Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Le Maison Bleu

Legendary in the annals of the history of Penang is the awe-inspiring Cheong Fat Tze Mansion in Leith Street. Dubbed “La Maison Blue”, this flamboyant masterpiece of 38 rooms, 5 courtyards, 7 staircases and 220 windows took a very special man to create.

Of his vast empire, Cheong Fat Tze chose Penang to build the most elaborate of his homes and to raise his sons. It is reputed to be one of only two such buildings of this size, outside China and certainly the most perfected. While the Mansion’s floorplan is Chinese, the overall effect is eclectic and typical of 19th century Straits Settlements architecture. Gothic louvered windows, Chinese cut-and-paste porcelain work, Stoke-on-Trent floor tiles, Scottish cast iron works and Art Nouveau stained glass are among the features to be found in this inspired work of art.

No wonder, Cheong Fat Tze Mansion was awarded as one of the 10 greatest mansions in the world (Lonely Planet 2011) and winner of Most Excellent Project by the UNESCO Heritage Conservation Awards in 2000.


I am chuffed that without anything in particular planned on a Sunday morning in George Town before we board our cruise ship in the afternoon (yessss, more of that soon!), I discovered this utterly gorgeous mansion. Their daily tour also luckily fitted in our schedule so we were able to check out this pride of Leith street. How coincidental also that I brought a dress that matches their interiors that somehow reminded me of Morocco's blue city πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™ (not that I've been to but dreaming to visit one day πŸ˜). This mansion is truly a must-see when in Penang. :)

Saturday, January 14, 2017

La Vie de Boheme

To take the world as one finds it, the bad with the good, making the best of the present moment – to laugh at Fortune alike whether she be generous or unkind – to spend freely when one has money, and to hope gaily when one has none –to fleet the time carelessly, living for love and art – this is the temper and spirit of the modern Bohemian in his outward and visible aspect. - Gelett Burgess

The word Bohemian (not to be confused as residents of the country) first came from the French word referring to gypsies or the Romani people who moved to France before the 18th century (I couldn’t find the exact date). Bohemianism emerged in France then when artists and creators began to concentrate in their lower-rent, lower class Romani neighborhoods. And when it appeared in the English language in the 19th century, it is used to describe the non-traditional lifestyles of these marginalized and impoverished artists, writers, journalists, musicians and actors in major European cities.

Reading up on the Bohemian spirit cited from an American writer’s description above, it’s easy to say that I could totally relate. But another thing that’s a characteristic of Bohemianism? Voluntary poverty. Ooops. πŸ™Š

Free and easy are some of the few words to describe the early bohemian outfits and style which is characterized by light floaty fabrics or the peasant look. And this big question still remains in me, how come white lace dresses are associated with this lifestyle? Ahaha. All these history didn’t really connect to assure myself that I was wearing something proper for our year-end company party. Lol! From what I gathered, natural materials (in line with their earth-loving ethos) are a fabric choice for the boho-chic trend (a trend that was popularized by Kate Moss and Sienna Miller in the early 2000s in music festivals) and emphasis on ethereal look made chiffon, lace and silk appropriate. I guess my look fell into the modern boho-chic look and the one who won the best outfit in the company (a staff of mine btw) really embodied the pure bohemian look and spirit in her long, curly locks, loose printed dress with another printed cape accessorized with dreamcatcher necklace and bindi jewels in the face. She totally nailed it. Don't worry, I did my best to be an entertaining bo-host that night. Lol! πŸ˜‚

Dress: H&M; Boots: Mango

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Sexy Edge

They say, if you wanted to be sexy in the 90s, you went sheer. Think Kate Moss' iconic metallic sheer slip dress. Not only slip dresses, 90's -inspired sheer black top (and boydsuit) are also back. You can also see the bodysuit worn as swimsuit here. Styled over a bra or camisole and it can be daring although, there are also many ways to wear it demure as seen layered in this season's styles. But to be honest, the bff and I really bought together this sheer top for dancing purposes. And this is how I wore it below for a dance performance in our company's year-end party.

Another 90s trend in here that's been popping up on the legs of fashion bloggers lately? The fishnet tights. Sure, they won't exactly keep you warm as tights for this winter season but they certainly add a little something extra when styled under ripped jeans. Styled with thigh-high boots below, fishnets add a little texture. Combined with sheer and denim (and a moto jacket that was removed at the beginning of the dance number, haha!) altogether and they add the right amount of playful edge to your outfit. πŸ‘―πŸ‘―πŸ‘―

Top/ Shorts: H&M; Sports bra: Calvin Klein; Belt: Mango; Shoes: Chinese Laundry

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Band Tee

As you may have learned from this 2-year old post (kudos to you if you’ve been following this blog for that long, πŸ˜‚), I’m not a t-shirt type of gal. Or maybe to be more accurate, you wouldn’t catch me dead wearing a shirt alone. Sure, sometimes I’d wear a plain white one but I make sure it has an eye-catching accessory with it. Don’t get me wrong but I do sometimes wish I was a shirt and jeans type of girl. Things would be much easier. πŸ˜œ

As for this graphic shirt trend that’s recently been resurging, I couldn’t help but change this disposition specially when I found this Rolling Stones shirt. A cool graphic top is indeed the best solution to I-have-nothing-to-wear days. Heck, Kendall Jenner even wore ‘em without pants on as seen here. πŸ™ˆ Of note here is how I also couldn’t stop pairing with my recent ankle boots in patent leather. But you’ve got to agree with me here, they’re just simply a match made in rock and roll heaven! πŸ‘…πŸ˜Ž✌️🎸

Shirt: Zara; Shorts: H&M; Shoes: Mango

Shirt: Zara; Trousers: Dorothy Perkins; Shoes: Mango; Bag: Here

Shirt: Zara; Skirt: H&M; Shoes: Mango

Shirt: Zara; Leggings: Here; Shoes: Mango

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Subdued (All Black Part 2)

Guess you can say I’ve been reading so much style tips from websites or that I really do wanted to belong in New York City during my short visit last year when I realized how much it affected what I wore after reading this recent article. If you’re too lazy to click on the article, let me sum up a few points here. According to the author, living in the city is already difficult enough and as a result it kind of has an effect on their style in the ffg ways: (1) wearing less make up (very me! ✋) because they can't be bothered at all, (2) opting for flats over heels 99% of the time because of the subway walks (check out what I wore here) and (3) wearing way more black however clichΓ© it is. So, let's just focus on that third item as I feature another set of all black outfits that kind of makes me a New Yorker wanna be. πŸ˜œ

Just an fyi, this is already my second post for this subdued color pattern (first one here), so more or less the tips applied in the first post still apply. Anyway, a few reasons why I love wearing black is listed in each look and in the tips below. Enjoy :)

Look #1: Edgy. An all-black outfit lends itself nicely to a downtown look.

Top/ Skirt: H&M; Shoes: Mango

Look #2: Sheer advantage. If wearing all black feels a little too heavy, you can always layer it with something sheer. :)

Bodysuit: H&M; Dress/ Shoes/ Bag: Mango

Look #3: Play with textures. The beauty of an all-black outfit is that you can mix textures without creating an overly busy ensemble. Like a sheer/ velvet and tutu skirt here.

Bodysuit/ Shoes: H&M; Skirt: Kashieca; Clutch: Mango

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

2016 Squad

It's that time of the year again when you take a moment to reflect and thank some people who made this year a memorable one. Of course, this being a style blog #ootds (or lack thereof) included. Lol!

Let's start with the bff. I know I just featured her two posts ago but I couldn't have been more thankful for the level of closeness we shared this year. Just a little background, we've known each other as "seatmates" from the backside of a jampacked Retropop class on a weekend some 5 years ago. On Wednesday nights though, we take it up a notch and take the left front side of the GX (group exercise) classroom because we're that rad in hiphop. Lol! We started really to get closer when we both trained as Retropop instructors in the gym two years ago and even more so when we both shared the same "olats" (losers in lovelife) status this year. Also a certified Karen (kaladkarin), I could easily pull her to places I wanna go to even on a very sudden birthday trip to a wellness sanctuary.

Aside from being the package deal (her +1), we're also quite known as the twinnies in the gym. Ze bff and I own a lot of the same pieces (her size a tad smaller of course, lol!) and sometimes even turns up together in unexpected matchy matchy pieces.

The million dollar question will finally be answered. Most of you who are so curious about my instagram-husband photographer would be satisfied to know that this fella is responsible for my #ootds. One of my trusted staff at work, this talented guy is one of the persons I share most of my passion in life with: dancing, traveling, fashion/ styling and lovelife goals. Lol. Though x years my junior, it's amazing how he could knock some sense into me when I talk to him about ze boyz. The talk doesn't seriously get more real (albeit funny) with him. =))

Same with ze bff, we also turn up sometimes in matchy matchy outfits as seen below. What can I say, great minds do think alike! Hahaha!!!