Dec 7, 2011

thought catalog: you have to actually break up in order to break up


You can break up in theory, or you can break up in reality. Only one of them is an actual break-up. People who break up in theory decide they’re no longer together, then proceed to sleep together, call each other every day, and know each other’s daily plans.

People who break up in reality end the relationship and all elements of the behavior associated with the relationship for an undetermined period of time. Note: you can technically be “broken up while he’s in business school,” but not if you’re together every time he’s home for vacation.

If you’re unclear as to which of the above is an actual break-up, please don’t date my friends.

Nov 26, 2011

have a merry net-a-porter-y xmas

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my xmas present is somewhere on this collage...loosely speaking. WHOOOOooooooo
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but right now the main priority? Passing the Bar. -_-

Nov 24, 2011

Christopher Kane x J Brand: NEON


Denim-philes be warned!!! The latest designer collaboration to hit the shelves in time for Xmas? Christopher Kane x J brand. these neon wash pieces are part of the 2012 resort collection. Very nu-rave chic...though i will admit you wont be seeing me in any of these pieces!

Mind you, they don't come cheap. The Martini flare denim jean is about US$300; $285 to be exact. And while I'm all for investing in superior quality denim, these neon brites are unlikely to be a wardrobe staple the way your black or grey skinnies will be. Still, nice to look at!

Available at barneys.com and net-a-porter.

Nov 18, 2011

ricky martin & nicki minaj for MAC viva glam

MAC's done it again.
Having always somehow favoured gay-friendly celebs for their VIVA GLAM campaign, its no surprise that the Puerto Rican outed father-of-2 Ricky Martin and current catwalk-music chart-rap empress Nicki Minaj have been chosen to front this year's campaign. Shot by none other than the legendary David La Chapelle, the ad is consistent with the loud, pink-saturated camp previous campaigns have established. The giant pink lippie is just the icing on the cake. As is that cute detail of the bony hand "lifting" Nicki's skirt hem at the slit.

My favourite part about VIVA GLAM is that 100% of the proceeds go to charity. NOT a percentage, NOT 100% of the profits, but 100% of the SALES. everything goes towards a good cause, benefitting the VIVA GLAM campaign that has raised $224 million for HIV/AIDS related causes since its 1994 launch. AMAZING!!!

Viva Glam Nicki and Viva Glam Ricky (just realized they rhyme...) will go on sale next February. Get ready to paint your lips for a good cause. And remember to have safe sex to begin with.

xx

Nov 10, 2011

Erosion

I sit in the harbour that is my heart,

Waters shifting, heaving, unstill.

I watch the waves come in to shore

My eyes mere pools threatening to spill—

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Over:

Is what I thought, hoped, willed;

The cavernous hole you left remains.

Wash over me, I plead, let love be lost

But the tepid ocean feels no pain.

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I brim, as does the sea out there,

Yet your stony self is resolute.

Me, the now-arch, swept over by

Sea-motion, emotion, absolute.

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As moons are birthed and then die

So do the waters slowly erode—

Cave, arch, then eventually still

The stack,

then stump;

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The same ocean drinking, sweeping,

Holding, keeping,

Endlessly:

All of me, my constitution, as

Worn-down pebbles of pity, regret;

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Swishing and washing, over and

Over, and over. Take me,

Whole: cave, arch, stack, stump,

And until we move as one

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I sit in the harbour that is my heart.

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(I hope you find what you’re looking for/So your heart is warm/Forevermore.)

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this is for you, and you, both people whom ive lost in some sense of the word. i miss you both.



Apr 25, 2011

gone fishing

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and i cant believe its already here!!!
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... is basically all i have to say.
traversing many national borders and taking an inordinate number of flights and seeking answers for questions i have yet to ask... i hope tons of adventure awaits.

back in July folks!!!
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and until we figure out which box to check, i still believe both options are the same.

Apr 23, 2011

greek

so ABC's GREEK is one of my favourite shows. detailing college life and the ups and downs that come with it, GREEK succeeds as a TV show because it deals with what many people go through without being predictable or corny. while it may not have the mainstream mass appeal of, say, gossip girl, it does have an extremely likeable and charismatic cast and, a loyal and dedicated fan base.

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its a pretty hilarious show with a lot of heart. and once i started on it a couple years ago, there was no turning back. GREEK recently came to its undeserved end, although it was smart to end on a high instead of playing college out for anything more than its customary 4 years.

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chief among the reasons for fans watching the show is the long-term relationship between 2 greek society presidents, Cappie (frat) and Casey (sorority). yes they have quite unisex names. their relationship captivated viewers in no small part due to the overwhelming fangirl-dom behind scott michael foster (cappie), but also because it was such a realistic depiction of 2 people on TV, and thats not easy to come by.
no over-the-top gestures, no cheesy moments, and a very real issue of what happens when 2 people who love each other dont necessarily want the same things in life, at least after college. of course, a happy ending was to be had, but even i didnt expect the way it all played out.

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the final scene, with forever young playing in the background (ok MILDLY corny), but those were the last words they uttered on television. a very fitting ending to a show thats chronicled what happens between people being 18 and 22. i suppose i relate because i'm done with my college education now, and i'm not so sure that moving ahead is exactly what i want to do. its a pretty sweet 2 and a half minutes of TV.


and if you'd like to get started,
you can catch greek HERE, all 4 seasons.

starring: spencer grammer (YES kelsey's daughter), scott michael foster, jacob zachar, jake mcdorman, amber stevens, clark duke, dilshad vadsaria and paul james.

Apr 9, 2011

growing up... kinda

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but thanks guys for playing a starring role anyways.

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the NUS Guild House
The location for our unofficial segue into the "you're no longer a student, sucker" Club. thankfully, the beer kept flowing, otherwise the truth might've been too much for the majority of us. it was a good night of food, fun, laughter and no small amount of reminiscing.
Personally, i just liked seeing everyone dressed up. Especially since our future courtroom duties mean penguin suits all round, and where's the fun in a monochrome life?
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friends...from WAY BACK. i really love her orange pants! So sander, so chic, so now.
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sorta coordinated, completely incidental of course. in the background? The Rembrandts' "I'll Be There For You", which got everyone on their feet and singing along.
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nervously and somewhat sheepishly doing The Walk onstage. Moderately fun, though.
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Usual Antics, beer-induced of course. (idiots). pretty much sums up the dynamic. i remember calling this "the 3 twins". go figure...never good with numbers.
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and then there were 6.
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the people whose faces have grown familiar in my mind, whose temperaments i can instinctively discern, whose numbers are on my iphone "favorites" list, whose quotes i remember, whose houses i lounge in, whose families i've met, whose preferences i have down pat, whose misadventures i hear about, whose voices i instantly recognize, whose joy and tears i've shared,
whose Kindness Generosity Support Selflessness Hilarity Wit Intellect Affection Openmindedness Warmth Inebriation Annoyance Effusiveness Passion & Love
i have been nothing short of fortunate to have basked in, experienced and constantly endeavour to return.
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arguably something we've lived by--
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damn straight. xxxxxxxxx

Apr 5, 2011

random cool things

random cool things to share (that i want):
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1) A RUBIK'S CUBE MOSAIC
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how wicked is this shiz!??!
Cube Works(click), a collective of graphic designers and general cool people, comes up with these huge amazing installation pieces...and they're all for sale!

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they also do DIE MOSAICS, though those are clearly alot less colourful. random interesting fact? they're canadian LOL.
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2) CUTE HORSEY NOTE HOLDER MEMO THING
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SFMoMA store, coolest museum and museum shop ever. i spent an entire day in the complex. then again, i also take an hour each time i grocery shop...
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3) COOL ASS NAPKINS FOR DRUNKEN TIMES/FRIENDS/SELF
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needs no explanation-- how has no one dreamt this up til now?!?! get it HERE.
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4) THAT ARCHITECTURAL GOLD CUFF
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probably will wear it less than 5 times, but whatever. it looks good in the photo. thanks, tommy ton!
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5) AMAZING GEOMETRIC PRINTS
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anything by supermarketsarah (click), available at a trendy/upscale UK department store near you (read: selfridges & harrods).
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my current wallpaper. just so i feel better about actually being broke right now.
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ok that's all for a while, i just finished a MASSIVE 68hour exam, brutality. the next one starts in 6.5 hours, let me not even go on about how the next 2 weeks are meant to play out.
laters.
xxxxx


Mar 31, 2011

so, um....

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basically, a concept i can definitely get behind, in light of the following circumstances:
  1. body clock being ridiculously out of whack-- i woke up at 730pm today...just for dinner.
  2. to-do list being just as mind-bendingly preposterous, in that i need to finish 21000 (YES YOU READ THAT RIGHT) words in the next 2 weeks. well, 15 days. same difference.
  3. my last beer being a san miguel (draught, yay!!!) over tapas... a fortnight ago. TOO LONG.
just know that if the party did happen, you're all invited.
xxxx
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image credit: theblakewright

Mar 24, 2011

primavera by Margaretha Olschewski

welcome to spring!
Officially, the season began a few days ago, on 21 March.
Margaretha Olschewski shot a colourful floral fashion editorial for COSMOPOLITAN UK, which gets us ready for sunny days. Don't you just FEEL lighter, breezier (I sound like a covergirl ad now...) and sunnier merely talking about spring?

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the sun-drenched images are lush, fresh, green and beautiful--and the scenery a great foil to the explosive pinks, magentas, fuschias and purples of the dresses. soft flowy fabrics and girly accents like bows and frilly layers complete the picture. bit too saccharine for my personal taste, but there are many ways to incorporate floral motifs.

While SS11 has been more about color than anything else, the florals that showed up in some shows then ended up owning the recent FW11 runways. From Versace to Givenchy to the au courant Jil Sander, and even fashion-trend-bellwether Miuccia Prada's Miu Miu, it looks like florals are here to stay.

And if that's not enough to convince you, how about the fact that Mr. Nicholas Ghesquire (YES, MISTER G, because he deserves that much respect) put floral prints back on his creations for Balenciaga for the first time since that iconic Spring 2008 collection?

Blooms are the way to go, kids.
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production details...
Stylist: Sairey Stemp
Hair: John Birchall
Makeup: Robyn Nissen

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Primavera by Botticelli

Also known as Allegory of Spring, this famous Renaissance painting is the subject of much literature and many debates over the true meaning contained in its lush pastoral scenery and elaborate detail of the 8 depicted figures.
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photo credits: GoSee and wikipedia

Mar 21, 2011

Sri Lanka: Colombo, Fort Galle, Unawatuna

i just remembered that i neglected sri lanka in the midst of discussing Other Trips-- india and thailand respectively.

1. COLOMBO.
all noise and smoke and chaos and constantly being stared at; the country's capital is pretty much what i expected. But i had to have my wits about me as I was rushing to get catch Plane Bus Train on my own...
had a bit of a slumdog millionaire moment with at the old-skool train station thou; it reminded me of the movie so much, you know that last bit where she waits for him at the train station then they break out into a ridiculous dance?
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2. UNAWATUNA
Unawatuna is ranked one of the top 10 beaches in the world...sri lanka is an island after all, and the coast is stunning-- just imagine the Indian Ocean at your feet. The tips of your toes, even.
The only downside is that it was an obvious tourist trap-- their familiarity (slight irritability, almost) with foreigners belied their own protectiveness of their own country.
it was a beautiful sunset though...preponderance of lovey couples notwithstanding.
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3. FORT GALLE
a slightly more vacation-y area, the bohemian vibe is indisputable and inescapable as you walk the cobbled uneven streets...full of artsy cafes and hip guesthouses and rooftop seating (my favourite bit) and where "wifi" isn't a foreign word...
the sun beats down on the glistening ocean and to be right there where rock meets cliff meets water meets ocean meets infinity = priceless.
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thank you for coming along for bits of the ride...u know who u are...

4. FINAL THOUGHTS
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there wasn't enough time to enjoy the warmth of the locals, nor the beautiful weather; i see this photo and i think of the many people who came up to chat, to help, to ask for my hand in marriage (i never get the right men...). I remember the many random conversations, the kindness of strangers, the laughs from language barriers, the universality of a smile.
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but i all i see is the train leaving the platform...
so I wish sri lanka all the very best in rebuilding its society in the wake of the cessation of the civil war. The people have so much hope, its the least that they deserve from their own country.
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Deal.