Sunday, 22 June 2014


singapore skirt&shoes; aldo bag; seiko watch; hm turtleneck; thrifted blazer
It is unnoticeable how fast paced the fashion industry can be. Within one skype session with my best friend today, I had missed two major fashion shows that I would usually be caught streaming online and going through an emotional turmoil when those 10 to 15 paradisal minutes are up. However, we were too busy reminiscing how amazing the first season of Gossip Girl's soundtrack was along with laughing over this hilarious video on how to pronounce Prada. Lenny was the first to remember, "Oh my god, Nina. We missed it. Oh my god! We missed them BOTH!". All laughters suddenly died down and turned into unexpected shock as we realised we had forgotten why we were having the skype session in the first place; to watch the live release of Prada and Ferragamo's SS 2015 Men's collection. We then mournfully looked for the photo uploads of the show on Partially because we missed it and also at how just a single item of clothing from the collection could cover several months of my rent. But it never really mattered to me how expensive even the simplest and smallest items are, it's how the designers put them all together so precisely that fascinated me. Afterwards, we continued making more Prada pronunciation jokes (seriously though, that video is priceless).
I look up to fashion blogs, tumblr, fashion magazines and more recently, online fashion shows as sources of inspiration and also upcoming trends or styles that I might be interested to incorporate into my daily wear. This does affect me when I go shopping for clothes, I wonder how "in season" this dress is then reminding myself to just buy it if I like it, trend or no trend because fashion is supposed to be fun.
These photos were taken during an afternoon stroll around Meanwood. I wore my oversized blazer as I thought the tutu midi might make me look like a 15 year old but looking at these photos, now I just look like a small figure about to be engulfed by a blazer. The neighbourhood was so picturesque, I felt like the only thing missing was some Sinatra playing in the background. Actually, I recall one bungalow with a large open garden playing Summer Wind. This could of all been in my head though, knowing myself.

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Photo credits to KaRoz (thanks Ka!).

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Wednesday, 18 June 2014

White on White for Resort 2015

With Summer here and a desire to wanderlust not just the world but your wardrobe, this season's Cruise or Resort 2015 collections are a traffic source for prime inspiration. This is a post targeted to those who are looking to travel and want to plan their outfits ahead. Or simply, those who want to take some amazing photos during their trips with stunning outfits to match. No harm in taking a photo with the Sphinx in a flowy long chiffon dress that moves with the age of the wind now is there? It's all about creating unforgettable moments not just with the scenery but with fashion and using this opportunity as an excuse to pair up flip flops with a couture worthy gown (Birkenstocks, anyone?). 

White-on-white have splattered and painted the windows of high street fashion. It's not just one of those trend moments where you want to follow up because "I saw Cady Heron wearing army pants and flip flops, so I bought army pants and flip flops.", but beyond the sophisticated vibes the colour is so often associated with is the fact that it's versatile, elegant and chic. And most of all, it's timeless. Timeless means being unforgettable, lasting and momentous as it does not harbour an expiry date. That's how one would like to remember the time spent travelling.

White all over can make you come off as the Professor from the Power Puff Girls, although that's not necessarily a bad thing if that's what you're into. If not then the Resort 2015 collections have provided some ideas on how to make the most out of your white-on-white outfit.

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Wearing an all white outfit does not limit you to a specific shade of white. Off white, cream, tinted, vanilla, navajo...and an endless list of the kinds of white shades available. It's like explaining to your male friend who nags over the amount of white shirts you own about how they're not the same kind of white. This white is not as white as this white. 

Raza Alazzouni (winter 14)

Raza Alazzouni (winter 14)

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Being an avid lover of fine cut garments, what more could I have asked for than to see it paired with white. Great cuts and a shade of white are a match made in heaven. They go so well together, we should all have at least one piece of fine cut clothing in the shade of white to appreciate the beauty of this existing combination.

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The material and texture played upon a piece of clothing holds the value of it when worn. This affects how it glides across your body, fitted or loosely hung and it's where the compilation of minuscule details are put into test. I like holding an expensive dress and being able to tell it's an expensive dress. Having texture gives that extra oomph that adjourns plainness and replaces it with a dynamic sense.

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Saturday, 14 June 2014

a more serious note

                                                                                                                    aldo bag; new look sandals; seiko watch

There are a few things that scare you when you're no longer a 15 year old fashion blogger. When I first started blogging, I made no intentions of directing my posts towards fashion and my sense of style was a middle ground between grandma-esque meets Polly Pocket. Part of that was due to a lack of fear of looking like an outcast (note I said 'lack' not 'non-existing'), another was the attitude of wanting to have some form of individuality with what I wore and plainly, it was the pocket money of a 15 year old which could not accommodate all the clothes I adored Blair Waldorf parading around the Upper East Side in. However that time, I blogged with an admirable absence of anxiety as my only intention was to make friends with other bloggers around the world who shared similar interests and I did. I looked up to Liebemarlene and Tavi Gevinson's Style Rookie as my blog idols and on a daily basis, I would read similar amateur bloggers, commenting my thoughts and sharing ideas. I built a network of blogger friends and blogging became a huge part of my life. That was my old blog and that was the old Nina.

I took a break from blogging for 3 years and returned with this blog in the midst of 2013 with the hopes that I would have a more mature approach to it. Well that didn't work out.

Maybe it was the fact that I was no longer a 15 year old. Or that fashion bloggers had revolutionised since 4 years ago. It was no longer about individuality or being creative and different. Or maybe it was always never about that, it just took a more mature version of me to realise that.

I thought it would be easier when I return because I had still kept in contact with old bloggers and from years of constantly reading blogs that I enjoy, I had an idea of what I wanted the foundations of my blog to be based upon; Fashion and how it inspired me more than just being a form of apparel. This in my head was unique. This was new. It was exciting.

Sadly, exposing myself to reading so many similar fashion bloggers I realised how much the community had grown and expanded within those few years I  had left. Suddenly, I saw the flaw in the fashion blogosphere. Here we are, all of us wanting to show our 'distinct' and 'creative' ideas, representing how our style defines us as an individual. When in fact, we're all the same. And this frightening thought, keeps me up at night.

It's not scary enough to stop me from pursuing fashion journalism but it can sink low enough to question my worth in this field. I would never lose interest in fashion or refrain from it the way Tavi quitted, I just wonder if any bloggers out there ever reflected upon this. Sure the history, the fact that it's not the expensive piece of clothing by itself, it's the character the entire collection portrays and how all these garments were filtered and narrowed down to produce or just rebirth a trend is all so fascinating. And then there's that scene in The Devil Wears Prada, where Andrea ridicules fashion pointing out "they all act like they're curing cancer or something. The amount of time and energy these people spend on insignificant, minute details, and for what? So that tomorrow they can spend another $300,000 reshooting something that was probably fine to begin with to sell people things they don't need!".

I could write a million volumes journaling these thoughts. But instead, I'd rather applaud at how these shoes worked so well with these printed pants.

Florals in the spring/summer were sarcastically outcasted by Meryl Streep. I opted for an alternative with these baby blue leaves.

Photo credits to Nai (thanks Nai!).

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