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Trend: Pantone Colour of the Year 2015

It has been released that next year's Pantone Colour of the Year will be Marsala -- a brownish red similar to that of Maroon which they describe as a "naturally robust and earthy wine red".


This is not a groundbreaking colour but it is an elegant choice. It's a colour that can go well with the interior of a house, in both male and female fashions and also in cosmetics with an autumn theme. Perhaps there'll be more of the dark lip in the summer months or colours of eyeshadow for spring in the colour of bruised fruit.

I can definitely see myself wearing this colour because it leans quite neutral and red is one of the prominent colours in my wardrobe. This was not the case for the current year's colour, Radiant Orchid. This year's colour prompted me to try more purple hues in my makeup but I was not too fond of the colour in clothing. Marsala is also easier to match with a variety of colours, whereas I found orchid to be more limited.

I hope to see more of M…

Review: Baublebar

Just in time for the ball, I received my package from Baublebar. I purchased it but opted for a forwarding service so I could trial it instead of using their international shipping. I'll admit there wasn't any savings to using the forwarding service but this is ideal for shopping from websites that don't offer international shipping.

Baublebar generally offers a wide range of styles, perhaps most famous for how fashion savvy they are and consistently collaborate with celebrities, Youtubers, bloggers, designers and other individuals of note. When I saw the Phased Out Bangle Set from the Emma Roberts collaboration, I couldn't get my mind off of it and thought it would be a good birthday gift to myself. I don't normally spend that much money on costume jewellery either, so it was a little pricy for me.

I liked how the bangles could be snapped into place and the shape of them are great for people who have small wrists (which I don't have much of a problem with). I …

Event: End of Year Ball

I attended the End of Year Ball held by the medical science society I am a member of. It was somewhat of a large gathering of students in various years of their program, majority of them in their 3rd year. We shared a meal and dessert before dancing to some music and drinking. So naturally at the end of the night, I looked like a miserable mess but I had a lot of fun.

Most people don't even notice the perfume but for me, the scent is the most important aspect of the outfit. I chose Guerlain Shalimar because it was just one of those scents perfect for a formal occasion. It smells a little bit old fashioned for a modern gathering like this but I loved it.

As for my clothes:


Clothes and accessories: Necklace: ASOS Bracelets: Baublebar Phased Out bangles and braided bracelet was a birthday gift Top: Kmart Skirt: Op Shop (Mr K) Shoes: Miss Shop Clutch - Marco Gianni
Since the clutch had limited space, I had to carefully choose what to bring. Of course, I needed my ID, my ticket, my pho…

Event: Birthday

For my birthday, I celebrated it like any other birthday -- with a dinner in the company of a few friends. Followed by a lunch the following day for those who were unable to attend the dinner.

My outfit for the day was:
The festive season is finally here and I usually enjoy seeing the decorations of the Swarovski tree.


I thought I'd share the gifts I had received here. I'm ever so grateful for the things I was given. All of them had a lot of thought put into it, be it from the choice of wrapping paper, the time it took to make it, the words written on a card or even the gift itself took time to find.

I also received a belated present after a week. My best friend got me a new corset. My first corset.


Aside from the gifts and the joy I shared with my friends, I learned more about them. Every time we gather, we catch up on good times. We learn of each other's concerns. We learn of our ambitions. Sometimes I feel like my birthday is simply yet another reminder that I have yet …

Celeb Style: Olivia Palermo

For a long time, I've admired Olivia Palermo's style. Even in the most bland outfits, she looks put together and it's probably because of her hair. It's how she mixes modern and classic together that seems so effortless that I fall head over heels for. Here are a couple of things I've noticed from her photos that I think I would keep in mind:

Lipstick

Opt for classic hues of lipstick. A pink/peach beige for something more casual. A red for more dressier occasions. Pink for spring. 
Drab to Fab
 To make a drab outfit fabulous, just put on one or two statement accessories.

Classic pieces never go out of style
 Be it a little black dress, a white shirt or some black pants, the classics will never go out of style. Definitely pair it up with some trendy items to keep it modern.

Fur also never out of style
 For ethical reasons, people opt for faux but it'll never go out of style and keep you warm in very cold weather.

Mixing different patterns and textures
 Always go for …

My Style: Lipstick Collection

I never thought there'd be a day when I actually have 10 lipsticks at a time.



Most of my lipsticks are from the mid-range and high-end brands. Not sure why I don't buy more lipsticks from the pharmacy because they often work just as well. Nevertheless, I do not mind spending a little more money on lipsticks because I reach for them daily. If there was only one makeup item I could only own, it would be a lipstick.

Inspiration: Catherine Deneuve - The Hunger

The Hunger (1983) is the last film collaboration Catherine Deneuve had with Yves Saint Laurent. 80s fashion suited the thousand-year-old Egyptian vampire, Miriam -- accessories were bold and flashy, the shoulder pads making one seem more confident and powerful. In fact, every time I use my YSL lipstick, I'm reminded of this movie -- something about YSL and the flashy gold packaging makes me recall this film.

This vampire movie had its flaws but I will acknowledge that it was beautiful, aesthetically speaking.

Here are the highlights of the outfits:
Whilst I think Miriam was the most stylishly dressed, I got to give a shout out to Susan Sarandon's character, Sarah Roberts, especially at the end:

Recommendations: 3 Magazines to Look Out For

I don't read magazines regularly but once in a while, I'll purchase some. I'd like to recommend three magazines that I think have a good concept behind them.

Renegade Collective [link]


This is one of the new magazines that had caught my eye - mostly because of the design of the cover. The featured articles have a handwritten font and the magazine name is in a fashionable font like that of Vogue. To me, the image I got just from the cover and its articles is that it's a bit like a laid-back fashionable magazine, aimed for aspiring and ambitious entrepreneurs and people in creative fields - pretty much exactly what their target audience is. It offers a variety of inspirational articles from people in various fields.

LARME [link]


This one offers a certain recognisable style. As far as I know, the look doesn't have a particular name. It's very much a pastel, girly, cute look that draws inspiration from fairy tales and mermaids -- sometimes, the outfits look more otom…

Review: Sleek Blush

I decided to make a purchase from Sleek's website when they had their '15% off' offer so I could try their Rose Gold blush people have been raving about last year. Of course, the hype has died down but I'm still curious about Sleek as a brand and wanted to try them for myself. I purchased some items that are intended to be gifted and a blush for myself.

I chose their best selling blush, Rose Gold. It is often regarded as a dupe for NARS Orgasm but I cannot vouch for that. I can say that when applied, it does offer me a similar colour to NARS Deep Throat, in that it is a pink/gold blush except that the NARS one appears more pink and less shimmery than Sleek's Rose Gold, which appears a little peachier. Initially, I was worried that the shimmer might be a bit too much for me but I like the way it looks when it is applied.

 Overall, I had a positive experience. The shipping took a while but I was in no hurry to get my items.    I would purchase again if I want another…

Inspiration: Rosemary's Baby

It's Halloween so I thought it would be appropriate to briefly address a classic horror film: Rosemary's Baby (1968). In terms of style, I think the most famous aspect featured in the film was the short pixie cut that Mia Farrow sported when her character, Rosemary, was pregnant. A new haircut for a new stage in her life.

Besides the haircut, I thought there were quite a few pieces of clothing or aspects of outfits that I admired. As much as I would love to say that the 50s was my favourite silhouette, I adore 60s Mod more so.

Here are my favourite aspects of the outfits:

Maternity dresses - empire waist and baby-doll
I have no need for maternity wear as I'm not an expectant mother and I don't expect to be one any time soon but I thought a lot of those dresses were adorable with the empire waist and baby-doll.  Especially the baby-doll.
Shift dresses
What would the mid-to-late 60s be without a shift dress?
Patterns Rosemary's wardrobe features florals and plaids. I be…

Inspiration: Princess Jellyfish

Princess Jellyfish (Kuragehime; 海月姫)is an Japanese manga series featuring otaku (Japanese counterpart of geek but with more negative connotations). The otaku sisterhood Amars, along with a trendy cross dresser, form a fashion brand to raise enough money to buy their home back, which is facing the threat of redevelopment. They call the brand "Jellyfish" because Tsukimi (the main character) designed the dresses and drew inspiration from her favourite animal - Jellyfish. They create dresses that are more avant-garde in the beginning and attempt to develop a line of ready-to-wear, realising the challenges that come along with creating a new brand and generally speaking, entrepreneurism.

I have a soft spot for this manga. I adore jellyfish, though I don't fancy having them as pets (I hear they're quite finicky).

The live-action is to be out at the end of this year. My expectations aren't that high but that is because I don't like to place high expectations on what…

Inspiration: Hitchcock's Leading Ladies

The Hitchcock blonde - perhaps one of the most iconic characters of his films. In this list, I've probably shown five of the most notable Hitchcock Blondes - the leading ladies who graced the silver screen. Grace Kelly is the ultimate Hitchcock Blonde - arguably the most beautiful. Ingrid Bergman was the better actress of them all. I adore Hitchcock's films, particularly how meticulous Hitchcock is to the details in his films. Combine that with Edith Head's artistry in costume design, it's no wonder that some of these films are the better known of his classics (Notorious, Rear Window, To Catch a Thief, Vertigo and The Birds).

Notorious (1946) 
This is the only Hitchcock film I have watched that features Ingrid Bergman as the leading lady. I should probably catch up on the other two she had made. I loved the wardrobe in the film because there were elements of androgyny from 40s fashion. Also I love how the dresses at the time would drape over the body.
Rear Window (1954)