Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Slow down, October


Well folks, it's that time of the semester again (What is sleep?).

It is also the best time to binge-shop online and watch psychological thrillers that I've missed out on this year.  Haven't seen Gone Girl yet? Well, you should. Nothing screams procrastination like some crazy bitch manipulation story with no happy ending.

Being stressed is also my most creatively productive state --what better way to not worry about exams than to DIY props for Halloween?  This year I opted for a more naturally terrifying character: a jellyfish.  What better way to scare Australians than to be a ferocious predator of the sea.  Will Smith's character in 7 Pounds can testify to this.  It also saves me time on the bloody face make up #winning

What do you do to procrastinate this exam season? Don't be shy OITNB fans, I know you're out there.








Look 1 & 2: Paper Heart tropical dress with midriff cut-out
Look 2: Vintage market find
Look 3: Miss Selfridge gold and glitter set sold in Glue stores

Monday, August 25, 2014

Hello, it has been awhile.

"Would you tell me please, which way I ought to go from here?"
"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat.
"I don't much care where –" said Alice.
"Then it doesn't matter which way you go," said the Cat.
"– so long as I get somewhere," Alice added as an explanation.
"Oh, you're sure to do that," said the Cat, "if you only walk long enough."

Sometimes when things get particularly hazy in life, it is often difficult to take the advice of a disappearing cat from a children's book.  It is precisely these moments however, that the advice of fictitious animals are the most relevant.  There are many things I could blame for my one year absence from Lookbook and this blog (and fashion in general), but if I am going to be completely honest (because it is a completely honest kind of day), most of that blame rests on me.  There is no crazy story or "busy-life-doing" that has thrown me off the face of the fashion-universe,  just one of a person being extravagantly average and wandering through the misty fog people often refer to as "life/the future" wondering what is just around the riverbend (Pocahontas seems to have a better grasp of life than most).
To be completely honest again, I still have no clue.  I know with great certainty that there is more to myself than this blog or my Lookbook profile or even my Facebook page (cue gasps).  Some people have that one thing that they ground their past, present and future on: a talent, a passion or a purpose.  Others drift through life wondering when it will hit them and when their life will change.  Identifying myself as the latter, I do not know what I know except what I know I do not know.  I am more than fashion, I am more than pictures.  I am also (but more than) neuroscience, psychology, Catholicism, feminism, literature, science, culture, community...

I am probably not in the best position to say this but if there is one thing I've learned from being a woman, and a human being, is this: We are often more than the sum of our parts.

You are sure to get somewhere if you walk long enough.







Wearing what should be a pair of baggy pants from Tree of Life (being short has its quirks) and Asos sandals.  
Accessory: Taken from my mum's old jewellery box
Photographs by Ben. Watch him play video games here !

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Why do you Lookbook?



A common question I get from people who live with me or from people who have seen my Lookbook updates on their newsfeed is "Why are you doing this?" or sometimes "What is Lookbook?"  

I always feel embarrassed when I have to explain myself because let's be honest, unless you make it big, you're really just playing dress-up.  I thought about this and I realised well, maybe playing dress up is better than not playing at all.

I've toyed with the idea of starting up my own Lookbook profile ever since the site started and was exclusive to a select few. But despite the interest, I never got around to it.  One night when I was stressing over an essay I had to write, I decided to take a 10 minute break and visited Gary Pepper's blog.  At this point, a friend came over and we had a discussion about fate and destiny and life and the concluding remarks he made was this: being a fashion blogger may never be my fate so there really isn't any point trying.  That really set me off because there is a possibility that this degree I'm studying for may not be my fate either.  In that case, why am I still trying?

It was disheartening to realise that no matter how much time and energy we invest into something, sometimes life just doesn't pan out that way.  We might end up in a 9-5 job that we hate, surrounded by people who couldn't care less about us and slowly letting go of the dream life we've always wanted.  I understand that our dreams and goals need to be realistic, but at some point you need to ask yourself, which astronaut has ever dreamed of touching the moon with the mentality that it was impossible?  

I'm not saying being a model or fashionista is my dream (guys, I am aware that I am 5 feet tall), but that's not my motivation to begin with.  Lookbook to me is a fashion diary for people to share looks and outfits and style ideas, not one where we compare photography skills and physical beauty. I don't upload photos thinking OH HOT DAYUM, I upload them for the same reason I browse through the feed.  I learn to put things together from the very little I have and the creativity keeps me going to look out for more outfit ideas.  

So yes, maybe it's not the most conventional hobby or the most humbling one, but not every hobby that involves the physical self is vain and egotistical and self-indulging.  Maybe sometimes a tiny asian girl who is two sizes too small and two heads too short enjoys putting different looks together, capturing it and hopefully inspiring style ideas of other lookbookers, just as much as they have inspired hers.

I take a lot of hate from people who judge me for being a part of a community that involves taking portraits of themselves, but if people take the time to know me outside of my lookbook account, they would know that my motivation has never been in superficial beauty or materialism.  I express myself through fashion (and music!) and it doesn't take a genius to figure out if I'm having a good day (lookbook update days) or a bad one (pajamas day), so why shouldn't I be a part of a community that share the same interests?

So in conclusion, I Lookbook because, why the hell not.

The Smell of Metal











Today has just been the loveliest day I've had in a long time.  The day began perfectly with the live screening of Doctor Who 50th anniversary special in 3D (mini heart attacks at every surprise appearance) and then it was an afternoon of beer and sun at Cockatoo Island.  The company was great, the music was good and the weather was just perfect.

My boyfriend and I decided to run around exploring the abandoned convict island and stumbled upon this cute little patch overlooking the harbour so we decided to do a Lookbook update.  Everything I'm wearing I got from a bargain sale (yay student budget!)

I'm gonna miss these beautiful sunny days.

If you like it, hype it here!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Caturday






Exams are over! hooray!  Here's a casual saturday look I put together with an obvious feline theme for a day out with the boyfriend.  He also takes my photos for me, that lovely lovely man :3  My biggest regret was not showing the Hello Kitty rings I had on.

If you like it, hype it on loobook here

Friday, November 15, 2013

A Japanese Wave







A quick shoot with a new pair of leggings I bought a while back but finally made it into my arms after getting lost in the mail for over a month.

A week until my summer break begins!

Find it on Lookbook here

Friday, November 8, 2013

Sunflowers














Revamping the blog by removing things of the past and focusing on things in the future.  

Starting the "new" blog with the 10 minutes I took out of my study time to change out of my PJs (that I have sadly been in all week) into something more delicate.  These beautiful sunflowers just started blooming but they've been sunlight deprived in my room so I took them out for some photos.

Wearing a lace Dangerfield dress that is 2 sizes too big (bargain buy!), a floral head-crown from Lovisa and wedges from Vincci.  Photo was taken in my backyard which was awkward because I also live with 200 other people (please don't judge me)

Also, rocking the awesome nails my lovely friend painted last night!

Find me on Lookbook here: http://lookbook.nu/lastdayofjuuly

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