Monday, July 21, 2014

Travelogue: Summer in London // London I

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Words cannot explain just how gratified I am to be in London once again. I left a big part of me in London since my last visit, and I had been yearning for a trip back. London is always the best idea, and no matter where I travel to, this favorite city of mine will always hold a special place in my heart.

Summer in London cannot be more perfect. It has only been my third day and there is not a moment that we do not enjoy ourselves at this bustling city with such a diverse culture and appreciation. I love everything British; London is always good for the soul, I'd say. The comfort of all the familiarity is probably why we love it here, but no matter how many trips, it will never be enough to uncover all the gems. B & I are seriously tempted by the idea of moving here temporarily, but there are way too many commitments in Singapore that are holding us back and that dream has to be shelved once again, sadly.

But one day, just one day, I will pack my bags and move to London. I will wake up with English Breakfasts every day, and if I miss my Chirashi-don, I will swing by Atari-ya at James Street for the very awesome £16 bowl. I will roam the streets of Oxford Circus and Piccadilly, and I will catch a musical on nights that I need some muse. I will eat Burger & Lobster every week, and Chanel will be my playground once in a while.

London, my dearest London.  I love you more than words can say and please let me stop time so that I can stay here and appreciate all your beauty, all your goodness, all your magic.


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Outfit: Colosseum Monochrome Midi, Fash Mob *sponsored* // Sandals, Zara // Boy Chanel, Chanel // Hoop Earrings, Six Accessories // Leather Strap, Balenciaga // Arty Ring, Saint Laurent Paris //



Photography: Brad Lau @ladyironchef

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Travelogue: Hola, Barcelona // Barcelona I

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So we booked our flights for a holiday at Europe again, and this time, it is finally summer! No more bulky winter coats, no more layering of knits, no more wearing stockings. The sun is blazing here at Barcelona, but we are really loving every bit of Europe's summer. The sun only sets after 9pm, and I get to flaunt my new summer wardrobe too!

We stayed at Passeig de Gracia, and I love how trees lined the streets and how the whole city has so much design and creativity to boast. And we eat tapas all day, every day. Catalana is my favorite, if you'd ask! The Beef Stew with Mushrooms at Tapas 24 was to die for, too.

Passeig de Gracia is such a lovely area.

We took a lovely evening stroll on our first day here, and there is no better way to blend in with the Spanish crowd than to embrace summer with a tee and denim shorts. Really, the girls are so hot that even when they are so nonchalantly dressed, they strut with confidence - and most with Havainas.

I chose to wear my new favorite tee that comes complete with cuffed sleeves. Have I told you how much I love cuffed sleeves? They always create the illusion of slimmer arms, and this tee is everything I'd need on dress-down days. And of course, I had to wear it with a pair of distressed denim shorts. If you don't already own one, you need to get your hands on this pair because it has a high-waist cut which hides a bulge well, together with everyone's favorite ripped details. An outfit most apt for Barcelona's summer evening, I'd say.

And if you want to dress it up a bit, ditch the Havainas and put on a pair of leather sandals like I did. Don't forget to throw on some leather and gold accessories, too!


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Outfit: Parental Advisory Tee, LeChic *sponsored* // Dante Distressed Denim Cutoffs, LeChic  *sponsored* // Sandals, Zara // Spiked Earring, ASOS // Leather Bracelet, Balenciaga // Arty Ring, Saint Laurent Paris


Shop with a 10% discount when you quote "MELODY". Like LeChic on Facebook and follow them on Instagram for previews of new arrivals.


Photography: Brad Lau @ladyironchef

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Downtown


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Sundays always call for comfy casuals and in my wardrobe, these come in the form of chic separates that are good even without accessories. Statement details like florals and other like prints, stripes and boat necks, chiffon frills and pleats, organza panels and mesh inserts... these are a couple of my staples and what I usually turn to when I need to put together a fuss-free weekend ensemble that can take me to the downtown without looking too underdressed.

One of my new favorites and one to stay is this organza crop top that my sista, Brianna, designed and produced in a palette of yummy pastels. It was no mean feat to decide on only one color. The powder blue piece went home with me because lately, this color is my obsession. I think it is Dior that influenced me.

Anyway, it is one flattering top that is so versatile that may look unassuming and normal at first glance, but a different story altogether when you put it on. Love the straight neckline that exudes a mysterious sexiness! I can think of endless combinations - with ripped jeans, with a matching white pencil skirt and double-breasted blazer, with a pleated midi in complementing pastels, with a pair of floral pants... I could go on, y'know?


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Outfit: Hazel Organza Top in Powder Blue, The Closet Lover *sponsored* // Printed Shorts, Zara // Crochet Flats, H&M // Motorcycle Tote, Balenciaga // Shades, Chanel // Earrings, Swarovski // Leather Strap, Balenciaga // Charms Bracelet, Pandora // Ring, m)phosis


Shop with S$1 discount per item when you quote "melodyxtcl", valid till 31 Jul 2014.



Photography: Brad Lau @ladyironchef

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Weaved with Love by Fabfad

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Some weeks ago, I was chatting with the owner of Fabfad and asking about her new website (which will be ready by next week - www.fabfad.com.sg). Then came a part when she let me have a sneak preview of her upcoming launch, and among the folder of photos was this braided maxi dress that I knew I just have to own.

Everyone knows by now how much I cannot do without maxi dresses, and I actually find collecting maxi dresses therapeutic. I have them in so many styles, because there is almost never an occasion that maxi dresses would not do the trick. Dressy ones for parties, flowy floral ones for the beach, and this new addition from darling Fabfad is one for everyday wear!

It is made with love and I can feel it from how the soft material caresses my skin. Simple crew neck that protects our boyfriend zone, and little peekaboos at the sides that are complemented with two braids that wrap the whole dress and creating an elongated torso effect. And the slight flow as I walk? Perfecto~

How can you not have this piece in your wardrobe?



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Outfit: Weaved Happiness Maxi in Navy, Fabfad *sponsored* // Sandals, Zara // Arty Ring, Saint Laurent Paris // Floral Crown, Bangkok


This maxi will be launched next week. Quote "Melody1Off" upon carting out to enjoy a S$1 off per item. Promotional code is valid till 31 Jul 2014. Like Fabfad on Instagram for sneak previews of new arrivals and updates on promotions.


Photography: Brad Lau @ladyironchef


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