I’ve always wondered what actually goes on in a fashion designer’s head. Whenever I encountered clever and/or aesthetically pleasing designs, my heart would fill with awe and admiration. Although part of me wished that I was the mastermind behind those designs, the other part of me felt extremely thankful. Thankful because I had easy access to someone’s creativity.
As much as I love my high street brands (and the prices that go with them), I’ve slowly begun to really appreciate the works of independent designers. I’m finding a lot of joy in discovering emerging designers and the beautiful works that they put together. Just like many industries that are over-saturated with talents, I believe that the world of fashion design isn’t as glamorous as it portrays itself to be. There’s a big bunch of amazing designers that are yearning to be heard on the world stage, and the only way for them to get there is via trust and grace. This is why I love e-commerce websites that actually understand this concept and are willing to market brands that they believe in.
Hectorr is an independent Thai fashion label that I came across recently and I admire them for their minimalist yet edgy style. I had the pleasure to meet the brand’s designer Nantiya Saengchiwit on my recent trip to Bangkok and I have to say that the petite beauty has plenty of talent to show! If you’ve been to Bangkok, you would realise that many of their local brands favour frills and ultra girly touches so Hectorr was one of the few that stood out to me in a refreshing way.
This black and white crepe top was worn separately from its other half (a pair of wide legged pants) simply because I wanted to test out its versatility. Personally I like its rather boxy structure and I could see myself pairing it with a number of things in my wardrobe. Also, I love those 2 black pockets! I mean, who doesn’t like pockets?
What are some of the emerging/non mainstream labels that you’re really digging at the moment? I’d love to know.
Photography| Mr M
(Click on the image above to find out information on each of those beauties)
A couple of weeks ago, Mr M, and I drove to the Blue Mountains (a region where the 3 sisters reside) for a wonderful country side wedding. The weather didn’t quite hold up before the ceremony so as a result we
went on a mud fight had to work ourselves around muddy patches. Now that wasn’t a big deal for the boys because they’re born to be scruffy but for us girls in 5 inch stiletto heels, it was. As much as I thought those nude pumps that I wore were a good idea then, they made me much less graceful than I hoped to be. Not only did I have to pull myself out of the mud, I had to make sure that those dainty stilts didn’t get caught in between of wooden planks. I felt a little bit like dumbo the elephant when I made my way downhill because I was so conscious about the possibility of toppling forward due to uneven weight distribution.
I thought you know what, since the topic of wedding is probably not going to leave my mouth till after Sept, why don’t I utilise some of my experiences and observations as a wedding guest and bridesmaid to solve some potential wedding conundrums? Besides it also presents opportunities for me to play with Polyvore. Believe it or not, the collage right in front of you is my very first one (woohoo!) and there’s a tonne of room for improvement.
So if you asked me again about the kinds of shoes that I would wear to an outdoor wedding, my answer would be go chunky or flat! They would save you from acting like a silly barbie! Bigger or fatter heels are just so much easier to navigate in and if they are in a comfortable height, you would most likely just cruise past the day, and perhaps even have the headspace to maintain a great conversation with that cute guest because all your energy isn’t focused on how uncomfortable you feel. Now if you’re open to flat shoes, there are so many beautiful ones to choose from! Those red Valentino rockstud patent ballet flats above are high on my wishlist! Some people feel inferior when walking in flats but you know what? Stride with confidence and no one would notise the difference! Plus you might end up having the most fun because you could actually dance in them. Flatforms which have just appeared in the limelight in recent years are great if you like the idea of staying flat but still be a couple of inches taller than usual. They are quite funky and great in adding a touch of masculinity to any outfit. Awesome for people who are into the ‘la garconne’ look.
I hope you find this post useful and if you have any outfit questions (wedding or non wedding), please post them on the comments section below. I’m not a guru of any sort but I’m happy to help!
Till next time!
If you’ve followed WLLWPROJECT long enough, you would have realised that I live, eat and breathe stripes in my little fashion world. Stripes are timeless, versatile, French (which is another word for tres chic) and are an overall life and time saver. As silly as it sounds, my motto is ‘when in doubt, throw on some stripes!’ and that worked brilliantly this time, if not everytime. Therefore if you’re sorting out your wardrobe and are keen on getting the basics right, put this pattern on your staples list! Life will never be the same again. I personally favour thinner stripes as they are softer, easier to work with and not as ‘in your face’.
I was asked by a couple of people whether the skirt was purchased on my recent trip to Bangkok and I could see why. The material resembles Thai silk in a glance and the print is somewhat oriental looking. I had its waistband altered from hips to waist. I like it more now as it’s a lot more fitted than before. I’m still thinking of more pairing ideas so if you have any, please throw them this way!
That’s all for now. I really look forward to a more substantial blog post when I get around to it. Could you please help me to call for mojo to come back?
Have a beautiful day.
Photos| Mr M
I love weddings. I don’t think I could ever get enough of seeing 2 people uniting for the simple reason of love.
Mr M and I attended our first country wedding at the Blue Mountains last weekend and we had such a ball! It was a mini getaway for us and a bunch of awesome friends and I absolutely enjoyed every single minute of it. Witnessing a love covenant that was sealed in the name of God was beyond precious. I couldn’t have felt more honoured to be a part of the wonderful celebration.
Of course, a great occasion also called for a great dress and I was super excited to take this beauty out for her first ride! I fell in love with this purple dress by Poem the moment I put it on in Bangkok. The structure and length were perfect and I was totally convinced that it was made for me. I especially love the deep V at the back of the dress as it added a touch of sexiness to an otherwise conservative dress. The large bow also made me feel very feminine and somewhat princess-y. One of the things that I liked about this dress was that minimal jewellery was needed to complete the look. In my opinion, there was no need for any other distractions except for a pearl necklace. I also opted for some nude pumps and a cream clutch to keep the look and colour palette as clean as possible.
I think this was by far one of the best ‘wedding guest’ looks that I’ve ever pulled off. In fact I was so amazed that the dress was in place all night without the need for any adjustments. Thai brand Poem has definitely won my heart.
What’s the best outfit you’ve ever worn to a wedding/formal event and where did you purchase it?
I look forward to reading your fond memories!
Photography| Mr M
I’m still trying to get my head back into this space.
My 2.5-week break had completely distracted me from this part of my life. There were more pressing issues to attend to, such as spending quality time with loved ones and just savouring moments that I may not get when I’m NOT on holiday.
Now I haven’t lost my love for fashion in case you’re wondering. In fact, I don’t think that’s ever going to be possible. However my lack of effort and excitement about posting recently is probably a signal that a reflection on wllwproject, even if it’s a small one is due soon.
I ask this out of curiosity and a desire to be enlightened:
What motivates you to blog?
Photography| Mr M
ps. I’m heading to somewhere special this weekend and I’m looking forward to share my Bangkok purchase with you in the next post
Truth is, I had been intentionally neglecting this blog for the past week. Most of my time was spent with the family and I haven’t been this carefree in a long while. I woke up every morning loving the fact that I had time to cut up colourful fruits and turned them into glasses of weird coloured tonics.
I love whipping up homemade breakfast for the family.
I love listening to the crazy daily downpour while enjoying a steaming cup of Boh Cameronian Gold Blend with a hint of milk (really, who needs Twinings?).
Most of all, I LOVE the feeling of extra time in hands. Overworking has been over-glorified.
I’m going to leave you with a few photos of a black and white outfit that I put together before I left Sydney. I really enjoyed the simplicity of the look, nothing overly fancy. One thing I will mention though is the white shirt. I like its asymmetrical cut as it adds such an interesting dimension to the standard shirt. The cropped front also gives a ‘sexy’ touch to a normally conservative piece. I would try and pair it with something slightly more high-waisted next time to solve that floppy tummy look. An alternative to that is to eat less (mission: impossible)!
I hope to resume my twice a week posting schedule once I’ve gathered enough motivation. Meanwhile I cannot wait to experience the colourful sights, sounds and smells of Bangkok city tomorrow! Oh did I mention that buffet breakfast is part of the agenda too? I’m absolutely stoked!
Good night world. Have an awesome weekend!
Photography? Mr M
My Feedly is at the verge of exploding with tonnes and tonnes of unread blog posts. I haven’t been able to actively participate in blogsphere for the past couple of weeks due to an array of reasons. One of them being wedding venue hunting. Sydney has lots of beautiful (not to mention expensive) venues on offer but many of them have limited capacity. Our preliminary guest list is pretty long and we’re hoping to trim some excess fat off! Does anyone know the best way to do so?
These couple of photos were shot at a potential wedding location. I still haven’t quite grasp my floral jacket yet so it’s very much ‘work in progress’ when it comes to pairing ideas. I don’t normally wear loud colours except for special occasions but I’m finding them really refreshing lately. Perhaps I’ve become bolder as I’m getting more and more reassured with my personal style. Whatever it is, I think I’m ready to venture outside my comfort zone. Bring on the colours I say!
I’ll be heading home to Malaysia in a few days time for a few weeks. It’s been a while and I’m looking forward to bonding time with family and friends!
Hope you all are well
I’ve fallen in love with daisy print lately. It does not only make me feel ultra girly, it’s also a great representation of Spring/Summer!
These photos were taken at Cottage Point, one of the smallest and most well-preserved suburbs in Northern Sydney during my birthday/proposal weekend. Mr M had organised a seaplane as our mode of transportation to make the experience extra special. It was such an awesome way to admire Sydney at a different angle. The views were absolutely breathtaking to say the least.
We wandered around Cottage Point aimlessly, soaking in what nature had to offer and I couldn’t be anymore relaxed. My shoulders felt light, and so was my bag for once! I couldn’t stop feeling its buttery soft texture and I love it’s unconventional round shape. Mr M got this Sara Barner ‘Taylor’ bag for me from of a kind after I’ve openly ‘hinted’ my desire to own one of them (along with many other things)! It’s the perfect bag to carry on days when all I need are my phone, lip balm and some cash.
You might recognise this wharf from my post last week. The photos were taken only a day apart but the way I felt was drastically different.
5 more sleeps till the weekend! Let the countdown begin!
Photography| Mr M
ps. To those who are currently experiencing a very hot Spring/Summer down under, stay hydrated!
pps. Check out this view from the seaplane!
Donning this especially loud but demure dress from Swedish brand ACNE, Mr M and I celebrated a wonderful milestone in our relationship + my birthday last weekend. It was a beautiful surprise not to be forgotten, forever.
Mr M had exceeded all my expectations in every single way. He has truly shown me what it means to make love a verb.
It’s hard to believe but one year from now, I will be referred to as Mrs M.
Last weekend seems old news by now but I hope it was as wonderful for you too!
Photography| Mr M
What is your current favourite colour palette to wear?
I was inspired to dress in earth tones last Saturday because of the warm sunny weather. I think a lot of people tend to shun away from this colour palette because it’s typically viewed as boring and old-fashioned. I personally think that it’s a matter of the mindset. There’s so much potential for these unsung colours to shine. IMHO, earthy colours could look extremely fresh and updated when done right, not to mention extra calming on the eyes too!
I’ve reached for this maxi skirt for a number of occasions this year (see 1, 2 and 3) and I’m yet to be bored with it. I love the way it looks when sunlight shines through the material and creates a really feminine silhouette. The way that the skirt sways with each movement makes me feel somewhat special and beautiful. These are definitely healthy feelings that I want to constantly be reminded of!
Have a lovely day, Talk soon.
Photography| Mr M