Thursday, May 28, 2015

Sleeveless coat

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Because, sleeveless in winter.

The sleeveless coat is a conundrum - on the one hand it has an elongated silhouette which suggests that you would wear it during the cooler months but on the other, the sans sleeve situation indicates that you would wear it when it is warm (or if you want an arm tan). It is a clothing item that leaves non-fashionistas baffled as they are uncertain on when to wear it let alone on how to style it.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Ted Baker SS15 - Pinch Me

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Ted Baker's SS15 menswear and womenswear collections are an escape into a fanciful selection that bursts into life with flashes of bold print, strong textured fabrics and vivid colours. Titled “Pinch Me”, the collection was presented at Andrew Boy Charlton pool Sydney and the location choice was reminiscent of the warm and hazy mood as captured in the lookbook and the set-up cleverly reflected the vibrant colours and prints.

The menswear selection is a paradise of striking colour blocks and bold hues and prints in camouflage and leopard, printed onto accessories and footwear. This season, Ted Baker continues its smart-yet-stylish approach with relaxed layers, casual knitwear and smart, formal pieces. The distinct trait that differentiate clever menswear design is detailing and Ted Baker knows how to inject details into its clothing and accessories to give consumers that point of difference. What seemingly appears to be a pair of regular chinos showcases a thoughtful contrast when the hem is turned out.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Hotel ICON - Luxury hotel in Hong Kong

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You can often sense that a hotel fits into a contemporary and luxurious blueprint from its modern architecture and deco, its passion about art, design, food and culture and its approach of providing guests with service that is world-class as it is familiar and comfortable. A handful of hotels manage to tick those boxes but one such hotel luxury hotel in Hong Kong that does it with ease is Hotel ICON.

Located in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Glenn and I recently stayed at this premier hotel in the Club 38 Harbour room. We arrived at the hotel at 7 in the morning, barely surviving from the overnight flight, and our senses were instantly awaken by the light-filled, open space. Hotel ICON, designed by Rocco Yim, has a contemporary grandeur - there is a twirling staircase in the lobby that compliments the circular seating, a commanding shaped vertical garden (also Asia's largest indoor one, 18m in height to be exact) in the brasserie and bar on the ground floor and industrial furniture that round up the modern elegance. The hotel also showcases over 100 art pieces from acclaimed artists and the pieces reflect Hong Kong's cultural spirit.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Layer on layer


Because, jacket over jacket.

When it comes to layering during the colder months, most would instinctively pair knitwear with a jacket. A wool cardigan under a blazer or a heavy weight cotton jumper under a coat, this style of layering is more common than laying a jacket over another (although this isn’t uncommon if you think about business suiting layering).

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Trash bag chic

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Because, turning trash into treasure.

Black is not exactly the most exciting colour in the colour wheel - it is drab and leaves little to imagination when it comes to styling. The ones who stand by it will often dress head-to-toe in black and the ones who concur that it gives a slimming silhouette will pile on layers insofar as its volume becomes unflattering.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Swimming in paradise - W Singapore Sentosa Cove


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For many of us, hotels are simply a temporary lodging when we are travelling - most of us are satisfied with a reliable shower and a bed that is comfortable enough after a long day of shopping or seeking out cultural activities or hottest happenings. Very few would spend their entire day at the hotel (unless it is a staycation), even if the invitation of an infinity pool or an outdoor bar with panoramic city views beckon. So it is safe to say that when you find a hotel which entices you enough to abandon your shopping and cultural itinerary, it is a hotel worth raving about. Such a hotel happens to be W Singapore in Sentosa Cove.

Glenn and I were spending 2 days in Singapore on our way back to Sydney (from Hong Kong) and under the influence of friends who held accolades for W Hotels, we decided to stay at W Singapore. We were glad we did. Unlike most hotels where you drop off your baggage and head on out, W Singapore Sentosa Cove is a contemporary resort playground where guests relax, recharge and daydream.