Saturday, July 08, 2017

SEOUL VISUAL DIARIES PART I




 x April: Seoul, Korea x 










3 months post trip and I'm sitting here day-dreaming and planning for my next get-away, hopefully this coming fall I'll go on the next adventure. There are still so much research to be done and planning involved that I should be doing but I digress and procrastinate while searching for new music. Here are some snippets to my Spring vacation in Seoul, I'll get back to write about my favourite places and how you can get there soon. 

Thanks for sticking around. 



Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Travel in style: Packing 101, according to me

Over the years I kept getting asked about my outfits whenever I upload my travel photos on social media and I feel that there's a need to address this before I share my visual diary for Seoul.


The FAQ:

1. How do you manage to look so put together on your trips?

2. Do you buy a new wardrobe every season?

3. How often do you shop that you always look like you have new clothes all the time? 


Well you asked and I'm gonna reveal all of my secrets. But first I'm gonna have to burst your bubble by managing expectations. if it ever crossed your mind that I pack light - I DON'T.



Well surprise surprise, I pack abnormally more than anyone else but of course still remaining practical about the things I'm bringing along. I enjoy having a variety of things, For my trip to Japan last year, I brought with me 3 outerwears, 2 pairs of shoes and a bunch of accessories including a hat and earrings. In my opinion switching up outerwears and adding accessories would give an outfit a complete new look. Note that I'll never pack something that I have no use for or has low level of comfort - e.g. Heels.

1. How do you manage to look so put together on your trips?

Effort. I'm self-aware of how much prep time I'll need to look decent or in other words put together and I'd be sure to get up earlier than my travel companions to do whatever that's needed so to not delay our planned schedule.

2. Do you buy a new wardrobe every season? 

Here's a gentle reminder to never compare yourself with bloggers and Instagram girls. It is OKAY to repeat your clothes, you don't have to always own something new. I repeat all my clothes all the time and I see no shame in doing so. Most of these girls are fortunate enough to have sponsors for them to be in dazzling outfits every now and then. Like the rest of you, I certainly do not have brands lining up waiting to sponsor me, neither do I have abundant resources allowing me to change my entire wardrobe or buy every newest piece in stores. So my answer to this is question - N O P E.

I've had my experimental phase and I'm way over that and the reason I don't change up my wardrobe to catch on trends and seasons is that I have a better undertanding of what works on me now. Being a girl with curves, I've slowly came to terms with the fact that not every style and silhouette is going to flatter my body shape, so I learned to stop wasting money on things I didn't actually L O V E altogether.

3. How often do you shop that you always look like you have new clothes all the time? 

Definitely not as frequent as I want to. My number one tip would be to mix and match! I'll show you in a few pictures below.



Here I'm wearing the same pink skirt from Zara. I paired a button down lightweight chiffon shirt when I was in Bangkok and a floral body suit layered underneath my long coat.

Staple: Zara Pink Skirt

Left : - Dorothy Perkins Blouse 

Right: - Boohoo bodysuit & Uniqlo coat


This H&M midi skirt that I got for $29.90 has got to be one of the most lasting piece that I've ever gotten and I've brought this one to Bangkok, Japan and Korea.  I styled this with a grey off the shoulder ruffled top for a monochromatic look and for a colder climate I simply layer an outerwear over it. 

Staple: H&M midi skirt 

Left: - Dorothy Perkins denim jacket

Right: - Boohoo Leather jacket 


Staple: H&M midi skirt 

Left: - Off-shoulder top from Bangkok

Right: - Crop top from H&M & Dorothy Perkins Coat 


Ok this is actually the exact same outfit, but the button down chiffon top is the one from the first photo. Switch the shoes and bag up for a more girly look. 


See what I meant about mixing and matching? That's how I get away with repeating clothes. Then again this is how I've been managing my clothes without bringing my entire closet for trips. It may or may not work for you especially if you're a backpacker. Lugging around a large suitcase with outerwears and whatnot is just absurd.

In today's fast fashion industry and shortened fashion cycle, everything that's hot now may not be in the next month therefore I don't really see the need to jump on every trend that's right before your eyes. Save up your money that could be put to better use, my love. Tell me in the comments about your shopping habits and your wardrobe staple that you own.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Intimates & Outfit Ideas for a date

Get in touch with your sexy side with Adore Me this summer. Society and mainstream media puts a definition to sexy by linking having physical traits like having chiseled abs, perky ass & boobs, is the equivalent of sexy.

That is not true in my opinion because everyone can be sexy regardless of your size.Take a look at my goddess, Ashley Graham, and tell me it isn't true. Sexy isn't just all about physical traits, it is a state of mind. It's knowing what lingerie you're wearing underneath that makes you feel empowered and confident. With that said, I'm partnered with Adore Me to help you connect with your inner goddess by showing you how I style my intimates and outfits on dates.


1) Take him/her swimming on the first date
Summer Date Outfit




Let's kick off swim suit season with this black floral one piece swim suit. What better way to bring down the heat than to taking a dip in the ocean or jumping right into the pool? Who cares if your body isn't swim suit ready, all you need is to find a swimsuit that fits you. This is for my gorgeous ladies whose confidence radiate brighter than the sun. The plunging neckline and curve enhancing statement of this one piece (Vianna Plus) swimsuit. you're set to slay this summer.



2) Movie Night in a pillow fort 
Movie Night




Making movie night a little more special by building a pillow fort for the both of you, throw in some mood lighting, play some good movies and it's a romantic date stemmed from a kiddy idea. On a cute date like this I'd put on a slinky wrap front playsuit for comfort and a matching set of navy blue lingerie (Azura Contour Plus) underneath.

The Azura Countour plus set is everything that I love, its straps are convertible which you can simply wear it strapless with an off shoulder top and the five hook and eye closure give a better back support for us bustier girls.


Hopefully this post inspires you to embrace your sexy side, check out Adore Me to view their extensive line of lingerie

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Forest Fairy







Forest Fairy 

If only I could live in body suits and tulle skirts every day, this would be my uniform until the day I can't dress myself anymore. This boohoo mesh body suit is one piece that exudes sexiness without showing too much skin and its embroidered details makes it a piece so dear. It's only fitting to pair it with a forest green tulle skirt for a dark romantic twist to the outfit. This was inspired by Elie Saab's past seasons' couture looks.

Details:

Floral Embroidered top: Boohoo.com $35
Tulle skirt: ASOS Tulle Prom Skirt $105.58
Bag: Aldo 
Nude Pumps: Hush Puppies 





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Monday, November 21, 2016

BKK Visuals

✈ Bangkok 

To more adventures ahead...


πŸ“Siam 

Nearest BTS: Siam
For all of my past trips to Bangkok, our home base never left Pratunam. Pratunam is a fabulous place to stay when your primary focus is for hardcore shopping at Platinum Fashion Mall, Krung Thong plaza and its morning market. A little fyi for y'all shopaholics, Glow & Centerpoint Pratunam are my top hotel choices for that area.

For this trip, we made Siam Novotel our home base and boy oh boy do I love this location so damn much. There's so much to do, shop and eat without having to travel far. A great line-up of massage parlors across the hotel, the surrounding of shopping malls,  BTS station right at its door step, bustling night market and wide array of delicious Thai eateries & restaurants to taste. There just so much to see and do at Siam. 


414/18-19 Rama 1 road, Patumwan
Bangkok, Thailand 10330

A 2 minutes walk from Novotel Siam brings you to Three Wheels where I managed to satisfy my cravings right after getting off the plane. We found this place unintentionally on our own. On the way from the airport, our chatty cab driver was kind to give us an insight on the best places in Siam, which we communicated a mixture of broken English and Thai. Just before turning into our hotel, he pointed in a general direction that I believe he mentioned about being the most happening night markets, that almost sounded like an exciting adventure that all of us were so determined to experience. 
Needless to say, we didn't find the place or any night markets instead we stumbled into this restaurant for a quick meal. 


Example of map-marker

πŸ“ Scala: Vintage movie theater 

184, Soi Siam Square 1, Rama I Rd., Wang Mai, 
Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 Thailand

Scala first open its doors to movie lovers in the late 1960s and it remains as one of oldest single-screen movie halls. I'd always stop for architecture eye-candy like this because how often do you see an old school cinema like this? The closest we have in Singapore is Capitol Theater which is an architectural beauty on its own. 

πŸ“ EVE AND BOY

186 / 2-4 Siam Square Soi 1, Khwaeng Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, 
Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand


πŸ“ BEAUTRIUM 

Watergate Pavilion 567 Ratchoprarop Rd.Makkasan, Ratchathewi

Bangkok 10400 Thailand



Eve and Boy & Beautrium is the heaven for all makeup enthusiasts. These two large scale beauty stores are like their version of Sephora. Eve and Boy houses brands ranging from the western high-end to drugstore makeup. You'd find brands such as NARS, Laura Mercier, Milani, Makeup Revolution and Physicians Formula. Mind you, the price tag could be steeper than you thought. I paid  $40 for a Milani powder blush. While it's insane trying to maneuver through the evening crowd at Eve and Boy, there is Beautrium with a calmer atmosphere. With a lesser crowd there, the sales associate can get to you when they find you wandering aimlessly or staring too deeply at its range of eyeliners. Busted some dollars on Lime Crime Velvetines, sailormoon eyeliner and while at it, I discovered one of the best false eyelashes of all times (Meilinda). 


πŸ“ EmQuartier


Nearest BTS: Phrom Phong

Audrey Cafe de Fleur @ The Helix Quartier

Shopping malls makes a great hideout from the warm Bangkok weather. In this largest retail mall, you'll be in awe of its granduer luxury shopping and wide selection of dining options. If you were to ask, my favourite spot in the mall has to be its rooftop garden. While I'm not one who'd enjoy nature in a tropical climate, I'm appretiative of a breezy quiet corner and its lush greens.







πŸ“ TGIFest

Nearest BTS: Thong Lor
(Every Friday to Sunday)
Note: Permanently Closed

For the hipsters that can never get enough of hippie night market, you'd enjoy Thailand's urban weekend market TGIFest. Every corner is a photo op, the well-lit signage at its entrance surrounded by greenery makes a great backdrop for your #OOTDs. What's a hipster market if not for its photobooth? You get to print your photos for free when you upload the image onto your instagram account and hashtag them. Hippie and happy level 100. 

TGIFest feeds the soul of young people but for old-school tummies like mine, I'd very much prefer the traditional night markets like the one at Siam or Rod Fai Market for local delicacies like Khao Kha Moo (braised pork leg rice). 



Here it is, hopefully that these are some new places that you'd visit on the next trip. 






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