August 28, 2014

Current Obsession: d'Orsay Flats with Ankle Straps

I know they're not the newest things on the planet, but the pointy toe of d'Orsays + ankle straps = my small sliver of shoe heaven. I managed to snag this pair from Forever 21 (see below). However, it was rather painful to wear - the back kept rubbing against the back of my ankles and the continuous friction resulted in some not-so-ladylike cuts :'(. I suppose I'll just have to pre-emptively plaster myself...

Forever 21 Posh Ankle-Strap Pumps... ALL MINE >:)
The d'Orsay obsession continues though... If you're a fast walker like me, you don't have to miss out on wearing them, as d'Orsay flats are equally elegant as their high-heeled counterparts. Check these beauties out:
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I love the wrapped straps and the understated lucite heels. It's tough finding shoes with lucite heels that don't look like strippers' shoes.
Abbee Almond Toe D'Orsay Ankle Strap Flat
(DNA Footwear)
So clean and beachy!

Forever 21 Luxe d'Orsay Flats

San Juan d'Orsay flats
(Moorea Seal)
The bright fabric (above) comes from the Guatemalan village of San Juan, and the weaving is identical to that worn by the indigenous men and women. Besides that, each flat has its own unique pattern. I can see these flats being paired with denim cut-offs and a beachy top or a cute summer dress to create the perfect summer vibe.

Kuzzle Mint Green Two Part Strap Flat Shoes (ASOS)
Aqua d'Orsays?


August 26, 2014

'Sea Fever', by John Masefield


'Sea Fever' (John Masefield)

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking,

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.

August 22, 2014

5 Things Friday: 5 Crave-Worthy Rose Gold Inspirations

It's official: I'm obsessed with rose gold... and mint, but mint deserves its own blog post later! I used to favour silver jewelry but I now find rose gold less ostentatious than gold and it goes great with warm skin tones, which is what I have. 

Slight disclaimer: I don't consider myself a fashion-worthy person, so take my fashion cravings with a pinch of salt. If you really had to classify me, I'd say I'm a classic dresser - I invest in clean, structured, classic pieces. Coming from a humble background, I haven't acquired the taste for brands so you'll probably still find me sourcing my clothes from flea markets and roadside bazaars and doing a little DIY-ing every now and then! 

To the countdown!

5. Hazeline Black Diamond ring by Anna Sheffield: I love the contrast between the delicate rose gold band and the intensity of the black Very elegant and has a tinge of goth.

4. Wonderfully delicate detailing in this Fiori fragrance by Vince Camuto:

3. Loving the romantic curls vibe and red lip here. (Fancy.com)

2. Urban Decay's Naked3 Eyeshadow Palette: What a feast of rose gold shades!

1. Movado's bold round bracelet watch: Love, love, love the minimalist face and rose gold sheen. Usually I'm a fan of watches which exhibit their inner gears and spring mechanisms, geek that I am, but I'll take this one any day. (Nordstrom)

Are you sold into rose gold yet, or do you prefer other metals? 

August 20, 2014

ferm LIVING's Autumn/Winter Collection is Out!

If you follow my Pinterest account (@yiweilim), you'd realise that I love Scandinavian design for its minimalist look, usually featuring clean lines, light wood furniture, and a subtle balance between muted neutrals and pops of colour. 

A Scandinavian interior design brand I adore is ferm LIVING. Founded by Trine Andersen and rooted in Denmark (like my other fave Scandi-brand Hay, featured here), ferm LIVING combines the sleek, retro charm of Scandinavian design with a strong graphic, geometric aesthetic which makes all of their products firmly contemporary.

I'd been following their Instagram account for awhile, so I was quite excited to see that their A/W '14 collection is now out. Here are some of my favourites:

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Angle Wallpaper

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The Kelim cushion set

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Mohair throw
How cosy is that mohair throw! Perfect for snuggling into when the weather cools.

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Brass toilet paper holder
Even their TP holder has a strong aesthetic feel. I say, shut up and take my money... if I had some to splurge on a specialised TP holder, that is)!

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Brass salad servers

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Cabinet
The grey-mint paneling and metal lattice behind come together to form a mid-century look. 

Check out ferm LIVING's A/W catalogue here or below. For more visual candy, follow them on Instagram @fermliving.

August 17, 2014

Postcard from Khao Lak

Last weekend, I headed to Khao Lak, a sleepy beach strip north of Phuket. You can fly into Phuket Airport directly from Hong Kong, and take a 1.5-hour-long taxi ride to Khao Lak. We stayed at a boutique hotel called Chongfah Resort. Facilities were well-maintained, the decor was lovely and not overly ostentatious, and service was impeccable. Definitely worth every cent spent!

We were also lucky that despite being the rainiest time of the year (and hence low season), we only had 1 shower on our first evening... and perfect sunny days after! The sea was a bit wild though - at night, the beach was swallowed up by huge waves and spray. We were also fortunate to see the recent supermoon, apparently the largest of 2014, in all its round glory (see pictures of the supermoon around the world here).

Thai food as usual was fantastic - definitely looking forward to hitting the other islands in due course.

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De rigueur plane window shot! Flying over the Thai islands - simply beautiful.

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Hello Chongfah!

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And hello everybody! Got to practise my lousy breaststroke...

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When I have a large enough yard/garden, I'm getting a swing like this! So intricate and colourful.

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Pad thai - freshly made, satay, and free banana fritters given by the lovely uncle!

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Hipster sunset shot... need this to be on a beach tank top I think.

...This isn't really helping my Monday blues, but definitely good motivation and something to remember fondly till the next great adventure!