All posts tagged: feature

In A 70s Groove

I’m a 70s child, baby. And I’m not afraid to show the world.   As clearly evident on numerous runways, the 70s movement has been steadily gaining trajectory for several seasons now.  From Gucci to Céline to Valentino, we’ve been privy to all forms of silhouettes and shapes harking back to that era.  Be they platforms or stacked heels and fringe; loud prints or big floppy hats, clothes (and accessories) were happy statements, blissful even, peppered with a touch of whimsy.  Designers paraded delectable hues from every single colour on the palette, ranging from riotous to confectionery, with pinks dominating the scene (Rose Quartz, hello). Incidentally, if it does appear as though links abound in this post, they do.  There are just so many wondrous things I must share with you today. In a world which has become increasingly tumultuous and erratic, it’s perfectly understandable why we seek joy from all avenues, and how that desire extends to the garments we wear, the accessories we choose, the lifestyles we pursue.  It’s equally easy to see why …

Vanity Trumps Sanity

The pursuit of beauty has been known to go where no man has gone before.  Easily crossing thresholds of rational thought and logic.  Sometimes, these journeys have met with great measures of success, and at other times, with immense bewilderment and jaws agape.  Certainly, though, all have captivated and held our attention. Here, I highlight those which, to me, represent the epitome of cray cray. (1) The hairy armpit. Why, oh why.  I first saw a woman with thick bushes there in 2008, back in my hometown of Kuching.  She was from China, Beijing to be precise, and after striking up a conversation with her, I discovered that the province from whence she hailed, found the notion of underarm hair, incredibly sexy.  Fast forward to 2014, to the hairy armpit selfie movement growing ever stronger in the mainland.  Where women post pictures of their fuzzy (often dyed) underarms across social media platforms to support their rights  to shave (or not), propagating the concept that women need not be hairless to feel confident and beautiful. I …

I Am Featured (Holler)

Elated. Ecstatic. Beyond happy.   When your peers recognise the quality of your written work and choose to highlight it. When your review of what’s currently happening in the sheet masking playground is chosen for the weekly IFB link round-up. Epic sigh of bliss. Links à la Mode, October 29 A Handful of Stories: Two Unbelievable Makeup Looks for Halloween Anakin and His Angel: Star Wars Cover Girl | Kylo Ren Inspired Makeup A Preponderance of Fashion: DIY Halloween Costumes for Women Banarsi Designs: 7 Street Style Scarf Looks to Steal Now Cat Eyes & Skinny Jeans: {Beauty Boards} Magic Wands Dresscode:HighFashion: 10 High Fashion Looks for Halloween 2015 Epouser La Mode: One Sweater 4 Styles! Fashion Blender: Sandals of Love Greige Market: How to Dress Like a Grown Up Happy. Pretty. Sweet.: Halloween in Your Closet | Dorothy Gale La Vintage Vida: The Fitting Room Chronicles | Channeling Stevie Nicks Lil Miss JB Style: Longline Vest Mama in Heels: How to Wear Faux Fur without Looking Like Chewbacca Modavracha: Stoles | Will Get You …

The Accidental Icon Drops By

My earliest recollection of fashion is vivid. And tri-fold. The precious, pretty pleats of Issey Miyake. The wicked tongue-in-cheek wit of Zandra Rhodes. And the ever so glamorous, womanly figure swathed in Bruce Oldfield. A little later, I became enraptured with the whimsical world of the Madhatter but that’s a tale for another time. Back to when it all began. I was particularly enamoured of the intricacy of Miyake’s work. Such precision. A deft hand in creating beauty out of seemingly nothing but voluminous folds of fabric. Thus when I met Lyn of Accidental Icon and found out how much she too adores Japanese designers (yes, including Mr Miyake), it was clearly a match made in guest blogger heaven. Read on. I was so thrilled when Sheela asked me to do a guest post on her blog about my favorite subject, Japanese designers. Most of the pieces in my closet are from the Japanese design lines produced by Yohji Yamamoto, Issey Miyake, Comme des Garçons and I have recently discovered Yohji”s daughter, Limi, who has …

Skin Matters: How I Healed My Face Post Angioedema

If you’ve been following my IG feed, you may have noticed some posts wherein I talked about a horrid face rash. As it turns out, it was more than a face rash.   I had an allergic reaction to new antibiotics which led to acute Angioedema* which, in turn, caused me to go into anaphylactic shock around a fortnight back. I couldn’t breathe and was gasping. Thankfully, I was actually at the doctor’s that very moment and they were able to administer an epinephrine shot. Dramatic, I know. Post that, my face has been a field of redness, swells and welts. That’s the angioedema speaking. The image above is how I looked after a stint at the ER and several hours of being fed steroids intravenously. Before my face poofed up. Before I looked like I had mumps and resembled an Asian dumpling, which is just about what I see in the mirror right about now 🙂 but inflated face aside, I am SO pleased that all the redness is now gone. My skin is …

Gone To My Happy Place

Peer recognition evokes an emotion that is rather indescribable. Words that come closest include elation, pride, joy.   Yes, my article on sheet masks taking over the world has been featured in the IFB weekly round-up and I am over the moon 🙂 Links à la Mode: March 26 Adorned in Armor: Capital Fashion Al-Balsam Life: Beauty Tips That Make You Look Younger A Handful of Stories: Outfit of the Day: Layered Skirts Attire Club: 35 Essential Dressing Tips for Men Cat Eyes and Skinny Jeans: Beauty Board: Brilliantly Basic Couture Crush: Korean Berrisom ‘My Lip Tint Pack’ Review Fashion Moriarty: What to Wear to Meet Anna Wintour Funky Jungle: 5 Tips for Surviving a Shopping Break Hey Mishka: DIY Jeweled Spring Hat Kremb de la Kremb: The Bag With the Worst Wrap Les Assorties: C.J. Bakhos X Piece & Co. Moda Addicted: 10 Closet Essentials You Should Splurge On My Fashion Slash Life: Glamorous Nigerian Aso-Ebi Wedding Style Purushu Arie: Shades of Grey Sheela Writes: Sheet Masks Are Taking Over Storybook Apothecary: How to …

Sheet Masks Are Taking Over

Fright Night, it might appear at first glance, but in truth, a sheet mask is possibly your face’s latest (perhaps bestest) BFF.   Glorious contraptions of every permutation and formula, designed to offer immense treats for the face, in the name of hydrating, brightening, tightening, lifting, nourishing, purifying, and everything in between. No matter the skin condition, there’s certainly a sheet mask poised to address it. Does that signal the death of the beauty salon industry? No, I doubt it but I do foresee a decline in the popularity stakes as many women, such as myself, grow increasingly appreciative of the benefits of applying sheet masks at home. Comfort. Privacy. Convenience. Practical. Picture this. Experience spa quality treatment in between writing a blog post, in the quiet sanctuary of my space. Over and done with in half an hour, max. Not all of us are at ease stripping off make-up in the presence of others (read: me) nor can we invest vast amounts of time in pamper-me-time, on a regular basis. We’re all busy, busy, …

Happiness

There really isn’t very much else in the world that beats the exhilaration of scoring media ink. Mine’s in red.  I wrote about blogging frequently, and how that can oh so easily be perceived as must-delete-now spam. Tell me how your thoughts on the topic. How often do you blog? Links à la Mode: March 19 Alysa Lovely: Etsy Gift Guide: Bridesmaids Anami Blog: Spring in My Apartment Between the Pearls: 10 Steps for Contouring and Highlighting Endear: 4 Things to Consider Before Going Blond Everyday Starlet: Tinted Brow Gel Review for Blonds FemmeViolet: Shopping on a Student Budget Flip Flops and Furs: Keith Mitchell: Football Player Turned Yogi Kremb de la Kremb: Short Hair Bloggers Roundup Ms. Fabulous: Behind the Scenes at the Bryan Lars Fall 2015 Lookbook Shoot MsYolee: The Size Issue Purushu Arie: Trend Report: Stitch Detail on Seam Riva La Dive: DIY Marc Jacobs Bow Cape Sheela Writes: How Often Should You Post? Storybook Apothecary: My Spring Bucket List Style Bizarre: How to Take Your Blog to the Next Level Thareni …

The Culotte Conundrum

Are you as afraid of culottes as I am? No matter that these calf grazing pants are one of the hottest silhouette trends around. Neither pants, neither shorts, but a seemingly odd marriage of the two with an awkward hemline. Supporters rally around the touted fact that this particular cut flatters a wider demographic of body types. Personally, I’ve never been attracted to the half-pants-half-skirt look. Ever. Being short (read: very short at 5’1″), my mindset has always settled around the idea that culottes were meant for the lankier ones. And yet the fad has evolved into, yup, a staple piece (shudder). Yes, what was long thought of as dowdy and unflattering has become many a designer’s darling. That’s when I knew it was time to revisit the shape. To see what all the hype was and maybe, just maybe, reconcile with the (remotest) possibility that I might perhaps don a pair myself. Maybe. I’ll admit, a substantial part of their appeal lies in immense versatility, deftly going from office lunch to black tie. And …

My Fab Five

Earlier this year, I shared my Style Agenda with you. Some of you might recall how poorly I’d been treating my skin for the past 40 odd years (guilty as charged of going to bed with make-up still on, at least 5 nights a week). Since then, I’ve made it a point to really step things up and protect my face from the onslaught of age, and I do believe I’ve come a long way since that eighth day of January. Fact: I’ve only gone to bed with make-up on once. And forgot to use hand cream a scant three times. Fact: I slather on the various creams and serums and everything in between, religiously, each morning and night, without fail. Does it therefore mean that I now qualify to be a part of the beauty obsessed movement? My man thinks so, each time he glances in the direction of my burgeoning stash (never realising there are loads more safely ensconced within the protective folds of bedside table drawers, shhh). In the spirit of vanity …