What’s In My Bag what?

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Okay, this is rather more of a “What’s Not In My Bag?” blog post coz I tend to carry everything I ‘need’ when I go outside while temporarily staying in this country. I’ve become a person who brings everything instead of bringing just my phone, keys, cards and a bit of change just as I was in London and Berlin. Mind you, I’ll become like this again once I move back to Europe lol. While I have a humble selection of bags I can put on rotation, I still believe that carrying no bag and just wearing a “fuck you” coat or jacket where you can put your essentiels in is chic!

Here are the bits and bobs I bring with me in this borrowed Chanel classic chevron bag from mother:

1. iPhone – who can live without a cellphone these days, honestly?
2. Dior Bronze sunscreen – staying at a place where the sun always shows makes it imperative for one to use sunscreen.
3. Shiseido oil blotter – too much humidity can make my face more oily, and having a greasy face isn’t quite attractive.
4. Clé de Peau concealer – I only need to wear concealer when I go out since my skin has somehow cleared up and wearing a foundation in a humid weather will just wear off very quickly. This is the best one!!
5. Prada sunglasses – one needs to protect that eye area to not let it age too quickly because of the sun.
6. A pen – you’ll never know when you need to stab someone with it, or when you need to write on something.
7. Loewe 001 perfume – love.
8. Candy – I’m the sort of person who needs to be munching on something when bored.
9. Balenciaga card holder – my every trusty belonging that I’ve had for ages now and is still in love with it. Hashtag true love.
10. A photo strip of me and my boyfriend – just so I can carry ‘him’ everywhere I go.

Can’t believe I’ve managed to fit everything in this bag without it looking overpacked! I’ll be updating it when I start to carry different things in another bag. Are you an all or nothing person? What do you carry in your bag?

Ciao! x

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The case of the Chanel bag

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Okay so y’all know how much of a budding Chanel hoe I am, I have some of their shoes to their skincare. I don’t have anything from their pret-a-porter since I’m too fat for their sizing, I tried on a FR44 Tweed jacket last year from their Metiers D’Art collection and it was still too tight on me (I’m usually a FR40), and their bags.

Now I promised to myself that I’m not gonna buy a large Chanel 2.55 caviar flap bag or any of their classically overpriced bags until I can buy them with my own money. I like the feeling of buying something luxurious with the money that I know I worked hard for – although I’m probably gonna be buying it at a very high price when I get the chance to buy it… higher than how much it is now since their bags’ prices always go up every year, not to mention their bags’ current prices are ridiculously high enough already! It’s gonna be worth it nevertheless. The story and journey to how I’ll get it will be worth it too – rather than getting it in just a snap of a finger (or more like swiping my mum’s plastic card that is lol) which won’t make me value the bag as much.

So y’all have probably have figured it out. This ain’t my bag! It’s my mum’s – well it was almost mine if I just said so. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I was just in Hong Kong a couple of weeks ago and my mum usually never leaves the place empty-handed without buying something fancy whenever we get to another country just so we can get to pound the tax-free shopping!! In fact, she asked me if I wanted a Chanel bag to which I said no. Proud of myself for rejecting that strong moment of temptation and for sticking to what I believe in!! Do you think I did the right thing?

I’d say dream about something, in this case, my dream Chanel bag (mind you, I’m not that shallow, I still have plenty of dreams to make them a reality!), then have faith in it coz nobody else will hand it to you. It’s all in your hands to reach for that dream.. no obstacle will be too difficult and no mountain will be too high for you if you really want that dream. Then, grab it very tight, never let it go and make it come true!!!

Hang in there baby.

Ciao for now kids xx

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You know you’re getting older when you get excited by shopping for ingredients of something you’ve planned to make. So today, I’ve slaved most of the day in the kitchen and decided to make the Japanese Rare Cheesecake! I didn’t know there’s such thing until I saw it while watching anime a couple weeks ago. So I got curious and Googled et voila!

Whipping things up in the kitches has been my way to decompress and detach myself from thinking too much these days (I, myself, had a bad week last week) since I don’t enjoy shopping in here as much as I do in London, Berlin, or in Hong Kong.

I also like the idea of making these things now and make it again in the near future for my future family – I can’t wait for them to have a taste of my cooking and baking skills! Do y’all think I’d make a good husband/dad? 😉

Now excuse me while I devour on this cheesecake and be in bliss before the people in this house finishes it!

P.S. it ain’t perfect because of the lumps – I know what to remove from the ingredients the next time I make it. xx

It ain’t just skin deep

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You can obviously tell that I’m in love based from on previous posts. Yes – I am in love… and very happy and very inspired that I can relate everything to the matters of love.

Today I’m gonna be talking about skincare, the one category I’m cheating on fashion with. I’d like to think of skincare as dating, you’d have to try lots and lots of products until you end up with the right formula that would suit your skin type. All of us have different skin types and have different skin concerns and needs, I for example, have oily skin and have tried tons of products from luxury brands to brands that you can find in drug stores and supermarkets. Obviously I’ve stayed loyal to those ones that worked (I still use them) and have ditched the ones that didn’t do the job at all and are all just about the hype and the packaging. And above all, the rule for having good skin is that it requires a lot of work and discipline on an every day basis. So far I can tell that my skin is quite good coz I’ve found the right ones…according to my friends, it’s blooming.

Same goes for dating, everyone is unique and not everyone is the same person. We all come from different types of upbringing, we also come from different walks of life, different family backgrounds, you name it. But when it comes to love, it’s all about finding the right person who has the same goals and dreams in life, and most importantly someone who has the same perspective in life and love as you do. I mean like skin, no relationship is perfect, it will be all smooth sailing and fun & games so you’d have to work with your other half to make each other grow deeper (pun intended lol) in your relationship and learn to be resilient at times of difficulty. I mean no relationship has no conflict or disagreement, it would always happen and it’s normal, so it’s all about learning how to dance with your partner in a storm. It takes two to tango after all. Think of it this way, you’re not going to be able to test a ship based on what you see on the dock but how it is when you see it sailing and when it faces storm.

With skincare, you’d be investing a lot of time, effort and sometimes money to achieve the skin that you’re aiming for. I, for example, is the type of person who can spend the whole day in bed, so can you imagine how hard it is for me to get up in the morning knowing that I’d have to do my almost half-hour routine? And having to do it again after a long day after work before going to bed? It’s a workout! One thing’s for sure though. It was all worth it.

Not sure if I’ve told you guys about this and I’m just going to say it anyway again. I have dated a lot of guys, some of them are handsome but are only looking for hookups, some of them are great but aren’t great enough to be in a long distance relationship (that was bound to happen anyway), and some aren’t just the right fit. Until Patrick came along, no one else in this world, not even my family or friends can handle me the same way he can, especially when I’m having anxiety/panic attacks and times where I’m “too clingy and too needy”. I am not too much for him as far as I can tell; besides, I believe that there isn’t anyone that you’re too much for, there are only people who have no effort. He’s always there for me when I need him the same way I am there when he needs me. He always makes me feel loved, understood, and appreciated. I’ve found the one, y’all!!!

I love you fluffy

Budding Bookworm

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Never have I finished 3 books in less than a month! I think I’m getting good in reading— and that I’m turning into a voracious reader as Amy Dunne is, lol. I’m not usually like this before, I didn’t even finish the Harry Potter and the Gossip Girl books way back god knows when. But these books with Crazy-ass Rich Asians in it are just so different! Everytime I open the book and start from where I left on feels like I’m immersing myself again to the world of bajillionaires.

First I was cheating on fashion with furnitures and home wares; now I’m cheating on fashion with books. I can’t shop anything “fashown” in here and even if I can, not a single basic Zara or H&M wearing person would appreciate if I flaunt my Pradas and Valentinos at the streets! I mean I even wear my J.W.Anderson Pierce bag in here and nobody even pays attention to it. Whereas in London, everyone would appreciate it. Or maybe I’m just going to the wrong places? Haha, now I’ve turned into some Crazy (not Rich) Asian myself!!!

I’m happy with my life though, unlike in the book, I can choose any man to settle down with and not be arranged to someone from another filthy-rich family with a well-known surname who would be, say, the future heir of a palm oil business or whatever.

It’s crazy to imagine that (although the book is fiction) there are literally people in the world who are “richer than God” and wouldn’t have to work or move a single muscle in their life but would still financially last for another millennium! And the way they live their lives are galaxies away from how regular people like moi live. How I wish I can have shit-tons of money like they do in the book – well, I guess it’s just an illusion but hey a girl can dream!

Now, excuse me while I dream of wearing that Calvin Klein 205W39NYC feather concoction

Ciao for now! xx

My New Essentials

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I would never leave my house without wearing any of these ones. I have developed a liking to laid back, understated, luxe things that only those with knowledge would know or recognise. Like my trusty Céline bracelet I’ve had for quite some time now – it literally goes with everything and adds a subtle elegance to any lewk I don. Same goes with this pair of sunglasses from The Row; in a world full of Dior ‘So Real’s and Chloé ‘Carlina’s, I’d like to have something that only a few people have (like everyone else, ironically)!

My skin is not perfect, I still have blemishes here and there but there are now days when my skin would cooperate with me that I’d only need a sunscreen and this concealer from Chanel that blends so well with my skin! As you all know, I love vanilla-based scents; I fell in love with this perfume from Serge Lutens the moment I tried it last year and has always been on top of my perfume rotation ever since I got it last month.

Now I have to make the same decisions in rebuilding a more laid-back, simple but luxe wardrobe like the Olsens! (and lose a 20lbs). This is by far the post that says I don’t need high maintenance at all, do y’all agree?

Ciao for now! xx

TWEED INDEED

 

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Edinburgh, Scotland — Edinburgh has always been one of the many places that I wanted to visit and I couldn’t be more than happy that I have finally visited this place and have ticked it off my list. The reason why I jutted it on my travel list is because of the way I felt after seeing it in the movie ‘Cloud Atlas’, not to mention that the storyline set in that place was a love story of a gay couple (which ended tragically, by the way).

I haven’t been to that many places in the UK, to be honest with you. I only went outside London a couple of times coz I love it so much in there. I mean, London is full of people with different shapes and sizes coming from different walks of life and there’s no other place in the world where I’ve felt more unique as a person than in London. I’ve only been to Bath and Edinburgh which I both absolutely loved! Though, I would’ve loved to travel some more.. I solely do believe that travelling is good for your soul. UK would’ve been perfect if the cold, grey, S.A.D-inducing weather wasn’t such a giveaway. To be fair, I quite naturally adapted with locals in terms of feeling that little shot of excitement whenever the sun appears (or whenever there’s sun in general)! The type of sunshine that’s hot enough for me to be able to ‘tan’ and get some ‘vitamin D’, iykwim, at Kensington Gardens or Hyde Park.

My impression of Edinburgh is that it looks like it’s a bigger version of Bath. The only thing that separates them, in my opinion, are their own gems: Bath’s Roman Baths and Edinburgh’s Scott Monument – mind you, I got obsessed with their uber delish deep fried Mars bars in Edinburgh!!! I can’t get enough of them!!! I only stayed in Edinburgh for a day and a half…same duration when I visited Stockholm (another love of mine!). The weather, however, is no different than in London except the wind is colder! I love the cold weather, don’t get me wrong. Being raised in a tropical country made me crave for colder climates so I can layer clothes and look chic but sometimes the cold can get a bit much.

Tweed is my absolute favourite…the rest can go scratch their backs!! I could wear tweed repeatedly without getting tired and love the way it elevates my mood even if I wear it with essential pieces (don’t wanna say basic..I’m allergic to basic lollz). I decided to wear this Carolina Herrera waistcoat and culottes on my last day in Edinburgh. Surprisingly, it wasn’t as cold as the day we arrived so I seized the day! But I still decided to wear my very old puffer jacket for some precautions and wear it à la Balenciaga…letting it expose a little of my shoulders.

Everyone knows that Chanel is the main purveyor of making the chicest tweed everythings and hopefully, one day, I’ll invest in a proper one. But for now, I’ll stick with this gilet that at least gives tweed the right amount justice. Also, it’s not like Carolina Herrera is bad after all.

Ciao for now! X

Tweed waistcoat and culottes by CH Carolina Herrera

Shot at Edinburgh, Scotland

BACK TO BATH

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As much as multi-cultural, diverse and fun London is, as well as the endless things to do in here, the usual or not, living in London makes one develop a love-hate relationship with it because of the same routine that you keep on doing everyday that makes you no different than a robot. I love London. A lot. But it’s nice to get away from there once in a while to unwind and recollect yourself from the environment that London has. Well, maybe it was quite often for me last year because of the many places I’ve been to! I mean, I don’t know anyone who never gets tired of seeing the same ol’ buildings and places on a daily basis, not to mention the few sightings of lush greenery — or at least in Central London where I currently live in which my only idea of a place that offers such ambience is either Kensington Gardens or Hyde Park. And did I mention the massive lack of sunshine??? No wonder why I myself get a bit too excited even just when seeing a ray of it.

And so, I decided to visit Bath…not that there’s any huge difference when it comes to the sunshine. Bath is my second most favourite place in England (just right after my beloved London) and it’s also my second time to visit this heritage town, my first time was around 3 summers ago when there was sunshine and hot weather which instantly made me fall in love with the place because of the cosy, homey vibes it makes you feel. I told myself before that I will definitely be coming back to this place again, and so I did. And if I had to mention (or even live in) a place where I think simple living is the norm, I will choose Bath over anywhere else!

I chose to wear Prada AW16 for this trip, to those of you who don’t know, I love Prada. I’m totally living and raving for anything that has Prada on it, lol. It’s to the point where if I had to choose a fashion brand as a religion, I would certainly choose this one. This lewk is long overdue to be taken photos of since I only wore it once during London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017. I’m totally obsessed with their ‘Cahier bag‘ that resembles a book (hence the name), in fact, I got it when it first came out and when Prada was testing the waters about the see-now-buy-now model. I’m glad I bought it when it first came out since the ones that followed had the gold Prada plaque at the front, on top of the flap which I found a rather tacky design. My shirt is also something that I preordered and which was a brainchild of Prada and Christophe Chemin’s (genius!!!) collaboration for the season.

I just needed to get away from London even just for a day and didn’t think twice of going to Bath the moment I thought about it. Going here again despite the fewer things you can do (Roman Baths, Jane Austen museum, Parade Park, etc.) compared to the ones in London is the price that I paid for experiencing the relaxed atmosphere that London for me, right now, doesn’t have.

I love Bath and will always do.

Ciao for now! x

Bag, shirt, trousers all by Prada (get the bag here)

Loafers from Stubbs & Wootton