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
Summer vacation is not complete without a good hat. Even if you are too shy to wear one on a daily basis or just can’t be bothered about it, vacation is the time we seem to invite hats into our holiday closet. It adds character to an outfit and great for bad hair days. I love a good hat but I must admit it is extremely challenging for me to get one to fit my head. My head is SMALL. This means standard adult sizing is still big for my head. Online shopping for even the most prettiest hats is a no go for me.
However, years ago while travelling in Taiwan a lovely shopkeeper offered to take in slightly from the inner rim of the floppy felt hat to fit perfectly on my head. Basically, she folded the bit of the inner lining and stitched it up. I thought it was brilliant! For this particular straw hat for my Greece holiday, I ended up doing the same because I just love it so much to return it. By saying that, I am considering looking into children’s section for a better fit. If any of you know a good place to look, do shout out to me. I would greatly appreciate it!
1. For my fellow ladies with tiny head, please do not fret. We are quite a fun size to be honest which makes it all the more interesting when it comes to dressing up. Just start off by getting the smallest size. If the smallest size is still loose, for most hats with an inner lining, fold in and stitch it up.
Grey Jumpsuit – Asos
Straw Hat – Asos Vacay Sequin Straw Hat
Sandal – Windsor Smith
Seri lovelies, bye!
Location : Blue Palace resort, Crete, Greece
Photo credits: Mr. T
Every blogs/vlogs/website on classic wardrobe must haves will include a stripe top. Being put off by the fact that there are countless fashion guides warning petite women against wearing horizontal stripes, I can’t help but to feel how chic women look every time I see someone wearing it. For my Greece trip recently, I took the plunge and got myself one. In fact, it was the only piece of clothing I specially bought for the summer holidays. And I have NO regrets! There is something about the stripes that will make a woman look and feel classy. And the stripes did not cut off my petite frame when proportion and fit is given careful consideration when putting the whole outfit together. There are great with casual pants, dressy pants, jeans, shorts and skirt. Now I am intending to get one v-neck t-shirt and a 3/4 sleeve top. Stripe all the way!
1. To all my petite ladies, do not be afraid to wear horizontal stripes. Just make sure the stripes are not too big, the fit is just right and get 3/4 sleeve if you may because it flatters small frame the most.
2. Invest in a good quality striped top as they are a classic piece. Besides that, easily worn out materials will not do justice to your overall look.
Striped sweater – Petite Bateau, the black version is on sale currently in The Outnet
Shorts – Bought in Malaysia years ago
Sandal – Windsor Smith
Location : Crete, Greece
Photo credits: Mr. T
Countless fashion sites almost have a devotion to the classic white shirt. Anyone who own one would agree that it doesn’t get any classier than a white shirt. Why? It instantly makes you look put together and most importantly you will feel good.
My go to outfit for more dressier casual look: white shirt, jeans and red lip. For London’s weather, its always good to have a jacket/coat on. 🙂
1. Invest in a good quality shirt. It is okay if it takes time to find your perfect one.
2. Make sure it fits well. It will make a huge difference!
White shirt – Burberry check details stretch cotton shirt
Jeans – Zara
Heeled sandal – Ted Baker
Red Lipstick – Clinique Pop (Cherry pop)
Cape coat – Love Bonito
seri (okay in Tamil) bellas, Tschüss!
Have a Photo credits: Mr T.
With the heat wave in London at the moment, we can finally wear proper summer clothes. My wardrobe mainly consist of neutral colours. However, some times I just feel like injecting a good splash of colour. London’s sunny weather makes the urge more prominent. Though wanting to wear colour is one thing, making sure the colour suits my brown skin tone is another. To be honest, not all colour flatters me. However, deep colours such as this dark green skirt works well with brown skin tone. I let the colour pop by pairing it with a grey t-shirt. To make the outfit interesting, I completed the look with a pair of bluish-green slipper. The complementing tone of the skirt and slipper somehow balances the bottom half of the body.
1. Pick one colour and keep everything else neutral
Grey top – Uniqlo
Dark Green skirt – Runway Bandit
Slipper – Bali
Handbag – La Martina (similar)
Photo credits: Mr. T