Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Monday, 3 November 2014

The Day Before the First

Tomorrow's going to be the first day of my major examinations. It's hard to grasp how after eighteen years, and after these two weeks and a half have passed, I can burn my books in a bonfire and it won't matter anymore.
I perhaps shouldn't even be writing up this post right now, but I was reading a few poems preparing for my unseen commentary tomorrow and came across this, which I felt was the perfect and most timely advice quelling my imminent freak-out (cue Chic's Le Freak and replace it with "not chic) before my literature examination.
Introduction to Poetry 
By Billy Collins

I ask them to take a poem
 and hold it up to the light
 like a colour slide

 or press an ear against its hive.

I say drop a mouse into a poem
and watch him probe his way out,
 
or walk inside the poem’s room
 and feel the walls for a light switch. 

I want them to waterski 
 across the surface of a poem
 waving at the author’s name on the shore.

 But all they want to do 
 is tie the poem to a chair with rope 
 and torture a confession out of it. 

 They begin beating it with a hose 
 to find out what it really means.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

The Fall Classic

PHOTOGRAPHER Annie Leibovitz
MODEL Natalia Vodianova
 STYLIST Camilla Nickerson
HAIR Recine
MAKE UP Diane Kendal

While mournfully cutting my hair, I glanced across this beautiful, picturesque editorial featuring one of my favourite models (beautiful inside and out) - Natalia! Absolutely love the warm hues of this shoot and the great outdoors being the perfect backdrop for such simple and comfortable clothes. 

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Shipwrecked

PHOTOGRAPHER Emily Abay
STYLIST Ivana Martyn-Zyznikow
MAKEUP/HAIR Ania Milczarczyk
MODEL Anja Konstantinova
SOURCE fashiongonerogue

This shoot is absolutely stunning, combining two of my favourite things - the sea and complimentary pastels. Anja Konstantinova also gives me a somewhat Abbey Lee vibe here as well, takes us all back to the good old days of the golden 2006-10 era. 

Monday, 29 September 2014

Update

It's been a while since I've updated here. I've been drowned under the rapid surge of the exam sea - there're so many things to do and not enough time to do everything I want to.

This blog post shall just be a short one of the most miscellaneous things:
1) Along with managing school work, revision, uni apps, there's still the dread of finding a prom dress. I think I found one.
2) Just discovered an immense love for frozen watermelons - probably due to my long-term relationship with popsicles and all those sorts of icy stuff. It's really simple as well, just cut your watermelon up into tiny triangles, stick a fork in and put 'em in the freezer for about a day or less. Try it!
Here's me and sister hand-modelling for these on my Instagram. I miss her loads - she recently left us to study in the UK! Despite weekly Skypes, it doesn't feel the same. I have successfully dominated her room though, and have taken on her identity in old PJs and forgotten things she didn't take over there (not in a creepy way)! Can't wait for us to reunite at the end of the year at Christmas.

3) And talking so much about studying, I found I work best when listening to calm music, sipping hot coffee in Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (I think they know my name already… I've been going way too often) and working on essays to hand in. Here are two playlists which I've made that I like to listen to when my brain is working like a machine - also a good way to relax after!


Have a lovely week! :)

Friday, 30 May 2014

Music: Sweater Weather Playlist

Today I went to watch Maleficent and boy was Angelina Jolie perfection! She looked so beautiful and strong despite playing a supposed "villain" and her acting was definitely top notch - as well as the production! It was a beautiful film, definitely advocating the right values (a little tired after repeating it from Frozen though, almost makes me feel like they're capitalizing on it but it probably wasn't their intent), and the sets and animation were breathtaking - definitely made it realistic and otherworldly. I personally feel she made the show though - can't picture anyone else doing a better job than she did, honestly. 
I was also pleasantly surprised to see the familiar face of  Imelda Staunton (Harry Potter's Dolores Umbridge Pink Fanatic) and also the appearance of Angelina's daughter! 
So, if you happen to be free, do go and watch this amazing film, I highly recommend it!
Also, here's a playlist I made inspired by the gloomy voice of Lana Del Rey crooning out the famous tune from Disney's age old Sleeping Beauty as the credits rolled - her rendition was absolutely chilling. Enjoy and follow if you'd like!
Have a great weekend :)

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Liebster Award Nomination

 
Rules: 
1| You must link back to the person who awarded you
2| You must answer the 11 questions given by the nominee before you
3| You must pick nominees with under 200 followers to answer your questions
4| You cannot nominate the person who nominated you
5| You must tell your nominees that they have been nominated by you


x

What is your favourite season and why?
I live in Singapore so sadly, I don't get to experience the seasons but if I were living somewhere else, I probably would love summer or autumn - summer because it's the season for the blooming of flowers and the weather is sunny and encouraging, autumn because I just really crave for the crunching sound of dried leaves and the look of pavements browned or yellowed by a blanket of crispy, fallen leaves.

What 5 makeup products can't you live without?
Haha I don't wear make up, but do own a few so I shall just list them here since they almost fit the limit (+1):
In a clockwise direction: Topshop "Sunbeam" Highlighter, Nivea Fruity Shine Pink Guava, Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in No. 15 Pudgy Peony, Revlon Super Lustrous™ Lipstick Matte 010 Wine Not, Revlon Colorburst™ Lip Butter 035 Candy Apple, Lancome Paris Sparkling Cherub Sheer Warming Illuminating Powder

What is your favourite genre of music and what artist do you like?
God... music questions always catch me in the worst way - I find it the hardest thing to explain the kind of music I like, unlike others who can just simply say a particular genre! I actually don't mind all musics, except the occasional flouncy superficial and meaningless pop songs I guess. Basically, trying to break it down, I would say I like alternative music (rock/pop/folk), musicals (broadway, frozen, hairspray, that thingamajib), electronic, R&B.....
You could follow me on Spotify or 8tracks if you'd like to! I'd love to check out your playlists and music as well.

Who are you favourite bloggers?
I guess you'll find out at the end of this post and by reading my previous Liebster Award nominees? 
Also, I love:

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Bali/UK/France

Who/What inspires you?
My grandfather, flowers, tears, music, poetry, literature, smiles, light, darkness

What are your fears?
Death of a loved one, rats, lizards, crows, drowning, falling

If you only had one day to live what would you do in it?
Spend it with the people I love, skydive

What are your hobbies?
I love reading, sketching, painting with watercolours, writing letters, listening to music, watching Criminal Minds, collecting magazines and perfumes.

What qualities do you look for in those you surround yourself with (friends, family, loved ones etc..)
Someone who can smile, who cares for others, is selfless, friendly, humble, loyal and loving. 

What plans do you have for yourself?
I hope to finish my final year well with perseverance and determination, before I go off to university to study Law

I'd like to thank Tara for nominating me for this award - I really appreciate it and am so honoured! It was really fun answering all your questions.
I shall now be nominating...
- Helen
- Emily
- Sophie Jane
- Emma Jane
... to answer these questions:
What's your favourite song, currently?
What's your favourite weather?
Dream vacation destination?
Oldest clothing item you have in your closet?
What is your favourite flower?
What's your favourite scent?
What do you usually have for breakfast?
If you were a character in a book, who would you be?

Monday, 7 April 2014

Music Mixtape: She Wants To Go To The Seaside


Thought I would share a playlist I made this year. It's on Spotify, all you need to do is click the link below and you can listen to it for free online - do follow it as well as I constantly add new songs to it. Hope you like this mixtape and feel free to leave a comment sharing your favourite spring/summer song, I'd love to take a listen!


Old Pine - EP Version Ben Howard
Seaside The Kooks
Lets Rock The Beach Real Estate
Fairytale Lullaby Bombay Bicycle Club
Down By The Water The Drums
Radar Detector Darwin Deez
Riptide Vance Joy
Ocean's Deep Born Ruffians
Take It Easy Surfer Blood
Saltwater Beach House
Summer Holiday Wild Nothing
Beach Comber Real Estate
Towers Bon Iver
Dead Sea The Lumineers
The Cave Mumford & Sons
Love Love Love Of Monsters And Men
Shallows Daughter
7 Billion People All Alive at Once And So I Watch You From Afar
Little Vessels The Lighthouse And The Whaler
Wake The Earth The Honey Trees
Creep - Acoustic Radiohead
Beautiful Day Joshua Radin
Taxi Cab - Vampire Weekend Cover Tracey Thorn
I Used to Let You Get to Me Generationals
Snow [Hey Oh] Red Hot Chili Peppers
Mushaboom Feist
Silver Lining Rilo Kiley
Dissolve Me alt-j
Step Vampire Weekend
Bright Whites Kishi Bashi
From Afar Vance Joy
Rhiannon Best Coast
Featherstone The Paper Kites
Flowers Bloom High Highs
The Most Beautiful Girl (In The Room) Flight Of The Conchords
Orange Sherbet Say Hi
Candles Daughter
The Bend Real Estate
Buzzcut Season Lorde
Leeway - Full Version We Were Evergreen
Never Wanted Metronomy
Cali in a Cup Woods
Two Weeks Grizzly Bear
Sun Giant Fleet Foxes
The Wolves & The Ravens Rogue Valley
Give You Up - Darius Remix Crayon, KLP
Red Face Lucu Rose
Step Out Jose Gonzalez
Dirty Paws Of Monsters And Men
Stay Alive Jose Gonzalez 
Face It Beach Fossils
U.N.I. Ed Sheeran
Far Away Junip
Escape (The Pina Colada Song) Jack Johnson
Storm Django Django
Ghosts That We Knew Mumford & Sons
#9 Dream Jose Gonzalez
Maneater Grace Mitchell
808pm At The Beach Fred Falke
High and Dry Radiohead
Chocolate - Acoustic Version The 1975
Burgh Island Ben Howard, Monica Heldal
Give Me Love Ed Sheeran
An Iceberg Hurled Northward Through Clouds (DJ-Kicks) Gold Panda
Middle of the Bed Lucy Rose
Out in the Way (feat. Wild Nothing) Beach Fossils
Dreaming Seapony
Holland Road Mumford & Sons
Details in the Fabric Jason Mraz
Gravity Surfer Blood
Life's A Beach Django Django
Burning The Whitest Boy Alive
Money The Drums
Tropical Iceland The Fiery Furnaces
Baby Devendra Banhart
Whole Wide World Bahamas
Can't You Tell Vetiver
Easter Island The Eclectic Moniker
I Should Live in Salt The National
New Shoes Paolo Nutini
Shine Wild Belle

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Style Focus: Valentino Fall/Winter 2014 PFW

wanted to show some images on my blog about just how absolutely breathtaking, beautiful and exquisitely detailed valentino's new ready-to-wear collection is. enjoy!

Sunday, 9 March 2014

If You're Losing Sleep

a hiaku about being sick:
stuck in bed all day
need to get well soon or else
work shall swallow me

i finally got my film developed from laneway! tried out a new film developing store and am pretty pleased with the results :) 
laneway was absolutely amazing, one of the best days ever! it was my first time ever attending one and although it was crowded and hot, the atmosphere and live music was just perfect.
(i should have put more sunscreen though)

Saturday, 22 February 2014

holding onto things that might not even have been there in the first place

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

A Part of Me/ Apart From Me

It's rare that a gif would bring out as many emotions as this does - both beautiful and breaking

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Film: The Royal Tenenbaums

i'd just like to start off saying i am the most incapable person at up-keeping a blog - i'm so sorry i've been so busy with the start of school... it's only been a month (??)
anyway, today's a holiday because of chinese new year and i decided to watch the royal tenenbaums, directed by one of my favourite directors of all time: wes anderson film god.
every scene, snippet, prop, backdrop, outfit, EVERYTHING is perfect, i truly can't describe how happy and satisfied it makes me to watch one of his films (you have to watch the life aquatic with steve zissou as well, i would love to be part of team zissou)