Author: Sheela Goh


Fashion Houston 5 – A Runway Recap

Our picture featured in the Houston Chronicle online the very next morning, woot woot!! Last Wednesday night, courtesy of Fashion Houston 5, I attended my very first live runway show with Eve at the ever glamorous Wortham Centre. Glitzy, posh and perfectly put together, the range of looks shown was, simply put, astounding. Several students from the Fashion Institute of Houston (a part of the Art Institute of Houston) opened the show. We were seated in the fourth row from the runway (so amazing) which meant we were able to both appreciate and discern. I must confess that, for the most part, I wasn’t impressed. Workmanship and finishing were not as they should be. Originality was lacking. I love that there are emerging talents in Houston but I don’t believe all of them came out to play that night. Having said that, I was very impressed by these two looks from Inclan and DAN. Fabulousness. Inclan DAN So fresh, so must-have. And there were these beautiful pieces from Rene Ruiz. More loveliness from Rubin Singer. …


Second Time, Super Stoked

You know how sometimes, everything falls neatly into place? That’s what just happened over at the IFB website. The piece I wrote on treating creativity as though it were a muscle has just made it to the IFB Weekly Round-Up.  To cut a long story short, and provide background information, so you understand what I meant with my opening liner, I never planned on writing that article. I never planned on submitting it.  And I never knew it’d made the Round-Up until this morning, when I started receiving emails with pingback notices. I went straight to the IFB website and lo and behold, there it was, Creativity As A Muscle. Serendipity. What’s your strategy when creativity goes MIA? Please do share. I’d love to hear from you and discover new ways in which I can rejuvenate those wells of inspiration whenever they take an unscheduled hiatus. Fix The Internet Sure, none of us can unsee the madness that KimK launched on the Internet… but we can certainly get on with our lives. Especially since the …


Imagination Is The Blueprint

I (finally) watched Maleficent last night. Truthfully, I yearn to exist in a logic-defying world. Somewhere where none are held captive by the confines of normality. The sort of place where flights of fancy are the norm, rather than the exception. I fell in love with Maleficent’s technicolour world as well as all those wondrous beings residing in every nook and corner of the moors. It’s that very same sensation that flows through me whenever I watch a Harry Potter flick, or any Narnia installment. An incredible sense of awe and childlike wonder that echoes my childhood. And I know it stems from being raised on a literary diet of Blyton, Tolkien and Lewis, since I was old enough to recognise my mother’s voice. Sadly, fantasies don’t have that much of a place in everyday life. For the most part, we’re dissuaded from what society terms as “daydreaming”. I’ve lost count of the number of times I was urged to yank my head away from fluffy clouds. I was one of the lucky few though for …

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Creativity As A Muscle

I haven’t been all that prolific lately. In fact, writers block struck approximately 7 days ago.  Since then, all I’ve been able to string together is easy-on-the-mind recipe as well as event posts. Not at all stimulating, neither for me nor you, I’m certain. The problem with the inability to write is that it can very quickly spiral into a chronic condition. Truly. The longer you allow it to fester, the tougher an obstacle it is to overcome. When it comes to writing, perhaps the most challenging aspect for me is staying creative. Staying inspired amidst the distractions of full time employment and life in general. Considerations which never once surfaced when I began this blog. Then, my mind was brimming with ideas. So many ideas. Things were fresh and exciting. I was a child let loose in a carnival with pockets full of tokens. Over time, I’ve come to realise that, as though it were a muscle, creativity needs to be developed. And that for the workout to be effective, consistency and variety were …


Pumpkin Pillow Cookies

This is, in my books, the best time of the year to indulge in baking and baked treats. Wait, I err. Second best time of the year, by just a smidge, next to Christmas.  When deathly masks and skeletal structures make way for pine cones, mistletoe, and glitter.  Loads of glitter.  And tinsel.  With explosions of cracker red everywhere. When temperatures drop and carols (albeit, at times, so mashed up in the name of “remix” that I cringe) reclaim airtime.  That time of the year when fragrant whiffs of Mace and Nutmeg permeate the air, right alongside Cinnamon and, insert big happy smile here, Pumpkin. In order for you to fully appreciate my ardent love for that ribbed cultivar of the squash, you must first recall that hailing from Borneo, the only pumpkins we had were those on jackets of storybooks, cooking magazine covers and the telly. Growing up, we would voraciously devour tales of jack-o-lanterns; of the ill-fated Ichabod Crane and shattered pumpkins; of fairy godmothers and mistreated beautiful young women. That’s all we …


I’m Bringing Bootie Back

Guess what? It’s SO cold today!!  So absolutely, wondrously, fantabulously cold here in Houston and I couldn’t be happier :) it’s certainly the time to whisk out those jackets and coats, a few sweaters, and multitudes of undershirts.  AND for some bootie shopping. Acne Studios Pony Printed Ankle Bootie, $750 Illiana Suede Wedge Booties, $77 BCBGMaxAzria Metild Pointy Toe Bootie, $167 Dollhouse Criss Cross Ankle Booties, $35 Zara Ankle Booties with Track Soles, $139 Luxury Rebel Shayla Sheepskin Leather Booties, $129 Why oh why do I only have two feet??? Love, Sheela


Starlight, Starbright

The Mara Gold Necklace with Platinum Drusy, Eve’s pick. “One thing that a lot of people don’t know is that I’m a bit silly and kind of a dork,” says Kendra Scott, Founder and CEO of Kendra Scott Design.  I’m not certain if the jeweler is truly either but what I do know with absolute certainty is that a recent preview of her Starstruck Winter Collection has converted yours truly from onlooker to aficionado. There were SO many pieces in countless shades, to satiate every bauble whimsy. And if that wasn’t sufficient, enter the Kendra Scott Colour Bar.  An a la carte spread of gems and findings allowing you to create that exclusively-yours trinket with ease. I should’ve known letting Eve browse around was a recipe for (financial) disaster.  One would imagine I had this down after 15 years. Turquoise. Abalone. Clear as well as Rutilated Quartz. Onyx. Bliss. What I we picked, the Naomi Double Ring in Iridescent Cobalt. And this EXQUISITE cuff with that motif.  Equal parts constellation and lacework. 100% breathtaking. I …


Curated: A Weekly Digest 6

In the last week or so, my time has been spent poring over photography books and reading articles on the topic.  Discovering talented people (here, here and here), tools as well as, well, interesting things.  All in the name of research, of course, for an interview I was writing. Slipping in this shot from the uber talented @kthegroove as it brings to mind a movie pertaining to the life and trials of a certain scarred, young wizard. What I especially love about trawling the web is stumbling upon interesting bits and pieces. Logos with hidden messages, for instance.  Sidenote: Mashable unearths the coolest stuff #obsessed Or ceramics.  Which I used to think were only for ladies who sipped.  Or eccentric artistes like Gaga, perhaps, but not done this way.  Too cute. Speaking of tea cups, I would very happily take a swig of Drink Me potion for these darling little things.  Willingly forego my diet with nary a twinge of guilt for that which makes my heart sing. Still in the spirit of guilt-free moments …


I Made It!!!

I‘m stoked beyond belief that my article has made it to the IFB Weekly Round-Up.  Woooooo and a-hoooooo :) mine’s the 6th from the bottom and here’s a shortcut to reading what I wrote about the Project Runway Korina vs Char fracas. Do let me know what you thought of the entire drama in the Comments section, I’d love to hear from you. Cents & Sensibility Now that Halloween is over, and we’re in full holiday mode, we can all relax a little. Who are we kidding? There is so much to do! Well, even when the “to do” lists grow longer than Santa’s naughty list, we can still at least look put together. This week we take a look at the sensible side of fashion. What do we really want to wear? Links à la Mode: November 6th Attire Club: 6 Ways to Maintain Your Shoes in The Winter Burgundy Whispers: Night Chic Chic & Defined: Airpot Chic Elisfa: Mary Katranzou x Addidas Fashionopolis: My Body, My Rules, #ButtOut High Heels in the Wilderness: …


Hello, It’s TS Chang

The world of photography has undergone numerous transitions in just the last 50 years. Cameras, on the other hand, have their rich history dating back even further.  As a product of the 70s and 80s, I’ve witnessed many monumental changes in photographic technology, all paving the way to the digital culture we now live in. From the iconic Hasselblad to the then-revolutionary instant camera (the world remembers it fondly as Polaroids), to the Super Kodak Six-20 Pack of 1938 and the Topcon RE Super of 1962.  Progress did not stop there. While he was certainly not the first to do so, cartoonist Berkeley Breathed took the best stab at bringing the future of photography into sharp focus when he tackled the subject in an installment of his “Outland” comic strip published in the early 1990s. It’s no secret the humble point and shoot contraption has been, for the most part, replaced with the iPhone.  Since it first burst onto the scene in 2007, the smartphone’s photo-taking capabilities have advanced in leaps and bounds.  Completely transforming …