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touch of gold.

Jul 22, 2014 / , , , , , , , , , , ,

Dress: c/o Zalora Singapore, Bag: Mango, Heels: Charles & Keith 

Earlier this year, on one of my brief trips to sunny Singapore, I had the pleasure of shooting a series of outfit posts with the gorgeous (and extremeeely talented) Fiona Sng. The previous post, which featured a diverse range of renowned brands – both local and internationally loved – was published in April, and you can check it out here. This ensemble had a distinctly party-esque aspect to it, standing out against the gorgeous scenery that the heart of China Town (where we conducted the shoot) offered. Against delicately designed walls and a lush, green backdrop, the  The dress I chose is from ZALORA Singapore, my go-to online retailer for beautiful clothing and commendable quality. The nude tone, a subtle and natural choice, offers a certain versatility – it works for both day and night looks. With a cross neckline and a bodycon silhouette, the dress is a gorgeous choice for any semi-formal or formal occasion, depending on the styling. In this particular look, there is a balance between the formal essence of a nighttime look and the casual day ensemble fitting for a lunch party. The accessories – a striking Mango bag and golden heels – delivered such a quality to the look, one that Fiona captured perfectly. 

Charles and Keith has a long-withstanding reputation for being dedicated to sleek, effortless designs with sustainable quality and refreshing touches. What else could a girl want? To brighten up the look, the ideal shoes are, of course, a pair of heels from the brand. With an elegant, rustic gold coloring and sequin-encrusted design, the shoes were in sync with the essence of the outfit, while bringing a new element of sophisticated grunge. The heels are among the most comfortable I've ever worn; a definite plus when walking around the hilly location of our shoot! Comfort and style go hand-in-hand, and Charles & Keith delivers this quality to its clients always. A paper-thin Mango clutch was the final touch to the look, in a vibrant fuchsia tone and snake-skin texture. While in London and Spain this summer, the clutch was among the most used of all my accessories, constantly complimenting every #ootd and adding a dash of color to every monochromatic ensemble that I happened to wear. With such trusted brands by our sides, what more could we need to pull together the perfect party look?


the mango factor.

Jul 18, 2014 /

While traveling across sunny Spain, exploring the beautiful monuments and discovering little gems in each city, one thing has been more apparent to me than anything else: Mango is among the most loved Spanish brands. And for all the right reasons. Whether I was in Seville or Barcelona, it was hard to not spot a Mango outlet – and peek inside to see more of the brand's covetable pieces. The phenomenon of the store is all due to the Mango factor; the essence it holds which leads to its undeniable success. This factor consists of a important criteria, including versatility, design strength, and everlasting charm. All of which Mango executes with season after season. The brand's versatility is behind a lot of its success. Whether you are going for the bohemian look that summer demands or an elegant ensemble to mimic the models who don such clothes, Mango has it all. 

While the first look has a daring metallic edge, through the silver touch and iridescent accessories, the look above is just as fabulous – despite how different it is. Mango offers you the best of both worlds, and putting together these outfits has shown me just how evident this is. With boyfriend jeans (and a perfectly distressed touch on the denim) and a silk top which strikes the perfect balance between masculine and feminine ways of dressing, the androgynous outfit has never been more appealing. I've never been inclined towards this style of dressing, although it has made a wave through in the fashion world in the form of street style and off-duty wear. Mango's carefully striking pieces are the ideal components for such a way of dressing. 

In a look that best encapsulates my style at the moment, Mango has offered a airy, vicarious vibe in the majority of the summer collection. Putting together the different options allows you to dress in the bohemian way that so many brands have adopted as their main style – such as Free People, for example. The wonderful part about Mango is that it does not stick to one such style, covering a startling variety while maintaining consistency. Go for the paisley-print, India-inspired maxi, adding simplistic sandals and the touch of bold jewelry to complete the look. 

What do you think of the Mango factor? Which is your favorite look? 

– M

color of summer | urban outfitters lookbook.

Jul 6, 2014 / , , , , ,

Lookbook: White it Out

In the midst of a scorching hot summer, the most valuable color a girl can have is a subdued, quiet tone to balance out the unrelenting heat and color that is synonymous with the season. Naturally, the fashion world has this color picked and perfected and it remains a summer staple year after year. All white ensembles bring elegance, comfort, and a chic factor to every wardrobe, with versatility and strength that is neither attention-seeking nor played-out. Urban Outfitters turned to the hue for their Spring/Summer lookbook – aptly titled, White It Out.  While I've been in London, shopping (along with sightseeing and enjoying the city's unpredictable yet usually lovely weather) has been a priority among other things. And of course, upon hitting Oxford Street, Urban Outfitter's gorgeous flagship store was one of the first places my sister and I decided to look into. So stay tuned for many outfit posts featuring my gorgeous UO finds. In the meantime, let's look at the brand's beautiful presentation of one of its most recent collections, featuring a color we should all be turning to this summer. Throughout the lookbook, in which there was no consistent theme other than the color that united each outfit featured, white was prominent and dazzling, no matter which form it was presented in.

UO is quite known for its cool, edgy take on clothing, more contemporary and relaxed than other labels that share its youth factor. More than anything, it is unapologetic and bold, as we all should be in the way we dress. These details are applicable to their summer lookbook, which intertwined thought-provoking creative decisions with emphasis on the clothing itself. Set in a sublime studio for most of the shoot, the UO models posed in a location with natural light seeping through large windows, reminiscent of the ideal ballet/dance studio. White walls were somehow the perfect match for an all-white ensemble, overall refreshing and soothing to look at. The atmosphere of the shoot is that of the clothing itself – casual but with purpose, effortless but able to turn a few heads. And the clothes? Delicate, opaque slips, bralets, boyfriend jeans with more than a few rips, made-for-summer cutoffs, and V-neck shirts. All of which are considered summer staples if there ever were some, and pulled through with a bit of extra Urban Outfitters charm. Whether you pick the slouchy sweater to stroll on the streets of Paris or don the quintessential shorts-and-shirt combination for a trip to the beach, giving the color white a chance this summer is Urban Outfitter's well-received message.