Style File : The 2013 edition

Filed Under (discussion, fashion, style file) by rinnah on 17-09-2013

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Since my great wardrobe clean-up, I’ve made some discoveries about my sense of style and favoured brands. It was rather interesting to me, so I thought I’d blog about it.

Marks & Spencer tweed jacket

Relatively classic. (Some might even say boring or dated.) I mostly stay far away from seasonal trends and cuts. I like clean lines and prefer a relaxed look and fit where possible. Comfort is key to feeling good and also in hiding any undesirable or less-than-perfect body parts.

I like *cough* expensive fabrics. Silk, chiffon, lace. I think I’ve developed an affinity for animal prints this past year or so. Clothes and designs with intricate embellishment or detailing also catch my eye.

I tend to stick to colours that I feel ‘safe’ with. The basic palette as my base – black, grey, brown, navy blue. Add in pops of colour, usually a top or cardigan – blues and greens (anything sea-toned), pinks. Occasionally reds and orange make an appearance. I used to have a lot of white in my wardrobe until I moved to Singapore and found that my whites were turning grey in the wash here. So out of convenience, the whites have slowly been phased out.

I am also a ‘Cardigan Queen’ for practicality – I tend to feel cold easily even in the humid, tropical weather of Singapore and Malaysia no thanks to overly cold air-conditioned places. I often wish I lived in a climate that would allow me to wear coats (especially trenchcoats!) and boots.

You can get a feel of my style at my Pinterest board here.

These brands are staples in my wardrobe for work and play. I reckon I rarely shop at other places!

  • Zara (Spain – international)
  • MNG (Spain – international)
  • Uniqlo (Japan – international)
  • Espada (Thailand)
  • Et Cetera (Indonesia)
  • Cultivation (Malaysia)

Other notable brand mentions:

  • Espirit (international) for jeans
  • Nicole (Malaysia) for affordable slacks for work
  • Asos (international) for pretty dresses
  • Daniel Yam (Singapore) for dinner/formal outfits
  • Arthur Yen (Singapore) for separates

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This is a toughie, because I don’t particularly fancy any one person or celebrity’s style. I draw inspiration these days from Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Kate Middleton, with a tip of the hat to Gwen Stefani (sans the punk/rocker vibe).

What’s your style like?

Skin woes

Filed Under (discussion, skincare) by rinnah on 06-12-2012

If you’ve noticed that I haven’t been blogging much of late, it’s down to two things.

The first is that my work picked up pace in the later half of this year, resulting in a fair number of work trips overseas. More work and days away from the country resulted in less time to blog and being too tired for inspiration.

The second is partly as a result of the first and the topic of today’s blog.

My skin woes.

If you have read my blog long enough, you’d know that I have extremely sensitive skin and suffer all too frequent eczema and allergy attacks. Here’s a vivid visual depiction of how I look right after a flare-up.

Dry skin

Think it looks bad? That was the aftermath. You should see me in the midst of a full-blown flare-up when my eyes can be swollen nearly shut.

As it is my skin is already none too stable, and the recent travelling that I’ve been doing has been aggravating the situation. Lack of proper rest, dehydration and stress are a wicked, wicked combination.

I’ve been trying to get my life back on an even keel but there’s just too many things and factors against it right now. Short of me quitting my job and society at large, I don’t know how else to make it all right again.

So yes, that explains the dearth of blogposts and reviews from me and hopefully things get better in 2013.

How’s your 2013 shaping up like?

An Empty Problem

Filed Under (discussion, general) by rinnah on 29-06-2012

empty tins
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Lately I’ve been noticing a trend in beauty blogging where bloggers post their ‘empties’ (whatever beauty products they’ve finished) at the end of the month. I thought it looked like fun and wanted to do the same… and then I ran into a problem.

I never finish anything!
(Which accounts for the ever-growing piles of products in my room and bathroom in 2 countries.)

Uh oh.

I figure the only things I regularly finish and replace would be my toothbrush and toothpaste. Because I am finicky about that and only ever use one brand of toothbrush and one flavor of toothpaste. I would be so crushed if Colgate ever decided to discontinue my favorite mint toothpaste because how then would I be able to enjoy brushing my teeth?

I take forever and a day to finish even my cleansers! Mainly because I never stick to one and keep on rotating them out whenever something new catches my fancy. It’s either that or I experience an eczema flare-up which means I back off on all products and rely on the bare minimum. Same goes for body washes and shampoos and conditioners. I think at my last count I had something like 6 different shampoos and 3 body washes just in Singapore alone. And that’s not including the scrubs and the what-have-yous in the bathroom cabinet. And I haven’t even started lamenting about my 101 moisturizers and lotions and oils. Or my makeup.

So yeah, I have a ton of opened and half-used stuff just lying around and no empties post for the month of June.

I wonder if I’m the only one out here with this problem? :P

Take me to the prom!

Filed Under (general) by rinnah on 19-01-2009

I got to thinking about prom dresses all because of a reference my pastor made last Sunday during the sermon. He was reminiscing on how some years ago, his daughter had a prom night for her final year of school. It was a big event and the family went shopping together for prom dresses and prom advice that he wished he could give his daughter’s friend’s parents because they forbade their daughter from going to the prom because they felt it was against their religion. I heard that the poor girl didn’t manage to attend her own prom. Gosh, that’s a bit harsh, ain’t it?

I thought that was sad because I can identify with that perfectly. You see, I never had the opportunity to go shopping for prom dresses, dressing up and attending a prom because there just wasn’t one to go to! My high school didn’t have one, and when I got to university, they didn’t organize one either. Maybe it was because I wasn’t a full time student – there were very few activities for us compared with the regular students. Now I keep on wondering if by any chance have I missed out on a once in a lifetime experience? No prom means no invitation. No invitation means no date. No date means no opportunity to try on prom dresses Jovani. No prom means no opportunity to vote for prom king/queen. No opportunity to whirl around the dance floor or boogie the night away. *sigh*

But if I had a prom night to attend right now (as if I’m not too old for it already!) I’d get me down to my good galpal Joanna’s boutique (which is now open in Tropicana City Mall, so near my old university!) and check out her selection of flirty, sweet and cute dresses. I reckon they’d be perfect as prom dresses and which girl wouldn’t want to look like the belle of the ball? I had my eye on this eye-catching dress, that while a tad more sophisticated than your average prom dress, was a stunner! Think a J.Lo or Angelina Jolie styled Grecian one shouldered dress in pure white with silver trimmings. Put that on and you’d be more than prom queen/princess material!

Oh well, I guess I can always relive my unfulfilled prom dreams by doing online shopping and seeing what kind of styles are in fashion right now or watching multiple re-runs of Miss Teen USA. The evening wear section always makes me think of prom night somehow. *grin*

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