Sunday, August 17, 2014

First Breath After Coma

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"Beautiful things don't ask for attention."
-- The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, 2013.

I have always believed that we leave a bit of ourselves in the places that we go to. I left a bit of myself there that day.

And I wonder when will I be reunited with that part of myself again.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Accessorise with Accessories

Accessories are used by women to spice up their outfits and create different types of looks. While there are some who prefer to look simple, most women enjoy pairing different accessories with their clothes to create a variety of looks even if they are repeating their outfits. There are plenty of accessories to choose from such as sunglasses, hats, scarves, belts, rings and necklaces, which could dazzle up your outfit without going over the budget.

If like me, you don't have the luxury of taking your sweet time to get ready for work in the morning, accessories are the best toys to play with, without having to wreck your brain for outfit ideas. A simple monotonous outfit can be instantly made interesting with a colourful or edgy chain or chandelier earrings.

One could never go wrong with a statement necklace together with a plain white tee and tapered pants, or adding a printed scarf to your maxi dress to complete the bohemian look. However, wrong accessories choices could make or break your outfit. Fortunately, there are three fail-proof accessories that are sure to help you avoid jeopardising your outfit.

A no-brainer would be the popular sunglasses. Not only does a pair of shades protect your eyes from the harsh sunlight and UV rays, they are able to make a statement and even jazz up your everyday look. A pair of sunglasses could be worn with a simple tee, a floral blouse or even a mini bodycon dress and still look that they are part of the entire outfit. Wearing the right pair of shades that suits your face shape is important, so do take note of your face shape when picking out a pair.

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Danielle from We Wore What (top), and my favourite blogger Annabel of Blushing Ambition chose just the right shades for their face shape

Ladies who prefer a simple yet fuss-free approach can always opt for a scarf to dress up their look. There are multiple ways to style scarves with their outfits to suit their look. Some can choose to wrap it around their neck with various styles such as the modern one-loop or the bunny ears while some even can try draping it over their head for a sophisticated fashion look. Be sure to select scarves with colours that compliment your outfit and shows off your personality at the same time. Bright and striking colours and patterned scarves, which are always in trend, reveal an outgoing personality while soft, pastel shades exudes a certain elegance.

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The Blond Salad Chiara Ferragni styling a black scarf with loud prints

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Aimee of Song of Style adding a pop of colour to her striking blue jacket

A third choice would be hats but this accessory might be a little tricky to pair with your outfit compared to sunglasses and scarves. But no worries, you girls can apply the same tip as the sunglasses when picking out the right hat for yourselves. Take into account your face shape and just knock yourself out experimenting with the different types of hats available in the market. The trilby or panama may look amazing on some of your friends but it will probably not look good on you. Alternatively, try wearing a beanie or beret for a good-girl look or a floppy felt hat if you are going for a holiday feel outfit. Take your time to mix and match your hats with different looks because with the right selection of hats, your outfit will definitely look more fabulous.

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Cutie pie Bonnie Flashes of Style sure knows how to top off an already great outfit with a hat

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Bonnie's best friend and housemate Christina (from TropRouge) shares an equal love for hats but the way they style theirs are very different from each other

One place I find that you girls can easily get your hands on a wide selection of accessories is by checking out ZALORA for their accessories collection online. Scroll through their amazing accessories with the tip of your fingers and purchase them instantly. I recently purchased two statement necklaces from the site and I must say, I am really pleased with them!

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You should try browsing through the site - after all, a girl can never have too many accessories, right?

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Fragile

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The human mind is a strange place. The brain is a strong organ that controls the whole body and how it functions. Yet it can be so irrational and stubborn when faced with matters of the heart. When the heart wants what it wants, the mind seem to fall behind, helpless and lost, losing grip of the situation. Before you know it, the whole thing spirals out of control and then you have it - your heart in your hands, begging for someone to mend it. And that's when you think the heart learns that it should have listened to the brain in the first place, and vows never to make the same mistakes again.

Yet it still does, time and time again.

That's life isn't it? Knowingly going for what's bad for you yet we never learn. We almost always, never learn.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

The Sun Sets Prettier in Bali


Take off | volcano Mount Batur | dreamy Lake Batur | Barong dance | Batik painting technique | one of many pretty doors | travel buddies | taking in the Tegalalang terraced rice fields | morning view | luscious villa for our stay | afternoon view | all mine! | all mine again | catch the waves | Kuta beach view | staple food | hello | pondering about life | the sun indeed sets prettier in Bali

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Bali Waves

the neon-coloured waves. maybe it was a reflection from the sunset skies but the waves looked like it had an explosion of orange and pink tints. like those you get on a popsicle you ate as a child. the feeling came without me knowing it. i thought i would not get affected but it came suddenly. before i knew it, my head was spinning with thoughts. thoughts about this and that, the past and the future - questioning why life was like this. i sat there, not bothering if anyone was watching. they were. they have always been watching. but i just sat there staring at the candy-coloured waves gushing to shore. where were the waves rushing in from? i pondered again about many things. i felt a pang of anxiety. i was scared for a moment there. what if i never met him? what if i had finished my studies and went overseas for work instead? why is the sun setting? is this how the people in Phuket felt when the tsunami came for them years ago? were they also admiring the beautiful waves like i was at that precise moment before their demise? am i going to suffer from the same fate as well? we all live to die. am i even alive? the thoughts came one after another before i could even think of an answer to the previous one. the waves looked so beautiful i could not help staring at it. not beautiful, more like mesmerising. pulling me in. the sun was showing its last glimpses of light. i blinked and looked away. tears appeared out of nowhere and left the corner of my left eye. the sun had set by then. night had fallen. i looked up. clouds the shape of meanders like those on maps looked at me. i laughed. maybe i am not alone. no, they are always watching. always.