Hello everyone! Hope you all are having a great week so far.
In this post I will be talking about my personal style uniform. Regardless of the trend we might follow, I believe everyone have their own gravitation towards a particular type of clothing time and time again. I call it the style uniform. Ever came across the time where you stare at your wardrobe and felt utterly helpless with the thought 'Oh my goodness! I have NOTHING to wear!'. I certainly have. 🙂 At this point of time, I always go back to what make me feel the most confident and comfortable. Upon reflection, I came to understand that I always pick the same combination in times of crisis or even just to feel comfortable.
My style uniform is a simple top tucked in a pair of jeans. And to complete the look, I will add a watch, a belt, perhaps one or two rings and a pair of flats or heels depending on the occasion. That's about it actually.
Style evolves. I remember when I was younger I loved wearing jeans and the biggest sneaker available because it felt good. I was comfortable. My style has evolved from then on and I begin to gravitate towards classy yet simple chic outfits. I have come across many women especially young girls who shared with me that they are not stylish and they beat themselves out. All my lovely ladies out there, you have your own style. Trust me. Ask yourself what makes you feel good and comfortable. Coco Chanel said "Fashion fades, only style remains the same". Following trend is awesome but embracing your own style will define the unique you. When you know yourself and feel good about your own sense of style, you will shine. It might take time but it is worth it. 🙂
1.Do not give two hoots to others make who you feel bad about how you dress, it takes time to develop and refine your style. It is a learning journey. Always love yourself first.
Top – Gift from my bestie. Knit top from Melbourne
Jeans – Zara
Heeled sandal – Ted baker (grey version)
Sandals. The beloved footwear when the temperature soars. Happiness is showing off the perfectly manicured toes with a nice pair of sandals. Hmm just thinking about it uplifts my mood. There are many types of sandals but I tend to like the leather ones. Any footwear will eventually go through wear and tear. Somehow leather sandals tend to wear beautifully. Unfortunately, weather in London has not been that great lately. Although it is supposedly summer, the moment you step out of your house you feel anything but summer-y. However, the situation does make me appreciate the little sunshine we do get in London. We almost always focus on the negative side of things we kind of lose perspective – that there is always the positive side of things as well. It is never easy to be optimistic all the time but being mindful of the good things will do us more good than the other way around. Don’t you agree?
Just closing my eyes, thinking of the sunny blues sky and knowing I will experience the warmth of the sun one day is already an enabling thought that keeps me happy. When that time finally comes, I have my nicely aged leather sandals with me and we will both go out and greet the sun. The leather sandals might have cost me slightly more than others but it is worth it.
LBD, our beloved little black dress should be a staple in women’s closet. When you think it’s the end of the world because suddenly there’s nothing to wear, the trusted black dress comes to the rescue. Another type of LBD I think every woman should consider is the slightly L(ong) Black Dress. The longer hemlines gives a more feminine touch to a women’s frame. Midi dresses is a bit tricky for petite ladies like me. However, the black colour create a slimmer illusion. Thus, it makes us look like we have longer frame. High five to that!
The L(longer) black dress is perfect to wear when we still want to look more conservative or on a chilly day. Just add simple pearl earring, red lip, nice handbag and a killer shoe. You will so polish that even your mother in law or potential mother in law will approve straight away 😜
1. For petite ladies, cinch the waist in with a belt to create proportions. You can either have the belt on the smallest of your waist or higher to have the empire waist effect. Obi belt works best for this.
2. If your dress is a knit dress, look for knits that have vertical lines. It will help create the length you need.
Midi knit black dress – H&M
Obi belt – Love Bonito
Pearl earrings – Pandora
Bag – La Martina
Till next time,
Photo credit: Mr. T
Taking a walk is good for you. Sometimes taking a long walk aka hiking is very good for you. I started hiking a couple of years ago while travelling in Indonesia. The hike was so strenuous but I came out of it feeling extremely good about myself. It felt like I conquered something: my fear of failing.
I think that’s what hiking does to you, it makes you look at yourself deeply. Whenever I go for a hike, there is a lot of opportunities to breath in fresh air, work up my heart rate and really pay attention to my surroundings. AND plenty of pep talk (especially if the hike is like 10 hours long). Despite aching feet and god knows what else, I come out triumphant each and every time I finish a hike. One thing that adds up to the excitement of the whole thing is of course the outfit. I believe a woman should also feel good about herself when she is hiking. But bear in mind, I do not advocate over the topness. 🙂
A comfy pair of cool legging, a pretty sports bra, a shirt and a cardigan is always my essentials. Add in a nice earrings and a watch, you will feel like you have finished the hike before you even started. And not to forget the shoes/sandals. They could make or break you. Mr. T recently bought us a pair of hiking sandals from Source. It is for all terrain and the purpose of our purchase is also to use during the summer time.
And you are set!
1.If you want to save your sole and soul from blisters, please get a good pair of hiking footwear.
2. Bring sufficient H2O
3. If you are hiking is a warm place, do wear nice shirt and sports bra in case you need to remove the outer layer. You will still feel fab.
Cardigan – Zara
T-shirt – USA Pro
Leggings – USA Pro
Hiking sandal – Source sandal
Till next time…
Location: Seven Sisters, Sussex
Photo credits: Mr. T
I am a tea lover. The type of tea I gravitate to most since I was young was black and green tea. So how did Matcha came into the picture? It all started with a commitment for a mindful and healthy living choices at the start of this year. Trust me it is still a work in progress and that’s the fun part. We all learn everyday. Mr. T and I frequented Mei Leaf in Camden. It is a beautiful cosy tea shop in Camden. This is where we got our idea of starting a ‘matcha ritual’ in our daily life. We did our research on the benefits of matcha and we took the plunge in purchasing a matcha kit and matcha powder. And boy I am glad we started it. After months of drinking matcha, I can say that this little powerhouse will make you high (in a good way, of course). I find that the warm of matcha shot warms and wakes my system up in the morning. Besides that, it provides sufficient energy to keep me going till lunch time. Even my heavy coffee drinking partner approves 🙂
Why a Matcha shot a day could possibly also keep the doctor away…
- It is FULL of antioxidant. If you don’t want to delve deeper into this thing, just know it is good for the body.
- Enhances mood and calms the body
- Boost metabolism
- Aids concentration
- Rich in fiber, vitamins and chlorophyll
I have tried to make matcha drink while on vacation. However, nothing is compared to the use of good old matcha bowl and whisk.
Making your own shot
- Boil some water (ideally at 80 degree Celsius)
- Scoop 1-2 spoons of matcha powder (use the matcha spoon, it’s cool)
- Pour approximately 3 sips worth of water into your bowl. (It is a shot people, do not drown your matcha)
- Whisk it like its hot
Some matcha kit to get started Mei Leaf Ceremonial Matcha Set, Goodwei Japanese Matcha Tea Ceremony Set, Kineta Gift Set
*Always do a background check if you could consume matcha before trying. Every person has different tolerance to caffeine and the properties of different substance so make sure to do a thorough research on the subject. Pregnant women should be extra careful because matcha is essentially consuming the whole leaf instead of the standard tea infusion. Please be informed.
On that note, seri guys, bye!
Photos: Yours truly