Behind Alice + Olivia

posted on: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Alice + Olivia is one contemporary brand which I really love amongst the current labels contemporary lines we see today. It has just the right mix of quirkiness and fun, mixed with feminine elegance and sophistication, which really stands out for me amongst all the minimal/ slightly boheme designs usually seen for contemporary labels. Founded by Stacey Bendet, the brand represents the designer's slightly eclectic dressing preferences and her fun and carefree attitude.

Stacey started her brand based upon just a pair of retro pants which she made for herself, after those retro pants Mick Jagger wore in the 70s - cut low and tight at the hips with a exaggerated bell bottom flare. Her label was quickly picked up by Barney's and shortly after, Theory expressed interest and Alice + Olivia was born.

Stacey Bendet stuck to her own aesthetic - at first glance, the label is very girly and quirky, using primarily mod black and white and pops of red, as well as heavy use of lace, floral jacquard motifs and A line skirts and gowns. But upon closer examination, one can see the work in the cut and tailoring to elongate and enhance the feminine figure - be it a nipped in waist or bias cut jumpsuit pants.

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The recent FW14 was based upon a mysterious Enchanted Wonderland, with Victorian details in the lace, detailing on collars and sleeves, and the use of fur and deep, rich colors bordering on royal decadence. The butterfly motifs are also particularly brought out the aspect of that inspiration. The collection appeals to every girl's inner fairy princess, while still remaining very wearable. Under Stacey's eye, dresses with high Victorian like collars embroidered with semiprecious stones and jewels looked both sexy and sophisticated, instead of overly dressy or pretentious.

In her own words, Stacey says "I just want dressing to be fun, feminine and fanciful and make women feel beautiful". And it's no wonder that she has a following of 371,000 followers on Instagram who actively follow her daily sartorial choices.

For a lady who can wear a tiara and ball gown to work, she makes it all look incredibly easy and effortless. I definitely stand by Stacey's belief that dressing up should really be fun and about self discovery - something that one can indulge in every morning.

You can visit the A+O boutique over at ION Orchard - it's a real treat I promise!

GUESS Acessories FW14 x Style Magazine

posted on: Monday, September 29, 2014

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I was recently invited to the GUESS x Style: magazine handbag workshop with Keith Png, who was there to reach the guests on choosing the right size and type of bags for your body shape. Keith shared with me that petite ladies should not go for bags that are too big, such as big tote or hobo styles that overwhelm their frame. Instead, they can opt for shoulder handbags or mini cross body sling designs.

Traditionally, with its trademark question mark and inverted triangle, GUESS is known for in your face logos, monogram prints and colors. But this new season proves that the brand is so much more than that. Juliet is GUESS' latest handbag highlight of the season, with a sleek and compact body, convertible cross body shoulder straps and discreet monogramming, this range is chic without being too ostentatious. Gold metal accents and enamel charms are added to the structure silhouette of the handbags to keep it feminine for the everyday girl on the go.

GUESS Handbags FW14-7 GUESS Handbags FW14-10 GUESS Handbags FW14-6 GUESS Handbags FW14-3 The GUESS designers took into the consideration of both style and functionality as a wide range of the bags are actually convertible. Softly structured, these bags are expandable with straps or drawstrings, and they also come with interchangeable shoulder straps that allow you to carry it however you like. I particularly liked the duffel bags - made from faux leather, it came in two shades: red and beige. It comes with a drawstring closing and convertible shoulder straps as well such that you can carry it even as a backpack! I think this makes a great gym bag as it is very roomy, but yet also great with just fitted pants and a blouse when you head to the office. Talk about being multi-functional!

My favourite goes to the luxe offerings at GUESS in the form of mini handbags, hobo bags and wallets. Made from soft lamb skin leather, these ones are understated yet luxurious. 

Inspired by Nashville, shoes this season takes the form of mules and wedges in printed denim - making them super comfortable since denim contours to the shape of your feet with time. Pumps in black lamb skin leather and leopard print pony hair are also my two personal favorites.

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Here I'm wearing one of the open-toe booties from the new range as well. It is surprisingly comfortable, with a suede front that doesn't bite the feet.What can I say - GUESS - you've really outdone yourself this season!

Now get Wyld - Vera x Nookedmag

posted on: Friday, September 19, 2014

Nooked-#wyldstyle-vera-2 Nooked-#wyldstyle-vera-4 Nooked-#wyldstyle-vera-7 Nooked-#wyldstyle-vera-5 Nooked-#wyldstyle-vera-8Wearing Counting Stars strap top, Zip Split pencil skirt from The Wyld Shop, Karl Lagerfeld x Melissa shoes glove heels 

These are a series of photos shot in collaboration with The Wyld Shop

Having fun posting with these interactive benches near to Clifford Pier - I've never really noticed them before but they are part of the series of four, designed to be interactive art. I really love the Zip Split pencil skirt - it is edgy, yet pleases the part of my feminine side with it's conservative midi length. Paired with the Counting Stars top to make a winning combination.

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The second look is definitely hotter with the asymmetric faux leather skirt and a bareback crop top. I love the fabric of leather skirt as it doesn't stick to your body and it is thin and less sweat-inducing under Singapore's merciless sun.

You can see my look here, together with the looks of the other girls here. Please spare me a vote if you so wish! :)

A Greek Holiday - Vera x Talulah

posted on: Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Vera-SAM-10 Vera-SAM-7 vera-SAM-20 Vera-SAM-5 vera-sam-22 Vera-SAM-3 vera-sam-21 Vera-SAM-16 Vera-SAM-8 Vera-SAM-4Wearing Secret Gardens Top c/o Talulah, Real Love Skirt c/o Talulah, Pink leather sandals from The Shoemaker's Elf

I am in desperate need of a holiday, but since I'm not able to get one, I shall just pretend that I'm on holiday in Greece. Shot this on a blazing afternoon with Phoebe of Nookmag - the roman pillars of Singapore Art Museum and the white washed walls honestly make it a great backdrop for self delusion!

I love this digital print from Talulah - it's actually a crop top that is cross drape across the torso, while the bottom is a pencil skirt with a high slit. I'm usually not a super loud prints person, but the turquoise and magnate shades in these pieces are very attractive.

I have to give it down to Talulah for crafting such figure flattering pieces - all their designs fit snugly on the body and subtly hide extra jiggly bits while drawing attention to your assets. You definitely have to go down to their website to have a good look at their other designs.
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