Swim things: Virgin Daisies

I was in Bangkok back in December for a short trip to round up the year with my boyfriend. We put up in the handsome and awesome Tenface hotel, with a lovely little pool that unexpectedly put another to-do in my already too-long list for the city: buy a swimsuit. This little search brought Virgin Daisies to light, in the Siam Paragon department store.

Virgin Daisies is a swimwear and lingerie brand designed and made in Thailand. You’d hear nothing of revolutionary quick dry/ slimming/ shaping or what not typical of high street or sport swimwear brands. Only boys want to know about that sort of stuff, right? So for all the R&D that they didn’t invest in and we don’t care for, they more than made up for it with design.

Their pieces are styled in a girly vintage fashion that has been all over Bangkok for a few seasons now, with peplums, frills and cut outs that brands like Disaya have rampantly popularized. Somewhat formulaic in that aspect to gain fast fans locally, but still I managed to pick out some no-frills pieces:

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My favourite is this sleeved and colour-blocked suit, made in a fuzzy textured fabric reminiscent of a soft terry cloth:

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These would definitely double up as going out clothes – if they fit. I wish I could say that I got me a piece, but they are characteristically small (as with most clothing from Thailand), available only in S and M, and most items come without lining and padding. I think I might just look here for some other options.

For more information, visit their facebook page here. Pictures from here and here.

School’s back in session

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Better start digging out those ankle socks and chalk up your school shoes! School’s back in session with JW Anderson and Topshop‘s second collaboration, scheduled to launch in stores on 27 February 2013.

JW Anderson lilac denim dress

This second collection, I feel, builds on his idea of The School of JW Anderson with sweater staples with swallows, cars, dodos and hearts. My money’s on the lilac separates and argyle anythings making street style guest appearances at Fashion Week Month.

 

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Word is that Singapore stores wont be seeing the entire collection stocked on our sunny shelves. And I’m personally heartbroken the lilac dress is amongst the itemlist not destined for our shores. But I’ve got my eye on some separates (: Hoping and a’prayin’ that they’ll be mine.

Prices of the JW Anderson x Topshop Autumn/Winter 2013 collection will range from $79.00 to $389.00. You you’ve been warned my pretties, here’s something to set aside some angpao money for!!

Photos from here and here.

The New Classic

Embossed monograms with their singular colour-way and intelligent shadow play has always held a soft spot in my heart. Moreover, Speedys and Neverfulls, albeit classic and amazing, as always, in street style photographs and up close, never really held much resonance.

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I always figured that the monogrammed canvas leather wasn’t my thing. A game of chess of the Damier Canvas instead, anyone? (;

Neither Speedy nor Neverfull fit my lifestyle and intended use. The freedom of having my arms, well, free, is the far more practical and preferable mode of getting around. 

Pochette Metis Monogram

Which is why when Louis Vuitton introduced the Métis Pochette, first impressions was that of an amuse-bouche of a bag, but with a manageable amount of monogram from this solids-ONLY soul.

In Greek mythology, Métis was the first great spouse of Zeus and means quality that combines wisdom and cunning.

Sidenote: Are there similarly eloquent words in the English language?

Wearable two ways, the Métis Pochette is a sling bag by day and clutch by night and retails for SGD 1,770. It is available at all Louis Vuitton boutiques, subject to availability.

Images from here and here

I drew a line

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Maybe I can’t stop thinking about that Carven sweater, or there’s something about her smile and gorgeous features. Photographed outside the Louis Vuitton Spring 2013 show, 23-year-old China-born model, Meng Huang, almost compels(!) me to chop my hair off a la when we first started blogging… but I have another plan for my hair already (more on this later!)

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For now, I’ll just keep oogling at this Numeró, Harper’s Bazaar and Marie Claire alumni and ponder to myself,

‘Where on earth can I find a lemon yellow sweater too?!’

Image source: here and here

Types of stripes

I love stripes, and I think it is safe to say that you do too. I’m guilty of wearing out my Uniqlo striped jumper a little too thin, so I’ve been on the look out for a replacement. But you know how it is with online shopping, you get distracted and you find something even better… than just stripes.

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First we have the ubiquitous navy stripes, but against grey and in this sweater Sundry dress! I thought I was sold. Then came along this sweet number from Free People overlaid with lace applique. But then Charlotte Ronson of course overthrew that with a myriad of textures in a single, short dress – lamé, tweed and lace. It kinda got out of hand when next Pencey merged the stripes into chevrons, with mad, all-over geometric prints and split seams. Does that even qualify for the stripes I started out looking for? I’m torn over the last two. We have a problem here.

Psst, Shopbop is taking an extra 20% off its sale items (all the above are sale items from there) with the code EXTRAOFF until 3 January. Get clicking now!

Virtual Gifting Part 1 – Steady stream of Needsupply

Christmas is upon us! And other than feeling warm and fuzzy about what’s transpired in the past year, we can’t help but satisfy or… reward ourselves with some fancy purchases. Like how part of the fun is window shopping, we do a great deal of online browsing for our gifts, which do you think is more fun?

Please… welcome to wottoncool.com, our boyfriends who’ll be picking out some things that they think we’ll likely love, from our online store of choice, AND vice-versa!  No harsh judgement or loss here, it being a jolly bit of merriment and most parts imaginary!

And what he had in mind while prepping to trawl through Needsupply.com for 5 items that he thinks would fit me to a T:
“I think she’s missing more colours! Her wardrobe is a dark tunnel of grays, blacks, navys and even her more interesting prints are muted. I also think she could use some interesting pants. With a drop crotch or carrot fit and a kooky print perhaps. She’s got lots of tops and accessories, but most of her bottoms are not very exciting so pants it is!”

Ditto! Ditto! Ditto! Now on to what he picked out from the site which has obviously been trying to alter our buying behaviour by insinuating that everything there is a “need” and not “want”… (How how terrifyingly true is that?)

Pick #1:
“I think she could use a shirt like this because there’s some colour without being too loud.”
I’d wear it.

Pick #2:
These bottoms have such a trippy print in a neutral black and white. They look really comfy too!
Yes! But they may risk looking like pyjamas cos I’m no model.

Pick #3:
“Because it’s a sleeved dress and the colours are a refreshing change
I love this dress so much I actually pinned it here. Did you cheat?!

Pick #4:
Killer Andro vibes.
All kinds of yes.

Pick #5:
For the love of cats.
This is dangerous cos my sisters may steal this.

Alan, you’ll be glad to know that YOU PASSED! I’d gladly accept any of these virtual gifts, for real. Get the hint? 😀

Look out for my picks for him tomorrow, all from a neat Copenhagen-based store.

– Jo