A trusted white handbag

White handbag: La Martina (old collection),  similar here 

La Martina is having sales on bags. Do check them out for exclusive discounts. I love their collections particularly The Guards. This post is not a promotion for the brand. It is written on my own accord with my honest opinion.

Location: London. 

Hi my loves, hope you guys are having a good week so far. In this short post I will be featuring one of my handbag. I only have 3 handbag in my collection so far. Of course it is my dream to have more (which woman doesn’t) but I am very contented with what I have at the moment. This is the bag I would reach for on the days I am feeling more dressy. In my opinion, a white bag completes any outfits. And I have been using it season in season out without any problem. The size is small but it could fit my essentials very well such as handphone, key holder, card holder, a few make up and a shade. I still remember getting my La Martina at Forte dei Marmi, Italy. It was my first designer handbag and every time I use this handbag it reminds me of the beautiful memories I had on my travels there and also a reminder that I bought it with my hard earn money. I am very proud of this bag and I just know I will keep it in my collection for the longest time. Do you guys have a bag that has a special memory attached to it? Share it in the comments below, it would be lovely to hear your bag memories.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog!

xx, Mielyn

Layers and neutrals

button sleeved shirt: exhibitstore.co (sold out); similar here|military detailed sweater: Burberry; similar here|jeans: Zara (old); similar here | over the knee boots: Asos (old)similar here (on sale)|

Location: London. Photo credit: Mr T. 

Hello everyone! I know it has been quite awhile since my last post. Being a full-time teacher takes most of my time away. Trying to establish a new routine so the things that I like to do will not take a back seat! Weekends are pretty much the days I dress up because weekdays I have uniform (yes I do, that’s perfectly fine because I love my job. Besides, less headache because I don’t have to think what to wear on a daily basis). This outfit is something I put together on a whim. I wanted to check if the cream long-sleeved shirt I had in my closet will go well with my military detailed sweater. And I was quite pleased on how the whole outfit turn out in the end. The weather in London definitely does not allow me to wear any of my clothes on their own anymore. I am in love with these layers and I am sure I will wear them on repeat. The button detailed shirt from Exhibit.co adds so much character to the sweater. I finished the look with my over the knee flat boots. I can’t appreciate them enough during the colder months. They are truly a life saver in keeping my pins extra warm. I will write on how I make my over the knee boots work for me on my petite frame  on my next blog. Till then hope you guys enjoyed this outfit of the Saturday of mine!

Thank you for stopping by my blog!

xx, Mielyn

Learning the art of layering

white shirt: Burberry |  grey zipped detailed sweater: Vero Moda; similar here  |
tailored pants: Precis Petite  |  leather jacket: Zara (old); similar here | pointy heeled sandal: Zara (old)similar here | bag: Charles & Keith ; similar here

Location: Belgravia, London. Photo credit: Mr T. 

As the cold weather coming at me full force, I am forced to up my gear and find new ways to dress myself. With a curated but limited amount of clothing that I have I sort of need to experiment with new looks. For me that is what makes dressing up fun. It was my first time trying to layer a sweater on top of a white shirt and to be honest I am loving this look. The neutral colour palette gives this ensemble a clean, crisp, layered yet not bulky feel. The black leather jacket (especially when zipped up) did a good job defining the my waist. I tied the look together with a pointy block heeled sandal and a black handbag – all ready to take a stroll around Belgravia, London. So what do you guys think of this look? And do share your tips on how to dress chic yet warm enough for chilly weather on the comment section below! Have a great week ahead guys. 🙂

Thank you for stopping by my blog!

xx, Mielyn

Polo neck and Breton stripes

polo neck striped top: Petite bateau |  cape coat: Love Bonito; similar here  |  
tailored pants: Precis Petite  |  boots: Bershkasimilar here | bag: La Martina ; similar here 

Location: Hyde Park, London. Photo credit: Mr T. 

After a year in London aka constant chilly weather, I realised that covering my neck is the best solution for someone who is always freezing like me. Somehow I am still freezing mind you but a polo neck just makes me feel that much better. I found this beautiful polo neck long sleeve Breton top from Petite Bateau. It is my second purchase from them and I can’t commend the quality of their clothes highly enough. This brand does not only make beautiful children’s clothing, their adult version is on point as well. The materials and workmanship is top-notch. I bought this particular top during their end of season sale and only cost me £15! My advise for anyone who want to grab something from Petite Bateau, do wait for the sales. It’s worth it provided you can wait! 🙂 It was not massively chilly on this day, so I styled my polo neck striped top with tailored black pants, and a beige cape. I have said this before and I’ll say this again. There is something about Breton stripes that makes anyone feel put together. Let me know if you own one in your collection! And oh, if you guys have any suggestions for polo neck tops/sweaters, do share with me. 😉 Have a great evening!

Thank you for stopping by!

xx, Mielyn

Autumn essentials

Hi my lovelies, how have you all been?

Autumn is here in London and that means the usual (rain, wind, grey clouds) plus unpredictable temperature.  But mostly it will feel like winter. I still have a list of attire to purchase to prepare myself for the coming winter season. The freezing cold weather is just not my thing. However luckily I have made some good purchase to get me through the chill that is starting to creep up on me.

A chunky jumper and a high waisted wide leg white pants. This has been my go to attire for this autumn.  The jumper complements the high waisted pants very nicely. Who knew being all covered up would make one feel great. As a separate, the high waisted pants goes really well with cropped tops/blouse (weather permitting). On the other hand, the jumper is great with skinny jeans too.

I am totally in love with this Exhibitstore white wide leg pants. This is my second purchase from this label and I couldn’t be happier. The quality and craftsmanship are just great. I am very proud of this Singaporean brand. Do check them out! They do worldwide delivery with reasonable shipping rate.

I wish all of you a great week ahead!

Till next time,

xx, Mielyn

Independence Day

Hi everyone!

It has been almost two weeks since I came back to London. I am still reminiscing about Malaysia. It was such a great trip. One occasion that had made the trip so sweet is that I get to experience our Independence Day celebration after a long hiatus. To be honest I can’t remember when was the last time I was back home during Independence Day. The whole vibe on that afternoon was amazing. People from young to old gathered with full of energy, blowing their vuvuzelas. The whole street was lit up by the community’s spirit and zest. Despite the blazing hot weather, I can’t help but feel proud of the country. It has come very far and still striving for the best. Every place has its fair share of positives and negatives, I believe Independence Day is a day that reminds us to focus on the positives and charge forward for a greater existence. It applies not only to a country but to each and every one of us.

Till next time lovelies,

xx, Mielyn

 

Outfit: Zara jeans, Zara slip on, Zara long sleeve ruffle top.

 

A mini photoshoot

Hi my lovelies, happy midweek!

I have just started full-time job on Monday and gosh it had been busy everyday. I am trying to create a nice routine for myself. Mid week is just as busy but it is nice to crave a bit of time to write blog post.

As you know I spent 3 weeks back home and during that time I sneaked in a quick trip to Singapore. There I visited some of my very good friends and one of them happen to be a talented photographer. I am very lucky to have friends with varying talents. My friend Danny did a mini photoshoot at the Victoria Concert Hall and near Singapore River. It was just a casual shoot but I was definitely stoked with the result. I would like to share some of the shots he took with his beloved Leica. Enjoy and I will see you again this Friday with #pickabookfriday series!

OOTD details:

Uniqlo v-neck grey top, Zara jeans, Ted Baker heeled sandals, Daniel Wellington watch

Photo credits: @dannyimson

Till next time,

xx, Mielyn

Forte dei Marmi

Hi my lovelies! Hope everyone is doing great and started with a bang this week.

I am in the process of completing my dissertation this week and I can’t wait to start packing my bags to go visit my friends and family in Malaysia and Singapore. Thinking about it makes my heart warm and acts as an incentive to finish my task well. For me, travelling is the one of the top inspiration to work hard.

You work hard now, you get to play harder later.  🙂

As I was thinking about my next trip, I was reminded of the trips I have made so far. Wherever you go, you gain such good memories. That is one of the beauty of travelling. So in this post, I wanted to share with you guys a place I visited two summers back in a #throwback fashion.

Forte dei Marmi

italy_3You probably never heard about this place. To be honest I didn’t associate this place when I think about a holiday in Italy. But trust me, going to this place is worth it. We drove from Germany, passed through Switzerland to get to Forte dei Marmi. It was a 10 hour drive but it was definitely the most mesmerizing drive I have experienced.

Forte dei Marmi is an enchanting village of Versilia along the Mediterranean Sea. It is actually one of the most known and trendy seaside resort in Tuscany. However, here you won’t see the sight of tourist as you would in let’s say Rome. When I stayed there, I was pretty sure I was one of the handful from Asia. I mean I was a rare specimen. In this small seaside town, you are set against a backdrop of the Apuan Alps, where Michelangelo sourced his marble. It is more expensive than other towns and with overall chic vibe Forte dei Marmi is considered as the East Hampton of Italy. Apparently, Andrea Bocelli lives here while Armani has a villa. Yes you might have to fork out slightly more, but the amount of personal space you get is great. Mr. T and I had the most relaxing beach vacation ever. The noise level throughout the town was low, we either stroll or cycle to go to explore this beautiful town and laze at the beach which had a sun-bleached boardwalk down to the sea. On top of that, the location was great. Forte dei Marmi was our base to explore Cinque Terre, Pietrasanta, Florence and Volterra. At the end of the day, we had this inviting town to calm our sense.

If you have the chance, check out this place. For now, I hope you enjoy my #throwback pictures of Forte dei Marmi 😉

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Where we stayed: Hotel Bijou

Till next time loves,

xx, Mielyn

Extra long sleeve

Hello lovelies. Hope your Monday went well!

I was just spending the whole day writing my dissertation and I took a break. During the breakI wrote this post. The irony of it 😉 In this OOTD post I am featuring my first ever button up shirt I got hold of since I moved to London. It is not just any button up shirt, the sleeve run long enough to almost cover another person’s palm. Why a petite girl like me need an extra long sleeve shirt? Well why not. I was feeling adventurous. I love my clothes to have some sort of eccentric element to it. Perhaps that part of my personal style.

 

IMG_4663.JPGIMG_4661.JPGI laid my eyes onthis shirt on exhibit.com and instantly fell in love with it. Exhibit is a Singapore based womenswear label founded by non other than the famous and beautiful Yoyo Cao. If you don’t follow her already on Instagram (yoyokulala), do go check her out. She has the most amazing feed. Among the many cleverly tailored pieces in the collection, this extra long sleeve shirt spoke the most to me. The clean-cut definitely adds to the luxe basics feel to the shirt. And the buttons that ran along the entire sleeve. That sold it to me. The quality of the material and stitching made me a happy buyer. Although the sleeve runs long, it can be folded up to avoid any mishaps during meal time. Imagine me digging in my food with my sleeve all over the place like a child. Hmmm not a good sight.

This shirt was well-worn during my Belgium trip and of course in Belgium as in many countries you go to the art gallery. As you can see I wore this top with jeans and did a little half tuck on half of the shirt… look at the photo, I don’t think I just made sense. I felt like an artist myself. 😉

Why the dessert photos all of a sudden?? It’s Belgium! Desserts are heaven there.

On a last note, it makes me happy seeing a label from Asia do so well. I am truly hoping to dig up more exquisite Asian label and support the emerging designers because good quality clothes shouldn’t go unnoticed.
Have a nice evening guys. Those who had Monday blues, hope this post made you smile. I hope at least the desserts did the trick. Cheers!

 

xx, Mielyn