Monday, September 15, 2014

Mystic Waters

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I am so very privileged to always be dressed by my darling girlfriend, Geo, for MDS Collections. They are my utmost favorite local label, and their weekly new arrivals always have me going weak in my knees. From summer separates to printed numbers, it pleases me each time I add a piece to my collection. And lately, this dress topped the chart and became my favorite for the month. Prized for its hypnotizing print and blue hues, it is one dress that had me receiving endless compliments for the day.

I hardly repeat any of my clothes, especially if they are such statement pieces like that. But oh, dear Catalina! I can't wait to pick you up again.

On a side note, congratulations to my dear friends Geo & Joe for conquering the retail empire! Yet another MDS Collections outlet to be opened next month, this time at everyone's favorite Ion Orchard. I am so very happy to learn of this news and I am sure all MDS fans will rejoice too!


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Outfit: Catalina Dress in Blue, MDS Collections *sponsored* // Heels, Zara // Luggage Tote in Mini, Celine // Arty Ring, Saint Laurent Paris // Earrings, Swarovski


For a 10% site-wide discount at MDS Collections, quote "10%melodyyap" upon carting out - only valid for regular priced items. Like MDS Collections on Facebook for styling tips and sneak previews, and follow MDS Collections on Instagram for flash sale codes and OOTD contests' details.


Photography: Brad Lau @ladyironchef


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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Hepburn

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To begin this post by saying I have been busy hence the lack of updates would be so predictable, but I have really been caught up with life to say the least. Lately, I haven't been too happy. I am always out of sorts, exceptionally forgetful, completely moody and more quiet than I thought I could ever be. My mind is always occupied, my heart is always tangled.

"Maybe it is not in the perfection of life that things make sense, but in the chaos."

I can only remind myself to hold on, and this too shall pass.


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Buried with a whole lot of backlogged outfits to write about, I don't even know where to begin. I have a whole series of photos of local labels that my talented girlfriends have been dressing me in, as well as many more folders of photos from my travels. Which and what would you all like to see next?

And since we are on this topic, what say you if I do a grab bag sale of all my preloved apparels and accessories? I have been toying with this idea for some time now, and as I procrastinate, the forlorn pile at home just keeps multiplying. My clothes need new owners, and they are all worn only once; some are even brand new with tags! I need to find them new owners and to have justice done to them...

On a side note, see this lovely white dress I am wearing today? Dressed by my sista for The Closet Lover, this is such a luxe number that is made with a whopping 3m worth of fabric! I could not stop twirling in them, and to share this joy, I am conducting a giveaway on my Instagram. Click here for more details. I'll leave you to share your creativity with me, while I go dig out more photos to share on this space.

Have a blessed and splendid Saturday!


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Outfit: Hepburn Dress, The Closet Lover  *sponsored* // Concerto Colorblock Heels, The Closet Lover *sponsored* // Motorcycle Leather Tote, Balenciaga // Aviators, Ray Ban // Studded Waist Belt, ASOS // Necklaces Mix, Gorjana // Arty Ring, Saint Laurent Paris 


Shop at The Closet Lover with a S$1 discount when you quote "MelodyxTCL", valid till 13 Oct 2014.

Photography: Brad Lau @ladyironchef


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Thursday, September 04, 2014

Autumn Leaves

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The midi trend seems to be here to stay, and I am not complaining. I never thought I would be able to pull it off. Like most short girls, I was initially worried about being overwhelmed by the length, or that my limbs would look short and miserable. In case you are wondering, I am 1.59m. So, petite girls can rejoice because midi skirt will be for you too and I will tell you how.

There are many tricks to looking longer and taller in a midi skirt, and they are really simple. For beginners, it is easier to pick a printed piece. It can be florals, it can be with mesh details, it can be textured. The idea is to look "fuller". Neutralise the busy details with a plain-colored top, and to let your skirt speak for itself. My take is always a crop top - to play with proportions, and to create the illusion of a lengthened torso. Think of a basic crop tee, a bralet, or a tube top. And it is a must to complete the look with a pair of heels. Or wedges, if you really cannot balance yourself on a stick. A boost of height is much needed for petite girls like me, and if you have calf muscles like I do, they are the perfect accessory for a touch of subtle sexiness.

The latest addition to my wardrobe is this printed version from The Stage Walk. There are a few variations, but I fell head over heels in love with the autumn leaves print. The orange notes are so feminine, and the color really pops with the contrast of a basic black crop tee. It comes with side pockets too, making it the ideal and practical midi skirt to kickstart your obsession. Or if you are already a fan of the midi skirt trend, this very midi will make a good option as we transit to Autumn.

Have fun playing with midi skirts, ladies!


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Outfit: Crop Tee, River Island // Side Pocket Midi Skirt in Autumn Leaves, The Stage Walk *sponsored* // Heels, The Closet Lover // Tasseled Satchel, Saint Laurent Paris // Hoop Earrings, Primark // Rings, Bangkok // Leather Strap, Balenciaga // Necklaces Mix, Gorjana



Shop with a 10% discount off regular-priced items with the discount code "melodyxTSW", valid till 06 Sep 2014.


Photography: Brad Lau @ladyironchef

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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Marbled

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It was a Sunday for running errands plus dinner with my family, and I needed an outfit that was both easy to move around in and presentable enough to not attract unwanted attention when in town. I mean, Singaporeans can be really unforgiving sometimes. Be caught without makeup once and people will talk about it forever; or dress down in tank and shorts and people will give a hundred explanations why you are not fit to talk about fashion.

Sometimes, it tickles me; sometimes, it bothers me. I am really not the most diligent person around, I head out with specs sometimes, I do not always have my eyelash extensions, and I do not wear maxi dresses and skirts eight days a week. But it is hard to be lazy when I am always spoilt by all the lovely clothes makers!

Clad in a silky marbled spag-strap top together with a basic slit maxi skirt, this was the least I could do to bring justice to Faire Belle's top (that is available again via back order now!) without looking overly slack for the weekend. And yes, a coat of red on the lips to conceal the tiredness in me.


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Outfit: Marble Swirls Spag Top, Faire Belle *sponsored* // Slit Maxi, Random // Sandals, The Closet Lover // Skinny Belt, ASOS // Motorcycle Tote, Balenciaga // Earrings, Swarovski // Leather Strap, Balenciaga // Arty Ring, Saint Laurent Paris 


To celebrate Faire Belle's 5th birthday, my readers can enjoy a 10% off all regular priced items with the discount code "MELODY10", valid till 15 Sept 2014.


Photography: Brad Lau @ladyironchef


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Monday, September 01, 2014

Dark Attraction

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I never thought that my makeover would earn me so many compliments. For the past few days since I started sharing photos of my new hair color on Instagram, I've had nothing but positive feedback and praises from so many of you, and each and every one really warmed my heart. To say that I appreciate all the time and effort taken to leave a comment on my photos is but understated.

I have had bright colored hair for more than a year, and the light brown that I spotted previously has been my favorite color yet. It has an unspeakable X-factor that makes me feel like a Japanese, and B really loved it too. But I thought for a while, and decided I needed a change. I stepped in to Shunji Matsuo @ 313 feeling apprehensive, not sure of what to expect from my stylist Eddie, and really clueless about how I was going to look like. Well, I really forgot how I looked like with dark hair, but I was to find out that I would fall in love all over again.

It took a while of getting used to, and to be most honest, I did not like it for the first few hours. I was secretly crying inside, missing my light brown hair, and worrying about how I'd do my makeup and style myself with the new hair color. But all the encouragement I had far outweighed my concern and eased my heart. And I actually started to really love myself for making that decision to go dark!

The very next day, I chose to play up my features with darker eyebrows and a slightly orange-tinted lips. A dark shade sure makes my features pop, and I look so much fairer. So I thought I would finally don my off-shoulder dress that Fash Mob sent to me some time ago, merging my love for my new hair color and an increasing fetish for palm prints. On a lighter note, Zara had a similar piece last season that I had wanted soooo badly but even the smallest size was too huge on me, so was I truly glad when Fash Mob manufactured their rendition and it fits me so well!

So there it is, my first outfit post with this hair color. I don't know how long the color will last, because according to my hair stylist, my hair cuticles are rather weak and the coat of hair dye may fade faster than usual. But I am loving every moment with this color. Thank you, Shunji Matsuo @ 313! I know I can always leave my tresses in your care.

To celebrate Shunji Matsuo @ 313's 3rd birthday, I have a special promotion for my followers. From now till 26 Oct 2014, enjoy 15% off all chemical services with no minimum purchase! Chemical services include your usual hair coloring, perm, rebond and treatments. And I'd highly recommend my trusty stylist, Eddie!

Go on, you know your hair needs some pampering.



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Outfit: Canyon Off-Shoulder Dress in Cerise, Fash Mob *sponsored* // Gold Oxfords, Steve Madden // Motorcycle Tote, Balenciage // Leather Belt, Chanel // Arty Ring, Saint Laurent Paris // Leather Strap, Balenciaga



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Shunji Matsuo
313 @ Somerset
313 Orchard Road, #03-26, Singapore 238895


Call 6238-0226 for appointments.


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Photography: Brad Lau @ladyironchef

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Girls Over Flowers

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Faire Belle turns five! To celebrate another milestone, they have relaunched their site with a whole series of exciting collections. To stay true to their belief in dressing their customers up in quality feminine apparels at pocket-friendly prices, you can expect nothing short of pretty frocks, printed casuals and work-friendly pieces. I bagged many items myself, and the first feature definitely has to be this floral number.

Girls Over Flowers. How cute.

This flirty number makes the perfect outfit for a quiet brunch on a Wednesday afternoon. The denim is printed with big and colorful shaded flowers; so cheery that it exudes a positive sunshine vibe. And I am all for flounces! The spreading layer gives the illusion of longer and slimmer legs, so all it took was a pair of comfy wedges to complement and I could prance around the fields with the soft wind in my hair.



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Outfit: Girls Over Flowers Denim Dress in Blue, Faire Belle *sponsored* // Suede Wedges, Aldo // Leather Satchel, Proenza Schouler // Rings, Lovisa // Leather Bracelet, ShoppyPoppy // Earrings, Aldo // Necklaces Mix, Gorjana


To celebrate Faire Belle's 5th birthday, my readers can enjoy a 10% off all regular priced items with the discount code "MELODY10", valid till 15 Sept 2014.


Photography: Brad Lau @ladyironchef


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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Thought of The Day


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"The secret of contentment is the realization that life is a gift, not a right."


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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Travelogue: A Rejuvenating Week at U Zenmaya // Phuket III

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I am often asked about the number of bikinis I own, and I never had a numeric answer. If only you had a peek into my wardrobe, you would know why I cannot count. Brad hates it whenever I buy a new bikini, but like clothes, you do not really want to wear the same thing every time you go to the beach or to the pool, yes?

So here's adding on to my massive collection of swimwear, and a few photos to share with you just how gorgeous the infinity pool at U Zenmaya is. Boundless blue skies, cool waters, and a touch of florals; this is my idea of beautiful.



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Outfit: Bikini Top, ASOS // Bikini Bottom, Zara // Shades, Gucci // Beaded Bracelets, HongKong


Photography: Brad Lau @ladyironchef


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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Summer Samba

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It has been a while since my last feature for rompers here. And my unwavering love for the fuss-free one piece had me getting my hands on this colorful number from The Stage Walk's recent collection. It came just in time because I have been pretty lacking of colors lately (and relatively), and I wore it out the very next day.

B and I spent the weekend running errands because we usually have a lot to tie up after coming back from a trip, so this romper couldn't have arrived any timelier! It is comfy, it is a statement piece on its own, and the splatter of colors made up for the slightly lethargic face that Sunday. I know, I actually looked nowhere near tired. I thank the clothes and the sunshine on my face.

I don't know about you, but whenever I throw on a summer romper like this, it instantly cheers me up and I have a particular penchant for prancing around in them. Made of thick neoprene material, this is one piece I really feel comfortable in and love for its cheery prints. And what better way to complete my outfit than with my ever precious Cobalt Blue Boy?



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Outfit: Midnight Bloom Sleeve Neoprene Romper, The Stage Walk *sponsored* // Heels, Random // Boy Chanel, Chanel // Shades, Versace // Hoop Earrings, Six Accessories // Arty Ring, Saint Laurent Paris



When you purchase two items and more, enter the discount code "melodyxtsw" for a 10% discount, applicable only to regular priced items.



Photography: Brad Lau @ladyironchef

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