#Fashion Steps Out 2015 Part 1

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Taking street style to a whole new level, Fashion Steps Out 2015 took over Singapore’s famed Orchard Road and wowed the whole crowd by taking glamour and high fashion closer to the people. This annual event celebrates all the best in global trends and marries it with Singaporean fashion. I love how Fashion Steps Out gives fashionistas and style lovers a more exciting way to experience and see fashion in action by taking it to the streets, and Orchard Road is certainly the best venue for such an illustrious celebration of fashion.

Everybody knows that Orchard Road is the mecca for shopping as well as an amazing place to spot trends and to see fashionistas at their sartorial best. The road is shut down for the day, and it becomes all about fashion and high-watt glamour. Traffic stops and the sidewalks and roads become filled with models sashaying down this long runway while fashion fans watch from the sides and take social media snaps. How can you resist such an awesome event? I personally loved every minute of it! If you missed the event (make sure to catch it next year!), here are some of my personal snap shots of the event.

Max.Tan

Sharp lines and angles. Crisp and clean silhouettes. It was all about modernity, minimalism and geometry at ultra hip label’s Max.Tan’s show. If you love edgy fashion, you will certainly love this brand’s aesthetic. This all white collection is meant for those who walk on the more daring side of fashion, a capsule wardrobe perfect for doing the white on white trend.

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DEPRESSION

Filled with youthful angst, Depression is about the historically inherent subversive and anarchic and rebellious side of fashion. Urban and provocative, this collection isn’t for the faint of heart.

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Pleatation 

The name says it all. This collection from Pleatation takes a tailoring we all know and love, pleating, and transforms it into a full runway presentation where every single piece is fit for the most glitzy red carpet events. A fully pleated pantsuit and fully pleated gowns showed off the timeless elegance of pleating, especially when placed beside contemporary origami detailing and brocade foil prints. Whether done in sheer, flowing fabrics or with more structured material, Pleatation’s designs shine and look ever so stunning.

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This is just the first part of the evening. Stay tuned and check out the blog for more photos and runways reviews from Fashion Steps Out 2015. If you count yourself a fashion lover, you’re gonna love what I still have in store! Any favorites thus far? All collections are jaw-dropping!

 

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Walk This Way

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It’s amazing how inspiration can strike you. Even in the oddest of places, like this parking lot, you can find something visually appealing and inspiring. I just love how the lines, arrows, and graphic color blocking (grey, white, and yellow), led me to a super fun and impromptu photoshoot!

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I love how cities and urban living can just influence your fashion and lifestyle! My ensemble is very city chic with a dash of bohemian flair.

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I adore this blue ikat print collarless jacket and love how it adds print, color, trend, and texture to my predominantly neutral look. I also love how the lines of the ikat print look against the graphic lines of this location.

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Did you notice that my pink lips match the pink scarf tied around the handles of my Hermes purse? It’s all in the details, darlings! Little things like this can make your outfit stand out even more.

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My white button-down and white jeans is such a refreshing combo, especially when paired with cap-toe boots. This look is simply classic, and you can style it however you choose. The printed topper I chose mixes a bit of current fashion trends with the timeless pieces that I used as the base of my outfit.

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Another styling trick that I always use is making use of contrasting proportions. The volume of the jacket sleeves alongside the varying sleeve length make for an interesting visual. 

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White on white is a white hot trend that you should get on board with. It is a classic and clean look that you can even wear during evening events. Given the right styling of course.

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Now that spring is coming, white will be a more prevalent color trend than ever. Combine it with fun and playful prints just like I did, and you’ll be styling down the city streets (or the beach!) in no time.

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Flora and Fauna

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Sunshine and sea breeze on a gorgeous day, what more can you ask for? I love spending time outdoors. Soaking up some Vitamin D and taking a lovely and leisurely walk by the docks while breathing in the fresh air and looking at the gorgeous scenery; this is my idea of a picture perfect afternoon. Screen Shot 2015-02-15 at 8.09.00 pm

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Screen Shot 2015-02-15 at 8.08.42 pmIs there a better time to don a flowing chiffon floral print blouse? This gauzy and cool blouse has just the right drape and the fabric lets my skin breathe. The naturalistic floral pattern matches my environment and echoes the natural beauty surrounding me. Nature is truly inspiring and spending time outside makes me so happy.

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Pairing my chiffon top with white skinny denim further enhances its springtime appeal. The white denims have the perfect relaxed fit and lends itself very well to the ease of my overall ensemble. Finishing off the look with strappy heels, gives a bit of sophistication. The chunky heel of this pair keeps me from teetering and are so very comfy to walk in. Screen Shot 2015-02-15 at 8.07.59 pm

Instead of the usual red lip, I opted for a red-orange hue that matches the more earthy tones in my look. Screen Shot 2015-02-15 at 8.07.21 pm

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It can’t be a complete #OOTD without a statement bag? As you can probably tell my dear reader, I am very passionate about purses. I believe that bags can elevate a look and pull it together. My new acquisition from Valentino is no exception. The studded detail is so contemporary and trendy and so unexpected with the earthy color palette of the purse. The orange and olive green color play into the natural appeal of my floral chiffon blouse.

What would you wear for a day on the docks? I loved my outfit from this day, and I hope you love it too! Stay tuned to my blog for more of my personal style.

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The Hat Trick

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Hats are an often overlooked accessory. Up your head wear game and let this stylish topper take center stage in your ensemble. More than just a great way to ward off the sun and stay protected from its harsh rays, hats are fashionable accessories that can instantly transform your look.

Here is a look I chose for champagne and strawberry afternoon with my girls!

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Once I have put on the tunic and pants it was obvious that something was missing and thats when I reached for the hat…

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Nothing like a chic woven hat with a not-too-wide brim to increase the chicness of your outfit. The history of hats within fashion lends it an innate vintage and sophisticated feeling, something that this outfit could certainly benefit from. Topping off this look with a hat made it more polished, pulled together, dainty, and coquettish.

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I love how this little hat by Furla enhances the feminine vibe of my look. It makes my breezy purple tunic top, white skinny jeans, and nude bow embellished heels look all the more summery and elegant. This is my take on a casual yet prim and proper look.

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And of course no look can be complete without your favourite bag. This classic Kelly is a lovely addition not only to this outfit but to my “Mine Forever” bag collection. Never letting this baby go…

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One of my personal styling tricks is to wrap the handles of my purse in a beautiful silk scarf. Obviously I didn’t come up with the idea itself, but I really wish it was more popular! It is a subtle and unexpected yet effective way to incorporate prints into your look while personalizing your ensemble at the same time.

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Devil is in the detail, right?  

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Got your hat ready? Now you’re all set to have some fun under the sun. No need to sacrifice fashion when you want to frolic outside on a beautiful day like this one. Seize the moment and enjoy these wonderful days, there is nothing like it. Wear something comfortable and stylish and let your hat make a major statement.

How about you? Will you keep your hat on? 😉

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Make Today The Day…

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Sometimes you have to take your girly style and amp it up a notch. Why not add some urban chic elements to your feminine style? I sure did enjoy styling these sleek and modern black and white sneakers with some of my favorite pieces.

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I just couldn’t resist posing and having fun against this colorful and graphic graffiti wall! This incredible piece of urban art goes perfectly well with the athletic meets ladylike style that I was going for that day. I love finding gems like this place within the city! It definitely pays to explore your own city.

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This classic Chanel 2.55 purse goes well with pretty much anything! And this look is proof that it even goes well with athletic sneaks! Definitely a fashion investment that will stay in my closet for years to come.

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I love how the sheen of this pleated skirt makes this A-line skirt silhouette feel so novel and modern. I chose a boxy houndstooth top to balance the flare of the bottom. Quick styling tip, when wearing a predominantly black and white outfit adding a print in those two classic colors will liven up your look instantly.

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I cannot stress this enough, never ever forget to consider how your beauty look of the day will affect your overall mood and disposition. Glam makeup will certainly make you look polished and pulled together. Not to mention, it’ll add a spring in your step! A bold lip color can give you a confidence boost like no other.

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I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed shooting it! Hamming it up in front of the camera is such an amazing stress reliever. And so is dressing up; it is one of my relaxing rituals too. Always make fashion a part of your everyday life, it’ll make a world of difference.

Have an amazing week ahead my lovely readers!

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Animal Instinct

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There’s a saying that a leopard can’t change its spots. Well, why would it want to? Leopard prints are timeless, elegant, and oh-so-chic. Getting spotted (pun intended) in this modern classic print is the surest way to establish yourself as an in-the-know stylista. If you’re a little print shy, leopard print is a great way to dip your toe into the prints game. Prints are so now, and sporting this sexy and attention-grabbing animal print is such an easy way to look put together and sophisticated. Leopard prints instantly liven up your classic and plain pieces and transport your look from casual to paparazzi-worthy.

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I chose to don this updated take on the leopard print on a beautiful, sunny day. An easy and comfortable leopard print pencil skirt allowed me to instantly up the wow factor of my staple layered tank tops. It’s simply amazing how this leopard print can upgrade your chicness right away!

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Don’t forget to accessorize ladies! But keep in mind that accessorizing doesn’t always mean piling on the bling and stacking those bangles. Sometimes all you need is a stunning pair of sunglasses (I’m in love with the vintage feel of this pair!), and a casual yet chic pair of sandals that will take you through the day in style.

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Layering a gray tank over a black one is a clever styling trick that adds more dimension to your overall look. The layering also picks up on the gray and black colors in the print of the skirt.

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Amp up your look even further with a red lip, just like I did. The boldness and sexiness of the red lip totally plays into the sophistication of the leopard print. Va-va-va-voom!

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It is astounding how many styling possibilities exist within a single item of clothing. This leopard print skirt is surely a great addition to my style rotation that I am sure to wear again. Leopard print also lends a luxury feel to even the most casual of looks. I love how this print can go om day to night, casual to dressy.

What are your favorite styling ideas for leopard print?

Have a great week ladies!

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Cream of the Crop

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Who doesn’t love a  chic crop top? It is comfy, sexy and youthful, all at the same time. What is not to love?

And contrary to popular belief, this piece can absolutely look classy! Remove images of crop tops with fringes or tacky crop tops worn with uber short shorts from your mind, this season’s crop tops are more on the elegant side. Rather than paired with denim cutoffs, crop tops are cropping up in increasingly sophisticated and fashion forward sartorial pairings. Try crop tops with high waisted tuxedo pants or with full or tea-length skirts.

I opted to style my black crop top with a more modern romantic feel. Partially inspired by Audrey Hepburn, this ensemble stays true to my brand of chic while simultaneously adding edgy and trendy details that make it more current.

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The volume of my vintage inspired brocade print full skirt is the perfect balancing element to the sleekness and sexiness of my crop top. The full skirt also adds a more feminine vibe to this look. Modern meets girly and romantic happens when this crop top and skirt come together.

The vintage-inspired sunnies, black tights, and of course, the oversized pearl necklace are the details that give this look a more Audrey Hepburn effect.

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Don’t you just love how the ultra modern zippered booties play off of the femininity of the skirt and pearls? Such a great idea. Having contrasting items in your outfit is a brilliant way to show off your fashion knowledge and styling prowess.

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I cannot stress how much details make your look more personal and more you. The embellishment on these sunglasses up the glam factor of my look even more. I’m in love with this pair!

Consider beauty trends as well when putting your look together. Check out my wine-tinted lips, that are on trend with the color of the year, Marsala!

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How are you going to style your crop top this season? I’d love to hear your styling ideas! Kisses!

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FFF: Flowers, figs, fashion

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Sometimes even the wildest party people will trade in their social Friday night for a peaceful stay at home night with your loved ones.

Last Friday night I chose to do exactly that and had a lovely time with my family. On some photos my cat Millie looks like she would prefer a night out over my cuddles, but she is a sweetheart and loves it deep down. She is just shy on camera 🙂

So if you feel you are in the mood for cuddles this weekend just do it! Turn that phone off and spread the love.

For me, home isn’t really home without my cats. Their super soft fluffy warm hugs are irreplaceable! Couple it with a glass of wine after a long day and your evening is a guaranteed success.

I have also added a red lip and a dress with a gorgeous edible print. I would almost always choose a print like that over a flower print or any other girly print. Choose berries or fruits, so long as it is natural and sweet. The freshness will project to your face and skin and make you look just delicious. 

Cheers to Friday night in!

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Buy Now: Must-Have Outerwear

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Fall/Winter season is all about the coat. Whatever you decide to wear underneath, a coat gets the most attention when you’re walking out on the streets. Your outerwear choice also speaks volumes about your style, and it is a valuable element that should always complement and add more chicness your cold weather outfits. If you happen to live in warmer climates, it is stylish and appropriate to invest in a raincoat to ward off the rains, or maybe even a lightweight coat for layering during slightly chilly days.  Outerwear is now an all-year round fashion enterprise and style staple, here are some of my picks for 10 must-have coats that will complete your fall/winter style:

440018_ou_xlBurberry Brit Cotton-Blend Twill Trench Coat from Net-a-Porter

Nothing is more classic and timeless like a Burberry Trench Coat. Instead of the more common and often seen khaki incarnation of this coat, select the navy colored trench coat option. Navy is a very hot color this season, and mixing your navy coat with a black ensemble displays your forward sense of style. Navy and black is no longer a fashion faux pas, but rather a style must-try.

463261_ou_xlMarc by Marc Jacobs Hooded Cotton Twill Parka from Net-a-Porter

An olive colored twill parka with utilitarian details like drawstring and multiple pockets make this parka an easy pick for a piece that combines fashion and functions effortlessly. This parka is a street style staple that can be worn with practically every single piece in your closet. From floral dresses to denim and tees, this parka will look great when layered on top.

487811_ou_xlREDValentino Cotton Mackintosh Cape from Net-a-Porter

A cape is an impossibly chic outerwear option that is also every trendy. This silhouette is very unique and will lend any look a sense of high fashion and couture feel. The check print detailing on the shoulder and inside lining of this cape adds to it trendy meets classic style. This can definitely jazz up your sweater and leggings uniform.

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PASKAL Atlas Coat from LuisaViaRoma

This coat from PASKAL combines three major trends of the season in one piece. It is a tailored blazer with cape like arm slits done in a pastel pink color. I can just imagine this coat providing a great color contrast to your neutrals or serving as a stylish alternative to your dark-colored coats.
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Jill Stuart Hooded Brushed Wool Coat from LuisaViaRoma

Little Red Riding Hood goes high fashion in this red Jill Stuart hooded brushed wool coat. Red is a classic color that goes perfectly with a plethora of colors and the shape of this coat has a vintage feel that will add a classy touch to any look. 
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Emporio Armani Cashmere Coat from LuisaViaRoma

Menswear inspired tailoring for women’s wear is yet another one of the hot trends that has invaded outerwear for this season. This luxurious cashmere coat has a streamlined and straightforward oversized blazer silhouette that is perfect for office dressing. It is also the ideal overcoat to wear over your LBDs and sparkly cocktail dresses for the evening.
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Erdem Bonnie Printed Neoprene Coat from The Outnet

The neoprene gives the feminine and girly digital floral print of this coat a sporty vibe. Neoprene is such a durable material that will withstand the elements while keeping you looing sleek. When you’re feeling a little bit down, the vibrant print of this coat will perk you right up. Inject a little bit of fun and playful print into your wardrobe, and let this coat transform your fall/winter style. 480730_fr_xl

Diane Von Furstenberg Logan Wool-Blend Coat from The Outnet

Two-toned and color blocked, this Diane Von Furstenberg coat boasts of two classic colors that when placed beside each other make for an even chicer piece. Like I said, blue and black is a color pairing that is being embraced by more and more designers and this coat is a strong argument for the blue and black trend.
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See by Chloe Wool Coat with Textured Collar from MyTheresa

The toggle detail of this See by Chloe coat doesn’t just add visual interest and appeal, it also adds rustic/country inspiration to this outerwear item. The blue contrast textural collar ups the stylishness of thie piece up a notch, and opens you up to more styling possibilities. Style this coat up with red opaque tights and biker boots for some serious street style cred.

P00103239--BUNDLE_1Dries Van Noten Wool Coat from MyTheresa

An abstract floral embellishment across this Dries Van Noten wool coat increases the glamour of your look while simultaneously keeping you cozy. There is no need for a lot of accessories when you have pieces adorned with high shine metallic appliques such as this one. Embrace the artistic print and pair with more dark wintery florals or with classic chunky stripes.

What are your top outerwear picks? Happy Shopping ladies!

Happy Go Lucky

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Sunkissed and glowing, there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy the warmth and fun of the sun in the city. There’s no need to get out of the city to have an amazing time, get playful and get creative there is a ton of good times to be had downtown.

Work hard and play hard, that’s the motto of a city dweller. Take a mini vacay within the confines of your lovely city and explore the sidewalks, boardwalks, and hidden gems within your neighborhood. Who knows what each corner of your metropolis might hold? You may find your new favorite hangout spot, or the best cup of coffee in the city.

Put on your go-to pair of walking shoes, whether it’s a pair of ballet flats or heeled sandals, and get ready for a day of walking and exploring. Since you’re still in the city, stylishness is as much a priority as being comfortable. Fashion AND function are both key.

A nude camisole and printed pants are a great outfit for your weekend adventures, it is the perfect combination of classic meets trendy. You can also opt for a feminine white eyelet sundress that skims your curves perfectly and shows off your ladylike grace and sophistication. Keep the colors of your outfit light for a day of walking, in order to keep you feeling as well as looking relaxed, casual, and cool.

Don’t forget your super chic sunnies for your urban trek. Sunglasses are the go-to for city savvy folks who want to go incognito, and still look fashionable. Eyewear like this can also serve as great accessories to finish off a simple look and give it a more glamorous flourish.

Where will you be heading off this week? Share with us your urban discoveries, and don’t forget to dress for the occasion! Always dress to impress, my fashionista readers!