27 August 2013

blonde ambition

i first discovered soo joo park on zac posen's instagram - how stunning does she look in those pictures? i immediately screen captured the photos of her and kept them on my phone.

my initial sighting of her sparked a crazy idea in my head - what would i look like blonde? i decided to investigate further.

here is soo joo with black hair:


and here she is as a blonde:


um, amazing! don't you think she looks even better? the more i looked at pictures of her, the more i became obsessed with going blonde. not crappy asian blonde which looks sandy or even orange (heaven forbid), but really white blonde. go hard or go home i say. even with some regrowth i still think she looks pretty awesome.

ok, ok, i know, she is a freaking gorgeous model and i am not. 
yes, yes, it will ruin my healthy black hair - never been dyed (my hairdressers still can't believe it). 
alright, alright, it is a LOT of investment - up front for the initial bleaching and then the upkeep.

but i just can't get it out of my head. 

recently, one of my favourite bloggers, vanessa of the haute pursuit, took the plunge:


doesn't she look incredible? ok, so she does have vaguely similar features to soo joo - slim, pointed face and model-like features, but i have almost convinced myself this could work.

what are your thoughts? reckon i could pull it off?

images via park soo joo and the haute pursuit

22 August 2013

cookin'

 top: h&m | shorts: emma cook | hat: vintage | shoes: acne | bag: balenciaga | watch: michael kors

these are my sister's shorts, but she doesn't use them so i am "temporarily borrowing" them...

emma cook - a UK designer known for her incredible digital prints. i remember first coming across emma cook in 2008 when i saw one of her dresses in a store - silk, midi length with an amazing animal circus pattern. it was absolutely stunning. also $900. to be honest, i prefer emma cook's earlier collections as i think they were a bit more subtle and intricate. the last few seasons have been a little gaudy for my personal taste.

my sister got these shorts about 3 or so years ago i think - around the time when emma cook was doing great stuff (imo). although they are probably a size too big, rather see-through and verge on lingerie, they are silky, comfortable perfection.

21 August 2013

onesies

i love an all-in-one, no fuss outfit. onesies are even better than dresses since you don't have to think about the wind blowing your skirt up (yes, it has happened to me and i was wearing fluoro undies walking past an outdoor restaurant full of people) and it's easier to sit on the ground.

albeit slightly awkward going to the toilet and practically having to completely undress, the onesie is fast becoming a wardrobe staple. while generally associated with spring/summer and music festivals, you can transition into winter by just throwing a long-sleeve top underneath or adding a jacket or some tights. even just wearing a simple white tee under a onesie can bring it to a whole new level.

below are a few of my favourite picks. loving the strapless jumpsuits from zara for a more polished evening look.

onesies

from left to right:
cream playsuit: topshop | black strapless jumpsuit: zara | black strapless jumpsuit with beading: zara | blue playsuit: topshop | patterned sleeved playsuit: zara | casual jumpsuit: zara | patterned playsuit: zara | black playsuit: topshop | paisley dungaree: topshop | white jumpsuit: topshop | peach jumpsuit: topshop | denim dungarees: topshop 1, 2 and 3 | polka dot playsuit: motel | embroidered playsuit: river island | patterned playsuit: zara

and some more if you feel like going a bit CRAZY:
playsuits: asos, alice mccall, finders keepers white and black, lover, dolce vita, joie
jumpsuits: kigu (for funsies (in your onesies)), asos, asos, asos, aqua jagger, addison, camilla and marc, ladakh 

19 August 2013

hippie

beanie: handmade from argentina | jacket: lonely hearts | top: one teaspoon | shorts: ksubi | shoes: acne | wallet: celine | rings: cartier, alexander McQueen | watch: cartier

my sister told me i look like a hippie. not sure that it's a completely accurate description, but i'll go along with it.

18 August 2013

think hercules

ancient greek sandals

ancient greek sandals. i am officially obsessed.

i found the silver strap ones (far left) on sale at elle boutique a few months ago and i absolutely love them. really easy to wear and very well made, not to mention comfortable (albeit somewhat lacking in support).

mind you, paying over $200 for sandals is a little steep in my opinion, so if you can find these beauties on sale i say go for it. they are also handmade in greece, which in my mind makes them more authentic.

loving the ones with the wings. i think these are going to be my new summer sandal staples.

buy them here, here, here, here or here.

15 August 2013

bargain baby

top: bec & bridge | jeans: j brand | necklace: APC | watch: michael kors | ring: pamela love | bag: vintage dior | shoes: charlotte olympia

 jeans - $30 on ebay.

leather tee (wishlist - tick!) 30% off.

shoes 70% off from the outnet.

**note: these purchases were all made pre-august clean month

14 August 2013

on my mind

on my mind 8

watch: michael kors | bag: proenza schooler | sunnies: ksubi | top: j crew | jeans: christopher kane x j brand | ring: cartier | shoes: acne

my cousin owns the medium PS1 in peacock blue. after seeing her carry it, i can't stop thinking about it...

12 August 2013

you beauty

thought i would do a smallcomprehensive post on beauty products i use and that i would highly recommend.

skin care:
simple

i use a facial scrub, cleanser, toner and moisturiser all by simple. their products have no scent and are the basic of basic skin care range. very affordable and accessible. while i used to shy away from "cheap" skincare, i have realised that my skin doesn't need all this anti-aging stuff, but something that is no fuss. so far so good. my skin has been very consistent since using this product. i also highly recommend their facial wipes.
  
hair:

hair spray
 
base makeup:

face

i use lancôme la base pro perfecting makeup primer. i haven't tried that many primers, but i have found lancome's to be very good. recently tried smashbox and also found theirs quite good - feels the same as lancôme and is slightly cheaper. win.

foundation - i use shiseido, but mostly because i'm asian and they do great products for asian skin. i use their perfect refining foundation for something lighter and their radiant lifting foundation for really good coverage. i also love their natural finish cream concealer. i then dab a small bit of loose powder over my foundation and concealer just to set the foundation. i have been using maybelline's shine free oil control recently since it's pretty cheap.

more makeup:

eye shadow


eye shadow. i've been given lots of MAC eye shadow palettes for the last 10 years and they have lasted me very well. i think MAC's eye shadows are really good and long lasting.

i recently bought the naked palette by urban decay. don't think you can get this in australia unfortunately. i got it in malaysia from sephora. if you ever get the chance to buy this palette, i highly recommend it! all the natural colours you could want in one place. and all the shades go perfectly with one another.

i also own urban decay's smoked palette, which helps you achieve a great smokey eye look (also with step by step instructions!)

eyes

mascara - now this has been a big challenge for me. please be aware that i have the thinnest, shortest, straightest eye lashes ever and it has been such a long process for me to find a good mascara. even after curling my eyelashes to the extreme i find some brands tend to cause them to droop back down again! argh! and then other brands (even though they claim to be waterproof) smudge all over my face after only a few hours of use.

the best ones i have found so far: random japanese brands and shiseido.

ones i avoid: chanel, dior, nars, eyeko, lancôme.

i highly recommend stila's liquid eyeliner. waterproof and pretty easy to use, once you get the hang of it. my rule for applying liquid eyeliner is to do it after the mascara step, so it's easier to line up with your eyelash line. also, if you're going for the cat eye look, the tick at the end should be directed towards the end point of your eyebrow. 



lips


lipsticks are probably my favourite part of the makeup process. i tend to steer away from pinks and lighter shades as they mostly clash with my skin.

my recommended dark shades are: MAC dubonnet, lancôme l'absolu rouge in smoky rouge, YSL rouge pur couture in belle de rose

my recommended brighter/lighter colours are: MAC rebel, MAC girl about town, YSL volupté sheer candy in sweet fig, shiseido perfect rouge in rouge parfait (great light pink for tanned asian skin)

i love lancôme's juicy tubes for a great long-lasting lip gloss.


phew. that turned out to be way more epic that i intended. i hope my rundown is helpful!

any products that you would recommend?