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Are You Giving Me Lip?

For the record, I find lip stains and lip glosses rather intimidating, frightening even. I can’t quite put a finger on it but I am a little afraid. Lipsticks? Regular lipsticks? Those are alright. I can deal. Wikipedia defines lip stains as cosmetic products that colour by virtue of (duh) staining. As being drying and non conducive for use during Winter. Red flag moment. A blob of colour, smudged upon my mouth. A harsh blob of colour, no less. Virtually impossible to remove (I know, I’ve succumbed to their wily ways in the past and purchased several), leaving one with a post-apocalyptic victim look. Lip stains are like the Teflon of lippies. Not very attractive at all, is it? I know the fear is not all that irrational but then again, aren’t phobias founded on a complete absence of logic or rational thought? That and the fact that I really do believe lip stains and I aren’t destined to bond. Really, really. I begin my case by explaining how I’m not your traditional Asian female …

Sweater Weather

Noticed how I named this post, “Sweater Weather”? In deference to the fact that Houston does not have a sweater-friendly climate. It just doesn’t. But but but, if it did?  These would be on my list of absolute must-have sweaters. Yes, indeed. Sonia by Sonia Rykiel, Intarsia Sweater $335Maison Martin Margiela, Open Knit Sweater $870 Markus Lupfer, Hook A Duck Sweater $375 Karl Lagerfeld, Nora Sweater $395 Reed Krakoff, Leather Paneled Cashmere Sweater $1,290Moschino, Silk Appliquéd Wool Sweater $925 Is it sweater weather where you are? Or is the air-conditioner still a-cranking despite it already being October?   Love, Sheela

Let The Luxe Layering Commence

Indeed, they do. Here, in Houston, we’re barely (if ever) presented with style loopholes that necessitate creative layering. Opportunities to wear a scarf or sweater or boots are about as rare as the Hermès Diamond Crocodile Birkin. You can imagine how a coat wouldn’t fit here. I could buck the norm and go big but visions of sweat necklaces doting my décolletage forbid me to venture further. As such, living vicariously through the layering adventures of others is, well, du jour. Hypothetically speaking, given the right temperature and circumstance, I crave coats in almost every shape and form. My love is lavished equally on architectural lines, baroque notes, whimsy and outright flamboyant. I ask only for spectacular design and zero itch factor. Presenting a parade of what I would wear in a flash.This, this, THIS is it. This cuts across predictable waves of Blacks and Greys and Navies like the Northern Lights streaking across the night sky. A masterpiece from Malam. A playful plaid piece is never displaced when it starts getting nippy. Those waves around the …

An Orgy Of Brands

It seems almost sacrilegious to pledge allegiance to just one designer.  Basic fundamentals aside, is fashion not about reinventing oneself?  Being constantly unexpected?  Eschewing predictability?  Do we not hear the doyens preach the pertinence of being fresh, being new, being different?  With that mindset, I pen my thoughts and explain how I, being enamoured of multiple labels, can stay true to all without being disloyal to one. An ode would be amiss without the inclusion of the Japanese sensei, Issey Miyake, the man credited with creating organised chaos from calm.  His deft hand in manipulating fabrics into dimensional pleats was the catalyst to my passion for the seemingly frivolous world of fashion at the age of 7.  I recall quite distinctly that my very first design was actually inspired by a bucket of water that was in the bathroom of my parents’ home in 1983.  I was fascinated by the stark contrast created by the steel, rigid curved handle against the soft, plastic which was used to fabricate the body of the bucket.  Sidenote: imagine …

Doing The Flat, Yea Or Nay?

That would be a flat NAY. I don’t do flats.  Even my boots walk a height of no less than 2.5″, at the bare minimum.  So, let’s not even get me started on my heels.  As I once told someone, the height of my heels appears to escalate in tandem with my age.  On that note though, I do hope it peaks at 40 because 5.75″ is about the max for me.  Anything more and I may as well go with stilts. Here are some glorious flats I found while scouring the web. Blue Monarch Butterfly Flats from here. Muse Leather Ballet Flats in Olive from here.  This store does have some wedged heels that I’m positively aching to get my hands on and feet in.  I shall keep you posted on that! Hand-painted POW BAM Flats from here. Pastel Pixel Leather Oxfords from here.  Several chunky boots available too. Vintage Cork & Mesh Flats from here.  These are simply magnificent, why couldn’t they be heeled??? Rainbow Retro Flats from here.  I feel like doing …

I Am Weak

Forgive me, shoe gods, I have (once again) sinned. Le Objet du Désir. DANNIJO Zeppelin Boots.  Black.  Neon.  Glitter.  Cut-outs.  Combat Style.  Can you really blame me?   Love, SG Footnote:  I purchased these here, they were on sale from $325 and I ended up paying under $100.  Good times.

Monday Mix ~ Not!

As I have another outfit post scheduled for later today (so as not to overwhelm you with too much fluff), I decided to deviate from my usual line-up and go with one, singular sensation 🙂 So apt. Available on ShopBop.  Heading over there to get me one right now. Love, SG

Monday Mix ~ Menswear!!!

The IFB (Independent Fashion Bloggers) current challenge for menswear-inspired ensembles had my mind churning, reflecting the various possibilities.  I’m putting together some outfits as we speak/read/chat for said challenge but for now, here are some of my fave picks. And you thought Phillip Lim couldn’t do romance.  Pshaw.  This is his take on the Biker Jacket.  The somewhat austere lines of the garment contrast beautifully with the fragility of the delicate print.  An investment piece $1,195. What do you get when you pair durable Canvas with opulent crystals as well as delicate embroidery??  This irrefutably plush Jacket from Biyan with divine oversized poof sleeves and a hint of a boxy line.  Darling!!  An investment indeed $1,562. Burberry continues to do no wrong, at least not in my eyes.  This fabulous utilitarian Jacket is given a makeover with a ruffled Peplum effect (genius) and zip-fastening pockets (brilliant).  Must-have $650. Who doesn’t adore a burst of colour onto virginal white?  Chalayan marries the two to effervescent delight in this Tuxedo Jacket.  Fashioned from Cotton-Blend Sateen, the purity …