Tuesday, September 8, 2009

I blue myself(?)

I have a back load of outfit posts due to my previous inactivity so I figured I'd just 'shop three thematic outfits together to save me the hassle of posting and you reading.

While red is my favourite colour this day, I will admit that when I was younger and rebelling against all things feminine, blue was the colour of choice for me. It was after all the stereotypical 'boy colour' and in my haste to disassociate myself from all things girly, I rejected the boldness of red. It seems that while I may have grown more receptive to things, some things just remain inherent. I actually wore these three outfits consecutively over three days. Need I say that navy blue is pretty up there in my books?

I love the navy (blue)
(left)Dress: Online, Belt: Mum's, Shoes: Topshop; (middle)Dress: thrifted Sportsgirl, thrifted belt, Topshop shoes; (right)Dress: Vintage, Tanktop: Bonds, Belt: From another dress, Shoes: Wittner

Someday I'll make a post about my favourite most useful buys. That vintage camera bag that I tote around everywhere that you see over there ranks no. 2 on that list. All that space allows me to chuck two cameras, a couple of notebooks, voice recorder and book among other things at all times. The downside to it is at events or packed places, I'm that asshole hitting everyone left, right and center with my gigantic bag as I try to get from Point A to B.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Walking in a (warm) winter wonderland

Since I've left Melbourne, I've been in mourning for the wonders that is Melbourne's Camberwell Sunday Market. Chaz and I (with Snakes and BigAd) used to go every Sunday morning, which is a huge feat for me considering I detest waking early without a life or death reason. We'd spend the day roaming around the stalls, examining the curiosities others have put up for sale, while having highly amusing debates trying to persuade each other why we should totally put down that top/skirt/kitschy phone in the shape of a grand piano (regret, Chaz!). Other times, I'd go alone and just wander around soaking in the disgustingly early sunshine while nibbling on a chocolate croissant. Okay, lies. I don't nibble, I chomp. It's certainly one of my most recommended places to visit while in Melbourne and I miss it rather dearly especially since I've been unable to find an equal venue here in Malaysia.

Last Saturday though I happened to be around Amcorp Mall and figured I'd drop by for their acclaimed weekend flea market, purported to be one of the oldest, if not oldest, flea market in the Klang Valley. Oh my gosh! So much brilliant hidden treasures waiting in this historic flea market! There's a damn good reason it's been around for as long as it has (11 years?) and the friendly folks and great wares on offer are it, I reckon. Suddenly, I've found an equal for Camberwell! I spent my time talking to this gentleman about his collection of vintage typewriters where he told me about really old models I never even thought capable of existing. I also purchased a 1960s vintage suitcase from Mrs Lee who has an amazing collection of vintage bags for sale!

I also thrifted this knitted sweater which reminded me a lot of Liv Tyler's outfit in one of my favourite movies from the 90s, Empire Records. Although technically, come to think of it, it's so much more like the sweater A.J. wore instead.

Winterwear in summerweather
Knitted sweater: Thrifted, Top: F.O.S, Skirt: Dangerfield, Necklace: eBay

And yes, knitwear in tropical climate? Thank goodness for freezing air-conditioned offices that help justify the thicker material! There are so many things I miss about Melbourne. I'm just glad that there's one less thing to miss about that beautiful city.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Menswear Take 124951789.

I've always had a soft spot for menswear-inspired clothing, as witnessed here, here, here, here and here. I think if my figure had remained boy-ish, my wardrobe would have been completely different, less dresses and flared skirts, and more vests, tailored shorts, and slouchy tees. But puberty had to come, and force me into a pear shape. =( Damn you mother nature!!

Anyways. Despite wearing a white tee, I felt compelled to cover it up with as many pieces of black clothing as I possibly could. I'm sorry, I've tried, but I just can't do it. It's just so... white.

AA white v-neck tee, Alice in the Eve vest, Satch blazer (thrifted), UO shorts, black tights, thrifted brogues, Burberry fedora

PS. I have no idea why I'm pouting like that in my pictures. Let's just pretend that I'm not doing it...

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Now You See Her, Now You Dont.

So, I think we've established by now that I am the queen of disappearing. But yeah, I think I've been very much lacking inspiration for what I wear, as well as the patience in taking my own pictures. I often wished that my apartment had a backyard or balcony that I could stand on, one preferably with heaps and heaps of natural lighting. These florescent lights are doing nothing for me. Haha. One day though, one day I shall move into a nice place, flooded with light, and set up a little photography corner. And since I'm daydreaming, it'll also have a nice big walk-in wardrobe. In fact, screw that, I'll just convert one of the spare rooms into a wardrobe, with a wall just for my bags and shoes. Ooo... a huge kitchen would be nice as well, one with heaps of counter space... And maybe an additional oven... with a nice big shelf for all my cookbooks...

So, on that note, what do you do to stay inspired? Both in what you wear, and how you take your pictures?

Marnie Skilling top, thrifted shorts, black AA leggings, Nine West boots, thrifted black scarf

Thrifted floral dress (worn as skirt), Gap black cardi, hand-me-down patent black belt, black tights, Payless patent black flats.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

"It's business time," sings Flight of the Conchords

I haven't been online a lot especially since the start of my new job a week and a half ago. I was in the teaching line before but some random insanely great opportunity came my way and with sheer utter luck I now find myself working in media, the field in which I've nurtured a burning passion for since I was about yay high (gestures to hip level). This company is in new media - rather fitting since I've always been rather obsessed with its latent potential and chose a lot of new media related subjects back in school. One of my best paper at uni, the few that I'm truly proud of, talked about the convergence of new media with politics. More specifically it talked about how in time which ever political party had the upper hand in harnessing the powers of new media, be it through familiarity or information flow, will come out on top in elections. I wrote this paper in 2006. In 2008, Barack Obama and the democratic party in America clinched victory, and I daresay a big part of it had to do with their better handling of new media.

Anyway, I got off track. As it stands, I am not in politics currently, nor will I ever be in the unforseeable future. Instead you can find me at tonguechic[dot]com. It's a strange thing, this 'getting where I want to be' personal achievement. I find that I am not quite ready to introduce myself as a journalist or a writer simply because I do not think that my skills are quite worthy yet. In my mind, journalism is old school - think Dorothy Parker and the Knights of the Algonquin Round Table. It's rather ironic how my self-judgment is so entrenched in the old, when my beliefs are tilted towards the modern.

Long story cut short, my new work place is rather relaxed about clothing. Something which finally motivated me to put on the other 95% of my wardrobe that were previously not practical, especially with young'uns in the mix.

So this is me today:
Srz bsnz
Blazer: Sisley, Badge: online, Tshirt: Topman, Shorts: Valleygirl, Tights: Safeway, Melbourne, Shoes Docs via eBay

(Well not today since my outfit shots are all not in order anymore.)

If it isn't evident, I've decided to retires jeans for an undecided time being. I need a reprieve from all that length, me thinks.

Tomorrow I will be covering the MTV World Stage Live concert in Malaysia. At a loss to what to wear, I've googled some Lollapalooza 2009 style shots that you can also see here and here. My biggest issue is shoes. I haven't worn open-toed shoes/slippers in a really long time and I'm fairly certain that I have forgotten how to style it together with the rest of my wardrobe. Should I want to, I don't own any either. So what will go on my feet then?!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Challenge Outfit IV

This weekend, the Hello Sailor vintage fair was once again held in the city. I've always wanted to go, but since it only seemed to be advertised via word of mouth or through facebook (which I don't use that often), I never knew when it was. But this time, we managed to catch whispers of it just in time, and one of my most exciting buys was a tailcoat jacket. FINALLY, after so many months of searching for a decently priced one, I've found it. The only problem is that since it's a men's jacket, I'll have to get the shoulder's taken in a bit, or risk looking like a linebacker.

Anyways, this was what I wore.

Luella for target striped jacket (thrifted); Lover initiation bodysuit; Wayne Cooper skirt; black tights, thrifted brogues

My first time wearing both the jacket and the bodysuit. I'm still unsure how I feel about the jacket. I mean, I love the colour and stripes, it's all very candyman-ish. but it's just a tad on the big side for me, so from some angles, it looks sort of awkward.

It's also the first time I think I'm posting so many pictures for just one outfit, so let me know if you want fewer next time.

All in all, it was a good event. We were supposed to have gone on Sunday as well, but I had to pass due to me feeling sick. Spent the day alternatively napping and watching Torchwood instead, and even though I slept for 12h last night, I still feel kind of blah. So, keep your fingers crossed for me.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Challenge Outfit III: Alternate Looks.

Today's original outfit was inspired by this editorial.

I've always had a secret love affair for drappy, slightly baggy feminine masculine looks (I'm clearly well-versed in fashion related terms), which, in my opinion, is ridiculously chic when carried off by the right person. However, as I've neither the figure, height nor (importantly) clothing to pull it off, rummaging through my cupboard resulted in this.

Thrifted cream top; Mink Pink grey cardi; Country Road striped cardi (my mom's); thrifted scarf; thrifted shorts; Dr Marten boots

Similar to my aversion to jeans, I dislike wearing long shorts. Basically I feel that any sort of pants longer than mid thigh looks strange on me. Don't ask me to explain my neuroses. All I know is that I have a heap of them and am frequently told that they are irrational (although I'm not entirely convinced). Consequently, these thoughts were what caused me to make a last minute outfit alteration.

Funny how changing into shorts, tights and flats can change the look of the entire outfit. I also tried wearing a hat as per my previous post, but soon realized that my bun prevented them from sitting properly on my head. Oh well.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Challenge Outfit II

For today's outfit, I wore my new (vintage) hat and a shirt I got nearly 4 years back.

In my opinion, one of the quickest way to spruce up an outfit is to simply chuck on a hat. There's just something so chic about them. In an ideal world, I'll look good in every single hat design and be able to have a different one to wear every other day. However, due to the windy conditions here, it's hardly practical to do so. Case in point: I gave up wearing this one a few minutes after leaving my apartment as it kept threatening to fly off my head. I've heard that bobby pins help, but I've never been able to make them work for me. I guess this is just one relationship that isn't meant to be.

Dizingof black top; thrifted polka dot shorts; vintage pillbox hat (etsy); black tights; Doctor Marten boots

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


For the past few weeks, my lack of sartorial inspiration has lead me to wear variations of the same outfits over and over again. So, to spice things up a bit as well as to make use of the other 80% of my clothes, this week I will try to wear at least one piece that I have hardly / never worn.

First up: Jeans and Whites

I know it's probably mostly in my head, but I always feel sort of silly and weird when I wear jeans. I don't know why, but I always end up feeling mildly awkward in them. For me, it just feels more natural to grab a pair of tights and skirts/shorts then to reach for my jeans. Same with the colour white. I always feel 'off' wearing them, and even when I do, I have this urge to cover it up, as you can see. Even though I think that the jeans and white tee combination looks really great on others, a kind of fresh, classic, causal summer look, I just don't like how it looks on me.

Cassette Society white shirt (thrifted); Country Road cardi (my mom's); Ink jacket; Zara jeans; blue ring (made by my mom); Payless patent black flats

Leggings vs Tights

Right off the bat, I have to admit that while I was in Australia, I was vehemently against leggings. I was preaching real hard on Camp Tights and agreed with the common consensus regarding those oft-mistaken excuses for pants. I was a one-man lynch mob (well, together with Chaz I suppose we make a pair) hurling out "tsk tsk"s and disappointed head shakes to the unaware. But things change and now I find myself in a really hot, humid country which doesn't take too kindly to nylon.

And thus, my word I have to eat:

Noob ballerina
Dress: Dangerfield, Tank top: Bonds, Leggings: Cotton On (damn sale!) Shoes: Steve Madden

It started when a weekend trip to Singapore and a quick pop-by to Cotton On yielded leggings on sale. Self-control I have for many things, but a good bargain isn't one of them. It actually took me almost two weeks before I even considered incorporating them into my wardrobe. And you know what? The cotton material, which is a God-sent in sweltering heat, beats the harsher fabric of denim. I still tread very carefully where leggings are concerned (I compulsively checked to see my dress was not riding up the whole darn day!) but am a little more receptive to the phenomenon, that I am. I have failed you and the manifesto, Chaz! But I promise, my leggings will never be mere pants.

Anyways, I felt so darn guilty about the whole thing, I indulged in tights the next day.

image whatever
Top: Thrifted/Benetton, Tank top: Bonds, Skirt: Forever 21, Tights: Online, Shoes: Some shop in Malaysia

Bag: Dorothy Perkins

At the end of the day you just can't go past good ol' tights.

And look, new bag (which is the closest I'll ever come to a Chanel in the next ten years at least)!

Sunday, July 26, 2009


Within the past few days I've grown increasingly obsessed with (the rebooted) Doctor Who series, largely due to the adorable David Tennant. Additionally, I was also trying to utilize the other 90% of my wardrobe that's just sitting there. Add the two together and you get my take on menswear, (largely) influenced by the Tenth Doctor's suits. If I had chuck's I would have thrown them on as well. However, my mom never let me wear Converse's growing up as she said they had no support, so til today I never owned any, even though they always looked so awesome when I see other's wearing them.

Thrifted striped shirt; Alice in the Eve black vest; handmade dog pin; Ink jacket; thrifted black shorts; black tights; Docs

In other news, I cannot begin to say how extremely jealous I am of people who are at SDCC. One day I will be there, basking in it's awesomeness.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Ask And You Shall Receive.

As per requested by Kaz, close-ups of outfits are now included. Let me know what you think. One of the reasons why I don't like taking close-ups of my face is that aside from the occasional eyeliner, I don't actually wear any makeup, which means every flaw would be visible and captured by the camera. Thank god for photoshop. Haha. Also, I've never realized how exhausting it was to hold my camera up in order to take my own pictures. 90% of my attempts came out blurry. Any tips for a newbie?

Additionally, on the long list of things I need to work at, which so far includes taking my own close-ups; getting the right white balance in an indoor setting.

AA black tee; Wayne Cooper skirt; blue tights; Dr Marten boots; vintage earrings (from Etsy); ring made by my mom

Sunday, July 19, 2009

8 minutes to True Blood

So as the title goes, I've got 8 minutes left on my download for episode four of True Blood. Well, three now since the download speed just had an unprecedented boost of digital steroids. I'm not one of those avid fangirls who make it a habit to nitpick between book and screen adaptations of a material. As a whole, I appreciate Sookie Stackhouse via Charlaine Harris and Sookie Stackhouse via Alan Ball separately on the medium they are presented in. But I do have to add my two cents on two things:

1) I wished they handled the Sookie/Eric dynamic differently. Right now, True Blood is simplifying their relationship to love/hate. And yes, I'm all for Eric.

2) This Jessica character is the total shiznit! It's hard for me to react so positively to external additions to the storyline, but this girl I adore.

What I've been wearing while not in bed watching things on my laptop:

In the garden #1
In the garden #2
Top: Miss Selfridge, Shorts: Jeans West, Shoes: Keds, Bangles: assorted

The other day
Lucky says, "What's up, (I'm a) dog?"
Top: Dorothy Perkins, Shorts: Jeans West, Shoes: Topshop, Necklace: Haji Lane, Singapore

And a pop up from Vuze telling me my download ready is my cue to leave. Okthxbai!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Confession Time.

I'll be honest right now and say that there's unlikely to be an post from me this week as I will be working every freaking day. Woe. But it's not that I don't like working there, I'm just a bum who if given the chance, would just spend all day in bed. Hee. On the plus side, I'll have heaps of money to spend on the Alice Euphemia jewellary sale and Alice McCall sample sale coming up. However, I swear that working there is going to make me so fat. Not only do we have tons and tons of yummy gelato available, but we've started bringing in baked goods for each other as snacks. Good for my taste buds, bad for my health. Note to self: Up the amount of water you drink this week.

But going back to the point, this was my outfit yesterday when my boss took us to a winery and treated us to a nice lunch. I actually brought a lot more layers along due to the weather forecast predicting rain and near freezing temperature. BUT THEY LIED!

ElleryTesla romper, neckwarmer from a store at the Rose Street Artist market (they have some great stuff there, so check it out if you're around the area and support your local artists), Sportgirl stripe armwarmers, earrings made by my mom, red tights, Dr Marten boots.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Three things

Primary colours
Top: Dorothy Perkins, Belt: Thrifted, Skirt: Melbourne, Cardigan: Topshop, Shoes: Far East Plaza, Singapore

While spring cleaning the contents of my laptop (i.e. making more space for downloads), I re-discovered this outfit picture from yonks ago and it made me realize two things. #1, that I seem to have misplaced that belt (damn), and #2, that I desperately need to get more cardigans. I only have that one black 3/4 sleeve from Topshop representin' the family of casual cover-ups known as cardigans. When you take into consideration the fact that I seem to wear it almost every other day, it might seem like a good choice to include a couple more in the wardrobe so that this poor one may find some rest.

Movie watching outfit
3/4 denim shirt: Mum's, Tank top: Bonds, Dress: Bali, Indonesia, Shoes: Far East Plaza, Singapore

I bought very few things during my holiday at Bali, mostly cause it was just repetition of the same things, the only change being the aggressiveness of the seller. Anyway, this dress bought over there confirms a long-time suspicion of mine. Point number #3 to ruminate about for today: clothes manufactured in Asia discriminates against females who have the boobies. True

Friday, July 10, 2009

An Old Flame.

Due to my unwillingness to leave my house unless necessary, I've rekindled my love affair with baking. So far I've made some savory breakfast muffins and chocolate custard tarts, which turned out decently, considering my lack of practice (though not pretty enough to be photographed). Next couple of days, aside from working everyday of the week (save Mondays), I plan to make egg tarts, lemon tarts, cookie dough brownies, my rumtastic cupcakes, a (hopefully successful) new cupcake flavour, and cinnamon sugar butterflies. My workmates are ecstatic.

But don't worry, this still remains a fashion blog, and will likely be the only time I mention baking again. I just thought y'all might be interested in what I've been doing at home. =D

Cassette Society tee (thrifted), Thrifted polka dot shorts, thrifted black cardi, mustard yellow tights, Dr Marten boots

Friday, July 3, 2009

Pants on Fire.

Okay, I know there's only so many times I can apologize for disappearing before it becomes meaningless. But I'm sincerely sorry for vanishing again after I said I would return. The truth is, most of my friends here are still too busy to hang out, and my friends overseas are well, not here. Basically, in situations like this, I tend to just stay at home or wander around town. However, since I'm in a mini shopping ban (until I find some way of getting rid of some of my clothes), I'm refraining from the latter. So, I end up lounging at home, in my comfy pjs, which means no outfits for pictures. Haha.

Anyways. Here was yesterday, when I was forced to go out because I had no more food in the house and library books that were almost overdue. =D

Red Gap hooded top, Sportgirl arm warmers, thrifted skirt, Dr Marten boots, Mom's belt, and thrifted scarf.

So, how do you guys motivate yourself out of the house?

Monday, June 29, 2009

Wakeup, everyone

Saturday shenanigans
Top: Mum's, Belt: Mum's, Skirt: Bugis Junction, Singapore, Shoes: Topshop

Birds are nasty
Heart necklace: from my grandma, Bird necklace: Mimpi Murni

Braids are the only thing I know how to do with my hair

Saturday was Urbanscapes in KL, which to the uninformed and overseas, was a 12 hour collision course of music, arts and fashion. A fiesta of unadulterated music, performances, DIY awesomeness and much more. Now, I am a lady of mad skills, so to speak - I can fit a whole egg into my mouth and drink 6 cans of Diet Coke under an hour amongst other things, but sadly, my attempts at creating anything, whether in the kitchen, on paper or on cloth are measly at best. Which is why when in the presence of such creative talent, I do my best to soak it all in. I listen and observe and take mental snapshots of the things, the people and the vibrancy so that I in turn may be inspired.

Friday, June 19, 2009

I'm Jabba the Hump

Shirt: Bazaar, Cardigan: Topshop, Jeans: Dorothy Perkins, Bag: Thrifted

Simply because I've been watching this, which in turn has raised my infatuation level for a certain skinny white boy Canadian who has been on my radar since Almost Famous. But okay, I'll admit that I love me some Sam Huntington too. I've watched Detroit Rock City far too many times given my lack of affinity for KISS and he so rarely appears on anything.

I was telling Chaz on Facebook how I was told off by HR for abusing the 'smart casual' attire policy at work, since apparently t-shirts were supposed to be a rarity not daily wear. But hey, damn the man, si?

/reference to films from the 90s.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Another Step Back (or should it be forward...).


That's all I really have to say now. Hee. Also, that all your comments were muchly appreciated.

AA top; Wayne Cooper skirt; ? necklace; UO stripe tights; thrifted boots