Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Summer Dress and Yellow Bits - Easy Way Out

My always go-to combo when I am lazy to think of what to wear. The summer dress + belt + cardie combo. This time I wanted to wear the vintage stone necklace from my mom. I added other yellow bits to match.

Dress = from This Fashion, Singapore
Cardigan = from Fa Yuen St Market, Mongkok
Belt = from Orange, Puri Indah Mall, Jakarta
Necklace = vintage. It was my mom's late auntie's necklace
Floral wedges = from Kwai Chung Plaza, Kwai Fong
all remixed

Wore this ensemble to work

Monday, May 25, 2009

Sweet Cuts, Tough Bits

I love pairing sweet-cute things with tough bits. Just like this ensemble. A sweet summer dress (from Bali), a girly cardigan (Fa Yuen St Market, Mongkok), and a pair of pretty shoes (Union)...

with a silver pendant (from Primark, London)

A tough rock chick belt (from Zara)

...and a macho boy leather bracelet (borrowed from sous chef, bought in Taipei)

They gave the sweet and cute look a special punch.

All remixed ^_^

Friday, May 22, 2009

Vintage Ethnic Geometrix and Floral Skirt

Another pattern mixing extravaganza. I love the purple-pink-gray-blue shades on the vintage top, paired it with floral blue and whites and grey belt to tie them together.

Top = vintage, thrifted
Skirt = H&M
Belt = Orange, Puri Indah Mall, Jakarta
Shoes = Union, Mongkok
all remixed except the top

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Ethnic Batik Chic

Comfy cotton batik frock for summer. Wore it to work, with my favorite combo: belt belt belt!
But most of all, it's great to wear something nobody else wears (hardly anyone wears batik in Hong Kong, not even the Indonesian domestic helpers ^_^), it made me feel so special.

Dress = Batik cotton dress from Mal Ambassador Jakarta
Belt and bag = H&M
Shoes = Vincci, KL
all remixed

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Simply Fruity - A Home Decor Idea

We display flowers in glass vases all the time...or something fruits in a basket, but the way sc's mom returned my flower vase with a couple of bananas truly inspired me.
From this moment on, I shall use this method to create fruity centerpieces ^_^
Inspiration comes from everywhere, doesn't it?

Vintage Polka Dot + Modern Flowy

I love wearing vintage-modern mixes, such as this white-black-silver-pale-green/blue ensemble. I also have a thing for polka dotted goodies, including this thrifted top. I love the big sleeves, the neckline and the length of the top, which sits perfectly on my hips. I just added belt for extra definition.

Top = vintage, thrifted
Belt, skirt and bag = H&M
Shoes = Union
all remixed except the top

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Geometric Summer

I wore this dress in winter with an undershirt and tights, and now in summer, I can wear it on its own...ehm...with my new pair of shoes :)

Aren't they pretty with red toe nails?

Dress = Lady Story, Yau Ma Tei MTR Station
Belt and necklace = H&M
Shoes = Kwai Chung Plaza, Kwai Fong
All remixed

Monday, May 18, 2009

Weekend Outfits - Comfy Barong

What to wear climbing up hills exploring the hood? Something comfy enough for a hot summer day.

Top = Barong top from Sukawati Art Market, Bali
Shorts = H&M
Shoes = Nike
Socks = borrowed from sis and never returned, but not stolen

Damn, I forgot my shades

Sweet Plaid and Stripes

Another pattern and color mixing. Plaid, stripes & floral.
Very summer bubble gum-ish!

My life in full color, and my just delivered Eames.

Heels you can survive in. Aren't they cute?

Wore the ensemble for a short shopping trip to Kwai Fong.

Top = from Bay, London
Cardigan = from Sunway Pyramid Mall, Kuala Lumpur
Skirt = from Cotton On, Mongkok
Sandals = from Kwai Chung plaza, Kwai Fong
Bag = Argyle Center, Mongkok
Chair = from Horizon plaza, Ap Lei Chau
Chinese Posters = thrifted
all remixed, except the chair and the sandals

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Pinks and Browns

Love summer dresses, hate jeans. So, I wasn't gonna wear a pair of stuffy jeans for last casual Friday at work.

I love of shades of pink look with dark chocolate brown. Thus I love this silky, satiny, flowy summer dress. Glad I have a dark chocolate belt, and I gotta get myself more shoes! I don't have dark choco or pink shoes, how is that possible??!!

Dress = In Fashion, Mongkok, circa a few summers ago
Belt = Orange, Puri Indah Mall, Jakarta
Cardigan = Sunway Pyramid Mall, Kuala Lumpur
Shoes = Union
all remixed

Friday, May 15, 2009

Batik Chic

Another color combo for my favorite batik dress.
Previously, I paired the frock with red accents. Which combo do you like better?

Hmm...my hallway and bookcase made a good photo taking spot eh?

Batik dress = from Mal Ambassador, Jakarta
Belt = Mango
Necklace = faux pearl from Argyle Center, Mongkok, cream beads from H&M
Sandals = Union
Watch = Patrick Cox
Nail color = my favorite shade of sparkly red, from Revlon. Dries very quickly, satiny smooth finish ^_^

Shredded Tights - Hot or Not?

I love all things shredded. Shredded pork, beef, chicken....credit card bills...

Should I love this shredded tights look? This outfit for 32C balmy, stuffy day.
Hot or not?

Is it just me, or the homeless long haired guy looked kinda grunge-chic?

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Dreamy Creamy Lace Dress

This cream colored ensemble is so dreamy. I added touches of gold and just a bit of teal. It's perfect for a hot 32C day, comfy, but still sweet and chic, and those flat sandals are perfect for commuting.

Dress = Fa Yuen St Market, Prince Edward
Necklace = Kwai Chung Plaza
Belt = Argyle Center, Mongkok
Watch = Patrick Cox
Sandals = Union
all remixed

Vintage Wong Girls

I wonder if my mum and aunties still keep their clothes? I wanna go home and raid their old wardrobe.

Vintage Wong Series

My fabulous grandma.
So chic in her qibao, even after 9 kids! I wish I could fit into that dress ^_^

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Still Dressing Outta Boxes - Chinese Plaid + Blue & White Floral

Still dressed outta boxes and bags. It's done great things for me. It made me wear things I never could see in my old wardrobe.

Top = Chinese plaid cotton from Ladies Market, Mongkok
Skirt = Blue and White floral skirt from H&M
Belt and bag = H&M
Shoes = Union
all remixed :)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Dressing Outta Boxes

Nonono. Not dressing out of the box. I am not talking about being creative or innovative or anything clever. This is literally dressing outta boxes, the challenge of finding clothing items from all the packed clothes inside the carton boxes or the famous Hong Kong blue white red bags.

Not an excuse to look ugly, eh? I wore this casual-comfy-girly ensemble shopping for home knick knacks last weekend.

Top = from Lady Story, Yaumatei MTR Station
Skirt = Cotton On, Mongkok
Shoes = Vincci, Kuala Lumpur
Bag = H&M
all remixed

Monday, May 11, 2009

Mother's Day Flowers on HK Gangsta Folding Chair

This is one of those folding chairs which often appear in Hong Kong gangster/mafia movies, normally being used as a weapon to whack the heck outta the main actors in the movies.

I think it kinda looks pretty as a small side table, and the dual color carnations for SC's mom looked so pretty sitting on it.

In Indonesia, mother's day falls on 22 Dec. I still called my mum and wished her happy mother's day - the international version.

Here are some of the things why my mum is the best mum in the world (apart from the fact that she raised my sis and me alone and put up with all of our crap all these years):
- She lets me do pretty much whatever I like (look how not great I've turned out to be)
- She doesn't cook so she doesn't criticise the way I cook, but she taught me my first dish (the only dish she knows how to cook well, char kee kiew - stir fried vegetables and chicken)
- She forced me to attend ballet and electone classes (so I didn't end up rhythm and tone deaf)
- She never once asked me to wear longer skirts or higher cut tops (when you got it, flaunt it)
- She never sets a budget for my sis and me, but she simply sets a good example on how to spend reasonably (or is it our innate Javanese thriftiness?)
- My favorite mum quote: "If you are willing to work hard, you will never go jobless"
- Another favorite mum quote: "Let your man spend on you or himself, than on another girl" (indeed!)
- Favorite mum mispronunciations/special words: Gelael = galiel, KFC = ketakcy, sipatkuping, cau lut pai, ngorong (I am sure you have tonnes of words only you and your siblings know from your mum. Do share)

and many many more!

Happy mother's day, yummy mummies everywhere!

The Witch of Kowloon

Abracadabra! This useless witch could not even command the flat to clean itself, and the broom doesn't fly anywhere. Bah!

Life is too short to be underdressed (Another pointless philosophy which I don't always follow)

Summer dress = from Kuta, Bali
Cardigan = Fa Yuen St Market, Prince Edward
Belt = Argyle Center, Mongkok
Necklace = H&M
all remixed ^_^

Friday, May 8, 2009

I Want This on My Wall

I want one of these on my wall. Where do I get one?

Say It with Flowers - Hello Kitty Bouquet for Mom?

Say "I Love You" to mum with flowers, hope she won't say "That's such a waste of money! Here, let me teach you how to plant your own flowers and keep them alive". If the celebrating mum is into Hello Kitty, Yume florist (Central MTR Station near exit J) has just the bouquet for her.

Colorful Vintage + Black & White - Combating Friggin' Cold Office AC

I love my vintage chiffon dresses, but it gets too cold in the sub zero air conditioned office. Does it look good with black and white wool cardigan? I love the tiny little white hearts...sweet 'n cute.

Dress = vintage, thrifted
Belt = Argyle Center, Mongkok
Cardigan = Argyle Center, Mongkok
Shoes = Argyle Center, Mongkok
all remixed

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Vintage Top + Summer Dress + Boyish Belt

Unlikely combo? Not really! I really love how the stripes of the belt always tamed my sometimes too-girliness.

Top = vintage silk top - thrifted
Dress = Navy cotton summer dress
Belt = H&M
Bag = LV Trouville
Shoes = Union
all remixed except the thrifted top

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Sweet Animal

Can animalistic look be sweet?

Sure it can.

Wore the ensemble for a night's out to Soho, Central. Dinner and coffee with friends.
Cardigan = Fa Yuen St Market, HK$39
Dress = tube zebra print, from Kuta, Bali
Belt = from Orange, Jakarta
Necklace = gift from my sis
Bag = Argyle Center, Mongkok
Sandals = Uniqlo, Shatin

Does Anger Solve Everything? My First Painting Experience

It's so frustrating seeing how anger and rudeness wins. I wish everything in this world can be solve in peace and niceties.

Remember my home makeover? We asked someone to remove the existing hideous wallpapers and painted our walls, as well as adding crown moldings.

I thought I am patient and understanding, but now I realized that I am probably just have absolutely no attention to detail, not to mention a total pushover. I noticed some imperfections in the paint job and some bad joints of crown moldings. They bothered me a little, but I was prepared to let it go. I didn't plan to complain. Maybe I just wanted the place to finish faster.

SC communicated with the painter, asked him (very nicely) to fix the imperfections, and he gave us millions of excuses. Pretty much bullied us. I was prepared to just let it be. I thought, if niceties didn't work, then nothing will.

I was wrong.

SC's parents stopped over to check on the flat, and SC's dad gave the painter a huge chunk of his mind. He gave one heck of a speech, complained about everything, almost fuming with anger. The painter got defensive, voices were raised, arguments were heated. I hated confrontations and felt uncomfortable with the whole thing. What if the painter decided to throw his towels and stopped working half way? What if he did the job even more terribly than before? What if this, what if that?

The next day, magically, everything turned out better. All the paint imperfections were fixed, the bad joints of the crown moldings were replaced with good pieces. The painter was still a little grumpy, but he was doing it.

Damn. I hate it when anger rules, cos I suck at it.

On a happier note, I finally finished painting my frame! Yay! The frame was purchased separately (Rp.40.000), it's raw wood, so it didn't need much work, the Rangda (a character from an old Balinese tale) was Rp.35.000. I am sure they were overpriced, but since the lady who sold them were kind enough to tell us stories about the Balinese tale, I felt it was ok to pay a little higher.

The Rangda and the frame was put together in a frame shop for HK$40, with a pale pink cardboard background (I wanted shocking pink but he didn't have such color), and I painted the frame with a bright and pretty provence yellow shade.

It's gonna look so good on my red entrance wall.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

My Home, My Colors

Remember the colors I added to the flat?
Sure they look great on the flat, but do I look great in them?
Let's see...

My red entrance & I? Hawt or Nawt?

The grey living/dining. Don't I just pop?

I've always loved yellow. Should I not?

I looked crap in blue. What do you think?

Top = super comfy cotton bamboe tunic from Pasar Seni Sukowati, Bali, Rp.15.000
Necklace = Argyle Center, HK$20
Jeans = Marks and Spencer, HK$250
Sandals = Wing On, HK$50

Monday, May 4, 2009

Living with Colors

Finally! Beige ain't gonna be the star no more, bitches ^_^
First layer of red for the entrance. It shocked the heck outta my neighbor who happened to pass by and took a peek. I wanted a wow factor for the entrance, and red's ought to do it.

Grey is the new beige. This is my neutral, for the biggest part of the flat, living and dining, a base for me to slap on colors, blacks and whites later.

Something bright to keep the creative juices flowing. Yellow for study cum dressing room.

After all that excitement, I'd need a dose of calm. Very pretty blue for bedroom.

I love living with colors.