I spent Saturday afternoon eating and (window) shopping on Arab Street and Haji Lane, two of my favorite places in Singapore, with my friend Chrissa.
My company used to rent a studio office in that neighborhood right above a jazz lounge, which was one of our first stops for the day. I just had to take a photo for old time’s sake. I can’t think of many places in Singapore where my lurid dress could blend right into the background.
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I own very few rings, and all of them fall on the quirky side. Just the way I like them. Here are some of my favorites.
The moment I saw these rings on Asos, I knew I had to have them. You’re supposed to stack them on one finger, so it looks like the wolf is walking in the woods. How whimsically charming is that? They should add a bunny ring to the set, so the wolf will have something to snack on when it gets hungry from all that walking.
This faceted crystal ring was a gift from my mom. I love how sparkly it is and how it’s shaped like a crescent moon. My mom says that it’s supposed to fend off negative energy. Maybe that’s why they made it so big, to make it bitch-proof.
This silver question mark ring was another online purchase. I need one in the shape of an exclamation point, so I can stack them on my middle finger and whip them out on those inevitable WTF moments.
People should try not to make any important decisions when they’ve just woken up. That includes deciding what to wear to work, as shown by this tweet from last year:
This wardrobe workout is turning out to have more benefits that I initially thought. Not only am I making better use of the wardrobe I already have, but I have also stopped showing up to work with day-glo underwear shining through light-colored clothes. Woot!
Here’s what I wore for week two of my little experiment:
Military Monday. I think that cardigan is so cute it deserves a salute.
- Blue military-inspired cardigan – Bysi
- Gray henley camisole – Uniqlo
- Black skinny jeans – Freego
- Black round-toe slingbacks – Charles & Keith
- Black bow hairband – Montip
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I was walking to the train station with my colleague Jacq after work last week when she shared that she had only five pairs of shoes. FIVE. PAIRS. OF. SHOES. The shoe fiend in me was stunned. After picking up my jaw from the pavement and confirming several times that I had not misheard her — “Five, Jacq? Really? Really?!” — I jumped right into convincing her to expand her footwear collection. She has since bought a new pair of heels and is now thinking of buying more. I am that good.
As I walked the same route with Christina, another work buddy, a few days later, I told her about Jacq’s impressive resistance to shoe lust. She reacted with comically familiar shock and disbelief — “Five? Really? Really?!”
It led us to ponder, if we had to give up all but five pairs of our beloved shoes, which would we pick? (Specialized footwear for athletic or artistic activities don’t count. I also have to note that Singapore is a tropical country so we don’t need to worry about dressing for winter.) It was a tough call, but I managed to narrow down my choices to these final five:
Black perforated suede ankle-wrap sandals, Rubi. Laid-back without being sloppy, these are the most comfortable sandals I have ever owned.
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Dresses are for lazy people. I should know — I have a closet full of them. With dresses I don’t have to think too hard about putting together an outfit. I just roll out of bed (after hitting snooze approximately 23 times), throw on a dress, and I’m ready for the office.
During a recent closet cleanup I realized that because of my love affair with the snooze button, a lot of my clothes are going to waste. Right then and there I decided to give my wardrobe a much needed workout. That means planning at least five outfits during the weekend, so I can keep my usual morning routine without ending up in the same dresses week in and week out.
It’s been going quite well so far. Just for kicks, here are the outfits I wore last week — not a single snooze-button dress in sight. (Also, holy awkward poses, Batman!)
Vintage Monday. These clothes basically came from other people’s closets.
- Ruffled floral-print top – made from a vintage dress that I had altered into a top and a skirt
- Purple skirt – hand-me-down from my mom who wore it in the early 90s
- Rust leather belt – vintage Esprit from my mom’s attic
- Cosmic latte (yes, it’s an official color!) peep-toe slingbacks – Vincci
- Purple chiffon flower hair clip – Montip
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