Internet-ing: FASHION BLOGS

Thoughts

I love fashion.

I don’t necessarily understand fashion – as evidenced by what I wear (especially true when I’m at home) – but I love how inspirational it is.

My Mom loved dressing me up as a child. Every birthday I would get a special birthday outfit with matching socks, shoes and sometimes even a new hairband. My favorite was my princess dress I wore to kindergarten on my birthday, a soft-pink crumpled effect off-shoulder dress with pale green puffy sleeves and a matching skirt.

As the years passed I made many fashion mistakes, like that off-white windbreaker I wore in middle school which I thought passed for a street looking bomber. It, unsurprisingly, did not. Or when I wore a red half sleeved Hawaiian shirt all through 9th and 10th grade.

Now as I’m older I’ve kinda settled into this whole 50s/hipster/no-style style that I’m quite comfortable with and find that I still LOVE fashion.

I love it when people dress deliberately and have a point of view.

I love that dressing up can make you feel good, even if everything else is going wrong around you.

I LOVE fashion and these are the blogs that I’m currently crushing on – at least fashion wise – and I want to share:

Viva Luxury – Fashion and Accessories
1. Annabelle Fleur – An LA based Canadian who is so pretty that it will make your heart ache
2. Her dressing is impeccable and as the blog title suggest exudes luxury
3. Her collaboration with DVF has resulted in my favorite posts from her here and here.

Annabelle Fleur from Viva Luxury

wishwishwish – Fashion and Lifestyle
1. Carrie Harwood – Size UK 14 (which if you know fashion blogs, you know that’s rare) Londoner
2. Whimsical, structured and very, VERY British style
3. Beautifully photographed outfits shots along with some sponsored trips to beautiful eateries/events in London and even picturesque European destinations like Helsinki and Paris
4. It’s the kind of the blog you wish you were writing!

Girl Meets Glam – Fashion and Beauty
1. Julia Engel – A San Francisco stylista who rocks both amazing outfits and very polished make-up
2. Her pictures look like movie stills – DRAMAAAA
3. The post layouts are a lot like magazine fashion pages with outfits, make-up and perfume featured on the side
4. The feel is very professional and very aspirational

closetvisit and The Sartorialist
For some good inspiration, the former is a look into the closets of some seriously stylish people and the second is a very famous street fashion photo-blog

In Defense Of: MADE IN CHELSEA

Television

I’ve got a confession to make.

Since I’ve been back from London I’ve picked up a few habits I didn’t have before.

I now drink a lot of tea. English Breakfast and Earl Grey to be precise. I eat biscuits in the afternoon. I also now wear tea dresses to work.

But the one habit I’ve really picked up since coming back is watching the Channel 4, award-winning, hit reality TV show, Made in Chelsea.

See how I did that, I mentioned “Channel 4”, how the show has won “awards” and that it’s a “hit” show. All supposedly redeeming features, right?

EXCEPT IT’S NOT.

The show is TRASH. It follows the life and loves of a group of friends (yeah-right) who live in the area Chelsea in London. They are literally the WORST people you can imagine – and you gotta remember – this is REALITY TV.

They consist of cheaters, liars, judgers, posers and on top of it all they can’t even say that their poor behavior was a result of difficult upbringing because they are rich as hell. As in they have horses and speak French fluently, because of their nannies and South of France vacations, and live in hotels when they’re in between apartments.

But I can’t tear myself away, whether it’s because of all the characters I hate to hate or because I’m not so secretly super vacuous – I can’t tell you!

But I’m not alone because; I started watching this show with my friend Preetha while I was in London and we binge watched the first season in one week. A month and a week later I as I’m relating back my thoughts on a more recent episode (OMG I hate Spencer) I have to sheepishly admit to her that I’m still watching it and she’s like I can’t judge coz I’ve watched that episode too!

Closing Statements: You shouldn’t watch this. Not really, unless you like posh accents, nice clothes, ostentatious parties and very bad behavior. Who are you kidding?! You should TOTALLY watch this.

READ THIS: VOLUME 13

Thoughts

Hi friends – I’m leaving tonight for a much looked forward to vacation in sunny Valencia and rainy London.

Now I know what you’re thinking. You’re super jealous and want to smack me. I would be too/want to hit me.

Still, I promise pictures, stories and a much more tanned me (wait – this all sounds gratuitous), and in the meantime I leave you with links to all the articles/blogs/guides I’ve been reading to prepare myself for this trip. Note: This is London heavy – I’ve been preparing for Valencia by waking up at 6:30 am and running 5 km in sheer terror. At the thought of wearing a bikini.

SO – here we go:

I got these amazing Adidas sneakers from LEFTFOOT to walk all over Londontown – you can get yours there or at Vocab

First things first, I’m the reallest – wait no – that’s not right – what I meant to say is I prepped for my trip by going CRAZY trying to figure out what to wear. But what I wear in Singapore might be super unacceptable in Valencia/London, no?

So I had to figure out what’s fashionable there by turning to London fashion bloggers wishwishwish, who is quirky and what I would categorize as “quintessentially English” and park & cube who is chic and urban and oh-so-envy inducing.

I should start by looking travel ready when I get on the plane right? Wendy’s Lookbook does it right here and here

Confession time – all my stuff touches everything – my clothes touch my shoes which touch my toiletries which touch my…

Ahem.

Also, Preetha – my best friend and my future hostest with the mostest made the most amazing London itinerary which I will share later, after getting her permission.

In the meantime, I’m most excited about getting some pampering in at the very trendy looking Cucumba, strolling around Maltby Street Market and buying many MANY things from Boots aka a Soap and Glory superhaul – eep!