless of hunting and fitting, I decided to go with this Céline navy wool cashmere sweater. It has a really wide cut and dropped shoulders, which is quite tricky to work with. It could make me look wider and puffier. Moreover, this sweater also looks shapeless and kind of just hang on my shoulders when I wear it. But for me, that’s the point of it. It needs to look slouchy to make me look slouchic.

And yes you’re right. I do need to practice with my facial expression and get a haircut.

guess who am I?

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“Who are you gonna be this weekend?” This was a question uttered by all of my friends these past weeks. To define Halloween in today’s culture, Halloween is one night where people can dress up and be whoever they want to be: Wonder Woman, SWAT team, Salvador Dali, Daisy Buchanan, or in Bryanboy’s case, Anna Wintour.  Strangely, I’m not really into all of that hooha considering how giddy I am to dress up every morning. However, to avoid looking like I was too cool to care and ended up being lame at a Halloween party my friend threw last weekend, I decided to blend in with the crowd.

Simplicity is in my nature. Even though I was dressing up as a character, I picked one that wasn’t really hard to portray. All I needed to get was a black wig to pair it with some basic clothes that I already have in my closet. Some said I looked like the character I was trying to portray, but most of the people at the party did not recognize who I was, so I’ll just leave it to you guys. If you are a fashion person, you should at least know who I was trying to portray, even though I didn’t look like him at all. A clue: He’s the creative director of Balenciaga.

lost in asia

Summer feels like a hundred years ago, but the picture of busy streets in Hong Kong and the sound of gushing wave in Phuket are still playing in my head vividly. I was working the whole summer. I fell into a boring routine that I repeated everyday for three months. At the end of the summer, though, I finally got the vacation I really needed. I travelled around Asia, mostly southeastern part, and had an amazing time. Maybe it’s a tad too late to share my summer diary, but just in case you’re wondering, this photo journal will give you a glimpse of what I did at the end of my summer. And who knows, maybe you will feel inspired to visit one of these places this coming holiday.

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Images from top: Hong Kong street; engraved marble in Victoria Peak; a spot in Victoria Peak; Christian Dior window; Hong Kong street at night; Christopher Kane sandals I got (they were 60% off!) from Harvey Nichols Hong Kong; Alexander Wang sandals I got from my friends as a birthday gift; street food stall; Hong Kong Disneyland

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All images: small islands near Phuket island

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Images from top: swimming pool at the New Majestic Hotel in Singapore; room interior at the New Majestic Hotel in Singapore; nail spa at the Beauty Emporium; words on restroom wall; wall menu at the Tiong Bahru Bakery; Barber shop in Tiong Bahru, Singapore; literature heaven in Tiong Bahru, Singapore.